LENOX – Nearly 70 women from five Northeast regions – Western New England, Northern New England, Upper Mid-Atlantic, Southern New England, and Connecticut – attended the Hadassah Northeast (HNE) Leadership Retreat Shabbaton Nov. 15-17 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in the Berkshires.
Sessions included an update on Hadassah and on Hadassah’s new women’s heart health initiative “Every Beat Counts,” facilitated by the immediate past National President Nancy Falchuk. Hanna Pollack, National Leadership chair, led two leadership sessions focusing on adapting to diversity – both personality-wise and generational – among our members and how best to take advantage of those differences. A final session led by Hanna explored how every member can choose her own way to make an impact both in her daily life and in her Hadassah life.
Attendees were treated to a lovely Kabbalat Shabbat, a lively Torah study discussion and a peaceful Havdallah, led by rabbinical student and new life member Jamie Kotler, of Brookline, Mass.
A 16-member team, under the expert guidance of coordinator Myra Glansberg and advisors Phyllis Berlow and Judy Schatz, planned the event down to the smallest detail. The attendees will continue to benefit from follow-up activities, including mentorship opportunities and periodic discussions. The retreat was sponsored in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.