Founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold, Hadassah promotes the unity of the Jewish people, initiates and supports health care, education and youth institutions. The local Hadassah chapter includes both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids with membership reaching approximately 120.
Upcoming Hadassah Events
for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Chapter:
Book Group & Coffee
The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill
Everyone is welcomed. Please bring a snack to share
August 15, 2012
In The Gifts of the Jews, Thomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible.
Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies--a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence--and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today.
As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Full of compelling stories, insights and humor, The Gifts of the Jews is an irresistible exploration of history as fascinating and fun as How the Irish Saved Civilization.
Contact Dana Ehrhart for information regarding a life membership. Life Memberships are available for children and associates too.
Hadassah’s Young Judaea Israel Programs: There is no better way for Jewish youth to experience Israel and explore their Jewish identity than through an Israel program that offers first-hand involvement in Israeli society and Judaic studies.
One Year Course and Shalem: This is a 9-month study and volunteer program for recent high school graduates. Spend your freshman year abroad and earn up to a year’s worth of college credit through the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Participants spend a major part of their time volunteering in different communities around the country, offering both Specialty (performing arts, visual arts, medical, design, culinary, arts, and athletics) and Olami-World Travel (travel to countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, India and Spain) programs.
If you are interested in additional information please contact the Temple office, visit the Young Judaea web site or call 212.303.8014.
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Questions? Call Theresa Fishleder 365-8220
At the annual Hadassah Donor Dinner
President - Theresa Fishleder
Secretary - Nancy Margulis
Treasurer - Becky Bunting
Membership Chair - Dana Erhart
HMO Chair - Amy Barnum
JNF Chair - Suisan Goldberg
Cards & Certificates - Barbara Ettinger
Book Group Chair - Nancy Margulis