Hadassah parties, book to celebrate 100th

Anne Lowe

Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, the national organization is printing a commemorative book due out this spring, “Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments.”

Hadassah Southern Arizona Co-President Anne Lowe was one of hundreds of Hadassah members nationwide who answered the call to submit a story for the commemorative publication. She wrote about her first Hadassah meeting, which took place in Sacramento, Calif., in 1971 when she was pregnant with her first child and her husband was serving with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. Lowe’s story was one of 100 chosen for publication.

The organization’s overarching goal is “strengthening the unity of the Jewish people.” In Israel, Hadassah supports progressive health care, education, youth institutions, volunteerism and land reclamation. In the United States, it sponsors Jewish and Zionist education programs, Zionist youth programs and health awareness programs, and advocates for a variety of foreign and domestic policies.

Hadassah Southern Arizona will celebrate national Hadassah’s 100th year along with two other milestones — more than 75 years of Hadassah in Southern Arizona and the state of Arizona’s centennial — with “Home Sweet Hadassah” parties in Tucson and Green Valley on Thursday, March 22.

Both parties will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature Israeli and Southwestern hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The Tucson event will be held at Congregation Bet Shalom. The Green Valley event will be held at the home of Iris and Michael Sapovits. The cost for either event is $18. The anniversary celebrations also serve as Hadassah Southern Arizona’s major fundraiser for the year; a variety of giving levels are available.

To RSVP by March 15, call the event co-chairs, Corinne Forti at 860-830-4100 or Ruth Osobow at 520-574-5020.