Women to speak on matriarchs at Hadassah

Rabbi Helen Cohn (left) and Esther Becker

Hadassah Southern Arizona will present “Shhh … Our Matriarchs Are Speaking II” with panelists Rabbi Helen Cohn and Rebbetzin Esther Becker on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The rabbi and rebbetzin will discuss the matriarchs who inspire them.

Cohn is the spiritual leader of Congregation M’kor Hayim. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994 and came to Tucson 11 years ago, after serving a congregation in San Francisco. Cohn is also a spiritual director and an active participant in Tucson’s interfaith community.

Becker was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She and her husband, Rabbi Israel Becker, came to Tucson in 1979 to found Congregation Chofetz Chayim. With more than four decades of experience in Jewish education, Becker conducts classes for the Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies and is a teacher and administrator at Darkaynu Jewish Montessori.

Hadassah Southern Arizona introduced the “Our Matriarchs Are Speaking” program last year; presenters included Rabbis Batsheva Appel and Stephanie Aaron.

Coffee, cake, and a silent auction of handmade crafts created by Jewish women will round out the afternoon.  Hadassah Southern Arizona is seeking additional craft donations; contact event chair Rochelle Roth at rdr823@aol.com or 403-6619 for more information.

The cost of the event is $36 ($18 tax deductible). RSVP by Aug. 29 by mailing a check payable to Hadassah to Rochelle Roth, 4325 N. Sunset Cliff Road; Tucson, AZ 85750.