Members of Hadasah’s Central States region were recently notified of changes to the Tikva chapter. Per a letter from Hadassah Central States President Lyn Furness, Tikva members were informed that the chapter will become part of Hadassah’s Greater Detroit region. The move, effective January 2020, was due to changing times and demographics, according to the notice.
“While your chapter is being reassigned, your local activities need not change,” wrote Furness. “You will be invited to region-wide events and Geographic Area conferences. As a member, you will, of course, continue to receive invitations, the award-winning Hadassah magazine, Hadassah updates and opportunities to speak out on issues including Israel, anti-Semitism and women’s health equity.”
According to Hadassah.org, the Central States Region has over 10,000 members, associates and supporters in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Collectively, the organization has more than 330,000 members, associates and supporters. Pittsburgh’s Hadassah office closed in December 2018, nearly 100 years after the chapter’s inception.
Hadassah, the Women’s Organization of America, was founded by Henrietta Szold in 1912, and Pittsburgh’s chapter sprung up almost five years later. Following a May 1916 gathering, in which temporary officers were appointed and an application was made for an official charter, the chapter officially began in February 1917, during a meeting at the Fort Pitt Hotel when permanent officers were elected. According to materials at the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives, the original officer slate included: Mrs. A. H. Vixman, president; Mrs. Barnett Davis, Mrs. Moses Krieger and Mrs. M. L. Avner, vice presidents; Miss Sarah Treelisky, corresponding secretary; Miss Fannie Klebansky, recording secretary; Mrs. Max Amdursky, financial secretary; and Mrs. Jacob L. Lichter, treasurer. Mrs. Krieger was elected chairman of the board of directors. At the end of its first year, the Pittsburgh chapter had 121 members. PJC
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