The Psychological Impact of the Rise of Antisemitism
Hadassah Magazine
by Hilary Danailova
2d ago
Every week, Sari Kosdon lights Shabbat candles at her home in Los Angeles. It’s a ritual that Kosdon, a pediatric psychologist, has adopted only recently. “I’ve really made it a goal,” she said. “I felt like I needed to do it to cope because I’m so anxious.” Kosdon credits much of that anxiety to the rising tide of antisemitism—in the world, on social media and within her therapeutic profession, especially since Hamas’s October terror attack in Israel and the ensuing war in Gaza. “As an antidote, I turned to my Jewish community,” said Kosdon, whose 2021 doctoral dissertation, The Experience o ..read more
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New Jewish Books to Kvell About
Hadassah Magazine
by Sandee Brawarsky
2d ago
Lolita at Leonard’s of Great Neck and Other Stories from the Before TimesBy Shira Dicker   In this debut collection of stories, Shira Dicker, a self-described daughter of the first wave of feminism, portrays bold Jewish women in a New York world that is post-Vietnam war and pre-pandemic. She writes energetically, capturing a time and place so well, not with nostalgia but with clarity, compassion and humor. Dicker gets the details just right, like the maraschino cherry-topped whiskey sours at the catering hall named in the title. To & Fro By Leah Hager Cohen (Bellevue Literary Pre ..read more
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Promising to Fund a Jewish Future
Hadassah Magazine
by Cathryn J. Prince
2d ago
Activist and Hollywood insider Noa Tishby promised. So did the comedian Modi Rosenfeld, Rabbi David Wolpe, pro-Israel social media star Lizzy Savetzky and Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot. They are just a few of the nearly 50,000 famous and not-so famous people who have signed the Jewish Future Promise (JFP). Previously known as the Jewish Future Pledge, the campaign encourages Jews to promise that at least half of what they bequeath to charity will be earmarked to build a Jewish future. Signers either stipulate in their wills which Jewish causes to support or leave it to their hei ..read more
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‘Goddess of Warsaw’ Turned It Girl
Hadassah Magazine
by Amy Klein
2d ago
Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw, also known as the Warsaw Nike. In Greek mythology, Nike was known as the Goddess of Victory.  It’s a strange time to be reading fiction about the Holocaust, as many of us are wondering if we might be living in the days before the next one. That is how it feels to be immersed in The Goddess of Warsaw, a captivating new work of historical fiction by New York Times best-selling author Lisa Barr, whose previous book, Woman on Fire, was a One Book, One Hadassah selection. In Barr’s latest novel, when a young Hollywood newcomer wants to direct a film about lege ..read more
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‘The Scrolls of Deborah’
Hadassah Magazine
by Jaime Herndon
2d ago
The Scrolls of DeborahBy Esther Goldenberg (Row House) In the spirit of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Israeli author Esther Goldenberg weaves together familiar biblical stories with her own creative liberties to build a thoughtful, feminist midrash of sorts. The first installment in an expected trilogy, The Scrolls of Deborah centers around matriarch Rebekah and her nursemaid Deborah (not the Deborah you might have been expecting!). We read about Deborah as a child, her journey to Rebekah and her life spent serving the matriarch. The chapters are organized into seven “scrolls,” each with seve ..read more
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How Well Do You Know Israeli History?
Hadassah Magazine
by Editor
2d ago
The Arch of Titus. With misinformation and anti-Zionist sentiment spreading on social media, it is crucial to share the accurate history of Jews’ connection to the Holy Land. Test your knowledge in determining if these statements are true or false. 1. The term “Palestine” is derived from the Philistines, an Aegean people who settled along the coastal plains of the Land of Israel and the Gaza area in the 12th century BCE.  2. All Jews were forced into the Diaspora after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E. 3. The violent 12th century Crusades convinc ..read more
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Hadassah Mobilizes Support for Israeli Women
Hadassah Magazine
by Editor
2d ago
End the Silence rally in Santiago, Chile. Since October 7, Hadassah has spoken out about Hamas’s weaponization of sexual violence, launching its largest-ever global campaign, End The Silence, to demand action, accountability and justice. More than 130,000 people from 118 countries—plus 116 organizations—have signed Hadassah’s letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres demanding an unbiased investigation. On International Women’s Day on March 8, Hadassah supporters organized 190 events in 17 countries and online to #EndTheSilence, including at rallies in Paris and in Santiago ..read more
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When Women Couldn’t Eat at the Plaza
Hadassah Magazine
by Muriel Fox
1w ago
(Left) Muriel Fox leads a Mother’s Day parade for the ERA in Illinois in 1980. Courtesy of Muriel Fox; (top, center) National Organization for Women (NOW) founder and president Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan with fellow NOW members. Many of us who were pioneers of the women’s revolution of the 1960s and 1970s have stories about an embarrassing exclusion from a men-only facility. My experiences led me to mobilize the National Organization for Women (NOW) for action against the famous Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. In November 1968, as head of the television and radio department of my public relations ..read more
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Commemorating October 7 With Tattoos
Hadassah Magazine
by Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy
1w ago
Getting tattooed at a Healing Ink 10.7 event. Courtesy of Artists4Israel “We will dance again” reads the tattoo now inked on the left forearm of Mia Schem, a French Israeli tattoo artist who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists at the Nova music festival on October 7 and was among those released in November. She is one of the growing number of Israelis and Jews around the world getting tattoos, traditionally considered taboo in Judaism, as a form of commemoration of the atrocities. Most, like Schem, arranged their tattoos privately, but hundreds of others have taken advantage of a new initiative ..read more
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Fresh Meaning and Raw Memory
Hadassah Magazine
by Carol Ann Schwartz
2w ago
The Hadassah Medical Organization is busy 24 hours a day, and sometimes our staff members start working even before they walk through the doors. One recent day, in the middle of rush-hour congestion, terrorists opened fire on the outskirts of Jerusalem, killing one person and injuring five. Stuck in that same traffic jam were three nurses and one doctor from Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus on their way to work. They left their cars to help injured commuters until ambulances arrived. As patients and staff enter our Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus buildings these days, they pass photos of recent victi ..read more
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