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Hadassah

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Summary Information
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory
Series I: A-Hartford Chapter/Programs/Hand of Healing
Series II: Hartford Chapter/Programs/Miscellaneous-Z
Series III: Newsletters, 1930s-1980s
Series IV: Newsletters
Series V: Hartford Chapter/Shopper’s Guides
Photo Series I: A-G
Photo Series II: H-R
Photo Series III: S-Z

Summary Information

Repository
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Title
Hadassah
ID
Org.0008.002.004
Date [inclusive]
Bulk, 1968-2012
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Language
English
Biographical/Historical
Biographical/Historical note Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold and a group of like-minded women interested in Zionism and social welfare established the national Hadassah organization in 1912. Initially the new organization was known by two different names: the Women's Zionist Organization and the Daughters of Zion. However, because the founding meeting was held around the time of Purim, the organization eventually adopted the name “The Hadassah Chapter of the Daughters of Zion,” The use of the name Hadassah was significant, because the name represents both strength and tradition. Hadassah is the Hebrew name of Queen Esther. Hadassah can also mean “myrtle,” a plant with both biblical and literary significance. Szold had two goals in founding Hadassah. Appalled by health conditions she observed in Palestine in 1909, Szold sought to help raise health standards throughout the region. Additionally she saw this mission as a way to reinvigorate Jewish life in the United States by galvanizing Jewish women in support of the Zionist cause. Henrietta Szold visited Hartford in 1914 and addressed a group of local women. At some point thereafter (both 1914 and 1918 are celebrated as the date), the Hartford Chapter was founded. Hartford had always been a stronghold of Zionism. Over time, the Hartford chapter became one of the largest and most influential in the country. The primary activity of the Hartford chapter is to raise funds for Hadassah projects that include Hadassah hospitals, Youth Aliyah for the rescue of Jewish children from countries in crisis, the Jewish National Fund, and Young Judaea Zionist camps in the United States. Throughout the decades, the chapter has grown and split into several smaller chapters, offering a flexibility that has enabled the group to attract a variety of women of differing ages and backgrounds.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents note The most extensive section of this collection is its Newsletters, which are fairly complete from 1968 to the present. The collection also includes a set of meeting invitations from the 1930s. Together these documents give a view of Hadassah activities over several decades.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06117
860-727-6171
ekafer@jewishhartford.org

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Collection Inventory

Series I: A-Hartford Chapter/Programs/Hand of Healing
Hartford Chapter/Certificate for Service to Hartford Member Esther Welk
Hartford Chapter/About this collection
Hartford Chapter/Adeph Book Group
Hartford Chapter/Anniversaries
Hartford Chapter/Associates
Hartford Chapter/Awards and Honors Given
Hartford Chapter/Awards and Honors Received
Hartford Chapter/Constitution and By-Laws
Hartford Chapter/Conventions
Hartford Chapter/Correspondence
Hartford Chapter/Fundraising
Hartford Chapter/Hartford Herzlia /Miscellaneous/
Hartford Chapter/History
Hartford Chapter/Installation/All Divisions
Hartford Chapter/JNF Certificates
Hartford Chapter/JNF Certificates
Hartford Chapter/Meeting Invitations 1935-1941, plus misc.
Hartford Chapter/Membership
Hartford Chapter/Membership and Officer Lists 1940s-1980s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1920s-1930s and undated
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1940s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1950s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1960s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1970s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1980s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1990s
Hartford Chapter/Newspaper clippings 2000s
Hartford Chapter/Programs/Donor
Hartford Chapter/Programs/Hadassah Medical Organization
Hartford Chapter/Programs/Hand of Healing

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Series II: Hartford Chapter/Programs/Miscellaneous-Z
Hartford Chapter/Programs/Miscellaneous
Hartford Chapter/Programs/Youth Aliyah
Hartford Chapter/Sabbath
Hartford Chapter/Thrift Shop
Manchester Chapter/History
Manchester Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1980s-1990s
Miscellaneous Chapters in CT/Newspaper clippings
National Organization
New Britain Chapter/Correspondence
New Britain Chapter/History
New Britain Chapter/Newsletters
New Britain Chapter/Newspaper clippings 1980s, 1990s
Pyquaug Chapter (Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield)/Newspaper clippings 1980s-1990s
Vanguard Program for Singles
Weddings through the Decades, October 20, 1987 (videocassette)
Winter in Natanya Program for Seniors
Young Judeans

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Series III: Newsletters, 1930s-1980s
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1930s
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1943
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1944
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1945
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1946
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1947
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1948
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, `1952
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1956
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1957
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1958
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1959
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1960
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1961
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1962
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1963
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1964
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1965
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1966
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1967
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1968
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1969
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1970
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1971
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1972
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1973
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1974
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1975
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1976
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1977
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1978
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1979
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1980
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1981
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1982
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1983
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1984
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1985
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1986
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1987
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1988
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1987
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1988
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hartford Hadassah Headlines, 1989
National Newsletters 1940s

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Series IV: Newsletters
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah, 1990
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah; Name changes to Hadassah Bulletin in Nov., 1991
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1992
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1993
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1994
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1995
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1996
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1997
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1998
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 1999
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 2000
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 2001
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 2002
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 2003
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 2004
Hartford Chapter/Newsletters/Hadassah Bulletin, 2005

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Series V: Hartford Chapter/Shopper’s Guides
Shopper’s Guide/1948-1949
Shopper’s Guide/1951-1952
Shopper’s Guide/1952-1953
Shopper’s Guide/1955
Shopper’s Guide/1957
Shopper’s Guide/1957
Shopper’s Guide/1958
Shopper’s Guide/1958
Shopper’s Guide/1959
Shopper’s Guide/1960
Shopper’s Guide/1960
Shopper’s Guide/1961
Shopper’s Guide/1962, 50th anniversary
Shopper’s Guide/1965
Shopper’s Guide/1967
Shopper’s Guide/1968
Shopper’s Guide/1968
Shopper’s Guide/1969
Shopper’s Guide/1970-1971
Shopper’s Guide/1972-1973
Shopper’s Guide/1972-1973

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Photo Series I: A-G
Anniversaries
Associates
Associates/party honoring David Sheketoff
Awards, 2 folders
Board of Directors, early 20th century
Board of Directors, late 20th century, see also OVERSIZE; folder is too large for box, and is on shelf next to the organization/oversize box.
Board of Directors/Presidents, 1980s
Building/interiors/1990s
Conferences
Conventions, 1990s
Donor Luncheon

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Photo Series II: H-R
Hadassah Medical Organization/Big Gifts Dinner
Hand of Healing
Installations
Junior Hadassah
Major Gifts Dinner, 1990
Miscellaneous, 2 folders
Meetings
Membership
Membership/Kaplan, Shirlee/Miscellaneous photos from various Hadassah events and meetings, c.1970s-1990s
National Organization/H. Szold with S.S. Wise
Programs
Programs/Beach Party, 1997
Programs/General Meetings, 1990s
Programs/Outgoing President's Party, 2000
Programs/Jewish Women of Achievement
Red Cross Parade, 1917

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Photo Series III: S-Z
Thrift Shop/Honorees, 1990s, 2 folders
Trips
Trips/New York National Office
Youth Aliyah Luncheons, 1997, 2 folders

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