BOSTON – Hadassah Boston’s virtual “Not Your Bubbe’s Seder” on Sunday, March 7, attracted over 100 members and raised funds for a pediatric ventilator in the Pediatrics Department of Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, said Hadassah Boston President Leslie Gonzalez.
With a theme of “From Darkness to Light,” the event featured three speakers who spoke on systemic racism, women’s advocacy and day-to-day life in the Maternity and Pediatrics wards at Ein Kerem Hospital.
Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum addressed systemic racism; Jill Goldenberg spoke about the importance of advocacy in raising up women’s voices in the national conversation, and Hadassah Hospital Midwife Gila Zarbiv, an expert in infectious diseases, spoke on hope and resiliency in Israel as it moves into a post COVID-19 world. Nationally renowned Jewish singer/songwriter Ellen Allard closed the program with two beautiful songs, including the original composition “Standing at The Sea.”
“This year’s seder program, ‘Mi’choshech, L’Or – From Darkness into Light,’ tied a message of hope and inspiration to the Passover theme in a beautiful, seamless way,” Gonzalez said. “This past year has offered us so many personal and global tragedies and this Passover Seder allowed us to both honor what has come before while looking ahead at the promise of the future. Bubbe would never have dreamed that we would be having a Seder on Zoom, but we could not break our annual tradition of hosting a Hadassah Women’s Seder.”
Hadassah Northeast Managing Director Julie A. Newburg noted that the event helped the region’s goal of funding a pediatric ventilator to Ein Kerem Hospital.
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