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Upcoming L.E.A. Chapter Events For more information, locations and contact information, send an email to: lea@hadassah.org

Welcome to the L.E.A. Chapter of Hadassah Website where you can find information about our upcoming events and chapter activities.  We welcome your impressions and questions about our chapter and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. Our board meetings are open to the entire membership.  Come for a cup of coffee, the latest information about Hadassah, and most of all for friendship, networking and a enjoyable morning with women who choose to make an impact in their lives, their community, and the world.

 We communicate to our members through a monthly e-blast and post the events and activities here as well as Chapter Events and Activities pages. For more information, including addresses to private homes and to connect with Event Coordinators, please email lea@hadassah.org and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person for reply. 

NO NEED TO NAVIGATE OUR PAGES, ALL OUR INFORMATION IS NOW ON THE HOME PAGE.  ARE YOU RECEIVING OUR E-NEWSLETTER, THE L.E.A.der?  Subscribe to the mailing list by sending a request to lea@hadassah.org.  The L.E.A.der is emailed to all members at the end of each month.

 A Message from our Presidium

Hadassah is 100 and looking just fine! Our photo may be a bit fuzzy, but we're pleased to let you know that our LEA Chapter clearly continues to grow and thrive. After a quarter of a century. We now have over 550 members and almost 100 associate members (our men!). We live in Denver, Denver’s south suburbs, and the Foothills, We connect in Book groups, Study group, and activities throughout the year.

And, most important, our members are committed to making a difference in peoples lives. We support medical research and health care through support of our Hadassah Medical Center in Israel.

 We welcome your support and involvement, and hope to meet you soon!

 With Peace (B’Shalom)
Risa Buckstein. Jan Klatskin, Barbara Metzel, Roni Ogin
L.E.A. Chapter of Hadassah, Presidium  
For more details, please contact lea@hadassah.org



The next L.E.A. Board meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the home of Risa Buckstein. Please  email lea@hadassah.org for Risa's home address, phone and email. All board members, committee chairs, and past presidents are welcome to attend. 

Dear L.E.A. Member,

This year you can participate in our LEA Matching Challenge Grant.  Each and every donation made to the LEA Chapter will be matched up to a total of $54K.  Every card or certificate that you purchase, every online donation you make, every dollar raised from programs and events... is eligible for this match.  For more info, contact Bonnie Chelwick

Purchase Cards, Certificates, JNF Trees, and King Soopers Cards 

Help earn money towards our goal with your purchase of Hadassah greeting cards and certificates. Contact Elaine Tinter, lea@hadassah.org  who will get them in the mail to you or your loved ones today.

 Purchase a reloadable King Soopers gift card from Jan Klatskin and a percentage of your purchases are donated to our chapter.  Such an easy way to make an impact....and this year, the donation is doubled!

 Join Our L.E.A. Groups

Contact Group Leaders for Summer Programs

 Young Women's 

NightGroup: Contact Sandy Mann for information

Daytime Group: contact Sharon Kassanoff  for information

 Both day and night are open to new members! If you have a young daughter, granddaughter, niece, friend...  send the contact information to Susan Greenwald and we'll make the contact.

Here are the upcoming events for the Group and their first monthly e-news..


Welcome to the first installment of a joint monthly email, for both the Daytime and Evening Young Women’s Hadassah groups, supported by the LEA Chapter.  Sharon Kassanoff (Daytime Group Leader) and I (Sandy Mann, Evening Group Leader) have agreed to unite our communications so that details about how to be involved in our groups are available to everyone. And, while we were at it, we decided to have some joint events too! For many of us, our lives are so dynamic and changing these days, why not make it easier for us to pick and choose what suits us, AND intermix with a broader social group?  The events held by each group are open to ladies in either group, so come out and enjoy!


If you are not currently a member of Hadassah we would love for you to consider joining.  The cost is only $36 for an annual membership (renewable each year) or $212 for a life membership.  A Hadassah membership contributes towards Hadassah's medical research and humanitarian work as well as support for Israel.  Membership benefits include a subscription to award winning Hadassah Magazine, advocacy, health and Jewish education programs, hNews—Hadassah’s National eNewsletter and professional networking opportunities and Continuing Education Credits (CEU's ).  In addition members will receive discounts at LEA Young Women's Group events.  If you are interested in joining you can sign up directly at www.hadassah.org.  Once you become a member please contact membership coordinator Leanne Sobel  so we can update our records and ensure you receive the event discounts.  If you are currently a member please contact Leanne so we can make sure our records are accurate.


The Daytime Group will be meeting the second Wednesday morning of each month. Evites will be sent for these meetings/programs to those in the Daytime list. If you would like to receive these evites and are not sure if you are on the list, please contact Sharon at lea@hadassah.org.

The Evening Group will be meeting the second Tuesday evening of each month. Event updates will be shared via our Facebook.com group. If you would like to be added to the group, please contact Rachel Baum at

Some joint events will be communicated via email and/or other electronic invitation.

August 27th, 7:30pm-9pm: Book Group (Evening Group hosts)

  • §  Book is Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner. We will commence with a half hour of socializing before book discussion at 8pm. Any one welcome to join or drop-in. Email Leanne Sobel at  

September 9th, 7:30pm-9pm: Apples & Honey (Evening Group hosts)

  •    Come join us for an evening of sharing recipes and traditions in advance of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Bring a dish showcasing apples and/or honey to share (pareve or dairy), and send your recipe in advance to Allison Pack at  by Sept. 4th.

September 10th, 11am-1pm: Painting for the Holiday  (Daytime Group hosts)

  • §  Come join us at Arts on Fire.  Paint your Apples and Honey platter or that Chanukah latkes plate you always wanted to serve on.  It will be your choice of many ceramic pieces.

October 12th, 9am-11am:  Pink Sukkah Breakfast (Co-hosted by Day/Evening Groups)

  • §  Ladies will honor our Hadassah cancer survivors, through storytelling, raffling off cool items and gifts to support Breast Cancer, and of course sharing good food. Yes, there will be pink food! We still need donations and volunteers for the following committees: To contact any of these ladies, please contact lea@hadassah.org. Put their name in the message and we'll forward it on to them.  Hadassah doesn't permit us to use personal emails on this website.

ü  Food:  contact Jamie Pines 

ü  Speaker and program: contact Sharon Kassanoff 

ü  Decorations and Prizes:  contact  Allison Pack 

November 11th, 7:30pm-9pm: Healthy Holiday Habits

  • §  Learn about how to eat healthy during the holiday season. Susan Krems, a nutritionist, will be coming to share ideas and strategies about how to get through the holidays as well as some hands-on healthy recipe making. Let’s eat!

November 12th, 10am-12pm:  It's all about Sushi

  • §  Sushi technique and cooking class. Two great Hadassah chefs will take you through techniques, rolling, and decorating. You will then have a delicious ethnic lunch and leave with recipes and a bambu roller.  If you are interested in volunteering to assist, please contact Sharon Kassanoff 

December 9th, 7-9pm: First Annual Latke Exchange (Co-hosted by Day/Evening Groups)

  • §  More detail to come. Looking for volunteers for this delicious evening, please contact Sandy Mann   

We’ve got some ideas brewing for spring that we think you’ll be excited about too! Stay tuned . . .


More Group News

Book Groups, Study Groups, contact the group leaders at lea@hadassah.org for more information.


LEA daytime Book Group: Contact Barb Pinhas  

LEA nighttime BookLovers: Contact Shira Reiss  

LEA Study Group:  
Contact Cyrel Phillips


Women’s Sh’ma B’Kohah (listen to her voice) Retreat Sunday Sept 14th.

Last year we held the retreat at the JCC Ranch Camp and we had over 50 women.   This year it is going to be amazing! We will be having 3 breakout sessions with 12 speakers. Each woman will choose to go to three throughout the day. Speakers will include: Elyn Hutt, Sarah Lerhfield, Julie Geller, Tammy Dollin and more! The keynote speaker this year will be Dafna Michaelson.  To make it even more accessible we are moving location to a place called Jefferson Fair Ground in Golden, Co. More info coming, but you can email Dani Wynn, dwynn@jccdenver.org

Private Tour of Chihuly Exhibit on Sept. 17

Article Image Join your L.E.A. friends for a private tour of the Chihuly Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Sept. 17.  Lunch follows. Contact Barbara Metzel 



Pink Sukkah Event: Oct 12:  Celebrate Sukkot and Honor our Breast Cancer Survivors at this unique and informative event.  Contact Sharon to volunteer, share your story, or help in other ways!

Latke Making Competition: December 11:  Get together before Hanukkah to share your best Latke recipes at a fun and competitive event. Bake 'em or Fry'em, and creatively top them!  Contact Sharon to get involved.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities for You! Hadassah supports the Jewish Coalition for literacy, a volunteer tutoring program to help at risk readers in public and private schools. Work one on one, or in small groups in the classroom.   Contact Beth Spiegel scgdjcl@msn.com or 303-759-8485 x 2 to reserve your space for the fall! 


Hadassah has introduced a new Chai Society annual giving level of $180 (L.E.A.'s current level of $360 is now designated as Silver Chai Society). If you would like to make a generous contribution to Hadassah on an annual basis, as long as you are able, it is very easy to do.  Just on online to Hadassah.org, click on "donations", then click on "annual giving." You may then choose the level that you are comfortable with and provide a credit card to give annually or monthly.  For only $15/month, the equivalent of one lunch out with a friend, you can be an annual Chai Society donor to this amazing organization.  Be sure to get your Hadassah #, look at your recent magazine, or just put "L.E.A" Chapter in that space. 


Al Galgalim

(Training Wheels for 2-5 year olds) 

Article ImageBring Training Wheels into your home and give your family a precious gift of heritage that will last a lifetime.  Join a Training Wheels Group and enjoy quality time with your children or grandchildren ages 2-5 while discovering the joys of celebrating Shabbat and the Jewish holidays.

When: 2nd Sunday of each month, 10-11:30 am

Where:  B'nai Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Ave, Denver

Eight 90 minute sessions feature arts and crafts projects, Shabbat and holiday songs, parenting discussions

How much?  $100 program fee includes one-year membership for new members with Hadassah and B'nai Havurah.


For more information contact Carol Morris, carol@bnaihavurah.org, 303-388-4441 x 11

Families eligible for Mazel Tot can enroll for this class at no or reduced cost.  Go to www.mazeltot.org



National News

  • Israeli Hero Treated at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus
  • Israeli Prison Service Officer Ariel Twitto was on his way to pick up his children from nursery school camp after accompanying a prisoner to court when he and fellow officer, Elad Biton, heard someone shouting "Piguah!" (terror attack!).
  • Hadassah-Neurim Provides Refuge for Border Kibbutz
  • For the last three weeks, Mali Yehoshafat and her four children have found refuge at Hadassah-Neurim. 125 kibbutz members—including all the children in this border agricultural commune are living in Hadassah’s Youth Village, near Netanya.
  • Urge Congress to Affirm Support for Israel
  • Israel once again finds itself in a time of crisis, forced to take military action to defend its citizens from indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire. Urge Congress to affirm its unwavering, bipartisan support for Israel’s sovereignty and security, and pass the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act!

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