So I’m at my second job this weekend (working as a hotel desk clerk) and a group of women used the meeting room all weekend for a meeting of a group called “Haddasah”. I assume (though here I should know better) that Haddasah is a Jewish women’s organization, but I’m not even sure about that. Could someone please tell me what “Haddasah” is? What does the word “Haddasah” mean? (And I hope I’m spelling it right.) What does the group attempt to do? As far as I could discern, the group in our hotel was mostly talking about domestic violence problems. Can anyone fill me in? Thanks.

Here’s a place to start:


“The departure of the church-going element had induced a more humanitarian atmosphere.”
Dorothy L. Sayers
Clouds of Witness

According to the Bible (Esther 2:7), Hadassah was another name of Queen Esther.

I’ve heard that “Hadassah” was her Jewish name, while “Esther” is actually a Hebraicized version of the Persian name “Ishtar”. Not sure how accurate that is, though.

Yes, it is a Jewish women’s organization, and is involved with various activities of interest to Jewish women. You can find out more at http://www.hadassah.org/home.htm .

Picture Jewish church-ladies.

PLUTO – Thanks for the link.

DR. F. – That’s exactly what they were! Jewish church ladies. And it was kind of neat to see how happy they were to see each other; I gather that they don’t get together very often given the distances in Montana, and I doubt there’s enough Jewish people in any Montana community (with the possible exception of Billings) to offer decent support to the specific concerns of a Jewish woman. Anyway, thanks for the info – I’ll check out the link right now.

Isn’t that SPECIAL, bubuhla!

Yer pal,