Hadassah was founded in New York on Purim, 105 years ago, and is Queen Esther’s Hebrew name. It is a tradition to celebrate Hadassah Shabbat across the country to share the wonderful work of Hadassah with our community.
We are very excited to announce that Sheila Derman, Hadassah National Board Member, has agreed to speak with us about Hadassah’s American Affairs. Come hear about Hadassah’s advocacy efforts and how we are a force on the American Scene. Her talk, entitled, “Hadassah - not just a great hospital in Israel” will explore Hadassah’s advocacy in many areas including woman’s health, gender equality, workplace equity and domestic violence. Sheila will speak with us about how to get involved at any level.
Sheila Derman of Baltimore, Maryland, is a National Board Member of Hadassah. She is an elected member of the National Board, and currently serves on the National Ethics Committee as Chair, and on the National Constitution Committee. Sheila is the past President of the Baltimore Chapter (1998-2001) and for many years was an active member of the Northern Seaboard Region. Sheila has been very involved in the Baltimore Jewish community. She is a member of the Social Justice Task Force-Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), where she previously served on the executive committee. She is the Past President of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland. She was recently appointed, as Commissioner, to the Baltimore County Commission for Women. An involved community activist, Sheila served for many years as the Maryland State PTA legislative chair and was an appointed member of the Baltimore County Citizens Advisory Committee on Gifted Education. In addition, she was a special services community volunteer for Maryland State Senator Paula Hollinger for over twenty years.