Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. announces the observance of its annual Hadassah Shabbat to be held on the Shabbat preceding Purim, Shabbat Zachor, March 4, 2023. Shabbat Zachor is particularly important to Hadassah as the organization was founded shortly before Purim and was given Esther’s Hebrew name. Shabbat Zachor is observed with the reading of the special Maftir, Parshat Zachor, reminding us how evil can be transformed into good, focusing on the victory of Israel over Amalek. Purim also celebrates the strength of Esther and Vashti over oppression and discrimination.
Members of Hadassah across the country and in Colorado will participate in Synagogue services on Shabbat Zachor and will read the Parshat Zachor Maftir. The story of Esther in the Megillah emphasizes Jewish women’s pivotal role in our communities. Congregations are encouraged to reflect on women’s strength and equality during Hadassah Shabbat.
From its beginning in 1915, Hadassah is now an organization of over 300,000 women across the country. It provides medical care in Israel to patients regardless of race, religion or nationality, and is an active participant in international disaster relief. Hadassah Shabbat brings these important values to light. Hadassah inspires passion for the land of Israel, the health and wellness of people worldwide, and Jewish education. According to former Hadassah National President Marcie Natan, “Hadassah Shabbat will celebrate and connect our many goals and missions back to their origin, the Torah.” Hadassah Shabbat Zachor will strengthen old memories of these teachings while welcoming new connections during the celebratory and reflective time of Purim, when Hadassah was founded.”
Please check with your Synagogue about its specific Hadassah Shabbat observance on Shabbat Zachor.