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New Hadassah 2021 Board


The new Hadassah Richmond board for 2021 was installed on Feb. 3 by past Chapter President, Robin Jackson.

Robin praised the current board for their hard work and determination during what was a challenging year in 2020 and extended the challenge and mantle to the new board, as the year has again started out virtually.

Leslie Baron, Hadassah Co-President.

Hadassah Richmond has entrusted its leadership to Leslie Baron and Sharon Berry as co-Presidents. While Leslie is a lifelong Richmonder and is finishing her 2nd year as President of Hadassah Richmond, Sharon is new to Richmond and to the local Chapter.

She moved here in January, 2018, after her husband passed away to be close to her family. She joined the chapter immediately to meet new people and has been involved ever since. She was born in Boston, lived in New Hampshire and for a time in Lynchburg, where she was involved in their small Hadassah chapter.

Sharon Berry, Hadassah Co-President

Sharon spent the next 36 years in Delaware where she was active in her Synagogue sisterhood and Hadassah. Since moving to Richmond, in addition to Hadassah, she has made friends through the Weinstein JCC as a member of the 5400 Club and the Grandtones and as a member of KBI. A graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., with a degree in Elementary & Special Education, Sharon likes to sing, knit and crochet. She has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Her mother and grandmother were Life Members of Hadassah. Sharon will bring a wealth of skills and leadership to the chapter.

Another new-to-Richmond member joining the board is Arlene Weiner. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Arlene moved to town in early 2020 from Scotch Plains, N.J., to take a job with Genworth. Wanting to make friends here, she jumped right into Hadassah and is anxious to meet people in person soon.

Before the new board, especially in the months to come, lie many challenges that may bring many opportunities. During the 2020 age of Zoom, among other things, Hadassah Richmond continued its Book Group, held a successful Chanukah fundraiser, podcast discussions, a Turkey Trot run and meetings.

Coming during 2021 will be the Hamentaschen Bake, a special event for Keepers of the Gate Members, a jewelry/accessory sale and our ever-important Elinor Bloom Marshall Humanitarian Award event.

Joining Leslie and Sharon on the board are:

  • Marilyn Trownsell- Treasurer
  • Cheri Wolff – Recording Secretary
  • Rebecca Young- Corresponding Secretary
  • Ann Eisenberg and Arlene Weiner- Education Vice Presidents
  • Nannette Shor and Hedy Lapkin-Fundraising Vice Presidents
  • Leslie Greenberg and Carol Stern- Membership Vice Presidents
  • Deborah Cohen, Mary Perretz, Linda Price, Elaine Ragone- Members-at-Large.
  • Marci Rosenthal, Rebecca Young and Robin Jackson – Publicity
  • Janie Swartz and Lynn Kessler- Keepers of the Gate Chairs
  • Frona Colker, Marsha Marks, Marian Winer – Cards, trees and certificates.
  • Beth Rochkind- Advisor

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