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Women’s Reproductive Health from a Jewish Perspective


Sunday, October 23

9:30 a.m.

Weinstein JCC


Hadassah Richmond is hosting an exciting advocacy program on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. that you won’t want to miss!

This educational program presentation deals with women’s health issues including reproductive health, fertility, and abortion. Hear an array of viewpoints as they discuss spiritual, legal, emotional and medical aspects of women’s reproductive health from a Jewish perspective, through the eyes of different denominations in Judaism.

As a Jewish organization, the Hadassah Richmond chapter has the unique ability to take the lead in the community on these important and relevant issues that speak to us all.

An informed and diverse panel will speak, featuring Delegate Eileen Filler Corn who served as the 56th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. She was the first woman in the history of Virginia’s legislature to serve as Speaker. Filler-Corn rose to this role after serving in the House for a decade, making her the fastest person to ascend to the post.

Today, she continues to serve her community and Commonwealth in the House of Delegates. She has spent her time in the legislature as a listener and problem solver, delivering results that move her community forward and advocating for everyone equally regardless of background, circumstance, or ideology.

Joining Filler-Corn is Michael Edelstein, MD a Reproductive Endocrinologist /Fertility Specialist. Dr. Edelstein has extensive experience in the medical and surgical aspects of reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and assisted reproductive technologies. Also on the panel is Rebecca Young, a local attorney, Hadassah Region Area Vice President and Hadassah Leadership Fellow. Young, a past Hadassah Richmond President, grew up an active member of Young Judaea and is the fifth in a six generation Hadassah member family.

The Jewish denominations will be represented by speakers Rabbi Randi Nagel, Rabbi Sharona Grinsteiner, and Thea Winston.

Rabbi Nagel is currently the Rabbi at Temple House of Israel in Staunton and has a long record of rabbinic and pastoral service. Rabbi Nagel has a passion for working with small congregations and enjoys outreach into the greater community.

Rabbi Grinsteiner, Rabbi of Congregation Or Atid in Henrico was born and raised in Israel and has taught Hebrew and Judaic subjects for over 30 years. She is a veteran of the IDF where she served as an officer of a teaching unit.

Thea Winston is a Certified Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator. Winston studied Public Health before moving to Israel, where she was founder and CEO of Shoresh Doula Care, helping over 100 mothers achieve the birth of their dreams.

These speakers will help attendees learn about the issues concerning women’s reproductive health, one of the cornerstones of Hadassah.  The hallmarks of Hadassah’s vision for women’s health are empowered wellness, integration and innovation. Hadassah stands for choice and believes reproductive choice is fundamental to women’s health.  This program precedes the national elections so that the event will foster well informed voters in our community.

The program will be held at the Weinstein JCC and the cost is $18, which includes a light brunch. Advanced registration is required, as the event may sell out.

The program is open to the public – open to everyone.

*Hadassah is requiring proof of vaccination to this and all in-person events.

To read more on Hadassah’s health issues and issues important to this program, go to:

www.hadassah.org/policy-statement/a-vision-for-womens-health www.hadassah.org/get-involved/choice


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