CHW Memories Project
In October 2013, CHW Ottawa launched the “Memories Project,” a historical look into the foundation that has made their Centre what it is today. The “Memories Project” has inspired this rubric in the CHW Insider, which kicks off the countdown to Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’s centennial in 2017. This edition of the “Memories Project” focuses on Sally Gotlieb z’l, CHW’s fourth National President.
Sally Gotlieb :
The Woman Who Led Everything The Early Days of Sally Gotlieb Sally was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1900 to Polish immigrants Judah and Rebecca Schiller. In 1912 her family made the move from Philadelphia to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was in Winnipeg where Sally would discover her lifelong passion for helping others, and supporting her belief in Zionism. Sally’s philanthropic journey began in 1914 when she joined Young Judea. In 1923 she joined the Canadian Hadassah family when she became a member of the Ezra Chapter, serving as secretary, and eventually president. After nearly a decade at the Ezra Chapter, Sally was elected President
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of the Winnipeg Hadassah Council. In 1934, at the 8th Biennial Conference in Edmonton, she was elected Western Vice-President, a role that she held for 17 years. Sally assumed the post of National Membership Chairman in 1947 with the goal of substantially increasing membership. Just like in many of her other endeavors, Sally was successful. She proposed the adoption of Life Memberships as a policy, and the idea was well received. She was also instrumental in developing and designing the Life Membership Pin as we know it today.
Sally Gotlieb: 4th National President In 1951 Sally Gotlieb became the 4th National President of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW), and in doing so became the first woman outside of Montreal or Ottawa to run a National Jewish organization in Canada. The following four and a half years of her life were exceptionally busy, as she spent two weeks out of every month in Montreal, away from her home and family back in Winnipeg. Sally was one of the hardest working Presidents; in her eyes there was always something more she could do. Early in 1951, she journeyed with her daughter Eunice to Israel.