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Flowers Make Mother’s Day

This past Mother’s Day, the Hobart and William Smith chapter of Hillel helped make a difference in the lives of the more than 25,000 women who spend Mother’s Day in battered women’s shelters each year. “What a better way to tell your mother that you love her than by showing her you care about others?” asks William Smith alumna Andrea Rosenthal ’08, who worked with Hillel Program Adviser Lorinda Weinstock to make a generous donation to the Jewish Women International’s (JWI) Mother’s Day Flower Project. The student organization held an on-campus Mother’s Day card drive, selling cards featuring “Long Life,” a painting by Israeli artist Betty Rubinstein, and earning more than $100 for the Flower Project, which sends bouquets of flowers to deserving women spending the holiday in domestic violence shelters around the country. Contributions also help JWI provide battered women with the resources they need to break the cycle of violence and begin new, healthy, independent lives. In addition, the organization funds education programs for young adults, builds children’s libraries across the United States and allows Israel’s Children’s Home help abused children. JWI Executive Director Lori Weinstein sent a letter to the HWS Hillel chapter, expressing her thanks for their hard work and kindness: “Your generosity helps [women] experience this holiday as the special day it’s meant to be.” This fall Hillel members plan to continue their good works in the community, including teaming up with Hebrew students from Temple Beth-El to create a gallery of artwork illustrating Jewish concepts, volunteering in local nursing homes and presenting about students’ experiences as part of the March of Remembrance and Hope in commemoration of the 60 years passed since Kristallnacht. For more information about the Flower Project and other JWI programs, visit For more information about Hillel and Jewish life on campus, contact Lorinda Weinstock at For more information about card artist Betty Rubinstein, visit www.bettyrubinstein.