Hadassah Blocker grew up in Roxbury and Dorchester, Massachusetts as the oldest of four children of immigrant parents. Her father was an Orthodox rabbi and Hebrew teacher and principal. Her family kept kosher and observed Shabbat: "We did have a Shabbat in our house all the way." Hadassah "learned Hebrew at Hebrew School, then attended Hebrew High School, and Hebrew College. She learned to read from the Torah when she was working at Camp Pembroke. [Hadassah was the Director of Camp Pembroke for thirty two years.] "I was working at Camp Pembroke. My father visited and he saw me reading from the Chumash. He said, 'Why don't you sing it?' I said, 'I don't know how!' He said, 'I'll send you a tape.' And he did. He gave me the trop and I learned them. His trop were beautiful. It was the Vilna trop. I loved doing it, so it didn't take me long to learn. It is the one I teach the women at Temple Emanuel. "My father, who was an Orthodox rabbi, taught me everything that I know and was very happy to have me do it."
Hadassah recalls a total of twenty one visits to Israel from 1961 onward. Today she misses, and worries about, Israel and her friends there.
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