I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. My father and mother were both community activists, because in a small community, every person makes a difference. My father was a Rabbi. My mother was very much involved in the community—-she was president of everything. They helped start the day school there. To this day my mother is the building administrator in her complex in Florida. So this is genetic."
"I think organizational work was in my blood. My parents were both born in Europe and came to the U.S. in the early 1920s as youngsters. My parents were both always involved. My father was one of early American founders of an international organization, Agudath Isreal. He worked in the late 20s and early 30s with some very important work these groups were doing on street corners in New York. My parents built the Mikva school, and they had no children at the time. That sense of community activism and building was a part of [my family life]. I remember meetings in house, my parents were out nights for meetings, my mother was involved in a women's group that collected clothing to send to Israel, which was a very new country then. They couldn’t send new clothing because of custom rules. So we would get new clothes and they had to be washed and sorted. I have childhood pictures of the clothes hanging on the lines.
- Hadassah Goodman
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For a bibliography:
Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse) on ROLE MODELS." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.
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Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse) on ROLE MODELS," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.