Boston chapter of Hadassah, Jewish women volunteer organization, celebrates centennial

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On Sunday at noon, Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum smiled broadly as she carefully balanced on a metal ladder and pointed a few feet above her head to a green-and-white Boston street sign replete with history: Hadassah Way.

Surrounded by dozens of women at the corner of Boylston Street, the president of the 100-year-old Boston chapter of Hadassah, a prominent Jewish women’s volunteer organization, re-created a photograph from 58 years ago when the lane was dedicated in the group’s honor.

The snapshot kicked off the Boston chapter’s centennial celebration and, for the more than 100 women who joined the festivities, offered an opportunity to remember and cheer how Hadassah, both locally, nationally, and internationally has evolved over the years.

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