January 3, 2014
2 Shevat  5774

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
The Weekly Scroll

Please remember to scroll all the way down to get all of your news. Email feedback to boutten@hadassah.org.

Letter from the President

Dear Members of Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter 

Mazel Tov to everyone for making 2013 such a wonderful year.  We have all accomplished so much and we are now truly one family.  Thank you everyone for your cooperation and spirit of sisterhood.  

What a snowy start to 2014.  I love a good snowstorm and it's all part of the experiences that make up being a Chicagoan.  I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year Celebration this year. Now that the holidays are over, we are going to be getting back to work.  We are planning lots of good stuff for you and details will be out shortly.

Have a wonderful weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,


Michele Rubin
Chapter President


We are pleased to announce that Hadassah House Resale Shop is Moving!  Please see below for the details.

Our store at 1710 First Avenue in Highland Park will close on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and move to 405 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield. 

We look forward to shopping with you at our beautiful new store, opening January 19, 2014!

Tu B'Shevat begins Tuesday, January 15 at sundown. Buying $18 trees is a great  way to get into the spirit of this joyous holiday and help Hadassah.

Contact the Office at 847-205-1900 or chicago-northshore@hadassah.org to purchase your trees.

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 Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
Winter Film Series

Meet us at the movies &
Bring your (dairy-only please) lunch

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014: The Ritchie Bros.
An engaging documentary about a group of young Jewish men who fled Nazi Germany only to return to Europe as U.S. soldiers.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Using a rich collection of archival footage, this documentary portrays the life of Sholem Aleichem, who used literature and humor to describe the reality of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late 19th century.

Thursday, March 13, 2014: The Other Son (le fils de l'autre)
This thought-provoking movie tells the story of two young men -- one Israeli and the other Palestinian -- who discover they were switched at birth.

12 Noon to 2 p.m.
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL
*Dessert & beverages will be provided*
A donation of $10 per session is suggested

Please RSVP to chicago-northshore@hadassah.org or 847-205-1900. We would like to be able to contact you in case of cancellation due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. Please provide us with your email address or call the office if you have any questions about a movie session.


Just a Couple of Weeks Left to Order Mah Jongg Cards!

It's that time of year where you can order your Mah Jongg cards and there are several Hadassah Chicago-North Shore groups to purchase yours.                                                             

Large Cards - $9           Small Cards - $8

You may order your cards by mailing your check payable to Hadassah to one of the group contacts below. Please be sure to include your name, number and sizes of cards requested, and the address where you want your cards mailed. The deadline to order your cards is January 15, 2014.

Buffalo Grove
Contact: Bobbie Beutel 
              860 Weidner Road. Apt. 407
              Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Contact: Karen Bergman
              3856 Dauphine Avenue
              Northbrook, IL 60062  

Contact: Betty-Ann Vishny
              4545 W. Touhy #106
              Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Henrietta Szold
Contact: Marsha Graff
              685 Grove Drive #202
              Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
              847-797-1797 or mahjonggmarsha@gmail.com

Morton Grove
Contact: Carol Less
              7343 Lake Street
              Morton Grove, IL 60053

Contact: Betty Schraiber
              1795 Lake Cook Road, Apt 108
              Highland Park, IL 60035

Zahava Deborah
Contact: Barbara Sporn
              3117 Kathleen Lane
              Flossmoor, IL 60422

  Calling All Snowbirds!

By popular demand, in February 2014 we will hold Snowbird Reunions in the Boca Raton, Naples and Scottsdale/Phoenix areas as follows:

Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Gainey Ranch Golf Club
Chairs: Betty Ashman, Carol Herzog, Natalie Silverman

Naples: Sunday, February 9, 2014
The Plantation Club at the Dunes
Chairs: Dr. Hollis Chalem, Arlene Levin

Boca Raton: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Lakeside Terrace
Chairs: Sheila Chinskey, Arlene Freedman, Miffie Nagorsky

Invitations have been mailed. If you or anyone you know would like to receive an invitation to the reunion in your area, please contact our office at 847-205-1900 or chicago-northshore@hadassah.org and provide your up-to-date snowbird address, phone and other contact information.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
is Growing!

We're starting new groups and programs!

Atid (meaning "future") is an exciting new group for women in their 20's and 30's living in the city. Group events (meeting evenings in the city) will include opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy, Jewish continuity and fundraising. Atid is being formed in keeping with Hadassah's mission and its commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel, and in order to strengthen Hadassah's future. If you or someone you know may be interested in this group, please contact Nancy Spivak at nspivak@hadassah.org.

Training Wheels/Al Galgalim is returning to the northern suburbs for families with children ages 1-5 who wish to partner in discovering the joys of being Jewish. Through songs, games, stories, crafts and more, families will learn about Jewish holidays, rituals, Shabbat and more in a fun, relaxed setting. Sessions will take place throughout the year on Sunday mornings. If you or someone you know may be interested in this group, please contact Nancy Spivak at nspivak@hadassah.org.


On Icy Road, in Post-Storm Traffic Jam, Hadassah Nurse and Midwife to the Rescue

It was on Road 443, which leads from Modiin to Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, that Pediatric Head Nurse Dafna Cohen was stuck at one of the crossroads. She heard a police siren and saw cars pulled over to the side. Ms. Cohen could see that someone was in trouble.

Pulling her car over, too, she announced: "I'm a nurse from Hadassah Hospital. Can I help?"

The back seats of one of the cars had been lowered. The driver introduced himself as a medic. Inside, Batsheva Shoshan was in labor. Her husband, Ha'ari Shoshan, had been attempting to drive her to the hospital, but realized they wouldn't make it. This was their 14th delivery and they knew the baby was coming fast. The medic had a birthing kit and some other medical equipment.

Nurse Cohen began helping, but then she had another idea: Hadassah Midwife Hanna Kasten, Deputy Head of Nursing in Hadassah's Delivery Department—and also from Modiin--might be on her way to work, too. Where was she? Cohen called Ms. Kasten and learned that she, too, was stuck in traffic, one light behind.

In the meantime, the baby was crowning. Nurse Cohen and the medic delivered a healthy baby girl.   And then they saw Ms. Kasten come running down the road.   A midwife with 20 years' experience, Ms. Kasten took over. She cut the umbilical cord, delivered the placenta, and started Shoshan on intravenous fluid. Outside, the temperature was 35 degrees, so she made sure the baby was warm and that the mother was okay.

Project News is submitted by Randy Heidenfelder, Project Information Chair and Lisa Ginsburgh.


Group Happenings Open to All Hadassah Members

Agam Hadassah invites you to a Movie and a Box Lunch program featuring the movie "Kadosh."
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
11:00 a.m.; Couvert: $40 for kosher meal
Movie Room at the Pinnacle, 670 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Please RSVP by Jan. 8 and send a check made payable to Hadassah to Frances Spiegel, 161 E. Chicago Ave., Apt. 47E, Chicago, IL 60611. For more information, contact Joy Gorodess at 312-317-4912.

North Boundary Hadassah invites you to a Creative Tu B'Shevat Seder program combined with its regular board meeting.
Thursday, Jan. 16
1 p.m.
Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office
Please RSVP to the chapter office at 847-205-1900 or
chicago-northshore@hadassah.org by Jan. 10.


Ziona Hadassah invites you to a Tu B'Shevat Seder.

Thursday, January 16
6:30 p.m.
7061 N. Kedzie, Chicago--Hospitality Room
RSVP: Ester Goldfarb 847-674-5431

Ketura Hadassah
invites you to Stress and Self Care for the 21st Century featuring psychotherapist Dr. Keren Vishny.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
12:30 p.m. coffee; 1 p.m. meeting
Jewish Community Center of Chicago, 5050 Church, Skokie
For more information, contact Adrienne Friedman at 847-679-1593.

Groups: To add your events which are open to all Chapter members, please send the information to chicago-northshore@hadassah.org


Key Contacts

Michele Rubin
President, Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
cell phone: 847-275-4884

Luisa Ellenbogen
Executive Vice President
cell phone: 312-543-7258

Ronna Ash
Executive Director

Lori Ann Powrozek
Administrative Assistant (Groups)

Nancy Spivak
Administrative Assistant (Office)

Bridgette Outten
Marketing Coordinator

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062


Resale Store Manager
Robert VanKooten

Resale Store (closing January 14, 2014)
1710 First Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
phone: 847-433-6352

Resale Store (opening January 19, 2014)
405 Lake Cook Road (in Deerfiedl Park Plaza)
Deerfield, IL 60015

Resale Store Hours
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shabbat Shalom!