October 25, 2013
21 Cheshvan  5774

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
The Weekly Scroll

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Letter from the President

Dear Members of Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter,
Well, another week has passed and it is really feeling like autumn out there. We had a simply wonderful week and many of you got to share it with us. On Monday, Naomi Ragen, award winning novelist, spoke to us not once, but twice.  Both events were well attended and both had our members leaving very happy.  I'm so glad we were able to offer just a high class program in the city for those that have trouble getting up north.  

Now, we are in high gear for our Heart to Heart Fundraising Dinner.  This will be so different than our previous medical symposiums and so much better.  There will be a full three-course dinner, great raffle prizes, music and on top of all that, we get to hear two world-class cardiologists talk to us about what's new in the world of heart health and how we can prevent what is the leading cause of death in men and women alike.  One from the jewel in Hadassah's crown, Professor Chaim Lotan, director of the Heart Institute at Hadassah Medical Center and one home grown doctor from Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Annabelle Volgman. Reservations are pouring in and there is much buzz around here. If you haven't gotten your reservation in, please do it ASAP as we do need to finalize arrangements.  I'll see you there!  

Oh, and for those of you who were at the Keeper of the Gate event and heard the story about how I lost my Keeper pendant, you can all relax.  I found it! Carry on.
Have a wonderful Indian Summer weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,

Michele Rubin,
Chapter President

               Save the Date...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 Chinsky, Arlene Freedman, Miffie Nagorsky

Invitations will be mailed well in advance. 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.

 Please join us for our Heart to Heart Benefit Dinner!


Annabelle Volgman, MD, FACC
Director, The Heart Center at Rush Medical Center
Has been featured as "Oprah's cardiologist" and was recognized as one of Today's Chicago Woman Magazine's Top 100 Women of Influence


Professor Chaim Lotan, MD, FACC
Director, The Heart Institute at Hadassah Hospital
Leading researcher and innovator of biomedical cardio technology and has been published in numerous ground-breaking studies.


 Emceed by Chicago Fox 32 Meteorologist Tammie Souza

Heart to Heart: Every Beat Counts!
Presented by Hadassah Chicago North-Shore Chapter
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
9599 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60076  
dietary laws observed

Be sure to bring your spouse, family and friends! For more information or to purchase tickets, call the chapter office at 847-205-1900.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
& Israel Bonds

invites you to...

Hadassah Day for Bonds
Edith & Amos Turner

with guest speakers:
Darlene Padnos
Israel Bonds Chicago, Women's Division Co-Chair

Daniel Goldwin
Israel Bonds, Executive Director, Midwest Region

Monday, December 2, 2013
11:30 a.m. Brunch (dietary laws observed)
Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062

Couvert: $10.00
For more information or to RSVP, call the chapter office at 847-205-1900.

Learn with Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Our Education Committee is pleased to present Fall 2013 programming:

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Elise Ginsparg, a well known book reviewer and historian in our community will review this New York Times bestseller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. As we remember the tragic death 50 years ago of President John F. Kennedy, we will learn untold stories of his personal life, highlights of his short but dramatic career, and some background information about his assassin.



Monday, November 18, 2013
1:00 p.m. at Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office
Cost: $12

To register please call our office at 847-205-1900 or mail your payment to:
Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL 60062
Ph: 847-205-1900 Fax: 847-205-1909
Email: chicago-northshore@hadassah.org

 Award-winning author Naomi Ragen books for sale

For those who didn't hear award-winning author Naomi Ragen speak this week or purchase one of her critically acclaimed novels, you still have time! We have limited copies of Ms. Ragen's books for sale at the Chicago-North Shore office , so hurry and get yours!

The books and prices are:

  • "The Sisters Weiss" - $25 ** Just published!
  • "The Tenth Song"  - $16
  • "The Saturday Wife" - $15
  • "Jepthe’s Daughter" - $17

 Call the chapter office at 847-205-1900 to purchase your book.

It’s Not "His story"; It’s Your Story: Jewish Intellectual History: 16th– 20th Century

This multi-year series starts with a consideration of Jewish life in the Mid-16th Century, and includes discussions of "greats" such as Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Buber, and Heschel.

First Year Lectures/Begins with 16th Century:
Mondays, 1-2:30 pm at the Chapter office

October 28, 2013: Hidden Jews/ Messianism

November 25, 2013: Baruch Spinoza

Third Year Lectures/Begins with 20th Century:
Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am at the Chapter office

November 20, 2013: Jewish Law - Martin Buber vs. Franz Rosenzweig

December 18, 2013:Abraham Joshua Heschel - Mystic and Social Activist

A donation of $10 per session is recommended from Hadassah members; persons joining Hadassah at a session are invited to attend that session for free. Non-members are requested to pay $15 per session. Everyone is welcome to attend any session; lectures do not have to be taken in order. The series is facilitated by Charlotte Glass and DVDs provide the instruction.

Please RSVP to:chicago-northshore@hadassah.org or (847) 205-1900.

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.

Community News

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore is invited to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center for discounted rate.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum tells the story of the Holocaust through interactive exhibitions that both move and inspire. Explore video testimonies and artifacts from survivors, step into a genuine German rail car and visit the Museum's stunning contemplative spaces. Click here to receive a reduced admission certificate for Hadassah.

Project News

In Response to Increasing Cases, Hadassah AIDS Center Gets Proactive

The Hadassah AIDS Center conducted an in-service seminar on AIDS awareness and prevention for family doctors  October 2.  The seminar, "HIV-A Virus Without Borders” was organized as a result of the recent increase in AIDS cases among residents of East Jerusalem. Nearly half of the cases weren’t diagnosed until the advanced stages of the virus even though patients felt sick and were seen by doctors.

The AIDS Center at Hadassah was established in 1985 and the multidisciplinary team provides diagnosis, treatment and support for HIV/AIDS patients. Additionally, the center conducts various studies on HIV/AIDS. The center is currently treating around 400 HIV carriers: Jews, Arabs and Christians.

"This virus doesn’t only affect what would be considered 'classic' high-risk groups where physicians might be looking for symptoms,” said AIDS Center Director Dr. Hila Elinav.

“Family physicians don’t think of HIV when examining the men, women and children from their regular practices, and they are missing the initial signs. There is less openness about homosexuality and drug use. That means that patients are diagnosed dangerously late, and arrive at the Center much later than they should and have a lower chance of overcoming the virus. Early detection of the disease, while it is still in the carrier stage can help slow the virus and prevent the development of AIDS."  

The seminar included lectures on diagnosis methods, early symptoms, treatment options, quality of life and life-expectancy. 

For more details, go to National Hadassah's website at www.hadassah.org

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


Group Happenings Open to All Hadassah Members

 Highland Park Hadassah invites you to spend a wonderful day viewing the movie "Fill the Void," reviewed by Hilda Reingold, followed by lunch and discussion.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office
10 a.m..; $25
Make checks payable to Highland Park Hadassah and mail to: Judy Klein, 950 Augusta Way # 304, Highland Park, IL 60035. For information, call Judy at 847-926-8982.

Ketura Hadassah invites you to a Lox & Bagel Brunch with guest speaker Charlotte Glass, presenting "India Through Jewish Eyes."
Sunday, November 3, 2013
11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20
Temple Judaea Mizpah
8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie
RSVP to Nancy Marcus, 9801 Gross Point Road #218, Skokie, IL 60076 by October 28, 2013. Make checks payable to Ketura Hadassah.

Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Hadassah invites you to a Denny Diamond and the Family Jewels Lunch and Musical Performance.
Friday, November 8, 2013
11:30 a.m.
Cost: $45
Chandlers Chop House
401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
RSVP and mail checks to Lanni Guttman, 538 Pinewood Drive, Glencoe, IL 60022. Call 847-835-1888 with questions or if you need a ride. Make checks payable to Hadassah. Buffet lunch is included.

North Boundary Hadassah invites you to "The Trip to the Bountiful."
3 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013
7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cost: $25

Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark, Chicago
Please send money to Esther Rubin, 4420 Lindenwood Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062. For more information, call 847-480-1242.

Gibora Hadassah invites you to an author event featuring Lisa Barr, author of "Fugitive Colors."
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office
7:00 p.m.; $18
RSVP to Sherri Goltz sherrigoltz@comcast.net by November 7, 2013
Refreshments will be served.

Wilmette Hadassah invites you to a special Youth Aliyah luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11:30 a.m.
Cost: $30
Glenview Wildfire Restaurant
1300 Patriot Drive, Glenview
Make checks payable to Wilmette Hadassah and mail to Eunice Bloomenkranz, 9432 Lawler, Skokie, IL 60077.

Mission Hills Hadassah invites you to a Hanukkah Bruncheon & Installation, preceded by a Holiday Boutique & Silent Auction.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
10:30 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Meeting & Installation
12:00 Noon Bruncheon
Cost: $36
Mission Hills Country Club
Please return your reservation by November 10 to Harriette Kurtz, 1027 Sussex Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062. For more information, call 847-291-1198.

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


Have You Been to Our Resale Shop Lately? Come Shop and Volunteer!

Our resale store at 1710 First Street in Highland Park is truly a destination. Please stop in and take a look. Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Get earning fund credit ($7 weekdays and $10 Sundays) and a discount on your purchases. A 1-2 hour volunteer slot is available. For more information and to schedule your time, contact Robert at 847-433-6352. 

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
1710 First Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
phone: 847-433-6352

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!