Nov. 15, 2013
12 Kislev  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,

Well, we are still basking in the glow of our highly successful Heart to Heart Fundraiser and are already planning something wonderful for next fall.  

Chapter events will be a little slower for the next couple of months as groups are in high gear with the installation and Youth Aliyah luncheons but we do have a couple of activities you may be interested in.  

Next Monday, November 18, is our book review of the book Killing Kennedy.  For any of you who happened to have seen it, this book was made into a movie that aired last weekend.  As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, this is a moving way to mark that tragic moment in American history.  And on Monday, December 2nd, we will be holding our Hadassah-Israel Bonds Brunch.  It will be held at the chapter office and honor Highland Park Group member Edith and Amos Turner.  Don't forget to RSVP to this one soon so we are prepared for you.  

On top of all that, we are preparing for our once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving/Hanukkah all in one holiday.  Sweet potato latkes with cranberry applesauce anyone???

Have a wonderful weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,


 Michele Rubin
Chapter President


Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter is collecting toiletry donations for the homeless at our chapter office, 60 Revere Drive, Suite 800 in Northbrook, IL 60062. All donations will be given to area shelters. If you have questions, please call 847-205-1900 or email chicago-northshore@hadassah.org.
Hadassah House Resale Shop in Need of Donations
If you've been meaning to clean out those closets ahead of the holidays, now is the time! Hadassah House Resale Shop is running low on clothing and needs to replenish the store. Please bring your donated items to the store at

1710 1st Street, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 433-6352
Store Hours
Mon-Fri 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Saturday - Closed
Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mah Jongg Cards are Here!

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

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.

  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 Chinskey, 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.

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

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  

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

Sunset Foods Hosts Shop & Share to Raise Money for Hadassah

The dates for the Benefit Day for Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter are Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20, 2013. You will on a donation based on the total amount of groceries you spend on those days. Download and print your benefit slips here.

Need to know about more Hadassah fundraisers? Take a look at our fundraising page here.

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

Youth Aliyah- Saving the World- One Child at a Time

Doron is a 10th grade student, who joined one of our villages a few years ago. The school reported that he was a smart boy, who answered correctly in class, but avoided reading and writing and did not take any exams. He was diagnosed, and the staff learned he had severe reading and writing disabilities. For years, he had managed to hide his difficulty at school, to the detriment of his education.  

Following the evaluation, the staff showed Doron by means of the high marks he got in the intelligence test, just how bright he is. They strengthened his self confidence, explained to him about his learning disabilities, and offered him assistance.

The staff recommended he take oral exams, and for the first time in his life- he received high marks. He became a different person: his self esteem improved dramatically, as did his social life and his ability to read and write. He could finally realize his abilities and make a mark for himself in the world. He told his teachers, "The women of Hadassah and all their kindness has changed my life in ways I could never even dream and I will never forget them."

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

Buffalo Grove Hadassah invites you to a fundraiser to support Hadassah.
November 18, 2013
Noon.; $20 includes lunch and one free bingo card.
Golden Chef, 600 S. Milwaukee, Wheeling
Send your check to Marcela Kogan, 101 Old Oak Dr., Apt. 215, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. Be sure to put on check for 11/18/13 meeting and call Joyce Scholl at 847-634-2102 if you need a ride.  


Ziona Hadassah invites you to a hear Elissa Zimmerman, Solomon Schechter and Niles North graduate discuss her experience as a sergeant in the Israeli army.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble Old Orchard
Raffle prizes with donations for HMO; no charge to attend
Call Ester Goldfarb at 847-674-5431 to RSVP.

Ketura Hadassah invites you to Tour Misericordia
November 19, 2013

9:45 a.m.; $26 includes tour, movie and lunch
Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge, Chicago
Mail your check payable to Hadassah to Beth Sair, 4535 W.Pratt, Lincolnwood, IL 60712.


Ariel Hadassah Book Club invites you to a discussion of Naomi Ragen's latest book, "The Sisters Weiss."
Thursday, November 19, 2013
55 Birchwood Ave., Deerfield, IL
7:30 p.m.; Suggested donation is $5
RSVP to LEllenbogen@hadassah.org or call 847-444-0677.

Agam Hadassah invites you to a Israel @65, a multi-media presentation.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11:30 a.m.
Couvert: $40
Gibson's, 1028 N. Rush St., Chicago
RSVP  by Nov. 15 and send check made payable to Hadassah (AGAM/HMO in memo) to Fran Spiegel, 161 E. Chicago Ave., Apt 7E, Chicago, IL 60611. Contact Ilana Shermer at 312-649-9247 with questions

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.

Highland Park Hadassah invites you to Tea & Symphony, a musical event.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
12:30 p.m., tea and dessert
$36 to support HMO
Space is limited; RSVP by November 13 with check payable to Highland Park Hadassah: Judy Klein, 950 Augusta Way, # 304, Highland Park, IL 60035

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.

Tamar Modin Hadassah invites you to a dine out for lunch and/or dinner to raise money for Hadassah.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Valley Lodge Restaurant, 2131 Waukegan Road, Glenview
Present this blurb as a coupon to server upon ordering for a 20% donation to Hadassah.
Total amount: $                      

Tamar-Modin Hadassah announces the new 2014 Entertainment Books are available. Start saving on shopping, eating out and travel today by purchasing great holiday gifts that support Hadassah. Please contact Lynda Klein at akagrammie1@yahoo.com with your order or call 847-910-8759.

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!