Dec. 6, 2013
3 Tevet  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,

I haven't talked to you in a couple of weeks and so much has happened since then.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a double blessing this year because we got to throw Hannukah into the mix.  Now that the holidays are over and you are full of turkey and latkes we can all sit back and relax.  

This week was a true week of celebration.  We held our Hadassah Israel Bonds Brunch this past Monday and honored Edith and Amos Turner.  There was a lot of good feelings in the room and a lot of bonds sold to support our beloved Israel.  Yasher Koach to Marlene Kaplan for chairing this event.  

Next week will also be a great one at Hadassah.  I know it's short notice but we have the opportunity to host a visit from Professor Bertrand Fridlander, director of Hadassah Academic College.  If you haven't flown away for the winter yet, please try to stop by the office Wednesday, December 11 at 10AM for coffee and...hear about all the wonderful work at the college.  

Then we are going to quiet down for a bit while we wrap up a fabulously successful 2013.  Speaking of wrapping up, our end of year solicitation letter was mailed this week so you should be receiving it soon.  I know you are very generous all year long but if you could consider an additional donation to finish the year off with a bang, I'd appreciate it as would all the thousands of people we help both in Israel and the U.S.

Have a wonderful holiday-free weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,


 Michele Rubin
Chapter President


Hadassah Academic College President Will Visit Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Be sure to join us for coffee and conversation as we welcome Prof. Bertold Fridlender, president of Hadassah Academic College to Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter.

Prof. Fridlender welcomes the opportunity to get together to share developments in the past year at the College and the vision and plans for the years to come. Prof. Fridlender is very interested in hearing our members' perspective, as the point of view of friends is always an important parameter when planning future activities.

Mark your calendars for Prof. Fridlender's visit:

10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11
Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL 60062

There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be served. To RSVP or for more information, call 847-209-1900 or email


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 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 Resale Shop is running low on clothing and needs to replenish the store. Please bring your donated items to the store located 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 when you can order your Mah Jongg cards and there are several Hadassah Chicago-North Shore groups from which 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

Business and Professional
Contact: Frieda Kohn
351 Town Place Circle Apt. 511
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

North Boundary
Contact: Michele Reznick
              375 We Go Court
              Deerfield, IL 60015

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

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

  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.

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.

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

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.

Project News

Hadassah College Jerusalem Tapped to Lead Multinational Project

For the first time ever, an Israeli college has been tapped to lead a multinational scientific project funded by the European Union. The institution? Hadassah College Jerusalem.

The Joint Management Authority of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument awarded HCJ 2 million euros to shepherd the BioXplore project, in partnership with the Biodiversity and Environmental Research Center of the Palestinian Authority, Leitat Technological Center in Spain and the Hellenic Regional Development Center in Greece. Rutgers University in New Jersey and North Carolina State University will also participate.

Professor Bertold Fridlender, director of HCJ’s Biotechnology Department, is the driving force behind the project. "The goal of [BioXplore] is to identify endemic plants from the Mediterranean area," he explained, "which contain compounds that may be valuable for products such as pharmaceuticals, food additives, cosmetics and others. This collaborative research will promote social and financial developments in the Mediterranean Sea Basin Area."

For more details, go to Hadassah Magazine's website at www.hadassahmagazine.org

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


Group Happenings Open to All Hadassah Members

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.

Agam Hadassah invites you to "History of Women in the Rabbinate" December program featuring guest speaker Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
11:30 a.m.; Couvert: $40
Home of Ellen Gossage, 21 E. Huron, Chicago
Space is limited. RSVP by sending check payable to Hadassah (with Agam on bottom) to Frances Spiegel, 161 E. Chicago Ave., Apt. 47E, Chicago, IL 60611.

Buffalo Grove Hadassah invites you to a potluck lunch followed by the movie "Snow in August."
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
12:00 p.m.; Cost: $15
Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Rd., Long Grove
Make your check out to Hadassah and mention date of potluck dinner on the lower left-hand corner and send to Marcela Kogan, 101 Old Oak Drive, Apt. 215, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.

Highland Park Hadassah invites you to their December meeting featuring slide-lecture presenter Betty Winer.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
12:30 p.m.; Cost: $10 
Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office 
Please RSVP by Dec. 15 with a $10 check with a name and phone number made payable to Hadassah and mail to Judy Klein, 950 Augusta Way, #304, Highland Park, IL 60035 or call (847) 926-8982 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to make a reservation.

Wilmette Hadassah invites you to "The Opera Carmen" featuring Helen Magid.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
11:30 a.m.; Cost: $20 ($22 at the door) 
Beth Hillel-B'nai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette
Send checks payable to Hadassah to Sheila Russakov, 3900 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062. 

Morton Grove Hadassah invites you to an entertainment program featuring speaker Barry Bradford who will present "Who Killed JFK?" Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
11:30 a.m.; Cost: $20
Chateau Ritz, 9100 Milwaukee Ave, Niles
Make checks payable to Hadassah and mail to Beverly Silverman, 7932 Arcadia St., Morton Grove, IL 60035. Call 847-255-1512 for more information. 

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.

Tamar-Modin Hadassah features an exhibit and sale of the work of Artist and Photographer Michael J. Greenberg Dec. 1 - Dec. 30 at North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd, Northbrook. For every framed image you purchase (they make great Hanukkah presents) 10% of the proceeds will go to Hadassah.

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!