February 14, 2014
14 Adar I 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,

I am writing on my weekend "off" from attending Snowbird events. 

Last weekend, our chapter held successful Snowbird Reunions in both Scottsdale, Arizona and Naples, Florida.  People reconnected and played Jewish Geography and had such a good time they are already beginning plans for next year!  Next weekend I will attend the Snowbird Reunion in Boca Raton, FL and expect an equally wonderful event. It's sure a tough job, having to travel to Florida and Arizona in the middle of this horrible winter, but someone has to do it. 

Speaking of successful events, I am beginning to get very excited about the Book & Author Luncheon on April 28.  I hope you've marked your calendar.  The resale shop is thriving and beautiful.  The weather is supposed to be a balmy 37 next week so I hope it will be easier for you to stop by and see all the great deals!  The coupon sent to you in the mail expires on February 28 so don't lollygag any longer.  Lastly, if someone you know reports that they are not receiving the Scroll, tell them to call the office and give us their email address.  Or better yet, take their email address and call it in for them.

Have a wonderful weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,


Michele Rubin
Chapter President


The Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office will be CLOSED Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of President's day. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter Presents
2014 Book & Author Luncheon

"Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust"
*Nominated for Jewish Book of the Year*
Hadassah members will share their experiences, joined by editor Elaine Saphier Fox.

Harriet Goldberg
For her years of dedication and service

Monday, April 28, 2014
11:30 a.m.; Couvert: $45
Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090
Chairs: Diane Rosenfeld and Barbara Saxton-Turek
Chapter President: Michele Rubin

Be on the lookout for your invitation and details coming in your Spring Bulletin!

Hadassah Northwest Chapter Hosts Buffalo Grove Man Speaking About Challenges of Being Deaf in a Hearing World\

The Northwest Chapter will welcome Buffalo Grove resident Lew Golan, who is completely deaf, to speak about his book "Reading Between the Lips: A Totally Deaf Man Makes It in the Mainstream."

In a candid celebration of the advantages (and occasional pitfalls) of communicating orally by speaking and lip reading, Lew shows that deafness is not an impenetrable barrier to making it in the hearing world.

Join the Northwest Chapter for an interesting presentation, free of charge, at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Buffalo Grove Youth Center, 50 1/2 Raupp Blvd. behind Village Hall. For more information, call 847-749-2064.

Hadassah House Resale Shop Settling Into New Location, Needs Donations

A steady stream of shoppers has visited the Hadassah House Resale Shop since our big move to our new location at 405 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield Plaza. (If you missed the big story on our opening day, click here to read it.)

Now the shop is in need of donations of clothing, household accessories and furniture. Please call the store's new phone number at 224-415-3994 for more information or to schedule a pick-up.  Car-to-store service is provided if you pull around the back of the store and ring the bell. 

And it's not to late to save! Download your coupon here.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
Announces the Next Installment of the...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SelfHelp Home
908 West Argyle, Chicago, Illinois 60640
Speaker - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Questions & Answers - 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Coffee & Refreshments
- 12 noon - 12:30 p.m.

Non-SelfHelp Home residents should RSVP at the Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter office by calling (847) 205-1900 or emailing chicago-northshore@hadassah.org. Stay tuned for more exciting speakers!

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Chapter Collecting New & Slightly Used Bras for Underpriviledged WomenHadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter will be collecting new and slightly used bras to donate to Temple Shalom for their drive for women who cannot afford them.

Temple Shalom will launder, package and deliver the bras. The Chicago-North Shore chapter will have a collection box at the chapter office or donations may be dropped off at the home of Ricki Herling, 5005 Warrent St. #201, Skokie. For more information, contact tchildren@aol.com or 847-677-5919.

Not (Just) Your Bubbe's Hadassah:
New Chicago-North Shore Groups Offer Activities, Growth for Young Women

A traditional Hadassah group may offer mah jongg tournaments and book club meetings in a culture and tradition that's as comforting and familiar as chicken soup. But Hadassah Chicago-North Shore is expanding to groups that fuse culture and tradition with a fresh appeal in a world that now communicates via social media and smartphones but still has the need for volunteerism and charitable giving.

That's why Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter has two brand new groups, Atid and Evanston-Skokie, that offer a fresh new look at an old friend: Hadassah. Atid means "future" and is for women in their 20s and 30s in the city while Evanston-Skokie is for 30s to mid-40s in the northern suburbs. Combining the tradition and culture of Hadassah with the newfound avenues for increasing advocacy and activism, these groups will offer women in this age group:

  • an opportunity to continue outreach to the land and people of Israel;
  • a chance to reconnect with their Jewish identity;
  • a hub for personal growth, education, Jewish continuity and fundraising, while preparing the next generation of leaders of Hadassah. 

If you have a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend of the family - or perhaps even yourself - who may be a good fit for either dynamic new group, contact us by phone at 847-205-1900 or email us at chicago-northshore@hadassah.org. Please feel free to also contact us if you would like to know more about any of Hadassah Chicago-North Shore's groups for young women.

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It's Not His story, It's Your Story: Jewish Intellectual History of the 16th-20th Century

Please join Roseanne Cope for the Wednesday morning session:
10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014
- a discussion of 20th century philosophers

Sessions take place at:
Chicago-North Shore Office
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL
Please RSVP to 847-205-1900 or chicago-northshore@hadassah.org

$10 donation requested; $15 non-members


Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
Winter Film Series

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

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.


US Cannabis Activist Meets Hadassah's Cannabis Research Pioneer

Cancer Survivor, Cannabis Activist, and Founder of the Beverly Hill Cannabis Club Cheryl Shuman recently visited Israel to meet with Cannabis Research Pioneer Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, whose work provided the basis for the medical community’s embrace of medical marijuana (cannabis). Ms. Shuman, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer many years ago, credits cannabis with bringing her back from the brink of death.

“Much of our work was begun half a century ago,” says Prof. Mechoulam. His interest in cannabis was sparked after he returned from a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller Institute in New York and became interested in the intersection of chemistry and biology. “Cannabis,” he says, “was ripe for investigation.”

Fluent in a variety of European languages, Prof. Mechoulam read 19th century papers about the plant’s potential. The Israeli police gave him five kilos of high-quality Lebanese hashish that they had apprehended from a smuggler. He coined a new term, “cannabinoids” (referring to the active constituents of cannabis) and isolated first CBD, a non-psychoactive constituent which, according to research at Hadassah, reduced sugar levels in diabetes-prone mice and ameliorated effects of heart ischemia (inadequate blood supply). Then he isolated THC, the psychoactive constituent, as well as half a dozen other cannabinoids.

Prof. Mechoulam notes that pharmaceutical companies have been reluctant to fund clinical trials because marijuana use is controversial and impossible to patent.

Yet, he says, “Cannabis remains a medical treasure trove which waits to be discovered.”

Dr. Elyad Davidson, who heads Hadassah’s Pain Clinic, does offer cannabis to his patients. He reports, however, that “we’re still pre-clinical, which means that although cannabis is being used, we’re guessing on its efficacy and safety. Pain isn’t something you can quantify, so we rely on the reliability of patient reports.”

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

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Group Happenings Open to All Hadassah Members

Agam Hadassah has announced there will be no February meeting. Hadassah cards and certificates will be handled by Ellen Gossage, who can be reached at 312-943-9446 or missgoss@aol.com.

Ketura Hadassah invites you to its Hadassah Game Day Party.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
11:30 a.m.; $25
Lou Malnati's, 6649 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood
Mail reservation to Beth Sair, 4535 W. Pratt, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
. For more information call Rosanne Sangerman at 773-761-6862.

Zahava Deborah Hadassah invites you to its Winter Games Day Party.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
11:00 a.m.; $16
The Egg and I, 222 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL
Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 13 with and send a check payable to Hadassah to Elaine Feinman, 5E 411 Carriageway Drive, Hazel Crest, IL 60429. For more information, call 708-799-8523.


Henrietta Szold Hadassah invites you to Breast Cancer Research: What the Future Holds with oncology surgeon Dr. Sonya M. Sharpless.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
7:15 p.m.
The Clubhouse, 55 Willow Parkway, Buffalo Grove, IL
Please RSVP to Adel Kleiman at adelkleiman@gmail.com or 775-720-1094.

Gibora Hadassah
invites you to its Book Club meeting with Edie Salzman discussing "The Art Forger."
Monday, February 25, 2014
7 p.m.; $18
1825 Balsom, Highland Park, IL

Ketura Hadassah invites you to All About the Ark, presented by Dr. Marc Swatez.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
12:30 p.m. Coffee; 1 p.m. Meeting
Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church Street, Skokie, IL

Gibora Hadassah invites you to Oscar Night with Reid Schultz.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
7 p.m.; $18
Chapter Office, 60 Revere Drive #800, Northbrook, IL

Chaverot Hadassah
invites you to its Dinner, Havdalah & Purim Program, "They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived...Let's Party: A Professional Guide to Partying on Purim" presented by Rabbi Ben Kramer.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
5:30 p.m.; $25
RSVP with checks made payable to Hadassah and mail to Mary Brickman, 3218 Province Circle, Mundelein, IL 60060 by Feb. 20. Call Linda Magad at 224-475-0390 or Mary Brickman at 847-254-0402 for more information.

Morton Grove Hadassah
invites you to a performance of Neil Diamond's "The Odd Couple."
Sunday, March 2, 2014
3 p.m.; $15
Devonshire Theatre, 4400 Greenwood St., Skokie, IL
Make checks payable to Hadassah and mail by Feb. 25 to Shirley Merar, 1755 Lake Cook Road #214, Highland Park, IL 60035. For more information, call 847-691-9882.

Aviva Lilah Hadassah invites you to its Cheesy Gameshow Night featuring actor Harris Kal ("Happy Days," The Babe).
Sunday, March 8, 2014
7 p.m.; $75 per person
Lou Malnatis's Pizzeria, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL
Please make all checks payable to Hadassah and mail them by Feb. 21 to Molly Hershenshouse, 1405 Woodlawn Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025.

Tamar Modin Hadassah invites you to its Mah Jongg Tournament & Game Day.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
10 a.m. Registration; 10:30 a.m. Brunch; 11:30 a.m. Play; Couvert: $50 per player
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL
Please make all checks payable to Hadassah and mail to Fran Givertz, 9141 N. Crawford, Skokie, IL 60076 by March 3.

North Boundary Hadassah invites you to its March meeting celebrating Purim, featuring comedian Robin Riebman.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7:15 p.m.
Chapter Office
For more information, contact Michele Reznick at rez7@aol.com.

Nehara Hadassah invites you to its Spring Fashion Show 2014.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
11:30 a.m.; $45
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL
For more information and tickets, call Keeley Kossof at 847-571-8078 or email kkossof@aol.com or call Michelle Kaboff at 847-877-7292 or mkaboff@hotmail.com.

Henrietta Szold Hadassah invites you to its Automotive Boot Camp: What Every Driver "Auto" Know.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:15 p.m.
Star Auto Authority, 600 Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills
RSVP to Adel Kleiman at 775-720-1094 or adelkleiman@gmail.com.


Agam Hadassah invites you to a program and lunch on the topic "Is There Jewish Life on Chicago College Campuses?" with guest speaker Marla Baker, executive director of Metro Chicago Hillels and UIC Hillel.
Wednesday, March 19
11:00 a.m.; $40
Gibsons, 1028 North Rush Street, Chicago
Send check made payable to Hadassah (Agam/HMO on bottom) to Frances Spiegel, 161 E. Chicago Ave., Apt 47E, Chicago, IL 60611. For more information, call Roz Hoffman at 312-587-7643 or email rbhoffman@sbcglobal.net.

Wilmette Hadassah invites you to lunch and A Life and Art and Music: Tony Bennett, a PowerPoint presentation by Hy Speck.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
11:30 a.m.; $20 ($22 at the door)
Beth Hillel-B'nai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
Please send checks made payable to Hadassah by March 12 to Lillian Covitt, 3031 Lexington Lane, Glenview, IL 60026. Call 847-509-9718 for more information.

Menorah Hadassah (formerly Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka) invites you to a movie showing of Paper Clips featuring a question and answer session Carolyn Dinofksy.
Thursday, March 20
11:30 a.m.; $10 donation requested
Chapter Office
Bring your dairy lunch and dessert will be served. Call Harriet Goldberg at 847-602-1305 with questions.


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

Key Contacts: Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Michele Rubin
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
405 Lake Cook Road (in Deerfield 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!