February 28, 2014
28 Adar I 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'm baaaack!  I've returned from all my travels visiting you lovely ladies in your winter homes.  All of the Snowbird Reunions were wild successes and I am so pleased.  Planning has already begun for next year.  You are smarter than the rest of us, for sure, especially in this particularly hard winter. 

We made it! Tomorrow marks the first day of meteorological spring. Apparently, Mother Nature didn't get the memo but it gives me hope that real spring weather is just around the corner.  My next trip on behalf of Hadassah won't be for a few months now but planning is already beginning.  I'm going to Las Vegas for Hadassah's Convention.  I hope you will join me!!!  Scroll down for information and start making your plans to be free July 21-23.  We haven't had a good ole' convention in a few years as the last one was in Jerusalem so it's about time we all get together.  Details will be in the chapter bulletin that is currently at the printer so you'll be getting it soon. 

Whether you keep track of your appointments in a book or on your phone, mark the dates down now.  There's too much going on to talk about so scroll, scroll, scroll and see what I'm so excited about.  Don't forget to keep going until you reach the information on all the exciting things happening at our Hadassah projects.

Have a wonderful weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,


Michele Rubin
Chapter President

Announcing Hadassah's 97th National Convention

Early bird registration - $575 before May 21
Regular Price after May 21 - $625

SPECIAL OPTIONS to save if you book now: Duo Registration for the first 100 "couples" to sign up:

  • These "couples" will receive the special price of $1,00 per couple ($500 each.)
  • A "couple" is defined as mother/daughter; husband/wife; sisters; first-time delegate/any other attendee.
  • Couples DO NOT need to share a room.

Get Earning Fund Credit When You Volunteer

Did you know that you can receive credit for volunteering at Hadassah House Resale Shop? Since our big move to our new location at 405 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield Plaza, the staff at the store has been very busy and could use the help. (If you missed the big story on our opening day, click here to read it.) Earn $7.00 per hour on weekdays and $10.00 per hour on Sundays. You'll be so surprised how quickly it adds up!

The shop is also 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. 

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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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.


First Neurology Patients Move in to Hadassah's Hospital Tower

"Welcome! You are the first," Nira Kedar, head nurse of the the neurology department at Hadassah Medical Organization, said, with a huge smile, to Nachshon Halevy. Mr. Halevy will be the first patient to be wheeled into the new neurology department on the ninth floor of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Earlier that day, the back-up systems for ventilated patients were checked, a few pegs were straightened, and some scuff marks were wiped away. Hadassah Rabbi Moshe Klein, together with Director General Prof. Avigdor Kaplan and Neurology Department Head Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, had placed the newest Hadassah mezuzah on the tower's ninth floor portal of healing. "May Hashem (God) bless you in your everyday work of healing," said Rabbi Klein to the staff.

Mr. Halevy was one of 28 patients—some of them with ventilator in tow—to leave the four-decade-old neurology ward for this state-of-the-art facility. He had sought help at Hadassah when he found himself unable to keep one of his eyes open. It turned out that he had contracted a neural infection. "Because he has diabetes," his wife, Orit, explained, "he requires the expertise you receive at Hadassah." She noted too: "We didn't know that we would be moving into a luxurious suite. Wow! You have to feel better already just moving in here." Mr. and Mrs. Halevy, long-time Jerusalemites, are school teachers and the parents of seven children.

For Hadassah Life Member Carol Sundick, accompanying her husband, Robert, as he was moved from the old building to the tower, was a proud and historic moment. Formerly from Kalamazoo, Mich., the Sundicks now live in Jerusalem. "When you belong to Hadassah in the United States, you never think you are going to benefit yourself," she said. "Even then I dreamt of coming to Israel, but like anyone, I didn't want us to need hospital care. But when you need it, how reassuring to know that Hadassah is here! The new tower is amazing."

Eventually, the neurology department will house 36 patients, being treated for a wide variety of neurological disorders. "The private and semi-private rooms—as opposed to rooms shared by six patients—allow us to focus on patient needs," relates Prof. Ben-Hur. "The ability to prevent infection and to allow our patients total rest while still conducting high-tech monitoring will contribute to faster recovery." In addition to this sophisticated monitoring, four of the department's rooms are specifically designed for epilepsy patients and are equipped with a double monitoring system that includes both electroencephalography (EEG) and video capability.

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

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Group Happenings Open to All Hadassah Members

*Announcement: Please note that our Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka group has changed its name to Menorah to reinforce their connection to Hadassah and Judaism.*

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.

Ariel Hadassah invites you to a "A Night in Old Sushan" Purim celebration.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.; $18 donation
Chapter Office
RSVP to ninamfriedman@yahoo.com or 847-256-1291 and please ask what you can bring for the Mishloach Manot baskets.

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.


Tamar Modin Hadassah invites you to its "Hamentashen Bake Off" tasting, with a Purim discussion led by Barbara Hollenberg and Yael Groner.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:30 p.m. meeting; 8:00 p.m. program
Chapter office

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, 2014
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.

Morton Grove Hadassah invites you to a book review of the novel "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
11:30 a.m.; $20
Chateau Ritz, 9100 Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL
Please make checks payable to Hadassah and mail to Beverly Silverman, 7932 Arcadia St., Morton Grove, IL 60035 by March 12. For more information, contact Sonja Gebel at 847-459-0922.

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.

Business and Professional Hadassah invited you to "Meet Rahm Emanuel" lunch and program.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
12 noon; $20
Home of Rose Wolf, 216 Aspen Lane, Highland Park
Please send your form with your check made payable to Hadassah to Rose Wolf, 216 Aspen Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035.

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, 2014
11:30 a.m.; $10 donation requested
Chapter Office
Bring your dairy lunch and dessert will be served. Call Harriet Goldberg at 847-60
2-1305 with questions.

Ketura Hadassah invites you to its "Crossing the Line - The Intifada Comes to Campus" presented by Charlotte Glass.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:30 p.m. Coffee; 1:00 p.m. Meeting
Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie

Chai Hadassah invites you to its "Chai Tea" with guest speaker Berit Engen, tapestry artist.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Couvert $36 in advance ($40 at the door)
Mission Hills Country Club, 1677 S. Mission Hills, Northbrook
Please RSVP by March 19 and mail your check payable to Hadassah to Denise Bleichman, 1648 Highland Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062. For more information, call 847-564-4018 or email debleich@ameritech.net

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!