March 21, 2014
19 Adar II 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 made it!  Spring has finally sprung.  Whoohoo!  We never thought it would happen.   Now can the snowbirds come back, please??? We are missing you! 

Did you all have a good Purim?  Hopefully you have gotten your spring bulletin by now and if not, you will be getting it soon.  March is moving along quickly and we are planning for our great April and May programs.  Reservations for the Book & Author are already rolling in.

I just came from a planning meeting at Lakeside Congregation for the May 19 Impact Conference.  It will be great!  There will be so many varied sessions on so many different topics.  Something for everyone! 

Mark your calendars for June 29 and our 3rd annual Walk for Life.  Bridgette is working with our chairmen to finalize the website we are going to use for donations and registration and it will go live right after Pesach.  The Walk will be held at Botanic Gardens this year and after you walk you can spend the day enjoying the gardens. 

Did you see the information on National Convention?  Scroll down for details but it will be held in Las Vegas from July 21-23 and is a can’t miss.  We haven’t had a great old fashioned convention for a few years now so I know you’ll want to come to this one.  I’ll be there and expect you to be as well. 

Shabbat Shalom!


Michele Rubin
Chapter President


"Israel: The Royal Tour" will air on WTTW in April

A one-hour documentary from Peter Greenberg of CBS focusing on Israel will air on WTTW on April 17, featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right, pictured with Greenberg).

Take a look at one review of "Israel: The Royal Tour" below.

Interested in a tour of Israel led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? You’re in luck.  In the documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour," Netanyahu gives journalist Peter Greenberg a tour of the Holy Land, from the snow-topped peaks of the north to the deserts of the south. Together they float in the Dead Sea, take a boat through the Red Sea, and raft down the Jordan river. They visit the ancient site of Masada before traveling to Haifa to see the high-tech world of the Technion.

“It was a great mix from the Mediterranean Sea to the (Negev) desert. We had a lot of fun. He said that he hadn’t been on a bicycle for years because of security,” Greenberg told the Jewish Star. “So we put the bikes on the road and jumped on and were racing and the security guards ran after us.”

Netanyahu uses the tour to discuss the threat of terrorism facing the state of Israel, stressing that Israel must remain strong militarily and economically in order to protect its civilians.

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Official Grand Opening Set for Hadassah House Resale Shop

Please save the date for the official grand opening of the new location of the Hadassah House Resale Shop on Sunday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m!




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 $1,000 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.

Spring Bulletins On the Way: Time to RSVP for Book & Author Luncheon

Keep an eye on the mail and make sure that you don't miss out on registration for our 2014 Book & Author Luncheon on Monday, April 28 -- featuring a panel discussion on the book "Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust" and honoring Harriet Goldberg, lifetime member and longtime supporter of Hadassah. See the flyer below and log on to our website for more information.

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

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sessions take place at:
Chicago-North Shore Office
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
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's Trauma Unit: Teaching the Word About Saving Victims of Mass Casualty Events  

For the past 20 years, every student in Hadassah's medical school has participated in a two-week trauma course after finishing his sixth year; as a result, there are almost 3,000 Hadassah graduates practicing medicine around the world who have been trained to treat blast trauma victims and handle triage during a mass casualty event.

In addition, many others have received training at Hadassah or from Hadassah physicians who traveled to medical centers abroad and shared their expertise. Following the bombing during the Boston (MA) marathon, for example, Hadassah’s protocol was used to treat the victims since some of the medical personnel had learned the system from their colleagues at Hadassah.

Hadassah’s trauma course--which culminates in a mass casualty drill in Jerusalem, involving the police, Home Front Command, Air Force, and Emergency Medical Service-- is the “only one of its kind in the world,” relates Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Trauma Unit and Emergency Medicine.

The severity of people’s injuries and the condition of these patients when they arrived in the emergency room pushed Hadassah’s surgeons to invent new techniques and procedures. “With sweat, tears, and blood, we learned,” Prof. Rivkind notes. As he explains: “We are fighting with the devil, so we have to create some ‘tricks’ that maybe even the devil doesn’t know.” For example, they developed various gadgets and methods to stop bleeding and improve respiration. They used NovoSeven, a drug approved for hemophiliacs, to save the life of a 15-year-old trauma victim, who was bleeding profusely.

Taking an objective look at Hadassah’s success in saving victims of trauma, Prof. Rivkind and his colleagues conducted a study of their trauma patients from the last 10 years, comparing Hadassah’s survival rate to those of 51 Level One trauma centers in the United States. The results reveal that for severely injured patients, the mortality rate is about 11.5 percent at Hadassah; in the US, it is 19.5 percent. Overall mortality of trauma victims at Hadassah was 2.1 percent; in the US, it was 6.7-7.6 percent. “The difference between us and the American trauma system,” Prof. Rivkind comments, “is, I think, that the chairmen of the departments are not hands-on in the treatment of trauma patients.” At Hadassah, he believes, “the involvement of senior people in the treatment of patients, together with our experience and knowledge, improves the success rate.  Hadassah’s results have been published in the World Journal of Surgery.

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

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Group Happenings Open to All Hadassah Members

*Please Note: The Chicago-North Shore chapter makes every effort to include group events in our Weekly Scroll e-blast. Typically, reminders of your event will not be sent unless your group has a noteworthy change or if your group's information was inadvertently left off the Scroll. Please call the office at 847-205-1900 or email chicago-northshore@hadassah.org with any questions.*

Gibora Hadassah invites you to its Unique Seder event.
Monday, March 24, 2014
7 p.m.; $18
Event will be held at the home of Suzan Kolmin. Please RSVP to Andi Lieberman at andil024@sbcglobal.net for the address.

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

North Boundary Hadassah invites you to a Combined Board and Open Meeting with a presentation by Elise Ginsparg on "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
7:15 p.m.
Chapter Office

Hadassah in the City invites you to "Media Bias Toward Israel" featuring Gary Kenzer, National USA Executive Director of Honest Reporting.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to Jeanette Zemsky by Sunday, April 1 for location of event by called 773-929-1248 or jeangar617@yahoo.com.

Henrietta Szold Hadassah invites you to its major annual fundraiser, "Laugh Over Lunch (LOL)," a musical comedy show starring The Boomer Babes.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
11:00 a.m.; Couvert is $40 per person before March 14; $45 per person after
Hilton Chicago Northbrook, 2855 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook
Please RSVP and mail checks payable to Hadassah to 1016 Honeysuckle Dr., Wheeling, IL 60090 by March 14. Call the Chapter office at 847-205-1900 for more information.

Morton Grove Hadassah invites you to its "Conquer Clutter" program with speaker Barbara Sarasin.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11:30 a.m.; $20
Chateau Ritz, 9100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles
Please RSVP with checks made payable to Hadassah to Beverly Silverman, 7932 Arcadia St., Morton Grove, IL 60053 by April 16.

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!