March 7, 2014
5 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,

Another exciting week has passed.  They go so fast, don’t they?  For those that don’t know, Camp Young Judaea Midwest has three new campers! Camp director Noah Gallagher had twins, Daphne and Leo, a couple of weeks ago. Noah and wife Lauren met as campers at CYJ so this is really a wonderful full circle, life cycle event.  Assistant director, Robin Anderson, gave birth to a baby girl earlier this week.  If you stop by the office, don’t forget to wander down the camp hallway and wish them a mazel tov.  Oh yeah, and be careful drinking the water around here! 

With new life we are reminded that spring is right around the corner.  Really, it is.  With spring comes our spring bulletin which was dropped in the mail today.  Read it carefully because the response card for both the Book & Author Luncheon and the Impact Conference are in there.  Scroll down to see all the scoop on this year’s Book & Author Luncheon.   The Impact Conference will be held May 19 at Lakeside Congregation.  It is for everyone and that means YOU!  No pressure to take a board position, no pressure to make a donation or any other kind of pressure.  Just come and learn.  For only $10 you can attend up to four great sessions where you will learn everything from how to use your iPad to hearing stories from Past National President Bonnie Lipton; to learning how to use spreadsheets effectively to why Hadassah should be your not-for-profit of choice, and so much more.  There is something for everyone!  No formal invites will be sent out so don’t throw this one away until you have read it thoroughly.  

In recognition of Yom Ha’atzmaut our own Leah Reicin will be reviewing the book Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi, on May 5 here in the office.  Complete details will be coming soon.  

Summer camp information will be going out soon but block off Wednesdays in July for this annual treat.   The theme this year will be “Jews from Around the World” and will be held at Lakeside Congregation since we outgrew our office space!  Everyone loves Summer Camp!!!

Don’t forget to ‘spring forward’ Saturday night and check those smoke detector batteries!

Have a wonderful weekend and a Shabbat Shalom,


Michele Rubin
Chapter President

Back in the News: Hadassah House Resale Shop Featured in Chicago Sun-Times/Deerfield Review

By Steve Sadin for the Sun-Times

The designer clothes and accessories you find at Hadassah House, now open in Deerfield, will cost pennies on the dollar.

Those pennies add up, however, to help fight cancer and other illnesses.

Hadassah House opened this winter in Deerfield near Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads, after 20 years near downtown Highland Park.

Merchandise at this thrift shop — much of it high quality including labels like Gucci and Burberry, as well as mink coats — is donated. The profits then help fund programs like the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, which has been nominated for a Nobel Prize, according to Hadassah Resale Shop Committee Chairman Judy Falk of Highland Park.

“It was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2006 for its work on breast cancer research,” Falk said. “Don’t forget the mobile hospital,” she added referring to a medical unit in Israel which has been flown all over the world to assist disaster relief.

It was one of the first on the scene after an earthquake hit Haiti in 2010.

Before any of that happens, merchandise has to come into the store, it needs to be displayed and sold. The shop is not just about designer labels. There is plenty of furniture and jewelry in addition to the clothing. The new location makes that easier.

“It’s a vast improvement,” store manager Robert Van Kooten said. “It’s a little more than twice the size. It’s easier for the handicapped and elderly without the staircases. There is a lot of flexibility because it is so open.”

When the store launched about six weeks ago, there was very little furniture. By mid-February, more than a third of the space was devoted to sofas, chairs, breakfronts and other items to furnish a home.

“There’s a lot of mid-century modern,” Van Kooten said. There are no beds, mattresses, futons or sofa beds. Health concerns prohibit it. Furniture and jewelry also gives customers an opportunity to bargain.

“It’s based on what I think it’s worth,” Van Kooten said of the furniture pricing. “I listen to what the customer says and we go from there.”

The additional floor space has made it easier to bring more furniture into the store. It does not have to be sold as quickly as it was in the Highland Park location.

“If we don’t sell it the first week it keeps us cozy until the next week and it will sell then,” Falk said.

For clothing, prices are fixed. Long sleeve shirts go for $5, short sleeves for $4 and sleeveless for $3. Outerwear and shoes are more. Earlier this month, shoppers could find a Brooks Brothers storm coat for $35 which would be $698 new at retail, according to the company website.

The move has also expanded the store’s customer base. Regulars from the Highland Park location continue to shop while new people are finding their way in.

“We’ve had so many people follow us from Highland Park and the people from Deerfield have been very welcoming,” Van Kooten said. “We’ve had a lot more opportunity to appeal to a wider audience.”

The new store is in a shopping center with ample parking.

One of those customers who followed Hadassah House to Deerfield is Lynne Bright of Highland Park. For her, shopping there is a win-win situation. She likes the idea of supporting the organization as well as finding bargains.

“I got some books by my classroom,” Bright, a Sunday school teacher, said while shopping Feb. 12. “And I got a parrot for my Purim costume,” she added referring to the Jewish holiday coming next month. All books are free, according to Van Kooten.

Other shoppers like Allyson McDonough of Mundelein are regular browsers.

“I didn’t find anything today,” McDonough said Feb. 12. “Other times I find a lot of things.”

 -It's Never Too Cold to Donate! --

Spring and Passover are coming, and that means a great time to clean and make your donations to the Hadassah Resale Shop. Bring your gently used clothing, accessories and housewares to the store and take a look around while you are there.  If you would like to donate furniture, please call 224-215-3994 for information and to schedule a convenient pick-up.  

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.

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

Please join us for the March sessions, led by Charlotte Glass.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, March 24m 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 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
*March 13 is the Fast of Esther; please feel free to bring your own lunch and drink as we will not be providing food or beverages. *
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.


Join author Marty Brounstein (brother of the Sheri McGinnis, lifetime member of the Henrietta Szold group) as he shares his remarkable true story in his book "Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust." The book chronicles the experiences of a Christian couple that saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews in the Netherlands during World War II and the Holocaust. If you missed Marty speaking at a previous Henrietta Szold meeting, see him during the following dates: 

Tuesday, April 22, 2:oo p.m.  Indian Trails Library, Wheeling
Wednesday, April 23, 8:00 p.m. Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove
Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. Northbrook Community Synagogue
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich
Saturday, May 3, 2:00 p.m. Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum, Grayslake


Inside Hadassah: Recognizing Purim, A Season for Courageous Work 

From Hadassah Magazine: It is the season of Purim (beginning this year on March 15), a time when we celebrate a great, ancient victory for the Jewish people carried out by a singular Jewish woman—Esther. And, of course, this is the anniversary of Hadassah’s founding. We are inextricably linked to the living memory of what one strong, courageous Jewish woman can accomplish.

In the spirit of Esther’s bold determination, Hadassah women of today forge ahead in our mission to better the lives of women. I know you share with me the pride in our Hadassah Foundation aiding the fight for marriage and divorce equality for women in Israel; the latest creative fundraising and awareness initiative for Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Initiative; and the national vice president who successfully juggled the demands of young motherhood, work and a passionate commitment to Hadassah.

Hag sameah to all you proud, brave women!

Read more at www.hadassahmagazine.org.

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.*

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
Home of Ruth Ann Freedman; call 847-205-1900 for address

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.

Highland Park Hadassah invites you to its March "Wonderfully Fun" event featuring Leslie Goddard and the program "Jane Austen and Her Women."
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12:30 p.m.; $15
Chapter Office
Please send check maybe payable to Hadassah to Judy Klein, 950 Augusta Way,#304, Highland Park, IL 60035 or call 847-926-8982 to RSVP by March 16.

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 in 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 invites you to "Meet Rahm Emanuel" lunch and program (This program is for entertainment and Mr. Emanuel will not be present).
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

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.

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!