May 23, 2014
23 Iyyar 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,

It's a beautiful day!  I hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Before you fire up your grills, don't forget to run through your Hadassah checklist: Told the Associate in your life about their program on June 8, check.  Sign up to walk in our Walk for Life 3K on June 29, check.  Registered for Summer Camp, check.  Registered for Convention, check.  Scroll down to get all the details on these wonderful programs. 

Unfortunately, due to low registration, we have cancelled our program for next Wednesday when the doctor across the hall' was going to tell us all about his work with natural hormone replacement.  We hope to reschedule with him soon. 

Also, summer is when we hold our thank you events for our generous donors.  Plans are in the works for our Cypress Society/Pomegranate Circle Thank You Event, our Keeper of the Gate Thank You Event and our Major Gifts Thank You Event.  Details will be coming out for each as they get closer and invitations will be mailed to members who belong to these programs.  If you are interested in joining one of our annual giving levels, please call the office. 

Have a wonderful long weekend and Shabbat Shalom,  


Michele Rubin
Chapter President

Please note the following changes in Chapter Office hours:

Monday, May 26 -
CLOSED for Memorial Day

Wednesday & Thursday, June 4-5 -
CLOSED for Shavuot

Register for the Walk for Life...and get FREE parking at Chicago Botanic Garden! 

Did you know? You can register your whole family or group to walk as a team for Hadassah!


 Register yourself or your team NOW to Run... Walk...for Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter!

This year's walk will be held at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe on Sunday, June 29. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine! Did you know that you get free parking all day with your registration? A $20 value!

Registration is open and you can sign up on or contact the office to get registered. Questions? Contact the chapter office at 847-205-1900 or email

And we can use sponsors! If you or someone you know has a company that would like to support the walk, please call our office to information about the sponsorship forms or download the forms here.

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 Register for Hadassah's 97th National Convention


Registration - $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.

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Registration Open for Summer Camp!


9:30 a.m. - Coffee; 10:00 a.m. - Session

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern,
Pulitzer Prize nominee
Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies & Professor of Jewish History, Northwestern University

Angel Schreim, Egypt; Jacqueline Saper, Iran

Tova Rothschild, Ruth Ravid, Elana Balaban, Israel; Naomi Pollak, South Africa

Miriam Levinson, Cuba; Genie Birch Friedman, Mexico

Lori Lippitz and the Maxwell Street Junior Klezmer Band

Full Series: $65.00
One Session: $18.00 each

Click here to download and print your registration form to mail back to the chapter office, Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House, 60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook, IL 60062. Questions? Call the chapter office at 847-205-1900 or email

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Hadassah Resale Shop Looking for Workers

Hadassah Resale Shop is hiring! If you know of anyone looking for a job, please have them forward a resume to interim manager Jessica Castrejon at or Judy Falk at 

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Speaker Series Continues with Free Event About Jews in the Fashion Industry at Lincolnwood Place

Leah Polin will talk about fashion, from what Levi Strauss did to denim in the 19th century to what Ralph Lauren has created in our times. Jewish people have been vital to the entire fashion enterprise and we will take a look at some of the creativity and the people who "fashioned" the garment industry.


Thursday, JUNE 12, 2014
Lincolnwood Place
7000 N. McCormick, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Speaker - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
Question & Answers - 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Coffee & Refreshments - 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All Hadassah members, nonmembers, ladies and gentlemen invited to attend!

Non-Lincolnwood Place residents should RSVP to the chapter office by calling 847-205-1900 or emailing

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June 8, 2014 10:00 a.m.
Chicago-North Shore Chapter Office
Joseph & Mae Gray Hadassah House
60 Revere Drive, Suite 800, Northbrook
Couvert: $10.00

Roy Kessel has a background in Judaism and was born at a Hadassah healthcare facility in Jerusalem. His passion for sports and Judaism led him to start the Jewish Sports Foundation with a mission of using the power of sports to build and maintain Jewish identity. In addition to being a local philanthropic consultant and attorney, Kessel has been an instructor at Northwestern University.

For more information or to RSVP, please call 847-205-1900 or email All proceeds will benefit the Marlene E. Post Athletic Center at Hadassah Neurim Youth Village.

Ruderman Series Continues Through Spring, Summer

If you haven't yet signed up for a class in the Ruderman series, you're missing a real treat!

The Chicago-North Shore chapter continues our journey to explore the many twists and turns and meet the great thinkers who struggled to improve opportunities for Jews in a rapidly changing world. An engaging DVD series of lectures on the topic has been prepared by Dr. David Ruderman, professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania. The series is led by Chicago-North Shore's own Charlotte Glass, Head of School Emeritus of Solomon Schechter Day School.

Topics include Jewish life in the Italian ghetto in the mid-16th century as well as the movements that were molded by Jews such as Zionism, socialism and feminism.

Series I – 18th Century Philosophers: Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
o June 23
o July 28
o August 25
o September 22
o October 27
o November 24

Series III (3rd Year): Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
o June 18 -- last session

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

$10 donation requested; $15 non-members

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One More Night to Rest After Having a Baby -- at Hadassah Hospital

In the United States – and in most hospitals in Israel as well – the average hospital stay for birthing mothers these days is 48 hours, including two overnights. It’s a big business in Israel especially: 171,207 babies were born in 2013 in the Jewish State, and the government paid the hospital bill for every one.

Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center offers a third, optional night in the hospital’s attached Maternity Hotel for mothers who prefer to be joined by their husbands but still need to rest. Most health plans cover this night, if the patient has the optional rider on their plan. Additional nights are available for a fee.  The hotel, which is managed under the “Hadassah Baby” program, offers a 24-hour baby nursery and provides supervision and care by the hospital medical team.
Located on the medical center’s campus, the Hadassah Baby hotel is part of the regular Ein Kerem hospital hotel, next door to the medical center’s full-service mall. The hotel room includes all the amenities of a regular hotel plus those necessary for a birthing more, and then some. Free workshops and group activities are available, and guests receive daily visits from an obstetrician and pediatrician during their stay.

Some hospitals also no longer teach mothers how to bathe the baby after the initial clean-up following the birth, leaving that job to be learned at home, presumably under the practiced eye of an experienced relative, friend or local professional. But what if this is a new mother and there’s no one at home to teach or to help?  
What if this is baby #4 and it’s been a really tiring couple of days? One new mother said, “But I have already had three children, thank G-d, and what I really need more than anything is rest. Lots of rest.”    Her face lit up.“A night in a hotel made for birthing mothers, with my husband, is just perfect.”

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
with any questions.*

*POSTPONED* Gibora Hadassah has postponed its May 18 Antique Road Show and invites you to watch your email for a later date for the event.

Ketura Hadassah invites you to "What is Bright Pink?" presentation by Jenn Zwillenberg of Bright Pink, an organization for cancer awareness and prevention.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
12:30 p.m. Coffee; 1:30 p.m. Meeting
Jewish Community Center of Chicago, 5050 Church, Skokie
For more information, call 847-679-1593.

Ketura Hadassah
invites you to "The Passions of Emma Goldman" performance fundraiser, written and performed by Roslyn Alexander.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7:30 p.m. performance; 9:00 p.m. talk with Roslyn Alexander
General Admission: $50 per seat; Reserved Admission: $36 per seat
Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie
Please send reservation and check made payable to Hadassah to Annette Stern, 8461 Linder Court, Skokie, IL 60077. For more information call Marjie Weinstein at 847-676-9117 or Rosanne Sangerman at 773-761-6862.

West Suburban Hadassah invites you to its annual Spring Luncheon featuring a presentation by Charles Troy on composer Richard Rogers.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
11:30 a.m.; Couvert: $18
West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest
Please RSVP by June 5 to Shirley Levin by calling 708-453-0606 or emailing

Tamar Modin Hadassah invites you to a presentation on the book "Once We Were Brothers," by author Ronald H. Balson.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:30 p.m. Group Board Meeting; 8 p.m. Program with Ronald Balson
9141 N. Crawford, Skokie
Please RSVP to Fran Givertz at 847-677-6316 or

Mission Hills Hadassah invites you to a pizza party and general meeting.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
11:30 a.m.; Couvert: $18
Chapter Office
Please send RSVP with your check made payable to Hadassah to Harriette Kurtz, 1027 Sussex Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062. Call 847-291-1198 for more information.

Groups: To add your events which are open to all Chapter members, please send the information to

Key Contacts: Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter

Michele Rubin
Ph: 847-205-1900

Luisa Ellenbogen
Executive Vice President
Ph: 847-205-1900

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


Acting Store Manager
Jessica Castrejon

Resale Store
405 Lake Cook Road (in Deerfield Park Plaza)
Deerfield, IL 60015

Resale Store Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shabbat Shalom!