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Letter from the President
Dear Members of Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter,
Whether it’s 80 degrees or 60, whether it's sunny or cloudy, we’re busy working for you, our Hadassah members. And, boy, do we have lots to keep you busy, active and engaged in Hadassah!
Next up is our 3rd Annual Walk for Life 3K at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. If you haven’t already registered to join us at the Walk or made a donation, please get it in as soon as possible. In addition to a walk with friends and family in beautiful surroundings, we will have entertainment, activities for the children, music and much more. All you have to do to register or donate is call our office at 847-205-1900. Our staff is happy to help you. Don’t forget—parking is FREE all day at the Botanic Garden with your registration fee.
July is just around the corner, and so is our famous Summer Camp. Meeting each Wednesday in July, this year’s theme is "Where in the World? Growing Up Jewish in Faraway Lands." Our first speaker on July 2 is Pulitzer Prize nominee Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern of Northwestern University. His book, "The Golden Age of the Shtetl" is available at our office for $25, nearly 20% off list price. Buy it and read it before his talk. All the details are below so scroll down. Special pricing for Summer Camp is available for new Life Members. Let your friends know.
There is still time to join us for Hadassah’s National Convention, July 21-23 in Las Vegas. It is bound to be informative, stimulating and fun. Click here to register.
Finally, just in time for the start of summer tomorrow, enjoy this photo of me at this week’s Smoothie and Margarita party of the Aviva/Lilah group. Our groups are always up to something refreshing!
Wishing you a refreshing Shabbat Shalom,
Walk for Life 1 WEEK AWAY...
How is your team doing???
Check out how much your team has raised by clicking here.
And don't forget: Register now and get FREE parking at Chicago Botanic Garden!
Did you know? You can register your whole family 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 www.hadassah.org/chicago-northshore or contact the office to get registered. Questions? Contact the chapter office at 847-205-1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Charlotte Salomon: Life or Theater? Opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum, Discounts Available!
In the early years of World War II, Charlotte Salomon, a young Jewish artist from Berlin, fled to the south of France where she shut herself off in a hotel room and spent two years feverishly painting the history of her life. Shortly after completing a body of 1,300 gouache paintings that she called "Life or Theater? A Play with Music," the then pregnant 26-year-old was transported to Auschwitz and killed.
An exhibition of nearly 300 paintings from "Life or Theater?" opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum on June 19 and will run through September 21.
Click this link to receive a certificate to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum at the reduced rate of Two Admissions for $20. Groups of 10 or more may choose to add a private docent-led tour for $3 extra per person and can find more information here.
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Donate School Supplies for Chicago-North Shore's Chapter Mitzvah Project!
Help provide a great start to the new school year through our Back to School Drive Mitzvah Project, hosted by the Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter and Jewish Child & Family Services. Donate new school supplies to benefit clients of JCFS.
We appreciate donations of (please purchase items new):
backpacks, washable markers, colored pencils, crayons, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, loose-leaf paper, scissors, glue sticks, sketch pads, water colors and rulers. Suggestions on where to get supplies include Walgreens, Target, Big Lots or Dollar Tree. View a full list of school supplies by clicking here.
Drop off donations to the chapter office, 60 Revere Drive, Suite 800 in Northbrook. We will also accept gift cards. The deadline to donate is July 31.
You can also help stuff backpacks!
Email Chairperson Ricki Herling at email@example.com to sign up. All sessions take place at the JCFS Northbrook office, 255 Revere Drive, Suite 200.
Dates to stuff backpacks:
Friday, Aug. 1: 10 a.m. - Noon & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3: 10 a.m. - Noon & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Registration is Open for Summer Camp!
9:30 a.m. - Coffee; 10:00 a.m. - Session
July 2: BECOMING JEWISH AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR and DID THE SHTETL HAVE ITS GOLDEN AGE?
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Pulitzer Prize nominee
Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies & Professor of Jewish History, Northwestern University
**ANNOUNCEMENT** "The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe" by Prof. Petrovsky-Shtern is available for purchase at the office for $25, nearly 20% off the list price!
July 9: THE MOSLEM WORLD
Angel Schreim, Egypt; Jacqueline Saper, Iran
July 16: ISRAEL & SOUTH AFRICA
Tova Rothschild, Ruth Ravid, Elana Balaban, Israel; Naomi Pollak, South Africa
July 23: THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD
Miriam Levinson, Cuba; Genie Birch Friedman, Mexico
July 30: MUSIC FROM AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD: LECTURE & PERFORMANCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IDF Officer Fights Deadly Disease at HMO
Fifteen months ago, 24-year-old Omri, an officer with the IDF, joined a clinical trial for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients conducted by the BrainStorm company at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was treated by Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hadassah and chairman of the Israeli Neuroimmunological Society at the hospital, which is conducting the trial.
"In the treatment we take adult stem cells from the patient's bone marrow," the professor explains. "We then use them to create a tissue culture in order to breed the stem cells in larger numbers, and then we use growth factors to make the stem cells more close resemble neurons.
"These cells are injected into the muscle or implanted through lumber puncture into the cerebrospinal fluid, which reaches the spinal cord and the brain. And so, the substance reaches the motor areas damaged by the disease, prevents the ongoing degeneration of the cells, and even encourages them to renew and rebuild. There was an excellent response, and no serious side effects were recorded."
Since being diagnosed as an ALS patient, Omri's condition deteriorated gradually. His motor skills were impaired, his breathing deteriorated to only 80%, he finds it difficult to talk and hold on to objects. He is also forced to use a walking stick and relies on his friends' support in order to walk.
But Omri's treatment stopped his deterioration, and his ability to move his hands has even improved. He was the youngest patient ion the group; Prof. Karussis explains that people in their 20s rarely suffer from muscular dystrophy, which usually appears between ages 45 to 65.
But several months later, the disease began deteriorating again, albeit at a slower pace. Senior officers in the Medical Corps pressed BrainStorm, Hadassah and the Health Ministry to allow the young captain to participate in a second trial, which was conducted about six months ago.
Despite the disease, Omri won't let his life stop. He lives in Tel Aviv with friends, studies programming at the Open University and plans to continue his studies in the future. He arrives at the Kirya Base every day for his classified role in the Intelligence Corps and performs his missions like any other officer. "I handle the gaps between the way I was and the way I am now and I move on. I understand that optimism is the only way to do it," says Omri. "This faith is one of the reasons why my treatment was more successful. it succeeded with everyone, but I am an extreme case."
*This article is edited from a piece on YNetNews.com. For the full article, click here.*
Project News is submitted by Randy Heidenfelder, Project Information Chair and Lisa Ginsburgh.
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Mazel Tov to Hadassah in the City!
Hadassah in the City recently celebrated its one-year anniversary! Keep up the wonderful work, ladies.
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.*
Ariel Hadassah invites you to bring your favorite dairy or parve dish to the 4th Annual Summer Soiree for drinks, friendship and food.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
RSVP to email@example.com for address.
Gibora Hadassah invites you to its informative program about U.S.-Israeli relations, featuring AIPAC Deputy Director Dan Goldwin.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
720 Strawberry Hill Dr., Glencoe
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-251-4491.
North Boundary Hadassah invites you to an Evening Book Review of the "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult, reviewed by Selma Katz.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
7:30 p.m.; Cost: $10
1740 Wildrose Court, Highland Park
RSVP to Joyce at 847-926-9820 or Diane at 847-674-5651.
Gibora Hadassah invites you to its rescheduled Second Annual Antique Road Show, featuring renowned expert Karl Gates.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
7:00 p.m.; Couvert: $36
1660 1st Street, Apt 301, Highland Park
RSVP to email@example.com and then mail your check to 2491 Westcourse Drive, Riverwoods, IL 60015.
Ketura Hadassah invites you to a tour and lunch at Misericordia.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
9:45 a.m.; Cost: $26 for walking tour and lunch; $18 for lunch only
Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge, Chicago
RSVP with your check made payable to Hadassah to 4535 W. Pratt, Lincolnwood, IL 60712. For more information, call Rosanne Sangerman at 773-761-6862 or Beth Sair at 630-294-7247.
Wilmette Hadassah invites you to "An Evening of Lerner & Loewe."
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Gates open at 3 p.m.; program starts at 5 p.m.; Cost: $30
Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park
Please mail your check made payable to Hadassah to Marilyn Fox, 3030 Arbor Ln., Apt. 201, Northfield, IL 60093. For more information, call 847-441-0931.
Business & Professional Hadassah invites you to B and P's 40th Birthday
Lunch. Dress is casual and you may wear red for the Ruby Anniversary.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
11:00 a.m.; Cost: $25
Allgauer's Restaurant Garden Terrace Room, 2855 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Send your check payable to Hadassah to Gwen Packard, 3900 Mission Hills Road, Apt 205, Northbrook, IL 60062 or call 847-715-9903 with questions.
Groups: To add your events which are open to all Chapter members, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Contacts: Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter
Executive Vice President
Lori Ann Powrozek
Administrative Assistant (Groups)
Administrative Assistant (Office)
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
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.