Rochester, New York Chapter

Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah in 1912, and it was in Rochester, NY, that the name Hadassah was officially adopted at the first National Convention in 1914. Although there were only 10 Chapters, 8 of them sent delegates to this Convention. Attendance was so small that the delegates were taken into the home of Henrietta's friend, Tillie Rose, who became Rochester’s first Chapter President (1914-1919). Her memory is honored every year with a special educational program that is open to the entire Chapter and our community. Our local Chapter currently has over 700 members, which include 635 Life members. We also have over 125 men who are Associates. The Groups in our Chapter have changed with the times. Most of our members have now chosen to be Members at Large, with no group affiliation. Modi'in (MOD), our newest and youngest group, began in 2005 and now has over 60 members. These young women, aged 20ish - 40ish, are single, married, mothers, and/or professionals. Bat Ami is our most senior and experienced group. They also have their own Board meetings and an afternoon Book Group. They plan events that include members from their group, as well as the Chapter at Large, and participate in the Chapter's fundraising and membership initiatives. Several Bat Ami Board members are past Chapter Presidents and continue to participate on the Chapter Board level. Hadassah has grown to become the largest women's volunteer organization in the United States with over 300,000 members nationally. The Rochester Chapter is a strong and vibrant organization with women who participate, lead, and share their passion for all that Hadassah does in Israel and the United States.


Hadassah Medical Organization Cards & Certificates
Med Org Cards and Certs

Buy Hadassah Medical Organization Cards & Certificates from these volunteers:
Joyce Heilbronner, Coordinator 442-9584
Sue Ann Baker 334-1778
Carol Yunker 385-3910
Eileen Jachles 383-1753
Florence Eppstein 244-4833
Barbara Cohen 272-7396

Rochester Hadassah Cookbook

The Rochester Hadassah Cookbook makes a wonderful gift for showers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new homes and other occasions.  The price is $18.00 and $22.00 to ship out. Contact Marlene Elkin 271-1871.

The Hadassah/JCC Shed

Please continue to support this important fundraising initiative.  Hadassah and the JCC get paid per pound for these textile donations and folks in needy areas in the US and abroad receive clothing and household soft goods.  REMEMBER:  No pillows, toys and household non-textile items – only clothing, shoes, purses, towels, sheets in tied plastic bags.  Thank you for your help and donations.

Mitzvah Project at City School #3

Unfortunately, in Rochester, many youngsters arrive without the necessary tools for learning.  Through our Hadassah annual school mitzvah project, we can help by making sure these eager kids have notebooks, pencils, paper, pens, glue, backpacks and other essential tools.  Take advantage of those late summer school supply sales and allow a youngster to be fully equipped for daily work.


Drop off your donations at a meeting, or call 203-1200 for more information or a pickup.

Monika Katzel, Mitzvah Project Chair

Youth Aliyah

There is no better way to help the children in the YOUTH ALIYAH villages than by purchasing certificates that can be used for any occasion.  Small Certificates are $5.00 and up plus postage; Large Certificates $15.00 and up plus postage. Contact Marlene Elkin 271- 1871.

Jewish National Fund Trees and Blue Boxes
Tree And Bird

Jewish National Fund Trees
Merle Markus 586-9436 or mbmarkus@hotmail.com
Barbara Weber smeyers@rochester.rr.com
Jewish National Fund Blue Boxes
Sue Baker 334-1778 or sueannbaker49@yahoo.com

Save Around Books
Rochester Save Around Books

Save Around Books are $20 each; call Debby Shulman 586-6654

From our President


Dear Hadassah friends,
The 4 of us have finished our 2 years as your presidium.
We want to thank you for your continued support of Hadassah, and for being a part of the Rochester chapter. For 2019, we will have no president of the chapter.
 We will, however, have:

---   Four chapter wide programs, in April, June, September, and sometime after the Fall holidays.  We thank the following
      women who are taking the lead on the programs:
—-  Harriett Shulman, Lori Friedman, and Joyce Heilbronner for our April program
       "Growing Up Jewishly in small town America"
—-  Monika Katzel and Marlene Elkin for our June Medical Center Party
—-  Martha Green for the September program on "The Media"
—-  Our last program, tentatively "Easy and Elegant Entertaining" is in need of a chair and a team.

•Marilyn Rosen will continue to create and send an e-bulletin every other month, and e-blast invites as needed
•Marcia Gabrilove Ladin will continue to create and send our paper bulletin 4 times a year
•Karen Lustig will keep our membership list up to date.
•Phyllis Hirsch will continue as our "webmaster"
•Monika Katzel will coordinate our fundraising. The Medical Center Party in June and the Annual Campaign in the late Fall will continue. Trees, Blue Boxes, Cards and Certificates, Cookbooks etc. will also be available.
•Toby Berke will continue as our "A plus" treasurer
•Andee Paprocki will send out our cards –mazel tov, get well, sympathy –as we hear of those in need
•The Afternoon and the Evening Book Groups will continue. Watch the bulletin for details and books
•Other "meet –ups" will be planned around the Jewish Film and Jewish Book Festivals, and other times during the year. Lunch Out, Dinner Out, Movie Club etc. as there is interest
•OH YEAH.... don't forget the Shed at the JCC –bring your used clothing, fabrics, sheets etc. to the St. Pauly Box. We get paid by the pound and split it with the JCC.

While this is not as any of us had hoped, we feel the chapter will continue with this more limited structure. If you are interested in helping out on any of the activities, please contact Marcia at the phone or email below. She will get you to the right person and place!
Wishing you all good health and happiness in 2019!
Monika, Fran, Tammi, and Marcia
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin 585.820.5284 mladin@hadassah.org

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The Japanese Lover

July 16, 2019 - July 16, 2019

Home of Lori Friedman, 300 Clear Spring Trail, Apt # 205, Fairport

12 noon - The Japanese Lover by lsabel Allende - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided !! For more information: 425-0019 or lliberty1118@gmail.com


The Alice Network

July 18, 2019 - July 18, 2019

Home of Erni Schuster, 221 Monteroy Rd. Rochester

7:30 PM, Tuesday, July 18, 2019; The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - The Evening Book Group - For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-8979



July 22, 2019 - July 22, 2019

Home of Tammi Steinberg, 39 Northfield Gate, Pittsford

PLEASE JOIN US FOR The Planning Palooza at 39 Northfield Gate, Pittsford. The represents a CHANGE OF VENUE. We wish Marilyn Rosen “refuah shleyma” - Please Do Not Go To Her House! What do you want to see for the Rochester Hadassah Chapter in 2020? How can you be part of that vision? Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and volunteer spirit as we come together to shape the next year for Rochester Hadassah. We'll discuss everyone's program and activity thoughts to develop our calendar for the upcoming year. You'll also have the opportunity to sign up for chairing and/or participating in the committees that bring these programs to life. We'll be gathering on July 22 at the home of Tammi Steinberg, 39 Northfield Gate, Pittsford, for this important conversation. Please RSVP to Tammi at 248-2295 or tsteinberg114@gmail.com Looking forward to seeing you!!!


A Backpack, A Bear and 8 Crates of Vodka

August 20, 2019 - August 20, 2019

Home of Lori Friedman, 300 Clear Spring Trail, Apt # 205, Fairport

12 noon - August 20 A Backpack, A Bear and 8 Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided !! For more information: 425-0019 or lliberty1118@gmail.com


  • Presidium

    Monika Katzel

  • Presidium

    Fran Studley

  • Presidium

    Marcia Gabrilove Ladin

  • Presidium

    Tammi Steinberg

  • Treasurer

    Toby Berke

  • Corresponding Secretary

    Andrea Paprocki

  • Recording Secretary

    Marilyn Rosen

  • Membership Coordinator

    Lori Friedman

  • Membership Coordinator

    Harriett Shulman

  • Programming Coordinator

    Marla Miller

  • Programming Coordinator

    Emily Fishman

  • Fundraising Coordinator

    Monika Katzel

  • Education Coordinator

    Carol Shulman

Donation Questions


(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions


(800) 664-5646

Missions Department


(800) 237-1517

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New York, NY 10005


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