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.

Rochester, New York 14618
Contact Us

P : (585) 381-6318

E : studsbride@aol.com

Mailing Address

Rochester, New York 14618


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



As we celebrate Passover, we wish you all a wonderful, healthy holiday. We are thrilled to be celebrating many major milestones this year, including the 70th Anniversary of Israel, and the 100th Anniversaries of Hadassah Medical Organization, the Hadassah School of Nursing and the Hadassah Ophthalmology Department!  What a special year for all of us to be proud!

In light of these exciting events, Hadassah Women's Health & Advocacy Conference is taking place in Washington, DC, May 15-17, 2018. We hope you will be able to attend. Look for information in this bulletin. 

We want to share this important message from the wisdom of Dr. Donna Zfat-Zwas, Director, HMO Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Center for Women.

Heart Disease: Six Insights for Women to Remember

--- Many of us know what we need to do to be healthy, but we don’t seem to be able to translate this knowledge into our own daily reality. We need to empower ourselves to take action and take care of ourselves.

--- We need to learn how to interact with our medical care providers; to overcome the gender barriers to diagnosis.

--- Women’s threshold for pain is higher and it takes women about an hour longer than men to seek help when they feel sick. So we must learn to take our symptoms to heart and differentiate everyday pain from dangerous heart symptoms.

--- Rather than be paralyzed by confusion because so many symptoms we experience can mean a heart problem is brewing, when we feel really bad, we need to check the situation out! This means that if we experience unusually severe pain and shortness of breath, for example, it’s time to see a doctor.

--- Studies reveal that, in general, women who are heavy but exercise regularly are healthier than women who are thin but don’t exercise. So exercise because it is healthy for your heart--not to lose weight.

--- If you are over age 18, the guideline is to try to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.  Moderate means you can get a sentence out, but it is difficult to speak.  It means that you are working hard and sweating!

Many wishes for your good health from the presidium,
Monika, Fran, Marcia, Tammi

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Hats Off To Fashion - Hats Off To Hadassah

April 17, 2018 - April 17, 2018

Irondequoit Country Club, 4045 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618

11:30 am - Fashion Show and Luncheon; at the Irondequoit Country Club; Fashions by J Jill and Lucky Nahum; Tickets: $36 - $54 Sponsor - $72 Patron; RSVP by April 12th to Marjorie Montag, 224 Vernon Place, Rochester 14618; Please make checks payable to Hadassah; Info: Lori Friedman, Chair, 425-0019 / Monika Katzel, 203-1200, lesterkatzel@earthlink.net


The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

April 23, 2018 - April 23, 2018

Home Of Janise Ross, 23 Lacoma, Pittsford

7:30 PM; The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild


Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly

April 24, 2018 - April 24, 2018

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport.

12 noon - Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! For more information: 425-0019 or lliberty1118@gmail.com



April 25, 2018 - April 25, 2018

1:00-4:00 p; TIKKUN OLAM AT FOODLINK; Our Tikkun Olam project at FOODLINK has been an ongoing Hadassah project for many years. Thanks to the women of Bat Ami, we have been able to make a difference for many in our community. Our next scheduled day is WEDNESDAY, April 25. Meet at Dvorah Kolko's, 287 Nunda Boulevard at 12:30 PM to carpool. If you would like to join us for this worthwhile mitzvah project, please contact Dvorah Kolko at 473 - 5280. Help Hadassah make a difference in the Rochester community.


  • 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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