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
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Rochester, New York 14618





Football Season starts at the beginning of September.  We would love to contact you as a winner - so don't miss out on Hadassah's annual 17 week fundraiser!  All proceeds are directed to our hospitals in Jerusalem.  Tickets are still only $10.  Call Monika Katzel (203-1200) or Marilyn Rosen (461-4684) to participate.

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 385-4753 or 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

l'Shanah Tovah & G'mar Hatima Tova

May you be sealed in the book of life.......

From our President


Dear Hadassah friends,
Although the Hadassah year begins in January, many of us know September is the beginning of the year for many things. Children, grandchildren and the teachers among us go back to school. Rosh Hashanah, commencing at sundown Wednesday, the 20th, will signal the beginning of the Jewish year 5778. Fall will quickly be upon us, new programming will jump-start, and Hadassah Rochester will begin to plan for 2018 and beyond.
While the idea of a State of Israel may be said to go back to Kings David and Solomon, the modern Zionist movement was propelled by the dreams of Theodor Herzl. The inaugural congress of the Zionist Organization (ZO) was held from August 29-31, 1897 in Basel, Switzerland. It was attended by 200 delegates from 16 countries, with 10 non-Jews in attendance (who did not vote) and 17 women, some in their own capacity and others accompanying delegates. While women participated in this First Zionist Congress, they did not have voting rights until the Second Zionist Congress the following year. Today, the Zionist Organization’s successor, the World Zionist Organization, includes Hadassah, as well as WIZO, B’nai B’rith, and other organizations that define themselves as Zionist. Theodor Herzl wrote in his diary (September 3, 1897):
 "...Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word - which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly - it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it..."
Indeed, Herzl’s 50 year estimate was pretty much on the money! Today, 120 years forward, Israel is a thriving and vibrant country, a leader in so many areas, including technology, education, and medicine.
When Hadassah women talk about new beginnings, they may be thinking about the youngsters who just graduated from Meir Shfeyah, the Hadassah Youth Aliyah Village near Zichron Yaakov’s wine country. These disadvantaged youngsters might have had no future in the modern Israeli state, but, Youth Aliyah turned that around. One young man, an outstanding drummer and soundman, has been offered a prestigious position in the army band. Sasha will attend the Rimon School of Music. Hila, whose mother is an addict, learned to nurture and care for her much younger sister. Now, the recipient of the Rafi Weitzman special award for excellence, Hila is headed to the nursing school founded 99 years ago by Henrietta Szold. Meir Shfeya will soon be 95 years young, but for its students, each year is a fresh beginning.
Our August event, Wines and Songs of Summer, raised over $1200 for Youth Aliyah, helping the young people like Sasha and Hila. Thank you to the team – Lori Karbel, Nancy Haney, Alex Newman, Lisa Kramer, and Linda Bartlett. You did an amazing job. This NEW event was a huge success!

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I love to remember the honey cake my grandparents would bake… and think of it each year as I bake the same recipe… often in the pan used by my Grandma and Poppy. I hope you too have fond memories of the holidays… past and present! Fran, Tammi, Monika, and myself, along with our families, wish you and your families a happy, healthy and sweet New Year 5778. May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin, along with the presidum Monika Katzel, Fran Studley and Tammi Steinberg 

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September 12, 2017 - September 12, 2017

Meet at 287 Nunda Boulevard at 1 pm to carpool.

1:00 PM; Tuesday, September 12. 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. Meet at Dvorah Kolko's, 287 Nunda Boulevard at 1 pm to carpool. If you would like to join us for this worthwhile mitzvah project, please contact Dvorah Kolko at 473.5280 or Marcia Gabrilove Ladin at 585.820.5284, mladin@hadassah.org. Help Hadassah make a difference in the Rochester community.


The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

September 17, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12 noon - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! To contact Lori, call 425-0019


HADASSAH thinks PINK–What Every Woman Needs to Know about Breast Cancer

October 17, 2017 - October 17, 2017

Breast Cancer Coalition, 1048 University Avenue, Rochester; Click for directions.

7:00PM on Tuesday, October 17th; Please join us at the Breast Cancer Coalition. Guest Panelists: Breast Surgeons Dr. Rachel Farkus and Dr, Stamatia Destounis; and Holly Anderson, Executive Director of the Make an $18 donation to Hadassah Hospital’s Breast Cancer Research in honor/memory of someone who has battled Breast Cancer. $3 in advance; $5 after October 10th/at the door. Reservations and donations, payable to Eileen Goldman, 804 Eastbrooke Lane, Rochester 14618, 585-703-9993(phone/text) eileen66@yahoo,com


The Rainbow Comes And Goes

October 17, 2017 - October 17, 2017

84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12:00 Noon;BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt; Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! Home of Lori Friedman; To contact Lori, call 425-0019


  • 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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