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 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

From our President


During these tumultuous times, many of us are concerned with assaults against the freedom of speech, assembly, press, religion, separation of Church and State, racial and women's equality, justice and basic human dignity for all who enter, live, and work in this country.
All of us want to earn enough to sustain our families. --- All of us want to be free from fear.
All of us want access to good health care and reasonable insurance coverage.
All of us want a high standard of education for our children.

Frustrated by daily affronts to decency, all of us must take a stand, speak out, and act against bigotry, Anti-Semitism, racism, hatred in speech and action, and injustice of all kind.
On January 21st, hundreds of thousands marched for freedom and justice in Washington, in cities around the US and across the globe. Hadassah supports the values underlying these protests.
Hadassah women have been involved and engaged from our earliest days.
Align yourself with the Hadassah moral and ethical compass.
Learn and become aware of Hadassah's active policy priorities and advocacy work.

Which speaks to you and encourages you to become more involved with something that matters and makes a difference?
Refugees and Immigration -  Racial Justice - United Nations Reform - LGBTQ Equality
Caregiving for our families, seniors and disabled – Iran - Unwavering support of Israel
Zionism - Combating Delegitimization of Israel - Women's Prayer at the Western Wall
Support for Jerusalem as the Undivided Capital of Israel -Combating Anti-Semitism
Combating Human Trafficking - Women's Preventive Health - Reproductive Choice
Support for Women's Health Research - Health Care Reform - Sexual Harassment
Violence Against Women - Protection of our Planet - Economic Justice and Social Welfare

To learn more, log in to: http://www.hadassah.org/myhadassah/ and browse American Affairs. 
Let us know if you're interested in pursuing a particular issue facing our nation, Israel, or the world.
TOGETHER – We Are Hadassah – The Power Of Women Who Do – Who Advocate!
The 2017 Presidium – Monika Katzel, Fran Studley, Marcia Gabrilove Ladin, Tammi Steinberg

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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

April 25, 2017 - April 25, 2017

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

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


The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

April 27, 2017 - April 27, 2017

Linda Bartlett's home, 5 Chatham Woods Pittsford

7:30PM The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris (Note: limited number of copies at the library)



April 30, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Have you recently joined Hadassah? Are you a member who moved from another city? Do you know of someone who would like to become a member? Considering becoming a Life Member? Then our Downton Abbey Membership Tea is for you! Sunday, April 30, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM If you know someone to invite, or for more information, contact Lori Friedman at: lliberty@twc.com or 425-0019


Karolina's Twins by Ronald Balson

May 16, 2017 - May 16, 2017

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

BAT AMI BOOK GROUP 12 noon. Bring a sandwich- refreshments are provided!! 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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New York, NY 10005


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