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



This is a most Golden 50th celebration of Yom Yerushalayim on May 24th (28 Iyar) because it reminds Hadassah women of the sacrifices of our predecessors and the challenges we ourselves face today. Our Rochester Chapter has been rising to the challenge. With many thanks to our wonderful, dedicated volunteers, we welcome new members all the time and hope that our passion for Hadassah will become their passion as well.

You can celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem! You can join Hadassah’s National President Ellen Hershkin as she leads O Jerusalem, the 50th Reunification Mission to Israel, May 21-26, 2017. Staying at the newly renovated Leonardo Plaza hotel, this trip will be packed with history and passion. Look for details at Hadassah.org/missions or call 1-212-451- 8031. If you miss this one, there are many other missions that will meet your needs. Every visit to Jerusalem and Israel is cause for celebration.

We wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day (this year on Lag B’Omer) and a sweet Shavuot on May 31st, filled with the traditional “milky” dishes we love. If you need any recipes, open your Hadassah Magazine or look online at HadassahMagazine.org, or write Hadassah’s Every Bite Counts guru Shannon Sarna at  Shannon@hadassah.org for recipes and ideas for healthy food.

What will Hadassah Magazine report in 2067, fifty years from now? We are convinced, Hadassah friends, that the headlines will include new leaders for the American Jewish community nurtured at Young Judaea camps and programs, in Hadassah chapters, distinguished Israeli leaders educated at Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah Villages, and medical cures developed at Hadassah where research is pursued in service to humanity.

We will all continue to be proud Hadassah members, well into the future. 

The 2017 Presidium – Monika Katzel, Fran Studley, Marcia Gabrilove Ladin, Tammi Steinberg

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The Truth According To Us

June 7, 2017 - June 7, 2017

Lori Karbel's 20 Northfield Gate Pittsford

7:30PM; The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows - The Evening Book Group - For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-8979


2017 Medical Center Party

June 13, 2017 - June 13, 2017

Irondequoit Country Club; 4045 East Ave, Rochester 14618

Medical Center Party at the Irondequoit Country Club on Tuesday, June 13th. Good food, good friends, entertainment, door prizes, great fun and lots more! Featuring: Dr. Yosef Kilimnick, Master Of Ceremonies, Dr. Suzanne Karan, Guest Speaker and Raymond Feng, piano virtuoso Calls by Rochester Hadassah volunteers are made to our annual ticket buyers. Never participated? We'd love to welcome you as a donor and ticket buyer to this wonderful event! Call or email Monika Katzel, 203-1200, lesterkatzel@earthlink.net or Marlene Elkin, 271-1871, melkin16@gmail.com Medical Center Party Co-Chairs - Monika Katzel and Marlene Elkin


The Tenth Song by Naomi Ragen

June 20, 2017 - June 20, 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


2017 Rochester Hadassah Family Picnic

July 2, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Eyer Park in East Rochester

1:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 2nd at Eyer Park in East Rochester. We have a great shelter with a covered grilling area., Easily accessible and near bathrooms. The park is easy to find with a volley ball/badminton net and playground near the shelter. We're planning on grilling hots, hamburgers and veggie burgers and asking everyone to bring something to share. The cost will be $5.00. We can discuss a family rate for those with kids. This will be a great way for us to get together with our families for games for good food and friendship.


  • 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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