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


Thurs., Oct. 4; Sukkot and Spices at Stuarts Spices; For more information:  rochester@hadassah,org

From our President




Dear Hadassah friends,

Hadassah joined 25 other organizations to SPEAK OUT FOR REFUGEES by sending a letter (see below) to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

Seeing children wrenched from the arms of parents is heartbreaking. Hadassah stands with the growing community — including many Jewish organizations — speaking out against the separation of children from migrant parents. As an organization dedicated to health, we are especially concerned by the long-term physical and emotional impact of separating children and parents. We've heard their cries. As our voices join an unprecedented public outrage, we see hope for these families. Policymakers are starting to act. Help build the momentum to support refugees and the unification of families.

Right now, it's important to take a moral stand. We encourage Hadassah units and members to join non-Shabbat rallies and marches — and use these downloadable Hadassah signs (click here for this link or go to the Hadassah website.) As Jews we have a special understanding of the ethical imperative, especially on behalf of refugees seeking safe haven.

Please consider doing your part - speak out and write to your legislators. Even though the information changes daily, there are issues that are still unclear and unsolved. For additional information, please visit www.hadassah.org and search for Hadassah Advocacy.

Marcia, Tammi, Fran, and Monika

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July 24, 2018 - July 24, 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 years in our community. 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.



August 17, 2018 - August 17, 2018

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

12 noon - In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume- BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! For more information: 425-0019 or lliberty1118@gmail.com



August 30, 2018 - August 30, 2018

Home of Nancy Haney, 77 Great Wood Circle, Fairport

7:30 PM Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult - The Evening Book Group - For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-8979



October 4, 2018 - October 4, 2018

754 So. Clinton Ave; For more information, click here:

Or email Rochester@Hadassah.org for registration information. 7:00-8:30pm; Thursday, October 4; Presented by Stuarts Spices. 754 So. Clinton Ave., Rochester (between cross-streets Gregory St. & Meigs St.) (https://stuartsspices.com/) An interactive and educational tasting experience. After snacking, attendees will al receive a spice sample to take home. Stuarts Spices will donate 10% of items purchased that night to Hadassah. Space is limited - Register Soon – Registrations received when limit is met will be returned with check. Reg: $10.00 per person. RSVP by Sept. 14 to Sonya Charatz, 129 Woodgreen Drive, Pittsford 14535


  • 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

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005


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