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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P : (585) 381-6318

E : studsbride@aol.com

Mailing Address

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 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



While the cold, snow and ice of Rochester winters might tempt us to stay indoors, hunkered down in the warm shelters of our homes, the work and activities of Hadassah are ongoing and beg us to come out, attend and support. Our work in Hadassah's hospitals, schools and villages is non-stop and the need for your financial support is constant.

Please respond as generously as you can to our Annual Campaign mailing sent to your homes before Chanukah. Your dollars support research to find cures, Youth Aliyah Villages for Youth at Risk, and scholarships for Young Judaea – and provide for the state-of-the-art medical care for all in the Middle East.

Hadassah is a Miracle Maker. Warm your heart and the hearts of those served by Hadassah by contributing to our local campaign. See your mailing or send your donation directly to our Treasurer, Toby Berke, 119 Daley Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617.

We applaud and gratefully acknowledge our members whose recent donations will help Hadassah CHANGE THE WORLD through the Power of Medicine, Research and Service to Humanity (see separate ANNUAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE in the 2018 January Bulletin).

Your Hadassah Rochester Presidium
Monika Katzel, Fran Studley, Marcia Gabrilove Ladin, Tammi Steinberg

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February 20, 2018 - February 20, 2018

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12 noon - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! For further information: 425-0019 or lliberty1118@gmail.com



February 27, 2018 - February 27, 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 TUESDAY, February 27. 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.



March 15, 2018 - March 15, 2018

Pittsford Library Community Room

7:00 PM - Healthy Eating - Maximizing Your Nutritional Benefits. Pittsford Library Community Room. Healthier Eating, Healthier You!!! Dr. Ted Barnett, Founder and Medical Director, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, PLLC Get the facts about plant-based diets and the protein myth. Learn how the diet that is healthiest for you is also the healthiest for the planet!


The TRUST by Ronald Balson

March 20, 2018 - March 20, 2018

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport.

12 noon - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! For further information: 425-0019 or lliberty1118@gmail.com


  • 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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