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

From our President


Dear Hadassah friends,
It’s November, bringing the return to Standard Time, which can remind us about turning points in time when your world and everyone else’s spins off in a new direction. For instance: the day you met/married your spouse, the day your child was born, the 11th of September 2001 when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked, etc. But all Jews should always remember one pivotal date 70 years ago.
On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 181, calling for Partition of the British-ruled mandate of Palestine into the Jewish State and the Arab State. 33 countries cast a “Yes” vote, 10 Muslim countries plus Greece, predictably voted “No”, an additional 10 abstained.
We are all aware that the vote to pass Resolution 181 by no means settled the matter peacefully or conclusively. The State of Israel had to fight for its existence because her Arab neighbors refused to accept the UN’s decision. What does this have to do with Hadassah? Everything! We established the healthcare system of Israel when it was still part of the Ottoman Empire, nurtured its clinics, hospitals, and youth rescue villages through the British Mandate, and saw to it that the modern State of Israel would be born with necessary infrastructure. Hadassah was prepared for November 29, 1947.

As you set your clocks back Sunday night, November 5th, we ask you to think about that pivotal moment in time on November 29, 1947 when it all began for the State of Israel. We ask you to continue your efforts for Hadassah and Israel.
We are in the midst of planning for Hadassah- Rochester’s 2018 year.  We need you, our members, to help make our programs run.  If you are interested in working on a program please contact us and we can discuss on which of our programs you might be interested in working.  Please print out the interest survey and return it to one of us.  We want to know where your interests lie so that we may better serve the chapter as a whole.
Let’s keep them both moving forward b’yachad, together!
Fran, Marcia, Monika & Tammi

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Violins Of Hope

November 21, 2017 - November 21, 2017

84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12 noon - BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes. Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! Home of Lori Friedman To contact Lori, call 425-0019



November 29, 2017 - November 29, 2017

Temple Sinai

7:00 PM - SAVE THE DATE !: JOINT MEETING WITH TEMPLE SINAI'S WOMEN'S CHAVURAH Riots, deception, legitimate and illegitimate science, aristocratic villains and drug addicted heroes – who knew these were all part of the evolution of medicine as we know it here in the US? Marilyn Rosen, storyteller, has transformed the book SEEKING THE CURE: THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN AMERICA by Ira Rutkow into a storytelling experience that depends on audience involvement. Participants need only bring their voice, their imagination and their enthusiasm! ( last produced at the Rochester Fringe Festival 2016)


2017 Chanukah Party

December 10, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Eastbrooke Clubhouse off French Road in Brighton

12 noon. Latkes, Lunch and Hadassah Trivia - Chanukah Celebration Sunday, December 10th at at the Eastbrooke Clubhouse off French Road in Brighton $15 per person RSVP by December 5th to Emily Fishman, 134 Branford Road, Rochester 14618 Questions: efishve@rochestere.rr.com or 461-5354


Dairy Potluck Dinner, Book Exchange and Planning Meeting

December 20, 2017 - December 20, 2017

Home of Janise Ross, 23 Lake Lacoma Pittsford

6:30PM Dairy Potluck Dinner, Book Exchange and Planning Meeting


  • 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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