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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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 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


It seems like the whole world has gone digital..email, internet, Facebook, Twitter, online newspapers and YouTube. Hadassah is no different. Have you checked out the Hadassah website latelywww.hadassah.org? What about Hadassah Magazine online..www.hadassahmagazine.org, with the articles from the print magazine and more? Have you liked the Hadassah Facebook page? And don’t forget our own website at http://www.Hadassah.org/rochester
The current website includes articles about Bassem Eid, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian peace advocate, political analyst and human rights pioneer, talking about Zionism; A Jewish Nurse and a Palestinian Baby–about a Hadassah Hospital nurse taking it upon herself to breastfeed a Palestinian baby who would not take a bottle and whose mother was in intensive care due to the car accident that injured them both, and who recruited others to help out; videos from the Women’s Health Empowerment Summit in May; and so much more.

Hadassah Magazine, in print and online, remembered the Six Day War in the May issue. On a personal note, I was honored to have my short piece included in the online edition and would like to share it with all of you:
"I was 10 years old. We had just celebrated my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary the prior weekend. My great aunt and uncle were still visiting. I was at home, just waking up and getting ready for school. My mom was screaming, “Israel is at war.” The next day, watching the evening news reports showing the reunification of Jerusalem, brought tears of joy to my eyes. Even though I was young, it is forever a part of me. Even today, when I see photographs and films of the soldiers entering the Old City and praying at the Kotel, that feeling returns—chills throughout my body, tears in my eyes and pure joy.”

You can sign up for the Netletter by Barbara Sofer, our PR director at the Hadassah Office in Israel by sending a blank email to Netletter-on@mail-list.com, where she writes about the goings on at Hadassah and in Israel. And be sure to check out her articles in the Jerusalem Post – the latest entitled “The Human Spirit – Take Grandma to see Wonder Woman.”
Take a few minutes to search online, sign up, and educate yourself on all that is going on. There is a wealth of information and articles about Hadassah, anti-semitism, the BDS movement– boycotts, divestments and sanctions, Israel and all the innovations, and so much more. Much of it will make you proud to be a member of Hadassah.

Wishing you a wonderful and enjoyable summer. Remember to join us at our new fundraiser, a wine tasting with The Bordeaux Baritone, on Sunday, August 6th. Spouses, partners and friends (over 21!) welcome. And watch for an update in next month’s bulletin on the National Board Meetings and the National Business meeting. I will be representing you at both and will be sharing what will be in Hadassah’s future.
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin, along with the presidum Monika Katzel, Fran Studley and Tammi Steinberg

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Secrets of Eden

July 24, 2017 - July 24, 2017

Erni Schuster's 221 Monteroy Road Rochester

7:30PM; Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian - The Evening Book Group - For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-897


My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2017

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12 noon - My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrick Backman; BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich- refreshments are provided!! To contact Lori, call 425-0019


The Bordeaux Baritone

August 6, 2017 - August 6, 2017

Click here for details, more information and the registration form

7:00pm. Wine, Songs of Summer and Delectable Desserts !- Join us on Sunday, August 6th at The Reserve Clubhouse for a fun and exciting new wine and music experience featuring The Bordeaux Baritone! Bradley Ross will be bringing the cultures of fine wine enjoyment and vocal entertainment together for us at an event that will be enlightening and enjoyable. This event will be open to women and men over 21: Hadassah members, associates, friends, spouses, partners, etc. RSVP by Sunday, July 30th.


What She Left Behind

August 15, 2017 - August 15, 2017

84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12:00 Noon ;BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman; Bring a sandwich - refreshments are provided!! Home of Lori Friedman; 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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40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005


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