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

From our President

Autumn in Upstate New Yorka season of changes.  The temperature goes up and down and up and down; the leaves are changing color; all in preparation for the upcoming winter.  Here at Hadassah Rochester, we too are changing.  2019 will be different than the past years.  We will only have 3 to 4 programs throughout the year with chairs and committees responsible for those programs.  We are asking you, our members, to volunteer to help with work on those programs; to help make them successful.   Please call one of us to let us know your interests.

To finish out 2018 we have several programs to bring you.  Our Tillie Rose program about the changing role of nurses and celebrating 100 years of Hadassah’s nursing school is sure to be a great event.  We also have the book discussion, led by the Honorable Karen Morris and a delightful and delicious Chanukah party.  We look forward to seeing all of you at these events.

Lastly our annual campaign mailing will be going out shortly.  Please consider giving to ensure that Hadassah’s mission in Israel and the United States continues to be a leader in health, education and advocacy.

Fran, Marcia, Monika and Tammi

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December 3, 2018 - December 3, 2018

Home of Ann Howell, 35 Hibiscus, Rochester

6:30 PM Chanukah Party with Dairy Potluck and Book Exchange - The Evening Book Group - For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-8979


Latkes, Libations and Light Supper

December 4, 2018 - December 4, 2018

Rustic Village Entertainment Center (East Henrietta Across from MCC)

Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00pm SAVE THAT DATE? $5 per person Please bring a plate of your favorite Latkes- Tasting And Sampling RSVP by November 30th to Elisa Root, 95 Sandringham Road, Rochester 14610 Questions? Elisa at 585-383-9026



December 4, 2018 - December 4, 2018

1:00-4:00 pm; 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 in our community! If you would like to join us for this worthwhile Mitzvah Project, phone Dvorah Kolko at 585-473-5280 and she will give you her address. Meet at Dvora's, at 1:00 PM to carpool. Help Hadassah make that difference in the Rochester community!


A Fall Of Marigolds

January 15, 2019 - January 15, 2019

Home of Marjorie Montag, 224 Vernon Place, Rochester

7:30 PM A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner - The Evening Book Group - For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-8979


  • 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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