Hadassah Southeastern includes nearly 6000 members and supporters throughout Georgia, South Carolina and western North Carolina. Hadassah provides tangible ways to engage in tikkun olam – in your community, in Israel, throughout the U.S. and the world – and helps strengthen your connection with other Jewish women. We encourage personal growth through our events and volunteer opportunities, while inspiring a passion for and commitment to our partnership with the land and people of Israel.
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Hadassah Atlanta Celebrates 100 Years!
Hadassah Atlanta celebrated its 100th year with a Centennial Gala Celebration on October 30th. Check out the Atlanta Journal Constitution article on this milestone event: Hadassah Atlanta Celebrates a Century of Success!
Anita Levy and Toby Parker went to Hendersonville-Asheville for a presentation. It was a wonderful afternoon.
Hadassah Dedicates New Lab to Defeat Zika Virus
Prof. Dana Wolf, head of the Clinical Virology Unit in the Dept. of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Hadassah Medical Center, is a world-renowned specialist in viruses and the damage they can cause to unborn babies. Responding to global anxiety about the Zika virus, Prof. Wolf and her staff recently opened a new laboratory dedicated to defeating it. The Zika virus, she says, “is dangerous in the interface between mother and unborn child.”
According to Prof. Wolf, Zika, like Rubella, can cause a variety of serious birth defects. Rubella, however, once a threatening virus that plagued the Western world, has now been taken care of through vaccination. The two viruses differ, though, in that unlike Rubella, Zika is transmitted by mosquitoes, like the Dengue virus. Dengue, however, though in the same family as Zika, is not associated with birth defects.
Hadassah, under the direction of Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, head of its Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center, has been conducting research on a more dangerous virus called cytomegalovirus (CVM), which remains in our bodies forever. Hadassah research has revealed the attack pattern of the virus, which strikes the fetus just as nerve cells are being developed. Prof. Wolf and her staff will apply the tools to Zika that were developed by Hadassah to study CMV. "We have had so many requests for help that we decided to work on this," said Prof. Wolf, who reports that Hadassah received the virus for research from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hadassah-Developed Blood Test Detects Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer & Brain Damage
A new blood test that uses the DNA strands of dying cells to detect diabetes, cancer, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative disease has been developed by researchers at Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and The Hebrew University.
In a study involving 320 patients, the researchers were able to infer cell death in specific tissues by looking at the unique chemical modifications (called methylation patterns) of circulating DNA that these dying cells release. Previously, it had not been possible to measure cell death in specific human tissues non-invasively.
Full article available here.
HADASSAH ATLANTA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS - A CENTURY OF SUCCESS
CENTENNIAL GALA CELEBRATION - October 30, 2016 Purchase tickets and sponsorships here. This is an event you won't want to miss!
Hadassah was established in Atlanta on November 2, 1916. Discover our rich history and 100 years of leadership. The Atlanta Jewish Times writes… Hadassah Starts Yearlong Celebration: Hundreds of Hadassah members and supporters gathered at the Breman Museum on to launch a yearlong celebration of 100 years of the Zionist women’s organization in Atlanta.
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Photo from L to R:
Hadassah Southeastern's own Dr. Rachel Schonberger, Hadassah HMO Chair,
Dr. Dimitrios Karussis, MD, PhD, Senior Neurologist, HMO, JAMA Neurology Study Principal Investigator;
Chaim Lebovits, President & CEO, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics
Eropean Union Awards 4 million dollars for Human Trials with Revolutionary cardiac imaging PET agent developed by Hadassah Medical Organization researchers
The novel cardiac imaging technology will reduce the need for exploratory heart procedures. A project pioneered and led by Professor Eyal Mishani and the Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Unit he heads at Hadassah Hospital have awarded a 4 million dollar research and development grant from the European union's Horizon 2020 program to begin human-trials in a new cardiac PET/CT tracer which is expected to cut the need for exploratory heart catheterization. There are more than a million diagnostic heart catheterizations in the United States every year, less than half of which show heart problems which require further treatment. Hadassah Medical Organization is the only hospital in the world to have this imaging agent, invented in the Hadassah laboratory. This radioactive substance -when injected in patients-accumulates in the heart and can lead to blood flow measurement to the heart non-invasively. The invention of this imaging agent heralds a new stage in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the world.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Over 70 Hadassah members and Associates from the Southeastern Region visited Israel in October 2012 for the national Hadassah Convention. Watch this slideshow for a glimpse of the fun had by all.
From our President
Dear Hadassah Friends,
A new year starts. For some, it starts with a champagne toast. For the Souteastern Region it starts with a new Board. Back in 1912, Hadassah started with two nurses. In this month’s message I’m going to tell you about two modern day Hadassah nurses.
Nurse Practitioner Caryn Scheinberg Andrews immigrated to Israel six years ago from Baltimore. As a lecturer in the Hadassah-Hebrew University Henrietta Szold School of Nursing, Dr. Andrews (PhD, RN, CRNP) has taken up the cause of creating a cadre of advanced practice nurses. In the U.S., we are used to seeing Nurse Practitioners in doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics. But in Israel, they have been slow to adopt this most useful strategy. With a growing physician shortage, in part due to a mandatory retirement age of 67-70 years old, professional nurse practitioners will have a significant role to play in health care delivery, especially in underserved areas of Israel. Dr. Andrews’s research shows better outcomes, less patient utilization, and a more cost-effective bottom line. NPs “reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, 30-day readmission rates, and waiting time for healthcare visits.” An Advanced Practice Nurse earns a post-master’s certificate with six months of part-time didactic education, followed by a residency. You may be aware that Keepers of the Gate can direct their yearly contribution towards Nursing.
The second nurse you should know about is now Dr. Polina Stepensky. She immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union and fulfilled her life’s dream of becoming a physician, funding her medical education by working as a nurse. Here’s how it happened. When Dr. Stepensky arrived in Israel with three years of medical school training in the Ukraine, she realized that the competition for medical school entrance in Israel was too stiff for her. With no English and limited Hebrew, she was advised to enroll in nursing school. By the time she graduated as a registered nurse, she had upgraded her Hebrew, taught herself English and scored so high on the psychometric exam, Israel’s SAT equivalent, that she was offered a place at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine. Dr. Stepensky specialized in bone marrow transplant and hemo-oncology. She is now conducting bench to bedside research in genetic diseases and welcomes pediatric patients from Russia who come to Israel for the best care. There’s so much more to say about Dr. Stepensky, but you can read more in the June 2016 issue of Hadassah Magazine.
When I need a “push start” for my Hadassah tasks, I think of these two nurses who undertook their education, no matter the difficulty, looking to push the boundaries of medicine in Israel. They heal, teach, and comfort every day. I can educate myself. I can help educate my Hadassah friends. I can improve the world each and every day. Don’t forget the tri-region conference in April. I hope to see you there. Remember, if it all started with two, those two can be YOU and ME!
Wishing all of you and your families- a healthy, happy New Year.
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