Hadassah Southern New England

Hadassah Southern New England geographically covers the area from Cape Cod to Springfield, from Sudbury to Plymouth, Massachusetts (and everything in between!), and all of Rhode Island. Within our 17 chapters, we have Rosh Hodesh (new moon) study groups, book clubs, and other educational programming, covering topics about Israel, women’s health care and empowerment, legislative and political issues, and almost any topic you might be able to imagine. Our members also have fun while creating valued friendships through connections with other Hadassah women. You’ll find fashion shows, Mah Jongg tournaments, cooking demonstrations, paint nights, and shopping boutiques. We know that even as we learn, grow, collaborate, and socialize, that Hadassah’s mission requires funding. Therefore, all of our chapters focus on raising the necessary funds to keep Hadassah - The Women’s Zionist Organization of America robust and proud, as we further our mission in our second century. We work conscientiously for social change because of our commitment to Tikkun Olam – the Jewish imperative to repair the world, to leave this planet a little better than when we found it. When was the last time an organization offered you the chance to heal some of the world’s ills, and in the process, be part of a community of women to make your own life more meaningful? This is today’s Hadassah.

1320 Centre Street, Suite 205
Newton Center, Massachusetts 02459
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E : hne@hadassah.org

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1320 Centre Street, Suite 205

Newton Center, Massachusetts 02459

Our Chapters


Save The Date! Dinner to Honor Senator Harriette Chandler
harriette chandler

Join us for dinner as we honor Hadassah Worcester Life Member and current Massachusetts State Senate President Harriet Chandler for her decades of public service. The event will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Union Station in Worcester, Mass.

Special guest speaker for the evening will be Hadassah CEO and Executive Director Dr. Janice Weinman.

Ruth Radiano Visits with Framingham-Natick
ruth fram natick

The Hadassah Framingham-Natick Chapter held its annual Donor Dinner on Tuesday, May 8 at La Cantina Italiana in Framingham.

The event was a huge success, and featured special guest speaker Ruth Radiano, Director of Nursing at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem. Ruth discussed how Hadassah Hospital is a 'Bridge to Peace' in the Middle East, and that the hospital treats patients regardless of their background or where they're from.

One especially moving story Ruth told was how she and a Hadassah doctor began the well-known Medical Clown program in the 1990s to bring joy to young patients who had contracted the AIDS virus. She went on to describe how she and her team established the first Israeli pediatric AIDS clinic.

Ruth finished by expressing her gratitude for all the volunteers locally who do so much to raise funds and spread the word about the great work being done at Hadassah Hospitals.

It was a great evening!

Dinner with Ruth Radiano, Head Nurse at Hadassah Mount Scopus

The Hadassah Framingham-Natick Chapter is excited to be hosting a dinner with Ruth Radiano, RN, Director of Nursing at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, May 8 from 6 - 9 p.m. at La Cantina Restaurant in Framingham.

Among her many senior leadership positions and accomplishments at Hadassah Hospitals, Ruth helped establish the well-known Medical Clown program, started the first Israeli pediatric AIDS clinic in Israel and started a day care program for older adults that help them stay in their homes.

She has presented at numerous nursing conferences as well as been published in medical journals.

Cost is $35 for Hadassah members and $45 for non-members. 

Register online at: www.hadassah.org/events/dinnerandprogram or call Hadassah at 781-455-9055.

Hadassah Southern New England Hosts Dr. Rachel Schonberger, M.D.
Dr. Schonberger at Orchard Cove

Hadassah Southern New England hosted Rachel Schonberger, M.D., Chair of Hadassah Medical Organization, at Orchard Cove in Canton, Mass. on January 29. Dr. Schonberger discussed some of the groundbreaking medical research and cutting-edge treatment being done by HMO before an audience of over 100 people. The lively discussion also featured a question and answer session at the end. 

Hadassah Southern New England Installation Celebration 2018
Co-Presidents Joan Astor and Paula London

Hadassah Southern New England held its Installation Celebration 2018 on December 11, 2017, at Chateau Restaurant in Norwood, Mass. New officers were installed and outgoing officers were thanked for their hard work and dedication. 

Past President Susan Shikora served as Nominating Chair with Judy Shefshik-Karll serving as the Installing Chair. 

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From our President


Shalom Hadassah women and associates,

We are honored to be accepting this role as co-presidents of Hadassah Southern New England. We decided to do this together because we really enjoy each other and work well together, and because our strong leadership skills are comparable and our goals for Hadassah are the same. We both want to strengthen our region, help our chapters re-group, and identify and train strong leaders for the future, so that we can successfully carry Hadassah into the next century.

Throughout our presidency, we plan to keep the lines of communication open, visit as many chapters as possible and support you however we can. As seasoned leaders, we are prepared to assist you in your events and day-to-day Hadassah business. We want you to take advantage of us! As a reminder, this newsletter, along with our Facebook page and Hadassah calendar, is an opportunity for you to inform our members what's happening in your chapter. Sharing programs and ideas is an integral part of our Hadassah lives. We know we can count on you for support. We can guide you and lead you but we need you to be at our side to achieve success. We need leadership, ideas, and doers. After all, Hadassah women are women who do!

This year, in accordance with National Hadassah's priorities, we will be focusing on the following:

  • Hadassah Medical Organization
  • Research Domestic Advocacy
  • Zionism and Israel

National is providing regions and chapters with programs, detailed information, speaking points and programs in a box to assist in carrying out these priorities for 2017. Membership and fundraising goals are important to meet and exceed. Getting the word out to our 300,000 members (over 7,000 just in Southern New England) is essential to the success of Hadassah's mission and message.

Hadassah has named each month of the year for one of the terrible diseases we are all hoping for a cure and we will plan events to highlight the work Hadassah is doing in each area. It is also important to show our love for Israel our homeland, by contributing to its well-being through Hadassah.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Susan Shikora, for her dedication and commitment as SNER region president for the last 3 years. She has been incredibly supportive of us and we will continue to turn to her for advice as we become familiar with our new roles. Congratulations, Susan, on your new position on the National Grassroots Fundraising Team. Thank you to Kathy Hershfield, Roz Kraiterman, Susan Shikora and Judy Waxman for planning such a lovely installation for us. What a great way to start off our presidency! Thank you to all the past region presidents who have stepped up to mentor our incoming vice presidents: Elissa Grebber, Kathy Hershfield, Judy Shefshick Karll, Benita Ross and Susan Shikora. Last but not least, thank you to our amazing incoming board.

We are so impressed with you and are so excited about all we are about to achieve together. Take a look at our new vice presidents and treasurer who are featured on the recap section of this newsletter.
As your new region presidents, we look forward to kvelling as you all shine brightly and glow from the success of our hard work.

With warm Hadassah wishes,
Joan Astor and Paula London, Co-presidents, Southern New England Region of Hadassah
jastor@hadassah.org plondon@hadassah.org

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  • Co-President

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    Paula London

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    Judy Goldman

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    Nan Gold

  • VP - Programming

    Lauren Marks

  • Mentor - Programming, Thrift Shop

    Judy Karll

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    Sharon Katz

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    Benita Ross

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    Maxine Krengel

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    Lorraine Rappaport

  • Mentor - Fundraising

    Kathy Hershfield

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    Myra Glansberg

  • VP - Membership

    Lisa Goodman

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    Susan Shikora

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