Ensure Jewish continuity through education and support of its Young Judaea youth programs. Advocate health awareness through education. Act as a force on social issues that impact upon us as American Jewish women. Promote personal growth through enrichment opportunities and education.

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10-30-2016 Elinor Bloom Marshall Humanitarian Award
10-30-2016 Elenor Bloom Marshall

Please join us for the Elinor Bloom Marshall Humanitarian Award on Sunday, October 30 at 5:00 pm  At the University of Richmond Jepson
Alumni Center   


Our honoree Richard November is known throughout the community for his leadership in civic, Jewish and philanthropic endeavors.

The award was named for our beloved Hadassah leader Elinor Bloom Marshall who was a devoted business leader, volunteer, family matriarch and humanitarian!

Donations raised from this major fundraiser will go towards Hadassah’s Research in Service to Humanity efforts. Hadassah’s sophisticated, visionary medical research is a service to humanity for people around the globe.  With your support, treatments or cures for diseases such as ALS, MS, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes could become a reality. This reality is just over the horizon at Hadassah Medical

To learn more, please watch the moving 5-minute video about Research at Hadassah www.hadassah.org/research  “Research in Service to Humanity Video.”

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11-17-2016 DR. JOSHUA E. SCHROEDER Picture

Israeli Orthopedic Doctor Joshua E. Schroeder to visit Hadassah Richmond

 Hadassah Richmond is proud to welcome Dr. Joshua Schroeder, Thursday, November 17. Dr. Schroeder is part of Hadassah Hospital's superb team, and has become an expert in spinal robotics and spine biology, including disc regeneration and the use of stem cells to speed healing in complex fractures.

This year, Hadassah’s main initiative is called Research in Service to Humanity. This is sophisticated, visionary medical stem cell research at HMO (Hadassah Medical Organization) to help find treatments and cures for diseases such as ALS, Parkinson’s, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, MS and Alzheimer’s. With the work being done and the funds being raised, the eradication of these diseases and others could become a reality!

Dr. Schroeder will speak at a Wine and Cheese event at the home of Drs. Beth and Josh Rubinstein on November 17 at 5:30pm. His talk, He’s Got Your Back! Hadassah’s Young Spine Surgeon Works to Eradicate the Pain of Jews and Arabs in Israel, will illustrate his work in contemporary Israel. He will also speak to a group of physicians at Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers, on Friday, November 18 on The future of Stem Cells in Spinal Cord Injury Neurorehabilitation.

Josh Schroeder, a sabra born in Jerusalem to American born parents, is an integral part of the research and work being done there. Dr. Schroeder served as an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer in joint teams with the Palestinians. He now serves as a reserve military doctor in the IDF.

Dr. Schroeder graduated with distinction from the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in orthopedics, writing the highest scoring exam in Israel. He traveled to New York City and did a fellowship in the Hospital of Special Surgery.

 "It is a great feeling as an orthopedic surgeon to be able to generate such positive results and to be able to truly help people,” says Schroeder. We hold our own in competing with top orthopedic departments from around the world.”

Dr. Schroeder treats adults and children, many of whom have severe spine deformities or cancer. He is part of Hadassah's trauma team that deals with terror attacks and road accidents. The orthopedists are a mixed team of Jewish and Arab surgeons who treat patients from all backgrounds. They have been named one of the top orthopedic surgery departments in the world by the International Society of Orthopedic Centers in New York.

Dr. Schroeder is also an active member of the Young Hadassah International Board and Past Chair of Young Hadassah Israel. "I believe we have more work to do at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in informing residents about Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America—its history and all that Hadassah does," he says. Dr. Schroeder is married to lawyer Yaira Frankel and has 3 children.

For more information or to attend the November 17 event with Dr. Schroeder, RSVP to Lisa Zasler at lmzasler@gmail.com. There is no charge, but donations to Hadassah’s Research in Service to Humanity are welcome!

 Please watch and be inspired by the moving five-minute video about Research at Hadassah: www.hadassah.org/research  “Research in Service to Humanity Video” and read an article about Dr. Schroeder’s work at http://www.israelandstuff.com/israeli-doctors-in-jerusalem-cure-paralyzed-6-year-old-girl.

11-09-2016 LUNCH and LEARN - POSTPONED


November 9, 2016

12:00 - 1:00

Guest Speaker Esther Windmueller will be joining us and speaking on the topic of  "Cancer, BRCA and You. What every Jewish Woman Should Know.  Is Your Family at Risk?"  Bring your lunch, or buy one at the Cafe as we lunch and learn together!

12-18 -2016 Hadassah Latke Cook-off
2016-12-18 Latke Cook-Off

Sunday, December 18
 Weinstein JCC
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

 Who doesn’t love Latkes??

Join us for Hadassah Richmond’s 3rd Annual Latke Cook-Off

Make and sample the best latkes in Richmond- sweet ones, traditional ones, savory ones, creative ones… all latkes welcome! If you are not a latke maker, come be a latke taster!! Sample them all!!

Local Celebrity judges will include Clare Osden Schapiro, cookbook author, culinary expert, Richmond Times Dispatch food contributor and chef; and Rabbi Hal Schevitz, Rabbi of Congregation Or Atid.  Live music will be provided by the Klezm’Or’Ami’m musicians.
For more information or to enter the competition, contact Cook-Off chair Fran Broder atbrookroadsouth@yahoo.com, or at804-794-5757.

2016 - 2017 Book Club
2016 - 2017 Book Club

1/22/2017:  The Last Minyan in Havana by Betty Heisler

2/19/2017:  Inside of Time: My Journey from Alaska to Israel by Ruth Gruber

3/26/2017:  The Devil in Jerusalemby Naomi Ragen

4/30/2017The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

6/11/2017:  Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction by Jack Dann (Editor), William Tenn (Contributor), Isaac Asimov (Contributor), Carol Carr (Contributor)

7/30/2017 Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son (P.S.) by Michael Chabon

9/17/2017:  Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate by Letty Cottin Pogrebin 

2016 - 2017 Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Subject to change)



30th - Elinor Bloom Marshall Award Event honoring Richard


9th - POSTPONED  Lunch and Learn "Cancer, BRCA and You. What every Jewish Woman Should Know. Is Your Family at Risk?" Speaker:: Esther Windmueller


4th – location will be announced later Saving Sophie by Ronald H. Balson




22th - The Last Minyan in Havana by Betty Heisler


19th - Inside of Time: My Journey from Alaska to Israel by Ruth Gruber


26th - The Devil in Jerusalem by Naomi Ragen


30th - The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


11th - Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction by Jack Dann (Editor), William Tenn (Contributor), Isaac Asimov (Contributor), Carol Carr (Contributor)


30th - Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son (P.S.) by Michael Chabon


17th - Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Hadassah Endless Beginnings Necklace
Hadassah Endless Beginnings Necklace

Hadassah Organization


Endless Beginnings Necklace

For a gift of $150* in support of groundbreaking medical research at Hadassah Medical Organization, you can receive this lovely sterling silver necklace edged with cubic zirconias. It is inscribed with the famous quote from Hadassah's founder, Henrietta Szold, “There is no ending that is not a beginning.”

Proceeds go to support the ongoing lifesaving patient treatment and medical research at Hadassah Medical Organization and count towards your unit's fundraising goal.

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*Note: The necklace has a fair market value of $50. All but the fair market value of the asterisked item noted above is deductible to the extent provided by law. Hadassah intends to respect donors’ wishes regarding this gift, however in accordance with U.S. tax law requirements regarding deductibility of contributions, Hadassah shall have full dominion, control and discretion over this gift (and shall be under no legal obligation to transfer any portion of a gift to or for the use or benefit of any other entity or organization).

Hadassah Certificates
2016 Certificates

Show someone you care with a Hadassah Certificate

Your donation enriches the lives of millions of people and is 100% tax deductible

Certificates can be purchased with a donation in honor of or in memory of a person of your choice. Donations for certificates can be made in various denominations and may be designated to a specific Hadassah program.

The certificate of your choice will be printed with the recipient's name and custom inscription, then mailed to the recipient acknowledging your contribution. What a great way to honor someone's birthday, anniversary, bar or bat mitzvah or to send a loving tribute to someone!

To see more certificates or to place an order, please contact Marsha Marks (marsha@emarks.net or 804-285-8188), Frona Colker (fronacolker@comcast.net or 804-747-0220), or Edie Merriam (Ediemerriam@aol.com or 804-285-8188).

Sterling Life Membership Gift
Sterling Gift

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Emily Sterling is paying forward her gift of Life Membership in Hadassah to new college graduates, and is donating $25,000 to Hadassah to establish a special project: 100 graduation gifts of Life Membership (women) or Associate (men) Enrollment in Hadassah.

A chance gift of a Life Membership to Hadassah from her mother set an important course for Emily Sterling’s adult life. As a young woman, pregnant with her son, and looking for a life direction in New York City, Sterling used this gift to meet other like-minded young women and strengthen her Jewish identity and commitment to Israel. As an idea that just came to her out of the blue, Sterling hopes to ignite that same spark in young women (and men as Associates) college students in Virginia. And so she is offering up to 100 graduation gifts of Life Membership in Hadassah to any student graduating from a Virginia college or university.

Sally Goldberg, Richmond Chapter copresident said, “We are proud and excited that this brand new venture is a first, and has never been offered at any other Hadassah chapter in the U.S. We hope that lots of students take advantage of the generous offer. We hope it may become a model for other chapters around the country. With this generosity, Emily is paying it forward. She sees this as a legacy gift for others. Her family has a history of supporting Israel and Jewish causes.”

Sterling said, “as an only child, my mother always did a lot for me in my life. But this (gift of Life Membership) was one of the nicest most special things she ever did. It sticks in my mind and my heart.” She continued, “It was really life changing and life affirming. As a young woman, I couldn’t have asked for anything else better in my life- not a trip or jewelry or anything monetary.”

Sterling hopes through this gift to others, “maybe there is another me out there or a 100 me’s or 1000 who will get that same spark and do something with it.” She said she didn’t know what she was looking for until she had this connection with Hadassah and the women she met and the causes that she served for her people. “My mother gave me the way to start this commitment and it gives me great pleasure to give it to others on behalf of my family before me,” she says with great pride.

This gift is valued at $212. There are absolutely no strings attached. Students (male or female) who would like to receive a free life membership, (or associate), should notify Co-Membership Vice Presidents Elaine Ragone or Beth Rochkind or project chairman Janie Schwarz.  All three can be reached at richmond.chapter@hadassah.org.


From our President

Richmond Co-President's with Janice

Dear Members and Friends,

We hope you are having a wonderful summer- enjoying life and recharging your batteries for the fall and the year to come! With a lot of wonderful help, we are planning an exciting fall and beyond for Richmond Hadassah and we want you to join us for all of the fun and learning and events to come! 

Explore our website to

  • Purchase lovely flowers for our High Holiday Flower Sale,
  • Read a great book and join our group for a lively discussion,
  • Join us as we join Temple Beth El for a one-of-a-kind Tashlikh service as part of the Richmond Folk Festival! Cast away your sins and start a new year with friends, food and great music,

And especially join us for the 2016 Elinor Bloom Marshall Award on Sunday, October 30. We will honor Richmond’s own Richard November. Richard is known throughout the community for his leadership in civic, Jewish and philanthropic endeavors! The award was named for our beloved Hadassah leader Elinor Bloom Marshall who was a devoted business leader, volunteer, family matriarch and humanitarian!

Donations raised from this major fundraiser will go towards Hadassah’s Research in Service to Humanity efforts. With your support, treatments or cures for diseases such as ALS, MS, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes could become a reality. To learn more, please watch the moving 5-minute video about Research at Hadassah www.hadassah.org/research  “Research in Service to Humanity Video.”

Coming up we are going to work on some “Girls’ Nights Out” and programs to attract and involve our younger women. We try and have meetings and programs in the evenings, Sunday mornings and various days to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule.

Also, we are putting together our new Hadassah Richmond board, which will be led by the talented, lively and creative Beth Rochkind. If you would like to be part of this important leadership as a board member or a committee chair or member. Start small or jump right in, but no matter how much time you have to give, we need you!! If you have programming suggestions, please let us know.

Now that you know about all of the fun and good work we are working on, we need YOUR HELP to do it all! Richmond Hadassah Chapter cannot continue planning, programming and fundraising with the participation of just a few! We all must do our part- reap the rewards of programs, friendships and making a difference. Please help us! Attend! Volunteer! Donate! We need you (and it’s a lot of fun)!

If we can answer any questions or help get you involved, do not hesitate to contact us!                                

Robin (Robin Beller Jackson, 804- 740-6677, rocknrobn@comcast.net)                 

Rebecca (Rebecca Young, 804-379-1815, rebecca.a.young@gmail.com)

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  • Co-President

    Rebecca Young

  • Co-President

    Robin Beller Jackson

  • Treasurer

    Evelyn Windmueller

  • Assistant Treasurer

    Bella Gurevich

  • VP Organization/ Executive & VP Programming

    Beth Rochkind

  • Recording Secretary

    Susan Kleinman

  • VP Communications

    Victoria Caplan

  • VP Communications

    Marci Rosenthal

  • VP Education

    Phyllis Ellenbogen

  • VP Fundraising

    Susanne Shilling

  • VP Fundraising

    Lynn Kessler

  • JNF Chair & Cards & Certificates Chair

    Marian Weiner

  • VP Membership/Outreach

    Joan Menkes

  • Past President

    Sally Goldberg

  • Chai Society Chair

    Lee Bank

  • Cards & Certificates Chair

    Edith Merriam

  • Keepers of the Gate Chair

    Frona Scherr Colker

  • Keepers of the Gate Chair

    Elaine Ragone

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