New Orleans

Welcome to the Hadassah N’awlins Chapter! Like the City of New Orleans, we are magical, powerful, and dynamic. We use our Southern charm to adapt Hadassah’s mission to the unique circumstances and needs of our members and community at large. Our membership is growing by the day, and we provide groundbreaking health education programs on breast cancer and heart disease. As members of the Legislative Agenda for Woman (“LAW”), Hadassah N’awlins seeks to improve the lives of women, children, and families in Louisiana through advocacy initiatives. Our “Bra-Veaux!” fundraising event was one of the most extraordinary events of the 2014 season. We raised over $55,000 to benefit breast cancer research at Hadassah Hospital in Israel. And, we raised additional revenue through our directory advertisements. We are very proud to have sent $18,000 to help furnish the intensive care units at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Please see below for our upcoming events.

4721 Carthage St., Metairie LA 70002
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
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4721 Carthage St., Metairie LA 70002

New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

From our President

Charisse Sands, President Hadassah New Orleans

Spring has arrived. As I was watching the new leaves budding on the trees, dormant plants pushing through the soil, and flowers blooming, I knew that Pesach was coming. ­Thoughts of cleaning and cooking filled my head. As with every holiday, there was so much to do and no task ever felt finished. At the same time, with so much to do for our families and friends, it was easy to forget the importance of staying focused and energized on achieving our personal goals.


It is in times like these when I feel the power of Hadassah to keep us connected to our individual physical, spiritual, and intellectual needs and to share those experiences with others. ­The opportunities are bountiful. Working hard to increase your physical stamina and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Join the Gumbo Ya-Ya’s walking group, sign up for the virtual walk, or learn about nutrition by attending a heart health program. Want to share that passion for health with the next generation? Support Neat Eats: In Pursuit of Good Health, a program to expand children’s knowledge on nutrition. Looking to grow as a parent or grandparent? Attend the Parenting Series that Hadassah co-sponsors. Or perhaps you are looking to discover your artistic side? ­The two-part program on Chagall where you can create a “stained glass” window could be just what you need to find your inner artist. Whatever interests you are looking to deepen and expand in your life, Hadassah has a program where you can join other women with similar passions in pursuit of those same goals.


Finally, every holiday brings with it the opportunity to consider the ways we might all contribute to our community. ­There are two ways you might consider supporting Hadassah this time of year. First, support the Hadassah directory by asking a business or professional to advertise in it or by patronizing our advertisers, and informing them that Hadassah New Orleans has over 900 members dedicated to improving the lives of women and children worldwide. Second, if you are looking for an outlet to let your creative juices flow, volunteer to work on the Hadassah Goes Bollywood fundraiser and help us raise funds to support our programs and projects in the United States and Israel.


As members of Hadassah, we know that we are providing much needed and appreciated funds for medical research, education, patient care, and leadership development in Israel and the United States. We can also be proud of the ways we pursue our own dreams and support each other to achieve amazing goals and make our community great. We do it because we are Hadassah ladies/women and HADASSAH is the POWER OF WOMEN WHO DO!


Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Charisse Sands

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  • President

    Charisse Sands

  • Treasurer

    Arlene Hines

  • Records Administrator

    Lazelle Alexander

  • Records Administrator

    Rebecca Alexander

  • Corresponding Secretary

    Helen Stone

  • VP Education/ Public Policy

    Cindy Denn

  • VP Programming

    Joy Feldman

  • VP Fundraising

    Fran Simon

  • JNF Chair

    Susan Daube

  • VP Membership/Outreach

    Barbara Polikoff-Katz

  • Past President

    Ilana Reisin

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