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.

New Orleans, Louisiana
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P : (504) 858-3833

E : fsimon@tulane.edu

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New Orleans, Louisiana


Upcoming Events!
Upcoming Events

Hadassah will cosponsor with NCJW a program entitled "Well-being Plans, End of Life Tips and Tools for our Families and Ourselves" at Ruth Chris Steak House on Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 -2:30 pm

Hadassah will cosponsor a program with Beth Israel Synagogue -"Tapestry of Spirit" narrated by Lee Blotner and creative art project directed by Jennifer Hood who was recently honored as one of five women to win a trip to New York for her essay submitted in the national "We Got the Power" contest.

A Hanukah Party scheduled for Dec 5 will feature round donuts as one of the special treats in reference to the Full Circle Campaign - 360 degrees of healing.

Hadassah will cosponsor a program in February 2018 with the PJ Library, Gates of Prayer Synagogue, the JCC Nursery School and Metairie JCC. There will be a panel discussion based on the book "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee- Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self Reliant children. 

Coming in 2019…A new Hadassah New Orleans Directory!!  Plans are underway to deliver a new Hadassah Membership Directory & Business Guide in January 2019.  Every member will shortly receive emailed information about how you can help us make this our most successful directory ever.  For more information, contact Briann Shear at 504-495-5552 or bshear@sheargrafix.com.  

From our President

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Hadassah by Henrietta Szold in Jerusalem. Since that time the Hadassah Medical Organization has achieved some remarkable milestones. The current 360° of Healing Campaign has set a bold vision for developing state of the art medical facilities and advances in research which include:

-          Stem cell research to prevent and treat acute radiation syndrome

-          The opening of the neonatal intensive care unit

-          Renovation of the Round Building which will add 200 critically needed beds

-          The appointment of the first woman, Dr. Dina Ben-Yehuda, to be named Dean of Hadassah University faculty

Hadassah Medical Organization provides compassionate care for more than one million patients each year regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. It is the only medical facility in Israel to have been nominated for the World Peace Prize.

The New Orleans chapter of Hadassah is celebrating three historic events this year:

-          The founding of Hadassah by Henrietta Szold one hundred years ago

-          The founding of the state of Israel 70 years ago

-          The Tricentennial anniversary of the city of New Orleans

Our chapter has scheduled a variety of events to honor these three momentous occasions, including a wine tasting featuring Israeli wine, a presentation on Women’s Heart Health, a panel discussion on Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment and a New Orleans Second Line complete with specially decorated parasols. Also, on the agenda are plans to contact the local chapter of “Moms Demand Action” to address the issue of gun violence and on March 28, 2018 we had members marching in Mandeville and in Baton Rouge to attend the March Against Gun Violence.

Recently our chapter initiated plans to form a focus group to develop activities and programs that will appeal to young professionals. These programs would cover a wide spectrum of interests ranging from cooking blintzes to social action activities. Also, on the agenda are plans to update and publish our Directory.  This project will enable us to update membership information and the sale of ads will provide a fund-raising source for our Chapter.

The New Orleans chapter was honored recently at the Regional Conference in Birmingham, Alabama where it was awarded the Star of the Region Award and one of our members, Evette Ungar, received the Woman of the Southern Region Award.  

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  • Co-President, New Orleans

    Betty Moore

  • Co-President, New Orleans

    Helen Stone

  • Treasurer

    Arlene Hines

  • Records Administrator

    Lazelle Alexander

  • Records Administrator

    Rebecca Alexander

  • Corresponding Secretary

    Carrie Kanter

  • Education/Public Policy VP/Coordinator

    Rochelle Effron

  • Programming VP/ Coor

    Cindy Denn

  • Public Affairs Chair

    Teri Gross

  • Public Affairs Chair

    Ilana Reisin

  • Jewish National Fund Chair

    Susan Daube

  • Planned Giving & Estates Chair

    Sandra Chass Goldsmith

  • Membership/Outreach VP/Coordinator

    Helena Nathan

  • Membership/Outreach VP/Coordinator

    Fran Simon

  • Cards & Certificates Chair

    Dorlene Alaynick

  • Keepers of The Gate Chair

    Joy Feldman

  • Keepers of the Gate Chair

    Patricia Ungar

  • Past President

    Charisse Sands

  • Certificates Chair

    Lee Blotner

  • Fundraising VP

    Susan Green

  • Communications/Marketing/ Social Media Chair

    Harriet Hillson

  • Young Women's Group Chair

    Rebecca Vandiver

  • Directory/Graphic Design Chair

    Briann Shear

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