Rochester, New York Chapter

Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah in 1912, and it was in Rochester, NY, that the name Hadassah was officially adopted at the first National Convention in 1914. Although there were only 10 Chapters, 8 of them sent delegates to this Convention. Attendance was so small that the delegates were taken into the home of Henrietta's friend, Tillie Rose, who became Rochester’s first Chapter President (1914-1919). Her memory is honored every year with a special educational program that is open to the entire Chapter and our community. Our local Chapter currently has over 700 members, which include 635 Life members. We also have over 125 men who are Associates. The Groups in our Chapter have changed with the times. Most of our members have now chosen to be Members at Large, with no group affiliation. Modi'in (MOD), our newest and youngest group, began in 2005 and now has over 60 members. These young women, aged 20ish - 40ish, are single, married, mothers, and/or professionals. Bat Ami is our most senior and experienced group. They also have their own Board meetings and an afternoon Book Group. They plan events that include members from their group, as well as the Chapter at Large, and participate in the Chapter's fundraising and membership initiatives. Several Bat Ami Board members are past Chapter Presidents and continue to participate on the Chapter Board level. Hadassah has grown to become the largest women's volunteer organization in the United States with over 300,000 members nationally. The Rochester Chapter is a strong and vibrant organization with women who participate, lead, and share their passion for all that Hadassah does in Israel and the United States.

Rochester, New York 14618
Contact Us

P : 585-442-6769

E : rozbaum@frontiernet.net

Mailing Address

Rochester, New York 14618


Hadassah Medical Organization Cards & Certificates
Med Org Cards and Certs

Buy Hadassah Medical Organization Cards & Certificates from these volunteers:
Joyce Heilbronner, Coordinator 442-9584
Sue Ann Baker 334-1778
Carol Yunker 385-3910
Eileen Jachles 383-1753
Florence Eppstein 244-4833
Barbara Cohen 272-7396

Rochester Hadassah Cookbook

The Rochester Hadassah Cookbook makes a wonderful gift for showers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new homes and other occasions.  The price is $18.00 and $22.00 to ship out. Contact Marlene Elkin 271-1871.

The Hadassah/JCC Shed

Please continue to support this important fundraising initiative.  Hadassah and the JCC get paid per pound for these textile donations and folks in needy areas in the US and abroad receive clothing and household soft goods.  REMEMBER:  No pillows, toys and household non-textile items – only clothing, shoes, purses, towels, sheets in tied plastic bags.  Thank you for your help and donations.

Mitzvah Project at City School #3

Unfortunately, in Rochester, many youngsters arrive without the necessary tools for learning.  Through our Hadassah annual school mitzvah project, we can help by making sure these eager kids have notebooks, pencils, paper, pens, glue, backpacks and other essential tools.  Take advantage of those late summer school supply sales and allow a youngster to be fully equipped for daily work.


Drop off your donations at a meeting, or call 203-1200 for more information or a pickup.

Monika Katzel, Mitzvah Project Chair

Life Membership Offer
Hadassah Power Of Women

ATTENTION ANNUAL MEMBERS:  Consider upgrading your Annual membership to a Life Membership for only $180.00 during 2016.

Youth Aliyah

There is no better way to help the children in the YOUTH ALIYAH villages than by purchasing certificates that can be used for any occasion.  Small Certificates are $5.00 and up plus postage; Large Certificates $15.00 and up plus postage. Contact Marlene Elkin 271- 1871.

Jewish National Fund Trees and Blue Boxes
Tree And Bird

Jewish National Fund Trees
Merle Markus 586-9436 or mbmarkus@hotmail.com
Barbara Weber 385-4753 or smeyers@rochester.rr.com
Jewish National Fund Blue Boxes
Sue Baker 334-1778 or sueannbaker49@yahoo.com

Save Around Books
Rochester Save Around Books

Save Around Books are $20 each; call Debby Shulman 586-6654

From our President



A new Hadassah year is beginning. We are faced with leadership, fundraising and membership challenges, but also with wonderful opportunities for growth in member participation, leadership development and giving options. Hadassah has a 100+ year enviable history of life-saving and life-enhancing work in medicine, education, youth rescue, and land reclamation in Israel, as well as Jewish youth identity strengthening through camps and educational programs, adult leadership training, health education and advocacy in the US.

Over these many historic years of nation building, conflicts, huge economic growth, immigrant ingathering and land reclamation in Israel, Hadassah played a major role in providing medical care, employment and necessary funds in making dreams happen. The unwavering devotion of Hadassah members brought about the success of all of these missions to which we are linked emotionally and financially.

Our ongoing efforts are needed. Each member fuels the organization with spirit, high energy, leadership, sweat equity and funds. We are grateful for our Rochester Hadassah leadership at all levels. But we need every member to stay committed and involved. Let us combine our efforts to keep Rochester moving forward in strength. Your creative ideas, your volunteer and professional experiences, your leadership skills, and the gifts of your hearts and hands are welcome and necessary. Please respond to the call and let us know how you can contribute to the future of our Chapter.

The 2017 shared Presidium leadership is available to all of you, anytime. Communicate your ideas, concerns and offers of help with any one of us. We look forward to your input, support and participation at meetings, programs, and events.

TOGETHER we remain strong.

Monika Katzel               Jan.-March – 203-1200, lesterkatzel@earthlink.net

Fran Studley                April-June -   381-6318, Studsbride@aol.com

Marcia Gabrilove Ladin  July-Sept -    820-5284, mladin@hadassah.org

Tammi Steinberg         Oct - Dec -     737-8564, tsteinberg114@gmail.com

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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

January 17, 2017 - January 17, 2017

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport

12:00PM BAT AMI BOOK GROUP - Bring a sandwich- refreshments are provided!! To contact Lori, call 425-0019 or lliberty@twc.com


P.A.D. PROJECT INITIATIVE (Providing Access and Dignity)

January 24, 2017 - January 24, 2017

Temple Sinai, 363 Penfield Rd.-Park near the second entrance (Social Hall) and come into that doorway

CO-SPONSORED BY HADASSAH, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN & TEMPLE SINAI WOMEN'S CHAVURAH 7:00 P.M.Government programs like SNAP or food stamps don't provide for feminine hygiene products. We'll assemble personal hygiene kits for women and girls in local high schools and service organizations, like RAIHN. Questions? Call Monika Katzel, Chair 203-1200 or e-mail lesterkatzel@earthlink.net

Marriage Of Opposites

Marriage of Opposites

January 31, 2017 - January 31, 2017

Home of Marjorie Montag, 224 Vernon Place

7:30 PM: EVENING BOOK GROUP: The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman For more information, contact Debi Brenner: debi.brenner@gmail.com or 223-8979


The List by Martin Fletcher

February 21, 2017 - February 21, 2017

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Greatwood Circle, Fairport;

BAT AMI BOOK GROUP; 12 noon. Bring a sandwich- refreshments are provided!! To contact Lori, call 425-0019 or lliberty@twc.com


  • Presidium - January-March

    Monika Katzel

  • Presidium - April-June

    Fran Studley

  • Presidium - July-September

    Marcia Gabrilove Ladin

  • Presidium - October-December

    Tammi Steinberg

  • Treasurer

    Toby Berke

  • Corresponding Secretary

    Andrea Paprocki

  • Recording Secretary

    Marilyn Rosen

  • Membership Coordinator

    Lori Friedman

  • Membership Coordinator

    Harriett Shulman

  • Programming Coordinator

    Marla Miller

  • Programming Coordinator

    Emily Fishman

  • Fundraising Coordinator

    Monika Katzel

  • Education Coordinator

    Carol Shulman

Donation Questions


(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions


(800) 664-5646

Missions Department


(800) 237-1517

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New York, NY 10005


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