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


2016 Tillie Rose Education Program

Sun., Sept. 25, 2016 at Temple B'rith Kodesh, from 1:00pm-3:00pm

"A Friend in Need? Being A Friend Indeed !!!!!!!"

For more information, see the event listing below.



This fundraiser is in memory of Janet Wagner, who passed away last year. She was an ardent supporter of this project. Honor her memory and at the same time support the amazing work of Hadassah by purchasing tickets.  They are still a bargain at only $10!  For tickets, please contact:  Monika Katzel: 585-424-6500 or lesterkatzel@earthlink.net;  OR Ginny Gordon: 585-383-6368 or irvinggordon4@hotmail.com;  OR Marilyn Rosen, 585-461-4684 or marilyn.rosen@gmail.com

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

Soon in Rochester, bells and educators will be welcoming students for a new school year.  Unfortunately, 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

Roz Baum

Now that September is here many families either have taken/ sent offspring to begin the freshman year at college or are preparing to send younger family members to school. Shopping has been completed, and all students are ready physically to begin the next step in life whether in Kindergarten or some higher grade. Psychologically there may be a totally different atmosphere in the family home especially after the shopping, packing, and coping with the absence of the departing student. Of course time will fly so that some members will return home next month for the High Holidays or will experience the holidays in a different location for the first time; most will return for the secular holiday of Thanksgiving in November.

In the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av has passed, and we are about to enter the month of Elul which is the last month before the High Holidays. Many use this time for cooking, baking, and cleaning—don’t we do this for every one of our holidays! Others make the journey to visit the graves of family members and to fulfill other family traditions prior to the holidays. 

On Sunday, September 25th, the Rochester Chapter of Hadassah will sponsor the annual Tillie Rose Education program, which this year is entitled “Friend in Need? Being a Friend, Indeed!” The program is at Temple B’rith Kodesh from 1-3 pm. Rabbi Rachel Smookler of Temple Beth David will be the keynote speaker, and a panel of women will discuss and answer questions related to the theme. Topics to be addressed will offer practical advice on how to help friends survive a variety of life challenges. (The reservation form is found in this month’s newsletter.) I look forward to seeing many of you there. 



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Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers

September 19, 2016 - September 19, 2016

Home of Marla Miller, 2 Woodland Circle

7:30 PM: EVENING BOOK GROUP: Once We Were Brothers, by Ronald H. Balsom


2016 Tillie Rose Education Program

September 25, 2016 - September 25, 2016

Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave.,Rochester 14618

1:00pm-3:00pm A Tillie Rose Education Program - "A Friend in Need? Being A Friend Indeed !!!!!!!" on Sun., Sept. 25, 2016 Featuring a Keynote address by Rabbi Rachel Smookler of Temple Beth David. Sage advice for ways to be a supportive friend to someone who is mired in some of life's more difficult challenges. Registration: $5.00 by Sept. 20; $10 at the door; Instructions are in the newsletter Members, associate members and their guest are welcome to attend.

The Secret Chord

The Secret Chord

September 27, 2016 - September 27, 2016

Home of Lori Friedman, 84 Great Wood Circle, Fairport 14450

12:00 noon. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks Bat Ami Book Group. Bring a sandwich; refreshments are provided.



November 1, 2016 - November 1, 2016

The Irondequoit Country Club, 4045 East Avenue

BAT AMI ANNUAL BRUNCH AND CARD PARTY Mark your calendars for November 1st, 11:00am, the date of the Bat Ami Annual Brunch and Card Party. Then, mark your calendars, again, for October 25th, the deadline for reservations!! This event will take place at the Irondequoit Country Club, 4045 East Avenue. Donation: $25.00 per person Reservations to: Susanne Esan, 223 Stone Road, Rochester, NY 14616


  • Rochester Chapter President and Bat Ami Advisor

    Roselyn Freedman-Baum

  • National Board Vice President

    Marcia Gabrilove-Ladin

  • Rochester Chapter Treasurer

    Toby Berke

  • Rochester Chapter Recording Co-Secretary

    Tammi Steinberg

  • Rochester Chapter Fundraising VP, Medical Center Party, Hadassah/JCC Shed, City School Mitzvah Project

    Monika Katzel

  • Harriett Shulman

  • Rochester Chapter Immediate Past President

    Lori Friedman

  • Bat Ami President

    Susanne Esan

  • Bat Ami Treasurer

    Carlotta Lustik

  • Bat Ami Fundraising Co-VP, Football Books

    Virginia Gordon

  • Bat Ami Fundraising Co-VP, Dinner Books

    Dvorah Shulman

  • Bat Ami Education Co-VP

    Marilyn Klass

  • Bat Ami Education Co-VP

    Gertrude Sheinfeld

  • Bat Ami Program VP

    Gloria Cohen

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