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
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P : 585-442-6769

E : rozbaum@frontiernet.net

Mailing Address

Rochester, New York 14618



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

The month of October 2016 is somewhat unusual this year because 5776 was a “leap year” in the Jewish calendar, which means that another month was added to the calendar. The result is that we will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Festival of Succos this month; additionally we also will celebrate the secular Columbus Day (observed on October 10th). 

As I write this month’s message we are in the Hebrew month of Elul. Like many others I have visited the graves of family members on my travels during the summer; the only one that I have been able to visit this month is that of my beloved husband, which I visit monthly. All of my family is always present in my mind along with special memories tied to them. 

The high holidays cause me to think not only about the past and present but also about the future. None of us can know what Hashem has in store for us in the coming year, but like some of you I do a spiritual inventory in the month of Elul as to what I have done, what I have failed to do, and what I was unaware of what I should have done. While I do not make specific plans or resolutions, I do my best in every way. So, if I have wronged you in any way please accept my sincerest apology and know that I will try to do better in the coming year. 

I may see some of you at either Temple B’rith Kodesh or at Temple Beth El this month. If I do not happen to see you, let me be among the first to wish you and your families a healthy, sweet, and happy new year.



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November 1, 2016 - November 1, 2016

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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

Beneath The Marble Sky

Beneath the Marble Sky

November 10, 2016 - November 10, 2016

Home of Martha Green, 43 Tobey Ct., Pittsford

7:30 PM: EVENING BOOK GROUP: Beneath the Marble Sky, by John Shors


Chapter-Wide Book Review and Luncheon

November 10, 2016 - November 10, 2016

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Thursday, November 10th, starting at 11:00am, Linda Rapkin will review “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante at the Hahnemann Club at the Highlands of Pittsford. The charge is $18, payable to Hadassah. Reservations must be in by November 2nd to Fran Studley, 4242 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Please bring a gently used book for our raffle, or give it to Lori Friedman before November 10. Proceeds to Youth Aliyah.


Chanukah Celebration And Installation Of Officers

December 11, 2016 - December 11, 2016

11:00 AM at Monroe's Watch the bulletin and this website for further information!


  • 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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