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

Roz Baum

This is my final message to you as President of the Rochester Chapter of Hadassah; my third and final year in this role ends on 31 December 2016. These three years seem to have passed quickly in some ways and have been enlightening in many ways. Most things have gone very well while others have had minor problems.

 I am especially appreciative of the officers and committee members who have worked diligently, efficiently, and effectively in their respective positions to support Hadassah locally and internationally. They have brought us many excellent programs, luncheons, and dinners to celebrate one another, our holidays, our diversity, and to foster and support Israel with a focus on the Hadassah Hospitals, Youth Aliyah, and Hadassah College. We have raised a large sum of money over these years through many activities and events that include our annual Medical Center Party.

 We have one more event during this calendar year—the annual Chanukah brunch which will include the installation of our new officers for 2017. Once again the brunch will be held at Monroe’s Restaurant on Monroe Avenue (former location of the Spring House). Details are to be found elsewhere in this newsletter. I hope to see many of you at this event which occurs prior to Chanukah (first candle is lit the night of 24 December).

I urge you to fully support the new officers in their endeavors as they assume their positions officially on 1 January 2017. Serving as leaders of this chapter is not an easy task especially because we are not getting any younger, and many young women are so caught up in their own professional work and families that they have much less time to devote to other activities including Hadassah. The future of the Rochester Chapter of Hadassah requires each of us to become involved in the recruitment of younger women (specifically those of ages 40-60). I ask each of you to help in recruiting new members.

I leave you with a simple expression of “THANK YOU!”



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Chanukah Celebration And Installation Of Officers

December 11, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Please click here for more information and a printable flyer

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 11:30 AM at Monroe’s, 3001 Monroe Avenue CELEBRATE ROCHESTER HADASSAH AT OUR ANNUAL CHANUKAH BRUNCH!!!! Price:$28 couvert per person by December 4th. Send your check, payable to Hadassah, to Marcia Gabrilove Ladin, 258 Hollywood Avenue, 14618. Questions? contact Marcia at 585.820.5284 or mladin@hadassah.org Join us to thank the outgoing board and welcome the new board. A fabulous Monroe’s baker will treat us to a lesson in cake decorating 101!

A Man called Ove

A Man called Ove

December 20, 2016 - December 20, 2016

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

12:00 noon. A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman Bat Ami Book Group. Bring a sandwich; refreshments are provided.


Evening Book Group December Meeting

December 21, 2016 - December 21, 2016

Home of Sharon Kovalsky, 65 Sky Ridge Dr., Penfield

TIME: 6:30PM: EVENING BOOK GROUP Dairy Pot Luck Chanukah Dinner & Book Exchange !

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


  • 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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