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Former Chapter President Celebrates 100 Years
Adele Schwartz, a former unit president from Florida Atlantic Region, celebrated her 100th birthday, and was given a Youth Aliyah certificate representing gifts from her family in support of the Joy of Judaism and Didactic Testing programs.
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Northern Seaboard Region Holds Conference at the Beach
Picture from left to right: Luisa Narins, Sueann Lehner, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, Kacy Spivack, Rhoda Dombchik

The Northern Seaboard Region of Hadassah held a Conference at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in late April under the leadership of Rhoda Dombchik, President and Sueann Lehner, Program Vice President. The speakers focused on the theme of 'Mind, Body, and Spirit' for the weekend.

Dr. Andrea Lieber, Professor of Judaica Studies at Dickinson College, led an inspirational, non-traditional Shabbat service using music and prayer. Luisa Narins, Membership VP, conducted tai chi on the beach as well as presenting a comprehensive outlook of Membership in Hadassah. Kacy Spivack, National Leadership Vice Chair, spoke to the group throughout the weekend on leadership in Hadassah, connecting the Torah Portion to the works of Hadassah, and enlightening the group to the Sister to Sister Heart Initiative. Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, an award winning physician in the field of Integrative Medicine and author of the book Cleanse your Body, Clear Your Mind, spoke to the group about preventing and reversing degenerative and chronic diseases through the nutritional approach to healthcare. There were also fun events throughout the weekend such as a fashion show with Hadassah models and an improv comedy show following Havdallah.

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Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Holds Fashion Show
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter past presidents

Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh Chapter held a multi-generational fashion show on Sunday, June 2 at Beth Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh. The luncheon and Fashion show raised money for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower. The fashions were provided by Chico's, and the children's fashions were provided by the Gap. Chairmen of the day were Barb Scheinberg and Claudia Finkel. It was a lovely afternoon with children and grandchildren, the future generations of Hadassah.

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Westchester Region Honored with its 3rd Annual Community Service Award

President Deborah Wiskind of the Westchester Region of Hadassah


Award presented to Deborah Wisking, President of the Westchester Region of Hadassah

United Hebrew of New Rochelle presented President Deborah Wiskind and the Westchester Region of Hadassah with its 3rd Annual Community Service Award in recognition of Hadassah's dedication to enhancing the lives of those in the Westchester community, dedication to programs and services that uplift our society and commitment to empowering Hadassah members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.

Individuals and organizations were chosen in recognition of their high standards and excellence in making contributions to the community which mirrors United Hebrew's mission, vision and values.

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An Extraordinary Day of Learning

About 100 women attended the April 28 annual education symposium of the Southern New Jersey Region of Hadassah at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe, NJ. Members of Hadassah learned how to manage their time, how lobbyists win support for Israel, and how Israeli medical researchers are saving lives there and around the world, during a day of talks and workshops.

Region President Sherryl Kaufman of East Brunswick called the program a “Hadassah moment” for convening with members and exchanging ideas. Keeping with the day’s theme, Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, attendees learned about breakthrough medical technologies developed by Hadassah Hospital researchers, including orally ingested insulin for diabetics and the use of stem cells in the treatment of leukemia and to assist in bone marrow transplants.

“We were proud that techniques from Hadassah Hospital were helpful in saving lives in Boston,” in the wake of the marathon bombings, said executive Vice President Debbie Kestin Schildkraut of Edison. “Israeli doctors rewrote the book on blast trauma. Our Hadassah doctors have been treating these kinds of injuries and sharing this knowledge all over the world. We are part of this amazing organization.”

Keynote speaker Melody Stevens of Manalapan offered tips on time management. The author of Time Millionaire: 100 Ways to Gain an Extra Hour a Day shared her secrets about living life with “fun, peace, and joy.” In another session, Paula Joffe — a member of the national executive committee for AIPAC — described how she lobbied key legislators on Israel “through knowledge and training.” Retired Lt. Col. Matthew Weingast of East Windsor, a 23-year veteran who saw three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke of being Jewish in the military. Weingast solemnly told stories of incredible heroism by soldiers, including Army Spc. Marc Seiden, also an East Windsor native, who was killed in 2004 in Baghdad when his convoy was ambushed. Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu of Teaneck, the director of Rabbis Without Borders for CLAL-the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, taught members how to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get out Hadassah’s message.

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Hadassah Chapter Hosts Cantorial Music Extravaganza

The Inter-American Chapter of the Greater Miami Region presented its sixth annual Cantorial Music Extravaganza on April 4 at Temple Menorah in Miami Beach The concert featured cantors from throughout Miami-Dade County performing diverse music including Ladino, Hebrew, Yiddish and Hispanic.

All proceeds were designated to Hadassah Medical Center in Israel. Marta Olchyk, a committee member for the chapter, said there's a women's touch to the concert this year as it is organized by two women, Cantor Julie Jacobs of Beth David Congregation in Miami and Cantor Gaby Enser Tangir of Temple Judea in Coral Gables.

Olchyk said the event has grown tremendously throughout the years. “When we first started we had between 100-120 people and now for this year's concert we will have more than 200 people," she said.

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Hadassah Deputy Executive Director Visits Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of Hadassah welcomed Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Executive Director of Hadassah Israel, on Tuesday, April 30, who gave an update on recent developments in Israel. “No one is a more committed Zionist, a better friend or a more eloquent voice for the Jewish people,” said Nancy Falchuk, immediate past president of Hadassah. “She is the ultimate personification of Hadassah.”

The program, which was open to the public, was co-sponsored by Hadassah and the The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland. Arlene Wieder, president of the Cleveland Chapter of Hadassah, felt that the program was very informative to the community. She is very proud of Hadassah’s accomplishments and hopes to expand its membership base, by providing programs such as this one.

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Hadassah President's Visit Highlights Partnership with Israel

On her recent trip to Cincinnati, Hadassah National President Marcie Natan received a firsthand look at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – a partner with Hadassah’s two hospitals in Jerusalem.

During her hospital tour, Natan met with Michael Fisher, the hospital’s CEO, and discussed the partnership. This is part of the Israel Exchange Program which was established in 2011 to improve clinical care for children, to more expertly train scientists and pediatric providers, and to make research and technological advances that benefit the world.

Hadassah and other hospital physicians in Israel collaborate with Cincinnati Children’s doctors to jointly treat patients with complex conditions in both Cincinnati and Israel. The IEP also provides for research and technological collaborations with Israeli start-ups and universities.

Also during her visit to Cincinnati, Marcie attended three special fundraising and informational events that emphasized Hadassah’s many projects in Israel.

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Jacksonville Organizes Physicians Council
Terry Schare, Dr. Karen Ezrine, Dr. Howard Schare

Dr. Karen Ezrine, National Physicians Council Chair, was the guest speaker at the organizational meeting of Jacksonville Hadassah’s Physicians Council, at the home of Terry and Dr. Howard Schare. Planning the event were chapter president Leah Ben-Yehuda, Aviva Kaplan, Lin Pomerantz, and Terry Schare. Also in attendance were National Board member Jane Strom and her husband Dr. Joel Strom.

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Nassau Walkathon a Huge Success
Nassau Region recently held their annual walkathon.

Hundreds of community and Hadassah members participated in Nassau Region’s Walk/Run-a-thon for Stem Cell Research on May 5 in Oceanside Park. Councilman Anthony Santino (2nd from right) presented a Certificate of Recognition to event Co-Chair Carol Konecky (2nd from left) for her efforts to make the day a success. Also, pictured are Hadassah Nassau Fundraising Coordinator Robin Rabinowitz and Men's Auxiliary National Hadassah Board Member Jim Rotenberg.

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Nassau's Myrtle Wreath Reception
Cheryl Sperber, Lisa Levine, Tracey Drayer, Barbara Goldstein, Viviane Kovacs, Jane Eisner, Kathleen Rice.

The Nassau Region of Hadassah held its annual Myrtle Wreath Award Reception. One special woman was honored from each of the Region’s units with the distinctive Myrtle Wreath Presidential Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to membership.

The Region also honored three trailblazers for their outstanding work in their particular field: Kathleen Rice, Nassau County District Attorney and the first women District Attorney on Long island; Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief- of the Jewish Forward and the first woman to hold that position at the influential Jewish national weekly newspaper; and Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Executive Director of Hadassah Office in Israel accepting the award on behalf of her Office which serves as a singular unified voice for HWZOA in Israel.

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Tri-Region Spring Conference Sponsors “The Heart of Hadassah”

Three Hadassah regions, Southeastern, Southern and Southern Seaboard, whichencompass 10 states, sponsored this year’s Spring Conference, entitled “Heart of Hadassah,” April 19 to 21 at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree in Peachtree City. Special guests included Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President; Sharon Kabalo, Deputy Consul; and Dov Wilker, Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee in Atlanta.

The conference included a wide range of sessions and activities that focused on the many ways that Hadassah touches lives in the U.S., Israel and beyond. One panel session addressed women’s heart health and wellness, and a second panel examined “Israel Today and Tomorrow.” Leadership sessions, Hadassah updates, Shabbat services and a performance by Shir Harmony were also part of the programming.

Multi-regional conferences such as this one provide an opportunity for Hadassah members and associates to come together to learn, build relationships and become further inspired and empowered to continue supporting Hadassah’s life-saving and life-changing work through active involvement, outreach, advocacy and philanthropy.

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Washington’s Walk-a-Thon Raises Funds
Seated at the registration table are Flo Rosenblum (l) and Iris Tishkoff, President of GWAC

Greater Washington Chapter of Hadassah held a Walk-a-thon on May 5 at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Maryland to raise funds for Neuromuscular Diseases. It was a huge success with more than 100 participants and over $25,000 raised.

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Woman of the Year Honored by NJ Freeholders
Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski (L) and Bruce Bergen present a resolution to Miriam Gershwin of Springfield .

Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski (L) and Bruce Bergen present a resolution to Miriam Gershwin of Springfield congratulating her on being named the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Springfield Chapter of Hadassah during a meeting at the Springfield Public Library devoted to Holocaust Remembrance. Miriam is a Holocaust survivor.

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Women of Distinction Honored in Florida Broward Region
Broward Hadassah’s Women of Distinction award winners include Roz Rosen, Jennifer Cohen, Pam Kirtman and Davia Mazur.

Florida Broward Region of Hadassah honored four women for their service to the community during a luncheon in Fort Lauderdale recently. Jennifer Cohen, Pam Kirtman, Davia Mazur and Roz Rosen received Broward Hadassah's Women of Distinction Award.

Cohen was recognized for raising money through The Sydney & Alexandria Cohen Foundation to purchase state-of-the-art incubators for the neonatal intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital West.

Kirtman received the Women of Distinction award for founding Becca's Closet, a nonprofit created to honor and continue her late daughter Rebecca's project of donating formal prom and homecoming dresses to high school girls with financial need.

Mazur, a local attorney, was recognized for her promotion of the cultural arts at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center. She served as chair of the Jewish Book Festival and later as vice president of cultural arts and programming. Mazur currently is chair of the cultural arts committee and co-chair of the gala committee.

Roz Rosen received the award for her service to Hadassah, serving as a past president of the Florida Broward Region and a National Vice-President.Roz said, "I think it's the highest possible award to be recognized by your peers."

"These are women of distinction in the community who made a difference," said Merna Shapiro, Florida Broward Region President. "They are women who believe in tikkun olam and gave an incredible amount of time in making our world a better place."

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