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Women's Wellness Day in Southern California Celebrates Heart Health

Hadassah Southern California hosted an exceptional Women's Wellness Day event on February 9th at UCLA. Nearly a dozen speakers -- including Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, Director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center -- educated and empowered over 200 people to take control of their health. Dr. Merz spoke about women's heart health and gender differences in heart disease.

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Dining for Hadassah Potluck and Installation

The Lexington Kentucky Chapter held its installation on Sunday, January 19, in the social hall of the local synagogue. Dining for Hadassah is a fundraising concept where like - minded individuals come together for the purpose of sharing a meal and each other’s company for the price of a donation to their common cause. Hadassah Medical Organization was the installation’s cause and the minimum $18 donation paid by each attendee goes directly to HMO. The total raised for HMO exceeded $900, far beyond expectations. Based upon this success, the Lexington Kentucky chapter plans to hold additional Dining for Hadassah events soon to benefit other Hadassah projects.

The Board members provided tuna and egg salad as entrees, home- made challah and rye, and various condiments while attendees from A-M brought salad or side and N-Z brought dessert. A beautiful, colorful and tasty buffet was enjoyed by all.Drinks were provided by the chapter with a small contribution to the kitchen fund at the synagogue.

The program featured a DVD on HMO as the education component and an inspiring installation of the Executive Board by Central States Region President, Teri Junker, who spoke eloquently of how each officer makes an impact.

Chai Society and Choose Your Impact handouts were on every table. Additional Hadassah materials such as fact cards, the chapter’s book club schedule and fundraising opportunities such as Macy’s Gift Cards, Hadassah greeting cards and JNF were on display at the rear of the social hall. The chairs of the various opportunities were available for questions and purchases.

The chapter expects that similar programs will be easy to replicate. Moreover, Dining for Hadassah made an impression on the membership thereby ensuring attendance, making fundraising fun and informative and furthering the work of Hadassah with the funds raised.

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Major Donors Meet in Naples

On December 15, 2013, the Collier/Lee Chapter Recognition Event took place at Quail West Golf and Country Club. Marcie Natan, National President, addressed a crowd of 70 Keepers of the Gate and Major Donors, with a candid update of Hadassah’s financial and construction situation. She had just returned from the latest round of discussions with the Israeli government and shared her optimistic assessment.

The event was generously underwritten by Ben Skelton, PA, GRI, CRS, Realtor and Eva and Alan Freeman, in Memory of Jules Freeman. Thanks to a hard working committee, our ADC Director, Lisa Moore, and the amazing generosity of our members, this event realized almost $109,000 in new gifts and pledges to Hadassah.

The chapter welcomed several new and returning Keepers of the Gate and 8 Associate Keepers. Their annual gift is vital to Hadassah’s daily needs. Keepers who were honored for 15 years of continuous commitment were: Joan Bernhardt, Bonnie Bodin, Roz Brooker, Myra Friedman, Ruth Jason, Shirley Kraus, Harrilee Shevin, Fritzi Thorner, Helene Weiss and Nancy Wiadro.

The 2013-4 Major Gifts and KOTG Committee included Co-Chairs Nancy Wiadro and Ruth Barber; KOTG Chair, Ruth Stockinger; Rhonda Brazina, Karen Cohn, Myra Cristall, Karen Ezrine, Rita Fleischmajer, Myra Friedman, Sandra Gershman, Sharyn Harris, Frances Nossen, Harrilee Shevin, Sylvia Simko, Shelley Skelton, Lynn Weiner, Helene Weiss, Carole Yellin

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Boston Chapter Members “Exercise Their Way to a Healthy Heart”

Boston Chapter held its opening meeting on Sunday, October 27 at a local woman's gym, Healthworks in Chestnut Hill, Mass.They implemented the Every Beat Counts program with an “Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart” event.

Boston Chapter members at the yoga class pose for Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart program
Valerie Lowenstein opened the program with some general information on heart disease prevention followed by the personal story of a woman who suffered and survived a heart attack. Everyone was then treated to the choice of a Zumba or yoga class and time to socialize was provided with healthy snacks and yogurt. This program is the first in a series of heart healthy programs offered to Boston’smembers and open to the entire community.


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Bringing Thanks from Hadassah

Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Executive Director of Hadassah’s office in Israel, visited Scottsdale recently to speak at Hadassah Valley of the Sun’s luncheon and brought a message from Israel. Each time she comes to visit Hadassah chapters in the United States, she said, her Hadassah colleagues in Israel encourage her to share how much they appreciate the work U.S. Hadassah members do on their behalf.

During the luncheon, the New Jersey native who made aliyah 16 years ago shared some of her experiences throughout the years with Hadassah, with the 90 people in attendance.

Toby Goldberg, who has been involved in Hadassah since 1966, received the chapter’s Leadership Award. She first served as a Hadassah president in 1969 in Lawrenceville N.J. After moving to the Valley in 1992, she stepped in as WISK Group president in 1994. She became Phoenix Chapter president in 1996 and remained in that position until HVOS was created in 2000.

Also at the luncheon, the local chapter introduced Hadassah’s newest campaign: “Choose Where to Make Your Impact,” which identifies the many ways donors can make their impact in Israel.

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Greater Philadelphia Celebrates at Heart of Gold Gala

More than 200 members of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia and their guests enjoyed a heart-healthy buffet (in keeping with the theme) and danced the night away to the music of The Sofa Kings at the recent Heart of Gold Gala.

The event honored Dr. Susan Wiegers, Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate of Faculty Affairs, Temple University School of Medicine. Through the sale of raffles, donations and the tribute book Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia was able to raise $42,000 for the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiac Wellness Center at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. An anonymous $1million donation was received for a reflection garden to be built on the Ein Kerem campus.

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Hadassah Benefit Dinner Raises $300,000 for Women's Heart Health, Experts Share Life-Saving Tips

Hadassah Benefit Dinner Raises $300,000 for Women's Heart Health, Experts Share Life-Saving Tips
Read about it on The Chicago Tribune

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Hadassah Hears about Firefighters’ Israel Trip

Members of Firefighters Without Borders, the seven-man Arizona delegation that traveled to Israel in October, discussed their trip at Hadassah Southern Arizona’s lunch program on Sunday, Jan. 5.

The local firefighters conferred with Israeli firefighters and rescue workers to learn firsthand how to respond to mass casualties. Their trip included visits to fire stations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and more rural areas. They also toured Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, and planted trees on Mount Carmel, the scene of a deadly 2010 forest fire.

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Heart Disease in Women: What Every Woman Should Know

The Hadassah Medical Center’s Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Institute for Women, created with a $10 million grant from Psychotherapist Irene Pollin in memory of her daughter, Linda Joy, has already impacted the lives of hundreds of Arab and Israeli families. “Our mission,” explains Dr. Donna Zfat-Zwas, the Institute’s Director, is “to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease as a significant cause of death and illness in women throughout Israel.” Her goal is to reach both women and health care providers. “People in Israel think heart disease is a man’s disease,” she says. “Women don’t have the awareness they need.”

To meet this goal of raising awareness of heart disease in women, Hadassah chapters all across the US will be conducting educational programs throughout the year about heart health. The Boulder Chapter of Hadassah presented a Heart Healthy Prgram on Thursday, November 21st at the Boulder JCC, in conjunction with University of Colorado Hospital. The guest speaker was Barbara Abrahams, MD, FACC. With over 20 years in practice, Dr. Abrahams has a particular interest in clinical cardiology and non-invasive cardiac imaging, and founded a pioneering clinic for women with heart disease. She is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, and has authored many articles, including several concerning pharmacologic stress testing.

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Ruth Gruber Honored in Connecticut

The Wepawaug-CT Valley-West Rock Chapter of the Connecticut Region, in conjunction with Congregation Or Shalom, honored Ruth Gruber at the Annual Kristallnicht Commemoration.

In January 1944, in the midst of the Holocaust, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board to aid the persecuted minorities of Nazi-occupied Europe. The members of the Refugee Board soon arrived at a bold plan: they would set up a temporary haven for escapees from Nazism at Fort Ontario, in Oswego, NY. It was their hope that Fort Ontario would be the first of many shelters for Holocaust refugees in the U.S. (It turned out, however, to be the only one ever established on these shores.) Upon hearing this news, Dr. Ruth Gruber, a 32-year-old journalist and special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, volunteered for the task of implementing the Fort Ontario project. In the summer of 1944, she secretly crossed the U-boat infested waters of the Atlantic and soon returned to NY harbor with 982 traumatized survivors of the Holocaust.

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San Francisco Hosts Consul General

The San Francisco Chapter of Hadassah recently hosted Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest. His comments and analysis of the results of the Israeli elections gave Hadassah members much insight into the politics in Israel..

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Florida Atlantic Holds Mystery Party Fundraiser

Recently Florida Atlantic Region held an interactive mystery event fund raiser at the Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.A production company was contracted to produce an original interactive script for Hadassah. Entitled “One Less for Lunch – A Hadassah Mystery” the coordinator incorporated information about the attendees as part of the skit. This information was identifiable by the audience and made it funny and more meaningful.

The Region included many components for fund raising such as selling “puzzle pieces” for aRoad to Delivery Wall Tile inscribed with the winner's name. A participant could purchase a number from 1 to 84 for $50. The number was drawn on the day of the event and the person did not need to be in attendance to win. Also, they sold raffles for gift baskets and dinners.They solicited table sponsors and produced a tribute ad book. In addition to fund raising, education was included when a speaker spoke about “Israel at 65.”

To encourage participation, the Region devoted much time and effort in publicizing the event. They sent invitations, produced registration flyers and even gave out notepads with the event information at a Region conference prior to the event.

The day was a huge success thanks to the efforts of Joan Baron, President of Florida Atlantic Region, Lydia Krieg, Corresponding Secretary, Iris Rothstein, Joan Sarasky, Lonnie Sterling and their committees. Chapters throughout the Region participated and helped raise $20,000 for Hadassah.

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Shalom Tamid Group Visits Historical Community

Throughout the year the Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia conducted a series of study groups learning about immigration to our country and the start of agricultural communities. One of these was located in Woodbine NJ, near Philadelphia.

Recently, the group visited this historical area along with relatives of residents of Woodbine. They were able to view the Sam Azeez Museum which honors the community founded in 1891 through the philanthropy of Baron de Hirsch. Russian Jews were the first citizens of Woodbine. It was very interesting for the participants to learn about Woodbine through the eyes of people who actually lived there.

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Hadassah of Boston Celebrates Centennial
Boston Hadassah Celebrates 100 Years


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Northeast Region Holds Leadership Retreat

Hanna Pollack, Jamie Kotler, Nancy Falchuk

Nearly 70 women from five Northeast regions--Western New England, Northern New England, Upper Mid-Atlantic, Southern New England, and Connecticut--attended the Hadassah Northeast (HNE) Leadership Retreat Shabbaton November 15-17, 2013. Beautiful autumn weather enhanced the retreat’s setting, the luxurious Cranwell Resort and Spa in the Berkshires.

Sessions included an update on Hadassah and on Hadassah’s new women’s heart health initiative “Every Beat Counts,” facilitated by the immediate past National President Nancy Falchuk. Hanna Pollack, National Leadership chair, led two leadership sessions focusing on adapting to diversity--both personality-wise and generational--among our members and how best to take advantage of those differences. A final session led by Hanna explored how every member can choose her own way to make an impact both in her daily life and in her Hadassah life.

Attendees were treated to a lovely Kabbalat Shabbat, a lively Torah study discussion and a peaceful Havdallah, led by rabbinical student and new life member Jamie Kotler, of Brookline, Mass.

Attendees made Chanukah cards and friendship bracelets for Jewish soldiers, and retreat centerpieces were made of canned goods, which were later donated to local food pantry, Rachel’s Table.

A 16-member team, under the expert guidance of coordinator Myra Glansberg and advisors Phyllis Berlow and Judy Schatz, planned the event down to the smallest detail. The attendees will continue to benefit from follow-up activities, including mentorship opportunities and periodic discussions. The retreat was sponsored in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Chicago-North Shore Launches Women’s Heart Health Campaign

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter hosted a benefit dinner to kick off the national campaign “Heart to Heart: Every Beat Counts” on November 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Skokie. This event was meant to educate its members and the community about heart disease, the number one killer of women.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Chaim Lotan, a leading cardiologist and researcher in biomedical innovation andhead of the Heart Institute at Hadassah Hospital in Israel and Dr. Annabelle Volgman, recognized this year as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Chicago by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. She is director of the Heart Center at Rush Medical Center.

They spoke about increasing awareness of heart disease risks and prevention; shared the latest heart health information and assessment tools; and informed the attendees about cutting-edge research at Hadassah Medical Organization’s Heart Institute in Jerusalem.

“I am elated that Hadassah is giving attention to such an important and overlooked health issue,” said Chicago-North Shore Chapter President Michele Rubin. “Women do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack because they are more subtle than the symptoms men may have.”

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Hadassah Marks Kansas City’s 100th anniversary
The Mittelman family, featuring four generations of Hadassah life members, is among those that were honored at Hadassah’s Centennial Celebration on Nov. 10. The honorees are Kerry Kuluva (from left), Sara Mittelman, Marie Koffman and Paige Kuluva in front.

One hundred years ago Henrietta Szold came to Kansas City, just a year after she founded Hadassah, met with friends and helped organize a local chapter. On November 10th the members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Hadassah gathered at Hallbrook Country Club to celebrate 100 years of helping others throughout the world.

At the celebration, women who have been members for 50-plus years — Marge Adler, Ede Bratt, Rosie Lerner, Regina Pachter and Beth Smith — were recognized. Families consisting of three, four and five generations of Hadassah members also were honored.

The four values that motivated Szold to establish Hadassah, according to Marian Kaplan, president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, still guide the organization today: Pikuach Nefesh — We must value life, one life at a time; Klal Yisrael — We must embrace that we are one; Tikkun Olam —We have a duty to repair the world; and M’Dor L’Dor — We must teach the next generation to care for each other and the world.

“These four traditional values have been part of our organization from the very start,” said Kaplan, who has been a member for 20 years and will complete her two-and-a-half-year term as president on Dec. 31, 2014.

Rita Shapiro, president of the Great Plains Region, spoke at the celebration telling the history of Hadassah and emphasizing the organization’s strengths today.

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Harrisburg Chapter of the Northern Seaboard Region hosts Barbara Goldstein

Recently, the Harrisburg Chapter hosted Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director in Hadassah Israel, at their Hadassah Israel State Dinner, which is their annual donor event. The dinner was held in the magnificent rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building. Barbara Goldstein was the keynote speaker and the honorees for the evening were member and associate, Esther and Ed Beck.

The Becks are longtime Hadassah supporters. Esther is a past- President and has held many other chapter positions, and Ed is an Associate and also the founder of Scholars for Peace in Israel and a board member ZAKA, the search and rescue organization in Israel.

At the beginning of the evening, Rhoda Dombchik, President of Northern Seaboard Region, welcomed everyone on behalf of the Region and gave a brief update. Those in attendance in this fabulous setting were energized by Barbara’s speech. She told us the answer to the Israeli peace effort is “We need more ‘peace’ acts and less ‘peace’ talks.”

She said that’s what Hadassah does every day with the help of its more than 300,000 members. She spoke about the groundbreaking research and achievements that take place at HMO which not only benefit Israel but the rest of the world. State Senator Rob Teplitz, whose wife Randi was co-chair of the dinner, presented Barbara Goldstein with a citation from the State of Pennsylvania.

At the dinner marketing materials for the new “Choose Where to Make Your Impact Campaign” and Hadassah Facts were made available. Attendees were encouraged to donate to the project of their choice. Also on display were the medical dolls, which the chapter makes for local children’s hospitals to use as a teaching device so doctors can help children understand their procedures.

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Philadelphia Hosts Author
Judy Cohen, Education Coordinator and Vice President; Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia; David Laskin; Joyce Laiter, Education Coordinator

Hadassah Southern Nevada Chapter honored Rabbi Yocheved Mintz at the Heart of Hadassah Gala on November 2, 2013 at the Red Rock Resort. The evening began with a chance auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before dinner and entertainment.

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia held a Book and Author event at a lovely brunch at the beautiful Estia Restaurant in Center City. Over 100 men and women gathered to hear author, David Laskin, the son of one of Philadelphia’s longtime members, speak about his novel, The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century. In his presentation, David told how he traced the roots of his own family in order to write the book, which takes place in Europe, the U.S. and Israel. The audience was very interested in the description of this sweeping epic and were able to ask David questions about the book and his life and family.

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Southern Nevada Chapter Hosts "Heart of Hadassah" Event

Hadassah Southern Nevada Chapter honored Rabbi Yocheved Mintz at the Heart of Hadassah Gala on November 2, 2013 at the Red Rock Resort. The evening began with a chance auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before dinner and entertainment.

Guests heard from Dr. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Heart Institute at Hadassah's Hospital at Ein Kerem, who talked about the many changes in cardiac care and the innovations being discovered at Hadassah Medical Organization.

Rabbi Mintz talked about family and her long association with Hadassah, beginning as a young girl active in Young Judaea, then in Hadassah, and announced that in honor of her being honored, she had made all of her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren Life Members.

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