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Lexington Chapter Dines for Hadassah
Teri Junker and a friend at the Dining for Hadassah event.

The Lexington Chapter of Hadassah held a successful event called "Dining For Hadassah," a dinner at a local synagogue. At the potluck and installation meeting, the Lexington Chapter featured a video on Hadassah Medical Organization and a speech by Teri Junker, the Central States Region President. The chapter learned about Chai Society and the Choose Your Impact Campaign.

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Broward Hadassah Brunch Focuses on Heart Health
Broward Hadassah Brunch Focuses on Heart Health
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St. Louis Raises Heart Health Awareness
St. Louis Raises Heart Health Awareness
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Baltimore Chapter Brings in $100K at Stem Cell Party

Hadassah of Baltimore's "Cell-A-Brate 2014" event honored the love story of Alvin and Louise Myerberg.

Louise had Multiple Sclerosis and Alvin did everything in his power to care for her. In looking for a solution, Alvin funded Project Restore at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Although unable to help his beloved wife, Project Restore was able to help many patients delay the symptoms.

The evening featured a Bruce Springsteen tribute band and silent auction. With 300 guests, the event brought in nearly $100,000 to benefit Stem Cell Research at Hadassah Medical Organization.

See more photos on Baltimore Jewish Times' Facebook

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Boston Chapter Scavenges for Heart Health

The Boston Chapter of Hadassah held a heart healthy scavenger hunt at the Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Star Market on Sunday, February 9 as part of its Every Beat Counts, heart health program.

Parents and their children searched the market for heart healthy lunches that were also delicious to eat. Chairs, Dr. Stacey Maslow and Lisa Golden organized the event and helped the children and moms make healthy choices. Roberta Laredo, Hadassah member and licensed nutritionist explained options for favorite foods usually eaten for lunch.

The Boston Chapter of Hadassah is holding a series of programs during February, healthy heart month, and throughout the year, emphasizing the risk factors and prevention of heart disease.


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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
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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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