Westfield Chapter Views Holocaust Film
The Westfield Chapter of Hadassah held a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, atTemple Emanu-El, in Westfield, NJ. Dan Bauer, Director of Public and Community Relations for the McCarter Theater in Princeton, was the guest speaker.
Bauer has directed a documentary film, “Leben um zu sagen,” (“Live to Tell”) in which his grandmother Greta tells the story of the family’s escape from the Nazis in Vienna.
Growing up, Bauer was aware of some of the story of what his family had lived through, but as his grandmother approached her 100th birthday, he began to feel that his grandmother’s complete story needed to be told. With the help of family and friends, Bauer completed the 30-minute documentary which was screened at the meeting.
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B'yachad Group of Hadassah Southern California Hosts Annual Giving Party
On September 28, 2013 the B'yachad Group of Hadassah Southern California's Northern Area hosted an "Annual Givers" event to celebrate the women who have committed to a Chai Society, Silver Chai or Keepers of the Gate pledge. The dinner party with over 60 in attendance was complimented by a successful Silent Auction and a magician who entertained the guests with his strolling magic throughout the evening.
The husbands were able to meet each other and learn more about Hadassah which sparked two new Associate members in the group. Thirteen new Annual Givers signed up and two new Life Members.
The President of B'yachad, Fay Thaw, was honored by her board with the lovely Hadassah Southern California Woman of Valor certificate presented to her by the Northern Area Chair, Sandi Sadikoff and the Northern Area Annual Giving Chair, Debbie Kessler. The event was held at the home of B'yachad's fundraising chair and Northern Area's Chai Society Chair, Michelle Conwisar.
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Hadassah Hospital's Medical Clown Visits Cincinnati Chapter
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The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah's Opening Meeting and Dinner was held on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Trio Bistro in Kenwood. David Barashi (also known as "Dush the Clown") spoke about the "Dream Doctors" Project.
The event was chaired by Holly Corbin Wolfson, Sherri Kim Symson, Ali Socol Bernstein and Tracy Levine. (photo attached) The event was attended by over 70 ranging in age from mid 20s to early 90s. Dush demonstrated how he makes a "red flower" for a pediatric patient with the help of everyone for the Cincinnati Chapter President, Bonnie Ullner. (photo attached)
The "Dream Doctors" medical clowns project was established in 2002 at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem Hospital. It has since grown from the original three clowns to 53 professional clowns working at 18 Israeli hospitals. Israel is considered a leader in professionalizing the field of medical clowning and providing scientific evidence for its effectiveness. One study conducted around the world showed that children treated with medical clowning recovered up to 30% faster.
David Barashi was in Cincinnati sharing his expertise with staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He received an undergraduate degree in nursing and theatre arts from the University of Haifa. He has treated children not only in Israel, but also in Haiti, Nepal and other locales devastated by natural disasters. He says that "clowning is a language that goes beyond borders, cultures, social status and religions, and is a universal language which makes it possible to communicate with anyone anywhere."
Hadassah doctors Shelly Ben Harush Negari and Gilad Hamdani, both training at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, were also in attendance, along with their families
Kalamazoo Chapter Hosts First Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program Event
The first Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program ™ took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Kalamazoo Chapter, which normally attracts 10-20 members to a program, gathered over 60 women, men and children for a 3K walk Sunday, September 8. The primary goal was to start the Jewish New Year with a heart healthy activity as well as bring their community together. Another goal was to raise awareness on heart health issues and funds for Hadassah. There were corporate sponsors and private donations which amounted to over $2,000.
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Metro Area Hosts Leadership Symposium
The 8 Regions of Hadassah's Metro Area hosted an extremely successful "Leadership Symposium: Lead Hadassah to Higher Ground" on October 6 at Skadden Arps in NYC attended by over 160 members and National President Marcie Natan. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Metro Area Resource Chair Gail Hammerman from the Metro Area Region Presidents.
The speakers included: Hadassah President Marcie Natan, Consul for Media Affairs from the Israeli Consulate Shahar Azani and Jeff Wilcox, noted motivational speaker.
Pictured (left to right) are: Loren Roth, Pres. of Northern New Jersey Region; Rae Gurewitsch, Pres. of New York Region; Lorraine Richter, Pres. of Suffolk Region; Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President; Janet Young, Pres. of Brooklyn Region; Gail Hammerman, Metro Area Resource Chair; Viviane Kovacs, Pres. of Nassau Region; Caren Caplan, Pres. of Lower New York State Region and Deborah Wiskind, Pres. of Westchester Region.
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Springfield Chapter Featured at Local History Museum
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Hadassah described in bottom paragraph & delegates marching for Yom haAtzmaut.
Certificate from the Keller family of Springfield in the early '20
On Sunday, September 29, there was the opening of an exhibit celebrating 100 years of Jewish life in Greater Springfield, MA at the Springfield Museum of History in which Springfield Chapter Members attended, as their chapter was featured at the museum.
Rally to Support Reproductive Rights
Hadassah of Greater Albuquerque and the Los Almos Chapter
Hadassah of Greater Albuquerque and The Los Almos Chapter participated in a rally to support reproductive rights.
The rally held on the Albuquerque Civic Plaza, supported women's healthcare providers, women's reproductive choice, and denounced the tactics of anti-abortion activists against local abortion providers and the derision of the Holocaust, causing great angst at the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum.
The Albuquerque Journal estimated a crowd of 200-300 participants were at the rally among them many Hadassah members, with Hadassah signs to stand publicly for Hadassah's values.
Check out this article in the New York Times about the rally and
see if you can spot some Hadassah members in the photos.
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‘Books on the Beach’ Welcomes Three Area Authors
The Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah celebrated
Hadassah’s 101st birthday on Tuesday, August 13, with its Third Annual Books on
the Beach Author Luncheon. The event, which was held at the Atlantic Beach
Club, in Newport, featured book talks by three distinguished local authors.
Guests Isabel & David Pollock enjoy Books on the Beach Day
The Providence-based husband-and-wife team, Hester
Kaplan and Michael Stein, M.D., presented a unique program. Each author selected
and read passages from the other’s book and discussed his or her choices with
the audience. What it is like to have two authors, both recipients of many
literary awards, living in the same house? Kaplan and Stein, who edit one
another’s work, have learned to be brutally honest without being hurtful. Kaplan’s
newest novel, The Tell, is a story of
marriage, relationships, compulsion and culture. Stein’s The Rape of the Muse is a novel based on a true artwork rivalry and
Boston-based Dale Stanten wrote a memoir of her
childhood, “The Hooker’s Daughter – A Boston Family’s Saga.” It has been
described as a study in human relations and emotions.
Books on the Beach proceeds support Hadassah
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Czech Consul Introduces ‘Nicky’s Family’
Peter Rafaeli, honorary consul general for the
Czech Republic, introduced a local screening of an award-winning film about a
man whose story, he said, “transformed” his life.
Nicky’s Family was shown on Sunday,
August 25, at Greenbriar at Whittingham in Monroe Township, NJ, at a program
sponsored by Monroe Township Hadassah Associates and the Alisa and Monroe
Winton with one of the children he rescued.
The documentary with dramatic reenactments is about
Sir Nicholas Winton, a prosperous British businessman who in the late 1930s
heard about the impending plight of the Czech Jewish community. He raced to the
region and set about to save as many Jewish children as he could, arranging for
families throughout the UK and elsewhere to adopt close to 700 youngsters. The
children he rescued — most of whose parents and grandparents were killed by the
Nazis — and their descendants, who now number in the thousands, reunite
regularly and identify themselves as “Nicky’s Family.”
Winton, who is now 104, was “an ordinary citizen, a
stockbroker, and a 29-year-old bachelor,” said Rafaeli, who, though not a
member of “Nicky’s Family,” is himself a Czech Holocaust survivor. “He was
ready to go skiing with a friend in Switzerland on Christmas vacation when the
friend sent him a cable from Prague saying, ‘There are people here we can
help.’ He dropped everything — his job, his life — to help and then kept quiet
for 50 years.”
The film, which was released in 2011, has won over
30 awards at Jewish and international film festivals.
Rafaeli said he has long been committed to securing
more recognition for Winton. In 2006, he convinced former President George W.
Bush to send him a letter of citation. A year later a resolution in Winton’s
honor introduced by the late Rep. Tom Lantos of California, a Hungarian
Holocaust survivor, was passed by Congress. In recent years, Winton has
received other international accolades, and the film, which opened in New York
and Los Angeles on July 19, has been generating a great deal of interest.
In 2008 the Czech Republic nominated Winton for a
Nobel Peace Prize, and Rafaeli remains active in the ongoing international
campaign to secure the honor for him.
When Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on the
occasion of his 104th birthday in April, Rafaeli was among the guests at the
event in England.
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Hadassah Check It Out Challenge
Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah held its annual Check It Out Challenge Race on Sunday,
July 28th at Goucher College. National Board members and those attending the
National Business Meeting participated in the 8K, 5K or one mile route. For the
past 16 years this event has benefited the Check
It Out Program, which educates youth about the importance of breast and
testicular cancer awareness and prevention. Program participants are 11th and
12th graders in Baltimore’s city, county and private schools.
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Hadassah Opens Season with Renowned Violinist
The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presented renowned
violinist Matitiahu Braun at its opening meeting on August 27 at Congregation
Matitiahu Braun is a native of Israel where he
graduated from the Israel Academy in Tel Aviv. He came to America in 1962 to
study at Juilliard where he received artist and post-graduate diplomas and was
the recipient of the prestigious Naumburg Prize. In 1969 he joined the New York
Philharmonic, a position he held until 2006. He also served as principal and
solo violist with the Dallas Symphony in the late 1970s. Braun is known as a
recitalist and chamber musician. He teaches violin and viola, works with
students and professionals, coaching orchestras and chamber music groups, and
presenting master classes.
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Raritan Valley Hosts Tower Architect
Raritan Valley Hadassah held its first tower
fundraising event on July 21 at the Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation
Anshe Emet. Addressing the 100 members who gathered for the event, Marcie
Natan, Hadassah’s National President, said “It is your dedication that makes
this organization so unique and special.”
Guest speaker, Arthur Spector, lead architect for
the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem explained the challenges
of creating a modern and practical facility whose design would blend in with
the historic skyline of Jerusalem, itself a hodge-podge of architectural styles
reflecting the many peoples and nations that have governed the city through the
Arthur Spector, the lead architect for the new
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem,
is joined by Hadassah National
President Marcie Natan (r) and Ellen Lacy, chair of Raritan Valley
Hadassah’s first tower fund-raising event.
physical beings, the patients’ psyche and physiology are both under attack,”
said Spector. “We as architects need to provide an environment that helps ease
the pain and helps heal illness. We as architects can push that button that
helps in the healing process.” Many features were created just for this purpose
including the healing gardens. Another therapeutic part of the hospital
environment is the tower’s atrium. Spector showed pictures of the area, adorned
with trees and plants and so spacious the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is able
present concerts there.
While Spector called designing the tower, “one of
the most challenging projects of my professional life,” it was also one that
brought him great personal satisfaction. “I always thought if you could
construct a building that was intelligently designed and well planned, it would
be a place to bring everyone together — Jews, Arabs, and Christians,” he said.
As of July 24, Raritan Valley Hadassah had received
pledges totaling about $9,000, with more expected, exceeding the event’s goal
of $6,000, said event chair Ellen Lacy.
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Resale Shop Benefits Hadassah
The Hadassah House Resale Shop in Highland Park
boasts donated treasures ranging from clothes and accessories — Coach,
Burberry, Dior, Juicy Couture, were recently among the designer brands on hand
— to CDs, books, and house furnishings that include the usual (chairs and
tables) and the unusual (lava lamps and an autographed Tommy Hilfiger poster).
The Resale Shop is an initiative of the
Chicago-North Shore Chapter of Hadassah and proceeds raised by the Resale Shop
go towards support of the hospitals and medical research.
Minnette "Mitzi" Edelstein was the shop's
first general manager when it opened nearly 50 years ago. She died in April at
the age of 90. "She still volunteered almost up until the day she
died," said Robert Van Kooten, the shop's general manager. "She was
well respected and much loved. She was a mover and shaker. What I appreciated
about her was her understanding of how to deal with the business and her
practical approach.” Her vision
for the shop remains undimmed.
You have your regulars, such as Yisroel Kamin from
Chicago, who visits the shop every week or so to seek out Jewish art and books,
when he visits his grandfather, who lives in Highland Park.
There are also regulars who became volunteers.
Highland Park resident Pat Cegielski had been frequenting the shop for some 20
years. A former Chicago teacher, now retired, she was introduced to the shop by
a friend and began buying items for some of her students in need.
"Then I noticed there's some really nice
clothes here, and I started shopping for me," she laughed. "My
husband says the Hadassah Hospitals should name a wing after me because I've
bought so much."
Van Kooten, who is entering his fourth year at the
shop, said he is overwhelmed by "the level of generosity shown to this
charity, and the sincerity people have in their need to donate only to
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L.A. Chapter Hosts National President Marcie Natan
The Malka Group of the L.A. Chapter hosted National President Marcie Natan last week, where she spoke about Hadassah Medical Organization and her connection to their community, as well as having spent a summer in Iran in 1970.
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Topless in the Temple
On Sunday, July 21, women of all shapes and sizes, ranging in age from 21 to 86, gathered at Temple Bnai Israel in Florida, and took off their shirts.
Organized by the Florida Central Region to raise awareness for breast cancer the women got together to have their "ta-tas" painted to be photographed and modeled, to be sold as works of art at their upcoming gala.
Local artists painted the models with the picture of their choice, ranging from Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Keith Haring to Rosie the Riveter and college mascots.
"Many of the participants are not Jewish and have never before heard of Hadassah," wrote Renee Fromkin, co-chair of the Celebrate the Ta-Tas Paint Day.
"But they've all been touched by breast cancer."
Four of the models were cancer survivors: two women had double mastectomies and two women had single mastectomies. One of the models, a 50-year-old woman, had the site of her lumpectomy scar painted similar to Frankenstein's scars and next to the words "Shit Happens;" her breasts painted as angel and devil opposites. She shared the news that she was having a preemptive hysterectomy to remove her ovaries on the following day.
One woman, "probably a great-grandmother," according to Fromkin, set the tone for the presentation of canvases: "At around 9:00 in the morning she was happily and proudly showing us her 'girls'...she was a role model for all of us in showing us not to take ourselves too seriously."
"Our models were fat, skinny, toned and flabby - you name it - small breasted, breasts sagging to their knees, some women with implants," Fromkin wrote.
After hours of painting and photographing- with a break for treats and facials for the models- the day ended with a show of the canvasses.
"It was definitely the place to be in Pinellas County that day," wrote Fromkin.
The region, which got the idea from the Charlotte, NC Chapter, plans on writing a "how to" manual so other chapters can duplicate the event.
Contact Terri Tankel, Region President at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Highland Park Partners with HPNRC to Celebrate National Nursing Home Week
Highland Park Nursing & Rehab
Center (HPNRC), in collaboration with the Hadassah House celebrated National
Nursing Home Week with a week full of fun, free, and educational events for its
residents and their families. On Tuesday, May 14th, HPNRC held a “French Day”
with lunch at Café de Paris at noon and a French Collection Fashion Show at
2pm, highlighting fashions from the Hadassah House resale shop, a project of
the North Shore and Chicago Chapter.
The week also featured a Country
Western barbecue, luau party, staff appreciation luncheon, ice cream parlor and
Memorial Day picnic lunch. “We are honored to partner with the Hadassah House,”
said Francine Brodsky, marketing director of HPNRC. “We fully support their
mission and it’s nice to partner with local charities and collaborate on great
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2013 Associates' Golf Outing a Huge Success
Chair Mickey Kaufman, Southern New Jersey Region President Sherryl Kaufman,
the winning golf foursome Chris Armstrong, Sean Duddy, Allan Lubarsky, Tom Barr,
member Dr. Norm Sorkin
Ned Weiss, with his wife Hattie, holding the Ned Weiss Trophy for first place
foursome named in his honor.
On July 17, 2013, Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region held its11th
Annual Associates Golf Classic at the beautiful Battleground Country Club in
Manalapan. The weather was spectacular, and there were a full complement
of 18 foursomes and sixteen MahJongg and card players. The proceeds of the
event, most of which came frommajor sponsorships at a variety of levels, were
targeted to advance the extraordinary work of Hadassah in the Orthopedic and
Neurology Departments at Hadassah Hospital.
The event included a lovely buffet luncheon and the drawing for raffle
baskets.The themed raffle
baskets, all containing donated items solicited by committee members, enhanced
the spirit of the event and significantly increased the proceeds.
The high point of the event was the introduction of the Ned Weiss
Trophy, named in honor of golf supporter Ned Weiss. Ned, a long-time
Associate and an event founder, has attended and played at every outing for the
past 11 years.The trophy was awarded to the first place foursome and will be
engraved each year with the names of the first place winners. Awards were also
given to the second and third place foursomes, Longest Drive (male and female),
Closest to the Pin (male and female), and Straightest Shot.
The event was chaired by Associate Mickey Kaufman, husband of Southern
New Jersey Region President Sherryl Kaufman. Shelley Kaplan, a past Southern New Jersey Region president,
was also instrumental in the planning and execution of the event.
Committee members each focused on a specific area – site contact,
tournament details, marketing, publicity, sponsorship and raffle prize
solicitation, player giveaways, and financial management.A dedicated golf website was
established, which facilitated the marketing of the event and on-line
registration. A cadre of volunteers, including the children of some volunteers,
helped with registration and set up the day of the event.
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Baltimore Chapter Hosts Check It Out Challenge
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Cincinnati Holds New Young Member Event
Approximately 25 young women met at the home of
Sarah and David Wise on Wednesday, May 22, for a casual evening of wine, cheese
and sweet nibbles, and to learn a little more about Hadassah. Sarah Wise and
Laura Berger, new Membership Chairs of the Cincinnati Hadassah Chapter Board,
with the help of President Bonnie JuranUllner, planned and held this third new
member event to further acquaint young Hadassah members with the organization’s
mission and local programming, as well as encourage other attendees who are not
currently members to join.
Each event has attracted 25-30 women, some of whom
have attended more than one event but each one also included new faces. After
an hour of schmoozing and noshing, Sarah and Laura briefly shared with the
attendees why they chose to join and got further involved with Hadassah, and
why they would encourage the other young women to join as well.
National Board member Carol Ann Schwartz then told
the group that Hadassah “saves lives around the globe” with its cutting-edge
research and care of patients worldwide.
She asked the group if they were familiar with Cincinnati’s
sister city Netanya. They were but were not aware that Hadassah has a Youth
Aliyah Village for at-risk teens in a town right next to Netanya. It is called
the Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah Village, and was established in 1948 to serve
students evacuated from the Ben Shemen agricultural village during Israel’s War
Bonnie JuranUllner told the group briefly why she
chose to become involved with Hadassah, and ultimately to become chapter
president, which was due to Hadassah Hospital saving her daughter’s life almost
four years ago. She stated that they should all consider joining not only
because of all the wonderful work Hadassah does in Israel, but because it is
changing the lives of people across the globe with its research, development of
new technologies and treatment of people from countries around the world.She mentioned that through the collaboration with
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Hadassah is exchanging doctors,
nurses, research and technology and in this way, “we are learning from them and
they are learning from us.”
Bonnie JuranUllner gave the attendees a
handout on ways to get involved in the local chapter once they have made the
decision to join. Three women joined that night and a total of 11 young women
have joined as a result of the three events.
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Cleveland Hadassah Enjoys High Tea
Loretta Magden, Illene Rosewater, Ellen
Miller, Sandra Lieber, Molly Brudnick, Carole Weinberg, Rita Frankel,
RevaZaretsky and IedaWarshay.
Members and guests of the Cleveland Chapter of
Hadassah celebrated its second annual garden party, high tea, took place in the
beautiful Norma’s Garden at The Gathering Place in Beachwood.
The exquisite garden, known as the healing garden,
features a colorful array of flowers, shrubs and trees. The guests, many
wearing stunning spring hats or chapeaux, including one guest resplendent in a
stunning wedding gown, assembled on the terrace adjacent to the garden. They
conversed about the exuberant array of nature’s bounty as they ate finger sandwiches, fruit slices and pastries on a sunny day in a heavenly setting.
Landscape architect Virginia Burt provided a guided
tour of the garden’s many unusual features, including a circuit of 11 rocks and
quiet meditation areas accompanied with the gentle sounds of falling waters.
Following the garden tour, Rita Frankel, chair of the high tea, introduced
Ellen Heyman, director of programming for The Gathering Place, who outlined the
variety of programs and services that are offered.
The afternoon, concluded on high notes belted out
by Rent-a-Yenta soprano Cheryl Eitman and mezzo soprano Beverly Simmons,
accompanied by pianist Marshall Griffith. What a talented duo syncopated with
energy, nuttiness, charm and grace. What a great afternoon for Hadassah, with President
Arlene Wieder terrific in her message about Hadassah Hospital’s programs in
Israel and everyone singing “Jerusalem of Gold”
Co-chairs Ieda Warsha and Lori Potash planned the
glowing event, along with Frankel.
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