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Southern NJ Hosts Gala
Southern New Jersey Region

Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region hosted its Lighting the Way – Fulfillers of the Dream 2012 Gala at Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen on the evening of December 1. A minimum donation of $500 ($360 for women, 45 years and younger), was required to attend the event. Marlene Post, past Hadassah National President and National Hadassah Centennial Coordinator was the keynote speaker. The evening's entertainer, Dani Luv, regaled the crowd with Borscht Belt favorites, dancing and humor.

All proceeds benefitted the extraordinary works of Hadassah.

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Falafel Frenzy is a Successful Local Fundraiser
Inspired by the Bagel Bash in Atlanta, an event that donates all proceeds to charity, the three planned the Falafel Frenzy, a night-before-Christmas affair that attracted 500 people and raised nearly $12,000 in its first year, three years ago.
Read about it on WashingtonJewishWeek.com>>
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South Carolina Delegation Visits Hadassah Hospital
The delegation from South Carolina at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

Members of the South Carolina Business and Research Delegation in the Fannie and Maxwell Abbell Synagogue went on a mission sponsored by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region. The 20-person delegation included a prominent group of physicians, researchers, business leaders and economic developers who came to Israel to advance the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration.

 

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Raleigh Chapter Helps Ease Holiday Shopping Frenzy
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Central States Region Dines With Ohio Governor

Terri Junker and daughter Gabrielle with OH Gov. John Kasich.

President of Central States Region, Teri Junker and daughter Gabrielle were invited along with other Ohio dignitaries to light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah at Governor John Kasich's Residence in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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December 2012 Coast-to-Coast

Educational Programs

Brooklyn Region

Brooklyn Region partnered with the Institute for Living Judaism to present its Fall Education Day on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Special guest speaker, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's topic was "Toward a Progressive Zionism." Rabbi Hirsch is Rabbi of the Stephen Wise Synagogue in NYC and Past President of Arza, the Reform Israel Fund.

Chaverot Hadassah North Shore held a coffee meeting at a member's home in Mundelein on November 12, 2012. The guest speaker was Holocaust survivor, Rodi Glass, who spoke about "Tell It How It Was."

Author/Attorney/Boxer Kenneth N. Green discussed his book,I'm From Division Street, on October 14, 2012 at a dinner at the Dover Straits Restaurant in Mundelein, IL. The program was presented for the community by Chaverot Hadassah.

Hadassah North Shore

Recently, Hadassah North Shore and JCARES, a program of Jewish Child & Family Service, partnered to present an educational meeting, "Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation." Guest speaker, Audrey Cantor, LCSW, from JCFS, explored the range and breadth of various types of domestic elder abuse, potential indicators and possible causes, types of abusers, and prevention and intervention strategies. Actual scenarios were discussed and participants had the opportunity to ask questions.

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah resumed its Coffee Talk program, a monthly, casual get-together, usually held in a Hadassah member's home, to discuss topics of Jewish interest. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month, alternating between evening and morning times.

On Monday, October 15, 2012 guest speaker Bobbi Handwerger discussed "Voices of Our Past: The Bintel Brief," which was an advice column similar to "Dear Abby," created by Abraham Cahan in 1906 in the Jewish Daily Forward (Der Forvertz), a Yiddish daily newspaper in New York City. In Yiddish, Bintel means "bundle" and brief means "letters." Handwerger, who served as co-president of Cincinnati Chapter from 2010 to 2012, read letters and responses that were published in the early 20th century and lead a discussion of possible solutions to the problems posed. Are our present-day concerns and issues that different from those of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers?

Hadassah Doctor Visits Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Cincinnati Chapter


Bonnie Juran-Ullner, Cincinnati Chapter President, Dr. OdedVolovelsky, and Carol Ann Schwartz, National Board Member

Recently OdedVolovelsky, from the Pediatric Department of Hadassah Hospital, Bloomberg Mother and Child Center was in Cincinnati visiting with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and interviewing for a fellowship in nephrology.

Oded has studied the parathyroid gland and his research specializes in pediatric kidney failure and the effects on a child's bones. His research has found a number of pediatric health issues, including a higher percentage of broken bones and a lower quality of life. Cincinnati Children's Hospital contacted him showing interest in his research and invited him to come to Cincinnati.

While in Cincinnati, Oded met with Cincinnati Chapter President, Bonnie Juran-Ullner and National Board member, Carol Ann Schwartz. They had the opportunity to ask him about his research and what he hopes to gain from this potential fellowship. Oded responded, "They want me here for my research and I am interested in the Clinical opportunities that Cincinnati Children's can offer to me and in turn I can take back to Hadassah Hospital."

The nephrology fellowship is a three-year fellowship. The ultimate outcome would be to establish a Pediatric Nephrology Department at Hadassah Hospital in the Bloomberg Mother and Child Center.

Technology Adds to Brunch Event

Millburn Short Hills Tziona Chapter

Not only did the Millburn Short Hills Tziona Chapter recently enjoy eating and schmoozing with each other at its annual Membership Brunch, but also learned a great deal about Hadassah. Co-Chairs Eve Sorkin and Elyse Drucker presented a "Jewpardy" game about their Chapter and Hadassah with a power point program. It was fun and interactive so that the thirty women in attendance were able to participate. They left the event energized, excited and anxious to continue to attend other Chapter events.

Fund Raisers

Boulder

The Boulder Jewish Community Center hosted the Hadassah Home Business Boutique on November 4 which provided a great opportunity for vendors to showcase their products or services. These included personalized gifts and totes, unique handmade scarves, fused glass jewelry and mezzuzahs, specialty chocolates, kitchen accoutrements and children's educational products and toys, as well as many other lovely gift ideas. An old-fashioned bake sale added to the festivities! Many people used this time to do holiday shopping. Hadassah members and the community were able to network with each other while helping to benefit Hadassah Hospital, which received a portion of the profits.

Polk County Chapter of Hadassah

Polk County Chapter of Hadassah held a unique yard sale called Junk In the Trunk on November 1, 2012 in the parking lot of Temple Emanuel in Lakeland. Participants sold "gently used items" from the trunks of their vehicles. Collectibles, dishes, kitchen items, toys, clothes, tools, books, artwork and more were available. Refreshments were served to all who participated. Proceeds benefitted Hadassah's many worthwhile projects.

Hadassah North Shore

Hadassah North Shore's Morton Grove Chapter held Thanksgiving luncheon meeting on November 21. Singer of multi-language songs, Bibi Marcel and Gail Mangurten on the keyboard entertained the group. The proceeds from this musical afternoon benefitted macular degeneration eye research at Hadassah Hospital.

Memphis Chapter of Hadassah


(l to r) Becky Weir, Kathleen Miller, Kayla Salomon, Peggy Rose, Mary Savage (left), Gerri Shayer, Maureen O'Connor and Annie Taylor are participants from Germantown's Dogwood Homeowners Association.

Artistic Twist with Fundraiser Helps Cancer Research

Germantown, Tennessee's Painting with a Twist owner, Tovah Mitchell hosted Painting with a Purpose to benefit Hadassah breast cancer research on October 10, 2012. Sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of Hadassah, women and men from the community came to paint with a local artist. Appetizers and beverages were supplied by private donors, as well as the owner of a local boutique shop On a Whim, Layne Vogel. Vogel also donated a vintage Chanel ring for the silent auction.

Event chair Maya Wank said that "the partnership of Hadassah with Painting with a Twist, On a Whim and other community shops, creates a unique opportunity for support of cancer research and an evening of fun with friends and associates. This year we were pleased to welcome a group from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, who chose this as a team evening outing." Marion Bessoff, Memphis Chapter co-president, felt that the event was so terrific and a fabulous financial success, due to the many members of the community who supported Hadassah by attending.

Germantown's Painting with a Twist hosted a benefit for breast cancer research sponsored by Hadassah on Oct. 10. Becky Weir, Kathleen Miller, Kayla Salomon, Peggy Rose, Mary Savage (left), Gerri Shayer, Maureen O'Connor and Annie Taylor are participants from Germantown's Dogwood Homeowners Association.

Local Hadassah Members Take Part in Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk

AhavaMachar Chapter of Hadassah

Fifteen members of the AhavaMachar Chapter of Hadassah were treated to breakfast sponsored by Town Bagel of Bellmore prior to taking part in the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach in Wantagh. Machar Hadassah serves women from their 30's to their 90's in the communities of Wantagh, Seaford and Bellmore.

Exercising for a Cause

Mitzvah Chapter of the Greater Miami Region

Fit for Pink, a breast cancer awareness event was hosted by the Mitzvah Chapter of the Greater Miami Region and Olympia Gym in Aventura. Over 500 people gathered to do exercises such as Spinning, Body Forging, Yoga and Zumba.All the proceeds of this third annual event were donated to Hadassah Medical Center for breast cancer research, education and treatment.

Jill Perez, a Mitzvah Chapter past president said that it was wonderful to see a room full of women in pink giving their time and energy and all working for the same goal — breast cancer awareness.

Celebrity Chefs Evening Benefits Hadassah


From left: Isaac and Heidi Kohane with Brenda and Larry Rubin.

Hadassah New England Region

Culinary stars gathered at the Mandarin Oriental recently for a "Celebrity Chef Evening" to benefit Hadassah. Sponsored by Hadassah New England, attendees celebrated the organization's centennial anniversary, while enjoying tastings and fine wine, and participating in a silent auction. Featured treats were cooked up by Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Mary Dumont of Harvest, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks, and Rachel Klein and OraliaPerez, who are responsible for the food and sweets at the Mandarin. Guests included ShaiBazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, who spoke during the night. Revelers included Isaac Kohane, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard, and his wife, Heidi Kohane, as well as Brenda and Larry Rubin, of Bernie &Phyl's.

Game Day a Huge Success

Henrietta Szold Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

The annual game day sponsored by Henrietta Szold Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia was once again a huge success. Over 200 people played Duplicate Bridge, MahJongg, Canasta and Scrabble following a delicious luncheon prepared by members of the group. Vendors sold various gift items including jewelry, scarves, and children's toys and books. Over fifty local businesses contributed goods and services to the silent auction and boutiques.Co-Chairs Sandy Kayson and Adele Superfine were thrilled that the day was a financial success and that everyone had a wonderful time.

 

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November 2012 Coast-to-Coast

Hadassah Film Festival Presented in Harrison NY

Westchester Region

Hadassah Chapters in Westchester Region have partnered with local libraries to present the Hadassah Film Festival, focusing on Jewish women who have made a difference. Four films were featured at the Harrison Public Library, including Ahead of Time about the life of Ruth Gruber and Yoohoo Mrs. Goldberg telling the eye opening story of Gertrude Berg. The free screenings began at 7 p.m. and concluded with a discussion. Phyllis Hartstein, President of Westchester Region, was thrilled that Hadassah was able to co-sponsor with the libraries in order to bring information, education and entertainment to people in the community.

Fall Kick-Off Event

The Boulder Chapter of Hadassah

The Boulder Chapter of Hadassah held its fall kick-off with an event that featured a presentation by Barbara Daubenspeck who dramatized "A Woman Named Frances Jacobs, Mother of Colorado Charities." This is an interesting and touching story about the woman who, in 1872, organized and became president of the Hebrew Ladies' Relief Society. Her charitable works eventually resulted in the founding of the National Jewish Hospital and the United Way in Denver. She is represented on one of sixteen stained glass windows in the dome of Colorado's state capitol.

Annual Membership Dinner

East Brunswick Hadassah

East Brunswick Hadassah held its annual Membership Dinner, for paid-up annual and life members and associates on October 3 in the East Brunswick Jewish Center Ballroom. Author Nava Atlas was the guest speaker and offered a presentation entitled "Healthy in a Hurry." All proceeds benefited the work of Hadassah.

High Tea Enjoyed by All

Mission Hills Hadassah in the North Shore Chapter

Mission Hills Hadassah in the North Shore Chapter hosted High Tea, which included assorted finger sandwiches and delicious desserts, on October 11 to benefit Hadassah Hospital's Pediatric Department. A special musical program "The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein" was presented by Patrick Casali, acclaimed music educator.

Author's Luncheon

The DuPage-Will Chapter of Hadassah

The DuPage-Will Chapter of Hadassah hosted its first Author's Luncheon on Sunday, September 23, at La Sorella di Francesca Restaurant in Naperville, Illinois. Historical novelist, Melanie Benjamin, was the guest speaker. Proceeds from the event went to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem.

Centennial Gala Honors Hadassah Supporters

Hadassah of Greater Pittsburgh

Hadassah of Greater Pittsburgh held its centennial gala on Saturday, September 29, at the Green Oaks Country Club. The Pittsburgh Big Chapter was thrilled to have National Hadassah President Marcie Natan at the gala, who presented longtime Hadassah supporters Janice and Louis Greenwald of Braddock with the Myrtle Wreath Award.

Founded in 1917, the Pittsburgh Chapter is very involved with women's and family health issues. They have sponsored breast exam education programs for high school girls, prepare monthly dinners for those staying at Family House and run educational programs about teen dating violence.

Hadassah Ladies Celebrate in spite of Power Outage

The Woodmere Lailah Chapter of Hadassah

The Woodmere Lailah Chapter of Hadassah celebrated their 100th year of partnership with the land and people of Israel during a Birthday Luncheon on September 12th at Temple Hillel in North Woodmere. Before the ladies were all able to sit down at their tables, the power abruptly went out. Talking amongst themselves in the dark banquet room and unable to be served any food, the Hadassah ladies still came together to celebrate their commitment and passion for one another and all that they have achieved.

Co-Presidents Julia Edelman and Blossom Mendelsohn approached the front of the room, which was dimly lit with candles, to begin their speech to the ladies: "This is one thing that you'll always remember," said Edelman jokingly.
"I should shine. I'm a star," said Rivoli Starr, a Woodmere Lailah Chapter life member, in reference to the darkened room. She also explained how the new Hadassah Hospital in Israel "is the best hospital in the world" and is a huge part of the birthday celebration.

After waiting two hours for the power to be regenerated, it was decided that the Hadassah Birthday Luncheon would be postponed for another day.

Group Honors Four 100-year-old Members

Main Line/Delaware County Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia


(l to r) Reba Swinger, Mollie Brodsky, Yetta Weinberg and Anne Sherman

Four members of the Main Line/Delaware County Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia were each queen for the day as they marked their 100th birthday at a recent celebration honoring their contributions to Hadassah. Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, attended the simcha and brought greetings and well wishes from the Chapter Board.

Mollie Brodsky of Wynnewood has been active in the Jewish community throughout the years. She is a life member of Hadassah and a past president of a B'nai Brith chapter.

For years, Anne Sherman of Wynnewood sold Hadassah greeting cards, raising thousands of dollars for the Delaware County group. She also served as Sisterhood president at Beth El Beth Hillel in Wynnewood. At 100 years old, she is still an avid bridge player.

Reba Swinger of Philadelphia has been a member of Hadassah for more than 63 years. As a member of the Wynnefield Group, she served as chair of hospitality, membership, donor giving, treasurer and president. She regularly attends Sabbath services at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, where she is a member of the Shul Stitchers. An avid reader who keeps up with current events, Reba still cooks and bakes. She has two daughters who are life members of Hadassah.

Yetta Weinberg joined Hadassah more than 80 years ago. The Wynnewood resident was president of the West Philadelphia Group for more than five years, followed by board and committee positions with Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia. She later became active in the Main Line Group and was honored for her membership efforts. She is an active member of Adath Israel Synagogue in Merion Station. For her 100th birthday, she requested contributions to Hadassah in lieu of gifts. She has two nieces who also are active in Hadassah, one of whom is a life member.

Mitzvah of Love Luncheon

Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah

The Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah in Middlesex County, NJ continued its "Year of the Woman" theme by celebrating "I Am Woman" at a special, sparkling Mitzvah of Love Luncheon. Barbara Littman and Sarri Singer, two accomplished and successful women, enlightened the audience on their experiences in the benevolent, business, and philanthropic worlds. The Chapter also honored four of its matriarchs – Shirley Greene, Sarah Grow, Sylvia Kirshner, and Tillie Pass – who continue to dedicate themselves to Hadassah.

Westchester Held Centennial Celebration

Westchester Region


(l to r) Pam Hoffman, Karen Everett, Rita Wexler and Carol R. Blucher prepared the invitations.

Westchester Region celebrated Hadassah's 100th anniversary with a Centennial Celebration Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains on Sunday, September 30. The event honored current and past Westchester leaders.
Gloria Feldt, the past National President of Planned Parenthood, spoke on the "War Against Women—Leading Forward."

Family Fun Day

L'Dor V'Dor (Young Women's) Group of the Raritan Valley Chapter

Celebrating autumn, the L'Dor V'Dor (Young Women's) Group of the Raritan Valley Chapter sponsored a family fun day on Sunday, October 14. The families enjoyed a picnic lunch at Rosedale Park in Hopewell, NJ and then went to the Family Fun Festival at Terhune Orchards in Princeton where the children were able to participate in apple and pumpkin picking, ride wagons, find their way through a corn maze, visit the animal barnyard and dance to live music. Everyone, including the adults, had a great day!

Hadassah Presents Educational Program

St. Louis Chapter of Hadassah

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the St. Louis Chapter of Hadassah welcomed Dr. Michael Chicoine, a noted neurological surgeon with a particular clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. Dr. Chicoine is associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, a member of the National Football League Physicians Society and consulting neurosurgeon to the St. Louis Rams.

This presentation was hosted by Hadassah in conjunction with its annual Suzy Esstman's Walk on Sunshine, a fundraiser which raises awareness and funds for brain tumor research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Dr. Chicoine spoke about the latest treatments for brain tumor patients and Hadassah Co-President Beth Mayer discussed the areas of intersection between the work Dr. Chicoine is doing and the work being done in the area of Neuro-oncology at Hadassah. A question and answer session followed Dr. Chicoine's presentation.

Also, that evening the Hadassah 2012 Leadership Award was presented to Fanchon Auman for her accomplishments as a volunteer and co-chair for Walk On Sunshine, as well as for her personal and professional leadership in the St. Louis Jewish community.

The program concluded with a brief look at the new book Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments, in which Hadassah members have recounted stories of amazing life experiences. Three St. Louis members of Hadassah have been included in this wonderful anthology, including Marion Lipsitz, Cissy Lacks and Fanchon Auman.

Another Successful Walk-a-Thon

Boston Chapter of Hadassah

More than $14,000 was raised for Hadassah through the second annual walk-a-thon of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah.

On September 23, under the most beautiful fall sky, more than 150 men, women and children walked around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir to benefit the work of pediatric oncology at Hadassah Hospital. Kicking off the Walk-a-thon was Ronit Nudelman Pearl, the deputy Consulate of the Israeli Consulate to New England; Ellen Zarrow Nissenbaum of Newton, president of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah; and Leslie Zide of Westborough, president of Southern New England Region.

The Maimonides walking team won honors for being the largest team, and the Shuman Team raised the most money. Other winners who raised over $250 were Shira Lewin, Ana Volpi, and Muriel Miller, of Henrietta Szold, and Susan Shikora of Southern New England region, who raised more than $500!

Many sponsors added to the excitement of the day. Congratulations to Leslie Gonzalez and her committee for another successful Hadassah Walk-a-thon.

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"Baking with Bubbe"

Aviva/Lilah Group of the North Shore Chapter

Members and guests of the Aviva/Lilah Group of the North Shore Chapter learned how to make Mandelbrot when they participated in the "Baking with Bubbe" program. The delicious baking session was part of a series in which the participants are learning to make traditional Jewish foods especially for the holidays.

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A “Beary” Good Evening Was Had By All

Alice Golembo

Rochester Chapter

Recently the Rochester Chapter held its Centennial Gala with National President Marcie Natan serving as the guest speaker. All funds raised that night were designated for a defibrillator at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Rochester is proud to have hosted the first National Convention in 1914, and to have been one of the first 10 Chapters of Hadassah.

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Book & Author Events

DuPage-Will Chapter of Hadassah

The DuPage-Will Chapter of Hadassah hosted its first Author's Luncheon on Sunday, September 23, at La Sorella di Francesca Restaurant in Naperville, Illinois. Historical novelist, Melanie Benjamin, was the guest speaker. Proceeds from the event went to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem.

Park Slope Chapter of Brooklyn Region

On Thursday, August 16th the Park Slope Chapter of Brooklyn Region presented its Book and Author event. Ellen Greenfield, author of Come From Nowhere, joined the members in an interesting discussion of the book. The participants also enjoyed a pot luck dinner and the camaraderie that was shared.

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Broadcasting Pioneer Honored

WNBC-TV senior correspondent Gabe Pressman reporting from Jerusalem, circa 2002.

Hadassah Southern NJ Region Associates

The Hadassah Southern NJ Region Associates presented its first "Leadership and Commitment" Award to veteran television news reporter Gabe Pressman on September 23 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. Hadassah members and Associates gathered to hear about Pressman's experiences when he covered events in the Middle East for WNBC-TV. He has reported from Hadassah Hospital during more than two dozen working trips to Israel and stated that he "was very impressed by Hadassah Hospitals and the way Arab and Israeli doctors and nurses work together. It was a completely nonpolitical atmosphere."

The proceeds from the brunch benefited stem cell research at the Hadassah Medical Organization.

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Cincinnati Welcomes Negari Family

(l to r) Dr. Jessica Kahn, Carol Ann Schwartz, Dr. Shelley Negari, their four children and Amit Negari.

Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

Dr.Shelly Negari, Hadassah Medical Center Physician, and her husband, Amit, were welcomed to Cincinnati along with their four children recently by Hadassah National Board member, Carol Ann Schwartz. For three years Dr. Negari will be a medical Fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and work with Dr. Jessica Kahn, in Pediatric Adolescent Care. Her Fellowship is a continuing part of the partnership between Hadassah Medical Organization and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The Israel Exchange Program of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center recognizes that Israel is a global leader in research, innovation and technology. Working as partners, both hospitals can improve clinical care for children around the world, train scientists and pediatric providers, and make research and technological advances that benefit the globe.

Cincinnati Children's will have other Hadassah Medical Organization staff visit throughout the year for short term visits. The community will be invited to parlor events to hear about the joint efforts between the two hospitals.

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Mitzvah Project

Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

On Sunday, September 9 the Wallenberg Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia held a Mitzvah Morning and presented the program "From Generation to Generation" at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. The members conducted a sing-a-long and played trivia with the residents at this senior facility. They also discussed holiday foods and shared their favorite recipes.

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Opening Events

Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Groups in the North Shore Chapter of Hadassah

The Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Groups in the North Shore Chapter of Hadassah held their Opening Membership Luncheon on September 20 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Marvin Dickman presented the special program entitled "Timeless Laughter-Radio Days" that featured Jack Benny, Amos & Andy and other old favorites. The event benefited stem cell research at Hadassah Medical Organization.

Morton Grove Group in the North Shore Chapter

The Morton Grove Group in the North Shore Chapter hosted a Welcoming Luncheon on September 19 at the Chateau Ritz in Niles. Members enjoyed meeting their friends while listening to the beautiful voice of Maureen Christine presenting "Blue Skies and Broadway."

North Shore's Nehara and Aviva/Lilah Groups

North Shore's Nehara and Aviva/Lilah Groups sponsored a Road Rally on September 8, followed by a dinner. Proceeds went to stem cell research at Hadassah Hospital.

Wilmette Group of Hadassah North Shore

The Wilmette Group of Hadassah North Shore held its opening membership luncheon on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Skokie IL. The guest speaker was Hedy Weiss, a theatre critic for the Sun-Times Newspaper, contributor to "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW Channel 11 and WGN radio, a contributing editor to Dance Magazine and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Panel for Drama. She spoke about her extensive travels in Europe covering major news events. Proceeds from the event benefited Hadassah Medical Organization.

Portland Chapter of Hadassah

On Sunday September 9, the Portland Chapter of Hadassah celebrated Hadassah's 100 years as a partner with Israel at the Maine Jewish Museum /Etz Chaim Synagogue. Participants explored Maine's Jewish history and listened to Phil Levinsky, a local storyteller, recall anecdotes of early Portland families. The group also shared Hadassah stories of the past.

Sabra Hadassah in Sarasota, FL

Sabra Hadassah in Sarasota, FL recently explored the life of Marc Chagall: The Man & Artist Behind the Famed Windows. Guest speaker Sandi Kligmna spoke about Chagall's early life and later years, the other set of windows he created that are on display in the U.S. and about the special techniques he used to color glass. The group also learned how his granddaughter is collaborating with Hadassah today.


Alice Golembo

Westfield Chapter of Hadassah

The Westfield Chapter of Hadassah held its opening meeting on Monday, September 10 at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, New Jersey. Alice Golembo, a resident of Westfield, the grand-niece of former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, was the featured speaker. Golembo lived with her great-aunt in the Prime Minister's residence from 1972 until 1973. She spoke about Golda Meir with a combination of humor, information and personal insight into the private life of Israel's only female prime minister. Golembo was intimately involved in the Broadway play 'Golda,' both as an actress and as a consultant to the playwright.

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Centennial Celebrations
September 2012

Suffolk County Region

Hadassah supporters and friends from all over Suffolk County gathered at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack on August 19, at 7 pm, for a celebration of Israel featuring members of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan. Music and dance, singing and stories offered an experience of Israel as seen through the eyes of the members of Caravan "Amos." The show is cosponsored by the Suffolk Y-JCC.

"We are so excited to have the Scouts performing for Hadassah's Centennial Celebration," said Debra Cohen, who is chairing the event as vice president of the Suffolk Region of Hadassah. "They are a talented group of 17-year-old 'Tzofim' (Israel Scouts) — one of three such troupes — crisscrossing North America this summer as ambassadors of the State of Israel."

Montana Chapter

The Montana Chapter held its Hadassah Centennial Celebration on August 12 by hosting a wonderful evening complete with delicious food, fun activities and good friends. They also listened to a stimulating presentation by Bruce Barrett, Northwest Regional AIPAC Director and former Law Professor, who spoke about Henrietta Szold, the founding of Hadassah, and its place in Israel's history.

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