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Hadassah Chapter Hosts Cantorial Music Extravaganza

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

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

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

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Hadassah Deputy Executive Director Visits Cleveland

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

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

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Hadassah President's Visit Highlights Partnership with Israel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Young Judaea Update on Skype
Boston Chapter Skypes with Young Judaea

At its April Board meeting, the Boston Chapter had a Young Judaea update on Skype with David Goldstein, Director of YJ Israel programs. Robin Shuman, YJ Online Resource Library Chair, and Tammy Schneider, Boston Chapter Administrative Vice-President and past Young Judaean, led the session beginning with a YJ ice breaker.

That was followed by a history of YJ, its connection to Hadassah, latest programs and introduction to finding videos on the Hadassah web site. David answered questions on how to make connections to Young Judaeans who attend school in the Boston area, offering some solid ideas that we can tackle in the fall. The session ended with the board voting to buy one or more ads in the Book of Continuity and to encourage our members to participate with donations as well.

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Boston Chapter Holds Keepers of the Gate Event
Brenda Freishtat, Shira Lewin, Chana Meyer, Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum, President of the Boston Chapter and Anne Lowenthal.
Bernie Pucker and Past National President Nancy Falchuck.

Last week, the Boston Chapter held a Keepers of the Gate event, held in the Pucker Gallery. It's owner, Bernie Pucker, told the group about the beginnings of the gallery which included its connection to the Safrai Gallery in Israel. Pucker and his wife Sue began to sell Israeli items on Newbury Street in Boston when Newbury Street was void of other commercial establishments and when no one in the neighborhood was in the market for items from Israel. Since then, the Pucker Gallery has become a landmark in the area and a buyer's destination for both Jewish and secular art.

Nancy Falchuk then spoke making connections between Pucker, his love of Israel and Hadassah. She also reminded everyone of their place in Hadassah and how what they do here makes a difference everywhere.

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Founder of Ms. Magazine, Speaks at Westchester Region Event

Deborah Wiskind, Carol Poser, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Sheila Spicehandler and Karen Everett.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Co-Founder of Ms. Magazine.

The Westchester Region of Hadassah and The Westchester Jewish Center Sisterhood presented on April 28th an evening with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author, journalist, activist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine at the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, NY.

Over 60 women were in attendance for dinner followed by guest speaker Ms. Pogrebin, who spoke about how to deal with a universal experience, a friend's illness. Ms. Pogrebin's talk was wise witty and informative.

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Westchester Region Celebrates Israel at 65
Hadassah Members Leslie Liss, Deborah Wiskind and Pam Hoffman
Diane Kaplan and Leslie Liss.

The Westchester Region of Hadassah, a proud sponsor of this event, and the Westchester Jewish Community celebrated "Israel at 65" on Sunday, April 28th (Lag B'Omer) from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck NY. Marching in the parade of sponsors, and carrying the Hadassah banner, was Diane Kaplan of Pound Ridge,NY and Leslie Liss of Ardsley,NY.

Over 800 people attended. Hadassah president, Deborah Wiskind of Ardsley, NY along with members and associates of the Westchester Region manned a table filled with life saving health information as Hadassah continues its mission to empower women by providing them with the knowledge necessary to make appropriate and informed medical decisions for themselves and their families.

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Hadassah New England's Health Festival Offers Health Tips
Annette Rubin of Brigham & Women's Hospital, Nancy Falchuk, Carol Steiner, Wendy Libowitz, Ellen Gold at the Sister to Sister booth.

On Sunday, April 21, 2013 Hadassah New England held its first-ever HealthFest. Northern, Southern, and Western New England Regions and the Boston Chapter were all on hand for education, interactive programming, physical activity, eating, and general fun. Held at a conference center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the main ballroom held almost 40 booths, including those for Hadassah Health & Wellness programs, exhibitors, sponsors, and partner organizations. Attendees moved from booth to booth, sampling healthy and delicious food and drink. They learned how to perform breast and testicular self-examination and about preventing osteoporosis. They entered health data into the Sister to Sister Foundation's Smart for the Heart program. And, they spoke with a fitness center, a plastic surgeon, and many more health-related vendors.

The platinum sponsor for the full-day event was Pfizer, which has developed the only plant-based drug for the treatment of Gaucher disease. Dr. Jodi Hoffman, Director of the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Disease at Tufts University, spoke about the research in the field. Among the twenty identified genetic diseases among Ashkenazic Jews, Gaucher is the most prevalent.

"Hadassah's New England Healthfest provided a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of genetic diseases, such as Gaucher disease, that have a greater prevalence in the Jewish community," said Miyeon Kim, Pfizer, Vice President, Established Products North America. "Pfizer is proud to partner with Hadassah to help educate the Jewish community about these rare, genetic and life-threatening diseases."

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No Laughing Matter! The Power of Jewish Humor
Guest speakers at Philadelphia's Education Day (L to R) Dr. Joel Schwartz; Dr. Emilie Passow; Yisrael Campbell; Roz Holberg, President; Chairs, Shelli Keeny, Batya Warshowsky and Mindy Oppenheimer
(L to R) Barbara Goldstein (wearing the red nose); Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia; (seated L to R) Chairs Shelli Keeny, Batya Warshowsky and Mindy Oppenheimer
Philadelphia members participate in Education Day

The Power of Jewish Humor was the topic for Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia's annual Education Day held on Wednesday, April 17 at Meadowlands Country Club. Over 350 people attended to hear guest speakers, Yisrael Campbell, internationally acclaimed comedian; Emilie Passow, Ph.D, academician and lecturer; and Dr. Joel Schwartz, the Stress Less Shrink, speaker and author; discuss how humor can heal the soul.

Much laughter and positive feelings were expressed throughout the day especially when attendees were asked to wear big red noses to demonstrate how this could make them feel better. The afternoon speaker, Barbara Goldstein (BG), Deputy Director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, presented an inspirational speech about the power of Hadassah and Israel. The day was a huge success with the everyone feeling good about themselves and vowing to continue to laugh every day.

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Major Gifts Event a Huge Success

Major donors from the Florida Atlantic Region.

On Sunday, February 24, when the world was watching the Academy Awards on television, more than 150 major donors from the Florida Atlantic and Florida Broward Regions of Hadassah were at B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton listening to Dr. Noam Shussman, a young doctor from Hadassah Medical Organization and Mr. Stewart Greenberg, an attorney from Miami who is currently being treated for melanoma at Hadassah.

Dr. Shussman gave an overview of Hadassah Medical Complex, focusing on the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and the modern techniques used in his Department of Colorectal Surgery.

Mr. Greenberg shared his journey.  His prognosis had little hope for treatment or survival until a friend - who is a Hadassah member - found out about a trial being conducted at Hadassah Hospital. He fit the profile for the trial and was able to travel to Israel and remain there for several months.

Stewart's compelling story moved everyone in the room. And the fundraising results of close to $300,000 in new pledges supporting HMO speak for themselves. 

Congratulations go to Co-chairs Sheryl Davidoff from the Florida Atlantic Region and Sheila Magerman from Florida Broward. Extra thanks to Florida Atlantic Region President Joan Baron and Florida Broward Region President Merna Shapiro, ADC Chair Adele Greenblatt and the committee.

For questions about donations of charitable gift annuities, please contact Lisa Moore, Development Director at 561-997-6988.

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Broken Sound Chapter Holds Many Events

Broken Sound Hadassah in Boca Raton, Florida has been very active with many varied and interesting events. At their March meeting, Lorant Botha, a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University, presented a lecture entitled "Building Pride Out of Shame- The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust." The members were fascinated learning about women, criminals, Gypsies and homosexuals during the Holocaust. On March 7, Joseph Longo, Executive Chef at Broken Sound presented a Passover cooking demonstration. Everyone thoroughly the luncheon and went home with new holiday recipes. Broken Sound's major fundraiser, a Casino night, was held on March 2. The fun event included cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and gambling. The proceeds benefitted Broken Sound Hadassah and the Boca friends for Cancer Research.

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Florida Broward Region Holds Comedy Night
L to R: Muriel Frank, Co-chair; Phyllis Goldman, Chair; Joel Chasnoff; Merna Shapiro, President of Florida Broward Region

On Tuesday evening, February 5, 2013, the Florida Broward Region of Hadassah hosted a fantastic FUNdraiser. The Comedy Night, which was held at Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac, featured comedian Joel Chasnoff, who had the entire audience laughing out loud.Everyone raved about this FUN night event, and with the support of sponsors, Hadassah was a financial winner.

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Houston Chapter Honors Women of Courage
Debbie Levine and Elizabeth Smart

The Houston Chapter of Hadassah held its largest annual fundraiser, the Women of Courage Luncheon, on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Bayou City Event Center, and set a fund-raising record for this particular event. A crowd of 550 people came to honor three remarkable women who have dealt with important issues in the community and have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. Honored at this event were: Founder of Women of Courage Debbie Levine, Hadassah National President Marcie Natan, and Child Advocate and Abduction Survivor Elizabeth Smart, who also served as the keynote speaker.

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