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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


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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Hadassah Fundraisers

Chai Hadassah in the North Shore Chapter

Chai Hadassah in the North Shore Chapter recently held a fundraising event at Ravinia Green Country Club, where they raised $12,000 to benefit Hadassah's Life Saving Missions here and throughout the world.The 150 guests were entertained by Aaron Freeman, comedian, National Public Radio commentator and auctioneer extraordinaire.

The Mission Hills Group of Hadassah North Shore

The Mission Hills Group of Hadassah North Shore held its annual Game Day: End of Summer Event on Aug. 16 at the Mission Hills Country Club, 1677 Mission Hills Road, in Northbrook. Participants were able to see old friends and meet new ones, while enjoying an afternoon playing their favorite games. This entertaining day benefitted the Hadassah Medical Organization.

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Books and Authors

Hadassah North Shore Chapter

Recently, two hundred people attended Hadassah North Shore Chapter's annual Book & Author Luncheon at the Highland Park Country Club, where $2000 was raised for medical research at Hadassah.

The guest speaker was Goldie Goldbloom, award-winning author and professor at Northwestern University. She spoke of her life and the people she knew while living in Australia, which influenced her into writing the book The Paperbark Shoe. The audience wasmost interested in her accounting of events and family history when during World War IIItalian prisoners of war were sent to Australia to be laborers.

The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Chapter of Hadassah

The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Chapter of Hadassah recently held a book group event at Temple Judah. While enjoying coffee and snacks, the participants discussed The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill. The participants felt that the book was very interesting in that it re-created a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Based on compelling stories, insights and humor they also discussed the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.

The Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah

The Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah celebrated Hadassah's 100th birthday on Tuesday, August 14, with a "Books on the Beach" book-and-author fundraiser luncheon at the Atlantic Beach Club in Newport. Guest speakers were Harvard faculty members Jerome Groopman M.D. and Pamela Hartzband, M. D. The husband and wife team spoke about their book,Your Medical Mind – How to Decide What is Right For You.

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Brooklyn Region Tells All

Claire Shapiro, Past Region President; Janet Young, Region President; Roni Schwartz, Past Region President; Marcie Natan, Hadassah National President; Gail Hammerman, Immediate Past Region President; Sara Sloan, Archive Chair; Judi Silversmith, Past Region President.

The Brooklyn Region of Hadassah produced an Archive Project book in which the entire history of the region is told. Filled with historical and current photographs, logos, and mini-histories of each of the chapters, it describes its 100 year history as Brooklyn was represented at the creation of Hadassah in 1912. Earlier this month, the Brooklyn Region came to Hadassah House and presented a signed copy of the book to National President Marcie Natan.

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Education Program in Chicago

Chicago Chapter

The Chicago Chapter held an educational program on July 25 at the Chapter office in Skokie. The discussion included information on how the Intifada is coming to college campuses and why it is necessary to speak up on Israel's behalf.

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Hadassah Volunteers Perform Mitzvah Projects

Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia - (l to r) Judy Strauss, Joan Krison, Bobbi Kraft, Chris Onken, Linda Fenning, Ruby Stone- Nachbin, Ellen Stein, and Bonnie Wittenberg

The Hadassah Capital District Chapter

The Hadassah Capital District Chapter and Albany Medical Center have combined crafts and community service with a project that makes dolls for the kids in the hospital. The dolls are cut, stuffed and sewn from a Gingerbread man-shaped stencil by volunteers. The faces are left blank for the children to draw on. Recently, they started creating jackets for the dolls to wear and each one has a patch in their ankles with the Hadassah name.

The dolls are used as therapeutic toys for the children and provide them with an expressive tool to point out where they feel pain. Hospital staff members may also replicate treatments the children receive on the dolls to help them feel more comfortable.

The volunteers call the dolls "Little Lovies" because everyone needs a little love. They have been giving comfort and love to the young patients for the past three years. The program, which began about three years ago in Albany, was inspired by similar efforts from other chapters of Hadassah.

The Chai Group in Hadassah North Shore Chapter

The Chai Group in Hadassah North Shore Chapter performed a Mitzvah Project at the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen on August 8. Members of the group purchased the established menu, prepared the food and served it to the people who came to the soup kitchen on that night.

Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

As part of their Mitzvah Project, members of the Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia participate monthly in Cook for a Friend at the Klein JCC.Group members have been part of this project for the past 2 ½ years helping to cook meals for people in the community.

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The Healing Power of Art

Lexington Chapter of Hadassah

The Lexington Chapter of Hadassah partnered with the University of Kentucky Healthcare to present a program entitled "The Healing Power of Art – From Israel to Kentucky." Guided tours were conducted of the art collection that has been amassed from the very beginning of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital's existence, including photographs, sculptures, folk art, stained glass, paintings and ceramics.Following the tour a fascinating program was presented highlighting Hadassah's artwork at EinKerem and Mount Scopus, including the Chagall Windows, Chaim Gross' Mother and Child statue, and The Tree of Life, the last work of sculptor Jacques Lipshitz. The program demonstrated that soothing the soul is as important as healing the body.

The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and Hadassah Hospital EinKerem have nurtured a relationship since they both opened their doors 51 years ago. On the 10th and 20th anniversaries, Dr. Kalman Mann, then Director General of Hadassah Hospital, came to Lexington for celebrations at the university and with Hadassah members. Throughout the years, Hadassah physicians have lectured, trained, and joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky.

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Walk-a-Thons Keep Hadassah Busy

Hadassah North Shore Chapter - (Left to right) Logan Bagdade of Chicago; LexiPlonsker of Highland Park; Noam Dor of Deerfield; Sloane Shabelman of Glenview; Cadence Bagdade of Chicago; and Gail Bagdade co-chairperson of Hadassah's Centennial Walkathon, an effort toward a bridge to peace for mankind.

Hadassah of Greater Baltimore

WYPR partnered with Hadassah of Greater Baltimore for their 100th Anniversary and 2012 Check It Out Challenge on Sunday, August 5th at Goucher College. The 8K Run and 5K Walk benefited Breast and Testicular Cancer Education Programs.

Shaloma Chapter in the Southern New Jersey Region

The Shaloma Chapter in the Southern New Jersey Region sponsored its 9th Annual 5K Run/2M Walk on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City on Sunday, August 5. Prizes were awarded for overall winners as well as for age-group winners. All pre-registered participants also received a teeshirt for their efforts.

Hadassah North Shore Chapter

In honor of Hadassah's 100th Anniversary the Hadassah North Shore Chapter sponsored a Centennial 3K Walkathon on Sunday, June 24 at Wood Oaks Green Park in Northbrook. The theme was passing Hadassah's torch from one generation to another. Walkers, volunteers and sponsors helped make the day a huge success by raising $6000 to continue the life giving work of Hadassah.

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New Orleans Celebrates the Centennial
New Orleans Chapter

Marcie Natan, Dov and Margery Glazer, Julie Schwartz

On Sunday, April 22, the New Orleans Chapter hosted an elegant Hadassah Shining Star Brunch, which celebrated the first 100 years of Hadassah at the art-filled home of Dr. Alvin and Carol Merlin. Participants enjoyed socializing, a delectable brunch and listening to background music provided by UNO Allstars Jazz Band.

National Hadassah President Marcie Natan, New Orleans Chapter President Julie Schwartz and Southern Region Hadassah President Lee Kansas were in attendance.

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Cincinnati Chapter Honors Hospital Fellow and Hadassah Surgeon
Cincinnati Chapter

(l to r) Nina Paul (hostess), Dr. YaronArmon, Sharon Casper (Cincinnati Chapter Co-President) and Dr. Marc Levitt

The Cincinnati Chapter honored Dr. YaronArmon, Hadassah pediatric surgeon, who is concluding a one year fellowship and training with Dr. Marc Levitt at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Armon will return to Hadassah to open the Colorectal Center of the Middle East. His presentation included information that he has learned during his training and how he will be able to take that knowledge back to Hadassah, Israel and the Middle East.

Dr. Levitt, Director of the Cincinnati Children's Colorectal Center, was thanked for everything he has accomplished in bringing the partnership to Cincinnati, helping it grow so much, and for the year that he has spent with Dr. Armon.

It was announced at the brunch that Cincinnati Children's is establishing a fund in memory of Dr. Eitan Gross, one of the first doctors to travel to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center when the Israel Exchange Program was just in its infancy stages. It was also announced that Cincinnati Children's will be co-sponsoring a major pediatric chronic care conference with Hadassah in Israel, Dec. 2-5, 2012.

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Cincinnati Chapter Hosts Prof. Dr. YoelDonchin at Dessert Reception
Cincinnati Chapter

Sharon Casper, Cincinnati Chapter Co-President and Dr. YoelDonchin, Hadassah Hospital Head of Patient Safety

YoelDonchin, Head of Patient Safety at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Anesthesiology Specialist, and a Current Practitioner of Human Factors Engineering, spoke to members and friends of the Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah. Dr. Donchin's visit is a continuing part of the partnership between Hadassah Medical Organization and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

In honor of Hadassah's Centennial Dr. Donchin's presentation began by highlighting Hadassah's founder, Henrietta Szold and the first hospital. He presented how the Operating Team at Hadassah Hospital worked on being pre-emptive in the operating theatre utilizing a special briefing as a tool for enhancing team performance and patient safety. Yoel shared photos of the new hospital gowns being utilized that avoid duplication and assist with modesty. He concluded with the introduction of the history of Medical Clowning at Hadassah Hospital and how the program has grown.

The Dream Doctors project sponsoring medical clowns in the service of medicine, founded and funded by the Magi (Philnor) Foundation, began its operations at the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, in 2002. Now, after 10 years of activity, this project has achieved clear and astounding achievements. The scope of its quality and quantity has expanded. The Hadassah-University Medical Center, EinKerem, employs four professional clowns who are a part of the regular work roster in the mornings in the different departments, and are also available as determined by the medical staff.

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