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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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Eastern Connecticut Celebrates Hadassah at 100
Eastern Connecticut Chapter

Fran Hirschkowitz (left) and Pepi Green (right), co-presidents of Hadassah's Eastern CT Chapter, with member Sheila Horvitz, whose essay will be printed in the organization's upcoming book, "Thin Threads."

Close to 150 guests celebrated Hadassah's 100th anniversary at a donor brunch hosted the Eastern Connecticut Chapter on Sunday June 3 at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Norwich. Nancy Falchuk, immediate Past National President, presented the keynote speech.Guests were treated to a video produced by Centennial Committee Chair Sheila Horvitz, in collaboration with Michael Bernardo, representing the past, present, and future of Hadassah.

Also at the brunch, Connecticut Region Vice President Sally Kleinman presented the Henrietta Szold Award, given to the chapter for their outstanding Centennial program-ming. Chapter members also had two of their essays selected for publication in "Thin Threads," a soon-to-be published book that includes 100 essays written by members that recount the life-changing moment that gave them their connection to Hadassah. The two winning essays were written by Eastern CT members Sheila Horvitz and 101-year old Phyllis Stern. The Thin Threads essays were displayed on big boards at the brunch.

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Hadassah Sails Into the Future
Florida Atlantic Region

From left: Iris Sandberg, Fran Sachs, Margery Rosin, Barbara Alper, Joan Baron, Lydia Krieg, Marion Aronheim, Lynn Saxton, Dorothy Caroff attend the Hadassah conference.

More than 200 women attended the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah's recent Annual Spring Conference, "Hadassah Sails into the Second Century," at the Marriott Resort in Delray Beach.

Carol Weiss, outgoing Region President, was the keynote luncheon speaker. The daylong event featured afternoon workshops and the installation of the new Hadassah Region executive board, including Joan Baron as incoming President.

The event included a panel representing the founders of the State of Israel including David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Henrietta Szold, Ze'evJabotinsky, Chaim Weizmannand Theodor Herzl. The "panel" explained their ideals and how they impacted the creation of the State of Israel. The panel discussion was followed by a video on practical Zionism.

A highlight of the day was guest speaker Professor Charles Sprung, head of the ICU at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel. Sprung spoke on the opening of Hadassah's new 500-bed Sara Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. His pride in Hadassah Medical Organization was evident throughout his talk and enabled the audience to feel connected to the new hospital.

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Jewish Leaders Honored at Borough Hall
Brooklyn Region

(L to r) Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bruce Balter; Borough President Marty Markowitz; Rabbi Meyer; Ms. Raskin; Gail Hammerman, President of the Brooklyn Region of Hadassah; Judy Shapiro and Steve Cohn, co-chairs of the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee.

Recently several Jewish communal leaders were honored at a Salute to Israel event in Borough Hall that helped launch the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative's website. The honorees were ShternieRaskin, director of the GanMenachem Kiddie Corner Preschool in Brooklyn Heights; Rabbi Jack Meyer, director of Misaskin, which helps organize funerals for needy families; and Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America for its centennial anniversary

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Nassau Region of Hadassah Walk-a-Thon for Stem Cell Research a Success
Nassau Region

(l to r) Gilda Davis, Miriam Silverman, Eve Marrow, Sharon Tract, Sarah Tract, Brenda Korff and Cindy Katz

Sharon Tract and her daughter, Sarah.

On Sunday, May 6, the Nassau Region of Hadassah held a Walk-a-thon for Stem Cell Research. Over 400 members, family and friends of the Nassau Chapters participated in the event, which took place in different locations throughout Long Island.

Sarah Tract, a ninth grade student at Jericho High School, raised $1,500 thanks to the support of her family and friends. Through her mother, Sharon Tract, past president of the Roslyn Chapter, Sarah knows that Hadassah members have been advocates for stem cell research at the state and federal levels for more than a decade.

Monies from the walk-a-thon will help advance the research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, whose scientists are pioneers in the field.

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Nurses Honored in Connecticut Region
Connecticut Region

Deborah Broadley, Debra Kaye, Connie Cirillo Freeman

Sally Kleinman, Region OVP, Joyce Backman, Region Treasurer and Nurse Honoree, Connie Cirillo Freeman, Region President

Connecticut Region commemorated Hadassah's Centennial by honoring their Region's Nurse Volunteers at their Annual Awards Dinner on May 30. Over 75 guests, nurses and associates attended the celebration and honored 52 nurses with the Hadassah Centennial Award. Their biographies, which were presented in a PowerPoint slideshow, showed the diversity and depth of skill, training, compassion, accomplishment, and good works that their women, and one Associate, have given to the profession and to Hadassah.

In the featured presentation, Pennie Sessler Branden, National Co-Chair of the Nurses' Councils, and Deborah Broadley, a nurse practitioner, spoke beautifully and with passion about the past, present and future of nursing. The ensuing discussion showed a clear desire on the part of the nurses to meet again to address issues that affect nursing, healthcare and Hadassah.

Debra Kaye, a nurse and Region Recording Secretary, was instrumental in arranging the nurses' recognition. Sally Kleinman and Rhonna Rogol chaired the annual awards part of the event so that each chapter was publicly recognized for its unique strengths.

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