Hadassah Film Festival Presented in Harrison NY
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.
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
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.