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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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Oakland Hadassah Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Song
Oakland Ruach Chapter of Hadassah

The Oakland Ruach Chapter of Hadassah sponsored a fundraiser on June 3, 2012, to celebrate Hadassah's Centennial, highlighting Yiddish, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway songs made famous by Jewish American women. The one woman show, "Voices of Jewish Women in American Theater," included 100 years of popular songs associated with Molly Picon, Sophie Tucker, Roberta Peters, Barbra Streisand and others.

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Stamford Hadassah Celebrates 100 Years
Stamford Chapter

Centennial celebrations in Connecticut have been ongoing since February 24, 2012 when Hadassah turned 100. Stamford Hadassah invited the community to join them for a centennial bash at a pre-summer party at KOSH (Kosher American Bistro), which was held on Monday evening, June 4th, 2012. The participants were amazed by the extraordinary work Hadassah accomplishes both here in the United States and in Israel, as they listened to the presentation by Barbara Spack, Hadassah's National Chair of Marketing and Communications.

KOSH partnered with Hadassah to honor Hadassah's founder and launch a new menu item, "The Henrietta Szold." Members and guests tried KOSH's delicious food, including the new dinner item, knowing that a percentage of the evening's proceeds were donated by KOSH to benefit Hadassah.

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Centennial Celebrations
June 2012

(L to r) Netanel Draiblate of Lansdale, Pa., concertmaster with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; honoree Anna E. Greenberg of Annapolis; and featured speaker Sandra Goldstein of Potomac.

Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah

On March 30, the Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah celebrated the centennial anniversary of Hadassah with a luncheon honoring Anna E. Greenberg. She was recognized with Centennial certificates from the Region and National Boards for her vision, leadership, achievements, dedication and service to Hadassah. National Board Member Sandra Goldstein was the featured speaker. Netanel Draiblate, the concertmaster with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, presented a short program of violin music.

Roz Abraham

Greater Cleveland Chapter Chapter of Hadassah

Even though the Greater Cleveland Chapter no longer has an official office, the members continue to be dedicated to the ideals of Hadassah. On Sunday, May 20, the chapter hosted a celebratory Centennial Birthday brunch to honor the accomplishments of Hadassah and present the Centennial Award to life member, Roz Abraham. At that time, Roz described Hadassah as "an integral part of my life. Hadassah and my love of Israel go hand-in-hand. I am so proud of the medical breakthroughs occurring at the Hadassah Medical Center and the superb quality of care given to each patient."

As part of the Centennial Birthday celebration, artifacts from the Cleveland Jewish Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society, along with some memorabilia from the national Hadassah office were exhibited. Included in this was a letter written in 1914 by Dr. I.J. Biskind to Henrietta Szold, along with her reply in 1916. Dr. Biskind became the second president of the Cleveland Chapter. There was also a copy of a memoir written by former Clevelander Rae Landy, one of the first nurses who went to Israel to serve in a medical capacity.

Teri Junker, President of the Central States Region of Hadassah, was the special guest speaker. Violinist and Hadassah Associate Greg Berlin provided the musical entertainment.

Plymouth, MA Chapter

On March 22, 2012, fourteen enthusiastic women from the Plymouth, MA Chapter, along with Traveling Henrietta, had a wonderful time celebrating Hadassah's centennial birthday.

The group gathered for hors d'oeuvres and played a great ice-breaker game. Each person drew a card, which specified a time period (a year up to a decade). She briefly shared with the rest of the group what had been going on in her life at that time. Then she read from the card some details of what was happening with Hadassah during that same time period. It was a wonderful way to learn more about Hadassah's history and achievements, as well as hear about their friends' histories and what details they found most important in their own lives.

Following a delicious pot-luck dinner and socializing, they gathered for a meaningful Torch lighting ceremony (see below). All the women participated in the ceremony by pairing up and each reading one of the lines. While they enjoyed a special birthday cake with a Centennial Torch, they played a Hadassah trivia game, which included information about Hadassah and the Plymouth Chapter. What a wonderful, fun celebration, with everyone learning more about Hadassah and about each other! Each woman left with a Hadassah goodie-bag containing some Hadassah literature, a Hadassah pencil, a Hadassah candy bar, and a renewed sense of camaraderie and dedication to this wonderful organization.

Torch Ceremony

"Partners with Israel for Life" is indeed an apt motto for Hadassah's Centennial Year Celebration. Over the course of 100 years, we have created and maintained hospitals and a health care system through the Hadassah Medical Organization, saved and educated Israel's children through Youth Aliyah and Hadassah College, planted trees, built dams and reservoirs with the Jewish National Fund, and brought our own children closer to Israel through Young Judea.

We honored this 100-year partnership by lighting symbolic torches on Mt. Herzl. The light of those torches is with us as we light our own, here today.
This torch symbolizes all that we share; from member to member, leader to leader, mother to child, and generation to generation.

We light this torch

  • to symbolize the healing and the loving, peaceful light that Hadassah brings to Israel.
  • to symbolize the illumination Hadassah sheds on America.
  • to symbolize the vital life force Hadassah brings to the people of the world.
  • to symbolize friendship between women and friendship among nations.
  • to symbolize the family that is Hadassah.

In honor of all these things, and along with Hadassah chapters all over the country, we have lit this Centennial Torch celebrating the 100th birthday of Hadassah.

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Spring Celebrations
June 2012

Deborah Kaminetzky

Nassau Region's Attorneys' and Judges' Chapter of Hadassah

Deborah Kaminetzky, a Cedarhurst lawyer has been named "Woman of the Year" by Yashar, the Attorneys' and Judges' Chapter of Hadassah. The award was presented at the Nassau Region Conference at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale on May 16. Deborah is a life member of Hadassah and serves on the board and as social secretary of Yashar. She has been involved in the past year with coordinating programs and attracting new members to the chapter.

"I am honored to be receiving the 'Woman Of The Year' award from Yashar Hadassah," she said. "The chapter has programming on topics of both legal and Jewish interest with judges and lawyers working together on programming, membership and fundraising for a great cause."

Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah

The Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah held its Spring Affair at the end of April. Participants enjoyed craft beer and classic music from the sixties, seventies and eighties while supporting the Pediatric Intensive Care unit of the Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem.

Bayonne-Jersey City Chapter of Hadassah

The Bayonne-Jersey City Chapter of Hadassah held its annual donor dinner for members, associates and guests at the Bayonne Jewish Community Center. Barbara B. Spack, Hadassah's National Chair of Marketing and Communication, was the guest speaker.

Boston Chapter

Boston Chapter celebrated Art with Hadassah at its 9th annual ticketed arts and crafts auction at the home of one of its members. Each participant was guaranteed a unique work of art from a local artisan. The collection included items of jewelry, woven scarves, quilts, bags, stationery, pottery, and photography. The attendees were also given the opportunity to purchase a pink ribbon for $5 in honor or in memory of someone who has faced breast or ovarian cancer. A special board of ribbons was on display on the night of the event. The proceeds of the evening benefited breast and ovarian cancer research at Hadassah Hospital.

A cocktail and dessert reception was held on May 9 to honor Boston's Keepers of the Gate at the home of one of their members. Dr. Sig Karasch, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician at Boston Medical Center Pediatric Trauma Unit was the guest speaker. Dr. Karasch spent time at Hadassah Mount Scopus as part of a team dealing with pediatric trauma.

Charleston West Virginia Chapter

The Charleston West Virginia Chapter helped commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hadassah at a lecture at the Culture Center featuring the internationally respected psychoanalyst Dr. Leon Wurmser, a former professor at West Virginia University. Using scriptures, ancient Hebrew texts, and psychiatric scholarship he presented his topic "Monotheism: One God, Many Questions," which dealt with the belief in the existence of one God in human history. A reception was held in the Great Hall immediately following the program, which was also sponsored by the Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah

Members of the community were invited to attend the Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah's Coffee Talk/Decaf Café on Monday, May 14. Special guest speaker, Judge Heather Stein Russell, a life member of Hadassah, spoke on "Hadassah and Hamilton County: Healing, Helping and Empowering Women." She demonstrated how the Hamilton County criminal justice system and Hadassah share a similar history in recognizing treatment issues unique to women and how these two institutions have developed programs to help women locally, nationally and in Israel.

Northern New Jersey Region

Northern New Jersey Region celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Hadassah at a gala reception at Temple Beth Am Yisrael in Springfield, on Thursday, May 10. Outgoing Region President Karen Goldman of Montclair passed the gavel to her successor, Loren Roth of North Caldwell. Region officers were also installed. Past and present Region and Chapter Presidents received special recognition. Proceeds benefited the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Hadassah National Secretary Ellen Hershkin served as guest speaker at the event.

Southern New Jersey

Southern New Jersey's spring conference and education symposium was held on May 6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe. Incoming Hadassah College President Dr. Bertold Fridlender was the guest speaker. He explained that for the first time, the European Union will fund an Israeli institution to lead a multi-national scientific initiative. The partners in the project, which will make use of indigenous plant life in countries in the Mediterranean Sea basin to create a variety of cosmetics, medications, and food, make up a diverse coalition. The project will be part of the curriculum of the biotechnology department at Hadassah College, which he pointed out, was the first academic institution in Israel to offer a degree in biotechnology.

More than 150 participants listened to Dr. Fridlender explain that it was especially meaningful for him to talk about the project for the first time publicly in New Jersey. "Rutgers is my second academic institution after [Hadassah] College, and New Jersey is my second home," said the Chilean-born Fridlender, who has been a visiting professor at Rutgers since 2008 while also serving as chair of the Hadassah College Biotechnology program for the last eight years.

Part of the day was also devoted to a diverse panel discussion exploring the many facets of Jewish identity.

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Advocacy - Influentials at Home
May 2012

(use the picture from the JTA) Pictured (l to r): Joyce Laiter, Paula Kaplan, Shelli Keeny, Sheila Levinsky, and Bonnie Kallen with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick

Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

Recently members of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia met with U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, (R-PA), who represents Bucks County and a part of Northeast Philadelphia, as part of the Influentials at Home program. This program encourages constituents to meet with their State and National representatives in order to inform them about the work of Hadassah and discuss issues that are of concern to us both in Israel and the United States.

Congressman Fitzpatrick was respectful, genial and welcoming, as well as knowledgeable of Hadassah's goals. The women, who were his constituents, briefed him on some of Hadassah's specific concerns and accomplishments. He realized that they are educated on the issues and are involved, active voters. The conversation was warm and personal, resulting in Congressman Fitzpatrick's offer to attend any Hadassah meeting to keep the members aware of what is happening in Washington and the world.

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Education Programs
May 2012

Noar of Newburgh Chapter

Recently the Noar of Newburgh Chapter of Hadassah hosted a special showing of the film "Song of Life" by Tony Lycourissis. This film tells the story of the Jewish community on Zakynthos, a small island in the Ionian Sea, from the mid-15th century to the present day, including the uplifting story of the survival of the Jews during the Nazi occupation there. When the Nazis demanded a list of the island's Jews, the Mayor and the Bishop of the island made a decision that stood as an inspiring bit of light amid the darkness. Following the film, Mimica Tsezna-Hyman, of Newburgh, a member of the "American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece" that provided the film, shared stories about her parents and grandparents who fled and were sheltered during the Nazi occupation in Greece. Her daughter, Sabrina, presented a song she wrote, which addresses the issue of bullying and was inspired by what took place in Greece.

North Shore's Henrietta Szold Hadassah

North Shore's Henrietta Szold Hadassah held a program on Holocaust Remembrance Day at a member's home in Long Grove. Author Marty Brounstein discussed the book "Two Among the Righteous Few," a story about a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who risked their lives to save two dozen Jews during World War II.

Roselle-Cranford Chapter

The Roselle-Cranford Chapter of Hadassah and the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim held their annual program commemorating the Holocaust at the Temple in Cranford NJ on Sunday April 22. Children from the Terezin Concentration Camp were memorialized. Members of both organizations read poems written by the children while they were confined at this camp. A candle lighting ceremony was conducted in memory of those who perished.

Shalom Hadassah

Shalom Hadassah and Congregation Sons of Israel Sisterhood of Peabody, MA co-sponsored a celebration of Yiddish heritage. A dairy supper was served, followed by a "Potpourri of Yiddish Shtick." Marcia Kestenbaum served as the emcee.

Stamford Chapter

Recently, the Stamford Jewish Community Center in partnership with Stamford Hospital, First County Bank and the Stamford Chapter of Hadassah hosted a women's health and wellness fair. The free event, "Women Living Healthy in 2012" was open to the community. This is the second year for the event that focuses on women ages 25-60 offering health screenings, fitness classes, food demonstrations, panel discussions and presentations.

Enid Shapiro, Health Professionals' Council Co-chair, addressed the group.

Boston Chapter

In the beginning of April, the Boston Chapter Health Professional Councils sponsored a program entitled "Health Care from the Inside/Out: Two Sisters, Two Perspectives" with over 80 Hadassah members and health professionals attending. Following a delicious breakfast, the group heard Suzanne Salamon, M.D. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her sister, Julie Salamon, author, exchange professional experiences which informed and delighted those present. The program was followed by a lively discussion and was financially successful. Nurses and social workers received continuing education credits for the morning.

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May 2012

Knoxville Chapter

The Knoxville Chapter sponsored "Hats, Hemlines and Hadassah," for high tea and Silk Purse fashions, on Sunday, April 15.

Henrietta Szold Hadassah of North Shore

Henrietta Szold Hadassah of North Shore sponsored a fashion show luncheon "The Magic of Hadassah" at the end of April at the Hyatt Deerfield.

Boston Chapter Chai Society

The Boston Chapter Chai Society Brunch was held on Sunday, April 29th at a member's home. Incoming Chapter President, Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum, was the guest speaker. Her topic, "Exploring Jewish Buenos Aires" highlighted her recent trip to Argentina. All Chai Society members were invited to the festive brunch. New members received a Chai Society pin designed by Israeli artist, Yossi Steinberg. The Chai Society is a giving opportunity designed for Boston Chapter members to annually support Hadassah.

Hadassah North Shore Chapter

Hadassah North Shore Chapter recently held its annual Book & Author Luncheon at the Highland Park Country Club. The guest author was Goldie Goldbloom, a Northwestern University professor who has written "The Paperbark Shoe." The event benefited stem cell research at Hadassah Hospital.

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Home Sweet Hadassah
May Events

Canton (Ohio) Chapter

The Canton (Ohio) Chapter celebrated Home Sweet Hadassah by sponsoring a Women's Seder. Many multi-generation families attended including Rossetta Wilkof and Susan Wilkof, Past President of Central States Region (pictured)

Henrietta Szold Group in Buffalo Grove

Henrietta Szold Group in Buffalo Grove celebrated Hadassah's 100 years with a special candle lighting ceremony to honor the initiative taken by Henrietta Szold. The members enjoyed playing games and were treated to a delicious birthday cake and grab bag.

Nashoba Valley Hadassah

Members and supporters of Nashoba Valley Hadassah celebrated Hadassah's 100th birthday at the Main Street Café in Groton. They enjoyed Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Klezmer music as well as savored the Café's special menu of Israeli and Jewish foods.

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Spring Centennial Celebrations

Philadelphia Electric Company celebrated Hadassah's 100th Anniversary by displaying the lights at the top of the building on April 28 and 29, 2012.

Greater Philadelphia

Happy Hundredth Hadassah, Greater Philadelphia's spring gala and fundraiser, was held on Sunday April 29 at the Marriott Hotel, with 300 people in attendance. Multi-generations of Philadelphia women and men came together to celebrate Hadassah's efforts on behalf of Israel. The event featured raffles, a silent auction and a special performance by The Israeli Scouts. At the brunch, 23 women from throughout the area received Hadassah's prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award. The award is given to members chosen by their groups who exemplify the Hadassah ideals of commitment, leadership and philanthropy. Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia stated, "We are thrilled to take the opportunity presented by our Centennial to share with the Philadelphia community that Hadassah is an organization with active and committed members. Our organization is a powerhouse creating significant advances in healthcare, education, caring for at-risk youth and sharing our Jewish heritage. We are proud of what we accomplish and hope the region will take note of our incredible network of devoted and philanthropic women."

Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah

The Arlington-Lexington Chapter of Hadassah held its Spring Affair on April 28, 2012, supporting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Mother and Child Center of Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. The Kickbacks supplied the music of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s while participants were able to sample and learn about craft beers. A silent auction was also part of the festivities.

Central States Region

Pictured (l to r): Renee Sandler, President of Central States Region Teri Junker, Amy Perlman, Bobbie Signer, Jan Shulman

Donor Chair: Ghita Sarembock as Henrietta Szold

Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah held its Centennial Donor Dinner at the end of at Temple Emanuel in Andover to celebrate Hadassah's centennial year. Dr. Ronen Beeri, a cardiologist at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Ein-Kerem, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Beeri is a visiting scientist at Harvard Medical School. Boutiques, dinner and dessert preceded Dr. Beeri's presentation.

New Orleans Hadassah

New Orleans Hadassah's "Shining Star" brunch and style show was held at the end of April at the home of one of its members in Metairie. Marcie Natan, Hadassah's National President, was the guest speaker at this event celebrating Hadassah's first 100 years. Hadassah members modeled new spring fashions from Dillard's Department Store and the University of New Orleans Allstars Jazz Band provided the music.

St. Petersburg Chapter

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster presented a proclamation on the steps of City Hall to St. Petersburg Chapter President Susan Kagan with other members present. The proclamation recognized Hadassah's achievements in health care, cutting-edge medical research, education and youth programs. It also proclaimed March 25, 2012 as Hadassah Day in St. Petersburg when the chapter was holding its Centennial Gala Event.

President of the Cincinnati Chapter, Susan Kagan, Laurie Reiskind, Livia Wein and Aaron, Rhoda Ross, Lea Davis, Harriet Johnston, Marilyn LeVine, and Adele Morris. National Board Member Patricia Levinson is holding the Hadassah sign.

Cincinnati Chapter

The Cincinnati Chapter celebrated Hadassah's Centennial and the Chapter's 90th anniversary at its annual donor event on March 22, which coincided with Home Sweet Hadassah. As part of the celebration the Chapter honored its 90-year-old members.

Charleston (West Virginia) Chapter

Members of the Charleston (West Virginia) Chapter celebrated Hadassah's Centennial at Governor Tomblin's mansion, where a Proclamation was issued.

Wilmington (Delaware) Chapter

The Wilmington (Delaware) Chapter held a big birthday party on March 25 to honor Hadassah's Centennial, and the entire community was invited. Special guest speakers included Ann Eisenberg, President of the Southern Seaboard Region of Hadassah, and the Region's Vice President Sara Jacobs, as well as National Board Member, Dr. Sandra Alfonsi.

Southern New Jersey Region

A century after the founding of Hadassah, the Southern New Jersey Region proved the organization's message has transcended the decades. At the Region's annual Myrtle Wreath Luncheon on March 25, more than 300 women gathered to celebrate the successes of all those years, particularly the last one, which saw a 24 percent increase in membership. Calling the membership figures "something to be proud of," Region President Sue Beller said, "We have surpassed our fund-raising goals and have brought in capable leaders to take us into the next century." The region raised $1.1 million — almost $3 million if bequests are included — for Hadassah projects and the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. As part of the celebration each chapter had its "centennial stars" recognized. A facsimile of the Scroll of Esther created to celebrate Hadassah's 90th anniversary in 2002 was passed among families with members spanning generations.

Hadassah New England

Hadassah New England celebrated its Centennial at Fenway Park recently with over 300 people participating. Joining in the celebration were Hadassah's National Past President Nancy Falchuk, AJC Boston Director, Robert Leikind and ADL New England Director, Derrek Shulman. "It is exciting to open our Centennial ceremonies in New England, celebrating two historic birthdays of two iconic institutions that have stood the test of time," said Kathy Hershfield, Chair of Hadassah New England. "Fenway Park is considered to be one of the best-known sports venues in the world, and we are proud to celebrate one hundred years of promoting health, education, advocacy and empowering women at this prestigious New England icon".

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Hadassah Chapters Celebrate a Women’s Seder

DuPage-Will Hadassah

DuPage-Will Hadassah offered its members and women in the community the opportunity to attend a women's Seder at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville. About 50 women representing three generations attended the girls-only event.

Elaine Beyer of Naperville, a founding member of the local chapter, said that holding a women's Seder is consistent with the organization's mission to promote Jewish values. Women from Hadassah led the service, which followed a special feminine version of the Hagaddah. In addition to the traditional prayers, the Seder also recognized the female heroines in the story of Passover.

Hadassah members prepared the meal, which included traditional as well as nontraditional food. After the service, Diane Toby of Naperville led the women in Israeli dance.

Hadassah Chapter in Indian Land

The Hadassah Chapter in Indian Land celebrated a women's Seder where one hundred women gathered, danced with tambourines, shared a meal and celebrated a Jewish tradition they acknowledged has long been focused on men. The number in attendance was symbolic of the 100th anniversary of Hadassah.

The women's Seder celebrated the story of Miriam, the prophetess, and recognized trailblazing Jewish women throughout history. Many women reflected that the readings and songs expressed that women have a voice and have been instrumental in Jewish history.

One of the members was especially touched by a segment of the Seder when women were asked to introduce each other with their Hebrew names and their mothers' names.

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Hadassah Leadership Development: “Mini-Boot Camp Training”
Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

Batya Warshawsky (l), President of Sabra Group and Mindy Oppenheimer, Leadership Development Chair, with Traveling Henrietta and some training materials.

Mindy Oppenheimer, Leadership Development Chair of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, recently facilitated a leadership skills training "Mini-Boot Camp" at Old York Road Temple Beth Am to address what leaders can do to build and reinforce their volunteer core. She emphasized that every leader can use a new trick or two when it comes to keeping her group and events running smoothly. This training was open to all emerging and returning leaders, and had participants from the Newtown and Rebecca Gratz Groups. Chapter President Roz Holberg delivered a brief "State of the Projects" address, which included an update from the Mid-Winter National Board meetings on what's happening now, both here and overseas. Batya Warshowsky, President of Sabra Hadassah, focused on conflict management and resolution, with an emphasis on skill development in active listening and interpersonal problem solving. Prior to the event, workshop participants were asked to complete a brief survey on their leadership experience and areas of interests. Informational handout materials were available after the event.

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Home Sweet Hadassah

On March 22 Hadassah celebrated its 100th birthday coast to coast in small gatherings throughout the country.

Mary Linda Schwarzbart and Barbara Leeds share their experiencesas Past Presidents.

Knoxvill and Oak Ridge Chapters

The Knoxville and Oak Ridge Chapters met at the home of Marcia and Moshe Shloush. They celebrated with food and stories of Hadassah from past presidents, associates, and members. Moshe Shloush shared that as an IDF soldier he patrolled Beit Hadassah to keep it safe. Jeff Gubitz shared his first memories of Hadassah as a young child traveling with his mother collecting for JNF. Mary Evars Goan reminisced about her term as president when Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bonnie Boring spoke of her passion for Hadassah and the work we do. Cindy Pasi shared the excitement of going to Israel this October as we gift the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower to Israel. ;She encouraged others to join her for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Knoxville Chapter received Proclamations in honor of Hadassah's anniversary from the City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. These were read to the gathering by past presidents Mary Linda Schwarzbart and Barbara Leeds. The evening ended with all sharing a toast to Hadassah for the past and looking forward to our next 100 years.

Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

Shalom Tamid Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia met to reminisce about the activities and events that they have participated in over the past 34 years. They chartered in 1978, just after Sadat visited Jerusalem and so it was significant that they named their group Shalom Tamid, meaning Peace Everlasting. The members brought pictures and keepsakes (like the invitation to its Bat Mitzvah celebration) to share with each other. They agreed that Hadassah has been such a strong influence in their lives and those of their children and grandchildren. Fourteen members of this small group will be attending National Convention in Jerusalem and look forward to seeing the projects for which they have raised funds, as well as to share in the dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

See all of the Home Sweet Hadassah Events from around the country >>

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Influentials at Home
Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

Recently members of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia met with U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, (R-PA), who represents Bucks County and a part of Northeast Philadelphia, as part of the Influentials at Home program. This program encourages constituents to meet with their State and National representatives in order to inform them about the work of Hadassah and discuss issues that are of concern to us both in Israel and the United States.

Congressman Fitzpatrick was respectful, genial and welcoming, as well as knowledgeable of Hadassah's goals. The women, who were his constituents, briefed him on some of Hadassah's specific concerns and accomplishments. He realized that we are educated on the issues and are involved, active voters. The conversation was warm and personal, resulting in Congressman Fitzpatrick's offer to attend any of our meetings to keep us abreast of what is happening in Washington and the world.

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Local Units Celebrate the Centennial
Hadassah New Orleans

Boulder Chapter

Boulder's Past Presidents participate in Centennial Celebration

Boulder members celebrated Hadassah's 100th Birthday with champagne, chocolate, cake and Chagall. Surrounded by the beautiful art on the walls of the Boulder JCC, Hadassah members of all ages gathered to toast this milestone. Ten Presidents of Boulder Hadassah – a minyan! – were on hand as well as Liz Fox, National Board Member from Boulder.

Though most of the guests did not need reminding, current President Sharlene Kark remarked on the lifesaving work Hadassah does and how it had touched her own family. She also mentioned that Hadassah just opened the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem, which will be dedicated in October at Hadassah's National Convention.

Many know about and have seen the Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. The birthday celebration included a documentary about artist Marc Chagall as well as the story of how he connected with Hadassah.

Chicago and North Shore Chapters of Hadassah

Fourteen women from Chicago and North Shore Chapters of Hadassah traveled to Springfield on Tuesday, Feb. 21, where they received an ovation and a proclamation from the Illinois State Legislature on Hadassah's 100th anniversary. State Representative Karen May of Highland Park presented the proclamation to Hadassah Chicago Chapter President, Ruth Ann Freedman.

Houston Chapter

Hadassah National Board members, Debra Levine and Sonia Raizes were featured speakers at Houston Chapter's Chai Tea on March 18. This year the Chai Tea celebrated Hadassah's Centennial and the dedication of the state-of-the-art Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

Houston Chapter donor Vice-Presidents Sandra Smith and Judith Krull chaired the event, which was hosted by Sheila Train. Chai Society members pledge annual donations of $360 for the Donor Campaign.

Members of Monroe's Hadassah Chapters and Mayor Richard Pucci gather around the Hadassah Way sign

Monroe Hadassah Chapter

Members of Monroe's Hadassah Chapters and Mayor Richard Pucci gather around the Hadassah Way sign, which will guide people into the Monroe Township Public Library in commemoration of the organization's centennial.

Greater Pittsburgh Chapter

Members of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter have been taking the Centennial celebration to senior living and care facilities where other members reside. They bring residents up-to-date on Hadassah's latest activities, share memories of the organization, show a Hadassah DVD, and celebrate with a birthday cake.

President Zandra Goldberg is proud that seven women from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter will attend Hadassah's National Convention in Jerusalem in October to see the fruits of a lifetime's commitment. She knows that she will have tears in her eyes to see "what our little role has contributed to something so big and important."

Tucson Chapter

The Tucson Chapter celebrated the Centennial with a lecture by its Past President, Anne Lowe. Tucson Chapter scrapbooks dating back to the 1940s were on display. Participants in the day's program were given the opportunity to create a video about what Hadassah means to them.

San Diego Chapter

In a deeply meaningful service on the actual 100th anniversary of Hadassah, Friday, February 24, 2012, the San Diego Area celebrated a Centennial Hadassah Shabbat at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. The service was relocated from MCAS Miramar 48 hours prior to the service, with approximately 160 people attending. Highlights of Hadassah's achievements through each decade were shared with the Congregation.

The service was a proud testimony to the realization of Henrietta Szold's vision, an American woman who founded Hadassah in 1912 to build an infrastructure for medical care in Palestine. The San Diego Area Group Presidents were honored at the service, and confirmed their steadfast commitment in carrying the Hadassah flame forward into the next 100 years.

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Annual art auction offers something for everyone!
Macon Chapter of Hadassah

The arts community in Middle Georgia continues to thrive. For the 30th year, the Macon Chapter of Hadassah hosted its Art Auction at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Deborah Adler, fundraising chairwoman for the Macon Hadassah Chapter, remarked that the participants all seemed to have a great time at the event because everyone was able to find something in her price range. There were some original works, but most were reproductions, ranging in price from $25 to thousands of dollars.

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