On Tuesday September 13, 2011, 230 women attended a terrific program at the Delray Golf Club in Delray Beach, Florida that included fundraising, education, membership and advocacy, sponsored by the Florida Atlantic Region.
Matt Weinberg, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Online University, spoke about what is happening on college campuses concerning Israel. He showed a film, Crossing the Line, to educate the people who were present of the anti-Israel sentiments and the radical Muslim influence on college students today.
The group then heard from Dr. Robert Watson, a professor at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He spoke about his new book, Anticipating Madam President. The Region made Dr. Watson an Associate member.
Carol Weiss, President of Florida Atlantic Region, felt that the day was a huge success especially since they raised $3000 for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
The Wilmette Group of North Shore Hadassah held its annual fashion show and luncheon recently at the Highland Park Country Club. The fashions came from Chico's of Northbrook Court. Many beautiful prizes were raffled off to increase the fundraising efforts. The event was attended by 122 guests and generated $6,000, which was donated to the Hadassah Medical Organization to purchase a piece of medical equipment for Hadassah Hospital.
Caption for picture: Shirley Gershuny-Korelitz, Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot, David Gershuny and Hadassah National Board Member Carol Ann Schwartz attend the JNF National Conference.
Hadassah co-sponsored a Women's Breakfast during the Jewish National Fund (JNF) National Conference held September 18th and 19th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Many Hadassah members attended to hear Elissa Frankel, National Director, Women's Campaign for JNF and Terry Katz, Vice President, Women's Campaign, JNF. JNF National Spokesperson Hal Linden, Tree of Life Honoree Larry King and Hadassah National Board Member Carol Ann Schwartz were also in attendance.
Greater Miami Region of Hadassah and the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico recently presented a program on Israel to the local community at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Judy Shereck, a member of Hadassah's National Board and Chair of Israel, Zionist, and International Affairs (IZAIA), discussed Zionism, stressing the importance of Hadassah members to carry on the legacy of the organization's founder, Henrietta Szold. "She (Szold) died before the establishment of the State of Israel," Shereck remarked. "However, her legacy lives on in us — in Hadassah. We are the daughters of Henrietta Szold. We are the ones who carry the mantle of practical Zionism."
Chaim Shacham, Israel's Consul General to Florida and Puerto Rico, discussed Israel's history, wars, present and future. He spoke about Israel's challenge in facing delegitimization and informed the audience that the way to strengthen Israel's legitimacy is by speaking out. "We have new tools at our disposal," he added. "We have the Internet. We have media. We have the ability of every one of us to reach our own network and that network reaches more people. We have the ability to speak directly with our elected representatives."
Sharon Kabalo, Israeli Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southeast recently was a guest speaker at a meeting of the Hilton Head Chapter of Hadassah. She spoke about the question of Palestinian independence and the current situation in the United Nations. Kabalo stated, "We do not object to a Palestinian state. We just need to do it through negotiation." She empahsized that even though there are grave concerns about what will happen, she is optimistic that in the long term it will be better because "Israel is strong, not only by its security but also by its technology, its next generation, its innovation."
Hadassah members were most impressed by Kabalo's presentation.