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Young Judaea Update on Skype
Boston Chapter Skypes with Young Judaea

At its April Board meeting, the Boston Chapter had a Young Judaea update on Skype with David Goldstein, Director of YJ Israel programs. Robin Shuman, YJ Online Resource Library Chair, and Tammy Schneider, Boston Chapter Administrative Vice-President and past Young Judaean, led the session beginning with a YJ ice breaker.

That was followed by a history of YJ, its connection to Hadassah, latest programs and introduction to finding videos on the Hadassah web site. David answered questions on how to make connections to Young Judaeans who attend school in the Boston area, offering some solid ideas that we can tackle in the fall. The session ended with the board voting to buy one or more ads in the Book of Continuity and to encourage our members to participate with donations as well.

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Boston Chapter Holds Keepers of the Gate Event
Brenda Freishtat, Shira Lewin, Chana Meyer, Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum, President of the Boston Chapter and Anne Lowenthal.
Bernie Pucker and Past National President Nancy Falchuck.

Last week, the Boston Chapter held a Keepers of the Gate event, held in the Pucker Gallery. It's owner, Bernie Pucker, told the group about the beginnings of the gallery which included its connection to the Safrai Gallery in Israel. Pucker and his wife Sue began to sell Israeli items on Newbury Street in Boston when Newbury Street was void of other commercial establishments and when no one in the neighborhood was in the market for items from Israel. Since then, the Pucker Gallery has become a landmark in the area and a buyer's destination for both Jewish and secular art.

Nancy Falchuk then spoke making connections between Pucker, his love of Israel and Hadassah. She also reminded everyone of their place in Hadassah and how what they do here makes a difference everywhere.

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Founder of Ms. Magazine, Speaks at Westchester Region Event

Deborah Wiskind, Carol Poser, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Sheila Spicehandler and Karen Everett.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Co-Founder of Ms. Magazine.

The Westchester Region of Hadassah and The Westchester Jewish Center Sisterhood presented on April 28th an evening with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author, journalist, activist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine at the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, NY.

Over 60 women were in attendance for dinner followed by guest speaker Ms. Pogrebin, who spoke about how to deal with a universal experience, a friend's illness. Ms. Pogrebin's talk was wise witty and informative.

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Westchester Region Celebrates Israel at 65
Hadassah Members Leslie Liss, Deborah Wiskind and Pam Hoffman
Diane Kaplan and Leslie Liss.

The Westchester Region of Hadassah, a proud sponsor of this event, and the Westchester Jewish Community celebrated "Israel at 65" on Sunday, April 28th (Lag B'Omer) from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck NY. Marching in the parade of sponsors, and carrying the Hadassah banner, was Diane Kaplan of Pound Ridge,NY and Leslie Liss of Ardsley,NY.

Over 800 people attended. Hadassah president, Deborah Wiskind of Ardsley, NY along with members and associates of the Westchester Region manned a table filled with life saving health information as Hadassah continues its mission to empower women by providing them with the knowledge necessary to make appropriate and informed medical decisions for themselves and their families.

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Hadassah New England's Health Festival Offers Health Tips
Annette Rubin of Brigham & Women's Hospital, Nancy Falchuk, Carol Steiner, Wendy Libowitz, Ellen Gold at the Sister to Sister booth.

On Sunday, April 21, 2013 Hadassah New England held its first-ever HealthFest. Northern, Southern, and Western New England Regions and the Boston Chapter were all on hand for education, interactive programming, physical activity, eating, and general fun. Held at a conference center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the main ballroom held almost 40 booths, including those for Hadassah Health & Wellness programs, exhibitors, sponsors, and partner organizations. Attendees moved from booth to booth, sampling healthy and delicious food and drink. They learned how to perform breast and testicular self-examination and about preventing osteoporosis. They entered health data into the Sister to Sister Foundation's Smart for the Heart program. And, they spoke with a fitness center, a plastic surgeon, and many more health-related vendors.

The platinum sponsor for the full-day event was Pfizer, which has developed the only plant-based drug for the treatment of Gaucher disease. Dr. Jodi Hoffman, Director of the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Disease at Tufts University, spoke about the research in the field. Among the twenty identified genetic diseases among Ashkenazic Jews, Gaucher is the most prevalent.

"Hadassah's New England Healthfest provided a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of genetic diseases, such as Gaucher disease, that have a greater prevalence in the Jewish community," said Miyeon Kim, Pfizer, Vice President, Established Products North America. "Pfizer is proud to partner with Hadassah to help educate the Jewish community about these rare, genetic and life-threatening diseases."

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No Laughing Matter! The Power of Jewish Humor
Guest speakers at Philadelphia's Education Day (L to R) Dr. Joel Schwartz; Dr. Emilie Passow; Yisrael Campbell; Roz Holberg, President; Chairs, Shelli Keeny, Batya Warshowsky and Mindy Oppenheimer
(L to R) Barbara Goldstein (wearing the red nose); Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia; (seated L to R) Chairs Shelli Keeny, Batya Warshowsky and Mindy Oppenheimer
Philadelphia members participate in Education Day

The Power of Jewish Humor was the topic for Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia's annual Education Day held on Wednesday, April 17 at Meadowlands Country Club. Over 350 people attended to hear guest speakers, Yisrael Campbell, internationally acclaimed comedian; Emilie Passow, Ph.D, academician and lecturer; and Dr. Joel Schwartz, the Stress Less Shrink, speaker and author; discuss how humor can heal the soul.

Much laughter and positive feelings were expressed throughout the day especially when attendees were asked to wear big red noses to demonstrate how this could make them feel better. The afternoon speaker, Barbara Goldstein (BG), Deputy Director of the Hadassah Office in Israel, presented an inspirational speech about the power of Hadassah and Israel. The day was a huge success with the everyone feeling good about themselves and vowing to continue to laugh every day.

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Major Gifts Event a Huge Success

Major donors from the Florida Atlantic Region.

On Sunday, February 24, when the world was watching the Academy Awards on television, more than 150 major donors from the Florida Atlantic and Florida Broward Regions of Hadassah were at B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton listening to Dr. Noam Shussman, a young doctor from Hadassah Medical Organization and Mr. Stewart Greenberg, an attorney from Miami who is currently being treated for melanoma at Hadassah.

Dr. Shussman gave an overview of Hadassah Medical Complex, focusing on the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower and the modern techniques used in his Department of Colorectal Surgery.

Mr. Greenberg shared his journey.  His prognosis had little hope for treatment or survival until a friend - who is a Hadassah member - found out about a trial being conducted at Hadassah Hospital. He fit the profile for the trial and was able to travel to Israel and remain there for several months.

Stewart's compelling story moved everyone in the room. And the fundraising results of close to $300,000 in new pledges supporting HMO speak for themselves. 

Congratulations go to Co-chairs Sheryl Davidoff from the Florida Atlantic Region and Sheila Magerman from Florida Broward. Extra thanks to Florida Atlantic Region President Joan Baron and Florida Broward Region President Merna Shapiro, ADC Chair Adele Greenblatt and the committee.

For questions about donations of charitable gift annuities, please contact Lisa Moore, Development Director at 561-997-6988.

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Broken Sound Chapter Holds Many Events

Broken Sound Hadassah in Boca Raton, Florida has been very active with many varied and interesting events. At their March meeting, Lorant Botha, a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University, presented a lecture entitled "Building Pride Out of Shame- The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust." The members were fascinated learning about women, criminals, Gypsies and homosexuals during the Holocaust. On March 7, Joseph Longo, Executive Chef at Broken Sound presented a Passover cooking demonstration. Everyone thoroughly the luncheon and went home with new holiday recipes. Broken Sound's major fundraiser, a Casino night, was held on March 2. The fun event included cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and gambling. The proceeds benefitted Broken Sound Hadassah and the Boca friends for Cancer Research.

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Florida Broward Region Holds Comedy Night
L to R: Muriel Frank, Co-chair; Phyllis Goldman, Chair; Joel Chasnoff; Merna Shapiro, President of Florida Broward Region

On Tuesday evening, February 5, 2013, the Florida Broward Region of Hadassah hosted a fantastic FUNdraiser. The Comedy Night, which was held at Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac, featured comedian Joel Chasnoff, who had the entire audience laughing out loud.Everyone raved about this FUN night event, and with the support of sponsors, Hadassah was a financial winner.

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Houston Chapter Honors Women of Courage
Debbie Levine and Elizabeth Smart

The Houston Chapter of Hadassah held its largest annual fundraiser, the Women of Courage Luncheon, on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Bayou City Event Center, and set a fund-raising record for this particular event. A crowd of 550 people came to honor three remarkable women who have dealt with important issues in the community and have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. Honored at this event were: Founder of Women of Courage Debbie Levine, Hadassah National President Marcie Natan, and Child Advocate and Abduction Survivor Elizabeth Smart, who also served as the keynote speaker.

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Interesting Topic Attracts Members to Lunch Meeting

Members of Wilmette Hadassah attended a luncheon meeting to hear about the "History of Radio" on Wednesday, February 20 at Beth Hillel Congregation BnaiEmunah. Marvin Dickman presented the program about the Age of Radio, reminiscing about the time when people sat around the living room and listened to the comedians who made them laugh their troubles away. All proceeds from this fun afternoon benefitted the continuing research at Hadassah Hospital in AMD eye diseases.

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Kabbalah at Hadassah Lunch

Recently Hadassah Southern Arizona presented a program “Kaballah, What is it, Really and What does it Matter (Especially if You are Not a Hasid or Neo-Hasid)” at a special luncheon. David Graizbord, Ph.D., associate professor of Judaic studies at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies was the guest speaker.

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Membership Appreciation Day a Huge Success

The Ora Delray Chapter in Florida Atlantic Region held its annual "We Love Hadassah" Membership Appreciation Day on February 14 at the Lexington Club House. Over 250 people enjoyed the delicious catered meal served by the men Associates. At this event, the chapter's Hadassah Heroines (members who pledge $100 for five years) were honored and presented a pin. Attending the luncheon were Sue Horowitz, mentor from the Region and Bobbi Kraft, National Board member and editor of hCoast to Coast. Entertainment was provided following a lavish dessert buffet.

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Nassau’s Myrtle Wreath Reception

(l to r) Cheryl Sperber, Lisa Levine, Tracey Drayer, Barbara Goldstein, Viviane Kovacs, Jane Eisner, Kathleen Rice.

The Nassau Region of Hadassah held its annual Myrtle Wreath Award Reception. One special woman was honored from each of the Region's units with the distinctive Myrtle Wreath Presidential Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to membership.

The Region also honored three trailblazers for their outstanding work in their particular field: Kathleen Rice, Nassau County District Attorney and the first women District Attorney on Long island; Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief- of the Jewish Forward and the first woman to hold that position at the influential Jewish national weekly newspaper; and Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Executive Director of Hadassah Office in Israel accepting the award on behalf of her Office which serves as a singular unified voice for HWZOA in Israel.

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Talk About Your Football Heroes!

The Ravens weren't the only winners of the Super Bowl -so were those members of the Newtown Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia. The new Sarah Wetzman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah EinKeremwas the recipient of funds raised at the annual Joan Weiss Memorial Super Bowl Brunch where delicious food and victory were the order of the day. Quarterbacking the event were committee members (front row, from left) Helene Grossman, Sheila Levinsky (co-president) and Laura Lebenkoff; (middle row, from left) Jodi Domsky and Barbara Kaner; and (back row, from left) Margie Kopins, Debbie Grant, chairperson; and Cheryl Wilpon.

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