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Spring Centennial Celebrations

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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