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 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.