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November 2012 Coast-to-Coast




November 2012 Coast-to-Coast

Hadassah Film Festival Presented in Harrison NY

Westchester Region

Hadassah Chapters in Westchester Region have partnered with local libraries to present the Hadassah Film Festival, focusing on Jewish women who have made a difference. Four films were featured at the Harrison Public Library, including Ahead of Time about the life of Ruth Gruber and Yoohoo Mrs. Goldberg telling the eye opening story of Gertrude Berg. The free screenings began at 7 p.m. and concluded with a discussion. Phyllis Hartstein, President of Westchester Region, was thrilled that Hadassah was able to co-sponsor with the libraries in order to bring information, education and entertainment to people in the community.

Fall Kick-Off Event

The Boulder Chapter of Hadassah

The Boulder Chapter of Hadassah held its fall kick-off with an event that featured a presentation by Barbara Daubenspeck who dramatized "A Woman Named Frances Jacobs, Mother of Colorado Charities." This is an interesting and touching story about the woman who, in 1872, organized and became president of the Hebrew Ladies' Relief Society. Her charitable works eventually resulted in the founding of the National Jewish Hospital and the United Way in Denver. She is represented on one of sixteen stained glass windows in the dome of Colorado's state capitol.

Annual Membership Dinner

East Brunswick Hadassah

East Brunswick Hadassah held its annual Membership Dinner, for paid-up annual and life members and associates on October 3 in the East Brunswick Jewish Center Ballroom. Author Nava Atlas was the guest speaker and offered a presentation entitled "Healthy in a Hurry." All proceeds benefited the work of Hadassah.

High Tea Enjoyed by All

Mission Hills Hadassah in the North Shore Chapter

Mission Hills Hadassah in the North Shore Chapter hosted High Tea, which included assorted finger sandwiches and delicious desserts, on October 11 to benefit Hadassah Hospital's Pediatric Department. A special musical program "The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein" was presented by Patrick Casali, acclaimed music educator.

Author's Luncheon

The DuPage-Will Chapter of Hadassah

The DuPage-Will Chapter of Hadassah hosted its first Author's Luncheon on Sunday, September 23, at La Sorella di Francesca Restaurant in Naperville, Illinois. Historical novelist, Melanie Benjamin, was the guest speaker. Proceeds from the event went to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem.

Centennial Gala Honors Hadassah Supporters

Hadassah of Greater Pittsburgh

Hadassah of Greater Pittsburgh held its centennial gala on Saturday, September 29, at the Green Oaks Country Club. The Pittsburgh Big Chapter was thrilled to have National Hadassah President Marcie Natan at the gala, who presented longtime Hadassah supporters Janice and Louis Greenwald of Braddock with the Myrtle Wreath Award.

Founded in 1917, the Pittsburgh Chapter is very involved with women's and family health issues. They have sponsored breast exam education programs for high school girls, prepare monthly dinners for those staying at Family House and run educational programs about teen dating violence.

Hadassah Ladies Celebrate in spite of Power Outage

The Woodmere Lailah Chapter of Hadassah

The Woodmere Lailah Chapter of Hadassah celebrated their 100th year of partnership with the land and people of Israel during a Birthday Luncheon on September 12th at Temple Hillel in North Woodmere. Before the ladies were all able to sit down at their tables, the power abruptly went out. Talking amongst themselves in the dark banquet room and unable to be served any food, the Hadassah ladies still came together to celebrate their commitment and passion for one another and all that they have achieved.

Co-Presidents Julia Edelman and Blossom Mendelsohn approached the front of the room, which was dimly lit with candles, to begin their speech to the ladies: "This is one thing that you'll always remember," said Edelman jokingly.
"I should shine. I'm a star," said Rivoli Starr, a Woodmere Lailah Chapter life member, in reference to the darkened room. She also explained how the new Hadassah Hospital in Israel "is the best hospital in the world" and is a huge part of the birthday celebration.

After waiting two hours for the power to be regenerated, it was decided that the Hadassah Birthday Luncheon would be postponed for another day.

Group Honors Four 100-year-old Members

Main Line/Delaware County Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia


(l to r) Reba Swinger, Mollie Brodsky, Yetta Weinberg and Anne Sherman

Four members of the Main Line/Delaware County Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia were each queen for the day as they marked their 100th birthday at a recent celebration honoring their contributions to Hadassah. Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, attended the simcha and brought greetings and well wishes from the Chapter Board.

Mollie Brodsky of Wynnewood has been active in the Jewish community throughout the years. She is a life member of Hadassah and a past president of a B'nai Brith chapter.

For years, Anne Sherman of Wynnewood sold Hadassah greeting cards, raising thousands of dollars for the Delaware County group. She also served as Sisterhood president at Beth El Beth Hillel in Wynnewood. At 100 years old, she is still an avid bridge player.

Reba Swinger of Philadelphia has been a member of Hadassah for more than 63 years. As a member of the Wynnefield Group, she served as chair of hospitality, membership, donor giving, treasurer and president. She regularly attends Sabbath services at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, where she is a member of the Shul Stitchers. An avid reader who keeps up with current events, Reba still cooks and bakes. She has two daughters who are life members of Hadassah.

Yetta Weinberg joined Hadassah more than 80 years ago. The Wynnewood resident was president of the West Philadelphia Group for more than five years, followed by board and committee positions with Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia. She later became active in the Main Line Group and was honored for her membership efforts. She is an active member of Adath Israel Synagogue in Merion Station. For her 100th birthday, she requested contributions to Hadassah in lieu of gifts. She has two nieces who also are active in Hadassah, one of whom is a life member.

Mitzvah of Love Luncheon

Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah

The Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah in Middlesex County, NJ continued its "Year of the Woman" theme by celebrating "I Am Woman" at a special, sparkling Mitzvah of Love Luncheon. Barbara Littman and Sarri Singer, two accomplished and successful women, enlightened the audience on their experiences in the benevolent, business, and philanthropic worlds. The Chapter also honored four of its matriarchs – Shirley Greene, Sarah Grow, Sylvia Kirshner, and Tillie Pass – who continue to dedicate themselves to Hadassah.

Westchester Held Centennial Celebration

Westchester Region


(l to r) Pam Hoffman, Karen Everett, Rita Wexler and Carol R. Blucher prepared the invitations.

Westchester Region celebrated Hadassah's 100th anniversary with a Centennial Celebration Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains on Sunday, September 30. The event honored current and past Westchester leaders.
Gloria Feldt, the past National President of Planned Parenthood, spoke on the "War Against Women—Leading Forward."

Family Fun Day

L'Dor V'Dor (Young Women's) Group of the Raritan Valley Chapter

Celebrating autumn, the L'Dor V'Dor (Young Women's) Group of the Raritan Valley Chapter sponsored a family fun day on Sunday, October 14. The families enjoyed a picnic lunch at Rosedale Park in Hopewell, NJ and then went to the Family Fun Festival at Terhune Orchards in Princeton where the children were able to participate in apple and pumpkin picking, ride wagons, find their way through a corn maze, visit the animal barnyard and dance to live music. Everyone, including the adults, had a great day!

Hadassah Presents Educational Program

St. Louis Chapter of Hadassah

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the St. Louis Chapter of Hadassah welcomed Dr. Michael Chicoine, a noted neurological surgeon with a particular clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. Dr. Chicoine is associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, a member of the National Football League Physicians Society and consulting neurosurgeon to the St. Louis Rams.

This presentation was hosted by Hadassah in conjunction with its annual Suzy Esstman's Walk on Sunshine, a fundraiser which raises awareness and funds for brain tumor research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Dr. Chicoine spoke about the latest treatments for brain tumor patients and Hadassah Co-President Beth Mayer discussed the areas of intersection between the work Dr. Chicoine is doing and the work being done in the area of Neuro-oncology at Hadassah. A question and answer session followed Dr. Chicoine's presentation.

Also, that evening the Hadassah 2012 Leadership Award was presented to Fanchon Auman for her accomplishments as a volunteer and co-chair for Walk On Sunshine, as well as for her personal and professional leadership in the St. Louis Jewish community.

The program concluded with a brief look at the new book Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments, in which Hadassah members have recounted stories of amazing life experiences. Three St. Louis members of Hadassah have been included in this wonderful anthology, including Marion Lipsitz, Cissy Lacks and Fanchon Auman.

Another Successful Walk-a-Thon

Boston Chapter of Hadassah

More than $14,000 was raised for Hadassah through the second annual walk-a-thon of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah.

On September 23, under the most beautiful fall sky, more than 150 men, women and children walked around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir to benefit the work of pediatric oncology at Hadassah Hospital. Kicking off the Walk-a-thon was Ronit Nudelman Pearl, the deputy Consulate of the Israeli Consulate to New England; Ellen Zarrow Nissenbaum of Newton, president of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah; and Leslie Zide of Westborough, president of Southern New England Region.

The Maimonides walking team won honors for being the largest team, and the Shuman Team raised the most money. Other winners who raised over $250 were Shira Lewin, Ana Volpi, and Muriel Miller, of Henrietta Szold, and Susan Shikora of Southern New England region, who raised more than $500!

Many sponsors added to the excitement of the day. Congratulations to Leslie Gonzalez and her committee for another successful Hadassah Walk-a-thon.



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