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December 2012 Coast-to-Coast

December 2012 Coast-to-Coast

Educational Programs

Brooklyn Region

Brooklyn Region partnered with the Institute for Living Judaism to present its Fall Education Day on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Special guest speaker, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's topic was "Toward a Progressive Zionism." Rabbi Hirsch is Rabbi of the Stephen Wise Synagogue in NYC and Past President of Arza, the Reform Israel Fund.

Chaverot Hadassah North Shore held a coffee meeting at a member's home in Mundelein on November 12, 2012. The guest speaker was Holocaust survivor, Rodi Glass, who spoke about "Tell It How It Was."

Author/Attorney/Boxer Kenneth N. Green discussed his book,I'm From Division Street, on October 14, 2012 at a dinner at the Dover Straits Restaurant in Mundelein, IL. The program was presented for the community by Chaverot Hadassah.

Hadassah North Shore

Recently, Hadassah North Shore and JCARES, a program of Jewish Child & Family Service, partnered to present an educational meeting, "Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation." Guest speaker, Audrey Cantor, LCSW, from JCFS, explored the range and breadth of various types of domestic elder abuse, potential indicators and possible causes, types of abusers, and prevention and intervention strategies. Actual scenarios were discussed and participants had the opportunity to ask questions.

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah resumed its Coffee Talk program, a monthly, casual get-together, usually held in a Hadassah member's home, to discuss topics of Jewish interest. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month, alternating between evening and morning times.

On Monday, October 15, 2012 guest speaker Bobbi Handwerger discussed "Voices of Our Past: The Bintel Brief," which was an advice column similar to "Dear Abby," created by Abraham Cahan in 1906 in the Jewish Daily Forward (Der Forvertz), a Yiddish daily newspaper in New York City. In Yiddish, Bintel means "bundle" and brief means "letters." Handwerger, who served as co-president of Cincinnati Chapter from 2010 to 2012, read letters and responses that were published in the early 20th century and lead a discussion of possible solutions to the problems posed. Are our present-day concerns and issues that different from those of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers?

Hadassah Doctor Visits Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Cincinnati Chapter

Bonnie Juran-Ullner, Cincinnati Chapter President, Dr. OdedVolovelsky, and Carol Ann Schwartz, National Board Member

Recently OdedVolovelsky, from the Pediatric Department of Hadassah Hospital, Bloomberg Mother and Child Center was in Cincinnati visiting with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and interviewing for a fellowship in nephrology.

Oded has studied the parathyroid gland and his research specializes in pediatric kidney failure and the effects on a child's bones. His research has found a number of pediatric health issues, including a higher percentage of broken bones and a lower quality of life. Cincinnati Children's Hospital contacted him showing interest in his research and invited him to come to Cincinnati.

While in Cincinnati, Oded met with Cincinnati Chapter President, Bonnie Juran-Ullner and National Board member, Carol Ann Schwartz. They had the opportunity to ask him about his research and what he hopes to gain from this potential fellowship. Oded responded, "They want me here for my research and I am interested in the Clinical opportunities that Cincinnati Children's can offer to me and in turn I can take back to Hadassah Hospital."

The nephrology fellowship is a three-year fellowship. The ultimate outcome would be to establish a Pediatric Nephrology Department at Hadassah Hospital in the Bloomberg Mother and Child Center.

Technology Adds to Brunch Event

Millburn Short Hills Tziona Chapter

Not only did the Millburn Short Hills Tziona Chapter recently enjoy eating and schmoozing with each other at its annual Membership Brunch, but also learned a great deal about Hadassah. Co-Chairs Eve Sorkin and Elyse Drucker presented a "Jewpardy" game about their Chapter and Hadassah with a power point program. It was fun and interactive so that the thirty women in attendance were able to participate. They left the event energized, excited and anxious to continue to attend other Chapter events.

Fund Raisers


The Boulder Jewish Community Center hosted the Hadassah Home Business Boutique on November 4 which provided a great opportunity for vendors to showcase their products or services. These included personalized gifts and totes, unique handmade scarves, fused glass jewelry and mezzuzahs, specialty chocolates, kitchen accoutrements and children's educational products and toys, as well as many other lovely gift ideas. An old-fashioned bake sale added to the festivities! Many people used this time to do holiday shopping. Hadassah members and the community were able to network with each other while helping to benefit Hadassah Hospital, which received a portion of the profits.

Polk County Chapter of Hadassah

Polk County Chapter of Hadassah held a unique yard sale called Junk In the Trunk on November 1, 2012 in the parking lot of Temple Emanuel in Lakeland. Participants sold "gently used items" from the trunks of their vehicles. Collectibles, dishes, kitchen items, toys, clothes, tools, books, artwork and more were available. Refreshments were served to all who participated. Proceeds benefitted Hadassah's many worthwhile projects.

Hadassah North Shore

Hadassah North Shore's Morton Grove Chapter held Thanksgiving luncheon meeting on November 21. Singer of multi-language songs, Bibi Marcel and Gail Mangurten on the keyboard entertained the group. The proceeds from this musical afternoon benefitted macular degeneration eye research at Hadassah Hospital.

Memphis Chapter of Hadassah

(l to r) Becky Weir, Kathleen Miller, Kayla Salomon, Peggy Rose, Mary Savage (left), Gerri Shayer, Maureen O'Connor and Annie Taylor are participants from Germantown's Dogwood Homeowners Association.

Artistic Twist with Fundraiser Helps Cancer Research

Germantown, Tennessee's Painting with a Twist owner, Tovah Mitchell hosted Painting with a Purpose to benefit Hadassah breast cancer research on October 10, 2012. Sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of Hadassah, women and men from the community came to paint with a local artist. Appetizers and beverages were supplied by private donors, as well as the owner of a local boutique shop On a Whim, Layne Vogel. Vogel also donated a vintage Chanel ring for the silent auction.

Event chair Maya Wank said that "the partnership of Hadassah with Painting with a Twist, On a Whim and other community shops, creates a unique opportunity for support of cancer research and an evening of fun with friends and associates. This year we were pleased to welcome a group from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, who chose this as a team evening outing." Marion Bessoff, Memphis Chapter co-president, felt that the event was so terrific and a fabulous financial success, due to the many members of the community who supported Hadassah by attending.

Germantown's Painting with a Twist hosted a benefit for breast cancer research sponsored by Hadassah on Oct. 10. Becky Weir, Kathleen Miller, Kayla Salomon, Peggy Rose, Mary Savage (left), Gerri Shayer, Maureen O'Connor and Annie Taylor are participants from Germantown's Dogwood Homeowners Association.

Local Hadassah Members Take Part in Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk

AhavaMachar Chapter of Hadassah

Fifteen members of the AhavaMachar Chapter of Hadassah were treated to breakfast sponsored by Town Bagel of Bellmore prior to taking part in the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach in Wantagh. Machar Hadassah serves women from their 30's to their 90's in the communities of Wantagh, Seaford and Bellmore.

Exercising for a Cause

Mitzvah Chapter of the Greater Miami Region

Fit for Pink, a breast cancer awareness event was hosted by the Mitzvah Chapter of the Greater Miami Region and Olympia Gym in Aventura. Over 500 people gathered to do exercises such as Spinning, Body Forging, Yoga and Zumba.All the proceeds of this third annual event were donated to Hadassah Medical Center for breast cancer research, education and treatment.

Jill Perez, a Mitzvah Chapter past president said that it was wonderful to see a room full of women in pink giving their time and energy and all working for the same goal — breast cancer awareness.

Celebrity Chefs Evening Benefits Hadassah

From left: Isaac and Heidi Kohane with Brenda and Larry Rubin.

Hadassah New England Region

Culinary stars gathered at the Mandarin Oriental recently for a "Celebrity Chef Evening" to benefit Hadassah. Sponsored by Hadassah New England, attendees celebrated the organization's centennial anniversary, while enjoying tastings and fine wine, and participating in a silent auction. Featured treats were cooked up by Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Mary Dumont of Harvest, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks, and Rachel Klein and OraliaPerez, who are responsible for the food and sweets at the Mandarin. Guests included ShaiBazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, who spoke during the night. Revelers included Isaac Kohane, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard, and his wife, Heidi Kohane, as well as Brenda and Larry Rubin, of Bernie &Phyl's.

Game Day a Huge Success

Henrietta Szold Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

The annual game day sponsored by Henrietta Szold Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia was once again a huge success. Over 200 people played Duplicate Bridge, MahJongg, Canasta and Scrabble following a delicious luncheon prepared by members of the group. Vendors sold various gift items including jewelry, scarves, and children's toys and books. Over fifty local businesses contributed goods and services to the silent auction and boutiques.Co-Chairs Sandy Kayson and Adele Superfine were thrilled that the day was a financial success and that everyone had a wonderful time.


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