|An Extraordinary Day of Learning|
About 100 women attended the April 28 annual
education symposium of the Southern New Jersey Region of Hadassah at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel in Monroe, NJ. Members of Hadassah learned how to manage their
time, how lobbyists win support for Israel, and how Israeli medical researchers
are saving lives there and around the world, during a day of talks and
Region President Sherryl Kaufman of East Brunswick
called the program a “Hadassah moment” for convening with members and
exchanging ideas. Keeping with the day’s theme, Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, attendees learned about
breakthrough medical technologies developed by Hadassah Hospital researchers,
including orally ingested insulin for diabetics and the use of stem cells in
the treatment of leukemia and to assist in bone marrow transplants.
“We were proud that techniques from Hadassah
Hospital were helpful in saving lives in Boston,” in the wake of the marathon
bombings, said executive Vice President Debbie Kestin Schildkraut of Edison.
“Israeli doctors rewrote the book on blast trauma. Our Hadassah doctors have
been treating these kinds of injuries and sharing this knowledge all over the
world. We are part of this amazing organization.”
Keynote speaker Melody Stevens of Manalapan offered
tips on time management. The author of Time Millionaire: 100 Ways to Gain an
Extra Hour a Day shared her secrets about living life with “fun, peace, and
joy.” In another session, Paula Joffe — a member of the national executive
committee for AIPAC — described how she lobbied key legislators on Israel
“through knowledge and training.” Retired Lt. Col. Matthew Weingast of East
Windsor, a 23-year veteran who saw three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan,
spoke of being Jewish in the military. Weingast solemnly told stories of
incredible heroism by soldiers, including Army Spc. Marc Seiden, also an East
Windsor native, who was killed in 2004 in Baghdad when his convoy was ambushed.
Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu of Teaneck, the director of Rabbis Without Borders for
CLAL-the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, taught members how
to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to get out Hadassah’s message.
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