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Brooklyn Region Does Heart Health Panel

On March 31, 2014 Hadassah Brooklyn Region presented Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ to the group. It was an intensive program held in cooperation with the East Midwood Jewish Center, the Maimonides Medical Center, and the Long Island University Nursing School.

The morning started with stretching and relaxation exercises, free blood pressure checks and BMI screenings by LIU Nursing School students.

Burton Krull, Executive Vice President of the National Committee of Hadassah Associates (NCHA) shared his story as a 12-year cancer survivor, and how his journey made him determined to do what he could to find a cure through Hadassah. RN Elaine Sarfati discussed how women present symptoms of heart disease differently than men, about the excellence of patient care and medical research provided at Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. She described our partnership with Irene Pollin's Sister to Sister organization. 

Dr. Inna Nelapovich, MD explained the science of hormones and how they affect heart health. Ruth Diener Platt shared her personal history of heart having attack, which inspired her to create the support group WomenHeart. Nina Dahan, gave a very detailed outline of how proper nutrition can be attained through knowledge and common sense. Chef Sarina Roffé shared a delicious Passover dish and recipes to make cultural recipes more heart healthy.

Read more about our Heart Health program here>>

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Hadassah Celebrates Collaborations Between Israel and Boston-area Medical Institutions

L to R: Dr. Kevin Tabb, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Janice Weinman, CEO and Executive Director of Hadassah, and Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem

Dr. Kevin Tabb, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem; and Dr. Janice Weinman, CEO and Executive Director of Hadassah, were the featured speakers at a dinner May 22 highlighting the many medical collaborations between the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem and Boston-area medical and dental institutions.

Dr. Tabb, who received his medical degree from the Hadassah Medical School and was trained at HMO, talked about his work on the HMO Board of Directors and their role in the operation of Hadassah’s two Jerusalem hospitals, one at Ein Kerem and the other on Mount Scopus.

Talking about neuro-degenerative diseases, Prof. Ben-Hur, a leading Alzheimer’s researcher, noted that “such diseases are still very much a mystery. No one knows how to prevent them or stop their development.” Other challenges facing brain science in the coming years include individualizing treatment based on gene markers and developing better imaging techniques. Prof. Ben-Hur is a member in the Stem Cell Consortium funded by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

Recalling HMO’s century-long contributions to heath care in Israel, Dr. Weinman announced the successful conclusion to negotiations between the government of Israel, Hadassah, and hospital staff that will put HMO on a sound financial footing. She also spoke about new initiatives being undertaken by Hadassah in the United States.

Proceeds from the dinner will support HMO, including the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in Jerusalem, a state-of-the-art medical facility in Jerusalem.

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New "Working Women" Chapter Founded in Florida

It was a "magical evening" at the Woodfield Hunt Clubhouse in Boca Raton for members of the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah.

Members of the new Hadassah Young Working Women’s Chapter in the Boca Raton area celebrate at the Woodfield Hunt Clubhouse.

Hadassah recently celebrated the launching of a new, "Young Working Women's Chapter" in the Boca Raton area with an all-out evening fete. The name of the new chapter is B'not Hadassah (Daughters of Hadassah).

"Hadassah continues to exemplify the goals of its founder, Henrietta Szold," said Sherry Udell, the chapter's mentor. "For over 100 years, this volunteer organization has dedicated itself to medical treatment, research, education, and the preservation and advancement of Jewish values and traditions. This new young women's chapter will bring new life and vitality to Hadassah, and it was an honor to install and charter this group of beautiful young women."

Marcy Barrick of Boca Raton and Jill Goral of Highland Beach are the chapter's co-presidents. A poignant moment came when the daughters of the new presidents, Rachel Barrick and Sarah Goral, both just home from college, sung Hatikvah and the Star Spangled Banner in honor of their mothers' installation as the first presidents of B'not Hadassah.

"I wanted to help Israel and through Hadassah, it is putting into action helping those who are ailing in Israel, and with the innovative medical research Hadassah does, it is in turn helping the world," Marcy Barrick said.

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Philadelphia's Education Day a Huge Success

Picture #12: (L to r) Chairs Randi Poliner, Mindy Oppenheimer, Batya Warshovsky; Lita Asscher; Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia; Sara Esther Crispe; David Sack.
Participants Robin Oriel, Sheila Shalev, Shelley Marine and Ellen Spector greet Past National President Marlene Post.

Over 250 people attended Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia's annual Education Day "Enter the Vault: Diamonds and the Jewish Experience" on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Green Valley Country Club. Members and guests were fascinated by the history of Jews and the world of diamonds as related by Lita Asscher, President of Royal Asscher of America and a 5th generation diamond dealer. The Asscher cut diamond was developed by her family and some of these are located in the crown of England's Queen Elizabeth. She also spoke about being a woman in a predominantly male dominated profession.

Sara Esther Crispe, a world renowned motivational speaker on interpersonal relationships, spoke about Jewish women and the diamond within. She used the diamond as an analogy to how women are portrayed in the Bible. David Sack, the lead diamond buyer for Jack Kellmer Jewelers in Philadelphia served as moderator.

The afternoon session featured Marlene Post, Past National President, who updated the group on Hadassah's projects and activities.

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Myrtle Wreath Award Reception at Temple Beth Sholom, Roslyn Heights, NY

Nassau Region of Hadassah

On April 24th over 300 members of Nassau Region of Hadassah came together to celebrate its annual Myrtle Wreath Award Reception at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, NY. One special member from each of Nassau Region?s thirty four units was honored with the distinctive Myrtle Wreath Presidential Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to membership in the past year.

The Region also at this time honored three exceptional individuals with the Myrtle Wreath Achievement Award for their contributions to human rights, education, the arts, business, volunteerism and/or philanthropy. This year Marilyn Sneiderman, Executive Director of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corp., Gloria Kramer, past Nassau Region President and Liz Claman, Fox Business TV anchor and journalist were recognized for their leadership and achievements.

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Delray Beach Chapter Does "Paint the Tatas"
Artist Helen Weisberg prepares to paint one of the models at Hadassah's "Paint the Ta-Tas Day" event at the Diagnostic Centers of America in Delray Beach.

One image showed a field of bright yellow flowers; another replicated a famous Peter Max painting and a third mirrored the smiling face of a corpulent cat.

Though all the paintings were artistic and colorful, it was the canvas that made them truly unique. They were all painted on the bare torso of women volunteers.

The Florida Region of Hadassah on a Sunday at the end of April sponsored a "Paint the Ta-Tas Day" event at the Diagnostic Centers of America in Delray Beach, to raise breast cancer awareness. Hadassah members in chapters from Boca Raton to Vero Beach turned out to support the 48 "models," 16 artists and eight female photographers that took part in the ta-ta painting event that ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We're doing this event for two reasons," Joan Baron, president of the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah said.

"The first is to raise breast cancer awareness and the second is to raise money for research to prevent breast cancer." After the volunteer models had their torsos painted from the shoulder to the navel by professional artists, each human painting was photographed and will be made into a large artistic poster. The finished poster will be sold at Hadassah's major fund raising gala event on Oct. 26 at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton. The gala will honor breast cancer survivors as well as local doctors who are renowned for their expert work in the field of breast cancer. The event will raise funds for awareness, research and treatment at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel.

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HSC 2014 Spring Conference

Back Row (left to right): Pam Kreitenberg, Stacey Maimin, Lauren Dromy, Lisa Hoffman, Fay Thaw, Estee Diamond, Michelle Conwisar, Brianna Greenspan, Allison Martini Front Row (left to right): Kellie Singer, Nirit Oren, Annie Froehlich, Lisa Warner, Elise Feldscher, Gabby Clayman, Sharon Riche

Bubbies, babies, boardrooms, bedrooms. Today’s Jewish woman plays many roles, which requires a life of masterful multi-tasking. Where in this frenetic life do we find the time to nourish our soul?

On Thursday, May 8, almost 100 members and not-yet members gathered for Hadassah Southern California’s Annual Spring Conference, “Texting Queen Esther: How Today’s Jewish Woman Finds Balance in Her Life.” The day included a presentation by accomplished author, Gina Nahai, followed by a dynamic panel presentation, examining the subject of living a balanced life and how Jewish women everywhere are longing for it. The conference attracted a large number of young leaders, seasoned Hadassah members and many new members. It was a day of fun, of learning and important conversation.

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Hadassah Infant and Children’s Donation Drive

Members and volunteers of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of Hadassah gathered at Panera Bread in Solon to collect new infant items, toys, equipment and supplies for MetroHealth Friends of Mothers & Infants Program. The event was also a fundraiser for Hadassah Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit in Israel.

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Hadassah Northeast Presents Women’s Empowerment Conference

On Sunday, March 23, Hadassah Northeast presented the Women’s Empowerment Conference entitled “I’ve Got the Power, But What Do I Do With It Now?” at the Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley.

Kimberly Bookman, a WCVB reporter, moderated the morning panel discussion, which focused on professional, personal, spiritual and health issues confronting today’s modern woman. Featured on the morning panel were Associate Dean Nan Langowitz of Babson College, who spoke about finding the right work/home balance; Meredith Goldstein of The Boston Globe, on how to nurture family and personal relationships; Rabbi Suzanne Offit, on living a meaningful and purposeful life; and Dr. Florencia Halperin, an endocrinologist at Brigham & Women’s/Faulkner Hospital, who offered help in finding reliable and accurate health information.

The afternoon speakers included Janice Weinman, Executive Director of Hadassah in New York, and keynote speaker Kathrin Winkler, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer of the EMC Corporation.

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Los Alamos Hadassah Participates in “Run For Her Life” Race

On Sunday, March 30 the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah and Atomic City Roadrunners presented the fourth annual Run for Her Life. The event is a 5K and 10K race in Los Alamos to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. This is the only race specifically targeting breast cancer to be held in Los Alamos.

All donations and race proceeds were donated to Hadassah for breast cancer research, education and treatment.

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Nashoba Valley Hadassah Hosts Physician

The Nashoba Valley Chapter hosted a special event as part of Hadassah’s national campaign initiative “Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ on Sunday April 6 at the Acton Memorial Library. Hadassah members and community participants listened to invited speaker Dr. Kenneth Sassower, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, specializing in sleep disorders and epilepsy.

Dr. Sassower provided an informative lecture about medical research connecting sleep apnea, hypertension and heart health as well as strategies for preventing and treating a wide range of sleep issues. Following his talk, Dr. Sassower responded to questions from the audience.

Read more about our Heart Health program here>>
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New England Regional Sponsors an Environment-themed Education Day

The Western New England Region of Hadassah held its annual education day on April 6 at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Members and associates from throughout New England came to learn about how the environment has an impact on people and strategies to make a positive impact on the environment.

Four prominent speakers highlighted the day: Professor Bertold Fridlender, President of Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem; Jan Sullivan, director of the Community Assessment Program for the Massachusetts Bureau of Environmental Health; Rabbi Jacob Fine of Congregation B'nai Israel in Northampton; and children's author Vivian Newman, educational consultant for the PJ Library.

Professor Fridlender, an internationally renowned biologist who has worked in both academia and industry, spoke about the EU-funded BioExplore program he directs for the Mediterranean area. BioExplore has been cataloguing the flora in Israel, Greece, Spain and the Palestinian Authority for potential use in everything from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics.

As director of the Community Assessment Program, Ms. Sullivan oversees investigations of disease patterns in the state, and possible links with exposures to environmental contaminants. She discussed environmental effects on one's health.

Ms. Newman conducted an interactive session on teaching children about their responsibility to the environment. She demonstrated using several of the PJ books on ecology that have been distributed to thousands of children in the U.S. and Israel.

Rabbi Fine, an active participant in the environmental movement, discussed "Shmita Medicine for a World at the Brink: How the Biblically Mandated Sabbatical Year Might Help Us Save the Planet and Ourselves."

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Westchester Hosts Author Joanna Hershon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, The Bristal of White Plains hosted The Westchester Region of Hadassah for a Jewish Book Council of NY sponsored event.

The guest speaker wasauthor Joanna Hershon, author of four books; The Outside of August, The German Bride, and her most recent, A Dual Inheritance, which is described as a big book “about politics, social customs and family dynamics”. Joanna is a member of the Jewish Book Council.

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Westchester Participates in Film Festival

The Westchester Region of Hadassah was proud to sponsor the Community Spotlight Film "Glickman" as part of the 2014 Westchester Jewish Film Festival at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY, on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

One of two Jewish sprinters barred from competing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Glickman went on to become a pioneer in sports broadcasting, known over his 50-year career for his distinctive style, including coining the term "Swish!" This thoughtful and unexpectedly rousing documentary reintroduces us to the first voice of the Knicks, Giants, and Jets, and to the mensch from the Bronx who set the gold standard in sports broadcasting.

Following the film, there was an informative Q&A session with David Stern, former NBA Commissioner, and reception.

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Worcester's Hadassah Chapter Honors Five Women

Recently the Greater Worcester Chapter of Hadassah hosted its annual Donor Event and honored five women from the Worcester community.

"In the past, we have honored members of the chapter for their leadership and service to Hadassah," said the president of the Worcester chapter, Frances Friedman. "This year, we are going into the community, where we have chosen women whose accomplishments reflect the work of Hadassah and also remind us of our founder Henrietta Szold, a remarkable women who had the vision and determination to create an organization that truly changed the world."

The honorees are Dr. Wendy Bergman, a physician at Reliant Medical Group; Melinda J. Boone, superintendent of the Worcester public schools; State Senator Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester; Jean McMurray, founder of the Worcester County Food Bank; and Annette Rafferty, founder of Abby's House.

"Each of these women have accomplished things by overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges. They inspire us by how they have chosen to live and work,” said Friedman.

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Florida Hadassah Luncheon is a Bookish Affair
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Metuchen-Edison Gesher Chapter Talks Heart Health

Tuesday, April 1st was no joking matter when Dr. Ian Molk, a cardiologist affiliated with JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ, presented during Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program™ to the Metuchen-Edison Gesher Hadassah, Colonia Chapter of Hadassah, Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, and Sisterhood of Congregation Neve Shalom. He discussed the many factors that can lead to heart problems and gave many solutions how to prevent heart attacks and be heart healthy.He also dealt with the strong differences between men and women when it comes to heart health.

Read more about our Heart Health program here>>
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Cincinnati Hosts Hadassah Doctors

Carol Ann Schwartz hosts doctors and nurses who have taken part or are heading for medical cooperation in her hometown. "The connection has gone beyond professional to creating meaningful and ongoing ties with Hadassah and the Jewish community."

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Dr. Shelly Negari, Hadassah Adolescent Doctor Speaks at Cincinnati Chapter Chai Society Inaugural Event
Dr. Shelly Negari, Bonnie Juran Ullner (Cincinnati Chapter President), Carol Ann Schwartz, Pilar Samuel (Event Co-Chair) and Teri Junker.

The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah hosted its inaugural Red & Black Chai Society Brunch on Sunday, March 9, 2014 to kick off Hadassah's newest level of giving, Chai Society. Dr. Shelly Ben Harush Negari, a Hadassah Medical Center pediatric doctor from Israel who is here on a fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, spoke about eating disorders and the importance of the establishment of a multidisciplinary program that will address the needs of these patients. Julie Torem and Pilar Samuel were the event co-chairs.

The event was held at the home of Diane Yasgur. Pilar Samuel, the event co-chair welcomed everyone to the brunch and introduced chapter President, Bonnie Ullner, and National Board members, Teri Junker and Carol Ann Schwartz. Bonnie Ullner spoke about the benefits of the new Chai Society level of giving and "Where to Make Your Impact" before Dr. Negari was introduced.

Dr. Negari spoke about eating disorders and how difficult they are to treat. Her presentation included how we cannot stereotype what people will look like or act like if they have an eating disorder, and how different eating disorders can be triggered by social media. She has been with Cincinnati Children's Hospital for over a year working in adolescent care, has worked in the Cincinnati Children's clinic, and advised on cases on a national basis. She shared some of her case studies at the brunch. "We must look at the patient as a whole and not just that he or she is not eating. Just because they look healthy, does not mean that their body is healthy. There is so much to learn, even from a conversation."

On a more personal note, Dr. Negari spoke about her younger sister Shiri, who was murdered on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 by a Palestinian suicide bomber, while on her way to work. "From something horrible, has come good. From her operating room, I now delivered babies. We have learned how to treat trauma patients in confined spaces. And in turn, we have shared that knowledge with others: Hadassah trauma Doctors taught the E.R. Doctors in Boston."

Dr. Negari is in Cincinnati on a three year fellowship with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as part of their Israel Exchange Program. The Israel Exchange Program at Cincinnati Children's recognizes that Israel is a global leader in research, innovation and technology. Cincinnati Children's is a leader in delivering complex pediatric care and breakthrough research. Working as partners through the Israel Exchange Program, it is a goal to make research and technological advances that benefit the globe, more expertly train scientists and pediatric providers and improve clinical care for children around the world.

Additional photos from the Chai Society brunch

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Florida Atlantic Region Hosts Hadassah Sabbath

Hadassah Sabbath was a truly special occasion on February 28 at Temple Anshei Shalom in Boynton Beach. The guest speaker, Nancy Falchuk, immediate Past President of National Hadassah was introduced by Joan Baron, President of Florida Atlantic Region, Hadassah. The audience, many of whom were Hadassah members, included Carmela Kalmanson, Past National President of Hadassah, several National Board members, numerous Hadassah members from Boca Raton to Vero Beach, and temple members. Nancy was in Florida for one week and met with the Nurses Council, Ora Delray Chapter, Chevra Chapter, and North County Chapter, a few of the 60 plus chapters in the Florida Atlantic Region.

The speaker focused on the Hadassah Medical Organization which includes Hadassah Hospitals at both Mt. Scopus and Ein Kerem, and the Sara Wetsman Davidson Tower, located in Jerusalem, Israel. The hospitals' doors are open to all and the doctors treat everyone. Their amazing research and ground breaking successes have been utilized by hospitals all over the world benefitting mankind.

Mrs. Falchuk recognized the importance of everyone here in S. Florida who have worked so hard to help build a nation and infrastructure. She boasted on how 300,000 women built the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower on budget and on time during a crisis in Israel when no one else was building.

She said," Healthcare is complex; there are few nations who have figured out how to run a healthcare system not in a deficit. Hadassah is now caught up in the middle of a crisis trying to give quality care at a tertiary care hospital and do so with a balanced budget."

Nancy also spoke about grassroots fundraising, and how the organization depends on these generous givers and its major donors in accomplishing its many projects in the United States and Israel. The 300,000 members of Hadassah experience the extraordinary work of Hadassah – healing, action, enlightenment, continuity, and dreams coming to fruition.

No wonder the audience was rapt with attention and listened ever so carefully to this most dynamic speaker!

Nancy Falchuk ended with," As we have survived wars, intifada, plagues, and more, we everyone's help, we will get through one more crisis together and come out stronger than ever."

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