Above: 2nd from left: Rose Kaufman, oldest attendee

 Right: Bette Hershman, Gloria Loeb-Nissman, Fundraising VPs

 On Sunday, October 26, 2014, the Hadassah Florida Atlantic Region hosted a fabulous event to raise money for breast cancer research.

Over 350 guests dined well, were entertained by International singing sensation, Shalva Berti, and were enlightened by Keynote Speaker, Diane Issenberg, and guest doctors, Joseph A. Colletta and Kathy J. Schilling.

The "Pretty Women" poster was auctioned off, and much money was raised.  Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of this beautiful afternoon.


 Left: Bobbi Weissman, Lydia Krieg & Fran Sachs display the "Pretty Women" poster.

Below: Diane Issenberg, Keynote speaker, with Helen Weissberg.






 Below: Dr. Kathy Schilling, Carol Weiss & Gail Bloom, event chairs, and Dr. Joseph Colletta









                   Right: Shirley Bernstein, seated, with daughters, Helen & Marcia




The Florida Atlantic Region has a

You are welcome to come in during office hours and browse our large selection of books of Jewish interest, as well as DVDs and other media.  We also have a file of Rosh Chodesh materials for your chapter to use.

Many thanks to the late Ruth Etkin for re-organizing the library and materials for easy access.


 June 24, 2014

Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and the Government of Israel (GOI) signed the official agreement for the financial recovery of HMO. This is a milestone in our history and a step toward a long term renewal of HMO's financial and operational future.

As you know, this agreement has been the focus of many months of difficult negotiations. It was made possible due to the agreement of all stakeholders, including the Government of Israel, HWZOA, HMO, the unions, doctors and nurses, non-medical staff and suppliers. And, it is thanks to all of you that we have arrived at this day.

Under this agreement, the Government of Israel has pledged its support to HMO, helping ensure that it retains its place as one of Israel's premier centers of care, research and teaching. HWZOA will retain ownership and control of HMO and will continue to provide financial support. HMO will commit to enhanced accountability through a system of checks and balances and the presence of a government-appointed financial overseer.

I would like to thank the HMO Board and Avi Balashnikov, Acting Chair, for their guidance and responsibility during this transition period. Our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Avigdor Kaplan for his tireless efforts over these many months of negotiations with all of the stakeholders, and to our own HWZOA team led by Audrey Shimron, David Spector and Lisa Tross, and assisted by Rick Annis and Sheryl Zeligson. Last, but certainly not least, our appreciation to Prof. Tamar Peretz who will be shouldering the responsibility for beginning to implement the seven year recovery plan.

HMO's mission is more vital today than ever. The fast-growing State of Israel needs medical institutions that can care for the sick and injured, conduct research that pushes the frontiers of human knowledge and teaches the caregivers of the future. By putting HMO on track to return to financial stability, this agreement ensures that this mission will carry forward for years, and we hope generations, to come.

May we go from strength to strength.


Marcie Natan 
National President


Pope arrives at Hadassah Mount Scopus



During his trip to Jerusalem, Pope Francis landed at the helipad at the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus.
He was welcomed by Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, the Director of the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus, and a choir of Israeli children sang for him.



Check out the home page at www.hadassah.org to find out how. 


Thursday, March 5th  or  Friday, March 6th, 2015


PRESENTING, on both days:

Jonathan Brent, author of “Embers Plucked from the Fire: The Rescue of Jewish Cultural  Treasures in Vilna


    Matthew Levitt,author of “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God

COUVERT:$60.00/member; $65/non-member

Date of event must be chosen at time of purchase. Credit card payment only with completed form.

NO PRESALES; First-come, First-serve basis

Call Region office for dietary requests.


 Both books are on sale now in the Region office.

Call 561-498-1012 for information.




Hadassah Luncheon, Bookish Affair

March 31, 2014 By Shani McManus, Staff Writer, Sun Sentinel/Jewish Journal

This year's Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah's, "Annual Book and Author Luncheon" proved so popular, the event needed two days to accommodate all those who wished to attend.

Close to 850 people packed B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton on March 14 and March 17 for the annual bookfest function that featured writers Ronald H. Balson, author of "Once We Were Brothers" and Dr. Gary Zola, author of, "We called him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry."

 Dr. Gary Zola, FAR President Joan Baron, Ron Balson

"The [two] days were extraordinary," Simi Rosenberg, luncheon chair, said. "Both authors were superb. These were two days that will be remembered."

Balson's Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that incredibly survives the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust and the emotional scars left behind. Two lives, two worlds and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption — this time in the courtroom — that makes for an enthralling tale of love, survival and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

Zola's, We called him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, is a new documentary history of the relationship between President Lincoln and the Jewish people living in America. The book was released in January.

Balson gave the morning presentation, explaining the story's background of life in Polish villages before and during World War II, as well as the escape of so many of Nazi war criminals, and how he was able to incorporate all of this in his book.

Zola gave the afternoon presentation. He spoke of the many relationships Lincoln had with the Jewish people in America and during the Civil War and how he was able to save the Jews from expulsion from the Military Department of Tennessee. He said that after Lincoln's assassination, the murdered president was eulogized by many Jews, calling him "one of our own."

Marion Aronheim, Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah organization vice president called the event "exhilarating" and "extremely appreciated" by all who attended.

"Ronald Balson and Dr. Gary Zola both brought information about the world and our country," she said. "Mr. Balson gave us a history of Europe and the takeover by Nazi Germany. Dr. Zola gave us the background of mid-19th Century, and Abraham Lincoln's relationship to the Jewish immigrants of the Midwest."

Marge Rosin, executive vice president of the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah said, "The Book and Author Luncheon was Hadassah at its best. She also praised those members who worked at making the event successful.

"The authors of the books spoke from their hearts and the books they had written were super," she said. "The atmosphere was true Hadassah — knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm."

Joan Baron, president of the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah said the members of Hadassah are "blessed."

"One-hundred-two years after Hadassah was founded, as a study group, how fortunate we are to be able to continue the dreams of our founder, Henrietta Szold," Baron said.

"Our wonderful book and author events, skillfully and creatively arranged by Simi Rosenberg and Barbara Newman, build on our education basis and offer everyone the opportunity to listen and learn from the authors, about the wonderful books which we all enjoy.

"Truly these days are gifts to be cherished and we look forward to many more events of this type," she said. "The continued success of these events have created the need to arrange for two days again next winter — and we will do that."


A DVD is available at the Region office of 
Nancy’s talk to Chevra Chapter. Call 561-498-1012 to borrow it. 

 Nancy Falchuk, immediate past president of Hadassah, visited southern Florida to meet nurses from the Henrietta Szold Nurses Council, and from Broward and Davies Counties.  The event was a Tea at the home of Ellen Sanders Galkin on Tuesday, February 25. Those attending were: Dianne Gottlieb, co-chair of the National Hadassah Nurses Council and past President of Miami Region of Hadassah; Joan Baron, President of the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah; President Marilyn Citrin from Henrietta Szold Nurses Council, and past presidents from that Council and Broward County. Nikki Feldman was the Event Chair.

Nancy spoke to the women about the Nurses Clinical Master's Program that they are funding at Hadassah in Israel .  She also gave an in-depth report on the general financial crisis at HMO, the hospitals in Jerusalem.  She was very knowledgeable and thorough in answering all questions.  

Ms Falchuk, a nurse herself, was co-founder of the Hadassah Nurses Councils in 1990.  Hadassah itself began with 2 nurses sent to Palestine in 1912 to address the poor health conditions there.  The Nurses Councils were established to be a link between Hadassah nurses in Israel and in the United States.  Early on, funds were raised and sent to improve the quality of life and work for their Israeli counterparts.  Computers, professional magazine    subscriptions, scholarships, etc. were some of the first gifts sent.  

In the past 10 years, the fundraising has been focused on starting a Clinical Masters Program for the Nurses  at Hadassah. There was none in the country, and if a nurse wanted to get this further education, she needed to leave the country to study.  Now that the program has been established, more that 120 graduates are nurse practitioners in specialties like geriatrics, women's health, sexology and End of Life Care and working in communities throughout Israel to bring the best health care to people who do not come into the hospitals.  Nancy & Dianne emphasized how badly we need to continue to fund raise for this program to continue.   The nurses present were very generous with their support, and we will be ambassadors to those  who were not present to hear this information.  

Over 2500 Hadassah nursing graduates have shaped the field of nursing in Israel. 126 students have completed the Clinical Masters Program in Nursing with specialties in gerontology, oncology, care of the acute/chronic complicated patient and a new specialty in women's health.

Imagine each of these graduates providing high level advanced nursing care to 10 patients a day, over 1200 patients a day combined, and over 400,000 patients each year. This impact is priceless.

Why should you Choose Where to Make Your Impact through our “Nurses First!” campaign?

We must educate nurses to meet the critical shortage of nurses in  Israel and we need advanced practice nursing faculty to teach this next generation of nurses. Our Clinical Master's Program specifically prepares baccalaureate nurses for clinical specialization in key patient care areas that address the needs of today's complex medical problems.

Help us reach our goal to raise $700,000 over the next year.

If you are a nurse who is interested in learning more about our Nurses Council or joining us, please call the Hadassah Region Office at 561-498-1012 and ask for someone to get back to you. 

Nancy Falchuk also spoke to three Region chapters—Wednesday at Orah North County, and on Thursday at Ora Delray and Chevra, and again for Shabbat at Anshei Shalom on Friday night. 


To donate by phone, contact Donor Services at 1.800.928.0685


If you are unsure who to contact for any Region event, call the office at 561-498-1012.

Hadassah Nurse Heads the IDF Operating Theater in Philippines

As they have done so often in times of disaster throughout the world, the Israelis are on the ground in the Philippines, treating a population brutalized by Typhoon Haiyan. Ruven Gelfond, head operating room nurse at Hadassah Medical Organization in Mount Scopus, is in charge of the operating theater set up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the city of Bogo. "We are a light in the darkness of this poor, badly damaged region," said Gelfond.

Ruven Gelfond

From the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Gelfond described a man who asked if the Israeli medical team could get rid of a large eye obstruction—even though it wasn't a direct result of the typhoon. He couldn't see, and he heard that the Israelis might help him.

For that, the doctor would need a speculum—not one of the tools that was brought along from Israel. So Gelfond built one. "We were able to turn on the light for this patient who couldn't see before the surgery," he said.

Gelfond has a history of mobilizing when disaster strikes. He is a part of the IDF medical rescue unit, and when the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, Gelfond was there. Now, seeing the destruction in the Philippines, he was one of the first Israeli soldiers to arrive—helping to build the tent city hospital where over 1,300 patients have already been seen.

Your continued support of Hadassah enables us to 
provide medical relief for disaster situations around the globe. 

"Much of [the surgery] is urgent—everything from C-sections, perforated intestines, fractured hips. But we also bring western medicine to this needy part of the world."

Gelfond was born in Soviet Georgia and trained as a nurse under Hadassah's program for professionals from the former Soviet Union. "We arrived with very high motivation, Israel-style, built the field hospital and started to work. We're also the hospital for the U.S. military if they need us."

How long will he be staying? "Until the end," says Gelfond. "Until we have finished what we came here to do."

Hadassah is a member of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief. 
To learn more about the Coalition and donate to relief efforts
in the Philippines, visit 

Watch video coverage of Israel's medical relief efforts in Bogo City, Philippines

Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
50 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019


  Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program was launched in July at our National Board Meeting in Baltimore. This multi-faceted program is designed to be used by all our units throughout the country. The program features a multi-media presentation, facilitator's guide—including everything needed to plan, execute and evaluate a successful program—and more!

Multi-Media Presentation:

  • Heart disease risk factors, screenings, and symptoms—including the differences between women and men
  • Details and statistics on cutting edge cardiac research and treatments by HMO healthcare professionals, including a video with Prof. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Hadassah Hospital Heart Institute
  • Introducing the new Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute located in the Hadassah Hospital Heart Institute

Facilitator's Guide:

  • Planning tools including a sample budget, member engagement and fundraising ideas, program evaluations and an outline for success
  • Marketing materials including a heart health program information card, shells, and ready-made templates for save the dates, invitations and press releases
  • Resource library and handouts, including Hadassah Hospital Heart Institute highlights, Healthcare Professional-Patient Communication, Risk Factors/Symptoms of a Heart Attack, BMI (Body Mass Index), Nutritional Guidelines, and more
  • Description and step-by-step guidelines for Smart for the Heart, a web-based cardiovascular health tool launched by Sister to Sister, The Women's Heart Health Foundation
  • Supplementary Jewish/Zionist Education and Advocacy programmatics

Additional Resources:

  • Access to expert speakers through Hadassah's National Speaker's Bureau
  • Opportunities for collaboration and coalition building at the community level, including Sister to Sister
  • Tips for securing local and corporate sponsorship
  • Hadassah Health & Wellness grants to support local initiatives

For more information or questions, please contact health@hadassah.org.

Stay heart healthy and see you in Baltimore! 


Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
50 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019 

December, 2013


The Hadassah School, comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah Medical Organization, has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student population of all ages.

Operating out of the Pediatric Unit at Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem, the school is open to all children who are hospitalized there, regardless of age or length of hospitalization. The school’s multicultural staff includes teachers, teaching assistants, and volunteers, both Jewish and Arab, as well as religious and secular. The school aims to provide the students with the best quality of life possible and to aid in their recovery.

With the intention of outlining a set of values that would provide a quality environment for all children, regardless of culture or background, Director Edna Pinchover led a campaign, together with a multidisciplinary special committee, to create a code of ethics for the school. Highlighting the central goal of maintaining professionalism, integrity, and excellence, the code addresses issues such as ensuring safety, respect, and self-esteem for the students; encouraging positive behavior among students and staff; and enhancing faith among colleagues and cooperation within the multicultural staff. The code also encourages self-evaluation on the part of the staff and ongoing dialogue during times of conflict.

In addressing the staff at the launch, Member of Knesset Amram Mitzna, Chair of the Knesset Education, Culture, and Sport Committee, noted: “Being able to uphold the code, combining education and schooling at a hospital for children and families in distress, for whom education is not always on their minds, requires you, the teachers and staff, to be both flexible and sensitive. You are an integral part of this hospital; you don’t just educate the children, but are a part of their healing and recovery. You enable them to return to their schools faster and acclimate to everyday life more seamlessly. I have only praise for your important work.” 

                                                                    Marge Rosin, Executive V.P.                                                   



In the last 10 years we have been asking foundations for assistance for various initiatives. We have had some success including the Marcus Foundation, Grinspoon Foundation, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Avi Chai, as well as a few private foundations. Sandra had obtained a large grant from two foundations for our proposed visual arts center. We were just notified of a $4000 grant from the Baumgarten Foundation which will be put toward the arts center culinary arts program. However, we need some assistance in our grant writing. Does anyone on the board have professional grant writing skills or know of someone who might be a potential board member with professional grant writing skills? Grant writing is an art and this person could be a tremendous asset to us as we move forward into this very competitive sector of philanthropy. Thanks for your help.

Barbara Extein,bextein@aol.com 

  Everyone Knows Someone!

Do you know people in high places—those with private or family foundations or corporate funders? We’re reaching out to you. We need YOUR help in identifying new sources of funding or those that haven’t recently contributed to Hadassah! We will build on your existing connections and relationships to open doors and make introductions.

Go through your contacts, pull out that dusty Rolodex and don’t forget about your tennis partners— who might be willing to support the Hospital’s department of neurology, surgery, or cancer research? Who do you know that has an interest in at-risk youth or Holocaust education for students at Meir Shefyah or Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah villages?

If you’re thinking closer to home, who might be willing to provide scholarships for youth in Young Judaea programs? Start up funding for Hadassah’s Women’s Cardiac Health initiative? Or funding to support identification and training for new Hadassah leaders?

We’ve celebrated our 100th anniversary and the challenges of our 2nd century are ahead. Let’s work together—no introduction is too small or irrelevant. Please email Natalie Silverman nsilverman@hadassah.org or Lenore Glickhouse lglickhouse@hadassah.org to let them know that you have names and introductions that you would like to make. They will get back to you to strategize about next steps.

  National wants to celebrate YOU and what YOU do - please send info to:



Send us news from your region, chapter or group!

Each month we will bring you news of the events and programs of the local chapters and groups throughout the country. Share your success stories and facts in the areas of fundraising, education, membership and advocacy and help spark new ideas for others. Be sure to identify participants when you send photos. For more information contact Bobbi Kraft bkraft@hadassah.org.




   by Margaret “Marge” Rich, Greater Boynton Chapter of Hadassah 

 My Hadassah story begins as a teenager. My mother had been a member, which inspired me to join a Junior Hadassah group in Newark, NJ. At age 21, in 1949, I married my childhood sweetheart. While still living in     Newark, I met several women who wanted to start a Hadassah Chapter. We named it in honor of Sarah Kussy, who was one of a group of women in 1912 who joined with Henrietta Szold to found Hadassah. Ms. Kussy founded the Newark Chapter in 1926 and became president of the   Northern New Jersey Region.

 In 1959, we relocated to Livingston, New Jersey. There, I joined a local group where I became a Life Member and actively worked while raising our two children and assisting my husband in his consulting engineering practice. I made my daughter a Life Member, and my husband became a Hadassah Associate.

 After moving to Florida in 2002, I joined the Greater Boynton Beach Chapter. I became a Keeper of the Gate at that time. In 2008 my husband and I gave a Centennial Founders Gift to the Hadassah Medical Center. We also made our granddaughter, Rachel, a Life Member. We continue to encourage our children and grandchildren to make donations to Hadassah rather than give us gifts.
 In celebration of our upcoming 65th Wedding Anniversary, we have made a major gift to the Moshe Sharett Institute of Oncology. We are now members of the Circle of Founders.

I am proud to be a part of four generations of Hadassah members and hope to continue to support their worthwhile work in Israel for a long time to come.

 For information on how to become a Founder, contact Lisa Moore at
(561) 997-6988.


 Natan Sharansky's Plan for Equality at the Western Wall

 By Gary Rosenblatt
The New York Jewish Week 

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

After extensive private consultations and meetings here this week with high-level communal and religious leaders from the major streams, Sharansky told The Jewish Week in an exclusive interview that the talks “gave me great encouragement to go forward.”

Upon his return to Israel, Sharansky will present his formal recommendation to Netanyahu; the proposal would then require approval and government funding. The plan likely will face opposition from some Orthodox groups who until now have had exclusive authority over prayer at the Wall, but Sharansky expressed hope it will prevail.

He has conducted dozens of private meetings here and in Israel since being appointed by Netanyahu last December to be, in effect, a one-man commission. His task: to resolve the thorny issue of prayer at the Wall, balancing human and religious rights in a political context.

The key to his plan, he explained, is “to see all of the Western Wall as one.” The proposal calls for renovating the southwest portion of the Wall, which had been the site of archaeological excavations since soon after the 1967 Six-Day War, and elevate it to equal prominence to the existing area where prayers are now held. (Sharansky pointed out that while the area was set aside for excavation there has been no activity at the site of late.)

That area, known as Robinson’s Arch, has been used for egalitarian prayer in recent years but is quite small. Its holiness as part of the Western Wall is not disputed, but currently access for prayer there is only available on a limited basis and subject to an entrance fee.

The renovation would, in effect, double the area of the Wall dedicated to prayer; one half, now the site of religious services, would remain as is, and continue to be used for traditional prayer. The other half, continuing south (or, facing the Wall, to the right), would be the same length and set aside for egalitarian prayer.

“One Western Wall for one Jewish people” with equal access to all, asserted Sharansky.

Leading up to his New York visit there had been concern that Reform leaders here, sensitive to the concerns of Anat Hoffman, director of Reform’s Israel Religious Action Center and head of Women of the Wall, the group that has sought full equality for praying at the Wall each month on Rosh Chodesh, might balk at not gaining the right to pray in the traditional prayer area of the Kotel.

But Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, told The Jewish Week after meeting with Sharansky that while the plans “are not all we had hoped for, they represent a dramatic step towards a State of Israel that respects and protects the rights of non-Orthodox Jews.”

He noted that many details need to be worked out, “but in general I am hopeful that we are moving towards a solution that would affirm the unity of the Jewish people and the many authentic ways to practice Judaism.”

Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, said after meeting with Sharansky that “the proposed concept is significant, and there was good will about continuing to talk about refining it.” He said he and his colleagues look forward to working with Sharansky “to find a solution that is good for the entire Jewish people.”

Modern Orthodox officials are said to have offered tacit approval.

The fact that Netanyahu himself acted on this issue and appointed Sharansky, a widely respected hero for his years as an imprisoned Soviet Jewish refusenik, as his point man, indicates the importance given to the views of American Jews, most of whom are religiously liberal. There has been concern in Israel that increasing numbers of American Jews are feeling distant from the Jewish state, not only in terms of its inability to resolve the Palestinian conflict, but seeing themselves as second-class Jews, beholden to Orthodox control of marriage, divorce, conversion and prayer at the Wall. 

Sharansky emphasized that his plan “could seriously reduce tensions” and highlight “the Kotel’s unique role of unity rather than disrupting and dividing” the Jewish people. He noted that the proposal calls for 24-hour-a-day access to the Wall, a common entrance between the two prayer areas and would mark “the first time, and in the most visible place, there would be a choice between traditional and egalitarian prayer.”

While he expressed confidence that the proposal will be accepted and become policy, prompting an expensive and extensive renovation of the southwestern area of the Wall—estimated to take up to two years and cost a minimum of $25 million—he acknowledged that there may be stumbling blocks ahead.

They include the antiquities authority, which oversees the archaeological aspects of the area, and the chief rabbi of the Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitz, as well as a wide range of haredi religious and political leaders, who have insisted on the status quo and oppose giving legitimacy to non-Orthodox practices at the Wall. And there is the critical question of what happens in the interim, during construction.

Will the monthly Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh services continue to be a source of contention, and will its members be arrested during the extended construction period at the site, which has been a flashpoint for religious-oriented protest for many years?

Sharansky is hopeful that once his recommendations are accepted, an interim agreement can be worked out among the various players based on good will and the understanding that a permanent solution is in the works. But the longer the process takes, the greater the chance for disruption.

It is difficult to assess the impact of the recent Israeli election on this issue. On the one hand, the absence of haredi parties in the Israeli government increases the chances for approval of the Sharansky plan. On the other hand, haredi leaders have freer reign to express their disapproval, and could stage large protests, perhaps hoping the new government will fall and they can come back to a share of power.

Dov Lipman, an American-born Orthodox rabbi and new member of Knesset from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, was in New York this week. When told of the Sharansky proposal, he said he favored the concept of providing a place at the Kotel for everyone who wanted to pray there.

“I can pray where I want to pray and others can do the same,” he said, but noted that “extremists” in the Israeli Orthodox community “will fight this.”

Gary Rosenblatt is editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week, from which this article was reprinted by permission. You can email him at Gary@jewishweek.org. 


     A company in Israel named Oramed Pharmaceuticals has developed a pill that will be used, instead of an injection, to control insulin levels for people with type 2 Diabetes. The program is now in phase two of their clinical trials which will be conducted here in different medical centers in the United States. The development of this oral insulin capsule is based on twenty five years of research at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Israel is a major centers for Diabetes research and Hadassah is a stakeholder in this new endeavor.

    It is believed that this new insulin capsule could slow the progression of type 2 Diabetes. The disease itself has three phases. In the first stage, treatment consists of diet and exercise, while in the second stage, oral medications are required that boost the body’s own insulin production. By the third stage the patient is insulin dependent.

    It is hoped that this new oral insulin capsule will extend the second stage of the disease, thereby eliminating the insulin dependent stage and avoid further complications, as well as painful treatment.

Submitted by Joy Parks,

HMO Chair for Florida Atlantic Region


                 New Treatments for Brain Disorders
            Submitted by Joy Parks- HMO Chair

     On Thursday evening December 6th, 2012, I attended a lecture given by Dr.

Bernard Lerer at the Broward Jewish Federation. Dr. Lerer is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at Hadassah Hospital. His lecture subject was new research for treatments of various brain disorders. In addition to his position at Hadassah Hospital, he served as the non salaried Director of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, (NIPI), wrote for scientific publications and has had his research supported by many foundations in Israel and the United States.

    In his lecture, he described how the various functions of the brain are altered when Alzheimer’s disease is present. The disease is caused by amyloid proteins that are deposited in the brain. Up until now, the drugs that are presently on the market, Aricept and Exelon, have been used to prevent the production of the Amyloid protein.

    Dr. Lerer spoke about depression as a medical illness that can be treated and cured. He informed us that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most cause of peoples’ disability to work. Research is being conducted that employs the use of Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, (DTMS). A fellow researcher, Professor Abraham Zanger, invented an “H Coil,” which is noninvasive and can be placed directly over the brain. As of April, 2012, twenty-two research sites have used this technique and have achieved remission.  They are now experimenting with this technique on patients with severe Parkinson’s disease as well.

    Other promising Israeli research. by Professor Joseph Zohar, who deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, concluded that an injection of the hormone Cortisol shortly after exposure to a traumatic event may prevent PTSD. Clinical trials on animals, as well as people, suggest that it may be possible to develop a new therapy to prevent PTSD.

    Many of the research grants have been funded by the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, whose aim is to fund brain research to fight disease world wide.




On February 24, 2013 (Purim), Hadassah officially entered its 2nd century!

Celebrate this momentous event with your chapter. 

Release Your Inner Henrietta

Henrietta Szold’s legacy included many wonderful bits of wisdom and in her typical fashion she has graciously supplied us with words to carry us into the future when she said: "In the life of the spirit there is no ending that is not a beginning."  February 23, 2013 may mark the official ending of Hadassah's first century of extraordinary work...


but, February 24, 2013 marked the beginning of our next century!


How true is this concept of endings and beginnings in our tradition! Just as we hardly take a breath when we joyously complete the cycle of Torah readings on Simchat Torah and immediately joyously start again from the beginning – Bereshit - Hadassah follows the tradition as we, the armies of Hadassah volunteers, our doctors, nurses, and researchers all joyously welcome this beginning with eager anticipation for the new directions, and exciting innovative ideas this milestone offers. Our Youth Aliyah children are beginning their new lives. Our Young Judaean kids are beginning their new adventures. Even new saplings are beginning to sprout. All welcoming Hadassah’s Second Century.


We have joyously celebrated this milestone year, along with Hadassah members around the world, holding Centennial galas, Purim feasts, Home Sweet Hadassah gatherings, special Hadassah Magazine commemorative Centennial issue, Centennial torch relays, viewings of Art@Hadassah, special education events, commemorative Centennial book: Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments.  We have taken Traveling Henrietta to the far reaches of the globe, gifted our loved ones with Centennial bricks, Centennial certificates, lock and key necklaces and much, more.  (PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION EVENTS) 

 One hundred of our members came to Washington DC for a special day of high level briefings on the Hill. We met at a special Shabbat at Temple Emanu-el in New York City and in local communities. We’ve welcomed over 60,0000 new Centennial life members and Associates, growing to be over 330,000 members, Associates and supporters. What a spectacular Centennial year celebration when nearly 2,000 members and Associates gathered in Jerusalem for the Centennial Convention and dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, our gift to the people of Israel and the world.

Yes, our Centennial year is at its end, and our Second Century begins immediately with YOU! Who are we:  many first generation holders of this legacy, so many holders of this legacy passed on to us by our mothers, grandmothers and for some of us great grandmothers?  What fires up our passions to work for this cause, to call ourselves Zionists, supporters of Israel and Jewish values?  Listen as our esteemed Past National President, Bernice Tannenbaum, shares her story.  (PLAY VIDEO/Link in cover email; and IF NOT USING VIDEO or in addition to video):  Listen as (NUMBER) of our life members share their stories.)


I became a Zionist … (for example: as a young child when I helped my mother and her friends stuff donor invitations… I received life membership as a wedding gift and for years did nothing with Hadassah, then I was invited to a meeting and was amazed to learn about the work we are doing to cure …)  You might ask everyone to rise and repeat the following words, filling in the blank with their own inspiration: “As we launch the Second Century, I pledge to walk in (choose: MY GRANDMOTHER’S, BERNICE’S, MARCI’s, etc.) footsteps and to continue Hadassah’s lifesaving work.  Hadassah’s Second Century has begun!”

There is a Talmudic tale about an old man who was planting a tree. A young person passing by asked, what are you planting? A carob tree, the old man replied. Silly fool, said the youth. Don't you know that it takes 70 years for a carob tree to bear fruit?  That's okay, said the old man. Just as others planted for me, I plant for future generations.

Today, we enjoy the fruits planted by Hadassah’s founders. We celebrate our first 100 years and now we begin the future. In the words of our National President, Marci Natan, as she closed the Centennial Convention, a heartfelt wish for us all: “There is no limit to what we can do. As they say in Hebrew, halavie (ah-li-vie)– it means a wish or to wish, and our wish for Hadassah is that we be able to continue to provide for the youth of this country, for the next 100 years. Halavei.”

Release your inner Henrietta. Come on - Hadassah’s Second Century has begun!

 Please use this link for a short video to be used as part of your remarks (attached) or as a stand alone mini program – see further instructions in the body of the attached remarks as to how you can enhance the use of this video with participation by your own members.




Everyone Knows Someone!

Do you know people in high places—those with private or family foundations or corporate funders? We’re reaching out to you. We need YOUR help in identifying new sources of funding or those that haven’t recently contributed to Hadassah! We will build on your existing connections and relationships to open doors and make introductions.

Go through your contacts, pull out that dusty Rolodex and don’t forget about your tennis partners— who might be willing to support

the Hospital’s department of neurology, surgery, or cancer research? Who do you know that has an interest in at-risk youth or Holocaust education for students at Meir Shefyah or Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah villages?

If you’re thinking closer to home, who might be willing to provide scholarships for youth in Young Judaea programs? Start up funding for Hadassah’s Women’s Cardiac Health initiative? Or funding to support identification and training for new Hadassah leaders?

We’ve celebrated our 100th anniversary and the challenges of our 2nd century are ahead. Let’s work together—no introduction is too small or irrelevant. Please email Natalie Silverman nsilverman@hadassah.org or Lenore Glickhouse lglickhouse@hadassah.org to let them know that you have names and introductions that you would like to make. They will get back to you to strategize about next steps.




Click here to check out this interesting article
from Celebrities & Celebrations
                                             in the News.

In the Michigan Jewish History article above, it mentions that Sarah's father and two others bought land on Mt. Scopus in the 1920's, where the first hospital was built.  

 Group shot of the Detroit Hadassah members at the 60th anniversary (1977), with Sarah, who was 86 or 87, (born in 1890).  The picture includes other Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah leaders.  Sarah Davidson is on the far left in the first row.  Her sister, Fan Saulson, is the fifth from the left, front row.

 The are only three Hadassah photos from the 1916-1930 time frame.  One shows Harriet Szold, the next shows the 1918 Central Committee of Hadassah (in New York), and the last shows the Detroit house in which the first local Hadassah meeting was held (1916).   

 We invite you to purchase and read the Hadassah Centennial Celebration Commemorative Book.


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" In the life of the spirit there is no ending that is not a beginning."
                                              Henrietta Szold, Hadassah Founder





  • continue our pioneering research as we seek cures for diabetes, macular degeneration, breast cancer, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis;
  • play a leading role in the development of treatments such as the cancer vaccine now in clinical trials;
  • send 100,000 young Americans to Israel through Young Judaea;
  • prepare generations of young men and women to keep Israel's economy strong;
  • provide critical life skills to forgotten and neglected youngsters;
  • enrich the lives of our 300,000 members, their children and grandchildren.






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To view the latest National Podcast.  Click here.

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Our team of trusted Middle East multi-lingual experts and former reporters provides journalists and leaders with fact sheets, backgrounders and sources. TIP regularly hosts press briefings featuring leading Israeli spokespeople and analysts that give journalists an opportunity to get information and answers to their questions face-to-face. By providing journalists with the facts, context and visuals they need, TIP causes hundreds of millions of people around the world to see a more positive public face of Israel. This helps protect Israel, reduce anti-Semitism and increase pride in Israel. 

The Israel Project was founded in 2002.
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Have you got a friend who's under the weather? A family member who needs a good laugh? Send them a "Get Well Soon!" video. It will brighten your day, too.

The video, starring medical personnel from Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, rocked the house when it debuted at the 2011 Las Vegas Business Meeting's closing session.

See the official Get Well Soon Song
and share it with family and friends

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Surviving breast cancer is a personal triumph. But for Marlene Greenebaum of Baltimore, living to tell her own story wasn't enough. She and her husband Stewart became the moving forces behind a breast health treatment and research center in Jerusalem that will give thousands of other women the gift of survival.

Watch Past-President Nancy Falchuk's podcast featuring Marlene and Stewart at the dedication of the Marlene Greenebaum Multidisciplinary Breast Center at Hadassah Hospital.

Click here to see the podcast.

Israel Prize Laureates in Medicine
Prof. Saul Adler headed the Department of Parasitology and served as Professor of Parasitology at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Medicine.
Prof. Marcel Eliakim, an internationally respected internist who specialized in liver diseases.
Prof. Shaul Feldman, one of the first physicians in the world to use hormones and steroids for treatment of infectious diseases, headed the Department of Neurology for 20 years. 
Prof. Ben Shlomo Lipman Heilprin, the first recipient of the Israel Prize for Medicine, headed Hadassah’s Department of Neurology. 
Dr. Helena Kagan, honored for pioneering pediatric care.
Prof. Isaac Michaelson, Director of Hadassah’s Department of Ophthalmology, established the first generation of ophthalmology specialists in Israel.
Prof. Aryeh Leo Olitzki headed the bacteriology laboratories at the Hadassah Hospital and served as Dean of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Medicine.
Professor Nathan Saltz, “the father and founder” of modern surgical medicine in Israel, headed Hadassah’s Departments of Surgery. 
Prof. Moshe Rachmilewitz, considered “one of the fathers of professional medicine in Israel,” headed Hadassah’s Department of Internal Medicine and served as Dean of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Medicine.
Prof. Haim Ernst Wertheimer headed the Laboratory of Chemistry at Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Medicine.
Prof. Bernhard Zondek developed the first reliable pregnancy test in 1928 and served as Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Prof. Yona Rosenfeld, former director of the Hebrew University’s School of Social Work received his prize for Social Work. In another capacity, he has been a longtime member of the Israeli Committee of the Hadassah Medical Organization, which he chaired for four years

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