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A Message from our President- Janet R. Young

Janet R. Young, President Brooklyn Region

Janet R. Young


Dear Hadassah Sisters, Associates and Friends,

I want to give a hearty Mazal Tov to all our chapters and members for working so hard throughout 2013. You brought in new members and increased your fundraising efforts with great programs. Brooklyn Region had so many wonderful events for our members, that it is no wonder why we are such a close community. 

I am delighted to report that Hadassah met its $176,600 Double Your Impact, 2013 Matching Gift Challenge. Thanks to overwhelming support from Hadassah Members, Associates and supporters, our Double Your Impact Matching Gift Challenge was a huge success.   I am confident that this success will continue this year. While we are aware of the challenges ahead in fulfilling our commitments to HMO to ensure that we provide vital lifesaving excellence in medical care in Israel, and stellar medical research that benefits humanity, we are steadfast. We are all passionate to our mission and keep Hadassah warmly in our hearts.

Historically, strength is in numbers, so do your best to continue to bring in new members this year. Share the joy of Hadassah Membership with family and friends.  Let them know what a wonderful organization we are and how friendly and caring our members are. Invite them to your chapter's events and to our Brooklyn Region events.  Now you can double your impact, and Hadassah's, when you make a gift of “life membership” to a friend or family member for just $212 (payment plan available.)  In addition, you will get a multi-generational Hadassah pin of your choice!

Each New Year we make resolutions. We want to be more productive, clean out the closets or basement, call our family and friends more often, etc. Yet somehow, in the flow of daily life, we tend to lose focus. We can disagree on what changes we need to make, but we can all agree that without our health we have nothing. Hadassah knows this, and wants to help us live healthy lives.

Cardiovascular disease kills more women than men in the U.S., and women present symptoms differently than men.  We want you to learn about risk factors, prevention and detection of heart disease, the #1 cause of death among women in the U.S. and worldwide. On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 9AM, at the East Midwood Jewish Center, we are presenting an exciting morning of heart health awareness. Brooklyn Region, in cooperation with the Maimonides Medical Center and the East Midwood Jewish Center, under the leadership of Hadassah's Myrtle Wreath recipient Elaine Sarfati, RN, MS, our Health and Wellness Chair, are collaborating on a very comprehensive morning program on heart health. You will learn about signs, risk factors, and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and learn about prevention, treatment, and coping strategies. You will start the morning with a stress reduction, stretching, and relaxation session with Sally Hipscher. We will learn from top professionals in the field of cardiology and get nutritional information, and learn about delicious ways to cook heart healthy meals with Sarina Roffé. There will be free health screenings and you will go home with printouts of your screenings to bring to your personal doctor for review. Please invite your neighbors, family, friends, and your adult children to register (see flyer) to join us for a great morning with a kosher, light, heart healthy, dairy brunch, and to learn about living heart healthier lives.

On Thursday, February 27th, join us for a joyous celebration at our program, G-d, Israel, and the Heart.". This is a perfect jump-start to our big “Every Beat Counts” program on March 23rd!

I look forward to seeing you at our region and chapter events, and wish you a healthy, warm, safe and successful year!


Janet R. Young
President Hadassah Brooklyn Region

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