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Message from the President
Greetings Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah members!
We are off to a great start to our Hadassah chapter year with a fantastic Opening Meeting at Trio’s restaurant on September 29. The event was hosted by four of our new, young members – Holly Wolfson, Ali Bernstein, Sherri Symson and Tracy Levine – and they did an outstanding job! With a mix of approximately 75 women of all ages, and both new and long-standing members, the early dinner gathering was filled with an overflow of schmoozing, noshing, and laughter.
Our guest of honor was David “Dush” Barashi, a medical clown from Hadassah Ein-Kerem who was in town as part of the Exchange with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dush, dressed in his full clown costume, explained how medical clowns help ease the anxiety of young patients, and actually help in the speed and positive outcome of recovery from medical procedures.
We also held our Leading Gifts event on October 16 at the home of Amy and Scot Perlman. The keynote speaker was Dr. Gilad Hamdani, a pediatric nephrologist who is the most recent Hadassah doctor to come to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as part of the Israel Exchange Program. Gilad and his wife Maya and their three daughters will be here for three years so that he can train with some of the best kidney doctors in the world, and then go back to Hadassah and greatly improve the pediatric nephrology services that Hadassah has to offer.
Currently there is only one pediatric nephrologist at the hospital, so patients who need transplants or dialysis have to go the another hospital in Jerusalem, although they receive the best emergency care at Hadassah. Gilad plans to change that by raising the level of his expertise here and then going back to Hadassah Ein-Kerem and shoring up the nephrology department, so the hospital can address all of the patient’s needs. Gilad and Maya are living at was has been affectionately dubbed “Kibbutz Indian Creek”, and would be happy to meet with Hadassah members or join Shabbat dinners that you might wish to include them in.
Lastly, I would like to say a personal thank you to a number of our stalwart members who recently made significant donations to Hadassah. Remittances to Founder’s Gift were made by Harry and April Davidow and Amy and Scot Perlman, for the HMO and Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, respectively. Rita Rothenberg became a new Founder in the spring, and Bobbi and Wayne Signer made Kevin and Teri Junker Founders at the same time. Paula and Harold Jarnicki made a gift to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower explaining, when asked why, that it is because of their commitment to seeing it finished and thus ensuring that Hadassah is the premier medical center in Jerusalem, Israel and the Middle East. Many other members made significant gifts, including annuities and bequeaths.
Also, Sue Green, a friend of mine since childhood, joined the Donor committee last year and then went on to became a Keeper of the Gate this year. Former President Tobe Snow, still a board member and also a great friend to me, became a KOG this year as well. And my new pal Laura Berger, who last year took on the role of co-chair of the Membership Committee, became the first person in the Cincinnati Chapter to become a member of the recently created National Chai Society!! Bravo to all! Hadassah needs as many of us as possible to not only support our beloved organization with our time and enthusiasm, but also with our dollars.
Enjoy this beautiful fall (my favorite time of year) before the cold and snow sets in (I actually like that too!). Contact me with ideas, thoughts, or just to talk about our shared love of Hadassah….513-518-8883 or email@example.com.
Until next time,
Bonnie Juran Ullner
Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah