Opening Meeting/Installation 2012
Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah held its Opening Meeting/ Installation Luncheon on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Carrabba's Italian Grill on Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Township. Renee Sandler, Opening Event chair, welcomed everyone, and a delightful lunch of Caesar salad, bread with Italian dipping oil, choice of salmon or vegetarian lasagne, and chocolate mousse was served by Carrabba's staff.
Paula Jarnicki, Installation Officer, asked outgoing board members to stand, thanked and discharged them. She then installed and honored new board members in the order of their committees. She thanked outgoing Co-Presidents Bobbi Handwerger and Sharon Casper for their devoted service to Hadassah and awarded them beautiful flower bouquets. The many Chapter board members who also serve on the Hadassah Central States Region board were also thanked. As the theme of the afternoon was chocolate, each person received a candy symbolizing their area of expertise. Finally, Bonnie Juran Ullner was named the new Chapter President, and she gave a very moving acceptance speech.
Bonnie Juran Ullner is very enthusiastic about her new role. Her husband Jon, parents, mother-in-law and many friends came to support her at the installation. She spoke to the group about the life-saving miracles performed by Hadassah, relating how her youngest daughter was in Israel on a
Federation trip when she fell deathly ill and was taken to Hadassah
Hospital Ein Kerem. The doctors there correctly diagnosed Wilson's
disease and began treating her for it, while arranging with Columbia
Presbyterian Hospital in New York to procure a needed liver transplant. Without the
excellent care at Hadassah Hospital, her daughter surely would have
After Bonnie's speech, noted cookbook author, lecturer and editor Sheilah Kaufman presented
a delightful program about the history of "Jews and Chocolate", starting with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and the discovery of the New World and the cocoa bean. For many years, Jews held a monopoly in the chocolate trade because the native Americans who knew the processing secrets trusted them and did not trust the other Europeans. She arranged various chocolate samples to taste and
offered to sign any cookbooks purchased at the event. A percentage of proceeds would be
donated to our Chapter.
The event drew to a close after an exciting raffle with prizes as diverse as a jeweled ring, a white coral necklace, boxes of chocolate, cookbooks and several restaurant gift certificates. A tasty array of different chocolate samples were arranged on the restaurant bar for people to enjoy on their way out.
Photography by Gayna Bassin.