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Jan. 2014 (TEXT ONLY)

HADASSAH N’awlins’ Style A NEW ORLEANS CHAPTER PUBLICATION January 2014 Tevet/Shevat 5774 President – Ilana Reisin Education VPs – Barbara Polikoff Katz and Tere Vives Fund Raising VP – Miriam Waltzer Marketing/Communications VP – Fran Simon Membership VPs – Charisse Sands and Sara Halper Treasurer – Arlene Hines Corresponding Secretary – Diane Schleifstein Recording Secretary – Caitlyn Weber 2014 Slate of Officers Please join us for the Installation of Hadassah’s 2014-2015 Officers and Board Sunday, January 26th 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. At the beautiful home of Joyce & Sidney Pulitzer, 14 Audubon Place, Uptown New Orleans A delicious Brunch will be served featuring the culinary talents of Lee Sands, Sous Chef of the Audubon Tea Room. Couvert: $25 per person RSVP with check by 1/22/14 to Helena Nathan 7501 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124 Questions? Call/email Helena, (504)286-1102, helenainneworleans@yahoo.com For credit card reservations, contact Arlene Hines (504)-444-6496/ahines1946@yahoo.com A Message from Your President Dear Members and Friends: It seems fitting to write my first message as an incoming president on the eve of the New Year—a time of new beginnings, new programs, and endless opportunities. Hadassah’s brand of practical Zionism is all about founding and building. In fact, Hadassah laid the groundwork for Israel’s health care system and founded Hadassah Academic College, Youth Aliyah/ Children at Risk, and Young Judea. Moreover, during the centennial event in Jerusalem, Hadassah celebrated the dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital Campus, Hadassah’s largest and most ambitious building project in more than fifty years. At our N’awlins’ chapter, we plan and build in our own way. Over the course of the last year, we had a stellar fundraising event to help cure breast cancer. Our Woman of the Year was honored at the Southern Region meeting. Our screening of the film Inside Israel, which pays homage to Israel’s historical accomplishments and the nation’s infinite potential, was well attended by members of the Jewish community, and we have seen increased participation in our Readers’ Circle. I am excited about the array of events and programs that we have planned for the upcoming year. We intend to build on our past accomplishments by expanding our programming, participation, and contributions to Hadassah’s overall mission. Please check the Hadassah bulletin and the emails for information on our 2014 events and mark your calendars. As we begin a New Year, let us renew our commitment to Hadassah, Israel, and our community. B’Shalom Ilana Reisin MernaLyn, “The Diet Diva” and author of The 10 Second Diet, will be guest speaker at a special meeting cohosted by the New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah and Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Beth Israel, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. The meeting is free and open to all, and it would be a great time to bring friends who are curious about Hadassah. “It’s not just about what you put into your body, but what you put out into the world – tikkun olam,” according to MernaLyn, who will sign books at the meeting. “The word ‘diet’ refers not only to the foods we eat, but also to the life we live,” says the author, who has been a guest on ABC, CNN and Fox News, and national and international radio shows, including Bloomberg Radio with an audience of 18.5 million listeners. MernaLyn was a featured author at New York’s Book Expo and the 61st Annual JCC Book Fair. “The healthy, insightful and unique technique that makes weight loss so quick and easy with The 10 Second Diet can also be applied to other aspects of life; so it is for successfully losing weight and successfully living life,” according to MernaLyn. “The 10 Second Diet reveals the way to reverse the obesity epidemic in adults and children, and also how to restore civility and improve humanity to our ailing society ... in as little as 10 seconds!” MernaLyn is an enlightening, intelligent, articulate speaker with a charismatic personality who is motivating and inspiring to audiences on her national book tour. As a former professional international model and a Shakespearean actress at The Globe Theatre with a recurring role on an ABC prime time sitcom, MernaLyn has an eclectic background. She was a research assistant at Wayne State University’s Psychology Department and has lectured to hundreds of young people from The Boy Scouts of America to The Twenty-First Century Club about nutrition and personal certitude. Through her humanitarian efforts, MernaLyn has been named the Alzheimer Association’s Ambassador with her tireless dedication over the past decade in getting legislation passed and raising community awareness of this disease. She donates a generous percentage of the proceeds from every book sold at book signings to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, contact Fran Simon at fsimon@ tulane.edu. Hear ‘The Diet Diva’ 2014 Board Meetings Wed., February 12 Metairie JCC 7:00 pm Sun, March 23 Uptown JCC 10:00 am Wed., April 23 Metairie JCC 7:00 pm Sun., May 18 Uptown JCC 10:00 am Wed., June 18 Metairie JCC 7:00 pm Sun., July 20 Uptown JCC 10:00 am Wed., August 20 Metairie JCC 7:00 pm Sun., September 14 Uptown JCC 10:00 am Wed., November 5 Metairie JCC 7:00 pm Sun., December 7 Uptown JCC 10:00 am Jill Maumus, Erica Beck, auctioneer Adam Lambert (auctioneer), Rachael Kansas, and Lisa Lee. Credit: Jason Feder. Without a doubt, The New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah’s 2013 “Bra-Veaux!” ranked among the most sparkling events of the season, and must be considered a success by any measure. Held at the Crescent City Auction Gallery, it helped to increase breast cancer awareness, while supporting the groundbreaking research at Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem. Celebrity Master of Ceremonies, actor Rob Steinberg (the man who saves the slave in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave), and the Siren Sisters singers donated their time and talents. Host and auctioneer par excellence, Adam Lambert, expertly led bidders through an auction of more than 40 original artworks by the following fabulous local artists: Charlie Atherton & Melanie Landau, Jane Berins, Jennifer Blanchard, Andrew Brott, Libby Carver & Sheila Connolly, Luis Colmenares, Catherine Cooper-Stratton, Maggie Covert, Yvette Gautreaux Cutrer, Robin Daning, Karen Oser Edmunds, Madelaine Feldman, M.D., Corey Goldman, Jono Goodman, Kathleen Olson Grumich, Kiki Huston, Sharlene Jacobi, Nancy Kancher, Aidi Kansas, Katherine Klimitas, Christine Ledoux, Jennifer Lindsley & P.H. Fred, Robin Levy, Linda McDermott, Caren Nowak, Terrance Osborne, Joshua Mann Pailet, George Rodrigue, Josephine Sacabo, Reda Scher, M.P. Sharfman, Tracy Soldevila, Cara-Lyn Regenbogen Solomon, Leona Stich, Susan Walker, Heather Weathers, Clifton Webb, Lee White, and Lynn Zakem. Many of the artworks were breast-related, and created specifically for Bra-Veaux! More than 30 amateur art bras by Hadassah members were displayed and judged by attendees for prettiest, funniest and most creative. Winners of the amateur categories were Emily Palit and Kendra Reade (Prettiest); Gail Pesses (Funniest); and Vivian Cahn (Most Creative). Attendees sipped signature “Bra-tini” cocktails and dined on tasty appetizers and desserts created by Honeybee Catering, and many left with art and raffle prizes. The décor that was coordinated by Gail Pesses sparkled, with an ice sculpture in the form of a nude female torso carved by Ice Dragon Ice Sculptures, twinkling lights, pink and silver potted trees decorated with miniature brassiere cut-outs, and bejeweled and beaded bustiers. Notecards with images of many of the artworks, taken by photographer Jacqueline Kay Dallimore, are available from Hadassah. Contact Marisa Kahn at marisakahn@hotmail.com to order yours. The indefatigable work of Co-Chairs Carole Neff and Marisa Kahn, and their excellent committee, paid off in a fabulous event enjoyed by all, successfully raising funds and spirits in support of a great cause. Be with us on Saturday, October 25, 2014, for “Bra-Veaux! Bra- Veaux!: the Sequel.” (Above) One of the more than 40 donated brathemed artworks. Credit: Greg Roques Where else would you find a bra ice sculpture? Credit: Greg Roques. The fun-loving and hard-working Bra-Veaux planning committee. Credit: Greg Roques HADASSAH N’AWLINS STYLE published by New Orleans Chapter Hadassah Chapter President. . JULIE SCHWARTZ Editor . . . . . . . . GAIL NARON CHALEW 5220 Green Acres Ct. Metairie, LA 70003 Address Service Requested Non-Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Metairie, LA Permit No. 193 MARK THESE DATES Thursday, January 9: Training board /chairs led by Lee Kansas, Metairie JCC Sunday, January 12, 9:30 am: Mailing Party Time (see p. 1 for details) Sunday, January 26, 11:00 am: Board installation (see p. 1 for details) Sunday, February 16, 10:00 am: Meet the Diet Diva, co-sponsored and held at Congregation Beth Israel (see p. 2 for details) Sunday, June 26: Keepers of the Gate Saturday, October 25: Bra-Veaux II IN HONOR OF Birth of Jonah Lev Ungar Jordan and Linda Brickman Deborah Warner’s 75th Birthday Eleanor Yanitz and Elaine Rabin IN MEMORY OF Syd Abrams Carmela and Howard Berins Rachel Edell Brooks Carmela and Howard Berins Dotsy Fisher and Jack Fisher Beverly Katz Donna Gillis Carmela and Howard Berins Miriam Radlauer Ruth and Joel Loeffelholz Vivian Schwarz and Beatrice Freund Carmela and Howard Berins Dana Waxler’s mother Ruth and Joel Loeffelholz Liselotte Levy Weil Dr. and Mrs. Dov Glazer Gather for the Readers’ Circle Certificate Donations Send a Hadassah certificate and show someone you care. Your donation enriches the lives of millions of people and is 100% tax deductible. Our beautiful certificates are available in a wide variety of prices beginning at $10 (please add $1 per certificate for postage). It is a wonderful way to honor someone, express your condolences. or acknowledge a special event. Place your order with Caroline Newman, 166 Country Club Drive, NOLA 70124, 416-5011, ccnewman@cox.net. To be part of our new group certificate program, send a donation for at least $25 to Meredith Petrone (1113 Dante St., NOLA 70118) to be kept in your certificate account. When there is a condolence or a simcha, click the “forward” button and send an email to Meredith, meredithlake@hotmail.com,to add your name to a group certificate. Meredith will then deduct $5 from your account. The Hadassah Readers’ Circle will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 7 – 9 p.m., in honor of our associates. We will discuss Boychiks in the Hood: Travels in the Hasidic Underground, by Robert Eisenberg. All Hadassah members, associates and prospective members are encouraged to come! The meeting will take place at the home of Chick & Reda Scher, 2135 State St., New Orleans (RSVP: 504- 895-2333). “Blessed with a thoroughly secular sensibility, a lively sense of humor, and the Yiddish mother tongue, Eisenberg takes us deep into the heart of the contemporary Hasidic world, illuminates the esoteric, and makes the exotic familiar,” said Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus. Boychiks in the Hood is your passport to the Hasidic “underworld” — a destination far different from popular expectations. Eisenberg hangs out with an ex-Deadhead in Antwerp, makes a pilgrimage to the grave of the revered Rebbie Nachman in the Ukraine, munches mini-bagels with rollerblading kosher butchers in Minnesota, discovers the last remaining religious Jews in Poland, talks sex with a karate-champion-turned-rabbi in Israel, and more. Simultaneously respectful and hilarious, Boychiks in the Hood is a surprising and unforgettable journey through the world’s flourishing Hasidic communities that reveals this vibrant tradition as never before, according to reviews. Have you discovered a great book in 2013? At this meeting, we will select the books that we will read this spring, so we’re asking for each person to bring at least one suggestion —title, author and your thoughts about why the book would provoke lively discussion. We are also looking for hosts for upcoming Readers’ Circle meetings, which will be on Thursdays this spring. If you’re interested in hosting, please contact Fran Simon, marketing/ communications VP, at 504-858-3833. The 2014 Hadassah Membership Directory and Business Guide is AT THE PRINTER!!! LET’S CELEBRATE MAILING PARTY TIME IS COMING LATE JANUARY! While your little ones are in Sunday school or your big ones are sleeping. Be Ready to Join us for Brunch on a Sunday Morning Date to be announced SOON! WATCH FOR IT! Mailing Committee Chair: Barbara Kusnick Dear Hadassah Members, Associates and Friends, As my presidency draws to a close, I have taken some time to evaluate all that we have accomplished as a chapter during the past two and a half years. As I reflect on the legacy I will be leaving behind as president, one of the initiatives I am most excited about is the Hadassah Heroines & Heroes program. This “pet” project is important to me because it provides an opportunity for every member or associate to become an integral part of Hadassah’s mission. By committing to make an annual donation to Hadassah of just $100, you can join this critically important group of Hadassah supporters. As with many of our fundraising initiatives, we have created a fabulous piece a jewelry – a charm bracelet – that is available for purchase exclusively by Heroines/Heroes. (I’m certain our heroes have someone in their lives who will want this!) The charm bracelet is unique to the New Orleans chapter, and best of all, each year that you continue your commitment to the Heroines/Heroes program, you will be able to add a charm until your bracelet is complete. The Hadassah Heroines & Heroes program is open to all new and existing members and associates, and we encourage our life members/associates who wish to renew their support of Hadassah, to join. Please complete the registration form attached to our newsletter and become a Heroine/Hero today! Wishing you a year of personal growth, health and happiness, Sincerely, Julie E. Schwartz


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