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Profiles of our Keepers of the Gate

Fayge S. Cohen

Fayge became a member of Hadassah in 19457. She became a member of Hadassah because her mother, Mollie Siskind was a member.  Her mother was the first president and a Life Member of the original chapter in Valdosta Georgia , which her mother helped to start. Fayge grew up with Hadassah as a part of her life and her mother as role model to look up to. Her mother became a founder of Hadassah while she was president in Georgia .  Fayge became a Keeper of the Gate in 2006 because she wanted to support the most important Women's Group and the remarkable work they do, and wanted to give more than just the triple or double donor donation each year. She has held every position on the board and other chairs and worn many Hadassah "hats", including presidents of Rishona and Orlando Chapter. She has received the National Leadership Award in January of 1993 and was also Women of the Year. The women of her family are Four Generation Life Members and her family is Three Generation Associates strong.  She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah, as it is her favorite charity.  Fayge and her Family are shining examples to their commitment to Hadassah.

 

         Judy Cohen               

Judy became a member of Hadassah in 1961 in Columbus Georgia . She became a member of Hadassah when she was approached by the women of theColumbusChapter when her husband was stationed at Fort Benning Martin Army Hospital . She became a Keeper of the Gate in 1999 because she could designate her annual "keepers" gift to a Hadassah project of her choice. She chooses to support Stem Cell research because of her husband's family medical background. She wanted to support the most important Women's Zionist Group and the remarkable work they do worldwide. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Judy is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 

         Harriet Lake

Harriet became a member of Hadassah in 1950. She became interested in the various facets of Hadassah and because her mother was a member of Hadassah.  She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2000, because someone sent her a letter describing all the wonderful programs supported by the Keepers and she wanted to be a part of that.  She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Harriet is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

  

         Rosalind J. Levitt

Rosalind became a member of Hadassah in 1948. She became interested in the various facets of Hadassah because she was impressed with the intellect of the members she met. She became a Keeper of the Gate four or five years ago because she wanted to support cell stem research and the remarkable work they do. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Rosalind is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 

          Susan Livingstone                  

Susan became a member of Hadassah in 1985. She became a member of Hadassah because she believes in helping the local community, the Jewish community, and the worldwide community. Hadassah offered her the opportunity to do all three.   She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2000 because she wished to consolidate her commitment to Hadassah and to encourage others to do the same. Susan believes in leading by example.    She wanted to support the most important Women's Zionist Group and the remarkable work they do worldwide. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Susan is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

  

         Marjorie Pariser                 

Marge became a member of Hadassah in 1945. She became a member of Hadassah because she believes in the work of Hadassah, and that Jews should have a homeland and also a place for displaced Jews anywhere in the world. Hadassah offered her the opportunity to do that.    She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2006 because she wished to consolidate her commitment to Hadassah and to encourage others to do the same. Marge believes in leading by example.   She wanted to support the most important Women's Zionist Group and the remarkable work they do worldwide. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah. She believes that Hadassah is at the forefront of latest "medical miracles" and we need to support the Hospitals so the work can continue.

Marge also helped to form a night group called Lyla back in 1946. The held meeting and then formed the Chaverot group for all the women who worked. Hannah Rosenblum was the first president of this group and Marge was the program Vice-President. Marge went on to become President in 1989-1992. As the group grew in numbers, they felt meeting in the daytime was better and joined with the Rishona group to form the current group of Rishona-Chaverot with many more functions. Programs that Marge helped to promote included; bus trips, day trips, dinner shows, free member luncheons, Italian night fetes with spaghetti and entertainments. Marge helped to introduce the "Visions Singing Group" at one of their meetings. She brought doctors form the M.D Anderson center to speak, and Dr. Hanson of U.C.F Judaic to present his program at a Hadassah function. Marge helped to promote the night-time functions as well, and helped to raise many funds for Hadassah. She helped with a "Layette" for the "Hadassah Twins" that were adopted by Rishona-Chaverot at the hospital.   Marjorie is truly a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

  

         Rhea Rein

 Rhea became a member of Hadassah in 1963 and a Life Member several years later.   She became a member of Hadassah because her mother was a Life Member and her father an Associate Member. She believed in following their example in helping the local community, the Jewish community, and the worldwide community. Hadassah offered her the opportunity to do all three.   Rhea has been an active, interested participant in aiding and promoting the Zionist ideals. She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2006 because she wished to support the continuing medical research and advancements being made. Rhea believes in leading by example.   She wanted to support the most important Women's Zionist Group and the remarkable work they do worldwide. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah. Rhea has been very active on the board of Rishona and was Chapter Education Vice-President and Treasurer.  Rhea is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah. 

 

         Lena (Lee) Sami                  

Lee became a member of Hadassah in 1970 when she moved to Orlando . She became a member of Hadassah because at time Hadassah had a bowling league and lee was an avid bowler. She joined Hadassah and soon made many friends and learned of Hadassah's ongoing commitments to the Jewish community the United States as well as for Israel .    She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2007because she wished to consolidate her commitment to Hadassah and to encourage others to do the same. Lee believes in leading by example.   She wanted to support the most important Women's Zionist Group and the remarkable work they do worldwide, both here and in Israel . Lee has been very active in Hadassah and since joining has held many positions. She has been corresponding secretary, donor chairman, and currently does cards & certificates. Lee has favored us with her beautiful voice by singing the national Anthem and Hatikvah at many Hadassah functions since 1972. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah. Lee has also made her daughter, Renee Sami a Life Member of Hadassah.  Lee is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

  

         Marilyn Schwartz

Marilyn became a member of Hadassah in 1960. She became a member of Hadassah because at the time she was a young mother and new to a neighborhood in the Bronx, and she wanted to connect with other Jewish women, her community, and Israel . Hadassah offered her the opportunity to do all three.   She joined the Pelham Parkway Chapter of Hadassah. She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2007 shortly after moving to Orlando and joining the Rishona-Chaverot group. Marilyn believes in leading by example and wants to encourage more members to expand their commitment to Hadassah by becoming Keepers of the Gate.    She wanted to support the most important Women's Zionist Group and the remarkable work they do worldwide, and she is very proud to be a Keeper of the Gate. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Marilyn is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 

           Mardi Shader

 Mardi became a member of Hadassah in the late 1960's early 1970's. She became a member of Hadassah because of the generosity of her mother in law and she wanted to connect with other Jewish women, her community, and Israel . Hadassah offered her the opportunity to do all three.   She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2005. Mardi believes in leading by example and wanted to support the best Jewish Women's organization by becoming a Keeper of the Gate.    She wanted to support Hadassah and the remarkable work they do worldwide, and she is very proud to be a Keeper of the Gate. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Mardi is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 

         Zelda Siskind

Zelda became a member of Hadassah in 1949. She became a member of Hadassah when she moved to Sanford Florida . She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2007 because she wanted to support the most important Women's Group and the remarkable work they do. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Zelda is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.  

   

         Betty Diana Stein                  

 Betty became a member of Hadassah on August 11, 1976. She moved to Orlando at that time and became friends with women in Hadassah. She then joined Hadassah and Loved every minute of it.  She became a Keeper of the Gate in 2007 at one of Rishona-Chaverot's monthly meetings. Betty felt it was the right thing to do and a wonderful way to support Hadassah being a Keeper of the Gate.  Betty has worked very hard through the years, including serving a term as president. She has helped raise money in many ways, from spectacular musical shows, fantastic mystery nights, to selling entertainment books and many other ways to help raise money for the Hadassah Hospital . Betty also served a term putting out the bulletin. Her daughter, Carol is a Life member, and her husband, Daniel, has been an Associate member for many years. She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Betty is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 

         Barbara Weinreich                        

Barbara became a member of Hadassah in 1963. She joined Hadassah because of her extended Bornstein family, Ettinger, Morrell, Gluckman, were very active in Hadassah. Barbara found the programs presented at Hadassah meetings were mentally stimulating and captivating. She found the women warm, welcoming, and engaging. As a Zionist, they shared her beliefs as well.  She became a Keeper of the Gate the second year the program was available because she learned that the money would be used for medical research not available in the United States . She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah. Barbara is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 

          Rita Weissmann            

 Rita was a founding member of Hartsdale Hadassah in 1959.    She and her mother along with their friends; Carmi Schwartz, Hilda Landsman, and Frenchi Steller, formed the Hartsdale Chapter of Hadassah before moving to Florida.   She became a Keeper of the Gate sometime in 2003, increasing her generous donations over the years. She is a strong supporter of Stem Cell research and believes in the advantages this research can bring to the future.  Rita believes we in Hadassah need to attract young vibrate people to our groups and strive to promote the continuing of the Jewish family and life in Israel .  She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.   Rita is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

  

         Linda Wish                       

 Linda became a member of Hadassah in January of 1978. She became a Life Member in September 1993. She originally joined Hadassah in New York where she was living at the time, and then became a Life Member when she moved to Florida . She became a Keeper of the Gate on September 20th 2000 because she wanted to support breast cancer research because of her own battle with this disease. She is a strong supporter for finding a cure for this dread disease.   In 2001 Linda's name was added to the "Keeper of the Gate" Wall. Also, in 2001 she became a Founder of Hadassah, and then in 2007 a Centennial Founder of Hadassah.   She believes very strongly and supports all the efforts of Hadassah.  Her husband, Peter, and her three grandsons are Associates members of Hadassah. Her daughter and granddaughter are also Life Members as well. Linda is a shining example of her commitment to Hadassah.

 



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