Career and Family
I have always been involved in tikkun olam. Our family relocated 15 times as my husband's corporate career evolved. This necessitated "re-inventing" myself each time in both my career and community involvement. At each opportunity, I became involved in organizations that gave back. I worked for the Chagrin Valley Therapeutic Riding Association. I was involved in ORT. I served on many different boards of directors - for four Jewish temples, for the Lexington, KY Arts & Cultural Council and the American Women's Group in Paris, to name a few. When I came to Naples, I found Hadassah. This organization is the synthesis of everything! It is the perfect combination of sisterhood, advocacy - working to better the community and the world, ensuring the state of Israel and promoting Jewish values. It is all rolled into one!
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
I began as chairperson of the Crown of Esther program, which is now the Chai Society program. After several years, I became chairperson of the Nominating Committee. I helped on various committees and attended board meetings to better understand the operational workings. In 2016, I became co-president of our chapter with my good friend, Karen Cohn.
What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
I believe in humor! I love to make people laugh and I always try to provide a positive approach even while I am kvetching! We need Hadassah! We need to do more! We need to come together and help one another! I want to thank all Hadassah members who work hard -- we are providing funds for ground-breaking medical research, for humanitarian work, and to repair the world. I am honored to be a small part of it!
I am a licensed interior designer and have been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers for more than 30 years. In addition to keeping active with design clients, I am an avid orchid grower and mah-jongg player. I enjoy teaching both orchids and mah-jongg at Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy. I also work part-time for a cardiologist, helping in the office. Throughout my career, I have managed different companies -- design-related and others, such as a large art gallery headquarters and even a forklift company. I love working with people and making a difference.
Previous Members of the Month
"Her grandmother made her a life member at birth."
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Los Angeles, CA
"She gives much of her energy to repairing the world."
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"Hadassah has taught me to be a stronger advocate for Israel, Zionism and Jewish values."
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"Sarrah works with a technology start-up company, building global strategic partnerships."
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"I chose Hadassah because its main focus is Israel."
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"She finds it incredibly important to give back to the community she was raised in."
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Las Vegas, NV
“Board certified pediatrician passionate about Hadassah.”
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“I owe much to Hadassah, including meeting my husband.”
Find out more about Randi Cohen›
Paula M. Schiff
Walnut Creek, CA
"Along with my wonderful Hadassah members, I have presented three Israel advocacy programs."
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"Melissa founded the “Leorah” chapter."
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Maxine, Rochelle and Alana Schube
"Our goal in coming forward with our story is to show that breast cancer doesn’t care how old you are."
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Martha Jo Katz
"For 18 years she worked a model."
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"I love being part of a group where I feel a true kinship to the other members."
Find out more about Lori Reszutek›
San Diego, CA
“From the beginning, I have been impressed that Hadassah is almost completely volunteer driven.”
Find out more about Lori Good›
“I love that Hadassah is this amazing organization for Israel, about Israel, in Israel.”
Find out more about Leslie Gonzalez›
Vernon Hills, IL
"After losing her vision, Keeley developed a line of hair fragrances."
Find out more about Keeley Kossof›
"Katie hopes one day to help her daughter become a Young Woman of Hadassah."
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"Holly has spent most of her career doing communications and PR for nonprofit groups."
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“Hadassah supports everything I feel strongly about.”
Find out more about Helene Schilian›
“I grew up witnessing my mother’s deep commitment to Hadassah.”
Find out more about Hannah Cohen›