What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
Being a nurse, and reading about all of the wonderful things that the Hadassah Medical Organization is able to do, for people of all races, faiths and ethnicities. The fact that Hadassah was started by nurses. Knowing that I can meet like-minded nurses, especially Jewish nurses, for the purposes of education and fundraising.
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
I read about a Hadassah Nurses Council Meeting being held in a local supermarket’s community room. At first, I went for socializing, but I was hooked from that first meeting. Within one month, I was elected vice president. That was in 2007. I became a life member in 2013.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I am currently a full-time occupational health nurse and a member of the City of Philadelphia Department of Health Board of Directors. I also work part-time for The Philadelphia Eagles! I have one son who is a full-time medical support technician and a part-time EMT and firefighter. I have nine grandchildren. I do lots of volunteer work for the Philadelphia MRC, the Bucks County MRC, the American Red Cross, and the 2nd Police District Advisory Committee. Several of my grands and I participate in JRA (Jewish Relief Agency) every month. I am very lucky as both of my parents are still alive, my siblings live far away and I have a partner who is very caring and thoughtful, most of the time.
As a nurse, what do you find most inspiring about Hadassah’s efforts?
The building of the Sarah Wetsman David Hospital Tower at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. The Philadelphia Nurses Council helped raise the money to build rooms that are specifically for the nurses. Hadassah’s doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are at the forefront of the world’s medical research and surgeries. The fact that medical professionals from Israel are first on the scene in national disasters. Hadassah is an amazing organization!
Previous Members of the Month
“I am inspired by Hadassah’s efforts to connect healthcare professionals internationally.”
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"Rather than just an organization, Hadassah is like family."
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Palm Harbor, FL
"I am so moved by all that Hadassah nurses have achieved in Israel in the past 100 years."
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"I chose Hadassah because its main focus is Israel."
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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.”
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Paula M. Schiff
Walnut Creek, CA
"Along with my wonderful Hadassah members, I have presented three Israel advocacy programs."
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"I love being part of a group where I feel a true kinship to the other members."
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“I love that Hadassah is this amazing organization for Israel, about Israel, in Israel.”
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Treasure Island, FL
“I love that Hadassah finds ways for every woman to get involved and get empowered to help others.”
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"I am proudest of the cutting-edge medical research done at Hadassah, including research on treating ALS, cystic fibrosis, heart stents, stem cell therapy and more"
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“When I hear about new medical advances that have come out of Hadassah, I feel proud to support Hadassah.”
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“Hadassah supports everything I feel strongly about.”
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“I grew up witnessing my mother’s deep commitment to Hadassah.”
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“A licensed interior designer who is honored to be a part of Hadassah.”
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“A prior service military engineer officer inspired by Hadassah.”
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"It is a great honor to say I am a Hadassah nurse."
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“For over 30 years, Hadassah has been the constant in my life.”
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"Nurses are the heart of Hadassah."
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"I enjoy being surrounded by bright, creative and talented women who share my passion."
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