December 2014 Members of the Month

Monday, Dec 1 2014

Caryn Gartner

Brett Pelchovitz Stern

Cincinnati Chapter, Central States Region
Cincinnati, OH

Married for 14 years to my college sweetheart, Noah Stern. We have two wonderful daughters - Shoshana is almost twelve and Leora is eight.

What keeps you busy?

I am a full-time real estate agent with Keller Williams, and I love what I do! I am a volunteer with Adath Israel Synagogue, a coach for Girls on the Run, the chair of the board at the Workum Fund, and an active parent with Camp Young Judea - Midwest.

What are your interests/hobbies?

I love to cook. I am also training for my first half-marathon this Spring!

Why did you become a member?

Through their time at Camp Young Judea - Midwest, my girls are being taught the importance of Israel and for standing up for the Jewish homeland. These are values that are dear to me, but I realized that I was not doing nearly enough to live those values. I joined Hadassah so that I could "walk the walk", and so that my kids could see me doing so.

One thing we should know about you:

I am new to Hadassah, and looking forward to getting more involved!

Isabel Shocket

Isabel Shocket

Richmond Chapter, Southern Seaboard Region
Richmond, VA

Mother Diana Shocket, Grandmother Barbara Shocket, and Aunt Sara Shocket Waskin are active in Jewish community and inspire me every day.

What keeps you busy?

Working with Hillel at Virginia Tech to enhance Jewish students' experience on campus and foster involvement in Jewish life beyond graduation. Participating in the Virginia Tech Interfaith Council. Serving on Virginia Tech's Committee for "Practice Civility" in the Division of Student Affairs to help all students develop their authentic selves.

What are your interests/hobbies?

Kayaking, foodie, hiking, social media, scuba diving, local music

Why did I become a member?

I am a grateful recipient of the Emily Sterling Gift! What an amazing opportunity to become a lifelong member of Hadassah!

One thing you should know:

I have visited 18 different countries and absolutely love any chance to explore something new.

Donna Wishna

Donna Wishna

I am a widow for two years and adjusting to being single, after having been married for 35 years. I lived in New York for many years, then moved to Vegas but kept the apartment in Manhattan and a home in Florida.

What keeps you busy?

Exercise/dance classes, canasta, socializing, dinners, lunches, and meeting with friends.

What are your interests/hobbies?

Cards, games, I like the casino, concerts, theater. I've been involved in children's and animals' charities, children's advocacy.

Why did you become a member?

I've always had a soft spot for Israel and my husband and I have been quietly involved with Federation and Jewish organizations for years. Hadassah seemed to be a natural fund.

One thing we should know about you:

Very loyal to my friends and family. My husband and I took care of an aunt for more than 20 years.


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