November 2014 Members of the Month

Saturday, Nov 1 2014

Lita Natascha Asscher

Lita Natascha Asscher

Hadassah Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Philadelphia, PA

I'm single, but crazy about my family in Amsterdam. I have two brothers who both have two beautiful kids and incredible parents who have been married for 44 years.

What keeps you busy?

Running Royal Asscher Diamond Company worldwide together with my brother and father. It is very exciting to be the sixth generation of our amazing company and keeping the company high in ethics, social responsibility and making the most beautiful jewelry and diamond pieces in the world.

What are your interests/hobbies?

I love sailing, cooking and travelling. With my job, travelling almost is what I do for a living so I get the chance to see a lot of the world, however when on a true holiday I enjoy even more figuring out new places and getting to know new cultures. Sailing I have been doing with my father since I was a little girl, I have had my own sailing boat (a little one) since I was 12. We still sail a regatta in Holland each year together in the summer.

Why did you become a member?

I love what Hadassah stands for and supports and get motivated by all the incredible women that are part of the organization.

One thing we should know about you:

I bike to work every day in New York.

Lisa Bertaccini

Lisa Bertaccini

Sacramento Chapter, Central Pacific Coast Region
Sacramento, CA

I am an LCSW who recently retired from Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services where I was the Chief of Child and Family Mental Health for close to twenty years. My husband, Joel Elias, and I moved out to California from the East coast thirty-three years ago when he won the Principal Trombone position with the then Sacramento Symphony. We raised two wonderful sons here and have been members of Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS) for over twenty five years.

What keeps you busy?

I am active in my congregation, currently teaching a 4 week course on Arthur Green's book, Seek My Face, as part of High Holy Day preparation. I am also still very active professionally: I am an adjunct Professor at American River College where I teach in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department. In addition, I am a CSUS Field Instructor for the MSW Internship Program at United Advocates for Children and Families. I spent ten weeks this summer at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA as a Military Family Life Consultant where I worked with children of military parents stationed there. I am the Treasurer of the Restorative Schools Vision Project, am a Board member of Therapists for Social Responsibility, am a Board member of The Israel Civil Voice Alliance (TICVA) - fostering local civil discourse on Israel, and am a friend of the Board of Directors of the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY).

What are your interests/hobbies?

I love so many things! My biggest passion is my pursuit of Jewish spirituality. I have my own meditation practice and lead meditation groups. I study mussar with Rabbi Nancy Wechsler-Azen of CBS, have an active mussar practice and have just enrolled in the local Florence Melton School for Adult Jewish learning. I participate in two local Rosh Hodesh groups. I write with a Peace and Social Justice writing group that is part of Therapists for Social Responsibility. I work with an Ayurvedic yogi and am learning pilates. I love to read. I love to travel. I love to spend time with my family and friends.

Why did I become a member?

I became a member because growing up I don't remember a time when my mom was not a member of Hadassah. It seemed like something I should have done ages ago. My mom is now 89 years old and it does my heart good knowing I am carrying on this important family tradition.

One thing you should know:

That I feel extraordinarily blessed in my life and am honored for being asked these questions.

Chloe Leibowitz

Chloe Leibowitz

WISK Group, Hadassah Valley of the Sun Chapter of Desert-Mountain Region
Phoenix, AZ

Chloe is a member of Hadassah Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a busy working mother of four and grandmother of six. She came to the Valley over 30 years ago for a visit and decided to stay. She said, "It felt like home."

What keeps you busy?

Keeping busy is never a problem for Chloe. She is an R.N. and has a B.S. degree in Healthcare Administration. Her work has taken her on adventures around most of the world, including Budapest, Hungary, where she lived and worked for Bristol Meyers- Squibb as a mentor. She has also worked as a diabetes educator for the pharmaceutical industry, and she currently does contract work for them as well. One of her passions is being a nurse in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

What are your interests/hobbies?

Aside from her work, Chloe adores her two Labrador Retrievers, going to the movies, and helping to care for her grandchildren, who live in the Valley.

Why did you become a member?

After meeting and becoming good friends with members of her synagogue, she decided to become a member of Hadassah. She's become a wonderfully active participant in our group and thoroughly enjoys all of our programs.

One thing we should know about you:

Her work has taken her on adventures around most of the world, including Budapest, Hungary, where she lived and worked for Bristol Meyers Squibb as a mentor.


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