Career and Family
I was born in New York City and moved to Atlanta in 1947. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA degree in accounting and worked in two local CPA firms while managing a family business throughout my professional career.
I was married to Philip, of blessed memory, for 49 years, and we have two grown children, Joel and Helane. I have been a Hadassah three-generation member for nearly 50 years, and I'm a proud member of the Circle of Founders and Keepers of the Gate.
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
I became involved with Hadassah when I was invited to a new member coffee when I moved into a new neighborhood. If you had told me then that I would go on to serve as an officer at the Group, Chapter and Region levels as well as being elected to the Hadassah National Board three times, I would not have believed it.
What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
I found my volunteer home in Hadassah. Working with like-minded women to further the Hadassah mission and support Israel has been a part of who I am as a Jewish American woman. Hadassah is real, and we are the women who Do! This is why I have worked for and supported the organization for all of my adult life.
Share something you would like people to know about you.
As a 20-year breast cancer survivor as well as being someone who is presently undergoing treatment for another cancer occurrence, I continue to be optimistic. I have my Hadassah family to support me as we all support Hadassah. My secret wish is to win one of the mega lottery drawings so that I could make a huge contribution to continue the work of Hadassah into the 22nd century.
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.”
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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"Hadassah is an amazing organization!"
Find out more about Marlyn Bradshaw›
"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.”
Find out more about Laura Freed›
"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"
Find out more about Judi Babcock›
“When I hear about new medical advances that have come out of Hadassah, I feel proud to support Hadassah.”
Find out more about Joyce Backman›
“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›
“A licensed interior designer who is honored to be a part of Hadassah.”
Find out more about Gayle Dorio›
“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."
Find out more about Ellen Audet›
“For over 30 years, Hadassah has been the constant in my life.”
Find out more about Elise Feldscher›
"Nurses are the heart of Hadassah."
Find out more about Dorothy Lasensky›