April 2020


Dear Hadassah Members,

We are all of us carrying around so much uncertainty every day.  I could no longer put off making the difficult decision about our Gala Fundraiser.  When I put the question to a vote at our recent virtual Board Meeting—whether to keep, postpone, or cancel the Gala Fundraiser— the decision was overwhelmingly to postpone it until next spring.  No one knows what the future will bring, but our Gala is always such a simcha for the entire community that it will have a better chance to be that joyful celebration if we wait. Thank you for putting your trust in us.

In light of the pandemic, long-time Hadassah life member, Joy Pocasangre, wrote me “The best part …is that Hadassah Hospitals are fully functioning.  We can be proud of what Hadassah has given Israel and the world.” And Rhoda Smolow, our new National President shares, “we can once again stand proudly to say that our hospital is stepping up to offer what no other hospital can, a separate building, our iconic round building, to house patients suffering with COVID-19.” For full Message, click here

A Happy and Healthy Passover,

Ettie Davis, President

Upcoming Events

Hadassah Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 – 5:45pm

We miss seeing each other.  Share a glass of wine, a cup of tea, or whatever you like.  Bring your smile and help lift each other up. We want to know how you’re doing.

At no charge, sign up here to be invited to join the fun on Zoom!

Virtual Hadassah Magazine Discussion
Sunday, May 24, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Doesn’t it feel like everything is either postponed or canceled?  While Mother’s Day is still Sunday, May 10, we will be revisiting it 2 weeks later, Sunday, May 24, at 11:00am.  We are planning an exciting virtual program based on an article in the May/June Hadassah Magazine, which is due to arrive in your mailbox around May 15.  I believe it will be well worth the wait as we share together a deeply personal article, based on 6 teen girls each asking their moms difficult yet lively questions and their moms’ loving responses. 

The girls are some of the editors of the JGirls Magazine, an online literary magazine, which receives a grant from Hadassah Foundation, one of its sponsors, to encourage young women to develop authentic voices and leadership styles.  How would you answer? Enjoy reading the article and watch “with” your daughter/granddaughter as the article comes to life. Ettie’s granddaughter, Annie, is one of those teens fortunate enough to be featured as a JGirl editor.

You don’t want to miss being inspired by this virtual program.  Hadassah is all about passing on our values to the next generation.  Staying flexible is one of those values. At no charge, sign up here to be invited to share your thoughts on Zoom.

What People Are Saying

What people have said about
Thrive Be the CEO of Your Life:
Breast Cancer Awareness for All of Us

“I have gotten feedback from participants about how much they enjoyed being in a comfortable and safe place for such a personal topic. I know they got so much out of the program.”  —  Anna Gottlieb, Executive Director,  Cancer Pathways

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A program is in the planning stages that would include recognizing these members.

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Beyond Our Chapter

Innovative Treatment for Osteoporosis
Now Available at Hadassah Hospital

Patients with severe osteoporosis are now benefiting from the introduction of a new biological treatment at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. The drug, given subcutaneously by injection, is an antibody that works against the protein inhibiting bone formation. Given once a month for up to a year, the drug has just entered the “drug basket” of 2020 and can be given to patients unable to receive Forteo, the only bone-building treatment previously available in Israel. To read the complete story, click here.

Membership News

Welcome Members New to our Chapter:

  • Viviane Bunin
  • Lara Litov
  • Charlene Sandler

We Mourn the Passing of 

  • Barbara Lipman, mother of M. Benjamin Lipman (Lea)
  • Marty Duitch, father of  Zach (Jessica) Duitch and Jeremy (Hayley) Duitch
  • Joyce Strobel, mother of Ken Rudee (Stacey), Don Rudee (Gail), Lori Davidovitz (Larry)