Rochester, New York Chapter

Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah in 1912, and it was in Rochester, NY, that the name Hadassah was officially adopted at the first National Convention in 1914. Although there were only 10 Chapters, 8 of them sent delegates to this Convention. Attendance was so small that the delegates were taken into the home of Henrietta's friend, Tillie Rose, who became Rochester’s first Chapter President (1914-1919). Her memory is honored every year with a special educational program that is open to the entire Chapter and our community. Our local Chapter currently has over 600 members, most of whom are Life members. We also have over 85 men who are Associates. Our Chapter has changed with the times. During the 20th century we created many individual Groups, based on age, stage of life, geography, etc. As of 2019, we have evolved back into one Chapter with no Groups. We continue to have evening and afternoon monthly book groups, and provide a wide variety of interesting, educational and social programs for our members and the community. We also have had a Medical Center Party every spring for over 60 years. This event raises much needed dollars for our continuously growing Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Our Chapter continues to raise funds for Hadassah’s many commitments, including Youth Aliyah and Young Judaea. Hadassah has grown to become the largest women's volunteer organization in the United States with over 300,000 members nationally. The Rochester Chapter is a strong and vibrant organization with women who participate, lead, and share their passion for all that Hadassah does in Israel and the United States.

Contact Us

P : (585) 381-6318

E : studsbride@aol.com

Mailing Address

Rochester, New York 14618


Hadassah Medical Organization Cards & Certificates
Med Org Cards and Certs

Buy Hadassah Medical Organization Cards & Certificates from these volunteers:
Joyce Heilbronner, Coordinator 442-9584
Sue Ann Baker 334-1778
Carol Yunker 385-3910
Eileen Jachles 383-1753
Florence Eppstein 244-4833
Barbara Cohen 272-7396

Rochester Hadassah Cookbook

The Rochester Hadassah Cookbook makes a wonderful gift for showers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new homes and other occasions.  The price is $18.00 and $22.00 to ship out. Contact Marlene Elkin 271-1871.

The Hadassah/JCC Shed

Please continue to support this important fundraising initiative.  Hadassah and the JCC get paid per pound for these textile donations and folks in needy areas in the US and abroad receive clothing and household soft goods.  REMEMBER:  No pillows, toys and household non-textile items – only clothing, shoes, purses, towels, sheets in tied plastic bags.  Thank you for your help and donations.

Youth Aliyah

There is no better way to help the children in the YOUTH ALIYAH villages than by purchasing certificates that can be used for any occasion.  Small Certificates are $5.00 and up plus postage; Large Certificates $15.00 and up plus postage. Contact Marlene Elkin 271- 1871.

Jewish National Fund Trees and Blue Boxes
Tree And Bird

Jewish National Fund Trees
Merle Markus 586-9436 or mbmarkus@hotmail.com
Barbara Weber smeyers@rochester.rr.com
Jewish National Fund Blue Boxes
Sue Baker 334-1778 or sueannbaker49@yahoo.com

Save Around Books
Rochester Save Around Books

Save Around Books are $20 each; call Debby Shulman 586-6654

l'Shanah Tovah, Rochester Chapter !

Have a happy, healthy and very sweet New Year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From our President


Dear Hadassah friends,
The 4 of us have finished our 2 years as your presidium.
We want to thank you for your continued support of Hadassah, and for being a part of the Rochester chapter.
We will continue to have wonderful programs.

---   Four chapter wide programs, in April, June, September, and sometime after the Fall holidays.  We thank the following
      women who are taking the lead on the programs:
—-  Harriett Shulman, Lori Friedman, and Joyce Heilbronner for our April program
       "Growing Up Jewishly in small town America"
—-  Monika Katzel and Marlene Elkin for our June Medical Center Party
—-  Martha Green for the September program on "The Media"
—-  Our last program, tentatively "Easy and Elegant Entertaining" is in need of a chair and a team.

•Marilyn Rosen will continue to create and send an e-bulletin every other month, and e-blast invites as needed
•Marcia Gabrilove Ladin will continue to create and send our paper bulletin 4 times a year
•Karen Lustig will keep our membership list up to date.
•Phyllis Hirsch will continue as our "webmaster"
•Monika Katzel will coordinate our fundraising. The Medical Center Party in June and the Annual Campaign in the late Fall will continue. Trees, Blue Boxes, Cards and Certificates, Cookbooks etc. will also be available.
•Toby Berke will continue as our "A plus" treasurer
•Eileen Jachles, 383-1753, will send out our cards –mazel tov, get well, sympathy –as we hear of those in need
•The Afternoon and the Evening Book Groups will continue. Watch the bulletin for details and books
•Other "meet –ups" will be planned around the Jewish Film and Jewish Book Festivals, and other times during the year. Lunch Out, Dinner Out, Movie Club etc. as there is interest
•OH YEAH.... don't forget the Shed at the JCC –bring your used clothing, fabrics, sheets etc. to the St. Pauly Box. We get paid by the pound and split it with the JCC.

While this is not as any of us had hoped, we feel the chapter will continue with this more limited structure. If you are interested in helping out on any of the activities, please contact Marcia at the phone or email below. She will get you to the right person and place!
Wishing you all good health and happiness!
Monika, Fran, Tammi, and Marcia
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin 585.820.5284 mladin@hadassah.org

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  • Presidium

    Monika Katzel

  • Presidium

    Marcia Gabrilove Ladin

  • Presidium

    Tammi Steinberg

  • Presidium

    Fran Studley

  • Recording Secretary

    Marilyn Rosen

  • Corresponding Secretary

    Eileen Jachles

  • Treasurer

    Toby Berke

  • Fundraising Coordinator

    Monika Katzel

  • Membership Coordinator

    Harriett Shulman

  • Programming Coordinator

    Emily Fishman

  • Education Coordinator

    Carol Shulman

  • Board Member at Large

    Martha Green

  • Board Member at Large

    Becca Horowitz

  • Board Member at Large

    Lori Karbel

  • Board Member at Large

    Merle Markus

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Membership Questions


(800) 664-5646

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(800) 237-1517

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