What is it about Hadassah that resonates with you?
I have been involved with Hadassah for over 30 years. What resonates with me is the passion and the love the women of Hadassah have for fighting for women’s rights; supporting an amazing hospital in Israel, and the research breakthroughs Hadassah Hospitals have made throughout the years.
How did you get involved with Hadassah?
My sister introduced to me to Hadassah when I moved to Rochester as a new graduate. There I met a group of woman that became lifelong friends of mine, and we had a lot of fun working together while raising our families. Hadassah has always been a part of my life. I was president of the Rochester Chapter, and shortly after moving to Las Vegas in 2005, I became president again of the Hadassah Southern Nevada Chapter. I also worked in both the Upper New York State Region and Desert Mountain Region in several capacities, and I feel so lucky to have made so many wonderful friends in Hadassah.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am from a very close-knit family of four sisters and their families. I went to school for my nursing degree at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. After I finished school and took my nursing boards, I went to Israel and spent almost a year there. When I came back I moved to Rochester, NY, and I worked in the hospital and then as a community health nurse. School nursing became my love, and I have been working as a school nurse between Rochester and Las Vegas for 30 years. Along the way, I got married to Alan and have two boys ages 29 and 31, and now have a beautiful daughter-in-law.
As a nurse, what do you find most inspiring about Hadassah’s efforts?
There have been so many things I have found inspiring throughout the years. Hearing and reading about the touching stories that have come from Hadassah Hospital and the difference we have made in people’s lives, has been the most inspiring. It has made me so proud to know that through the work I have done with my friends and family, we have been able to help so many lives.
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.”
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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!"
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"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.”
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"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"
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“When I hear about new medical advances that have come out of Hadassah, I feel proud to support Hadassah.”
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“Hadassah supports everything I feel strongly about.”
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“I grew up witnessing my mother’s deep commitment to Hadassah.”
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“A licensed interior designer who is honored to be a part of Hadassah.”
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“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."
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“For over 30 years, Hadassah has been the constant in my life.”
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"Nurses are the heart of Hadassah."
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