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News & Views

Hadassah Santa Fe Chapter

Volume 52, Number 121

Summer 2012

PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE Santa Fe Chapter of Hadassah Officers and Committee Chairs January 1, – December 31, 2012 Officers: Co-Presidents Valerie Frost 474.9244 Carol Toobin 995.0188 Vice President/Membership Sandra Levine 466.4041 Marsha Reindorf 466.3881 Past-President Reggie Klein 438.8150 Treasurer Carol Pava 424.8781 Recording Secretary/Chai Sally Lowen 466.8688 Corresponding Secretary Patricia Zisman 573.0669 Committee Chairs: Advertising/Friends Rose Daneman 983.5261 Tributes/Certificates/Trees Esther Sutin 820.2931 Publicity Lisa Sinoff 216.7733 Mitzvah Project Joan Hershfeld 292.2839 Sandra Levine 466.4041 Hospitality Margo Taylor 983.1072 DMR Liaison Bunny Lichtenstein 473.4545 Mail Receiver Reggie Klein 438.8150 Members-at-Large Sheila Gershen 988.3143 Gloria Ballen 820.0550 Hadssah Cards Patricia Zisman 466.2968 Website Jane E. Siskin 988.5671 Bulletin Editor Marcelle Cady 231-5874 Bulletin Design Paula Eastwood

Hadassah’s 100-Year Centennial: Honoring America’s Jewish Women Leaders


id you know that May was “Jewish American Heritage Month?” I had no idea! In recognition, the Huffington Post did a special feature in its Religion section on Hadassah, tying it to our centennial celebration. The story is entitled “Hadassah at 100: Honoring America’s Jewish Women Leaders.” One hundred top leaders of Hadassah, including a few deceased ones, were featured. Each brief article included a picture of the honoree, some facts about her service to the organization, and, sometimes, her own words about her life in Hadassah. Here are a few snippets (minus the long lists of their accomplishments) from that lengthy feature: Karen Everett (Larchmont, N.Y.)— Hadassah is Jewish women from all across the country and around the world, of all ages and backgrounds, coming together to heal the world. Hadassah is the only organization where the power of women, in particular Jewish women, is brought to bear on some of the most difficult health and welfare challenges of our day.” Sue Mizrahi (Mamaroneck, N.Y.)—

“The most important part of my work with Hadassah has been the privilege of learning and teaching and strengthening my Jewish soul.” Luisa Narins (Harrisburg, Penn.)— “My husband will often ask me if I’m ‘Hadassah-ing,’ and the usual answer is ‘of course.’ The truth is that we are both deeply committed to Hadassah because we believe in the message and the work this organization stands for. Barbara Goldstein (the Deputy Director of the Hadassah Office in Jerusalem)­­— “I live according to Pirkei Avot - the task is not mine to finish, but I must be part of it.” If you have access to the internet, please look up the article. You may see women you know. You most certainly will encounter women you would like to know. http://www.huffingtonpost. com/2012/05/06/hadassah-at100-jewish-american-womenleaders_n_1472655.html We look forward to seeing you at our fundraising musical luncheon at Pranzo on June 24 and wish everyone a marvelous summer. Carol Toobin and Valerie Frost, Co-Presidents

hadassah santa fe upcoming events Celebrate Haddasah’s Centennial Year With Us A Special Fundraiser

LUNCH ON BROADWAY Sunday, June 24, 12:00 noon at PRANZO’S RESTAURANT 540 Montezuma St. $40.00 per person $18 for a special request song Enjoy a delicious lunch, followed by a musical program starring David Geist and Julie Trujillo. This entertainment has been generously underwritten by Linda Krull. This event is open to family and friends. Make your reservation early since there is limited seating. Proceeds to benefit Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Ein Kerem in Jerusalem Contact Event Chair Judy Tully, 983-4337, for more details. Send checks payable to Santa Fe Hadassah, to Carol Toobin.

Other People’s Money

Mah Jongg and Bridge

The award-winning play, Other People’s Money, will be performed at the Santa Fe Playhouse, June 14 -July 1st, Thursdays thru Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. This play features one of the great characters in theatre, “Larry the Liquidator,” a successful corporate raider who has become rich by buying up companies and selling off their assets. In 1991 the play was made into a movie starring Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck. With the Wall Street turmoil today, the story is as relevant as when it first opened in New York. The dialogue is smart, funny and at the same time tremendously interesting. Written by Jerry Sterner and co-directed by Ron Bloomberg and Barry Hazen, the play features a cast that all have Broadway backgrounds. This is a must-see production! Tickets are selling fast.  For reservations call the Santa Fe Playhouse at 988-4262 or go online at http://www.

Mah Jongg anyone? With such a terrific response to our first Mah Jongg day in November, we are having another event on August 7th at Temple Beth Shalom. Again we will have maj teachers available to improve your skills. It is a great way to meet new people with common interests (what is better than maj and food?) or to find a sub for your game. Please let us know if you would like to participate. Would you chair this event, bring food, teach, help set-up or clean-up—or just come? Email Carol Toobin, or call her at 817-422-1250.

Book Club The Hadassah Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of every month, except December, in the library of Temple Beth Shalom at 9:45 am. Everyone is invited. Come join us. June 26

All the Living

by C.E. Morgan

July 31

The Tiger’s Wife

by Tea Obreht

August 28 Room

by Emma Donoghue

Sept. 25

Cleopatra, A Life

by Stacy Schiff

How about Bridge? Have you always wanted to learn to play bridge or has it been a long time since you have played? Contact Marcia Torobin,, or call 216-0672 if you are interested in taking lessons. Men play Mah Jongg, too! The Men of Mah Jongg written and directed by Richard Atkins, dramaturgy by Mark Medoff is playing at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque thru June 24 – Friday/ Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. Information at or phone 505-898-9222.

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival SFJFF will present “A Portrait of Wally” at CCA on September 9th. This fascinating documentary examines the historic court battle over Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally, a Nazi-looted painting that was stolen from a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna and wound up in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. More details soon.

SAVE THE DATE! Membership Tea

August 26th, at the home of Dorothy Hoffman



Spring Programs in Review


he spring winds couldn’t stop our chapter from having a busy schedule of food and friendship and birthday parties. On March 25th, Reggie Klein, Sally Lowen, Sandy Levine, Patricia Zisman, Joanie Hershfeld and Carol Toobin celebrated Hadassah’s Hundredth Year at a statewide birthday party in Albuquerque at Congregation Albert. The program included history and songs from each decade, films and remembrances, including Reggie’s talk about the history of the Santa Fe chapter. We enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by two birthday cakes and enjoyed making new friends with ladies from Albuquerque and Los Alamos. We also sponsored two onegs, one at Temple Beth Shalom (March 30) and the other at Congregation Beit Tikva (April 27). Valerie Frost spoke about Henrietta Szold and Barbara LaMont talked about the service

to Hadassah of her mother Leah Kellogg. More wonderful food and cakes! Thanks to the following who helped plan, set-up and clean-up: Margo Taylor, Barbara LaMont, Valerie Frost, Lauren Peck, Patricia Zisman, Kate Shane and Carol Toobin. On April 1 our ladies spent a delightful afternoon with Randee Kaiser, Lt. Col (ret). Randee took us around the world with a wonderful slide show of all the places she was assigned to in her years with the Air Force. Her stories provided much insight into the military life of a Jewish woman, from such remote areas as Central America, Antarctica and Afghanistan. Many thanks to Judy Tully, who was our hostess for the event. Fifty-eight women and men filled our room at Hotel Santa Fe on May 6 for our annual Spring Luncheon. We had a delicious buffet lunch, followed by a short meeting, and a musical afternoon with our guest speaker Kate Shane. Kate gave us the history of the harp. Not only did she play for us but also taught five lucky ladies how to play “Frere Jacques” on student harps. A special thankyou to our underwriter, The Estate of Leah Kellogg, and our sponsors, Fran Berlin, Valerie Frost, Barbara LaMont, Joyce Levine, Sandy Levine, Sally Lowen, Kate Shane, and Carol Toobin. Also thanks to Sheila Gershen and Sandy Levine who welcomed everyone at the door. Enjoy the pictures of our events. See you at our next special fundraising affair in June.

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Chai Society


Chai is our major fund raiser each year. Chai membership is $30 a month or $360 for a year. It can be paid in installments and a person’s year begins on the first of the month in which we received the donation. We have been able to meet our yearly commitments to Hadassah plus additional funds for the hospital, Young Judea Camps, and Hadassah College. We encourage every one to consider this level of donation for our Chapter.

Lillian Bristol & Haskell Sheinberg Halley Faust Zoe Gayl Rita Grant Dorothy Hoffman Regina Klein Kovnat Family Martha Liebman Joyce & Gerald Levine Sally & Steve Lowen Julia & Albert Nathanson Maridell Nochumson Esther Rapoport Marsha & Paul Reindorf Esther & Michael Sutin Margo Taylor Carol Toobin

Chai members : Susan Berk Frania Berlin Ruth Anne Faust Yolanda Hesch Dorothy Hoffman Phyllis Kapp Regina Klein

Linda Krull Barbara Lamont Sandra Levine Sally Lowen Marlene Maslow Carol Pava Esther Rapoport Nora Segal

Keepers of the Gate


eepers of the Gate contributions further education at Hadassah College Jerusalem, support medical breakthroughs and treatments at Hadassah Medical Organization, foster Jewish continuity through Young Judaea, and help disadvantaged children through Youth Aliyah/Children at Risk.

Mitzvah Project Jeanette Baca has sent us a photo of the shelter playground equipment and “thanks us for all the support and fundraising that you and your terrific group of women did for the children of the shelter. We really appreciate all the assistance!” Our Mitzvah project supporting Esperanza is ongoing during 2012. Please consider another contribution. Send check made out to Esperanza to Joan Hershfeld, 1223 Lujan Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. ­—Joanie Hershfeld Mitzvah chairman


Esther Sutin Carol Toobin Please contact Sally Lowen at 466-8688 for information and membership.

As a Keeper of the Gate you may direct your annual gift to the project of your choice, or direct your gift to Haddasah Greatest Need, empowering Hadassah to apply your gift to its most critical project. The designation can be changed each year. We are grateful to Julianne and Robert Sherman


In memory of Jack Herbst from Joyce, Joe, Abbie and Michael Herbst

MAKE A DONATION To send tree or donation certificates in memory or in honor of someone, please call Esther Sutin, 820-2931. She will take down all the information and send out the appropriate certificate. Send a check to our treasurer, Carol Pava, 261 Plaza Canada, Santa Fe, NM 87501. If you would like to make a donation to Hadassah which does not require a certificate, please send the donation directly to our treasurer. All donations will be listed in the bulletin.

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Membership News­—


oth locally and nationally, last year’s $100 Life Membership Campaign was a huge success. Almost 100% of our Chapter’s members are now life members. A huge thank-you to everyone! To celebrate Hadassah’s Centennial in 2012, another special offer is available for Life (including Child and Associate) Membership. This year, Life Memberships are $212 and include a thank-you gift of a sterling silver and

crystal key on an 18” chain. The offer is only valid during this Centennial year, January 1-December 31, 2012. Please contact Sandra Levine, Membership Co-Chair, for a 2012 Membership application (505-4664041; We welcome new Life members: Gail Karr Joan Less



n memory of our dear Leah Kellogg, one of the founding members who started the Santa Fe Chapter in 1975. In 1992 she was selected to receive the 6th Annual National Leadership Award by Hadassah. Please share your memories of our chapter history (send to Marcelle Cady for our future bulletins.


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Henrietta Szold

Diary of A Director General

Prayer by Tamar de Sola Pool on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Henrietta Szold in 1860.


By Prof. Ehud Kokia Director General, Hadassah Medical Organization


enrietta Szold began life in the turmoil of America’s Civil War. She closed her eyes on the eve of an atomic bomb’s thunderous end of the Second World War. She had seen the unparalleled woe of her people and the terrifying destructiveness of Hitler’s evil spirit as an overshadowing climax of the Dreyfus trial, the Kishineff massacres, the Polish Pogroms. But she had seen also the awakening of her people. She pioneered in the cause of Zionism in America and in the Land of Israel. Two thousand years after the Maccabees, Henrietta Szold relived the story of their valor


and dedication to their people’s freedom. Henrietta Szold was humble in spirit, but mighty in action. Honor and fame were thrust upon her; but service she herself sought passionately. Out of the sorrow of her people and the cry of its children, she helped the new Zionism to rise. Of her it may be said: she put heart into the hopeless and delivered the helpless; she was mother and father to the orphan; she took up the cause of the poor, wore justice as a garment and charity and kindness as a robe. Youth and elders sat at her feet and men and women sought her counsel. On this the 120th anniversary of her birth, we remember Henrietta Szold as the humble servant whose loving kindness and supreme dedication brought light into her people’s life. We of Hadassah pray that with each passing year we may gain strength to carry forward her vision.

Dear Family and Friends of Hadassah, When I came to Hadassah, everyone was excited and involved in the move to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Everyone was committed to the project; everyone was energized by the task. Everyone took to heart the words: “We’re not waiting for the future. We’re building it.” These are important words – words that apply to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, but even more to the entire Hadassah Medical Organization. Reflecting on Hadassah’s 100-year history, I believe that building the future has always been Hadassah’s priority. Here, I am proud to announce that for the first time in Hadassah’s history, a woman will be in charge of one of our hospitals. Next week, Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach will become Director of the Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus. A Hadassah alumna, she is a graduate of our Medical School and completed residencies in both Pediatrics and Hospital Management here at Hadassah. Osnat Levtzion-Korach believes that Hadassah’s most valuable asset is its people – the people who come to us as patients along with their families, and the people who are there to help and heal them.

Medical report


have heard the term, “the yoms” used in the Diaspora to describe the commemorative season that begins immediately after Passover. In Israel, we don’t think of these as isolated days, but of a somber week of introspection and mourning that ends with celebration. We move from Holocaust Day to Memorial Day to Independence Day. Our TV and radio programming reflects this mood, with many programs on history and personal stories that remind us of the struggles of our people and enormous efforts to establish the State of Israel. Hadassah has been a partner in every stage of Israel’s development. I’d like to take this opportunity to honor our physician soldiers. One aspect of life in Israel is that in addition to putting in long days treating patients and doing creative research, a large percentage of our physicians are officers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). They continue to serve in Reserve Units until their fifties. Here’s the story of one: Dr. Eitan Gross, a brilliant pediatric surgeon. For six years after High School, Dr. Gross served in one of the army’s toughest and most prestigious Special Forces units: the Naval Commandos, called Shayetet 13. He was the first religiously observant young man to serve in the unit. After giving six years of his life to this tough unit, he spent another six years at Hadassah’s medical school. In those years and for many years later, he continued to change from his green surgeon’s scrubs to his frogman’s wetsuit, taking part in many daring (still classified) underwater operations. Later, he switched to be the commandos’ physician, first continuing on the sea with secret operations and until today serving as their personal doctor.

I caught up with Dr. Gross today, as he was on his way to a Memorial Ceremony for three of his comrades. Where did the fighting spirit come from in this gentle physician? “My parents were both in the Shoah,” he said. “My father was sent to Russia, and later to work camps in Siberia. My mother was sent to Auschwitz. She thought my father was dead. When she returned to her town in Slovakia, she asked who of her family had survived. ‘Only your husband,’ she was told. She fainted. For two and a half years, she’d thought she was a widow. They reunited and made their way to prestate Israel. “I was born in Tel Aviv in 1954. They didn’t talk much about the Shoah, but I knew that I wanted to be a combat soldier. I lived near the sea, and in high school got the idea that I wanted to be a Naval Commando. I managed to pass the rather difficult qualifying course. My mother told me later that she’d never slept through the entire night through while I was in the Navy. On the other hand, my parents had pride that having been helpless once, they had a son who was a serving as a defender of the Jewish people.” Dr. Gross and his wife Shalvit Landau have three children, all of whom have also served in the IDF. To our 330,000 members of Hadassah he says on the cusp of Independence Day, “We have had many challenges as a Nation, and face still more,” he says. “But I couldn’t imagine myself or my children living anywhere else.” Hag Atzmaut Sameach. Happy 64th. —Barbara Sofer, Israel Director of Public Relations Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America (April 25, 2012)

Honoring Our Soldier Physicians

Dr. Eitan Gross

(Upon reading about Dr. Gross in Mrs. Sofer’s Jerusalem Netletter, the grandmother of one of Dr. Gross’ young patients e-mailed Mrs. Sofer to convey that Dr. Gross saved the life of her grandson during 2008-2009. “For three intensive months,” Elisheva Sompolinsky said, “he came daily at hours that were unbelievable to care for this child who was fighting for his life.” He did so with such humility, integrity, and responsibility that it was life inspiring. Before us stood one of the most unique people I have ever seen in action.”)



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