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News & Views Volume 52, Number 125

Hadassah Santa Fe Chapter Summer 2013

VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Santa Fe Chapter of Hadassah Officers and Committee Chairs January 1, – December 31, 2013 Officers:

Vice Presidents/Membership Joan Less 954.1030 Ruth Wallack 986.0322 Vice Presidents/Program Carol Toobin 995.0188 Judy Tully 983.4337 Fundraising/Chai Valerie Frost 474.9244 Past President Valerie Frost 474. 9244 Carol Toobin 995.0188 Treasurer Lisa Sinoff 216.7733 Recording Secretary/Publicity Barbara LaMont 982.0928 Corresponding Secretary/Cards Sandra Levine 466.4041

Committee Chairs:

Advertising/ Friends Rose Daneman 983.5261 Tributes/Certificates/Trees Sandra Levine 466.4041 Mitzvah Project Joan Hershfeld 292.2839 Hospitality/Reservations Patricia Zisman 466.2968 Members-at-Large Lisa Freeman 820.3325 Sheila Gershen 988.3143 Reggie Klein 438.8150 Bunny Lichtenstein 473.4545 Lauren Peck 983-6536 Marcia Torobin 216.0672 Chapter Historian Marsha Reindorf 466.3881 Website Jane E. Siskin 988.5671 Bulletin Editor Marcelle Cady 231.5874 Bulletin Design Paula Eastwood 989.7675

Greetings, Hadassah Members


n recent months we have devoted so that more of our members participate in time and energy to projects that maintaining our medical and youth oriented have benefited Santa Fe. We have projects in Israel. raised money for playground equipment What follows is a discussion of some of for Esperanza and turned fabric on the the ways that Hadassah encourages and bolts into bed linens for their residents. accepts donations. Some fundraising is We’ve also contributed plush toys to the done on a local level. We organize events Teddy Bear project in conjunction with and either charge for attendance or ask Congregation Beit Tikva and co-sponsored for a donation. Such projects are labor the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration held at intensive, and there is a limit to how many Temple Beth Shalom on April 14, 2013. times we can keep asking people to plan We must now turn and execute big events. our attention to The money raised is fundraising for our funneled through our Hadassah projects. treasury, we send it on Based on projected to national, and they expenses determined give us credit toward by our national our quota. An easy headquarters, our local local way to help is by “quota” has gone up becoming a Friend of by almost a third. The Hadassah for $45 a quota figure is a goal year, with recognition that they would dearly in our quarterly like for us to meet. By bulletin. We also have Tzedakah (charity) box or Kupat Tzedakah, Charleston, the time you read this 1820, silver, National Museum of American Jewish our Chai Society the year will be almost History, Wikimedia Commons. members who give half over. As I write $360 a year, either in this we have sent in 18%. So it’s time to a lump sum or installments. This program get serious about donations. is being taken over by national – more on We have approximately 250 members this later! in our chapter, and our quota for 2013 is Some fundraising is done on the national $23,000. That averages out to about $90 per level. You have seen appeals that come to continued on page 9 member. If everyone wrote a check for that amount in January we would be done! But that is not real life. Our local Keeper of the Gate and Chai Society members give much more, as do the people who make in-kind donations and do not ask to be reimbursed. Many members do not contribute at all. We would like to increase our donation base

hadassah santa fe upcoming events Santa Fe Hadassah invites you to our third

Lunch and Mah Jongg Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Noon (check-in) to 4:00 Congregation Beit Tikva 2230 Old Pecos Trail Open to beginners and seasoned players. We will have teachers for beginners. Bring your group or bring your friends who always wanted to learn Mah Jongg. For reservations, send a check for $25 made out to Santa Fe Hadassah to: Carol Toobin 10 Clove Court Santa Fe, NM 87506 Official 2013 Maj cards are available at for $8 For more information, call Carol 817-422-1250 Proceeds benefit Santa Fe Chapter Hadassah programs

Save the dates Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 pm “What’s Happening in Israel” with Dr. Halley Faust, at the home of Marcia Torobin.

From Darkness To Light: A Kurt Weill Tribute Starring Robert Sinn & David Geist Sunday, June 23, 7:30 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm  Santa Fe Playhouse 142 E. DeVargas Santa Fe  87501 Tickets: $20 in advance $25 at door A dessert reception follows. Come enjoy a cabaret style evening with song stylist Robert Sinn accompanied by David Geist as they take us on a journey through the music and life of Kurt Weill. Weill was a German composer, active from the 1920s in Europe, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage, known Sunday, September 22, 2:00 pm Membership Tea at the home of Joan Less. Dates and times subject to change. Check e-blasts for more details.

Book Club We meet on 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 25: The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje July 30: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel August 27:  A Secret Kept by Tatiana Rosnay


for his prolific collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, and was best known for The Threepenny Opera which included the ballad Mack the Knife. Weill was a target of the Nazi authorities and was officially denounced for his populist views. He fled Germany in 1933, initially for Paris and ultimately coming to the U.S. Robert Sinn studied voice with Beverly Gile and Chris Calloway.  He honed his acting skills with the Santa Fe Summer Showcase and was Playhouse manager from 1991-1997. David Geist has had an illustrious career as a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach for such Broadway shows as Cats, Les Miserable and The Lion King. He performs locally at Pranzo Italian Grill. The team of Sinn and Geist was born 6 years ago and have done several programs together. The evening is underwritten by Linda Krull.  Tickets can be purchased at www. For more information and additional sponsorship please contact Carol Toobin ,, 817-422-1250.


Centennial Membership Campaign The 2013 Membership Campaign will maintain the Life Membership fee at $212. Annual membership is $36. Encourage a friend to join us! Give a gift of Life Membership!

If you like to cook or bake, have some ideas for programs or be willing to help organize an event, could manage our web site, take a chairmanship or an office, ( just to name a few things), we certainly could use your help.

Member News

We have lots of opportunities

Best wishes to our membership co-chair, Ruth Wallack, and Peter Merrill who were married on June 9. May they have a long life together.

Rabbi Leonard A. Helman Passed Away on Thursday, June 6th


for you to become involved in Hadassah. We have a wonderful time together and it’s a great way to make new friends. Let us know what you are interested in doing.

Rabbi Leonard A. Helman November 30, 1926 – June 6, 2013

“In the rising of the sun and its going down, We remember him.” Rabbi Helman had been a friend and Hadassah Associate member for many years and also a generous contributor. He loved coming to Hadassah luncheons and being asked to do the blessing before the meal. He was also a big supporter of Israel. “We used to have a Hadassah Shabbat with members reading different sections of the service. He set up the whole thing, even picking out the sections and who would read them. He used to joke about his Life Membership and how they told him if he joined that way it would just be a one-time expense but instead it meant he would keep spending by contributing for every function. He used to do opening convocations for our activities, usually with prayers and jokes.” —Marsha Reindorf

Please contact Carol Toobin, 817-422-1250 or anyone on the board if you have some time to volunteer.

Please let us know if you have any special event you would like to announce in our next newsletter which will be issued in September. Email

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honors & tributes

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 or in a lump sum. 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. Chai Donors: Susan Berk Fran Berlin Ruth Anne Faust Valerie Frost Dorothy Hoffman Phyllis Kapp Reggie Klein Linda Krull

Barbara LaMont Sandy Levine Sally Lowen Marlene Maslow Carol Pava Esther Rapoport Nora Segal Esther Sutin Marcia Torobin

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


Please contact Valerie Frost at 474-9244 for information. Mail checks to Valerie Frost, 127 Camino Escondido, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Youth Aliyah/Children at Risk. 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

FRIENDS OF HADASSAH Halley Faust Zoe Gayl Rita Grant Regina Klein Kovnat Family Martha Liebman Joyce & Gerald Levine Julia & Albert Nathanson Maridell Nochumson Esther Rapoport Marsha & Paul Reindorf Haskell Sheinberg Esther & Michael Sutin Margo Taylor Carol Toobin

MAKE A DONATION To send tree or donation certificates in


In memory of Kathleen Nickerson from Sandra Levine In memory of beloved father, William Baur, from Sandra Levine   In memory of Peter Hess from Thelma Walenrod   In memory of Peter Hess from Rita Grant

memory or honor of someone, please first call Sandra Levine, 466-4041. She will take down all the information and send out the appropriate certificate. Send check to our treasurer, Lisa Sinoff, 2614 Via Berrenda, Santa Fe, NM 87505. 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.


Thank You to Robert Sacks for his very generous contribution to Santa Fe Hadassah.


Spring Program in Review


If you want to invite wealth, harmony, and love into your home, you need not look any further than Feng Shui Master Practitioner and Hadassah member, Carol Olmstead. On Sunday afternoon, April 28th, Carol opened her home and spoke to us about the principles of Feng Shui. She talked how colors and placement of furniture and objects can make a

huge difference in our surroundings and relationships at home. It was also interesting that there were similarities between Feng Shui and Jewish ideas that many of us learned from our mothers growing up. I know that many of us went home with plans to de-clutter our house and garage. Thanks to Carol Olmstead, Carol Toobin, Judy Tully, Ruth Wallack

and Patricia Zisman who provided refreshments and to Sheila Gershen who welcomed us at the door. We have several wonderful events coming this summer that are listed elsewhere in the newsletter. We will also be sending out e-blasts throughout the summer to give you more details. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us.

Feng Shui with a Jewish Twist


events and social action

Teddy Bear Project for Abused Children The Teddy Bear Project of Hadassah and Congregation Beit Tikva, was to collect stuffed animals for child abuse victims in Santa Fe. It was a great success. Approximately 115 stuffed animals and 18 writing journals were delivered to the Solace Treatment Center (formerly the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center) on April 16th. The Center interviews, evaluates and treats approximately 20 children between the ages of 3 and 17 every month.   The Santa Fe New Mexican helped to publicize the project to the wider community. Hadassah is thankful to Joan Less (project chairman) and for all the kind teddy bear donations to this worthwhile project.

2013 Mitzvah Project We are raising money for another piece of playground equipment for Esperanza. We raised nearly $700.00 last year and Esperanza bought the greatest piece of all inclusive playground equipment. It had swings, a slide and a playhouse. I am sure you saw the picture. It was great. Let’s raise at least $700.00 this year and get them an other piece of equipment. The children, whose mothers are in counseling are so appreciative.  I am accepting donations now. Make checks out  to  Esperanza Battered Woman’s shelter and send to Joanie Hershfeld. 1223 Lujan St. Santa Fe,NM 87505. A great big hug to you all for your generosity. —Joanie


medical research

Hadassah to Participate in Global Stem Cell Research Consortium on Alzheimer’s Disease April 24, 2013


he Hadassah Medical Center is one of the prestigious participants in a global consortium sponsored by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), aimed at employing stem cells to eventually uncover the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, M.D., Ph.D, head of Hadassah’s Department of Neurology, is spearheading the research at Hadassah, which has received an initial grant of $100,000 from Cure for this purpose. Prof. Ben-Hur explains that neural stem cells are able to renew themselves and generate various types of brain cells. While such cells form the brain during embryonic development, it has become clear that the adult brain, like many other tissues, also contains resident stem and precursor cells. Brain regeneration, Prof. BenHur relates, “can be achieved by only two possible approaches: either introducing such cells to the brain by transplantation (necessitating their growth and manipulation in the culture dish prior to transplantation) or by inducing the injured brain’s own resident stem and precursor cells to exit their quiescent state and enter a regenerative mode. These two complementary approaches are under extensive research, in an effort to translate them into clinical reality.”

During the last decade, Prof. Ben- Hur and several other research groups have shown that neural stem and precursor cells have additional therapeutic properties that may prove applicable clinically. In particular, they have shown that these cells possess unique immunologic properties by which they suppress inflammatory processes in the brain. They also possess trophic properties by which they can protect brain cells from injury, and even facilitate regenerative processes by neighboring cells. Prof. Ben-Hur explains the impetus for his current research: “Having shown such therapeutic effects by transplantation of neural stem cells into the brain of animals with various disease models and since inflammatory and degenerative processes have critical roles in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, I hypothesized that the endogenous population of stem and precursor cells that reside in the brain may have a physiological role in protecting it from development of Alzheimer’s disease. The idea is that the resident stem cells in the brain do not just sit there awaiting injury, but may also have an active continuous role in protecting the brain. In the brain of Alzheimer’s disease, the physiological function of resident stem cells might be compromised, enabling the neurodegenerative process to develop.” Therefore, in this project supported by Cure, Prof. Ben-Hur explains, he and his team “will investigate whether mouse and human neural stem cells that carry mutations which lead to the early development of Alzheimer’s disease are defective in their functional properties of ameliorating inflammation and protecting their environment. To that end, we will perform in-vitro and

in-vivo experiments using co-culture systems as well as transplantation into animal models of disease. We will compare the ability of normal neural stem cells to that of Alzheimer’s neural stem cells in their ability to: (1) inhibit inflammatory processes; (2) promote neurogenesis and gliogenesis (generation of neurons and glial cells of the brain); and (3) protect the brain from neurodegeneration.” Putting this research into perspective, Prof. Ben-Hur notes that the goal is not to examine whether transplantation of stem cells will help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Rather, its purpose is to “examine whether the brain has a potential to protect itself from developing the disease by proper function of its resident stem cells.” This knowledge, he says, could lead to defining new ways for battling Alzheimer’s disease. The Consortium Team Along with Prof. Ben-Hur on the consortium team are distinguished researchers from domestic and international institutes, including: Doo Yeon Kim, Ph.D, Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MA); Kevin Eggan, Ph.D., Harvard University Stem Cell Institute; Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Mount Sinai (NY) School of Medicine; and Scott Noggle, Ph.D, New York Stem Cell Foundation. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., President of The Rockefeller University (NY) is pursuing related research separately funded by CAF. The “Stem Cell Bank” created during this research will be available to researchers around the world, enhancing the ability of global scientific discovery to proceed at a more rapid pace.   7

Clinical trial


Oral Insulin Pill, Based on Hadassah Medical Center Research, Cleared by FDA for Clinical Trial in US

he oral insulin pill (ORMD-0801), based on over 30 years of research by Hadassah Medical Center scientists, and developed by the Israeli company, Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc., has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Phase 2 clinical trials in the US. The orally ingestible capsule is indicated for those with early stage type two diabetes, when it can slow the rate of disease progression by providing additional insulin to the body and allowing the pancreas a respite. The pill delivery system has the advantage of mimicking insulin’s natural location and gradients in the body by first passing through the liver before entering the bloodstream. “We are very pleased to have the FDA clearance to proceed,” stated Nadav Kidron, Chief Executive Officer of Oramed. “The upcoming trial is a major milestone for Oramed and we look forward to continuing to progress ORMD-0801’s clinical development in the US.”

Oramed Pharmaceuticals Announces Successful Clinical Trial of Oral Insulin Capsule at Hadassah Medical Center October 6, 2010 ramed Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Jerusalem-based company partly owned by Hadassah Medical Center, has announced success of its clinical trial which tested the effectiveness of its oral insulin capsule on patients suffering from uncontrolled Type 1 diabetes. These patients experience unpredictable and dramatic blood glucose swings. “This study marks an impressive milestone for Oramed,” explains Nadav Kidron, Oramed’s Chief Executive Officer. Established in 2006, Oramed Pharmaceuticals is a pioneer in the field of oral delivery of drugs and vaccines that are traditionally delivered



via injection. Its technology is based on over 25 years of research performed by top research scientists at the Hadassah Medical Center. For over two decades, scientists in Hadassah’s Diabetes Unit, led by the late Prof. Hanoch Bar-On, worked to develop the technology for oral administration of insulin. A medical breakthrough in 2005 laid the foundation for the founding of Oramed Pharmaceuticals. Over the past two years, Oramed has successfully conducted various animal studies with its oral insulin. The positive outcome set the stage for Phase 1a and Phase 1b clinical trials, where the product was tested successfully on

healthy human volunteers. In August 2008, Oramed completed Phase 2a clinical trials, which revealed, for the first time, that an oral insulin capsule could be safely and effectively given to people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In May 2010, Oramed completed a Phase 2b clinical trial in South Africa, where the oral insulin was given successfully to Type 2 diabetic patients. Oramed’s unique oral delivery technology can potentially be used for other vaccines and medications currently available exclusively in injection form.  

vice president’s message continued from page 1 you either by post or through email based on particular holidays, current event disasters, or celebrations. This money is sent directly by the donor to the national organization where it is logged in and credited towards our quota without going through our Treasury. This is valuable fundraising for us because it relieves our members of the time-consuming work of organizing and carrying out individual functions. Just remember to put Santa Fe as your chapter if they ask for that information. The following are some of the ways that national provides for donations:  Keeper of the Gate–$1000 donation  Yahrzeits–A $1000 donation ensures that kaddish will be said for a loved one annually at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem on the Hebrew date of death  Centennial Path bricks–$1500 donation (you get 3 lines)  $5000 donation (you get 5 lines on a larger brick)  Road Tiles–$1500: colorful tiles at Ein Kerem, Mount Scopus, and Hadassah College which can be inscribed with a name  Recognition walls at Ein Kerem: $ 1000 – Research Patron $ 2000 – Wall of Healing $ 2500 – Wall of Promise

Sunday, June 16th, 4:00 pm at Center for Contemporary Arts

Hava Nagila (the Movie) The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival is kicking off its new series, “Summer Sneaks, Cool Films for Hot Times!” with a sneak preview of Hava Nagila (the Movie). Tickets for the sneak preview

 Israel Bonds–you can purchase them through Hadassah and then use them to pay a pledge or keep them  Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project– a kit which introduces the child to tzedakah and helps him/her to select an appropriate project that aligns with his/her interests  Matching Gifts–If you or your spouse work for, or are retired from, a company that matches charitable gifts, national will work with you and the company to ensure that your contribution qualifies to be matched. National would like to grow this method of giving because it brings in outside money. I would really like to hear from you if this seems like an option open to you.  Cards, Trees, and Tributes–various prices. Please use this avenue to make known your simchas or to honor others. This is a win/win for you–for a small donation you make known something important to you, you get the tax credit, and Hadassah benefits financially.  Chai Society–again. Many chapters across the nation have this program in one form or another. National is working to take over the billing if we ask them to, with the money going directly to them but being fully credited to the local chapter. Lots of treasurers and fundraising VP’s are happy to see this development. and post-film “ deli bites” reception are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information or tickets, go to or call 505.216.0612.


Fill the Void Recipient of the Israeli Academy Award for Best Picture.

However, they are instituting different levels from what we have traditionally had here in Santa Fe in an effort to get more people on board. They are starting at $180 a year for the Chai level ($15 a month – can go on a credit card), with $360 a year ($30/ month) being designated the Silver Chai level. This is a very doable sum, and I want to encourage those of you who have not really thought much about how we actually raise our quota money to consider the Chai Society as perhaps your method of choice. We will be seeing publicity about this from national in the near future. Hadassah’s financial obligations have grown through the years. We fund the bricks and mortar of our facilities and the salaries of all the people who work in them. Hadassah is a beloved institution in Israel and the model of cooperation repeatedly held up as an example of what is possible in that region. Please look at the many ways that we have to make financial contributions and find a way to incorporate one or more into your budget. Valerie Frost Fundraising VP 474-9244

“A History of Jewish Cinema” at NMJHS Annual Meeting “A History of Jewish Cinema: The Movies the Moguls Made” is the subject of a talk by Marcia Torobin at the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 9th, 2:30 pm, at Congregation Beit Tikva.



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