venueHadassah-Israel’s Annual Conference was held in-person for the first time in over two years. This year’s conference, with the theme “Beating the Odds; Overcoming Life’s Challenges” was held at the beautiful Hotel Yehudah in Jerusalem. Over 160 Hadassah members and friends attended.

The conference was planned by a committee from (English-Speaking) Levonah Chapter, Hadassah-Israel, under the guidance of co-chairs Ellen Graboff Shemesh and Rose Scharlat, with generous assistance from Lone Salomon Lehr of the Hadassah office.
To say that the conference was a smashing success would be an understatement. We hope that everyone there made at least one new friend, learned something new and had a grand good time.
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Rose Scharlat and Ellen Graboff Shemesh,
Conference Co-Chairs
Lone Salomon Lehr
welcomed everyone
Michal Shmueli,
President of Hadassah-Israel
Shosh, from the HI office,
helped us hold everything together
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National Board Levonah’s new co-presidents
are installed by Lona
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Presidents of the chapters that hit or greatly exceeded their fund-raising goals in 2021
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Barbara Sofer, VP of PR,
Prof. Smadar Even Tov Friedman, 
head of Medical Department of 
Neonatology at HMC
Dr. Elisheva Leiter
introduced us to
Different Thinking About Stress

Yoav Yokfaz, discussed
Humor and Positive Thinking
with the Hebrew-speakers

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Dov Lipman with aunt and uncle,
Sandy and Stuart Billauer.

Dov Lipman on the challenges
of making aliyah and his experience
as a MK. He also reported on the
Ukraine refugee situation

Ellen and Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky, former
Minister and MK, shared about 
his imprisonment and his life.
An incredible hero.
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Ruth Keidar from the ADL spoke on
Overcoming Challenges and
Israel Diaspora Relations.

Ariana Berlin told us about her
Lone Soldier experience. 
Racheli Frenkel,
mother of Naftali Frenkel. 
Yossi Hagiel and Lior Sinai,
CEO of an Association Brigade
and Heritage officer
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Hadassah Members enjoying the conference 
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Meir Barbi was our entertainment.
He spoke of his experiences growing up
in the Jewish Institute for the Blind
and how HMC assisted the children.
Meir Barbi and
Bonnie Bachenheimer
Meir sang and played the flute
nd we all had so much fun!
Frida Tin led us in singing Hatikvah.
Beautifully done!