Penny Wenger and Charlie Libicki smallPenny Wenger and Charlie LibickiHadassah-Israel‘s largest fundraiser of the year, "Special Gifts" was held on December 11th at the Nefesh B'Nefesh Campus in Jerusalem.  Penny Wenger and Charlie Libicki were honored with the "Builders of Jerusalem" Award.

Penny, a Life Member of Hadassah-Israel, is active in the Eshel Chapter of Beer Sheva. In 2023, Penny will serve as the Vice President in charge of Women’s Health for her Chapter. Penny and Charlie have been generous donors over the years supporting projects at our Jerusalem Hospitals.

Anne Rothenberg, President of the Nachama/Tamar Chapter, chaired the celebratory luncheon. Representatives from Chapters within Israel participated, and visiting members of HWZOA, as well as staff, were included on the guest list.  


ann rothenberg nargalit raviv prof tamir ben hurAnn Rothenberg, Margalit Raviv, Prof. Ben HurCo-President of the Rafeket Chapter, Margalit Raviv, simultaneously translated the program to Hebrew. Professor Tamir Ben Hur, Chairman, head of The Division of Clinical Neurosciences at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center was the keynote speaker and talked about groundbreaking research on Alzheimer's Disease. 

According to Ben Hur, "This disease poses a threat to us as individuals and as a society; we are seeing promising developments in the coming years in the search for methods of prevention".

Hadassah-Israel has been fundraising for the Alzheimer Research Project.  All proceeds raised at Special Gifts go toward his department’s research.
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Anne Rothenberg and Annabelle Yuval presented “Special Recognition Awards” to those women in attendance, chosen by their Chapters, to be honored with the “Volunteer of the Year Award.”  Read about our Honorees.

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Attendees of the event were entertained by guitarist, Michael Dahan,  a contestant at Kohav Habah, with both Hebrew and English songs Members and guests attending Special Gifts 2022