Message From Leadership

"A hundred times a day I remind myself that my life depends on the labors of other men [and women], living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give, in measure as I have received, and am still receiving."

—Albert Einstein


I came across these words as I perused Meditations from the Mat - Daily Reflections on the path of Yoga, by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison. As Yvette and I prepare to embark on our second year as chapter co-presidents, I reflect on the gratitude I feel for the board members and friends who have supported us in our quest to promote Hadassah’s values and philanthropy through both their labors and financial contributions in 2022. Yvette and I could not have navigated this year without you.


We are awed by the efforts of our immediate past presidents’, Marci Goldberg and Laurie Sheinhaus, as well as those who have preceded them who are too numerous to name and who have taken the time to mentor and train and guide us. We are filled with gratitude for Lynda White and Roz Cooper for bringing engaging programs to our chapter such as our upcoming invitation to a customized Jacobs-Jaffa Charlotte Jewish Heritage Tour with Rabbi Judy Schindler. The work of our wonderful Membership VPs: Anik Harrison, Lori Trapani, and Merril Schenkel brought our chapter a monthly Wine & Schmooze, November 30th’s Mammovan at the JCC, Mah Jongg cards, and Shop and Sip events. Laurie B Davis, our dedicated Fundraising VP, launched our successful Spring Fling Bingo, Honey Sale, and Belk Charity Sale despite the challenges of being brand new to Charlotte and to our chapter. Helene Schilian, our fantastic Zionist Education and Advocacy VP, has provided monthly thought provoking special bulletins and has set the tone of our board meetings with inspiring D’var Torah messages. Cheri Titlebaum, our Treasurer, navigated us through our transition to centralized banking which has been quite the maggilah! Karen Futtersak, our Secretary, continues to provide insightful feedback to Yvette and I. We are grateful for her board meeting facilitation and minutes as well as Co-Chairing the excellent BookTalk program. Judy Kaufmann is our unique treasure who keeps us steady in our focus on philanthropy and community networking. Elissa Vining and the Sunshine Committee continue their tireless work to obtain and prepare meals for Jewish Family Services. What a mitzvah for our community and a blessing to our chapter!! We are forever grateful to Aileen Greenberg-Kriner who continually delights the Greater Charlotte Community with her wonderful monthly Charlotte Jewish News articles highlighting Hadassah’s important contributions and efforts as well as co-chairing BookTalk with Karen. Sara Gottschalk does a super job maintaining our website. We are grateful to Robin Fine for taking the social media reins and keeping our online community alert to our activities. We thank Linda Reece for editing and publishing the monthly Hadassah Highlights bulletins. We send heartfelt gratitude to Amalia Warshenbrot and Linda Levy for hosting the excellent monthly short story discussions. Attendees always walk away having laughed a little, kvetched a little, and learned a LOT. We extend a special thank you to Beverly Maurice, our Lake Norman Area liaison, for helping us reach this fine community and for sharing Temple Emmanuel’s booth with us at the delight-filled Mona’s Deli Fest along with facilitating Beverly’s BookNook. We are grateful to Debby Rosenberger and Ellie Bantit for their Sun City fund raising. We thank Bleema Bershad for helping create flyers. We thank our wonderful volunteers who have assisted us with Game Day and Lox Boxes and more. And most of all, we thank YOU, our wonderful donors, for your ongoing support of Hadassah. Yvette and I will strive to make 2023 an educational, advocacy-filled year filled with delightful fundraisers and programs.


We are humbled and blessed to be part of Charlotte Metro Hadassah - “The Power of Women Who DO”


Wishing you and your loved ones a month filled with gratitude, good health, and happiness. Chag Sameach!

Yvette Jacobson & Gina Robins