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Hadassah spring conference hosts cornucopia of topics

Left to right: Hadassah region President Anita Marmer, Joy Pollack, the Honorable Harriet Cornell, Elain Biner, Carolyn Fish, Dr. Richard Kroll, Susan Mitchell and Helene Kornstein
The Hadassah women of the Lower New York State Region joined together for their Annual Spring Conference titled, "Advocacy: Now is the Time" on May 18 Conference Chairs Elaine Binder and Helene Kornstein assembled the panel of guest speakers, all local advocates, to educate and enlighten the Hadassah women. 

The Honorable Harriet Cornell of the Rockland County Legislature spoke of "Advocacy in Governmental Issues" including her years advocating for women's rights both locally and in Washington, D.C. Cornell has been the first woman to chair the Rockland County Legislature since January, 2005, and she has been a legislator since 1984. Carolyn Fish, director of the Rockland Family Shelter, explained how the focus of the shelter is to empower women who seek support while theyexist in situations of domestic violence and abuse.

Dr. Richard Kroll, president of the Hudson Valley Political Action Committee, spoke of "Pro Israel Activism" as he dissected fact from fiction in the world of global politics in relation to the state of Israel.

Susan Mitchell, educator and organic gardener, spoke food resources, as she described the environmental impact of eating foods that travel an average of 1,500 miles to get to the table, utilizing chemical pesticides and petroleum based fertilizers versus the benefits of using locally grown organic foods, grown only with the aid of natural pesticides and fertilizers.

The keynote Speaker, Dr. Leonard Cole, author, lecturer and expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine, focused on "Coping with Terrorism -- Lessons from Israel." Cole spoke of the coping skills that the Israelis have adapted to live in a society surviving under the constant threat of terror and tactics they have developed to thwart terrorism. He advised us that despite the terror of 9/11 the country is no better equipped to adequately deal with terrorism today then it was back then. For example, the fact that the NYPD and NYFD still do not have a radio system in place to effectively communicate with each other and other support agencies on the same wavelength - which was a huge downfall discovered on 9/11. Meanwhile, the Israelis have developed a communication system to ensure a quick, effective method of communication between all emergency response units that could be also be adapted and utilized here.

Sharon Cadoff, the immediate past Region President, performed the installation of the incoming officers for the 2008-2009 Lower New York State Region Executive Board. President Anita Marmer will return for her second year of duty. Organization Vice President, Caren Caplan, Treasurer, Barbara Schoenberg and Recording Secretary, Roberta Roth-Hubelbank will also continue with the board. Area Vice Presidents Diane Relis, Amy Solomon, Frieda Strauss and Roberta Yagerman were also installed by Sharon Cadoff to continue their work with Hadassah.

The Lower New York State Region of Hadassah supports Hadassah's areas of Greatest Needs which includes the hospitals and research of the Hadassah Medical Organization, the Youth Aliyah Villages, Hadassah College Jerusalem, Young Judaea and the Jewish National Fund. For more information, call 623-5035 or check out www.Hadassah.org