Hadassah Northern NJ Myrtle Wreath brunch
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Hadassah Northern NJ Myrtle Wreath brunch

Standing, from left, are presenter Adele Shafman, Bernice Fleischmann, Judith West, Alice Goldfarb, Wendy Salkin, Lauren Babus, Pnina Govrin, Lauren Rublin, regional president Stephanie Z. Bonder, and presenter Lila Barsky. Abby Vine, Marlene Markoff, Claire Rosenbaum, Miriam Adelsberg, Marilyn Ziemke, and Irene Goldie-Petras are seated.
Standing, from left, are presenter Adele Shafman, Bernice Fleischmann, Judith West, Alice Goldfarb, Wendy Salkin, Lauren Babus, Pnina Govrin, Lauren Rublin, regional president Stephanie Z. Bonder, and presenter Lila Barsky. Abby Vine, Marlene Markoff, Claire Rosenbaum, Miriam Adelsberg, Marilyn Ziemke, and Irene Goldie-Petras are seated.

Linda Scherzer, director of the CRC of Greater Metrowest, a former Middle East correspondent for CNN, and the founder of the Write On For Israel program, received Hadassah of Northern New Jersey Region’s Myrtle Wreath award on November 6. In addition, “Women of Valor” from local chapters were honored at the annual Myrtle Wreath brunch at Congregation B’nai Shalom in West Orange.

The Myrtle Wreath is awarded to a community member who has demonstrated strong support for the Jewish people and the state of Israel, and has made a difference in the lives of people in the community at large.

Honoree Linda Scherzer, with Stephanie Z. Bonder. (Photos courtesy Hadassah)
Honoree Linda Scherzer, with Stephanie Z. Bonder. (Photos courtesy Hadassah)

Over 180 members and guests attended the brunch, which focused on the achievements of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. The regional president, Stephanie Bonder, talked about the ways in which Hadassah has given Jewish women a voice for more than 100 years, and has empowered women to make a difference through their support of medical research at its hospitals, as well as their advocacy for Israel and for causes that affect women, such as reproductive rights, human trafficking, gun safety, and LGBTQ rights.

Hadassah’s past national president, Deborah Kaplan, was at the brunch, along with many former regional presidents, including Lonye Rasch, Miriam Aron, and Karen Goldman.

Local Region Women of Valor recipients included Marlene Markoff of the Fair Lawn chapter, Laura Menter of the Paramus Bat Sheva chapter, Lauren Babus of the Pascack Valley chapter, and Claire Rosenbaum and Wendy Salkin of the River Dell chapter.

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