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As we celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah this month, it holds special meaning since we recently returned from the 100th Hadassah National Convention in Israel. After just being in Jerusalem, thinking about the Hanukkah story and the victory of the Maccabees and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple feels even more significant. Hanukkah candles are the light that the Jewish people bring to the world when we are unafraid to announce our identity in public, live by our principles and fight, if necessary, for our freedom. The State of Israel and Hadassah continue to be partners and beacons of light to the world. Wishing all of you a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
—Laura Brandspiegel and Stacey Keen


Michelle Elisburg Michelle Elisburg
I am a pediatrician at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Louisville, KY. Many of my patients are refugees and immigrants and speak a multitude of languages. My party icebreaker is often, “I can say hello in 20 languages.” Read full profile.

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An Israel Adventure
On November 11-14, 2022, immediately preceding the Hadassah 100th National Convention in Jerusalem, members of the Physicians and Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Councils gathered for their long-awaited trip to Israel. The trip was filled with what can only be described as “Hadassah moments.” One such moment occurred the very first evening, as we were greeting Shabbat overlooking the Western Wall. Upon hearing our conversation, an Israeli woman approached us asking if we were from Hadassah. When she heard who we were, she expressed her profound gratitude for the care her youngest child received three years ago when she was born at Hadassah Hospital. The baby had experienced respiratory distress at birth and underwent the first micro invasive procedure in Israel to correct a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which had previously required major open surgery of the chest. Read the full story.


Dr. Suzanne KovenCannabis and the Law: A Legal and Medical Update
In October, Dr. Jordan Tishler presented this informative webinar sponsored by the Attorneys and Judges Council. A Cannabis specialist, Dr. Tishler trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is on the faculty of both the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Tishler cares for patients through his private practice “InhaleMD.” He led a detailed, informative discussion of cannabis legislation, touching on its barriers, benefits and possible complicating factors. Dr. Tishler described the FDA system of drug classification and approval, as well as the shortcomings of the current dispensing system. He distinguished between the objectives of recreational vs. medical users of cannabis, clarifying some of the myths surrounding its usage. He also addressed the goals of what a federal medical system should provide. Watch the full program here.


Steering Committee Update
On October 24, 2002, the Physicians Council Steering Committee met on Zoom. We had the pleasure of having Hadassah CEO Naomi Adler join us and talk to us about her experiences this past year. She shared some ideas for the future, especially trying to engage young women and specifically physicians. Adeola Saul, Marketing Project Manager, did a presentation on the Hadassah on Call podcast. She wants to further engage the Physicians Council in getting involved with producing the podcast: suggesting podcast topics, providing a question of the month, monthly tip sheets and reading guides. Additional topics raised: Karen Ezrine mentioned reaching out to the Orthodox Jewish Women’s Physicians Organization and possibly collaborating with them; and Linda Alexander raised the idea of how to engage younger women.

Save these dates for our 2023 steering committee Zoom meetings. All Council members are welcome to attend. The meetings discuss Council's programming, advocacy, local councils and fundraising. We want to hear your thoughts. 

   •Monday, February 6 at 8 pm ET (click link to register)
   •Monday, June 5 at 8 pm ET
   •Monday, November 6 at 8 pm ET

Dr. Nancy DintenfassShare Your Views
Do you have expertise to share? A story to tell?  Consider participating in the Hadassah Speakers Bureau or writing for the Writer’s Circle or Physicians Council newsletter. The Speakers Bureau is comprised of Hadassah members who would like to speak on topics of their choice within Hadassah's priorities. The Writer’s Circle offers an opportunity to share your stories or point of view. Click here to read this inspiring Writer’s Circle story by Physicians Council member Dr. Gwen Cooper Simon, published in The Times of Israel's blog. For further information on the Speakers Bureau, email For the Writer’s Circle, contact Frank Tobin, Ideas for articles in the Physicians Council newsletter can be sent to


Life-saving Measures for Ukraine RefugeesHadassah On Call Podcast
"The Truth About Hormones & Women's Mental Health." New research by the Hadassah Medical Organization has shown that women who experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are more likely to experience perimenopausal depression, says Dr. Inbal Reuveni, a senior psychiatrist at the hospital. In this month's "Hadassah on Call: New Frontiers in Medicine" podcast, host Maayan Hoffman and Dr. Reuveni discuss this research and the issue of women's mental health.

Hadassah Doctor Helps Unravel Mystery Behind Infamous MutationHadassah Researchers Create Male and Female Stem Cells with Same Genetic Code
Scientists at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem have become the first in the world to create male and female stem cells from the same person, with the exact same genetic code, a breakthrough that will allow researchers to study how gender differences affect health. Read the full story.

Hadassah On CallHadassah Ein Kerem Earns Recognition
Both the Cardiology Department and the Sharett Institute of Oncology at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem have been recognized for their excellence in the 2022 Newsweek magazine survey of the 250 best hospitals in the world. The rankings are based on surveys and recommendations from leading health professionals around the world. Read the full story.
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