2003-06-06 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Blaine and Blicksilver Honored At Heart Luncheon
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Blaine and Blicksilver Honored At Heart Luncheon

Kudos to Fay Cohen, a dynamic and energetic leader who has chaired the Hadassah Heart Luncheon for 43 years.  Fay Cohen has the unique ability to serve as a catalyst who can motivate friends and neighbors from far and wide to support the innovations and services of the Hadassah Hospital.  She is consistently impressive in her willingness to work for the good of others.

Suzanne Blaine, the wife of Rabbi Blaine, who is an outstanding professional and serves as the chairperson of the English Department at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, delivered the invocation.  She thanked God for the outstanding work that Hadassah has been able to accomplish and prayed that Hadassah and those who led the luncheon and supported it would be given the blessings to continue this important work. Suzanne Blaine manifests the qualities of caring, concern, thoughtfulness and dedication which are indicative of her desire to help and assist others.

Rabbi Blaine was introduced by Selma Kaplan, the conscientious and dedicated President of Temple Beth El who has shared the pulpit with the Rabbi for over 20 years.  Rabbi Blaine has served at Temple Beth El for thirty-four years.  He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Blaine had served as an Army Chaplain in Munich Germany and as an advisor to the Munich Jewish Community.  Among his many outstanding accomplishments are: received the Humanitarian Award from the U.J.A.; is cited in "Who’s Who in American Jewry," moderated a weekly TV series for twelve years entitled "The Jewish Scene", authored and edited numerous books and articles, lectures around the world for major organizations on the history and development of Zionism, serves as one of the founders of the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council, organized the Homeland Security program for the Rockaways, and can be heard on WOR on alternate Monday mornings.

Rabbi Allan Blaine is an outstanding and exemplary religious leader.  He has chosen to be a powerful, inspirational, impressive and vocal advocate who has earned the respect and admiration of his congregation and the community.  He has talent, intelligence, perseverance and the will and determination to lead. In these troubled times we need religious leaders like Rabbi Blaine who can help us to focus on positive goals and set a moral compass that presents a clear path to appropriate religious and secular action.  Rabbi Blaine was honored for his outstanding work in furthering the goals of Hadassah. In his remarks Rabbi Blaine stressed the importance of Hadassah as a unifying force. Hadassah brings people together to work for a greater cause which is the fulfillment of the Jewish mandate.

The monies raised at the Hadassah Heart Luncheon go toward the prominent work at Hadassah Hospital.  Patients receive the excellent, compassionate and dedicated care that has given the Hospital a renowned world wide reputation.  It also has an important research facility that is on the cutting edge of revolutionary discoveries to advance medical science.

Marilynn Blicksilver was introduced by the effervescent Selma Kaplan, an active officer in Hadassah for many years. She reflected on meeting Marilynn when she first came to our community. She described Marilynn as having a sense of determination and conviction. She outlined many of Marilynn’s contributions to Hadassah including fund raising, serving as publicity chairperson, and creating innovative and interesting programs for the monthly Hadassah meetings. Marilynn’s outstanding programs include panel discussions, book reviews and lectures by renowned individuals.  Through her efforts in providing interesting and informative sessions Hadassah has continued to be a vital force in our community.

Blicksilver is a most gracious, attractive and capable woman. She is tireless in her efforts and boundless in her energies on behalf of Hadassah and our community at large.  She was recognized at the luncheon as an outstanding spokesperson for the important work of Hadassah. Marilynn is very innovative and futuristic. She carries the banner of Hadassah with joy and pride.

One of the wonderful highlights of the day was when Marilynn presented her granddaughter Zoe and Fay Cohen’s granddaughter Jenny, with a life time membership in Hadassah.  Hats off to Marilynn for providing these two young ladies with an opportunity to continue the important work that Hadassah is doing.  Everyone at the luncheon was touched by this presentation.  It conveys to these two very capable young ladies the importance of continuing this family tradition.

Zoe gave a lovely prepared speech that she had compiled on her computer.  She thanked Grandma Marilynn and then presented her with the Greatest Grandmother Award.

Congratulations to all the officers, Fay Cohen, chair of the luncheon; Marilynn Blicksilver, publicity and program chairperson; Emily and Vincent Cennamo, who created the beautiful center pieces and baskets, Elaine Shain for the talented calligraphy; Bobby Seiden, Laura Goldberg, Sylvia Hiller and Kathy Goldsmith who chaired the raffle committee; Cele Bruckner, Hilda Eisenberg and Nan Hamburger who chaired the greeting committee; Molly Lieber and Fay Stahl organized the mailing.  A special thank you to the lovely and talented Claire Heller who led us in Song.

Thanks to Rabbi Melvin May for blessing the Challah.

Please put a note on your calendar to attend this luncheon next year.  Hadassah Hospital is a cause that everyone should support.  Best wishes to Fay Cohen as she plans her 44th annual Hadassah Heart Luncheon at the Lawrence County Club on May 11, 2004.

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