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Jeff Weiss honored with Anshei Chesed (People of Kindness) Award

Jeff Weiss, Leah Gaies

Jeff Weiss, Leah Gaies

Janet Deixler

Janet Deixler

Ellen Eisenberg and Janet Deixler

Ellen Eisenberg and Janet Deixler

Josie Kivort, campaign co-chairwoman, Rhonda Saunders, president of Hadassah Northern New England.

Josie Kivort, campaign co-chairwoman, Rhonda Saunders, president of Hadassah Northern New England.

Nate Weiss, father of honoree.

Nate Weiss, father of honoree.

From left, Phyllis Hecker, co-chairwoman Jeff Weiss, honoree, and Toby Sabian, co- chairwoman.

From left, Phyllis Hecker, co-chairwoman Jeff Weiss, honoree, and Toby Sabian, co- chairwoman.

Dr. Rachel Schonberger.

Dr. Rachel Schonberger.

Sheree Mirochnik and Josie Kivort

Sheree Mirochnik and Josie Kivort

Dorothy Ganz

Dorothy Ganz

Hadassah Capital District recently recognized Jeff Weiss as the 2016 recipient of the Anshei Chesed (People of Kindness) Award at its Special Gifts Brunch at Agudat Achim Synagogue in Schenectady Weiss, the owner of Glennpeter Diamond Centre, has been an advocate for not-for-profit organizations for 25 years. He serves and enhances the community through partnerships with local organizations and charities. Jane Golub, last year’s Anshei Chesed recipient, presented the award to Weiss.

Weiss said, “We gain more happiness and satisfaction from giving to the community on a continued basis then we receive.” 

One hundred patrons, highlighting this year’s National Hadassah theme, “The Power of Our Dreams,” honored Weiss, and contributed to the campaign supporting research and helping to complete and equip the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.

Dr. Rachel Schonberger, Hadassah Medical Organization national chairperson, was the speaker. She described medical break-throughs involving stem cell research and immunotherapies and related stories of efforts by Hadassah medical personnel to save the lives of patients thought to have little chance for survival.

She praised the work of the 330,000 members of Hadassah in the United States to raise funds to support the new hospital tower and the ground-breaking research being done in its laboratories. 

The Brunch was a attended by 100 patrons, highlighting this year’s National Hadassah theme, “The Power of Our Dreams.” Donations from the campaign will support the research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. The campaign will continue through December. For more information, please contact Toby Sabian at sabiantoby@gmail.com.

The funds raised have been designated mainly for Hadassah’s Research in Service to Humanity Campaign that will fund the continuing stem cell research that is being conducted in the labs at Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. Clinical studies, using a new treatment developed at Hadassah Hospital that uses the patients own stem cells, are ongoing with Multiple Sclerosis, Macular Degeneration, Parkinsons and ALS patients.  Other funds given in honor of Jeffrey Weiss are designated for the Capital Campaign to complete and equip the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

Pledges, so far, are around $85,000, organizers are hoping to reach $125,000.

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