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Women’s Division

Recent Events

Cocktails and a Night at the Theater
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Carole Olshan Dr. BarzilaiCorrine Pulizter (L)Don Berry, Eunice Berry, Dr. Barzilai, Melissa CerialeHelen Radin (R)Trudy and Marvin Schlachter, Michael and Terri GoldbergTrudy Schlachter, Jennifer Luloff  


Card for Cause 2017
September 12, 2017 



63rd Annual
Spirit of Achievement Luncheon

Tuesday, May 16, 2017



War Paint Theatre Party
Wednesday, March 15, 2017



Cards for Cause
Monday, October 31, 2016




2016 Spirit of Achievement Luncheon
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016



Girls Just Want to Have Fun Card Party
Wednesday, October 7, 2015



61st Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cherry blossom branches set the scene in the Rainbow Room Luncheon program Spirit raffle prizes to raise funds for Einstein cancer research Floral centerpiece adds a touch of elegance (From right) Carol Roaman, president, Women’s Division, with Trudy Schlachter, board member Drs. Robert Pass and Daphne Hsu (From left) Dr. Robert Pass, Renée Fleming, Candice Bergen, Dr. Daphne Hsu and Dr. Allen M. Spiegel(From left) Candice Bergen, Renée Fleming and Christine Baranski Drs. Hsu and Pass receive their awards, flanked by Jill Martin, Briana Barker and Dean Spiegel (From left) Terri Goldberg, Renée Fleming, Candice Bergen, Andrea Stark and Carol Roaman Spirit Luncheon co-chairs (from left) Terri Goldberg, Andrea Stark and Carol Roaman (From left)  Cherie Stahl, Carole Olshan, Carol Roaman Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, dean; Ruth L. Gottesman, chair emerita, Einstein Board of Overseers; Linda Altman, Overseer and past president, Women’s Division; Carol Roaman; and Roger W. Einiger, chair, Einstein Board of Overseers (From left) Ellen Lieb, Joan Schofel, Terri Goldberg, Lauren Goldberg and Lori Gottsegen Roger Einiger; Dr. Steven M. Safyer, president and CEO, Montefiore Health System; Audrey Heckler, Women’s Division board member; and Dean Spiegel Dr. Hsu with Dr. Philip Ozuah, executive vice president and COO at Montefiore Spirit honoree Renée Fleming with luncheon emcee and past Spirit honoree Jill Martin Drs. Robert Pass and Daphne Hsu with Brianna and Veronica Barker Drs. Roy Chuck, Sharmila Makhija and Susan Klugman Marshall Rose and Ruth Ann Drucker(From left) Diane Fellows, Arlene Levine, Andrea Schlossberg Bambi Felberbaum, board member and past president, Women’s Division; Honorary Overseer Emily Fisher Landau, board member, Women’s Division; Mickey Beyer and Sondra Mack Drs. Ruth Gottesman and Mary Kelly Renée Fleming with Sarah Hughes, Olympic gold medalist and past Spirit honoree (From left) Talia Mandelbaum; Lianne Mandelbaum, and Einstein Overseer Karen Mandelbaum, Women’s Division board member Dr. Daphne Hsu accepting her honor Kathy Gantz Ms. Bergen’s new memoir, A Fine Romance, a door prize for a number of lucky winners Ms. Bergen receiving her Spirit of Achievement award from Ms. Martin Ms. Bergen giving her acceptance speech Christine Baranski, past Spirit honoree, takes a selfie with Dr. Safyer   


Sex, Stress and Sleep
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Mahjong and Canasta in the Hamptons
Monday, August 25, 2014


The 60th Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 The Plaza Hotel, New York City


The 60th Anniversary Celebration
of the Women's Division & Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Monday November 11, 2013
The Plaza Hotel, New York City

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An Afternoon of Mah-Jongg  & Canasta
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Harmonie Club, New York City


National Women’s Day
Monday, September 30
Harmonie Club, New York City


The 59th Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Plaza Hotel, New York City


Einstein’s Wild West Family Day Carnival in the Hamptons
Sunday, August 5, 2012
10 AM to 2 PM
Ross School, Lower School Campus
Bridgehampton, NY

Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Annual Family Day is the premier family event in the Hamptons. Family Day has been attended by approximately 1,300 children and adults and raising an average of $400,000 in recent years. Every year sets new records as the buzz continues to spread growing the event and press coverage. The event is co-chaired by Alison Brettschneider, Mindy Feinberg, Jackie Harris Hochberg, Bari Katz and Amanda Poses.

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Spirit of Achievement
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The Plaza Hotel,
New York, NY

This year’s event features a fashion show of Randi Rahm’s Couture Collection

Luncheon Chair: Michele Wolkoff
Honorary Luncheon Chair: Andrea Stark

Luncheon Committee:
Arlene Farkas
Bambi Felberbaum
Tasha Genatt
Jackie Harris Hochberg
Erica Karsch
Allison Koffman
Cathy Schwartz
Jodi Sussman

To make your reservation or for more information, please call 718.430.2818 or e-mail

The Spirit of Achievement Awards Luncheon is the flagship fundraiser sponsored by the Women’s Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Held annually in New York City, the event raises money to support medical research and education programs at Einstein by honoring outstanding individuals in fields such as philanthropy, the arts, business, government and journalism.

Started in 1954 as part of the initial campaign to raise funds to launch the new medical college, the Spirit of Achievement Luncheon was the first event of its kind.

The list of names associated with the Spirit Luncheon is dazzling. Honorees have included Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Mead, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Hayes, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Dana Reeve, Candace Bushnell, Barbara Walters, Alma Powell, and Sharon Stone, to name a few. Please view Spirit 2012 Feature & Photos Here.


Ask the Einstein Doctors: Everything You Need to Know About the HPV Vaccine:
An Update for Parents and Grandparents of Both Boys and Girls


Speaker: Dr. Mark Einstein, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health
Director of Clinical Research for Women’s Health and Gynecologic Oncology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 10 AM
Harmonie Club,
4 East 60th Street, NYC


Spirit of Achievement 2015 Highlights

The Einstein Women’s Division hosted its 61st annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon on May 19 at the Rainbow Room. Our honorees were actress Candice Bergen, opera star Renée Fleming and Einstein-Montefiore pediatric heart specialists Drs. Daphne Hsu and Robert Pass. The event benefited research by leading scientists at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center focusing on ovarian, breast, uterine, cervical, prostate, lung, colon and pancreatic cancers as well as leukemia and lymphoma.

Emmy Award-winning TV personality Jill Martin, a past Spirit honoree, donated her time and talent as emcee. Women’s Division president Carol Roaman and executive board members Andrea Stark and Terri Goldberg served as event chairs.

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Distinguished guests included past Sprit honorees actress Christine Baranski, Olympic figure-skating champion Sarah Hughes, and longtime Women’s Division board members Broadway producer Daryl Roth and art collector/philanthropist Emily Fisher Landau; Dr. Steven M. Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore Health System; Dr. Philip O. Ozuah, executive vice president and COO of Montefiore; Roger W. Einiger, chair of Einstein’s Board of Overseers; and Dr. Ruth L. Gottesman, immediate past chair.

A Heartfelt Presentation 

Dr. Allen M. Spiegel, Einstein’s Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, introduced a video detailing how Drs. Hsu and Pass and a team of Montefiore doctors provided lifesaving heart-transplant surgery to Brianna Barker, age 17. Ms. Barker then took the podium to rousing applause. She asked Dean Spiegel and Ms. Martin to join her in presenting Spirit of Achievement awards to Drs. Hsu and Pass. Click above to view the video about her amazing story.

Stellar Tributes 

In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Bergen described the work of the doctors at Einstein and Montefiore as "staggering" and called Drs. Hsu and Pass "my new heroes." She complimented the Women's Division, declaring, "I salute you and have great respect for the work you do."

Ms. Fleming praised Einstein cancer research. Click below to view her remarks.


Renée Fleming’s
Acceptance Speech - May 19, 2015

61st Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon 


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