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Purim Message

Greetings to all my fellow AO Members,                                                                                                        Druian

How ironic that as we celebrate the joyous festival of Purim, when the Jewish people were saved from the anti-Semitic Haman, we are faced with episodes of anti-Semitism that we thought was long dead and buried. We have known for the past few years that anti-Semitism was rising in Europe. Of course we felt for our Fraters in these countries but it was still far from North America.

Unfortunately it is now on America's and Canada's doorstep. It can't be ignored. The sight of damaged Jewish cemeteries, smashed head stones, swastikas daubed all over the place, frightening bomb threats at Jewish Schools and Jewish Community Centres, sadly this is the new reality. If ever Alpha Omega was relevant it is now. I urge you to not only re engage with your Chapters but badger and nudge lapsed members to rejoin. We need every Jewish colleague, Dentists and Associates to stand up and be counted and together let us defy this cancer that is returning to haunt us. I will be writing to lapsed members in the near future to try and get them to reconnect with AO.

But we must never let ourselves be intimidated and the Jewish way to avoid this is to increase our joy. To quote Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: "The people that can know the full darkness of history and yet rejoice is a people whose spirit no power on earth can ever break.

Purim Sameach to you all. Andy and I wish you a Purim full of joy.  

Mervyn Druian  
International President 

Hill Education Day: AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Program

AO HSC Hill Education Day
We are pleased to share information about the first ever AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Program Hill Education Day on Monday, April 24th. We are honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day by sharing the critical news about our Program in Washington, D.C.
You are invited and encouraged to join us. We realize that you may not be treating survivors in our Program, that you may be retired, that you may be non-American. We need our AO community to show in numbers.
For those who can attend, our goal is to meet with Hill staffers (and possibly representatives and senators, if available) and then visit individual legislative offices. It is a highly coordinated day and our staff is organizing significant press coverage.
A Hill Education Day is very new for AO and we are excited to involve the wider AO community. If you can join us, please contact Bernice Edelstein (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ASAP. Please share this flyer with your chapter people in case they may be interested.

 

AO Now March 2017 Member Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the March newsletter.

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  • Purim Message from International President Mervyn Druian
  • Building Bridges Conference - March 17th
  • Nova Chapter Oral Cancer Walk-a-Thon - April 2nd
  • 37th Annual Manusov/Stryt Seminar - March 31st
  • 2017 Annenberg Lecture - London - March 31st
  • Midwestern Chapter Mission Trip - Please Donate
  • Save-the-Date:  Regional Weekend in Columbus, November 3-5
  • 2017 Honors Night - April 20th
  • 2017 European Convention in Lyon
  • 2017 December Meeting in Fort Lauderdale 

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2017 Purim Message from International President Mervyn Druian

Happy Purim Fest ad11Greetings to all my Fellow AO Members!

How ironic that as we celebrate the joyous festival of Purim, when the Jewish people were saved from the anti-Semitic Haman, we are faced with episodes of anti-Semitism that we thought was long dead and buried. We have known for the past few years that anti-Semitism was rising in Europe. Of course we felt for our Fraters in these countries but it was still far from North America.

Unfortunately it is now on America's and Canada's doorstep. It can't be ignored. The sight of damaged Jewish cemeteries, smashed head stones, swastikas daubed all over the place, frightening bomb threats at Jewish Schools and Jewish Community Centres, sadly this is the new reality. If ever Alpha Omega was relevant it is now. I urge you to not only re engage with your Chapters but badger and nudge lapsed members to rejoin. We need every Jewish colleague, Dentists and Associates to stand up and be counted and together let us defy this cancer that is returning to haunt us. I will be writing to lapsed members in the near future to try and get them to reconnect with AO.

But we must never let ourselves be intimidated and the Jewish way to avoid this is to increase our joy. To quote Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: "The people that can know the full darkness of history and yet rejoice is a people whose spirit no power on earth can ever break.

Purim Sameach to you all. Andy and I wish you a Purim full of joy.

Mervyn Druian
2017 International President 

Call for 2018 Fraternity Board Nominations

This is an official call for applications for the 2018 Alpha Fraternity Board of Directors positions.  Nominations for board positions are due by Friday, June 30, 2017.

Please email the application to Heidi Weber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, June 30, 2017.  If an applicant needs more information on the expectations, please contact IPIP Wendy Spektor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Heidi Weber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Candidates must attend the AO December Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from December 28, 2017 - January 1, 2018.  

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AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Program March 2017 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the March issue of the AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Program newsletter. This month is featuring the Washington, DC gratitude brunch and our Calgary chapter.

http://bit.ly/AO-HSCMarch2017Newsletter

 

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AO Washington DC Chapter Giving Back: AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

Pleased to share the news about the good work that our Washington, DC chapter is doing with the AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. 

http://www.oralhealthgroup.com/news/dentists-providing-free-oral-care-holocaust-survivors-honoured-1003926480/

AO Now February 2017 Member Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the AO Now February edition, which includes:

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  • Message from International President Mervyn Druian
  • Externship Program 
  • AO Midwinter Dinner in Chicago
  • Paris Lecture - March
  • Building Bridges - March 
  • AO Germany Shabbat - March 
  • European Convention in Lyon 
  • December Meeting in December 
  • Compendium Partnership + January Issue
  • Houston Beta Eta Chapter
  • NY Event 
  • Alsace

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Laurie Gordon-Shaw Awarded the 2016 Alpha Omega Meritorious Service Award

Laurie Gordon ShawLaurie was presented with the 2016 Alpha Omega Meritorious Service Award during the International Convention in San Francisco this past December. Laurie was surrounded by family and friends who were thrilled that she received AO’s highest honor devoted only to members.

Laurie was first introduced to AO by Colin Shaw who then introduced her to his brother, David Shaw. Laurie and David later married and have raised two children, Jenna and Adam. While she has been building a thriving family practice in Blue Island for over 29 years, Laurie has always been deeply involved in her community. She has been a major contributor to all the activities of the AO Illinois Alumni Chapter, having chaired their programs, served as Chapter President , and represented them at more than 30 AO International Conventions.

She was also an active Member-at-Large with the AO U.S. Foundation.  For the past two years, Laurie has been the Chicago Ambassador for the AO-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. Laurie has been an amazing champion of the program and has encouraged local members to get involved and treat this most vulnerable population.

2016 Alpha Omega Certificate of Merit Awarded to Andrew Eder, BDS

2016 Certificate of Merit Award Presentation

Presented during the 2016 AO International Convention, December, San Francisco, California 

Andrew EderPlease join me in thanking the members of my committee: Past International Presidents Max Cutler and Howard Pranikoff, Fraters Gary Scharoff and Fred Margolis, Z”L. The charge of this committee was to bring forth a candidate who shall be recognized for Outstanding and Exemplary service at the international or chapter level of Alpha Omega for over 10 years.

This year's recipient not only meets but exceeds these criteria. His ceaseless efforts have impacted all who know him.  Our recipient's big heart along with a gentle demeanor have had an indelible, lasting and personal impact on the students and alumni that he engages.

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Please contact Heidi Weber, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-738-6400, for more information about Alpha Omega or about the individuals listed below. 


Perry Brickman, DDS -  2012 AO Convention:  Speaking at Opening Business Session 

Michael Spektor, DDS - 2012 International President 

Marcy Schwartzman, DMD - 2012 International President-Elect 

Adam Stabholz, DMD - 2012 Achievement Medal Award Recepient 

R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD - 2011 Achievement Medal Award Winner

Fred Margolis, DDS - 2011 Meritorious Service Award Winner

 

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