Hadassah Greater Atlanta (HGA), the metro Atlanta chapter of Hadassah, has existed for 100 years! Founded in 1916, the Hadassah Greater Atlanta chapter is comprised of 3,617 members and associates (98% are life members) who come together to raise funds in support of Hadassah’s projects in Israel and the United States; to promote issues of women’s health and family well-being; to study; to educate; and to have fun. Our members are actively involved in groups, which are organized primarily around location, age, day or evening meeting preference, and profession (health professionals). At the Chapter level, however, we sponsor a number of community-wide projects, programs, and study groups designed to enrich your body, your mind, your heart and your soul. For more information on our programs, please see below in the announcements section.
ALMOST CHOPPED! Hadassah’s Incredible Cooking Competition, The 2nd Helping
Save the Date
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Spring Hall 7130 Buford Highway, Atlanta 30340
The 2018 winners, team Samantha Lives Next Door, will be defending their title
Four teams will compete in 2 rounds of cooking: an appetizer and a main dish. Each round is 30 minutes. The challenge is for our Chef-testants* to take the baskets filled with mystery ingredients (along with the tools and pantry items provided) to create something that will WOW our celebrity judges. Teams will be judged by creativity, plating, taste, and use of ingredients.
We are raising funds for the awareness, research and treatment of ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis at Hadassah Medical Organization.
* Chef-testant - (n) non-professional chef to cook and compete in HADASSAH’S INCREDIBLE COOKING COMPETITION
Best Strokes Big Reveal
Get Your Best Strokes Art & Gear
to Help Raise Funds for Breast & Ovarian Cancer Research
Your purchases through Fine Art America will help to support breast/ovarian cancer and genetic research programs at Hadassah Hospital and breast/ovarian cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the United States. There are 179 works of art that can be ordered in various formats, sizes, and prices (stretched canvases, fine art prints, posters, prints, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, phone cases, tote bags, pouches, throw pillows, duvet covers, yoga mats, shower curtains, hand and bath towels, fleece blankets, battery chargers, coffee mugs and t-shirts for men, women, youth, toddler and baby sizes). For details click here
More details about Best Strokes at www.beststrokesatlanta.org.
HGA Study Group - Jews of the World
Since beginning in April 2014, Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Study Group. has completed a study of Jews in most of the Muslim countries; and have moved on to study the Jews of the World.
We meet on the fourth Friday of the month (or sometimes the third or fifth), from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon in group members’ homes, when possible. Our discussions are led by one of our members and are thought-provoking and very lively. We also have great snacks and schmoozing!
Upcoming meeting dates with topics and discussion leaders:
No Session in April
May 3 – Rhodesia; Sybil Ginsburg
May 31 – Country and presenter TBA
New participants are always welcome. If you are interested in attending, please email Sybil Ginsburg, Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have interest in the history of the Jewish people in a particular country.
Earn money for Hadassah while you shop!
Hadassah Greater Atlanta is now participating in the KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
Every time you make a purchase at KROGER and the cashier SWIPES your KROGER card, HADASSAH gets a percentage of your purchase no matter how small. And it works at the Kroger Gas Pumps too!
If you already have a Kroger Plus Card, you can sign up immediately with our special Hadassah Greater Atlanta organization number 50250.
If you do NOT have a Kroger Plus card, it is so VERY EASY to get one just by stopping in a local Kroger store and asking for one at the CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK.
Then follow the easy instructions included on our flyer and register your card on line.
Please share HGA’s Kroger Community Rewards organization number 50250 with friends, family and neighbors. If you have questions or problems registering, please contact Marci Abrams-Feinstein, Fundraising VP for Hadassah Greater Atlanta at 770-218-8094 or Rphsings61@att.net
Looking for the perfect gift to express your love or best wishes?
"What better way to gift family, friends and business associates than with chocolates!" Chef Brulée’s delicious artisan chocolates are works of art that look as beautiful as they taste. Behind every work of art is an artist. The artist of Chef Brulée Chocolates and Gâteaux is talented chocolatier Natalya Shapiro. And every box of chocolates is a work of art, a sensual combination of taste and beauty.
Chocolatier Natalya will donate 10% to support the great work of Hadassah in Israel and in the U.S. for all in-store purchases and on-line orders of chocolate candies, truffles and cakes. Remember to use the promotion code “Hadassah” if ordering online and mention Hadassah when purchasing in-store.
For more information about this Hadassah fundraiser, please contact: Veronika Barash at email@example.com, 678-230-4235 or Lee Tanenbaum at LRTanny@gmail.com, 678-310-0873 OR check out our flyer.
Greater Atlanta Hadassah Programs
Check It Out!® - Through this program, Greater Atlanta Hadassah, in partnership with Northside Hospital, has educated thousands of high school girls in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Fulton and Cobb counties about the importance of breast self examination and the early detection of breast cancer. Check It Out!® is funded through a grant from It’s The Journey, Inc. sponsor of the Atlanta2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.
Chesed- This annual awards program honors one outstanding teen-age student from each Atlanta-area Jewish day and synagogue school. Student nominees are selected by their school based on the following criteria: their love for Israel; concern for fellow Jews and Jewish culture and heritage; concern for fellow human beings in manner and deed (menschlichkeit); and acceptable academic standing.
Date with the State – This is an annual event when we meet with Georgia Legislators to voice, as Hadassah members, our opinions on state issues that affect us as women and as Jews in America. At times, we have joined with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta's Peach Politics event. In addition, we meet in Washington, DC, with Hadassah members from across the country to speak out on behalf of issues such as reproductive freedom, separation of church and state, domestic violence prevention, embryonic stem cell research and more.
Eduscope – This program functions to inform Hadassah members about the Hadassah College of Technology (HCT) and Youth Aliyah. Speakers describe these unique programs and share the success stories of the difference Hadassah has made in the lives of young adults and children.
Genetics – Greater Atlanta Hadassah works with National Hadassah’s Department of Public Policy to help lead Jewish communal advocacy efforts for passage of federal legislation to prevent genetics-based insurance discrimination. We also help to inform the Jewish community about genetic testing.
Mitzvah Day – Join annually with Greater Atlanta Hadassah members to celebrate Hanukkah while performing a mitzvah (good deed). We visit several assisted living facilities around metro Atlanta and light candles, sing songs and share memories.
Training Wheels – This Jewish education program brings our preschool children together with their families to learn how to celebrate Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. Sessions are held throughout the year at various local community facilities.
Young Judea – Young Judaea is Hadassah’s Zionist youth movement. Greater Atlanta Hadassah helps to sponsor several active Atlanta clubs and Israel programs. We encourage in our Jewish American youth, ages 8-21, a love of Israel, Zionism and their heritage.
Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News
What Israel Means to Me: Rachel Schonberger, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 12, 2018
What Israel Mean to Me: Wendy Kalman, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 12, 2018
Panel Sees Personalized Promise Against Cancer, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 4, 2018
Almost Chopped! to benefit patients with neurological disorders, NeighborNewsOnline.com, Dec 29, 2017.
Check out the listing of recent Hadassah Greater Atlanta press stories
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Please visit Hadassah Greater Atlanta Photo Galleries.
From our President
It is already March, as I write this, and I am so impressed with how we as a chapter work: groups, board members, the community outside of Hadassah, and voluteers together to elevate the work we do. Partnerships make us stronger and give us wings to fly further than we have flown before.
A great example of that is Best Strokes, our 5th annual fundraising event that raises money for cancer awareness, research and treatment locally and in our hospitals in Israel. Think about our Check It Out program, that reaches out to local high schools to teach breast health to young women. Think about our Hadassah Hospital having the most extensive cancer slides for research in all the world. That’s us!
This fundraiser doesn’t just magically come together. It’s the steering committee, under the leadership of this year’s co-chairs Deb Sharker and Marsha Cinterino. Paint Day chairs “Ellen Squared” – Ellen Sichel and Ellen Weinstein – led all the Paint Day volunteers who coordinated models, painters and more volunteers. Marni Hoffman rounded the troops and organized all the program’s volunteers. How about the businesses who fed all the volunteers, like Platinum Platters. Then there were the donated canvases, artists at the Art Walk who donated their time and tequila for our signature drinks. And on and on… programs to be designed and printed; sponsors to be solicited – by Sheila Dalmat; branding to be done – Brand Buzz, et al.; Run of Show to be written and managed – Phyllis Cohen; eagle eyes to make sure everything is correct – Linda Weinroth. Add in the costly things: venue, advertising, food, sound systems, and the rest. Lots of moving parts! Deep thanks to Angie and Robyn and Crystal at the HUB. There are way too many people to mention her by name; but all of you know who you are and how appreciated you are!
It takes a village – and boy o boy! Do we have a village! It all came together as one night created to raise money: in an amazing room filled with people, supportive members of Hadassah from as far away as Chicago, family and friends, community businesses and individuals, local hospitals, survivors, and those who are still fighting the battle.
I always look at the ROI – Return On Investment. The ROI here is five-fold: (1) getting the word out about what we do; (2) making survivors feel special and cared about; (3) showing nurses the appreciation they so deserve; (4) feeling the celebration of life; and (5) raising money to continue our efforts. We invested a lot of time and energy…but it certainly is worth every moment and every dime. If you missed the event, we’ll see you next year! It is not too late to donate to Best Strokes; and we hope you will. Just contact the office. It’s that easy.
Next BIG stop: Almost Chopped! Be there! B’shalom, Michele Weiner-Merbaum President, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
President, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
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The Hadassah Associates are men, who in partnership with Hadassah women, help raise funds to support Hadassah. They first were organized in 1966 and now are 26,000 strong nationally. The 130+ Greater Atlanta Hadassah Associates do not have a formalized group, but hold periodic special events and are also actively involved within the various groups. For more information, please contact the GAH Office at 678-443-2961 or
We occasionally have programs that are specifically geared towards our younger members (under 45 years old). To learn more about these programs, please like our Hadassah Atlanta Young Women’s Facebook page. If you would like to plan a program or event for Hadassah Atlanta’s Young Women, please contact Renée Rosenheck at
Etz Aviv is a group comprised of women of all ages, who enjoy fantastic friendship and fun. The group draws from the North as well as from East and West Cobb areas. These include Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton. For information on Etz Aviv membership, contact contact Judy Epstein at firstname.lastname@example.org Naomi Binenfeld at
The Health Professionals group of Hadassah Greater Atlanta includes members of all ages from all over the metro Atlanta area. Our members are not only health care professionals and wellness practitioners but all women who have a strong commitment to health and social action initiatives. Our meetings center around health care topics, activism, and proactive change, accompanied by food and upbeat community. We meet in various venues around the Atlanta area.
Leadership Development VP
Leadership Development VP
Chesed Student Awards Chair
Check It Out Chair
Study Group, Chair
Public Relations Chair