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.
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).
More details about Best Strokes at www.beststrokesatlanta.org.
ALMOST CHOPPED! THE 2ND HELPING HADASSAH’S INCREDIBLE COOKING COMPETITION
THE 2018 WINNERS, TEAM SAMANTHA LIVES NEXT DOOR,
WILL BE DEFENDING THEIR TITLE
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:
March 22 – Austria; Anne Grabois-Davis
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Here it is, March and your Hadassah Greater Atlanta Board, groups, and all our members have been busy “pressing the refresh button.”
Several years ago, when I was president of Metulla, Sue Rothstein was Chapter President. She had all the group presidents meet a few times a year to share ideas and experiences over dinner. It was always a wonderful evening of relaxation and camaraderie. I’ve brought back that concept with “Fireside Chats.” For the first one, of course, it was a very hot evening, so no logs were burning; but it was a total success nonetheless. I added an educational component to the evening by inviting Linda Hakerem, our Chapter Board Advisor. Together we discussed positive conflict resolution and looked at the importance of stepping back, resetting, and expanding the way we deal with situations that can sometimes be contentious. The group presidents can now bring that discussion/exercise to all of you. It is, without doubt, a very important skill set to have in any situation. Of course, in my set mission to be a mentor, I welcome the chance to come to every group to be part of your discussion. Invite me – and I will come.
As you read this e-news, Best Strokes, our #1 Chapter fundraising program, is less than two weeks away; and the buzz is growing louder within not only our membership but the entire community. There seem to be daily posts about items that will be up for auction and giving glimpses of some of the original artwork that will appear on the Art Walk. The mood will be celebratory, honoring the nurses who work with cancer patients as true heroes, helping to heal bodies and striving to give encouragement and show compassion on the battlefield of cancer. Please plan to attend this fun and uplifting event. Tickets are selling rapidly, so click here to buy yours today: https://www.beststrokesatlanta.org/
Our Young Women’s Network is building momentum, growing not only in numbers but in actual participation. Renee Rosenheck and Julie Benveniste are co-chairing the upcoming wine-and-cheese series, in unique venues around Atlanta, designed to introduce women to inspirational successful businesswomen: entrepreneurs, CEOs and vice presidents of international companies. Networking with these women, hearing their stories and being able to ask questions in a chill environment is enlightening. The opportunity to participate: priceless. Please check out the Young Women’s Network FB page during the next week or so to get more information; and pass on the information to other young women who might be interested. The series is open to the community, but spaces are limited.
HGA is, as I’m sure you’re aware, a part of Federation’s prestigious Jacobson Leadership Institute of Atlanta. At JLI I sat among other metro Jewish leaders and gleaned much from hearing about their experiences, as well as from the headline presenter. Let me assure you that Hadassah is well respected in the community and that those few who didn’t already know who we are and what we do…they certainly do now! It is heartwarming to see the symbiotic relationships among us all, benefiting each from the others.
There is so much more I’d like to tell you about Chapter movement and the volunteers that keep it moving, about upcoming Chapter and group programs…but alas, I’ve not enough space. So read your newsletters, step up your level of participation, and be open to learning new things and making new friends and being a part of the wonder of Hadassah. We are growing and moving; we are the past, present, and future.
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 email@example.com.
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 Naomi Binenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Epstein at email@example.com.
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