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.
Sold Out in 2017! Don’t miss out in 2018! Tickets on sale now...
Hadassah Greater Atlanta presents... Best Strokes 2018, Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. (Awareness, Research & Treatment)
Best Strokes - The event name is new, but our passion and our research remain as powerful and life changing as ever. This year’s Best Strokes event is a Celebration of Life honoring our inspiring models both Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors from all walks of life. You will know it is a celebration the moment you walk through the door-festive, fun, and heart-warming!
This event will sell out, so please be sure to visit the Best Strokes webpage for more information and to purchase your tickets! You can also see some of the photos from past events and read about this year's honoree of Best Strokes, Dale Bearman, MD and our Honorary Chair, Tamar Peretz, MD.
Feel free to check out our previous canvases from Breast Strokes - The Big Reveal. Any of the 24 in. X 30 in. "original" canvases which were displayed at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Breast Strokes - The Big Reveal events are available for purchase by individuals or physician offices/cancer centers. You can also purchase stretched canvases, fine art prints, greeting cards, phone cases, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains and t-shirts. Please visit the Fine Arts America website.
Let’s make a difference and celebrate life!
ALMOST CHOPPED! Hadassah’s IncrEDIBLE Cooking Competition
Congratulations to Team Samantha Lives Next Door for their win!
And kudos to the Jersey Tomatoes, the Hashlingers and Sugar and Spice for the excitement and enthusiasm you brought to the competition!
Thank you to our Celebrity Chef Judges:
- Chef Micah Serwitz, Instead of Flowers
- Chef Mimmo Alboumeh, Red Pepper Taquería
- Chef Vince Scafiti, The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek
- Chef Pano Karatassos, Kyma
And to our Master of Ceremony:
Michelle Venter, Broadcast Journalist & Food Enthusiast
Also, thank you to all of you who came out in support of our fantastic event!
GAH Study Group - Jews of the World
Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Study Group has been meeting since April 2014. We have completed a study of Jews in most of the Muslim Lands; and we have moved on to study the Jews of the World. We have many more countries to study and continue to 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 next meeting will be on February 23, from 10:30-12 noon, when Lee Tanenbaum will talk about the Jews of Spain. Please contact chair Sybil Ginsburg for location details.
Future meetings include:
March 23 Jews of Portugal, with speaker Reina Neurenberger
April 27 Jews of France, with Anne Davis
Our discussions are led by one of our members and are thought-provoking and very lively. We also have great snacks and schmoozing!
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.
The Marian F. Perling Hadassah Chesed Student Awards
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek
Each year, Hadassah honors outstanding Jewish teens from Atlanta area Day Schools and Supplemental Religious Schools. Candidates in grades seven through twelve are nominated for the award based on their love for Israel, concern for fellow Jews and Jewish culture and heritage, concern for fellow human beings through manner and deed (menschlichkeit), and good academic standing.
Make plans to join us this year for an amazing afternoon, spotlighting the accomplishments and goals of the 2018 recipients. There is no charge for the program, which is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information please contact Eileen Cohn 404-819-4025
Evolve - Special Programming for our younger members...
Throughout the year, we will be having special programming for our younger members. To learn more about these opportunities when they become available, click here to join us on our Hadassah Atlanta Young Women Facebook page.
EVOLVE is a very exciting new Hadassah initiative focusing on young women. YES, Greater Atlanta is committed to EVOLVE. EVOLVE is important to each of us and to every group.
What does this mean for you?
More new members, more energy, more new ideas…and a promise for the future. EVOLVE speaks to our overlooked younger women who want something new and contemporary from their Hadassah. EVOLVE Hadassah members enjoy their own network across groups, with special programs specific to and supportive of their lifecycle interests. EVOLVE young women belong to one of our groups – Health Professionals, Metulla, Ketura, Etz Aviv, Mt. Scopus – and will thus enjoy any and all traditional events and programs PLUS all EVOLVE events.
When groups gain new EVOLVE members, we invest in Hadassah’s future AND meet our membership goals.
How can you make EVOLVE prosper in Atlanta and in your group?
MAKE A PLAN! Identify a lead resource. ADD EVOLVE members to your group!
DO YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF OUR HADASSAH EVOLVE-ing FUTURE? Contact Cheryl Dorchinsky at 404-226-9271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News
Almost Chopped! to benefit patients with neurological disorders, NeighborNewsOnline.com, Dec 29, 2017.
Metulla Group Installs Board, Atlanta Jewish Times, December 20, 2017.
Kidney Donations Save Lives Within Jewish Law, Atlanta Jewish Times, November 14, 2017.
Panel Urges Action on Women’s Health, Atlanta Jewish Times, October 11, 2017.
Hadassah Hires Fundraiser for Ga., Atlanta Jewish Times, October 6, 2017.
Looking for the perfect gift to express your love or best wishes?
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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.
Centennial Gala Celebration a Huge Success
Hadassah Atlanta’s Gala on Oct. 30th at The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead was the culmination of a year of centennial celebrations when almost 450 guests gathered to commemorate the first 100 years of Hadassah in Atlanta and bring in the start of the next 100 years in style.
To illustrate Hadassah’s initiative, “Research in Service to Humanity,” Dr. Rachel Schonberger introduced a surprise guest speaker, Stewart Greenberg, a Florida man diagnosed with metastatic melanoma five years ago. He recounted that after he was told that nothing more could be done to save his life by American oncologists and that he had only months to live, he went to Israel where he was treated by Hadassah’s Dr. Michal Lotem.
Other highlights of the evening included a Past Presidents Presentation, Ingrid’s La Fuega Dancers- featuring Cynthia Good, decades of photos projected, and many exciting door prizes.
Thank you to the Gala co-chairs Martha Jo Katz and Linda M. Hakerem and Centennial Chair Phyllis M. Cohen for planning a night we will truly remember!
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Please visit Hadassah Greater Atlanta Photo Galleries.
From our President
Hadassah Greater Atlanta 2018: What’s Next?
Last year, we promised to stand on the shoulders of our past leaders, learn from them, and do more than just keep the “wheels on the wagon.” I am proud to say that together you all helped Hadassah Greater Atlanta to innovate and collaborate. As we reflect on 2017, Celebrating Israel, partnering with Challah Bake and creating Almost Chopped are our most notable examples of innovation. Breast Strokes, CLI Cohort 2 and G.E.M. stand out as our best collaborations.
So now you may ask, “What’s next in 2018?” I offer that we need to continue to innovate and collaborate. Now that we are rocking and rolling, we can move forward with excellence and leadership. And most of all, remember to smell the roses!
Let’s talk about excellence, leadership, and smelling the roses.
Excellence. We know it when we see it! Perfect 10 in gymnastics. We know it by reputation! A Tiffany diamond. When I took a Six Sigma class in search of excellence, I learned that excellent quality is only four errors in 1 million occurrences. Remember the old phone on your kitchen counter – always available/no faults. That’s excellence.
Excellence is all about doing the right things and doing them right always. Let’s look back on what we did well last year and look forward to how we can improve and reach for excellence.
Leadership. Jim Collins’s book, Good to Great, is my bible on leadership. He researched sustaining top-performing business and social services organizations and their leaders. He concludes that good managers organize people and resources, and effective leaders motivate teams to higher performance standards. Excellent leaders exude personal humility and professional will that inspires others to do their best. Hadassah has a long history of study, learning and professional development. I encourage you to invest in yourself. Learn leadership skills and practices from the best. Learn to be your best self. Locally Centennial Leadership Institute, affectionately CLI, offers a robust, intimate learning environment for emerging leaders. We encourage you to reach out to Linda and Michele and apply to CLI Cohort 3.
Some of you may be thinking, “OK, Sheila, I get the excellence and leadership; but roses? What about those roses?” Roses are beautiful and fragrant and remind us of celebrations of life and love. Roses also have thorns, need care (pruning/cutting) and feeding (water and food) to achieve their full beauty. Let’s always nurture our souls and care for our needs and the needs of others so that we can celebrate with full, beautiful roses. I give to each of you a virtual rose as a reminder that our Hadassah work and all we DO has a higher value – our Awareness, Research and Treatment saves and changes lives – globally and here at home.
Sheila Dalmat, President
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Judy Epstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information, please contact Ellen Sichel at email@example.com.
Membership Associates, Chair
Fundraising VP/Annual Giving
Fundraising, Breast Strokes Co-Chair
Fundraising, Breast Strokes Co-Chair
Fundraising, Keepers Event Co-Chair
Fundraising, Keepers of the Gate Co-Chair
Chesed Student Awards Chair
Check It Out Chair
Leadership Development VP
Leadership Development VP
Education, Zionist Affairs, Chair
Education, Zionist Affairs Chair
Public Relations Chair
Photo Gallery Manager
Immediate Past President