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.
First Hadassah Force Forum
Join us on Sunday, September 10th at Congregation Or Hadash for the G.E.M. Force Gender Equity in Medicine- Driving Optimal Treatment for Women.
Gender Equity in Medicine (G.E.M.) is a key area for Hadassah’s advocacy. Women and the community at large know very little about this issue and how it impacts their health and treatment options. Our goal is to educate and to bring awareness to this problem and its impact on women’s health. The program will focus on the areas where women’s health is most affected and highlight how women are not equally treated in medical research, drug testing and treatment.
We have an amazing panel:
Rachel Schonberger, MD; Chair of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO)
Nanette Wenger, MD; Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Emeritus
Emory University School of Medicine
Mimi Zieman, MD; Vice President Clinical Affairs Femasys Inc.
Allan Levey, MD, PhD, Betty Gage Holland Chair; Emory University Department of Neurology: Director, Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
For more information, and to register for the event, please click here.
Honey from the Heart Fundraiser
Hadassah Greater Atlanta is participating in the Honey From The Heart Fundraiser. A gift of 100% sweet clover honey for Rosh Hashanah is a great way to share sweet greetings with your family, friends and business associates, while at the same time, supporting Hadassah’s ground-breaking research for MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. As a participant in this fundraiser, we will share in the profits generated by your purchases at the on-line HGA Honey Store.
Cost is $11.00/jar. Order by July 24, 2017 to avoid a $4.00 shipping fee. For more information please download the flyer or contact Karen Miller, 770-455-0843 or email@example.com.
For more information, check out our flyer.
Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News
News & Stories
Bat Mitzvah Honors Hadassah for Miracle Birth, Atlanta Jewish Times, June 27, 2017.
Every Bite Counts with Healthy Snacking, Atlanta Jewish Times, June 22, 2017.
Hadassah Honors 21 Students for Academics, Activities, Atlanta Jewish Times, May 30, 2017.
Pope Junior Wins Hadassah Award, Atlanta Jewish Times, May 20, 2017.
Israeli Chutzpah, Cooperation Key to Innovation, Atlanta Jewish Times, May 11, 2017.
GAH Study Group
Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Study Group has 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 3rd or 5th), from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon at the Hadassah HUB Office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have a particular 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
Registration open soon for 2017-2018 Training Wheels
Come join us as we go around the year “al galgalim” (on wheels)
From Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah through the year to Shavuot, we’ll have fun learning about the Jewish holidays!
Please join us as we begin our trip around the year in this unique program!
Training Wheels/Al Galgalim, a Jewish family education program created by Hadassah, lets parents, grandparents and children (ages 3-5) become partners in discovering the joys of being Jewish. The curriculum activities include songs, stories, crafts, games and holiday foods, all of which enable adults and children to experience together the pleasures of celebrating Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. Training Wheels meets nine times throughout the year on Sunday mornings 10 am to noon and is led by trained Hadassah volunteers. Give your family a precious gift of heritage that can last a lifetime! The program is about families – parents and children – participating in Jewish rituals and spending quality time together. If you have friends you think might be interested in Training Wheels, feel free to forward this information to them. We are now accepting reservations for the 2016-17 year. There is no charge for the first session; but reservations are a must, as space is limited. Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren, or perhaps to give a membership in Training Wheels for parents to use to take children to our sessions.
Click here to join us on Facebook: “Training Wheels Atlanta”
For more information, contact Sheila Barid at email@example.com, 404-636-2696
Sheila Barid and Melissa Kornfeld
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.
Another Sold Out Crowd At Breast Strokes 2017!
Hadassah Greater Atlanta presents... Breast Strokes, Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. (Awareness, Research & Treatment)
Thank you for making our third annual Breast Strokes another record breaking success! Please visit the Breast Strokes webpage for photos and information on this year's successful event!
Read about this year's honorees of The Big Reveal, Angels 4 Angels in the Atlanta Jewish Times!
And Watch last year's honorees the Schube women, sharing their courageous story with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today Show!
Many of the 24 in. X 30 in. "original" canvases which were displayed at the 2015 and 2016 Breast Strokes Big Reveal Galas 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 and check out our flyer for more information.
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.
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.
From our President
Like so many of you, I recently attended a graduation: my niece graduated from college. There was the usual pomp and circumstance, graduation speeches, tossing of the mortarboards, and of course, celebrations. Graduation is so much more than a moment in time.
Driving seven hours to attend graduation gave me time to anticipate seeing my niece, joining my sister’s family and sharing in the celebrations. Driving the seven hours home gave me time to pause and reflect on the graduation, my niece’s preceding four years and even the first 21 years that prepared her for graduation. On her journey she encountered both the usual and the unusual obstacles. I am proud that my niece rose to the occasion, gained her confidence, voice and vision, and graduated with honors. I recalled how the graduation speaker inspired us by relating her own journey of resilience, community resilience and benefiting from a support network. She encouraged the graduates to use their knowledge, tools, resources and resilient support systems to pave their futures of creativity and leadership.
So, what does this all have to do with Hadassah? We have so many wonderful milestones to create and celebrate: HMO advances in immunotherapy and stem cell research; Chapter and groups with outstanding educational programs and fundraisers; and growing membership and leaders. Sometimes our paths toward achieving our goals meet with obstacles – demanding perseverance, resilience and teamwork. Our amazing Hadassah network has the knowledge, tools, experience, talent and resiliency we need to succeed.
Thank you to those who challenge and encourage each of us to be our very best and DO the planning, implementing, collaborating, sharing and celebrating our milestones.
Best wishes for a refreshing summer.
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Ketura Pool Party
July 16, 2017
Ketura is Having a Summer Social & Barbeque MEMBERS, SPOUSES AND ADULT GUESTS WELCOME All you need to bring is —your own towels and sunscreen
Gender Equity in Medicine (G.E.M.)
September 10, 2017
Join the Health Professionals and Ketura for Gender Equity in Medicine!! We hope you will save the date and join us for this amazing program!
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. For more information, please contact Ellen Sichel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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