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.
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
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 Leadership Institute
What is Centennial Leadership Institute (2017)?
CLI is a visionary program developed to provide new and exciting ways to learn, analyze, interact and lead -- empowering each participant with the confidence to meet the challenges and reap the benefits of today's Hadassah, as we look to the next 100 years!
More information available on our flyer.
Application Forms and Nomination Forms are available at on the Atlanta Centennial Leadership Institute webpage
Applications will be accepted November through February 22, 2017
First session begins April 2017 and dates include:
April 7; May 7; June 4; August 6;, October 1; November 5
QUESTIONS? Contact: Leadership Development VPs, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
Linda Hakerem: email@example.com
Michele Weiner-Merbaum: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News
The Atlanta Jewish Times featured Hadassah Greater Atlanta's century of success and preview of the Hadassah 98th National Convention.
Check out the articles featured below:
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!
Read the Atlanta Jewish Times article about the Centennial Gala Celebration: "Hadassah Celebration 100 Years in the Making".
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Please visit Hadassah Greater Atlanta Photo Galleries.
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. Two additional meetings are scheduled: March 24, 2017 (Jews of Cuba) and April 28, 2017 (Jews of Poland).
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.
Registration now open for 2016-2017 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.
Hanukkah - December 18
Shabbat –January 8
Tu B’Shevat – February 5
Purim – March 12
Passover – April 2
Yom Ha-atzmaut – April 30
Shavuot – May 21
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
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
Emotions are flying. Energy is abounding. Times are a-changing.
We can and must all rise above the noise, become our best selves and make an impact. While I have some thoughts, I need your help in order to give you and Greater Atlanta its voice. Share your ideas and values, then offer to shape a “legacy project.”
As we explore how to begin such an inspiring project, let’s begin with history – Purim and Hadassah -- and then review our core values.
Purim is the story of how, with the help of Mordechai, Queen Esther used her wit to convince the King of Haman’s wickedness and thus saved the Jews of Shushan. Purim continues today as the most joyous Jewish holiday.
We are connected to Purim in another way: Queen Esther’s Hebrew name is Hadassah.
“Henrietta [Szold]’s group was a study circle formed ... in 1898. Similar study groups sprang up in NYC. The young women were concerned about their identity as Jews. They eagerly sought Judaism’s answers to such problems as social inequality and militarism… Sometime after 8:00 pm on February 24, 1912, in the vestry of Rabbi Magnes’s Temple Emanu-El, a group of fewer than twenty met for what was to become the founding session of Hadassah as a national Zionist organization. Henrietta Szold spoke of her trip to Palestine and of the need for a ‘definite project’.” (It Takes A Dream, Marlin Levin, 2002, p. 34 and 37)
I invite each of you to think about how you can be the Esther or the Hadassah for our times – taking into account our core values.
Now I need your help. Email, call, text me with three action strategies that serve and nourish our diverse Membership today. Tell me how you would like for Hadassah to harness The Power of Women Who DO to love, nourish, and support each other to be our best selves.
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Chapter & Group Calendar
THE BRAIN & BRAWN
March 26, 2017
Hadassah Health Professionals is excited to offer another proactive event. Action is key to empowering yourself. One area that is recognized to help Parkinson’s is LDGF Gladiators- Boxing. Learn why and how boxing is used to benefit Parkinson’s and MS patients and their loved ones. Even if you are not dealing with chronic illness, you will learn a lot from this program.
Theatre Party – “Million Dollar Quartet”
April 5, 2017
Join Metulla for “Million Dollar Quartet”! The smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical that brings together rock icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for a one-time recording session in Memphis in 1956. Enjoy such hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” That’s All Right,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and more. The show tells the amazing story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. This is a co-production with Atlanta Lyric Theatre.
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