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
Help combat ALS, Parkinson’s, MS and Alzheimer’s
SAVE THE DATE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 from 2-5 PM
Watch as our 4 teams of Chef-testants WOW four celebrity chef judges with their culinary skills to win the Almost Chopped Championship
7130 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30340
Proceeds benefit Hadassah’s Neurological research
For Sponsorship Information: Click here!
Keep up to date with plans for Almost Chopped on our Facebook event page.
* Chef-testant - (n) non-professional chef to cook and compete in
Hadassah’s Incr“EDIBLE” Cooking Competition
GAH Study Group - Jews of the World
On October 27, Barbara Lang will present the Jews of Equador.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News
Hadassah: Season of Awe by Sheila Dalmat, Atlanta Jewish Times, September 13, 2017.
Gender Disparities at Heart of Health Event, Atlanta Jewish Times, September 5, 2017.
Home Chefs Needed for ‘Almost Chopped’, Atlanta Jewish Times, August 18, 2017.
Beit Shemesh English Speakers Make Aliyah Easier, Atlanta Jewish Times, August 4, 2017.
Bat Mitzvah Honors Hadassah for Miracle Birth, Atlanta Jewish Times, June 27, 2017.
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.
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
As September folds into October, I savor personal highlights, cry over tumultuous hurricanes and gain inspiration from the Days of Awe. Before we move onto our routines, let’s capture the moments. Discover with me what these three events share– Community!
My son stepped on the glass, he and his new bride began to leave the sanctuary. They were immediately followed by their friends who joined their hands and danced a round of the horah around the sanctuary. More dancing followed on the dance floor. Then the newlywed couple were treated to a “schtick” – their friends entertained them with pantomime representing all aspects of their connections. Their diverse community from family, college, graduate school, havurah, work and play showed the couple great respect, love, challenge, fun, good-hearted teasing and admiration. What beautiful community support!
Recently, three horrific hurricanes hit Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. The scenes are hauntingly devastating. Strangers formed human chains, carried people and pets above their heads and hopped into boats to save people. “Harvey has taken a lot, but it will NEVER take our humanity,” the station tweeted. “We have seen so many neighbors helping each other. THANK YOU.” ABC 13 Houston. Many Atlantans hosted and housed Hurricane Irma evacuees, often eating canned tuna under candlelight when our power went out. Others donated to hurricane relief. Now that is community!
“Let it Go: A Tashlich Walk” described in My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin, an experiential community takes a participatory walk, a short pilgrimage to the water. They pause to consider what they will “shed” figuratively or literally. And finally, they manage to shed what keeps holding them back, e.g., indecision, intolerance, guilt, fear of change. What an opportunity for growth and embracing a greater community!
Community. We need community. We seek community. We are community! What is our community today? What will our community look like in the future?
Over the past months, many of you have shared your stories, your needs, your wise views. Your perspective includes a nurturing sisterhood, a fertile leadership cohort, young women seeking fulfillment, young women who want to matter, empty nesters reaching for new horizons, seniors with time and talent, women of color, LBGTQ women, singles, Moms, Grandmas, professionals, volunteers and combinations of many of the above. In summary – you describe aspirations and needs for a Community, your Community, our Hadassah Greater Atlanta Community.
Federation has convened a nine-month project, Front Porch, to grapple with Community. I am honored and privileged to serve as your Hadassah representative among 120 professionals and volunteers. Front Porch is a guided process to observe, sense, experience, discover and shape our shared purpose for Jewish Atlanta. As an outcome, we will see the ecosystem of Jewish Atlanta with “fresh eyes, as it is now and as it might be”.
Please share with me how you would like our Hadassah Greater Atlanta Community to look, feel and act to serve you as an individual, family and community.
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Chapter & Group Calendar
The Jewish Response to Organ Donation & Transplants
October 22, 2017
Special Guest Speaker: Rabbi Josh Sturm Sunday, October 22, 2017 * 2:00 pm Congregation Beth Shalom 5303 Winters Chapel Rd., Atlanta 30360 (Refreshments graciously provided by Beth Shalom Sisterhood!)
The Great Big Challah Bake 2017
October 26, 2017
Join women from all over the metro Atlanta area and participate in the mitzvah of making challah together!
26TH Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA
November 12, 2017
Join us to hear bestselling author Michael Bar-Zohar discuss his latest book, “Phoenix: Shimon Peres and the Secret History of Israel” Sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeastern Region Sunday, November 12, 2017 3:30 PM MJCCA-Zaban Park • 5342 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
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