Greater Atlanta Hadassah (GAH), the metro Atlanta chapter of Hadassah, has existed for 99 years! Founded in 1916, the Greater Atlanta Hadassah 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.
25th MJCCA Book Festival
Hadassah Greater Atlanta is proud to announce it will be a Community Partner at the MJCCA’S 25th Edition of the Book Festival.
Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s host program will be on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Here is a link to the Carson Kressley event page. Click here to purchase tickets at the discounted member rate using these codes:
For Individual tickets to your event: GAH
For Series Tickets to the Book Festival: GAH SERIES
For series tickets purchased, Hadassah Greater Atlanta will receive $18 back each time the series coupon code is used!
For more information on the Book Festival, please visit: www.atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
Pencil Power Project Doubles Its Goal!
Check out the Atlanta Jewish Times article below about Hadassah's Pencil Power community service project at The Hadassah 98th National Convention.
Lee Kansas and Ruthanne Warnick, who co-chaired the service project, collected 22,750 pencils for schoolchildren served by the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Kids in Need program. Hadassah members, associates and convention guests donated 17,750 pencils, and Office Depot contributed 5,000.
HADASSAH ATLANTA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS - A CENTURY OF SUCCESS
Mark your calendars now for all these exciting programs coming up in our Series of Events to celebrate Hadassah Atlanta's Centennial.
HADASSAH/BREMAN MUSEUM EXHIBIT OPENING and CENTENNIAL KICKOFF EVENT was a success! The Atlanta Jewish Times writes… Hadassah Starts Yearlong Celebration: Hundreds of Hadassah members and supporters gathered at the Breman Museum on Sunday, Nov. 1, to launch a yearlong celebration of 100 years of the Zionist women’s organization in Atlanta.
Breast Strokes - The Big Reveal - Be sure to visit the Breast Strokes – The Big Reveal webpage to view the photo event gallery from The Big Reveal on February 20, 2016
CHESED STUDENT AWARDS EVENT - May 15, 2016
HADASSAH'S NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ATLANTA! - JULY 25 - 28, 2016
CENTENNIAL GALA EVENING & CELEBRATION - October 30, 2016 Check out our beautiful save the date and mark your calendars NOW! This is an event you won't want to miss!
Committees for all events are now being formed, and we welcome your participation. Please contact Phyllis Cohen to join any of these Centennial committees. There are also plans to produce a new Directory of GAH Members, the Centennial Tribute Journal. We need many volunteers to put this book together, as well as everyone's response to our request for contact information when asked.
It’s going to be a very full and memorable year for Greater Atlanta Hadassah- so come join the fun and take pride in our accomplishments!
Phyllis M. Cohen
Greater Atlanta Hadassah
firstname.lastname@example.org OR 404-255-2180
Hadassah Greater Atlanta Featured in The Atlanta Jewish Times
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:
Photo: Front Row L to R: Renée Rosenheck, Virginia Saul and Lois Frank; Back Row: L to R: Phyllis M. Cohen, Lois Blonder, Larry Frank, Martha Jo Katz and Linda Hakerem prepare for Hadassah Atlanta’s Centennial gala celebration at The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead on Oct. 30th.
Photo Credit Chuck Robertson Photography
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Please visit the Greater Atlanta Hadassah Photo Galleries.
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.
Save the Date for Breast Strokes 2017!
Breast Strokes, Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. (Awareness, Research & Treatment)
Breast Strokes The Big Reveal will take place on Saturday Feb 25th, 2017!
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.
Learn all about last year’s Breast Strokes.
Honey From The Heart Fundraiser
Greater Atlanta Hadassah 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. As a participant in this fundraiser, we will share in the profits generated by your purchases at the on-line GAH Honey Store.
Cost is $11.00/jar plus a $4.00 shipping fee. For more information please download
the flyer or contact Karen Miller, 770-455-0843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAH Study Group
The GAH Study Group, on Jews of the World, met on Friday, August 26 and discussed the adaptation of the Ethiopian Jews who have settled in Israel during and since the 1984 "Operation Moses" airlift of about 8000 and the 1991 "Operation Solomon" airlift of 14,000. There are now 3 generations, each with different successes and difficulties. Those who arrived as adults, those who arrived as children and those who are sabras. We discussed the discrimination many have experienced and reviewed some individual experiences based on interviews. We also noted Hadassah, HWZOA's current partnering with Hadassah-Hebrew University Henrietta Szold School of Nursing and JobKatif, an Israeli non-governmental organization, in Achotenu, a program which has provided Lapan Nursing Scholarships to 18 Ethiopian men and women to begin a 4 year academic nursing program.
Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 28, from 10:30-12 at the GAH Hub Office. The history and the current status of the Jews of the Republic of Georgia will be discussed. If you are interested in attending, please E-mail Sybil Ginsburg, Chair at email@example.com.
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.
Training Wheels Calendar for 2016-2017
Rosh Hashanah – September 25
Sukkot – October 16
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
For more information, contact Sheila Barid at firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-636-2696
Sheila Barid and Melissa Kornfeld
Click here to join us on Facebook: “Training Wheels Atlanta”
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
Despite the weather feeling otherwise, fall is sneaking up on us. School is back in session; most folks have returned from their summer forays; and even the stores have begun putting out fall clothing and decorations. However, this September I feel like we have a chance to just savor that summer sense a little longer. With the High Holidays being a bit later this year, we actually have the time to think about what we want for the coming year.
Personally, I know I want to really relish the final weeks of our Centennial year. We planned and talked about this year‐long celebration for so long and now it is just about over. It has been an extraordinary year; and I feel privileged to have been president during this time. As part of our planning, we had a chance to look back at our chapter and the women who played their parts in its history: passionate, caring women who faced many of the same challenges we have today and yet took the time to create and be part of something wonderful. During those years, women got the right to vote, to advocate for civil rights, to watch husbands and sons go to war; and still they had the optimism to believe that they could make a difference for our Jewish community and the world at large, as they witnessed the establishment of the State of Israel.
So, as we enter the final months of our Centennial Celebration, I invite each of you to participate in making a little bit of history with Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Be proud to be a part of such a strong, ever-evolving organization that, through its commitment to “Research in Service to Humanity,” has seen breakthroughs in ALS, breast cancer research, and so much more, making this world a better place. Advocate for genetic equality in medical research, and find time to smile and enjoy friends and family.
You will all soon be receiving your invitations to the culminating event of the year of celebration – the Centennial Gala, on October 30. I do hope everyone will be there. After all, we won’t have another centennial for 100 years!
Paula S Zucker
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.
The Etz Aviv group is comprised of working women, in and out of the home, 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, Canton and even one member from Dallas, GA. We meet late Sunday mornings or in the evening, except for our noontime nosh book club, which meets at 10 am. For information on Etz Aviv membership, contact Naomi Binenfeld (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Judy Epstein (email@example.com).
The Health Professionals group has members who hail from all over metro Atlanta and range in age from 24 to 65 plus. Our members are affiliated with the health professions as nurses, physicians, pharmacists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, public health workers, radiology technologists, social workers, electrologists, dental hygienists and professionals in other allied health fields. Our programs are health oriented and timely with member or guest speakers sharing their expertise and experiences on health issues of interest to our members. Please contact Ellen Sichel for more information.
Major Gifts Chair
Keepers Event Co-Chair
Keepers of the Gate Co-Chair
Keepers of the Gate Development Chair
Fundraising Team Chair
Programming Team Leader
Chesed Student Awards Chair
Communications Team Leader
Public Relations Chair
Education Team Leader
Al Galgalim Co-Chair
Al Galgalim Co-Chair
Chapter Study Group Chair
Check It Out Chair
Zionist Affairs Chair
Breast Strokes Co-Chair
Breast Strokes Co-Chair