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.
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".
Apply Today for the 2nd Class of the 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 December 2016.
First session begins March 2017.
QUESTIONS? Contact: Sheila Dalmat, VP Leadership, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
(H) 678/441-0650 (C) 678/923-1727 email@example.com
Time to Order Mah Jongg Cards
It's that time again, when you and your friends can order Mah Jongg cards. Please check out our form with information on ordering.
ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017
Save the Date for Breast Strokes 2017!
Breast Strokes, Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. (Awareness, Research & Treatment)
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, watch last year's honorees of The Big Reveal, 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.
Learn all about last year’s Breast Strokes.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-230-4235 or Lee Tanenbaum at LRTanny@gmail.com, 678-310-0873 OR check out our flyer.
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 first meeting in 2017 will be on Friday, January 27th and we will be discussing the Jews of Lithuania.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
A year ago I wrote about our upcoming year of celebration – a celebration of 100 years of Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Now that year has come to an end. It was an amazing journey. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought about everything I am thankful for.
Of course, my family and good health. In addition, though, here are my Hadassah thank-yous.
- Amazing women who share their time. Volunteers have been at every event – our Kickoff in Oct 2015, Breast Strokes 2016 in February, the Marian F. Perling Annual Student Chesed Awards in May 2016, at the National Hadassah Convention in July, and the Centennial Gala just a few days ago. We couldn’t do it without you!
- The Centennial Leadership Institute – This new program’s first class will be graduating soon. Their commitment to learning and sharing has been inspirational. They have developed leadership skills that they will be able to use in both their personal and professional lives, as well as on their path in Hadassah.
- The Super South Hub – our professionals who work so hard in supporting our programs and day-to-day operations, and who share our passion for Hadassah.
- For our contributors, who give to make our mission a reality – Research in Service to Humanity.
- To the researchers and staff at both Hadassah Hospitals, who care for all who come through their doors and share their knowledge and progress with the entire world.
- To the creative thinkers of Hadassah – you are the lifeblood of Hadassah in keeping us relevant in a fast paced world.
- To our members and associates– without you we would not have the voice to speak out on important issues that affect all of us.
- To our families – who are willing to share us with Hadassah when we have phone calls, meetings, conferences, work on Hadassah projects and programs, or just reading the Hadassah magazine.
So much to be grateful for. So, as this Thanksgiving comes around, I will be looking around the table with a different eye and Hadassah in my heart.
Paula S Zucker
President, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
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Health Professionals New Board Installation & Mitzvah Day
December 18, 2016
Join Hadassah Greater Atlanta Health Professionals to thank our current board and welcome your new board. Complete the celebration and enjoy our annual Hanukkah Party with residents of Sunrise Huntcliff Assisted Living. What a wonderful, heartfelt afternoon.
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