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.
Nominees for 2019 HGA Executive Board
We are pleased to announce the nominees for the
2019 Greater Atlanta Hadassah Executive Board
President: Michele Weiner-Merbaum
Treasurer: Judy Bart
Recording Secretary: Marci Abrams Feinstein
VP, Membership: Nancy Schwartz
Co-VP, Leadership Development: Cheryl Gordon
Co-VP, Leadership Development: Marni Hoffman
Co-VP, Education/Advocacy: Annie Loventhal
Co-VP, Education/Advocacy: Tovah Shraga
VP, Communications: Diane Fisher
Election and Installation of Officers &
Graduation of the Centennial Leadership Academy Participants
Sunday, January 6, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Maggiano’s Perimeter 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346
Further details to follow
2019 Mah Jongg cards!
It's that time of year again! We will be taking 2019 Mah Jongg card orders to benefit Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Orders must be received by Monday, January 21, 2019.
The cost to you is the same: $8 for a Standard card and $9 for a Large Print card. The National Mah Jongg League, Inc. will pay Hadassah for each card that is included in our order.
We received a check for $600 for our 2018 card order, so look how much your order supports the good works of Hadassah.
Send all the pertinent information – name, address, number of each type of card, and check/checks made payable to Hadassah, to: Ellen Banov, 5627 Mill Trace Dr., Dunwoody, GA 30338
The Mah Jongg League mails cards directly to each purchaser so everyone who gives us an address will get their card at home in late March or early April.
Thanks for supporting Hadassah!
HGA Study Group - Jews of the World
Since beginning in April 2014, Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Study Group. has completed a study of Jews in most of the Muslim countries; and have moved on to study the Jews of the World.
We meet on the fourth Friday of the month (or sometimes the third or fifth), from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon in group members’ homes, when possible. Our discussions are led by one of our members and are thought-provoking and very lively. We also have great snacks and schmoozing!
Upcoming meeting dates with topics and discussion leaders:
November 30 – Sweden; Shirley Michalove
December 21 – Rhodesia; Sybil Ginsburg
January 25 – Romania; Arlene Glass
February 22 – Switzerland; Anne Grabois-Davis
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 interest in the history of the Jewish people in a particular country.
Evolve - Special Programming for our younger members...
Throughout the year, we will be having special programming for our younger members. To learn more about these opportunities when they become available, click here to join us on our Hadassah Atlanta Young Women Facebook page.
EVOLVE is a very exciting new Hadassah initiative focusing on young women. YES, Greater Atlanta is committed to EVOLVE. EVOLVE is important to each of us and to every group.
What does this mean for you?
More new members, more energy, more new ideas…and a promise for the future. EVOLVE speaks to our overlooked younger women who want something new and contemporary from their Hadassah. EVOLVE Hadassah members enjoy their own network across groups, with special programs specific to and supportive of their lifecycle interests. EVOLVE young women belong to one of our groups – Health Professionals, Metulla, Ketura, Etz Aviv, Mt. Scopus – and will thus enjoy any and all traditional events and programs PLUS all EVOLVE events.
When groups gain new EVOLVE members, we invest in Hadassah’s future AND meet our membership goals.
How can you make EVOLVE prosper in Atlanta and in your group?
MAKE A PLAN! Identify a lead resource. ADD EVOLVE members to your group!
DO YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF OUR HADASSAH EVOLVE-ing FUTURE? Contact Cheryl Dorchinsky at 404-226-9271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hadassah Greater Atlanta's Best Strokes 2018, Hadassah Bares All for A.R.T. (Awareness, Research & Treatment) was a great success!
This year’s Best Strokes event was a Celebration of Life honoring 36 Breast and Ovarian Cancer survivors and health professionals Honoree, Dr. Dale Bearman and Honorary Chair, Prof. Tamar Peretz, Hadassah Medical Organization. The celebration began the moment you walked through the door -- festive, fun, and heart-warming! Guests shopped, donated to Fund-A-Need and bought auction items -- all part of the fundraising activities for breast and ovarian cancer Awareness, Treatment and Research in service to humanity.
Dr.Tamar Peretz traveled from Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to share her ground-breaking discovery of BRCA gene mutations and its impact, diagnosis, and personalized cancer treatment for effective results. Dr. Dale Bearman shared how he dedicated his career to women's health treatment and focuses on diagnosis as the best method for favorable outcomes. We learned from our valiant survivors, loving care partners and passionate medical professions that every day is a Celebration of Life.
You can also purchase personalized items from the artists' work. Please visit the Fine Arts America website.
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
Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News
What Israel Means to Me: Rachel Schonberger, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 12, 2018
What Israel Mean to Me: Wendy Kalman, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 12, 2018
Panel Sees Personalized Promise Against Cancer, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 4, 2018
Almost Chopped! to benefit patients with neurological disorders, NeighborNewsOnline.com, Dec 29, 2017.
Check out the listing of recent Hadassah Greater Atlanta press stories
ALMOST CHOPPED! Hadassah’s IncrEDIBLE Cooking Competition
Congratulations to Team Samantha Lives Next Door for their win!
And kudos to the Jersey Tomatoes, the Hashlingers and Sugar and Spice for the excitement and enthusiasm you brought to the competition!
Thank you to our Celebrity Chef Judges:
- Chef Micah Serwitz, Instead of Flowers
- Chef Mimmo Alboumeh, Red Pepper Taquería
- Chef Vince Scafiti, The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek
- Chef Pano Karatassos, Kyma
And to our Master of Ceremony:
Michelle Venter, Broadcast Journalist & Food Enthusiast
Also, thank you to all of you who came out in support of our fantastic event!
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.
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.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Please visit Hadassah Greater Atlanta Photo Galleries.
From our President
WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER?
“I am one of you. I am a five-year breast cancer survivor. I used to only see scars and the railroad track remnants on my chest. Three years ago, I was painted featuring my favorite purple butterfly. Now all I need to do is close my eyes and see the beautiful butterfly. I was transformed when I did not even know I needed transformation,” noted Debra Sharker, co-chair, Best Strokes 2019.
“I volunteer here for three reasons: 1) I am passionate about helping people be safe. Hadassah’s work improves the wellbeing of people’s lives across the globe. 2) Growing up, my mother was always volunteering as a leader, part of something bigger than her own life – including Hadassah. To me it just feels important and good. 3) My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was almost 8 years old. Four decades later, I now understand better what she dealt with all those years. She was one of the survivors, and she inspired me to give. She passed away two weeks ago – but not from cancer,” shared Ellen Weinstein, co-chair, Paint Day.
Last year, Megan-Clair Chase, a self-proclaimed breast cancer survivor and warrior, volunteered and agreed to be painted as part of Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Paint Day. This year she used her award-winning blog to recruit many new survivor models. She also accepted the volunteer position of Story Master, embracing the sacred space created at Paint Day and giving voice to our new breast and ovarian cancer survivor models so they, too, can share their stories and be transformed and empowered to heal and thrive.
“This is my fifth year volunteering at Paint Day. For me it goes beyond cancer. I love to watch people being empowered and discovering they are not alone, that others have walked in their shoes and “get it.” That is the most healing. The experience helps the models know they are so much more than cancer survivors: they are strong, vibrant, tenacious, diverse persons who are capable of anything. The images they select help them to claim what is important to them and leave the day filled with a deeper sense of who they are,” said Paint Day co-chair Ellen Sichel.
Last year Tiah Tomlin served as a breast cancer survivor model and was painted at HGA’s Paint Day. She is another strong, vibrant woman who sees herself as more than cancer. Fueled by first-hand experience, she founded a non-profit, My Style Matters, which aims to improve cancer patient care, offering a holistic view of healing. She is an advocate for “healthy living as a lifestyle.” Hadassah introduced her to a Hadassah-partner program, Women’s Accelerator – Israeli Style, which will strengthen her impact and show her how to grow her company.
Why do YOU volunteer? Each person’s reason is different. Whatever yours is, Hadassah has so many opportunities for you to fulfill your personal passion, impact others and add your talents, time and treasure to effect change. More survivors. More thrivers. More empowerment. We invite YOU to volunteer…you will be glad you did.
The funds we raise go directly to Hadassah for breast and ovarian cancer research that is unique in the world. Since their discovery, 20 years ago, of the BRCA-1 gene among Ashkenazi women, Hadassah’s work has continued on multiple BRCA genes and sub-systems. The stem cell research there allows focused diagnosis and individualized treatment – treating a unique person.
Hadassah members across the US are activists, fundraisers, visionaries. We don’t just talk: we DO.
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 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.
Fundraising VP/Annual Giving
Chai Society Chair
Keepers of the Gate Chair
Fundraising, Best Strokes Chair
Fundraising, Best Strokes Chair
Delcy Pardo Harber
Leadership Development VP
Leadership Development VP
Chesed Student Awards Chair
Check It Out Chair
Zionist Affairs, Chair
Domestic Advocacy, Photo Gallery Manager
Study Group, Chair
Public Relations Chair
Immediate Past President