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.
HADASSAH ATLANTA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS - A CENTURY OF SUCCESS
CENTENNIAL GALA CELEBRATION - October 30, 2016 Purchase tickets and sponsorships here. This is an event you won't want to miss!
Hadassah was established in Atlanta on November 2, 1916. Discover our rich history and 100 years of leadership. The Atlanta Jewish Times writes… Hadassah Starts Yearlong Celebration: Hundreds of Hadassah members and supporters gathered at the Breman Museum on to launch a yearlong celebration of 100 years of the Zionist women’s organization in Atlanta.
Phyllis M. Cohen
Greater Atlanta Hadassah
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Hadassah Spine Surgeon to Visit Atlanta
“He’s Got Your Back!”
Hadassah’s young spine surgeon works to eradicate the pain of Jews and Arabs in Israel
Join Us at a Dessert Reception
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:15 PM
Congregation Or Hadash
Scrumptious Desserts (Dietary Laws Observed)
Suggested Donation - $18.00
Kindly reply by November 10th to firstname.lastname@example.org or 470.482.6778
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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
Save the Date for Breast Strokes 2017!
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!
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.
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 email@example.com, 678-230-4235 or Lee Tanenbaum at LRTanny@gmail.com, 678-310-0873 OR check out our flyer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
We are finally here...the last month of our Centennial Celebration! It seems apropos for it to come in the same month as the High Holidays. During this time of reflection, we think about what is important to us as we look to the start of a new year. So, too, Hadassah Greater Atlanta has been evaluating what we will be doing as we move into our new century. It was Henrietta Szold, our founder, who, when asked by an artist how she would like to be portrayed, said, “Make my eyes look toward the future.” Simple but wise words, for although we must learn from the past, it is the future that holds unlimited possibilities. It is possibility that builds hope – hope for a better future, a better world, and a better self. Friends tell me I am an optimist. It is true: I like to see the cup as half full. This past weekend I heard Rabbi Silverman of Chabad talk about light. He reminded us that the first words G-d speaks to us in the Torah are, “Let there be light.” Yet it was Isaiah (42:6) who remind us that “We are a light unto the nations.” Light clears away darkness, and lets us see what is around us. Hadassah Medical Organization also clears away the darkness that surrounds disease, gives hope to those who are ill, and sets a standard of understanding and caring that clears away politics. In the past year we have heard how HMO research has had amazing results that have led to clinical trials in the treatment of ALS and macular degeneration, and experimentation with vaccines for diabetes and cancer. In the U.S. we Hadassah women have made our voices heard in advocating for Genetic Equality in Medical Research (GEM), led in the launching of a national Coalition for Women’s Health Equity, confirmed our opposition to limiting or denying civil rights to members of the LGBTQ community, and stood strong with Israel to combat BDS. This is why I am an optimist. You are a part of the amazing work that is us – Hadassah. Start your New Year right. Come celebrate with us at our Centennial Gala on October 30. It will most likely be a sell-out, so get your tickets early! Wishing each of you a year of joy, happiness, health, and peace.
Paula S Zucker
President, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
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Chapter & Group Calendar
Metulla’s Maj Mania
November 11, 2016
A tournament to raise funds for Alzheimer’s and other neurological research St. Marlo Country Club 10am-3pm (LUNCH, CASH PRIZES, GIFT CARDS, AND FUN) Ticket cost: $40
Healthy Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Goodies & Games
November 20, 2016
Taking a few hours to nosh, laugh, & play, goes a long way. We will transform some holiday favorites into healthy and delicious treats. Our own Marsha Hildebrand and Marci Abrams-Feinstein will be our top chefs of the day. Marsha & Marci will share their recipes! Team Pictionary will be a blast! We will also take a few moments to vote on our new slate of officers.
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.
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 (email@example.com) or Judy Epstein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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