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Our Chapter

Greater Atlanta Hadassah (GAH), the metro Atlanta chapter of Hadassah, has existed for 98 years! Founded in 1916, the Greater Atlanta Hadassah chapter is comprised of 3,583 members and associates (92% 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. To join Hadassah or to inquire about the work and mission of Hadassah, contact the Greater Atlanta Hadassah office at 678-443-2961.

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. Some of these programs include:

Act Against Osteoporosis – Greater Atlanta Hadassah helps to spread the word that osteoporosis is a concern for women of all ages. We inform women about bone density testing and we urge them to exercise regularly and to eat a balanced diet.

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.

Hadassah Leadership Academy (HLA) – HLA is an innovative outreach program begun by Hadassah in 1998 with the goal of creating new leaders for Hadassah and the Jewish community. Groups of approximately 15 women in selected U.S. cities meet for four hours a month over a two-year period. Under the leadership of a professional madrichah, they learn about Israel, the American Jewish community, leadership skills and issues, Jewish values, and the role of Hadassah. In the third year of the program, HLA women undertake a community social action project.

Health programs – At the Chapter level, however, Greater Atlanta Hadassah sponsors a number of community-wide projects and programs designed to enrich one's body, mind, heart and soul.  We sponsor community health education forums on women's health concerns such as menopause, heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, genetic screening, nutrition, and exercise. These forums are held around Atlanta and are open to all.  200 people attended our most recent community health education forum, Women's Heart Health - Raising Awareness, Empowering Women, and Saving Lives, held Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 2:15 PM to 4:30 PM at Congregation Beth Shalom (5303 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360). Keynote Speaker was Dr. Nanette Wenger, Hadassah Life Member and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine of Medicine at Emory University.  Three previous forums were Jews, Genes and Cancer (March 27, 2011) sponsored by Myriad Genetics, From Generation to Generation: Is Your Family at Risk for a Jewish Genetic Disease? (February 21, 2010) sponsored by Genzyme, and Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke (February 25, 2007).

Maj Madness – Greater Atlanta Hadassah held its 6th Annual Maj Madness Day on March 23, 2014 at the Country Club of the South in Johns Creek. Attendees enjoyed a day of camaraderie, Mah Jongg, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event supported the life-saving and life-changing work of  Hadassah.  

Mediscope – This program brings highly trained medical personnel from the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) to the U.S. for two-week tours of Hadassah chapters and regions. This activity, which includes fundraising, membership, community outreach, and public relations events, provides the tangible connection between the health services provided by HMO in Israel and Hadassah membership in the U.S. Up-to-date information is included about research and new treatments successfully used on patients, thus bringing hope to many.

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.

Tzedakah Box Project  –  Greater Atlanta Hadassah participated in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s 2012 Tzedakah Box Project. Many Jewish organizations and schools throughout the Metro area competed in decorating a large tzedakah box, with the JFGA awarding a grant to the winner. You can view a number of the tzedakah box entries by clicking here. Our warmest thanks go to GAH Life Member, Paula Coplon, for designing and decorating the Greater Atlanta Hadassah tzedakah box entry. On the front side of the box is Paula's interpretation of one of the stunning Chagall windows located in the Hadassah Hospital synagogue and the sides are collages of many Hadassah photos and stories.

Young Judaea – 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. 

Community Connections

Annual Hunger Walk – Greater Atlanta Hadassah "Hadassah Heartbeats" team joined with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to Help Fight Hunger and Exercise for a Healthy Heart at the 30th Annual Hunger Walk, Sunday, March 9, 2014, noon to 4:00 pm at Turner Field. We support our community in its fight against hunger.  Over 60% of the funds raised by the Jewish community are allocated to almost 30 different hunger relief organizations, including the JF&CS Kosher Food Pantry, Mazon, Second Helpings, Sandy Springs Community Action Shelter, Shearith Israel Shelter for Homeless women, and many more. The remaining 40% goes out to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy – Greater Atlanta Hadassah joins with the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education to help children improve their reading and writing skills. This special tutoring program is offered in various elementary schools. 

MJCCA Book Festival –  Each year, Greater Atlanta Hadassah joins with the MJCCA as a community sponsor for the Book Festival.  GAH sponsored opening night, Thursday, November 1, 2012. The featured author was Simon Sebag-Montefiore who wrote Jerusalem: The Biography.   On Sunday, November 17, 2013, GAH hosted the author event with Lynn Povich (The Good Girls Revolt! How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace) and  Lori Rotskoff (When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference it Made).  

Community Relations Committee (CRC)  –  Greater Atlanta Hadassah is a member of this Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta committee. Other CRC members include policy makers, Jewish clergy and synagogue representatives, Israeli diplomatic representatives, national and local organization representatives and other activists from the Atlanta Jewish community. These representatives gather to discuss social action and public policy concerns of the Jewish community. The CRC addresses local issues as well as national and global issues, especially those relating to Israel’s right to exist in secure borders, free of terrorism.

Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (GBCCF)  – Greater Atlanta Hadassah joins with GBCCF to educate about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and to advocate for increased funding for reasearch and treatment in order to eradicate breast cancer.

Purim Parade – Once again Greater Atlanta Hadassah marched in the annual city-wide Purim Parade on March 9, 2014. The parade started at the Toco Hill shopping center and proceeded down Lavista Road culminating in a wonderful carnival at Congregation Beth Jacob. 

Shalom Bayit – Greater Atlanta Hadassah joins with the Atlanta Jewish Family & Career Services, the National Council of Jewish Women and The Body and Soul National Institute to promote peace in the home. Discussions about women in abusive intimate relationships are led by a panel experts. 

For more information on these and other wonderful Chapter-sponsored programs, contact the Greater Atlanta Hadassah office at (678)443-2961.  

In addition, we know you will want to be involved with at least one of Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s groups and special interest councils. Click on Our Groups to learn more about them and determine which one is right for you.

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