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MOUNT SCOPUS - The Mount Scopus group includes women living mostly in Northeast Atlanta: Toco Hills, Intown, Decatur, Northlake and Stone Mountain.   It has evening programs, which include guest speakers on timely informative topics of interest to women of all ages and backgrounds. There is a monthly evening Jewish study group lead by the best Jewish educators in Atlanta. The book discussion group meets monthly in the afternoons. We help run the Greater Atlanta Hadassah Al Galgalim (Training Wheels) program, a Mommy and Me program for 3-5 year olds, to teach parents and children about Jewish holidays and traditions.  We present fun events such as our Fab Film Fest in member’s homes. For more information about Hadassah and upcoming events, please contact Susan Berkowitz at 404-622-9601 or by email at

President: Susan Berkowitz 

Mt. Scopus Hadassah
NEED A RIDE TO AN EVENT?:  Contact Edie Barr at 404-325-0340 or She will be happy to help.

Help support Hadassah’s great work by purchasing greeting cards and certificates for all occasions. We will mail it for you too! You can also purchase JNF trees. Sarah Duwell is ready to help you at 404-636-6929 or

Upcoming events 
CEZANNE AND THE MODERN: Masterpieces of European Art from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection:  Join us at the High Museum as Mt. Scopus visits this outstanding collection of art.  Our visit to the galleries will be preceded by an introduction by Ginia Sweeney, Coordinator of Museum Interpretation.  Our tour will include panels from the Florence Cathedral Organ Loft by Luca della Robbia.  This work is based on Psalm 150.  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 1:00 P.M. HIGH MUSEUM OF ART (1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.). Meet at main entrance to the museum.  Museum members - Member ID number, plus $3.00. Non-members - $15.00. Your check, payable to HADASSAH, is your reservation.  Checks must be received by December 8th to:  Sondra Epstein, 1544 Reserve Circle, Decatur, Ga. 30033.  QUESTIONS?  Contact Sondra Epstein at 404-636-0748

Please join The Mt. Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah for the Election and Installation of 2015 Officers and Luncheon. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM.  $18.00/person.  Clubhouse at Huntington Condominiums * (3825 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA  30084). Catering by The Spicy Peach. Your check, payable to “Hadassah,” is your reservation.  Please mail checks to Suzy Tibor, 1551 Beechcliff Drive, Atlanta, GA  30329.  Checks must be received by December 3, 2014. Questions?  Contact  Suzy at 404-636-8582 or

*Traveling on Lavista Road toward Northlake Mall area, Huntington Condominiums are on your right — just past Lavista Crossing Apartments.  There is a right-turn lane into the condo entrance.  Drive straight to the back parking lot. Clubhouse is by the swimming pool.
Proposed 2015 Slate of Officers:
President:                     Malka Shulman
Treasurer:                    Melanie Doctor                     
V.P. Programming       Edie Barr
V.P. Membership:        Jennifer Yaffe                        
V.P. Education             Lois Cohen
Recording Sec.            Gwyn Gordon                         
Corresponding Sec.        Loretta Bernstein
Co-V.P. Fundraising:  Marilyn Perling and Regine Rosenfelder

Our NORC Afternoon Book Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1:15 P.M at the Life Enrichment Center Building (NORC), 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur 30033.  The book club meets upstairs in the main building.  No book club meeting in December.  No RSVP required. For more information, contact Barbara Seligman at 770-934-3936 or

Hold the Dates:
Tuesday, Dec. 23:  The Girl He Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
Tuesday, Jan. 27:   Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart.
Tuesday, Feb. 24:  The Officer and the Spy by Robert Frank.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (*Note new time change to 7:30 p.m.). Speaker: Judith Fridovich-Keil, Ph.D. Topic: “The Genetics of Being Jewish”. 

Wed., Dec. 17, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
“Using Music as a Lens to View Israeli Society & Politics”. Speaker:  Eli Sperling
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
“What is the Jewish Role in Helping the World?” Speaker:  Rabbi Paul Kerbel
Lois Cohen’s home, 2704 Galahad Dr., 30345.  RSVP to

2014  Officers:    
President: Susan Berkowitz
Treasurer: Anita Levy
V.P. Education: Lois Cohen
V.P. Fundraising: Edie Barr
V.P. Membership: Regine Rosenfelder
V.P. Programming: Suzan Tibor
Corresponding Secretary: Loretta Bernstein
Recording Secretary: Michelle Koufman
Recent events -  Please view the Mt Scopus Photo Gallery for pictures of these and other events. 

On Wednesday evening September 10, 2014, Ellen Sichel helped “ease the stress” of members of the Mt. Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah. Ellen presented an upbeat, interactive, and empowering program “Life is a Juggling Act – How to Remain Calm in all Circumstances”. The meeting was held at the Clubhouse of the Huntington Condominiums in Tucker, and there was a book signing following the meeting. Ellen Sichel receiving a certificate from Mt. Scopus members Suzy Tibor, with Susan Berkowitz looking on.

Mt. Scopus Hadassah sponsored at day of fun at the Athletic Club Northeast on Sunday August 17, 2014.  Participants enjoyed exercise classes, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, exercise machines, indoor and outdoor pools, with free childcare.  In addition, Ita Rachel Cohen, a personal trainer at the Club presented a cooking demonstration of heart healthy food. Money raised will be used for heart health research and care at Hadassah hospitals in Jerusalem.  The people in the photo are enjoying the heart healthy food at the cooking demonstration.  They are from left to right: Edie Barr,  Ita Rachel Cohen, Roz Edelstein, Cynthia Shulman, and Harriet Cortell.

 On Sunday, June 9, 2014 the Mount Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah held their third annual “Tour of Toco Hills”. Members and friends saw a variety of home, condos, and designer remodeled homes. The funds raised from this event support women’s health and research at the two Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem, Israel.On Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014 Rabbi Karmi Ingber treated members of  the Mount Scopus Group of Hadassah to a delightful music program, The Mystical Power of Music and the Joy of Song. Rabbi Inber established the Atlanta Outreach Kehilla, an organization dedicated to bringing a unique, exciting, welcoming approach to Judaism to residents throughout the metro Atlanta area.

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, the Mount Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah presented with Congregation Or VeShalom, “Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program”.  This was an educational event to promote women’s heart health. The program is part of a national initiative to provide guidance to women of all ages on prevention of heart disease, the leading cause of death among American women.  The program included information on heart disease symptoms and risk factors and provided information on how women can make prevention a priority. Speakers for this program were Alexis Cutchins, MD, Board Certified Cardiologist, Nancy Fried, Registered Dietician and Dennis de Gracia, Certified Personal Trainer.

Fifty Mt. Scopus members and friends enjoyed the world premiere of “The Geller Girls” at the Alliance Theater on Sunday evening, January 26, 2014. Atlanta playwright, Jenece Shaffer, met with our group prior to the play to discuss how she created this play that takes place in 1895, on the eve of the Cotton States and International Exposition which brings change and uncertainty to the Geller girls. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by everyone. 

Twenty two Mt.Scopus members visited the High Museum on Thursday, January 23, 2014 to view the exhibit Go West! Art of the American Frontier. An informative introductory presentation by Nicole Cromartie, Museum Department of Interpretation, was enjoyed by everyone.  Mt.Scopus member and docent at the High Museum, Barbara Seligman, guided our members through the exhibit.

Congrats to the New Officers:  On Sunday, December 15, 2013, the Mount Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassh met at the Selig Center to celebrate the installation of the 2014 officers. The new officers installed are Susan Berkowitz, President; Suzan Tibor, Programming Vice President; Edie Barr, Fundraising Vice President; Regine Rosenfelder, Membership Vice President; Lois Cohen, Education Vice President; Loretta Bernstein, Corresponding Secretary; Michelle Koufman, Corresponding Secretary; and Anita Levy, Treasurer. They were installed by past president Rachel Schonberger and their outgoing co-president, was recognized in a certificate presentation.

On Sunday, November 3, 2013 the Mt. Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah enjoyed another matinee movie at our FAB FILM FEST.  An overflowing crowd enjoyed the Israeli film, "Live and Become".  This moving drama was based on actual events during Operation Moses.  Hoping to shield her son from an impoverished life, Solomon's Christian mother forces him to declare himself Jewish and join the exodus.  The boy is adopted by a Sephardic family in Israel.  His new life brings him in contact with many aspects of Israeli society.   Everyone enjoyed a short discussion about the film and light refreshments.  A special thank you to our hosts, Hillel and Yifat Levin.

Third Annual Fall Festival on Ponce:
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces held its Third Annual Fall Festival on Ponce on October 19-20, 2013. The Fall Festival on Ponce is an arts and crafts festival held in the historic Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta. There were over 125 displays of fine art and crafts, folk and "outsider art."  More details>.   Pictured:  Mt. Scopus members Marilyn Perling, Anita Levy, Rachel Schonberger get a chance to meet prospective new members. The Festival organizers also coordinated some vendors to donate 10% of their sales to Hadassah.

The Mount Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah held a general meeting on Tuesday evening October 8, 2013 featuring Stephen Krumm, Esq. Mr. Krumm is an attorney with the Senior Citizen Law Project at Atlanta Legal Aid. The topic of his presentation was “Avoid Financial Exploitation and Secure your Future”. The meetingwas held at the Avis G. Williams Library in Decatur.  
Dress for Less:  A special event took place at Irina’s Boutique on Briarcliff Road, Sunday, August 18, 2013.  Irina Yanovskiy, owner of Irina’s Boutique donated 10% of the day’s proceeds to the Mt. Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah. In addition, she extended another 10% off the purchase price for patrons who mentioned “Hadassah”. Irina is going to continue her 10% “Hadassah Special” until Rosh Hashannah! If you haven’t purchased that new dress for the New Year, please shop at Irina’s and mention Hadassah.  Refreshments for the Dress for Less event were provided by Dolche Bakery,a new Kosher bakery located next to Irina’s Boutique. The proceeds that Irina donates will be used for the lifesaving work at Hadassah’s two hospitals and groundbreaking medical research in Jerusalem Israel.  The individuals in the photo are left to right:  Irina Yanovskiy,  Lynn Koffsky, and Edie Barr.  

What's Nu? What's Cooking For Passover?
Twenty members participated on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in a Passover cooking class at the home of member, Sondra Epstein. A delicious tasting of Passover recipes prepared by members, Sarah Duwell and our host, Sondra Epstein, were enjoyed by all. Everyone received a cookbook with all the Passover recipes, prepared that evening, to take home.

Craft Fair to Benefit Hadassah. On Sunday, February 10, the Mount Scopus group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah presented its first Fine Arts and Crafts Show in conjunction with the Decatur Market and Gallery of Decatur, Georgia. The day included the art of twenty local artists, live entePlease visit the photo gallery for pictures of these and other events. rtainment, kosher snacks and craft demonstrations. The gallery donated 10% of the money made that day to help the medical research and life saving work of Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem. Pictured are Edie Barr, VP of Fundraising for Mt. Scopus and Patrick Dennis, owner of the gallery.

Mt. Scopus Musical Soiree. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the home of Rachel and Larry Schonberger. A fabulous evening of music, food and camaraderie was had by all. Pianist Elena Boguslavsky, who studied at the famed School of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, performed. The money raised from the evening will go to medical research at Hadassah. The people in the picture are, from left to right: Marilyn Perling, Rachel Schonberger, Edie Barr, Susan Berkowitz and at the piano, Elena Boguslavsky. 

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