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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

DRESS FOR LESS FOR THE NEW YEAR & HELP HADASSAH:  Dress for less for the New Year and help Hadassah. Shop for that new outfit for Rosh Hashanah at Irina’s Boutique, 2181 Briarcliff Road (next to Judaica Corner). When you mention Hadassah from Sept 8th – October 31st, receive 10% off your purchase price. Irina will also give 10% of the purchase price to Hadassah! Irina’s Boutique is open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. For this special time period, Irina will also be open Sunday10 am -2 pm. For more information about this exciting event, please contact Edie Barr at 404-325-0340 or

Upcoming events

Join Mt. Scopus as we visit a
magnificent addition to the City of
Atlanta that should not be missed!
Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Blvd, Atlanta 30313
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Your $15.00 check, payable to HADASSAH,
is your reservation.
Check must be received by Oct. 27.
Mail to:  Anita Levy
1512 Davis Oaks Way, Decatur, GA 30033
Carpools will be arranged. 
Contact Sondra Epstein at 404-636-0748 for details.
Mt. Scopus Israel Film Fest presents
“Time of Favor”
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 1:15 PM
Cost:  $12/person
At The Carlton, 690 Mt. Vernon Road, Atlanta 30328 

This film is both a political-psychological drama and the love story of a passionate woman and two best friends. 
This profound film addresses the tense relationship between the Orthodox Nationalists and the Military on Israel’s West Bank. This film has subtitles.
Please RSVP to Edie Barr, or 404-325-0340
by November 2nd and please
MAIL YOUR $12 CHECK (payable to Hadassah, with Film Fest on the memo line)
to: Anita Levy, 1512 Davis Oaks Way, Decatur, GA 30033

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 14, 2014 – Mt. Scopus Installation of 2015 Officers.  The slate of 2015 Mt. Scopus Officers will sent out to the e-mail list  and also be posted on this webpage by November 12, 2014.  
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.  RSVP for the book club to Barbara Seligman at 770-934-3936 or

Hold the Dates:
Tuesday, Oct. 28  - The Emancipation by Michael Goldfarb
Tuesday, Nov. 18 -  a new book selection is to be determined
Tuesday, Dec. 23 - a new book selection is to be determined

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”.  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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