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Mount Scopus

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.
Rosh Hashanah 5775
is just around the corner! The holiday begins Wednesday evening, September 24, 2014.  Be prepared for the High Holidays with any of the four Hadassah Rosh Hashanah cards that the Mt. Scopus Group is selling.  View the card selection and download the order form.  Don’t delay. Orders are due by August 15th

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
The Mount Scopus group of Greater Atlanta Hadassah is hosting “Hadassah Day at the Athletic Club Northeast” on Sunday, August 17, 2014. The club is located at 1515 Sheridan Road, NE, Atlanta. The cost of the full access to the Club all day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm will be $18.00 per person, or $40.00 per family. This includes complimentary personal coaching. There will be group exercise classes in strength, cardio kickboxing, spinning, Tai Chi, and Core. A healthy cooking and tasting demonstration, as well as a question and answer session on women’s health will be held. A free children’s program with crafts, exercise, and rock wall will be held from 9:00 to 1:00. For more information about this program and to RSVP by August 10th, please contact Edie Barr at or 404-325-0340. This fundraiser is to support medical care at Hadassah’s hospitals in Jerusalem, Israel. 
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:
July 22  - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
August 26 - The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Sept. 30 - Freud's Mistress by Mack & Kaufman
Oct. 28  - The Emancipation by Michael Goldfarb
Nov. 18 -  a new book selection is to be determined
Dec. 23 - a new book selection is to be determined

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 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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