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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.

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 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
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:30 PM
Clubhouse at Huntington Condominiums*
3825 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084
Let's get real:  Stress and pain are facts of life.  We juggle our responsibilities and have little time to take care of ourselves. Good news: Stress and pain do not have to take you over. It only takes a moment to shift from
reaction to solution and Ellen will teach us how.
Ellen will share simple, life changing concepts and techniques through her upbeat, interactive teaching style.
You will leave with an understanding of what underlies your stress and tools to manage it in a moment's notice.
RSVP by Friday, September 5, 2014 to Suzy Tibor, 404-636-8582 or
There is no charge for this program.
Coach, speaker, author and teacher, Ellen Sichel, is CEO of Custom Calm, LLC.  Ellen specializes in helping those dealing with chronic stress, illness, and pain find simple ways to regain a sense of calm, control, and play in their daily lives.  Ellen believes that "less is more"- quick and easy techniques make big changes. She knows this first-hand, and is certain that if she can enjoy a calmer life, so can you!  Ellen's book, Splash Into Calm, demonstrates her expertise through a playful, jam packed approach to calm living.  You will find Ellen teaching at the Cancer Support Community - Northside, Northside Hospital Infusion center, and CEU events. 
Calm is not boring - it results in more stamina, play, and ease in life.
Book signing to follow.
*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.

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, Sept. 30 - Freud's Mistress by Mack & Kaufman
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

SAVE THESE DATES for Special Mt. Scopus Programs:
Tuesday, October 14, 2014                     Sukkot Party                              
Sunday, December 14, 2014                  Installation of 2015 Officers

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.

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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