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GAH Celebrated the Centennial

"If we are Zionists....what is the good of meeting and talking and drinking tea?  Let us do something real and practical....let us organize the Jewish women of America and send nurses and doctors to Palestine."   HENRIETTA SZOLD  
On Febuary 24, 1912 THE DAY HADASSAH WAS FOUNDED.  A small group of women gathered at Temple Emanuel, New York City...and so they did.  Today because of you, Hadassah hospitals treat one million patients a year, and our medical research and trauma care are world renown. Like those pioneering women a century ago, WE ARE PRACTICAL ZIONISTS.  As we move together into our future with confidence and with a love for the Jewish people be sure we all Centennialize our Hadassah Year.  Help Greater Atlanta Hadassah Celebrate Hadassah's first 100 Years.

SOUTHEASTERN REGION AND GREATER ATLANTA HADASSAH  CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL IN JERUSALEM:    73+ Members and Associates from Hadassah’s Southeastern Region and Greater Atlanta Hadassah attended  Hadassah’s Centennial Convention in Jerusalem from Oct. 15-18, 2012. This was the culminating event of a year of local and national activities to celebrate Hadassah’s 100th birthday. The major highlight of the Convention was the official dedication of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower on the campus of the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. The local delegation included: Ruthanne Warnick, Southeastern Region President; Sue Rothstein, President of Greater Atlanta Hadassah; and Judy Viness, Southeastern Region and Greater Atlanta Centennial Chair.  Watch this slideshow for a glimpse of the fun had by all.

Video highlights.   More Centennial news at

Thin Threads- Real Stories of Life Changing Hadassah Moments:   To commemorate Hadassah’s Centennial, Kiwi Publishing, Inc., in partnership with Hadassah’s Centennial Committee, has created a special Centennial Commemorative Book titled: Thin Threads, Real Stories of Life Changing Hadassah Moments that contain 101 real life stories written by those whose lives have been touched by Hadassah. Thin Threads are defined as turning point events, encounters and moments of connection.

“The opportunity to unite the very personal stories of people -- across time and over continents -- who have been touched by Hadassah, with the organization’s official centennial chronology is unique and special,” said Roselle Ungar, Thin Threads Chair.

THIN THREADS: Two Promotional Specials

Get a great bargain on Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments. This exclusive Centennial edition has 101 stories to make you laugh, cry, nod your head, gasp and feel the warmth of the Hadassah sisterhood. While supplies last.

One book at the special sale price of $18.00
Two books for the price of one $29.95

Collector’s Edition - $180.00 leather-bound limited edition (no more than 500) are personally signed by the current National President

Both editions are equal in size and content and include wonderful, personal stories of Hadassah experiences, illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs that portray Hadassah’s important role in the State of Israel and its positive impact on the lives of the Jewish people.

Because these books are being sold directly by Kiwi Publishing, Inc. (and not offered by Hadassah as a fundraiser), no tax deduction will be given to the purchaser and no fundraising credit will be given to any Hadassah unit. However, Hadassah will receive royalty payments from Kiwi Publishing, Inc. equal to 50% of the net proceeds for each book sold.

For more information regarding this publication and to order books, please go to

Four Atlantans, members of Greater Atlanta Hadassah (GAH), have stories in Thin Threads:  Edie Barr, Shirley Michalove, Florence Nathanson, and Ruthanne Warnick.

Edith (Edie) Barr: In “Hashem Has a Plan,” Edie believes that her connection with Hadassah is part of Hashem’s plan for her life. Hadassah has influenced her life on many levels. In Boston as a young wife, she found the need to augment the lack of Judaism around her by joining Hadassah to meet other Jewish women. Through a Jewish study group she began a lifelong love of Jewish learning. As a mother in New Jersey she enrolled her children in Young Judaea and became a youth group leader to give unaffiliated kids Jewish experiences. Edie exemplifies why giving of yourself to a cause that you love can give positive feedback – in this case preparing her to begin a new career as Director of Recreation in an assisted living facility. She relates, “I used all the experience I had gained from my work in Hadassah, which had taught me how to program events, design educational experiences, teach, manage a budget, speak in public and deal with different personalities.”  She is currently studying in a seminary in Jerusalem, a culmination of her quest for Jewish learning that was awakened by Hadassah.

Shirley Michalove:  In “Young Judaea – A Thread that Binds,” Shirley reconstructs her introduction to Israel when participating in a Young Judaea Summer-in-Israel program, part of Hadassah’s youth movement, to celebrate her 16th birthday. This experience reverberated in many encounters she had through the years as she reunited through her leadership roles in Hadassah and her synagogue with many of the friends she had made in Israel through that early Young Judaea experience. Shirley relates, “Hadassah women have become my closest friends, and I have become the person I am largely as a result of the bond of friendships I made during the connecting events in my life. All this goes to prove that once a Judaean, always a Judaean, and no matter where you go, someone will remember you and reconnect.”

Florence Nathanson:  “A Sacred Purpose” - As a nurse in the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, Florence saw on a bulletin board a Hadassah poster describing the urgent need for nurses in Israel and answered the call. In 1950 Florence served as one of five nurses from America working in a transit camp for new immigrants established by Hadassah at Rosh Ha’Ayin. Their mission was to care for Yemenite children who were living in dire poverty and were in extreme danger from the Arabs following the 1948 War. After serving for nine months, she returned to Brooklyn where she resumed work at the Jewish Hospital. Now a resident of Atlanta, Florence is proud to say, “I have been a Life Member of Hadassah for more than half a century and will always remember my time at Rosh Ha’Ayin with gratitude that I could be used for such a sacred purpose.” Florence was honored for her service at the Greater Atlanta Hadassah Centennial celebration in February 2012.

Ruthanne Warnick:  In “The Summer of ’69,” Ruthanne, much like Shirley Michalove, without knowing it at the time, began her connection to Hadassah with her first trip to Israel at the age of 15 to spend six weeks with her peers. Two years later she returned to work on a kibbutz and later spent a semester in Jerusalem during her college years. Thus, the seed was planted to join Hadassah as a young mother, combining Judaism and Zionism in one place, and ultimately developing a passion in her for Hadassah’s mission. Ruthanne, the current Southeastern Region President, has held many leadership positions in Hadassah over the years, but says, “You could say that my Hadassah journey began in that small community where I first joined Hadassah, but I believe it really began in that summer of 1969  - my long, but thin thread.” 

Celebrity Chef Event:  In commemoration of Hadassah’s 100th birthday, Greater Atlanta Hadassah held a “Centennial Celebration” featuring Celebrity Chef Tina Wasserman on Sunday, February 26, 2012. This event was held at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy (5200 Northland Drive, Atlanta, GA 30342) from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and was open to the entire Community. Ms. Wasserman treated nearly 200 attendees to a lively presentation, and guests enjoyed a special “tasting” of her recipes. We also honored long-time Life Member, Florence Nathanson, who served as a Hadassah volunteer nurse in a refugee transit camp during Israel’s early days of statehood. Goody bags, door prizes, silent auction and much more. Contact the Hadassah office at 678-557-9341 or to be part of this most lively committee.   Please view the photos on Facebook>>.
Hadassah Shabbat Services: To honor Hadassah's Centennial, several local synagogues hosted Hadassah Shabbat Services.  

Friday evening, March 9, 2012. A special Shabbat service at Temple Emanu-El honored Hadassah’s 100th anniversary. Our very own Ruthanne Warnick, Southeastern Region President, spoke.

Saturday morning, March 10, 2012 - Hadassah Shabbat at Beth Jacob. Edie Barr spoke after kiddish (11:30AM) about the history of Hadassah.

Saturday morning, November 3, 2012 - Hadassah Shabbat at Congregation Etz Chaim. Sue Rothstein, President of Greater Atlanta Hadassah, spoke about her experiences at the Hadassah Centennial Convention in Jerusalem.

March 21-22, 2012  Home Sweet Hadassah Events

Hadassah Members, Associates and friends across the county gathered together on or about March 22 to toast Hadassah's Centennial.

Ketura: Home Sweet Hadassah Celebration and Book Discussion at the home of Arlene Glass. Monday, March 19, 2012. The celebration was held from 7-8 pm followed by the discussion of the book, Promise Me, by Nancy Brinker. Refreshments were served. ************************************************
Mount Scopus: Home Sweet Hadassah Study Group.  Edie Barr  shared her experiences going to seminary in Israel this past fall. At the home of Lois Cohen. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:45 pm.
Greater Atlanta Hadassah: Home Sweet Hadassah Drop-in Birthday Party at the Hadassah Office, 47 Perimeter Center East, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30346. Thursday, March 22, 2012, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. ************************************************
Metulla and Nes Harim: Home Sweet Hadassah Luncheon at Altobeli’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022. Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:00 pm. Entertainment was by the "Metulla Players". Door Prizes. 50/50 Raffle ($1 per ticket) and a special guest of honor! 
Etz Aviv: Home Sweet Hadassah Women's Seder, food tasting and recipe exchange at the Chimney Springs Clubhouse, 2465 Hearthstone Circle, Marietta, GA 30062. Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:45 pm. ************************************************
Health Professionals: Home Sweet Hadassah at the Cohen Home, 10485 Jones Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022. Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2-4 pm. A pound auction was held with all proceeds going to Hadassah. Part of the fun was not knowing what we would be getting.

Traveling Henrietta:  A cutout of Henrietta Szold will travel throughout our community and around the world, enjoying events and travel with Hadassah members.  Be one of those members who have their picture taken with Henrietta at Hadassah events all year.  Check with your group to see when Henrietta will be at a Hadassah function near you.
Happy 100th Birthday, Hadassah- Israel21C 

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