I believe everyone is REALLY looking forward to Spring this year. Winter 2014 is one for the record books, causing havoc inAtlanta and around the country. Stuck indoors, or perhaps in your car unable to get home through horrendous snow and ice and traffic, people spoke of “cabin fever.” We’ve endured so much, but we know this will pass and we can enjoy warmer temperatures, the beauty of Spring flowers, the sound of chirping birds, and participating in outdoor activities. It is a time of physical and spiritual renewal, with a burst of energy from “Spring fever.” March is loaded with activities in our groups as well as Greater Atlanta chapter events, so take that renewed energy and come join us!
You have two opportunities to be outdoors Sunday, March 9. Once again Greater Atlanta Hadassah will march in the annual city-wide Purim Parade. The parade starts at the Toco Hill shopping center and proceeds down Lavista Road culminating in a wonderful carnival at Congregation Beth Jacob. Line up is at 10:30AM behind Pikes’ Nursery in the shopping center. The parade takes place from 11AM-12PM with many interesting floats and treats for the kids. Let Rachel Schonberger (404-929-0016, firstname.lastname@example.org) know that you want to join us and come out to proudly carry the Hadassah banner in the parade.
Hadassah hits the ground running, or walking, as we participate in the Hunger Walk/Run 2014 from 12:00 to 4:00 (walk begins at 2:00 pm sharp), starting at Turner Field. It is not too late to register with the Hadassah Heartbeats and jump-start your Spring exercise while helping to fight hunger here in our city. It’s a great time with lots of entertainment and it’s exciting to see our community out in full force. You can join us even if you do not register ahead of time. More details.
You can exercise your brain, your heart and your voice in a different way as well this March 8 - 11. We have a special opportunity to take part in the National Plenum of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs taking place right here in Atlanta. A strong line-up of speakers includes Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-defamation League;
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA),U.S. Representative, John Lewis (D-GA, 5th District); Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief, the Forward;
Bill Nigut, Senior Executive Producer, Georgia Public Broadcasting;
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,
and many more important voices. Volunteers are needed, and there is a special price for local delegates. More information is available at www.jcpaplenum.org.
Our annual Maj Madness event takes place on Sunday, March 23 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Country Club of the South. It’s not too late to register, but reservations are due by March 12. Your $36 fee ($40 for non-Hadassah members) includes continental breakfast, delicious luncheon, and a fun silent auction supporting the life-saving and life-changing work of Hadassah. You can call the Hadassah office at 678-443-2961 for more information. All Hadassah members and guests are welcome.
Also, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the challenging times Hadassah Medical Organization is facing. There are updates daily to keep each of us informed. Please check frequently. Please show your support by signing our petition on this site, urging the Government of Israel to come to an agreement with Hadassah Medical Organization to ensure its future and restore its operational integrity and fiscal stability. I have confidence that Hadassah will come through the current crisis as a stronger organization, and one that we all should continue to support with our heart and with our financial contributions.
May Spring be a time of renewal of our efforts on behalf of Hadassah.
President, Greater Atlanta Hadassah
February 2014 President's Message
January 2014 President's Message
December 2013 President's Message