Hadassah

Greater Atlanta

Hadassah Greater Atlanta (HGA), the metro Atlanta chapter of Hadassah, has existed for more than 100 years! Founded in 1916, the Hadassah Greater Atlanta chapter is comprised of 3,617 members and associates (98% are life members) who come together to raise funds in support of Hadassah’s projects in Israel and the United States; to promote issues of women’s health and family well-being; to study; to educate; and to have fun. Our members are actively involved in groups, which are organized primarily around location, age, day or evening meeting preference, and profession (health professionals). At the Chapter level, however, we sponsor a number of community-wide projects, programs, and study groups designed to enrich your body, your mind, your heart and your soul. For more information on our programs, please see below in the announcements section.

Contact Us

P : 678-443-2961

E : atlanta@hadassah.org

Mailing Address

1050 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30338

Announcements

COVID-19

Due to precautions around COVID-19 and to safeguard our members and guests, all Hadassah Greater Atlanta events and meetings have been cancelled, postponed, or will be held by video. For those Chapter events that have new dates or that will be held by video, please scroll down. Also, the SUPER SOUTH office is closed until May 15. Our staff is working remotely, so please be in touch by email or phone. We appreciate your understanding.


HGA Cookbook Fundraiser for Best Strokes
Cookbook

Hadassah Greater Atlanta's Keepsake Cookbook - be a part of tomorrow!

The deadline has been extended to June 1st!  You may place your order/s now and pay later.

Once you click on the link below, you may fill out the form online, then print it out and mail to Barbara Lang at the address on the form.

Please click here for more info!


Hadassah Greater Atlanta Can Make a Difference
Double Your Impact campaign #2

Double Your Impact: Dollar-for-Dollar Match. The Covid-19 Virus has brought our lives, as we knew it, to a halt, and has taken us all to a different level of existing, of surviving this terrible new threat, of reinventing our daily lives, of coping with new challenges and making new choices.

Hadassah’s COVID-19 Campaign is the perfect way to support our dedicated nurses, doctors, essential staff, and patients. Your donation will help fund Hadassah Hospitals with critically needed supplies.

A private foundation has announced it will match, DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR, every donation to Hadassah’s COVID-19 Campaign up to $3.75 million. Each dollar YOU donate to Hadassah will now go twice as far: $18 = $36

Make checks payable to Hadassah (write COVID-19 in the memo) and mail to: Judy Bart, 320 Coleraine Place, Roswell, GA 30075-5571 or

Click Here to Donate by Credit Card

Please respond by June 30, 2020. Thank you!

HGA Study Group - Jews of the World
HGA Study Group

Since April 2014, Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Study Group has completed a study of Jews in most of the Muslim countries and has moved on to study the Jews of the World.

We meet on the fourth Friday of the month (or sometimes the third or fifth), from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon in group members’ homes, when possible, or by ZOOM. Our discussions are led by one of our members and are thought-provoking and very lively. We also have great snacks and schmoozing!

Upcoming meeting dates with topics and discussion leaders:

March 27 - Jews of Finland, led by Sybil Ginsburg, will be held via ZOOM due to COVID-19

New participants are always welcome. If you are interested in attending Jews of Atlanta, R.S.V.P. Shirley Micalove at smichalove@aol.com. If you would like to attend Jews of Finland, please email Sybil Ginsburg, Chair, at sginsbu@emory.edu. Let us know if you have interest in the history of the Jewish people in a particular country.

29th Annual Chesed Student Awards
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PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: Join us on Sunday, August 9  from 2-4 p.m. for the 29th annual Hadassah Greater Atlanta Chesed Student Awards honoring excellence and menschlichkeit in Atlanta’s Jewish teens! We are excited to partner with JumpSpark to honor some of the best and brightest young leaders and mensches representing synagogues, day schools, and Jewish organizations in our community. Chesed will be held this year at Congregation B’Nai Torah, 700 Mt. Vernon Highway, NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


Chesed will be held at Congregation B’Nai Torah,
700 Mt. Vernon Highway, NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

Earn money for Hadassah while you shop!
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Hadassah Greater Atlanta is now participating in the KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM

 Every time you make a purchase at KROGER and the cashier SWIPES your KROGER card, HADASSAH gets a percentage of your purchase no matter how small. And it works at the Kroger Gas Pumps too!

If you already have a Kroger Plus Card, you can sign up immediately with our special Hadassah Greater Atlanta organization number 50250. 

If you do NOT have a Kroger Plus card, it is so VERY EASY to get one just by stopping in a local Kroger store and asking for one at the CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK.

Then follow the easy instructions included on our flyer and register your card on line.

Please share HGA’s Kroger Community Rewards organization number 50250 with friends, family and neighbors. If you have questions or problems registering,  please contact Marci Abrams-Feinstein, Fundraising VP for Hadassah Greater Atlanta at 770-218-8094 or Rphsings61@att.net

Best Strokes Big Reveal
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Get Your Best Strokes Art & Gear

at www.atlanta-hadassah.pixels.com

to Help Raise Funds for Breast & Ovarian Cancer Research

Your purchases through Fine Art America will help to support breast/ovarian cancer and genetic research programs at Hadassah Hospital and breast/ovarian cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the United States. There are 179 works of art that can be ordered in various formats, sizes, and prices (stretched canvases, fine art prints, posters, prints, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, phone cases, tote bags, pouches, throw pillows, duvet covers, yoga mats, shower curtains, hand and bath towels, fleece blankets, battery chargers, coffee mugs and t-shirts for men, women, youth, toddler and baby sizes).  For details click here

More details about Best Strokes at www.beststrokesatlanta.org.

Greater Atlanta Hadassah Programs

Check It Out!® - Through this program, Greater Atlanta Hadassah, in partnership with Northside Hospital, has educated thousands of high school girls in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Fulton and Cobb counties about the importance of breast self examination and the early detection of breast cancer. Check It Out!® is funded through a grant from It’s The Journey, Inc. sponsor of the Atlanta2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Chesed- This annual awards program honors one outstanding teen-age student from each Atlanta-area Jewish day and synagogue school. Student nominees are selected by their school based on the following criteria: their love for Israel; concern for fellow Jews and Jewish culture and heritage; concern for fellow human beings in manner and deed (menschlichkeit); and acceptable academic standing.

Date with the State – This is an annual event when we meet with Georgia Legislators to voice, as Hadassah members, our opinions on state issues that affect us as women and as Jews in America. At times, we have joined with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta's Peach Politics event. In addition, we meet in Washington, DC, with Hadassah members from across the country to speak out on behalf of issues such as reproductive freedom, separation of church and state, domestic violence prevention, embryonic stem cell research and more.

Eduscope – This program functions to inform Hadassah members about the Hadassah College of Technology (HCT) and Youth Aliyah. Speakers describe these unique programs and share the success stories of the difference Hadassah has made in the lives of young adults and children.

Genetics – Greater Atlanta Hadassah works with National Hadassah’s Department of Public Policy to help lead Jewish communal advocacy efforts for passage of federal legislation to prevent genetics-based insurance discrimination. We also help to inform the Jewish community about genetic testing.

Mitzvah Day – Join annually with Greater Atlanta Hadassah members to celebrate Hanukkah while performing a mitzvah (good deed). We visit several assisted living facilities around metro Atlanta and light candles, sing songs and share memories.

Training Wheels – This Jewish education program brings our preschool children together with their families to learn how to celebrate Shabbat and the Jewish holidays. Sessions are held throughout the year at various local community facilities.

Young Judea – Young Judaea is Hadassah’s Zionist youth movement. Greater Atlanta Hadassah helps to sponsor several active Atlanta clubs and Israel programs. We encourage in our Jewish American youth, ages 8-21, a love of Israel, Zionism and their heritage.

Hadassah Greater Atlanta In The News

High Tea With Anat Sulton Dadon (and other Hadassah News), The Jewish Georgian, January-February 2020, p. 33

Almost Chopped Returns (and other Hadassah News), The Jewish Georgian, November-December 2019, p. 26

Hadassah’s Almost Chopped Stirs the Pot Again, Atlanta Jewish Times, Oct. 8, 2019

Almost Chopped 2nd Helping, BRCA Educational Event (and other Hadassah News) The Jewish Georgian, September-October 2019, p. 31

Almost Chopped raising funds to knock out neurological disorders, The Neighbor, Sept. 6, 2019

Students Honored With Hadassah Chesed Awards, Atlanta Jewish Times, June 5, 2019

BRCA Educational Event, Cath Lab Opens (and other Hadassah News), The Jewish Georgian, July-August, 2019, pp. 14-15

Hadassah’s Best Strokes Celebrates Survivors, Ignites Hope, The Jewish Georgian, May-June 2019, p. 16

Hadassah’s Best Strokes Honors the Courage of Many, Atlanta Jewish Times, March 13, 2019

Amost Chopped Returns for Second Year, Hadassah Installs 2019 Officers and Graduates New Leaders, The Jewish Georgian, March-April 2019, p. 24

Hadassah News (including articles about Best Strokes, L’Dor V’Dor at the Ritz, and more), The Jewish Georgia, January-February 2019, p. 14

Hadassah Greater Atlanta hosting art-themed Best Strokes benefit, Northside Neighbor, Feb. 15, 2019

From our President

Michele Weiner-Merbaum

The signs of spring are all around us. As I venture out of my house to take my daily walks I see buds popping out on tree limbs and shrubs. The scent of cut green grass wafts through the air; and I feel the tickle in my throat from pollen as I breathe – after all, this IS Atlanta. We have celebrated Passover. All signs of spring. Spring: a new beginning.

I ponder: “What will be our new beginning, our spring, after this pandemic has passed? What will we have learned? Has any good come from this? Will the world change for the better? Personally, how will I change as a human being?” All are good questions, I believe.

No one can predict the future; but we can control, to a certain extent, how we evolve from this. Being Women Who Do, we have reached out to others, taken care of ourselves – mentally, physically and spiritually. During this year’s seders, we connected with family and friends electronically. Social distancing might be in force, but we still keep our bonds close. These bonds and our care for ourselves and others, our survival skills, will bode us well as we eventually move past this uncertain time.

Our commitment to Hadassah is as strong as ever. I love seeing the articles posted on the internet about how our hospitals in Israel are at the forefront of COVID-19 research. Some treatments are already being sent to the FDA forapproval. It was wonderful, but certainly no surprise, to see how our doctors and nurses, while wearing their protective gear, tape on pictures of their faces so the patients can “see” the human who is treating them. It is that personal touch. I saw booths set up all along the Israeli streets for testing. This is our Hadassah, due in large part to our support of the hospitals and the research – and the knowledge and advances being shared with the world.

There is a lovely sterling silver necklace inscribed with the famous quote from Henrietta Szold, Hadassah’s matriarch: “There is no ending that is not a beginning.” How appropriate always, but especially today. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to purchase this pretty necklace to give money to Hadassah while at the same time giving yourself this encouraging reminder that there is a new beginning coming. (see p. 19 for necklace details.)

Stay healthy! Know that we are all in this together – and we will get through this TOGETHER!

Michele Weiner-Merbaum

Your Very Proud Chapter President

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Plug In & Power Up

Plug In & Power Up - A Virtual Taste of Tri-Region

May 17, 2020

PLUG IN AND POWER UP WITH A ‘BYTE’ OF THE SUPER SOUTH TRI-REGION CONFERENCE Join us VIRTUALLY on Sunday morning, May 17, 2020 10:00AM - 12:30PM (ET) -Rhoda Smolow, Hadassah’s new President ‘Meet’ Rhoda as she updates us on Hadassah, HMO and more -Steven Frank, Social Media expert at Hadassah Learn skills to help you engage! -Plug in your computer and your coffee pot & get set to be energized and empowered! Connect with Hadassah sisters from Southern, Southeastern & Southeast Seaboard. Please let us know you’ll be there! No charge to participate

Groups

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Associates

The Hadassah Associates are men, who in partnership with Hadassah women, help raise funds to support Hadassah. They first were organized in 1966 and now are 26,000 strong nationally. The 130+ Greater Atlanta Hadassah Associates do not have a formalized group, but hold periodic special events and are also actively involved within the various groups. For more information, please contact the GAH Office at 678-443-2961 or

atlanta@hadassah.org

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Atlanta Young Women

We occasionally have programs that are specifically geared towards our younger members (under 45 years old). To learn more about these programs, please like our Hadassah Atlanta Young Women’s Facebook page. If you would like to plan a program or event for Hadassah Atlanta’s Young Women, please contact Renée Rosenheck at

reneedrose@gmail.com

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Etz Aviv

Etz Aviv is a group comprised of women of all ages, who enjoy fantastic friendship and fun. The group draws from the North as well as from East and West Cobb areas. These include Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton. For information on Etz Aviv membership, contact contact Judy Epstein at heyjude825@gmail.com Naomi Binenfeld at

nbinenfeld815@gmail.com

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Health Professionals

The Health Professionals group of Hadassah Greater Atlanta includes members of all ages from all over the metro Atlanta area. Our members are not only health care professionals and wellness practitioners but all women who have a strong commitment to health and social action initiatives. Our meetings center around health care topics, activism, and proactive change, accompanied by food and upbeat community. We meet in various venues around the Atlanta area.

viviang.hadassah@gmail.com

Leadership

  • President

    Michele Weiner-Merbaum

  • Treasurer

    Judy Bart

  • Recording Secretary

    Marci Abrams-Feinstein

  • Organizational VP

    Anita Otero

  • Organizational VP

    Vivian Gerow

  • Membership VP

    Julie Benveniste

  • Membership VP

    Nancy Schwartz

  • Fundraising VP

    Barbara Lang

  • Leadership Development VP

    Debra Sharker

  • Web Master, Calendar Chair and Email Chair

    Annie Loventhal

  • Public Relations Chair

    Joan Solomon

  • eNewsletter Editor

    Addie Schneider

  • Facebook Editor

    Jessica Stern

  • Chesed Student Awards Chair

    Barbara Rosenblit

  • Check It Out Chair

    Ellen Banov

  • Study Group Chair

    Sybil Ginsburg

  • Advisor

    Linda Hakerem

  • Advisor

    Phyllis Cohen

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Israel Travel

israeltravel@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

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40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

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