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

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. 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:

    Feb. 28 - Jews of Atlanta, a docent-led tour of the Bremen Museum archives followed by a tour of Eighteen Artifacts, an exhibition exploring the history of Jews in Atlanta through artifacts,   images, and oral  histories. Location is the William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

    March 27 - Jews of Finland led by Sybil Ginsburg

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.

Leadership Training 2020
Leadership Training 2020

Please join us for a free dinner and class where you will improve your grasp on Leadership Fundamentals while having fun! We encourage all group and chapter officers, chairwomen and all HGA members interested in developing new skills to attend.

Leadership Training will be held from 6:45-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at Heritage Hall, 6110 Blue Stone Rd., Sandy Springs.

R.S.V.P. by March 9th to: Debra Sharker at 404.936.2955 or dsharker@bellsouth.net.

May is "Every Meal Counts" Month
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Hadassah Greater Atlanta has dubbed the month of May “Every Meal Counts: Dining for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research”.   We are reaching out to restaurants in our community to donate a percentage of their May sales to raise awareness to fund the research and treatment of Breast and Ovarian Cancers. We need your help!

Please contact your favorite eateries and ask them to participate. It’s easy to do! Ask the establishment to pick any day(s) in May to donate a percentage of their sales to Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Best Stroke initiative and in turn, we will advertise them in our digital newsletter, Social Media and email blasts that will reach over 3,000 members in the Atlanta area, letting everyone know of their participation and generosity. 

We thank you in advance for partnering with us in this journey to one day, hopefully soon, eradicate Breast and Ovarian Cancers.

 

For an official solicitation letter with participation form and further information contact:

Sharyn Lazarnick
Every Meal Counts Chair
Sharyn209@yahoo.com or 404 432-9180

29th Annual Chesed Student Awards
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Join us on Sunday, May 3rd  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 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

What Israel Means to Me: Rachel Schonberger, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 12, 2018
What Israel Mean to Me: Wendy Kalman, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 12, 2018
Panel Sees Personalized Promise Against Cancer, Atlanta Jewish Times, April 4, 2018
Almost Chopped! to benefit patients with neurological disorders, NeighborNewsOnline.com, Dec 29, 2017.
Check out the listing of recent Hadassah Greater Atlanta press stories

From our President

Michele Weiner-Merbaum

My first year as Chapter President flew by faster than I could ever have imagined, just as my mentors had told me it would. Now I feel as though I have to hurry because I have so little time before 2020 ends and so much I want still to accomplish as president. Some might call it exhausting; but I consider it exhilarating! I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished as a chapter and how we continue to grow.

 

2019 Best Strokes: we expanded our fundraising focus from Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Treatment to include Ovarian Cancer, with a beautiful artwalk featuring artists from near and far and a live auction.

2020 Best Strokes: will continue to raise money for the ART of breast and ovarian cancers, this time with a Saturday evening casino event. Community partners are sitting with us now at the planning table.

 

2019 HGA, in partnership with JScreen and Emory’s Winship Center, held a community event featuring pre-vivors, doctors and a genetic screening professional. Over 120 women walked in as strangers and left as sisters-in-arms, more aware and empowered.

2020 Presently we are working to create an educational symposium for professionals on the Sunday morning following the Best Strokes event, with nationally renowned physicians and researchers.

 

2019 HGA participated in Hadassah’s SE Region Conference in Hilton Head, where I was honored to present a participatory workshop for leaders. Everyone there shared a warm camaraderie and a wealth of information.

2020 Atlanta will be PROUD to host the TRI-Region Conference. You know it will rock, filled with National speakers, breakout sessions to enlighten and allow a sharing of ideas, and lots of laughter.

 

2019 Our Chesed program put on a fresh face and partnered with JumpSpark to honor the most amazing students from all around Atlanta, in expanding its scope to include the recognition of teachers and present two financial scholarships.

2020 The Chesed committee has even more expansion planned…stay tuned!

 

2019 HGA’s Young Women’s Networking Initiative held its first events around Atlanta, including on the Beltline and in Dunwoody. YWNI signed up with AmazonSmile and, in just a few months, collected over $600 for Hadassah. The group also collected food for the Atlanta Food Bank.

2020 YWNI has evolved into Today’s Modern Woman, to include women ages 40-60 from every group, to network and develop leadership skills, build friendships and bring new ideas and skills to the table. Watch for a Wine and Cheese Get to Know You soon!

 

2019 Chai Tea grew into a Chanukah luncheon at the Wyndham, featuring the Israeli Consul General to the Southeast. Almost Chopped again featured Atlanta chef judges and hometown amateur chefs competing, with host radio personality Tom Sullivan. Our membership grew in all age demographics. And this doesn’t even mention all the exceptional programs and events were held by our groups.

 

Lots done, lots still to do… let’s get busy together in 2020!

Michele Weiner-Merbaum

Your Proud Chapter President

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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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