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 further notice. Our staff is working remotely, so please be in touch by email or phone. We appreciate your understanding.


Cookbook Fundraiser for Best Strokes!
Cookbook

Be a part of tomorrow! 

Fill out the form below and submit your favorite recipes all while supporting a great cause – Best Strokes!  You can also pre-order your cookbook(s) today! For more information contact Barbara Lang at barbphlang@aol.com.

Click here for recipe form and more information.

Rosh Hashanah Honey Fundraiser 2020
Rosh Hashanah Honey Fundraiser 2020

What better way to wish family, friends and business associates a “Sweet and Healthy New Year” than sending a jar of honey?

This distinctive 8-ounce jar of kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a festive label, and includes a personalized card reading “Shana Tova - Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.” This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to Hadassah Greater Atlanta.

Your cost is $12.00 per jar, plus shipping and handling.

Shipping and Handling fees are:

  • U.S. APR/FPO - $5.50
  • Canada - $22.00
  • All other countries - $30.00

To order honey, go to https://www.honeyfromtheheart.org/GAH and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Order by August 21st, 2020 for guaranteed delivery in time for Rosh Hashanah.

For more information or help with ordering, please contact:

Karen Miller - kmiller2152@bellsouth.net, 770-455-0843

                or

Barbara Lang - barbphlang@aol.com, 404-667-8831

29th Annual Chesed Student Awards
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PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: Join us on Sunday, August 9 at 2 p.m. via Zoom 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. More information coming soon!

To register for Chesed, please click here.

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 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:

July 31 - Jews of Alberta and British Columbia, led by Reina Neurnberger.

August - Jews of the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), led by Sybil Ginsburg.

New participants are always welcome. If you would like to attend, 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.

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

These are the hot days of summer; and Hadassah Greater Atlanta is as HOT as ever! We have accepted the new normal that the pandemic has laid before us and surpassed the goals we’d set for ourselves. We are growing, taking Zoom to our events and meetings – and are having a great time with everything. We love that you have joined the party! If not, what are you waiting for?

Early in July Hadassah held its National Business Meeting via Zoom, with delegates from across the US in attendance. Constitution bylaws that were passed will direct Hadassah to a positive governance plan and help the national leadership. This was an historic business meeting for the organization; and I was very pleased to see so many of our Greater Atlanta Chapter board members as delegates, part of this pivotal moment. I encourage you all to go to http://hadassah.org/ to read more about the meeting.

When I took office 1½ years ago, a part of my platform was to get Hadassah to work with and be a greater part of the Jewish conversation in Atlanta. As our first Community Liaison, Sheila Dalmat has done a wonderful job in doing this. I was invited, as your president, to the  Conversation with Federation’s Ecosystem. It was a unique opportunity to hear the latest in public health in the context of economic pressures that organizations are facing, along with pertinent wisdom of Jewish ethics. Atlanta is stronger when our Jewish community works and learns together like this; and we are fortunate that Hadassah is a voice to be heard in a vital and knowledgeable Jewish community.

In mid-July Greater Atlanta hosted a cooking class for the community, featuring Jessie Kaufman, owner and chef of 10 Bistro in Peachtree Corners. Together we cooked salmon with a deconstructed ratatouille. Jessie’s sous chef, our Chapter VP of Fundraising Barbara Lang, chopped onions and fielded questions from viewers. Due to the program’s success, more cooking classes will be available soon. Watch your email for more information.

Despite the pandemic’s restrictions, we continue to grow and learn. Nan Schwartz, Chapter VP of Membership, created and hosted a leadership training session for the group presidents and their membership VPs. The session included conversations with Sheila Dalmat and me, giving an update on Hadassah membership and a road map for leadership possibilities and membership recruitment. The whole session was so well received that Nan will plan another one in the near future.

Greater Atlanta’s Centennial Leadership Institute (CLI) is moving into the new normal by transforming our Nationally recognized program into a Zoom-friendly training vehicle. This will allow for greater participation and exploration of new topics and will also expand the circle of available speakers and mentors. A hardy thank-you to Terry Nordin, Sheila Dalmat, Linda Hakerem, Deb Sharker and Ruthanne Warnick for working with me on this project. Their expertise and knowledge are allowing CLI to move into uncharted waters, growing and improving as it goes.

As you can see, we are not allowing the dog days of summer or Covid-19 to prevent us from enjoying everything Greater Atlanta has to offer – or continuing to prepare for things we hope to see/do/have in our future.

Stay well, all – tell someone you are thinking of them – and remember that together we are strong and never alone.

Michele Weiner-Merbaum

Your very 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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40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

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