Hadassah Greater Atlanta (HGA), the metro Atlanta chapter of Hadassah, has existed for 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.
BRCA Testing: Think It's Not for You, Think Again
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Snacks 6:30 pm | Speakers at 7:00pm
Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews are at 10 times greater risk to have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, regardless of their personal or family history of cancer. A BRCA mutation puts a person at greater risk for certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate. Anyone with a mutation also has a 50% chance of passing it down to each of his/her male and female children.
Learn more about how BRCA testing can save lives.
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ALMOST CHOPPED! Hadassah’s Incredible Cooking Competition, The 2nd Helping
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Spring Hall 7130 Buford Highway, Atlanta 30340
The 2018 winners, team Samantha Lives Next Door, will be defending their title
Four teams will compete in 2 rounds of cooking: an appetizer and a main dish. Each round is 30 minutes. The challenge is for our Chef-testants* to take the baskets filled with mystery ingredients (along with the tools and pantry items provided) to create something that will WOW our celebrity judges. Teams will be judged by creativity, plating, taste, and use of ingredients.
We are raising funds for the awareness, research and treatment of ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis at Hadassah Medical Organization.
* Chef-testant - (n) non-professional chef to cook and compete in HADASSAH’S INCREDIBLE COOKING COMPETITION
Honey from the Heart Fundraiser
Order through September 4th for delivery by Rosh Hashanah
This 8-ounce jar of delicious kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a colorful 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.
Ordering is easy at http://www.honeyfromtheheart.
Your cost is $12.00 per jar plus shipping and handling. Order through September 4th for delivery by Rosh Hashanah.
More details can be found here
For help with ordering, please contact Karen Miller at 770-455-0843 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HGA Study Group - Jews of the World
Since beginning in April 2014, Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Study Group. has completed a study of Jews in most of the Muslim countries; and have 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:
No August meeting
September 20: Greece, Katie Kloder
New participants are always welcome. If you are interested in attending, please email Sybil Ginsburg, Chair, at email@example.com. Let us know if you have interest in the history of the Jewish people in a particular country.
Best Strokes Big Reveal
Get Your Best Strokes Art & Gear
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.
Earn money for Hadassah while you shop!
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
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
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
Please visit Hadassah Greater Atlanta Photo Galleries.
From our President
There once was a mayor of New York named Ed Koch: very charismatic yet mild-mannered – quite the combination. He would often ask the media and New Yorkers a question that became his tagline: “How’m I doing?” Well, let’s see how our Greater Atlanta Chapter is doing!
It’s August; and OMG our groups and chapter have gone above and beyond. Just look at what we have done so far! Book clubs – day and nighttime, board meetings, theater outings, knit and crochet groups, Young Women’s Networking, study groups, hiking groups, game days, special speaker programs; pool parties, wine tastings, Holocaust commemoration programs, anti-bullying programs, Israel Independence Day celebrations; programs on skin care, self-defense classes, summer socials, girls’ nights, spring socials; visits to Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center and Sweet Auburn and the Carter Center, Shabbat dinners; hosting noted guests from all over Atlanta in education, medicine, business; collecting food donations for the Atlanta Food Bank. But wait – that was just what our groups are doing!
On the Chapter level, where all groups work together, thus far we’ve had our award-winning Best Strokes/Awareness, Research, Treatment fundraiser – which was honored at the Hadassah National Convention; the Chesed program, honoring students from all over Atlanta for their acts of kindness, innovation and dedication to the Jewish community, the community at large, and the world; participation in the Atlanta Jewish Festival. Shabbatons have kept us busy, too. Whew!
And through it all, we are raising money for Hadassah, through your generosity and time and effort. That money goes toward medical research that benefits all, the hospitals, the youth villages that educate and work with troubled youth, the medivac docs who are usually the first to arrive in times of disaster around the world, and so much more. And the work we do locally: advocacy through Date with the State and letter and phone campaigns on issues like equality in medical research, the anti-bullying bill and the anti-hate bill; feeding the hungry, supporting our schools; warming homeless women and children in the winter…
Looking on to the rest of the year, we’ll have MORE book club gatherings, spectacular speakers and events and programs, leadership training, game days, professional networking, and on and on. Next month are two big ones: our informational program, partnered with Emory, with world-renowned experts discussing the BRCA genes and breast cancer; and our Almost Chopped event, with amateur cooks with mystery ingredients and top Atlanta chefs. Then comes our first Artisan Bazaar and our Chanukah Chai Tea. In the community we’ll be cooking meals for Rebekah’s Tent, collecting children’s books and school supplies for at-risk schools, and collecting gloves for the homeless shelters.
Ask any organization out there what issues they have, and they would likely answer “lack of volunteers.” Well, Greater Atlanta has the best volunteers/members around! We have members from all areas of Atlanta, culturally diverse, multi-generational and ENERGETIC! Be proud, my Hadassah sisters! Come to more events; lend a helping hand; bring your can-do attitude – because we can and we do! That’s why we are the Women Who Do!
So how do I answer “How’re we doing?” “They don’t call us GREATER Atlanta for nothing!”
Shalom from your very proud Chapter President,
President, Hadassah Greater Atlanta
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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Naomi Binenfeld at
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.
Leadership Development VP
Leadership Development VP
Chesed Student Awards Chair
Check It Out Chair
Study Group, Chair
Public Relations Chair