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.
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
October 25: Australia, Shirley Michalove
New participants are always welcome. If you are interested in attending, please email Sybil Ginsburg, Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have interest in the history of the Jewish people in a particular country.
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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.
2020 Mah Jongg cards!
It's that time of year again! We will be taking 2020 Mah Jongg card orders to benefit Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Orders must be received by Monday, January 20, 2020.
The cost to you is the same: $8 for a Standard card and $9 for a Large Print card. The National Mah Jongg League, Inc. will pay Hadassah for each card that is included in our order.
We received a check for $600 for our 2018 card order, so look how much your order supports the good works of Hadassah.
Send all the pertinent information – name, address, number of each type of card, and check/checks made payable to Hadassah, to: Ellen Banov, 5627 Mill Trace Dr., Dunwoody, GA 30338
The Mah Jongg League mails cards directly to each purchaser so everyone who gives us an address will get their card at home in late March or early April.
Thanks for supporting Hadassah!
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
L’shanah tovah to all you Women Who Do!
Although not a fan of autumn, I do LOVE Rosh Hashana and all its sweetness. From apple picking, holiday cooking and baking, gathering with family to seeing the changes in the lives of my shul fellow members and feeling recharged by hearing Rabbi Zimmerman’s sermon – as well as his obligatory joke opener – it is an invigorating time. It awakens a newness in my soul for the upcoming year. It is a bittersweet time of reminiscing. All in all, it is the perfect time to evaluate the present and look ahead to the future.
Growing up in NY, for me the High Holidays meant cooler weather and a few days off from school. It also meant a new pair of black patent leather shoes. We didn’t have a lot of money; and I appreciated how hard Dad worked to buy them for me. I can still recall buying my first pair of high heels. No matter how my mom insisted that my feet would hurt walking to synagogue, I wanted them. It was a far walk, and I didn’t complain. But I can tell you that my feet killed me: not only walking to and from shul but standing up during services! As I mentioned earlier, we couldn’t afford HHD tickets, which meant no seats. I stood in the back of the sanctuary with my mom through the entire services. That’s a lot of time on your feet! Looking back, I treasure that time with Mom. Now I understand her tapping her fist to her chest and crying during Yizkor. Yom Kippur always ended with her preparing break-fast platters for the family, ready after the last prayer. It’s memories like these that make holidays sweet and bring us back to our beginnings.
I particularly like going to shul now and seeing the same people year after year. David and I joined Congregation Beth Shalom when we purchased our first home after he graduated from law school. Especially enjoyable is seeing young parents with their babies, whose b’nai mitzvah I can vividly recall. The couples we looked up to and admired are now doting grandparents. Older members we saw when we first joined are long gone; but their presence is felt in the sanctuary, as well as in my heart. That’s the beauty of belonging to an extended family. When we fortify established relationships and open ourselves to new ones, our circle grows and our lives gain more meaning. I am fortunate to have many extended families: friends who have become sisters, my shul, my congregation’s Sisterhood, and Hadassah – in particular, Hadassah Greater Atlanta, my sisters-in-arms.
Yes, in Hadassah we help others; but we also help ourselves. We are a family. If you need us, we are there, in good times and bad. This is a sisterhood with more in common than you can imagine. We remind each other to laugh, to remember that there is more to life than ourselves, that we are stronger together – and together we can, through acts of kindness, make the world a better place. Now that’s the way to start a New Year!
I sincerely hope that the future sees your Hadassah involvement increase and the relationships you have made in HGA grow even stronger. May you form new bonds within our organization. And I pray that the medical miracles coming from our HMO continue to flow and heal.
From my family to yours: a sweet and New Year, ripe with endless possibilities!
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 email@example.com 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.
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