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 via Zoom. For those Chapter events that have new dates or that will be held via Zoom, 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.


Hadassah Metulla Invites You to Meet the Author
Faith Quintero

Tuesday, Jan 12,2021 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom

Author Faith Quintero will join us for a discussion of her first novel, “Loaded Blessings.”

Alternating between Inquisition-era Spain and modern day Israel, “Loaded Blessings” is the story of a family who loses almost everything as they flee into exile but is left with a powerful heirloom that reaches across time.

Register 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 leader:

  • January 22 - Jews of Malta, led by Katie Kloder
  • February 26 - The Rescue of the Jews of Syria, led by Heather Ellison

New participants are always welcome. If you would like to attend, please email Sybil Ginsburg, Chair, at sginsbu@emory.edu so that you will receive the Zoom login. Let us know if you have interest in the history of the Jewish people in a particular country.

2021 Mah Jongg cards!
Mah Jongg

It's that time of year again! We are taking 2021 Mah Jongg card orders to benefit Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Orders must be received by Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

The cost: $9 for a Standard card and $10 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 $1,075 for our 2020 card order, so see how much your order supports the good works of Hadassah.

Send all the pertinent information – name, address, number of each type of card - with 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!

Click here for order form

Cookbook Fundraiser for Best Strokes!
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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.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
Mask Fundraiser
Support Hadassah Greater Atlanta Best Strokes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended the use of cloth face masks to supplement the practice of social distancing in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

You can now purchase cloth face masks with your favorite Best Strokes designs at a cost of $14 each. Click the link below to see all your options – so many beautiful designs from which to choose!

Your purchase of face masks or other fun items with images from past Best Strokes events will help to support Hadassah’s breast and ovarian cancer and genetic research programs, breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention.

IMPORTANT – These are not surgical grade masks, nor are they intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. Our cloth masks are designed for everyday use to cover your nose and mouth when out in public. We make no warranties that the masks prevent infections or the transmission of viruses or diseases.

HTTPS://ATLANTA-HADASSAH.PIXELS.COM/SHOP/FACE+MASKS

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.

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

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

I cannot believe it was two years ago that I became your Chapter President! It has been my privilege and honor to serve you and Hadassah in this capacity. We have worked together to build upon the work of our past presidents – and successfully so. I remember saying, at my first installation in 2018, that I have three goals: to reinvigorate our membership, to grow our membership with women of all demographics through diverse programming, and to let Atlanta know we are here as a large piece of the Jewish community puzzle. We have done it all – due to our members, our groups, our Boards, our group presidents, our Board members, and our Super South support staff. Greater Atlanta has show that no matter the circumstance we can succeed. We are the Women Who Do! And we do it together.

It seems as if Covid put up road blocks but redirected us in the way we look at and do things. We increased the number of chapter events. Those chapter events were fueled jointly by our groups. Our groups extended invitations to their programs throughout the chapter, inviting every member. HGA grew larger and more involved.

All these programs and events needed to be switched from in-person to virtual. That seemed daunting. But we looked at it not as an end but as the means to an end. We redirected and embraced the positives. Through Zoom we were able to continue to have programs with no geographic restrictions for speakers or participants. We had National Hadassah speakers from New York and rabbis from Israel join us. We circle the globe!

We’ve stayed connected to our members in other ways, too. In March I asked group presidents to send weekly Shabbat Shalom messages to their members. We started phone trees to check in on our members, just to say hi and see how they’re doing. We began a Pen Pal exchange. All these actions let every one of our members know that they – that YOU – are not just a number but a part of something wonderful: a caring sisterhood. That is who we are: Women Who Do, not just for others but also for ourselves.

I could go on and on, retelling our last two years as your president; but then Addie, our editor extraordinaire, would have to dedicate many pages to my message. I could tell of our advocacy work; our sitting at the table with other Atlanta Jewish organizations, with a voice at the table everyone wanted to hear; our introducing Israelis to Hadassah in Atlanta via Israel’s Consul General… But now I want to speak from my heart, even as I tear up, writing.

These two years of being your chapter president have been an honor. I have met and worked with so many wonderful women. I have had the opportunity to mentor and to be mentored by the crème de la crème. Each woman I have met in Hadassah has touched my heart. I have gained many friends. I have lost friends, too: Toby Parker and, just recently, Anita Levy. They welcomed me, encouraged me, and set the tone of leadership I hope to echo. They will forever be a part of Hadassah Greater Atlanta.

As of January I take on a new role: Southeastern Region President. It is a role that I take on with great humility but also confidence, aware that I have had the best training ground, best mentors and supporters who have my back and will continue to do so throughout my leadership journey. Thank you for this great ride. I am thrilled that we will get to continue together, supporting the great works of Hadassah and supporting each other.

Your ever proud Chapter President,

Michele Weiner-Merbaum

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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

    Marci Abrams-Feinstein

  • Treasurer

    Judy Bart

  • Organizational VP

    Ellen Weinstein

  • Membership Co-VP

    Nancy Schwartz

  • Membership Co-VP

    Nancy Parker

  • Communications VP

    Vivian Gerow

  • Education VP

    Anne Grabois Davis

  • Advocacy VP

    Judy Lebow

  • National Program Liaison

    Anita Otero

  • Recording Secretary

    Linda Satlof Birnbaum

  • Public Relations Chair

    Joan Solomon

  • e-Newsletter Editor

    Wendy Kalman

  • WebMaster

    Annie Loventhal

  • Facebook Admin

    Jessica Stern

  • Check It Out Chair

    Ellen Banov

  • Study Group Chair

    Sybil Ginsburg

  • Chesed Student Awards Chair

    Nancy Gorod

  • Member at Large

    Linda Hakerem

  • Board Advisor

    Sheila Dalmat

  • Board Advisor

    Phyllis Cohen

  • Immediate Past President

    Michele Weiner-Merbaum

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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