“Most everything went off without a hitch,” local convention co-chair Esther Panitch, an Atlanta criminal defense lawyer and a rising Hadassah star, said in an interview.

Panitch said she began preparations in August 2015, and the Hadassah National Convention was a labor of love and in her genes because her mother is the president of Hadassah Greater Miami.

Panitch was thrilled that Hadassah Greater Atlanta hosted the event during the Atlanta chapter’s centennial year.

The convention coincided with the four nights of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but Panitch said that was just a coincidence. “These meetings are planned years in advance. Next year is St Louis, by the way.”

Panitch challenged the perception that the convention crowd was “on the older side” by defining “younger” as 46 and under. She said that younger crowd had separate functions on other nights and had a “fabulous time celebrating and dancing.”

“We all have a common goal of working together to make the world a better place,” she said.