Hadassah Greater Atlanta members and guests convened at Maggiano’s at Perimeter Mall on Jan. 8 for the installation of the 2017 officers and board by Phyllis M. Cohen.
Sheila Dalmat was installed as the president, succeeding Paula Zucker.
In her remarks, Dalmat recognized the importance of standing on the shoulders of past and current leaders. She also stressed looking to Hadassah’s second century in Atlanta with a spirit of innovation and collaboration, both within Hadassah and with other community organizations as partners.
Examples of such efforts are the Big Reveal for Breast Strokes on Feb. 25 and a panel discussion on gender equality in medical research March 26.
“We are so much more than our grandmothers’ Hadassah,” Dalmat said, with a focus on encouraging young women’s participation and leadership.
A highlight of the afternoon was the celebration of the first graduates of Hadassah Atlanta’s Centennial Leadership Institute, initiated in 2016 and headed by Dalmat, who was the vice president of leadership development. CLI classes are forming for 2017.
On Dec. 11, Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Metulla Group installed its 2017 board at the A&S Culinary Institute in Johns Creek. More than 30 Metulla members and spouses attended.
Dalmat was the keynote speaker and led the installation. She spoke about emerging challenges for Hadassah and the innovative and collaborative strategies to meet them.
Metulla members, she said, “distinguished ourselves as caring, welcoming, dedicated women who embrace the ‘Power of Women Who Do.’ ”
Metulla’s 2017 co-presidents are Nancy Schwartz and Anita Otero, who, with the full board, will strive to further the Hadassah vision of building a world where Jewish values create a strong community and an enduring Israel while connecting and empowering Jewish women to effect change worldwide.
On Jan. 22, Gerry Taratoot, who has held leadership positions in the Atlanta area and the Southeastern Region, installed the Ketura Group’s 2017 board at Zafron Restaurant in Sandy Springs. Helene Jacoby and Maxine Schein are Ketura’s new co-presidents, succeeding Amy Jampol.
For more information about Hadassah Greater Atlanta and its group, visit www.hadassah.org/atlanta, or call 678-443-2961.