Atlanta Breakfast at the Ballpark Goes to Bat for Israel


ATLANTA, January 24, 2022 —Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) 18th Annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast is making a comeback in Atlanta after being sidelined on the bench for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual breakfast supporting the land and people of Israel will take place on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 8:00 am at Truist Park, home of the 2021 World Series Champions, the Atlanta Braves.


JNF-USA’s Breakfast at the Ballpark is set to be the organization’s largest event of the year and will feature two former major league baseball players including a local legend who now calls the Peach State home: Ron Blomberg, a former New York Yankees team leader in batting average and the first-ever designated hitter to secure a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame, and Art Shamsky, a former member of the "Miracle Mets," which won their first World Championship in 1969. The Jewish baseball icons will enlighten community members about how their Jewish values and upbringing helped them score highly successful careers in the oldest major professional sports league in the world.


Atlanta Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast Chairs - Samantha Weidenbaum, Lindsay Lewis, Mark Kopkin, and Caryn Berzack.


The event will also honor local philanthropist, Abe Schear, aka “Mr. Baseball.” Schear is a partner in the Real Estate and Leasing practice of Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP and serves as the editor of its Baseball Digest publication. A proud member of JNF-USA’s Herzl Society, Lawyers for Israel, Gould Legacy Society, and a former member of the Atlanta Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, Schear has also authored I Remember When: A Collection of Memories from Baseball's Biggest Fans.


Abe Schear, event honoree


“The Atlanta Jewish community looks forward to this annual event in support of our Jewish Homeland year after year, where we unite with local friends old and new, hear from incredible keynote speakers, and learn how JNF-USA helps make the impossible, possible for the land and people of Israel,” said Event Chair, Mark Kopkin. “Our city is still buzzing from the excitement of winning the World Series and we’re thrilled to host this impactful baseball-themed event at the home stadium of our local champions.”


There is no cost to attend the event. Photo opportunities with the Braves’ World Series trophy available.


To register for the 18th Annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast at Truist Park or if you have questions, visit or contact Beth Gluck, Executive Director, Greater Atlanta at or 404.236.8990 x851.


Engagement Chairs

Caryn Berzack

Lindsay Lewis

Samantha Weidenbaum



Media Contact:

Jennifer Milton

561.447.9733 x 875


About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.