Atlanta Female Philanthropists Commemorate Israel’s Independence Day in Sandy Springs


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga., May 16, 2024 — Two hundred “Women for Israel” recently commemorated Israel’s 76th Independence Day with a bittersweet reception hosted by Jewish National Fund-USA in Sandy Springs.


Marlene Sukiennik, Miriam Haviv, Natasha Lebowitz, and Michelle Horesh


Chaired by Caryn Berzack and Amy Lewis, the event honored local philanthropists Michelle Horesh and Marlene Sukiennik for their long-standing dedication and support of Jewish National Fund-USA. As passionate community champions and dedicated Zionists, both have been members of the organization’s Atlanta Board of Directors and various committees, as well as driving forces behind Jewish National Fund-USA’s work supporting the land and people of Israel.


The annual event featured Olga Meshoe Washington, a South African Christian Zionist, author, and attorney, who has made it her life’s work to combat false narratives and disinformation about Israel. As the CEO of Defend Embrace Invest (in) Support Israel (DEISI), Washington shared her unique perspective on why she is a voice and advocate for Israel and provided attendees with facts to combat antisemitism in all its forms.


Event Co-Chairs Caryn Berzack and Amy Lewis


Attendees, dressed in blue and white representing the colors of the Israeli flag, stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Israel, remembered the victims of October 7, and said prayers for the release of hostages and the State of Israel.


Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General to the Southeast, also provided remarks.


For more information or to learn about future events in Atlanta, contact Nicole Flom, Senior Campaign Executive, Atlanta, at nflom@jnf.orgor 404.236.8990 x856. 




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