These support groups are free and open to all women experiencing infertility in Atlanta.
- You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Registration is requested at least 24 hours in advance.
Soon after their wedding, Sarah and Scott discovered they had about a 5% chance of conceiving. In 2017, it seemed that every month they would get another call from the doctor sharing another complication preventing them from having a child. They tried a round of IVF but did not have any viable embryos. They eventually decided to use an egg donor, and luckily it only took one transfer to get pregnant! Going through this experience (during their first year of marriage no less) was complex, emotionally and financially taxing, and at times they most certainly wanted to give up. In discovering they weren’t alone and learning more about the world of infertility, it was a relief in some ways to discover that what they were going through was more common than they thought.
Looking back, had they engaged a foundation like JFF earlier on where they could interact with similar people, have conversations about how they felt and learned earlier in the process, Scott thinks they would have been better prepared to go through the emotional ups and downs. His desire to join JFF is driven primarily by the desire to help others know they aren’t alone in this process: it is scary, confusing and discouraging at times, but those are normal reactions and there is help out there. Additionally, knowing the financial sacrifices people make to have a baby has compelled him even more. While the infertility journey will always be difficult, Scott wants to help people based on what he has learned through his own experience, and the JFF is a great way to accomplish this goal.
Holding degrees in Psychology, Art, and Architectural Interior Design, Debbie possesses creative, analytical and empathetic skills. She has contributed blog posts and articles to Bechol Lashon (an organization for Jewish children of various ethnic backgrounds) and Nishei magazine (a Jewish women’s publication), and has excellent communication skills. In addition, she has produced a series of essays chronicling her journey through the worlds of fertility treatment and adoption. In addition to her career in design, Debbie has worked for a political consulting firm and as an aide to a New York City Councilman, researching issues and preparing press releases, and with a Georgia State University professor to develop a website with resources for parents in Georgia. Debbie has also written an essay that is available on the website for the Eden Center in Israel.
Debbie and her husband, Barry Rabinowitz (a third generation Atlanta native) reside in Sandy Springs with their two teenage children.
His government relations practice has so far dealt with education and foster care issues on behalf of clients.
He served on the Advisory Committee of the Georgia Literacy Commission, and continues to work for literacy improvement and education reform in our state.
Neal was a long-time member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. His work with JCRC led to the revitalization of the Cabbagetown community in downtown Atlanta, and to legal immigrants in Georgia obtaining public benefits. Before beginning his legal career, Neal worked for United Jewish Appeal in New England and for B’nai B’rith in New York City.
He is a resident of Roswell and has been married to his wife, Roslyn, a trust and estates lawyer, for 35 years. They have two daughters.
Neal’s reason for involvement in Jewish Fertility Foundation stems from a desire to give back to, and to help grow, the Jewish community, arising in part from his own family’s fertility struggles. His legal background can hopefully bring value to the JFF’s procedures, its future growth and the populations it serves.
He is particularly proud to be a part of an organization that makes needed services relating to all aspects of infertility accessible to the Jewish community and beyond.
Having a family was always top priority but after suffering from their own fertility issues, Elisheva and her husband Elie had to undergo multiple IUI and IVF cycles. They have been blessed with three beautiful children through IVF. Elisheva is very passionate about helping others undergoing fertility struggles having experienced the hardship herself. She has provided one-on-one support to couples in the same situation and is excited to be on the JFF Board to be able to impact others and help bring babies into their lives.
Carrie is passionate about the work of JFF because of her experiences in fighting to become a parent and build her family. When the Hearshens began trying to conceive, they were told by doctors that they would not be able to become parents naturally and that they would need to use other means to have children. Their first daughter was born on their first IVF attempt. Ayelet, was the only embryo to have ever survived and through all of their cycles and attempts they began to lose hope. In early 2020 they received a call from their adoption agency that a baby was available for them and the next night they brought Galit home from the hospital and have now completed their family. Carrie feels strongly that they don’t want any person to suffer alone with infertility. She finds the financial wall that stands in the way of too many people to be immoral and unjust. Carrie wishes that there had been a JFF and a community that could’ve helped her and her husband when they were struggling and she is delighted and honored to be there to help in its mission moving forward.
Quinn’s passion as a “budding” REI is to help build families - particularly within the Atlanta Jewish community. He believes that there is a lot of work that can be accomplished on a local level, in discussing infertility and reaching out to members of our Jewish community who may be in need of fertility assistance, whether through emotional, financial, or educational support.
Quinn’s passion as a budding REI is to help build families - particularly within the Atlanta Jewish community. He believes that there is a lot of work that can be accomplished on a local level through JFF, in both discussing infertility and reaching out to members of our Jewish community who may be in need of fertility assistance, whether it is through emotional, financial, or educational support.
Volunteering with JFF makes me feel like I'm continuing my grandfather's legacy. He was a fertility specialist from the 1950s until his death in the 70s and was the founder and leader of many international sterility and fertility societies.
Melissa lives in Johns Creek with her awesome husband and three almost grown children who have also been volunteering since they could walk!
Melissa is excited to volunteer with JFF so that she can bring my professional skills, along with my own personal infertility journey to the table in order to help others. She has watched JFF since the day the organization started and has admired from afar the important work that JFF does. Now that she is not overwhelmed with two full-time jobs, she has more time to get back to board work and she looks forward to helping to make a difference where needed.
Sam is honored to join JFF in order to connect with others, and bring a Jewish Communal perspective to this essential organization. Sam feels called to support others on their journeys and to be able to help in any way that she can. Sam truly believes in the power of Jewish community to help guide us on our paths and help us get to the other side of personal struggles. Being part of JFF enables Sam to share this important mission with anyone who is in need of support and comfort.