THE JEWISH GEORGIAN January-February 2015

Atlanta native Debra Berger is the new Georgia state director for the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS (, the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, recently celebrated 60 years of advocacy. Debra has been a volunteer with HSUS for many years and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue working with other advocates to reduce animal suffering in Georgia.

Those of us who have known and worked with Debra over the years know that HSUS could not have found a better person to head up its Georgia activities. She is married to psychologist Joe Berger, whom we could use over here at the JG to help us recover from all the holiday stress.

If you want to be part of the effort to help animals in Georgia, contact Debra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Debra also started the Georgia Center for Humane Education (GCHE), which had a fabulous fundraiser at Jerry Farber’s Side Door nightclub, in the Landmark Diner, at Roswell and Blackland Roads, in Buckhead.

There were comedians, musicians, an auction of beautiful animal art, and delicious Mediterranean food—all vegetarian, so nothing had to die, including the guests. That same month, Jerry also hosted events for the Wounded Warriors Project and a group that trains seeing-eye dogs. Jerry does so much for so many worthy groups, but sometimes we think he does too much. The other day, he asked us about a group he had donated to, and we told him we had never heard of The Salvation Air Force. Jerry Farber