Dr. Andrea Videlefsky has been named the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust’s 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient.
On April 19, Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation declaring May 1-8, 2016, as “Holocaust Days of Remembrance” in Georgia. By Law, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is charged with holding an annual remembrance observance for the victims of the Holocaust. The 2016 Humanitarian Award will be presented to Dr. Videlefsky on May 6 during the 2016 Days of Remembrance ceremony in the State Capitol.
The Humanitarian Award is presented annually by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to individuals or groups that have demonstrated the spirit of humanity through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and/or philanthropy in their community, thereby fighting indifference, intolerance, and injustice.
Dr. Videlefsky is a founding member and current President of Am Yisrael Chai, a non-profit Holocaust education and awareness organization. She founded The Daffodil Project which aims to build a living Holocaust memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember and represent the one and a half million children who died in Nazi occupied Europe.
To date, The Daffodil Project has planted 280,000 daffodils in more than 60 locations around the world including Atlanta, Georgia, and international sites such as Israel, Canada, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
The single largest location of Daffodils is a collaborative effort with The Atlanta Downtown Daffodil Project in which 180,000 daffodils extend symbolically from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the King Center. The Daffodil Project supports causes and organizations such as the Holocaust Survivor Fund (Atlanta), Kids for Kids, Raising South Sudan and Agahozo Shalom.
The Daffodil Project strives to beautify the world in a meaningful way and to serve as a reminder of mankind’s obligation to uphold justice and human rights.
Dr. Videlefsky received her medical at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa, where she also worked at a community clinic, providing services to an underserved community. She completed her Family Practice residency at Emory University, Atlanta. She works as a Family Physician at Urban Family Practice and is an active member of the Urban Family Practice medical research team.
Dr. Videlefsky is a leader and advocate for the Patient Centered Medical Home. She has extended these principles to the development of the Adult Disability Medical Home, where she serves as Vice President and Medical Co-Director, providing comprehensive, compassionate, coordinated care to teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Videlefsky is married to Dr. Neill Videlefsky, a pediatric cardiologist, and they have three children, Ilana, Joshua and Karin.