Deceased Information


    Hazel Karp

    Chaya Leah bat Schmuel v' Zelda

  • AGE



    Tuesday, August 01, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, August 04, 2023


    10:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 884 6047 5629

    Passcode: 523375


    Greenwood Cemetery



    Hazel Berman Karp, 94, died peacefully on August 1, 2023, after suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years. Hazel was a devoted mother, aunt, and grandmother, children’s librarian, and leader within Atlanta’s Jewish community. An Atlanta native, she grew up in the Virginia-Highlands/Ormewood Park neighborhood. She was the daughter of Samuel and Zelda Berman, immigrants who greatly valued education. After graduating from Girls’ High in 1946, Hazel was accepted to Cornell University. She was not able to attend, however, due to the influx of returning GIs, who occupied all of the dormitory spaces. Instead, she matriculated at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, where she majored in English and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1950. During her freshman year, she met the love of her life, Herbert Rubin Karp, at a family friend’s engagement party. As the story goes, the two of them locked eyes above the crowd (both were quite tall!) and were married a year later.

    In 1950, she began coursework for a Master of Arts in Philosophy at Emory University, leaving after one year to begin her family. While she raised her three children, she volunteered extensively in the Atlanta Jewish community—active in both the Ahavath Achim (AA) synagogue’s Sisterhood and in the local Hadassah chapter, of which she became president in 1968. Additionally, she taught at the AA’s Sunday school and in Atlanta’s Hebrew High School for many years. She then returned to Emory to earn her Master of Library Science, graduating in 1973. Meanwhile, she had begun working as the head librarian at the Hebrew Academy (which later became the Greenfield Hebrew Academy and is now the Atlanta Jewish Academy). During her more than 30-year tenure, she inspired a love of reading in generations of children. She augmented her dedication to Jewish children’s literature through her work in the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), becoming president and receiving the 1992 Fanny Goldstein Merit Award, which recognized her outstanding contributions to the AJL.

    Later in her life, she treasured her summers spent in Jerusalem with her husband and close friends. Throughout her life, she was the glue that held her family and friends together, hosting every Jewish holiday celebration at her home with her legendary cooking. She loved traveling, classical music, chocolate chip cookies, and her many dogs.

    Hazel is predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Herbert Karp, and brother, Dr. Jerome Berman of Atlanta. She is survived by her three children, Beth Karp (Richard Fischer) of Boston, Miriam Karp of Atlanta, and Benjamin Karp (Margie) of Lexington, Kentucky. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Simon and Marlee Fischer, Jonathan and Aaron Karp, and Isabella Cantor, plus nieces, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins. The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to her devoted caregivers, Gwen Brown and Lurline Hypolite.

    Contributions in Hazel’s memory may be made to PJ Library or Hadassah.

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  • Janice (Tsiporah) Metzel

    Dearest Miriam and entire extended Karp Family, I was privileged to have been the music director at the Hebrew Academy during several of the years while Hazel was head Librarian there. She was always such a delight to converse with, eat lunch with (She sure loved her strong smelling sardines for lunch!!)... Her enthusiasm, spark and intelligence are just a few of her traits that will be forever recalled. She will be missed greatly. I pray you all find comfort soon. May her memory always be for Blessings.

  • Lauri and Steven Lavine

    Dear Beth, Richard, Simon and Marlee, Miriam and Isabella, and Benji, Margi, Jonathan and Aaron, Our most heartfelt condolences to you all. The past several years have been so difficult, yet you have been there in support of your mother in any way you could. She was loved and cared for allowing her to have grace and dignity in spite of this ugly disease. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Marty Oxman,Charlotte,NC

    My Condolences To The Karp Family

  • Yolanda Asher

    Dearest Miriam, My heart goes out to you and your family. Knowing you, I'm not surprised reading about what a phenomenal woman your mother was. Hazel's memory is most certainly a blessing. I feel blessed reading about her! I send you, Isabella, and the rest of your family love, light and condolences.

  • Susan Walker

    Dearest extended Karp Family, I was honored to be able to be there virtually today at the service for Hazel. I've always known her to be a remarkable woman, through the few times I had a chance to be with her and through the stories you have shared, but I was grateful to learn even more about her. The service was beautiful, and it was wonderful to see your amazing family. I am sending my sympathy as you all navigate this loss. I'm glad you can be together, and wish you comfort and peace as you experience Hazel's abiding spirit in your lives.

  • Babs Blomberg

    I am so terribly sorry, but I was too late to join you for the service. Please know that I am devastated that I'm not with you all. I will always remember Hazel as the wonderful woman she was. I was always so proud of her, and Hazel and Herb were such fantastic, brilliant people. You are in my heart, and I am so grateful to have you as my family. I send you all my love. Babs

  • Marjorie Osheroff

    Dear Miriam and Isabella, We are so sad for you both as you process Hazel's passing. Miriam- you have been a tireless in overseeing her needs and care for so long, so we hope that you feel very complete in really being there for your Mom at every turn. We know that her memory will always serve as a blessing to you and all who loved her! We send you a heart full of empathy as you journey through the grief. Hugs, Margie and Steve

  • Michael Galchinsky

    Hazel and Herb welcomed our family into their home for seders for many years. I remember Hazel's warmth and generosity. Sincere condolences to Miriam, Isabella and the entire Karp family.

  • Morris Maslia

    Dear Beth, Miriam, Benji and extended Karp family: Hazel will be sorely missed. From my days attending the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Esucation’s Hebrew High School (where Hazel was my teacher) to being the Head Librarian at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy when my sons were in attendance, Hazel gave each student (and their parents) her personal and professional attention. She also organizers Succah parties and Hebrew Academy class reunions at her home. She was completely devoted to her students and the Atlanta Jewish Committee. It is a sad day for us as Hazel has left this physical world, but so am sure she will be overseeing all the library books in the world to come. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew Hazel Karp.

  • Mel Konner

    Such a great loss, but so many wonderful memories. Hazel and Herb embraced our family when we arrived in Atlanta in 1983 and holidays with the Karps helped keep our family Jewish ever since. I am so grateful. Her memory is unquestionably a blessing.

  • Jerry Glazer

    I've known Ms. Karp. From 6 or 7 at The Achim Synagogue. She was a wonderful lady-singing always there not just holidays. Rest-in Peace...

  • Judith L Finkel

    Sincere condolences to the entire family on the loss of Hazel, who was truly such a force in the Atlanta Jewish community. We were so lucky to have Hazel and Herb as leaders for many wonderful years. RIP Hazel. Yours was a life well lived!

  • Doris & Marty Goldstein

    We were more than friends for 50 years. I hope we were as loyal to her as she was to us. Hazel left a precious legacy for so many. What a remarkable life. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

  • Michael Lewyn

    May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  • Renée Franco

    Miriam, Beth and Benji. All the comments made by so many in the Jewish community indicate how she was loved and appreciated, especially those attending the Hebrew Academy. Miriam is the epitome of a “dutiful daughter” taking care of both parents for numerous years. Miriam visited her mother every Tuesday and even more often and did remarkable drawings of Hazel each visit for many years.

  • Anita Eidex

    Hazel was one of the kindest, smartest, most talented woman I had the pleasure of knowing and working with. For the seven years I was her Assistant Librarian at the (then) Hebrew Academy. I learned so much from her… not only about books, but about cooking, being a good mother and friend. She & Herb were true inspirations to generations of Atlantans. May all their children and grands, of whom they were so proud, continue to remember the wonderful couple they were and carry on their inspiring legacy.

  • Steve Gilmer

    Sorry for your loss, I am aware of Mrs. Karp's condition these last few years, many memories of her at the Hebrew Academy, , be strong and stay well

  • Terry Franco Stolow

    Your mom helped my brother Keith Franco when he was a student at The Hebrew Academy. My parents would call her with questions about his homework and she was always available to help! My dad was always saying, “what a smart lady, that Hazel Karp is!”

  • Elizabeth Cohen

    Dear Miriam I send you love and condolences. I never knew your mother but reading the comments here and knowing you, I know she must have been a special person. May her memory bring comfort to you all.

  • Phyllis M. Cohen

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Hazel's passing. My interaction with Hazel was through Hadassah. As with everyone she touched, she was a special mentor to me. She was instrumental in us setting the course for the Hadassah Chesed Student Awards, now in its 31st year, and she served as President of the Atlanta Chapter. She will be long remembered for her dedicated service to all the organizations she impacted with her time, energy, and wisdom. My heartfelt condolences to her dear family.

  • ellen ratner

    So many wonderful and special memories of your beloved mother, Hazel, Mrs. Karp as I called her. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Phyllis (Fineman) Schlesinger

    Dear Beth, Miriam, and Benji…your mother was an extraordinary woman. She was an extraordinary teacher, librarian, and parent. I will always remember our conversations…May her memory always be a blessing and give you comfort.

  • Rabbi Pamela Gottfried

    Dear Miriam, I'm sending you love and heartfelt condolences. I remember your mother--both of your parents--from my first year in ATL. I know it's been a hard road these past few years, and I pray you find strength & comfort in knowing what a devoted daughter you were. Hope to see at shiva. xoxo Rabbi Pamela aka Rabbi G

  • Bette Rosenbloum Selfridge

    You had very, very special parents. It was my good fortune knowing your Mother and Father. Heartfelt condolences!

  • Philip Wendkos

    Dear Miriam, My recollections of your mother and you at the GHA library will always be with me. May Hashem bless her for her good name and deeds. She was someone special and considered you and your daughter especially. Now she can be with Dr Herb in Gan Eden.

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to your family on Hazel's passing. She was a wonderful person ... who led by example and admired by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May Her Memory Be For A Blessing.

  • John & Nancy Arnold

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Hazel was a devoted librarian at the Hebrew Academy for many years. She loved to have me gift her with World Book globes for the library, whenever she put in an order for a new set of encyclopedias. That was a long time ago. Through the years she always had a beautiful welcoming smile for those who were lucky enough to know her. May her family get comfort from happy memories of time shared with her .

  • Jody Steinberg

    I am so sorry for your loss! I am one of generations of people who fondly remember your mom with love, respect and admiration. She made a big impact on my life - she was truly a wonderful woman in so many ways!! May her memory be a blessing! Jody Steinberg

  • Bob and Sharon Karp Levi

    We send our deepest condolences to Beth, Miriam and Benji and all of our family living all over the world. Hazel, and all of you, had to navigate a very difficult road. You did it with grace. She has left a wonderful legacy.

  • Betsy Teplis

    Beth, Miriam and Benji, Sincerest sympathy at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

  • Karen and Andy Edlin

    Sending condolences to the entire family. Hazel was such a special lady.

  • Jean Cooper

    We are so sorry for your Mom's loss. When Jerry started his arcitectural practice in 1960, Your home was his first project. Both Hazel & Herb delighted us with their knowledge. They both brought wonderfuli ideas to Atlanta. They were both greatly admired .

  • Holly H. Strelzik

    Sending condolences and love to you and your family. I have so many fond memories of Hazel from my GHA days!

  • Lynn B friedman

    Dear Beth, Benji, and Miriam and families, How lucky you were to have had such an amazing mother. When she looked at someone with her beautiful smile, each person felt warmth and concern. May she rest in peace. Lynn

  • Elaine and Jerry Blumenthal

    Dear Beth, Benji, and Miriam- Few people in our lives enhanced our family more than your folks, especially your precious mother… as a carpool driver, a librarian, teacher and friend. Although she has had a difficult time of late, we remember her vibrant wonderful years. Sending you LOVE. So sorry we’re out of town and can’t be with you. We know she leaves a great legacy in you and your families to our world. Sent with love to you and gratitude for having her and you in our lives

  • Scott and Shelley Kaplan

    “Mrs. Karp” was my “Hebrew High School“ teacher back in the old days when the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education sponsored that program following our graduation from the Hebrew Academy. She inspired and stimulated us to continue our education and was responsible for many students enrolling and remaining in that program. We will long remember the now legendary Sukkot parties that Herb and Hazel hosted in their family Succah, and looked forward to them every year. I told Hazel many times that she was among my all-time favorite, numero Uno, top drawer teachers, and how disappointed I was that she began her tenure as librarian at the Hebrew Academy after I had already graduated. I would have loved to visit her in the library as an elementary school student. Hazel Karp is an eternal blessing to all of us who were honored and privileged to know and love her.

  • Alice Wertheim

    Hazel was a role model and mentor for me during my years running the libraries at The Epstein School and The Davis Academy. I will forever be grateful for her time and wisdom.

  • Rona Seidel

    I was privileged to work with Hazel for many years. She was so full of knowledge, and her love of reading inspired many children and adults. Hazel shared recipes, especially at Passover, and taught me to freeze matzoh balls ahead of the holiday. Her salmon recipe was outstanding, too. Rest in peace, dear Hazel, a shining example of an Eyches Chayal.

  • Stella Tarica Gordon

    Dear Miriam and Bella, I want to share that as a new teacher at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy many years ago, Hazel became an immediate mentor to me. I would say I stopped by her library every morning of my first year of teaching to pick her brain and ask questions. She always had time for me. Among other things, she encouraged and helped me stage a storytelling "festival" in the library and provided me with advice on teaching my students the art of storytelling. My husband Larry recalls that Hazel taught Sunday school at the AA alongside his father Bernard. I know the devotion and love for your mom and grandmother knew no boundaries. Much love, Stella and Larry Gordon

  • Michael and Bryan Golson-Gross

    Sending love to you Miriam. What a great Daughter you’ve been and what a legendary, wonderful life Mrs. Hazel had touching countless HA kids. What a beauty!

  • Phillip and Rosalind Haber

    Hazel and Herb were both roll models to us. We Cherish the time together. Phillip andRosalind Haber. We. Mourn with the whole family.

  • Ilana Danneman

    Mrs Karp, you will be missed??How many children were touched by your sweet demeanor and benefited from your professionalism at the Hebrew Academy? Countless. You were the best of children’s librarians!! May your sweet soul fly high and enjoy the good “book”.