Beineinu - December 2019

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Beineinu The newsletter of Ahavath Achim Synagogue • December 2019 •


havath Achim cultivates a Jewish community of purposeful belonging. We inspire and support spiritual journeys by deepening relationships with one another. We believe it is at the crossroads of our spiritual paths that life’s purpose and God might be found. Ahavath Achim creates a vibrant, inclusive, spiritual community that empowers individuals to connect Jewishly beyond themselves.

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AA embraces interfaith families who desire to be part of our Jewish community. Our spiritual community serves all who wish to connect with us. Learn more about our interfaith values at

WEEKLY SERVICE SCHEDULE Morning Minyan (Monday - Friday)

7:15 am

Morning Minyan (Sunday)

9:00 am

Evening Minyan (Sunday - Thursday)

6:00 pm

Shabbat Evening Service (Friday)

6:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Service (Saturday)

9:30 am

Atlanta, GA 30327

CLERGY Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal Rabbi Neil Sandler Rabbi Arnold Goodman Senior Rabbinic Scholar

STAFF Barry Herman Executive Director Candace Schilling Director of Marketing Miriam Habif Director of Outreach & Engagement Jackie Nix Director of Youth & Family Engagement Chris Carr Director of Facilities Beth Arnold Helmey Ahava ELC Director Investigator Joe Jones IV Director of Security Jill Rosner Executive Assistant to the Rabbis Catherine Ficke Executive Assistant to the Executive Director Heidi Herman Ahava ELC Administrator Susan Goff Ahava ELC Bookkeeper Lauren Dube Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer Stan Vogel Finance Manager Fern Schorr Receptionist Wesley Coney Facilities Anika Johnson Facilities Ken Johnson Facilities Ian Madge Facilities Marcus Thomas Facilities

OFFICERS OF THE BOARD Mark Cohen President Gerry Benjamin Executive Vice President Michael Plasker Financial Vice President Gary Alembik Vice President Stacy Fialkow Vice President Betty Sunshine Vice President Allison Feldman and Rachael Joseph Sisterhood Co-Presidents Ethan Povlot USY and Kadima President

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Beineinu… between you and me The Newsletter of Ahavath Achim Synagogue

Funded by a grant from The Center Family Foundation

From the Rabbi I

s Judaism pessimistic or optimistic? It’s not such an easy question to answer. On one hand, our people’s persistent prayer for the return to Israel and its eventual fulfillment can be seen as a real statement of optimism. Within the Vidu prayer, the Jewish last rites confessional prayer recited right before death, there is a request from God for healing. Even at death’s door, our spiritual tradition encourages us to hold out the possibility for healing. That seems pretty optimistic to me. However, on the other hand, the most famous Jewish word, among both Jews and nonJews is arguably, “oy vey!” Our modern pop culture casts Jews as the worrywarts, complainer, glasshalf-empty sort of people. Of course, as a Jew myself, I think that such stereotypes are erroneous…however, I get where it comes from. When I was growing up, I had family members who said expressions like, “What can you do,” with a shoulder shrug and raised up hands, more often than any other expression. I often talk about a real attitude that is persistent within our community and I imagine in many other Jewish communities as well. I call it, the “spirituality of complaining.” Is the perception of Jews as pessimists a real thing? If so, are we pessimists as a reaction to our difficult history and circumstances or is it something more ingrained? I wonder if our spiritual tradition might have something to say about the spirituality of complaining. Chanukah offers us a perspective on the glass half full, half-empty debate. Rabbi Tali Adler, from Yeshivat Hadar in New York City, offers a wonderful bridge between two classic rabbinic stories. The first Midrash comes from the very beginning of humanity, as the very first winter approached and the newly minted human being, Adam, experiences his first winter solstice, the Midrash tells us that Adam began to worry. As the days were growing shorter and shorter, Adam began to panic imagining that eventually the sun wouldn’t come up at all and the world would remain in perpetual darkness. Adam, as the Midrash explains, was riddled with guilt from

Chanukah: An Optimist’s Paradise

By Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal

his earlier betrayal of God and was concerned that his punishment was to exist in perpetual darkness. He begins a fast that lasts for eight days, adopting a posture of contrition and remorse, seeking atonement and forgiveness. On the 8th day, the winter solstice occurs, and the days begin elongating. Adam realized that the long and short days are simply the way of the world, and he began a celebration for the next eight days. Rabbi Adler then turns to the second Midrash, which explores the mahlokhet (arguments) of Hillel and Shamia, the great sages of the Mishnaic period. Shamia rules that when lighting the Chanukiah, the nine branched menorah, the first day lighting should consist of all eight lights. The next day we should light seven candles. Day three, we light six candles, and so on diminishing the light each day until the last night of Chanukah, we light only one candle. Hillel, on the other hand, rules that we should add a candle each night until the last night when the lights are the brightest. Rabbi Adler, while connecting the two Midrashim, ties the diminishing light of Shamai and the increasing light of Hillel to the eight days of panic by Adam, where the world was getting darker followed by the eight days of celebration where the light is getting brighter. For Rabbi Adler, Hillel’s ruling offers the spiritual posture of positivity and optimism. Today, many people let their spiritual, intellectual and emotional life be guided by what is “trending.” For the first human beings, eight days trended towards darkness and another eight days trended towards light. Hillel and Shamai, sages who lived through terribly difficult time, witnessing the destruction of the second Temple and the end of Biblical Judaism, had trends to follow as well. Some, no doubt, focused on the darkness while others focused on the light. Chanukah encourages us to look towards a brighter future. When you are gathering with your family and friends for Chanukah this year and retelling the story of our ancestors, remember to remind yourself and others that then they found that jug of oil, it was clearly half-full. Happy Chanukah

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High Holiday Survey Recap: Looking Ahead to 5781 By Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal


s the weather turns cooler, of course our minds turn to the holidays. But I’m talking about more than just Chanukah: AA staff and volunteers are already looking ahead to our High Holidays 5781.

That’s why your feedback matters so much to us. Whether you responded to our short email survey in October or offered comments to me, Rabbi Sandler, or other members of synagogue staff, your suggestions are part of an ongoing dialogue as we continue walking our Jewish journey together. We hope the excerpts of survey responses below will inspire additional conversations about the High Holidays, our music and more. From surveys to our Listening Campaign – which you’ll hear about in the coming months as we continue hosting sessions in individual homes – we treat all responses with care. Yes, some comments will contradict each other; we will not always agree. (Some of us loved the L. Cohen Hallelujah while others did not.) Not every idea can be implemented. And yet, we become more connected by sharing our thoughts and desires as well as our presence and gifts. Thank you for sharing your High Holidays with us. Along with synagogue staff, Rabbi Sandler and I wish you all Chanukah Sameach! May your Hanukkah be filled with love and light. A few High Holiday survey excerpts: • I don’t know how I feel about the pre/post receptions. Part of me thinks that they’re inappropriate and unnecessary, but part of me can see the value in trying to build a sense of community by hosting them…I think I would enjoy a lecture or group activity rather than the reception. • The pre- and post-receptions are terrific. There’s a great warm-up before service begins and a lovely cool-down after the service ends. No

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class or lecture, please. • I like the seating arrangement and the ability for all to come to the Torah… The thing I would try to improve is ending each service closer to the scheduled time. • I really enjoyed the holidays this year… Cantor Lieberman is great… I also found some of the comments and the sermons to be thoughtprovoking, making me feel connected… I was also happy to see the crowd growing again. • Only one suggestion: the choir, the choir, the choir! • I was happy there was no longer a choir… • … Should there be a designated place for service dogs and owners in the back so they can come and go easily and have a place to lie down on the floor instead of on the seats? • Music and speakers were terrific, but the strongest chord was struck by the number of people who came up to the bimah for the group aliyot. I loved being pressed together with other like-hearted people to sing out the brachot. The children and parents together on the bimah was magical. • Personally, I liked the processional very much. I liked the music and the chanting. Interestingly, some of my grown children did not like it at all. They said it was like being at a Disney parade. • Overall, I enjoy the informal “vibe” to the services. I found myself actually paying more attention and feeling more connected…I really love the inclusiveness of inviting members up to the bimah for aliyahs. I sit in the balcony and stood for several along with my nieces. And, seeing the children march in and collect at the bimah was very moving. I am almost 63 and have been a member of AA my entire life, and feel more at home these past few years than I ever have. In general, AA feels more welcoming and less judgmental. I like the direction we are heading, and am optimistic about the future of our congregation.


Mazal Tov to the loved ones of the newest additions to our community!

Asher George Gordon

Born on October 16, 2019 Son of Hannah and Ross Gordon; Grandson of Judge Janis Gordon, Stella and Larry Gordon, and Barbara and Steven Tiedeman; Great-grandson of Betty Ann Shusterman and Sonia Caplan

Reagan Clair Dillard

Born on October 26, 2019 Daughter of Jennifer Geller and Jeremy Dillard; Granddaughter of Renie and David Geller; Great-niece of Fran Galishoff

Rosemary Nell Smith

Born on November 8, 2019 Daughter of Ava Landrum Smith and Ben Smith; Granddaughter of Amy and James Landrum; Greatniece of Fran Galishoff

Baruch Dayan Emet May God comfort their loved ones along with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Ivan Halbreich

Husband of Martha Halbreich

Leah James

Beloved congregant

Beryl Koplin

Husband of Doris Koplin; father of Janis Zagoria and Kal Koplin; brother of Rhona Landis

Barbara Orkin

Wife of Sanford Orkin; mother of Laurie Ginburg, Sherri Soriano, Michael Orkin, and Kenny Orkin

New to shul

Our warmest welcome to the new members of our community!

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Kol Hakavod

Kol HaKavod (good job) to our congregants celebrating simchas and achievements!

Gail Solomon was recognized in the Atlanta Jewish Times for her hard work making the Mature Active Adult Community (mAAc) such a successful initiative at AA! AA’s Backpack Buddies (BPB) is successfully providing healthy snacks for over 50 elementary age children at two nearby schools. They are currently partnering with E. Rivers and Bolton Academy, and the BPB program has tripled since the last school year. The mission of the BPB program is to help food-insecure kids eat healthier over the weekend. Volunteers pack the backpacks weekly (usually Wednesdays and Thursdays) at the AA. BPB welcomes all monetary donations (any amount is appreciated) in order for the program to continue to be a success. If you would like more information, are interested in volunteering, or would like to donate, please contact the co-chairs: Sherri Wildstein (; Carla Wertheimer (

Irene Stein

Beloved congregant

Blood Donors who donated at the quarterly

Blood Drive on Sunday, November 3 helped us collect over 100 pints of blood! Thanks to their participation, we had our most successful blood drive to date.

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Events & announcements Ein Gedi Sub-Regional Conventions with USY and Kadima December 6 - 8 | West End Synagogue - 3810 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37205 | Registration Required: Join us in Music City for Ein Gedi Fall Subs! Catch up with the band (old friends) while meeting new fans (first timers) from across the South (Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas) for a weekend of fun, friends, heroes, ruach and so much more!

Ice Skating with Machar

Sunday, December 8 | 1:30 - 3 pm | AA Synagogue > Atlantic Station | Registration Required: Calling all Macharniks (3rd - 5th graders)! Join us for a fun afternoon of ice skating and spending time with friends. We’ll meet at AA at 1 pm and carpool over to Atlantic Station.

Z’havah Sisterhood Chanukah Party

Wednesday, December 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | The Home of Emanuel Fialkow - 800 North Island Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327: Join Z’havah Sisterhood for a Chanukah celebration with champagne and hors d’oeuvres! We’re asking everyone to bring a toy or a gift for Jewish families in need so every child gets a toy for Chanukah. RSVP to the Z’havah Co-Chair, Aurelie Weinstein (, by Sunday, December 15.

Sisterhood’s Latte and Learn

Thursday, December 19 | 10:30 11:30 am | Panera Bread - 4531 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta, GA 30346: Join the rabbis and fellow sisters every third Thursday of the month for a morning of coffee (or tea), conversation, and learning at Sisterhood’s monthly study group.

Sparks of Light

Saturday, December 14 | 6 - 8 pm | AA Synagogue | Registration Required: Families are invited to join us for a fun night of games, crafts, food and fireworks as we prepare for Chanukah! We’ll have latkes, cookie decorating, menorah making, candle making, and so much more. We’ll end the night with a firework display by Wayne Neuwirth. This is the perfect program for kids and adults of all ages. We’ll also be helping our Z’havah Sisterhood collect toys for a Chanukah toy drive. Please bring a new toy with you to make the holidays special for everyone in our community.

Mahloket Matters: The Beit Midrash Way

December 11, January 22, February 19, March 18, and April 22 | Registration Required: The Atlanta Rabbinical Association is bringing our synagogues and organizations across Atlanta together with one goal in mind: agreeing to disagree. Presented in partnership with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and the Atlanta Jewish Federation, and numerous community partners, this program will be held simultaneously in multiple locations throughout the greater Atlanta area. Wherever you find yourself in Atlanta, or inside the Jewish community, there is a place for you in this conversation. AA is a proud partner of this program.

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Fondue-nukah with USY and Kadima

Sunday, December 22 | 6 - 8 pm | AA Synagogue | Registration Required: Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with delicious foods, latkes and cheese and chocolate fondue. Gamble with your friends as you play a game of dreidel and end the evening with lighting the Chanukah candles.

Rededication of Ozorkow Holocaust Torah Scroll

Sunday, January 5 | 1 pm: Please join us for a unique moment when we welcome back and rededicate the Ozorkow Holocaust Torah Scroll. This special Torah Scroll was entrusted to us in 1977 by Rubin and Lola Lansky (both of blessed memory), parents of AA member Karen Lansky Edlin. We are grateful to Karen and Andy Edlin for their commitment to renewing this Scroll which now enables us to read more frequently from it. Come join us as we rededicate the Ozorkow Holocaust Torah Scroll, embrace it as a precious legacy, and reaffirm its place in our flourishing future. Reception to follow.

Naomi’s Book Club

Monday, January 6 | 10:15 am | Koplin Borochoff Library: Join Sisterhood one Monday a month for a lively book discussion. January’s book is Heidi by Johanna Spyri, and the discussion will be led by Janet Snider.

Lock-In with USY and Kadima

Saturday, January 11 - Sunday, January 12 | AA Synagogue | Registration Required: Calling USYers and Kadimaniks! Join your friends for a sleepover at the synagogue for a night of movies, games, food, and more!

Blood Drive

Sunday, February 9 | 9 am - 2 pm | Srochi Auditorium: Do the mitzvah of donating blood at AA’s quarterly Blood Drive! Everyday, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can schedule an appointment with us through the Red Cross Blood website by typing the code “JWV” in the “Find a blood Drive” search box located on the top right-hand corner of the home page. You will be directed tot he AA registration page where you can schedule your appointment. The Quarterly Blood Drive is sponsored by Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel, Congregation Or VeShalom, Jewish War Veterans Post 112, and Fulton Lodge No. 216 Free and Accepted Masons.

Yom Disney with USY and Kadima

Friday, February 14 - Monday, February 17 | Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World | Registration Required: Calling USYers and Kadimaniks! Join friends from across the southern region at the most magical place on earth! Be on the lookout for more details about transportation and other weekend activities!

HomeBeis@AA Youth Services

Saturday, January 18 | 10:30 - 11 am | Koplin Borochoff Library: As part of our new Shabbat programming, we are excited to introduce Youth Services! Parents and their children (K - 2) are invited to join us once a month for a taste of Shabbat morning services specifically designed for this age group.

mAAc’s Second Annual Kick-Off Brunch

Sunday, February 16 | 11 am - 1 pm | Srochi Auditorium | Registration Coming Soon: Join the Mature Active Adult Community (mAAc) for the Second Annual Kick-Off Brunch. Enjoy delicious food and entertainment from the Gray Matters Band. Your payment is your reservation.

HomeBeis@AA Groove Shabbat

Saturday, January 18 | 11 - 11:30 am | Paradies Hall: As part of our new Shabbat programming, we are excited to continue Groove Shabbat! Parents and their children (0 - Pre-K) are invited to join us one Saturday a month for stories and interactive songs celebrating Shabbat and upcoming Jewish holidays. Snacks, play time, and Kiddush lunch to follow.

Atlanta Jewish Life Festival

Sunday, January 26 | 10 am - 3 pm | Georgia Aquarium - 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 | Registration Required: Come celebrate Jewish culture and Atlanta’s thriving Jewish community at Atlanta’s largest single day Jewish festival event! AJLF is a grand showcase of Jewish food, arts and music and a point of connection for the Jewish and Israeli organizations, institutions and businesses impacting metro Atlanta and beyond. Presented by Atlanta Jewish Times. AA is a proud sponsor of this event.

Jewish Learning Groups Tuesdays@AA - Every Tuesday | 10 am - 12 pm | Fishman Conference Room

Rabbi Rosenthal’s Talmud Class - Every Wednesday | 5 - 6 pm | Koplin Borochoff Library Hebrew 202 (Intermediate) - Every Wednesday | 7 8:30 pm | Fishman Conference Room

Rabbi Sandler’s Talmud Class - Every Thursday |

8:30 am | Cavalier Room

Torah Study - Every Saturday | 10:30 - 11:30 am |

Cavalier Room

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Hebrew 101 (Basic) - Every Sunday | 10 - 11:30 am | Cavalier Room

Piedmont Study Group - Every second Wednesday of the month | 2:30 - 3:30 pm | The Piedmont at Buckhead *Next meeting on 12/11 Lunch and Learn - Every third Wednesday of the

month | 12 - 1 pm | Birnbrey Minsk Minsk and Perling *Next meeting on 12/18

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Backpack Buddies - Fight Childhood Hunger

Ahavath Achim’s Backpack Buddies (BPB) provides food-insecure students at E. Rivers Elementary School and Bolton Academy with backpacks full of satisfying and healthy food for every weekend throughout the school year. Over 25% of children attending E. Rivers Elementary School and Bolton Academy participate in the free or reduced-price meal program. Many children leave school on Friday not knowing when they will eat again. Backpack Buddies provides food for these children on weekends to make sure that they stay nourished for the subsequent week. Questions? Contact the co-chairs: Sherri Wildstein (; Carla Wertheimer (

Ahava Morning Greeters Needed

Ahava Early Learning Center is looking for a few friendly volunteers to greet families as they arrive in the early mornings. Volunteers will provide a warm welcome as children and their families arrive at school in the morning, take phone messages, and occasionally greet guests or substitute teachers as they arrive at the building. If you or someone you know is an early bird who loves children and is looking for a way to contribute to this growing community, please call the school at 404.900.9411 or talk to Heidi at the front desk or the director, Beth, for more information.


AA and Ahava Early Learning Center are proud to participate in the ALEF Fund Scholarship, a program that allows families to make the dream of a Jewish school experience for their child a reality! Parents with children enrolled at Ahava are eligible and encouraged to apply for an ALEF Fund scholarship, which can provide up to approximately $9,000 of support per child per year! The ALEF Fund, Inc. is a registered Georgia 501(c)3 Student Scholarship Nonprofit Organization that supports Jewish education in Georgia by helping taxpayers receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit for providing scholarships to students at the Jewish preschools or schools of their choice. This past year, thanks to the many who contributed a portion of their Georgia State Income Taxes to the ALEF Fund, Ahava received more than $100,000 in scholarship funds designated for students in our Pre-K class. Todah Rabah! Please visit for more information about how you can allocate a portion of your taxes to help support Ahava or how your child can receive a financial scholarship for Pre-K. It’s simple to qualify! Questions? Contact the Ahava ELC Director: Beth Arnold Helmey (; 404.900.9411).

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Chesed Initiative

Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear (Mark Twain). The Chesed (Loving-Kindness) Initiative, created in October 2018, has over 35 volunteers who have made positive differences in our fellow congregants’ lives. This Initiative works with our clergy, staff, and leaders to connect AA congregants with members who want to do good deeds. In the past year, we have developed a volunteer training manual, conducted 5 training sessions, cooked and baked for over 30 ill or hospitalized congregants, attended over 11 Shiva minyanim, and sent over 115 personalized notes. The following tribute funds allow the initiative to do its work: the Daily Minyan Fund, the Susie Habif Chesed Fund, and the Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) Fund. Please consider donating to these funds to honor and remember friends and loved ones. If you are a warm, friendly, dedicated volunteer looking to strengthen our community and make a difference in a fellow congregant’s life then this initiative is for you. Caring touches make all the difference in the world to those receiving them. If you know of a congregant who is facing personal difficulties related to health, loss, or grief, please contact Fern Schorr (; 404.355.5222) to let us know. Questions? Contact the co-chair: Nancy Levine (

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is seeking engaged congregants to serve on the 2019-20 Nominating Committee. This committee will select a slate of Officers and Board of Directors to be elected by the congregation at the 2020 Annual Meeting. This is one of the most important committees of our synagogue. Members of the Nominating Committee should be actively involved in the congregation or familiar with the operations and programs of the congregation and must be synagogue

members in good standing. Nominating Committee members are not eligible to be on next year’s slate of elected officers or directors. If you want to be considered to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee, or if you wish to nominate a fellow congregant, please submit your name, or that of your nominee, to Nominating Committee chair, Rob Wildstein (rwildstein@brawwlaw. com). Nominees to serve on the committee will be elected by the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees at their upcoming meetings.

Sisterhood's Mah Jongg Card Fundraiser

Order your new 2020 Mah Jongg cards! To order your card(s), please email Barbara Nathan (bgnathan@ with a list of names and addresses of all recipients so they can receive their cards in the mail. To pay, please write a check, payable to AA Sisterhood, and mail to Barbara Nathan (200 Brandon Place, Sandy Springs, GA 30328). Standard card = $8; large card = $9

Sisterhood - The Centennial Year

Empowering Women from Generation to Generation... Ahavath Achim’s Sisterhood is a dynamic organization of women of all ages with diverse experiences, talents, and interests within our synagogue, community, and the Jewish world.


Shopping on Amazon?

You can do that and support Sisterhood at the same time! Sisterhood invites you to do your online shopping with us on Amazon by clicking on the link on the synagogue’s website Sisterhood page. Up to 15% of your purchase will be donated to Sisterhood! It doesn’t cost any extra, so why not?

Your Sisterhood membership will

• Year-Round Programming: Latte and Learn, Naomi’s Book Club, Rosh Chodesh Discussion Group, Mah Jongg, cultural outings to plays, museums, and more • Congregational Enrichment: Rosh Hashanah apples and honey, Worship in Pink Shabbat for breast cancer awareness, Sisterhood Shabbat, and synagogue beautification • AA Youth: Religious school support, gifts for consecration, B’nai Mitzvah, 7th grade graduation, and confirmation; scholarships for Jewish camps, programs, and Israel study; and holiday packages for college students • Community Outreach: Rebecca’s Tent – Shearith Israel, Zaban Paradies Center, William Breman Jewish Home, JF&CS (Jewish Family and Career Services), an active role in the AAACTS (Awareness and Action to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex) Commitee From generation to generation and from strength to strength, join Sisterhood today! Every woman counts for Sisterhood to grow and thrive. Basic membership dues are $45, but we encourage you to join at a “Chaier” level. Your generous dues and donations are vital for Sisterhood to continue to offer programs and projects that strengthen and sustain our Jewish values. Z’havah Sisterhood is the young women’s initiative of the AA Sisterhood that offers programs and activities for those who are looking to share common interests. We celebrate and explore our Jewish identities through a series of programs that focus on fun, education, and social action. Questions about Sisterhood? Contact the Membership Co-Chairs: Rebecca Sokol (770.789.1467; sokolrebecca@; Rina Wolfe (404.561.0749; rinawolfe10@ Questions about Z’havah? Contact the Z’havah Co-Chairs: Marni Goldman (404.697.2996; marnisgoldman@gmail. com); Aurélie Weinstein (404.219.7320; aurelie.and.

Smiling Faces Needed

Everyone who walks through our doors on Shabbat and holidays is greeted with a warm welcome. This is made possible by our devoted members who are part of our greeter team. Being a greeter is an easy and fun way to connect with other congregants, meet new people, and become an integral part of the synagogue. If you can smile and say “Shabbat Shalom,” then you are a fully trained greeter. Greeters stay in the foyer outside Ellman Chapel for approximately one hour on Shabbat and holidays. To join the greeter team, contact the co-chairs: Mildred and Marty Kwatinetz ( or 404.812.1734).

Torah Fund

Help to preserve, promote and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism by giving to Sisterhood’s Torah Fund Campaign supporting scholarship funds at the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, CA), Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires), and Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany). AA Sisterhood has been recognized as a leader in supporting Jewish education, in our congregation, and for the entire movement. To purchase a card or make a donation, contact the co-chairs: Amy Landrum (; Fran Galishoff (

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Tribute Donations

Tribute donations offer the ability to memorialize or honor friends and family through donations to a variety of designated funds. Tribute donations can be made in honor of B’nai Mitzvah, the birth of a baby, a graduation, a wedding, or other special occasion. Donations in memory of loved ones are a thoughtful and meaningful way to remember those who have passed away. Your donation will be acknowledged with a card to the recipient of this tribute. You can make a donation by sending in a check or by completing the online donation form ( Please note that Tribute Donations require a minimum contribution of $18.

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