Beineinu "between you and me" the newsletter of Ahavath Achim Synagogue â€˘ July 2019 â€˘
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f AhavathAchimSynagogue l @aasynagogueatl t @AASynagogueATL y Ahavath Achim Synagogue D www.aasynagogue.org V 404.355.5222 ] 600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW
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Atlanta, GA 30327
Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal Rabbi Neil Sandler Rabbi Arnold Goodman Senior Rabbinic Scholar
Barry Herman Executive Director Lindsay Borenstein Associate Executive Director Candace Schilling Director of Marketing Marc Silberstein Youth & Family Program Director Chris Carr Director of Facilities Beth Arnold Helmey Ahava ELC Director Investigator Joe Jones IV Director of Security Jill Rosner Assistant to the Rabbis Catherine Ficke Executive Assistant Jackie Nix Youth & Family Program Associate Heidi Herman Ahava ELC Administrator Susan Goff Ahava ELC Bookkeeper Lauren Dube Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer Miriam Habif Membership & Engagement Coordinator 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
Beineinu… between you and me The Newsletter of Ahavath Achim Synagogue
Funded by a grant from The Center Family Foundation
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ast month, we welcomed Candace Schilling as our new Director of Marketing. Candace began her communication career 25 years ago in the insurance and financial services industries. While at State Farm, she supervised publications as well as a team of technical editors. Candace was also a trainer, communication strategist and Public Affairs specialist. As a former state and federal lobbyist for an Alabama trade association, she learned to translate complex, technical ideas into grassroots conversations as well as editorial board meetings. She’s served companies, organizations and individuals as a freelance writer/editor for the past 15 years. As an advocate for “heartfelt marketing,” Candace is passionate about using words to build relationships, deepening our connections to God, AA, and each other.
From the Rabbi O
n Sunday June 2, I was privileged and honored to become the senior Rabbi of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, only the 4th senior Rabbi in almost 90 years and the first assistant Rabbi elevated to this special position. As Nancy Levine stepped up to the Amud (Podium) in the Ellman Chapel as chair of the Senior Rabbi Search Committee, I felt the weight of history being hoisted onto my shoulders. When I returned to the room after the congregational vote, I was overwhelmed. During a traditional Rabbi Installation Ceremony in the future, I will offer a more comprehensive vision for our community. Today, I’d like to summarize a few reflections I shared at the Annual Meeting. The number of people who contributed to this moment are too many to mention. When I arrived in Atlanta in 2008, Nancy Levine was the outgoing president and Mark Cohen was starting his first tour of duty as president, so there was something extremely special about having them in leadership roles now. The Mensch of Millennia Award goes to my mentor and friend Rabbi Neil Sandler and his wonderful wife Susan. When I graduated Rabbinical School, the rumor was that even new Rabbis who loved their pulpits would last only five years. The fact that I stayed for 11 years was due in large part to Rabbi Neil and Susan. The outpouring of love and support they have shown throughout my tenure at Ahavath Achim to me, and especially to Brooke and my kids, has been such a blessing, giving me the strength and courage to develop my own style and cultivate relationships. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I get to continue working with Rabbi Sandler for the next few years. I was blessed to have my mother Dorothy in attendance. My mother and father sat through a lot of teacher-parent conferences with me as a dyslexic boy hearing about the ways I was neither achieving nor thriving. Sharing the ultimate moment of success with my mom who endured so much to get me here, as well as my special Brooke and our children, was deeply meaningful to me. My loving wife Brooke has been more than a support for me
Reflections on a Moment By Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal
through this endeavor. She truly has crafted me into the human being that I am today through her influence, patience, kindness, counsel and presence, and I am excited to meet the people we shall become as we both grow together. And Brooke has done so much to help our rabbinate succeed: participation in congregational programs and committees, Shabbat hosting and even greater community involvement. During our 11 years as a rabbinic family, our children have endured my absence from family meals and functions, delayed arrivals, canceled plans and life in a fishbowl. They inspire me with their incredible strength and personalities. As a congregation, this year we are focusing on our spiritual song, the music that we sing together. The people that consider Ahavath Achim their home – including you – make our congregation unique. We are notes scattered on a sheet of music that, when organized, create a symphony. Each one of us has a song to sing. Regardless of our voice’s tone and tenor, we have music running though our veins, a drumbeat generated by our hearts. This year, we will spend time learning how to harmonize with one another, literally and figuratively. Through initiatives like Chesed (caring for the sick and bereaved), our Mature Adult Active Community (mAAc), young family and youth programing, Ahava preschool and special engagement gatherings throughout the fall of 2019, we will gain a better understanding of the drives and inspirations within each individual – the musical instruments, if you will, that they possess and embody. Through innovative changes to our Weekly Shabbat services, special weekends like Bluegrass Shabbat, Scholar-in-Residence weekends and this year’s High Holiday experience, we will focus on singing together – finding our sacred song and our spiritual voice directed outward to God. This is our spiritual work as a synagogue; these are our holy tasks for the next year. In our sacred wisdom literature, Pirkei Avot 4:14, Rabbi Yohanan HaSandler taught: Every assembly whose purpose is to serve God will, in the end, be strengthened and established. With God’s help and our support for each other, we shall thrive. I am honored by the trust and faith our congregation has in me, and I pray for God’s strength to continue creating a community of purposeful belonging.
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Life Cycle weddings
Baruch Dayan Emet
Dan Silverboard and Jordan Shuler
Mazal Tov to the newly married couple!
Married on May 4, 2019 Dan is the son of Nancy and Gerald Silverboard. Jordan is the daughter of Cheryl and Stephen Shuler.
Mazal Tov to the loved ones of the newest additions to our Jewish community!
Jackson Oliver Sunshine
Born on May 10, 2019 Son of Jennifer Famery and Justin Sunshine; Grandson of Alan and Betty Sunshine, Jessica Mariani, and Gilbert Famery; Great grandson of Ann and Ted Kaplan; Niece of Marshall Sunshine and Jonathan Famery
Collins Eloise Abrahams
Born on April 12, 2019 Daughter of Melanie and Marc Abrahams; Granddaughter of Judy and Warren Abrahams and Robin North; Sister of Emilia "Emmi" James Abrahams
Nathaniel Sawyer Montenegro
Born on March 28, 2019 Son of Erica and Eric Montenegro; Grandson of Jennifer and Harvey Rickles and Leonard Montenegro; Great grandson of Margie Ulman
Vivian Rose Remer
Born on March 10, 2019 Daughter of Carolyn Dix Remer and Evan Remer; Granddaughter of Margo and Larry Gold and Esther and Steven Remer; Great granddaughter of Sylvia Remer; Sister of Daniel Remer
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May God comfort their loved ones along with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Brother of George Nathan
Husband of Marlene Rinzler; Father of Lisa Lubel, Andrew Rinzler, and Jamie Balk; Brother of Robert Rinzler
Joseph Solomon Harris Brother of Doris Goldstein
Mother of Warren Fogel
Husband of Ruth Greenberg; Father of Layne Greenberg and Kellie Greenberg; Brother of Larry Greenberg
New to shul
Our warmest welcome to the new members of our community!
Jack Crandall Faulk and Marissa Chanin Mary and Itai Pinkovezky Hannah and Kyle Spinrad Rebecca and Andy Zager If you are new to the community and interested in joining the Ahavath Achim family, please contact our Membership and Engagement Coordinator, Miriam Habif, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.603.5749.
Kol HaKavod (good job) to our congregants celebrating simchas and achievements! To Philip Goldstein who received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association for his many years of service to the city. Philip was the youngest public official elected to service in the history of Marietta and served with seven mayors. He also worked for more than two terms acquiring property to fund the extension of Marietta Parkway. Last year, Philip was inducted into the GMA Municipal Government Hall of Fame. To Michael Balaban, son of Judy and Joe Balaban, who will be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Jewish Nonprofit Management in recognition of 25 years of distinguished professional service. To Harry Maziar who was presented with Federation’s Lifetime of Achievement Award on Wednesday, June 5 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center! To Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal for being elected as the new president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association! To Dina Barrish, granddaughter of Judy and Allen Soden, who was recently named one of Jewish Federation of Chicago’s Outstanding “18 Under 18” teens! Dina created a program called Girl Code to help young girls who feel excluded from social circles find friends. Dina is the daughter of Amie (Soden) and Jonathan Barrish. To Sally’s Friends for raising over $30,000 in this year's Hunger Walk Run, making AA the number one fundraiser among the faith-based organizations! A special thank you to Sally Kaplan, Alan Wexler, and all AA participants, donors, and volunteers for making 2019 a successful and spectacular year for Sally's Friends!
To the AAACTS Committee (Action and Awareness to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex) for working with The International Human Trafficking Institute and the Interfaith Children's Movement to help push for a public report of the implementation of funds allocated to prevent child sex trafficking as part of the Safe Harbor Act that was passed as a Constitutional Amendment in 2016. To Myrtle Lewin for organizing our Great Big Recycling Event this past spring and to all who brought their hard-to-recycle materials! We managed to squeeze 17 TV's, 177 gallons of paint, 30 florescent light tubes, and many more materials into three vehicles! Todah Rabah to Patsy and Bill Little for letting us use their truck! To Valerie Habif who was honored at the National Council of Jewish Women’s 1st Annual Women Who Dare: Celebrating Our Sheroes event on May 30! Our own Lois Frank moderated the event. To Harrison Leusink and Rachel Cozewith on their successful Mitzvah Project event, Bless the Animals, held this past May at the Synagogue to benefit Bosley’s Place, a rescue orphanage for newborn and neonatal puppies. Animals were blessed, dogs were adopted, and treats were had by all! To Wayne Goldstein, son of Doris and Marty Goldstein, for receiving the Connect Award from the Gann Academy in Boston, MA. He was honored at the Gann Academy Annual Meeting on May 30. To the 2018-2019 Sisterhood Board! Sisterhood had a great year, with wonderful programs, increased membership, and a record-breaking Donor Celebration. Mazal Tov to the incoming Sisterhood Presidents, Allison Feldman and Rachael Joseph, and the entire 2019-2020 board. Sisterhood is starting its Centennial Year with terrific new leaders!
To Z’havah Sisterhood for their beautiful addition to our Red Maple Memorial Tree planted in AA's front lawn in March to remember the eleven lives lost at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation shooting on October 21. The ladies of Z’havah gathered to paint stones that now rest at the base of the maple tree in memory of the victims and their families. Go check them out!
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Events & Volunteering Mah Jongg
Sundays | 10 am Join Sisterhood every Sunday to play, schmooze, have fun, and connect with other women. If you don't know how to play, don't worry! We are willing to teach.
closing ceremonies and a community service day. These events each aim to bring the Atlanta Jewish Community together for a week of spirit, friendship, and celebration. Opportunities are now available for athletes, volunteers and host families.
Saturday, July 6 | 12:30 pm With the aim of elevating Jewish ritual to enhance our spirituality, AA’s new Rituality Project is engaging our community in the ongoing process of renewing traditional services, exploring other Jewish prayer experiences, and facilitating daily practice. On a monthly basis, during Shabbat morning Kiddush, the Rituality Project invites all who are interested and/or curious about participating in this experience to join in and contribute to our congregation’s journey. We are excited to hear and learn from your feedback, and we encourage you to share it at the monthly sessions or by joining the online forum and discussion group through emailing email@example.com.
mAAc - Sam’s Stories
Tuesday, July 9 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Paradies Hall | FREE | RSVP Required AA's Mature Active Adult Community invites you to welcome Sam Massell, former Atlanta mayor, as he shares stories of his experiences growing up in Atlanta, getting into politics, being elected as Atlanta’s only Jewish Mayor, and organizing the Buckhead Coalition. After his talk, Sam will answer questions and have copies of his biography, Play It Again, Sam available for purchase (and autographs!). The cost to purchase the book is $32 ($29 plus tax). Cash and checks are acceptable forms of payment. RSVP required to Jackie Nix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlanta Maccabi Games 2019
July 28 - August 2 | MJCCA - 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338 The 2019 JCC Maccabi Games® will call Atlanta home for just the second time in the history of the competition, with more than 1,600 participants, ranging from 12-16-years-old, to fill out a field of 13 sports. Hosted by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games will include a full range of events, including Olympic-style opening and
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Sunday, August 4 | 9 am - 2 pm | Srochi Auditorium Do the mitzvah of donating blood at Ahavath Achim Synagogue’s quarterly Blood Drive! We encourage you to schedule an appointment through the Red Cross Blood website (redcrossblood.org) by typing the sponsor code, JWV, into the "Find a Blood Drive" search box at the top right-hand corner of the page. You will be directed to the Ahavath Achim Synagogue registration page where you can schedule your appointment.
Habitat for Humanity NW Interfaith Build Sunday, August 18 | 7:30 am - 3:30 pm | Latreece Williams Household - 2490 Perkerson Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 | Registration Required Volunteers needed for this year’s Habitat for Humanity NW Interfaith Build! This year marks the 26th year Ahavath Achim has been a sponsor of this mitzvah. Become part of this meaningful tradition. We are seeking as many as 25 volunteers from AA. Anyone can volunteer as long as they are 16 and older. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and snacks will be available throughout the day. Registration required by Sunday, August 11. For more information, please contact the event co-chairs, Alan Wexler (email@example.com) and Leigh Boros (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Goodman Institute - Adult Learning Tuesdays@AA Every Tuesday | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Koplin Borochoff Library Torah Study Every Saturday | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Cavalier Room (Vacation Bible School begins on 7/7) Piedmont Study Group with the Rabbis Every second Wednesday of the month | 2:30 - 3:30 pm The Piedmont at Buckhead
We are starting plans for an AA Mitzvah Community Service Day for Spring 2020, and we need your help! If you are interested in helping us plan the schedule, find projects, or assist with getting the word out, please contact Jackie Nix at jnix@ aasynagogue.org. The first committee meeting will occur in August.
To learn more about or register for an event, visit our online events calendar at aasynagogue.org/events.
Backpack Buddies - Fight Childhood Hunger The mission of AA's Backpack Buddies (BPB) is to provide foodinsecure students at E. Rivers Elementary School with backpacks full of satisfying and healthy food for every weekend throughout the school year. Over 25% of children attending E. Rivers Elementary School on Peachtree Battle participate in the free or reducedprice meal program. Many children leave school on Friday not knowing when they will eat again. To provide substantial nutritious snacks for each student in this program, BPB costs approximately $180 per child. Every donation, regardless of size, helps feed a hungry child. Along with your financial support, we are looking for volunteers to commit two hours a month to help pack and/ or deliver food. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the committee co-chairs: Sherri Wildstein (email@example.com); Carla Wertheimer (werth5@ comcast.net).
Are you a warm, friendly, dedicated volunteer who wants to make a difference in a fellow congregant’s life through acts of loving kindness? Are you willing to make a personal call or visit to comfort and support a congregant who has lost a loved one or been ill? These caring touches - acts of loving kindness make all the difference in the world to those receiving them. If you want to be a part of strengthening our community, then AA's new Chesed Initiative is for you! This committee will work with our clergy, staff, and lay leaders to connect members who need help with members who want to do good deeds! Additionally, if you know of a congregant who is facing personal difficulties related to health, loss, or grief, please contact Fern Schorr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.355.5222 to let us know. Help us reach out to members in need. We welcome your help and time with this important project.
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?
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 Mildred or Marty Kwatinetz at email@example.com or 404.812.1734.
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, please contact Shari Neumann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fran Galishoff (email@example.com).
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