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Beineinu The newsletter of Ahavath Achim Synagogue • March 2020 •

© Flora Rosefsky


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.

f AhavathAchimSynagogue l @aasynagogueatl t @AASynagogueATL y Ahavath Achim Synagogue D www.aasynagogue.org V 404.355.5222 ] 600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW Atlanta, GA 30327

CLERGY Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal The Sanford & Barbara Orkin Family Senior Rabbinic Chair Rabbi Neil Sandler Rabbi Arnold Goodman Senior Rabbinic Scholar


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 InteraithFamily.com.

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

Barry Herman Executive Director Miriam Habif Director of Outreach & Engagement Jackie Nix Director of Youth & Family Engagement Chris Carr Director of Facilities Beth Arnold Helmey Ahava ELC Director

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

Funded by a grant from The Center Family Foundation

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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ABOUT THE COVER Purim by Flora Rosefsky from her Ritual Series. Rosefsky said: “My mother enjoyed creating costumes for me and some of my friends for the annual Purim parade at our synagogue, B’nai Shalom in Rockville Centre, New York. We all loved the triangular shaped cookies called Hamantashen, filled with sticky poppy seeds or prune jam. Noisy groggers drowned out Haman’s name when the Story of Esther was read during this festive holiday.”

From the Rabbi “And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis” (Esther 4:14)


e’ll soon be eating hamantashen and perhaps drinking just a little too much alcohol. Our children and grandchildren will dress in their Queen Esther and Mordechai costumes, and we will enjoy (or endure) the annual Purim Carnival with them…and most of us will miss the very adult takeaways we might glean from this fateful holiday. Let me share a poignant one with you that, sadly, has continuing relevance. Remember the Purim story? Could Queen Esther possibly have had a better life?! Anything she desired, up to half the kingdom, was hers for the taking. She just had to ask her husband, King Achashvayrosh. Alas, the queen’s life quickly changed when her cousin Mordechai informed her of Haman’s intention to exterminate the Jews of Shushan. Naturally, Esther, who was ill-prepared to go before the King and inform him of Haman’s plot, demurred. In response, Mordechai confronted his cousin with her unquestionable responsibility; Esther was in a unique position to act (see the heading at the top), and she must do so. Mordechai succeeded in convincing Esther… and, eventually, they all lived happily ever after (except for Haman, his sons and 75,000 citizens of Shushan…)

By Rabbi Neil Sandler

perhaps both Mordechai and Esther expected divine intervention in Shushan on behalf of its Jews! Yet, surprisingly, nowhere in the Book of Esther does the Holy One explicitly appear! Still, is it possible that God was present, providing guidance and strength to those who thought of themselves as too weak to intervene? My answer is a resounding, “Yes!” The Eternal One was present in the assertiveness of Mordechai who forthrightly confronted danger to his community. God was to be recognized in Queen Esther who overcame her understandable fear and did what only she could do in order to save her people. Purim is a story that begins by sharing with us the potential devastation a morallylacking leadership, enabled by a silent society, can wreak. It unequivocally tells us that a leadership that governs in such a morally dark fashion is dangerous… to the well-being of people who are perceived as a threat because they are different and to a society that simply corrodes when it has largely chosen to remain silent. Mordechai turned to Queen Esther as a royal. Only she could intervene. It seemed that God was absent from Shushan. We know otherwise. We know the Holy One dwelled within both Mordechai and Esther. I only hope that we can recognize the presence of God in each of us and the responsibility that awareness entails at this fraught time. Have a Happy Purim… and a Purim that perhaps challenges you.

Why did Mordechai insist that Esther act? Why did she initially refuse to do so? In the “real world,” the answers are obvious. They revolve around perceptions of power. But this is a story in the Bible! Surely God must be present! Like the God who sent miraculous plagues on behalf of the Israelites in Egypt,

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Celebrating AA Sisterhood Centennial


ecall and rejoice in memories of how AA Sisterhood helped shape both Ahavath Achim Synagogue and the growing Atlanta Jewish Community. In 1920, early in the growth of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 10 women were called together by Rabbi Abraham Hirmes to form a Sisterhood. The Sisterhood’s first project was a four-day bazaar for which its 18 members baked cakes and collected merchandise from Jewish merchants on Decatur Street. The total income was $1,858.12 all of which was donated to the building fund to furnish classrooms. What an accomplishment! Women Empowering Women, the theme of our Centennial year, will be celebrated on Sunday, April 19 with a gala event from 4 - 7 pm. From our first President, Lizzie Scheinbaum, to our current presidents, Allison Feldman and Rachael Joseph, women have stepped forward to support our synagogue and our community. For many years, our primary place was in the Synagogue kitchen and providing for our children’s education. Now, we are still cooking and supporting our schools, but we also lead services, read Torah and Haftara, and serve as officers of the Board of Directors (AA has even had female Presidents). What hasn’t changed is that the Sisterhood remains the backbone of the Synagogue. We recall with affection the roles Sisterhood has played in our synagogue life, from the first donor in 1941 “to buy a child a desk,” Chanukah balls and Bazaars, and fabulous shows featuring the singing and dancing of our own members. We are very active in the greater Atlanta Jewish Community providing camp scholarships, supporting homeless shelters, participating in the Hunger Walk and various social action committees and events. We also serve as representatives of the synagogue-atlarge in various organizations. Be part of this celebration as we also honor our past by appreciating the women who have been members of Sisterhood for at least 50 years. We also recognize the co-chairs of Sisterhood’s 50th Anniversary, Sherry Halpern, Doris Koplin and Betty Ann Shusterman as honorary co-chairs of

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this gala. We are proud to say that all the past presidents of Sisterhood have worked tirelessly to empower our members and set the stage for continued progress and support for Sisterhood’s initiatives. The Sisterhood has published 3 cookbooks: Mind Over Platter in 1966, Golden Soup in 1975, and And it was Good in 1998. As part of our centennial celebration, we are publishing A Century of Sweets, a compilation of the dessert sections of each cookbook. Each attending family will receive a cookbook as a remembrance of this amazing gala. Sisterhood’s current presidents, Allison Feldman and Rachael Joseph, offered these words: “It is with pride that we celebrate all that Sisterhood has accomplished over the last 100 years and the strong and incredible women who are the soul of this organization. As we engage the next generation of amazing Ahavath Achim women, we are beyond excited to see what the next 100 years will bring for Sisterhood and its impact on Ahavath Achim. Please join us as we celebrate AA Sisterhood’s Centennial Anniversary, a once in our lifetime milestone. Donor Centennial Co-chairs Betty Behr and Susan Hart Sandler and their team are going all out to bring you an experience you won’t forget! Mark your calendars! On Sunday, April 19, from 4 - 7 pm, Jim White of Jim White Designs will have transformed Srochi Auditorium with a look befitting our celebration. The evening will feature a retrospective of AA Sisterhood video, produced by our own Adam Hirsch, grandson-in-law of Shirley Rich. We will dance to ten decades of music performed by Jeni Michelson and the Society Express Band. We will savor and enjoy the delicious creations of Annette Marcus Catering, including cakes from our own cookbooks. Most of all, we will experience the camaraderie that has been Sisterhood for 100 years. We thank all these vendors for the kindness and support they have extended to us to make this celebration a spectacular event. We embrace our members of yesteryear and we welcome, with open arms, our members of today and tomorrow. Join us as we raise our glasses to the eras gone by and look forward to the century ahead! Don’t miss it! Invitations have been mailed, but if you did not receive one, you can register online at aasyn.org/ sisterhood-centennial-donor-gala. If you have any questions, please contact Betty (behr.betty@gmail. com) or Susan (susanhsandler@gmail.com).


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

Celebrating gatherings, simchas, achievements in our community...

Tillie Cohen

Best of Jewish Atlanta - Vote for AA! For the second year, Ahavath Achim has been nominated for Best Simcha/ Celebrations Venue as part of Best of Jewish Atlanta: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards (brought to you by the Atlanta Jewish Times)! Vote for your Jewish Atlanta favorites, and you’ll be entered to win one of several prizes through a random drawing. We hope you’ll keep AA in mind when casting your vote. Voting closes on Sunday, March 15, so vote now!

Beloved congregant

Dr. Murray Sachs

Brother of Susan Schlansky; uncle of Debra Siegel

Harry Gordon

Husband of Charlotte Gordon; father of Cathy Bouffier and Dr. Marsha Gordon

Herbert London

Brother of Bob London

Irene Raymond

Mother of Dale Glenn

Jack Zwecker

Father of Elisa Ezor

New to Shul

Our warmest welcome to the new members of our community!

Sarah Cohen Jennifer Cotti-Hurst and Jeremy Jacobs

Congregants celebrated Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, by joining the Atlanta Jewish community for the Tu B’Shvat Tree Planting on Sunday, February 9. Kol HaKavod (good job)! Mazal Tov to Adam Hirsch and Jacob Ross in celebration of the debut of their documentary short, No Pork on the Fork, at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, February 23!

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Events & announcements Associate Rabbinic Search Update

We are excited to be in the midst of a search process for an Associate Rabbi. This summer, we will be welcoming a new Rabbi to our community to join our congregation’s clergy leadership team. Chaired by Larry Gold, our Search Committee has begun vetting resumes and traveling to meet prospective candidates and will soon have recommendations for weekend visits to our community. Meet the candidates! Depending on the outcome of the process, the Search Committee will be inviting prospective candidates to spend Shabbat with us where everyone will have the opportunity to meet the candidates and pray and learn with them as we continue towards the rejuvenation and revitalization of our spiritual community. Plan to join us for the following Shabbatot: March 7 and March 21.

Purim PaloozAA

Sunday, March 8 | 11 am - 2 pm: Join us for Purim PaloozAA 2020! We’ve got so much planned for the day, including a performance of Fiddler on the Roof by AA’s Theatre Troupe, the Atlanta Jewish Theatre Company, and fun activities for all ages. Lunch prepared by the Men’s Club (free for children, $5 per adult). This event is open to the whole community, and costumes are encouraged! $18 per child in advance, $20 per child at the door. Advance online registration closes on Friday, March 6.

Purim Fun for Preschoolers

Monday, March 9 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Paradies Hall: Parents are invited to bring their preschool-age children for a Purim party with make-andtake groggers, storytelling, and more!

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Megillah Reading

Monday, March 9 | 7:30 pm | Ellman Chapel: It’s a celebration... a Purim celebration! Come join us for our annual Purim Megillah Reading starring Steve Grossman as every character in the book and featuring the music of the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Band, Matthew Kaminski, Marla Feeney and amateur klezmer musicians from around the city! Stick around afterwards for our Esther’s Lounge After Party where we’ll have hamantashen, nosh, and drinks.

HomeBeis@AA Youth Services

Saturday, March 14 | 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.

HomeBeis@AA Groove Shabbat

Saturday, March 14 | 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.

Hunger Walk Run

Sunday, March 15 | 12 pm | The Home Depot Backyard - 1 Backyard Way, Atlanta, GA 30313: For more than 25 years, AA Synagogue has been responsible for providing more than 750,000 meals to feed Atlanta’s needy families, and our donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank have made us the number one religious contributor in all of metro Atlanta. In

addition, more than 1,000 AA congregants have taken their time to walk in past Hunger Walks. We need our wonderful congregants to continue the outstanding record for Atlanta’s homeless and hungry by donating and walking in this year’s event. Our USY (9th - 12th grade) and Kadima (6th - 8th grade) youth groups will be joining us. Make sure to sign up with the AA team, Sally’s Friends!

Atlanta Chamber Players

Sunday, March 15 | 2 pm | Ellman Chapel: AA’s Cultural Arts Concert Series presents the Atlanta Chamber Players! The Atlanta Chamber Players, now in their 40th season, is Atlanta’s premier chamber music ensemble with some of the most prominent musicians in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This all-star cast will perform timeless works of chamber music, including Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata for violin and piano, along with works by Ibert and Devienne. Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss this outstanding event! Light reception to follow. Cultural Arts concerts are free and open to the public.

Sisterhood’s Latte and Learn

Thursday, March 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.

HIAS Refugee Shabbat

Saturday, March 21 | 9:30 am: Join us for our second annual HIAS Refugee Shabbat in solidarity with other congregations throughout the country. The Ahavath Achim Refugee Initiative (AARI) will sponsor a morning of learning during Shabbat service (9:30 am noon) and at our Rebbe’s Tish (12:30 - 1 :30 pm) to discuss the journey of refugees throughout the world and how our community can support those in need while strengthening our own journeys and honoring our past. HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) is a Jewish American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees.

Shabbat Guest Speaker: Save a Loved One’s Life Tomorrow by Saving a Stranger’s Life Today

Saturday, March 28 | Sermon at 11:30 am, Q&A and Presentation (during Rebbe’s Tish) at 12:30 pm: Join us for a very special Shabbat featuring guest speaker, Shai Robkin. Shai will speak about his amazing journey to fulfill the mitzvah of Pekuakh Nefesh, “to save a life.” Hear his story and discover how you can make a difference in the life of your own family and in that of a complete stranger.

SOAP UP Atlanta: The Final Four

Sunday, March 29 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Srochi Auditorium: AAACTS (Awareness and Action to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex) invites you to participate in SOAP UP Atlanta: The Final Four. Hotels are hot spots for human trafficking. Human trafficking is the second leading crime in the U.S. and will quadruple during large sporting events. Help us label bars of soap and distribute them to local hotels to be placed in bathrooms, creating the opportunity for victims to seek necessary help. Become part of the solution to ending human trafficking in Atlanta! $10 per person (cost helps defray cost of supplies).

Sisterhood Centennial Donor Medallion Brunch

Sunday, March 29 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | The Home of Debra Siegel - 430 Montevallo Drive, Atlanta, GA 30342: In honor of our Centennial Anniversary, join us at the Donor Medallion Brunch recognizing our Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion donors. Come be inspired by two outstanding members of our Jewish community: Michelle Maziar (Director of Welcome Atlanta and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Atlanta) and Patty Maziar (Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Committed Advocate of ending Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault). Learn how we can practice Tikkun Olam, Jewish social justice to repair the world for today and future generations. RSVP to Alyson Lapes (alapes2002@ yahoo.com; 404.630.9483) by Sunday, March 22.

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Naomi’s Book Club

Monday, April 13 | 10:15 am | Koplin Borochoff Library: Join Sisterhood one Monday per month for a lively book discussion. April’s book is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and the discussion will be led by Diane Bernstein.

Hunger Seder





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Monday, April 13 | 6 - 9:30 pm | Selig Center - 1440 ta C o mm Spring St, Atlanta, GA 30309: Atlanta Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) n g e sed invites you to the 10th Annual r Atlanta Community Hunger Seder! This year’s theme is “Gardening for Nutritious Foods for the Food Insecure.” During the meal, you will hear stories about hunger in the Atlanta community and learn more about becoming an advocate for change. The registration cost covers a fully catered, Kosher (Jewish dietary laws) meal. Everyone can participate, and kids are encouraged to join! $36 per person.

Sisterhood Centennial Donor Gala

Sunday, April 19 | 4 - 7 pm | Srochi Auditorium: A time to rejoice and remember! The entire community is invited to celebrate 100 years of Sisterhood. Remember the days gone by with a retrospective video produced by Adam Hirsch and Jacob Ross. Experience a Srochi Hall transformed by Jim White Designs. Listen and dance to the music of the Jeni Michelson Band. Savor the delicious gourmet buffet of Annette Marcus Catering. As part of the celebration, we will honor our past by appreciating the women who have been members of Sisterhood for at least fifty years. Each family will receive a copy of our cookbook, A Century of Sweets! $50 per person plus donor contribution. Register by Sunday, April 5.

Fiddler on the Roof Auditions

Sunday, April 26 | 2 - 4 pm | Atlanta Jewish Academy 5200 Northland Dr, Atlanta, GA 30342: AA’s Theatre Troupe, the Atlanta Jewish Theatre Company, is looking for actors, musicians, dancers, and set designers for their

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performance of Fiddler on the Roof in October. For your audition, please prepare a one-minute performance, preferably from the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Sign up to audition!

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 Piedmont Study Group - Every second Wednesday of the month | 2:30 - 3:30 pm | The Piedmont at Buckhead Lunch and Learn - Every third Wednesday of the month | 12 - 1 pm | Office of Birnbrey Minsk Minsk and Perling •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Event details are subject to change after publication. For more information about an event (updates, point of contact, registration, etc.), visit our online events calendar at aasynagogue.org/events.


World Zionist Congress Election Vote for MERCAZ Slate #6

It’s time to vote in the World Zionist Congress election! Vote for pluralism in Israel; vote for democratic values and equality; vote for funding of Conservative/Masorti programs and assure our movement’s seat at the table. Vote for MERCAZ Slate #6 at mercaz2020.org by Wednesday, March 11.


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 aleffund.org 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 (beth@ahavalearning.org; 404.900.9411).

Backpack Buddies - Fight Childhood Hunger

Ahavath Achim’s Backpack Buddies (BPB) provides foodinsecure 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 (sherriwildstein@gmail.com); Carla Wertheimer (werth5@comcast.net).

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 (fschorr@aasynagogue.org; 404.355.5222) to let us know. Questions? Contact the co-chair: Nancy Levine (nlevine2660@gmail.com).

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.

Your Sisterhood membership will nurture: • 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

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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 “Chai-er” 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@gmail.com); Rina Wolfe (404.561.0749; rinawolfe10@gmail.com). 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.randy@gmail.com).

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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?

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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 (zaydekw@comcast. net 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 (amystrevelandrum@gmail.com); Fran Galishoff (fgalishoff@bellsouth.net).

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 (aasynagogue.org/support). Please note that Tribute Donations require a minimum contribution of $18.



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