Beineinu Ahavath Achim Synagogue
november | december 2016 tishrei - cheshvan | kislev - Tevet 5777
Beineinu â€˘ November | December â€˘ 1 Affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
From the Rabbi Neil Sandler
my upcoming sabbatical to congratulate me and wish me well on this special experience. People have expressed genuine joy on my behalf! I didn’t expect that response. So what will I be doing on my sabbatical? My sabbatical has three components:
o you are going on vacation for four months…”
Someone recently said that to me. First, I gave him a look and then I explained what I would be doing on my upcoming four-month sabbatical. Truth be told, I understood where he was coming from. Most professions do not offer sabbaticals. We don’t really understand their purpose. If a rabbi is going to be gone, no matter what the length, he/she is “on vacation…” Well, no…
1. The “centerpiece” – A month of study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem beginning the third week of January. I will be taking these classes for a good portion of the day Sundays – Wednesdays. I have never studied in that manner for that length of time. I have usually studied in order to prepare…a class, a sermon or a presentation. A long time ago I studied to get good grades on tests. Now I will have an opportunity to study for a full month lishma…just for the love of learning itself! Susan will join me for my last ten days in Israel. On the way home we will spend a week in Italy.
What is a “sabbatical?” The Torah provides this hint in Exodus 23:10:
2. The “project” – During my sabbatical I plan to study about the act of prayer and communal worship, in particular, and “You shall sow your land for six years and then visit several congregations in other gather in its yield, but on the seventh year communities that are known for their you shall let it rest and lie fallow…” “effective communal worship.” Does that sound strange for a rabbi who has served The land’s sabbatical year was to provide it congregations for more than thirty years? with the opportunity to replenish its lifegiving capacity so that it would not become I don’t think so. Communal worship is depleted. Human beings are likened to the central to the well-being of congregations. It is the primary (practically exclusive) land that requires a different routine and practice. In the Torah, people are given the place where this activity known as opportunity to have a very small sabbatical “communal worship” takes place. In recent years, we have experimented with a each week. For six days we work and put number of formats for communal worship. forth creative (and exhausting) efforts. As I look at the public spiritual life of Then, for one day each week, Shabbat, our congregation and project forward a we step back from this work to rest and replenish our strength and creative abilities relatively brief period of time, I know that so that we may return to our weekly efforts we must devote serious attention to this realm. My project will start this process. when Shabbat ends. In a larger sense that is what a professional sabbatical is too…a time for rest, reflection and alternative activity without the pressures of every day professional concerns. I know that a number of you would love to have the opportunity that I am about to have, and your profession offers no such opportunity. I am especially grateful to the leadership of our congregation for allowing me to take this sabbatical. And I am grateful to the many people who have come up to me since I notified the congregation about
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3. Rest, relaxation and renewal – I have planned a couple of trips out West to enjoy (I hope) some wintertime snowshoeing and hiking. For me, these places and activities have become my default relaxation activities, and I really look forward to doing them both with my family and alone. I experience both life and God’s presence in nature as I do nowhere else. While I don’t usually experience the divine presence on the baseball diamond, I really enjoy the game. I have planned some extended time in March in Orlando to
watch my beloved Atlanta Braves. It is the best time of year to watch the game! From what I have shared with you, I think you understand that the effectiveness of my sabbatical will be bound up with disengaging from my normal activities, routine and concerns. For that reason, you won’t see me at the synagogue or officiating at life cycle events during this sabbatical period. You also won’t be able to reach me directly during this time. However, Jill will notify me about particular moments in your lives when she feels I need to be in touch with you. I won’t be completely out of touch. Periodically, I will write a column to let you know what and how I am doing. I am indebted to Rabbi Chaim Listfield who, along with his wife Leslie Parker, is a member of our congregation. Rabbi Listfield, an experienced Conservative pulpit rabbi, will assist Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal while I am on sabbatical. Our President, Rob Wildstein, will soon send out a letter regarding Rabbi Listfield’s specific responsibilities. I am grateful to him for this support. I am particularly grateful to Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal who has been very supportive of me as I considered this sabbatical possibility. We are fortunate that Rabbi Rosenthal and his family are now enjoying their ninth year in our congregation. It’s been wonderful to see Laurence grow into the rabbi he has become, one much beloved in our congregation and quite well-respected throughout our community. My sabbatical will provide him with another growth opportunity I know he will embrace. Finally, I again express my gratitude to our congregation’s leadership and to you for enabling and encouraging me to take advantage of this special opportunity for my rabbinate. God-willing I will return on April 1 with a renewed spirit to confront both the challenges we face and the opportunities within our grasp.
From the President Rob Wildstein
come from. And all it asks of you is that you might one day offer to continue this line to your children. This right of passage might have value to you now, but take it from me, it becomes infinitely more valuable when you are able to pass it on to someone else.”
Last month, I had the privilege of attending the Bar Mitzvah of Tyler Avchen, the son of one of our families. When his father, Michael, got up to speak, he shared some of the most wonderful remarks I have ever heard about our synagogue. It made me very proud of who we are. He said:
we sometimes take each other for granted: BUT we are always there for one another – to celebrate together in times of Simcha, when our children are born, their B’nei Mitzvot, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and milestone events. And we are there - to support one another in times of difficulty So why be connected at the AA Synagogue? – in illness, personal distress or the loss of a loved one – whether sending flowers, We are leaders in our community on social cooking a meal, making a visit or telephone justice issues including the Hunger Walk; call, saying Kaddish together or just a warm Operation Isiah; AA Acts which is fighting to hug. We strive to be a place where, in Rabbi abolish child sex trafficking and supporting Rosenthal’s words – “you never walk alone.” the Safe Harbor Amendment, to create a fund to protect these victims; building We do amazing things in our community. homes for habitat for humanity; working on But we are nothing without you, our the AIDS Quilt; and our involvement in the family. We are otherwise just bricks and LGBTQ community. mortar. It is you, our members, supported by our outstanding clergy, our dedicated We are creating spiritual connections administrative and facilities staff that through our Minyans which we conduct make us who we are – a vibrant, innovative two times a day, every day, to provide a community, standing for others and looking place for those who need to say Kaddish; toward our future. our Torah study groups; our monthly Ruach Chadashah – a chanting and meditation Today I’m asking you to think about Shabbat; our monthly Groove Shabbat for how and why you are engaged in our young families; or last month’s Worship in community. Today, I ask you – for your time Pink Shabbat for breast cancer awareness. – your talent – and your financial support. It is with your help and generosity that We are a vibrant, innovative and thriving our Kehila Kedosha continues to flourish. community: a community which is Each dollar donated makes an immediate committed not only to its future, but the impact on the resources and opportunities future of the Jewish people. A place where available to you and to our community. Your our commitment is palpable – by building generous participation in the Yom Kippur and supporting the Ahava Early Learning appeal is critical to making a difference in Center - a state-of-the-art preschool, whose the lives of our families and our community enrollment is growing monthly; through at large. I am grateful, and I thank you for AAspire which connects young adults; your continued support and contribution. with our Kesher program for our religious school; and our programs designed for There is a quote that my wife Sherri has young adults and families such as Bluegrass placed prominently in our kitchen. It is a Shabbat. quote by President John F. Kennedy and it reads: “One person can make a difference We also offer diverse programs such as our and everyone should try.” cultural arts concerts; the Fran Eizenstat and Eizenstat Family Annual Lecture; weekly Today I ask you – why not make a educational opportunities; our Sisterhood difference? Why not try? programs; our programs designed for Interfaith Families; or just playing MahJongg And in the words of the great sage Hillel I on Sunday mornings. ask you one final question
“There is still a good deal about this that I don’t understand. But let me tell you about the part that has become clear. It’s about a community. It’s about being a part of something. It’s about knowing where you come from and about where you will choose to go. This synagogue opened its doors to your mother, and it has opened its heart to you. It has showed you where and who you
To me, however, the most important reason to be connected, is that we are a family. We are a place where we strive to be a “Kehilah Kedoshah” – a sacred community- where each and every individual is respected, is heard and is valued – because each and every one of you are an integral part of our community. And, like family, we don’t always get it right – we make mistakes, and
ave you ever noticed - we Jews love asking questions? We have all sorts of questions. Our sages, the Talmud, our Midrashim, are all filled with questions. To me, one of the simplest and also most profound questions is “WHY?” At the very youngest age, when we begin to speak, through the end of our years, we are constantly asking “WHY?” So it occurred to me – WHY? Why do you belong to a synagogue? Is it because of your deep commitment to Judaism? Is it because of tradition? Is it because it’s the “right thing to do?” There are, of course, many different reasons, and for most of us, it is deeply personal. But the truth is we are all here for a reason. And we chose to come to this place – this synagogue – the Ahavath Achim Congregation - a 129 year old institution. WHY? For some of us it’s because our families go back generations. Some of us enjoy the rabbis – others the service – and for some, maybe just because of convenience. For many of us, the reason we came – and I would contend the reason we ultimately decide to stay – is because of connections. We want to be at a place where we connect with our family; our ancestors; our friends; our community and G-D.
“If not now - when?” Hatmaneu B’Safer Chaim – May You and Your families be sealed for a healthy, meaningful, and happy year.
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Dear Ahavath achim community... Your Guide to New Roles & New Staff
commitment to the synagogue to the new role of Director of Marketing and Community Relations.
We hope you and your families had a peaceful start to the New Year, and as you settle into the secular holiday season your families are met with great health, happiness and prosperity in 5777. There are many exciting changes happening in our synagogue, and we want to inform you of some that already occurred, as well as some changes to expect in the coming months.
Lauren Dube, Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer, is the mastermind behind the new and improved Beineinu. She graduated last Spring from the University of Georgia with a degree in Advertising, and she is already proving to be an invaluable member of our team. Lauren is working hand-in-hand with Anne to help implement new marketing strategies – including, but not limited to, print, events, digital and social media. She’s working to streamline the visual aspects of our communication, to improve the experience, look and feel of our website, and to help guide the evolution of the visual aesthetic of our marketing efforts.
For starters, we have an ambitious and enthusiastic new team with newly defined roles in our office staff. Anne Cohen is a congregant who’s spent her career in the media and event world as a Sales Manager, Business and Marketing Consultant. She is our new Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and she is helping to bring AA communication, events and strategy into the 21st century. Anne worked for companies as large as Estee Lauder and Clear Channel, and was a manager at companies as small as Yellow Scene Magazine – a regional publication in Denver. Most recently, Anne spent several years as the Atlanta Market Manager and Assistant Sales Director of Perfect Wedding Guide – a national, multi-media wedding resource connecting businesses to brides online, in print and in person.
For the first time, the synagogue has a true in-house graphic designer, and Lauren’s eagerness to learn, her work ethic, and her follow-through are unmatched. We can’t wait for all that lies ahead under the direction of the first, full AA Marketing team.
Gabrielle Adler, Director of Engagement, graduated from UNC-Asheville in 2015. As a former religious school teacher, intern for the Center for Jewish studies, and President of Hillel for several years, in addition to her time spent as the AA Religious School Assistant, she brings a She was brought into the role at Perfect wealth of programming experience, fresh Wedding Guide to renew, regrow and perspective and compassion to her new “re-do” the brand in the Atlanta Market role of Engagement at the synagogue. after they suffered several years in a row In conjunction with some of the new of personnel changes and a downward initiatives set forth by Anne, you may be trajectory in their business. She coached hearing from Gabrielle about writing hundreds of event vendors in Atlanta a piece for the Beineinu or for social and the surrounding areas on developing media, about being interviewed for your their brands, creating and implementing involvement in certain organizations, eMail marketing strategies, social media or maybe just for a cup of coffee. Gaby marketing strategies, sales strategies is working diligently on engaging our and customer service strategies to help current membership, prospecting new these small, creative businesses thrive. Additionally, Anne emulated the same work membership, and bringing to life events to internally with Perfect Wedding Guide and help foster the community made up by our produced bi-annual wedding trade shows, membership and members-yet-to-join. bi-monthly networking events for crowds Lindsay Borenstein, Director of of 100+, published a 4x yearly publication, Development, came to us with more became the CBS46 local wedding expert, than 15 years of non-profit development won top company market out of 46 experience. Lindsay’s primary task is markets, and ultimately did exactly what overseeing the strategic direction of Perfect Wedding Guide hired her to do. the Capital Campaign – the first capital campaign at the AA since 1958! For We are so excited for Anne to bring most members, it is the first capital her experience, her passion, and her campaign at the synagogue in our adult
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lifetime. Along with the re-birth of our marketing and communication, we are aiming to mimic that shift in the physical experience at the synagogue. Lindsay’s success in development spans from the Atlanta International School to Winship Cancer Institute at Emory to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and more. Additionally, she has experience as a lay leader, having served on the boards of Jewish Family & Career Services and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Her ideas, knowledge-base and devotion to the success of this campaign and the legacy of AA are an ideal match for the task at hand. Chris Carr, who’s worked for the AA for over TWENTY years, received a welldeserved promotion as the Director of Facilities - also a new role at the synagogue. Chris oversees the facility staffing and security staffing for all events – social, religious, committees and otherwise - as well as any set-up, break-down, cleanup, audio/visual needs, operational and facility-needs for any type of event. Chris and his team are genuinely our lifeline to keep our building up and running – especially on the High Holidays! Chris and his staff work tirelessly to ensure the needs of both the facility itself and the security team – whether at Ahava, or for Kesher, AAspire or Chai Youth programming, for kiddush, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, Board of Directors and Officers meetings, committee and community events, and just our daily operations – are always met. Investigator Joe Jones IV, Director of Security, began his service at Ahavath Achim 12 years ago as an armed security guard. While simultaneously maintaining a career in criminal justice, Investigator Jones IV remained as the lead for security at Ahavath Achim. Recently, Investigator Jones IV also served as our police liaison when the synagogue transitioned into sworn police officers for AA security. With Investigator Jones IV’s promotion to Director of Security, he’s implemented numerous changes including, but not limited to, establishing better qualifications and requirements for our security staff such as having a higher level of accountability, professionalism, and officer and staff training. Additionally, Investigator Jones IV maintains constant communication with the Department of State and the City of Atlanta Homeland Security to be kept abreast of all things that may impact Ahavath Achim Synagogue.
One additional thing to note: the role of Director of Administration no longer exists. Catherine Ficke is the Assistant to Executive Director, Manuel Mesa. Jill Rosner is the Assistant to both Rabbi Sandler and Rabbi Rosenthal. Lindsey Grossman is the Program Associate. As part of her role, she is also Assistant to the Interim Educational Director, Robyn Faintich, and supports other congregational programming. Kenya Bassett, is an Administrative Assistant who primarily works with the Director of Engagement, Gabrielle and Finance Manager, Stan Vogel. And, Fern Schorr works reception to greet you at the door or on the phone.
donor report to inform the congregation of the names of our generous donors, the various funds available for donations, the updates on the events and/or progress of the funds you’ve graciously chosen to donate to, and other ways to be involved with the congregation. In the February edition of Beineinu, look for a full report of the philanthropic efforts from all of 2016.
eBlasts: you may have noticed our
Wednesday eBlasts are getting longer and longer! In an effort to be more concise, effective and interactive, we’ll be moving to three, themed eBlasts per week. °° Monday eBlasts will feature a “Monday Morning Motivation.” This eBlast will feature congregants, who are active in the AA’s social justice committees and cause-related events, as well as congregants involved with or advocates of various non-profit organizations or causes outside of the synagogue. This eBlast will also include times, dates and information relevant to social We are incredibly fortunate to have justice or cause-related events and these additions to our team, and we are volunteer opportunities both within the all working together to ensure we’re synagogue and within the community. supporting you - our congregation – in the °° Wednesday eBlasts will feature events best way possible. That being said, what only. This eBlast will change week-todo all of these changes mean for you? Now week depending on what upcoming that we’re past the High Holidays, and events are on the calendar. It will our new personnel are able to settle into communicate all the information their roles, we’d like to inform you of some needed for an upcoming event things to expect: including registration links – or will provide the website address to obtain Website updates and Shul Cloud any necessary information for the event integration: Shul Cloud is a new database that interests you. platform that we are integrating into our °° Friday eBlasts will feature “Shabbat current website. Shul Cloud will enable you Moments.” Last July, the senior staff to create your own private account where determined different monthly themes. you will access any possible information We will reach out to various congregants with your account. Think of it as being who are associated with the monthly electronic medical records – but for your theme, and then feature their “Shabbat synagogue! moment” in the eBlast. Additionally, the Friday eBlast will include any articles 2017 Beineinu content deadlines or communication from Rabbi Sandler and delivery dates are: and Rabbi Rosenthal, Rabbi Goodman, °° January 6th, 2017 Content Deadline / board and staff members, as well as February 2017 Mailbox Delivery any times, dates and information °° March 3rd, 2017 Content Deadline / relevant to Shabbat. An example of a April 2017 Mailbox Delivery monthly theme is November: Military. °° May 5th, 2017 Content Deadline / June So, each Friday in November a Military 2017 Mailbox Delivery Vet, Serviceman or Service-woman, or °° June 30th, 2017 Content Deadline / currently active member of the Military, August 2017 Mailbox Delivery who is also a congregant, will be °° September 5th 2017 Content Deadline / featured in the eBlast and on our social October 2017 Mailbox Delivery media channels. °° November 3rd, 2017 Content Deadline / We hope through some of these measures December 2017 Mailbox Delivery we will communicate with you - our We are working on creating a bi-annual community - more effectively and
What to Expect When You’re Expecting ... Changes
efficiently, as well as to engage and inform you of what’s occurring in the pulse of AA.
For Your Address Book... For any feedback, comments or suggestions, please contact Anne Cohen at email@example.com. For communication or event needs, please email Anne Cohen at acohen@aasynagogue. org. To request or suggest that specific information be added to eBlasts, Shabbat Bulletins, Congregational guides, or social media, please email Lauren Dube at ldube@ aasynagogue.org. For Beineinu content submissions – weddings, engagements, bar/bat mitzvahs, births, awards, achievements - please email by the above requested dates to Lauren Dube at firstname.lastname@example.org. For membership questions, please email Gaby Adler at email@example.com. For donation questions, please email Lindsay Borenstein at lborenstein@ aasynagogue.org. For questions about Kesher@AA, our religious school, please email Robyn Faintich at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Chai Youth programming and young adult programming, please email Leah Fuhr at email@example.com. For Ahava questions, please email Hannah Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Announcements Births Mazal Tov to the loved ones of the newest additions to our Jewish Community! ARIA FAYE MILLER SETH RUBIN WINNICK CLEO MATHILDE SCHLOZMAN SEP
SEP Parents Emily and Bruce Miller Grandparents Lori and Wayne Miller Lynn and Dan Wehr Great-Grandmother Harriet Miller
Parents Keith and Robyn Winnick Grandparents Paul and Naomi Liebman Barbara Winnick Great-Grandmother Irma Wagman
B’nei Mitzvot Mazal Tov on your upcoming Bar Mitzvahs!
Noah will have his Bar Mitzvah on December 17, 2016. Noah’s parents are Rachel and Manuel Mesa and his grandparents are Rayna and Steve Engle and Doris and Diego Mesa. He also has two younger brothers, Jacob and Benjamin. For his Mitzvah Project, Noah volunteers for Blaze Sports, a nonprofit organization working to change the lives of children, youth, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. If you would like to learn more about Blaze Sports, visit www. blazesports.org.
Parents Sydney Daniels and Lt Col Craig Schlozman Grandparents Brenda and Stanley Daniels Linda and Harold Schlozman
Engagements & Weddings Mazal Tov to this newly married couple and their loved ones!
Joshua will have his Bar Mitzvah on January 7, 2017. Joshua’s parents are Jordan and Jodi Forman and his grandparents are Paula and Gilbert Isler and Marlyn Forman z”l and Allan Forman z”l. For Joshua’s Mitzvah Project, he has organized a concert, “Rock for a Reason” to honor his late brother, Jared and to benefit Ian’s Friends Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research. The concert will take place on November 13 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm at 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Prado Sandy Springs, 5600 Roswell Rd.
Asher will have his Bar Mitzvah on January 21, 2017. Asher’s parents are Adam and Suzanne Bressler and his grandparents are Linda and Richard Bressler and Harriet and Mark Perlin. For Asher’s Mitzvah Project, he donates books and computers for the children’s library in Cameroon.
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Neil Kwatinetz and Robin Belsky were married in Baltimore, MD on Sunday September 11, 2016. Neil is the son of Mildred and Marty Kwatinetz and Robin is the daughter of Donna and Calvin Belsky. Neil has three children, Jack 21, Sydney 18 and Katie 10.
New to Shul AA welcomes our new members! Judy Aranson Sam Aranson James Dricker Jeremy Katz Evan Ehrenhalt Lucia Marks Shari Neumann
Rabbi Hillel Norry Johanna Norry Wayne Saxe Gregory Smolar Roben Smolar Elaine Zitomer
Schmoozing at Kiddush Maybe you are new to Atlanta, new to AA, or perhaps you are just looking to make a new friend. By taking a red cup during Kiddush, you can let congregants know that you are interested in meeting more of your fellow congregants. If you see someone with a red cup, introduce yourself and help them make some new life-long connections!
Todah Rabah Thanks for all you do!
Yasher Koach Mazal Tov on your accomplishments! On October 30, Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s yearlong celebration of 100 years of serving the community culminates in a gala centennial celebration. All three of the night’s honorees (from left), Virginia Saul, Renée Rosenheck, and Larry and Lois Frank (representing Rae Frank z"l) are members of AA Synagogue!
Jeremy Colton, a senior at Riverwood International Charter School was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Parents are Rachael and Jonathan Colton and brother is Benjamin Colton.
To our High Holidays Ushers & Greeters! Ushers:
Warren Abrahams Gerald Benda Marshall Bloom Stanley Cristol Mark Fleishman Dennis Jaffe Ron Klee Chuck Palefsky Bruce Resiman David Weinstein Lauren Weinstein Larry Wolkin
Cynthia Adams David Adelman Sheila Adelman Ann Alperin Moose Alperin Douglas Ander
Louise Baum Diane Bernstein Susan Berkowitz Randy Crohn Helen Diamond Shelly Dollar Debra Elovich Stacy Fialkow Barry Fields Sylvia Friedman Fran Galishoff Renie Geller Madeleine Gimbel Laurie Ginburg Doris Goldstein Larry Greenberg Heleen Grossman Nikki Gugliotta Rick Harber Glenna Hornstein Lisa Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan Roslyn Konter Jerry Kraft Phyllis Kraft Marty Kwatinetz Mildred Kwatinetz Kerry Landis Myrtle Lewin Patsy Little Judy Marx Berta Mebel Lev Mebel Rachel Mesa Eric Miller Shirley Minsk Gerry Neumark June Neumark Donna Newman Fran Norflus Barbara Planer Dick Planer
Arthur Povlot Barb Ribner Bruce Ribner Shirley Rich Susan Sandler Madolin Seldes Brenda Silverman Gail Solomon Jennifer Spindel Rick Swerdlin Julie Taub Erin Thaler Serge VanSteenkiste Mark Weiner Nancy Canter Weiner Laurie Weinstein Rob Wildstein Andy Zangwill Sharon Zinns
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in memoriam May the memories of these righteous ones be a blessing
Lawrence “Larry” Epstein
Husband of Marjorie Epstein Father of David Epstein and Andreya Sheeler Brother of Richard Epstein
Emma Breslaw Sister of Latifa Cohen
A. Ervin Goldberg
Father of Martin Goldberg, Judith Garber, and Cheryl Andrews Brother of J. Elliott Goldberg and Bertha Cohen
Jon Shubin Brother of Alyson Lapes
Rabbi David Auerbach Jack Baranovitz
Husband of Rosalind Baranovitz Father of Donald and Neil Baranovitz and Helen Steinheimer Brother of Rosalie Hirschberg
Clara Eisenstein Maury Benamy Daughter of Gloria Benamy
Dr. Theodore Levitas
Husband of Miriam Strickman-Levitas Father of Steven, Leslie, and Tony Levitas Stepfather of Andrew Strickman and Brian, Craig, and Deron Strickman-Levitas Brother of Elliot Levitas
Florence Friedman Mother of Barbara Horowitz
Albert Mizell Father of Judy Wolbe, Lynn Mizell, and Marshall Mizell
Leonard Meyer Father of Richard, Robert, and Roger Meyer
Adele Feinstein May the Lord comfort and sustain all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem 7 • Beineinu • November | December
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r. Theodore C. Levitas was a pioneer and renowned leader in Pediatric Dentistry & Dentistry for Medically Compromised and Handicapped Children. His treatment and TLC for each child and concern for the parents were his modus operandi. His unwavering encouragement, support and respect for his peers as well as “a friend in need” were well known. A LIFE THAT MATTERED Contributing and making an impact and a difference for others, in every aspect of his life, was always Ted’s passion. This began in his teenage years and continued through his years at Emory University, then proudly serving in the U.S. Navy and during his years at Emory University Dental School and beyond. He treated generations of children and made a “dental-mental connection” which created a special bond. He provided leadership in professional societies, Jewish and secular organizations, and was there when needed - as an activist, an advocate, and solid supporter. He stood up for what was right and just, no double standards, to living a life that really mattered. Ted took pride in his life-long affiliation with his synagogue, Ahavath Achim,
A MAN WHO LIVED HIS LIFE PASSIONATELY & WITH MEANING
where he worshipped, taught Sunday School, spearheaded adult activities, and marked significant personal and family milestones and life events. His talent and expertise in public speaking, writing and his innate performance ability were legendary.
“Dr. Teddy was our son’s dentist, his friend, and our friend for 30 years. He was one of a kind … and kind he was.” “Ted was a pillar of the Dental Community, a man of great compassion and commitment.”
“You were a shining light, Ted – not just in our specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. You were an exceptional example of ‘how to be’ and everyone around you learned from that.”
“He left a high mark for all of us to try to attain. However, there will only be ONE Ted because he was unique in the best possible way.”
“Dr. Teddybear was a wonderful man. Very rarely, as a nurse, do you run across a doctor in the OR who is a gentleman through and through.” “Ted’s service to humanity is an inspiration. I shall never forget the man who was largely responsible for my success in Pediatric Dentistry.” “To the ONE who set the standard for our specialty… never to be forgotten!” “Ted’s contribution to Dentistry in general, and Pediatric Dentistry in particular, is unsurpassed!” “A giant has fallen and I am grateful that I got to know Dr. Teddy as a mentor and friend.” “His contributions to our profession will live forever!” “Dr Teddybear was loved by so many children and parents”
“Dr. Ted ‘walked the walk’ that others just ‘talk’ about.”
“Your dignity, integrity and professionalism - when our Academy was at a serious political crossroad - was admirable and inspirational.” THE TEDDY BEAR “The Teddy Bear plays a great part in the psychological development of people of all ages over the world. This is because he is truly an international figure that is recognized as a symbol of love and affection. He represents friendship. He functions as a leavening influence amid the trials and tribulations of life”
the beginning of the Teddy Bear collection from children, parents, organizations, far and wide...and me... including his Teddy Bear ties, sweaters, shirts, pillow cases and towels. His commemorative Teddy Bear stamp lapel pin was his signature accessory. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND Theodore Clinton Levitas was lovingly eulogized and mourned during the Shiva period at his beloved Ahavath Achim Synagogue – His Synagogue For All Of His Life. Miriam Strickman Levitas
— As part of the beautification of Ellman Chapel, Miriam designed and had fabricated the interior of the Torah Ark and cover for the Torah Reading Table. Miriam and Ted dedicated this in memory of their parents. The dedication reads: ARON KODESH & TORAH READING TABLE BEAUTIFICATION
HONORING THE MEMORY OF OUR PARENTS
Colonel Bob Henderson from “Bear Tracks”.
Like the Teddy Bear, Ted was timeless. I branded him Dr. Teddybear, circa 1976. I always said “He looked like a Teddy Bear. I ordered him from a catalogue. He was both my first and second choice!” That was
IDA GOLDSTEIN LEVITAS LOUIS J. LEVITAS and
BELLA & MORRIS CHERRIN
DR. THEODORE C. and MIRIAM LEVITAS
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Announcements cont. AA – ACTS Update
(Awareness and Action to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex) Vote YES on Amendment 2 on Election Day, November 8, 2016 How often do you have the opportunity to change a life? By voting YES on Amendment 2, you can make sure that child sex trafficking victims in Georgia get the support and services they need to turn a horrific past into a successful future.
Chai Campaign Update
Sincer her arrival last summer, our new Director of Development, Lindsay Borenstein, has worked to streamline our fundraising operations in order to attract more philanthropic support for our shul. We decided to move our Chai Campaign to the spring so it will not compete with the annual Yom Kippur appeal. We hope you will respond generously to the Yom Kippur appeal and remember to make all of your charitable contributions to the synagogue before the end of the calendar year on December 31st. If you have any questions or would like more information about making a gift to Ahavath Achim, please contact Lindsay Borenstein at 404.603.5759 or email@example.com.
Being an inclusive and welcoming congregation to all is not just part of our mission, it’s an extention of our soul. The LGBT Inclusion Taskforce focuses on helping members of our LGBT community feel welcome while also driving important offerings like HIV/AIDS education, support and advocacy, and most recently, creating an Anti-Bullying/Safe Space initiative for our schools, children and families. Join our taskforce and be part of this important work. For more information, contact Gary Alembik, Taskforce Chair, at alembik@ manda.solutions or Rabbi Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Holy City of Jerusalem...
During this High Holiday Season, resolve to commit to the mitzvah of donating blood. The highest form of a Mitzvah is doing a good deed when the recipient doesn’t know you and cannot thank you. Donating blood is truly a mitzvah. Your pint of blood can save the lives of up to 3 people. If you or a loved one was sick and needed blood you would want it to be available. Each of us who is able should resolve to do the mitzvah of saving lives by donating blood at each quarterly blood drive. If you have never donated and are nervous about it, don’t worry, a friendly volunteer and a Red Cross nurse will assist you through your donation experience. Founding sponsors: Jewish War Veterans Post 112, Fulton Masonic Lodge, and Ahavath Achim Synagogue; Co-sponsors: Congregation Shearith Israel, Congregation Or Ve Shalom, The Temple, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. For more information, contact Gail Solomon at 404.456.6171 (cell), 404.351.1900 (home), or email@example.com.
On November 8, all GA voters will be asked to vote on a state Constitutional Amendment to create the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund. The AA – ACTS Committee is a member of a statewide coalition supporting this amendment, and we urge you to vote YES for the Safe We send our greetings for the new year. Harbor Fund. May 5777 be replete with blessings of health, achievements and self-fulfillment. This is a one-time opportunity to make May our world be blessed with good tidings a lasting investment in the lives of child of shalom enabling us all to share in the sex trafficking victims. If the amendment God given gift of life. - Rae and Rabbi passes successfully, the Safe Harbor Fund will be permanently dedicated to providing Arnold M. Goodman the services and support needed for children who were bought or sold for sex. Funds would be raised annually from penalties of those convicted of sex trafficking and fees on adult entertainment establishments; this is not a tax on Georgia taxpayers. All funds will be dedicated to serving child sex trafficking victims. Prior to the passage of HB 200 in 2014, minors who were sold in the sex industry were treated as criminals, but since then, they have been recognized as victims. This means they are no longer prosecuted and sent to Youth Detention Centers, but instead should be placed in safe housing and provided with rehabilitative services and counseling appropriate to their role as victims. Funding for the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund is constitutionally dedicated, meaning that it is not subject to appropriation by the Georgia General Assembly, and it cannot be redirected into the General Fund or for other purposes. For more information contact Steve Chervin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.596.1529, or Linda Bressler at lindafb@ bellsouth.net or 404.256.9210.
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LGBT Inclusion Task Force
Be a Jewish Education Hero! Turn a tax credit into a Scholarship! Now is the time to pledge to contribute your Georgia state income tax dollars to help our school grow by providing scholarships through the ALEF Fund! Visit www.aleffund.org and choose Ahava Early Learning Center as your designated school. It takes less than 5 minutes, the cost is virtually FREE to participants, and simply by redirecting your GA state income tax, you will help us provide scholarships to families in our Pre-K class! For families who qualify, the generous Alef Fund Scholarship can make an Ahava Pre-K experience a reality! The deadline to participate is mid-December, so please act today!
Not your Mother or Grandmother’s Sisterhood: Please join the young women’s initiative of the AA Sisterhood. Become a part of this special interest group of women in their Do you know someone (it might be you) 20’s to 40’s looking to dicover common that wants to be involved in our synagogue interests. We celebrate our Jewish identities and guide it to a bright future? If the through programming and fun! Z’havah answer is yes, please notify the Ahavath offeres a series of programs that focus Achim Board of Directors Nominating on social, educational, social action, and Committee that you are interested or know family events. For more information, someone who would have a significant contact Brooke Rosenthal at cambrya@ impact. - Douglas Ander, Chair Nominating hotmail.com Committee, email@example.com or 678.772.8162.
From the Nominating Committee
jews in the pews in the news Flora Rosefsky | Activism Through Art I
n a September 16th interview on WABE (“where Atlanta and NPR meet”) during City Lights with Lois Reitzes, AA congregant, advocate and artist, Flora Rosefsky, discussed a recent exhibit at the Mammal Gallery curated by the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia. The exhibit featured 57 artists’ works – Rosefsky being one of them - on sex and human trafficking. It’s entitled "46/21," and represents the estimated 46 million people trafficked in the world in the 21st century. Since 2013, when Flora first got involved with a WCAGA exhibition in Marietta, GA called “Dolls in the City,” she became interested in learning more about sex and human trafficking, and what we, as citizens, can do about it. Before that show in 2013, she had no knowledge around this topic, and how prevalent the issue was right here in metro Atlanta. For years, the problem in Georgia flew under the radar, and thankfully, today, in 2016 there is significantly more education and awareness surrounding the topic. Flora’s hopeful that we can all work together to help rescue and rehabilitate the young victims, both boys and girls, whose average age is 12, of what is called “Modern Day Slavery.” The art in the WCAGA exhibit approached sex and human trafficking from a variety of angles, including how sex trafficking is an issue that affects boys and girls and also affluent neighborhoods. “It’s very compelling, it may even make people think differently, and also it may even make people want to do something about it,” said Flora. Flora’s 7-piece STOP series from the exhibition was on loan for over one year to The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta in their executive board meeting room, and it was displayed during the AA Acts Safe Harbor YES: Amendment 2 Panel Presentation held on October 30th at the synagogue. Just as the victims of sexual exploitation that takes place in the Metro Atlanta area, where young girls involuntarily lose the foundation of a healthy childhood, the STOP series reveals familiar faces and places once lovingly cherished to become torn, broken, and cut faceless shapes - no longer recognizable, and no longer loved. Fragmented photograph cutouts float in and out of the records.
girl’s vulnerable journey to a very dark place in her life. Found vintage objects, such as 45 speed phonograph record song titles, conjure up strong messages on what our community needs to “stop” in regard to sex trafficking. A small bright red octagonal matte board becomes a stop sign, a subtle or not so subtle familiar symbolic shape to grab one’s attention to what is one of the city of Atlanta’s greatest heartaches for its population. Too many young girls are being sexually exploited with sex trafficking. Found words from vintage 45 record labels become an integral part of the work, giving one pause to think about what needs to be stopped right here, right now. The play on words, by incorporating text into the artwork, reemphasized the theme of the “Dolls in the City” Exhibition that originally moved Flora to learn more about sex and human trafficking. Inspired by the record song titles, the individual STOPS are called Shame – Parade – Heartbreak – My Way – Your Money – Promises – Scoutin’. When seen as a series of 7, each of the red stop signs also signifies the seven days of the week. Sex trafficking, a heartache for the dolls and their families, continues year round. We need to not insulate ourselves from seeing what is right here in the Atlanta area. Stop procrastinating. The time is now. Flora extends a “special thanks to the AA ACTS committee (of which she is also a member), co-chaired by Steve Chervin and Linda Bressler, who have done an outstanding job in raising consciousness about the “SAFE HARBOR YES!” effort that encourages voters to vote YES for GA Amendment No. 2 this year on Election Day - Flora says, “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of that committee. Bernie (Flora’s husband) and I voted early – and made sure to vote YES for that amendment! More kudos to Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal and AA, in general, for their strong advocacy for many important “Tikkun Olam” proactive initiatives joined with strong message content throughout the year.” To see more of Flora’s artwork, including the photograph cutouts and Judaic inspired work, please visit www.FloraRosefsky.com. To listen to Flora’s interview with Lois Reitzes, please visit http:// news.wabe.org/post/womens-caucus-art-curates-exhibit-humantrafficking A special thanks to Flora Rosefsky and WABE for assisting with the writing and content for this article. — If you know someone in the AA family whose accomplishments have landed them in the news, please submit a recommendation to Lauren Dube at firstname.lastname@example.org
When shown together as a “STOP” series, the seven works create a visual dialogue. Patterns of movement create tension between what we first see as beautiful shapes that soon become a young
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ahava From our 2's Teachers, Danya and Kavita:
ear Members of the Ahavath Achim Community,
I am so proud of our amazing preschool. When people ask me what sets us apart from other Jewish preschools, I could talk for quite a long time about our beautiful, new state-of-the-art facility, our flexible scheduling options, what it means to be inspired by the vanguard preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and about our warm, welcoming and diverse Ahava community. However, what I eventually find myself talking about is the way that our amazing and talented teachers are able to create an enriched, hands-on, inquiry-based program that is tailored to fit each child’s unique needs and development, which helps the children grow across all domains. Our skilled teachers masterfully observe the children’s interests, get to know their personalities, and scaffold their learning in meaningful and authentic ways. Our children learn through their play, and they are thriving! Each week the teachers share some of the learning with our community. I invite you to the teachers’ words below, taken straight from our recent weekly newsletters, to learn more about what is happening at Ahava! B'Ahava, Hannah Aranson Williams, Ahava Early Learning Center Director
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From our 3's & 4's Teachers, Beth, Emily, Em & Lynn: "Children have the right to grow
in places that are well maintained and pleasant, and schools cannot be exempt from this responsibility. Attention to the aesthetic dimension is a pedagogical practice that provides excellent results, given that the search for beauty, in the fullest sense, is part of the autonomous thinking process of children as well as adults." - Vea Vecchi There is so much in these few words that speak to the values we hold as early childhood educators. We are so grateful to have the work of so many before us in the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach to look to for inspiration and guidance. The integration of Reggio principles and Jewish Values mesh in so many ways. These words once spoken by Vea Vecchi considered next to the Jewish Value of Yofi (finding beauty, which we understand as being beauty created by God, beauty created by people, beauty found inside of us, and beauty we perceive in others), nurture us, fortify us, and give us so much to reflect upon together.
To prepare for Rosh Hashanah, our classroom has been deeply immersed in the exploration of the tastes, textures, colors and sounds that accompany the holiday. We crunched yellow, red, and green apples while comparing the different flavors of fruits. We discussed our favorites and practiced our fine motor skills by cutting through the fruit and peeling the skins. We read books about apples, and discussed together why we eat apples on Rosh Hashanah: because they are round, because they are beautiful, because they symbolize wholeness and the passage of time. We added complexity to the simple nature of the apples when we added honey. We stuck our fingers in the sweet honey that symbolizes our wish for a sweet new year and talked about the texture of “sticky” - how does it feel on our hands? How does sticky feel on our tongue? Our skin? Is it hard to wash off? How does your skin feel after you wash off the "sticky?" We colored and painted with red and yellow, to reflect the colors of the apples and honey in our art. We listened to the blasts of the shofar and built our own instruments out of toilet paper rolls and tape.
We continue to explore the natural materials around us, as a part of our ever present appreciation for the natural world. We played, mixed, and pressed clay into Vea Vecchi worked as an atelierista at the Diana municipal preschool in Reggio Emilia strawberry and flower shaped molds. The children also explored with glue, glitter, for over thirty years, doing pedagogical research and documentation in the area of tape, and cutting scissors in the atelier (art children's many languages. She now acts as studio). a consultant to 'Reggio Children'. We transferred water with baking trays, buckets, pitchers, and empty water gallon How do you see the value of Yofi come alive at Ahava? Ask your children what they containers in the sensory bin, which helps develop large and small motor skills, notice too! demonstrates cause and effect and early math skills, and allows us to practice collaboration and negotiation. This also helps our children learn “kavod” (respect). The teachers model using intentional language and tone with one another. We encourage our children to interact with each other in respectful ways, as well as caring for the materials around them.
From our Older Toddlers Teachers, Kelsey and Sam: Hitchahshut (new beginnings)
renew us and help us grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As we are becoming more comfortable in our home away from home, we are becoming bolder. Our toddlers are growing in confidence - more singing, more laughing, more climbing, more joy! This also mean more testing of boundaries which gives a ripe opportunity to start learning about kavod and rachamim (or respect and compassion). We understand that toddlers are only just beginning to develop spatial awareness and the knowledge that their actions impact other people. We are working on learning to respect boundaries and each other and to treat each other with compassion. In class we have been using the language “gentle touch” and watching for opportunities to praise our “mensches in training” for the moments when they show compassion. We see high-fives, gentle pats, and mitzvot every day, and we can all rejoice in these gentle moment displays of kavod and rachamim. Our children are truly hard at work as we learn that being a toddler involves much hatmadah (perseverance). We teach children the value of doing something important even (and especially) if it’s difficult. We see this same hatmadah when our children begin stacking blocks and the blocks fall - they build their towers again and delight in the challenge. We see it when they climb and stumble and are ready to try again moments later. We are learning that we must accept the challenge of trying the difficult things because that is how we become stronger!
From our Infants and Early Toddlers Teachers, Beverly and Abigail: Often times with
children, we are so tempted to do for them the things that they can do for themselves. It is out of care and concern that we want to help our friends and loved ones. The Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy informs us that even the youngest children are capable, life-long learners. This thoughtful image of the child gently gives us permission to allow them to be challenged. When guided by their natural curiosity, they reach, grasp and sometimes topple. Sometimes having things just a little out of their reach gives them a reason to stretch! At Ahava, we understand that there is a gap between what children can do for themselves and what they can do only if they have assistance (also known as scaffolding). Even in our infant room, and throughout all of our rooms, we work to provide scaffolding to help children develop to their highest potential!
In the infant room, we have been emphasizing the Jewish value of Ko'ach Hadibur, which means using respectful and productive communication. This value recognizes the power of speech when we communicate carefully and clearly. As currently nonverbal children, it can be difficult for our infants and early toddlers to communicate their needs to us and to each other. Since verbal words aren't available for them yet, their natural inclination is to use their bodies and the power of their vocal cords! In light of Ko'ach Hadibur, and communicating respectfully, we teach and reinforce the use of sign language in our classroom. This allows the children to communicate their specific needs and even start to learn the vocabulary of manners! Some examples of signs are 'please', 'thank you', 'milk', 'eat', 'water', 'sleep' and 'finished'.
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capital campaign Ahava Early Learning Center: A Capital Campaign Success Story We are excited to share that the first phase of our Capital Campaign has been a huge success! Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our donors, we have raised over $6.9 million to date, and our new preschool, the Ahava Early Learning Center, is now a reality. The genesis of Ahava came from our desire to meet the needs of our young families, many of whom were looking for a Jewish preschool for their children. Under the leadership of Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal and lifelong congregant Elisa Ezor, who is now President of the Ahava Board of Directors, we determined that a preschool based on the Reggio Emilia model—an inquirybased framework—would serve as the perfect complement to our Jewish values. In the Reggio Emilia curriculum, children are encouraged to ask questions and make connections as they learn about their world, and to develop self-confidence as independent thinkers and members of a collaborative community. We have seamlessly blended Jewish culture, traditions and values into each day’s activities through music, language, literature, cooking, and dramatic play. This child-led approach to learning fosters intellectual inquiry and a curiosity in the world around them. The support from the Capital Campaign gave us the unique opportunity to construct our preschool building completely from scratch, rather than retro-fitting an existing facility. The result is astounding. Every inch of Ahava was intentionally designed with children in mind, and helps facilitate the Reggio approach to learning. The indoor spaces sparkle with natural sunlight through recessed solar tubes, floor to ceiling windows, mirrors and garage doors that bring the outdoors in. All classrooms open to the Elisa Ezor Piazza—the central community gathering space, which also serves as the school library and loose-parts building lab. Another hallmark is the Jill Vantosh Atelier, a designated science and art studio, complete with kiln room, where children become scientists and artists. The classrooms are designed to foster both collaborative play and individual discovery, with lofts, light and sensory tables, and beautiful furnishings. Learning continues outside the building in our outdoor classroom spaces, which include an amphitheater, mud kitchen, naturally constructed playground, and the Jack & Sophie Zwecker Greenhouse. While the preschool began its inaugural year last fall in the basement of the synagogue, it only became licensed by the State and opened its doors to all ages—from 12 weeks to age 6—this past May. There are currently 35 children registered for enrollment with the goal of surpassing 40 by the end of the school year—ahead of our projected goals. We are excited by this steady growth in enrollment and believe that Ahava’s continued success will only bolster the future of our synagogue. If you would like to take a tour of Ahava or learn more about naming opportunities within the preschool, please contact our Director of Development, Lindsay Borenstein, at 404.603.5759 or email@example.com.
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Jill & Jeff Vantosh (below is an interview with one of our donors, Jill Vantosh)
What made you decide to support the capital campaign? I come from a family that has always supported the synagogue. My grandfather was a contributor to the thennew AA when it moved from Washington Street. My mother and father met at the AA. I was married at the AA, and both of my children—now in their 40s—had their B’nai Mitzvahs at the AA. The AA is a part of my life that should always be remembered. Why did you decide to direct your gift to Ahava Early Learning Center? Giving to Ahava was my husband’s idea. We support early Jewish learning, and believe that the methods taught at Ahava are a wonderful start to building a religious foundation, as well as creating a natural spirit in children to learn and explore. Jeff surprised you by making the gift in honor of you for your birthday. Why did he decide to make a gift in this way, and what was your reaction? Jeff wanted to make a contribution to the AA, and he felt that making such a personal gift would be very meaningful to me and the synagogue. He BUNDLED the joy! The donation was very heartwarming, and I was overjoyed. The gift was the best surprise as it made so many people happy. How did giving this wonderful gift make you feel? My husband knew that I played a small part in sharing my design experience as a
Donor Profile consultant for Ahava while the building was underway. I was very honored that my husband recognized the important role aesthetics has played in my life. It was also an honor to be a part of a synagogue that thinks outside of the box in terms of education. You decided to name the art room, now known as the Jill Vantosh Atelier, in Ahava. What prompted your interest in naming this specific space? I have been in the design business for over 40 years, and am an avid supporter of the arts and freedom of expression. I believe that learning an appreciation for art is a gift, and I would like to think that we have now contributed to helping foster this awareness in others at an early age. It is a true pleasure to share my lifelong passion of art by naming the art room for children to explore their talents. Is there anything else you’d like to share with others about your gift? Giving back to the community has always been important to Jeff and me. Making this gift was our way of giving back, and we hope that our family will continue to share our commitment to making a lasting impact on the lives of others.
Naming Opportunities Amount Pre-School Name Ahava Outdoor Classroom Foyer Hall Gold Doors Ark Ahava Piazza Upper Bimah Donor Wall Peachtree Battle Lawn Upper Synagogue Drive Menorah Ahava Art Studio – Atelier Left Access Ramp Ner Tamid Ahava Classrooms (6) Ahava Reception Area Ahava Staff Lounge Lower Bimah Sanctuary Partitions (2) Lobby Bookshelf Sanctuary Entrance Ahava Assistant Director’s Office Ahava Director’s Office Ahava Greenhouse Hearing Loop Lower Pulpit Table Rabbi’s Pulpit Reader’s Table Sanctuary Bookshelves (2) Yahrzeit Boards (2) Benches Outside the Sanctuary (2) Stairwells (4) Tallit Rack Torah Holders (2) Bimah Chairs (10) Prayer Shawl Holders (2) Exterior American Flag/Pole Exterior Israeli Flag/Pole Exterior Steps Interior American Flag/Pole Interior Israeli Flag/Pole Kippah Box (3) Ahava Mezuzahs (23) AA Mezuzahs (28)
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Thank You to Our Capital Campaign Donors! Anonymous Sandy & Davis Abrams Sheila & David Adelman Ahavath Achim Sisterhood Cookie & Fred Aftergut Gary Alembik Judy Alembik Ann & Herb Alperin Marty & Richard Alterman Sarah Alterman Steven Alterman Jessica Arluck & Douglas Ander Ellen Arnovitz & Michael Plasker Phyllis & Eliot Arnovitz Irene Aronin Rachel & Michael Avchen Pat & Jack Balser Cindy & Bruce Becker Betty Behr Vicki & Gerry Benjamin Marlene & Abe Besser Elaine & Jerome Blumenthal Rita & Arthur Bodner Linda & Richard Bressler Sally & Benjamin Cavalier Ruth & Mark Coan The Coca-Cola Company Diane & Harold Cohen Lori & Gregg Cohen Pam & Alan Cohen Stanley Cohen Tova & Mark Cohen Linda & Richard Collier Stanley Cristol Margo & Doug Diamond Shelly Dollar Sam & Eddie Dressler Mark Eden Lauren Estrin & Andy Deutsch Elisa & Bobby Ezor Stacy & Emanuel Fialkow Barbara & Kenneth Feinberg Barry Fields Pat & Robert Fine Jody & Ramon Franco Phyllis & Richard Franco Beth & Jared Friedman Lynn & Murray Friedman Sandi & Gerald Friedman
Sharon Funk & Josh Hanna Fran & Stuart Galishoff Marianne & Stephen Garber Melinda Gertz Celia & Don Gilner Madeleine & Kenneth Gimbel Alan Glazer Scott Glazer Michelle Glazer Hirsh Jennifer Glazer-Malkin Margo & Larry Gold Marni & Daniel Goldman Bernie Goldstein Betty z”l & Leon Goldstein Doris & Martin Goldstein Eve & Joel Goldstein Steven & Karen Goldstein Katie & David Greene Lynne & Thomas Greenfield Heleen & Steve Grossman Nikki Gugliotta & Randy Crohn Gail & Michael Habif Morris Habif Helen & Frank Hahn Lynne & Jack Halpern & Family Sherry & Alvin Halpern Meryl Hammer Caryn Hanrahan & Andy Siegel Delcy Harber Lori & Rick Harber Gail & Lyons Heyman Jr. Michal & Jack Hillman Stuart Hillman Michele Hirsh Sara & Jonathan Hoffenberg Jean & Gary Jackson Stephanie & Paul Jacobs Barbara & Alan Kaplan and Family Lisa Kaplan Sally & Philip Kaplan Judy & Marty Kogon Laurie & Michael Kogon Sara & Ross Kogon Elissa & Harris Kontor Roslyn & Darryl Kontor Cheryl & Russell Kramer Phyllis & Jeff Kraft Lana & Richard Krebs Carlyn & Barry Kriegel
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Starr & Arnold Lande Linda & Kerry Landis Rhona Landis Evelyn & Harold Lefkoff Faye & Craig Lefkoff Helen Lefkoff Marjorie & Lawrence Lefkoff Michelle & Jonathan Lerner Ann & Michael Levin Esther & Michael Levine Nancy & Marshall Levine Michelle & Rich Levy Naomi & Paul Liebman Charlotte & Joe Marcus Rhoda & Stephen Margolis Judy Marx Sherry & Harry Maziar Lee Mendel Rachel & Manuel Mesa Shirley & Ivan Millender Lori & Wayne Miller Vicki & Steve Morris Barbara & George Nathan Donna & Phil Newman Carolyn Oppenheimer Family Barbara & Sanford Orkin Hank Oxman Sheri & Alon Panovka Beth & Gregg Paradies James Paradies Jo & Louis Pichulik Sally & Alan Pinsker Barbara & Richard Planer Dara & Arthur Povlot Lynn & Barry Prusin Sharon & Mark Reich Ralda & Martin Reish Shirley & Don Reisman Susan & Andrew Reisner Barbara & Bruce Ribner Jennifer & Joel Rosenfeld Brooke & Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal Rosalie & Carl Rosenthal Ralph Sacks Susan & Rabbi Neil Sandler Virginia & Milton Saul Linda & Abe Schear Susan & Ray Schoenbaum Toby Schonfeld & James Blasingame
Judy & Alan Schulman Debra & Philip Siegel Barry Silver Brenda Silverman Susan Simon Debbie Smith & Joel Lobel Judy & Allen Soden Jack Spielberg z”l Jennifer & Kevin Spindel Joan z”l & Stanley Srochi Tamer & Mark Stern Irene & Howard Stein Merna & Allen Stein Gayle & Toby Steinberg Marilyn & Stanley Steinberg Lynne & Steve Steindel Betty & Alan Sunshine Cathy & Rick Swerdlin Julie & Ben Taube Jeannie & Bob Tepper Karla Tievsky & Seth Kirschbaum Jill & Jeffrey Vantosh Irma Weiner Nancy Canter Weiner & Mark Weiner Arlene & Walter Wildstein Sherri & Robert Wildstein Sheila & Larry Wilensky Hannah & Joel Williams Sue & Jon Winner Rina & Jack Wolfe Sharon Zinns Jeannette & Michael Zukor Sophie & Jack Zwecker
in case you missed it...
We enjoyed the Bluegrass Shabbat event so much. It was one of those experiences that really affirms our decision to join AA. I think we went in expecting an adapted Friday night service with folk instruments, so we were excited and highly entertained by the band. We are actually big fans of bluegrass, so the night was a perfectly scripted Jewish experience for our family. The food was terrific, the selection of beer and cocktails was much appreciated, and the setting was perfect. Lastly, being able to cap it off with such a fantastic Friday night service is just an ideal way for us to teach our daughters, who are 8 and 2, how to connect to their spirituality in addition to the Kesher program. We are so glad that we came. It was interesting, too, that our Jewish friends (and some non-Jewish friends) who we told about the event thought it was really cool as well. I'm confident that events such as these could be key in recruiting young families into the AA community.
- Michael Sokol
Marching with AA Synagogue at the Atlanta Pride Parade was an experience of a lifetime that convinced me to become a member of the congregation. It was a wonderful sensation to see the city rally behind the LGBT community and to be a part of one of Atlanta's oldest congregations showing of support. Even though I have lived in Atlanta for over three years and was raised in the Conservative movement, I was still on the fence about which congregation to join. The progressive stance that AA takes towards current topics is one of the major reasons why I decided to join. Also, the experienced clergy and professional staff have made me feel at home and welcomed as a new member of the synagogue. I'm looking forward to being an active member and enjoying the benefits of affiliation for many years to come.
- Jeremy Katz
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hat an exciting start to our new religious education programs! Kesher@AA launched on August 21, and we have 59 children and teens, ages 2 to 18, enrolled in our programs to date. Each Judaics eidah (age group) has a special name based on the themes they are learning.
GAAn B'Ahava (2 and 3 year olds): Gan means “garden” and is a place where our littlest sprouts get to grow their roots and begin their
Jewish learning. Ahava means “love” and is the ethos of our early learning center at AA – guiding everything we do. Each week, our 2 and 3 year olds engage in multiple modality learning around a particular theme: Shabbat, Tzedakah, Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah, Israel, etc.
The Dreidels (PreK, Kindergarten, & 1st Grade): The children in this eidah chose this name when they learned that they would be exploring Jewish holidays, important symbols, and having their first encounter with the Alef Bet.
The Unique Jews (2nd and 3rd Grade): When the children in this eidah heard they would be learning about Jewish Community and the special responsibility we have as Jews to care for each other, they were excited to start their learning. They chose this name, because each one of them is special and brings something unique to the Jewish people.
The Crazy Israelites (4th and 5th Grade): This eidah is spending the year learning all about - ISRAEL! They are excited to learn all
about Israel’s geography, culture, history, and current events. They are looking forward to making connections with Israeli kids their own age toward the end of the year.
The Green Hippies (6th and 7th Grade): Judaism provides a unique framework for understanding the relationships we have and the values that guide those relationships. This eidah will be exploring four relationship categories: relationships between two people, relationships between people and God, the relationship a person has with self, and the relationship with the world around us. They decided that “Hippies” best represent the complexity of those relationships and came to choose this name as a group.
TAAglit Atzmi (8th - 10th grade): The name of this eidah means "My Personal Discovery." During the course of this year, this group of
teens are learning about The American Jewish Experience: Immigration, Integration and Impact. They are starting by exploring their family immigration stories and will end their year with a trip to NYC.
AAtid (11th and 12th Grade): AAtid means "future" and our oldest learners are on the brink of leaving our community to start the journey to their futures. In preparation of this, the teens are exploring topics based on the theme of American Jewish Teen. This year, the teens chose to have in-depth discussions on current political issues (i.e. Gun Control, Death Penalty, Immigration) and also to explore relevant social justice issues (i.e. Criminal Justice Reform, Literacy and Racial Equality). In addition to our seven eidot, we have two groups of teens who are serving in leadership roles within Kesher@AA as Madrichim and Madrichim-in-Training.
The Crazy Israelites had a beach party complete with beach balls and sand toys in order to help them connect with the geography of Eilat. The eidah went ouside at the end of the day to participate in a Beach Ball Quiz Game. Looks like everyone had the answer to the question!
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We are spending time focusing on creating a very connected and special community within Kesher@AA. The Unique Jews eidah is playing a team-building game in order to help enrich their relationships with each other.
Connection to Torah
One area of Kesher (connection) we are trying to make for our children, is to Torah. Each week the children participate in an age-appropriate learning experience about the Parshat HaShavua (Torah portion).
Creating Kesher Culture
One of the most important aspects of Kesher@AA is the culture we have created. From the language we use (children instead of students; learning spaces instead of classrooms; eidah instead of class) to the physical spaces we use (conference spaces, outdoor play-yards, etc) we are creating a more camp-like environment. One of the trademarks of our Kesher@AA culture is our tie-dye logo shirts.
Investigation & Exploration
As an introduction to their theme for the year, The Green Hippies eidah was given a “time capsule” box with various artifacts in it. The children had to assess each object and determine what aspect of Judaism it might represent and what comprehensive story the collection of artifacts might tell.
Practice Makes Perfect
Before Rosh Hashanah, The Unique Jews learned the different notes of the Shofar service. They listened to them on a smart phone app and then repeated them back using Kazoos. Later in the day, they took the kazoos and construction paper and made their own “shofarot.”
Outdoor Prayer Experience Small Group Peer Learning
As their introduction to the geography unit, The Crazy Israelites were given tape outlines of the map of Israel and then challenged to relay races to correctly place cities on the map.
Tefillah Lab is a special time each week when multiple eidot come together to explore different pieces of tefillah. The PreK thru 3rd graders have their own special siddur they use – it is filled with beautiful illustrations and has easy-toread Hebrew, English and transliteration. On this day, the group was learning Modeh Ani via a fun morning activity relay race – complete with pillows, robes, toothbrushes, shampoo and boxes of cereal. They learned where in their morning routines they would recite this blessing.
Making Friendship Connections
One of the best parts of Kesher@AA is seeing all the children enjoy being with each other. There are often hugs and huge smiles as they greet each other in the morning. It is our hope they will have lifelong friendships that grow from this special Jewish community.
Proud in Personal Work
This young learner was so proud of his “Hebroo” book he had to show it off.
The Dreidels Learn Hebrew
The Dreidels are getting their first introduction to the Alef Bet. Each child has his/her own book they are making as they learn the letters. This learner demonstrated she knew the letter Alef.
In another Tefillah Lab experience, the PreK through 3rd graders learned about the Mah Tovu blessing. They heard the story of Balaak and Balaam and the origins of the words “How goodly are they tents, Oh Jacob!” The unique way they learned the prayer was while in their own makeshift tent made out of a parachute.
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Events & Volunteer TuesdAAys at AA - Tuesdays (through May 23), 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Join
the rabbis for an educational experience about current events and the Bible.
the home of Jennifer Malkin. For more information or if you are not receiving your Evite invitations, contact Susan Sandler at shsand3@bellsouth. net.
Naomi’s Book Club - November 7 and Latte and Learn - November 17 December 5, 10:15 am: Naomi’s and December 15, Panera Bread, Book Club is held on the first 4531 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta, Monday of each month at GA 30346, 10:30 - 11:30 am: 10:15 am. Sisterhood honors
the memory of Naomi Gold, who actively encouraged and Groove Shabbat - November 5 and coordinated literary growth. December 3, 10:00 am - 12;00 pm: All are welcome to join for lively book discussions. Contact Unraveling the Siddur: Exploring Come join Mr. Michael and PJ Madeleine Gimbel at maddy_ Library on the first Shabbat Jewish Prayer and Ritual through morning each month for stories firstname.lastname@example.org for more the Eyes of the Rabbis - Wednesdays and interactive songs celebrating information. November’s book is The Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Shabbat and upcoming Jewish (through May 24), 4:30 pm: Join Zevin (facilitated by Rene holidays. Stories and songs at Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal in Montaigne) and December’s the Koplin/Borochoff library to 10:30 am, followed by snacks, is Little Paris Bookshop by Nina explore the structure of prayer playtime and kiddush lunch. George (facilitated by Lynne through the eyes and wisdom of All free, and geared towards Greenfield). families with children ages our sages and rabbis. There will 0-4. Mr. Michael Levine is the be no class on the following dates: November 23, December 28, January co-founder of The Learning Birthday and Anniversary Breakfast Groove & the music producer 11, April 12. Sunday, November 13: Directly for the first four Pete The Cat following Morning Minyan, picture books. PJ Library offers this wonderful breakfast is the Talmud Berakhot: Blessings upon free Jewish themed books for best way to start your Sunday. Blessings - Thursdays (through children of all ages. All are welcome especially November 17), 8:30 am: Join those celebrating a September, Rabbi Sandler each Thursday Jewish Book Festival November 5 October, and November morning for this study group birthday or anniversary! For November 20: AA is sponsoring the following Morning Minyan. more information, contact Anne Esther G. Levine Community For more information, Cohen at acohen@aasynagogue. Read featuring Yael Dayan on contact Rabbi Neil Sandler at org. RSVP to Fern Schorr at November 6 at 7:30 pm and email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or AAspire is sponsoring the closing 404.603.5740. The study group will event, the Eva and George Stern 404.355.5222. resume in April 2017. lecture featuring celebrity Andy Cohen on Sunday, A Discussion About Interfaith Mah Jongg - Sundays, 10:00 am: November 20 at 7:30 pm. Familes and Our Congregation Please join Sisterhood on Sunday mornings to play, schmooze, Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm, Blood Drive - Sunday, November 6, have fun, and connect with Cresthill Ave, Atlanta, GA: A 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: Participants 546 other women. Sisterhood is meeting for interfaith couples patient and willing to teach and will receive a free American and parents of Jews who have Red Cross T-Shirt! Please be welcome everyone. for more partners who are not Jewish. a blood donor. To schedule information, contact Nancy The meeting will be facilitated an appointment, go to www. Canter Weiner at ncweiner@ by Rabbi Malka Packer, Director redcrossblood.org and enter mindspring.com. of Interfaith Family/Atlanta. sponsor code JWV - you will be Please note this meeting is open Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Discussion taken directly to the AA Blood to members of AA and to those Drive where you can schedule who associate themselves with Study Group - November 1 and your appointment. For more our congregation. If you would December 7, 7:30 pm: Sisterhood information, contact Gail like to attend this meeting, invites you to join them in Solomon at email@example.com exploring personal and spiritual or 404.351.1900. The quarterly Red please RSVP by Monday, November 7 to Jill Rosner at growth through participation Cross Blood Drive is co-sponsored firstname.lastname@example.org or with other women. The event by Ahavath Achim synagogue, the 404.603.5741. If you are unable will include celebration through Jewish War Veterans, the Fulton a brief Rosh Chodesh service, a Masonic Lodge, and new co-sponsor, to attend the meeting but would like to share comments, please lively discussion and interaction Congregation Shearith Israel. contact Rabbi Packer at malkap@ with refreshments, and time interfaithfamily.com. to socialize. It will be hosted at
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Sisterhood’s Latte & Learn occurs every third Thursday of the month. Join the Rabbis, Sisterhood, and other friends for a morning of coffee (or tea), conversation, and learning. For more information, contact Roslyn Konter at 770.986.3697 or email@example.com.
Ruach Chadashah - November 19 and December 17, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Join Bonnie and Michael
Levine for a meditation and chant prayer experience using percussion, instruments and voice to delve deeply into Jewish liturgy and prayer. Utilizing Eastern chanting practices along with Hebrew poetry and scripture, Ruach brings Jewish prayer to a whole new level.
AAspire Escape with Us: Ultimate Escape Game and Margaritas Saturday, November 19, 6:30 pm
Join AAspire for an intense 60 minute race-against-the-clock mystery game at the "Ultimate Escape Room". Food and drinks to follow at Cinco. RSVP to Leah Fuhr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chai Youth Parent Night Out November 19, 6:00 – 10:00 pm: An
exciting program run by the teens and Chai Youth staff while parents get a fun night out with AAspire! Proceeds help to fund the next USY Yom Disney trip. For more information or to register, contact Leah Fuhr at email@example.com.
Annual Neighborhood Interfaith Thanksgiving - Sunday, November 20, 6:30 pm, Northside United Methodist Church: Support YOUR Rabbi
as Neil Sandler will offer this year’s community Thanksgiving homily. Don’t miss this important interfaith community tradition.
AA Music Series - Cultural Arts Concert - Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm, Ellman Chapel: The concert
will feature the Atlanta Chamber Players, Atlanta’s premiere chamber music ensemble and will be followed by a reception. The ensemble will perform Lark Ascending and Piano Quintet in C minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Clarinet Trio in A minor by Johannes Brahms. Featured musicians: Alcides Rodriguez on clarinet, David Coucheron on violin, Catherine Lynn on viola, Brad Ritchie on cello, Colin Corner on double bass, and Elizabeth Pridgen on piano.
Z’havah Latkes, Drinks, and Community Service - Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 - 9:30 pm: As
Chanukah approaches, come join other young women from AA for latkes, drinks, and community service at a fellow Z'havah member's home. For more information, contact Stephanie Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIV/AIDS Healing, Advocacy and Hope Havdallah Service - Saturday, December 10, 6:30 pm: Join Rabbi Rosenthal, Sunmoon Pie duo Michael and Bonnie Levine and other as we join together for a spiritual experience like no other. Readings, prayers, Music and meditations helping to strengthen and heal those affected by the disease of HIV/ AIDS.
Lecture: Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle with Grief and God - Sunday, December 11, 10:00 am: Through his book, Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle with Grief and God, Rabbi Greyber will recall his own experience of being a young mourner after the death of two close friends. Together we’ll explore how we can build communities that acknowledge all who grieve and help them to heal.
Discussion: Using Today's German Courts to Convict Yesterday's Nazis Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm: A
institutions educate not only rabbis and cantors but also administrators, social workers, and lay leaders. This year, there are five new beautiful Torah Fund Greeting Cards. To purchase cards, contact Glenna Hornstein at 904.616.1697 or email@example.com
up to bring & serve meal for the Zaban Couples Center at the Temple Selig Building at 1605 Peachtree. You will be doing a discussion with Dr. Christoph mitzvah and helping Ahavath Rückel, German prosecutor Achim fulfill its commitment of aging Nazis. Free and open to feed these residents in our to the community. For more community. Plan to be at the information, contact Karen shelter from approximately Edlin at firstname.lastname@example.org 6-8:30. The following dates are Chanukah Vounteers Needed: The AA available: November 8th & 9th, December 7th & 8th, January 8th programming team is looking & 9th , March 8th, 9th, 26th, & for volunteers to help plan 31st. To sign up, contact Jennifer our December 24, Chanukah Intown Mega Challah Bake Jr. - Sunday, celebration of Chinese food Rosenfeld at 404.275.1104 or email@example.com. November 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, The and Trivia at 6:30 pm! We are looking for volunteers across all Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph ages and life stages to help with Greeters Needed: If you can smile E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA decorations, menu choosing, and say “Shabbat Shalom” then 30318: Join the diverse intown outreach, host committee, door you are a fully trained greeter. Jewish community for a fun prizes, set-up and break-down. Greeters stay in the foyer in afternoon of challah, crafts, If interested please contact front of Ellman Chapel for music, and more! Children Gabrielle Adler, Director of approximately one hour on ages 4-13 will make a challah Engagement at 404.603.5749 or Shabbat and Holidays and take from scratch. This event is firstname.lastname@example.org. one-hour shifts on the High open to the entire community. Holidays. To join the greeter Membership in a sponsoring Purim Volunteers Needed: Be a part team contact Mildred or Marty Jewish organization is NOT Kwatinetz at zaydekw@comcast. of the change. AA is reshaping necessary for participation. $15 our annual Mishloach Manot net or 404.812.1734. for the first child; $10 for each and Purim Extravaganza and we additional sibling. Parents attend are looking for volunteers with Shared Housing: Shared housing for FREE! Space is limited. Ticket creative ideas to help make this matches are needed for seniors sales close Friday, November Purim the best it can be. in the Jewish community; if you 4. Register here. For more have an extra suite or room or information, contact Intown two, contact us so we can see if ACFB Food Sorting and Packing Jewish Atlanta at challahjr@ there is an appropriate match. gmail.com. AA Synagogue and November 20 and December 18, Recipients would be able to pay Ahava Early Learning Center 1:00 - 4:00 pm: Help us sort and for rent. Contact Alan Wexler at are both sponsoring the event! box donated food. There is 404.872.8880 or alanwexler@ something for everyone to do databankinfo.com. regardless of physical ability or experience. Please wear From the Education Committee: As we close-toed shoes. For more begin to form the new Education information, contact Nancy Committee for Ahavath Canter Weiner at ncweiner@ Achim, we need congregation mindspring.com Host Homes Needed: Volunteers involvement. We are looking are needed to host visting teens for people to join (and/or lead) for the Ein Gedi USY/Kadima Shearith Israel Women’s Shelter: one of five sub-committees: Subregional Convention Volunteers are need to fill Education Director Search from November 11 - 13. Please AA designated night meal Committee, Youth Commission, contact Leah Fuhr at lfuhr@ obligations from December Family Education Programs; aasynagogue.org if you are able 2016 - March 2017. For more B’nei Mitzvah, and Outreach and to host. information, contact Shirley Engagement. Participants do not Rich at 404 355-7700 or need to have children enrolled 404.583.7753 or bubbesr@webtv. in Kesher@AA in order to serve Sisterhood Torah Fund: Torah net. Fund supports the five major on a committee. To get involved, educational institutions of the please contact Rachel Avchen at Conservative Movement and Zaban Paradies Couples Shelter: email@example.com or Julie Taube helps to ensure a healthy future You are invited to help those at firstname.lastname@example.org. for Conservative Judaism. These that are less fortunate by signing
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November 2016 | Tishrei - Cheshvan 5777 Sunday
1 | 30 Tishrei
2 | 1 Cheshvan
3 | 2 Cheshvan
4 | 3 Cheshvan
5 | 4 Cheshvan MJCCA Book Festival Begins
7:30 pm Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Discussion Study Group
6 | 5 Cheshvan
7 | 6 Cheshvan
9:00 am Kesher@AA & MIT 9:00 am Blood Drive 12:45 pm AAtid & TAAglit 1:15 pm Chai Youth Chaltuzim/Machar Chai Jumper
10:00 am Naomi’s Book Club
13 | 12 Cheshvan Ein Gedi USY/Kadima Subregional Convention
14 | 13 Cheshvan
10:00 am Groove Shabbat
Candle Lighting at 6:23 pm
M/M/H at 6:15 pm
12 | 11 Cheshvan Ein Gedi USY/Kadima Subregional Convention
8 | 7 Cheshvan
9 | 8 Cheshvan
10 | 9 Cheshvan
11 | 10 Cheshvan Ein Gedi USY/Kadima Subregional Convention Veterans Day Ahava Teacher Work Day
15 | 14 Cheshvan
16 | 15 Cheshvan
17 | 16 Cheshvan
18 | 17 Cheshvan
7:00 pm A Discussion about Interfaith Families and Our Congregation
9:00 am Ahava Open House
10:30 am Latte & Learn
Candle Lighting at 5:18 pm
Following Minyan: Birthday & Anniversary Breakfast 3:00 pm Intown Mega Challah Bake Jr.
M/M/H at 5:00 pm
19 | 18 Cheshvan 10:30 am Ruach Chadashah 6:00 pm Chai Youth Parent Night Out 6:30 pm AAspire Escape with Us
Candle Lighting at 5:14 pm
20 | 19 Cheshvan MJCCA Book Festival Ends
21 | 20 Cheshvan
22 | 21 Cheshvan
1:00 pm ACFB Food Sorting & Packing 6:30 pm Annual Neighborhood Interfaith Thanksgiving
23 | 22 Cheshvan *Ahava Thanksgiving Break (School's Out Camp) Office Closed at 3 pm
24 | 23 Cheshvan Thanksgiving Ahava Thanksgiving Break Office Closed
25 | 24 Cheshvan Ahava Thanksgiving Break Office Closed
M/M/H at 5:00 pm
26 | 25 Cheshvan
Candle Lighting at 5:11 pm
27 | 26 Cheshvan
28 | 27 Cheshvan
29 | 28 Cheshvan
30 | 29 Cheshvan
Morning Minyan (Mon - Fri)
TuesdAAys at AA (Tues)
Morning Minyan (Sun)
Choir Practice (Tues)
Evening Minyan (Sun - Thurs)
5:30 pm (effective 11/6 - 2/9)
Unraveling the Siddur (Wed)
Shabbat Evening Service (Fri)
Talmud Berakhot (Thurs through 11/17)
Shabbat Morning Service (Sat)
Ahava Shabbat Together (Fri)
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M/M/H at 5:00 pm
Torah Study (Sat)
December 2016 | Kislev - Tevet 5777 Sunday
1 | 1 Kislev
2 | 2 Kislev
3 | 3 Kislev 10:00 am Groove Shabbat
Candle Lighting at 5:10 pm
4 | 4 Kislev
5 | 5 Kislev
6 | 6 Kislev
7 | 7 Kislev
12:30 pm Chai Youth Chalutzim Chanukah Party 3:00 pm Cultural Arts Concert
10:00 am Naomi’s Book Club
7:30 pm Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Discussion Study Group
7:30 pm Z’havah Latkes, Drinks, & Community Service
11 | 11 Kislev
12 | 12 Kislev
13 | 13 Kislev
14 | 14 Kislev
8 | 8 Kislev
9 | 9 Kislev
15 | 15 Kislev
16 | 16 Kislev
10:30 am Latte & Learn
19 | 19 Kislev
20 | 20 Kislev
21 | 21 Kislev
22 | 22 Kislev
23 | 23 Kislev
1:00 pm ACFB Food Sorting & Packing 1:30 pm Chai Youth Machar Quiddich Tournament
M/M/H at 5:00 pm
24 | 24 Kislev Chanukah begins at Sundown (1 light lit in evening) USY International Convention in Dallas 6:30 pm AAspire Chanukah Celebration
Candle Lighting at 5:16 pm
25 | 25 Kislev 1st Day of Chanukah (2 lights lit in evening)
M/M/H at 5:00 pm
17 | 17 Kislev Noah Mesa Bar Mitzvah 10:30 am Ruach Chadashah
Candle Lighting at 5:13 pm
18 | 18 Kislev
10 | 10 Kislev 6:30 pm HIV/AIDS Healing, Advocacy, & Hope Havdallah Service
Candle Lighting at 5:11 pm
10:00 am Lecture by Rabbi Daniel Greyber 2:00 pm Discussion Ft. Dr. Christoph Rückel 3:00 pm Chai Youth Kadima Chanukah Celebration
M/M/H at 5:00 pm
26 | 26 Kislev 2nd Day of Chanukah (3 lights lit in evening) Office and Ahava Closed
27 | 27 Kislev 3rd Day of Chanukah (4 lights lit in evening) Ahava Winter Break (School's Out Camp)
28 | 28 Kislev 4th Day of Chanukah (5 lights lit in evening) Ahava Winter Break (School's Out Camp)
29 | 29 Kislev 5th Day of Chanukah (6 lights lit in evening) Ahava Winter Break (School's Out Camp)
30 | 1 Tevet 6th Day of Chanukah (7 lights lit in evening) Ahava Winter Break (School's Out Camp)
Candle Lighting at 5:21 pm
M/M/H at 5:00 pm
31 | 2 Tevet 7th Day of Chanukah (8 lights lit in evening)
M/M/H at 5:21 pm
Not shown on calendar: Joshua Forman Bar Mitzvah on January 7, 2017; Asher Bressler Bar Mitzvah on January 21, 2017 * On November 23, Ahava is hosting a camp for families in need of childcare. For more information or to enroll, contact Hanna Williams, Ahava Early Learning Center Director, at email@example.com. *Dates and times are subject to change. For most recent event dates and times, check our calendar of events at www.aasynagogue.org under “Events”.
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We are a dynamic, egalitarian, conservative congregation that inspires our members to forge strong connections with God, Jewish life, Israel, and our community. Rabbi Neil Sandler Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal Jill Rosner, Assistant to the Rabbis Manuel Mesa, Executive Director Catherine Ficke, Executive Assissant Lindsay Borenstein, Director of Development Shana Dukette, Capital Campaign Administrative Assistant Anne Cohen, Director of Marketing & Community Relations Lauren Dube, Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer Fern Schorr, Receptionist Gabrielle Adler, Director of Engagement Kenya Bassett, Administrative Assistant Stan Vogel, Finance Manager Chris Carr, Director of Facilities Ken Johnson, Facilities Donald Scott, Facilities Ian Madge, Facilities Anika Johnson, Facilities Marcus Thomas, Facilities Joe Jones, Director of Security Leah Fuhr, Director of Youth and Young Adult Community Jordan Forman, Ritual Director Robyn Faintich, Interim Educational Director Lindsey Grossman, Program Associate Hannah Williams, Ahava Early Learning Center Director Jen Evans, Ahava Early Learning Center Administrative Assistant Rabbi Arnold M. Goodman, Senior Scholar Rob Wildstein, President Rick Swerdlin, Executive Vice President Rick Harber, Vice President Dick Planer, Vice President Arthur Povlot, Vice President Nancy Canter Weiner, Vice President Jacq Flash, USY President Zoe Glickman, Kadima President
Beineinu … between you and me The Newsletter of Ahavath Achim Synagogue
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