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GOOD NEWS MADE IN THE JEWISH STATE THIS PAST WEEK THE SHEKEL IS THE STRONGEST CURRENCY. Of the 31 currencies monitored by financial news provider Bloomberg, Israel’s shekel had the best performance in the first three months of 2013. Reasons include Israel’s stable growth and anticipation of the favorable economic impact of new natural gas from the Tamar field. ISRAELI ACTRESS SAVES LEUKEMIA PATIENT. Actress-model Agam Rud-

berg donated bone marrow in an effort to save the life of a woman with leukemia who urgently needed a transplant. Agam was automatically added to the national bone marrow donor registry Ezer Mizion in 2005 when she was drafted into the IDF. TIME FOR A REALITY “CHECK.” The Israeli Chess Championships 2013 for men and women are taking place this April in Acre. Of the 32 registered players for the men’s event, no less

than 16 are Grandmasters. MUSLIM DOCTOR HEADS HADASSAH’S EMERGENCY MEDICINE. Dr. Aziz Darawshe, 57, is the new director of the emergency department at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem and chairman of the Israel Society for Urgent Medicine. Dr. Darawshe lives in the Arab village of Iksal, near Nazareth.

THIS ROBOT CAN MILK A COW! Israeli agri-tech start-up MiRobot has developed “the greatest thing to happen in dairy farming in 100 years” – an automated milking machine. At a fraction of the cost of competitors, MiRobot is finishing the development of a working demo and seeking to raise funds in order to go into full production. IMMUNE CELLS LINKED TO PREVENTION OF BRAIN DEGENERATION. In the elderly, the brain’s immune cells may no longer function properly. A groundbreaking treatment could be in the works, though, as Weizmann Institute’s Professor Michal Schwartz and her team recently discovered the extraordinary route these cells travel to repair brain trauma. ISRAEL COMMEMORATES WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY. More than 400 participants came to Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center at Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem for World Down Syndrome Day. The nations of Israel and Singapore jointly established the event in 2006, and it was subsequently adopted by the United Nations internationally.

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INNOVATIVE BATTERY IS FIRST OF ITS KIND. Tel Aviv’s Enstorage has produced the first-ever grid-connected Hydrogen-Bromine (HBr) flow battery. The 50 kW battery provides up to 100 kWh of energy. This makes it one of the cheapest, smallest and most powerful flow batteries on the market.

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STATE ARCHIVES GO ONLINE. In honor of Israel’s 65th Independence Day, the State Archives have been digitized and put online. Content includes information on the first Independence Day celebrations, the 1948 War of Independence, the Six Day War, life in immigrant camps, the Eichmann trial and many immigrant and census records. This list courtesy Michael Ordman and verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot. com.


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Jerusalem-Based Torah Scholar Comes to Atlanta DR. AVIVAH ZORNBERG LECTURING AT AREA SYNAGOGUES, APRIL 26-30 Staff Report

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t’s not often that a scholar can speak to the Jewish community and connect with members of all the traditional movements. Then again, most teachers don’t have the creative and intellectual gifts of Avivah Zornberg.

ground, education and temperament. Born in England, the doctor grew up in Scotland and now lives in Israel. Her father – the man she credits as her greatest teacher – was a rabbi in Glasgow and chief of the city’s rabbinical court. Additionally, many of her ancestors were rabbis in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Zornberg, a Jerusalem-based educator and Torah scholar, will be in Atlanta next Dr. Zornberg atweek to speak at five tended Cambridge venues that cover the University and holds full spectrum of mainboth a bachelor’s of stream Jewish thought arts and a Ph.D. in and belief. Known and English literature. respected for her intelDr. Avivah Zornberg She taught literature lectual depth and wit, for a time at Hebrew she fills her lectures University, then began writing and with a euphonic blend of traditional teaching biblical commentary on the Jewish exegesis, Hasidic texts and books of the Torah in the early 1980s. Western philosophy. Her work attracted immediate atten For years, Zornberg’s weekly lec- tion and praise, especially in the U.S. tures on Torah have attracted large after she appeared on PBS’s “Genand passionate audiences, including esis: A Living Conversation,” a series academics and rabbinical students; of programs focusing on the Book of artists, writers and poets; business Genesis produced and hosted by Bill professionals, homemakers and the Moyers. occasional politician in search of spiritual sustenance. None of this should She remains a highly respected be surprising, given her family back- and sought after teacher and lecturer. Dr. Zornberg will be lecturing at five synagogues across metro Atlanta next week, speaking on a broad range of biblical topics. Locations, times, contact numbers and synagogue websites are detailed below. For additional info, including lecture topics, see Dr. Zornberg’s website, avivahzornberg.com. Shabbat, April 26-27: Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2074 LaVista Road NE, No. 4, Atlanta For additional info: (404) 315-1417; yith.org Sun., April 28, morning: Ahavath Achim, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, N.W. Atlanta Coffee, 9:30 a.m.; lecture, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. For additional info: (404) 355-5222, ext. 230; AASynagogue.org Sun., April 28, evening: Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hill Pkwy NE, Marietta Lecture, 7:15 p.m. Mon., April 29: The Temple (with the MJCCA), 1589 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta Lecture, 7 p.m. For additional info: (404) 873-1731; the-temple.org Tues., April 30: Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive NW, Atlanta Lecture, 7:30 p.m.

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n the April 12, 2013 edition of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Rachel LaVictoire begins her article by describing a time when she was babysitting young boys, allowing them to watch what she deems to be an inappropriate TV show. She writes that the show was inappropriate for a variety of reasons, significantly for a scene in which the teacher on the show changes the teenagers’ grades from a B to an A because the teens did a dance in the hall of the high school. That was bad enough, but the article from there makes an unrelated transition to the Torah portion of the week that deals with spiritually pure (tahar) and impure (tamai). The Torah portion that LaVictoire quotes refers to childbirth and the spiritual impurity associated with it. From that information, she jumps to her pride in her Judaism and that she believes the process of purification after childbirth in the Torah is “absurd.” She does not understand what it means for the mother’s spiritual elevation, and for maintaining long-term Jewish practices. In addition, the author says how proud she is for not bathing in a mikveh, thereby trashing the married women who carry on the tradition of the mikveh. She also dishonors keeping dietary laws that have been in effect for 3,000 years. I don’t argue that she should keep kosher. That’s her personal decision, but she should not be bragging in a public forum that she “clears [her] head to say thanks to G-d before cracking the shellfish in [her] hands.” The honor of our Jewish religion has been handed down from generation to generation. Judaism should never be denigrated by an author of any standing in a community-wide Jewish newspaper! Sincerely, Harriet Cortell

hank you so much for the excellent retrospective article about the founding of The Davis Academy [see the March 29 issue of the AJT]. Our school is indeed fortunate to have had such a visionary group of individuals including Rabbi Sugarman, Jan Epstein and Carol Nemo and families such as the Davises and Rosenbergs, as well as so many others, whose perseverance and commitment took the nascent idea of a Reform Jewish day school in Atlanta to a successful reality.

Twenty years later, Davis Academy families and graduates, whose lives have been enriched because of their dream, are deeply grateful for the gift of this school. The Davis Academy now has 630 graduates and over 610 enrolled students in Mechina: Kindergarten Prep through eighth grade. We are proud that Davis has grown up to be a school known for both high academic standards and a warm community steeped in Reform Jewish values and traditions. In our most recent re-accreditation from SACS, Davis was praised for its innovation, commitment to excellence and atmosphere of mutual respect. Here, students are shooting for the stars. In the past few months alone, Davis students have taken top honors in national math and state-wide technology competitions as well as second place honors in the prestigious national CSPAN VideoCam contest. Beyond awards, Davis students are reaching their personal potentials every day under the guidance and encouragement of a caring, talented faculty – in classrooms, in the arts, in athletics, in the community and even spiritually – and that’s what it’s really all about. And while we are still a relatively young school, our alumni tell us over and over that their years at Davis gave them the very strongest foundation for the challenges beyond – at high school, in college and now in careers. Our graduates tell the Davis story: They are a valedictorian at Westminster and a medical student in Israel; they are teachers and Wall Street executives; they are b’nai mitzvah tutors and BBYO presidents and baseball team captains and leads on the stage. We owe all this to the community’s support and the outstanding leadership we have been blessed with during these first two decades of our school’s life. As The Davis Academy celebrates this milestone year, we say a heartfelt thanks to all who made it possible thus far – even as we look ahead to the very bright future we are building for our school today. Sincerely,

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Proud to be an Atlanta Jew

AN EXAMPLE OF OUR CITY’S JEWISH GROWTH BY ARLENE APPELROUTH AJT COLUMNIST

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hen I first moved here, it surprised me that whenever I met someone, after exchanging names and hometowns, the next question was always, “Where do you go to church?” I knew Atlanta was in the Bible Belt but still was thrown off. At the time, we were living in a rented house in an old section of Dunwoody. Before long, I was uncomfortable there; the breaking point came when our 5-year-old daughter came home with a question that made me particularly uneasy. “Why is it bad we don’t believe in Jesus?” she asked. She hadn’t been allowed to enter the only other house on our street where there were children because

of her religion and understandably wanted to know why she had been denied simply because she was Jewish. As a result, I told my husband Dan we had to move to Sandy Springs, where I knew a family whose block was 50 percent Jewish. We bought our first house in Princeton Square, and the neighbors on either side were Jewish. And we felt even more at home knowing our old family friend Rabbi Donald Tam had arrived in Atlanta and was serving as an assistant rabbi at The Temple. It was great for my husband to reconnect with Rabbi Tam; the two had been college roommates at the University of Florida. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s population was booming, and more Jewish families were moving to the northern suburbs. We heard of a group from Martin’s Landing and Dunwoody were thinking about hiring a rabbi for the High Holy Days and soon became one of 20 families

that contributed $50 to the cause. The turnout was so large, a rabbi from the Hebrew Union convinced the organizers of the event to create a new synagogue. This became Temple Emanu-El, of which we were founding members. It was thrilling to be part of something new. My husband had a strong Jewish background and a great baritone voice, so he volunteered to lead services until our fledgling but rapidly growing congregation could bring in a permanent spiritual leader. Six months later, Rabbi Tam came on board; Dan remained on the bimah as lay cantor. Between our synagogue affiliation and membership in the Jewish community center, we felt well-connected. We also participated in lectures and events from other organizations and institutions; for example, we never missed the Yom HaShoah observance at Greenwood Cemetery. At the cemetery stands a permanent monument to remember the 6 million. Built in 1965, it is our city’s first Holocaust memorial (and the second-oldest in the nation), symbolically representing the unmarked graves of those who died at the hands of Nazis. On this past April 7, my husband and I were – as always – among the hundreds of Atlantans sitting in folding chairs in front of the Greenwood Memorial. A Moving Observance

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This year, Yom HaShoah marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous event in Germany and Austria. Benjamin Hirsch, the keynote speaker at this year’s Greenwood observance, experienced this tragedy first-hand.

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At the time, Hirsch was a 6-yearold boy in Germany. He shared his dramatic memories of the “Night of Broken Glass” and what happened to him afterwards in a 25-minute speech that was as descriptive as it was eloquent. All in attendance sat and listened intently, mesmerized. I kept getting chills up and down my spine as

Hirsch’s words made the holocaust come alive. “My 11-year-old brother Asher came running home from shul screaming, ‘The synagogue’s on fire,’” Hirsch recounted. “We raced around the corner to see flames. Later, three Gestapo men with weapons and police dogs came knocking at our door, looking for my father. My mother came to the door, holding my ninemonth-old sister Roselene in her arms.” Hirsch described how the scene unfolded: One of the Nazis grabbed his sister, threw her on the floor and pointed a gun at the child as he shouted that his mother had 30 seconds to produce her husband, or else he would shoot the baby, Asher and then Hirsch himself. “‘I will shoot all seven of your children, and then shoot you.’” Fortunately, Hirsch and four of his siblings survived because his mother was able to place them on a Kindertransport, a train that brought Jewish children to major cities in Europe. His mother walked with her children for more than two miles to a station in Frankfurt, where they boarded a train to Paris. When Hirsch eventually came to the U.S., he lived in orphanages and foster homes and experienced antiSemitism in school in Atlanta but learned to defend himself against bullies. Eventually, he grew up to become a prominent, award-winning architect and the designer of the very memorial at which he spoke. During his time at the podium, the 80-year-old survivor expressed gratitude for his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline; their four children; 23 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. As I listened to Hirsch give his speech, I felt honored to be in his presence, proud to be a Jew, and grateful to call Atlanta my home. Arlene Appelrouth earned a degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Florida and her career as a writer and journalist spans a 50-year period; she currently studies memoir writing while working on her first book.


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Reclaiming the Kotel

THE ENEMY TURNS OUT TO BE OUR BROTHERS BY Eden Farber

AJT Columnist Yes, prayer that doesn’t meet Orthodox standards is illegal at the Kotel. Yes, if you’re a woman, it’s even more difficult to handle that point. To me, though, such a stance is basis for a revolution.

It’s not a war that ends in the loss of life – thank G-d – but it’s a war that ends in the loss of freedom. It’s being fought by the Women of the Wall, a group that visits the Kotel (the Western Wall) to hold a prayer service every Rosh Chodesh.

Would we talk about and honor Rosa Parks if it had been legal for her to sit at the front of the bus? Not likely. Because they took actions which were not only frowned upon but against the law, Parks and others involved with the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. suffered abuse and prejudice, and so must anyone else battling prejudice and offensive laws.

Each month, they sing and pray, reading from the Torah. They also wear ritual garb – kippot and tallitot – and, being women, thus commit a crime. Since the Kotel is governed by men with right-wing views, women visiting the area (even for prayer) are forced to wear their prayer shawls as scarves. They aren’t allowed to say Kaddish or sing loudly. And yet, every month, hundreds of women gather to pray their hearts out at the Kotel, arguably the holiest site for Jews both in Israel and around the world. Every month, women are detained, arrested and sometimes strip-searched. Every month, women have their religious freedom compromised for simply being women. And every month, those of us living in the Diaspora fear the latest indignity we’ll hear about when the Women of the Wall attempt to pray. This past Rosh Chodesh, there was good news, a breakthrough. Five women were sent to court for praying at the Kotel, but the Judge decided there were no grounds for their arrest. “Any disruption that took place was not instigated by the defendants,” the judge ruled. For the first time, it seems, someone in power had recognized that the sin of these women – their evil, immodest behavior – was nothing but prayer. Unfortunately, the fight isn’t over. The fact of the matter is that Jews are being arrested for praying in public in Israel – supposedly the land of Jewish freedom – and frankly, that should disturb us all.

Poetry Contest of 2010 and has published op-eds and poetry in Modern Hippie Magazine and the NY Jewish

Week’s Fresh Ink for Teens section.

Some people are offended by the Women of the Wall; they feel that their loud protests are inappropriate. Maybe they are. In an ideal world, the issue could be solved without one side doing something illegal and the other side forbidding prayer. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, has offered a few compromises in recent months, suggesting that an egalitarian section be created at the Kotel. I don’t understand why the Orthodox community finds this proposal controversial. Sharansky’s point is simple: “One Western Wall for one Jewish people.” That’s one Jewish people, not one sect of mainstream Orthodox Jewish people. This war is frightening because it’s between ourselves and the combatants are brothers and sisters. Yet it’s also a political battle that wounds the spirit and has many of us longing for freedom – apparently, freedom from ourselves! As the war wages on, I’m left with two major thoughts: How fortunate we are as Jews to have the Land of Israel and the Kotel, but also how unfortunate we are that we’re using the Western Wall to create divisions. Atlanta’s Eden Farber, 16, was recognized in the Jewish Heritage National

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here’s a war going on in Israel. It’s a war involving an area to which both sides are connected; a war invoking G-d’s presence; a war having to do with worship.

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Rabbi Berg Named to “Top 50 Big Round of Applause HILLELS OF GEORGIA HOLDS SUPERSTAR EVENT Most Influential Rabbis” List LEADER OF THE TEMPLE HONORED BY NEWSWEEK & “THE DAILY BEAST” From The Temple For the Atlanta Jewish Times

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eter Berg, the senior rabbi of The Temple, was recently honored by being included on the 2013 list of America’s 50 most influential rabbis, released by Newsweek Magazine and online affiliate “The Daily Beast.” Berg is the spiritual leader for one of Atlanta’s oldest and largest (more than 1,500 member families) synagogues, and he has in recent years become deeply engaged with a number of social and humanitarian causes.

An active member of numerous religious and community service organizations including the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family and Career Services, AIPAC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, Berg was both surprised and honored to be included on this year’s list of top rabbis.

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“As we approach our 150th anniversary at The Temple, we are so fortunate to have Rabbi Berg as only our fifth senior rabbi,” Bauman said. “[He] brings to our congregation the sensitivity, spirituality, leadership, energy and commitment to faith that very few could deliver. In five short years, he has endeared himself to all that have met him with his dedication to tikkun olam, our Atlanta community, our congregation and our Reform movement.”

Rabbi Peter Berg

Most recently, the rabbi pledged his support for a number of national and international social actions projects, including the Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative and the Open Jewish Project. He also has stayed busy moving The Temple in new and exciting directions, forging bonds with other philanthropic organizations and neighboring faith communities like the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and cultivating positive relationships with community leaders and politicians.

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Billy Bauman, president of The Temple’s Board of Trustees, lauds Rabbi Berg’s dedication to his congregation and the greater community.

“It’s a privilege to be recognized by Newsweek and ‘The Daily Beast,’” said Rabbi Berg. “But I think every rabbi here in Atlanta should be on this list. It’s a huge award for the Jewish community of Atlanta, which deserves special recognition not only for its enormous commitment to building a vibrant Judaism in the South, but also for being a visionary laboratory for the future.”

Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, The Temple’s Rabbi Emeritus, also speaks highly of Berg. “Rabbi Berg’s every act reflects the essence of our Jewish faith and heritage,” Sugarman said. “His pure soul, his integrity, his good heart, his sincerity and his concern for the wellbeing of all is a blessing to every life he touches.” Committee members charged with selecting the top 50 rabbis for Newsweek and “The Daily Beast” admit their choices are subjective, though they do follow a consistent list of criteria. “In crafting this list, we take into consideration a rabbi’s public profile and constituency size and the magnitude with which their ideas are shaping the Jewish landscape,” wrote Gabrielle Birkner, author of the 2013 list. Rabbi Berg’s extensive resume, including his creation of the first multistaff department team designed to foster outreach and relational engagement, and his involvement in several national vision groups defining the sustainable and meaningful future of Judaism, reflects a life of service and influence that more than meets requirements for inclusion on such a list.

From Hillels of Georgia For the Atlanta Jewish Times

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s part of Hillels of Georgia’s 10th-annual Campus SuperStar program, an “American Idol”-style talent show took center stage last month at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta. This year’s event featured eight students representing six colleges from across Georgia.

Kiandra Richardson, wowed the audience with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Grand prize (and the $5,000 that came with) went to Sam Burchfield, who both played guitar and sang “Too Close” by Alex Clare. Burchfield, a UGA junior, is studying public relations and the music business.

“Campus SuperStar was an incredible experience!” Burchfield said after his name was called. “Working T h e Steak Shapiro from 790 the Zone awards with Chris s h o w , the $5,000 grand prize to overall winner Sam McCannon, Burchfield. which honhis amazing ored Sandy band and Springs production team and, of course, the residents Betty and Alan Sunshine, other finalists was so rewarding. We helped raise funds for Hillels of Georall became such great friends, to the gia to provide programs for more point where we had just as much fun than 6,000 Jewish students attendsinging and goofing off backstage as ing the University of Georgia, Emory we did on stage. University, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Savannah College of Art and “I think it is the people involved Design and Kennesaw State Univer- in Campus SuperStar that made it so wonderful. I am extremely honored sity. and blessed to have been chosen out The proceedings began with the of such an elite group of singers.” contestants singing an ensemble number during introductions and As this year’s overall winner, ended with a medley of “Sunshine” Burchfield was awarded studio resongs as a tribute to this year’s hon- cording time from Honey Bee Studio orees. Steak Shapiro, from 790 the in addition to the prize money. After Zone’s “Mayhem in the AM” and host he graduates, Burchfield hopes to beof Atlanta Eats, served as emcee for come a professional singer and songwriter. the night. The approximately 400 people in attendance cheered on each of the performers, leaving the judges – jazz singer-songwriter Patty Mack, singer-songwriter Adam McKnight and singer- actor Ritchie Crownfield – with the difficult task of picking a grand-prize, second- and third-place honorees. This year’s second runner-up, UGA junior Emma Cook, belted out Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” while first runner-up, SCAD senior

“Campus SuperStar has no doubt been a huge stepping stone in my journey as a musician, and I can’t say how much I appreciate everyone who made it possible,” he said. The evening was chaired by Rita and Michael LeVine and Joanie and Lewis Shubin, supported by a committee that included Cathy Selig and Michael Kuranoff, Sheri and Steve Labovitz, Ellen Arnovitz and Michael Plasker, Brenda and Mark Lichtenstein and Michael Wien.


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Israel’s D’Or to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with Atlanta

CONSULATE GENERAL HOSTS STAR AT THE TEMPLE, APRIL 28 From the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast U.S. For the Atlanta Jewish Times

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he Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast will mark Israel’s 65th Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) with a community-wide concert featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist David

D’Or.

“We are proud to be able to bring here to Atlanta one of the world’s top vocalists in celebration of our Independence Day,” said Opher Aviran, Consul General. “We invite the entire Atlanta community to join us for this amazing event. Young and old will be mesmerized by D’Or’s voice.”

David D’Or

The event is set for April 28, 8 p.m. at The Temple. Visit ticketalternative. com/Events/22941.aspx to purchase tickets for this performance by a worldrenowned singer, songwriter and composer with 10 Platinum records to date. With his unique voice, style and musicality, D’Or manages to combine classical, world and ethnic music into a perfect harmony that enchants crowds world-wide. Among his numerous accolades are a “Favorite of the Audience” award won at the World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival in 2002. For additional information on the artist, visit daviddor.com.

GAH & Northside’s “Check It Out!” Receives Grant IT’S THE JOURNEY, INC. SUPPORTING BREAST HEALTH PROGRAMS From Greater Atlanta Hadassah For the Atlanta Jewish Times

The grant is one of 19 awarded this year by It’s The Journey to breast cancer programs across Georgia.

Susan Casella of Northside (second from left) and Ellen Banov of GAH (center) are awarded the ceremonial check by It’s The Journey representatives Glenn Martin (far left), Laurel Sybilrud (second from right) and Kimberly Goff (far right).

“Grant funding allows our program to distribute information about breast health, including reminders about the importance of breast self examination, to everyone who attends a ‘Check It Out!’ presentation,” Ellen Banov, program chair, said. “We ask the young women to share the information with their friends and family members, too.” Since 1994, Greater Atlanta Hadassah and Northside Hospital have combined forces to present “Check It Out!” in high schools in the metro area. This free program – based on the premise that good health habits, if developed early, are more likely to become lifelong habits – strives to educate women, especially high school juniors and seniors, about breast health and cancer and the importance of early detection.

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reater Atlanta Hadassah and Northside Hospital were awarded a grant of $3,750 by It’s The Journey, Inc., producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. The grant will fund the Greater Atlanta Hadassah “Check It Out!” breast health and cancer awareness program in the greater Atlanta community.

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Harris Jacobs Dream Run Celebrates 20th Anniversary ANNUAL EVENT SET FOR MAY 5 Special for the AJT

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he MJCCA will present the 20thannual Harris Jacobs Dream Run (HJDR) on May 5 at the Zaban Park campus. For the first time, the race will serve as an AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifier, allowing runners to use their time to register for a start wave in the 2014 Road Race. Created two decades ago to provide the community a fun, active and family-friendly event, the Dream Run honors the memory of past president of the MJCCA, beloved member of the Atlanta Jewish community and staunch children’s advocate Harris Jacobs. The first 500 runners of the HJDR 2013 Road Race will receive a microfiber high-performance t-shirt and a goodie bag. Participants are encouraged to form running teams (at least five members) within the community as part of the HJDR Team Challenge, and awards and door prizes will also be presented. The Dream Run will incorporate chip-timing, packet pick-up prior to race day and post-race massages. Pre-registration is available via atlantajcc.org/ HJDR or (678) 812-4025, and day-of registration will be available beginning at 7 a.m. A half-mile Agility Fun Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the official race start at 8 a.m. Afterwards, runners and their family and friends can enjoy food, music, raffles and more. Editor’s note: Volunteers are also needed for the race; please contact DeAnne Jacobson at (678) 812-4025.

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MJCCA Holds 67th Annual Meeting LAY LEADERSHIP, STAFF RECOGNITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED Special for the AJT

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he community recently came together at the MJCCA’s 67th Annual Meeting, honoring lay leadership and staff achievements and chaired by Ed Feldstein. Among those individuals recognized were:

• Julie Abes, Michel Dinerman, Michael Drucker, Andy Grand, David Kusiel, Margo Marks, Jack Polish and Maury Shapiro, nominated to serve or for an extension of board service on the MJCCA Advisory Board • Marcy Bass and Wendy Bearman, appointed by President Steven Cadranel to the MJCCA Advisory Board • 17 young community leaders, graduated from the MJCCA’s prestigious Erwin Zaban Leadership Development Program (EZLDP) at this meeting. • 20 MJCCA staff members, acknowledged for their completion of a voluntary year-long Professional Leadership Development Program.

From left to right, Philip Rubin, scholarship winner Ashley Katzenstein, Howard Katzenstein, Amy Rubin and Terri Katzenstein.

• Gayle Siegel, MJCCA Volunteer, received the Volunteer of the Year Award • Rachel Salba, Business Manager at MJCCA’s The Weinstein School, received the Philip Bush Leadership Award • Sandra Bass, Assistant Program Director, received the Team Player Award • Marcia Fullwood, MJCCA’s Controller, received Customer Service Award • Lori Goldstein, Director of Camp Sunday & Asst. Director for Camp Isidore Alterman, recognized with Best New Program (for Camp Sunday) • Jen Stokley, preschool teacher at MJCCA’s The Weinstein School, received the Raye Lynn Banks Teacher of the Year Award (at The Weinstein School) • Stephanie Joseph, a preschool teacher at MJCCA’s The Sunshine School, also received the Raye Lynn Banks Teacher of the Year Award (at The Sunshine School) • Ashley Katzenstein, North Springs Charter High School Senior, received the Harvey Rubin Scholarship Award


business & finance

Atlanta Works for Israeli Investment

PANEL DISCUSSES SUCCESSES, POTENTIAL BY ABE J. SCHEAR

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT

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decade ago, when the real estate market in the U.S. was frothy and the country’s currency was much stronger, Israeli investors shunned most of America. They focused their investment dollars in and around New York. Of course, this was all before Atlanta became know as an international city and Delta was offering daily flights between Atlanta and Tel Aviv. Thus, much has changed in the last 10 years.

Among those is Arnall Golden Gregory, which started to work with Israel’s real estate community in 2005 when the country’s investment dollars were going elsewhere. Eight years and numerous trips later, we have a better understanding of how to integrate Israeli investors into our economy, how to introduce international investors to regional and national developers, and how to best analyze the product demands of the international investor. The proof is in the pudding. A recent panel on Inbound Israeli Real

MAY 30 EVENT TO HONOR RETIRING PRESIDENT TOM GLASER From the AICCSE For the Atlanta Jewish Times

Estate Investment at our firm attracted a large audience and featured panelists Uzi Ziv, president of Sage Equities; Norman Radow, president of Radco; and Marvin Banks, advisor with Cortland Partners. The panel’s focus was on opportunities and complications that arise when making deals with Israeli investors. While discussion was generally on multi-family investments – the core product for each of the speakers – the panelists noted that the capital structure in any investment needed to be very clear, that decision making needed to be fully understood, and that trust among partners needed to be built.

Eastern Europe, once an investment hotspot for Israelis and Abe J. Schear others, is now utterly fallow. The shekel has improved significantly against the dollar, and real estate pricing is now It was also pointed out that, when much more reasonable. Global inves- making a deal, it’s always important tors are long on cash in an invest- to take the time to visit Israel to meet ment world that has grown smaller, with potential partners. In fact, such and they’ve also begun paying atten- trips have time and again proven sigtion to investment opportunities out- nificant in closing complicated transside of New York. actions for all of the panelists. In recent years, Atlanta has been one of the beneficiaries of this change. It appears that Israelis now know that there are specialized groups here that can aid them in realizing their investment goals.

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he American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region will celebrate its 12th-annual Eagle Star Awards Gala on May 30 at 6 p.m. at the HP Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta. The Gala is AICC’s community flagship event, held each year to honor the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast U.S.-Israel business relationship. This year, longtime AICCSE President Tom Glaser, who recently announced his plans to retire after 21 years of service to the organization, will be recognized with the Chamber Founders award.

Also being honored is the South Carolina Research Authority, which will be presented with the Community Partner award in recognition of its extraordinary role in the success of the South Carolina-Israel collaboration; and an Israeli Company of the Year and Deal of the Year, for which three finalists (see 2013.eaglestargala.com to nominate) in each category will compete, with the winners to be selected by an expert panel of judges. The setting for the proceedings will be most appropriate, as HewlettPackard (HP) is considered the second-largest investor in Israeli information technology after Intel. Noted author, speaker and entrepreneur Barbara Babbitt Kaufman will be the event’s emcee. Sponsorships are also being accepted.

The panel also agreed that “location” was important, but a growing population base and an improved economy were also key factors for international investors. It became clear that while international partners are not for everyone, the depth of global equity clearly provides new capital in today’s every increasing global economy. Editor’s note: Abe Schear is a partner in the real estate practice of Arnall Golden Gregory with a primary practice in retail leasing. He is co-leader of the Retail Leasing Practice and the leader of the International Business Practice.

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Kosher Movies: Big (1988) FOREVER YOUNG

BY Rabbi Herbert Cohen AJT Contributor

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or many years, I would take my 9th- and 10th-grade classes on a week-long field trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Once, someone asked me if I ever got bored seeing the same sights year in and year out, and I responded that I did not. Why? Because every time I go on the trip, I see the same places, but with the eyes and excitement of a student who has never been there before. Truly, D.C. and New York become the Grand Canyon to me every time we make the journey.

tion of a girl he likes, and he is turned away from an amusement park ride because he is too short. In frustration, he makes a wish in front of a mysterious fortune-telling machine and, lo and behold, it is granted. The next day, he wakes up as an adult.

This ability to experience the same thing over and over again and yet to feel as if one is seeing it for the first time is a poetic sensibility. William Wordsworth spoke of it in his poetry when he wrote that “the child is the father of man,” but the concept is perhaps better known as the core theme of “Big,” a comedy that makes a serious statement about being an adult but seeing the world from the perspective of a child.

Scared at first, he does not know what to do; even his mother sees him as a stranger who has kidnapped her beloved son. Until he can figure out a way to get back to his normal life, Josh decides to enter the adult world temporarily.

In the movie, 12-year-old Josh Baskin wants very much to be older (to be “big”). He cannot get the atten-

Fortunately, he finds a job at a toy manufacturing company, and his childlike understanding of what toys

would appeal to children makes him a marketing genius to the owner of the company. Within days, Josh is promoted to a senior position, and he soon finds himself the object of adoration by many of the company’s employees, including an attractive female executive – which makes life very complicated for him! How Josh handles being an adult when he is really only a child makes for many comical situations. But behind the humor, Josh is just a child who misses his mother and yearns to return to his previous life. The film captures the ambivalence of his feelings and gives us a window into the good things that

can happen if we can keep our childlike perspectives alive even as we grow older. On this matter, Jewish tradition tells us that we need to keep our youthful perspectives on life as we age. Every time we open it, the prayer book reminds us that G-d renews the world every day. That’s the way we should see nature every day. Moreover, the traditional Jew states a blessing when he sees an ocean once in 30 days; when he hears thunder and sees lightning; and when he bites into a piece of food. Nothing is taken for granted. There is even a blessing after visiting the bathroom, in which he recognizes the marvel of how the body works. “Big” at its heart is a fairy tale, but its message resonates in real life: Stay young on the inside as you grow old on the outside. Rabbi Cohen, former principal of Yeshiva Atlanta, now resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Visit koshermovies. com for more of his Torah-themed film reviews.

JEWS MAKING NEWS Hello KISS

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ene Simmons’s legendary band KISS – a brand in its own right – will continue an ongoing partnership with Hello Kitty to create a joint “KISS-Kitty” children’s show. It sounds far-fetched, but the relationship has been in the works since 2010.

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Simmons will see his likeness (or at least his trademark face paint) donning Hello Kitty in an animated series for the Hub Network. The musician-celebrity will also serve as one of the show’s producers, and KISS-inspired Hello Kitty merchandise, from dolls to jewelry to bags, has already been released worldwide.

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Born Chaim Witz, Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel. His mother, Flóra “Florence” Klein, a Holocaust survivor, brought him to the United States at the age of eight while his father, Feri Witz, remained in Israel. Upon arriving in America, Simmons didn’t speak English, though he quickly adapted. In the U.S., he formally changed his name to Eugene Klein, using his mother’s maiden name. Simmons has been an outspoken supporter of both the U.S. and Israel throughout his adult life.

Dunham Up for Webby Award

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e’re less than four months in, and 2013 already been quite the year for “Girls” creator-star Lena Dunham. She’s won two Golden Globes for her hit HBO show and now is confirming a book deal to the tune of $3.7 million. Random House will distribute the frank and funny 66-page “advice” book, entitled “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned.’” And on another front, Dunham is up for two more awards for work beyond her show and writing – she beat out thousands to garner two nominations for the 17th-annual Webby Awards, for the Best Individual Performance as well as Social Content and Marketing. The Awards honor excellence in websites, interactive advertising, online video and applications. Her performance nomination comes for her “First Time” video, created in conjunction with the Obama reelection campaign. A relative newcomer to the Webbys, Dunham will go up against the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Charlize Theron for the honors (to be announced April 30). From Brooklyn, N.Y., Dunham was born to father Carroll Dunham and mother Laurie Simmons. She has one sibling, a younger sister named Grace.


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Gregarious George

ASST. DANCE CAPTAIN DANNY GEORGE HELPS BRING “SISTER ACT” TO ATLANTA BY Elizabeth Friedly Assistant Editor

Now a part of Broadway Across America, “Sister Act” returns to Georgia this month, and the Atlanta Jewish Times spoke with the man behind the movement – “Act” assistant dance captain, Danny George.

days with your family. You have to find doctors in random cities, but luckily – I think it’s probably because I’m Jewish – I have a cousin that’s a doctor in every city (laughs). So, I’m very lucky. AJT: In every city? DG: Pretty much – or an orthodontist. AJT: I was also going to ask if you had any highlights from the tour, moments that stood out for you so far?

DG: I guess probably when I was at home for the holidays, because we were actually in Florida. As one of the few to Danny George And that was really, really have memorized the show special because we got to in its entirety, George have my entire company must take over at a moover. It was really nice for the holiment’s notice for any unavailable actor (or actress, in some cases). What’s days. And we loved Philadelphia and more, he teaches the show to under- Chicago, because the food there and studies and newcomers alike in bi- everything was just awesome. weekly rehearsal sessions. It’s an intimidating load for one who just recently graduated from the Boston Conservatory, but the Florida-native is taking his first big tour in stride. Atlanta Jewish Times: Thank you for taking time out of rehearsal for this! It sounds like you’re insanely busy. Danny George: I am, I don’t really get that much free time. But it’s been totally worth it. AJT: Have you visited Atlanta before this show? DG: I haven’t, and I am so ex-ci-ted! Yeah, I probably will get some time there, and I’ve heard it’s just an awesome city. Everyone on the cast is so excited to come to Atlanta. AJT: So how is life out on the road? DG: It definitely has its challenges. You don’t get to spend a lot of holi-

And most of the cast is not Jewish, so on the High Holy Days, I’m the only one fasting for Yom Kippur, and no one knows what an afikomen is… You know there’s a few things here and there that get difficult, but I’m getting to know another religion at the same time, which is pretty cool. AJT: By the end of this you’ll be an expert! DG: (Laughs) Yeah, by the end of this I’ll have a degree in religious studies. AJT: Between this and the altar boys… DG: Right? It’s so crazy! I keep donning this altar boy costume. It’s just nuts. AJT: Did you grow up in a very Jewish household? DG: I actually grew up in a mixed household. My dad was Catholic and my mom is Jewish, but both my parents raised me and my brother very

Jewish. We went to a Jewish elementary school up until fifth grade. We had to speak Hebrew every single day, we had a bar mitzvah to prepare for, Jewish studies [and] we went to temple for every holiday. I guess we’re more Reform or Conservative. We do Shabbat, obviously. My grandmother was actually raised Orthodox. So yeah, I’m very proud of my religion, so this is very cool. AJT: That about wraps it up. One last thing though: Do you plan on staying in theater? DG: Oh, absolutely. This is pretty much at the very beginning of my career, so hopefully I’ll give Nathan Lane a run for his money. Editor’s note: “Sister Act” will play April 23- 28 at the Fox Theatre. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

AJT: I’ve still never gotten to try a Chicago deep-dish pizza. DG: Oh my gosh, it’s the best! It’s really cool, because every city we go to, we get to really sample the regional food. We had Philly cheesesteaks, and I’m sure in Atlanta I’ll have as much fried chicken as possible! That kind of stuff. It’s very cool. AJT: Now of course, we’ve got to get to your Jewish roots. DG: Yes, please! AJT: What’s it like being a Jewish person in this particular show? DG: I gotta tell you – the last two shows I did before this were altar boys (laughs). Yeah, so for some reason I keep getting cast in Christian shows! I think it’s a little more challenging for me because I don’t know how to cross myself and there’s a lot of terminology or props that I had no idea what they were or what they were for.

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hoopi Goldberg took her 1992 hit film “Sister Act” to the stage when she produced Cheri and Bill Steinkellner’s musical version with Stage Entertainment in 2009. But before that West End production, “Sister Act” had roots in Atlanta, having played at Alliance Theater in ’07 after its original ’06 run in California.

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Shabbat on the Rocks

SCHMOOZING & SIPPING IN THE SPIRIT OF JUDAISM Staff Report

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he Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s periodic Shabbat on the Rocks networking programs present fantastic opportunities to socialize, sample (both drinks and hors d’oeuvres) and take part in the blessings that begin our day of rest.

Led by the fantastic Rabbi Brian Glusman – MJCCA director of membership, outreach and engagement – these evenings feature music, good food and better company all in the classy setting of the City Club of Buckhead.

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Watch our “What’s Happening” section and atlantajcc.org for details on the next Shabbat on the Rocks event! We just might see you there!

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Atlanta Synagogue Directory

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CHABAD Chabad Intown

928 Ponce De Leon Avenue Atlanta, GA 30306 www.chabadintown.org 404.898.0434

Congregation Beth Shalom 5303 Winters Chapel Rd. Atlanta, GA 30360 www.bshalom.net 770.399.5300

Guardians of the Torah P.O. Box 767981 Roswell, GA 30076 www.guardiansofthetorah.org 770.286.3477

The Kehilla of Sandy Springs 5075 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30342 www.thekehilla.org 404.913.6131

Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Rd. Roswell, GA 30075 www.bethtikvah.com 770.642.0434

Chabad Israel Center 5188 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30324 www.cicatlanta.com 404.252.9508

Congregation B’nai Torah 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30328 www.bnaitorah.org 404.257.0537

Young Israel of Toco Hills 2074 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.yith.org 404.315.1417

Temple Emanu-El 1580 Spalding Dr. Atlanta, GA 30350 www.templeemanuelatlanta.org 770.395.1340

Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. Suite 120 Kennesaw, GA 30144 www.jewishwestcobb.com 678.460.7702

Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy Marietta, GA 30068 www.etzchaim.net 770.973.0137

Nediv Lev: the Free Synagogue of Atlanta 3791 Mill Creek Ct. Atlanta, GA 30341 My.att.net/p/PWP-NedivLev 770.335.2311 Shalom B’harim 150 Warwick Street Dahlonega, GA 30533 www.shalombharim.org 706.864.0801

Reconstructionist Congregation Bet Haverim 2676 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.congregationbethaverim.org 404.315.6446

Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St. Roswell, GA 30075 www.kehillatchaim.org 770.641.8630

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Anshi S’Fard Congregation 1324 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.anshisfard.com 404.874.4513

Congregation B’nai Israel 1633 Hwy 54 E Jonesboro, GA 30238 www.bnai-israel.net 678.817.7162

Congregation Ariel 5237 Tilly Mill Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30338 www.congariel.org 770.390.9071

Congregation Dor Tamid 11165 Parsons Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097 www.dortamid.org 770.623.8860

Congregation Beth Jacob 1855 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.bethjacobatlanta.org 404.633.0551

Congregation Ner Tamid 176 West Sandtown Rd. Marietta, GA 30064 www.nertamidonline.com 678.264.8575

Congregation Beth Yitzhak 5054 Singleton Rd. Norcross, GA 30093 770.931.4567 Email: anatoliy@bjca.com

Congregation Rodeph Sholom 406 East 1st Street Rome, GA 30161 www.rodephsholomga.org (706) 291-6315

Congregation Ner Hamizrach 1858 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.nerhamizrach.org 404.315.9020

Temple Beth David 1885 Mcgee Rd. Snellville, GA 30078 www.gwinnetttemple.com 770.978.3916

Chabad of Gwinnett 3855 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 770 Norcross, GA 30092 www.chabadofgwinnett.org 678.595.0196 Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 www.chabadnf.org 770.410.9000 Congregation Beth Tefillah 5065 High Point Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 www.chabadga.com 404.257.9306 Conservative Ahavath Achim Synagogue 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. Atlanta, GA 30327 www.aasynagogue.org 404.355.5222

Congregation Gesher L’Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 www.gltorah.org 770.777.4009 Congregation Or Hadash 6751 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30328 www.or-hadash.org 404.250.3338 Congregation Shearith Israel 1180 University Dr. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.shearithisrael.com 404.873.1743 Non-denominational Atlanta Chevre Minyan Druid Forest Clubhouse North Crossing Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305 www.atlantachevreminya.org Congregation Kehillat HaShem 315 Cotton Court Johns Creek, GA 30022 rabbiatlanta.com 770.218.8094 Congregation Shema Yisrael 6065 Roswell Rd., #3018 Atlanta, GA 30328 www.shemaweb.org 404.943.1100

Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Rd. Marietta, GA 30062 www.kolemeth.net 770.973.3533 Temple Sinai 5645 Dupree Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30327 www.templesinatlanta.org 404.252.3073 The Temple 1589 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 www.the-temple.org 404.873.1731 SEPHARDIC Congregation Or VeShalom 1681 North Druid Hills Rd. Atlanta, GA 30319 www.orveshalom.org 404.633.1737 Traditional Congregation Shaarei Shamayim 1810 Briarcliff Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.shaareishamayeim.com 404.417.0472

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Chabad of Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068 www.chabadofcobb.com 770.565.4412

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Fialkow to be Honored at Sidney Feldman Legacy Cup GHA’S 9TH-ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT From Greenfield Hebrew Academy

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Fialkow’s love for golf is part of his professional and philanthropic life. He’s been an avid golfer since childhood and was part of the golf team at Emory University during his time there as an undergraduate student. He later volunteered to be GHA’s golf coach and led his students to a team championship as well as medals for two individuals.

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He was also a co-founder of GHA’s annual golf tournament, the predecessor to the Sidney Feldman Cup. And besides his service to the school, Fialkow has worked on projects benefiting Ahavath Achim Synagogue and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta; served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish National Fund; and is a major financial contributor to several organizations that assist less fortunate members of society. Manny – who lives with his wife Stacy and children Ethan (GHA ’10), Samuel (GHA ’14), Sydney Rae (GHA ’16) and Isaac Geronimo (GHA ’18) – says one of his greatest pleasures is playing golf with his father and his children. Unlike Sidney Feldman, Fialkow has never “shot his age,” but claims to “shoot the weather” all of the time, especially in Atlanta during July and August. The tournament, set for May 6, kicks off with registration, breakfast and the presentation of awards at 8:30 a.m., with a shotgun start to follow at 10 a.m. A gala reception, including raffle prizes, will conclude the proceedings. Proceeds from the event will benefit GHA’s scholarship fund. For additional information on GHA and this year’s golf tournament, contact Jill Rosner at (404) 843-9900, or check the web at ghacademy.org/index.php/ golf-tournament.

Remembering Anne Frank

GHA STUDENTS OBSERVE YOM HASHOAH WITH SPECIAL SERVICE By Leah Levy

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PBS & FORD FOUNDATION TEACHER INNOVATOR AWARD From the Epstein School

ommunity leader Emanuel “Manny” Fialkow will be honored at the upcoming ninth-annual Sidney Feldman Legacy Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Greenfield Hebrew Academy. The event, set for May 6, is fitting considering the honoree’s passion for the sport.

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nne Frank was the focus of Greenfield Hebrew Academy’s special Yom HaShoah memorial service. GHA fifth graders appreciated a performance written and coordinated by the Middle School Hebrew Language staff, including Yaira Auz, Meital Alaluf and Anat Azou-

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Students remembered the 6 million martyrs of the Holocaust with songs and poems in Hebrew and English and read excerpts from Frank’s diary in both languages. Rabbi Israel Robinson recited a special Yizkor prayer for the victims, and the children also performed interpretive movement with ribbons, ultimately replacing a yellow-and-black Jewish star with a blue-and-white one.

he Epstein School announces that middle school teacher Debbie Sasson has been named a first-place winner in the third-annual PBS LearningMedia and Henry Ford Foundation Teacher Innovator Award. This prestigious honor is awarded to a distinguished group of pre-K through 12th-grade educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students’ learning across key subject areas. While 30 teachers are recognized overall, it is an extraordinary achievement to have been selected as a first-place winner for this award.

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“I appreciate this recognition, and I am grateful that as a result I will now have the opportunity to participate in a week-long ‘Innovation Immersion Experience’ at The Henry Ford museum in Michigan this summer,” Sasson said. “I am also excited that through the student’s projects, Israel’s innovative character – which was at the core of the winning entry – will receive attention too.” For the project that was submitted for award review, Epstein students used technology in a variety of ways to explore the unique and revolutionary contributions that Israel has made to society in every field from agriculture to technology, medicine, arts, science, environment, fashion and more. To begin, the class examined one of Israel’s more well-known innovations, drip irrigation. Using the PBS LearningMedia video “Water Conservation,” Epstein students studied Israel’s ability to recycle (or “launder”) water. This video inspired the students to examine other areas of innovation that have emerged as a result of Israel’s scarcity of resources. The project culminated in an “Israel Innovations Expo” where students showcased their projects. The Innovation Immersion Experience in which Sasson will take part begins July 27.

At the close of the memorial service, GHA Principal Leah Summers shared her memories of last year’s Yom HaShoah, which she spent in Israel. “The sirens went off, and everyone was still – traffic everywhere just stopped, on every street and every freeway,” Summers said. “We all stood completely still and listened. All we heard were the sirens…and one baby crying. The sirens cried out for the dead, and the baby cried out for the living. “I thought, ‘we have come full circle.’ So many perished in the Holocaust, but now, in the State of Israel, we have life and the freedom to remember the ones we lost.”

Natan Friedman, a fifth grader, was thoughtful after the program.

“I knew a lot about Anne Frank already,” he said, “because my father and I visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It was so small, I remember, and the staircase was so narrow – I couldn’t believe so many people hid there for so long. “But she was smiling in all her pictures, and when I read her diary, I thought she sounded like a really happy person. She must have been very strong.” Natan paused, then added, “I’m really grateful that I don’t have to live her life.”


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It’s “April Madness” for College-Bound Students EVEN BIGGER THAN THE BIG GAME BY Dr. Mark L. Fisher AJT Contributor

As for you, Duke Blue Devils: What happened? And poor Kentucky, they never even made it to the tournament.

2. Talk to current university students. Ask them what they think the strengths of the colleges are as well as areas that need improvement.

Now, Coach Rick Pitino and Louisville may have cut down the nets by this time, but there’s still “April Madness” to come. To what, exactly, am I referring?

A great question: Would they attend their college if they know what they know now about the institution that they chose?

If students (typically, high school seniors) have a number of colleges to which they have been accepted, they need to be determining at this time the one college where they want to matriculate. In their decision-making process, they might ask a counselor the following question:

Which college will be best for me?

My reply is usually, “I can’t tell you which college you should attend because I am not you. The answer lies in your values, your interests, your academic profile and your chemistry with the various colleges that accepted you.” Yes, if a student seems way off track when it comes to making up his or her mind, I will help them focus. But the final decision is up to the student and the student’s family. It often happens that School A is the choice one day, it’s School B the day after, and then on the third day, School C is the one. It truly is “madness” at times, and April can be a most aggravating month for students. How can a student decide among the colleges who gave them that thick envelope with happy news? Here are some suggestions: 1. Visit your top choices again. There is no pressure this time around, considering you’ve already been accepted.

7. Rate the colleges. This writer has designed a “College Comparison Rating Chart” which may help you (email me for your free copy by May 1, drmarkfisher@ bellsouth.net).

Spend at least a day on the campus. No matter how you’re paying for your education – family funds, scholarships, loans or work/study – you are talking about an investment worth about $150,000.

3. Seek out and speak with professors who teach in your prospective major. And while you’re at it, talk to students in that major.

There are at least six areas to address, including people, academic life, campus life, student body, financial concerns and Jewish life. My chart, should you decide to use it, goes into detail on each of these. When you’re done, look at the total scores for each of the colleges that interest you most. You may be surprised at the outcome when you take a look at the big picture.

is easy! Choosing a college is always a big decision; take your time, but watch the calendar. By May 1, 2013, one of the colleges needs to hear from you. By the way, write a nice note to the colleges which you do not accept; the note will probably go into your application file, and who knows? If you desire to transfer, it might help that proof of your courtesy is in your folder. Dr. Mark Fisher is a college and career consultant at Fisher Educational Consultants (fishereducationalconsultants.com) and is the college counselor for Yeshiva Atlanta.

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4. Visit the Hillel and talk to the staff. It’s a great place to find out about Jewish life on campus. And, if you choose, visit the Chabad center or Reform, Conservative or Orthodox groups on or near campus. Is the Jewish group that interests you closeby? Are they active? How many students are involved? 5. If you have received money (merit or need), is it enough to make it financially feasible to attend? If not, talk to the financial aid personnel and see if additional funds are available. What suggestions do these professionals have for you? Let’s face it; the financial aid people are involved with this agenda all day. 6. Do you need academic support because you learn differently? Absolutely visit that department and find out what they have to offer you in the support you need to succeed.

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arch Madness had its share of surprises. Who thought Florida Gold Coast University was going to go so far? Several one-seeds saw their tournament hopes dashed early. Wichita State to the National Semifinals – could you have guessed?

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MATZAH BALL SOUP FOR THE SOUL

Without the Stench, There Would Be No Sweetness EXPERIENCING THE BAD HELPS US APPRECIATE THE GOOD BY RACHEL LAVICTOIRE AJT Columnist

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ashington University in St. Louis hosted its 11th-annual Relay for Life event recently to benefit the American Cancer Society. The goal this year was to raise $251,053; hitting this ambitious mark would bring Wash U’s fouryear fundraising total for this event to $1 million. Starting at 2 p.m., tents rose on the football field, and little white bags – each hand-decorated to honor a loved one – were lined up around the track. Once 6:30 arrived, we started the opening ceremony while the sun slowly fell from the sky. The national anthem was sung and speeches were read. And, just as at all other Relay for Lifes across the nation, the leaders concluded by asking all cancer survivors present to come down to the track for the Survivor’s Lap. At that point, I left my friends in the bleachers and joined the group below. Five of us held the relay banner, and we all started to walk. At first we

were silent; there must have been 20 of us behind the banner, and yet the only sound to be heard was singing coming from the sound system. Eventually, someone nearby said, “I love this song.” Another person responded, “me too,” and then we started making small talk. Four-hundred meters later, I was sad to see the end of our brief walk. I had been listening and chatting, connecting with survivors twice and three times my age. I’d known them only a few minutes, but I felt like they understood a part of my life that’s unexplainable to outsiders. When we crossed the finish line, our friends flocked towards us with flowers and hugs. It was 7:15, and we’d been at the event for only an hour, but we’d called to mind more than 30 loved ones with a history of cancer. The event would go on until 6 a.m.; after the sun set and the singing concluded, 1,571 participants would circle the track, play games, listen to music and dance with their friends.

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times shabbat blessings Blessing for the Candles Baruch Arah A-do-nai,El-o-hei-nu Melech Haolam Asher Kid-shanu b’mitzvotav V’zivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of time and space. You hallow us with Your mitzvot and command us to kindle the lights of Shabbat.

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Blessing for the Wine Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Meelech Haolam, Borei p’ri hagafen

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Praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. Blessing for the Bread (Challah) Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Melech haolam, Hamotzi Lechem min haaretz. Our Praise to You Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

Friday, April 19, 2013 Light Candles at: 7:53 pm Shabbat, April 20, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 8:51 pm Friday, April 26, 2013 Light Candles at: 7:59 pm Shabbat, April 27, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 8:57 pm Friday, May 3, 2013 Light Candles at: 8:04 pm Shabbat, May 4, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 9:03 pm

In effect, we were fighting cancer with fun. Interestingly enough, this week I learned that the Israelites had the same mindset when sending their sacrifices up to G-d. We read in the Torah, week after week, countless reports of the Israelites bringing cattle, goats, sheep and doves to the Temple, killing them and offering them to G-d. And for the sin offering, they always burned incense. Though it always seemed odd, I don’t think I’d ever sought an explanation for the ritual. I happened to stumble upon it recently, though. This week’s Torah portion, Acharei-Kedoshim, literally means “after the Kedoshim,” referring to the continuation of last week’s parshah, in which Aaron was anointed as the kohen gadol and saw his sons killed as the result of an improper offering to G-d. We pick up now with G-d’s instructions to Moses: “Speak to your brother Aaron, that he should not come at all times into the Holy within the dividing curtain… With this shall Aaron enter the Holy: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering (Leviticus 16:2-3).” G-d proceeds to outline the specifics of Aaron’s two offerings, then explains: “And then he shall take a pan full of burning coals from the altar, from before the Lord, and both hands’ full of fine incense, and bring [it] within the dividing curtain (Lev 16:12-13).” The Israelites burn incense, as I have recently learned, because it is considered the only one of the five senses not corrupted by Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. She listened to the Serpent, saw the tree, touched the fruit and ate it – but she did not smell. Therefore, when we seek forgiveness, we offer a scent to G-d.

Ok, interesting.

But the truly intriguing facet of burning incense to me is that, in burning it, we aren’t necessarily focused on the good smell, but rather on the bad. Remember that one of the main ingredients in creating this sacrificial smoke is khelbona, which is a spice known for its terrible odor. The potent stench is then mixed with a potpourri of pleasant smells. The rationale is that if it weren’t for the horrid smell, we wouldn’t appreciate its opposite – the sweet smell would go unnoticed. This week’s parshah takes place on Yom Kippur; when Aaron brings the bull, the ram and the incense to sacrifice to G-d, he is seeking atonement for sins. He uses his sons’ poor behavior as an opportunity to reach out to G-d. This in mind, take a moment now to think about Yom Kippur, just a few months away. Have you ever noticed a unique sensation? Beneath the hungry growls and impatient yawns, I suspect that most people feel the power of the holiday, of recognizing their sins and using their plea for forgiveness, as an excuse to speak with G-d. It’s by the same token that I can appreciate life that much more today. Having fought through cancer, today I can fully appreciate walking one lap around a track at an event that fights that awful disease with fun. We smell the sweetness among the stench. If everything was good, then really, nothing would ever be good; we have to recognize what is wrong in life before we can make things right. Rachel LaVictoire (rlavictoire@wustl. edu) is a graduate of the Davis Academy and Westminster High School, recipient of the prestigious Nemerov Writing and Thomas H. Elliott Merit scholarships at Washington University of St. Louis and an active member of Temple Emanu-El and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. She was recently named to the board of St. Louis Hillel.


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Fri., April 19 Slam into Shabbat, serve, volley and slam on the tennis court with pro athlete Juan Arico and his skilled coaches; blessing by Rabbi Glusman. Fri., April 19, 5 p.m. Free and open to the community. MJCCA. brian.glusman@atlantajcc.org. “Miss Saigon” Opening, a play performed by the North Springs Drama Department featuring a live pit orchestra. Fri., April 19, 7:30 p.m. $15/ adults, $10/seniors and students, $20/VIPs. For tickets, visit northspringshigh.com. Sun., April 21 OVS Men’s Club Trip to Sharp Shooters, gun range outing. Sun., April 21, 3 p.m. $60-$80. Sharp Shooters on Alpharetta Hwy. orveshalom.org. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel Performance & Program, part of “Keyboard Conversations,” a series of unique, concertsplus-commentary followed by audience Q & A. Sun., April 21, 4 p.m. $20-28/person. MJCCA Morris and Rae Frank Theatre. Tickets via (678) 812-4002 or atlantajcc.org. Children of the Holocaust, from Am Yisrael Chai Atlanta, with keynote speaker and survivor Andre Kessler; featuring an exhibit, book signing and student accounts of March of the Living. Sun., April 21, 5 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Tefilah. RSVP via (888) 608-4988 or amyisraelchaiatlanta@gmail.com.

8 p.m. Free. Beth Tefillah. RSVP to (404) 843-2464 or admin@bethtefillah.org. Thurs., April 25 NCJW Spring Bargainata, gently-worn, designer women’s and men’s clothing and housewares; proceeds benefit programs for Atlanta’s women and families. Thurs., April 25, 11 a.m. (continues April 28; preview night April 24, 7 p.m.). Hilderbrand Court Shopping Center, Atlanta. Info via (404) 843-9600 or ncjw@ncjwatlanta. org. High Ground Annual Meaningful Conversations, “Violence and the Response of People of Faith” with Rev. Joanna Adams, Imam Plemon ElAmin, the Rev. Joseph Roberts and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman. Thurs., April 25, 6:30 p.m. St. Luke’s. RSVP via trainingandcounselingcenter.org. “The Jewish Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities within Israeli Society,” fourth of the “Celebrating Israel at 65!” four-part series, featuring speaker Dr. Shelley Buxbaum. Thurs., April 25, 7 p.m. $10/per session. Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University. Info via (678) 812-3723 or atlantajcc.org.

Call (404) 840-1847 for more info. Casino Night & Auction, presented by Congregation Dor Tamid; proceeds benefit the Imagine Campaign. Sat., April 27. Ticket packages begin at $36. Info via casinonight@dortamid. com. Sun., April 28 Jewish War Veterans Meeting, buffet lunch with guest speaker Col. Kenneth Desimone. Mail reservation form with check (free for first-timers). Sun., April 28, 10 a.m. Landmark Diner. Info, jwvga.org. CDT’s Lag B’Omer Field Day & Family Picnic. Sun., April 28, 12:30 p.m. Congregation Dor Tamid. (770) 6238860. Genetic Genealogy, using DNA to trace your family history with Bennett Greenspan, founder of Family Tree DNA; presented by the Breman and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia. Sun., April 28, 2 p.m. Free for members OR with paid admission

to the museum. The Breman Museum. atbreman33.eventbrite.com. David D’or in concert in celebration of Israel’s 65th Independence Day. Sun., April 28, 8 p.m. $25/adult, $15/ students & seniors. The Temple. Tickets via (877) 725-8849 or ticketalternative.com. Community Lag B’Omer Celebration, cookout and activities including boating, zip line and an obstacle course as well as music by Tevye Band and performance of “Bar Yochai’s Cave.” Sun., April 28. Free and open to the community. MJCCA Camp Isidore Alterman. (678) 812-4000. Tues., April 30 The Kabbalah of Reincarnation, discussion with instructor Rabbi Avi Shlomo. Tues., April 30, 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Tefillah. (404) 843-2464.

Fri., April 26 “Boy in the Striped Pajamas” screening, film based on the New York Times bestselling novel. Fri., April 26, 4 p.m. Free. The East Cobb Library. (770) 509-2730.

Wed., April 24 Developmental Pediatrician Speaker Event, Dr. Linda Nathanson-Lippitt on both natural and traditional methods for treatment of children with developmental disabilities. Wed., April 24, 7 p.m. Greater Atlanta Speech/ MDE School. RSVP to (770) 977-9457 or greateratlantaspeech@gmail.com.

Israel AgTech Investment Road Show, an overview of Israel’s agriculture technology sector and its relation to the Memphis regional economy. Breakfast served. Fri., April 26, 8 a.m. Memphis Bioworks in Memphis, Tenn. Register by April 22 at aiccse. chambermaster.com/events.

Curious Tales of the Talmud, “Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of our Sages,” a six-week class with Rabbi Yossi New. Wed., April 24, 7:30 p.m. $85/after April 10. Chabad of Georgia. Register via myjil.com.

Garden Faire, N.F. Master Gardeners’ “Swing into Gardening” event featuring pass-along plant sale, vendors, food and speakers. Sat., April 27, 9 a.m. Bulloch Hall in Roswell. (678) 397-0571.

Tues., April 23 Parenting Perspectives, “Raising Healthy and Confident Children” with instructors Rabbi Yossi and Mrs. Dassie New. Tues., April 23,

Mel Brooks Night, selections from “The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy,” presented by the Temple Kehillat Chaim Brotherhood. Sat., April 27, 7 p.m. Temple Kehillat Chaim.

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Paula Lancit Boze

Julian Jacobs

62, OF ATLANTA

80, OF ATLANTA

Paula Lancit Boze, of Atlanta, passed quietly in her home early Mon., April 8. She was born on Dec. 7, 1950 in Newark, N.J. to Zelda and Sidney Lancit, of blessed memory. Paula grew up in Miami Beach during the 1960s and later attended the University of Florida. One fateful New Year’s Eve, she was set up on a blind date with Edward Boze. They married in 1972 in Miami Beach; Paula was 21 years old. Her first passion was teaching. She taught elementary school throughout her life and built her career at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, where she taught the second and fifth grades for almost 20 years. She leaves behind a legacy that includes hundreds of former students and dozens of younger teachers that she inspired and loved. Throughout her life, Paula built an extraordinary network of devoted friends with whom she loved to dine, travel and socialize. Memorable trips included those to Israel, Paris, South Africa and many long weekends in Daytona “with the girls.” She organized a sorority reunion several years ago that brought together dozens of her former sisters. She was known for her quick wit, honesty and insightful compassion. Paula was a beloved wife, sister, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Edward; her son Scott and his wife Jamilyn; her grandchildren Ava and Hunter; her brother and sister-in-law, Laurence and Cecily Lancit of Naples, Fla.; and their children, Shaune and Caitlin. Her influence lives on through her surviving relatives. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, hies.org/gifts, or to Temple Sinai, templesinaiatlanta.org. Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Tues., April 9, 2013 at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 with Rabbi Ronald Segal officiating. Burial followed at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Julian Jacobs, MD, FACP, died Feb. 10, 2013, following a lifelong residence in Atlanta. Dr. Jacobs was born, according to family myth, in an elevator at Georgia Baptist Hospital on Nov. 5, 1932 to Esther and Joseph Jacobs. He was one of three boys and was named after his grandmother Julia Ann. His two brothers were athletically talented, while Julian was considered the nerd of the family. Until 1950, he was known as “Cookie” rather than “Julian.” He attended Samuel Inman Grammar School, O’Keefe Junior High and graduated Grady High School in 1950. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University and was president of the pre-med society, AED, and the Cornell chapter of the AEPi fraternity. In 1958, he graduated fourth in his class at Emory University School of Medicine, where he was considered an “underachiever” by Dr. Evangaline Papageorge, whose assessment was not infrequently pointed out to him by Dr. Willis Hurst. During his sophomore year of medical school, Julian and his friend Jim Shelburne fought to have race and religion quotas eliminated. This brought them a social circle consisting of each other and a few other class members, usually older, for the duration of their medical school education. Upon graduation from Emory, Dr. Jacobs pursued postgraduate training in internal medicine at Tufts Medical School in Boston and then later returned to Emory for a fellowship in hematology with the American Cancer Society under Benjamin Gendel. Postgraduate clinical training was interrupted by two years of military service in Verdun, France with the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a USAREUR Captain. Julian joined the faculty of medicine at Emory in early 1960 and was chief of hematology/oncology at the VA Medical Center in Decatur, Ga. from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1994. During Dr. Jacobs’s sophomore year of medical school, he married Norma Claire Glazer, the daughter of Sol and Minnie Glazer of Atlanta. Norma used the money she made teaching piano and Jewish music to support their family through the rest of Julian’s medical training. Shortly after Norma’s untimely death in 1992, Julian retired from teaching and patient care as an emeritus professor of hematology and medical oncology. He then became medical director of Peachtree Hospice for several years. Julian’s interests included photography, Modern Hebrew as a spoken language and collecting different embroidered headcovers of the Jewish people (kippot/yarmulkes), pocket watches and bow ties. He was a lifelong supporter of Israel. He lived and worked for a year in Israel as the first physician in the development town of Arad. Julian is survived by two children, Sol and Lenore, and his seven grandchildren, who he described as “the diamonds in his crown.” He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Karen Nowicki, and his son-in-law, Ilan Fogel. He considered both of them his own children. In 1996, Julian married Eleanor Rosin, who offered support and encouragement during the “September of his years.” He was grateful to her for this. Julian’s life was enriched by his personal and professional relationships in medicine, too many to mention. He hopes those not mentioned will understand. He took special note of Joseph Hardison and P.R. Sarma, both of whom were close colleagues at the VA Medical Center and Emory Medical School, and cherished them as both colleagues and friends. Rabbi S. Robert Ichay and Jim and Jacqueline Shelbune remained close friends throughout his lifetime. Norma’s cousins Rachel and Joe Glazer and their children played a major role in his life, and so did Norma’s cousins from Kibbutz Yavneh, who enriched his understanding and appreciation of what it means to be committed to the Jewish people, land and values. He remained close to his sister-in-law, Kitty Jacobs, throughout his life as well. Julian said a number of times that the closest he could come to realizing his medical philosophy was to deliver high quality medical care to his patients at the VA Medical Center and Grady Hospital. He hoped that one day everyone would have access to affordable medical care. He did not suffer fools lightly and believed that people are obligated to use their talents to help themselves and others as much as possible. In his golden years, Julian often said that, everything considered, he was satisfied that he contributed his best efforts to make the world a more fair place to live in his short visit on this earth. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Friends of Yaakov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies, 77 W. Washington St. Ste. 1910, Chicago, IL 60602; or Soroka Medical Center Breast Cancer Center c/o Dr. Michael Koritz, soroka.org. Rabbi Michael Berger and Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiated at the graveside funeral on Feb. 11, 2013.


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Laurette Essex Kringold 85, WIFE TO LEONARD KRINGOLD Always the grande dame of stage and life, Laurette Kringold passed away April 8, 2013 from lung cancer at 85. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Leonard Kringold. They moved to Atlanta in November 2012 to be close to their children, Gail and Michael Habif and Debra and Steven Kringold. Laurette was the proud grandmother of Lauren and Ben Barden, Craig and Julie Habif, Rebecca and Eric Kaplan and Linden Hass. Great-grandchildren Lola and Allen Barden and twins Sam and Jacob Habif were her pride and joy. She is also survived by her brother, Harold Essex, and his wife Johanna, of New York. Laurette began her adult life as a New York fashion model and then moved to Florida with her family and became a commercial real estate manager. After her children graduated high school in Miami Beach, she returned to the fashion business as a sales manager. She enjoyed singing and performing with the Palm Isles Players and was a member of the choir for High Holiday services. Laurette was a breast cancer survivor, Weight Watcher lecturer and volunteer for Bethesda Hospital. She will be remembered with love for her humor, intellect, smile and heart of gold. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. Donations can be made to Weinstein Hospice or the Susie Habif Chesed Fund at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tues., April 9, 2013 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Donna Gail Mittenthal 63, OF ATLANTA Donna Gail Mittenthal, age 63, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2013. She was born in Detroit to Ethel and Earl Ressler, of blessed memory, and grew up in North Miami Beach, where she graduated from Norland High School in 1967. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of South Florida in 1971. Donna dedicated her life to her family with unconditional love for her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. She enhanced all of their lives and made living life a dream. She will be forever loved, missed and admired by her family, close friends and those whose lives she touched. Her memory will carry on forever. Donna is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Mark; her daughter, Lauren Israel, and her husband, Eric; her sons, Eric and his wife Laurie and Scott and his wife Kate; her grandchildren, Emily, Ben and Ryan Mittenthal and Ethan Israel; her brother, Doug, and his wife, Susan; and her niece and nephew, Samantha and Evan. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123, cancer.org; Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, weinsteinhospice.org; or Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Dr., Atlanta, GA 30350, templeemanuelatlanta.org. Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Sun., April 14, 2013 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Scott Colbert and Rabbi Joseph Prass officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Farhad Nahai Farhad Nahai, age 57, of Miami, died March 31, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Camelia; son, Dante Nahai; and brothers, Foad, Ferydoun and Firooz. Sign online guest book at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marcelle Nahai Chapel Fund at Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mt. Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. A graveside service was held Wed., April 3, 2013 at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Rabbi Joshua Heller and Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich officiated. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

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JEWISH PUZZLER by David Benkof

Across Across 1. First of the Minor Prophets 6. “Cheers” actress Perlman 10. Actor Ken (“Thirtysomething”) 14. Have ___ (enjoy the game) 15. Olim’s org. 16. Rocker Courtney 17. Mayor of Toronto, 1998-2003 19. Gershwin and others 20. King of Judea after Abijah 21. 42nd and Main: abbr. 22. Spielberg and Bochco 24. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” singer Neil 26. Andean land 27. “West Side Story” dance 29. Ear-burning rampage 33. 1910’s film star known as The Vamp 36. Early video game 38. Short story-writer Keret 39. Biblical plot 40. City destroyed in Genesis 42. Six-Day and Yom Kippur 43. Wraps, as in tefillin 45. Introduction to physics? 46. “___a man with seven wives” 47. Involve 49. Zuckerman and Sahl 51. Singer of “X-Men” fame 53. Very destructive 57. Pennsylvania Democratic Conressmember Schwartz 60. Letter before nun 61. Orange County coll.

62. “___ What Comes Natur’lly” (Irving Berlin song) 63. “Julie & Julia” director 66. “The Diary of ___ Frank” 67. 1987 Barbra Streisand film 68. Chanukah nosh 69. Certain NCOs 70. Just about makes, with “out” 71. JTS Chancellor Arnold

26. Emulate the U.N. vis a vis Israel, often 28. Growth period 30. Modern artist Yaacov 31. Have the chutzpah 32. Formerly, formerly 33. She played Lilith on “Cheers” 34. “The Essential Talmud” author Steinsaltz

35. Musical with a videographer character named Mark Cohen 37. “___Jail” (Monopoly directive) 41. 1986 Oscar-Winner Matlin 44. Moses Montefiore and Herbert Samuels 48. Natasha of “American Pie” 50. Place to observe Shabbat

Down 1. It controls Gaza 2. Morbidly ___ 3. An Israeli one features tomatoes and cucumbers, usually 4. Annex 5. Location of Congregation Or HaTzafon (“Northern Light”) 6. “I hate it when that happens!” 7. A son of Noah 8. One way to pay 9. “___ the truth” 10. Novel with a Jewish character named Fagin 11. “Dictionary of Jewish ___ and Legend” 12. Bad boy Boesky 13. Dalitz’s nemesis 18. Postage 23. Nadelman, sculptor of the bronze “Man in the Open Air” 25. She played Penny Pingleton in 2007’s “Hairspray”

52. French film actress Aimee 54. Makes smart? 55. “Have ___ and a smile” (old slogan) 56. Shatnez ingredient 57. ___ Israel (D.C. synagogue) 58. ___ Island Jewish Hospital 59. Bellybutton buildup 60. Part of Einstein’s famous equation 64. Road sign no. 65. Tel ___ (site of a 1920 battle)

Last week’s answers

Chess Puzzle of the Week by Jon Hochberg

Challenge: White to move: Checkmate in 2 moves

Last puzzle’s solution. 1) ___, Ne2+ 2) Kh1, Rh4#

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