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Final Thoughts from Cliff Weiss


t is with both sadness and joy that I write my final Letter from the Publisher. As you may know, I came to the

rescue of the Atlanta Jewish Times in March 2012. The previous owner had some problems with the paper, including calls from the Jewish Com-

to the AJT. A few months ago, I lost

patience and understanding. Despite

ture. Meeting Loretta was a true act

my passion for working on the AJT,

losing money and spending most of

of bashert, for which I am eternally

as other matters took higher priori-

my Sundays on the paper, Loretta


ties, and as a result, we missed pub-

has always supported me in this ven-

lishing several weeks.


interest of the AJT , the Jewish Community, and my family for me to sell the paper.

AJT after an Op-Ed that he wrote re-

long process, with three very strong

garding a fictitious attempt by Israel

people wanting to buy the AJT . Af-

to assassinate President Obama.

ter a few months of negotiating, I am

pleased to formally announce that

subscriptions that were once 17,000, were down to only 1,000, advertis-

The sale of the paper has been a

of the AJT and guide it into the future.

the Jewish Community was embar-

rassed by what our newspaper had

own Letter in January, detailing his

become. I was well aware that this

background and explaining his vi-

was not going to be a financial wind-

sion for the paper, I want to ensure

fall for me. If I were looking for a

everyone that Michael is truly the

good investment, there would have

best person for this job. He has some

been many other more lucrative op-

great ideas, as well as the time and

tions. I believed that saving the AJT

resources to make the AJT an ex-

was a social obligation. I did not want

ceptional paper that is relevant and

to see such a vital part of our Jewish


come to an end.

My goal has always been to re-

Our goal is to help you pursue yours. It’s that simple.

Michael A. Morris will take the helm

ers had pulled out of the paper, and

Community’s history and heritage

Although Michael will write his

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I hope to find a

vive the paper. After years of losing

position working with the Jewish

money, finally the AJT is economi-

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Basically, I have accom-

plished my goal. Now, it is time to turn the paper over to someone who can take it to the next level.


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paper, attended events, contributed

but due to personal setbacks and

stories, taken photographs, and writ-

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ten columns. Finally, I would like to

devote the necessary time and effort

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Transforming the desert. In southern Israel, the next generation of Jewish pioneers is making the desert bloom. A group of young, Zionist, idealistic adults known as the Young Farmers Incubation Project are cultivating a previously uninhabited area in the northwest Negev on Israel’s borders with Egypt and Gaza. Record year for Israeli companies on Wall St. 2014 has already set a record in offerings by Israeli companies in the US capital market (IPOs and secondary offerings by public companies). So far 26 Israeli offerings have raised an all-time record of $3.6 billion, breaking the previous record of $3.3 billion set in 1999. Israelis bring “magic” to Los Angeles. The 2014 Israel Conference in Los Angeles covered Israeli activity in everything from cybersecurity to the Hollywood film and television industry. One of the purposes of the conference was to “show the power and strength of how the Israeli economy is touching the world.” Israeli wins French book prize. Israeli author Zeruya Shalev won the 2014 Prix Femina Étranger, a French literary prize for foreign novels, for her book “What Remains of Life,” which tells the story of relationships in Israel throughout several generations and was published by Keter Books in 2011. Storing renewable energy. Israeli start-up EnStorage has signed an R&D agreement with international energy management company Schneider Electric and French energy corporation Areva to develop a renewable energy storage system. It will allow energy producers to store from 150 KW up to many megawatts for over six hours. Wix - One of the hottest startups. The influential international business magazine Inc. included Israeli web development platform Wix in its seven hottest Middle Eastern startups. It describes Wix as the model example of innovation and success in Israel’s Tel Aviv hub. Wix is advertising during this year’s US Super Bowl. Two Israeli “shorts” make Oscars shortlist. Two Israeli films have made the “shortlist” of ten finalists for the 2015 Live Action Short Film Oscar and they were both directed, at least in part, by women. The two movies are “Aya,” by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, and “Summer Vacation” by Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon.


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Taglit-Birthright Israel Opens for Winter Season 14,000 Young Adults Will Experience Israel during winter 2015 Special for the AJT


aglit is currently opening its winter season and preparing for 2015. During the next few months, Taglit will bring more than 14,000 young Jews between the ages of 18-26 from around the world to visit Israel as part of the 10-day project. Gidi Mark, the CEO of TaglitBirthright Israel, says: “We are thrilled to kick off the winter season, and we will continue to expand and deepen the activities among young Diaspora Jews by bringing them to Israel through Taglit-Birthright Israel. Long-term studies of the project have found that this visit to Israel greatly influences participants.” The past summer season proved as one of the most dynamic seasons for Taglit- Birthright Israel. During

this time, 27,700 young Jews from over 42 countries came to Israel, 8,400 of them during operation “Protective Edge.” Taglit-Birthright Israel has passed a significant milestone with the designation of the program’s 400,000th participant as well as the program’s 70,000th Israeli participant. “Each year, Taglit-Birthright Israel strives to reach new heights and surpass our own goals and expectations and this year, we’ve gone way above and beyond those expectations,” says Gidi Mark. “We remain dedicated to the ideology that brining the next generation of Diaspora Jews to Israel is a must, not a choice. It is crucial for the survival of the Jewish people as well as for the bond between Israel and the Diaspora.” The winter season is expected to see about 14,000 Taglit participants

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Q&A: Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Ron Prosor Visits Atlanta Special for the AJT


mbassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, visited Atlanta last month.

Prosor has become known for his precise and witty presentation of Israel’s views, specifically relating to Iran. “Permitting Iran to serve on the U.N.’s leading disarmament committee (First committee) is like appointing a drug lord CEO of a pharmaceutical company.” Prosor was a featured speaker at a Metro Atlanta Chamber event cohosted by Conexx and sponsored by Georgia Power. He also spoke at the Atlanta Jewish Academy during the second program of their Israel Speakers Series, and met with CNN’s executive and senior staff for an “off the record” briefing. The AJT also had the opportunity to ask the Ambassador some specific questions related to the current situations that Israel is facing today. Q: Do you feel the current United States Administration is doing enough to assist Israel with the growing tensions? A: The relationship between Israel and the USA is a keystone for political and security issues in Israel. There is no relationship in the world comparable. They understand our challenges, some of which America has experienced firsthand. We are both fighting against the radical groups that are undermining the core values that both countries share. We are fortunate to have American support both at United Nations and outside of it, and we will continue working together to achieve common goals. Q: In light of the recent incidents in Jerusalem, how confident are you that the European Union will re-shift their focus from Israeli actions to pressuring the Palestinians into being accountable for their actions and ending incitement against Israel emanating from its leaders, education system, media, and religious institutions? A: When it comes to matters of security, Israel has learned the hard way that we cannot rely on others to ensure the safety of our citizens. Only one country has always been there to offer support – the United States of America. Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders; they speak about Israel’s right to self-defense, but when we exercise that right, we are criticized by them. There is no question in my mind that one of the root causes of the conflict is in the Palestinian education. Most children in the world grow up watching cartoons of Mickey Mouse singing and dancing. Palestinian children

Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor

also grow up watching Mickey Mouse on Palestinian national television, yet instead of the original character that spreads joy and acceptance, there is a twisted figure dressed as Mickey Mouse that dances with an explosive belt and sings “Death to America and death to the Jews.” In mosques, religious leaders are spreading vicious libels accusing Jews of destroying Muslim holy sites, and in sports stadiums, teams are named after terrorists. European Countries should be taking a stand to put an end to the Palestinian enticement and condemn their cries of joy after Jews are murdered. De facto- we see a different approach: Europe condemns the terrorist attacks, yet still encourages Palestinian unilateral actions and threatens Israel with sanctions and boycotts. Spain condemns terror attacks in the morning, yet by evening its parliament recognizes a Palestinian state. The same story can be seen with other European countries. Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want - statehood without peace. By handing them a state on a silver platter, they are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence. They are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price. When it comes to Israel’s security, we cannot and will not rely on others – Israel must be able to defend itself by itself. Q: In your opinion, what is the best resolution to the escalating violence in Jerusalem and Israel? A: You don’t have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican and you don’t have to be Jewish to visit the Western Wall, but Palestinian leaders would like to see the day when only Muslims can visit the Temple Mount. In 1967, Israel reunited Jerusalem and for the first time

in decades, all people – regardless of nationality or religion - could visit the city’s holy sites. Israel had authority over the Temple Mount – but out of a commitment to peace, we guaranteed that Muslims would be able to pray at their holy sites and recognized the universal holiness of the place, therefore it was agreed that every religion would have access to the site. Recently, PM Netanyahu travelled to Jordan to meet with Secretary of State Kerry and King Abdullah. He reiterated Israel’s commitment to ensuring people of all faiths can freely access the Temple Mount. While Netanyahu was spreading calm and assurance of the “status quo”, President Abbas has called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount by using “all means necessary” and repeatedly calling for a “Day of Rage.” Israel is invested in peace and will continue to do so. When we faced an Arab leader who wanted peace, we made peace. President Abbas must decide if he is a partner for peace or a partner in terror. Q: Iran? A: While most nations are focused on the threat posed by ISIS, Iran poses

an even greater and immediate international threat. Iran and ISIS are two extreme sides of a double-edged sword – One Shiite the other Sunni. The international community must not lose sight of what Iran is capable of doing. There has been no change in Iran’s behavior or intentions. Iran continues to support Hamas and is economically responsible for terror attacks around the world, such as in Thailand and Burgos. In March, the IDF intercepted KLOS C carrying advanced rockets which originated from Iran. These threats are not kept in secret, yet the international community still wants to sign an agreement with this regime. Therefore we will repeatedly say that no deal is better than a bad deal. A ‘good deal’ would be modeled on the Syrian deal that saw the regime’s chemical weapons removed. In Iran, this means removing all of Iran’s nuclear components in exchange for lifting the sanctions. Editor’s Note: Kaylene Rudy is Business Manager and writer for the Atlanta Jewish Times and can be reached at 404-883-2130 x 100 or


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The Month of Kislev By Dr. Terry Segal Special For The AJT


osh Chodesh Kislev began on Sunday, November 23, 2014. It’s a month of miracles, illuminating the darkness with light and the opportunity to transform our lives into an enchanted journey through our Judaism. Self-reflection about our practice of Judaism can bring us the gift of a deepened connection to ourselves, our ancestors, and our heritage. While it is a festive time, it’s not devoid of Dragons. They appear as imbalances associated with overspending, overeating, and overscheduling, which fuel anxiety, emotions, compromise good health, adequate sleep and wise decision-making. The Enchanted Key to Mindfulness is the antidote required to stay present and on-track. Extending your personal practice to your religious life can create the miracles of the season. To clarify, Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation are not exactly the same thing. Mindfulness is a conscious level of self-awareness whose underpinnings include a sense of peace, connectedness to the Universe and personal accountability for the way one thinks and behaves. Mindfulness Meditation is a tool for getting to the core of this awareness. Let’s apply the Mindfulness Key to your experience of Judaism. Some people acknowledge themselves as Jews but they do not observe the rituals and practices of the religion. Others may be observant in actions but are not aligned with the soulful connection to G-d that is possible. Wherever we are on the continuum, there is always work to be done. You may also wish to open a meaningful discussion about this with others. Take a moment to quiet yourself. Sit in darkness for the beginning of this exercise. Take a few deep and cleansing breaths and exhale any tension held in your body. Get present to what being Jewish means to you. What thoughts or emotions arise for you? Being more specific now, what do you love about being

Jewish? What challenges you about being a Jew in today’s world? If you were born Jewish, revisit the glorious memories from your childhood associated with that. Invite the senses as you may recall the smells and tastes of a Jewish kitchen, relatives that gathered in moth ball-scented coats, favorite prayers chanted by the head of your family or shiny, new shoes on Rosh Hashanah. If your recollections of being a Jewish child were not pleasant, reflect on how they have affected you today. If you are a convert to Judaism, recall the spark that lit your soul. Light a candle and gaze at the ring that expands outward from the center of the flame. Contemplate yourself as the center of that light, G-d as the source, and your way of being in the world, particularly as a Jew, as an opening to illuminate a greater area than just your immediate circle. It’s easy to become complacent and keep the status quo but we mustn’t allow ourselves to be like bears in hibernation for the winter. We can’t go to sleep and expect miracles to happen. We must rest and awaken each day with focused energy to implement change. We are the makers of modern-day miracles and, with the help of G-d, we can turn darkness to light.

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During this month of Kislev, consider what darkened corners of your Judaism you would like to light. Author’s note: I am not exempt from Dragon play. Last month, at the end of the Meditation Focus, was an extended bit of information on Kabbalah and the astrological sign of Scorpio. It should not have been printed. I study the Kabbalistic interpretation of the Hebrew months with regard to astrological influences through I inadvertently had submitted my article, along with the recorded notes, without realizing it. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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Six Years Into the Dream Older Gals Are Still “In the Game” By Marcia Jaffe Featured Columnist AJT


hat do FDR, George W. Bush, Madonna, Meryl Streep, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have in common? They were cheerleaders, of course. The recent movie BOYHOOD featured the same actors followed over a decade as they matured naturally. In May 2009, the senior DREAM WNBA Cheerleaders formed and appeared on the cover of the Atlanta Jewish Times among a whirlwind of media coverage: The National AARP Magazine, the AJC Lifestyle Section, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Daily World, and Costco Magazine (can’t get more prestigious than that).

We are about 40 percent Jewish, have a pastor’s wife, a rabbi’s wife, a school principal, retirees, a photographer, teachers, realtors, a nurse, and a museum docent all with the common bond to want to perform and stay fit. We had four men, but the coach said it was just too difficult to get them to practice and coordinate two

separate routines. Because of them, we were able to do more complicated stunts like flying angels and pyramids. When Dr. Bruce Salzinger was a performer, I was able to do a handstand on his knees as a closing move. And there are the fans. After a performance, we hike up the stairs back to our dressing room, the ten year olds to the seventy year olds clap

Our average age has jumped from 59 to 66 with 28 grandchildren; and we are still performing at Philips with the Women’s National Basketball Association and stints with Georgia Tech Basketball. We appear at senior facilities and kicked of the Breast Cancer Walk from Centennial Park. The fact that we are still kicking at all is a miracle in itself. When I introduced our group at a benefit luncheon, I facetiously said “We are somewhere between “gansa knockers and alta cockers.” So begs the questions, what’s the curiosity about a bunch of older gals (up to age 76) who faithfully practice, memorize complicated routines, then spend the day at the Philips to go out for a 90 second performance? And how have we aged in terms of our esprit de corp losing/gaining women and men along the way?

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“When I first started with them, they could not get the steps or the count right! Today they get my choreography and learning a routine is easier, considering the first couple of

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and wave in their seats to slap our hands. What is OLD anyway? Does it take a lot of courage to wear gobs of makeup to shake pom poms to tunes like Blurred Lines that only the young folks know? They wonder, “Will I still be able to do a cartwheel into splits at 65?” Why not! Maybe if we never stop moving, age won’t catch up with us. Not necessarily so. I for one can do the physical moves, but cannot remember the intricate steps. So I stand behind someone and and mimic the front row.

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me to take over, I saw that if they wanted to succeed with empowering women, I needed to push them to evolve into the powerful group that they are today!”

The heart behind us is Karen Schatten Shmerling, 56, who is dazzlingly talented, patient and visionary. Karen was roped into developing one routine and stayed on to implement modern songs like “Put a Ring On It,” “Happy”, “Thrift Shop”, mixed with Michael Jackson and James Brown. Karen started dancing at age six, then off to Skidmore College where she was a dance major performing for four years in NYC; back to Atlanta where she taught dance.

Karen said, “After Marcia asked

years, it was laborious to just finish one new dance! Now we do two songs in1 routine!! The audience goes wild as they can’t anticipate the ‘change up. Push It, Party Rock Anthem, and the Dougie have all been ours. I record the dances on YouTube so that they can practice at home.” Getting us to use YouTube was a hard as learning a dance! True Originals Marci Draluck, who is an original DREAM SUPREME, is still on top of her game. Perky Marci says, “Just pinch me! The Dream is real. It keeps me fit and current. We have evolved from dance wannabes to hip swinging cheerleaders. Thanks to Karen, my knowledge of pop culture has skyrocked. Not only have Lady Gaga and Beyonce entered my life, but I dance the ‘stanky leg’ and ‘wobble.’ The fact that Karen put me in ‘real time’ is one of my best kept secrets. Marcia Jaffe brought together a group of women each possessing her own personality and interests.” Another original, Voncile Hodges, 64, with whom I worked at the AJC for decades, is active in her church

Our Loss Karen continued, “Our saddest time was the unexpected death of Bitsy Lewin, an original dancer. We saw her one week; the next week her spot was empty. This tragedy will never be forgotten, as she is in our hearts.” Our team performed the funeral service under the guidance of Susan Sandler and Marci Draluck for the devastated family. Draluck continues, “We’ve laughed together and cried together. As a tribute to our friend Bitsy we drew strength from one another as we compiled and wrote her memorial service.” Dancing Through Adversity

Fulfilling a Childhood Dream S u s a n Sandler, a social 5+years ago Marci, Bitsy* Bobi, Annette, Karen worker, wanted to front row Marcia, Diane (*deceased) ice skate and dance and an avid scuba diver. She muses, as a child, but got “I’ve heard ‘life begins at 60.’ How sil- too dizzy with twirling motion. Her ly, I thought at the time. This gave me cousin in the 1920’s was one of the an opportunity to do something I nev- first cheerleaders at Tulane. Susan er thought I could do and have fun. It said, “So here was my chance. When has been an opportunity to meet folks my husband and I attended a DREAM I probably would not have otherwise. game, I was impressed and told Karen It’s an opportunity I could not let pass I wanted to be part of the team. But by sitting on the sidelines.” I wasn’t OLD enough! After reach Original Bobi Dimond, the only ing the appropriate age, I attended flaming red head, remarked, “We re- a practice and fell in love with the ally have evolved. When Karen shows group. I enjoy the exercise, music, and us a new dance, I am terrified because the friendships.” is looks so hard and fast. After much practice, I am amazed at how well we all do. My favorite thing is how Karen takes a popular musical hit and turns it into a dance for us. The audience goes crazy!” Diane Deville, who was our youngest, started with the group in 2009 as she recently recovered from double hip replacement surgery as a result of a horseback riding accident and wanted to show seniors that almost anything was possible. Diane, who recovered at Grady Hospital, was able to perform splits and complicated moves. Initially we practiced at the Deville’s house three times a week because the gym wasn’t available to match our “performance insecurity”. Diane eventually dropped out of the group because she had to undergo more surgery and “taper off.”

Susan’s husband Rabbi Neil Sandler and Karen’s husband, Dr.Ricky Shmerling attend most games as our home grown fan base.

Debbie Wexler, (who was a Jeopardy quiz show champion), said, “My husband always wanted to date a cheerleader. Not taking this opportunity to be part of the team, would mean disappointing him, and also saying ‘no’ to Marcia. Neither are of which would be easy. I am a healthcare risk management consultant and welcomed the opportunity to try something completely new. I want my 4 grown children to know that there is fun to be had as we grow older and wiser.” Jan Collins, a retired drama coach , was among the first majorettes at Georgia Tech in “the 50’s” in coordination with Murphy High School. Jan recently raised $53,000 for Alzheimer’s by performing in the “Dancing Stars of Atlanta.”

Paula (our tallest at 5’9”) said, “Dance has been part of my life since toddlerhood. My husband says my first game will be sold out due to friends filling the seats. When not practicing cheers, I’m a docent at the High Museum, playing Viola da Gamba with a Chamber Music group, or practicing Japanese. Learning the dances with Karen is truly a “dream”- the music is current, edgy, and brings back my high school cheerleading days.”

My biggest support is this team. They have compassionately stood beside me and encouraged me. Little did I know that when I joined--just to dance--that they would come to mean so much more in my life. If you ever see us on or off the stage, we are the closest group of sisters you will ever see. We work hard, we laugh a lot, and hug even more!! I never walk alone in my illness as long as I have them by my side. Thank G-d for them!” The Dream Supreme season starts in May. If you are over 55 and interested in trying out , contact marciajaffe@ bellsouth. For us, the season is NOW! And there is nothing like being on the jumbotron at Philips Arena where every hair looks like a pine tree.

Happy Chanukah!

The Newbies This Fall we took in two new members, Paula Isenman and Debbie Wexler.

Barbara Cox has leukemia. She shares, “My life consists of strong medicines, bad side effects and monthly infusions.


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The Atlanta Jewish Times Gift Guide Calling All Gift Givers! By Robyn Spizman Gerson Special For The AJT


f you know a great gift to give, sit next to me! Yes, it’s that time of year again, and Chanukah is right around the corner. If you want to be a memorable gift giver, check out these fabulous gifts from companies I have tasted, tested, even given, because I think you will love them. From incredible edibles to memorable keepsakes, here’s a jumpstart for those gift giving woes!

Chocolate Ooh La La’s You’ll say Ooh La La when you taste these salty, sweet, decadent handmade chocolate treats! Think of them as your “Chocolate Gift Concierge”. Owner/Creator Debbie Cohan has created this popular chocolate gift company where the chocolates are as

delicious as the packaging. Each box, bag, basket or tin is hand-packaged with their personalized exclusive and complimentary “message confetti” with your custom message tucked inside every gift. Chocolate Ooh La La’s are yummy holiday gifts, festive party favors for mitzvahs, goody bags and corporate gift-giving is their specialty! They can add your name, logo, theme and work within any budget. Just provide an address list of your gift recipients and they will ship your gift anywhere in the country for a memorable delicious gift that will be long remembered.

Milo’s Gift Shop Here’s A Picture Perfect Gift! Check out this popular online gift-giving universe. Give your personal noncopyrighted photographs a new life and discover gifts that have a special one-of-a-kind touch. With delightfully chic tabletop gifts, stationery, notepads, luggage tags, calendars

and more, Milo Gift Shop makes personalized presents and irresistible accessories that are totally stylish. Transform your favorite photos into a tumbler, dinner plate or serving platter. Or create personalized stationery that’s sure to inspire the thank-you note challenged. Either way, you will love Milo Gift Shop’s outstanding gift selection and gift wonderfully thoughtful presents year round for every occasion. From Chanukah to mitzvahs, your friends, family and gift list will thank you!


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10/31/14 2:05 PM This very popular gift company has been perfecting the fine art of Gifting for 37 years. If you can imagine it – Riedy’s Gift Express can deliver it. Every order for gift baskets or promotional items comes with personalized service, and creativity of Riedy Gimpelson’s “gifted staff.” Select from delicious goodies, healthy treats and indulgent sweets, she will take care of your entire gift list with attention to detail and pure pizzazz. Order early since Riedy has a list of regulars who have utilized her gift services for decades. Riedy’s ships worldwide. Frecklebox is a fabulous site where you can purchase truly special, oneof-a-kind personalized gifts for kids. Their fun selection of gifts from A to Z presents everything personalized including books, coloring books, puzzles, party favors, stickers, journals, placemats, growth charts and more! Check out my latest personalized storybook which is arriving just in time for the holidays titled The Hug Book, a personalized story about grandparents sending hugs to a special grandchild. The production of your personalized gifts with a child’s name and yours begins moments after you finish your order and is completed within 48 hours. You select the shipping. All manufacturing is done in the good old USA.

Personalized Pillows Check out Personalized Pillows for a picture perfect pillow that preserves the occasion. Ask this pillow guru to create a pillow for you. Keepsake pillows are great ways to commemorate life events - births, bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone birthdays, sweet 16s, weddings, anniversaries and more. Jane Sheinfeld’s The Pieced

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Cartoons. Add New York Time’s Foodie Mark Bittman’s cookbook The How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition) and his latest How to Cook Everything Fast which are monumental staples in every kitchen. Add Daniel Gordis’s Menachem Begin and Life Animated by Ron Suskind along with The Esther G Levine Community Read featuring Martin Goldsmith’s

The Cookie Joint® is a creative cookie company baking up fun specialty cookies since 2010. The artistic co-founders Jill Balick and Susie Schuster got to baking and the concept quickly took off. Cookie Fries— shortbread cookies shaped like crinkle-cut French fries are packaged in classic French fry containers—are their signature offerings.

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Gives Back! Esbe Designs featuring the beautiful designs of talented Atlanta designer Sara Blaine is proud to announce their give back gifts as they have aligned with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest pediatric systems in the country to create the silky hand-painted Hope and Will Bracelet based on their mascots which represents the hopeful attitude and strong will of their patients, families and staff. The cost of the bracelet is $28 plus tax and comes in 4 different colors. For every two sold, one is donated to the children, staff and volunteers at Children’s and 10% of all proceeds benefits Children’s. For more information visit

Give A Page Turner! Revisit The Atlanta Jewish Book Festival! Kudos to this amazing festival which featured a treasure trove of gifts to top off your gift list. Gift any of the authors that were featured from Anna Quindlen’s books to Bob Mankoff’s collection of New Yorker

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Palette will take your invitation or announcement (name or whatever) and transform it into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, piece of art. Another great gift for the guest of honor is a WordCloud pillow - provide a list of words and phrases gleaned from friends and family about the guest of honor to The Pieced Palette and they will make a gift that will be cherished by the recipient. Pillows start at $70.




on the go. A compact and portable kid, the FitKit50+ has all the tools for a total body workout. The 250, easy to follow exercises focus on balance, agility, coordination and stability. FitKit50+ can be used at home, in the office, or on the road for convenient fitness anytime, anywhere. Fitness expert, Amie Hoff has helped many of her clients gain confidence and is a go-to-guru for fitness. $34.99

Music To Your Ears Take note! Kids of all ages will flip over the timeless classic Dr. Fuddle and The Gold Baton. Check out this popular children’s book by one of Atlanta’s most beloved piano teacher’s Dr. Warren Woodruff at www. Dr. Woodruff’s readers, students and followers are raving about this book that mixes mystery and fantasy in a carefully woven plot. There’s even a major motion picture with special effects never before seen in the United States right on the horizon! You’ll appreciate this timeless story with a love of classical music embedded in this page-turning tale.

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For over 20 years, Fragile has been the place in Atlanta, located in Sandy Springs, for fine china, crystal and distinctive gifts. Fragile has a loyal following and this fabulous store is filled with hundreds of gift ideas for all things home, hospitality, bridal and entertaining. You’ll love this one-stop shop for beautiful and tasteful gifts for all occasions.

Eli Zabar is known for his deluxe holiday gift baskets. A Gift of Chanukah and his Kosher Basket contain the essentials for a beautiful and delicious family celebration. Check out his “Gift of Chanukah” basket or the “Kosher Basket” which is filled with his famous kosher breads, smoked salmon, fresh and dried fruit, and more. Order online or call (toll free) 866-354-3547 M-F - 9am to 5pm EST. Orders are normally shipped within two business days via FedEx.

Smart Cookies Will Love This! Ali’s Cookies, a popular Atlanta cookie company is well known for their delicious cookies, edible cookie gifts and more. The assortment of flavors is fantastic and this company has cornered the cookie market. A delicious treat that is perfect for someone sweet!

pression for gift givers. This go-tostore is a popular embroidery business that features a wide selection of many different types of gifts, from all things monogrammed and embroidered to framed designs, baby gifts and more. Order early as you’ll want to beat the rush.

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Gifts for The Hostess With the Mostess Bringing an accessory for the home for the hostess is thoughtful and appreciated. Jonathan Adler has salt and pepper shakers that are adorable and make a great gift. Some other accessories that the hostess would like are a platter, or a personalized carafe.

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Initial pieces are timeless, and are must for every woman. There are a lot of brands and varieties to choose from. David Yurman has a couple pieces in his Cable Collectibles Collection that start at $325. Alex and Ani initial wire bangle retails for $28. Additionally Kate Spade has an initial necklace for $58. For the trendy gal a faux fur vest or leather trim sweater is a must for this season! Both items you can find at a variety of stores and price points. Most importantly they will be a hit!

Gifts for Men For the man in your life that is not sure about skincare, the Kiehl’s Ultimate Refueling Set is meant for him! It is a collection of Kiehl’s Kiehl’s $59 best selling men’s formulations, including face wash, shave cream, body scrub, and much more! It can be found at the Kiehl’s store and fine department stores.

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Gifts for Women For the stylish and health conscious woman, the Tory Burch stackable bracelet that subtly holds the Fitbit Flex tracker will be the right choice for her. This will not only let her keep track of her daily goals, but is stylish as well. It retails for $195 and can be found at Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale’s.

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you might want to check out the Bose® QuietComfort® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones. The headphones cost $299. For the fashion forward guy, a trendy winter coat would be the perfect gift. It would keep him stylish and warm all winter long! I hope this list has helped you with your holiday list! I wish you a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year! Have a fashion question of any kind? Send Nicole your question at nicole@, or for more info about Nicole, visit www.nicoleborsuk. com. “Chai Fashion With Nicole” will be published in the Atlanta Jewish Times.



Move Over, Elf On The Shelf! Maccabee On The Mantel Creates New Hanukkah Tradition

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ost people have heard of the Elf On The Shelf, a Christmas tradition for many households. But now there’s a new toy in town that’s just right for Hanukkah.

with a few differences. The Maccabee doesn’t always move every night. It depends on whether or not the Maccabee is “magical.” Another important distinction is that the Maccabee does not report bad behavior like Elf On The Shelf does. Liberman has a reason for this.

Maccabee On The Mantel is a plush Maccabee doll, and it comes with a hardcover children’s book telling the story of the miracle of Hanukkah. Abra Beth Liberman, the author of the book and founder of Maccabee On The Mantel, says of the book: “This is a holiday with a really wonderful story behind it, and it would be foolish to miss an opportunity to educate children about it.”

“In Judaism we always try to emphasize being a good person just for the sake of being a good person, not because you are expecting a reward.” She says, “That’s not me saying anything pejorative about other faiths, it’s just me saying I really appreciate that aspect of Judaism, and I want the Maccabee to reflect that. I want to teach my children that doing the right thing doesn’t entitle you to anything.”

Liberman taught at her son’s preschool, which she described as “a wonderful experience that really paved the way for his connection to Judaism.” Her son left preschool and went to a secular public school, which she says was a whole new world for him.

Liberman is “honored” and “humbled” by the Maccabee’s success. She hopes one day every Jewish home will

“My son became exposed to Christianity and other religions that he had been sheltered from in preschool. When he saw the Elf On The Shelf, he wanted one too. I had to explain to him why we couldn’t have one, and I had to explain that Santa wasn’t coming to our house,” Liberman says. “I started asking myself how I could make sure he felt included and involved in a way that worked for our family. I wanted to find a way to make my son feel culturally, religiously, and socially connected to Judaism in a non-Jewish world.” The idea of Maccabee on the Mantel began as a joke. Liberman was at a Christmas party with her friend David Wilk, and they jokingly said, “Elf On The Shelf? Where’s our Maccabee On The Mantel?” After a five-year process, Maccabee On The Mantel was born. It debuted last year to instant success, winning the Product of the Year 2014 award from Creative Child Magazine. It’s also sold online, on Amazon, at Hallmark, in smaller toy stores, and synagogue gift shops. Maccabee on the Mantel is a lot like his Elf On The Shelf counterpart,

have a Maccabee, and that it will become a tradition. “Judaism is constantly changing and evolving, and Maccabee is a way to keep up with the times and to present the Jewish community with another idea to celebrate their Judaism,” Liberman says. “For the connection to Judaism to grow, we need to be as understanding and compassionate as possible. There’s no ‘wrong way’ to be For more information on Maccabee On the Mantle visit: Jewish.”

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Giving Back This Holiday Season with Amy’s Holiday Party Party Provides Gift for Underprivileged Children By Ross Brill Special for the AJT


anukkah is right around the corner. Parents everywhere will start buying gifts, preparing latkes, and serving up fresh and hot “Sufganiyot” of course! It’s a great time to celebrate, not only Hanukkah, Ross Brill but the whole season and holidays of other religions. I look forward to Winter Break and spending time with my Camp Blue Star friends in Florida during our annual reunion. After Thanksgiving is when the fun begins. Toys go on sale! Toys? Why should I think about toys? Let me explain. Outside of school, one of my largest commitments is a community service organization called Creating Connected Communities (CCC). Our mission is to raise money so that we can hold festivals and parties for kids in Atlanta who are not fortunate enough to have Holiday and other celebrations of their own. Our biggest event of the year is called Amy’s Holiday Party, started by Amy Zeide in 1995. The party is alive and well today, as we host more than forty shelters and about 800 kids each December. Throughout the past couple of months, CCC has been preparing for Amy’s Holiday Party by holding fundraisers and phonathons, so that we can buy gifts for the children who will be attending the party this December. Raising money is tough! During the phonathon, I had to learn how to represent myself and CCC over the phone to attempt to raise as much money as I could. Thankfully, our community is always very generous. It was unnerving at first, but luckily I got the hang of it! After Thanksgiving, we will be going to all types of stores to buy a variety of toys for boys and girls of different ages. This way, when a needy child or teen comes into the toy room during the party, they will surely see something they like. After all the fundraising and toy buying, it finally becomes the day that we go set up the party, and open the doors to shelters all across Atlanta.

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I would have to say that Amy’s Holiday Party is what I look forward to most during the holiday season, because I know when I go into that party all of the hard work volunteering, raising money and giving my time and energy becomes about something bigger than myself. It becomes about making someone else’s day the best day of their life. The party is all about giving back.


I know how fortunate I am to have the family that I have, and it is the best feeling in the world to focus a whole day to giving all that back to kids not as fortunate. Creating Connected Communities has had a big influence on me, and I am so grateful it has given me these opportunities to make connections with kids I never would have met otherwise…plus, who doesn’t love a great party? If you or your teen would like to volunteer, or want more information on Amy’s Holiday Party, please go to

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ModernTribe Creates Collection of Design-Forward Hanukkah Partyware “Light, Joy, Latkes” Collection Combines Festive With Beautiful For Hanukkah Fun Special For The AJT

M’s “Light, Joy, Latkes” Party Collection, including its exclusive Hanukkah Gold & Silver Metallic Temporary Tattoos, is on sale online and in ModernTribe’s new brick and mortar store located in Downtown Atlanta. ModernTribe will donate 10% of Hanukkah store sales to lo-

year empathizing with customers’ frustrations. Last spring Rivlin Roberts began developing festive and decorous Hanukkah designs and, after several iterations and feedback from customers, ModernTribe finally choose

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In June of this year, ModernTribe opened its brick and mortar on historic Auburn Avenue in Downtown Atlanta, on Atlanta’s new streetcar line. Currently the store is nearly 100% dedicated to Hanukkah except for a small “end cap” of Christmas items for its non-Jewish customers.

ModernTribe’s store is located at 171 Auburn Avenue NE, Suite G, Atlanta, GA 30303 and is open daily from 11-6 p.m. Directions and parking information can be found on the website.

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January 21–February 22, 2015 Tickets @ 404.733.5000 Series on the Alliance Stage’s “Light, Joy, Latkes” Collection includes plates, eating utensils, Happy Hanukkah banners, posters, cupcake/appetizer toppers, greeting cards, and Hanukkah Gold & Silver Metallic Temporary Tattoos, similar to the popular Flash Tattoos™. The Hanukkah Partyware Collection follows other Jewish product design hits including No Limit Texas Dreidel (the game that crosses No Limit Texas Hold’em with traditional Hanukkah dreidel) and last year’s line of Thanksgivukkah items that included the Woodstock-inspired tee shirt and Grant Wood’s American Gothic parody poster that featured a pilgrim and Rabbi couple.

“We thought it would be fun and funny to give our non-Jewish shoppers a little taste of what it is like for a Jewish person during Christmas in America,” says Rivlin Roberts. “Really, it is to better serve the neighborhood, whose residents are mostly not Jewish and shop with us for their Jewish friends or because they connect to their Old Testament, enjoy Hebrew, or appreciate Jewish culture.” | Groups 404.733.4690


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The Matzo Ball: Not Just a Food Annual Chanukah Party Brings Jewish Singles in Atlanta Together

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n December 24, Jewish singles will converge in cities across the United States for an annual party popularly known as the Matzo Ball. While much of the world is observing Christmas Eve, hip Jewish singles in urban communities will be mixing and mingling at the 28th annual Matzo Ball: a bunch of social events coordinated by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals.

Founded in 1987, the Matzo ball has become about more than just partying, but also has morphed into a casual matchmaking service. With over 1,000 marriages, there are reports of couples that met 25 years ago, whose 21-year-olf children are attending this year for the first time. Creator Andy even met his wife at one of his events. In cities such as New York, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and more, the Matzo ball has become an event that is looked forward to every year. It’s a place where Jewish people can meet, network, make life-long friendship, and even find love.

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Starting at a local bar at Boston University, where creator Andy Rudnick was bartending, the party was created to give Jewish singles, who don’t always have a place to go on Christmas Eve, a place to party. Today, the Matzo Ball has grown from a local college town bar to numerous cities throughout the country, connecting 50,000 young Jewish singles together, since its inception.

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The Chanukah Party Drink Guide How to mix the perfect chnukah cocktails. By Jay Buchsbaum

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hen it comes to wine, everyone has an opinion, so what do you do when you’re hosting a Chanukah party and everyone wants something different? I recommend mixing up a batched cocktail. Why? It’s easy, you can make it in large quantities ahead of time, and people can help themselves as opposed to you pouring every glass. I’ve listed some favorites below, but the possibilities are endless. So grab a large punch bowl or pitcher (or several, if you’re creating more than one recipe) and don’t just host your party, enjoy it too! Passion Fruit Bubbly This one is easy and sweet and the bubbles make it fancy, definite crowd pleaser! What you’ll need: •

Large Pitcher

1 Bottle Morad Passion Fruit Wine (Chilled)

1 Bottle Bartenura Prosecco (Chilled)

Combine both bottles, mix gently and serve right away to maintain all the bubbles. Just that simple!

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Dreidel Rum Punch


Be careful with this one, drink too much and your head will be spinning! Rum is a wonderfully versatile spirit that can be mixed with just about everything and the Walder’s Creamy Liqueur add a decadent rich layer to this festive punch What you’ll need: •

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4 Cans Ginger Ale

In a large punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the ice and ginger ale. Refrigerate the punch for about an hour before you’re ready to serve. Then, add the ice, ginger ale and stir. Winter Sangria Don’t worry about following this recipe exactly, sangria is a very forgiving drink that can be made with nearly limitless variations. Don’t have apples? Use pears, have some extra oranges laying around, slice them up and add them in… What you’ll need: •

Large pitcher

1 Bottle Jeunesse Cabernet Sauvignon

½ bottle of Morad Pomegranate Wine

½ Cup pomegranate seeds

½ Cup sliced apples

1 cinnamon stick

¼ Cup of sugar

In a large pitcher, combine fruit, sugar and cinnamon stick, and wine. Stir and refrigerate 3-4 hours (you can prepare the night before to save even more time!) so all the flavors come together. Want to kick it up a notch? Add a little sparkling wine or champagne right before serving. Just remember, the important thing about hosting a party is spending time with friends and family, not your kitchen. Enjoy and Happy Chanukah!

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Get your Fill of Atlanta Maccabee Magic with these Special Events Looking to celebrate the festival of lights? Across Metro Atlanta this month there are a wide variety of Chanukah events for you to get your fix of latkes, sufganiyot and menorahs. From celebrating with the Atlanta Hawks, to candle lightings at the park, Chanukah 5775 is sure to be a memorable one for Atlanta locals. Check out our 2014 Chanukah event calendar below to find out about the biggest Chanukah events in December!

16; Wednesday, Dec. 17; and Thursday, Dec. 18. Each night will feature Hanukkah songs with our own Rabbi Glusman and special performances by MJCCA departments, followed by the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. Complimentary jelly donuts and hot chocolate will be served. Where: MJCCA Lobby, Zaban Park campus. More info: (678) 812.4161, brian.


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Young Israel of Toco Hills Chanukah Carnival. Celebrate with Young Israel of Toco Hills at their Chanukah Carnival December 14 from Noon-4 p.m. Featuring Face painting, rock climbing, Kosher food, music, kids crafts and more! Purchase tickets at the door. For more information call (404) 315-1417.

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Ner Tamid - Mavens Chanukah Party. Congregation Ner Tamid will be hosting a Mavens Chanukah Party, December 14 at 3:30 p.m. Bring unwrapped gifts to donate to children in need. Rather than cooking latkes and making a mess, please make a batch of latkes at home to share. Bring your favorite topping! RSVP to or 732-9966983.

Tues., Dec 16 Menorah Madness - Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at the MJCCA. All are invited to celebrate the first three nights of Hanukkah at the MJCCA: Tuesday, Dec.

Etz Chaim – A Celebration of Chanukah. Join Congregation Etz Chaim for a special Menorah lighting in the sanctuary at 6:15 p.m. followed by a dairy Chanukah dinner at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free with the donation of one Tzedakah item. Reservation is required. RSVP by e-mail to

Tues., Dec 16 The Sixth Point Annual Chanukah Party. Go tell your friend Veronica… it’s time for Chanukah! Get your holiday started at The Sixth Point’s annual Chanukah soiree. Light the first candle together, eat some latkes and gelt, and maybe even drink a gin and tonikah. Age 21+ only. $10 per person. More information at:

Wed., Dec 17 SOJOURN Chanukah Party. Join SOJOURN for a casual night of great company, tasty food, and plenty of fun. Latkes & snacks, the drinks (both alcoholic and non), and the dreidels will be provided; you bring your friends and family. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome, and feel free to bring your chanukiah/ menorah to light! Location: The Rush Center Annex, which is located behind the Rush Center Administrative Building. More information:


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norah Build, 6.00 p.m. Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration. Thursday, December 18 at East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Rd., Marietta, Ga 30068.

Thurs., Dec 18 Vodka & Latkes at Aja. Dance the night away at Atlanta’s biggest Hanukkah party for young adults at Aja in Buckhead. All tickets include complimentary valet, one drink ticket and latkes. This event is open to the community for ages 21 and up. $15 for MJCCA members, $20 for the community and $30 at the door. Location: Aja Restaurant & Bar, One Alliance Center, 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 100, Atlanta. More information: Roey Shoshan, (678) 812-4055, dar/2014/12/17/chanukah-party

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Home Depot Menorah Workshop. Come with your family and enjoy an evening of fun at the Home Depot Sandy Springs Menorah Workshop. There will be activities for all including: Menorah Building, an Olive oil press show, wick making, photo opportunities and music.

Chanukah Party at East Cobb Park. Join Chabad of Cobb in building and lighting Atlanta’s Tallest Lego Menorah! Live music and Chanukah treats. No charge. Schedule - 5:30 p.m. Lego Me-


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Sun., Dec 21 Hanukkah on the Beltline. Join Congregation Bet Haverim as they walk and sing Chanukah songs on the Atlanta Beltline. Bring lanterns, glow sticks and wear walking shoes. The walk is about 2 miles round trip. Meet at the Irwin street entrance of the Beltline (Near Irwin and Krog intersection). For more information visit

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USY Lights the Night Concert. Sunday December 21st at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, USY invited the Atlanta Jewish community to join them for a concert and Chanukah celebration. Featuring Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this Free, family friendly celebration. RSVP to usyconvention@ with your name and party size.


Sun., Dec 21 Light the Menorah with Chabad of Gwinnett. Celebrate Chanukah with a live Acoustic concert and the Grand 10 ft Menorah Lighting. On December 21 (the sixth night of Chanukah), join Chabad of Gwinnett for an acoustic Chanukah celebration, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This

year’s party will be held in downtown historic Norcross, at Thrasher Park. Admission is free if you RSVP at the website: Or, pay $4.00 at the door. For more information, call Rabbi Yossi Lerman at 678595-0196. Mon., Dec 22 Community Hanukkah Celebration at Etz Chaim. The MJCCA is partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Cobb and North Fulton county synagogue congregations for a Community Hanukkah Celebration. Celebrate the seventh night of the Festival of Lights with festivities, including: Lighting of the Menorah, Israeli music, storytelling, crafts, homemade sufganiyot and more. Chabad of Cobb, Congregation Etz Chaim, Temple Beth Tikvah and Temple Kol Emeth are partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the MJCCA to host the festivities. Location: Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta, Ga. More info: (404) 8701625, swyatt@ Tues., Dec 23 Chanukah Night at the Atlanta Hawks. Celebrate Chanukah with The Atlanta Hawks and Chabad Tuesday, December 23. Special Menorah Lighting at Center Court during Halftime and Kosher concessions. Special group rates available. Visit Atlantajewishheritage. com for more information. http://www.


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When I was a little girl, I never dreamt of being a princess. I also never dreamt of being a bride or what my wedding should look like. I only dreamt of being the cowgirl Dale Evans. I did not really care if Roy Rogers was in my dream; it was all about me being Dale Evens riding my beautiful horse which looked an awful lot like Ms. Evans horse. I still have my Dale Evans outfit! Dale Evans’ outfit boasted a green velveteen skirt with cream colored leather fringes at the hem. The outfit was completed by a red vee shaped accent at the waistline, with lovely leather ties. The vest, which I must say is totally adorable, rounds out the outfit. Whenever I was allowed to, I wore this coveted outfit with great pride.

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Upon entering middle school, much of the fantasy disappeared. My interest in cowgirl living was waning. It just didn’t feel clever, necessary or fun anymore. Welcome to growing up. Soon my life centered around my piano lessons (ugh), ballet, toe, tap, jazz, cheerleading, baton twirling and drama. I should have seen the pattern, but as a kid I thought all these after school activities were great fun. During the summer I was away at summer overnight camp all summer. Therapy (it was all the rage) awakened me to the fact that all these activities kept me busy, out of trouble and most significantly, out of the house. Anyone see the pattern yet? Oh please, of course my parents loved me; but a pattern does emerge!

games in the school yard, and summer camp were the most fertile places for internships majoring in: how to socialize with guys. Each ve nue had its’ pros and cons. Summer camp experiences were sure fire ways to acquire the most useful skills. I was a seventeen going on eighteen the summer I met my ‘bashert’. I was senior counselor to eleven thirteen year old girls. These thirteen year old girls were our greatest instructors and date arrangers. Both my co-counselor Arlene and me, were nothing if not excellent students. All we had to do is whisper someone’s name, or nod to each other in that knowing nod, and these girls would be all over it. How and why they were so much more sophisticated than we were is still a mystery. He was assistant head of the waterfront. I spotted him a mile away. Perhaps just a ¼ mile away. I turned to give Arlene “the look,” while totally unbeknownst to me my girls were watching our every move, our every twitch, our every smile. It worked, whatever they did, it worked. Summer camp is a very intense 24/7 environment. Gene and I had the entire summer to get to know one another, another camp summer romance. At summers end, he went back to Brooklyn, I went back to the Bronx. The following Spring, rumor had it, he was not returning to camp, he’d accepted a position at another summer camp. So much for “bashert”! Another summer, another bashert?

High school brought some reprieve from the whirlwind of activities. Now I was able to choose the activities on which I most wanted to concentrate. High on my list was dating – actually high on all my friends’ lists was the mysterious activity of dating.

Not so fast! The following summer, our camp director saw fit to give me the responsibility of insuring the safe arrival of all the busses filled with camper and counselors leaving from the New York area. Six busses in all. On the ride up to Hopewell Junction, in the New York Mountains, we are pulled over by state troopers. Our busses did not have the proper license to travel in New York. Oh great, my first time as chief of transportation, and the New York State troopers just happened to be on the lookout for six illegal busses. Could it have been a set up?




We arrived at camp three hours

late. As my bus was the lead bus, we pulled up to camp first. And lo’ and behold who do I, along with all the kids and counselors in the buss see? My bashert in living color. First words he spoke: “Wieden, can’t you ever be on time”? Wieden was my maiden name; for some strange reason which to this very day I do not understand, we were all calling each other by our last names. It must have been the cool thing to do.” I fell hard!

Back to our first fight, the weekend before going back to school, on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York. All the girls who were getting engaged, who were by today’s standards incredibly young, wanted diamonds. But not me. I thought a pearl would be lovely. I could not fathom what the big deal was, why were we fighting? He said diamond, I said pearl. He could save so much money.

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will never forget Simchat Torah, the most joyful of all holidays, especially the last the one in nineteen thirty nine the last one I celebrated with my fraternal grandfather. Since on that day every male, from infants to the most aged received an aliyah to the Torah. To accommodate all these aliyoth those who donated a Torah to a synagogue took it home there to read it. My grandfather’s best friend owned a Torah and each year my grandfather and I went to his friend’s home to read the Torah and complete the Mussaf services. My main concern in those years was the delicious food that we had after the services. There were all kinds of cakes especially the delicious Hungarian style stuffed cabbage. The cantor’s voice rang out Ya’amod R. Leyzer Yaakov ben Naftuli Chatan Torah. He was honored each year of being the person to whom the end of the Torah portion V’zoth Habrachah was read. The scroll was then rewound to Bereshit, to the beginning and his friend was honored with Chatan Bereshit and the continuous cycle of the weekly Torah reading a heritage that is over two millennia old a heritage was continued. And so the reader, with a special chant began once more “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth…” The creation story is re-read the story and the whole congregation rose and in unison with the reader we began to chant “Yom Hashish” it was the sixth day and G-d ceased his work of creation and rested on the seventh day and sanctified it. Unlike the first of G-d’s commands to be fruitful and multiply, there isn’t any commandment to observe the Shabbat. In a few sentences the Torah merely tells us that on that day G-d rested from his work and sanctified that day. The command to observe the Shabbat is first declared in the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) where the fifth commandment states:” Remember the Shabbat

day to sanctify it. Six days you shall labor and do all your tasks and the seventh day is the Day of Rest to the Lord your G-d. You shall not do any labor neither shall your son, daughter, your male and female servants, your cattle and the stranger who lives within your gates. In spite of the passage “Vayechuluh” which tells us that G-d rested from all his work G-d doesn’t command us to do as he did and rest. Abraham, Isaac and, Jacob did not observe the Shabbat. The idea of a sanctified day in which the Israelites were commanded to rest does not appear till after Jews have experienced slavery and have gained their freedom. Even at that the Torah has a very few commandments regarding this holidays observance and they were commanded after the period of slavery and the departure from Egypt. But the few laws that were given their violation were with the seriousness of a capital offense. Take for instance the story about a young man of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father who went out to gather wood on Shabbat. He hasn’t yet made a fire he was merely collecting wood. Those who found him brought the offender before Moses who after speaking to G-d decreed that the man should be stoned to death. And so it was done. “For everyone who profanes it (the Shabbat) shall surely be put to death; for whosoever does any work therein shall be cut of among his people.” The Torah has as yet not come to a definite conclusion whether on the one hand the violator of the Shabbat law shall be killed or on the other that he should be shunned i.e. cut off from his people. Why has the observance of Shabbat assumed such seriousness? The reason I propose is that Shabbat was more than just a day of rest it has become the symbolic representation of G-d – Israel relationship as established by a covenant a holy contract. We are told that Shabbat is an ot l’olam an eternal sign between G-d and Israel of an in which G-d declares “you shall be my people and

Another and complementary etiology of the Sabbath proposes idea that it was G-d who conceived the day of rest that G-d has the proprietary rights to the idea of Shabbat as the Torah states “and the seventh day belongs to the Lord your G-d.” It is G-d who as the creator of the world was the first entity to experience labor and sought to free the Jews from its consequences of fatigue and the need to rest. He resolved to give Israel a day of rest and Israel in turn based on the universal laws of reciprocity Jews have the obligation to repay the gift and we did that by listening to his requests and offering Him the gifts of sacrifice.. The effort that it takes to observe the Shabbat, the rabbis proposed, is made worthwhile by its benefits. Amram Gaon, a ninth century scholar tells us that those who observe the Shabbat, as it was ordained at Sinai, will posses glory, happiness and eternal life. Moshe, an unknown poet probably in the eleventh century wrote in a poem recited on Shabbat that this day is for “Rest and happiness and a light for the Jews. Shabbat is a day of bliss for through its observance we give testimony that G-d created the world in six days.” Chassidic tales are full of stories in which we are told the great rewards people earned for observing the Shabbat. In my youth I have had the pleasant experience of feeling guiltless for not working. Throughout the wee it was my duty to work – and in my case it was to study. Six days a week I went to school and the afternoons were devoted to additional study of Judaism and evenings I did home work. Believe me there were many times I wished to rebel against this regimen. But on Shabbat, especially in the cold winters I took afternoon

naps free from guilt -- after all it was Shabbat menuchah (rest). Still, the question that I must raise: Is Shabbat a deistic concept or is it a human concept arising out of historical Jewish experiences? In spite of the constant reference to G-d and his ordinances Shabbat is human idea, more specifically an Israelite construct and it has arisen out of Jewish historical experiences. Perhaps a more palatable way of stating my premise is that Shabbat is the reactions of early Jewish philosophers to Jewish experiences and conditions that Jews have and still experience today. All human ideals, like the Shabbat, arise out of human reaction to human experiences. It is our ancestors who experienced slavery in Egypt, a life of forced labor, the loss of control over one’s activities, when one works when told, does what one is commanded, the total elimination of control over one’s self. Again, I wish to reiterate: Human moral ideals rise out human experiences but we divest ourselves from the human experience and transfer them to G-d. We confer our ideas to G-d, who in turn by the nature that we endow Him can force us to do things that otherwise we cannot compel ourselves to make. We make G-d absolute and we endow Him all that is great in ourselves. To make morals significant we endow their creation to the deity and only He has the right to ordain them as laws. The Shabbat and all that is contained in it is a human reaction to compulsory and incessant labor which resides in the Jewish collective experience. Both Shabbat and Passover are in my view our ancestors response to

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I’ll be your G-d.” Violating the Shabbat threatens the continuity of the Israel-G-d covenant and without “our G-d” we stand defenseless in a hostile world and with it the existence of Israel is threatened. Still obedience to G-d’s will commit ourselves to the statement “na-ashe v’nishmah” we hall perform and listen namely submission to “ol shamayim” the yoke of heaven must carry with it positive reinforcement. We are hence told all the good conditions we, as a nation, will experience if we but submit to the will of G-d.




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their experience of slavery. The rabbis who composed the Shabbat Kiddush realized this and proposed in the Shabbat Kiddush that Shabbat“ is the first among the sanctified days rooted in our memory of the departure from Egypt.” It does not matter whether Egyptian enslavement and the liberation from it are true historical events, because if one believes that an experience is real the consequences to that belief are the same as though they were real.

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As I see it, Shabbat and Passover having been derived from a common experience both reflect a common ideal: the elevation of freedom to a moral ideal. While Passover advocates political freedom, the idea of equity in the courts and above all else the principle of justice Shabbat is our response to the abuse associated with injustices in labor. Having myself been a slave and experienced the degradation of the human being. Compelled labor over which we have no control not only destroys the physical being from lack of rest but also his mental and emotional being. The essence of Shabbat is not to cease all labor but to distinguish between coercive labor and free labor. The unfortunate human condition is that most work in which we participate is coercive labor one in which activities are dictated by others or by economic conditions. Coercive labor is profane, it is not self-fulfilling, it produces products but not joy of creation and pride associated with creation. In contrast in want for a better tern I will designate as free labor one that

does provide joy one that does not deplete the body and the soul. Mankind must engage in activities which are necessitated by economic conditions, these I refer to profane labor to distinguish from those that elevates the soul. For instance, playing an instrument for the sake of joy of music, and not as a job can be just as elevating as is reciting a page of Talmud – and to some even far more. Shabbat is the time when we participate in joyful and fulfilling activities which may and may not be associated with the sacred. I remember, although I cannot recall the exact quotation, a discourse whether attending a circus performance is permissible of Shabbat and the consensus was that it was. It is time that we begin to reflect how the Shabbat can fulfill human needs today and with it liberate the individual from coercive and compulsive activities. In the last two millennia we hoped to liberate human beings from economic coercion while at the same time we substituted it with religious coercion. Today we are still governed by the myriads of antiquated religious coercive laws that, I spite of all theological interpretations, are none the less coercive and control life. It is time that theology now focus on human liberation to free the individual spirit and life in general. Eugen Schoenfeld is a professor and chair emeritus at Georgia State University and a survivor of the Holocaust.

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Today is Not So Different from Our Day BBYO IC 2015 is Proving It

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ou wouldn’t think that I, a father of an eleven and an eight year old, would have much in common with a couple of 17 year old girls. A couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have thought so either, but the second I mentioned to my kids’ babysitters that I was in BBYO during high school, that all changed. Their faces lit up and that was followed by a barrage of excited questions about my days as an Aleph, which I was more than happy to answer because those were the most formative years of my life. “Did you lead chapter or regional programs?” They asked, “Are you still friends with guys from your chapter?” “Did you celebrate Shabbat together?” Yes, yes and yes – but it was even more than that. I not only led chapter and regional programs, but the leadership skills I learned in BBYO are what gave me the tools and confidence to start my own company at age 27. I not only made best friends, but I made Jewish friends in Atlanta, an area where – when I was a teenager – there weren’t many Jewish kids around. I also made some amazing friends in other places around the world like Belgium, and all of these people are some of my best friends to this day. I not only celebrated Shabbat with my new friends, but I found a place where

it was comfortable to be Jewish and do ‘Jewish things’. We’ve all heard the statistics that say today’s teens don’t want to be part of organized clubs and groups, but when I saw these teens nodding and smiling as I answered their questions, I knew that BBYO was, and is, shattering that concept. These Jewish teens want a place to go, a place to convene and be their Jewish selves together. BBYO is that place – one where they can be part of something bigger. Today, the teens engaging in BBYO programming in 30 countries around the world feel a unique sense of connection. All over the news are stories about Jewish people under assault, and teens get unvarnished headlines through social media. It can be scary, but if there were ever a time that the Jewish people need to feel connected around the world, it is now – and this is what BBYO is doing for our kids: helping them to feel comfortable being Jewish. In February, over Presidents’ Day Weekend, this connection will become tangible at BBYO International Convention (IC) 2015 – a five-day convention that will be right here in Atlanta focusing on leadership, service and Jewish learning. In just 36 hours, over 2,300 Jewish teens, like my kids’ babysitters, signed up for IC 2015 – again, shattering the concept of teens shying away from organized Jewish life. I thought back to when I

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attended IC in 1988, when there were maybe 600 teens, and was blown away. This tells me that BBYO is doing something right: they’re making Jewish life, leadership and community-building fun. Having IC 2015 in Atlanta is an extraordinary opportunity for our Jewish community. It’s the time for us to engage the thousands of our community’s future leaders while they’re in our backyard. While these teens will go off to college in a few years, we can put Atlanta on the map as a place to call home afterward. These are our prime candidates for leading the Jewish community in 10-15 years from now, and they’ll be here in February. Get to know them now. They’re the ones to watch. I invite the Atlanta community to get involved and help host IC 2015 by volunteering, speaking, sponsoring, partnering or just stopping by. Join me online in following the pre-IC excitement at and on Twitter through @BBYOInsider and #AZABBGIC2015. This is your chance to see, and be a part of, our future in the making. Editor’s note: Michael Kogon is Atlanta born-and-raised. Previously the CEO of Definition 6 (1997-2013), a digital marketing agency with offices

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Love in the Time of Cauliflower and Kugel Personal Tips To Entertain “Selective” Eaters By Melanie Young AJT Columnist


arriage is a lot like food. You have to nourish it with fresh, wholesome goodness, trim off the stale parts, toss out anything going rancid and unpleasant, add a loving dose of sugar and, of course, sass it up with spice. But sometimes culinary and cultural styles collide, and learning to

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accommodate is the ultimate recipe for sustaining and nourishing wedded bliss. I’ve been married just over seven years to a wonderful husband, David Ransom. I never worry about the infamous “Seven Year Itch.” David is loyal and protective like a dog. In fact my real dog, Sazerac, is quite jealous of him.

But, we are going through

the “Seven Year Switch.” You know how in some marriages spouses end up sleeping in separate bedrooms because someone snores and kicks the other one? Well, my husband recently suggested that it may be time for separate refrigerators. Some marriages are tested in the bedroom; ours is being tested in the kitchen.

taken the vow of eating cleaner food and even started cooking wholesome dishes (contrary to my earlier life). David is flirting with the concept of healthy eating and he certainly accommodates my desires to eat better. But he’s just not married to it. We are a modern day Mr. and Mrs. Spratt – one eats fat; the other eats lean.

I’ve switched to a healthier diet, and David is a man-eater. I have

He accepts the flavorful, vegetarian dishes we now eat in solidarity with my desire to stay healthy after cancer. He seems amused and titillated (sort of and sometimes) at my efforts to cook. When we started dating I stored shoes in my unused city oven and lived on dining out and takeout. He rearranged my kitchen when he moved in with me.

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The other night I watched him eat his bowl of roasted chickpeas, spinach and tomatoes quietly. Sometimes he grills himself a chop for old time’s sake. He draws the line at bell peppers and beets. But when the cat’s away, the mouse does play. My husband is a CHEATer. He cheat eats. After attending a recent Integrative Institute of Nutrition School conference I returned home earlier than planned. I caught him in the act of making a decadently rich, carbloaded meal of big, fat sausages, bread stuffing and dark chocolate brownies (a gold star for using dark chocolate!). On the counter were shreds of orange Cheddar cheese and crumbs. More evidence. Our culinary and cultural worlds married around the table as well. I grew up in a southern Jewish home in Chattanooga. My working mother hated to cook anything unless it involved defrosting, boil-in-a bag, or brown-andserve, pre-cooked or catered. Her refrigerator was, and still is, jam packed with prepared and packaged foods and an assortment of restaurant leftovers. My grandmother ruled the roost at the holiday table with chopped liver, a fairly dry roast turkey, brisket, kugel, squash pudding and savory carrot cake. Later I found out all of the food was prepared by Birdie, her longtime kitchen help. My grandmother’s only real claim to cooking fame was salmon croquettes, mandel bread and Jello-O molds for her bridge group.

We are moving to separate shelves and bins in the refrigerator. But, before we try separate equipment and single serving meals, we are working on cooking together, to create a healthy, happy balance of foods I love and those he desires. Marriage is give and take. I will give him less grief about his diet, and he will take more of my advice about improving it. Food is sharing love around the table. And I will take second helpings of love any time he serves it up! Tips for entertaining with “selective” eaters: When cooking, eating and cultural styles collide between couples or families, especially around the holidays, here are some tips: •

In advance, ask guests attending your meal if anyone has food allergies or other dietary restrictions. It’s not that you need to tailor an entire meal for that person, but you want her to have options and enjoy the dining experience. I remember attending a dinner where every dish was seasoned with raw garlic or cooked with bacon, neither of which I eat. Suggest that anyone who has a dietary restriction volunteer to bring a dish he/she prepares. Or, if you are a guest with dietary restrictions, offer to bring one or two dishes that you can eat and can also

share with everyone else. •

As a host, offer a healthy balance of proteins and vegetarian side dishes. Just make sure the “vegetarian” side dishes aren’t prepared with butter, cream, cheese, breading or bacon that counters the “healthiness” of the dish. For example, choose sautéed spinach over creamed, olive oil roasted potatoes over buttery mashed. For hors d’oeuvres, prepare a nice presentation of crudités with bowls of hummus, black been dip and spicy Siracha Greek yogurt (my personal favorite) for guests to nibble on while you are still cooking. It helps to lightly blanch vegetables like zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. Even though pumpkin pie and pecan pie are holiday traditions in many homes, offer one healthy option for anyone who needs to reduce or restrict their sugar intake. Suggestions: sliced apples to dip in melted dark chocolate, mixed fresh fruit and almonds served with a dollop of ricotta cheese lightly sweetened with honey or mixed with coconut flakes (a take on ambrosia). A simple square of high quality 70% cacao dark chocolate with slices of fresh oranges or clementines is simple and satisfying.

Many dishes at the holiday table have a family story behind it. If your table has a mix of cultures and religions, ask everyone share the story behind the dish…or the wine. Melanie Young is author of the new book, Fearless Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms and the award winning book, Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer. A food and beverage industry public relations executive turned integrative nutrition health coach, Melanie is a former Atlantan who was born and raised in Chattanooga. She now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, David Ransom. Follow her blog Getting Things Off MY Chest:

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On the flip side, David comes from “High-a-Wasp-A” New England stock. His frugal Yankee mother made everything from scratch, grew her on vegetables, baked bread, collected fresh eggs from her free range chickens and kept all sorts of parts and pieces in the refrigerator for practical use. Like his mother (and mine), David is a food hoarder, his area is filled with plastic containers of meals past and half filled jars of who knows what and assorted prepared meats, sausages and cheese. My section is bags of vegetables, fresh fruit, almond milk and yogurt. We both love pickles and eggs and especially pickled eggs. But, I draw the line at his stinky kimchi, even though he reminds me that fermented cabbage is part of healthy, probiotic diet.




From Cradle to Simcha To Shiva Being “The Jewish Caterer” And More By Randy D. Adler Special for the AJT


am not a professional writer, but I am a caterer, restaurateur, entrepreneur and true believer in tzedakah.

Why a caterer? Why hospitality? Why a restaurant? When I finished high school, “nice jewish boys” were supposed to go to college for a degree. However, my father was a hairdresser and did not attend college. He was still well respected. My mother was a graduate of Hunter and NYU. Also, at that time, Jewish men were not hairdressers, but we were still invested in salons. So at least I had some leverage. I was lucky and was encouraged to follow my dream. In the words of Rhoda Morgenstern, my favorite TV person-

ality growing up: ”Food was the first thing I liked that liked me back” Thus my odyssey began. I graduated from the Culinary institude of America. I have 30 years with my own retail and catering company The Preferred Caterer Inc. and Preferred To-Go our retail arm. Babs Midtown is the name of my restaurant. It has become my Walden-like aquarium of the current food scene with my own twist, and its going on a decade. I have a great partnership with Affairs To Remember Caterers, whom I worked for over 30 years ago. Thanks to Affairs to Remember, and my belief that relationships are bonds that stand the test of time, I am able to still contribute to the every changing progressive Jewish Celebratory scene with an amazing company. I consider it a blessing.

I have been lucky that I have been able to be part of so many simchas and life cycle events, and I feel more connected than most to the catering scene. It’s amazing to be a Jewish caterer for Jewish clients, and it’s rewarding to see clients that keep kosher and have such a spiritual connection to Judaism. That bond that has held us together as a people is a privilege that I am able to reflect on/ act on and move forward on a daily basis. Once, a client came in for a consultation. They asked if I was the “Jewish Caterer.” I answered, “I am Jewish and I cater.” I still chuckle to this day and proudly embrace my title as “The Jewish Caterer.” Then all the briss and baby namings have passed to B’nai Mitzvahs and then weddings and then

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briss again…and now I am working with children of children. If you would have asked me if I would have thought of this when I began, I couldn’t have dreamt how lucky I have been. I have done Bond Dinners for awareness and a strong Israel. I have done fashion shows and board installations. I have worked with prominent leaders on the importance of being Jewish. I have provided Passover Seders for families that otherwise could not have had one. That is tzedakah, and that is who I am. Who would have thought that the kid from Brooklyn would be leading cooking classes at Synagogues or leading classes for Hadassah? I was teaching exhibits from the Last Jews of Kaifong and feeding Olympic athletes. Education is the key to freedom, and in Judaism, to educate is to feed the soul on so many levels. I am proud of the life I have led so far. Being able to be part of the Jewish Life Cycle is more than just a service, and it is more than working on ADL projects or being on the Board of JF&CS. It’s the connection that allows us that affirmation that we at the end of the day we are connected to that family. I recently attended a wedding as a guest, and at this table of peers, I discovered that every guest, all 12, I had worked for on some aspect of their simcha life. They kvelled about their children, showed pictures of their grandchildren, and we spoke lovingly of those that were with us in spirit. I can only imagine what my next food odyssey will be. I am thankful and so lucky that so many have believed in me. I believe that I am more than just “the Jewish caterer,” but a family friend, mentor and an arbiter of good taste. Randy Adler has been in the catering business for over 25 years. He can be found at his restaurant Bab’s located at 814 Juniper Street in midtown or contacted at



Jewish Federation Assembly Gathers 2,500 Participants Thousands Come Together To Discuss the Future of Judaism

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returned late Tuesday night from the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, the largest national convening of Jewish Federations and their partners from across the world, where Jewish professionals, lay leaders, and others interested or engaged in the needs and future of our community and the Jewish people met for three full days.

terfaith families, aging, innovation, “nextgen,” campus life, social media, technology, relationship building, and more. We shared ideas on how to engage our Jewish communities, confront issues and inspire professional development.

But those weren’t the highlights of my very long and full three days at the GA. The highlights for me took place over a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or at a dinner with our Atlanta group. Being inspired by having pur Over 2,500 poseful conversaparticipants from tions with people all parts of the who all invested United States, their time and Canada, Israel, resources to come the Former Sovitogether because et Union, Europe they care about and Latin Amerbeing Jewish, the ica, including plight of their 20 from our Atfellow Jews and lanta delegation, their concerns MICHAEL HOROWITZ were inspired, and dreams for a educated, and Jewish future proengaged. We heard from Supreme vided the inspirational adrenaline Court Justices, the Vice President of and reminder of purpose that guides the United States, Joe Biden, Ambas- me in both my job and my life. sadors, journalists, religious leaders, Seeing people of all ages particiand many other well-known public pating in this discussion continued figures such as Rabbi Lord Jonathan the inspiration. We hear so much Sacks, global religious leader, philosabout the challenges of engaging the opher and author, and Rachel Botsyoung and how to be relevant. Yet man, author and founder of Collabormy interactions with students from ative Lab & Acclaimed TED Speaker. around the country, who took a few In addition, through the wonders of days away from their studies to be modern technology, the Prime Minwith us, young professional staff, ister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was also able to “talk to us,” live and members of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, Israeli Soldiers, interactively. West Point Jewish Cadets, and so Numerous break-out sessions many more convinced me that we are were held where smaller groups not only relevant, but leaders from could explore a wide range of issues. the “Next Generation” are already in Those issues included the needs of place and making a difference. the disabled in our community, secuBeing with many of our Atlanta rity and political issues in Israel, the professional leadership team and challenges that Israel is confronting watching them explore, get motiwith its traditional supporters based vated and inspired reminded me that on real or perceived policy issues and working on behalf of our community actions, anti-Semitism in Europe, inis much more than a job for them; it

is a passion and a calling. I stopped many times to admire and appreciate how lucky I am, and how lucky we all are, to have such a wonderful and caring team. Being with an already committed lay leadership group from Atlanta and listening as they communicated their excitement and enthusiasm and the myriad of new ideas and possibilities they were contemplating, added even more excitement to an already bursting bag of exciting action ideas that were already brewing.

From PJ Library, camping, teen engagement, and Israel experiences like Birthright to taking care of our aging community and so many others just trying to meet the challenges of daily life, Federation is there. Please join me in helping to create solutions and care for our Atlanta Jewish community by getting involved. I look forward to speaking with you. Michael Horowitz is President/Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. He can be reached at

Ultimately, what was most meaningful to me was just being with so many wonderful people, as part of an organization that touches more Jewish lives on the planet than any other organization in the world.

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Dedication Ceremony Held For Besser Gymnastics Pavilion MJCCA Honors Donors Marlene and Abe Besser

(L-R): MJCCA President Doug Kuniansky, Marlene Gelernter Besser, Abe Besser, MJCCA CEO Gail Luxenberg (Photo Credit: Barry Taratoot)


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he MJCCA recently held a dedication ceremony for the newly named Besser Gymnastics Pavilion, in recognition of Marlene Gelernter Besser and Abe Besser. Mr. and Mrs. Besser are also the benefactors of the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, one of the preeminent Holocaust memorials in the Southeast. “We are so pleased to recognize Marlene and Abe for their longtime friendship and loyal support of the MJCCA,” said Doug Kuniansky, President of the MJCCA. “This generous commitment was made in support of the MJCCA’s Framework for our Future Capital Campaign, which the agency recently completed.” The MJCCA’s state-of-the-art, 7,000 square-foot Besser Gymnastics Pavilion houses its extensive gymnastics program including early childhood, youth, and adult gymnastics classes; Perimeter Gymnastics competitive teams; tumbling and cheerleading; birthday parties; and the MJCCA’s outstanding gymnastics summer camps. All of MJCCA’s classes are led by highly trained professional coaches.

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Last year, there were more than 1,100 participants in the MJCCA’s Perimeter Gymnastics program, ranging in age from infants (in the crawlers and tots class) through the adult class (which is open to the community). This number also includes gymnastics summer camp, which served approximately 360 campers over seven weeks. Last year Perimeter Gymnastics produced nine state champions and three regional champions.


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“The Besser Gymnastics Pavilion enables us to offer a broad array of gymnastics programs and provides the space and equipment to house what has become one of the largest gymnastics programs in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area,” explains Gail Luxenberg, CEO of the MJCCA. “It was a lovely dedication ceremony and we are so pleased to have this beautiful facility carry the name of such a special family.” For more information, contact Lora Sommer at 678.812.4078 or at



AJA Flagship Parenting Event Noted Psychologist and Bestselling Author to Speak at Event SPECIAL FOR THE AJT


tlanta Jewish Academy is delighted to announce their flagship parenting event, Understanding Your Child’s Social World from Birth through Young Adulthood, featuring Michael Thompson, noted psychologist and author. The event will take place on Sunday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Northland campus of Atlanta Jewish Academy, 5200 Northland Drive, Atlanta. Dr. Thompson is a New York Times bestselling author and a noted clinical psychologist, school consultant, and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting. He is the author of nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. Dr. Thompson’s most recent book is Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, which spawned a PBS documentary, Raising Cain: Exploring the Inner Lives of America’s Boys.

Administrators at Atlanta Jewish Academy are excited to host this master educator and parenting expert, something made possible by the generous gift of an anonymous donor. “I’ve been a huge fan of Michael Thompson for years,” said AJA’s Greenfield Lower School director and counselor, Sylvia Miller. “As a parent, I first encountered him as the co-author of Raising Cain, a book on the emotional lives of boys. It was the very first look at boys’ feelings in a market that was then focused exclusively on girls. And as a school counselor, what I love about him is that he’s real, he’s down-anddirty with parents. When you walk away from his program on December 14, you will have new insight into the world of your kids and real-life strategies to help them. Michael Thompson offers concrete additions to your parenting toolbox.” This event is free and open to the community, but RSVPs are requested; register by visiting and selecting “Upcoming Events” from the menu on the front page. For more information, please contact Jill Rosner, AJA’s Special Events Coordinator, at 678-298-5359, or via email at or call 404-843-9900.

MJCCA Spins Its Wheels for Charity Raising Funds for Israel’s Association for the Disabled SPECIAL FOR THE AJT


n November 25, 2014 the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, Ga.) is taking part in Cycle for Good, an indoor cycling event that raises money for charity, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Jewish community centers from across North America will be riding their bikes to raise money for Etgarim, Israel’s Association for the Disabled.

To participate at the MJCCA, reserve a bike today, for space is limited. Rent a bike by the hour, or ride for the entire three-hour event. Bring two friends and share the three-hour ride. Have friends and family members sponsor your ride for an even greater impact. Make a minimum contribution of $20—per hour, per cyclist. Etgarim was founded in 1995 by a group of disabled veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, disabled civilians, and senior rehabilitation professionals. The organization is open to any physically or mentally disabled person, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic, or religious affiliation. To register for Cycle for Good, contact DeAnne Jacobson, MJCCA’s Total Health Group Fitness Director, at 678.812.4025 or

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Every year, Cycle for Good raises money for a charity designated by the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA), the leadership network for the JCC Movement. This year, Cycle for Good will donate a percentage of money raised to Etgarim.



According to Arlene

My Interview with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin The Story Behind the Story By Arlene Appelrouth

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Three o’clock came but the phone didn’t ring.


he last issue of The Atlanta Jewish Times contained my article about Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s talk about his best selling book “Rebbe.” Perhaps you read the story about the inspiring, successful evening.


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In today’s column, I want to tell you the story behind the story.

I left a voice mail message there and looked at his website, where I found his email address.

When asked if I wanted to write about the book festival, I was given a choice of authors. I chose Joseph Telushkin for two reasons.

“I thought we had an interview scheduled for 3 pm,” I wrote. “Please let me know when you want to reschedule.”

First, I admire his work. The prominent rabbi and best selling author is also a highly regarded speaker. The second reason I chose Telushkin is my fascination with the Chabad movement. I had not yet read Telushkin’s newest book, “The Rebbe” a biography of the life and philosophy of Rabbi Schneerson whose vision has made Chabad as popular as fast food restaurants. Chabad is everywhere.

I waited. My neck spasms worsened. I knew the muscle relaxant would help, but didn’t want it to affect my cognitive ability. I’d wait a little longer. At 6 pm I went to my athletic club to soak in the Jacuzzi. I took my cell phone and a notebook and pen. I couldn’t explain why I hadn’t heard from the author, and I was reluctant to take any medication. Just in case he called. I was home by 7 p.m.

Telushkin’s book arrived in the mail, and I looked forward to a phone interview. Then something unpredictable happened.

At 8 pm I gave in. I took the medication. At 9 pm I poured myself some Scotch. Single Malt. Fifteen years old. The pain subsided and I turned on the television. At 9:45 pm the phone rang.

I woke up unable to move my head. For no reason I could think of, my neck muscles were in spasm. On a Thursday afternoon, Rabbi Telushkin called. I asked if we could schedule the interview for Sunday afternoon, when I assumed my pain would be gone.

Rabbi Shimon said:

There are three crowns. The crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood and the crown of kingship. But the crown of a good name exceeds them all. – Pirkei Avot 4:17

But on Sunday my pain was worse. None of my visits to a chiropractor, neurologist, or massage therapist brought lasting relief. I was alternating ice packs and a heating pad. The doctor gave me prescriptions for a muscle relaxant, a tranquilizer. The meds made my head fuzzy. I didn’t want to be under their influence when conducting an important interview. Scotch worked better, and didn’t make me woozy.

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Things happen, I told myself. I called his cell phone number and got his voice mail message which said he doesn’t listen to voice mail messages He instructed callers to call his office number.

He agreed.

I spent Sunday afternoon preparing for the interview by reading Telushkin’s books plus everything I

“I am so embarrassed, I just forgot,” said the famous man who explained he’s touring twenty cities in a short time. “It’s OK. I understand,” I replied. The meds and liquor increased my empathy. “Can you interview me now?” he asked. “I might not be as sharp asking questions,” I replied. I explained why I was under the influence.

“Now I feel guilty,” he admitted.

“There’s no reason for you to feel bad,” I said, trying to remember how to normalize feelings the way I had been taught when learning to be a psychotherapist, “the point is you called. I’ll conduct the interview as best as I can.” The next day I went to Florida, with my notes, to visit my mother

who had been sick. I hadn’t finished my story and planned to meet my Friday deadline. When a family member died, I knew going to the funeral and meeting the deadline would be challenging. Friday morning, the day of my deadline, I was in the rental car while my husband Dan was driving on I-95 to the funeral service. It was forty five minutes away, in Coral Gables. I sat in the passenger seat, writing on my laptop, which was bouncing up and down. My neck was still in spasms and neither the drive nor the position of the laptop was helping. I finished the story and hoped there would be Wi-Fi in the sanctuary of Congregation Beth David, where the funeral service would take place. I wanted to make my deadline.

I sat in the back of the sanctuary, hoping not to be noticed, while trying to send my story.


It didn’t seem appropriate to have my laptop open during the eulogy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any Wi-Fi. I closed my laptop and cried when Herschel’s granddaughter talked about how much her grandfather meant to her. Once the service ended I went to Starbucks and sent in my story. When I returned to Atlanta, last Monday, I emailed the managing editor saying I was able to attend the Telushkin lecture that night. “Do you want me to revise the story and include what happens tonight?� I asked. The managing editor agreed, the story would be better if it included information about the talk itself. I totally rewrote the story after the book festival event. I was more satisfied with the new version. I’m still using a heating pad and ice packs. And still making my deadlines. By the way, Rabbi Schneerson didn’t like negative word like deadlines. He called them “due dates.� I’m still making my due dates.

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Challah From The Heart: A Special Shabbat Tradition Chabad Delivers Shabbat Care Packages For Jewish Kennestone Patients

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he Chabad at Kennesaw is making Shabbat special for Jewish patients at Kennestone Hospital.

The Rabbi says that the Pastoral Care Center at Kennestone has been very understanding and helpful with the program. “They care about the welfare of their Jewish patients,” he says. “The center recognizes the value of what we are doing.”

Every Thursday or Friday, Rabbi Zalman Charytan and the students of Kennesaw State University create “Shabbat care packages” to give to Jewish patients at the hospital. The care packages consist of homemade

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challah, get well cards with prayers on them, and Shabbat candles. They deliver them in brown bags with “I Shabbat” printed on them. Rabbi Zalman also volunteers part time at the hospital. “We always knew that there were a lot of Jewish patients at Kennestone Hospital,” Rabbi Zalman says. “We knew they would appreciate a visit from a Rabbi, and nobody was doing it. We wanted to do something to show them that people are thinking about them.”

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The program was made possible through the Rabbi’s partnership with the Pastoral Care Center at Kennestone Hospital. Each week, the center gives Chabad a list of the Jewish patients to deliver the care packages to. The program has been running strong for close to three years.

Rabbi Zalman and his wife Nechami run the Chabad at Kennesaw State University. Each week, they host a Shabbat dinner for the Jewish students at Kennesaw State. They also host other Jewish-related events such as menorah lightings for Hanukkah. The Chabad also offers Jewish students at Kennesaw State an exclusive and low-cost trip to New York with thousands of other Chabad students across the country. Recently, they also began installing mezuzahs in dorm rooms. Rabbi Zalman and Nechami make an effort to keep Judaism in the students’ lives while they are in school, and they do the same for the Jewish patients at Kennestone.

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Breast Strokes Raises Awareness for Cancer Greater Atlanta Hadassah Holds Unique Fundraiser By Anna Streetman AJT Editorial Intern


n honor of breast cancer awareness month, Greater Atlanta Hadassah hosted a different type of fundraiser that has never done in Atlanta before. The event was called “Breast Strokes: Hadassah Bares All For A.R.T.” (awareness, research, treatment). It took place on October 26 at the Cancer Support Community. Local artists painted 35 women’s bodies from the neck to navel in beautiful designs. Eight photographers then took photographs of the women. The photographs will be sold at an art gallery at the Westside Cultural Arts Center on February 24. The event will be called “The Big Reveal.” According to Sandy Edelman, a member of Greater Atlanta Hadassah, the plans for the event unfolded in Holly Strelzik house. Strelzik is a co-chair for the event. Edelman said: “There was one big committee meeting at Holly’s house, and the event just caught fire. The women were a powerhouse of ideas. We spread awareness about the event through word of mouth. It was a joint effort in the spirit of working together to accomplish something amazing.”

Each woman had her own reasons for participating in the event. One woman being painted, who wished to remain anonymous, has been a nurse at Northside Hospital for over 40 years. “As a healthcare professional, I believe it is important to immerse myself in the cause,” she said. “Raising awareness for breast cancer is important.” Paula Zucker, the current Operational Vice President of Greater Atlanta Hadassah, was also painted. She is the incoming President starting in December of this year. She is excited about becoming Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s new president: “These women are extraordinary, committed women that want to make the world a better place,” she said. “We do great things and have a great time doing them, and it feels great to be a part of such a wonderful organization.” There were 14 artists painting the women that day. Some of the women being painted brought in their own designs for the artists to paint. One of the painters, Brandi, considers art something she does for fun, and she wanted to put her hobby towards a good cause. Brandi also has a friend who lost her life to breast cancer. Another painter, Svetlana, said the experience was very rewarding,

ented company. We are honored to be a part of such an amazing event,” she said.

and commented on the amazing atmosphere in the event: “The atmosphere of this event is unreal. Every woman here is so kind, loving, and positive. It’s such an empowering thing for an amazing group of women.”

Babara Lang is a co-chair of Breast Strokes and says is very proud of the program and its success: “It’s important to get the word out about this. Breast cancer doesn’t stop in October, so neither will we.”

In addition to being painted, the women were treated to massages, which were provided by Cully Burnet/Excelsior Healing Arts. They were also provided with reflexology treatments from Bev Stegman/Foundation Therapy. A variety of vendors such as Kroger and Fresh Market also donated food for the event. Institut DerMed Spa also provided goodie bags with product and gift certificates to all 35 women. The event is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the “Check It Out” program. The program is in partnership with Northside Hospital and aims to educate young women about breast cancer, particularly early detection. Last year, the program went to 15 schools and had over 1,700 attendees.

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“Early detection saves lives. We want to teach young women that they are their own advocates for body awareness,” said Ellen Banov, chair of the program.

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n Wednesday, October 23 nearly 400 people joined American Jewish Committee (AJC) as they honored Frank Blake, CEO of Home Depot, with the National Human Relations Award for his extraordinary work and leadership with The Home Depot. Guests heard from speakers and dinner co-chairs, Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus, along with AJC’s chair of the Board of Governors, Rick Berkman. Guests also heard from dinner tribute chair Michael Russell of HJ Russell & Company. It was a special evening for all in attendance.



Russian Art Event Brings Community Together Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Hosts “RussianArt...andMORE”

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gathering of artists at Congregation Or Hadash on Sunday afternoon brought members of the Atlanta Jewish community together.

“We helped put on this event to showcase local Russian Jews that most folks don’t know.” Said Sherry Frank, of the Jewish Federation. “It’s just interesting to see folks from other countries that the Jewish Federation has helped settle and see where they are today. I think if more Atlantans knew about them they would want to support and buy their crafts.”

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Davis Academy Eighth Grader Tops Fundraiser Andrew Ladden Number 1 Individual Fundraiser Special for the AJT


ast year, then-7th-grader Andrew Ladden established Team Poppy for his Bar Mitzvah project and to honor his grandfather’s battle against pancreatic cancer in the PurpleStride Atlanta Walk. This year, Andrew’s Team Poppy was the 5th highest fundraising team raising $13,020 and Andrew, for the second year in a row, was the TOP individual fundraiser, raising $10,814. This year’s walk was November 15, and Team Poppy included 15 Davis students. Kudos to Andrew and his Davis Team Poppy teammates: Sy Alifeld, Sara Altmann, Ryan Blasberg, Ryan Gold, Kavan Husney, Jason Marcus, Mason Maslia, Evan Nathanson, Jack Pines, Jojo Rinzler, Jake Rubin, Zack Rubin, Spencer Schiff, Leah Tuck, and Joelle Zelony.

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Pace Academy Middle School Explores Faith Traditions A Panel Discussion on Christianity, Islam and Judaism SPECIAL FOR THE AJT


n Nov. 12, the Pace Academy Middle School welcomed representatives from multiple faith traditions to an assembly entitled “Examining Our Traditions and Beliefs: A Panel Discussion on Christianity, Islam and Judaism.” Pace Academy parent Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier of First Presbyterian Church, Noor Abbady of the Islamic Speakers Bureau, Rabbi Eytan Kenter of Congregation B’nai Torah, and Youth Minister Nick Labrie of the Cathedral of Christ the King participated in the informative and thoughtprovoking forum. During the assembly, eighth-grade students asked panelists questions such as: •

What are your thoughts on the conflicts occurring in the Gaza Strip, and how do you think those events have affected interactions between Jews and Muslims in America?

Do you believe that those who choose to practice a religion different than your own jeopardize their chances for salvation?

Do you find that the youth of today are more open minded or accepting of those from other religions than in the past?

If you could change something about your religion, what, if anything, would it be?

Do you do anything with the religious community you lead to try and create harmony with other religions?

How literally do you believe people should take the writings of your religious texts?

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Shen Yun: A Show for All People Chinese Dance Comes To Cobb Energy Centre Special for the AJT


hy would someone who is not Chinese go see a Chinese show? Maybe because it is so mesmerizing that it transcends nationalities, so beautiful that it speaks a universal language, and so inspiring that it touches upon something shared by all cultures. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts provides just such an experience, and the company is bringing its unique production to Atlanta at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. With breathtaking dance numbers, gorgeous costumes, a special orchestra, worldclass vocalists, and dynamic backdrops, Shen Yun resonates themes of courage, hope, and triumph of good over evil.

“Tranquility, peace, and harmonious synchronization,” said one spectator after watching Shen Yun in Argentina. “Absolutely spectacular,” said Joyce Brooks, editor-in-chief of Black Tie Magazine, “An uplifting experience that doesn’t have to deal with words.” Shen Yun derives its content from ancient Chinese culture, but somehow this seems like a culture that is

so fundamentally human, audiences of all backgrounds easily connect with it. The performance includes a series of short, energetic dances depicting Chinese legends and traditions, including the connection between heaven and earth. The music and dance expressively tell the stories and two narrators fill in any cultural gaps with brief introductions. At the core of Shen Yun choreography is classical Chinese dance. This is a richly expressive art form passed down and refined in imperial courts throughout many dynasties. Today it has evolved into one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world. Shen Yun is now touring the globe with a brand new production. This holiday season, it brings an all-new show to Cobb Energy Centre. “A beautiful show,” said Joy Behar of ABC’s The View, “Fantastic! 
If you ever get a chance to see it, you should.” On January 2-4, 2015, Shen Yun will perform at Cobb Energy Centre. To find more, please visit www.shenyun. com/atlanta or call hotline 770-285-7786.

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Seven Hens Opens Second Location Restaurant Offers European Tradition with a Twist SPECIAL FOR THE AJT


ringing a new, old dish to the center of fast-casual dining, Seven Hens eatery puts chicken schnit-

zel in the center of its concept and

chalkboard, and rustic metal finishes said to “mimic the nature of the food: true and real, not processed or canned.” The concept’s unique presentation is completed with the Mezzaluna knife as a main focus of the

has opened a second location in San-

semi-open kitchen.

dy Springs after only two years since

launching the first one in North Deca-

item from my native country to the

tur. Opened on November 3, the new

Atlanta market,” says owner and for-

Sandy Springs location features the

mer Israeli Michael Gurevich, who

popular seven variations on chicken

created Seven Hens in June 2012.

schnitzel and adds a few more culi-

“The fact that schnitzel is hugely

nary advanced interpretations of the

popular in Europe and around the

beloved flattened chicken breast.

world but not so much in the United

States is mind-boggling to me… Be-

Seven Hens Sandy Springs oc-

cupies about 1,500 square feet and has a modern vintage look that includes ample use of exposed wood,

“I wanted to bring a staple food

cause it’s so good! I love how satisfying it is and love the crunchy and soft texture,” he added.

Seven Hens’ recipes are in-

an American flavor, the Sauerkraut-

spired from seven different countries

Dill lends itself to traditional Ger-

from around the world. For example,

man taste, and the best-selling spicy

the Cajun-BBQ schnitzel captures

Chipotle-Cilantro represents the flavor of Mexico. Guests are encouraged to pick a flavor they like or create their own dish by picking ingredients from a list.

Schnitzel is an age-old cooking

technique originating from Europe. It means pounding a boneless piece of meat, essentially tenderizing it, breading it, and then frying it until it becomes “tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside.”

The chicken served at both Sev-

en Hens’ locations is locally sourced, all-natural from Mar-Jac poultry in Gainesville, GA. The schnitzel is typically served as a sandwich ($7.49), but can also be served as a wrap ($7.49), plate ($8.99), or salad ($8.25). A build-your-own sandwich version is also available ($5.99). Seven Hens in Sandy Springs is loDECEMBER 12 ▪ 2014

cated in the Abernathy Square Shop-


ping Center at 6615 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA.

The original

Seven Hens location is in Decatur at 2140 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA. Seven Hens is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.



Better Know a Bagel The Hunt for the Best Bagel in Atlanta

By David Cohen Special for the AJT


tlanta is a city known for its rich southern culture, Coca-Cola and traffic. One category that is typically underappreciated is our wide array of delicatessens. There are in fact, over 20 delicious delis scattered across Atlanta for you to get your fix of bagels, lox, and “schmear.” Kicking off this week the Jewish Times will be attempting to visit every Atlanta area deli as part of our “Better Know a Bagel” series. Our mission? To find the best bagel locales in the city, especially the lesser known ones.

The Rules

Go to the deli and order a lox platter with cream cheese and three bagels. The deli will be ranked in three categories: Atmosphere, Bagels and Spreads. Ratings will be from one to five bagels. Got it? Good – let’s go find some bagels!!

Goldberg’s Bagel Company

The General Muir

Goldberg’s Bagel Company and Deli promises “An authentic New York deli experience,” and with a rich 40+ year history in Metro Atlanta they deliver. For the first edition of our “Better Know a Bagel” feature we headed over to the Goldberg’s on Roswell Road in Buckhead.

Nestled comfortably in the middle of Emory’s Atlanta campus is a fairly new delicatessen which promises a “modern take on the classic Jewish deli.” The General Muir is just that, a sophisticated take on classic Jewish comfort foods. For the second part of our “Better Know a Bagel” series we took a trip there to see how they stack up to more traditional delis.

When we stepped into Goldberg’s, we knew that we were in a happening spot. The deli was busy, Goldberg’s Lox Platter but there was still a sense of order; we never had the feeling that we were in complete chaos. The walls are decorated with murals inspired by famous Broadway shows, like The Producers and West Side Story. We found our own seats immediately. The place setting was attractive, and a jar of pickles sat proudly on each table. The waitress was friendly, attentive, and efficient.


The “Maven” Platter

When we got to the General Muir at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning there was a line out the door and a 25 minute wait to be seated. The deli has a modern yet classic look to it and the décor felt more like I was in Los Angeles or New York City rather than Atlanta. The deli is obviously very well regarded in the area as even after we left at 12:30, there was still a long wait to be seated.





Goldberg’s deli bakes classic boiled bagels in over 25 varieties. From classics like sesame to non-traditional varieties like cranberry and jalapeno cheddar, all the bagels are soft and doughy on the inside and lightly crisp on the outside. We found the bagels to be large, dense and very filling.

General Muir prides itself on handmade, fresh bagels as well as their variety of open faced bagel sandwiches. We ordered two bagels (plain and everything) - both had a harder crust than one would expect from a freshly made bagel. The bagels were more work to chew than I could handle on a Sunday morning. A visit to the bakery counter revealed the bagels are made fresh “each morning”. They serve a suprisingly limited five varieties of bagels.

Verdict: Spreads One of Goldberg’s biggest draws is their variety of cream cheese. Offering imaginative flavors such as green olive, cinnamon raisin and blueberry means there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste. We felt that the consistency of the “schmear” was a tad heavy and just a bit too rich. The whitefish salad however, was a perfect and smooth spreadable consistency with the perfect amount of smoked flavor. The lox was thin sliced and presented with plenty of capers on top. Verdict: Overall Goldberg’s is an esteemed bagel bakery with a highly varied menu and the classic feel (and taste) of a New York Deli. Although it doesn’t over deliver in any one area, you won’t be disappointed with anything on the menu. The bagels are always fresh, the lox always ice cold and the latkes are always piping hot. Verdict:

Verdict: Spreads Of all the positives at the General Muir, one thing stood out. The presentation and taste of the Lox platter. “The Maven” platter came with lox (salt cured), nova (smoked), sable, baked salmon salad and two types of gourmet cream cheese. The lox and nova were incredibly fresh and the sable was smooth and buttery. The platter also came with thinly sliced roma tomatoes and a generous portion of olives and capers. If I go back to The General Muir I‘ll be sure to order this platter, it was perfect for sharing. Verdict: Overall As a modern take on a classic deli, The General Muir lives up to the hype. It was named Atlanta Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year in 2013 and it continues to gather a cult-like following in the Atlanta area. Although the bagels leave much to be desired, the deli more than makes up for it with their wide array of gourmet inspired menu items and modern presentation. My advice? Go there and check it out yourself, you won’t be disappointed. Verdict:

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Local Jewish Barbershop Owner Awarded Air Force Flag Yury Abramov of Vintage Barbershop Honored as Proud Supporter of U.S. Military By David Cohen Special for the AJT


upporting the U.S. Armed Forces comes easy for many Americans, but one local business owner has found an interesting way to show us support.

He cuts hair.

Yury Abramov, the Jewish owner of Vintage Barbershop in Sandy Springs was recently honored by the numerous military servicemen he serves with a U.S. Flag flown in a mission during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Flag was flown aboard a U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon piloted by 1st LT. Jeffrey C. Witt of the 100th Expeditionary Fighter

Squadron. Vintage Barbershop was recognized because of the amount of Army/Navy clients they serve and for the portion of retail sales donated from the sale of American crew styling products (USO Military edition). “We were introduced to the military by launching American crew military campaign retail products at the shop.” Abramov says, “We also work with many members of the Sandy Springs Police and Fire Departments.” Yury Abramov opened the Vintage Barbershop in March of 2012 after nearly ten years of barbering in New York and Atlanta. Since then, the shop has become a runaway success with an almost cult-like following. These days, customers wishing to get a haircut during peak hours

almost always have to call ahead. “Yury,” as his regular customers call him, was born in the former USSR and is a Sephardic Jew. The shop also participates in an annual charity drive during March. In the past they have raised funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as Chabad of Gwinnett and St. Jude Hospital. “I personally feel like charity work is a must, not only by Judaism standards but as a member of society.” He says, “I was traditionally brought up learning that.” Vintage Barbershop is located in Sandy Springs at the Abernathy Square shopping center. For more information on Yury and his shop visit:

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Franco did a cameo when his buddy Seth Rogen hosted SNL in the spring so on Saturday, Rogen repaid the favor and stopped by for a monologue about leaked Instagram photos. Franco and Rogen decided to poke fun at the recent Sony photo hack by leaking their own “nude” photos on the show, which included humorous photos. In one of them, they parody a Rolling Stone John Lennon commemorative cover in which Lennon is embracing then-wife Yoko Ono. Franco and Rogen are both Jewish and will be co-starring in “The Interview” from Sony Pictures which is set to be released December 25.

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aturday Night Live veteran and hugely successful Jewish actor James Franco hosted the long running sketch show for his third time on December 6.



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LBennet Alsher Elected to National Commission long time member Elected at Annual Meeting in Las Vegas Special for the AJT


ordHarrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that Bennet Alsher, a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, was elected on November 8 to the National Commission of the AntiDefamation League at the ADL’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. Bennet has been a member of the ADL’s Southeast Region Board of Directors since 1993. The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to Bennet Alsher stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

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“I’ve always been proud to work with the Anti-Defamation League, and I’m extremely honored to serve on the National Commission,” said Bennet. “I hope to aid the ADL in continuing to execute its mission of fighting not only anti-Semitism but also other forms of bigotry, bullying, and hate.”


Bennet has concentrated on practicing labor and employment law, representing management exclusively since 1979. He is experienced in federal and state court litigation in the areas of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, wage and hour litigation, and employment torts. He also has represented companies in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Georgia Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and various state and local fair employment practice agencies. Bennet frequently provides advice and counsel to companies regarding a variety of general labor and employment matters, including drafting separation agreements, conducting internal investigations, responding to employee complaints such as sexual harassment, handling employee discipline and discharge matters, and maintaining positive employee relations. FordHarrison is a U.S. labor & employment law firm with more than 200 attorneys in 28 offices, including five affiliate firms. For more information on FordHarrison, visit To learn more about Ius Laboris, visit

Jasmine Matan Enters the World Special for the AJT


abbi Lydia Medwin and Rabbi Dan Medwin had their third child, a beautiful baby girl on November 19. Her name is Jasmine Matan, honoring her greatgrandmothers. Lydia, Dan, and older siblings Zimra and Gavi are excited to welcome her to their family. She weighed 6 lb. 2 oz. and measured 19 inches, and according to her father, Dan, seems “healthy, happy, and ready to snuggle.” Rabbi Medwin is now on maternity leave. All of her responsibilities will be shared by the engagement staff and clergy of The Temple. To send them well wishes, cards can be mailed to The Temple at 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Atlanta Bar Association Hosts Civil Rights Celebration


n November 18, 2014 the Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section hosted a Multi-Bar Reception Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at The Center for Civil & Human Rights. Shown from left to right is Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed and Labor & Employment Law Section Chair Benjamin Fink (Berman Fink Van Horn PC).

Jewish Comedian Makes Atlanta Roar PAUL REISER UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL By Kaylene Rudy reviewed FOR THE AJT


aul Reiser performed at the Improv Comedy Club in Atlanta December 5 and 6. Reiser is a seasoned actor, writer and producer, who continues to add to his list of accomplishments. Having co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series MAD ABOUT YOU, which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations, Reiser returned to TV this year in the critically acclaimed FX series MARRIED.

Reiser was born in New York City, the son of Helen, a homemaker, and Sam Reiser, a wholesale health food distributor. His family is Jewish. Reiser attended the East Side Hebrew Institute and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in Music - Piano and Composition. Reiser co-wrote The Final Frontier – the theme song from MAD ABOUT YOU with Grammy-winning producer Don Was, and in 2011 he released an album of original songs with British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham called Unusual Suspects. In film, Reiser was seen this year in two highly acclaimed Sundance Film Festival award winners; LIFE AFTER BETH, a horror-comedy starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and John C. Reilly, and WHIPLASH, starring JK Simmons and Miles Teller. When Reiser took the stage at the Atlanta Improv, he was greeted by shouts of “we love you” and a standing ovation. His act was funny, smooth and natural with material based on his own life experiences. This included his family of 1 dog, 2 boys and his wife, the wonders of maturing gracefully or not so gracefully and of course he included a bit about being Jewish and Jewish culture. Reiser stated that he was raised in a Jewish home and one of the things that sticks out to him is


In 2015, Reiser will appear opposite Kevin Bacon in the independent feature 6 MIRANDA DRIVE, and then alongside Will Smith in CONCUSSION –a timely film about the dangers of playing in the NFL. Reiser is also Paul Reiser, Improv Atlanta remembered for notable Photo by: performances in films the difference in terms between the such as DINER, BYE, BYE LOVE, Jewish and Christian vocabulary, THE MARRYING MAN, ALIENS, “with Jews everything is NICE, she’s ONE NIGHT AT MCCOOL’S, and such a NICE girl or you’re such a BEVERLY HILLS COP (“I” and “II”). NICE boy.” While with his Christian friends everything is about being Editor’s Note: Kaylene Rudy is Business Manager and a writer at the GOOD. Atlanta Jewish Times, for more in Reiser’s show this weekend was formation about Paul Reiser’s future a TOP performance; I enjoyed his act performances go to: http://www. tremendously and would urge any- one who enjoys comedy to see him the next time he is in Atlanta to perform.

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Janice Gavant, 77, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2014. Originally from New York City, she is survived by her sons, Dr. Morris (Ann Ellen) and David (Tracy); daughter, Debra Swan (Alex); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Lorraine Feldman (Saul). An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund, 2723 Woodcourt




Allan Morton Falck 90, Atlanta

Allan Morton Falck, age 90, Atlanta, died November 10, 2014. In the 1960s, Mr. Falck was a prominent executive in the garment business; he spearheaded the transition of jeans from utilitarian work clothing into leading edge fashions. While at Male Slacks & Jeans, he co-created the bellbottom style and other fashion trends, such as American flag pants, painters’ pants and white jeans. After leaving Male, Mr. Falck revived the brand Sportswear by Benji, serving as the company’s founder, CEO and design director. Mr. Falck started his career at I.C. Isaacs in Baltimore, Maryland, after World War II, where he learned every facet of the garment industry. Revered as an executive, he was later asked to return to lead the company where he successfully enabled the firm to prosper in a new era. Mr. Falck bravely served his country during WWII as a medic in the infantry, serving throughout Europe at major battles, including Remagen. Wounded in battle, he refused the Purple Heart, believing that service to his country was reward in itself. Mr. Falck was a graduate of Syracuse University. He was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu. Later in his life, he attended The Harvard Business School for senior executives. Falck is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Audrey Falck, his son, Kenneth Falck of Los Angeles, CA; his son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Susan Falck of Los Angeles, CA; and his grandchildren: Ryan and Molly Falck. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Family and Career Services PAL program for children (

Frances Stein Robbins 84, Atlanta


Frances Stein Robbins, age 84, Atlanta, died November 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Arthur J. Robbins. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Mollie Robbins; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debbie Robbins; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Brett Ullman; grandchildren: Richard and Gordon Robbins, Stephanie and Jennifer Robbins, Alex, Zach and Sydney Rosengarten, Stephanie and Sydney Ullman; brother and sister-in-law, Sidney and Eunice Stein. Sign on line guest book at In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Congregation Etz Chaim or Hospice Atlanta. A graveside service was held November 12, 2014 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Shalom Lewis officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care 770-451-4999

Alvin H. Goldstein Ph.D., 87

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Known for his award-winning documentary film work, including the groundbreaking Emmy-nominated 1975 film The Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (and the book with the same title), Alvin H. Goldstein spent much of his life narrating societal drama and exploring human potential and possibility. Goldstein produced news and public affairs television for CBS, Minnesota Public Broadcasting, PBS and the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, covering such high-profile political

events as the Watergate hearings. Shifting his focus from journalism work in the late 1980s, Goldstein turned his attention to examining the impact of personal communications and individual integrity of the human condition, earning a Ph.D. in Ontology. In the late 1980s, he became a pioneering “Executive Life Coach,” building on the innovative work of Werner Erhard and its subsequent iteration, Landmark Education. Goldstein built a successful global private practice as a coach and worked at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, FL, where he provided inspiration and support for individuals in the midst of undertaking life-altering personal change. Born and raised in New York City, Goldstein served as a Radioman for the U.S. Navy, stationed in Saipan during WWII. He earned a Masters degree in journalism from New York University. After traveling the world and residing in 6 states across the country, Goldstein spent the last 25 years of his life in Atlanta, GA, with his longtime life partner Gail Evans, retired Executive Vice President of CNN and author of NYT bestseller “Play Like A Man Win Like a Woman.” A patron of the local arts community, Goldstein was an opera enthusiast and appeared on stage in several non-singing roles with the Atlanta Opera Company. He was also a serious collector of antique postcards and a long-time member of the Atlanta Rotograph Society. Goldstein is survived by his sister Elaine Lechtreck (Stamford, CT), his five children (Lisa Cohen, Belmont, MA; Erika Bleiberg, Glen Ridge, NJ; Peter Goldstein, Plantation, FL; Alex Goldstein, Phoenix, AZ and Anna Black, Camden, ME) and ten grandchildren. After a protracted illness, under the care of the Weinstein Hospice, he died peacefully in his Morningside home on November 18, surrounded by family and with his daughter Anna holding his hand. He was 87.

Larry David Wender, D.D.S., 57, Atlanta

Dr. Wender was born on November 30, 1956 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Briarcliff High School, University of Florida and completed dental training at New York University. He was a beloved dentist for his patients in his practice for over 20 years on the Upper West Side, Manhattan. He was predeceased by his partner Dr. Richard Schwarz and his beloved dog Wheatleigh. He is survived by his parents Diane and Marvin Wender, sister Beth Wender Braun, brother in law Jeff Braun, friend Dr. Mark Nesselson, and a family of friends. Larry touched the lives of many in professional and personal realms. He is described as masterful in his profession, empathic and supremely kind. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Private memorial service will be held in Atlanta. In memory of Larry, donations can be made to the Central Park Conservancy. Adopt-A-Bench – Larry Wender:

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Lillian Silverman Lillian Silverman, 96, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2014. She was born in Berkley, VA to Gussie and Harry Miller, both of blessed memory, on December 15, 1917. Her brother Samuel preceded her in death. She married Hyman Silverman, of blessed memory, and they lived in Norfolk, VA, where they started the Key Personnel Agency. Married for over 50 years, they retired to Atlanta in 1979 to be close to their children. In 2003, Lillian donated an ambulance to the state of Israel. She is survived by her son, Dr. Harvey (Judy) Silveman; daughter, Glenda (Dr. Fred) Broder; grandchildren: Robin Burns, Karen Silverman, Eric Broder, Jordy (Dayna) Broder, and Shira (Austin) Cohen; great-grandchildren: Blake and Brenna Burns, and Shy-

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lah, Pressley and Blakely Broder. An online guestbook is available at www. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom,, or to Magen David Adom, Graveside services were held December 3, 2014 at Arlington Memorial Park, with Rabbi Mark Zimmerman officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

Clifford Leslie Malina 66, DC

Clifford Leslie Malina, DC, 66, died on December 1, 2014 at 5:45 AM. The cause was due to complications of Multiple Myeloma. Born January 18, 1948 in New York City, he attended Life Chiropractic College (Presently know as Life University ) and graduated in 1978. Cliff was not only an outstanding Chiropractor but also a born teacher: he taught at “Life” under the presidency of the late Dr. Sid Williams the specific technique of Toggle Recoil, but his lessons extended well beyond the classroom. Cliff had a one-of-a-kind way of contributing to the betterment of everyone he met, always taking time to stop, look him or her in eye and listen to what they had to say. His words were wise, thought provoking and always beneficial to those perceptive enough to listen. Cliff married Camille in 1979 and they were continuously at each other’s side raising a family while building a dynamic Chiropractic practice. His five children Zachery, Whitney, Justin, Rachel, Michael along with Whitney’s husband Greg Brown, wife Camille and a countless number of friends and family throughout the country, survive him. In lieu of flowers, a fund will be created to place a memorial garden at the Malina Chiropractic Office. For further

information regarding services, please visit Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999

Roy Bernard Lazarus 73, Tucker

Roy Bernard Lazarus, 73, of Tucker, passed away November 25, 2014, surrounded by his family. Mr. Lazarus was born in 1941 in Charleston, SC, the son of Morris and Sylvia (Boskowitz) Lazarus. He was a life-long pharmacist who began in the family business at age 12. He graduated from Rivers High School and the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy, in 1963. Mr. Lazarus later received an honored medallion from the university in recognition of his 50 years of dedicated service to the community. After college, Mr. Lazarus moved to Atlanta and served in the Army Reserves as a Pharmacist. He began his retail pharmacy career working for Reed Drug starting in 1964 and ended his career with CVS Pharmacy in 2010. In his retirement, Mr. Lazarus enjoyed adult education classes, followed politics, and getting together with family and friends. He was an active member in the North Atlanta Men’s Club and Congregation Beth Shalom. He most enjoyed spending time with his children and granddaughters. Mr. Lazarus is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Marsha Sherron Oster Lazarus; his daughter, Sandra (Kelly) Flaherty of New Albany, OH; his son, Michael (Suzanne) Lazarus of Atlanta; his brother and sister-in-law, Martin (Adel) Lazarus of Charleston, SC; three granddaughters, Melaina and Madison Flaherty and Eden Lazarus; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Doran Oster and Rhonda Riley, of Gainesville, FL; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Atlanta at, or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

Jane Mittel 83, Atlanta

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Jane Mittel, age 83, of Atlanta, died December 5, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Charles Henry Mittel and her brother, Gerhardt (Jerry) Sommer. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carol Buchalter Mittel; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Michael Glaser; and grandchildren: Louis Mittel, Candace Mittel, Karl Glaser, Feivel Glaser, Malkah Glaser and Avram Glaser. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either The Alzheimer’s Association or The Weinstein Hospice Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care 770-451-4999


JEWISH PUZZLER by David Benkof

Down 1. Car some Jews boycott 2. Ben Yehuda, e.g. 3. Leer at, like Groucho Marx 4. The cows Joseph said represented years of plenty 5. Organ origin of milchigs 6. Place to put your tefillin 7. Eldan alternative in the car-rental world 8. What Richard Simmons tries to make people 9. Message a kosher phone cannot send (abbr.) 10. L.A. Holocaust Center honoree 11. Sondheim song “Everybody Ought to Have ___” 12. Suffix for “Jewish” 14. 2014 novel: “Jewish Mothers ___ Die”

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15. Chavruta 21. See 30-Across 24. Seinfeld character the Soup ___ 26. Krav Maga alternative ___ chi 27. Warner ___ Entertainment Inc. 28. House on many campuses 29. Award-winning actress, “Almost Famous” 31. Proverb quality 34. Jewish Museum of New York qtr. 35. Sondheim lover 36. Salutation with an arm raised at an angle 37. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) 39. Happen annually, like the High Holidays 40. Like Moses at the burning bush 43. “___ Shabbos!” (Yiddish greeting) 45. Idolize 47. Send a kiddish cup from Israel again 48. Double-sided page of gemara 49. The Coen brothers won an Oscar for its screenplay 50. “___ of Ages” (“Maoz Tzur” in English) 52. Promulgate, as in an edict of expulsion 53. Rick Recht’s song “___ to Israel” 55. Avot (patriarchs) number 57. Inside for Rashi 58. Act as a mohel 60. The gold kind is described in the Book of Job 62. “Middle name” for Hasdai Shaprut 63. It ends many Jewish last names

Director of Systems Engineering – Responsible for product development and project management of Cornerstone’s Investment Management Portal, including the proprietary valuation and investment process management toolkits. Ensure the optimal application of technology and engineering resources to meet product development and/or Investment Team requirements, per the product requirements document. Hire and direct onshore/offshore R&D teams and contractors to acquire necessary resources and plan to meet scheduled commitments, as well as ensuring that the product is fully and correctly defined and documented. Research Analyst -­‐ Responsible for conducting fundamental analysis of individual security fundamentals of equities (stocks), including conducting ongoing computational intensive sector-­‐specific analysis, preparing for and participating in daily discussions on portfolio holdings, reviewing compliance with portfolio restrictions and conducting statistical or other computational analysis. Serve as a liaison with the client service group, meeting with clients and prospects and helping to create oral and written client communication. Technical Skill Requirements:  Application Programming Interfaces for MS Excel and C++ (API) of different data provider platforms, including FactSet, Bloomberg and Baseline, for integrating data into Fair Value Model and executing ad hoc analyses  MySQL and MS SQL languages, for ongoing design and maintenance of proprietary Model inputs and outputs, as well as for planned integration of different IT systems in company’s Operations, Marketing and Investment divisions  HTML5 and jQuery languages, for developing cross-­‐platform version of Fair Value Model, and extending its functionality to include features for marketing and client-­‐ service  OLE/COM technologies and MS Excel API for Visual Basic and C++, for creating plug-­‐ins and enhanced computational and visual extensions of Fair Value Model and ad hoc models for Excel Must have at least a Master's degree in Finance and Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field and 12 months of experience as a Research Analyst or in a related position. Must be willing travel to meet with prospective or existing clients. Must have strong operational and project management skills, demonstrated team building and leadership skills, a solid understanding of engineering technical issues/needs, stock research, portfolio management and the Firm’s Investment Process as related to product design and development, faculty with security analysis including competitive assessments, financial statement analysis, discounted cash flow analysis and other frameworks, exceptional quantitative and analytic skills coupled with a strong work ethic, strong writing skills and presentation skills are required as the Analyst will be responsible for supporting Sales and Client Service with communication pieces, such as quarterly books, new business presentations, client letters, investment commentary, etc., and the ability and willingness to keep abreast of changes in the investment industry. Job Location: Atlanta, GA. Send resume to jobs@cornerstone-­‐

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Across 1. One of Groucho’s bushy ones 5. Military service led by Norton A. Schwartz from 2008-2012 9. “Black ___” (2010 Natalie Portman film) 13. It’s sweet 16. Marcel Marceau, e.g. 17. Place to celebrate Shushan Purim 18. Galilee and others 19. Study Talmudically 20. “___ and Judy’s Kid” (Adam Sandler album) 22. Margot Frank was Anne’s (abbr.) 23. Wandering Jew alternative 25. What Jill Abramson did at The New York Times 27. Matzah maker 30. It usually overlaps with 21-Down (abbr.) 32. ___ Francisco (Levi Strauss headquarters site) 33. Devour Deuteronomy 34. It might make you say “Aw, shoot!” 35. They might compete with Judaism 38. Make something chosen 39. Canadian Jew who directed “Ghostbusters” 41. Seder song: “V’___ She’amda” 42. Roman attacks on Jerusalem 44. Givat ___ (Moshav named after Bialik’s given name) 45. Chant the Torah 46. Its alums include Sally Priesand and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi 47. Salinger’s “Catcher in the ___” 48. The 20-shekel ones are green 49. “Back to the ___” (film produced by Steven Spielberg”) 51. Israeli weight measure 53. The voice of Olaf the Snowman in “Frozen” 54. Luxemburg was a red one 56. Sheldon Adelson’s first casino 59. “My trip to Israel was two weeks ___....” 61. Two percent of Israelis 64. Marty Feldman role 65. Orange picker, sometimes 66. “___ is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948” 67. Part of a Chagall window 68. Garrett Wittels was nominated in the “Best Male College Athlete” category for this award



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