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ine full months have passed since I acquired the Atlanta Jewish Times. Clearly, there have been a few minor setbacks and occasional criticisms, but overall, the AJT is much better than when I started, and people have complimented us for our efforts. It is satisfying to know that the community is supporting us with stories, pictures, ideas, subscriptions and advertising. So far, we have focused on community news and events, and we are striving for ways to be able to cover all of the local events.
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We have hired some new editors, writers and columnists. Additionally, several columnists have re-joined the AJT after being gone for many years, which has brought back some of the charm of the original Southern Israelite. Although we will continue to make the community our main priority, we are working on ways to bring to you some more provocative stories from across the nation, from Israel and from around the world. Like the paper, our website, www. atlantajewishtimes.com, is much improved. Online, you can find updates and breaking news, as well as numerous photos, stories and articles that were not included in the printed pages of the paper. We have plans for re-formatting and making our website even better in the very near future and increasing our use of social media, so stay tuned. Finally, and most significantly, our number of paid subscribers has been steadily increasing. As a result, starting in January 2013, we will no longer distribute the AJT for free.
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MJCCA’s Chanukah Celebrations for All Ages FUN EVENTS FOR THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS From the MJCCA For the Atlanta Jewish Times In preparation for the festive holiday of Chanukah, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is presents several community-wide programs during the month of December at various locations across the city. “We are pleased to offer such a variety of exciting, creative, and fun programs for all ages, and in several locations across the city,” Gail Luxenberg, CEO of the MJCCA said. “From Dunwoody to Sandy Springs, from Buckhead to Midtown; from children and families, to young adults, to mature adults, we are ensuring that there is a festive Chanukah program available to everyone in the community.” Here are a few highlights:
Chanukah Pajamakah Party at Barnes & Noble (Buckhead)
When: Sat., Dec. 1, 6 - 8 p.m. Where: Barnes & Noble - 2900 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 310, Atlanta Details: The MJCCA invites you and your family to prepare for Chanukah with a special Chanukah Pajamakah party at Barnes & Noble. This pre-Chanukah celebration will include children’s stories, songs, crafts, Chanukah treats and more. There is no charge to attend and the community is invited. More info: Contact Rabbi Brian Glusman at email@example.com.
Blonder Family Department for Developmental Disabilities Holiday Party When: Sat., Dec. 1, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Where: MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
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Details: Come out for a night of music, refreshments and fun at the Blonder Family Department for Developmental Disabilities Holiday Party. This party will be held in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and the Happy Club of Metro Atlanta YMCA. Cost is $10 plus a can of food for the Atlanta Food Bank. Includes music and refreshments; transportation not provided. More Info: Contact Susie Davidow at (678) 812-4091 or Susie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chanukah: The Basics
When: Tues., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Where: Congregation Etz Chaim – 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, Marietta Details: Dr. Shelley Buxbaum and Rabbi Paul Kerbel will discuss the basics of Chanukah. Learn how to bring this festive holiday to life and celebrate with candles and customs, music, yummy treats, an olive-oil tasting and games. There is no charge to attend and the community is invited. More info: Contact Shelley Buxbaum at Shelley.email@example.com or Rabbi Kerbel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Sun., Dec. 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: MJCCA at Zaban Park Details: After you celebrate the first night of Chanukah, join Shalom Baby to celebrate “Mamakkah,” a celebration of the miracle of mommies, grandmas, aunties and other important women in the lives of children. This event includes bagels, coffee and a chance to make your own “mommy jewelry,” which are metal necklace, pendants or bracelet charms stamped with the initial of the special child(ren) in your life or with a word that reminds you of the important things in life. No previous knowledge of metal stamping or jewelry making necessary. Ask daddies, grandpas, uncles or MJCCA’s Kid Zone to babysit – this one is just for the grown ups. Fees ($25 per person) include food and one piece of jewelry. Additional pieces of jewelry can be purchased at event. Space is limited for this program. More info: Contact Jessica Dickson at (678) 812-4173 or email@example.com.
Menorah Madness – Family Chanukah Celebration at the MJCCA
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Details: Three fun-filled evenings of Chanukah celebration at the MJCCA. Each night will feature a lively performance and entertainment for the entire family. Rabbi Glusman will lead the crowd in fun Chanukah songs and officiate at the lighting of the beautiful MJCCA Menorah. Guests will be treated to Chanukah jelly donuts and hot chocolate courtesy of the MJCCA. Bring your family and friends. Rain or shine. This event is free and open to the community. More info: Contact Rabbi Brian Glusman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latke Luau Singles Event
When: Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Where: Three Sheets – 6017 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs Details: The MJCCA and Atlanta Metro Jewish Singles invite Atlanta’s singles (ages 35 to 60) to come celebrate Chanukah with friends old and new. Bring a wrapped gift ($5-10) to participate in the White Elephant Gift Mixer. The event is free, and Three Sheets is providing drink and food specials and 10 percent off all food bills. More info: Contact Shanna Levy at (678) 812-4079 or shanna.levy@atlantajcc. org.
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Details: Atlanta’s biggest Chanukah party is in Midtown, and is better than ever! Join us on the rooftop of Shout for food, drinks, and dancing. Must be 21 or older to attend. Get your ticket before Dec. 6 and pay $15 for non-members and $10 for MJCCA members. Ticket includes one drink ticket and latkes. Complimentary valet parking. More info: Contact Roey Shoshan at (678) 812-4055, roey.shoshan@atlantajcc. org. Editor’s note: For a full schedule of MJCCA events, visit atlantajcc.org.
GOOD NEWS MADE IN ISRAEL THIS PAST WEEK AAT medication works wonders. Israeli company Kamada’s latest trial of its Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) protein shows that it can halt the progression of juvenile diabetes. AAT is the active ingredient in Kamada’s Glassia, used to treat emphysema. Gazans are treated in Israeli hospitals. Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center is taking care of a baby girl in the nephrology department, two children in oncology and an adult in urology. Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem has six Gaza patients. At Tel Hashomer, a Gaza girl is in the same room as a boy injured from a Hamas rocket.
developed a “high permeability” polymer membrane filter that requires far less energy than existing membranes. Natural gas is discovered off the coast. A further major natural gas deposit has been discovered off the coast of Israel. The Karish 1 prospect is offshore from Nahariya and close to the existing Leviathan deposit. Campbell’s and Sodastream team up. Israel’s Sodastream International is really bubbling with enthusiasm over its latest joint venture with Campbell’s
Soups. Campbell’s V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion fruity drinks will be converted into carbonated drinks and sold as a new flavor by the popular Israeli fizzy drinks maker. International prize goes to Tel Aviv University scientist. The Bruno H. Schubert Foundation of Frankfurt awarded its annual prize for excellence in natural sciences to Israeli ornithologist Dr. Yossi Leshem of Tel Aviv University’s zoology department for his contributions to the research and preservation of birds in Israel.
Israeli-Arab rapper looks to make it big. A Ramle boy who calls himself the “American Middle Eastern dream” is trying to make it big in Los Angeles after his stint on an Israeli reality show. Sameh Zakout, aka SAZ, has an American professional coach, an Israeli manager, an Arab booking agent, and high hopes. Editor’s note: This list courtesy Michael Ordman and verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com.
Technion stores up solar power. A project team at Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology is developing a solution that traps the energy as light in solar cells and then uses it to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.
New Israeli thermo-solar energy plants have been announced. Israel Corporation is to build a 60-megawatt solar power station at Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh in the Negev. This news comes hot on the heels of announcements of a 120-megawatt thermo-solar energy project at Kibbutz Zeelim nearby and agreement on a 121-megawatt facility at Ashelim. Progress made toward solving the world’s water shortage. Israel’s Advanced Mem-Tech has a solution to the shortfall in global water supplies. Using technology from Israel’s Technion, it has
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Supplies are being sent to Gaza. Whilst hundreds of rockets were being fired at Israeli civilians, Israel was still sending in truckloads of food and medical supplies into Gaza. Israel provides Gazans with five million cubic meters of water every day and 125 megawatts of electricity from the power station in Ashkelon.
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The Proper Dose of Reality BEING RESPONSIBLE IN ONE’S FAITH that preceded the first Gulf War. I was in Israel and invited to Shabbos lunch at an old friend’s home in Jerusalem.
I was stunned by her assessment but gave her the benefit of the doubt. I asked:
n the postmortem of the recent Gaza war, we have been bombarded with an assortment of insights, analyses, assessments and predictions. As we sift through these opinions, we stroke our chins, nod our heads, peer into the future and decide what to consider and what to dismiss.
There were seven of us around the festive, white-clothed table and current events dictated the conversation. We spoke of (the first) President Bush, of Saddam Hussein, of Scuds and of Israel’s vulnerability.
“You are talking poetically, aren’t you? It’s not the holy airspace, but the Patriot missile batteries that will repel any attack? That is what you meant, correct?”
Said my friend, a nouveau observant woman from the suburbs:
However, what gets caught up in this mix of legitimate evaluation is the naive, alarming theology of the absurd. For example: Rabbis of the far right declared that chareidi communities were left unscathed in the recent hostilities because of Torah study and Hashem’s protection.
“I am not worried at all. The Rebbe has said that Israel is the safest place on Earth, and I believe him.”
“No. Literally, Hashem is protecting our holy land and the Scuds will bounce off Israeli airspace when they reach our borders.”
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In response to such claims, permit me to go back in time to the Saturday
“In fact,” she continued, “the airspace over Israel is so kadosh that, if any scuds are launched against us, they will simply be unable to penetrate our sacred airspace. The missiles will bounce back and fall into neighboring Arab lands.”
My friend insisted.
I was shocked that my friend would say such things. “Esther Ruchel, we grew up together,” I replied. “We went to school together. You got 1600 on your SATs. You went to a top university and graduated summa cum laude. You know physics. You know chemistry. You know science. “How can you believe what you’re saying? It is nonsense.”
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With fiery eyes, she glared back at me. “Shalom, you have no faith,” she declared. “Esther Ruchel,” I quickly replied, “I do have faith. The difference between you and me is that my faith is responsible faith, and your faith is irresponsible.” There was silence at the table for a moment as the other guests stared at us. The awkward still was suddenly broken when the next course was served. This was a defining moment for me when I came to understanding the absolute rejection of reason and reality by many in the zealous, religious right. With such folks, a reasoned dialogue is futile because two different languages are spoken. The intellectual flight shook me up for two reasons. The first is that such individuals live and walk among us, yet think like aliens. The second is that such radicals believe with unswerving passion that they own and can define faith exclusively. It was once said, correctly and alarmingly, that “The person who believes the world is flat, believes it with
greater fervor than I who believe the world is round.” Esther Ruchel claimed I had no faith because I did not blindly buy into her belief of an inviolate airspace personally protected by G-d. Blind Faith was a great rock band, but it is a perilous, naive theology. As human beings, the good Lord has given us brains along with souls.
“As human beings, the good Lord has given us brains along with souls. To dispense with one is to endanger the other.” To dispense with one is to endanger the other. To extrapolate from Esther Ruchel’s absurdist fantasy, we might claim with the same officious illogic that G-d will protect from injury the reckless driver, the skydiver without a parachute, the drunk who walks across the freeway. Why not? If the driver, the diver, the imbiber are all righteous, Torahtrue Jews, it all stands to reason in Esther Ruchel’s land that G-d will permit no harm to come to them. So when does this ridiculous journey of irresponsible faith end? It ends with responsible faith grounded in love of G-d, respect of nature and an acceptance of a world run by unalterable rules. Scuds, Qassams and Fajr-5s did land in Israel with very little collateral damage. To say that “G-d was looking out for us” is to espouse primitive, wishful thinking. To say that “we were lucky” is to speak the truth. Editor’s note: Rabbi Shalom Lewis is the senior rabbi at Congregation Etz Chaim in East Cobb. He is currently on sabbatical in Israel.
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All Our Brethren THE “OTHER” JEWS BY EUGEN SCHOENFELD AJT Columnist
n July 1948, an old Liberty ship, the SS Marine Flasher, arrived in New York City from Bremen, Germany with a shipload of Jewish Holocaust survivors. I was among the hundreds of passengers lining up to pass the immigration officers who guarded the entrance to the “Promised Land” – America. Finally, my turn came. I approached an immigration officer and handed him my passport with an entry visa stamped in it. Really, my “passport” was just a little booklet. It resembled a real passport, but it was also significantly different. On the front page, it stated in bold letters that it was “A Passport in Lieu of a Passport”. In short, it was a “stateless” passport which declared that the owner was a Displaced Person – a homeless person without a country. The Immigration Officer looked at the document and stamped it, confirming that I was officially “admitted.” I was happy; I had finally arrived at a place that would, I hoped, someday become my home. I was anxious to leave and meet my U.S. hosts. But, as I extended my hand to receive my passport, the official told me that my visa was valid for only three months. “I am glad that you informed me,” I said. “I’ll have it extended immediately.”
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The next question he asked led to my arrest. My dream of being admitted to the country was shattered. In spite of having worked for the United Nations, I was still a “green horn” – a naïve and trusting young man.
“Mr. Schoenfeld,” said the official, “if the United States were to offer you the right to stay permanently in this country, would you accept such an offer?” Well, of course I would. I had been lucky enough to earn a scholarship to study at Washington University and thus had an opportunity to come on a temporary visa. It would have taken me years to receive the immigration visa that would allow me to stay for good.
I could not imagine that in a country I believed to be fair, just and moral that officials would be so underhanded as to entrap unsuspecting immigrants and subject them to possible deportation. So I took the question on its face value, as an honest inquiry. What could I say but the truth? I revealed my love for this country. “It would be a great honor,” I responded. Immediately, the official scratched and defaced the stamp that granted me admission to the country. Obviously, I was not deported and did eventually attain citizenship here, but for the moment, I would be interned in Ellis Island until my case could be examined in a Federal Court. A Chance Meeting Under guard, I was led to a ferry that connected Manhattan and my new destination. As I walked, two images appeared on the horizon: First, I saw Bedloe’s Island (now called Liberty Island), with the Statue of Liberty proclaiming to the world the words of Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired and poor, yearning to be free.” Second, I saw Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were being detained and examined before they were permitted to set foot in the U.S. I, like millions before me, was brought to an office where I was booked and questioned. They told me that, within a few days, I would appear before a panel of three judges who would determine my case. Finally and unexpectedly, the examining official asked if I’d like to eat in the main or kosher dining room. Given this choice, I elected to eat in the kosher kitchen. Luckily, I entered the dining room just before it was closing and was provided with a very tasty meal of chicken paprika (csirke paprikas), the same meal that my mother served us for lunch every Friday. As I enjoyed my food, I looked around the empty room; besides me, there was a young black man with a kippah on his head.
I had seen and talked with a few black soldiers during my two-year stay in Germany, but I had never seen black Jews. My curiosity was aroused.
And – most importantly – they are Jews because they have and continue to define themselves as Jews. Yes, they are different from European Jews, but they are Jews.
As it turns out, the young man was a member of a group of Ethiopian Jews that called themselves “Beta Israel” (the House of Israel). They were an ancient Jewish group that, according to legend, are descendants of Shebah, whose queen married Solomon.
There are many other people today who not only claim to be Jews, but even have genetic substantiation for their claims. For instance, there is the Shinlung, a group living between India and Myanmar that identify themselves as Jews and who claim to be members of the of the tribe of Menashe, one of the tribes taken captive by the Assyrians after they destroyed Israel in 720 BCE.
As the story goes, the son that resulted from that marriage brought Judaism to the people of Northeast Africa. They, like their European Jewish counterparts, endured centuries of poverty, discrimination, and persecution. The Christians and the Muslims had named them the “Falasha” – the landless, the wanderers. Opening Our Eyes For two millennia, we prayed every morning, “Bring us home in peace from the four corners of the world and make us walk upright to our land.” We also asked of the Almighty to “…gather our scattered people exiled among other people.” And G-d listened. The few who survived the Holocaust were able to return to an ancient homeland that, by the Law of Return, assured a home and refuge. Is that law not inclusive? Does it not provide for all Jews, including those with roots different from the European and Near-Eastern to which we are accustomed? The Beta Israel had to linger in a land where they were not wanted even after the formation of a Jewish State. For more than 25 years, they continued to suffer while scholars argued about the legitimacy of their Judaism. It took that long for the rabbis to declare that the members of Beta Israel are Jews because they are a remnant of the tribe of Dan. I say that they are Jews not because in some magical way they are proclaimed to be Danites. They are Jews because they believe in the principles of Judaism, its moral teachings and their historical relationship.
Then, there are the Jews of Cochin, the Bene Ephraim, the Bene Israel, the Jews of Teglu, the Jews of Samarkand, the Jews of Bukhara and the Mountain Jews of Baku. There remain many tribal Jews who live in Africa, especially the Ahyudaya in Uganda. They all are members of our scattered people. It’s not my intent to argue whether or not all of these groups have a right of re-settlement in Israel, but I do propose that the global Jewish community (and the Israeli rabbinate specifically) must modify the present narrow definition of who is a Jew and adopt a more inclusive policy. The new definition of a Jew would be all-encompassing and accept the scattered remnants of our ancient tribes. It would also ideally accept Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism. The strict matrilineal view governing Jewish descent was, I believe, a successful defense mechanism against assimilation during ghetto and similarly marginalized existence. However, this view has also brought forth a commitment to exclusivity and fostered a contradiction between the reality of heterogeneity among Jews and the Diaspora-created illusion of Jewish homogeneity. No social institution that rejects the necessity of change, that stands against the forces and conditions that demand change, can survive. Judaism has redefined itself a number of times and must do so once again. Editor’s note: Eugen Schoenfeld is a professor and chair emeritus at Georgia State University and a Holocaust survivor.
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Yiddish Itself as a Memorial PRESERVING A VITAL PART OF OUR HISTORY Diaspora language of the Sephardim (the descendants of the Spanish Exile).
or over eight decades, the Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut – or, as we Englishspeakers call it, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – has been preserving the civilization of Eastern European Jewry, what is essentially the Yiddish-speaking world.
And in the post-war United States, there were still many Jews who did speak Yiddish, but they – for the most part – didn’t teach the language to their children. By the time the Baby Boom generation came of age, Yiddish was mostly a fading memory.
The Institute was founded in Lithuania in the mid-1920s, soon after the devastation of the World War I. Even with the tremendous toll that period took on the Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe, the terrible events to come could not have been imagined. The headquarters of YIVO was moved from Vilna to New York City in 1940, when it had become clear that Jews and their cities and villages in the region were going to suffer considerable losses under Nazi rule. Their work of preservation has fortunately never stopped and continues now in New York and in many other locations. The Institute has very large collections of books and documents from the communities that were lost during World War II and has also published several Yiddish periodicals over the decades. In particular, YIVO has focused on the preservation of the Yiddish language. An Uphill Battle Most of the Jews murdered by the Nazis were, at least to some degree, Yiddish speakers. Thus, half of the Yiddish speakers in the world were slaughtered within a few years. Then, in the late 1940s, the Soviet government reversed an earlier policy of promoting Yiddish by executing Yiddish writers publicly. As such, speaking in Yiddish became a less and less viable option for Soviet Jews over the subsequent decades. Meanwhile in Israel, it had been decided that the language of the new state would by Hebrew, not the mame-loshn (“mother tongue”) of the Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, nor Ladino, the
There were, of course, people who continued speaking and writing in Yiddish. Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Nobel winning writer, kept the language alive in his works of fiction and others in Europe and South America kept the language from completely dying out. But the language, sadly, was in decline. Fighting the Good Fight Yiddish has become a dying language despite the heroic efforts of Uriel Weinreich, son of YIVO founder Max Weinreich. Uriel, a Columbia philologist, wrote the definitive college Yiddish language text (“College Yiddish”) as well as a Yiddish-English lexicon. This man, in my opinion, had the right idea. The younger Dr. Weinreich captured the nostalgic flavor of Yiddish, as did Leo Rosten in “The Joys of Yiddish” and was also serious about teaching Yiddish as a classroom language in the same fashion that other languages – Latin, Spanish – were being taught. He understood that if you read, write and speak a language, you preserve its culture. By reviving Hebrew as a spoken tongue a century ago, the early Zionists reclaimed their biblical heritage. YIVO, by focusing on Yiddish culture, and Dr. Weinreich, by focusing on Yiddish as a language, represent attempts to do the same for Yiddish culture and the Ashkenazi civilization which was so tragically lost. Many memorials have been built to honor the six million martyrs lost in the Holocaust; to these, I would add another way to memorialize the dead – the serious study of Yiddish.
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Heâ€™s watching and learning. How you walk to temple together, rain or shine. The way you speak gently to Aunt Ruth. And your gift for making the holidays feel miraculous. Best wishes for a happy Chanukah.
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Hundreds Show Solidarity with Israel at Rally MAYOR REED, CONSUL GENERAL AVIRAN SPEAK AT AHAVATH ACHIM
Staff Report huge crowd turned out to show their support for the State of Israel at the Israel Solidarity Rally at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on the evening of Tues., Nov. 20. Attendees came bearing the Jewish State’s flag and Hebrew script on their clothing.
AA’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Neil Sandler, gave an opening prayer and was followed by several distinguished speakers: Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed; Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta CEO Michael Horowitz; Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast Opher Aviran; and Emory University Schatten Professor Kenneth Stein. Finally, Rabbi Adam Starr of Young Israel of Toco Hills gave the concluding prayer and added a personal touch to the proceedings by sharing the story of his brother, sister-in-law and nephews, who live in Israel and are protected by the Iron Dome defense system made possible with United States support.
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Guaranteeing Authenticity BUYING COLLECTIBLES AND AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS ONLINE BY JEFF ZELL
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ith experts reporting that more than $1 billion was spent by American consumers online on Cyber Monday alone, it’s well established that shoppers trust Internet vendors
to provide them with quality merchandise that is authentic. However, just like with brick-andmortar stores, there are people out there who sell fakes and fraudulent collectibles and autographs. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the online sports memorabilia and autograph business.
The question then becomes: How do you spot the real deal from the fake? Obviously, if you are familiar with a business and have spent money with them before and had no complaints, then that is the first place you should look.
municate with someone in-depth and gauge their honesty, intelligence and reputation. Be wary of any place that doesn’t provide a phone number on its website.
Otherwise, there are many vendors on the vast World Wide Web that may have the perfect gift for you or a loved one. How do you make sure you are actually getting what the vendor says you are receiving?
If you’re purchasing a signed item, find out if the company issues a Certificate of Authenticity. If they don’t, keep surfing the web.
Below are some simple and easy steps to follow that will help you find an honest and trustworthy Internet vendor.
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Ask about exchanges and returns. All honest Internet businesses want you to be happy and spread the word about their business. If they don’t have a return policy similar to brick-and-mortar stores, then stay away. There is one exception to this rule: Most brick-and-mortar stores and online businesses will not take back autographed items due to the loss of “Chain of Possession.” For instance, if an online vendor allows someone to return an item, how does he/she know it’s the same item that was sold and not a fake? Businesses willing to take back signed items that leave their possession may be more likely to have lower standards when acquiring autographed memorabilia. As ironic and odd as it may seem, you want a business to have a “no return” policy for autographed items.
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If they do, the certificate is the equivalent of a legal contract stating that the item is hand-signed. Violating the certificate would not only mean the business owes you a refund but that it could be criminally prosecuted for fraud.
Ask questions. Email the business with specific questions about items that interest you. How did your company acquire this collectible? Where was the signing? If you receive a satisfactory answer within the day, then you have done as much due diligence as you could do with a specialty brick-andmortar store. If you are in Georgia and you buy from a business in Georgia, it’s much easier to track them down if you’re unhappy with a purchase. Beyond that, if the business provide a physical address, then they know you can find them. This is not crucial, but does provide the buyer with an added sense of security.
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Call the business. If you have any doubts, a telephone call is still the best way to com-
PayPal is a multi-billion-dollar online payment system that provides buyers with an added line of security. If you aren’t pleased with an item and can’t get satisfaction from the vendor, then you can appeal to Paypal. It’s like being able to file a legal appeal without having to pay any court fees or hire a lawyer.
Ask for referrals. Does the vendor sell to any stores? Have they sold on eBay, where feedback is public? If there are 1,000 comments about the store on eBay it can provide you with a clue as to how the business operates and treats its customers. If you follow these simple rules, I think your online experience will be a positive one. There are many ways now to purchase a unique gift, or at least something that can’t be found at Wal-Mart or Macy’s. So don’t fear the web. Just pay attention to these rules and your common sense. Editor’s note: Atlanta native Jeff Zell has been a collector of sports memorabilia from childhood and began selling sports memorabilia in 1998. He is the founder of sporsmasterpieces.com, georgiabulldogsprints.com and alabamacrimsontideprints.com, has been a member of eBay for more than a decade and boasts a 100-percent positive feedback.
Buying a High-End Swiss Timepiece AN AMAZING ACCESSORY AND AN INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE BY JONATHAN MARCUS
For the Atlanta Jewish Times ost high-end Swiss luxury watches, with proper care and maintenance, are made to last at least a lifetime. Thus, it makes great sense to consider the purchase of a mint-quality, certified pre-owned watch from a reputable watch dealer. Buying a pre-owned watch can save you thousands of dollars, sometimes as much as 50 to 75 percent off the original factory retail pricing. Plus, if you buy the “right” brand or model of watch, it could actually appreciate in value, allowing you to enjoy wearing it and, if you wish, to later sell or trade it in to make a profit. Many Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, A Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet and Panerai watches have steadily increased in value, year after year. Recently, a rare 1940s Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moonphase watch sold at a major New York auction house for well over a million dollars! However, don’t rush your purchase. If you do decide to purchase a fine timepiece, the vendor matters a great deal. When the time comes, you will have the choice to either make your selection in-person or online, but there are several things to be aware of, regardless of which approach you take. • One of the potential hazards of buying a watch is uncertain authenticity. We’ve all seen the cheap fake Rolexes sold online and on Canal Street in New York City, but today you have to be careful of more sophisticated replicas. Counterfeit dealers are now making imitation watches out of solid 18-karat gold, making them hard for
a layperson to recognize as a counterfeit. Last week, we had a fellow come in for an appraisal on his watch, and it turned out to be a counterfeit Rolex President, though the case and bracelet were made from real gold.
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My best advice is to research the jeweler you’re considering doing business with. You should first “buy” the company, so to speak, before you consider buying the product. You’ll also want to know about their return policy and if they offer their own warranty. • You must also consider a company’s return policy. Never buy a preowned watch without the ability to return it for a full refund. Be wary, because online stores sometimes offer a return policy but will charge as much as a 25 percent restocking fee. • Also, consider the warranty a company offers with their watches. Most Swiss watches are mechanical, with hundreds of tiny moving parts, and – as we all know – mechanical things do wear down and can break. The general service and cleaning of the movement on a Swiss watch can run several hundred dollars, so what you thought was a great eBay deal can turn into an expensive mistake if the watch needs to be serviced or repaired. Buying a fine watch from an established company with great product knowledge, a return policy and a comprehensive warranty is very important. You should also research the company you’re considering with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org). As a good friend told me years ago: If you don’t know jewelry, you better know your jeweler! Editor’s note: Jonathan Marcus is a master horologist and is the current sales manager of Capetown Diamond.
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What I Want for Chanukah… YOUNG FOLKS TELL US WHAT’S ON THEIR WISHLISTS Staff Report The Atlanta Jewish Times was curious what the hot items were this Chanukah season, so we asked a variety of local kids and young adults what it is that they’re hoping to receive. Here are there responses:
“I would like Nike Elite socks…because they are so cool! A lot of kids today have them. I would also like to make sure that all children in the world have what they need and get nice gifts for the holidays.”
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“A pink zebra Snuggie to keep me warm in the winter. Many of my friends have them too! I would also like to see world peace, especially peace in Israel.” Alexa (Lexi) Silberman Epstein School 5th grader “For Chanukah, I would really like a new iPhone 5 because it has cool apps and is more high-tech and user-friendly than the phone I have now. I would also like to see peace in Israel.” Noah Weinstein Epstein School 8th grader “I would like lululemon athletica clothes for tennis and Urban Outfitters casual wear for Chanukah. I would [also] like all children to be happy during the holiday season, especially those who are less fortunate, like the victims of Hurricane Sandy.” Lilly Blumenthal Epstein School 8th grader
“A rescue dog.” Robert Goldstein Weber School student “A trip abroad.” Lauren Fagin Weber School student
“Sometimes I ask for more things than I’m going to get, but any of them would be great gifts: Frye Boots, the iPhone 5, a North Face jacket and gift cards.” Sarah Scheuer University of Georgia sophomore “I love sports, so anything that has to do with that would be great. And any guy would love to have extra spending cash.”
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Editor’s note: Coleen Lou, Rebecca McCullough and Jamie Gottlieb provided additional reporting for this story.
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s the holiday season approaches, stress builds. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are often confused over what to get for the kids. There are so many electronic gadgets out there that many people fall victim to the media pressure suggesting kids need to have the latest “iEverything.” But, if we just stop and think for a moment, most of us will recall that it wasn’t “stuff” that made us happy as youngsters. What was great about being a kid was the simple art of play. In our busy world, many of us forget that kids should should engage and explore. It’s really that simple!
The “Spooner Board” continues to be a hot seller, along with the “Boogie Board”, which is a paperless LCD writing table that can be used for math, spelling, doodling, and even a game of Hangman. Both are very cool for any age. Older kids enjoy the remote-control helicopters from Borgfeldt as well as fun games such as “Spot It!” and the classic “Rush Hour.” Meanwhile, the younger crowd loves Playmobil to use their imagination, and we also offer the stackable “Tobbles” by Fat Brain Toys and “Roll & Play” by Think Fun to listen and apply movement. This is just a small sample of our best items – we didn’t even get a chance to mention fun puzzles, new dolls, ride-on toys or games for the whole family to enjoy!
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ou’ll be able to find most of the hot, new toys on your kid’s wish list this holiday season at area malls and toy stores.
However, if you’re hunting for a Chanukah gift with a Jewish accent, you’re better off going online or visiting a synagogue gift shop or Judaica store. In recent years, Judaica has become big business, a multi-billion dollar industry that includes a wide assortment of religious books and paraphernalia, artsy tchotchkes and expensive jewelry. Spend just a few moments surfing the web, and you’ll find it’s a buyers’ market if you happen to need a mezuzah for the doorpost of your new home or to drape around the neck of your new sweetie.
tion Etz Chaim in East Cobb. “We have all sorts of different types, and people like to collect them.” The same can be said of hanukkiahs. The holiday menorah has nine branches – one each for the eight days of Chanukah and a ninth, the shamash, that is elevated and used to light the others. Around the same time that dreidels were being turned into objects d’art, hanukkiahs were undergoing the same sort of change, with one significant difference. “They’re part of pop culture now,” said Asrah. “This year we have Chanukah menorahs that look like castles, fire engines, robots and even a pink Cadillac!” In fact, there’s probably a Chanukah menorah for just about every taste and whim. Recent models have fea-
Even though Chanukah is just around the corner, you still have plenty of time to purchase a few dreidels for friends or a new and special hanukkiah for your family. The items – one a toy, the other inextricably linked to the Festival of Lights – are both now a rich and defining part of the holiday, and they’re also in demand.
“We have all sorts of gifts for Chanukah,” said Shainah Asrah, the manager of Chosen Treasures, a Judaica store in Sandy Springs. “But dreidels and menorahs are always big sellers around this time of year.”
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Dreidels have been around for centuries. They’re a part of of a little game picked up by Jews in Europe who spotted their Christian neighbors gambling with a top. The toy became associated with Chanukah and the miracle at the heart of the holiday when the four Hebrew letters – nun, gimmel, hey and shin – were added to the top. The letters are an acronym for the Hebrew phrase, nes gadol haya sham – in English, “a great miracle happened there.” For years, dreidels were carved out of wood and were given to youngsters as special holiday treats, but in the last century or so the wooden toys morphed into plastic tchotchkes, were mass-produced and became a ubiquitous – and cheap – Chanukah gift. Not much changed in recent decades until artists and artisans began using precious metals to produce the tops and gussying them up with gemstones.
“Dreidels are works of art these 16 days,” said Maxine Schein, the longtime gift shop manager at Congrega-
4 2 tured teddy bears, clowns, toy blocks, mahjong tiles, cats and dogs, and even soccer, baseball and football paraphernalia and logos. Retro hanukkiahs are also popular, it turns out; what was once old is new again. Candles are being tossed aside in favor of menorahs that use wicks and olive oil. It’s all a puzzle to Schein, who recalls selling hanukkiahs that burned oil when she first got into the business in the late 1970s. By the early ’80s, she couldn’t give them away. Asrah says oil-fueled menorahs are selling well. “People are constantly looking for items that are new,” she explained. “It’s a nice reminder of the miracle of Cha-
nukah and the oil that burned for eight days.”
O f course, with only a week remaining till Chanukah, it’ll be a miracle if you can finish up all your holiday plans and shopping in just a few days. The good news is there are plenty of dreidels and hanukkiahs still waiting to find a home. So here’s a holiday hint: Spin on over to a synagogue gift shop or Judaica store and burn a little cash. It’ll be a mitzvah!
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For the Atlanta Jewish Times hen my son was in first grade, he told me he wanted a Wii game console for his birthday.
“Jake,” I replied, intent on giving my son perspective on how much his request would cost. “Do you realize that you could go to the dollar store and buy 300 toys for the price of one Wii?” “Really?” Jake asked, clearly pondering this revelation. “I guess I’ll just do that instead!” It’s not that my son was inherently greedy. To the contrary, he’s compassionate and generous. It’s just that he was in a developmental place where it was difficult for him to grasp the concept and value of money. In fact, the vast majority of gradeschoolers (up to age 11) are what cognitive psychologists call “concrete thinkers.” That means they have a tough time conceptualizing anything they can’t physically see or touch. To such a mind, money – thanks to credit cards, checks, PayPal accounts and the like – is a hugely abstract concept. Through the eyes of my then-notquite-7-year-old, the difference between $300, $30 and $3 was largely in-
consequential. I know it seems hard to believe that this could be so, but that’s only because we adults have the ability to think abstractly. Trust me: After two decades teaching elementary students, I can tell you that – with rare exception – the only way an early elementary-aged child is going to truly understand the quantitative distinction between these amounts is if he actually sees 300 one-dollar bills piled next to 30 one-dollar bills, piled next to 3 one-dollar bills. So, how do we enlighten our concrete-thinking kiddies to the fact that – despite the popular playground belief – money doesn’t grow in ATM machines? The answer lies in the “Spend/Save/ Tzedakah” plan. This is a super-concrete, positivelypriceless program that helps children grasp the value of money, empowers them with financial smarts and encourages them to give back to their community all in one fell swoop. The basic premise is to have our kids regularly divide their allowance into three distinct sections – one for personal spending, one for saving and one for giving. Deciding how to allocate the money (i.e. 60 percent spending, 30 percent savings and 10 percent tzedakah) is a personal family choice, but it’s impor-
tant to make sure kids stick to their designated amounts every week. On Spending For the Spend/Save/Tzedakah plan to work its magic, children should be required to use their personal spending money for all non-essential purchases other than birthday and Chanukah gifts. That means our kids pay for their own popcorn at the movies, Sponge Bob popsicles from the ice cream man and fruitless attempts on the “try-topick-up-a-stuffed-animal-with-a-metalclaw” machine. Still doubtful? Consider the following scenarios: Shopping at Target without the Spend/ Save/Tzedakah Plan: Child: Can I get that Hot Wheels car? Parent: No. Child: Please? It’s only $1.29, and I’ve really been wanting that one. Parent: I said, NO. Child: But, it’s a Hummer Hot Wheels – with real monster truck wheels! Parent: How many times do I have to tell you? No means no! Child: Please? Please? Pleeease!? Parent: Okay, fine. Just put it in the cart and stop whining. (And the same scene plays out the next day only this time, the kid wants a $200 electric scooter) Shopping at Target with the Spend/Save/ Tzedakah plan:
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Parent: Sure. You can use your spending money any way you’d like. Child: Well, I don’t really need it. I’d rather save my money for that scooter.
On Saving Just to clarify, the kind of savings we’re talking about here are the kind you put away for a long-term goal, like going to college or spending a high school semester in Israel – not an exorbitantly costly toy or an overpriced outfit. The key here is to help our children move beyond the instant-gratification mentality towards understanding that some things cost so much money that it takes years to save and pay for them. It’s important for children to have a concrete representation of their savings progress. Have them place a sticker on a chart each time they surpass a 10-dollar increment or enroll them in a kiddie savings program that requires no minimum balance and provides monthly statements. We parents will be as excited as our kids to see how much money they are putting away for their future! On Tzedakah Our kids’ lives largely exist within a vacuum. They have their families, their friends, their schools, their neighborhoods and their material possessions. They often don’t consider the needs of those less fortunate, but that’s not because they don’t care; it’s because they are not used to thinking outside their familiar worlds. By putting a small portion of their allowance toward tzedakah each week, our children will begin to appreciate their responsibility as Jews and human beings to share their resources with the community. They’ll come to recognize that many of life’s most precious gifts come without a barcode. Hopefully they’ll come to understand that, in the scheme of things, a Wii (or an iPhone 5 or iPad Mini or whatever else our kids may be eyeing these days) isn’t really that important after all. Editor’s note: Sharon Duke Estroff is an award-winning educator and author of the popular parenting book “Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah?” (Random House). Her parenting articles appear in over 100 publications, including Parents, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and the Jerusalem Post.
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For the Atlanta Jewish Times hile popular bookstore chain Borders has closed, our own And Thou Shalt Read is providing the gift of Jewish reading to Atlantans and beyond. It may have opened in 2007 with a selection of just some 100 books, but today the shop boasts thousands of titles to please every reading appetite. Nestled in the heart of Roswell, And Thou Shalt Read has everything from the serious to the humorous for all ages. Here are some of my picks for this year: • For the younger set, we have “A Touch of Chanukah,” a touchy-feely experiential book, and the Sammy Spider crowd (ages four to seven) won’t want to miss “Sammy Spider’s New Friend.” • A biography of Maurice Sendak to go along with “Where the Wild Things Are,” either in English or in Hebrew, is great for sevenyear-olds and up. Also for this age group is “It’s a…It’s a…It’s a Mitzvah” or “Pat, Roll, Pull: A Challah Braiding Story.” • Returning this year is a new edition of “Jeremy’s Dreidel.” This edition is different because it has Braille instead of Hebrew letters. Also on the list of important books is “Green Bible Stories,” which relates ecology to Bible stories and activities. • For older children, there are the Rabbi RocketPower mystery books for Shabbat, Hanukkah, Passover and “Tutty-Fruity” Tu B’Shevat. “Mitzvah the Mutt” is also very popular. • Girls will enjoy American Girl’s newest Rebecca Mystery books, “Secrets at Camp Nokomis” and “Bundle of Trouble.” • Younger sports fans will enjoy
both “Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King” and “Like a Maccabee,” and athletics aficionados of a more advanced reading level will marvel at “Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer.” • Speaking of Marvel, “From Krakow to Krypton” tells the story of our Jewish comic book heroes, while “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey” tells how the creators of our favorite monkey escaped the Nazis on the back of a bicycle. • For Chanukah, see “Maccabee Meals” and “The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah.” • Local authors have their books on the list, too. Ben Halpert’s Savvy Cyber Kids books are important for all parents to share with their young children who are just sitting down to the computer. Laurel Snyder, who brought us “Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher” and “Nosh, Schlep, Shluff,” has given us “Good Night, Laila Tov,” a lyrical good night story. “The Waiting Wall” is one of many touched by Leah Braunstein Levy for Hachai Publishers. • For adults, enjoy the warm stories woven from Yiddish in “Found in Translation” by Pamela Jay Gottfried. Also consider “Lost Wife,” a powerful story about enduring love that even oceans and the Holocaust could not erase. • For grandma and grandpa is Billy Crystal’s “I Already Know I Love You,” a love story between a grandpa and his yet-to-be-born grandchild. This is just a taste; too many books, not enough space to write about them all! Come visit and take a browse for yourself! Editor’s note: Ruth E. Levy is owner of And Thou Shalt Read, located on Grimes Bridge Rd.
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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Speaks at Greenfield Hebrew Academy LEADER OF A LEADING CITY SHARES WITH STUDENTS, FACULTY By Leah Levy
For the Atlanta Jewish Times ir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, is optimistic about the future of his city. He recently spoke to a full house at Greenfield Hebrew Academy, kicking off the school’s newly formed Israeli Speakers Bureau. He stressed the multicultural nature of Jerusalem, pointing out that historically, the city has always been a place where people lived together in peace and with respect for each other’s traditions. “In biblical times, the Land of Israel was divided among the tribes, but not Jerusalem,” he said. “No single tribe could lay claim to Jerusalem. For a thousand years, Jerusalem was a foundation of democracy, where everyone felt comfortable.” He added that now, millions of people from around the world visit each year and see how other faiths live and work together. Barkat then focused on a few statistics – a declining crime rate, expanding school system and rising economy – that offer up only good news for the future of Jerusalem. “I try to improve the quality of life for all residents,” the mayor said. “This
proves to the world that we are worthy and decreases tension.”
tinian State. His answer was short and unequivocal.
During a question-and-answer period, Barkat was asked to explain his policies about illegal building in Jerusalem by Arab residents. He addressed are more than 20,000 apartments in Jerusalem that are not registered:
“No,” he said, but added that “Jerusalem is open and inviting, a place where there is freedom of movement and freedom of choice.”
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“Either they are dysfunctional or they are reunited,” Barkat said. “Even if you had a moderate group of Muslims, in an instant they’d be replaced by radicals. Israel takes many risks, but I don’t see us risking Jerusalem.”
“If it costs nothing to build, you build,” said the mayor. “But people will get used to paying double Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat addresses and triple for a standing-room-only crowd at the Greenillegal buildfield Hebrew Academy. The Mayor PHOTO/Devi Knapp ings. We are was then asked systematically about tensions begetting people tween ultra-Orthodox sects and the to acknowledge that legal is best. It’s not perfect, but it’s better to deal with secular Jewish community in Israel, and in response, Barkat said he is optireality than not to deal with reality.” mistic about the two sides finding com Barkat was also asked if Jerusalem mon ground. will ever become the capital of a Pales-
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He pointed out that his coalition includes many ultra-Orthodox Jews and that their community is changing and becoming part of the workforce and even the IDF. “They know that if the city is drained of secular people, they will suffer.” Barkat said of the ultra-Orthodox. “All groups have extremists. I’m optimistic that we’ll get along better than we have in the past.” The mayor also pointed out the need to compromise. “It’s Jerusalem; the tensions will always be there.” he said. “But everyone must accept that in Jerusalem, no one gets everything their own way.” The ultra-Orthodox know that restaurants are open on Shabbat in Jerusalem; the secular know that there’s no public transportation in Jerusalem on Shabbat. “And when issues arise,” he concluded, “we deal with them very cautiously, so as not to create too much tension.” Editor’s note: Leah Levy is a paraprofessional at GHA and the author of “The Waiting Wall,” a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for 2010.
Mayor Barkat’s Ties to GHA
nterestingly, Mayor Nir Barkat has many personal connections to Greenfield Hebrew Academy. George Birnbaum, a close friend of the mayor and one of his campaign advisors, who attended GHA in the early 1980s. Birnbaum’s children now attend the school. “The sense of community that I learned here at GHA, and an obligation to the community are what started me on this road,” Birnbaum said. In addition, the mayor’s foreign press secretary, Barak Cohen, graduated from GHA in 1995. “It’s wonderful to be here at GHA,” Cohen said during the Mayor’s appearance. “It’s my childhood home, my community.” Barkat personally thanked both Birnbaum and Cohen when he began his prepared remarks.
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n Nov. 21, Davis Academy students in grades five through eight were immersed in a unique half-day program. The frame of tikkun olam was applied to the experience of voice and choice as exercised in the recent presidential election process.
Students learned the importance of voting in the world and how that relates to building empathy and inspiring action through sessions on the concepts of campaigning; controversial issues; voting accessibility; the psychology of motivation; polling; the role of social media; and more. As they explored the ideas that they are members of a larger world community – that equality and oppression are still at odds in the world today, and that informed choice (a Reform Jewish value) can help us be good secular citizens – students were asked to consider what issues they deemed important, where inequality exists in the world, and how being a Reform Jew informs everyday life. As the morning progressed, student groups were encouraged to creatively summarize their learning in a special “jigsaw” newspaper/Talmud commentary format. Then, appropriately exercising their right to choose, they voted on the winning entries. RIGHT: Students broke into groups and discussed many aspects of how people’s ability to express voice and choice differs around the world.
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Kosher Movies: Tender Mercies (1983) TREASURING G-D’S GIFTS, NO MATTER HOW THEY COME BY RABBI HERBERT COHEN
AJT Contributor hen I was a synagogue rabbi in the early 1970s, one of my most unsettling moments occurred when I had to officiate at the funeral of a teenage boy who had died in a horrific accident. It was a rainy day, as if G-d Himself were weeping. What made it especially painful was the fact the father of the boy was a Holocaust survivor. I was amazed when I looked at the family during the eulogy. There was palpable, overwhelming sadness in the air, but the family’s faith in the face of terrible tragedy was manifest. A number of years later, this man’s wife was murdered in a random act of violence, and I could not help but won-
der how the family could survive such a progression of tragedies. And yet they did. “Tender Mercies,” a beautiful story of personal redemption in the face of adversity, reminds us that we can never know why things happen. All we can do is appreciate the tender mercies G-d grants to us in our lives, which are filled with interludes of happiness and sadness. In the film, Mac Sledge (played by Robert Duvall) is an over-the-hill country music star whose alcoholism has ruined his career. He awakens one morning in a forsaken Texas roadside motel and meets the owner, Rosa Lee (played by Tess Harper), a young widow who has lost her husband in Vietnam. She has been left to care for her child, Sonny.
She offers Sledge room and board in exchange for his work at her motel and gas station on the condition that he does not drink while he is working for her. Over time, their feelings for one another grow and Mac eventually asks Rosa Lee to marry him. They attend church regularly, and Mac finds that life is now full of promise. His emotional baptism ceremony represents his break with the past and his resolve to see life anew. Rosa Lee is largely responsible for his spiritual conversion. In a poignant scene, she confesses to Mac, “I say my prayers for you, and when I thank the Lord for his tender mercies, you’re at the head of the list.”
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With such love and encouragement, Mac’s life slowly turns around. His reputation as a songwriter inspires young musicians, and Mac decides to resurrect his career as a country music artist in a modest way. Secretly, however, he yearns to reconnect with his daughter, Sue Anne, whom he has not seen for many years.
When the meeting occurs, it is filled with the hope of reconciliation; but tragically, Sue Anne is killed in an automobile accident only days after they meet.
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The trajectory of his life is a mystery to Mac and he wonders aloud to Rosa Lee, “I don’t know why I wandered out to this part of Texas drunk, and you took me in and pitied me and helped me to straighten out, marry me. Why? Why did that happen? Is there a reason that happened? And Sonny’s daddy died in the war, my daughter killed in an automobile accident. Why?” In the final scene of the movie, Mac has an epiphany, and while throwing
a football with Sonny, he smiles. He finally comprehends that finite man cannot know the answers to the riddles of life. Mac has lost a daughter, but he can still be a father to Sonny. A feeling of purpose animates his life in spite of personal failures and family tragedies. His story echoes the adage from Proverbs: “Seven times the righteous will fall, and then they will rise again.” The Ethics of the Fathers tells us that man can never understand the ways of the infinite G-d, and so we move through life with unanswered questions all around us. The pain never goes away, but we find ways to cope; what’s important is that we “fail forward” – to use failure as a way to stimulate emotional growth and understanding. Editor’s note: Rabbi Cohen, former principal of Yeshiva Atlanta, now resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Visit koshermovies.com for more of his Torah-themed film reviews.
Klezmer Local 42 BRINGING BACK THE MUSIC OF OUR PAST
“We’re not a traditional klezmer band in every sense with our material or the line-up. We stretch out a lot,” said vocalist/bassist and band founder Dan Horowitz. “We’ve stretched out in other ways. I mean, me and Joel [Ellison, Local 42 drummer] are starting to play some subtle funky back-beats that I really like.”
The term klezmer originally derives from from the Hebrew term literally meaning “vessels of song,” referring
Yet, when Horowitz wanted to honor the tradition at his wedding, he and his soon-to-be wife were shocked to find that no such band existed in musiccrazed Athens. Importing musicians from Atlanta was their only option. “That, for me, was the impetus,” Horowitz said. “I thought right then: In Athens, we can have our own homegrown klezmer band.” But it wasn’t until a trip back to his hometown of Binghamton, N.Y., that the group’s name, Klezmer Local 42, took shape. While walking down the street, Horowitz happened to look up at a seemingly unassuming union building next to the local Salvation Army labeled “Pipe Fitters: Local 47.” “I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be cool if klezmer was so popular that we had our own union?” Horowitz jokingly recalled. Such a whimsy might not be so far
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“This is off the beaten path for your average klezmer band, to have someone just wailing on congas, but he’s just so good,” said Horowitz.
“I’ve always loved this music. I grew up with these sounds,” said Horowitz.
As part of this quest to add to the traditional klezmer formula, the band most recently added hand-drummer Eddie Glicken to their line-up. All it took was a single gig, and the rest of the band was convinced.
The album – released with colorful cover illustrations by comic artist Robert Crumb – was one of many playing in the background of Horowitz’s youth, but certainly stands out among the steady stream of tapes and records filling the rooms of his childhood home.
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Local 42 has also incorporated movie themes, tango, classic rock riffs and the occasional sea-shanty into their varied set. Always in keeping with a wry sense of humor, Horowitz also penned the original piece “Hanukah in Dahlonega,” using the city’s name solely because it rhymed.
Artists such as the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Kapelye and Giora Feidman began to earn notoriety from the masses. In the case of Horowitz, it was The Klezmorim’s 1977 album “Streets of Gold” which inspired a passion for the style.
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That’s just one example of how, in its mere four years performing, this Athensbased band has already shone a spotlight on its genre for many an unaware listener. The group pays homage to their heritage while exploring and expanding upon convention.
Then, after a period of relative dormancy, klezmer experienced a revival in the 1970s. It was then that folk music was becoming popular once more, and a generation of Jews returned to Jewish pride in reaction to the downplaying of their heritage following World War II.
Horowitz is proud that his band can be part of a movement: With the birth of each new klezmer ensemble – with
earing un-tucked shirts, sunglasses and blue jeans, the collective onstage jiggles knees to melodies played by musicians as far back as the 16th century. Juxtaposed with jam bands and hip-hop artists, Klezmer Local 42 brought the age-old music of Eastern Europe to the Athfest music festival of Athens, Ga.
Editor’s note: Readers can catch Klezmer Local 42 on Wed., Dec. 12 at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs.
to the instruments. The genre first emerged hundreds of years ago among European traveling musicians, who frequently associated with gypsies.
each violin or clarinet player who harkens back to the traditions of yore, in whatever form it may take – a small piece of Jewish history is carefully preserved.
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off, as pop bands such as Streetlight Manifesto and Hollywood film soundtracks have begun to draw inspiration from the klezmer tradition. Today, klezmer musicians (or klezmorim) can be found in almost every kind of setting on almost any continent.
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o you remember that time when you were little and your brother took your cereal bowl? The really cool one, with Woody and Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story” all over it? How about your first date, when that cute girl in your class came over to watch a movie and your dad peered over from the kitchen? And do you remember last Thanksgiving, when your mom told your kids all the bad stuff you did when you were their age? Such memories show that the ties between family are both laughable and unbreakable. My rabbi always says: “Who do you think causes the most grief in your parents’ lives? You. And who do you think causes the most pleasure in your parents’ lives? Also you.” Yes, family members do annoying things. Moms nag, dads are embarrassing; brothers hit, sisters whine; and grandparents are stubborn. And
yet, you probably thoroughly enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner and being with all of those nagging, whining, embarrassing people. After all, you love them. Along these lines, I relate to you the story of my cousin Sara. She is four months and 17 days older than me, which puts us in the same grade at school. She used to live in New Jersey, and when we would visit, I would sleep next to her bed in a sleeping bag. Without fail, she stepped on or kicked me every morning as she got up at 4 a.m. We would play together just fine until our personalities got in the way. I would argue about the outfits of Samantha and Kit (our dolls, of course), and Sara always wanted to show off her impressive dance moves – she took classes, after all. She moved to Atlanta in the fifth grade; in fact, she moved to a house less than half-a-mile away from mine. My longtime best friend became her next-door neighbor, and Sara went to my school and became friends with my friends.
Shabbat Candle Lighting Times shabbat blessings Blessing for the Candles Baruch Arah A-do-nai,El-o-hei-nu Melech Haolam Asher Kid-shanu b’mitzvotav V’zivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of time and space. You hallow us with Your mitzvot and command us to kindle the lights of Shabbat. Blessing for thw Wine Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Meelech Haolam, Borei p’ri hagafen Praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. Blessing for the Bread (Challah) Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Melech haolam, Hamotzi Lechem min haaretz. Our Praise to You Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
Friday, November 30, 2012 Light Candles at: 5:10 pm Shabbat, December 1, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 6:08 pm Friday, December 7, 2012 Light Candles at: 5:10 pm Shabbat, December 8, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 6:09 pm Friday, December 14, 2012 Light Candles at: 5:11 pm Shabbat, December 15, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 6:10 pm Friday, December 21, 2012 Light Candles at: 5:14 pm Shabbat, December 15, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 6:13 pm
Actually, at the time, it seemed like she was stealing my friends (hey, I was only 10 years old). We did a lot of bickering and teasing in those years. Truth to tell, we were feuding pre-pubescent girls who really didn’t like each other. But at birthday celebrations and Shabbat dinners, we’d kiss each other on the cheek and say, “I love you.” And we both laugh now at all the drama we produced back then and agree we were absolutely ridiculous. The beauty of being family is that even though we messed up all of those years of friendship, we still have a lifetime to be cousins. If you don’t like a classmate in junior high, you might not see them ever again; but if you don’t like your cousin in junior high, you have the time to turn love into like. For proof, look to the Torah, which gives us a glowing example of the human ability to grow past our family members’ transgressions. Just two weeks ago, in Parasha Toldot, Jacob stole Esau’s birthright. This week, in Vayishlach, Jacob seeks out his brother to ask forgiveness. He sends angels to Esau and offers oxen, donkeys, flocks and maidservants in exchange for forgiveness. When the angels return to Jacob saying, “We came to your brother, to Esau, and he is also coming toward you, and four hundred men are with him” (Genesis 32:7), Jacob panics, thinking surely Esau is coming to kill him. Jacob did, in fact, cheat his brother out of an invaluable blessing. Thus, in an effort to protect himself and his family from what he thought was an impending attack, Jacob divided the people, flocks and cattle into two camps. He said, “If Esau comes to one camp and strikes it down, the remaining camp will escape” (Genesis 32:9). Then, Jacob sent three servants ahead to give Esau three consecutive gifts, hoping that by the time he and Esau met, his brother’s anger would be diminished.
Esau is not in the mood Jacob expects. According to the Torah, “Esau ran toward him and embraced him, and he fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept” (Genesis 33:4). There was no reason for Jacob to be afraid; families don’t hold grudges. Later that day, the brothers separated again; Esau left for Seir and Jacob for Succoth. They would both grow to be great leaders. They would be different men, leading different lands, but they would always be brothers and would always share a love for each other. Sara and I are now each 18 years old. I’m at Washington University in St. Louis. Sara deferred her acceptance to Vanderbilt for a year and is in France right now. I sometimes think I want to be a professor when I get older; Sara sometimes things she wants to be a dentist. We’ve parted ways – at least for now – and I suppose it’s time to realize we won’t always live in the same neighborhood. But we’ll always be cousins. While birthrights are largely a nonissue amongst relatives these days, your brother might hog the Xbox controller, and your mom might nag you to clean your room. Your dad might sing in public, and your cousin, well, she might kick you at four o’clock in the morning. But in this week’s Torah portion, we learn to deal with all of that…with a hug and a kiss. Editor’s note: Rachel LaVictoire (email@example.com) is a graduate of the Davis Academy and Westminster High School, recipient of the prestigious Nemerov Writing and Thomas H. Elliott Merit scholarships at Washington University of St. Louis and an active member of Temple Emanu-El and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
NOVEMBER 30 ▪ 2012
By Rachel LaVictoire
Atlanta Synagogue Directory
CHABAD Chabad Intown 928 Ponce De Leon Avenue Atlanta, GA 30306 www.chabadintown.org 404.898.0434
Congregation Beth Shalom 5303 Winters Chapel Rd. Atlanta, GA 30360 www.bshalom.net 770.399.5300
Guardians of the Torah P.O. Box 767981 Roswell, GA 30076 www.guardiansofthetorah.org 770.286.3477
The Kehilla of Sandy Springs 5075 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30342 www.thekehilla.org 404.913.6131
Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Rd. Roswell, GA 30075 www.bethtikvah.com 770.642.0434
Chabad Israel Center 5188 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30324 www.cicatlanta.com 404.252.9508
Congregation B’nai Torah 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30328 www.bnaitorah.org 404.257.0537
Young Israel of Toco Hills 2074 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.yith.org 404.315.1417
Temple Emanu-El 1580 Spalding Dr. Atlanta, GA 30350 www.templeemanuelatlanta.org 770.395.1340
Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. Suite 120 Kennesaw, GA 30144 www.jewishwestcobb.com 678.460.7702
Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy Marietta, GA 30068 www.etzchaim.net 770.973.0137
Nediv Lev: the Free Synagogue of Atlanta 3791 Mill Creek Ct. Atlanta, GA 30341 My.att.net/p/PWP-NedivLev 770.335.2311
Reconstructionist Congregation Bet Haverim 2676 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.congregationbethaverim.org 404.315.6446
Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St. Roswell, GA 30075 www.kehillatchaim.org 770.641.8630
Chabad of Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068 www.chabadofcobb.com 770.565.4412 Chabad of Gwinnett 3855 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 770 Norcross, GA 30092 www.chabadofgwinnett.org 678.595.0196 Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 www.chabadnf.org 770.410.9000 Congregation Beth Tefillah 5065 High Point Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 www.chabadga.com 404.257.9306 Conservative
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Ahavath Achim Synagogue 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. Atlanta, GA 30327 www.aasynagogue.org 404.355.5222
Congregation Gesher L’Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 www.gltorah.org 770.777.4009 Congregation Or Hadash 6751 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30328 www.or-hadash.org 404.250.3338 Congregation Shearith Israel 1180 University Dr. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.shearithisrael.com 404.873.1743 Non-denominational Atlanta Chevre Minyan Druid Forest Clubhouse North Crossing Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305 www.atlantachevreminya.org Congregation Shema Yisrael 6065 Roswell Rd., #3018 Atlanta, GA 30328 www.shemaweb.org 404.943.1100
Shalom B’harim 150 Warwick Street Dahlonega, GA 30533 www.shalombharim.org 706.864.0801 Orthodox Anshi S’Fard Congregation 1324 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.anshisfard.com 404.874.4513 Congregation Ariel 5237 Tilly Mill Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30338 www.congariel.org 770.390.9071 Congregation Beth Jacob 1855 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.bethjacobatlanta.org 404.633.0551 Congregation Beth Yitzhak 5054 Singleton Rd. Norcross, GA 30093 770.931.4567 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Congregation Ner Hamizrach 1858 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.nerhamizrach.org 404.315.9020
Reform Congregation B’nai Israel 1633 Hwy 54 E Jonesboro, GA 30238 www.bnai-israel.net 678.817.7162 Congregation Dor Tamid 11165 Parsons Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097 www.dortamid.org 770.623.8860 Congregation Ner Tamid 176 West Sandtown Rd. Marietta, GA 30064 www.nertamidonline.com 678.264.8575 Congregation Rodeph Sholom 406 East 1st Street Rome, GA 30161 www.rodephsholomga.org (706) 291-6315 Temple Beth David 1885 Mcgee Rd. Snellville, GA 30078 www.gwinnetttemple.com 770.978.3916
Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Rd. Marietta, GA 30062 www.kolemeth.net 770.973.3533 Temple Sinai 5645 Dupree Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30327 www.templesinatlanta.org 404.252.3073 The Temple 1589 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 www.the-temple.org 404.873.1731 SEPHARDIC Congregation Or VeShalom 1681 North Druid Hills Rd. Atlanta, GA 30319 www.orveshalom.org 404.633.1737 Traditional Congregation Shaarei Shamayim 1810 Briarcliff Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.shaareishamayeim.com 404.417.0472
Fri., Nov. 30 Etz Chaim Scholar-in-Residence, weekend of events featuring Dr. Michael Berenbaum: “The Holocaust: Are We Making Too Much of It, Too Little of It, and Where Does It Get Us?” Begins Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. Congregation Etz Chaim. Register at etzchaim.net/lilmodereg.aspx. Flip Into Shabbat, meet gymnastics coaches while enjoying a foam pit, games and a trampoline. Fri., Nov. 30, 5 p.m. Open to community. MJCCA’s Zaban Park Gymnastics Pavilion. brian. email@example.com. Sat., Dec. 1 Chanukah Pajamakah, Festival of Lights celebration including songs, stories, treats, prizes and more. Children invited to wear pajamas. Sat., Dec. 1, 6 p.m. Open to community. Buckhead Barnes & Noble. firstname.lastname@example.org. Birthday Party, celebrating the birthdays of Atlanta Jewish Singles members for each month. Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Tin Lizzy’s Cantina Perimeter. Sun., Dec. 2 Super Sunday, raise funds on behalf of JFGA, and make calls on behalf of the Jewish organization of your choosing. Sun., Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m. Congregation Or VeShalom. Chanukkah Bazaar, ideas on what to wear with tons of local fashion vendors. Raffle prizes. Sun., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. Congregation Gesher L’Torah. (770) 7774009. Sunday Brunch Speaker, featuring Dr. Robert Friedman. learn more about the U.S.Israel relationship. Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. $5/person. Congregation Beth Shalom. Hanukkah Bazaar, artist vendors, Sephardic delicacies, children’s activities, silent auction and more. Sun., Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Congregation Or VeShalom. Ground Breaking Ceremony, Jeff & Carrla Goldstein Youth and Education Center. Sun., Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Tefillah. (404) 8432464.
Celebration of the 19th of Kislev, with guests speakers Rabbi Tzvi and Mrs. Nomi Freeman and a special video presentation. Sun., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Free. Chabad of Cobb. RSVP by Nov. 29 to email@example.com. Exile Story: A Pesach Musical, for women only, benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief. Sun., Dec. 2, 4 p.m. $14 in advance, $17 at door. Torah Day School of Atlanta. (404) 982-0800 ext. 137. Folk Music Concert, Balalaika Fantasie with music from Russian, Gypsy and Jewish cultures. Sun., Dec. 2, 4 p.m. $5/person, free for ages 12 & under. Congregation Shearith Israel. (770) 873-1743. Mon., Dec. 3 Teen Open Mic, AJMF’s series continues with the chance for young people to perform for a live audience. Mon., Dec. 3, 5 p.m. MJCCA. (678) 812-3974 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tues., Dec. 4 “Inspiring Visions” Film & Conversation, on education and human rights with Dr. Joyce Ladner. Guided tour and screening of “From Swastika to Jim Crow.” Tues., Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Free. The Breman Museum. RSVP to inspiringvisionsatthebreman.eventbrite.com. Glass Fusion Mezuzah Making, with the Women’s Circle. Tues., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. $12/person. Chabad of Cobb. RSVP by Nov. 29 to (770) 565-4412.
Hadassah Honors Loventhals
Thurs., Dec. 6 Taste of Judaism, two-part class for those curious about Jewish tradition designed for beginners. Free and open to all. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. MJCCA. (678) 812-3723 or laurie.finkelstein@ atlantajcc.org. Hanukkah Party, celebrate with Etz Aviv’s gift exchange, presents valued up to $10. Food will be provided. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. $10/person cover. Private residence. RSVP by Nov. 26 to (678) 445-9212. Fri., Dec. 7 Playgroup with a Purpose, baby playgroup sing along. Held twice a month at differing locations. Fri., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. The William Breman Jewish Home and the Cohen Home. RSVP to Shauna at (404) 351-8410. Shabbat in the Orient, enjoy gourmet cuisine, singing, children’s programs, and Jewish storytelling. Fri., Dec. 7. $28/adults, $14/children 7-12, $8/ children 3-6. Chabad of Cobb. RSVP at chabadofcobb.com. Sat., Dec. 8 Education Series “False Messiahs,” with Rachel Lazarus. Enjoy a Kiddush lunch. Sat., Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom. (770) 399-5300. Sun., Dec. 9 Hanukkah Party, games, activities and projects. Stay for lunch afterwards. Sun., Dec. 9, 12 p.m. $10/adults or kids 11+, $7/kids 3-10, free for ages 3 and under. Congregation Beth Shalom. RSVP at cbshalom.wufoo.com/forms/ cbs-hanukkah-party.
SUN., DEC. 2
Bill and Rita Loventhal are being honored in recognition of their dedicated service to the Hadassah “Keepers of the Gate” and Major Gifts initiatives. The event, “Touching Tomorrow,” will take place from 11:45 to 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Fish Market on Pharr Rd. and will feature guest speaker Roselle Ungar, National Hadassah Board Member. “Keepers of the Gate” gifts represent an annual financial commitment and provide a reliable source of funds to support Hadassah’s meaningful projects. For more information on this event, please call the Hadassah office at (678) 443-2961.
Chanukah: The Basics, explanation and history of the holiday, participate in festive baking and singing. Tues., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chaim.
Chanukah Wonderland, fair and kid’s wonderland with cookie decorating, crafts and shopping. Sun., Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m. $5/child. Congregation Beth Tefillah. (404) 843-2464. Bearing Witness Series, with Robert Ratonyl sharing his story, followed by a daffodil planting. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. $12/adults, $8/seniors, $6/students. The Breman Museum. RSVP at bearing_witness_ratonyi.eventbrite.com. Driving Education, “SteerSmart” program walks through the anatomy of a crash and how to avoid injury or fatalities. Sun., Dec. 9, 4 p.m. $10/ online, $15/at door. MJCCA. RSVP to laura.fendrick@atlan-
Menorah Lighting, latkes, doughnuts and dancing at the Chanukah Grand Menorah Lighting. Sun., Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Chabad Israeli Center. (404) 252-9508.
Bingo and Latkes Night, Fundraising for future Brotherhood events. Sun., Dec. 9, 6 p.m. $10/adult (ages 13+), $8/child (ages 12 and younger). Chabad of Cobb. RSVP by Nov. 30, (770) 565-4412 x300 or email@example.com Chabad Celebrates Chanukah, live fire show, music, food and gifts. Bring chairs and blankets. Sun., Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Free and open to public.Thrasher Park of Norcross. RSVP www.chabadofgwinnett.org The Little Mermaid, Epstein School musical showing until Dec. 11. Sun., Dec. 9. $10/general seating, $20/ patron tickets. Epstein Middle School. epsteinatlanta.org. Mon., Dec. 10 Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, opener of four night series with music, donuts and hot chocolate beginning with a performance by The Little Sparks. Mon., Dec. 10, 5:15 p.m. Free and open to community. MJCCA. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tues., Dec. 11 Davis Open House, visit Davis Academy or schedule a tour. Sun., Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. The Davis Academy. For private tours or RSVP: (678) 527-3300 or email@example.com. Hebrew Crash Course, a two-part Hebrew reading class for adults. Sun., Dec. 11, 11 a.m. Congregation Or VeShalom. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org Menorah Lighting, “Light the Night” at the lighting of Atlanta’s tallest menorah and enjoy live music, Chanukah treats and more. Sun., Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. Free. Old Towne Shopping Center. chabadofcobb.com. “Innovations in Mobility” Program, from Israel Innovation Impact hosted by Glenn Lurie. Sun., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $15/members of AICC and co-sponsors, $25/non-members. AT&T Midtown Two Auditorium. Register at aiccse.org. Ongoing Sober Shabbat, dinners held on the first Friday of every month, sponsored by the JF&CS HAMSA. For information, (770) 677-9318 or email@example.com Jewish Alcoholics Chemically Dependent Persons And Significant Others Meeting, calling all Jewish persons with a desire to get help with their own addiction or with a loved one’s addiction. First and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chaim. (770) 928-2523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVEMBER 30 ▪ 2012
MAY THEIR MEMORIES BE A BLESSING
Evelyn N. Brucks, 89, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Mon., Nov. 19, 2012. She was born on Sept. 7, 1923, in Bronx, N.Y., where she met and married the love of her life, Rubin Brucks, of blessed memory. They moved with their growing family to Merrick, N.Y., where she lived as an active community member for 42 years. Evelyn was preceded in death by her brother, Hyman Nooger. She is survived by her three loving and dedicated daughters and their husbands, Roberta and Robert Gross, Bonnie Brucks and Bob Brown, and Karen Lehman. Evelyn is also survived by her seven wonderful grandchildren, Jason Gross, Ryan Brown, Lisa Gross, Kevin Gross, Jake Lehman, Zachary Lehman and Andrew Lehman. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc., 315 W. 39th St. Suite 701, New York, NY 10018, familiadysautonomia.org. Graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m., Wed., Nov. 21, 2012, at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, N.J. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.
Vita Schulman, 92, passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2012, after a long illness. She was born and raised in New York and came in 1946 with her husband, David Schulman, and their two young sons to Atlanta, where they spent the rest of their lives. Vita was an active member of Hadassah, serving as chapter president more than once and holding several regional positions as well. She was a member of the Ahavath Achim and Or VeShalom Sisterhoods. Vita was very artistic – painting, needle pointing and flower-arranging – throughout her life. Her paintings always decorated her homes and hung proudly in her family’s homes, too. She was commissioned by the AA Synagogue as part of a group to needlepoint one of the Torah covers that is still used today in the synagogue. By far, her greatest accomplishment and joy was her family, who she always loved being around and was so happy to have in her life. She was married to David, the love of her life, for 68 years, until his death in 2008. Vita is survived by her loving children, Howard Schulman, Judy and Alan Schulman and Annette Schulman; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Sign on-line guestbook at edressler.com. Graveside services were held on Sun., Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the William Breman Jewish Home and Weinstein Hospice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.
89, OF ATLANTA
William “Zev” Goodman 19, OF ATLANTA
William “Zev” Goodman, age 19, of Atlanta, died Nov. 25, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was a beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and loyal friend. He enjoyed Boy Scouts, sailing, joking around, being with friends and family and was very deep into his Judaism. He loved his annual trip to the Masonic Home for Children in Macon, Ga. He was the epitome of a “people person” and was loved by everyone he met. Survivors include his father, Lon Goodman; mother, Isabelle Gervais of Fayetteville, Ark.; sister and brother-inlaw, Lisa and Robert Lewin; sister, Ashley Goodman and her partner, Donna Robertson; sister, Lauren Goodman; sister, Melissa Goodman; grandmother, Eudice Goodman; aunt, Deborah Goodman; and nieces and nephews: Alexia Goodman, Sage, Brynn, Remy and Elle Lewin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Masonic Home for Children, PO Box 4183, Macon, GA 31208. Sign online guestbook at edressler.com. Funeral services were held at Temple Kol Emeth with Rabbi Steven Lebow officiating. Interment followed at Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.
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84, OF DUNWOODY
Betty Jacobi, 84, of Dunwoody, passed away peacefully on Thurs., Nov. 22, 2012. Daughter of Joseph and Louise Decker, of blessed memory, she was born in London, England on Nov. 24, 1927 and moved to the United States in 1957. Betty is preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Helmuth. She is survived by her son David and his wife Diane and her grandchildren, Karl and Nathan. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Council of Jewish Women, 6303 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328. Graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 23, 2012 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.
92, OF ATLANTA
Dr. Stanley Terry Shapiro 73, OF SANDY SPRINGS
Dr. Stanley Terry Shapiro, of Sandy Springs, passed away on Nov. 18, 2012. Born in Langley, S.C. on March 3, 1939, Terry will be fondly remembered by all who were blessed to have him in their lives. Terry was dedicated to his work as an ear, nose and throat doctor and head and neck surgeon for 40 years at WellStar Cobb Hospital and WellStar Douglas Hospital, where he was much loved and respected by staff and patients alike. Terry served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. He interned at Grady Hospital and completed his residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital. It was evident to all who knew him that he put his family above all else. He loved spending time with his grandchildren at his lake house on Lake Lanier and on trips to the Gulf Coast as well as traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad with his wife, Alice. He was a fisherman extraordinaire, avid golfer and a fan of the Florida Gators. With a lifelong thirst for knowledge, Terry was always ready to engage in a lively debate about politics or a discussion of current events. He had a friendly smile for everyone he encountered and could light up a room with his contagious sense of humor and laughter. Gentle and kind, Terry overwhelmed others with his generosity. Terry is predeceased by parents, Joe and Hannah Shapiro of Augusta, Ga.; in-laws, Ruth and Sol Singer of Atlanta; sister, Linda Shapiro of Augusta, and brothers-in-law, Edward Moattar of Atlanta and Lloyd Graybeal of Augusta; and brother-in-law, Neil Norry and sister-in-law, Sharon Norry of Rochester, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Alice; his sisters, Marcia Moattar of Atlanta and Rhonda Graybeal of Augusta; and his brother-in-law, Eric Singer of Atlanta. He leaves behind his much-loved children, Michelle Smith (Ivan) of Atlanta and Scott Shapiro of Atlanta; stepchildren, David Pinsky of New Orleans, Dina Pinsky (Mikael Elsila) of Philadelphia and Mark Pinsky (Melissa) of Atlanta; as well as adored and adoring grandchildren, Alex and Hilary Smith of Atlanta, Sol and Ilan Elsila of Philadelphia, and Joshua and Andrew Pinsky of Atlanta. An onlilne guest book is available at edressler.com. Donations can be made to the William Breman Jewish Home, Weinstein Hospice and the Epstein School. Graveside service was held at 3 p.m., Tues., Nov. 20, 2012 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Philip Kranz and Rabbi Elana Perry officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.
MAY THEIR MEMORIES BE A BLESSING
Harry “Rufus” Shelkoff 91, OF SAVANNAH
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Harry “Rufus” Shelkoff, retired business owner, died Tues., Nov. 20, 2012, under hospice care. Rufus Shelkoff was born on May 4, 1921 in Greenwood, S.C. He was the youngest child and only son of Morris and Jennie Roseman Shelkoff. He had two older sisters, Sylvia Margolies and Rose Jaffe. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1938 after the 11th grade and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of ZBT fraternity and graduated in 1942 with a degree in business administration. Following graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the 38th Infantry Medical Detachment as a Technical Sergeant from 1942 until 1945, when he was honorably discharged. His unit participated in the American Campaign and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, which included the Invasion of Normandy. It was there where Mr. Shelkoff was wounded and thus was awarded the Purple Heart. He was also the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star. During an interview in 2010 with WSAV about the Greatest Generation, Mr. Shelkoff stated, “We not only treated Americans at the aid station, we also treated the Germans.” In 1950, he married the love of his life, the late Helen Sonenshine Shelkoff from Charleston, S.C. They were married for 50 years. Together with his wife, Mr. Shelkoff operated Shelkoff’s Department Store in Ninety-Six, S.C. for 35 years, until they retired to Savannah, Ga. to be closer to their children and grandchildren. When Mr. Shelkoff moved to Savannah, he volunteered to take new immigrants to various appointments and helped them acclimate to the city. He also volunteered at B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue, called bingo at the Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance and assisted the Chevra Kadisha. After being retired for a few years, he went back to work at Rich’s-Macy’s and was one of the oldest sales associates in the Men’s Suit Department at 70 years old. He was top salesman many years in a row. His grandchildren thought it was “Papa’s” store! Mr. Shelkoff served in many leadership roles in a number of organizations in Ninety-Six, S.C.: President of the Ninety-Six Chamber of Commerce, President of Ninety-Six Lions Club and President of the American Legion. Mr. Shelkoff was a member of Jewish War Veterans, the Kibitzers Club of the Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance, B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue and the B’nai Brith Jacob Brotherhood, and a former member of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Augusta, Ga. Mr. Shelkoff is survived by two daughters and a son and their spouses: Lynda and Gerald Freedman of Atlanta, Bernice and Bruce Mellman of Atlanta and Leon and Morrie Shelkoff of Statesboro, Ga.; eight grandchildren: Renee and Gary Lips, Sarah and Lenny Felgin, Jennifer and Lee Shaffer, Aaron Mellman, Jason Mellman, Cari Shelkoff, Michael Freedman and Jules Shelkoff; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 21 at the graveside in Bonaventure Cemetery of Savannah with Rabbi Avigdor Slatus officiating. The family extends a thank you to the special loving caregivers at Buckingham South, where Mr. Shelkoff lived for 12 years. An additional thank you goes to the compassionate staff at Hospice Savannah. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue, Savannah Lion’s Club and Hospice Savannah. Please share your thoughts about Mr. Shelkoff and his life at gamblefuneralservice.com. Gamble Funeral Service, Savannah, was in charge of the arrangements.
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