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NEWS East Side Elementary’s New Logo Disturbs Community By Jan Jaben-Eilon It is not just beauty that is in the eye of the beholder. It can also be the image of an eagle. That’s what East Side Elementary School learned after announcing a new logo on July 15 that reminded many of the eagle emblem used by the Nazis. Jewish parents of students who attend the school reacted immediately, with one posting on Twitter that it “looks similar to another well-known image. I think (& hope) this was an honest oversight.” Congregation Etz Chaim Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, whose synagogue is just across the street from East Side Elementary, told the AJT that his phone “started pinging” immediately with congregants calling to complain about the new logo. Being away from his office, he started texting with congregants and the executive director of his congregation, Marty Gilbert. “I decided to email the principal. She called me and apologized and was completely mortified,” Deutsch said. “We have a wonderful relationship with the school. It’s literally next door. Both past and present teachers there have been congregants. We use their parking lot on the High Holidays. I believe it was 100 percent accidental.” In fact, East Side Elementary School Principal Marcia Clark released a statement saying, “We recently introduced a new set of logos for the school. The school is aware of concerns about these logos, and therefore we have paused to consider that feedback. We will be immediately reviewing the logos to determine needed changes.” A Cobb school district spokeswoman was more emphatic, saying that the

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“roll-out of this logo has been halted, and we are immediately reviewing needed changes. We understand and strongly agree that similarities to Nazi symbolism are unacceptable. Although this design was based on the U.S. Army colonel’s eagle wings, stakeholder input has been and continThe proposed logo for East Side Elementary School. ues to be important to our schools. We appreciate those who took time to share their thoughts and will make sure all input is reviewed as changes are considered.” East Side Elementary is the largest elementary school in Cobb County. With about 1,240 students, the school’s The Nazi Eagle symbol. U.S. Army Officer rank insignia for sale online. student body is 59 percent white, 26 percent Asian, five percent African American, seven percent formation about school lunches, school County schools and their families deserve better.” Hispanic and three percent multiracial. clubs and bus routes. Indeed, the Cobb County School Twitter, Facebook and CongregaIt is unknown how many students are Jewish, but as the parent who tweeted tion Etz Chaim leaders were not the only District has been the target of much ire from the Jewish communiabout the logo noted, “Our Jewish fam- recipients of angry and ty in the past year. In the ily has always felt loved and welcome” anxious calls from parents middle of last year’s High of East Side Elementary at the school. Holy Days, swastikas and Almost every year, pandemic ex- students. Dov Wilker, direferences to Adolph Hitcluded, the school has held an Eagle Day, rector of the American ler were drawn on walls during which parents are encouraged to Jewish Committee’s Atlanin both Pope High School visit their children’s classrooms, join the ta region, issued a stateand Lassiter High School. PTA and school foundation and get in- ment after he heard about Initially, the school board, the logo. “It is troubling as well as several princithat nobody in the Cobb pals, refrained from idenCounty schools recogtifying the antisemitic nized why this logo would significance of the grafbe problematic, especially ADL’s Jessica Weinstein noted the “heightened fiti, calling it merely “hate for a school located across sense of awareness” speech.” the street from a synaof antisemitism in the Then, earlier this gogue. The school should Jewish community. year, several East Cobb do more than review the logo. It must be discarded immediately.” Middle School students were disciplined Wilker added that “this is not the after they wore a swastika armband and first time Cobb County schools have been mimicked the Nazi salute on social metone-deaf to antisemitism. Last year, a dia. In the latest incident, however, high school bathroom was defaced with Nazi swastikas. Yet, the school sent a let- some have questioned whether the East ter to parents contending the incidents Side Elementary School logo had anywere not antisemitic. Pretending that thing to do with the Nazi eagle symbol. antisemitism doesn’t exist won’t make it After receiving multiple reports from go away. The children who attend Cobb parents and the media about the logo,


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the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sent Nazi symbol and the school’s new logo the image to its Center on Extremism. “wasn’t caught. This went through sevThe senior research staff there said, eral pairs of eyes.” He said that the lack “the new proposed design is not a Nazi of awareness suggests that the Jewish community and the Cobb symbol,” but adding that school district have a long “it’s essential to listen to way to go in their relationconcern of community ship. members, especially conThis was accentuated sidering the vast increase last year when the school in reported hate crimes district ended the ADL’s and antisemitic incidents No Place For Hate proin the state and region. … gram, a free initiative that Georgia saw an increase helps create a welcoming of 133 percent, or 49 incischool community comdents, in 2021 compared to mitted to stopping all 21 in 2020.” Jessica Weinstein, the Rabbi Daniel Dorsch believes forms of hate, bias and ADL’s associate regional that the similarity between bullying. The Cobb disthe Nazi symbol and the trict stopped offering the director, noted the “heightelementary school’s new program after it passed ened sense of awareness” logo was “unintentional.” a resolution banning the of antisemitism in the Jewteaching of critical race theory, withish community and commended it. When East Side Elementary Princi- out pointing out that the schools do not pal Clark first announced the new logo, teach CRT, nor does ADL’s program have she expressed excitement about the pro- anything to do with it. Although the ADL has been trying cess that the school had undertaken to redesign its logo. The new logo, she said, to resume the No Place For Hate prowas chosen “to represent the Eagle soar- gram in Cobb schools, a spokeswoman ing into excellence and to honor the great reported no changes since the decision to end it was made. All history of our school.” other school districts in The eagle has been the metro area contina widely used school emue to participate in the blem for years. The U.S. ADL’s program. Army has used a variation While Dorsch unof it, as did the Rooseveltderstands the concerns era National Recovery Adof his congregants and ministration and the U.S. those of the wider JewPostal Service. ish community to the In the 1920s, however, apparent similarity of the eagle became a symthe elementary school’s bol of the Nazi Party in East Side Elementary School logo and the Nazi symGermany, based in part on Principal Marcia Clark said bol, he said, “I do think the heraldic eagle of trathe school would immediately it was unintentional. I ditional European coats review the new logo “to wish my congregation of arms. After World War determine needed changes.” was this excited with II, the symbol was misappropriated by neo-Nazis and other white the positive things going on in the Jewish community. A part of me is sad that supremacist groups worldwide. Rabbi Dorsch said he was “sur- it takes antisemitism to bring the comprised” that the similarity between the munity together.” ì

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Antisemitic Flyers Found in Sandy Springs By Jan Jaben-Eilon Mailboxes at about a dozen homes in Sandy Springs were stuffed with antisemitic flyers on Friday, July 15, distributed by a known antisemitic group, the Goyim Defense League (GDL). [Note: goyim is Yiddish for gentile or non-Jew, often used in a disparaging way.] The same group is thought to be the source of antisemitic flyers that appeared on cars in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood of South Atlanta in February. According to Liora Rez, executive director of the watchdog group StopAntisemitism, the GDL has been responsible for placing flyers in a growing number of cities around the country over the last few years. StopAntisemitism confirmed the GDL’s role in at least 20 incidents in 2021 that included the distribution of flyers, graffiti, banner drops and harassment. That number has probably doubled this year, it says. “Jews in Sandy Springs should not be subjected to such ugly antisemitic vitriol,” Rez told the AJT. “How is it possible for GDL to continue to spread hurtful

antisemitic misinformation across the country, canvassing neighborhood after neighborhood, hitting Sandy Springs with its antisemitic hatred … and remain unstopped?” She told the AJT that Sandy Springs may have been targeted because of its prominent Jewish population, noting the location of several Jewish day schools and synagogues in the city. Rez said that her group believes the GDL has a handful of leaders, dozens of members and thousands of online followers throughout the country, with California and Florida sustaining the largest number of attacks. Jessica Weinstein, associate regional director of the Southeast office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said, “As far as the reasoning for targeting Sandy Springs, we feel that the virulently antisemitic people behind these flyers will distribute them anywhere they have people willing to assist with spreading these flyers targeting the Jewish community, with the intent to intimidate and project an image beyond their actual scope.” After being notified of the flyers, the

ADL contacted the Sandy Springs Police Department. “We ask people to report to the police and to ADL” if they receive any antisemitic flyers, Weinstein said. She acknowledged that the ADL is particularly concerned about the flyers in Sandy Springs because it’s a “Jewish area.” But she pointed out that the number of flyers distributed throughout the country is increasing. In Georgia, in addition to Sandy Springs, antisemitic flyers have been distributed in Buckhead, Atlanta, Cartersville, Columbus, Evans, Savannah and White so far this year. Weinstein added that the ADL “is trying to figure out why this area. It’s troubling because there’s a rise in the Southeast region” of antisemitic incidents. In fact, the Southeast region, comprised of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, saw a 74 percent increase in antisemitic incidents last year. Georgia saw a whopping 133 percent increase, or 49 incidents in 2021 — more than double the 21 incidents reported in 2020. In the U.S., the ADL reported an alltime high of antisemitic incidents last year with a total of 2,717, including as-

Two flyers that were placed in mailboxes across Sandy Springs on Friday, July 15, distributed by a known antisemitic group, the Goyim Defense League (GDL).

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Jessica Weinstein, associate regional director of the Southeast office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said, “As far as the reasoning for targeting Sandy Springs, we feel that the virulently antisemitic people behind these flyers will distribute them anywhere they have people willing to assist with spreading these flyers targeting the Jewish community, with the intent to intimidate and project an image beyond their actual scope.”

a particular increase during the pandemic. She called them “zealots, pranks and publicity stunts.” In fact, Weinstein suggested that the GDL not even be named in the press to rob them of the publicity. The flyers vary in subject, but the objective is the same: to caricature the perceived power of Jews in various industries. The flyer Sandy Springs resident Steven Berne found in his mailbox, discovered by his wife, named 10 alleged employees of Disney and included headshots featuring Stars of David on their foreheads. Others found flyers with headlines reading “Every Single Aspect of Mass Immigration is Jewish,” with names and Star-of-David headshots. Last April, one flyer distributed by the GDL declared that “Every Single Aspect of the Media is Jewish” and displayed the names and photographs of promi-

nent Jews in the news and entertainment business. As the AJT reported then, some of the people included are no longer alive. Another flyer, discovered in April, claimed that “Every Single Aspect of the Ukraine-Russia War is Jewish.” The flyers state their authors as Goyim TV, which is associated with the GDL. “They have a horrible obsession with Jews,” said Rez. “They like to pit Jews in controversies” such as abortion, COVID, immigration and gun control, she said. “The problem is that these can so often lead to violence. These aren’t just words. And we feel they aren’t being given enough credit.” Rez also said that “we feel the ADL are not as attentive as we would like them to be.” “There’s a lack of action,” she claims. “So we have become the go-to place to report antisemitism.” ì ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES JULY 31, 2022 | 9


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Anti-Israel Artist Coming to Atlanta By Allen H Lipis #EndJewHatred movement operates by Cheryl Dorchinsky; who is also founder of the Atlanta Israel Coalition. Currently she is organizing an event for July 31 at Temple Beth Tikvah at 1 p.m., as well as at Temple Emanu-El that same day at 7 p.m. hosting author Lana Melman, an American actress, former entertainment lawyer and a TV executive. She is coming to promote her new book, "Artists Under Fire: The BDS War Against Celebrities, Jews and Israel." Melman’s book deals with how Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions scares artists from performing in Israel. She claims in her book that the entertainment community asked her to do something about the impact BDS is having on them and to defend the many artists that have entertained in Israel, like: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwartznegger, Kelsey Grammer, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Madonna, and many others. According to Dorchinsky, those who oppose BDS are aware that the movement

has been very skillful in using language that supports human rights, justice and peace. It has been understood that their real motive is to oppose the Jewish state. The BDS movement wants the return of millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees into Israel proper. They have had some success in fueling the flames of antisemitism worldwide and on college campuses, Some Jewish students feel unsafe on campus and so do some European Jews. Melman wrote in her book that she hopes to expose BDS for what it is and to indicate that the people who support it are being antisemitic. “There is also a music group coming to Atlanta where the lead singer, Roger Waters, has made many antisemitic remarks. You

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should make readers of the Atlanta Jewish Times aware that going to his concert will be supporting a man who supports the BDS movement,“ said Dorchinsky. Roger Waters is a co-founder and lead singer of the Pink Floyd band, whihc he left in 1985. The Anti-Defamation League has made it clear that Waters is a music icon that is outspoken and supports the BDS movement. Waters urges artists not to perform in Israel, and has frequently told reporters that “Zionism is an ugly stain that needs to be removed.” Jewish groups criticized Waters for his participation, noting that his time

would have been better spent supporting groups that build bridges between communities instead of demonizing Israel and its supporters. B’nai Brith of Canada had a run in with the entertainer, Waters touted, “Talking about the advocacy group B’nai Brith, I remember those a**holes from the last time I was in Canada, … there is nothing you can say about the Zionist project that is defensible. It is all based on absolute lies.” Waters encourages other artists to join the BDS movement. He has indicated that Israel is the harshest regime around the world and that Israel is killing Pales-


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tinians without justification. He believes the orthodox rabbinate in Israel is responsible for promoting bigotry against non-Jews living in Israel. Just this month, the Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced "anti-Semite Roger Waters for insulting the legacy and memory of Golda Meir during an online program to support pro-Palestinian students at McGill University in Canada.” Waters called the former prime minister of Israel, a “lying piece of sh*t,” claiming that she said Israel was a land without people when the Palestinians were already there. The SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said, “Anti-Semite Roger Waters lives in a bubble of hate of his own making. Insulting an iconic Jewish woman who helped fulfill the dream of return to Zion, exposes his ingrained Jew-hatred. The majority of Israel’s 7+million Jews are Sephardic not Ashkenazi.” Waters’ band will be performing in Atlanta on Aug. 20, 2022, at State Farm Arena. ì

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NCJW Hosts Baby Shower for Refugee Mothers By Jan Jaben-Eilon It was an off-the-cuff remark that started it all last April. After repeated postponements due to COVID, Nancy Gaddy, chief advancement officer at the resettlement agency New American Pathways, had lunch with a few members of the Atlanta Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. Gaddy wanted to thank NCJW for its help in collecting furniture, food and baby supplies — as well as 100 welcome baskets — for Afghan refugees who had been relocated to Atlanta after the fall of Kabul and the evacuation of American military forces. Gaddy noted that of approximately 400 Afghans her agency was helping to resettle, over 200 were pregnant or had just given birth. “They said, ‘we should have a baby shower!’” Not surprisingly, Adele Bedrick, vice president of community service for NCJW, took the ball and ran with it. A child of Holocaust survivors, Bedrick had also been a labor and delivery nurse, so she had a “special affinity” for the idea. “I had always wanted to work with new im-

Sherry Frank, president of the Atlanta Section of NCJW, said the group received a $3,000 grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Adele Bedrick, vice president of community service for NCJW, had been a labor and delivery nurse, so she had a “special affinity” for the idea.

About 100 children played with Legos, puzzles, crayons and coloring books at the baby shower. // Photo credit: Daniyal Tahir

migrants and refugees, especially those coming from war-torn countries,” she said. “This was an opportunity I fell into with NCJW.” In mid-July, NAP and NCJW held the baby shower for more than 60 women and maybe 100 children from newborns to toddlers from several countries at the DeKalb Conference Center on the cam-

pus of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. “Since its founding in 1893, our organization has been devoted to assisting immigrants and refugees,” said Sherry Frank, president, NCJW Atlanta Section. “Volunteers are honored to be helping Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers in partnership with New American Path-

ways.” During the planning for the baby shower, the women had to figure out what the mothers or mothers-to-be would need, based on who was pregnant and how old the children would be at the time of the event. They also realized that the concept of a baby shower would be foreign to the

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New American Pathways provided 15 interpreters for the event, said Nancy Gaddy, chief advancement officer at the resettlement agency. // Photo credit: Daniyal Tahir

NCJW members provided more than 60 gift bags for the mothers and mothers-to-be. // Photo credit: Daniyal Tahir

new immigrants. Bedrick said NCJW and NAP weren’t sure whether the men in the family would want their wives and children going out in public. “It turned out that there was a huge response. We knew they wouldn’t have childcare options for the young children, so we invited them all.” The women were greeted with gift bags containing age-appropriate baby items such as onesies, diapers and teething rings. Tables were set up for women from the same or similar countries along with an interpreter, while in a separate part of the room, tables were set up for the children, with puzzles, books and arts and crafts projects. “We had over 150 kids running around,” said Gaddy. An international continental breakfast was provided for the women and children, who were bused to the facility. NCJW had received a $3,000 diversity inclusion grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta that was matched by the group, according to Frank, president of the Atlanta Section of NCJW. “Our members donated items and

checks. It is unbelievable how this has resonated with people. We are an agency of direct service to women and children,” she said. At least one member knitted a dozen or more baby hats and handed them out, added Bedrick. The baby shower also provided educational information for the mothers, focusing on access to pediatric care, as well as information on immunization and breast feeding. “We had 15 interpreters at the event,” said Gaddy. “We put people at tables based on their languages.” After NCJW put together 100 welcome baskets last fall and delivered them to NAP to distribute to new Afghan refugees, Gaddy said that a few of the women became “permanent volunteers.” “By then we had settled more than 400 people from Afghanistan,” she said. According to Bedrick, the baby shower was a win-win situation. “The NCJW members really enjoy” reaching out to the Afghan refugees and the women and children who attended also “seemed to really enjoy it,” she said. ì

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Conservative Rabbis Debate Missouri Convention Site By Dave Schechter Rabbis representing the Conservative movement will gather in St. Louis, Mo. in November, despite calls for a change of venue prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that triggered the state’s restrictive abortion law. Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, applied local experience when asked about the controversy. “While I do not personally support the Missouri restrictions on halachic grounds, I do know that in Cobb County, we have firsthand experience with ‘being cancelled’ when it came to the All-Star Game. In the end, the people who were hurt by Major League Baseball’s boycott of Cobb County were not Georgia politicians, but my congregants, local businesses, hotels and restaurants, which lost millions of dollars in revenue,” Dorsch said. “To not go, as a rabbi, would be to abandon the Jewish community living there in its moment of need.” The leadership of the movement’s Rabbinical Assembly in early July sent an email to its members declaring “shamanu,” Hebrew for “we heard,” in this case “calls

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, of Congregation Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta, said, “The RA took a pretty unambiguous stand in favor of reproductive freedom and the question is only about whether moving the convention or keeping the convention is the most effective way to have a voice in this issue.”

Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal of Ahavath Achim, said, “I hope they will theme the convention around these issues and share with the participants the richness and spiritual courage that exists in Judaism regarding reproductive rights and the empowerment of women.”

Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, of Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, said, “While I do not personally support the Missouri restrictions on halachic grounds … To not go, as a rabbi, would be to abandon the Jewish community living there in its moment of need.”

from some of our colleagues to evaluate the location and focus” of the St. Louis gathering. Nonetheless, “We are not planning to change the location of our convention. Doing so would only isolate the Jewish community in St. Louis, who share our concerns about the recent decision and many other matters, and who need our presence

and support. Further, it would have minimal economic impact on the state, but would have a major impact on hotel workers, kitchen staff and others who are counting on our presence,” read the email from the convention chair, Rabbi Noah Arnow, of Kol Rinah in St. Louis and Rabbi Harold Kravitz, president of the RA. Rabbi Michael Bernstein of Congre-

gation Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta said, “The RA took a pretty unambiguous stand in favor of reproductive freedom and the question is only about whether moving the convention or keeping the convention is the most effective way to have a voice in this issue.” The RA declared itself “outraged” by the June 24 ruling by the Supreme Court of

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Rabbi Mark Zimmerman of Congregation Beth Shalom said that he agreed with the decision not to move the convention “since moving it would only serve to isolate the St. Louis Jewish community,” which is “overwhelmingly pro-choice, so moving the convention would only serve to hurt that community without changing much else.”

Rabbi Lauren Henderson of Congregation Or Hadash, who will be 34 weeks pregnant at the time, said, “I plan to attend the convention. I believe the impact we can make as rabbis by drawing attention to the issue while we’re there and engaging in local partnerships on the ground is more impactful than if we pulled out entirely.”

the United States (SCOTUS) in a Mississippi case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that access to abortion is not a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. In a statement, the RA said: “The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly has repeatedly affirmed the right of a pregnant person to choose an abortion in cases where ‘continuation of a pregnancy might cause severe physical or psychological harm, or where the fetus is judged by competent medical opinion as severely defective.’ This position is based on our members’ understanding of relevant biblical and rabbinic sources, which compel us to cherish the sanctity of life, including the potential of life during pregnancy and does not indicate that personhood and human rights begin with conception, but rather with birth as indicated by Exodus 21:22-23.” Rabbis who responded to the AJT supported the RA’s decision, “but such a decision comes with great responsibility and opportunity,” said Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal of Ahavath Achim Synagogue. “I hope they will theme the convention around these issues and share with the participants the richness and spiritual courage that exists in Judaism regarding reproductive rights and the empowerment of women.” Rabbi Lauren Henderson of Congregation Or Hadash echoed that desire to see the meeting’s agenda reflect what is on her colleagues’ minds. “Soul nourishment cannot be divorced from the issues eating at our soul,” she said. The meeting has been the subject of lively conversation on a listserv of women rabbis, she said. “I plan to attend the convention. I believe the impact we can make as rabbis by drawing attention to the issue while we’re there and engaging in local partnerships on the ground is more impactful than if we pulled out entirely,” Henderson said, add-

ing that she will be about 34 weeks pregnant at the time. “I’m far less personally impacted by the Missouri laws than other pregnant women without the privileges that I hold.” Rabbi Mark Zimmerman of Congregation Beth Shalom said that he agreed with the decision not to move the convention “since moving it would only serve to isolate the St. Louis Jewish community. And moving our relatively small convention out of state is not going to have much of an economic impact that would in any way appreciably move the needle from a policy standpoint. The Jewish community there (like most Jews) is overwhelmingly prochoice, so moving the convention would only serve to hurt that community without changing much else.” The Missouri law, which went into effect after the SCOTUS ruling, outlaws abortions except in cases of medical emergency, though what qualifies as a medical emergency remains unclear. No exception is made for cases of rape or incest. In May 2019, the Georgia General Assembly passed and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,” a so-called “heartbeat bill” that bans most abortions when a doctor can detect a heartbeat, usually at about six weeks (often before many women know they are pregnant). Current Georgia law permits abortion until 20 weeks into a pregnancy. The new law would ban abortions except in cases of incest, rape or when the mother’s life is endangered. The new law was ruled unconstitutional in 2020 by a federal district judge in Georgia. In the wake of the SCOTUS ruling in the Mississippi case, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to allow the law to take effect. At this writing, that decision remains before a three-judge panel of the court. ì

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Israel Magen Fund presents firefighting ATV to the Binyamin Security Division in Judea and Samaria

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In a small ceremony held recently in the Binyamin area of Judea and Samaria, Israel Magen Fund (IMF) founder David Rose presented a fully equipped firefighting ATV, donated by Dr. Victoria and Paul Sarvadi of Texas, to the volunteers in the Binyamin Security Division. Binyamin Regional Council head Israel Ganz noted that, with over 18,000 emergency calls a month from terror and arson attacks to hiking, biking and car accidents, the volunteers of the Binyamin Security Division are working around the clock. “Now, thanks to this second ATV, the volunteer firefighters and paramedics can reach any incident, regardless of the terrain, and save lives,” he said. Vision for Israel founder Barry Segal, representing the Sarvadi family at the ceremony, shared how fire had personally driven him from his home in the Jerusalem hills twice. “I am here today, on behalf of the Sar-

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King Hussein, first lady Nancy Reagan, Queen Noor and President Ronald Reagan attend a state dinner at the White House in 1981. // Courtesy of the Reagan Presidential Library

July 31, 1988: Jordan’s King Hussein announces that he is giving up claims to the West Bank, although he seeks to retain influence over Jerusalem. His announcement leaves the PLO as the representative of the Arab residents of the area. Aug. 1, 1955: The southern development town of Dimona welcomes its first residents, who are recent arrivals from Morocco, as Israel tries to settle immigrants housed in tent cities. All of the early residents are Mizrahim. Aug. 2, 1968: Oil reaches Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea from Eilat on the Red Sea through a pipeline for the first time. The overland connection between Israel’s largest ports offers an alternative to the Suez Canal. 16 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Israel Magen Fund (IMF) founder David Rose presented a fully-equipped firefighting ATV, donated by Dr. Victoria and Paul Sarvadi of Texas, to the volunteers in the Binyamin Security Division.

vadi family, to see how we can continue our cooperation with the Israel Magen Fund in putting out fires and saving more lives,” he said. Rose pointed out the dust and dirt coating the ATV at the inauguration. “I am delighted to see that this fully-equipped ATV has already had its ‘baptism of fire.’ This is what we intended — to provide state-of-theart tools so that these dedicated volunteers, working around the clock in challenging terrain, can work at maximum efficiency and speed,” he said. Rose committed to raising funds not only for the remaining two ATVs required to service the area, but also to equip the volunteers with body cameras and drones. Aug. 3, 1945: Earl Harrison, sent to Europe by President Harry Truman to check on displaced-person camps, reports that the rumors of poor treatment of Jewish refugees are true in many cases.

The spaceship Gaia from the European Space Agency (ESA) recently identified two new planets in remote solar systems. Since this is the first time that Gaia has successfully located new planets, they were given the names Gaia-1b and Gaia-2b. The discovery was led by two Tel Aviv University researchers, Shay Zucker, head of the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and doctoral student Aviad Panhi from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics & Astronomy. The study, conducted in cooperation with the ESA and the research groups of the Gaia space telescope, was published in the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Panhi explains: “The planets were discovered thanks to the fact that they partially hide their suns every time they complete an orbit, and thus cause a cyclical drop in the intensity of the light reaching us from that distant sun. To confirm that they are in fact planets, we per-

According to a study by two Tel Aviv University researchers, spaceship Gaia has identified two new planets similar in size to the planet Jupiter and located so close to their suns that they complete an orbit in less than four days.

formed tracking measurements with the American telescope called the Large Binocular Telescope, located in Arizona. This telescope is equipped with two giant mirrors, each with a diameter of 8.4 meters, making it one of the largest telescopes in the world today. This telescope makes it possible to track small fluctuations in a star’s movement which are caused by the presence of an orbiting planet.” Gaia’s main purpose is to scan the heavens while rotating around an axis, tracking the locations of about 2 billion suns in our galaxy with an precision of up to a millionth of a degree.

Aug. 7, 1970: A cease-fire is signed to end the War of Attrition, which featured Egyptian shelling of Israeli positions along the Suez Canal, Egyptian-Israeli aerial battles and commando raids by both sides. Aug. 8, 1984: Hebrew linguist and lexicographer Avraham Even-Shoshan dies at 77 in Tel Aviv. From 1946 to 1958, he worked on the New Dictionary of the Hebrew Language, now known as the Even-Shoshan Dictionary. Berl Katznelson helped build the infrastructure of Labor Zionism in Palestine.

Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan learns with students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Aug. 4, 1920: Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, publishes an article in the Menorah Journal that lays the groundwork for Reconstructing Judaism, of which Zionism is a key component. Aug. 5, 1953: Unit 101, an independent special forces section of the Israel Defense Forces, is launched with about 20 soldiers under the command of Ariel Sharon to provide a rapid, nimble response to terrorist attacks. Aug. 6, 1923: Meeting in Carlsbad, Czechoslovakia, the 13th Zionist Congress opens to discuss the British Mandate for Palestine and the work of the Palestine Zionist Executive, the precursor to the Jewish Agency.

Authorities go through Chez Jo Goldenberg after the terrorist attack Aug. 9, 1982.

Aug. 9, 1982: Two Palestinians from the Abu Nidal Organization attack a Jewish deli in Paris, Chez Jo Goldenberg, with grenades and machine guns. They kill six and wound 22 others. Aug. 10, 1920: World War I’s victorious nations and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Sevres to break up the empire. The treaty incorporates the Balfour Declaration’s call for a Jewish national home in Palestine. Aug. 11, 2017: Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, an artisan candy maker from Poland recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest living man, dies in Haifa one month before his 114th birthday.

Aug. 12, 1944: Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson dies of a hemorrhage at age 57. He developed the concept of moshavs and created a program for labor unity that served as the basis for the Mapai party. Aug. 13, 1942: Nurit Hirsch, a musician and composer, is born in Tel Aviv. With Ehud Manor’s lyrics, she writes Israel’s first Eurovision-winning song, “A-Ba-Ni-Bi,” performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta in 1978. Aug. 14, 1944: U.S. Assistant War Secretary John J. McCloy notifies Leon Kubowitzki of the World Jewish Congress that the U.S. military will not bomb Nazi death camps and their infrastructure despite being able to do so. Items are provided by the Center for Israel Education (israeled.org), where you can find more details.


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ISRAEL NEWS Biden Gave Bear Hug to Israel During Recent Trip By Jan Jaben-Eilon For all the attention and hype that President Joe Biden’s short trip to the Middle East produced, analysts and pundits agree that the success of his visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia will only become clear in the next weeks or months. “Overall, expectations were limited,” said Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum’s Policy Adviser Neti Zilber. “No breakthroughs were expected” and there were “no major mistakes or surprises.” In that respect, Zilber added, the trip was a “success.” From Israel’s perspective, it was probably a mixed bag. Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, said that the Biden Administration’s intention was to give Israel a “bear hug,” to “hug as close as possible, because that is how Biden genuinely feels.” Friedman, who was a foreign service officer in the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem in the early 1990s, told the AJT that the U.S. didn’t ask for anything from

Prime Minister Yair Lapid and U.S. President Joe Biden at the Reception Ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport // Photo Credit Haim Zach with Israeli Government Press Office

the Israelis – unlike the Saudis – so there were no issues. And much of the Israeli press emphasized the warmth they felt from Biden. The Biden Administration didn’t pressure Israel to make peace with the Palestinians and it re-emphasized the Abraham Accords, the economic and weapons agreement Israel signed with

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Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco. On the other hand, as Israel Policy Forum’s chief policy officer Michael Koplow pointed out, progress on normalization with Saudi Arabia during Biden’s trip “fell short of Israel’s expectations.” Saudi Arabia did announce overflight rights to all commercial carriers. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid celebrated the decision as “the first official step of normalization with Saudi Arabia.” In fact, allowing Israeli airlines to fly over Saudi Arabia significantly shortens the flights from Israel to popular destinations like India, saving fuel and cutting costs. Pointedly, Biden’s direct flight to Saudi Arabia, at the conclusion of the Israel part of his trip, was the first official such flight in history. But the president’s visit began July 13 in Israel. After being welcomed at Ben Gurion airport by a number of Israeli officials, Biden’s first visit was a briefing with Defense Minister Benny Gantz about the Iron Dome, which the U.S. has helped Israel pay for. Along with Lapid, Biden signed the “Jerusalem Declaration,” stating that the U.S. is committed to “building a robust regional architecture; to deepen the ties between Israel and all of its regional partners; to advance Israel’s regional integration over time; and to expand the circle of peace to include ever more Arab and Muslim States.” In reaction to that signing, the Israeli-American Council stated: “The historic Jerusalem Statement is a testament to the unbreakable Israel-US alliance, the mutual goal of protecting American and Israeli lives, and is an important milestone in the relationship of the two countries. The US-Israel relationship and shared values should always be above

U.S. President Joe Biden visited an Iron Dome upon landing in Israel.

politics. We are grateful to the U.S. for the unwavering support and commitment to Israel’s security, and as Israelis and Americans, we are proud to see the ever-strengthening ties between the two countries.” In his remarks, Lapid noted that “in March 1965, on Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous march from Selma to Montgomery, walking beside him in the front row was a Jewish rabbi, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When he returned home that day, Rabbi Heschel wrote in his diary: ‘Today, I felt my legs were praying.’ In the State of Israel, Mr. President, our legs pray every single day. Nothing in our lives is taken for granted. My father was a Jewish child in the Budapest ghetto, hiding from those who tried to kill him. The fact that I am standing here today, did not happen by itself. We learned the lesson, Mr. President. At all times, Israel must be strong, free and safe, with a powerful army that can defend our citizens. Be it Joshua crossing the Jordan River, or Dr. King crossing the Alabama River, the principle is the same: If you want your independence, your hands must defend you, and your legs must pray for you. You must march fearlessly towards the river.” Speaking of terrorists who attack New York and Sderot, Lapid pointedly talked about Iran’s development of its nuclear program and referred to Biden’s emphasis on finding a diplomatic way to keep Iran from nuclear weapons. “Words will not stop them, Mr. President. Diplomacy will not stop them. The only thing that will stop Iran is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear program the free world will use force. The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table.” Both Lapid and Israeli President Isaac Herzog noted the long, positive relationship that Biden has had with Israel


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Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Herzog hosts President Joe Biden at the President’s Residence.

A large Israeli delegation greeted the American president at the airport.

and the Jewish people. “Throughout all your years in public service, you were one of the chief architects of this relationship, for that you have the everlasting gratitude of the people of Zion.” Speaking at the President’s Residence, Herzog – son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, grandson of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog and nephew of former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban – said, “You are the 15th consecutive U.S. President with whom my family has had the privilege of engaging; FDR [Franklin D. Roosevelt] was the first…. You have been a faithful, lifelong friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

Herzog added that, “I commend your administration’s crystal-clear moral stance against all forms of antisemitism and delegitimization of Israel around the world.” In fact, Israelis were especially moved by Biden’s warm greeting of two Holocaust survivors during his visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. Visiting with the president was Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt from Atlanta. After his meetings with Israeli dignitaries, Biden traveled to East Jerusalem where he visited Augusta Victoria Hospital, operated by the Lutheran World Federation and one of six hospitals in the

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SPORTS Lutzie 43 Foundation Aims to End Distracted Driving S c o t t Simpson will never forget where he was on the morning of June 29, 2014. That ill-fated Sunday will remain indelibly seared into the David Ostrowsky Marietta native’s memory. Simpson had just left church and was cruising around Atlanta with his girlfriend, scoping out apartments, when he got a nightmarish call: Philip Lutzenkirchen, his best friend since elementary school and a former standout tight end for Auburn, had died in a single-car accident in LaGrange just hours earlier. In the days and weeks ahead, the details emerged: The 23-year-old alum of Lassiter High School in Marietta who at the time was working at a wealth management firm in Montgomery, Ala. while also serving as a volunteer assistant high school football coach at Saint James School in Montgomery, had been severely intoxicated while riding in a

speeding 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. The SUV ran a stop sign at the T-intersection of Upper Big and Lower Big Springs Roads in Troup County shortly after 3 a.m., zipped across Lower Big Springs Road and flew off the pavement at nearly 80 mph before striking a ditch, spinning off into a ravine and ultimately launching into the air. When it finally touched down, the thrashed vehicle rolled over and over, while Lutzenkirchen, seated behind the driver and not wearing a safety belt, was ejected through the passenger’s-side backseat window, landing 15 feet from the car’s final resting place. His neck had snapped upon impact, killing him instantly. Simpson, who back in high school had decided to matriculate at Auburn once Lutzenkirchen committed to play football for head coach Gene Chizik, spent the next several days at his late friend’s devastated home in Marietta. And yet, in Simpson’s recollection, amid the overwhelming grief following the unspeakable tragedy there was already talk from Philip’s immediate family about “using [the accident] as a learning tool” and “how do we prevent this?” And thus, the Lutzie 43 Foundation was

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The Lutzie 43 Foundation was established by Philip Lutzenkirchen’s father, Mike, to raise awareness of the importance of distraction-free, unimpaired driving. Its motto, “43 Key Seconds,” honors the number the tight end wore while setting records on the gridiron at Auburn.

born. Established by Lutzenkirchen’s father, Mike, the express purpose of the foundation is preaching to schools and companies the importance of distraction-free, unimpaired driving. Its motto, “43 Key Seconds,” (Lutzenkirchen wore #43 while setting Auburn records for a tight end, with 14 career touchdown catches, including the winning score against Alabama to preserve the 2010 national championship season) serves to remind drivers — from teenagers going to Friday night football games at their local high school to workers making the Monday morning commute — of the necessary time for ensuring they are of a stable mind, their mirrors are working, all tempting devices are silenced and, most importantly, that their seatbelt is securely fastened. The latter takes less than two seconds and very well could have prevented Lutzenkirchen’s untimely passing. “There’s never been more distractions in a car as now,” says Simpson, who serves on the foundation’s board in addition to organizing the annual Lutzie 43 5K Road Race in Marietta, which will resume on Aug. 6. “There’s never been more aggressive driving. There’s never been busier roads. All that adds up to something that is so important in today’s world that people aren’t really getting a lot of education on before they get handed the keys to a car.” The foundation, now in its eighth year of existence and currently in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation on several initiatives, has thrived on the name recognition of one of Auburn’s most popular student-athletes. As his former Auburn teammates, coaches and friends fondly remember, when Lutzenkirchen wasn’t hauling in touchdown passes from future NFL star Cam Newton, he could be found engaging in the Auburn community, whether posing for photos at fan festivals or reading to students at elementary schools. “He [Lutzenkirchen] was always giving back,” remembers Simpson, whose efforts spearheading the annual 5K have

led to significant fundraising for safe driving educational programs in Cobb County, field day events for special needs students and college scholarships to graduating high school seniors nationwide. “That’s the first thing I think of. He obviously was given a lot of God-given talent and opportunities. I think something that differentiated him from other athletes was not only his willingness to volunteer — it wasn’t just to check a box — it was something he was genuinely interested in. “He used his stature as an athlete to get into that local community [of Auburn] and kind of make it his second home.” Indeed, Lutzenkirchen’s kindness and generosity toward others knew no bounds. He once took a girl with Down syndrome to her senior prom at his alma mater and introduced 10-year-old Evan Thomason to his teammates only two weeks before the young man died of cancer. But Lutzenkirchen, like everyone else on the planet from which he departed too soon, wasn’t perfect and, in the early hours of that day in 2014, following hours of drinking beer and whiskey with friends on a farm in western Georgia, was so heavily inebriated (his blood alcohol content was .377, nearly five times the legal limit) that he rode unbuckled in a car whose driver, Joseph Ian Davis, 22, was also intoxicated and ended up succumbing to his injuries. (The doomed vehicle’s two other passengers, 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig of Eatonton, Ga. and 20-year-old Christian Case of Dadeville, Ala. suffered traumatic injuries but ultimately survived.) The accident was undoubtedly a horrific catastrophe that rocked both the Marietta and Auburn communities. But, thanks to Lutzenkirchen’s friends and family, the football star’s brilliant legacy endures, with educational programs spreading awareness of impaired and distracted driving in his memory. To learn more about the Lutzie 43 Foundation and the upcoming 5K, please visit https://lutzie43.org. ì


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Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Tackle Food Insecurity By David Ostrowsky Saturday, July 16, was not a typical day at State Farm Arena. Trae Young was not draining threes and Kendrick Lamar was not performing onstage. And yet, on that sultry mid-summer day, the multi-purpose arena was filled with the energy of a Hawks playoff game or big-time concert, as thousands of volunteers streamed through the doors in a collective effort to pack one million meals. Indeed, the Million Meal Pack event, organized by the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm to fight food insecurity in Metro Atlanta, was a smashing success, with a grand total of 1,019,232 meals packed. The Hawks’ largest single-day community service project, one that hadn’t occurred since summer 2019, involved over 5,000 members of the Greater Atlanta community, including dignitaries such as Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, State Farm Senior Vice President Dan Krause, City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, NBA Hall-of-Famer and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo and Congresswoman Nikema Williams. While Mutombo and former Hawks big man Shelden Williams were a welcome sight at State Farm for legions of fans, it was the untold number of Atlantans representing schools, community groups, religious organizations and businesses who carried the day and, ultimately, ensured that the overarching goal was met. “The volunteers of the day were the real celebrities,” says Tanya James, corporate responsibility manager at State Farm. “Nothing was lost from ’19 to ’22 with the pandemic. [The Million Meal Pack initiative began in 2019.] All things considered, with everything going on, the lapse in time with the pandemic between the two events, [we] exceeded the goal with the amount of enthusiasm in the room. The short response time for volunteers to show up and really give up their time on that Saturday to be able to be there and pack those meals, I think they’re really the heroes and celebrities of the day.” Without question, food insecurity has grown worse during the pandemic and current economic environment and remains a severe problem nationwide. Statistics courtesy of the Atlanta Community Food Bank indicate that nearly one in eight Georgians is living with food insecurity, including one in six children. The situation in Metro Atlanta, where it is estimated that one in five residents is impacted by food insecurity, is even more dire. “The face of food insecurity may not look like what it did prior to the pandemic, or it may,” says Andrea Carter, vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Atlanta Hawks. “I think for all of us, it’s [important] to be very aware and conscious that just because someone may look like they are not in need, there may still be a need there.” That the Million Meal Pack event, in only its second year of existence, managed to pack 169,872 bags of food (delivered throughout Metro Atlanta by U.S. Hunger, a hunger relief organization and a host of local nonprofits) serves as a testament to the leadership that organized what has already become a staple in the city’s summer calendar. “We were thrilled,” adds Carter. “We exceeded our goal of a million meals. For us, that really was a measure of success. The city answered the call. Area nonprofits and folks in and around the city of Atlanta will benefit from the work that was done on Saturday [July 16].” One of the underlying goals of the Million Meal Pack event was to ensure that volunteers were not just productive, but also enjoying themselves. There was a concerted effort

The Hawks’ largest single-day community service project involved over 5,000 members of the Greater Atlanta community, including dignitaries such as Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, State Farm Senior Vice President Dan Krause, City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, NBA Hall-of-Famer and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo and Congresswoman Nikema Williams.

to inspire a game-day atmosphere, whether by having the volunteers enter the court through the players’ tunnels or the dancers performing during the afternoon-long packing spree. As a reward for helping out in 90-minute shifts, volunteers spilled out onto State Farm Drive to blaring music, refreshments and games — a celebratory atmosphere that reflected the goodwill and community activism engendered by the collaboration between the Hawks and State Farm.

As Hawks CEO Steve Koonin remarked after the event, “We are very grateful for all of today’s volunteers and extremely proud of the results from today’s Million Meal Pack in partnership with State Farm. We understand that it is a huge undertaking to tackle food insecurity throughout Atlanta, and we believe that this one-day community service initiative will make an incredible impact and also inspire our communities throughout metro Atlanta.” ì

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BUSINESS Emory Sophomore Wins StandWithUs Prize

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By AJT Staff Emory University’s Zach Pearlstone won second place in the StandWithUs competition for the 2022 Movement Builder Award for Creativity and Impact. The award, named after the StandWithUs Movement Builder platform — which is designed to help student leaders articulate their campus climate, map out goals and develop an effective strategy for Israel education — is presented each year to an exceptional StandWithUs Emerson Fellow who has approached and successfully implemented Israel programming tailored to their campus climate. Founded in 2007, the one-year Emerson Fellowship trains, educates and empowers student leaders around the world. Fellows learn how to strategically navigate antisemitic activity on their campuses and inspire their peers to run impactful educational events and campaigns about Israel. Pearlstone became an Emerson Fellow as a sophomore at Emory, ready to make an impact within his community and beyond. As a junior, he will serve as copresident of the Emory Israel Public Affairs Committee. As an Emerson Fellow, Pearlstone organized an Israel-Latin Night that brought 80 students from the Jewish and Latinx communities together. Attendees learned about Israel’s relationship with the Latin world and celebrated each other’s cultures alongside representatives from the Israeli and Honduran consulates. Pearlstone also implemented important events to educate his community, hosting Neil Lazarus of Awesome Seminars, Gil Hoffman of Honest Reporting

Emory University’s Zach Pearlstone won second place in the StandWithUs competition for the 2022 Movement Builder Award for Creativity and Impact. As a junior, he will serve as copresident of the Emory Israel Public Affairs Committee.

and Michael Eisenberg, managing partner at Aleph, a Tel Aviv venture capital fund. “In the Emerson Fellowship program, I developed and strengthened my leadership and professional skills as I educated my peers on issues including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and how to support and defend Israel on campus. I am eager to continue strengthening dialogue about Israel on campus,” Pearlstone said. The 2022-23 StandWithUs Emerson Fellows include Gabriela Lefkovits of the University of Georgia and Gabriel Grau of Kennesaw State University. Both are participating in the August training conference and will attend the “Israel in Focus” International Conference in January. StandWithUs is an international organization that supports Israel and fights antisemitism, with an office in the Southeast.

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Shelly Dresdner, Samantha Berinsky and Valerie Chambers at Spertus Institute’s 2022 graduation in Chicago. // Photo by Maggie Russo.

By AJT Staff Lifelong learning is a hallowed Jewish tradition because it expands our knowledge, roots us and builds bonds. It makes our lives richer and our communities stronger. Three local graduates of Spertus Institute’s Master of Arts program in Jewish Professional Studies embody this tradition, completing a creative leadership-building program designed to advance their careers and strengthen the organizations they serve. Shelly Dresdner and Samantha Berinsky are co-workers at Temple Sinai, where Dresdner is associate executive director and Berinsky is senior manager of congregational and community engagement. Fellow graduate Valerie Chambers is a campus leader for Kennesaw State University Hillel, Hillels of Georgia. “There’s someone in the program whose work addresses every kind of touchpoint of the Jewish world,” Berinsky said. “Hearing different perspectives and being able to understand you’re not alone, that is one of the core components I’m walking away with.” Dresdner completed her MA JPS as part of an accelerated cohort specifically for Jewish communal executives. This 18-month-long part-time degree program draws executive-level students from organizations to learn to leverage opportu-

nity, inspire excellence in staff and trustees and lead through times of change. The graduation ceremony was held at Spertus Institute in downtown Chicago, Ill. “It is wonderful to gather together for this special occasion, with guests joining us in person and tuning in from around the world,” said Spertus President and CEO Dr. Dean P. Bell as he opened the event. “Graduation provides an opportunity to celebrate graduates’ academic and professional achievements — and also to recognize the proud colleagues, fans, friends and loved ones who supported them along the way.” Representing the graduates, student speaker Sarah Cohn of Hillel International said, “Each of us has experienced rich learning, rooted in Jewish wisdom and tradition. While the last few years have been difficult ones, we know we can lean on our traditions and one another. My Spertus experience far exceeded my expectations, offering me exceptional learning and a community of like-minded colleagues who are leveraging their education to light the way for others.” “If you’re looking for a place to take you higher in the Jewish nonprofit world, Spertus is it,” Chambers concluded. To learn about Spertus Institute graduate and certificate programs, visit spertus.edu or contact Assistant Director of Recruitment Amie Barrish at abarrish@spertus.edu.


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Jewish Judge Wins Lifetime Achievement Award By Robert Garber On June 16, at the annual meeting of the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges, Judge Gary E. Jackson was awarded the Frost Ward Lifetime Achievement Award. On being asked how he felt about the award, Jackson, who also celebrated his birthday that day, responded that he was “over the top,” but seemed to struggle somewhat to voice his emotions. “I can’t find the words, because judges don’t get compliments” Jackson said, chuckling a bit. “The best I can do, on a good day, is to please one out of four people. The only thing I ever get to do where everybody leaves happy is a wedding.” Jackson, who has been a full-time municipal court judge for over 22 years — in addition to his 12 years as a pro hac judge — is used to working tirelessly each day on hundreds of cases. “I’ve done as many as 493 in one day,” he laughed. “I actually printed the docket out as a memento.” Before the pandemic, Jackson was typically seeing 250-300 cases a day. The pandemic brought his average down to below a hundred, although it’s now almost back up to pre-pandemic numbers. “We have 10 full-time judges in the court, and four of us do nothing but traffic,” he said, emphasizing the shared burden of the work. “I only do as much as everyone else.” Despite having to close for around six months in 2020, the courts were very quickly able to get through the

accumulated caseload. “We have no backlog of any kind,” said Jackson, proudly. In addition to his tireless efforts in the courtroom, the award also recognized Jackson’s continuous efforts to improve the court system. “We had a number of longtime legislative goals achieved, which really promote justice and efficiency and make it easier for the average person to go through the court system without making a mistake,” he said. “They’re very esoteric in nature, but sometimes the littlest thing can absolutely destroy someone’s whole lifestyle.” Case in point: Senate Bill 10. Previously, if a defendant failed to appear (FTA) for their court date for any reason (illness, incarceration, attorney mistakes, postal errors or delays), the court would be required to automatically suspend the defendant’s drivers license. Now, thanks to Senate Bill 10, which Jackson helped draft, the court has discretion to either stop the suspension or order the reinstatement of the license and waive any fees. In 2014, Jackson worked on H.B. 1000, specifically the Tax Return Intercept Program (TRIP), which collects fines from tax returns instead of sending the delinquent defendants to jail, further burdening both the court system and the defendants. The implementation of TRIP also led to the discovery that many drivers with unpaid fines were actually victims of identity theft. Jackson also instituted the passage of HB 916, which

completely overhauled the appeals process for traffic cases in municipal courts, as well as cases in magistrate and probate courts related to traffic tickets, game and fish violations and even tax appeals and zoning disputes. He said that this process had not changed in about 175 years, making a new system long overdue. Jackson’s record in the Jewish community is similarly impressive. The judge grew up in Atlanta, going to Ahavath Achim — where his wife, Jean, is a past president of the sisterhood — and helped to launch the Pinch Hitter program in 1980 alongside B’nai B’rith Director Arnold Ellison and the owner/editor of the Southern Israelite, Vida Goldgar. The program, in which Jews volunteer at hospitals during Christmas so that nonessential staff can spend the holiday at home with their families, was selected as the 335th Daily Point of Light by George H.W. Bush. Despite everything that Jackson’s accomplished, he’s not done yet. His next goal is to reform and revise laws related to the Traffic Violation Bureau (TVB), which have remained largely unchanged since 1960. According to the current laws, paying a traffic fine on the internet or by telephone counts as an admission of guilt. For drivers under 21 who speed more than 24 mph over the limit or have previous tickets, merely paying a ticket using the TVB can cause an instant license suspension. According to Judge

Judge Gary E. Jackson, appointed to the Atlanta Municipal Court in 2000, has a total of over 34 years of experience on the bench.

Jackson, the Victim Impact Statement and more recent laws may make many of these older statutes illegal. That’s why he’s working diligently to get the TVB updated and reformed. Once that’s done, he says, maybe then he’ll slow down.

Adon Solomon Joins Fox Rothschild’s Atlanta Office By AJT Staff Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to welcome Adon J. Solomon to the Atlanta office as a partner in the Taxation & Wealth Planning Department. “Adon provides sophisticated tax and wealth guidance to individuals and businesses, helping them navigate complex tax laws and craft plans to meet their unique personal and business goals,” said Fox’s Atlanta Office Managing Partner Mary Balent Long. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our growing tax team in Atlanta.” Solomon advises individuals and businesses in a variety of wealth and tax planning matters, including corporate structure, succession planning, asset protection planning, tax planning, wills, trusts, estates and gift planning. He prides himself on partnering closely with his clients to

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understand their diverse needs, provides corporate counsel to family-owned and

closely held businesses and has extensive experience working with high-net-worth

individuals. Solomon has engaged in complex planning and legal counsel in varying industries and locations, both nationally and internationally. He is also a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA). As a strong advocate and volunteer for several organizations that impact the community in which he lives, Solomon is a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Atlanta Bar Association, the Endowment Fund Committee of Hillel of Georgia and the Atlanta Jewish Foundation Advisory Committee for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. He also serves on the Board of the Jewish Education Loan Fund. Solomon earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from Georgia State University and B.B.A. from the University of Georgia. Before Fox, he was a partner at Cohen Pollock Merlin Turner.

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2022 ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’ to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by AJT Staff The President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, recently presented the Genesis Prize to Dr. Albert Bourla at a ceremony in Jerusalem. The gala event brought together hundreds of dignitaries from Israel, including government ministers, heads of business and philanthropic organizations, as well as prominent representatives of the Jewish diaspora and leading members of the global medical community. The annual $1 million Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” by TIME magazine, honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, commitment to Jewish values and the State of Israel. Bourla was announced as the 9th Genesis Prize Laureate in January. The award recognizes his leadership in delivering a vaccine against COVID-19, which saved millions of lives during the pandemic. The Genesis Prize also celebrates the boldness of his vision and willing-

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Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla (right) is presented the 2022 Genesis Prize for his leadership and contribution to humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic. // Photo Credit: Lior Mizrahi, Getty

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HOD Lodge of North Fulton Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Founder Jody Pollack, Past President Dr. David Adler, President Scott Scher, Past President Brad Hench, Past President Dan Frankel.

Grand Lodge attendees and Lodge Shimshon’s President and VP David Laurie, Les Kraitzick, David Joss, Scott Scher (President), Jeff Budd (VP) and Alan Smirin.

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by AJT Staff On Saturday, May 22, Hebrew Order of David (HOD) Lodge Shimshon of North Fulton celebrated its seventh anniversary in Johns Creek. The HOD, which originated in South Africa in 1904, is a Jewish fraternal organization that encourages Jewish men to promote brotherhood and engagement with the community. Lodge Shimshon was consecrated on September 7, 2014 and has members throughout the Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and North Fulton areas. Lodge Shimshon supports the North Fulton community in many ways, including through its Yellow Candle Project, Matzo Ball Mitzvah program and the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival. The celebration was attended by lodge founding President Jody Pollack and Vice President Brad Hench, current President Scott Scher and Vice President Jeff Budd, as well as by lodge brothers, spouses and dignitaries from its Governing Lodge, which oversees the organization. Speeches by Pollack and David Joss described the initial founding of the

Spouses of the current president and VP: Stacy Scher and Carrie Budd.

lodge and its impact on the community and its membership. The celebration was catered by Elaine Silver at the RiverRidge Community Clubhouse in Johns Creek. Scott Scher, president of Lodge Shimshon, said that the HOD organization brings together Jewish men from all walks of life to work together in unity. “The members share a bond of brotherhood and respect for one another that extends far beyond the group. Our goals are to provide support, resources and donations for the greater good of our communities and for the state of Israel.” “It is an honor to be part of HOD, which has such a long and rich history. I am looking forward to the next seven years by continuing to increase the breadth and depth of Lodge Shimshon’s impact on the North Fulton community and its membership,” Budd said. “HOD is committed to welcoming affiliated and non-affiliated Jewish men who want to serve the community into our order,” said Pollack as he reflected on the past seven years. To find out more or to join, email the Membership Chairman at Shimshonlodge@gmail.com.

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OPINION The Potential for Civil Discourse At the American Jewish Press Association meeting last month in Atlanta, one session was titled “The changing face of Judaism: Human Rights Dave Schechter and Jewish IdenFrom Where I Sit tity.” Part of the conversation under that banner concerned the role that Jewish news media can play in connecting a diverse community. Jill Savitt, president and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, urged editors and writers to seek out the so-called “purple people,” those able to focus on similarities rather than differences, who can speak civilly and disagree without attempting to throttle each other. That call was echoed by Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, who acknowledged that the task is complicated by divides along religious, generational, racial, ethnic, sex, gender, political and ideological lines. While the Jewish journalists pondered these issues, a Jewish-themed effort to promote civil conversation was rolling along America’s highways and byways. The 40 teenagers aboard the Etgar 36 bus (all but two of whom are Jewish) range in age from 14 to 18 and hail from 14 states. Since setting out from Atlanta in late June, they have been visiting sites of historical and cultural significance, and meeting with activists who hold opposing viewpoints on controversial issues, including abortion, guns and immigration. Etgar translates as “challenge” in Hebrew and that certainly fits the mission, which includes teaching the importance of asking questions with the intention of learning, rather than for scoring points in an argument. Etgar 36 founder and director Billy Planer said that the number 36 comes from the “double chai” of being both Jewish and American, and “of realizing that our lives are connected to other people.” Barely two weeks after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that access to abortion is not a right protected under the U.S. Constitution, the teens met with representatives of abortion rights and anti-abortion viewpoints. “The best example of listening has been their first meeting of the trip, four days into the trip. They met with Andrew Smith, state director of Texas Pro-Life Action, about the 26 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

issue of abortion,” Planer said. “Most of the teens identify as pro-choice, so it was speaking to someone directly on the opposite side of the issue, especially in light of the Supreme Court decision. It was a respectful exchange of ideas, questions and debate.” The potential of respectful exchanges was at the heart of a recent letter published in Philanthropy Today. (Note: The following is not intended as an endorsement of any opinion.) Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, described how a series of conversations informed his transformation from a leader of the anti-abortion movement to a self-described “pro-choice evangelical.” Schenck wrote that documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney, an “unwaveringly progressive women’s-rights icon … deigned to listen to me hold forth on why I disagreed with her views on abortion,” sometimes for hours. Still, she “waited for me to finish each time. Only then would she ask the kinds of probing questions that indicated she wanted to both know — and understand — why I opposed a woman’s right to choose, assigned full human rights to a fetus and called for laws compelling women to give birth and raise children.” Schenck credited Disney’s “willingness to listen to words that ran counter to everything she believed.” Had she “been unwilling to engage in this intentional, albeit sometimes painful exercise, I’m not sure I would have ever changed my opinion about abortion.” The final paragraphs of Schenck’s letter apply well beyond the debate over abortion. “There is nothing to be gained by closing down dialogue, refusing to listen, or denying each other opportunities to share sincerely held opinions. When it comes to the common spaces of ordinary life and social intercourse, we must respect one another enough to endure discomfort at the conversation table — literally or figuratively — for the sake of the greater good,” he wrote. “Learning to trust those with whom we disagree, respecting their sincerity and checking our own certitude is crucial to understanding one another and healing our nation’s dangerous polarization — arguably more important now than at any time since the Civil War. Trust is among the most persuasive tools available to us,” Schenck concluded. This is the lesson the Etgar 36 teens are learning. Their parents’ and grandparents’ generations have struggled in this regard; now it is up to them. ì


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Regarding Ms. Samantha Strelzer’s Op-ed; I Have Been Attacked and Defamed for Visiting Israel: The congregants of Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs want you to know we have read your well-researched and well-written op-ed article in the Atlanta Jewish Times and stand by you during this stressful and difficult time. We certainly understand your frustration with your fellow board member who out of ignorance and prejudice has attacked both you and the State of Israel. It is frightening that you and Emory students are not alone in this situation as many others are experiencing anti-Semitism on their campuses as well. Anti-Israel attacks have become all too frequent on campuses nationwide and must be called out for what they are. We applaud your response and your strength as you take a stand for yourself, for Israel, and for the Jewish people. We hope your article will have a positive outcome and generate support from your colleagues as well as from the university. Your taking a stand publicly encourages all of us to stand with you. The Outreach and Support Committee of Temple Emanu-El, Atlanta

In “East Side Elementary’s New Logo Disturbs Community,” a Cobb school district spokeswoman states “this design was based on the U.S. Army colonel’s eagle wings.” Hmm… The eagle’s head faces left on the U.S. Army design and to the right on both the Cobb and Nazi designs. The eagle stands on wheat in the U.S. Army design, but in both the Cobb and Nazi designs the eagle stands on a rounded emblem. These similarities are non-trivial, and however the design was developed, its uncanny resemblance to a tracing of the Nazi eagle emblem renders it potentially useful for all manner of evil mischief. East Side Elementary School Principal Marcia Clark spoke of “reviewing the logos to determine needed changes.” Changes to this extremely disquieting logo are not merely “needed,” they are required. Julia Lutch, Davis, Ca.

Letter to the editor, As things stand now, everyone should expect the November 1st election to end in a stalemate. It’s insane to keep doing things the same way and expect the results to be different. If at all possible, the Israelis should raise the election threshold (the percentage of the total votes cast needed to obtain the minimum four seats) for participation in the newly elected Knesset. Pulling a stable coalition together will be far easier if two parties can each garner 25 or more seats. Even if those parties need a third to obtain the 61-seat majority, the third party will not be in a position to make unreasonable demands by threatening to pull out of the government. The two larger parties should be able to find a new partner easily. Once a government is set up, the Knesset should, early on, work to implement true change in the electoral system. The current process is plagued by a large number of short-lived parties. The largest party in Naftali Bennett’s coalition held only 17 seats. Half of the parties in the coalition had been in existence for ten or fewer years, and the breadth of political views represented guaranteed that the coalition hammered out was unlikely to conform to the desires of most of the voters who cast their ballots for any constituent party. It should require time and effort for a party to be organized, so that its members will not rush to abandon it. Each party should publish its platform, obtain a specified number of signatures of registered voters before it is allowed to stand for election, and strive to serve its constituents’ needs (at least partly because voters will abandon it unless it lives up to its promises). Israel might also consider following the lead of New Zealand, a country similar in size to Israel which went from a long history of being ruled by coalitions to having one party garnering a true majority in Parliament when it made two changes to the electoral process. Parties were required to participate in public debates, followed by public opinion polls. Parties judged unlikely to pass the election threshold were required to sit out the current election. In addition, some seats in Parliament were designated to represent specific districts in the country. Candidates for those seats faced off against each other, just as American candidates for President, Senator, or Congressional Representative do. Toby F. Block, Atlanta

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EDUCATION New State Laws Restrict the Public Educational System

Govenor Brian Kemp signing several laws reguarding education. // Courtesy of the Georgia governors office.

The last two-plus years of the COVID pandemic have impacted everyone. There have been restrictions, illness, isolation, conJan Jaben-Eilon fusion and misinformation. But, according to several local Jewish educators, the pandemic has also had a huge, negative impact on the public educational system. These teachers say that new state laws limiting what is taught in the classroom have resulted from the fact that parents became more involved in their children’s educations during pandemic-induced virtual learning. As a result, teachers are leaving the profession. “COVID was the match” that started it all, said Lisa Glickman, a local educator for more than 20 years who now works for the Atlanta-based nonprofit Reading is Essential for All People (REAP), dedicated to improving reading proficiency in Georgia public school students. “I think that teachers, by the time they were in the midst of COVID already, were at the breaking point, taking care of their families and trying to teach. It was super stressful. Teachers felt they were being put in danger,” 28 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

teaching in the classroom during the pandemic. “What’s going on now is frightening,” agreed Harriet Litzky, a retired veteran teacher and educator, referring to the current state mandates that regulate what can and cannot be taught in the classroom. “It’s such a hard job anyway and this is another layer. How much can teachers take?” In fact, as Glickman points out, “good teachers feel it’s not worth the time.” Rachel Mandell, a third-grade teacher at The Epstein School, said she questions herself about why she continues teaching, “but I love the relationship with the kids.” She also points out that she is lucky to teach at a private school, which is exempt from new state laws regulating how and what students are taught. “We’re not limited in what we talk about, and no books are censored. It would be hard for me to be in a public school.” In Georgia, the new legislation takes aim at the teaching of race and “divisive concepts,” empowering parents to remove books considered “obscene” or inappropriate from public school libraries and curricula. In April, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the package into law, giving parents more control over the content of their children’s education. Called the “Parents’ Bill of Rights,”

Georgia educational system effected by new laws.

the new law codifies the “fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education” of their children. Litzky, who has taught in both public and private schools, said she recalled when there was “freedom to just be a teacher. When you go into education, you were your own boss in the classroom. I loved teaching history and social studies. I taught about Jim Crow laws. If I had a parent looking over my shoulder,” she said, she wouldn’t want to be a teacher. “I’m thrilled to be out of the classroom,” said Glickman, who added that she’s “trying to convince my daughter not to be a teacher. It’s just everything is so politicized. The problem is people are trying to push an agenda on public schools.” Glickman is particularly incensed about the growing focus on removing books about gender, race and other controversial issues from schools and curricula. “We’re so worried about books being banned and we should be worried about whether the children can read. Reading is a civil right.” She works for REAP, training teachers in reading instruction. According to REAP’s website, there’s a reading crisis in education today. Students are leaving school and even graduating without basic literacy skills. REAP states that 37 percent of Georgia’s fourth graders cannot read at a basic level, while

68 percent can’t read proficiently. And kids who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Struggling readers, REAP adds, are more likely to be underemployed, unemployed or even go to jail. At least one educator believes that these efforts to regulate and restrict what is taught in classrooms goes against the Jewish tradition. “Judaism has a different approach,” said Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, director of education for the Atlanta-based Be’chol Lashon, Hebrew for “in every language.” According to its website, Be’chol Lashon embraces the historical diversity of the Jewish people in order to strengthen “Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish” experience. Pointing out that she knows of teachers who have left their careers due to politicized interference in their classrooms, Abusch-Magder argues that Judaism encourages discussion about controversial subjects. “We need to have space for difficult conversations in the classrooms. The Jewish educational philosophy is to create critical thinkers, and these [state] laws are problematic. We want to help people understand the complexity of the world,” she said. According to Abusch-Magder, “What I value about Judaism is that it gives us the opportunity to have the dif-


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“COVID was the match” that started it all, said Lisa Glickman, a local educator for more than 20 years who now works for the Atlanta-based nonprofit Reading is Essential for All People (REAP). “I think that teachers, by the time they were in the midst of COVID already, were at the breaking point, taking care of their families and trying to teach. It was super stressful. Teachers felt they were being put in danger.”

Approaching education differently, Judaism encourages talking about controversial topics, says Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder of Be’chol Lashon.

ficult conversations. We don’t hide from them and that can be uncomfortable at times, but the goal of education is to prepare children to live in the world. Jews know history has a lot for us to learn from. Not talking about it doesn’t serve us well.” She also pointed out that “we tell stories about antisemitism not just to tell about suffering but about survival. The same is true about racism. We all have to learn that power has the ability to corrupt. Any one of us has the potential to become an oppressor. We all must know this and learn from history and storytelling that we have to make choices.” As far as book banning, Abusch-Magder said, “No way, no how.” Even prior to the enactment of new state laws, reading scores in Georgia indicated that the educational system wasn’t working in the state, said Glickman. “We’re going back in history. No one is paying attention to the teacher shortages and outcomes. And the problem is that education could fix a lot of our problems, like crime and the economy.” ì

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B’nai B’rith’s 22nd Enlighten America Essay Contest On June 13, a panel of four judges announced the six student-winners of this year’s Enlighten America Essay Contest, awarding them a total of $1,400: Robert Garber $350 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third. The annual contest, which was founded in 2000 by the Achim/Gate City Lodge of B’nai B’rith International, aims to encourage respect and tolerance of religious beliefs and racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Participants were asked to write about issues of prejudice and bigotry and how those issues are or aren’t being addressed, to focus on a quote by a global or community leader, or to discuss an important historic event. Marcus Brodzki, the 2022 essay contest coordinator, explained the importance of exploring these topics, especially right now. “As we have seen time and again, there is a great need for mutual understanding,” Brodzki said. “We are seeing hyperpolarization among adults and this contest has been a breath of fresh air and continues to illuminate the need for continued work with our youth.” Over the past four years, the competition has had over 200 submissions. Although the number of submissions was somewhat lower this year, the quality was no less excellent. “This year’s essays were strong,” said Ruth E. Levy, owner of And Thou Shalt Read Bookstore and one of the four judges. “They shared a variety of concerns and a depth of thought that young people are experiencing, even at this early age. I was very impressed. And it was hard to choose the winners because there were many good entries!” The winning essays covered a range of subject areas. Skylar Robinson, the 7th grade first-place winner, chose to focus on two civil rights activists and an additional civil rights movement. “I always liked Gandhi and he was very inspirational to many other activists in the world, for example, Nelson Mandela,” she said, “and I learned about Title IX this year through my PE class and I thought that that was very moving, so I decided to include women’s rights as well.” Robinson, who attends Woodward Academy, wanted to thank her teacher, Ms. Williams, who encouraged her to enter the competition. “Violence and prejudice are global issues affecting humanity,” Robinson wrote in her essay, “but if we reflect on our history we have seen that civic harmony, love and equality always win. With this, we can 30 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

and we will change the future.” Kyle Tie, the first-place winner for the 8th grade category, focused on the prevention of hate and racism, including the issue of the “bystander effect,” especially as it related to a recent issue. “Around the time that I heard about the contest, I read many news articles about Asian hate,” he said, “and decided to write about it in the contest.” The judges complimented Tie’s analysis on microaggressions and the origin of stereotyping. “By educating ourselves better, acknowledging our surroundings, understanding more about different races, accepting others as who they are, bravely standing up and offering a helping hand when needed, hate crimes will be stopped,” Tie wrote, in the essay. “People, regardless of their races, their ages, their gender will no longer feel afraid to enjoy their daily activities no matter where they are.” Tie is also a student at Woodward and wanted to thank his English teacher, Ms. Anderson. Seventh grade second-place winner Francis Clark, a Chamblee Middle School student, was encouraged by his grandmother to enter the competition. “I don’t like writing about broad general topics that need super vague writing,” said Clark, “so I decided to focus on one thing. I chose a quote by Gandhi. ‘Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization.’” He broke down the quote piece by piece, pointing out various themes and was complimented by the judges on how he “took a complicated idea and made it understandable.” Clark came to a conclusion that highlighted the importance of both concepts. “What we as a whole community need to do,” he wrote, “is let our similarities bring us together and let our differences make us who we are as a person.” He wanted to thank both his grandmother and his ELA teacher, Ms. Cheffen. Eighth grade second-place winner Santoshi Puttagunta admitted having a much harder time narrowing the focus of her essay. She made a comparison between the lynching of Emmett Till and recent deaths related to police brutality and looked into recent issues related to LGBTQ+ rights and disabled individuals. “I would like to have added historical examples involving individuals of the LGBTQ+ community and individuals with disabilities,” she said. “I think historical examples involving people would motivate individuals and give them a better perspective of the issue(s).” She mentioned being inspired by two books she had read for class the previous year, “Ghostboys” and “Good Enough,” and wanted to thank her teacher, Ms. Jackson, who also helped her when she struggled with Shakespeare early in the semester. “She has not only helped me with this contest but has helped me grow as a writer throughout

Francis Clark of Brookhaven won second place in the 7th grade category for his essay, “Unity in Diversity.”

George Sloan of Alpharetta tied for third place in the 7th grade category with his essay, “Hope for Harmony.”

Santoshi Puttagunta of Johns Creek won second place in the 8th grade category for her essay, “Love Conquers All.”

Skylar Robinson of Fayetteville won first place in the 7th grade category for her essay, “Harmony and Equality.”

Kyle Tie from Johns Creek won first place in the 8th grade category for his essay, “Stop the Hate.”

Arun Piyasena of Sandy Springs tied for third place in the 7th grade category with his essay, “A United Society.”

the year,” Puttagunta said. While there were no third-place winners in the 8th grade category, two 7thgraders tied for the position. Arun Piyasena focused on the importance of the No Place For Hate pledge, but also broached a number of subjects including violence against Asian Americans and his own personal experiences with racism. He noted that the solution to such problems comes from individuals. “Society can stunt racism if the persons inside of it become aware of their biases and work to change them,” he wrote. George Sloan, the other third-place winner, focused on three specific points. Praised by the judges for using specific evidence to make his point, Sloan wrote, “While the American dream is still strong, and hope remains for civic harmony, much work is need-

ed. We must redouble our efforts to end the gender pay gap, solve the racial education gap and quell wealth inequality. Only then can we truly achieve the American dream of civic harmony, equality and equal opportunity.” All of the winners expressed how surprised, excited and thankful they were for being selected. A few mentioned how the contest has helped inspire their futures. “This contest really made me want to write more, and I’m very glad that I entered,” Clark said. Robinson mentioned a dream she’d already been looking forward to. “I also want to work at the United Nations, be affiliated with them,” she said, “I’ve always wanted to voice my opinions on injustice and help the world, so I really feel that that is important as well.” The essays are available at enlightenamerica.weebly.com.ì


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Birthright Fellowship Brings 40 Students to Israeli By Robert Garber Earlier this year, two local Atlanta students were selected for the Birthright Israel Excell Fellowship, a highly competitive program that accepts only 40 U.S. students from hundreds of applicants. Selected students are matched with internships at Israeli companies in Tel Aviv, spending ten weeks there working, while also participating in various seminars and events hosted by the fellowship. “We have programming three times a week,” said Isaac Goldman, a Dunwoody native and rising junior at Vanderbilt, “and that entails mostly speakers from a bunch of different companies. We’ve had the CEO of Meta Israel speak to us, and the CEO of Iron Source, which is a big-time company worth billions here. We had the founder of a company called Innovation Africa, which is a nonprofit that provides water to kids in Africa, which is incredible. We’ve had a bunch of different speakers in a bunch of different fields that are all Jewish who have exemplified the true ideals of Jewish leadership and business.” Goldman has been interning with Greenfield Partners, which specializes in growth-stage investing. “The thing with Israel, it’s all about ‘the startup nation,’ it’s all about venture capitalism. In the U.S., companies tend to be more mature. Here it’s just engulfed with startups,” he said, excitedly. “I get to shadow every stage of the investment process. I really gained pretty decent insight into the minds of these investors, some of the most brilliant 28-, 29-, 30-year-old finance guys that I’ve ever been around. It’s been an incredible experience to gain that exposure and support as an intern for only 10 weeks.” Eva Luna Reiling, who is finishing up her dualdegree program at Emory and Georgia Tech next year, has been interning in the analytics department at Check Point, an American-Israeli security software company. “It’s really cool, because my boss, my boss’s boss and my boss’s boss’s boss are all women, so it’s a really unique situation that I’ve really enjoyed so far,” she said. Reiling, who was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Washington, D.C., also commented on the diversity and intelligence of the other fellowship recipients. “There are 40 Americans and 20 internationals. The people I’ve been hanging out with are mostly internationals, which has been really cool,” she explained, speaking from the courtyard of the hostel where all 60 global students were staying. “My roommate is from France and she goes to London School of Economics. My best friend here is from Spain but she goes to Brown University. One of my other best friends is Ecuadorian but she goes to Penn. So, it’s just really amazing kids from all over the world who are extremely smart.” Goldman echoed the sentiment. “These kids are some of the most brilliant kids I’ve ever been around. It gives me some imposter syndrome, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s funny,” said Reiling, laughing, “it’s as if everyone is a social planner at their own universities. So one person has an idea, they’ll completely set it up. We went to these caves today, and it was just because one girl had the idea of going and then set the whole thing up, got a 32 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Excell Fellows attend the fellowship’s opening event at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. // Photo courtesy of Yoni Kelberman

The Excell Fellows visit the Kotel. // Photo courtesy of Dana Bar Siman Tov

Saturday lunch in Jaffa. (From left to right): Isaac Goldman, Paulina Baum, Sasha Gerber, Aidan Kluger, Jorge Becker.

Sami Rothstein, Isaac Goldman, Tess Clorfene, Sasha Gerber, Sam Goldman and Anna Gilgur pose at the happy hour rooftop event.

Isaac Goldman (bottom left) with fellow Excell Fellows Ben Kraemer (top), Tess Clorfene (middle) and Max Katz (right). // Photo courtesy of Dana Bar Siman Tov

chartered bus for us, got a tour for us. We’ve had multiple kids do that. We’re going to the biggest crater in the world and it’s just because one boy wanted to set it up.” The preplanned trips, especially to Jerusalem, also had a significant impact on Reiling. “Going to Mt. Herzl and having the Israeli soldiers talk about their friends who died in combat was really, really amazing,” she

said. Among the IDF soldiers they spoke to were several former Israeli Excell Fellows. “It kind of puts a face to a name. And just seeing how, for there to be a state of Israel, there is a cost and it’s a cost every Israeli has to pay.” Goldman, meanwhile, found an unexpected connection at the Western Wall, which he visited with some friends on Shabbat. There, he met a Haredi Jew, origi-


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nally from New York, who had gone to the University of Buffalo before taking a trip to Israel and deciding to make aliyah. “You often think these Haredi Jews were born into it and adapt to that lifestyle because that’s how they’re born, but it’s cool to see someone who grew up in the same shoes as me and adopted that lifestyle,” Goldman said. “I thought it was pretty cool that a Reform Jew like me from Atlanta was interacting with a Haredi Jew at the Western Wall in Israel and we were coming to common ground.” Reiling also made use of the wider Jewish network in Israel. “There are about 50 Emory students here, so I asked [our] Hillel to sponsor a dinner for us and they did,” she said, “so we ended up getting about 25 Emory students together on Sunday, which was amazing.” Turning 22 on July 12, she also got a chance to celebrate her birthday in Tel Aviv. “I joined a climbing gym here, which is really fun — so I went climbing. And then I also had dinner on the beach, which was just beautiful, with a bunch of my Emory friends and my closest Excell friends and then we all went to a Spanish club together, which was great.” While they still have a few weeks left of the program, both Reiling and Goldman had nothing but compliments for the program so far. “It’s just an amazing experience,” said Reiling, “It feels like summer camp for 20- to 28-year-olds … who are all probably going to change the world one day.” “They tell us all the time that we’re the next generation of Jewish business leaders, because that’s kind of what this program is about,” said Goldman. “I do really take away from this experience that we all do hold that chip on our shoulder, that responsibility to not just bring people to Israel, but support Israel in any way that we can, support our Judaism, support our Jewish heritage and really embrace it and be proud to be Jewish, because I’m surrounded by incredibly brilliant Jewish kids my age.”ì

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Tech Grad Trades Robotics for Music Career D y l a n Diamond, 26, left the Georgia Institute of Technology with a major in applied physics and a minor in industrial design in 2019. “I Marcia took Quantum Caller Jaffe Mechanics II as an elective, arguably one the hardest undergraduate courses at Georgia Tech, to spend more time with a girl in study hall who told me to take it with her,” Diamond recalled recently with a laugh. Now he has a career that combines electronic music, marketing and social media. “I try to make electronic music with more emotion and story than just a ‘dancefloor hit.’ I’m hoping to achieve something as emotional as a Porter Robinson song, but with the atmosphere and sound design of a Feed Me track. In terms of genres, I produce in electro house and progressive house,” he told the AJT. Diamond credits his parents, artist Linda Mitchell and musician Jeffrey Diamond, with influencing his creative side. “My father introduced me to piano and music theory at a very young age,” Diamond recalled. “His songwriting and musicality were an inspiration during my upbringing. For my current projects, he is simultaneously my best and worst critic.” Diamond worked as a robotics engineer and currently focuses on his music career and creative visual work. His freelance projects range from custom product design and renderings to social media marketing, videography and graphic design. He also produces unique CGI visuals for his music and soundscapes. Diamond excels at creative projects that require a unique combination of both artistry and technical proficiency. “I enjoy learning almost any creative-driven software and then improvising on the spot to create something original,” he explained. “I was classically trained on piano and currently create electronic music predominantly in FL Studio. I also use and record analog synthesizers in my work.” Although he does not consider himself to be a poet, Diamond practices writing lyrics to his own songs. (“I can’t stop myself from seeing more than there was before. Ever changing rearranging thoughts running through my head and back.”) He has performed at bars, parties, fraternities and mainstream concert venues. Currently, Diamond is playing late night 34 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

26-year-old Dylan Diamond graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as a robotics engineer. Now, he is at work on a career that combines electronic music, marketing and social media.

A frame from a music video that Diamond is currently working on.

Diamond performs under the name Manic Machines, which derives from his struggle with bipolar disorder and childhood fascination with robotics. “I’m not into rap, but I do think it’s a brilliant art form,” he said.

after-hours venues like Arcadia LLC, where he performs his own songs along with carefully curated songs from other artists. He has played electronic shows ranging from pop and house to dubstep, a form of dance music typically characterized by a sparse, syncopated rhythm and strong bassline. Diamond’s current project is Manic Machines, the label he uses for his own work. The name is derived from his struggle with bipolar disorder and childhood fascination with robotics. “I’m not into rap, but I do think it’s a brilliant art form,” he said. “Daft Punk

is a huge inspiration for me. Their unique sound that pioneered a new wave of electronic music into the mainstream is truly incredible. I also take a lot of influence from alternative rock from my youth such as Modest Mouse and Jack White. I sometimes try to channel the energy of their distorted guitars or melodic verse into my work. Finally, I love following more contemporary electronic acts such as Deadmau5 and Virtual Riot for inspiration.” Manic Machines is a relatively new project and Diamond is just now starting to build

a following with both personal social media accounts and an artist account page. He also manages social media for other clients. When asked if his parents named him after Bob Dylan, Diamond replies, “They did not; however, I don’t see how anyone could not like ‘The Times They Are a Changin’.’” Aside from his personal creative projects, Diamond is an avid runner and volunteers at a creative collective called Mixdeity MEDIA near Grant Park, where he helps with event setup for artists and fundraisers. ì


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Davis Academy Partners with Jewish Youth Pledge

The Davis Academy became the first Jewish day school to partner with the Jewish Future Pledge. All 55 of the school’s graduating eighth graders have made the commitment to stay involved in Jewish culture throughout their lives. // Photo Credit: Jewish Future Pledge

The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy recently became the first Jewish day school to partner with the Jewish Youth Pledge (JYP), Sasha Heller the entirety of the school’s graduating class having committed to participate in the program. The Youth Pledge, which features an educational component, is a global initiative whose goal is to motivate Jewish youth to remain active in the Jewish community during their high school and college years.

As part of the learning module, each student wrote a letter to their future selves, outlining their hopes for the future of Jewish culture and their plans on how to realize their personal commitment to the pledge. The letters were then stored for posterity in a digital time capsule, which is owned and operated by the JYP. Every five years, over the course of the next two decades, JYP will send a text to each signer of the pledge, reminding them of their commitment and to become active leaders in the wider Jewish community. Davis Academy Class of 2022 graduate Daryn Mand was one of 55 graduating eighth graders who signed the pledge to stay involved in Judaism. “I proudly signed the Jewish Youth Pledge because my commitment and

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Rabbi Micah Lapidus, director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at The Davis Academy, said that the pledge “sends a clear message to our teens that we are looking to them to one day soon assume their rightful position as leaders of our Jewish community.”

“More than ever before, amidst rising antisemitism and internal disengagement, we must equip young people with the confidence to contribute to a strong Jewish future,” said JYP Founder and CEO Mike Leven. “I’m proud that The Davis Academy, which my own grandsons attended, is the first and I look forward to working with many more educational partners.”

sense of responsibility to ‘be Jewish’ is already so much a part of who I am,” Mand said. “I am proud to be Jewish and enjoy belonging to a Jewish community.” Davis Academy Head of School Amy Shafron said, “This first endeavor with the Class of 2022 was a great start. We look forward to institutionalizing the pledge with future graduating classes by further integrating the idea into our curriculum, Middle School Leadership Training Institute and annual Israel experience.” Rabbi Micah Lapidus, director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at Davis, added that the Youth Pledge is a valuable resource in supporting educators, as it helps to instill Jewish identity in their students and create a vibrant Jewish future. “It sends a clear message to our teens that we are looking to them to one day soon assume their rightful position as leaders of our Jewish community,” Lapidus said. The Jewish Youth Pledge is an offshoot of the Jewish Future Pledge (JFP), a global organization inspiring Jews from all walks of life to support the State of Israel and the larger Jewish community through donations. JYP Founder and CEO Mike Leven said the Davis graduates’ commitments to the pledge come at a vulnerable time for Jewish culture in America, with reports of antisemitism on the rise. “More than ever before, amidst rising antisemitism and internal disengagement, we must equip young people with the confidence to contribute to a strong Jewish future,” Leven said. “I’m proud

that The Davis Academy, which my own grandsons attended, is the first and I look forward to working with many more educational partners.” Youth Pledge COO Hadara Ishak also shared her excitement over the new partnership between Davis Academy and the Youth Pledge program. “I’m thrilled to expand the Jewish Youth Pledge with The Davis Academy as our first school partner,” she said. “The academy and its students are committed to our values of community and tikkun olam, and these graduates face a critical time when Jewish values must be cemented as they immerse themselves in high schools across Atlanta and when they go to college, study abroad, pursue their careers and become leaders in their communities.” Mand, the Davis Academy graduate, is passionate about her commitment to Judaism and the pledge. “I hope to contribute to the Jewish future throughout my life by actively participating in the Jewish community,” she said. Jewish Future Pledge administrators expect roughly $15 trillion will be passed down from donors to the next generation over the next quarter-century. JFP is working to ensure that at least $600 billion of that is set aside for Jewish organizations. The JFP website clarifies that the pledge is not a legal commitment but, rather, a moral one. JFP advises potential donors to consult with an attorney regarding any legal aspects of their donations. For more information, visit Jewishfuturepledge.org. ì


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Backpack Buddies Fills Weekend Hunger Gap When the school year begins in August, Backpack Buddies of Metro Atlanta will be ready to provide weekend meals to 750 food-insecure Debbie Diamond children in 27 schools throughout the city and surrounding areas. With the participation of 19 synagogues, churches and community groups — which the organization calls “Community Buddies” — Backpack Buddies will help ensure that all children participating in their program arrive at school each week well-fed and prepared to learn. Founded by Atlanta natives and Beth Shalom congregants Ronald and Samra Robbins, Backpack Buddies began its work in Atlanta in 2017 when the couple moved back to Atlanta from Savannah, Ga., where they had successfully launched the organization at their synagogue back in 2011. The couple believed that Atlanta needed a local chapter to assist food-insecure youth with nutritious weekend meals. Initially, they worked with volunteers from their synagogue to regularly gather and pack food for 10 students who were part of the free breakfast and lunch program at Kingsley Elementary, a Title I school in Dunwoody. Every Thursday, the synagogue group delivered nutritious, nonperishable meals to the school guidance counselor, who discreetly sent the students home with enough food to last throughout the weekend. Word spread and more volunteers turned out to help. According to Rabbi Mark Zimmerman of Congregation Beth Shalom, “The community owes a great deal of gratitude to Ronald and Samra Robbins for having the vision and tenacity to see this wonderful mitzvah opportunity through in our community. Not only does it make a tremendous impact on the broader community, but it also involves Beth Shalom members of all ages and allows them to spend a few hours, days, or more volunteering in meaningful ways. I believe this work is truly a holy endeavor.” Since its founding, Backpack Buddies has grown exponentially, assembled an impressive board and launched a process to reach many more needy children. In January, the organization signed a lease on a 2,000 square-foot food distribution center in Dunwoody and in February achieved 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit. By April, the center was up and running, with Jonathan

Founded by Atlanta natives Ronald and Samra Robbins, Backpack Buddies began its work in Atlanta in 2017 when the couple moved back to Atlanta from Savannah, Ga.

Director of Operations Jonathan Halitsky with his daughter and board member Debbie Sonenshine at a recent Community Buddies event. // Credit: Jonathan Ginsberg

Sample contents of a Backpack Buddies weekend bag for food-insecure students.

Halitsky on board as director of operations. “We held an Open House in June for our Community Buddies, and the response was unbelievable,” said Ron. “The enthusiasm keeps growing, and our goal is to double the number of children participating and add six additional community organizations by the end of this upcoming school year.” All orders filled by Backpack Buddies are handled online, and organizations may select the most convenient pickup times. Each student’s weekend bag consists of five proteins, two vegetables, two cereals, two fruits, three snacks and two juices. All items are single-serve and nonperishable. There is no charge for the food, and all items are purchased by Backpack Buddies or donated by charitable food sources. The offerings are varied and include tuna, chicken, ravioli and macaroni and cheese. “We try to give the children variety in the food we provide. For example, we will rotate between sweet and savory on a weekly basis to keep the food interesting to them,” Halitsky explained. Participating community groups pick up their orders at the back of the Center in Williamsburg Dunwoody Shopping Center each Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Rolling carts are filled by volunteers and

Stacked shelves at food distribution center. // Credit: Jonathan Ginsberg

are available at the designated times. The groups then take the food back to their own groups and pack individual student bags. Many of them view this as a chance for congregants and group members to socialize, give back to the community and take part in an effort that is larger than themselves. With the school year beginning in August, the Robbinses said they hope to add additional donors, volunteers and partner organizations to help combat child hunger in the metro Atlanta area. “Our government has done a great job of feeding breakfast and lunch to schoolchildren during the week. But then the weekend comes and they don’t have food. Particularly here in the metropolitan Atlanta area, where one in five children goes to bed hungry, our work is critical to help combat hunger,” Samra emphasized. According to Ron, no organization is too small to participate. At the present time, partner synagogues include Ahavath Achim, B’nai Torah, Beth Shalom, Etz Chaim, Gesher L’Torah, Or VeShalom, Shaarei Shamayim, Shearith Israel, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Sinai and The Temple. Skyland United Methodist Church, Kingswood United Methodist Church, Chamblee United Meth-

odist Church, Lenbrook, Link 2, Assistance League of Atlanta and the YMCA Peachtree Corners are among the other Community Buddies. “We are so delighted to have been among the early locations for Backpack Buddies, and to see how it has grown. It is a remarkable program because it makes a difference in the lives of needy children every week, and our participants can give financially or in a hands-on way. Participation by our congregants also creates special bonds amongst the volunteers here at our synagogue,” said Rabbi Joshua Heller of Congregation B’nai Torah. Backpack Buddies hopes to add more synagogues, churches, schools and community groups to its team in the 2022-23 school year. In addition, teens looking for community service hours or experience for their upcoming bar and bat mitzvah projects are invited to participate. To create greater awareness about the organization, Backpack Buddies will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Center with Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch later in August. Those who wish to learn more and volunteer to combat hunger among children may visit the organization’s website at www.backpackbuddiesatl.org. ì ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES JULY 31, 2022 | 37


ARTS Netflix Brings Back Israeli Drama ‘Image of Victory’ Vi e w e r s who missed the Israeli film “Image of Victory” at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival — by veteran director and screenwriter Bob Bahr Avi Nesher — have another chance to catch the award-winning production on Netflix, beginning July 15. The film, which was nominated for 15 Ophir Awards and was shortlisted at the AJFF for Best Narrative Film, is a powerful anti-war drama built around a story set during Israel’s War of Independence. The story is based on the defense, in June 1948, of the small kibbutz Nitzanim. The kibbutz, which was established along the southern coast of Israel between Ashdod and Ashkelon, was at that time an isolated and sparsely defended Israeli outpost of about 150 residents — an easy target for the Egyptian Army. Drawing on all of Nesher’s considerable talents as one of Israel’s best filmmakers, the

“Image of Victory” stars Arab Israeli actor Amir Khoury as Hassanin, a fictional journalist inspired by journalist Mohamed Heikal.

film tells the story of the defense of the kibbutz through the eyes of two key players on opposite sides of the war. The Israeli lead, Joy Rieger, gives the performance of a lifetime as a no-nonsense, passionate and independent young mother and wife who has fallen out of love with her

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“Image of Victory” is an award-winning Israeli film about the defense of an isolated kibbutz in Israel in 1948.

husband. Her existential commitment to the settlement drives the relentless focus of the film on the effort of the young residents to survive what seems like certain doom. Nesher has populated the kibbutz with a lively and realistic cast of characters, several of whom have survived the Holocaust only to come face to face with new dangers. Despite its strong statement on the futility of war, the youthful idealism that suffuses the defense of the beleaguered outpost — with its frequent references to the Holocaust — are a vivid reminder of what motivated so many young heroes during Israel’s War of Independence. It is also a reminder, to those who may have forgotten, of the sacrifices made by the nation’s founders. On the opposite side is an equally young and sophisticated Arab journalist from Cairo who is covering the siege of the kibbutz with a newsreel cameraman. With his tailored suits and connections to Cairo’s elite, he is no ordinary Arab reporter, but a fictional standin for the legendary Egyptian editor, writer and journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, who, in 1948, was on the verge of a career that will make him for over 50 years one of the most influential voices in the Arab world. Because of legal restrictions, the film drops any direct mention of Heikal. Here, the character is simply named Hassanin. And, although there is no historical evidence that Heikal participated in the siege of Nitzanim, this handsome, dashing and fascinating character serves as Nesher’s voice for the Arab side of the story. Hassanin is played by the Arab Israeli actor Amir Khoury, who has also been featured in the Israeli television hit “Fauda.” Hassanin’s task in the film is to provide a so-called image of victory for King Farouk’s corrupt and self-serving regime in Cairo — an assignment he struggles to complete as he

begins to understand the impact that the war is having on ordinary Palestinians. Nesher’s skill in crafting this absorbing narrative and the complex portrait he creates of the Arab journalist is just part of the story. While Hassanin may have had second thoughts about the futility of the Egyptian cause during Israel’s War of Independence, there is no question that in real life, Heikal was a fervent supporter of the 1952 Egyptian revolution that deposed King Farouk. From that point forward, he was a critical component of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s relentless campaign to encircle the Jewish state using his own version of Pan-Arab nationalism. The film is successful in dramatizing Hassanin's thoughts, but it gives short shrift to the immense power he would later wield as a propagandist and political insider. Ironically, Heikal continued to craft images of victory for decades, even after Egypt’s crushing defeat by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, in which Egypt lost 12,000 troops in less than a week and had 5,000 more captured in the rout. Its military lost eighty percent of its hardware during the war, much of it destroyed by Israel’s air force in the early stages of the campaign. Heikal would go on to write a speech for Nasser that described the military catastrophe as a “setback” and helped to rally support for the Egyptian dictator. Later, he became Minister of Information and National Guidance under Nasser. Until his death in 2016, at the age of 92, Heikal remained an implacable foe of the peace treaty between the two nations initiated by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Still, Nesher’s film is a powerful statement about how images of victory have been used to shape the national consciousness on both sides — one that persists in many cases to this day. ì


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Dave and Christiane Schendowich enjoy their light-filled great room. Top left is one of Dave’s latest works, “Mean Beast,” a personification of COVID on a contrasting pink background. // Photo Credit: Howard Mendel Photography

Breman Museum Maven Picks Up the Brush Again In Christiane and David Schendowich’s north Sandy Springs home, everything has a story. When asked how a museum exMarcia ecutive might Caller Jaffe view his own painting practice, Schendowich mused, “I have many favorite artists, today they are Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollack, and everyone likes Picasso; but I think of myself as an expressive painter. I am always experimenting with colors, techniques, composition and materials.” Schendowich paints at night, in complete silence, while his three alpha dogs — Mojo, Coco and Polo — look on.

“They are my harshest critics,” he says. As the Breman Museum’s marketing director, Schendowich admits that “the museum does influence my art — Jewish culture, the Holocaust, Southern Jewish history and the contributions that Jews have made to the arts while at the museum. I am currently developing a new series of paintings based on this experience that will be ready to show soon.” Read on to learn why Schendowich answers to “Kato Salyut,” and how he brushed elbows (and paint) with Keith Haring and Warhol. Jaffe: You are a real estate professional. What drew you to this house? Christiane: Standing in the living room, we can look up three levels to the sky. My office is on one wing, and Dave’s on the opposite end. It’s just over 4,000 square feet, which is not so huge, but sufficient for our active dogs and Dave’s stu-

dio downstairs. Our home furnishings are simple and comfortable, especially suited for sharing space with active canines. What’s special about our home is the open design and the play of light that welcomes the sun from the east in the front and sunsets in the back, to the west. Jaffe: How do your German roots come into play? Christiane: While growing up in Germany, I collected art from my friends. Most notably, several pieces by Bruno Bruni and Karl-Heinz Dennig. Bruni is one of the most well-known artists in Germany, stemming from his Italian lithographs in the 1970s. Many Americans do not know that Germans are fascinated by Native Americans. This group of four, representing the seasons, are by Karl Dennig, who resides in Berlin and is known for his ethereal and transparent

pastels, yellow and rose tones, using overlays, maybe with feathers or plant forms. We have one of a series of Rosa Luxemburg by Bruno Bruni. Luxemburg was a Polish Jew and antiwar activist who was murdered for political reasons in 1919. Jaffe: Dave, how did you become interested in art? Dave: I have always been into visual communications. I started drawing cartoons in elementary school and was selftaught through middle school. In high school, I was active in politics and made screen-printed posters for protests in D.C. There I learned that visual and creative skill and technique are essential, but without a solid memorable message, it is worthless. In college, I majored in premed and made money doing medical illustrations for the professors. I liked this more than studying cell interactions, so I changed my major to visual communicaATLANTA JEWISH TIMES JULY 31, 2022 | 39


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Dave Schendowich touts Jackson Pollack as one of his favorite artists. Here is his own work in that style.

tions and, eventually, advertising.

Germans are fascinated with Native Americans, Christiane says. This foursome, representing the seasons, is by Karl-Heinz Dennig, who resides in Berlin and is known for his ethereal and transparent pastels.

Jaffe: You are well known for your advertising work. Dave: I left college with a hunger to be in the NYC Madison Avenue ad world. There, I worked with some of the finest creative strategic minds in the business and at night went to the Art Students League, mastering fine art techniques. During this time, I met Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and others and, after a Seagram’s Beverage project, Warhol let me

have an original artist’s proof “Mask” (1981). Jaffe: So, the second time around, you started painting two years ago? Dave: When COVID struck in 2020, I took my art from virtual to real. I purchased supplies and started painting again. Since then, I have been painting every day. My art now is inspired by life and driven by experimentation and having fun. My technique is like a game, trial and error, winning and losing. Often, I do

On the lower level, Schendowich’s studio displays his vast array of styles and versatility. Schendowich has an extensive collection of original cartoon and comic book art. This cover is by R. Crumb.

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CHAI STYLE a painting and then paint over it; this encourages me to take risks. An early lesson was not to be timid and to err in big ways. There is no right or wrong in art, just results. One of my newest works, “Mean Beast,” is a personification of COVID, contrasted on a pleasant pink background. I paint everything, including pet and sports portraits. In my downstairs studio are dozens of ongoing projects — acrylic, oils, pastels, spray paint and collage. Jaffe: Explain your fascination with the virtual world and with comics. Dave: Several years ago, I became interested in 3D graphics used by video games and characters that represented gamers in newly emerging virtual worlds — the metaverse. I started doing virtual avatar photography in immersive games like Second Life in 2008. After a while, I was getting daily requests for portraits paid with virtual currencies, which I traded for real money. This work has been shown in galleries in Paris, London, Perth and San Francisco under my avatar name, Kato Salyut. My virtual art sells for virtual currencies. I also have a collection of original cartoon art that includes R. Crumb, Jack Kirby, Al Capp and other golden-age comic book artists. I have always been impressed by their skill and ability to tell stories through art.

Above: Dave and Christiane welcome guests with their three dogs — Mojo, Polo and Coco. Below: Schendowich covets this original Andy Warhol artist’s proof, titled “Mask” (1981).

Jaffe: Last word … Christiane: We are into building our vacation home on a lake near Cashiers, N.C., and figuring out who is the real alpha — Mojo, Polo, Coco ... or David. ì In Christiane’s German collection is one of a series of “Rosa Luxemburg” by Bruno Bruni. Luxemburg was a Polish Jew and antiwar activist who was murdered for political reasons in 1919.

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Alpharetta Art in the Park at Brooke Street — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This outdoor artists’ market features handcrafted work by local artists who create masterpieces right before your eyes. Come enjoy the pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry creations, handmade children’s clothing, photography, watercolor, oil, mosaic art and much more. For more information, visit https://bit. ly/3RGRZyW.

Rap with the Rabbi & Banter with the Cantor — 12 p.m. New and prospective members of Temple Beth Tikvah are invited for a conversation and nosh with Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner and Cantor Nancy Kassel. Visit https://bit. ly/3PyEvn9 for details.

Brain Health Bootcamp — 1 to 3 p.m. New virtual Brain Health Bootcamp every Tuesday will combine gentle physical exercise, including yoga and exercises to help reduce stress and anxiety, along with a full hour of brain exercises done in a non-stress and engaging way of learning. For more information, visit https:// bit.ly/3sr94RP.

“Fighting the BDS War in the Entertainment Industry” with Lana Melman — 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs. Meet Lana Melman, author and entertainment industry insider, fighting today’s rising antisemitism. Visit https://bit.ly/3RD64h7 for more information.

Hillel Tour D’ Ice Cream — 2 to 3 p.m. Join Hillels of Georgia every Tuesday this summer. RSVP on the Hillel Hive. Visit https://bit. ly/3PcOVIQ for information.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 Students Supporting Israel National Conference — Aug. 3-5 100+ Zionists, amazing speakers, vital activism sessions, a celebration of a decade of activism and more. Meet SSI members from chapters all across North America. The Sixth National Conference will be hosted at Kennesaw State University. Visit https://bit. ly/3PDzXM6 for details.

Torah Study — 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join Rabbi Jordan each Wednesday either on Zoom or in-person

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CANDLE-LIGHTING TIMES Torah Reading: Devarim Friday, August 5 (Av 8, 5782) light candles at 8:16 p.m. Saturday, August 6 (Av 9, 5782) Shabbat ends 9:14 p.m. Torah Reading: Va’etchanan Friday, August 12 (Av 15, 5782) light candles at 8:09 p.m. Saturday, August 13 (Av 16, 5782) Shabbat ends at 9:06 p.m.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 Significant Others of Addicts Support Group — 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Join Sally Anderson, MS, LPC for a free weekly support group for spouses, partners and/or significant others of those struggling with addiction. Visit https://bit. ly/3B5bABf for more information. Jewish Insights Series — 8 to 9 p.m. A weekly Zoom with discussion on a pertinent topic from the Torah’s weekly portion. For more information, visit https:// bit.ly/3699PaI.

Temple Beth Tikvah Friday Night Services — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join services online or in-person. Visit https://bit.ly/35XKJeJ for more information.

In Your Time — 12 to 1:30 p.m. This is an open-ended process group for female-identified singles in their late-twenties to mid-thirties to work on developing an acceptance practice and learning how to embrace where we are in life. Cost is $35 a session. See https:// bit.ly/3b95YwV for more information.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Temple Beth Tikvah Saturday Services — 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join services online or in-person. Visit https://bit.ly/3BbaS5n for more information.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism — 8 p.m. A weekly class on Jewish spirituality, mysticism and how to apply it to your personal growth in a meaningful way, taught by Rabby Hirshy. Visit https://bit.ly/3suZDkg for more information.

Uncoupling: Divorce Support Group in Atlanta — 5:30 to 7 p.m. A bi-monthly group providing support and resources and a safe place to process and share experiences related to divorce and separation. Open to men and women of mixed ages. $35 per session. For more information, visit https:// bit.ly/3y96TH9.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 SOJOURN’s Drawing from the Well — 12 to 1 p.m. an inclusive weekly meetup for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3gxpDWP

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 Kabbalah & Coffee — 9:30 to 11 a.m. A Weekly Study Series with Rabbi Ari Sollish. Discuss, explore and journey through the world of Jewish mystical teaching and learn how to apply these profound teachings to your daily life. For more information, visit https:// bit.ly/3LP4o11

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Let’s Talk Hebrew — 6:30 p.m. This 10-week course is lively, interactive and intercultural, offering students the opportunity to finally learn the Hebrew language or improve their speaking skills. Visit https://bit.ly/3cmGbBL for more information. ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES JULY 31, 2022 | 43


and wine available for purchase at Alon’s Bakery and Market. Arrive early to order food and reserve your table. Please reach out in advance if you plan to bring a large group and a table will be reserved for you. Visit https://bit. ly/3oa5YQo for more information.

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Jewish Women’s Torah and Tea — 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Join the Jewish Women’s Circle of Decatur for a weekly discussion on the Parsha and contemporary Jewish issues. Find out more by visiting https:// bit.ly/3RhGZbf.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Knit and Crochet Group — 1 to 3 p.m. Join Dor Tamid on Zoom to socialize and crochet and knit beanies for premature babies from home. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/34Ru9wp.

Shabbat Learners’ Service — 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tap into the spirit of Shabbat at our monthly interactive service. You’ll enjoy engaging discussion, inspirational stories, moving prayer and intelligent commentary, all in a warm and friendly setting. Following the Learners’ Service, participants are invited to join the Main Service for Musaf followed by a Kiddush luncheon. Visit https://bit. ly/34N3xwG for details.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Acoustic Shabbat Café – Alon’s Bakery (Dunwoody) — 6 to 7 p.m. Join Rabbi Glusman, Drew Cohen and other local musicians for a soulful evening of music, prayer and words of inspiration in celebration of Shabbat. Food 44 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

The Incredible Book Eating Boy — At the Alliance Theater at various times through Aug. 14, this new musical celebrates the joy of reading and the insatiable appetite for knowledge. Inspired by award-winning children’s book author Oliver Jeffers’ hilarious book, “The Incredible Book Eating Boy” promises to leave you full! Visit https://bit.ly/3P9R2xg for more information.


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COMMUNITY Chabad Israeli Center Dedicates New Torah By AJT Staff On Sunday, July 10, the Chabad Israeli Center of Atlanta celebrated an emotional occasion: the inauguration of a new Torah scroll. The new Torah scroll dedication, held at 4276 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven, was in honor and memory of the late Ehud (Udi) Morgenstern A”H, who passed before his time. The event was well attended by hundreds of Morgenstern’s friends, community members, rabbis and Chabad emissaries of Atlanta. His family flew to Atlanta from Israel to take part in this touching event. The 613th and final mitzvah in the Torah relates that every Jew should write his own Sefer Torah. Our rabbis have taught that one can fulfill this mitzvah by dedicating a portion or even one letter in a Torah. The event began with the community writing the last letters of the Torah scroll led by local Sofer Rabbi Ariel Asa. Once the Torah was completed, it was honored with

The dedication was in honor and memory of the late Ehud (Udi) Morgenstern A”H, whose family flew to Atlanta from Israel to take part.

a beautiful ceremony. Attendees gathered outdoors with the existing Torahs and danced to joyous music. The ceremony

The event began with the community writing the last letters of the Torah scroll led by local Sofer Rabbi Ariel Asa.

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Bat Mitzvah Shelby Tucker

Shelby Tucker became a bat mitzvah on May 14 at Roswell’s Temple Beth Tikvah. Her parents Randi and Kevin Tucker and her little brother, Cooper are extremely proud. Grandparents Kaaren and Ron Dolinsky and Diane and Gary Tucker shared in Shelby’s accomplishment with pride, as well. A rising eighth grader at Elkins Pointe Middle School, Shelby plays percussion in the band, is an avid reader, has been a lifelong Girl Scout and values friendships over anything else. In fact, Shelby continues to spend time with kids she met at TBT preschool when she was two years old. Having a passion for fashion, Shelby plans to become a clothing designer. Currently, her mitzvah project involved collecting fashionable outfits and party dresses for those in need and will continue this project into high school to complete her Gold Award for Girl Scouts. Shelby absolutely loves musicals, so she had a Hamilton-themed celebration the evening after her bat mitzvah service. Hard Hebrew work, perpetual party planning and the presence of (almost) all her treasured friends and family made Shelby’s bat mitzvah service and celebration perfect. Shelby is thankful for all the tutors, staff, friends and family who helped her pull off and celebrate her big day in the Room Where it Happened!


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Greenblatt - Borenstein Erica Greenblatt and Matthew Borenstein were married on June 19 at Savanna Hall, Zoo Atlanta. Erica is the daughter of Drs. Adrienne and David Greenblatt of Englewood, NJ. Matthew is the son of Julie and David Borenstein of Atlanta, Ga. They were married by Rabbi Mordechai Harris of Dallas, with a special message from Rabbi Sam Kaye, formerly of The Temple, Atlanta. Erica is the granddaughter of the late Harriet and Edwin Masin of Glen Cove, NY, and Gabrielle Stern and the late Sol Greenblatt of Brooklyn, NY. Matthew is the grandson of Joan and Dr. Donald Adler of Meridian, MS, and Dorothy and Herman Borenstein, and Shirley Borenstein, of Atlanta, Ga. Erica is the Director of Philanthropic Outreach for ADL’s Southern Division, and Matthew is Director of Product Innovation at Delux Corp., Atlanta. The two officially met in 2020 through Jewish Federation of Atlanta, though were first introduced through family and friends when Erica moved to Atlanta from New York in 2018. The couple resides in Brookhaven, Ga.

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OY VEY! HAVE I GOT A PROBLEM... son’s Hi, Rachel, g true recently when my small problems, etc. …” ran n indebee has d That adage, “Small kids, out of town an son is a grown man living My . me led cal , rks Ma . Mr boss, up when he called. is why my antennae shot pendent for years, which my throat. I stammered, my heart in ?” “Is- is everything okay?” ific. How’re things with you terr el’s “Jo Marks enthused. h oug thr g tin flit “Everything’s great,” Mr. re creatures we ing like swarms of winged “Um, okay,” I replied, feel I hope my insides. e reason I’m calling, and d, clearing his throat. “Th know it to him nt “Good, that’s good,” he sai Joel. But I don’t wa something with you about re sha to is , nd mi ’t don you

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Dear Puzzled/Concerned Mom, Parents want the best for their children. But as much as we try, can we sometimes miss something, even with the best of intentions? Of course! We’re only human. And it sounds like you’re getting a second chance to help Joel, so grab it! Your question is how to handle this. Joel is a young man, no longer your little boy who can be taken by the arm, plus you are bound by his employer’s request for confidentiality. I have two suggestions. One is to wait for the next time he comes home for a visit. How about asking him for help in an area where his weakness will be manifest? Then you can home in on the issue with a gentle, loving conversation. “Joel, honey, it seems like this task is giving you a hard time. I think there may be a way to get help. Would you like to hear about it?” My other suggestion would be to disguise your intentions and concoct a story about someone else. If you can alter the situation so that Joel doesn’t recognize himself yet mention the solution that has transformed this person’s life, perhaps he will make the correlation and move forward with the OT on his own. Personally, I prefer the direct communication route. But everyone has different relationships with their children, and you are in the best position to know what will be most effective and well-received by Joel. Your care and devotion to your son is heartwarming, and I wish you success in your efforts to help him navigate his challenges. Warmly, Rachel Atlanta Jewish Times Advice Column Got a problem? Email Rachel Stein, a certified life coach, at oyvey@ atljewishtimes.com describing your problem in 250 words or less. We want to hear from you and get helpful suggestions for your situation at the same time! 50 | JULY 31, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Take One: It was lunchtime at the Jewish nursery school and all the children were lined up by the teachers. Then, as usual, they were led into the cafeteria. Little Moshe quickly noticed that at one end of the dining table was a large pile of apples with the message: “Take ONLY ONE apple each, G-d is watching.” At the other end, Moshe noticed a large pile of kosher chocolate chip cookies. He whispered to his friend Sarah, “we can take all the cookies we want. G-d is watching the apples.” From “The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes” by David Minkoff

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OBITUARIES

Bernard Cristal

Lisa Jo Holtz

Bernard Cristal, 87, of Alpharetta, Ga., died peacefully on July 20, surrounded by family. Bernard grew up in Atlanta and was a graduate of the Druid Hills High School Class of 1953. While in school, he met and later married the love of his life, Carlene Lewis, and together they raised a beautiful family. They later moved to Athens to successfully operate Package Warehouse. After retirement, Bernard and Carlene relocated to Atlanta to be closer to their children. He is survived by a loving wife, Carlene; his children, Teri Cristal, Keith Cristal, Alyson (Chuck) Pollack; his siblings, Barbara (Bob) Krasnoff, Sharon (Dick) Browdy, Alan (Marilyn) Cristal; and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family extends heartfelt thanks to Bernard’s many caregivers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Children of Israel in Athens, Georgia; Weinstein Hospice; or The Lewy Body Dementia Association. Bernard was laid to rest at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22. To view a livestream of the service and to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.dresslerjewishfunerals.com.

Lisa Jo Holtz, 58, of Atlanta died unexpectedly on July 22. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Sherry Holtz King and Cary S. King, sisters, Jennifer Holtz Torres and Kimberly Holtz Ort (Austin), stepsister, Kimberly King Jacobs (Davis) and stepbrother, Scott R. King (Marilou), nieces, Zoe Torres, Maria Jordan, Debbie Jacobs and nephews, Alex Jordan, Zachary Jacobs and Noah King and her beloved dog Hero Holtz. She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Holtz. Lisa graduated from Lovett High School in 1981, where she was a cheerleader. She earned a Bachelor of Science in fashion and textiles from the University of Texas and was a freelance paralegal for several different law practices. She devoted her life to the rescue and care of dogs. A memorial service will take place 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28 at Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 3734 Chamblee Dunwoody Road and via Zoom link on Dressler’s website. Rabbi Brad Levenberg will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Atlanta Humane Society or SPCA.

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OBITUARIES

Richard Barry Ruback 72, State College, Penn.

Barry Ruback, B.A., J.D., M.S., Ph.D., accomplished more during his life than most people can ever hope to accomplish. He was a very loving, generous, interesting and wonderful gentleman who was dearly loved, is already missed and will always be cherished by those of us who remain to share our memories of him. Barry was born in Omaha, Neb. to Norman and Mary Piha Ruback. He is survived by his wife, Jasmin, and their daughter, Miriam, his brothers, Albert and Stephen Ruback and his sister-in-law, Batsheva. His nephew, Yonatan, his wife, Nechama, and their children, Barry’s great nephew and niece Nachman Yehoshya and Lia Miriam. His nephew and nieces: Rachel, Akiva, Avigayil, Yehuda and Ariella. His nephew, Tamri, and his wife, Tracey, and his great nephew and nieces: Zoe, Aiden, and Isaac. Barry will be greatly missed by his aunt, Emily Piha Birnbaum, and his cousins, Rita and Michael Lusk, Larry and Lynne Birnbaum, Steven and Ashley Birnbaum, Meyer Birnbaum and Carolyn Wills, Marilyn Wice, Sarah and Dick Adams, Linda Dennery, Michael Lieberman, Morris Cohen, Janet Wice, Barbara and Alan Levin, Ilene and Mark Goodman, Alan Piha, Michael Piha, Karen Piha and Jean and Howard Gordon. Barry once wrote that one of the happiest moments of his life was being admitted to Yale, where he met his best friends, Beth and Mike Wolak, Bill and Lorraine Elliott, Alan Cohen, Alan Gaby, Bernie Erb and Nathan Wise. However, the happiest moments of his life were finding and marrying his soulmate, Jasmin Riad, and becoming the father of his beautiful, intelligent and charming daughter, Miriam. Barry’s career highlights include Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Penn State University, where he loved to teach, write and mentor students. He was also a Visiting Fellow, National Institute of Justice, a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He enjoyed his research in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (Fulbright Fellow, Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Indo-American Fellow, South Asia Regional Fulbright Fellow and National Science Foundation). He was also honored with the Tom C. Clark Award. He has numerous scholarly publications and books. Barry was very dedicated to Congregation Brit Shalom, where he served as a board member, vice-president, president and past-president. He enjoyed traveling with Jasmin and Miriam, especially to national parks, monuments, presidential homes and battlefields. Services were provided by Congregation Brit Shalom on Monday, July 18 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Congregation Brit Shalom, 620 E Hamilton Ave, State College, PA 16801.

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CLOSING THOUGHTS My Word! Definitely Not My Wordle First allow me to address our dear readers, who are avid devotees of the Atlanta Jewish Times and of yours truly’s Shaindle’s Shpiel. Shaindle I ask you to Schmuckler reflect back Shaindle’s Shpiel for a moment. Consider all of the wisdom you received from the words (some new some not-so-new) expressing, clarifying, expanding and introducing new concepts, support and laughter. All gleaned from the AJT and stored in your ever-expanding word bank. After all, where would we be without words? For your consideration, I gift you with the following: When my kids were young, how would they know when I’d had enough? That was made clear by words like STOP IT! Or one of my personal favorites: DO

YOU WANT ME TO PULL OVER AND STOP THE CAR?! Another doozy of a favorite is: MY NAME IS NOT MOMMY and it is not SHAINDLE, I changed my name and I am not telling you what it is, you will have to guess. While you are thinking, do not follow me. (I sneak off to my secret hideaway — the bathroom)! I will be back for your guesses. How about a few of my mother’s words, which were her answer to everything from headaches to feeling sad: “take two aspirin, make a pishy and gay shloffen (go to sleep).” Let us consider the ever-changing meanings of words. Until recently, for example, the word "sick" meant not feeling well. Don’t be fooled into reacting to this word without first checking which sick is the sick in this particular sick description. Is it the sick which could cause a fever (think: my mom’s word for solving anything) or the sick which tells you something is so cool (oops, there I go dating myself) or great or wonderful? Need more? In my day — oh my goodness, did

I just really say that? — the word woke would indicate you awoke from a deep sleep, or perhaps an afternoon nap. In today’s lingo it means no such thing! If you are referred to as “woke” you would be a maven on the new trends and fads. I can’t imagine what word would be acceptable for us who are woke to use upon your awakening from your sleep or nap. Here’s another word for your reading pleasure, certainly not a wordle. Hard: Hard candy, hardboiled egg, hard math test. Well folks, there is a new sheriff in town and his only job is to catch and humiliate those too old to know that today the word “hard” refers to something cool, like “that shirt is hard,” thus indicating that the shirt is cool and stylish. I ask that you please give some serious thought to the word “cloud.” Not too long ago, a cloud held rain. Now it safely holds information you send it. As in, “Save it to the cloud.” And for goodness sakes, where in the world did the ridiculous word game Wordle come from? Just a few years ago it

would indicate your inability to correctly spell the word “word.” The two or three weeks I had to transition from my beloved summer camp to the ten long months of school referred to the length of time I had to acclimate to the reality of this change. Today, transitioning challenges us to achieve a deeper love, compassion, education and understanding. Put your thinking caps on — actually, don’t bother, it won’t help you discover new uses for old words. I suggest you follow my lead. (As far as I know, all the words in the previous sentence are upto-date and “woke.”) One of my fabulous and woke grandsons keeps me apprised of what’s what! On this day, I send a loving shoutout (not by cloud, but by actual spoken words of the English language) to Elijah, a man who is woke. Am I foolish in thinking you all know what BRB, LOL, BFF are shorthand ways to express? Oh no! Did you really think I would give this little ditty away for free? OIDTS! ì

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