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Israeli Pride

GOOD NEWS MADE IN THE JEWISH STATE THIS PAST WEEK 111 ORPHANS BECOME BAR MITZVAHS. Kollel Chabad held a bar mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem for 111 boys who have lost either one or both of their parents. The event was planned originally for the 11th of Nisan – the 111th birthday of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe – but was rescheduled due to the visit of President Obama. MANY ISRAELI MUSEUMS ARE FREE DURING PASSOVER. Every Passover, Israel’s Bank Hapoalim sponsors free entrance to more than 40 museums, na-

tional parks and heritage sites across the Jewish State as part of their social program. FIRST STEM CELL CONFERENCE HELD IN RAMAT GAN. Israel’s first international Meeting of Translational Research on Stem Cells, Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine will take place on April 22 and 23. Israeli biotechs and academic groups lead the development of cell therapy products for cancer and chronic diseases.

PRESIDENT OBAMA WOWED BY MAANTECH. In Jerusalem, the U.S. Chief of Staff met Sa’id Haruf, one of 600 Arabs working for Intel Israel, who explained the Maantech program to him. Founded by Cisco CEO John Chambers, Maantech is a hi-tech “finishing school” that helps Israeli-Arabs become more integrated into Israel’s hi-tech scene. The President then publicized Maantech when he gave a press conference in Ramallah.

IDF MEDICS TREAT MORE SYRIANS. Israel Defense Force medics treated four wounded Syrians after they approached the Israel-Syrian border evidently seeking medical attention. Two were seriously wounded and were evacuated to an Israeli hospital for further treatment. HI-TECH DEGREE GIVES ENTRY TO ISRAEL. Thirteen young Jewish men from Morocco joined 25 existing Moroccan engineering and hi-tech students at the Machon Lev academic institution at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Most will immigrate to Israel upon completing their four-year degree course. THE NEXT GENERATION OF CYBER DEFENDERS TRAIN. The Amal network of technical high schools held a nationwide online detection and hacking race at Cisco’s R&D center in Netanya. The goal is to equip a new generation of toptier computer experts with the skills to benefit Israel and successfully compete in cyberspace. TEL AVIV IS THE WORLD’S SECONDMOST INNOVATIVE CITY. The metropolis has been ranked second on a list of the world’s “most innovative cities” as part of the Wall Street Journal and Citibank’s City of the Year contest. YOUNG ENGINEERS SHOWCASED. A new video showing the work of Israeli startup Young Engineers won Amir Asor the “Youth Business International Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Britain’s Youth Business International non-profit organization. In the video, children use LEGO toys to grasp the principles of software engineering.

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ISRAEL PLAYS PORTUGAL CLOSE. Approximately 40,000 fans watched Israel play Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in Tel Aviv. Israel went 3-1 up but in the end had to settle for a 3-3 draw.


200,000 PEOPLE WRITE TORAH SCROLL. A new Sefer Torah was dedicated at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the first day of the Jewish month of Nisan. Close to 200,000 people – including individuals from all continents and 100,000 soldiers – wrote letters in the scroll over a seven-year period. This list courtesy Michael Ordman and


upcoming events


dants and people dedicated to commemorating the Six Million Jewish victims of the Holocaust), the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum.

“One day a year, I think it’s very important that we remember,” said Rhona Storch Albright, the chair of this year’s event and the child of Holocaust survivors. “We all know that hatred still exists, and we need to make sure that we never forget what happened so it will never happen again.”

It’s particularly fitting that he’s been chosen to provide the keynote address at this year’s Yom Hirsch, a HaShoah obserwell-respected figvance on April 7. ure in Atlanta’s After all, he’s the Jewish community Benjamin Hirsch, award-winning architect who deand an awardsigned the iconic architect and Holocaust survivor, will winning architect, Memorial almost be the keynote speaker at this year’s spent his early Yom HaShoah commemoration. 50 years ago; a childhood in Gereuphonic blend of many, an eyewitchiseled stone and ness to the madsoaring torches, it was dedicated in ness that took hold of the country 1965 during the first official Yom after the Nazis came to power in the HaShoah service in the city. 1930s. Through the courage and com-

Tens of thousands of people – Ho- passion of friends, family and stranglocaust survivors and their families, ers he narrowly escaped the HoloJews and caust in gentiles a Kinder– have transport m a d e mission t h e i r which ulway to timately the cemlanded etery each him and spring, four of his keeping a siblings in promise Atlanta. to “never forget” Much of the milwhat he’ll lions of be talkJ e w s ing about Thousands of people from across metro Atlanta have atmurdered Yom tended the community-wide Yom HaShoah observance on by the Naat Greenwood Cemetery since the first memorial service HaShoah zis during was held in the mid-1960s. will focus W o r l d PHOTOS/Breman Museum on his miWar II. raculous T h i s year’s observance, the 48th-annual community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration, is sponsored by Eternal-Life Hemshech (an organization of Holocaust survivors, their descen-


“If you don’t have help, you’re not going to survive,” Hirsch said in a recent interview, explaining how he and other children made it out of Eu-

rope as the Nazi war machine was on the move. “You can’t do everything by yourself; in life, there are challenges, and you often need help.” For Hirsh, there were brave souls willing to hide him away and organizations that offered funds and logistical aid. But it was his family, specifically his mother, that set him on the long and winding road that eventually brought him to America – and freedom. “If my mother had not made the right decisions…well, it was all up to her,” he said. “She did all the work, researched and found out about the Kindertransports and decided what needed to be done.” It’s all these people, groups, organizations and, of course, the Six Million that need to be recalled and memorialized on Yom HaShoah. Many think it’s a duty.

“Our Yom HaShoah commemoration is a reminder of the dangers of indifference,” said Dr. Lili Baxter, director of the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education at the Breman. “Each of us must take responsibility for confronting hatred and persecution in all its forms and for promoting human dignity, democracy and peace.” Editor’s note: Atlanta’s Yom HaShoah observance, the 48th-Annual Community-Wide Holocaust Commemoration, will be held at 11 a.m., Sun., April 7 at the Memorial to the Six Million at Greenwood Cemetery (1173 Cascade Circle SW, Atlanta 30311). For additional information, visit or contact Judy Schancupp at (678) 222-3707 or

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reenwood Cemetery is a melancholy place, a vast expanse of rolling fields dotted with trees, manicured shrubs, thousands of tombstones and one soaring monument: the Memorial to The Six Million. It is here that next week Benjamin Hirsch will offer his thoughts on the Holocaust, its impact on his life and why it continues to have meaning in our world today.




The New Home of Congregation Or Hadash


For the Atlanta Jewish Times


t took approximately 45 minutes for 200-plus members of Congregation Or Hadash (COH) to walk their sacred Torah scrolls to their new permanent home on Trowbridge Road in Sandy Springs on Feb. 17. The brevity of the trip was ironic, given that COH’s journey began ten years prior. In late 2002, a small group of individuals and families gathered to discuss founding an egalitarian congregation in Sandy Springs. Between December of that year and March 2003, the application process with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was submitted and approved, a site was secured to hold services, bylaws were prepared, a budget was drafted and a mission statement was written. The congregation held its first service on Aug. 1, 2003 at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, where COH was given a place to worship for its first four years. In the decade that has passed since that first service, membership has grown from 18 to 400 members.

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Dr. Rabbi Analia Bortz and Rabbi Mario Karpuj were hired in 2003 to be the fledgling congregations spiritual leaders; this dynamic husbandand-wife duo was ordained at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


“The founders were looking for rabbis who would bridge tradition and community to foster an inclusive, warm and joyous environment that focused on lifelong learning, prayer, and music,” noted Betsy Edelman, President of the Congregation Or Hadash Board of Directors.

Today, COH’s member families enjoy a thriving religious school, exceptional tikkun olam (community service) opportunities, diverse adult education programs, family activities, music and study to elevate prayer services. “Or Hadash, which translates to ‘new light,’ was founded on and is committed to serving the needs of its members within the framework of Conservative Judaism, celebrating today’s Jewish religion with contemporary and innovative services and encouraging member participation while maintaining core rituals and values,” Rabbi Mario Karpuj said. “That guiding vision helped the congregation to grow and thrive to reach this point.” In March 2012, COH purchased the 3-acre site that was formerly the Tom Jumper Chevrolet Paint Shop. Working with architects from BLDGS and The Conan Company as general contractor, the building was transformed to house a sanctuary, social hall, courtyard, offices, six classrooms and a multipurpose room for services and classes. Then, 10 years in the process, Congregation Or Hadash held its first Shabbat service in its new building on Feb. 22. Editor’s note: Congregation Or Hadash is a Conservative egalitarian synagogue in Sandy Springs dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming Jewish environment in which to build spiritual and social connections through prayer, learning, music and tikkun olam. Visit our website at



Be an Informed Defender Dear Editor: Noga Gur-Arieh’s heart is in the right place, but she doesn’t realize that most Americans (whether Jewish or not) simply don’t have the information needed to mount a defense of Israel [see “We Can’t Combat the Enemy,” p. 8, March 22 AJT]. Case in point: How many people are aware that the 1967 war was launched with the open intention of “driving the Jews into the sea” or that, in the course of defending her people from annihilation, Israel liberated Gaza and the West Bank (including the Old City of Jerusalem) from occupiers (Egypt and Jordan) who had held those areas illegally since a previous Arab attempt to destroy Israel (the 1948 War of Independence)? And how many know that Israel offered to relinquish control of Gaza and the West Bank shortly after the end of hostilities, only to be answered with “three NO’s” –NO negotiations, NO recognition, NO peace? And how many people know that there are many programs in Israel aimed at fostering understanding between Jews and Arabs while anti-Jewish invective spews from mosques and media outlets in the West Bank and Gaza as well as being rampant in Palestinian textbooks? An how many people know that, even as rockets from Gaza terrorize the citizens of Sderot and other population centers in southern Israel, Israel supplies tons of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza and also continues to allow severely-ill Gazans to be admitted to Israel to receive medical treatment? I hope that the Atlanta Jewish Times will continue to publish columns urging Americans to tell Israel’s stories. I also hope that those columns will cite places where people can get the information they need to be effective advocates for Israel. A few such websites are, and Sincerely, Toby F. Block Atlanta

March Mensch of the Month ISSY CHESKES


ne of our congregants, Issy Cheskes, spent six or so months building an ark in his garage to gift to our synagogue for our chapel. We dedicated this ark in Izzy’s honor on Jan. 26 immediately following Shabbat services. - as nominated by Loli Gross

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Issy Cheskes

Congregation Beth Shalom’s new ark



chana’s corner



ost people consider matzah to be the main symbol of Passover. For some, though, it’s the four cups of wine (and the inevitable wine stains), the charred shank bone or the heated bartering over the afikomen at the end of the seder. Still others deem the Cup of Elijah to be the most significant sign that this holiday is different from all others. For me, however, the central symbol of Passover is the bathtub. The Passover bathtub goes way back in our family. The story began because each year during the Festival of Freedom, my father was liberated from his own bed and assigned to the family’s cast-iron tub. My paternal grandparents hosted large family seders, and when they did their three-bedroom apartment became a makeshift hotel in which

every bed, pallet, sofa and comforter were given to relatives who came to the city from the small towns in which they lived.

my grandmother never bought dead poultry or fish; no, Grandma bought only live chickens, which she brought to the shochet.

In the immediate family, there were five siblings, and my father, being the middle child as well as the most accommodating and easy-going of the lot, was from the age of three assigned to sleep in the bathtub while Passover guests were present.

And just before Pesach, the family bathtub was the temporary home of a huge live carp, which she singlehandedly slaughtered in her own kitchen.

Thus it became his annual Pesach bed for many years. My father told us that he didn’t mind sleeping in the tub. To make room for their guests, his younger siblings had to share one crib, and the older ones slept on the fire escape. He was thrilled that he didn’t have to wrestle with squirrels and birds for space. Meanwhile, on the other side of the family, my mother’s parents put their bathtub to use as a fish pond. Believing (as did her contemporaries) that “fresher is better,”

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I’m glad I wasn’t there to see the violent side of her. On the other hand, I regret that I never personally witnessed a live fish blithely swimming in that large, porcelain oval. But my mother, aunt and uncles told us about their initial childhood revulsion, gradual affection, sad farewell and subsequent consumption of the finned captive. The siblings couldn’t bear to witness its demise, but they did manage to devour all the gefilte fish of which the carp was the main ingredient. From One Generation to the Next When I was a kid, Pesach was a time of self-control and advance planning, so my brother and I learned to take our own pesadik food with us whenever we were away from home. Portable meals came in two varieties: Our mother sent us off with brown paper sacks containing a matzahsalami sandwich and an apple, or we were given two hard-boiled eggs and matzah slathered with butter and sugar. As you might gather from this, many families had more relaxed culinary standards than ours; therefore, for eight days, there were only a few Orange — houses in which we would even drink a the glass of blue, milk. But one of these safe new residences was the apartment of our and yellow, eccentric great-uncle, Morris. and pink

Thus, once on a Sunday during Pesach my brother Aaron and I decided to visit Uncle Morris –his wife made delicious Pesach cookies. Aaron asked to use the bathroom, and when he came out, he grabbed me and insisted that I go in to see for myself.

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We knew this couple always brought along several bottles of sweet wine for the seders, but we were still shocked when we saw in the bathtub gigantic hunks of melting ice surrounding floating, mismatched bottles of wine. Naturally, we asked Uncle Morris about the wine, and that’s how Aaron and I learned that Morris – who al-

ways seemed a little loopy – had his own mini-winery in the basement. It reached capacity just in time for Pesach, and he carefully collected and counted all the bottles after the seders in order to start again. Morris offered to take us down to the cellar to show us his set-up, but we were frightened. If you’d have known Morris, you’d have been frightened, too. The Tradition on Hold…For Now When we married, Zvi and I started hosting our own seders. Short on cash and unable to buy new tableware for Passover, we went to our rabbi, from whom we learned that anything made of glass could be koshered by immersion for three days as long as the water in which everything soaked was changed daily. Of course, the only place big enough to accommodate our glass plates, pitchers, tumblers and wine goblets was our bathtub. To bathe or to eat, that was the question; for three days, we labored, on the fourth day we showered, and that night, we ate. This three-day soaking ritual was part of our Passover preparation for years. When we moved into an apartment with two bathrooms, we felt like royalty; we could kosher glassware and bathe on the same days! Eventually, though, we were able to buy new Pesach-specific dinnerware. Like the carp in the bathtub, another ritual bit the dust. Now, I know every Jew knows what I mean when I say that I can’t wait for the cleaning and cooking to end and the seders to begin. As we read the Haggadah, we experience a “Jewish spring,” an opportunity to join our Biblical forbearers. We think about our personal Egypts and pray that we can get through our own deserts. Is there any wonder that people all over the world have adopted and adapted our liberation story? But I bet none of their sagas contain a single bathtub tale. Chana Shapiro is an educator, writer, editor and illustrator whose work has appeared in journals, newspapers and magazines.


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Connecting with the Exodus Story MAKING THE PASSOVER STAPLE


habad of Georgia’s Model Matzah Bakery continued its tour this past week, teaching students of all ages how to grind, roll and bake our unleavened Passover bread.

The Bakery is part of Chabad’s Living Legacy program.

Greenfield Hebrew Academy

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Georgia State University and Georgia Tech students


Chaya Mushka Children’s House

Make Room for More Matzah!

Dark Chocolate Banana Matzah Brei (serves 2) Ingredients 3 matzot (broken into 2-inch pieces)


1 banana, plus more banana slices


2 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped into pebble-size pieces, plus additional ½-ounce for melting



ust a few more days, and I’ll be off my matzah diet for another year. It’s been a challenge once again, finding ways to enjoy the crumbly stuff and while keeping my, ah, system from clogging up. In the last week, I’ve eaten matzah with butter, jam and jellies – all kosher for Passover, natch. I caved in and tried matzah-based cereals, pasta, cakes and cookies, and I chowed down on matzah brei, matzah turnovers and matzah covered in chocolate.

late Banana Matzah Brei. This little bit of unleavened heaven was buried in a blog, “The Bitten Word,” pulled together by Zach and Clay, two very Southern and very Protestant guys who readily admit they knew little about matzah before spotting a tasty recipe in that oh-so Jewish magazine: Martha Stewart Living! Go figure. The guys report they were intrigued by the recipe that featured leftover matzah. They, of course, didn’t have any matzah around the house, but that problem was easily solved by visiting their local grocery store.

Now, matzah has suddenly But mostly, I’ve been nibbling on become the go-to desplain matzah. Truth sert ingredient in to tell, for a week their kitchen. I’ll let once a year, it’s not Zach and Clay finish bad! In fact, sticking this tasty tale: to the dietary laws of Passover – aside “We initially from the religious selected the original and spiritual benefits recipe for Banana– goes a long way in Maple Matzo Brei helping me apprebecause we thought ciate the good food it was a dessert. But available the rest of when it came time to the year. make it, we realized This little bit of unleavened that it’s actually a Given my efforts heaven, Dark Chocolate Banana breakfast dish, like to stay away from Matzah Brei, is a gift from a a matzah-based take sugar and carbs, I most unlikely source. on French toast. won’t be ending the PHOTO/The Bitten Word holiday with a treat But that still didn’t from Dunkin’ Dokeep us from serving nuts this year. A nice it for dessert one night when friends piece of whole wheat bread, however, were over. And we all loved it. Yes, is floating about in my daydreams at it was essentially a brunch item, but the moment and will serve nicely to the crispy browned matzah was delireintroduce me to the joys of leav- cious with bananas and maple syrup. ened goods. But then, after making that dish, I’m also hoping bread and other we found ourselves in the very presugary goodies will go a long way in dicament that Martha had foreshadunplugging my digestive system and owed: leftover matzah. once again introduce my gut to the concept of “going on-demand.” I have So we kept using it. We made a theory that the Children of Israel matzah desserts with ice cream. We managed to easily conquer Canaan created chocolate-and-peanut butbecause they were cosmically angry ter sauces to drizzle over broken-up after wandering about for 40 years in and crisped matzah. But our favorite variation was this one: Dark Chocoa constipated funk. late Banana Matzah Brei. That said, I do have a little problem as the holiday plays out. As usu- Just as with Martha’s original al, it’s looking like we’ll have a few breakfast variation, we pan-fried a stray bits and pieces of matzah once mixture of matzah, banana, egg and Passover ends. In an effort to find a chocolate, and then topped it with way to deal with the excess in some banana slices and a drizzle of chocosort of creative fashion, I began surf- late. ing the web recently. So now, in the unlikeliest of sce After working my way through narios, it looks like matzah may have the usual stuff – matzah kugels, cas- become a staple at our house. Can it seroles and dumplings – I stumbled be long before we’re making matzah across a tasty treasure: Dark Choco- ball soup?”

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons milk ¼-cup vegetable oil, plus 1 additional tablespoon 1 large egg ¼-teaspoon coarse salt Directions: 1.

Soak matzah in cold water for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander.

2. Mash banana using a fork. Add oil, egg and salt to mashed banana. Gently stir in matzah, chopped chocolate and honey. 3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Spread matzah mixture evenly in skillet, pressing gently. Cook until underside is golden, about 4 minutes. Flip using a spatula (mixture may break up). Cook until underside is golden, about 5 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt ½-ounce chocolate with the milk. 5. Transfer the banana matzah to plates. Top with banana slices and drizzle with the melted chocolate. Enjoy! Editor’s Note: Zach and Clay live and eat in Washington, D.C. Zach is a journalist and Clay works for a nonprofit. Their blog, “The Bitten Word, can be found at

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business & finance

A Tribute to Sam “The Man” Massell HONORED FOR 25 YEARS WITH BUCKHEAD COALITION BY Charlotte Marcus AJT Contributor


n its 25th anniversary, the Buckhead Coalition celebrated at the World Congress Center in grand fashion, holding an honorary dinner for former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell. Today, Massell is known as the “Mayor of Buckhead,” an appropriate nickname for the man who coordinated the growth of one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods as leader of the Buckhead Coalition for the past quarter-century. Under his guidance, the Coalition has helped to create a dynamic, thriving area out of what was once a simple village a little north of downtown. Sam’s unbelievable efforts and fabulous personality can be seen all over the district (loosely defined as the Peachtree/Roswell Rd. corridor between West Wieuca Rd. and Peachtree Hills Ave.). No longer a sleepy little section, Buckhead is now a booming metropolitan area with growing pains of its own.

demonstrate more than just executive skills; Massell also has a caring heart and a vibrant personality to combine with knowledge and wisdom. Also, everyone that knows Sam appreciates his special sense of humor and his youthful smile; he sometimes acts like he’s still that kid who went to Druid Hills High. A perfect example of his penchant for levity came at the recent honorary dinner. First, many people gave speeches of praise and listed examples of his many great contributions. Eventually, Sam got up from the table where he had been seated with his family: his wife Doris; his two daughters Melanie and Cindy; his son Steve; and his grandchildren.

He was assisted to the stage using the handy cane he recently acquired to keep him mobile despite a hip Sam Massell problem (and perhaps PHOTO/Byron E. Small a few extra pounds), then helped to a chair behind the podium. Speaking into the microphone to the It was before Lenox Square was hundreds gathered to honor him at expanded, when Phipps Plaza didn’t this special occasion, he raised his exist, when Interstate 400 was per- cane and with an almost impish grin haps just a plan on a Department of said:

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Transportation drawing board; when MARTA did not even venture so far north, that Sam was hired by the Coalition to coordinate the growth of business in the area.


Indeed, by the time he finished his term as mayor in Atlanta, he had made the city into much more than it was before. We may already have been regarded as the “capital of the South,” but Sam made serious changes in attitudes and progress in the relationships. He brought to the job his experience in business and real estate – the same skills that now bring better services and commercial growth to Buckhead, where even more people and businesses prosper. More than a Mogul

Of course, his accomplishments

“You see this cane? Everyone should have one. You can buy one, too, for $49.95 at your local drugstore. “It’s the best deal I ever made! Everywhere I go now, people open the door, pull back my chair and help me sit down!” The huge crowd roared with laughter. That’s the Sam I know. The little man with the fabulous smile and a Caesar-like stature – in truth, an icon, though he never acts in such a way. Towards the end of the evening, Melanie – who is a professional singer and now lives in Florida – serenaded her beaming father with an appropriate song. She sang Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”


food for thought



rom bridie to knish, empanadas to pasties, pie has been a part of every major civilization across the globe since ancient Egypt. “It’s the ultimate comfort food!” said Ron Wolf, owner of That Pie Place, a new restaurant in Sandy Spring. Wolf has been in the restaurant and hospitality business for more than 40 years. His resume includes co-founding the Georgia Restaurant Association, Director of Training and Development for Bass hotels and many successful years at AFC Enterprises.

“The world doesn’t need another burger, pizza or taco joint,” Wolf said. “I wanted to do something different.” That Pie Place features a wide variety of savory and sweet pies, each baked in a fluffy, buttery shell and available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It boasts a massive 24-pie menu, ranging from such top sellers as Egg-and-Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, Tangy BBQ and Chicken Cordon Bleu pies; to the chic Salmon Coulibiac and vegetarian Chipotle Black Bean Burger pies. You can even build your own pie by selecting from the restaurant’s menu of fresh meats, cheeses and vegetables. Of course, no pie menu would be complete without desserts; patrons looking for something sweet can choose from the cherry, apple, s’mores or the “Elvis” pies. And beyond the many takes on the signature dish that are available, That Pie Place has a fun kids menu as well as soups, salads and several unique side items including Cinnamon Wedges, Balsamic Beans and Asian Slaw. Adults can enjoy their pie with a nice selection of beer and wine, and the restaurant also offers catering and office delivery. Visit us directly across from Costco on Peachtree-Dunwoody for a fresh alternative in fast casual dining. Editor’s note: That Pie Place is located at 6355 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta GA 30328. For store hours and additional info, contact the restaurant at (770) 394-4743 or visit

Emory’s Department of Religion and the American Academy of Religion present


William H. Danforth Professor of Religion, Princeton University

The Apostle Paul in Jewish Eyes: Heretic or Hero? Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:00 pm 252 Candler School of Theology 1531 Dickey Drive The apostle Paul clearly played a critical role in the history of Christianity, but he has also played a central role among Jewish thinkers in the past two centuries – and earlier. Was he a Jewish heretic, a Jewish reformer, or a loyal Jew misunderstood by Jews and Christians alike? This talk will explore the various – and at times, surprising – attitudes Jewish writers throughout history have taken towards this traditional founder of Christianity. For more information, call Emory’s Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.

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So why did he open a restaurant specializing in pies?



arts & life



he Atlanta Jewish Music Festival’s Main Event – held March 16 at the Variety Playhouse and featuring Saul Kaye, Electra and Lisa Loeb – was a huge success, packing the venue and rocking all of Little Five Points.

Among those in attendance were the guys from Mag-nificent, hosts of WREK 91.1 FM’s Kosher Noise and – of course – the AJT’s Main Event Sweepstakes grand-prize winners!

The marquee announced an exciting lineup.

AJT Main Event Sweepstakes winners Steve Hirschberg and Holly Hirschberg-Strelzik.

Israeli rock band Electra passed off a guitar to an audience member at one point.

Hosts of WREK 91.1 FM’s Kosher Noise. Lisa Loeb with Andrew Levison (left) and Roey Shoshan (right) of Mag-nificent.

Saul Kaye plays Torah-themed blues.

Loeb and her band Nine Stories headlined the evening.

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AJMF founder and director Russell Gottschalk.


Electra got folks out of their seats.

Lisa Loeb delighted with new material as well as ’90s hits. PHOTOS/Cliff Weiss and Rabbi Barry Altmark


arts & life



hen I was first married, I attended Sabbath services at the rabbinic school where I studied. Present at the services were many of the rabbis who taught me during the week. I recall very vividly one occasion when the young child of one of those rabbis grossly misbehaved: He began to hit his father and use unbecoming language. But in spite of the child’s appalling behavior, his father did not hit him or rebuke him publically; he did not shout at him, nor scold him, nor physically grab him. At the time, I wondered whether the father was teaching his son by example – how to show restraint and how to control emotions – or whether the kid was in control of the situation and mocking his father. To this day, I don’t know the answer. All I saw was one snapshot in time, from which no conclusions could be drawn. However, a recollection of the incident reminded me of how complicated it is to be the child of a celebrity or prominent leader in the community; it can be a blessing or a curse. Consider for a moment the children of Margaret Thatcher as depicted in “The Iron Lady,” an exceptional film about a young civic-minded girl who

rises in political power to become Britain’s prime minister. The film opens with Thatcher past her prime, now a frail and elderly widow functioning in the present but often swept back to the past through imaginary conversations with her dead husband Denis. She certainly has much of which to be proud. Restoring England’s financial power in the face of great economic challenges, navigating the volatile relationship between Ireland and England, successfully managing the Falklands War are all high points of a long and illustrious political career. She is also a wise woman who enjoys sharing insights about life. One particular speech encapsulates her lifelong wisdom: “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become.”

But there is a dark side to her

success. Her family pays a price for her rise to power and for the maintenance of that power. Thatcher had twins – a boy and a girl – both of which had a lukewarm relationship with their mother. They are portrayed in the film as dutiful children, respectful yet distant emotionally: There is love between mother and daughter, but the connection is strained; and her son Mark lives in South Africa and is not always available, even by telephone. At one point in the movie, Margaret watches a DVD of her little children playing on the beach, but it is only a hazy memory of a warm and loving time long since gone. Even her devoted husband is ambivalent about the price the family has had to pay for Margaret’s dedication to serving England. This illustrates how children of people in leadership roles do not travel a simple road. The eyes of the community are upon them, and sometimes it is fine and the children rise to the community’s and parent’s expectation. But sometimes they do not.

Jake Gyllenhaal

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eorgia continues to be Hollywood’s filming hotspot: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest film “Prisoners” is currently filming in none other than Conyers and Monroe. Star of such films as “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountian” and “Zodiac,” Gyllenhaal will portray in this new film a police detective alongside Hugh Jackman. Gyllenhaal has described his last cop-themed movie – “End of Watch” – as one of the most intense filming experiences he’s ever had. Sources spotted the actor dining at Watershed and attending a cycling class, but thankfully, fans have thus far kept a respectful distance. Meanwhile, on the romance front, Gylenhaal has ended a very public relationship with music star Taylor Swift and now has been spotted with Sports Illustrated model Emily DiDonato. The couple has reportedly been dating for a few months and seem to be happy. Gyllenhaal was born to a Swedish-English father and a Jewish mother. At the age of 13, he was given a non-traditional bar mitzvah and volunteered his time at a homeless shelter as a mitzvah project.

On this point, it is instructive to note that there is little in the Bible said about the son of the greatest Jewish leader Moses. His son, Gershon, is a footnote in Jewish history, which suggests that Moses paid a personal price – a less-than-ideal relationship with his son – in exchange for his leadership of the Children of Israel. Gershon never rises to a position of leadership or prominence. He remains average in spite of the fact that he was Moses’s son. It is instead Joshua, Moses’s trusted student, who assumes the mantle of leadership once Moses is gone. The Sages tell us that it is good to work on behalf of the community and blessings will accrue to you because of that valuable work. But clearly, the Sages also warn us about the potentially negative effects of community involvement. Every one of us has to make a careful calculation of the costs and benefits of such holy labor. Rabbi Cohen, former principal of Yeshiva Atlanta, now resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Visit koshermovies. com for more of his Torah-themed film reviews.


s the co-creator of iconic comic stars such as Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor and X-Men (just to name a few) Stan Lee is a staple of the superhero genre, not to mention easily recognizable from his many film cameos. And it’s no secret that many of the franchises he helped create are more valuable than ever, considering every movie adaptation seems to dominate the box office. Unfortunately and somewhat predictably, these goldmine blockbusters are at the center of a court battle. The now-defunct internet company Stan Lee Media (SLM) – to whom Lee first signed over his characters’ movie rights – is claiming to retain ownership despite Walt Disney Company’s recent purchase of Marvel for a tidy $4 billion. Disney bought Marvel in 2009, but SLM is now attempting to sue Disney for $5.5 billion, using the claim that they “got there first” therefore still have movie rights. In turn, Disney is claiming SLM never had those rights to begin with; they claim that Stan Lee’s creations belonged to Marvel from the start as works made for-hire. Otherwise, Lee has another superhero film titled “Annihilator” in the works, featuring a young Chinese man as the lead.

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“It’s no laughing matter to start a day school.” - Jan Epstein, co-founder of The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy


s of 2013, Davis celebrates 20 years as an institution – a journey that has taken the school from small beginnings housed in a basement to its current status as one of the most highly-regarded day schools in the country. It began, as with all things, as an idea.

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By the beginning of the 1980s, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman of The Temple had started to feel a change in the air. He took the cue from the second President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Union for Reform Judaism), Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, who during his tenure made Jewish learning – both in the form of religious schools and adult education – a major priority.


and year after year, they were met with hesitance and skepticism. “The first few years, when we went out into the community, nobody was interested,” remembered Nemo. “We got reactions like, ‘What’s a Reform day school? I’ve never heard of such a thing! What do we need that in Atlanta for?’” A school couldn’t very well get off the ground without interested parents, yet the rabbi’s spirits weren’t dampened by the initially cool reactions. Sugarman took the news in stride, as he summed it up matterof-factly: “You know, if you invented a radio before there was electricity, there’s nothing you can do with it.” Boots on the Ground



meantime, Epstein and Nemo drummed up support from local rabbis as well as fellow day schools in the area. They envisioned an independent school, unaffiliated with any The Reform congregation population had begun to revis- William Breman, one of the school’s earliest and supported it tradition and supporters, enjoys time with Davis Academy’s by the Reform philosophy. just what their first students in 1993 when the school was faith meant to housed in the basement of the Junior Achieve- They held them. ment building on Abernathy Road. talks with the National Re “It was form Movethe realizament but got no overwhelmingly postion that the Reform movement had started to radically change,” said itive results. Eventually, though – in Rabbi Sugarman. “People were look- 1985, at the Reform Movement’s naing for a deeper engagement, and tional Biennial – delegates voted yes I felt that the idea of a wonderful, to formally supporting their efforts. much more in-depth Jewish educa- “We weren’t asking for money,” tion for the Reform community…you said Epstein. “We were asking for know, it sounds cliché, but the time that big word: support.” for the idea had arrived.” From there, the process picked up Of course, Rabbi Sugarman speed. As Epstein and Nemo became couldn’t put this idea into practice more and more involved, Greene dewithout some help. First, he spoke cided that the two no longer needed with Carol Nemo, a former confirma- his assistance. He encouraged them tion classmate. Quickly, the notion to continue, confident that the day of a Reform day school started to would come when Jewish Atlanta take shape, but before jumping into welcomed the endeavor. things too hastily, a team of three was assigned to gauge the commu- And it did. nity’s receptiveness to the idea of a “Finally, around 1989 or 1988, we Reform day school. got positive feedback from people!” For years, Nemo, Jan Epstein and said Nemo. “They said, ‘Yes, I think Jack Greene took annual surveys, we need such a school.’”

That was when the real work Jay Davis. The pair had recently bebegan. Nemo and Epstein went to come involved in the Wexner Leadercongregations and other day schools ship Program – a two-year intensive study of Judaaround the city ism with a faculfor individuty of professors, als to serve on rabbis, Jewish an interim communal proboard. Then a fessionals and long string of thinkers. meetings intended to work During their out the finer time, a great details – such deal of focus had as the school’s been placed on philosophy and Jewish continufuture faculty – Mollie Aczel, Davis Academy’s first Head ity, specifically followed. of School, shown here with students at the through camp “Jan and I groundbreaking for the school’s first perma- ing or the day nent building in 1995. That building – on school movedidn’t really Roberts Drive in Dunwoody – opened in ment. know anything about starting 1996, and the new middle school building “She [Ann] on that same campus opened in 2005. a school,” Nemo came home one laughed. “So I night and was turned to Chertalking about the possibility of foundyl [Finkle].” ing this Jewish Reform day school,” Finkle, the longtime head of the Epstein School with whom Epstein and Nemo were acquainted through other community work, began to work with the pair. If they had a problem, according to Nemo, they would call Finkle, who readily offered advice despite her position.

said Jay Davis. “I went to sleep that night and the next morning I got up and said ‘I’ve been thinking about this during the middle of the night – what do you think about us naming the school after my parents?”

“Cheryl was the one that set the tone for the cooperative attitude, and it’s still going on to this day.”

Jay’s father Alfred was about to turn 80, and his mother Adele had passed away. Thus, Jay wanted to do something to recognize them in the community. Ann was at first caught off-guard by her husband’s idea, but she eventually agreed. The couple then went to Jay’s sister and her husband, Dulcy and Jerry Rosenberg, and together the foursome made the founding gift and also gave the school its name.

Getting Over the Hump

A Key Ingredient is Located

Although the Atlanta community supported the school spiritually and with their time, Nemo and Epstein still needed funds. Nemo’s late father – William Breman, the very man for whom the Museum and Home are named – gave a generous gift to jumpstart the project, but the effort was far from over.

As things fell into place, Nemo and Epstein set out to find the right person to head Davis. In 1991, they discovered her in Mollie Aczel, who had previously served a Houston, Texas-area day school.

“One day, I said, ‘Cheryl, don’t you see us as competition at all?’” Nemo recalled. “She said, ‘Absolutely not. The more Jewish children entering Jewish day schools, the more Jewish children will be educated Jewishly, [and] that’s the bottom line.’

“Now, I am not a good fundraiser,” said Epstein with a laugh. “I can talk about emotion and spirit and all that, but I am not a good fundraiser. Carol is. If you get on her train, just watch out, because you’re gonna be unstoppable. If you get in front of her train, watch out or get on it.”

It was Nemo who found Ann and

After the passing of her husband, Aczel felt it was time for a change. She was referred to Sugarman by her rabbi in Texas, and by October of that year, she was being interviewed for the position. “She was just like the Pied Piper,” Epstein smiled. “Not only was she educationally smart and Jewishly Continued on next page

Words of Wisdom

Continued from previous page smart, she was ‘parent-smart’ – she would engage parents and get their encouragement to go forth.�

WHAT DAVIS MEANS TO THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCHOOL was August 19, 1992; it was summer time. We thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re gonna open a school in the summer.’

“Mollie, she just exuded the trust “And it was hot, but it was so exand the warmth that people need- citing.� ed,� said Nemo. “I mean, she’d go Nemo and Epstein were shocked into somebody’s what they origihouse, and withnally planned in minutes the for – two kinderchildren would garten classes – be sitting on her expanded into a lap on the floor. first-grade class People learned as well. Davis, to trust her, to using the baseknow that we ment of the Juwere serious and nior Achieveto know that this ment building wasn’t going to on Abernathy be a frivolous Road, began its school – it was first school year going to be a real with 19 young school.� The eighth-grade students of the Class of students. For the next 2000, Davis Academy’s first graduating eight years, Ac- class. By the end of this school year, The zel shape Da- Davis Academy will boast a total of more By Leaps and Bounds vis into the than 700 graduates. renowned day school that it is Before that today. She was drawn to the Acadfirst year was over, enrollment inemy after seeing the enthusiasm evicreased from 19 to 56 to nearly 90 dent in all those who were involved. students. With four already established day schools in the area, she saw Davis as “We were totally shocked,� said a way to potentially attract those in Epstein, “just because we didn’t the Reform community who had pre- know that many parents would beviously been sending their children lieve in this school, its probabilities and its possibilities.� to other private secular schools. “It was wonderful because every- At first located on the ground floor one was very excited about the idea of said facility, Davis grew to occupy of a Reform Jewish day school,� said the second as well. Soon enough, a Aczel of coming into the Davis fold. middle school was developed, and “Everybody was also very protective an even bigger move was in order. of the organization they had set up to A tract of land on Roberts Drive was purchased, and the school hired an develop the school. architectural firm to design the new “I’ve worked in the Jewish day Davis, where students now attend eischool world for multiple years, ther the Lower School or the Middle many more years than the 20 of Da- School. vis – and it’s one of the few communities where everyone’s so completely Today, Davis boasts an enrollment of roughly 600, a far cry from supportive of everyone else.� the original handful. Jan Epstein Aczel worked to develop a non- and Carol Nemo became life-long profit board as well as a means for friends as a result of their experiparent participation. She spent a ence and continue to hold a special great deal of time on the specific place in their hearts for the school for training and development of a group which they dedicated so much, along that could understand the non-profit with countless others. world, and she dedicated herself to garnering as much confidence and “This school has changed people’s lives. This school has changed lives parental involvement as possible. of Jewish families,� Epstein said. A few months later, her hard work “The future generations in the Davis – not to mention that of the many, Academy ensure that in this city and many others involved – Davis wel- other communities and wherever comed its first students that coming they go, they’ll never forget this exsummer. perience. “I’ll never forget the day it opened,� “It will be a base for their lives, for Nemo said, taking a deep breath. “It their Jewish lives, forever.�

“What it means to me when I walk in those hallways and I see these kids studying or singing or reading the Torah or learning Hebrew or playing music, that this is their home.� - Jan Epstein, co-founder “Like Joshua and Moses, it goes from strength to strength. My deepest, deepest sense of gratitude goes out to all of those on the ground floor, those no longer with us and those still with us, and the ones who have picked up the mantle of leadership and kept the school growing stronger and stronger. My deepest sense of gratitude.� - Rabbi Alvin Sugarman “I’ll say this: It’s been an amazing gift to us. We were lucky that it happened and we could afford to do it, and that we can continue to afford to help. -It’s one of those things that makes life worth living.� - Jay Davis, key contributor “It’s an incredible honor to be The Davis Academy’s Head of School. It is a place where amazing things happen each and every day, because of the many people who are dedicated to our mission and our role as Atlanta’s Reform Jewish day school. I believe that we will continue to remain true to our original values and our core mission, and yet continue to be ever-changing. This paradox, in fact, is what keeps us strong. We have already evolved in ways that our founders honestly could not have imagined these past 20 years. It is honestly very challenging to imagine what our students and families will encounter 20 years from now, yet I have every confidence that Davis will remain at the forefront of educational trends and a model of innovation for others to follow.� - Amy Shafron, current Head of School

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YA Teacher Recognized by Ga. Commission on the Holocaust


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abbi Reuven Travis of Yeshiva Atlanta has been named Distinguished High School Educator of the Year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust as for his teaching of civil rights.

Model Seder at Chaya Mushka Children’s House STUDENTS LEARN SIGNIFICANCE, SYMBOLS


tudents at Chaya Mushka Children’s House participated in a model seder on March 20. The event included reading from the haggadah and the traditional items included on the seder plate.

CMCH is the leading Jewish Montessori school in the Southeast and affiliated with Chabad of Georgia.

Each year, the Commission recognizes outstanding educators in the fields of Holocaust education, human rights, civil rights and character development. They focus on teachers whose work exemplifies a passion to eradicate hatred and discrimination. “I was so thrilled when I heard the news,” said Dr. Paul Rabbi Reuven Oberman, Yeshiva Atlanta’s Head of School. “Rabbi Travis’ Travis teaching materials have forced his students to think about history in a more critical and questioning manner so that they can better see the relevance of history in their day-to-day lives. “Living in the South, this was particularly important in teaching the students about the Civil Rights era.”

Micah Baron of the Busy Bees class prepares his plate for the model Seder.

Kindergarteners Noah Naturman, Shmuel Shulkes and Chanania Gross at the model seder.

The Ladybugs class of CMCH reads through their hagaddot.

The three- and four-year-olds of CMCH enjoy the model seder.

Rabbi Analia Bortz (bottom right) addresses Epstein School fourth-graders.

The students’ Passover presentation included a musical performance.

Eden Farber, class of 2015, is a student in Rabbi Travis’ Honors American History class. “No teacher has ever presented that to me – the idea that history is written by the victors – but suddenly the world around me came to life in an entirely new dimension,” Farber said. “I’ll never forget that feeling of realizing how much harder the Civil Rights rioters had to fight than we thought and how we take that away from them in all our other classes.” Rabbi Travis will receive his award at a ceremony to be held on April 12 at the Georgia State Capitol. His name will be placed on a permanent plaque located at the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit, and his winning lesson plans will be posted on the official Georgia Commission on the Holocaust website,



n March 22, Epstein School fourth-graders made a Passover presentation to a packed auditorium. Students’ parents presented their children with the special haggadot prepared as part of the school’s Judaics education program.

Rabbi Analia Bortz was present to recite blessings and address the class.

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Epstein Head of School Stan Beiner with Gabriel Weiss and his AJT-themed haggadah.

Students present to parents and guests on the symbols and order of the seder.

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ll of my writing teachers stress the importance of writing – not the significance of the writing, but instead the importance of simply starting, putting words on paper.

– would make this statement. Obviously, we all have days (maybe even weeks or months) when we just want to look at G-d and, like a small child, stick out our tongues and yell “prove it!”

I’ve been staring at my computer for two hours, aimlessly reading and writing. I’ve told myself this work is research, but I’m convinced at this point I’ve simply been procrastinating.

I know I’ve written about this frustration again and again, but the repetition speaks to how significant this issue is in my life. So today I want to look at it in a new light.

I have three documents open with three different half-articles, each of which is a vague combination of “here’s the text,” “here’s my interpretation,” and “happy holiday!” I found none of said works-inprogress satisfying and thus proceeded to open yet another new document. More reading, more research and more procrastination led me to a line of Torah that I found both interesting and somewhat humorous. Moses says to G-d: “If I have indeed found favor in Your eyes, pray let me know Your ways, so that I may know you…Show me, now, Your glory! (Exodus 33:1318).” How strange, I thought, that Moses – Judaism’s most revered prophet

shabbat blessings

Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of time and space. You hallow us with Your mitzvot and command us to kindle the lights of Shabbat.

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


their intention, the term fits perfectly. “Insight,” as I like to think of it, is literally sight from within. It’s that spark of G-d within every human being that ignites our creativity.

“Aren’t you afraid you’re never going to have any success?”

I find it difficult to schedule writing time; my ideas are unpredictable. Creativity comes to me at all hours of the day; it pulls me out of the current moment and into the story it has chosen to tell.

Gilbert expressed her frustration with the question but recognized that it’s widespread. So, she presented a potential solution.

“‘Insight,’ as I like to think of it, is literally sight from within. It’s that spark of G-d within every human being that ignites our creativity.”

To set the stage, I should let you know that I recently added TED talks to my daily routine. These online videos, hosted by a non-profit organization that spreads ideas of Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) through various avenues, can be found on a free website.

The other day, I was watching a

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times Blessing for the Candles Baruch Arah A-do-nai,El-o-hei-nu Melech Haolam Asher Kid-shanu b’mitzvotav V’zivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat

TED talk called “Your Elusive Creative Genius” given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat Pray Love.” She began with the question all writers hear:

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“I have to sort of find some way to have a safe distance between me, as I am writing, and my very natural anxiety about what the reaction to that writing is going to be, from now on.”

This idea led her to ancient Greece and Rome. Gilbert explained that in these ancient cultures: “People did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, OK? People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons.” I can relate because I write, but so too can people for whom creativity comes in other forms: problemsolving, imagination and creation. It all comes from the same source, but what is that source? Why is it that one minute you’re staring at a math problem – literally just staring at it – and then, suddenly, you have a “light-bulb” moment and you know what to do? Why is it that you can be in the middle of cleaning the kitchen when you’re struck with an idea for an upcoming sales pitch? Psychologists call this phenomenon “insight,” and while it wasn’t

Strangely enough, whether the story is fact or fiction, poetic or direct, it’s in these moments that I feel most connected to G-d, like I’m truly living the specific gift He chose for me. So I smile when I think of Moses and his words of doubt. I can’t choose when G-d enters my life or how G-d comes to me, and I know that I will never understand His ways. I can, though, fully engage in the moments that He gives me, rather than brush them aside among the haste of my average day. Look for the old instead of the new – instead of searching for proof of G-d, try to find G-d in what is already present. G-d answered Moses’ request by saying: “I will let all My goodness pass before you; I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you, and I will favor when I wish to favor and have compassion when I wish to have compassion (Exodus 33:19).” We as human beings will likely doubt the existence of G-d and the reliability of the Bible at one time or another. The key is in this interaction between G-d and Moses: It is to doubt with an open mind and always be ready for those moments when G-d chooses to drop in. Rachel LaVictoire (rlavictoire@wustl. edu) is a graduate of the Davis Academy and Westminster High School, recipient of the prestigious Nemerov Writing and Thomas H. Elliott Merit scholarships at Washington University of St. Louis and an active member of Temple Emanu-El and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. She was recently named to the board of St. Louis Hillel.


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The Horse Latitudes of Passover HANGING IN WHEN CHANGE GETS BORING

Congregation B’nai Israel and the Atlanta Rabbinical Association


s I write this, we find ourselves at the exact midpoint between the beginning and end of Passover. The thrill and excitement of the seders has long passed, the taste of matzah has grown bland and the menu list of items in the pantry is stale. For those who observe a Passoverrelated diet for the full holiday, the unique and special feelings associated with Passover are just starting to get a bit exhausting. Four days there were, and now four days there are to go. The light at the end of the holiday tunnel is a mere flicker, not yet bright enough to illuminate the pizza and Chinese food that awaits us at the end of the holiday. This period – the days between the first two seders and the last, known as Hol HaMoed – serves as a fascinating metaphor for life and the dynamic ways in which we as individuals and organizations experience change. In a way of speaking, Hol HaMoed is the middle of the marathon – the weight loss plateau, the morass – which individuals and organizations confront whenever they move from one state of being to another. In every effort for change, the initial sense of excitement driven by motivation soon fades, and we become painfully aware of how much more we have to do to achieve our true objectives. To illustrate: At the seders, we felt an incredible high as we reenacted and relived the exodus from Egypt. But then, after the table was cleared and the guests had long departed, we were met with the reality of simply doing and living Passover. Sailors used to call this time – when the wind has died down, the momentum is lost and energy is at its lowest – the “Horse Latitudes.� It is that time during the conference (usually after lunch) when attention spans are measured in seconds; it is that time when Betty White needs a Snickers bar. Hol HaMoed is this holiday’s equivalent to those “Horse Latitudes.� It’s the time when we look ahead, craving the chametz of life but knowing that to reach that des-

tination we have to keep persevering through the drudgery and discomfort of matzah, matzah and, yes, even more matzah. Change parallels this experience. But those successful in their efforts to change also must recognize that, throughout the process, we cannot look just to the end goal; we must also find successes and triumphs to reignite our enthusiasm and excitement throughout the experience. During Passover – and in particular during Hol HaMoed – those “wins� can be realized through the discovery of a delicious new recipe or a celebratory Shabbat (note that the calendar is perfect for the latter this year). While on the surface these may appear to not be significant, we know from our successful attempts at change that it isn’t the size of the success that matters, but the recognition that we continue to achieve, grow and change.

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Wed., April 3 “The Remarkable Unfinished Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews” lecture, by author Len Lyons. Wed., April 3, 7 p.m. $5/ person. Free for ages under 12 and members. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. museum.ogelthorpe. edu. Thurs., April 4 Lunch ’N Learn Series, featuring Rabbi Michael Bernstein. Atlanta rabbis share unique perspectives on topics relevant to the community. Thurs., April 4, 12 p.m. Free and open to the community. MJCCA. lora.sommer@ “Israel at 65: Finished and Unfinished Business,” first of the “Celebrating Israel at 65!” four-part series, featuring speaker Professor Kenneth Stein. Thurs., April 4, 7 p.m. $36/entire series, $10/per session. Marcus Hillel Center of Emory University. Info via (678) 812-3723 or “Remembering Ravensbruck” Exhibit Opening, “Women and the Holocaust” presented by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, from Kennesaw State University, as part of “Anne Frank in the World.” Thurs., April 4. Free. Parkside Shopping Center on Roswell Rd. (770) 2061558.

Rabbi Glusman. Fri., April 5, 6 p.m. $15/person. City Club of Buckhead. Sun., April 7 Greenwood Yom HaShoah, the 48thannual community-wide Holocaust commemoration with speaker Benjamin Hirsch. Sun., April 7, 11 a.m. Rain or shine, Greenwood Cemetery. Info via (678) 222-3707 or MJCCA Yom HaShoah, community commemoration with the Atlanta Rabbinical Association with remarks from Dr. Jerome Legge and music from Cantor Daniel Gale. Sun., April 7, 4 p.m. Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden. lora.sommer@atlantajcc. org. “I Survived” Holocaust Speaker, a personal account of guest speaker Leo Rosner’s experience being enslaved for three years as a teen. Part of the Chabad lecture series. Sun., April 7, 8 p.m. Chabad Enrichment Center of Gwinnett. (678) 595-0196. Tues., April 9

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(678) 478-0244 or Thur., April 11 “What Does the New Knesset Mean for World Jewry?” second of the “Celebrating Israel at 65!” four-part series, featuring speaker Rabbi Russ Shulkes. Thur., April 11, 7 p.m. $10/ per session. Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University. Info via (678) 812-3723 or Fri., April 12 Friday Night Fever, sushi and scotch after service and spirited night of singing and dancing. Fri., April 12, 6:15 p.m. Congregation Beth Tefillah. (404) 843-2464. Sun., April 14 B’nai Torah Artist Market, local artist display and sell original works; Goodfriend’s BBQ will be available for purchase. Sun., April 14, 11 a.m. Congregation B’nai Torah. (404) 2570537. Farmer ‘D’ and Souper Jenny, foodies Daron Joffe and Jenny Levison talk about growing, cooking and sharing healthy foods. Sun., April 14, 2 p.m. Free for members, $12/nonmembers, $8/seniors, $6/kids. The Breman. RSVP via whatscooking1. Memorial Day for Israel’s Soldiers and Victims of Terror, a memorial service by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast. Sun., April 14, 7 p.m. Ahavath Achim Synagogue. (404) 355-5222. Tues., April 16 Israel at 65 Celebration, celebrating Israel’s independence; kids’ activities, choir performances, Israeli dancing and more, and food available for purchase. Tues., April 16, 5 p.m. Free. MJCCA. Young Professionals Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration, a community-wide event hosted in part by AJC Atlanta; kosher food provided by Pita Palace. Tues., April 16, 7 p.m. $10/registered, $15/at door. W Hotel in Buckhead. Thurs., April 18 “The Changing Relationship Between the American Jewish Community and Israel,” third of the “Celebrating Israel at 65!” four-part series, featuring speaker Richard Walter. Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m. $10/per session. Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University. Info via (678) 812-3723 or

Fri., April 19 Slam into Shabbat, serve, volley and slam on the tennis court with pro athlete Juan Arico and his skilled coaches; blessing by Rabbi Glusman. Fri., April 19, 5 p.m. Free and open to the community. MJCCA. brian. “Miss Saigon” Opening, a play performed by the North Springs Drama Department featuring a live pit orchestra. Fri., April 19, 7:30 p.m. $15/ adults, $10/seniors and students, $20/VIPs. For tickets, visit Sun., April 21 Children of the Holocaust, from Am Yisrael Chai Atlanta, with keynote speaker and survivor Andre Kessler; featuring an exhibit, book signing and student accounts of March of the Living. Sun., April 21, 5 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Tefilah. RSVP via (888) 608-4988 or Wed., April 24 Curious Tales of the Talmud, “Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of our Sages,” a six-week class with Rabbi Yossi New. Wed., April 24, 7:30 p.m. $75/before April 10. $85/ after April 10. Chabad of Georgia. Register via Thur., April 25 NCJW Spring Bargainata, gently-worn, designer women’s and men’s clothing and housewares; proceeds benefit programs for Atlanta’s women and families. Thurs., April 25, 11 a.m. (continues April 28; preview night April 24, 7 p.m.). Hilderbrand Court Shopping Center, Atlanta. Info, (404) 843-9600 or “The Jewish Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities within Israeli Society,” fourth of the “Celebrating Israel at 65!” four-part series, featuring speaker Dr. Shelley Buxbaum. Thurs., April 25, 7 p.m. $10/per session. Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University. Info via (678) 812-3723 or Ongoing Dunwoody Sunday Cycle, bike ride for all ages (10+) and abilities. First Sunday of each month, 2:30 p.m. Meet in front of Bruster’s in Dunwoody Village Parking Lot. or (770) 604-3803.



Judie Sue Dokson Kargman 71, OF NEPONSIT, N.Y.

Judie Sue Dokson Kargman of Neponsit, N.Y. and formerly of Augusta, Ga., passed away at her home on March 9, 2013 after a brief illness. Judie was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 23, 1941. In 1953, she moved with her family to Augusta, where she spent her junior high and high school years and graduated from the Richmond Academy in 1958. Judie then returned to Brooklyn to attend college at Long Island University, from which she graduated in 1962. While at LIU, Judie became friendly with another woman named Judy, who introduced the former to her brother, Richard Kargman. This introduction was hugely successful, as Judie Dokson and Richard Kargman married in 1964 and would have celebrated their 50th anniversary next year. Judie had a wide variety of talents. She was linguistically talented, majored in Spanish in college and taught Spanish for several years in the New York City Public School system. She was also incredibly gifted musically. She could play anything by ear on the piano, and she used this gift for many years as a part-time nursery school and kindergarten music teacher at her temple’s pre-school. This role was a perfect fit for Judie because she absolutely adored children, and they her. So, combining her love of children and her musical talent was truly a match made in heaven. In addition to her husband Richie, Judie is survived by her two children, daughter Dr. Stacey Kaye of Baltimore, Md. (and partner Sharon Gorenstein) and son Scott Kargman of Neponsit; grandsons Asher Kaye and Ezra Kaye of Baltimore; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Joan Dokson of Atlanta; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Amy and Lewis Kargman of Neponsit; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and Marty Borell of Marlboro, N.J.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Judie lived a good and rich life surrounded by many loved ones. However, her last year was difficult. She and Richie, as well as son Scott, were hit very badly by Hurricane Sandy and were just in the process of getting their homes back together. Then Judie’s cancer was diagnosed in January, and this illness took her from us only weeks after discovery. The family has requested that anyone wishing to make a contribution in memory of Judie do so to the charity of his or her choice or to one of the following: West End Temple, 127-02 Newport Ave., Neponsit, NY 11694 (Judie’s family’s long-time congregation, which was also devastated by Hurricane Sandy); or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (recognizing Judie’s love of anything related to children). Judie left us too soon, and we miss her.

Maj. Norman A. Sabel Major Norman A. Sabel, United States Army Retired Veteran of WWII, Korean conflict and Vietnam War, age 87 of Alpharetta, died March 21, 2013. He had a career filled with adventure and variety. He served with the Army in most of the trouble spots of the world. Norman’s travels took him to France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Japan, Korea, China, Lebanon, Turkey, Ireland, Vietnam (twice), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Adak, Alaska and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. (where he retired). Norman took part in six campaigns in the Korean War. During this time he received 14 medals and awards from this and other countries, among which are: Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Belgium Fourragere Citation and Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster. Norman loved books and tapes and was a collector of everything over the years, being a child of the Depression. Norman loved people, his family and this country and will truly be missed. He was part of the greatest generation. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Raye Sabel, son, Mark Sabel, and daughter, Sherrie Sabel, all of Atlanta; grandchildren Jacob, Alana and Channing Sabel and Brianna (William) Shelton; and great-grandson, Brantley Shelton. Mr. Sabel was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Stein Sabel, of blessed memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Sign online guest book at A graveside service was held Fri., March 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Crest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich and Rabbi Paul Kerbel officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

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JEWISH PUZZLER by David Benkof

Across 1. Suffer ___ worse than death 6. ___ Ramah 10. Geometric shapes of bagels 14. Didn’t just ooh 15. Asia’s ___ Sea 16. Birdhouse bird 17. “A Stranger ___ Us” (Movie set in a Hasidic community) 18. Give a hoot 19. “Gates of ___” (Bob Dylan song) 20. Author, “Judaism as a Civilization” (1934) 23. “The Sound of Music” setting: Abbr. 24. Staffs 25. ___ Conference (Refugee meeting) 27. Prefix with intellectual 30. Consequently 31. Altoid alternative 35. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” extras 36. Some classic non-kosher products 41. Mandy Patinkin’s role on Broadway in “Evita” 42. Orthodox Jews outside Israel have two 43. Examine grammar 46. Director James (“Sunday in the Park with George”) 50. Intensity 51. ZBT rival 54. ___ LeElef (Jewish outreach trainers) 55. Pioneering German Reform

Jew 59. ___ of age (celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah) 60. Kosher or macrobiotic 61. Arlo Guthrie sang about her restaurant 62. Bake sale orgs. 63. Author of biblical novels 64. Brouhahas 65. First word in Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” 66. Shtreimels, e.g. 67. Calvin Klein offering

22. It comes after ayin 26. “___ Gadol....” 28. American indian 29. “___ Lorelei” (Heinrich Heine poem) 32. Your, in Tours 33. “Guys and Dolls” librettist Burrrows

34. Kosher animals chew theirs 36. 1 Kings 10:26 - “And Solomon gathered together ___ and horsemen...” 37. Abel, by profession 38. Archaeologist’s discovery 39. The Vilna Gaon, familiarly

40. Uri Geller “specialty” 41. Common Jewish profession 44. Holding the biggest grudge 45. Part of BCE 47. Out of the rain 48. Bill Kristol, notably 49. Alaska governor Gruening 51. ___ Flatow (American Jewish student killed in a Hamas suicide bombing) 52. CD-player button 53. “All her ___ are peace” 56. ___ HaChareidis 57. Possible source of flour for matzah 58. Political coalition 59. Cost-of-living stat

Last week’s answers

Down 1. Triptik, notably 2. 2000 Kate Hudson film “Almost ___” 3. “I could eat ___” 4. Babysit 5. “Postcards from the ___” (Carrie Fisher novel) 6. Candy making bean 7. “This is ___!” (crimebuster’s cry) 8. Cuban and Spitz 9. Bargain type 10. “___ Angry Men” (film with Jack Klugman) 11. Giver of smicha 12. Brings to life, as a Civil War battle 13. Country lodging 21. Footwear famous for its holes

Chess Puzzle of the Week by Jon Hochberg

Challenge: White to move: Checkmate in 2 moves

Last puzzle’s solution. 1) Qc5, Qb2 2) Nb8 #

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