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Answering the Call To Protect Our World
effort for us to slow the process of collapse in the hope of ensuring life for future generations. The perspective of a Jewish mystic is not so far off from secular science on this matter, with the belief that life emerges from G-d’s energy and light, which exists in everything.
Light & Bones By Marita Anderson
Kabbalistic thought offers a view of a universe that is both broken and dependent on our human activity to work toward its healing. Each one of us brings a unique divine spark, and together, across generations, we can bring about enough change to help a world in trouble. For the scientist, the goal is to wake us up to the reality of our situation for the purpose of biological survival. For the person who sees the world through the lens of Jewish spirituality, the message is that we are connected biologically to all life, and each of us has the capacity to allow for G-d to manifest in the world through our actions. This is a profound overlap between science and Judaism. The first word in this week’s parshah is vayikra, translated as “and G-d called.” In this text, the call was for Moses to teach the laws of sacrificial offerings to the entire community of Israelites. Our ancestors were asked to sacrifice to balance any wrongdoing between people, to bring the world into harmony and ultimately to bring G-d closer to them. We no longer practice sacrificial offerings because our sages replaced these rituals with prayer after the fall of the Temple. In today’s world, we are taught to pray like everything depends on G-d and to take action as if everything depends on you. What are the sacrifices we need to make today to bring our world into balance? What are our prayers? And what collective efforts are we making to bring healing to our planet, as if our life depends on it? ■
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My kids have a picture book on their shelf called “You Are Stardust,” in which Dr. Elin Kelsey, a professor of environmental science, describes the unity of all life on Earth. The book gives examples of the interdependence and interconnectedness of each human life to the natural world around us: “Like fish deep in the ocean, you called salt water home. You swam inside the salty sea of your mother’s womb. … The water swirling in your glass once filled the puddles where dinosaurs drank. … You may sprout even taller in the spring and summer, just like the plants in your garden. … We are all nature. … We are all stardust.” On the surface of things, “you” began in your mother’s womb nine months or so before you were born. On a deeper level, “you” began in the primordial time of a cosmic anomaly of water, light and air mixing together to create life. We marvel at the diversity of life, but in our most basic physical structures, our atoms are no different than the tree outside our window, or the cat brushing against our leg, or the carrots we had for lunch. In the unified cycle of life, everything that dies creates the necessary nutrients for everything that is born. But don’t dare tell that to a human being holding the hand of a beloved child or friend. We are too invested in the individuality of our personhood. We are too in love. When we kiss our children good night, no substitution will do. Each one is unique and precious, and even the contemplation of a ruptured life causes us great suffering. While scientists keep reminding us that we are united in our dependence on the conditions offered by Earth, those same conditions for life on our planet are changing. We are facing an existential crisis: ocean acidification, extinction of species, water scarcity and increased intensity of damaging storms. From a scientific perspective, life is a planetary fluke of matter mixed with energy. Human exploitation of Earth’s natural elements is causing a change in climate with detrimental effects. It is going to take a massive, collective
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Vayikra Friday, March 16, light candles at 7:28 p.m. Saturday, March 17, Shabbat ends at 8:24 p.m. Tzav Friday, March 23, light candles at 7:34 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Shabbat ends at 8:29 p.m.
Music fest. The ninth Atlanta Jewish Music Festival runs through March 25 at various venues. Details and tickets at atlantajmf.org/ajmf9-line-up.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15
“Pippin.” Students at Riverwood International Charter School, 5900 Raider Drive, Sandy Springs, perform the musical at 6:30 p.m., with repeat shows March 16 and 17 at 6:30 p.m. and March 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults. bit.ly/2FD9Wcz. Annual meeting. Jewish Family & Career Services holds its annual meeting at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Free; www.jfcsatl.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16
American Craft Show. Jewish artisans DebraLynn Gold, Kathy Edelman Hutchinson, Barry Rhodes, Judy Robkin and Barbara Zaretsky are among more than 230 craft artists showing their wares at the 29th annual show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Cumberland. Admission is $13 per day and free for children 12 and under; craftcouncil.org/atlanta.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
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• In a New York study of 360 married Orthodox women ages 19 to 58, onequarter said they had experienced some form of sexual assault by age 24. The volunteer survey did not use probability sampling, meaning the numbers can’t be applied to the entire community. An article Feb. 23 improperly applied the numbers to the Orthodox community as a whole and used an incorrect term for what the victimized women experienced. • The wedding ceremony of Mina New and Levi Farkash on Dec. 19 was held outside at Centennial Olympic Park. An article March 9 had the location wrong. • Photographs accompanying the article “Boat Mitzvah Sails On Despite Hurricane Irma” on March 9 should have been credited to Ashley Kennedy (www. ashleykennedyphoto.com). my celebrates 25 years with a marquee celebration at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Tickets are $150 ($50 for alumni); www. davisacademy.org/celebration. Handel performance. The Atlanta Master Chorale performs Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” at 8 p.m. at Emory’s Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Tickets are $35; bit. ly/2FSeij4 or 404-727-5050
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Pre-Pesach class. The Atlanta Kosher Commission holds a class about kitchen prep at 10 a.m. at The Kehilla, 5075 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Free; kosheratlanta.org/pre-pesach-classes. Gun violence forum. Temple EmanuEl, 1580 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs,
holds a discussion at 10 a.m. Free; register at templeemanuelatlanta.org/ calendar/gun-violence-forum. Fashion show. The Friendship Circle of Atlanta annual fundraiser is at 11 a.m. over brunch at Congregation Beth Tefillah, 5065 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. Admission is $36; www. fcatlanta.org/event. JELF info session. The Jewish Educational Loan Fund, taking applications until April 30, discusses the program at 11 a.m. at Jewish Family & Career Services, 4549 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Free; www.jelf.org. Cancer fundraiser. Hadassah Greater Atlanta honors OB-GYN Dale Bearman and reveals art painted on cancer survivors while raising money to fight breast and ovarian cancer at 6 p.m. at
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10 Years Ago March 14, 2008 ■ More than 50 people gathered in the shadow of the Big Chicken in Marietta just west of Interstate 75 on March 7 to be part of history: the dedication of an official historical marker at the site where Leo Frank was lynched in August 1915. Jerry Klinger, the president of the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, came from Maryland to join Rabbi Steven Lebow, lawyer Dale Schwartz and others at the ceremony. ■ The bat mitzvah ceremony of Sarah Rebekah Katz of Atlanta, daughter of Evan and Cheryl Katz, was held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Congregation Beth Tefillah. 25 Years Ago March 12, 1993 ■ Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters will premiere a show in May aimed at attracting more Jewish viewers. With the working title of “Repairing the World,” the 30-minute show will have Jan Epstein as host and will explore the ways Jew-
ish Atlantans volunteer their time. ■ Carol and Brian Young of Atlanta announce the birth of a son, Joshua Samuel, on Dec. 28. 50 Years Ago March 15, 1968 ■ President Johnson and IsYitzhak Rabin (admittedly a rael’s new ambassador to the few years and a few political United States, Yitzhak Rabin, offices after his arrival as exchanged warm but formal ambassador to Washington) greetings last week when Gen. Rabin appeared at the White House to present his credentials. The Six-Day War chief of staff said Israel wants a permanent, contractual peace with the Arabs, which requires face-to-face negotiations. ■ Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Blechner of Atlanta announce the engagement of daughter Eileen Ellen to Lt. j.g. Barry I. Benator, son of Mrs. Laura Asher Everett of Norfolk, Va., and Morris Benator of Atlanta.
The Big Event. Intown Jewish Preschool holds its fundraising gala at 6:30 p.m. at Chabad at Emory, 1526 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Tickets are $36; bit.ly/2Do8Gbi (enter the online raffle at intownjewishpreschool.org/bid). Tambourine decorating. The Kehilla in Sandy Springs, 5075 Roswell Road, holds a Rosh Chodesh event for women at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18; www. thekehilla.org/rosh-chodesh.
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Rosh Chodesh. Congregation B’nai Torah Rabbi Joshua Heller leads a discussion about the hidden heroic women of the seder at 7:30 p.m. at MACoM, 700-A Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. A $5 donation is suggested; 404-5499679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
Campus concerns. Seffi Kogen, American Jewish Committee’s director of campus affairs, addresses “From BDS to Intersectionality on Campus” at an AJC University Luncheon at noon (food at 11:45 a.m.) at the AJC Atlanta office in Buckhead. Registration is $10; global. ajc.org/atlanta/ajcuseffikogen. Hillel fundraiser. Billi and Bernie Marcus are honored by Hillels of Georgia during the Campus Top Talent show at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., downtown. Admission is $250 ($150 if you’re under 40); hillelsofgeorgia.org/campustoptalent.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
Book talk. Margery Diamond speaks about her book “Torah and Trails” at 11 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs. Free; www.templesinaiatlanta.org or 404-252-3073. FIDF speaker series. The “Thou Shalt Innovate” author Avi Jorisch speaks at a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Free; advance registration required at fidfse. wixsite.com/israel70speakers/eventdetails-registration. Infertility support. Allies of people with fertility issues are invited to the Jewish Fertility Foundation’s “Loving Someone With Infertility” at 7 p.m. at Jewish Family & Career Services, 4549 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Free; www.jewishfertilityfoundation.org/JFCS (live streaming).
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
Conexx Gala. Conexx presents seven awards, including the Tom Glaser Leadership Award to Benny Landa, at a gala at 6 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead. Admission is $155; www.conexxgala.com. Wine and mikvah. MACoM, 700A Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, holds its “Pre-Passover Sip and Dip” with Rabbi Judith Beiner at 7 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation, with a $25 donation for immersion; info@ atlantamikvah.org or 404-549-9679.
Pink Affair Returns
More than 400 people are expected to dine, dance, bid and provide support for women recovering from breast cancer at the 17th annual Pink Affair on Saturday night, March 24, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. The gala benefits Sandy Springs-based TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a nonprofit organization whose board members, such as Rebekah Wasserman, Scott Rittenberg and Bob Bachrach, and beneficiaries include many members of the Jewish community. Breast cancer survivor Robyn Cohen is scheduled to speak about TurningPoint during the program. The black-tie-optional event, scheduled to run from 6 to 11 p.m., includes a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to a live band. Admission is $150. You can get more information and tickets at pinkaffair18. auction-bid.org/microsite. ■
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Daffodil Dash. Am Yisrael Chai holds its annual 5K and 1-mile fundraising run/walk at 9 a.m. (registration at 8) at Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Registration is $30 until March 23 and $35 on race day or $15 for kids 10 and under; www.daffodildash.org. “Israel at 70: Unfinished.” Center for Israel Education President Ken Stein leads an open discussion at Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road, Sandy Springs, at 9:45 a.m. Free; RSVP to email@example.com.
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Pork in Israel Reflects Clash of Diverse Cultures
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An upscale Tel Aviv restaurant was sued recently over allegations that it served its customers pork when they thought they were ordering veal. Despite a lack of physical evidence, with the restaurant staunchly denying the allegation, the ruling in the class action lawsuit went against the restaurant’s owners. Their punishment: serving free food worth 2.4 million shekels (roughly $700,000) to the restaurants’ customers. The lawsuit received wide press coverage. The judgment fits into a greater question in Israel surrounding the raising of pigs and the availability of pork products. Despite Judaism’s prohibition on eating pork, pigs are raised, slaughtered and processed as food in Israel. Pork, referred to as “white meat” in Hebrew, has been available at numerous restaurants and stores in Israel for decades. Should violations of kosher laws be punishable in Israel? What about eating a cheeseburger? Or drinking
milk with a meat meal? The controversy has a history. In 1961, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion successfully advocated for a law forbidding pig farming in Israel. Shortly after, though, under pressure
Guest Column By Eli Sperling
from France, Israel’s main supplier of military technology at the time, the Knesset amended the bill to allow pork to be raised and consumed in Christian areas of the country. Changing the law received pushback. Many Jews in Israel were outraged that the Knesset sanctioned blasphemous practice. While it remained a domestic issue from the 1960s forward, it was not a priority for many. Kibbutz Mizra, near the Christian Arab city of Nazareth, raised pigs and processed pork products for domestic sale beginning in 1957. Likewise, pork
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Pork products from Kibbutz Mizra are sold in an Israeli grocery store.
steak served in pita with tahini sauce was a popular dish in Tel Aviv at the time. Pork steak was an affordable substitute for beef products that either were expensive or not easily accessible. With pork consumed largely in the Tel Aviv area, a predominantly Jewish but secular city, and in Christian Arab areas, the issue remained a quiet one. In the 1990s, as nearly 1 million
Russian immigrants came to Israel, the debate over pork’s place in Israeli society resurfaced. Many of the immigrants came to Israel with a cultural framework that stood in contrast to much of Israeli society. Despite their Jewish roots, many of the new immigrants consumed pork regularly in the secularized Soviet Union. They wished pork to be a continued eating option. In 2004, addressing the growing outrage of many citizens about the increasing presence of pork, the Israeli Supreme Court made a ruling. To the dismay of many, it said “white meat” could be had. Pork remains widely available in many parts of Israel. This is unlikely to change. Two conclusions: the diversity of religious, cultural and culinary traditions remains ever so present in Israel, and Israel is still defining the applicability of traditional Jewish law to modern practices. ■ Eli Sperling is the Israel specialist and assistant program coordinator for the Center for Israel Education (www. israeled.org).
Today in Israeli History Items provided by the Center for Israel Education (www.israeled.org), where you can find more details. March 16, 1722: Berlin’s Jewish community reorganizes with a new constitution, the Aeltesten Reglement, reinforcing the idea of Jewish autonomy within Prussia. March 17, 1992: Four years after passing the eighth of the Basic Laws meant to serve as the basis of an Israeli Constitution, the Knesset enacts a ninth, Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty. It recognizes that basic human rights in Israel are predicated on the recognition of the value of individuals, the sanctity of life and freedom.
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Rachel Adatto, a Kadima member of the Knesset and former deputy director of Hadassah Hospital, says the “Photoshop Law” could help the 1,500 Israeli teens who develop eating disorders each year.
March 18, 1975: The United States undertakes a “reassessment” of the U.S.-Israel relationship, creating enormous tension between the U.S. executive branch and the Israeli government. March 19, 2012: The Knesset adopts the “Photoshop Law” to prevent adult fashion and commercial models from losing weight to the detriment of their health or appearing unhealthily underweight in ads, negatively affecting body image issues among Israelis. March 20, 1899: The Jewish Colonial Trust is incorporated in London to support the development of the Jewish presence in Palestine through the purchase of land, development of industry, lending of money and establishment of savings banks. March 21, 2013: President Barack Obama delivers an address to the Israeli people in which he emphasizes that “Israel is not going anywhere.” March 22, 1945: The Arab League is formed with the signing of a constitution by six nations.
Tippins Wins Jewish GOP Straw Poll for Governor The candidate with no political experience was the winner of a Republican Jewish Coalition straw poll for Georgia governor Sunday, March 11. Clay Tippins, a business executive and Navy SEAL, was the clear favorite of the more than 100 people who attended the RJC’s job-interview forum among the top five Republicans: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, state Sen. Michael Williams, former state Sen. Hunter Hill and Tippins. Each of the five candidates faced the audience and moderator Chuck Berk, an RJC co-chair, alone for about 20 minutes. Each answered the same four questions about transportation, the economy, education and Israel, then took a few audience questions. In the voting that followed, Tippins was the first choice of 42 percent and the second choice of 26 percent. Hill was the first choice of 26 percent and the second choice of 30 percent. Williams did worst as a first choice, getting 9 percent, but was second-best as a second choice with 27 percent. Kemp and Cagle each got 12 percent of the first-choice ballots. Kemp got 11 percent as a second choice, compared with 6 percent for Cagle. The AJT will post videos and more
“I am proud that our campaign won this straw poll,” Clay Tippins said March 12. “This demonstrates that our outsider brand and unique message will get us across the finish line on May 22.”
details at atlantajewishtimes.com. A few highlights: • Williams claimed the earliest and strongest support for President Donald Trump and dismissed gun control. He noted that after last year’s Las Vegas massacre, he countered calls to ban bump stocks by giving one away. • Williams and Hill called for eliminating the state income tax. Tippins said the rate can be cut below 4 percent. • Kemp came alive when it was suggested that the Republican nominee will likely face former Rep. Stacey Abrams, with whom he has clashed over voter registration, in the general
Photos by Jean Bartlett, courtesy of SOJOURN
SOJOURN Executive Director Rebecca Stapel-Wax is flanked by honorees Judy Marx and Billy Planer.
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Purim off Ponce — known as the Atlanta’s best Purim party and the biggest fundraiser each year for SOJOURN — continued its own sojourn with a new location in its 12th year, The Temple, on Saturday night, March 3. With a fairytale theme, the sold-out party celebrated SOJOURN’s work in education and support for LGBTQ people and honored allies Etgar 36 founder Billy Planer and Interfaith Community Initiatives Executive Director Judy Marx as the winners of 8 the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award. ■
election. “I can’t wait.” Two other Republicans are seeking to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal. Eddie Hayes, a restaurant owner, and Marc Alan Urbach, who ran a write-in campaign for president in 2016. Urbach identified as an Orthodox Jew when he announced his gubernatorial campaign last summer, but he has since embraced Jesus and now calls himself a Christian on his website. Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans are the Democrats running. The qualifying for county, state and congressional seats was March 5 to 9. In the 6th Congressional District, incumbent Karen Handel doesn’t face a primary challenge, but four Democrats are battling to run against her: Jewish businessman Kevin Abel, TV news anchor Bobby Kaple, Lucy McBath and Steven Griffin. The two Jewish members of the legislature, Sen. Renee Unterman and Rep. Michele Henson, are both seeking re-election. Republican Unterman has general-election competition against Jana Rodgers; Democrat Henson faces Joscelyn O’Neil in the primary. Jen Slipakoff has no competition for the Democratic nomination for a West Cobb House seat vacated by Earl
Ehrhart; Ehrhart’s wife, Ginny, and two others are running for the GOP nomination. Alex Kaufman is unopposed for the Republican nomination for an open Sandy Springs House seat and will face Democrat Josh McLaurin in the fall. Michael Wilensky has the Democratic nomination for an open House seat in Dunwoody and will face Republican Kenneth Wright in November. Other Jewish candidates on the ballot for the May 22 primary include: • Lindy Miller, who faces John Noel and Johnny White in the Democratic primary for the right to challenge incumbent Chuck Eaton for a seat on the state Public Service Commission. • Cindy Zeldin, running against Janice Laws in the Democratic primary for insurance commissioner. Three Republicans also are running. • Allan Levine, seeking an open House seat in Cartersville against Matthew Gambill. No Democrat is running. • Gavi Shapiro, challenging Republican incumbent Deborah Silcox for a House seat in Sandy Springs, with Democrat Shea Roberts awaiting the winner. • Bobby Wolf, a member of The Temple, running for an open Fulton County Superior Court seat against Fani Willis and Kevin Farmer. ■
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Iran Betrayed by Leaders
Iran is at fault for its failure to realize an economic boom from oil. Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiators were hopeful the carrot that brought Iran to negotiate, the lifting of crippling economic sanctions in exchange for freezing (not dismantling) a malevolent nuclear weapons program, would be a catalyst for Iranian change. Instead, JCPOA nations see Iran’s continued expansion of state-sponsored terrorism, Iran’s military brazenly threatening the U.S. military in the air and on the sea, and the continued testing of advanced ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. Iran’s objectives are clearer than ever: Middle East hegemony, the destruction of Israel and global expansion. Iran’s threat continues to grow as it increases military involvement in Syria; embeds in Lebanese schools, mosques and homes 150,000 missiles targeting Israeli citizens; arms Hamas in Gaza for attacks on Israeli citizens; and continues adventurism in Yemen and African nations. While Iranian citizens suffer, Iran’s leadership finds billions to fulfill it nefarious objectives. — Steve Oppenheimer, Sandy Springs
I don’t understand how anyone can claim that Mahmoud Abbas opposes violence. He has incited his people to “violently resist the occupation” while refusing to negotiate on Israeli proposals for the establishment of the first-ever Arab state of Palestine. His Palestinian Authority pays handsome stipends to Palestinians who have killed Israelis, with the money given to the murderer’s family if the terrorist is killed or imprisoned. Israel cannot achieve peace by herself. The main impediment is Arab intransigence. It’s long past time that Israel’s right to exist as the nation-state of the Jews in their ancestral homeland is accepted more broadly, especially by the Muslims of the Middle East. — Toby F. Block, Atlanta
Cowards in Congress I was not happy to read Rabbi Scott Saulson’s “political cowardice” statement against President Trump (letters, Feb. 23). His reference to “fellow travelers” probably applies to me. I don’t think his opinions reflect someone who should be giving comfort instead of political jabs. I hope that his statements were submitted before the White House meeting with families and others who shared their feelings and suggestions in an unscripted forum open to the press. I hope that his statements were not based on the similar open forum of mayors and governors the next day. I hope that his statements were not made after hearing what Trump said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Congress, not the president, makes the laws. Killings took place during the Obama administration, and nothing was done, even when Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Trump has done a lot in his first year and would have done more if the Democrats had cooperated. He has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I only wish that the liberals who have gone so far to the left give credit where it is due instead of using misunderstandings as the truth and fake information to keep Jews from following our teachings and commandments. Political cowardice does not apply to the president, but to the people we keep electing to Congress who are more interested in themselves. — Don Memberg, Brookhaven
I was truly shocked to read Harold Kirtz’s description of the briefing Alon Ben-David gave to the participants on a recent leadership trip to Israel (“Atlanta Explores Israel’s Security Options,” March 2). The naiveté indicated a grave misreading of the dangers posed to Israel by the Palestinians. The implication of the discussion of terrorists who have attacked Israelis in recent years is that they were malcontents who acted alone because of personal problems. In fact, they were the desired products of a society that gives its highest honors to people who kill Israelis, a society in which antiJewish invective spews from mosques, schoolrooms and media outlets. If their numbers are relatively few, it is because of the effectiveness of the separation barrier in preventing infiltration over the Green Line, combined with the excellent work of Israeli intelligence units in thwarting terror plots. Maybe Hamas hasn’t shot bullets at Israel in years, but it has lobbed rockets at Israeli population centers and dug tunnels under Israeli territory.
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Palestinians Drive Conflict
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Rare Unanimity Here’s a score you won’t see during NCAA March Madness: 218-0. That’s the combined result of voting in the Georgia Senate (54-0 on Feb. 20) and House (164-0 on March 12) on Senate Bill 356, Holocaust-related legislation introduced by Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R-East Cobb). We’re confident that Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the bill, making the final score 219-0. This legislation fills less than 1½ double-spaced pages but has powerful potential in two areas. The first is the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. The measure ensures bipartisan involvement in the commission’s educational and commemorative efforts by doubling the number of legislators appointed to work with the group. Each chamber now will have two representatives, one from each party. Those lawmakers will be charged with “legislative oversight” of the commission instead of serving as “advisers.” We had concerns that the change might mean unnecessary interference in the commission’s operations, but instead we believe that it will ensure a deeper, more serious commitment to, and understanding of, what the commission does. There’s more to it than the Anne Frank exhibit in Sandy Springs and the annual commemoration at the state Capitol. Kirkpatrick told us in early February that after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle appointed her to the advisory role for the Senate, she proposed the change in the General Assembly’s involvement in the commission to broaden support and help it win more funding. An amendment to her bill in the Senate Urban Affairs Committee will make the funding goal more likely: The legislation moves the commission from the Secretary of State’s Office to the Department of Community Affairs. That simple change in the chain of command means that instead of fighting for scraps in the secretary of state’s limited budget, the commission can vie for a slice of the tens of billions of dollars spent under the authority of the governor. The second part of S.B. 356 clears the way for the commission to design and “place in a prominent location” a Holocaust memorial, using private money. This provision caused some worries because it ignores Atlanta’s historically important, eternally impressive, privately built and maintained Memorial to the Six Million at Greenwood Cemetery. Kirkpatrick acknowledged not knowing about the 53-year-old memorial, but she meant no insult and soon joined Eternal-Life Hemshech for a tour of site. The Memorial to the Six Million is of and for the Jewish community, however. Few outside our community know about it or are likely to stumble upon it in an isolated corner of Southwest Atlanta. A memorial owned and maintained by the state in a prominent location close to the Capitol — perhaps a statue, perhaps an exhibit space — would be a daily reminder to people beyond the Jewish community that Georgia is determined to never forget. It also would reinforce the purpose and value of the late Benjamin Hirsch’s architectural masterpiece at Greenwood Cemetery. ■ AJT Publisher Michael Morris serves on the Commis-
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Agreeing on Ends Is Good Start One side acknowledges Benjamin Netanyahu’s A Temple Sinai presentation by J Street turned faults but obsesses over Mahmoud Abbas. The into an exploration of what it means to be pro-Israel and pro-peace, the two labels the lobby group uses to other acknowledges Abbas’ faults but obsesses over Netanyahu. One side sees the West Bank and Gaza distinguish itself from the larger AIPAC. as a terrorist threat that At least 60 people must be neutralized to save turned out Wednesday, Jews. The other side looks March 7, to hear Alan at the same areas and sees Elsner, a special adviser to Editor’s Notebook enforced suffering that J Street President Jeremy By Michael Jacobs violates Jewish values. Ben-Ami. Elsner, a native firstname.lastname@example.org One side hopes a of England and longtime two-state solution will stop Reuters reporter, laid out vehicles ramming into his pro-Israel bona fides. pedestrians. The other side hopes a two-state soluHe was thrilled by Israel’s military victory in tion will end a callous, violent approach of security 1967, rushed to Israel to volunteer on a kibbutz durforces toward fellow Israelis. ing the Yom Kippur War in 1973, did his Israel DeEach side knows that the concerns of the other fense Forces basic training on the West Bank in 1977, and was already 40 miles into Lebanon with the 1982 are legitimate, but it downplays them while hurling insults. And because the true lines are more anti-J invasion force as Prime Minister Menachem Begin Street and anti-AIPAC than anything else, insults fly. was saying Israel would go only 25 miles. I’m not part of either group, though I have my He has family in Israel, and there’s no reason doubts about whether J Street is a pro-Israel group to doubt he’s a Zionist who believes that Israel must that skews Democratic or a pro-Democratic group end the occupation and separate from the Palestintrying to make Israel supporters comfortable. It’s ians to remain Jewish and democratic. telling that J Street is endorsing more than 140 conOf course, Elsner was echoing what AIPAC CEO gressional candidates this year without finding one Howard Kohr said three days earlier at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington: “We must all work Republican who is “pro-peace and pro-Israel.” But I’m disappointed that people were offended toward that future: two states for two peoples … one even to see J Street at Temple Sinai. We’re too small a Jewish with secure and defensible borders, and one community — locally, nationally and internationally Palestinian with its own flag and its own future. — to assume the worst of one another. Fellow Jews Today that dream seems remote. This is tragic.” who say they’re pro-Israel almost certainly are, even So if J Street and AIPAC share the two-state if they differ on how to show that support. Fellow goal, which means they share the desire to end the Jews who say they’re pro-peace almost certainly are, occupation, what’s the difference? Elsner even said even if they disagree on how to maintain that peace. the Palestinians have no leader with whom to make At the same time, we must have faith in fellow peace and instead are led by a kleptocrat in the 14th Jews’ ability to sort through arguments and eviyear of a four-year term as president. dence. We can’t be afraid that groups we disagree What divides AIPAC and J Street, as in the case with will fool enough people to hurt Israel. It’s better of any two groups of Jews who seem willing to deto counter arguments than to silence them. ■ bate themselves to death, is a matter of priorities.
Stoneman Douglas Alums Teens Aware of What Make Presence Known They’re Going Through 578 events worldwide and counting, but the main march will take place in Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue. The D.C. march is expected to have a large Stoneman Douglas student and alumni presence, but those in Atlanta who can’t make it to the nation’s capital are organizing for the local march. Atlanta has about 150 MSD alumni, if
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not more, and many of us will march while wearing our school T-shirts and holding signs or banners. The Atlanta march will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and end at the Capitol. The event is hosted by March for Our Lives-Atlanta and the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice and is receiving support from a host of other organizations. Everytown for Gun Safety is fighting for commonsense gun reform and has pledged to pay for all security needed at the Atlanta march and a handful of other marches. Giffords, a gun control organization founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, also is lending financial support, pledging to cover travel expenses for many kids attending the D.C. march. There are even rumors that Delta has plans to charter several planes for Stoneman Douglas students and teachers wanting to attend the march in Washington. A strong Stoneman Douglas presence is likely to be felt at the D.C. and Atlanta marches, and both are shaping up to be quite large. The Washington numbers are expected to hit 100,000, and the Atlanta march’s Facebook group is nearing 15,000. Those interested in marching locally can join the Atlanta Facebook group (www.facebook. com/groups/588197671521060) for up-to-date information. D.C. marchers can visit www.facebook.com/ events/157161255003456. ■
Billy Planer logs more hours with teenagers than anyone I know, many of them spent on a bus. Planer’s Etgar 36 Jewish-themed (but open to all) summer trip begins in Atlanta and rolls from coast to coast, visiting historic sites and meeting with people of diverse opinions who are engaged in the major issues of the day. On weekend trips that focus on Southern civil rights history, the passengers may be teens and parents from Jewish congregations (some 50 thus far) or groups from churches and schools. Planer, 51, who grew up at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, created the Etgar (Hebrew for “challenge”) program in 2002. He doesn’t romanticize teenagers, who make up about half the 1,800 people who ride with Etgar 36 annually. “Youth is celebrated in this country — over-celebrated, in my opinion — … and revered and worshipped,” he said during an hour-long cup of coffee. “I don’t worship the kids. I think they’re neat. I think they’re interesting.” Planer admires an entrepreneurial spirit — “You can chart your own course. And, by the way, it’s socially acceptable” — that has imbued teens with an astounding degree of confidence. He also sees deficiencies, some owing to “parents who have connected their own identity to their kids way too much” and others to technology that makes staggering amounts of information and entertainment available yet diminishes personal communication and problem-solving skills. A conversation with Planer is particularly interesting at a time when activist teens are being fitted with a halo and receiving more than the proverbial 15 minutes of fame. Had the teens who survived the slaughter of 14 classmates and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High not responded as they have, this moment would not be happening. But respond they have, in Parkland, Fla., and beyond — motivated by grief, anger and an arrogant belief (which may be age-appropriate) that their time is now and that they will fix what adults have broken. Those who remember the Vietnam War protests will recall the derision heaped on the “long-hair, pot-smoking hippies” who clashed with various forms of authority. Such
generalizations made it easier for “the establishment” to dismiss both messenger and message. The 58,318 names carved into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial cover almost 20 years. With 15,000-plus deaths attributed to gun violence in each of the past two years, it would take fewer than four years to accumulate the same number of
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names for a memorial to those victims. Where young men and women, generally college age and older, were the face of war protests 50 years ago, high-schoolers have become the face of the gun control movement. Those inclined to patronize boys and girls who watched classmates die in front of them might consider this caution from David Bowie’s song “Changes”: And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They’re quite aware of what they’re going through. These children will be voting soon (some this November) and seeking public office not too many years after. This iGeneration, hard-wired to social media, is finding its voice. “They’re cynical but yet don’t feel powerless,” Planer said. “I think it’s a healthy combination of it all, from self-absorption to caring to having the spotlight. That’s quite a cocktail you got there.” The Parkland students and their peers elsewhere may not have been activists the day before, but the Valentine’s Day massacre gave them “skin in the game,” a fear that they are at risk by merely showing up for school. What will become of their activism when the spotlight is off, of course, remains to be seen. Should their elders have faith in them? “As much as we had in any generation,” Planer said. “The kids are all right. But let’s not forget they’re kids. Let’s not make them any better than they are. I think it would help them to realize that they don’t know it all, not 11 yet.” ■ MARCH 16 ▪ 2018
There’s little doubt at this point that the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are making some big changes. They’re meeting with the president. They’re debating with lawmakers across the country. And the fierce resolve of their resistance to more school shootings can be felt around the world. When I was a Douglas student more than 10 years ago, Parkland felt like a bubble. It was an uppermiddle-class community with virtually no crime. Several of my friends lived on properties with horses and rode often. It wasn’t uncommon to drive down the street next to someone mounted on a horse walking beside your car. It was an idyllic way to grow up. To my knowledge, I didn’t know anyone with a gun, and I certainly never saw one at MSD. The shooting at Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14 rocked the nation, and as someone who walked those halls and had connections to many of those teachers, it’s difficult to digest the massacre. MSD alumni worldwide, from 1992 to the most recent graduates, have mobilized in a big way. They’re organizing and assisting in fundraising events benefiting the victims of the shooting. The profits from the sale of various kinds of merchandise bearing the MSD logo are being donated to the Broward Education Foundation. The most immediate and perhaps pressing event on the alumni radar is the March for Our Lives, a movement dedicated to student-led activism to end gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in schools. On Saturday, March 24, people around the world will march to remember the 14 students and three adults killed at Stoneman Douglas and to demand that safety become a priority at schools. March organizers emphasize no political or special-interest agenda except to make schools safe. The march will take place everywhere from Munich to Philadelphia to Brussels, including Atlanta and every other major U.S. city. There are
Purim, Poland Remind Us to Know Our Enemies Our sages taught us: “He who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate.” What does that mean? In modern days we interpret that statement to mean that a forgiving attitude toward one unworthy of forgiveness ultimately constitutes a blow toward the innocent members of society. For example, a government that does not act to suppress terrorism forsakes its obligations toward the safety of its people. Jews around the world recently celebrated Purim. You know that the villain in the story is Haman, but did you know that his full name is Haman the Agagite, meaning the descendant of Agag. Who was Agag? When the Israelites were wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt, they were attacked by the Amalekites. The Israelites survived that encounter, but the incident was not forgotten. Years later, the Israelites’ first king,
Saul, was instructed by G-d through Samuel to kill all the Amalekites. But Saul, with misguided compassion, decided to spare Agag, their king.
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As the story goes, Samuel killed Agag afterward, but nothing is noted about Agag’s wife and children. So it is possible that one of Agag’s descendants centuries later was Haman the Agagite, whose family might have had their own grudges against the Jews. Saul’s failure to wipe out the family of King Agag cost him the kingship of Israel and almost resulted in the extermination of the Jews when Haman persuaded Persian King Ahasuerus to issue a proclamation against the lives of all the Jews in the Persian Empire. The lesson is that compassion is
not always in our best interest. We need to identify our enemies and hold them responsible. We need to be vigilant about those who are anti-Semitic and wish to destroy us, even today. Around the time we were celebrating Purim, Poland criminalized free speech about what happened during the Holocaust. The law imposes fines and prison time for anyone who claims that Poland or the Polish people bore any responsibility for crimes committed by the Nazis on Polish soil. The Israeli government and many Holocaust survivors fear that the true aim of this law is to repress research and debate about Poles and to make it impossible for Polish historians to discuss and record history accurately. Poland’s anti-Semitism predated and postdated the German occupation during World War II. Anti-Semitism was a traditional feature of Polish political and economic life. That anti-Semitic sentiment enabled many Poles to accept Nazi racial theories and persecute the Jews as
vigorously as did the Germans. Jews in at least a dozen towns were killed by the Polish Home Guard, the dominant Polish resistance movement. The March of the Living, a leading Holocaust education program, issued a statement deeply regretting the passage of this law. Although the March of the Living begged the president of Poland to refrain from signing the bill, he did anyway, and the law took effect. Hadassah also issued a statement protesting the Polish law and affirming Hadassah’s stand with the government of Israel, saying, “we have no tolerance for distorting the truth, for rewriting history or for Holocaust denial.” By supporting Hadassah, we not only benefit from lifesaving care and medical research; we also benefit as Jews opposed to anti-Semitism, fighting it wherever new Hamans arise and seek to annihilate us. ■ Livia Sklar is the vice president for education of Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Metulla Group.
Caring for the Refugees Is at Our Core
MARCH 16 ▪ 2018
What defines the Jewish people? While some have argued that Jews are defined as a race or a religion, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, posits that the Jewish people are united over a common story — the story we tell ourselves every year about slavery and freedom. Jews around the world share this common story when we read the Torah, when we bless the wine on Friday night and when we gather around the seder table at Passover. Through those words, through those memories, we are one. The Exodus story is, at its core, a refugee story. We found our way down to Egypt, and we were oppressed there — subjugated, enslaved and abused. As people with different customs and a distinct identity, we were seen as a threat to the ruling power. Through the help of G-d, we were set free, and we traversed the wilderness looking for hope, security and a land we could call home. Each year we read this story and are reminded of who we are. Today, most Jews in the United 12 States are privileged to have put our
years of persecution and wandering behind us and sit comfortably in the land we call home. But roughly 65.6
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million refugees and displaced people in the world lack such privilege. Their homes have been torn apart by war, disease and famine. Many are living their own exodus story, wandering their own wilderness across borders and into camps in search of refuge. Many have nowhere to go but nothing to go back to. This is happening right now to the Rohingya people of Burma, an ethnic minority who have suffered brutal violence and persecution by the Burmese military in Rakhine state, where they have been burned, beaten, raped and murdered in their villages. More than 688,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent months, carrying children, a few belongings and the memories of atrocities that are nothing less than ethnic cleansing.
As we hear the story of the Rohingya people, we feel the familiar pull of our own story. The Burmese military is acting like a modern version of Pharaoh, who also viewed an ethnic minority with contempt and fear: “And he said to his people, ‘Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. Come on, let us deal wisely with them … and so get them out of the land’” (Exodus 1:9-10). The Torah reminds us more than 30 times that we were strangers in the land of Egypt, and so we must never mistreat, abuse or ignore the stranger in our midst. The Torah is teaching us that we must do what we can to prevent the oppression of others. We learn a similar lesson from a modern chapter of the Jewish story: if only world powers had done more when the Nazis occupied Europe and launched the atrocities they perpetrated against the Jews and others during World War II. When the nations of the world had an opportunity to provide refuge to the Jews to prevent their annihilation, they closed their borders and were silent. Because of this complicity, the Nazis weren’t the only people responsible
for the murder, starvation and death by disease of millions of souls. As the great theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Few are guilty, but all are responsible.” Today, we are being given the same test. Rohingya activists are asking for humanitarian aid, sanctions and accountability for the perpetrators of the violence. The bipartisan Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (S.2060) in the Senate is one way the United States can respond to that call. We should all urge Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue to co-sponsor the bill. Our story, our history, our spiritual life all scream at us to not sit idly by. We must act. Whether it is within our community or a world away, the plight of persecuted minorities must be a top concern for all who share in the Jewish story. To do nothing is an abomination to the Almighty and an affront to the memory of our history. ■ Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal is one of the rabbis at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. He was an American Jewish World Service rabbinic fellow from 2014 to 2015 and serves on the AJWS Leadership Council of Atlanta.
Limmud’s Got a Torah Celebration Limmud Atlanta + Southeast is marking its 10th anniversary by holding a talent show with a Torah twist. Atlanta’s Got Torah will feature team performances of biblical texts. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta in Midtown. Federation’s current CEO, Eric Robbins, and chief impact officer, Jodi Lox Mansbach, were driving forces in bringing Limmud to Atlanta a decade ago. Born in England, Limmud is volunteer-driven effort to bring people of all backgrounds and ages together for Jewish learning and community. It started locally with a one-day event March 1, 2008, at Oglethorpe University. Since 2009, its feature event has been LimmudFest at Ramah Darom across Labor Day weekend. Paul Flexner, the president of the Limmud Atlanta board, noted that this fall will be the 10th LimmudFest at Ramah Darom, so “we needed to hold an event in Atlanta to celebrate.” Registration for the festival opens the day of Atlanta’s Got Torah. Limmud seeks 12 to 15 teams representing Jewish organizations to perform a Jewish text that fits the theme of mothers in the Torah or the city of Jerusalem (the event falls on Mother’s Day and Yom Yerushalayim). Most of each team’s members should be adults. Participants have wide leeway in determining what talent to use in their performances of three to five minutes. They could sing, dance, play music, perform magic, juggle — anything that teaches the text and entertains. Meaningful Media’s Ori Salzberg will hold an orientation and brainstorming session Sunday afternoon, March 25, to help teams develop performance ideas. The team entry fee is $120. The winning team will get tickets for a family of five to LimmudFest and, more important, the coveted Atlanta’s Got Torah trophy. You can get details and register at limmudse.org/talent. “We think this is a great opportunity to bring a diverse community of people together to celebrate Torah and Jewish peoplehood in a fun and engaging way,” Flexner said. “It’s just the kind of thing that the Jewish community should be doing and should be having fun doing.” ■
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George Banks (sixth-grader Ben Slakman) realizes that there is more than just order and precision in his home and that spending time with his family is important as Michael (Ari Gordon) and Jane (Eva Beresin) look on with Mrs. Brill (eighth-grader Kiki Starr), Winifred (seventh-grader Miriam Burmenko) and Robertson Ay (fifth-grader Zac Agichtein).
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‘Mary Poppins’ Takes Flight at AJA By Sarah Moosazadeh firstname.lastname@example.org The Atlanta Jewish Academy Middle School pulled off a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of “Mary Poppins” for its spring musical, with performances Wednesday, March 7, Thursday, March 8, and Sunday, March 11. Seventh-grader Sara Goldberg brought the beloved nanny to life
through classic songs such as “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” alongside seventh-grader Jordan Joel as Bert, fifth-grader Ari Gordon as Michael Banks and seventhgrader Eva Beresin as Jane Banks. The Bird Lady, played by sixthgrader Mollie Glazer, stole the show with her rendition of “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag).” See more photos at atlantajewishtimes.com. ■
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BUSINESS AtlantaFresh Closing
Norcross-based AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery announced Friday, March 2, that it can’t survive the cancellation of a contract with Whole Foods Market and is shutting down. CEO Ron Marks, who is Jewish, said the company laid off 32 employees while winding down operations. AtlantaFresh, whose focus was Greek yogurt, was profitable for nine years until Whole Foods canceled a sevenyear purchasing contract in September. Whole Foods was AtlantaFresh’s biggest customer and had carried the products of the small business for eight years, but, as the AJT reported last fall, that relationship ended after Amazon bought the grocery chain. Whole Foods was carrying AtlantaFresh Greek yogurt in 180 stores across 20 states and was the creamery’s primary customer when it proposed also using AtlantaFresh as a supplier of certified non-GMO milk and cream for 110 stores. Whole Foods lent AtlantaFresh $500,000, and the creamery took on an additional $2 million in debt to double the size of its production facility to fulfill the contract to supply 30,000 gallons of milk per week. AtlantaFresh started delivering the milk in July 2016 but found itself drowning in debt and excess capacity when Whole Foods canceled the contract. AtlantaFresh tried to boost sales to Publix and other groceries, but the efforts weren’t sufficient. Marks said in a news release that Whole Foods senior management had discussed a financial settlement to help AtlantaFresh but did not follow through. Another victim of the canceled contract is Hart Agriculture, the dairy farmer contracted to supply milk to AtlantaFresh. It closed Newberry Farm, its grass-fed, certified 100 percent nonGMO dairy farm in Waynesboro, because of the lost business.
Gordon Leaving City Service
Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordon is leaving his municipal position to take a job in the private sector as a senior executive, according to a city announcement Friday, March 9. “I want to thank Dan for his dedication and leadership to the city of Atlanta,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. “He has worked tirelessly to improve the efficiency of our daily operations and played a significant Dan Gordon role in closing complex transactions. His compassion for our employees, constituents and the community is commendable. I am appreciative of Dan’s willingness to assist with our transition.” Bottoms’ predecessor, Kasim Reed, hired Gordon in 2015. “I am deeply grateful to Mayor Reed and Mayor Bottoms for the opportunity to serve our community. It has been an honor to work under such talented and visionary leaders. I am so proud of what we have accomplished,” said Gordon, who was recognized by the AJT in 2015 as one of Jewish Atlanta’s 40 Under 40. Gordon played a key role in transactions such as the city’s annexation of Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; a 20year lease and use agreement for Delta Air Lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, leading to $6 billion in investments at the airport; and the sale of Underground Atlanta. During Gordon’s time as COO, Atlanta’s cash reserves rose to a record of more than $200 million, and the city achieved an AA+ credit rating from all three major agencies. The city also improved in areas ranging from information systems downtime to crime.
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Conexx Honoree Landa Envisions a Better World By Cady Schulman email@example.com
MARCH 16 ▪ 2018
Israeli inventor Benny Landa has had a successful career with several companies and 800 patents to his name, but he jokes about his biggest miss: He didn’t invent the iPhone. “That would have been the killer,” Landa said with a chuckle. Landa, who once owned Indigo Printing and now runs The Landa Group, is receiving the 2018 Tom Glaser Leadership Award from Conexx: America Israel Business Connector at the annual Conexx Gala on Thursday, March 22, at the Atlanta History Center. “I’m very honored,” Landa said. “I was totally unaware of the existence of the award until I got the letter saying it had been awarded to me. Since then, I looked it up and am truly honored.” Landa has invention and entrepreneurship in his blood. As a child, Landa saw his father, a carpenter, build his own invention, a large wooden camera. The contraption was an all-in-one photo booth with a camera and darkroom. Pictures taken with the camera printed directly onto paper, which meant film
Tom Glaser Leadership Award winner Benny Landa decided at some point that rather than just change the printing industry, he would change the world.
wasn’t needed. Landa spent his childhood assisting his father in printing photographs in what he says was the first foray into digital printing — something to which he eventually dedicated his life. “It was all predestined,” Landa said. “It was preordained that this is what I would do as a child. My dad did this in an era before the world of digital. He did basically what I did: printing
without printing plates or films.” In 1977, Landa founded Indigo Digital Press, using the filmless imaging concept his father had created. By 1993, Landa had created the E-Print 1000, a digital color printing press. This press bypassed the costly, time-consuming process of setting up printing plates. The press applied small color particles to paper using an electric charge. Using this technology, images could be printed directly onto paper from computer files. In 2002, Landa sold Indigo to Hewlett-Packard in an $850 million deal, something he said he never thought he would do when he started. Selling his company was the first step in following his new dream: turning low heat into electricity using nanotechnology. The Landa Group is working on thermal energy conversion. In the next decade, Landa said, he should have his first energy conversion project completed, which will enable mobile devices to be charged. This project has been in the works since he founded The Landa Group in 2003. “You could do something more profound than printing,” Landa said he realized. “You could save the planet. You could turn the heat around you to useful power. It’s there, and it’s free, and it will be there forever.” There’s not one invention he loves over the others, Landa said. His creations range from nano pigments for printing to metallization and graphics. “The reason I love them all is that we try to do research in virgin territory, to go places that no one has ever been before,” he said. “If you do research in the cutting edge of your field, you have a good chance of being the first one to discover the problems in that area. If you’re the first one to discover the
problem, you have a good chance at being the first one to invent a solution. Unique solutions make great patents. “I have the privilege of running a group of companies, Landa Labs, (on the) cutting edge in various fields and transforming (them). That’s an amazing thing. We’re transforming digital printing, transforming hair color, just one after the next. We will be transforming solar energy.” Digital printing is a vibrant, growing industry, one that will always be in demand, Landa said. While many people think of newspapers and magazines when they hear “digital printing,” Landa said the field encompasses much more, such as packaging for food sold in grocery stores. “As long as people buy products and buy goods, there will always be printing,” he said. “Less than 3 percent of printing has become digital so far. This industry will be transformed to digital, and now I think the entire world will realize that. When we started, it was all uphill, trying to convince people that the future is digital. Today, everyone gets it. Now, (the question is) at what pace will it accelerate. And now it really is accelerating.” Landa is one of Israel’s most creative inventors and has proved himself an exemplary ambassador and strong leader furthering U.S.-Israel business ties, Conexx President Guy Tessler said. Landa chose to establish the North American headquarters of Rehovot-based Landa Digital Printing in Alpharetta. “The world would be much different without his sense of innovation and unique inventions,” Tessler said. What would Landa’s father think about where his son has taken digital printing and solar energy conversion? Landa said he would have died from pride. “It didn’t matter what I did; he was always very proud,” Landa said. “The big thrill for him was me working with him. He was thrilled with every little thing I did and showed off everything I did. That faith is the greatest gift that a person could ever get. Most people don’t get that lucky, don’t grow up feeling that they can do anything and that someone has such blind faith. It is a blessing.” ■ What: Conexx Gala Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 Tickets: $155; www.conexxgala.com
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The group home is fully licensed for yearround living for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Eric M. Robbins Group Home, named for the Jewish Federation CEO and former Camp Twin Lakes CEO, is in Rutledge.
The home is on Twin Lakes’ Rutledge campus, about 45 minutes east of Atlanta. The nonprofit partners in the venture are looking for people to live in the home, home care workers and house managers to support the resi-
dents, and nearby jobs for the residents. “There are several former campers with medical and life challenges for whom the opportunity to live at camp would be a dream come true.” Twin Lakes CEO Jill Morrisey said. “Camp
Twin Lakes is excited to deepen our impact for campers all year long.” With the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the JF&CS/Camp Twin Lakes partnership began in 2012, and they raised money for and built the group home. It was finished in 2015, beginning the licensure process. Camp Twin Lakes Chief Operating Officer Dan Matthews said the camp is committed to offering jobs to the residents within camp operations, from food service to the farm. “We are also committed to ensuring that the residents have opportunities to be a part of our local Morgan County community.” ■
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Jewish Family & Career Services and Camp Twin Lakes have opened a fully licensed group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Eric M. Robbins Group Home will help residents be as independent as possible while they live, work and play in an inclusive environment. “This is the ideal partnership, allowing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have an affordable home of their own, along with opportunities for employment and community involvement,” said LaWanda Crawl, the director of intellectual and developmental disabilities services at JF&CS.
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Hebrew Immersion Builds Bond to Judaism
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By Sarah Moosazadeh firstname.lastname@example.org
Hebrew immersion programs at Jewish day camps offer benefits that persuade some parents to enroll their kids every summer. Learning Hebrew helps kids connect with Israel and their Judaism, Camp Isidore Alterman Director Abby Paulson said. The Marcus JCC helps build that bridge at Isidore Alterman through its Hebrew immersion program, Gesher. As one of nine day camps in North America running Hebrew immersion programs, the camp hires staff members who speak only Hebrew during everyday camp activities such as arts and crafts, archery, sports, and swimming. The immersion program works with campers from kindergarten through third grade and runs four or eight weeks alongside Isidore Alterman’s traditional day camp. Gesher stems from a national immersion program, Kayitz Kef (summer of fun). In addition to the Marcus JCC’s Dunwoody campus, the program operates at JCC camps in Palo Alto, Calif., Toronto, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland and at Ramah camps in Nyack, N.Y., Philadelphia and Washington. The program has grown annually since its inception four years ago, Paulson said. That growth has come with few setbacks, she said. Only one person has dropped out, after deciding that the program was not a good fit. “While it is a very intense program, the kids and parents know that going into it,” she said. The bond counselors form with campers extends beyond the camp, Paulson said, to each camper’s family. “We sometimes have families invite the counselors and kids for a barbecue or a pool party because they share a unique connection.” Because many campers attend a Jewish day school or have one or two Israeli parents, they are not likely to forget the language during the school year, Paulson said. “They are not going home having long-winded conversations, but they are able to pick up words and phrases which they pronounce a month after they have left the program.” Paulson said the JCC’s facilities and the program pair well to offer the opportunity to learn Hebrew in an immersive environment, something not all organizations can provide.
A camper must match the Hebrew word with the body part of the lion during a game in Camp Isidore Alterman’s Gesher program last summer.
“The kids not only have access to the pools, ropes and archery, but also different activities they can do with the added value of Hebrew,” she said. There are many reasons the Hebrew immersion program is useful, Paulson said. “Some may want to retain the language outside school, or parents may want their children exposed to another language. But at the end of the day, it may be because parents want more than just a day camp for their kids. They want an experience, which they certainly receive at Gesher.” There is a difference between Hebrew immersion and Hebrew infusion, said Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion contemporary studies professor Sarah Bunin Benor, who is writing a book with Brandeis associate professor Jonathan Krasner and research affiliate Sharon Avni: “Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps.” Benor said immersion is a technique educators use to engage participants through intensive hearing and speaking methods, while infusion is the process of incorporating elements of a specific language into an environment that is primarily conducted in another language. Immersion creates precision, but she said infusion builds a connection to the language. But Benor said immersion is much more effective in creating Hebrew proficiency because camps tend to use the language for many activities and announcements. “I think a lot of Jewish parents see Hebrew as a special language,” she said, “and the importance of Hebrew knowledge as a way to understand Jewish textual traditions as well as a connection to Israel and Jews all over the world.” ■
CAMPS Shavuot Retreat at Ramah
A Shavuot retreat will kick off a partnership between the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center at Ramah Darom and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies to provide dynamic learning, exciting educators and experiential programming in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Shavuot program runs from Friday to Tuesday, May 18 to 22. Participants will study Torah in pairs, learn from Pardes faculty members, engage in activities for all ages, and eat kosher food. The retreat is open to Ramah Darom and Pardes alumni and friends and to newcomers to their programs. The faculty scheduled for the retreat are Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Rabbi Meir Schweiger, Rabbi Sarah Mulhern and Rabbi William Friedman. “We’re thrilled to build an exciting Shavuot program together where we can utilize the strengths of both of our organizations to create rich and deep Jewish learning experiences,” said Rabba Epstein, Pardes’ director of education for North America. Ramah Darom and Pardes are working to enhance their programming and instill a lifelong love of Jewish living and learning to a broader audience. Ramah Darom is establish-
ing partnerships to bring leading organizations to the 122acre Clayton campus. “As we grow our portfolio of experiential learnRabba Yaffa ing opportunities Epstein throughout the year, we wanted to include a program which focuses on exploring the richness of our sacred texts in a relatable and accessible way for an audience of diverse Jewish practice and background,” said Eliana Leader, the director of the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center and a member of the AJT’s 2017 40 Under 40. “With Pardes’ expertise in exciting, dynamic, inclusive, text-based learning and Ramah Darom’s extraordinary experiential programming and quality lodging and hospitality, we will be offering an unparalleled opportunity to bring Torah to life,” she said. All-inclusive rates for the retreat range from $250 to $750 for adults and $100 to $150 for ages 3 to 17. Children 2 and younger are free. Get more details and register at ramahdarom.org/shavuot. ■
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Enrolling in summer camp is inconceivable for many children diagnosed with cancer. But this June the Sunrise Association is opening Aurora Day Camp, its eighth camp and first in Atlanta, for children who have cancer and their siblings. Georgia has several sleepaway camps, but this is the state’s first fullsummer day camp that gives children who are in active or follow-up cancer treatment the chance to regain the joys of childhood. The camp accepts kids ages 3½ to 16 and takes place at the Davis Academy, about seven miles from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. In addition to the counselors and unit heads, the camp will have a medical team on site, as well as a wellness center coordinator, two nurses and a medical coordinator, plus an on-call doctor. Samantha Tanenbaum, Aurora’s director of camp and year-round programs, said the camp and all its services for each family will be free. There will be weekly themes and decorations to help transform the school into a camp, Tanenbaum said. To help pay for giveaways and some supplies, Tanenbaum’s mother, Randi Gannon, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $2,000. Tanenbaum said her mother, a teacher in South Florida, launched the page because she supports her work and because she wanted to get her community and school involved in a good cause. The camp has the know-how and tools to ensure campers have a magical and fun time, Executive Director Gregory Hill said, but Aurora camp needs donors and the community’s support to be sustainable. “We are looking for enthusiastic, talented and caring individuals who are committed to making this dream a reality for our campers.” People have already expressed gratitude for the camp, Tanenbaum said. “People have said how excited they are and how it is a huge weight off their shoulders knowing that this program is free for their child with cancer and their sibling.” She added, “They are moved to tears that we are going to be able to provide this to them and more, so that we are a highly personalized program.”
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Children may attend for a day, a week or 6½ weeks, Tanenbaum said. The camp hopes to enroll 100 children this summer, but families can wait until the last minute to enroll to be sure their children are well enough to attend because there is no deadline to apply. “Everything is on their terms, and our philosophy is to be as accommodating as possible, which really resonates with people,” said Tanenbaum, formerly the community camp ambassador for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. In 2006 a Jewish community center in New York opened a day camp that served 96 children with cancer. The program spread, and the Sunrise Association grew to seven day camps before Aurora’s opening: three in New York (Long Island, Pearl River and Staten Island); three in Israel (Beit Yehoshua, Be’er Sheva and Ramat Yochanan); and Horizon Day Camp in Baltimore. Tanenbaum said Aurora will offer everything from sports, arts, drama and creative writing to gymnastics and will have special events, such as a carnival at which Circus Camp will work with the kids. “We don’t look at our campers as a child with cancer or a child that doesn’t have hair, we look at them as Brian and Sarah, who love horseback riding and scuba diving,” Tanenbaum said. “We get to know them for who they are, and it doesn’t matter that they have cancer because it doesn’t define them.” Hill said, “Everything that we are doing is an attempt to bring childhood back to these children and offer them an opportunity where they can just be kids and participate in the same activities that their peers take for granted.” ■
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Rabbi Brad Levenberg (left), Bobby Harris and Beth Schafer lead a Facebook Live healing service Feb. 15, the day after Camp Coleman alumna Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Jewish Camps Offer Refuge After Tragedies By Sarah Moosazadeh firstname.lastname@example.org Jewish summer camps in Georgia have experienced a painful offseason. The 17 people slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 included Camp Coleman alumna Alyssa Alhadeff and four other Jewish students, and many students at the heavily Jewish public school had ties to Coleman, Camp Ramah Darom or Camp Barney Medintz in the North Georgia mountains. The Ramah Darom family already was reeling from a plane crash in Costa Rica that killed campers Hannah and Ari Weiss in late December. Atlanta families have felt connected to the disasters through the camps, whose directors — Camp Coleman’s Bobby Harris, Camp Ramah Darom’s Geoff Menkowitz and Camp Barney Medintz’s Jim Mittenthal — spoke about the lingering impact as they plan for the summer. “The effects of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas have rippled through the Camp Ramah Darom family,” Menkowitz said. Counselors have reached out to families whose children attend the school and will monitor them at camp over the summer. “Each kid will move through grief (and) understanding and process the tragedy in different ways, but it’s our responsibility to effectively communicate with families and make sure we are prepared for the kids when they return under our care,” he said. Ramah Darom has established the Weiss Family Scholarship Fund to honor Floridians Leslie, 50, and Mitchell Weiss, 52, and their children, Hannah, 19, and Ari, 16, who were among nine people in two Jewish families killed in
the December plane crash. Donations can be made at ramahdarom.org/Weiss-family-scholarshipfund. “It’s been difficult to watch all the members of the community walk through this hard time but inspiring to see all the people connected to our camp community supporting each other and taking action to advocate for change,” Menkowitz said. The day after the Parkland shooting, Harris and Temple Sinai Rabbi Brad Levenberg and Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer led a Camp Coleman healing service via Facebook Live. Harris said some campers have kept in touch with counselors, some of whom traveled to Florida for funerals and other services alongside youths who attended Camp Coleman or were at Stoneman Douglas during the massacre. “The counselors and the unit heads felt the desire to show up and be there for the kids because we all know that counselors can be role models in life and can be people we can go to because they continue to have a bond or relationship with the campers,” Harris said. Harris said some kids asked him whether they could organize a drive to dedicate a swing in memory of Alhadeff. He said the swing is a place where campers create connections, conversations and memories, so it symbolizes what camp is about. One youth asked community members to help create a book with photographs and memories of Alhadeff, to be sent to her parents, Harris said. “The idea is for her parents to understand the impact she had on others while at camp and learn about a part of her life and who she was while they
www.atlantajewishtimes.com He said what makes him emotional sometimes is the number of affected families who have told him how grateful they are that not only their neighbors, but also people from Barney have reached out to them. Rather than feel any nervousness about leaving families for a month or two this summer, campers are looking It has been “inspiring to see all the people connected to our camp community supporting each other,” Camp Ramah Director Geoff Menkowitz says.
“These kids … are counting down the days to experience what they feel at camp every summer,” Camp Barney Medintz Director Jim Mittenthal says.
were not there.” Counselors and campers have had a lot of interaction since the Parkland shooting, Harris said. “We know that coming back to camp will be some place campers can reconnect and help take care of each other and are taking the steps to prepare a safe experience for them,” he said. Harris said Coleman has social workers on site and is working with Jewish Family & Career Services to deal with any situation. JF&CS is offering individualized meetings for each camp, as well as sessions for the camp administrators and staff on how to process and manage feelings, said Dan Arnold, the director of clinical services for JF&CS. He said JF&CS is providing literature for adults to help them recognize when a child is grieving or otherwise needs additional support. “We know that kids aren’t always able to verbalize feelings or are comfortable asking for support, but this is a great way for adults to be on the lookout,” Arnold said. JF&CS will invite the camps this summer to contact the agency if they need additional assistance from JF&CS’ counselors. “We are committed to supporting our community partners and managing the strong feelings related to the Parkland shooting, but also the staff members and the counselors, because we know those relationships were present, and they may also be affected,” Arnold said. Camp Barney, which has access to emergency response units, sheriff’s deputies, emergency medical services and homeland security, will offer special programs for campers to express themselves should they feel any posttrauma effects, Mittenthal said. “The intentionality is something that is paramount for us,” he said. “Whether it was bomb threats to the JCC about a year ago or similar events, they remind us to go through our very,
very long checklist.” Mittenthal said he prolifically writes about everything that is seen and not seen, meaning everyone working behind the scenes, to keep Camp
Barney safe each summer. Many people connected to Camp Barney have felt the impact of the Parkland shooting, Mittenthal said, whether they live in Atlanta or South Florida.
forward to renewing their camp community, he said. “These kids were in the same units, went to each other’s bar and bat mitzvahs, and realize they are going to live in this atmosphere for the next several months,” Mittenthal said, “but are counting down the days to experience what they feel at camp every summer.” ■
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“Coming back to camp will be some place campers can reconnect and help take care of each other” Camp Coleman Director Bobby Harris says.
David Rosenberg’s unexpected death is a reminder of how the friendships made at Jewish summer camps endure.
Camp Memories Cushion Pain of Friend’s Death
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We walked in silence on the long, winding path to the covered gravesite. Despite the unseasonably warm day, a blustery wind whipped the trees, triggering a lone wind chime that sent its gentle tune along the breeze. Gravestones festooned with flags and faux flower arrangements dotted the landscape as we slowly made our way to the tented ground that would be our friend’s final resting place. Funerals are never easy, but paying respects to a childhood friend who died unexpectedly is especially hard to grasp. I’m 47 years old, and while I’m well aware that death is inevitable, it did not occur to me that I would attend a memorial service for a friend, David Rosenberg, at this age. While I’m thankful he did not suffer long, I have a hard time coming to grips with the fact that he was taken so quickly and seemingly without warning. Though I had seen David only occasionally in recent years, I spent many summers with him at Camp Judaea and Camp Tel Yehudah, and that collective experience still resonates with all of us who were fortunate enough to have lived it. My daughter will soon spend her sixth summer at Camp Judaea, and I am thrilled beyond belief that she too now knows what a special time and place camp can be. I heard about his passing the way most breaking news is shared these days: on Facebook. At first, posted photos and cryptic comments referencing the heartbreak associated with his circumstances were puzzling to me. But it soon became apparent that something
was very, very wrong. I called a friend from CJ, who confirmed my suspicions, and soon enough those same Facebook posts were overflowing with comments from camp friends also grappling with this sudden, horrible turn of events.
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One of our own had been taken. Childhood ended for me many decades ago, but somehow my memories of camp have remained suspended in time. Perhaps I’m fortunate that I’m still in touch with many who shared those days with me, and several of us reconnect each year as we watch our children unpack in the same bunks we shared as kids back in the ’70s and ’80s. The friendships formed at camp seemed impervious to time or distance, and it never dawned on me that those indelible bonds we were creating would one day be severed by our eventual deaths. As a child, I looked forward to camp in a way that can only be explained to others who also longed for that home away from home. These were friends I connected with primarily once a year, on another level, in a way that was incredibly intense and meaningful. I remember coming home each year in tears and desperately counting the days until the following summer. In a time before social media, I
would run up the phone bill keeping in touch with my closest camp friends, and I know my parents paid a small fortune developing dozens of tiny film canisters carefully tucked away in the depths of my enormous trunk. I still have some of those post-camp letters, handwritten and flooded with emotion and teen angst, stuffed in an old shoebox in my basement. Now, as I watched, grief-stricken, as we said our final goodbyes to our friend, I couldn’t help but think of how fitting it was that David’s death brought us together again. How fortunate we were to have shared those special times and to recall them, even as we mourned the loss of one of our own. In Jewish tradition, funerals are typically held within a day or two of a death, and I always marvel at the
ability of loved ones and friends to mobilize so quickly to pay their respects. Judging by the crowd that day, David was much beloved throughout his life, but it was the presence of so many of us who lived together all those years ago at Camp Judaea that resonated with me. Despite the different directions our lives had taken, that camp connection remained and brought us together again for a very different kind of meaningful, shared experience. My own parents met at summer camp, and I know they too have said their final goodbyes to camp friends over the years. I do not look forward to this inevitable circle of life, but I will forever be grateful for the camp ties that bind, and I know that even death cannot erase those cherished memories. ■
Memorial Cabin Planned
Camp Judaea meant so much to David Rosenberg that friends and family are raising money to name a new cabin at the North Carolina camp after him. The cost to dedicate a cabin is $180,000, and, according to a GoFundMe campaign launched Monday, March 5, by Al Cohn of Birmingham, close friends and family have pledged about $100,000 toward the total. The online crowdfunding campaign aims to raise the remaining $80,000. Donations at www.gofundme.com/david-rosenberg-memorial-cj-cabin topped $7,400 in the first three days. “One of David’s greatest loves was Camp Judaea (CJ), the summer camp that he attended as both a camper and a counselor. This camp gave rise to many of David’s David Rosenberg’s standard camp most long-standing and meaninguniform involved the red and black ful friendships and was pivotal of the University of Georgia. in the development of his own personal Jewish identity. Camp Judaea was also where David’s extended family spent many of their summers as campers and staff, as well. This allowed CJ to serve as a constant venue for making memories and enjoying time with his large, extended circle of cousins, along with the many individuals he thought of as family,” the campaign page reads. “Throughout his life, he remained a devoted supporter and enthusiast of Camp Judaea, to the extent that he fostered the same sense of wonderment and excitement about CJ in his son, Evan, who still attends CJ as one of the many happy next generation of enthusiastic campers.” Rosenberg, who lived in Johns Creek, died Feb. 14 at age 47 from complications related to the flu. “There is no legacy more appropriate to memorialize our beloved David than a permanent structure that improves the experience for the future generations of CJ campers. (With exception, perhaps, of a large statue of a Georgia Bulldog),” the GoFundMe campaign says. ■
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Training for ELI Talks Fine-Tunes Planer’s Pitch By Tracy Frydberg
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When Billy Planer saw a call for ELI Talks’ Speaker Fellowship last spring, he knew he had to apply. Planer, the founder of Etgar 36, which engages teenagers on the important issues of the day through the lens of civil rights history, said he experienced a roller coaster of emotions from the time he started the ELI fellowship to the moment he stepped in front of the camera to give his talk at the Breman Museum in Midtown in the fall. From start to finish, he said, participating in the ELI Talks Speaker Fellowship was a valuable experience, and he recommends that anyone else with a special Jewish idea should apply. Originally imagined as the Jewish version of TED Talks, ELI Talks leverages digital technology to create online Jewish discourse. The fellowship brings together new Jewish voices from across North America to present their “inspired Jewish ideas” to a larger audience. Talks are videotaped and placed on ELI’s website (elitalks.org), where anyone is free to watch and weigh in. After being accepted into the program, participants spend close to six months working with professional coaches and the ELI staff to refine their speeches, which they then present in front of a live crowd at the end of the fellowship. The ELI Talks experience also is enriching for the community hosting the presentations. ELI Talks worked with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to present three nights of speakers at the Breman, all open to the public. In addition to Planer, Dena Schusterman, Ilana Kurshan, Madi-
son Jackson, Samantha Hauptman, Sara Kupfer, Tzivie Pill, Aharon Ariel Lavi, Dovid Bashevkin, David Gottlieb, Moshe Hecht, Zelig Golden, Bradley Caro Cook, Jhos Singer, Lauren Tuchman, Sharon Weiss-Greenberg and Susan Horowitz spoke. When ELI Talks “approached me about partnering, I didn’t hear partnership; I heard gift,” Federation CEO and President Eric M. Robbins said. “I heard, ‘We want to bring some of the most innovative, creative, inspiring Jewish thinkers who aren’t the typical Jewish thinkers to your community, and we want to activate Jewish thinkers that live within your community to give them the tools to present what they know.’ That’s a gift.” With ELI Talks preparing to reveal this year’s fellows, Planer spoke about what participants can expect to experience and gain, personally and professionally, based on his participation. Planer had spent years talking about Etgar 36 by the time he was accepted to ELI but came into the program ready to expand on his familiar pitch. Like most fellows, Planer added the training and preparation to a long list of responsibilities, but he said the time and effort were a worthwhile investment. “It was a tremendous experience from top to bottom, filled with the entire emotional range of excitement to do it and then feeling like ‘Do I really want to put the work in?’ because it coincided with a 36-day summer program that I run for teenagers going across America,” Planer said. While running his teen program, “I had to have phone consultations with the performance coach they give you. But I have got to say, looking back,
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like anything that requires effort, it was really worth it,” he said. The training “made me expand my abilities and challenge myself in ways that I normally wouldn’t.” Planer said one of the most valuable parts of the experience was the direct mentorship he received from Mary Rubenstein, ELI Talks’ director, who helped infuse Jewish text and ideas into his talk in ways that Planer said he would not have considered on his own. “Mary really challenged me and actually spent time learning text with me that could be applicable to what I was doing,” he said. Normally, “that’s not what I do,” Planer said. “This didn’t feel initially comfortable, but (Rubenstein) made me see that, yes, I can still be authentically me and stay true to my message” while incorporating complex Jewish ideas and texts. “Now I have even more tools in my toolkit to bring out,” he said. “What I love about Billy is that he presented us with an idea — the idea of holding space to have conversations between people who hold opposing views — that was obviously born out of his Jewish experiences, but he was entirely insistent that it wasn’t,” Rubenstein said about working with Planer. “I so enjoyed learning texts with him that, yes, added sources and depth to his talk, but, more importantly, that gave him a healing experience and allowed him to come to Judaism on his own terms and allow him to own the role it has played in his history, in his present and in his inspired Jewish idea,” she said. In addition to forming relationships with the ELI team, Planer developed a sense of community with the other 16 fellows. While the 2017 fellows were spread
across the country, they created virtual connections before coming together in Atlanta to give their talks. “For the most part, (the fellowship) is about individual effort, but you know you have a cohort out there that is also doing the work. So on Facebook and email, we created a community,” Planer said. By the time the night of his presentation rolled around in the first week of September, Planer was ready to take the makeshift stage in the middle of the Breman’s exhibit on the history of the Jewish Educational Loan Fund. “Like any time you get in front of the audience, the adrenaline rush was the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Planer said. Leading up to that moment, “the support given by the ELI Talks staff, from Mary to the coaches, was tremendous.” Planer’s 10-minute talk focuses on the importance of exposing Jewish youths to a diversity of opinions and experiences to prepare them to become the next generation of informed and thoughtful leaders. It starts with the crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. “The basis of the talk is something I’ve been working on for years — it’s what I do — so what ELI Talks really challenged me to do was to bring even stronger Jewish content to the talk that I usually give,” Planer said. His talk has been viewed more than 1,500 times since being posted late in 2017, and Planer said that audience is in part the result of ELI Talks’ promotional efforts after uploading the video. “The promotion of my talk was tremendous,” he said. The ELI Talks staff “posted and made the general public aware of the talk. They did a great job of that. I was leading a group trip for a synagogue about a month ago and someone said, ‘I have seen your talk. I know you.’” On a professional level, participating in ELI Talks promoted the Etgar 36 brand and exposed Planer and his initiatives to a wider audience than he generally would have reached on his own. On a personal level, Planer said he grew and is now armed with a finely tuned pitch he is ready to give to any audience. “The results are worth the effort and any trepidation or questions you might have. You get pushed and challenged and supported in so many great ways,” he said. “You walk away, A, with a talk you can give to anybody and any time, and, B, you are challenged and pushed in ways that we might not do ourselves. But there’s tremendous support behind us.” ■
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www.atlantajewishtimes.com www.atlantaworkshopplayers.com For ages 10 to 18, the camp offers residential and day options for the VIP Movie Camp from July 12 to 22, residential and day options for the Performing Arts Intensive from July 16 to 21, and a nonresidential Advanced Musical Theatre from July 23 to 27. Full-day (ages 7 to 16) and half-day (6 to 13) performing arts camps are available July 23 to 27. June 1 is the deadline for early-bird prices. Atlanta’s Rock ‘n Blues Camp 1911 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta 30329 404-202-6044 www.rockandbluescamp.com The fee is $485 per session or $885 for two. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9:30 to 2:30 on Friday. Blue Star Camps 179 Blue Star Way Hendersonville, NC 28739 828-692-3591, www.bluestarcamps.com First to 11th grades, with one-week, twoweek and full-season sessions between June 3 and July 29. The cost per session varies from $1,350 to $8,000. Break Into Business Camp Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Midtown 404-997-2557, www.breakintobusiness. com The Bush Centre for Ballet 6215 Blackwater Trail, Sandy Springs 30328 404-256-5542, www.bushballetcentre. com Camp Alefbet Preschool at Congregation Beth Shalom 5303 Winters Chapel Road Dunwoody 30360 770-399-7622 www.alefbetpreschool.com Nine weeks of summer fun from June 4 to Aug. 3, with a registration fee of $75. Each week, your 1- to 4-year-old will explore our themes in a hands-on, sensory, creative way. Campers will enjoy water play, art, sports, music and movement, Shabbat celebrations, and more with an experienced, warm, educated staff. Flexible hours, days and weeks. Camp Barney Medintz 4165 Highway 129 North Cleveland 30528
Four one-week sessions: June 4 to 8, June 11 to 15, June 18 to 22, and July 30 to Aug. 3. Tuition is $240 per week. 706-865-2715 Winter address: 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338 678-812-3844, www.campbarney.org Four-week programs June 3 to 28 and July 1 to 26 for campers completing second to 10th grades. Two-week programs June 3 to 14 and June 17 to 28 for campers completing second to sixth grades, July 1 to 12 and July 15 to 26 for campers completing second to fourth grades. Camp Barney Medintz is the residential summer camp of the Marcus JCC in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 540 acres surrounding two private lakes. Camp Bee Jay Beth Jacob Preschool 1855 LaVista Road, Atlanta 30329 678-244-6659 www.bethjacobatlanta.org/preschool June 11 to Aug. 2, participate in one week or all eight. Full day is 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; half-day is 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Camp Blue Ridge Highway 441 and Playhouse Drive Mountain City 30562 954-665-8686 www.blueridgecamp.com Sessions June 10 to July 28 Camp Broadway Mainstage 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308 404-881-2087, www.foxtheatre. org This musical theater camp for ages 10 to 17 runs from June 4 to 8 at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Tuition is $595. Camp Chatuga 291 Camp Chatuga Road Mountain Rest, SC 29664 864-638-3728, www.campchatuga.com Overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. One-week sessions are $895 (June 17 to 23, June 24 to 30, July 1 to 7, July 8 to 14, July 15 to 21, July 22 to 28). Two-week sessions are $1,795 (June 17 to 30, July 1 to 14, July 15 to 28). A threeweek session is $2,850 (July 1 to 21). A four-week session is $3,750 (July 1 to 28). A $425 mini-camp is July 29 to Aug. 1. Camp Chaya Mushka 5065 High Point Road, Atlanta 30342 404-843-9582 www.chayamushka.org/2018-summercamp
URJ Camp Coleman 201 Camp Coleman Drive, Cleveland 30528 770-671-8971, campcoleman.org Multiple sessions from June 10 to Aug. 2 URJ Camp Coleman allows children to live a wholly Jewish life while at camp. Campers can experience Jewish culture and tradition in a safe, challenging and fun environment. In a natural setting, campers can explore their Judaism. Coleman provides a creative setting for Jewish living and learning through camp programming. Campers and staff can develop lifelong friendships. Camp Gan Israel of Atlanta Chabad Israeli Center 4276 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Atlanta 30341 404-2529508, www. ganisraelatl. com June 25 to July 27 Camp Gan Israel combines Jewish values, giving back and a tremendous amount of fun. We have partnered with other charitable organizations to bring children a unique summer experience.
Camp H20 Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker St., Atlanta 30313 404-581-4000, www.georgiaaquarium. org/experience/learn/camp-h2o Pre-K through eighth grade, June 5 to July 24 Camp H2O is a wonderful opportunity for kids to grow their imagination while exploring the world’s most magical aquarium. No other day camp is filled with as much amazement and fun. Camp Invention 3701 Highland Park St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 800-968-4332, www.campinvention.org
Camp Jam 6375 Spalding Drive, Norcross 30092 770-874-4653, www.campjam.com/ atlanta-music-camp
Camp Judaea 48 Camp Judaea Lane Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-685-8841 Winter address: 1440 Spring St., Atlanta 30309 404-634-7883, www.campjudaea.org First session, June 11 to July 5 Second session, July 9 to Aug. 2 Camp Juliette Low 321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland 30731
770-428-1062, www.CJL.org Girls ages 7 to 17 One- and two-week sessions, June 3 to July 28, on Lookout Mountain. One week is $940; two weeks are $1,850. Camp Kehillah and Preschool 1145 Green St., Roswell 30075 770-641-8630, www. kehillatchaim.org Camp Kingfisher Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075 770-992-2055 www.chattnaturecenter.org/campkingfisher For 4-year-olds to rising fourth-graders, with one- and two-week options May 29 to Aug. 3. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free extended care from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6:15 p.m. Camp Kingfisher is the perfect place for campers to connect with nature, build lasting friendships and have all the fun experiences of a traditional camp. Camp Living Wonders 5425 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta 30327 404-482-2676, www.camplivingwonders.org
Session 1 Nitzutzot for campers ages 7 to 10, June 27 to July 10. Tuition is $2,499; scholarships are available. Camp Mah-KeeNac 6 Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA 01240 800-753-9118, www.campmkn.com Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is an overnight boys summer camp and sports camp with over 300 campers ages 6 through 16 in the Berkshires. Camp Minimac Weinberg Early Learning Center The Temple 1589 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta 30309 404-872-8668 firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly sessions in June and July and the first week of August. Camp Twin Lakes 1100 Spring St., Suite 260 Atlanta 30309 404-231-9887, www.camptwinlakes.org Options for campers with serious ill-
nesses, disabilities and other life challenges and for adult campers. Camp Walkabout 171 Baylor School Road Chattanooga 37405 423-757-2515 w w w. b ayl o r s c h o o l . o r g / s u m m e r / overnight-camps/camp-walkabout Discoverers, ages 8 to 11 (rising third- to sixth-graders). Adventurers, ages 12 to 13 (rising seventh- to eighth-graders). Expeditioners, ages 14 to 16 (rising ninth- to 11th-graders). Register before March 1 for a $50 early-bird discount. Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St., Atlanta 30309 404-873-3089, www.puppet.org Chastain Horse Park 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta 30327 404-252-4244 www.chastainhorsepark.org Chastain Horse Park’s Pony Pals Camp is geared to ages 4 to 8 and offers hands-on activities from horse bathing to bareback riding in a fun-filled atmosphere with team play in which kids
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Camp Izzy Gan Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta 30022 770-410-9000, www.cginf.com June 25 to July 27, $200 per week
CAMP GUIDE develop confidence, leadership and friendships. Circus Camp Decatur at the Friends School, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Dunwoody/Sandy Springs at the Davis Academy, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sandy Springs at the Epstein School, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 404-370-0001, www.circuscamp.org Children’s Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive Atlanta 30313 404-659-5437 www.childrensmusuematlanta.org Computer Camp Oglethorpe University 4484 Peachtree Road Brookhaven 30319 203-710-5771, www.nccamp.com One- and two-week sessions in July with residential and day programs. The Cottage School 700 Grimes Bridge Road Roswell 30075 770-641-8688, ext. 5205 www.thecottageschool. org The Cottage School offers elementar y, middle and high school summer programs that focus on academics, leadership and sports. Summer classes for credit in the ninth through 12th grades include English, math, science and social science.
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Deer Run Overnight Camps 3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 615-823-8857, www.deerrun.camp One-week camps for those who have completed Grades 6 to 12; two-week camps for ages 12 to 15. Dunwoody Nature Center 5343 Roberts Drive Dunwoody 30338 770-394-3322 d u nwo o d y n a t u r e . o r g / a c t iv i t i e s / camps/summer-camp Half-day camp for ages 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Full-day camp for rising kindergartners to fifth-graders, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camps at Island Ford, ages 9 to 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Emory All Sports Academy 26 Eagle Row, Atlanta 30322 404-727-7270, totalsportsacademy.com Five sessions: June 4 to 8; June 11 to 15; June 18 to 22; June 25 to 29; and Aug. 6 to 10. Full-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 30 4 p.m. Half-day camp runs from 9 a.m.
www.atlantajewishtimes.com to noon. Emory Total Tennis/Bryant Camps Emory University Woodruff PE Center 26 Eagle Row, Atlanta 30322 404-727-6389, clubs.bluesombrero.com Session 1 starts May 29. Session 2 starts June 4. Session 3 starts June 11. Epstein Summer Camp 335 Colewood Way, Sandy Springs 30328 404-250-5606, w w w. e p s t e i n a t lanta.org/page/ourcommunity/esasummer-camp Four one-week sessions: June 4 to 8; June 11 to 15; June 18 to 22; and June 25 to 29. Etgar 36 P.O. Box 2212, Decatur 30031 404-456-6605, www.etgar.org Etgar 36 is June 24 to July 31; $7,850. Etgar 36 West is June 24 to July 15; $5,850. The Galloway School 215 West Wieuca Road, Atlanta 30342 404-252-8389, ext. 140 www.gallowayschool.org Day camps run May 29 to Aug. 10. Registration is open and ongoing.
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 805 Mount Vernon Highway Sandy Springs 30327 404-255-4026, www.hies.org In the City Camp 404-698-1134, inthecitycamp.org Lifelong friendships, personal growth and community connection In the City Camp is a values-based Jewish day camp for children entering kindergarten through 10th grade. Sports, swimming, art, nature, field trips, community service, cooking, archery, dance, magic, science, drama and more. Two locations: Intown at Morningside Elementary School, 1053 E. Rock Springs Road, and Sandy Springs at the Weber School, 6751 Roswell Road. Free bus transportation. Judaic Mosaic 122 N. Avondale Road, Suite 255 Avondale Estates, GA 30002 404-585-8705, www.judaicmosaic.org Songwriting and recording camp, June
4 to 15; $199 per week before March 30, then $350.
JumpSpark Powered by the Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative Documentary Film, April 2 to 5; eSports, April 2 to 5; Social Justice, April 2 to 5; Theater Bootcamp, April 2 to 5. email@example.com 770-648-2918, www.JumpSparkATL.org Registration is $199 (no deadline). JumpSpark provides Jewish ninth- to 12th-graders with interest-based programming and social opportunities during school breaks using innovative resources in the Atlanta community and beyond. Marist School Summer Camps 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road Brookhaven 30319 770-457-7201, www.marist.com/page/ school-life/summer-camps Marist School offers a variety of camps for children ages 5 to 17. Morah Carol’s Place Congregation Or VeShalom 1681 North Druid Hills Road Brookhaven 30319 617-275-3021 www.morahcarolsplace.com Welcome to Morah Carol’s Place, a new Jewish preschool that focuses on Torah, academics and the Hebrew language while respecting every child’s individual learning style. Morah Carol’s Place provides weekly camp sessions from June 11 to Aug. 3, with hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to fit working parents’ schedules. Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University KSU Center 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw 30144 470-578-2083 historymuseum.kennesaw.edu A free summer workshop on World War II and the Holocaust is June 3 to 6. Registration is due by May 18. Once Upon a Ballet/ Musical Theater Center Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Kennesaw 404-964-0529 www.onceuponaballetatl.com www.musicaltheatercenteratl.com Ballet, tap, acting, musical theater and performing camps are offered from May 29 to Aug. 3. Costs vary depending on the length of the camp, with no registration fees.
Pace Academy Camp 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30326 404-262-1345, www.paceacademy.org/ programs/summer-programs Summer options include Pace Camp, extended day camps, academic camps, athletic camps, art camps, specialty camps and driver’s education.
Ramah Darom 70 Darom Lane, Clayton 30525 Winter address: 6400 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 215 Atlanta 30339 404-531-0801, www.ramahdarom.org Four- and eight-week sessions from June 12 to Aug. 6, plus 12-day Taste of Ramah sessions. Tikvah support for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. At Camp Ramah Darom, laughter abounds, friendships are formed, and each day brings opportunities to celebrate Jewish life. Together, campers and staff create an inclusive, exceptional Jewish community where children have fun, learn skills, gain independence and build lifelong friendships. Robotic Explorers 715 Hembree Place, Suite A Roswell 30076 770-772-6622 www.RoboticExplorers.com Ages 6 to 13. Sessions are available April 2 to June 29, either 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Spring break camp is $300.
Sports Broadcasting Camps 800-319-0884 www.playbyplaycamps.com The session runs from July 16 to 20 at Emory University. The cost is $1,295 for the overnight camp or $650 for the day camp. Boys and girls ages 10 to 18 will have opportunities to learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities; make sports anchor tapes, play-by-play tapes of the Super Bowl and the NBA
Spruill Center for the Arts 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Dunwoody 30338 770-394-3447, www.spruillarts.org The Spruill Center for the Arts Summer Camp Program is a 10-week day camp, beginning May 29, for ages 5 to 14. The camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with four creative programs: creative arts, ages 5 to 6; visual arts, ages 7 to 10; performing arts, ages 7 to 10; and studio arts, ages 11 to 14. Temple Sinai Preschool 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs 30327 404-255-6200, templesinaiatlanta.org/tsps S u m m e r camp is June 4 to July 27. Join the Temple Sinai Preschool for a summer of fun for children 18 months to 5 years old. Register for individual weeks or all eight weeks. Each week features water play, art, science, sports, music and exciting special guests, all in a safe and caring preschool environment.
require problem solving and critical thinking skills. Space Camp trainees experience living and working in space using simulators like the 1/6th Gravity Chair, Manned Maneuvering Unit and Multi-Axis Trainer. US Sports Camps Nike Junior Golf Camps, Georgia www.ussportscamps.com/golf/nike/ georgia Full-day, half-day and overnight camps are held in June, July and August. Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls 606 Valley View Ranch Road Cloudland 30731 706-862-2231 www.valleyviewranch.com Camp runs for one to nine weeks, with room for 50 girls ages 8 to 17. Young Chefs Academy Atlanta Midtown 857 Collier Road, No. 18, Atlanta 30318 404-633-2633 Sandy Springs 230 Hammond Drive, Suite 368 Sandy Springs 30328 404-255-9263 www.youngchefsacademy.com Spring break camp is April 2 to 6, 9
a.m. to noon or 12:15 to 3:15 p.m., for $225. S u m m e r camp runs on a week-byweek basis from May 29 to Aug. 9 at a cost of $200 for a four-day week. Zoo Atlanta Camp 800 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta 30315 404-624-5822, zooatlanta.org/program/summersession Join us at Zoo Atlanta this summer for an exploration of all things wild. From pandas to parrots to pine snakes, young explorers will be immersed in hands-on, minds-on learning while having fun. Zoo Atlanta’s Safari Camp Summer Session is for children ages 4 to 14. Select a week that fits your summer plans, or spend the entire summer at the zoo.
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Stephanie Wyatt 404-870-1625 firstname.lastname@example.org 404-873-1661 www.atlantajewishcamp.org The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta believes that Jewish overnight summer camp and other immersive summer experiences deliver superior results toward encouraging Jewish identity, engagement and leadership in our children. Two opportunities could help send your child to camp: One Happy Camper incentive grants and needbased scholarships.
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This column launches an AJT series in which authors in Jewish Atlanta discuss their latest books. Scott Zucker writes about his novel “Rally on Two.” “Rally on Two” is essentially a story of redemption. It’s about a man, Hank Bennett, who loses everything and is given a chance to rebuild his life and career. The question is whether he can do it. What I really enjoyed about writing this book is that I was able to explore different themes within one story line — themes that affect all of us as individuals, like work, love and loss. Wrapped around this story of redemption is the game of baseball. I love baseball. I see it as a metaphor for life. The fact that each year in the spring all the teams start anew. Last year’s record becomes irrelevant, and everyone is given a clean slate. And in the game of baseball, it’s never over until it’s over. Teams always have the chance to rally back to win. Even if they can tie, the game allows the opportunity for extra innings, or more new chances to win. And that’s Hank’s story. He finds himself helping a friend coach a Little League team while he starts to rebuild his life and law practice after experiencing a traumatic loss. And just as in the game of baseball, he begins to rally. He becomes involved in two significant lawsuits, each affecting other lives, and he begins to open up to the chance at life again. He even finds himself with the chance to love again. I love writing fiction. Since I have been practicing law for over 30 years, it gives me a chance to let my mind wander from the structured aspects of writing legal briefs to writing creatively and with a different style. It is really fun for me to create these stories and to put them down on paper. If I like the character and where he is taking me in the story, the writing becomes easy. I essentially become the writing instrument for the character itself. When that happens, and the words flow from the character, the character takes on a life of its own. I am an example of someone who writes from what he knows or has experienced. So the inspiration for the book evolved not only from my love of the game of baseball and what it means to me, but from my own 32 experiences coaching my boys in Little
League when they were younger. On top of that, I have witnessed over the years, in both my family and with friends, the incredible ability to overcome personal adversity and challenges. And it is in the spirit of honor and reverence to those who have prevailed that I created this character
Writing on Writing By Scott Zucker
who is fighting for his chance at a renewed and happy life. I tend to write in a short-chapter, somewhat staccato format. Essentially, the story lines in both “Rally on Two” and “Chain of Custody” occur during a short period of time, basically an episode in someone’s life. And the stories are somewhat linear as well. I have read plenty of books that jump back and forth in time and have multiple characters. My goal is to make my books relatively simple in structure, easy to read and follow. I have had a number of people tell me that they read the book in one night. My response has been that the book was too hard to put down or that the person must have a bad case of insomnia. I wrote this book, as I did my first book, “Chain of Custody,” hoping to have the readers invest themselves in the characters and share their quest for justice and personal success. But “Rally on Two” is a bit different because readers get to explore the main character’s personal journey. It’s my hope they’ll be rooting for Hank in the story, hoping that he’ll win in the end, both personally and professionally. Because at the end of the day, the book offers us the chance to answer the same question for ourselves that Hank strives for in the book: If we’re in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, can we still rally? Can we rally on two? ■ Scott Zucker is a partner in the Buckhead-based law firm of Weissmann Zucker Euster Morochnik & Garber, is a past president of Temple Sinai, and serves on the boards of American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. He and his wife, Melanie, have two children, Drew and Jack, and live in Sandy Springs.
Bob Schultz (in suspenders) practices with his talented volunteers at Berman Commons to perfect Broadway show tunes.
Atlanta Thespians Entertain Seniors Dr. Mitch Lippman’s fondest childhood memories in 1948 were of being taken to Broadway to see Ethel Merman in “Annie Get Your Gun.” Thus began a love of Broadway theater that included not only musicals, but also dramas such as “Inherit the Wind” with Paul Muni and Ed Begley. He delighted in the sounds of Marvin Hamlisch, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, and Cole Porter. Lippman expressed his love of music years ago by singing in The Temple’s choir (baritone and tenor), then, at the suggestion of friends Lenny Simon and Maury Kalnitz, leapt at the chance to join Dr. Bob Schultz’s local Broadway Chorus. Schultz, a pediatric endocrinologist, grew up on Long Island, N.Y., playing the accordion, saxophone, violin and piano. Music was his mantra. Twelve years ago, he started the Broadway Chorus group with 12 amateur singers who rehearse once a week at the Berman Commons senior facility in Dunwoody. “We primarily perform for seniors, and it is so very gratifying,” Schultz said. He recalls watching a couple holding hands and tearing up when his group sang “Sunrise, Sunset” and the smile on a geriatric face when “Her-
nando’s Hideaway” from “The Pajama Game” was performed. Seniors who are nonverbal can still mouth the words to “Shine on Harvest Moon” or “Bicycle Built for Two.” Schultz said the group plans to do eight performances in the upcoming months at predominantly Jewish venues.
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“But the demand is really bigger,” Schultz lamented. “When we perform at Huntcliff Summit, they have to set up more chairs in the dining room to accommodate the crowd,” he said. “It is truly a mitzvah to see their eyes shining and toes tapping. Oh, the value of recollecting such good memories for them.” Lippman is off to New York soon to see the revival of “Carousel” as part of an annual family reunion that always includes a Broadway show. He will then return to the Broadway Chorus to be even more enthusiastic. From “June Is Busting Out All Over” to “If I Loved You,” the audience back home at Berman Commons eagerly awaits. ■
Who Pulled the Strings That Killed MLK? By Michael Jacobs email@example.com
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Novelist Steve Berry writes entirely from the first-person perspective of one character for the first time in “The Bishop’s Pawn.”
The FBI is rotting from the top, turning into a criminal organization that routinely violates Americans’ constitutional rights and commits felonies all the way up to murder. That’s not some conspiracy theory meant to undermine investigations related to the current president. Instead, it’s the acknowledged, documented history of the bureau and its CounterIntelligence Program under Director J. Edgar Hoover during the 1960s. The question at the heart of Steve Berry’s latest thriller, “The Bishop’s Pawn,” is whether COINTELPRO played a part in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. “It’s one of the great mysteries of the 20th century,” Marietta native Berry said by phone before an appearance at the Marcus JCC on Sunday, March 25. Despite hundreds of speculative books and because of the lack of an apolitical investigation, “we have no idea what happened in Memphis.” He said he was inspired to tackle
that mystery in part by listening to King’s full “I’ve Been to the Mountain” speech, delivered the night before his death. Berry said it sounds like a man who knew he was about to die. The author reprints much of the speech near the novel’s climax. Berry brings Navy veteran and bookstore owner Cotton Malone back for the 13th time. This adventure, told entirely from Cotton’s perspective for the first time, begins on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the King assassination, jumps back nearly two decades to serve as an origin story for Cotton’s involvement as an investigator for a secret Justice Department unit, and fills in the blanks with documents, illegal wiretap recordings and eyewitness memories from the 1960s. Just to spice things up, Berry incorporates a Cuban killer linked to Fidel
Castro, the geography and history of Florida’s Dry Tortugas, and a legendary 1933 Double Eagle gold coin. Devoted to weaving history through his fiction, Berry depicts King as a human, not a saint. He cheats on his wife, smokes too much, has a bad diet and struggles with self-doubt and depression as he sees his movement slipping off his path. “I think King himself would be a little bit appalled at his saint status,” Berry said. “He always considered himself a humble human being.” But Berry said he was respectful of King’s message, and he creates a man more worthy of admiration for overcoming his human faults and frailties. Meanwhile, Hoover and COINTELPRO, which Berry said was probably the most corrupt government-created organization in American history, seem so much worse for working so hard to destroy the lives of King and others and to stop the civil rights move-
ment in its tracks. Berry acknowledged interesting parallels to what the FBI did at Hoover’s whim half a century ago and what federal authorities could do with electronic surveillance and other techniques today. But there’s a key difference between government corruption then and now, he said. “Today, all those people go to prison. In those days, they got away with it.” Berry doesn’t solve the Memphis mystery. But he provides a possible explanation that’s shocking and plausible, and he entertains the reader with a thriller that pushes just beyond the limits of the forgotten history he weaves together. ■ Who: Steve Berry What: Page From the Book Festival conversation with CNN’s Nadia Bilchik Where: Marcus JCC, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody When: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25
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Robert Alpern 77, Atlanta
Robert Alpern, age 77, of Newburgh, N.Y., and Atlanta died Thursday, March 1, 2018. Survivors include his wife, Lynne Shapiro Alpern; sister Lee (Bert) Lieberman; son Ken (Alison) Alpern; daughter Eve (Brenda) Alpern; and his beloved grandchildren, Grant, Jaden and Isaac. Dr. Alpern was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Sarah, and his sister Estelle (Irving) Feigelstein. Dr. Alpern practiced child, adolescent and pediatric psychiatry in Atlanta for more than four decades and was an active member of The Temple. Dr. Alpern was committed to developing the next generation of medical professionals and served as a clinical professor and community faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University. Bob will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his adventurous and frequent travel, and the generosity of his spirit, which he often expressed through gifts of his own jewelry creations or by planning elaborate lifecycle and holiday celebrations. Funeral services were held Monday, March 5, at The Temple. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Gilbert Bachman 91, Boca Raton, Fla.
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Gilbert Bachman died peacefully at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the age of 91. He was best known as a proud Georgia Tech alumnus, successful businessman and philanthropist. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Lee Gilner Bachman, who passed away Dec. 12, 2017. Gil was the son of Frances Lehrich Bachman and David Louis Bachman. He is survived by his two sisters, Doris Secunda and Claire Polin. Gil was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and spent most of his youth there until the age of 13, when he and his family moved to Florida. He learned at a very young age that hard work and determination were the key attributes to being a successful entrepreneur. At the age of 16, he graduated from Miami High School and was accepted into Georgia Tech and entered the mechanical engineering program. Gil signed up for the Navy V-12 program and went on to graduate from Tech in 1946. He was the president of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and was later elected to Georgia Tech’s Engineering Hall of Fame. Gil’s career with Dittler Brothers began in 1948 when he accepted a job as assistant production manager. He ascended to chairman, chief executive officer and majority shareholder. He built the small business into a national printing company that produced instant lottery tickets, promotional scratch-off games for companies like McDonald’s and timetables for 34 airlines. In 1965, Gil earned the Benjamin Franklin Award, the highest honor awarded in the printing industry. Gil also served as the president of the Graphic Arts Employers of America, the Research Printing & Engineering Council, and the Printing Industry of Atlanta. In 1983 he sold the company to Southam Inc., a Canadian communications publishing conglomerate. Gil was active with a number of nonprofits, including the Atlanta Jewish Federation, Atlanta Humane Society and Anti-Defamation League’s Atlanta chapter. The ADL Southeast Region awarded Gil the Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award to honor his involvement with and concern for the welfare of the com34 munity. Gil married his beautiful wife, Lee Gilner, in 1950. The couple raised their
www.atlantajewishtimes.com five children in Atlanta. After their children were grown, the couple moved to Boca Raton. Gil and Lee’s legacy is their five children, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, who will cherish both of their memories. Gilbert is survived by his children: Dr. David Bachman (Marjorie Rath) of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Jeff Bachman (Anne), Glenn Bachman and Carol BachmanDlin of Atlanta; and Barbara Bachman Barnes (Matthew) of Ponte Vedra, Fla. His grandchildren are Daniel Bachman, Mark Bachman, Kate Bachman, Laura Bachman Andrews, Jennifer Bachman Miller (Jonathan), Stuart Bachman Winborne (Blanton), Kathryn Bachman Cagle (Michael), Taylor Bachman, Reese Bachman, Yeshai Dlin (Sarah), Oren Dlin, Ronen Dlin and Raviv Dlin. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Brooklyn Andrews, Katherine Andrews, Whitley Cagle, Elliott Dlin, Laura Dlin, Charlie Miller, Gray Winborne and Parker Winborne. Sign the online guestbook at dresslerjewishfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Gil’s memory be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, 981 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, atlantahumane. org. To make a gift by phone, call 404-875-5331. A graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery on Wednesday, March 7. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Sanford Baskin 86, Dunwoody
Sanford “Sandy” B. Baskin, 86, of Dunwoody passed away peacefully Friday night, March 9, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Survived by his wife, Joan, of 60 years; children Wendy Bloom, Brenda Wilde (Stewart) and Joel Baskin (Sarah); grandchildren Daniel Bloom, Jeremy and Heather Wilde, Yossi and Moshe Rudnick, and Zev and Avi Baskin. Preceded in death by his grandparents and parents and many aunts and uncles in England, Australia and America. Born in 1931 in Manchester, England, Sandy arrived in the United States in 1953. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and became a proud U.S. citizen. He enjoyed a long career in retail management in Cleveland and Minneapolis before moving to Atlanta over 30 years ago. He and Joan were active volunteers at the Alliance Theatre, Fernbank Museum, Cobb Energy Centre, Fox Theatre and several others. They were proud volunteers at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He loved to play bridge and cribbage and was a big fan of the Manchester City and Manchester United soccer teams. He very much enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a kind, caring man with a helpful spirit and a positive outlook on life. Sign the online guestbook at dresslerjewishfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs or Weinstein Hospice. A graveside service was held Monday, March 12, at Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Bunny Daitch 91, Atlanta
Bernice “Bunny” Richman Daitch, 91, entered into rest in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Bunny was the wife of the late Irvin J. Daitch. She was the president of the Adas Yeshurun Synagogue Sisterhood in Augusta and chairman of the landscape committee for many years. She had a green thumb and a passion for gardening and was a member of multiple garden clubs. Her hobbies included boating, tennis, gardening and traveling. Her life’s joy was raising her five children. She is survived by three children, Randy (Jay) Cohen, Fred (Lisa) Daitch and Debbie (Dan) Barrett. She was preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Kenny Daitch. Her grandchildren are Philip Daitch, Elizabeth Daitch Smith, Lauren
Betty Lee Roth 88, Atlanta
Longtime Atlanta resident Betty Lee (Berman) Roth passed away peacefully in her Buckhead home after a stroke on Monday evening, Feb. 12, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was laid to rest Feb. 14 at the Knesseth Israel–Beth-El cemetery in Birmingham, Ala. Betty was born in Birmingham on June 7, 1929, to Harry and Ann Berman as the middle of three daughters. Coming from a close-knit family and an extended family, and growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community, she recalled her childhood years as nothing less than idyllic. Betty cherished both her family and faith and carried her love of both throughout her life. Always a high-achieving student, Betty graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a double major in psychology and sociology. After a couple of years in social work, Betty married in 1952 and moved to Plantation, Fla., where she raised her two sons. During this time she was very involved with charitable causes. Betty was a founding board member and volunteer for a school for the deaf. She was also very involved with the National Council of Jewish Women and for a period served as the president of her local chapter. Betty relocated to Atlanta in 1977 to live closer to her older sister and mother, who were both widowed, and remained there until her death. While in Atlanta, she worked for several years at David’s, an interior design firm in Buckhead. She also volunteered as an ESL tutor and spent many years helping Jewish immigrants from Russia settle in the Atlanta area. Betty had a passion for traveling the globe, which she often did with her older sister, Phyllis. She regarded being one of the first American tourists to visit China after it was opened by President Richard Nixon to be her greatest adventure. Betty is survived by her two sons, Michael Roth (wife Katie) of Alpharetta and Allan Roth (wife Patty) of Colorado Springs; grandson Kevin Roth from Golden, Colo.; niece Patti Harris from Walnut Creek, Calif.; and nephew Lawrence Goldman (wife Randi) from Hollywood, Fla. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ann Berman; her sisters, Phyllis Newman and Rita Goldman; a niece, Shari Berg; and many loving cousins, some of whom were like siblings to her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Knesseth Israel Congregation (KI), 3100 Overton Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35223, 205-969-5913, www.kicong. org.
Sidney Gold, 94, a World War II veteran and father of Ellen Softness and Steve Gold, on Feb. 13. Julius Greenwald, 94, of Atlanta, husband of Esther Prebul Greenwald and father of Douglas Greenwald and Amy Weiss, on March 6. Robert Gutenstein, father of Congregation Ner Tamid member Michael Gutenstein, Lisa Silvershein and Howard Gutenstein, on March 4. Jennifer Helfman, 47, of Atlanta, member of The Temple, mother of Ethan Helfman and Ronnie Helfman, daughter of Vivian LeVine, and sister of Susan Berger and Darren LeVine, on Feb. 7. Klara Krasill, 87, of Atlanta on March 3. Candy Lynne of Atlanta on Feb. 15. Leslie Mann, 59, of Loxahatchee, Fla., sister of Temple Sinai member David Mann and Barry Mann and daughter of Jay Mann, on Feb. 8. Bluma Marcus, 88, of Sandy Springs, mother of Lee, Ellen and Daniel, on Feb. 28. Estelle Mellman, 91, of Roswell on Feb. 23. Lucien Newman of Sandy Springs on Feb. 25. Lloyd Offsey of Atlanta on Feb. 18. Malcolm Rosenbloum, father of Temple Sinai members Bobby Rosenbloum and Mike Rosenbloum, on Feb. 21. Eleanor Rosenzweig, 87, of Atlanta, mother of Robert Rosenzweig and Mark Rosenzweig, on Feb. 25. Bert Rubenstein, husband of Ann Rubenstein and father of Temple Sinai member David Rubenstein, Gene Rubenstein and Scott Rubenstein, on Feb. 25. Bessie Schaffel Selavan, mother of Temple Sinai member Joan Schaffel Massre, Gary Schaffel and Martin Schaffel, on March 7. Renia Schwartz, 92, of Columbus, Ohio, a Holocaust survivor and mother of Temple Kol Emeth member Sandy Schwartz and Paula Schwartz, on March 1. Kenneth Stoltz of Atlanta on Feb. 18. Hessel Sturisky of Atlanta on March 11.
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Daitch, Heidi Cohen Miller, Alex Daitch and Emma Daitch. Great-grandchildren are Ellie and Aubrey Smith, Zachary Miller, and Anna Daitch. Bunny was the daughter of Sam and Anna Richman of Manning, S.C. She was the sister of Elinore Richman Aronovitz, the late George Richman and the late Bobby Richman. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Thursday, March 8, at at Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta. Pallbearers were Philip Daitch, Tod Aronovitz, Brian Shonson, Mark Weinberger, Brian Estroff, Doug Froman, Scott Walkowitz, Alan Pomerance and Bobby Kreisberg. Honorary pallbearers were Jay Cohen, Dan Barrett and Michael Smith. The family requests no flowers. Any contributions may be made to the Irvin J. Daitch Cemetery Beautification Fund, Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, GA 30904.
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as H.B. 660 did. Also left out were provisions mandating law enforcement training and reporting on hate crimes. H.B. 660 was endorsed by the AntiDefamation League and the Coalition for a Hate-Free Georgia but failed to make it to the House floor, let alone win House passage, by Feb. 28, the deadline for legislation to win approval by at least one chamber. S.B. 373 did pass the Senate before Crossover Day, so it’s a valid vehicle to remove Georgia from the list of five states that don’t have a hate-crimes law. S.B. 373 needs to win House passage, then return to the Senate for another vote. The legislative session is due to end March 29.
Second Helpings Honor Food rescue organization Second Helpings Atlanta honored Jonathan Calvis with the Lenny Award as its volunteer of the year at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on Jan. 21 at Temple Sinai. The award, created in honor of Lenny Greenstein, was presented by President Sheri Labovitz and Executive Director Joe Labriola. “Jonathan was responsible for the majority of routes requiring the use of our refrigerated truck in 2017, and he is always willing to take on an additional route as the need arises. Our truck routes are required for our largest pickups and often take half a day to
Jonathan Calvis wins the 2018 Lenny Award for rescuing more than 70,000 pounds of surplus, perishable food in 2017.
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