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Federation holds 106th Annual Meeting AWARD WINNERS RECOGNIZED


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LEFT: Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award recipient Isaac Frank smiles with wife Vanessa. RIGHT: Lewis Shubin, right, presents Rick Aranson with the Marilyn Shubin Professional Staff Development Award.

man of the Board Robert Arogeti.

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Emerging Leadership Project graduates; Abe Schwartz Young Leadership Award recipients Isaac Frank and Ross Kogon; Gerald R. Cohen Community Development Award winner Bob Arotsky; Marilyn Shubin Professional Staff Development Award honoree Rick Aranson; and Mary & Max London People Power Award conferee Josiah Benator. Finally, Gerry Benjamin

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bound by a golden chain with those who preceded us and those who come after us. We gain strength from memories. Eugen Schoenfeld was born in 1925 in the Carpathian town of Munkacs in what is now Ukraine. He was raised and educated in the deeply rooted traditions of the Jewish faith amid a large and active Jewish community. However, Hitler’s “Final Solution” would irrevocably change his close-knit family.

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Having survived the ghetto and internment in Germany’s infamous camps, the young man immigrated to the United States to begin to rebuild his life and complete his education with a Ph.D. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. After a long and successful academic career culminating in the Chairmanship of the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University, where he developed the department’s Ph.D. program, Dr. Schoenfeld now resides in Atlanta with his wife Jean.


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wo senior staff members of Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta (JF&CS) have been honored very prestigious awards in the Jewish community: Chief Executive Officer Gary Miller was awarded the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies’ Distinguished Service Award, while Chief Operating Officer Rick Aranson will receive the Marilyn Shubin Professional Staff Development Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Miller came to JF&CS Atlanta in 1991 following a successful career in social services in his native Montreal. Under his leadership, JF&CS has expanded from nine to more than 40 human service programs, and the JF&CS budget has grown from $1.2 million to more than $13.5 million.

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Forty-five Years After the Six-Day War ISRAEL’S QUEST FOR PEACE CONTINUES By Dov Wilker

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his week marks the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War, the seismic event that has shaped the subsequent history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The war’s immediate results, Israel’s quick defeat of three Arab armies and its unplanned takeover of territories with large concentrations of Palestinian Arabs raised issues that are still unresolved today. Over the decades, a widespread misconception has developed that an expansionist Israel “occupied” Palestine in 1967 and that an end to that occupation will bring a just peace to the region. However, what actually happened 45 years ago is entirely different. In 1967, there was no Palestinian state; the Arab world had rejected

two decades earlier the UN’s twostate solution to create an Arab state alongside a Jewish state. Indeed, Arab leaders could have created a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza between 1948 and 1967. And also in 1967, there were no “settlements” which today provoke the ire of Israel’s enemies. That is, other than tiny Israel itself, just nine miles wide at its widest. The West Bank and East Jerusalem were in Jordanian hands in 1967, and Jews were denied access to their holy places in violation of solemn international agreements. The Gaza Strip was under harsh Egyptian military control, and the Golan Heights, held by Syria, were used to shell Israeli farming communities. The 1967 lines separating Israel from its neighbors, often called the Green Lines, were not formal boundaries but rather armistice lines in-

dicating where the armies stood in 1949 after the new state of Israel fought off the five Arab armies that sought to strangle it at birth. In the weeks leading up to June 1967, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announced a blockade of Israeli shipping in the Straits of Tiran, waterways which provided Israel’s only maritime access to trading routes with Asia and Africa. The blockade alone was an act of war. President Nasser also demanded that the UN remove its peacekeeping forces from the Sinai, and shamefully, the UN complied, leaving no buffer between the mobilizing Egyptian army and Israel. Nasser and his Syrian allies publicly announced to their own people and to the world that the coming war would bring Israel’s annihilation. “The existence of Israel has continued too long,” proclaimed Radio

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Going to an Upsherin A SIMCHA NOT WELL-KNOWN By Arlene Appelrouth AJT Columnist


y iPhone is filled with photos of my grandchildren.

Like most grandmothers I know, I’m eager to show recent photographs and share the funny things my grandkids say and do. I never intended to be this kind of grandmother, but something unexpected happened nine years ago when my first grandchild, Raphael, was born. My heart opened and overflowed with love for this baby boy born to my son David and his wife Dalia. I was thrilled to be with them, in Jerusalem, and help as they adjusted to being new parents. Each grandchild born since has filled a space in my heart I never knew was empty. Celebrating birthdays and other events in the lives of my grandchildren is among my greatest joys. I recently bought tickets to fly to Toronto for the next family event, which involves my 3-year-old grandson, Yisroel Meir. It’s time for his upsherin. Upsherin is a Yiddish word which translates as “cutting off.” It refers to the first haircut some Jewish boys in observant families get when they turn 3. The ritual haircut marks an important transition in a boy’s life: when he is no longer a baby, no longer in diapers, and will begin his formal Jewish education.

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“Everyone is going to sing ‘Siman Tov’ and ‘Mazel Tov’ and clap for me,” Yisroel Meir excitedly told me a few weeks ago. “After my haircut, I’ll get to wear a kippah and tziztziz because I’m a big boy.” Siman tov is Hebrew for a “good sign,” and mazel tov, of course, means “good fortune.” It is chanted after a child becomes a bar or bat mitzvah, when a couple gets engaged or married, and also during an upsherin.

6 I first heard the word “upsherin”

in the early 80s, when Atlanta’s first Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Bluming, invited many people in the Jewish community to his home for his son’s first haircut. I had never heard of anything like it. It took place one night in his kitchen. The boy sat on a tall chair, and guests were invited to take turns snipping off his hair, which was so long he could have been mistaken for a little girl. That occasion was also the first time I was in a rabbi’s home. At the time, there was no way for me to predict that my future would include going to the upsherins of my own grandsons and that by then I would have learned of many Jewish customs I had never heard of before (like pre-tearing toilet paper for later use on Shabbat when you’re not supposed to tear anything). But back to the upsherin: The reason the first haircut for boys takes place when they are 3 years old is because there are many places in the Torah where a person is compared to a tree. Fruits which grow during the first three years after the trees that produce them are planted are not allowed to be eaten (Leviticus 19:23). That mitzvah is called orlah, which means “off-limits.” Continuing this analogy, the child’s hair is left alone to grow for three years. Upsherins are normally held by Orthodox families, but are not all held by Orthodox families. One of the earliest mentions of this custom dates from the 16th century, when one rabbinic scribe wrote about the upsherin of the son of the famous Kabbalistic Rabbi Isaac Luria; since then, this ritual has seen practice amongst Sephardic and chasidic families and, more recently, among Ashkenazi Jews. Four years ago, I went to Toronto for the upsherin of Yisroel Meir’s older brother, Yehoshua Baruch, known as “Shua.” The event started out in a classroom in the school where he would eventually enroll. He met the rebbe, or rabbi, who would be his teacher.

We all watched as the rabbi took out a large, plastic sheet containing Hebrew letters or the aleph beis (“alphabet”). The rabbi then covered the letters with honey for Shua to taste; this experience was to demonstrate to my grandson that the Hebrew words in the Torah will be sweet on the tongue.

curriculum designed both to educate and encourage his adult students not only to be more knowledgeable about Judaism but also to become more observant Jews. When it was my turn to snip off some of my grandson’s beautiful long hair, I thought about how differently

“That mitzvah is called orlah, which means ‘off-limits.’ Continuing this analogy, the child’s hair is left alone to grow for three years.” After tasting the sweetness, Shua waited while his father and both grandfathers began chanting ‘Siman Tov’ and ‘Mazel Tov.’ Eventually they were joined by many of the other rabbis, all of whom were teachers at the school. All the men danced around Shua and continued to sing to him. The rebbe was the first one to cut off some of Shua’s hair. If memory serves me correctly, my son (Shua’s father) also cut off some hair while we all watched. Many blessings were given to Shua for a Torah-based life that would lead him to one day have children of his own. Then we went to the synagogue for a party. The room was brightly decorated with balloons, and many congregants were there, ready to take part in giving my grandson his first haircut and ready to celebrate by eating lots of delicious food. My son David is the assistant rabbi of this Orthodox shul. As director of Adult Education, he had created a

my grandsons were growing up compared to the way their father had grown up, and how markedly different that was from the way I grew up. I watched dozens of people take snips. My daughter-in-law would finish cutting her son’s hair, and a few days later she would take him to a barber. I’m looking forward to the next upsherin. Yisroel Meir, the youngest of three boys, is proud to be big enough to wear a kippah and tsitzis. I’m grateful that my children and their children continue to provide me with new experiences and the incentive to learn and grow more. Editor’s note: Arlene Appelrouth earned a degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Florida and her career as a writer and journalist spans a 50-year period; she currently studies memoir writing while working on her first book.




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hether the beginning of a new life, the call to the Torah or the ceremonial breaking of the glass, life is filled with joyous events. The Hebrew word simcha – literally, “celebration” – effectively sums up what these moments can be. Enjoy over these next pages a few stories of others’ “big days,” or get started planning your own with our helpful guides and resources. We at the AJT hope you find inspiration here to make your next simcha special in your way!

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For Quality & Service Always Going Up, Up, Up… THE RUBENSTEINS KNOW SIMCHAS For The Atlanta Jewish Times


alloons and Events Over Atlanta is the oldest balloon company in Atlanta, started 38 years ago by Rick and Helen Adams. The couple worked out of their home and later from a small shop on Peachtree Street. At that time, the business was called simply “Balloons Over Atlanta” and specialized in balloon bouquet deliveries. After some years, the company relocated to Lindbergh Plaza and was eventually purchased by husband-and-wife team Brian and Gayle Rubenstein, who vastly expanded the offerings and thus began to develop one of Atlanta’s top décor and event companies.

Balloons and Events Over Atlanta today is located in the trendy Midtown district, and the business’s creative staff of seven works to turn ordinary in to extraordinary and plain into “ just fabulous.”

for some exceptional events through the years. “Our greatest compliment is referrals,” Gayle said. “Our company has grown through these referrals, [through] our quality and by giving back to the community.”

Gayle Ruben Gayle has been instein, a Certified vited to speak at the Special Event PlanInternational Special ner (CSEP) and Events Convention in Certified Balloon Balloons and Events Over Atlanta Atlanta as well as for Artist (CBA), has can deck out birthday parties, bar the Atlanta Chamber won awards and and bat mitzvahs, weddings and of Commerce and the is well-known in more. PHOTO/courtesy Gayle Rubenstein Bostonian Conventhe décor industry. tion. She taught cenShe has written terpiece design at the books on centerNational Association of Balloon Artpiece design and has been recognized ists Conventions for four years.

Both Brian (who also holds the CSEP and CBA designations) and Gayle have been involved with International Special Events Society, Meeting Professionals International and other event organizations. Because of their warmth, integrity and dedication to making every event the best it can be, the Rubensteins continue to grow their company and are respected throughout the special events industry. “Our goal is to fulfill dreams and make memories for all our clients, corporate and social,” Gayle said. “The relationships we share with our clients yield a personal desire to always achieve our very best and inspire perfection from our vendors as well as from ourselves. “These efforts have led to all good things; we love what we do and it shows!”

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Wedding Checklist 6 to 12 months • Announce your engagement. • Decide on a budget and who’s contributing. • Pick your preferences for wedding date and time. • If you’re having an engagement party, set a date and purchase your invitations. • Start a notebook/file folder to house all your wedding-planning paperwork. • Create a guest list. • Choose your attendants. • Book your officiant. • Book your reception site. • Hire a caterer. • Book a reception band or DJ and ceremony musicians. • Reserve photographer and/or videographer, decide on package, execute contract and send deposit. • Hire a baker for your cake. • Hire a florist or event designer. • If you choose an outdoor site, look into tent and lighting rentals. • Meet with your officiant to discuss ceremony. • Brides: Buy, rent or borrow a gown.

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Brides: Decide on the bridesmaid dresses. Register for gifts Set aside blocks of hotel rooms for outof-town guests. Contact out-of-towners with the final wedding date and time. Start planning the rehearsal dinner. Order your invitations and announcements.

4 to 5 months • Order kippot and benchers if needed. • Grooms: Choose your and your groomsmen’s attire. • Book a calligrapher (if you are using one). • Book rehearsal dinner site. • Book a hotel room for your wedding night. • Book your honeymoon and make travel reservations. • Contact the synagogue if you plan of having an aufruf. • If you’re both of Eastern European descent, talk with your doctor about testing for genetic diseases.

2 to 3 months • Grooms: Give all of the groomsmen the information they need to buy and/or reserve their attire. • Pick out or design a ketubah (marriage contract). • Shop for and purchase rings. • Make or buy favors. • Get anything you need for the honeymoon (passport, birth certificate, visas, vaccinations, etc.). • Brides: Provide guest list to bridesmaids for your shower. • Arrange wedding-day transportation for you, your wedding party and guests. • Send out invitations. 6 weeks • Order liquor, wine and/or champagne, if not included in the catering contract. • Brides: decide on and purchase accessories (veil and shoes) before the final fittings. • Hire a baby sitter for the reception, if necessary. • Buy a guest book and pen. • Buy gifts for your attendants.

3 to 4 weeks • Send rehearsal-dinner invitations. • Do trial runs of hair and makeup and schedule wedding-day beauty appointments. • Make ceremony programs. • Get a marriage license. • Discuss the song list with the ceremony and reception musicians. • Confirm details with the officiant. • Brides: Pick up your gown, veil and/or headpiece. • Confirm the headcount, delivery time and reception location with the cakemaker. • Give the final headcount to the caterer. Confirm setup instructions and menu items. 1 to 2 weeks • Finalize the seating chart and make place cards. • Confirm delivery locations, times and final arrangement count with the florist. • Shop and pack for the honeymoon. • Confirm the location, date and time with the photographer and provide a “must-take” photo list. • Confirm the location, date and time with the videographer. • Give the seating chart to the caterer, location manager, or host. • Put together an overnight bag for your wedding night and designate someone to deliver it to the hotel for you. • Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with someone in case of emergency. • Put final payments and cash tips in marked envelopes and give to a designated family or friend to distribute on the wedding day. • Confirm the date, location, time and playlist with the reception and ceremony musicians. • Designate someone to collect the wedding gifts brought to the party The day before • Rehearse the ceremony with the officiant and wedding party. • Ask a friend to handle all the ritual elements – ketubah, chuppah, Kiddush cups, rings and glass for breaking. • Start fasting at sundown to purify yourself, if you desire.

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The day of • Go to the mikvah, if you choose.


After the wedding • Take the gown and veil to be cleaned (or have someone do it for you). • Write thank-you notes. Editor’s note: Sources used for this list include and “Jewish Weddings.”





magine walking into a room where the whole world is focused on you: The entertainers, the guests, the music. You’re standing there with chills and tingles down to your toes because, at 13 years old, you’re a star. This is what Jason Kagan, director of The Krazy Boyz Show, creates at every party. “There is something magical about being alive and I want everyone to feel this way,” he said. Kagan has devoted 10 years to creating a unique new style, all the while contributing to the evolution of the entertainment world. His product is entertainment of the highest quality inspired by musicians, dancers and show producers from across the globe, all of whom share his zest for life. Forever perfecting the science of crowd-pleasing, Kagan and his Krazy Boyz Show have landed opportunities to entertain people like Ted Turner, Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, the Captain Planet Foundation and the NCAA. “I love hosting bar and bat mitzvahs,” he said. “It’s tapping the youthful energy of children and infecting the entire audience with joy, excitement and incredible energy. At every Krazy Boyz Show, people are encouraged to unleash their inner child and remember, for one night, what it’s like to be carefree again.” Kagan, a son of Congregation Etz Chaim, has built a core on which The Krazy Boyz Show can rely. New York native and business partner Aaron “DJ Kidd Star” Payes is the show’s musical director, GeQu Williams is lead choreographer and Charles Teer is the Show’s technical director and lighting designer. Artist developer Gee Gee Ibarra

performs as Jason’s co-host and is one of Atlanta’s most popular female personalities. A number of talented dancers from TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” are part of the Show as well. Together, this family of entertainers work hard, play hard and deliver the most high-tech, talent-driven spectacle around. Going to The Krazy Boyz Show is like entering a wonderland of music and fun with captivating light shows, special acts and performances. According to Kagan, The Krazy Boyz Show’s primary mission is to engage everyone and get them dancing, singing, laughing, having fun and, above all, celebrating their once-in-a-lifetime event in a way they will always remember.

TOP: The man behind the sensation that is the Krazy Boyz Show, Jason Kagan is inspired by his grandfather to bring joy to every simcha of which he’s a part. RIGHT: The Krazy Boyz Show is full of sights, sound, movement and, most of all, fun.

In addition to one of Atlanta’s most-requested simcha entertainers, Kagan is also a professional dance instructor and choreographer and spends time throughout the week in studios around Atlanta.

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A Moroccan Jewish Wedding NOT YOUR TYPICAL CEREMONY By Carlen Funk For The Atlanta Jewish Times


rowing up, Julie Bitton’s heritage was always an important part of her life. With her father hail-

ing from Marrakech, aspects of Sephardic and Moroccan culture were constantly surrounding her, and after a Paris engagement last fall to Dr. Thomas Price, Julie immediately knew that she wanted to incorporate traditions of her Moroccan lineage into her wedding.


Customarily, Moroccan wedding celebrations last much longer than the standard American ceremony and reception. In the week leading up to the nuptials, family and friends of the bride and groom gather, throwing parties to celebrate the union.

bride gifts, everything from perfume to jewelry, as part of a tradition that stems from the arranged marriages of the past. The festivities also include a trip to the mikvah for the bride and a henna party a few days before the ceremony.

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For Julie, embracing the rituals of her Moroccan heritage was very important, but she also wanted to make her wedding true to herself and Tom. As much as the celebrations the week leading up to a traditional Moroccan wedding resonated with her, the logistics of being able to share that much time with family and friends was unrealistic.


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she would take the most accessible of the traditions and incorporate them into her reception. She also chose a location that gave a truly authentic feel to the entire event and served traditional food at the reception.

party during the second portion of her reception. A large dot was painted on both Julie and Tom’s hands then covered and tied with a ribbon to allow it to soak in. The color stays on their hands for up to two weeks, and according to Moroccan folklore, the bride is exempt of her domestic duties until the henna disappears.

While there are plenty of amazing venues in Atlanta, none conveys a true Sephardic vibe quite like Congregation Or VeShalom. Between After changing into traditional the gorgeous rotunda and the eye- Moroccan kaftans and jellaba (the Dinner::Monday-Thursday catching sanctuary boasting stained long white robe predominantly worn 5pm-9pm glass and a central bima, Julie and by men), Julie and Tom joined their Friday Saturday 5pm-10pm Tom knew that this was the perfect families for dancing and, of course, place to exchange theirSundays vows. traditional Moroccan food. With a Closed And with the help of event de- menu provided by Ran Dori of OU for signer Andy Beach, they were able U in Sandy Springs, guests were able (678) 587-9100 | 5499 to transform the social hall into a to sample authentic fare like Moroccan cigars (a crispy pastry stuffed Moroccan reception, complete withRoad, Chamblee-Dunwoody with spicy meat), couscous and plenlanterns, flowers and decorative tile Dunwoody, Georgia, 30338 ty of hummus. centerpieces. Julie also wanted her for And for dessert, Ran provided spePlease to callinclude for details cialty Moroccan cookies covered in favorite pre-wedding the next privatecustom events into for your reception – theSimcha henna party. Tradi- nuts and honey. tionally, the henna party occurs a few While Julie did incorporate nondays before the wedding and involves Moroccan customs into her painting a reddish-brown dye on the tion, the importance of honoring her hands of the bride; the drawings can heritage was clear. With less than range from intricate to a single large 2,000 Jews still living in Morocco todot and symbolize health, wealth and day, remembering where she came from was crucial, and she believes fertility. In homage to her culture, Julie more people should acknowledge in held a small version of the henna their important celebrations.



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She was married for many years, and together she and her husband two sons. However, the couple eventually separated, their divorce finalized in October of 2007; the younger son’s bar mitzvah was to be celebrated the following January, and the planning for the simcha fell to the mother. According to their divorce decree, the ex-husband was required to pay for half of the bar mitzvah costs. Still, to save money, the mother made many of the decorations, such as the centerpieces.

“I don’t think that my son suffered because at the end of the party when we were cleaning up, he came over to me and said, ‘Mom, this is the best day I ever had. Thank you so much,’” she said. “All the troubles I had to go through planning the bar mitzvah just disappeared, and it made me smile and cry that my son was obviously happy.

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“The theme was sports, so I used my son’s trophies as centerpieces and added colorful balloons,” she said. “I had to be more creative.”

A bar or bat mitzvah is an important and memorable day in a child’s life and shouldn’t be overshadowed by divorce or hindered by single parenting. Seven years later, I still remember my bat mitzvah and all the love my parents put into it, and that’s still achievable, even for a single parent.

“I think it was just that I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing for my son and that everything would be perfect for him,” she says.



Being a single parent changes everything. The responsibility of planning this monumental Jewish tradition for your child falls completely on your own shoulders. Meanwhile, single-parenting and divorce rates have become much more prevalent in recent years, and a local East Cobb resident and member of Congregation Etz Chaim is just one example.

“If you cannot talk and make decisions together, the process become much harder, and the kids will get

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Without a spouse, the mother turned to her friends for support, and they gladly offered to help with everything from decorations to the photomontage to making decisions. For the mother, the decisions really were one of the hardest aspects of planning the bar mitzvah because she didn’t have a spouse to ask for opinions or bounce ideas off of.


My mom did all of the event planning and meticulously worked out every detail (with some opinionated help from me). It was a full-time job, but she was backed by the support of my dad and financial stability.

“We did a lot of the work,” she said. “There were things I paid other people to do for the first bar mitzvah when I was married, but now had to do myself because I couldn’t afford them.”

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une is the traditional wedding season, which finds couples consulting their checklist of tasks to be completed as their impending marriage nears. There are the standard “to-dos” on the checklist – such as confirming the caterer, the band and the florist. However, there is another especially crucial item that must not be overlooked. According to the Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen organization, before breaking the glass, a couple with at least one Jewish partner must also consider scheduling a blood test, since one in four Jews with ancestors

from Eastern and Central Europe (countries such as Poland, Russia, Germany, Austria and Lithuania) are at a greater risk for being a carrier of at least one of 19 identified Jewish genetic diseases. Getting tested at wedding time is crucial because while the date of the wedding is a known factor, the date of a potential conception is often not planned or known in advance. Timely screening enables the couple, even if they are both carriers, to consult with a genetic counselor about their options for having biological children free of Jewish genetic diseases. Before the advent of these screenings, prospective parents had no way of knowing whether they were carriers of a genetic disease that could threaten the health and life of their

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Those interested but without health insurance (or using an healthcare alternative system) should contact the Victor Center for further information. AJGS is a project founded by Caroline and Randy and Gold, funded by The Marcus Foundation and managed by the Victor Center for Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Editor’s note: To learn more about proper screening for Jewish Genetic Diseases, visit or or call (877) 401-1093. To ask genetic experts about genetic diseases and how they can be prevented, visit



Kosher Movies: The Hurt Locker (2008) DIRECTED BY KATHRYN BIGELOW

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s a rabbi, as an educator, and as a parent, I have been asked many times for advice when friends and loved ones are going through stressful times. Sometimes I can help them, and sometimes their situation is so complex that I do not have a suggestion or answer that works for them.

The film vividly details the enormous risk they take on a daily basis to do their job. In one particular scene, Sergeant William James is called to a public square, where a man is strapped in an explosive vest; the vest was placed on him against his will, and the man desperately wants someone to save him by removing the vest. The problem is that the vest is attached to his body with numerous locks. The crisis is compounded by a timing device on the man, which indicates that the bomb will explode in a matter of minutes. What to do? Sergeant James does his best but he cannot remove the locks in time. We are left to watch the bomb detonate and the man disappear into dust. The film drives home in a graphic way the dilemma we all face at one time or another. We do our best, and yet it still is not enough to make things right.

I want to help, but there are situations where my counsel is inadequate. I see the oncoming train wreck and I am powerless to change things or to prevent the damage from occurring. Watching “The Hurt Locker” gave me a visceral understanding of this feeling. This is a stomach-churning war movie, filled with profanity and extreme tension and violence, that deals with soldiers trained to disarm improvised explosive devices such as roadside bombs.

Judaism recognizes this human dilemma, and the sages give us guidance. The Ethics of the Fathers tell us that we should not run away from a difficult task; rather, we should begin it, do our best, and pray for the help of Heaven.

vice to enable him to diffuse a bomb unencumbered. The inability of his team to communicate with him in a hostile setting creates extreme uncertainty, and their straightforward mission is in danger of aborting. James also decides to hunt down terrorists on his own and invites his team to join him on this non-authorized mission, again needlessly placing his men at risk. This failure to consider the fate of others when one makes decisions is irresponsible and selfish; indeed, James’ pursuit of his own adrenaline rush creates havoc for his partners. This self-centeredness is contrary to the Judaic maxim that we are all responsible for another. As the famous poet Donne said: “No man is an island.” We are all

connected and the death of one man diminishes every man, and therefore we are bound to consider the welfare of all – not just what’s in it for us – when we make decisions. The implications for how we conduct our own lives are clear. When faced with a daunting task, don’t take a pass; just do your best and leave the rest to God. Furthermore, when making important decisions in life, think about your loved ones and how they will be affected by your decisions. Our decisions create ripple effects in the lives of others. Editor’s note: Rabbi Cohen, former principal of Yeshiva Atlanta, now resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel.

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he Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy held its Siyum HaShana on May 18, and students and teachers alike were honored for their amazing accomplishments over the years. Rabbi Lee Buckman, Head of School, served as master of ceremonies for this annual awards program that also featured some amazing student performances. After a beautiful d’var Torah delivered by eighthgrader Dean Alkalay, second-grader Sophie Knapp stepped up to the microphone to recognize a very special volunteer. Sophie explained that when she

entered GHA this year, she knew hardly any Hebrew. GHA volunteer Sam Bettsak taught her Ivrit with patience, imagination and sympathy. Sophie told Mr. Bettsak that she loved the way he used games and drawings to make learning fun and thanked him for understanding that she likes to save the purple stickers for last. Annie Intro and Liana Slomka then took the stage to present the school with a gift on behalf of Student Council, a framed mosaic picture of the GHA building. Liana said that the gift was chosen because, “through this mosaic, it is clear how we all make up the puzzle of GHA.” Rabbi Buckman next announced the Eighth-Grade Achievement

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The Keter Shem Tov award is given “not for the name we’re given at birth, but the name we earn through our words, actions and deeds.” Rabbi Buckman described Zach Maslia as “modest, resourceful, and upright, and does everything with a good sense of humor… he prays mightily and beautifully, but above all, he is a mensch to admire.” The Head of School award went to Adele Stolovitz, “intelligent, athletic and well-liked, and yet she stands out for her modesty and humility… she sets high standards for herself and can’t be pressured to veer from that moral compass.”

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Judy Merlin Kaminsky and Anita Stein, each at GHA for 10 years, were honored by Danny Sanders (“I know how busy she is – I’m one of the ones who keep her so busy”) and Abby Stein (“She still remembers the name of every student, and which piece of their work was her favorite”).

Chris Oertle and Kathy Eisenband are retiring at the end of the academic year, and GHA students did not let them go unrecognized. Oertle was honored by Brandon Ranly (“I walked into your class knowing only the letter B; now, I’m an excellent reader”), while Eisenband was honored by Max Pargman and Danielle Slutzky, who recited an acrostic poem for her (“‘G’ is for goodbye to the teacher we love…”).

Stella Gordon has been with GHA for 15 years and was honored by Shira Solomon (“I’ve never seen a teacher dance so much!”). Robyn Cooper, who has served for 25 years, was honored by Meira Robbins (“Thanks to her, I learned that taking your time and getting it right on the first try is better than finishing first”). Opposite Page Top: Hannah Solon, Eliana Goldin and Gabriel Gadelov drum the beat of the swords dance on bongos. Opp. Middle: GHA fourth-graders performing the swords dance, left to right: Sela Ratner, Ari Slomka, Amos Diener, Max Goldstein, Eliana Goldin and Aidyn Levin. Opp. Bottom: Second-graders Danielle Slutzky, Max Pargman, and Sophie Knapp were among the student presenters. Above: Rebecca Topper and Adele Stolovitz were the proud recipients of two Greenfield Hebrew Academy Eighth Grade Achievement Awards. PHOTOS/Devi Knapp

The Ephraim Frankel award is named for GHA’s beloved headmaster of many years, and is awarded for scholarship and leadership, and this year’s winners were Rebecca Topper and Ethan Robinson. Rebecca “is a quiet leader who enriches every environment with beauty and light…she takes the world, and sees the best in it; takes the people in it and makes them better,” and Ethan is “a quiet leader with a big, generous heart… he stands tall among his peers, in stature and in character.”

Vicki Flink and Evie Weinreich were honored for their 30 years by Jaren Linowes (“You’re the most extraordinary teacher ever”) and Zoe Aaron (“From the first day of first grade, when you were my teacher, I knew my time at GHA would be an inviting, amazing experience”). And finally, Penny Eisenstein, who has been at GHA for 35 years, was honored by Ellie Parker, Linsey Cohen and Zoe Bagel (“Not only do we love coming to practice, we love the memories we make when we’re

The program was punctuated with performances by GHA’s most talented and musical students. Audience members enjoyed the performance of a brand-new band, M.O.T. (Members of the Tribe); the quartet of intrepid and rocking fourth-graders, including Zack Slutzky on drums, Jacob Botnick and Joseph Arbiser on guitars and Leead Silverstone singing lead, played an original composition entitled “GHA: It’s the School For Me” to the tune of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” Eighth-grader Bella Cantor played a violin rendition of “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof,” accompanied by GHA’s music teacher, Dona Wise,

on the piano. Sophie Steinberg and Eliana Goldin performed a piano duet called “Buzzy Bee.” Harry Haber, David Goldfarb, Avi Spector and Rem Hellmann each performed a piano solo, and the fourth grade changed things up with a sword dance, complete with bongo players and the formation of a Magen David of wooden swords. At the conclusion of the event, students watched a slide show of the senior trip to Israel, where eighthgraders marked the religiously, historically and emotionally significant sites with signs reading, “This is my Israel.” Rabbi Buckman and the faculty choir sang a musical review of the school year, touching every highlight and every heart. Fortified by the memories of what was, and looking forward to what will be, students are ready for a long summer of relaxation. Their Torah knowledge and love of learning will keep them sharp and ready for the year to come. Editor’s note: Leah Levy is a paraprofessional at GHA and the author of “The Waiting Wall,” a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for 2010.

Five students were recognized with the Ten-Year Key, having attended GHA from pre-K through eighth grade (“but really, we want to thank your parents!”). David Saxe, Ariel Mordoch, Zoe Aaron, Greg Shapiro and Adam Arbiser each were awarded this coveted honor.

Teachers celebrating milestone years were thanked by their grateful students. Rabbi Ari Karp and principal Leah Summers, who have been with GHA for five years, were honored by Sam Salama (“I wish I could stay in your class the entire day!”) and Nicole Nooriel (“You welcome us

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arry and Judy Glatzer of Bethlehem, Ga. are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Michael Glatzer, and Dania Liebergesell, daughter of Dr. Matthias and Astrid Liebergesell of Pennsylvania. The future bride is the granddaughter of Mahmoud and Ellen Mohtadi of Frankenberg, Germany and the late Karl and Erika Liebergesell, who lived in Frankenburg. Dania graduated summa cum laude with both a bachelor’s of arts and master’s in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and is employed as a case manager at Homestretch in Virginia. The future groom is the grandson of the late Morris and Hannah Bernhardt and the late Marvin and Ruth Glatzer, all of whom lived in Atlanta. Michael graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and is employed a Certified Public Accountant with Computer Science Corporation in Virginia. The couple reside in Washington, D.C. and are planning a spring 2013 wedding.

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they could barter their newly acquired territories in return for peace. But even dramatic defeat could not persuade the Arab world to accept the reality of a Jewish state: The Arab Summit Conference in Khartoum on Sept. 1, 1967, resolved “No peace, no recognition, no negotiations” with Israel. To be sure, in later years Egypt and Jordan bowed to the inevitable and negotiated with Israel, resulting in peace agreements. Israel has shown its readiness for territorial compromise in exchange for guarantees of peace by relinquishing the Sinai and then Gaza. And Israel remains ready to negotiate with the Palestinian leadership, which, sadly, avoids face-to-face talks and refuses to even acknowledge Jewish historical ties to the land. Those who seek to rewrite history suggest that there was a “Palestine” occupied by Israel; there was not. They further assume that Israel violated international borders in 1967, but there were no borders, only armistice lines. These same people claim Israel was the aggressor, but in fact it acted in self-defense and fought off the Arab aggressors.

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Molly Shein Rosen 102, ATLANTA Molly Shein Rosen, born March 3, 1910, died June 4, 2012 in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Maurice Shein, and her second husband, David Rosen. She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Walker, Sandy Springs; her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Cari Shein, South Bend, Ind.; her grandchildren, Pam and Mark Rosenthal, Mindy Weissman, Rebecca Shein, Megan Shein, Layna and Bob Bender, Sari and Don Snellback and Lori and Packy Jones; and 12 great-grandchildren. Born in Newport, Ky., she lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and Miami Beach, Fla. before moving to Atlanta in 1995. She worked many years as a secretary for Dade County public schools, was an active member of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach and was president of her Hadassah chapter at the Moorings Condominiums several times. Molly had a wonderful creative flair and enjoyed many art forms, especially painting, ceramics and needlepoint. She was an avid mah jongg and canasta player, loved music and dance and was famous for her yummy poppy seed cookies. After moving to Atlanta, she volunteered at Northside Hospital until the age of 94 and found great reward in her “job” at the hospital. Her family wishes to thank her “adopted daughter” Jonette Underwood for the wonderful loving care she gave over the last many years. Graveside services were held June 6 at 12:00 p.m. at Arlington Memorial Park. Shiva was observed at the home of Lynda Walker. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Please sign on-line guestbook: Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Seymour “Sy” Dankberg 80, ATLANTA Seymour “Sy” Dankberg of Atlanta passed away on May 28, 2012. He was born in Manhattan, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 1932. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and went on to earn his MBA from NYU. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for many years at Van Heusen and ended his career at JC Penney. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanette; son, Ray (Tracy); daughter, Iris (Sean) Jackson; sister-in-law, Sylvia Broder; nephew, Fred (Glenda) Broder; grandsons, Sam, Alex, Harris and Marshall; and great-nieces, nephews, family and friends. Please sign online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

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Atlanta Synagogue Directory CHABAD


Congregation B’nai Torah 1633 Hwy 54 E Jonesboro, GA 30238 678.817.7162

Chabad Israel Center 5188 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30324 404.252.9508

Atlanta Chevre Minyan Druid Forest Clubhouse North Crossing Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305

Congregation Dor Tamid 11165 Parsons Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097 770.623.8860

Chabad Jewish Center 4255 Wade Green Rd. Suite 120 Kennesaw, GA 30144 678.460.7702

Congregation Shema Yisrael 6065 Roswell Rd., #3018 Atlanta, GA 30328 404.943.1100

Congregation Ner Tamid 176 West Sandtown Rd. Marietta, GA 30064 678.264.8575

Guardians of the Torah P.O. Box 767981 Roswell, GA 30076 770.286.3477

Temple Beth David 1885 Mcgee Rd. Snellville, GA 30078 770.978.3916

Nediv Lev: the Free Synagogue of Atlanta 3791 Mill Creek Ct. Atlanta, GA 30341 770.335.2311

Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Rd. Roswell, GA 30075 770.642.0434

Chabad of Gwinnett 3855 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 770 Norcross, GA 30092 678.595.0196 Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 770.410.9000 Congregation Beth Tefillah 5065 High Point Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 404.257.9306

Conservative Ahavath Achim Synagogue 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. Atlanta, GA 30327 404.355.5222 Congregation Beth Shalom 5303 Winters Chapel Rd. Atlanta, GA 30360 770.399.5300 Congregation B’nai Torah 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30328 404.257.0537

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Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy Marietta, GA 30068 770.973.0137 Congregation Gesher L’Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 770.777.4009 Congregation Or Hadash 6751 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30328 404.250.3338

Orthodox Anshi S’Fard Congregation 1324 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306 404.874.4513 Congregation Ariel 5237 Tilly Mill Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30338 770.390.9071 Congregation Beth Jacob 1855 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 404.633.0551 Congregation Beth Yitzhak 5054 Singleton Rd. Norcross, GA 30093 770.931.4567 Email: Congregation Ner Hamizrach 1858 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 404.315.9020 The Kehilla of Sandy Springs 5075 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30342 404.913.6131 Young Israel of Toco Hills 2074 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 404.315.1417


Congregation Bet Haverim 2676 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 404.315.6446

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Chabad Intown 928 Ponce De Leon Avenue Atlanta, GA 30306 404.898.0434

Chabad of Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068 770.565.4412


Congregation Shearith Israel 1180 University Dr. Atlanta, GA 30306 404.873.1743


Temple Emanu-El 1580 Spalding Dr. Atlanta, GA 30350 770.395.1340 Temple Kehillat Chaim 1145 Green St. Roswell, GA 30075 770.641.8630 Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Rd. Marietta, GA 30062 770.973.3533 Temple Sinai 5645 Dupree Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30327 404.252.3073 The Temple 1589 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404.873.1731

SEPHARDIC Congregation Or VeShalom 1681 North Druid Hills Rd. Atlanta, GA 30319 404.633.1737

Traditional Congregation Shaarei Shamayim 1810 Briarcliff Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 404.417.0472

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This Week’s Highlighted Events




Fri., June 15


Sun., June 17

Tot Kabbalat Shabbat, kids ages 2-5 and their parents are invited to celebrate Shabbat. Come create arts and crafts, light the Shabbat candles, sing, and dance. Fri., June 15, 6 p.m. RSVP requested. Congregation Ariel. (404) 991-8295 or






Touch-a-Truck. Sun., June 17, 11 a.m. $10/family. Congregation Ariel. Red Cross Blood Drive. Sun., June 17. Appointment requested. Congregation Ariel. (404) 486-3578.




Sat., June 16

Tues., June 19

Meet-the-Artist: David Clayman. Event Sat., June 16 at Gallery 4463 in Acworth; exhibit runs Memorial Day weekend 2012 through May 2013 at the World of Coca-Cola. davidclaymanart. com or

Thriving Beyond Surviving, personal stories of rising above loss in childhood, adulthood and old age, the first in a series of forums presented by the Vi & Milton Weinstein Hospice and the William Breman Jewish Home. Tues., June

Sun., June 24

Annual Meeting, come to this important meeting, dinner and childcare will be provided. Sun., June 24, 6 p.m. Gesher L’Torah.

Congregation Ner Tamid at Kennesaw Mountain, come with your family and friends for some fresh air, a hike or a run. There will be a picnic, summer games for the kids, and wonderful discussion. Sun., June 24, 10 a.m. RSVP requested. Kennesaw Mountain. (678) 264-8575. Get Screened, get tested for 19 Jewish Genetic Diseases. Sun., June 24, 10 a.m. $25 maximum fee. Advanced registration required. Atlanta Women’s Health Group. Janice Rothschild Blumberg Book Talk and Signing, “Prophet in a Time of Priests” moderated by New York Times bestselling author Gail Evens. Sun., June 24, 2 p.m. $12/adult, $8/senior, and $6/student or teacher.The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum.

Wed., June 27

Israeli Scout Friendship Caravan, boys are invited to come and watch the caravan preform. Wed., June 27, 12 p.m. Chabad Israeli Center. (770) 587-3019 or lisa@malli. com.

Sat., June 30

19, 7 p.m. Free, open to the community. Breman Home’s Garson Auditorium. (404) 352-4308 or




Thurs., June 21 Devorah: Prophetess Under a Palm Tree, learn lessons from Devorah like how to gain courage to stand up and take initiative and how to be a good role model and source of guidance for your family and your community. Thurs., June 21 7:30 p.m. $8/session. RSVP requested. Chabad Intown.


Fri., June 22 AAbsolute Unplugged, come to UNwind, UNderstand, and UNplug from the ordinary, in a new prayer experience. Fri., June 22, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Ahavath Achim Synagogue.

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transitions to parenthood, creating a Jewish home and more. Sundays, July 8, 15, and 22, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Ahavath Achim Synagogue. skaufman@ or (404) 603-5741.

Sun., July 15

Ice Cream Social, come and enjoy this family event. Sun., July 15, 4 p.m. All are welcome. Temple Kol Emeth. denisejacobs@ or (770) 973-3533.

Havdallah Wine & Cheese, come and experience the joy of the havdallah ceremony with music and friends. Sat., June 30, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Temple Kol Emeth. or (770) 973-3533.

Pathways in the Park, join the MJCCA and other interfaith families and adults for dinner, hike, crafts and more. Sundays July 15, 23 and 30, 5 p.m. $18/family or $5/individual. Morgan Falls Park. suzanne.hurwitz@ or (678) 812-4160.

Sun., July 8

Thurs., July 19

Bet is for Baby, come learn about the



Life Line Screening, a stroke screening. Pre-registration is required. Thurs., July 19.

Congregation Beth Shalom. 1-(800) 3241851 or (770) 399-5300.

Sun., July 22

Essentials for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond, presentation with guest speakers, Mayim Bialik, PhD, midwife Ina May Gaskin and other parenting specialists. Sun., July 22, 11 a.m. Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter. www. CBS Night of Baseball, Gwinnett Braves v. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Sun., July 22, 5:05 p.m. (770) 804-9721 or office@

Tues., July 31

God and the Brain: Mind, Body & Soul, class with Steve Chervin and the Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning. Tuesdays 9:30

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