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NEWS Abraham Accords Backers Cite Growing Support By Dave Schechter In September 2020, to fanfare that included an outdoor ceremony at the White House, Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Three months later, Israel re-established diplomatic relations with Morocco after a 20-year break. Known as the Abraham Accords, this public acceptance of Israel by the Arab nations was engineered by the Trump administration. Sudan signed onto the accords in January 2021 but normalization with Israel remains in limbo. The Abraham Accords came 41 years after the groundbreaking 1979 treaty between Israel and Egypt and 26 years since Israel and Jordan signed a treaty in 1994. Sharaka — an Arabic word meaning “partnership” — is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created to promote anticipated benefits of the Abraham Accords, primarily through people-to-people engagement of Israelis with Emiratis, Bahrainis, and Moroccans. Delegations organized by Sharaka visited Atlanta in August 2021 and this past March. A third came to town on Nov. 1, facilitated by Israel’s Atlanta-based consulate in the Southeast. In a meeting with the AJT, Dan Fefferman, an Israeli and Sharaka’s director of communications and global affairs, said that funding comes from private donors and foundations in the U.S. and Israel. The organization is registered as a non-profit in Israel and Bahrain and plans to register in Morocco. U.S. donations are channeled through the Central Fund of Israel, a Cedarhurst, New York-based non-profit with 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service. Fefferman said that the Abraham Ac-


The Sharaka delegation at planting of a “peace tree” in Atlanta’s Freedom Park. From left: Karen Isenberg Jones, director of government affairs, consulate general of Israel; Commissioner Justin Cutler, department of parks and recreation; Fatema Alharbi, from Bahrain; Ibtissame Azzaoui, from Morocco; Israeli Consul General Anat Sultan Dadon; Israeli Deputy Consul General Alex Gandler; Dan Fefferman, from Israel; and Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman // Photo provided by the Israeli Consulate

cords have created a “paradigm shift” in the Middle East, as Arab governments that in the past might have kept contact with Israel on the “down low,” appear more willing to extend a hand publicly. “We need to give time, to see that this dynamic is real,” said Ibtissame Azzaoui, a member of Sharaka’s advisory board and a former member of the Moroccan parliament, who last year was elected to the city council in Rabat, the nation’s capital. The past two years have seen a surge in Israelis — both for business and tourism — traveling to the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco, but “We have not yet seen tourism from any of these countries to Israel,” said Fefferman. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in September that, thus far in 2022, Israelis had logged some 500,000 passengers on round-trip flights to Dubai, the most populous UAE city. The Moroccan

government reported that 15,000 Israelis visited during Passover in April and that 200,000 were expected throughout 2022. On the other hand, the Israeli Tourism Ministry reported that since the signing of the Abraham Accords, only 3,600 tourists from the UAE, Morocco, and Bahrain combined had visited Israel. The ministry attributed the low number to Israel not reopening to foreign tourists until March 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is an obstacle to more widespread acceptance of Abraham Accords, below the level of societal elites, it is the issue of Israel and the Arab populations in the West Bank and Gaza. “The Palestinians have held back diplomacy across the region for too long. Elites in the region understand full well that there have been multiple peace deals on the table for over 20 years, that have been rejected,” Fefferman said. “There are too many interests at play to be held back.” Fatema Alharbi, a Bahraini and director of Gulf affairs for Sharaka, is an author whose works of fiction focus on women’s lives. She estimated that 70-80 percent of Bahrainis initially opposed the Abraham Accords. “People are not comfortable because of the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” though opinions change as Bahrainis meet Israelis on an individual basis, she said. Alharbi attempted to thread a needle, saying of Bahrainis in general (exempting herself): “We don’t have a problem with the Jewish people. We have a problem with the Israeli Jewish people,” stemming from the Palestinian issue.

Where Bahrain traces its Jewish population back several centuries, Morocco’s dates to 70 C.E., the time of the Roman destruction of the Second Temple. During World War II, the late King Mohammed V shielded a Jewish population numbering more than 250,000 from roundups by the pro-Nazi Vichy government of France. Emigration began after Israel’s 1948 war of independence. Morocco’s Jewish population today is estimated at about 2,000, while more than 1 million Israelis are of Moroccan descent. Diplomatic relations severed following the Second Intifada in 2000 were re-established by King Mohammed VI. Azzaoui and Alharbi proudly noted the advance of women into prominent roles in their countries’ governments. Ambassador Houda Nonoo not only was Bahrain›s first female ambassador to the United States (2008-13), but also the first Jewish ambassador from an Arab country to the U.S. The Sharaka delegation visited Atlanta on the day that Israelis went to the polls for the fifth time in four years. The Times of Israel reported that on a recent visit to Israel, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed warned opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu that should he again become prime minister, the inclusion of far right-wing legislators Itamar Ben Gvir and Bazelel Smotrich in his government would strain the still nascent ties between the two countries. “It’s a new relationship. They have to now engage with Israeli society, with Israeli politics. It’s the only fully vibrant, maybe too vibrant, democracy in the region,” Fefferman said. The current Israeli government has been supportive of the accords and, he added, “I don’t see this changing,” even if leadership of the government changes. “There are a lot of challenges here. The public opinion in the Arab world is a big one,” a situation that will improve as “people see the tangible benefits,” Fefferman said. “We share the same threats,” he continued, citing Iran and extremism. While in Atlanta, the Sharaka delegation also visited the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, the Hillel chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Morehouse College. The group planted a “peace tree” in the city’s Freedom Park, joined by Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman and Justin Cutler, parks and recreation commissioner. ì


Bernie Marcus Encourages Charitable Giving By Bob Bahr Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, has spent the last 20 years giving away his large fortune. At the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center Sunday evening, Nov 6., he made a rare virtual appearance. The 93-year-old Marcus, whose generosity helped build the namesake community facility and who namesake in Dunwoody, spent a lively hour discussing the lessons he has learned and the important people that have helped shape his long and successful career. The event was sponsored by the Atlanta Jewish Times, which is also a major sponsor of this year’s festival. The newspaper’s publisher, Michael Morris, who is Marcus’s son, introduced the program. Many of the evening’s observations were taken from Marcus’s new book, "Kick Up Some Dust," co-written with Catherine Lewis, an assistant vice president and a history professor at Kennesaw State University. In his Sunday night book festival conversation with Lewis, Marcus credited his mother, a poor Russian immigrant, with providing the important lesson that stayed with him over the years. “All the things I believe in, really came from my mother,” he told Lewis. “My mother said the more you give, the more you’ll get. Never look back on bad things. Always keep positive thoughts in your mind. These are things that she taught me. But the most important one is, you have to give back.” He particularly remembers, during the 1930s, looking forward to getting a nickel from her for an occasional summertime treat, a Charlotte Russe, or “Charly Roose” as it was called on the streets of Newark, New Jersey where he grew up. It was a sliver of pound cake covered with whipped cream and a cherry. The sweet was set in a scalloped paper cup that you pushed up from the bottom as it was eaten. But he remembers, much to his disappointment that one nickel he thought was his, was instead dropped into the small pushkah or charity box his mother kept in their crowded tenement flat. “What are you doing?” the disappointed young Marcus remembers asking his mother. “And she would say, "this is for charity, and you have to give it. This is what we do, we Jews. We give back to charity." I never forgot that, and I think it became part of my being – part of who I am. I hope that my children and my grandchildren feel the same way and will continue after I’m gone.” It’s the reason he’s subtitled his book, “Lessons on thinking big, giving back and doing it yourself,” a personal philosophy of contributing to others that helped him shape the culture of The Home Depot that he led for almost 25 years. Today he believes it also provides the inspiration for his monumental philanthropy. Over the years he has had an enormous impact on healthcare in Atlanta, with his gifts to Grady Hospital and Piedmont Hospital, the Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, the Marcus Autism Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and nationally through his support for J Screen’s medical research at Emory University and elsewhere. He also built the Georgia Aquarium. Marcus has been a primary benefactor of the Birthright program in Israel for young Jewish adults and recently began funding a similar program for Jewish high school students to prepare them for the challenges of life on college campuses today.

Kennesaw State University’s Catherine Lewis co-authored the book with Marcus.

Bernie Marcus discussed his new book for the Book Festival of the MJCCA.

“It is brutal out there,” Marcus said, in a direct statement to the Marcus Jewish Community Center audience. “Those of you Jews out there don’t understand how serious this issue is today on the campuses in America. Antisemitism is slowly but surely raising its ugly head. It’s like when I grew up in the forties, and in the fifties. I saw it every day of my life.” And he had a challenge to those, who unlike himself have enjoyed financial success and have not done much to share their wealth. Marcus said he and the executive director of his foundation, Jay Kaiman, have been on a crusade to

have those who are rich to open their wallets. “I will tell you that Jay and I spent a lot of time on this subject. We have met a lot of people who have untold wealth nobody generally knows about. They’ve made tons of money and they’re sitting on it and doing nothing with it. The truth is that most of them want to do something. Jay and I have given – I don’t know how many lessons. We have sat with many mentoring about how to do it and how to get yourself involved. Get out of the shadows and give.”ì Kick Up Some Dust: Lessons on Thinking Big, Giving Back, and Doing It Yourself is available on Amazon:

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New Arthur Blank Animal Center is Open

Blank visited the Atlanta Humane Society’s new building soon after it opened in October.

By Bob Bahr Arthur Blank was only 15 when his father, Max, who was struggling financially to build a mail order pharmaceutical business in New York City, died suddenly. His mother, Molly, who had eloped at 18, to marry and raise her two sons, decided to take over the business. With his father gone and his mother spending long hours learning to be a businesswoman, Blank and his brother Michael often found themselves coming home from Stuyvesant High in Queens to a darkened and empty one bedroom apartment. That’s when Molly decided to get them a dog. Blank remembers it changed everything. “After my father passed, the dog, in some ways filled that void for my brother and myself and even for my mother. It made such a difference to have an animal that we could love and would love us. And who was so excited each day to see us when we came home.” Those years helped to sharped Arthur’s ambition and drive. He went on to earn an accounting degree at Babson College outside Boston and begin a career in corporate finance that eventually led him to become co-founder of The Home Depot in 1978. Last December when the Atlanta Humane Society was raising money to build a new headquarters on the Westside, Blank remembered the dog that had meant so much to him at such a difficult time in his life. His family foundation gave the organization $4 million to build the Arthur M. Blank Family Animal Center. It’s a mod8 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

The big red heart at the new Humane Society entrance is a sign of welcome.

Morgan says the Society has spent ern two-story building on a five-acre site that probably would not have come to- years envisioning what the future of anigether as it did without Blank’s support. mal welfare should look like, and he beAccording to Cal Morgan, the president lieves they have created one of the most sophisticated and CEO of the veterinary Humane Socimedical cenety, Blank and ters in this part his family spent of the counconsiderable try. Blank gets time working much of the out the details credit for helpof their gift. ing to make the “Arthur Humane Socispent a lot of ety’s dreams time with his come true. family talking “ M r . about this gift. Blank’s comThey huddled Arthur Blank first developed his long mitment was at their ranch love affair with dogs as a teen. the key,” Morproperty in gan says. “That Montana as a was the rocket family as they fuel that we talked about needed to redoing this. His ally propel the children and campaign to grandchildren success. Our are also big original goal animal lovers. was to raise So, it was a real $10 million to family thing for supplement them.” Cal Morgan, the president and CEO of the the money we What the Atlanta Humane Society praised Blank as received from Humane Sothe key to their fundraising success. selling our old ciety, which is a no-kill animal shelter, created with building. But we were able with his gift Blank’s full support was not only one of to leverage other givers. We actually exthe country’s most modern animal adop- ceeded our campaign, and we ended up tion centers, but it has veterinary surgi- raising $11.5 million.” In recent years, particularly during cal facilities to treat animals needing spethe height of the pandemic there was a cialized care and treatment.

sharp rise in animal adoptions. Kennels like the ones at the Humane Society were emptied, as individuals and families craved the love and companionship that an animal offered. To keep those adoptions from being given back, the Society has opened a low-cost veterinary clinic in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta. Through the Meals on Wheel program, it offers pet food deliveries to accompany the meals that are delivered to those in need. There’s even an animal behavioral advice line and a clinic for those who are having problems with their new adoptions. It’s all part of the Humane Society’s attempt to make itself an even more open and receptive part of the community. There’s a big red heart outside their building, and according to the Morgan it’s there to say welcome. “We’ve got walking trails on our property, we’ve got green space., We’re encouraging people to come and visit, bring their dog for a walk, interact with other people and their animals, come inside and take a look at the center,” he said. Which is all good news to Blank who today has a new puppy and two golden retrievers to come home to. One is named Maia, from the Greek for Max, whose death 65 years ago changed his life. The other is Molly, named after his mother who bought that first dog so long ago and made opening the front door such a pleasure. “There is always so much joy when I come home.” Blank says. “No matter what my mood is, whether we win a game or lose, they’re always happy.” ì

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Atlanta’s Leaders Weigh in on Kanye Controversy By Debbie Diamond

of Color Council, pointed out that Black Jews face both oppressions. “Ye has been saying defamatory comThe antisemitic sentiment expressed ments about the Black comby Ye, formerly known as munity for a while. Racism and Kanye West, hit close to home antisemitism are two wings of during the Oct. 30 football the same bird,” stated Raggs. game between rivals UniversiShe stressed that Jews and ty of Georgia and University of Blacks must be vigilant when Florida. In what appeared to be racism of any form is encouna copycat version of Ye’s antisetered. “And other communities mitic rants, the electronic vidmust stand in solidarity with eo board at AIAA Bank Field Victoria Raggs, coin Jacksonville, Fla., where the founding and executive Jews against antisemitism bedirector of Atlanta cause it’s just another form of game was held, read, “Kanye Jews of Color Council hate,” she stressed. was right about the jews (sic).” NAACP Atlanta Chapter president The same message appeared on a building in downtown Jacksonville that Richard Rose is in agreement. “There are no single-issue bigots. Ye has weekend, and banners were hung from a highway overpass on the city’s Interstate demonstrated he is a bigot in every sense of 10 and at Arlington Expressway that read, the word. I believe that even Black people “End Jewish Supremacy in America,” “Honk can be white supremacists, as he’s clearly shown,” said Rose. if you know it’s the Jews,” and Rabbi Brad Levenberg of “Kanye Is Right About Jews.” Temple Sinai, co-chair of the Though rivals on the field, American Jewish Committee leaders from both teams quick(AJC) Black/Jewish Coalition, ly condemned the messages. affirmed the organization’s The University of Georgia commitment to build bridges and the University of Florida and celebrate the diversity. The released a joint statement deorganization has condemned nouncing the billboard’s mesRichard Rose, Ye’s comments and those who sage. The statement read, “The NAACP Atlanta are inspired by them to act out University of Florida and the chapter president against others. University of Georgia together “We find comfort in the myriad of voicdenounce these and all acts of antisemitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance. es that have visibly and audibly condemned We are proud to be home to strong and these actions. As we continue to experience thriving Jewish communities at UGA and the rise of antisemitism and racism in Atlanta, we know we are not immune to such UF, and we stand together against hate.” As the national conversation contin- activities,” said Rabbi Levenberg. In Twitter posts on Oct. 9, Ye vowed to ues about Ye’s antisemitic rants and the continued fallout, Black and Jewish leaders “go death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE,” and from across Atlanta are weighing in on the said, “You guys have toyed with me and tried impact of his comments. Victoria Raggs, co- to black ball anyone whoever opposes your founding executive director of Atlanta Jews agenda” in reference to Jews. At the time, the


Kanye West also known as "Ye."

tweets were removed by Twitter. His com- antisemitism and building coalitions with ments came days after he appeared dur- other communities. Associate Director Juing Paris Fashion Week with lie Katz pointed out that while Candace Owens in matching Ye’s comments are overtly an“White Lives Matter” T-shirts. tisemitic, there are less obvious Shortly after his antiseforms that are equally dangermitic tirade, Ye was dropped ous and damaging. as a client by his Hollywood “Some people feel more agency, Creative Artists Agencomfortable expressing their cy (CAA). Adidas, Balenciaga, antisemitic points of view ‘in Gap, TJ Maxx, Foot Locker, and code,’ so to speak, and these Rabbi Brad Levenberg Vogue have also severed ties messages are just as dangerof Temple Sinai, co-chair with him. A completed docuous. Age-old tropes about Jewof American Jewish mentary about his life that was ish control of the media, govCommittee’s Black/ set to be distributed has been ernment and banks are part of Jewish Coalition shelved. this false narrative,” she said. Eytan Davidson, regional Mark Dawson, co-chair of director of the Anti-Defamathe American Jewish Committion League Southeast, indicattee’s Black/Jewish Coalition, ed that many white supremasaid, “Ye has been structurally cist groups have picked up on checked through the loss of the antisemitism espoused nearly all of his corporate partby Ye. In fact, Davidson mennerships, including Gap and tioned that the Goyim Defense Adidas. I believe these stateLeague has been named as the ments and actions are necesperpetrator of both the Jack- Mark Dawson, co-chair sary, important, and approprisonville and Los Angeles inci- of the American Jewish ate.” Yet, he cautioned, “Any Committee’s Black/ dents. victory laps in checking the Jewish Coalition “Occurring near the repugnant actions of individufourth anniversary of the Tree of Life Syna- als like Ye should be postponed until we get gogue shootings, this display of antisemi- to the root of the institutions that produce tism is unacceptable and outthem.” rageous,” he said. Despite the The AJC has several reantisemitic vitriol, however, sources available to help comDavidson was encouraged bat antisemitism, including a by the speed and strength of recent piece, “Take Action: 6 the statements made by both Ways to Combat Antisemitism University of Georgia and Uniafter Kanye West’s Remarks,” versity of Florida, the Southwhich can be found at www.ajc. eastern Conference (SEC) and org/news/take-action-6-waysJulie Katz, associate the Jacksonville Jaguars orgato-combat-antisemitism-afterdirector of the American nization condemning the incikanye-wests-remarks. In JanuJewish Committee dents. ary, the organization will issue For decades, The American Jewish its yearly State of Antisemitism in America Committee (AJC) has been a force in fighting report. ì

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Intown Chabad Celebrates 26 Years with Joy By Marcia Caller Jaffe On Oct. 24, Dena and Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman glowed as they shared the limelight, recognizing the contributions of others in tandem with their own 26 years of leadership at Chabad Intown. Dena explained, “Twenty-six is significant because it’s the numeric name for Hashem and fitting to celebrate this milestone…also because 25 was too ‘COVID-y” [to celebrate].” She also announced the coincidence of Rabbi Schusterman’s 49th birthday to rousing applause. During the hour-long reception at Summerour Studio on Bishop Street, guests mingled sharing stories about Chabad Intown’s beginning and relationships throughout the years. Developer Anosh Ishak recalled, “There I was in 1995 at the zoning office, and I see this young rabbi (Eliyahu) doing the same thing. After we met, I made it a point to stay connected.” Rabbi Dov Drizin laughed, “I may be Eliyahu’s earliest friend. At 12 years old, we were in the same school. I also take credit for being the matchmaker to connect him to Dena. More importantly, he is a wonderful mix as he is both spiritual and cerebral, a doer and a ‘feeler.’” The formal program inside was a mix of speakers and an on-point video comprised of photos of the sentimental journey of the young Schustermans, starting with the preschool up to Rabbi Schusterman’s business “sechel” in having the vision to buy the Beltline property in parts as two separate deeds, and his ability to raise the money to do it. Donors and supporters appeared in the video like Ian and Carol Ratner, who referred to the couple as “unflappable with a very cool attitude.” Schusterman was touted for seeing the potential under the surface in the Intown market as the suburbs seemed to be experiencing rapid expansion. The video paid great tribute to Dena Schusterman’s education philosophy in establishing the Intown Jewish Academy with her combination of modern values, enthusiasm, and immersing children in understanding who they are. Supporters Leslie Zinn and David Frolich commented on the value of this education. Special tribute was paid to the Young Professional Award recipients: Andres Bibliowicz, Nathan Kaplan, and David Weinstein, who donated their business and real estate expertise. The video highlighted Susan Eisenstein who spoke of her late husband, Ber12 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman (left) expressed appreciation for Andy Bibliowicz, who won one of the Young Professionals Awards.

Steven Howard (left) chats with Rabbi Dov Drizin who knew Rabbi Schusterman as a preteen.

The Summerour Studio room was alive with music by The Afro-Klezmer Orchestra and gourmet food provided by EB Caterer.

Nancy Habif and Beth Friedman flank honoree Dena Schusterman during the cocktail hour.

Anosh Ishak, shown with wife, Hadara, met Rabbi Schusterman in 1995 by chance at the zoning office.

Harry Maziar chats with Rabbi Ruvi New.

nie, and his deeded gift to Chabad, and of the Kaus family, who endowed “Jeff’s Place” to help with those suffering from addiction, in memory of their late son, Moishe Jeff Kraus. Barry Koch, Joy Maxey, Alan Pinstein, Chana Perloe and Howard Kaufman, Ryan Leveson, and Michael and Mindy Planer, were recognized in addition to those mentioned herein. Rabbi Yossi New closed the video by complimenting how Chabad Intown serves as a moral compass in a society that “can have some poor moral values.” He concluded, “May you continue to be a beacon of light.” The live program began with an introduction by Motik Schusterman, the couple’s oldest son, as he entered to mu-

sic from the science fiction classic, “Star Wars.” He was told to speak from the heart and that he did. Later, Dena spoke of the mitzvah of the timing of the Hakhel ceremony, or “gathering together,” to read from the Torah every seventh year, and the importance of teaching conscious acts of kindness. Rabbi Schusterman shared his pride in “having no debt and paying the staff on time consistently.” He thanked donors and ended with appreciation of Dena as his life partner “in keeping him humble and the glue that holds it all together.” Original framed art was passed out to honorees. A sequin-clad auctioneer took to the stage to raise money from bids as generous contributors stood and some challenged others to do the same.

Guests left with a gift bag of Chabad anniversary socks, 26th anniversary cookies, matches and a book by Rabbi Gershon Schusterman, “Why G-d Why? How to Believe in Heaven When it Hurts Like Hell.” The book details his experiences at age 38 when his wife passed away, leaving him with 11 children. Inside the dining hall, Eli Brafman, of EB Caterer, loaded both ends of the room with delicacies from chicken and salmon to a sprawling salad bar in the middle. The Afro-Klezmer Orchestra turned up the volume with “Vah Meir Bis du Shane,” which means that “you’re grand,” and, in this case, the honorees are just that. Chabad Intown is located at 730 Ponce de Leon Place in Atlanta. ì

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Little PINK Book Platform Celebrates 18 Years By Marcia Caller Jaffe Some of America’s top business leaders were in costume, dressed for the job they want, or already have, at PINK’s 18th annual Fall Women’s Empowerment luncheon on Oct. 31, at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. More than 200 guests attended in-person and another 270 participants, a group comprised of ambitious women, emerging leaders, and male advocates, chose to livestream the showcase. To illustrate the event’s superhero theme, Aprio Wealth Management CEO and managing partner Richard Kopelman appeared in a pink mask and cape as the only male on the “power panel.” Local celebrity, poet, and former TV anchor Cynthia Good, who started and nurtured the PINK platform, served as the event’s emcee and was energetic, speaking with clarity, emphasis, and passion. She began by quoting a McKenzie study, citing that there is still one woman for every four men in leadership positions, and one person of color out of 20 in C-suite, or executive level, positions. The bi-annual event concentrated on diversity and inclusivity in the workplace by sharing the experiences of top leaders who have moved into C-Suite roles. “We have an extraordinary group of leaders who are willing to share their success secrets,” said Good. The panel, in addition to Kopelman, included: Julia Houston, chief strategy and marketing officer, Equifax; Chris Robins, business unit CEO, home appliances, Newell Brands; Julienne Smith, chief development officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts; and Brandi Thomas, group VP, chief audit exec, General Electric. The event moderator was Courtney Bryant, a news anchor for Fox 5 Atlanta, WAGA-TV, where Good formerly anchored the weekend news. Featured leaders addressed pivotal changes in the workplace, how those changes affect organizations and women in particular, and how women can get more of what they want at work. “This is key today as we grapple with the protracted pandemic which has overhauled the way we work and want to live,” said Good. “With workplace disengagement at record levels, women especially are overwhelmed. According to a small PINK poll this summer, 56 percent said workplace engagement has declined. We can all use new tools to create 14 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Superhero power panel positioned Richard Kopelman in the center as he shed his pink mask // Photos by Martha Jo Katz

Attendee Martha Jo Katz (right) poses with PINK CEO Cynthia Good.

The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta ballroom was aglow in punch pink with painted pumpkins as centerpieces.

Former Atlanta news anchor Cynthia Good ran a meaningful and inspirational show.

Richard Kopelman represented Aprio Wealth Management as an advocate for diversity and female power.

the career and life we want.” Kopelman, who serves on the boards of Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Israel Bonds for the Southeast and The Weber School, was the lone man on the lively panel. He held his own by sharing about his upbringing by a single mother in Miami Beach, for whom, at age 13, he made cold calls to set up her job selling funeral packages. She showed Kopelman how strong and capable women can be. He added, “Now, at 87, she still gives advice.” Kopelman commented on the female employees who didn’t return to work coming out of the pandemic for various reasons. Later, all the panelists agreed on the positive role of virtual work models while also agreeing that being in-person in an

office is very important for creativity and being seen for advancement. One of the strongest panel topics was the importance of diversity. Kopelman cautioned when dealing with coworkers or employees who are not sold on the benefits of diversity, and said, “I tell them they need to get with the program.” Others echoed measurable reasons of dealing data, in that companies which value these differences have higher revenues to show for it. Also agreed upon was the importance of being respected versus fretting over being liked. “Be yourself” were the code words. Kopelman teased the audience that, on the following day, Aprio would make a major announcement; and on Nov. 1,

Aprio did indeed reveal their merger with the Washington, D.C. firm Aronson LLC, combining $325 million in revenue with both these historic and complementary business advisory and CPA firms. Good then took questions from the virtual watchers and the live audience before she awarded raffle prizes of stays at the new Nobu Hotel in Buckhead and Canyon Ranch. Local PINK supporter Martha Jo Katz summarized to the AJT, “The outstanding panel shared valuable advice that provided the audience with ideas for career advancement. They said they try to pass their ideas forward to help others be successful. We all have to have mentors. I also believe we have to believe in ourselves and be our own advocates!” ì

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American Jewish Committee Hosts Award Gala By Marcia Caller Jaffe On Nov. 3, more than 400 movers and shakers heralded the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award Gala at Buckhead’s St. Regis Hotel, saluting Invesco CEO Marty Flanagan. Dov Wilker, American Jewish Committee (AJC) Southeast regional director, interviewed new AJC chief executive officer Ted Deutch, who joins the organization after 12 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives (Florida). The event was co-chaired by Doug Hertz and Jim Hannan with honorary chairs Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Dr. Jon Lewin. The pre-function cocktail hour featured a well-heeled, diverse crowd. Three high school seniors raved about their roles in the AJC Leaders For Tomorrow program. Gavin Friedman relayed his exposure and sensitivity to his late grandfather, and Holocaust survivor, Norbert Friedman, and how AJC broadened his horizons, as he also advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Audrey Zeff said, “Since I go to public school, I needed to learn how to discuss both sides of controversy in a respectful and impactful debate.” Blake Schwartz valued AJC training on antisemitism as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian ongoing conflict. Former local AJC president Melanie Nelkin was looking forward to welcoming Deutch as she chatted with Dawn Watkins, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival donor relations manager. Rabbi Peter Berg, senior rabbi at The Temple, chatted with Steve Berman about honoree Flanagan’s proximity as Invesco’s office is adjacent to The Temple on Peachtree. Jill and Greg Paradeis welcomed Deutch’s wife, Jill. Inside the chandeliered ballroom, Rabbi Berg offered his invocation, which was comedic and sentimental in nature as it included prayers for topics like the return of the stock market, not getting calls from kids asking for money, no acts of terror, and, ultimately, good health. Craig Kaufman, current president of AJC Atlanta, narrated in between a slide presentation which included comments from Hispanic Jew Dax Lopez on his own emotional first-time trip to Israel. Kaufman praised the $520,000 raised for that night’s event. Always a thought-provoking, onpoint interviewer, Wilker queried Deutch on the most relevant topics, starting with why Deutch walked away from 16 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Area high school seniors gained knowledge by participating in the American Jewish Committee’s Leaders for Tomorrow program. Pictured, from left, are Gavin Friedman, Audrey Zeff, and Blake Schwartz.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival leadership (from left) Dawn Watkins, Melanie and Allan Nelkin, Brooke Sonenrish.

(From left) Steve Labovitz, Mark Bubes, Ted Deutch, Amy Bubes, and Dov Wilker, AJC Southeast Regional Director

Congress. Deutch, who served seven terms in Congress, worked on the Abraham Accords, was a founding member of the House Bipartisan Task Force. He also chaired the House Ethics Committee and was a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairing the Middle East, and North Africa Counterterrorism Subcommittee. His reply to Wilker’s query: “Just turn on the TV.” Just five weeks into the job, Deutch plans to bring his skills in focus and strength to the AJC. Wilker then referred to the recent antisemitic markings at the Brookhaven MARTA station and the threats toward synagogues in New Jersey that were discovered by the FBI. Deutch is counting on opportunities presented by the AJC’s

Steve Berman and Rabbi Peter Berg chat on the St Regis Hotel patio.

American Jewish Committee advocates Greg and Jill Paradeis welcome Jill Deutch.

Black Jewish Coalition. Wilker then discussed the importance of corporate leadership in dealing with the issue recently exposed by Kanye West’s public antisemitic tirades. Wilker pointed to the yellow and blue flower centerpieces as a salute to the Ukrainian struggle. Deutch noted that his own father received a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge and his value of democracy. Deutch also spoke of his admiration for late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Local business leader Doug Hertz, president and CEO of United Distributors, Inc., began a tribute to Flanagan, labeling him as “a stealth servant leader.” Hertz added that Flanagan helped resolve issues involving pensions in Atlanta and chaired the Metro Atlanta Chamber of

Commerce during the pandemic and was instrumental in bringing companies like Microsoft to Atlanta. Hertz laughed, saying, “The timing was not exactly perfect with a health crisis, but he showed the best leadership even then. He also helped get hate crime legislation passed in Georgia.” A modest Flanagan graciously and briefly accepted the award after explaining his values of diversity of thought in driving motivation and collectively addressing intolerance. The AJC works to enhance the wellbeing of the Jewish people and Israel, human rights, and Democratic values for all. For over a century, AJC has strived to forge alliances and build global bridges of mutual respect. ì

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KSU Lecture Explores Kristallnacht in Berlin By Bob Bahr Photographer Jason Langer spoke at Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education on Nov. 8, to commemorate the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht or Night of the Broken Glass, as it is sometimes called. The event memorialized one of the important turning points in the Nazi Holocaust in Europe. On Nov. 8 in 1938 the Hitler government began two days of attacks on Jewish owned businesses, synagogues and other Jewish institutions to formally initiate the active annihilation of Jewish life in the country. Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed or damaged, 267 synagogues in Germany, Austria and the Czech Sudetenland were destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps. The event was said to have foreshadowed the decision in 1942 to implement what the Nazis euphemistically called, “The Final Solution.” For Langer, the rampage in the German streets and other territories they controlled, has become a symbol of the troubled relationship with Germans and is remembered to this day. It helped to motivate his return to

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin contains 2,711 grey concrete boxes in rows that invite the visitor to walk among them. // Credit Jason Langer

Germany in 2009 to examine that relationship through the lens of his camera. He spent five years repeatedly returning to Berlin, the German capital to photograph reminders of the Nazi era that are still a part of the city’s life. In an interview he said the project provoked, in a sense, a catharsis, in his feelings about what happened there so many decades ago.


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Nazi storm troopers were actively involved in burning down over 200 synagogues during Kristallnacht including this one in Furth, Germany. // Credit Yad Vashem

The ornate facade of the Anhalter Bahnhof, the Berlin train station where thousands of Jews were transported to their deaths. // Credit Jason Langer

“I was instantly brought back to those A German Jewish essayist, Shelly Kupferberg feelings about not only Germany and Ger- eloquently writes of her emotions that she man people but thinking of Berlin as the seat lives with each day in a country where many of the “Third Reich.” And so, I took it upon Jews died. “Grief, escape, pain, viomyself to go there and photolence, expulsion — these exact graph important places, hisexperiences exist surely in evtorically, for Jewish people but ery family,” Kupferberg points then also just get a sense of the out. “What does not, however city itself as it is now, because I is the thought of being exterknow it’s changed a lot.” minated. The thought remains On his repeated visits he incomprehensible to this day, crisscrossed the city, taking and it asks so much of you.” thousands of pictures that he In his lecture at the exhibculled for the exhibit at KSU, it, Langer also addressed those some extraordinary and some Photographer Jason feelings that came to him as very ordinary. There is a strikLanger spent five a flâneur, a French noun that ing image of the ornate facade years crisscrossing connotes a thoughtful explorer of what remains of the AnBerlin documenting of urban spaces. As he menhalter Bahnhof, the old train the city’s Jewish past tioned in his lecture, despite his station from which at least 50,000 Jews were shipped to the extermina- long strolls through the city, the experience tion camps in Eastern Europe. In the north- left him “feeling haunted in a certain way.” “You feel these Jewish ghosts,” he told ern suburbs of the vast city, which stretches 23 miles northward and 28 miles east to west me, “And feel and hear their stories everythere is Sachsenhausen, one of the earliest where you go.” But Langer did not just speak of the past concentration camps. Langer photographed the crematorium, still intact and the eerie in his Kennesaw lecture. He saw in the faces long tunnel where so many Jews walked to he photographed on the streets of a new generation, with new ideas. There is even sometheir deaths. He also photographed the Memorial thing of a renaissance, as he described it, of to the Murdered Jews of Europe, near the Jewish life in Germany today. Even though Brandenberg Gate, designed by the New York many Jews thought they would never, ever architect, Peter Eisenman. Across an open return, there has been a significant movespace of nearly 60,000 square feet, there ment back to Germany, even by young Israeare 2,711 grey concrete boxes in rows of vari- lis. Still he says, his impression, after his long ous heights that encourage visitors to walk walks in Berlin and nearly 85 years of history among them. All these structures are a re- since Kristallnacht is there remains much to minder to Langer that “history can be found be done. “There is a kind of outsider-ness that in the city’s architecture everywhere.” The exhibit at KSU is based on a pub- Germany is still dealing with when it thinks lished large format book of his photographs about Jewish people, and they are trying to do of Berlin which contains several short, but whatever they can to overcome that. So, there insightful, essays about the experience of liv- is a real active daily attempt at reintegration ing with the horror of what happened there. of the Jews.” ì



Gold Puts on a Grand Show By Marcia Caller Jaffe Local art impresario Fay Gold hosted an art opening on Oct. 22 at Buckhead Art & Company. The show’s star was Amy Rader, known for her large-scale imagery, often displayed in hospitality spaces and important private residences; and Marlene Rose, a glass cast sculptor. Ever the hawk eye for talent, Gold was described by Rose as “an Atlanta icon and art gallerist extraordinaire who has worked with many of the ‘greats’ in the art world, from Neoexpressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat to Robert Mapplethorpe,” a controversial photographic artist known for his sexually explicit images. Rose, who attended Tulane University, was raised in New York. She was previously featured on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” and has been working for the past 30 years on a relatively new casting technique where she pours liquid molten glass into a sand mold which then cools for a week before she unearths its beauty. One of the highlights of the show was her “Butterfly Mandala” consisting of 28 glass butterflies arranged in concentric circles. (A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols.) Her “Japanese Kimono,” which was cast out of seven pieces of glass, was located center stage for the show. She also displayed treatments of Buddha’s horses and abstract pieces. The Mandala piece was offered at $99,000, the “Three-Headed Buddha at $24,600. Of Rose, Gold said, “I have exhibited Marlene’s sculpture for over two decades. She has explored a difficult technique and pushed the boundaries of contemporary art. She is a trail blazer drawing inspiration from the spiritual contents of ancient cultures. She has achieved international recognition as a woman artist in museums and galleries around the world. One might say ’she is the Buddha’ by her own living in the moment.” A graduate of Art Institute of Atlanta, Rader has carved out a unique niche with her treatments of traditional art and large-scale pieces seen in private collections, luxury high rise buildings, restaurants, and corporate offices. She was selected by Tesla and Microsoft to represent them at Miami’s Art Basel. Rader enjoyed the success of the evening and the day of. She related, “A collector snapped up three of my pieces during installation before they were even hung for the Saturday show. Then bought two more pieces soon after.” Gold said, “Amy is admired for her technical skills, precise draftsmanship, 20 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Marlene Rose poses in front of her “Butterfly Mandala” offered at $99,000.

Art icon Fay Gold admires Rose’s black and white kimono cast from seven pieces of glass.

Amy Rader, adorned in sapphire lace, stands by her agate painting.

(From left) Stephen Isaf, Cynthia Kerker Isaf, and Jack Kerker use Rose’s “ThreeHeaded Buddhas” as the background.

Joanne Truffelman had just returned from a New York art jaunt. Here she poses in front of an Amy Rader painting, centered about a bird of prey.

Amy Gold Fisher (left) poses with gallery owner Katie Jones in front of Rader’s “Dreamcatcher No.4.”

and often striking and bizarre images. In a surrealistic style, she explores subconscious imagery in worlds of animals, fashion, rock fragments, light and people. Samples of Rader’s work that night were “Dreamcatcher No. 4” at $11,500, and “Rhett” at $16,000. Vibrant owner of Buckhead Art & Company, Katie Jones interned at the gallery before taking it over four years ago.

She enjoyed mingling with the Jewish fan-based show and introduced her fiancé, Alberto Mizrahi, owner of Sky Shield Roofing. Collector and Buckhead neighbor, Joanne Truffelman, who had just returned from a whirlwind tour of New York City museums and theatres said, “Aren’t I lucky to have Fay as a dear friend, and, of course, she helped me

with the art and design in my apartment in her wonderful taste.” Not part of the special exhibit, the gallery also featured unusual works by Daniel Maltzman, David Schwartz (known for his treatment of the American flag and seascapes), and Mark Boomershine, among others. An original Andy Warhol soup can dress (1962) was available at $28,000. ì

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POLITICS Millions Follow Georgia’s Elections

Millions of voters stayed tuned throughout the day to the many high-profile political races, including Republican challenger Herschel Walker taking on Sen. Raphael Warnock.

By Dave Schechter Seven hundred — that’s the number of days between Jan. 5, 2021, when runoffs in Georgia determined control of the U.S. Senate, and Dec. 6, 2022, when another runoff may impact the balance of power. In the Nov. 8 general election, out of nearly 3.93 million votes cast, a shade more than 35,000 votes separated incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s 49.42 percent from Republican challenger Herschel Walker’s 48.52 percent. It was the 2.07 percent received by Libertarian Chase Oliver that created the need for a runoff, as Georgia requires that the winner of an election receive a majority of the votes cast. Apparent Democratic Senate victories in Arizona and Nevada would give the party 50 seats and continued control of Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaker. A Warnock victory would provide a cushion should a colleague not vote with the party. One of the changes made by the Republican-controlled legislature to Georgia’s voting rules and procedures after the 2020 election halved the time between a general election and runoffs, leaving Warnock and Walker with a 28day sprint to the finish line. Registered voters who did not cast a ballot in the general election may still vote in the runoff. The deadline to reg22 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

ister was Nov. 7. Requests for absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 28. By law, early voting must begin by Nov. 28, though the state’s 159 counties have the option of opening polling stations earlier. Early voting ends Dec. 2. Just shy of 57 percent of Georgia’s 6.95 million active registered voters cast general election ballots (another 886,00 are classified as inactive); 2.5 million of them in early voting. The first step in making official the unofficial results is for counties to meet a Nov. 15 deadline to certify their vote counts. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger then certifies the results, perhaps as soon as Nov. 21, after which early voting may begin. Warnock and Walker are engaged in an effort to martial the necessary resources, particularly millions more dollars to fund a continued onslaught of advertising. The prime beneficiaries of the Georgia runoff may be the television and radio stations selling advertising time to the campaigns. According to OpenSecrets.Org, which tracks the intersection of money and politics, Georgia’s Senate race — at $271.3 million — was the second most expensive Senate race (combining spending by candidates and outside groups), exceeded only by Pennsylvania’s $376.3 million. By comparison, the January 2021 Senate race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and then-incumbent Republican

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams

Attorney General Chris Carr, Jen Jordan and Martin Cowan.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, State Rep. Bee Nguyen and Ted Metz.

David Perdue generated $515 million in spending and Warnock’s race against appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler generated $411 million. The U.S. Senate race shared the general election marquee with the gubernatorial contest in which incumbent Re-

publican Gov. Brian Kemp won a second term. Kemp received 53.4 percent of the vote to 45.9 percent for Democrat Stacey Abrams, in a rematch of the 2018 election. There appears to have been considerable ticket-splitting in the Senate and


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gubernatorial contests, as Kemp received 203,000 more votes than Walker and Warnock received 132,000 more votes than Abrams. Republicans won seven other statewide races. Among them, Raffensperger defeated Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen to win a second term as overseer of the state’s elections and business licensing. In the race to succeed Republican Geoff Duncan as lieutenant governor, state Sen. Burton Jones defeated Democrat Charlie Bailey. Attorney General Chris Carr turned back a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan to win a second term. Republicans maintained their majorities in the state House and Senate. When the General Assembly reconvenes in January, House district 51 will be represented by Jewish Democrat Esther Panitch, who defeated Jewish Republican Peter Korman. In House district 25, Republican Todd Jones, whose mother is Jewish, won re-election. In House district 121, Jewish Democrat Jeff Auerbach lost his election bid. There were no surprises from the state’s 14 congressional districts. Metro Atlanta incumbents Democrats Hank Johnson (4th district), Nikema Williams (5th district), and David Scott (13th district) were victorious, as were incumbent Republicans Barry Loudermilk (11th district) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (14 district). Incumbent Democrat Lucy McBath, who has served two terms in the 6th district, won election in the 7th, while Republican Mark McCormick was victorious in the 6th. McCormick’s win gained Republicans a ninth seat in the congressional delegation with McCormick’s win. The 6th had been in Republican hands for 40 years until McBath’s 2018 victory. In the redistricting that followed the 2020 Census, the Republican-controlled legislature redrew boundaries to make the 6th more Republican-friendly and the 7th favorable for Democrats, prompting McBath to jump districts. The mid-terms were the largest test yet of the changes in voting laws made by the legislature in the wake of disproven claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Election officials said that there were relatively few problems, aside from several polling sites that stayed open later than scheduled to make up for technical issues earlier in the day. ì

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Israel Study Finds Radiation Therapy Aids Pain Management in Pancreatic Cancer Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest medical center and a Newsweek top-10 ranked world’s best hospital for the last four years, announced the results of an international study examining the use of a novel celiac plexus radiosurgery treatment for pain management in advanced cancer patients. The study will be presented by lead author Dr. Yaacov Richard Lawrence at the 2022 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in San Antonio. A common symptom of pancreatic cancer is severe pain in the abdomen or midback, which worsens with time and is often challenging to treat. The pain is thought to be caused by the tumor pressing onto and infiltrating the celiac plexus nerve network that lies immediately behind the pancreas. Dr.

Today in Israeli History

A military DC-4 is repainted as the first El Al commercial aircraft to transport Chaim Weizmann from Geneva to Israel in September 1948. // El Al Archives

Nov. 15, 1948: El Al, whose name comes from a Hosea phrase meaning “to the skies,” is formally established as Israel’s national airline. Regular commercial service begins in July 1949 between Lod and Paris. Nov. 16, 1947: The Kadima, carrying 781 refugees trying to reach the Land of Israel despite a British ban, arrives in Haifa under escort by a British destroyer after being intercepted en route from Palestrina, an island near Venice. Nov. 17, 2012: Leah Gottlieb, known as the queen of Israeli fashion, dies at 94. A native of Hungary and a Holocaust survivor, she was the co-founder and chief designer of swimsuit manufacturer Gottex. Nov. 18, 1958: A reservoir for Jerusalem opens at Bayit Vegan, completing a project that began in 1955 to promote economic de24 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Lawrence, director of the Center for Translational Radiation Oncology at Sheba Medical Center, and his team hypothesized that targeting the celiac plexus with radiation would reduce pain, and after a positive pilot study, embarked on a four-year validation study of 125 patients. “Pancreatic cancer pain can be debilitating for patients, and few options are currently available for alleviating it,” said Dr. Lawrence. “The positive results of this study are encouraging, and we believe celiac plexus radiosurgery should become a standard treatment option for pain relief for patients in their advanced stages of pancreatic cancer and other cancers invading the celiac plexus nerve.” Patients’ pain interference scale scores, which measure how much the pain interferes with their everyday lives, improved significantly both three and six weeks after receiving a single radiation treatment. Of the 90 evaluable patients at three weeks after initial treatment, 48 (53.3 percent) had at least a partial pain response, with the average pain score dropping 2.5 points at three weeks and 3.2 points at six weeks. The treatment was well tolerated by study participants, whose median age was 65.5, and no severe side effects were reported. Compiled by TOI Staff velopment and to prevent a repeat of the water shortage experienced during the War of Independence. Nov. 19, 1957: Ofra Haza is born in Tel Aviv to parents from Yemen. She is named Israel’s Singer of the Year annually from 1980 to 1983, finishes second at the 1983 Eurovision and voices Moses’ mother in “The Prince of Egypt.”

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat speaks to the Knesset about peace Nov. 20, 1977. // By Ya’acov Sa’ar, Israeli Government Press Office

Nov. 20, 1977: “I come to you today on solid ground, to shape a new life, to establish peace,” Egyptian President Anwar Sadat tells the Knesset a day after arriving in Israel for his historic visit. Nov. 21, 1984: Working with the CIA and Sudanese State Security, the Mossad launches Operation Moses to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Almost 8,000 Ethiopians are flown from refugee camps in Sudan in less than seven weeks. Nov. 22, 1923: Hannele Meierzak, who as Hanna Maron is recognized by Guinness as having the world’s longest stage career, is born in Berlin. She builds her reputation

(From left) Israeli businessman and philanthropist Alexander Machkevitch pictured with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama Honored in Jerusalem A gala dinner honoring the Albanian nation and its “Righteous Among the Nations” for their role in protecting Jews during the Holocaust, took place Oct. 25 in Jerusalem. The dinner, hosted by Israeli businessman and philanthropist Alexander Machkevitch at the Waldorf Astoria, coincided with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s official state visit to Israel. with Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theater and keeps acting after losing a leg in a terrorist attack in 1970. Rafi Eitan is sworn in as a member of the Knesset on May 4, 2006. // By Amos Ben Gershom, Israeli Government Press Office

Nov. 23, 1926: Rafi Eitan, whose intelligence career ranges from the high of leading the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina to the low of handling U.S. Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard as a spy, is born at Ein Harod. Nov. 24, 1938: During the Arab Revolt, the House of Commons debates the future of Palestine. Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald says Palestine cannot accommodate more than a fraction of the Jews who might try to escape Nazism. Nov. 25, 1938: Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin, named for Arthur Ruppin, is founded in the Beit Shean Valley as part of the “Tower and Stockade” movement, which uses prefab materials for rapid construction of defensible settlements. Nov. 26, 2013: An aortic aneurysm kills singer/songwriter Arik Einstein at age 74 in Tel Aviv. Einstein blended folk and rock music across about 50 albums and was a driving

Among the nearly 200 Albanian and Israeli guests were government ministers; communications minister Yoaz Hendel; members of Knesset from across the political spectrum; Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan; president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Dr. Michael Mirilashvili; ambassadors and diplomats. Prime Minister Rama stressed the importance of Israeli-Albanian relations, citing the special connection between the two countries thanks to the brave Albanians who risked their own lives during the Shoah to save their Jewish neighbors. “During the Second World War, Albanians, both Muslims and Christians, put their human identity first, before their religious identity,” Rama told the audience. “Fighting antisemitism is not just about Jews, but about your own values.” “My dear friend Prime Minister Rama, today we not only celebrate the friendship between the Jewish and Albanian people, but we also have the pleasure and privilege to greet you in Jerusalem as our honored guest,” said Machkevitch. “This is not just about diplomatic relations between Israel and Albania, which are very strong, but about the deep historical connection of our people. We will never forget the past, and we, as Jewish people, will carry the memory of the Albanians’ heroic deeds for many years to come.” Compiled by AJT Staff force in the development of Israeli rock. Nov. 27, 2007: A one-day conference in Annapolis, Maryland, produces a joint statement from Ehud Olmert, Mahmoud Abbas and George W. Bush committing to direct negotiations on final-status issues toward a two-state solution.

New immigrants from Morocco find their way in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev. // Israeli Government Press Office

Nov. 28, 1961: After a two-year ban on Jewish emigration from Morocco, Israel launches Operation Yachin to help Moroccans make aliyah via France or Italy. By the operation’s end in 1964, more than 97,000 Jews leave Morocco. Nov. 29, 1947: On a vote of 33-13 with 10 abstentions, the U.N. General Assembly passes Resolution 181, which calls for the partition of Palestine into separate Arab and Jewish states linked by an economic union. Items are provided by the Center for Israel Education (, where you can find more details.

ISRAEL NEWS New Israeli Government: More Religious and Right-Wing By Jan Jaben-Eilon

ted crimes will ‘reform’ the judiciary, and people who never studied history, math or For years, many Israelis have wryly English will run the education system.” Pinkas could also add that there are described their country as one in which one third of the population serve in the fewer women in this anticipated coalition army, one third have jobs and one third pay because the religious parties don’t allow taxes. The only problem, they say, is that it women on their voting slates. But he is referring to the fact that most supporters of is the same one third. And now these Israelis are probably Shas and United Torah Judaism don’t serve noting that the anticipated makeup of the in the military. Many don’t work; they next government coalition will truly reflect study. The religious schools supported by these parties often don’t teach that sardonic assessment. For the core subjects of math, sciwhile the outcome of the Israeence and English, not preparli Nov. 1 election shows the reing their students for jobs in turn of former Prime Minister Israel’s high-tech economy. Benjamin Netanyahu, the exHe was also referring to pected composition of his next the fact that Netanyahu is curgovernment will be vastly difrently on trial in several corferent from the governments ruption cases, including bribhe led from 1996-1999 and then ery, fraud and breach of trust. from 2009 to 2021. In all previIn 1999, Shas leader Aryeh ous governments, his party Deri was sentenced to three was flanked by parties both on “We are at the beginning of the years in prison for bribery, his right and on his left. sausage being made,” fraud and breach of trust. Late While the establishment said Eli Sperling, last year, Deri resigned from of the next Israeli government the Israel Institute the Knesset in a plea deal on is still in its beginning phases, Teaching Fellow in tax related charges. much is already clear. With the Department of International Affairs “We are at the beginning the final votes counted, givat the University of of the sausage being made,” ing Netanyahu’s bloc a strong Georgia, referring to the said Eli Sperling, the Israel Inmajority of 64 seats in the building of a coalition stitute Teaching Fellow in the 120-seat legislature or Knesgovernment in Israel. Department of International set, President Isaac Herzog has until Nov. 16 to ask Netanyahu to form Affairs at the University of Georgia. “This is a coalition government. Reports indicate very complicated,” he said, explaining how that Netanyahu has already begun the ne- coalition agreements are secured. “These gotiations with the parties that formed his will be very nuanced discussions.” One of the most controversial memelectoral bloc. If no spokes are thrown into the wheel, bers of Netanyahu’s bloc is Itamar BenGvir, head of Otzma Yehudit, the next government will be or Jewish Power, an extreme composed primarily of Orthoright-wing group that ran in dox religious parties, with 32 the election as part of the Reof the 64 seats belonging to ligious Zionism bloc. Ben-Gvir the Religious Zionism, Shas was once convicted of inciteand United Torah Judaism parment to racism. He is eager to ties. If one breaks down the be named Public Security Minreligious leanings of some of ister, responsible for the police Netanyahu’s Likud party, that who more than once investinumber would grow. gated him. According to Alon Pinkas, “Ben-Gvir is giving his a former Israeli consul general Cheryl Dorchinsky, opening positions” of what in New York City from 2000founding executive 2004, writing in the Israeli director of the Atlanta he wants in the next governIsrael Coalition, said ment, said Sperling, implying newspaper Ha’aretz, “the folshe’s glad that her that the first demands of varilowing is what Israel will get in organization is nonous parties in coalition buildthe new coalition. People who partisan. “We believe ing are not always satisfied. didn’t serve in the military politics divides us.” Religious Zionism, headed by will decide on matters of peace and war. About half the men in this com- Bezalel Smotrich, now the country’s third munity don’t work and pay taxes, but their largest party, wants to head the Defense representatives will be managing the econ- Ministry. Just days after the election, Sperling omy. People who broke laws and commit-

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on winning Israel’s elections.

said, “We don’t know what will make it serious charges in court that could send into the coalition agreement. Netanyahu him to prison, the last few elections have may say things that he will do to satisfy been divided into an anti-Netanyahu bloc the right,” and yet he might not do them. and a pro-Netanyahu bloc. But even that is Sperling recalled that in the 2020 elec- complicated. As Dahlia Scheindlin, a pubtion, Netanyahu talked about annexing the lic opinion expert at Century International West Bank and yet, when given the chance, in Tel Aviv, pointed out, two parties in the he didn’t. “We’ve seen him make extreme anti-Netanyahu bloc include right-wing promises that he didn’t follow through on.” politicians like former Likud Gideon Sa’ar Cheryl Dorchinsky, founding execu- – now head of New Hope -- and Yisrael Beittive director of the Atlanta Israel Coalition, enu’s Avigdor Lieberman. On election day, Shas leader Aryeh said she’s glad that her organization is nonpartisan. “We believe politics divides us.” Deri drew another dividing line that may Along with 20 other travelers from around spark concern, or at least questions, among the U.S. and Australia, representing several American Jews. “Today is the fateful battle, religions, ages and colors, Dorchinsky was the fight between a Jewish state or an Israeheading to Israel where she could watch li state. Anyone who wants a Jewish state the outcome of the election transform into should wake up and vote.” Scheindlin, in a webinar hosted by a new government. Most American Jews are watching several liberal American Jewish groups, that process from afar and wondering how said she anticipated that the next governit might impact them. Sperling anticipates ment would initiate several new policies that with a strong Orthodox influence that won’t sit well with many in the Ameriin the next government, there might be can Jewish community. These include an over-ride law that would weakmore restrictions on which en the Israel Supreme Court, rabbis in the Diaspora are al“regularize” the settlements in lowed to provide conversions the West Bank, and erase fraud acceptable to the Israeli reliand breach of trust crimes gious authorities. Certainly, from the country’s law books – the non-Orthodox majority thereby ridding Netanyahu of of American Jews will again those charges. be disappointed by the lack of Noting the anxieties more egalitarian worship at among the American Jewish the Western Wall, something community over the recent that the Orthodox parties in Israeli elections, and wanting Israel squashed under a previDahlia Scheindlin, a ous Netanyahu government. public opinion expert at his students studying Israeli American Jews “don’t Century International politics to get an Israeli viewin Tel Aviv, says she point, Sperling has invited want to see Israel become an Iran or Taliban state,” said anticipates that the next outgoing Diaspora Minister government will initiate Nachman Shai – and one-time Sperling, although some Israel several new policies writers have noted a shift to that won’t sit well with visiting professor at Emory University -- for a webinar on many in the American theocracy in the country. Jewish community. Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. [You can join There’s also a tendency to place Israeli voters into a left-right di- the webinar with the Zoom registration chotomy but the reality is much more link: complex. Because Netanyahu is fighting WN_lQhkQXX6Q02LgpY6e1qgYQ] ì


SPORTS UGA Charity Basketball Swoosh W h e n Jeremy Lichtig joined the University of Georgia Hillel as program director seven years ago, he wanted to find new ways to David Ostrowsky engage the Jewish student body, which accounts for approximately three percent of the school’s entire undergrad population. With a focus on “interacting with the students where they’re at,” Lichtig, a graduate of SEC-rival Auburn University, reached out to the two Jewish fraternities, TEP (Tau Epsilon Phi) and AEPi (Alpha Epsilon Pi), both of which have superb academic reputations and account for a large portion of the University of Georgia’s Jewish population, about ways to come together. Lichtig wanted to broaden Hillel’s influence while helping the brothers pursue their collective goal of being philanthropically influential organizations. After different ideas were bandied about,

the two fraternal organizations and Lichtig decided to hold an annual basketball game pitting the two houses against one another in friendly competition, the proceeds of which would support a different charity every year. Understandably, the game had humble beginnings. In 2017, the inaugural event was held at a tiny gym in downtown Athens with one hundred or so in attendance. But over the next couple autumns, the charity hoops game grew more prominent, leading to incrementally higher amounts raised for worthy causes. Until, of course, COVID descended upon humanity, rendering gymnasiums depressingly empty for months on end. As such, for the past two Octobers, there was no Hillel UGA Charity Basketball Game. Yet thanks to the unswerving perseverance on behalf of Lichtig and UGA’s two Jewish fraternities, the Hillel UGA Charity Basketball Game resumed in earnest this past month, this time benefitting the SherryStrong Foundation whose mission is to educate women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer while also

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supporting those undergoing treatment. (Each year the two fraternities take turns selecting a charity to get behind and this year AEPi took the initiative to support SherryStrong.) On Sunday, October 16, over 250 fans filed into the Cedar Shoals High School in Athens to watch TEP take on AEPi. Ultimately, between pre-game fundraising efforts and ticket sales, over $5,000 was raised, marking the event’s most successful year ever. “It was just a wonderful release for them to be able to play this, for them to be able to raise that amount of money, and it all coalesced into something beautiful,” says Lichtig, who assumed his current post as Hillel UGA campus director in July 2021 after previously serving as Hillel UGA assistant director. “They’ve been waiting two years to do this, so the crowd was way into it. The people that were helping, whether it be janitors, security, they were excited.” Excitement permeated the UGA grounds in the days leading up to the game. Spearheaded by fraternity leaders, Jacob Katz and Spencer Gordon (TEP) and Eric Becker (AEPi), the two houses not only fundraised impressive sums but also piqued the interest of the UGA Men’s Basketball team, including new head coach Mike White, who likely would have attended had it not been for a prior commitment, but looks forward to doing so next year. Meanwhile, the UGA Athletics Department has grown aware of the charity game, and while it wasn’t directly involved in this go-round, did express interest in having greater involvement in the years ahead. Lichtig believes the growing popularity of the annual charity game speaks

to the fact that Hillel is gaining significant traction on UGA’s sprawling campus, as evidenced by the new Hillel building that will be welcoming students next fall, standing three times as large as the current center, one that has been in existence since the 1950s. “We try to be a smorgasbord of Judaism for these students,” he adds. “With that, we have grown with the student population here, with the Jewish population here, and that’s why we need this new building. “With Greek life, it’s a wonderful friendship that they can have with each other. Most of these students came from Atlanta and most of these students know each other outside of Greek life, but it gives them a sense of community. We at Hillel see that as a Jewish community that we need to serve. Hillel is there to make college feel like home and to extenuate the opportunities that they have. We have this wonderful opportunity to show UGA that Jewish students are wanted here.” The Hillel UGA Charity Basketball Game, played over two 20-minute halves, was a back-and-forth contest with AEPi ultimately prevailing 48-45 in what was perhaps some consolation after TEP won the weeklong fundraising challenge preceding the actual competition. Game outcome aside, the joint fundraising efforts on behalf of both houses proved to be a smashing success and marked the continuation of a proud tradition of UGA’s Jewish Greek organizations—the sorority STD is a powerhouse with its annual “Greek Grind” event—having a profound philanthropic impact on the Athens community. ì


Harrison Bader’s Legacy as a Yankee By David Ostrowsky When Bronxville, New York, native Harrison Bader got traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Yankees on August 2, he immediately returned to some of his favorite eateries: Caridad Express, a Dominican restaurant in the Bronx; Best Pizza on 1st; the local deli where in high school he would routinely grab a bacon, egg and cheese on a blueberry bagel in the morning. That’s right, blueberry. New Yorkers take their bagels seriously—after all, it’s a decades-old debate across the five boroughs as to how the starchy breakfast item should be prepared—so the new Yankee centerfielder’s rather unconventional sweet and salty preference raised a few eyebrows when it crept into the world of social media. And last month, in the pressure crucible of October baseball, Bader, having barely played for New York in the regular season thanks to a nagging right foot injury, started doing something else rather unexpected: hit home runs. Five of them, in fact, over the course of nine postseason games, making him only the fifth player in Yankee history with five or more long balls in a single postseason. With only 52 homers to his name entering the playoffs, a power surge from the kid who grew up eleven miles north of Yankee Stadium idolizing Derek Jeter came out of nowhere. “Yeah, it [Bader’s impact] has been great,” said Yankees left-handed starter Nestor Cortes before Game 3 of the ALCS, a series his team ultimately lost to the eventual world champion Houston Astros in four games. “Obviously, we got him over here and he was hurt. We didn’t know what to expect from him. But he’s definitely turned it on. He’s definitely been somebody for us that’s been great in every situation of the playoffs so far. He’s a great clubhouse guy. He’s really good people. He cares about all the guys in there, and that’s what makes him great too. “He adjusted to what we were doing here, the philosophy we had, and he gelled right with us. So, for him to come out and do that with us and to perform how he’s been performing, it’s been great.” Added Yankees manager Aaron Boone, “He’s had an outstanding postseason. Hitting the ball out of the ballpark … I feel like he’s putting together a lot of big at-bats.” Yankee fans across the Tri-State Region were initially underwhelmed with the August 2 swap that sent start-

ing pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bader, a 28 yearold centerfielder hobbling around in a walking boot. Said pessimism, however, quickly subsided on the evening of October 11 during New York’s ALDS opener against the Cleveland Guardians when Bader, who will be representing Israel in this spring’s World Baseball Classic by virtue of his father, Louis, being a practicing Jew (a fascinating story in its own right as Bronxville used to have a reputation of not welcoming members of the Jewish community along with other minorities), cleared the fences in the bottom of the third inning. In doing so, he became the only Yankee to hit his first homer for the franchise in the postseason. In attendance were over 100 friends and relatives including Louis, a retired tax attorney who spent so many summer evenings hitting grounders to his little boy on New York City’s rocky sandlot fields that Harrison (not to be confused with his grandfather “Harry”) ultimately gave up shortstop for center field. Which meant that years later, as a Yankee, he would patrol the same spot in Yankee Stadium that his father’s hero, Mickey Mantle, did 60 years ago. “You know, I focus solely on the things I can control day in and day out,” said Bader, when asked how the childhood fantasy of starring for the Yanks compares to actually living it. “One of those things that is not in my control is how I’m moved as a piece especially at this level. I just view being traded here very serendipitously, and I just look to take advantage of it every single day. “It’s definitely sweet, but, you know, again I’m here to play ball. I’m here to win. But to be able to do it in a Yankees uniform is definitely sweet, no doubt about it. That wouldn’t change regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the uniform.” Bader’s colorful persona within the confines of the Yankee clubhouse—he sports vibrant graphic T-shirts and Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky sneakers—belies his often emotionless, business-like demeanor in public as evidenced by such comments. Undoubtedly, he comes across as a thoughtful, yet serious young man who, unlike some of his twentysomething contemporaries across Major League Baseball, has no use for histrionics or showboating. When asked during the ALCS if this has been a dream—slamming a tonesetting homer in Game 1 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium, where he watched the 2009 Yankees capture the World Series,

After slugging three homers against Cleveland in the ALDS, Harrison Bader hit two more in the ALCS to cement his legacy as a New York Yankee. // Photos courtesy of New York Yankees

enroute to carrying New York to the ALCS—Bader, ever-cognizant of staying in the moment, responded, that, quite simply, “It’s a dream to be in a big-league uniform. I’ve always wanted to win a World Series and we’re a series away from it. But just being in a big-league uniform has always been my dream.” It would have been easy to get swept up in the moment this October. But clearly, it wouldn’t have been conducive to posting a .333 average and 1.262 OPS to go along with the historic five homers.

“Remaining as emotionless as possible and just taking care of the baseball on all sides is my singular focus.” Though the Yankees, of course, did not stay true to their singular focus— snapping their thirteen-year World Series drought—the offensive tear from Bader, a 2021 Gold Glove winner who has one year left on his current contract, bodes well for a now heavily-maligned franchise that may be losing its cornerstone player in Aaron Judge to free agency this offseason. ì


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Arthur Blank’s Celebrity Golf Tournament By David Ostrowsky For those who struggle with stuttering, still one of the world’s most stigmatized disorders, finding effective and affordable therapy can be a struggle unto itself. From a financial perspective, stuttering is often not covered by third-party reimbursement plans, leading many with the condition to spend thousands of dollars on therapy that may, or may not, be appropriate for their needs. Indeed, those who suffer from stuttering often have to sift through substandard care options because precious few speech language pathologists, even the most highly skilled ones, are well versed in the area. So, to continue in their efforts to fill this gargantuan void, the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research (The Blank Center), backed by renowned Atlanta philanthropist and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, held its inaugural celebrity golf tournament at the Atlanta Country Club on Monday, October 24. The jam-packed slate of events, which included putting contests, hole-inone competitions, and silent auctions, ultimately accounted for $325,000 in funds directly supporting stuttering education and research. The tournament, which is primed to be a yearly event drawing in scores of local athletic celebrities including former Braves and Falcons players, was largely the brainchild of Blank, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, a three-time European Golf Tour winner, and Dr. Courtney Byrd, who in 2020, as a distinguished professor at The University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication, partnered with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to form the aforementioned Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education

and Research, whose first satellite office was established in Atlanta in 2021. As one of the approximately three million Americans affected by stuttering, Arthur Blank has whole-heartedly invested himself toward alleviating the burdens experienced by others struggling with the confounding speech disorder. Going forward, the newly established golf tournament will undoubtedly augment his noble mission. “Arthur is a brilliant person,” says Byrd in speaking to the Atlanta Jewish Times several days after the event. “His brain is as big as his heart and that’s really the truth. He’s invested in this obviously financially, but emotionally, personally, and provided us with opportunities that we never would have had if not for him. It’s been extraordinary. It’s not as if he has funded a grant and walked away. He’s funded a grant and he’s done everything that he can to help us exceed the goals of that grant. Any progress that we make we’re indebted to him. Every life that we change is reflective of him and his own journey and the fact that his own mom told him that what you have to say is important and don’t let stuttering stop you. “It’s an inspiration to every person who goes through our treatment program to know that he [Arthur Blank] is not just there in name. He’s physically present. He’s helping us to think through ways for us to reach more people across platforms that we just wouldn’t even be able to probably think about.” The first-ever golf tournament, which not only showcased public figures but also those who have undergone treatment provided by The Blank Center, proved to be an effective mechanism for broadening the foundation’s reach. In particular, the inclusion of South Afri-

On October 24. Falcons owner Arthur Blank had one of his finest moments as a philanthropist as his foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research, launched its inaugural charity golf tournament. // Courtesy of Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

can pro golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout represented a compelling way to humanize what can be a debilitating condition afflicting people worldwide of all socioeconomic classes, religions, races, ethnic backgrounds. “What’s wonderful is when you hear Christiaan you hear his stuttering,” says Dr. Byrd, who had her first exposure to speech language pathology when she was an undergrad at Louisiana State University, during which she first recognized the inadequate services available to the stuttering community, and later initiated the stuttering education and research program at The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. “The vast majority of people who are in the spotlight who stutter either hide their stuttering or they stutter at a low frequency, and so you don’t ever really see it. Christiaan now, as the face of our program, he stutters, and you hear it. He wants to make sure that we reach as many people as we can so that no child

must navigate their childhood and their early adulthood the way that he did.” Byrd has designs on advancing understanding about the nature and proper treatment of stuttering through the advent of evidence-based programming to treat children, teenagers and adults worldwide. Over the next decade, behind the Blank Center’s support, Byrd looks forward to opening more satellite centers and launching her signature intensive treatment program (‘Dream. Speak. Live’) across a host of new countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Malta, Pakistan, Norway, and Mexico. Another critical underlying goal of these efforts is to help people who don’t stutter better relate to and empathize with those coping with these challenges. “With Arthur’s vision and support, it’s definitely not limited by the United States,” says Byrd. ì


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Atlanta Jewish Times Expands Sales and Marketing Team

Meet our New Account Manager Elizabeth Langfelder

Meet our New Account Manager Ilyssa Klein

Elizabeth Langfelder has also joined the Atlanta Jewish Times as an account manager. Langfelder brings a wealth of experience in sales, marketing, management, and customer relations. She is a long-time member of National Council of Jewish Women. She sat on the board for almost ten years with NCJW and developed an e-commerce selling platform to resell donated items, which generated additional operating funds for this non-profit organization in Atlanta. Most of Langfelder’s career experience has been in hospitality management and wholesale food sales. Not-to-mention customer development and care. She enjoys taking care of high-profile customers with the most challenging demands. Her success was measured by the number of repeat customers and the longstanding partnerships that she developed. There is no challenge that she was unable to achieve. She is motivated by learning more about each of her customers’ needs and formulating a plan of action to accomplish the goals they set together. Langfelder has lived most of her life in Sandy Springs where she raised her two children and is a member of Temple Sinai. She watched the growth of this Atlanta suburb become the dynamic city that it is now. She is a regular visitor of the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, which her late husband, Jeff Langfelder co-founded in 2010. Her family continues to stay involved in Jewish Atlanta’s philanthropic causes. February is her favorite month as she attends as many of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival films as possible. For fun, she enjoys cooking, especially Italian food. Making homemade pasta, where regional Italian dishes have become a specialty. Food and wine tours are on always her schedule. Langfelder’s most recent position with Farmers and Fishermen Purveyors further developed her customer service and sales skills which she will bring with her to the Atlanta Jewish Times team. "I'm excited to join this vibrant team at the AJT."

Ilyssa Klein has joined the Atlanta Jewish Times as an account manager. Klein brings a wealth of experience in sales, marketing, management, and customer relations. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Klein moved to Atlanta after her parents purchased The Bagel Palace. Ilyssa regularly worked at the family restaurant and became a favorite of many patrons, earning herself the nickname, “The Bagel Princess.” With a background in advertising, marketing and sales, Ilyssa has previously served as center director of Kaplan Test Prep, where she was responsible for product sales growth, managing various departments, educating, and training staff as well as the community, on Kaplan products. Klein also coordinated with area schools and student organizations, including leading presentations of programs offered by Kaplan. Some of her other duties included managing the office budget and tracking sales growth. “As a longtime member of the Atlanta Jewish community and reader of the AJT, I am excited to be joining the AJT team and contributing to an important outlet and voice in our community. I look forward to sharing my expertise in customer relations, sales, and marketing with the AJT.” Ilyssa, and her husband, Chad, have two children: Emme, 10, and Jesse, 12. Emme attends Sarah Smith Elementary School and Jesse is a student at Sutton Middle School. Jesse is set to have his bar mitzvah in March at The Temple, where Ilyssa and her family are members. She was a senior in high school when her family made the move to Atlanta, where she graduated from Walton High School and continued her education at Clark University in Massachusetts. “I am just so thrilled to be working with this amazing team and community”.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Piedmont Heart Institute’s Physician of the Year Piedmont Heart Institute’s 166 peer cardiologists awarded Dr. Steve Sigman Physician of the Year at their September annual Marcia retreat at the Caller Jaffe Whitley Hotel. The award recognizes one Piedmont Heart physician who best represents Piedmont’s vision and culture. Sigman best summarized his own philosophy to the AJT, “Make an accurate diagnosis, formulate a plan, and execute the plan in a timely fashion.” Sigman is known for his modesty, patientcentered approach, and kind bedside manner. Dr. Sigman is board certified in both cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology. He currently serves as the director of Nuclear Cardiology for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital and the Piedmont Heart Institute. He also serves as a cardiology consultant both in the office and at Piedmont Atlanta. His interests include diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, vascular disease, and cardiac manifestations of complex medical conditions. Dr. Sigman is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He has authored and co-authored several publications and abstracts, and he frequently lectures on the topic of cardiac imaging. Some peer tributes were Charles L. Brown III, M.D., CEO of Piedmont’s Physician Enterprise, and a practicing interventional cardiologist. “The positive difference he’s [Sigman] made in the lives of the patients he cares for is clear in the remarkable feedback received from his many patients and his peers. His efforts to help each patient’s specific needs often go above and beyond his usual duties as a cardiologist, making him very deserving of this recognition,” Dr. David Kandzari said. “Dr. Sigman is known for treating those impossibly complicated, yet curable, diseases. He spends time with the patients and listens to figure out an appropriate diagnosis and is someone you want helping you out. He loves his work and always brings so much joy to the unit.” Dr. Sigman was a pioneer in using amyloid PYP scans to determine if a pa34 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Dr. Steve Sigman, a member of Congregation Shearith Israel, was named Piedmont Heart Institute’s Physician of the Year.

tient has cardiac amyloidosis, how severe it is and what treatment options are best. He also started the cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scan program at Piedmont Atlanta, which is a cardiac scan that can detect whether areas of the person’s heart muscle are receiving enough blood, if there is heart damage or scar tissue in the heart, or if there is a buildup of abnormal substances in the heart muscle. These pictures help cardiologists identify disease or poor blood flow in the heart and more accurately diagnosis cardiac issues. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Sigman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio, and subsequently completed a medical residency and cardiology fellowships at Thomas Jefferson

University Hospital, Philadelphia, and Emory respectively. Following that he served as chief resident at Grady Memorial Hospital, and prior to joining Piedmont Heart Institute, was assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Emory University. He moved to Atlanta in 1994 and joined Piedmont Heart Institute in 2009. Steve and wife Carolyn, also a physician at Piedmont (Brookhaven Internal medicine), have five children from the ages of 21 to 28. Members of Congregation Shearith Israel and serving on their board, Sigman described his busy family life, “All five of my kids were very involved at the Marcus Jewish Community Center from their early preschool years to high school, including summer camp, sports, and all kinds of things. I common-

ly had Sundays where I had five sporting events occurring on the same day [most at the same time] at the Marcus JCC!” Piedmont Heart Institute ranks in the top 5 percent in the country among cardiovascular organizations. Local philanthropist Bernie Marcus, through The Marcus Foundation, is a major donor of Piedmont Healthcare and Piedmont Heart. He was also a patient and received care from the Marcus Heart Valve Center that his foundation established at Piedmont. The foundation gifted Piedmont $75 million in 2016, then six years later in 2018 The Marcus Foundation gave an additional $20 million to establish the Marcus Heart Valve Center. Bernie Marcus was a recipient of the world-class cardiovascular care he helped to develop. ì

The Lowdown I Bet You Didn’t Know …

Steve Sigman

Atlanta is chock full of interesting movers and shakers, some bent on creativity, living the good life, and in this case, devoting decades to helping others. Lean in to hear some of the “off the cuff” remarks as to what makes cardiologist, Dr. Steve Sigman, tick. A native of Toledo, Ohio, cardiologist Dr. Steve Sigman was recently recognized by his peers at Piedmont Heart Institute as Physician of the Year for his patient focus, ability to tackle complicated cases, listening skills, and expertise in multiple fields, including his research on cardiac imaging. Sigman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio (now called the University of Toledo Medical Center) and completed his training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia) and Emory University, respectively. He moved to Atlanta in 1994 and joined Piedmont Heart Institute in 2009. Prior to joining Piedmont, he served as chief resident at Grady Memorial Hospital and was assistant professor of medicine/cardiology at Emory University. His spouse, Carolyn, is an internal medicine doctor at Piedmont Physicians of Brookhaven. The Sigmans belong to Congregation Shearith Israel and have five children. Look for Sigman on hiking trails scouting for red cockaded woodpeckers.

If I had not become a physician I would have been: An advertising account manager. I am currently reading: “Starry Messenger” by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I also like historical fiction and Jewish history of the Middle Ages. Most exotic vacation: Kyoto, Japan My children would say about me: Groan…. another dad joke! Guilty pleasure: A really good hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut Best advice your your father gave you: Hard work and a little courage go a long way. Being married to a physician means: Having a lot to share One fun thing folks don’t know about me: I like birding. I like most about living in Atlanta: Lots of nature trails inside the perimeter. Health advice for 2023: Heal Oatmeal, Georgia peanuts, strawberries and blueberries, sunflower oil Five children! How are they turning out? Sigman: Ages 21, 23, 25, 26, and 28. Two are still in college, one in medical school at Augusta, one is a recent graduate in psychology, and one studying to be an electrician. So yes, all doing well. Reported by Marcia Caller Jaffe



COVID: Somewhat Gone but Not Forgotten By Marcia Caller Jaffe Experts have reported that COVID-19 is on the decline in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. Cherie Drenzek, epidemiologist, reported in mid-October that: COVID since mid-August is down 80 percent; hospitalizations are down 89 percent; deaths in Georgia are approximately 100 per week; and 23 percent of the cases are one of the three new variants. Local infectious disease physician Dr. Mitchell Blass weighed in with his perspective looking back on this phenomenon. Provided by Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, or St. Joe’s, Blass reported that there were 5,220 COVID patients treated “in patient” at St. Joe’s from March through Oct. 17. On other parts of the virus’s mystery, Blass remarked, “Unanswered questions remain like the impact on immunity derived from previous infection with the original or new variants of COVID. We simply do not know.” Blass noted that Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Forsyth, and Clayton counties all are labeled “low” for infection rates. When queried about his own experiences treating COVID, Blass said, “The one thing I really wish we [physicians] could understand more clearly is why some people have a mild, often asymptomatic, course of illness and other individuals may experience a significantly more profound illness, which, on occasion, requires hospitalization. I don’t have a test, a tool,

COVID-19 is on the decline in Georgia.

Dr. Mitchell Blass shared his thoughts and concerns he has had while treating patients with COVID.

or a metric, apart from an individual patient’s previous medical history, that can be used to predict a specific patient’s risk of hospitalization or mortality from COVID.” Some doctors have expressed caution regarding winter months potentially bringing on another surge with most people spending more time indoors due to the colder weather; or new strains coming from Europe and Asia. Blass commented, “I have learned not to make predictions regarding an unpredictable matter. I cannot imagine that the large population that has either had the

vaccination, with or without a booster, combined with the substantial population of the United States who has, at one time since 2020, had COVID (either with or without symptoms), will make it substantially unlikely that we will not see another winter such as we did in 2021.” There is also swirling commentary about those with lingering long-term effects of COVID. He said, “At the present time, there is no consensus regarding a firm medical definition of what long COVID refers to, nor have studies definitively proven COVID to be the cause of what is termed ‘long COVID’ by many. Because this remains a relatively novel infection, and only a little under three years has passed since the first case of COVID was identified in the United States, I anticipate it will be several more years before health care providers have a clearer understanding of the long-term or lingering symptoms patients may attribute to COVID-19.” Provoking more thought, Blass pondered, “The term ‘Muller’s Ratchet,’ attributed to Herman Joseph Muller, may provide us with some insight. It is a phenomenon, not unlike what we are experiencing now with the Omicron variant of SAR-CoV-2. Essentially, Muller’s Ratchet explains the process through which an epidemic infection evolves over time. As mutations occur over time, the transmissible agent (virus or otherwise), becomes more contagious while at the same time, less virulent. Thus, infecting more individuals, yet causing less illness and leading to the eventual end of the epidemic.” ì

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* Jan. 9, 2020 – World Health Organization (WHO) announces a mysterious Coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan, China * Jan. 20, 2020 – Screening begins at three U.S. airports in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco * Jan. 21, 2020 – First case of confirmed in Washington state; person-to-person transmission confirmed * Jan. 31, 2020 – WHO issues a global health emergency * Feb. 2, 2020 – Global air travel is restricted * Feb. 3, 2020 – U.S. declares a public health emergency * March 2, 2020 – First case of SARS-CoV-2 in Georgia * Dec. 11, 2020 – First COVID-19 vaccination available



Navigating Healthcare in 2023 When it Northside Hospital, which had purchased comes to health- her practice a few years earlier. When asked about the price discrepcare, hospitals, and health ancy, Lee Echols, senior vice president of insurance for marketing and communications at North2023, the old side said, “Today’s healthcare environment is buyers’ adage complicated, but Northside and many other should apply, healthcare systems have several tools in except in this place to help patients navigate both care and case it would the cost of care.” Debbie Diamond While not specifically addressing the read, “Patients Beware.” Health insurance costs continue to cost involved with the hospital, Echols recrise with $5,000-plus deductibles per person ommended contacting a hospital’s billing and $2,000 premiums each month for many customer service team to request costs befamilies. Add in healthcare costs for co-pay- fore scheduling hospital procedures. He ments, medicine, supplies, procedures and also recommended visiting www.northside. co-insurance, and the expenses become even com/patients-visitors/billing-and-insurance/ price-estimates to find estimated costs or more costly. Health insurance companies point to increased cost as a result of the surge ing-and-insurance for more billing informain hospitals buying up medical practices tion. In the case of the Prolia injection, the team scheduling the injection throughout Atlanta. Accordwas unable to provide the aning to AHIP, a national advoticipated cost in advance and cacy group for health insurdid not refer the patient to the ance providers and formerly billing department, though known as America’s Health they did indicate that her inInsurance Plans, “As hospitals surance had approved the ingain more market power by jection. snapping up doctor practices, The Affordable Care Act they can control referrals and (ACA) Marketplace for health demand higher prices, which, Tom Boyd, independent insurance opened earlier this in turn, makes premiums and insurance broker with costs for everyone higher.” Bogrow Insurance Agency month on Nov. 1, and healthcare experts stress that educaIndependent medical practices and freestanding medical facili- tion is a must as consumers make decisions ties, which typically offer much lower pric- about their insurance coverage and healthing, find it harder to compete with the large care for 2023. Whether working with an inhospitals and healthcare systems. Some dependent insurance broker or on their own physicians report taking early retirement or by visiting, buyers will selling their practices to the large healthcare find more plan options this year than in the past. systems as a result. What many consumers do not know is Hospital executives blame the increased patient costs on higher deductibles for pa- that they may qualify for a government tax tients imposed by insurance companies, credit or subsidy, thanks to the American as well as the increased profits they believe Rescue Plan Act, passed in March 2021. This health insurance companies are making. bill expanded funding so that more conCaught in the middle are patients trying to sumers will qualify for the credit and lower find quality healthcare at an affordable price. monthly premiums. In addition, more people Case in point: Northside Hospital have been able to secure a cost sharing reduccharged $8,240 for a Prolia injection to treat tion (CSR), which lowers the amount paid for a patient’s osteoporosis. The United Health- deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. care negotiated rate allowed $3,951 to be To be considered for a CSR, individuals and charged. A year earlier, the charge from Para- families must enroll in a silver tier health gon Infusion Center, an independent facility, plan. While the monthly premiums are typiwas $4,573.40, or almost half the price for the cally more expensive, the overall savings at same injection. That year, the Blue Cross and the end of the year can be considerable. Tom Boyd, an independent insurance Blue Shield of Georgia negotiated rate was $1,357.04. From one year to the next, the cost broker with Bogrow Insurance Group, has to the patient increased by almost $2,600 directed many of his clients to silver plans so because of different insurance policies and they may take advantage of the tax credit and moving from an independent infusion cen- CSR benefits. Julie Joffre Benveniste, owner of The ter to the outpatient area at a hospital. Paragon was not in the United network of provid- Benveniste Insurance Group, indicated that ers, and the physician directed the patient to some buyers may wish to consider higher 38 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

premium policies with lower deductibles if similar to a traditional plan, there are distincthey have any ongoing health conditions. tions. Healthcare costs are shared among She recommended looking at all costs associ- members with common ethical or religious ated with the health plans, not just the cost of beliefs. United Refuah HealthShare is a Jewish network, though many other health sharthe monthly premiums. “The cost of visits to the PCP (primary ing ministries are not restrictive and simply care physician) and specialists, medicine and require belief in a higher power. Monthly premiums, called “monthly in-patient hospital coverage share amounts” in industry are among the factors that parlance, tend to be less exshould impact a consumer’s pensive and claims or “share selection when reviewing requests” are handled by paplans,” she emphasized. tients submitting bills to the To review a variety of ministry directly unless physipolicies and to see if one cian offices agree to manage qualifies for a tax credit, she administrative process. pointed to www.healthsherpa. Insurance experts reccom. “Many people do not Julie Joffre Benveniste, ommend several steps to enrealize they may qualify for a owner of The Benveniste sure individuals select the best tax credit, often saving them Insurance Group plans for their needs. First, hundreds of dollars or more. For example, a family of four with an income consumers should contact their current phyof $150,000 qualified for a tax credit of more sicians and hospitals to be certain they are than $300 each month when they applied for on the plans considered. They should keep health insurance in 2022,” Joffre Benveniste in mind that the insurance directories listing physicians are not always current. In addiadded. Boyd also mentioned the savings of- tion, buyers need to check that prescriptions fered as a result of the American Rescue Plan are on the health plan’s formulary or ask if Act and shared an example of a couple who there are alternative choices. Otherwise, they had a combined joint income of $260,000 may pay the full price of the prescriptions. Consumers may buy individual and and qualified for a federal tax subsidy. He credited the relief bill with making insurance family plans through Jan. 15, 2023, on the ACA affordable for many more consumers and marketplace and through insurance brokers. for the entry of several additional insurance For a Jan. 1, 2023, start date, policies must be purchased by Dec. 15, 2022. Otherwise, a percompanies back into the Georgia market. Both Bogrow and Joffre Benveniste see son’s existing 2022 policy will roll over into health insurance as asset protection. “Just 2023. Policies bought between Dec. 15, 2022, like car insurance, health insurance is for and Jan. 15, 2023, will start on Feb. 1, 2023. Healthcare industry insiders acknowlthat G-d forbid moment when you want to be covered,” said Joffre Benveniste. To that end, edge seeking care and coverage has become indemnity plans sold by companies such as more complex, difficult to navigate and exManhattan Life can supplement a health pensive. Conducting independent research, insurance policy by providing actual funds contacting an insurance broker for guidto individuals when they are hospitalized, ance, and speaking with administrators at require outpatient services, or receive cancer physician offices may be the best path to help care. Indemnity plans are not available on ensure buyers find the most appropriate the government exchange but may be pur- healthcare coverage for 2023. Julie Joffre Benveniste may be reached chased through independent agents. An alternative to purchasing a tradi- at or (404) 316tional health insurance plan is participat- 7514. Tom Boyd may be reached at (678) 404ing in a healthcare sharing ministry. While BOYD (2693). ì



Record Keeping Deal for New Future Tools When Oracle Corporation, one of the world’s largest computer software, companies closed its buy of the Cerner Corporation for $28.3 Bob Bahr billion earlier this year, it was the largest deal yet in the race to digitize the world’s health care records. It was also three times more than Oracle had ever paid for another company. Industry observers saw it as an indication of how serious Oracle, a database software and cloud systems provider, are in becoming a major provider of data for payers and suppliers of healthcare services. The move opens a new line of business for Oracle, which in recent years was seen as lagging in migrating its business to cloud based applications. Oracle’s CEO, Safra Catz, characterized the buy as an important way that Oracle will expand into healthcare, which

Former Emory Healthcare CEO Jonathan Levin had to contend with the limitations of electronic healthcare systems.

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison has made a big bet that healthcare will be a major contributor to his company’s revenues.

Oracle’s acquisition of Cerner is aimed at boosting the growth of electronic medical record keeping.

she characterized as the “largest and most important vertical market in the world — $3.8 trillion last year in the United States alone.” Her boss, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who is the company’s chairman and chief technology officer saw the marriage of Cerner’s digital record keeping tools with Oracle’s development of a hands-free voice interface and secure cloud software to boost efficiency for overworked medical staff. The company pointed to a study in 2019 by the Mayo Clinic that found that

doctors spent an hour on updating medical records for every hour they spent in caring for a patient. Mayo surveyed over 30,000 physicians from a cross section of specialties who gave a grade of F for the usability of currently available electronic health record systems. Moreover, the failure of health record keeping aids was considered a strong contributor to a physician’s psychological and professional burnout. And it is not just individual physicians that are affected by their attempts to work with the complex systems that are a part of the modern American healthcare environment. Last year the CEO and Chairman of Emory Healthcare, Dr. Jonathan Levin, whose 11 hospitals and 250 locations in metro Atlanta created revenues that topped $3.5 billion, stepped down last year after six years on the job. A decision that certainly was hastened by the pressures of Emory taking a leading role in battling the pandemic. Part of the challenge was in working to bring together not only with Emory network of facilities but in aiding other major healthcare systems, such as those at WellStar, Piedmont, Grady, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All of which have their own electronic systems. Dr. Levin said he was returning to his “roots” — presumably a quieter life in education and the development of medical technology at Emory. He told CNN that it was not a sudden decision. He said he wanted, like Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame player Cal Ripken Jr, “to go out at the top of your game.’’ “I’m looking forward to visiting my adult kids and spending [more] time with my wife,” Levin said. Oracle’s Ellison probably had healthcare professionals like Levin in mind when he commented on the Cerner buy. “This new generation of medical information systems promises to lower the administrative workload burdening our medical professionals, improve patient

privacy and outcomes, and lower overall healthcare costs.” The move had the full support of Cerner’s president and chief executive officer, David Feinberg, who took his job only a year before, and will stay with the merged company. “Joining Oracle as a dedicated Industry Business Unit provides an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate our work modernizing electronic health records, improving the caregiver experience, and enabling more connected, highquality and efficient patient care. “ In June, Ellison said during a press briefing, that the goal of the company was to create a national health cloud-based data bank that pulls information from thousands of hospitals and medical centers. In many cases these medical records are only resident at those individual facilities. He pointed out that makes it difficult for the information to be shared and for research teams to do large scale studies and cuts into the efficiencies of an already highly inefficient system. It’s said that for decades experts in healthcare technology systems and the federal government have worked to make the sharing of health records at separate institutions easier. Only in 2020 was the National Institutes of Health able to create a centralized record database and then only for one purpose, for COVID-19 research. But that was accomplished only because the data collected was anonymous, didn’t require patient consent and was done through a concerted, ambitious effort by a team that had worked for years on the communication issues that had bedeviled previous attempts. Although all three of the executives involved in this attempt to create medical technology history come from different educational and social backgrounds, what united all three Ellison, Catz and Feinberg was their Jewish heritage, most noticeably for Catz, who was born in Israel. ì

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Pig Parts Making Human Transplants Routine By Bob Bahr Earlier this year, a 57-year-old patient in Maryland became the first human to successfully undergo the transplant of a genetically modified pig’s heart. The patient survived for two months but ultimately died of heart failure. There was some evidence that, while the procedure was considered successful, the organ may have been contaminated with a pig virus, which could have led to the patient’s early death. Otherwise, according to research that was presented online earlier this month at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions there was considerable evidence that the transplanted animal heart beat more like a human heart than doctors had expected. In fact, according to the electrical signals that were recorded of the new heart, it more closely resembled a human heart and, in some measurements, outperformed it. One of the study’s researchers, Timm Michael Dickfeld, an electrophysiologist at the the University of Maryland School of medicine, said the easy adaptation of the animal heart to its new human environment was a surprise. “It’s truly a novel finding,” Dickfeld said, “that electrocardiogram (EKG) measurements recording the heart’s electrical signal were so different from a typical pig heart’s reading.” In other encouraging developments, in June and early July, a surgical team at New York University School of Medicine successfully transplanted a pair of pig’s hearts that had been genetically modified to make them more compatible with the human chest cavity. They replaced the heart of two patients declared brain dead but who were being kept alive using ventilators. The organs were monitored for three days, worked well and weren’t rejected by the patients. “It was one of the most incredible things to see a pig heart pounding away and beating inside of the chest of a human being,” NYU transplant surgeon Robert Montgomery told reporters. The procedures, using the healthy living organs from pigs to replace the diseased organs in human, is called by scientists, xenotransplantation. It was encouraging news for an estimated 100,000 people waiting for a surgical transplant. Last year a record number of human organ transplants were performed. However, every day 17 people die waiting for new organs because they are in short supply. Of the more than 41,000 transplant procedures only about 3,500 were done of the heart, according to Alex Reyentovick, a cardiologist at New York University. He

The anatomy and physiology of pigs strongly resembles that of humans.

Fifty-seven-year-old Richard Bennett, right, survived for two months this year with a pig’s heart.

Surgeon at University of Maryland this year successfully implanted the heart of a pig into a human being.

pointed out that they have a tremendous deficiency in organs, and many people die waiting for a heart, “Xenotransplantation really has the capability of addressing some of those supply limitations,” Reyentovick said, “and saving innumerable lives.” While Jewish law forbids the consumption of meat and other products derived from pigs, the animal has proven to be an important source of organs for transplantation. Pigs are easy to breed, and they resemble in many aspects, the anatomy and physiology of human beings. They can be raised in large number in conditions which are free of germs and viruses and can be genetically modified to minimize their rejection by the human body. In the case of the patient who survived for two months with a new pig’s heart the organ had been genetically changed to remove a specific sugar from its cells which was thought to have complicated previous experiments. According to instructions in the Book of Leviticus, pigs are not considered kosher because the animals have hooves which are not split and does not chew its cud, like cows. The holy commandment in chapter 11, verses 7 and 8 prohibits the eating of pork and even touching the carcass of the animal. A 1962 Israeli law generally does not allow pigs to be grown in Israel, although in certain areas of the country with numerous Christians, pigs are allowed to be raised. Pork products also are sold in many Israeli markets. Yet, while eating pork is not allowed, there is no prohibition in Judaism against the use of pigs to save lives. Heart valves from pigs are regularly used to replace defective human ones, insulin for the treatment of diabetes can be derived from pigs and pigskin has been transplanted to treat

severe burns. Yet in Judaism, as well as Islam, pigs are disdained and in our industrial farm's pigs are bred in conditions that have been severely criticized by advocates for the ethical treatment of animals. According to Lisa Moses, a bioethicist and veterinarian at Harvard Medical School,

our treatment of the animals in view of their potential benefit to us, doesn’t make sense. “We treat pigs in ways that we would never treat people, but we also recognize they’re so similar to us that they’re our biological models. You can’t make sense of that because it doesn’t make sense. It’s one giant paradox.” ì

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s is Focus of New Senior Center B a b y boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, or about 21 percent of the U.S. population, are getting older. Some are still children to agJan Jaben-Eilon ing parents. As they age, the risks of developing dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease, doubles about every five years. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in six people over 80 have dementia. For every person diagnosed with dementia, multiple family members are impacted. This is not a disease that individuals, families, or society can ignore. “It’s a physical disease that presents psychologically and mentally,” said Mary Caldwell, director of a new innovative adult center called Town Square which just opened in Sandy Springs and that focuses on dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Dementia is a broad umbrella term that encompasses changes in thinking and behavior that people notice,” said Caldwell, who formerly worked at the Alzheimer’s Association. She noted that Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Town Square is a 12,000-square-foot facility that resembles a mid-20th-century American town. It features 13 separate activity rooms that represent popular storefronts that existed during that era. The storefronts include a 1950s diner, aptly named Rosie’s, and fittingly displays several Coca-Cola signs, with Atlanta being home to The Coca-Cola Company, and Town Square sitting across the street from a Coca-Cola bottling facility. Other storefronts include Starlite Theater with photos of Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and others adorning the walls. There’s a music room called “Spinners” to engage members with nostalgic tunes, a health club featuring themed exercise classes, Ronnie’s Garage with a standout vintage bright red 1964 Ford Thunderbird, as well as a library, working hair and nail salon, craft room and recreation room that includes a pool table and board games. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. “I dreamed of a resource like this when I was at the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Caldwell. According to Atlanta native Sarah Stennett, one of the franchise owners, 42 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

An open area is surrounded by mid-20th century storefronts.

Rosie’s Diner is adorned with Coca-Cola signs.

A vintage bright red 1964 Ford Thunderbird catches the eye at Town Square.

along with her husband Kellen, also an Atlanta native, and her in-laws, Town Square is the first in Georgia to be grounded in reminiscence therapy, which is designed specifically to help individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The center leverages therapeutic reminiscing techniques and other interventions to spark memories and stimulate the mind. “There’s a massive need of this service,” she said, noting that both her paternal grandmothers died of Alzheimer’s as well as both of her husband’s grandfathers. “This is why I was attracted to this concept.” Reminiscence therapy reportedly has been shown to improve mood, communication and sleep quality as well as reduce anxiety, depression, and agitation in those with dementia. While there is no cure and no means to prevent dementia, reminiscent therapy “can potentially delay the progression and need for long-term care. It can prolong their happiness and self-

esteem.” “We are not an adult day care center,” emphasized Stennett, who also co-owns several Club Pilate studios in Atlanta. “We have elevated the dignity of adult day space. We engage them in multi-faceted exercises, yet there are many areas where they can chill and be alone. But it is mixed with socialization, which is a critical piece.” Both Stennett and Caldwell underscored their idea for Town Square to be a community resource for people with dementia as well as their caregivers, which Town Square refers to as care partners. “We want to be an educational resource for the community,” said Caldwell, a former member of Temple Sinai when she lived in Atlanta, and Temple Rodeph Sholom when she lived in Rome, Ga. “We want the community involved.” When someone is diagnosed with dementia, their lives become smaller and more isolated, she said. “There’s a stigma

“We want to be an educational resource for the community,” said Town Square Director Mary Caldwell, a former member of Temple Sinai.

with Alzheimer’s and dementia, so when people need it most, they often lose their support system. It’s devastating and terrifying. People spiral into depression.” Although Caldwell said that Jews aren’t at more risk for dementia, women, in general, are two-thirds more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. She added that “when a person becomes a care partner of someone with Alzheimer’s, their own risk increases six times due to the chronic stressors that affects all care partners.” Starting the end of November, Town Square will offer an eight-week program on Alzheimer’s for care partners that will be free and open to the public. The facility will also be available for rent on evenings and weekends for special events including corporate meetings, birthday and anniversary parties and group visits from senior living facilities. Town Square is already receiving referrals from Emory University’s Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. ì

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Eighty Pints for Eight Decades By Marcia Caller Jaffe Determined volunteer Gail Solomon is not talking about pints of beer. Since 2008, Solomon has chaired the quarterly blood drive at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, which regularly falls around her birthday. Solomon said, “This year, it actually landed on my 80th birthday which made it a perfect way to give back and celebrate turning 80 at the same time. My goal is to live to be 100 and be healthy and active.” The blood drive is also co-sponsored by: the Jewish War Veterans, Post 112; Fulton Lodge No. 216 F&A; and congregations Shearith Israel and Or VeShalom, which has sponsored 54 blood drives, and collected 3,269 units of blood from 3,425 total donors. Solomon said, “Being a blood donor costs you only an hour of time. Not only do you save lives, but you also get a mini-physical when you donate. Donating blood is giving the gift of life. There is no greater gift.” Solomon has donated 111 pints of blood. When her mother had colon cancer surgery, she needed seven pints of blood on the operating table to survive. Solomon continued, “What, if then, the blood was not available? Someone needs blood every two seconds. There is no synthetic blood. Donating blood is doing a mitzvah, giving of yourself to someone you don’t know and someone who will never know the donor, but someone whose life you have saved. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.”

Gail Solomon turned 80 on Nov 6, the same day she commandeered the blood drive at Ahavath Achim to reach her goal of 80 pints. Here, she poses with a drop of blood at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, her other passion.

Gail Solomon’s Mature Adult Event at Oakland Cemetery was a success in getting seniors out during COVID in June 2021.

To coordinate with her outsized birthday, and as a huge Disney fan, Solomon entered a contest with WSBTV to win a cruise on the Disney Wish, their newest cruise ship. She explained, “Every morning they gave a word that had to be texted to a number to enter. Both my daughter, Caren, and I did just that…she actually won a trip for four. This year, in addition to celebrating my

80th birthday, in November, my oldest son celebrates his 55th and my youngest son celebrates his 50th birthday, so nine members of our family are celebrating the November birthdays on the Disney cruise in January.” On her first Disney cruise, Solomon celebrated her 60th birthday. She said with emotion, “That was the most family bonding we have ever taken.” Solomon also volunteers at the Georgia Aquarium, but her “happy place” is working at Mercedes-Benz Stadium where she welcome guests at the South VIP entrance for special events and guided tours of the stadium. She said, “Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the only platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified stadium in North America. Arthur Blank’s vision to build the stadium, an icon in downtown Atlanta that would bring people and communities together in an environmentally sustainable way, is truly a gift to Atlanta. The stadium will be a Zero Waste stadium by the end of this year.” When asked about her secret to longevity, Solomon shared: “To me, the most important things are a positive attitude and the choices we make every day. I wake up and chose to do aerobic exercises every morning. I feel that doing aerobics helps my body, heart, and brain. I combine it with strength training and stretching. It gives me natural energy which keeps me young in mind, body, and spirit. In every situation, I look for something positive. And helping others is what makes me happy. Life is not about what happens to you, but how you choose to react to the circumstances.” Solomon is also credited with starting the successful Mature Active Adult Community at Ahavath Achim. She remarked, “COVID happened, and we were all forced to shelter at home. Keeping in touch with the senior members of the congregation and planning Zoom programs kept us all connected with activities to which we could look forward.” Count the rather numerous candles, Gail, on becoming a proud octogenarian heralded for your good deeds! ì

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Laughter is the Best Medicine By Marcia Caller Jaffe A serious seniors advisor by day, Dyan Burnstein dove into her dream of being a stand-up comic. Through the years, folks around encouraged her as “a natural talent.” Burnstein said, “I have a great sense of humor, and my friends and family have told me I needed to try standup comedy. It has been on my bucket list for a long time. Recently, my sweet, smart, and wonderful mom passed away, and I thought this was the right time to bring laughter into my life and others." Her show "Laughter is the Best Medicine” went live at the Punchline Comedy Club on Roswell Road on Oct 23. And yes, the audience roared with laughter. Burnstein got her comedic training by taking the Jeff Justice Comedy course for 6 weeks, 3.5 hours each class and the final Oct. 7 graduation. She stated, “It cost $599 and worth every penny. I put a total of 42 hours which included time out of class and rehearsing on my own.” Her routine lasts a full five minutes which can equal an eternity on stage. Her best topics are embarrassing her grown kids and ex-husband, working in the hospice setting with doctors, perform-

ing her winning cackle from the Renaissance Festival for which she won the Grand Prize which was televised on national news. She furthered,” As a rookie I am performing at a slower pace to produce a flawless delivery. I use hand gestures, and I am also very animated, which helps make the jokes even funnier.” As she is busy writing new material, she plans to extend past the five minutes. She offered, “I learned how to properly develop a joke as professional comics do. It is so much fun to start with a premise, build jokes around it, and make a lot of people laugh! Being funny is not the same as doing standup comedy. There are important steps to take if you are going to do it right.” Some famous comedians have expressed the unique fear of standing on the stage solo with no props. Dyan overcomes fear by meditating the whole week before going on stage. She jokingly adds, “I do this to get out of my comfort zone. Unfortunately, I threw up a few times before, and now I am good to go without any stomach upset. “She only had one joke that she felt “bombed” slightly. “It was about a groom saying ‘constipated’ unto me to his bride instead of ‘consecrated’ unto me,’ true story.” Her

children came to the show from Texas and California and said, “Mom, you crushed it!” Originally from Little Neck, New York the family moved to the Main Line area of Philadelphia where she attended Temple University. Currently she is a family advocate with Atlanta Senior Advocates assisting families in finding the best fit in independent living, assisted living and memory care. She concluded, “I am very passionate about my work, as I recently went thru this journey with my own mother. My services are complimentary. Being a comic helps take the edge off my clients, as they are going through a very overwhelming journey.” Dyan leaves us laughing. “When I was working in hospice, doctors asked me if I pronounce my name “die in?” Yes, I am ‘die in’ to help you with your hospice patients. As I said, my name is Dyan (spell name) people tend to call me Di which is not the best name to have when you work in Hospice! People would be looking for me yelling down the hospice halls, Di Di! Then there’s meeting men on planes. Flying is a great place to meet men, especially during turbulence. When I fly, I wear something low cut and a really bouncy bra

Dyan Burnstein made her comedic debut at the Punchline in October.

to showcase the GIRLS. This also gives me the excuse to hold the hand of the adjacent man. On my last flight, I missed his hand and grabbed something else. The look on his face told me he was enjoying the ride. When the flight attendants yelled ‘grab your ankles and put your head between your knees’, the entire plane was screaming and crying …well, everyone but him, he just smiled." ì

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TBT Tikvah Tots – 10 to 11 a.m. Bring your little one for play time at TBT! Up to age 5. Get more information at

Baby & Me Music Class – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join Temple Sinai for a Baby & Me music class series–all babies and caregivers are welcome to join! The class will embrace the natural musicality we are all born with and is a great way to connect with your little one and other families, while enhancing brain development and social and cognitive tools. Register at https://bit. ly/3Dr3XX7.

Alyson Richman and Shaunna Edwards – 12 to 1p.m. Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents Alyson Richman and Shaunna Edwards, The Thread Collectors: A Novel. Purchase tickets at MJCCA Book Fest: Dr. Michael Roizen – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. As the human lifespan expands and more people are living to 100 years and beyond, author Michael Roizen, M.D., explains how to prepare for a longer, healthier future. Purchase tickets at


B’nai Torah & Israel Bonds Honor Tracey & Sammy Grant – 6 to 8:30 p.m. Congregation B’nai Torah and Israel Bonds Dinner Reception. Purchase tickets at

Maria Schneider Orchestra – 8 p.m. This 2019 NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award–winner leads the 18-member big band orchestra in an evening of lush and complex works, including a world premiere commission in honor of the Schwartz Center’s 20th anniversary. Purchase tickets at https://bit. ly/3SPagcN.


Matt Paxton, Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff: Declutter, Downsize, and Move Forward with Your Life – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join the MJCCA Book Festival and America’s top cleaning expert on A & E’s “Hoarders” and star of the hit PBS series “Legacy List with Matt Paxton.” Learn more at https://

POW: EmPOWering Workshop for Women – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. POW!’s main focus is to help moms and caregivers take pragmatic (logical) steps to create a more manageable life for themselves. We will help you fill your toolbox with sustainable strategies for daily success within a supportive and spiritual group setting. Join JFCS by Zoom and register at https://bit. ly/3Tqq3zy.

SOJOURN’s Drawing from the Well – 12 to 1 p.m. Drawing from the Well is SOJOURN’s inclusive weekly meetup for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies. Participants gather in community to discuss and connect around resources from Torah. Learn more at

Shabbat, Me & Rabbi G at the JCC! – 5 to 5:30 p.m. Bring your children to the JCC for a Shabbat celebration featuring fun songs and blessings with Rabbi G! Challah and grape juice are served. Learn more at

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Tot Shabbat and Kiddush Lunch - 11 a.m. Join Congregation Beth Shalom for an interactive Tot Shabbat and sing, play and engage in fun activities, followed by a wonderful Shabbat Kiddush lunch together. https://bit. ly/3rBWd03.

CANDLE-LIGHTING TIMES Torah Reading: Chayei Sarah Friday, November 18, (Cheshvan 24, 5783) Light candles at 5:14 p.m. Saturday, November 19, (Cheshvan 25, 5783) Light candles at 6:11 p.m. Torah Reading: Toldot Friday, November 25, (Kislev 1, 5783) Light candles at 5:12 p.m. Saturday, November 26, (Kislev 2, 5783) Shabbat ends at 6:09 p.m.


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Menorahs + Martinis -7 p.m. Pre-Chanukah night out for YOU! Enjoy a fun night out with Young Jewish Professionals Atlanta creating a stunning and unique granite menorah while relaxing with community, friends, and a good drink! Register at https://

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Turbo Turkey – 8:30 to 10 a.m. Get a taste of the MJCCA Group Fitness offerings during our energy-boosting 90 min turbo turkey workout. Come early and enter a drawing for MJCCA swag. Learn more at

Tot Shabbat and Kiddush Lunch - 11 a.m. Join Congregation Beth Shalom for an interactive Tot Shabbat and sing, play and engage in fun activities, followed by a wonderful Shabbat Kiddush lunch together. https://bit. ly/3rBWd03.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Kabbalah & Coffee - 9:30 to 11 a.m. A Weekly Study Series with Rabbi Ari Sollish and Young Jewish Professionals Atlanta. Discuss, explore, and journey through the world of Jewish mystical teaching. For more information visit

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Virtual LinkedIn Workshop – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join JF&CS for a 2-hour virtual LinkedIn Workshop designed to give job seekers and those in career transition a solid base of information to strengthen their brand on LinkedIn. Register at Community of Giving – 12 to 1 p.m. Community of Giving is a virtual fundraising event with programming focusing on our own client stories, with our services featuring guest host Mara Davis. Purchase tickets at https://bit. ly/3zUKiOG.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Rosh Chodesh Society: To Believe Or Not To Believe In Yourself.- The Rosh Chodesh Society’s upcoming course, TO Believe OR NOT TO Believe In YOURSELF, introduces the students to Tanya, a 225-year-old text whose portrayal of human psychology in general, and of our inner spiritual composition in particular, remains as revolutionary—and as refreshing— as ever. Register with Intown Jewish Academy at

JF&CS Community of Giving 2022: A Virtual Gathering – 12 to 1 p.m. Every year, JF&CS supports more than 14,000 men, women, and children in our community. Please join us on Giving Tuesday for our 2nd Annual Community of Giving: A Virtual Gathering. Learn more at Jewish Women’s Torah and Tea – 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Join the Jewish Women’s Circle of Decatur for a weekly discussion on the Parsha and contemporary Jewish issues. Find out more with the Chabad of Decatur at https://bit. ly/3T8oR4B.


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the Gilded Age and the Sassoon Dynasty One of the Richest Families in the World?

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The Magen David Synagogue in Byculla, Bombay, built by David Sassoon near his home // Photo Credit: Dinodia/Alamy

Statue of David Sassoon, 1865, by Thomas Woolner, in the David Sassoon Library, Mumbai // Photo Credit: Helen Jackson

Albert Sassoon, caricature by Spy (Leslie Ward) from Vanity Fair, 1879 // Photo Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

In a conversation with Joseph Sassoon, a descendant of the Jewish Sassoon family dynasty and the author of “The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire,” we take a deep dive into one of the most fascinating stories of wealth, fortune, and downfall in Jewish history. Joseph’s passion for discovery led him to an untapped trove of archival material about his extended family, and his ability to read in English, Arabic, and Hebrew led him to writing the history of the Sassoon ancestry. Joseph is a professor of history at Georgetown University.

Tell us about the Baghdadi Sassoons of India and how they built an empire, family dynasty and became one of the richest families in the world? It all started with David Sassoon who fled Baghdad in 1829 because of a conflict with the corrupt Ottoman governor of the province of Baghdad. From his new home in Bombay, David gradually started a trading business. Relying on his 14 children, he built a trading network in cotton, textiles, opium, tea and other commodities. By the time he died in 1864, the family enterprise was a global merchant with a meaningful market share, particularly in cotton and opium. David left a significant fortune for his children: £4 million (about $30 million), which would be roughly $500 million today, or $3 billion calculated by labor or income value. How important was it for the Sassoons to be Jewish? Share how the founders and great-granddaughter, Flora (Farha Sassoon), who was the first CEO of the world in global business, celebrated their Jewish values? David was profoundly attached to Judaism and was uncompromisingly observant of Jewish law and practice. He was a devoted student of the Talmud and insisted that all his sons had a thorough Jewish education. A few years before his death, David built a synagogue in the neighborhood where he resided. His great granddaughter, Farha, who Anglicized her name later to Flora, was extremely knowledgeable about Jewish texts and was fluent in seven languages. In 1924, she was the first woman to address the graduation of a seminar, of rabbis in London. She showed her tremendous knowledge of the Bible and the Talmud in her speech to the seminary. As a professor of history, what drove you to untap the archival treasure trove of history about your family? It all began with a letter sent to me by a Joseph Sassoon who was interested in our shared name and wanted to know if we were related. Conversations with him whetted my appetite and as a historian, what really tipped the balance was the discovery of a trove of untapped archival material containing thousands of documents dating from 1855 to 1949: everything from personal letters to account books and menus for dinner parties. Most of the business correspondence was written in Baghdadi-Jewish dialect using Hebrew characters to prevent outsiders from reading their letters. When the Sassoons Sassoons moved in the 19th century to England, the Sassoons were knighted. How did they become members of the British parliament? David’s eldest son, Abdallah, was knighted in 1872 and became Sir Albert, a title which was passed down through the generations. An extravagant party for more than 1,000 guests was held at his house in Bombay also to celebrate the new Viceroy of India. Later, Jacob, David’s grandson from Elias, was also knighted. What happened in 1887 between the Sassoons and the banking empire of the Rothschilds? Marriages play an important role in consolidating business relations, strengthening political ambitions and providing an extra layer of security and diversification. One example was the marriage that tied the Sassoon and Rothschild families together. The wedding was of Albert’s second son, Edward, to Aline Caroline, daughter of Baron Gustave de Rothschild of Paris, on Oct. 19,1887. The ceremony was conducted by the Grand Rabbi of France and attended by 1,200 guests who were entertained at the reception by the Paris Opera chorus. The groom gave the bride a pearl necklace costing about $1,150,000 in today’s value. You also were born in Baghdad. How did your family escape from Baghdad in the 1970s to avoid Saddam Hussein’s regime? After the Six Day War in June 1967, life for Jews in Iraq grew increasingly untenable. The rise of the Ba‘ath Party a year later exacerbated the situation and public hangings of Jews followed in 1969. When we finally managed to escape a few years later, we left with nothing except for a small bag, closing the door not only on our property but on a land where my family had lived for centuries. If we learn one thing from your family’s history, what do you want us to remember? I hope our family’s legacy will be remembered as the capability of migrant families who left with nothing but managed to conquer the world through sheer hard work and determination. By Robyn Spizman Gerson 52 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

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Jewish Bear Moshe goes for a walk in the woods. Suddenly, a six-foot-tall grizzly bear appears and approaches him at quite a fast pace. Moshe stands there petrified and begins praying for his safety. But then Moshe notices that the bear has stopped, has put on a kippah and has also started praying. Saved! But as Moshe approaches the bear with an outstretched hand to greet a fellow Jew, he hears the bear concluding the motzi, the traditional prayer before eating.

Seri’s Sweet Potato Soup Preference: Parve Difficulty: Easy Cooking and Prep: 50 minutes Serves: 4

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Ingredients (4) 3 onions, cut 2 to 3 large sweet potatoes 1 cup almond or oat milk 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Start Cooking Cut the onions, put them in a pot and cook them in a small amount of water until translucent. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes. Add them to the pot and cook for about five to eight minutes. Add water to just cover the sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 25 minutes until sweet potatoes are soft. Add the cinnamon. Put the entire mixture in a blender or use an immersion blender and blend. Return to the pot and add the almond or oat milk. Recipe By Rivka Golombeck Photo by Rivka Braverman Source: 54 | NOVEMBER 15, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES

Krank Crank n. A person who is forever complaining about their health even if they seem to be perfectly well. A noisy hypochondriac. "Milton was whining about his teeth all day. Yesterday it was his hemorrhoids. such a krank crank he is, I'm telling you, I can't tell you." From the Yiddish krank, meaning sickness.

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Phyllis Alterman Franco

Lillian Sylvia Gross

Phyllis Alterman Franco passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 1, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and Richard Franco, the love-of-her life and husband for sixty-three years. She was 84. Phyllis was so many things to so many, but always an artist. Through her works and dynamic, insightful way of engaging, she explored the contradictions of life, creating lasting beauty not only in her paintings, but more importantly to her, in the connections she fostered and to which she gave enduring understanding and profound acceptance. Phyllis was a force for goodness. Her children, family, friends and community will miss her dearly. The daughter of the late Sara and Dave Alterman, Phyllis graduated Salutatorian of the 1956 graduating class of Henry W. Grady High (now Midtown High School) and Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in 1960. She attended Northwestern University her first two years of college but returned to Emory to be closer to Richard. She later pursued graduate studies at Georgia State University receiving her bachelor’s and Master’s in Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude in both in 1981 and 1983 respectively. In addition to her roles as mother, wife, homemaker, philanthropist, and active member of the Jewish community, Phyllis became a prolific, disciplined artist. Family, memory, and loss were central to Franco’s art. The unique approach Phyllis and Richard and their family took to Phyllis’s Alzheimer’s, connecting through Phyllis’ love of the piano and painting and using the strength and tenderness of the couple’s partnership to adapt to the changes together, was well documented. During her decade and a half with the condition, Phyllis and Richard could be seen daily on walks; their days were a love affair with the City of Atlanta as well as with one another. Along with making art full-time, Phyllis loved playing the piano years into her diagnosis, playing tennis, exploring her Judaism, and hosting countless celebrations. She and Richard were also world travelers, often choosing to explore other countries by bicycle with life-long friends. Phyllis was selfeffacing, humble, accepting of others, devoted, dutiful, and the truest of friends. In addition to her husband and partner in adventures, Dr. Richard Franco, Phyllis is survived by her three children and their spouses, Lewis Franco & Heidi Thompson, Rebecca & Henry Chalmers, Meryl Franco & Sam Worley and grandchildren Louisa, Sarina, Joseph and David. She is pre-deceased by her parents and brother Stephen Alterman and infant brother Alvin Alterman. She is survived by brother Richard Alterman and his wife Marty, and Stephen’s widow Marci Ball. Her husband Richard’s family became her own. She is predeceased by his parents Joe and Rachel Franco and survived by brother- and sister-in-laws Ramon & Jody Franco, Renee Franco, Robert & Sara Franco, and Rita & Craig Gilbert along with scores of nieces and nephews, and exceptional friends. The family would like to thank Lucy Rengifo and care-giver Gwen Brown for their years of friendship and service. Graveside services were Nov. 2 at Greenwood Cemetery. Donations can be made to Weinstein Hospice, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, NERANENA, and The Piedmont Park Conservancy. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

Lillian Sylvia Gross born Feb. 5, 1930, in Homeville, PA to the most wonderful parents, Rose and Zoltan Smooke of blessed memory, died Nov. 7, in the care of her loving family and caregiver Ebere Victoria. Sylvia AKA, ‘Double’, a moniker she acquired from her toddler grandsons exemplified generosity of spirit, unconditional love, values of open doors and welcoming the stranger. Double grew up with her brothers and sisters, Allen, Jerry, Betty, and Fay all of blessed memory in the wild Steel Towns of Homeville/ Homestead, and finally the Oakland Neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Her father used to brag that he was a “5x millionaire” to explain how much he adored his children. At 18, Double met and married the love of her life, Ben Gross, a Hungarian ‘HandGrenade’. Double dedicated her life to helping Ben and his siblings, all survivors of the Holocaust, rebuild their shattered lives. She read and wrote for him. They raised four children: Cindy, Marcie, Howard (of blessed memory) and Michael. She and Ben were a team and she learned quickly how to manage a household and be a Lady Kosher butcher. Together they operated Ben Gross Kosher Meats on 5th Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA into the late 1950s. In time, Ben joined his brothers at Albee Homes in Youngstown, Ohio and traveled the country while Mom dedicated herself to holding down the fort. In 1963, Ben accidentally boarded a plane to Atlanta when he meant to fly to Atlantic City to open a model home. He looked around and the brothers decided to invest in exurban real estate. In 1967 the family finally moved to Atlanta. Double persevered through the ups and downs of economic peaks and valleys managing the family finances while never losing her warmth and sense of humor. She always made sure that the kids had money in their wallets and there were charity dollars by the front door even when money was very tight. She was a great family finance manager with only a high school education. Double exemplified loving kindness (Chesed) and created a warm and welcoming home in Atlanta. She taught us the importance of visiting the sick and elderly, community involvement in meaningful ways that did not always attract attention, and she showed us the value of volunteering with a smile. She really loved bowling with her dear friend Helen Gerson (of blessed memory) and they delighted in telling all about their high scores and gutter balls. They loved their bowling league teammates and made every effort to attend the end of season parties. Double was a lifetime member of Na’amat and served as President of the local chapter many times. She was named an Atlanta. Jewish Federation Woman of Achievement and was an honoree of SOJOURN for her dedication to supporting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Lillian Sylvia Gross was predeceased by her husband Ben, her beloved son Howard, and her sisters and brothers she adored. She is survived by Cindy Solomon, Marcie Koffler (Barry,) Michael Gross (Bryan) and Cathy Gross (Howard z’ll.) She will be missed by her beloved Grandchildren Max (Jennifer,) Aaron (Chanyl,) Lucy (Michael,) Zak (Luca,) Micah (Jason,) and Caleb (Margalit,) and the lights of her life great grandsons Charlie Hugo Gross and Pax Anic-Koffler. Funeral services were held at 2 pm November 8th at Crestlawn Cemetery. There will be a hole in our hearts, but we will forever carry with us her spark, her love of life and people, and the kindness she taught us was so important to creating lasting connection with others. We love you Double. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999,

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Dr. Richard Michael Kotler, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on July 26. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Helen Ann Kotler, his children and their spouses, Amy Hunter and her husband, Paul; Joseph Kotler; Jeffrey Gartzman; Debra Gottlieb and her husband, Robert; his 6 grandchildren; Cameron Hunter; Nolan, Tyler, and Olivia Gartzman; Jon and Alex Gottlieb; as well as his beloved dog, Lucy. He was born in Trenton, N.J. on Oct. 31, 1933, to Dr. Samuel Kotler, also a career dentist who taught orthodontics at New York University, and Ruth (Zaitz) Kotler. He loved growing up and working on his family’s large dairy farm in Hightstown, N.J., which provided milk to the local community and cows to smaller dairy farms in the greater central New Jersey area. It also nurtured in him a great love of all animals and nature, and an appreciation for the value of hard work. After attending The Peddie School, Dick received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and his DDS from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Subsequently, he served in the United States Air Force as a captain. Following his military service, Dr. Kotler was a well-known, highly regarded dentist in private practice in West Hartford and Bloomfield, Conn. for 40 years. He was adored by his staff whom he employed for most of their careers until he retired. In his semi-retirement years, Dick capped off his 50-year dental career at the New Britain Hospital for Special Care in Connecticut, and then at the V.A. Hospital in Atlanta and Fort Benning, Ga. As lifelong residents of the northeast, Helen and Dick lived together in Farmington, Conn. for 16 years until they relocated to Atlanta in 2004. They quickly adapted to and embraced their new life in Georgia, working, socializing, and developing many wonderful friendships. Beyond his many professional accomplishments, Dick was a very talented artist, photographer, painter, sculptor, and poet. He appreciated and enjoyed theater, music, and dance, the latter of which was on full display when Dick and Helen won a Lindy Hop contest in Montreal on New Year’s Eve, circa 1999. In addition to Canada, Dick’s travels with Helen to Europe, Israel, and across the U.S. were exciting and rewarding. He was devoted to the teachings of Torah and the ideals of Judaism, observing and honoring Shabbat and all Jewish holidays, while maintaining a kosher home. Dick was also very charitable, especially with many Jewish, humanitarian, and veterans’ organizations. More than anything, Dick loved spending time and building a life with his wife, Helen, with whom he shared a wonderful marriage, and with his children, grandchildren, many close cousins and friends, dog Lucy, and predeceased dog, Snoopy Ann. Dick was a man of great character, honest, fair-minded, intellectually curious, and deeply caring. He was a big baseball fan, rooting for the Boston Red Sox since childhood and then also his hometown Braves after moving to Atlanta. Dick was well-known for telling silly, corny jokes which made everyone smile (and occasionally groan). He had a warm and gentle heart, was loved immensely, and will be sorely missed. His memory will always be a blessing. Funeral services have already been held in Dick’s honor. Donations may be made to Jewish Family & Career Services, The Temple, or any veterans’ organization.

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Eleanor Evens Levy

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Eleanor Evens Levy, 86, formerly of Columbia and Charleston, S.C., passed away, Sunday, Oct. 30, in Atlanta, Ga. Born to Sam and Annie Kessler Evens on July 23, 1936, in Pulaski, Va., she graduated from Pulaski High School, and attended University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In 1955, she married the love her life, Dr. Joel Steinberg Levy, in Roanoke, Va., who preceded her in death in 2012. A member of Beth Shalom synagogue for her entire adult life, Eleanor also served as sisterhood president. She was also a member of Hadassah, the Columbia Bridge Club, and Synagogue Emanu-El of Charleston. A life master bridge player, as was her husband, she won numerous trophies. Eleanor and Joel also volunteered for many years at Providence Hospital, and the JCC. In their 57 years of marriage, they traveled extensively and kept a warm, open home for family and friends. Eleanor, known for her creativity and artistic ability, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. After Joel’s death, she moved from Columbia to Charleston where she resided at Bishop Gadsden. There, she enjoyed many years of new friends and activities. Eleanor is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elisa Levy and Miles Rich, of Atlanta, her son and daughter-in-law, Elliott and Heather Levy, of Charleston; her grandchildren, Aiden, Andrew and Anna Levy, and Leo Rich; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dr. Ted and Sue Levy, of Delray Beach, Fla.; and nephews, nieces, greatnephews and nieces, and cousins. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-inlaw, Dr. Nathan and Frona Evens of Richmond, Va., and sister and brother-in-law, Selena and Morton Jacobson of West Palm Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Nov. 1, 2022, at Columbia Hebrew Benevolent Society, 714 Blanding St., Columbia, S.C. Arrangements made in Atlanta by Dressler’s Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

Ethel Marks (nee Ginsberg) of Atlanta, Ga., died on Oct. 27, after a sudden decline in health. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ethel was the daughter of the late Louis and Sarah Ginsberg, immigrants from Old Russia. When Ethel was a young woman, she met Irwin Marks. Irwin loved Ethel from the moment he laid eyes on her. In 1943, they married, and they remained married for 72 years, until Irwin’s death in 2015. During their final goodbyes, Ethel said, “I’ll see you up there.” “Yes, but not so soon,” Irwin replied. Ethel was a simple and elegant woman who enjoyed traveling, shopping, and fine design. She was an exceptional mother, loving wife, and amazing friend to all who knew her. She is survived by sons, Michael Marks, and Steven Marks, two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. May her memory forever be a blessing. Memorial donations may be made to The Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 USA. A graveside funeral was held on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Cantor Donna Faye Marcus officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s, 770-451-4999.

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Michelle Eva Garber Lewis 54, Atlanta

Michelle Eva Garber Lewis passed away at home on Nov. 3 after a long and valiant fight with Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) cancer. She is survived by her husband Craig Lewis, sons Sean and Matthew, sister Marsha Epstein along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers and sisters-in law. Michelle was predeceased by parents Sam and Esther Garber, siblings Yvette Shure, Sharon Halpern, and Stanley Garber. Michelle was born and raised in Atlanta and attended the Hebrew Academy and then the University of Georgia where she met Craig, her husband of 30+ years. After five years marriage, Michelle and Craig created the Atlanta Pet Resort from a little plot of land in Marietta, which they owned, operated, and loved for 25 years and sold in 2021. Her proudest accomplishment was with her husband raising their two strong, caring, and amazing boys. Michelle was the glue that kept and brought their family together from around the world. Her house was always open. “Michelle radiated positivity.” She had friends from all walks and stages of her life. From her American Class in Israel to the Mommies group, the Matthew’s mom group, the Sexy Six, and high school and college friends. Michelle never met a stranger and would make friends at the drop of a hat. Michelle will be missed by those near and far for her “Sunshine,” and her fiery, intense, loving, caring and open heart. Our world has dimmed since you left us, but I know your family will shine so much brighter now that you are with them. Many thanks to her dear friends for the continued support of her family. Many thanks to WellStar Hospice for their care of Michelle on this last leg of her journey. Arrangements by Dressler’s, 770-451-4999


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Lenore Goldstein Polk 86, Griffin

Lenore Goldstein Polk, of Griffin, Ga., and, in recent years, Warner Robins, Ga., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 27. Lenore was born in Charleston, S.C. to Katherine and Isadore Goldstein, on March 18, 1936. The family moved to Griffin, Ga. when Lenore was a teen, and they operated a family piece goods business, The Fabric Center. Lenore met the love of her life, Ira, at a University of Georgia sorority/fraternity party, and the rest was history. For 68 years, she echoed “GO DAWGS” every football weekend and was Ira’s biggest fan when he was on stage playing the saxophone. Affectionately known as “Bubbie,” her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren. She was an avid baker and gardener; local friends could not wait for her gift trays of baked goods every holiday season and her yard was always spectacular with her perennial and annual plantings. She also had a gift for dancing, and you could always find her humming and dancing around the house. Lenore was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Sandra Goldstein Bemis, and her beloved husband, Ira. She is survived by her children, Debbie Ziesenhene, and her husband Greg, Sam Polk, and his partner, Bryan Ahlers, and Staci Flaxer, and her husband, Mark; grandchildren, Jenna Ziesenhene, and her husband, Jack Arnold, Ellen Ziesenhene, Abby Flaxer, and Janine Flaxer; and nephew, David Bemis. Visitation for Lenore Polk was held at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Road, Griffin, Ga. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, followed by a graveside service at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2000 Marietta Blvd, NW, Atlanta, Ga., section B-Cedar Hill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Mrs. Polk. Please join the family and friends in honoring the life of Lenore Goldstein Polk by visiting and posting your tributes and memories.


Michael Dittler Shlesinger 20, Atlanta

A loving son, brother, and grandson, loyal friend, curious student, avid NBA fan and passionate movie and music buff, Michael Dittler Shlesinger was the Man. Born in Atlanta, Georgia on Dec. 4, 2001. Michael died unexpectedly on Oct. 26, at the age of 20. A seventh generation Atlantan, Michael graduated from Suffield Academy in Connecticut and was a sophomore at Southern Methodist University studying Finance, Real Estate and Art History. Michael was blessed with an entrepreneurial and creative spirit, constantly thinking of out-of-the-box ideas never ceasing to amaze both his friends and family. Although lost too soon, Michael lived life to the fullest, bringing unparalleled energy and excitement into everything he did. In a typical day he could spend hours in the gym, read fantasy, philosophy, and everything in between; drive around for hours with friends; and still manage to watch all of the football and basketball games with his dog Lucy by his side. He approached every day with a “can-do” attitude, his classic phrase “I got this” prevailing any obstacle in his way. Michael was pre-deceased in death by grandparents J. Rhodes Haverty Jr., Nate and Joan Lipson, Irving M. Shlesinger, and Uncles’ Michael Lipson and Jay Dittler Shlesinger. Michael is survived by his parents John and Sara Shlesinger, sister Abby, Grandmothers Elice Haverty and Joyce Shlesinger, Aunt and Uncle Sue and Danny Lipson, and cousins Mimi and Michelle Lipson and Andrew and Chris Lowell. A graveside service was held on Nov. 2, Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael Shlesinger Endowment Fund, Eaglebrook School, 271 Pine Nook Road, PO BOX 7 Deerfield, MA 01342 and/or www.eaglebrook. org/giving/online-giving or to a charity of your choice.

James Smulian 94, Dahlonega

James (Jim) Smulian passed away peacefully early in the morning (his favorite time of day) on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the age of 94 (two weeks shy of 95). Jim was born on Nov. 7, 1927, in Baltimore, Md., second son of Pearl and Samuel Smulian. He attended public school in Baltimore until the start of the Second World War, when he entered Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Va. Jim played the French horn and the xylophone for several years with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. He had his own swing band as a teenager and often stated that Lionel Hampton was his idol. He attended the University of Maryland School of Engineering and Johns Hopkins McCoy School of Business from 1945-1949. While in college, he founded the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter at the University of Maryland. In 1951, he married the love of his life, Betty Forman, of Philadelphia, Penn., and they lived in Baltimore for seven years, where their oldest son, Rob, was born, before moving to Atlanta, where their second son, John, was born. In 1962, Jim and Betty started Trimblehouse Corp., an international lighting fixture manufacturing company. Trimblehouse was known for its innovative custom interior and exterior lighting designs and Main Street projects bringing historic street lighting back to cities and towns across the country, including, and especially, Atlanta. The company flourished until 1998 when Jim and Betty retired and moved to Dahlonega, Ga. Jim loved people and was always deeply involved in the community. Jim was a devoted Rotarian since 1961, serving as district governor of the North Georgia District 6910 and president of three Rotary clubs: Buckhead Rotary Club, Peachtree Corners Rotary Club, and the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club. Jim was also incredibly proud to be the founding president of Atlanta’s Temple Sinai, which started in 1968, and has become one of the largest and most successful Reform Jewish congregations in the country. Jim served on the founding board of Northside Hospital, on the Sandy Springs Planning Council and the American Jewish Committee board, and was active in the Executive Committee, an organization of business CEOs, and in Junior Achievement, the Architectural and Engineering Society, and the Plastic Engineering Society.

Jim also served as president of the Atlanta Chamber Players board. Jim was a loving, fun, and wonderful husband of 71 years to Betty, an amazing father and father-in-law to Rob and Lynne and John and Elaine, and a delightful “Dadu” to Liz, Laura, and Jacob. Happily, Jim was able to meet his first great-grandchild, Elijah, in September. Jim was a natural leader, loved working with his hands and building things, and thoroughly enjoyed engaging with people and connecting people to each other. The world is a better place for his having lived in it, and he will be so very deeply missed. Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Temple Sinai (Atlanta), the Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club or The Northside Hospital Foundation. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai, followed by a graveside ceremony at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

Yvonne Teichman 100, Atlanta

Yvonne Teichman, 100, wife of Murray Teichman, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the comfort of her home in Atlanta on Oct. 30. Born in 1922, the fourth of seven siblings, she was raised along with her four sisters and two brothers in Cairo, Egypt, where she married and had her first child, Brenda. After being widowed, Yvonne emigrated to New York through Ellis Island in July 1951. Soon after, she met and married Murray Teichman, adding two children to their family, Monique, and Bruce. They built a beautiful life together for over 67 years, in Brooklyn and Long Island, retiring to Florida and then moving to Atlanta in 2009 to be with their children and grandchildren. Yvonne was not only fluent in six languages, but she was a skilled designer and seamstress to Egyptian royalty. Together with her oldest sister, Helen, she continued her career in New York. Some years later, Yvonne devoted herself to being a wife, mother, and outstanding homemaker. Her artistic flair and eye for details were exhibited in her elegant style along with her passion for painting, needlepoint, cooking, baking, and, of course, designing clothing. Yvonne loved surrounding herself with friends and family. Family was the center of her universe. Her motto was to “always be authentic and honest.” Yvonne’s joie de vivre was inexhaustible. Gifted with a keen and wicked sense of humor, she entertained all who were fortunate to meet her. Yvonne could be quite a force in her petite five-foot frame. Her presence was like a tsunami wave. Everyone who knew her genuinely loved her, and she was eager to let them know how much she loved them, too. Yvonne’s recent dementia was no match for her, and she didn’t allow it to erase her essence. She often joked with her private caregivers sharing many belly laughs with them and expressed her gratitude and love for them each day. We are ever indebted to Cynthia Price, Mimi Beaugris and Lornette Williams for the loving care they gave to Yvonne and our family over the past years. Yvonne was blessed to have shared her life of love and family with her loving, devoted companion and husband, Murray, who doted on her each moment of every day. Yvonne will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband Murray Teichman; her three children, Brenda Rappaport (Mark), Monique Joyce (Stephen), and Bruce Teichman (Dayna); her grandchildren, Jonathan Lorber (Rebecca), Amy Ilardi (Frank), Heidi Lipman (Paul), Ed Rappaport, Ethan and Harper Joyce, Camy, Zach and Nate Teichman, and her great-grandchildren, Jacob Iroff and Gia Ilardi, Brooke Rappaport, Craig Rappaport, Lily Rappaport, Sloan Lipman (Megan), and Betsy Lipman; as well as 19 nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Meir and Camille Ballas, sisters Helene Sasson, Fortune Levy, Nina Salama, Esther Jelinek, and brothers, Victor Salama and Caesar Salama. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz. org.

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CLOSING THOUGHTS What Bugs Me and Takes Way Too Much of My Time I am a patient guy these days. I am retired, I am older, and I don’t have as many urgent matters to deal with as I did when I was working. Allen H. Lipis I look forward The Bottom Line to talking with my children and grandchildren, and even traveling to see them. But, my life lately is being interrupted by meaningless emails, and by ridiculous phone calls that I did not ask for, do not want, and will not spend a penny on. Let me give you a few examples. There are dozens of companies that want to buy our home. The phone calls are unsolicited and they go something like this. “Hi, this is Samantha calling. We found your house to be of interest to us. Would you be willing to sell you house?” At first, I was interested. For the right


price, we might entertain an offer, but I doubted that the company would make such an offer. So I respond by saying, “Do you have an offer to make on our home?” Samantha almost always responds, “We are interested in making you an offer, but first answer a few questions for me.” This tells me that they don’t know much about my home, and they only have an old version of my house on the internet. I ask her to tell me what they know about my home. Samantha says, “It’s a four-bedroom, three-bath house.” I then tell her, “You are looking at an old internet version because that’s not our house. Our home is new, and it has five bedrooms and five baths, so you have no idea about my house. Thank you for calling,” and I hang up. The next day, John calls offering to buy our house. I don’t want to go through the same story again, so I ask him if he has an offer he wants to make. The answer is always, “Well what price would you be willing to take to sell your house?” Sometimes I tell John it’s $3 mil-

lion, sometimes I tell him that he doesn’t know about our home, and sometimes I tell him that he should be back in touch when he has an offer to make to me and my wife. That never happens, but the phone calls continue. I am now tired of them, for they are going nowhere, and we are not interested in selling our home. If you are reading this, please stop calling. The second issue are all the emails I get telling me that I am a winner if I fill out a few questions about the company. I can be a winner at Home Depot, at Lowe’s, at CVS and a several others. Here is the email I received this morning from Walgreens: “Hello, friend, to show our gratitude to our loyal customer we made rewards for them. Complete the short survey about Walgreens to select your exclusive offer up to $100 cash value. Take 30 seconds to complete the steps and confirm your reward.” I confirm their offer, and it takes me to a website that is not offering me $100 but offering me a variety of items I do not

want. They usually say that supplies are extremely limited and there are only a few of the item left they want to give you. The item is free, but there is a shipping cost. I selected the ear headphones, and the shipping cost is $7.97. I have no idea of the quality of the ear headphones, and I don’t want them anyway. I also don’t need and don’t want the portable mini vacuum, the Wi-Fi video bulb, smart watch, robot vacuum cleaner or the Beats studio wireless noise headphones (that offer is already expired). Each has a shipping cost and none of them are free. I also do not expect to win $100. There may be a winner, but I can assure you that it will never be me. We have put these phone numbers on a “stop this phone call list,” but they keep coming. I have taken the time to put these emails on a “opt out of the emails list,” but they keep coming. I have given up trying to eliminate these pests. We are at the point of just hanging up the phone and immediately deleting the email. It is the easiest solution. ì


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Art contest 2022

We’re looking for creative and colorful Chanukah illustrations to be featured in Atlanta Jewish Times’ December 15 issue.

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Atlanta Jewish Times has an immediate PART-TIME opening for a dependable and organized individual to manage front desk tasks. Responsibilities include answering phone calls and greeting visitors; handling subscription and invoice mailings; keeping up with office supplies and filing; and supporting AJT staff with misc. tasks and projects as needed. Must have customer service skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to work independently. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook required. Position is 15-18 flexible hours/week, 3 days/week. $15-$18/hour.

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Only original artwork will be considered.

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Leadership EVENT CHAIRS: Carolyn Oppenheimer & Rick Lenner | Carrie & David Poline | HOST CHAIRS: Arlene Marcus | Elana & Mark Satisky | Stacey & Stuart Shapiro Lauren Abes | Alli & Mitch Allen | Jeff Alperin | Jon Amsler | Beth Arogeti | Rashelle Berry | Laurie & Sid Besmertnik | David & Karen Birnbrey | Terri Bonoff & Matthew Knopf | Zoe Breit | Steve & Linda Citron Cobi Cohen | Justine Cohen | Delilah & Steven Cohen | Shelley & Neal Cooper | Melissa DaSilva | Michelle & Barton Day | Ellen Feinsand | Jennifer Feld | Amy Fingerhut | Amy & Chuck Fox | Vanessa & Isaac Frank Lisa Freedman | Dana Freiman | Beth Friedman | Nancy & Ronnie Galanti | Vera Golden | Rachel Goldschein | Anat & Brian Granath | Tracey & Sammy Grant | Billie Greenberg | Lynne & Jack Halpern Lauren Harris | Allison Holmes | Avery Kastin | Jessica Katz | Keith Kirshner | Sara Kogon | Kim Kopelman | Debbie & Doug Kuniansky | David Kuniansky | Amanda La Kier | Valerie Libby | Bruce Lindemann Lauren Abraham Mahoney | Hedy Marks | Sheila & Gary Miller | John Perlman | Lynn Podber | Rabbi Steven Rau | Lynn Redd | Scott Rittenberg | Amy Rosen | Ruth & Mark Rosenberg | Dayna Royal Dana Russotto | Jessica & Jeff Sacks | Janet & Mike Seligson | Jen Sender | Norma Shohet | Carly Siegel | Michelle Simon | Jennifer Slutzky | Allison Smith | Alana & Marc Sonenshine | Chantal Spector Dawn & Eric Tresh | Arin Tritt | Tova Tritt | Sue Warshal | Heather Weiner | Carla & Howard Wertheimer | Mindy Wertheimer | Karen White | Melissa Wikoff | Meredith Yeduhai | Randi Zelcer | Deborah Zisholtz As of 11/09/2022

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