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NEWS King Charles and His Velvet Kippah By Marcia Caller Jaffe Many were astonished by how reverential and shaken the world was at the recent death of Queen Elizabeth, including streams of followed posts about the royal family and its relationship to the Jewish community in Great Britain, which, according to many, was one of excellence. Photos of the new king wearing his royal kippah, facts about his circumcision and his relationship with rabbis abound. According to the European Jewish Congress, there are 300,000 Jews in Great Britain, with the majority residing in greater London, a smattering in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and even the Channel Islands. The Jewish demographic breakdown is as follows: • Secular Jews: 34% • Ultra-Orthodox: 18% • Modern Orthodox: 14% • Reform: 14% • Traditional but not religious: 10% • Liberal: 6% • Conservative: 2% • Sephardic: 2% There is much to tout in terms of the
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and King Charles were contemporaries, born in the year of the foundation of the State of Israel.
new king’s devotion to Judaism. Another delightful photo is of him donning his kippah, which was first sighted at the installation of Britain’s current Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mervis in 2013. Charles was the first member of the royal family to attend
an installation of a chief rabbi. Stephanie and Michael Jenkins, London natives who now reside in Sandy Springs, left London in 2014, but were previously very involved with the West London Synagogue. Michael shared, “When
the king was Prince Charles, I remember that he was circumcised. Charles did visit Israel on several occasions, but never the queen, probably as the U.K. had too much reliance on Saudi for oil, maybe politically inappropriate at that time.”
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Natives of London, the Jenkins family (from left, Richard, Stephanie and Michael) pose in front of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Museum. Now they reside in Sandy Springs.
King Charles III, along with thousands of British Jews, was circumcised by Rabbi Jacob Snowman, a physician and one of London’s leading mohelim, or ritual circumcisers. The queen requested Snowman, who was well known in the London community. Some believe that the tradition dates to the early 1700s, when Britain’s King George I, who was born in Germany, imported the custom of German noblemen to have mohelim circumcise their sons, though some claim that this royal practice is far newer. Unlike Queen Elizabeth II, who never visited Israel in her decades on the throne, in 2016 King Charles visited Jerusalem for the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. While there, Charles visited the grave of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who saved Jews during the Holocaust and was named Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem. Those who watched the Netflix series “The Crown” saw a rather strange depiction of Alice eschewing a life of royalty. During the Holocaust, Princess Alice invited a Jewish family she had befriend-
ed to move into her apartment next to the Gestapo’s Athens headquarters. Princess Alice was brought in for questioning, but she refused to divulge that she was sheltering Jews. King Charles visited Israel again in 2020 to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Last year, King Charles commissioned new paintings for the official royal collection of art displayed in Buckingham Palace. The project was part of the prince’s aim to educate future generations and ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten. “Seven Portraits: Surviving the Holocaust” went on display in Buckingham Place in January 2022. A particularly important alliance was with the British Chief Rabbi, the very popular Sir Jonathan Sacks, who served from 1991-2003 and maintained a strong friendship with the then-Prince of Wales. When Rabbi Sacks died in 2020, the king delivered an emotional eulogy. Sacks was knighted by the Queen in 2005 as a Life Peer in the House of Lords, taking his seat
The Way Things Work with the Royal Family Chabad of Peachtree City Rabbi Yossi Lew, who grew up in London, compared three great lessons in Judaism in his recent sermon about the queen: she presented herself with dignity, had a sense of humor despite difficult situations and upheld very old traditions and customs. Further, Rabbi Lew referred to “Hayom, a refresher for today,” where the Torah and Judaism require constant daily focus. Lew’s “Good Shabbos” email stated, “The Queen of England, and the way things work with the royal family, embody this point very well. They have internalized the Hayom factor. Perhaps this is one of the reasons so many people are obsessed with all this ancient pomp and ceremony. Hayom will lead everyone to productive and satisfying lives, both physical and spiritual. The passing of the British queen helps internalize the message of the Torah, that the life of the Jewish people requires a daily, even constant, focus.”
King Charles III was circumcised by a Jewish Mohel and is said to cherish UK Jews.
as Baron Sacks. Stephanie Jenkins said, “I actually met Rabbi Sacks, a fantastic man. Our daughter interacted with him on several occasions when she was living in London as chair to a charitable committee, close to Rabbi Sack’s heart, where they would meet in his home.” Stephanie Jenkins added, “Every shabbat and High Holy day, there is a blessing for the
sovereign. We prayed for the welfare of Queen Elizabeth II and Charles, Prince of Wales, and the royal family. In 2019, at a royal Hanukah party at Buckingham Palace, King Charles praised Britain’s Jewish community and formally thanked them for these prayers.” ì
King Charles III dons his personalized kippah: a blue velvet yarmulke adorned with the official royal crest of the Prince of Wales, his previous title, embroidered in gold and white thread.
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Republicans Appeal to Jewish GOP Group By Dave Schechter The Springs Cinema & Taphouse in Sandy Springs offers plush seating, and an audience there on Sept. 18 appeared equally as comfortable with what they heard from three of the state’s top Republicans. Gov. Brian Kemp headlined a Republican Jewish Coalition event that included Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr. All three were elected in 2018 and are seeking second terms in the Nov. 8 general election. “Our state’s doing remarkable,” Kemp told a supportive audience of about 150,”and we need to keep this team together.” Kemp directed numerous gibes at Stacey Abrams, his Democratic opponent, whom he defeated in 2018 with 50.2 percent of the vote. The audience booed Abrams’ name when Kemp said, “I can’t imagine what our state would be like if she had been the governor the past two
Chuck Berk, co-chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition greets Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp during a RJC event.
years.” Chuck Berk, the RJC-Atlanta cochair, moderated the session. Kemp acknowledged criticism he received in April 2020, when he allowed the
Chuck Berk interviews Gov. Brian Kemp during the Sept. 18 RJC event in Sandy Springs.
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the critics. “I wasn’t listening to the media…I wasn’t listening to Stacey Abrams…I was listening to working Georgians,” Kemp said. He similarly hailed his efforts to
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, flanked by his wife, Marty, and RJC-Atlanta co-chair Chuck Berk.
return Georgia children to their classrooms. “And when we looked at the data and the science…they were following the political science.” Kemp, Raffensperger and Carr defended changes made to the state’s voting laws approved by the Republicancontrolled legislature following the 2020 election. The changes were made amid disproven claims that widespread fraud was behind Democrat Joe Biden defeating incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in Georgia by nearly 12,000 votes. “The Election Integrity Act was designed to deal with issues we saw during the pandemic,” Kemp said. The law limits access to ballot drop boxes and tightens requirements for absentee ballots, among other provisions. Most elements thus far have withstood court challenges. Passage of the voting law prompted Major League Baseball to remove the
All-Star Game from Atlanta. Kemp was applauded when he said, “We stood our ground even though we lost the All-Star game. We got poetic justice because the Braves won the World Series.” Raffensperger, whose office oversees elections, said that Trump lost in Georgia not because of fraud, but because 28,000 voters “skipped the top of ticket,” not voting in the presidential contest while casting ballots in other races. Raffensperger did not discuss his Jan. 2, 2021, phone call in which Trump said, “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” to reverse Biden’s winning margin in the state. “Nobody wanted to lose in 2020. I did not want us to lose in 2020,” but “there’s not evidence of widespread voter fraud such that would overturn the election,” Carr said. Kemp said that his administration’s
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaking at Republican Jewish Coalition's event in Sandy Springs.
response to inflation will be $1 billion tax refund and $1 billion in property tax relief, measures that will require action by the General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. Asked about crime, specifically in Atlanta, Kemp cited the demonstrations and incidents of violence that followed the killing of an African American man, George Floyd, in May 2020 by Minneapolis police. “It was your state government that stood up and kept the city of Atlanta from burning down,” the governor said. “It was state resources that sent in the Georgia National Guard, that went in and brought control to the city. We didn’t allow these out-of-state instigators or anyone else to burn your property or to assault our police and National Guard.” Israel was addressed after the domestic subjects.
Kemp noted his 2018 campaign pledge to visit Israel plans were canceled because of COVID. “We’re going to fulfill that promise in the second term,” he said. The governor boasted that the state now holds some $25 million in Israel bonds. He also touted the state’s antiBDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) law. A federal district judge called the decision unconstitutional, but Carr expressed confidence that the law will be upheld by the federal Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The BDS movement seeks to employ economic pressure to force a change in Israeli policies regarding the Palestinian Arabs. Kemp was not asked about two other current headline-making issues, the Supreme Court’s rejection of a constitutional right to abortion and actions of Republican governors in Florida and Texas to fly and bus migrants to cities and states where Democrats control the state government. Kemp’s only reference to the latter subject was to say that the Biden administration “wants to hire 87,000 IRS (Internal Revenue Service) agents but won’t go fix the border.” Georgia election law requires that a winning candidate receive a majority of the vote. The presence of Libertarian Shane Hazel on the gubernatorial ballot could push the race to a Dec. 6 runoff. “We cannot rely on anybody but ourselves to win this election and we need to work like we’ve never worked before,” Kemp said. Neither Raffensperger nor Carr spoke of their opponents by name. Raffensperger is being challenged by Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen and Libertarian Ted Metz. Carr, who initially was appointed attorney general in 2016 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal, is being challenged by Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan and Libertarian Martin Cowen.ì
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Jewish Atlanta Honors First Responders for 9/11
Sandy Springs Police Department Chief of Police Kenneth DeSimone accepts his plaque from The Weber School.
By Jan Jaben-Eilon Jewish National Fund-USA has partnered with synagogues and schools around Atlanta to honor school resource
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officers in memory of 9/11, presenting them with a special plaque depicting Jerusalem’s 9/11 monument. Events took place at The Weber School in Sandy Springs, Congregation
Cobb County School District resource officer Kevin Brunson receives his honorary plaque during a ceremony at Congregation Etz Chaim.
Etz Chaim in Marietta, at Sandy Springs City Hall and Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs just to name a few. One of the honorees was instrumental in apprehending the person responsible for a
recent spate of antisemitic graffiti in an Atlanta-area high school. On Sept. 12, at a ceremony organized and led by The Weber School Student Council, members of the Rams for Israel
Cobb County School District resource officers Jerry Quan, William Marshall Duling and Kevin Brunson at Congregation Etz Chaim.
student club honored the Sandy Springs Police Department Chief of Police Kenneth DeSimone, as well as local school resource officers in a special 9/11 memorial ceremony. In partnership with JNF-USA, the officers received plaques depicting the 9/11 memorial outside of Jerusalem and recognizing their dedicated service and selfless sacrifice. During the ceremony, Chief DeSimone shared that he had visited the Israeli memorial and had found his friend’s brother’s name on it, saying, “This is very personal to me and very meaningful to our department.” Student presenter Barri Seitz, a senior at The Weber School, said, “Speaking on behalf of the Weber Rams for Israel at our 9/11 memorial ceremony strengthened not only my connection to the United States but Israel as well. I am proud to support a country and organization that knows how and when to stand with another.” On Sept. 13, a ceremony was held at Congregation B’nai Torah honoring Officer Aurora Gwynn, who frequently serves the synagogue on Shabbat mornings. Rabbi Joshua Heller reported that the officer received a standing ovation for her dedicated and continued service to the community. On Sept. 14, Congregation Etz Chaim honored Cobb County School District resource officers Jerry Quan, William Marshall Duling and Kevin Brunson and thanked them for their service. In partnership with JNF-USA, teens from the synagogue youth group presented these officers with plaques recognizing their years of service to the community in law enforcement. Officer Quan was
personally instrumental in catching the perpetrators of recent antisemitic graffiti in Lassiter High School, making this recognition from the Jewish community particularly poignant. Said synagogue teen Mia Kleinman, “I felt inspired seeing the people who keep me safe at the synagogue I grew up in.” Speaking of the tremendous service of these officers, Tamar Oren, a senior at Sprayberry High School said, “The officers are like our dads at school. They talk to us in the hall and are people we go to for absolutely anything. I know they have risked their lives and for that I am forever grateful.” The synagogue’s rabbi remarked about the ceremony, “We continue to be grateful for our community’s partnership with Jewish National Fund-USA that enabled us to honor our law enforcement personnel in such a special and meaningful way.” The plaque features JNF-USA’s and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem — the only commemorative site of its type outside of the U.S. that lists all the names of those who were killed on 9/11. It represents the firefighters, paramedics and police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and worked tirelessly to save countless lives on that infamous day and honors first responders who risk it all to protect and serve. Established in 2009, the monument is a testament to the deep connection between the State of Israel and the U.S., and the two countries’ shared values of peace, religious tolerance, democracy and fighting terrorism. ì
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Arthur Blank Celebrates Giving on His 80th By Bob Bahr Arthur Blank, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept. 27, will cap the milestone event by breaking ground next month on a $15 million addition to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. The two new buildings, to be built on either side of the existing center, will provide much needed space for new exhibits, particularly for children, and accommodate temporary exhibits and an expanded offering of educational projects. The project highlights eight days of philanthropic service that were coordinated by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation from Sept. 20-27. The weeklong event coincided with the annual Hands On Atlanta week, the city’s largest volunteer effort. Thousands of volunteers that included Blank's employees from the Atlanta Falcons, the Atlanta United soccer team and Mercedes Benz Stadium, donated their time and energy in support of several community projects. Blank, who was the co-founder of Home Depot and retired as the company's co-chairman in 2001, noted that he was "humbled and honored" by the effort. “Atlanta is very dear to me,” he said. “There is opportunity here for everyone to thrive, and for many, that path starts with the community, sometimes even just one person, taking the time to give back. I’m proud that associates from the Blank Family of Businesses and beyond are eager to participate and contribute to positive change.” “Our associates surprised me with the week of service.” Blank said. “It was their idea, and I’m profoundly honored by that. Serving others is a gift, and there are few things in life that bring a greater
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The Arthur Blank Family Foundation has provided over $950M in grants over the past 25 years.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will break ground on a $15M addition funded by the Arthur Blank Family Foundation.
sense of satisfaction and purpose. In essence, this past week is not about me. It’s about being our brother’s keeper, celebrating our incredible city and creating positive change.” The week-long program and the planned construction of the national center’s building are just one part of a history of giving that stretches back more than 35 years. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has donated over $950 million to a variety of projects that includes a $200 million gift in the last year to help build a new hospital for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and a $50 million grant to the Shepherd Center. For the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Blank’s support, which first began long before the center was opened in 2014, has been crucial. The center’s president and chief executive officer, Jill Savitt, described Blank’s latest gift as
“transformational” for the future of the den death of his father. “She was always involved in the comorganization. “It allows us to really grow into our munity, always involved in anything from name, which is national,” Savitt com- a social standpoint, in terms of points of mented, “so we can be a place where when principle, areas of interest that she had something happens on these issues, civil about community involvement and race,” rights issues, human rights issues, we’re a Blank said, “She was always in the middle natural gathering space for thought lead- of everything. So, I think a lot of that I saw at an early age, and ers throughout the counit definitely gave me an try. And since we’re in Atorientation to being of lanta, it makes sense for service to others.” Atlanta to take the lead on Blank grew up in the these issues because of its New York City borough of own history.” Queens, where he said he Savitt credited both was also strongly influher own devotion to Jewenced by the sense of toish values and Blank’s getherness that developed commitment to his Jewish in the neighborhood. But roots for the success of the he believes it was not unorganization, which has Jill Savitt believes Arthur til his move to Atlanta at significantly increased its national profile since Blank’s philanthropy is solidly the age of 36 to help start grounded in Jewish ethics. Home Depot that he came March of 2019 when she to fully realize the importance of commufirst came to head the center. “I think Judaism, at least for me and nity. “Our communities that we live in, our I think for others, is a set of values,” Savitt pointed out. “It’s about having clear neighborhoods can give us a much higher rules and making sure everybody follows purpose,” he said. “They can give us the them. It’s about repairing the world. It’s kind of spiritual returns that are imporabout treating everybody equally and tant to us leading a full and happy life.” Savitt believes it is this sense of place fairly. Judaism is, in many ways about law and love. And I think that is the spirit and the historical influence that Atlanta that Arthur approaches his work and his has exerted on Blank’s philanthropy that philanthropy. It is very much rooted in has been most telling. “My sense is that he loves this city, and he loves the history of Judaism.” Blank spoke about the influences this city. The unique, profound, transforthat shaped his life when he discussed his mational role that Atlanta has played in latest book, "Good Company," shortly be- encouraging equality and respect for all fore it was published almost exactly two people. And he has great reverence for years ago. He credits his parents and par- the icons of the civil rights movement, ticularly his mother, Molly, who raised that changed not only the country, but him alone from the age of 15 after the sud- changed the world,” Savitt said. ì
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Emory’s Tam Institute Welcomes a New Leader By Bob Bahr Dr. Miriam Udel, an associate professor of Yiddish language, literature and culture at Emory University, has been formally installed as director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. She succeeds Dr. Eric Goldstein, who, for the last decade, guided what has become the largest Jewish studies program in the south. At a reception for both Goldstein and Udel that was held Sept. 16 on the Emory campus, Udel praised her predecessor’s leadership in expanding the program, particularly over the last five years. During that time, four new faculty members were and the Institute’s administration has been reorganized around a new professional staff and a new executive director. This year Jewish studies students will, for the first time, be offered an opportunity to study abroad in Poland. Udel praised Goldstein for his exceptional administrative skill at a difficult time in higher education. “Not only does he understand how to get things accomplished,” she said “but he also operates from a keen sense of how the most prosaic administrative details relate to the big human picture. His careful stewardship really brought us through a fiscally lean time during which the impact of this institute nevertheless grew rather than shrinking.” Goldstein, who is currently on a yearlong academic sabbatical, has built a program with a faculty of 17 scholars from six departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, plus a representative from the Emory University School of Law and from Emory’s Candler School of Theology; another 15 Emory
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Miriam Udel will take over from Eric Goldstein ashead of the Tam Institute at Emory University.
Rabbi Donald Tam, right, speaks with Carla Freeman, interim dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Matthew Bernstein, professor of film and media.
professors offer occasional courses. Goldstein pointed out that such a program is, by design, “looking outward” from a variety of points of view. “We never want Jewish studies to be sequestered,” he said, “as a field so separate that it doesn’t meaningfully engage with all of the different disciplines and fields that surround us. The Tam Institute is crafted in a very particular way to meet that goal. We had the opportunity over the years to be a department. And time and time again, our faculty chose not to be a department, but to be an interdisciplinary institute, because this way each of us can be in our departments engaging with colleagues in different fields, but also have the chance to come together across disciplines to discuss issues of mutual concern.”
Under Goldstein’s leadership, the institute continued the yearly Tenenbaum Family Lecture Series each spring that is open to the Atlanta community. For the lecture’s 25th anniversary in March, the institute brought Dr. Have Tirosh-Samuelson, an expert on Jewish environmental ethics at Arizona State University. In early November, the Tam Institute’s fall lecture series will feature Dr. George Sanchez, professor of American Studies at the University of Southern California. He will speak on the historical relationship between the Jewish and Mexican American communities in East Los Angeles. The series is named in honor of The Temple’s Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who was a leader on social issues in the American Jewish community. He died in 1973. The growth of the Jewish Studies program at Emory is due, in part, to the substantial support it receives by the university’s leadership. For administrators like Dr. Greg McGonigle, dean of religious spiritual life at Emory, the Tam Institute offers a model of some of the best the school has to offer. “Having the largest Jewish studies department in the southern United States here at Emory is just such an amazing treasure,” he commented, “and I think the Tam Institute brings a really thoughtful investigative approach to understanding the Jewish tradition, understanding issues of antisemitism and understanding connections with other cultures and religions. And I think other departments, other areas of the university really look to the Tam Institute as a model for not only the curricular engagement, but also the community engagement as well. Looking to the future, Udel says she’s working on a proposal that takes advantage of what the institute has learned during almost three years of living with the COVID pandemic. With additional funding, look for the use of more teaching technology, she said, in coming years. “We are in the planning stages of a new initiative designed to harness the skills in virtual living and thinking that the pandemic forced us to learn. We want to put those skills in service of a vibrant scholarly exchange we are creating. So, if you know of any restless philanthropists, please send them my way.” In 2001, the program got a big boost when it received a $5 million dollar challenge grant given by Arthur Blank, one of the founders of Home Depot. Another $5 million was raised for the initial endowment. The Institute is named after Blank’s longtime friend and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Donald A. Tam of Temple Beth Tikvah, in Roswell. He was an honored guest at the reception in mid-September. ì
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Annual ADL Lunch Makes Stylish Return
ADL execs posed before the event: Lauren Estrin, Robin Sangston, Eytan Davidson, Walter Jospin, Joel Neuman, Lynne Borsuk, and Bennet Alsher.
By Marcia Caller Jaffe As lawyers bumped elbows and circulated at the Anti-Defamation League’s 25th Anniversary lunch, attorney Jeff Fisher exclaimed, “I’m just glad to be back in person with the Jewish (among others) legal community after such a long pause.” More than 350 guests convened at The Whitley hotel in Buckhead on Sept. 15 to salute three esteemed pillars of the Atlanta legal community for promoting justice: Ernest LaMont Greer, Jamie Perez and Liz Price. Each year the ADL’s Southeast Division pays tribute to lawyers who have dedicated themselves to securing justice and fair treatment for all. This year’s theme highlighted the organization’s mission to fight all forms of hate, expose extremism and educate people about the corrosive effects of bias and discrimination. The luncheon also served as a fundraiser, helping the ADL raise approximately $310,000. Especially moving was the Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award, which was presented to Elizabeth A. Price, a partner at Alston & Bird, where she serves as the firm’s chief legal talent partner and alumni relations partner. Price also serves on the ADL national board of directors as well as on the
Kilpatrick Stockton was one of the many firms who came to show support. From left: Jeff Fisher, Andrew Saul and Richard Goldstucker.
New ADL Southeast regional director Eytan Davidson told of his family’s escape from the Holocaust.
board of the Southeast Region of ADL and is the former national chair of civil rights for ADL among many other leadership roles. Her story began in 1969, along with two siblings who were adopted by a kind couple after their Jewish parents perished. She said, “My parents died within 18 months of each other due to illness. We were separated, left in the care of friends and foster homes. I was 9, my sister was 5, and my brother was almost 11. My oldest brother, over 18, was left on his own. Through word of mouth in Dallas, news that three siblings were available to be adopted made it to Bill and June Price. The Prices, who were Christian, didn’t hesitate to bring us together to live as a family.” The Prices were aware of the children’s heritage and enrolled them in Jewish schools, took them to synagogue and observed the Jewish holidays at home. As a child in Dallas, Price recalled her first blush with antisemitism when a child terminated her friendship. That incident stayed with her in her quest for fair treatment for all. She concluded by saying, “Combating hate is a group endeavor.” She began her talk with a quote by Hillel and ended with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The difference between dreams and visions is that (the latter) is done
with eyes open.” Price said, “I have visions,” and then emphasized the importance of inclusively and that the ADL brings everyone together, not just Jews. ADL Southeast Regional Director Eytan Davidson spoke about his grandparents’ escape from the Holocaust to the U.S., seeking a haven from persecution. He stated, “I’m proud to be a Jewish American and that my kids just had a bar mitzvah last week.” Davidson spoke of the important relationship between law enforcement and the ADL, noting the recent leak of the names of the Oath Keepers group consisting of approximately 1,000 members in Georgia, 19 of whom work in law enforcement. Additionally, Davidson stressed the importance of added efforts to combat political violence, further election security and seek volunteer attorneys to observe at polls. He also highlighted the ADL education program in which 200 schools studied No Place for Hate curricula. Ryan Buchanan and Brent Gray, U.S. States Attorney for the Northern District, provided updates on their vigorous motivation to go after hate crimes, including violent attacks on houses of worship, and how the Ahmaud Arbery case has made such a huge impact. Noted was a recent event at
Award recipient Liz Price related that she was raised as a Jew by kind Christians who adopted her and her siblings in Dallas.
Randy Gorod, Joshua Spielman and Gil Wolchuck were among the 350 who came to The Whitley ballroom.
the Carter Center where the ADL shared best practices on security, a form of which is available to local temples and synagogues. Before the program, board member Lynne Borsuk told the AJT, “I’m proud that the ADL is doing the essential work on behalf of the Jewish community along with all others. And we need this especially now!” Richard Goldstucker, who specializes in intellectual property at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, said, “Our firm is very involved in the ADL and wanted to show our support today.” ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization which was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry. ì
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AJC Touts Project Interchange
Steve Berman, Steve Labovitz, former Gov. Roy Barnes and Sheri Labovitz chatted about old and new times.
By Marcia Caller Jaffe The American Jewish Committee (AJC) hosted its leadership and guests for a program to highlight Project Interchange, which has brought more than 6,000 leaders from 115 countries to Israel. Former Gov. Roy Barnes, who served from 1999-2003 was the event’s keynote speaker which took place at Smith Gambrell Russell law firm on Sept. 20. Celebrating the program’s 40 years, the event featured top leaders from diverse industries and communities such as academia, journalism, government, faith and civil society. Israel Consul General Anat SultanDadon, who had just returned from Israel with 20 Black women legislators, experienced first-hand how transformative these types of trips can be, said, “I watched through their eyes as they experienced our complexity compared to contradictions in the media. They came away with real experiences to take back to their communities.” Associate AJC director Julie Katz sat alongside former Gov. Barnes as she posed questions before taking audience comments. Ever in his Southern avuncular voice, Barnes had been on a Project Interchange trip in 2000. He joshed that he and Israel were the same age, 75. He said, “I’m embarrassed to confess it, but after growing up running a country store, Israel was my first time out of the country.” He told of his trip to the Golan Heights where he internalized Israel’s precarious position while eating with Israeli Defense Forces troops. “Then the siren went off and a young female soldier grabbed her AR and sped away,” he said. In general, Barnes said he was down on the current ilk of politicians and is critical of people who do not speak up. He stated, “It’s amazing that educated people
Lois Frank, Kristi and Jim Flowers talked of their Israel travel experiences.
North Atlanta High School student Ryder Zufi, with his father Jonathan Zufi, shared details of his latest trip to Jordan on an AJC Leaders for Tomorrow program.
Former AJC director Sherry Frank recognized Robert Franklin, former president of Morehouse College and current distinguished Professor at Emory Theological Center, from their trip experiences.
like the Germans, some ‘good Christians,’ allowed Hitler to take over. Herein is the lesson why Israel was created: people who were almost destroyed by politics.” Barnes said he had received death threats when he was perceived by some as being too close to Jews like Rabbi Arnold Goodman of Ahavath Achim. He joked, “I turned down protection because I didn’t think it would be good for my law practice to have FBI agents sitting around.” Barnes added, “I don’t consider myself to be that. I wasn’t worried about the next election; we need to worry about the next generation.” AJC regional director Dov Wilker urged Barnes to talk about his courage in changing the Georgia state flag in 2000 to an image that did not represent the Confederacy. Barnes noted his close friendship with late Jewish architect Cecil Alexander, who designed the new flag. He ended on two prescient points: “We ought to look at sending some Republicans on these trips. Some in small communities have never been around Jewish people…and remember the south in postWWII. What city was going to be the new center? Charlotte? Jacksonville? Birmingham, because of its steel mills alongside Gov. George Wallace with his segregationist stance? Then, there was Atlanta with better ideals for mankind. And remember Sam Nunn said, ‘Politics is a contact sport.’” During the pre-function buffet, Sherry Frank told the AJT of her history as director of the AJC and how she led five trips with guests from various backgrounds. Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Johnetta Cole, the first Black woman to lead Spelman College, and journalist Cynthia Tucker were among those participants. Standout North Atlanta High School student Ryder Zufi chatted about his recent jaunt to Jordan in the AJC Leaders for
Tomorrow program. He said, “Seven of us from around the country had a great trip as we honed our Arabic language skills.” Coca-Cola marketing executive Sarah Sachs, who recently joined the AJC board, said, “I was originally in the Berman Leadership Program, then COVID hit. Now glad to be back and impressed with the organization’s overall mission, values and community development.” Lois Frank chatted with former trip par-
ticipants Christy and Jim Flowers, and Jim recalled, “I was on the 2001 trip, and on the first night in Israel, there we were with the president of Israel eating Moroccan food. It was surreal!” The Mediterranean buffet did not go unnoticed as renown chef Shay Levi’s Nur Kitchen catered the magnificent spread of pickles, eggplant boats, humus, baba ghanoush, homemade pita and baklava. ì
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The Art of Civil Disclosure By Allen H. Lipis On Sept. 12, the Atlanta Scholars Kollel sponsored a networking event at the City Springs Terrace ballroom along with lodge Hebrew Order of David. More than 100 people convened to hear featured speaker Rabbi Mordechai Becher. The rabbi began by announcing that there are two things that are associated with Jews: “They eat a lot, and they argue a lot, which is unlike the Japanese samurai that focus on silence.” According to Becher, the Torah says that if you offend someone, you should ask for forgiveness. Often, if you find yourself offended, the louder the personal offense, the more likely that argument is invalid. However, if you offend someone, on Kol Nidre, you can ask G-d for forgiveness of the sins you committed in the past year, but for another person you must ask for forgiveness directly from the person you offended. The Talmud lists three major sins: murder, idol worship and infidelity, but the worst of them all is baseless hatred. Becher pointed out that Rabbi Akiva had 24,000 followers, and all of them died
suddenly because they did not respect each other. On the top of arguments, he said that disagreements are inevitable, and Judaism has courts to resolve conflict, including a Beth Din. Becker also made the point that the Tower of Babel in Genesis failed because everyone spoke the same language and there was no disagreement. G-d instituted different languages among the people because he wanted diversity, not conformity. Just as we have a thumb that opposes the rest of the fingers, a human’s hands have diversity in it. Becher said in learning, the worst way to learn is through a lecture, while the best way to learn is with a partner, the way learning occurs in yeshivas. He pointed out that truth most often occurs by arguing the issues in detail. A single person has no one to criticize or discuss with, so the truth may be difficult to find. Truth occurs from discussion, looking at every issue from many points of view, and then reaching the truth for the best solution. Therefore, the rabbi suggested that there are several considerations in any discussion with another person. The first
is to listen attentively. This is not always easy because we tend to let our mind wander, or to interrupt before the other person is finished. The second point is to articulate your arguments so that they are easy to grasp by the other person. The better you can explain your position, the more you, too, will understand your own arguments. The third important attribute in any discussion is to focus on the issue being discussed. Focus on the other person’s opinion and not on that person’s personality. If you can follow these attributes, you can then focus on supporting common ground. Not everything is a dispute, and perhaps there are only very small differences that can resolved. Becher made the point that in this country we all agree on democracy and the support of the rule of law, so many issues can be agreed upon, and let the rest be unresolved. In that case, it is often best to leave them alone, for there is often nothing better than silence. The final point the rabbi made in any discussion is not to respond to another’s argument quickly. It is best to just pause. You do not want to regret what you say.
Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, is an instructor at Yeshiva University and alumni rabbi of Neve Yerushalayim College. He received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.
The rabbi ended his talk with the thought that one person asked his friend, “How could I learn to be silent?” His friend didn’t answer. ì
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Israel President Isaac Herzog is pictured speaking during the celebration of the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords.
Herzog 2nd Anniversary of Abraham Accords President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog attended a reception hosted by the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Israel, Mohammed Al Khaja, celebrating the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020.. In his speech, President Isaac Herzog said: “The signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020 was a very moving occasion. It was moving because of the great potential that we wished to see in the accords, and because of the vision we were praying for, for the State of Israel and for all nations in the region. Witnessing that moment of historic importance, we hoped and prayed that this moment would provide us a path to the
future to which we aspire: a future of partnership and prosperity, of renewal and peace. “Two years later, what began as a wish and as an aspiration uniting us all is now an established fact: ladies and gentlemen, the Abraham Accords transformed, and continue to transform, our region beyond recognition! This is therefore the heart of tonight’s celebrations. Over the past two years, we have seen how much power is latent in an openness to change, in good neighborliness, and in unmediated interactions between people. We have seen how a bold partnership may form the basis for sincere change, even when we do not agree on everything. “The Abraham Accords heralded the return of hope, of dramatic regional change, of a horizon of cooperation and prosperity, of a future that draws its power from the togetherness created in the present. Following on from the peace accords with our dear longtime partners, first Egypt and then Jordan, who were the first to sign peace agreements with us." On behalf of us all, I hope that we shall see more and more groundbreaking accords, including with our close neighbors, the Palestinians, and that the historic process, gaining unimaginable momentum, of Israel’s integration into this region will continue, layer upon layer.”
Today in Israeli History
Sept. 30, 1957: French Prime Minister Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury backdates to today his signature on a letter of cooperation with Israel on a nuclear reactor. He actually signs the letter Oct. 1, the day he is voted out of office. A memorial to the Maxim victims stands next to the rebuilt restaurant in Haifa. // By Gal Almog The U.S. Air Force’s AWACS aircraft upgraded Saudi Arabia’s ability to track enemy planes. // U.S. Air Force
Oct. 1, 1981: President Ronald Reagan announces a plan to sell F-15 fighter jets and Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes to Saudi Arabia. Israel protests, but Reagan says the sale is not a threat to Israel. Oct. 2, 1947: David Ben-Gurion, the chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, formally accepts the partition plan proposed by the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine. Arab leaders have rejected partition. Oct. 3, 2005: Sarah Levy-Tanai, a choreographer who incorporated Mizrahi and Ashkenazi elements and won the Israel Prize in 1973, dies at age 94 or 95. She founded the Inbal Dance Theater in 1949. 20 | SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES
Oct. 4, 2003: A female Palestinian Islamic Jihad suicide bomber kills 18 Jews and three Arabs and injures 60 others at Maxim restaurant in Haifa. The beachfront restaurant, co-owned by Jews and Arabs, is known as a symbol of coexistence. Oct. 5, 1941: Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis dies at 84. His embrace of Zionism made its support more acceptable among American Jews, and he helped secure U.S. support for the Balfour Declaration. Oct. 6, 1914: Gold worth $50,000, raised in two days by American Jewish leaders in response to a plea from Henry Morgenthau, arrives in Jaffa on the USS North Carolina to help the Jewish community in Palestine. Oct. 7, 2009: Crystallographer Ada Yonath, part of the chemistry faculty at the Weizmann Institute, becomes the first woman from the Middle East to win a science Nobel Prize when she shares the chemistry award.
Pope Francis met with the Chief Rabbis of Israel at VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, held in Astana, Kazakhastan.
Pope Promotes Interfaith Dialogue Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, hosted the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions at the end of last week, an event that brings together leaders of all major traditional religious systems of the world to congregate in search of common human landmarks and engage in dialogue with aims of establishing peace, harmony, tolerance and respect between religions, confessions, nations and ethnic groups. Notably, the Congress served as a meeting point between Pope Francis and both of Israel’s senior rabbis, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef. The religious leaders talked in meetings and on the sidelines, discussing peaceful coexistence and joining forces to Oct. 8, 1576: Ottoman Sultan Murad III orders 1,000 “rich and prosperous” Jewish residents of Safed moved to Famagusta, Cyprus, to spur economic development on the island. The Ottomans move 500 more Jews from Safed to Cyprus a year later. Oct. 9, 1917: Sarah Aaronsohn, a leader of the Nili spy network for the British, dies eight days after being captured by Turkish authorities and four days after shooting herself to avoid further torture and interrogation.
An 1846 portrait by Gustav Köttgen shows Moshe Hess.
Oct. 10, 1961: Moshe Hess, interred in Cologne in 1875, is reburied at Kibbutz Kinneret beside other fathers of socialist Zionism. His “Rome and Jerusalem: The Last National Question” may have inspired Theodor Herzl’s “The Jewish State.” Oct. 11, 1938: Arab leaders adopt the Resolutions of the Inter-Parliamentary Congress, rejecting Palestine’s partition, demanding an end to Jewish immigration but offering to let Jews already in Palestine remain.
combat the issues that humanity faces. Rabbi Yosef spoke at the Congress about the importance of compromise and peace in society. “I have come here from Jerusalem, the Holy City so important to all religions, to bless all who come here. Our sages say there is no better receptacle for blessing than peace. Peace is a blessing. Peace is one of the foundations of the Jewish religion. Peace is one of the foundations of all mankind. Peace is one of the names of God,” he said. Pope Francis’s attending the Congress, participating in numerous meetings and giving a closing speech following the final reading of the declaration, conceivably lifted the profile of the event. The pontiff called on all the peoples of Earth for peace. “Time has come to make our hearts clear, to put aside the history books and leave away the conversations that have long engendered distrust of religion. Religion is not the problem, but something that promotes harmonious living in society. We need religion to quench our thirst for peace,” the Pope stressed. This year’s event also showed that it is still a crucial historical meeting place for Jewish and Muslim leaders, as Rabbis Lau and Yosef had a cordial encounter with Ahmed elTayeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar in Egypt, arguably the most important religious figure in the Sunni Muslim world.
Israeli police deny using excessive force in barring entry to members of an extreme Christian cult at the port of Haifa on Oct. 12, 1999.
Oct. 12, 1999: Israel refuses to let 26 Irish and Romanian tourists enter through the port of Haifa for being members of an extreme Christian cult. The approach of the year 2000 raises fears in Israel about doomsday cults. Oct. 13, 2011: Daniel Barenboim, a former musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra who was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and moved to Israel in 1952, is named the musical director of La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. Oct. 14, 1994: The Norwegian Nobel Committee announces that Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres are sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with the PLO’s Yasser Arafat for achieving the Oslo Accords in 1993. Items are provided by the Center for Israel Education (israeled.org), where you can find more details.
ISRAEL NEWS UGA Students Get Real-Life Lesson on Israeli Politics By Jan Jaben-Eilon Thirty-five students at the University of Georgia were in the middle of a school project when their assignment was disrupted by the unpredictability of Israeli politics. The students are enrolled in the Israeli politics course being taught by Eli Sperling, the Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in the Department of International Affairs at University of Georgia. The students had been divided into groups representing the various political parties expected to run in the upcoming Nov. 1 elections. But on Sept. 15, one of the three Arab parties running on the Joint List split from its coalition partners. “It was pretty cool for the students to wake up in the morning and see the project change,” stated Sperling. “The students saw how small cracks can become big seizures. It’s quite an evolving series of things.” The project assignment entailed simulations in which the students would create campaigns for their assigned party lists, suggesting advertising and strategies for each. “The students assigned to the Joint List that was partly dissolved had been thinking of going after the left Jewish vote,” as part of their strategy, Sperling said. Meanwhile, until the parties submitted their slates to the Central Election Committee, it was not definite which parties would run together. The more left-wing parties of Labor and Meretz decided to run separately. Former prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was able to convince right-wing parties Otzma Yehudit and Noam to run with the Religious Zionist Party just days earlier. Sperling said Netanyahu’s party, Likud, has become the “chameleon party,” bringing in figures from the right who would be favorable to him, changing it from the “classic Likud” of former prime ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. And, the Arab parties of Hadash, Ta’al and Balad were expected to run together. But at the last moment, Balad decided to run on its own. Political polling shows Balad probably won’t meet the minimum threshold of votes and legislative seats to make it into the nation’s legislature, the Knesset. Sperling said those students representing the Joint List were given the choice to join other parties’ groups. “The biggest frustration of the students has been the devastating effect of Netanyahu,” he added. “They are frustrated by the fact that one individual can throw the national agenda under the bus for his own politi-
cal life.” “Typically, before the course starts, students think in terms of the U.S.-Israel relationship. When they look at the domestic issues, they see so much overlap” with the American political concerns, said Sperling. The unexpected party breakup provided a notable example and powerful lesson on the precariousness of Israeli politics, and the difficulty of predicting the outcome of what will be the country’s fifth election in less than four years. The instability of Israeli politics is not new, but since early 2019, the volatility in Israeli governments has forced voters to head to their polling stations again, again, again and again. Only weeks after Israel’s attorney general announced that he would indict Netanyahu in several different cases, Israelis voted in April 2019. No party was able to put together a governing coalition government, requiring 61 or more of the 120 Knesset seats. Israelis thus returned to the polls in September 2019 and in March 2020. Netanyahu cobbled together a coalition, but that government fell, and Israelis returned to the polls in March 2021. The opposition parties, meaning those not supporting Netanyahu and his Likud party coalition, formed a government first headed by Naftali Bennett and now headed by Yair Lapid, who is acting as caretaker prime minister until a new government can be formed. Polling immediately following the submission of party slates indicated that Netanyahu might, barely, be able to form a government after the November election. “The anyone-but-Bibi movement has weakened,” said Sperling, adding, however that “100 percent that could change” after the election. But much depends on the turnout of Israeli Arabs. One Israeli Arab party, Ra’am, made history by joining the coalition government after the 2021 election. But with the breakup of the Joint List of Arab parties, there’s much speculation that Arab voters will be less inclined to show up to vote. As Sperling pointed out, in 2019, there was talk of an Arab boycott of Israeli elections and “voter turnout was low. It got better in subsequent elections.” But it is not even clear how motivated Israeli Jewish voters are to vote once again, especially when pundits point out that it is unclear whether a stable coalition government can be formed even after the vote. Sperling gives credit to the govern-
“The students saw how small cracks can become big seizures. It’s quite an evolving series of things,” said Eli Sperling, the Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in the Department of International Affairs at UGA.
ment that resulted from the March 2021 elections, noting that it was able to pass a budget, which hadn’t been done for a couple of years, and “it had kept the government alive.” He also pointed to the strength of the regional alliances with Arab countries that the current government has reinforced. “Lapid and Bennett have been very, very successful on foreign affairs as a centrist government,” he said. Just recently the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates visited Israel and participated in a press conference with Prime Minister Lapid in English. Lapid also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Erdogan even broached the idea of visiting
Israel, reflecting the warming relations between the two countries after a bitter fall-out in 2010. However, Sperling said that the “average Israeli will be voting on bread-andbutter issues, like the cost of living.” This is a change from the past when Israelis were more concerned about national security. Forecasting the results of this next election is certainly a fool’s errand. Sperling said, to some extent, “it boils down to Bibi’s toxicity,” referring to Netanyahu’s nickname. But then again, “only 50 percent [of voters] plan to vote for the same parties as in the last election,” he said. “Another seven percent don’t plan to vote at all, and many are undecided. There’s a great deal of frustration” with Israeli politics. ì
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SPORTS State Farm Arena, Atlanta Hawks Host ‘Interview Day’ These are heady days for the folks over at State Farm Arena. The Atlanta Hawks, coming off two straight playoff appearances, David Ostrowsky boast arguably the league’s premier backcourt in Trae Young and newly acquired Dejounte Murray, while this fall’s concert lineup includes such splashy names as Keith Urban, Post Malone and Lizzo. Looking ahead, as autumn bleeds into winter, the facility will host the college basketball extravaganza ‘Holiday Hoopsgiving’ in the week preceding Christmas. With the building expected to host sold-out crowds on a regular basis in the coming months, the Hawks, in conjunction with State Farm Arena, held their inaugural ‘Interview Day’ on Sept. 10, where nearly 300 candidates interviewed for parttime roles in various departments including arena conversion, food and beverage, guest experience, housekeeping, security, Hawks retail, ticket box office, flight crew and uniform management. Ultimately, 279 candidates were provisionally hired, remaining subject to a formal background check before being officially hired. Undoubtedly, this year’s event was unique. For the first time, the franchise opted to not hold its annual recruiting event at an off-site venue (they’ve had hiring events under the shark tank at the Aquarium and in front of the Ferris wheel at Centennial Park) but rather at State Farm Arena, a state-of-the-art venue that recently underwent a $200 million renovation project.
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“We work every day at a world-class arena. We want them [candidates] to see first-hand what it is like to be here before they start working,” said Camye Mackey, EVP and chief people, diversity and inclusion officer for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena. Just like the building that hosted Interview Day, the event itself was quite innovative in its approach toward providing jobseekers, some of whom hope to segue into a full-time sports job one day; LaTonya DeBruce, the team’s current manager of recruiting and workforce development, started out on a part-time basis. The event featured an engaging, interactive recruiting experience, one that relied heavily on audiovisual techniques to showcase the organization’s inclusive, progressiveminded internal culture steeped in southern hospitality. After meeting with hiring managers, those candidates who successfully proceeded through the screening and interview processes and were eventually offered employment enjoyed a post-event celebration attended by Harry the Hawk and the ATL Hawks Dancers. “It was really a full-circle day where they got a chance to go through all the core steps of the hiring and interviewing process,” added Mackey. “But I think the surprise and delight at the end came once they were told that provisionally they were hired. There was a big celebration for them. And it was just a fun time for all of us,” he stated. Close to 300 interviewees attended the event and was a testament to the Hawks deftly navigating the world of social media to spread awareness of the employment opportunities, ones that promise to offer a certain degree of flexibility in addition to access to discounted healthcare services,
Earlier this month, the Atlanta Hawks held their inaugural “Interview Day,” during which hundreds of Atlanta residents had the opportunity to apply for instadium jobs for the upcoming season // Photo Credit: Atlanta Hawks
five paid major holidays, and paid training and development, among other perks. “From a marketing standpoint, one thing that we really try to do is be intentional with our efforts,” explained Mackey. “And intentionally, we leveraged social media. As far as some of the other marketing elements, we went into communities that may or may not traditionally come out to apply for jobs with us. We have an amazing marketing team and brand communications [team] that were able to go out. We were very pleased with the marketing efforts for this particular event.” When asked to provide his assessment of how the event unfolded, Brett Stefansson, Hawks’ EVP and general manager of State Farm Arena, echoed a similar sentiment. “I think it went fantastic,” said Stefansson. “We want people that really fit into our organization from a culture perspective. We have so many events as our event load continues to grow, the need for more and more both part-time and fulltime staff continues to be a driver for us. This was a huge shot in the arm as we look to start this upcoming season. If we’re able to get those folks on board, it helps continue to drive toward our goal of being a world-class arena.” Aside from the recent infrastructural enhancements, the Hawks’ home is truly a world-class arena when engaged employees feel empowered to provide fans with
an optimal in-game experience — whether that be going out of the way to walk fans 50 yards down the concourse to find their seats or taking the initiative to grab a new bucket of popcorn for the patron who just dropped theirs on the floor. “Creating a great night out for our fans has always been a priority for us,” added Stefansson. “In doing that, we really focus on three key things: operational excellence, fan experience, and employee experience. This is really emphasizing the employee experience part. If you’re able to create what we think is an incredible, unique hiring event, it’s really an initial indoctrination into the culture of State Farm Arena and the Atlanta Hawks. And what that does for that potential new hire is it creates this ‘wow’ moment. ‘Wow! Was that a hiring event or was that a party? What was that?” Stefansson concluded, “It leaves this impression on them, that they just go home and tell their friends. But the reality behind what that does, is that allows them to directly relate that experience and transition into being an employee with us, and then deliver that same experience to our fans. They know and understand how that made them feel, and now their goal is to translate that into making our fans feel the exact same way. I think there’s this really cool perpetual cycle of great employee experience that translates into great fan experience.” ì
Braves’ Prospect Eyes Big Leagues By David Ostrowsky If there is a downside to getting selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the MLB Draft and then signing a multi-million-dollar contract, such as what transpired for left-handed starting pitcher Jared Shuster in June 2020, it’s that the franchise is waist-deep in big league talent, particularly frontline starting pitching. With said logjam, you can impress in the lower levels of the minors and hold your own at Triple-A, which Shuster has done, but still find yourself waiting for the big call-up. Such is life trying to climb the ranks of an organization with dynastic aspirations, one that is anchored by perhaps the game’s most formidable starting rotation headlined by the trio of Max Fried, Kyle Wright and Spencer Strider. There is zero doubt that 24-year-old Shuster, whom the Braves selected with the 25th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, will one day toe the rubber of a big-league mound. It’s even reasonable to believe that the gifted southpaw will crack the 2023 Braves’ Opening Day roster. But it’s also reasonable to believe that had Shuster been drafted by a rebuilding club, such as the Oakland A’s or Pittsburgh Pirates, he would be donning a big-league jersey at this hour. Armed with a change-up that his former high school coach from Tabor Academy, Kenny Ackerman, describes as otherworldly, the unassuming Shuster has silenced minor league batters this summer while pitching for the Double-A Mississippi Braves and Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers. Sporting an ERA that has hovered around 3.00 all season, Shuster enjoyed a breakout performance for Mississippi Braves back in April when he fanned a career-high 12 Biloxi Shuckers, including eight consecutively over five scoreless frames before the game was called due to rain in the top of the sixth. “That was a pretty cool moment for sure,” said Shuster in speaking to the Atlanta Jewish Times. “I didn’t even realize it [his eight consecutive punchouts tied a Southern League record] until the rain started coming and the game was over.” Shuster, who also pitched in the All-Star Futures Game at Dodger Stadium this past July for manager Mike Scioscia, bears some resemblance to Atlanta’s current ace, Fried. Both are tall lefties who wear No.54 and make Jewish baseball fans from Miami to Seattle smile every time they take the hill. “I know there’s not too many [Jewish ballplayers],” said Shuster. “I love being Jewish. I love being able to represent the Jewish community, so it’s something I’m definitely proud of. It’s been great for me for 24 years. It’s helped my family stay close.” Similarly to Fried, Shuster has a very laid-back demeanor, rarely, if ever, flashing signs of strong emotion on the mound or appearing hell-bent on establishing his presence with a frightening brush-back pitch. “Man, he was the quietest kid of all-time,” recalled Ackerman, who coached Shuster for three years at Tabor Academy, a renowned prep school in southeastern Massachusetts, to which the pitching prodigy transferred after posting a microscopic 0.45 ERA and racking up 74 strikeouts while only giving up five walks as a freshman at New Bedford High. (His New Bedford coach, John Seed, recalls how following a 17-strikeout gem against archrival Durfee High School, the opposing coach came over and admitted that his guys took pride in being able to foul a pitch or two off Shuster.) Despite oozing with talent, every time he stepped on a
ball field — he was also a prolific hitter and burner on the basepaths. Shuster largely walked the hallways of Tabor with his shoulders slumped, not exactly exuding the proverbial big man on campus aura. Indeed, prep school with its rigorous academic standards could humble him at times. Unlike virtually every activity on the diamond, there were aspects of scholarly work that didn’t always come easily to him. “I was so proud of how hard he worked,” Ackerman remarked about Shuster, who earned a full scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he improved considerably from his freshman to junior seasons, while wowing scouts with his work in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer. “He wasn’t doing all the AP classes, but the kid really worked hard in the classroom and went for the extra help that he needed. It wasn’t just like, ‘Hey, I’m here to play baseball and you guys are going to love me,’” Ackerman added. Braves fans may very well come to love Shuster, but they may have to be patient and so will Shuster. With the front-end of a rotation at times resembling a modern-day version of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, another summer of minor league ball and bus rides and fast food and small crowds, is a distinct possibility. “I wouldn’t say anything has been too difficult,” Shuster said when asked about his minor league career, which officially began in 2021 with a stint for the High-A Rome Braves. “Maybe the first year having to find housing and live with a few other guys. That’s just always been an issue for minor league players, anywhere you go,” he added. As the 2022 season dawned, the housing situation, one
Armed with a devastating change-up, Atlanta Braves prospect Jared Shuster has a strong chance to make his big-league debut next season // Photo Credit: Josh Conner/Gwinnett Stripers
that was remarkably easier than the 2021 ordeal, represented a strange coincidence. Shuster found himself rooming with Ryan Cusick, a fellow Massachusetts native (Sudbury, Mass.), former Wake Forest teammate, and 2021 first-round pick of the Braves. But merely days into spring training, Cusick was one of several prospects traded to Oakland for first baseman Matt Olson. It could just as easily have been Shuster heading to the Bay Area. But it wasn’t and now the Braves appear poised to have a pair of mensches holding down their rotation going forward. “I think it will pay off for them [Braves] in the long run,” predicts Ackerman. ì
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BUSINESS New Local Jewish-Founded StandWithUs Select Atlanta Fellows and Interns Brand Matthew Ginsburg and his father Saul are the co-founders of Capsco — a venture into the world of peppers, starting with some unique products in the dried pepper space. Capsco was founded in 2022. They have been selling in farmer’s markets since May and have recently launched their website and social media channels. Capsco currently operates in two retail locations, The Little Green Store in Huntsville and Kinship Butcher Shop in Atlanta. Their mission is to increase interest in plant diversity by introducing the public to the broad array of chili pepper breeds (and crossbreeds) that exist around the world. The Ginsburgs plan to do this by giving people new and unique ways to spice up their food and beverages. They launched with products in two different categories, Spices and Cocktail Infusers, but their long-term vision is to continue bringing to market new unique
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StandWithUs, an international, nonpartisan education organization that supports Israel and fights antisemitism, is pleased to announce the 2022-23 students participating in its high school and campus programs. The StandWithUs 2022-23 Kenneth Leventhal High School interns are: Noa Dor (Johns Creek High School), Noa Shefler (Alpharetta High School), Carly Freiman (George Walton Comprehensive High School), Franklin Silverman (The Weber School) and Aiden Smolensky (Atlanta Jewish Academy). College sophomores Gabriela Lefkovits (University of Georgia), Aliza Freilich (Emory University) and junior Gabriel Grau (Kennesaw State University) are the 2022-23 StandWithUs Emerson Fellows. Like previous years, the local student leaders join 150 students who were selected for each of the two programs throughout North America. Created in 2012, the StandWithUs Kenneth Leventhal High School internship selects and trains student leaders from high schools throughout the United States and Canada to teach about Israel at their schools and to combat antisemi-
tism. During the two-semester program, the Leventhal interns, who are juniors and seniors, identify the educational needs at their schools as they pertain to Israel and to antisemitism, whether they are rooted in misinformation, ignorance or outright hatred. Then, working with their StandWithUs regional high school managers, they develop a strategy to meet those needs through relevant and practical educational programming. Founded in 2007, the year-long Emerson Fellowship is a prestigious program that trains, educates and empowers student leaders on college campuses around the world. Chosen from key campuses, Emerson Fellows lead their campus communities, engage and inspire their peers through impactful educational events, campaigns and discussions about Israel. These fellows are also trained extensively on how to navigate antisemitic activity on campus, and how to mobilize and confront these issues strategically and effectively. Throughout their experience, Emerson Fellows are plugged into a global community of student leaders where they can exchange ideas, share best practices and support each other.
Homrich Berg Adds Two Senior Leaders Homrich Berg is excited to welcome two key client service additions as Abbey Flaum joins as managing director, family wealth strategist, and Isaac Bradley joins as director of financial planning. The pair join as the Homrich Berg firm continues to bolster its leadership team and enhances its already deep family wealth planning expertise. Flaum and Bradley share a similar background in complex tax and estate planning law, while Bradley also served clients as a wealth planner and accountant during his career. “We’re excited to have Abbey and Isaac join the HB team,” said Thomas Carroll, president of Homrich Berg. “As we continue to grow, both will play an instrumental role in not only helping to serve clients directly but also providing resources to our advisor teams that will help them provide the HB standard of service to our clients.” As family wealth strategist at Homrich Berg, Flaum will focus on providing complex estate and tax planning advice for clients with taxable estate situations, while also serving as a central resource
for all HB client service teams on estate planning issues. She has spent 16 years in private law practice in trusts and estates, most recently as a shareholder with Cohen Pollock Merlin Turner, and has been an active leader in the Atlanta community for many years. “In my years of law practice, I was continually impressed by the…personalized involvement that Homrich Berg advisors committed to the estate planning process for clients we shared,” Flaum said. “Like me, HB advisors worked to earn their clients’ trust, which is integral in the creation of any strong relationship. The opportunity to create the family wealth strategist role at such a quality institution committed to deep client service was irresistible, and the fact that Homrich Berg placed significant value in creating this role demonstrates the firm’s commitment to holistically and meaningfully planning for its clients.” As the director of financial planning at Homrich Berg, Bradley will use his breadth of knowledge to work closely with HB client service teams on retirement, estate, insurance, tax and charitable planning
Abbey Flaum joins Homrich Berg.
issues. He will be responsible for creating scalable resources for advisors, ensuring they have access to the latest relevant information and implementing consistent planning processes. Bradley is joining HB from Wells Fargo where he served as a senior wealth planner for five years. Bradley echoed the sentiments of Flaum about Homrich Berg’s client-
centric culture: “I’ve always shared HB’s client-first mindset. Having a technical background and being client-facing allows me to work with clients to educate and enhance their financial lives while also providing our advisor teams with resources to serve their clients well.” Compiled by AJT Staff
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I began writing this as our children were airborne from Tel Aviv to New York at the end of their seven-day Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. Dave Schechter For a week, we had monitored Instagram and WhatsApp for photos and messages, hoping that our daughter and two sons were enjoying the trip and taking in everything they were experiencing. The boys, ages 29 and 23, had toured parts of Israel in 2009, when the older one played on the U.S. youth soccer team at the Maccabiah Games, and I brought his brother to watch. This was their 31-year-old sister’s first trip to Israel. Since childhood, the kids have heard about their mother’s college adventures in the Middle East, our life and work for CNN’s Jerusalem bureau in the mid1980s, and our other visits to Israel and elsewhere in the region. So, we were eager to hear their impressions. Israelis asked about their Israeli, non-Biblical names; more than one assuming, incorrectly, that because of those names our children could converse in Hebrew. Our daughter heard Israelis pronounce her name correctly. We delighted at pictures of the kids together at the port in Tel Aviv and on the plaza at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. They shared video and photos from the Old City and the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, the Carmel market and an underground nightclub/art gallery in Tel Aviv, a Bedouin encampment in the Negev desert and the Dead Sea. In between arriving pre-dawn on a Thursday and leaving in the first hour of the following Thursday, they got a taste of Israel, albeit a thin slice. “Every day was like three days packed into one,” our daughter said. “It was go, go, go.” There are places we would have wished them to see, but only so much that can be accomplished in such a limited period of time. We credit our middle child, who persuaded his siblings to do this together. This trip was for 27- to 32-year-olds, so a dispensation was needed to permit the youngest to join his brother and sister, allowing them to share the memories.
The timing was important, because this was the last trip before Birthright drops the upper age limit back to 26, from 32, where it has been the past five years. A few weeks ago, I began an interview with Zohar Raviv, Birthright’s international vice president for educational strategy, by asking, “What are my kids going to get out of this trip?” “I don’t know what your kids are going to get,” Raviv replied. “I know what I intend for them to get.” Raviv’s criteria for success was not a young adult returning having “figured out” their relationship to Judaism and to Israel, but rather coming home and saying, “I finally understand how hard it is to understand.” As if to validate Raviv, our youngest acknowledged, “I don’t know enough,” as he asked about facets of Israeli religious and political life that he had observed or heard discussed. At the Western Wall, the young men and women were separated for prayers. At Mount Herzl, where prime ministers and other historic figures are buried, the Israelis accompanying the group talked about comrades from the Israel Defense Forces whose graves were nearby. They toured Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. They dined and slept under the stars in a Bedouin tent. Extreme mid-day heat forced them to ride the cable car, rather than hike to the summit at Masada. From the city of Sderot, Gaza was visible a mile away. Throughout, they were challenged to consider their connection to the Jewish people, the parts of Judaism that might cause them to feel conflicted, and which Jewish values are important in their lives. They made friends among their traveling companions and got on well with the Israelis leading the trip and ensuring their security. They heard a wide range of viewpoints on a variety of issues. Their experiences were described variously as being interesting, educational, and in some cases, “cool.” Our children understood that there were aspects of Israeli life that they would not confront on a Birthright trip. “We try to present to our participants an Israel that is delightfully imperfect,” Raviv told me. Based on what our children reported that aim was met. All three said that they would like to return sometime. Maybe next time their parents will join them. ì
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YOM KIPPUR Does Prayer Change Our Brain? Although traditionally the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are seen as a time for spiritual and religious renewal, Bob Bahr the process of prayer and reflection that accompany the holidays may bring other benefits as well. At least, that is the belief of Andrew Newberg, a physician and medical researcher whose latest work, "The Varieties of Spiritual Experience," was published this month by the Oxford University Press. He has pioneered research in what is called neurotheology that looks at the relationship between the mind and our spirit experiences. Much of his research has been carried out at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The institute was established in 2015 by Bernie Marcus
with a grant from the Marcus Foundation in Atlanta. It is considered to be the largest center for clinical development of the practice of integrative medicine. The Philadelphia program is described in the book, "Tapestry of Health," which features a forward by the Atlanta philanthropist and co-founder of The Home Depot. In another book, "Brain Weavers," also published with Marcus’s support, the founding director and CEO of the Marcus Institute, Daniel Monti, joined Newberg as its research director to describe the biological, psychological, social and spiritual conditions that lead to better brain health. It’s a process that Newberg has found interesting during much of his life. He describes himself as having grown up in a liberal Jewish home where he said he “was really challenged by my parents to ask a lot of questions and then they would kind of throw them back to me,” including important Jewish questions. That inquiry eventually led him into a career in medicine where almost 30
The newly emerging field of neurotheology is aimed at bringing together the study of religious experience and brain science.
years ago he first began to explore the issues his parents raised when he was growing up. Questions, he said, about G-
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and personal spiritual identity merged Newberg wrote that “contemplation of when, as a young physician he discov- G-d and other spiritual values appear to ered that changes in the brain that could permanently change the structure of the be studied using the powerful tools creat- brain that control our moods, give rise to ed by imaging technology. Newberg, who our conscious notions of self, and shape 10 years ago wrote a foundational text sensory perceptions of the world.” In 2018, psychiatrist David Halpern about what has been termed neurotheology, believes that the young scientific joined Newberg in writing “The Rabbi’s discipline offers a way to bring together Brain: Mystics, Moderns and the Science our belief in an all-knowing, all-powerful of Jewish Thinking.” The work examines the knowledge gained from brain scan deity and rational inquiry. He believes that powerful new medi- studies of hundreds of people who were cal imaging tools that emerged from the observed in religious practice and how growth of imaging technology can help that may influence the way Judaism appicture the conditions in the brain that pears in our religious life. As an observant Jew and a graduate lead us to feel more connected to a higher power when we are praying or meditat- of Yeshiva University with an intimate knowledge of Jewish practice, Halpern ing. believes that neurotheNewberg said, “Beology allows us to beting able to use brain ter understand the imaging allowed us profound impact that to really help to idenholidays such as Yom tify certain areas of Kippur have had on the brain that were Jewish life. He thinks involved in these pracit helps us not only to tices and experiences. have a better underIt also provided new standing of how we data. So, you know, sudfunction as spiritual denly we were looking beings but how that at parts of the brain to process supports the see how they were insocial bonds that are teracting during these Medical researcher and author strengthened at this spiritual practices. Andrew Newberg uses brain imaging time of year. Imaging technology technology to study the connection “The entire comhelped to really create between prayer and how we think. munity gathers togetha more complex and a more cohesive kind of understanding er almost as a witness to the relationship about what’s going on in the brain dur- that they have,” Halpern observes. “And I think no matter what your background ing these experiences.” In a series of best-selling books, is, Yom Kippur is about seeing that relaNewberg has written about the changes tionship as a community of who we are that occur when a consistent, intense as a people and where we’ve come from. practice of prayer is begun. In a volume, Identifying within that group allows one “How G-d Changes Your Brain,” written in to feel like it’s a day of self-reflection or 2010 with psychologist Mark Waldman, personal introspection.” ì
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Seeking Repentance During the High Holidays As Jews worldwide enter the High Holiday season, Rabbi David Silverman, dean of the Atlanta Scholars Kollel, explains the Debbie Diamond significance of repentance during this time. During this Q & A session, he explains the history of the concept, how to appropriately seek forgiveness from others and G-d and how Jews can best prepare themselves to enter a new year. Rabbi, thank you for speaking with me. First, what is the meaning of repentance in Judaism? Rabbi Silverman: In Judaism, repentance is t’shuvah, which literally means “to return.” There is a concept in Jewish thought that you can undo the damage you have done and rectify or repair a situation. You have an ability to take away the negative energy that has been put into the world by your misdeed, whether it was against a person, G-d or society.
them for forgiveness? Rabbi Silverman: Asking for forgiveness is more than simply apologizing. A huge component is digging deep to understand how you hurt another person, committing to never doing it again and reassuring the person accordingly. Sincerity is key in asking for forgiveness. The actual confessional to the person you hurt must include an acknowledgement of what happened, a heartfelt apology and reassuring the person that you will not only never commit this act again, but that you are committed to fixing the situation and making it better than before. Judaism takes t’shuvah so seriously that even if a person has passed away, you must go to the grave of the person and ask for forgiveness. And what if the other person refuses to accept your apology? Rabbi Silverman: You must ask the person three separate times for forgiveness. If you have done this, you have done your part and, according to Halacha (Jewish law), you will be forgiven. How do you ask for forgiveness from G-d?
Where did the concept of repentance or t’shuvah come from in Judaism? Rabbi Silverman: The Talmud says that repentance preceded the existence of the world. G-d knew people would mess up and needed a way to fix their mistakes. Tikkun olam or the repair of the world, which is the ultimate goal for Jews, can only take place when we can repair our errors.
Rabbi Silverman: Our prayers to G-d are just the final strokes of the process after stopping the sin, feeling and expressing sincere remorse and vowing not to do it again. After completing this process, we participate in the “viduy,” or confessional, during Yom Kippur. The confessional can be personal and does not necessarily have to be communal, though the formula laid out in the Machzor makes it easier to follow for many people.
How do you repair situations with other people? Is there a process to ask
How do you seek forgiveness for sins against society?
Rabbi Silverman: If a specific individual was not offended, you would have to confess and express remorse to G-d, who represents the community. Halachic authorities offered several ways to repair the deed, doing something to help a community that was hurt, providing general public improvement or offering charity to community organizations. Are there sins so terrible that forgiveness cannot be obtained? Rabbi Silverman: Our sages outline several types of sin that are unforgiveable. For example, a person who leads other Jews away from Judaism to practice polytheism or immoral acts cannot be forgiven. A person who does not take the atonement process seriously will also not be forgiven. For Pharaoh, the doors of repentance were shut because he refused to recognize G-d as a supreme authority and kept backing down from his word that he would let the people go. Jewish law has deemed some acts so despicable that only one’s death can bring about atonement, and then only if the person seeks t’shuvah before his death. There is a Jewish custom that as people pass from this world, they say “viduy” and declare that their death should be an atonement for any sins they may have committed. How did the process of t’shuvah go from the high priest going into the inner sanctum to sprinkle the blood of an animal offering to atone for Israel’s sins to how it is done today? Rabbi Silverman: Once the temple was destroyed and this way of life was forced to end, prayers took the place of the temple offerings. There was more emphasis on services in local synagogues and communities. We looked to our proph-
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ets, leaders and rabbis for guidance on t’shuvah. The Great Assembly, 120 Jewish scholars who led the community after the time of the prophets, compiled this knowledge and created most of the prayers for Yom Kippur. The text was refined during the next several hundred years. What is Tefillah Zaka? Is it recited during the Yom Kippur service? Rabbi Silverman: Right before Kol Nidre, there is a beautiful prayer called Tefillah Zaka that was written in medieval times. The reader declares that they are forgiving anyone who did not have a chance to ask for forgiveness (unless they still have legal recourse to attain justice). Ideally, if everyone were to say this prayer, all Jews would forgive each other, and we would enter Yom Kippur on an amazingly high spiritual level. ì
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'Kosher Soul' Explores a Side of Jewish Food By Bob Bahr In "Kosher Soul," author Michael Twitty sets out to enlarge our picture of both kosher and soul. It seeks to explain what we think of when we envision kosher food and how we picture food that springs from the soulful experience of African Americans. Twitty, whose previous book in 2018 on Southern food traditions won the prestigious James Beard Award, concludes that neither kosher nor soul may be what we thought it was. For Twitty, who grew up in a family where his mother attended a Black Lutheran church and his father was Baptist, you can bet that Sunday dinner as a child was not a bowl of chicken soup with a fat matzo ball floating in it. In his 20s, he started to develop an interest in Judaism and, by the age of 25, he had converted and was launched on his search where the food of his youth intersected with his newly found observance of kosher living. The result some 20 years later is "Kosher Soul," which attempts to define for us and for him what that means. What he concluded, as he spoke recently in a telephone interview is that both are related in more ways than we realize. “Kosher and soul are both quasi-ethnic and also universal terms. Literally, kosher or the Hebrew ‘kashrut,’ means the ritual and communal fitness of things for the sake of Jewish observance, but it also means something that’s okay. It is passable. It passes muster. It’s solid. It’s valid. So, it is for the meaning of soul that for Black people means soul music and soul food. It’s about the communal fitness of things. It is the es-
Michael Twitty’s "Kosher Soul" is the result of his 25 years as a Jewish chef and food writer.
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sence of what it means to be Black.” And while much of the food he writes about is derived from his ancestral roots in the African American South, he is not afraid to explore other cultures. His book has recipes that were inspired by Jewish communities in Africa, South America and the Caribbean. For a break fast meal on Yom Kippur, for example, he is drawn to the Sigd community of Ethiopian Jews, many of whom have been resettled in Israel. In place of the platters of smoked fish and bagels that end the holiday for some Jews with Eastern European ancestry, he suggests instead an Ethiopian vegetable or chicken stew, called a vegetable wot or doro wat or a Berbere brisket, prepared in the oven with an exotic spice mix added to many of the traditional ingredients, like garlic and onions. It’s all served with a side of injera, the soft spongy African bread made with teff flour that can be used to scoop up small bites of the stew or meat. It’s not your grandmother’s break fast
where you cover your bagel with a schmear and slices of nova. Here you grab a hunk of injera and dip it into doro wat or your tender Berbere roast. It’s a meal that Twitty would describe as having soul. “Soul is the intellectual and aesthetic construct—the memory, the feeling and the skills that power African American, AfroLatin and Afro-Caribbean foodways, along with the verve and style that Black chefs bring to other cuisines they interpret.” Atlanta Rabbi Ruth Abush-Magder, director of education for Be’chol Lashon, a national organization that celebrates the racial and ethnic diversity of the Jewish community, has known Twitty for more than a decade. She believes Twitty represents a broader and richer definition of contemporary Jewish life. “I think Michael is challenging us to think inclusively about Jewish community and that is a passion of mine. I think that we gain when we allow all parts of our community to shine and contribute and bring the
gifts and share the gifts that they have. That includes the culinary gifts.” According to recent statistics, Jews of color are among the fastest growing segments in Jewish life in America. Yet, a research study led last year by a team from Stanford University, entitled “Beyond the Count,” indicates that 80 percent of those surveyed have experienced discrimination in the Jewish community. It’s something that Twitty has keenly felt during his years as an outspoken advocate for a closer bond between traditional Jewish communities and the new communities of Jews that are emerging from various ethnic groups. In his interview, he called for a “better form of engagement.” “We have a lot of work to do,” Twitty said emphatically. “I tell people all the time these two worlds that are represented by those two words, kosher and soul, are adjacent but they’re not exactly the same for more than one reason. And all of that has to be taken into consideration as we move forward.” ì
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PROFESSIONALS Local Realtor Granot Serves Up Aces in Pickleball By Marcia Caller Jaffe Dan Granot co-runs a boutique commercial real estate firm alongside Alan Joel. They work both sides of the real estate coin: tenants looking to move, landlords, retail investment, purchasing buildings with investors, office, medical and industrial sectors, all to seek balance in these roller coaster markets. Mimicking Clark Kent away from the desk and phone, Granot is ranked near the top 10 in the U.S. in his senior division for pickleball. In terms of his day job at Joel & Granot, Granot said, “Our company had a strong last 12 months given the current climate. We have represented numerous professional services firms who seem to have come back into the office a little quicker than other sectors and have also represented a significant number of owner/users who have bought or sold property.” Finding oneself in a pickle of a market, Granot is also known for his fierce
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Dan Granot, of Joel and Granot Commercial Real Estate, is ranked tenth in the U.S. in pickleball.
prowess in pickleball. He said, “I try to play five to six times a week, mostly at sunrise for 90 minutes, then play a little longer on weekends. I try to play approximately one tournament a month somewhere around the country. I see more seniors playing, but also incredible growth in the younger generation. Overall, it’s a very social and welcoming sport.”
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At 56 years old, Granot competes in the Senior Pro Division. He has played approximately nine tournaments in 2022 and hovers around No. 10 in the country in both doubles and mixed doubles. He won three senior pro events in Plantation and Boca Raton, Fla., and Philadelphia. He considers his strength to be “quick hands and good anticipation which like-
ly came from years of competitive tennis. I wouldn’t consider myself a power player, but more so depend on accuracy and misdirection,” he mused. And, yes, Granot wins prize money listed, which ultimately must be split many ways. He eschews singles tournaments for their three consecutive days of rigorous wear and tear.
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Granot summarized why pickleball has recently become so popular:
• The barriers to enter are low. The equipment is inexpensive, a paddle, balls and a portable net cost a couple hundred dollars. (Granot himself plays with an Onix Evoke Premier paddle and a Dura Fast 40 ball. He wears Babolat pickleball shoes.) • The skill level needed to enjoy the sport is minimal. Whether you are an ex-tennis player, an athlete of any kind or a non-athlete, it is very easy to hit a plastic ball against a paddle from a few feet away across a net with your friend/ opponent. • The workout itself can be as challenging or not, as desired.
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Folbaum Recalls Journey to TV By Marcia Caller Jaffe Behind his charismatic anchor persona on CBS46, Rick Folbaum has earned his true grit wings by covering many seminal events that shaped our culture. Folbaum grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., where his interest in journalism started. He said, “The news was always on in my house, and I loved the excitement of a breaking news story…the reporters, showing up at the scene, interviewing the police chief or the mayor. While most of my friends stayed up past their bedtime to watch ‘The Tonight Show,’ I’d stay up watching “Nightline” with Ted Koppel. He was so smart, and I loved how he’d make guests squirm with tough questions. When I found out he’d gone to the Newhouse School for Journalism at Syracuse University [Currently Syracuse University Newshouse School of Communications], I made it my goal to go there where I majored in broadcast journalism.” His journey to Atlanta was circuitous, after 20 years in New York, and five
in Miami, he settled in Atlanta to raise a family. He freelanced at CNN in 2018 and started at CBS46 in 2019. Now divorced, he is co-parenting five children. His impressive body of work includes coverage of both attacks on the World Trade Center (1993 and 2001). He recalled, “I was sent downtown right after the first tower was struck on 9/11. The second tower was hit while my crew and I were driving down the West Side Highway. I pulled over about a block away, began our reporting on the burning buildings; then ran for our lives when the South Tower fell. It’s the closest I’ve come to reporting from a war zone.” He also spent two years as a foreign correspondent based in London and working out of the Jerusalem Bureau. He said, “I experienced Israel in a way that was very different from my North American Federation for Temple Youth tour at 15.” He’s covered climate change in Alaska, peace talks in Northern Ireland, the Pope’s trip to Cuba, John McCain’s nominating convention in Minnesota and the
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mass shootings in Orlando and Parkland, Fla. He stated, “I pray I’ve covered my last shooting, but I know that’s not the case.” Read on to hear directly from Folbaum:
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part of a community and be immersed in a city that has led the way nationally in civil rights and racial equality. Describe raising five children. Folbaum: Remember spinning all those plates on the old Ed Sullivan Show? Just when you get one spinning perfectly, you’ve got to run over to keep another one from crashing. Our kids are amazing. Our oldest is a high school senior…which is CRAZY. We also have a sophomore. Our seventh-grade twins have their B’nei Mitzvah next April. We have a third grader, too. They are smart, kind and loving which is really all you can hope for. Any work-related antisemitism? Folbaum: No, and I have never shied away from talking about my Judaism. One year, all the anchors taped Christmas greetings and I talked about my family celebrating Hanukkah. How do you compare working behind the desk versus on the scene?
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Korotkin Receives Prestigious Medical Award By Robyn Spizman Gerson At the 2022 Obstetrics-Gynecology conference at The Cloister at Sea Island, retired OBGyn, Dr. Jeffrey Korotkin, received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. This year’s conference recognized both 2020 and 2021 award recipients, due to COVID. While thousands of high-risk patients have benefited from Korotkin’s care with his 40-plus years as a maternal fetal medicine specialist, this significant lifetime achievement award is the highest level of recognition given by the society for extraordinary efforts to improve women’s health in Georgia. Korotkin deservedly joins previous honorees of this award, ranging from legislators to community advocates to distinguished professors. The accolades for Korotkin were outstanding as, “rarely does the society have an awardee who possesses all of these characteristics.” Korotkin, a graduate from Tulane University, received his medical degree at University of Miami Miller School of
Medicine and went on to complete his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University where he was the chief administrating resident and the winner of the resident research day competition. Later, Korotkin became the medical director of obstetric ultrasonography which served to launch his career in maternal fetal medicine. A sought-after lecturer worldwide about maternal fetal medicine and highrisk pregnancies, Dr. Korotkin has lent his expertise to many organizations, committees and hospitals, including his roles as: head of gynecology and obstetrics ultrasound for Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital; chief of gynecology-obstetric service at Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital. Chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Northside Hospital; and associate professor at Emory University. He was also the president of the Georgia OBGyn Society from 1998-99 and a long-serving board and advisory council member. Devoted to his profession, he is a member of the GOGS Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the standard Dr. Jeffrey Korotkin and his wife Cathy at the awards ceremony presented by the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.
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level of care in gynecologic practices; and served as president of the Atlanta OBGyn Society, helping to form and establish the Atlanta Women’s Health Group. Following his successful career, Korotkin is enjoying retirement and family, and continues his involvement to make a difference. Medically, Korotkin is still active at the Geogia Department of Public Health including the leadership role in the regional perinatal center which are rated as centers of excellence throughout the state supporting difficult maternal situations. Korotkin said, “It’s so rewarding as they are the leader in proving healthcare in the state of Georgia, especially women at risk who are socially and economically deprived. We must still try to improve the healthcare delivery system.” Korotkin’s legacy alongside the wellbeing and healthcare of women in Georgia, his adopted state, focuses on his beloved family-wife Cathy, who is his rock, along with their adult children, Julie, Eric and Esther and Samantha. He shared, “My wonderful wife Cathy ran our family, and it allowed me to do my work. My other legacy is my patients who continue to express their gratitude for the compassionate care they received during difficult situations
which means a great deal to me, even after all these years.” Korotkin’s patients span over decades, since in 1990, Korotkin co-founded with Dr. Larry Stone, Georgia Perinatal Consultants. He shared, “When I started studying maternal fetal medicine, I was one of the only doctors in town specializing in this area. Because of ultrasound prenatal pre diagnosis, we blossomed. I have always treated high-risk obstetric patients throughout my training, and I developed an instinct about how to get patients out of difficult situations.” And now in his retirement, Korotkin currently serves on the Regional Perinatal Center committee and the Maternal Mortality Review Committee in Geogia. Findings from these reports are used by the Georgia legislature to set policy such as the recent state Senate bill, SB 338, which provides an extension of Medicaid services for mothers for a full year postpartum. He can also be found at the state Capitol lending his expertise to legislators. While Korotkin admits he misses his patients, he’s certainly busy giving back and enjoying retirement. He added, “My golf game is reasonable, not great, but the vistas in the mountains in Cashiers, North Carolina provide pure relaxation.” ì
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Science Professor Weighs Online Learning By Marcia Caller Jaffe
since decreased. The online sections are about 40 students while on-campus labs have 24 students. She summarized, “During the height of the pandemic, some of these classes were synchronous online, but now most are non-synchronous. I suppose it’s difficult to have everyone online at the same time.” Norflus thinks that coming out of a COVID posture, balance will continue to be found. Upper division classes may require more in-person discussion to review significant details. The non-majors’ laboratories can take different formats. Some use a laboratory kit that students purchase and then perform the experiments at home. In others, students purchase their own supplies and perform experiments in their kitchens. In other cases, there are virtual lab exercises. Tuition for both online and in-person learning is similar, but there is an extra fee for online classes. Norflus explained that there are advantages and disadvantages to online classes. “It’s a big savings in time and money when students don’t need to drive to school. It allows for flexibility for
Dr. Fran Norflus started teaching online classes well over 10 years ago. The majority of these were with introductory, non-majors’ biology lecture classes and, subsequently, non-majors’ laboratories. When COVID hit, she recalled, “All classes needed to quickly be changed to online. This was challenging to both faculty and students who might not have been accustomed to it and might not have had the skills or technology to be involved with online classes. As COVID progressed, some classes transitioned into hybrid, where they might meet for a small amount of time on campus, then other times online. There are also asynchronous and synchronous online classes. The former is when students read materials and/or watch videos by themselves online. The latter is when students and faculty will actually see each other and can converse about the material.” Before the pandemic, an introductory, non-majors’ biology lecture class was comprised of about 64 students. The size has
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ton University and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Norflus performed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral research on treatment of mice that had neurological diseases. Her doctoral research was conducted at the National Institutes of Health where she performed bone marrow transplants on mice that had Tay Sachs and Sandhoff disease. Her postdoctoral research was performed at Emory University and Massachusetts General Hospital where she studied treatments for mice that had Huntington’s disease. As a full-time profesDr. Fran Norflus is a full-time professor at Clayton sor at Clayton State, NorState University, where she instructs a diverse flus said, “Clayton State student body both online and in person. University is a hidden gem students who work. For students who are for learning opportunities with multiple quiet, online classes allow for more partici- bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. pation. Some students feel stressed taking We currently enroll over 6,900 students in exams on campus, so online exams might challenging campus and online courses. work better. Remote lab classes have pros The campus is situated 20 minutes from and cons. Students might involve their downtown Atlanta on 214 acres. The school families in the experiments and make it a has a diverse student population of stufun experience, but they won’t be able to dents with many non-traditional students work with peers or have direct, immediate who work and have families. The average interaction with faculty. It’s important to age is around 26.” Currently, in addition to teaching, learn group work, but in some instances, Norflus performs research with underthe groups may not work well together.” Norflus is no lightweight when it graduate students using the model organcomes to her scientific credentials. She re- ism Caenorhabditis elegans. Most of this ceived a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from research is centered on studying behavDuke University. She then obtained a mas- ioral phenotypes from adding different ter’s in biology from Virginia Common- compounds to different strains of worms. Dr. Norflus is a member of Ahavath wealth University. She obtained her Ph.D. in a joint program from George Washing- Achim Synagogue. ì
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Atlanta Native’s Breadsticks Company on the Rise By Marcia Caller Jaffe Jennifer Herckis Behar mortgaged her Atlanta home 17 years ago and launched her artisanal breadstick and flat bread company, Jennifer’s Homemade, which now employs 20+ people. She said, “I began in an untraditional way. I made breadsticks for dinner parties, and friends suggested that I sell them. I said ‘Never’! Then I moved to Florida and found myself baking all the time with my young daughter feeding the neighborhood. I had an epiphany that I could do this – take my advertising and marketing background and desire to give back and start a business. That day I drove myself straight to the grocery store, started baking and I never looked back. The first year was crazy. I would tuck my daughter in bed, bake at night, take her to school in the morning, then sell and deliver.” After going through a divorce and difficult times, she knew there were other people struggling even more and wanted to help. She headed to Feeding South Florida food bank and declared to donate a portion of proceeds before she ever made her first sale. She exclaimed, “I think they thought I was crazy. After that, I went to a local gourmet market and made my first sale, and that was the beginning. Now we are selling nationwide to stores like Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger, Albertsons, small gourmet shops and online.” Her line includes Original Breadsticks, Rosemary Breadsticks, Salt & Pepper Breadsticks, Original Flatbread, Rosemary Flatbread, and Salt & Pepper Flatbread. They are vegan, all natural, made with extra virgin olive oil. In Atlanta, at Whole Foods, Kroger and Sprouts, they sell for approximately $5.99-$6.99 per five-ounce box. Behar attended Riverwood High School and earned a bachelor’s in communication from Boston University. She was an advertising account executive in New York City on the Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo account and launched Acuvue contact lenses internationally, all which led to her expertise in marketing her own company. She was recently the featured speaker for Goldman Sachs at Miami Dade College.
The lessons Behar learned in business and life: Don’t take more than you need.
When I started, I rented space in different commercial bakeries, and then I
Jennifer Herckis Behar left Atlanta 17 years ago and launched her artisanal breadstick and flat bread company, Jennifer’s Homemade, which now employs 20+ people.
ultimately built out my own space. I set up a relatively large facility thinking I will grow into this; I will need this. And while we used it, it was more than I needed. When things got tough, I ended up downsizing, taking what I needed. That turned out to be a good move.
Don’t think you can do everything yourself. While I can do everything, I have learned that I will never grow the way I want to grow if I try to do it all myself. I realized there are people that are smarter than me in different areas of the business.
Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer! No to me is “maybe!” I have had plenty of people say, “we are not bringing your product,” and I take that as a “not now.” Build relationships, and you keep moving forward. Eventually, if you have a good product or service, it will turn into a “yes,” which is happening to me now. People are coming back around
Artisanal breadstick and flat bread by Jennifer’s Homemade.
years later. People whom I met years ago are now customers.
Don’t tell everyone your dreams. Not too many people can see what you can see. When you are building a business, you are doing something that has never been done before in some capacity. Some people are either not going to support you or don’t have your vision. It is a different mindset being an entrepreneur. People said to me “Get a job; you can make more money.” I heard that a lot. I would say, "I have a big goal in mind. I’m building something. It ‘s not about the salary I am taking today; it’s about the brand I am building and something bigger down the road.” Ultimately, it would be nice to make a ton of money, but it is more significant than that. You need to share with certain people who can help you, but not everybody will be able to do that. Sometimes you need to keep your circle tight.
Believe in yourself and in your
product, believe in what you do. When things get tough, think about what I need to do to figure it out. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I can be a perfectionist but being perfect can work against you. You want things to be as good as they can, and then you need to move forward. Dealing with all the challenges is tough. You think that things will get easier at a certain level as you grow, and in my experience it doesn’t. The problems are just different, it doesn’t necessarily get easier. Being able to roll with the punches is critical. Owning and running a business is not for the faint of heart! Behar adds, “At Jennifer’s Homemade we take love seriously. Taste The Love is not just our tag line it is our core business philosophy. I believe the love we put into our product has an impact on everything including how we run our business, build relationships, and treat employees.” For more information, visit www. jennifershomemade.com. ì ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | 41
REAL ESTATE Northland Aims to Boost Portfolio By Marcia Caller Jaffe In 2019, Northland identified Atlanta as a top market to acquire and develop a $1 billion portfolio of suburban, infill and urban apartment communities. Northland chief executive officer Matthew Gottesdiener said, “What drew Northland to Atlanta was its dynamic combination of a business-friendly economy, strong educational institutions, practical infrastructure and its status as an anchor of nation-leading HQs of Fortune 500 companies, coupled with increasing appeal to innovative, techfocused global companies and a vibrant and diverse 24-hour city. Entering Atlanta also allows us to access one of the most compelling talent pools in the country. Atlanta will join markets like Austin, Boston and Florida as core multi-decade Northland markets.” Northland’s website states their $7 billion of real estate assets consist of: 26,000 multi-family units; 650 employees; $500 million annual revenue; home-based in Newton, Mass. The surname “Gottesdiener” may be familiar to
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Macon and Atlanta and currently have invested $520 million to acquire 1,300 apartments and an additional $250 million in developable land for future projects, with the intent to further grow more
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complished real estate leaders in the city… like Steve and Matt,” said Gottesdiener. For charitable involvement, Northland is committed to giving back to local organizations that meaningfully impact communities. Some of the organizations they support that are Jewish based include: The Ruderman Family Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, and 2Life Communities. Gottesdiener, and his wife, Rebecca Krumholz, an attorney focused on impact litigation currently clerking in Massachusetts Federal Court, and their two children ages 3 and 5, belong to Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass. Gottesdiener said,” With our longterm investment strategy, Atlanta is the ideal market for Northland to put down roots and grow our portfolio. It is compelling because of its strong affordability, something Northland prioritizes when entering a new market, along with an impressive talent pool from local colleges and universities. We firmly believe the Atlanta market is going to outperform its secondary market peers over the next 20 years. Northland’s long-term philosophy is about unique value creation strategies, driven by the firm’s approach to asset management. Our teams strategically invest in property improvements and lead the value-add process to generate consistent growth throughout the long-term hold of our assets.” ì
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Abrams’ Career Spans Half-Century By Marcia Caller Jaffe Harry Norman real estate agent Sandy Abrams, continues a long-standing career in residential real estate that covers devotion to her family and a dedication to her trade which began in 1972. But it didn’t start that way. Ever gracious and charming, Abrams served as the social secretary for Gov. Carl Sanders. She recalled, “Politics was most exciting. I got to meet people I would have never had the opportunity to because of my poSandy Abrams (center) and her family. Sandy poses with her broker Rick Sandy Abrams was the first recipient of sition. Unfortunately, my professional Brinkman(left) and the late real estate the Platinum Phoenix Award bestowed political career was ended when Jimmogul Harry Norman(right). by the Atlanta Board of Realtors. my Carter was elected governor.” A friend suggested she should exNavigating a residential real estate career over half a market. Balancing family life with two daughters, Alison plore a career in real estate. She added, “I knew Jack Adair, so I went to work for Adair Realty and made the Million Dol- century, Sandy knew how to adapt. Changes like technology Schneider and Julie Rosenblum, and supportive husband (from no internet), safety concerns in not showing isolated Dave, things required a bit of juggling. lar Club my first year.” Schneider stated, “When mom started selling real Adair Realty closed its residential operation, then she properties alone, educating clients to understand pricing signed on with Harry Norman where she remains. Over the (thinking their house is worth more than it is), efforts in estate in 1972, I was nine years old, and my sister was five years, she has sold a plethora of homes and received many getting listings in addition to closing the sale, preparing a years old. She always jokes that we turned out so well beawards. The height of her career was receiving the Platinum house to market (staging) and the many layers of involve- cause she went to work when we were young.” Rosenblum chimed in, “I remembered that mom’s car Phoenix award, the first one ever given by the Atlanta Real- ment: lenders, title companies, photographers, inspections, appraisals and understanding the constantly changing was always spot clean, and she had the first mobile phone. tors Association I also recall always seeing her real estate signs; so, when I read my last name, [I thought] Mom was well known and respected.” Schneider and Rosenblum said: “While she marks her 50 years in real estate, we are confident, if given the chance to go another 50 years she would jump at the opportunity. The clients, the colleagues, the community and the career allowed her to grow into the outstanding, high-achieving person that she has become. We are so very proud of her. Cheers to 50 years!”
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Daughters Alison Schneider and Julie Rosenblum Summarized Abrams’ Keys to Success: Key #1: Mom has the natural ability to connect and care about people. It comes so easily to her. We believe the initial connection and trust are important because buying a home is a highly personal experience. You need to not only trust your agent, but you need to believe they have your back. This quality also transfers to other agents and office administrators as well. She loves the comradery of the office. Still to this day, on Tuesdays she has lunch with the original agents from her office that started around the same time. They are lifelong friends. Key #2: “No” is not a word in her vocabulary. If you want the home, she will pull all the magic tricks out of her hat to get it for you. Does that mean driving contracts to people’s homes at night? Working weekends? Hosting lunches for other agents with door prizes? Making concessions on her side to make it work? Cooking brownies, vegetable soup, or other goodies? Yes, to all the above. There is nothing better than having Sandy on your team. Key #3: Mom found her passion in real estate; therefore, she never found it to be a chore or exhausting hence the 50 years. Not many people are able to find what they love in their work/personal life. She was fortunate to blend the two together so well. ì
Mortgage Expert Weighs in on the Market By Marcia Caller Jaffe
historically over the past 60 years, homes have appreciated very conservatively at three to four percent Mortgage broker and native Atper year. Over the past year, she saw lantan Allison Beldick has volumes over double-digit appreciation rates, of transactions under her hard hat and 2022 higher than average appreto comment on these choppy times ciation is anticipated. regarding the ever-changing real esIn labeling Beldick a super pertate and loan landscape. Are rising forming broker, she noted, “I have mortgage rates sending the runaway been very fortunate in this crazy market in a new direction? According market. While last year’s volume to the Atlanta Business Chronicle on was stronger because of refinances, July 12, 2022, “Atlanta Housing MarI planned for that when forecasting ket Cooled, … The number of closings my goals this year and have been across the 12-county metro area was focusing on growing purchase busidown 23 percent compared to June ness. I’m on track to hit my goals this 2021, according to First Multiple Listyear.” In 2021 she helped 300 famiing Service data, … Metro Atlanta had lies obtain financing. fewer closings than in any month Allison Beldick helped 300 Beldick reports that there are of June since 2014. A sharp jump in families get financing in 2021. specialty programs available for mortgage rates is a key catalyst for many professions like doctors, nurses, first responders, the declining activity.” So, is now the time to take the jump to homeowner- educators, veterans and first-time homebuyers. Various programs allow for low down payment options (or someship? A University of Georgia graduate with an MBA in fi- times no down payment at all), possible down payment nance from Kennesaw State University, Beldick spent 15 assistance and reduced mortgage insurance. Availability years in real estate, including residential sales, marketing, varies by lender. “Being able to select the right program is key for my management and business development. Thus, it was an easy transition with her skill set into the mortgage indus- clients to have a great experience and have my support try in 2012. She summed up conditions, “We have been for- throughout the lending process,” Beldick said. ì tunate in the Atlanta market with strong growth over the past year. As expected, with the inventory being low, the number of sales is naturally down. Despite fewer sales according to the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, the average and median sales price has increased 19.4 percent from May of last year and the sales price increased 18 percent from the previous year.” Looking ahead, she noted that interest rates have increased while housing supply is still at an all-time low with more buyers than sellers. She continued, “[During] the first half of the year, homes were selling for at least 1012 percent above list price. We’re certainly seeing a bit of a shift right now. I think buyers have been exhausted by the market, and for some with interest rates increasing they have been priced out of the market. However, we are still seeing multiple offers. Rather than 24 offers on a home visible in the first half of the year, we’re now seeing between three and six. Since fewer buyers are making offers, we are not seeing prices elevate as high, but homes are still selling above list price.” Beldick added, “I think as inflation decreases, we will see interest rates drop some, and the housing market will remain strong in Atlanta. One of the biggest factors affecting mortgage rates is inflation. As inflation increases so do interest rates. Since a mortgage is a long-term fixed return, as inflation increases investors must increase the mortgage rate to compensate for market conditions.” Beldick cautions that first-time homebuyers shouldn’t let interest rates or current trends deter. “Real estate is an investment akin to a retirement plan or stock market. Even if the interest rate is higher today than months ago, historically real estate will continue to appreciate,” she said. Her own first purchase was a condo, and in four years the value increased 35 percent, which allowed her to have a significant down payment to buy the next home. Looking
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Upscale Sandy Springs Condo Comeback By Marcia Caller Jaffe As Intown and Buckhead residential popularity waxes and wanes, new developers are betting on downtown Sandy Springs for their new Gregory condominium project. A to Z Developers Limited, Anosh Ishak, Zvi Bekerman, Daniel Bekerman and Cary Blumenfeld plan to break ground, later in 2022, on Sandy Springs Circle at Clifton by reinventing the Radcliffe project (reported in the Atlanta Jewish Times, April 30, 2020) previously marketed by retired real estate veterans Gary Unell and Ed Goldberg. Blumenfeld feels the timing is right and said, “This type of property in Sandy Springs is long overdue where there is significant demand. Sandy Springs is one of the most desirable areas in metro Atlanta due to its proximity to downtown, Buckhead and most other significant points of interest. The city of Sandy Springs has done an amazing job with the evolution of entertainment and dining options; and The Gregory’s location is in the heart of it all. Though Buckhead has traditionally been home to many of Atlanta’s luxury condominiums,
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Daniel(son) and dad Zvi Bekerman(right) are both behind The Gregory.
we have found that many prefer to be in Sandy Springs if given the option.” In selecting the name, The Gregory, they considered the overall energy of creating a luxury product with a connection to someone local. Cary said, “When A To Z purchased the property, we knew we wanted to start anew. Gary and Eddie did a tremendous job of developing their concept, but we wanted a name with meaning
to us while still keeping the same regal and sophisticated feel that The Radcliffe offered. We decided on The Gregory because Zvi, one of our managing partners, was given the name Gregory at birth. When his family immigrated to Israel in 1957, they changed his name to Zvi.” With prices starting at $1.2 million per unit, The Gregory will offer contemporary two- and three-bedroom luxury condominiums. The architect strove to bring the outside inside by maximizing the outdoor views, enlarging the outdoor living space and allowing the natural light to shine throughout. The open floor plan includes high end appliances (likely Thermador), top of the line finishes and ample room to entertain. Oversized balconies will act as a seamless extension of the living space. The bedrooms will offer privacy with the master offering a large walk-in closet and spa bathroom. Blumenfeld added, “Our focus is offering a secure building with resort-style amenities and an abundance of storage. We will have concierge services, a gated parking structure and secure entrances. The main level will include a fitness center, an event room and kitchen, a golf simulator room, an elevated outdoor terrace with a pool and outdoor seating. Each unit will have a personal climate-controlled storage unit in the garage large enough to accommodate a car.” The partnership evolved when Blumenfeld, a Georgia State University student, met Daniel Bekerman at an AEPi function. As the relationship built, Blumenfeld became an established real estate broker, and Daniel Bekerman became vice president of B&Z Construction Services Inc. They began working closely under the guidance of Zvi Bekerman and Ishak. Chuckling, Blumenfeld said, “Working with two older Israeli gentlemen can be challenging at times, but they expect the best out of us, and will do anything in their power to see us succeed. “
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Managing Partner Anosh Ishak (right) (here with son Eedan Ishak left) is mentoring the next generation in real estate development.
Coming Soon: The Gregory stats at $1.2M and replaces The Radcliffe concept.
Anosh Ishak, who has made a career out of identifying areas ripe for growth like, midtown Atlanta in the late 1990s, and Edgewood in the mid-2000s, identified Sandy Springs as viable for condominium development. He had already started a condominium project there when he discovered that Unell and Goldberg were looking to sell The Radcliffe property. Blumenfeld said, “Ishak has over time proven his ability to identify development opportunities. It’s his specialty. He is currently working on two projects in Sandy Springs and feels as though this will be very successful.” A to Z praised Goldberg and Unell for selecting Brooks Hall as the architect while changing the elevations and floor plans. Blumenfeld continued “Eddie and Gary knew how important it was to choose the right architect, with Brooks Hall, one of the best. Brooks is someone that we’ve also worked with previously and they embraced our vision.” The building will have 36 units on six floors and aims for a 2024 completion. ì
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Joanne poses with Maltese, Brutus, in her glamorous apartment overlooking Peachtree Road. // Photo Credit: Howard Mendel
Sophistication in East & West Coast Style Joanne Tr u f f e l m a n considers herself a hybrid product of East Coast and West Coast style as she looks out from her 16th floor apartMarcia ment with Caller Jaffe floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Atlanta skyline, offering magnificent views of foliage and pool. Truffelman, a former Coca-Cola executive and ad agency mogul, said, “Since this was originally built as a condominium, the finishes and amenities are first class.” “I used white and gray, combining different tactical fabrics in white, accented by marble, gray wood floors and cabinets. For depth, I added a touch of peacock blue, with pillows and minimal drapes. The use of dimensional metallic and cork wallpapers accents individual walls for dramatic effects.”
Alongside her feisty Maltese, Brutus, Truffelman embarks on over-the-top adventure travel and impactful volunteer work. Nestled in her Peachtree Road apartment, Truffelman shares her professional journey and how it all comes together in high-rise living. Jaffe: Describe your home and how you arrived here. Truffelman: After living in a very modern Bauhaus-style Buckhead house for 21 years, the responsibility became overwhelming, although I had lots of parties and enjoyed the lifestyle. High-rise living is in my DNA having been raised in New York, so I downsized to a luxury high-rise with a Manhattan name and an LA vibe. It was relatively easy to downsize from 4,500 square feet since I sold off most of my furniture, with the exception of three pieces: a white piano, mirrored buffet and cylindrical bar. It was cathartic starting over with that new feeling. I love interior designing since my mom was an interior decorator. I have designed four homes and
several offices here, including Tower Place and Piedmont Center. Jaffe: Explain how you furnished all the rooms. Truffelman: A large coin metal mirror accents the foyer from Global Views. The master bedroom is a collection of Caracole pieces, including the Lucite fourposter bed with silk headboard, open lit marble nightstands with crystal cut glass lamps, open glass dresser/cabinet and artistic armchair. The living and dining area has a white round, suede sofa by Modern Interlude, including two chenille white swivel club chairs. The marble and chrome coffee table (Caracole) and dining table glass with chrome spindles (Bernhardt) matches with white ultra-suede chairs with black spindles (Elite Modern). The guest room has a wall-to-wall tufted white headboard with gray wood attached nightstands (Universal Furniture). My “gal cave” study serves as an office and relaxation with the gray velvet chaise,
gray wood armoire, a cherub photo art bought at a fundraiser, and a wall sconce of metallicized driftwood. I’m surrounded by photos, memorabilia and my Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund pieces, which include art from Dian’s written notes, and certificates from my Virunga Mountain gorilla treks in Rwanda. I worked with Jenny Wood Designs who supplied photos from showrooms and furniture sources, based on the pre-conceived concepts I provided. Over the next six months of pandemic lock-down, ‘voila’…the apartment was furnished. Then the purchase of art and accessories followed. Jaffe: What does the color white invoke in you? Truffelman: White is my favorite color. It brings peacefulness, space, cleanliness and purity. Jaffe: What are your very favorite art pieces? Truffelman: One of my most treasured pieces is an original Gloria Vanderbilt from the Hammer Galleries on MadiATLANTA JEWISH TIMES SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | 47
Joanne was gifted this original by Gloria Vanderbilt in 1976. (Hammer Galleries on Madison Avenue).
son Avenue in 1976, a gift from a business associate and admirer. Another is an original Gino Hollander (Spain) abstract. The latest may be the favorite, by Pezhman from Shiraz (Dejou Art Group), acquired with my friend, foremost art dealer and modern art aficionado, Fay Gold. Jaffe: Professionally, you are credited with elevating the role of women in the ad business for the Southeast. How did you get to that space? Truffelman: I launched my career on Madison Avenue at the female-owned Wells Rich Greene agency. I handled creative services for top-tier Fortune 500 companies like Alka-Seltzer and TWA airlines. I was then recruited in the 1980s to Atlanta’s Above: Joanne’s “gal cave” is for both business and relaxation and has another fabulous view. Below: One of Joanne’s favorite works of art is this “Aqueous” by Shiraz artist Pezhman (Deljou Gallery) acquired through art consultant Fay Gold.
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Truffelman chooses minimalist lighting to free up floor space and opted for this metallicized driftwood sconce in her office hallway.
hottest agency, McDonald and Little. There I continued to ladder climb, working on Coca-Cola biz, which ultimately led to a managerial position in their advertising and art department. Truffelman said, “I spent four of the best historical years at Coke and then, at the right age, the entrepreneurial spirit took hold. I partnered with my best friend, Lauren Genkinger, to start an advertising agency, TG Madison (named after Madison Avenue). Would have named it MadWomen, however the TV show didn’t exist yet.” After 29 years, we decided the business had changed dramatically and sold it. Jaffe: How are you engaged in nonprofits? Truffelman is on the board of Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Foundation. Here are original pages from the latter’s diary and certificates of Joanne’s treks to Rwanda with that organization.
CHAI STYLE Truffelman: I’ve been involved with Zoo Atlanta many years, chairing the Beastly Feast, handling their advertising (pro bono), and serving on their board. I have a particular love for primates, gorillas, which segued to a board position with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in the mid-1990s. Several trips to Rwanda, Africa reaffirmed my love for those charismatic-mega-vertebrae. Our agency was hired by the national Alzheimer’s Association for marketing and advertising, leading to chairing the Georgia board. I still hold positions on several committees, danced and chaired “Dancing Stars of Atlanta,” a signature fundraiser to support a devastating disease for which we must find a cure. My love for theater and New York roots led to a vice chair of Cobb Performing Arts Centre’s ArtsBridge Foundation, which provides arts education programs for K-12 students, including the foundation’s high school Shuler Awards. Jaffe: Last word. What’s left to add to your exciting lifestyle? Truffelman: I’ve always had a quest for travel. I will complete seven continents this year with Antarctica! Africa has a special place in my heart. Italy and Southeast Asia are also favorites.” Continuing with giving back and nonprofits is always a focus. ì
Above: Truffelman’s master bedroom has a collection of Caracole, including Lucite four-poster bed with silk headboard, open-lit marble nightstands with crystal cut glass lamps, open glass dresser/cabinet and artistic armchair.
Below: Truffelman’s living room utilizes white with a touch of peacock to carry out her East-meets-West Coast style.
The white piano, always adorned with fresh roses, is one of the few things Truffelman brought from her previous house.
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Alpharetta Farmers Market- 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies and soaps. For more information visit https://bit.ly/3D31jq8.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Avalon Nights Live- 6 to 8 p.m. Kick back and groove to the tunes all season long. Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza every Friday. Visit https://bit.ly/3ap0u0Y for details.
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Kabbalah & Coffee- 9:30 to 11 a.m. A Weekly Study Series with Rabbi Ari Sollish. Discuss, explore, and journey through the world of Jewish mystical teaching and learn how to apply these profound teachings to your daily life. For more information visit https://bit. ly/3LP4o11
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Chabad Intown Inspiration High Holiday Services: Erev Yom Kippur- 5:30 p.m. Pre-Yom Kippur Community Dinner with guest speaker Mrs. Shimona Tzukernik. 7 p.m. Candle Lighting and Feast begins followed by Kol Nidre and Evening Service. Visit https://bit. ly/3JI20bI for more information.
CANDLE-LIGHTING TIMES Torah Reading: Vayelech Friday, Sept 30, (Tishrei 5, 5783) Light candles at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct 1, (Tishrei 6, 5783) Shabbat ends 7:59 p.m. Yom Kippur Tuesday, Oct 4, (Tishrei 9, 5783) Light Holiday Candles at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 5, (Tishrei 10, 5783) Holiday ends at 8:28 p.m.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Acoustic Shabbat Café at Alon’s Bakery in Dunwoody- 6 to 7 p.m. Join Rabbi Glusman, Drew Cohen and other local musicians for a soulful evening of music, prayer and words of inspiration in celebration of Shabbat. Food and wine available for purchase at Alon’s Bakery and Market. Arrive early to order food and reserve your table. The event takes place outside in the covered patio area. Visit https://bit.ly/3oa5YQo for details.
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OY VEY! HAVE I GOT A PROBLEM... Dear Rachel,
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Dear No More Boxes, Moving is so incredibly stressful; we all know that. Compound that by your desire to stay put, and the decision becomes really complicated. From your vantage point, it seems unfair to be forced to uproot again. You and your child are satisfied and settled, so why do you have to give that up and face upheaval and the unknown? Getting to know a new city is stressful, necessitating finding doctors and other professionals, shopping, navigating new directions…it’s like a huge obstacle course that you have no interest in surmounting. Yet, your husband wants to provide for his family and feels unsuccessful here. After visiting this other city, he sees potential for a larger client base, and for more social interaction. So, it’s a tug-of-war; who should give in? The two of you must have a heart-to-heart conversation. He should allow you to explain all your reasons for wanting to remain in Atlanta. He needs to listen, validate and offer compassion as you share your feelings. Then, when you are finished, it’s his turn. Now you must be open to hearing his feelings and his underlying need for this huge lifestyle change. Once you have heard each other out, it’s possible that the murkiness surrounding the decision will become clear. One of you may be inclined to support the other based on a greater understanding of his or her perspective. One of your needs may be stronger and more compelling, thereby pulling one spouse to acquiesce to the alternate position. If you are still at an impasse, perhaps you can agree to discuss the situation with a mediator. The interventionalist can be anyone you both respect, whether it’s a friend, rabbi or therapist. But there should be a mutual desire to arrive at a peaceful, respectful conclusion, and not to allow the decision to become a thorn to hurt the other partner who “got his way.” May you have the wisdom and clarity to navigate this challenging decision and ultimately find the place that is best suited to your family’s specifications. Wishing you all the best, Rachel
Cell Phones Issy and Sam, both elderly gentlemen, were deep in conversation. Sam said, “So, Issy, you’re the clever one, how do those so-called cell phones work?” Issy replied, “Well, in the left hand you take the phone, and with the right hand you push the buttons. See. Nothing magic about it is there?” But Sam was not satisfied with this answer. “Nu?” he said, “and how can one talk with the hands so busy?”
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Yvonne Bloom, 71, wife of Larry Bloom, died peacefully at her home on Sept. 24. Her wishes include cremation and to have her ashes spread in the ocean. A private celebration of her Life gathering will be held at a later date. Yvonne will also be lovingly remembered by her children: Adam Bloom and Amanda (Max) Weissman along with her brother Mark (Audrey) Butler; brothers-in-law Ron (Marta) Bloom and Paul (Hope) Bloom; her grand-children Emma Bloom, Avi Weissman and Reyna Weissman; and nieces and nephews Augie Bloom, Christy Butler, Chad Butler, Noelle Butler, and Haven Butler. She was predeceased by her father Roy Butler and mother Dorothy Skipper. Those wishing to offer condolences may send notes to Larry at 525 Coldstream Court NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity. May Yvonne have a safe and peaceful journey as her soul returns to the universe. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
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Eitan Pallu Force was a light to his family, his friends, and everyone whom he met. Eitan exceled in academics and sports, first, at The Epstein School and then, at The Weber School. He passed away on Sept. 21, while doing one of the things he enjoyed the most—playing football; a captain of the team, he had just thrown a touchdown in the team’s senior-night game. Eitan also loved music and traveling, having visited: Israel, England, Italy, Spain, and, most recently a family trip to Hawaii, as well as many visits to New Orleans to see family. Recently elected to the National Honor Society, Eitan had a wide array of academic interests which he planned to pursue in college. Eitan was born on January 9, 2005, and leaves behind an adoring family and many friends. Although born and raised in Atlanta, Eitan enjoyed rooting on the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans with his father, mother, and brother Asher. Throughout his too-short life, Eitan never stopped challenging himself and in doing so, motivating those around him. Eitan’s superpower was being able to make everyone around him better. Eitan is survived by his father (Dr. Seth Force), mother (Dr. Sara Marder), brother (Asher), grandparents (Robert Force and Arnold and Carol Marder), and many uncles, aunts, cousins and two Chesapeake Bay retrievers (River and Rocky) he trained with love. Graveside services were held Sept. 23 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Joshua Heller officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those wishing to honor Eitan make a gift to The Weber School in his memory. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
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Khail Kelly Iny, 83, Atlanta, Ga., passed away on Sept. 19. Khalil received his degree in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He loved his work so much that he worked until the age of 80, when he finally retired due to physical mobility problems and took full time to taking care of his beloved wife, Adrienne. Khalil is predeceased by his parents Abraham Iny and Sabicha Iny, his sister Bertha Iny Rahamim and his dearest wife, Adrienne Cohen. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Jack Iny, Joseph Iny, Joyce Iny Dayan, Eva Iny Dloomy and Mayer Iny; and his son, Nathan. He loved to play tennis, meet with friends and talk about the stock market. Adrienne and Kelly enjoyed traveling to different places in the world when they could. He was a member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and the YMCA. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home. A graveside funeral was held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta. The funeral was livestreamed. For the Zoom link and to sign the online guest book, visit www.dresslerjewishfunerals.com. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999
Sharlene Berchenko Jacobi, 85, died Sept. 23. She was the daughter of Jack and Elizabeth Berchenko. A native Atlantan, she graduated from Grady High School. Her biggest joy was her family. She is survived by her three children Caryn Silverman (Larry), Paul Jacobi (life partner Karen Brown), Tracey Brabant (Kevin); her grandchildren Sarah Beth Brown (Adam), Noah Warshauer (Hether), Claire Andersson (Erik), Leah Faust (Corey), Lauren Hyers (Zach), Lillie Jacobi (Connor Hughes), Jacob Brabant, and Elliott Brabant; and her great grandchildren Alice and Joe Brown, Anna Claire and Nora Faust, and Baker Hughes. Sharlene was a lover of art. She spent countless hours painting and assembling collages. She was an avid reader, and she loved to cook. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her. Graveside services were held Sunday Sept. 25, at Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
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Harriette Lee Jessup
Harriette Lee “Deedie” Jessup, was born in Greenville, SC in 1936. Deedie grew up in Atlanta, graduated Valedictorian from North Fulton High School and attended Emory University, where she starred in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” with the Emory Players and “My Sister Eileen,” with the Atlanta Theatre Guild. She married Bob Jessup in 1957 and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she continued her career in theatre. and played the role of Miss Nancy on Romper Room. She enjoyed a very successful career with Oxford chemical company. Deedie was a longstanding member of Temple Sinai and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at the age of 72. Deedie is survived by her daughters, Audrey (Keith) Kroll and Susan Jessup (Muriel Mordenfeld), and by her grandchildren, Ross Kroll (fiancée Katarina Calilung), and Monica Kroll. Deedie was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Rebecca Levy, son, Steven Jessup, and sister, Carolyn Brenner. A graveside funeral was held Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. The funeral was livestreamed. For Zoom link and online guest book, please visit www.dresslerjewishfunerals.com. Donations can be made to the Lillie Janko endowment at Temple Sinai. Arrangements by Dressler’s 770-451-4999
Sandra Klarer, born July 21, 1934, in the Bronx, NY to Hyman and Mary Sanders, immigrants from Eastern Europe, died peacefully on Sept. 25. In 1962, Sandy and her family relocated to Atlanta, in 1962 where lifelong friendships formed and friends became family. Sandy’s professional career was very rewarding and still to this day her relationships have stood the test of time with the outpouring of love from her colleagues both at Morse Electro Products, Fannie Mae as well as her years of volunteer work at Jewish Family & Career Services. Mrs. Klarer was preceded in death by her son, Eric Klarer and brothers, Charles and Rubin Sanders. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Klarer; son, Adam Klarer; grandchildren, Johanna Jones Joseph, Emily Klarer, David Klarer, Evan Klarer; great grandson, Ryan Joseph; and partner for over 20 years, Jonas “Joe” Arem. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jewish Family & Career Services. Graveside services were held Sept. 28, at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. We all celebrate Sandra Klarer, a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. May she rest in peace.
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CLOSING THOUGHTS Too Busy to Fear I still have a few things to do before I leave the house. I click on the audiobook player. I must write some sermons, so I choose a Rabbi Ruth book that I hope will inspire me. The recording picks up where I left off, “Against death which we see as the ultimate failure, we offer up success. Against death which we see as the ultimate emptiness, we offer up the acquisition of objects.” The book continues, but now I can’t find my keys. Or, for that matter, my earphones. I need them both if I’m going to make it to the dentist. I find them. I get into the car and focus on pulling out of the driveway. On my way with time to spare, I focus in again, “...we’ve become a nation of workaholics, a people who have come to believe that we can conquer death by dint of our own pow-
ers, to rest is to die, so we never permit ourselves a moment’s rest.” I stop at a red light. I have no patience for this. They were repaving the street leading to the main road. Now I might be late. I don’t have time for Rabbi Alan Lew’s big philosophical ideas right now. I switch to a mystery. Mysteries are my favorite escape. This one is set in London during the blitz. At night when the city is dark, young boys are sent out to run between offices and deliver messages between war officials. This one boy loves to run, and he is sure that running is what is keeping him safe. Because if he runs fast enough, the bombs will never hit him. This must be a cosmic joke. I make it on time. Then I must wait. But I left my earphones in the car, so it is just a matter of sitting and waiting. Quietly. I think of all I must do during the rest of the day. I think of all I must do during the rest of the week. But it does not matter how much I have left to do because, at this moment,
I cannot do any of it. I am sitting in the dentist’s chair, waiting. Quietly. I began listening to Rabbi Lew’s book to get inspiration for the sermon I need to give. But this is not the sermon I have to give. This is the sermon I must hear. In the last two years, I have been particularly busy. There was work. There were family simchas and, gratefully, many of them. And there was work. I have been too busy for much quiet. Rabbi Lew is right sometimes; it was easier to be busy than think about the pandemic which was impacting us all or about incivility in public discourse or climate change. Being busy is hard, but it also fills you up. It ensures that you don’t have to confront that which you do not want to confront. This summer we went away to the beach. We chose a place with lots of activities nearby. I expected we would go on many adventures and see beautiful places. Instead, I was in bed early nearly every night and rarely chose to move from my chair in the shade. I read a book. I painted. I was quiet. On the last day, as
I lay by the water, my high holiday sermons came to me fully formed as a group. Then I came back from vacation and got busy. I lost track of my sermon ideas. I forgot what I had learned when I stopped being busy. I am not in the dentist’s chair long. But in the moment of quiet, I can understand. I cannot outrun or out busy the realities of what it means to be alive. I have trust in the process and make space for silence. Slowing down goes against everything in modern western life; it is at the core of Judaism. Not only do we have a weekly reminder of the importance of pausing, but during the High Holiday season, from the start of Elul to Sigd, we are confronted time and again with the futility of living as though we can outrun our fear. Our liturgy repeatedly reminds us that we cannot do it all and that we must choose how to be in this world with intention. When we are busy, we may fool ourselves that we are making the most of life, but we may simply be hiding fully from the complexity of living ì.
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