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4 Options to Solving the Palestinian Refugee Issue To the Editor:


sraeli-Palestinian negotiations have started once again. Hopefully, despite the many problems which must be resolved, they will end with better results than previous ones. One of the main problems is that of Palestinian refugees, as they are commonly called. To say it correctly, the people we now call refugees are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who left Palestine in 1948 during the Arab countries’ aggression against the infant Jewish state of Israel. Around 700,000 Arabs left, mainly encouraged by the propaganda of Arab countries, which essentially told the Arabs to get out of the way and come back to share the spoil after the Jews are thrown into the sea. During the same time, around 800,000 to one million Jews were expelled from Arab countries. They were accepted by their Jewish brethren and became citizens of Israel. Today, there are close to five million descendants of the original Arab refugees. They were denied citizenship in Arab countries by a decision of the Arab League, supposedly to “protect their right of return.” In reality, they were denied citizenship as a ploy for the Arab countries to have one more strategy to destroy Israel. Putting aside what caused the problem, the problem exists. Here are the approximate numbers of descendants of Palestinian refugees by their places of residence: Gaza, 1,100,000; West Bank, 780,000; Lebanon, 426,000; Syria, 472,000; Jordan, 2 million. So what are the options to resolve the refugee problem with Israel remaining a Jewish state?

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Option 1


Syria and Lebanon can and should give citizenship to their Arab brethren. Jordanian descendants of Palestinian refugees are already Jordanian citizens and, in reality, Jordan is a Palestinian state. So if negotiations succeed, there will actually be two Palestinian states – the West Bank/Gaza being the second. The descendants of the original refugees belong to these two Palestinian states. Since Gaza is extremely densely populated, Jordan and the

West Bank should offer resettlement to some of the Gaza residents. Option 2 The Arab league should change its “no citizenship” policy so that other Arab countries accept their brethren and offer them citizenship. Arab countries possess huge masses of land (consider Saudi Arabia, for example) and an influx of people could be beneficial by allowing them to develop vast amounts of presentlyunderdeveloped land. Option 3 Countries of emigration like the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and other European countries should accept some number of Arab refugees. By doing so, these countries will help their ally, Israel, resolve a problem for which it is unjustifiably blamed, and help Jews preserve Israel as a country of their own. These countries owe it to the Jewish people in return for our great contributions to these countries, and because of their past persecution of the Jews. One should not forget that, before the Holocaust, none of these countries agreed to accept Jewish refugees and, during the war, the allied countries refused to spend ammunition to bomb gas chambers and railroads to death camps – “non-military targets.” Bombing these targets would have saved at least some of our people. Russia, with its vast Asian lands, can also accept some Arab refugees and benefit from having more people to develop these lands. Jewish people can expect this from Russia in return for the great contributions we made to Russia and remembering the pogroms and anti-Semitism of the past. Option 4 The final option is some combination of the other three. For all of the reasons discussed above, any solution to the refugee problem should be financed by the United Nations, Arab countries, the United States, Germany, other European countries, and Jewish/Israeli contributions. Maybe the above suggestions are naïve, but there is no doubt that ex-

perts can offer more and better ideas to solve the problem while preserving Israel as a Jewish state. Resolving the problem in such a way that Israel remains Jewish is possible if there is good will, which is sometimes not a readily available commodity. If not by good will, these prob-

lems must be resolved using common sense, for everybody’s sake. Arkady Mamaysky Mamaysky is a mechanical engineer who emigrated to Atlanta from the former Soviet Union in 1979. He has visited Israel once, and often twice, every year since then.

Annoyed as Hell at Forked Tongue ‘Boycotters of Israel’ To the Editor:


or months I have been reading of the many individuals who have succumbed to “Boycott Israel” pressure and cancelled plans to be in Israel. I am now at the point where I am annoyed as hell at the writers, academics, and musicians in Canada, United States and Britain and many other parts of the world who are actively influencing through “The Bully Syndrome” those writers, academics and musicians who initially scheduled to visit and or perform in Israel. It is through “The Bully Syndrome” and mindful tactics that proactive-activists (i.e. “Israel Boycotters”), who continue to convince these talented and intellectual individuals to renege, not necessarily due to their support of “Boycott Israel,” but perhaps a slight nudge about how detrimental it would be for their careers if it was shown that they support Israel in the Palestine-Israel conflict. How dare they! I am doing a

small part in writing to you as I have done with my colleagues in this latest activist push against Sir Tom Jones. He is scheduled to perform Oct. 26 in Israel. However he is being pressured not to. The Consul for Public Affairs at the Israel Consulate in New York, Gil Lainer, sent an e-mail to thousands of Jewish and Israeli hasbara activists, and asked them to send Jones encouraging messages and support his decision to perform in Israel. You may not enjoy or like Sir Tom Jones’s music, but in your own way, if you can, voice an opinion wherever you can do the most good against this recent “Boycott Israel.” Perhaps it is through the Internet, social networks, standing in line at your favorite coffee place and/or hit the air waves so that Sir Tom Jones freedom to choose is allowed without the pressure of those who disagree with him. Human behavior never seems to change, but we can shift a brain cell or two.

They “pitch in $50 apiece” to hire a Rabbi for the holidays instead of joining an established congregation; how slick – religion at a deep discount – on the cheap. And the Jewish Federation has to employ a rabbi to bury these people since they have lived a lifetime of avoidance of financial obligations to support Jewish synagogues and other institutions. Jews who talk like Jimmy Carter founded, built, and support The Temple, Ahavath Achim, Shearith Israeli, Or VeShalom, Anshai Sfard, Beth Jacob, The Jewish Home, Atlanta Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, Blumenthal Park, Hebrew Academy, Epstein School, the Welfare Federation, Camp Barney Medintz, Camp Blue Star, Hebrew Orphans’ Home, Bnai Brith, Hadassah, Mizrachi, NCJW chapters, and the Jewish fraternities on the Georgia Tech and Emory campuses. I am thus proud of the fact that my drawl is like theirs, and that I can cast my lot with them as “my people.” Additionally, I note that the carpetbaggers are seldom supporters or attendees of artistic and cultural institutions of Atlanta, such as the High Museum and The Atlanta Symphony, which are primarily supported by citizens with the “drawl.” I guess it is just too far a commute from wherever they live outside the perimeter highway. I am happy to see that Arlene and her family have “seen the light” since residing in Dixie, and have finally found their contented place in the Beth Jacob community and have Jewishly matured. We appreciate all the contributions that the Appelrouths have made to our community, and I can sleep contentedly knowing that their progeny do not speak like Jimmy Carter. My children have vestiges of the accent, but not as strong as that of their parents, which I would classify as “cultivated classic.” In closing, I can also toot my own horn and that of my dear wife, who also speaks with a thick drawl (she’s from Chattanooga), by declaring that despite our southern style of speaking, we have produced two children, who along with their spouses account for three Phi Beta Kappa memberships plus an equivalent in accounting. As you can see, nachas can come from households with southern drawls. Ivan Millender

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Why I’m Proud to Sound Like Jimmy Carter To the Editor:

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read Arlene Appelrouth’s articles in your paper with some regularity, along with those of your other writers. Arlene’s articles attract my attention because the idee fixe running through all of them reveals a person somewhat conflicted in her confrontations with her sociological environment, be it on matters of religious observance, or on dealing with living in a “foreign” milieu, or to be more specific, making her life in “Dixie” as a transplant from the North (of course I include her Florida experience as being northern). Being a born and bred Southerner, whose extended family on both sides have lived in Atlanta and its environs since the 1890s, I am a product of southern culture whereas Arlene, despite having lived here in excess of 30 years, is still the “outsider.”. She comes from the folks who ask the waitress for “a kup o’ koifee.” To the Southerner, this accent is very unattractive. To the Yankee, the southern accent raises attitudes of condescension and disdain, as if “these people aren’t as smart and as sophisticated as we are.” Southern Jews of my generation and that of my parents all had Southern drawls that even punctuated their Yiddish. The Jewish old-timers with their drawls, built all of the basic Jewish institutions found here today. Without their vision and continued commitment, the Jewish community of Atlanta would not be what it is today, since from what I observed, the “carpetbaggers” of recent years, for the most part, living in the far reaches of the exurbia – “the place where there is nowhere” – take from the community in time of need, but give nothing back in return and only a paltry number of them affiliate with synagogue.




Israeli Pride

GOOD NEWS MADE IN THE JEWISH STATE THIS PAST WEEK THE FIRST ROBOTIC BRAIN SURGERY. At the Celebration Health Hospital in Florida, Dr. Nizam Razack successfully performed the world’s first deep brain stimulation (DBS), guided by Israel’s Mazor Robotics system. ROBOTS TREAT CHILDREN. For the first time ever, doctors at Rambam hospital in Israel used robots to perform advanced pediatric surgery. Using the Rambam’s da Vinci robot they corrected congenital defects on two Israeli children. NEW NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE. Teva has granted funds to seven universities and teaching hospitals all over Israel, establishing Israel’s “National Network of Excellence” (NNE) to boost therapeutic developments for Alzheimer’s, MS, dementia and other brain diseases.

BUILDING INDONESIA. The world’s largest Muslim country is going to utilize advanced technology from Israel to build roads in its most eastern and poorest province, Papua. GAS-FREE AEROSOLS. Israeli startup company GreenSpense has developed an eco-friendly system for dispensing liquid products. Instead of compressed air or chemicals, a thin elastic sleeve inside the product generates high pressure to dispense the liquids, not requiring the product to be metallic or even cylindrical. GEOTHERMAL STATION COMPLETED. Israel’s Ormat Industries has completed building a geothermal power plant in New Zealand; the plant is the largest singular binary power plant in the world. Ormat has now built 14 geothermal power plants in New Zealand.

THE SECRET TO START-UP SUCCESS. Even when competitors to Wix helped the founder, Avishai Abrahimi, start his company, the question of ‘why?’ was brought to the front of the table. Abrahimi attributes the success to Israel’s “Pay It Forward” philosophy. In agreement, the competitors stated: “We were helped when we were starting out. Now it’s our turn.” LIVING HISTORY. Miriam Siebenberg lives in a very unusual house—her Jerusalem home was built on top of another home, one that hasn’t been inhabited for over 2,000 years. “Both my roots and the roots of our people are right underneath this house,” she says; the Siebenberg House Museum is definitely worth a visit. READY FOR CLEAN UP DAY. On Sept 9, some 200,000 volunteers partook in National Clean Up Day in Israel,



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and government bodies and schools alike headed out to the country’s forests and open spaces ready with garbage bags and rubber gloves. INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CENTER. The cornerstone has been laid for Eilat’s new international sports complex—including a football stadium, five training fields, a basketball hall, gym and spa. In the near future, sports teams from all over Europe will be able to come for training in Eilat during the winter. SECURITY CATCHES THEIVES AT JFK. The Israeli airline, El Al, monitored the baggage handlers after passengers flying through New York complained about missing belongings. They quickly caught the luggage thieves stuffing their clothes with thousands of dollars of goods, and recovered several items later in their homes. TALKING CARS. Israel’s Autotalks is a world leader in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. The purpose of V2V systems is to cut the millions of road traffic deaths and injuries by warning drivers of impending hazards. TOP COUNTRY FOR TWINS. In Israel, 51 of every 1,000 births result in twins. The next highest - Holland - has 20 twins per 1,000 births. Israel’s fully funded fertility treatments are chiefly responsible. A SHOW FOR DIABETICS. Young Israeli designer Lilach Steiner, from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, has come up with a shoe designed to improve blood circulation. Her “diabetic shoes” are modeled on the mechanism of a horse’s hoof, which acts as a pump to return blood to the legs. CLOTHES OF THE FUTURE. Award-winning Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato used a Stratasys (Objet500 Connex) multi-material 3D printer to design bibs that combine numbers and images of human muscles, emphasizing his perception of clothing as an “extension of the body.”



Shana Tovah


Reed’s reassuring personal words.

he coming of each New Year marks a time for both reflection and anticipation. Looking back on 5773 and forward to 5774, we have much to appreciate and celebrate.

Along with the rest of the world, Israel continues to monitor the events in the Middle East with caution and remain hopeful, yet prepared to react with swift and decisive force should her citizens be threatened.

The Israeli economy flourished in the past year, creating ample opportunities for collaboration between the economic missions in the Southern United States and Israel.

At the Consulate, we honored the culmination of Deputy Consul General Sharon Kabalo and husband Sami’s five years of work uniting Israel and the Southeast community. We welcome new Deputy Consul General Ron Brummer and his wife, Ayelet, and look forward to their contributions in the coming year.

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce to the Southeast (AICCSE) remained a dedicated partner in this relationship, while entering a new era of leadership. After 22 years of inspired guidance, AICCSE founder and President Tom Glaser passed the torch to new President and CEO Shai Robkin. We welcome Shai and look forward to working together to make his vision for further American-Israeli economic success a reality. Despite the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, it was a record year for tourism in Israel. More than 246,000 visitors came to Israel in July 2013, a marked increase from previous years. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism in Atlanta, expertly led by Joe Diaz, contributed significantly to this achievement, assisting with the visit of local Jewish congregations and senior rabbis to Israel earlier in the year. With the unprecedented addition of devoted Israeli diplomat Eyal Carlin to the Atlanta Ministry of Tourism office, the coming year is sure to bring even more success, including the Jewish Federation of Georgia’s 2014 Israel mission. With the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, Israel remains an “island of stability in a sea of instability.” Iran continues to be the biggest threat to not only Israel and the Middle East, but the United States and its allies. Continued pursuit of nuclear capability coupled with the terrorist activity of its proxies Hamas and Hezbollah creates a continual challenge for the safety and security of Israel, her neighbors, and allies. The Israeli community in the Southeast was touched by the outpouring of support offered during November’s Operation Pillar of Defense, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim

Want to know more? For additional information, contact Dena Weiss, Director of Media Affairs, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, (404) 487-6511 media@

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Israel, Georgia Growing Together




srael is the cradle of the great Abrahamic religions and the site of many important events of the Old and New Testaments. It is also a modern democracy and one of this country’s and state’s most important trading partners. I recently had the opportunity to join a delegation exploring ways to strengthen ties between the State of Georgia and Israel. Sponsored by the American-Israel Friendship League, this year’s trip focused on Israel’s international trade and foreign investment growth. While there, the delegation – representing nine states across the U.S – met with members of Israel’s Knesset, listened to briefings on Israel’s cutting-edge technology sector and discussed job creation with Israel’s leading business executives.

With a land mass the size of New Jersey and a population of eight million, Israel stands out as a model of economic success in today’s global economy. Although it represents one of the smallest nations in the Middle East, Israel is recognized worldwide as a leader in emerging technologies, defense infrastructure and the agricultural and manufacturing markets. We were able to learn from many of these innovative job-creators firsthand in a packed schedule of highly productive meetings. Particularly fascinating was our visit to the campus of ISCAR, a worldwide leader in metalworking and manufacturing tools. Founded in the garage of Stef Wertheimer, a Holocaust survivor, ISCAR is now a multibillion dollar division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. We had an opportunity to visit with Wertheimer about the history of ISCAR and his vision for

manufacturing in the 21st century. Wertheimer is largely responsible for the exponential growth and development of “industrial parks” throughout Israel. These industrial parks – similar in concept to the business incubators operated by several of our public colleges but geared toward manufacturing – generate nearly $1 billion in revenue annually. The parks include manufacturing and warehouse space for startup businesses, technical training for the workers that those businesses employ and a range of services for the beginning entrepreneur. There is no limit on how long a business can remain in a park, but the rent ratchets up each year, giving them a powerful incentive to grow, build facilities of their own and make space in the park for a new business.

The industrial park I visited also

included a school for the children of those employed at the park, creating a vibrant community where school children learned and played not far from where their parents worked. With Israel’s vibrant economy and expanding role in the marketplace, Georgia can learn a lot from Israel – and vice versa. In 2010, our state became one of only 13 to open an office of economic development in downtown Tel Aviv. As a result, Georgia has opened at least four companies in Israel, including Arel Communications and Software, Inc., Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services, Inc., and Travelport. Georgia is also home to 17 Israelibased companies that provide jobs to more than 700 hard-working Georgians. These jobs mainly employ workers in Georgia’s manufacturing sector and take advantage of our state’s highly-skilled workforce. Even more remarkable is Israel’s bilateral trade relationship with Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia’s imports from Israel totaled $285.8 million while our exports totaled $158.8 million in 2012. Strengthening the relationship between the State of Georgia and Israel is essential to fostering economic growth and showing companies both at home and abroad that Georgia’s doors are open for business. I am grateful to the America-Israel Friendship League, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and members of Israel’s parliament and business community for their hospitality and willingness to build cooperative partnerships that benefit both Israel and the State of Georgia.

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It is my deepest hope that Georgia will continue to enjoy a long-standing friendship with Israel as we work together to expand and attract future business investment.


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Dragon Con 2013

FANTASY, FASHION, PHYSICS, and PHILANTHROPY! By Cliff Weiss and Elizabeth Friedly Photos by Gabriel Weiss


f you attempted to drive anywhere near the city over this past Labor Day weekend, you probably noticed one of the numerous events packed into this short three day span.From the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to the annual Black Pride celebration to the world of sci-fi crowding the streets, it was all here. This year, over 57,000 people from all over the country attended Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the three and one-half day conference for all things fantasy, sci-fi and general fan culture. All of the major downtown hotels were packed with seminars, shows, meet & greets, celebrities and vendors. The greatest aspect of Dragon Con is the people. I do not mean the costumes, but the actual people. They were all eager to pose for pictures, very courteous, loved to strike up conversations, and were by and large very well read and intelligent. Even

fancy restaurant. Although others ate raw fish, he got the food poisoning!

after drinking began in the evenings, the crowds never turned obnoxious. Although Dragon Con is not a “Jewish” event per se, the place was swarming with members of the tribe. Many Jewish celebrities, such as Ed Asner, William Shatner, Peter Beagle, etc. attended. Additionally, most comic book companies were founded by Jews, and the most famous comic book characters were created by Jews. The next point that stands out is the quality of many of the break-out sessions. The presenters dressed up in costume and held the most intelligent debates about physics and genetics, all as they relate to

As Shatner told it, the Broadway critics are ruthless, and he knew that they could not wait to criticize him, but he persevered – even with one of the worst cases of diarrhea he had ever encountered. He said the audience thought his uncomfortable facial expressions were just his way of getting into character. Fantasy author Peter S. Beagle (best known for The Last Unicorn) also had Peter S. Beagle a rather noteworthy attendance at Dragon Con 2013. the events that occur in Star Wars, Star Instead of setting up shop at Trek, X-Men, and the like. There was the conventions “Walk of Fame,” where one particular government physicist who famous authors, actors and personalities worked for the military in Pensecola, Fl., meet fans and sign autographs for a fee, who explained why we do not use laser Beagle held a separate table in the Amerweapons in the military, and why we still ica’s Mart among the vendors. The 74-yearcan’t build a real light saber! old sat nearly all day, signing and talking with whomever happened to walk up. Of course, William Shatner was one of the highlights of the show. He stood in front of a packed ballroom and did a monologue with questions and answers about his life and career for over an hour. Shatner talked about the jokes he played on Leonard Nemoy during the Star Trek years.

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Shatner also told a story about his first Broadway debut. So afraid that he would eat something at dinner that might not agree with him, he decided to get a plain hamburger instead of the exquisite dishes that his dinner guests were eating at the


It was also the first year that certain items were sold out from his available merchandise (books, prints, ect). One fan garnered an visibly emotional reaction from the author when they brought him a photo of a graffitied wall from the Vietnam War,


where a soldier had inscribed a quote from Beagle’s work, “She will remember your heart when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.” Beagle later held a talk with fans of his work, packed into a small, lower floor room of the Hilton.

down into tears while re-telling one of his short stories. His visit to Dragon Con culminated in a screening of the animated adaptation of “The Last Unicorn” during which Beagle noted, “It’s good to see this can still pack a house.”

mals and cartoon characters. Surprisingly, this year the largest group of costumes seemed to be inspired by something known as ‘Steampunk,’ which combines Victorian culture with 100 plus year old steam powered science fiction.

He spoke candidly of his time as a screenwriter, dear friends who have passed and his own writing process. He even broke

Last, but not least were the costumes. People dressed like sci-fi characters, superheroes, hobbits and dwarves, zombies, ani-

Yet most noteworthy of all was Dragon Con’s charitable work done during the conference. More than 2,800 pints of blood were

donated at the event. According to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Dragon Con is the number one event in blood donations each year. Similarly, this year there was an even stronger Jewish connection – aside from the Jewish celebrities – as Dragon Con raised $20,000 for the Marcus Autism Center here in Atlanta.

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Many Expressions, One Community

Rediscovering the Meaning of Judaism Through LimmudFest BY EDEN FARBER

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f you were to hear about everything that happened at LimmudFest in might assume it was a week-long event. You would probably also assume that they hired professionals from all around the country to present and run programming offered. Yet, in four short days, this primarily volunteer-run

program managed to offer an abundance of learning opportunities, community building, festive singing and hours of non-stop enrichment from and for Jews all over the spectrum. Limmud is a weekend of unforgettable Jewish learning for anyone openminded and Jewishly engaged, and as an attendee, I’d say it’s a program you don’t want to miss.

one particular Jewish background, the opportunity to learn from and interact with so many different Jewish lifestyles all at once was astounding. If you were to scope around the cafeteria at meal time, you would find a room jam-packed with a variety of cultures and experiences, all very distinct and all eating together as one big family.

As one individual, coming from

The real selling point of Limmud

is the many sessions offered by the community’s presenters. Sessions ranged from the very large-scale – panels to chavrutas (learning in pairs) – and topics varied from social justice talks to textual analyses, to the story of a contemporary Hassidic rapper coming out. The most special part of Limmud is that every presenter is passionate; they are not merely talking about their job, they are speaking about something that greatly interests them and influences their lives, sometimes even in an intimately spiritual way. Everyone being so open to learning from each other and so engaged with Judaism was really breathtaking.

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It’s not true what they say on television (I always had some inklings, but Limmud really proved it.) It’s not true that once you turn 18, you know who you are and what you believe and the rest is just finding a job. Jewish life is a journey that doesn’t end. There’s always more to learn and new ways to look at old customs. Seeing people of all ages and backgrounds learn from each other really brought to my attention that Judaism isn’t just something we are—it’s something we breath.


If there’s one takeaway message I’ll get from the weekend – especially as a teenager – it’s that a Jewish identity means many, many things. It could mean an attachment to Jewish texts or liturgy, both academically and spiritually; it could mean a way of dressing or eating, an observance and/or personal interpretation of Jewish law; it could mean spiritual enlightenment or engagement with Jewish music and singing. No matter how one practices or what one’s faith is, I found that everyone there connected their idea of Judaism with the idea of a greater Jewish community. A community of people whose dayto-day lifestyles vary tremendously, and whose thoughts and beliefs are so diverse, but whose sense of each other and a Jewish family is just as intense.





emple Kol Emeth’s 4th Annual Nibble N’ Nosh Fest was held this year on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 -2. While rain did occur each day, it did not seem to dampen the spirits of either the vendors or attendees. Over 25 different food items were served, ranging from Matzah Ball soup, bagels, mandel bread, corned beef, bbq brisket, humus and falafel, to pizza, fried green tomatoes (an old time southern Jewish favorite), pasta dishes, Italian ices and much more. Craft vendors sold a wide range of goods, from Judaica to Jewelry. Live music went on all day from the stage, and tours of the synagogue were also part of the event. Fulton Lodge of the Georgia Masons provided their Ga. Chip program free of charge on Sunday, the child identification program that is being recommended by the police, sheriffs, school, and other agencies. This is always a welcome addition.

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From Shabbat services in the Chapel, to the 50th Dedication Ceremony in

The “Chippie” Amphitheater, the weekend was full of nostalgic moments. Weekend participants took a walk down memory lane as they moved through a museum-quality exhibit curated and built by veteran camper and staff member, Matthew Bagen. The exhibit examines the camp’s beginnings, leadership, program, Jewish spirit and community. The exhibit, entitled “Our Summer Place,” will open at the MJCCA’s Zaban-Blank Building this week. Weekend participants all agree that the video shared on Saturday night, after Havdallah, was one of the absolute highlights of the celebration. “It was the best part of every year of my life for 13 years,” said Lisa King Coleman, “and this past weekend I renewed having that Barney Mednitz spirit deep in my heart to stay.”

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he 2013 Project Understand Retreat, a program of Atlanta’s American Jewish Committee, provided an opportunity this year for 32 young Black and Jewish professionals to share with and learn about each other. The retreat, held late last month at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Centre in Peachtree City, is designed to break down barriers between the Black and Jewish communities and aid participants to form friendships that last a lifetime. This year’s program featured a keynote speech by Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, a veteran of the civil rights movement. Project Understanding grew out of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and has been held every other year since 1989. Notable participants have included Atlanta Mayor Kasim

Reed, House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly Stacey Abrams, Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond and leading members of the city’s corporate and non-profit communities. This year’s participants included: Kenya Casey, Stacey Chavis, Cobi Cohen, Corey Cooper, Richard Corbin, Taylor Davis, Ashley Dopson, Matthew Dranove, Shana Dukette, Jason Esteves, Steven Fair, Clifford Foster, Nathaniel Goldman, Tanika Gray, Kevin Grimes, Jonathan Grunberg, Melissa Hall, Sheri Halpern, Dotan Harpak, Billie Hilliard, Allen Lee, Kevin Levingston, Lauren Linder, John Miller, Alisha

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The Hongkew Ghetto in Shanghai




s World War II was ripping across Europe and Jews were being rounded up and sent off to ghettos and death camps in Eastern Europe, my husband and his family managed to escape from Berlin.

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Steven was only 2-years-old in April of 1940 when he and his parents – along with about 20,000 German, Austrian and Polish Jews – were allowed to flee to Shanghai. They had no visas or passports and yet they found refuge in the city, thanks in part to the courageous work of a Chinese diplomat. Last month, Steven and a dozen other survivors of the Shanghai Ghetto, were honored at a special event in Chicago sponsored by the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation in Illinois.

Their story is worth recalling.

When my husband and his family arrived in Shanghai, they initially lived in an area called the French Concession. All that changed on Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Along with thousands of other Jewish refugees in the city, Steven and his parents were declared “stateless” by the Japanese occupiers and eventually moved to a neighborhood in Shanghai that came to be known as the Hongkew Ghetto. The area was in the most blighted part of the city, was crowded and in deplorable condition; there was little food and fresh water. Disease – dysentery and typhoid – was rampant and bombing raids occurred daily.

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Despite such hardships, the Jews living in the Hongkew Ghetto felt lucky to have landed in Shanghai, escaping the death camps of Eastern Europe.


After the allies crushed the Nazis in Europe and the Japanese surrendered following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Steven and his family were able to immigrate to the U.S. He was still very young and had lived as a refugee for most of his life. In the U.S., Steven and his parents first lived in New York and, later, in

Washington, D.C. For the last 32 years my husband and I have been living in Georgia. The recent event in Chicago was memorable and, as it turned out, was held in conjunction with the World’s Fair of Money. It’s an annual gathering of numismatists and draws thousands of coin collectors from around the globe. This year, as already detailed, it also included 13 survivors of the Hongkew Ghetto and a few important guests. A special medal, produced by the China Shanghai Mint, was presented to the survivors. It’s a lovely keepsake and filled with meaningful images. The medal includes a figure of a young child under an umbrella, signifying the shelter offered the refugees by the city of Shanghai. If you look closely enough, you’ll also spot a door with a mezuzah and the number 1943, the year refugees were forced into the ghetto. Both the artist and the engraver of the commemorative coin, Qiming Zhao, and his son Rocky, were honorary guests at the Chicago event. One of the featured speakers, Ho Man-Li, is the daughter of Dr. Ho FengShan. He was the Chinese Consul General in Vienna in the 1930s, the period when Hitler and his Nazi thugs rose to power. He’s also the man responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of Jews. Right after Kristallnacht, the statesponsored pogrom in Germany and much of Austria, Ho issued hundreds of visas to Jews desperate to escape Europe and the Nazis. Working without any sort of official sanction, Ho managed to open the door to China for entire families. His story was little known. In fact, Ho’s actions in Vienna went unnoticed during his lifetime, save for a black mark in his personnel file for disobeying orders. It wasn’t until after his death in 1997 that the details of what he had managed to accomplish came to light. For his courageous work and humanitarian efforts, Ho was posthumously honored by Yad Vashem and given the title Righteous Among the Nations.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Commemorative coin, presented to Low and other survivors at recent event in Chicago, showing a child being sheltered and a door with a mezuzah on it.

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The official resident certificate Low was issued after arriving in Shanghai with his parents in the early 1940s. Low, at the time only nine-years-old, needed this official document from the U.S. State Department to travel from China to the U.S. Steven Low (black jacket and red tie) was one of 13 survivors of the Hongkew Ghetto in Shanghai honored at a recent event in Chicago. PHOTO / Courtesy the Low Family

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‘Boat Lady’ to the Rescue



hile standing in line at a marina just before 7 p.m. last Sunday, I was waiting to purchase two red dock lines for my boat, when something unusual caught my eye. A group of women gathered around a map, struggling to locate something. “What are you looking for?” I asked, noticing how young, tall and beautiful these women were. Surprisingly, there weren’t any men hanging around. “It’s where we’re having my bachelorette party,” said the amazingly beautiful blonde who later said her name was Julie. “I rented a lake house in Dawsonville for my bachelorette weekend. I’m trying to find it on this map, but I have no idea how we are going to get back because we’re stranded.”

My curiosity piqued.

“How did that happen?” I asked, while my husband Dan looked on impatiently. Julie explained that she and her friends had been eating and drinking at the marina’s outdoor restaurant. They had arrived by boat, but neither the friend who brought them nor his

boat was anywhere in sight. They didn’t know what to do.

forget it. The reason I know that is because I still remember my helicopter ride six years ago. I was transported to an Atlanta hospital with two broken ankles and a broken right arm. But that’s a story for another column.

“If you have the street address I can get you there,” I volunteered, thinking about the miracle of the Google map app on my iPhone.

Dan silently shook his head back and forth while si The truth is, if you multaneously rollfind yourself at a ing his eyes to indimarina on the lake cate his disapproval. without a boat, He didn’t say anychances are you thing, but he’s not Arlene makes her way across Lake Lanier as won’t be leaving one to interrupt. I’ve anytime soon; unthe sun sinks slowly below the horizon. lived with him long less, of course, I hapenough to underpen to show up. stand his body language. They don’t call me ‘the boat lady’ “Do you mean that?” another woman asked, her eyes widening in disbelief. “Are you actually saying you will take us? By car or boat? We’ve been calling everyone for help, but can’t get a taxi or even a car service to pick us up.

for nothing.

That didn’t surprise me. Looking for a taxi on Lake Lanier is like looking for a helicopter. If you get into a horrendous car accident, a helicopter will air-vac you, but unless a paramedic calls 911 for emergency help,

“Follow me,” I said.

Dan was grimacing, in silence.

“My boat has a full tank of gas,” I said. “How many of you are stranded?” There were five women. My boat seats seven.

“Dan, I’ll take you back to our lake house so you don’t have to come,” I offered, not asking why he disapproved. “Why don’t you head to the boat while I wait for these women to get their things,” I said, taking charge. Julie, the bride-to-be, picked up on Dan’s mood.

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“I don’t want to cause trouble between you and your husband,” she said, “I appreciate your offer, but I don’t want to cause you any problem.” “We’ve been married a long time,” I replied. “Forty-two years. He doesn’t always like what I do, but he’ll get over it. Don’t give it a second thought.” My only concern was the time. It would be dark soon. Navigating after sunset might be challenging from an area of the lake I didn’t usually frequent. The Google map app did not come with flood lights and I never learned to navigate by the stars. I slowly drove out of the no wake zone and turned the steering wheel south, to drop Dan off at our dock which was a 20 minute ride away. “I’m coming with you,” he said, taking our lake map from the boat’s glove compartment. I thought how

funny it was to refer to it as a “glove compartment” on a boat, as if anyone would have gloves on a boat. I wondered if anyone thought to rename it a map compartment. I pushed the throttle as far down as it would go. We were cruising about 30 miles per hour and the other dashboard indicator registered 4000 rpms. We drove under Brown’s Bridge and kept heading north. The sun had turned orange and was on the port side. We passed under a second, smaller bridge and thought we probably were in Dawsonville. “Wow, you know how to handle this boat,” said another of my passengers, whose name I never learned. I had no idea how much longer the ride would take and wondered how cold it might be if we ended up sleeping on my small runabout. Dan pointed out a park with two public docks, checked the map and said it was Little Hole park. “Is there anyone you can call who can pick you up here?” he asked. “Sure,” one of the women answered. “It’s awesome you brought us this far.” Three of the women took out their cell phones and began making calls. “You know, you can always call 911, “Dan said, “the police would be able to take you where you need to go” “There’s also the coast guard,” I added. “But hopefully someone you know will pick you up here.” “What’s your last name, Julie?” I asked, as she and her friends disembarked. “And when is your wedding?” She told me her last name and that the wedding would be in November. It was a beautiful ride home, watching the colors change in the sky. Once back in my house, the first thing I did was Google Julie and look for her on Facebook. Dan and I made it back to our house while I could still navigate. Hopefully, so did the five stranded women. About the writer Arlene Appelrouth earned a degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Florida and her career as a writer and journalist spans a 50-year period; she currently studies memoir writing while working on her first book.



The Unveiling

We can’t always control our graveside emotions



en of us stood at my mother-in-law’s grave, waiting for the “unveiling” of a flat, brass plaque, the only type of marker allowed at the Long Island cemetery. It had been sunny only a few minutes earlier, but now dark clouds loomed, and the wind blew with crazy fury. My husband, Zvi, was officiating, and our small group of family and friends shivered, as he spoke. We huddled around the newly-laid marker, trying to hear him over the deafening wind. The weather was hardest on Zvi’s Uncle Morris and his wife, Aunt Frieda, the last remaining relatives of my mother-in-law’s generation. Strong gusts pushed their frail bodies back and forth. I was worried about them, but at the same time, I thought that the raw weather was just right: reflecting the close of my mother-in-laws passage, the wild, dark wind was a perfect setting for such a dramatic moment. A year after the funeral, this was the final meeting of her life and afterlife. Earlier, as we waited for the unveiling to begin, my friend, Joyce and I talked about our own beloved parents, whom we had recently buried. Feeling our own loss, mixed with longing and remorse, this unveiling was a catalyst for renewed grieving. At this graveside, our hearts broke again and we couldn’t stop crying. As my husband spoke, we were slowly distracted by a steady stream of cars arriving for a nearby graveside funeral. Joyce and I should have been paying attention to our own ceremony, but all the noise and movement, coupled with the wind, made it hard to concentrate. There must have been a hundred people there, most of them waiting impatiently and talking loudly. Then a dark green Jaguar pulled up, and an energetic fellow, wearing a tweed jacket and matching cap, emerged. The crowd readily complied as he, the coolest rabbi we had ever seen, efficiently managed the crowd and began the funeral. His group became silent and respectful as he spoke, and

Joyce and I refocused our attention on our own service. The intense wind was causing Aunt Frieda great distress. She worked hard to keep a tight grip on her beautiful head scarf, but every once in a while a strong gust almost managed to snatch it from her head. Uncle Morris put his arm around her, anchoring the back of the scarf. That worked well until it was time to place stones on my mother-in-law’s grave marker. As the eldest member of our group, Uncle Morris stepped forward first. He bent to pick up a couple of rocks, and Aunt Frieda moved forward with him. The loosening of their dual-hold on her scarf allowed the wind to carry it away. The scarf flew thrillingly through the air and landed on the windshield of the nearby Jaguar.

In the car we talked about how close we felt to our departed parents at times like this, and we even believed their spirits hovered with us. Would they understand that the mourners were caught off-guard and couldn’t help laughing amidst such solemnity? I recalled sitting shiva for my father. My mother, siblings and I were inconsolable, and we were positive that we would never be able to have fun again. On the third day of that week, however, as we sat together and told great stories about our father, we laughed. We sensed our father’s presence there with us, enjoying our reminiscences and laughing at the funny ones with us.

Now, as we left the gravesite, my husband and I figured that his mother, who appreciated irony and always enjoyed a good visual joke, had probably gotten a long-overdue laugh at her own unveiling. As for Uncle Morris and Aunt Frieda, they told the story of the soaring scarf for years, but when they told it, the color of the Rabbi’s Jaguar was bright red. A note from Chana: The above narrative happened a long time ago, but I often think of it during the Yizkor service. Every family has its own unending saga, and I love hearing and telling all the favorite stories, which tend to surface during the High Holy Day period. Many of the stories are amazing and surprising, many are unbearably sad, and many—I’m happy to say--are absolutely hilarious.

Aunt Frieda was beside herself: she needed that scarf, but she wasn’t’ going to be the one to go into foreign territory to get it. She gave Uncle Morris the look. Resolutely, he headed for the scarf. As the scarf was flying through the air and landing on the Jaguar, Joyce and I (who had already sobbed our way through several dozen tissues), caught each other’s eye. It was a foolish move—our tears soon turned into barely suppressed laughter. And we weren’t the only ones. Both sets of transfixed mourners watched, then, quick as a wink, Tweed Rabbi took a few bounding leaps, swept the scarf from his car, and deftly handed it to Uncle Morris, who gallantly presented it to his wife.

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ertainly the High Holidays are serious and spiritual times for us; but did you know that in the Temple era it was a time for single men and women to “hook up” and seek appropriate mates? Consider what some of the South’s most high profile and enduring couples have in common.

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Robyn Spizman Gerson and Edwin Gerson, Barbara and Ed Mendel, Randee ad Bill Lieppe, Debbie and Stan Sonenshine, Barbara and Harvey Mays, Brenda and Steve Weinstein, and Ellen and Bruce Fleisher, to name a few. Some were my original “matchmaking successes” from decades ago. Long before my son, Judd, suggested that I was going to heaven with just a minimum of three “match made” marriages, I enjoyed introducing couples. Now today as a second “go round” – single after 50, the tools have changed; but the need is still there. And I always believed that there is “a pot for every lid,” and that it’s more efficient to meet someone through someone who knows you, shares your core values and, let’s be honest, a comparable level of attractiveness, ambition, and baggage (in some cases “cargo”).

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Not receiving any compensation means sticking my neck out into some very sensitive things like someone’s potential rejection. My style is low risk: be open to meet at a park or for coffee, then you decide.


Remember Hillary Clinton said, “There’s a place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” So if a guy wasn’t right for me, I had no problem passing him along to another woman; and keeping him in my network of friends. In the early 70’s, I met Stanley Sonenshine in the laundry room in Buford Highway’s Seville Apartments. After our movie date, I invited Stan back to my apartment to meet my roommate Debbie Goldenberg. I slipped back into my bedroom to take a phone call, and left Stan-

ley to Debbie in her orange hot pants and tight blouse; and 40 years later they are happy grandparents. Stanley sent me flowers on their first anniversary; but then felt the debt was satisfied.

Sometimes it’s a “happy accident.”

Thirty-nine years ago, Ed Mendel, minority owner of the Falcons and founder of Ned Davis Research, considered himself the young Ryan O’Neal of Buford Highway. After our date at Ess ‘n Fress, we decided that friendship was our best direction. Eddie came back the following day to bring dinner; but I was nowhere to be seen. My lovely neighbor Barbara Sherman answered my door. “When opportunity knock . . . be there” was her motto. Just think, I could have been cheering for the Falcons instead of our “alta cocker team” that is patiently headed by Coach Karen Schatten Shmerling. Randee Gilbert, who worked at the Atlanta Journal Constitution with me, and Cardiologist Bill Lieppe portended a harder case. After the initial introduction and weeks of dating, they broke up three times.

They were just not ready!

They had to be re-fixed up with crazy glue. I had to convince Randee to try one more time, and, concurrently, prod Bill to take her back (he was quite the eligible batchelor). Thirty years later, Bill still makes her heart race. Meanwhile, Randee, our top Fashion Industry Account Executive, quit her job to plan the wedding. “It’s easier to find a job than a doctor-husband” was my sentiment. Cousin Harvey Mays, who was in the metal business at the time, was too busy to call Barbara Skutch after several urgings on my part; but when Harry Maziar gave him the same name, Harvey went into action. Barbara says she “still loves him as much as the day she met him,” while Harvey (known to his friends as HP) said he wished he had as much hair now as he had then, 31 years ago. Barbara is certainly well entertained, as I find Harvey to be spontaneous, witty, and self-deprecating.

Robyn Freedman Spizman, vice president of a top event-catering company, and major media personality, was divorced less than a month when her birthday came around.

She picked Radiologist Ed Gerson, my childhood friend from Columbus, Ga, who had been single for 10 years. His license plate read “ICN2U�. Robyn was swept off her feet by his kindness and intelligence. Last June they celebrated their first anniversary. Recently I arranged three “plus 50� romances that are seriously committed; but will remain anonymous until such time as they make their formal announcement in this publication. They had to be coached along the way. One is a therapist; and he was afraid she would analyze him. She didn’t like that he had cats. They worked it out. We tend to overthink these things as we age. Pets are a new deal changer in some cases. Energy level, neatness, and long-term care insurance may be things we did not consider in our 20’s.

Here are some of my pointers:

Be open to meet anyone (that your friend knows) in a safe place where you have your own transportation. Don’t prejudge. It’s okay to do a little research to see if he has been arrested or bankrupt. Remember the goal isn’t always marriage; just remember that “100 percent of the people you don’t meet never work out.� Look in the mirror. If you’re an out of shape older man, thinning hair and no job, don’t expect to be fixed up with Carmen Diaz; but someone wonderful will love you just the same. Actually bald is okay, just no comb over. USA TODAY did a survey that revealed that single women were more attracted to men who dressed well than who actually had a big bank account. Go to TJ Maxx, buy some nice black slacks, metro cuffed shirt and black shoes; and don’t use a restaurant coupon on the first date. After the first date, you’re on your own. After five dates, a man called me

with “an attitude� after love went sour. “Why did you fix me up with that difficult woman?� I said, “You asked her out after the first time, it’s no longer on my dime.� No movies on the first date. Talk face to face. Movies are awkward; do we hold hands? Explicit sex scenes, which are now in about every movie, make for weirdness with a stranger you want to impress. The movie sets a particular mood you might not want. A hundred years ago, I saw “Looking for Mr. Goodbar� on a first date. On the way home, he took out his comb; and I was going to jump out of the car. We never went out again. I have no patience for perfectionism. I recently ran into a woman after our kids were in school together decades ago. I offered to introduce her to some new men. The first (and only) one was a very eligible retired dentist who is a doting father and grandfather, handsome, all around good guy.

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To be honest, I haven’t had much luck with the older or younger crowd. My 27-year-old daughter gets upset when I pick up a handsome young man at an event and show him her Facebook link. Last month I took two attractive 80-plus women to Friday night services to meet a recently widowed physician. They were open, he was frightened and made a beeline for the car; yes, he still drives at night.

If all else fails, try plan B: JDate or JWed. About the writer After 35 years with the Atlanta Newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association where she delivers news and trends(laced with a little gossip). On the side, Marcia is Captain of the Senior Cheerleaders for the WNBA at Philips Arena.


I got an email from her the next day with paragraphs about how he doesn’t cook for himself or make coffee from scratch. After I tuned out, I wished her well on her own. It’s okay to say, “we had no chemistry�; but no “bubba miecies� about not making coffee. I know a male friend who is going to a therapist who specializes in perfectionism problems in dating. When things get serious, he picks them apart and heads for the highway. At least he is seeking help. I don’t fix up interfaith couples. It’s not my niche. Non-Jews have a huge pool of their own. At this age, it’s cool to be honest and polite at the same time. A woman who has a good time on a first date could say to the man (who may be uncertain), “I had a nice time and hope that you call again.� On the other hand, a man who has no intention of calling for a second date should not say he will call. Just say, “thank you for the evening, it was nice meeting you.�

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usic enriches the soul, Jewish or not. I always believed this. Part of the reason I became a professional musician is because I experienced this myself. I tried to take it one step further with Shabbat Rocks and then even more so with getting involved with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. But it wasn’t until this past Rosh Hashanah I saw it in full effect.

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I love my temple. Beth Tikvah is a great congregation, and services the first day of Rosh were excellent. They weren’t too long and were full of meaning and introspection; the choir and cantor brought life to the prayers and the sermon was succinct and impactful, discussing how to keep our youth engaged after B’nai Mitzvah – a feat that is getting harder each New Year. But, the second day I was invited to play percussion for the alternative service at AA, led by Michael Levine and Bonnie Puckett of Sunmoon Pie. It was a musical-based service held in the parking lot under an air conditioned tent. Steeped in Kirtan chanting, song leading and musical meditation, what I saw first-hand were people connecting on a deeper level than ever before.

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I always look around during silent prayer ever since my days of attending Temple Beth El in Springfield, Mass., a very large conservative congregation with 3,000 plus people for the High Holidays, and one of the very best cantors to ever grace this earth. Cantor Morton Shames was world renown and his cantorial work was nothing short of Pavarati excellence – I was just too young to fully appreciate it. Every temple I have attended, no matter how great the cantor, the choir or organist, silent prayer after the Amidah was always silent and most people would just stare blankly

But at AA with the music playing during this meditation I peeked again and saw people fully engaged. Eyes closed and deep in thought, it was truly amazing. It kept happening throughout the service: people were in a deeper state of prayer, Judaism and self-reflection than I had ever seen before and the only difference was the addition of music. I’m not sure how Jewish prayer and music became so segregated. I intend to research this some and dedicate an upcoming column on the subject, but it was obvious that adding music to the service clearly helped people connect this past Friday. In fact, I was approached that night at The David Mayfield Parade show at Smith’s Olde Bar by someone who attended the service thanking me for how much they enjoyed the music and the addition of percussion to the service – that made my night. Go see this band, their live show does not disappoint, catch some clips and photos on my facebook page @ bramrocks.

Perhaps the Goyim have it right.

Christian music has dominated their religion for years and it seems Judaism is slowly catching up. Time magazine just published an article by Lily Rothman, “Rock Hashana: 10 Stars of the New Jewish Music,” which discusses how Catholicism has used music to attract worshipers for decades and as of late, the rise of Jewish music in many different genres is creeping more into Jewish culture every day. It seems we have Debbie Friedman and Jewish day camps to thank for this change in culture. Rabbi Micah Greenstein, who is quoted in the article, said it best: “Music is the language of Prayer.” Perhaps it’s time to explore more than the typical genre or style accepted in most temples today.

Come experience first-hand what I’m talking about this Yom Kippur when I join Michael and Bonnie along with other local Jewish musicians on the scene at a special Kirtan at AA from 3-6 p.m. It’s free and open to all. I brought the family last year, and it was the best way to pass those tough afternoon hours of your fast by filling the void with music and prayer. Bring instruments and join in the fun; everyone is encouraged to bang on or shake something – a Jewish version of the drum circle. This was not the only thing I learned since the beginning of the New Year. Did you know NEXT, a division of Birthright Israel Foundation, will cover the cost of your next Shabbat meal? What a great way to get adults back into the swing of celebrating Shabbat with friends and family. You can learn more about this program at


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I am now one degree of separation from the great Dr. Martin Luther King.

Her childhood seemed quite familiar to the stories my mother and father told of growing up in Brooklyn and Hartford where they were raised in Yiddish-speaking households. Yiddish was used as the secret language to be spoken when the adults did not want the little ones to know what they were discussing.

The first night of Rosh Hashanah brought out the most interesting story with friends, a family that has been living Jewish in the south for three generations. They immigrated from Poland and Russia via Ellis Island, then made their way south to Mississippi and finally Atlanta. Sam Shonson owned the Edgewood Department Store at 452 Edgewood Ave. in downtown Atlanta, a store frequented by the King family for shoes and sundries in the mid 50s and has since burned down.

I know very little of the Jewish history of Atlanta, but always knew there was a strong bond between the Jewish and black communities here. I was honored to perform with Soul

Aviv at The Temple’s annual event where Ebeneezer Baptist Church attends in an exchange program between both congregations. I look forward to strengthening this bond even more with our efforts at AJMF. About the writer Follow Bram’s experiences on, off and backstage @bram_rocks. Interact with him at #InItForTheMoment and share thoughts, comments and ideas about this column.

My dinner host, Franceen Tillem of the Shonson family, waited on Dr. King and his family on more than one occasion, and her uncle Marcus Danneman owned Danneman’s food store where MLK and his family did most of their food shopping. Our conversations led to what life was like growing up Jewish in the south in the beginning of the civil rights movement. In school she saw her share of persecution but the community where they lived on Rock Springs Road was well assimilated

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You can see it already happening, synagogues with drum kits, blue jean and rock-n-roll Shabbat services, our alternative service this past Friday; prayer does not have to be set to choir and organ, it can be just as impactful – perhaps even greater – with guitars, drums and amplifiers.



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The final season premieres Sept. 23 on CBS and stars Segel, as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders. But Segel fans don’t need to worry about losing touch with the star; he might be making a quick return. The show’s executive producer has already hinted at the potential for a “relationshipthemed” spinoff. With Segel’s schedule, it might be a longshot, but he and Hannigan’s character (Marshall and Lily) are in the running. Although there may be talk of returning to “Mother,” change seems to be in the air for Segel, now many pounds lighter and newly single after his breakup with actress Michelle Williams. He’s also reportedly moved on from his beloved “Muppets” film, the rebooted franchise which he starred in, wrote for and produced in 2011. A “Muppets” sequel – the trailer was just released – doesn’t include him. But Segel still has a young audiences in mind with a trilogy of young adult novels in the works. No word on a release date. Born to Alvin Segel and Jillian Jordan, Segel was raised as a Jew. He was Bar Mitzvah’ed as well as attended Hebrew school in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Segel has an older half-brother and a younger sister.

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of Reich will be taking part in a the nation’s premier civil rights and human re- special program, sponsored by lations agencies. Constantly striving to develop the Anti-Defamation League, in Washington, D.C. creative approaches to countering prejudice, in 1996 ADL’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office launched an annual Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Utilizing the Museum’s dramatic portrayal of events, the Mission to the nation’s capital offers a substantive and effective vehicle for applying the lessons of the Holocaust to modern-day issues of bigotry. The Chicago model has been expanded to include delegations from other cities. This year’s Mission will consist of 105 student delegates from ten ADL regions – Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, New England, New Orleans, New York, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Washington, D.C. Each delegation will consist of a diverse group of high school juniors (and two adult ADL chaperones) selected to participate because of their leadership potential, demonstrated interest in addressing issues of diversity, and ability to impart the messages of the Mission to others.

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y mom was a blondhaired, blue-eyed, brainy beauty. I have the photographs to prove it. Her life as a child and young teen in her small shtetle in Poland was a little easier than most with her typical Polish looks on this typical Jewish girl. Mom was one of the only Jewish children allowed to play with and later tutor the Polish children. She was able to cross over the imaginary line onto the Polish, non-Jewish side. Mom was popular and had lots of friends, she was a big fish in a little pond. Life was pretty good for her mother (my Bubie), father (my Zaide), two sisters and little brother. My Zaide however, felt life could be so much better with more opportunity in a land where he’d heard the streets were lined with gold. So, they packed their valises and the family moved to America – the Goldeneh Medinah.

At first, Mom was so unhappy.

Everything was so much more difficult to navigate. She was terribly homesick. She suddenly was a little fish in a very big sea. Not an envious position to be in, for the girl who loved to pose for a photo, dress to the nines, and was used to getting lots of attention. My Bubie and Zaide opened a fish stand in a market. Mom and her siblings entered night school.College would never be an option for any of them. As soon as the children could speak a little English, they worked in the daytime, continued attending school in the evenings. After graduating from night school, they all found work in factories. My mother never had a problem finding work. She was, after all, a beauty with brains. She made friends, went to the weekly community dances, and soon began to love her new country. But, she longed to return one day to the town of her childhood. Mom’s family lived on the third floor of a five-story walk up apart-

ment building in the Bronx. On the second floor of this very building lived Steve. She was so busy she never really paid him much attention. Lo and behold one day she finally noticed this good lookin’ Jewish fella’ and fulfilled every new immigrant’s dream! She began to date an American-born boy and, you guessed it, she fell in love. They became engaged, and began to plan their new life. Then whispers of Hitler reached Jewish communities throughout the United States, including the Bronx. At the dances, where she met a wonderful group of friends, everyone worried about what would happen to their friends and family still in the ‘old country’. Jews are not called smart for nothing. A clever method was devised to take relatives out of harms’ way. Send an American citizen to Europe, marry, return to America, after a short time and annul the marriage. One evening, her friend Morris approached mom and asked if she still wanted to “go back”. “Yes,” she quickly replied, “what do you have in mind?” Morris told her about his family back in Poland: his parents, his sisters, their children and his brother Hyman. He wanted to bring them to America. It was very difficult to get permission to come to America. There was a way, however, that was becoming more popular and acceptable to the Jews in America. He wondered if she would consider traveling to Poland, marrying Hyman, and then bringing him back to the United States. They would ‘live’ together for three months, at which time the marriage could be annulled. With this plan, his brother would be an American and safe. Hitler was on the move, there was little time to make a decision. Truth be told, she did not need much time to decide. To save a fellow Jew and to ‘go back’ would be a dream fulfilled. So picture this if you will: my 5-foot mom heatedly negotiating with this big strong guy. First she would have to explain all this to her American born fiancé; second, there was her salary which helped support

the family; third, she would need new clothes for such a trip, and of course clothes for his brother. Negotiations complete, she left on a ship for Paris; from there, boarded a train to Poland; she completed the journey on a horse and buggy ride to Hyman’s small town. Mom was shattered when she saw the hovel where Hyman lived. She never saw such squalor. Chickens and goats were wandering in and out of the small house with a dirt floor. She gave one look at the man she was to save/marry and was appalled at how skinny he was (like a ‘shteken’); and to make matters worse he obviously had not yet grown into his ears. He was uneducated and had no employment skills. She thought to herself, oy, this could be a long three months. She made a promise, however, and was going to honor her commitment! Soon they packed up what little he had and traveled to the nearest city to marry. The ring was the very same gold ring Hyman’s great grandfather crafted when he married and was handed down from generation to generation. Everyone in the family had been married in this precious ring. Although Hyman still had unmarried sisters, his mom insisted they keep the ring for their children who would be born in the Goldeneh Medinah. He begged her to keep it with her. Hyman’s mom knew what might befall her and the family. She convinced my mom to save the precious ring. After a small celebration, they headed back to Paris to board the boat to America. Hitler made sure they never saw Hyman’s family again. He was never able to resolve his guilt about leaving them behind. It was during their stay in Paris, where they were waiting to board the ship to America, that the undoing of every immigrant’s dream occurred! Mom did not marry the Americanborn Steve! Mom and dad – yes, that would be Hyman – fell in love! She sent a telegram to my Bubbie instructing her to inform her fiancé that the wedding was off. My Bubbie underestimated my mother, and was

sure she would change her mind. After more than 42 years of marriage, mom never had reason to regret her decision. When Mom and Dad got off the boat, everyone was waiting, including Steve, (poor thing). The long trip home only strengthened their resolve to be together. A deep love existed between Mom and Dad, much to the chagrin of Bubbie and Steve. They were blind to everyone and everything, except each other. My mother taught her ‘greeneh’ husband English, and how to be an American in the Goldeneh Medinah. They moved in with my Bubbie and Zaide (where, by the way, my aunt, her husband and baby daughter, my other aunt and my uncle also lived with – with for it – one bathroom!) After mom died in 1983, I put together a big box filled with mom’s precious memories. Every year, just before Passover, I look at something new in the box. One year, not too long ago, in a beautiful chocolate candy box with a fancy gold lid, I found my father’s yellow star, his identification papers, ration card and the gold ring. My mom must have forgotten all about it. I immediately called my dad to ask about the ring (I never mentioned the star, afraid of hurting him). He told me the whole beautiful love story. I honor mom and dad every day by wearing the ring. I honor their memory and the memories of those that married before them. I honor all they gave and gave up to raise their three first-generation, American-born children. About the writer Shaindle Schmuckler spreads her energy and humor as a staff member at the MJCCA.

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deep blue sky and the smell of freshly mowed grass, a wobbly screen door and a plastic plate filled with bits of scrambled egg. If asked to describe my first memories of life, these are the details I would offer, a glimpse of a time that is more illusion now than fact. The years have spilled away and I reach back occasionally to that distant time, managing to recall the past only in a vague, impressionistic fashion – bits of color and light; the sound of laughter and tears; the rich, sweet smell of my mother’s perfume and pungent stench of my grandfather’s cigars. Those sights, sounds and smells have mixed with thousands of others over the decades, bumping up against the natural forces and manmade events of the years to fashion my life. Of course I was part of the mix also, deciding for whatever reason to walk through the door on my left, the one that led to the road, the street and city, the country, world and universe that defines my life. Each door and choice is different, if only marginally, but the path we choose leads off to what appears to be a distant horizon. That horizon today seems to be just around the bend and the distant place is now my childhood memories, grown dim.

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This melancholy reverie is the work of my rabbi’s Yizkor sermon a few years ago. He’s good at opening that place where time stands still, the tender spot – perhaps our soul – where hopes and dreams, memories of the past and the people who once lived there now rest comfortably. The High Holy Days are all about life and death, and Yizkor, the memorial service of remembrance on Yom Kippur, is for me the most spiritual part of this sacred time. It’s unsettling and emotional and raises all those existential fears that we, as humans, spend an enormous amount of energy pushing aside as we race through life. The other prayers of the holidays are often chanted with little meaning,

offered up in a fashion that provide little connection for me in a world hurtling into the 21st Century. The prayers of Yizkor, meanwhile, words spoken for the dead, are always filled with life and emotion. My rabbi’s words once again played with all this stuff of life and death, reminding us that all our days

The prayers of Yizkor, words spoken for the dead on Yom Kippur and several other holidays during the year, are filled with life, faith – and emotion. are numbered. The time will come when the sand in the hour glass will ultimately run out, and in those moments when the light grows dim, perhaps our last thoughts will be the children’s verse he used to punctuate his point: Life is but a dream. Then, the light that is offered up on Yizkor, is the knowledge that a family member will one day fill the tug of their own mortality and, hopefully, the remembrance of sweet memories from their distant past. And on that day they will stand in a shul, reciting El Male Rachamim, God full of mercy who dwells on high, Grant perfect rest on the wings of Your divine presence in the lofty heights of the holy and pure … for my beloved. And for an instant, the memory of those departed is so real that immortality becomes more than simple hope. For a moment the dead live once again, in our hearts and souls. On Yizkor I recall my mother and father and they live. My wife recalls her parents – Roz and Joey – and for a moment their love and laughter fills her heart. One day – but not too soon – my daughter will hopefully remember me. I’m counting on it.

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tudents at Greenfield Hebrew Academy stayed busy earlier this month, getting ready for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There were special activities all through the school, from the Infant and Toddler Village through the Middle School.

First graders enjoyed making their own shofars at the Shofar Factory run by Rabbi Ari Karp, the Judaics teacher in GHA’s Middle School. Meanwhile, students in the elementary school constructed beautifully decorated New Year’s cards with the help of GHA’s new b’not sherut, their assistants from Israel. The b’not sherut also opened a little post office for Middle School messages of thanks, appreciation, and apology to their classmates, and thank-you cards for the hardworking soldiers of the IDF.

TOP: Tali Horwitz sands down her shofar to make it smooth and beautiful for Rosh Hashanah. PHOTO / Devi Knapp LEFT: Eliana Linsider, left, and Pace Kaplan stay busy making Rosh Hashanah cards for their friends and family. PHOTO / Leah Levy

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hile Dr. Dmitry Sereda has been living in the United States since he was a teen, it’s his experiences growing up in the Ukraine that has helped define him as a healthcare professional. Before arriving with his family in America, a childhood accident managed to shape the rest of his life. It all began when he was only 14 and training to be a hockey player. While on the ice, he was seriously injured. Simply moving from a sitting position took a great deal of time and was very painful. “My teacher in school told my parents (about the accident). Of course I didn’t,” jokes Sereda. “They took me form one University to one clinic, to this hospital to that hospital. They wanted to do the surgery.” Doctors diagnosed severe damage to Sereda’s spinal disc, but his parents declined the option of surgery in favor of a less invasive approach for their son. They found a “natural bone-setter,” also referred to as a “manual therapist.” It’s a profession that relies on knowledge passed down from generation to generation instead of formal training. It remains fairly common in the Ukraine and Russia. After mending Sereda’s back, the family attempted to pay the healer but the bone-setter refused. “I don’t know if you believe in energy or karma, but she said that she was not allowed,” Sereda said. She explained that I was going to ‘help a lot of people in my life,’ then looked at my hands and said she simply couldn’t accept payment.” Sereda has been working with nonsurgical solutions for pain ever since. He said he began exploring different forms of physical therapy when he was only 16, long before entering any sort of medical classroom. “In New York I went to massage school and I started learning all the aspects of the human body, worked with chiropractors and physical therapists,” Sereda said. “I went to work with 10 or 20 chiropractors [as a young man]. So when I went to school, I knew how to adjust,” he laughs. Sereda eventually moved south and graduated in 2001 from Life University,

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In the spirit of the natural healing that saved his spine so many years ago, Sereda has dedicated himself to the promotion of life outside of bottles and pills. “You know, you take a muscle relaxer into the system and you’re not just affecting the muscle but the whole body,” Sereda said. “For example, if my daughter gets sick with a runny nose . . . what will the average American mom or dad do? Take Advil or Ibuprofen or Tylenol; anything, right? In America, everybody grows up in a medicine cabinet.” In the same fashion that his childhood in the Ukraine informed Sereda’s professional life, his experiences outside the U.S. have also helped him appreciate religious freedoms found in this country. Sereda tells the story of his father as a young man, working at an aviation institute in Ukraine. His father was up for a big promotion at work and in the meantime had gotten married to Sereda’s mother, a woman with a much more “typically Jewish” last name.

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’ve always seen Yom Kippur as one of the most frightening days of the year. Even at a young age, the words of the Unetanah Tokef stood out to me: “On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed And on Yom Kippur it is sealed. How many shall pass away and how many shall be born, Who shall live and who shall die, Who shall reach the end of his day and who shall not, Who shall perish by water and who by fire, Who by sword and who by wild beast …”

But here we are, at the start of a new year and once again approaching the fearsome holiday. A year has passed since the last Yom Kippur, 355 days during which we have all done wrong. We disrespected our parents and we gossiped; we lost our temper at work and didn’t use our time wisely; we yelled at a sibling, and we convinced our self that all of our lies were white. And though we apologized to our parents, bosses, and friends, it’s now time to make amends with G-d. According to the Talmud, it’s now, during these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that the prophet Isaiah was referring to when he instructed the Israelites: “Seek the Lord when He is found, call Him when He is near. The wick-

ed shall give up his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts, and he shall return to the Lord, Who shall have mercy upon him, and to our G-d, for He will freely pardon.”

It’s an interesting concept, really, and it certainly does relieve some of the stress of repentance, but the struggle then is becoming a Baal-Teshuvah, and mastering repentance.

G-d is here and listening, waiting for each of us to atone for our sins before Yom Kippur, the Day of Judgment. Isaiah’s words seem soothing and many of our prayers make it seem simple – if you repent, you will be forgiven, no questions asked.

On Rosh Hashanah, we’re encouraged to go to a Tashlich service and metaphorically toss our sins into a flowing body of water and feel this great sense of relief as we watch them float off into the distance. But honestly I can’t say I’ve ever felt fully cleansed of my sins afterwards.

These days, however, are still frightening. The fear isn’t about whether or not we’ll be forgiven; the fear is in the act of repenting. We’re given these Ten Days of Repentance for the sole purpose of introspection: what have I done wrong? Who was hurt by my mistakes? Why did I do those things? As we all know, though, it’s not particularly enjoyable to sit down and think about everything you’ve done wrong. It’s difficult; it’s upsetting; and it’s exhausting. Some mistakes you can think of quickly, but the truth is that so many of them have been shoved into a little box in the corner of our brain; a box we locked shut a long time ago. We don’t want to remember all of these mistakes, and we certainly don’t want to own up to them – it’s shameful.

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Or so we thought. But here’s the truth: those who sin and atone for their sins are said to have a stronger connection with G-d than those who are simply righteous. In fact, our sages gave the title Baal Teshuvah, literally meaning “master of repentance,” to those people who have sinned and returned to G-d. The Mishneh Torah explains:


“A Baal-Teshuvah should not consider himself distant from the level of the righteous because of the sins and transgressions that he committed … Our sages declared, ‘In the place where the Baalei Teshuvah stand, even the completely righteous are not to stand.’ The level of Baalei Teshuvah transcends the level of those who never sinned at all, for they overcome their evil inclination more.”

And maybe that’s because I wasn’t doing it right. Jewish law says there are two key factors in Teshuvah: The penitent must resolve in his heart not to repeat the sin, and he must regret his mistake. The second, while seemingly obvious, may be the more difficult. When we sit down to think of our mistakes, we may think about them in generalities: I mistreated my parents this year, instead of, I often didn’t listen to my parents when they told me to do things. When we say, “I mistreated my parents,” during Teshuvah, it’s emotionless – we say it because we know it probably happened and if it did happen, we know it’s wrong. When we atone for specifics, we think about what we’ve done and are automatically reminded to make a change in the future. Of course, I can’t tell each person how to repent, it’s a personal endeavor. I can simply reiterate the importance of actually doing it. We still have time – Yom Kippur is approaching, but it’s not here quite yet. It’s not about being inscribed in the Book of Life versus the Book of Death. It’s just about taking time to focus on yourself and create a clean slate for the new year. About the writer Rachel LaVictoire ( is a graduate of the Davis Academy and Westminster High School, recipient of the prestigious Nemerov Writing and Thomas H. Elliott Merit scholarships at Washington University of St. Louis and an active member of Temple Emanu-El and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. She was recently named to the board of St. Louis Hillel.

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Aaron Arthur Sinkoe “Papoo,” 84, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013. He was a retired pharmacist. He was the beloved husband of Louise Bobo Sinkoe; Loving father of Peggy Sinkoe-Ginsburg, Rita Sinkoe-Botnick and David Sinkoe; Grandchildren Ilana Ginsburg, Rafi Ginsburg, Avi Ginsburg, Shoshi Ginsburg, Jacob Botnick, Joshua Botnick, Leona Sinkoe; Brother , Eldred Sinkoe, and Sister, Estelle Leizman. Sign the online guestbook at www. Graveside services were held at Greenwood Cemetery on Sun., Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. The family requests that donations be made to Congregation Beth Jacob or Congregation Or Veshalom. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, (770) 451-4999.

Barry Parks

72, Sandy Springs Barry Michael Parks, 72, of Sandy Springs, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born to Eleanor and Sidney Parks, of blessed memory, he grew up in Atlanta. Barry graduated from Grady High School and then from the University of Georgia in 1963, before embarking on a 50-year career as a CPA. A gentleman who enjoyed simple pleasures, he was dedicated to his clients and demonstrated high levels of trust and professionalism – traits he instilled in his family, which he treasured dearly. A man who was passionate about the game of golf, Barry loved studying Torah with Atlanta Scholars Kollel. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Sheila; his daughters, Francine Wilson (Scott), and Lisa Ades (Drew); his grandchildren: Jacob, Zachary and Alexa Wilson, and Zoe and Jordan Ades; his brothers, Bill (Nicole) and David (Dana); and a niece and nephew, Madi and Sam. An online

guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Graveside services were 11 a.m. Fri., Aug. 30 at Arlington Memorial Parks with Rabbi Michoel Lipschutz officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, (770) 451-4999.

Phyllis Kelman 82, Atlanta

Phyllis Kelman, 82, of Atlanta, passed away on Thursday, September 5. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the devoted mother of Howard and Bobbi Kelman, Steven Kelman, and Michelle and Kip Heinzmann, all of Atlanta. Phyllis is also survived by her grandchildren; Melanie Kelman, Dana and Joshua Stein, and Meredith, Lexi and Brody Heinzmann; two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Graham Stein; and her brother and sister-in-law, Harvey and Barbara Lifshitz of East Windsor, NJ. She epitomized the phrase, “heart of gold.” She sacrificed to make sure those around her were taken care of by always putting others’ needs before her own. She adored her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, who provided her with immense joy. Phyllis spent many years in retail with Steinbach’s in New Jersey and Macy’s in Atlanta. After retiring from Macy’s, she worked at Bagel Break in Sandy Springs and was the “cafeteria lady” at Davis Academy, Weber School and Greenfield Hebrew Academy. She loved being around the kids. She always had a story about the kids at school and how well they treated and loved her, but she also loved feeding everybody. If you came to visit her at any time during her life, when you walked in the door, “Have you eaten?” were the first words you would hear. Wherever she is now, she will make sure that everyone has eaten and is well taken care of. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to The Temple or the American Cancer Society, She will be missed by all who knew her. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 8, 2013 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 with Rabbi Peter Berg officiating. Burial followed at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, (770) 451-4999.

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Darlene Williams. Shirlye was heavily involved in philanthropic institutions including, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Hadassah, Greenfield Hebrew Academy, the Weber School and her beloved synagogue, Shearith Israel. An online guestbook is available at The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be made to The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, 1440 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30309, Graveside services were held Sun., Sept. 8, 2013, 2 p.m. at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2000 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, (770) 4514999.

Morton Shaffer 73, Atlanta

Morton Don Shaffer, 73, died August 28, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sol and Marie Shaffer; and his brothers, Charles Shaffer, and Jay Harvey Shaffer, of blessed memory. Mr. Shaffer is survived by his sister, Lynne Shaffer Vizzini; nieces, Dr. Samantha Vizzini and Meredith Vizzini; nephews, Steven Shaffer and Mark Shaffer; several great-nieces and greatnephews and extended family. A native of Atlanta, Mr. Shaffer worked for Levi Strauss for 25 years. Services were held at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Fri., Aug. 30, 2013, at 1 p.m., Rabbi Neil Sandler officiated and interment followed at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Please sign our online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care. (770) 451-4999.

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Sat., Sept. 14

TBT Yom Kippur, all unaffiliated members of the Jewish community are welcome to attend this Yom Kippur service. Wed., Sept. 4, 8 a.m. $136/person. Temple Beth Tikvah. Tickets, (770) 642-0434. Gardening for Beginners, gardening experts will walk guests through the process of selecting, adding, and caring for the best plants in autumn gardens. Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. Free. All Pike Nurseries.

Study Session, join Rabbi Kerbel for“The Three Things We Should Get Out of Our Yom Kippur Experience.” Followed by Minha, Neilah and the Sounding of the Shofar. Sat., Sept. 14, 4:45 p.m. Etz Chaim.

Sun., Sept. 15

Tashlich with a Twist! Picnic and Bubbles in the Park, the High Holy tradition of casting off bread crumbs. Rabbi Karmi Ingber will perform songs, tell stories and lead kids in ac-

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Sun., Sept. 22

Community Mission to Israel Info Meeting, learn about the upcoming Community Mission trip to Israel taking place June 15 - 23, 2014. Travel subsidies available. Sun., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. MJCCA Zaban Park. Info, or (678) 812-4161.

Tues., Sept. 24

BBQ in the Hut: Dunwoody, enjoy pitsmoked BBQ and live bluegrass music in the courtyard or the MJCCA Sukkah, including crafts and activities for children. Rain or shine. Mon., Sept. 24, 5 p.m. Zaban Park. Info, or (678) 812-4161.

Thurs., Sept. 26

Chabad of Cobb Simchas Torah, celebrate the annual completion of the reading of the Torah. Begins with an elegant buffet dinner, followed by the dance with the Torah. Thurs., Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Chabad of Cobb.

Mon., Sept. 23

BBQ in the Hut : Intown, enjoy pitsmoked BBQ and live bluegrass music in the courtyard or the Anshe S’fard Sukkah, including crafts and activities for children. Rain or shine. Mon., Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Congregation Anshe S’fard. Info, rabbi.glusman@ or (678) 812-4161.

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Kids’ Simchas Torah, special children’s program with flags, treats and dancing with the Torah. Thurs., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Chabad of Cobb.

Sat., Sept. 28

Anniversary Shabbat & Luncheon, in honor of B’nai Zion’s 125th anniversary a kiddush luncheon will be held after Shabbat services in a conclusion of a year-long simcha. Sat., Sept. 28, 9:45 a.m. Free. Congregation B’nai Zion. RSVP, (423) 894-8900.

Fri., Oct. 25

Jewish National Fund 2013 Conference, national event bringing together hundreds of committed Jewish leaders from across the country. Fri., Oct 25 - 28. Grand Hyatt of Denver, Colo. Register at

Sun., Nov. 17

OVS Hanukkah Bazaar, Congregation’s Or VeShalom’s 38th annual hanukkah bazaar. Make room for good eats and gifts for holiday shopping. Includes international dinners auction; a raffle for prizes; and kids’ games and activities. Sun., Nov. 17, 11 a.m. $3/person. OVS.

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Volunteer tutoring opportunity with the Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Min. 30 minutes one-on-one per week, beginning this fall. Nine metro area elementary schools. (404) 843-9600.

L’Shana Tova Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and “DUCKY” New Year! Mindy Ellin


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Warm greetings from Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta— the perfect getaway for a luxury celebration.


JEWISH PUZZLER by David Benkof

Across 1. Hamas members 6. Letters after old dates 9. Falafel, perhaps 14. Kind of colony 15. Many, many moons 16. Early settlers of Iceland 17. 1970 World’s Fair city 18. Kind of sleep 19. Immigrant memoirist Mary 20. Sukkot set 23. Nazi Goeth 24. Feudal subject 25. Rd. 28. Between lg. and sm. 29. “Hamotzi lechem ___...” 30. Presidental middle name 32. Some IDF vehicles 34. Cancún coin 35. French Jewish philosopher and Talmudist 41. Schlemiel 42. Holocaust survivor and German-language poet Paul 43. Baseball player known as the “Hebrew Hammer” 47. 905 48. “It’s my work, ___ say, and I do it for pay” (Dylan lyric) 51. Where Mark Zuckerberg made his fortune 52. Play God?

54. Successful, Mafia style 55. Woman once dubbed “the most famous actress the world has ever known” 58. Has ___ up one’s sleeve 60. Put on, as Dennis Prager 61. Gorme who died in 2013 62. Israel Philharmonic conductor Zubin 63. What boys become at their b’nai mitzvah 64. Walk-ons? 65. Belief of 5.5 million Americans 66. Balaam’s beast 67. Tabloid news

10. Pork, to kosher-keeping Jews 11. Scholar of Jewish mysticism 12. CBS hit starring Marg Helgenberger 13. “Thirtysomething” actor Olin 21. ___ Malkeinu (“Our Father, Our King”) 22. Zeta Beta ___ (Jewish fraternity) 26. Ki ___ (Torah portion about the Golden Calf)

27. Genesis name 29. “If I were a rich ___...” 31. Dreidel move 32. Edible root 33. Capital of Utah, briefly 35. Israel’s Abba 36. Burrower in Leviticus 11:30 37. Political comedian with the 1973 album “Sing a Song of Watergate” 38. Reading desks

39. Composer Bernstein 40. Hebrew letter, palindromic in English 44. “___ 3” (Liev Schreiber film) 45. Betty Friedan goal 46. Bible scholar Leibowitz 48. Almost not 49. Fisher and Cantor 50. Abominate 53. “___ Irish Rose” (1922 comedy) 54. 1984 Ed Koch best seller 56. ___ part (play on stage) 57. Abode for a bird 58. “What Kind of Fool ___?” (Sammy Davis Jr. song) 59. “___ Gadol Haya...”

Last week’s answers

Down 1. Like some nerve cells 2. Job hunter’s need 3. Digital alternative 4. Freud studier David 5. Pole, e.g. 6. Fed Chair Ben 7. Some Hebrew U. students 8. Catch in a web 9. Greetings from guard dogs

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Radio songs include: “Gravity,” “Over My Head,” “Breakdown”

The ShadowBoxers 5:00 PM Musical Concert

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Don’st Mis ! 4:30

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welcome speakers & thank sponsors

Rabbi Russ Shulkes & Kaylene Rudy UGA Hillel Band Chai tunes

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