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Publisher very year, we attend services for the High Holidays. Part of our liturgy and tradition for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur teaches us that with tzedakah (charity), tephilah (prayer) and t’shuva (repentance), we can mitigate G-d’s severe decree for our sins of this past year. Since the AJT is our weekly Jewish community newspaper, I think that it is important for me to share with the community how the AJT has acted in regard to these principles. Charity Since I acquired the AJT in March, charitable work has been a priority. We have and will continue in the near future to sponsor and/or donate money to: GHA’s Sidney Feldman Legacy Golf Tournament, Walk for the ML-4 Gene, Atlanta 2 Day for

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prayed for the AJT be able to fulfill its purpose of being our weekly Jewish community newspaper. We must report the local stories and identify the Jewish successes and positive role models in our community. Although we also try to include some national and international news, there are many other publications and websites dedicated to those issues. Considering events of the past, I pray that the AJT can enhance and unite our community instead of detracting from it. I thank G-d for having answered so many of my prayers already.

sibly offending people who I have never met. We have heard much feedback at the AJT over the last six months, and although almost all of the comments were positive, I am aware of just a few people who have been upset by something published in the paper. To both those people of whom I am aware and to those people of whom I am unaware, I apologize. Similarly, there may be some people who are still disappointed with the AJT, and to them I can only promise to try to improve.

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s you might imagine, this time of year is busy over here at the Atlanta Jewish Times. Our Rosh Hashanah edition is traditionally the largest issue of the year, and this 2012 iteration is no exception; at 56 pages, you can look forward to approximate-

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ideals of individual freedom; economic liberty; our shared responsibility for our neighbors who are poor, elderly or suffering; and the vital importance of strong families and strong communities – all of these resonate deeply with Jewish voters and were prominent elements of the convention. For Jewish Republicans, it was a wonderful time to gather with likeminded members of the Tribe from all over the country and talk politics. The RJC has had a presence at every GOP national convention since 1988; the response this year was the best to date, as large, enthusiastic crowds came to our events to hear from top GOP officials. The caliber of speakers and the size of our events say a great deal about the place of Jewish Republicans in the GOP and how welcome our community is in the party of Lincoln. Of course, now the Democrats are taking note of the warm relationship between Jewish Republicans and the party and worrying that even more Jewish voters may make themselves at home in the GOP this year. They are worried about President Obama’s loss of Jewish support and about the wedge of victory represented by Jewish voters in swing states. They are right to worry because, more than ever, Jewish voters are seeing the clear and significant differences between the two parties.

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In the past few months, we’ve gotten used to reading speculation regarding an Israeli attack on Iran. Day after day, the pieces in leading national newspapers went through the various possibilities for an attack; sometimes they referred to Israel’s military options, sometimes to Obama’s speeches about the sanctions and sometimes to the failure that is the Obama-Netanyahu relationship. With this overdose of articles and not-so-breaking-news, readers became rather indifferent. Those mentioning the U.S. government were the most boring of them all because they were always the same: Obama is calling for sanctions and asking Netanyahu to contain the attack for a little while.

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But this is exactly why the Sept. 4 headline was anything but boring.

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This reported “secret message” meant that Israeli’s one powerful ally, our lone solid backer, will not support us in case of an attack in Iran. It meant that Obama doesn’t really care whether or not we are under threat as Iran continues working on a nuclear weapon and Ahmadinejad tells all who will listen that he wishes to kill all Israelis. This headline meant the one person we could trust to help us win this scary battle is not really there. It seems as if Obama doesn’t trust Israel to attack Iran and is willing to aban-

don the six-decades strong friendship with the Jewish State should doing so prove advantageous. Still, my overwhelming feeling as I read those words was not that we had been betrayed, but that we should be afraid. This message was plain and simple and shook us up; of all the many speculations regarding the future attack, this one was by far the scariest. It seemed to seal the deal: The U.S.-Israel relationship cannot be saved. We will lose the war against Iran. The story of the secret message was discussed on social networks and in each and every Israeli’s mind. It made me restless, and for the first time, I was worried. It was only later in the evening when the U.S. government replied to the story. White House spokesman Jay Carney told Reuters that this story is incorrect on every level, and on the eight o’clock news, it was reported that U.S. government officials blamed the false news on the Republicans, claiming the story was planted as part of the party’s bid to take back the presidency. I know the people behind this message probably won’t read this, but I have something I want to say to them: This time you’ve gone too far. I understand that a candidate’s stance on Israel will affect the support he receives from America’s Jewish communities, but spreading such a falsehood took the mudslinging too far. Just to make it clear, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat; I am Israeli. I know we are far away and that our country is not as populous as yours, but your smear campaign hurt us “little people,” plain and simple. We also matter; we are not a pawn in your game. I can only hope both candidates fully understand this. Do not campaign without conscience; for better or worse, everything you do affects us. Editor’s note: Noga Gur-Arieh visited the U.S. to work at Camp Coleman after finishing her military service in the IDF. She is now back in Israel, working as a journalist.


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friend of mine recently sent me an email like many of us get every day: It was meant to be funny and entertaining, but at the same time contained insightful observations and gave me a good reason to think about the future. This email was titled “Nine things that will disappear in our lifetime.” It was humorous but also really made me think about how life has changed in the last couple of generations. So what are the things that will disappear, according to this message? The Post Office, using checks to pay bills, newspapers, books and landline telephones are among the casualties of technology’s never-ending advance. What really struck me was how these

things are very important parts of our lives and yet, as reported, they are disappearing. We all know the serious financial trouble the Post Office is having – too many emails and electronic billing are making “snail-mail” a thing of the past. Banks complain that processing paper checks costs too much money. Soon our whole lives (bills and all) will be controlled by little pieces of plastic. Newspapers are struggling because young people who have grown up with the Internet expect their news to be instant; who wants to wait until tomorrow morning to read a story? I love books. I love to hold them and look at them. There is something you can put your trust in if it’s in a book. But, yes, I admit it: They are big, heavy and start to smell a little strange after a number of years! In

the new world, electronic devices of all sizes and shapes will hold your “books.” You can carry a whole library under your arm and not even feel a strain! And now that nearly everyone carries a cell phone, more and more people find that they really don’t need a “house phone.” Instead of arguing over who gets the phone next, today’s teenagers just disappear into their rooms and talk and text all night. So here we are, on the brink of a new world in which many of the things that we thought were “essentials” will soon be replaced; the latest technology, the most recent fad or the “newest” product will cause us to discard things that once seemed precious. It should give us reason to pause and reflect. As we approach the High Holiday season, I urge you to take a little time to think about the things that will

never go out of style or become obsolete. Rosh HaShanah celebrates the new year, a new start and a new time filled with possibilities, but all these new opportunities only matter because of the things that we bring from years past. The love that we have for those around us; the time to pray, reflect and share common hopes with family and friends; and a few quiet moments to reconnect with our tradition: These are the things that do not change or go out of style. Some things come and go, but some things are eternal. Those are the things that join us to each other during the High Holidays. Editor’s note: Rabbi Yaakov Thompson is a regular contributor to the South Florida Jewish Journal; more of his writing can be found at yaakovthompson.blogspot.com.

Opportunities Abound in Israel's Negev Desert In 2004, Jacob Max stood on a barren hillside in Israel’s Negev Desert trying to share the vision for the future with his guest. Excitedly, he pointed out the planned sites of the synagogue, community center, and park for the new community of Givot Bar. All his guest saw though, were 25 caravans perched amid sand dunes, glistening in the harsh desert sunlight. Today, Jacob’s vision is a reality. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s legendary first prime minister, believed that the future of the country depended on the development of the Negev, a vast, under-populated region representing 60% of Israel’s landmass. The Negev was Israel’s greatest asset, its cultivation crucial to longterm security and prosperity. Children can now play Though Israel has developed in the Be’er Sheva River Park, which was once an rapidly, much of illegal dumping ground the Negev has lagged behind. It houses just 10% of the total population while central Israel grows more crowded and expensive each year. Many view this southern region as a dusty backwater, far from

the bustling streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Jewish National Fund (JNF) sees the Negev as the future. Through an initiative called Blueprint Negev, JNF is working to breathe new life into the dream, developing the Negev in a responsible and sustainable manner while preserving its unique and fragile desert ecosystem. The goal of Blueprint Negev is to improve quality of life in this Israeli desert and encourage a population shift to the south. It involves building new communities like Givot Bar; revitalizing established cities and towns; creating employment and education opportunities; promoting tourism; building parks, playgrounds, schools and medical facilities; and building water reservoirs and agricultural infrastructure to bring economic viability to newly developed areas. The centerpiece of the campaign is the transformation of Be’er Sheva, the Negev’s largest city, into a cultural and tourist hub and the true capital of the Negev. JNF is developing a 1,300-acre metropolitan park in heart of the city, providing new leisure opportunities for residents and changing Be’er Sheva’s image into that of a green, vibrant, modern city. The Be’er Sheva River Park stretches along five miles of a rehabilitated riverbed that was once an illegal dumping ground. Today, landscaped promenades, green spaces, and walking and bike trails line the riverbank, and construction is underway on some of the park’s main attractions: a 23-acre manmade lake; a 12,000-seat amphitheater, Israel’s

largest open-air performance venue; and Abraham’s Well, a visitor center showcasing the life of the patriarch Abraham. Plans are also being JNF is building new developed to fill communities in the Negev the dry riverbed with recycled water, creating a sustainable water source for recreation and irrigation. “It feels great to see what’s going on here,” said Adi Ronen, a researcher and lecturer at Ben Gurion University, who has lived in Be’er Sheva since 1993. “Before all these changes took place, we had to drive until we found parks and play spaces for our kids. Now, not only is there stuff for us to do here but many more young families are moving in and it feels like a real vibrant city.” These are more than just projects; together, they form a vision. And that is what JNF is all about. Vision. A vision for a strong and prosperous Israel for generations to come. The Negev provides the greatest promise for the future. JNF is privileged to help build that future today. For information, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit jnf.org

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One-Hundred-Percent Americans ROSH HASHANAH BECOMES A CLARIFYING EXPERIENCE By Chana Shapiro AJT Columnist

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iriam Levin and Jack Goldman were close friends all throughout high school, members of a group of smart, hard-working Jewish kids. Of the kids in this group, many didn’t go to college because they had to work; most of their families had been hit hard by the Great Depression, and these young men and women grew up fast and got jobs as early as they could. A regular paycheck, wherever one found it, was a necessity. Yet even though they worked in the mainstream secular world, dressed stylishly, went to movies and read the latest novels, Miriam, Jack and the rest of their friends honored the Jewish lifestyle of their parents. Upon graduation, Miriam found employment as a secretary with a shoe manufacturer downtown, and Jack became a salesman in his family’s wallpaper business. Their relationship deepened, and they planned to marry: Jack, with his outgoing personality and quick wit, was doing well, and Miriam – diligent, intelligent and level-headed – seemed to be his perfect partner.

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Yet neither set of parents approved. Miriam’s family was poor; her immigrant father was a tailor, and her homemaker mother had been a milliner. They were ardent religious Zionists (decades before the State of Israel’s creation), holding fast to the practices of their shtetl youth.

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They lived close to the synagogue, and Miriam’s father was counted in the daily minyanim. They ate kosher food, hung out with other Lithuanian Jews and fully observed the Jewish holidays. For the Levins, America was a big salad bowl, an exciting juxtaposition of different, identifiable peoples, each distinct group peacefully co-existing with all others. They felt fully “Jewish” and fully “American.”

Conversely, Jack’s father and

mother – also immigrants – embraced America as a melting pot, a haven in which one could safely and completely erase all traces of ethnicity and oldworldliness. Jews were miraculously able to blend in, and the Goldmans relished the fact that their home, their children and they themselves were indistinguishable from non-Jews. They spoke only English, claiming that even back in Europe, their families had used Polish, Russian and German, but never Yiddish. There were no mezuzot on their doors and no kosher chicken soup on their Shabbat table. What Shabbat table? Jack’s father hosted a weekly pinochle game every Friday night. Moreover, even among the most assimilated of their generation, the Goldmans were ahead of the curve. They did not send their only son to Hebrew school, and they did not observe Jewish holidays. Jack’s mother was fond of saying, “You have to be more afraid of men than of G-d!” A week before Rosh Hashanah, Miriam told Jack that she was going to spend the High Holy Days in synagogue, a site as foreign to him as Timbuktu. He wanted to please his future bride and to assure his future in-laws that he wasn’t a heathen, so he decided to go to services, where he’d bravely endure sitting for hours beside the Levin men while struggling to stay awake. Although they had known each other for years and talked seriously about their future together, Jack and Miriam always avoided the subject of religious commitment. She promised to smile benevolently down at her future husband from the upstairs women’s section as he endeavored to make it through the service. On the morning of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jack drove to Miriam’s family apartment and then walked with her to shul. From the women’s section, Miriam watched as Jack suffered: He couldn’t follow the Hebrew, the ceiling fans did nothing to alleviate his tight collar and cum-

bersome tie and – worst of all – the total of Levin men’s help was repeatedly (and hopelessly) showing him the place in the machzor which was being recited. Nevertheless, Jack told Miriam that he would call for her the next morning; but on that second day of Rosh Hashanah, Miriam waited two hours for Jack and finally headed to services without him. Finally, she saw him enter, look around and settle in the back. Afterward, a grinning Jack caught up with his beloved.

“I overslept,” he explained.

“How could you?” Miriam asked. “You get up even earlier every day when you go to work.” “I don’t like any of this, and I don’t want to like it,” Jack explained. “I’m not old-fashioned. I’m one-hundredpercent American, like my parents.” Jack and Miriam were supposed to meet some friends for ice cream that night, but the carefully avoided religious issue was now front and center, and their incompatibility was clear. Jack suggested that Miriam go without him. She was conflicted, but that’s what she did. One of the friends Miriam met that evening was a high school classmate, Irvin Shatzman, and he’d brought along his older brother, Ben, who lived and worked out of town. Ben had managed to come home for the High Holy Days, had attended services with his brother and had been persuaded to go with him and his friends for ice cream. Miriam and Ben had never met because Ben had already graduated from high school when Miriam and Irvin were students there. That evening, Miriam had Jack on her mind, and she didn’t talk much, least of all to Irvin’s older brother. By Yom Kippur, however, Miriam and Jack were no longer engaged. Irvin called her to break the fast at a friend’s house, and though Miriam usually ended Yom Kippur at home with her family, Miriam’s father en-

couraged her to go with her friends, as she had been melancholy and angry all week long. Again, Irvin brought his big brother along, and this time Miriam paid attention. She was interested in this independent, intelligent, easy-going man who lived and worked in a small town where there was only one other Jewish family. This man had left work and traveled a hundred miles to stay with his parents and siblings in order to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Meanwhile, Ben was smitten. From then on, whenever he came to town to visit his family, he called Miriam, and soon, he was coming to town just to be with her. Miriam felt comfortable in the Shatzman home: There were mezuzot on the doors and tzedakah boxes next to the Shabbat candlesticks. Ben and Miriam occasionally had dinner with his family, and it was at one of these meals that they announced their engagement. Amidst the jubilation, Ben’s father wanted to increase the festivity. He turned on the radio for some music, but suddenly, the program was interrupted by an announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The celebrants understood that America would soon go to war and that the young men of their generation would be drafted. Miriam and Ben married that May. I, their first child, was born while my father served in the United States Navy. My mother, aunts and grandparents joined groups which knitted for the troops and volunteered at hospitals. War is hell, all right. What a way for everyone to learn that people who choose to live in the salad bowl – as well as those who prefer life in the melting pot – are (in Jack Goldman’s words) “one-hundredpercent American.” Editor’s note: Chana Shapiro is an educator, writer, editor and illustrator whose work has appeared in journals, newspapers and magazines.


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FROM THE ARA

Seeking Divine Attention HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE ARA thought that maybe G-d had forgotten about me.

By Rabbi Neil Sandler

Ahavath Achim Synagogue and the tlanta Rabbinical Association

Moreover, in the Zichronot portion of Musaf, we appeal as a people to the Holy One to remember us as G-d has previously remembered our ancestors and to count their worthy actions in our favor. On the High Holidays, it seems, we desperately want G-d to pay attention to us as individuals. But apparently not all of us desire such divine attention all the time. Rabbi Michael Gold shares the following story:

This story makes me chuckle. How naïve of this elderly gentleman to think that his absence from “G-d’s House” might have any bearing on the length of his remaining time on earth! But it occurs to me that he may not be different from many of us who, albeit unknowingly, avoid G-d much of the time. On the High Holidays, as we read about G-d taking note of Sarah and intone prayers in which we beseech G-d to take note of us and remember us in the “Book of Life,” do we really mean what we say? Or, conversely, are we like that old man? Would we prefer to live our lives without G-d noticing us?

A man, now well into his 80s, used to go to the synagogue every day to daven. Suddenly and seemingly without reason, he stops going. The rabbi calls to check on him and to see if he is alright. He responds to the rabbi’s inquiry:

I hope that each of us will spend some thinking about those questions during the upcoming High Holidays. On behalf of my colleagues in the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, I pray that G-d will take note of you, your loved ones and our people for good in the New Year.

“I’m fine, Rabbi. I am getting old, though. I have lost many of my friends, and I kept waiting for G-d to take me. As the years went by, I

Editor’s note: Rabbi Neil Sandler is senior rabbi at Ahavath Achim Synagogue and president of the Atlanta Rabbincal Association.

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n the Torah Reading on the first day of Rosh Hashana, we read that G-d takes note of Sarah and fulfills the divine promise of a child to her, and G-d’s concern for individuals is highlighted in similar fashion throughout our High Holiday liturgy. Images of divine judgment of individuals abound.

“Actually, I am perfectly happy that way. I stopped going to the synagogue because I do not want to be in a place where G-d notices me.”

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Closing the Synagogue Gates TO REJECT A JEW IS TO REJECT G-D By Eugen Schoenfeld

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Since I was unfamiliar with this American custom associated with High Holiday worship, I responded with frustration and amazement:

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wo years after my liberation from Muhldorf-Wald Lager, I finally arrived in St. Louis, where I was reunited with those in my family who, like me, survived the Holocaust. Although I was a recipient of a scholarship that was to take care of all my needs while in college – that is, my tuition, books and lodging – I was nonetheless strongly encouraged to find some way of earning a living and reducing the granting agency’s responsibility for my expenses. Unfortunately, at the time my only marketable skill was facility with the Hebrew language and my knowledge of Judaism’s history, customs, beliefs and religious laws. For a while, I worked in my uncle’s store, but by the time I began my studies at the university in Sept. 1948, I needed a job that could afford me the time to attend the lectures as well as earn funds. Luckily, I acquired a very lucrative position: I was hired by the St. Louis Jewish Children’s Home to teach Hebrew, customs and the history of the holidays; and to prepare the boys who were close to 13 for their bar mitzvahs. For that, I received $50 a month, room, board and laundry services, a veritable treasure in 1948.

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In this instance, the name “Children’s Home” was not a synonym for “orphanage.” Most of the children in the institution were not orphans – there were those whose parents had fallen on hard times and others who were ordered by the courts to stay there but a very few who were orphaned. The children were well cared-for, and on weekends (and especially on Passover and High Holidays), almost all the children were taken home by their parents or other relations. Thus, for my first Rosh Hashanah in this country, I was free from work. I decided to attend services and join my fellow Jews on these Days of Awe.

I put my suit on and walked over to a very large temple near my lodging, hoping that on this day I’d become part of kelal Yisrael, the Jewish collective. I walked up a steep and long flight of stairs, and as I was about to enter the sanctuary a young man con16 fronted me:

“Do you have a ticket?”

“Ticket?!”

“Yes,” he said. “To enter you must have a ticket.”

pletes the study a tractate of the Talmud). There were, and still are, ways of supporting synagogues without rejecting admittance – at any time – of a man or woman who wishes to enter and be with his or her people during days of worship.

lectures and discourses on the Torah by Rabbis Shemaya and Avtalyon, two noted tannaim (Mishnaic sages) of the first century B.C.E. But, unknown to the scholars themselves, the gates to the study house where the two sages taught were controlled by a greedy doorman who demanded money from all who sought the privilege to hear Torah discourses by the two teachers.

I stood at the entrance, disturbed by this exclusionary act. It wasn’t Neither Would Hillel Be Denied that being excluded was a new experi- At my childhood synagogue in Eu- Hillel was penniless and could ence to me, as I had been not afford the entrance excluded many times; for fee, so instead, he found instance, I was relegated “Since I was unfamiliar with this that if he climbed to the to live in the ghetto, I roof of the synagogue and American custom associated with High was excluded from uniplaced himself next to the versities and other instilarge open sunroof in the Holiday worship, I responded with tutions of learning. center of the building, he frustration and amazement: could hear the sages. But this time, it was my own people who ex On one particular ‘Ticket?!’ I asked. cluded me from joining winter day, as was Hilin prayer and celebralel’s custom, he lay down ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘To enter, you must tion. on the roof to listen to the

have a In my halting English, I tried to explain to the “gatekeeper” that I was a Holocaust survivor having arrived in this country only two months ago and that I was unaware of this requirement. But even with my pleas and explanation, I, a Jew, was excluded from being a part of kelal Yisrael the community of Jews. When later I told members of the Jewish community of this experience, they tried to assuage my hurt, explaining: “After all, the temples and synagogues need an income.” Of course they do. In Europe, my father gave an annual stipend for having the privilege to have his personal seat at the Eastern Wall, and others may have given lesser amounts for assigned seats in different parts of the synagogue. But there was always room for everyone who came. No one was denied entrance to the sanctuary, be it Shabbat, Yom Kippur or any other occasion. The doors to the sanctuary were always open to all who desired to attend services or to be a part of a chevrah (a group) studying Talmud or other holy writ. It was my experience that synagogues had other modes of acquiring income – in some cases, people gave donations when given a Torah honor, and others gave free-will donations at lifecycle occasions, such as weddings, yharzeit and siyumim (when one com-

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rope, when the main room was filled to capacity, there were the smaller chapels with Torahs and chazzan to lead services. I can say with certainty that no one has ever experienced an outright denial of admission to worship in any synagogue in Munkacs, my hometown. No one, to my knowledge, was ever rejected to be called to the Torah on any occasions when tradition demanded, regardless of the person’s capability to contribute by the synagogue’s largess. And no one was ever required to submit proof of income to be able to afford a permanent seat for a sum offered by the petitioner. We practiced the Torah’s teaching that G-d ordained when the Jews in the desert built the tabernacle – namely, donations to the building fund should be guided according by one’s economic capability (massig yadoh), not by a pre-determined sum. I hold the view that denying access to the houses of study (beth hamidrash), of assembly (beth haknesseth), or of prayer (beyt t’filah) should be considered immoral and even sinful. I derived this idea by interpreting the agadah (a legend) that describes an event in Rabbi Hillel’s early life: The legend tells us that Rabbi Hillel, in his youth, had greatly desired to become a student and attend the

scholars’ discourses. He was so engaged in and concentrated on the lecture that he was unaware that it had began snowing (a very uncommon event in Jerusalem); meanwhile, the students inside the House of Study became aware that the room was much darker than usual. As they looked up to the opening at the roof, the main source of their light, they noticed a figure blocking the light. Rushing up to the roof, they found Hillel covered by the snow and half-frozen. Of course, the gatekeeper’s greed was revealed, and he was fired and free access to learning was reinstated. For What Purpose is the Synagogue? Even if the primary or sole function of the synagogue would be prayer, any act that excludes another Jew from prayer is to deny access to G-d, and that should be considered kofar b’ikar; that is, rejecting the fundamental belief in G-d’s existence. But let us understand this: The first and foremost function of the synagogue is not to allow access to G-d, but to enhance a moral Jewish community. People subscribe to a fallacious belief that the synagogue is the House of G-d – the physical place where G-d can be reached – but holding such a view should be discarded, for it depicts G-d from a primitive anthropomorphic perspective.


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ROSH HASHANAH

High Holy Day Memories with Aunt Mary PEEPING AT PIETY

“Son, if you are ever lonely, go to the synagogue. There you will always be at home.” True prayers, especially prayers of petition, are short and private; it is a conversation (siach siftoteynoo) between the individual and the transcendent. Case in point: Moses used only five words when he prayed for his sister’s health. The noted Berdichever Rebbe Yitzchok Levy knew the power of solitude, and often his discourses with G-d took place in nature. In another example, my grandmother Hoodje (z”l) would retreat to her bedroom every Shabbat afternoon, open the window, and – after reciting what Jewish women considered the most significant prayer – Got of Avrohom, Yitzchok and Yaakov behite dayn folk Yisroel – she open her heart to her maker. She followed the path of Chanah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, who spoke in her heart: Hoodje’s lips barely moved, and thusly she poured out her soul to the Lord. We can pray any place, and we can laud G-d in any condition. In fact, we prayed on Yom Kippur while working in the concentration camp. No, the synagogue is not G-d’s House – it is our home and refuge; it is the well from which we draw courage for our survival; and it is the place where we take part in what keeps us Jewish. The synagogue’s primary function is not prayer – it is identity maintenance. We come to the synagogue because we are Jews and because at certain times we wish and have a need to be with other Jews. It is the place where we reinforce our moral, ethical and philosophical essence, that which is the foundation of being a Jew. When we deny access to any Jew, we in fact deprive a Jewish soul from his essential being.

Shanah Tovah U’mtuka.

Editor’s note: Eugen Schoenfeld is a professor and chair emeritus at Georgia State University and a Holocaust survivor.

By Charlotte Marcus AJT Columnist

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eing a Bubbe makes the high holidays more memorable and significant. But my most memorable experiences of “The Days of Awe” were ones I spent with my beloved Aunt Mary as a child in her home and synagogue in Augusta, Ga. My Aunt Mary was the daughter of my father’s father, who was an orthodox rabbi in the early 1900s. Aunt Mary faithfully followed all kosher mandates and adhered to exact observances of Jewish law. She was also a businesswoman who ran an Army/Navy store there in Augusta; I still recall her sitting on a wooden stool by the pot belly stove – the only source of heat in the store – next to the cash register, where she meticulously kept track of every nickel (including coins of value I still treasure).

“White Gloves and Party Manners,” which Aunt Mary had once sent to me. The entire meal was unique, but the most remarkable part of the event was yet to come. After dinner, we walked to the Shul. It was quite a hike, but Aunt Mary never complained. I recall on Yom Kippur, she carried a small bottle of smelling salts and her white lace handkerchief; after fasting and praying all day, fainting was a real possibility. To watch this slight (she was shorter than five feet) little woman walk at a fast pace without a pause was a special sight. Inside the synagogue, I stood by her and recited the prayers. The rhythmic sounds of Hebrew words surrounded us, and I watched the men moving like rocking chairs, up

and down, bending from the waist, back and forth – like moaning ghosts – as the tenor voice of the cantor sang familiar words. When the priestly benediction was recited, I bowed my head but peeped between my fingers to watch the magic movements of the men in front, their heads and shoulders covered with white silk tallits fringed in black and trimmed with bouncing fringes. Above their heads, the eternal light burned brightly. Now when the prayers are read and when my Aunt Mary’s name is said at yizkor service, I look up at the ner tamid in my temple. It flickers, but it never goes out; it is a constant reminder that the Torah encased in the Ark behind is “The Tree of Life,” a connection to our past, and to the almighty.

Sharing her earnings was one of her values. Tzedakah was part of her life. She remembered many yeshivas and rabbis in her will. On the holidays, she closed the store to prepare. The table was among her biggest duties for, unlike other days, Rosh Hashanah meant that we sat at the formal dining room table, which Aunt Mary set with crystal wine and water glasses embossed with gold bands, special china and sterling silver flatware. At the evening meal, we used the sterling silver pattern marked with red stickers for meat, while at breakfast we used items for milkicks, which were marked with blue. The table was set with this finery on a hand-embroidered white linen cloth. But the whole splendid feast was just for the two of us; her muchloved and missed husband of blessed memory was long deceased. Served promptly at five o’clock, dinner was eaten with the proper etiquette learned from the book of rules

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Such a view rejects G-d’s ubiquity and his omnipresence. The synagogue is not G-d’s house, but our house; in fact, it is our home. I will advise you as my father advised me just before we were taken to Auschwitz:

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Elul, the High Holy Days… HOLY COW, DON’T OPEN THE CALENDAR! By Eden Farber AJT Columnist

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always find it tough to connect to the intense emotionality of the High Holidays and this time of year. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something daunting in the air that has always caused me discomfort. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has trouble connecting, too. In these weeks leading up to the High Holidays, we – especially in religious schools – are told every day that this is our last chance to repent, lest we are smitten by the Heavens when we step into synagogue. “What will you change about yourself?” is the demand, though our mindsets are already hurried and preoccupied. This almost obsessive

fear – the idea that “we have a week to change ourselves entirely, so we better think fast” – is brought forth by a perfectionistic impulse that rules the time. Elul as the entire month of repentance comes as a funny idea to me. History shows that it was originally one day – Yom Kippur. Then we added a week or so preceding (the time between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) and finally, we added a month preceding the week preceding the day. Obviously, as time has gone on, we’ve become more and more concerned with how-on-planet-Earth we are going to change ourselves, fix ourselves and perfect ourselves by Yom Kippur. I’m surprised we haven’t extended it to the six months preceding, too.

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Fanatical perfectionism is in the water (nowadays soda, more likely) we drink, the air we breathe, the salt we sprinkle on our challah bread. Before G-d comes down to check in on us, we must dust the ceilings, mop the windows and collect the crumbs from the front yard. Yet we’ve placed Elul at a bit of an awkward time in our schedules. We all return from the summer mindset and are thrown into back-to-school/ back-to-work messes: things to prepare, new people to meet, new schedules to which to adapt, a general newness overcoming us. Not two weeks into my school year did Elul begin, and it was quite a blow to the head. Frankly, it’s hard to keep up with. When we blow the shofar, sure, I think, “Today I’m going to focus on Elul. Today I will have the mindset.” Yet when I walk out of services and realize I’m going to be late for history class if I don’t hurry up, Elul is tossed away like last year’s textbook edition. It’s the irony that any time Elul is mentioned we have a panic attack about it, yet when it isn’t blatantly in our face, we forget it’s even there. What is it about this dichotomy that makes Elul so off-setting? For me personally, the over-worry side just adds to the stresses of school. Every day I wake up at six in the morning and go to sleep at eleven or twelve (if I’m lucky). I’m rushing to school and home for different responsibilities or extra-curriculars.

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In between classes I am overwhelmed by all my friends in the hallways, but I know I can’t stay and chat, because if I’m late to math class, who knows what wrath will rain down upon me. My mind – probably not unlike your typical working adult’s – is full of daily stresses and worries, things that dominate my “right-this-second” life. Meanwhile, Elul is a stress that takes me into the future: How do I want to progress from this second to the next second, and what will be different in that next second? The issue is, the next second is scary; none of us can handle living in the future until we tackle the now, and of course, the

now is causing so much trouble it will inevitably spill into the next. And the cycle continues: Looking at our calendar – as scary as it is, we must – we are leaving Elul and approaching the High Holidays, which are more directly intense. I can’t honestly say that our “now” time doesn’t matter. Maybe it does, and maybe it doesn’t. I know to me the “now” matters a lot, and if I told you your “now” doesn’t matter, that you should only think about your “next,” I would be a hypocrite. My “now” time is of utmost importance to me. So maybe the problem is that we only associate Elul and the time of repentance with the future. Maybe it’s not about over-preparing for Yom Kippur and the end result; maybe it’s about making now better than it is now. We might only “count” Yom Kippur as a day of significance to our repenting, but it’s every day of the year that we must actively live it. As opposed to trying to perfect everything for this specific time (and then go back to being blasé), we can take these days as a reminder that every day is an opportunity to think. Elul doesn’t need to pile on to our stresses or become our own personal doom’s day; rather, it can serve as a reminder that we should dedicate time all the time to bettering ourselves and our world. In other words, we don’t need to worry about cleaning the entire room for Yom Kippur, but if we can pick up one sock at a time with our spare hands, maybe we’ll be in better shape. Editor’s note: Eden Farber, 15, is a sophomore at Yeshiva Atlanta. She was recognized in the Jewish Heritage National Poetry Contest of 2010 and has published op-eds and poetry in Modern Hippie Magazine and the NY Jewish Week’s Fresh Ink for Teens section.


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ROSH HASHANAH

You Don’t Know It’s Lost until It’s Gone

MEMORIES WORTH MORE THAN GOLD

Even if just for a second, memories

Elul:

Judi’s day. She loved having those sparkly

and each time Judi remembered an item,

physical reminders.

there was a trip or a person connected to

have them! Touch them, smell them, gaze

it. Those happy memories locked away

at them and joyfully immerse yourself in

in rings, necklaces and memory cards are

the memories that otherwise might be for-

now somewhat tinged with sadness.

gotten.

Now they’re gone. It was not until the next day that Stan

discovered that the gonif had also taken

memories. Lulled into a sense

our inexpensive camera. Why that?

of security, the alarm was not

set, and our home was broken

take a camera sitting out. For us, he stole

For the burglar, it was just a whim to

into in broad daylight.

five months of memories – we hadn’t yet

downloaded all of the photos.

was our teenage daughter who was first

on the scene, we can only be thankful. The

high school graduation, her orientation at

burglar was after jewelry and went straight

the University of Georgia and her settling

for the master bedroom, where Judi’s

in to her first year in college. We also had a

valuables were available for convenient

great “Hardly Seen/Never Met Relatives”

shopping on the top of the dresser; there,

vacation this past summer, traveling to

he simply scooped out several handfuls of

Baltimore, New York City and Boston; we

loot with little regard for what he grabbed.

visited family, found some long-lost cous-

ins and met one relative in his 80s for the

The monetary value of the stolen items

evoked. So let us suggest another ritual for

termine everything that had been stolen,

ast week, someone stole our

Nobody was hurt, and considering it

It took us more than 24 hours to de-

of the family matriarch became a part of

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Stan Beiner

Go through your things while you still

Ultimately, we realize the value lies

not in the thing itself, but in the memories

There were some from our daughter’s

was not inconsequential, but the real loss

first time.

was in the sentimental worth. Ironically,

the most valuable jewelry pieces (the fam-

they’re all gone. But we know this is all

ily heirlooms) were safely hidden away.

just “stuff.”

It was the pieces Judi wore regularly that

were taken.

hood memories came from a moment

And we had great pictures…but now

One of Stan’s most powerful child-

Judi has a habit of buying jewelry

when Betty dropped a saucer in the home

when on vacation – practically speaking,

of a California cousin who was a Holo-

those are the only occasions when she has

caust survivor. It was a solitary keepsake

time to make such purchases – and as a re-

that she had brought over from Europe – a

sult, she had a great collection of jewelry

singular memory of her childhood home.

from our many trips to Israel as well as a

ring bought on an excursion to Chicago, an

cousin walked over to the cupboard,

anniversary piece Stan purchased for our

grabbed a dustpan and began cleaning it

20th anniversary and a unique pewter item

up. With not an ounce of emotion, she ex-

bought in Bath, England while on “holi-

plained that it was a thing. Her memories

day” with a friend.

were still intact.

Now, all these pieces are gone.

The diamond anniversary pieces and

jects to remind us of things we shouldn’t

The family was mortified when this

Still, sometimes we count on those ob-

pearl earrings from our wedding will

forget but often do.

be simple enough to replace. The most

heartache comes over the few items that

we were robbed during the month of Elul.

belonged to the unsinkable Betty Taksar

This is the season when we look back at

Marie Beiner: The tiny marcasite earrings

the past year to recall, reflect and remem-

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aula Londe had always dreamed of revving up an old Chevy and taking a road trip across America. It was on Feb. 6, 2012 that Londe decided it was the right time to brave the wide-open roads of America in hopes of adventure and fun; her family and friends wished her well, that she should have a safe trip to her destination and back. It wasn’t until later Londe told anyone that she had quit her good marketing job, sold her house, bought a camper and had no intensions of returning to Atlanta until she visited all 50 states. “Something deep inside my soul told me that now was the time to travel,” she said. “I always thought that traveling was a future retirement dream, but I just had to do it now.” For more than five months, Londe has been on the road, and what she has discovered about America has been – in her own words – “breathgiving.” She has created a picturesque blog in hopes to inspire more people to disconnect from their hectic lives, travel and discover the beauty of the American land and people. Specifically, that beauty which is not in the hustle and bustle of the big cities, but in the stillness and quaintness of small towns and counties.

For the Heart of It, Check Out the Festivals The first thing Londe does every morning before she leaves her camper is to say the Tefilat HaDerech. “Every morning, I say the Traveler’s Prayer,” she said. “It helps me start each day.” Then Londe eagerly starts to explore the essence of a place by skipping the big cities in favor of the little towns and scenic byways. “The best way to really experience a region is to visit flea markets, parades, fairs and especially festivals,” she said. “You get to see how the local people have celebrated local traditions for generations and generations.” A good county festival, she says, has a contest, good food, local talent and a parade, and all of these events allow the locals to celebrate their culture and history. Londe’s blog showcases bright, bold pictures of locals and visitors eating watermelons at the Watermelon Eating Contest in Water Valley, Miss. Since the Great Depression, the locals have lifted each other’s spirits by participating in this and other farcical events like the Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. Bright yellow stacks of cornbread made from old family recipes are displayed at the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tenn. Since 1985, kids have dived into pools of grits at the World Grits Festival in Saint George, S.C.

Musicians gleefully play their instruments to appreciative crowds at the Georgia Mountain Roots and Music Festival, and colorful vegetables are heaped on mounds of hay by famers who proudly display their seasonal bounty of agriculture for all to see.

the skies are really so wide-open and huge that it seems like the land disappears into the sky.”

“The one thing I love about visiting all of the festivals and fairs is seeing where our food comes from,” Londe said, then laughed. “Every festival seems to have corn or some corn-shucking contest. Every state I’ve visited so far has cornfields. I didn’t realize how much corn was produced in America.” Our intrepid traveler also notes that some of the roadside art museums rival the museums of the big cities. For instance, Londe was amazed when she visited Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden in Philadelphia’s South Street neighborhood: This impressive, colorfilled mosaic space has helped revitalize what was once a dull, dilapidated and dangerous neighborhood. Learning the Way of the Land Londe confesses that she regrets not traveling sooner. She laments that it has taken her all of these years to discover that the song “America the Beautiful” really is accurate. “Some mountains really are purple at dusk,” she said. “In Delaware,

TOP: Paula Londe (right) poses with one of her many new friends, this one met at the Tomato Festival in Pennsylvania. ABOVE: While traveling, Londe has discovered that some of America’s best art isn’t in the bigcity museums.

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continued from previous page sees the thunderous beauty of Bushkill Falls in Pennsylvania or watches the wild horses rump around Cumberland Island in Georgia. Of course, some stand out. “The Crayola Factory in Easton, Penn., is a fabulous place,” she said. “It brought out my inner child. I stayed almost the entire day just coloring and painting; I just relaxed and had a great time. “I saw how crayons were made and saw the world’s biggest crayon, and everything was made in the U.S.A.” Londe’s father insisted that she visited Gettysburg, Penn., site of the storied eponymous battle. “[The Battle at] Gettysburg was the turning point of the war,” Londe said. “I learned how local people had to bury all the dead men of Gettysburg and that it was the first town to ask for government assistance. I could feel the sorrow of the place and how important this battle was to our country.”

Another camper showed Londe how to properly use jacks and stabilizers for her camper, another helped her align her camper to her SUV, and yet another said a prayer for her, wishing her traveling mercies.

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“The campers know every crook of every place,” she said. “They tell me the places to avoid and the places to go to.” Only 41 to Go So far, Londe has visited nine states: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. When people ask Londe what she’s going to do next, she simply responds that she is “living in the moment.” Her two goals for now are to finish seeing all 50 states and to become a writer. Her blog – which she updates weekly – is already impressive, and she encourages people to peruse and click the subscribe button to get updates of her daily travels. “Many people have started following my blog,” Londe smiled. “It’s so exciting to see people sharing their ideas and opinions about the places that they’ve visited.”

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Local Rosenzweig Appointed President & CEO of Pardes WEBER SCHOOL FOUNDER JOINS RENOWNED JERUSALEM INSTITUTE

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he Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem recently announced that Michael Rosenzweig has been appointed to the newly-created position of President and Chief Executive Officer. He will officially join Pardes on Oct. 15 and will lead the implementation of a transformational strategic plan focusing on dynamic growth for the institution, both in North America and Israel. Rosenzweig joins Pardes as it celebrates its 40th anniversary year. Until July, he served as President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History, where he led the opening of the Museum’s new home on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. In view of Pardes’s plans to significantly increase activities in North America, Rosenzweig will divide his time between Israel and the United States.

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important moment in its history, and I thank its leadership and faculty for entrusting me with this sacred responsibility,” Rosenzweig said of his appointment. “For 40 years, its gifted faculty has provided uniquely enriching encounters with the texts of our tradition to over 5,000 women and men from all walks of Jewish life, enabling those students to access their Jewish bookcase and to reflect on their profound connection to their Jewish identity. “Over the next several years, we will dramatically increase our visibility and impact in the diverse Jewish communities of North America, introducing them directly to the unique Pardes model of Jewish learning in an open and inclusive environment. I could not be more excited to be part of this enterprise.” Rabbi Daniel Landes, who continues as Pardes’s director and spiritual leader, is enthused by the appointment. “I am delighted that Michael will be taking on this new and important re-

sponsibility,” Rabbi Landes said. “We are about to embark on an era of exciting growth as we embrace new global initiatives that will build on the significant impact Pardes has had on the Jewish world these past 40 years. “We are most fortunate that Michael will bring his exceptional leadership to this critical work. I have long admired him as a dynamic leader and a good friend.” In a joint statement, Israel board chair John Corre and North American board president Tom Barad also commented: “Pardes is gaining an accomplished leader recognized for his achievements in both the business world and the Jewish community. As a former Pardes student and president of our North American board, Michael comes to this position with deep understanding of our community, our operations and our ambitious plans for growth.” Before joining the National Museum

of American Jewish History in 2009, Rosenzweig enjoyed a dis- Michael Rozenzweig tinguished career as a law professor at the University of Michigan, a lawyer in private practice in Atlanta and Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and General Counsel at Johns Manville, a $3-billion Denver-based Berkshire Hathaway company. He was also founding chair and founding president of The Weber School in Atlanta, one of the first avowedly trans-denominational Jewish day high schools in North America. Editor’s note: The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies provides a co-educational, open, inclusive, diverse and intellectually challenging environment in Jerusalem, which engages all Jews in the study of the classic texts and ideas of their heritage. For more information, contact ilanalipman@pardes.org,il.


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Space does not permit a summary of all these major events, but a few are highlighted below: • In 1993, BellSouth invested $300 million to establish a cell phone operation in Israel. In 2005, after producing many years of solid profits and purchasing over $100 million a year from Israeli vendors, this business was sold for $625 million. • In 1998, Given Imaging – the developer of the pill camera and based in Yokneam – Israel established an Atlanta partnership. In 2000, Given selected Atlanta as their U.S. headquarters, and today, the company employs over 100 people in Duluth, Ga. • In June 2001, Gulfstream Aerospace partnered with Israel Aircraft Industries on a $1.3 billion contract with United Airlines. Later, Gulfstream acquired IAI’s business jet division. • In June 2007, Roswell-based Witness Systems was purchased by Israel-based Verint for $950 million. • In February 2010, the AICC is recognized as the area’s top international economic development organization by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce by receiving the 2010 Global Impact Award. • In September 2010, three additional Israeli companies established U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, bringing the total to 45 statewide. While the main goal of the Chamber’s actions are to promote economic growth, Tom Glaser, AICCSE president, believes other significant non-economic benefits have accrued. Chamber leaders see that some previously non-affiliated Jews have become more aware of and involved in a wide range of Jewish activities, and they also believe that mutually beneficial business transactions among people of various faiths promotes understanding and social and cultural dialogue. It truly is amazing what creativity, innovation and disciplined hard work can accomplish with a sound capitalist business model. Editor’s note: For more on the AICC and Israel’s economic miracle, review AICCSE.org and sc-Israel.org. Al Shams is a Sandy Springs resident, a former CPA and an investment professional with more than 35 years industry experience.


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Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Announces New CDO MICHAEL BALABAN JOINS AS CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

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he Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) announces after an extensive national search in conjunction with the Mandel Center of Jewish Federations of North America that Michael Balaban will be joining the team as its Chief Development Officer. Balaban is currently Director of Development at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and previously worked as a senior Federation professional in both development and planning in Providence, R.I. and Columbus, Ohio. He comes to Atlanta with a longstanding Federation career totaling 18 years of experience in non-profit management; he also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Touro Synagogue Foundation in Newport, R.I. “I’ve been fortunate to visit with numerous Jewish communities throughout the world,” Balaban, a graduate of the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP), said. “In each place, I have been welcomed with a shared peoplehood, an innovative spirit and an unbreakable bond to the land of Israel. The constant is a communal understanding that we are there for each other – through the good times and the difficult ones. “Nowhere is this more true than what I have found in the community of Greater Atlanta.” Balaban’s responsibilities will encompass all aspects of financial resource development, including supervision of the annual Community Campaign, Planned Giving and Endowment, special campaigns and campaigns developed in response to emergency needs.

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PAC is comprised of financial and other professionals acting in an advisory role for their individual clients; the Council brings professionals from throughout the community together to connect with like-minded people, make new contacts, enhance skills and learn about planned giving opportunities for clients.

“Both Abbey and Greg have been an asset to our organization,” said Marc Lewyn, Chair of Federation’s Planned Giving & Endowment department. “Their leadership has helped to build the Balser Symposium into an annual event that attracts hundreds of advisors throughout our community [as well as] to revitalize the membership and event structure of PAC to expand its reach into the professional community.” Flaum is an attorney with the law firm of Cohen, Pollock, Merlin & Small, P.C., where her area of emphasis is in estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning, asset protection planning and probate and estate administration. Jacobs is a Partner with the law firm of Jacobs & King, L.L.C., where his emphasis is in estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning, probate and estate administration, business succession, asset protection, business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, restrictive covenants and general corporate planning.

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PAC’s mission is also to provide a forum for the mentoring of financial and other professionals in our community on both a professional and communal needs basis. Flaum is also a member of the Planned Giving & Endowment Committee, the Caring Outcomes Committee and the Business and Professional Council of the Women and Philanthropy division. Jacobs previously served as a member of the Balser Symposium Committee.

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Israeli Pride GOOD NEWS MADE THIS PAST WEEK • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a groundbreaking Israeli neutropenia treatment. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are at risk of infection due to reduced white blood cell counts, but Teva’s Tbofilgrastim stimulates the bone marrow to produce white bloods cells, and the U.S. FDA has given the go-ahead for commercial production.

• Israel trains young Japanese leaders. Through IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, the Jewish State has been training Japanese students from the Tohoku earthquake region. The leadership program empowers youth from Tohoku to take responsibility for their future as individuals and as a community.

• Efforts to clean Lake Victoria continue to progress. Following on from the project initiated in April 2011, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon signed a cooperation agreement with Kenya and Germany to promote fish farming techniques and desalinate and purify the waters of Lake Victoria.

disease is in the bones. The new study on how the brain controls bone development (along with previous research on protein interleukin-1) explains why depression, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy often accompany osteoporosis. These findings create huge potential for new therapies.

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• Israeli unemployment drops and workforce rises. Despite Israel being hit by the world economic downturn and Israeli companies having to layoff thousands, unemployment actually dipped in July 2012, down to 6.5 percent from a 7.1 percent measure in June. Additionally, the workforce increased from 59 percent to 59.8 percent of the population.

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f it weren’t for the Hebrew-language exit sign that hung above the entrance, I would have never imagined I was in Israel – or rather, I would have never imagined I was in the Israel that I had always known. Boys played soccer, girls gossiped in tight groups. The setting was all too familiar; after all, I had been in high school myself just a few months before. However, this was my first time in an Arab high school. As a component of my gap year program, I had come in order to attempt to build relationships with Arab students and engage in dialogue that hopefully would better our understanding of one another. Each year, a significant number of Jewish high school graduates from all over the world spend a year studying in Israel. For my gap year, I was fortunate to be chosen to participate in Kivunim: New Directions, through which I was able to live in Jerusalem and study history, politics, Hebrew and Arabic. I had visited Israel in the past but had never been exposed to its largest minority. I had spent two summers living with my cousins, both times returning home believing that I had fully experienced what it was like to live in Israel. On this trip, as a Kivunim participant, I was excited and anxious to be part of the first meaningful interaction these Arab high schoolers would ever have with their Jewish peers. It shocked me most had never had any kind of relationship with another Jew – Israeli or foreign-born – despite being Israeli citizens themselves. I was pleasantly surprised: Awkward at first, our conversations soon turned amiable and uninhibited. Learning from Another’s Experience Part-way through my experience at the Arab school (known as Ramle), Kivunim’s January trip took us to the Neve Shalom school in Casablanca, Morocco. During a discussion about anti-Semitism in Morocco today, Rabbi Jacquy Sebag drew our attention to a faint scar that divided

his face into two; while walking down the street, he had been attacked by a person holding an axe who targeted him because he was Jewish. Today, Rabbi Sebag continues to attend to the daily needs of the school. I couldn’t believe that Rabbi Sebag was willing to resume his leadership role in the Jewish community after almost dying as a victim of a hate crime; I imagined a more logical response would be to flee as soon as possible to a safer community in Israel or the U.S. But despite being a member of a minority in a Muslim country, Rabbi Sebag still views himself as Moroccan first, and despite the acrimonious Jewish-Muslim relations that permeate much of the world, he persists in engaging with the Muslim community. I thought to myself: As a representative of Kivunim, I was reaching out as the majority to the minority. How different was it for me to channel Rabbi Sebag’s dedication to working towards living peacefully with his neighbors into my own life? How could I better connect with the Ramle students who viewed themselves, rightly or wrongly, as victims of discrimination and distrust? I returned to my regular Ramle visits with newfound energy. While we still conversed about the generics – hobbies, school and movies – we also discussed extensively both the Arab-Israeli conflict and the conflict between the Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. Although I still identify as proIsrael, I listened to the students argue their opinions and describe their encounters with prejudiced Jews and biased policemen. In turn, I hope the Ramle students acquired a new outlook on Jewish youth, that there were some who wanted to listen to them. Editor’s note: Ariel Schnitzer is a 10th-grader at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles. His writing has been published in various Jewish media outlets including JewishJournal.com.

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Kosher Movies: A Few Good Men (1992) ROB REINER’S DRAMA ASKS, “CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?” By Rabbi Herbert Cohen AJT Contributor

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Few Good Men” is an outstanding courtroom drama with a complex agenda. On one level, it tells the story of two Marines who assault another Marine, resulting in his death. What were their motives? Did they attack him because someone higher up in the chain of command ordered them to do so? Most important, is a Marine expected to follow an order even when it goes against his moral sensibilities?

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Indeed, these are heavy questions; and the answer in part lies with what kind of conduct is expected of a Marine. He is a soldier fighting to protect his country – a noble cause – but

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in the process, he may lose his moral rudder and begin to devalue the life of others. There are no easy answers, and the film, in general, presents a balanced view of a very complicated topic. On another level, “A Few Good Men” considers the question of whether people are willing to listen to the truth when it contradicts the very way they live. Several years ago, a good friend of mine lost his job and wanted to borrow some money from me to use as a bridge until he found another job. I gave him the loan but inwardly felt uncomfortable; I knew that my friend was a dreamer, not rooted to reality. He had moved from job to job, always in search of the perfect position, but he never found it. Moreover, he had a reputation for

being wasteful with his money and, in fact, had no savings after being employed for 15 years. I debated in my own mind whether I was an “enabler,” indirectly encouraging my friend to continue with his irresponsible and self-destructive ways. I wanted to tell him the truth, but I was not sure he could hear what I had to say, and so I remained silent. A memorable scene in the movie – ask anyone who has seen it – addresses this very issue. In a courtroom confrontation between Tom Cruise, the defense attorney for the accused soldiers, and Jack Nicholson, the general who gave the questionable comcontinued on page 29


continued from page 28 mand, General Jessup describes the sacred duty of a Marine to defend his country. This depends upon following orders, orders that at times place the Marine on a slippery moral slope but which must be carried out nonetheless.

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Handling the truth means accepting complexity, realizing that in the pursuit of a noble cause, there may be unwelcome – but necessary – collateral damage. Tom Cruise may have won the case, but Jack Nicholson’s assessment of his military reality is not to be dismissed. Watching “A Few Good Men” reminded me of the difficulty all of us have in hearing the truth. To hear the truth, we must be willing to accept discomposure, complexity and the reality that truth can be painful even as it enables us to grow. The Torah tells us that we have an obligation to reprove people, to tell them the truth about their character inadequacies so that they can improve. But the commentators make an interesting point based on the unusual language of the Biblical imperative: “you shall surely reprove.”

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Significantly, in Hebrew, this is expressed by a doubling of the verb for “reprove.” The double term indicates that we should only give reproof if the recipient will listen; sometimes it is wiser not to reprove if the listener is not ready to hear it. Editor’s note: Rabbi Cohen, former principal of Yeshiva Atlanta, now resides in Beit Shemesh, Israel. koshermovies.com.

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New Documentary on Buddy Rich Planned DAUGHTER OF LEGENDARY JEWISH DRUMMER KEEPS LEGACY ALIVE business as well as in his personal relationships. “No one who ever played the drums, with the possible exception of Gene Krupa, achieved the popularity, respect, and adulation that Rich enjoyed,” Torme wrote. “Rightfully so. Like a few other ‘originals,’ he stood out in bas relief as a geniusgrade musician.” Torme noted that young Buddy began to play a drum in perfect rhythm when his parents took him on the vaudeville circuit; that was at the tender age of 18 months. Cathy says that her father started playing even before that. “As the legend goes, Buddy was sitting in his high-chair and the radio was on,” she recounted. “He was playing along with his spoon and fork and keeping perfect time. My grandfather noticed this and would change the dial on the radio to see if this was a fluke. “Every time he changed it to different music, Buddy played perfectly to every single thing.” Buddy Rich – arguably the greatest drummer of all time – is the subject of upcoming documentary “Welcome to Nutville.” PHOTO/William P. Gottlieb collection

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o the late Buddy Rich, playing drums in jazz bands was everything – so much so that when he was in his last days, he asked his only daughter to keep his legacy alive. After the legendary drummer passed on in 1987, his daughter Cathy Rich worked tirelessly to preserve her dad’s memory, organizing memorial concerts and touring with his band. Now, she is embarking on a new project: a documentary film about the great drummer’s life to be called “Welcome to Nutville.”

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multi-layered life, editing hours of footage of his pyrotechnics on the drum kit and interviewing surviving friends and relatives – Cathy partnered with filmmaker Brian Morgan and opened a Kickstarter account to raise money for the project. “When I came across a bunch of drummers on YouTube, I saw Buddy on video and thought, ‘Wow, this man was incredible,’” Morgan said. Said online videos show Buddy driving many of the bands he played with over a career that spanned nearly his entire life of 70 years. According to the book “Traps The Drum Wonder: The Life of Buddy Rich” written by singer Mel Torme, his life was full of adventures in the music

During his long career, Buddy played with Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald and Harry James; led his own bands; and played with Jazz at the Philharmonic. He was known for his technique, power and speed. Although on the road constantly, he took time out to return home to attend Cathy’s recitals. “He did everything for me,” she said. “Before he passed on, he asked me to keep the band and the music going. He knew that jazz was America’s only original art form, and he wanted to keep it going. “It took a while for me to figure out how to do this. We did scholarship concerts and memorial concerts. Every major drummer in the world came out to play in the band to pay tribute to Buddy.” A singer who now fronts her father’s band, Cathy first became

known as a musician herself when she sang the Sonny and Cher tune “The Beat Goes On” in a 1967 recording made by her father on his Big Swing album. She was 12 at the time. According to Cathy, Buddy was proud of his Jewish heritage. “He kept the High Holy Days and would fast [on Yom Kippur],” she said. “When he would go to Germany to play, he would check into a hotel, and the man behind the desk was the age where he could have been in the war. Buddy wore a Star of David around his neck, and he would look at the man and make sure he saw the star.” Part of his heritage was giving back. Cathy said her father performed the highest form of philanthropy: that given anonymously. “He did charity work for the underprivileged, and he played at prisons,” she said. “He did not invite the press. He was a true humanitarian.” Morgan said that the film, when completed, will be taken to the Chicago Midwest Independent Film Festival. He is also “in talks” with the film festival in Palm Springs, California, where Buddy lived and his wife still resides. Morgan is “technologically savvy, knows the medium and knows how to get the film out there,” Cathy said. “Some people are born to do what they do, like Picasso and Mozart,” Cathy said. “Buddy influenced generations of drummers, but it didn’t stop there; he has inspired so many people and that is what will be in this film. “His influence was overwhelming.” Editor’s note: The film’s Kickstarter website can be reached via kickstarter.com/projects/mbm/ welcome-to-nutville-a-buddy-richdocumentary?ref=search.


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The production runs Sept. 28, 29 (7:30 p.m.) and 30 (3 p.m.) at Northside United Methodist Church. Kisber has been a member of The Temple – where her late husband Stuart served as a trustee – for more than 50 years. She has performed with the Horizon Theater Senior Ensemble for the past 18 years and is a prolific playwright herself.

“Driving Miss Daisy” is directed by David Buice, the acclaimed organist for Northside; Kisber and Arnold will be joined onstage by Louis C. Robbins as Hoke the chauffeur. Editor’s note: Tickets are just $15 and available each performance at the church. The play runs under an hour and a half, and is performed without intermiss

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Acclaimed Cookbook Author Shares in Atlanta DEMONSTRATION, TASTINGS BRING MANY TO BETH JACOB By Suzi Brozman AJT Contributor

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t had been several years since innovative kosher cook Susie Fishbein accomplished a minor miracle in Atlanta. Needing an appropriate venue, Betty Minsk of the Congregation Beth Jacob Sisterhood convinced the Viking Cooking School to make their kitchen kosher so Fishbein could not only demon-

strate her skills but also offer tastings to attendees back in 2005.

dough and decadently rich chocolate (see right).

Well, in early September, Susie was back, and this time she cooked up a storm – or, actually, a threecourse Rosh Hashanah dinner – in Beth Jacob’s Heritage Hall. The menu is perfect for the upcoming holiday: tri-colored matza ball soup, orange chicken over whipped carrots and an apple rum dessert with phyllo

Event chairperson Jodi Wittenberg explained that the carrots were chosen over other vegetables because of the orange root’s special place in the food lore of the holiday. Sliced carrots resemble coins, so serving them acts as a wish for increased wealth.

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n apple a day” may be sage advice, and here’s why: In addition to an apple’s boron content, the flavonoid phloridzin – found only in apples – may increase the strength of bones in post-menopausal women, thereby protecting them from crippling osteoporosis.

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Apples have also been connected with relieving wheezing symptoms of asthma in children, as well as with protecting brain cells in adults with Alzheimer’s disease. And due to an apple’s rich pectin content, this fruit

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can play a role in lowering cholesterol as well as in reducing colon cancer by promoting a healthier digestive tract. A Brazilian study has even linked apples to weight loss! Ingredients (Makes 10 servings) • nonstick cooking spray • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into ¼-inch pieces

Many other foods too have symbolic value in holiday cooking…but • 2 Macintosh or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, cut into ¼-inch pieces • 1 tablespoon orange juice • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 2 tablespoons cornstarch • 2 tablespoons dark rum • 12 to 14 sheets (half of a 16-ounce box) phyllo dough, defrosted overnight in the refrigerator • 1½ ounces (usually half a bar) good-quality semisweet chocolate, such as Schmerling Noblesse, broken on the score marks into one-inch squares Although it is purchased from the freezer section, keep phyllo in the refrigerator until ready to use. It can last there, unopened, for up to a month, and is easier to work with than if defrosted right from the freezer. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Heavily spray a nine-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. 3. Melt the butter or margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and orange juice and sauté for three

that’s a story for another day. Susie Fishbein burst on the kosher cooking scene with her first book, “The Kosher Palette,” which offered contemporary, tasty and easy-toachieve meals; “not your grandmother’s recipes.” Since that time, she has helped kosher cooks with books on entertaining, holidays, cooking for children, light recipes and quick, easy-to-cook dishes for today’s busy schedules. minutes. 4. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring to distribute. Cook for four minutes, until apples are soft but not mushy. 5. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the rum. Carefully add the rum to the pan; if the rum ignites flames, they will quickly die down. Cook until the mixture thickens and the apples are caramelized. Remove from heat. 6. Unwrap the phyllo dough. Working quickly, fold a sheet of phyllo in half lengthwise. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Lay the sheet into the prepared pan so one end touches the middle and the other end comes up the side and hangs over the pan. Fold a second phyllo sheet lengthwise and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Lay it into the pan so that one end touches the center of the pan and the rest hangs over and overlaps the first sheet by one inch. Repeat with remaining phyllo, arranging the strips in a spoke-like fashion around the pan, until the pan is completely covered. 7. Pour the apples into the center of the pan. Starting with the last sheet of dough placed in the pan, lift the end and twist it towards the center of the filling. Coil and tuck the end under to form a rosette. The center filling should be visible. 8. Repeat with remaining phyllo strips in the reverse order in which they were placed. When you are done, there should be a complete crown of rosettes and a four-inch circle of filling visible. Tuck the chocolate pieces into the apple filling. 9. Bake for 30 minutes until pastry is golden. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Slice and serve warm.


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Pomegranate Chicken ROSH HASHANAH RECIPE

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n Rosh Hashanah, we make blessings for the year to come, often employing food puns. Chosen foods like pomegranates, apples, leeks and dates symbolize a wish or blessing for prosperity and health in the coming year. The food’s significance is most often based on a pun of that food’s name. During the Rosh Hashanah meal, each food is held up, blessed and eaten as if to personally ingest or take in those good wishes. Ofpomegranates, we say, “May we be as full of mitzvot as the pomegranate is full of seeds.” Of leeks (in Hebrew, karti, which resem1 Coupon Per Table. Cannot be combined bles yikartu oroffer. “toThis offer is valid for with any other cut off”), wetime say, it be Your will, Dinner and“May Cash User only: Expiration 10-14-2012 G-d, that ourDate enemies be cut off. This recipe includes both pomegranates and leeks, giving you a tasty way to enjoy both foods and the blessings they bring.
I advocate using a whole chicken because it makes for juicier and more tender meat and has the added benefit of being costeffective. Ingredients 1 chicken 1 pomegranate 2 cups Pom (or similar) pomegranate juice 2 Tablespoons corn or potato starch 1 large bunch leeks, cleaned well and sliced into rounds 1-2 heads heads fennel, sliced into wedges (reserve fronds/tops and roughly chop) ¼ bunch tarragon, chopped ¾ cup honey 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Re-

2. Combine the salt, pepper, olive oil and most of the tarragon and fennel fronds and in a bowl; rub chicken with mixture. 3. Mix remaining wet ingredients in the same bowl used in previous step, then whisk in the corn or potato starch until smooth. Pour over the chicken and vegetables and roast for about an hour-and-a-half (or until the skin is crispy and when pierced with a knife, the juices of the chicken run clear) Use the rest of the pomegranates seeds as a gorgeous colorful garnish together with the extra tarragon and fennel fronds.

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Toremoveseedsfromapomegranate – by the way, this is a good job to give to your cooking partner or kids, but not when they’re wearing white – place the pomegranate on its side and slice it in half so that you separate the top from the bottom. Each side should have a little bump in the center from where it hung from the tree. It’s important that you slice it the correct way for this to work. Put a container or mixing bowl in the sink and grab a large wooden spoon, the heavier the better. Hold one half of the pomegranate so that the open side is palm down and whack the skin all over and pretty hard; the seeds should fall out. Repeat with the other side. Editor’s note: Itta Werdiger-Roth is a personal chef who operates out of New York City. She is a carnivore with a special interest in vegetarian food and enjoys cooking with locally grown organic and fresh ingredients. She is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. This recipe courtesy MyJewishLearning.com.

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move the pomegranate seeds and discard the skin (see above). Place the chicken in a roasting pan and sprinkle the leeks, fennel and 1/3 of the pomegranate seeds around and over it and inside the crevice.

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Seitan Brisket ROSH HASHANAH RECIPE By Leah Koenig MyJewishLearning.com

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eitan, a meat substitute made from wheat, is inherently soft and tender, so it does not need to stew for quite as long as traditional brisket. But since your taste buds will quickly become intoxicated by the smell of onions, caraway, tamari and garlic wafting from the oven, the quicker cooking time is a blessing.

Ingredients Serves six

Freshly-ground black pepper

(for seitan and vegetables)

1 ¾ cups vegetarian stock

2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, sliced vertically 2 medium carrots, sliced into oneinch pieces

(for gravy) ¾ cup grape juice or fruity red wine 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

2 celery stalks, chopped roughly

3 Tablespoons butter or canola oil

½ Tablespoon tamari

¼ cup unbleached flour

15 ounces seitan, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Freshly-grated black pepper Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Add oil, onions, carrots, celery and tamari to a heavy baking dish; stir to coat the veggies, then roast for 40 minutes.

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2. Remove dish from oven and distribute seitan on top of the veggies. Combine stock, juice/wine, brown sugar and caraway seeds and pour over seitan and veggies. Grind black pepper over top, cover tightly with foil, and return to oven. Bake an additional 40 minutes. 3. Remove pan, uncover and ladle out as much of the cooking broth as possible into a large liquid measuring cup. Heat the butter/ oil in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, for three minutes. Slowly whisk in reserved cooking broth and stir constantly until smooth and thick, two to three minutes. If you don’t have enough cooking broth left, add stock to substitute. Stir in half the garlic. Spread sauce onto the seitan, stirring to blend. Add salt to taste, if needed. 4. Raise oven temperature to broil. Prepare the glaze by whisking the juices/wine, brown sugar, miso and remaining garlic together. Spoon the glaze over the seitan. Return to the oven and broil uncovered until bubbling hot and deeply browned, five to 10 minutes. Serve hot. Editor’s note: Leah Koenig is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Gastronomica, Jewish Living, Lilith, Culinate, Beliefnet and other publications.


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Baked Salmon with Caramelized Apples ROSH HASHANAH RECIPE MyJewishLearning.com

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hile everyone is familiar with the usual suspects of Rosh Hashanah cuisine – apples and honey, round challah, honey cake – there are countless other foods that are traditional at the start of the Jewish year. These include pomegranates, beets, black eyed peas, dates, fenugreek and, for our purposes, fish. Whyfish?Fish multiply quickly and in quantity. On Rosh Hashanah, we eat fish in hopes that the coming year will be one of plenty. Anotherexplanation is that fish are particularly lucky because the evil eye cannot reach the underwater depths where they live. Eating fish expresses the desire that the Jewish people should similarly be free of evil and bad thoughts. This year, why not serve some special fish dishes at your Rosh Hashanah meal? While the obvious is gefilte, here’s an alternative appropriate for the holiday. Fishbakedinparchmentisdelicious to eat, fun to prepare with the whole family and very healthy. Theuseofparchmentsteamsthe fish and makes it extra-moist. If you are preparing this ahead of time, simply keep the fish in the parchment and reheat it until hot. Cut open the package just prior to serving. Ingredients Serves six 3 lbs. firm sweet apples, such as Gala or Braeburn 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 Tablespoon and 12 teaspoons olive oil, divided 6 five- or six-ounce fillets of salmon, skin removed 2 Tablespoons brown sugar Zest of two lemons Salt and pepper to taste 6 sheets parchment paper, 16

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375F.
Fold a 24inch sheet of parchment paper in half, width-wise, and cut out heart shape about three inches larger than each fillet of salmon Mix brown sugar and lemon zest and set aside. 2. Cut apples around core and cut slices 1/8-inch thick. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Heat a large skillet on high, almost to smoking; add olive oil and immediately add apple slices, keeping them one layer thick (cook in batches if necessary). Turn down heat to mediumhigh. Leave undisturbed for one minute, until apples have developed golden crust. Toss and continue to sauté until tender – but not mushy – then remove from heat. 3. Open up one sheet of parchment paper (now in heart shape). Drizzle one teaspoon olive oil on one side of fold and place one sixth of cooked apple slices on top of the oil. Place one salmon fillet on top of apples, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with two teaspoons brown sugar/lemon zest mixture. Drizzle another teaspoon of olive oil on top to prevent parchment from sticking. To close package, fold paper and make small overlapping folds to seal the edges, starting at curved edge of heart shape. Make sure there are no gaps so that steam cannot escape.
Repeat process for each other salmon fillet. 4. Fill baking sheet or large casserole dish with parchment packages. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until package is puffed up and fish is opaque. Do not overcook Before serving, reheat in parchment at 300F for six to eight minutes or until hot throughout. Editor’s note: Elisheva Margulies is a natural foods chef and holistic health counselor based in St. Louis, Mo. She owns Eat with Eli and offers personal chef services, catering, cooking classes and nutrition counseling to the community; visit www.eatwitheli.com.

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Tzimmes ROSH HASHANAH RECIPE By Itta Werdiger-Roth MyJewishLearning.com

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zimmes is a hot, sweet carrot dish often served on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year.

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grandmother’s recipe, which dates to her time in the town of Kharkov, Russia. Ingredients Serves 15 (for the carrots) 1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds

1 cup brown sugar A squirt of honey 4-5 prunes (optional) (for the kneidlach)

1 lb. flour (a mixture of white flour and course semolina is optimal)

1 lb. schmaltz (unrendered/raw chicken fat (or 3 sticks margarine)

½ teaspoon coarse ground pepper

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reenfield Hebrew Academy first-graders learned all about the process of making a shofar from Rabbi Ari Karp, Mishna and Talmud teacher in GHA’s middle school.

Thirty-one first graders gathered in the atrium to participate in the Shofar Workshop, in which they learned about the tools used and helped to make a shofar. Afterwards, each student polished his or her own shofar to be finished and taken home for the High Holy Days. The students were quick studies, and soon were polishing away on their shofarot. Hadara Seeman discussed her plans “to take it home and blow it” as she worked, but Simon Berry chose not to wait until the shofar got home; he blew into it, remarking: “Look, the sound is coming out of my shofar!” By the end of the workshop, the atrium rang with a surprisingly musical chorus of shofarot, each with its own unique tone. RIGHT: Before the Shofar Workshop began, Greenfield Hebrew Academy Head of School Rabbi Lee Buckman sat down with the first-graders for a lively discussion on Rosh Hashanah. BOTTOM RIGHT: Rabbi Ari Karp, Mishna and Talmud teacher at GHA’s middle school, stressed the importance of donning safety gear before working with tools to make shofarot. Here, Rabbi Karp receives help with the sanding machine from Shayna Robins. PHOTOS/Beth Intro

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ABOVE: First-grade students at GHA line up at tables to polish their shofarot with sandpaper. In the foreground, Matan Kabalo smiles for the camera. TOP LEFT: Samuel Bayer tries his hand at shofar blowing. By the end of the session, the atrium was ringing with a chorus of shofarot, each with a slightly different tone. PHOTOS/Devi Knapp

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ABOVE MIDDLE: In keeping with Rabbi Karp’s “safety first” directives, GHA student Naftali Susson dons protective gloves, a reflective vest and a hardhat before stepping up to assist Rabbi Karp with a drill. ABOVE: GHA first-grader Mikey Wilson triumphantly displays his finished product. PHOTOS/Beth Intro

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Diana Yashar Named Yeshiva Atlanta’s “Quiet Hero”

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counts a “regular guy,” even though he was President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA. This year, Yeshiva Atlanta establishes the “Quiet Hero” Award to honor Brill’s memory and all he did for the community, YA in particular. The award will be given annually to a student who follows its namesake’s example of quietly giving to others, and no student is more deserving of being its inaugural recipient than Diana Yashar. Like Brill, Yashar gives quietly: She gives encouragement and help to students who are struggling academically and socially. She sees the student that is standing alone and makes the first move to begin a friendship. Last year, she was a valuable intern in Yeshiva Atlanta’s Strategic Learning Program, through which she helped students understand and even enjoy math. In describing Yashar, her friends and the school’s faculty use phrases such as “a loyal SEPTEMBER 14 ▪ 2012

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Davis Welcomes Israeli Deputy Speaker Molla FIRST ETHIOPIAN JEW IN KNESSET SHARES STORY, INSIGHTS

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1st row: Alan Pollack. (Castlehaven Construction) Karen B. Eberson (Keller Williams Atlanta Perimeter), Daniel Kaufman, CRPC, CSNA (Merrill Lynch), Michael Krouse (Esolidate, Inc), Amy Kahn (I-Kahn Imagery Photography) 2nd row: Rabbi Steven Lindenblatt (Mediator), Steven G. Rothschild ,CPA, CFP (RRB Business Services), Mark Itzkovitz (Web Tech Services), Jeff Bashuk (Bashuk & Glickman, LLP), Saul Sloman (Atlas Merchant Services), Mindy Ellin (American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac)), Bob Levine (Legacy Financial Partners, LLC)

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Please join us for a networking event Thursday October 25, 2012, 5:30 pm Congregation B’nai Torah 700 Mount Vernon Highway NE Weekly Wednesday meetings at CONGREGATION ARIEL 5237 Tilly Mill Road,, Dunwoody, GA 30338 Networking begins at 7:15 am Meeting begins 7:30 am For more information contact: Mindy Ellin at 770-885-5632 or mindy_ellin@us.aflac.com


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ne of the most beautiful passages in the Torah appears in this week’s parsha. It describes the accessibility of Torah to each of us. Deuteronomy 30: 11-14 states: “For this commandment which I command you this day is not beyond you nor is it far off. It is not in heaven that you should say: ‘Who among us can go up to heaven and bring it to us so that we can observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea that you should say: ‘Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and bring it to us that we may observe it?’ But it is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart to observe it.” In other words, we do not have to possess some hidden knowledge to understand or implement the lessons of the Torah. One does not need superhuman powers – such as the ability to fly up to the heavens or span a vast ocean – in order to observe mitzvot. Nor does one need superhuman intelligence to understand the Torah’s messages. It is a guide that can enrich all of us, regardless of our human limitations.

not have to travel to some remote place on this earth to observe Torah. In contrast to those religious sects who believe that one must retreat to the mountains or remove oneself from society to connect with a higher power, the Torah presents a different model of spirituality. It is a model that suggests we can sanctify life in ordinary ways and in ordinary places: through how we speak, what we eat, how we spend our time and how we treat our neighbor in the public square.

An appreciation of Torah begins with the realization that each one of us is still evolving. Each of us has room to deepen our knowledge of Torah, widen our concerns for our neighbor, and contribute more to a world in ever in need of goodness.

According to Midrash

Never Out of Reach

An ancient midrash understands “heaven” and “sea” as metaphors not of remote places, but as metaphors of things that are very vast. In other words, we might look at the Torah’s laws and see one vast ocean of laws, mitzvot and customs and think we can never observe them all.

In this High Holiday season, our parasha reminds us that one does not need to travel to some pristine and faraway location to connect with G-d. As Rabbi Hirsch suggests, we can bring G-d and godliness into the

Halacha (Jewish law) applies to nearly every aspect of life, so naturally, we might feel overwhelmed. We might feel that we can never find favor in G-d’s eyes; every mitzvah reminds us of yet another one of our imperfections and temptations. But the Torah comes to counter this defeatist position. It says that as vast as G-d’s demands may be, one should never feel that Jewish observance is an all-or-nothing endeavor – that if we cannot do it all, we should do nothing.

Rather, realize that because there are many mitzvot, there are many points of entry: Start small and, with discipline, build from there.

Understanding the Message, According to Rabbi Hirsch

According to Talmud

Many commentators have gone deeper and unpack the images of “heaven” and “sea” that are mentioned in these verses; they wonder why the Torah chooses to use these images. For example: Samson Raphael Hirsch, a 19th-century commentator, suggests that when the Torah says we do not have to go up to the heavens or traverse a sea to observe Torah, it means that one does

“not in heaven” means that the Torah is not to be found among the arrogant. Those of us whose self-image reaches the heavens will never find value in the Torah’s teachings – it is as if our ego pushes G-d out of our lives.

Finally, there is a third interpretation proposed in the Talmud, this one focusing on the phrase describing the Torah as “not in heaven.” Here, according to the Talmud, the heavens are not a metaphor for some remote place or symbolic of the seemingly endless requirements of our tradition; rather, the heavens are a metaphor for a state of mind. Namely, to say that the Torah is

messy world in which we live right now. Furthermore, the mitzvot are meant not to be daunting unachievable obligations – as the midrash cautions – but as limitless possibilities to encounter G-d. And, when we deepen our commitments, we should never arrogantly think, as the Talmud warns, that we have no more room for growth and improvement. May this be a Shana Tova, a year where each of us adds to the goodness of the world right in front of us. Editor’s note: Rabbi Lee Buckman is Head of School at Greenfield Hebrew Academy and a member of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association.

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Fri., Sept. 14 Challah & Vodka, a special Shabbat celebration. Fri., Sept. 14, 6 p.m. $15/ person. City Club of Buckhead. RSVP at zoe.fox@atlantajcc.org. 1776 the Musical. Fri., Sept. 14 through Sun., Oct. 7. Dorsey Theater. 1776themusical.com.

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Wed., Sept. 19 Sophie Hirsh Srochi Discovery Center Drop-In, spend time with other moms for play time in the MJCCA’s Sophie Hirsh Srochi Discovery Center. Wed., Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. Free. suzanne.hurwitz@atlantajcc.org or (678) 812-4160.

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Sat., Sept. 22 Horseback Riding, hosted by North Atlanta Jewish Singles, come out for socializing and an hour long trail ride. Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m. $30/person. Chattahooche Stables. RSVP to Mark Horvath mhorv00@gmail.com.

Sun., Sept. 23 The Meeting of Jewish War Veterans Atlanta, bicentennial post 112. Buffet lunch with guest speaker Josh Karsk. Sun., Sept. 23, 10 a.m. $8.50/person. Prepaid. Landmark Diner. jwvga.org or Harvey Merlin at (404) 252-5253. Bush Centre for Ballet Performance, come see their dance performance at the Sandy Springs Festival and stop by their booth to meet teachers and students and sign up for a free class. Sun., Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m. Sandy Springs Festival Mainstage. (404) 256-5542. Safe Sitter, two 4-hour classes, training offers teens the opportunity to learn the skills that every parent looks for in a babysitter. Ages 11 to 15. Sun., Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Congregation Etz Chaim. (770) 973-0137. Recipes & Ruach, opening meeting of What’s Cooking With CBS Sisterhood. Bring a holiday dish and copies of your recipe. Sun., Sept. 23, 2 p.m. Private residence. (404) 310-4073 Inclusion Program, course teaches children and parents how to be sensitive to and empathetic with children with different abilities through activities and discussion. Sun., Sept. 23, 1 p.m. $20 member/$30 non-member. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org.

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Mon., Sept. 24 Music on Main Street, the MJCCA’s new live Monday music series, presents a variety of local talent representing a diverse line-up of musical genres. Purchase food or snacks at Goodfriend’s Grill and enjoy local talent! This premiere performance features Alan Dynin. Mon., Sept. 24, 5 p.m. Free admission. MJCCA, main lobby. brian.glusman@atlantajcc. org. Tues., Sept. 25 High Holiday Services at Chabad of Cobb, Yom Kippur services begins with the Children’s Blessing and Kol Nidre on Tues., Sept. 25, 7:15 p.m. For the second day Wed., Sept. 26, Shachrit is at 9:30 a.m., Yiskor 11: 45 a.m., Mincha and Neilah 6 p.m. Free admission on firstcome basis. Babysitting and children’s services available. Chabad of Cobb. (770) 565-4412. Thurs., Sept. 27 Stress and Anxiety in Teens, This course for parents of teens covers: stress and anxiety facts, signs of anxiety and stress, common causes, warning signs, how to manage, and a Q&A session. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. $15 members/$25 non-members. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org.

Wed., Oct. 3 Chabad of Cobb’s Annual Sukkot Festival, enjoy festive music, great rides, bungee, giant slide, pizza and more! Wed., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. East Cobb Park. Free admission. Donations welcome. (770) 565-4412, extension 300. TEAM Manners, in this TEAM Manners class comprised of four sessions, your child will learn specific interpersonal skills and etiquette in a class with his or her peers. For 3rd and 4th graders. Wed., Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m. $125 member/$145 non-member. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org. Thurs., Oct. 4 Love and Logic, a five session course to de-stress parenting. Through video clips, discussion, and practice exercises, you will gain skills that will allow you to create a low-stress home environment for your family. For parents of infants to six years. Thurs., Oct. 4, 10 a.m. $125 member/$145 non-member. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org.

Sun., Sept. 30 SAT Test Prep, Ages 15+. Sun., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Congregation Etz Chaim. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org.

Lunch ‘N Learn, Join local rabbi for a lively class and discussion series. This Thursday features Rabbi Micah Lapidus. His topic will be, “The Spiritual Life of Children and Adolescents: How to Nurture it and How to be Nurtured by it.” May bring a diary lunch or purchase a kosher lunch from Goodfriend’s Grill. Thurs., Oct. 4, 12 p.m. Free admission. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org.

Defiant Chamber Music, the awardwinning Vega String Quartet performs Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor and recently rediscovered compositions by distinguished pianist and composer Erwin Schulhoff, who perished in the Wulzburg Concentration Camp. Sun., Sept. 30, 3 p.m. The Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University. regions.adl.org/southeast.

Ribs in the Shack, eat in the MJCCA Sukkah and enjoy live bluegrass music with The Cedar Hill Bluegrass Band for this fun Sukkot holiday program. Includes crafts for children; sponsored by The Weinstein School. Rain or shine. Thurs., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Free admission. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. lora.sommer@atlantajcc.org

Scream Free Parenting, In this series of five classes, you will learn how to: eliminate power struggles, feel more capable, let the consequences do the screaming, and enjoy your kids again. Parents of children ages 3+. Sun., Sept. 30, 3 p.m. $125 member/$145 nonmember. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana. schlam@atlantajcc.org.

Germany Today, Southeast Regional Director of the ADL will speak about the terrible past within Germany and the Nazis, and the importance of declaring it will never happen again anywhere. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. The Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta German Cultural Center. regions. adl.org/southeast.


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Sun., Oct. 6 Hammond Glen Fall Carnival, Food, games and prizes, pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy house, clown, DJ, antique cars, motorcycles, face painting, and balloon art. Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Free admission. Hammond Glen Senior Community. (404) 256-6300.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, multi-media concert telling the story of Jewish prisoners in Theresienstadt presented by the ADL in collaboration with the ASO. Thurs., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Limited tickets. $55-$100/person. Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center. atlantasymphony.org or (404) 733- 5000.

Training Wheels Atlanta, come learn about Sukkot at this Jewish family education program created by Hadassah, that lets parents and children ages 3-5 become partners in discovering the joys of being Jewish. Sun., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. The Carlton on Mt. Vernon Rd. barids@ bellsouth.net.

Sun., Oct. 14 1st-Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition, sponsored by the B’nai Torah Brotherhood. Sun., Oct. 14. Congregation B’nai Torah. (404) 210-7443. National Gaucher Foundation ‘Go for Gaucher’, come out for a good cause at 5K Walk/Run to raise awareness for Gaucher disease. Register or put together a team by Oct. 5. Run takes place on Sun., Oct. 14. Mason Mill Park. rosina@ gaucherdisease.org or (800) 504-3189.

Treetop Adventure, hosted by North Atlanta Jewish Singles, a tree top obstacle course and fun event. Sun., Oct. 7, 11 a.m. Treetop Quest, Buford GA. RSVP to Mark Horvath mhorv00@gmail.com. Bearing Witness: Nazi Propaganda Films, a screening of “Karousel” and “Hitler Gives a City to the Jews,” two films that were used to deceive the world into believing Jews were not being mistreated in concentration camps. Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m. Free to members or $12/person. The Breman Museum. (678) 222-3700. Thurs., Oct. 11 When to Worry About When Your Kids Worry, a program presented by Dr. Linda Nathanson-Lippitt, a board certified developmental/behavioral pediatrician. For preschool through elementary school parents. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $15 member/$25 non-member. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. Ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org.

Drivers Ed, thirty hours of classroom time (including State-required Alcohol and Drug Awareness training) and six additional hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor. Ages 15+. Sun., Oct. 14. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. lora. sommer@atlantajcc.org

to Israel, June 11-24, 2013. Tues., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. For information and application forms, please contact: Rabbi Brian Glusman, at brian. glusman@atlantajcc.org or (678) 812416.

Ongoing Support Through Divorce for 50 and Under, facilitated by Elisheva Funk, LSCW of JF&CS. First and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (eight sessions). MJCCA. allison.feldman@atlantajcc.org.

The Grandparents Circle, five-session, facilitated, educational and support group will help you instill Jewish identity in your grandchildren. Tues., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Free admission, $18 material fee. MJCCA’s Zaban Park. RSVP to Suzanne. hurwitz@atlantajcc.org or (678) 8124160.

Jewish Alcoholics Chemically Dependent Persons And Significant Others Meeting, calling all Jewish persons with a desire to get help with their own addiction or with a loved one’s addiction. First and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chaim. (770) 928-2523 or georgiatraveler@att.net.

Thriving Beyond Surviving Support Group Series, Animal HealingExperience, learn about and learn how to access the incredible healing power of animals with Dr. Irving, a Caupuchin monkey, therapy pets and their humans. Tues., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. William Breman Jewish Home. RSVP jfirestone@weinsteinhospice.org. (404) 352-4308.

Torah as a Means to a Sacred Experience, come to this weekly lunch and learn hosted by Frederick Ravid and Phil Levetan. Reservations recommended. Thursdays, 12:30 p.m., $6/person. Selig Enterprises. yes@reallyfree.org or (678) 753-5813.

Mon., Oct. 15 Music on Main Street, featuring The Cohen Brothers Band. Live music series includes bluegrass-inspired Americana with tight harmonies and slick bluegrassinspired rhythm. Mon., Oct. 15, 5 p.m. Free admission. MJCCA Lobby. lora.sommer@atlantajcc.org. Tues., Oct. 16 Israel Trip Information Meeting, an informational meeting to learn more about the Multi-Generational Family Trip

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Congregation B’nai Torah 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30328 www.bnaitorah.org 404.257.0537 Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy Marietta, GA 30068 www.etzchaim.net 770.973.0137

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Nediv Lev: the Free Synagogue of Atlanta 3791 Mill Creek Ct. Atlanta, GA 30341 My.att.net/p/PWP-NedivLev 770.335.2311

Chabad of Cobb 4450 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068 www.chabadofcobb.com 770.565.4412 Chabad of Gwinnett 3855 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 770 Norcross, GA 30092 www.chabadofgwinnett.org 678.595.0196 Chabad of North Fulton 10180 Jones Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 www.chabadnf.org 770.410.9000 Congregation Beth Tefillah 5065 High Point Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342 www.chabadga.com 404.257.9306 Conservative

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Congregation Gesher L’Torah 4320 Kimball Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30022 www.gltorah.org 770.777.4009 Congregation Or Hadash 6751 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30328 www.or-hadash.org 404.250.3338 Congregation Shearith Israel 1180 University Dr. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.shearithisrael.com 404.873.1743 Non-denominational Atlanta Chevre Minyan Druid Forest Clubhouse North Crossing Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305 www.atlantachevreminya.org Congregation Shema Yisrael 6065 Roswell Rd., #3018 Atlanta, GA 30328 www.shemaweb.org 404.943.1100

Orthodox Anshi S’Fard Congregation 1324 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.anshisfard.com 404.874.4513 Congregation Ariel 5237 Tilly Mill Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30338 www.congariel.org 770.390.9071 Congregation Beth Jacob 1855 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.bethjacobatlanta.org 404.633.0551 Congregation Beth Yitzhak 5054 Singleton Rd. Norcross, GA 30093 770.931.4567 Email: anatoliy@bjca.com Congregation Ner Hamizrach 1858 Lavista Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.nerhamizrach.org 404.315.9020 The Kehilla of Sandy Springs 5075 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30342 www.thekehilla.org 404.913.6131

Reform Congregation B’nai Israel 1633 Hwy 54 E Jonesboro, GA 30238 www.bnai-israel.net 678.817.7162 Congregation Dor Tamid 11165 Parsons Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097 www.dortamid.org 770.623.8860 Congregation Ner Tamid 176 West Sandtown Rd. Marietta, GA 30064 www.nertamidonline.com 678.264.8575 Congregation Rodeph Sholom 406 East 1st Street Rome, GA 30161 www.rodephsholomga.org (706) 291-6315 Temple Beth David 1885 Mcgee Rd. Snellville, GA 30078 www.gwinnetttemple.com 770.978.3916 Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Rd. Roswell, GA 30075 www.bethtikvah.com 770.642.0434

Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Rd. Marietta, GA 30062 www.kolemeth.net 770.973.3533 Temple Sinai 5645 Dupree Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30327 www.templesinatlanta.org 404.252.3073 The Temple 1589 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 www.the-temple.org 404.873.1731 SEPHARDIC Congregation Or VeShalom 1681 North Druid Hills Rd. Atlanta, GA 30319 www.orveshalom.org 404.633.1737 Traditional Congregation Shaarei Shamayim 1810 Briarcliff Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329 www.shaareishamayeim.com 404.417.0472


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Sheila Buda

80, OF ALPHARETTA Sheila Buda, 80, of Alpharetta, passed away peacefully on Sat., Sept. 8, 2012. Born to Benjamin and Mae Magen, of blessed memory, she was a native of New York City and moved to Georgia two-and-a-half years ago. Sheila was a lifetime member of Hadassah, doing tireless charity work. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Sidney; her son, Ian, and his wife, Bari; her grandson, Alex; her sister, Judy Willner; and her brother, Phillip, and his wife, Helene. An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, gifts, etc. may be made to the Georgia Transplant Foundation, 500 Sugar Mill Rd., Suite 170A, Atlanta, GA 30350, gatransplant.org. Graveside services were held Mon., Sept. 10 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

Shirley J. Frank

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Shirley J. Frank. age 79, of Newnan, Ga., died Sept. 4, 2012. Shirley was a political junkie who loved her garden. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debbi and Michael Kam; daughter, Leslie Frank; grandchildren, Erik Cooper and his wife Aviva Klein, Jason Kam and his wife Michelle, and Amy Kam; and great-grandchildren Noah, Ari, and Koby Cooper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Sign on-line guest book at edressler. com. A graveside service was held Thurs., Sept. 6, 2012 at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.

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shabbat blessings Blessing for the Candles Baruch Arah A-do-nai,El-o-hei-nu Melech Haolam Asher Kid-shanu b’mitzvotav V’zivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat

Praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. Blessing for the Bread (Challah) Baruch Atah A-do-nai, El-o-hei-nu Melech haolam, Hamotzi Lechem min haaretz. Our Praise to You Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

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