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Voice of Chaim Congregation Etz Chaim • 1190 Indian Hills Parkway • Marietta, GA 30068 • 770.973.0137

January 2014 / Tevet - Shevat 5774 / Volume 38, Issue 1 Creating Meaningful Jewish Experiences In this Issue: From Our Rabbis page 2 From Our President page 3 From Our Youth Director page 3 Education News Page 4 Our Etz Chaim Community Page 7 B’nai MItzvah Page 9 Sisterhood Scoop page 10 Men’s Club Notes page 11 Yahrzeits page 14 Calendar page 19 Tzedakah page 24

Daily Minyan Times: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. Sunday, 9:15 a.m. Sunday – Friday 6:30 p.m.

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From Rabbi Lewis

From Rabbi Kerbel

In the early days, we displayed devotion to God with sacrifices. An ox or a goat or a turtle dove was schlepped to a stony altar, ignited and that was our primitive form of worship. It was quite effective in the olden days and never, did anyone imagine that it would ever change. It was cultic, mysterious, sensual, and perceived to be immutably a part of our spiritual DNA from Sinai.

Are We One? Some Thoughts on Jewish Peoplehood I grew up in a home imbued with the value of Jewish peoplehood. My experiences fighting for the rights of Soviet Jews, participating in the the greatest exodus of Jews – one million Soviet Jews and 100,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel – keeping my eye on the social welfare needs of our people here in Atlanta, around the country, in Israel and around the Jewish diaspora is a core value for me of what it means to be a Jew.

Well, nothing lasts forever and when the Romans destroyed our second Temple, they wrote the epitaph for the sacrificial system. Yes, it was indeed an abrupt, harsh end to a holy habit of two millennia, but a new form of worship sprung up in its place called ‘prayer’. Our ancestors offered the Almighty, not a prime rib or a leg of lamb but time and words from the heart. A shocking departure from a familiar tradition but this replacement worked and has served us well for the past twenty centuries.

If Jews are attacked in Buenos Aires or Mumbai; if Jews are threatened in Syria, Iran or Iraq or France, this is a concern for me. The late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik wrote in one of his major essays: “If boiling water is poured on the head of a Moroccan Jew, the Jews of Paris and London must scream. And by feeling the pain, he is loyal to the Jewish Nation.”

I imagine that for most folks back then, watching tearfully the smoldering Temple ruins was unimaginably rough. Gripped with defeat and despair, the future appeared bleak but davening emerged to save the day, the Shabbos, the holidays the fragile, bruised religion. Only a nostalgic fanatic would today long for the ‘good old days’ of blood, guts and glory. It was a remarkable transition and our salvation when we looked up and craved a divine connection.

One of the pillars of Jewish continuity and Jewish survival, is that we the Jewish people have a recognition that above and beyond what it means for us to be a Jew – there is comfort, pride and concern that we are part of a larger entity – the Jewish people. Sometimes we lose sight of this larger entity. One of the ways I am energized is by participating in major Jewish events: The Soviet Jewry Rally in Washington in 1987 to my first experience participating in the annual AIPAC Policy Conference last March in Washington. If being with 100,000 fellow Jews who care about Israel does not raise your ‘peoplehood’ temperature, I am not sure anything will.

Verbal worship has been with us from ancient Israel and has faithfully followed us across oceans and deserts, over mountains, always providing a vehicle for attaching ourselves to eternity. Words became the sacred tools of communication. The alphabet was not just about gossip and idle chatter, but a ‘magical, mystery tour’ of the heavens. We kissed a prayer book if it fell from our grasp. We buried it with reverence in its yellowed and torn dotage.

I am concerned that we do not spend enough time in our synagogue or in our community building that feeling that “we are one” – that what happens to our people in Israel or around the globe – should affect us or matter to us. Do we and our children have some sense of being part of a people? Does our radar go up when the President of Iran says he wants to destroy Israel? If a Jewish child is attacked walking to school in Marseilles does it affect us in any way?

And so, as the years passed, prayer became an untouchable expression of our faith, liturgy deemed God given and not to be trifled with. Such textual fidelity has kept us united, creating a universal, timeless, familiar heritage. With a nod and an apology to Jim Croce, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with hymns or psalms or prayers…”. True, but, in fact, we have made adjustments here, some tweaks there as times, needs and circumstances required. Much is the same but changes have indeed been made.

Drs. Erica Brown and Misha Galperin, Scholar in Residence of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Executive Vice President of the Jewish Agency for Israel suggest several overarching mechanisms for strengthening our sense of Jewish survival: • We need to connect more Jews to other Jews, both as individuals and, as a community;

As Conservative Jews, we believe in tradition and change, we are committed and respectful of the past, embrace it, but recognize that a meaningful faith is one that is dynamic. Respectful of the past, we studied history and explored the sociology of what was. And so, without great fanfare, the mechitza came down, we eliminated dated prayers, texts that were sexist and unkind were rewritten and synagogue rituals were modified. These changes were not forced upon our community by screaming crowds and uncompromising lobbyists but by devoted souls who wished to do God’s will. What perhaps, yesterday was radical and unthinkable is today the orthodoxy of our practice. We now find ourselves at another challenging juncture in our liturgical evolution. The new Conservative siddur and machzor have introduced the matriarchs as an alternative text in the opening paragraph of the Amida. Alongside

•E  ngender a feeling of the importance of belonging to a Jewish Community; •P  rovide programs and opportunities to raise the threshold and intensify our sense of Jewish peoplehood; • Advance the notion of responsibility toward one’s family, community, people, and world; •B  uild Jewish literacy within the Jewish community and reconnect Jews to their sacred texts and core Jewish values; •B  uild stronger, warm and inclusive Jewish leadership for our Jewish communities. (continues on page 8)

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From Our President

From Our Youth Director

THANK YOU!

Shalom Chaverim,

Well, it is hard to believe that it has already been two years. After 21 Voice of Chaim articles and two Kol Nidre talks, the only thing I have left to say is thank you.

Welcome back to everyone for our upcoming semester! I hope you all had an amazing winter break, and enjoyed your time away. We have many great activities planned for the Spring, starting with January!

It has been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to serve in this role. We are a congregation (co-op) made up of wonderful, giving people; most of whom I have met, or, have had the pleasure of getting to know a lot better over the past two years. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me. Thank you for your encouragement and advice. You are the reason Congregation Etz Chaim is so special. Thank you! I want to thank the Board of Trustees for all of your work over the past two years. While prior synagogue boards have been dedicated and productive, we have witnessed a transition over the past several months to more of a “working board,” and you are to be commended for all you have accomplished. Our synagogue board has worked hard during and between our monthly meetings… your breakout committees have already brought positive change where needed. You have actively participated during discussions and have greatly contributed towards moving our shul forward. Thank you! I want to thank our Executive Committee. You are a group of dedicated individuals who commit countless unseen volunteer hours for the betterment of our shul. Not only is your passion and commitment very much appreciated, so too is the skill set you bring to our organization. We are fortunate to have a group that is so willing to give generously of their time and talent. It has been a pleasure working so closely with you over the past two years. Thank you! I want to thank our professional leaders, administrative and maintenance staff. Wow! What a team of, often behind the scenes, individuals. I have been extremely impressed with the ownership that each of you take in your responsibilities. I find it hard to imagine that there is a better group working in any other nonprofit organization in town. Your support to our organization is invaluable, our congregation is well served. Thank you! I want to thank Rabbi Lewis and Rabbi Kerbel. Your leadership, friendship and guidance have been helpful to me and have had a large impact on our shul. While we are all aware of your spiritual leadership during Shabbat, holidays and life cycle events, I have had the fortune of seeing how much you do that often goes unnoticed. It is not unusual for me to attend an evening or Sunday meeting at the shul and find you working at your desk. For this and so much more, thank you! To the many other volunteers that keep our shul and programming running so well… far too many to name here… I say, thank you! Lastly, thank you to my family. Accepting this honor was a family decision and I could not have done it without your support and help. You have always understood when shul obligations pulled me away from spending time with you… you never complained; you encouraged me and gave me perspective. Terri, I will be home more – do I get control of the TV remote back? There is so much more I could say to you four. But for now, thank you! Thank you again for the opportunity. Good luck to Cheryl and the next group of leaders. They are a great group… we are in good hands. – Scott Rittenberg

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We are selling bracelets and car magnets in support of the Youth Department. Bracelets are $1, and Magnets are $5. To place an order, contact me at perry@etzchaim.net. We are gearing up for our Purim Carnival in March. If you would like to support our efforts, stop by the synagogue office to submit a donation. Any amount will help us make this the best carnival ever! We are excited to announce that we will now have office hours the second Sunday of each month. Stop in to the shul, grab a coffee and a bagel with cream cheese, and relax. This is especially great for parents who drop their kids off at Hebrew school and don’t want to drive back and forth. Stay tuned for more information, such as location and exact time. In the meantime, here are some Save the Dates: • January 11: 8th-12th Grade: Join us for a fun and exciting limo scavenger hunt lock in at 6:30 p.m. We will be riding around in limos in order to complete a thrilling scavenger hunt. Please RSVP by January 8th. NO LATE RSVPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. • January 12: K-2nd Grade: Join us for a campfire, smores, stories, music, and hanging out. 12:15-1:30 p.m. Free for Members/$10 for non-members. • January 12: 6th-8th Grade: Join us for a movie night! Popcorn, pizza, candy, soda, friends, fun, games…what could be better? 5-8 p.m. at the youth house. Free for members/$5 for non-members. • January 12: Guys Only - USY & Men’s Club go bowling. Under 13 must be accompanied by a parent. • January 14: 6th-8th Grade: Join us for our middle school breakfast at Bagelicious. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Cost is $5. • January 15: 9th-12th Grade: Join us for a fun Tu B’shevat themed Wacky Wednesday lounge night at the Youth House. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. in the small chapel. • January 19: 3rd-5th Grade: Join us for our Israel Food Challenge! We will be recreating the map of Israel out of food, followed by a fun game of capture the flag, Israel style! 1-3 p.m. in the Social Hall. Free for members/$5 for non-members. • January 28: Join us for our monthly hang out hut. We will play flag football, hang out, and have a good time. 4-4:45 p.m. Open to all grades. We hope to see you at these fun events! – Perry Birbrager perry@etzchaim.net 770-833-3227


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Save the Date: Saturday, January 11 Sisterhood Shabbat 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, January 12

Sisterhood Book Club at Kaeren Keeter’s home 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 25 Screen on the Green 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 3

Men’s Club World Wide Wrap and Breakfast

Saturday, February 8

Men’s Club Casino Night

Our Etz Chaim Community Mazal Tov to…

Phone Number Updates:

Esther and Steven Low on the engagement of their son, Elliot to Mallory Friedman

Shirley and Jack Hammer have a new phone number: 404-847-0430

Seth Robbins, son of Ronni and Ian Robbins, on his becoming an Eagle Scout

Condolences to...

Ellen and Michael Chalef on the marriage of their daughter Amy to Jordan Tolman

Jo-Ann Friedrich on the loss of her grandmother, Selma Brooks Judy Schancupp on the loss of her mother, Ruth Fassberg

Thank You to Our Volunteers

Andrea Cohen on the loss of her father, Ralph Schwab

Joan Rabin Helen Rosengarten Lou Rosengarten

Donna Krodman on the loss of her stepfather, David Canter Edwin Berger on the loss of his wife, Dora Berger and to Iris Silver, on the loss of her mother Mindy Elkan on the loss of her father-in-law, Kurt Elkan, to Michelle Needle on the loss of her grandfather, and to Alexis, Max, Maizy and Remy Needle on the loss of their great grandfather Art Cohen on the loss of his mother, Audrey Cohen

Jay Givarz has a new cell/daytime number: 678-522-2343

New Emails… Jay Givarz jaygivarz@yahoo.com

Alan Rothstein alanrothstein60@gmail.com Don Kaye kayedad1@gmail.com Carol Schemo cschemo@gmail.com

Members on the Move…

Stanley and Bunny Pollock 1575 Oak Meadows Lane Cumming, GA 30041 678-455-8754

New Faces

Congregation Etz Chaim (CEC) extends a warm welcome to Alison and Michael Fox and their children, Avi (7) and Talia (4+), who live in the Stockton’s Mill subdivision near Lassiter High School. Michael is a director at SAP, a software company, and Alison is a personal trainer and “expert domestic engineer!” The family is extremely active, running in marathons, participating in triathlon events, and skiing, to name a few of their leisure-time activities. Avi and Talia, when not engaged in their lessons at Casa Montessori and CEC’s religious school, are also triathletes, in addition to their prowess at competitive swimming and gymnastics…WOW!! Keeping up with these guys sounds like a full-time job, but we at the Etz are up to the task! We’re glad, Michael, that you remembered us from your USY days, so y’all could find a new home with us at our wonderful shul. We’re happy you’re here.

Questions about purchasing a cemetery plot??? Call Bob Bachrach 770.973.0137

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Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecah, Rachel and Leah are praised and acknowledged as central figures in the formation of Judaism. As a shul, Etz Chaim is committed to egalitarianism but also to respecting the individual in their communion with the Almighty in prayer. In creating a balance between tradition and change, in fostering religious parity between men and women and in the maintenance of ‘derech eretz’ we are exploring the inclusion of the matriarchs in our services.

Ahad Ha’am, the Zionist thinker and writer wrote an essay in 1889 entitled “The Wrong Way.” He made the case for a chain of Jewish tradition: “One long chain unites all of the generations from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to the end of time…for the people is one people throughout the generations, and the individuals, who come and go in each generation, are but those minute parts of the living body which change every day, without affecting in any degree the character of that organic unity which is the whole body.”

On Shabbos morning, January the 4th, all are invited to discuss this issue in an open and respectful environment.

We are part of an historic chain of Jewish tradition. May we always feel responsible, not only for ourselves and our family, but for our Jewish community, Jewish people and Jewish world, wherever we live, in time and space, and from the past through the present and into the future.

Please join us. – Rabbi Shalom Lewis

– Rabbi Paul David Kerbel

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A hearty Mazal Tov to this student celebrating her Bat Mitzvah!

Upcoming B’nai Mitzvah

Tali Rose Lyons will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on February 1, 2014 – 1 Adar I 5774. She is the daughter of Jamie and Jonathan Lyons. Tali’s Bat Mitzvah parasha is Rosh Chodesh Adar I and Terumah. Her hobbies and interests include cheerleading, dance, playing with her dog and FaceTiming with her camp friends. Tali is a 7th grader at Dickerson Middle School and has been a student in Etz Chaim’s Religious School for 8 years. Tali’s D’var Torah quote is “A woman’s role in Conservative Judaism has changed significantly throughout history.” Instead of one individual mitzvah project, Tali is participating in numerous mitzvah projects throughout the year with her 7th grade Etz Chaim Religious School class.

The Voice of Chaim is featuring photos and biographical information on upcoming B’nai Mitzvah. If your child has a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the coming months, VOC would like to feature your child’s: • Biographical information • School information • Photo • D’var Torah Quote To have your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah information included, please email the material and a photo (if available) to Bernice at bernice@etzchaim.net. All materials must be received no later than the 1st of the preceding month. We will gladly accept material earlier.

Prime Timers – A USCJ Chapter of Hazak Bowling Saturday, January 11 7:30 – 9:30 p.m

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Shabbat Friday Night Dinner, Prime Timers’ tables at Scholar-in-Residence, Friday, March 7 Trivia Night – Saturday, March 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm More events as the year progresses ! Let’s get together before/after Etz Chaim Lilmode or Social Action Events • DINNER: after Sunday Movies at the Etz: January 12, March 2, April 20 • DINNER before: 92St Y: May 1 Questions about PrimeTimers: Roz Reiss rozreiss@gmail.com (770-685-1217) Get Prime Timers’ E-vites: Norman Marinoff nms1553@yahoo.com (678-560-8430)

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Minyan Makers – if you are available to help make minyan on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, even if it is just once per year, please let us know. Contact Janice Levine for our schedule – levines2000@comcast.net. Centerpiece Rental Consider using our beautiful new topiary centerpieces for your Friday night dinner, Kiddush luncheon or Saturday evening affair. For more information, contact the gift shop. JNF Trees for Israel Honor someone special by purchasing a tree in the Etz Chaim Sisterhood grove. Contact the Judaica and Gift

Shop, 770-973-0137 ext. 124 for more information. For more information about Sisterhood please contact: Lisa Flagel 678-591-7950 Lisaflagel@gmail.com Erica Driver 678-643-1991 drivererica@comcast.net Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook or at etzchaim.net

Anyone wishing an Aliyah should contact Lou Rosengarten at helou@bellsouth.net or 770-509-0026 ATTENTION ETZ CHAIM MEMBERS If you are planning to be away for an extended amount of time, please inform the office.

The Sisterhood Scoop Happy 2014! We hope you all had a warm, wonderful holiday season surrounded by loved ones. May the upcoming year be filled with peace, love, laughter and Sisterhood! We’d like to thank Donna Bruckner, Tamara Jacobs and Beth Weiss for coordinating a fantastic Chanukah dinner for the congregation. Many thanks also to everyone who came out to help them set up, serve and clean up, including Lisa Buxbaum, Sandy Bailey, Joe Cohen, Tammy Cohen, Erica Driver, Lisa Dubovy, Lisa Flagel, Sandy Goldstein, Karen Keeter, Barbara Mayer, Linda Pollock, Laurie Sonshein, Ellen Spandorfer, Pip Spandorfer and Amy Surasky. A fun, delicious time was had by all! In solidarity with Women of the Wall, please join us for Rosh Chodesh Shevat on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. in the chapel, followed by a light breakfast and discussion. Mark your calendar for our next Shalom in the Home on Wednesday, January 8, 12:00 -1:30 p.m. at the home of Allison Saffran, 707 Cheswich Overlook, Marietta 30067. Bring a dairy lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the hostess. See page 6 for more information or to RSVP. You won’t want to miss this year’s Sisterhood Shabbat and Volunteer Appreciation, in conjunction with the Synagogue Board Installation, which will be held on Saturday, January 11. It will be a wonderful, spiritual morning led by the ladies of the Etz. Please plan to join us as we celebrate the Women of Valor! Bam…Crack…Dot… It’s time to get your 2014 Mah Jongg Card! Why not let Sisterhood send in the order for you? It’s the SAME price as ordering through the National Mah Jongg League ($8 standard size, $9 large), but if you order through us, Sisterhood receives a $1.50 rebate per card that we can put towards programs at Etz Chaim. Look for order form on page 22. Our next Book Club Meeting is Sunday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m., at Karen Keeter’s home. The book club meeting is a great way to spend a Sunday morning! If interested, please contact Su Berland at suberlandhome@gmail.com for more information. Remember our Judaica & Gift Shop for all of your simcha and gift-giving needs. Come check out all the amazing merchandise from our newest vendor, Michael Aram! The shop is open during religious school hours, Tuesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Sundays 10:30-12:30 p.m., or by appointment. We Want YOU… If you are interested in getting involved in Sisterhood please contact Lisa Flagel (678-560-5820, lisaflagel@gmail.com). Make new friends, have fun, and feel more connected to Etz Chaim. Volunteers are needed for Tuesday night minyan and the Judaica shop. Your time is welcomed and appreciated!

We are here for you! Have a great idea? A question to ask? Your Board of Trustee liaison is available to point you in the right direction or answer your questions. Feel free to call or email him/her with your suggestions and concerns! Not sure of the contact information? Call the office 770.973.0137 to find that out.

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Men’s Club Notes I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe New Year. Men’s Club is off to a great start having completed our December Breakfast with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, as well as and our participation with our community partner, St. Ann’s Church, in their Day of Hope and Remembrance. Attendees planted daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. A special todah rabah to Jeff Frankel for his leadership and guidance as President of Men’s Club last year. Jeff will be attending the FJMC Leadership Development Institute in January to become certified as an FJMC Consultant. Consultants are facilitators. They help build stronger clubs and regional organizations. Trained at the FJMC Geffen Leadership Development Institute, consultants are selected for their ability to communicate and implement ideas and programs and are available to help and guide clubs within their respective regions. The Men’s Club nominating committee has made a decision to continue with the current co-president leadership team for 2014. The driving factor for this decision was to ensure continuity as we continue to transform Men’s Club. So, in achieving that goal, Jeff will return as Co-President and I will step into the role of Men’s Club President.

MEN’S CLUB is a vital part of our congregation. Our ongoing programs include: • Supporting the synagogue’s daily minyan • Sponsoring the annual Lag B’Omer Picnic and the Labor Day cookout • Laying tefillin for the World Wide Wrap with our Hebrew School kids • Providing scholarships to Etz Chaim teens through the Bob Goldman Fund • Men’s Club Shabbat

Look for details in the e-blast regarding on our first 2014 event. On January 12, we will go bowling with USY as a joint event. Guys only. Students under 13 must have a parent present.

• Sponsoring the Anshei Darom weekend retreat for members at Camp Ramah

Looking ahead, February is a busy month for Men’s Club. We will sponsor our annual World Wide Wrap, on Sunday, February 3rd, as we instruct and share with our youth the mitzvah of Tefillin. This event will be followed by a light breakfast.

• Greater Atlanta Synagogue Softball League

On Saturday, February 8th we will sponsor a Casino Night. Details will follow, so please save the date for a great evening. Plan to get away with us from Friday, February 21th, through Sunday, February 23th, plan to get away with us as we celebrate the 15th Annual Anshei Darom Retreat. Spend a weekend with your Men’s Club for 3 days of immersion, friendship, and fun in the Georgia mountains with representatives from all Clubs in the Southeast Region. The Etz Chaim Men’s Club is by far the most honored organization at this event, having won the FJMC Torch Award, two Quality Club Awards and bringing the largest contingent of members. This is an outstanding weekend. If you have not had the opportunity to participate, please make plans to do so this year!

• Set-up and usher for High Holiday Services • Supports the Holocaust Memorial Garden Our goals are to provide our members with opportunities to meet other members and make new and lasting friendships, support our community, and have some fun in the process.

Rounding out the first quarter of 2014 is the Purim Wine Tasting and Sale on Tuesday, March 4th followed our Family Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, March 25th.

JOIN MEN’S CLUB and make a difference in our Etz Chaim community!

If you have a loved one who has passed away, a yartzheit, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or a special occasion you wish to honor, please consider a donation to the Men’s Club Holocaust Memorial Garden and Projects Fund. You can make your donations online using a credit card at www.etzchaim.net/garden.aspx or via mail with a check using the order forms available in the synagogue lobby.

GET ON THE LIST! Contact Jeff Frankel at jlfrankel@gmail.com, or Andy Becker at abecker73@gmail.com for information

As Men’s Club co-presidents, Jeff and I look forward to another great year! Shalom!

Family Member in Hospital

Jeff Frankel, Co-President Andy Becker, Co-President jlfrankel@gmail.com abecker73@gmail.com Come out and enjoy Your Men’s Club!

Our Rabbis have asked that you notify the office in the event of a family member’s hospital stay or serious illness.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR EVENING MINYAN – Sunday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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Bereavement Services Offered to Congregants Etz Chaim’s Chesed Committee will offer to provide meals of consolation to members. This meal is traditionally a dairy meal eaten by mourners upon their return home from the funeral. It includes whole hard-boiled eggs, symbolizing the continuity of life. This service provided by the Chesed Committee allows the family and friends who normally provide the meal to attend the funeral themselves and give emotional support to the bereaved. Members attending out of town funerals, who sit shiva or hold a memorial service in Atlanta, will be offered either a fruit or sweets tray. In order to bring standardized, caring service to each member, Etz Chaim is modeling its procedures after those of Temple Sinai’s successful Kesher Committee. Contributions made to the Chesed Fund will help to fund these services. Teams are currently being formed for these purposes. Anyone wanting more information, or wanting to assist in performing these mitzvot, please contact Wendy Feinberg at 770-973-1217.

Your cooperation please! The disabled parking spots are reserved for the exclusive use of those with permits. These spaces are NOT to be used by ANYONE else at ANYTIME. There is NO parking under the Education Wing overhang. It is a fire code violation.

Family Member in Hospital Our rabbis have asked that you notify the office in the event of a family member’s hospital stay or serious illness.

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Etz Chaim is a partner in the new Kroger Community Rewards program. This program replaced the gift card program we had in our synagogue. Since the beginning of this new program, only 86 families have registered their Kroger Plus card to benefit Etz Chaim when making grocery purchases at Kroger stores. This

is less than 15% of our total congregation. This is an easy way for Etz Chaim to raise funds and costs you NOTHING. Every time you shop at Kroger, a percentage of your purchases will be donated to the synagogue. The more congregants signing up for this new program, the larger the return to the congregation.

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Please see page 31 in this issue of the Voice of Chaim for registration information. If you have any questions with the registration process, please contact Bernice in the synagogue office at 770-973-0137.


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Library News

SOCIAL ACTION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Shearith Israel Women’s Night Shelter is a place for women to get back on their feet. Providing social services, and keeping them off the street.

ETZ CHAIM HAS NEW LIBRARY BOOKS AVAILABLE!! The books below were featured at the MJCCA Book Festival in November and are now available for you to check out from the Etz Chaim Library.

A temporary home, a shower and a warm bed, A place for shelter, solace and a place to get fed. Downhearted and despair, they may often feel, Their spirits can be lifted by enjoying a hearty meal.

The Sisters Weiss is another page-turner by popular author Naomi Ragen: In 1950’s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict ultra-Orthodox family. A chance meeting with a young immigrant leads Rose to live a secret life that shocks her parents when it is discovered. This wonderful book is an unforgettable examination of loyalty and betrayal.

During the month of February, Etz Chaim does its part, Providing wholesome dinners, a gift from the heart. Partner with a family or prepare a meal with a friend, Serving the community is an important message to send. Etz Chaim members, you can assist in a generous way, By volunteering to provide a meal for just one day!

Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding: The untold story of the man who brought Rudolf Höss, the mastermind of the final solution, to justice. This book has received excellent reviews describing it as captivating, informative, electrifying and fascinating.

Your support is critical so do not procrastinate… Partake in the mitzvah by securing your date.

It’s a Mitvah, Grover! by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer: An entertaining children’s book with beloved Sesame Street characters that educates about Jewish values and doing good deeds (mitzvot). Shabbat in the Playroom by Galia Sabbag: This story is sprinkled with Hebrew words, songs, greetings and blessings as Shira celebrates Shabbat.

SIGN UP TODAY!!!

You may self check out books at any time. Directions are on the library wall next to the book return basket. Please stop by and browse at your leisure for books that are entertaining, educational and enriching!

Meal Options: Kosher Meat / Parve / Dairy http://www.mealtrain.com?id=m5au2q3dd7dt or contact Robin Spiegel: 770-355-3299 rwspiegel@bellsouth.net

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Tzedakah | vesm Contributions received from November 6 through December 6, 2013 GENERAL FUND To Cheryl and David Eppsteiner, in memory of your mother, Geraldine Eppsteiner. Our thoughts and prayers have been with your family during this time of mourning. Your mom was a wonderful lady which everybody can tell by how that is reflected in her family. Wishing you comfort and consolation.

Carole and Jim Cooper To David Eppsteiner, in memory of your mother, Geraldine Eppsteiner. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Cecile Bock To Lynn and Glenn Rainbow, in honor of Lynn Rainbow’s special anniversary. L’chaim.

Cheryl and Stanton Shapiro In loving memory of Cheryl’s mother, Adeline Gelb, on her second yahrzeit

David and Cheryl Eppsteiner In memory of Sylvia Siegel on her yahrzeit

Garry and Beth Siegel To David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geraldine Brick Eppsteiner. May God fill the emptiness in your heart with loving memories that sustain you. Jim

James Harralson In loving memory of my beloved mother, Ray Jacobs, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Leila Sultzer, Pam & Paul Galiano and Stacey & Marc Zuckerman

Leila Sultzer To Sophia Becker, in memory of your husband, Mordechai Becker

Lou and Helen Rosengarten In memory of Evelyn Ebel

Lynn Sustak To Lauren Eisenman, in memory of your sister, Dale Fisher To Scott Fisher, in memory of your sister, Dale Fisher

Mark and Helene Popowski In memory of Myra Schlosberg

Mark Schlosberg In loving memory of my father, Irving Funk With thanks for my aliyah on Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Marsha Shrago In honor of Sam Silbiger’s 90th birthday and Sam and Margot’s anniversary. You are an inspiration to us all

Martin and Nancy Krieger To Cheryl and David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geraldine Eppsteiner. David, the love and support of a mother can never be replaced, but we hope you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends and coworkers. May you find God’s presence with you as you journey through the time of grief.

Nita and Joseph Lee

In memory of Morris Shapiro. We miss you. Love, Debbie, Randy, Jeremy and Brian

Randy and Debbi Chartash To Jo Ann and Ryan Friedrich, in memory of Selma Brooks

Rhoda and Gerald Shapiro To David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geri Eppsteiner. May the memory of your mom always bring a warmth to you.

Tanya Jacobson

In honor of the baby naming of Ruby Antoinette Negrin. From your loving great grandmother, Rhea.

Rhea Negrin In memory of Beatrice Rakusin – the best mother a son could have!!

Rob and Terri Rakusin In appreciation of Rabbi Lewis for his care and concern for our family. Thank you for your kind words and wisdom.

The Brill Family

To The Schancupp Family, in memory of Ruth Fassberg. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.Warmest regards, Joanna, Laurie, David and Brian

The Ginburg Family

RABBI LEWIS DISCRETIONARY FUND In memory of Samuel Rothstein

Alan Rothstein To David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geraldine Eppsteiner. We are sorry about the loss of your mother. May her memory be a blessing. Love, Barbara and Jimmy.

Barbara and Jim Segaloff In memory of Robert Coltman

Barney Coltman To Rabbi Lewis, thank you for the warm welcome to our Youth Group at your Shabbat morning service.

Britt Madden and Bethlehem UMC Youth Group To Donna and Steve Krodman, in memory of David Canter, dear stepfather, husband and grandfather. With heartfelt condolences to all. Love, Chelo.

Chelo Saruk To Rabbi Lewis, in memory of your beloved mother, Sarah Lewis

Dan and Joan Rabin To Rabbi Lewis, in memory of his beloved mother, Sarah Lewis

David and Susan Rifkin To Wendy and Ron Feinberg, congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter, Bailey Rebecca Levetan In honor of Lauren Levetan. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, Bailey Rebecca

Dennis and Deborah Renyi To Rabbi Lewis, in honor of Jordyn Shatz on her bat mitzvah. Rabbi Lewis, thank you for all of your help and guidance with Jordyn for her Bat Mitzvah. I really appreciate it. Gail.

Gail Shatz In loving memory of Fay and Mayer Dicker

Linda and Richard Dicker In memory of my father, Meyer Marlowe

Marjorie and Edward Marlowe

In honor of Rabbi Lewis and our shared December birthday! Happy Birthday to us!

Robin Brill In memory of Linda Aronstein

The Aronstein Family

RABBI KERBEL DISCRETIONARY FUND In memory of Robert Coltman

Barney Coltman To Rabbi Kerbel, thank you for the warm welcome to our Youth Group at your Shabbat morning service.

Britt Madden, Jr. and Bethlehem UMC Youth Group To Rabbi Paul and Melissa Kerbel, mazal tov on the recent marriage of your son, Sam to Aliza

David and Susan Rifkin To David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geri Eppsteiner. With sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother

Deborah Payne To Rabbi Kerbel, in honor of Jordyn Shatz on her bat mitzvah. Rabbi Kerbel, thank you for all of your help on Jordyn’s bat mitzvah. I really appreciate it. Gail.

Gail Shatz In loving memory of my parents, Felix and Carolyn Ziem. You are missed each and every day.

Hedy Padawer In loving memory of my mother, Diana Regitsky

Jonathan Regitsky In appreciation of Rabbi Kerbel, thanks for being such a good friend to all of us. The Brills.

Robin and Yaron Brill and Family

LINDA H. WEINROTH EDUCATION FUND To David and Cheryl Eppsteiner, in memory of Geraldine Eppsteiner

Jim Coyle and Ellen Spano In memory of Esther and Joseph Slone on their yahrzeit

Joanne Reicher In memory of Mae Reich, on her yahrzeit

John and Joanne Reicher Mazal Tov to Esther and Steven Low on the engagement of your son, Elliot to Mallory Friedman. We extend our best wishes

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Lou and Fern Heller In memory of David Canter, stepfather of Donna Krodman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.

Mark and Renee Kaplan In deep appreciation of Linda Weinroth for her support...always

Robin and Alex Brill Congratulations to Lynn Rainbow. Wishing you continued good health. Congratulations to Carol Carolla.Wishing you continued good health.

Suzanne Rivchun

ROBERT KLEIN MEMORIAL CHESED FUND In memory of our dear mother, Reva Epstein

Barney and Ellen Epstein To the Lavinksy family, in memory of Murray Rosenzweig, father, grandfather and great grandfather of Laurie, Mark, Emily, Craig, Adam and Ryan. Love, Cindy, Hadley and Ashley In memory of Robert Klein on his yahrzeit. Cindy, Hadley and Ashley

Cindy Lewis and Family In loving memory of my mother, Iris Feuer

Daniel Kleinman To Lauren Eisenman and family, in memory of your sister, Dale Fisher.

Danny and Julie Kleinman In honor of Marsha Shrago for your concern, love and much appreciated assistance during Ken’s recent bout with surgery and the recovery process. In honor of John and Marylan Karp for your concern, love and much appreciated assistance during Ken’s recent bout with surgery and the recovery process. In honor of Jonathan and Maxine for your concern, love and much appreciated assistance during Ken’s recent bout with surgery and the recovery process

Ken and Grace Graiser In memory of my dear father, Zachary Rill

Myra Fineman In loving memory of my mom, Zarin Aghajani on her yahrzeit

Safa Nooromid To David Eppsteiner, in memory of your mother, Geraldine. We hope that your fond memories of your mother comfort you at this difficult time To Rabbi Lewis in fond memory of your dear mother, Sarah. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love, Judy and Stan

Stan and Judy Fineman To Eddie Berger and family, in memory of Dora Berger. Our condolences go out to you and your family at this time of loss.

YOUTH FUND In honor of Max Mitchell. Congratulations on this wonderful, meaningful milestone in your life.

Steve and Joanie King

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND To Judy and Joel Schancupp, in memory of Ruth Fassberg. Our deepest condolences.

Dan and Joan Rabin In memory of your dear mother and our Bubbe, Geri Eppsteiner. May her memory always be a blessing. Our love goes out to the whole family.

Helene Weisz and Richard and Josh Lieberman To David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geraldine Eppsteiner. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May you find peace in happy memories and easier days ahead.

Kerry Slowik

Wishing a speedy recovery to Bonnie Jordan. My prayers are for your complete recovery.

Elaine Shapow

PHILLIP MICHAEL SILVERMAN MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of Max Slutsky

Bernard and Faye Ellen Slutsky To the Falciani and Fusfield families, in memory of Evey Fusfield. Our thoughts and love are with you at this very difficult time. In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Ruth and Herb Daws. May you have many more healthy, happy anniversaries! To Mr. and Mrs. Don Peck and Family, in memory of Hannah Peck. We are terribly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time To Helen Stanley and family, in memory of Gabriel Stanley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time

Bob and Eileen Silverman

In loving memory of my father, Alex David. When you say Taco...say Viva! Love you forever. xo RJDB

Robin Brill

PRESCHOOL FUND To Toby Streetman, in memory of your beloved mother, Miriam “Bootsie” Gutterman. Our deepest condolences. Dana, Ari, Ilyse and Sam

Ari and Dana Greenberg To Karen and Bob Schultz, mazal tov on the birth of your newest grandchild, Maya Alexis

Bob and Lynn Sustak To Cheryl and David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geri Eppsteiner. We will all miss your mom. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and may G d help you through these difficult days. Sending lots of love, Caren, Larry and the gang

Caren and Larry Appel To Damon Chefchis and Rachel Popowcer, in memory of Jordan Chefchis

Noah and Berna Levine To Mindy Elkan, in memory of Kurt Elkan. Our condolences to you and your family.

Steve and Joanie King In memory of Linda Aronstein

The Aronstein Family

PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUND FUND To Judy and Stan Fineman, mazal tov on the birth of your newest grandson, Benji Cohen

Bob and Lynn Sustak

COLLEGE CONNECTION FUND To David Eppsteiner, in memory of Geri Eppsteiner. So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

To Toby Streetman, in memory of your mother, Miriam “Bootsie” Gutterman. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking about you.

Denise Tischler To David Eppsteiner and family, in memory of Geri Eppsteiner. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother

Joe and Pam Ziskend In memory of our sister and aunt, Judith Ann Baer. Susie, Joey, Judy, Neal and Scott Moskowitz

Joey and Susie Moskowitz

CYNTHIA R. FREEMAN MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND In loving memory of my mother, Rita Freeman

Alan and Lisa Freeman Rita, it is almost four years since you have left me and I still miss you. From your loving husband

Alex Freeman In memory of Rita Freeman, a wonderful mother, grandmother and wife

Joe Freeman In loving memory of my mother, Rita Freeman. We still miss you very much

Kevin and Debbie Robbins

MORRIS FRANK SACRED TEXT FUND To David Eppsteiner and Family, in memory of your beloved mother, Geri Eppsteiner

Ron and Wendy Feinberg Mazal Tov to Alli and Billy Medof for being honored at the Israel Bonds dinner

Ron and Wendy Feinberg

Denise Tischler and Family

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BUILDING ENHANCEMENT FUND To Esther Harrison, in memory of your father, Barry Kamelgarn To David Eppsteiner, in memory of his mother, Geri Eppsteiner

David and Susan Rifkin In loving memory of my grandma, Ida Stern

Myra C. Sheftel To The Eppsteiner Family, in memory of Geri Eppsteiner. May the memories of your mother be with you at this time. Our deepest sympathies on your loss.

Randy and Adrienne Figur In loving memory of Libby Crystal, a wonderful aunt

To David Eppsteiner, in memory of your beloved mother, Geri Eppsteiner

Dan and Joan Rabin In honor of Ken Graiser for a refuah sheleimah. With love for a complete healing and recovery

Marcy Graiser In honor of Sid Cojak on his 100th birthday. We wish you a wonderful 100th birthday. You are a role model for all of us. To David Eppsteiner and family, in memory of your mother, Geraldine Eppsteiner. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of loss.

SISTERHOOD ENDOWMENT FUND To Henry James, in memory of Denise James. We will miss her. Our deepest sympathy. Joyce and family.

Judith Algranati

BOB GOLDMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND In memory of Phillip Bander, beloved father, husband and grandfather In memory of Norman Bander, beloved brother, husband and grandfather

Ina Travis

Steve and Joanie King

Susan and Craig Adair and Family In loving memory of a sweet and kind man, Ron Toron, on his yahrzeit In loving memory of my mom, Shirley Rivchun on her yahrzeit

Suzanne Rivchun

WILENSKY MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND Happy Birthday to Hudson Traub Happy Birthday to Jaron Wilensky Happy Birthday to Teige Farmer

Frank and Barbara Wilensky In honor of Frank Wilensky’s 70th birthday

Nancy and Bill Cohen

SOCIAL ACTION FUND To Bonnie Negrin, wishing you a very speedy recovery

Bob and Lynn Sustak

In respect of the Sabbath, we ask that if you must have your cell phone during services, it be turned off and not visible.

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Pay Attention to Career Warning Signs The fact is that you – not your boss nor your company – are in charge of your career. Many people wait to think of a job or career change when they are forced into it. Here are some warning signs that will help guide you into being proactive versus reactive about your career. • Your company continues to show a decline in revenue and/or profit. • Downsizing occurs frequently. • Your company merges with another firm. • A company acquires your organization. • Your solid performance is not recognized by way of promotion, appreciation or income. • The company is losing market share and becoming less relevant. • The culture and environment in which you work has become uncomfortable.

• Your work/life balance has become impossible to achieve. • You are simply not having fun. • Your performance has declined. If any of these warning signs apply to you, Career Services – Tools for Employment can help you prepare to find a job and will teach you the necessary skills to be a competitive candidate. Tools for Employment offers career counseling to help clients focus and prepare a plan for their job search, resume and interview skills workshops, and job search skills. Additionally, career specialists are available to help match your skills and experience to what employers are currently seeking. For more information about how Tools for Employment can help you and your career, contact 770-677-9358. If you are an employer who is looking to fill a position with a qualified candidate, please call 770-677-9340.

Breast Cancer Survivor Group for the Jewish Community The Breast Cancer Support Group meetings continue for the new year! The monthly support group meetings are for all interested people who have had cancer, who are going through treatment or surgeries, and/or who have been recently diagnosed, as well as for those who might have questions pertaining to breast cancer. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting’s purpose is to reflect upon personal experiences, meeting others and gathering information regarding diagnoses,

treatments and surgeries. This survivor support group is being sponsored by The Kehillat Chesed/Caring Committee of Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Rd, Roswell, 30075, who will be the host synagogue. For further information or questions, please contact Valerie Rapowitz at vrapowitzslp@ yahoo.com or call 678-643-9672. Save the Date: February 13 at 7:00 p.m.: Adele Wang, Energy Healer and Life Coach will present.

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Shalom J. Lewis, Rabbi Paul D. Kerbel, Rabbi Robert L. Bachrach Executive Director & COO

Officers

Debbie Deutsch Education Director

Cheryl Miller Executive VP

Perry Birbrager Youth Director Aram Blankenship Facilities Manager Su Berland Newsletter Production

visit our website www.etzchaim.net for the e-mails of our professional staff and lay leaders

Scott Rittenberg President

John Flagel Chief Financial Officer Robin D. Brill Fundraising VP Alli Medof Religion Co-VP Allison Saffran Religion Co-VP Jamie Lyons Education Co-VP Todd Surden Education Co-VP Stacy Efrat Social/Cultural Co-VP Mitchell Grey Social/Cultural Co-VP Stephen Friedman Parliamentarian

Trustees

Nanci Aronstein Sheldon Berch Marsha Bernstein Adam Buxbaum Janet Cadranel Evan Charles Tammy Cohen Mark Davison Linda Diamond Darin Dubovy Steven Flack Stephanie Foster Joe Freeman Jay Goldstein Marc Kaufman Lauren Levetan David Levin Michael Levy Leslie Lubell Charlene Markowitz Frank Mobilio Linda Pollock Gary Prager Herb Schwartz Elyse Shaw David Siegelman Ray Sonshein Pip Spandorfer Tom Zack Joe Ziskend

Past Presidents

Stephen Friedman Irwin Berman Bob Bachrach Judy Fineman Norman Radow Debbie Milstein Sue Rothstein David Witt Ken Schlenker George Pristach Richard Smith Allen Shulman Noah Levine Barry Forrest z”l David Tinkelman Ellis Abrams Stephen King

Organizations Lisa Flagel Erica Driver Sisterhood Co-Presidents Jeff Frankel Andy Becker Men’s Club Co-Presidents Josh Cohen USY President

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