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April 2013 • Volume 27 • Issue 4

Annual Celebration! Sunday May 19 See page 7 for details And look for more information in

A Reform Congregation Embracing Our Jewish Tradition

TBT Sisterhood Presents

Namaste and Wine See Page 12 for details

the coming weeks!

You're Invited to FAMILY HAVDALAH SOCIAL Saturday, April 20 See page 13 For details

News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Save the Date May 17, 2013 Blue Jean Shabbat & Cookout See page 7

Next Year in Jerusalem...with me! Rabbi Alexander Schindler, z”l, a former President of the (then) Union of American Hebrew Congregations made headlines when he called on Reform Jews “to revive the ancient tradition of pilgrimages to Israel as a religious obligation.” It was a bold move since early Reform Judaism had renounced a connection to the Land of Israel and many of those reformers (although not all) were opponents of the budding Zionist Movement. Rabbi Schindler maintained that visits to Israel should be seen “not as mere trips to an exciting land, nor to a place endeared by memory and affection, nor even as a means to be linked to its people and to bolster the confidence [of our fellow Jews in Israel]. They should be conceived rather as a sacred journey, a quest to be spiritually invigorated....” (“The Religious Implications of Zionism,” 1993 ARZA National Assembly Address)

Often when I share plans with people about traveling with me to Israel, I hear a common theme: “It’s my turn.” Going to Israel is a rite of passage and I hope some of you will join me. Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran traveler, a single, a couple, I promise you ten days you will never forget. We will have several opportunities prior to departure to gather together and to get to know each other, and to learn together about the land and people of Israel to make for a more meaningful, personal trip. So join me and 20 friends for a journey that will open up your mind, touch your heart, and replenish your soul!

Rabbi Fred Greene

TBT Seniors Luncheon Monday, April 8 at 11:45 AM

I could not agree with these words more! We have had a number of our students and adults venture to Israel for tours, for B’nai Mitzvah, for work, for continuing learning (like our ECEC Director, Jenifer Friedman), and even to help guide our Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Kesher Committee’s efforts to advance connections and support initiatives in Israel (welcome home Sheryl Blechner, Rhonda Povlot, Terry and Gene Carasick, and Denise and Barry Straus).

Cantor Nancy Kassel presents Genealogical Research Cantor Kassel will be sharing information with us on how to go about the research and her personal discovery of her family history.

Whoever goes to Israel return feeling inspired, empowered, grounded, and ready to do more. This coming year, there are two tremendous opportunities to make your pilgrimage to Israel.

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors?

If you have never been to Israel or the last time you were there was so long ago (and it is time to return) the join me for our next Temple Beth Tikvah Tour to Israel February 16-26. This will be a wonderful opportunity to journey to Israel with old friends and make new ones from our congregation. We need 20 people to make it happen. If you are interested in joining me, please contact Michelle at or call the office. I will be glad to stay in touch with you about our plans.

Come and learn the process of discovery. To commemorate Yom HaShoah, Nancy will be performing a special song accompanied by our own Jane Greenberger.

RSVP to Ruth Zeidman at 770.552.1966

If you have been to Israel in more recent years and want to go and learn more of the contemporary issues facing Israel, our Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is sponsoring a Community Wide Mission to Israel on June 8 to June 16, 2014. For preliminary information, contact Cheri Levitan at 404-870-1604 or 2

News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


Please join me for one or all…….of ‘3’ classes on Jewish Genealogy Research Sunday, April 14 11:00 – 12:00 Thursday, April 18, 7:30 – 8:30 Sunday, April 21, 11:00 – 12:00 While not an expert on genealogical research, I have learned a great deal worth sharing from the time I’ve devoted to learning about my own family’s background. In these classes I will suggest approaches you can take to delve into your own family’s genealogy. I will use what I’ve learned about my research to illustrate the common themes found in the history of American Jewry. The most important thing I’ve discovered is that you just have to start somewhere. You’ll be surprised to discover that one thing always leads to the next and the doors keep opening to more available resources. You will find yourself with long lost second cousins once removed! 1890 Marriage Certificate for Jacob Kassel and Ida Katzoff (my paternal great-grandparents)


News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Religious School Our seventh graders had the opportunity to participate once again in a special program designed and implemented by the William Bremen Heritage Museum. And, what a program it was! They all went to together to the Bremen and were given guided tours which introduced us to all aspects of the tragic part of our history, the Holocaust. What we tried to emphasize was that although our people became victims of the Nazis, there were also other aspects which we need to embrace....the resourcefulness, resistance, rescue and resilience of those who lived during and through the horror of this period. The field trip was especially poignant because of the presentation by an actual survivor who was willing to share her extremely moving story with us. Manuela Bornstein shared her story of heroism, escape and bravery along with desperation and sadness. The kids were in awe of her survival skills and sensitive to her pain. The stories all were very moving and memorable. This program has been designed to empower our students to know our history; and to be able to share it with future generations, so that this kind of inhumanity will never happen again. But, it also teaches young people that the Jewish people did not just sit back and accept their lot but many struggled and tried to keep a light burning and that is so important to impart this for Jewish pride in our students. March 8th our 4th grade students participated in the Shabbat service. The oneg was wonderful and had many great things to eat. Our 5 th grade family education day on March 10th was a huge success. The parents participated in an educational session with the Rabbi. The students then joined the session with their parents as the Rabbi shared his wisdom with them. The 4th and 5th grade students have been tested several times over the past few months on the prayers they have been learning. All the students that passed the tests were rewarded with an ice cream social on March 12 th. Most of our students were able to participate and enjoy the ice cream. The model Seder was held on March 17th. It was so wonderful to see and hear all the children singing songs and reading from the Haggadah. The students consumed all the traditional Passover foods such as hard boiled eggs, charoset and matzah. Thanks to all the parent volunteers and lay leaders that helped make this day so special. I hope everyone has a peaceful and rewarding time off. We will see all the students back on Sunday, April 14 th. Shalom,

Hassia Levin

Early Childhood Education Center My Israel experience was amazing! We journeyed through the country learning the culture and history. We started our experience in Jerusalem, spending time in the Nachlaot area and Yemin Moshe, exploring these neighborhoods. We went to Shabbat services at Shira Chadasha, a Modern Orthodox temple in Jerusalem. It was really wonderful! The singing was incredible. And the pews were packed, and everyone was participating! What??? But what really struck me were the children that were attending services. The children were mostly sitting in the rear of the auditorium. They were not disturbing anyone, but they were able to talk and move around without be hushed or given annoyed looks. Children were allowed to simply be children. And those same children will grow up loving going to Temple because they will feel it as a place of comfort. My journey continued as we visited Neot Kedumim, the biblical landscape reserve and The Israel Museum. We also spent an amazing day in the Old City discussing the concept of “aliyah laregel” (pilgrimage) in the original context, and the significance of the temple. We then explored the Jewish Quarter, and met with individuals from the Christian and Muslim Quarters. We traveled to Caesaria National Antiquities Park to learn about the ancient port city that served as an administrative center of Judaea Province of the Roman Empire. From there we went to Tzippori National Park, an ancient city in the lower Galilee that was once a center of Jewish life and the home of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi who wrote the Mishna. The highlight of the trip was visiting the Early Childhood Centers and speaking with member of Israel’s Ministry of Education. Schools in Israel are amazing! All of the playgrounds are genuine junkyards-yes, junkyards! Complete with broken down cars, old mattresses, dated electronics and anything else you can imagine. Watching the children explore on these junkyard playgrounds was refreshing. Again- allowed to simply be children. When questioned about children getting hurt on the rusted metal, the teacher looked at us like we were monsters! “No child has ever gotten hurt” she said. The junkyard playgrounds purpose is to provide the everyday environment to children. They are set up and organized in a very intentional and purposeful manner. The classroom functioned with the same mentality. Although there was structure to their day, children were allowed to be independent and confident children. In one classroom, a child sat alone making Hamentaschen out of play dough, while his teachers and classmates played outside. When he was ready to join the group, he did. In that same class, the children decided they wanted to sing for us. No prompting by the teacher was given. The teacher was actually in the back of the room while the children sang us a beautiful song with hand movements. The message of this is simple: Children of Israel are simply allowed to be who they are….children. They are allowed to make noise, act silly, be independent, and be natural explorers. Israeli schools have embraced an amazing and very important concept. My trip was wrapped up with another very important and meaningful message. As I walked through the artist’s market in Tel Aviv, I came upon an artist that had beautiful jewelry. As I admired his work, he began telling me about a particular design. He said “this necklace is a Star of David. It is made of two individual triangles that move separately from each other. But although you can move the triangles around, not matter what, they always end up forming the Star of David.” I bought the necklace. Shalom,

Jenifer Friedman ECEC Director 4

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

B’nai Mitzvah Jack Wieskopf will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on April 20, 2013. Jack is the son of Bram and Dana Wieskopf, and brother to Julia. He is the grandson of Mitch and Lynn Wieskopf, of Alpharetta, and Betty Gordon, and Buddy and Johanne Lach, of Montreal, Canada. Jack is an honor student, in 7 th grade, at St. Francis Middle School, where he is on the tennis team. Jack enjoys waterskiing, wake boarding, and art. He is very excited to become a Bar Mitzvah, surrounded by his family and friends. Joshua Adam Schwartz will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on April 20, 2013. Josh is the son of Stephanie and Henry Schwartz and the younger brother of Jamie Schwartz and resides in Marietta. He is the grandson of Miriam Steinberg of Miami Beach, Florida, Jack Schwartz of Mexico City, Mexico and Lynn Lindskoog of Atlanta, Georgia. Josh is dedicating his Bar Mitzvah to his late great-grandmother, Ofelia Steinberg, of blessed memory. As part of his Bar Mitzvah 13 Mitzvot program, Josh participated in the MedShare program which ships unused medical supplies to serve others in countries of need. He is an Honor Roll student in the 7th grade at Dickerson Middle School and is a member and Captain of the NASA U13 Select Premier Soccer Team as well as a Georgia Soccer Referee. Paxton Louise Dobbins will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on April 27th, 2013. Paxton is the daughter of Kristopher and Paige Dobbins and the sister to Reid Dobbins. She is in the seventh grade at Mabry Middle School where she is an Honor Student and participates in the Chorus. Outside of school Paxton really enjoys playing soccer, taking care of all of her pets which include a dog, two guinea pigs, and eleven fish, and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite mitzvah project involved spending time with a preschool class at the Jewish Community Center doing arts and crafts and reading stories about animals to the little kids. Kassel Elijah Leventhal will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on April 27th, 2013. Kassel is the son of Valerie Kassel, Jr. and Rob Leventhal and the brother of Tobias Leventhal. He is the grandson of Milton and Valerie Kassel and the late Bob and Jane Anne Leventhal. Kassel is in 7th Grade at Elkins Pointe Middle School. Kassel enjoys playing soccer and has been collecting used soccer equipment to be redistributed to children in need, through the PASSBACK program.

Youth Group HOTTY (9-12th Grade)

JYG (7 & 8th Grade)



March 1st HOTTY led a truly inspiring Shabbat service for the congregation based on the theme of Board Games. Wondering how they came up with that theme?? “When we began planning this service, we wanted to come up with a theme that was meaningful and embodied the thriving, youthful spirit we have in HOTTY. After some thought, we decided on a theme that truly combines our fun-loving, youthful spirit with our love of community and efforts to understand an everchanging world.” (Emily Medoff, HOTTY President). If you missed it, don’t worry – we’re hoping to make this an annual event!

Would you believe that we took 17 JYG’ers to Charlotte, NC this past month for the NFTY-SAR Hatikvah Kallah! We had a blast at the event – singing, dancing, learning, and hanging out with other Jewish 7 th & 8th graders from around the Southeast. Check out a few of our pictures from the weekend…


Join us Sunday, April 21st from 2:30-5:30pm at Roswell Area Park for HOTTY’s Battle of the Sexes! (No special skills needed.) We’ll find out, once and for all, which gender is the superior one! J This event will be followed by HOTTY elections for the 2013-2014 year. Interested in UP NEXT: running for board? Check out our HOTTY Facebook page or contact one After Hebrew School on Sunday, April 21st head to Roswell Area Park of the youth group advisors for details. for a cook-out (hot dogs and hamburgers) and a kickball game! It's 6th grade vs. 7th grade. Come decked out in your best "kickball" outfit and Join the HOTTY Facebook Page ( put your game face on! J FYI: This is our final JYG event of the year. (8th TBT.HOTTY/) to stay up-to-date on what's happening and to RSVP for graders you are now members of HOTTY, so make sure you come to HOTTY events! the HOTTY Battle of the Sexes & Elections event that afternoon.) Attention 8th Graders…You’re “moving on up” to HOTTY, so make sure to join the HOTTY Facebook page.

Join the JYG Facebook Page ( TBT.JYG/) to stay up-to-date on what's happening and to RSVP and help arrange carpools for events! Attention 6th Graders…You’re “moving on up” to JYG, so make sure to join the JYG Facebook page.

News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


Shalom Chaverim - ‫שלום חברים‬ We learn in Pirkei Avot that “the world rests on three things: On Torah, on Worship and on acts of loving kindness.” Here at Temple Beth Tikvah, every Saturday, we bring the Torah down onto our reading table for study, each Friday night and Shabbat morning we pray as a community...and when I stop to think about acts of loving kindness, my thoughts immediately turn to the outstanding leadership of my fellow Officers and Trustees that serve the TBT community: The job they do is incredible.

may have a home for our Jewish selves, a place where our children and our children’s children may learn not just to read Hebrew and to celebrate our holidays, but to learn to take pride in their Jewish heritage, and to know that there is always a place they may go to honor that in the presence of peers who feel the same. And this is an act of loving kindness. Our Trustees and Officers serve us and our congregation out of love. They give so much because, just as G-d They do so much behind the scenes to make TBT instructs, they look around and feel called to honor you all, all of our members, by their service. They are inspired and what it is. Coordinating events, giving input, with a high humbled by you all. And as I approach the close of my degree of fiduciary responsibility, make too short dollars term as President, I want them to know how much awe and stretch and cover our needs. They fundraise, they plan, they climb buildings and walk roofs, and keep us safe. And reverence I have for them. To our Trustees and Officers, these are acts of loving kindness: These are acts of love for both: A hearty kol ha kavod and yasher koach. May you continue to go from strength to strength. Thank you for Judaism, love for the longevity of the Jewish people, love your acts of loving kindness. for our TBT community. This is “kehillah”: This is how communities are sustained. This is how communities grow. Shalom, This is how communities thrive: Through acts of loving Steven C. Gerson kindness. President Our Trustees are charged with care taking for the synagogue. They are responsible for ensuring the faithful, responsible execution of our Temple policies and budget. They do the work necessary for keeping our home -- our House of Hope -- safe, secure, and sustainable. They are responsible for ensuring that our Gateways are open with vibrant activities and study, and they provide support to our clergy in their efforts toward bringing meaningful worship into our lives. These are all acts of loving kindness.

Our Officers, whom I have been deeply honored and humbled to serve alongside these past two years, think about their responsibilities to our extended family, our synagogue family, virtually every single day. Whether it’s working with programming committees to enrich our lives, or brainstorming with the fundraising committee to raise that much needed next dollar, to meeting with facility vendor after vendor to ensure our building is wellmaintained, to supporting the educational programs for our youth, to producing detailed financial statements each and every month, and ensuring that the governance records of the synagogue are accurate and in order -- these are all acts of loving kindness which they live out with full hearts.

Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast

Save The Date Yom Hazikaron Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror

Our Midrash teaches us of G-d having said to the people Israel, “My children, what do I seek from you? I seek no more than that you have the love for one another, honor one another, and that you have awe and reverence for one another.” To serve as a Trustee or as an Officer of our shul is not necessarily a simple act: The men and women who do so make great donations of time, knowledge, and energy to do so. They work tirelessly year round so that we

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 7pm Ahavath Achim Synagogue 600 Peachtree Battle Rd, Atlanta GA 30327


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

What three things do TBT members love the most? Great food, great music and being in the know! Now you have one gathering where you can do all three! Save the date for TBT’s end of year Annual Celebration (f.k.a. Annual Meeting)

Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 am in the TBT social hall .

The TBT Annual Celebration features great food, songs by our adult and junior choirs, and a review of the past year at TBT, the presentation of the slate of Officers and Board of Trustee Members for the coming year for your vote, and a preview of the big projects for next year. In addition, the coming year’s budget will be presented for your approval. All of our TBT committees will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their role in building the TBT community For your convenience we are also providing free babysitting, and elementary age kids will have programming with Senior Youth Group members. Be sure to RSVP your attendance plans as we want to be sure to have plenty of food, and to let us know whether you have children who will attend babysitting or youth activities during the meeting. Please RSVP online by clicking here. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Fridays With Friends Please join Friends and Family along with Prospective Members for a "Blue Jean Shabbat" Cookout Friday, May 17th @ 6:30 P.M. Followed by a joyous "camp style" service in our outdoor Alterman Chapel at 8:00

TBT Fundraiser Menchies in Sweet Apple Village Sunday, April 21, from 2-5 PM Get your fro-yo fix, and support TBT at the same time! Stop by Menchie's in Sweet Apple Village during our three-hour community partner fundraiser to grab a cup, and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the TBT Religious School and Early Childhood Education Center. In fact, we'll get a portion of proceeds from ANY sales that afternoon, so bring friends!

RSVP by May 10 online at Dinner by paid reservations only Please send check to TBT marked "Fridays With Friends" Complimentary Babysitting During Services Available by Reservation


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

April 2013 TBT Happenings Sun


Tue 1

Office Closed

9:00 am Tai Chi

10:00 am Passover Service & Yizkor

7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


8 No Religious School

No Religious School

11am 48th Annual Holocaust Commemoration at Greenwood Cemetery 4:00pm MJCCA/Atlanta Rabbinical Assoc. Holocaust Memorial Program at Besser Memorial

11:45am Seniors Luncheon

9am Tai Chi

Sat 5

8:00 pm Shabbat Service

6 9am B.L.T., Bagels Learning and Torah 10am Shabbat Service


11 7:00pm Relay for Life Steering Committee Meeting

12 8:00pm Shabbat Service

13 9am B.L.T., Bagels Learning and Torah 10am Shabbat Service

7:30pm Ritual Committee Meeting

7pm Families Anonymous

15 7pm Kesher & Confirmation



9am Tai Chi

7pm Melton Beyond Borders: The Arab Israeli Conflict

5pm Religious School



7pm Women’s Study Group

8pm Shabbat Service with Choir

7:30pm Jewish Genealogy Research

7:30pm Board of Trustees Meeting

6:30pm Bonim— Family Havdalah Social

7pm Families Anonymous


20 9am B.L.T., Bagels Learning and Torah 10am Shabbat Service Weiskopf/Schwartz B’nai Mitzvah

7pm Melton Dramas



9:30am Religious School - Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration 10:10am Adult Beginning Hebrew II 11am Jewish Genealogy Research 12:30pm JYGKickball & Kookout 2:30pm HOTTYBattle of the Sexes & Elections 6pm Sisterhood Namaste & Wine 6:30pm Understanding Israel Program for Teens 28

7pm Kesher & Confirmation

HOTTY—NFTY-SAR Spring Kallah

7pm Kesher & Confirmation

5pm Religious School

7pm Families Anonymous

7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

7pm Sisterhood Book Club

Fri 4

7:30 am TBT Business to Business

7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

7pm Melton Dramas


9:30am Religious School

Thu 3


No Religious School

9:30am Religious School-Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaShoah 9:45am Sisterhood Steering Committee Meeting 10:10am Adult Beginning Hebrew II 11am Jewish Genealogy Research 7pm Yom Hazikaron Memorial Program at Ahavath Achim

Wed 2


9am Tai Chi 5pm Religious School

7pm Families Anonymous 7pm Melton Beyond Borders: The Arab Israeli Conflict 7pm Melton Dramas

25 7pm Yoga with a Jewish Twist 7:30pm Step Up for Israel

7:30pm Officers Meeting



HOTTY—NFTY-SAR Spring Kallah

HOTTY—NFTY-SAR Spring Kallah

8pm Shabbat Service

9am B.L.T., Bagels Learning and Torah 10am Shabbat Service Dobbins/Leventhal B’nai Mitzvah

7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

8pm ECEC “Under the Big Top” Fundraiser



7pm Melton Dramas


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Donations Campaign TBT - EveryONE Matters Ruben and Margot Braiter in appreciation of Laura DeReimer for her hard work chairing the TBT Comedy Night Mark and Debbie Weiss in memory of Mannie Berlin

Rabbi Greene’s Discretionary Fund Bruce and Carol Waldman in memory of Herbert Waldman Bruce and Carol Waldman in honor of their first grandchild, Noah Russell Graiser Pam Alterman in honor of the speedy recovery of Noa Greene Cantor Kassel’s Discretionary Fund Robert and Adele Toltzis in memory of Arthur Toltzis and William & Marjory Segal in memory of Daniel Leavitt Joe Zeidman Michael and Wanda Cohen in memory of Morris Cohen Pam Alterman in honor of the speedy recovery of Jeanne Lipsitt Charlotte Fleisher in memory of Sam Charya Betty Rickles in honor of Eli Rickles' Bar Mitzvah Sara Grossman in memory of Gertrude Brooks Rosalind Taranto in memory of Molly Berman Cumming First United Methodist Church in appreciation of Eli Rickles in honor of Cantor Kassel Rabbi Greene Bruce and Carol Waldman in memory of Irving Aran Mark and Cathy Berman in appreciation of Cantor Kassel June Wallach in memory of Max Hertzberg Kim Rielly in appreciation of Cantor Nancy Kassel Betty Rickles in honor of Eli Rickles' Bar Mitzvah and in Addie Myers in appreciation of the beautiful erev Shabbat service memory of Irwin Rickles Robert and Ellen Rickles in appreciation of Rabbi Greene's Caring/Kehillat Chesed Fund guidance and teaching Douglas Wexler and Jane Greenberger in honor of the Fred & Vicki Steine in honor of the 50th birthdays of speedy recovery of Doris Rosing Bob Shapiro and Andy Aaronson Walter and Esther Shultz in honor of Jeanne Lipsitt Maureen Severn in memory of Rita and Cyril Lederman Ruth Zeidman in honor of a speedy recovery for Families Anonymous Jeanne Lipsitt Jeffrey Willard in memory of Gertrude Willard Mark and Cathy Berman in appreciation of Rabbi Greene Endowment Campaign Burton and Sara Grossman in memory of Harold Grossman Carol Goldstein in memory of David Goldstein David and Bonnie Sandfelder in honor of Rabbi Greene Neil and Jennifer Goldstein in memory of David Goldstein Gene Carasick and Terry Apt Carasick in memory of Irma B. Malakoff General Fund Jonathan and Barbara Berger in memory of Sandra Cohen Seymour and Renee Davis in honor of the speedy recovery and Whit H. Mahan of Doris Rosing Irving Worth in memory of Mark Worth Rabbi Tam’s Discretionary Fund Shirley Crawford Steve and RoseAnn Gerson in memory of Moses Reiber Lawrence and Anne Skal in memory of Isabelle Edelman Jerome and Margie Cohen in memory of Meyer Friedman Debra Shilling in memory of Molly Brown Alan and Barbara Chaiet in memory of Sophie Mellinger Joel and Valerie Rapowitz in memory of David Cohen Melvin and Amy Finkel in memory of Sophie Gershcow Religious School Fund Shirley Crawford Melvin and Tobi Levine in memory of Sarah Stansky Peter & Helene Levinson in memory of Carole Friedman Melvyn and Vivian Lapes in memory of Bea Lapes and Youth Group Fund Harry Lapes Jonathan & Lynda Bennett in memory of Shirley Lovett Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in appreciation of the lovely Michael Zalkin Memorial Library Fund Shabbat service conducted by the Senior Youth Group Aaron and Sheila Stieglitz in memory of Mollie Krigsner Prayerbook Fund Addie Myers in memory of Mason H. Myers Michael and Nannette Wien in memory of Morton Schneider


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SOCIAL ACTION 2013 URJ Consultation on Conscience April 21-23, 2013

The NFCC Thrift shop needs your gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture. Kitchen items and linens are also needed. Donations accepted 10 am-8pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm6pm on Sunday. Tax receipts are given for all donations. Call 678-3874468 for pick up of furniture and large items. All donations support NFCC’s programs and help prevent homelessness in our community. More information at . North Fulton Community Charities, 11270 Elkins Rd. Roswell, GA 30076.

Washington, DC

The most exciting Jewish social justice event in Washington, DC! Featuring high-level briefings with public policy decision makers and social action leaders, the Consultation helps those with a passion for tikkun olam bring Jewish values to modern issues of civil rights, economic and environmental justice, religious persecution and more. The Consultation on Conscience is Reform Judaism's flagship social justice conference. Join us, Jewish leaders, and public policy decision makers to bring social justice insight to your community. Registration fee $319. Register today at

Hello, Dolly! Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 7:30 pm Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s blockbuster season finale brings you our first-ever classic Broadway musical, with our own unique stylings. This memorable musical based on Thornton Wilder’s, The Matchmaker, regales us with the heart-warming story of life’s second chances as maneuvered by the indomitable Dolly Levi.

TBT’s Annual “Pass Over” Your Coat Drive Spring has finally arrived, and like most of nature we are busy shedding our heavy, gray, winter wear in favor of lighter and brighter clothing. If you have children's coats that have been outgrown, or ones that you cannot bear to wear another season, please consider donating them to our coat drive. We collect coats at the synagogue, have them cleaned and deliver them to North Fulton Community Charities for distribution next winter. The coats will be given to families in need; they will not be sold at the clothes closet.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! $10.00 Proceeds go to Relay for Life—Ruach Atlanta To purchase tickets or for more info contact: Esther or Walt Shultz [770 442-9559 or]

Please drop off your coats at the synagogue anytime in April, and we will take care of the rest. If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to talk to Marsha Mathis any time. Thank you for your continued support of Temple Beth Tikvah’s efforts to alleviate some of the hardships faced by members of our community

(Checks should be made out to: American Cancer Society) If you are supporting a team or a walker please let Walt and Esther know!

Day of Holocaust Remembrance (Yom HaShoah) Community-Wide Commemoration to be Held at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm Rain or Shine

The entire community is invited to a Yom HaShoah Commemoration sponsored by the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. In addition to a keynote address by Dr. Jerome Legge, a Holocaust scholar and Associate Dean of UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, the ceremony will include the lighting of the torches and a special musical presentation featuring Cantor Daniel Gale from Temple Beth-El, Birmingham, Alabama. This program is free and open to the community.


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

JF&CS - Career Programs

College Outreach Program

Are you in the job market? Whether you’re fresh out of school, looking to make a career change or starting the search after years of not working, JF&CS can help. We offer a variety of programs and services for job seekers of all ages and stages.

The spring mailing of care packages to Temple Beth Tikvah’s 52 college students has just taken place. We want to let them know they’re being thought of by the community, even though they may be far away from home. Included in the packages were note pads, pens, Sharpies, Starbucks coffee packets, popcorn, fruit snacks, candy and last but not least, Hamantaschen.

If you are finishing school (or if you have a graduating child returning home), GradWORKS is the program for you. Our highly experienced career professionals offer tools to help with your career direction and determine your interests. We have several packages at different service and price levels. Each includes career counseling sessions on resume development; job search strategies and interviewing skills; participation in our employment series workshops; registration in our job database and a meeting with one of the job developers.

A big thank you to Julie Scott and Emily Lewit for helping us assemble the packages. We could not have accomplished this task without your help! We also very much appreciate the donation made by Pam Chanin of Welch’s fruit snacks. Thank you so much for your generous contribution!

For other job seekers, we offer career counseling, assessments, job search strategies and job placement. Our counselors and workshops focus on resumes, interviewing and connections to employers. Counseling services are offered on a sliding-fee scale. Perhaps you’re looking to hire someone for your business. Our Job Development Program provides a no-cost resource to ensure employers make the best hire for their needs. We embrace a broad range of candidates and employers. Whether you’re looking for a job or looking to fill a job, be sure to visit our new interactive website If you’re interested in attending one of our many workshops, you may register online at or call 770.677.9358.


None of this would be possible without the help and support of the TBT office staff, Lisa Singer, Becky Sullivan and Michelle Leder. We so appreciate your assistance. Last but not least, we’d like to thank Rabbi Greene for his thoughtful words of wisdom appropriate to the Purim season. We know you are all busy and we so appreciate your time and energy. We feel it is very important to keep our students connected to the Jewish community while away from home. If you agree and are able/willing to find a sponsor to make a small donation for the next mailing, please let us know. Our contact information is below — Ginger Glazer ( Lynda Bennett (

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Yoga with a Jewish Twist

Thursday, April 25th, 7 - 8:15 pm Enjoy the physical journey of yoga by strengthening your body, mind and spirit, while integrating Jewish wisdom. If you are new to yoga but involved in Jewish study, you will discover how your own body is an expression of Torah wisdom. If you are involved in a yoga practice, you will increase your journey by finding inspiration and meaning from Judaic wisdom.

Learn to understand your body while enlightening your soul with Torah wisdom. Co-ed class will meet once a month. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. RSVP to Pam Chanin or 404-219-1453

TBT Women’s Bookclub

Sisterhood steering committee members needed

Sponsored by Sisterhood

Want a great way to get involved and help your synagogue? Join the Sisterhood Steering Committee! We're currently recruiting for the 2013 2014 term and we want YOU! As part of the Steering Committee you'll be part of a team that comes up with ideas and plans Sisterhood events. So whether you're new to the shul or a seasoned vet, we'd love to have you on board. For more information please contact Traci Hartog - or Danielle Rubenstein -

Sunday, April 28th

7 - 8:30pm

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Sunday, June 2nd 7 - 8:30pm Book to be determined Provide a list of 3 potential books and the group will vote! (genre can be Judaic or inspiring women)

Submissions for the May Kol Tikvah are due to the synagogue office by Monday, April 8. Please email to

Please rsvp! We typically meet in the TBT little Oneg Room but based on the group size, we may meet at Starbucks on Coleman Rd. in the Kroger Shopping Center. If you’d like to join us, just add your name to our distribution list by email – or “like” the TBT Sisterhood facebook page for updates.


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


K-2ND GRADERS AND FAMILIES! Joshua ben Perachyah said: Find for yourself a teacher and get yourself a friend; and judge every man towards merit. Pirkei Avot 1

Adult Ed Classes in April

You're Invited to

April 14 and 21 at 11 am - Jewish Genealogy Research with Cantor Nancy Kassel


April 8, 15 and 22 and 29 at 7 pm - Melton: Dramas April 15 and 22 at 7 pm - Melton: Beyond Borders April 18 at 7:00 pm - Women’s Study Group

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 18 at 7:30 pm - Jewish Genealogy Research with Cantor Nancy Kassel

6:30 pm in the TBT Social Hall FREE

April 25 at 7:30 pm - Step Up for Israel Click here for a listing of all upcoming Adult Ed classes


Kids come in your jammies, for Havdalah, followed by a movie. Popcorn will be served.

Mazal Tov to... Nancy Rosenberg & David Johnson on their recent marriage. And to Nancy’s parents, Judy & Joel.

Parents enjoy a unique chocolate experience!

Gail & Irv Laddin on the birth of their second granddaughter, Maya Beth Laddin, on March 22.

Please RSVP by April 15 by clicking here

Thank You to… Richard Staviss, June Wallach and Kay Smolin for all their wonderful help in the synagogue office.

HELP US HELP YOU Your synagogue community wants to be a Caring Community/Kehillat Chesed. If you have recently experienced a loss or are facing a crisis, please let our office know as soon as possible. Our clergy and friends strive to be a source of support as best as they can. If you know of one of our fellow congregants that has experienced a loss or can use a hand, please contact the office at 770.642.0434.

Planning a simcha or group gathering? The Tam-Blank Social Hall is the Place to Be. For more information on renting our Social Hall, contact the synagogue office at 770-642-0434. 13

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Synagogue Information Synagogue Office Fax Number School Office (Perri) Preschool (Jenifer) Assistant to Clergy Financial Secretary Admin. Assistant Office Manager

- 770-642-0434 - 770-642-0647 - 770-642-4168 - 678-350-0076 - Michelle Leder - Jenny Korsen - Lisa Singer - Becky Sullivan

Potential Customers are Reading this Publication Right Now! Call Lisa at 770.642.0434 to find out how you can advertise your business.

Get Involved! TBT Committees and Chairpersons Adult Education Cindy Getty Budget & Finance Harlan Graiser Chavurot Ivie Graiser College Outreach Lynda Bennett Ginger Glazer Communications Dave Faupel Fundraising Ruben Braiter Gift Shop Pam Alterman Carrie Bickwit Rhonda Schweber House Ted Nathan Human Resources Karen Moss

Israel Gene Carasick Kehillat Chesed (Caring) Leslie Swichkow Membership Recruitment & Retention Mark Rudel Men’s Club Neil Goldstein Nominating Committee Vicki Steine Outreach To Be Determined Ritual Esther Shultz Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group Pam Chanin Security Michael Gutkin Seniors Ruth Zeidman


Sisterhood Mary Block Social Action Jeff Willard Rodney Eberhardt Social Committee To Be Determined Website Development Mark Weiss Scott Povlot Youth Group Michal Loventhal and Debra Schwartz

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Potential Customers are Reading this Publication Right Now! Call Lisa at 770.642.0434 to find out how you can advertise your business.

Publication’s Title and Number: Kol Tikvah • Volume 27 Issue 4 Issue Date: April 2013 Frequency: Monthly Authorized Organization’s Name and Address: Temple Beth Tikvah • 9955 Coleman Road • Roswell, GA 30075 15

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Fred Greene Rabbi Donald A. Tam Rabbi Emeritus Nancy Kassel Cantor Hassia Levin Education Director Jenifer Friedman ECEC Director Steve Gerson President Ron Swichkow President-Elect Paul Beckman Vice President Todd Boehm Vice President Marsha Mathis Vice President Mark Craig Treasurer Rhonda Povlot Secretary Seth Zimmer Chairperson, Board of Education


April 2013 Kol Tikvah  

April 2013 Kol Tikvah

April 2013 Kol Tikvah  

April 2013 Kol Tikvah