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December 2016 • Volume 30 • Issue 11

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News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Hanukkah at TBT Hanukkah, Chanukah, HaNUkah…it does not matter how you spell it, our annual festival of lights, which begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev is a magical and wonderful holiday for it celebrates miracles; For the pragmatists among us the miracle is the historical proof text of liberation from the tyranny of oppressive regimes. And for the dreamers among us, the miracle is symbolized in the Talmudic tale of the little beaker of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days- a metaphor for the concept that the small flame of peace and love and goodness can grow and banish the darkness of hate and indifference. The true symbol of Hanukkah is the Hanukiyah, or menorah that we light for eight days in commemoration of the Temple candelabra rededicated by the Maccabees in 165 BCE. The only required mitzvah associated with Hanukkah is that the Menorah should be placed in a front window, so its light may radiate outward.

Join us on Friday, December 30th at 7:15 pm for Shabbat and the 7th night of Hanukkah

Today more than ever, pragmatist or dreamer, our ritual symbol is needed for all to see. Religious liberty, enshrined as article 18 in the United Nation’s declaration of Human Rights, is at risk in many, many parts of the world. As a people who have experienced time again forces against us, we must strive to serve as a symbol of hope for all who come under the weight of hatred and bigotry. Let us speak out- shine our light into the world- BE the torch for right and just behavior.

♦Bring your menorahs, we’ll supply the candles ♦7:15 pm - Food and crafts, dreidel games before service ♦8:00 pm - Spirited musical service and candle lighting- we will all conclude the evening with a sufganiyot and cider oneg

This year we kindle the first little light on December 24 th and add a candle every night until we will come into full blaze on December 31st, the secular New Year’s eve. It’s not often when our festival coincides with other faith traditions’ religious celebrations- let us add our light to that of others as together we usher in 2018 , a year of love and a year of peaceful understanding among all peoples.

Of course the Guess the Candle contest winner will be announced!

Hag Orim Sameach- May it be a holiday full of righteous light!

Do You Have a Hebrew Name? Naming Service to take place on Shabbat Shemot - Friday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. What’s in a name? Hebrew names are not only a reflection of who we are, but also a statement of who we would like to be. However, there are many in our community who either were not given a Hebrew name or have forgotten theirs. On Saturday, January 21, we will begin reading the book of Exodus. The Hebrew name for this Torah portion is Shemot, which translated means “names.” During the Friday evening service, which begins at 6:30 p.m., we will be having a special naming service for any Jewish member of our congregation who would like a Hebrew name - no matter what your age. A certificate will be given to each person and the name will be recorded for posterity in our Temple records. If you are interested in receiving a Hebrew name for yourself or your child, please contact Rabbi Shuval-Weiner by January 1, 2017.


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Notes from Cantor Kassel Arguing Ethically…..What Does Judaism Say? It has been upsetting to see the lack of civility primarily centered around political discourse in this country. While I understand the passions of all those needing to express themselves, I lament the loss of civility. Rabbis Hillel and Shammai were two leading sages in the last century B.C.E. and early first century C.E. They were the founders of two schools of Jewish thought which generally espoused opposing views on matters of ritual practice, ethics and theology. The views of the House of Shammai were generally more strict than those of the House of Hillel. In the Babylonian Talmud, Eruvin 13b, we learn of a three year dispute between the two schools (Hillel and Shammai). While it was said that each school’s teachings were “words of the living God”, the law sided with the teachings of Hillel. Why? The reason is that the people of the school of Hillel were “kindly and humble” and studied both their own rulings as well as the rulings of the House of Shammai. The House of Shammai only studied their own rulings and chose not to expose themselves to opposing views. They had nothing with which to check themselves. I hope and pray that in time more people will express themselves with kindness, humility and civility. The sooner the better!

Another reminder about

HEBREW PRAYER & TORAH CHANTING BOOT CAMP *for Hebrew readers, including those with rusty skills* Save these dates - the following Sundays of Religious School: 1) Sunday January 15

5) Sunday February 12

2) Sunday January 22

6) Sunday February 26

3) Sunday January 29

7) Sunday March 5

4) Sunday February 5

8) Sunday March 26

HOLD THE DATE: Sisterhood will have a wine and cheese hour before services on January 13th. Everyone is invited!

The next Family Promise week is February 12-18, 2017 Watch for volunteer opportunity info coming soon 3

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B’nai Mitzvah Joshua Jacob Eberhardt will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on December 3, 2016. Joshua is the son of Rodney and Erika Eberhardt and brother to Zoe, Noah, and Isaiah. Joshua is the grandson of Rosemary Pittman of Los Angeles, California. Joshua is a seventh grade Honor Roll student at Elkins Pointe Middle School. His hobbies include playing the trumpet for the school band and playing football and basketball for the Roswell Jr. Hornets. He is also very active in the Boy Scouts and enjoys volunteering in the community.

Brian Schwartz will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on December 3, 2016. Brian is the son of Maria and Bart Schwartz and brother to Maddie and Cameron. He is the grandson of Mary Piretra and John and Suzette Schwartz. Brian is in the seventh grade at Elkins Pointe Middle School. His hobbies include football, lacrosse and fishing.

Corey Dylan Kaseff will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on December 10, 2016. Corey Kaseff is the son of Allyson and Brian Kaseff and brother to Brooke Madison Kaseff. He is the grandson to Randi and Stephen Leseten and Fredelyn and Ronald Kaseff. He is in the seventh grade at Crabapple Middle School where he participates in student council as the seventh grade representative and plays on the boys volleyball team. He is also an active participant in school intramural programs. Corey’s true passion is basketball. He enjoys youth group events and being a member of NFTY.

Click here for registration and full itinerary information Deadline to register is Feb 20, 2017


Already missing your camp friends, or looking forward to going to camp for the first time? But not sure how to pay for it? The TBT Camp Scholarship Program helps families with the cost of camp tuition. Camp scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded by the Camp Scholarship Committee as a part of an anonymous review and allocation process. All applications and inquiries are confidential. Please submit your application as well as any scholarship questions to by December 15th.

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ECEC If you pose the question, “What is your favorite holiday?” to a Jewish child, most will respond with a very excited “Chanukah!” Chanukah is a wonderful and fun holiday celebrating a great miracle in the history of Jewish people. However, I think it is obvious why children say it is their favorite holiday. Now I am not going to be the pot or the kettle here, because my husband would attest that I may be “slightly” guilty of going a “little” overboard with buying presents for my two children for Chanukah (and possibly throughout the entire year). I understand that it is easy to become immersed in the whole holiday spirit, because I do it every year! But now that my children are older, they are able to understand that a gift doesn’t have to be an Apple product or Xbox game. A gift is simply something that is given. And that can be anything. There is no gift more valuable or appreciated than one’s time. Volunteering in a soup kitchen, taking time to bag up new or used clothes or toys, or even helping in the Temple’s office are all gifts. Giving does not have to cost a fortune, and may possibly be the greatest lesson that one can learn. A lesson in giving is a powerful one for children (and adults) of all ages. This Chanukah, take the time to give to others. It will be a gift that doesn’t make noise, doesn’t break and one will never lose. Jenifer Friedman, ECEC Director

Religious School Hanukah is right around the corner and you can feel the excitement in the Religious School! The students have been learning about the history of Chanukkah and our customs. Soon enough the hallways of the school will smell like latkes, students will be reciting the blessings, and classes will be enjoying games, songs and crafts. On this holiday we celebrate our people’s bravery and determination to continue living as Jews. There are eight exciting nights of candle lighting, for we are celebrating a great victory. Years ago there were two rabbis who had very differing opinions on how to light the Hanukkiyah. The students of Beit Shammai said that we should begin with eight lights and one should be taken away each night. The followers of Beit Hillel disagreed. They said the Hanukkiyah should begin with one light, and each night one light should be added because “holiness is something that must grow, not become smaller.” Eventually everyone followed Beit Hillel on how to light the candles. Channukkah goes by several names: Rededication of the temple (Hag Hanukkah), Festival of Lights (Hag Haorim) and Festival of Candles (Hag HaNarot). As you can see from this article, Hanukah can also be spelled in a variety of ways. Before you light the Hanukkiyah make each night special. You can accomplish this by doing some of the following: Tell the story of Chanukah, sing songs, eat oily foods in celebration of the miracle of the oil, share your blessings with others, put your Hanukkiyah in the window for all to see. I wish you a Happy Hag Haorim Sameach.


Join your friends, TBT family and composer/performer Noah Aronson on an Exodus to Camp Coleman in the spring of 2017. We will have a fun filled weekend of Shabbat, singing, playing, creating, learning, engaging and other traditional camp activities. Come experience what a great escape can do for your soul. Find out all the details and reserve your spot by registering here by 12/31 before the prices go up. News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


Creating the Next 30 Years for every member, from the incredible welcome they receive as a new member, through the deep relationships that are fostered outside our building, and to the unexpected support offered in stressful times by dozens of fellow congregants.

With the turning of the leaves this fall, Temple Beth Tikvah successfully launched its celebration of 30 years as a ‘House of Hope’ for Jews in the north metro area. The energizing Nefesh Mountain program and October’s terrific scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi Mark Levin were only the tip of the iceberg – an entire year of 30th Anniversary events has been planned. Upcoming special events include hosting a multi-synagogue Chanukah celebration later this month, additional scholar- and artist-in-residence weekends, adult socials including a gala honoring our 30-year Religious School director, Hassia Levin, a family picnic, a retreat at Camp Coleman, and a trip to Israel led by Rabbi Shuval-Weiner. And these are in addition to a host of Adult Education offerings, Men’s Club and Sisterhood activities, Tzedek Committee projects, new Chavurot options, festival/holiday celebrations, etc. There will be no lack of ways to engage in synagogue life! How would you like to connect with your TBT community this year? There’s something for every taste (literally), interest, demographic, and desire to try something new.

Pie in the sky? I’m not so sure. I fervently believe that we collectively have the power not only to build on TBT’s past successes but to create the kind of synagogue community about which people will exclaim, “Wow! Now that’s the kind of synagogue I want to belong to!” (Did I hear someone say “waiting list”?). It’s up to us to paint that picture of the future TBT. This is the challenge I see for our next 30 years, starting now. With Rabbi Shuval-Weiner and Cantor Kassel, I feel we have the perfect clergy in place to embark on the hard work of creating and implementing thoughtful improvements which advance us towards our vision of the future. However, our clergy cannot do this by themselves. We need you! Yes, money is important, and you’ve heard from me and others about our genuine fundraising needs. But perhaps more important than money is the conviction felt by the majority of our members that strengthening Temple Beth Tikvah is a crucial component of strengthening our families, the Jewish people, and ourselves. With that shared conviction I feel there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. It indeed takes a village to create a vibrant community and we need a large number of motivated volunteers to help turn dreams into reality. Can we count on you?

Our 30th anniversary also marks a convenient milestone for looking over the horizon and into the future. What will the next 30 years look like? If we could dream the most fantastic synagogue possible into existence, what would we see happening? Here are some of the images in my dreams: I see a synagogue packed with adults on Sunday mornings who choose to either learn about their Jewish heritage alongside their children, or gather with peers to explore more deeply what Judaism has to say about meaning and purpose in their lives. I envision a 90% retention rate of students after Bar/Bat Mitzvah due to the strength of the Jewish relationships and experiences they continue to have at TBT. I see members who are so passionate about taking Tikkun Olam into the world that TBT becomes known for the most impactful social action projects and advocacy in Atlanta. I picture two or three concurrent but different types of worship services being offered every Shabbat and which end with a large, joyous communal oneg or Kiddush. I see a strong and pervasive culture of caring

For starters, I am interested in hearing about your dreams for the TBT of the future. What would you like to see? What do you envision? In particular, how do you see yourself helping to bring your idea(s) to fruition? I invite you to email me at the address below. L’Shalom,

Harlan Graiser


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Youth Group HOTTY (9-12th Grade) From Rebecca Torino, HOTTY’s Communications Vice-President: HOTTY has been jam packed with mysterious fun this past month, especially with the latest success of our kickoff event, a jazz period Murder Mystery and Progressive Dinner! HOTTYites had a chance to play a character in the storyline, play detective, collect clues, and eventually catch the “killer”. It sure was a KILLER night! (Check out some pictures in this month’s newsletter!) In the coming cold months, we are proud to announce our annual Broomball and Latke Lock-In set on December 17th! We hope that HOTTYites will join us for a night of Broomball and fun with your favorite youth group! Keep an eye on our web page,, for further details on events and the latest pictures and news! Registration for NFTY-SAR Winter Kallah is open! Register by December 21st at: Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 16, 2017 at Camp Thunderbird, Lake Wylie, SC ♦Meet new people and see your friends from NFTY, Camp, Israel and Mitzvah Corps ♦Spend four days in a retreat-style experience at camp focused on connection and community ♦Celebrate Shabbat with delicious food, singing and dancing ♦Elect next year's regional board ♦Enjoy a fun, interactive Saturday night activity Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events: December 14 - HOTTY Chanukah-themed Lounge Night

December 17-18 – Broomball Latke-In

Join the HOTTY Facebook Page ( to stay up-to-date on what's happening and to RSVP for HOTTY events! Join our Remind101 text updates: text @826ef3 to 81010. TBT Younger Youth Based on the Youth Committee Survey you all filled out, we’ve made a few changes to our younger youth groups. The age breakdowns have changed slightly (see below). For each of the groups there will be kid-only events and some family events. For the Gesher and NFTY678 groups there will also be new citywide events throughout the year. Check out the full calendar below. We hope you can join us for these great events! Bonim (Kindgergarten-2nd grade) Dec. 4 - Chanukah lunch & craft 12:30-2:30 (@ TBT) Feb 12 - Xdrenaline 12:30-2:30 April 23 - Picnic at Roswell Area Park 12:30-2:30pm

Gesher (3rd-5th grade) Dec. 18 - City-wide Quidditch game at East Cobb Park 1:15-3:00pm Jan. 22 - Pizza lunch @ TBT after Religious School and then Chamberlain's chocolate factory (off-site) Mar. 26 - Family Social Action 12:30-2:30pm (location TBD)

NFTY678 (6th-8th grade) Dec. 11 - Family Social Action 12:30-2:30pm (location TBD) *Just 6th & 7th Grade Jan. 2-3 - NFTY678 Ski Trip Jan. 21 – 8th Grade Rush *Just 8th Grade Mar. 19 - Get a jump on bar/bat-mitzvah 13 Mitzvot @ TBT *Just 6th & 7th Grade

Mar. 24-26 - NFTY678 Hatikvah Kallah

Make sure to join our NEW TBT YOUTH Facebook Page to stay-up-to date on what’s happening for your younger kiddos! Want more info about the youth groups at TBT?

Contact Bobbee at: or (303) 981–2356

HOTTY Braves Game and Murder Mystery Progressive Dinner





More than 100 TBT members of all ages joined in the Sukkot Stop Hunger Now project, packaging 10,000 meals to help those in need of food. For more information about any of the programs below, please visit

After the project, participants enjoyed dinner in the Sukkah and an outdoor chapel service.

Rabbi’s Table (formerly BLT - Bagels, Learning, & Torah) NEW FORMAT - LUNCH & LEARN - Saturdays, 12:20 (after services) Learn more about how our understanding of Torah has evolved and how it still provides meaning and purpose for our lives today. _____________________________________________________

Crash Course: Reading Hebrew - Robin Karlin Mondays 7:00 - 8:30 PM; 12/5, 12/12 Five part course to learn or refresh your Hebrew reading skills. _____________________________________________________

Saturday Night Movie Saturdays 6:00 - 10:00 PM; 12/17, 1/7 Potluck Dinner, Havdalah, movie and discussion December: Keeping the Faith - Comedy about two friends, a priest and a rabbi, who fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

More Info:

Lynn Goldman (404) 275-9678


News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Welcome to the TBT Family!!

Gerald and Francie Marshall Roswell, GA 30075

December 12th at 12 noon

Herbert and Marsha Williams Woodstock, GA 30188


Cantor Nancy Kassel RSVP to Natine at

Welcome Back!

Please bring gift cards for JF&CS

William and Susan Farina Johns Creek, GA 30022

Make more connections within TBT and expand your circle - check out the new groups forming below or send an email to out the interest form on if you have an idea for a new group. We'll help you get started!

Do you love to hike? The Hiking Group is for people who want to share in an afternoon hike as part of a Shabbat experience. The hikes will take place once or twice a month at one of the many beautiful National Recreation Areas along the Chattahoochee River and will last for one to two hours. Each hike will bring the group together around a theme or reading to inspire our walk. The group is intended for people who want to extend or broaden the restful aspects of Shabbat through an informal activity outside of traditional services. For more information, please contact Joan Marks at

Are you a lawyer looking to network with other lawyers at TBT? Please contact Kevin Rubin at for more information about the new affinity group.


Greetings from Sisterhood! Happy Chanukah from Sisterhood! We hope you have a lovely holiday and celebrate well! We are planning our Chanukah event at Brilliant, a local event venue to learn jewelry making! Please join us either Tuesday 12/6/16 or Thursday 12/8/16 at 7 p.m. Sign up soon as spaces will fill fast! Our next Knit and Nosh will be Sunday 12/4/16 @ 9:45 a.m. in the conference room. Please join us as we continue to knit and crotchet warm items to donate to local homeless shelters. We can teach you so just bring yarn and needles or hooks. Our fall batch of warm goodies will be donated in December! Mah Jongg will be Sunday 12/11/16 @ 9:45 a.m. in the social hall. Talented, occasional and beginner players welcome! Please sign up and bring your sets and cards if you have them. We welcome all levels of expertise. Our Passover cookbook is underway. There has been much support and enthusiasm to cook and publish. Please contact Diane Katz if you have any questions. We hope to publish in early spring. Many thanks to all who have participated so far! Many thanks are also in order to Kara Segal for bringing nosh and teaching at Mah Jongg last month, and to Terry Carasick for leading our continuing Knit and Nosh program. Also thanks to Ivie Graiser for spearheading the Daffodil Project 11/13/16; a great remembrance for the children of the Holocaust and a very meaningful project indeed. We hope to see you at Sisterhood events. Please also join us at our next committee meeting, Sunday, 12/4/16 @ 9:45 a.m. in the conference room (during our knitting and crotchet session). Robin Bledsoe , Sisterhood Chair

Operation Isaiah - what’s next? Karen Korshak Did you ever wonder what happens to the food you donate during the High Holy Days? I used to wonder. I always dropped my food in the bins and went into the synagogue and prayed. The next time I went to Temple the bins were gone. I never thought about it afterwards. This year, however, was different. During one of the Rabbi’s lovely sermons, she challenged the congregation to each do at least one act of chesed (kindness) between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. My family chose to work at the Atlanta Community Food Bank to sort the food we all donated for Project Isaiah. We arrived at the Food Bank on a Sunday morning at 9:00am. There were other Jewish people there including children, parents and volunteers. We listened to a brief educational lesson about the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Jewish Family & Career Services’ (JF&CS) kosher food pantry. In 2015, the kosher food pantry gave out 18,000 pounds of food to 2,100 individuals, including 737 children and 304 senior citizens - all from the Jewish community’s donations. They explained that we were going to sort the 2016 High Holy Days donations into kosher and nonkosher items and check expiration dates, etc. Next ,we went into the large warehouse that was organized into sorting, packing, weighing and sealing stations. We spent a few hours working, although the time flew since the center was very organized and we all worked efficiently together. It was so cool being there with everyone. At the end, they told us we sorted 6,002 pounds of food and JF&CS would receive 5,040 pounds of kosher food and that would provide meals to 4,200 people. There was another group that would pack in the afternoon. All together, JF&CS received 13,000 pounds (480 large boxes) of kosher food for the kosher food pantry and additional non-kosher food went to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Thank you to all who donated. I know that the people from our community who receive your gifts will be forever grateful. And to end with a quote from Isaiah: “If you offer compassion to the hungry, God will guide you always.” 12

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

December 2016 Sunday




Thursday 1

1st of Kislev 5777

Friday 2

2nd of Kislev 5777 Oneg 6:00 pm 6:30 pm

Ruach & Camp Shabbat Service 6:30 pm


4th of Kislev 5777


5th of Kislev 5777

Religious School 9:30 am

Kesher, Confirmation and Kivunim 6:45 pm

Adult Ed 9:45 am

Adult Ed - Hebrew Reading - Crash Course 7:00 pm

Knit & Nosh / Committee Meeting 9:45 am Religious School Mixers - 2nd, 3rd & 7th grade 10:30 am

Families Anonymous 7:00 pm


6th of Kislev 5777



7th of Kislev 5777

8th of Kislev 5777

Tai Chi 9:30 am Bling It On Jewelry Making Party 7:00 pm

Hebrew School 5:00 pm Bling It On Jewelry Making Party 7:00 pm Officers Meeting 7:30 pm


9th of Kislev 5777

Saturday 3

3rd of Kislev 5777

Shabbat Service Schwartz / Eberhardt B'nai Mitzvah 10:00 am The Rabbi's Table 12:20 pm

10 10th of Kislev 5777

Young Family Shabbat Dinner 5:30 pm

Shabbat Service Kaseff Bar Mitzvah 10:00 am

Young Family Shabbat Service 6:15 pm

The Rabbi's Table 12:20 pm

Shabbat Service w/ Choir 8:00 pm

Bonim - Chanukah Lunch & Craft 12:30 pm

11 11th of Kislev 5777

12 12th of Kislev 5777

Religious School 9:30 am

Senior Luncheon 12:00 pm

Adult Ed 9:45 am

Kesher, Confirmation and Kivunim 6:45 pm

Sisterhood - Mah Jongg 9:45 am NFTY67 - Family Tikkun Olam Project 12:30 pm

18 18th of Kislev 5777 Religious School 9:30 am Adult Ed 9:45 am Hanukkah Play 10:00 am Gesher - City-wide Quidditch Game 1:15 pm

25 25th of Kislev 5777 Chanukah No Religious School

13 13th of Kislev 5777 Tai Chi 9:30 am Hebrew School 5:00 pm

14 14th of Kislev 5777

15 15th of Kislev 5777 Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 pm

HOTTY - Youth Lounge Night 6:00 pm

Mindful Meditation & More 7:30 pm

16 16th of Kislev 5777 Oneg 6:00 pm

Shabbat Service 6:30 pm

Adult Ed - Hebrew Reading Crash Course 7:00 pm

20 20th of Kislev 5777 No Hebrew School

ECEC Let’s Get Ready for Chanukah Program 12 pm

Tai Chi 9:30 am

21 21st of Kislev 5777 HOTTY - Board Meeting 6:30 pm

22 22nd of Kislev 5777 Cobb County School Break

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed No Religious School

TBT Offices Closed

23 23rd of Kislev 5777 Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Shabbat Service 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Families Anonymous 7:00 pm


The Rabbi's Table 12:20 pm

Movie Night at TBT 6:00 pm

No Religious School

26 26th of Kislev 5777

Shabbat Service 10:00 am

HOTTY - Latke In & Broomball 6:00 pm

Families Anonymous 7:00 pm

19 19th of Kislev 5777

17 17th of Kislev 5777

27 27th of Kislev 5777 Chanukah

No Hebrew School

Community Chanukah Celebration at TBT 6:30 pm

28 28th of Kislev 5777 Chanukah

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

29 29th of Kislev 5777 Chanukah


1st of Tevet 5777 Chanukah

24 24th of Kislev 5777 Chanukah Begins

Shabbat Service 10:00 am The Rabbi's Table 12:20 pm


2nd of Tevet 5777 Chanukah New Year's Eve

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Shabbat Service 10:00 am

Officers Meeting 7:30 pm

Latkes & Crafts 7:15 pm

The Rabbi's Table 12:20 pm

Shabbat Chanukah Service 8:00 pm

Families Anonymous 7:00 pm


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Donations (processed through 10/23) Annual Campaign Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in memory of Stanley Kaye and Susan MitchellHerman Shirley Plotkin in memory of Rose Trucker Lindsay Levin in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Renee Davis in memory of Elias Waxman Frances Jordan in memory of George Jordan Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in memory of Jean Kozlin, Edith Swichkow and Lorraine Branson Mark and Sally Vosk in memory of Phyllis Vosk Seth and Ellen Zimmer in memory of Saul Straus William and Terry Schwartz in honor of TBT's 30th Anniversary Steve and RoseAnn Gerson in memory of Saul Straus Ellen Frank in memory of Lucille Falkof and Barry Feinberg Dale and Wendy Bearman in memory of Eleanore Bearman and Fritzie Shaw Dale and Wendy Bearman in memory of Jules Stein June Wallach in memory of Irving Hertzberg and Blanche Hertzberg Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in memory of Saul Straus

Anne Grossman in memory of Conrad P Grossman, MD Mark and Sally Vosk in memory of Leonard Vosk Barbara and Steve Mraz in memory of Saul Straus Judy and Joe Epstein in memory of Lorraine Liskar Branson Selma Liskar in memory of Lorraine Branson

Building Fund Jason and Sarah Berke in memory of Stanley Berke, Herbert Berke and Joel Levine

Rabbi Shuval-Weiner’s Discretionary Fund Irv and Gail Laddin in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Tom and Patti Seibold in memory of Lawrence Gelb Rory and Jenifer Friedman in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner David and Christine Toltzis in memory of Harris Simons William and Catherine Sirkin in memory of their parents TBT Sisterhood in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner's son, Daniel's, marriage David and Beth Janes in memory of Helaine Buchwald Andy and Marci Fried in memory of Fred Singer Irina Roberts in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Seth and Ellen Zimmer in memory of Elaine Gralnick Robert and Donna Schacher in honor of EJ Klotz becoming a Bar Mitzvah Lori Shapiro in memory of Stanley Kaye Ronald and Leslie Swichkow with gratitude for the meaningful and inspiring High Holy Day services Andy and Marci Fried in memory of Ruth Fried Sheryl Blechner in appreciation of High Holy Day honors, in honor of Daniel Shuval's marriage and in memory of Robert Lipsitt David and Ellen Herold in appreciation of High Holy Day honors and lovely services Ira and Brenda Share in memory of William Henry Share Lee and Ellen Altschuler in memory of Jacob Altschuler Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in honor of Daniel Shuval's marriage Pam Alterman in memory of Saul Straus Cary Goldenthal and Lori Shapiro in memory of Barry Goldenthal Richard and Nancy Kleiner in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Paul and Anne Beckman in memory of Saul Straus Michael and Audrey Gordon in memory of Lorraine Branson TBT Board of Trustees in honor of the marriage of Daniel and Dani Shuval David and Robin Bledsoe in memory of Lawrence Reuss

Campership/Israel Fund Michele Cohen in memory of Fredalee Marsh Mark and Jennifer Mosbacher in memory of Fredalee Marsh Donna, Eric and Trevor Goldenberg in appreciation of Rabi Shuval-Weiner Cantor Kassel’s Discretionary Fund Terry and Michelle Stein in loving memory of Helaine Buchwald Joel and Kathleen Schoenblum in memory of Duane S. Rutte Andy and Marci Fried in appreciation of Cantor Kassel Rosalind Taranto in memory of Abram Pomerance Ronald and Leslie Swichkow with gratitude for the meaningful and inspiring High Holy Day services and the special Haskeveinu Pam Alterman in memory of Robert Lipsitt, father of Michael Lipsitt Pam Alterman in honor of the birth of Oliver Beckman, grandson of Anne and Paul Beckman Ed and Lauri Klotz in appreciation of Cantor Kassel Jack and Susan Arogeti in memory of Jane and David Levy David and Ellen Herold in appreciation of Cantor Kassel making the High Holy Day services so beautiful Lee and Ellen Altschuler in memory of Jacob Altschuler Ira and Brenda Share in memory of William Henry Share Betty Rickles in memory of David Goldsmith Audrey and Michael Gordon in appreciation of Cantor Kassel Paul and Anne Beckman in memory of Robert Lipsitt Dan and Laura DeRiemer in memory of Sydney DeRiemer Caring/Kehillat Chesed Fund Arthur Gittelman and Marcia Pearl in memory of Stanley Kaye Douglas Wexler in memory of Delores Wexler Betty Rickles in memory of Charlotte Rudel and Theda Seifert Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in memory of Elizabeth Hodes Aaron and Sheila Stieglitz in appreciation of ark opening honor during the Yom Kippur afternoon service Bruce and Bonnie Walkes in memory of Sarah Wixman Lila Stein in memory of Fritzie Shaw Lindsay and Laurence Kessler and Family in memory of Lorraine Liskar Branson Fern Soniker in memory of Saul Straus Alan and Lisa Freeman in memory of Gerald Smolensky General Fund William and Marjory Segal in memory of Muriel Segal Steven and Arlene Cohn in memory of Robert Lipsitt

Michael Zalkin Memorial Library Fund Helene Popowski in memory of Charlotte Rudel Shelley Miller in memory of Stanley Kaye Jeffrey and Beth Kess in memory of Iris Naomi Kess and Ben Goldberg Prayerbook Fund Gordon and Holli Decker in memory of Isadore Zierler Preschool Fund Rory and Jenifer Friedman in appreciation of the Janes family, Melissa Zonis, and Erica Stein David and Beth Janes in memory of Ira Madans Rory and Jenifer Friedman in memory of Saul Straus

Rabbi Tam’s Discretionary Fund David and Ellen Herold in appreciation of Rabbi Tam Ira and Brenda Share in memory of William Henry Share Paul and Anne Beckman in honor of Oliver DuBois Beckman Religious School Fund David and Ellen Herold in memory of Mira Bar Lev Tikkun Olam Fund Jeffrey Willard and Steve Mahan in memory of Lorraine Liskar Branson Youth Group Fund Eric and Pamela Chanin in honor of the TBT Youth Group Jerome and Kathy Shainberg in memory of Carol Shainberg Weinberger Jerome and Kathy Shainberg in memory of Clarence Inglis and James Paul Inglis


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


In Memoriam Temple Beth Tikvah acknowledges with sorrow the passing of:

Thank You to our Amazing Office Volunteers!

Fredalee Marsh Mother of Donna Goldenberg

June Wallach Lois Malkin Leslie Swichkow Marsha McMurrain Aaron Stieglitz Marsha Mathis Marla Ramaglia

Lorraine Liskar Branson Mother of Audrey Gordon Saul Straus Father of Barry Straus Blanch Snitzer Mother of Morray Scheinfeld

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Daffodil Project.

May God console you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

We look forward to seeing a beautiful garden in the spring!

We Must Know Before We Can Respond If you know of a Temple member who is ill or in the hospital, please call the Temple and share that information with us. That way the Rabbi can visit, and Kehillat Chesed can provide support. Please don’t assume that we know - we will only know if you tell us! To do this, please call Michelle Leder, Clergy Assistant at 770-642-0434


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

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.

Get Involved! TBT Committees and Chairpersons Adult Education Ivie Graiser Budget & Finance Karen Korshak Camp/Israel Scholarship Marcia Haber Chavurot Andrea Rubin College Outreach Nan Janis Beth Kess Communications Marlene Cohn Family Promise Tony Rosenberg Fundraising Andy Zalkin

House Ted Nathan Human Resources Seth Zimmer Israel Gene Carasick Kehillat Chesed (Caring) Leslie Swichkow Library Ilana Zalkin Membership Recruitment & Retention Jill Leitman Marcia Pearl Men’s Club Mark Greenspan Peter Hartog


Nominating Committee Todd Boehm Ritual Rick Winer Security Jay Sausmer Seniors Natine Rosenzweig Sisterhood Robin Bledsoe Social Action/Social Justice Michelle Putnam Dalia Faupel Website Development Scott Povlot Youth Group John Restler Michal Loventhal

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Alexandria Shuval-Weiner Rabbi Donald A. Tam Rabbi Emeritus Nancy Kassel Cantor Hassia Levin Education Director Jenifer Friedman ECEC Director

Harlan Graiser President Wendy Klein Vice President Rob Rickles Vice President Rhonda Povlot Vice President Joe Dunn Treasurer Traci Hartog Secretary Mary Block Chairperson, Board of Education


Dec 2016 Kol Tikvah  

TBT December 2016 newsletter