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December 2017 • Volume 31 • Issue 11

A Reform Congregation Embracing Our Jewish Tradition

Celebrate Support Remember

News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Miracles We are coming up to the Hebrew month of Kislev, and the season of Hanukkah. The holiday that at its core is about miracles. Whether it's the Talmudic aggadah of the little beaker of oil that should only have lasted a single day but miraculously burned for eight nights, or the historical event of a small band of rebels who not only succeeds in defeating a foreign invader but also manages to turn the community away from assimilation saving Judaism from fading into obscurity. Both strike us miraculous on a grand scale. ‫על הניסים ועל הנפלאות שעשית לאבותינו ואמותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה‬ One must admire the Maccabees and their faith. By kindling the menorah on that first Hanukkah they demonstrated their belief that the light of righteousness was enough to carry the community forward. The very fact that they lit the lamp at all was a miracle. They knew they didn't have enough oil for the ritual acts, and yet they kindled anyway. Their dedication (Hanukkah) to what was important, bringing that holy light back into their world has inspired Jewish life to this day. Many people ask, my students ask: Are there really miracles, and if so, where are they? Where are those big moments like the seas splitting, and the Voice revealing itself, or even a little flame burning for eight nights? It just seems as if there are so many terrible things in our world, we sure could use miracles today. I must admit, it would be awesome if we could witness those BIG moments, to be in the room when it happens, to feel the awe and wonder of experiencing even one supernatural, momentous occurrence. And still, sometimes I think to myself, that in the waiting for those audacious moments we can miss out on embracing the miracles that unfold before us in every moment. This does not mean that we all couldn't use the big WOW events like witnessing totality-having our breath taken away- but we can't lose sight of those incredible scenes playing out all around us at every moment of every day. Every morning that we arise, a miracle occurs. ‫( שהחזרת בי נשמתי‬You have restored my soul to me). With each breath a miracle ‫( אתה משמרה בקרבי‬You protect my breath within me). Every encounter brings miracles "I find by experience, by my own discovery, that holiness is near me and I can be near it at all times". Seeking out the beauty in the destruction or the grace within the broken can be incredibly difficult, and yet it is there, and those are the miracles. What miracles have you experienced? The unfolding of a flower, the opportunity to see someone you love, the announcement of remission, the awareness of something unexpected, or finding strength to go on when all hope seemed lost. These miracles are as real as one that occurred the night Judah Maccabee and his followers raised up that miraculous flame. In this month of miracles, look around, may you find your miracles- and when you do, say Hallelujah!

The seventh night of Hanukkah is bright and brilliant, illuminating the darkness with vivid light, and yet, it is incomplete - one flame missing from the fullness of the miracle

The 7th Night - An Evening of Remembrance On Monday evening December 18, at 7:00 pm., TBT will dedicate the 7th night candle lighting to those families who have lost children. We will gather together in song, prayer and remembrance. Photos or mementos of our sons and daughters may be brought that evening and placed around the menorah. Light refreshments will be served following the Menorah lighting. For more info, please call Rabbi Shuval-Weiner at 770-642-0434

Tzedek Update

Christmas Day Volunteering: Looking to help others over the holiday? Join the B'nai B'rith Pinch Hitters program to volunteer in place of non-medical hospital staff on Christmas day so that Christian employees can spend the holiday with their families. Adults can sign up here to check available shifts and locations; some allow teens to participate:

If you were a participant in TBT's inaugural Tikkun Olam Fair, please remember contact the organization you elected to support to confirm details. You can find the full list of organizations and contacts here: If you were unable to attend the Fair, but want to help one of these organizations, please reach out to them. When you have completed your act of Tikkun Olam, remember to send in a photo of your activity (by email to or in hard copy to the TBT Office, Attn: Susan) so that we may proudly display our congregants' efforts.

The National Council of Jewish Women is seeking Reading Tutors for Title 1 elementary schools in Roswell. No teaching experience needed. Training is provided and it only takes 30 minutes per week. Call Christine Heller, 404-8439600. Save the Date: TBT will participate in the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Hunger Walk on Sun., February 25. Want to help lead the team? Email to get involved.


News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Notes from Cantor Kassel

It’s all about that bass! and the fiddle…..and the banjo……and the voice! It’s all about:

SHABBAT + CHANUKAH + HAVDALAH + CONCERT = AN AMAZING BLUEGRASS/JEW-GRASS WEEKEND AT TBT! Since Nefesh Mountain was with TBT in September of 2016, they have been touring extensively throughout the United States and in Israel. While Jewish music and Bluegrass might seem like a strange combination, it works! The members of the group are the nicest and most genuine people both on and off the stage/bima. If you experienced Nefesh Mountain last year, we know you’ll be back for more. If somehow you missed out on hearing them last year, we hope you’ll join us this year and see for yourself what all the buzz is about. In the meantime, please go to their website: to learn more about the group and hear a sampling of their music. Join us as we bring light into the darkened days of Chanukah – with the lights of our chanukiot and through uplifting Nefesh Mountain music! Chanukah sameiach, -Cantor Kassel

B’nai Mitzvah Emily Faer will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on December 2, 2017 . Emily is the daughter of Craig and Stefani Faer . She is the sister of Hannah Faer . She is the grand daughter of Alan and Judy Schulman, Andy Faer and Bruce and Donna Faer. Emily is a seventh grader at Simpson middle school. Emily loves to cheer and cheers for Sprayberry junior jackets and Champion Athletic Allstars.


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Mazel Tov to All - Our New Contract with Rabbi Shuval-Weiner


t seems such a short time ago that Rabbi ShuvalWeiner was introduced as only the third senior Rabbi that we’ve had in our congregation’s history. Our initial contract with her was for three years, giving both parties time to learn about each other and to gauge whether it felt right to enter into a longer-term commitment. The Board has been thrilled by the energy, compassion, and creativity that Rabbi Shuval-Weiner has brought to our community and we wanted to wrap up a contract extension with her in the early part of this, her third contract year. I am delighted to announce that we have successfully executed an agreement which will keep Rabbi ShuvalWeiner as TBT’s spiritual leader for at least the next decade. I cannot think of a better partner with whom your lay leadership team, senior staff, and other clergy can work to bring our dreams of even greater accomplishments to fruition.

Getting down on her knees during Simchat Torah so that she was at eye level with the kindergarteners receiving their mini Torahs, and speaking to them in stage whispers while their faces radiated rapt excitement Conducting a Shabbat morning service for the umpteenhundredth time of her career with a small crowd when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah, yet doing so with such a sense of awe, gratitude, and inspiration that it feels as if she is doing it for the first time (and making you feel inspired too!) While attending a shiva minyan at someone’s house, having multiple family members come up to me to say how much they appreciated the incredibly caring way that she helped both their loved one as well as themselves

We all have started to acquire our own collections of favorite vignettes about Rabbi Shuval-Weiner. Here are a few of my own:

I am so very pleased that we’ll be able to enjoy Rabbi Shuval-Weiner’s guidance, leadership, and companionship well into the future.

Rabbi calling up large groups of congregants for Torah aliyahs during High Holy Days and expressing words of appreciation that made each and every person feel that they were the most valued person in the room

L’Shalom, Harlan Graiser, President

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News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Congregational Learning - Susan Cosden Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah Let's have a party, we'll all dance the horah Gather 'round the table, we'll give you a treat Dreydles to play with and latkes to eat. And while we are playing the candles are burning low One for each night they shed a sweet Light to remind us of days long ago One for each night they shed a sweet Light to remind us of days long ago.

Friday night, December 15, we hope all of you will join us for the fourth night of Hanukah at Temple Beth Tikvah to celebrate Shabbat and Hanukkah. We are very excited that Nefesh Mountain will be joining us for this service. Before you attend, discuss the fact that Hanukkah means dedication and celebrates the Rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The design of the space where we worship plays an important role in setting the tone. For example, the Rabbis derived a moral message from the description of the ark covered with gold both inside and out (Exodus 25:11). This teaches us that a truly wise person’s inside and outside should match (Yoma 72b). As you enter the sanctuary if there is time before services discuss as a family what feelings you get in our synagogue? What messages do you get from the way the space is designed? What is your favorite part of our synagogue and why? How does it look different at different times of the day or year? How are you feeling as we work towards having an entire new section of our synagogue to dedicate?

Traditional Hanukkah Song It seems hard to believe but soon December 12 will arrive, and that evening Hanukkah will be upon us. It is time to pull out our Hanukkiot (plural of Hanukiah) and buy Hanukkah candles so we can fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Hanukkah lights. Our ECEC and religious school students have been preparing for these nights, learning about the holiday, singing songs, and for our Hebrew students learning how to recite the three Hanukkah blessings the first night and two blessings the other seven nights. They have learned that we put the candles in from right to left and light them from left to right. We also teach our children the tradition, according to the Maharil, that everybody should refrain from work during the first half hour that the flames are lit. (Further it says in the Maharil, that for women, who suffered most under the persecution of the Greeks, the prohibition extends during the entire period that the Chanukah lamps are lit; that is, beyond the first half hour, till all the flames are out.) If we are not to do any work while the candles are burning, what should/could we be doing? In other words, how can I make Hanukkah be about more than just opening presents and lighting candles? Why not do special activities after lighting the candles, a different activity every night of Hanukkah?

Saturday night, December 16, join us for the Nefesh Mountain concert at TBT or it could be a great family night at home in the kitchen celebrating oil. You could see how many different latke recipes you could make. For various latke recipes visit You could have an Iron Chef contest with the secret ingredient being oil. As you have fun in the kitchen, tonight might be a great night to make a donation to Mazon, a Jewish hunger organization, donating 3% of the cost of tonight’s festivities. To make a donation to Mazon, visit Sunday night, December 17, is the sixth night on Hanukkah. The Reform Movement has for the past several years asked families to make the sixth night “Ner Shel Tzedakah,” (Candle of Tzedakah) a night of giving tzedakah to address issues of poverty instead of yet another night of gifts for our children. This would also be a lovely night to volunteer as a family for an organization of your choice.

Night One, Tuesday, December 12 could be dreidel night, after lighting candles with the religious school at 6:30 pm at the temple. In addition to the traditional dreidel game you could play, do the following activity presented to me by my colleague, Barbara Binder Kadden, RJE. She shared the following new kind of dreidel game she learned from Faye Tillis Lewy. For this activity you will need 8 sheets of construction paper or copy paper, scissors, markers, pens or crayons. Cut a large dreidel shape from each of the 8 sheets of construction paper. Write one of the discussion starters listed below or your own discussion starter on the dreidels you have cut out. Then draw in 8 blank lines below the discussion starter. As a family, try to come up with 8 answers for each of the discussion starters. Choose one family member each night to be the scribe who writes down the answers on the dreidel. Discussion starters: Togetherness is part of our family when . . . Sharing is part of our family when . . . Loving is part of our family when . . . Fun is part of our family when . . . . Celebration is part of our family when . . . Mitzvot are part of our family when . . . Learning is part of our family when . . . Tradition is a part of our family when . . .

Monday night, December 18, could be a Chanukah music/video fest. Here are a few of my favorites on youtube. If you create your own video please share it with us. AE6BCD

Tuesday night, December 19, the eighth and last night of Chanukah, I suggest a focus on family. Please join us at the community Chanukah event at Etz Chaim or visit the following website for a family renewal/rededication activity and know that you are doing it for Chanukah 2017 and not the year written on the form. Wednesday night, December 13, is the second night of Chanukah and the focus this night could be on how to make the oil last with a gift to the pdf (Please note that this document was created several years ago, earth and your home. This night you could discuss or do activities to help hence the wrong year is listed.) conserve energy. One activity would be to changing the types of One last resource I wanted to share is the Reform Action Center Social lightbulbs you use. For more ideas of what to do for Chanukah and saving energy (including oil), visit Justice Hanukkah Gift Guide at be-a-macabee-with-hadassah-this-hanukkah-take-action-for-theenvironment/. For more ways to focus on Chanukah and sustainability visit Chag Sameach to you and yours. Thursday night, December 14, you could focus on the story of Hanukkah and Hanukkah stories. You could have the entire family act out the story of Hanukkah or do Hanukkah story charades. You could have the gifts you give your children this night be Hanukkah books and read them together as a family. For a wonderful list of Hanukkah books for various ages, please see the following website A separate link for this can also be found on the URJ’s webpage on Hanukkah.

News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


Susan Cosden, RJE


Home Guide for Chanukah Celebration It is customary to place the Menorah in a window for the light to shine out into the world. If this could be considered dangerous, the menorah may be placed in a position better suited in your home. Facing the Menorah, the candles are added each night from right to left and kindled with the Shamash (the helper candle) from left to right As the first candle is kindled we recite the first blessing: Baruch atah Adonai elohenu melech ha’olam, asher kid’sha-nu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu le’had’lik ner shel Chanukah. Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruling Spirit of the Universe, by whose Mitzvot we are hallowed, and who commands us to kindle the Chanukah lights. Then after the lights are lit, we recite the second blessing: Baruch atah Atonai elohenu melech ba’olam, she’asah nissim la-av-otenu bayamin hahem baz-man hazeh. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in days of old, at this season. ON THE FIRST NIGHT ONLY, we chant the She’hecheyanu blessing to mark this unique moment in this year’s commemoration of Chanukah: Baruch atah Adonai elohenu melech ba’olam, she’hecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigiyanu laz’man hazeh. Praised are You, God, Ruler of the Universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season. It is always nice to spend a few moments gazing into the flames, marking the miracles in our lives and in gratitude to do a bit of learning. Below are some mini-teachings, shared by rabbis from across the spectrum of Judaism, one for each night of Chanukah. Enjoy!

rekindles the Ner Tamid, the Eternal Light, which, along with the Temple, had been desecrated. In this simple, yet meaningful act of belief, they demonstrated their faith that God, once again had redeemed God’s people, for “Adonai is my light and my salvation.”

FOR THE FIRST NIGHT: We light the first candle to remind ourselves that in the beginning there was darkness on the face of the earth. With the words, “Let there be light” the world was brought into existence from darkness to light. We kindle our first candle, which we hope, like the earth’s first light, will grow to enlighten the whole world.

FOR THE FOURTH NIGHT: The fourth light is the light of courage. It took strength for Mattathias and his sons to ignore the bribes and threats of Antiochus. It took courage to make the decision that not gold and not precious stones, but freedom to worship was the higher goal of the people. Every day we are called upon to make decisions. Some of them are easy and affect only ourselves; FOR THE SECOND NIGHT: The second light others are infinitely more difficult and involve many reminds us of the brightness of our community and others; family, friends, community, even nations. the community of our people in ERETZ YISRAEL, Just as the Maccabees lived by the words of the land of Israel. Through the darkness of years in Moses to Joshua, may we also, “Be strong and of exile our people clung to a beacon of hope, shining good courage.” forth through our tradition. And now through years of miles and lands, that beacon burns brightly in FOR THE FIFTH NIGHT: The fifth light is the light our hearts, and in the world, again. “If I forget You, of Torah, the Five Books of Moses, the source of Oh Jerusalem, let my tongue cleave to my mouth, our values. It was to be faithful to its teachings that left my right hand forget its cunning.” Judah and his followers went to battle. Often we must sacrifice for an ideal. How much we are FOR THE THIRD NIGHT: The third light reminds willing to lose is a mark of how much we hope to us that in every generation we need the faith of the maintain. Yet we have a guide to help us. “The Maccabees of old. Long ago in Jerusalem, this Mitzvah is a lamp and the Law is a light.” brave band led by Judah, drove the Syrian Greeks out of the Temple, and as their first act of faith 6

FOR THE SIXTH NIGHT: The sixth light is the light of the Synagogue. Some call it Temple; some shul, it is our symbol, that through worship, through common ideas, and through our devotion to the Jewish people, there can be no force which can ever destroy us. The Sanctuary is the sign that we, as co-workers with God, can help to bring about freedom in our world, “Blessed are all who come in the name of God, we bless you from out of the House of Adonai.” FOR THE SEVENTH NIGHT: The seventh light reminds us that our beginnings are in the home, where we first learned our Judaism. The home is where we learn the warmth of love; the joys, tastes, aromas, sensations of caring families, of Jewish homes. On this Festival, as at all times, may the hearts of children be turned to the parents and parents to children, and may we understand through all their experiences the blessings of love and devotion symbolized by the home. "Let your home be open wide, and let the lost be members of your household." FOR THE EIGHTH NIGHT: The final light is the light of our responsibility, to be a “Kingdom of priests and holy people,” to try to complete the work of creation; bringing love and humanity into the world. The prophet Micah said, “It has been told to you what is good, and what God requires of you: “Only to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”



Annual Campaign Shalom! By now you have received a letter from the TBT Fundraising Committee encouraging you to participate in the 2017-2018 Annual Campaign – “Building for the Future”. As we begin this year’s Annual Campaign, I would first like to review the results we had from last year for our 30th Anniversary Campaign. We received pledges of $123,462 from 200 families. The participation rate of 43% was a record for TBT. As we build for the future, many have taken advantage of the numerous diverse offerings at TBT. Congregants can participate in Mussar classes with Rabbi Shuval-Weiner, enjoy one of our ten Affinity groups (from Bridge to Wine), chant Torah with Cantor Kassel, discuss Jewish education with our new Director of Congregational Learning, Susan Cosden, and so much more. We remain a strong and vibrant community looking to the future with renewed optimism. Rabbi Shuval-Weiner has begun her third year at TBT and is making meaningful impacts through her leadership on the pulpit and in every other aspect of congregational life. She and Cantor Kassel have formed an incredible partnership. We are already enhancing programming across a number of areas, including social action, adult education, youth, young adults, young families and empty nesters. We are working diligently to maintain and update our aging facilities, and we are preparing today for needs that we know are coming down the road. The Annual Campaign is a vital element needed to help fund TBT. Operating expenses cannot be covered by Nadiv Lev alone. Please consider making a pledge to the Annual Campaign today. If you are in a position to do so, we ask that you consider a multiyear pledge. This offers two advantages. First, it will help secure the promise of future income that will allow us to plan ahead more confidently. Second, it means that when it comes to the Annual Campaign, you can “set it and forget it,” at least for the length of your commitment! Let’s build off of last year’s results and set a new participation record! Please join the entire Board of Trustees and pledge to the Annual Campaign that is “Building for the Future”. L’shalom, Andy Zalkin Chair, Fundraising Committee

Education Daffodil Project Dec. 4 – Kesher, Confirmation, and Kivunim

Ben Klein, who is a child Shoah (Holocaust) survivor will share his story and then we will participate in planting daffodils near the main entrance of the synagogue as part of the Daffodil Project. The Daffodil Project aspires to build a worldwide living memorial in eternal remembrance of the children who perished in the Shoah and in support of children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises in the world today. Sixth Grade Family Education Day: Becoming, Part 2 Dec. 10

Together we will explore the Torah portion each sixth grader will read from when they become b’nai mitzvah and create a class tallit that will be used in blessing each student.

Exciting New Senior Programming to East Cobb/ Roswell in 2018 This year Aviv Older Adult Services of JF&CS is working on a new initiative called “AgeWell Atlanta” in collaboration with Jewish Home Life Communities (JHLC) and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) to enable older adults in the community to “age well” by focusing on independence, quality of life, and social connection. Through collaboration and teamwork, the three agencies will reach close to 6,000 seniors in a more effective and efficient way. Each agency serves a specific role in supporting clients along the aging continuum and provides services supporting a programming niche. AgeWell Atlanta is modeled after AgeWell Pittsburgh, a collaborative established 14 years ago, to provide a one-stop resource that links seniors and their family caregivers to solutions for aging-related issues, including services that reduce the likelihood of nursing home admissions and hospital and emergency room visits. In January, our collaborative, under the name AgeWell Atlanta, will begin bringing programming and services to the East Cobb/Roswell area, which may include health and wellness activities, access to resources like transportation and other community resources, and social and educational opportunities for older adults to have fun with one another. Check it out at Look out for our upcoming programming beginning in January 2018 and in the meantime be sure to check out for all the details.


News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Youth HOTTY (9-12th Grade)

TBT Younger Youth Groups

Last month HOTTY had two wonderful programs. On November 12th the teens participated in Social Action Day, which was an event where the teens collected medical supplies to give to those in need, wrote letters to soldiers, and worked with an organization called The Packaged Good, a non-profit group that inspires kids to give back to the community. Another program that occurred in November was the HOTTY service. The teens led the congregation in Friday night services and discussed many different topics relating to being thankful. Ilana Mermelstein, The Religious and Cultural Vice President of HOTTY did an amazing job leading services. This month, HOTTY will be having a Broomball Latke-In December 9-10th for grades ninth through twelfth. Also December 10th at 9:30 there will be an event called Camp Tefillah. Can’t wait to see you all in the new year! - Libby Povlot, HOTTY Communications Vice President

What’s happening for K-8th graders??? Gesher 3rd-5th Grade December 10th 2:00-3:30pm City-wide Quidditch Game @ Temple Emanuel

Event includes snacks & Quidditch Tournament Cost: $5

6-8th Grade Sign-up for the NFTYSAR Ski Trip!! Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley, NC Hit the slopes and make new friends from across the region! Enjoy being active and in the great outdoors. Choose between skiing & snowboarding (no experience necessary).

NFTY-SAR Winter Kallah Registration is Open!

Register online:

It's time to register for NFTY-SAR Winter Kallah! January 1215 at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. (Transportation info is included when you register.) Register on the NFTY-SAR Website (

Make sure to join our 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

December 6 — HOTTY Lounge Night December 9 — Broomball & Latke-in Lock-in January 10 — HOTTY Lounge Night January 12-15 — NFTY-SAR Winter Regional

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 is available to families in financial need. Applications are reviewed by a Scholarship Committee as part of an anonymous review and allocations process. All applications and inquiries are confidential. The camp scholarship program is funded through the generosity of individual donors, so please consider a donation to this fund and help a child go to camp. For additional financial help check with the camp you are interested in attending to see what financial assistance they offer. Federation of Greater Atlanta ( offers Incentive Grants and Needs-Based Scholarships. To apply for the TBT Camp Scholarship please submit this application by December 14. For questions please contact Marcia Haber at

Join the HOTTY Facebook Page ( TBT.HOTTY/) and check out the HOTTY website: to stay up-to-date on what's happening and to RSVP for HOTTY events! Join our Remind101 text updates: text @826ef3 to 81010.


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Friday 1

13th of Kislev 5778

Saturday 2 14th of Kislev 5778

Oneg 6:00pm

Tot Shabbat 9:00am Shabbat Service - Faer Bat Mitzvah 10:00am

Ruach Shabbat Service 6:30pm

The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm Movie Night 6:00pm


15th of Kislev 5778 Religious School 9:30am Adult "Ben/Bat Torah" Preparation Class 10:00am Sisterhood - Knit and Nosh & Meeting 10:00am

4 16th of Kislev 5778 Living with a Broken Heart; Bereavement & Loss Support Group 11:00am Kesher, Confirmation, Kivunim 6:45pm


17th of Kislev 5778 Religious School 5:00pm Mussar - Cultivating the Soul 7:00pm

6 18th of Kislev 5778 HOTTY - Youth Lounge Night 6:00pm

7 19th of Kislev 5778 Bridge Group 1:00pm Mindful Meditation 7:30pm


20th of Kislev 5778

22nd of Kislev 5778

URJ Biennial

Religious School 9:30am 6th Grade Family Ed: Becoming Part 2 10:00am Adult "Ben/Bat Torah" Preparation Class 10:00am Sisterhood - Game Day 10:00am Gesher - Citywide Quidditch Game 2:00pm Scouts Hanukah Party 2:00pm


29th of Kislev, Hanukkah Religious School 9:30am Campership Meeting 10:00am


6th of Tevet,

No Religious School


23rd of Kislev 5778

Living with a Broken Heart; Bereavement & Loss Support Group 11:00am Senior Luncheon 12:00pm Kesher - Parent Night 6:30pm Confirmation, Kivunim 6:45pm Family Anonymous 7:00pm

24th of Kislev, Hanukkah Begins

Religious School 5:00pm Menorah Lighting with Religious School 6:30pm

30th of Kislev, 19 1st of Tevet, Hanukkah Hanukkah Ends No Monday Night Classes No Religious School Living with a Broken Community Chanukah Heart; Bereavement & at Etz Chaim 6:30pm Loss Support Group 11:00am Mussar - Cultivating Family Anonymous the Soul 7:00pm 7:00pm Night of Remembrance Candle lighting 7:00pm


7th of Tevet, Christmas Day


25th of Kislev, Hanukkah

Sisterhood Social at Brilliant Story Bar 7:00pm


8th of Tevet 5778


26th of Kislev, Hanukkah

Chanukah Menorah Lighting 7:30pm Board of Trustee Meeting 7:30pm

Mussar - Cultivating the Soul 7:00pm


Lavender Shabbat Service w/ Choir & Guest Speaker, Rabbi Scott Colbert 8:00pm

Shabbat Service 10:00am



2nd of Tevet 5778

9th of Tevet 5778


3rd of Tevet 5778


27th of Kislev, Hanukkah ECEC Chanukah Celebration and Shabbat 12:30pm Light Nosh 6:00pm

Shabbat Chanukah Service w/ Nefesh Mountain followed by Light Dinner and Crafts 6:30pm


4th of Tevet 5778

Cobb County Schools Closed

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Bridge Group 1:00pm Officers Meeting 7:30pm



10th of Tevet 5778

Shabbat Service 8:00pm


11th of Tevet 5778

The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm Shabbat Hikers Affinity Group 2:30pm HOTTY - Broomball & Latke In 6:00pm


28th of Kislev, Hanukkah

Shabbat Service 10:00am The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm

A Musical Evening with Nefesh Mountain 7:30pm


5th of Tevet 5778

Shabbat Service 10:00am The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm


12th of Tevet 5778

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

No ECEC No Monday Night Classes

No ECEC No Religious School




Shabbat Service 10:00am

TBT Offices Closed

Mussar - Cultivating the Soul 7:00pm

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

Family Anonymous 7:00pm



21st of Kislev 5778 URJ Biennial

Family Anonymous 7:00pm



URJ Biennial

Shabbat Service 8:00pm

13th of Tevet, New Year's Eve

Cobb & Fulton County Schools Closed

No Religious School


The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm

For more information about any of the programs, please visit

Rabbi’s Table: Parashat HaShavuah - Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Saturdays at 12:30 pm - Learn more about how our understanding of Torah has evolved and how it still provides meaning and purpose for our lives today.

Movie Nights - Once a month on a Saturday night we come together for a brown bag dinner, havdallah, and a movie followed by a discussion. Saturday, December 2nd :"Hava Nagila: THE MOVIE". Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people. Click here to RSVP or go to under Sign Up for Events. Saturday, January 6th :"Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" This movie journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television to the film genres he so successfully satirized in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety and Spaceballs. Click here to RSVP or go to under Sign Up for Events.

New Lunch Course Starting in January

Judaism and the Pursuit of Happiness - This four part lunch and learn course will be taught by Susan Cosden, RJE, Director of Congregational Learning. The course will take place on Fridays, Noon-1:30. Please bring your brown bag lunches and join Susan on January 12, 19, 26 and February 2. Together we will explore where science and Judaism come together to help us live a happier and more meaningful life. Click here to sign up for the class. Living with a Broken Heart A Bereavement and Loss Support Group Mondays from 11 am - 12:30 pm 12/4 through 12/18 Led by Nicole Albert, LPC, this support and therapy group is for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, and exploring together the “new normal” of life in their absence. Free to TBT members (donations welcome) $25 per session for non-membersRSVP to Michelle at Rabbi Tam


will speak about “Chanukah: Religion in the Life of the Nation”

Monday, December 11th at 12:00 pm

Potluck Dairy Meal

7:30 pm Thursday, December 7th

We will also be collecting gift cards from Target and Walmart for Operation: Care and Comfort. This nonprofit will give the cards directly to troops, who'll use them to buy items they need for their families during the upcoming holiday season.

SHABBAT HIKE Saturday, December 9th at 2:30 pm Leita Thompson Memorial Park

Photography Group Bridge Group

Contact Andrea for info

Meets at 1:00 pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month December 7th and 21st Contact Bonnie at


News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Hello from Sisterhood!! We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are now ready to move into Hanukah festivities. Sisterhood is pleased to announce a wonderful holiday get together at Brilliant Story Bar, 12/13/17 @ 7:30 p.m. We will schmooze, nosh, and shop at this lovely venue on Canton Street in Roswell. What fun! Please join us and partake in Sisterhood cheer this month. We will also be continuing to knit and crotchet during Knit and Nosh, 12/3/17 @ 10 a.m. in the conference room. Beginners welcome! Our beautiful scarves will be donated this month to Shearith Israel Night Shelter for the women who temporarily reside there while solving their problems related to homelessness. This is a worthy cause indeed and is much appreciated during our winter months. Also new this month is Game Day, 12/10/17 @ 10 a.m! We will be expanding our table games to include Mah Jongg (of course!), Scrabble, and favorite card games. Please join us for a morning of fun and strategy as we play our favorite games. This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow Sisterhood members. We hope to see you there! A big and hearty thank you shout out to Kara Segal, organizer of our donation effort for Children Read. This program focuses on literacy for younger children and Kara spearheaded collecting young reader book donations for this important effort in the community at large. THANK YOU Kara!! See you soon,

Robin Bledsoe ,

Sisterhood Chair

Family Promise

During the week of October 29-November 4, TBT was once again host to some wonderful families from the Family Promise of North Fulton Program. The Committee would like to thank all of the volunteers that made food, purchased supplies, helped coordinate and stayed the night. We could not do this without you. Look for our 2018 dates soon. -Tony Rosenberg, Sam Klein, Waynah Dunn & Jewel Rubin


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Welcome to the TBT Family!!

Potluck or other Non-Catered Events

Carlos Osuna Zemelman and Ismaela Vidal

TBT affirms our commitment to observance of the Kashrut (dietary guidelines) for all formal and informal synagogue events. By following these simple guidelines and principles, we can be assured that all members of our community are able to fully participate in the beautiful and sacred experience of sharing our meals and blessings.

Roswell, GA

1. Food items may be vegetarian, dairy, or fish (including tuna fish and egg dishes) but may not contain meat or seafood (shellfish, un-kosher fish, etc.) ingredients of any kind or in any amount.

Tim and Dahlia Rehg

2. Prepare sufficient amounts of entrĂŠe, salads, or side dishes to feed ten adults.

Olivia, Simon and Mia

3. Food items must be served in disposal containers so nothing is left at TBT.

Jonah, Zach, and Sela Milton, GA

4. Please take your leftovers, utensils, and containers home with you. 5. If you have any questions relating to these guidelines contact Rabbi Shuval-Weiner or the TBT office.

Robert and Ellen Sichel Atlanta, GA

For more information about Kashrut and specific listings of kosher and non-kosher food go to Kosher 101.

The Madans/Janes Family Dave and I joined TBT before the birth of our first son and have had the honor of having my sibling, parents and several cousins become members of TBT with us. All four of my parents' grandchildren became a bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Tikvah. My definition of religion is synonymous with family and I am proud to say we have had three generations of active community members. Growing up, my parents were active members of their synagogue and after joining us at TBT, my dad continued his commitment to the Jewish community and volunteered for the Sunshine committee. Our children, Jacob and Nathan, were enthusiastic members of the junior choir. I was on the BOE and assisted in planning a multitude of activities including the High Holiday Experience, 5th & 6th grade retreats, Purim Carnivals and even teaching Sunday School, while Dave was an active volunteer for all the programs I was involved with. We have been so blessed to be a part of such an open and welcoming community under such dedicated leadership. We are honored to stand with so many multi-generational families of TBT. 15


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Annual Campaign Dale and Wendy Bearman in memory of Fritzie Shaw Renee Davis in memory of Elias Waxman Dale and Wendy Bearman in memory of Jules Stein and Dale and Wendy Bearman in memory of Eleanore Bearman Building Fund Mark and Sally Vosk in memory of Phyllis Vosk Campership/Israel Fund Nadine Duhaney Eric and Donna Goldenberg in memory of Fredalee Marsh Cantor Kassel’s Discretionary Fund William and Susan Shields in appreciation of Margot's Bat Mitzvah Harvey and Natine Rosenzweig in appreciation of the beautiful and inspirational High Holy Days Ira and Brenda Share in memory of William Henry Share David and Bonnie Sandfelder David and Beth Janes in appreciation of the beautiful holy day season Melvin and Tobi Levine in memory of Shlomo Stansky Joyce Wice in honor of Cantor Kassel Jon Zarett in memory of Marcia Zarett Dan and Laura DeRiemer in appreciation of Cantor Kassel Caring/Kehillat Chesed Fund Alan and Jill Miller in memory of Marcia Zarett Aaron and Sheila Stieglitz in memory of Sidney Nathan Weiner Aaron and Sheila Stieglitz in appreciation of Yom Kippur honor Betty Rickles in memory of David Goldsmith Jon Zarett in memory of Marcia Zarett Kenneth and Helene Skolky in memory of Joseph Skolky Keith and Hedva Wiener in memory of Sidney Weiner Endowment Campaign Howard Hecker in memory of Evelyn Berkowitz Sheryl Blechner in memory of Ruth Gerber General Fund Ellen Ludwig in appreciation of Fran Jordan’s bridge lessons David and Beth Janes in memory of Ira Madans Aaron and Jeannine Altmann wishing a speedy recovery and good health to Marty Milstein William and Marjory Segal in memory of Muriel Segal

Michael Zalkin Memorial Library Fund June Wallach in memory of Howard Wallach, Irving Hertzberg and Blanche Hertzberg Jeffrey and Beth Kess in memory of Ben Goldberg and Iris Naomi Kess Prayerbook Fund Mark and Sally Vosk in memory of Leonard Vosk Gordon and Hollis Decker in memory of Isadore Zierler Rabbi Shuval-Weiner’s Discretionary Fund Lori Wetherington in memory of Marcia Zarett William and Susan Shields in appreciation of Margot's Bat Mitzvah Mark and Gail Rudel in memory of Sidney Weiner Lois Clymin in memory of Sidney Weiner Ira and Brenda Share in memory of William Henry Share Harvey and Natine Rosenzweig in memory of Sidney Weiner Michael and Wanda Cohen in memory of Gladys Cohen Nadine Duhaney Steve and RoseAnn Gerson in memory of Sidney Weiner Allan and Pam Apple in appreciation of Rabbi ShuvalWeiner David and Beth Janes in appreciation of the beautiful holy day season Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Mary Barid Cary Goldenthal and Lori Shapiro in memory of Barry Goldenthal Marjorie Aarons in memory of Leonard and Ira Madans Joyce Wice in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Jon Zarett in memory of Marcia Zarett Jason and Sarah Berke in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Dan and Laura DeRiemer in appreciation of Rabbi ShuvalWeiner Rabbi Tam’s Discretionary Fund Ira and Brenda Share in memory of William Henry Share Wendy and Steve Light in memory of Ruth Gerber Hassia Levin Religious School Fund Matthew Memberg in memory of Marcia Zarett Tikkun Olam Fund June Wallach in memory of Howard Wallach, Irving Hertzberg and Blanche Hertzberg Torah Fund Morray and Susan Scheinfeld in memory of Leo and Blanch Snitzer and Jacob Altschuler Youth Group Fund Steve and RoseAnn Gerson in memory of Florence Friedman 16

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In Memoriam Temple Beth Tikvah acknowledges with sorrow the passing of: Ruth Schwartz Gerber Mother of Richard Gerber

June Wallach Marilyn Guttman

Lois Malkin

Mother of Scott Guttman

Leslie Swichkow

Charles M. Lasky

Marsha McMurrain

Father of Marcia Haber

Aaron Stieglitz

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

We Must Know Before We Can Respond If you are grieving or struggling with illness, or if you are celebrating a birth or a new love, we want to be there. That’s what community’s all about, that’s what family’s all about. Let us know how we can support you or anyone else in our community by calling Michelle, clergy assistant , at 770-642-0434 17

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

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

- 770-642-0434 - 770-642-0647 - 770-642-4168 - 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

House Ted Nathan

Budget & Finance Karen Korshak Camp/Israel Scholarship Marcia Haber

Human Resources Seth Zimmer Israel Gene Carasick

Chavurot/Affinity Groups Andrea Rubin College Outreach Nan Janis Beth Kess

Kehillat Chesed (Caring) Leslie Swichkow Library Ilana Zalkin

Communications Marlene Cohn Family Promise Tony Rosenberg Fundraising Andy Zalkin

Nominating Committee Wendy Klein Ritual Rick Winer

Membership Recruitment & Retention Jill Leitman Donna Goldenberg Kevin Rubin

Security Jay Sausmer Seniors Natine Rosenzweig Steve Mahan Sisterhood Robin Bledsoe Social Action/Social Justice Dalia Faupel Website Development Scott Povlot

Men’s Club Peter Hartog Mark Greenspan

Youth Group Michal Loventhal Margot Braiter


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 Susan Cosden Director of Congregational Learning

Harlan Graiser President Wendy Klein Vice President Rob Rickles Vice President Rhonda Povlot Vice President Joe Dunn Treasurer Mark Rudel Secretary Deidre Kinoshita Chairperson, Board of Education


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