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February 2018 • Volume 32 • Issue 2

News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

A Reform Congregation Embracing Our Jewish Tradition

Hakarat HaTov- In Gratitude for all You have done… My ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to

Here in our community of Temple Beth Tikvah, we are the beneficiaries of a great deal of love and care, much of which is given quietly and probably goes unnoticed by most of the congregational family members, and yet, we could not do what we do without these quiet angels- our various volunteers and lay leaders. From ushering to shopping to preparing our Shabbat luncheons, chaperoning field trips to painting murals, writing condolence cards and tribute letters to stuffing envelopes, rehearsing choir music, chanting Torah to script writing, making hospital visits, setting up sound systems, building outdoor gathering spaces, designing a web site, grilling brisket or leading a committee meeting- all these and many more tasks are filled by congregational volunteers, bringing purpose and meaning to much of what we do here at Temple Beth Tikvah- and although most give of themselves not for thanks but because that’s how they fulfill their Jewish obligation to “give back’; in the tradition of Hakarat HaTov, we want to demonstrate how very grateful we are for their service and to offer up something in return. As modest as it may be, Cantor Kassel and I invite all who give of themselves—adults, teens and children- to permit us to celebrate you on Friday evening Feb 9 at 8:00 pm. Along with a beautiful service, enlivened by the voices of our choir, we will offer a special blessing over all of our volunteers and lay leaders, and conclude the evening with a sweet oneg.

Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4

My previous house was a rental. After moving in we discovered a strange contraption hanging off the side of the back, it was a disk of sorts, and for the longest time we couldn’t figure out what it was. Then one day, futzing around one of the kids flipped it up, and found it could latch on to a piece of metal- low and behold we discovered it was a bird bath, and by attaching it to the metal frame, a heating devise was activated, warming the water, so the birds in the winter would have fresh water. Not far from this ingenious tool, was a series of hooks, all in differing lengths, which were for birdhouses and other feeding devises. The original homeowner, we came to learn, cared for the wild life in the vicinity of his home. A neighbor shared with us that the man took such delight in the various creatures that frequented his yard, that in gratitude for all that he quietly received from them, that in return, he saw to their needs, and especially during the winter when there was less food available to them. It was a wonderful symbiotic relationship, based solely upon joy and gratitude. Gratitude, or Hakat HaTov in Hebrew, is recognition for the things we have in our lives that we can easily take for granted. We are taught in the tradition that true gratitude is not merely to remember to say thank you, but to actually take time to recognize the benefit one has received from another by taking some form of action. The gentleman who cared for the birds and other creatures did so because he was so grateful for the blessings he received when enjoying God’s creations that he desired to demonstrate his great appreciation for these gifts by providing fine food and warm water in return.

Many acts are quietly performed on our behalf and for our betterment, how wonderful it is for us to take the opportunity to stop and to give thanks; for in so doing we are all better for it!

Friday, February 2nd at 6:30 pm

Friday, February 9th at 8:00 pm

Ruach Shabbat welcomes the Jewish Scouts!

Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat Please let Temple Beth Tikvah honor YOU for all you do!

Tigers, Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts of all levels and adult Scouters are invited to attend the service. Jewish Scouts from all area Synagogues are welcome to attend and participate in the service. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Each Scout in attendance will receive a free Scout Shabbat patch.

Volunteers are at the heart of all that is accomplished in the synagogue. From the teachers who serve as Jewish role models guiding children and teens to the bakers and those who stuff envelopes. On February 9th, all volunteers and lay leaders will be blessed during our Shabbat evening tefillah. The clergy and staff deeply appreciate the hands, hearts, Ruach and sometimes sweat that is offered for the benefit of our Kehillah Kedosha, our holy community. Your time, talent and treasure are truly appreciated!

For more information about Scout Shabbat, please contact Tony Rosenberg Information about the religious emblem programs for Jewish Scouts, or about Jewish Scouting will be available before and after the service.


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Notes from Cantor Kassel Erev Purim: “SHUSHAN-A LOT” Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM Purim Service, Megillah Reading and Shpiel Hebrew Calendar….Secular Calendar……How do we count the years? Rabbis and Cantors……from Rosh Hashanah to Rosh Hashanah Kids…………………………...from Chanukah to Chanukah Tax Accountants………..from April 18 to April 18 (you get the picture) But for TBT member JON MARKS, it’s…….from PURIM to PURIM! He’s at again with this year’s Purim Shpiel: SHUSHAN-A-LOT based on Monty Python’s hit musical: Spamalot. Purim is the ONE time each year we can get away with a little religious irreverence. What better story to do this with than….THE WHOLE MEGILLAH (Megillat ESTHER). Come join us in retelling the story of our favorite heroes, heroines: Esther, Mordecai, Vashti, King A. and…….Haman. (BOOOOO!)

“THE CANTOR’S COUCH” March 11, 2018, 1:30 PM at TBT in collaboration with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival The Cantor’s Couch, is a journey through Cantor Jack Mendelson‘s real life stories growing up in 1950’s Borough Park, Brooklyn. The son of a loving deli owner and an overbearing mother, he paints a picture of a bygone day in Jewish America when Jews would flock to synagogue to hear the golden voices of cantors as if it were a concert hall. It is a relatable story of a childhood riddled with anxiety and doubt, mixed with joyous memories of music and celebration — all told with the expertise and comic timing of a master storyteller. Cantor Mendelson’s collaborator and accompanist is Cantor Jonathan Comisar, who wrote original music for this production. The Cantor’s Couch delivers a wonderful performance of original and traditional musical numbers, making for a riveting 90 minute musical theater experience. Please check out this web-site for an excerpt:


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Shabbat at Home During a recent Friday night service, Cantor Kassel posed this question to those attending: What is your earliest or favorite memory of a Shabbat ritual at home? Stories were shared involving food, family, emotions, and special activities. Not everyone had a story to tell, but there was a sense of joy coming from those that did. It made me think of my own experience.

blessings which parents give to their sons and daughters until after our kids were off to college. How wonderful it would have been to include a ritual emphasizing that no matter what arguments or disagreements we may have had that day or that week, we loved and valued them and wanted only the best for them.

As I was growing up my family did virtually nothing for Shabbat. While my dad did bring home a freshly baked challah on Fridays, there were no blessings, no wine, no candles, and no exchanges of “Good Shabbos”. Friday nights were no different than any other day of the week except for the addition of some really chewy bread.

I’ve since learned that others incorporate additional elements into their Friday night Shabbat such as the Birkat Hamazon (blessing after the meal) and various zemirot (Sabbath songs). On the more creative side, some families go around the table sharing something that they’re grateful for that week, or add decorations to their plain white Shabbat tablecloth using colored Sharpies. There is no shortage of ways in which you can make your family Shabbat a special and memorable event.

It wasn’t until I married Ivie that I was introduced to the specialness of Shabbat. We were often invited to Friday night dinners at my in-laws’ home, especially after we had kids. The reverent way in which Ivie’s mom would light the candles and wish everyone a Good Shabbos with a hug or a kiss, the chanting of Kiddush with joyous flair by her stepdad, the smell of sautéed onions, the extra “dressing up” in terms of both clothes and table setting, and the animated conversations reporting on each other’s lives all made an indelible impression. I was more than happy to replicate the experience in our own home.

Even though it’s just the two of us, Ivie and I have continued our Shabbat ritual on Friday nights. As we’re chanting the blessings we relish knowing that our two sons are also doing the same thing now with their families. May you all experience the satisfaction that comes from bringing Jewish practices such as Friday night Shabbat into your homes, and seeing them perpetuated in the next generation. L’Shalom,

Friday night Shabbat became a mainstay at the Graiser house. Each of us had a role including our two boys who, from a very early age, said the blessings over the wine and bread. My main regret is that I didn’t learn about the traditional

Harlan Graiser, President

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Congregational Learning - Susan Cosden “Shammai said, ‘Make your Torah [study] a habit; say little, but do much; and greet every person cheerfully.’” – Pirkei Avot (The Sayings of our Ancestors), 1:15 Make your Torah [study]. Since the first three Hebrew words in Shammai's statement, aseh toratcha keva, can be translated differently, they can also, therefore, be interpreted differently. Keva is the key word; it means "fixed" or "set thing." For Rashi, the words mean "Set a fixed time for Torah study." For Maimonides, "Let the study of Torah be the one fixed thing [in your life; everything else should be secondary]." Bartinoro follows Maimonides and interprets it as "Make Torah your main occupation [and, only when you are exhausted from your studies, occupy yourself with something else.]" As we read in Pirkei Avot, among other Jewish sources, the

In addition to our community of learners’ sessions, each teacher individually is a reflective practitioner. Daily lesson plans are submitted with an entire reflective section that impacts future learning for the students. I am currently in the process of formal observations of all our teachers. To prepare for this process, our teachers are completing documents that have them reflecting upon the makeup of their class, why they have selected the instructional goals they have, how they are going to engage students in the content, how they are going to provide feedback for the students, and how they are going to anticipate for difficulties in the content area. After each formal observation teachers are writing reflections about how the lesson went. Following each observation and after the teacher and I have each individually reflected upon the lesson, we are coming together to process the lesson and explore how I can help them further their teaching and Judaic knowledge. One of my roles as director of congregational learning, is to be a teacher of teachers. As a role model, I could not ask the teachers to further their professional development without being a lifelong learner myself. I designate a small part of every week to reading Jewish, educational, and leadership books to further my learning. In addition to books, I am regularly reading articles, listening to podcasts, and watching videos and TedTalks, that are often shared later with teachers or built into curriculum. Over the last month and a half I have been taking part in a four part webinar by the Experiential Jewish Education Network entitled, “Learning Lab: Bringing Mindfulness to our Lives, Work, and Learners.”

study of Torah is one of the pillars of Judaism. We obviously make set times for our youth to study Torah as we send them to Temple Beth Tikvah’s ECEC, religious school, Kesher, Confirmation, and Kivunim. Our Board of Trustees, Board of Education, Post B’nai Mitzvah Innovation Task Force, and Me&U* committee make time for studying Torah at the beginning of each meeting. Yet, are you aware of how much study of Torah and other professional development our extremely dedicated teaching staff does together? Our ECEC teachers study together for an hour before school every Tuesday. The first Tuesday of the month we study the middah (Jewish value) of the month that we are featuring in all the classrooms. (For February the value is acharayut, responsibility.) On the second Tuesday of the month, we study Torah, take a moment for mindfulness, and cover all the logistics of the month. During our third Tuesday of the month meeting, we study Torah and pedagogy. My favorite Tuesday of the month is the fourth Tuesday when each of the teachers bring evidence of understanding from their students and we examine how to further the students’ learning. These are also my favorite as this is the session when we share from our gratitude jar about things that have happened in the classrooms and between staff members for which we are grateful.

We are so blessed to have such dedicated teachers in our ECEC and religious school. I am blessed to learn with and learn from all of them. If you would like to learn more about our faculty communities of learning, about our teacher development program, how you can further your own study of Torah, or have any other questions about our educational programs, as always please feel free to contact me at or 973-917-9294.

Our religious school teachers study together once a month and often our madrichim join us for these sessions. Due to our new Sunday schedule, the entire staff was only able to study all together prior to the start of the school year. Now, each month we hold two sessions, one for the teachers and madrichim who are finished teaching at noon and the other for those who are finished teaching at 1:30. Each month we study Torah, share from our gratitude jar, take a moment of mindfulness, and explore Jewish and education subjects.

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L’Shalom, Susan Cosden, RJE *Me&U – Nurturing Jewish Mindfulness, Creativity, and Curiosity in this hectic world. Me&U is the title of our new adult learning and living program that will focus on our spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and intellectual selves.


Youth Group

Open to all TBT families!! On February 24th at 6pm join HOTTY to help us raise money and send kids to Camp Jenny! $15/person (includes dinner + 8 Bingo cards) Win prizes! Have fun! All for a great cause! RSVP on the HOTTY website:

GET EXCITED….HOTTY is hosting NFTY-SAR HATIKVAH KALLAH March 16-18th, 2018! We need help from ALL TBT families housing the 200 out-of-town youth groupers who will be joining our community for the weekend. You don't need to provide beds, just a place for a sleeping bag, a few meals, and transportation during the weekend. Email Judy Limor ( if you are able to help house. Thank you in advance – we couldn’t do this without all of you!

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events: February 7 – HOTTY Lounge Night (8-12th Grade) February 24 – Camp Jenny Bingo & Lock-In (All ages for Bingo, Lock-in for 8-12th Grade) February 5, 14, 21 & 26 – Hatikvah Kallah Planning Meetings (8-12th Grade) March 16-18 – HATIKVAH KALLAH!! (6-8th Grade) March 25 – City-wide Quidditch Tournament (3-5th Grade)

Find out what’s happening!! HOTTY Facebook Page: HOTTY website: HOTTY Remind101 text updates: text @826ef3 to 81010 TBT YOUTH Facebook Page:


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B’nai Mitzvah Tyler Urowsky will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on February 3, 2018. Tyler is the son of Todd and Amy Urowsky and the brother to Jake Urowsky. He is in the 7th grade at Hightower Middle School. Tyler’s passion is baseball and he proudly plays year-round for 643DP. Tyler loves basketball and lacrosse and enjoys participating on his school news team, The Husky News Network. Tyler is the Captain of Team Urowsky, which has participated in the Atlanta Heart Walk for the past 11 years. Team Urowsky is the largest Family & Friends Team in the United States and has raised almost $500,000 for the American Heart Association, a cause very dear to the Urowsky family. Owen Oseroff will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on February 10, 2018. Owen is the son of Keira Oseroff and Jonathan Oseroff and has an older sister, Olivia. Owen is in the 7 th grade at Mill Creek Middle School where he enjoys playing the saxophone. He is a member of the Chattahoochee Gold Swim Team and loves to race go karts. Owen is looking forward to sharing this occasion with his family and friends.

Maya Cassandra Coe will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on February 17, 2018. She is the daughter of Robin and David Coe and sister to Ellie and Logan. Maya is a 7 th grade student at Hightower Trail Middle School, where she sings in the chorus. She enjoys ice skating, reading, and playing with her dog, Phoebe.

Nicholas Block will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on February 24, 2018. Nicolas is in the 7th grade at Northwestern Middle School where he plays viola in the orchestra. His hobbies include playing lacrosse, reading, participating in NFTY events and hanging out with friends. Nicolas has played the sport of lacrosse since 2nd grade and recently went to the Youth Lacrosse Nationals. He also attends URJ Camp Coleman every summer and considers it his second home. He has volunteered with the organizations, Project Open Hand, and Medshare to help provide food and medical supplies for those in need. This has helped Nicolas get a better understanding about struggles people face and how he can help make the world a better place.

Trevor Michael Goldenberg will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on February 24, 2018. He is the son of Donna and Eric Goldenberg. Trevor is in the 7th grade at Dodgen Middle School where he is an honor roll student and participates in the band. He also loves playing basketball and baseball in his free time. His mitzvah project was teaching basketball to special needs children with East Marietta Basketball league but most of all, he enjoys hanging out with his friends.


The Fourth Annual Marty Soniker Bourbon & BBQ event is happening on Cinco de Mayo, and the Men's Club is looking for silent auction donations to help raise money for the TBT Camp Scholarship Fund. If you own items such as a timeshare week, signed sports memorabilia, or a round of golf at your club and are interested in donating, please contact Peter Hartog at with the details (Form 501C is available upon request for your tax records). Last year, TBT congregants donated a fun tour of CNN, stunning panoramic photography, an original painting, and a round of golf, helping Men's Club raise $4,000.

Tuesday, February 27th at 11 am at Congregation Etz Chaim

How to Avoid Senior Fraud An elder care attorney from ‘Georgia Elder Law of Brannon Black’ will walk us thru a case study approach of specific scams they have seen and the best ways to protect yourself. This will be an interactive session, so bring your personal experiences and questions to share. To register contact Ashley Maloy at

Bridge Club

or 770.677.9499

Meets at 1:00 pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month February 1st and 15th Contact Bonnie at

Please consider donating to this very worthy cause.


Guest Speaker

Cantor Nancy Kassel

7:30 pm Thursday, February 1st

Monday, February 12th at 12:00 pm

Potluck Dairy Meal

Runner’s Affinity Group Sundays beginning February 11th at 10 am Meet at TBT Contact Alicia for

All Things Purim

more info or to RSVP

Sunday, February 25th TBT will join forces with Temple Kehillat Chaim to field a twocongregation team for the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Hunger Walk on Sunday, February 25. This is a great way to support the hungry in our community and spend a fun afternoon with your TBT friends and new friends from TKC. Want to help lead the team? Email to get involved. 8

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Happy winter from Sisterhood! We are planning some “warm-themed” events this month, including baking, knitting and crotcheting. Our famous Knit and Nosh has expanded its exploits and is now knitting/ crocheting scarves for homeless women in the metro Atlanta area AND will be making beautiful blankets creatively pieced together with lovely designs. Please join us Sunday, February 4th @ 10a.m. and learn how to knit or crotchet and show us your talents if you are experienced in this creative craft. A warm thank you to Terry Carasick for arranging this major social action project . We will be baking hamentashen for Purim Monday, February 26th at 7 p.m. and Wednesday February 28th at 10 a.m. Please bring your “ready to roll” dough and we will teach you how to make that yummy unique pastry! It’s a fun time to talk and bake with fellow Sisterhood members. A special thank you to Shaina Gordon, psychotherapist, who offered a great presentation on Winter Doldrums in January. Many insightful points were made during this educational offering and hopefully some good tips will be helpful in beating the “winter blues!” Our January book review, Chancer, by Donnie Winokur, was quite successful. Many thanks go to the Rabbi, Susan Cosden, and Helen Kraus for arranging this evening. Donnie Winokur is a local author and was able to attend and participate in the stimulating discussion. Thank you Donnie for your attendance that evening. If you are eager to get involved in Sisterhood please join us at our next committee meeting, Sunday February 4th @ 11a.m. in the conference room. We would love to hear from you and welcome your participation. See you then!

Living with a Broken Heart A Bereavement and Loss Support Group

Mondays from 11 am - 12:30 pm

Through 3/12

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 to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund appreciated) $25 per session for non-members

RSVP to Michelle at


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News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Annual Campaign Shalom! The 2017-2018 Annual Campaign is well underway. We currently have 131 families who have pledged $103,326. Please join the families listed below in supporting TBT and our Annual Campaign goal of $125,000.

Andy Zalkin, Chair, Fundraising Committee Allan and Pam Apple Steven and Teri Astren Steven and Sheila Barid Dale and Wendy Bearman Paul and Anne Beckman Linda Bergman Michael and Jeannine Bernstein Bernice Bickwit Peter and Linda Birnbaum Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation David and Robin Bledsoe Scott and Mary Block Ruben and Margot Braiter Adam and Adrienne Bruckman Gene Carasick and Terry Apt Carasick Lonnie and Debbie Carter Lois Clymin Jerome and Margie Cohen Rodney and Terri Cohen Michael and Marlene Cohn Steven and Arlene Cohn Susan Cosden Mark and Stephanie Craig Marvin and Trudy Davis Renee Davis Dan and Laura DeRiemer Joseph and Waynah Dunn William and Susan Farina Joe and Barbara Feinberg Elliot and Donna Feller Aaron and Amy Frank Peter Klokow and Ellen Frank Steve and RoseAnn Gerson Ed and Cindy Getty Cary Goldenthal and Lori Shapiro Robert and Cindy Goldstein Andrew and Lori Goldstrom Michael and Audrey Gordon Harlan and Ivie Graiser Aaron Grandison Trey and Lesly Gregory Burton and Sara Grossman Michael and Anna Gutkin Sam and Alice Herndon

David and Ellen Herold Michael and Kim Hirsch Phil and Suzanna Hurwitz David and Beth Janes Peter and Sharon Jedel Daniel and Stephanie Joseph Jill Kaplan Morris and Anna Kagan Nancy Kassel Bradley Katz Jeffrey and Beth Kess Sharon Khoury Jerry and Marcy Kaufman Kenji and Deidre Kinoshita Marc and Deborah Klein Sam and Wendy Klein Steven and Helen Kraus Scott and Sheryl Lasky Kenneth Lawler, Jr. and Ginger Glazer Hal and Jill Leitman Ronald and Jennifer Levine Jeffrey and Ellen Levitz Emily Lewit Gary and Michal Loventhal Hadley and Lisa Lowy Gil and Ellen Ludwig Murray and Sonia Lynn Phyllis Madans Sidney and Lois Malkin Joel and Aviva Margolies Jonathan and Joan Marks Gerald and Francie Marshall Jonathan and Helene Masor Tom and Marsha McMurrain Howard and Helaine Medoff Evan and Missi Mermelstein Joel and Karen Moss Bernie and Gail Natter Marcia Pearl Shirley Plotkin Scott and Rhonda Povlot Herbert and Bunny Renkin Betty Rickles Robert and Ellen Rickles


Tony Rosenberg Harvey and Natine Rosenzweig Brian and Danielle Rubenstein Kevin and Andrea Rubin Mark and Gail Rudel Chad and Jules Salinas Paula Sandfelder Robert and Donna Schacher Morray and Susan Scheinfeld Nathan and Carol Schemo Douglas and Lisa Schiffer Bill and Terry Schwartz William and Marjory Segal Tom and Patti Seibold David Shapiro and Ilene Alter-Shapiro Stacy and Alicia Sher Allan and Pessie Shippel Jay Weiner and Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner

David and Elisa Siegel Sandy and Nancy Simon Stuart and Frances Solomon Fern Soniker Richard and Susan Staviss Eric and Viki Stein Brian and Jennifer Steinberg Steven and Linda Steinberg Aaron and Sheila Stieglitz Matthew and Dani Stordy Ronald and Leslie Swichkow Steven and Abbe Tobin David and Christine Toltzis Mark and Sally Vosk Bruce and Bonnie Walkes Robert and Ellen Weiner Cliff and Loretta Weiss Mark and Debbie Weiss Doug Wexler and Jane Greenberger Herbert and Marsha Williams Mark Williams and Michelle Easton-Williams Todd and Rachel Wilson Max and Carol Wolf Andrew and Ilana Zalkin Seth and Ellen Zimmer

(pledges received as of 1/19)

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Thursday 1

16th of Shevat 5778 Bridge Group 1:00pm Mindful Meditation 7:30pm

Friday 2 17th of Shevat 5778

Saturday 3 18th of Shevat 5778

Lunch ' n Learn "Judaism and the Pursuit of Happiness" 12:00pm

Tot Shabbat 9:00am Shabbat Service Urowsky Bar Mitzvah 10:00am

Oneg 6:00pm

The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm

Ruach Shabbat Service Honoring Scouts 6:30pm 4 19th of Shevat 5778 4th and 5th Grade Family Education Day Religious School 9:30am Adult "Ben/Bat Torah" Preparation Class 10:00am Sisterhood - Knit and Nosh - 10:00am Sisterhood committee meeting 11:00am

5 20th of Shevat 5778 Living with a Broken Heart; Bereavement & Loss Support Group 11:00am Kesher, Confirmation, Kivunim 6:45pm Family Anonymous 7:15pm

6 21st of Shevat 5778 Religious School 5:00pm

Addiction & Mental Health Issues - How Wilderness Therapy and Collaborative Community Engagement Can Bring Healing 7:00pm at TKC


22nd of Shevat 5778

8 23rd of Shevat 5778

HOTTY - Youth Lounge Night 6:00pm Sisterhood - Game Night 7:00pm

9 24th of Shevat 5778


25th of Shevat 5778

Confirmation Trip Washington DC

Confirmation Trip Washington DC

Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat Service w/ Choir 8:00pm

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

Tam's Teachings An Overview of Mishnah 11:00am


26th of Shevat 5778


27th of Shevat 5778

Confirmation Trip Washington DC

Confirmation Trip Washington DC

Blood Drive 8:00am 1:00pm Religious School 9:30am

Living with a Broken Heart; Bereavement & Loss Support Group 11:00am

Adult "Ben/Bat Torah" Preparation Class 10:00am Mitzvah Munchkins 10:00am Tam's Teachings An Overview of Mishnah 11:00am


3rd of Adar 5778

No Religious School Men's Club Meeting 10:00am


28th of Shevat 5778


29th of Shevat, Valentine's Day

The 5K+ Secret: Judaism Revealed 7:00pm

Board of Trustee Meeting 7:30pm

10th of Adar 5778

PCRJ Affinity Group 10:00am

Hunger Walk/Run 12:00pm - 4:00pm


1st of Adar 5778

Fulton County Schools Closed ECEC VIP Shabbat 12:00pm Oneg 6:00pm


2nd of Adar 5778

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

Shabbat Service 6:30pm

Family Anonymous 7:15pm


4th of Adar, President's Day


5th of Adar 5778

Cobb/Fulton County Schools Closed

Cobb County Schools Closed

No ECEC No Monday Night Classes

No Religious School The 5K+ Secret: Judaism Revealed 7:00pm


6th of Adar 5778

Cobb County Schools Closed


11th of Adar 5778

No Confirmation or Kivunim Living with a Broken Heart; Bereavement & Loss Support Group 11:00am

Kesher 6:45pm Sisterhood - Baking Hamentashen 7:00pm Family Anonymous 7:15pm


7th of Adar 5778


8th of Adar 5778

Cobb County Schools Closed

Cobb County Schools Closed

Officers Meeting 7:30pm

Shabbat Service 8:00pm


9th of Adar 5778

Shabbat Service Block/Goldenberg B'nai Mitzvah 10:00am The Rabbi's Table 12:30pm

HOTTY - Camp Jenny Bingo Fundraiser 6:00pm

Family Anonymous 7:15pm

No Religious School

30th of Shevat 5778

Bridge Group 1:00pm

Senior Luncheon 12:00pm Kesher and Kivunim 6:45pm

Living with a Broken Heart; Bereavement & Loss Support Group 11:00am



Religious School 5:00pm


12th of Adar 5778

No Religious School

AgeWell Atlanta Senior Fraud and How to Avoid It 11:00am at Etz Chaim The 5K+ Secret: Judaism Revealed 7:00pm


13th of Adar, Erev Purim Sisterhood - Baking Hamentashen 10:30am

Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel 7:00pm



(donations received as of 1/19/18)

Adult Ed Harlan and Ivie Graiser in honor of Morgan Graiser, Michael J. Berger & Co. and Nanette and Harry Zaidel

Preschool Fund Lee and Ellen Altschuler in memory of Jacob Altschuler Belle Kulkin in memory of Morris Richman

Annual Campaign Sandy and Nancy Simon in memory of Leonard Paul Renee Davis in memory of Lucy Waxman David Shapiro and Ilene Alter-Shapiro Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in memory of Marcia Kunofsky and Rosalyn Kaye Joe and Barbara Feinberg in memory of Evan Burak

Rabbi Shuval-Weiner’s Discretionary Fund Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Mary Barid Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Aleck Andich David and Robin Bledsoe in memory of Larry Reuss David and Christine Toltzis in memory of Ruth Zeidman and Susan Winner Harris and Suellen Bergman in memory of Sidney Nathan Weiner Terry and Michelle Stein in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Michael and Wanda Cohen in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Harvey and Natine Rosenzweig in memory of Julius Rosenzweig

Building Fund Steven and Linda Steinberg in memory of Jay Rosen Michael and Carol Aarons in honor of Hal, Jill, Jarrett and Robbie Leitman Cantor Kassel’s Discretionary Fund David and Roberta Coad in memory of Dorothy Spielvogel Judy Levine in memory of Milton Marshall Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Ida Andich Bruce Beck in appreciation of Cantor Kassel Frances Little in memory of Martin Milstein Terry and Michelle Stein in appreciation of Cantor Kassel Andy and Marci Fried in appreciation of bringing Nefesh Mountain to TBT Ron and Karen Feibel in memory of Marty Milstein Diane Deutsch, Shari and Joanna in appreciation of Cantor Nancy Kassel Charlene Milstein in appreciation of Cantor Nancy Kassel Rosalind Taranto in memory of Louis Berman, Ada Berman Pomerance and Philip Pomerance Jane Greenberger in memory of Ben Findley Robert and Adele Toltzis in memory of Ruth Zeidman

Caring/Kehillat Chesed Fund David and Christine Toltzis in memory of Max Mendelson Lois Clymin in memory of Michael Clymin Endowment Fund Sheryl Blechner in honor of Nina Levin's Simchat Bat Sheryl Blechner in memory of Marcia Kunofsky General Fund David and Christine Toltzis in memory of Ruth Zeidman and Susan Winner Omar Cherg in honor of Temple Beth Tikvah Mitchell and Lynn Wieskopf in memory of Toby Wieskopf and in memory of Irving Zwilling Cary Goldenthal and Lori Shapiro in memory of Rosalyn Kaye Steve and Susan Berman in memory of Alice Hirsch

Michael Zalkin Memorial Library Fund Irv and Gail Laddin in memory of Nat Laddin, Ilene Braha, Shirley Nemerow Wachtel and Milton Nemerow Shelley Miller in memory of Rosalyn Kaye Jeffrey and Beth Kess in memory of Lester Mansfield Clifford and Loretta Weiss Prayerbook Fund Clifford and Loretta Weiss in memory of Larry Knowles and Rhonda Knowles

Diane Deutsch, Shari and Joanna in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Alex Pesses Irv and Gail Laddin in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner David and Robin Bledsoe in memory of Roger William Bledsoe Nadine Duhaney in honor of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Jessica and Allie Goodman in memory of Corinne Goodman The Chai and Mighty Chavurah in memory of Rosalyn Kaye Jaime and Chas White and Carla Butcher in memory of Bill Butcher Gil and Ellen Ludwig in honor of Nicole Albert Charlene Milstein in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Steve and RoseAnn Gerson in memory of Adrian Gerson Scott and Sharon Guttman in memory of Marilyn Guttman Steven and Janice Liederman in memory of Harry Liederman Seth and Ellen Zimmer in memory of Daniel Zimmer Anthony Guidry in appreciation of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner Seth and Ellen Zimmer in memory of Albert Mims Wilkinson, Jr. Neil and Bonnie Negrin in memory of Florie Kaplan Keith and Hedva Wiener in memory of Florie Kaplan Barry and Marilyn Freund in memory of Florie Kaplan Steven and Linda Steinberg in memory of Florence "Florie" Kaplan Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in memory of Florence Kaplan Caryl Cohen in memory of Florie Kaplan

Rabbi Tam’s Discretionary Fund Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Richard Barid Religious School Enrichment Fund Staff of North Georgia Pain Clinic, P.C. in appreciation of Barry Straus Religious School Scholarship Fund Burton and Sara Grossman in memory of Evelyn Grossman Tikkun Olam Fund Steve Mahan in memory of Anna Mahan Steve Mahan in memory of Whit Mahan David and Dalia Faupel and Family in memory of Albert Mims Wilkinson, Jr. Torah Fund Morray and Susan Scheinfeld in memory of Sophie Scheinfeld and Joseph Scheinfeld Clifford and Loretta Weiss Youth Fund Harvey and Natine Rosenzweig in memory of Terry Barnett


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

June Wallach Lois Malkin Leslie Swichkow

Mother of Elisa Siegel Albert Mims Wilkinson, Jr.

Marsha McMurrain Aaron Stieglitz Ellen and Reece Weiner

Father of Mary Block

Welcome to the TBT Family!!

Arlene Susan Harris Mother of Scott Harris Melvin Ross

Anthony Guidry Atlanta, GA 30324

Grandfather of Maddie Kallman

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 15

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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

Human Resources Seth Zimmer

Ritual Rick Winer

Budget & Finance Karen Korshak Camp/Israel Scholarship Marcia Haber

Israel Gene Carasick Kehillat Chesed (Caring) Leslie Swichkow

Chavurot/Affinity Groups Andrea Rubin College Outreach Nan Janis

Library Ilana Zalkin Membership Recruitment & Retention Donna Goldenberg Kevin Rubin

Security Jay Sausmer Seniors Natine Rosenzweig Steve Mahan

Communications Marlene Cohn Family Promise Tony Rosenberg Fundraising Andy Zalkin House Ted Nathan

Men’s Club Peter Hartog Mark Greenspan Nominating Committee Wendy Klein


Sisterhood Robin Bledsoe Social Action/Social Justice Dalia Faupel Website Development Scott Povlot 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


Feb 2018 Kol Tikvah  

Temple Beth Tikvah, Roswell, Georgia

Feb 2018 Kol Tikvah  

Temple Beth Tikvah, Roswell, Georgia