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d’var sinai

May 2016

Join Us: Temple Sinai’s Annual Meeting Temple Sinai’s Annual Meeting 8 Followed by dinner in Ackerman Hall Sunday, May 15, 5:00 pm The Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 15 will feature a thank you to our departing Board members and officers, the graduation of a new Atidaynu Leadership Class, and the giving of the Ner Tamid Award (for a behind-the-scenes hero or heroine of Temple Sinai). We will elect a new slate of officers and board members, present the annual budget, and report on of the happenings of the past year. The Annual Meeting gives our congregation a “State of the Union” and a chance to hear directly from our clergy, Executive Director, and lay leaders regarding goals for

Scott Zucker, Temple Sinai President

the future, including an update on our Imagine Sinai strategic planning initiative. Join us and help to mark another amazing year and important transition in the life of Temple Sinai. So that we can plan for dinner, please let us know if you plan to attend. RSVP online.

Pictured below: Snapshots of last year’s Annual Meeting including our President Scott Zucker, and honoring our lay leaders.

Marcia Nuffer, Temple Sinai President-Elect

Temple Sinai Board of Trustees & Staff To reach President Scott Zucker, email To reach staff via email, please use first initial last Ex: Spiritual Leadership Rabbis Ronald M. Segal Bradley G. Levenberg Elana E. Perry Philip N. Kranz, Emeritus Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer Administrative & Programming Staff Executive Director Jack J. Feldman Facilities/Event Director Lillie Janko Director of Operations Shelly Dresdner Program Director Judy Thomas Communications Director Andrea Fineman Communications Associate Kathleen Trella-Newland Accountant Errol Atlan Member Services Manager Simone Bonnejonne

Religious School Director Caren Feingold Religious School Administrative Assistant Jenny Mopper

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Assistant to Clergy Lori Jassen Front Desk Associate Abigail Baughman Facilities Manager Andre Parker Education Staff Director of Education Marisa Kaiser Your Journey. Your Home.

President Scott Zucker President-Elect Marcia Nuffer Immediate Past President Stephen M. Berman Vice President (Education) Larry Weiner Vice President (Membership) Kevin Levingston Vice President (Ritual) Elaine Brill Vice President (Community) Sari Earl Vice President (Development) Brad Marcus Secretary Milton Crane Treasurer David Mann Assistant Treasurer Ira Blecker Members Dan Balser Lainie Bardack Aaron Earl Teen Trustee Larry Faskowitz Lauren Gersten Lawrence Kass Jeff Kerker Jack Koransky David Kurzweil Janet Lefkowitz Tracy Lurey Adam Mayer Susan Pepper Penina Richards David Rubinger Robyn Tanenbaum Josh Tolchin Brotherhood Trustee Lori Zwecker Neshamot Trustee

Executive Assistant to Clergy Rachel DeLine

Director of Youth & Teen Engagement Molly Okun B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator Sharon Clark Librarian, PNK Learning Center Adelle Salmenson Interim Preschool Director Jamah Maman


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Preschool Administrative Assistant Jennifer Adams

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From My Perspective | Rabbi Elana Perry It feels very strange to write my last rabbinic column for the D’var Sinai, to say “farewell” to the Temple Sinai community. I’m sure that part of the strangeness I feel stems from the fact that after nine incredible and fulfilling years, it’s hard to imagine what it will feel like to be part of a new community. The path ahead is undoubtedly a positive one, but it is nevertheless filled with unknowns. But I think there is also something strange about saying “goodbye” to you, in the sense that “goodbye” does not really feel like the proper thing to say. In Hebrew, there are several options of things to say when parting ways. “Shalom” is the more formal “goodbye,” conveying a sense of closure and finality. Yet there is also “L’hitraot,” which is like saying “goodbye for now” or “I’ll see you later.” For me, the latter of the two feels more appropriate. It implies that we will surely meet again. When it comes to my relationship with members of the Temple Sinai community, I am certain this is true. That’s not because I will be back in Atlanta frequently, though I’m sure I will visit from time to time. It’s because the relationship we have built together is one that will never truly leave me. The experiences we have shared together and the wisdom I have learned

from you will always remain part of my identity. Your voices will continue to echo in my mind, encouraging me to grow, and your embraces will continue to linger in my heart, providing me with warmth and joy. So as I prepare to enter this next chapter of my life in Cincinnati, I will just say “L’hitraot - I’ll see you later,” as I will carry you with me and return to you often in my heart and mind throughout the years to come. Rabbi Annie Tucker once taught: "There is a beautiful phrase recited upon finishing a book of the Torah - chazak, chazak v'nitchazek. These words, which essentially mean ‘be strong, be strong and let us summon our strength,’ point to the fact that even the most joyous of transitions are perhaps bittersweet, that as we move from one chapter to another... we often require a little bit of extra vigor and resolve to push through a period of change." I may need a little extra vigor to embrace what lies ahead, but I feel confident because, collectively, you give me that strength. Thank you for the gift and privilege of having been your rabbi. I feel so blessed for having spent these nine years with you. Save the Date: A Farewell Shabbat for Rabbi Elana Perry & her family on Friday, June 24.

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Board of Trustees Message | Scott Zucker, President

Your Journey. Your Home.

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“We are all so blessed”


As my term as the President of this wonderful congregation moves toward its completion I find myself reflecting on what has been a whirlwind of activity over the past two years and what certainly has been one of the most meaningful periods of my life. To begin, I can’t help but appreciate how fortunate we are to have the most sincere, perceptive, intelligent, loving and charismatic clergy in the country with Rabbis Segal, Levenberg, Perry and Kranz. I feel privileged that during my term we were able to add Beth Schafer, who is one of the most talented musical professionals in the Reform movement, to our clergy team. We have also benefitted over the last two years from the energy of new staff coming to Sinai, including our Executive Director Jack Feldman, Director of Education Marisa Kaiser, Preschool Director Jamah Maman and Communications Director Andrea Fineman. Each of these professionals has not only transformed the way Temple Sinai operates now, but has also set the stage for a bright future and continued success. I marvel as well at the impressive number of lay leaders and volunteers who work every day to make our synagogue an amazing place to worship, learn and congregate. While there are too many wonderful people to list here, I sincerely want every congregant to know that your efforts and commitment to Temple Sinai are felt and that you have made a profound impact in the life of our community. Each of you certainly deserves recognition for the time, talent and resources you have shared with our congregation, and if I have not thanked you personally, please accept my sincere apologies. I absolutely do want to thank by name the exceptional officers with whom I have served over the last two years. Your dedication and hard work have made a significant difference in the synagogue and you have each been a source of support and encouragement for me personally as well. My sincere gratitude and appreciation go to Steve Berman, Marcia Nuffer, Ira Blecker, Elaine Brill, Milt Crane, Sari Earl, Howard Fagin, Kevin Levingston, David Mann, Brad Marcus, Adam Mayer and Larry Weiner. I realize that we will be ending our synagogue year by saying goodbye to our truly special, longtime Religious School Director Caren Feingold and to our beloved Rabbi Elana Perry. (We will appropriately honor each of them on upcoming Shabbat evenings – May 20 and June 24 respectively – which I hope you will plan to attend.) I hope that the impact of Caren’s and Elana’s departures will be tempered by

the news that, thanks to the efforts of independent search committees, we are fortunate to be welcoming Emily Cohen as our new Director of Youth Education and Samantha (Sam) Shabman as our new Rabbi this coming July. Both Emily and Sam bring to Temple Sinai such wonderful energy, personality and creativity that I am confident that each of them will continue to strengthen our community as they take on their new responsibilities at Temple Sinai. During my term as Sinai’s President these past two years, I articulated two themes which I hope have resonated and made a difference in the congregation. The first, shared during my first address to the congregation, was “Join the Conversation.” There is so much happening at Temple Sinai, so many opportunities to connect. But our congregation’s continued vitality is ultimately dependent upon your involvement and readiness to be part of this community. I sincerely hope in these last two years that you have taken that extra step to find your place in our synagogue family, and that you have had an opportunity to join the Temple Sinai conversation. The second theme, as outlined during these last High Holy Days, is for each of us to become a bridge builder. No matter one’s age or stage of life, I believe we all understand our individual responsibility to help build for the future, not only for our own children and grandchildren but also the future of the Jewish people. Were it not for the bridge built by the generations who came before us, the members and leaders of Temple Sinai, we would surely not be where we are today: a strong, thriving congregation, forty-eight years since our founding. As we look to the future – to our 50th year and beyond -- we, too, must do our part to build bridges and strengthen Temple Sinai for those who will follow. As such, when opportunities to invest in the congregation and help maintain our facilities, support our clergy and staff, build our endowment, and grow our programs, I hope that each of us will view these opportunities as both a responsibility and a privilege to help ensure our synagogue’s future. This is truly an amazing congregation and I hope each of us genuinely appreciates how fortunate we are to be part of it. Although we have accomplished much over the last two years, including the Imagine Sinai initiative and the beginnings of its strategic implementation, we must all continue to do everything we can to help strengthen and enhance our congregational community. I look forward to continuing this work with you for years to come. Thank you for allowing me the great privilege of serving as the President of Temple Sinai, my Home, and for letting me help lead Temple Sinai as part of my Journey. May we all go from strength to strength.



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Our Imagine Sinai initiatives are continuing at full speed. Below is just a brief update regarding the progress of the working strategy groups. First, though, a refresher: in the fall of 2014, our congregation began a process of strategic planning in which members of the community (over 500!) were asked to imagine Temple Sinai in 2025. Dubbed Imagine Sinai, the planning concluded in the spring of 2015 and was formally launched at the High Holy Days last year. Over the last 8 months, co-chairs for each of the main strategies were engaged and have been holding meetings with their teams. | 404 . 252 . 3073

While there is much to report, these are but a few of the highlighted accomplishments already: • Relationship (Helping to nurture relationship building in all areas of congregational life): We have spearheaded the use of nametags at services which will be utilized at all Sinai programming in the near future and have changed the “Do Not Enter” sign to now display a more friendly message as people enter our parking lot: “Welcome! Please Turn Right” • 20s/30s (Transforming our culture to better engage those in the 20s/30s demographic): We have begun exploring the reasons that people in this demographic opt not to affiliate with a congregation and are strategizing to address those reasons; we have also developed a growing cohort of those in the demographic to continue to cultivate relationships among Sinai members in their 20s/30s. • Journeys (Creating auxiliary groups and programming outside the walls of Sinai, as well as create a program to help members further develop their Jewish identity and literacy): We are adding to the member certification form an invitation that invites members to identify an area of Jewish growth (for example, “I want to learn Hebrew this year” or “I want to gather with people for Shabbat dinner following services once/month”) for the coming year. Staff members will use the information to follow-up with each member who expresses an interest. We have also recommended technology changes to better enable congregants to connect outside of Sinai. • Spirituality (Ensuring that there are varied opportunities for congregants to deepen their spiritual lives): We have taken an inventory of all offerings at Sinai aimed at deepening a personal understanding of spirituality and are currently exploring the successes and failures of those initiatives. We are also considering new opportunities to bring to Sinai and deepen our spiritually meaningful moments. • Education (Ensure that Temple Sinai educational offerings are comprehensive, inspiring, and successful): Having launched the Hebrew Chavurah program and hired a new Youth Educator, we are continuing to expand the qualitative and quantitative offerings to teach and inspire our children and teens. • Technology (Exploring the use of technology to enable success of the new initiatives): We completed an inventory of all current uses for technology and have begun receiving suggestions for better uses of existing technology and suggestions of technological innovations that could be used at Sinai. We will soon report back to the strategy chairs how to either adopt or develop the program that they need to ensure their success.


We are truly excited about the work done by these committees as we continue to implement our Imagine Sinai vision. Our thanks to the co-chairs and the many volunteers who continue to turn the Sinai of our imagination into the Sinai of our community. If you would like to get involved, please send an email to Rabbi Levenberg at As you know, we are excited to welcome Samantha Shabman to the Temple Sinai family this coming summer as our newest rabbi and member of our clergy team. Sam was the enthusiastic choice of our rabbinic search committee, and we are thrilled that she will begin her rabbinate at Temple Sinai. She will be ordained from HUC-JIR's New York campus on May 8 and will join Temple Sinai on July 1. She is married to Natan (Andrew) Trief who will also be ordained as a rabbi on May 8 and we could not be more delighted to welcome them both to Atlanta and to Temple Sinai!

Brotherhood Upcoming Events Thursday, May 12, 6:00 pm Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs

Are you Sinai’s best poker player? Do you want to be? Test your skills at Brotherhood’s Semi-Annual Texas Hold‘em Poker Tournament. The poker tournament will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded and the top two players will have their name permanently engraved on the “Sinai Cup” trophy. Not a poker player? We will provide free Texas Hold’em poker lessons from 6:00 - 7:00 pm prior to the start of the tournament. Come enjoy the included heavy appetizers, desserts and cocktails. The cost for Brotherhood members will be $10 and $30 for all others. If you want to play in the poker tournament, the ‘buyin’ is $20 for everyone. Please RSVP online. This event is for Sinai members only.

Sisterhood/Neshamot Upcoming Events Closing Event: Mixology at True Foods Kitchen 8 Sunday, May 1, 5:30 pm

Come mix, sip, and mingle with other Sinai women at Sisterhood's fun mixology event at True Foods Kitchen. Learn how to whip up some unique cocktails as you munch on tasty treats and socialize with old friends and new. Uber discount provided to attendees for a safe ride home. Participants will also receive discounted registration for this year's spectacular Women’s Retreat at Reynold’s Plantation. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but don't delay signing up because space is limited! See you there! RSVP online.

Women's Retreat, Save the Date 8

Sunday, November 6 - Monday, November 7 Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Lake Oconee

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Brotherhood’s Semi-Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament 8

We are delighted to invite you to Nourish Yourself in 2016! Please make plans to join us for our Temple Sinai Women’s Retreat. Last year, 85 women of Sinai enjoyed making new connections with other dynamic women in our community. We enjoyed some precious time away, and opportunities to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Could there be better way to unwind from a busy Jewish Holiday season? If you have questions, contact Janet Lefkowitz or Lori Zwecker

We enjoyed tasting chocolate recipes featured in Rabbi Prinz' book, as well as thoughtful wine pairings by Certified Specialist of Wine Debbie Ruskin, and a gourmet coffee bar by, Mocha My Day. We also had the pleasure of meeting local chocolatier Faye Jonah of diAmano Chocolate in Sandy Springs. Ms. Jonah was on hand to discuss her methods of chocolate making and provided yummy chocolate treats as well. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Sisterhood/Neshamot was delighted to share an evening of chocolate, wine and coffee with 70 Sinai members and guests on March 6th, when Rabbi Deborah Prinz joined us to speak about her world travels and research about Jews and chocolate. Rabbi Prinz spoke to us about the chocolate trade, and the retail and manufacture of chocolate since it was first introduced to Europeans, as highlighted in her book ON THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL. Her personal stories of chocolate travel, exploration and experience added to the fun!


Adult Programs

May Collections In May and June we will be collecting new and gently used backpacks as part of The Backpack Project, a non-profit initiative started by Sinai/UGA student Zack Leitz. To learn more about this, follow this link:

Chick-fil-A Tour for Retirees

Tuesday, May 10, 11:15 am - 3:30 pm

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Come enjoy a guided Chick-fil-A home office backstage tour. Learn about the fascinating history, culture, and values of S. Truett Cathy, their unique business model and all about their "Eat Mor Chikin" marketing campaign. You will also see Cathy's amazing antique car collection, which is only going to be available for viewing until the end of May. We'll have lunch at the Dwarf House, Chick-fil-A's first restaurant (much more than a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant) and then go to the tour. The cost is $22, and includes transportation and admission. Lunch is extra. RSVPs are required, with full payment by May 8. Payment cannot be refunded after that date. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073 or

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Tuesdays, 10:00 am Wednesdays, 6:30 pm Join us for a game of Mah Jongg. Temple Sinai "Mah Jongg Queen," Harriett Simmons, has offered to teach Mah Jongg to those who have never played before or need a refresher. Please contact Judy Thomas at if you are interested in classes or in planying Mah Jongg.

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Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 pm The Luminous Heart of Jonah S, by Gina Nahai Greg Changnon, Reviewer Join the discussion! Part murder mystery and part family saga, this dramatic and often funny novel explores the history of Los Angeles's Jewish Iranian Community.

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Sunday, May 29, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Thank you to Charles Lutin, Katja Weber, David Schoenberg, Sylvia Talley, David Deitch, Amy Kam, Reene Weinstein, Ann Schoenberg, and Jeff Schoenberg for all your help on Sunday, March 27 at the airport. About 100 soldiers transitioned through the Atlanta Airport USO that day, and they seemed to appreciate Sinai’s hospitality. Another volunteer opportunity is available on Sunday May 26, (the day before Memorial Day) when you can choose between two shifts: 10 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. If you can volunteer, please contact Allan Hytowitz at 678-893-0580.


Be part of something fun and growing at our monthly ROMEO Club. The Retired Old Men Eating Out gather monthly for social fun at a variety of restaurants in Sandy Springs. If you are retired, thinking about retiring or still actively working and just want to hang out with some of the nicest guys in our temple, then join us for lunch. For details and to RSVP, please contact Charlie Stark at nomadcs@aol. com. No women allowed!

Juliet Club

Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 pm Hunan Gourmet Restaurant The Juliet Club is having a wonderful time getting together monthly. Similar to the ROMEO Club, the Juliet Club is also for women of retirement age, whether you are still working or not. On Wednesday, May 18 we will be getting together at Hunan Gourmet Restaurant. Lunch is always dutch and it is FOR WOMEN ONLY! If you are interested in attending, please contact Judy Thomas at 404.252.3073, or

Sinai Movie Night with Rabbi Segal Sunday, May 22, 6:30 pm, Rosenwald

BBQ Picnic for 50s & 60s 8

Sunday, June 5, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Morgan Falls Overlook Pavilion Join us for some outdoor barbeque fun as we welcome the summer with a relaxing and enjoyable picnic. The cost is $15 per person which covers all alcohol, drinks and meats (or bean burgers). Please bring a side dish to share. We’ll have badminton, kickball, backgammon, and more to play as well. Let’s start the summer off right with some of your Sinai friends. Please RSVP online by May 31. If you have questions, contact your 50s & 60s co-chairs Sharon Corenblum, Ellen Miller and Alyson Spector at 5060@

Thursday, May 19 12:00 pm Lunch at Taqueria Tsunami Restaurant 2:00 pm Marietta Cobb Museum of Art We will be viewing a selection of work from the Coca- Cola permanent art collection at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. It features original works by Norman Rockwell, Haddon Sundblom, and Andy Warhol. In addition, Mason Fine Art will be displaying the work of artists depicting Coca-Cola products. The museum fee is $7.00 per person ($4.00 for seniors) and will be paid upon entering. Those who want to carpool from Sandy Springs will meet at 11:15 am, Regions Bank on Roswell Road and Abernathy. RSVP online by May 13.

In the Community Memorial Ceremony for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror Tuesday, May 10 Doors open at 6:30 pm Ceremony to begin at 7:30 pm Ahavath Achim Synagogue

The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast and the Israeli House Atlanta invite you to the Memorial Ceremony for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror joined by Amit Farkas, bereaved sister of Thom Farkas. The ceremony will take place at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30327. It is requested attendees wear white shirts. Please arrive early to allow time for security screening. No bags permitted at entry.

Alzheimer Support Group Offered at Temple Emanu-El Hosted by Adult Day of Dunwoody/Ability Rehab, The Alzheimers Association is sponsoring a caregiver support group at Temple Emanu-El on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 pm-7 pm. If you are interested, contact Jodi Firestone at 770-551-2722.

Military Personnel Update If you have served in the United States Armed Forces or in the Israel Armed Forces, please contact Judy Thomas (, 404.252.3073, ext. 330) as we are in the process of updating our files. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Join Rabbi Segal to screen the film Rosenwald, the remarkable story of a Jewish partnership with African American communities. The film tells the story of Julius Rosenwald, who was committed to improving the education received by African Americans in the early 20th Century. The documentary follows the life of Rosenwald, the son of German immigrants, who became a powerful businessman and philanthropist and was able to make a significant impact on the community.

Gallery Tour

Adult Programs

Tuesday, May 17, 1:00 pm Egg Harbor Cafe


Youth & Education Programs

Congregational Family Shabbat honoring Caren Feingold, Religious School Director Friday, May 20, 6:30 pm

Join us as we honor Caren Feingold for her 17 years of service to our congregation! Over her tenure at Temple Sinai, Caren’s warmth and demeanor have had a remarkable impact on the lives of all the families who have gone through our Religious School program. She has been a dependable source of strength for our education programs through many transitions and has built many positive relationships with students and parents. Caren has served as the foundation to our teaching staff community as well as an integral and trusted voice on our Temple Sinai staff. Temple Sinai has truly been enriched by Caren's gifts over the past 17 years and we look forward to celebrating her years here as she enters the next chapter in her life. Complementary babysitting will be available for children 5 and under during the service. Additionally, if your child is going to camp this summer, please join us at Shabbat services on Friday, May 20 for a special blessing..

Last Days of Religious School Tuesday & Wednesday, May 10 & 11 – Hebrew School Sunday, May 15 – Sunday School & Sunday Hebrew Chavurah

Your Journey. Your Home.

Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year Registration will begin this month. Be on the lookout for a registration e-blast. New this year – Online Registration!

Youth and Teen Programs May 1: 2nd – 4th Grade Retreat at Camp Coleman May 14: CLUB 56 (5th and 6th Grade) May 26-30: Camp Jenny sponsored by NFTY-SAR & NFTY-STR


Our 5th & 6th graders had an amazing time on their retreat to Alabama visiting historical civil rights sites.

Early Childhood Engagement at Temple Sinai

Join us for Preschool Summer Camp!

More information and registration can be found online

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Temple Sinai Preschool is Now Enrolling! We are continuing to accept applications for children 12 months through Transitional Kindergarten for our 2016-2017 preschool year. For more information on enrollment or to schedule a private tour, please contact the Temple Sinai preschool office at 404.255.6200 or email

Saturday, May 7, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Hosted by the Youth & Family Committee Bring your family for an evening of fun and games! BBQ and dessert will be served. Join us in the Temple Sinai back parking lot and playground. We will have Zorb Balls, a Gaga Pit, an Obstacle Course and more. The cost is $36 per family or $12 per adult and $8 per child. RSVP online.

Fun for the whole family!

Baby and Me Summer Camp Bring your little one to summer camp! Your child and their caretaker will enjoy a fun-filled summer camp day with music, art, outdoor play, and water activities. Come with your friends and make new friends while your child experiences an engaging summer day at TSPS! Check out all our exciting Summer Camp themes and choose all the weeks that you and your little one will enjoy. This is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak of what Temple Sinai Preschool is all about. Flexible summer session allows you to sign up for classes on a weekly basis. $40.00 per day. June 6 - July 29 Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am - 12 - 18 months olds Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am - 18 - 24 month olds All Baby and Me programs will be taught by Temple Sinai Preschool’s own Zilah Messica. You and your baby won’t want to miss it! RSVP online. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Annual Family Fun Fest 8

We invite you and your little one to join us for the summer session of Baby and Me music class. This eight week session will meet every Monday, June 6 - July 25, from 10:00 - 10:45 am. This interactive musical program will feature familiar and new songs, puppets, musical instruments, bubbles, and more! All classes will engage your child’s creative, social, cognitive, and gross motor development skills all while having fun! Perfect for children newborn - 24 months and a parent/ caregiver. Flexible summer session allows you to sign up for classes on a weekly basis. $20.00 per class. RSVP online.

Early Childhood Education & Temple Sinai Preschool

Summer Session of Baby and Me



Wo/Men's Infertility Support Havurah presents: Adoption Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The decision to adopt isn’t easy; no one “just adopts.” The road to a successful adoption is a rollercoaster, with many fees and people to consider: the prospective adoptive parents, the birth mother, the birth father, the adoption attorney and the adoption consultant.

Your Journey. Your Home.

Adoption can leave even the most prepared person with questions: How will I afford this? What’s an open adoption? What’s a closed adoption? Is adopting from foster care an option? Should I do domestic or international adoption? Is it ok that we’re older? Is it ok that I’m single? What about gay/lesbian prospective parents? What if the birth mother changes her mind? What’s an adoption profile book and how do I make one?


WISH is pleased to present three speakers on May 26th to help us learn about the legal, emotional and financial aspects of this very special journey. Michelle Lambert, MS, LPC, from Cradle of Love Adoption and JF&CS will share her professional expertise as an adoption consultant and licensed professional counselor. Additionally, WISH welcomes Temple Sinai members Phil and Betty Klein who will share their personal stories and experiences with adoption and fostering.


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10 am - Mah Jongg

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

7 pm - PTO Moms Night Out (Away)

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg, Shabbat Meditation

9 am - Torah Study

2nd - 4th Grade Coleman Retreat 9:30 am Confirmation, Religious School, Torah Tots 9:45 am - Sunday Morning Running Group 11:30 am Confirmation info session 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah 3:30 pm - Spring Book Review 5:30 pm - Sisterhood Closing Event (Away)


Mother's Day

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

6:30 pm - Teen Wednesday Night Program, Mah Jongg






10 am - Mah Jongg

4:45 pm - Hebrew School

1:30 pm - Book Talks with Rabbi Kranz

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg, Past Presidents Reception, Shabbat Meditation 6:30 pm Shabbat Service, Confirmation Dinner 8:30 pm Confirmation Service

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

4:45 pm - Hebrew School


9:30 am - Religious School 9:45 am - Sunday Morning Running Group 12:15 pm - Hebrew Chavurah, Pizza Party 5 pm - Annual Meeting



6 pm - Brotherhood Poker Tournament (Away)

Memorial Day Office Closed

10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony 12 pm - Club 56




10 am - Mah Jongg

1 pm - Juliet Club (Away)

12 pm - Gallery Tour (Away)

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

6:30 pm - Rosh Chodesh

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg, Shabbat Meditation

9 am - Torah Study 10 am - Shabbat Service, Tot Shabbat 10:30 am B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony 5:30 pm B'not Mitzvah Ceremony






10 am - Mah Jongg

6:30 pm - Mah Jongg

7 pm - WISH Meeting

5:45 pm - Kabbalat Panim/Oneg, Shabbat Meditation

9 am - Torah Study

7 pm - Informational Meeting for Sinai Trip to Poland


10 am - Shabbat Service


6:30 pm - Shabbat Service honoring Caren Feingold; Jr. SCRUFY

6:30 pm - Shabbat Service

Camp Jenny - May 26 - May 30

8 am - Temple Sinai at the USO (Away)

14 9 am - Torah Study

17 1 pm - Romeo Club (Away)

6:30 pm - Adult Education Film Series


10:30 am B'not Mitzvah Ceremony 5 pm - Family Fun Fest

11:15 am - Retirees Day Trip (Away)


6:30 pm - Shabbat Service Featuring Chai Fidelity

10 am - Shabbat Service

31 10 am - Mah Jongg

10 am - Shabbat Service 10:30 am B'nei Mitzvah Ceremony

Our Sinai Family

The listings below are March Sinai Family Updates. Get “real-time” updates on our Sinai Family every Thursday evening in the weekly “From Shabbat to Shabbat” e-blast.

Mazel Tov to...

Alyza Berman-Milrad & Justin Milrad on the birth of their daughter, Talia Abroms Milrad. Mazel tov to grandparents Candy & Steve Berman, as well. Nancy Loeb on the engagement of her son, Andy Loeb, to Lauren Julian.

Welcome New Members Nanci Epstein Ellen & Jeffrey Nemhauser; Carmi, Max, Shelby Brigitte & Allan Fogel Claudia & Hal Nowak Jaime & Justin Spizman; Dani, Bella

Joan & Rob Perkins on the birth of their grandson, Max Harold Cooley. Andy Bauman who was appointed to the board of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.

Condolences to… Betty Golden on the death of her cousin, Cecilia Korsen. Debbie Kuniansky on the death of her father, Howard Vandroff. Paul Morochnik on the death of his father, Sidney Morochnik. Francine Scher on the death of her mother, Eleanor Hart.

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Confirmation Trip to New York City

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Once again, our confirmation class enjoyed a phenomenal trip to New York City. In addition to many of the New York “must do’s” such as a Broadway show (we saw “School of Rock”), Central Park, Times Square, and the 9-11 Memorial and Museum, the trip to NYC provided a meaningful opportunity for students to engage with and enjoy both historical and contemporary Jewish experiences. We spent time in the Lower East Side, learning about the immigrant experience at The Tenement Museum, as well as enjoying gastronomic delights at Katz’s deli, the Pickle Guys, and more. Students learned more about their heritage at Ellis Island and celebrated Shabbat at Central Synagogue, followed by a most non-traditional but incredibly fun dinner at the Stardust Diner. Our confirmation trip was packed with social, educational, cultural, and communal experiences that combined to create a truly memorable weekend for all 59 student and staff participants!













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Contributions | March 2016

Arlene & Bruce Turry Programming Endowment in honor of Rabbi Phil Kranz's birthday Paul Turry’s Birthday Zach Turry’s Birthday in memory of Arthur Turry Murray Hoffman Chesed Fund in memory of Selma Goddess Cultural Arts Special Fund praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Ruth Ambrogi in memory of Leon Auerbach Lew Kravitz’s aunt Deitch Family Library Resource Endowment in memory of Charles Feder Judge Joel Feldman Marjorie Greenberg William S. Goodman DeVille Holocaust Education Fund in honor of Erica Hecht's 90th Birthday Early Childhood Fund in memory of Doreen Steg Howard Vandroff

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Ellyse & Warren Zindler -Preschool Technology Fund in memory of Charles Feder Howard Vandroff Rachel Capelouto Clarie Lewis


Fred Ellman Culinary Enrichment in memory of Harold Ellman Della & Abe Stadiem

George Robbins Enrichment Endowment in memory of Freda Weinstein Theodore Phillips Goldie V. Morris Music Enrichment Endowment in memory of Judge Joel Feldman Paul Velinsky Hineni - Accessibility and Inclusivity Fund in memory of Seymour Weiner Suzie Peltzman Jan & Warren Epstein Cultural Arts Endowment in honor of Linda and Glen Epstein's 25th Anniversary praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Arnie Katinsky in memory of Jerome N. Epstein Paul Fortnow Rose Vogel Kesher Special Fund in appreciation of Barbara Katinsky in honor of Lois Kuniansky's birthday in memory of Donald Barr Dr. Steven Sanders Ferman Jay Howard Vandroff Israel Eisenstein Jacob Kingloff Joseph Margolin Judge Joel Feldman Mary Hochman Schoenberg Milton Kinbar Rachel Capelouto Sarah Kessler Sydney Morochnik Joe Doochen

Gary Metzel Spirituality Endowment in honor of the birth of Noa Barr, grandaughter of Jan and Dennis Rice

Kranz Institute for Jewish Learning Endowment in honor of Erica Hecht Ryan Feinberg's Bar Mitzvah

in memory of Elizabeth Katherine Metzel

in memory of Benjamin Wassner

General Endowment in memory of Laverne Siegel Martin Pastor

Loventhal Scholarship Endowment in honor of Dennis Bates’ Birthday

Merrill & Sheila Wynne Judaic Fund praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Merrill D. Wynne Operating Enhancement Special Fund in honor of the marriage of Terri Heyman and Marc Cohen the birth of Talia Abrams Milrad Granddaughter of Steve and Candy Berman in memory of Howard Vandroff Joan Weiner Judge Joel Feldman Lew Kravtiz's Aunt Miriam Rubinow Rachel Cappaluto Reuben Brody Robert James Lutin Sam and Annette Grude Selma Berford Marjorie Greenberg Philanthropic/Social Action Special Fund in honor of Dennis Bates' 75th Birthday Shawn and Jon Leven's marriage in memory of Harry Schneider PNK Learning Center Special Fund praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Sherry Halpern in honor of Rabbi Kranz in memory of Bob Klineman Eleanor Hart Helen Cohen Howard Vandroff Marilyn Rosenberg Sophia Volpert Wilbert Cohen Pre-School Fund in honor of Rose "Nonny" Zussman Rabbi Kranz 36th Anniversary Fund in memory of Yetta Golden Rabbi Levenberg Discretionary Fund in honor of Emma Morgan's naming ceremony Isabella Saddawi-Schmidt’s naming ceremony Mike Perkel's Birthday Rabbi Brad Levenberg Remy Brandenburg

in appreciation of Rabbi Brad Levenberg

Rabbi Perry Discretionary Fund in honor of the Bris of Benjamin Gimpelson in memory of Janet Roberts Ellie Hart Rabbi Richard Lehrman Memorial Endowment in memory of Charles Weinstein Margaret Agett Joanna Bailey

Stanley & Shirley Cohen Bldg & Grounds Endowment in memory of Dr. Philip Okun Howard Vandroff Judge Joel Feldman Steven Eichel Jewish Law Library Endowment in memory of Lillian Ketzky Susan & Jay Levitt Outreach Endowment in memory of Nathan Cabot Taylor & Greenberg Religious School Scholarship in memory of Judge Joel Feldman

Rabbi Segal Discretionary Fund in honor of Rabbi Segal the birth of Kathy and Jimmy Scheer’s grandson, Bo

Technology/Communications Special Fund in honor of the marriage of Terri Heyman and Marc Cohen

in memory of Ann Rehn Augusta and Isadore Shoulberg Fay Ellis Helen Kern Howard Vandroff Irene Kay Jeanette Alpert Larry Brill Milton Kronsberg Murray Hilowitz Ruth Gordon Sanford Schwartz Yale Richards Florence A. Herman Paula June Boze

praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Jan Saperstein

Richman Spiritual Relationship in memory of Marion Richman George Richman Jean Tracker Molly Richman

Youth/Teen Program & Scholarship Fund in memory of Estelle Poliakoff

Sophia & Irving Hite Kesher Endowment in memory of Irving Hite

in memory of Sidney Morochnik Torah Learning Special Fund praying for Refuah Sh'laymah for Arnie Katisnky Warren Jacobs Enrichment Endowment in honor of Howard Weinstein's Birthday in memory of Warren Jacobs

If you’re like most of us, life is full and fast. Making a living. Meeting family obligations. Finding time for spiritual growth and friends. Sometimes the effort of squeezing 10 pounds of life into a five-pound day can leave us feeling a little bit empty. What if there were a fun, 100 percent organic way to fill up that hole in your soul that required no more than a little bit of gas and about 90 minutes per month? As a Second Helpings Atlanta volunteer driver, the task is simple and satisfying. Once a month you drive to a donor location (school, restaurant, store, etc.), pick up a surplus food donation and deliver it to an SHA partner agency where it is distributed to those in need. We’ll find a route that works for you. Unable to lift heavy loads? No problem. Need to be done by school bus time? We can handle that, too. Volunteers love Second Helpings Atlanta because it directly benefits the hungry in our community. It fits into your schedule. Most important, volunteers become part of something big and meaningful. Last year we rescued almost 850,000 pounds of nutritious food, and this year we’re on track to do even more. Learn more at or by contacting Volunteer Coordinator Laura Labovitz at Stop by and say hello May 14 at the Food that Rocks festival at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs! | 404 . 252 . 3073

Rabbi Ron Segal Endowment Fund in memory of Irvin Berman

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Contributions | March 2016

in memory of Charles Feder Herman Ehrlich Howard Vandroff Jerome S. Lovenheim Judge Joel Feldman Raymond Smith Ronald Ruche Rose Epstein Alice Brill

Second Helpings Special Fund in honor of Debbie Dermer’s big birthday in memory of Abraham Fitterman Arthur Sausmer Philip Okun Carol Schwartz Rachel Capelato Judge Joel M. Feldman


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B’nei Mitzvah

April B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies


Joshua Daniel Abrams and Benjamin Julian Abrams, sons of Brantley and Jon Abrams Joshua and Benjamin worked on two Mitzvah Projects. They both participated in the Hot Chocolate Race, with proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. It was important for the boys to help raise awareness for the Ronald McDonald house as well as make physical fitness an important part of their project. Ben and Josh feel it is important for children to be active and to take a stand against childhood obesity and to find positive ways to be active. Running or walking in charity events is a win win situation – helping others in need as well as bringing awareness for physical fitness. In addition, the boys helped shop, prepare food and have dinner with the families in the Family Promise Program. Joshua and Benjamin will continue their paths of raising awareness for physical health and giving back to families in need. Shane Bernstein, son of Lauralee and Steve Bernstein Shane has had a special affinity for dogs ever since the family got his “furry brother” Charlie eight years ago. As part of the preparation for becoming a Bar Mitzvah, Shane volunteered with FurKids, Georgia’s largest no-kill animal shelter. At FurKids, he joined a group of teenagers that walked and played with the dogs, giving them much needed human contact and TLC. Also, after visiting the Holocaust Museum a few months ago with his class from Epstein, Shane had a better understanding of the Holocaust and an awareness of the children who never got to live a “Jewish life” as he does today. He then chose to participate in the Daffodil Dash, a walk/run sponsored by Am Yisrael Chai. The organization and the Daffodil Dash provide focus and raise funds for Holocaust education and to help those suffering humanitarian crises in the world today. Am Yisrael Chai! also runs the Daffodil Project, with a goal of planting 1.5 million daffodils worldwide in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.

Will Kukler, son of Robby and Kim Kukler Will is thoughtful, caring and endlessly enthusiastic special qualities that helped him succeed in his mitzvah project role as Team Leader and fundraiser for the JDRF OneWalk. Last year, in the United States alone, over 13,000 children were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF is the leading global organization funding promising T1D research and their OneWalk is the largest Type 1 Diabetes fundraising event in the world! Those who know Will were not surprised when he established “Team Kukler” and set – and surpassed - his symbolic fundraising goal of $5776. For 2 months he sent out emails and made phone calls asking for donations, following up with personal thank you notes to generous friends and family members. Will gave updates to post to Facebook to keep up the momentum, and he designed an awesome t-shirt for the whole team to wear. On the morning of the OneWalk, Will’s team of 27 friends and family happily joined thousands of other walkers and runners in Centennial Park. Unbelievably, the 2015 Atlanta OneWalk raised a total of $1 million for research and we are so proud that Will was an integral part of such a huge accomplishment! Talia "Tali" Lipton, daughter of Ephrat and Jason Lipton When considering where to focus her effort for her Mitzvah project, it did not take long for Tali to decide upon the Potocki-Lupski Syndrome (PTLS) Outreach Foundation. Tali chose to support and raise awareness for PTLS, a chromosomal disorder (also known as duplication 17 p 11.2) as a way to honor a dear family friend, 11 year old Ava, who received her diagnosis at 10 months old. She was the twentieth person in the world formally diagnosed with the syndrome. PTLS is a newly recognized genetic condition, with slightly more than 1000 people diagnosed, but likely hundreds of thousands of people are as of yet unidentified. Due to a lack of testing, knowledge and research funding for this chromosomal disorder, Tali decided to raise money awareness about PTLS through a Krispy Kreme Doughnut sale at The Galloway School, and a bowl-a-thon at Midtown

April B’nei Mitzvah Ceremonies, Continued

Logan Rosenbluth, son of Jill Rosenbluth and Larry Rosenbluth For Logan's TAG project he decided to dedicate his time to The Temple Zaban Couples Night Shelter. Logan toured the shelter gaining a better understanding of the mission of Erwin Zaban providing a safe and productive place for couples in need. Logan prepared and delivered lunches for the residents during the winter and early spring months. Through this project Logan has developed an understanding of the need to assist others during difficult times.

Informational meeting for Temple Sinai's Trip to Poland in 2017 Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 pm

Jeff Rubtchinsky, Vice President of Ayelet Tours, will be available on Skype to answer questions.

POLAND: Then, Now, and the Years Ahead June 27- July 7, 2017 Led by Rabbi Ron Segal

This extraordinary journey designed by Ayelet Tours, Ltd, a premier company in this tourism niche, is open to a limited number of Temple Sinai members. In addition to Rabbi Segal, we will be joined for part of our trip by Rabbi Haim Beliak, Executive Director of Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland. Rabbi Beliak will help us absorb the rich history of Jewish socialism, Yiddish culture, Zionism, progressive Jewish denominational movements, and Jewish arts of Poland.

The trip experiences include: • Private tours of Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration camps, supplemented by professionally guided discussions regarding this part of Jewish history and consequences of the Nazi era. • Shabbat dinner with Congregation Beit Warsaw • Historic, architectural, cultural, educational, Jewish religious sites in Warsaw, Lublin, Krakow. • Tours of the POLIN (Museum of the Polish Jews), Warsaw Ghetto, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Ghetto Heroes Square, Schindler Factory Memorial, the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe (230,000 buried), Warsaw Uprising Museum. • Attendance at a Chopin concert and visit to castle ruins in Kazimierz Dolny area • A day at the national Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow. • Visiting Scholar Rabbi Haim Beliak Register at Contact Rabbi Segal or Jane Cohen at 404.843.0637 or for more information. | 404 . 252 . 3073

Prior to WWII, Poland was home to the largest and most vibrant Jewish community in Europe. It was referred to as the epicenter of Jewish learning and culture for hundreds of years. More than sixty years after the Holocaust, Poland is once again home to a Jewish community proud of its heritage and culture. Join us as we explore the past, encounter the present and look ahead to the future!

Sydney Silverstein, daughter of Amy and Steve Silverstein Sydney enjoys being with young children, so volunteering at the Agape Youth and Family center was a perfect fit. Agape provides after school programming for underprivileged children, and Sydney enjoyed tutoring, reading, and just spending time with the young kids at the center. Additionally, Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite is a special place for her family, so Sydney volunteered time and resources at the Ronald McDonald House. She planned activity nights for the families staying at the house while their children get treatment at Scottish Rite. Sydney looks forward to continuing to support these organizations.

B’nei Mitzvah

Bowl. Tali and Ava have a special bond and she would like to help others struggling to identify, understand, and persevere through this syndrome.


Philip N. Kranz Learning Center

Learning Center News Mary Baron Excitement is beginning to mount for this summer’s biggest event – the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Jewish athletes have a great legacy at the Olympics and if you are a sports lover or are interested in this topic, head to the Rabbi Philip N. Kranz Learning Center to check out the many books and films available. Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame. This encyclopedic book will give you all the statistics on Jewish athletes from the household names like Sandy Koufax and Mark Spitz to others not so well known. Interesting facts you will learn include: Four Jews are among the top ten Olympic medal winners of all time, a Jewish gymnast won seven medals in a single Olympics, and over 29 boxing titles are held by Jewish boxers. Watermarks. In 1909, Hakoah, a Jewish sports club was founded in Vienna in response to the notorious “Aryan Paragraph” which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish members. This documentary film tells the story of the women swimmers from Hakoah who achieved great success in the 1930’s and dominated national competitions all over Austria. In 1938, the club was closed and the swimmers managed to escape thanks to an operation organized by Hakoah members. Director Yaron Zilberman interviewed these teammates 60 years later and organized a reunion in their old swimming pool in Vienna.

Upcoming Programs in the PNK Learning Center Library Guild's Spring Book Review Sunday, May 1, 3:30 pm “A Guest for the Night” by S.Y. Agnon.

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Enjoy a Book Review by Rabbi Kranz A dessert reception will accompany this event.


Chariots of Fire. Notable for its memorable score and beautiful cinematography, this film centers on two sprinters who are students at Cambridge. One of the men, Harold, is the son of a Lithuanian Jew who uses his athletic talent to overcome obstacles he faces and to prove his place in Cambridge society. The other sprinter, Eric, is a devout Christian missionary who feels his speed is a gift from God. The two men both end up competing at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Berlin 36. Desperate to ensure that the unbeatable Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann wouldn’t triumph at the 1936 Olympics, the Nazis searched for someone to join the team and beat her. They found a young man being raised on a farm as a girl by his disturbed mother and they force him to compete on the women’s team. An interesting film based on a true story. One Day in September. On September 5, 1972 a band of Arab terrorists invaded the Olympic village in Munich and took 11 Israeli athletes hostage. For the next 24 hours the world watched as the horrifying drama unfolded. This book by Simon Reeve is a detailed and unsettling account of that hostage crisis that marred the 1972 Olympics, as well as the 10 year manhunt for those responsible. Happy Birthday to the following children who have become Birthday Book Program honorees: Elisa Rosenthal Sam Rosenthal Ella Sugarman Evelyn Schneider Rebecca Stifel Harris Unell Hudson Winters

Thank you to the following members for renewing their membership to the Library Guild:

Book Talks with Rabbi Philip Kranz

Thursday, May 12, 1:30 pm Unusual suggestions for summer reading Join Rabbi Kranz for the last book discussion of the year.

For more information about the Learning Center programs, please call Librarian Adelle Salmenson, 404.252.3073 ext. 320.

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Temple Sinai celebrated its annual fundraiser, Casino Royale, on Saturday, March 19. The event was chaired by Lainie Bardack and Adam Sikora, with the silent auction chaired by Tamara Schwartz. The event was generously presented by Fifth Third Bank. More than 350 guests gathered to enjoy playing casino games, bidding on silent auction items and dining on wonderful food and drinks. Proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to paying the balance on Temple Sinai’s mortgage. By the end of the night, the historic milestone was met. The past presidents and members of the board gathered and literally burned the mortgage on the stage. Pictured at right are congregants having a wonderful time at Casino Royale. | 404 . 252 . 3073


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Thank you to all of our members and families who contributed to the Burn the Mortgage campaign. Thanks to your efforts, we successfully achieved the campaign’s goal of paying off our mortgage. We graciously recognize and honor the contributions received on behalf of the following Temple Sinai members. Thank you for your continued support of Temple Sinai.


Anonymous Stephanie and Marshall Abes Sandy and Dave Abrams Sandra and Sandford Abrams Toni and Joel Adler Randy and Sari Alifeld Warren and Cheryl Alifeld Paula and Bennet Alsher Lisa and Peter Aman Lauren and Tom Antonino Marilyn and Jonathan Arkin Erica and Don Aronin In honor of Matthew, Emily, Andrew and Abby Aronin Atlanta Dental Solution Linda and Mark Bachmann Lisa and Dan Balser Brooke and Randy Baras Diane and Richard Bardack Lainie and Marc Bardack Nancy and Robbie Baron Gail and Dennis Bates Deborah and Andy Bauman Amanda and Dan Becker Patty and Gene Benator Michael Berger Candy and Steve Berman Shirley and Gary Bernes Caryn and Jason Bernstein Danielle and Jon Bernstein Karen and David Birnbrey Melissa and Ira Blecker Bold Catering Simone and Kristopher Bonnejonne Barbie and Bryce Bregen Nancy and Jason Brener Jennifer and Sean Brevick Lori and Gary Brochin Temple Sinai Brotherhood Frances Bunzl Rita Burnat Debbie and Frank Butterfield Sharon and Adam Clark Classic Tents and Events Debbie and Myles Cohen Judy and Ronnie Cohen Marc Cohen Caren and Reece Cohen Robyn and Jeffrey Cohen Jane and Mark Cohen Sharon and Michael Corenblum Haydee and Arthur Cornfeld Holly and Josh Covett Evelyn and Milton Crane Gail Cohn and Harvey Danits

Dr. Milton and Sara Deitch Rachel and Chris DeLine Debbie and David Dermer Dale and Richard DeSena Judy and Jeffrey Diamond Margery Diamond Shelly and Andrew Dresdner Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care Sari, Olen, Aaron, and Ava Earl Susan and Bernie Eisenstein Ina and Harold Enoch David and Cheryl Eppsteiner Sherry and Benjamin Epstein Mort Epstein Jan and Warren Epstein Kathy and Jason Evans Howard and Sharon Fagin Lila and Steve Fair Simie and Larry Faskowtiz Caren Feingold Ellen and Howard Feinsand Nikki and Jack Feldman Ferfer Photography Fifth Third Bank The Fine Arts Committee Andrea Finegold Jane and Alan Fishman The Flower Buds Marcy and Lance Fortnow Amy and Chuck Fox Susan, Joe and Ruby Freeman Viki and Paul Freeman Linda and Michael Friedman Lorie Lewis and Les Fuchs Sidney and Roni Funk Norma Gallow Nanci and Richard Gay Stacey and Ronnie Geer Corky and Roger Gelder Gina and Peter Genz Sheila and Joe Gerstein Lauren and Mitchell Gersten Cindy and Howard Gibbs Riedy and Steve Gimpelson Jenny and Josh Glade Bernard Goldstein Ellen and Paul Goldstein Judith and Robert Golomb Lauren and Todd Gordon Cathy and Howard Gottlieb Joy and Alan Greenberg Susan and Marc Greenberg Lori and David Greenwald Jo Anne and Gary Grunbaum Dr. Paul and Amy Harris

Barbara and Stephen Hart Mary and Frank Hart Jennifer and Eric Hartz Erica Hecht Arthur Heyman and Shirley Michalove Terri Heyman Cindy and Jeff Hopkins Charlotte and Michael Horwitz Betty and Dick Isenberg Kevin Isenberg Leslie and Doug Isenberg Jodie and Steven Jackson Stephanie and Paul Jacobs Judie Jacobs Cheryl Jacoby Lillie Janko Lori Jassen Annette and Frank Joseph Marisa and Michael Kaiser Regina and Jeff Kamean Renee and Howard Karchmer Philip Karlick and Susanne Katz-Karlick Kira and Jason Karlin Sydney and Howard Katz Nancy and Mark Kaufman Dr. Barbara Kay Candace and Jeff Kerker Nancy and Alan Kessler Meredith and Alan Kitey Barbara Klaus Susan and Burt Kolker Margo and David Kolodkin Ellen and Jack Koransky Phil and Nancy Kranz Phyllis and Lew Kravitz Lisa and Ned Kreiss Suzanne Simkin and Howard Krinsky Barbara Krinsky David Kuniansky Debbie and Doug Kuniansky Erica and Eric Kuniansky Lois Kuniansky and Family Cathy Selig and Steve Kuranoff Debbie and David Kurzweil Warren and Stephanie Lampert Sandybeck Lease Janet Lefkowtiz and Jonathan Leepson Ben and Camille Lefkowitz Rick Lenner Jon Leven Brad, Rebecca, Ilana, and Evan Levenberg Debbie and Eddie Levin Raphael and Ellen Levine Susan and Stephen Levine

Evie Sacks and Cary Rodin ROMEO Club Maxine and Ron Rosen Pam and Mark Rosenthal Rachel and Andrew Rosner Dr. and Mrs. Rothenberg Judy and Arnie Rubenstein Ali and David Rubenstein Barbara and Alan Rucket Roy and Amy Ruda Susan Saddawi Suzan and Gary Saidman Stephanie and Scott Sailor Adelle and Herman Salmenson Cindy and Martin Salzman Lynn and Jan Saperstein Mindi and Michael Sard Shelly and Brian Satisky Margo and Peter Savitz Beth and Chris Schafer The Schilling Family Barbara and Martin Schneider Lauren and Tim Schrager Ellen and Sandy Schwartz Marlene J. Schwartz Susan and Dale Schwartz Tamara and Marc Schwartz Jill and Ron Segal Lisa and Daniel Seigle Tracy and Craig Seligman Julie and Jason Serotta Gina and Sam Shapiro Janis and Lee Sheftel Maurice Shemper Tobyanne and Arnold Sidman Marcy and Marshall Siegel Laura and Adam Sikora Linda and Mark Silberman Diana Silverman Lori and Robert Silverman Rachel and Matt Simon Linda Singer Elaine and Erwin Skibell Merle and Myron Smith Susan and Jay Smith Barbara Snow Sandi and Marc Solow Lauren and Robert Spector Wendy and Jaret Spevak Margie Stern Julie and Brian Stifel The Strauss Family The Suddeth Family Beth and Edward Sugarman Robyn and Martin Tanenbaum Arlene and David Taylor Judy and Jim Thomas Dede and Bob Thompson Susan and Martin Throne Josh and Lara Tolchin

Edrea and Robert Triff Arlene and Bruce Turry Brigette and Michael Ulin Brian, Hilary and Harris Unell Lindsey and Karlo Vicente Richard Wagman Nathan Wallace and Family Susan and Earl Wasserman Laura and Larry Weiner Donna Weinstock Jeff and Robin Weisberg Michael Weiser Karen Wells Suzy Wilner Claire Wilson The Wine Shop Judy and Dan Wolbe Stacy and Kevin Wolff Sheila and Merrill Wynne Deborah Young Carol Young Ellyse and Warren Zindler Jeffrey and Nicole Zitron Kim Zitter Mary Zoghby-Haffner and Bill Haffner Drew Zucker Jack Zucker Melanie and Scott Zucker | 404 . 252 . 3073

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Temple Sinai May Worship Schedule Friday, May 6 6:30 pm Shabbat Service, Featuring Chai Fidelity  Saturday, May 7 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am B'not Mitzvah of Rachel Mayer, daughter of Robin and Adam Mayer and Celia Rappoport, daughter of Mandy and Bradley Rappoport.  Friday, May 13 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, May 14 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am B'not Mitzvah of Cameron Firestone, daughter of Shari and Jeff Firestone, and Ashley Glass, daughter of Elizabeth and Gregory Glass.  Can’t make it to synagogue? Look for the  icon indicating that the service will be streamed live. Visit to watch!

Friday, May 20 6:30 pm Congregational Family Shabbat Service, Honoring Caren Feingold  Saturday, May 21 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:00 am Tot Shabbat 10:30 am B'nei Mitzvah of Seth Fagin, son of Abi Auer and Craig Fagin, and Joshua Katz, son of Melinda and Adam Katz.  5:30 pm Havdallah B'not Mitzvah of Nicole Frysh, daughter of Vicky and Roger Frysh and Hailey Rubin, daughter of Amy and Philip Rubin.  Friday, May 27 6:30 pm Shabbat Service  Saturday, May 28 10:00 am Shabbat Service  10:30 am B'nei Mitzvah of Emma and Evan Tessler, children of Jana and Jason Tessler.

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