• Sorry, Frisco: Atlanta Film Festival No. 1

    Sorry, Frisco: Atlanta Film Festival No. 1

    | March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival no longer can claim it’s the second-largest Jewish film festival in the world. Now it’s No. 1. The 15th Atlanta festival, which closed Feb. 19, had total attendance of 38,631 for its 177 screenings of 65 films over 23 days, topping last fall’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival by […]

  • Netanyahu Urges Nuke Deal Israel Can Live With

    Netanyahu Urges Nuke Deal Israel Can Live With

    | March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found a warm if less-than-capacity reception March 3 for a message of standing tough against Iran. It is wrong to think the United States and other Western powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program face a choice between what he considers a bad deal and […]

  • From Georgia Tech to the IDF

    From Georgia Tech to the IDF

    | March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

    A Lone Soldier’s Story By Eran Mordel Almost all boys grow up on their parents’ stories, always curious to hear how their teenage years were. I grew up hearing about my dad’s years in the IDF and especially his time as a private in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and an officer and combat […]

  • Purim off Ponce - A Party With a Purpose

    Purim off Ponce – A Party With a Purpose

    | March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

    Purim off Ponce celebrates the ultimate tale of new life By David Cohen david@atljewishtimes.com Purim is a celebration of new life. It also happens to be a Jewish holiday during which it’s considered a mitzvah to drink copious amounts on alcohol. On March 7, SOJOURN wants to help you celebrate all of the above with […]

  • Lazarus Advocates Understanding of Israel

    Lazarus Advocates Understanding of Israel

    | March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Neil Lazarus is considered one of the world’s leading Israel advocates. But even though his awesomeseminars.com website promotes the “Mr. Israel Advocacy” label placed on him by The Times of Israel, and even though his new book is “The 5 Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy,” he said, “I don’t like the […]

  • Beth Jacob Purim Parade for Atlanta Jewish Times

    Beth Jacob’s Purim Parade Ready to Roll

    | February 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Mindy Rubenstein Congregation Beth Jacob is gearing up for its 22nd annual Purim parade and carnival March 1, its biggest fundraiser of the year and a draw for people of all backgrounds. “It’s such a big event, everyone takes a piece of it,” Beth Jacob’s Sybil Goldstein said. More than 100 volunteers come together […]

  • A Week of Purim Fun

    A Week of Purim Fun

    | February 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

    The following list offers many, although certainly not all, of the events taking place in the Atlanta area for Purim, which runs from the evening of Wednesday, March 4, to the evening of Thursday, March 5. Check with your friendly neighborhood synagogue to catch a standard Megillah reading or to participate in the tradition of […]

  • Atlanta Sparkles in BBYO Spotlight

    Atlanta Sparkles in BBYO Spotlight

    | February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The annual BBYO International Convention brought 2,200 Jewish teens to downtown Atlanta and combined with the biennial NFTY Convention to create a Shabbat celebration of more than 3,200 youths Feb. 14. Atlanta also had individual moments to shine amid the overall spectacle. A reception Feb. 12 on the opening night of […]

Digital Issue

Read the Digital Edition February 27, 2015

| February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)
Read the Digital Edition February 27, 2015

Fundraising Bonanza, Purim, BBYO Honor, Bikel’s Curtain-Closer  

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Ready the Digital Edition from February 20, 2015

| February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
Atlanta Jewish Times

Copenhagen and Denmark , Atlanta Youth Conventions, BBYO, Camp issue, Aladdin, music, Seven Hens, Toco Hills, Chabad of Cobb

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Community

NCAA Honors Emory, North Springs Grad Light

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)
NCAA Honors Emory, North Springs Grad Light

By David R. Cohen david@atljewishtimes.com Emory grad student Megan Light has been awarded the NCAA’s Today’s Top 10 award. Light, a two-year captain of the Emory softball team, was one of 10 student athletes honored for her work on the field and in the classroom and for her contributions to society. The selection was based […]

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Lazarus Advocates Understanding of Israel

| March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)
Lazarus Advocates Understanding of Israel

By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Neil Lazarus is considered one of the world’s leading Israel advocates. But even though his awesomeseminars.com website promotes the “Mr. Israel Advocacy” label placed on him by The Times of Israel, and even though his new book is “The 5 Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy,” he said, “I don’t like the […]

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Education

Dawgs Pound Home Support for Israel

| February 28, 2015 | Comments (0)
Students Supporting Israel for Atlanta Jewish Times

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The University of Georgia became a national pro-Israel leader Feb. 24 when its Student Government Association passed a resolution calling for an expansion of study abroad opportunities in Israel. According to the organization Students Supporting Israel, the resolution was the first supporting Israel to pass on an American campus in 2015. […]

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Abusch-Magder Signs Contract to Lead Epstein

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)
Abusch-Magder Signs Contract to Lead Epstein

The Epstein School announced Feb. 19 that David Abusch-Magder has signed a contract, officially making him the next head of school. Abusch-Magder will start July 1 at the Conservative-affiliated day school in Sandy Springs after a cross-country move from the Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco, where he is the head of the middle […]

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Arts & Life

Multicultural Diwan Saz breaks down barriers

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)
Multicultural Diwan Saz breaks down barriers

By Kevin Madigan kmadigan@atljewishtimes.com A band whose musicians come from three countries and religions will take the stage at the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival’s Main Event on March 21. Based in Israel, Diwan Saz has Jews, Muslims and Christians among its rotating members. Yochai Barak, the band’s musical director, said the creation of this unusual […]

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Sorry, Frisco: Atlanta Film Festival No. 1

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)
Sorry, Frisco: Atlanta Film Festival No. 1

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival no longer can claim it’s the second-largest Jewish film festival in the world. Now it’s No. 1. The 15th Atlanta festival, which closed Feb. 19, had total attendance of 38,631 for its 177 screenings of 65 films over 23 days, topping last fall’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival by […]

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Other Recent Articles

Giving Time for Planned Giving

Giving Time for Planned Giving

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

More than 200 financial professionals attended the ninth annual Balser Symposium on planned giving Feb. 13 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Federation hosted the event with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Rabbi Steven Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and Georgia State law […]

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Kurdistan: Israel’s Invisible Friend

Kurdistan: Israel’s Invisible Friend

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

The developing would-be nation finds much in common with Jews This is the third part of Decatur resident Benjamin Kweskin’s account of his 10 months living in Iraqi Kurdistan with his wife, Whitney. Find the first two parts at atlantajewishtimes.com. By Benjamin Kweskin Kurdistan is not a country you will see on most maps because […]

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The Memory of a Most Joyful Holiday

The Memory of a Most Joyful Holiday

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

One Man’s Opinion By Eugen Schoenfeld Is your larder full of cakes? Ours was. Two weeks before Purim my mother became extremely busy: It was the time to bake the shelchmanoth. The pleasant odor of freshly baked cakes and kuchens and especially the Hungarian dobos torta — a 12-layered chocolate cake — filled our home. […]

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Our View - An Easy Call

Our View – An Easy Call

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

Anti-Semitism has been an all-too-common topic for the Atlanta Jewish Times in 2015, from the murders of four Jews in a Paris kosher supermarket Jan. 9 to the slaying of a Jewish guard outside Copenhagen’s Grand Synagogue on Feb. 15. We’ve heard from AEPi Executive Director Andy Borans about anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses across […]

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A World Gone Mad

A World Gone Mad

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

Editor’s Notebook By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Chaos has become the new normal in this world of ours. Russia is waging war with Ukraine through the guise of pro-Moscow rebels, and, thanks to holding the on-off switch on the European Union economy with the natural gas that flows westward from his country, President Vladimir Putin seems […]

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The Jewish Tragedy

The Jewish Tragedy

| March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

This is the first part of a two-part essay on hope. Read Part 2 in the March 6 issue of the Atlanta Jewish Times. Some years ago I was searching the Internet for information on my hometown, Munkacs. I found many articles, and even more heartwarming were the news films depicting events in which I […]

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Making Merry - A Blast from the Past

Making Merry – A Blast from the Past

| March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

This article is a blast from the AJT Purim past, something written in March 2008 after the first Limmud Atlanta gathering at Oglethorpe University. By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The most exciting class I attended at the first Limmud was also the smallest and the most timely: eight to 10 people studying the relevant texts and […]

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Art for ART’s Sake

Art for ART’s Sake

| March 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

Hadassah cancer survivors bare all at Breast Strokes gala By Logan C. Ritchie lritchie@atljewishtimes.com Breast Strokes: Hadassah Bares All for ART (Awareness, Research & Treatment) stands to be the most intimate display of beauty and awareness at Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s Big Reveal fundraiser and gala Feb. 28. It kicks off the chapter’s centennial celebration. The […]

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Obituary: Rose Weinstein

Obituary: Rose Weinstein

| March 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Rose Weinstein, age 92, of Atlanta passed away Feb. 26, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband, Sam Weinstein; son Aaron Weinstein of New York; daughter and son-in-law Terry and David Chervin of Roswell; daughter and son-in-law Enid and Louis Herskowitz of Sandy Springs; grandchildren Dana Post, Tracy Berk, Leslie, Andrea Herskowitz and Rachel Grohs; […]

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The Sixth Point Hosts Hamatashen Party

The Sixth Point Hosts Hamatashen Party

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Many Points of Purim Preparedness The Sixth Point (thesixthpoint.org) drew 64 people to a make-your-own hamatashen party in Sandy Springs on Feb. 22. Although 64 is a perfect cube (4 times 4 times 4) as well as a perfect square (8 times 8), it was an afternoon for turning circles into triangles, and tasty ones […]

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340 From Atlanta Going to ‘Jewish Super Bowl’

340 From Atlanta Going to ‘Jewish Super Bowl’

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

AIPAC conference offers Netanyahu, access to new congressmen By Arlene Appelrouth aappelrouth@atljewishtimes.com The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 1 to 3 is drawing 340 metro Atlanta residents north for the end of winter. The AIPAC conference gathers more than 14,000 pro-Israel Americans to hear from speakers such as […]

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Retreat Casts Light On Women’s Lives   

Retreat Casts Light On Women’s Lives  

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

According to Arlene By Arlene Appelrouth aappelrouth@atljewishtimes.com The purple-and-gray brochure announcing the retreat grabbed my attention. My immediate response was probably generated by the color purple, which I love. I opened the pamphlet, read the agenda and decided to sign up, not because of the purple, but because the program included icebreakers, a written project, […]

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Live Long and Prosper - Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Live Long and Prosper – Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing Spock on “Star Trek,” died Friday, according to his family. The iconic actor was 83. Nimoy was famously inspired by a Jewish ritual when he came up with the Vulcan greeting “Live Long and Prosper.” For nearly 50 years he portrayed Spock in Television and Film. Most recently in 2013’s Star […]

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The Quest for a Viral Mitzvah

The Quest for a Viral Mitzvah

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

ModernTribe creates Pay It Forward Purim gift box By David Cohen This Purim, ModernTribe is attempting to make a viral mitzvah in your community with its Pay It Forward gift box, the only Purim gift box that keeps on giving. Fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot with this gift box and continue the giving with […]

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My Age of Anxiety, and Scott Stossel’s

My Age of Anxiety, and Scott Stossel’s

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman When I’m assigned to write about a famous artist, scholar, author or anyone else with outstanding credentials, I get nervous. Will I know enough not to make a fool of myself with my questions? Will I portray that person’s ideas accurately? Imagine, then, how I felt when I received Scott Stossel’s new […]

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What Happens When a Parent Goes Mad?

What Happens When a Parent Goes Mad?

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman – That headline isn’t a personal confession. It’s the topic of Laura Lippman’s newest murder mystery, “Hush Hush,” featuring for the 12th time Tess Monaghan exerting her intellect in the pursuit of justice. Years earlier, a wealthy, charismatic mother was acquitted of killing her infant daughter on the grounds of post-partum psychosis. […]

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