SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // The pressure of final exams and summer planning did not stop more than 100 people from turning out on May 19 to pay tribute to a group of 50 unique teenagers. As volunteers at the Friendship Circle – an organization that brings friendship and love to children with special needs [...]
SPECIAL TO THE AJT // Dan Gordon, president of Soleria Development Group (soleriadg.com) and a member of Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, is a passionate and active participant in metro Atlanta’s Jewish community. A man with a mission, he’s hoping to be part of the next generation of Jewish leaders while finding a way [...]
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // Temple Emanu-El’s Schiff Preschool in Atlanta will soon offer a newly created inclusion program for children with special needs. Schiff FIRST (an acronym for Friendship, Inclusiveness, Respect, Success and Trust) will emphasize innumerable benefits of an integrated classroom experience to both typically-developing children and those with special needs.
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT Construction recently began for new playgrounds at the Weinberg Early Learning Center (WELC), The Temple’s Jewish preschool and host of Camp Minimac, a Jewish summer dar camp. The newly-named Sonia’s Playground was made possible by many generous congregants including current and future WELC families, grandparents and alumni as well as community [...]
One Last Go-Round for Walters // It looks like this will be broadcast journalist Barbara Walters’ final year on television. In 2014, the renowned news personality will be retiring after more than 50 years in the business.
BY DEBBIE DIAMOND / AJT // Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Michael Feinstein will join Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an evening of favorites from the American Songbook at 8 p.m. on both May 24 and 25 in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. A multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy [...]
BY RABBI HERBERT COHEN / AJT // A friend of mine employed in a large non-profit organization will from time to time discuss – in an anonymous way – some of the challenges he is facing at work. His wife, who he loves dearly, always has a suggestion to fix the problem. He has confided [...]
BY CHANA SHAPIRO / AJT // It’s always interesting to hear stories which make perfect sense to the teller while mystifying the listener with their lack of logic. At a recent Shabbat lunch, many of us were sharing just such anecdotes. We’d heard some of them, and we’d personally experienced some of them. Even if [...]
BY ERICA BROWN / JNS.org I was thinking of writing a bestselling novel called Fifty Shades of Black about a young Hasidic man in Williamsburg who decides to buy a new hat. Then I thought of writing a novel called Fifty Shades of White about a kabbalist who is thinking of buying a new robe [...]
BY RACHEL LaVICTOIRE / AJT // I was a really picky eater when I was young – and I mean really picky. I didn’t like tomatoes, onions, lettuce (well, pretty much all vegetables), corned beef, thin salami (thick was OK), mayonnaise, pepper, fish, beans, sausage, honeydew, cherries…the list goes on and on!
BY ELIZABETH FRIEDLY / AJT // It’s no secret that Atlanta citizens – along with the rest of the country’s population – have started taking an interest in where their food comes from. Health-food giants like Whole Foods Market and The Fresh Market have met with roaring success, but now the metro area is being [...]
BY AL SHAMS / AJT // The highlights of Joey Reiman’s life read like something out of a Hollywood screenplay. It’s no exaggeration to report he’s had a powerful impact on thousands of people as a businessman, writer, educator and humanitarian. In short, he’s lived his life as a mensch. And his remarkable journey began [...]
BY MALCOLM GINSBERG / JNS.org // The Holy City of Jerusalem, sacred to the world’s three great monotheistic religions, naturally attracts millions of tourists every year. Most cities whose economy thrives on tourism have double-decker buses that follow circular routes with stops at all the major sightseeing attractions; Jerusalem is no exception. The Egged bus [...]
Sun., May 26 Splash for Summer Sundays Kickoff, enjoy the MJCCA outdoor pool and splash park in this Sunday series, featuring various entertainers or events. Sun., May 26, 12 p.m. Zaban Park. (678) 812-4161 or email@example.com.
Joyce Bornstein Golinsky, 64, passed away on May 17, 2013 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She had lived in Atlanta for the past 40 years after being born and raised in Detroit, and she was the daughter of the late Edna and Larry Bornstein. She is survived by her devoted husband, Billy, and [...]
JNS.org // The Newseum, a non-profit museum of news and journalism in Washington, DC, said it will “re-evaluate” its controversial decision to commemorate Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi, two cameramen who worked for the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV in Gaza, after considerable outrage from leading Jewish organizations.
BY RAFAEL MEDOFF / JNS.org // During his visit to China this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled that the city of Shanghai was “one of the few places that opened its gates” to Jews fleeing Hitler. Officials of the Chinese Communist government, standing nearby, beamed with pleasure at the expectation that people all [...]
BY PETER L. ROTHHOLZ / JNS.org // Born in Canada into an immigrant Jewish family in 1915, Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow had a traditional Jewish upbringing, which included Torah study, Talmud, and Hebrew. Yet Rabbi David Wolpe observes that Bellow had an ambivalent relationship with Judaism. “It was part of who he was, but [...]
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // The MJCCA preschools (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) are gearing up for summer camp at both locations – Dunwoody (Camp Marie Benator) and East Cobb (Camp Billie Marcus). Led by certified, fully-trained teachers, these programs (available June 3 to August 2) provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment where children [...]
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) award-winning East Cobb preschool, the Sunshine School, recently received the prestigious recognitions of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) re-accreditation and Bright From the Start’s “Quality Rated” designation. The School was also selected as a model program to film [...]
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT / AJT // A big red bus visited The Davis Academy on May 9, when representatives from C-SPAN came to the school to present seventh grader Zachary Cohen with his second-place prize in C-SPAN’s national studentCam contest. Only one other student from the state of Georgia placed in the competition. After the award [...]
BY RACHEL LaVICTOIRE / AJT // The first step towards change is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, today I’d like to own up to one of my most unattractive qualities, something I’ve dealt with since I was very young: I’m extremely possessive.