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40 Under 40, AJT honoring young leaders in our community for their hard work.


JELF Awards Interest-Free Loans to Jewish Students in Need

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A GIFT THAT TRULY KEEPS ON GIVING SPECIAL FOR THE AJT The Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) announced that it will be awarding interest-free loans, totaling $705,000, to 183 students for the 2014-15 academic year, including $233K to students from Georgia. JELF’s interest-free loans are intended to fill the gap between the cost of education […]

Curtains Up Inc. Gives Children the Confidence They Need

| July 31, 2014 | Reply

BREAK A LEG ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SPECIAL FOR THE AJT As August approaches, so do those back to school butterflies. We’ve all been there, trapped in our own cloud of uncertainty – who is my teacher going to be, will I make friends, do I have every supply I need? The list […]

Arts & Life

The Bush Centre for Ballet Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

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A UNIQUE APPROACH TO DANCE INSTRUCTION SPECIAL FOR THE AJT The Bush Centre for Ballet was founded in 2005 by Rosalyn Bush, owner/director. The Bush Centre provides classical ballet training by supporting the physical, emotional, and cognitive skills necessary to achieve the different levels of ballet dancing. The studio trains students from 3 years of […]

Poland Welcomes Atlanta Boy Choir

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LARGE AUDIENCES GATHER TO HEAR TALENTED YOUTHS SPECIAL FOR THE AJT Atlanta has many things to be proud of, but none more than their famous Atlanta Boy Choir. The Atlanta Boy Choir, now performing in Poland, has attracted record breaking audiences at their concerts thus far. The choir was invited to Poland because of their past […]


The Self-made Man

| August 7, 2014 | Reply

THE TRUTH BEHIND THIS MYTH BY AL SHAMS AJT CONTRIBUTOR It is very popular in U.S. business to talk about the “self-made man.” The individual, who against all odds, entirely by himself, achieves great success. Perhaps this image came out of the “old west,” when you picture a cowboy braving harsh weather, loneliness and rustlers […]

A Life of Community Service and Volunteerism

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WHAT G-D REALLY WANTS FROM US BY RABBI PAUL DAVID KERBEL AJT CONTRIBUTOR If we look at the history of Judaism and of Jewish communities, one of the hallmarks of our people is the responsibility we take for providing for the needs of our community – Jewish education, collecting tzedakah, burying of our loved ones […]

D'Var Torah

Parshat Chukat: Change is Healthy and Natural

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OUR MODE OF CHANGE AND INNOVATION IS THE CORRECTING OF MISTAKES By Rachel Lav Ictoirei AJT CONTRIBUTOR  “We,” as a construct of our smaller communities – our close family, friends, maybe even a neighborhood – are interactive, and are therefore always growing our relationships and changing as needed. Finally, “we,” as a general “we” of […]

Parashat Sh’lach L’cha

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SEEING THE DIVINE WITHIN US ALL By Rabbi Elana E. Perry SPECIAL FOR THE AJT “Seeing is believing” as the old adage goes. But sometimes seeing is not believing. Sometimes the things we see do not reflect reality. And sometimes, there are things that are only seen if we believe in them first. This is one of the lessons of this week’s Torah […]


The Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services to Close This Month

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HEALTH, SAFETY OF ITS MEMBERS WAS KEY DECISION FACTOR Alex Estroff STAFF WRITER The Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services, located on the MJCCA campus, has issued a notice to the families who benefit from their services, informing them that the center will be closing at month’s end. The decision to do so was the final […]

David Skid Named to President’s Club at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

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THE APPOINTMENT RECOGNIZES DAVID’S CONSISTENT CREATIVITY AND EXCELLENCE SPECIAL FOR THE AJT Morgan Stanley announced that Mr. David Skid, a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor in its Wealth Management office in Atlanta, has been named to the Firm’s prestigious President’s Club, an elite group composed of the firm’s leading Financial Advisors. The appointment recognizes David’s […]

Recent Articles

Great Contributions Made by Jewish Atlantans

| August 15, 2014 | Reply

CHANGING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND CULTURAL LIFE BY SANDY BERMAN SPECIAL FOR THE AJT It is hard to imagine what Jacob Haas and Henry Levi, Atlanta’s first Jewish settlers, would think of their city today. Undoubtedly, they would be amazed by the growth of the Jewish population and by the contributions made by their co-religionists. […]

AJT’s 2014 40 Under 40 Winners

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In an era when all we seem to see in the media is bad news, it is refreshing to report some good news and recognize those individuals who persevere and focus on the positive things in life. The Atlanta Jewish Times believes it is important to highlight these young leaders in our community and honor […]

Clergy Under 40

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Our congregational clergy are such an important part of our community that it is difficult to compare the vital role that they play and their efforts and accomplishments to the work that the rest of us do. As such, the Atlanta Jewish Times wants to separately and specifically thank and honor two rabbis and one […]

JF&CS Provides Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities

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DISCOVER THE POWER OF GIVING BACK BY DENISE DEITCHMAN AJT CONTRIBUTOR In 2005, my husband and I relocated to Atlanta from New York. After working for a large advertising agency in New York, I was faced with new opportunities in Atlanta. I decided to leave the corporate world in hopes of finding a job that […]

MJCCA to Acquire Adamah Adventures

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EXPANDING CAMPING OPTIONS FOR SUMMER 2015 SPECIAL FOR THE AJT The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) announced plans to acquire Adamah Adventures, a Jewish adventure camp and teen travel program for rising 5th-12th graders that takes them on some of the country’s most awe-inspiring outdoor adventures. As of September 1, 2014, Adamah Adventures […]

JIFLA Comes to the Rescue of a Woman in Crisis

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BOARD MEMBER KEEPS LOAN RECIPIENT FINANCIALLY ON TRACK BY JOYCE BREWER SPECIAL FOR THE AJT “I’d like to see her move from being a recipient to a donor someday.” Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta (JIFLA) board member Merrie Edelston is describing, Allison*, the young woman she met almost two years ago during the interview […]

American Israel Business Connector

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CONEXX TO PRESENT AT ANNUAL BUSINESS SEMINAR BY AL SHAMS AJT CONTRIBUTOR On August 21, 2014, Conexx, formerly the American Israel Chamber of Commerce, will host its 18th Annual Professional and Business Seminar at the Selig Center. This half-day event offers area professionals an opportunity to become aware of the recent innovations in Israel and […]

Atlanta Jewish Academy Stands with Israel

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SHOWING SUPPORT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE IDF SPECIAL FOR THE AJT One of the first questions asked by Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, newly appointed Head of School at Atlanta Jewish Academy, was, “How can AJA show our support for Israel?” The newly formed Atlanta Jewish Academy, product of the merger of Greenfield Hebrew […]

Jews Making News: Joan Rivers Advocates for Israel

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Rivers Advocates for Israel  Joan Rivers is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. Rivers co-hosts the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police and stars in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers. In a recent interview with TMZ, Joan, a strong advocate for Israel, passionately defended […]

Hamas Threatens Journalists in Gaza

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JOURNALISTS IN GAZA ARE THREATENED AND BULLIED BY HAMAS, UNABLE TO REPORT HAMAS’ ACTIONS SPECIAL FOR THE AJT Several Western journalists currently working in Gaza have been harassed and threatened by Hamas for documenting cases of the terrorist group’s involvement of civilians in warfare against Israel, Israeli officials said, expressing outrage that some in the […]

Misinformed Opinions about the War in Gaza

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THE BAFFLING CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL BY RABBI MARK HILLEL KUNIS AJT CONTRIBUTOR I must admit that I’ve been walking around these past few weeks with a cloud over my head as the war in Gaza rages. Unlike the Gaza war in 2009, Israel is reluctant to stop until the terrorist threats are neutralized to the […]

Two Atlanta Nonprofits Receive Grants

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RECOGNIZING THEIR DEDICATION TO TIKKUN OLAM SPECIAL FOR THE AJT Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA) and Creating Connected Communities (CCC), the host organization for Amy’s Holiday Party, are both the recent recipients of opening grants of nearly $10,000 from The Good People Fund (GPF). Their efforts focus on the power and teaching of social responsibility, teen […]

Israel Solidarity Rally Sunday, August 10th

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Israel’s Dude Sela Runner Up at Atlanta Open

| July 31, 2014 | Reply

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT Israeli Dudi Sela was in the finals last week at the Emeirates Airline U.S. Open Series, Atlanta Open. Unfortunately he lost in the finals to John Isner. In his acceptance speech, Dudi mentioned the soldiers at home. Even winner John Isner said something to the effect of that we know things […]

Stop Thinking In Terms of Numbers

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THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF “DISPROPORTIONATE” CASUALTIES  BY RACHEL LAVICTOIRE AJT CONTRIBUTOR I support Israel. I am a 19-year-old female, a Davis Academy Alum, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, an Atlantan, a Georgian, an American; and I am in full support of Israel and Operation Protective Edge. Now, a lot of people are talking […]

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