• Blueprint Negev Not Yet in Full Bloom

    Blueprint Negev Not Yet in Full Bloom

    | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Dave Schechter If David Ben-Gurion were to hike through the Negev Desert today, he would be disappointed but also find reason to be encouraged. It was the dream of Israel’s first prime minister, himself a Polish emigre, that Jews settle in the Negev. “By the Negev, the Jewish people will be tested,” said Ben-Gurion, […]

  • Kehilla, Rabbi Ingber Mark 5 Years

    Kehilla, Rabbi Ingber Mark 5 Years

    | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Logan C. Ritchie In mid-December, a young couple from Russia walked into a synagogue and asked the rabbi to marry them. With no family in Atlanta, the bride and groom expected a small, simple ceremony. Six days later, the couple stood under a chuppah in a backyard garden. Seventy guests, all strangers to the […]

  • A Less Orthodox Toco Hills Shul

    A Less Orthodox Toco Hills Shul

    | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Fran Memberg There’s a new kid on the block of synagogues and Jewish day schools stretching along LaVista Road from Clairmont Road to Briarcliff Road in northeastern DeKalb County. Congregation Bet Haverim purchased the building formerly owned by Young Israel of Toco Hills, which in September moved down LaVista to a new congregational home. […]

  • ‘Disgusting’ Atmosphere Drove Rabbis From Argentina

    ‘Disgusting’ Atmosphere Drove Rabbis From Argentina

    | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Suzi Brozman When the news broke that the bombing of the Jewish center in Buenos Aires had been solved but that the special prosecutor ready to present the evidence had been found dead, I turned to Congregation Or Hadash Rabbis Mario Karpuj and Analia Bortz, for whom the 1994 AMIA bombing was an important […]

  • Nuremberg Prosecutor: 'Law Is Better Than War'

    Nuremberg Prosecutor: ‘Law Is Better Than War’

    | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

    Am Yisrael Chai event marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day By David Cohen | david@atljewishtimes.com It has been nearly 70 years since Benjamin Ferencz prosecuted a portion of the 185 defendants in the Nuremberg trials. On Sunday, Jan. 25, he spoke at the Atlanta Jewish Academy about the event as if it happened yesterday. Speaking on the […]

  • Win Tickets to See 'The Physician'

    Win Tickets to See ‘The Physician’

    | January 26, 2015 | Comments (2)

    The Atlanta Jewish Times is giving away two tickets to see “The Physician” at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival! Details: Friday, January 30 – 1:50 p.m. – Regal Atlantic Station To enter for a chance to win, simply comment below this story and tell us what you would like to see in the new Atlanta Jewish […]

  • Tough to Fly Higher  Than ‘Above and Beyond’

    Tough to Fly Higher Than ‘Above and Beyond’

    | January 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival opens Jan. 28. Here we offer brief reviews of the first films on the schedule. Visit ajff.org for tickets. Down-to-Earth Heroes “Above and Beyond” deserves its spot as the opening film of the festival; it’s hard to imagine a more uplifting or higher-quality documentary (you’ll notice a […]

  • Bill Treats Modern Sex Slaves as Victims

    Bill Treats Modern Sex Slaves as Victims

    | January 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs |mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Four years after Georgia greatly increased the penalties for adults who traffic in children for sex, Sen. Renee Unterman is leading a drive with Jewish support to protect the children forced into the sex trade. “No child wakes up at 6 or 7 years old and says, ‘I want to be […]

Digital Issue

Read the Digital Edition of January 30, 2015

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Read the Digital Edition of January 30, 2015

Negev, Ben-Gurion, Argentina’s Jewish community, Kehilla Fest, Modern Tribe

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Read the Digital Issue of January 23, 2015

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Read the Digital Issue of January 23, 2015

Shabbat Wonder, AJFF reviews, Israel, news, schools, music, sports and education

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Community

Entebbe’s 1st Boots on Ground

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)
Entebbe's 1st Boots on Ground

By Michael A. Morris / michael@atljewishtimes.com In just 25 minutes nearly 40 years ago, Sassy Reuven secured his place in history. About 70 people joined Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz at Chabad of North Fulton on Jan. 20 to listen to Reuven recount his part in the Raid at Entebbe on July 4, 1976, while America was celebrating […]

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Time for New Generation of Interfaith Talk

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)
Time for New Generation of Interfaith Talk

By David Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com Five years ago four longtime Atlanta religious leaders embarked together on an interfaith journey to lead positive change. Now that journey is coming to an end. The Higher Ground Group, composed of the Rev. Joanna Adams of First Presbyterian Church, Imam Plemon El-Amin of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, the Rev. […]

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Education

In the City Camp Reaches Out in Year 4

| January 29, 2015 | Comments (0)
In the City Camp Reaches Out in Year 4

By Logan C. Ritchie As summer camps in Atlanta open for registration, bombarding parents with new and dazzling programming, Lauren Chekanow is confident in her choice of camp for her kindergarten-age daughter. “I like an all-around camp experience,” she said. “Kids can go to art camp or sports camp, but In the City Camp has […]

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Emory Shoots for National Hillel Title

| January 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
Emory Shoots for National Hillel Title

By David Cohen | david@atljewishtimes.com Emory University Hillel is taking another shot at the National Hillel Basketball Tournament this spring. Billed as “March Madness Meets the Maccabi Games,” the fifth annual tournament is the largest intercollegiate basketball tournament for Jewish students. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 1,200 people and 300 athletes from […]

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Arts & Life

‘Chagall-Malevich': Beauty Is Truth

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)
'Chagall-Malevich': Beauty Is Truth

The sold-out “Chagall-Malevich” probably isn’t the best narrative movie in this year’s film festival, but it’s hard to imagine a more delightfully surprising entry. Russian movies, especially those set in the early days of the revolution, are supposed to be dark, dreary and depressing. But Alexander Mitta’s creation is colorful, creative and uplifting. If you […]

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‘Go-Go Boys': Chuck Norris Says Go

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)
'Go-Go Boys': Chuck Norris Says Go

If you, like me, are part of Generation X, you likely can thank Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus for some of the fun memories of your youth. Golan and Globus, the Israeli filmmakers behind Cannon Films and the title of “The Go-Go Boys,” gave Chuck Norris (“Invasion USA,” “Delta Force,” “MIA”), Jean-Claude Van Damme (“Bloodsport”) […]

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Other Recent Articles

'Touchdown Israel': Football After Super Sunday

‘Touchdown Israel': Football After Super Sunday

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

The National Football League season is ending Feb. 1 with Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, but you can keep getting a fix of American football through “Touchdown Israel.” Yes, there is an American football league in Israel, the Kraft Family Israel Football League, sponsored by Patriots owner Bob Kraft (no word on […]

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'Comedy Warriors': Laughing Through the Pain

‘Comedy Warriors': Laughing Through the Pain

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

You want real humor sharpened by the poignancy and pain of war? Go see “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor,” which occasionally pops up on Showtime. This documentary features five veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who take up standup comedy as part of their therapy. They get mentoring from such Jewish comedy circuit veterans as Bob […]

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'Zero Motivation': Almost 'M*A*S*H'

‘Zero Motivation': Almost ‘M*A*S*H’

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

“Zero Motivation” is a military satire. As such, it’s easy to explain through comparisons to familiar American military satires, such as the great “M*A*S*H” and the less great if more Jewish “Catch-22.” But despite some funny moments, this Israeli film is as close to the flop sitcom sequel “After M*A*S*H” as to Robert Altman’s movie […]

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'Closer to the Moon': Out With a Communist Bang

‘Closer to the Moon': Out With a Communist Bang

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

I can count on one finger the number of stories I’ve seen on film about Jewish life in Communist Romania, and that’s appropriate: The Jewish characters in “Closer to the Moon” are figuratively flipping one big finger at the Communist authorities throughout this comedic drama (or dark comedy) based on a true story. Five Jewish […]

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'Night Will Fall': Hearts of Darkness

‘Night Will Fall': Hearts of Darkness

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

“Night Will Fall” is almost the ultimate Holocaust documentary without actually being about the Holocaust. Instead, this devastating film is the story of the ultimate Holocaust documentary and how it took almost 70 years to complete despite the involvement of such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock. That documentary, with the blandly British title “German Concentration Camps […]

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'Mr. Kaplan': Life Is Its Own Reward

‘Mr. Kaplan': Life Is Its Own Reward

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Holocaust inevitably hangs over any Jewish film festival, and “Mr. Kaplan” has the honor of being the first movie with a Holocaust connection at the 2015 festival. “Mr. Kaplan” is not a documentary, and it’s not set in the Holocaust. Instead, it mixes gentle humor and a sweet, unlikely friendship to tell a story […]

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'24 Days': Timing Is Everything

’24 Days': Timing Is Everything

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

Thanks to the demented actions of a few French terrorists, “24 Days” takes the Timing Award for the film you truly can’t miss if you want to be discuss the hot topic of the day, French anti-Semitism. This is a movie you should see if you can, and it will give you a lot to […]

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'Self Made': Israeli Princess, Palestinian Pauper

‘Self Made': Israeli Princess, Palestinian Pauper

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

The original title of “Self Made” was “Boreg,” which means screw. While the obvious meaning relates to the Ikea-like furniture company that links an Israeli conceptual artist with a Palestinian woman who worked at the factory, it could also relate to how they feel about their respective lives. Sarah Adler portrays Michal, a conceptual artist […]

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'Dough': 2 Men Who Knead Each Other

‘Dough': 2 Men Who Knead Each Other

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

How can a Muslim youth save an old Jewish bakery? More important, how can he save an old Jewish baker? John Goldschmidt’s direction of “Dough” brings us into the lives of Shaun and his mother, who are struggling to start their lives in England after fleeing Darfur. His life seems to be going nowhere fast […]

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Role Fits Roswell Cantor’s Son

Role Fits Roswell Cantor’s Son

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman He grew up Jewish, the son of a cantor (Barbara Margulis of Temple Kehillat Chaim), so when Louis Gregory says he knows about his religion, he’s not kidding. “It helped me relate to the character and the situation,” Gregory said. “All of Dad’s family were killed in Europe, except those already in […]

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'Bad Jews,' Good Theater

‘Bad Jews,’ Good Theater

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman When I heard that Actor’s Express was presenting a play titled “Bad Jews,” dozens of thoughts flashed through my mind, including a list of people I know who could fall into that category. When I was told it was a comedy, all I could think of was Groucho Marx’s joke that he’d […]

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Performing JF&CS Community Service

Performing JF&CS Community Service

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Ariel Rothenberg When I was 10 years old, Dr. Lori Wilson at Jewish Family & Career Services gave me a full psychoeducational assessment. Dr. Wilson turned what could have been a cold, clinical experience into a warm and rewarding one by taking the time during my evaluation to get to know me as a […]

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When ‘Religious Freedom’ Would Bury Human Rights

When ‘Religious Freedom’ Would Bury Human Rights

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Robbie Medwed / robbie@sojourngsd.org It’s not very often that matters of halacha (Jewish law) become the subject of daily proceedings under the Gold Dome. In fact, aside from the kashrut certification battle a few years ago, I can’t remember any other instances. That is, until now. The Jewish laws surrounding autopsies have become a central […]

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Nisman's Death Won't Change Evidence

Nisman’s Death Won’t Change Evidence

| January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman Twenty years ago a car bomb killed 85 people and injured over 200 at AMIA, Argentina’s largest Jewish center. Rumors of government involvement and of Iranian responsibility have since swirled through South America’s largest Jewish community. Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman implicated current President Cristina Fernandez in a cover-up of the Iranian role, […]

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Polls Are Open for Your Voice in Israel

Polls Are Open for Your Voice in Israel

| January 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs | mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Voting has been open for more than a week in the most important election few people are talking about. Through April 30, anyone who lives in the United States, will be at least 18 years old by June 30, identifies as Jewish and accepts Zionism’s six-point Jerusalem Program may vote in […]

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Camp Jenny a Sure Bet

Camp Jenny a Sure Bet

| January 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs | mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com More than 150 teenagers are expected to travel back to the Roaring Twenties for one night to help poor elementary school children travel out of Atlanta for a great camp weekend in the near future. KEFTY, Temple Kol Emeth’s youth group for eighth- to 12th-graders, is holding its 11th annual KEFTY […]

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