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 Atlanta Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) held its Annual Gala on May 7 at the Georgia Aquarium. More than 450 guests attended and showed their support for Israel’s soldiers, raising more than a quarter-million dollars that will go toward FIDF well-being and educational programs for [...]
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 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 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 [...]
BY LITAL SHEMESH / israpundit.com // I participated in the Dialogue for Peace, a project for young Israelis and Palestinians who are politically involved in various frameworks. The project’s objective was to identify tomorrow’s leaders and bring them closer together with the aim of bringing peace at some future time.
BY RABBI MARK ZIMMERMAN / AJT // This week, we celebrated the holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Our tradition teaches us that every Jew was in attendance for this magnificent, historic event, including all who ever lived in the past and all those yet to be born.
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.
BY RABBI HERBERT COHEN / AJT // Both of my parents died suddenly while they were still leading active lives. I never had to think about elder care or nursing homes, so it was not until a friend of mine asked me to accompany him on a visit to some assisted-living and nursing home facilities [...]
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 AL SHAMS / AJT // Among this year’s honorees for the “Bulldog 100” – 100 companies recognized by the Alumni Association of the University of Georgia – was Josh Needle, owner and operator of Norcross-based Needle Solutions. More than 700 nominees submitted applications for this year’s program. Each nominee was ranked in a number [...]
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 [...]
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // To celebrate Yeshiva Atlanta’s Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative and the Legacy Foundation’s Science Upgrade Challenge Grant backing it, event co-chairs Robyn Regenbaum and Dr. David Jeffrey – along with the brothers of Hebrew Order of David Lodge Carmel and Lodge Magen David – created and produced “Chai [...]
BY ARLENE APPELROUTH / AJT // After the transatlantic cruise my husband Dan and I took for our recent anniversary trip, the time we spent in Europe ended up stimulating more introspection about my Jewish identity than I had anticipated.
BY HAROLD KIRTZ / AJT // Intelligence reports indicate that Iran is reviving its efforts to ship weapons to Hamas. As best we know, the route for such weapons is by cargo plane from Iran to Syria, then from Syria to the Sudan, then by road from the Sudan through Egypt and the Sinai Desert [...]
BY EDEN FARBER / AJT // Last week, a favorite teacher of mine sent me an article from The New York Times, “Whither Moral Courage?” by novelist Salman Rushdie. The author wrote of activism nowadays and how we as a society ignore most of it. “We find it easier, in these confused times, to admire [...]
BY EUGEN SCHOENFELD / AJT // “Where is Alex?” I asked my daughter. “He is in bed, reading,” she replied. At the time of this discourse, my grandson Alex was just 12 years old and a voracious reader. The night before my visit, he had stood in line with many others to make an early [...]
Sat., May 18 Art in the Park for Adults, ages 55+ canvas painting class, no experience necessary. Sat., May 18, 9:30 a.m. $25/person; advance registration necessary. Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. (404) 389-9023 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Accordion Invasion, presented by Next@19th, a collection of eclectic accordionists marching and performing to the concert destination. Sat., May [...]
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // Just three years after its inception, the Epstein School Lady Eagles tennis team has achieved an extraordinary level of performance. Led by first-year head coach Jason Smith, they took first place and brought home the 2013 Metro Atlanta Athletic Conference Girls Tennis Team Championship title.
SPECIAL FOR THE AJT // “A Tony Evening,” an event benefitting the Alliance Theatre’s educational programs for youth and families, will celebrate its five-year anniversary on May 18. This year, the Theatre is pleased to honor Paul Bowers, CEO and President of Georgia Power, for his commitment to early childhood education and Sesame Workshop for [...]