• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Cotton Cravings for Atlanta Jewish Times

    Cotton Candy Goes Kosher, Gourmet

    | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By David Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com The demand for organic and health-conscious products has steadily risen in the United States the past 15 years. One man has answered this demand for more responsible products with a classic treat: cotton candy. David Karsh, the CEO of Cotton Cravings, is the creator of the first kosher, organic, gluten-free and […]

  • A Medical Mensch at the AJFF   

    A Medical Mensch at the AJFF  

    | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

    Jaffe’s Jewish Jive By Marcia Jaffe mjaffe@atljewishtimes.com We were fascinated when Dr. Rick Hodes introduced his movie “Zemene” on Monday, Feb. 16, at Lefont Sandy Springs for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Hodes is no stranger to many of us as I first read about him in Atlantan Melissa Fay Greene’s book “There’s No Me […]

  • A Match Made in Yiddish Heaven

    A Match Made in Yiddish Heaven

    | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

    Theodore Bikel and Sholom Aleichem share festival’s final spotlight By Suzi Brozman sbrozman@atljewishtimes.com If you love Yiddish, if you love Jewish culture, if you love Sholom Aleichem, if you love Theodore Bikel, you’ll have to find a way to see the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s closing film, “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.” […]

  • Michelle Krebs Levy for Atlanta Jewish Times

    BBG’s MVP: Michelle Krebs Levy

    | February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com When alumna Michelle Krebs Levy returned to B’nai B’rith Girls in 2012 as the adviser to Atlanta Council BBYO’s B’yachad chapter, she struggled with uncertainty. She knew she wanted to volunteer with BBG and give back to an organization through which she had learned leadership skills, developed relationships and gained confidence […]

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  

Read More

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

Read More

Community

The Sixth Point Hosts Hamatashen Party

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)
The Sixth Point Hosts Hamatashen Party

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 […]

Read More

Atlanta Sparkles in BBYO Spotlight

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)
Atlanta Sparkles in BBYO Spotlight

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 […]

Read More

Education

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 […]

Read More

Emory Law Students to Fight Anti-Semitism

| February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)
Kenneth Marcus for Atlanta Jewish Times

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law launched its 11th student chapter Feb. 23 at the Emory University School of Law. The student-run organization will support the Brandeis Center’s work against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activities on college campuses by investigating incidents, providing pro bono research and advocacy to […]

Read More

Arts & Life

340 From Atlanta Going to ‘Jewish Super Bowl’

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)
340 From Atlanta Going to ‘Jewish Super Bowl’

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 […]

Read More

Live Long and Prosper – Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)
Live Long and Prosper - Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

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 […]

Read More

Other Recent Articles

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

‘Giant Peach’ Rolls Into Town

‘Giant Peach’ Rolls Into Town

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Alliance Theatre’s family series will present “James and the Giant Peach,” a one-act musical based on the Roald Dahl novel, on Saturdays and Sundays from March 14 to 29. It’s the story of a young English orphan and his magical journey with friendly, human-size insects while being chased by his villainous aunts, Spiker and […]

Read More

Rabbi Michael Bernstein for the Atlanta Jewish Times

An Anti-Semitic Aberration in Alpharetta

| February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The initial concern caused by an anti-Semitic prank call to Congregation Gesher L’Torah has given way to appreciation for community support and for the quick, effective response by the Alpharetta police. “Rather than feel more threatened, this reinforces the feeling of being part of the neighborhood in a real way,” Gesher […]

Read More

Dance as if Your Heart Were Breaking

Dance as if Your Heart Were Breaking

| February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman sbrozman@atljewishtimes.com The current show on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre is Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert’s “The C.A. Lyons Project,” the 2015 winner of the prestigious Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. As devotees of the Hertz know, this series highlights up-and-coming talents you are likely to see again and again in the […]

Read More

AJT Movie Briefs - Feb 27

AJT Movie Briefs – Feb 27

| February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

Movie Briefs No Oscar for Atlanta’s ‘Dragon’ Lady The Oscar did not go to Jewish filmmaker Bonnie Arnold, an Atlanta native and University of Georgia graduate who got her start in the movie business here. Arnold, who has been a movie producer since “Dances With Wolves” in 1990 and has worked almost exclusively on animated […]

Read More

1 Day, $33K for Ariel Youth

1 Day, $33K for Ariel Youth

| February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The youth program at Congregation Ariel has an extra $33,635 to spend after a 24-hour online fundraiser. Congregation Ariel Youth was one of 19 organizations participating in the Association for Jewish Outreach Professionals’ #MillionforOutreach campaign from noon Feb. 17 to noon Feb. 18. Each organization had to line up three matching […]

Read More

Atlanta Jewish Times, Ruth Messinger

Jewish Pursuit of Justice for Non-Jews

| February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Dave Schechter “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” the biblical injunction found in Deuteronomy, is one tenet by which the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) operates. Another is an interpretation of “Shema,” the first word of Judaism’s central prayer, that emphasizes listening to people in need rather than offering preconceived solutions to their problems. “Our […]

Read More

Camp Gan Israel, IJP Split to Expand Intown Options

Camp Gan Israel, IJP Split to Expand Intown Options

| February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Logan C. Ritchie / lritchie@atljewishtimes.com Leah Sollish knows how to run a summer camp. After all, she is a mother of five boys ranging from 8 months to 10 years old. Lovingly referred to as “Gan Izzy” by intown residents, Sollish is the director of Camp Gan Israel in Midtown Atlanta. In her third year […]

Read More

Op-Ed: Why I oppose Georgia’s religious liberty legislation

Op-Ed: Why I oppose Georgia’s religious liberty legislation

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

In Good Faith – Guest Column By Rabbi Michael Bernstein On Jan. 28 I visited the Georgia Capitol to talk with my state representative about the House bill commonly referred to as RFRA, Georgia’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In that same week, the Capitol saw many public demonstrations and private conversations in support […]

Read More

Religious Aggression: The case of Islam

Religious Aggression: The case of Islam

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Eugen Schoenfeld Listening to the news about terrorism in Paris, I became outraged. I asked myself: How can people who claim to follow Abraham’s moral dicta and who believe in peace and justice commit such atrocities? Aren’t they aware how Abraham confronted G-d to save human lives even of the supposedly evil and unjust? […]

Read More

Simcha Announcements - Week of Feb. 23

Simcha Announcements – Week of Feb. 23

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

This week’s Simcha Announcements – February 23, 2015 Engagement – Silverman-Suway Barbara and Wayne Suway of Marietta announce the engagement of their son, Jason Phillip Suway, to Jennifer Lee Silverman, daughter of Robin and Bruce Silverman of Louisville, Ky. Jason graduated cum laude from Bucknell University and received his M.B.A. from Yale University. He is working as a health care […]

Read More

Our View - Being Jewish   

Our View – Being Jewish  

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

An AJT Opinion Piece  We were little more than a month past the horrible, anything-but-random killings in Paris, spread across about 50 hours, when we saw a repeat in miniature in the space of 10 hours in Copenhagen: first, the murderous attack targeting a cartoonist who has made fun of Mohammed, then the inevitable targeting […]

Read More

NFTYIC15: Working for Israeli Equality

NFTYIC15: Working for Israeli Equality

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Teens at the NFTY convention Feb. 15 saw examples of how Israel falls short of Western ideals and how young members of the Reform movement are working to improve society. The workshop with Jerusalem residents Alona Nir, Anna Posner and Damian Kelman, all of whom work with the Reform movement, looked […]

Read More

Toward a More Perfect Israel

Toward a More Perfect Israel

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The Reform movement is perfectly positioned to fill the gap between organizations that think support of Israel means never criticizing anything the government does and those that think Israel can never do anything right, according to three Reform rabbis who led the NFTY convention’s Youth Summit of teens and adults through […]

Read More

NFTYIC15: Knowledge Key to Fighting Anti-Semitism

NFTYIC15: Knowledge Key to Fighting Anti-Semitism

| February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Jon Gargis While Jewish teens were taking part in the NFTY Conference in downtown Atlanta, a pair of shootings thousands of miles away in Copenhagen on Saturday evening and early Sunday killed a member of Denmark’s Jewish community and another man and wounded five police officers. The incident, little more than a month after […]

Read More