• Denis Barbet for Atlanta Jewish Times

    ‘Their Place Is in France’

    | March 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The rise in anti-Semitism, radicalization among some Muslims and surge in anti-Muslim violence since January’s terror spree challenge a two-century effort to make French society secular. France’s longtime commitment to secularism also complicates the nation’s response to the terrorist killings of 17 people, including four Jewish men at a kosher supermarket […]

  • Yael Deckelbaum for Atlanta Jewish Times

    AJMF: Yael Deckelbaum Brings Israeli Folk to Atlanta

    | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By Kevin Madigan / kmadigan@atljewishtimes.com  The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival’s Main Event on March 21 will see Israeli vocalist and songwriter Yael Deckelbaum making her local debut at the Variety Playhouse. The concert is part of a short U.S. tour that will include dates in New York, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts and Connecticut. She will play tracks […]

  • Jump Babylon for Atlanta Jewish Times

    AJMF: Leap Into Original Jewish Rock

    | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By David R. Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com Combining klezmer, ska and roots rock, Montreal-based Jump Babylon is leading the charge for the next generation of original Jewish rock music. The group will kick off the 2015 Atlanta Jewish Music Festival on March 12 at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs. The festival will bring 10 Jewish music […]

  • AJMF Spotlights Local Rising Star

    AJMF Spotlights Local Rising Star

    | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

    Zale performs at record release event March 14 By David R. Cohen |david@atljewishtimes.com If you haven’t heard of Hannah Zale, you will soon. The young, driven and talented singer-songwriter will perform at Steve’s Live Music on March 14 for the third official event of the 2015 Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Zale will premiere her first […]

  • Laurence Sherr for Atlanta Jewish Times

    AJMF: Holocaust Message in the Music

    | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By David R. Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com Music has the power to make us see and feel the world differently. For the Jews of Europe in World War II, music was greater than notes and measures. It served as a means for survival, a theme for resistance and medicine for the sick. In 2015, the music from […]

  • AJMF: OTP Music Scene Strong at Steve’s

    AJMF: OTP Music Scene Strong at Steve’s

    | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By David R. Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs is one of the most diverse venues in metro Atlanta. From blues and bluegrass to jazz and international folk, owner Steve Grossman brings in local and national touring acts to his intimate, 95-seat space each week. This month Steve’s will host two events at […]

  • Colorful Celebration on a Gray Day

    Colorful Celebration on a Gray Day

    | March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

    A cold, wet morning couldn’t dampen the spirit of fun at Congregation Beth Jacob’s annual Purim parade down LaVista Road in Toco Hills. Leading the parade were Persian-clad Beth Jacob Rabbis Ilan Feldman and Yechezkel Freundlich. The parade was followed by one of the many carnivals throughout Jewish Atlanta that helped kick off celebrations of […]

  • Meredith Galanti for Atlanta Jewish Times

    Galanti Extends BBYO Winning Streak

    | March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

    By April Basler / abasler@atljewishtimes.com Atlanta’s streak of representation on BBYO’s international board was in jeopardy at the International Convention over Presidents’ Day weekend because no local teen was even running. Then the Atlanta Council B’nai B’rith Girls president, Amanda Abes, nominated 17-year-old Meredith Galanti of Sandy Springs for BBG international mazkirah (secretary) from the […]

Digital Issue

Read the Digital Edition March 6, 2015

| March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)
Read the Digital Edition March 6, 2015

12 Days of Jewish James (Atlanta Jewish Music Festival), Atlanta Film Festival, BBYO, Benjamin Nentayahu, Israel.

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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  

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Community

Remembering Rashi at Chabad Groundbreaking

| March 6, 2015 | Comments (0)
Remembering Rashi at Chabad Groundbreaking

By Mindy Rubenstein / mrubenstein@atljewishtimes.com Family and friends of Rashi Minkowicz spearheaded a project to write and complete a new Torah scroll in her memory. The beloved Chabad emissary, wife and mother of eight died suddenly last March at age 37. The first letters were written at the memorial and tribute event held for her April […]

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SOJOURN Journeys to Birmingham

| March 6, 2015 | Comments (0)
Robbie Medwed for Atlanta Jewish Times

By David R Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com After 14 years in Atlanta, the leading Southern organization providing education and support for sexual diversity is expanding into Birmingham. SOJOURN is launching a citywide Welcoming Communities Project in Alabama’s largest city. While it is not the first time SOJOURN has done work outside Atlanta, it’s the first time the […]

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Education

NFTY Praises Atlanta

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)
NFTY Praises Atlanta

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Atlanta made a lasting impression on the Reform movement’s youth organization during the biennial North American Federation of Temple Youth Convention over Presidents’ Day weekend. “It’s already been a couple of weeks, and it’s amazing to think how these immersive experiences allow us to imprint on the participants and others the […]

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Kindergarten Cutoff Angers Parents

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)
Mindy Binderman for Atlanta Jewish Times

By Logan C. Ritchie / lritchie@atljewishtimes.com While Georgia legislators push an early cutoff for kindergarten eligibility, local education groups and parents remain skeptical. House Bill 100, passed by the House and under review in the state Senate, proposes to move the birthday cutoff for students entering kindergarten from Sept. 1 to June 30. In Georgia, many […]

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Arts & Life

AJMF: Yael Deckelbaum Brings Israeli Folk to Atlanta

| March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)
Yael Deckelbaum for Atlanta Jewish Times

By Kevin Madigan / kmadigan@atljewishtimes.com  The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival’s Main Event on March 21 will see Israeli vocalist and songwriter Yael Deckelbaum making her local debut at the Variety Playhouse. The concert is part of a short U.S. tour that will include dates in New York, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts and Connecticut. She will play tracks […]

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AJMF: Leap Into Original Jewish Rock

| March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)
Jump Babylon for Atlanta Jewish Times

By David R. Cohen / david@atljewishtimes.com Combining klezmer, ska and roots rock, Montreal-based Jump Babylon is leading the charge for the next generation of original Jewish rock music. The group will kick off the 2015 Atlanta Jewish Music Festival on March 12 at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs. The festival will bring 10 Jewish music […]

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Other Recent Articles

Put Your Cards  On the Table   

Put Your Cards On the Table  

| March 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Chana Shapiro cshapiro@atljewishtimes.com My friend Susan called off her engagement because her fiancé, Eric, lost his shoes playing poker. Long before everyone had personal technology devices, we university students avoided writing papers by playing games. We got together in the quad for five-square (words) and bridge or poker (cards) during long breaks between classes. […]

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Act of Discovery in the Piano Keys

Act of Discovery in the Piano Keys

| March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman / sbrozman@atljewishtimes.com I love a piano, and so will you if you’re lucky enough to attend the March 8 concert by Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner at Spivey Hall. The venue is one of America’s treasure-box miracles — just the right size with superb acoustics and management with the sense to book only the […]

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The 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra for Atlanta Jewish Times

AJMF: Feeding a Need for Music

| March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Kevin Madigan / kmadigan@atljewishtimes.com The Atlanta Community Food Bank is serious about raising money for the hungry, and lots of it. The organization is pulling out all the stops with its annual Hunger Walk/Run on March 15, and the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is joining the action. The Hunger Walk/Run will extend from Turner Field […]

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The Rise of Universal Hope

The Rise of Universal Hope

| March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Eugen Schoenfeld The first part of this essay on hope can be found here. There isn’t a more poignant expression of the loss and the hope of regaining of freedom than one written by Jeremiah. Imagine the prophet standing on a high cliff and watching the first Jewish tragedy unfold. On the road below our […]

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BBYO Runs in the Abes Family

BBYO Runs in the Abes Family

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Sandy Springs resident Julie Abes knows all about what her daughter, Amanda, is experiencing as the president of Atlanta Council BBYO, even beyond the joys of International Convention, summer programs and local activities. After all, Amanda is just following in her footsteps. The same jacket that is now Amanda’s as president […]

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Erin Boxt for Atlanta Jewish Times

100 Jewish Teens Walk Into a Mosque …

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Rabbi Erin Boxt / rabbiboxt@kolemeth.net On Sunday, Feb. 14, more than 100 Jewish teens representing different regions of the North American Federation of Temple Youth were invited to the 14th Street Mosque — Al-Farooq Mosque — to learn about Islam and Kids4Peace. For the majority of these teens, who were in town for the NFTY […]

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Transcript: Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

Transcript: Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

The following is the full text of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 3. Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. I also want to acknowledge […]

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Sarah Bunin Benor for Atlanta Jewish Times

From BTs to FFBs

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com Emory’s annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture took Jewish Atlantans inside the world of BTs and FFBs. As explained by lecturer Sarah Bunin Benor, an associate professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Los Angeles campus, BTs are ba’alei teshuva, or Jews who moved to Orthodoxy from little […]

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Danes of All Faiths Rally Together After Killing

Danes of All Faiths Rally Together After Killing

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Suzi Brozman / sbrozman@atljewishtimes.com Last month I interviewed Johanna Bach-Frommer, a half-American, half-Danish woman who was a close friend of slain synagogue guard Dan Uzan. My article focused on the immediacy of his death, the pain and the details Bach-Frommer could add to the sparse information available through international media. But we also talked at length […]

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Business Briefs - Week of 3/6

Business Briefs – Week of 3/6

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

Trillist Starts YOO on the Park Real estate developer the Trillist Cos. broke ground on luxury Midtown apartment complex YOO on the Park on Feb. 23. “The commencement of YOO on the Park represents the addition of a Midtown development that will elevate residential living and launch an exciting partnership with YOO Studio that was […]

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Letter: Iran Should Be Focus

Letter: Iran Should Be Focus

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recently I was sitting at my desk and going through my email when I saw on the TV news that Bin Laden-recovered documents, released during a terrorist trial in Brooklyn, showed that Iran had cooperated with Al-Qaida and that Bin Laden himself was still directing Al-Qaida operations until his death. Al-Qaida was not decimated, as […]

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Giving Time for Planned Giving

Giving Time for Planned Giving

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

More than 200 financial professionals attended the ninth annual Balser Symposium on planned giving Feb. 13 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Federation hosted the event with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Rabbi Steven Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and Georgia State law […]

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AJMF: Multicultural Diwan Saz Breaks Down Barriers

AJMF: Multicultural Diwan Saz Breaks Down Barriers

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Kevin Madigan kmadigan@atljewishtimes.com A band whose musicians come from three countries and religions will take the stage at the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival’s Main Event on March 21. Based in Israel, Diwan Saz has Jews, Muslims and Christians among its rotating members. Yochai Barak, the band’s musical director, said the creation of this unusual […]

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Sorry, Frisco: Atlanta Film Festival No. 1

Sorry, Frisco: Atlanta Film Festival No. 1

| March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

Updated 5:50 p.m. with festival comments By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival no longer can claim it’s the second-largest Jewish film festival in the world. Now it’s No. 1. The 15th Atlanta festival, which closed Feb. 19, had total attendance of 38,631 for its 177 screenings of 65 films over 23 days, topping last fall’s […]

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Berg Urges Temple, Ebenezer to Embrace Divine Mission

Berg Urges Temple, Ebenezer to Embrace Divine Mission

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

By Michael Jacobs / mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com A combined congregation of Jews and Baptists heard Rabbi Peter Berg’s call Feb. 15 to take responsibility for the work of perfecting G-d’s creation. “G-d needs every single person here to complete the work of the universe because G-d purposely left the work undone,” The Temple’s senior rabbi said, explaining that […]

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NCAA Honors Emory, North Springs Grad Light

NCAA Honors Emory, North Springs Grad Light

| March 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

By David R. Cohen david@atljewishtimes.com Emory grad student Megan Light has been awarded the NCAA’s Today’s Top 10 award. Light, a two-year captain of the Emory softball team, was one of 10 student athletes honored for her work on the field and in the classroom and for her contributions to society. The selection was based […]

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