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January 2015 • Volume 29 • Issue 1
A Reform Congregation Embracing Our Jewish Tradition
Sounds of Shabbat
Celebrate the
Life & Legacy of
Martin Luther King, Jr.
with a special
Musical Shabbat
January 16th at
8:00 PM
Shabbat Shirah
Jan. 30th
7:30 PM
Add your voice to
those of our choirs,
instrumentalists and
“Happy Purim” was so
successful we are
doing it again!
Watch for more information
coming soon!
News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
See page 11 for more info
Friends, there is a lot going on in our community. For
some, there are mixed feelings about the changes that
are about to take place. I would like to encourage you
to jump! Take a leap of faith. Help this sacred
community come together and build its future with a
wonderful, strong foundation of prayer, learning,
community and healing.
I would like to share a teaching with you
that I learned from Dr. Vanessa Ochs years
At the Red Sea, the children of Israel stood
paralyzed, a great sea before them and the mighty
Egyptian army at their backs. It took a brave volunteer,
Nachshon the chief of the tribe of Judah, to wade into the
water and show them that the sea would split, just as
God and Moses promised. “For that reason Judah was
worthy to be made the ruling power in Israel.”
(Babylonian Talmud, Sotah 37a) Indeed, we are
descendants from that tribe of Judah; in Hebrew, that is
Yehudah. Jews are Yehudim!
Volunteering often feels like that: caught between family
and work responsibilities on the one side, and the
seemingly endless needs of the synagogue, agency, or
the less fortunate on the other side. It isn’t easy to take
the plunge.
Temple Beth Tikvah needs you now more than ever…
to share your gifts so that this community continues to
thrive. My teacher taught that “volunteering is its own
ritual…every volunteer act announces to friends,
family, and colleagues that you are committed to a
better world, as daunting a proposition as that may be.
Be a Nachshon – a role model – for others standing on
the seashore who, with the slightest nudge, might join
As the secular year moves into 2015, I hope it is a year
of renewal, hope, strength and good health for you,
those you love and for this sacred community.
If we do jump into the sea – sometimes uncertain of
what lies before us – then we join a long line of Jewish
leaders who are willing to be generous with their time,
energy and yes, financial resources so that they can make
a difference in our community and in our world.
Rabbi Fred Greene
Thank You!
One of my favorite readings is the following:
A woman walked along a beach filled with starfish,
stranded by the low tide. As she walked, she would
stoop down, pick up one at random, and throw it
back into the ocean. A man came upon her and
asked, “Why do you bother to throw some back
when there were so many more? What difference
does it make?” She picked up another starfish,
threw it back into the ocean, and said, “It makes a
difference to that one.”
Thank you to all of you who chose to make
difference in someone’s life by donating to the
Annual Turkey Drive. It may be $10 to you but it
means being able to put food on the table to the
people you helped through your generosity!
Approximately 25% of the congregation made it
possible to donate more than $2,300 to those in
need this holiday season.
The Introduction to the Talmud that You’ve Been Waiting For!
Bring a dairy lunch and join Rabbi Greene for a lively monthly class and discussion which will consist of an introduction to the
Talmud - its stories, its themes, the sages, and see how its teachings build upon the foundation of the Torah.
The class will meet from 11:45 am to 1 pm on Fridays, January 23, February 20, March 13 and April 17
All are welcome. Dates are subject to change. Please check the TBT calendar to confirm.
RSVPs are appreciated for each session.
RSVP to [email protected]
News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
BOOK DISCUSSION – led by Cantor Kassel
“Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots .”
Sunday, January 11th, 10:45 – 11:55 AM
This book, by Deborah Feldman, was a New York Times Bestseller published in 2012. It is
the author’s account of her years as a member of Brooklyn’s insular Satmar Hasidic community and the
events that ultimately led to her leaving this life without any regrets.
Deborah Feldman was raised by her grandparents as her mother had abandoned the Satmar community
and her father was mentally unstable. She spoke Yiddish in her daily life and was forbidden to read
books or seek to obtain knowledge of the outside secular community. She was married off at the age of
seventeen to a man she had only met once. She proposes (as have many before her) that that the insularity of the Satmar Hasidic community covers up shameful and unlawful behavior.
While there have been thoughtful critiques of this book, its accounts certainly stir discussion!
in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday night, January 16th at 8:00 PM
Many musical forces at TBT will join together as we honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. The theme of freedom permeates our liturgy and this Erev Shabbat service will include special
readings attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King as well as Jewish scholars throughout the years.
I believe that the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality…. I have the audacity to believe that people can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their
spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up…. I still believe that we shall overcome.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964
in celebration of:
Friday, January 30th at 7:30 PM
Let’s nourish our extra Shabbat “soul” and celebrate Jewish Music and its power to elevate our prayer
experience. Many members of our congregation, from Adult & Jr. Choirs to members of our Religious
School and talented instrumentalists – will lead us in a joyous, uplifting Erev Shabbat service. Shabbat
Shirah derives it’s name from our Torah Portion which includes our escape from Egypt, the splitting of
the Sea of Reeds - after which our ancestors broke out into song and dance!
Cantor Kassel’s Upcoming
Adult Learning
Memorial Plaques
Memorial plaques are a beautiful way to honor the
memory of a loved one. Your loved one’s plaque will
be lit up on the anniversary of their passing and at
Yizkor services.
The Music and Religion of Leonard Cohen
Sunday, Feb. 8 from 10:45-11:55 am
The price of a plaque is $300. If you have any questions or would like to order a plaque, please contact
Lisa in the synagogue office at 770-642-0434 or send
an email to [email protected]
Tips for Leading an Engaging Seder
Sunday, Mar. 15 and Sunday, Mar. 22 from
11:00-11:55 am
News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Help Us Work WITH You! (For those of you who usually skip my articles)
As the President of Temple Beth Tikvah, I field many
complaints. Among them, “The doors were locked when I
arrived for my meeting.” “I wasn’t thanked for my donation in a
timely manner.” “My name was misspelled on a letter.” “I
don’t like having to arrive an hour early in order to sit in a pew
for the High Holy Days.” “I was in the hospital and no one
called or came to visit.”
The Board of Trustees and I want to increase
“Matterness” and we need your help. These are
a few initiatives we hope might increase
“Matterness” that you might recall. We made
personal calls at Rosh Hashanah in an attempt to
connect with each congregant. We had Focus Groups to discuss
what you wanted in your next Senior Rabbi and last month,
offered multiple opportunities to meet Rabbi Shuval-Weiner.
It was the last comment that bothered me the most – how could
Last year, we had an amazing Purim carnival, at a nominal cost,
this be? It happened because no one was aware that the
subsidized by Men’s Club, Sisterhood and TBT to offer a chance
congregant was hospitalized – no one communicated it to our
office. There are a number of complaints, many relatively minor, for families to celebrate Purim together. This year, we will have
a congregational second night Passover Seder. But, still I know
that are sent my way but they are all fundamentally the same, “I
that many of you feel we need to do more. Will you share with
want to believe that you care about me, but some of the things
me what we can do to make you feel that you matter and are a
you are doing make me feel like I don’t matter.
part of our community? I truly want to hear from you.
“Matterness” is what we’ll call the intersection of people and our
Maya Angelou wrote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what
synagogue when they come together in a positive and mutually
you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never
beneficial way. “Matterness” is:
forget the way you made them feel.” We want to better
1. The willingness and ability of individuals to speak and be
incorporate “Matterness” into our synagogue life to ensure that
our congregants and our congregation may bring out the best in
2. The willingness of our lay leadership to listen and work
each other.
WITH our congregants, and to engage people on the inside
and outside as creative problem solvers and ambassadors.
3. The smart use of social media to connect people online and in Ron Swichkow
person to support our community and infuse it with their gifts
of the hand and gifts of the heart.
Happy January
to you!
Also, our next Sisterhood Board Meeting is set for
Wednesday, 1/21/15, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Starbucks,
Roswell Marketplace, 10800 Alpharetta Hwy. Please come
and share your ideas and creativity!
Sisterhood certainly has been busy with a variety of events to
broaden our horizons this year. Firstly, a big THANK YOU to
our Temple friends at Brilliant Atlanta, for a super set of
jewelry making nights in December and to our Sisterhood
members, Jenni Trebon, Danielle Rubenstein, and Katie Jaffe for
being such great planners! Also, a big THANK YOU to our new
Women’s Outreach Committee chair, Terry Carasick, for
planning a very informative and preventive health seminar in
December on cold and flu prevention, a timely topic this winter.
Furthermore, our winter cold weather “gear” drive for homeless
women at area shelters has proven to be a much needed
donation… THANK YOU Terry!
In addition, our next Mah Jong Happening is Sunday, 1/25/15,
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. in the Social Hall. Please watch for your
evite and RSVP to these social events and plan on attending our
next board meeting.
Brunch and a tour of the Anne Frank In The World Exhibit is
set for Sunday morning, 2/22/15.
Hamentashen baking for the TBT Purim Carnival is set for
Thursday, 2/26/15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Please
watch for evites to both events.
See you soon!
This month, we look forward to seeing you at our Challah
Baking/Bake Off/ TBT Kitchen Shower on Tuesday, 1/13/15,
7:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at TBT. Hassia Levin will share her
challah baking secrets (shhh!), great baked goods will abound,
and a kitchen registry full of needed items will be available for
your purchase and donation to our TBT kitchen.
Robin Bledsoe and Stacy Chambers
Sisterhood Co-Chairs
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Early Childhood Education Center
The Nominating Committee for the 2015-2016 slate for
the Board of Trustees, Officers and Board of Education
has begun their work.
If you have names that you would like to suggest to the
committee for consideration,
please send them to Todd Boehm at
[email protected]
Religious School
During the 5 grade Shabbat service, one could feel the anticipation and excitement experienced by the students as they were called
up to the Bimah by the Rabbi, and presented with their personal Siddur. The pride felt by the parents and teachers was evident by all
the smiling faces.
Our Hanukkah assembly was a hit. The 5th grade students were shining stars. They performed two short skits as well as led us in
song. The celebration continued in the classrooms with latkes, applesauce, donuts and gelt.
I hope you have a wonderful Hanukkah and a relaxing winter break.
School will resume on Sunday, January 11th.
Hassia Levin
News & Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Youth Group
HOTTY (9-12th Grade)
HOTTY was especially excited because for the first time in several years our annual
Broomball Latke-In actually fell on Chanukah! What could be a better way to celebrate
Chanukah than latkes, broomball, havdallah and a lock-in with all of your favorite friends?
This event was open to all Atlanta NFTY members and we had over 40 teens at the event.
We did mixers, ate pizza, and then headed to the Marietta Ice Center for a lively game of
broomball. Then, back to the temple for games, movies, and the lock-in. If you missed it,
no worries – you can come next year!
January 16-19th is NFTY-SAR’s Winter Regionals & Elections so we are headed to Jacksonville for a fun filled weekend with other teens from around our region. Wish good luck
to all of our HOTTYites who are running for a regional board position! Then, on January
31st we have our first Camp Jenny Fundraiser at Top Golf. Want more details? Talk to
Allie Goodman, our HOTTY SAVP.
Join the HOTTY Facebook Page ( to
stay up-to-date on what's happening and to RSVP for HOTTY events!
JYG (7-8th Grade)
JYG’s In
Next up for JYG is one of our favorite events – the Chocolate Making Party at Chamberlains Chocolate Factory. Mark your calendars for January 25th so you don’t miss this fun
event! More details will be sent via email and on our Facebook page.
And, save-the-date…March 20-22nd is NFTY-SAR’s Hatikvah Kallah for 7th & 8th Graders
(at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs)!! We’ll send out more info about this awesome weekend as the date gets closer.
Join the JYG Facebook Page ( to stay
up-to-date on what's happening with JYG, RSVP and arrange carpools for events!
5th & 6th Grade
December was our 2nd Club 56 youth group event. We had a lot of fun eating pizza, playing laser tag, and arcade games at Stars & Strikes. We’re so excited to be building up this
awesome new youth group. If you missed the event, no worries, mark your calendars to
join us on February 8th for our Mad Scientist event at TBT!
Join the 5th & 6th Grade Facebook Page
to stay up-to-date on what's happening, RSVP and arrange carpools for events!
Want more info about the youth groups at TBT? Contact us at:
[email protected] or call us:
Bobbee (303) 981-2356 & Adam (404) 971-4687
Upcoming Events:
January 16-19th – NFTY-SAR Winter Regional & Elections (Jacksonville, FL)
January 25th – JYG Chocolate Factory
January 31st – HOTTY Camp Jenny Fundraiser
February 6th - HOTTY Congregational Services
February 8th - Club 56 Mad Scientist
We are SO excited to finally
have our very own youth
lounge at TBT (classroom
21)! We are looking for some
items to help furnish it. Here
is our wish list. If you have
any of these items that you
would be willing to donate to
us, please email us at:
[email protected]
(they don't have to be brand
new, but in reasonably good
condition). Thank you!!
Youth Lounge Wish List
♦Paint for walls
♦Chalkboard paint
♦TV stand
♦DVD player
♦Small tables/coffee
♦Storage cabinet
♦Wireless printer
♦Keurig machine
B’nai Mitzvah
Daniel (Danny) Aranson will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on January 10, 2015.
He is the son of Rick and Nancy Aranson, and younger brother of Lindsey. Danny is the grandson of Richard
and Barbara Barnett of Jasper, Georgia, Patti Greenberger Shensa of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the late
Michael Aranson of Boca Raton, Florida. Danny is a 7th grader at Taylor Road Middle School in
Alpharetta. Danny loves soccer and has played with Alpharetta Ambush for several years. Danny also enjoys
playing guitar and video games.
Elizabeth"Libby" Povlot will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on January 24, 2015.
Libby is the daughter of Rhonda and Scott Povlot and the sister of Zachary Povlot. She is the grand-daughter of
Harris Povlot of Albany GA. She is a seventh grade Honor Roll student at Hopewell Middle School where she is
a member of the chorus and French club. Libby's hobbies include art, singing and baking. Libby is looking
forward to sharing this special day with her family and friends.
Thank You
Many thanks to all of you who baked
for the Immersion Weekend and to
those of you who helped set up the
oneg and stayed to help
clean up afterward.
Purim Carnival
Help Wanted!
It’s time to start planning for
Purim Carnival 2015 and as they say,
“Many hands make light work”!
If you would like to be a part of making
this the best year yet for our children
(of all ages!) please email Beth Janes
at [email protected]
It was a beautiful oneg made warm
and welcoming because of the
delicacies you provided and the time
and care that went into it.
It was appreciated by all
who attended.
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Fundraising News
Shalom! The 2014 - 2015 Annual Campaign - EVERYONE Matters is off to a
great start! As you consider making year-end contributions, please consider a
gift to the Annual Campaign.
When we say, "EVERYONE Matters", that includes YOU!
Just visit and scroll down to ANNUAL CAMPAIGN EVERYONE MATTERS to make your contribution today.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I'd like to thank the following members of
our TBT family for their generous pledges and gifts:
Jonathan and Allison Agin
Barry and Shari Alhadeff
Brian and Sheri Baker
Dale and Wendy Bearman
Harris and Suellen Bergman
Jerry Bilsky and Judy Tolkan
Todd and Jennifer Boehm
Michael and Heather Braun
Paul and Cherie Cervasio
Lois Clymin
Michael D. and Lisa R. Cohen
Michael and Marlene Cohn
Renee Davis
Craig and Susan Derene
Mitchell and Dyann Diamond
Audrey Eisen
Alan and Pam Epstein
Elliot and Donna Feller
Rory and Jenifer Friedman
Steve and RoseAnn Gerson
Ed and Cindy Getty
Harlan & Ivie Graiser
Rabbi Fred and Deborah Greene
Burton and Sara Grossman
Andrew and Karen Gutman
Scott and Nancy Harris
Mitchell and Julie Hilsen
Jamie and Katie Jaffe
Peter and Sharon Jedel
Morris and Anna Kagan
Cantor Nancy Kassel
Jerry and Marcy Kaufman
Jeff and Cindy Klein
Marc and Deborah Klein
Stanley and Bobbie Kopkin
Ned and Lisa Kreiss
Robert and Karen Kremer
Martin and Charlene Milstein
Ilene Monat
Robert Moss
Bernie and Gail Natter
Ryan and Rachel Palazzo
Jason and Melanie Pickett
Shirley Plotkin
Scott and Rhonda Povlot
Marla Ramaglia
Betty Rickles
Robert and Ellen Rickles
Barry & Robin Riegelhaupt
Howard & Barbara Rosenberg
Joel and Judy Rosenberg
Harvey and Natine Rosenzweig
Andrew and Barbara Sacks
Robert and Donna Schacher
Joel and Kathleen Schoenblum
Gary and Debra Schwartz
Rhonda Schweber
Sanford and Gail Seidman
Ira and Brenda Share
Stacy and Alicia Sher
Walter and Esther Shultz
Carol Shutzberg
David and Elisa Siegel
Kenneth Lawler Jr and Ginger Glazer
Hal and Jill Leitman
Ron and Lindsay Levin
Ronald and Jennifer Levine
Gary and Michal Loventhal
William and Rita Loventhal
Hadley and Lisa Lowy
Gilbert and Ellen Ludwig
Murray and Sonia Lynn
Joel and Aviva Margolies
Jason and Maggie McAuliffe
Thomas and Marsha McMurrain
Howard and Helaine Medoff
Gary and Peggy Mendelson
Ric and Barrie Mershon
Sandy and Nancy Simon
Lawrence and Anne Skal
Kenneth and Helene Skolky
Stuart and Frances Solomon
Howard and Cynthia Steinberg
Mathew and Dani Stordy
Barry & Denise Straus
Ronald and Leslie Swichkow
Donald and Marilyn Tam
Rosalind Taranto
Lloyd and Gail Tate
Steven and Abbe Tobin
David & Christine Toltzis
Bruce and Mariann Mamberg Turiansky
Mark and Sally Vosk
Bruce and Carol Waldman
Russell and Cyndi Waldman
Mark and Debbie Weiss
Douglas Wexler and Jane Greenberger
Bram and Dana Wieskopf
Mark Williams and Michelle Easton
Todd and Rachel Wilson
Andrew and Ilana Zalkin
Seth and Ellen Zimmer
(donations received through November)
Create Community in a Chavurah
"The members of our Chavurah are like extended family. I can't imagine holidays without them!"
"We joined a Chavurah when we first got to TBT and it helped us feel comfortable in the community quickly."
-Comments from TBT members who are part of the Chavurah program.
Sound interesting? Start the new year with a focus on community and join a Chavurah. New groups are forming now!
What's a Chavurah?
It's a group of people who share common interests and meet regularly to celebrate Jewish holidays, share simchas, attend TBT events, and participate in any activities that interest them. Being part of a Chavurah can enhance your experience at TBT by helping you develop a strong sense
of community and deeper connections within the congregation.
How do I join a Chavurah? Just fill out the application and we'll help you find like-minded families or individuals to form a group. Drop by the
TBT office to pick one up, or visit to download.
What does a Chavurah do?
You choose the activities you'll participate in and how often and where you meet. We can help you design a calendar of programs based on your
group's interests.
Questions? Please contact Dalia Faupel at
[email protected]
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
January 2014
1 New Year's Day
Cobb & Fulton
Winter Break
Cobb & Fulton
Winter Break
TBT Offices Closed
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shabbat Service
Cobb & Fulton
Winter Break
9:00 am - 10:00
Bagels, Learning
& Torah
10:00 am Shabbat
Cobb & Fulton
Winter Break
Cobb & Fulton
Winter Break
No Religious School
Confirmation Trip
9:30 am Tai Chi
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Board of Ed Meeting
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shabbat Service
No Religious School
ECEC Teacher Work
No Religious School
7:00 pm Families
9:30 am ATID
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Religious School
9:30 am Tai Chi
No Religious School
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sisterhood Challah Baking
Class / Kitchen
Shower / Bake-Off
7:00 pm Families
NFTY Winter
Regional Elections
No Religious School
Martin Luther King
NFTY Winter
Regional Elections
No Religious School
TBT Offices
5:00 pm
Religious School
9:30 am Tai Chi
5:00 pm
Religious School
7:30 pm Board of
Trustees Meeting
9:00 am - 10:00
Bagels, Learning
& Torah
10:00 am Shabbat
Service Daniel Aranson
Bar Mitzvah
7:30 pm Officers
12:00 pm Senior
Confirmation Trip
6:30 pm HOTTY Board Meeting
7:00 pm Women's
NFTY Winter
Regional Elections
9:45 am
ECEC Family Shabbat
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shabbat Tzedek
Service - Shabbat
of Justice
10:00 am - 10:30 am
ECEC Pre-K Open
7:00 pm
Breast Cancer
Support Group
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sisterhood Board
11:45 am
The Introduction to
the Talmud that
You've Been Waiting
5:30 pm Bonim K, 1st & 2nd Grade
7:00 pm Families
NFTY Winter
Regional Elections
9:00 am - 10:00
Bagels, Learning
& Torah
10:00 am Shabbat
9:00 am - 10:00
Bagels, Learning
& Torah
10:00 am Shabbat
Service Elizabeth Povlot
Bat Mitzvah
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Family Shabbat
Service - 1st & 2nd
Family Promise
9:30 am ATID
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Religious School
9:45 am Sisterhood
Mah Jongg &
Game Morning
Family Promise
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm Families
Family Promise
Family Promise
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 am - 10:30 am
ECEC Madrigot Open
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Religious School
7:30 pm
Officers Meeting
Family Promise
Family Promise
Family Promise
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 9:00 am - 10:00
Shabbat Service - Bagels, Learning
Sounds of Shabbat & Torah
10:00 am Shabbat
5:00 pm HOTTY Camp Jenny
12:30 pm JYG Chocolate Factory
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
1st Annual Sy Davis Memorial Blood Drive Update
On Sunday November 16th we held the 1st Annual Sy Davis Memorial
Blood Drive and it was a great success. At the Blood Drive this year,
we registered 106 people from our congregation along with others
from outside the TBT Family. In doing so we were able to provide
LifeSouth Blood Center with over 86 pints of blood. This was one of
the largest blood donations we provided LifeSouth in many years and
we would like to thank everyone for coming in and supporting this
worthy cause. We could not be more thrilled with the response we
received by our community. As you know, at this time of year there is an extreme shortage of blood in our Tri-State Area and each
pint of blood has the potential of saving up to 3 lives.
Also, we would like to thank the many volunteers and supporters for the success of the blood drive.
We know we could not have been nearly as successful without their assistance and guidance. We
would also like give a special thanks to Rabbi Greene, Cantor Kassel, Becky Sullivan, Lisa Singer
and the entire office and religious staff for their support as well.
Finally, be sure to circle on your calendars Sunday October 18 th, 2015 for the next
Sy Davis Memorial Blood Drive.
Thanks again for Everyone’s Support in making this Blood Drive such a HUGE Success,
Renee Davis, John Restler, Bart Schwartz, Gary Schwartz, and Terry Stein
TBT Seniors Luncheon
Monday, January 12 at 12 PM
Family Promise Program Continues
Dr. Jed Goldstein
- Save the Date!
will speak about
Our first Family Promise week is approaching
quickly! January 25th - February 1st.
Please look for upcoming opportunities to volunteer
and help with this heartwarming program! Details to
As we move into the New Year, Andy and Marci
Fried, along with Jeff and Jeanne Schultz, who have
chaired this wonderful program for the past two
years are handing over the baton to the new
chairs. They have done a tremendous job facilitating
all of the volunteers and coordinating food, shelter
and transportation for all of our guests. We would
like to give a huge thank you to them for all of the
time, effort and heart that has gone into their work!
Please welcome our new chairs:
Randy and Amy Siegal, Brian and Jennifer Steinberg
and Tony Rosenberg. They will be reaching out to
the congregants for volunteers as well as food
donations and personal care items as the weeks
Mark your calendars for the 2015 Family Promise
Weeks: January 25-February 1, April 19-26,
July 26-August 2, and October 18-25.
Healthcare in Israel
RSVP to Natine at
[email protected]
The food bins are empty. Please bring hearty soups and
peanut butter for North Fulton Community Charities
(NFCC) and Kosher foods for Jewish Family & Career
Services (JF&CS)
The need in our area is great.
Together we “can” make a difference!
Dear Valued Community Partner,
We cannot thank you enough for your partnership and support! The
book festival was a huge success -- much in part to you. Thank you for
passing out promotional materials, encouraging your constituents to
attend programs, and, of course, for your generosity. We hope to work
with you again next year!
Diane Cohen, Ann Rawn, and Sylvia Shlisky
23rd Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA, Community Partner
Marcy Bass and Susan Tourial
23rd Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA Co-Chairs
Pam Morton
Lauren Berger
Book Festival Director
Book Festival Coordinator
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Annual Campaign
Edward and Gail Green in memory of Ira Madans
Renee Davis in appreciation of all the blood donors and
volunteers, and Terry Stein for all his time and hard work
on the TBT Memorial Blood Drive
Lawrence and Anne Skal in memory of Joseph Cunix
June Wallach in memory of Howard Wallach and
Irving Hertzberg
Douglas Wexler and Jane Greenberger in honor of
Rabbi Greene
Building Fund
Dale and Wendy Bearman in memory of
Eleanore Bearman, Jules Stein and Jeanne Laibow
Campership/Israel Fund
Howard and Suzanne Silverman in memory of
Nathan Schwartz
Larry and Jackie Pepper in memory of Louie Herbin
Cantor Kassel’s Discretionary Fund
Michael and Wanda Cohen in memory of Irving Cohen
Betty Rickles in memory of David Goldsmith and in
appreciation of the beautiful High Holy Day music
Dan and Laura DeRiemer in memory of Sydney DeRiemer
Steven and Janice Liederman in memory of
David Liederman
Jane Greenberger in memory of Ben Findley
Scott and Marci Weiss in honor of Cantor Kassel
Caring/Kehillat Chesed Fund
Mariann Mamberg in memory of Kashmira Kiesel
Jack & Susan Arogeti in memory of Jane and David Levy
Aviv Chavurah in honor of a speedy recovery for
Esther Shultz
Addie Myers wishing continued good health to
Esther Shultz
General Fund
Dan and Laura DeRiemer in honor of all the work that
Marsha Mathis does for TBT
Shirley Crawford
Ed and Cindy Getty in memory of Ella Goldstein
Seth and Ellen Zimmer in appreciation of the Rabbinic
Search Committee
Seth and Ellen Zimmer in appreciation of Sheryl Blechner,
Steve Gerson and Ron Swichkow for their ongoing
leadership and caring
Douglas Wexler in memory of P. Richard Wexler
Harlan & Ivie Graiser in honor of Josh Karol's Bar Mitzvah
and in memory of Isaac Ackerman and Rose Ackerman
Prayerbook Fund
Addie Myers in memory of William L. Myers
Rabbi Greene’s Discretionary Fund
Mariann Mamberg in memory of Isaac Mamberg
David and Robin Bledsoe in memory of Mr. Larry Reuss
Arthur and Linda Waters in memory of Robert Waters
Addie Myers in honor of a speedy recovery for
Gene Carasick
Nadine Duhaney in honor of Rabbi Greene
Rabbi Tam’s Discretionary Fund
Jane Greenberger in memory of Jacob Stern
Howard and Suzanne Silverman in honor of Rabbi Tam
David and Ellen Herold in honor of Rabbi Tam
Andrew and Barbara Sacks in memory of Dorothy Tveit
Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Aleck Andich
Steven and Sheila Barid in memory of Mary Barid
Barry and Dore Kaiser in memory of Herbert Merlin
Religious School Fund
Dr. Barry Straus in honor of Hassia Levin for all the work
she does for the Religious School
Sisterhood Fund
Brilliant Atlanta, LLC in appreciation of the wonderful
Sisterhood parties
Tikkun Olam Fund
Jeffrey Willard and Steve Mahan in honor of a speedy
recovery for Esther Shultz
Steve Mahan in memory of Anna Mahan
Torah Fund
Sam and Alice Herndon in honor of a speedy recovery for
Esther Shultz
Youth Group Fund
Ronald and Leslie Swichkow in honor of enhancing our
youth group participation at the NFTY convention
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
In Memorium
Temple Beth Tikvah acknowledges with sorrow the passing of:
Thank You to our
Jack Wilner
Father of Debbie Jacobson
Donald Singletary
Brother of Patty Berger
Louise Singletary
Mother of Patty Berger
Richard Staviss
Marsha McMurrain
June Wallach
Natine Rosenzweig
Marsha Mathis
Esther Shultz
Bernie Bickwit
Husband of Bernice Bickwit
Father of Ellen Herold, Susan Williams and
Andy Bickwit
Melvin Haber
Father of Deborah Schlifka
Erika Stein
Dani Stordy
Audrey Gordon
Gil Ludwig
Shari Perkins
May God console you among all the
mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Honor a person or event
Breast Cancer Survivor Group
for the Jewish Community
with a leaf on our tree of
life. You can purchase a
leaf as an individual or as
We have had a great start to the Breast Cancer
Survivor Group! The monthly support group
meetings are for all interested people who have had
cancer, who are going through treatment or
surgeries, and /or who have been recently
diagnosed, as well as for those who might have
questions pertinent to breast cancer. In addition,
this program is for sharing experiences, meeting
others and gathering information regarding
diagnoses, surgeries, and genetic testing from
various professionals.
a group.!
Your synagogue community
wants to be a
Caring Community/Kehillat Chesed
If you have recently experienced a
loss, are facing a crisis or are celebrating a simcha,
please let our office know as soon as possible.
Our next meeting will be held on
Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 PM
Our clergy and friends strive to be a source of
support as best as they can. If you know of one of
our fellow congregants who has experienced a
loss or can use a hand, please contact the office
at 770.642.0434.
This survivor support group is sponsored by
The Kehillat Chesed/Caring Committee of
Temple Beth Tikvah.
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Synagogue Information
Synagogue Office
Fax Number
School Office (Perri)
Preschool (Jenifer)
Assistant to Clergy
Financial Secretary
Admin. Assistant
Office Manager
- 770-642-0434
- 770-642-0647
- 770-642-4168
- 678-350-0076
- Michelle Leder
- Jenny Korsen
- Lisa Singer
- Becky Sullivan
Planning a simcha or group gathering?
The Tam-Blank Social Hall is the Place to Be.
For more information on renting our Social Hall,
contact the synagogue office at 770-642-0434.
Get Involved! TBT Committees and Chairpersons
Adult Education
Cindy Getty
[email protected]
Budget & Finance
Karen Korshak
[email protected]
Marcia Haber
[email protected]
Dalia Faupel
[email protected]
College Outreach
Lynda Bennett
[email protected]
Ginger Glazer
[email protected]
Marsha Mathis
[email protected]
Family Promise
Andy Fried
[email protected]
Jeff Schultz
[email protected]
Jonathan Agin
[email protected]
Ted Nathan
[email protected]
Human Resources
Seth Zimmer
[email protected]
Interior Standards & Marketing
Susan Estroff
[email protected]
Gene Carasick
[email protected]
Kehillat Chesed (Caring)
Leslie Swichkow
[email protected]
Ilana Zalkin
[email protected]
Membership Recruitment &
Mark Rudel
[email protected]
Jill Leitman
[email protected]
Marcia Pearl
[email protected]
Men’s Club
Mark Greenspan
[email protected]
Peter Hartog
[email protected]
Nominating Committee
Todd Boehm
[email protected]
Esther Shultz
[email protected]
Jay Sausmer
[email protected]
Natine Rosenzweig
[email protected]
Stacy Chambers
[email protected]
Robin Bledsoe
[email protected]
Social Action
Darrin Cohen
[email protected]
Website Development
Scott Povlot
[email protected]
Youth Group
Debra Schwartz
[email protected]
Michal Loventhal
[email protected]
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah
Fred Greene
Donald A. Tam
Rabbi Emeritus
Nancy Kassel
Hassia Levin
Education Director
Jenifer Friedman
ECEC Director
Ron Swichkow
Todd Boehm
Vice President
Harlan Graiser
Vice President
Denise Straus
Vice President
Andy Gutman
Michael Braun
Jill Mattos
Board of Education

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