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e-Hadashot (
חדשות) Weekly Newsletter

January 2022 - Tevet/Sh'vat
Spiritual Leader:
Rabbi Lauren Henderson


In the Weeks Ahead

We are here to answer your questions

Gail Duner, President
Jason Parker, Executive Director
Dr. Amy Robertson, Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Lauren Henderson

Congregational Highlights
Ongoing Programming Linked on Homepage:
Shabbat Services | Tuesday Minyan | Torah in the Woods | Sunday Minyan


Tikkun Olam Opportunities

Atlanta Jewish Groups Welcome Afghan Refugees | Congregation Or Hadash | AJT Article
“There’s no Jewish connection,” she said. “It’s just Jewish tradition. We were once immigrants.” -- Sherry Frank

The Tikkun Olam Group continues to welcome any support that may be provided. Feel free to drop off gift cards at the shul, or donate to support directly on our website, to the Tikkun Olam Afghan Refugee Resettlement Fund.

Upcoming Events

A Guide For the Perplexed: Exploring Judaism with R' Lauren
7:00 pm Wednesdays: January 19 | February 16 | March 23 | April 20  
Ever felt like you didn't even know where to begin in your exploration with Judaism? Or felt like the "4th child" at the Passover seder, who wasn't sure what questions to ask? I promise - you're not the only one! Rabbi Lauren will cover big questions and topics that mystify many of us about: the structure of the Friday night service; how to wrestle with a concept of God that just doesn't make sense anymore; and other big questions about how this ancient tradition fits into our 21st century lives. Each month will focus on a different topic that's on our minds - so bring your big, thorny questions and let's dive in. Please RSVP and let us know if you will be attending in person or via Zoom!

One Prayer Deep Dive: A Siddur Book Club
8:00 am Tuesdays (follows Minyan)
If you’ve ever sat in services and wished that you could better understand just one prayer at a time before moving onto the next one, this class is for you! Led by Rabbi Lauren, we’ll gather on Zoom to journey prayer-by-prayer through the morning service, looking at just one prayer a week (and occasionally, over multiple weeks). No Hebrew knowledge or prayer expertise required... just bring your questions, curiosity, and a siddur/prayerbook if you have one (we’ll also be sharing text on screen for those who don’t have a siddur at home).

Or Nashim is a group of women who come together to have fun, share interests and enrich their lives via social events, educational and spiritual programming. Rosh Hodesh serves as an anchor to its goals.
The group met (12/5) for a festive party at Barbara Flexner's home to celebrate the 8th night of Hanukkah. Twenty-two women marked the beginning of the month of Tevet, lit Hanukkah candles, and socialized while enjoying a delicious potluck meal. The group has planned a calendar of future events including a Tu B'Shevat seder, a service project, mask making, a women's Pesach seder, social gatherings, and more! Stay tuned for details about these and other opportunities to participate. Please contact me ( to get involved in planning or leadership for Or Nashim.


What's Hot and What's Not... In Israel
TBD | Mark your calendar to join Rabbi Mario Karpuj. Offered via Zoom, Rabbi Mario conducts an informal, and always lively, discussion about current events happening in and about Israel from Israel. Study materials & link posted to homepage.

Jews and Taboos Sessions for 8/9th and 10th Graders
4:30 pm Sunday, February 13 | Post b'nai mitzvah, our teens are invited to join teacher Rachel Lazarus for monthly discussion of topics that are important to our teens as they move farther into Jewish adulthood, but tend to to make some people uncomfortable. Topics are geared toward the interest of the group; and that most taboo of subjects ... God. For more information about this program, please reach out to Dr. Amy.

COH Book Club: Wonderful Books and Thought Provoking Discussion
7:00 pm Wednesday, January 12 | View Schedule and Book Selections
This season, our book club members have chosen their own books. All meetings will be conducted via Zoom platform (homepage link requires passcode) and airs monthly on the second Wednesday (unless otherwise noted). For additional information about this club, please contact Sheila Dalmat @

Youth and Education Programming

Machon Hadash is now in session!
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Join us as we continue to help spark Jewish love and curiosity in the next generation.

B'nai Mitzvah Bridge
10:30 am Sundays: 1/9, 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 4/10, 4/24

If you have questions about our programming, or want to start receiving the MH Newsletter, please email Dr. Amy @


Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
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2/26-H Seth Sagel
3/12 Meara Schorvitz

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Birthdays | January 1-31 2022
Brandi Levy
Jaren Linowes
Jeffrey Grosoff
Nola Miller
Dora Manela
Joyce Apfelbaum
Sherline Apfelbaum
Emily Rome
Hudson LaBarge
Shai Herscovici
Lisa Kovitch
Jaime Goldberg
Jimmy Grinzaid
Jordan Romo
Todd Edlin
Michelle Epstein
Ariel Wolpe
Hanora Rosen
Jonathan Layton
Yael Sierra
Lucy Reish
David Reingold
Todd Estroff
Moira Poh
Scott Bradshaw
Anat Granath
Erin Morrey
Morris Lebowitz
Kenneth Reish
Henry Blum
Joel Dworkin


Benjamin Salpeter
Ben Walker
Ari Milrud
Alan Pilzer
Rodolfo Romo
Carol Elan
Ariana Lewis
Bennett Simpson
Elana Berghoff
Amy Lee
Jake Sagel
Marcus Gordon
Emily Duner
Rachel Herman
Marc Backer
Adam Handelsman
Gabriel Saslafsky
Eyal Herscovici
Sherrie Reish
Arthur Eisner
Emmet Cohen
Matthew Freedman
Abby Feldstein
Emily Borna
Danielle Appley-Epstein
Hannah Bender
Naomi Levison
Archer Gail Pacheco
Josh Binderman
Amanda Cohn
Jack Schneider
Emily Strongwater
Meryl Kaufman
Erica Tucker
Jonathan Ginburg
Camille Carpenter
Janet Kolodner
Yahrzeits | January 1-31 2022
Jack  Cuttler, Father of Sandra Cuttler
Rina Janet, Cousin of Fred Wachter
Jack  Cuttler, Grandfather of Jessica Lotner
Harry  Payne, Husband of Deborah Payne
Samuel Grinzaid, Father of Jimmy Grinzaid
Elizabeth  Weinberg, Mother of James Weinberg
Dorothy Levy  Stock, Mother of Leah Stock-Landis
Benjamin  Bolgla, Father-in-law of Stanley Pollock
Sid Greenberg, Father of Wayne Greenberg
Arlene Joyce  Lewis, Mother of Robin Lewis
Joyce  Heiman, Mother of Harry Heiman
Feibis  Vurnbrand, Father of Sara Ghitis
Maurice Gene Buchalter, Father of Carol Buchalter Mittel
Joseph I  Epstein, Father of N. Sandy Epstein
Caryn Sue Kamm Heaven, Mother of Jason Heaven
Edith Brightman, Mother of Harvey Brightman
Frank  Plotnikov, Grandfather of Richard Parker
Nathan Issac  Gershon, Father of Ellen Banov
Stephen  Schactman, Father of Raina Nadler
Esther  Zimmerman, Mother of Sherry Frank
Theodora 'Teddy' Haber, Sister of Rita Marokko
David  Bader, Father of Myrna Rubel
Rosa  Katz, Grandmother of Mario Karpuj
Warren Safter, Father of Michelle Epstein
Joseph Berger, Father of Keith Berger
Louis  Payne, Father-in-law of Deborah Payne
Moises  Spil, Father of Henry Spil
Sam  Snyder, Father of Gary Snyder
Ruth  Citron, Mother of Marla Shavin
Frieda  Isenberg, Mother of Robert Isenberg
Elias  Ventura, Father of David Ventura
Samuel  Adler, Grandfather of Robin Lewis
Marcelo Manela, Brother of Flavio Manela
Elsie  Toppin, Mother of John Ellison
Sandy Coffsky, Sister-in-law of Barry Coffsky
David Ritz Finkelstein, Husband of Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein
Pearl  Goldberg, Grandmother of Richard Parker
Annalou Kadin Simons, Mother of Barbara Flexner
Sylviane Benisti-Zaoui, Sister of Michele Howard
Martha  Turner, Mother of Renee Hoelting
Maurice  Kravtin, Father-in-law of Marc Gary
Dvora Moran, Mother of Naomi Binenfeld
Max James  Pollock, Father of Stanley Pollock
Alma  Schloss, Grandmother of Michael Shuster
Ann  Moss, Grandmother of Jaime Goldberg
Lawrence  Shuster, Father of Michael Shuster
Ann  Moss, Mother-in-law of Robert Isenberg
Jeanette  Levis, Grandmother of Stacey Hader Epstein
Elaine Marcus, Mother of Ted Marcus
Emil  Lewis, Grandfather of Jeff Lewis
Dennis Gelb, Husband of Ada Gelb
Lou  Pascal, Grandfather of Kayla Engle Lewis
Tillie Cohen Axelrod, Grandmother of Stanley Pollock
Matthew Roth, Brother of Robyn Roth
Ira Segal, Father of Natalie Kaiman
Alfred  Gary, Father of Marc Gary
Perry  Lipkin, Father of Beryl Sara
Gail Rubin, Mother of Phillip Rubin
Lori Kremer  Immergluck, Sister of Jeffrey Kremer
Joanne  Levy, Sister of Rachelle Simon
Harry  Lefkoff, Grandfather of Kenneth Reish
Ruth Rossheim  Caplan, Mother of Barbara Murovitz
Frederick  Pilzer, Brother of Alan Pilzer
Ronni Knapp, Mother of Daniel Knapp
Fritz  Ilgenfritz, Husband of Sondra Ilgenfritz
Hannah Katzen, Mother of Bernice Schmitz
Charles Mittel, Father of Michael Mittel
Abraham  Applebaum, Father of Richard Elan
Freda  Fink, Mother of Elaine Blumenthal
Julius  Citron, Father of Marla Shavin
Helen  Hovitz, Mother of Linda Lippitt
Mollie Shron, Mother of Ellyn Jeager
Mollie  Shron, Grandmother of Raina Nadler
Sadie  Lebowitz, Mother of Morris Lebowitz
Linda Coffee  Porter, Sister of Regina Coffee
Gerson  Lesnick, Father of David Woodsfellow
Samuel  Edelman, Father of Betsy Edelman
Chaim  Lukowski, Father of Jay Lukowski
Pauline  Marks, Aunt of Ilene Zier
Harry  Labovitz, Father of Albert Labovitz
Ethel Drexler  Dalmat, Mother of Michael Dalmat
Marilyn Rita  Perley, Aunt of Robin Lewis



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December 7 - 13

Building Fund
In Memory of Michelle Gary
Rosanne and Andy Kauss

In Honor of Henry Julian Kalmus
Rosanne and Andy Kauss

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy
Janet Kolodner 
Ellen and Sam Banov

COH Book Club
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy
Cathy Jacobson

Education and Youth Program Fund
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy
Leslie and Fred Wachter

In Memory of Sergio Ventura
Leslie and Fred Wachter

General Fund
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy
Susan and Marc Backer
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

In Memory of Irving Buchalter
Pamela and Alan Buchalter

In Memory of Michelle Gary
Harriet and David Fisher

In Memory of Sergio Ventura
Susan and Marc Backer
Gabriela Siegel and Morris Benveniste

Minyan Fund
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy and Sergio Ventura
Michele and Jeffrey Howard

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Albert Fisher
Harriet and Jeffrey Fisher

In Memory of Laura and Jules Scheinzeit
Arline and Ronald Scheinzeit

In Appreciation of Rabbi Lauren
Arline and Ronald Scheinzeit

In Memory of Stanley Gold
Harriet and David Fisher

Tikkun Olam Fund
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy
Sheila and Michael Dalmat

Tikkun Olam Fund-Afghan Refuge Resettlement
In Memory of Dorothy Joan Tracy
Jenise and Henry Spil

In Memory of Rylan Foster Gelb
Ada Gelb

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