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e-Hadashot (חדשות) Weekly Newsletter
March 6, 2019 | I Adar 29, 5779 - אדר
Shabbat Candle Lighting 6:22 pm | Havdalah 7:10 pm
Parashat Pekudei | פרשת פקודי

 Ma Hadash - מה חדש


Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz and Rabbi Mario Karpuj

From the Rabbis:

Can we predict the future? 

Startup sees mixed reality, a blend of virtual and real worlds, as the future.

In the Week Ahead

Wednesday, March 6
4:45 pm Machon Hadash
7:30 pm BINGO at the Breman (offsite)

Thursday, March 7
6:30 pm Or Hadash U: Part 2 Unit 8

Friday, March 8
10:00 am Bat Mitzvah of Lily Knapp
6:30 pm Servicio de Shabbat
Oneg Sponsored by Carol and Michael Mittel in honor of Brandon Buchalter's Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, March 9
9:15 am Shabbat Services
Bar Mitzvah of Brandon Buchalter
9:30 am Machon Hadash
11:00 am Tot Shabbat
Kiddush Sponsored by Pamela and Alan Buchalter in honor of Brandon's Bar Mitzvah

Tuesday, March 12
7:00 am Morning Minyan
8:00 am Learning with the Rabbis
12:00 pm Torah in the Woods (offsite)
7:00 pm Jewish National Fund Event
7:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 13
11:45 am What's Hot and What's Not In Israel
4:45 pm Machon Hadash
7:00 pm COH Book Club (offsite)


Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah
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3/16 Liza Zimmerman
3/23 Rayna Levine
3/30 Jessica Lazarus

Todah Rabah to Saren Schapiro and Silvia Serrano for putting together a fantastic Elementary School Shabbat Dinner!

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Congregational Highlights

Family Promise Week | Sunday, March 3 - Sunday, March 10
We are excited to be a part of an incredible volunteer opportunity in collaboration with Family Promise (FP) of North Fulton/Dekalb - ending the cycle of homelessness one family at a time.
This week we spotlight one of three families that will benefit from your participation. Meet Brian, a veteran and single Dad with a 16-year-old son, Brennan, in DeKalb County Schools. Currently employed as an engineer in Norcross, Brian is going through chemotherapy for lymph node cancer but is doing well and has minimal side effects from his chemotherapy. Brian recently was referred to a company that could use his skillset and he is going through the interview process now. Your help is greatly appreciated! We still need your help to prepare and serve meals, set up and break down rooms, engage with families in homework, studies and crafts. Sign up for FP Volunteer Opportunities here.

BINGO at the Breman | 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 6
Bring the whole family and join the fun of putting smiles on our Seniors' faces... your being there matters greatly and is appreciated by all. Walk-ins Welcome!

Or Hadash U | 6:30 pm Thursday, March 7
Ten Paths to God – Part 2, Unit 8 of 10: The Way of Israel. An online curriculum on Judaism and Jewish identity based on traditional sources and the teachings of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. It answers the three fundamental questions every reflective person will ask at some point in their life – Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live? Attendees will engage in an analysis in Hevruta (pairs), Habura (a study group) or in group discussions based on selected phrases and specific questions found in the materials. If time permits, supplementary sources will be used to take a deeper look at the week’s core concepts. 

Women of the Wall (WOW) 30 Year Recognition | 9:15 am Saturday, March 9
In support of this movement we are asking everyone who has a WOW TALLIT to wear it to services. Participants will be called for the 5th Aliyah. Women of the Wall director Lesley Sachs said that the organization’s adoption of the initiative was part of its goal to encourage women to take up Jewish customs and practices which are allowed by Jewish law, even if not traditionally practiced by women. “It’s always very exciting because a lot of women who have never even thought about putting on tefillin came and did so today,” she said. “It’s very uplifting to see more and more women coming up to lay tefillin, as well as men vocally giving us their support.”  Women of the Wall was formed in 1988 and is chaired by Anat Hoffman, executive director. Article by JEREMY SHARON | Read complete article | Share flyer

COH Book Club | 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 13
This month's Book Club host is Ilene Zier; Sara Ghitis will facilitate. We'll review and discuss The Angel by Uri Bar-Joseph. All members are welcome to join. For information about this book club and to RSVP, please email View 2018-19 Book Schedule.

Latte and Learning | 9:30 am Thursday, March 14
A casual gathering for study and conversation that meets the second Thursday of the month. Topic: Biblical and Talmudic Dysfunctional Characters; led by Rabbi Analia. All are welcome. No reservation required.

Purim Carnival | 11:00 am Sunday, March 17
Admission per child: $12 online or $15 at the door. Click here to buy your tickets. At 12:50 pm we will remember longtime Purim Carnival volunteer, Chana Bermann, by planting a beautiful Sugar Maple tree in her memory at the entrance to the shul.

Pizza Dinner and Megillah Reading | 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 20
Following dinner, at 6:30 pm we will hold a Family Megillah Reading in the Sanctuary and the Full Megillah Reading will be held in the Chapel. Dinner is free. Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly... click here!

Shabbat JAM | 6:30 pm Friday March 22
Join us for services together with our Shabbat JAM band as we bring in the Shabbat Bride with song, dance and prayer. This JAM is all about Purim so wear your most outrageous hat! No RSVP required.

Thank you for sharing our Purim Events flyer with your social media!

Mahjongg Night | 7:00 pm Monday March 25
We'll grab a quick nosh prior to play at 7:15 pm. Bring your group or learn to play! All level players are welcome, but we hope the experienced players will allow the beginners to join in after their lesson. The best way to learn is to shadow and play with experienced players. If available, please bring your card table, mahjongg set and your 2018 card. Copies of the card will be available for new players! COST: $10/per player. RSVP here | Share flyer

Daytime Book Club | 1:15 pm Wednesday, March 27
This month we'll discuss Barefoot Dogs by Anatonio Ruiz-Camacho, read more. Books are chosen and discussion is led by participants. We meet at Or Hadash on the fourth Wednesday of the month. All members are invited and walk-ins are welcome. Contact Hanora Rosen for more information. 

Sunday, March 31 through Saturday, April 6, 2019 | RSVP | Share flyer | We are excited to present our second Jewish-Latino Film Series/Cine Latino Judio at COH! Five days of fabulous films, all with English sub-titles. If you are thinking about attending our finale show, Saturday (4/6) with dinner, reservations must be made by April 1. Leading up to opening night, we will spotlight each film. See you at the movies! 

Wednesday, April 3 @ 7:30 pm: A Kiss to the Land is a moving documentary that reflects the personal immigrant stories of individuals from Poland, Ukraine, Turkey and Syria who sought respite in Mexico when US quotas stemmed the flow of Jewish immigrants in the 1920’s and 1930’s. In often poetic language, they talk about their unlikely decision to journey to an unknown destination and how they came to love that place, gradually building family and community while moving from youth to maturity. These oral histories closely parallel the family histories of our COH members Jackie Levi and Monica Hochstein as well, and we are delighted that they have agreed to introduce or comment on the film. The 1995 documentary is enhanced by archival footage, still photographs, and an evocative soundtrack…don’t miss this peek into our community’s family album! Register and join us!


Event of Honor for Melinda and Steve Wertheim | 6:00 pm Friday, May 3
Join us in paying tribute to Melinda and Steve Wertheim, and, strengthen the financial security of our shul. For this special musical Shabbat, beginning at 6:00 pm, we will host a reception with heavy hors d'oeurves for all sponsors. Services follow at 7:00 pm concluding with a scrumptious dessert oneg.


Youth Learning and Programming
Learn all about our youth opportunities! Click here.

View Machon Hadash School Calendar

B'nai Mitzvah Service Learning Workshop | 10:00 am Sunday, March 17
Children with upcoming B'nai Mitzvah are encouraged to attend this workshop. Learn with Rabbi Mario about the
ins-and-outs of leading Shabbat services at Or Hadash. View schedule


Birthdays | March 6 - 12

Derek Atkins
Annette Marcus

Anne Levy
Michael Rosenzweig

John Schneider
Emmanuel Estroff

Karen Sukin

Nikki Schiff
Zachary Schneiderman

Tammy Clayman
Jo Raphael

Ivana Videlefsky
Ula Zusman
Ronald Kaplan
Lily Knapp
Patrick Tracy

Yahrzeits | March 8 - 14

Erwin Aaron Friedman, Father of Abby Friedman

Larry Jaben, Father of Darla Jaben and Jan Jaben-Eilon

Ruth Finder Meir
, Grandmother of Jennifer Meyerowitz

Sol Linowitz, Uncle of Steven Linowes


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February 26 - 4 March

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Mary Weitz Friedman
Elaine and Jerry Blumenthal

Prayer Book and Library Fund
In Memory of Hannah Karp Laipson
Michelle and Marc Gary

Rabbis' Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Cyril Meyer Sliom
Lola Sliom

In Honor of Rabbi Analia
Beth and Jeffrey Feldstein

In Honor of Renee and Morris Lebowitz's 60th Anniversary
Lola Silom

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Synagogue Heroes (3/7): Mitzvah for the Mikvah
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (7-16 March) tickets now on sale!
DAFFODIL DASH at Brook Run Park (3/31)
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