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e-Hadashot | February 22, 2017

e-Hadashot Weekly Newsletter
February 22, 2017 | 26 Shevat 5777
Shabbat Candle Lighting 6:12 pm | Havdalah 7:01 pm
Parashat Mishpatim

Beyond 2-Minute Torah and Ma Hadash

Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz and Rabbi Mario Karpuj

Beyond 2-Minute Torah: Click Rabbis' photo to view a webinar from our scholar-in-residence Yossi Klein Halevi: Were We Like Dreamers? From Six Days to Fifty Years

From Rabbi Analia: For Israeli-Palestinian peace, we need to count to 3

From Rabbi MarioAfter Sderot, photographer trains lens on a disappearing Dead Sea

In the Week Ahead

Wednesday, February 22
4:45 pm Machon Hadash
7:00 pm Bar Mitzvah Bash Planning Meeting

Friday, February 24
6:30 pm Servicio de Shabbat

Saturday, February 25
9:15 am Shabbat Services 
9:30 am Machon Hadash
10:00 am Gan Katan
12:00 pm Kiddush Sponsors Jerry and Elaine Blumenthal
in Honor of their Wedding Anniversary
7:00 pm PJ Library Havdalah

Sunday, February 26
9:15 Morning of Learning with Dr. Ken Stein
11:00 am B'nai Mitzvah Class

Tuesday, February 28
7:00 am Minyan and Nosh
8:00 am Learning with the Rabbis
12:00 pm Torah in the Woods

Wednesday, March 1
11:45 am What's Hot, What's Not in Israel
RSVP for lunch
4:45 pm Machon Hadash


Click flag to learn what happened
today in Israeli history.

Jeremy Lefkovitz
Power of One Award Recipient

Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah

3/12: Sophie Knapp 
(Sunday Bat Mitzvah)
3/25: Danielle Gigi
4/1: Jake Sagel
(Havdalah Bar Mitzvah)

Bar Mitzvah Year Celebrations

Or Hadash Al Tzion Ta'ir - Shine a New Light on Zion. The celebration continues with our February and March Bar Mitzvah year events. 

Morning of Learning | 9:15 am Sunday, February 26
Join us for a morning of learning with Professor Kenneth W. Stein. Topic - The June 1967 War: How the war changed Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern History.

Some events are mere dots on a timeline, others profound benchmarks. The latter include the onset of the industrial revolution, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the outbreak of WWI, the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, December 7, 1941, the Shoah-Israel's establishment, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Shah's Fall-Islamic clerical rise-1979, and 9/11. For Israel, Jewish and Middle Eastern History, the June 1967 war is a benchmark with legacies as well. Profound historical results emerged from the war, and many of the consequences are still unfinished. Click here for more info. RSVP to Denise Lee by Thursday, February 23.

Weekend of Music Featuring Internationally Renowned Ladino Performer Sarah Aroeste in Partnership with Atlanta Jewish Music Festival | March 10-11

Friday, March 10 at 6:30 pm - All Ages
We'll kick off the weekend with Sarah Aroeste joining Or Hadash for our Shabbat Jam. This evening will be wonderful for all ages. 

Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm - Adults
We're having an adult Purim celebration that will include Havdalah, Megillah reading, dessert reception, and a concert with Sarah Aroeste. This evening is in partnership with AJMF and Congregation Or Veshalom! The evening will be festive and enjoyable for all musical tastes! COST: $18/person;  RSVP (before March 8)

Artist-in-Residence: Mordechai Rosenstein | March 15-19 | RSVP for one or all events!
World renowned Jewish artist Mordechai Rosenstein will be sharing his talents with the Or Hadash community through an interactive weekend of art and community building as we collaborate with him to create an original work of art for Or Hadash. You will also have the distinct opportunity to create your own personal artwork with the artist! Enabling our children to spend time with Mordechai as they learn and experience art through his lens will be an amazing experience. Not only will you be exposed to a master of the Hebrew Alphabet, but you will be able to view and purchase his beautiful works of art throughout the weekend. All events are free-of-charge for Or Hadash members.

More COH13 events on the horizon: COH13 Look What's Coming | Play COH Bingo

Congregational Highlights

Day of Torah Study | 2:00 pm Sunday, February 26
Study Torah and Jewish tradition with rabbis of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association. Rabbi Mario will be among the educators in this year's 'Day of Torah Study,' hosted by The Weber School. Click for more  information and to  register.

COH First-Ever Yard Sale | Donation Collection Begins March 1
This is something everyone can get excited about! Proceeds from your contribution of gently loved household items will support programs and services which strengthen the mission of our community. Desired items: small electronics and kitchen appliances, linens, home goods, decorations, toys, video games, tableware, tools, sports equipment, baby equipment. Not collecting: adult clothing, shoes, furniture or large electronics. Donation receipt will be provided for tax purposes at time of drop-off. Donation drop-off dates: Tuesday/Wednesday March 1, 7, 8, 15, 21, 28, 29 and Wednesday/Thursday April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20. Read more about the sale in April. If you have any questions, please reach out to our yard sale co-chairs Sherry Frank or Harriet Kaminsky.

Or Hadash U | 7:00 pm & 8:00 pm Thursday evenings: March 2, 9, 23 and 30 
This interactive and educational series of classes are led by Rabbis Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj. Each rabbi teaches one class per night. This program is open to the community at no cost. RSVP for one or all sessions.
7:00 pm | Rabbi Analia: 'Almost' Everything You Wanted to Know About Judaism and Never Dared to Ask
8:00 pm | Rabbi Mario: Exploring the Top Ten Talmudic Discussions Every Jew Should Know

Hunger Walk | 2:00 pm Sunday, March 5 
Please join Rabbis Analia and Mario and the Or Hadash family in our interfaith effort to feed children, families and seniors who don't know where their next meal is coming from. Congregation Or Hadash is partnering with the Islamic Center of North Fulton and Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and we're eager to serve those in need with people of all faiths. Not only will we have a great time, we'll have a great impact on hunger in our community! Every $1 you donate provides 4 meals to struggling families, children and seniors who don't know where their next meal is coming from. More than 1 in 5 Georgians lives in a home where hunger is a regular worry. Many proud seniors and hardworking parents are seeking food assistance for the first time in their lives. Our goal is to raise $6,000--enough to feed 1,100 people 3 meals a day for a week!!! Kindly DONATE, and if you are able to, WALK with us on March 5th as part of the 2017 Hunger Walk/Run. Sign-up with team Or Hadash (or your own team!). Contact Michael Dalmat or  Gordy Singer for more information. 

COH Book Club | 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 8 
We will discuss Not In God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence, by Jonathan Sacks. Read more. Hosts: Deborah and David Woodsfellow. Members mingle, think and learn during these gatherings to discuss books of current or historical Jewish interest. Special guests frequently participate with the group. For more information about the Book Club, contact Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell.

Bingo at The Bremen Home | 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 8
Volunteer for BINGO night. Bring the whole family and join the fun of putting smiles on faces. Your participation will be greatly appreciated by all. RSVP to let us know you are coming!

Youth and Family

PJ Library Havdalah | 7:00 pm Saturday, February 25
Join us for this fun, interactive, and educational program for children ages 8 and under. Together we will end Shabbat with Havdalah and have a special activity for the children. Make sure to wear your pajamas! RSVP to Rachel Herman.

Family Megillah Reading and Purim Carnival | 11:00 am Sunday, March 12
Join us for our Family Megillah Reading at 11:00 am (no charge), followed by our annual Purim Carnival from 11:30 am- 2:00 pm. Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for this festive day. Make sure to wear your costumes to hide your identities. Carnival cost is $10 per child in advance and $15 at the door. Register here!

Family Promise: Interfaith Hospitality Network

Do you know how it feels to be hungry and without a roof over your head? Homelessness is all around us. Each of us at Or Hadash can help put an end to homelessness - one family at a time. We have partnered with Sandy Springs United Methodist Church and North Springs United Methodist Church to serve Family Promise - the first Interfaith Hospitality Network. 
Volunteers are needed for our inaugural week, March 12 - 19. We can help by providing and serving dinner, helping with homework support/evening activities, staying overnight (at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church) to attend to guests and offer breakfast support, and/or providing supplies to equip our guests' temporary living space while in our care. 

Here's What You Can Do Today:
1) Click here to provide and serve dinner, staff evening activities, or sleep over as an overnight resource person. 
2) Click here to see what supplies we need in preparation for our guests and sign up to make your donation.

For additional information, please contact our incredible Or Hadash chair Karen Weinberg.

New Website and Member Portal

​​​​​​​We hope you have had the opportunity to explore our new integrated website and member portal. Over the next few months, as we become more familiar with our new system, we will continue to edit content and streamline our site to provide a more useful and accurate source of information. 

Logging into your Account:

Go to and click the "login" button in the upper right of the screen (not "Register Now"). Enter your email address and then click "forgot password." The system will email you a password reset link. Follow the link to create a new password. Go back to the website and log in using your new password.

Once you have successfully logged in, you can view and access your account. If you have any questions, suggestions, or challenges, please contact Denise Lee or Erica Hruby. Happy clicking!

PrayGround Toy Donations

Bring the gift of joy and toys by giving to our most important community members - the children! We invite you to add to our PrayGround, a space in the synagogue designed for children 5 and younger - and their parents - to pray and play together. Use COH's Amazon portal (a percentage of proceeds are returned to the shul) to see our wish list; you can deliver a special gift to the shul, from plush Torahs to puzzles and building blocks! View wishlist. For more information, contact Adina Bradshaw. And THANK YOU!!!

 Mishloach Manot Fundraiser

Please join us in the Purim mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, the sending of at least 2 ready-to-eat foods, to fellow congregants. This mitzvah comes directly from Megillat Esther, where Mordechai unifies the Jews on the 14th day of Adar in order to feast and be joyous, sending "portions" one to another and gifts to the poor. For Purim 2017, Or Hadash is sharing this custom with EVERY shul member-family. Each member-family will receive a Mishloach Manot and have the opportunity to participate in this mitzvah by sponsoring tasty Purim treats for fellow congregants.

In order to participate, simply decide how many member-families you want to personally wish a Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim)! Each member-family you select will receive one kosher snack bag with a personalized gift tag listing the names of the families who wished them a Happy Purim! We are also mailing Mishloach Manot bags to out-of-town loved ones this year. See the price per bag for Or Hadash members and out-of-towners in the form link below.

The last day to make all purchases is Monday, March 6.

Complete the online form or mail in a check labeled 'Purim Bags' with the names of each member-family you wish to sponsor and/or name and address of out-of-towners.

Yahrzeits | February 22 - 28

Anne Grabois-Davis    

Eli Friedman-Heiman
Michael Mittel
Warren Binderman

Katie Kauss
Charlie Kauss
Hayden Jacobs
Rebecca Adler

Sara Elan
Stephanie Kupor

Joseph Appley-Epstein
Ellen Banov
Kevin McKinney
Jon Duke
Jared Berenthal
Levi Linowes

Susan Eisenband
Craig Breslau
Brandon Buchalter
Susan Duke

Yahrzeits | February 24 - 2 March


Pauline Marks, Aunt of Ilene Zier
Harry Labovitz, Father of Albert Labovitz

David Jacobs, Father of Kaethe Solomon
Mauriel Gordon, Grandmother of Daniel Gordon

Norman Shavin, Father of Mark Shavin
Linda Young Barnes, Mother of Kimberly Reingold
Gerson Gordon, Grandfather of Daniel Gordon

Donald Langstein, Uncle of Helaine Shuster

Bennett Ginburg, Husband of Millicent Ginburg and Father of Paul Ginburg
George Katzman, Father of Jody Kassel

Ida Plotnikov, Grandmother of Richard Parker
Norman Mesirow, Father of Judith Cohen
Erwin Aaron Friedman, Father of Abby Friedman
Benjamin Isenberg, Brother of Robert Isenberg

Pauline Strauss, Mother of Renee Lebowitz


Names in blue denote Memorial Brick in sanctuary.
Click here to find out how to purchase a Memorial Brick for your loved one,
or click graphics above to download the order form.

Donations | February 14 - 20

Thank You!

Building Fund
In Memory of Elaine Marcus
Sherry Frank
Barbara and Paul Flexner
Rosanne and Andy Kauss

Chesed Fund
In Memory of Elaine Marcus
Denise Fields Lee
Sondra Ilgenfritz
Ellen and Sam Banov
Michele and Jeff Howard
Deborah and David Woodsfellow
Ellen and Jeff Nemhauser
Sue and Marc Backer
Marj and Doug Friedman
Abby Friedman and Harry Heiman
Cheryl Hecht-Thurschwell & Lenny Thurschwell
Stephanie and Jeff Kupor
Kathy and Robert Eisenband

In Memory of Dennis Gelb
Ada Gelb

In appreciation of the heartfelt concern of all the congregants for Margie's ongoing recovery
Margie and Herb Simonoff

Education & Youth Program Fund
In Memory of Elaine Marcus and Gail Rubin
Leslie and Fred Wachter

General Fund
In Memory of Lori Kremer
Bonnie Kessler and Jeff Kremer

In Memory of Elaine Marcus
The Link Counseling Center
Sara Ghitis
Michal Ilai and Julie Glasson

In Memory of Gail Rubin
Sue and Marc Backer
Denise Fields Lee

In Honor of Archer Gale Pacheco and
Isadora and Ike Wachter's B'nai Mitzvah
Michal Ilai and Julie Glasson

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Anita Seidman
Gail and Sandy Seidman

In Memory of Elaine Marcus
Erica Sitkoff

In Honor of Rabbi Analia's Birthday
Michal Ilai and Julie Glasson
Kathy and Robert Eisenband

Tikkun Olam Fund
In Memory of Elaine Marcus
Karen and Dan Weinberg
Melanie and Allan Nelkin
Sheila and Mark Cohen

In Honor of Rabbi Analia
Jill and Gary Vogin

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Fri, 24 February 2017 28 Sh'vat 5777