Foundations of Faith

Services & Events

(Details to the right)

 

 March 9, 7pm

Traditional Shabbat

"What Lies Behind the Greggors and the Masks?"

A sermon based on the Book of Esther  

Tot Shabbat - "Purim"

 

 March 23, 7pm

Traditional Shabbat 

 5 year Anniversary Celebration 

Look for Evite

 

April 13, 7pm

Traditional Shabbat

Community Seder

 

Tot Shabbat Schedule

3/9 Purim

4/27 Israel's Birthday

(Cake anyone?)

5/18 Two Stones, Ten Rules

  

Women's Group 

 

March 4, 4pm

"Doll" up for High Tea 

Cancelled

 

May 6 

Family Fitness Day

Evite to come

 

 June 10

  Jersey Boys at 

The Fox  

Evite to come

 

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MAP to Christ Lutheran Church, 176 West Sandtown Rd

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Shabbat Candle Lighting

  6:19 pm
Friday, 3/02/12
 Shabbat
 
Havdalah Candle Lighting

7:50 pm

Saturday, 3/03/12 

 

 Yom Huledet Same'ach

 Happy Birthday

 

March

1- Eli Drury 

5- Eric Shores

6- Benjamin Vigdorov

10- Alyssa McMillan

11- Brooke Meyer

28- Linda Kamisher

31- Ella Torch 

 

  

  Refuah Shleima

 

Please keep Daryl McMillan in your prayers for a return to health.

 

Please keep Rabbi Tom Liebschutz in your prayers for a return to health.

  

Please keep Cheri Ehrlich's mother, Louisa Edelson in your prayers for a return to health.

 

Please keep Zinah Hall in your prayers for a return to health.

 

Please keep

Gayle Kaplan's mother, Francine Bochakoff in your prayers for a 

return to health.

 

 Please keep

Tom Ficarro's mother,

Viola Ficarro

in your prayers for a return to health.

  

Please keep

Zulma Rosenfeld

in your prayers for a return to health.

 

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 Have we left off a birthday or anniversary? Please let us know.

 

Articles, Events and Mazel Tov's can be submitted to news@mynertamid.org 

 

 

Foundations of Faith Archive 

02/24/2012

02/17/2012

02/10/2012

 

 

 

 

Greetings!

 

What an amazing Scout Shabbat service it was last week!!  Much appreciation must be given to Amy Berris who did so much to coordinate putting together this amazing event.  We had about 20 scouts along with Scout Leaders from all over greater Atlanta in attendance to support the evening.  Most special was the Maccabee Awards given to Cub Scouts, Jimmy Cyganek, Gabriel Berris and David Hall.  

I am hopeful that this will be an annual event for Congregation Ner Tamid.

 

Looking forward I am excited to announce of our fifth anniversary celebration that will take place on Friday Night, March 23rd.  Our service will be a nod towards our past and present as the service is co-lead by Rabbi Liebschutz and Founding members Karen Wekstein and Robin Flake who were so instrumental in lay leadership in the beginning stages of our Congregation.

 

We are inviting our Founding Members to join us in the celebrations which will include a special cake prepared by Sugarplum Visions, the unveiling of our long awaited Founding Member Plaque, and a slide show presentation sharing the past and presentation.

 

Mark your calendars for this milestone celebration. Ner Tamid is strong, growing and here to stay!!

 

Matt Berenson

President 

Congregation Ner Tamid 

 

 

Scout with Rabbi
Boy Scouts

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The Parshah in a Nutshell 

   

Tetzaveh

Exodus 27:20-30:10

 

G-d tells Moses to receive from the Children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the "everlasting flame" of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, "from evening till morning."

 

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary, are described. All kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet-a full-length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim-linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba'at-a linen turban; 4) avnet-a long sash wound above the waist.

 

In addition, the kohen gadol ("high priest") wore: 5) the efod-an apron-like garment made of blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen-a breastplate containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) me'il-a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz-a golden plate worn on the forehead, bearing the inscription "Holy to G-d."

 

Tetzaveh also includes G-d's detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons-Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar-into the priesthood, and for the making of the golden altar on which the ketoret ("incense") was burned. 

 

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With fondness and affection we recall those 

whose Yahrzeits are in March. 
We remember ...   


Elizabeth Alexander, Mother of Sue Huebsch  

Daniel Green, Brother of Matt Berenson 
Jack Teren, Husband of Gail Teren 
Paul Leffler, Father of Johanna Kohler 
Betty Goldstein, Mother of Larry Goldstein 
Jean Rosen, Grandmother of Carole Steele

 

Yehi zichronam l'vracha - may their memory be for a blessing; 

may they rest in peace. Amen. 

 

Observe the tradition of giving tzedekah (charity) to commemorate 

the annual Yahrzeit of a loved one's passing by making a 

donation in his or her memory.

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Friday, March 9th, 7:00pm 

 

Shabbat & Tot Shabbat Service 

"What Lies Behind the Greggors and the Masks? 

A sermon based on the Book of Esther 

 

All are invited to attend our Traditional Shabbat & Purim Tot Shabbat   

Children from 2-7 will have separate activities with crafts and music, while the adults and older children will have a Traditional Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Thomas Liebschutz.

 

 Tot Shabbat 

Join Ms. Lauren for another fabulous Tot Shabbat 
The theme this week is "Purim" with music, 
Shabbat Blessings, fun and an art project! 

 

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Friday, March 23rd,  7:00pm 

Mazel Tov!!

Please Join Us As We Share

A Special Moment In Our Congregation!

 

 We Celebrate Our 5 Year Anniversary With A Service Honoring Our Founding Members

 

Special Shabbat service led by Rabbi and founding lay leaders Karen Wekstein and Robin Flake.

Presentation of Founding Members Plaque

Celebration with special Cake created by 

Sugarplums Visons and other foods

Slideshow presentation of congregation over the 5 years.

Special announcements of exciting things to come for the Congregation

Evite to come 

 

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What's Happening In The Religious School

 

March 4 - Religious School regular class

March 6 - Hebrew School 5th - 7th grade 5:30pm - 6:30pm

March 11 - Religious School Purim Carnival 

March 13 - Hebrew School 5th - 7th grade 5:30pm - 6:30pm

March 18 - Religious School regular class

Preschool meets

March 20 - Hebrew School 5th - 7th grade 5:30pm - 6:30pm

March 25 - Religious School regular class

March 27 - Hebrew School 5th - 7th grade 5:30pm - 6:30pm

 

 Purim In the Religious School

Everyone come and join the fun at the Purim Carnival Sunday, March 11 from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm at Mountain View Prep.  (2320 Baker Road  AcworthGA 30101.)  Tickets will be sold at the door for games, prizes, and food items.  Cash only please.  All proceeds will benefit the Religious SchoolBring your friends and family.  Don't forget there is a prize for best boy and girl costume so dress up!!!

 

Parents, please visit your class pages on our website to stay informed of what is happening at the Religious School each week. Go to www.mynertamid.org and log in.  Select Religious School from the Community Area on the left side of the page. Here, you can locate your grade level information.    

  

  

 

   CAMP COLEMAN

 

Are you interested in sending your child to Jewish overnight camp but nervous about sending them away without knowing anyone?

 

Heidi Meyer, your principal, will be staff nurse at Camp Coleman this summer starting June 24 for 2 weeks. 

Go to www.campcoleman.com for more information

 

Limited staff positions are available for older children and adults!!!

 

 

Religious School Teachers Needed

For 2012-2013 School Year

  

Are you interested in giving back to our community? Do you enjoy working with children who are eager to learn about Judaism? Do you have teaching experience? Do you have a desire to work with a dynamic educational team? Are you interested for being paid for your knowledge? If so, consider applying for a teaching position at  Congregation Ner Tamid Religious School. Please contact Heidi Meyer at heidim@bellsouth.net to tour our school or for answers to any questions you may have.  We have over 60 students who will benefit from your Mitzvah!!!

 

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Contribution Opportunities 

 

Whether it is in honor of a Bar Mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, or in memory of someone special there are several lifetime events to consider a donation towards Congregation Ner Tamid.

 

 Did you know that we have the following funds in place?

 

Rabbi Thomas and Marilyn Liebschutz Scholarship Fund

Education Fund

General Fund

High Holiday Fund

Future Building Fund

Sunshine Fund (for assisting those in need)  

Please consider a donation towards Congregation Ner Tamid as a way to honor or celebrate those that you care about.

 

Thank you to the following who recently donated requested items:

Kim and Jeff Epstein - Purim games to the Religious School for the Purim Carnival

 

Recognition letters are sent for all donations and contributions made.

 

 

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Quarterly Newsletter  

Purim is celebrated on Thursday, March 8, 2012

 

Purim commemorates the cancellation of the decree against the Jewish people by Haman in ancient Persia in 425BCE.

 

 

 

 

After the destruction of Judah, the Jews were taken into the seventy-year Babylonian captivity. The Book of Esther (H: Megillat Esther) tells the story of King Ahasuerus (H: Achashverosh) of Persia who organized a feast in Shushan to celebrate Queen Vashti's beauty. She refused his command to come to the party and he dethroned her. Ahasuerus chose Esther as his new wife. He was saved by Mordechai, Esther's Jewish cousin, who revealed the conspiracy by Bigthan and Teresh (two royal guards) to assassinate the king. Haman (the royal advisor) vowed to exterminate all the Jews after Mordechai didn't obey him. Ester intervened and the Jews were saved.

Traditions of Purim include reading the Megillah and making a lot of noise with a noisemaker (H: ra'ashan) when Haman's name is mentioned.

We give Mishloah Manot (parcel of food portions) to poor people, family and friends. Homemade hamantashen (H: Oznei Haman - Haman's ears), or triangular pastries, are eaten. Kids love to dress up in costumes and masks and parade with them.

 

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Hamantashen - Oznei Haman

 Ingredients for the dough: (36 cookies)

 2/3 cup of unsalted butter

 1 egg

1.5 cups flour

 1 teaspoon baking powder

 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract

 A pinch of salt

 1/2 cup sugar

Ingredients for poppy seed filling:

 1/2 cup of sugar

 1 tablespoon of honey

 1/4 cup of water

 1 tablespoons of lemon juice

 1 cup of milk

 1 cup of poppy seeds

 

Preparation of the filling:1.Soak poppy seeds in 3/4 cup milk for 2 hours

2.Cook on low heat: the sugar, honey, and water until the sugar dissolves.

3.Add poppy seeds and cook for a couple of minutes.

4.Cool down and add the lemon juice. Mix well.

Preparation of the dough:1.Mix the butter, baking powder, flour, and salt with a mixer or a food processor. Add the egg and the vanilla and continue to mix until you get elastic dough.

2.Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight.

3.Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll or flatten on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 inch (about 5 centimeter) rounds molds.

4.Put 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Then fold in 3 places and press the edges together.

5.Bake in a medium heat of 375 degree F for 10 - 15 minutes until golden brown.

 

 

Purim Kids Crafts

Noisemakers - Ra'ashan

 

Materials:

1 small water bottle

1 colored paper plate

2 transparent plastic cups

For noisemaker filling: any combination of the following: beads, rice, beans, dried peas, uncooked small pasta, small art rhinestones, buttons, glitter confetti, etc.

Stapler (for the paper plates)

Stickers

Wide Scotch tape

Preparation for bottle noisemaker:

1. Fill half the bottle with any combination of the above and close the cap tightly.

2. Decorate the outside of the bottle with stickers.

Preparation for paper plate noisemaker:

1. Fill in the paper plate with any combination of the above, but no more than a quarter full and push it to one side.

2. Fold the paper plate to make half a circle and staple it tightly with as many staples as you can so the filling will not spill out.

3. Decorate the sides with stickers.

Preparation for 2-cups noisemaker:

1. Fill most of one cup with any of the above.

2. Glue the 2 plastic cups opening to opening with a wide Scotch tape

Shake your ra'ashanim and enjoy!

 

 

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Purim 2012                           
   




















Featured will be Face Painting, Moon Bounce, reading of the Megillah 

and a chance to boo Hamen.

 

Tickets will be sold at the door for games, prizes and food items. Cash only. All proceeds will benefit Congregation Ner Tamid's religious School.

 

For more information, please call 678-264-8575 
or visit mynertamid.org
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 Upcoming Community Events

(Anyone interested in attending any of these events as a group, contact events@mynertamid.org)

 

 

   

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For Grandparents and their Grandkids ( grades 5 and up) 

Sunday, March 18, from 2pm-3:30pm

 

Join us for a field trip to the 'Anne Frank in the World' Exhibit!

We will have a guided tour of the exhibit and view a 28 minute acclaimed movie 

about Anne and her family.

 

 This is a free MJCCA Family Resource Center Program!

Meet at the exhibit which is located in the Parkside Shopping Plaza, 

5920 Roswell Road, Suite 209, Sandy Springs, 30328 

 

For more information and to RSVP, contact  Allison.Feldman@atlantajcc.org 

or call 678.812.4174.

Websiteclick here

 

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GuysandDolls 

 

Guys & Dolls Jr

March 22 - April 1

 

Marcus Jewish Community Center Zaban Park Jerry's Habima Theater

5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

 

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in theater canon. Come along with gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson as they usher in the 19th season of Jerry's Habima Theatre and, maybe, find a spot for their infamous floating dice game!

Adults: $25 Members / $35 Non-Members, 

Children (12 and under): $10 Member / $12 Non-Member

 

March 22, 28, 29 , 7:30 pm, March 24, 31, 8:30 pm, April 1, 3:00 pm

Call for tickets: 678.812.4002 or  Click for information

  

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JCC Lunch 'N Learn with Rabbi Hayyim Kossorla

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM    

  

Make your lunchtime a little more meaningful and a lot more fun. 

You are invited to join local congregational rabbis for a lively monthly discussion on a 

variety of topics, including the weekly Torah portion, current events, Israel, Jewish customs and ceremonies, Jewish holidays, and more. 

Each class features a different Atlanta rabbi. This program is free and open to the entire community; you may bring a dairy lunch or purchase a kosher lunch from Goodfriend's Grill. 

  

For more information, please contact Rabbi Brian Glusman, brian.glusman@atlantajcc.org.

Phone: 678-812-4161

MJCCA at Zaban Park,

5342 Tilly Mill Road,

Dunwoody, GA, 30338 

 

 

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Playgroup with a Purpose

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM   

 

Interested in having you and your baby meet new friends, both old and young? Come join this playgroup that entertains children, volunteers and residents alike. A fun time for all!

Location:

The Cohen Home, Assisted Living

10485 Jones Bridge Road,

Johns Creek / Alpharetta, GA, 30022

Directions:http://www.cohenhome.org/Directions.aspx 

Phone: 770-475-8787,

shorvath@wbjhome.org

http://www.wbjh.org

Contact:

Shauna Horvath,

Phone: 404-351-8410 

 

 

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Hunger Walk 2012

Sunday, March 11

Turner Field

Registration begins at Noon  

 

Did you know that between 9,000 and 11,000 Jewish people are hungry in Atlanta? The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is proud to be one of the founding partners and leading fundraisers of Hunger Walk to help this vulnerable population. Last year we were the largest faith-based fundraising group for the event!

We are the Hunger Walk coordinator for over 30 synagogues and 20 schools and agencies in the greater Atlanta Jewish community. This year, we are aiming for 100% participation! Please help your synagogue, organization, day school, or youth group get involved in this important event! This year's Hunger Walk is Sunday, March 11 at Turner Field. 

Click here to sign up today or simply make a donation.

 

The Hunger Walk/Run began in 1984 as a grassroots movement in response to the issue of hunger locally and globally.  Today, all proceeds collected through Hunger Walk/Run remain in our community. For over 27 years, the Hunger Walk/Run has united Atlantans of all ages and athletic backgrounds to support hunger and poverty relief. Over 13,000 participants came together last March to raise more than $500,000. 

  • Feeding America's Child Food Insecurity Study, released in August of 2011, revealed that 27.9% of Georgia's children live in food insecure households - more than 700,000 children under age 18. This means only 72.1% of Georgia's children live in households that are food secure. The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of access to adequate food resulting from the lack of money and other resources. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011. Data released Aug. 2011

      

  • Nearly 1.7 million Georgians (17.9%) are living in poverty according to the latest US Census Bureau American Community Survey report released in September 2011. This is up from 1.6 million (16.5%) in 2009, and represents an increase of 100,000 people in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. 2010. Data released Sept. 2011)

  • Among households with school age children, 67% of children from client households surveyed in the Hunger in America Study participate in the federal school lunch program while only 14% participate in the federal summer food program. 
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Pathways 

 

 

MJCCA's Pathways Interfaith Family Network

Enriching Our Lives: Interfaith Discussion

March 06 2012 - April 28 2012

 

 

 

 

6-session discussion and support group for those in interfaith relationships. Feelings about religion and traditions are shared in a safe format, with the goal of strengthening communication between partners. Issues discussed will include respect for each other's religious backgrounds, family of origin issues, holiday celebrations, and instilling religious identity in children. The final class will take place off-site and will feature a havdalah (end of Shabbat) service on Saturday 

 

April 28th Facilitator: Rabbi Brian Glusman

Times  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cost  $118.00 per couple

Street Address: MJCCA 5342 Tilly Mill Road

Dunwoody, GA 30338

Contact Information:

Contact Name  Suzanne Hurwitz

Email: suzanne.hurwitz@atlantajcc.org

Website

Phone Number  678.812.4160

http://www.interfaithfamily.com/elgg/pg/event_calendar/view/112271

  

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gaman

 

Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Camp Scene, Wood, paint, Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San Josť, From "Art of Gaman" by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo.


 

 

ART OF GAMAN: Arts & Crafts from the Japanese-American Internment Camps 1942-1946

The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum

1440 Spring St. NW 
Atlanta, GA 30309

 

Monday-Thursday from 10am - 5pm,
Friday from 10am - 3pm, and Sunday from 1 - 5pm

 

The Art of Gaman is a special exhibition in which The Breman Museum will be showcasing the arts and crafts made by Japanese Americans in U.S. internment camps during World War II. It is a universally uplifting story for its celebration of the nobility of the human spirit in adversity.

Soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, all ethnic Japanese on the 

West Coast-more than two-thirds of whom were American citizens by birth-were ordered to leave their homes and move to ten inland internment camps for the duration of the war. While in these bleak camps, the internees used scraps and found materials to make furniture and other objects 

to beautify their surroundings.

Gaman is a Japanese word meaning to bear the seemingly unbearable with dignity and patience. Arts and crafts became essential for simple creature comforts and emotional survival. More than one hundred objects, most of which are on loan from former internees or their families, will be displayed in their historical context through photos and videos from the era.

http://www.thebreman.org 

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Let my People Play! Passover Family Fun at the J!

April 1, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Zaban Park

5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Click for more information


$10.00 Open to the Community

For more info contact: Brian Glusman 678-812-4161

Families with pre-school aged children and their older siblings are invited to join us for a morning of Passover songs, crafts, stories and fun at the MJCCA!

Crafts will include Passover placemats, Elijah cups, candlesticks, Seder trays, Afikomen bags, and more. Parents will have the opportunity to attend sessions such as: How to Host a Child-Friendly Seder, and Passover Song Singing 101.

The program will begin with Passover songs and a puppet show in the Theatre at 10:00 am. Open to the entire community.

The cost is $10 per family. Registration available online or the day of the event. 

 

 


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Jewish Family & Career Services March Volunteer Spotlight: 

Allan Tanenbaum

 

The Jewish Community is deeply rooted in traditions, customs and values - one of the most important of which is giving to those in need. As Passover approaches, we are reminded of one such practice that reflects this value: Maos Chitim. Literally meaning "money for wheat," Maos Chitim dates back thousands of years. It exists to provide food for Passover to those in need. Tradition dictates that Maos Chitim is different from Tzedakah in that it is not merely a mitzvah, but rather an obligation of the community to help all Jewish families celebrate Passover.

 

For the past 20 years, Allan Tanenbaum has taken a leading role in organizing and supporting Maos Chitim in the Atlanta area. He and a small committee of community leaders drive a campaign for contributions to the Maos Chitim fund each year between Purim and Passover. In just those few short weeks, they are able to provide for so many individuals and families in the Atlanta area who would not be able to properly observe Passover. In recent years, the Maos Chitim Community Committee has partnered with JF&CS to take the reach of Maos Chitim to new places.

 

"JF&CS acts as our 'shaliach,' our messenger to the community," Allan says. "The people there help facilitate our ability to raise money and to distribute the fund, on an anonymous basis, to those in need." Each year on the day after Purim, the campaign begins, and each year the Atlanta community comes together to be part of, as Allan puts it, "this noble effort." In addition, there is a separate collection of food and a portion of the fund designated to purchase food, which is assembled into baskets and delivered. "This is particularly gratifying because volunteers will bring their children with them to help assemble the baskets, and they can see their parents contributing to the community in a physical way," says Allan.

 

To the members of the Maos Chitim committee, the success of the campaign is not so much about how much each individual gives; rather, it's about everyone who needs assistance receiving it and people in the community feeling a part of this effort. It is not a formal program or an agency-based initiative, but more simply members of the community coming together to ask people to contribute to this cause.

For Allan, Maos Chitim is something to which he connects very personally. His grandfather led Maos Chitim in Augusta, and his uncle assumed the responsibility in Spartanburg. When Allan took over leadership of this effort in Atlanta from Sylvan Makover several years ago, he brought with him a sense of the rich history of Maos Chitim.

 

"Maos Chitim works because of the character of the Atlanta community and that of generations of community leaders," Allan says. "And without the help of JF&CS, we would not be able to do what we do. It is a wonderful partnership that speaks to what JF&CS does for our community."

 

In decades past, leaders like Sylvan Makover and Allan Tanenbaum's grandfather and uncle would walk door to door to Jewish businesses to collect for Maos Chitim. The tradition has been quietly passed down to the current generation where technology has afforded us several more avenues to giving. You can now contribute to the Maos Chitim fund online at http://ytfl.org/maos

 

An opening passage in the Passover Haggadah reads, "Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover." The passage resonates with Allan. "Every time we recite it, I get goosebumps and shed a tear of pride that we as a community have fulfilled our responsibility. It is my hope that all who participate in Maos Chitim will experience that same sense of emotional satisfaction."

 

Food baskets for Maos Chitim are being assembled on March 29 and delivered on April 1. 

For more information or details on how to contribute, 

 please contact Denise Deitchman at ddeitchman@jfcs-atlanta.org or 770.677.9448.

 

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Kibbitz Corner 
 
Peter 

Teen looked skyward as world became hellish

 

 Petr Ginz's promising life was extinguished in an Auschwitz gas chamber in 1944 when he was 16, but a movie showing twice Wednesday in Atlanta held the promise of reviving interest in his remarkable paintings and writings for generations to come. 

 

   "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz," an American-made documentary about the wise-beyond-his-years Czech teen who composed and illustrated an allegorical story about the tyranny of Hitler even as German troops held his native Prague, was  the concluding feature of the three-week 

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 

 

   It's a major part of a renaissance of interest in Ginz, whose diaries were published in 2008, more than six decades after they were written and illustrated with his frequently Jules Verne-inspired art, following their discovery in a Prague home that once belonged to a close friend of Ginz's family.

 

   North Carolina filmmaker Sandy Dickson happened upon a copy of "The Diary of Petr Ginz" in a Winston-Salem bookstore while waiting out her mother's hair appointment and was so compelled by the book's expressiveness that she tracked down his sister by phone in Israel the next day.

 

 "I was drawn to the fact that there was this art that was so whimsical and fantastical," recalled Dickson, who will appear at Q&As after both screenings with team member Churchill Roberts. "I was really pulled into his imagination."

 

The story focuses on his bright imagination more than his dark end. Ginz, after all, captured the beauty of spring's flowering even as he was held in the ghetto-like Terezin transit camp in northwest Czechoslovakia and depicted moonscapes before man ventured there.

 

   "The Last Flight of Petr Ginz" animates his art, largely unknown until the space shuttle Columbia carried some of it, setting it to John Califra's soaring music. Unlike many Holocaust 

documentaries, historians and other talking heads are kept to a minimum in what 

Dickson calls a "celebration" of Ginz's life.

 

The documentary which made its film festival circuit debut Wednesday in Atlanta, screened in 

January at the United Nations as part of its annual Holocaust commemoration and the 

U.N. has partnered with Wake Forest to translate the documentary into five 

languages and to produce a detailed study guide in seven.

 

   Next, the film will be the centerpiece of a four-month film festival kicking off in March in the Czech Republic. The filmmakers also are raising funds to send it and an exhibit of art by Ginz and other children of the Holocaust on an American museum tour.

 

   In essence, Ginz's "Last Flight" is only beginning to take wing.