Services & Events
(Details to the right)
March 9, 7pm
"What Lies Behind the Greggors and the Masks?"
A sermon based on the Book of Esther
March 23, 7pm
5 year Anniversary Celebration
Look for Evite
April 13, 7pm
5/18 Two Stones, Ten Rules
March 4, 4pm
"Doll" up for High Tea
Family Fitness Day
Evite to come
Jersey Boys at
Evite to come
MAP to Christ Lutheran Church, 176 West Sandtown Rd
Shabbat Candle Lighting
Havdalah Candle Lighting
Yom Huledet Same'ach
1- Eli Drury
5- Eric Shores
6- Benjamin Vigdorov
10- Alyssa McMillan
11- Brooke Meyer
28- Linda Kamisher
31- Ella Torch
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.
Gayle Kaplan's mother, Francine Bochakoff in your prayers for a
return to health.
Tom Ficarro's mother,
in your prayers for a return to health.
in your prayers for a return to health.
Have we left off a birthday or anniversary? Please let us know.
Articles, Events and Mazel Tov's can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundations of Faith Archive
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!!
Congregation Ner Tamid
The Parshah in a Nutshell
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.
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.
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.
Join Ms. Lauren for another fabulous Tot Shabbat
The theme this week is "Purim" with music,
Shabbat Blessings, fun and an art project!
Friday, March 23rd, 7:00pm
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
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
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 Acworth, GA 30101.) Tickets will be sold at the door for games, prizes, and food items. Cash only please. All proceeds will benefit the Religious School. Bring 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.
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 email@example.com to tour our school or for answers to any questions you may have. We have over 60 students who will benefit from your Mitzvah!!!
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
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.
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.
Hamantashen - Oznei Haman
Ingredients for the dough: (36 cookies)
2/3 cup of unsalted butter
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
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)
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!
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
Upcoming Community Events
(Anyone interested in attending any of these events as a group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Website, click here
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
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, email@example.com.
MJCCA at Zaban Park,
5342 Tilly Mill Road,
Dunwoody, GA, 30338
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!
The Cohen Home, Assisted Living
10485 Jones Bridge Road,
Johns Creek / Alpharetta, GA, 30022
Hunger Walk 2012
Sunday, March 11
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.
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 Name Suzanne Hurwitz
Phone Number 678.812.4160
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.
Let my People Play! Passover Family Fun at the J!
April 1, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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.
Jewish Family & Career Services March Volunteer Spotlight:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.677.9448.
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.