Curating a Jewish Life Intown
by Heidi & Ron Einhorn
Heidi: I grew up in Roswell and had a really nice Jewish foundation When I married Ronnie, we knew we wanted to be in Atlanta, and were very intentional about building a robust Jewish life Intown. Everyone thought we were nuts to buy a house right on Ponce de Leon Avenue where all walks of life are quite literally at your doorstep. But our house anchors us to an incredible Jewish life. We can walk to Congregation Shearith Israel, to Chabad Intown, and to Jewish Kids Groups, (JKG). We met Ana Robbins, JKG’s Director, in the earliest stages of the program and knew from our first meeting that our oldest, (in utero at the time!) was going to be a JKG kid.
Ron: I came to Atlanta after studying at the Pardes Institute in Israel. Now I teach Judaic Studies at The Epstein School and our youngest child is in Pre-K there. We roll with the ITP/OTP divide. Shearith Israel is our cornerstone, but we’re still part of an Epstein family havurah. With so many Jewish assets Intown, we feel good about sending our older kids to Springdale Park Elementary School (SPARK), the local public school. As working parents, JKG is the best case scenario in hours, location, bus transport from school and an exceptional experience.
Heidi: It all came down to what we wanted our lives to look like. We wanted a connected and inspired Jewish life. We knew we wanted to join Shearith Israel. Then, as our family grew, JKG and the Chabad religious school became important touchpoints for our family. At Chabad, we discovered a depth of learning that works for our kids. With JKG, it’s not just the aftercare, it’s the cool way Judaism and Hebrew are taught there. Our oldest recognized on her own that she could make her love of cooking Jewish by learning the recipes she tried at JKG, like shakshuka (eggs baked in tomato sauce). Our son had been resistant to speaking Hebrew, but he has so much fun learning it at JKG he’s become a bit of a Hebrew showoff.
Ron: When I landed in Atlanta, I spent my internship living with Shai and Judy Robkin, and they are truly my family. Heidi and I explored intown Atlanta together on long Shabbat walks and I fell in love with the area. What’s going on Jewishly here, within a two miles radius, is incredibly rich. I love that we can lead a reasonably observant Jewish life here. We can have Shabbat dinner just about every week with Heidi’s family in Toco HillsOur kids do summer camps at JKG Intown, and also with In the City Camp at Morningside Elementary. The oldest, who is turning 9, will go to Ramah Darom this summer. We love that we’re able to build such a robust Jewish life with what Intown Atlanta has to offer.