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May 17, 2017

Navigating Concepts Presented In The Show “13 Reasons Why”

By Dr. Betsy Stone and Hope Chernak Our teens are looking for on-ramps for conversations with adults in a safe space. “13 Reasons Why” can be used as a tool…
JumpSpark
December 14, 2017

JumpSpark: A New Model of Teen Engagement

By Hope Chernak and Kelly Cohen First published in the Atlanta Jewish Times › No matter your organization, mission or audience, there are hurdles to teen engagement, and success in today’s…
JumpSpark
December 15, 2017

Teen Initiative Aims to Drive Engagement

By Sarah Moosazadek First published in the Atlanta Jewish Times › The Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative is launching programs more than a year after the Jim Joseph Foundation announced it was…
JumpSpark
December 15, 2017

Innovation Key to Seminar for Youth Professionals

By Rich Walter and Hope Chernak First published on December 15, 2017 in the Atlanta Jewish Times › Rifling through a pile of random objects in a Tel Aviv youth hostel,…
JumpSpark
January 8, 2018

JumpSpark Teen Initiative Knocks It Out Of The Park

By Nina Rubin First published at Federation Voices ›  The Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative, known as JumpSpark, just concluded its first four-day “intensive” with a focus on sports. For sports-loving teens,…
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April 23, 2018

Learning with Our Feet

By Aaron Levi First published at AaronLeviCurricula › and eJewish Philanthropy › I find myself at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Jackson Street in Southeast Atlanta. Known as “Sweet Auburn,” this…
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July 31, 2018

JumpSpark Values Teen Voices

By Nina Rubin First published by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta ›  It's a dynamic time for JumpSpark, Atlanta’s initiative for Jewish teen engagement. We are excited to announce that…
JumpSpark
August 3, 2018

Film Sheds Light On Teen Anxiety

By Bob Bahr First published in the Atlanta Jewish Times ›  Last year Nanci Rosing’s son, Alex, was finishing up his bar mitzvah study and preparing for a celebratory trip to…
JumpSpark
August 3, 2018

Spark Notes: A Word from our New Director

At JumpSpark our mission is "to connect Jewish teens through interest-based experiences inspired by a Jewish lens", and we are doing this and so much more in Fall 2018. Kelly CohenJumpSpark Director…
JumpSpark
October 12, 2018

JumpSpark Announces Inaugural Cohort of Strong Women Fellowship

Jumpspark is proud to welcome 30 female-identifying Jewish teens in grades 9-12 representing 13 high schools and 9 synagogues in metro Atlanta to the inaugural cohort of the Strong Women…
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October 19, 2018

Spark Notes: Telling Our Failure Stories

I recently had two amazing experiences that changed my beliefs on failure. Kelly Cohen, JumpSpark Director The first week of October I traveled to Austin to meet with leaders and…
JumpSpark
October 25, 2018

Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative

First published by the Jim Joseph Foundation › Teens today are impacted by monumental sociological forces and challenges. With this understanding, and powered by research and data, the Jewish Teen…
JumpSpark
November 8, 2018

Self-Expression and the Confidence to Make Change

Our second meeting for the Strong Women Fellowship was centered around self-expression, in which we also discussed female and youth empowerment. As teenage girls, all of us who attended have…
JumpSpark
November 14, 2018

24 Teens Immersed in Israel’s Culture, Context

First published on eJewish Philanthropy › Twenty-four teens gathered at the Emory University campus in Atlanta from Oct. 26 to 28 for the second Teen Israel Leadership Institute hosted by…
JumpSpark
November 21, 2018

Spark Grants

Chanukah 2018 is officially in the books. It is time to clean the wax out of your menorah, wipe the splattered oil off your stove top and try to forget…
JumpSpark
December 4, 2018

What’s Your Big Idea? Apply for a Spark Grant!

Over the last year, JumpSpark connected and collaborated with organizations and individuals that impact Jewish teens in Atlanta. As a Federation Innovation initiative, we have engaged over a thousand members…
JumpSpark
December 5, 2018

Finding Connections As We Change The World

Every generation is controlled by the constant increasing pressure to change the world. Millenials are constantly reminding us, Generation Z, that we are the ones that can make the biggest…
JumpSpark
December 6, 2018

Strong Women Fellowship: For the Love of Pizza and Chris Hemsworth

Meeting the refugees from the Global Village Project was an amazing experience. Rene Walter When I had first arrived I wasn't sure what to expect or who I would be…
JumpSpark
January 10, 2019

Teens and Parents Wrestle with Anti-Semitism

by Nina Rubin, first published by Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta ››   “After Pittsburgh, I sometimes I feel unsafe as a Jew.”  “My neighbor believes that all Jews are…
JumpSpark
January 22, 2019

Woman Undefined

Lili Stadler Whenever prompted with the topic of sexuality and gender identification, I had never thought twice. I would simply brush off the subject since I had always been confident…
JumpSpark
January 25, 2019

Atlanta Anti-Semitism Summit Educates And Empowers Community

“After Pittsburgh, I sometimes I feel unsafe as a Jew.” “Why do some people rationalize anti-Semitism while others speak up and fight the same actions?” “People don’t like Jews.” Overheard…
JumpSpark
February 18, 2019

We’re Hiring: Engagement Manager

We're ready to expand the JumpSpark team! Do you think you have what it takes to join a fun, hardworking organization dedicated to Jewish engagement and education in Atlanta? Job…
JumpSpark
February 26, 2019

Introducing…Beit Midrash for Jewish Professionals

Over President’s Day weekend JumpSpark Professional traveled with 14 local Jewish educators and professionals to Ramah Darom. Surrounded by the beauty of the North Georgia mountains we participated in the…
JumpSpark
March 14, 2019

Consent and Identity: The Importance of Knowing Myself

Rachel Cohn Coming into this meeting with the poet Caroline Rothstein about consent, I was prepared to have a difficult discussion about the reality of sexual abuse and rape culture. However,…
JumpSpark
March 28, 2019

JumpSpark Invests in Atlanta Jewish Community Through $260,000+ In Spark Grants

JumpSpark has awarded more than $266,000 in Spark Grant funding to six organizations working to expand programming for Jewish teens in Atlanta. A new grant program in 2019, Spark Grants…
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April 12, 2019

Change Maker Spotlight: Varda Cheskis Sauer

This month as we name our Change Maker, we want to do things a little differently and chat with our honoree, Ms. Varda Cheskis Sauer. A teacher by trade and…
JumpSpark
April 18, 2019

Spark Note: In Every Generation

Tonight, when we sit down at our Seder tables we will be engaging in the ultimate historical role-playing activity. We come together at Seder not only to remember the Exodus…
JumpSpark
May 10, 2019

Three Questions for Kelly Cohen, JumpSpark Director

First published by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta › Q:  How did your background as a Judaic Studies teacher prepare you to lead JumpSpark? Kelly: One of the most amazing…
JumpSpark
May 13, 2019

Conquering Confidence: Practice Makes Perfect

Nadia Bilchik is an editorial producer for CNN. Before she came to speak to us, I honestly didn’t even know who she was. After hearing what she had to say,…
JumpSpark
May 17, 2019

Community Teens Honored at Hadassah’s 2019 Chesed Awards Ceremony

by Hadassah Greater Atlanta › On May 5 the 28th annual Hadassah Greater Atlanta (HGA) Chesed Student Awards honoring excellence and menschlichkeit in Atlanta’s Jewish teens took place at Temple…
JumpSpark
May 24, 2019

Change Maker of the Year: Steven Resnick

On the first Sunday this May at the Hadassah Greater Atlanta Chesed Awards, we were honored to name Steven Resnick, Youth Director at Congregation Etz Chaim, as the inaugural JumpSpark…
JumpSpark
July 11, 2019

Central Bureau of Jewish Education for Atlanta?

First published by the Atlanta Jewish Times › Since Tribe 360 closed its doors over a decade ago, there’s been no central bureau or agency for Jewish education in Atlanta,…
JumpSpark
July 17, 2019

Robbins Steering Federation Into Future

First published by the Atlanta Jewish Times › Writing about the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta inspires metaphors. Certainly, the Federation is the hub of a philanthropic wheel, its spokes…
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August 19, 2019

Spark Note: The Power of Professional Development

Annie Fortnow, Engagement Manager As I entered the first gathering of JPRO19: What Connects Us, the JPRO Network’s conference for Jewish professionals across North America, the room felt abuzz with…
JumpSpark
September 24, 2019

JumpSpark Breaks New Ground in Second Year of Strong Women Fellowship

Jumpspark’s Strong Women Fellowship, an empowering educational cohort for Jewish teens in grades 9-12, has more than doubled in size and expanded programming to feature a leadership track, 9 neighborhood…
JumpSpark
October 2, 2019

JumpSpark Brings Moving Traditions to Atlanta

While a majority of Jewish teens will become b’nai mitzvah, many drop out of Jewish life soon after, leaving the Jewish community just when they’re figuring out who they are.…
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October 16, 2019

Making Youth Mental Health A Priority for Jewish Atlanta

Armed with the knowledge that 1 in 5 youth experience a mental health challenge at some point in their life, and a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, JumpSpark (a…
JumpSpark
October 28, 2019

Lost Tribe Esports: Putting the ‘Jewish’ in Gaming

What if your teenager or pre-teen could engage in the video gaming they love – while connecting with other Jewish kids in a safe, mensch-y environment in which to make…
JumpSpark
December 6, 2019

Community Examines Social Media Addiction

In a series of community conversations, Atlanta’s Jewish teens were urged to “look up” and spend less time gazing down at their cell phones and electronic gadgets.
JumpSpark
December 11, 2019

Insights on Building Honest Communication Between Funders and Grantees

By Aaron Saxe, first published by the Jim Joseph Foundation › If you’ve seen one foundation…you’ve seen one foundation. This common refrain in the nonprofit world is a reminder of…
JumpSpark
January 7, 2020

Creating New Jewish Spaces in the Middle Schools of Atlanta

As an innovation initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, JumpSpark supports new projects in Atlanta that enhance Jewish engagement and build community among Jewish teens and preteens. One new initiative launching in 2020 are Jewish Clubs at metro…
JumpSpark
January 8, 2020

New Teen Engagement Fellowship Kicks Off in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – The Atlanta Kesher Teen Engagement Fellowship, an exciting new peer- to- peer engagement opportunity for Jewish teens in grades 10-12 offered by the Union for Reform Judaism…
JumpSpark
January 29, 2020

Spark Note: Learn About Our New 2020 Grants!

Let us help you build the future for Jewish Atlanta you want to see. Kelly Cohen, JumpSpark Director Since 2019, JumpSpark has strategically invested over $300,000 in the Atlanta Jewish…
JumpSpark
February 13, 2020

Kesher Fellowship Trains Jewish Teens in Leadership

First published by the Atlanta Jewish Times › With the objective of transforming the way Jewish teens can engage each other, an exciting new program launched in Atlanta called the…
JumpSpark
February 18, 2020

Announcing JumpSpark’s New Navigating Parenthood Coordinator

JumpSpark recognized early on that parents are an essential component to an engaged and healthy Jewish teen population.  In response, JumpSpark launched Navigating Parenthood in 2018. Over the past two…
JumpSpark
May 15, 2020

#StayingStrong – Next steps for SparkGrants

It is amazing how quickly the world can change. I want to thank everyone in the JumpSpark community for your patience as we reassessed our SparkGrants for FY20. Through conversation…
JumpSpark
March 6, 2020

Spark Note: Educating Generation Z about Israel

Annie Fortnow, Engagement Manager As JumpSpark considers its role in expanding teen Israel education in Atlanta, we find ourselves at the forefront of a changing approach to this topic for teens today.  In December 2019, I had…
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March 20, 2020

Spark Note: JumpSpark Resources and Updates in This New Reality

We at JumpSpark are here to support our community in this time of uncertainty. Below you will find an update about our Spark Grants, Teen and Parent surveys, and Some…
JumpSpark
April 1, 2020

Spark Note: The Wisdom of Doing Nothing

Sleep has always been my number one enemy. I viewed it as a personal crime against the way I was able to use my given time in this life. Why should I…
JumpSpark
April 5, 2020

Spark Note: 10 Days of Waiting

10 days had passed since this all started on March 9th with a fever and cough. At this point, everyone's' worlds had been turned upside down...All of my kids' schools…
JumpSpark
April 7, 2020

Spark Note: CCC Activates Teens to Give Back

Over the last few weeks, the teens and adults at Creating Connected Communities have been busy helping the community. Even while stuck at home people have been cleaning out closets…
JumpSpark
April 7, 2020

Spark Note: Local Teen Keeps Health Workers Fed

If a regular American 16-year-old can find a way to help, I like our chances for the future.
JumpSpark
April 7, 2020

Spark Note: Repairing the World Around Us

Repair the World Atlanta mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. Our young adult Fellows serve full-time for…
JumpSpark
April 8, 2020

Spark Note: The Importance of Self Care

Passover 2020 – it looks different this year. We may all be thinking about how weird this is or feel a bit depressed that the large family gathering isn’t taking…
JumpSpark
April 19, 2020

Spark Note: Bridging The Gap Between Atlanta and Israel

Shinshinim Atlanta creates bridges between Atlanta and Israel by bringing tastes of Israel to Jewish Atlanta. The Shinshinim are Israeli high school graduates who defer their military service for a shnat sherut (year of…
JumpSpark
July 1, 2020

JumpSpark is Passing the Mic

While JumpSpark was virtually road tripping around the country exploring colleges and universities, the world changed. Important conversations have started about the need for cis-gender, straight, white Americans to educate…
JumpSpark
April 21, 2020

Local Teen Launches “Hearts for Healthcare Workers”

My name is Emily Mand. I am a freshman at The Weber School and I love to play tennis, listen to music, and most of all hang out with my…
JumpSpark
April 26, 2020

Spark Note: The Power of Music

Hayley Lieberman is a sophomore at the Weber school. She loves singing and writing songs, spending time with family and friends, and being outside. For as long as I can…
JumpSpark
May 5, 2020

Spark Note: NFTY-SAR & The One on Zoom

NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.…
JumpSpark
May 6, 2020

Spark Note: One Mask at A Time

Ariella and her mom Celia are the recipients of a generous Making Jewish Places Microgrant, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, which enabled them to assemble ready-to-sew…
JumpSpark
May 7, 2020

Spark Note: Temple Youth Group Adapts to Virtual Reality

"Jewish communal life is as significant for our youth as it is for our adults, so at Temple Beth Tikvah, we strive to keep opportunities for community for our youth…
JumpSpark
May 11, 2020

Spark Note: A Fellow’s Reflection on the Impact of the Strong Women Fellowship

Hi! My name is Noa Young. I am a ninth grader at North Springs High School, where I am part of the drama department. Outside of school, I am an…
JumpSpark
May 12, 2020

Spark Note: Helping Jewish Youth Find Joy and Connection in Challenging Times

In 2019-20, Moving Traditions has been thrilled to partner with JumpSpark to bring our innovative programs to the Atlanta Jewish community to build the wellbeing and Jewish identity of youth.…
JumpSpark
May 14, 2020

Spark Note: Mental Health Awareness in the Time of COVID-19

JF&CS’ goal is to build a community of empowered lives and there is no better time to contribute to this goal than Mental Health Awareness month. Started in May 1949…
JumpSpark
May 17, 2020

Spark Note: Lucy McBath Shares Inspiring Words with Riverwood Students

On Saturday May 9th, Riverwood students and teachers had the privilege of hearing the inspiring words of Representative Lucy Mcbath (D-GA) on a Zoom call. The call was organized by…
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May 18, 2020

Spark Note: Inspiring Change…One Zoom Call at a Time

Unlike most things in quarantine, my involvement with the Strong Women Fellows has not slowed or even skipped a beat. In the past month, I’ve helped facilitate three meetings to…
JumpSpark
September 6, 2020

Using Art to Help Heal the World

Hello! My name is Sabrina Leftoff. This year, I am a senior at North Springs High School. When Covid19 began to affect our area, school as well as many other…
JumpSpark
June 26, 2020

Spark Note: A Prayer for Creativity

G-d, grant me the creativity to bring my vision to life, the maturity to abandon dreams that aren’t ready for this world (or vice versa), and the community to hold…
JumpSpark
July 29, 2020

The Closet

This year has been an absolute nightmare for the world. We started it off thinking we were starting World War 3, and then we were all quarantined for months, away…
JumpSpark
August 31, 2020

Finding your College Community in this New Reality

This past week at the University of Georgia has been unlike anything I’ve ever expected. I never thought I’d be ordering meals via GrubHub or wearing masks in the lounge…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 13, 2024

Because Of You, Local Black & Jewish College Students Are Coming Together

Jewish and Black communities have interwoven histories, values, and experiences in the United States that many don't realize. The friendship between Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua…
Federation News
May 10, 2024

May 10 Federation Five

We’ve all been watching with worry as protests and encampments take over college campuses nationwide. Federation’s Community Security Director Brian Davis and Chief of Programs & Grantmaking Rich Walter have…
Gather Grants
May 2, 2024

Winter Gather Grants Highlights

Nurture Atlanta recently hosted a special MLK Family Day of Service at The Davis Academy, joined by various organizations including Repair the World, PJ Library, The Epstein School, several local…
PJ Library Atlanta
May 2, 2024

Spreading Jewish Joy at the PJ Library National Conference

More than 3,600 families in Greater Atlanta share the love of Jewish life, learning and culture with their children thanks to the PJ Library program. Books, programs, activities, and gatherings…
Federation News
April 26, 2024

April 26 Federation Five

The Breman, a core partner agency of the Federation, leads the way in Holocaust and antisemitism education by offering student groups and visitors storytelling through contemporary art that combats prejudice,…
Federation News
April 12, 2024

April 12 Federation Five

JScreen, a recipient of the Federation’s Jewish Innovation Fund, is a genetic screening and education program that offers comprehensive at-home testing on saliva. In 2019, Federation's Innovation initiative funded JScreen's…
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April 3, 2024

Important Update on Federation Leadership

Eric Robbins, who has served as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for eight years, has announced his resignation and will be stepping down. Eric has graciously…
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March 28, 2024

Because Of You, 22 Israeli Children & Their Families Found Refuge at The Epstein School

"We've never done this before, but that's what you do as a Jewish organization. You jump in and help." After October 7th, dozens of Israeli families fled to Atlanta, some…
Federation News
March 25, 2024

March 15 Federation Five

Federation is thrilled to announce that Jack Halpern will be the recipient of the 2024 Lifetime of Achievement Award! Jack's dedication to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for nearly four decades,…
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March 21, 2024

Women’s History Month with Beth Weiller Arogeti

March is Women’s History Month and we couldn't miss the opportunity to highlight a woman who has shaped, inspired, and led our Federation community, Beth Weiller Arogeti, the Chair of…
Global NewsShinshinim Atlanta
October 13, 2023

Words of Reflection from an Atlanta Shinshin

In August of this year, Greater Atlanta welcomed eight Israeli emissaries to our community thanks to the Schoenbaum Shinshinim program. Shinshinim are 18-year old high school graduates from all over…
Federation News
September 12, 2023

Looking Toward 5784

By Eric M. Robbins As we stand at the precipice of 5784, a year brimming with promise and opportunity, I'm reminded of the boundless potential residing within each of us.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation InnovationJewish Abilities Atlanta
August 21, 2023

Innovation Initiative and Jewish Abilities Atlanta Team Up

Jewish Atlanta’s growth and development depend on our ability to address the ever-changing needs of our community with creativity, foresight, and courage. Federation’s Jewish Innovation Initiative offers local changemakers the…
steven-cadranel-headshotAtlanta Jewish Foundation
August 7, 2023

Atlanta Jewish Foundation’s Year in Summary

by Steven Cadranel What a year of growth and progress it has been at Atlanta Jewish Foundation! We have hosted numerous events that amplified our impact across the Atlanta philanthropic…
Dear Melissa, Thank you so much for giving me the chance to go to camp year and year again. While this may have been the last year for me as a camper, I feel the need to go back again and give the same/better experience to another kid. This is all because of you and the work you put into letting me come to camp. Because of you, I have had experiences I will remember forever, and friends that will last me a lifetime. Thank you so much!Jewish Camp Initiative
August 7, 2023

Thank You For Creating Camp Magic

Jewish Summer Camp is one of the most impactful experiences a young person can have. The magic of a Jewish summer doesn’t stop when kids go home, or even when…
Secure Community Network
August 7, 2023

Prepare for the High Holidays with Security Webinars

The Secure Community Network (SCN) is holding a High Holidays Safety and Security Webinar Series for members of the Jewish community.     Please join SCN, security executives, law enforcement, and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 7, 2023

A Federation Love Story

Last Tuesday, we celebrated Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love. Deborah Jacobs, our new President of Women’s Philanthropy, is part of a classic love story—and it couldn’t have happened…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 7, 2023

Summer Gather Grants Bring People Together

Federation’s Gather Grants program has been celebrating all things summer! We love hearing the stories that our hosts and participants share with us every day. Gather Grants are gifts of…
dog-sitting-with-student-in-class-helping-teachJewish Education Collaborative
July 24, 2023

My Canine Teacher

The teachers at the Mitzner Family Religious School at Temple Kehillat Chaim have found some new assistants that keep students engaged in class—and their salary is paid in ear scratches.  …
dawid-revell-israel-posed-picture-in-black-hatAtlanta Jewish Community
July 24, 2023

My Experience on Federation’s Domestic Allocations Committee

By Dawid Revell Israel When I was first asked to join Federation’s Domestic Allocations committee, I felt honored. I was humbled to assist with deciding how much to allocate to…
allison-sam-honeymoon-israel-posing-in-front-of-western-wallJewish JourneysNextGen Atlanta
July 21, 2023

Connect Jewishly Through Honeymoon Israel

"I never could have predicted the true impact of this experience—we had the most incredible trip that I am certain has changed our lives forever. We found new ways to…
Federation News
July 21, 2023

Atlanta Rides for the Living

By Eric M. Robbins I had the privilege of participating in the Ride for the Living in Poland earlier this month, along with a delegation of 12 Jewish Atlantans, including my…
Atlanta Jewish Community
July 7, 2023

Federation Launches JTech

Federation is excited to offer J-TECH, a new affinity group for Jews working in the technology sector that aims to help professionals network, hear from leaders in the industry, and learn…
kids-splashing-in-pool-on-floatPJ Library Atlanta
July 7, 2023

PJ Library is Splashing into Summer

PJ Library is making a SPLASH this summer with Splash Pad meetups around town! Come play with other PJ Library families at these fun-filled gatherings; our meetups are the perfect…
Beth-Weiller-Arogeti-head-shotAtlanta Jewish Community
July 7, 2023

A Message from Board Chair Beth Weiller Arogeti

Hello, I’m Beth Arogeti, the newly appointed Chair of the Board for Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. As a 5th-generation Jewish Atlantan, it means so much to me to serve…
Brian DavisSecure Community Network
July 7, 2023

Meet Our New Security Director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Secure Community Network Announce Hiring of Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent Brian Davis to Bolster Community Safety and Security  Davis Will Advise,…
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July 6, 2023

Our Jewish Community Needs Amazing Teachers Like You

Are you looking for rewarding part-time work? Or do you know someone who loves spending time with kids and helping them grow? Atlanta's part-time Jewish education programs need you! The…
Secure Community Network
June 26, 2023

Update on Community Safety

Federation and the Secure Communities Network (SCN) want to update Jewish Atlanta on community safety following activity by antisemitic groups over the weekend. We also want to remind our community…
lynn-saperstein-hilary-goldberg-posing-togetherPHILANTHROPY
June 24, 2023

A Legacy of Philanthropy

For Lynn Saperstein and Hilary Goldberg, giving back is a family affair. Mother Lynn and daughter Hilary are two women in a beautiful Jewish Atlanta family legacy. Their dedication to…
PLOT-leaders-speaking-in-groupAtlanta Jewish Community
June 24, 2023

PLOT Builds Bridges in Atlanta

Last week, we observed Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday for the third year. This holiday commemorates the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received news of the Emancipation…
jonah-robleto-with-mom-elyseJewish Camp Initiative
June 23, 2023

Federation Makes Happy Campers

Elyse’s son Jonah is currently experiencing his first summer at Jewish sleepaway camp, thanks in part to a One Happy Camper grant from Federation’s Jewish Camp initiative. “I heard about…
Federation News
June 23, 2023

We’re Almost There

By Eric M. Robbins Our Community Campaign ends June 30th, and today, I am filled with gratitude. I’m so proud of our community, which came together and met our funding…
antisemitism-on-the-wallAtlanta Jewish Community
June 12, 2023

White House Unveils Antisemitism Plan

On May 25, the White House released the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism: a whole-of-society, inter-agency plan to address rising antisemitism. The plan includes more than 200 recommendations…
gap-year-swimming-dead-seaJumpSpark
June 12, 2023

Gap Years Change Lives

Atlanta’s most recent group of 28 Atlanta Israel Gap Year Fellows has just returned home from an incredible, transformative year in Israel! These adventurous teenagers didn’t start college straight out…
shira-colsky-gather-grants-selfie-of-groupGather Grants
June 8, 2023

Gather Grants Empower Us

by Shira Colsky My name is Shira Colsky. I live in Smyrna, and while I don’t belong to a synagogue, being Jewish and expanding my circle of Jewish friends is…
ALEF Fund
June 7, 2023

ALEF Fund Update

ALEF Fund, Inc. (“ALEF Fund”) is pleased to announce it has successfully resolved recent issues related to the submission of pledges to the Department of Revenue this year. This resolution will provide…
teacher-and-students-sitting-down-together-in-classroomJewish Education Collaborative
May 22, 2023

Jewish Education Collaborative Names Teachers of the Year 

Federation’s Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) is proud to name the winners of the 2023 Sylvia Newman Memorial Teachers of the Year Award. This prize was established in 2021 by Howard…
mental-health-holding-handsPeople in Need
May 22, 2023

How Federation Supports Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. After the tumult of the last several years, there is, thankfully, more focus than ever on the importance of proper mental healthcare in all…
gail-heyman-pictureAtlanta Jewish Community
May 18, 2023

Matan to Honor Gail Heyman

Atlanta’s own Gail Heyman is being awarded with Matan’s Leadership Award. This honor, presented since 2009, is in recognition of an individual’s efforts in promoting inclusion, respect, dignity, and services…
People in NeedPHILANTHROPY
May 18, 2023

Project Dignity Collecting Products for Menstrual Hygiene Day

Project Dignity, an initiative of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, raises awareness about period poverty and its effects on women and girls. This year, Project Dignity is observing National Menstrual Hygiene Day…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 5, 2023

JIFLA Offers Free Online Financial Coaching

The Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta (JIFLA), in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, is proud to offer free one-on-one financial coaching services with financial coach Shay…
adults campingNextGen Atlanta
May 5, 2023

Adult Summer Camp Is Almost Here

Do you ever wish you could escape the daily grind and go back to Jewish summer camp? Well, now you can! Relive your days in the sun with s’mores, swimming,…
robert mann headshotPHILANTHROPY
May 5, 2023

Welcome Our New Frances Bunzl Chief Philanthropy Officer!

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is thrilled to announce our new Frances Bunzl Chief Philanthropy Officer, Rob Mann. Rob grew-up in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. He comes from,…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 5, 2023

Survey Results Teach Us About Federation’s Community

In February, Federation conducted a Community Snapshot Survey to help us learn a little more about Jewish Atlanta. We received 1,367 responses to the survey, all from adults over 18…
Atlanta Jewish Community
May 5, 2023

Thank You by Matt Bronfman

My term as Board Chair ends this month. Since I accepted this position, we have experienced a global pandemic, unprecedented rising antisemitism, and (generally speaking) more requests for aid than…
kids learningJewish Education Collaborative
April 21, 2023

Fellowship Trains Jewish Educators to Teach Israel in New Ways

Do you ever wonder how educators stay on top of best practices and research in their field? In Atlanta and Chicago, one option is the “Shifting the Paradigm” Israel Education…
JumpSpark
April 21, 2023

Chesed Student Awards Honor Standout Teens

Teens and families, mark your calendars: the Chesed Student Awards are on May 7! JumpSpark and Hadassah are thrilled to honor these outstanding young people from across metro Atlanta.  The…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 21, 2023

Federation Celebrates Israel @75!

Yom huledet sameach! The State of Israel is turning 75 years old, and Jewish Atlanta is ready to party! Here are a few activities happening in Atlanta this week where…
Federation News
April 21, 2023

This Year, In Jerusalem

Shalom! We just finished Federation’s long-awaited Community Journey, and I am writing this piece while I am still here, in Israel. To be here on the cusp of the country’s…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
April 17, 2023

The Advocacy Efforts of Jewish Abilities Atlanta

Jewish Abilities Atlanta advocates for Jewish people with disabilities and works to ensure that Jewish spaces are accessible to all people. The JAA community is full of bright, talented individuals…
Federation Innovation
April 17, 2023

The Innovation Initiative Invests in Local Jewish Changemakers

The Jewish Innovation Initiative funds cutting-edge ideas that come from and benefit Jewish Atlanta. Programs can be new, or hosted by existing organizations like synagogues, day schools, and more. Innovation…
PJ Library Atlanta
April 17, 2023

PJ Library Gives Micah a Lifelong Relationship to Judaism

There are PJ Library resources for children and parents at every stage of life—from supporting new parents with JBaby, to engaging kids from 9-12 years old with PJ Our Way. PJ Library books, resources,…
AgeWell Atlanta
April 17, 2023

AgeWell Helps Older Adults Navigate Their Changing Needs

AgeWell Atlanta was created to offer assistance-finding resources for older adults. Through a unique collaborative partnership, four Atlanta Jewish agencies—Aviv Older Adult Services of Jewish Family & Career Services, Jewish HomeLife,…
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April 17, 2023

The Power of Jewish Camp

Summer just isn’t summer without overnight camp! Federation’s Jewish Camp Initiative sends kids to Jewish overnight camp by providing necessary grants and scholarships. The experiences kids have at summer camp…
Global News
March 28, 2023

Federation shared our support for the suspension of Judicial Overhaul Legislation in Israel

In response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he would delay a vote on judicial reforms in order to seek compromise, the Jewish Federations of North America released the…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPeople in Need
March 27, 2023

Jewish HomeLife Offers In-Person Caregiver Support Groups

“Caregiver burnout is real, particularly for those caring for loved ones with dementia or other age-related conditions,” said Jeffrey A. Gopen, President and CEO of Jewish HomeLife. “Just being with others facing…
PJ Library Atlanta
March 27, 2023

PJ Library Goes Beyond Books

If you grew-up in a Jewish home, you may already be familiar with PJ Library, which connects Jewish kids and their families to the diversity and richness of the Jewish…
JumpSpark
March 27, 2023

Calling All Jewish Teens—We want to hear from you!

JumpSpark, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s teen initiative, is conducting a survey to better understand the needs and experiences of Jewish teens in our area. Findings from this survey will…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
March 27, 2023

Celebrating Women-Led Innovation

Jewish Atlanta is constantly evolving. Our city changes a little bit each day, and with those changes come people who are determined to solve problems and make our community richer…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
March 27, 2023

Celebrate Women-Led Innovation

Jewish Atlanta is constantly evolving. Our city changes a little bit each day, and with those changes come people who are determined to solve problems and make our community richer…
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March 27, 2023

Lois Frank to be Honored with Federation’s Lifetime of Achievement Award

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is thrilled to announce that Lois Frank will receive the 2023 Lifetime of Achievement award at our Annual Meeting on May 31, 2023. “Lois Frank’s name…
Global News
March 13, 2023

Celebrating and Educating about Israel

Many of us have been watching the news from Israel over the past few weeks as the debate on the judicial reforms proposed by the current government spills over into…
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March 13, 2023

Learning Women’s History with PJ Library

Each month, more than 4,700 children in Atlanta receive the gift of a free Jewish-themed book from PJ Library that shares holiday traditions, Jewish values, and more. In honor of…
Federation Innovation
March 13, 2023

Why Innovation Matters in Jewish Atlanta 

Innovation is essential in any field—workplaces, industries, and communities should constantly be evolving and trying new things, otherwise, they stagnate. Federation’s Innovation Fund is one vital tool that keeps Atlanta’s…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 13, 2023

Contact Your Georgia State Senators About House Bill 30

Federation, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the ADL and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta want residents of greater Atlanta to be aware that House Bill 30 passed the…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 13, 2023

Happiness from Helping Others

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair  On Purim, we celebrate by drinking, eating and making merry. According to the Talmud, this entire month of Adar is known to be an…
JumpSpark
March 10, 2023

A Day In the Life

Bev Lewyn is an author
Jewish Camp Initiative
February 27, 2023

Start a Campfire is Ending Soon!

They say that Jewish overnight camp is one of the three most effective vehicles for attracting and engaging young people in Jewish life. Kids who attend camp:  Feel a deep,…
Atlanta Jewish Community
February 27, 2023

Combatting Food Insecurity in Atlanta

Federation is proud to join with other faith-based organizations from across Greater Atlanta to reduce the impact of food insecurity across our communities. In proud partnership with the Atlanta Food…
Gather GrantsJewish Abilities Atlanta
February 27, 2023

Making (Accessible) Jewish Places

When Eleanor Pearlman heard about Gather Grants last fall, she knew she had to do something that involved kids. “I love working with kids, being around them,” she says. Gather…
CARINGGlobal NewsPeople in Need
February 27, 2023

How Federation Supports Ethiopian Jews

During Black History Month, we celebrate and commemorate the history of the African diaspora. In the United States, we often think of this month through the lens of African Americans,…
Atlanta Jewish Community
February 27, 2023

Applications Are Open for Women’s Leadership Grants

The Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) is accepting applications for their new Women's Leadership Grants. JWFA seeks to promote social change and creates positive opportunities for Jewish women and…
Jewish Camp Initiative
February 14, 2023

Let’s Start a Campfire!

Did you know that the Jewish Camp Initiative has been sending kids to Jewish overnight camp for 10 years? It’s true! And you can be part of that legacy. The…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
February 14, 2023

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month

Did you know that nearly 20% of the population lives with a disability and/or a mental health condition? February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), and all…
Atlanta Jewish Community
February 14, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month in Jewish Spaces

By Victoria Raggs, Co-founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Jews of Color Council Happy Black History Month! The Atlanta Jews of Color Council is extremely thankful to be in our…
People in Need
February 14, 2023

Give to Earthquake Relief in Turkey and Syria

Last week, Turkey and Syria were struck with a deadly earthquake, with a death toll above 11,000 and still rising. The Jewish community in Turkey has been hit hard; the…
Secure Community Network
February 14, 2023

Combating Antisemitism

Last week, residents of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody awoke to a chilling sight—antisemitic flyers had been strewn across driveways, lawns, and sidewalks. It is clearly no accident that these flyers…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 24, 2023

Don’t Miss The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The largest Jewish film festival in the world is back for another incredible year! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) showcases vital and thought-provoking Jewish stories from across the globe,…
Secure Community Network
January 24, 2023

Federation Awarded LiveSecure Grant to Enhance Community Security

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has awarded a substantial security grant through LiveSecure to Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The matching grant, secured thanks to donations raised by our…
Global NewsJewish Journeys
January 24, 2023

Atlanta Israel Gap Year Fellowship Registration is Open!

Many teenagers look for exciting opportunities to grow and learn after high school, rather than jumping directly into college. They want to explore their interests; they want to travel, manage…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 24, 2023

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat with a Tree Planting and Seder

This year, Jewish Climate Action Network of Georgia (JCAN GA) and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) are celebrating Tu B'Shvat, the “New Year of Trees,” in Atlanta with two…
JumpSpark
January 24, 2023

Navigating Parenthood Workshop—Helping with the Transition to High School

During the pandemic, JumpSpark, Atlanta’s Jewish teen initiative, started a program to help parents of teens prepare for the transition from high school to college. On February 1st at 7…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 12, 2023

Creating an Inclusive Jewish Ecosystem

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)  Amy Murphy, Jewish Abilities Atlanta Manager  Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) has become a unifying factor in…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 12, 2023

Happy New Year!

Rich Walter Understanding the needs of our community is a critical piece of the work of Jewish Federation. Last year, our ecosystem collectively looked at the data from the Pew…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 9, 2023

Federation’s Employee New Year’s Party Hits the Mark!

On Friday, Federation rang in the New Year with a staff party that had everyone looking sharp! The Culture Club planned a fun afternoon at Throw, Inc. to celebrate the…
Jewish Camp Initiative
January 9, 2023

Day Camp Registration is Open!

It might be cold outside, but it’s already time to start planning for summer! Day camp registration is now open for the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Day…
Atlanta Jewish Community
January 9, 2023

Neranenah to Host a Musical Shabbat with Hannah Zale

On Friday, January 20, Neranenah is hosting Spirit & Soul, a Musical Shabbat with Hannah Zale, at the Distillery of Modern Art. Neranenah describes the evening as “A combination of…
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January 9, 2023

Sign Up Now for a Shabbat Gather Grant

Applications are open now for the next round of Gather Grants! Are you looking to grow your community? Have you considered hosting a Shabbat dinner, but feel like it might…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
January 9, 2023

Commemorate MLK Day with a Weekend of Service

Repair the World and Federation are calling on the Jewish community to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day “a day on, not a day off.” Beginning this Friday, Federation, Repair…
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December 28, 2022

Antisemitism’s rise endangers all of us

By Eric M. Robbins as originally featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution One of the most dangerous undercurrents in the midterm elections was the rise in antisemitic rhetoric by some…
Atlanta Jewish Foundation
December 28, 2022

We Need Your Philanthropic Support!

Jewish Family & Career Services Receives $500,000 Matching Grant from The Zalik Foundation to Address Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing  One of the most troubling side effects of the COVID-19…
Jewish Journeys
December 28, 2022

RootOne Lets Teens Experience Israel 

RootOne is a program powered by The Jewish Education Project and seeded by the generosity of The Marcus Foundation. Each summer, RootOne helps thousands of Jewish teens travel to Israel…
Secure Community Network
December 28, 2022

New Online Form Makes It Easier to Report Threats Against the Jewish Community

Federation is partnering with the Secure Community Network (SCN) to launch an online form for the public to report threats, incidents, and suspicious activity related to the Jewish community. This…
PJ Library Atlanta
December 28, 2022

PJ Library is Hosting a “Grand” Getaway

Calling all grandparents and grandkids! PJ Library is hosting its second Grand Getaway in partnership with Ramah Darom from January 27 to 29. This weekend is designed for grandparents and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
December 28, 2022

Happy New Year from Our Campaign Chairs

By Joel Arogeti and Seth Greenberg, 2023 Campaign Chair and Campaign Vice Chair  As we approach the end of 2022 and begin 2023, we wish you and your family well.…
Global News
December 12, 2022

Operation Ethiopia Helps Thousands See Clearly

Very soon, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is launching a new quarterly magazine: Generosity. Generosity will highlight stories of philanthropy and community in Jewish Atlanta. Here is an excerpt of…
Jewish Camp Initiative
December 12, 2022

Summer Camp Professionals Meet in Atlanta

It may be winter, but summer will be here before we know it. Luckily, the hardworking professionals behind Jewish Summer Camps don’t hibernate til spring. Last week, hundreds of them…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPeople in Need
December 12, 2022

Pinch Hitters Step in on Christmas Day

There are several stereotypes about what Jews do on Christmas Day—like eat Chinese food or go to the movies. But what about acts of community service? For many Jews, Christmas…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
December 12, 2022

Partner Spotlight: Jewish HomeLife

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Community Campaign is underway. But what happens to the funds that are raised? The answer is, they are granted to our community partners—incredible organizations in…
Atlanta Jewish Community
December 12, 2022

Chanukah Events Roundup!

The Festival of Lights is almost here, and Jewish Atlanta will be celebrating for eight crazy nights! On Monday, December 19 at 6 pm, Chabad of Smyrna-Vinings is hosting a…
JumpSpark
November 21, 2022

JumpSpark Events for Parents of Teenagers

Debra Siegel is a mother of two: her son, Zack, is a sophomore in high school, and her daughter, Zoe, is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.…
Global NewsJewish Journeys
November 21, 2022

A Transformative Women’s Retreat in Israel

By Ghila Sanders, Senior Philanthropic Officer, Atlanta Jewish Foundation Last week, sitting under a communal tent in Israel’s Negev desert at sunset, I cheered as 15 women took on Jewish…
PHILANTHROPY
November 21, 2022

Linda Selig Awarded the 2022 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

On December 11, 58 Lions of Judah from Atlanta will travel to Phoenix, Arizona for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Lion of Judah. The International Lion of Judah Conference…
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November 21, 2022

Federation Helps Jewish Atlanta Receive Security Grants

Did you know that Federation’s Community-Wide Security Program protects the entire Atlanta Jewish community? Jewish Day schools, camps, synagogues, and more benefit from the expertise and assistance of the national…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
November 21, 2022

Their Daughter Knew that Hunger Doesn’t Take the Weekend Off

In the coming weeks, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is launching a new quarterly magazine: Generosity. Generosity will highlight stories of philanthropy, charity, and community in Jewish Atlanta. As a…
Jewish Camp Initiative
November 8, 2022

Camp Barney Medintz Announces a New Executive Director

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has announced that Danny Herz will be the new Executive Director of Camp Barney Medintz, following a nationwide search. Herz’s role will…
Global News
November 8, 2022

Israel@75 Student Competition Celebrates Creativity

The Center for Israel Education (CIE) is holding a competition in honor of Israel’s 75th birthday. In May, 2023, Israel will celebrate its 75th year as a sovereign nation, and…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
November 8, 2022

Welcome Amy Murphy to Jewish Abilities Atlanta

Meet Amy Murphy, our new Manager of Jewish Abilities Atlanta (JAA). Amy joined the Federation team in September, and we are thrilled to have her onboard. JAA works to make…
Atlanta Jewish Community
November 8, 2022

Federation Shabbat

After a long hiatus, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is pleased to announce that on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, synagogues across metro Atlanta will observe Federation Shabbat!…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
November 7, 2022

Paying it Forward with Philanthropy

By Matt M. Bronfman I recently had the good fortune to attend the Women’s Philanthropy Fall Event featuring Ana Sazonov as a speaker. Ana was born in Ukraine, and with…
Atlanta Jewish Community
November 2, 2022

2022 Federation Shabbat

Antisemitism and the Ukrainian war are just two of many issues that Federation tackles. If you’re receiving this email, you are probably aware of Federation’s work, but many people in…
CARINGGlobal News
November 2, 2022

Winter Bears Down on Ukrainians

Winter is quickly approaching in Ukraine, and sadly, the war continues. In recent weeks, critical infrastructure that provides power and water throughout the country has been destroyed. Meanwhile, refugees continue…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
November 2, 2022

Fighting Antisemitism on College Campuses

This past Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida, following the University of Georgia (UGA)/University of Florida (UF) football game, there was yet another high-profile instance of antisemitism in the United States.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPeople in Need
October 24, 2022

AgeWell Atlanta to Hold Informational Webinar on Dementia

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 9 adults over 65 (and 1 in 3 adults over 80) experience cognitive decline? Dementia is a common health…
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October 24, 2022

Why One Family is Grateful for ALEF Fund

Many families would love to give their children a Jewish education but doing so can be prohibitively expensive. That’s where ALEF Fund steps in. Here is why one family is…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Journeys
October 24, 2022

RootOne Sends Teens to Israel

Bess Needle is a junior in high school and is active with the Jewish Student Union (JSU). This summer, she embarked on a trip to Israel with a group of other teens…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
October 24, 2022

Federation Celebrates Sukkot!

Nothing says “fall” like sitting under your sukkah with your loved ones and enjoying a beautiful evening. Last week, Federation celebrated Sukkot in a variety of ways, including through Gather…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 24, 2022

Federation’s Festive Fall Shabbats

Federation is always striving to connect Jews around the world. No matter what part of the globe someone calls home or what other communities we are a part of, we…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 12, 2022

Welcome to the PJ Library Library!

This new resource was created to allow educators greater accessibility to PJ Library books. We’ve collected and organized hundreds of books donated back by our subscribers.  The books are sorted…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 10, 2022

October 2022 Legislative Update

Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, JCRC As part of a nationwide effort to engage the Jewish community in protecting the electoral process, JCRC Atlanta, Congregation Etz Chaim and Congregation Shearith Israel…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 10, 2022

Happy New year and Hag Sukkot Sameach!

By Rich Walter  Sukkot is my favorite holiday because of its timing in the calendar, its emphasis on welcoming guests, and its deep connection to the land of Israel.  At…
Atlanta Jewish Community
October 7, 2022

 JFF Celebrates Sukkot with 10 Local Jewish Organizations 

On October 2, the Jewish Fertility Foundation (JFF) came together with 10 local Jewish organizations to create the largest family event of the season. What began as an idea to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
October 7, 2022

 ”A New Perspective in Israel” – An Onward Hillel Blog

This summer, Georgia Tech rising junior Talia Segal explored Israel through the Birthright Israel and Onward Israel programs. After enduring anti-Israeli and antisemitic comments from a roommate her sophomore year,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
October 7, 2022

Atlanta Created Federation’s Model for Disaster Relief

You probably know that the Jewish Federations of North America are uniquely poised to respond to domestic disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, and terrorist attacks. But did you know…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Abilities AtlantaPHILANTHROPY
October 7, 2022

Honoring Karen Botnick Paz With a Fund in Her Name

Karen Botnick Paz has spent much of her adult life advocating for people with disabilities in the Jewish community. This month, she is retiring as the Donor Research and Special…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
October 6, 2022

Fall Holidays and Reveries

By Matt M. Bronfman As I write, we are amidst the most festive time of year. Between the High Holidays, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, autumn is full of…
Jewish Education Collaborative
September 28, 2022

JEC is Reinventing Supplemental Jewish Education

Do the words "Hebrew school" conjure less-than-pleasant memories? You're not alone. Federation’s Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) wants you to think about supplemental, part-time Jewish learning differently—and they want places of…
Atlanta Jewish FoundationPHILANTHROPY
September 28, 2022

Debbie Kuniansky on Why She Endowed Her Annual Lion of Judah Commitment

Debbie Kuniansky recently spoke to the Federation's Women's Philanthropy Board on why she chose to endow her annual gift to Federation and how others can accomplish the same. Debbie has…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
September 28, 2022

How Federation Partners with Jewish Day Schools

Atlanta’s Jewish Day Schools are a cornerstone of our community. The lessons that children learn and the friends they make while attending school will stay with them their whole lives,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
September 28, 2022

Josh Comiter Moved to Atlanta and Made His Mark

Josh Comiter moved to Atlanta from South Florida in 2021. He’d been an active member of the Jewish community there. When he relocated, he wanted to continue his involvement in…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
September 27, 2022

My Rosh Hashanah Reflections

It's the start of a new year, 5783, and I find myself asking, "Where do we go next?" A new year offers a blank slate, a chance to make one's…
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September 12, 2022

Three Generations of Giving

Albert, Gary, and Jeffrey Marx are part of a proud lineage. Grandson Jeffrey is in the fourth generation of Marxes to call Atlanta home, and this Jewish family has made…
Atlanta Jewish FoundationPHILANTHROPY
September 12, 2022

Engaging Teenagers in Jewish Life

Being a teenager is hard. Hormones, increasing responsibilities, and long school days can make teens feel overwhelmed and cause them to disengage with their community. Federation supports many programs for…
Secure Community Network
September 12, 2022

Security and Preparedness for the High Holidays

Neil Rabinowitz, Federation’s Community Security Director, recently spoke with the Atlanta Jewish Times about how synagogues are preparing for the increased traffic of the High Holidays. Neil’s position not only…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
September 12, 2022

18Doors Invites Interfaith Families into Jewish Life

18Doors aims to connect interfaith families with Jewish organizations and to help them feel at home in the Jewish community. This program lets couples and families learn about Jewish life…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
September 8, 2022

My Father’s Legacy

By Matt M. Bronfman As some of you know, I lost my dad at the end of August. He was my best friend and role model. Throughout his life, my…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 22, 2022

CPI Education Series

Register Below for CPI's Education Series
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
August 22, 2022

Second Round of Gap Year Scholarships are Sending Teens to Israel

JumpSpark's Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship is helping to build a bridge between Atlanta and Israel. Last year, thanks to the generosity of Federation's community, 25 Atlanta teens were able…
Global News
August 22, 2022

Hillel International Student Cabinet Spotlight

The Hillel International Student Cabinet is a selective leadership opportunity for current undergraduate students. The cabinet serves as a vehicle to connect the global Jewish student community and as an…
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August 22, 2022

Meet your 2023 Community Campaign Chairs

The 2023 Community Campaign will begin very soon, on September 6, and we have new campaign leadership, Joel Arogeti and Seth Greenberg. Learn about the dedicated leaders who will be…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPHILANTHROPY
August 22, 2022

Reflecting on a Year of Great Work

By Matt M. Bronfman We are full speed ahead on our Community Campaign goals for 2023! While we are forward-focused, we must remind ourselves of our great work this past…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal News
August 22, 2022

Ana Sazanov is Leading Relief Efforts for Ukrainians

Ana Sazonov is the Executive Director of the Columbia Jewish Federation in South Carolina and one of the Southeast's most prominent voices on the humanitarian crisis facing Ukrainians. This issue…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 9, 2022

August 2022 Legislative Update

Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, JCRC America was founded on basic principles of democracy that encourage - require, really - active civic engagement to complete the social contract between government and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 9, 2022

Reflecting on the Challenges and Successes of Last Year

By Rich Walter  I hope that you had a restful and productive summer.  Here, we spent the summer reflecting on the challenges and successes of our previous year and planning…
Global News
August 9, 2022

An Update on Recent Hostilities in Gaza

We are grateful a cease-fire agreement was reached following a weekend of fighting in Gaza. This was the worst flare-up of violence in over a year and, unfortunately, led to…
Secure Community Network
August 8, 2022

Free Security Training for Jewish ATL

At the end of August, Federation's Community-Wide Security Program is offering two virtual classes designed to educate our community on proper safety protocols in emergencies. These seminars are meant for…
Atlanta Jewish Community
August 8, 2022

Exploring Jewish Contributions to Art and Culture in “Side By Side” Series

The Breman Museum and Neranenah Concert and Culture Series are thrilled to announce a new live performance series called "Side by Side." This week of live performances and conversations will…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
August 8, 2022

Community Love Stories

We asked our readers to submit their tales of romance, and you delivered! Read these sweet stories from our Federation family.  "My husband and I met in Etz Chaim preschool…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
August 8, 2022

Wisdom in a Pairing 

By Erica Greenblatt and Matthew Borenstein   It wasn't a typical first date, and certainly not a typical first-date conversation. But technically, it wasn't even a first date. Jewish Federation of…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGlobal News
August 5, 2022

AURA Receives Matching Grant

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $73,000 matching grant from the Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the…
jessie-schwartzman-at-camp-coleman-holding-torahJewish Camp Initiative
July 25, 2022

How Camp Led Me to my Career at a Jewish Nonprofit

By Jessie Schwartzman   In the fall of 2007 I was watching a  presentation about a sleep away camp at my synagogue. The five minute video immediately captured my attention…
Jewish JourneysNextGen Atlanta
July 25, 2022

Volunteering in and Exploring Mexico with Project TEN

By Amanda Budd Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Hillels of Georgia in Mexico City for a trip with Project TEN. Project TEN is an initiative of the…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityPJ Library Atlanta
July 25, 2022

PJ Library Atlanta Heads Intown

For the past 4 years, PJ Library Atlanta has been meeting families where they are—with an emphasis on those living OTP. This summer, PJ Library Atlanta has been spending time…
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July 25, 2022

Welcome Our New Deputy Security Director

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is pleased to welcome our new Deputy Community Security Director, Bryan Underwood! Bryan comes to us with an extensive background in law enforcement and we…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
July 22, 2022

Camp is such a special time for kids

When you think of “summer camp,” what comes to mind? Swimming, singing songs, roasting marshmallows over a fire? When I think of Jewish summer camp, I think of smiling faces.…
Atlanta Jewish Community
July 11, 2022

Have a Jewish July

We’re in the dog days of summer, and while it’s tempting to chill out by the pool or stay cool in your air-conditioned digs, there’s also a tempting array of…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Camp Initiative
July 11, 2022

Working Hard to Have Fun at Camp

By Allyson and Mark Tibor Our daughter, Rachel, has attended Camp Barney Medintz since she was a rising 3rd grader. There was no two-week session for her, as she was…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
July 11, 2022

Inside the Allocations Process

By Avery Kastin I’ve always heard that a gift to Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta supports the entire Jewish community. But what process ensures that those funds are wisely distributed?…
Global NewsPeople in Need
July 10, 2022

AURA Funding Needs Increase as More Families Arrive in Atlanta

Many Ukrainians are arriving in Atlanta with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are not eligible for government relief programs and have no access to food stamps, medical…
Atlanta Jewish Community
July 8, 2022

A Sanctuary for our Children

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair It is summer, which for many of us means Jewish summer camp. More than ever, camp is a sanctuary for our children and many…
CARINGPeople in Need
June 29, 2022

Yokneam Opens Arms to Ukrainian Olim

By Eliad Ben Shushan, Israel Partnership Director Yokneam has welcomed over 100 Ukrainian refuges who escaped from Europe, most of them carrying only a small bag and a lot of…
Atlanta Jewish Community
June 28, 2022

Pride Reflections

Pride lives in the present moment. It draws breath through whole-hearted people, here and now, celebrating the joy of love, and the freedom to do so without fear. I want…
Global News
June 27, 2022

Confessions of a Jewish Gap Year Mom

By Robin Rosen My son Jack was just beginning to find his way socially when COVID hit in March of 2020. He is a fairly reserved kid with a late…
ethiopian-jewryGlobal NewsPeople in Need
June 27, 2022

Ethiopia: Where Jews Cling to Hope and Promise

In a trip that inspired a wide range of emotions, Federation board member Michael Kogon visited Ethiopia’s community of devoted Jews in Gondar. He, along with other Jewish leaders from…
CARINGJewish Education Collaborative
June 27, 2022

Online Hebrew Instruction for Unaffiliated Families

Atlanta Hebrew Connection is growing! This exciting online program for Hebrew language learning is the product of a partnership between the Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) and ShalomLearning, a nationally renowned…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Camp Initiative
June 27, 2022

Never Underestimate the Power of Jewish Day Camp

By Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez,  There is no question that summer is in full swing in Atlanta and summer means day camp for so many of Atlanta’s families. Each summer, approximately 3,000…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
June 27, 2022

Meeting the Moment Together

Summer is here and July lies before us with its promise of fun, family, travel, and leisurely light-filled nights. Friends, we have earned it! As Campaign 2022 closes, I am…
CARINGGlobal News
June 17, 2022

Walking In . . . Reflections on My Trip to Ethiopia

June 2022 By Michael Kogon Why am I in Gondor, Ethiopia with Jewish Federation board members, Federation leadership from Europe and Canada, members of the Jewish Agency leadership, and community…
Atlanta Jewish Community
June 9, 2022

Atlanta Jews of Color Reflect on Juneteenth

Juneteenth (the 19th of June) commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, and also is a celebration of African American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
June 9, 2022

18Doors Offers Innovative Wedding Tool

18Doors helps interfaith couples build confidence in their relationship with Jewish tradition. They have now created a brand new, first-of-its-kind wedding tool and script builder. It is designed specifically for…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityFederation Innovation
June 9, 2022

SOJOURN Celebrates Pride in Atlanta

Atlanta is a bit of an outlier when it comes to celebrating national Pride month in June. In Atlanta the Pride parade and related events happen in October. Nevertheless, SOJOURN,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
June 9, 2022

Ben Massell Clinic Offers Lessons for Dentists

The Ben Massell Dental Clinic of JF&CS is the most advanced free dental treatment facility in Georgia. Yes, that’s right – treatment is free. The Clinic changes the lives and…
Atlanta Jewish Community
June 9, 2022

Atlanta: Always Punching Above its Weight

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair People always lament that time is going by too fast. I have that same feeling about being the board chair of Federation. It’s only…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsPeople in Need
June 2, 2022

Hadassah’s doctors dispense medicine and expertise

After Russian shelling intensified last month and a rocket exploded close to the Zhytomyr home of Nina, 76, she fled for Ukraine’s Polish border. When she arrived several days later…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityJewish Education Collaborative
May 27, 2022

A Gift to Honor Religious School Teachers

Howard Newman had the idea to create a gift in honor of his late wife, Sylvia. He knew that Sylvia’s passion was Jewish education and she taught in the religious…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGJewish Camp Initiative
May 27, 2022

Scholarships Send Hundreds to Camp This Summer

Federation’s Jewish Camp initiative has lots to celebrate as 2022 summer camp season approaches. As of mid-May 2022, our generous donors have raised $960K to help send nearly 700 kids…
CARINGGlobal NewsPeople in Need
May 27, 2022

A New Phase in Ukrainian Relief

Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund has been essential in helping vulnerable Ukrainian Jews find safety and shelter in Europe and make aliyah to Israel. In record time, you helped us…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
May 27, 2022

Thanks to MJP, Atlanta is Full of Welcoming Jewish Places.

Wherever I go in the Federation world, people ask, “What’s that thing you’re doing in Atlanta with neighborhoods and mini grants? Something about Making Jewish Places?” I’m genuinely proud to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
May 16, 2022

Plan Now to Take the Israel Trip of a Lifetime

It has been years since Atlanta traveled to Israel as one united community. Now plans are well underway for us to return together on Federation’s 2023 Community Journey to Israel,…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGather Grants
May 13, 2022

Moishe House Without Walls Energizing Jewish Life OTP

When you think of Moishe House programming, your first thought might be one of the four physical locations inside Atlanta’s perimeter, or one of the 150+ Moishe Houses spread across…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityAtlanta Jewish Foundation
May 13, 2022

How Baby Jack Launched a Legacy

Adam Kazinec has a long history of engagement with Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the wider Atlanta Jewish community. He currently serves on the Federation board and in the…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGather GrantsGlobal News
May 13, 2022

Collaboration Celebrated at JPro Conference

Earlier this month, 20 Atlanta Jewish professionals gathered in Cleveland for the JPro Conference, along with their counterparts from around the country. The theme was collaboration – a chance to…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsJewish Journeys
May 13, 2022

He Hadn’t Been to Israel Since His Bar Mitzvah. What a Journey!

Seventeen men have just returned from Federation’s Men’s Journey to Israel, and they have some stories to tell! On their ten-day adventure, they grappled with the many challenges, achievements, and…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal NewsShinshinim Atlanta
May 13, 2022

Host a Shinshin Next School Year!

Last year the Davis family opened their hearts and their home to host Yael Yankelevitch, one of Atlanta’s Schoenbaum Shinshinim. It was a decision that impacted everyone in the family…
Jewish Abilities Atlanta
May 2, 2022

Time to Laugh with Pamela Schuller

The Jewish Abilities Alliance of Atlanta (JAA) is proud to present Time to Laugh, a free, live comedy and storytelling event featuring Pamela Rae Schuller, Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm…
Global News
May 2, 2022

A Safe Haven in Israel for Ukrainian Refugee Teens

Twenty-two Ukrainian teens who have escaped the war are finding safety and refuge at Yemin Orde, Israel's home for at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world. Many of them…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGlobal News
May 2, 2022

Help Resettle Ukrainian Refugees in Atlanta

As the U.S. begins to open its borders for immigration, we will likely see many refugees come to Atlanta. If you would like to be on JF&CS’s list to help…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGlobal News
May 2, 2022

Remembering my Father-in-Law

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair The State of Israel was born seventy-four years ago on May 14, 1948. Coincidentally, my father-in-law, Ben Walker, who was living in a small…
CARINGGlobal News
April 21, 2022

Passover Seders in Ukraine and Ethiopia Target Future Olim

The Jewish Agency for Israel held a special Passover seder for hundreds of Ukrainian refugees who are staying at the organization’s Aliyah (immigration to Israel) processing centers in the region…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityGather Grants
April 15, 2022

Get a Gather Grant to Elevate Your Shabbat

Jewish Federation of Great Atlanta’s Making Jewish Places (MJP) initiative is pleased to offer a new round of $180 Gather Grants to make Shabbat experiences extra special. MJP grants are…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
April 15, 2022

Propel Grantee a Leader in the “Maker” Movement

More than a year ago, Federation Innovation sponsored a Propel Pitch funding competition for social entrepreneurs in Atlanta. The first-place winner was a team from Georgia Tech known as Tikkun…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGGlobal NewsJewish Camp Initiative
April 15, 2022

More Family Camp Weekends!

Earlier this month 27 families totaling nearly 100 people gathered for Family Camp: Passover Edition at Ramah Darom. Once again, Federation helped create and convene an immersive family camp weekend…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 15, 2022

Announcing our 2022 Community Award Winners

It is a special joy to announce the names of Federation’s 2022 Community Award Winners. They are passionate people who thrive on collaboration and volunteerism in service to Jewish Atlanta.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
April 15, 2022

Loving the Stranger. Paying Our Privilege Forward.

Nataliyah Fleshler and Masha Vaynman came to America with their families from Kyiv as young girls. They were part of the wave of Jews from the former Soviet Union who…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 12, 2022

Community Seder Recipes

Global NewsPeople in Need
April 8, 2022

JF&CS Supports Ukrainian Holocaust Survivors in the Southeast

By Cherie Aviv, Founder Holocaust Survivor Support Fund (HSSF) The news out of Ukraine is heartbreaking for all, but there is one group that has been deeply impacted: Holocaust survivors.…
Federation NewsGlobal News
April 6, 2022

‘Nobody wins in a war’

Seeing the Ghosts of Our Grandparents It’s a seven-hour drive from Warsaw to the Ukraine border crossing at Medyka where thousands of people are seeking safety and refuge in Poland.…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGPeople in Need
April 1, 2022

Matching Fund to Feed Hungry Jews at Passover

With Passover ten days away, many community members will need extra funds to purchase Passover food items. Jan and Marsha Spector, longtime supporters of the Jewish community, have created a…
Atlanta Jewish Community
April 1, 2022

So Many Seders & Celebrations!

Now that people are returning to in-person Passover seders, we are delighted to share the many traditional and unique Passover celebrations happening around the Atlanta Jewish community. Many of them…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
April 1, 2022

Nataliya and Masha: Helping Ukraine, the Country They Once Fled

Nataliya Fleshler and Masha Vaynman both came to America from Kyiv (the Russian name is Kiev) as young girls -- part of the wave of Russian Jewish refugees who were…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
April 1, 2022

Federation is for Good Times Too!

By Matt Bronfman, Federation Board Chair We talk a lot about how Federation is built to carry us through difficult times. Whenever and wherever Jews are in crisis – from…
JumpSpark
March 30, 2022

Amplify Israel Spring 2022 Project: Books with Jewish Representation

When a person thinks about Judaism represented in literature,they often think of Holocaust books. Many of these books are incredible and definite must-reads. However, sometimes we could all use a…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 21, 2022

Poland / Ukraine Solidarity Mission

An email from Steven Cadranel on his flight to Poland For  those of you that haven’t read Eric Robbins’ Facebook or Linked-In post, I hope you will find it and…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARINGFederation News
March 21, 2022

Mexico on My Mind. Ukraine in My Heart.

While my friends and colleagues are working around the clock to save lives at the borders of Ukraine, The Jewish Agency for Israel’s (JAFI) work around the globe isn't stopping…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 21, 2022

Empathy and Action at the Strong Women Fellowship

JumpSpark’s Strong Women Fellowship is an affinity group of 40 female identifying teens who meet monthly to discuss what it means to be a strong Jewish woman. Topics have included…
Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 21, 2022

Ukrainian Refugees Resettle in Yokneam

In recent weeks we have been overjoyed to see hundreds of Ukrainian refugees airlifted to Israel to make aliyah (immigration to Israel) and begin new lives. Among them were seven…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 20, 2022

Private Virtual Ukrainian Briefing

Atlanta Jewish CommunityCARING
March 18, 2022

Planting Seeds for Future Generations

Growing up in the tight-knit Jewish community of Charleston, South Carolina, Ellen Arnovitz learned early on that serving, leading, and giving were priorities in her family. All four of her…
Atlanta Jewish Community
March 18, 2022

Two Atlanta Nonprofits Receive National Recognition

Tomorrow: Say L’Chaim to our Winning Partners The Slingshot Fund, which works with young philanthropists to promote Jewish innovation, has released its 2022 “10 to Watch,” a list of 10…
JumpSpark
March 16, 2022

A Day in a Life as an Israeli Teenager

Hi! My name is Oria Yosef, I’m 11th grader and I live in Yokneam Illit.  My day starts at school at 8:30 and sometimes I study on zoom. My two…
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