100 Stories of Impact

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Walking in the shoes of a person with disabilities

That’s what students at Gesher L’Torah explored while experiencing “Take a Walk in My Shoes,” a Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) awareness exercise offered at religious schools throughout Atlanta.

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Why I give, Debbie Shubin Levinson

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A life saver

“When the time comes that Jack and I no longer can direct Marla, she is prepared in her lifestyle.”

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Meet lifelong learner, Elaine Blumenthal

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A game changer

“Ari wanted to play, but the games were overwhelming,” Jessica recalls. “It took the whole season for him just to sit with the players.”

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ALEF Scholarship alum is grateful for the support

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Bar mitzvahs are for everyone

“Just because he can’t speak doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything to say.

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The positive effect of AgeWell Atlanta

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LEADS Leads Young Jews to Lasting Friendships

“I probably wouldn’t have met my wife Galina if it wasn’t for our Jewish community.”

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My interfaith journey

Ever since we started talking about spending our lives together, we considered being an interfaith household.

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Funding Big Ideas

This year’s Jewish Continuity Innovation Fund winners.

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Building social networks and doing good.

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Values learned as a child still drive Shirley Brickman’s generosity today.

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MACoM: Atlanta’s mikvah for everyone

“I love the way MACoM provides a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all members of the Jewish community to find spiritual meaning, healing, and renewal.”

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A family makes the MJCCA central to their lives

“I wish I could bottle the magic!”

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Watch David Golden discuss why he loves he wide reach of Federation.

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Housing help for seniors without savings

My mother worked her whole life, well into her 70’s, and was a caregiver to her own parents.

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College and a bright future, all made possible by a JELF loan

In 1984, just a week after getting my letter of acceptance to Northwestern University, my father died. My finances for college became uncertain.

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The impact of a Birthright trip.

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Hope Chernak to lead AJTI in Atlanta

Learn about the leader of the new Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative.

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Hunting for identity

Matthew had a life-changing Birthright experience.

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Meet our community evaluator, Uduak Bassey

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Meet our advocate, Rusty Paul

Rusty Paul represents Federation in the Georgia General Assembly as our community lobbyist.

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Senior Day

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Helping Seniors Thrive

Getting together with friends, being physically and mentally active, helps seniors thrive.

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A new spirit of partnership in Jewish Atlanta

Unity, an operating principle.

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Twins find mentorship and friendship through PAL program

By the time my twins Megan and Brett were 14 months old, my marriage to their father was over. Suddenly, I was their everything. I realized it was up to me to keep Judaism alive in my little family.

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Career assistance for older job seekers

After 18 years of work that I loved in the Jewish community, I found myself looking for a job in my late 50s, and suddenly my years of experience and my work ethic didn’t seem to matter.

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Heat Relief To The Elderly

Through a donor-advised fund, one philanthropist helps provide critical support to the elderly.

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From Designer Rags to Altruistic Riches

Through involvement with AJFT and her school’s Jewish Student Union, Gina wants a future grounded in Jewish philanthropy.

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Rock musician gains leadership skills as Atlanta Jewish Music Festival board chair

Back in 1995, when I was the drummer in a rock band called Soup, my bass player was raving about Atlanta — cheap apartments with pools and great weather! So we moved the band down south.

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Cultivating Jewish leadership

After that, I guess you could say I was on a leadership path.”

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Funding Big Ideas

This year’s Jewish Continuity Innovation Fund winners.

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Allie Goldring is a teen volunteer for people with disabilities.

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Jewish Student Union brings Jewish learning and pride to public high schools

“I made space for Judaism in my life because of Jewish Student Union.”

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Kids lead family into Jewish observance

Honestly, summer is always the most Jewish time in our family’s life.

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First-time camper says “Camp is crazy fun!”

This summer I had the most crazy fun experience of my life at Camp Ramah Darom.

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PJ Library helped build our Jewish family

When you’re the daughter of a rabbi, falling in love and marrying a Gentile isn’t exactly in the script. Before having kids, I wondered, how would we both transmit the Jewish values and traditions that were still new to Mike?

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Fundraising University goes to Israel

“In 1976 I fell in love, head over heels in love.”

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A journey through our homeland

A group embarked on a journey that would take them to the darkest of places for the Jewish people and then throughout Our Homeland.

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Couples meet in Israel and link their lives forever

In the space of just two hours a meal blossomed into a family love affair.

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Disabilities seder honors everyone

For 21 consecutive years, Congregation Shearith Israel has hosted a free-of-charge special seder for individuals with special needs.

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Building a stronger disabilities community

Right after graduate school, I had an experience as a teacher on an inpatient unit for children who were severely and emotionally disturbed. It left an indelible mark on my life and became the foundation of my professional work as a child and adolescent psychologist.

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Inclusion is what camp is all about

In preschool, our son was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction plus ADHD, and even for me, as a long-time professional in the disabilities world, Adam’s journey to inclusion has been an upward climb.

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Community security meeting allay community fears

Security program educates the community on the systems and protocols that protect our schools, agencies, and synagogues.

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New communication system keeps us safer

Now Federation has a system in place that directs information to precisely the right people in any kind of emergency

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Amy Shafron never imagined leading a Jewish day school

“I couldn’t have predicted this if I’d tried.”

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The gift of day school education

The Ragghiantis were looking for a way to unify their family in pride and Judaism.

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Finding the Jewish life he dreamed of at day school

Without a doubt, there is nothing as heart-warming as hearing a thirteen-year-old sincerely say, “Attending day school created a new life for me!”

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Investing in Jewish Generations

Learn about the impact of a Jewish education.

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Friendship and support for isolated seniors through One Good Deed

One Good Deed prides itself on great match-making, and wow, did I hit the jackpot when I was paired with 90-year-old Syd Green.

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Hospice care supports families at life’s end

A hospice professional confronts her own parents’ end of life needs.

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Breaking Age Barriers

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Breaking Age Barriers

What can happen when teens and older adults break through age boundaries?

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AgeWell Atlanta website provides resources on healthy aging

When Jewish agencies join forces to promote healthy aging, everyone wins.

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Meet teenage philanthropist, Raina Grosswald

My first time giving tzedakah (charitable giving) was at the age of six. My grandma, Susan Arnovitz, who I called “Mimi,” started a fund so that each of her grandkids could pick a charity and make a donation.

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Hillels of Georgia expands internship and fellowship programs

Learn how Hillels of Georiga helps to build Jewish futures.

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Toco Hills Moishe House opens doors of engagement for young Jews

“It was kind of jolting to discover that I would need to make an effort to bring meaningful Jewish experiences back into my life.”

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Jewish Student Union brings Jewish learning and pride to public high schools

“I made space for Judaism in my life because of Jewish Student Union.”

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