Author Archives: Andy Harkavy

Find Your TriBE by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Oct 17

TriBEs are small groups of individuals, couples, or families that help make our big community feel small. They help every person be a part of something sacred. They help to deepen your connection with other congregants who share similar interests or life stages. They enable you to share Jewish experiences, conversations, and celebrations with other […]

Transformation at Temple Beth El by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Jun 21

This past week, my wife and I bought new patio furniture off of NextDoor. We immediately thought about how nice it will be to enjoy sitting outside over the summer having dinner with the amazing friends we have made since we moved here. We have created new relationships and deepened relationships with people whom we […]

Purim – Tradition, Innovation, Experimentation by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Feb 01

Judaism is all about tradition. We do what we do because our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on and so forth did it at one point in time. Traditions may also become stale or lose meaning. Why do we ALWAYS do what we do? Sometimes we know, but more often than not, we do what […]

Home by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Nov 15

Many people have numerous definitions for the word home. Over the years, I often asked myself, “Is home where I live or is it where I was born?” Home is defined as the place where one lives permanently. I have not lived in Atlanta since I graduated from high school in 2002. I have almost spent more years […]