Author Archives: Torah Buzz

At URJ Biennial, We Are Reminded That We Are Not Alone by Rachel Campbell

Dec 14

It would be an understatement to say that it has been a challenging time in our country these last several years. I don’t need to go through the laundry list why. And while Temple Beth El has served as a beacon to many of us during these hard times, it can often feel like we are […]

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 […]

Rosh Hashanah President’s Speech by Ginny Rosenberg

Sep 21

Bishop and I had the good fortune to visit Spain this summer. As our tour guide led us through the cobbled streets of the old Jewish quarters, time and time again, she repeated her remarks. “We are entering the Jewish quarter. No Jews live here now.” In fact, we didn’t see any evidence of Jewish […]

Community Begins with a Warm Welcome by Holly Levinson

Sep 18

Abraham and Sarah were welcoming people. Abraham’s tent opened on four sides to welcome travelers from all directions. Abraham did not wait for strangers to approach, he rushed out and greeted them. Sarah’s tent was equally welcoming, with its doors wide open. In fact, the Shechinah, the Divine Presence that seeks to dwell among us, […]

A Community of Legos by Andy Siegel

Sep 18

We are all legos. Each of us unique in design, filled with color and infinite potential. One lego is cool. Two legos makes a combination. More and more legos, and you have a collection. A community. Like a lego community, our congregation is a collection of individual parts, strong members that are all valuable, especially when […]

Community Equals Connectedness by Ann Baumgarten

Sep 18

It was a hard decision to leave one community for another.  The place where our sons were born and raised, the place where we had great jobs and friends, the place of our Jewish Community. We’re not risk takers, and don’t take decisions lightly. We tend to stay where we’re planted.  But, we decided.  To […]

Shared Stories Build Community by Emily Zimmern

Sep 18

On a recent Sunday I experienced a remarkable example of the power of stories to build community.  As members of the Temple’s community organizing team, we were asked by a trainer from the Boston-based Jewish Organizing Institute and Network to answer in one minute the following question:  Why are you here today?  In powerful brief […]

Kehilah/Community by Harrison Lord

Sep 18

“You know the Jews – they all stick together.” A potential client told me that when I first started practicing law. At the time, it struck me as slightly paranoid (it happened that the business associates on the other side of his dispute were Jewish, though there didn’t appear to be any connection), if not […]

You’re All My People by Jennifer Sawyer

Sep 18

I recently had the opportunity, thanks to TBE and PJ Library, to attend NewCAJE, an amazing national conference for Jewish Educators held this year in California. For six days I was immersed in Jewish culture. I attended Shabbat services where Sephardic melodies made me long for Israel. I participated in Torah study and workshops and […]