Advocacy | Volunteering

Gun Violence Prevention

Following Mass Shootings in California - A Statement by Outcry (Georgia clergy speaking out against gun violence and urging action)

“As clergy, we pray fervently for the victims of the shootings today in California.
We pray for their families and friends who will always feel the loss of their loved ones.
We pray for an end to the senseless violence and needless suffering.”

“With two mass shootings in less than a week and more than 21 this year, it’s time for policy makers to passing common sense gun laws an urgent priority.”

“As a diverse interfaith coalition who disagree on many issues, we agree that to address the wave of gun violence in our communities - in our schools, our houses of worship -  prayer alone isn’t enough. We are in the midst of an epidemic. There are indeed ‘guns everywhere…’ 

“When do we start respecting lives enough to take action? When do we say it’s time to admit that ‘guns everywhere’ is a problem? How many families need to suffer before we can do what’s moral and right?”

Outcry is an interfaith clergy coalition that has played a key role in the campaign for commonsense gun laws, including protections for houses of worship as a result of 2014’s so-called “guns everywhere” law and this year’s potential campus carry and permit-less carry bills. You can learn more about Outcry at

The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project began as a way of weaving all of the hunger and food instability initiatives that currently run through our congregation into a collective to help share our resources, collaborate efforts, capitalize on the energy of those already involved and create a larger synergy.

Throughout Atlanta, the need for food assistance has grown and waste from our system of food distribution has reached epic proportions.

The Hunger Project in our synagogue offers amazing and diverse ways to be involved. Please take a moment to view all of our initiatives.

The Hunger Seder
Operation Isaiah
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Hunger Walk
JF&CS Food Pantry
Share Our Shabbat - Food for Those in Need
Shelter Programs


AA ACTS – Awareness & Action to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex

Ahavath Achim’s Social Action Committee established an initiative to address the issue of modern slavery in the form of trafficking of children for the sex trade. While we recognize this problem as a world-wide concern, the primary focus of this committee is on the community of greater Atlanta, Georgia.

AA ACTS strives to:

  • Create awareness within AA’s community, the Atlanta Jewish Community, and beyond about the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
  • Build a partnership of synagogues and other Jewish organizations that work together to end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)
  • Engage with interfaith and secular coalitions, human rights groups, government, law enforcement, and advocacy groups that share our enthusiasm and goals
  • Provide opportunities for volunteering with community agencies and programs
  • Participate in and host relevant education opportunities

Blood Drive

Ahavath Achim Synagogue has been a proud co-sponsor and host of the City Wide Blood Drive for more than 40 years. With the support of the Jewish War Veterans, Masonic Lodge 216 and the American Red Cross, the blood drive is held quarterly at AA on the first Sunday of February, May, August and November.

Our last blood drive for 2016, the blood drive will be held on November 6

Visit the American Red Cross website and use code JWV to reserve an appointment. Contact Gail Solomon, 404.456.6171,

Greening Group

Join us in preparing for a sustainable future by lending a hand with our gardening group, promoting single stream recycling, collaborating on environmental issues, maintaining beautiful daffodils or working on the Stones 200 project in which stones are set to represent children who were lost in the Holocaust and had specific ties to Atlanta.

Contact Myrtle Lewin at for more information about how to become a volunteer.

Cultural Arts

Since 1979, the Ahavath Achim Cultural Arts Series has presented annual chamber music performances featuring renowned local, national and international musicians, conductors and composers.

The live recital series is free of charge and open to the public. It generally features two concerts each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

The concert series engages celebrated and accomplished artists, as well as significant young talent. Past performances have featured Maestro Robert Spano, distinguished conductor and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), the late Zara Nelsova, world-renowned cellist, Cecylia Arzewski, internationally-acclaimed violinist and former concertmaster of the ASO, and the late Maestro Charles Schiff and his pianist wife, Edith.

In 2014, the Atlanta Chamber Players debuted a new chamber work commissioned especially for the series by AA members, Steven and Lynne Steindel, and composed by acclaimed musician/composer, Adam Schoenberg, entitled “Ahava” (Love).

For more information, contact: 

Georgia Radio Reading Service

Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) is a nonprofit closed circuit radio station whose mission is to improve the quality of life for every Georgian who is blind, visually-impaired or has difficulty with access to the printed word by broadcasting current information via sub channel radio transmission and streaming on the internet. GaRRS broadcasts daily newspapers, current magazines, books, public service announcements and other community information. GaRRS programs are broadcast 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. All content is broadcast either live or recorded by more than 500 volunteers. If you would like to be a GaRRS volunteer like many of our congregants please contact Marty Kwatinetz at or 404.812.1734.