Ahavath Achim’s AA-ACTS (Action and Awareness to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex) Committee was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Interfaith Children’s Movement Child Advocacy Award in “recognition of outstanding commitment to eradicating child sex trafficking in Georgia.” AA-ACTS established an initiative to address the issue of modern slavery in the form of the trafficking of children for 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 Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)
- Participate in and host relevant education opportunities
Build a partnership of synagogues and other Jewish organizations that work together to end DMST
- Engage with interfaith and secular coalitions, human rights groups, government, law enforcement, and advocacy groups that share our enthusiasm and goalsProvide opportunities for volunteering with community agencies and programs
- Advocate and lobby for policies and legislation that will help victims and work to abolish DMST
Do the mitzvah of donating blood at Ahavath Achim Synagogue's quarterly Blood Drive! AA has been a proud co-sponsor and host of the Blood Drive for more than 40 years. To reserve an appointment, click here, and use sponsor code JWV - you will be taken directly to the AA Blood Drive site where you can schedule your appointment. For more information, contact Gail Solomon at email@example.com or 404.351.1900.
A special thanks to our co-sponsors: Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., Fulton Masonic Lodge, Congregation Shearith Israel - Atlanta, and Congregation Or VeShalom
Don't miss out! View the events calendar to see when the next Blood Drive is.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.812.1734.
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 by visiting their website here.
Prepare for a sustainable future.
Yehoshua said: "Make for yourself a Rav (teacher); acquire for yourself a friend (havurah); and judge every person on the positive side" (Pirkei Avot 1:6).
Bring the words from our Passover Seder to life.
Join us in preparing for a sustainable future by lending a hand with our gardening group. Help us promote single stream recycling, collaborate on environmental issues, maintain beautiful daffodils, and work on the Atlanta Stones 200 Project, in which stones are set to represent children who were lost in the Holocaust. For more information about how to become a volunteer, contact Myrtle Lewin at email@example.com.
Havurot, meaning “friends”, is Ahavath Achim's new initiative to connect each of us to the other by engaging in small groups where we can share in Jewish ritual, conversations, and celebrations. Together we will create an "extended family” within the AA community. The Havurah Initiative will encourage us to support each other, learn with one another, and perform acts of tikkun olam (repair of the world). Keep an eye out and ear open for eblasts and bulletins for updates in the program. To learn more or be part of the planning committee, please contact Shelly Dollar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although many choose to forget the pain and devastation of HIV/AIDS, it is still prevalent in our society and throughout the world. Brought to us through the leadership of the LGBT Inclusion Task Force and in memory of Alan Landis (z”l), AA focuses on education, advocacy, and healing in an effort to support those battling HIV/AIDS. In proximity to World AIDS Day (December 1), join with our community as we learn about medical progress, hear from the brave souls who live with the disease or have cared for a loved one who fight to stay alive, and pray together in one of the most meaningful and moving Havdallah (conclusion of Shabbat) services. To join the planning team or to volunteer for the LGBT Inclusion Task Force, contact Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal at email@example.com or 404.603.5744.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018: All those who are hungry come and eat, all those in need, come and share in the Passover Seder (Passover Haggadah). Help us bring the words from our Passover Seder to life with some of the most important hunger advocates around Atlanta by joining us at our annual AA/JCPA Hunger Seder. Now celebrating its 5th year at AA, the Hunger Seder weaves the theme of hunger and food insecurity into a traditional Passover Seder experience. A delicious feast and empowered conversation will inspire us to take the word of our tradition, and turn them directly into action by delivering our leftovers downtown, directly into the hands of those in need. Registration opens in February, 2018. To join the planning committee, contact Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.603.5744.
For more than 25 years, AA Synagogue has been responsible for providing more than 750,000 meals to feed Atlanta’s needy families, and our donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank has made us the number one religious contributor in all of metro Atlanta; in addition, more than 1,000 AA congregants have taken their time to walk in past Hunger Walks. We need our wonderful congregants to continue the outstanding record for Atlanta’s homeless and hungry by donating and walking in the event! For more information about the AA team, Sally’s Friends, contact Sally Kaplan at 770.952.8752.
Join us for the 2018 Hunger Walk on February 25!
Operation Isaiah was conceived by the Ahavath Achim Synagogue family over 27 years ago. Operation Isaiah’s core mission is to address the issue of hunger and the need to help those in the Atlanta community that struggle with food insecurity. AA’s Operation Isaiah has grown over the years. It has morphed into the Atlanta Jewish communities' High Holiday effort to combat food insecurity. A number of synagogues and Jewish Day schools now participate in the Jewish communities’ mission to address hunger. It is difficult to believe that members of our community are challenged by hunger. AA must continue to be the leader in the Operation Isaiah project - we need your help in ensuring that we maintain our leadership role in combating hunger. How can you help?
- Purchase food and bring to the synagogue.
- During the High Holidays, collection barrels from the Atlanta Community Food Bank are present on our campus in the Cohen Pavilion. The barrels remain on campus through Sukkot.
- Bring grocery bags of food items to the synagogue for the Kol Nidre service or on Yom Kippur Day. The Atlanta Food Bank will have staff available to receive food donations on the evening of Kol Nidre.
- Make a donation. Every dollar you donate will allow for the purchase of 4 meals. A one-dollar donation will allow for the purchase of $9 in groceries. Every dollar you contribute equates to 5 pounds of food. Two ways to donate:
- Make an online donation here.
- Write a check to AA Synagogue (place “OI” in the memo section of your check) and mail it to or drop it off at the synagogue.
The Ahavath Achim Refugee Initiative (AARI) was created by AA congregants who identify with the Jewish people’s historical experience as refugees from a variety of lands and as immigrants to the United States. Our mission is to recognize refugees in Atlanta who are innocent victims of war, famine, hate, or economic upheaval and offer them aid. Through advocacy, education, and direct services, we hope to emulate the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on our Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… To participate, please contact Jill Rosner at 404.603.5741 or email@example.com, and let her know you are interested.
Once a year, please join AA's Sisterhood for the Annual Worship in Pink Service. WIP is a program designed to open the lines of communication about breast health, promote breast cancer education, and celebrate the lives of those who have fought against breast cancer.
Saturday, October 21, 2018: Our guest speaker will be Susan H. Sandler. Susan is a social worker with Weinstein Hospice of Atlanta. Please celebrate with us, and hear Susan’s inspiring story. We will be honoring all cancer survivors as well as remembering loved ones we have lost.
If you are a survivor or caregiver or walker and would like to have an honor in the service, please contact Rina Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.