A Time for Change
Change, it is said, is constant. So, too, it is with synagogue life.
Over the past six decades, our people, our practices and our sense of place have changed. And now, so must AA.
Today, a multi-generational congregation is driving AA’s change. Alongside the still fervent leaders of yesterday are a multitude of young families determined to share its future. They and their children embody the energy and innovation that is now taking hold of AA. The openness and vitality that infuse the Ahava Early Learning Center, located in the Orkin Education Building, and inspire its young inhabitants are the same qualities they seek throughout the rest of the building.
The Campaign for AA will raise the funding needed to shape AA’s future by responding to both the physical needs of the synagogue complex and the spiritual needs of its congregation. AA’s leadership has developed a plan to address the needed upgrades and time-inflicted damage the Synagogue has suffered; it also addresses the equally compelling need to restore the Synagogue in a way that recognizes and responds to contemporary synagogue life – especially the congregation’s desire for intimacy with God and with the community. This is the time to help transform AA’s space – and transform its future. Please scroll down to learn more about the specific capital improvements that are planned.
You can also read the campaign case for support (below) and learn more about our plans to transform AA’s future.
For more information about the capital campaign, please contact the Development Office at 404.603.5755.
The Rabbi Harry H. & Reva Epstein Sanctuary
The plan to restore and renew AA is a comprehensive approach that acknowledges that both Jewish life and synagogue life have changed. A key element of the plan is the partial redesign of The Epstein Sanctuary to render it a warmer, more open and spiritually accessible environment. Flexible seating will provide an intimate setting for Shabbat morning worship, celebrations of lifecycle milestones, and the hosting of community events. A new tiered bimah will bring the clergy closer to our congregants, infusing new life and vitality into services. The impressive balcony, beautiful ark doors, and breathtaking stained glass will remain as the iconic elements they are.
The Cohen Pavilion
Enhancements to the Synagogue will be complemented with corresponding improvements to The Cohen Pavilion. A partial redesign and renovation of this prominent welcoming area will emphasize its role as the primary entrance into the Synagogue, indicating a clear entry point for all visitors. Upgrades will also enhance The Cohen Pavilion’s appeal as a sophisticated and welcoming pre-event space, one that includes a beautiful outdoor space immediately adjacent to it.
Ahava Early Learning Center
The future of the AA Synagogue is found in the next generation – our children and grandchildren. Opened in 2016, the Ahava Early Learning Center is a state of-the-art Jewish preschool, located in the Orkin Education Building, that welcomes children between the ages of 12 weeks and six years. This premier Jewish preschool is a vibrant, nurturing community where children laugh and learn each day. The inquiry-based, integrated curriculum encourages children to ask questions and make connections as they learn about their world. The keystone of the program is love (ahava) – a love of children, a love of Judaism and a love of learning.
The Alan Srochi Kitchen
The Alan Srochi Kitchen will be renovated into a state-of-the-art kosher commercial culinary facility. This modernized kitchen will be equipped to handle a range of catering needs, including the more complex catering needs of special events. Its expanded capabilities will burnish AA’s reputation as Atlanta’s go-to venue for the important lifecycle celebrations and cultural events that are so vital to us as Jews.
Basic but vital renovations to the AA complex will include the replacement of outdated and deteriorating mechanical, plumbing, and electrical equipment with safer and more cost-efficient new systems. Updated acoustical, lighting, and security systems will enhance virtually every service and event, and optimize the systems’ performance.
Restrooms and Administrative Area
New restroom facilities will be added to the main foyer space to provide easier access from The Epstein Sanctuary and The Cohen Pavilion. The remaining administrative area – including the offices, reception area and staff collaboration room – will be completely renovated.
|Main Kitchen (Meat)||$1,250,000||Reserved|
|Ahava Outdoor Classroom||$500,000||Reserved|
|Sanctuary Ceiling Millwork||$500,000|
|Ahava Community Room/Piazza||$250,000||Reserved|
|Preservation of the Dome||$250,000|
|Gold Door Entry Foyer||$250,000|
|Campaign Donor Wall||$250,000||Reserved|
|Peachtree Battle Lawn||$250,000|
|Upper Synagogue Drive||$250,000|
|Lower Parking Lot||$250,000|
|Ahava Art Studio/Atelier||$150,000||Reserved|
|Left Access Ramp||$125,000|
|Ahava Classrooms (6)||$100,000||Reserved (5)|
|Ahava Reception Area||$100,000||Reserved|
|Ahava Staff Lounge||$100,000||Reserved|
|Sanctuary Partitions (2)||$100,000|
|Assistant Rabbi’s Office||$100,000|
|Executive Director’s Office||$50,000|
|Ahava Assistant Director’s Office||$50,000||Reserved|
|Ahava Director’s Office||$50,000||Reserved|
|Ahava Art Hut||$50,000|
|Ahava Music Hut||$50,000|
|Lower Pulpit Table||$50,000||Reserved|
|Sanctuary Bookshelves (2)||$50,000|
|Yahrzeit Boards (2)||$50,000||Reserved (2)|
|New Women’s Lounge||$50,000|
|New Men’s Lounge||$50,000|
|Past Presidents’ Wall||$50,000||Reserved|
|Benches Outside the Sanctuary (2)||$36,000||Reserved (2)|
|Torah Holders (2)||$36,000|
|Ahava Stump Jump||$25,000|
|Ahava Sand Box||$25,000|
|Bimah Chairs (10)||$25,000||Reserved (5)|
|Prayer Shawl Holders (2)||$25,000|
|Exterior American Flagpole||$25,000||Reserved|
|Exterior Israeli Flagpole||$25,000||Reserved|
|Staff Offices (TBD)||$25,000|
|Interior American Flagpole||$18,000|
|Interior Israeli Flagpole||$18,000||Reserved|
|Ahava Garden Bed (3)||$18,000|
|Kippah Box (3)||$18,000||Reserved (3)|
|Furnishings for Staff Offices (TBD)||$18,000|
|Ahava Mezuzahs (23)||$18,000|
|AA Mezuzahs (28)||$18,000|
*Lobbies A, B, and C are only available if Complete Lobby is not named.
Every donor’s name will be placed on the recognition wall.