Life cycle events, both good and bad, are enriched by the love, support and spiritual guidance of your synagogue family. At Ahavath Achim, our clergy and our congregation are here to share your joy or your sorrow, and to assist you with the milestone events in your life

Births

The birth of a baby is a blessing to all. At AA, we are excited to help you welcome your new new baby and be a part of your child’s simcha.

Baby Namings and Bris

Contact Jill Rosner, 404.603.5741 or jrosner@aasynagogue.org, to schedule the date, time, and officiant. When you have a final schedule, contact Jill to help you coordinate your celebration at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Our facilities are available to host formal or informal events, large or small.

Expecting?  Join us for Bet Is For Baby, our Jewish parenting course for first-time expectant parents who are about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lifetimes – parenthood.

Bet Is For Baby

Periodically throughout the year, AA hosts Bet Is For Baby, an engaging and educational program for first-time expectant parents and anyone seeking the benefits of a Jewish parenting course. These sessions provide a great opportunity to learn about everything Jewish baby and to connect with other expectant parents who are about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lifetimes – parenthood.

This three-part program offers expectant parents information and guidance about Jewish traditions and parenting, including Brit Mila and Brit Bat, circumcision, baby naming and child-raising. Bet Is For Baby is free and open to the community. All expectant parents are warmly welcome and encouraged to attend. Join us and other expectant parents for our next Bet Is For Baby program TBA.  More information coming soon!

For information or to register, contact Jill Rosner at 404.603.5741 or jrosner@aasynagogue.org.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Bar / Bat Mitzvah literally means Son / Daughter of the Commandment. It is a joyous coming of age in which we welcome young men and women as full-fledged members of the Jewish community.

At Ahavath Achim, we strive to ensure that each child and each family experiences the positive significance of this special milestone ritual by preparing and encouraging each child, and assisting and supporting each family.

To schedule a Bar / Bat Mitzvah contact Jill Rosner at 404.603.5741 or jrosner@aasynagogue.org

Marriage

At Ahavath Achim, we can help you make your wedding the once-in-a-lifetime simcha it should be. You can choose to schedule some or all your wedding events here – engagement parties, showers, Aufruf, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception.

To make clergy arrangements or for more information about our facilities and capabilities, contact Jill Rosner at 404.603.5741 or jrosner@aasynagogue.org.

Divorce/Get

Divorce is a difficult process for all. Judaism recognizes that despite the best intentions, marriages sometimes fail. At AA, we can provide a religious and spiritual context for divorce to help couples overcome the pain and guilt they may experience. Our rabbis will be happy to counsel you during this difficult time.

Though we recognize civil divorce as the legal dissolution of a marriage, some Jews also desire a Get (Jewish bill of divorce) to provide spiritual and psychological closure.

If you need counseling or are interested in obtaining a Get, please contact Jill Rosner, 404.603.5741 or jrosner@aasynagogue.org, to schedule time with a rabbi.

Misheberach

We encourage prayers for those who are ill. If you would like the name of an ill loved one added to or removed from our Misheberach prayer list, please contact Fern Schorr at 404.355.5222 or fschorr@aasynagogue.org.

Bereavement

May the Lord comfort and sustain all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

During the difficult time of sorrow and pain leading up to and following the death of a loved one, the Ahavath Achim family is available to provide support and guidance, and to assist with the practical details and necessities.

Please call the synagogue at 404.355.5222 so that we can provide you with the information and guidance you need – rabbinic and spiritual support, chevre kadisha services, funeral scheduling and burial planning.

After hours, you may contact one of the Rabbis directly.

Cemetery Information

Greenwood Cemetery: Ahavath Achim has consecrated ground in more than half of historical Greenwood Cemetery. As we own all of our sections, we are able to work with you on a personal, confidential and supportive relationship. Along with the beautifully kept grounds, Greenwood is home to A Memorial to the Six Million, a granite monument topped by six torches commemorating the Holocaust, each torch representing 1 million Jews killed in concentration camps. A Memorial to the Six Million was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Greenwood Cemetery is located at 1173 Cascade Circle SW, Atlanta, GA, 30311. To purchase a grave at Greenwood, contact our Executive Director, Barry Herman, at 404.603.5746.

Arlington Memorial Park: Located in a park-like setting in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Arlington Memorial Park welcomes people of all faiths. A member of the Dignity Memorial network, Arlington Memorial Park offers quality, value and caring service. AA cannot sell Arlington plots directly, but we do work with Arlington closely and confidentially. Please contact Arlington Memorial Park directly at: 404.255.0750 | 201 Mt Vernon Hwy, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

Oakland Cemetery:  In 1860, the Hebrew Benevolent Society purchased a burial plot at Oakland Cemetery within the original six acres. Now known as the Old Jewish Burial Grounds, it occupies an area along the southern wall and is the second oldest Jewish burial ground in Georgia. Subsequent purchases expanded the Jewish section dramatically. In 1892, Ahavath Achim Synagogue purchased a portion of the expanded Jewish section, and developed what some say is the most visually compelling area of Oakland. This area is often described as “forest-like” because of tall markers tightly packed together with no walkways between. This burial style reflects eastern European tradition and the synagogue’s desire to maximize use of the plot. No plots are available in the Jewish Section. Oakland Cemetery is located at 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care

North Georgia’s only exclusively-Jewish Funeral Home. Contact Eddie Dressler or David Boring at 770.451.4999, www.jewishfuneralcare.com

Yizkor Book

Each year we publish the names of those we remember with love in the Ida Pearle Cuba Yizkor Memorial “Pages of Remembrance” Book. This beautiful book and it’s memorial prayers begin the first Yizkor and will be utilized throughout the Jewish calendar year.

Submit your request for inclusion in 2017’s Yizkor Book by clicking HERE. Submissions must be received no later than July 31, 2017. For more information about submissions, contact Jill Rosner at jrosner@aasynagogue.org or 404.603.5741.

Chevra Kadisha

Chevra Kadisha is the holy society that prepares the dead for burial, according to Jewish tradition. The Tahara, the ritual cleansing and dressing of a body, honors and respects the body of the deceased as if it were still alive.

At AA, Chevra Kadisha is respected both for the services it provides the deceased and their families, and for spiritual and emotional opportunities it provides.

Yahrzeit Plaque Form

Click HERE