Above: Past AA President Philip Siegel, who started and drove the process of bringing a preschool back to the synagogue, steps in to finish the cutting job.

Six months after welcoming its first class of preschoolers, the Ahava Early Learning Center at Ahavath Achim Synagogue celebrated the grand opening of its renovated facility with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Jan. 6. Before opening the new facility on the site of the former Epstein School preschool, Ahava operated out of the Buckhead synagogue’s basement. Now that renovations and remodels are complete on the Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, the space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, an art studio with a kiln room, and a 19,200-square-foot outdoor classroom with a climbing wall, amphitheater and greenhouse.

Photos by David R. Cohen (except as otherwise noted)