Local Briefs

AJC to Honor Georgia Power CEO

The American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta Chapter will present its National Human Relations Award to Georgia Power CEO and Chairman Paul Bowers at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead.

“His leadership exemplifies what this award represents,” AJC Atlanta Director Dov Wilker said.Georgia_Power_Logo

The AJC has presented the award for more than 30 years to leaders whose work within the community reflects the mission of AJC: building bridges of understanding among all people, safeguarding democracy and pluralism, and combating all forms of bigotry.

The most recent recipients were Home Depot’s Frank Blake, Delta Air Lines’ Richard Anderson and Coca-Cola’s Muhtar Kent.

Bowers is being recognized for his leadership, achievements, and commitment to corporate and social responsibility.

Georgia Power was the first utility in the nation to implement supplier diversity initiatives. The company develops relationships with diverse businesses to ensure that purchasing decisions involve the widest possible supplier base.

Tickets for the event begin at $300. For tickets or sponsorships, visit www.AJCAtlanta.org. For more information, email Erica Rabhan at rabhane@ajc.org.

Schafer Starts at Sinai

Nationally known Jewish recording artist and songwriter Beth Schafer is the new Bunzl family cantorial chair at Temple Sinai and participated in her first Shabbat service Friday night, July 3.

Schafer comes to the Sandy Springs Reform congregation from Temple Shir Shalom in Oviedo, Fla. She has released seven CDs of original Jewish music, won the 2006 American Idol Underground Faith Based competition, has been a headliner at the past seven Union for Reform Judaism biennials, and wrote and directed a musical show at the 2013 URJ biennial to celebrate the centennial of Women of Reform Judaism.

Fuhr Full Time at AA

Ahavath Achim Synagogue has made its youth and young adult community director, Leah Fuhr, a full-time employee as of July 1. As a result, Fuhr has left her part-time position as a program manager with Limmud Atlanta + Southeast.

Taking her place with Limmud is Leslie Mallard, a Georgia native who moved to Atlanta a little more than a year ago after two decades in Austin, Texas. Mallard has been working as an administrative assistant at Young Israel of Toco Hills, whose executive director is prominent Limmudnik Eliana Leader.

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New Youth Director for Kol Emeth

Temple Kol Emeth has hired a new youth and family director, Ezra Flom. He replaced Justin Blake, who moved to Memphis, on July 1.

For more than 10 years, Flom has led experiential Jewish learning for young and old. His experience includes teaching in Jewish day schools, leading hikes for retirees in the Negev, and teaching college classes in service learning, rock climbing, social media and marketing.

“I am very excited to join the TKE family. I have already been very warmly welcomed by staff, volunteers, and the youth and parents from the two retreats I staffed,” Flom said. “I find myself impatient to meet the rest of the wonderful community.”

Emanu-El Hires Full-Time Youth Head

Bryan Kellert, who grew up as a member of Temple Emanu-El, began this month as the Reform congregation’s first full-time youth engagement adviser.

Kellert, who graduated from the University of Alabama in December, worked with Congregation Dor Tamid before taking over the youth groups at Emanu-El.

CMI Marks 282nd Anniversary

July 11 was the 282nd anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in Georgia: 42 settlers who were aboard the William and Sarah when it reached Savannah. They instantly made the population of the new colony one-third Jewish.

Savannah’s Congregation Mikve Israel, which dates its founding to the William and Sarah’s arrival, marked the occasion by reading from the Torah those settlers brought with them, which was written in Germany in the 15th century.

The congregation also celebrated the grand opening of its renovated Gutstein Museum, whose overhaul was finished in the spring. The museum and the sanctuary of the third-oldest congregation in the United States are open for docent-led tours weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

Child Survivor Fund

Child survivors of the Holocaust are eligible for a one-time payment of 2,500 euros ($2,789) as a result of negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government.

To be eligible, you must have been born after Jan. 1, 1928, and either been held in a concentration camp, a ghetto or a similar place of incarceration or hidden or lived under a false identity for at least six months in an Axis nation or Nazi-occupied territory.

The survivor must submit the application for a Child Survivor Fund claim, although a surviving spouse or child can collect the payment if the survivor dies after applying. If you have not received an application but think you are eligible, visit www.claimscon.org/childsurvivor to get an application.