Wedding – Gordy-Massell

In what caught many friends, business associates and even some family members by surprise, Sandra Leigh Gordy and Sam Massell were wed in a private ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. As this was the second marriage for both the bride and groom, who are longtime senior friends, it was reasoned that an elopement-style arrangement would provide an appropriate and efficient union while the couple remained in town.

The simple program was presided over in Atlanta jointly by Dean Sam Candler of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, where Gordy is a member, and Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple, where Massell is a member.

Gordy is the chief executive officer of American Superior Inc., is the daughter of the late Jeff and Gladys Gordy of Gainesville, and formerly lived in LaGrange. Massell is the president of the Buckhead Coalition Inc. and son of the late Sam Sr. and Florence Massell of Atlanta.

The bride wore a wedding dress she had purchased in Acapulco, Mexico, and a diamond necklace that had belonged to her mother. The bride’s ring was a gold band inscribed with Song of Songs 6:3 in Hebrew: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” The groom’s ring was a gold band that had belonged to the bride’s father.

The ceremony took place in the town home of the groom on Peachtree Road in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, the city the groom served as mayor from 1970 to 1974 after 18 years in other elected offices. The bride is a concert pianist and served as adjunct professor of music at Brenau University in Gainesville.

Announcements mailed after the confidential wedding state, “As we now have everything one could want, including each other, please do not proffer gifts, but if you MUST, please us by sending a contribution to either the Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree, Atlanta 30305, or The Temple at 1589 Peachtree, Atlanta 30309.”

The couple now lives at 2600 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Bar Mitzvah – Adam Gregory Arkin

sim-arkinIt is with great pride that we announce that Adam Gregory Arkin of Sandy Springs was called to the Torah to become a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs.

Adam is the son of Marilyn and Jonathan Arkin, the brother of Ross Cooper, and the grandson of Murray and June Arkin of Savannah and Mireille and Phillip Morgan of Atlanta.

For his mitzvah project, Adam raised money for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation by creating the Try It for a Cure fundraiser. Adam, a terribly picky eater, agreed to try any new foods in order to earn a donation from friends and family. It was a successful project, with much money raised and many new foods tried.

Birth – Leah Freedman

With much thanks to G-d, Shani and Rabbi Mayer Freedman of Morningside announce the birth of their daughter, Leah, in August. The proud grandparents are Zipporah and Rabbi Mendel Freedman and Nechy and Rabbi Menachem Zehnwirth of Baltimore.sim-freedman

Leah’s adoring older siblings, Aryeh Yehuda, Sara, Rachel and Yehudis, are excited to welcome the newest addition to their family.

Leah is named after Mayer’s great-grandmother, who was murdered in the concentration camps.

Leah will have a baby-naming/Kiddush ceremony at Anshi, 1324 N. Highland Ave., on the Shabbat of Sukkot, Oct. 22, at 10:45 a.m. The entire community is invited to join the Freedmans in celebrating their little miracle.