Two couples who are members of Temple Emanu-El are being honored with the Israel Bonds Star of David Award at a dessert reception Tuesday night, Feb. 21, for demonstrating a strong commitment to Israel and providing outstanding leadership and devotion.
Emanu-El Co-President Art Katz, who is also the Southeast chairman for Israel Bonds, said Mickey and Noah Rosner and Mindi and Scott Miller are being honored “because of their unwavering commitment to the Jewish people and the exceptional impact of their work in building a better future and world.”
Noah Rosner, who has run the Rosner Law Group for 25 years, has served as Emanu-El’s co- president the past two years. When he is not providing legal assistance to clients, he donates his time to Habitat for Humanity and gives money to the Jewish Community Center in Charleston.
“I prefer to be in the background and am happy to help where I can,” he said.
For decades, his father has been a leader and advocate for Israel Bonds in Charleston, and Rosner “wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and give back to the community.”
He is excited to show the next generation the importance of buying bonds. “The money we give to Israel paints a different light of how people view it. Israel is an oasis in the Middle East, and we need to preserve it from one generation to another, l’dor vador.”
Rosner said he hardly deserves any recognition, but he’s grateful for the award and the opportunity. “I enjoy being in front of an audience and bringing in new people to give.”
He and his wife, Mickey, share four children, Casey, Allie, Eli and Alec.
Mickey Rosner, a speech pathologist, has worked as an assistive technology specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 30 years and started the assistive technology program at the Egleston campus.
Her community involvement reflects the social issues she cares about. She is a Girl Scout leader and has participated in the Autism Speaks Walk, the Hunger Walk, and Lekotek, which provides adaptive toys and electronic technology to children with disabilities.
“I think I’m getting the award because I’m Noah’s wife,” Mickey Rosner joked, “but, much like him, I enjoy working behind the scenes and believe Israel Bonds is a great organization. Israel is our future, and we need to preserve it.”
Fellow honorees Mindi and Scott Miller, the parents of Allison and Eric, also are in the health field.
Mindi Miller is a pharmacist and a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She is active in Pink Ribbons, Jewish Family & Career Services, Amy’s Holiday Party, Jewish National Fund, Hillel, the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
She is passionate about Israel Bonds. “Israel is a country with so much potential. They have top companies, innovation, great universities and hardworking citizens. I believe it is our mission as Jews to make sure that Israel is able to reach its full potential,” Miller said.
She is grateful to receive the Star of David Award. “Scott and I have a commitment to Temple Emanu-El and the Atlanta Jewish community. Temple Emanu-El is our spiritual home, and we support the efforts to assist Israel.”
She is a board member of two nonprofits: Pink Ribbons for breast cancer and ProstAware, started by her husband, to fight prostate cancer.
Scott Miller, who got his degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his urology residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, was the first to perform robotic prostate surgery in Georgia. His interest in raising awareness of prostate cancer led him to found ProstAware.
The boards he serves on include the Men’s Health & Wellness Center and the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, along with Emanu-El.
“I believe others are so much more deserving of receiving this award; however, I am dedicated to our community, Judaism and the endurance of Israel,” Scott Miller said. “I believe that ensuring the success of Israel will benefit the rest of the world. It is also an attractive alternative or adjunct to donating in that the supporter also receives a financial benefit.”
Who: Noah and Mickey Rosner and Mindi and Scott Miller, with guest speaker Shoshana Bryen, senior director of the Jewish Policy Center
What: Temple Emanu-El and Israel Bonds Atlanta 2017 Dessert Reception
Where: Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21
Tickets: $36 per person or $54 per couple