Youngsters enjoy a hayride at Torah Day School's Fall Festival.

Youngsters enjoy a hayride at Torah Day School’s Fall Festival.

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Torah Day School of Atlanta held its Fall Festival late last month with over 300 people attending.

The day included hayrides around the facilities, a moon bounce, cooking demonstrations and tastings of healthful breakfast ideas for the family, a fun run and art booths – you could even get a flu shot.

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The middle school student-run canteen sold hot dogs, hot pretzels and popcorn. The Scholastic Book Fair with Clifford the Dog was also a big part of the festival.

Pesha Izenberg, a relative newcomer to Atlanta and Torah Day School, came up with the idea for the fall fest.

“Memphis has been hosting a Fall Festival for the past few years and it has always been a fantastic event,” said Izenberg, who lived in Memphis. “Since I moved to the Atlanta community a year ago, I have been so impressed with Torah Day School and their phenomenal facility.  I thought that creating a Fall Festival here would be a wonderful way to showcase our school to the broader community and provide people with a family and budget-friendly Sunday activity.”

The festival was held in and around TDSA – in the school’s library, the gym, and on the 10-acres of fields that surround the facility.

Charity was also part of the day. Girls in TDSA’s middle school sponsored a bake sale. All proceeds were donated to Ohel Sarah Institute for the Special Child, an organization in Israel that promotes rehabilitation, education and welfare for people with special needs.

“We are so proud of their act of chesed, kindness, and positive teamwork,” said Chashy Alterman, TDSA’s 8th grade judaic studies teacher.

The students’ choice of what organization to donate funds to was inspired by Naomi May, a former TSDA assistant head of school, and mother of a special needs son.

“We hope to build upon the Fall Festival for next year and to make certain this is a community event for everyone in Atlanta,” said Rabbi Joshua Einzig, TDSA’s head of school. “I know my wife Rena, and I, enjoyed the Fall Festival as much as our children. It was also very nice to see so many of our faculty members enjoy each other’s company and being with their students and their families. That warmth and inclusion is the hallmark of Torah Day School of Atlanta.”

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