The Jewish Fertility Foundation celebrated its annual meeting Sunday, Aug. 27, in way only a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping bring more Jews into the world could: by giving young children space to run around and play at a toy store, with cotton candy and other snacks to ensure the miracle children wouldn’t run out of energy.

The business of the meeting was brief but significant as it marked the formal transition on the board from foundation founder Elana Frank, now a foundation employee as its first executive director, to new board Chairman Elie Engler.

Engler said the foundation has a fundraising goal of $40,000 this year, and it brought in about $12,000 from a week of calling board members as a start toward that figure. The foundation also benefited from the sales Brilliant Sky Toys and Books made during the open house and mini-festival at the Sandy Springs store for JFF families and supporters.

Elie Engler presides over his first Jewish Fertility Foundation annual meeting as board chair while Executive Director Elana Frank handles details such as a raffle.

The foundation also handed out its first volunteer award, honoring Debbie Derby, the board’s education chair, for her efforts to organize educational programs targeting audiences ranging from mikvah attendants to rabbis.

At least one rabbi, Adam Starr of Young Israel of Toco Hills, was there to add a touch of Torah to the proceedings. He said the foundation is doing sacred work by serving as G-d’s partner in the task of creation.

Photos by Michael Jacobs