Above: Stan Olstein (left) receives a plaque and Mammoth gift card from Ted Marcus for having the best car in the Kosher Kar Show, a 1956 Porsche 356.

A 1956 Porsche 356 owned by Stan Olstein was named best in show at the third annual Kosher Kar Show sponsored by the Congregation Or Hadash Men’s Club on Sunday, May 1.

A 1972 Chevelle SS owned by Kirk Pardue was runner-up for best in show.

A 1956 Nash Metropolitan owned by Ed Gerson and a 1932 Ford Street Rod owned by Joe Hatfield won the Rabbis’ Award and People’s Choice Award, respectively.

The winners received gift cards for Mammoth Hand Car Wash & Detail Salon’s Peachtree Corners location, presented by event co-chair Ted Marcus, who opened the facility on Holcomb Bridge Road with son Andrew Marcus in March.

The car show, which took place at Or Hadash, drew 22 contestants and raised money for the Central Night Shelter in Atlanta, which the Men’s Club staffs every Christmas Eve.

Deal Signs Anti-BDS Law

Georgia officially stands against boycotts of Israel after Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 327 into law without comment Tuesday, April 26.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), requires any individual or business seeking a contract worth at least $1,000 with the state government to certify that the would-be contractor does not boycott Israel and will not do so during the contract.

The certification does not involve any investigation; it’s simply a statement signed by the contractor.

Basically, a company that wants to do business with the Georgia state government can’t refuse to do business with Israel or with companies doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories without a “valid business reason.”

At least six other states have enacted laws or resolutions in opposition to efforts by the 10-year-old boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. BDS aims to isolate and undermine Israel by pressuring companies to cut commercial ties to the Jewish state.

Hill’s original legislation included local governments, but the House State Properties Committee amended the bill to apply only to the state government.

The final measure passed 41-8 in the state Senate; all the no votes came from Democrats, six of whom are running unopposed this year. Only Donzella James of Atlanta, challenged by Tony Phillips of Palmetto in the primary May 24, and Horacena Tate of Atlanta, challenged by Republican James Morrow Jr. of Austell in the general election, face opposition.

The legislation faced bipartisan opposition in the House, passing 96-70. Legislators who voted no and face primary opposition are Sharon Beasley-Teague (D-Red Oak), Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers), Demetrius Douglas (D-Stockbridge), Darrel Ealum (D-Albany), Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro), Wayne Howard (D-Augusta), Darryl Jordan (D-Riverdale), Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Atlanta), Sandra Scott (D-Rex), Dexter Sharper (D-Valdosta), Earnest Smith (D-Augusta), Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody), Able Mable Thomas (D-Atlanta) and David Wilkerson (D-Powder Springs).

Voting no and facing general election foes are Beasley-Teague, Sharper, Kimberly Alexander (D-Hiram), Pete Marin (D-Duluth), Dale Rutledge (R-McDonough), Bob Trammell Jr. (D-Luthersville) and Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta).

Forty-one opponents of the measure are unopposed, and 10 aren’t seeking re-election: Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia), Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek), Hugh Floyd (D-Norcross), Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone), LaDawn Jones (D-Atlanta), Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta), Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville), Ronnie Mabra (D-Fayetteville), B.J. Pak (R-Lilburn) and Nikki Randall (D-Macon).

GIPL Grant for Bet Haverim

Congregation Bet Haverim, which held a celebration of its 30th anniversary Sunday night, May 1, recently received a grant from Georgia Interfaith Power & Light to increase the energy efficiency of its new Toco Hills home.

The $750 matching grant helped pay for WiFi thermostats to ensure that the heating and cooling systems run only while the building is occupied, GIPL said in an announcement March 30. The installation of the high-tech thermostats followed renovations that included adding attic insulation, replacing single-pane windows and using LED lights.

Bet Haverim moved into the building at 2074 LaVista Road in October, about a year after purchasing it from Young Israel of Toco Hills, which moved down the street to a new, EarthCraft-certified building at 2056 LaVista Road.

Young Israel won GIPL’s Gippy Award for Congregation of the Year in March 2015 for its new building.