All of the Atlanta-area Reform congregations, along with the Reform movement’s Davis Academy and Camp Coleman, are coming together Friday night, July 31, for a communal celebration of Shabbat at Temple Sinai.
The service will include the community’s welcome for new Reform clergy in the Atlanta area:
- Rabbi Spike Anderson of Temple Emanu-El, who moved here from Los Angeles.
- Rabbi David Katz, the interim spiritual leader of Congregation Dor Tamid, who most recently served in a similar capacity in Armonk, N.Y.
- Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner of Temple Beth Tikvah, who came from Overland Park, Kan.
- Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, who has been the rabbi in residence with the inclusiveness organization Be’chol Lashon in San Francisco and brought her mission to town with her husband, David, the new head of school at the Epstein School.
- Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer of Temple Sinai, who was in Oviedo, Fla.
The full range of clergy from the area’s nine Reform congregations will participate in the service, and all of the synagogues other than Sinai will be dark for the night in what has become an annual event.
The cantors will use new and old tunes to highlight the spirit of the Reform movement, and rabbis will take turns providing brief thoughts throughout the service.
The combined congregation will mark all of the synagogues’ yahrzeits and mourning periods.
The evening will begin with a Kabbalat Panim (wine and cheese reception) at 5:30. The Shabbat service will start at 6:30 and will be followed by a festive oneg.