Friends of Atlanta Jewish Academy celebrated one year of the school’s existence at the school’s L’Chaim event at the end of August. L’Chaim kicked off the capital campaign and provided the first look at the building plans for the school’s Sandy Springs campus to consolidate all students from preschool to 12th grade in one place. Ian Ratner, the president of the AJA board, said the school has raised $6.2 million for the capital campaign from the sale of the former Yeshiva Atlanta property in Doraville, pledges from all board members, and early commitments from Vicky and Jeff Sloan, Malcolm and Betty Minsk, and Shirley and Perry Brickman. “That is an impressive accomplishment,” Ratner said, “but we need your help. … We want to plant a shovel in the ground later this year, and that can only happen if we get a little closer” to the campaign’s $10 million goal.

Head of School Rabbi Pinchos Hecht said: “At the L’Chaim gathering, we enjoyed the delicious food and drink and took pleasure in each other’s company and in the newly revealed plans for our school’s home. But most significantly, we came together with a single, higher purpose: to fulfill and enhance the command to teach our children, doing G-­d’s will with all our hearts.”

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