SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //
Congregation Beth Shalom and its spiritual leader, Rabbi Mark Zimmerman, are celebrating a milestone – the rabbi’s 25th anniversary as the Conservative Dunwoody synagogue’s rabbi.
To honor Zimmerman, the synagogue has commissioned artist Gary Rosenthal to design and create a ner tamid to be placed over the ark in the synagogue’s chapel.
The congregants chose to dedicate such a piece – ner tamid is usually translated as “eternal flame” or “eternal light” – because of the “eternal guidance and light” that Rabbi Zimmerman has provided for the congregation for the past quarter-century.
Founded in 1975 with 50 charter member families, Beth Shalom today is a congregation of 330 families; Rabbi Zimmerman has played a key role in this growth as well as in steering the synagogue toward more traditional observances.
The dedication of the ner tamid in the rabbi’s honor will take place on the morning of March 2.