Briefs: AJA Fun Run Sunday, Epstein Showcases Microsoft

Briefs: AJA Fun Run Sunday, Epstein Showcases Microsoft

Atlanta Jewish Academy is holding its second annual fun run and festival at its Northland Drive campus in Sandy Springs on Sunday morning, Sept. 25.

A timed 2K (1.25 mile) run starts at 8 a.m., with registration opening at 7:30. A festival featuring rides and games starts at 9 and continues until noon. Parking is available at High Point Elementary School.

Race registration, including a T-shirt, is $18. A wristband for unlimited festival rides is $10. For $25 you can register for the run and get the ride wristband.

Additions for the festival’s second year include a toddler activity village and bungee jumping.

Proceeds benefit the AJA PTSA.

For registration and more information, visit

Epstein Showcases Microsoft

The Epstein School has been named a Microsoft Showcase School, putting it in a group of fewer than 850 schools worldwide.

Aaron Griffin is Epstein’s principal of digital learning and technology.
Aaron Griffin is Epstein’s principal of digital learning and technology.

“Microsoft Showcase Schools are the change makers in education. These schools thoughtfully consider the role of technology as they explore new ways to redesign learning spaces, restructure curriculum, reinvent pedagogy, and reimagine what 21st century leading and learning looks like across diverse contexts,” Anthony Salicito, the vice president of worldwide education for Microsoft, wrote in a welcome letter to Epstein.

Aaron Griffin, Epstein’s principal of digital learning and technology, said the school’s leadership is always working to do more for the students. “It is wonderful to talk with colleges and business people about how we have moved to cloud-based Office 365 this year and all the innovative things that we are doing with students.”

Griffin said Epstein is learning how being a Microsoft Showcase School can help the school enhance its learning environment through exclusive resources and connections with the other showcase schools. “As students, parents, teachers, administrators and supporters of the Epstein community, we can all be proud of this honor and keep pushing ourselves to do even more for the children we care so much about.”

JKG Scouts Locations

Jewish Kids Groups, an innovative educational program led by Ana Robbins, is looking to expand its Sunday program next year beyond its current locations in the Old 4th Ward and Brookhaven.

To facilitate the search for the best location, JKG is conducting an online survey at The survey should take about two minutes.

Kennesaw Hillel Grows

Kennesaw Hillel has added University of Georgia alumna Lara Schewitz as a program associate.

Schewitz will oversee the programming and student outreach at Kennesaw State University, where the number of Jewish students has grown rapidly along with the overall student body, one of the three largest in Georgia. As a result, the demand for Jewish programming on campus has grown, according to Hillels of Georgia.

KSU Hillel strives to create fun events to engage Jewish students and strengthen the bond among them. The organization this semester has taken students whitewater rafting down the Ocoee River and to Sky Zone and has invited students to watch the Owls play football from a box suite at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

JELF Deadline Nears

Friday, Sept. 30, is the deadline to apply for a no-interest loan from the Jewish Educational Loan Fund for the spring and summer terms.

JELF lends Jewish students in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia the final dollars they need for higher education, whether college, graduate school or vocational programs.

Visit to apply.

Prepare for College

A community forum on “College Culture and Jewish Identities” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, is launching the Center for Israel Education’s three-part series of free workshops for Jewish high school students planning for college.

Emory University’s CIE and Institute for the Study of Modern Israel are targeting 11th- and 12th-graders with the series to help them choose colleges and prepare for the atmosphere they’ll find on campus.

The first session, at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Weber School, 6751 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, will focus on questions students should consider when deciding where to apply for college. Speakers at the forum will include Emory professor Ken Stein, the head of CIE and ISMI, and a member of the Emory admissions staff.

Advance registration is required at

The series will continue with a February session on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, anti-Semitism, and other problems Jewish students might face on campus. The final workshop in March will focus on strategies for reacting to and engaging with fellow students and faculty regarding Israel.

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