The Epstein School graduated a class of 61 eighth-graders Monday evening, May 22.
Speakers such as Head of School David Abusch-Magder, board President Darrin Friedrich and former Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Chairman Marty Kogon said the large size of the class set it apart — the students and their chaperones filled two buses during an 18-day trip to Israel that included Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut — but its range of talents made it special.
The graduates, many of whom had been at Epstein together since preschool or kindergarten, now are dispersing to high schools including the Weber School, North Springs, Riverwood, Dunwoody, Pace and Woodward.
Epstein Middle School Principal Myrna Rubel urged the 61 students to make many new acquaintances in high school but, in keeping with the ceremony’s theme of “staying connected,” to draw strength from the lifelong friendships they have forged as “the talkative group” at Epstein.
Congregation B’nai Torah Rabbi Joshua Heller, who has spoken to the Class of 2017 every year at Epstein, said it is now up to each graduate to determine what it means to be Jewish.
“My hope, my prayer for you,” Rabbi Heller said, “is that you leave here knowing who you are.”
Photos by Michael Jacobs
Epstein School Class of 2017
Lilah Juliet Presser Weiss
Annie Rose Weinstein