Rosh HashanahCommunity


Hear from rabbis, leaders and neighbors in Atlanta as they reflect on what forgiveness means to them.

For our Rosh Hashanah issue, Jewish Atlanta shares their thoughts on forgiveness and helps prepare our hearts and minds for the upcoming Days of Awe.

To read their words of wisdom and gain inspiration, click on the names below:

Jon Albert, founder of Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

Marita Anderson, Jewish chaplain and wife of Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Spike Anderson

Rabbi Richard Baroff, president of Guardians of the Torah

Seth R. Baron, executive director of the FIDF Southeast Region

Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Senior Rabbi at The Temple

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, rabbi of Congregation Gesher L’Torah

Jane Horowitz Bick, board member of Eternal Life-Hemshech

Terri Bonoff, CEO of Jewish Family & Careers Services

Alan M. Dershowitz, professor of law emeritus at Harvard Law School

Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim

Rabbi Michoel Druin, head of school of the Chaya Mushka Children’s House Day School

Rabbi Chezky Edelson, educational director of Kollel Ner Hamizrach

Elana Frank, executive director and founder of Jewish Fertility Foundation

Sherry Frank, president of NCJW Atlanta Section

Rabbi Binyomin Friedman, rabbi at Congregation Ariel

Rabbi David Geffen, rabbi and former Atlantan

Margo Dix Gold, past international president of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and managing director of Hadassah Super South.

Rabbi Arnold M. Goodman, former senior rabbi of Ahavath Achim Synagogue

Carolyn Harari, director of camps for In the City Camps

Arnold Heller, chair of Atlanta-Ra’anana Sister City Committee

Jan Jaben-Eilon, contributor to the AJT

Meliss Jakubovic, online marketing strategist, life coach, and Israeli folk dance instructor

Karen Isenberg Jones, owner of Karen Jones PR —

Susanne Katz, director of exhibitions for The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Steve Kleber, founder and president of Kleber & Associates

Rabbi Mark Hillel Kunis, rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim

Rabbi Micah Lapidus, director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at The Davis Academy

Rabbi Ari Leubitz, head of school of the Atlanta Jewish Academy

Rabbi Brad Levenberg, rabbi at Temple Sinai and board member of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Mike Leven, chairman and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium

Sally Mundell, founder of The Packaged Good, and Wexner Foundation scholar

Sheri Okun, account manager at the AJT

Rabbi Jordan M. Ottenstein, rabbi of Congregation Dor Tamid

Allison Padilla-Goodman, regional director of the ADL’s Southeast region

Josh Pastner, head men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech

Billy Planer, founder of Etgar 36

Jody Pollack, executive director of the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival

Jared Powers, CEO of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Eric Robbins, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Roni Robbins, associate editor of the AJT

Shai Robkin, chair of Atlanta Regional Council of the New Israel Fund

Flora Rosefsky, local artist and contributor to the AJT

Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal, Senior Rabbi of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association

Rabbi Neil Sandler, rabbi at Ahavath Achim Synagogue

Helen Scherrer-Diamond, community outreach director for Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care and president of the Atlanta Lodge of B’nai B’rith International

Dena Schusterman, director of Chabad Intown Jewish Preschool

Dr. Terry Segal, licensed marriage and family therapist and columnist for the AJT

Chana Shapiro, educator, writer and illustrator

Howard Slomka, board member of Limmud Atlanta + Southeast

Gabby Leon Spatt, executive director of The Blue Dove Foundation

Rachel Stein, contributor to the AJT

Harley Tabak, president and CEO of Jewish HomeLife

Martine Tartour, contributor to the AJT

Rabbi Avrohom Tkatch, menahel of Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael of Atlanta

Rachel Wasserman, executive director of the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta

Michele Weiner-Merbaum, president of Hadassah Greater Atlanta

Rabbi Ian Werbin, outreach coordinator and rabbi at Congregation Beth Jacob

Dov Wilker, AJC Atlanta regional director

Rabbi Mark Zimmerman, rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom

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