For the past year, members of Temple Beth Tikvah gathered together – but physically apart – for Shabbat services, High Holy Day worship and workshops, and affinity group programs. On March 6, the Roswell synagogue celebrated a virtual congregational simcha to celebrate the “bat mitzvah” anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner.
More than 100 participants joined from their computer screens to honor the rabbi and her accomplishments at the synagogue and in the Atlanta Jewish community. With musical and spoken tributes from those whose lives have intersected with Shuval-Weiner’s, the program offered insights into her career path, from her early days as a Jewish educator to her decision to become a rabbi. The synagogue also opened the online program to the Jewish community and included participants from throughout Atlanta and beyond.
Shuval-Weiner also was touted as the first female rabbi to be installed as president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association.