#JewishATL Briefs: Shoob Leaving Bench, Pride to Honor Colbs

#JewishATL Briefs: Shoob Leaving Bench, Pride to Honor Colbs

Shoob Leaving Bench

Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob has decided to retire after more than 36 years as a federal judge, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday, Jan. 30.

Citing an announcement from the Jewish judge’s office, the newspaper said Shoob’s retirement will be official Feb. 23, his 93rd birthday.

President Jimmy Carter nominated Shoob, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 23, 1979. He became a senior judge Sept. 30, 1991.

A 1948 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, Shoob served in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II. He has said he gained inspiration for the pursuit of justice from an incident in which an American lieutenant killed five German soldiers who had surrendered to Shoob.

He is the father of Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob.

Pride to Honor Colbs

Judy Colbs, who led the Atlanta chapter of PFLAG from its founding in 1986 to 2006, is one of seven trailblazers being honored by the Atlanta Pride Committee and the LGBT history organization Touching Up Our Roots at Our Founding Valentines: Celebrating Our Pioneers on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

In addition to her work with PFLAG, an organization for relatives and friends of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, Colbs is being recognized for forging alliances within the LGBT community and with Congregation Bet Haverim.

Also being honored are Mona Bennett, Charlie Brown, Dee Dee Chamblee, Jesse Peel, Duncan Teague and the late Ray Kluka.

Our Founding Valentines is free and open to the public. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Bantam + Biddy’s Lenox Square location at 3393 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit atlantapride.org.

Margolis Running for Judge

Ahavath Achim Synagogue member Andrew Margolis announced his candidacy for Fulton County Superior Court judge Jan. 19.

Margolis is a former prosecutor who has his own law practice and has served as a Fulton magistrate judge since 2012.

Andrew Margolis
Andrew Margolis

“I have the dual experience of serving as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney specializing in criminal and family law cases. … In order to be fair and arrive at a result that serves justice, a judge must have the ability to see both sides of a case,” Margolis said in his announcement. “I am the only candidate with experience as a prosecutor who has not spent his whole career looking only at one side of the issue in criminal cases. I will bring my diverse experience to the Fulton County bench and be truly fair to the people on all sides of a case.”

He will speak at The Temple after the broadcast of 92nd Street Y event featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

Qualifying for the judicial elections is March 7 to 11. Margolis’ announcement said three judges have said they don’t plan to seek re-election.

Margolis is graduate of Brandeis University and Emory University School of Law. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Mindy, and their two children, Robbie, 4, and Lily, 1½.


Kol Emeth to Honor Lebow

Temple Kol Emeth is celebrating 30 years with Rabbi Steven Lebow and his wife, Madeline Sable, at a gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill in Roswell.

Rabbi Lebow arrived to become the East Cobb Reform congregation’s spiritual leader in July 1986.

The event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $118 at www.kolemeth.net/celebration30. Ads for a tribute book honoring the couple also can be bought at that site.

UpStart Seeks Applicants

UpStart is accepting applications through Feb. 29 for its Accelerator program, which provides three years of training, network building and funding innovative startup Jewish organizations.

The Accelerator program has helped launch more than 30 Jewish organizations since 2006, including Moishe House, G-dcast and A Wider Bridge. Atlanta-based Jewish Kids Groups and Camp Living Wonders entered the program last year.

“It’s critical for entrepreneurs to step away from their ventures to think about their ventures,” said Ana Robbins, the founder and executive director of Jewish Kids Groups. “Any Jewish nonprofit who wants the tools and network to create large-scale change should apply for the Accelerator.”

The UpStart curriculum teaches organizations the latest in entrepreneurial tools and thinking, guided by Jewish wisdom, to fuel their success and growth. Participants connect with UpStart’s advisers, experts and alumni to develop a support network.

Get more information about the Accelerator program and apply or nominate an organization at upstartlab.org/accelerator.

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