Bonnie Aronin, 80, a lifelong teacher in the Atlanta area, died Friday, Feb. 22, at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital from complications following heart surgery. Mrs. Aronin was born in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 11, 1938, and grew up in Lynchburg, Va., where she graduated high school.
Following graduation, she moved to Atlanta to attend Agnes Scott College, where she graduated in 1960 and became a teacher in the Atlanta school system. Mrs. Aronin left the classroom in 1964 to start a family, which grew to include three sons by 1970. She returned to public school teaching as a high school and middle school substitute teacher in 1982 and was hired for a full-time position in 1986. She spent the next 20 years teaching social studies and world history at Crestwood and Chattahoochee high schools in Fulton County. Included in that curriculum was a course on the Holocaust that she taught for many years and created much interest among the students.
She made teaching an almost seven-days-a-week job, leading a Sunday School class for many years at Atlanta’s Temple Sinai, where she was a founding member. Her teaching skill and interest led her to be a docent to school groups and other visitors at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Recently, she served on Temple Sinai’s 50th Anniversary Committee as an historical archivist.
Mrs. Aronin’s community involvement in Atlanta spanned many decades, including work on many committees and campaigns for the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, Camp Barney Medintz and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. One of her passions and talents was cooking and she often gave tips to her grandchildren in the kitchen. Her Passover and high holiday meals greatly enhanced the festiveness of the holidays.
She was predeceased by her son, Adam, and mother, Elizabeth Kulman Moffitt. She is survived by sons Ivan (Heather) of Nashville and Michael (Nikki) of Atlanta, and four grandchildren: Matthew and Emily Aronin of Atlanta and Andrew and Abby Aronin of Nashville.
The family wishes to thank her many longtime friends, teaching colleagues, mahjong partners and caregivers, Angie, Donna, Monique and Tina, for their outstanding support. A special expression of gratitude also goes to the clergy and staff at Temple Sinai who often shared many happy occasions and difficult times with her.
The family requests that donations be made to Temple Sinai or the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. A graveside services was held at Crest Lawn Memorial Park Feb. 24, 2019. A memorial service was held at Temple Sinai. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta 770-451-4999. Sign online guest book at www.edressler.com.