Atlanta Simchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016

Atlanta Simchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016

Wasserstrom-Livshitz Wedding

On July 10, 2016, Dr. Heather Ann Wasserstrom, daughter of Wanda Scheuer Wasserstrom and Steven Wasserstrom of Tenafly, N.J., married Gregory Livshitz, son of Vieta G. Losik of Decatur, in Newport, R.I. Rabbi Marc E. Mandel officiated.

The bride is a pediatric oncologist who works as a medical director at Eli Lilly in Bridgewater, N.J. She graduated from Duke University and received a master’s degree in clinical research from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Brunswick, N.J.

The groom is a manager at Accenture, a consulting firm in New York.

He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, from which he also received a master’s degree in computer science. He earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University.

B’nai Mitzvah

Benjamin Robert CovalSimchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016 1

The bar mitzvah celebration of Benjamin Robert Coval was held Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Congregation Or VeShalom in Brookhaven. Benjamin is the son of Karen and Joel Coval of Seattle and the grandson of Ramona and Albert Tarica of Atlanta.

In preparation for his bar mitzvah, Benjamin launched a service project called Share Packages. He collects donations and finds nonprofit organizations that can distribute them. His share packages have been delivered to homeless and domestic violence shelters, animal shelters, Seattle’s Ronald McDonald House, HOOP Peru in Arequipa, and Rainbow Village in Duluth. Learn more at

Benjamin extends his gratitude to friends and family who made the weekend so special and to Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla for making it possible for him to celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah in Atlanta.

Justin Harris Kaufman

Simchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016 3With great love, pride and joy, we announce that Justin Harris Kaufman was called to the Torah on his bar mitzvah celebration on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs.

He is the son of Nancy and Mark Kaufman and the grandson of Alice Lewinson of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Henry Birnbrey of Atlanta and the late Sam Lewinson and the late Shirlye and George Kaufman.

Justin spent countless volunteer hours assisting neighbors and friends to troubleshoot improperly functioning technology and to assist with the proper recycling of unwanted technology. He donated a truckload of computer parts for recycling. In addition, Justin partnered with ORT to raise funds for the Hodayot school in the Galilee. The money will be used to add technology to the classroom.

Gideon Micah OrenSimchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016 2

With great pride, love and joy we announce the bar mitzvah of our son, Gideon Micah Oren, who was called to the Torah at Congregation Etz Chaim on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

He is the son of Dani and Amir Oren and grandson of David and Musia Oren of Marietta.

Gideon has joined with some classmates in raising money to plant a daffodil garden in cooperation with Am Yisrael Chai on the grounds of Etz Chaim to honor the memory of the children killed in the Holocaust.


Blair JaffeSimchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016 4

Allie and Adam Jaffe of Brookhaven, who married in May 2015, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Blair Lily Helèna Jaffe, born Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 11:09 a.m. and measuring 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches at birth.

The proud grandparents are Sherry Habif of Atlanta, Alan and Charlie Jaffe of Birmingham, Ala., Danielle Vanatta of St. Petersburg, Fla., and John Lindeman of Washington, D.C.


Shira Cohen

Simchas: Week of Sept. 2, 2016 5Delilah and Steven Cohen of Atlanta are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Shira Rachel on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is named after her inspirational maternal great-grandmother Sarah Hanash.

Excited and loving big sisters are Sarah, Jamie and Mia. Proud grandparents are Shoshana and Haim Mekyten of Tel Aviv and Phyllis M. Cohen of Atlanta. Elated great-grandparents are Thelma M. Ornstein of Atlanta and Sarah and Zacharia Hanash of Tel Aviv.

Submit Your Simchas

The Atlanta Jewish Times wants to spread the joy of births, b’nai mitzvah celebrations, engagements, weddings, significant anniversaries and big birthdays throughout the community, so we run free announcements of all of those happy occasions.

You can submit your simcha announcements through our website or email them to Be sure to include a high-resolution photo (a JPEG file that’s at least 1MB in size is ideal).

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