Jewish ATL Briefs – June 17

Jewish ATL Briefs – June 17

Two Book Awards

The 52nd annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards didn’t have much of a Jewish character except in one of the 14 categories: specialty book.

The winner of that category was “Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion.” Catherine Lewis, who heads the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, worked with Georgia first lady Sandra Deal and KSU assistant history professor Jennifer Dickey on the book, which also won a Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council award for excellence in documenting Georgia’s history in October.

The other finalist in the category was Andrew Feiler’s “Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College.” The book of photographs tells the story of Atlanta’s Morris Brown College and was featured during the Book Festival of Marcus Jewish Community Center in November.

More than 230 people attended the Author of the Year ceremony Saturday night, June 4, at Kennesaw State’s Continuing Education Center. A full list of winners is available at

Graphic Haggadah Planned

Cartoonist Jordan Gorfinkel, whose work includes the “Everything’s Relative” comic strip carried by the AJT, is running a crowdfunding campaign through Thursday, June 23, to support the publication of the Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel in time for Pesach next April.

Gorfinkel, who formerly managed the “Batman” franchise for DC Comics, plans to combine the unabridged traditional haggadah text with a graphic comic book depiction of the Passover story.

“The ultimate Jewish superhero story is getting a contemporary adaptation,” Gorfinkel said.

Joining him on the project are David Olivestone, the editor of the NCSY bencher, who is creating the English translation of the haggadah, and Erez Zadok, a Bezalel Academy of Art graduate, who is drawing the artwork.

To learn more about the project and contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, visit

Bargainata Clearance Set

The National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section, is holding an inventory reduction sale at its Bargainata Thrift Boutique from Friday through Sunday, June 24 to 26.

The boutique, which raises money for NCJW’s work improving the lives of women, children and families in Atlanta, opened in November at 6600 Roswell Road, Suite D, in Sandy Springs, just south of Abernathy Road. The store offers women’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry.

The sale will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25, and noon to 3 p.m. June 26.

A preview party, requiring reservations and costing $25, will be held at the store Thursday, June 23, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call 404-843-9600 for reservations.

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