Category: Faith

Sandy Springs synagogue hosting Jewish-Latino film series

Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs has set its second annual Jewish-Latino Film Series for the week of March 31 to April 6. The series, open to the general public, showcases five films from Latin America, concluding with the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s closing night film, “The Last Suit,” a press release announced. Guest speakers will introduce each film and provide additional historical context, the press release said. Or Hadash is led by a native Argentinean husband-and-wife team, Rabbi Mario Karpuj and Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, who will moderate a discussion and share their personal reflections following each...

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Religious leaders back housing nonprofit’s lawsuit against Sandy Springs with prayer vigil

Some top local religious leaders joined a prayer vigil Feb. 22 to support a housing nonprofit’s lawsuit against the city of Sandy Springs. The nonprofit also recently launched a website directly targeting Mayor Rusty Paul called “shameonrustypaul.com.” MHFH, which helps women with homelessness and addiction issues, in 2017 bought more than a third of the 90-unit condo complex at 9400 Roberts Drive, drawing criticism from other residents and legal challenges from the city. Following several code citations, MHFH sued the city in December 2018, saying it’s trying to push out minorities and disabled people. Now, MHFH is prepping for...

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At anti-Semitic bullying forum, expert panel offers advice, urges reporting

Over 100 parents, students and teachers attended a Feb. 10 forum on anti-Semitic bullying to question an expert panel put together days after a swastika was painted on a Roswell high school, rattling the north metro Jewish community. Local school officials said at the Sandy Springs event they have “strict” punishments and protocols for bullying and harassment and encouraged students to report it immediately. And a state representative said he is hopeful this legislative session will bring the passage of a hate crimes bill that could help reduce such incidents. “Anytime something comes up, you need to say something,”...

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Group to host town hall on anti-Semitic bullying in schools

The Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism has announced a community town hall to discuss schools’ responses to anti-Semitic bullying incidents. The free, public event will be held Feb. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs. The principal of North Springs Charter High School, Rep. Josh McLaurin and representatives from groups like the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Defamation League and Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will address parent and community members’ questions and concerns. The event will address recent anti-Semitic vandalism reported at Centennial High School in Roswell and the rising rate of incidents nationwide, the grassroots group founded by Dunwoody-area mothers said in...

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Dunwoody church teams up with NFL, nonprofit to help sick children before Super Bowl

Members of Dunwoody’s First Baptist Church of Atlanta are teaming up with the nonprofit “Basket of Hope” next week to pack hundreds of baskets filled with toys, games, crafts and more that will be delivered to sick children before the Super Bowl. More than 150 volunteers from the church are slated to gather Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at the church, located at 4400 N. Peachtree Road, to pack the baskets. The “Super Baskets of Hope” will then be delivered to infants, children and teens at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals before Super Bowl Sunday...

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Buckhead attorney sues Catholic archdiocese for alleged sexual abuse, claims cover-up

A Buckhead attorney is suing Atlanta’s Roman Catholic archdiocese on behalf of an anonymous client allegedly sexually assaulted by a priest in the 1970s, in a case that claims church officials are continuing to cover up abuse cases. The archdiocese recently released a list of clergy members it says were credibly accused of abuse — including the late Rev. John Douglas Edwards, who is the alleged abuser in the lawsuit. Attorney Darren Penn — who attends Buckhead’s Cathedral of Christ the King, the archdiocese’s mother church — says a goal of the lawsuit is to get a fuller picture...

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Holy Spirit’s traffic plan is coming soon; college aims to grow

A traffic mitigation plan for Holy Spirit Church and Preparatory School’s proposed Buckhead campus expansion into Sandy Springs was expected the week of Jan. 14 in a key attempt to sway neighbors who say the project would violate a 15-year-old zoning agreement. Meanwhile, there may be another wrinkle to the traffic talk. Holy Spirit College, another affiliate institution on the campus at Northside Drive and Mount Paran Road, reportedly has growth plans of its own and is enrolling a new class of 10 to 20 students this fall. Holy Spirit officials and residents with the Northside/Chastain/Mt. Paran Neighborhood Preservation Association...

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Sandy Springs students learn about Hanukkah with Davis Academy

Kindergarten students from Dunwoody Springs Elementary in Sandy Springs learned about Hanukkah from students from The Davis Academy, a local private school, during a recent visit. The schools have been partnering together for several years, giving the students an opportunity to learn from one another and build community, Davis said in a Dec. 20 press release. Throughout the year, students from both schools will visit each other’s campuses for special programming, the release said. For the first partnership activity of the 2018-2019 school year, Davis Academy students visited Dunwoody Springs Elementary Dec. 4 to share information about Hanukkah with...

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Indian consulate hosts Hanukkah celebration

India’s Atlanta consulate, based in Sandy Springs, hosted an annual Hanukkah celebration in the Indian tradition on Dec. 2. Among the many attendees were Indian Consul General Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni; Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer of Israel’s Atlanta consulate; and Dov Wilker, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Buckhead-based regional office. The event included a menorah-lighting and a minute of silence in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of a series of Islamic terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, according to the Indian...

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Community Survey: Home for the holidays, or heading out?

When it comes to the holidays, 200 local residents say, they’re all about family. But traditions vary widely on how to spend that special holiday family time. Reporter Newspapers surveyed 200 residents, conducted by 1Q.com via cellphone, about their holiday traditions. The results are not scientific. More than half the respondents said they expected to be home with their loved ones this year during the best parts of the holidays. “The key is being with family,” a 44-year-old Atlanta man commented when responding to the cellphone survey of 200 adults who live in communities served by Reporter Newspapers and...

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Former local priests named in new Catholic Church sexual abuse list

Four former priests who served at local churches in the 1960s through 1990s have been named in a document listing sexual abuse allegations that was released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta Nov. 6. One of the priests has already been the subject of a lawsuit over abuse that allegedly took place in Stone Mountain. Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and people in other church positions have been widespread across the globe and has led to many allegations. The new Atlanta list shows priests were “credibly” accused at many metro area churches, including Buckhead’s Cathedral of Christ the King, which is...

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Brookhaven leaders ‘Pray for Pittsburgh’

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and Police Chief Gary Yandura were among those joining in a “Pray for Pittsburgh” memorial Oct. 30 at Chabad Israeli Center Atlanta and Congregation Beit Reuven on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. It was one of at least 10 memorials and vigils that were scheduled in Reporter Newspapers communities as a response to the anti-Semitic massacre of 11 people Oct. 27 during a service at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. At the Brookhaven service, candles were lit for those killed in Pittsburgh, and Ernst unveiled a plaque that added their names to a “Memorial Board.”...

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