Statement on Israeli Situation


The Atlanta Rabbinical Association joins together with the Jewish world in expressing its shock, dismay, and grief at the events unfolding in Israel. 

As spiritual leaders throughout Atlanta, many of us were leading our communities in holy day prayers when we were told the news of these tragedies.  Then, like so many families in the State of Israel, we became broken ourselves, as the joy of the holiday turned to mourning. 

We encourage members of our greater Atlanta community in need of spiritual guidance (in particular, Israelis living in Atlanta, as well as those with family living in Israel) to reach out to any member of the ARA for support. Please access our directory at We are here for you. 

We also call on all members of our Atlanta community, of all faiths and creeds, to join us at the community-wide gathering at City Springs on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. for a moment of reflection, mourning, and prayer.  At our gathering, we will pray for the protection of the brave members of the Israeli Defense Forces.  We will ask God to send strength to those currently in captivity and to frustrate the actions of evildoers. Ultimately, we pray for peace. 

In this moment, we call on the God who heals the broken-hearted to send consolation and strength to the myriad grieving families among our people. 

We stand with the people of Israel.  Am Yisrael Chai.  

Ruth Abusch-Magder, Be’chol Lashon

Daniel Alter, Temple Kol Emeth

Spike Anderson, Temple Emanu-El

Ben Atwood, Ohr HaTorah & AJA High School

Elizabeth Bahar, Temple Beth Israel – Macon

Judith Beiner, JFCS Community Chaplain

Peter S. Berg, The Temple

Murray J. Berger

Michael Bernstein, Congregation Gesher L’Torah

Sam Blustin, Ahavath Achim Synagogue

Elizabeth Breit, Congregation B’nai Torah

Michael Broyde, Emory University – Law School

Lauren Cohn, Temple Beth El – Anniston, AL

Jonathan Crane, Center for Ethics, Emory Univ.

Daniel Dorsch, Congregation Etz Chaim

Eric Feld, Congregation Beth Shalom

Ilan Feldman, Congregation Beth Jacob

Brian Glusman, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Pamela Gottfried, Temple Kol Emeth

Nachum Gutierrez

Josh Hearshen, Or Ve Shalom

David Helfand, Congregation Shearith Israel

Josh Heller, Congregation B’nai Torah

Lauren Henderson , Congregation Or Hadash

Jason Holtz, Temple Kehillat Chaim

Ari Kaiman, Congregation Shearith Israel

Rachael Klein Miller, Temple Emanu-El

Hillel Konigsburg, Congregation B’nai Torah

Mark Kunis, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim

Loren F. Lapidus, The Temple

Micah Lapidus, The Davis Academy

Steven Lebow

Shalom Lewis, Congregation Etz Chaim – Rabbi Emeritus

Josh Lesser, CBH Rabbi Emeritus & The Berman Center, Rabbi in Residence

Bradley Levenberg, Temple Sinai

Stephen Listfield

Adam Mayer, The Weber School

Dan Medwin, URJ Six-Points Sci-Tech camp

Max Miller, Temple Emanu-El

Chaim Neiditch, Jewish Student Union

Ellen Nemhauser, Congregation B’nai Israel

Jordan Ottenstein, Dor Tamid

Malka Packer-Monroe, 18 Doors

Elana Perry, Atlanta Jewish Federation

Joe Prass, Congregation Ner Tamid

Steven Rau, The Temple

Laurence Rosenthal, Ahavath Achim

Neil Sandler, Ahavath Achim Synagogue – Rabbi Emeritus

Melissa Scholten-Guiterrez, Atlanta Jewish Federation

Ilan Schwartz, Hillels of Georgia

Don Seeman, Emory University/New Toco Shul

Ronald M. Segal, Temple Sinai

Lawrence R. Sernovitz, Hillels of Georgia

Rick Shapiro

Alex Shuval-Weiner, Temple Beth Tikvah

Albert Slomovitz

Scott Sperling

Adam Starr, Congregation Ohr HaTorah

Alvin Sugarman, The Temple

Don Tam, Temple Beth Tikvah

Natan Trief, Temple Sinai

Samantha Trief, Temple Sinai

Harvey Winokur, Temple Kehillat Chaim

Jeff Wohlberg

Mark Zimmerman, Congregation Beth Shalom