When my sister called to say that Dad had died, I was northbound on Interstate 75 in Florida, returning to Atlanta from a road trip to watch our older son play a collegiate soccer game.

My father, whose physical and mental capabilities had declined the previous two or three years…


Atlanta attorney David Schoen has been elected chairman of the Zionist Organization of America, a 124-year-old group known for its blunt — and unapologetic — support of Israel.

Schoen, 62, will serve a three-year term guiding the organization on whose board he has served for 20 years. …


If you want to be left alone at a party, start a conversation about redistricting.

There are few topics less sexy than the process of drawing maps for congressional and state legislature districts, as well as county commissions and school boards. And few are more consequential.

Redistricting will be “the…


The temperature at daybreak was 57 degrees. By chance, that was the day a technician came to inspect our furnace.

The calendar said that the autumnal equinox, the point at which the sun crosses the equator, from north to south, signaling the beginning of fall, was nearly two weeks away…


When the U.S. House overwhelmingly approved $1 billion to resupply Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system on Thursday, Democrat Hank Johnson, who represents the 4th District in metro Atlanta, voted “present.”

The bill passed by a vote of 409 to 9, with two abstentions: Johnson and New York Democrat Alexandria…


“It is not your duty to complete the work. Nor are you free to desist from it.” (Pirke Avot)

Dale Marvin Schwartz did his duty and left a legacy for those who continue the work.

The attorney praised for his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, in support of civil rights…


At this point in his life, Professor Irwin S. Bernstein did not need to be standing in front of a classroom of University of Georgia psychology students. After a distinguished career, the 88-year-old expert in primate behavior was a “retiree-rehire,” who had returned to teach two classes.

Bernstein became national…


An abiding memory of my father-in-law’s funeral will be our sons shoveling damp, clay soil until their grandfather’s grave was level with the surrounding grass.

The older one did not feel right leaving that task to someone outside the family. So, after other mourners had drifted away, he and his…


When COVID-19 vaccines became available in January, Jewish HomeLife gave its approximately 625 employees until June 1 to be fully vaccinated.

When only 60 percent were vaccinated at the beginning of May, the deadline was put off “until we had a chance to educate, to alleviate fears, help everyone get…


Drive west on Interstate 20 from Atlanta for about two hours, take exit 132 and follow Montevallo Road southwest, and you come to Mountain Brook, Ala.

Danny Cohn, CEO of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, estimates that 60 to 70 percent of the roughly 5,000 Jews who live in the metro…

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