2020 Year In Review
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2020 Year In Review

The AJT looks back at some of our biggest stories for 2020.

Most of the 2021 AJFF will be held online.

AJFF Unveils Diverse 2020 Lineup



Claims surfaced that Georgia Tech tolerated an anti-Semitic environment.

Hillels of Georgia Seeks Anti-Semitism Probe of Georgia Tech



Community partner booths attracted community members from throughout Atlanta to learn about new organizations and chat with old friends.

Atlanta Jewish Life Festival in a Hot Minute

Abby Martin was prevented from speaking at Georgia Southern.

Georgia’s Anti-BDS Law Challenged



The AJT interviewed community leaders about the adoption bill.

New Bill Could Affect Jewish Adoptions

Examples of white supremacist propaganda.

White Supremacist Propaganda Hits Recorded High



COVID-19 hit residents and staff of the Berman Commons.

Six Berman Commons Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Seders went virtual for Passover.

Virtual Seders Connecting Our Community, and Passover Issue



Lauren Henderson is Or Hadash’s new rabbi.

Or Hadash Hires New Rabbi



Dr. Mitchell Blass kept the community updated on the pandemic.

Blass Sheds Light on COVID

Tony Levitas shares his experience with COVID-19.

‘Not My Time to Die’



Rabbi Rachel Bregman served the Brunswick, Ga., community.

Former Atlanta Rabbi Wasn’t Prepared for Brunswick Killing

Gov. Brian Kemp signs historic hate crimes bill.

Kemp Signs Georgia Hate Crimes Bill Into Law



Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination.

Supreme Court Ruling 30 Years Later to Protect LGBTQ



Violence erupted in Atlanta during Black Lives Matters protests.

Protests Envelop Atlanta and the Nation



Jared Powers gives the community a tutorial on what to expect when returning to the MJCCA.

JCC Reopens After COVID-19 Closure




George Floyd. Rabbi Shalom Lewis objected to community leaders in letter on killings and protests.

Rabbis Criticize Letter on Killing, Protests

For many, school classes during the pandemic was online via Zoom.

Back to School



Hemy Neuman continues to request a reversal of his murder conviction.

Hemy Neuman Murder Trial Resurfaces



An ad that seemed to enlarge Jon Ossoff’s nose became a campaign issue.

Perdue Campaign Removes Ad Ossoff Called ‘Anti-Semitic’



Communal leaders fondly recall the civil rights icon, his support of the Jewish community and Israel.

Jewish Atlanta Remembers John Lewis with Affection, Respect

Josh Hearshen is believed to be the first non-Sephardic leader of Congregation Or VeShalom.

Sephardic Synagogue Gets Conservative Rabbi




Anti-Semitic graffiti united the suburban East Cobb community.

Stand Against Swastikas

The high holidays were anything but traditional this year with most synagogue services online.

AJT High Holiday Coverage




Members of the Toco Hills community took shofar blowing outdoors to congregants’ neighborhoods.

Nine Shuls Join for Outdoor Shofar Blowing

The Book Festival of the MJCCA gained a larger online audience during the pandemic.

Book Festival Goes Big, Virtual




The Jewish Home, like other senior living facilities, was hit hard by the virus.

Breman Jewish Home Again Struck by COVID-19

Election Day mishaps put Georgia in the spotlight.

AJT Election Coverage



Sacha Baron Cohen chose Temple Kol Emeth for a scene in his new movie.

Temple Kol Emeth Featured in New Borat Film

Jews play a big role in development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccines Have Jewish Links and Vaccine Coverage

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