2022 Year in Review
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2022 Year in Review

The AJT looks back at some of our most popular stories from 2022.



Baz Lehrman’s “Elvis” was a big box office success this year.

Was Elvis, King of Rock and Roll, Jewish?




David and Andi Arnovitz’s Jerusalem garden.

Sabbatical Year Ended at Rosh Hashanah




After a marvelous four-year career at Yeshiva University, Los Angeles native Ryan Turell has his sights set on having a significant impact on the Detroit Pistons’ G League affiliate, Motor City Cruise.

The NBA’s Next Jewish Jordan?






After playing intermittently for the Philadelphia Flyers for a couple seasons, Mark Friedman joined Jason Zucker in Pittsburgh last February and now hopes to become a consistent contributor for a team eyeing a Stanley Cup championship.

Jewish Players No Longer Exception on NHL Rosters





Caleb Heller’s coming out was eased by his father’s LGBTQ+ advocacy in Conservative Judaism. // Credit: Caleb Heller

‘Coming out to Dad’ is Old News







A memorial to lynching victims in Marietta, adjacent to the Leo Frank memorial, has been repaired and reinstalled.

Lynching Memorial Toppled, Then Repaired





Esther Panitch and Peter Korman

Jewish Legislators’ Comings and Goings




Albert Bourla, right, receives the Genesis Prize in January 2022.

Bourla Honored and Criticized for COVID Vaccine Work




One of several students that portrayed neo-Nazi arm band and salute at East Cobb Middle School.

Cobb Schools Experienced Antisemitic Incidents




“In the City Camp has mandated that all age-eligible summer campers, staff and invited guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Camps Require COVID Vaccination





Wordle gives players six tries to guess a five-letter word, with feedback for each guess in the form of colored tiles.

Wordle Still on Top







Straus’s locket. (©National Geographic)

What’s Jewish About the Titanic Update






The Italian-themed pavilion will feature a pantheon, a grotto and Tuscan-inspired scenery // Photo Courtesy of Passport Springs & Spa

Passport Springs Set to Open in 2023





Members of Congregation Bet Haverim march in protest for social justice.

Congregation Bet Haverim Welcomes New Rabbi




Rabbi Stephen Weiss, 60, was arrested April 18 by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children task force for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor.

Former Atlanta Rabbi Arrested on Sex Charge





One Centennial Yards // Photo Credit: DBOX for Centennial Yards

Times Square of the South Coming to Atlanta




Emory University

I Have Been Attacked and Defamed for Visiting Israel




East Side Elementary School Principal Marcia Clark said the school would immediately review the new logo “to determine needed changes.”

East Side Elementary Logo No Longer Used








Former Congregation Beit Haverim members Neta Cohen and Meital Gutman won an important LGBTQ legal case in Israel. // Photo credit: Olly Bowman

Success of Former Atlanta LGBTQ+ Couple May be Last





Mordechai and Kimberly Snyder dressed as lo mein takeout for Purim. Their kids, Shaina, Joshua and Yoel went as soy sauce packets.

Atlanta’s Kosher Chinese Restaurant’s New Ownership





“Blonde” has been given an NC-17 rating because of its mature content.

Marilyn Monroe Film Explores Star’s Nightmare Years




Researchers dug through accounts and campus incidents across the country to identify the worst patterns of antisemitism // Photo Credit: Stop Campus Jew Hatred

Top Ten Anti-Jewish Campuses | An Update





A swastika spray-painted on the “rainbow” crosswalks at the intersection at Piedmont and 10th Street in Atlanta was power-washed away by a city crew within hours of its discovery. // Photo courtesy of Adam Van Wickel

Swastika Mars Atlanta’s Rainbow Intersection





Marlene D. Colon was a popular aqua aerobics and Zumba instructor.

New Trial Date for Alleged Murderer Not Confirmed




Roger Waters is a co-founder and former lead singer of the Pink Floyd band.

Protesters Join Waters Fans at State Farm Arena






Meet Atlanta’s Jewish 40 Under 40







Kanye West also known as “Ye.”

Kanye West Named 2022 Antisemite of the Year

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