More than 450 attendees chose Life on Oct. 28 and celebrated at Jewish Fertility Foundation’s first gala FUN-draiser, “Carnival for a Cause,” at The Fairmont. It was a particularly difficult time for the Atlanta Jewish community, so soon after the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy. During the evening’s program, Rabbi Adam Starr of Young Israel of Toco Hills requested a moment of reflection, alongside the other members of JFF’s rabbinic advisory committee, and explained, “If we don’t celebrate tonight we have let hate, death and anti-Semitism win. In the face of this horrific loss of Jewish life, we have chosen to celebrate new Jewish life that will be brought into the world due to the unbelievable work of JFF.”
Elana Frank, JFF executive director and founder, spoke about JFF’s goal of creating life. “Most of us can express only words to describe the desire, want or need to conceive a child. And when those suffering from infertility see only a barren desert within our bodies and minds, a very select few can actually help turn that desert into an oasis,” she said.
At the gala, JFF honored Dr. Danny Shapiro for his contributions to the infertility community. Dr. Shapiro served as JFF’s medical committee chair since its “conception” and has been an integral part of JFF, advising and assisting with its growth.
JFF raised $145,000 in ticket sales, sponsorships and auction proceeds. The funds will help JFF’s services expand and reach more individuals who dream of having a family and need financial and emotional support.