On Jan. 31, guests converged at Under the Cork Tree on Roswell Road to toast Angelino Hanna Hier and Sandy Springs native David Eisenberg’s engagement. The couple met in Haifa, at a mutual friend’s birthday party, and felt an immediate connection. Eisenberg had been living in Israel for over four years at the time, and Hier had recently made aliyah.
“Although we grew up on opposite ends of the U.S., we hit it off right from the start,” Eisenberg said. “We both attended Jewish day schools and grew up in traditional families with a focus on family, Judaism and a strong connection to Israel. We’re both big sci-fi buffs and grew up watching a lot of the same shows, like “Big Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Little did Hanna know that she would soon meet David’s mother, Suzanne Hanein Eisenberg, along with his dad, Joel Eisenberg.
Eisenberg fulfilled his childhood dream of making aliyah in August 2014, a few months after he graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree. He served in the Israeli Armored Corps of the IDF from 2015 to 2017, and most recently worked for Taliaz, a healthcare startup company.
Hier went to Israel in 2017, after graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in management science. She is currently a data scientist with startup Well-Beat. Her grandfather, Rabbi Marvin Hier, visits Israel frequently and is the founder of the Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. The Hanein family came to the U.S. as refugees in 1963 — with sponsorship from HIAS and via France — after being expelled from Egypt.
Paying tribute to their Sephardic roots, the crowd let out a raucous ululation as an expression of joy and celebration. Eisenberg’s father, Joel, toasted the couple: “We are so excited to welcome Hanna into our family, and we could not be happier with David’s choice. She is truly the perfect match and temperament for him.”
“This party was last minute and impromptu when we found out that David and Hanna were planning on coming to the U.S. from Israel for her sister’s wedding in Oregon,” Suzanne said. “The U.S. had many restrictions on foreign travelers entering the country, but finally eased up about a week before they traveled. We definitely wanted our family and friends to meet Hanna and to celebrate with us before they went back to Israel. Our family has had a tough year and we wanted a chance to finally celebrate a happy occasion as well as the special couple. As Joel told Hanna when they told us of their engagement, ‘We will soon get the daughter we always wanted!’”
With COVID precautions in mind, the engagement venue had to have a large outdoor patio and space heaters. The Eisenbergs landed at Under the Cork Tree in the Prado. After a three-day cold snap, the temperature rose to 55 degrees the evening of the party.
Eisenberg’s maternal grandmother, nicknamed “Lollipop,” said, “David is my oldest grandchild. We have always had a special bond because his parents would drop him off at my house on the weekends; and my husband and I would take him to Or VeShalom with us. I can’t wait to dance at his wedding and celebrate this wonderful union.”
Although both of them still love Israel, the difficulty of traveling internationally and having to constantly take COVID tests to enter the U.S. has made the couple realize that they need to be in the same country as the majority of their family. Eisenberg’s family in Israel includes his mom’s surviving aunts and uncles, her 17 first cousins and over 50 second cousins. Because of the couple’s impending move back to the U.S., a wedding date and location has yet to be finalized.
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