Whether in business attire or work boots, with a cocktail in hand or a fistful of mulch, nearly 500 young Atlantans’ weekend of tikkun olam improved the curb appeal of Jewish Kids Groups and helped enable JF&CS to serve more than 45 Little PALs this year.
Havingala: A Touchdown for PAL
On Saturday night, Jewish Family & Career Services hosted its annual Havinagala at the College Football Hall of Fame, where attendees were welcomed with an impressive display of helmets and a large-scale goal post. The perfect venue leading up to Super Bowl LIII, 448 partygoers got into the spirit with artificial turf comfortably underfoot.
The evening’s festivities benefited PAL, Atlanta’s only Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister program that links children ages 5 through 17 to adult mentors. A portion of PAL’s $43,629 proceeds came from a raffle, which featured a range of prizes from custom cornhole boards to jewelry, as well as restaurant and gym vouchers. Those with VIP passes were able to explore the interactive museum and show off their school pride, while everyone enjoyed an open bar, desserts and even had the opportunity to practice kicking field goals in the Skill Zone.
For information about becoming a PAL, contact Andrea Appel at firstname.lastname@example.org. org. To become involved in the young volunteer professionals group, or the next Havinagala, contact Beth Feldser at email@example.com.
JNFuture Tu Beer Sh’vat
Sunday morning, JNFuture hosted a day of service, aptly dubbed Tu Beer Sh’vat. About 40 volunteers gathered in Morningside to beautify the grounds of Jewish Kids Groups. The crew got their hands dirty, potting plants and spreading gravel outside the Hebrew school.
Afterwards, the group unwound at The Family Dog over drinks and talk of JNF’s endeavors. Liaison Ido Reichman-Eisikovits spoke about Green Horizons, a JNF-funded program, which offers educational outdoor activities for youth in Israel.
For more about JNFuture, contact Nick Contino at firstname.lastname@example.org.