Name: Ahavath Achim Synagogue
Address: 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): 700+
What percentage of members are older than 50? 75%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Friday night services we have between 10-25 attendees. Shabbat morning services we have around 100 attendees.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday evening services begin at 6:30pm and go for an hour until 7:30pm. Saturday morning services begin at 9am and go for three hours until 12pm which is then followed by a Kiddush.
Shabbat dress code: Guests may feel comfortable in anything from business casual to professional dress/suit and tie.
Daily services? We have services twice daily; once in the morning and once in the evening.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, we have our own building.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? We have a weekly Kiddush on Shabbat morning following services
Language of service: Mostly in Hebrew with some English
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English translation
Children’s programming: “The renowned Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber, used to call prayer a “dialogue” between man and God. We are happy to provide an opportunity for you and your child(ren) to engage in a dialogue with God through niggunim (wordless melodies), meditation, discussion, celebration, and of course, laughter. Bring your 6th-12th graders, and join us in this captivating and wonderful experience. Lunch is included with your participation! Babysitting will be available for younger children. This program runs once a month. For more information, contact Marc at email@example.com. For older kids and their parents, Minyan Machar (M&M) is a unique Shabbat morning program for parents and children in 2nd-5th grade. This minyan meets once a month and is designed to help families build a prayerful mindset and introduce them to the Tefillah experience in a warm and open environment. The program will include traditional as well as non-traditional melodies and prayers, movement, musical instruments, meditation and guided discussion on Jewish themes. This program runs once a month, however we hope to expand it to every week.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Ahavath Achim is wheelchair-accessible. We have a ramp in the chapel and a lift in the sanctuary, as well as a designated restroom. We also have hearing enhancement devices available in the sanctuary.
Are services streamed online? Yes, available here.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Yes, available here.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? Less than 5%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? As members of the Rabbinical Assembly, our rabbis are not permitted to officiate at interfaith weddings. However, our rabbis welcome the opportunity to meet with engaged interfaith couples and publicly bless them prior to their wedding.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? Ahavath Achim is an egalitarian congregation in which men and women are welcome to equally participate.
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