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Temple Mosaic

The Temple is pleased to introduce “The Temple Mosaic,” an important new initiative ensuring The Temple is warm and welcoming to all and celebrates the diversity of our changing city.

While we are immensely proud of The Temple’s history as the oldest temple in Atlanta, being the city’s most diverse synagogue is the title we value most.

Front Row: Trinae Watkins, Rebecca Good, Elizabeth Zweigel, Reagan Jennings, Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus.  Back Row: Dax Lopez, Yang Yang, Gail Podolsky, Deborah Danzig, Martin Maslia

The founding members pictured above, along with Temple leadership, have been self-auditing our community and are developing strategies to help our leadership and membership become more reflective of the changing faces of Reform Judaism: racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure and background, and those with physical limitations.

Everything we do will be to ensure we live up to The Temple’s mission and vision statement of providing a warm and welcoming home for all who seek an inclusive Jewish community.

To help us in this effort, Temple Mosaic will share quarterly stories featuring The Temple’s work fostering a more welcoming and inclusive environment. For this first feature, we thought we would start with some Mosaic members in their very own words:

I am Puerto Rican. I am also Jewish. Many people often do a double take when they find out I am both. Jews, however, represent all racial backgrounds and ethnicities. At The Temple, we understand that while all Jews may not look the same, we share similar values, customs, and traditions. I am proud to be a member of Temple Mosaic to help promote our culture of diversity and inclusion.”- Judge Dax Lopez

“I live in Morningside with my husband and two children and have been a member of The Temple for more than ten years. I am proud to be a part of the Temple Mosaic and to find our greatest strength as we unite our temple community through a lens that celebrates our differences.” - Deborah Danzig

My wife and I joined The Temple in 2015 and welcomed our daughter into the community in 2018. I am very excited to be part of Temple Mosaic because it allows me to share my ideas and implement new programs and initiatives to further showcase The Temple’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion.” - Gail Podolsky

The Temple was one of my first stops when my then fiancé and I moved to Atlanta four years ago. I immediately felt at home and am so thankful for the milestones I’ve been blessed to celebrate here. From my own conversion and Bat Mitzvah, to my daughter’s baby naming, The Temple has been there for me and my growing family in a profound way. I’m proud to add my story to the aptly named Temple Mosaic.” - Yang Yang

This is just the beginning! Please stay tuned for more stories and progress from the Temple Mosaic


Sun, October 20 2019 21 Tishrei 5780