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Atlanta, GA

Are you a mother raising Jewish children... but you're not Jewish? Don't do it alone!

The Mothers Circle provides FREE education and support for women of other religious backgrounds who are raising Jewish Children. Mothers Circle: The Course has been in Atlanta for several years. We even have alumnae groups that meet monthly in a variety of settings, and continue to nurture friendships among past participants and their families. We'd love to welcome you to The Mothers Circle!

Classes meet approximately twice a month and focus on Jewish rituals, ethics, and the how-to's of creating a Jewish home. Come be a part of the warm and nurturing environment and feel empowered to take on the responsibility of raising children in Judaism. Mothers in all family constellations are welcome and participants do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish institution or have any prior knowledge.

Sessions will be held at MJCCA Zaban Park at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. Free on-site childcare will be available. Please join us!

The Mothers Circle is a program of the Jewish Outreach Institute and is made possible locally by Pathways: The Interfaith Family Network of Greater Atlanta.

For more information, please contact Mothers Circle Coordinator Shelley Buxbaum at 678-812-4152 or


Family Fun Day for the Jewish New Year: On September 9, 2007 nearly 100 grandparents, parents, and children came together to celebrate the Jewish New Year at the Davis Academy. Watching real bees make honey was a huge hit as was the apple and honey tasting and honey pot creating. Round challahs and covers were decorated to help bring in a sweet new year. The children designed cards to send to all their loved ones. Rabbi Lauren Cohn captivated the crowd with her special story about the star found in each apple and Michael Levine entertained everyone with joyful songs. All left happy and excited after an afternoon of extreme fun and were exhilarated abou the beginning of a new year. The event was co-sponsored by The Mothers Circle, Davis Academy, and Pathways.

Mothers Circle Panel Session
: A panel of Mothers Circle participants and alumni met to discuss their choices in raising Jewish families. The event took place on Monday, February 12, 2007 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta North Metro Campus, and was a resounding success. The Atlanta Jewish Times covered this event, and published an article along with a photo montage (which you can view here in PDF) about the panel.

Family Shabbat Dinner in Atlanta: The three Mothers Circle groups in Atlanta shared in a Shabbat dinner on Friday, February 16, 2007. Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Atlanta Mothers Circle Rabbi, joined more than 45 participants for food, discussion and singing. Local singer, Eric Litwin entertained the children with songs during the meal.

Mothers Circle on the Radio: On Sunday, February 4 Mothers Circle participants and Atlanta Mothers Circle Rabbi Alvin Sugarman discussed Raising Jewish Children When You’re Not with Atlanta Jewish Times reporter Marcy Levinson on Atlanta's AM 1690 WMLB. If you missed the first broadcast, you can still hear a recording of the show, "Jewish Brunch With the JT Bunch," in MP3 format (click here to listen using Real Audio Player). For more info, check out this article from the Jewish Times about The Mothers Circle.

Proud partner and beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.