Greenfield dedicates community Torah

About 300 people helped Greenfield Hebrew Academy dedicate its own Torah at a ceremony Oct. 26 at the Sandy Springs school.

The Torah — a traditional, hand-written, Hebrew scroll containing the first five books of the Bible — fulfills two years of fundraising and other hard work to make it a reality.

In addition to paying for the scroll and the event, money raised from the dedication will help purchase classroom smart boards.

GHA parents Fred and Elaine Brasch and Nancy Weissman co-chaired the dedication, which included remarks from academy Executive Director Kevin King, students Danielle Grinzaid, Gavriella Mendel and Lior Vainer, and the Torah’s scribe, Rabbi Zvi Chaim Pincus.

As part of the ceremony, the rabbi wrote the final letters of the Torah while the students, parents and others watched.

Sandy Springs-based Chabad of Georgia Rabbi Yossi Lew read from the scroll before it was wrapped in a cover donated by the academy’s 2008 graduating class.

“It was truly a day unlike any other,” said the school’s director of development, Gail Medwed, who organized the dedication. “The whole event was beyond anyone’s expectations.”

400 students given Grammy-level guidance

More than 400 students from a dozen metro Atlanta high schools converged on North Atlanta High in Buckhead on Nov. 6 to hear from recording industry professionals about the realities of the music business during the annual Grammy in the Schools Career Day.

Grammy in the Schools Career Day is a national outreach program that aims to provide high school students with insights about music careers and how to prepare for them. North Atlanta’s Grammy day was organized by Reginald Colbert, the director of the school’s Center for the Arts.

In addition to North Atlanta, the other nine Atlanta public high schools, DeKalb School of the Arts, Tri-Cities High School and Sandy Springs’ North Springs Charter High School participated in the event.

Students heard from Bruce Burch, the director of the University of Georgia business program, and Chris Davie, the director of operations for SAE Institute of Technology, about the importance of “Broadening Your Education in Music,” then broke into workshops on the business of music, the evolution of a song and vocals with 20 industry professionals.

Sean Garrett, a Grammy nominee and former student at Atlanta’s Therrell High, said he didn’t understand when he was in high school how important it was to work hard to get an education. “People who play to win get A’s,” he said. “People who play not to lose are satisfied with D’s.”