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Timeline of Atlanta Jewish Community

The Evolution Of Atlanta's Jewish Community:
1840 to the present

In 1845, the railroad town of Terminus was dubbed Atlanta, and Jacob Haas and Henry Levi, German immigrants, became the city's first Jewish settlers. Since then, as the population of Atlanta's Jewish community has grown, the number of synagogues, schools, human & social services providers, and philanthropic organizations has kept pace. This timeline marks many of the watershed events.

1840s

First Jewish settlers in Atlanta

1865

Hebrew Benevolent Society (first Jewish relief organization)

1867

Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (official name of the Temple incorporated program of Society)

1870

B'nai B'rith Gate City Lodge

1871

Hebrew Ladies Aid Society

1889-1930

Hebrew Orphan's Home (Jewish Education Loan Fund)

1890

Montefiore Relief Assoc. (later 1953: Jewish Family and Children's Bureau)

1903

Free Kindergarten and Social Settlement

1904

Y.M.H.A. (later, 1909, Jewish Education Alliance; 1947-JCC)

1911

Morris Hirsch Clinic (provided out-patient medical services) (dental program added in 1929: now Ben Massell Dental Clinic)

1912

Reorganization of Federation of Jewish charities, Montefiore Relief Assoc., JEA, and other relief services

1924

Jewish Social Service Federation (new name) becomes charter member of Community Chest (now United Way)

1929

B'nai B'rith Youth Organization

1936

Jewish Welfare Fund (First combined fund raising campaign; it raised $52,274 on a goal of $50,000)

1945

Jewish Community Council – to deal with community relations issues and social planning

1945

Bureau of Jewish Education

1948

First one million dollars raised following establishment of the State of Israel; also Jewish Population Study

1951

The Jewish Home

1953

The Hebrew Academy

1967

Merger of 3 central agencies: Federation, Council, and Welfare Fund into the Atlanta Jewish Federation

1970

Federation building on Peachtree Rd

1970

Yeshiva High School

1972

Hillel: an arm of Federation

1973

Rabbi Harry H. Epstein Solomon Schechter School

1973-74

Yom Kippur War Campaign –highest per capita campaign in the country

1975

Jewish Vocational Service

1976

Jay & Leslie Cohen Chair of Judaic Studies – Emory University

1978

The Jewish Tower

1979

Project Renewal – Yehud

1979

AJCC Zaban Park

1982

Autonomy status for Jewish Family Service

1985

Jewish Population Study

1985

Torah Day School

1985

Operation Moses Campaign

1986

Louis Kahn Group Home

1986

Zachor Holocaust Center

1989

AJCC Blumenthal Park

1989

Passage to Freedom Campaign

1990

Year 2000 Strategic planning study

1990

Operation Exodus Campaign

1991

Operation Solomon

1992

Davis Academy

1992

Atlanta YAD: The Jewish Young Adult Agency (formerly Hillel, now autonomous)

1992

Jewish Educational Services (succeeds Bureau of Jewish Education)

1992

Tichon Atlanta

1992

Atlanta selected as a lead community by the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education

1994

Donation of the Selig Center

1994

Creating Community exhibit opens at the Atlanta History Museum

1995

Jewish Educational Services, Jewish Family Services and Jewish Vocational Services move to the Federation Center for Jewish Services

1995

Atlanta YAD moves to their own building

1995

Tichon Atlanta moves to their own building

1995

Atlanta Jewish Federation moves to the Selig Center

1995

Louis Kahn Group Home and Davis Academy become beneficiary agencies of the Atlanta Jewish Federation

1995

Creation of Silver Circle of the Endowment Fund: 25 year commitment to the annual campaign (2,000 donors)

1995

Partnership 2000: Atlanta twins with communities of Yokneam and Megiddo, Israel

1996

Davis Academy moves to new building

1996

Memorial to Munich 11 dedicated at the Selig Center during the 1996 Olympics

1996

1996

Merger of University of Georgia Hillel and Atlanta YAD

Temima High School

1996

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum opens

1997

Community Capital Campaign: 10 agencies

1997

New Atlanta Jewish Community High School opens

1997

Synagogue-Federation initiative

1997

Merger of Jewish Family Services and Jewish Vocational Services to become Jewish Family & Career Services

1998

Avi Chai Voucher Program for Jewish Education

1998

Atlanta Jewish Federation Outreach program begins

1998

Merger of United Jewish Appeal, Council of Jewish Federations and United Israel Appeal into United Jewish Communities

1999

Federation changes its name to Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

2000

Center changes its name to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

2000

Creation of the Meyer Balser Center for Healthy Living, a consortium of services provided by JF&CS, MJCCA and WBJHM

2001

Launch of www.ShalomAtlanta.org

2002

Israel Emergency Campaign - $10,486,000

2002

Yeshiva Ohr Yisroel

Israel Scholarship Applications

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