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Keeping Jewish Connections Live
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Dan Arnold and Ellen Zucrow, both counselors at Jewish Family & Career Services join us in a discussion about the impact COVID-19 and the politics has had on all of us.
Featuring a lively debate on content and coverage of the 2020 political election with highlights that included where the key moments have been, the role of absentee voting, the mysterious case of Israel as an issue, and the presidential candidates they back.Moderated by Dave Schechter, veteran journalist whose career includes writing for the Atlanta Jewish Times and producing political reports as well as from Israel and the Middle East.Special Guests:Chuck Berk, local chair of the Republican Jewish CoalitionMichael Rosenzweig, board member of the Jewish Democratic Council of America and a head of the JDCA Georgia chapter
Nadia is an internationally renowned television personality, communication and professional development training expert, author and keynote speaker who has interviewed many personalities from George Clooney to Nelson Mandela. She talked about how technology exploded when the virus reached pandemic levels and the transition to a virtual world accelerated. 7 months in, it does not seem like anything is going to change for quite a while.  Nadia’s podcast gives listeners important tips for effective virtual communication for Zooming into the High Holidays.Nadia discusses looking and sounding your best on virtual video platforms. She helps enhance our online presence, confidence and ability to connect with family and others online. She offered hints about eye contact, lighting, attire, and preparation for the upcoming virtual holidays. And, of course all of these tips will help everyone in their professional life.
A Conversation with Jeff Kaplan, CEO of Just Kibbitz discusses why he created a new spin on dating sites for moms to help their children find their perfect match.
Jill Savitt, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights discusses the recent events and their impact on Civil and Human rights from her unique seat as a Jewish leader in her field. Listen as Jill discusses how we can use our effort to enact change.
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Biological Behavior, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.As a Jewish Bioethics expert and sociologist working on the frontlines of structuring ethical policies during a global pandemic, Dr. Paul Root Wolpe discusses with the AJT the responsibility Jewish communities around the world share and ways to respond to support effective change. He explains how the Pandemic has affected protests around the United State in response to the death of George Floyd, and the deaths of many other black Americans.
Local Real Estate industry experts, Debbie Sonenshine and Robin Blass share their experience and advice while continuing the buying and selling of homes in Atlanta during the COVID-19 Coronavius health crisis.Debbie SonenshineFor someone who has spent her entire real estate career in the Atlanta area, Debbie Sonenshine has managed to gain a national reputation that comes with taking care of customers, year in and year out since 1981. That kind of service is a result of Debbie’s commitment to always moving ahead, always striving to become a better agent through professional and personal development and through a generous commitment to community service.The awards and honors Debbie has received are numerous – President’s Premier, Crystal Phoenix, Coldwell Banker Hall of Fame, #1 Top Coldwell Banker Agent in Atlanta, Top 10 Teams of Atlanta Board of Realtors…the list goes on. If that wasn’t enough, Debbie was elected to America’s Most Referred Realtors by her peers, meaning other agents recognize that Debbie is someone they can refer clients to with complete confidence.Debbie has extensive experience in corporate relocation and new home sales. She is an exclusive listing agent for Previews luxury properties, and she also enjoys working with first-time home buyers, young families and empty-nesters.In all her dealings, Debbie brings a sharp mind, well-honed negotiating skills and a true sense of honesty and fairness.As one broker says: “She really wows people with what she does for them.”Specializing in Metro Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Brookhaven, East Cobb, Marietta and AlpharettaDebbie is married and lives in Sandy Springs. Her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter live locally as well.Robin BlassSpecializing in residential real estate and relocations, Robin Blass has been widely recognized by the industry as an energetic leader for 37 years of exceptional service to buyers and sellers. Robin's successful sales and negotiating skills resulted in home sales totaling over $52 million in 2017. She prides herself on handling the details in order to make the transaction as easy as possible for her buyers and sellers. As the Top Agent at Coldwell Banker's Perimeter branch from 1992-present, Robin has established herself as one of Coldwell Banker's top 5 agents in the Metro Atlanta area since 1998. She has been recognized as Coldwell Banker's #1 Individual Agent Company Wide from 2010 through the 2015. For 2016 and 2017, Robin was named the #1 Agent for Coldwell Banker Companywide, outpacing all other individual agents and teams. Coldwell Banker International has named Robin in their top 1% of agents worldwide. Robin is married and has three children. In 2015, Robin was the youngest ever recipient of the Platinum Phoenix Award honoring 35 years in the Million Dollar Club, Atlanta Board of Realtors.
As the founder of a family law firm with 15 lawyers handling a significant amount of divorce, Randy Kessler is seeing his share of increased tension and concern and discusses how couples trapped at home could have increased discord.Kessler noted, “I’ve already seen it start here and fielded calls from people whose home lives have deteriorated rapidly and significantly. We are bracing for and expecting a significant uptick in divorce filings and have arranged for our entire office to be able to work remotely.” Fortunately, in today’s legal system, most things can be done electronically and digitally and virtually. Courts are allowing virtual appearances, depositions can be taken telephonically, and cases and motions can be filed electronically without a personal trip to the courthouse.
Harley Tabak said Jewish HomeLife is trying to protect the safety of its residents. He believes restrictions could be emotionally challenging for both residents and families.Social worker Nancy Kriseman worries that “social distancing” and restrictions on their movement could increase residents’ feelings of isolation.Moderated by Dave Schechter is a freelance writer who files a regular column and in-depth articles for the Atlanta Jewish Times. His background includes more than 28 years with CNN, beginning as producer in the Jerusalem bureau and then many years on the network's national news desk in Atlanta.His articles for the Atlanta Jewish Times have garnered awards from the American Jewish Press Association and the Religion News Association.
AJT's Pilot Programming features Bob Bahr, an award winning reporter and producer for CBS News and CNN's Documentary Unit and directed and produced the feature length documentary, The Reagan Years, for MGM. Bob speaks and writes regularly on film and popular culture in the Atlanta Jewish community.
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