SERVICE

Between the ages of 12 and 13, a young Jewish woman becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism, and must make the choice to continue in that faith herself. "Bat Mitzvah" literally means "daughter of the commandments." The celebration of a Bat Mitzvah signifies that the young woman is beginning and will continue to function as an active and responsible young Jewish woman in the synagogue and in the wider Jewish community.

Shira's Bat Mitzvah service will be held at Temple Sinai on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
The service starts at 10:30 a.m, so please be at the synagogue by 10:15 a.m.

What to expect at the service:
A service typically lasts about 2 hours.  Shira and another Bat Mitzvah girl named Amanda will share the service.  Shira has been studying and learning an ancient version of Hebrew which is incredibly challenging to master. She will chant prayers in Hebrew and also read from the Torah. Shira will also talk about her interpretation of the Torah portion she reads.  Some family members will be honored by being called up to the bimah with Shira to recite prayers. Once a child reaches 13, he or she may also begin to wear the tallit, or prayer shawl, often seen worn by members of the congregation. Each shawl has hundreds of tassels tied in knots, one for each commandment in the Torah. The shawl that Shira is wearing was handmade for her in Israel and embroidered with a symbolic saying which corresponds to the letters of her name in Hebrew.  This special gift was given to Shira by the Silvera family.

A Kiddush luncheon will follow services.
Matzah will be available for anyone still observing Passover.

Temple Sinai
5645 Dupree Drive NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327

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CELEBRATION

The Saturday evening celebration will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina.
The party begins at 7:00 p.m. and should end by 11:00 p.m.
There is a free parking garage adjacent to the hotel.

Shira’s friends should be picked up by 11:00 p.m.
If unaccompanied by an adult, please drop off and pick up in the front of the hotel.
An adult will be there to assist to and from the party.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina
4000 Summit Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30319

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HOTEL

We have reserved a block of rooms at the
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina at a special discounted rate.
To reserve a room online, please click here.

Or call 888-591-1234 and please refer to the Lipton Bat Mitzvah for the special rate.

General Hotel information:
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina
4000 Summit Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30319
404-303-7700

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OUT-OF-TOWNERS

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ITINERARY

FRIDAY NIGHT - 7 PM
Shabbat Dinner
Villa Christina
4000 Summit Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
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SATURDAY MORNING - 10:15 AM
Bat Mitzvah Service followed by Kiddush Luncheon
Temple Sinai
5645 Dupree Drive NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
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SATURDAY EVENING - 7 PM
Bat Mitzvah Celebration
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina
4000 Summit Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30319
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SUNDAY MORNING - 9 AM
Brunch
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina
4000 Summit Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30319
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TRANSPORTATION FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS

If you don't want to rent a car or use Uber (widely used in Atlanta),
then MARTA is also an option.

MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) runs from the airport to stations near the hotel. The hotel has a shuttle that will pick up from either of two MARTA stations, either the Medical Center station or the Dunwoody Center station. Just call the hotel either when you arrive or as you are getting on the train. The hotel number is 404-303-7700 or 888-591-1234. The hotel shuttle holds 11 people plus luggage. Marta trains run quite regularly, but for a schedule and information, please go to:

martaguide.com/rail-station-map/

martaguide.com/marta-trip-planning-options/

The only other transportation needed for the weekend would be to and from the synagogue Saturday. Please contact Ephrat or Jason if you will need assistance with that and they will arrange for rides for you. Uber is also an excellent option. The synagogue is a 10-15 minute ride from the hotel.

Note: The hotel shuttle is free and available to all hotel guests at a first come first serve basis for rides that are 3 miles or less from the hotel.

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The suggestions below are a snippet of the amazing attractions Atlanta offers visitors. Atlanta is a fun and diverse city with incredible history and true Southern charm. Please call or email us if you need any more suggestions about things to do while you visit.

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ATTRACTIONS

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THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Located in downtown Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water. Through a path of more than sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. There are also dolphin shows and beluga whales!
www.georgiaaquarium.org

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WORLD OF COCA COLA

Located downtown (and right next door to the GA Aquarium), the World of Coca-Cola is a permanent exhibition featuring the history of The Coca-Cola Company. You can taste different types of Coca Cola from all over the world.
www.worldofcoca-cola.com

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HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown (right across the street from the Residence Inn), the High Museum of Art, is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States.
www.high.org

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INSIDE CNN STUDIO TOUR

Located downtown (and across the street from the GA Aquarium) take the Inside CNN VIP Tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide. 
www.cnn.com/tour

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BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Atlanta Botanical gardens is a true urban oasis in Midtown Atlanta. This 30-acre garden with a conservatory and fountains plays host to concerts, cocktail parties and more. A real treat is the treetop canopy.
www.atlantabg.org

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CENTER

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.
www.thekingcenter.org

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THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Its purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
www.civilandhumanrights.org

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ZOO ATLANTA

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Zoo Atlanta is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. While animal displays draw visitors, animal research and conservation studies are also important activities of the zoo. An abundance of animals and plant species are found at the zoo, including 50 species of bird and 40 species of mammal -- over 1,300 animals in total.
www.zooatlanta.org


MITZVAH PROJECT

I love to play and watch sports, and really wanted to combine this interest with what I am doing for my bat mitzvah project.  I have been playing tennis for about four years, and when I learned about Special Pops Tennis, I knew it's how I wanted to give back.  Special Pops stands for Special Populations, and it is an organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special Pops provides its athletes the opportunity to build their self confidence and life skills through social interaction with each other and its many volunteers.  Since the beginning of the year, I have been a Special Pops volunteer on Wednesday evenings at the Country Club of Roswell, where I work with our athletes, helping teach them the rules of the game, how to hold the racquet, and the basics of groundstrokes, volleys and serves.  Now that everyone knows me, it really feels nice to see how excited they are to work with me.  I get a great sense of fulfillment seeing how much fun they are having and how much they've improved as tennis players.

I will definitely continue my involvement with Special Pops after my bat mitzvah is over by helping fund raise for the organization, and I am really looking forward to the Special Olympics in a few weeks at Emory University, when I will be a doubles partner with one of our athletes!

SHIRA'S FRIENDS

Welcome to Shira's Bat Mitzvah website! We're really happy that you'll be sharing her special day with us. A lot of you have probably been to many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, but if you haven't, you may have tons of questions. There's more information throughout the website, but here's what you need to know in a nutshell!

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Q. What is a Bat Mitzvah and what exactly will I be doing there?
A. At 12 or 13, a young Jewish woman becomes obligated to observe the commandments of Judaism and makes her own choice to do so. "Bat Mitzvah" literally means "daughter of the commandments." The celebration of a Bat Mitzvah signifies that the young woman is beginning and will continue to function as an active and responsible Jew in the synagogue and in the wider Jewish community.

So what does that mean exactly?

Shira has been learning to read Hebrew since Kindergarten and she's
gotten really good at it. She's been studying specifically for her
Bat Mitzvah over the past year. Shira will read some Hebrew at the
service, but there will also be a good amount of English. She will be part of
the service and there will be a lot of interesting traditions for you to see.
Please arrive at the synagogue by 10:15 a.m. and expect the service to
last for approximately an hour and half.

Q. What should I wear to the service on Saturday morning?
Girls can wear a dress or nice shirt and skirt or nice outfit.

Boys can wear a nice shirt with slacks or collared shirt. Jacket & tie are optional. You will also be given a yarmulke (also called a Kippah) when you enter the synagogue (& you'll wear that on your head!).

Q. What should I wear to the celebration on Saturday night?
Girls can wear a party dress. Boys can wear dress pants with a dress shirt.
Jacket & tie are optional.

Q. What will the party be like?
A. Lots of food, games, music, dancing...and a whole bunch of other fun stuff!
We have a DJ who will be entertaining everyone, especially all of you. After
all of Shira's hard work, this is the time to relax and celebrate!

If you or your parents have any other questions, please email us at ephratlipton@gmail.com.

We'll see you April 27th!


CONTACT US

If you have any questions or just need to get in touch,
you can reach us at:

Ephrat
404-202-0932
ephratlipton@gmail.com

Jason
404-314-9138
jasonliptonpsu@gmail.com