Meet our 2023 Maccabees

4th Annual Award

Tribute Donations

Emily Cohen

Emily has all the qualities of a Maccabee, and the world deserves to hear it! She is a very humble woman and abhors self-congratulating gestures so I will be doing it for her! After waking up at around 4 am every morning to competitively swim, Emily spends her workdays (and often sleepless nights) as an OB/GYN caring for women at some of the most challenging points in their lives.

However, her life is not just about work. She is also a loving mother to our three children, one of whom has special needs. Her experience with our son has ignited an interest in advocating for special needs inclusivity within the Jewish community. At our synagogue, where she serves as a board member, Emily took the lead in helping build one of the few congregation “sensory rooms” for children who need a calming space during services.

Overall, Emily’s tireless dedication to her work, her family, and the special needs community is truly admirable.

Tova Isaacs

Following is a compilation of the nominations we received for Tova:

Day and night, Tova works tirelessly for our shul & community. From leading the security team to coordinating programs, hosting meals, baking for others, and beautifying mitzvos, Tova Isaacs is a true woman of valor. She’s a powerhouse: generous with her time, resources, and spirit. She is a tireless advocate, and at the same time, she regularly opens her home to guests, including many out-of-town visitors.

Safety, security, and protecting the Jewish community is Tova’s passion and she has proven herself to be a true warrior. She has made it a top priority to be a leader in the safety network for the synagogues and local day schools, constantly improving security, obtaining grants, and checking procedures while enhancing communication capabilities between them.

Her leadership has ensured a strong connection to local police and the broader Jewish security initiatives throughout Atlanta. Tova is an absolute hero, and she greatly deserves this honor!

Liz Rose

 Liz is wonderful! She has been a great addition to the Jewish community in Atlanta and nationally. Using her platform of over 50,000 social media followers she has been able to share stories and thoughts and comments about Jewish life, the current situation in Israel and Gaza, and being a mom with young children. She is real, she’s to the point, and she cares about sharing Jewish life and traditions.

Emily Scheinfeld

Following is a compilation of the nominations we received for Emily:

If you are looking for a strong warrior woman, Dr. Emily Scheinfeld is the one. A Professor of health communication at Kennesaw State University, she teaches, challenges, and inspires local students to do and achieve more every day. Emily maintains many leadership roles through alumni organizations, various professional service programs that help students and colleagues, and the Smith County Historical Society where she is an associate editor and graphic designer. When she is not doing this, Emily enjoys coaching Maccabi volleyball for Team Atlanta and providing her graphic design skills for small businesses, students, and nonprofits.

Additionally, she is an active member of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue and involved in the Jewish community at KSU. Most amazingly, she founded L’dor V’dor Judaica, which rescues unwanted Judaica and rehomes it to the Jewish community here in Atlanta at no cost.

Emily’s entrepreneurial journey is nothing short of remarkable. Her commitment to making Judaica accessible shines as a valuable service for the community. In a world where tradition often comes with a hefty price tag, Emily’s dedication to rescuing pieces of Jewish culture from estate sales and thrift shops is a testament to her passion for preserving heritage and ensuring that every Jew can embrace that tradition without financial constraints.

Rose Lubin

Eternal Maccabee

A true Maccabee warrior and Israeli Lone Soldier, Rose is one of Atlanta’s own. Born here, with many ties to the community, Rose attended Jewish day school and graduated from Dunwoody High School. Following graduation, Rose followed her lifelong dream, making aliyah and joining the Israeli police force as a lone solder of the old city in Jerusalem.

Rose was brave, strong, and determined in her life and service to Israel. Her choices and actions exemplify the true warrior and hero she is to so many people around the world. She touched countless lives; over 15,000 attended her funeral and thousands more visited with the family during and after shiva. May her memory be for a blessing and always be cherished. 

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