Sarah Moosazadeh

Staff Writer - Atlanta Jewish Times

Writer covering Jewish happenings in Atlanta and various cultures around the world.

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Portfolio

Bukharian Refugee Recounts Hardships in U.S.
Excitement filled Nelly Iskhakova when she and 30 of her family members boarded a plane in 1991 to travel from Uzbekistan to America. But she didn't know the journey that...
Iraqi Jew Tells Forgotten Story of Escape
As government upheaval spread through Iraq in the 1940s and late '60s, many Iraqi Jews fled as refugees. Americans know little of the millennia-old community's history, but...
Atlantan's in the Room Where 'Hamilton' Happens
Parents usually advise their children to stay in school, but Jennifer Geller's mother encouraged her to skip out of school to pursue acting. Listening to that advice led Geller...
AJA Students Walk Out Later for Jewish Values
Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School students joined thousands of their peers across the nation to walking out of class Wednesday, March 14, in memory of the 14 teens and three...
Hebrew Immersion Camp Builds Bond to Judaism
Hebrew immersion programs at Jewish day camps offer benefits that persuade some parents to enroll their kids every summer. Learning Hebrew helps kids connect with Israel and...
Cancer Doesn't Matter at Aurora Day Camp
Enrolling in summer camp is inconceivable for many children diagnosed with cancer. But this June the Sunrise Association is opening Aurora Day Camp, its eighth camp and first in...
Jewish Camps Offer Refuge After Tragedies
Jewish summer camps in Georgia have experienced a painful offseason. The 17 people slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 included Camp Coleman alumna Alyssa...
700 Help News' Youngest Daughter Marry
Dassie New's fondest memory of her youngest daughter's wedding is the dance her grandchildren performed for the bride and groom at the reception. It was the fifth and largest...
Danz's Double: Mitzvah Expo Hits 13, Gets Hitched
Shelly Danz is no stranger to organizing simchas. She is the founder of Atlanta Party Connection, which just celebrated its own bar mitzvah Feb. 25 after hosting its 13th Bar &...
Orthodox Community Confronts Sexual Harassment
The Orthodox Jewish community isn't immune to the types of sexual misconduct that sparked the #MeToo movement the past year. "Sexual harassment in the community is routine,"...
Purim Baskets Support AMIT Schools in Israel
Keren Fisher's goal isn't to build bridges in the community when she and other volunteers package Purim baskets to help fund AMIT Children in Israel, but it is one of her...
Ottoman Empire Carried Sephardim Up and Down
The expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the 15th century led to the creation of a distinct Sephardic Jewish community in the Ottoman Empire until its...
Witness to Devastation in Puerto Rico
Much of Puerto Rico remains devastated and faces problems with supplies of power, food and fresh water almost five months after Hurricane Maria swept across the island at...
HIAS, JF&CS Helped Settle Jewish Refugees in Atlanta
Almost 30 years have passed since my parents emigrated from Iran to Atlanta to escape persecution. They were among countless Jewish refugees who resettled in the area with the...
AJA Immortalizes Polish Holocaust Survivors
Women of all ages gathered for this year's Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School Chagiga play, "The Might of Right," which recounts stories of bravery relayed by community...
Arno, Frantz Are Top Two at Power of One
More than 300 guests gathered to honor 27 people from Atlanta's Jewish organizations who have demonstrated empathy to people with disabilities at the fourth annual Power of One...
Emory Lecture Turns to Ottoman Empire
The five-century history of Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire is the topic of the 22nd annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture in Judaic Studies on Monday, Feb. 12. "So much of what...
How Israeli Tech Assists Philips Arena, Hawks
A crowd of young professionals packed Philips Arena 's Comcast Business Zone on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to hear Jason Parker discuss the facility's use of Israeli technology. As the...
Breman Exhibit Preserves Iraqi Jewish Heritage
Iraq had a flourishing Jewish community until political regimes forced most Jews to leave. Only a few remain, but people can view their rich culture at the Breman Museum's...
'ICU Grandpa' Comforts Babies at Scottish Rite
When you first hear David Deutchman's voice, you feel a sense of warmth and kindness. The tone matches his personality and is perhaps why babies embrace him when he volunteers...
DeKalb Teacher Accused of Abuse, Anti-Semitism
A teacher has been removed from the classroom at Peachtree Charter Middle School more than a month after students reported viewing a graphic video in class and accused him of...
Israeli Consulate Welcomes New Political Adviser
Maya Fidelman's attraction to people instead of molecules made her forgo a position at Teva Pharmaceuticals to pursue a career in politics, a passion she is fulfilling as the...
Double Standard for Free Speech Seen on Campus
Jewish college students can go to school anywhere and nowhere to feel safe, former University of California President Mark Yudof told a packed room at the Grand Hyatt in...
Koresh's Dances Move Through Mideast, Emotions
Dance is a form of storytelling for Koresh Dance Company 's artistic director, Ronen Koresh. It's also a platform to share his Yemenite culture. Koresh comes from a long line of...
Davis 7th-Graders Hit Road to Compare Religions
Encouraging students to learn about the world around them through different perspectives is one of the Davis Academy 's main objectives. It is also part of an integrated unit of...
Lefont Theater Sold, Becomes Springs Cinema
After more than 13 years under George Lefont's ownership, the Lefont Sandy Springs Theater has been sold to East Cobb resident Brandt Gully. The sale was finalized Nov. 8.,...
Food Paves a Parsi-Jewish Passage to India
Food's power to educate people about cultures united Parsi chef Meherwan Irani (owner of Chai Pani), Jewish chefs Todd Ginsberg ( The General Muir) and Eli Kirshtein (formerly...
4 Questions With Mark Yudof
Mark Yudof had a front-row seat for the rise of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on American college campuses as the president of the University of California from...
AJA's Lower School Performs Winnie the Pooh
Atlanta Jewish Academy visited the house at Pooh Corner for the Lower School's performance of "Winnie the Pooh Kids." AJA first- through fourth-graders put on the show twice, on...
Innovative Techniques Help People Trace Their Genealogy
Gary Palgon has worked on genealogy since he was 13 and traced his family to the 1600s in Lyakhovichi, Belarus. He expanded on his findings and offered the Jewish Genealogical...

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