- Parent Category: Our Alumni
- Published on Monday, 21 June 2010 03:36
Explore the GHA History Flipbook to learn all about Atlanta Jewish Academy's Greenfield Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School from its beginning.
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Atlanta Jewish Academy graduates go on to be successful in a wide range of fields and occupations.
Our students go onto high school well prepared for the challenges they will face. Many of them have excelled at top universities, and in their chosen professions.
Our 53-year-history shows a proven track record for grounding students in sound academic skills and good values. Many of our students are leaders in their communities and their professions. Our graduates are teachers, doctors, dentists, CEOs, CFOs - anything they choose to be - and we are proud of each and every one of them.
George Birnbaum, one of America’s leading international political consultants, is an alumnus of the Atlanta Jewish Academy. He started by working on congressional races in Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. In 1998, Birnbaum’s career took an international turn when he consulted for Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign for Prime Minister of Israel. When PM Netanyahu won the election, Birnbaum served as Netanyahu’s chief of staff. Afterwards, Birnbaum took a two-year hiatus from politics to do philanthropic and charitable work. He was instrumental in helping to found Nefesh B’Nefesh, the organization credited with revitalizing aliyah from North America. In 2003, Birnbaum and a partner created a political consulting firm that has worked on campaigns in Israel, Austria, Romania, Kosovo, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. He is now based in Atlanta and is proud to send his children to the Atlanta Jewish Academy.
We also have world-class athletes as graduates. Sada and Emily Jacobson, left, represented the U.S. on the 2004 Olympic fencing team, winning a bronze medal. In addition to the many medals these sisters have achieved for their accomplishments in the world of fencing, Sada received the Marty Glickman Award for Outstanding Jewish Scholastic Athlete of the Year twice, in 2002 and 2005. Emily received the 2002 Jules D. Mazor Award, as Jewish High School Athlete of the year, from the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Yaacov Ben-Yaacov, CEO and founder of Catch Media, is a veteran US-Israeli hi-tech entrepreneur with a proven track record. He founded PictureVision, the first company to bring the convenience of digital photography to the mass consumer market. PictureVision and its clearinghouse system were acquired by Eastman Kodak for over $150 million in 2000.
Evan and Jaron Lowenstein are talented musicians who were the breakout pop stars of 2001 with "Crazy for this Girl," the ninth most played song on American radio that year. At the height of their fame, the Lowenstein brothers remained dedicated to the religious convictions they learned at the Atlanta Jewish Academy. They persuaded the most listened-to Top 40 radio station in the country to fly a rabbi to Jamaica to read the Megillah for them on Purim; CBS spent more than $100,000 to switch a taping from Friday night to Thursday, so they could be included. Mississippi state troopers once gave them a police escort so they could arrive home in time for Shabbat. One of their early songs was “He Shines,” written about veteran Torah educator Rabbi Daniel Estreicher, who still teaches at Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School today.
Adina Solomon works as a magazine editor at Air Cargo World, a monthly aviation publication in Roswell that serves an international audience. At the magazine, she writes stories, edits, and maintains Air Cargo World’s social media accounts. Adina also travels as part of her job, going to places such as Miami, Phoenix and Bogota, Colombia to cover stories.
Chanie Wilson Steinberg is currently a practicing internist at Downtown Decatur Family Medicine. She is married to her wonderful husband, Scott, and proud mom to three children, who also attend the Atlanta Jewish Academy. Her two younger brothers are also Atlanta Jewish Academy alumni, her mother is a PTA past president, and her father has served on the AJA board. She is thrilled to have served on the AJA board since 2012.
Rabbi Jake Czuper is a member of the Judaic Studies staff at Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School. He has rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Yehuda Shmulewitz, Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveitchik, and Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander of the Lander College for Men. While learning and teaching in the Lander College for men, Rabbi Czuper mentored and developed a reputation for giving clear, exciting, thought-provoking lectures that focus on practical aspects in Judaism. He has been successful in utilizing his background in psychology and special education to develop a multi-sensory Torah curriculum and integrates research-based methods and technology into the classroom.