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Congregation Ariel (Dunwoody, Ga.) Records

Identifier: Mss 218

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Congregation Ariel (Dunwoody, Ga.) Records will gain insight into Orthodox religious life in the Atlanta, Georgia area. The records are arranged in original order.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1993 - 2001

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The following history is taken from the “About Us” section on the Congregation Ariel website,

Congregation Ariel officially opened its doors on Shabbat morning August 7th, 1993 at its first home on Sandell Drive in Dunwoody, Georgia. Rabbi Shmuel Weinbaum, who was serving as the rabbi of the Orthodox community in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was selected as the first rabbi. The name for the new shul, Congregation Ariel, was suggested by Rabbi Weinbaum and approved by the congregation. Ariel is the poetic surname used to describe the Temple and Jerusalem in Isaiah, chapter 29. Rabbi Weinbaum resigned after one year due to family illness. In October 1994, Congregation Ariel engaged Rabbi Binyomin Friedman, well-known member of the Atlanta Scholars Kollel, as its new spiritual leader. The Sandell Drive location held approximately 30 people for services. It quickly became apparent that a larger location would soon be needed. Under the leadership of Louis Taratoot and Sam Eden z”l, our present site was selected. A community-wide fundraising campaign was launched and the funds needed to procure the Tilly Mill location were raised. The Friedmans moved to Dunwoody in 1997 and cemented their commitment to a vibrant and dynamic Orthodox community in Dunwoody. Due to the tireless efforts of Rebbitzin Dena, their home on Westover Plantation immediately became “hachnasat orchim” (hospitality) headquarters for the whole area. This is especially evident on Shabbat, when there is always room for one (or ten) more at their table. Now, thank G-d with a membership of over 180 full and associate member families, Ariel is a full-service synagogue offering daily morning and evening minyonim, beginners service, junior congregation, youth programs, young couples groups, Hebrew School, Chevra Kaddisha, and a variety of educational, social, and religious programs. The ruach at Ariel each day is very special. Plans are underway for the first phase of an expansion of our present facilities which will include a Kollel Learning Center. Congregation Ariel looks forward to the future with enthusiasm and optimism and thanks to the Almighty.


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Congregation Ariel in Dunwoody, Georgia, opened in 1993 and is an Orthodox synagogue. The records consist of photocopies of a scrapbook.


The records are arranged in original order.

Processing Information

Processed by [unknown]. Entered into ArchivesSpace by Lindsay Resnick (July 2020).

Congregation Ariel (Dunwoody, Ga.) Records, Mss 218
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States