Meet our Members
At Temple Kehillat Chaim, we value diversity because we believe it makes us a better, stronger congregation. Take a moment to meet some of our members.
"In the fast techno world that we live in, somewhere between work and play we need to stop, take a breath, and remember our roots." - Fran Dorfman
Alan and Fran Dorfman met in Atlanta, and were married in 1998. We moved to Roswell and started a family. We are blessed with two sons, Joseph and Gabriel, and we are proud to say that both of them attend TKC religious school.
After we moved to Roswell, Joseph was born and it was time for us to join a synagogue. We were looking for a preschool for Joseph to attend, but unfortunately, TKC wasn’t an option for us at the time. In 2006, when it was Gabe’s turn to attend preschool, Catherine Rosing was the Education Director, who is brilliant and we adore. We enrolled Gabe into Mrs. Grucza and Ms. Phillips’ class. It worked out perfectly. We have been active members since then. Alan is the President of Brotherhood, and Fran is the Secretary for the Sisterhood.
So, what brought us to TKC? Well, it was our sister/sister-in-law/Aunt Terry Chartock. She was a preschool teacher at TKC many years ago, and she recommended us. She took us to a service, and we felt an instant connection. What keeps us at the Kehillah is definitely the people, but, besides that, we really like and respect Rabbi Winokur, Cantor Margulis and Catherine Rosing. We look forward to next year and future years at TKC!
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Laura and I joined TKC in 1994. Our son Eliot was 4 years old and we sought a Jewish Temple to enroll him in preschool. When we first visited TKC, we were welcomed by Tim and Hiedi Weiss and immediately felt welcomed. Then we discovered that Rabbi Winokur and Alan Abram knew and revered my father’s first cousin, a Rabbi from my hometown of Harrisburg, PA, named Rabbi Richard Lehrman (z.l.), of blessed memory. After these two connections, we joined immediately.
Native Texans Steve and Shari Naman moved last summer from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. to East Cobb County to be near our new grandson, Rhys, and his parents, Erin and Graham. Our other daughter, Whitney, and Steve’s mother, Etta, joined our Atlanta family, giving us four generations here.
Although we are thrilled to have our family so close, we also wanted a Temple family that was welcoming and that would provide a meaningful place to grow spiritually and intellectually. We attended a Kabalat Shabbat service and dinner at which we were impressed with the friendly and warm welcome we received. We later met with Rabbi Winokur, who 35 years ago named our daughter Whitney, and he assured us that we were making the best choice for our religious community.
Both of us have gotten involved with the 30th year celebration, Steve is on the Finance and Religious Life and Practices committees, and Shari has planned the Sisterhood’s Women’s Seder. We hope to continue to meet and connect with our Temple family and to help Kehillat Chaim grow in members, financial stability, and meaningful programming. We are looking forward to celebrating with our congregation as productive members of our temple family.