A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

 A Prologue to the Book Festival of the MJCCA welcomes Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the acclaimed composer Leonard Bernstein, as she presents her book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 pm. Leonard Bernstein, the composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, and friend of the powerful and influential, was the life of every party. He was an enormous celebrity in 20th century America, but to his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes; the jokester and compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles; and the insomniac whose 4 am composing breaks involved spooning baby food. He taught his daughter to love the world’s beauty and complexity. $18-$25. Atlantajcc.org/BookFestival or call 678.812.4002. 

Wine Fest: Destination Destin


The Third Annual Harvest Wine and Food Festival is set for October 25-26. The culinary talents includes eight award-winning celebrity chefs from throughout the Southeast including Hugh Acheson, David Bancroft, Rusty Bowers and Pat Pascarella. hey join a list of incredible iconic Gulf Coast restaurants and returning talent. The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation benefits, where $18 million has been granted to NW Florida charities impacting youth in need. Wine and food tastings and events.  DCWAF.org

Nicole Kounalakis Joins Northside

Northside Melanoma and Sarcoma Specialists of Georgia is pleased to welcome Nicole Kounalakis, M.D., as the newest physician to its practice in Sandy Springs. She is also the medical director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Melanoma and Sarcoma Programs. A board-certified and fellowship-trained oncologist, Dr. Kounalakis joins Dr. Scott Davidson and will provide comprehensive care and treatment to patients with a melanoma diagnosis and soft tissue sarcomas. Dr. Kounalakis received her medical degree from Rutgers Medical School. Dr. Kounalakis lives in Northeast Atlanta with her husband and son, and enjoys hiking, cycling and skiing. Northside Melanoma and Sarcoma Specialists of Georgia is located at 980 Johnson Ferry Road. Northsidemsog.com.

Police Take Mental Health Pledge

The Dunwoody Police Department has taken a pledge to improve response to those suffering from mental illness in the community pledging to implement four promising practices in a 12-36 month period to ensure successful future interactions between police officers and persons with mental illness. In the law enforcement community, mental illness has become a common focus, with some departments estimating that as many as 20% of their calls for service involve mental health.  In completing the One Mind Pledge, the Dunwoody Police Department established a sustainable partnership with a local mental health organization, developed and implemented a model policy to address officers’ interactions with those affected by mental illness, and ensured that all of our officers received some type of mental health awareness training, with at least twenty percent of the department completing the more intensive Crisis Intervention Training.

Congrats Emma Cohen

Woodward Academy sophomore Emma Cohen is one of 10 teenagers from across the country selected by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to receive the Sababa Fellowship. As a fellow, Emma participated in JNF’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. and attended a series of webinars held throughout the year, and travel with Roots Israel–a three week service learning experience in Israel–in July 2020. The Sababa Fellowship is awarded to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated leadership qualities, a commitment to service-learning, and have potential to be future Jewish community leaders.

Party at the Aquarium


Dive into your passion for wine and giving at the 14th annual Aqua Vino at Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 4, offering an exclusive opportunity to sample more than 150 wines from around the world, indulge in cuisine from more than 40 of Atlanta’s premier restaurants, and directly benefit Georgia Aquarium’s global research and conservation programs. This year Georgia Aquarium’s own wine, Seventy-One, will be available for tasting. . Proceeds from this food and wine event benefits rescued Southern sea otters just like Aquarium newcomers, Mara and Gibson and other crucial aquatic research and conservation efforts across the globe.