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Keeping Our Children and Grandchildren Safe in School
Our Next OLM and Table Lodge – March 19

We’d all be hard-pressed to find a bigger personal concern than the safety of our children and grandchildren at school. You can learn about school safety from an expert, our long-time friend, Jerry Quan, at the Table Lodge following our OLM, March 19. Brethren are encouraged to gather at 7 p.m. for schmoozing. Our OLM starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by Table Lodge at 8:30.

Jerry, who joined Cobb County School District Police Department after serving as a Major with Cobb County Police Department Police Department for 29 years, is a familiar face to many of our Lodge Bezalel brethren. As Commander of Precinct Four for the Cobb County PD, he was frequently seen at Congregation Etz Chaim for security assignments, and his precinct’s team in the annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival competition continues be sponsored by our lodge. During his Cobb County PD service, he oversaw 85 police officers, detectives, and administrative staff. He received the 2016 East Cobb Citizen of the Year Award in front of many of the citizens and business owners he served.

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Jerry moved to Cobb County in the mid-1960s at the age of 5. After graduating from South Cobb High School, he attended Kennesaw State University before joining the US. Marines Corps. He joined Cobb Police in 1989.

Today, his passion is protecting students. We’re looking forward to hearing his insights on that topic and learning a few things about enhancing our personal safety. Guests are welcome for our Table Lodge, which should start around 8:30 p.m. Sign Up Now to make sure we have enough food.

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March 2

Wine & Cheese Tasting & Social Event

New Bedford Clubhouse
900 Forest Pond Drive
Marietta, GA 30068

8 p.m.
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March 19

Open Lodge Meeting

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Rd
Sandy Springs GA 30328


7 p.m. to schmooze
7:30 p.m. for OLM
Table Lodge: Jerry Kwan (retired Cobb County PD) on personal security and school security

March 25

Lodge Planning Meeting

Publix at Woodlawn Point
1100 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA, 30068


7:30 p.m.
Seating area near deli

April 14

Clean Up Your Chametz Charity Poker Tournament

New Bedford Clubhouse

Postponed – Too many conflicts

April 16

Open Lodge Meeting

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Rd
Sandy Springs GA 30328

7 p.m. to schmooze

7:15 p.m. 2nd Degree Raising

7:30 p.m. for OLM

Table Lodge: Dr. Tim Mullichan, Chief Veterinarian from Georgia Aquarium

April 28

Hunger Walk

Home Depot Backyard Lot at Mercedes Stadium


April 29

Lodge Planning Meeting

Publix at Woodlawn Point
1100 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA, 30068 

7:30 p.m.

Seating area near deli

April 30

Prospective Member Coffee

Barry Simon’s Home


May 7

Prospective Member Coffee

Barry Simon’s Home


May 21

Open Lodge Meeting

New Member Initiation

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Rd
Sandy Springs GA 30328

7 p.m. to schmooze
                 7:30 p.m. for
Initiation and OLM

Sept. 8

Kosher Bar B Q

City Springs


Sept. 22

HOD Installation




Our Lodge Bezalel OLM for January 15:
Restoring Poland’s Jewish Heritage – One Gravestone at a Time

Our Lodge was treated to an inspiring story of how Steven D. Reece, founder and president of The Matzevah Foundation, has led efforts to restore Jewish cemeteries in Poland while providing Holocaust education opportunities. The Matzevah Foundation, a nonprofit organization incorporated in Georgia in 2010, brings together members of the communities in which the cemeteries are located and volunteers from North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia.

He talked about how he was inspired to start this effort of Tikkun Olam through his interactions with Poles as a photojournalist and Baptist minister. You can learn more about the foundation's activities and how you can become involved by visiting their website.

Read the Minutes From Our Last OLM

The Brethren of Lodge Bezalel HOD are invited to read the minutes from our Feb. 19 OLM. Reading the minutes can help you stay up to date on Lodge business and help you find ways to get involved in our community, charitable and social events. Just click here to find them.

Our next Planning Meeting is March 25. See our Lodge Bezalel Calendar to see what's happening and make plans to join us.

Atlanta’s ‘Super Mario Brothers’ at Zichron Menachem

Worthy Brother Mario Oves, President of HOD’s North America Governing Lodge, and newly-initiated Brother Mario Karpuj, Lodge Bezalel, were in Jerusalem to present a check for $22,000 at the Zichron Menachem campus in Jerusalem.

The money will fund the construction of a hair salon dedicated to helping children with cancer. The salon will provide custom made wigs, along with payot for the religious boys. In the last year alone, they created over 500 custom-made wigs for children and young adults. They style and color the wigs, to create a look as close as possible to their existing hair style. [Read More]

Lodge Bezalel Initiates 13 Brothers into HOD

Lodge Bezalel made it a merry month of May by initiating 13 brethren into the Hebrew Order of David International at its new home, Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs. [Read More]

Lodge Bezalel Officers Installed During HOD International Biennial Weekend

Worthy Brother Barry Simon’s return as President of Lodge Bezalel, Hebrew Order of David International, was made official when he and his leadership team were installed during HOD’s International Biennial Weekend in Atlanta. More than 200 Worthy Brethren and Brethren from around the world attended. [Read More]

Craig Varon, David Weinberger, Henry Levine Raised to Worthy Brother Status

Henry Levine, Lodge Bezalel Immediate Past President (second from left); Craig Varon, Secretary (third from left); and David Weinberger, Trustee (second from right) were raised to Worthy Brother Status during The Hebrew Order of David International weekend. They join Stan Sonnabend (left) Barry Simon (center) and Ian Platt (right) as Worthy Brethren in Lodge Bezalel. Worthy Brother Adam Waxman was not present for this picture. [Read More]


New Leadership Teams Step Up Throughout HOD

The Hebrew Order of David International installed all of its new leadership teams during the International Weekend in Atlanta last March, from Grand Lodge to Governing Lodge of North America to all Lodges in North America.

Worthy Brethren and Brethren in Atlanta welcomed the initiation of Wor Bro Alan Rubenstein as President, Grand Lodge, marking the first time a North American holds the Order’s highest position.

Wor Bro Mario Oves was installed as President, Governing Lodge of North America, marking the first time that post is held by a brother of Latin American descent. [Read More]


Lodge Bezalel and HOD in the community

Lodge Bezalel of The Hebrew Order of David International (HOD), a Jewish fraternal organization, recently presented a check to support the K-9 Unit of the Cobb County Police Department. The money was raised through Lodge Bezalel’s participation in the annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival, held in the fall at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody. [Read More]

We need your help

Click here to donate to HOD Lodge Bezalel to support our efforts in the Jewish community. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.


Zichron Menachem Project

Hebrew Order of David is partnering with Zichron Menachem to fund the construction of a Hair Salon at the Zichron Menachem campus in Jerusalem.

HOD Lodges from around the world are supporting this needed and valuable project.

Your donation is strongly encouraged.  An anonymous donor will match 100% of your donation, so please give all you can. [Read More] about this wonderful project.

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New Brethren

Lodge Bezalel Welcomes the Following New Brethren to HOD
Bruce Goldstein
Howard Levine
Kevin Mendelsohn
Jeff Prince
Jed Rosenfeld
Gene Rubel

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