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Back to Live Planning Meetings!

We are back to in-person planning meetings. And we're back to our old stomping grounds – Publix at Woodlawn Point Shopping Center, 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of the month - see the calendar. We are ending the Zoom option.

2 Big Events to Mark on Your Calendars

Nov. 12 – Our Dance Party/Bar Mitzvah Gala
Our annual party with our wives / significant other is set for Saturday, November 12th at the East Hampton clubhouse. We'll have a DJ, and great food. BYOB. More details to follow. Wor Bros Craig Varon and David Weinberger will be the leads. Click on their names to contact them if you're interested in working on this event, which is back by popular demand.

Nov. 20 – Hold the Date for HOD International and Lodge Officer Installations
HOD International will be in Atlanta the weekend of Nov. 18-20, and they’ll cap it off with Installation ceremonies for Atlanta’s Lodges, including Bro. Ryan Simmons as our Lodge Bezalel President. All activities will take place at Congregation B'nai Torah, 700 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. All installations will take place in closed meetings - followed by a Gala Dinner open to all spouses, family members and friends. Details will be forthcoming, but please hold the date for now.

Our Lodge Bezalel Slate of New Officers:

  • President - Brother Ryan Simmons
  • Vice President - Brother Wayne Greenberg
  • Treasurer - Brother Mark Gaynor
  • Secretary – Brother David Weingast
  • Master of Ceremonies - Brother Marc Gault
  • Scribe - Worthy Brother Stan Schnitzer
  • IPP - Worthy Brother Gary Fish
  • Registrar - Brother Ron Scheinzeit
  • Preceptor – Brother Steve Tabb
  • Chaplain - Brother Harvey Brightman
  • Inner Guardian - Brother Evan Busman
  • Trustees - Worthy Brothers Craig Varon & David Weinberger

Lodge Bezalel Calendar
Sept. 22, 2022




Time and Details


Sept. 26-27

Rosh Hashanah



Mon. Oct. 3

Monthly Planning Meeting

Publix at Woodlawn Point Shopping Center
1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

7 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 5

Yom Kippur



Mon-Tue Oct. 10-11




Mon-Tue Oct. 17/18

Sukkot/Simchat Torah



Sun. Oct. 23

Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival

Brook Run Park, Dunwoody

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tue. Oct. 25

Monthly OLM

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Road
Sandy Springs

7 p.m. Snacks & Schmooze
7:30 p.m. OLM
8:30 p.m. Table Lodge – Speaker TBA

Mon. Nov. 7

Monthly Planning Meeting

Publix at Woodlawn Point Shopping Center
1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

7 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 12

Bar Mitzvah Dinner-Dance Gala

East Hampton Clubhouse


Tue. Nov. 15

Monthly OLM

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Road
Sandy Springs

7 p.m. Snacks & Schmooze
7:30 p.m. OLM8:30 p.m.
Table Lodge – Speaker TBA

Sun. Nov. 20

Installation of new Lodge Officers for Atlanta

Congregation B’nai Torah
700 Mt. Vernon Hwy.
Sandy Springs, GA

Hold the Date

Mon. Dec. 5

Monthly Planning Meeting

Publix at Woodlawn Point Shopping Center
1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

7 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 18



Holiday begins at sundown


Read Our Meeting Minutes

Click to read the minutes from our last OLM and mintues from all 2022,2021, 2020 and 2019 OLMs.

Community Turns Out for First Atlanta Gravestone Project Unveiling

Dozens of HOD brethren and members of the Jewish community turned out at Greenwood Cemetery on a cold, blustery morning, March 13, for the first unveiling ceremony of the Atlanta Gravestone Project. It was the culmination of cooperative venture between HOD’s Atlanta Lodges and Jewish Family & Career Services, Atlanta, bringing together two programs.

Read the full story and see our slideshow. Click here for more.

Lodge Bezalel's Pirates of the Cow-Rib-Bean
Takes 3rd in Chicken at AKBF Competition

A drumstick saved the Pirates of the Cow-Rib-Bean from walking the plank at the 2021 Atlanta Kosher Barbecue Festival.

The team, which features brothers from Lodge Bezalel and members of the Congregation Or Hadash Men's Club took third place in the chicken competition. Lodge Bezalel Pirates included Wor Bro Gary Fish, newly initiated Bro Marc Gault and prospective member Jason Goldman. Aaron Diamant represented the COH Men's Club, and Bro Paul Flexner and Wor Bro Stan Schnitzer represented both organizations.

Team members met on Thursday night before the competition to prep their award-winning chicken as well as their brisket and ribs. They reconvened after Shabbat to spend the night tending to their grills and preparing their chili for the fourth category in the competition. Bros Ron Scheinzeit and Wayne Joss pitched in during the festival to help prepare tastings for the estimated 5,000 attendees.

Before the festival's opening, some 150 children and adults took part in the first HOD/Maccabi Fun Run, a joint international effort of the Hebrew Order of David and Maccabi International. Among the runners were Rabbi Lauren Henderson of Congregation Or Hadash, which provides meeting space for Lodge Bezalel, and members of both COH and Lodge Bezalel and their families.

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Get Involved with Lodge Bezalel

Join one of our committees and make your mark on Lodge Bezalel. Our committees and chair contacts:

Social: David Weinberger and Paul Flexner
Community Service: Alan Wind
Membership: David Weingast
Table Lodge: Wayne Joss

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.

Upcoming events

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New Brethren

Lodge Bezalel Welcomes the Following New Brethren to HOD

Burton Brody
Michael Epstein
Ezra Flom
Marc Gault
Mark Gaynor
Bob Gordon
Matt Green
Gary Lotner
Arnold Meyer
Bruce Rosenblum

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