Atlanta’s Ponce City Market along with the rooftop Skyline Park are two of the most popular destinations in Atlanta; recently, more than 50 people from all over the metro area and from all walks of life came together to enjoy the intown attractions at HAMSA, Jewish Family & Career Services, and Interfaith Family’s sold out Sober Shabbat.  

One of HAMSA’s goals is to bring people in recovery and their allies together to connect and inspire one another, and the PCM Sober Shabbat accomplished just that. People of all ages and backgrounds assembled in the stunning, contemporary Industrious space on the 8th floor of Ponce City Market to take part in Shabbat songs and prayers led by Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe of Interfaith Family followed by a delicious catered meal. Just Walk Consulting was also on-hand, providing custom crafted mocktails made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients along with a demonstration of how they create their innovative alcohol-free beverages.

The camaraderie and entertainment continued as the group also enjoyed Skyline Park, Atlanta’s only rooftop amusement park. Old-time midway games, mini golf, the Heege Tower ride, and an incredible view of Atlanta’s distinctive skyline created the background for a night filled with good old-fashioned fun and laughter. Attendees found unmistakable support in recovery while connecting with new friends; it was a beautiful evening that won’t soon be forgotten.

HAMSA and Interfaith Family are grateful for the event partners that supported Sober Shabbat at Ponce City Market: The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Berman Center, MVP Consulting, SOJOURN, The Sixth Point, Congregation Gesher L'Torah, Temple Sinai, Congregation Bet Haverim, The Temple, Daniel Krasner, Congregation Beth Shalom, and Temple Beth Tikvah.

Leslie Lubell

Substance Abuse Information and Referral Specialist

Leslie Lubell joins HAMSA as the Substance Abuse Information and Referral Specialist, focusing her efforts on helping to connect addicts and their loved ones with the right resources to support their recovery. As a native Jewish Atlantan in recovery herself, Leslie brings true empathy to the job with a deep, personal understanding of the experience of substance abuse and addiction in the Jewish community. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”