Heritage Sandy Springs (HSS) created this exhibit to celebrate the thriving Jewish community in our city. HSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting local history, stewarding a community park and enhancing the cultural experience of Sandy Springs residents and visitors. We house Sandy Springs’ archives dating back to the 1800s and are home to the historic Williams-Payne Farmhouse (c.1880s) located in the heart of Sandy Springs. Our four-acre park is the site of the original springs of Sandy Springs. It was at this location that the first settlers gathered to form our community.
Over a century later – after the Civil War and two world wars – Atlantans began moving north to the growing suburb of Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs rapidly expanded during the 1960s and, within a decade, Interstate Highway 285 and Georgia State Route 400 led people into the suburbs, where new, larger houses were built on sprawling tracts of land. The increase in population precipitated the need for medical complexes in northwest Atlanta; Northside Hospital opened in 1970 and St. Joseph’s Hospital followed eight years later.
Around this time, the second reform synagogue in metro Atlanta, Temple Sinai, was founded in Sandy Springs. Its longest-serving rabbi, Philip Kranz, agrees with Martin Moran, M.D. of the original Northside Hospital staff: religious integration of Sandy Springs began on the hospital floor. Each hospital had a chaplain who knew the patients and their respective clergy. Clergy from all faiths met with families throughout the hospital campuses. Doctors, patients, families, and clergy worked together to achieve common goals. That respectful integration of faiths at the hospitals built lasting bonds that serve the community well into the present day.
Through tireless efforts and collaborations, Sandy Springs residents – led by its first mayor Eva Galambos – officially obtained cityhood in 2006. Today, our community has grown into a bustling city of over 105,000 diverse residents, and the Jewish community has continued to be a vital part of its development. Six synagogues, five Jewish day schools, and numerous Jewish organizations and businesses flourish in our inclusive and respectful city.
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*The exhibit L’Chaim Sandy Springs is available to travel to your organization! Due to generous grants by the Sandy Springs Society, Fulton County Arts and Culture, Georgia Humanities, and the Southern Jewish Historical Society there is no charge to host the exhibit. Heritage Sandy Springs is happy to help with delivery, installation, and pick-up. Please complete this online form, and Heritage Sandy Springs staff will be in touch soon.