By Howard Pousner
Who hasn’t watched “Antiques Road Show” on PBS and dreamed of having a fainting spell-induced appraisal made of some forgotten something unearthed from deep in the dusty attic?
Now Atlanta can get ready for the Judaica version, as the Jewish Antiques Appraisal Show rolls into town on March 25 featuring appraiser and dealer Jonathan Greenstein. Pieces that he typically evaluates at such events include kiddush cups, menorahs, works of art, books, manuscripts and antique special occasion silver.
Greenstein began collecting Judaica at age 14 while he was working part-time at an antiques store in Brooklyn — eventually turning his hobby into a business. He’s frequently retained by museum curators, auction houses and collectors to authenticate items.
The 4 p.m. event (with registration beginning at 3:30) is presented by and benefits the Amit Program, the central resource for special education services in the Jewish community. It honors Helen Hackworth and Sylvia Schwartz of Sandy Springs and Brenda Benamy Lewis of Dunwoody for their contributions to special education in metro Atlanta.
Adult tickets are $54 and include one verbal appraisal. VIP tickets, $154, include an appraisal, a reception (3-3:45 p.m.) and a copy of Greenstein’s coffee-table book, “A Lost Art: Handmade Silver Kiddush Cups of Eastern Europe.” Tickets for ages 10-18, $18 (no appraisal).
The event will be at the Jewish Federation of Atlanta’s Selig Center, 1440 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum at the Selig also will be open 1-6:30 p.m. for viewing, including the touring exhibit “The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946.”
For more information or to preregister (encouraged): 404-961-9966, www.amitatlanta.org.
More than 300 handmade soup bowls created by Hudgens Center for the Arts’ ceramics studio instructors and students will be for sale at the third annual Soupbowl Benefit, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17.
Those who want first choice of the selection can hit the Early Bird Sale, 11 a.m.-noon, with each bowl priced at $30. After 12:30 the bowls will go for $25, with each purchase including a free serving of soup or chili and bread from Gwinnett County restaurants. The sale benefits the Hudgens’ education department.
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002, www.thehudgens.org. HOWARD POUSNER