Temple Kol Emeth bestows Diane Lidz with 2022 Avodah Award for Community Service

MARIETTA, Ga. — Diane Lidz of SJC Ventures was recently honored with the 2022 Avodah Award for Community Service by Temple Kol Emeth for her tireless dedication to Temple Kol Emeth (TKE) and the community during the organization’s Travel the World with Avodah gala.

Lidz has been a member of the temple since 1985 and has served as a pro bono legal consultant for them since 2006. 

During her tenure, Lidz has counseled every past president and senior administrator of the temple on a wide range of issues. She previously led negotiations with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) to bring their preschool to the Temple Kol Emeth location, and has worked to protect the congregation’s interests as she guided them through negotiations for contract renewals. Lidz was also a member of the Rabbinic search committee that brought Rabbi Sernovitz to TKE.

Earlier this year, Lidz joined SJC Ventures as the firm’s general counsel and senior vice president. In her role there, she manages outside counsel, leads transaction closings and manages litigation and loan reporting, among other duties. 

“Diane has been a part of our community since almost its founding,” said Jodi Roberts, president of Temple Kol Emeth. “She has made a tremendous impact on the life of this community and Temple Kol Emeth, and we are very grateful for her continuing contributions.”

The gala was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy at Cumberland Mall on April 30 and included hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, an awards ceremony, raffle and live auction. Lidz, Brad Miehl and Karin Miehl were presented with the award for their community service efforts. SJC Ventures was a sponsor for the event.

For almost 40 years, Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Georgia has been the Jewish home to hundreds of families, providing them with a place to find spiritual connection, celebrate milestones, educate themselves and their families and serve the greater Atlanta community through good works.

About SJC Ventures

Founded in 2007, SJC Ventures is a privately held, mixed-use commercial real estate and retail development firm. The company has acquired and developed more than 60 retail, mixed-use, multifamily and office projects throughout the continental U.S. The company is headquartered in Georgia. For more information, visit SJCVentures.com.

About Temple Kol Emeth

Temple Kol Emeth was founded in 1982 by seven families who felt the need for a Reform Jewish presence in Cobb County. We have been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1987. We are a Southern Reform congregation in suburban Atlanta. Our demographics provide us with a congregation diverse in age and background. Temple Kol Emeth welcomes Jews by choice and interfaith families. For more information, visit www.kolemeth.net.

[Photo 1 attached from left to right: Karin Miehl, Brad Miehl and Diane Lidz at the Travel the World with Avodah gala]

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