Rabbi Nathan Katz became the rabbi of Congregation Anshi S'fard in the 1950's, and held this position almost to the time of his death. Rabbi Katz was born to a Chasidic rabbi in the Ukraine. While his father was the town rabbi, he and his family were followers of the Bianer rebbe, while most of the town followed another Hasidic rebbe.
He took great pride in the fact that he had followed the classical Talmudical model of a rabbi, never accepting a salary for teaching Torah. He had always made his living by being in business himself. He ran liquor stores and restaurants, and devoted much of his early adult life to labor and political organizing. He had an innate sense of justice, and was not afraid to speak up when he felt an individual or a community was being oppressed. Rabbi Katz was the consummate example of someone who says, "If I fear G-d, I have no reason to fear anyone else." On the eighth day of Hanukkah in 1998, Rabbi Nathan Katz, passed away.
In the later years of his life, Rabbi Katz was assisted by a number of rabbinical and lay leaders throughout Atlanta. Some of the rabbis who assisted at Congregation Anshi S'fard during this time period include Rabbi Marc Wilson, Rabbi Benyamin Friedman, Rabbi Sheldon May, Ph.D., and Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman.
In 2001, Rabbi Chaim Lindenblatt moved with his family to Atlanta to serve as our rabbi