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The History of CDT

After the union of two existing Reform congregations, Congregation Dor Tamid (Eternal Generations) was established in order to create a meaningful and enduring Jewish experience for children and families.


Temple Shir Shalom was established in the Fall of 1991, holding Friday night services at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. The Temple began to grow after purchasing property and renovating a building located in Duluth in 1996. By 1998, they reached a membership zenith of over 170 families with both a highly-regarded religious school and pre-school program.

Congregation B'nai Dorot originated in May 1999 with 25 families attending the first informational meeting. The synagogue expanded its programs offering a wide variety of activities to include Shabbat services, religious school, social and cultural events. They grew to 125 dedicated families at the time of the merger.

With similar cultures and a shared vision, Congregation B'nai Dorot and Temple Shir Shalom were united on July 1, 2004 and Congregation Dor Tamid (CDT) was born under the leadership of Rabbi Ron Herstik. The result was a vibrant 225-family reform Jewish congregation in the North Atlanta Metro area, serving North Fulton, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.


Shortly after the merger (July 2005), CDT purchased 10 acres of land off Parsons Road in Johns Creek to build a permanent home for our fast growing congregation. At this time, the Leveteynu (To Our Home) Capital Campaign began. A noted architectural firm with temple design experience was hired to design the beautiful building with unique features including the flexibility to build in multiple phases. Our newly built synagogue opened in late Summer 2008.


From July 2013 through June 2015, CDT was under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Weinstein. From June 2015 to June 2017, CDT was led by an Interim Rabbi, Rabbi David Katz.


CDT is currently led by Rabbi Jordan Ottenstein, offering a full range of Jewish activities and programs, including Religious School, Sisterhood, Primetimers, Youth Groups, Social Action, Lifelong Learning, and Men's Club. Each one of these programs is committed to the preservation of Jewish values and traditions as well as the observance and celebration of lifecycle events.


Join our Eternal Generations. Energetic membership, sage religious clergy, a forward-thinking board, and an attractive location enable Congregation Dor Tamid to create a meaningful Jewish environment for our members.

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