175 Makers of History: Alvin M. Sugarman

Alvin M. Sugarman 60B 88PhD
Rabbi; Community Activist

Alvin Sugarman

Following six years in the business world, issues of faith became more compelling for Alvin M. Sugarman. His path led to The Temple-Hebrew Benevolent Congregation of Atlanta, where he became senior rabbi in 1974.

From that point forward, Sugarman devoted his life to leading one of the Southeast's, if not the country's, most important and influential religious communities, earning several community service awards along the way. He also strengthened his ties to Emory by serving on the board of trustees.

Now rabbi emeritus, Sugarman is a valued adviser for Emory's Jewish Studies program.