Deceased Information


    Alice Orenstein Kaplan

  • AGE



    Thursday, January 26, 2023 (After Sunset)


    Sunday, January 29, 2023


    2:30 PM




    Greenwood Cemetery


    Shiva will take place at the home of Mark and Karen Kaplan at the follow days and times:

    Sunday, January 29 at 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with Maariv Service at 7:00 pm

    Monday, January 30 at 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm; 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with Maariv Service at 7:00 pm

    Tuesday, Janaury 31 at 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm; 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with Maariv Service at 7:00 pm

    215 Inland Ridge Way Atlanta, GA 30342



    Alice Orenstein Kaplan passed away on January 26th at the age of 94 with family by her side, having repeatedly stated that she was quite ready to join her husband Sidney to whom she was married for almost 60 years.

    Born in Decatur, Georgia in 1928, she was the only Jew in elementary and high school, yet she remained strictly kosher, travelling by streetcar every week to Sunday School at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Washington Street, and later to the old Alliance Jewish Center to be with Jewish friends and especially with Sidney.

    She would recall standing under the chupah with Sidney in 1948, only one month after the State of Israel was established, listening to Rabbi Harry H. Epstein draw a comparison between their marriage and the creation of the new Jewish State.

    Preceding her were her father and mother, Samuel and Esther Orenstein, and her two brothers Leonard and Marvin Orenstein. She enjoyed a very special “big brother, little sister” relationship with Marvin, and both families always celebrated together High Holidays, Passover Seders and family events.

    She affectionately remembered Thanksgivings of old when the two families would always come together for lunch at the old Progressive Club, followed by the traditional Thanksgiving Day “Tech vs. Georgia Freshman Football Game.”

    Alice was the consummate mother and homemaker, devoting every minute of her early years to raising her children, Scott, Randy, Mark, and Terri. Later, she adored her children-in-law, Shelley, Paul, Karen, and Jack.  Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Shira (David), Dori (Mark), Laura (Eli), Jeffrey, Kristin (Alex), Cody, and, of course, her great-grandchildren Sydney, Hailey, Harper and Aliyah.  

    She loved spending time with all children, and after she raised her own, she became a teacher’s-aid at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue Early Childhood Program for many years. A week did not pass without a former student recognizing and reconnecting with her.

    Among her chief joys in life were her weekly card games (actually reported in the Atlanta newspapers) with her lifelong friends Shirley Tenenbaum, Barbara Bock, Margie Greenberg, Betty Goldstein, Florence Gillman, and Augusta Cohen which took place consistently for almost 70 years.

    Together with husband Sidney, she emersed herself in AA Synagogue affairs, volunteering at countless events, serving as a member of several committees, and as an officer of the sisterhood. 

    She loved dancing and performed in several musical productions at the Synagogue, as well as the old Mayfair Club of Atlanta.

    Alice was an early advocate of Jewish Day School education and Jewish summer camps. She and Sidney were among the very first in our community to send each of their children to the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta (now the Greenfield Hebrew Academy) and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.

    She insisted upon a strict rule that wherever you were and whatever you were doing, you came home to be with family for Rosh Hashanah and Passover Seders.

    With Sidney by her side, Alice was blessed to enjoy a full, joyous life, traveling with family and friends to more places than she could recall. She was known for her elegant, creative, and contemporary sense of style.

    The family is grateful to Alice’s care providers, Zee, Stephanie, Susan, Jane, and Melissa, who provided loving and compassionate care during her final years.

    May the memory of Alice Kaplan be a blessing to all who were honored to know and love her. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. 


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  • Nancy & Steve Friedberg

    Alice Kaplan was truly a Woman of Valor in every way. Kaplan Family, Nancy and I send our heartfelt condolences and love to each of you. You all were so blessed to have her as your Mom, confidant and unparalleled cheerleader for the entire family! May her memory live on and be a blessing to all!

  • Donna Helfer Newman

    I first met Alice in 1987 when she was my best volunteer at the Weinstein Adult Day Care Center. Her love of life and her family was evident in everything she did. She will be missed.

  • Barbara Nathan

    Saddened to hear this news. Alice was an elegant lady who always made me smile. She will be missed. Sorry for your loss but we know that her memory will always be a blessing.

  • Jeannette and Michael Zukor

    Dear Scott, Shelley, and family: We’re so sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. She was lovely on the outside and the inside. Always smiling and friendly. May her wonderful memories be for a blessing.

  • Marty Oxman & Family, Charlotte, N C

    My condolences to the Kaplan Family

  • Lynn B Friedman

    To the Kaplan Family, All my 50 years of AA Congregation memories include the elegant Alice Kaplan. May you each comfort each other in your loss. What an amazing woman. The passing of a legend... Lynn

  • Cory & Alan Begner

    Dear Scott, Randy, Mark & Terri, I remember sitting behind Scott, Shelly & Alice at the ballet shortly before Covid and the early memories fondly recalled when I got to visit with Alice for a few minutes. And though I haven't seen you Randy, Mark & Terri for many years, please know that I will always cherish my next-door childhood memories of your very special mom and Sidney too. They are finally together again. Please know that we are sending our love.