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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  • Richard Mendel

    Mark, Scott and family: Please accept my sincere condolences . Your mother was a fine lady, as many have stated, and she will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • Lissie Stahlman

    So sorry to hear of Alice's passing. I remember her as a beautiful woman and caring mom who lived a rich life.

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    Most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire Kaplan family on the loss of your beautiful and wonderful Alice. She was truly an inspiration and role model for so many. She was an elegant lady with a welcoming smile and totally devoted to her family and her faith. You were blessed to have Alice and Sidney to guide and nurture you all. May her soul rest in peace beside her beloved Sidney and may you all have the sweetest memories to warm your hearts.

  • Terri Orenstein Moret

    Dear cousins … how grateful for the light and love that radiated from Alice and warmed us all with her beauty kindness and presence in our lives through good times& difficult times… hope the love of Family& friends brings you peace& strengths you. Sending love. Terri& Family

  • Morris Podber

    So sorry for your loss. May her memory be for a blessing

  • Helene (GALANTI) Tuck

    Dear Terri & family, I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! While I hadn’t seen you or your family in many years, I have such great memories of living next door to y’all on Ridge Valley Road. Your mom always made me feel so welcomed at your house. Love to you all during this difficult time. May your mom’s memory be a blessing.?


    Sandy and I are sorry to hear about your loss. Alice was a wonderful warm and thoughtful relative . Surely, she will be missed. Our condolences are with the family. Chuck and Sandy Marcus

  • Marcia and Emil Baumrind

    Sending deepest sympathy to your entire family. Mrs. Kaplan was a beautiful person inside and out. Such a loss to the Jewish community.

  • Helen Oxman Kraus

    Randy, Scott and family, Your mom was such a gracious lady whom I have great memories of from growing up. May her memory bring you all much comfort. Helen Kraus

  • Karen Gluck Stickler

    Scott I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom she was a real sweetheart, a very nice person. A beautiful legacy to her family

  • Jerry and Elaine Blumenthal

    Dear Scott and the greater Kaplan families - Our very deep sympathy on the loss of your wonderful Alice. Her life was an example to all of us and you families are her great legacy. Sent with condolences and admiration for a life well lived. With love, Elaine and Jerry

  • Linda Lincoln Diamond

    Mark and family, so sorry to hear about Alice. She was an elegant lady and leaves a beautiful legacy in her family.

  • Phyllis M. Cohen

    I was going to mention what a wonderful pre-school teacher Alice was to both my children, and then I saw the photo the Nodvins sent - there was my little girl, and that says it all. There are so many families that she touched who will remember that fabulous duo: "Mrs. Belger" and "pretty Alice Kaplan", as she was called. She raised a smart, loving, generous family of her own, and I know how deeply you will all miss her. That many years together makes the void even larger. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

  • Suzanne and Ervin Gerson

    Scott, Shelley and Kaplan family, We are so sorry to hear of Alice's passing. We have wonderful memories of her presence at the many Tenenbaum/Gerson Simchas. Her joyful loving smile will be greatly missed. Suzanne and Ervin

  • Holly H. Strelzik

    Mark and family, Sending sincere condolences and love to you and your family. How lucky you were to have Alice for so many happy years!

  • Janice, Joe & the entire NODVIN Family

    Alice, Sidney, Shelley, Scott have all been an integral part of our Family but Alice was Special. Our Daughter Alison due to a late birthday would have had to start public school a year late. With Alice's encouragement, Alison attended the Epstein School at the A.A. Synagogue and Alice taught her love of learning and "Yiddishkeit". Alice, the Nodvin Family is eternally indebted to you, and your star shall never diminish in our hearts. Joe & Janice

  • Marlene, Shirley, Herby

    It is now 3:00 your time and Zoom link never connected. Will there be a way for us to see the funeral at another time?

  • Shelley GERSON

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Alice. I remember her well growing up.

  • Ramon and jody Franco

    Alice was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was always upbeat and the life of any event particularly synagogue and party specials. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy and a wonderful set of children and grandchildren. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Kaplan family over her loss.

  • Helen & David Diamond

    Alice was the ultimate, Pillar of Faith & Inspiration, in our community. She was such an Awesome Example of an Outspoken & Successful Woman in our Jewish Community too. Our families were very close, over the many years, & Alice's Positive Influences will last forever. May She Rest in Peace.

  • Barbara Krinsky and the Krinsky Family

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, Alice. We have many good memories of being neighbors to the Kaplans on Ridge Valley Rd. She was a true Southern lady. Scott, MarK, Randy and Terri, you are in our thoughts and prayers. G-D bless.

  • Cheney Hall

    Mark - my condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss ... surrounding you and your family with prayers for love, light, compassion, and may her memory always be a blessing

  • Miriam Karp

    I can't think of services at the AA without seeing in my mind's eye the back of Alice's impeccably coiffed hair in the row in front of our family. She'd turn around, flash her beautiful smile, and say something funny. I might not have always wanted to be at services, but I always wanted to see Alice! She was a fabulous woman and will be missed by so many. Condolences to your family.

  • Jan Harris Rabinowitz

    Dear Randy & Kaplan family, I'm sorry to learn of your mom's passing, but she is no longer suffering and back with your dad. Please know that I'm thinking of you all. Jan

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Heartfelt condolences to Scott and family. We cherish our memories of the Kaplan family whose commitment and guidance gave us our path to the Jewish community.

  • Jerry Glazer

    I knew Mrs. Kaplan from early 50's and I always saw her at AA synagogue and she was a sweet & lovely lady & I'll always remember those years...

  • Carl Golden

    Scott and family. I so sorry for the loss of your mother. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Adele Caplan Wineburgh

    Dear Family, No words can express how very beautiful and special Alice was to her family, Ahavath Achim, and Atlanta community. May her name be for a blessing.

  • Natalie Budnick

    Dear Scott and Family, I have very fond memories of your beautiful mom when we lived across the street on Briardale Lane. I know that her memory will always be a blessing!

  • monkeygirl1947

    Alice was a very Special Lady. She always had a smile on her face whenever we saw each other. She will be missed She has a Special place in my heart. Terrie and Alan Bryan

  • Jan Saperstein Kinsler

    So very sorry for your loss.

  • Lewis and LuEllen Feldman

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May her life be a blessing.

  • Jane Horowitz Bick

    To my dear, sweet cousins, All our hearts are aching with this loss but I truly hope Aunt Alice's spirit has found peace alongside your dad. The decades of memories she left us will be blessings forever.

  • Zvi and Chana Shapiro

    Alice was a model of generosity, culture and dignity. She was also a lot of fun. We tasted our first Southern "barbecue" at the Kaplan home, which was a wonderful door into Southern life for us Yankees. She was always a wonderful hostess and(we know her children) a great wife and mom. She was a true Southern beauty, with a great Southern accent, and a terrific pre-school teacher to both of our daughters,.. unforgettable. Love, Chana and Zvi

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Sending our condolences to the entire Kaplan family. Alice always had a smile and welcoming greeting for all she met. We sat near the family during high holiday services and saw the glow in her eyes when she was surrounded by family. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Jeri Breiner

    Alice was the essence of elegance and such a sweet woman to me. I have admired her my whole life. She will be missed. Mark, Scott please know my thoughts are with you. Jeri

  • Kim H Goldsmith

    I don't remember ever not knowing Alice and being warmed by her smile and welcome; as both a small kid and as an adult. I remember her as our very nice neighbor Mom early on (along with Sidney as Dad) and in more recent years, I always felt so welcome in her home during one of Randy's Rosh Hashana visits. Alice and Sidney represented so much of the Jewish Atlanta we grew up in....thanks for sharing that in her obit and her memory is certainly a blessing for me.

  • Phillip Rosing

    A true Woman of Valor. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Ruth M Greenberg & Family

    Our family is so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Karen Gluck Stickler

    My condolences to the Kaplan family

  • PWendkos

    What a loss for the Atlanta Jewish community. May her memory be a blessing for her entire family Yehi zikhrah Baruch liolam amen

  • Candy Haskins

    Oh how Alice will be missed! Everyone’s favorite- so delighted that I had opportunities to be a part of her world

  • Gladys hirsch

    my thoughts are with you at this sad time I have fond memories of being with her for many ears at the Hebrew academy she was a very special caring warm person she and Sydney left a wonderful example on our community love to the family

  • Sylvia Friedman

    Deepest sympathy to the Kaplan family on the loss of Alice. I have many fond memories of her as a friend and neighbor, as do my children who were friends with Kaplan children. May she rest in peace next to Sydney.

  • Orenstein/Friedman Families

    Thinking of you and sending our love. We hold many fond memories of this wonderful woman. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • Larry and Stella Gordon and Betty Ann Shusterman

    Our condolences to the entire family. We have such wonderful memories of the Kaplans as neighbors and friends. My mom and I fondly recall taking family vacations with the Kaplans in the 1950’s. We lived as neighbors with the Kaplans at two different locations. Alice’s brother Marvin married our cousin Elise so we were like family as well! Alice’s energy level for most of her life was unsurpassed. She was such a marvelous person.

  • Cecile Waronker

    So sorry to learn of the elegant lady's passing. Alice was as beautiful inside as outside. Please accept my deepest sympathy to all the family

  • Paula Zucker

    Alice was gracious and kind woman. The consummate hostess, I will always remember her smile. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Maybe her memory be a blessing.

  • Barbara Lobel

    My sincere condolences for your loss. She was beautiful inside and out and will be missed. Many memories of Alice thru the years at the A. A. Synagogue. Always kind and loving.

  • Jody Diamond

    Kaplan Family - the fun times are just too numerous to go through. So much laughter with both your parents. Alice truly was a woman of valor and will be sorely missed. She set the bar for a beautiful Jewish life and you all are loving legacy.