Today is October 19, 2017 -

Congregation Sha'arey Israel

A Conservative Jewish Congregation serving the spiritual needs of the Middle Georgia Jewish community since 1904

611 First Street, Macon, GA 31201
Phone: (478) 745-4571
Email: sect@csi.mgacoxmail.com

Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

As I write this article we are in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Thanks to Jeff Lehman and the Ritual Committee and all those involved for such a wonderful Rosh Hashanah service!
There are many wonderful things about our little Shul! One of those we see during the holidays in our choir. Thanks to Sharona and all the choir members who add so much to our services during the High Holidays! This is one of those treasures we have here at CSI!
We have many things coming up during the month of October as we finish up Yom Kippur. We start off with Sukkot. We then move to Melvin Kruger’s favorite holiday, Shemini Atzeret! (You’ll have to ask Melvin about that) We then move into Simchat Torah.
This year we will have a community celebration of Simchat Torah along with Temple Beth Israel on October 13th with dinner sponsored by the Zarks Foundation. The two Rabbis and been putting their heads together to develop Jewish Community events to celebrate the holidays. This will be a very fun family friendly event! With the actual date of SimchatTorah being Thursday evening, CSI will have short service/study session Thursday evening. We will have our normal Simchat Torah morning service Friday morning. Then Friday evening we’ll have a Simchat Torah/Shabbat Community Celebration and Dinner.
Adult Education is planning a trip to Atlanta to see the play Crossing Delancy on October 22nd at 2:30 pm. A bus will be chartered if enough interest is shown. Otherwise we’ll carpool. Please contact Deborah Adler ASAP if you’re interested in going.
Our Sunday school has started, after delay due to the storms. Thanks to Jenn Bernstein and all the Board of Ed members and teachers who make the school work. There is tremendous amount of energy and hard work by so many that help make a great education experience for our kids.
Many of you may be aware that our longtime custodian, Donnell Howard has resigned. We wish Donnell the best and thank him for his many years of work and dedication to our Kehilla. We are in process of looking at the best options to keep our facilities clean and in tip top shape. Thanks to Brian Crabtree our House Chairman and the many volunteers who have stepped up to the plate to offer assistance as we go through this transition period. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of dedication that our various members show when they are needed.
Earlier in September we did have meeting with our Liason for USCJ, Jo-Anne Tucker Zemlack. It was a very informative meeting in which she went over the various programs and services available from USCJ. I can tell you, after to speaking with the president of an Atlanta shul, that he has used several of these programs and spoke very highly about them. There will be more information to come soon on these programs. Thanks to all who have contributed to date to our 2017 Annual Fund Drive. I want to encourage you if you have not yet given to our Annual Fund Drive, please consider this. As you can see from the events described above, we have a lot going on. To sustain these various programs and activities, it takes money. We only have our Kehilla to depend on for these needed funds so we need you to step up and make a donation to the annual fund.

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