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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

Welcome to Congregation Sha'arey Israel

We are an egalitarian synagogue dedicated to the celebration of Conservative Judaism and Jewish Life in Middle Georgia. CSI is a 100+ year-old community which has strengthened over the years because of our dynamic programs and worship services and because of the warm and dedicated families who call CSI home.  We are so glad that you are visiting our website and hope that you will come see us in Macon. After all, Congregation Sha’arey Israel is how you say Hamish in Southern!

Out of an abundance of caution, for the foreseeable future, Congregation Sha’arey Israel will hold davening services via Zoom. Please contact the CSI office for login information. 478-745-4571 or email

Latest News

  • Jewels of Elul

    The series called Jewels of Elul has been around for quite a while, maybe 20 years. As the title suggests, these daily bits come out each day of Elul, the final month of the Jewish year. The one I’m sharing (below) caught my eye due to its musical connection, and the writer’s insights resonate with Continue Reading »

  • The High Holidays Are Coming!

    The High Holidays are coming! Some of us say they have snuck up on us. I guess if we were really truthful, we would say we just were not paying attention and the time has gotten away from us. I know how much we were all looking forward to in person services for the High Continue Reading »

  • Summertime Come and Gone, My Oh My!

    School is starting up, and the dog days of summer are here. The High Holy days (too early this season!) follow on the heels of Labor Day Weekend. And amidst all the normal, unexceptional benchmarks, there’s the elusive and disruptive (and dangerous) reality of covid. As I write these words (August 2), there are in-person Continue Reading »

Wall of Jerusalem

Wall of Jerusalem funds help underwrite major cultural and educational events.  Donations are $200, $500 and $1000 depending on the size of the brick.  For donations to the Wall of Jerusalem please call Shelley Kruger.

Noah’s Ark Wall

Honor the children of CSI with a plaque acknowledging their important milestones and achievements up to age 18.  Minimum donation for a plaque is $36.00 and $250.00 for adopting an animal.  These donations make a great newborn baby gift, Bar/Bat mitzvah, graduation gifts or special recognition of a CSI member’s child.  Monies generated from the plaques on this wall go to the Dr. Pierce Annes Educational Resource Fund.    

Web Bulletin

The September 2021 Web Bulletin can be found here.

Federation Zoom Meeting: Antisemitism and Tribalism

Special Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Schachter

Date: Thursday, October 14th
Register in advance for this meeting:
You must register for the meeting in order to get the link for the program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Federation officers Shelley Davidson and David Frolich have met with the speaker on ZOOM and agree that this will be a really interesting program!

Dr. Jonathan Schachter

Dr. Jonathan Schachter currently serves as a senior policy advisor to JFNA and special advisor on Israel and Global Jewry to the President and CEO.

During a stint as foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel, Schachter’s portfolio included US-Israel relations, Israel-Diaspora affairs, and briefing Congressional and other senior international delegations. He advised Prime Minister Netanyahu on pivotal policy issues, from the Iran nuclear deal to the peace process to the expansion of Israel's ties in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He was part of the small team that worked on exposing the Iranian nuclear archive.

Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Schachter was a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and a lecturer at Northwestern University, where for over a decade he taught courses on national security, foreign policy, terrorism, and public policy.