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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


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Latest News

  • The High Holidays Are Behind Us

    The High Holidays are behind us as well as Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Sadly, we were unable to share some of these services in person, but thanks to some creativity on the part of the Rabbi, we were able to have a courtyard Simchat Torah with a decent turnout. Hopefully next year, the calendar and Continue Reading »

  • After the Holidays

    There’s a Hebrew phrase ‘acharay hachagim אחרי החגים which resonates with Jewish professionals the world over — let’s say there’s a conversation unfolding during the summer and the question is about when a certain project or meeting can be scheduled — the answer might well be: acharay hachagim, after the holidays — because Tishrei is Continue Reading »

  • 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 »

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 October 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.