Today is June 14, 2024 -

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

A Message from our President, Evan “Elmo” Koplin

I hope this article finds everybody having a great summer.
While on the outside there may not appear to be a lot going on, on the inside things are extremely busy.
The Education Committee, Ritual Committee and Finance Committee have all be hard at work getting thing in order for this coming year.
While many of the committees have been set for the coming year, we are still doing some adjusting to the committees in effort to include more of our members in the process of running our Kehilla. Some of our committees are a little too large and some are a little too small. It would be great to get all members involved in at least one of our committees. Let me know if you have a particular interest. We will do our best to get you involved in the ways that fit your interest.
If you have not attended services in some time, we hope you will attend sometime soon. Friday Night and Saturday morning services each have their different “flavors”. Friday night services are usually about an hour long with a short, inspiring drash by the Rabbi. Saturday morning service are usu-ally about 2 ½ hours with a more in-depth Torah study among rabbi and our congregants. Come celebrate Shabbat with us. Some really great things are happening!
In an effort to meet the needs of our congregants, we are making some minor changes. First off, Rabbi Rubinstein is focusing on keeping Friday night’s service to no longer than one hour. With this in mind, services will start promptly at 6:15. Additionally, in effort to make easier for individuals to meet with the Rabbi, regular office hours for the Rabbi will be Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00pm. If these time are not convenient for you, please contact the Rabbi to schedule time on Wednesday or Friday up until noon.
In winding up my article for this month, I think of a drash the rabbi gave one Friday night recently. He spoke about Jewish glasses. We all have our lenses in which we view the world. Our lenses are somewhat enhanced by our Jewish education. It is exciting to hear how many of the kids in our shul were able to have their lenses enhanced by the experience of Jewish camp this summer! Seeing Willy Wonka performed in Hebrew will slightly alter your view of how a play can be done! Hope to see you soon and hopefully your Jewish experiences in our Kehilla will help you bring things into focus through your Jewish glasses.