Today is May 22, 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

Great Things Going On

We have some pretty great things going on at our Shul. One of the more impressive things was Sunday School activity where the students all put together a “Chanukah Bible Rap” Shine Your Light! What a neat, fun experience for all the kids! Thanks to all who helped make this happen!

Click on link above to see the finished product! It’s really impressive.

We also enjoyed an excellent community celebration of Chanukah that was held at Temple Beth Israel. Thanks to Rabbi Sataloff and all the TBI volunteers along with Middle Ga. Federation of Jewish Charities for putting together the wonderful event. Yasher Koach! As we move into a New Year, we often look back to reflect on all the events in our lives over this past year. Wait a minute! Didn’t we just do that? Having a Jewish New Year in addition to our calendar New Year we all have a chance to reflect twice on the various events in our lives. While with the Jewish New Year we all seem to reflect on spiritual improvement,for the calendar New Year we all seem to reflect on health, relationships, and other goals. January can seem to be a slow time for many but much is going on in our Shul. In addition to our regular services and Sunday School we have a couple of new programs coming up in January.

Before jumping into new events, a little word about our services.

Thursday Morning Minyan 7:00 am- Yes this is early. This is a quick service with short Torah reading, when we do have a minyan. We saw our first double minyan this past week. 21 attendees! (Thanks to the USYers’ sleep over in the Shul) We are usually done and out by 8:00 am. Often the Minyan crew goes out for breakfast at a local restaurant.

Friday Night Shabbat Services- 6:15 pm While services start at 6:15, a new tradition has been started – meeting at 5:00 pm around the corner from Shul at Just Tapped for a beer, glass of wine, root beer or whatever you enjoy to bring an end to our week and move into Shabbat! Services are usually over around 7:15 and we move into the foyer for a quick Kiddush. We have setup to have community Shabbat dinners at various times during the year. Check the dates in the bulletin. We are also trying to do Shabbat dinners in congregants’ homes. If you would like to host a Shabbat Community Dinner, lease let me know.

Saturday Morning Services 9:30 am Come join us for Saturday services with Torah discussion and Kiddush lunch. Rabbi Aaron always has interesting discussions on the weekly Parsha. With the crew that shows up, you can always count on a lively discussion. Service usually ends around 12:00 pm followed by Kiddush lunch, more discussion and kibbutzing with fellow congregants. Hopefully as we start the New Year, you can work one of these services into your schedule on a regular basis as one of your other goals. As mentioned, we have a couple new upcoming events.

We will have the first of what will hopefully be regular cooking classes. First class will be:

What’s Cooking with Shelley K? Bourekas!! Hmmm. YUM! Class will be Jan. 21st 11:00 am. Register by Jan. 7th. $10 Donation required in advance.

We will also have an Adult Ed Tu B’Shevat Program on Sunday 4:00pm January 28th. David Ilan will be discussing Gardening with Friendly Bugs. For those of you into organic gardening, this should be a lot of fun learning about the good critters that keep the bad critters under control.

In closing, I hope everybody has a Healthy Happy New Year!
And of course. GO DAWGS!!!