Today is July 12, 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

Strength in our Kehilla

As I type this we have just come off a couple of jam-packed days which show the health and strength of our Kehilla.

Last Wednesday night in addition to hearing our beautiful choir practicing, we had volunteers downstairs doing final cleanup in preparation for the start of Sunday School.

Thursday stickers were being put on the new Ad Books

Friday night we had the Consecration service for Lila Hutten and Micah Cornelius. The excitement from all the kids on hand during services and the wonderful Shabbat dinner that followed was totally energizing!

Also, cannot forget to mention the wonderful Torah from the Rabbi as he explained the relevance of a wonderful piece of art made by Laurel Robinson.

Saturday morning saw another wonderful service with an educational Torah discussion from Rabbi followed by excellent Kiddush lunch.

Sunday morning, the Religious School year started with 30 students. Opening ceremony was followed by Coffee, Lox and Bagels, and nosh. It proved to be a wonderful time for all the parents to catch up with each other. (Plans are in the works to make Coffee, Lox & Bagels, & Nosh a Sunday happening for all members. SCSZ coming)

Monday we all came together for a Shiva Minyan for Barry Freedman, brother of Jay Freedman. Jay, we are so sorry for the sudden loss of your younger brother. Your description of Barry helped us to all get insight into what a great person he was.

Seeing the series of all these events, all the kids, volunteers, and hard work of everyone makes this a very rewarding journey to be involved with.

There is a tremendous amount of work done behind the scenes putting everything together for the upcoming series of holidays. Thank you to our Board and all the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to keeping things running.

We look forward to upcoming Selichot program this coming Saturday. Thanks to the Zarks Foundation for their funding of this program.

In addition to planning for the holidays, we have some other things in the works. We are planning a mixer for Middle GA College and Post-Graduate students so these young people can have an opportunity to meet each other. In addition to setting up above mentioned Sunday Coffee Schmooze Zone (SCSZ), we are working on some other items like developing guidelines and policies for electronic communications. We’ve put together team to work on evaluating the best ways to have consistent communication with all segments of our membership. Please give me feed-back on any thoughts you may have related to this.

Marty and I wish all our members a Happy Healthy New Year.
Shana Tova!
Evan “Elmo” Koplin