Today is April 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

The End of the School Year and A Visit to Milledgeville

Recently a friend from a small South Georgia congregation shared a great article that talked about the differences you see growing up Jewish in a small town as opposed to a town the size of Atlanta. In smaller towns we all feel a responsibility to be involved. When you are in a congregation in a large city with numerous members and very large staffs, you do not see the involvement and a sense of obligation we see in smaller Jewish community.

As I finish my first year of this term, I truly see the commitment, obligation, and energy of our Kehilla in numerous ways. Seeing this energy and dedication, in my opinion is mirroring what we are seeing in a re-birth of downtown Macon. At CSI we are seeing tremendous amounts of involvement by numerous individuals with a focus on making our Kehilla thrive and grow. It is exciting!
Speaking of thriving and growing, Mazel Tov to all our graduates! We have High School, College, and Master Program graduates in our CSI Family. We wish you all the best and look forward hearing about your new journeys!

I have spoken at times about our need to make sure our kehillah is delivering the correct “product” in the way of services. Please give us your input and suggestions as to what you want to see in the way of services, events, programs and functions. We will be trying one of these ideas this month. On May 18th we will have Friday night services at the Krapf’s House located at 236 Old Plantation Trail NW Milledgeville, GA. at 6:15pm.There will be a dairy covered dish dinner following services.

Later this summer, we will be holding a Friday night service at place to be determined in Warner Robins. More to come on this.

With the High Holiday services coming early this year, we will start working on planning very soon. Also, as we wind down another religious school year, it will be time to get to work on planning next year’s. Please feel free to share ideas and thoughts you have seen from other congregations that you feel will help us to continue to be a vibrant Kehilla and deliver experiences that will make others look at our Kehilla and say, “you know, there is a lot of great things Jewishly happening in Macon!”