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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

“Who Are All These People?”

One would think with the holidays over with, things would slow down a little. It seems the month of October has flown by and there are a lot of good things still going on.

That was the same as the first paragraph for my article for the Bulletin November 2002.

The second paragraph of that same article as follows:

“We started off the month of October with a Shabbat service honoring Ruth Farber. It was great hearing Ruth’s comments and memories of her years here in Macon. Ruth has been an inspiration to all of the community of Middle Georgia, not just our shul. We all wish her well in her move and we hope she will come back to visit frequently.”

As many of you are aware, Ruth passed away this past month. While there may be many of our members who have joined in the past 15 years that did not have the opportunity to meet and get to know Ruth, she was a very strong influence with so many of our members. Our thoughts and prayers are with Trudy, Michael, and all of Ruth’s family.

Yasher Koach to both Rabbi Rubinstein and TBI’s Rabbi Sataloff for putting together a great Simchat Torah celebration. This joint program with Temple Beth Israel was also sponsored by Zarks Foundation and was a tremendous success. We look forward a joint Chanukah program coming up in December so watch for more about that soon.

We enjoyed a packed Friday night service with the consecration of Graham Bullington, Ethan Piassick and Sam Wilkinson. Mazel Tov to all the families!

Mazel Tov to Jan Lewis on her Bat Mitzvah. Being called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah is always a special accomplishment but there is an even bigger level of commitment for an adult to take on this challenge. The entire Kehilla is very proud of you! Well done!

Mazel Tov to Marla Kaplan and Ben Hampton on their wedding. We love celebrating simchas but it’s especially sweet to celebrate those involving congregant who grew up in this synagogue.

From time to time I hear comments from people who have not been to shul in a while, “Who are all these people?” We have been blessed with new members to our shul in recent months and they have become active members. Please introduce yourself and get to know them – I promise they will not bite.