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A Word from The President

March 2015
Adar - Nissan 5775

Many times we feel like we have a foot in one world and the other foot in a different world. We have the world of our families, our work world, our volunteer world, school world, social and cultural worlds, and even our religious world. I suppose that’s just life, but what becomes rather unique is when the different worlds merge, and they often do.

I had a glimpse of how worlds merge as I visited Molly for Mom’s Weekend. What I saw and heard and experienced were things like “Clothes for a Cause,” a philanthropic project in which she and her sorority sisters were involved; a Pink Shabbat when a friend’s mom shared her experience with breast cancer; a little of Sixth Street in a place with “dueling pianos” and great music; a musical satire performance in which everyone and everything were equally targeted; and visited with moms from California to Florida, and in between. In talking with the moms and daughters, the commonalities were amazing. In all of the worlds in which we travel, it was clear that these young women come from Jewish communities, large and small, that strengthened, motivated, educated, and supported them. I realized that is just what we have right here in Macon, Georgia at Sha’arey Israel.

Most of us have one foot or the other in many of the worlds of CSI. We have had lots going on this past month with more to come. We ended January with a very successful CSI fundraiser. Thanks again to Theresa Rosengart and her committee. Please note in this bulletin the list of local businesses and individuals that contributed to making our auctions a success, and in return, please give them your support. In the education world, Sunday School and Hebrew School are successfully on a roll, as well as Rockin’ Shabbat, Junior Congregation, and USY/Kadima, thanks to Jennifer Bernstein and the BOE Committee, and to Laura Ilan with our youth groups. Be sure to read the BOE article about the wonderful Tu B’Shevat activity at Tattnall Square Park on February 1, thanks to Jami Gaudet and Rabbi Rubinstein. CSI participated in DAYBREAK’s Sleepout on February 26th, with David Ilan, Rabbi Rubinstein, Steve Chanin, and Andy Hebert taking on the cold weather and spending the night outside. Rabbi Rubinstein and Jan Lewis are keeping our Limmud Adult Ed classes interesting, and thanks to Terri and David Frolich for hosting the covered dish supper and the movie, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker. We look forward to the weekend of March 13-15 when Rabbi Miriyam Glazer visits CSI as our Scholar in Residence. See more details inside bulletin. Also, Shelley Davidson and Jeff Lehman, Rabbi Rubinstein and Sharona, and the choir are planning a delicious Family Night Dinner, a fun Purim celebration, and Megillah reading on March 4th. The Purim Carnival and Lunch are coming up on March 8th. Come in costume to both! (More details inside bulletin) To wind up this month we are celebrating Sophie Denisar as she becomes a Bat Mitzvah, and wish Sophie and her family Mazel Tov!

We work at staying balanced while our feet are in so many different worlds, and we do it because we want to keep CSI strong. We strengthen, educate, motivate, and support each other as a congregation and community, and we pass this along to our children as they go out into the world with their confident Jewish selves!


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