Congregation Sha'aray Israel

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A Conservative Jewish Congregation serving the spiritual needs of the Middle Georgia Jewish community since 1904

A Word from The President

November 2015
Cheshvan - Kislev 5776

Thomas Jefferson was once quoted as saying “I cannot live without books.” Well here at Congregation Sha'arey Israel, we don't need to! It's time for our Annual Jewish Book Fair Extraordinaire once again! An array of books for toddlers through adults to suit your fancy will be on display to order and purchase from Sunday to Sunday (November 1st - 8th) including fiction and non-fiction. You can also shop during the week during office hours and Stephanie can assist you. I freely admit that I'm “old school” in the sense that I appreciate the singular good old fashioned feel of turning actual pages of a book. How freeing to give myself a break from the rather mind numbing scrolling of smart devices and computer screens even as impressive as they are! To borrow a book title from Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!” when you have a good book and a comfortable chair. Along with some great selections to add to your own personal library, profits from book sales benefit the synagogue for a win-win situation!

CSI Gift Shop sales also serve to help the synagogue cover operating expenses and will be open both Sunday's as well. Hanukkah is coming (begins the evening of December 6th this year) and there are some wonderful, new holiday items in stock as well as gifts for many other occasions. So come browse the Book Fair and Gift Shop!

As I write this, today was the first day it finally felt cooler to me, as I reached for a jacket before I stepped outside earlier. Some colorful leaves were already saying “enough!” and decided to gently whirl around and fall to the ground. Seasons change...whether its the climate outside, the personal transitions of our lives, or even the change of “season” at shul. Each month, services and events for our entire kehilla unique to that particular time of the calendar steadily propel us forward to ultimately yield another year's worth of experiences. As we celebrate the secular holiday of Thanksgiving later in the month, I am thankful for all we share and have here at our synagogue. Have a great November and see you at shul!


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