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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

January 2015
Tevet - Shevat 5775

"Mother Time: We all get the same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them." (Hillary DePiano) We have done quite a bit this year with our days at Congregation Sha’arey Israel! In addition to noting and celebrating four New Years on the Jewish calendar (1 Tishre is Rosh HaShanah, The Head of the Year; 15 Shevat is the New Year of the Trees; 1 Nisan is Pesach; and 1 Elul is the New Year for animal tithing, and also when we begin preparation for Rosh HaShanah), we wrapped up December 2014, and now look forward to the New Year 2015.

In early December, on Thursday, the 4th, the Federation of Macon and Middle Georgia held a dinner and program at CSI. Marty Greenberg, with Jewish Federations of North America, made opening remarks and introduced the guest comedian. Rabbi Bob Alper entertained us with his humor and wit. We all enjoyed lots of laughter, as well as all of the information that was shared. CSI hosted our ISJL Education Fellow, Missy Goldstein, the weekend of December 5th-7th. In addition to Friday night services, we had a Shabbat dinner and Drum Circle at CSI, and Missy had the opportunity to meet our congregation. On Sunday she met with our religious school and had various activities planned for them. On Friday, December 12th, CSI hosted our Chanukah Rockin’ Shabbat with a great turnout. On Sunday, December 14th, we held our Chanukah Family Lunch, and also celebrated Rabbi Aaron’s birthday. Post December 14th our religious school was out for Winter Break, so the remainder of the month was quieter, with our weekly schedule of Thursday morning minyans, and Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. A big thank you to everyone who helped make all of these events happen!

Looking forward to several special events in January 2015! Please mark your calendars. First, we shall celebrate with Maya Rubinstein and her family on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah on the weekend of January 16-17th. Be sure to read about Maya’s Bat Mitzvah project on the bulletin board next to the Rabbi’s study. Next, CSI will have the second Shabbat Shirah, Shabbat with music and song, on January 30th. Finally, be sure to attend a fun evening at CSI’s High Stakes Bingo and Auction Fundraiser on January 31st.

Please be reminded that we continue to collect items for DAYBREAK and Macon Outreach. DAYBREAK’s request list changes from time to time, and they are presently requesting over the counter cough medicine, cough drops and lozenges, and Neosporin for their Clinic. For their Technology Room, they are asking for pocket flash drives, reader glasses in various strengths, and various types of cell phone chargers. They are also in need of powdered lemonade, creamer, and paper towels.

We periodically update our MiShebarach list, and will do this as of January 1, 2015. Please contact Stephanie, at the CSI office, if you would like to remove a name, add a name, or keep a name on the list.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2015! Looking forward to another 365 days together at Congregation Sha’arey Israel!

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