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


Junior Congregation, Sunday Teen Class and Hebrew School

Please see the youth page for information and schedule.

mUSYc (Macon USY Chapter "music") and Kadima Macon

Invites all CSI teens (8th-12th grade) to join us for a year of fun building lasting Jewish friendships through United Synagogue Youth.

For more information contact:
Molly Bayme, mUSYc chapter president, at 474-0063, Laura Ilan, adult advisor, at 474-6965, or visit

mUSYc Notes:

As most of you know, Kadima Macon and MUSYC (Macon USY Chapter) are the youth groups we have at Sha'arey Israel for our 6 - 8th graders and our high school teens. United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima inspire Jewish youth to explore, celebrate and practice ethical values, Jewish Living, Zionism and community responsibility based on the ideology of the Conservative Movement.

Our youth group members include: Will Finkelstein, Teva Ilan, Marc Rosengart, Zohar Rubinstein, Leslie Bashuk, Taylor Bashuk, Allison Krapf, Jack Finkelstein, Isaac Crabtree, Sarah Koplin, Sydney Jackson, Amitai Ilan, Nicole Hill, Daniel Cohen, Sophie Denisar and Maya Rubinstein.

5774 has been an awesome year for both Kadima Macon and MUSYC! Both chapters have grown in both numbers and enthusiasm since we first began in August of 2009. Thank you to Nicole Hill and Sydney Jackson for doing such a great job as Kadima Macon chapter co-presidents this year. Kol Hakavod to Will Finkelstein and Teva Ilan for completing their second year as terrific MUSYC chapter co-presidents. And "Mazel Tov!" to Amitai Ilan and Nicole Hill on a Bar Mitzvah (October) and Bat Mitzvah (April) this year!

Some of the year's highlights for Kadima Macon and MUSYC included: an August pool party, Risk and Taboo games and pizza at the Ilan home, an October picnic and Capture the Flag at Tatnall Square Park, a November Game Day at CSI, viewing and discussing an Israeli made movie about friendship in February, and End of Year games and elections on April 27th.

Conventions, of course, are also a tremendously fun aspect of Kadima and USY. Will and Zohar had a great time at USY conventions in both Charleston (November) and Orlando (April). In March at Camp Ramah Darom Will attended a USY convention, while Jack, Isaac and Maya had a wonderful time at their very first Kadima convention which was also held at Camp Ramah Darom that same weekend.

Soon we will be wishing Will and Teva a hearty "Mazel Tov!" on their high school graduation, welcome Spencer Hebert as our newest Kadima Macon member, elect new chapter co-presidents for the coming year and head off to summer camps and family vacations. Have a happy and healthy summer everyone!

Camp Ramah Darom

Ramah Darom offers an outstanding overnight camp in a dynamic Jewish environment. Camp Ramah integrates experiential Jewish living and learning with an atmosphere of friendship and fun. In addition to a top-notch sports and arts programs, campers find a caring approach to social, intellectual, and religious growth.

Teen Class Mitzvah Mall

The CSI Sunday School Mitzvah Mall raised money for these organizations:

  • Solar Ovens for African Families (Jewish World Watch)

  • Israel Guide Dog Center

  • Mazon (Feeds the hungry all over the world)

  • Magan David Adom
    (Israel's Emergency Response Organization)

  • Middle Ga. Community Food Bank
    (feeds the hungry in Macon and Middle Ga.)

  • U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • JNF (plants trees and water conservation in Israel)

  • Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (provides support programs for soldiers and their families)

  • Neve Michael Children's Home

  • Kids for Kids (youth organization for the recovery of young victims of terror)

  • Sippuray Sum Sum (Sesame Street Project that promotes respect and understanding in the Middle East)

  • Hadassah (Women's Zionist Organizations of America providing medical care and research, support of youth at risk, career counseling and training, and health education in Israel and in the United States)




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