Haman. Boooooo. You’ll see why I mentioned Haman — booooooo — in a few seconds.
What do you do if you’re the president of Congregation Beth Israel and you hear just three people showed up for the last Friday night Shabbat service? You search for ways to entice more people to become involved.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear several ideas under consideration to help us get a minyan on Friday nights. As you know, it’s a mitzvah to support those in mourning and those observing a yahrzeit. Any support you can provide to help our members recite Kaddish, the mourner’s prayer, is greatly appreciated.
What ideas?
We might try a Family of the Month campaign. We’ll feature that family in the monthly newsletter, and we’ll celebrate that family at a monthly Shabbat service.
We’re also talking about a new start time for Friday night services. Maybe 8 p.m. is too late?
If we move our Shabbat services to 7 p.m., more families can attend.
We could live stream a service and join another synagogue on Friday nights. That will help us get the minyan we need.
Maybe you have an idea. We want to hear it.
Purim is right around the corner. Haman. Booooooo. Once again, Congregation Beth Israel is teaming up with Chabad of Southern Mississippi for a Megillah reading. That reading will be on Saturday, March 11. We expect it to start at 7:30 p.m. We’re changing the program just a bit so it’s more engaging for more families. Celebrate Queen Esther. Jeer Haman — booooooo. Nosh on hamentashen. It’s one of the best nights of the year.
My term as president ends this spring. We’re looking for new board members to add new energy to Congregation Beth Israel. We need fresh ideas. We need you. Step up and become the next leaders of South Mississippi’s Jewish community. It’s a rewarding experience that makes you appreciate how meaningful it is to a CBI member.
Rabbi Annie is back February 17-19. You’ll read about her itinerary inside this month’s newsletter.
B’shalom,
Brad