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May Message from the President

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We’ve had a lot going on recently. And at the center of just about every event is Milt Grishman. Whether he’s unlocking the door on a Friday night, leading Shabbat services, finding ways to make our ritual services more meaningful, or cheering on the Shuckers with other Congregation Beth Israel members, Milt is always there. […]

March Message from the President

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We have so much going on these days. And everything we plan is to offer you a more robust experience with Congregation Beth Israel. Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, we celebrate Purim with our friends at Chabad of South Mississippi. Rabbi Akiva Hall will be at Congregation Beth Israel on Saturday, March 11, for his […]

February Message form the President

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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 […]

December Letter from the President

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Shalom Friends It’s really hard to believe it’s December. Where did the year go? Hanukkah is here. And that means the best party of the year at Congregation Beth Israel. Hope you’ll be at the annual Hanukkah celebration. The latkes will be hot. The menorahs will be bright. What a turnout at Rabbi Annie’s first […]

November from the President

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Shalom Friends, The High Holidays provided a wonderful springboard for our congregation. I loved the feeling inside our sanctuary. A special thank you to Michael Goldin for leading the search committee that found Cantor Linda Shivers. She was wonderful. The board is hopeful we can lure Cantor Shivers back to South Mississippi for 5778 High Holidays […]

October Message from the President

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Shalom Friends, The High Holidays are here. The year 5777 is upon us. Wow! Where did the time go? We have so much going on. I hope you’ll take advantage of the programs and be an active participant at Congregation Beth Israel. Cantor Linda Shivers arrives this weekend. She’s staying at the shul with her […]

August Message from President Brad Kessie’s

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Shalom Friends, Summer is such a special time. More time with family. More time enjoying our community. I’ve been on Facebook. I’ve seen how many of you are spending this summer. It looks like so much fun. While you’re making your summer plans, try and schedule at least one visit to a Congregation Beth Israel […]

May Message from President Brad Kessie’s

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Shalom Friends, It’s May. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms. What an exciting month for all of us. We start with our annual Yom Hashoah service. Thanks to Milt and Lori Beth for coordinating this poignant time of reflection. A week later, on Sunday, May 15, we elect a new slate of officers at the general […]

March Message from President Brad Kessie’s

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Last year, around Purim time, I wrote a newsletter article talking about the different masks we wear in our daily life. This would be a perfect opportunity to talk more about Purim, since it’s coming up later this month. However, after my last visit at the end of January, and reading about the sin of […]

February Message from President Brad Kessie’s

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Shalom Friends, The calendar turns to February. And the Congregation Beth Israel social and religious calendars begin to fill up. I hope you’ll be able to participate in the programs we’re sponsoring. You’ll read about many of those events in this newsletter. In case you miss them, they include regular Friday night services, a kids’ Shabbat service […]