Wonderful job of preserving history and also teaching about Judaism thoughtout the south.
I grew up in Miami (not the South but a suburb of NY or Havana) but because of my involvement in a high school youth group befriended many Jews in the South. I think what they have done to preserve the history of the Jewish South as well as to educate those in the South is fabulous.
We live in an area with few other Jewish families. We are able to attend services once a month in borrowed space at a Presbyterian church. The Taste of Torah from the ISJLl provides us with a weekly d'var torah (sermon) Their dynamic rabbi attended our Seder and and plans to return next Passover. ISJL provides a comprehensive K-12 Sunday school curriculum so that every Jewish child can recieve a quality religious education. Although there are no children in the Shalom b'Harim congregation right now, as our group grows we will make good use of that curriculum. The ISJL education fellows travel throughout a 13 state area working with congregations and their educators. This is an invaluable program for small congregations that are struggling to survive.
Personal Bible study is invaluable to me. For several years I have printed the Taste of Torah lessons to read and reread, finding the portions by the Director to be masterfully taught, insightful, humorous, and at times, even personally moving. I became acquainted with ISJL through my high school best friend, now the Rabbi's secretary. The benefit of my involvement is in knowing that more Jewish children and young adults in small communities in the South will have their very rich and most unique heritage among the world's cultures opened up to them, and nurtured, and that it will change their lives forever.
As a member of a small synagogue in a small city, I deeply value the services and information which we can get through the ISJL. Since I teach in our parent-run religious school, the curriculum and instructional assistance from the Education program has been sanity-saving. It works so much better than each person selecting his/her own books each year and stumbling through based on their limited knowledge. And the Taste of Torah emails are great too!
I am a member of ISJL Board. The leadership is outstanding and the staff, without exception, is talented, efficient, and gracious. The Education program is, in my opinion, the most important of the various programs in which ISJL engages. It is of invaluable help to the Jews in the smaller communities of the region served by ISJL but also of major help to the larger communities. The head of this program is one of the most capable young ladies I have met and her staff reflects her leadership. I also think that the Jewish History program has outstanding and devoted personnel. In fact all of the various ISJL programs are staffed by energetic, sincere, capable people and contribute to the Jewish experience of the region.
I enjoy receiving the weekly Taste of Torah and always find it well written and insightful. I am trying to review and renew and this venue is extremely helpful. I always try and pass it on to others
As a former director of our religious school my experience and the experience of our school children has been outstanding. The curriculum is very helpful and the visits from our fellow are always something that everyone looks forward too. I also enjoy receiving "Taste of Torah" in my inbox each week.
Since my daughter began her 2 year fellowship with the ISJL, I've naturally become interested in the organization and it's mission. I look forward to the weekly Taste of Torah d'var Torah, especially since our congregation, like many served by the ISJL, meets only once a month. I'm thrilled at the opportunities that are opening up for my daughter as a result of her ISJL work and it's wonderful to see her grow and mature in her faith and traditions. This is such great group of people doing important work with humor, grace and devotion...the Glazer family loves the ISJL!
My husband and I attended the fly-in which was attended by representatives of many southern synagogues, to learn more about putting on Jewish Film festivals in our communties. The ISJL staff were so well organized and hospitable to us and it was a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Jews from across the south! The religious school curriculum has been a huge help for our children and young people. We always enjoy it so much when the ISJL fellows come and lead services too. I also eagerly await my devar Torah - "Taste of Torah" wrtten by ISJL's rabbi and emailed to me each week. Thank you ISJL for all you do! Suzanne and Jim Geiger, dothan, alabama
having a very positive effect on our sunday school. provides curricula that are consistent year to year.great holiday programs provides opportunities for entire community to participate