Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Rating: 4.95 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 16528 Jackson MS 39236 USA

Mission: The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen state region.
Geographic areas served: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 64-0762027
(601) 362-6357
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating in worship services with fellows from the ISJL

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fly-In for Jewish Film Festival

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a broad cross section- wonderful, talented, creative, intelligent people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help subnsidize film festivals for smaller communities that can't come up with the funds

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more congregations and strengthen Jewish education where it is most needed

Ways to make it better...

not much needs to change

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As an educator (Religious Studies professor) I have seen ISJL enrich and educate thousands of people in my own community (Jackson MS) and our entire region. My college hosts the Jackson Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by ISJL, and we have sent student interns to ISJL for many excellent experiences and learning opportunities unavailable elsewhere. ISJL has significantly impacted the study of Southern and Southern Jewish history through the unique services and resources of their their History Department. I find ISJL to be one of the most useful, on-of-a-kind, and innovative institutions in our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always helpful and resourceful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As co-chair of the Mobile Jewish Film Festival I have worked with the Institute for nine years now. I could not have asked for a better experience! When we first began our festival they helped us take those first baby steps and encouraged us every step of the way. The festival has grown more and more successful every year, but we still choose to remain under the umbrella of Jewish Cinema South and the Institute because of their expertise and enthusiasm. We hope to continue and even grow this wonderful event for years to come and will no doubt lean on the Institute's guidance all the way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the success of our film festival now in it's ninth year.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are not only dependable and knowledgeable but they are nice people and fun to work with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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