Institute of Southern Jewish Life
December 27, 2010
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Our oldest daughter grew up as the only Jewish child in her school. It was an enormous struggle to provide her with a religious education. In college, she connected with the campus Hillel and made her Birthright trip to Israel. After graduate school, she accepted an appointment to a two year fellowship at the ISJL. She now travels, serving congregations much like the one she grew up in.Through her, I've seen the hard work and immense dedication of the education fellows and the entire ISJL staff.
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These services are needed nationwide- it's not just in the south that congregations are struggling to survive.
Client Served & Our family uses the weekly Taste of Torah for religious learning and meditation. We have contributed to the ISJL's history department's research into the North Georgia Jewish community.