Welcome to Congregation B’nai Israel. We are a small congregation with a long history. We are affiliated with the Union of Hebrew congregations. However, like many small congregations, our members come from a variety of backgrounds and we strive to make everyone feel at home. We hope that you will find in us your Jewish home and join our congregation. We serve the Golden Triangle of Mississippi – Starkville, Aberdeen, West Point, and Columbus – as well as Western Alabama.
Let us know what your Jewish family can do to help you feel more at home.
— Seth Oppenheimer, Rabbi—
Please check back for upcoming events!
July 26, 2019 – Friday Evening – 7:30 p.m.
August 2, 2019 – Friday Evening – 7:30 p.m.
August 24, 2019 – Saturday Morning – 10:00 a.m. (Please note, this service is on a Saturday morning.)
High Holy Day Services
Rosh HaShanah Evening: Sunday September 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Rosh HaShanah Morning: Monday September 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Kol Nidre Service
Tuesday October 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur Services – Wednesday October 9, 2019
Morning Service: 10:00 a.m.
Afternoon Service: 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Service: 5:30 p.m.
Concluding Service: 6:30 p.m.
Passover Seder, Friday, April 19, 2019
The Sisterhood made a special Passover for our members, friends and guests.
Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer leads the Seder with knowledge, humor, and in song
which makes our Seder a special experience. Check out Photo Gallery for more pics!
April 5, 2019 – Shabbat Service
Guest speaker: Noah Levine, Jewish Community Legacy Project
Noah Levine, from the Jewish Community Legacy Project (JCLP), was the
guest speaker at Shabbat services, April 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. JCLP works exclusively
with congregations in small towns around the United States, including congregations in
Mississippi and elsewhere in the South. JCLP assists temple boards in addressing issues
that are important to their congregations. Noah is temple past president of Congregation
Etz Chaim in Marietta, Georgia. He currently assists the congregation in leadership
development and the establishment of Havurah groups.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Torah Study with Rabbi Rozovsky – A discussion on “War Crimes in the Bible.”
March 22, 2019 – Shabbat Service, Megillah reading and Potluck Dinner.
The Shabbat Service was followed by a potluck dinner and Megillah reading. Members participated in the Megillah reading, dressed in costumes
and shook graggers when Haman’s name was mentioned!
March 1, 2019 – Shabbat Across America
“Hundreds of synagogues across the continent took part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat!”
Temple B’nai Israel had a delicious meal with traditional rituals and more of the Shabbat experience!
Torah Study/Visit with Rabbi Rozovsky from ISJL (Institute of Southern Jewish Life), Sunday, January 20, 2019
Many thanks to Rabbi Rozovsky, ISJL and the Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel for the insightful program and tasty brunch! Rabbi Rozovsky also visited our Jewish cemetery. For more pictures see the Photo Gallery!
Chanukah Potluck Dinner and Auction Fundraiser Sunday, December 2, 2018
Chanukah Potluck Dinner and Auction Fundraiser had a great turnout! Members and friends enjoyed the delicious dishes
and friendly folks at the dinner. The auction was fun and a great fundraiser for the temple! There was also a Chanukah lighting at the Columbus AFB, see picture below. More pictures in Photo Gallery!
Sukkot Celebration – Sunday September 30, 2018
There were prayers and ritual services around the Sukkot booth, plus additional prayer and study with a light snack.
Welcome Back Potluck Luncheon – Sunday, August 26, 2018
B’nai Israel Passover Seder – March 30, 2018
The Sisterhood worked hard to make this a special Passover for our members, friends and guests.
Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer led the Seder with knowledge, humor, and in song
to make our Seder a special experience.
Shabbat Across America – March 9, 2018,
Our temple joined hundreds of synagogues across the continent in taking part in an historic
national Jewish event to celebrate Shabbat with the traditional Shabbat rituals – lighting
candles, Kiddush and Hamotzee. It was an amazing, delicious dinner.
Shabbat/Purim Service & Celebration, March 2, 2018
Purim Celebration was quite an event! It included both food and a play!
Everyone enjoyed participating in a Purim script! Our own ALEPH Rabbinical Student, Seth Oppenheimer
handed out parts and led the script! An informative and entertaining evening!
717 2nd Ave. North
Columbus, MS 39701