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—
- Hebrew Reading Crash Course. Cancelled until further notice.
Our next online service is being organized and co-ordinated
through email by Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer for July 10, 2020.
The following online book can be used to follow along with services.
Mishkan T’filah (Weekday, Shabbat, & Festivals)
*However, note in the online book, the search page link does not match the actual pages.*
If you are not on the temple email list and would like to receive further
information contact: BnaiIsraelColumbusMS@gmail.com
We encourage you to attend online services until in-person services are resumed!
Please check back for other online events currently being scheduled!
The following are resources you can use to continue to feel a part of the larger Jewish family, while we are apart from each other.
- Mishkan T’filah (Weekday, Shabbat, & Festivals)
- Mi Shebeirach – Prayer for Healing
- Judaism Under Quarantine: Helpful Content to Share with Congregants Right Now
- Podcasts from ReformJudaism.org
- Livestream Broadcast of Services from Temple Emanu-el, NY, NY
- Livestreaming at Central Synagogue, NY, NY
Visit and discussion with Rabbi Rozovsky on Zoom was held on Sunday, May24, 2020
Rabbi Seth Oppenheimer held a virtual Seder on Wednesday April 8, 2020 using WebEx
Temple B’nai Israel held “Shabbat Across America” on February 28, 2020
This was a traditional “at home” Shabbat celebration with candle lighting and blessing,
Kiddush, the blessing over challah, a traditional Shabbat dinner, zemirot, and
birkat hamozon. The evening was rich in spiritual achievement, special dishes and amiability.
The reciting of the Kiddush expressed the holiness of Shabbat! More pics in the Photo Gallery!
Rabbi Rozovsky from ISJL led a Torah Study Sunday, January 19, 2020
The Torah Study was on the “Fathers of Reform Judaism”. The study included
early controversies to the current “wide breadth in what it means to be reform”.
Chanukah Brunch and Auction Fundraiser Sunday, December 8, 2019
Chanukah Brunch and Auction Fundraiser was very enjoyable!
Lots of delicious food and many items to bid on at the auction! Pictures in the Photo Gallery!
Welcome Back Luncheon – August 24, 2019 – Followed morning Services
It was a delicioius luncheon and everyone enjoyed great comradery.
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