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Yom Rivii, 28 Tishri 5778

Special Programs

MakingChallahDec2016CCI Sisterhood is the collective voice and presence of women in temple life in Athens, Georgia. We are a member of Women of Reform Judaism, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism. Stronger together, we support the ideals and enhance the quality of Jewish living at Congregation Children of Israel to ensure the future of progressive Judaism in our community, in North America, in Israel and around the world.We have over seventy members and get together throughout the year at educational programs, workshops, holiday events, service days, book discussions and other events. Through our social events, we raise funds for CCI and support charitable and cultural organizations. Recent recipients of our tzedakah have included: Food 2 Kids, Project Safe, and PJ Library.

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All female members of Congregation Children of Israel are encouraged to join and be an active part of our organization! Please also take a look at our facebook page: www.facebook.com/CCISisterhood

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The PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, implemented in Athens thanks to Congregation Children of Israel and individual community donors. On a monthly basis, The PJ Library program mails free, high-quality Jewish children's books and music to families, helping them explore the core values of Judaism.


The Athens PJ Library Program received the Belin Outreach and Membership Award from the Union of reform Judaism.

The national PJ Library was selected as one of the "50 most inspiring and innovative programs in North America" by Slingshot and its 2008-2009 Resource Guide. The PJ Library was also a JESNA 2010 pick for "Best in Jewish Education of the Decade."


If you wish to enroll your pre-school children in the Athens PJ Library Program, please contact: Marilyn Gootman gootman@earthlink.net .

Choir

Started by some congregants who enjoyed getting together to sing, the CCI Choir enhances Shabbat Services several times during the year in addition to High Holiday Services. The choir has a part-time director (from the UGA School of Music). If you like to sing and would like to become involved, please contact our Temple office!


Shira Chadasha, or 'The Ensemble'

Shira Chadasha, "a new song" is an ensemble of congregants who come from all walks of life and are united in expressing their passion for Judaism by joining together to make prayerful music to enhance Shabbat services. They sing a variety of both modern and traditional melodies, and take most selections from such modern Jewish composers as Debbie Friedman, Rick Recht, and Craig Taubman. They encourage congregation to join in non-traditional song to enhance the ruach (spirit) of the worship service with their voices, guitars and percussion instruments. If you are interested in joining Shira Chadasha, contact the Temple Office.