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Congregation Children of Israel (CCI) is a Reform congregation in Athens, Georgia. CCI brings the Athens Jewish Community together to live joyously rich Jewish lives. We strive to bridge tradition and modernity, as worship links our precious history with fresh approaches to spirituality. We are dedicated to each other, and to learning from the gifts that each of our families brings to our congregation.


 


Temple Renovation

Our congregation recently completed a major Capital Campaign to renovate our Sanctuary & Social Hall. We are proud of our new spaces that more accurately reflect the warmth, openness, spirituality and ruach (spirit) of Congregation Children of Israel!

 

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Staying Connected After the B’nei Mitzvah: a Teen’s Perspective

Staying Connected After the B’nei Mitzvah: a Teen’s Perspective jemerman August 8, 2022

A common sentiment among Jewish-affiliated teens seems to be, after your b'nei mitzvah, religious school is over, right? Sure, you might come back for confirmation in a few years, but there's no real reason to stay involved. You're Jewish. You know that, your family knows that, and your friends know that. Staying involved is kind of a waste of time. Right? Actually, no. Even if you've had your b'nei mitzvah, there are benefits to staying involved with your Hebrew School and your religious education.

Magical Thinking: Superstitions and Other Persistent Notions

Magical Thinking: Superstitions and Other Persistent Notions jemerman August 3, 2022

Whether it is a lucky bracelet or a hamsa keychain amulet, superstitions believed to bring good fortune or ward off the bad are almost universal. They are the inspirations for a provocative new art exhibition: Magical Thinking: Superstitions and Other Persistent Notions.

This Tishah B'Av, Act as if There Was No God

This Tishah B'Av, Act as if There Was No God jemerman August 2, 2022

Tishah B'Av is a day of mourning, commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples. In recent years, it's also a day to mourn other tragedies that have darkened Jewish history - the Romans putting down the Bar Kochba revolt, mass murders of Jewish communities during the Crusades, expulsions from England, France, and Spain in the Middle Ages, and the Holocaust.

Clinging to the Blessings of Jewish Education

Clinging to the Blessings of Jewish Education jemerman August 1, 2022

For the past two years, it has felt like much of what we have valued was sinking and all we could do was watch and grieve. But if we really look back, we realize that there is so much we've learned.