Membership in CCI
We are pleased that you are interested in learning about Congregation
Children of Israel. As the only Temple in northeast Georgia, our
membership is diverse, consisting of students, singles, couples and
families. Twice a year we have activities dedicated to new members; a
New Member Shabbat in the fall and a social activity in the spring.
Congregation Children of Israel works hard to provide for the
spiritual, communal and educational needs of Jews throughout their life
The following is an excerpt from UAHC (Union of American Hebrew
Congregations) brochure dispelling the most common myths about joining
Myth #1 “
There’s no place for me… I’m not even sure I believe in God.”
There have always been differences of opinion regarding belief and
practice in our tradition. The meaning of the word Israel is to
“struggle with God.” The synagogue provides a safe, supportive
atmosphere in which to engage in that struggle and explore one’s
spiritual needs. Most of all, synagogue life provides a strong
community to help you sustain your connection to Judaism and pass the
torch of the Torah to future generations.
“Synagogues are only for families, not for singles like me.”
It is true that synagogues have many family-oriented programs, but that
does not mean that they are only for families. Aside from youth
programs and religious schools, many synagogues have women’s groups,
adult education seminars, leadership opportunities, social justice
programs, and, of course, worship experiences. The synagogue’s task is
to enhance your connection with other Jews and your personal search for
Myth # 3 - "Why
should I join now? My son is not yet
ready for religious school."
It is never too soon to be a part of the Jewish community.
While we often think that synagogues are around to "teach Judaism" to
our children, there is so much more. Synagogues provide
ongoing opportunities to study, experience, and enjoy being connected
to a Jewish community. As for children, most synagogues offer
preschool programs as an important component in children's
development. The synagogue provides a safe, nurturing place
to help your child develop key skills, as well as to create an
enriching Jewish atmosphere for him and for you!
Myth # 4 - "It
costs a fortune to join a synagogue!"
Reform synagogues are committed to every Jew who desires to be part of
a congregation. A Jewish sage once said that "the Gates of
Prayer are always open." Reform synagogues have promised to
keep their gates open and inclusive to all. Hand in hand with
this idea follows another: that "all Jews are responsible for one
another." That is why synagogue leaders set up a fair due
structure-so that the vital ongoing services and programs continue to
serve the entire community.
We welcome you to worship with us and meet our members. Please contact
our Temple office at (706) 549-4192 to receive a new member packet or
to discuss the possibility of joining our family with one of our