Updated March 20, 2020


Calendar of Events

All events occur at the temple located at 1301 Marshall Street - Tupelo, unless other wise noted.

Dress is business casual.  Everyone is welcome and invited.


April 2020
Apr 17       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
Apr 18     10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study
Apr 24       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
Apr 25     10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study

May 2020
May 2       9:00 am     Shabbat Breakfast - Lox and 
                                    bagels $5/pp
                10:00 am     Shabbat Services
                11:00 am     Torah Study
May 8     7:00 pm     Friday Night Shabbat Services                                           with Oneg to follow
May 9     10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study
May 15       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
May 16     10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study

May 22       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
May 23      10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study

May 29       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
May 30      10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study

May 31       5:00 pm   Shavuot Potluck Supper


June 2020
Jun 6       9:00 am     Shabbat Breakfast - Lox and 
                                    bagels $5/pp
                10:00 am     Shabbat Services
                11:00 am     Torah Study
Jun 12        7:00 pm     Friday Night Shabbat Services                                           with Oneg to follow
Jun 13       10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study
Jun 19       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
Jun 20     10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study
Jun 26       7:00 pm    Friday Night Shabbat Services                                          with Oneg to follow
Jun 27     10:00 am    Saturday Torah Study


Finding Balance in a New -

Yet Temporary - Normal

by Rabbi Valerie Cohen


One of our ancient rabbis taught that we should spend one-third of our day standing, one-third of our day sitting, and one-third of our day lying down. I love this quote, because our rabbis don’t actually expect us to divide up our day into 8 hours each of sitting, standing, and sleeping. Those aren’t the only ways of being. This text is a reminder about the importance of balance. Balance in how we spend our day; balance in how we hold ourselves; balance in how we care for our bodies; and so much more. Finding balance is so Jewish… and right now, it’s so difficult.

The best way to regain balance is to find something to lean on. Unfortunately, our usual supports aren’t currently located in their normal locations, so we have to seek them out or find new ones. Here are some suggestions:

  • Intentionally reach out to friends and family a few times a day. If you have access, try a video call through FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp or other platforms so that you see each other’s eyes and smile.

  • Call someone who you know lives alone.

  • Move. Walk. Stretch.

  • Go outside. Sit in the sun when it makes an appearance.

  • Pause and breathe, deeply. Set a timer every hour to remind yourself to breath with intention rather than by instinct.

  • Use a mantra: Pick your favorite blessing, or line of a prayer or psalm. Repeat it over and over along with deep breathing.

  • Try a short meditation. Don’t worry if you have difficulty focusing. None of us are actually “good” at meditation. That’s why we need to do it. There are many apps and podcasts to guide you. My favorite app is Insight Timer.

  • Start a journal. Get your thoughts and feelings out of your head and on to the page, in words or pictures or splashes of color. Ten years from now, when you look back through the journal, you will be glad that you made a snapshot of this time in your life.​ 


Because this moment in time… this craziness… this imbalance won’t last forever. “Gam zeh avar – this too shall pass.” Ultimately, balance is about making adjustments when change happens, change that is out of our control. So, until this passes, we will just have to find ways to adjust to our new yet temporary normal.

Temple B'nai Israel takes the threat of the COVID-19 virus and the safety of our members and visitors very seriously.  In accordance, the temple will be closed and   all services and Torah Study have been cancelled until until April 17, 2020. 


​The PASSOVER COMMUNITY SEDER on April 8 has been cancelled.


We will continue to update our status as more information becomes available.  


Virtual Shabbat services:
For those who would like to attend services online, Rabbi Greenstein of Temple Israel in Memphis and Rabbi Valerie Cohen from Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester, Massachusetts, both are happy for us to join them.  You can follow the links noted below.

Temple Israel in Memphis, TN

https://timemphis.org/watch-live/

Friday night services will be streamed

(6 pm CT) and Saturday morning (10 am CT).

Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester, MA

https://emanuelsinai.org/live-streams/
Scheduled Friday nights 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (CST)