A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Shalom y’all and welcome to Temple B’nai Israel in Tupelo, Mississippi.
We are a small but mighty Jewish congregation comprised of Jews from Reform to Orthodoxy, creating
our own unique blend of worship that encompasses all sects.
Our congregation began in the early 1930s with Jews coming together from across North Mississippi.
During the early years, we had a Jewish Sunday School class before we had an official congregation. It was in 1955 that dedicated members worked with city officials and community businesses to find the funding to construct the first and only synagogue in our area. We dedicated our current building in 1957. Our leaders recognized that in order to have a thriving city, you must have diversity within its citizens.
Temple B’nai Israel serves 17 counties, making available a welcoming place of worship and fellowship
with people of a common faith. We are self-led by congregation members with Marc Perler serving as
our religious leader and Ron Baker as our director of education.
We have weekly Shabbat services and Torah study as well guest speakers and special programs. We also have an annual Passover Community Seder and High Holiday Services complete with the sounding of the Shofar. Since our inception, the parents and members have educated our children. It is with a great deal of pride that most all our children have become Bar/Bat Mitzvah and have attended Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS.
Being in the South where Judaism isn’t a major religion, you have to work harder at maintaining your Jewish identity. You have heard the old adage “it takes a village;” well, we are that village. We work together, doing our parts, to assure that Temple B’nai Israel will continue to be the place where we come together to celebrate each other and our Judaism. Temple B’nai Israel affords us these opportunities and enriches our lives.
We welcome you and hope that you will join us.
The listing of activities and times can be found on the Calendar tab.
Temple B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Temple B'nai Israel has been the center of the Jewish community of Northeast Mississippi since 1939. We provide a place for our congregation to learn and pray, to read the Torah, to observe the Sabbath and holidays, and to celebrate and commemorate the cycle of Jewish life. We hold weekly Shabbat services and Torah study, as well as special holiday services and events throughout the year, including a Community Seder on Passover.
Our current Temple was built in 1957, and in 2006 our sanctuary underwent a substantial renovation. In 2007 we rededicated the building and celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. In the spring of 2009, a new and beautiful Library was constructed and dedicated.
Today and for many years to come, Temple B’nai Israel is and will remain the home of Jewish life in Northeast Mississippi, and a light to the entire community. We invite you to visit us to learn more about Temple B'nai Israel.
WHO WE ARE
Leslie Mart - President
Linda Levy - Vice President
George Copen - Treasurer
Rebecca Nelson -Secretary
Jordan Litke - Trustee
Michelle McCaine - Trustee
Marc Perler – Trustee
Mimi VanDevender – Sisterhood
Marc Perler - Religious Leader
Ron Baker - Education Leader
Learn more about current and planned programs.