Executive Committee:

Leslie Mart - President

Linda Levy - Vice President

George Copen - Treasurer

Rebecca Nelson -Secretary

Jordan Litke - Trustee

Michelle McCaine - Trustee

Mimi VanDevender – Sisterhood President

Marc Perler – Trustee


Marc Perler - Religious Leader

               Ron Baker - Education Leader



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
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.
Leslie Mart
The listing of activities and times can be found on the Calendar tab.

our history

Temple B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation in Tupelo, Mississippi, has been the center of the Jewish community of Northeast Mississippi since 1939.

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