Sooner or later you will cherish something so much that you will seek to preserve it – our Jewish heritage.
Welcome to JCBR, founded in 2017, celebrating Jewish Shabbat, Holidays and High Holy days.
We welcome all, whether full time or here occasionally.
We are a 501 (C) (3) tax exempt organization.
Alan Schulman, President
Howard Winkler, Secretary
Robin Hyman, Treasurer
Debra Volk, Director
How did we begin?
For many years, Jews voiced requests for “something” in the North Georgia and Western North Carolina area so we could come together as a community to celebrate our Jewish heritage, pray together, learn, give back to our community through volunteerism and to enjoy social activities.
It was our volunteer Planning Committee that made our Congregation a reality. We have our volunteer spiritual leader, a place to meet (Faith Presbyterian Church) and brand, new Reform prayer books. We are humbled the Blue Ridge area and surrounding communities have so fully embraced our Congregation.
What are our dues?
Our philosophy is “being a member” is not contingent on dues. So, we don’t have a formal membership/dues structure. Instead we are all supporters of JCBR by attending services and giving what we can.
Our suggested donations are $100 per person annually, not to exceed $200 per household. We also decided upon a one-time $100 contribution per household, if one can afford it, for future one-time expenses as we grow. These contributions have been used for new prayer books, contributions to Faith Presbyterian and filing for incorporation and our non-profit status which we have received.
Of course, additional donations are gladly accepted, but no one attending will ever be excluded from supporter status. Checks may be mailed to Post Office Box 1413, Blue Ridge, Ga 30513.
How can I be included?
It’s as simple as providing your contact information to us today or Email us and we add you to our email list so you can join us at services. And we will tell you about other Jewish activities in the area.
How can I contribute?
We will gladly accept your help, too, as we make plans to celebrate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simcha Torah, Chanukah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot.
Does the Congregation give back to the community?
We communicate regularly with our congregants about upcoming volunteer opportunities, and it’s not unusual for several of us to show up for events sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, Feed Fannin, or Good Samaritans. Ask for our list if you are interested! And, we have JCBR T-shirts – amazing how many people when seeing them at a volunteer event say, “I didn’t know there was a Jewish congregation in Blue Ridge.”
Charity, tzedakah, is a foundation of Jewish belief. Our congregation continually seeks out community needs that go under-served by the many fine charitable organizations in the area. Through the generous support of our congregants, we have been able to make a difference for some of the needy children and adults in our area.
Is there a commitment to learning?
We have a Jewish study group to supplement our education on an assortment of Jewish topics including: the meaning of our Shabbat service, Shabbat prayers, Holidays, and Jewish history, etc.