Valdosta, Georgia 31602 – 229-244-1813 (Shul) / 229-269-8680 (Cell)

Rabbi’s e-mail: mosheelbaz46@gmail.com

קהילת טמפל ישראל


RABBI MOSHE ELBAZ    הרב משה אלבז

Join us this Sabbath evening, help us make a minyan!

(FRI)  APRIL 19 at 7:30 p.m.  – Shabbat Services

(MON)  APRIL 22 at 6:30 p.m.  – Community Seder – First Night of Passover

(FRI)  APRIL 26 at 7:30 p.m.  – No Shabbat Services

(SAT)  APRIL 27 – Shabbat & Chol Hamoed Passover – No Zoom Session

(SUN)  APRIL 28 at 11:00 a.m.  – Yizkor Service

Zoom link.   https://zoom.us/j/5438704485?pwd=TXdqMDVsN3FUOVIyMWtEa0FaVEpTQT09


Passover 2024 begins Monday, April 22 at sunset and continues through April 30th.

The Board approved having a PASSOVER SEDER, first night, Monday, April 22, 2024 with women of the congregation preparing and cooking a delicious meal. Tawanda Wooten contacted members to confirm attending and as of today there are 45 reservations-there will be limited space. The Seder will begin at 6:30 p.m.- The Seder is not only the meal itself, but a service through the Haggadah before and after meal. We are arranging for police security during the evening Seder.


“And you shall tell your children that on that day the Lord has took you out from the house of bondage” From the Haggadah

Passover, the oldest of all Jewish festivals is being celebrated beginning April 22, 2024 throughout the Jewish world. Passover is the celebration of the historical exodus of the Israelites from the Egyptian bondage that lasted over 400 years. Close to 3400 years ago, the exodus from Egypt took place and thus established the Israelites of the 12 tribes into a cohesive Jewish nation.  In Exodus 12, the first record of the festival included the Passover offering which symbolized the first act of freedom; the religious commandment to eat the Unleavened Bread or Matza during all eight days of the festival.

The first observance of Passover was celebrated in Egypt known as a Seder or Passover Offering followed by the Exodus itself at midnight. Leviticus 23:4 relates to Passover as a Festival of the Lord among other major sacred occasions; and in Numbers 28:16 the Torah describes the Passover offering. These are the major references in the Torah (Five Books of Moses). At the same time, Judaism refers to Passover as the Spring Festival, celebrating the ‘rebirth’ of the earth after the long winter.

The events leading to bondage in Egypt begins with the Patriarch Jacob and his family coming to Egypt 400 year earlier escaping famine in Canaan. A new Pharaoh rose who did not recognize Joseph’s accomplishments, and began to enslave the Children of Israel through forced labor and intimidations, building cities as Pithom and Raamses out of bricks made of mud and straw. Moses, a son to a Levite family becomes their spokesman and delivers uncompromising messages of God to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Let My people go that they may celebrate a festival for Me in the wilderness.”

IN MEMORIAM: Bronze Memorial plaque forms available include English & Hebrew names and are available to order locally. Please send a $500.00 donation to be included with the order.

TREE OF LIFE: To honor family/friends with a Tree of Life Leaf that can be engraved locally – Please send your order to Rabbi with a $150.00 donation per leaf. Chanah Wilson is a member of the board and handles the Tree of Life & other dedications.

If you have knowledge of a member/friend who is ill, or in the hospital, the rabbi would like to know and make it known to our congregation for e-mail communications. In addition, we’ll announce the sad news of the passing of members/friends in Valdosta and in the neighboring communities.


APRIL 20-26, 2024           12-18 NISAN

Ida Bierman (4/20)             Sam Rainbow (4/20)

Geoff Josman (4/21)           Rebecca Taylor (4/25)

Mary Hodge Cohen (4/25)  Marion K Levine (4/24)

Judith Lynn Lazarus (4/20)          Frieda A Spiler (4/22)

Shayna Shapiro Garland (4/23)   Bessie Golvesky (4/22)

Lottie Margolis Harting (4/24)     Nathan Golivesky (4/22)

APRIL 27-MAY 3, 2024   19-24 NISAN 5784

Benjamin Druck (4/29)       Hyman Braverman (4/29)

Leon Bonnett (5/2)             Marvin Broomberg (4/27)

George Aigen (4/29)

MAY 4-10, 2024                26 NISAN-2 IYAR

Richard Dunbar (5/4)                   Robert Sherman Stacy (5/4)

Daniel Litwak (5/5)             Abraham Pearlman (5/6)

Katie Minson (5/6)             Max Gilmore (5/6)

Gertrude Polonsky Levy (5/7)      Howard Hall (5/9)

MAY 11-17, 2024              3-9 IYAR 5784

Mary Stein (5/17)               Morris Pincus (5/17)

Geraldine Litwak (5/12)      Howard N Brroomberg (5/15)

Lillyan Taylor (5/11)          Efraim Elbaz (5/13)

MAY 18-24, 2025              10-16 IYAR 5784

Louis Lazarus (15/23)                  Jakob Uri (5/19)

MAY 25-JUNE 1, 2024              17-23 IYAR

Anna Brocha Miller (5/26)           H. Melvin Giges (5/28)

Florence Feinberg Holtzman (5/31)

Isadore Kreiger (5/31)                  Helen Shapiro (5/25)

*All Yahrtzeit weekly announcements will be made twice. On the previous week and on the actual week. To place a Memorial Plaque for a loved one, please contact the rabbi (need the name in English & Hebrew, date of death) – it takes 3 months for the order to be completed – ($500.00)

A Yahrzeit, a memorial lamp, will (if available on the large bronze tablets) be lit in the Synagogue. On the appropriate date, a Mourner’s Kaddish may be recited.