Former Fellow Flashback: Beth, 2003-2005

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This February, for the first time ever, the ISJL is hosting a reunion of all of the alumni of our Education Fellowship Program. Almost 40 young professionals have now completed this immersive two-year Southern Jewish experience. As we get ready to convene this great group, the three former Fellows who still work full or part-time for the ISJL will be sharing reflections on their time as Fellows. Our third and final (for now!) installment comes from Beth Kander-Dauphin, a 2003-2005 Education Fellow.

Posted on February 12, 2016

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That Time My Jewish Mother Braved New York Winter Travel to Visit Me in Mississippi

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The way I see it, there are two major milestones in making a new city really feel like home. The first is hosting an event at your house, the second is hosting a visitor. I passed this first milestone back in November when I hosted a Shabbat dinner in my new home. As I looked around my apartment, I was overcome with a feeling of joy; I was truly part of a community. From my neighbors to the Education Fellows to other local young professionals who showed up to share in the meal, I realized that I’d found a group of friends who make Jackson feel like home.

Posted on February 10, 2016

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Jewish Memories in Meridian, Mississippi

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I recently had the pleasure of being a presenter at the 4th annual Backstage Pass Conference, organized by Visit Mississippi, Mississippi Main Street Association , and the Mississippi Arts Commission, to support local festival and event planners throughout the state. The conference was held in Meridian, Mississippi, a city with a rich Jewish history.

Posted on February 4, 2016

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Former Fellow Flashback: Rachel, 2008-2010

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This February, for the first time ever, the ISJL is hosting a reunion of all of the alumni of our Education Fellowship Program. Almost 40 young professionals have now completed this immersive two-year Southern Jewish experience. As we get ready to convene this great group, the three former Fellows who still work full or part-time for the ISJL will be sharing reflections on their time as Fellows. Second trip down memory lane comes from Rachel Jarman Myers, a 2008-2010 Education Fellow who now runs museum and special programming for the ISJL.

Posted on January 29, 2016

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#TBT: Reflecting on Last Week’s MLK Service Day

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If you ever want to visit the ISJL office, make sure not to come on a Friday. Chances are, you will find only a handful of us at headquarters—most of our staff will be on the road or at the airport, heading to the dozens of Jewish communities we serve throughout the southeast. After all, that’s our mission.

Posted on January 28, 2016

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Former Fellow Flashback: Alachua, 2013-2015

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This February, for the first time ever, the ISJL is hosting a reunion of all of the alumni of our Education Fellowship Program. Almost forty young professionals have now completed this immersive two-year Southern Jewish experience. As we get ready to convene this great group, the three former Fellows who still work full or part-time for the ISJL will be sharing reflections on their time as Fellows. First up: Alachua Haskins, a 2013-2015 Education Fellow who now runs programming and assists with development efforts at the ISJL.

Posted on January 22, 2016

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