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Who are we?

We are Congregation Beth Israel, a conservative Jewish congregation that has been serving the Greenville Jewish community for over 105 years. Our purpose is to be a vibrant Jewish community, connected to one another and to God.

At Congregation Beth Israel, we come together to celebrate our Judaism with inviting, vibrant, and inclusive programs and services. We are the heart of our Jewish community, linking tradition and innovation. Our diverse community is connected and engaged with each other as we continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today both within and far beyond our walls. 

We strive to provide for our congregational family at every stage of the Jewish life-cycle: from baby naming to religious school and b’nai mitzvah training, and through interactive services and adult education programming. We embrace the idea of meeting people “where they are,” offering a safe and encouraging environment regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status, race, level of education, family structure, interfaith union, or sexual identification and orientation. All who seek are invited to find their voice in prayer and thankfulness for the blessings of life. We stand in solidarity with the State of Israel and the people of Israel. And we are committed to the ideals of Tikkun Olam—working together to improve our community and the world around us.

Our Rabbi


Rabbi Sharon Cohen was born in Miami, Florida, and spent her teen years in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As an undergraduate, Rabbi Cohen was a double major in History and Jewish and Near Eastern Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a Masters...

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Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

President - Tamar Paltrow

1st VP/Membership - Michael Krauss

2nd VP - Bonnie Kessler

3rd VP/Education - Sue Lasser

Treasurer - Lance Feldman

Financial Secretary - Dan Newman

Recording Secretary - Megen Channell

Corresponding Secretary - Cheryl Gleich

Immediate Past President - Terri Jermon

Men's Club - Neil Baskin

Sisterhood Chair - Erica Zaglin

Ritual Committee Chair - Barry Nocks

At Large Members - Sue Arkin, Richard Zander, Harold Lefkowitz

Religious School Director - Emily Bowen

Synagogue Administrator - Siobhan Buchko

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