SHABBAT SERVICES

Candle Lighting Times
Nov 28 - 4:31PM
Dec 5 - 4:30PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat
Nov 28 - 4:35PM
Dec 5 - 4:30PM

Shacharit
Nov 29 - 9:00AM
Dec 6 - 9:00AM

Shabbat Afternoon Mincha
Nov 29 - 4:20PM
Dec 6 - 4:20PM

Shabbat Ends
Nov 29 - 5:30PM
Dec 6 - 5:30PM

DAILY SERVICES

Shacharit
Sunday/Legal Holidays: 8:00AM
Monday, Thursday, Rosh Chodesh: 6:20 & 6:45AM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays: 6:30 & 7:00AM

Mincha/Maariv
Week of Nov 23 - 4:35PM
Week of Nov 30 - 4:30PM


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Baron Hirsch Congregation to Host Art Show and Sale

Baron Hirsch Congregation will present an “Israeli Festival of the Arts” Art Show and Sale, beginning December 4th at 7:00PM in the Marsi Moss Social Hall at Baron Hirsch. The Safrai Art Gallery of Jerusalem will be represented by owner Menachem Safrai who is bringing 1,600 pieces of art in various media.

The art pieces that will be available start at $40 and go up into a much higher end but this forum allows for beginners and seasoned art collectors to add pieces to their homes and or offices.
The Safrai Gallery, located in Jerusalem, Israel, was established in 1935, even before the state was born, and has always brought the works of Israeli artists to museums and private collections. They represent well-known Israeli artists as well as newcomers, who are immigrants from the former U.S.S.R. They specialize in original oils, original watercolors, original woodcuts, original etchings, and limited-edition hand woven tapestries. They also publish limited-edition hand printed signed lithographs and serigraphs.

Menachem Safrai says, “As the American Jewish community is so well-organized, it is easy to coordinate and set-up shows for synagogues, community centers, and cultural organizations. In America the synagogue is a place for prayer and community action and the congregation can organize this type of activity very well.”

The art show and sale dates and times will be Thursday, December 4th from 7:00PM-10:00PM, Friday, December 5th from 10:00AM-2:00PM, Saturday, December 6th from 7:00PM-11:00PM; and Sunday, December 7th from 10:00AM-5:30PM. Baron Hirsch’s Café Simcha will be selling lunch and dinner items all day on Sunday, December 7th, so that visitors can enjoy a delicious meal before or after they browse.  A wonderful menu, including burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and more is being prepared. 

For more information about the show, or coincided events, contact the Baron Hirsch office at (901) 683-7485.


Baron Hirsch to Host First Scholars-in-Residence Program of the Year

The Baron Hirsch Educational Institute will host Dr. Smadar and Rabbi Michael Rosensweig as Scholars-in-Residence, November 21-22. Dr. Rosensweig is a professor of Bible at Stern College for Women and Rabbi Rosensweig is a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University.
This educational Shabbat will begin on Friday, November 21st with Rabbi Rosensweig speaking at 4:35PM during Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat Services on “Kiddush: Taking Initiative in Avodat Hashem.” At 8:00PM there will be an Oneg and Evening Presentation by Dr. Smadar Rosensweig, who will speak on “Words and Swords: King David’s Rise to Kingship.” The Oneg and presentation is open to all and light refreshments will be served.
On Shabbat, November 22nd, during Shacharit services at 10:30AM, Rabbi Michael Rosensweig will speak on “A Profile of Jewish Leadership: The Personality and Contribution of Our Father Isaac.” Following services, at approximately 11:30AM, Dr. Smadar Rosensweig will give a talk on “Brotherhood in Breishit.” A Shabbat afternoon class will take place at 3:45PM, entitled “The Interplay Between the Letter and Spirit of Halakha” and given by Rabbi Michael Rosensweig. Concluding this Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat will be Seudah Shlishit at 4:45PM with Rabbi Michael Rosensweig speaking on “Our Father Jacob’s Spiritual Odyssey.”
Dr. Smadar Rosensweig is a professor of Bible at Stern College for Women, as well as a professor of biblical studies at Allegra Franco Sephardic Women’s Teachers College. Previously, she was a professor of Judaic studies and history at Touro College. Dr. Rosensweig received a master’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in arts from Columbia University. She gives shiurim and lectures throughout the metropolitan area and across the country. Rabbi Michael Rosensweig occupies the Nathan and Perel Schupf Chair in Talmud at RIETS. He is a 1980 graduate of Yeshiva College, and earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. After receiving semicha, Rabbi Rosensweig was among the first group to complete the intensive post-graduate studies in RIETS’ Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Kollel Elyon, and was appointed a Rosh Yeshiva in 1985.
The Rosensweig’s visit is made possible through a contribution to our Scholar-in-Residence Fund by Larisa & Ben Baer. For more information regarding this program please contact the Baron Hirsch office at (901) 683-7485.


High Holy Days 5775

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Baron Hirsch to Open Holiday Season with Kumsitz & Selichot

The tone will be set for an inspirational month when Baron Hirsch opens the holiday season with a Kumsitz on Saturday evening, September 20th at 9:00PM.  The kumsitz will take place in the Fogelman Foyer of the congregation, where Cantor Ricky Kampf, accompanied by musical instruments, will lead the participants in songs taken from the holiday liturgy.  “Singing is such an important part of Baron Hirsch services,” noted Cantor Kampf.  “Coming together through song and music will be an inspirational and meaningful way to start off the high holiday season.” Adding perspectives on the evening and the upcoming holidays will be Rabbis Shai Finkelstein and Mordechai Harris.

There will be a coffee & latte bar, a selection from Nothing Bundt Cakes and other refreshments.  There is no charge for this event, and the entire community is invited.

Following the Kumsitz, everyone is invited to the Belz Sanctuary for Selichot services which will begin at 10:00PM.  The earlier hour for selichot allows more people to attend this important service.  Cantor Kampf will lead the service, accompanied by the Baron Hirsch Choir. 

The congregation is proud to have received new selichot books this year for the 1st selichot.  The books are given in memory of Daniel and Frieda Oxman and Fred and Gloria Meltz by Ari Oxman, Leo Baldinger, Havah Schneider and Barak Oxman.  They provide a more modern layout and easier to understand translation.  In accepting the gift, Rabbi Finkelstein stated, “We are grateful to the Oxman and Meltz grandchildren for this meaningful donation to the synagogue.  The selichot tefilla sets the tone for the entire holiday season, and the congregation was in great need of having books in which the members could better follow, participate and understand the service.”

The night of Selichot begins a very active holiday season at Baron Hirsch, which will include tefilla, new children’s programs, and a host of holiday events and meals.  The community is invited to spend any part of the holidays at Baron Hirsch, and urged to visit http://www.baronhirsch.org or call the synagogue office at 683-7485 for more information.


Joseph Fashion show at Baron Hirsch

Baron Hirsch Sisterhood is making plans to showcase the latest fashions from Joseph at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 21st at 12:00 noon.

“Today’s Joseph stores in Memphis and Houston are among the top four or five retail operations in the US., outside of the Neiman Marcus group and Saks, in sales of designer shoes and handbags, as well as jewelry, apparel and cosmetics,” according to the Joseph story.

Joseph provides a “friendly atmosphere and personal service which customers enjoy” and Baron Hirsch sisterhood is thrilled to set the stage for a taste of what this fine store in Memphis has to offer.

Women from the community will be models at the Fashion show, wearing designer outfits, shoes, purses and jewelry!  Make - up will also be professionally done by expert artists from Joseph.

The entire community is invited to attend the event.  Last year over 120 women joined the Sisterhood from all congregations for the luncheon and fashion show!

As a special feature, volunteers from the Kol Rena So-Shuls group will be honored.  They are Elaine Miner, Barbara Blockman, Shirley Manis, Nora Rothschild, Ellen Schneider, Dessie Sewell, Rose Silverman and Emily Steinberg.  Kol Rena So-Shuls was started in 1987 by the late Elaine Udelsohn and the late Fannie Bredow, and rededicated in memory of Rena Loskovitz, by the Loskovitz family. 

For reservations for the May 21st Baron Hirsch Sisterhood Fashion show and luncheon, please call 683-SHUL.


Baron Hirsch to Host Annual Chol HaMoed Youth Day

Baron Hirsch Congregation has announced it will host its annual Chol HaMoed Youth Day on Tuesday, April 17th, from 1:00PM-5:00PM.  The event will be held at the Putt Putt Golf and Games and the cost per person is just $13.00. The price includes admission Putt Putt golf, go-karts, batting range, bumper boats, $5 in game tokens, kiddie games and Passover snacks.  For an additional $6, you can enjoy your choice of Laser Tag or Sky Trail Ropes Course. Adult supervision is requested for children under the age of ten. 

Baron Hirsch’s Chol HaMoed Youth Day is held twice a year, during the intermediate days of Sukkot and Pesach.  This is a fun and exciting day for parents and children.  Over a hundred community members regularly attend these bi-annual events.  Out of town guests are also invited to attend.

Putt Putt Golf and Games is located at 5484 Summer Ave., Memphis.  For more information please call the Baron Hirsch office at 683-7485. 


Baron Hirsch to Host Memorable Minyan

Synagogues don’t have the option to close for a day or two. They’re always open, welcoming members and guests alike on a non-stop basis. That’s three minyanim a day, 365 days a year in all kinds of weather. But Sunday morning, April 6 will be just a little bit different at Baron Hirsch.

On that day, Baron Hirsch will hold its second annual 100-man minyan where men, women and children are encouraged to attend morning services and a delicious breakfast.  When the program was initiated last year, some folks doubted they could hit their goal. They did that, though, and much more. In fact over 100 men, children and women woke up to near freezing temperatures last February for shacharit services, a short Torah teach-in by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein and a delicious breakfast sponsored by the synagogue’s men’s club.

Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, senior rabbi at Baron Hirsch, stated, “This is always an amazing moment – seeing so many people coming together to daven, to learn and to be with friends.  This is one of those moments as a Rabbi that you feel proud, knowing that the flame of commitment, dedication and desire to grow is well imbued with the congregation.”

The minyan will begin at 8:00AM in the Margolin Bet Midrash, followed by a brief lesson taught by Rabbi Finkelstein, and then breakfast in the Marsi Moss Social Hall at about 8:45PM.  Volunteers will be on hand to help those who may not remember how to put on Tefillin, or in some cases, may never have worn them before at all. 

The breakfast will feature hot entrées made by members of the Baron Hirsch Men’s Club and Sisterhood, and will feature real New York bagels.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend.  There is no cost for the breakfast, and reservations are requested so that volunteers may properly prepare. 

For information or to make reservations, please contact the shul office at 683-7485.


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SENIOR RABBI

Rabbi Shai Finkelstein

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A native of Israel, Rabbi Finkelstein was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and received certification by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, the eminent former Chief Rabbi of Israel.  He more recently received a higher ordination by the Association of Rabbinic Judges in Jerusalem, which certifies him to serve as a judge in an Israeli Monetary Court of Law.  Rabbi Finkelstein has been in Memphis since 2000 and has served as the Rosh Kollel of the Kollel Torah MiTzion housed at the Margolin Hebrew Academy /Feinstone Yeshiva of the South.  He has also served as the Adult Jewish Education Director at the MHA/HYOS.


Since 2004, Rabbi Finkelstein has also been a lecturer at the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program at the University of Memphis.  He teaches, as well, at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC).  In addition to serving as Senior Rabbi of Baron Hirsch, Rabbi Finkelstein is a member of the Vaad Ha’Kashrut and Vaad Hachinuch.  He serves on the board of the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, Memphis Jewish Federation and the United Way of the Mid-South.


Rabbi Finkelstein and his wife, Bilha, have four children, Noga, Edya, David and Hadas.


CANTOR

Ricky Kampf
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Cantor Ricky Kampf has been associated with Baron Hirsch since 1989.  In his first years, he served the congregation as the assistant Shalich Tzibur and Executive Director.  He received his cantorial degree from the Belz School of Jewish Music, and currently serves as the congregation’s Cantor.

Cantor Ricky’s melodious voice is a highlight of all of our Shabbat and holiday services.  His Kabbalat Shabbat service every Friday night fills the synagogue with excitement and energy, and his holiday work with both our Men’s and Boys’ Choirs make the High Holy Days very meaningful.  He also is a master Bar Mitzvah teacher, who has taught torah reading and davening to countless boys throughout the city.


PRESIDENT

Pace Cooper


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


David Fleischhacker

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David Fleischhacker was appointed to the position of Executive Director in August 2003.  He received his M.B.A from Baruch College in New York, and his B.S. from Yeshiva University. A native Memphian, Mr. Fleischhacker has many fond memories of Baron Hirsch, especially of the years he attended Camp Darom. Starting as a camper at a young age, he grew to serve the camp in many different capacities, including being its Director for several seasons.

Prior to his return to Memphis, Mr. Fleischhacker was a lay leader of Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, one of the fastest growing young Orthodox shuls in the area. He served as an officer for eight years, and was President during the campaign and construction of the synagogue’s facilities.  Along with his wife, Chany, the Fleischhackers were honored twice by Congregation Etz Chaim. They were the Guests of Honor at the synagogue’s annual Journal Dinner in 1996, and were honored again with a special award at the Journal Dinner in June 2003.


TEEN RABBI/OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Rabbi Mordechai Harris
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Rabbi Harris was the Youth Rabbi/Rabbinic Intern at Hebrew Institute of White Plains. He has been active in NCSY for over a decade, and has served as a fellow at the Hillel of University of Albany in the Jewish Learning In Campus (JLIC) initiative.  Rabbi Harris recently received his Smicha from the YCT Rabbinical School.

Rabbi Harris is married to Nisa, a registered nurse, and they have a daughter, Pliyah. 


SENIOR RABBI, EMERITUS

Rabbi Rafael G. Grossman
Rabbi Grossman served Baron Hirsch and the Memphis community for more than a quarter of a century.  He led the congregation through a difficult transition from its edifice on Vollintine in mid-town Memphis to the eventual construction of the present magnificent synagogue. The Rabbi established programs for people of all ages which included the South’s only sleep-away camp under Orthodox auspices, Camp Darom; the Southern Traditional singles, with its national weekend celebration; the adult education program which offers more than twenty classes per week, most taught by the Rabbi and highlighted with varied lectures featuring foremost lecturers and scholars in World Jewry. In 1998, the Rabbi established the annual Conference on Medical Ethics. Rabbi’s weekly lectures on Israel cover numerous religious subjects thereby establishing Baron Hirsch as the synagogue with one of the most extensive programs of Torah learning in the South. Rabbi Grossman’s leadership for the sale of Israel Bonds has afforded Baron Hirsch the distinct honor of selling more bonds per capita than any other congregation in the United States. His last pilgrimage to Israel raised the number of those joining him throughout the years to more than eight hundred.


Rabbi Grossman was the first Rabbi outside the New York area to be elected President of the Rabbinical Council of America. He now serves as Honorary President and chairman of the Rabbinical Council International. He is the author of Binah: The Modern Quest for Torah Understanding, a six-part series with Volumes II and III soon to appear. His scholarly papers have appeared in numerous journals and volumes, and his weekly column, “Thinking Aloud,” in the JEWISH PRESS and on numerous websites is now read by approximately 500,000 people, making him today’s most read Jewish columnist in the world. In December 1998, Rabbi Grossman was elected Chairman of the board for the Religious Zionist of America.


Welcome


Baron Hirsch is a modern Orthodox Zionist congregation that seeks to engage its membership in experiencing all aspects of Jewish life with a strong commitment to Am Yisroel, Eretz Yisroel and Torat Yisroel.


We invite you to experience our Jewish southern hospitality here in Memphis, Tennessee. We pride ourselves in hospitality so warm and friendly you will come back again and again. Our Jewish values will make you feel right at home. Please browse our site.









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History

The first burial at the Baron Hirsch Cemetery dates back to 1847.  For nearly 160 years, the cemetery has been an integral part of orthodox life in the Memphis Jewish community.  Over te past 100 years the cemetery has expanded to over ten acres of property owned by Baron Hirsch.  Currently the cemetery is using five acres of land which respectfully represents over 3,400 burials.  There is approximately enough land in the cemetery to contain an additional 1,400 grave sites without any additional expansion based on the current configuration of the grounds. 

If you walk throughout the Baron Hirsch Cemetery you will get a Jewish history lesson unlike any other.  You will see the names of people who were absolute pillars in making sure that Memphis was a well developed and strong Jewish community.  Through the many rows of graves which represent thousands of our ancestors, immediate family and friends, these sacred grounds tell a story in Jewish history.  From the Yellow Fever epidemic, World Wars I & II and the Holocaust, much Jewish blood and tears have been experienced by members of Baron Hirsch at our cemetery.  Over the years it has been with great pride, dignity and financial support from everyone that the Baron Hirch Cemetery has been able to share its history and love with all its members and friends who visit the cemetery. 


Map to Baron Hirsch Cemetery


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Cemetery Plot Listing

Please click below to find an alphabetic listing of those interred in the Baron Hirsch Cemetery

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Cemetery Map

Click below to open a diagram of the Baron Hirsch Cemetery
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BARON HIRSCH PROGRAMS

Chesed Committee
When it learns of individuals who have a special need, this committee is ready to perform the mitzvah of Chesed.  Some of our current projects include delivering holiday food boxes to needy families, visiting patients in hospitals, bringing a Shabbat package to hospital patients, supporting families sitting Shiva, and delivering welcome gifts to new members of the community.

Kiddush Corps
The Kiddush Corps serves the shul in many rewarding ways. It facilitates members working together and creates new relationships, as it helps the shul prepare its Shabbat Kiddush and other events.  Members of the Kiddush Corps rotate their service and are assigned to a team which volunteers once every 6-8 weeks.  Individual workers as well as team leaders are needed.

Sisterhood and Men’s Club
These groups are designed to give the women and men of Baron Hirsch the opportunity to work together on projects which will benefit the shul and reach out to the community.  Some events are purely social, while others are done to benefit the congregation or others in the community.

Kol-Rena So-Shuls
Baron Hirsch’s senior program centers around the Kol Rena So-Shuls.  This group participates in get-togethers which meet once a month and include lunch and entertainment.  This program is open to all seniors in the community, and the price for participation is only $3.  Transportation is provided upon request.

Belz-Parker Artists Ascending Concert Series
For more than 40 years, the Artists Ascending Concert Series has brought some of the world’s most promising young classical musicians from around the world to Memphis to showcase their blossoming talents. Notable performers have included violinist Itzhak Perlman, conductor Daniel Barenboim, pianist Misha Dichter and violinist Gil Shaham - all of whom have gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim.  Concerts take place in the Belz Sanctuary, and are free of charge to the general community. 

Israel Action Committee
This committee works to cultivate a strong connection between members of the congregation and the people and the State of Israel through education, creating trips, and encouraging teens to participate in Orthodox Movement programs in Israel.  It produces a regular newsletter of current events, encourages members to buy products made in Israel, and organizes shul programs, such as our Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. 

Holocaust Remembrance
The congregation, under the leadership of Leonid Saharovici, presents the Zachor Award to a person who contributed most to remembering the Holocaust. Past recipients include Benjamin Meade, President of the World Holocaust Gathering; Ernest Michel, former Executive Vice President of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York; Professor Jan Karski, the Polish Diplomat whose book told of the Holocaust; Harvey Meyerhoff, founder of the United States Holocaust Museum; and Abraham Foxman, National Director of ADL.


CAMP DAROM

Baron Hirsch is proud to operate the only orthodox sleep away camp in the entire south.  Our program combines all of the traditional fun camp activities with a powerful Jewish experience which focuses on a modern orthodox approach to Torah and an emphasis on Zionism and the State of Israel.  In 2008, we will be celebrating our 30th season, and there are a lot of new, exciting programs in store. 

For more information, visit http://www.campdarom.com.


CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Baron Hirsch offers a complete schedule of classes throughout the week which cover a variety of topics in Jewish life, and are led by members of our educational staff.  In addition to our educational program, our congregation’s committees are active in many additional programming opportunities, from holiday programs, to Chesed projects, to social and cultural events.  At Baron Hirsch, there is truly an opportunity that will interest every individual.


ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN

Baron Hirsch is expanding its programming for children in grades 1-8, our fastest growing age group in our youth department. 

Shabbat Morning Program
Every Shabbat morning, we have several age appropriate groups for children.  There is both free play as well as group games available, as well as a special youth service.  On special weeks, our children are treated to a program by the Torah MiTzion Kollel.

Shabbat Afternoon Program
This year, look for expanding programs for children on Shabbat afternoons.  All programs will start after the holidays, so please check back for more information.

Holiday Workshops & Events
Look for our craft workshops before each major holiday.  There are also many great holiday events, like Sukkah Hop & Treasure Hunt, Chol HaMoed Youth Day, Purim Carnival and much more!  Look in our upcoming events section to see what is coming up!


THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF MEMPHIS


Welcome to Memphis!
Come join our vibrant and affordable Modern Orthodox community, featuring 3 bedroom homes under $200,000; daily minyanim and shiurim; beautiful neighborhoods with convenient shopping; excellent Jewish education for pre-K through 12; full youth program including NCSY and Summer Camp; eruv; mikvahs, kosher shopping, butcher and bakery; JCC with a state of the art facility and Jewish Home.  The Memphis Jewish community is a solid, stable, and vibrant one.  Blessed with three sizable shuls and an Orthodox Day Jewish School, Memphis is a great place to raise a family.  Jews of Memphis are well placed to be able to provide job placement for those looking to establish themselves in this outstanding, “Jerusalem of the South.” Enjoy a more affordable and relaxed lifestyle.  Call the shul office at (901) 683-7485 for more community information.


KOSHER FOOD
Kroger - 799 Truse Parkway; (901) 765-4880
- Deli
- Bakery, Look for Vaad label
- Large grocery section

Kroger - 540 Mendenhall Road S; (901) 683-8841
- Deli
- Large grocery section

Ricki’s Cookie Corner 901-866-CHIP
- Challah
- Bakery
- Pizza (Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday evenings)
- Seattle’s Best Coffee

Nosh-a-Rye Deli (Memphis Jewish Home) 36 Bazeberry Road, Cordova; (901) 758-0036
- Lunch
- Catering menu


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Shomer Shabbos Fellowship in Pediatric Imaging
Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN,
Has 1-2 Shomer Shabbos Pediatric Fellowship positions beginning July 2012,

· Outstanding Orthopedic & Neuroscience Departments.
· Excellent Equipment
· Friendly Environment
· 1 month St. Jude Hospital Rotation
· Electives Available

Any questions please contact:
Harris L. Cohen MD
(901) 287-6938 - Work (asst. Cynthia Lavender-Owens)
(516)382-6191 - cell
hcohenmb@optonline.net


THE ERUV OF MEMPHIS
Call the Eruv Hotline at (901) 761-ERUV (761-3788) for updates 30 minutes before Shabbat.  The Eruv encompasses a large area around Baron Hirsch.  Call for details.


JEWISH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South; 390 White Station Road; (901) 682-2409
Memphis Jewish Community Center; 6560 Poplar Avenue; (901) 761-0810
Memphis Jewish Federation; 6560 Poplar Avenue; (901) 767-7100
Jewish Family Service; 6050 Poplar Avenue; (901) 767-8511
Hillel - University of Memphis; 3581 Midland Avenue; (901) 452-2453
Memphis Jewish Home; 36 Bazeberry, Cordova; (901) 758-0036
Plough Towers; 6580 Poplar; (901) 767-1910


GENERAL MEMPHIS COMMUNITY
Memphis Chamber of Commerce
Memphis Zoo
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Elvis Presley’s Graceland
Pink Palace Family of Museums
FedEx Forum
Memphis Redbirds
Memphis Grizzlies


TEENS

Our teens are very important to us, and we at Baron Hirsch are committed to offering them a wide range of high quality program.  Our goal for the teen program is to give them a unique Jewish experience that they cannot get anywhere else, and to create fun and appropriate social activities.

Shabbat Teen Minyan
During the school year, our teens conduct their own Shabbat morning minyan at 9:00AM in the Bet Midrash.  This unique program allows the teens to master a number of skills - from reading the Torah, to leading the davening, to giving a Dvar Torah.  On two weeks during the course of the year, the teens lead the entire service in the Main Sanctuary for the adults.  A special Kiddush always follows the teen minyan in the lounge.

Shabbat Afternoon
Every afternoon, about 45 minutes before Mincha, the teens gather for a Torah study class.  Following the class, they have their own Mincha minyan, followed by a teen Seudah Shilisheet.

Teen Lounge
Our refurbished youth lounge will be used for many great activities this year.  Every teen will be comfortable in this space, and impressed by the room itself.

NCSY
Baron Hirsch maintains a Senior NCSY chapter.  In addition to running social activities, we attend several Shabbatonim each year.


TODDLER/PRESCHOOL

Baron Hirsch offers well supervised and fun playrooms for its youngest members.  Every Shabbat and holiday morning, we have two rooms filled with children ages 1-5 who enjoy a special program while their parents are in services.

Our groups are well supervised and children have many toys to play with.  We have also just completed a refurbishment of a playground which is designed and used exclusively for this age group.

Our staff also conducts a special toddler service so that the children learn at an early age about Tefila, and grow up to enjoy the experience.


COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

Baron Hirsch strives to keep in touch with its young adults who are currently at institutions of higher learning throughout the country and in Israel.  Here is a summary of some of our major initiatives that are in place.

College Send-Off Party
At the end of each summer, we host a party with departing college students, their families and our clergy.  It is an excellent way for students to depart without forgetting their connection to Baron Hirsch.

Student Packages
Throughout the year, our college outreach committee sends packages to students away from home.  These packages might include a menorah and candles for Chanukah, a Search for Chametz set for Pesach, or treats to enjoy on Purim or during finals.

College Newsletter
We publish a monthly newsletter for our students, which includes letters from Rabbi Finkelstein, as well as articles written by different students.

Do we have your contact information?  If you are a Baron Hirsch college student, make sure we know how to keep in touch with you.  Send your address and email to april@baronhirsch.org.


BARON HIRSCH YOUTH DEPARTMENT

Baron Hirsch hosts a youth department of over 300 young people.  Our youth are our future, and we go to great lengths to program activities for all ages.

Please click on one of our Youth Department Divisions for more information.


SHABBAT SERVICES

Candle Lighting Times
Nov 28 - 4:31PM
Dec 5 - 4:30PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat
Nov 28 - 4:35PM
Dec 5 - 4:30PM

Shacharit
Nov 29 - 9:00AM
Dec 6 - 9:00AM

Shabbat Afternoon Mincha
Nov 29 - 4:20PM
Dec 6 - 4:20PM

Shabbat Ends
Nov 29 - 5:30PM
Dec 6 - 5:30PM


DAILY SERVICES

Shacharit
Sunday/Legal Holidays: 8:00AM
Monday, Thursday, Rosh Chodesh: 6:20 & 6:45AM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays: 6:30 & 7:00AM

Mincha/Maariv
Week of Nov 23 - 4:35PM
Week of Nov 30 - 4:30PM


WEEKLY CLASSES


SUNDAY

I.E. Hanover Lecture Series on World Events - 9:00AM
Taught by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein


TUESDAY

Call Torah, Video class, YouTube, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein
Watch Rabbi Shai Finkelstein deliver a short class about the Parsha of the Week. Visit the Baron Hirsch YouTube channel to watch.

Tuesdays with the Cantor: Navigating the Siddur, 30 minutes before Mincha, Led by Cantor Ricky Kampf.
Margolin Beit Midrash. In this new, weekly class, Cantor Kampf will help you navigate through the daily prayers, as well as Shabbat and holiday prayers.


WEDNESDAY

Parsha Class for Women - 10:30AM
Taught by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein/Rabbi Mordechai Harris

Lunch & Learn - Noon
Taught by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein/Rabbi Mordechai Harris

Major Events in Jewish History - 7:00PM
Taught by Rabbi David Radinsky


SHABBAT
Weekly Parsha Class - 8:15AM
Taught by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein

Shabbat Afternoon Class - 45 minutes before Mincha
Taught by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein


Daily Learning Opportunities
Daily Halacha, Sun-Thu after Mincha. Led by Rabbi Finkelstein or Rabbi Harris, Margolin Beit Midrash


How to Find Us


Baron Hirsch is at 400 S. Yates Road in Memphis, Tennessee.  We are located one mile north of the intersection of Poplar & Yates Road.


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About Us

The Baron Hirsch Synagogue, founded more than one hundred forty years ago in Memphis, Tennessee, is a flagship of American Orthodox Judaism. From humble beginnings, with services held at private homes and on the second floor of a modest hotel, Baron Hirsch moved into its first edifice on Washington and Fourth in downtown Memphis in 1912. The congregation continued to grow and in 1950 built North America’s largest synagogue on Vollintine and Evergreen and emerged as the largest Orthodox congregation in the United States.


The new synagogue witnessed a doubling of membership, and its family members exceeded one thousand. Neighborhood transitions and American mobility necessitated finding an additional location in which the membership could be served as ever-growing numbers were moving to beautiful East Memphis. A satellite synagogue was established as Baron Hirsch acquired the Isaac Hayes estate and converted the mansion for its use. By the mid-1980’s it became clear that almost all Baron Hirsch members were in this area. The congregation accepted the challenge, and in 1988 dedicated a new and magnificent synagogue and campus contiguous to the property it already owned.


Today, Baron Hirsch continues to flourish as its members enjoy a vast array of services and activities. Meeting the challenges offered by contemporary need, Baron Hirsch has rightfully earned a world-wide reputation as a flagship synagogue. This large but very warm body of people represent a vast array of Jews in the broad spectrum of American Jewry. Baron Hirsch serves individual needs and demonstrates sincere concern for all of its members. The congregation has never been overwhelmed by its size. This open and welcoming institution has successfully proven that diverse ages and views can simultaneously experience profound spirituality, Torah learning and sheer delight within a singular synagogue home.


Services at Baron Hirsch resonate with song and inspiration, with the sounds of children’s laughter and the smiles of senior members. Varied programs attest to an ongoing dynamism.


Office Hours

Our office is open 8:00AM - 5:00PM on Monday - Thursday; 8:00AM - 3:00PM on Friday and Holiday Eves, and 9:00AM - Noon on Sunday. 


Contact Us

You can reach any of our staff by calling (901) 683-7485 during office hours.  Our staff is also accessible via email:


Shai Finkelstein, Senior Rabbi -


David Fleischhacker, Executive Director - exec@baronhirsch.org


Gwen Moody, Administrative Assistant - gwen@baronhirsch.org


April Blankenship, Assistant to the Senior Rabbi, Webmaster, General Information - april@baronhirsch.org


UPCOMING EVENTS


Aug 14 Adult Choir practice begins for the holidays.  The choir will meet every Tuesday evening at 7:00PM.  We would love to have new members!  Please speak to Cantor Ricky Kampf.


Aug 15 Kol Rena So-Shuls, Noon in the Marsi Moss Social Hall.  Cost is $3 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the office.  Luncheon menu will be fish sandwich, fries, slaw & fresh fruit shortcake.


Aug 16 - Boys Choir practice begins.  Our popular Boys Choir rehearsals start this Thursday from 6-7PM!  Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7PM.  The Boys Choir performances are one of the highlights of the High Holy Days.  Speak to Cantor Ricky Kampf or Robert Malkin for details.


Aug 19 College Send Off Party, new and returning college students are invited to join us for s send off party on Sunday evening at Ben & Jerrys at 7:00PM.  Enjoy ice cream & live music in the courtyard.  There is no cost to attend and reservations are not required.


Sep 1 Our poplar Synaplex Program Returns! Join us for our first synaplex of the new season.  Our topic will be Wake Up Call and is a great way to begin preparing for the holidays.  Following services, we will have a joint session with three dynamic speakers each addressing the topic for 15 minutes.  Our speakers for this new and exciting Synaplex will be our own Senior Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl of the Margolin Hebrew Academy and Rabbi Avi Kannai of the Torah MiTzion Kollel.