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Who We Are

A Distinct Identity

As more Jews moved to Greenville, Mississippi they reorganized and formed Hebrew Union Congregation in 1879.  In 1880, they began building the structure for a temple on land given to them by Mrs. Harriet Blanton Theobold, a wealthy local plantation owner.  Theobold wasn't Jewish, yet her benevolence won her the nickname, “Mother of Greenville.”  The building was initially designed to serve primarily as a private school and only secondarily as a worship space. In 1870, when Greenville was officially incorporated as a town, there were approximately 25-30 Jewish families who lived within its borders.  By 1880 the congregation was growing and hired Rabbi Joseph Bogen.  He served until 1901 and was replaced by Rabbi Abraham Brill.  The present temple was constructed in 1906 with the sanctuary seating approximately 350 and with a membership by 1908 of 85 families. 
Though in 1962 Hebrew Union Congregation boasted the largest congregation in Mississippi with 200 families, today the congregation consists of about 50 families.    Hebrew Union Congregation continues to be the Jewish center of the Mississippi Delta.  The congregation holds services twice a month under the direction of Rabbi Debra Kassoff.

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What We Do

Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.


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Shabbat Nitzavim
Friday, September 23 ~ 27-28 Elul 5782
6:30 p.m. Shabbat worship
followed by congregational kiddush and supper
and Slichot ritual

Rabbi Kassoff's Shabbat Visits, 5783 (2022-2023)


  • Sept 23 (Slichot)

  • Sept 25-26 (Rosh Hashanah)

  • October  4-5 (Yom Kippur)

  • October 14 (Sukkot)

  • October 28

  • November 11

  • Dec 2

  • Dec 16

  • Dec 18, 20 (Hanukkah Luncheon)

  • January 6, 2023

  • January 20

  • February 3 (Tu Bishvat observed)

  • February 17

  • March 2 (Deli luncheon)

  • March 5 (Purim luncheon)

  • March 10

  • March 24-25 (Anthony Bat Mitzvah)

  • April 7 (Passover Seder)

  • April 21

  • May 5

  • May 19, 21 (Congregational picnic)

  • June 16

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Viking Cruise Line


The American Queen Riverboat

Hebrew Union Temple is proud to be a part of the tours of the Viking Cruise Line American Queen riverboat when it stops in Greenville.

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Our Stories

Deli Luncheon 

Beginning in the backyard of the home of Mrs. Nathan Goldstein in the late 19th century, Originally called the Deutsch dinner and later changed to the Dutch Dinner after WWI in 1917 the event became an annual Greenville tradition. It is now called the annual Corned Beef Deli Luncheon. Temple members and volunteers from our community prepare enough for about 1,600 meals annually.  The corned beef is purchased from a deli in Chicago and brought in by a refrigerated truck from Chicago. We appreciate the support of the entire Delta community for volunteers to help us and for the customers and people that purchase a ticket.   

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Hebrew Union Congregation

We are very proud of the work that has gone into the museum. It gives the personal history of the congregation from 1880 to the present.

Open weekdays 9:00 to 12:00


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Rabbi Debra Kassoff

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Hebrew Union Congregation emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 1880, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support.

President - Richard Dattel

Vice-President - Benjy Nelken

Secretary - Bob Stein

Office Secretary - Anne Reynolds Walker

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