Welcome to Mississippi
We started off our first full day in Mississippi, after a small detour, becoming familiar with the structure and various goings on around MEGA (Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture). MEGA, located in Shelby, Mississippi, functions, among other things, as a community garden, food pantry, and agricultural education center.
After our day at MEGA and a quick change of clothes, we walked over to Temple Adath Israel, which is the synagogue in Cleveland, Mississippi. There we were able to meet a few of the congregants, who told us about their family histories, and their experiences of Jewish life in Mississippi. We then listened to a talk by Professor Jennifer Stollman, from the University of Mississippi, who gave us a more in depth explanation of the history of southern Jewish life. To round out the day some of the congregants of the temple served us a delicious dinner in true Mississippi style with barbeque chicken, chili, sweet tea, and brownies so good that we took the rest back with us!