Living in Southwest Michigan
A young member of our congregation runs along Lions Park Beach in St. Joseph following our Tashlikh service .
Southwest Michigan is a great place to live, work, play, retire, and to worship.
Temple B’nai Shalom is a few miles from Lake Michigan, but at least once each summer, we observe “shabbat at the beach.” And our Tashlikh service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah is at the beach. Watch the gulls grab your pieces of bread before it hits the water.
In addition to Lake Michigan, Southwest Michigan has rivers and inland lakes and lots of recreational opportunities, on water and land. Buy fruit at the farm where it is grown and wine at the winery where it is made (from grapes grown in Southwest Michigan).
Explore the Benton Harbor Arts District and Cass County’s role in helping end slavery. There are numerous golf courses, trails for cycling and hiking, numerous musical venues and many other recreational activities and opportunities.
Young adults (ages 21-45) can participate in activities of Dor Chadash, the young adult group organized by the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley in South Bend, Ind., about 35 miles from Benton Harbor. The Federation also has numerous activities for “older folks” and children, including a summer day camp.
In 2017, Lakeland Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top U.S. Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Lakeland Health operates hospitals in St. Joseph, Niles and Watervaliet and numerous other health care facilities in Southwest Michigan.
In 2016, Lakeland Health was one of 29 hospitals in Michigan to receive an A grade by The Leapfrog Group, ranking Lakeland among the safest hospitals in the United States.
Here are some links giving more information about Southwest Michigan:
St. Joseph Today: www.sjtoday.org
Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce: www.harborcountry.org
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council: www.swmichigan.org
South Haven /Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.southhaven.org