B'nai Israel Congregation
Wilmington, NC
Shabbat Shalom
Friday, April 9, 2021 ~ 27 Nisan
Shabbat Candle Lighting ~ 7:21 pm
All services are still available on ZOOM. We are beginning to hold services in person for a limited number of
MEMBERS who have signed up in advance.

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Friday evening, April 9, 6:00 pm

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Passcode: 296299

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Saturday morning, April 10, 9:30 am

Meeting ID: 840 5575 1022
Passcode: 296299

You may also listen by calling this telephone number for either service:

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These services will include the opportunity to say the
Mourner's Kaddish and to offer names for the
Mi Sheberach

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Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:12 - 11:32 (Triennial 2)
Etz Hayim pages - 635 - 641

Haftara: 2 Shemuel 6:1 - 7:17
Etz Hayim pages - 643 - 648

From the President ...
What do we see in our mind’s eye when we think about on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day?
My immediate thought is of the Six Million dead: 2/3rds of Europe’s Jewish population. Many other groups were also targeted by the Nazi regime: gentiles, Jehovah’s Witnesses, political prisoners, Roma, homosexuals, those with mental or physical disabilities, Poles, Russians and anyone deemed racially inferior.
Most of us know about the horrors of the camps: the horrendous living conditions, the slave labor, constant hunger, cold, fear, beatings and mass extermination. But how much do we know about the days and months after the guards were gone and prisoners were free to go? What happened after liberation?
More than 250 thousand survivors went to DP (Displaced Persons) Camps, which were in existence from 1945-1953.
Bronia Merlin, mother of Reba Alper, was one of those people.
Reba was born in the Feldafing DP camp, 20 miles outside of Munich Germany.
There were multiple DP camps across Germany, Austria and Italy. How long did people stay? What was life like there?
Join us this evening at 7:00 pm when Rabbi James Apple, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple of Israel, sits down with Reba and her husband Jon to discuss her family’s experience and this legacy of the Holocaust.

Fully compassionate God on high:
To our six million brothers and sisters
murdered because they were Jews,
grant clear and certain rest with You
in the lofty heights of the sacred and pure
whose brightness shines like the very glow of heaven.
Source of mercy:
Forever enfold them in the embrace of Your wings;
secure their souls in eternity.
Adonai: they are Yours.
They will rest in peace. Amen.

Shabbat Shalom,
This Week
Thursday, April 8
Wednesday, April 14
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 pm - On ZOOM. 1 hour Adult Education session on the Shoah with Rabbi Apple and Reba Alper.  "What happens to concentration camp survivors when they are suddenly told that they are free to go. This happened to Reba's mother, Bronia.  Reba and Jon Alper will share their experiences."

We know about the Nazis and their concentration camps. What happened to those suddenly set free? One of those was Reba Alper's mother, Bronia. Reba was born in a displaced persons camp. Now it is Reba and Jonny's turn to talk about their experiences. If there is time, feel free to ask Reba or Jonny any questions that pertain to the subject matter.

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Meeting ID: 778 641 3847
Passcode: 296299
Phone: 646-558-8656

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Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 pm - Open Door Project - an interfaith discussion - Please see the article below. Please register with Rena Goldwasser at 960-490-0916 via text or phone, or email at simplythebest53@yahoo.com to sign up. You will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event.
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Thursday, April 15
Wednesday, April 21
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm, Journey through the Jewish Bible, The Books of Judges and Samuel: More history and also a look at cycles of leadership with some very interesting stories.
Meeting ID: 858 8497 9408
Passcode: 873235
Dial in: 646 558 8656
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Friday, April 16, 6:00 pm - Musical Friday Night Shabbat with ISJL Fellow, Margo Wagner; she will lead a special service in honor of Israel's birthday. She will also speak at services on Shabbat morning, April 17, as well as lead the musaf service.
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Sunday, April 18 - Congregational Semi-annual meeting, 4:00 pm - on ZOOM. Link will be in next week's Newsletter.

Save These

Thursday April 22, 2021. 12:30 pm - Hadassah Program Wilmington Earth Day - The Importance of Sustainable Trees, presented by Lloyd Singleton. Please see the article below.          
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Thursday, April 22, 7:00 pm - From the Borscht Belt to the Bible Belt: Jewish Humor in Dixieland with Dr. Jarrod Tanny
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A Journey through the Jewish Bible
Exploring the Books of the Tanakh
​​​​​​​Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on ZOOM

April 29 - The Named Prophets; who were these guys? When did they live? Who wrote the books? Why have we never heard of some of them?
May 6 - The Writings, the third part of the Tanakh: History, wisdom literature, & fanciful tales.
May 20 - The Five Megillot: We all know Esther from Purim, but the other four are just as worthy!
May 27 - The Rest of the Story: a look at the final books of the Tanakh.
Putting Out
Welcome Mat
The goal of the Open Door Project is to make our synagogue an inviting and welcoming spiritual home for all Jews, including those in interfaith marriages or partnerships and those who are raising children in an interfaith home.

Our initial discussion group agreed there is a need for this project. We would now like to involve other Bnai Israel members whose families include persons of another faith, those who are raising Jewish children, and those who have grandchildren who are being raised Jewish (or not) in mixed faith homes.

Our next discussion group will be held on Wednesday April 14th, 7:00-8:00 pm via Zoom. Board member Rena Goldwasser will moderate. The groups will be limited to 10 participants per session and we will hold additional sessions as needed.

Please contact Rena at 960-490-0916 via text or phone, or email at simplythebest53@yahoo.com to sign up. You will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event.
Hadassah Presents
Wilmington Earth Day
The Importance of Sustainable Trees, presented by Lloyd Singleton        
Thursday, April 22, 12:30 pm

Lloyd Singleton has served as County Extension Director for the N.C. Cooperative Extension New Hanover Center at the Arboretum since 2018. He has a Masters’ degree in Agroecology from the University of Florida which has shaped his perspective to take a systems approach in working with ornamental horticulture, balancing the social, economic and environmental impacts.
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Meeting ID: 832 3991 1305
Passcode: 795651
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Circle of Honor 2021
Scott & Carol Johnston

Harold & Roberta Eichenholz
Neil & Heather Harris
Stanley & Barbara Prushik
Leigh & Walter Winter
Steve & Martha Stein
Carol & Todd Atwood
Rich Weisman & Michelle Bannon
Carolyn & Bruce Moskowitz
Dee & Murray Sherman
Judith Malman
Sharon & Steve Mechum
Sharon & Terry Dresbach
Rose & Alan Zimmer
Debbie Smith
Pam & Barry Weiss
Nancy Kraselsky
Sydel Gluck
Cindy Throne
Joelle Serot
Paula Clemmons
Faye Sobol
Stephanie Bell
Heather Harris
Myra Frieder
Silvia Galeano 
Adesha Edge
Beryl Jacobson
Shirley Levine
Dennis Sender

April, 2021
 Zee Reitblatt 4-Apr
Kyle Robbins 5-Apr
Michael Rovner 5-Apr
Jonathan Berger 9-Apr
Scott Diamond 10-Apr
Alane Savod 12-Apr
Erica Mehler 16-Apr
Benjamin Levy 17-Apr
Sydel Gluck 18-Apr
Ashtin Gerberg 18-Apr
Richard Weisman 20-Apr
Lori Gorman 20-Apr
Sharon Leinwand 22-Apr
Jewell Johnson 22-Apr
Alan Gerberg 24-Apr
Kathleen Meyerson 29-Apr
Gail Grotsky 29-Apr

Joyce & Philip Sassoon Apr-5
Diane & Alan Gerberg Apr-5
27 Nisan - 3 Iyar 5781
April 9 - 15, 2021
David Lowenstein
respectfully remembered

Fanny Orlansky Cohen
mother of Victor Cohen

George Opper
father of Fred Opper
Ira Goldberg
respectfully remembered

Joseph Arouesty
father-in-law of Debbie Arouesty

Rebecca Wolff Evenson
grandmother of Roselle Margolis

If you would like to make a donation to B'nai Israel, please click on the link below and use the To make Donations or Payments tab.

Temple of Israel
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
Mazel Tov on the birth of
Shlomi Jaeger Bender

Temple of Israel
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
in honor of Willa Snowbender's Egypt Program

Robin & Jerold Jaeger
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
in memory of Martin Jaeger

Pearl & Daniel Retchin
B'nai Israel Sisterhood
in memory of all departed Retchin family members

Stanley & Barbara Prushik
Capital Improvement Fund
in memory of Evelyn & Milton Star and Lillian & Morris Prushik

Debbie Smith
General Fund in memory of
Carolyn Atwood Van Laanen
Pearl & Daniel Retchin
B'nai Israel Men's Club
in memory of all departed Retchin family members

Rabbi & Barbara Waxman
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
in memory of Louis Waxman, father of Rabbi Robert Waxman

Laurel & Henry Westreich
Capital Improvement Fund
in memory of Sam Westreich, father of Henry Westreich

Judith Kurzer
Cemetery Fund
in support of B'nai Israel Cemetery

Marvin & Esther Eisenstein
General Fund
in support of
B'nai Israel Congregation
Gift Shop News
We have a good supply of Shabbat candles in a variety of colors. Take a look on our website
or come in and see them.

Rabbi Chaya Bender

Office Hours Monday thru Friday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Administrative Secretary, Kate Maclay