B'nai Israel Congregation
Wilmington, NC

All services will be in person and on Zoom.
No advance sign-up necessary.

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, June 11, 2021 ~ 1 Tamuz
Shabbat Candle Lighting ~ 8:05 pm

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Friday evening, June 11, 6:00 pm

Welcome back, Rabbi!
Friday evening Oneg sponsored by Michelle Bannon & Richard Weisman in honor of Rabbi Bender’s return.

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Passcode: 296299

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Saturday morning, June 12, 9:30 am

Diane and Alan Gerberg will sponsor the Kiddish in honor of
Alan’s 60th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah
and the return of Rabbi Bender.

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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Bemidbar (Numbers)16:20 - 17:24 (Triennial 2)
Etz Hayim pages- 863 - 869

Haftara - 1 Shmuel (1 Samuel) 11:14 - 12:22
Etz Hayim pages- 876 - 879

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The Rabbi has returned ...

I AM BACK and want to connect with you. Please let me know if you or someone you know has experienced a significant event during the past few months so I can reach out. This includes but is not limited to: deaths, illnesses, births, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, promotions, and awards. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.


Rabbi Chaya Bender
President's letter ...
Welcome Back Rabbi Bender!
 What a wonderful week it has been! Seeing Rabbi’s smiling face this week when she returned from maternity leave made me very happy. Although we survived and thrived during her absence, (mainly because of the detailed plans she had made), we are looking forward to new classes, programs, and her leadership as we begin the next chapter in the life of Bnai Israel. As you might recall, Rabbi Bender joined us after the pandemic began. This is the first time she will be able to meet with members and lead us in worship mask-free. What a strange time this has been.
Also this week, Onegs & Kiddish lunches are back! It’s about time to have a nosh with everyone you’ve seen only virtually for the last 15 months.
In honor of Rabbi Benders return, there will be a special Oneg after Friday's service. Please join us in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm and in the Social Hall afterwards. You will notice a few differ-ences: Instead of serving yourself, we will be serving you. Just point out what you’d like to have. It might take a bit longer and we might ask you to help, but we are taking this precaution to keep Bnai Israel a safe place to worship and socialize.
The Port City Music Festival graced us with an amazing concert on Tuesday. These talented musicians have provided free concerts at various venues in Wilmington each June for the last 13 years. Forced to cancel their 2020 festival due to the pandemic, we were happy to welcome them back and enjoyed an extraordinary performance in our beautiful sanctuary.
Yes, indeed, it’s been a wonderful week.
Shabbat Shalom,
Port City Music Festival Concert at B'nai Israel on Tuesday, June 8th
This Week
Thursday, June 10
Wednesday, June 16

PRIDE Program on Thursday, June 10th at 7:00pm with Keshet on ZOOM

In honor of June being LGBTQ Pride Month, we will strive to help understand the LGBTQ+ community and work to support LGBTQ equality, acceptance and belonging. 

Ever wonder what all the acronyms mean when it comes to LGBTQ+ terminology? This program is designed to help familiarize you with the basics of building LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Topics covered will include terminology, common misperceptions, stereotypes, and understanding the importance of creating explicitly LGBTQ
affirming culture within our Jewish Community.

The program will be led by Randi Reed, of Keshet. This will be a "Safe Space" to ask any questions you may have. Please feel free to include your questions when you register for the program. To attend the program, please register here.

This program is being sponsored by the Temple of Israel Tikkun Olam Committee and B'nai Israel. 

For more information on Keshet and the great work they are doing: 
Keshet: For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life -

Thursday, June 17
Wednesday, June 23

Friday, June 18 - Senior Graduation Shabbat with The Kavanotes
WATCH FOR IT! - Rabbi Bender will be sending out a survey soon on interest in upcoming Adult Ed classes for the year. Please complete the survey to tell us of any subjects you would like to cover in classes. 

Neighbors in Conversation with St. Jude's Metropolitan Community Church has been postponed until August due to a date conflict with the Pride Celebration. Details will be announced later.

Wednesday, July 21,  from 7:00 - 8:00 pm for an exciting Sisterhood-sponsored virtual tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. We will visit the home of the Epstein family in the 1950s where Kalman and Rivka Epstein lived as refugees after surviving the Holocaust. More information to follow.
Registration Deadline is June 30, 2021
Human trafficking is a significant and ongoing global problem. You might think that it is surely not happening here in Wilmington—but, sadly, it is.  Wilmington and the surrounding areas have a serious problem with human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking.
A Safe Place (ASP) has been working to help victims of human trafficking in this area since 2012.  The group works with local and federal law enforcement to identify victims and also actively seeks out victims through a variety of ways including, among others, jail visits, billboard advertising, hotline, online outreach and referrals. ASP provides substance abuse counseling on site and runs an emergency shelter for trafficking victims and their children as well as providing many other services including prevention education.
The mission of A SAFE PLACE (ASP) is to be "an empowerment organization focusing on prevention, advocacy and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic minor sex trafficking that services the southeast region of NC .
B'nai Israel has a tremendous opportunity to change lives in our community by providing financial/volunteer support for ASP. 

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To learn more about A SAFE PLACE
 or contact Amy B DeLoach at or 910-617-1264
Did you know ...
... you can purchase gift certificates for the Gift Shop? Let them pick out the gift of their choice. This applies to special orders as well as in stock merchandise.
We have access to a wide variety of items that we do not stock. Email us at, or call Pam Sender at 847-471-8080 for a personalized shopping experience.
Visit the Gift Shop in person during regular business hours, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Every purchase you make from the Bnai Israel Gift Shop goes to help fund Bnai Israel activities and projects.
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
Faye Sobol
Stephanie Bell
Heather Harris
Shirley Levine
Dennis Sender
Ira Nathan Sachs
Janice Kingoff
Adesha Edge
Kelly Cahill
Stella Pawliske
Chris Chambers

Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week
June 14-20
Jeanne & Irwin Lecker - 12 June
Pam & Barry Weiss - 13 June
Judith Kurzer - 16 June
Cindy Retchin - 16 June
Yahrzeits this Week
June 11 - 17
1-7 Tamuz
Annie Goldstein Abrams
Respectfully remembered

Harry Jacob Plisco
Respectfully remembered

Louise Oreheck
Mother of Joanna Puritz

Ruth Goldman Caplan
Respectfully remembered

Ruth Stein
Wife of Bucky Stein and mother of Howard Stein

Max Silver
Grandfather of Steve Stein

Sarah Goodman
Respectfully remembered

Eugene Weinrich
Brother of Stanley Weinrich

Peter Quarterman
Husband of Susan Turner

Wendy Barshay Block
Wife of Frank Block, mother of Amy Deloach

Meyer Aaron Miller
Respectfully remembered

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.

Teasa Abrams
General Fund
In memory of Israel Bloom

Rabbi & Barbara Waxman
In memory of Ina Frey
loving stepmother of Barbara Frey Waxman

Rabbi & Barbara Waxman
Capital Improvement Fund
In honor of Barry Weiss' special birthday

Rabbi & Barbara Waxman
Capital Improvement Fund
In honor of Steve Glaser's special birthday

Sandra Levenson
General Fund
In memory of Ina Frey

Michelle Bannon & Richard Weisman
Cemetery Fund
In memory of Michelle's mother,
Phyllis Burrows Bannon

Bucky Stein
Building Fund
In support of Port City Music Festival at B'nai Israel

Rabbi Chaya Bender

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