B'nai Israel Congregation
Wilmington, NC

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

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, June 4, 2021 ~ 24 Sivan
Shabbat Candle Lighting ~ 8:02 pm

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Friday evening, June 4, 6:00 pm

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Passcode: 296299

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Saturday morning, June 5, 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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Shlach Lecha

Bemidbar (Numbers) 14:8 - 15:7 (Triennial 2)
Etz Hayim pages - 845 - 851
Haftara - Yehoshua (Joshua) 2:1 - 24
Etz Hayim pages - 856 - 859

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President's letter ...
Next Tuesday, June 8th, will be a big day for Bnai Israel as two exciting events are taking place. First, Rabbi Bender returns from maternity leave, and she is excited to get back to the work of leading our congregation. As you can imagine, her first day will be a busy one, which will end with her introducing the
Port City Music Festival that evening. We are thrilled to welcome back these amazing musicians as they present an hour long concert at 7:30pm in our sanctuary. This is the 13th year that the Festival has provided free musical programs at various locations in Wilmington. I encourage you to be there to welcome Rabbi Bender as well as attend the concert. If you have been fortunate to be present at Festival events in the past, you’re already familiar with the expertise of these musicians and the experience of listening to music in beautiful surroundings.

There is a catch: You must register for a ticket at the festival’s website - see the link below. Attendance is limited to 100, and a Bnai Israel waiver must be signed. (Waivers will be available at the concert, if you have not already completed one.)
We are now fully open for Friday evening and Shabbat morning services, and I encourage you to come worship in our beautiful new sanctuary. Advance signup is no longer required, although we do ask that you sign in upon arrival, in case there is a need to contact you. Please wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated or if you are more comfortable wearing one when out in public.
What’s that you ask? What about onegs? Yes, it’s time to restart socializing and noshing after services. Onegs and Kiddish lunches will begin next weekend, June 11th & 12th. I hope to see you there as we ease back into some of the activities we have so dearly missed over the last 15 months.
Shabbat Shalom,
This Week
Thursday, June 3
Wednesday, June 9

June 8, Tuesday - 7:30 pm Port City Music Festival at B'nai Israel

Thursday, June 10
Wednesday, June 16

PRIDE Program on Thursday, June 10th at 7pm 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 -

Friday, June 18 - Senior Graduation Shabbat with The Kavanotes

Sunday, June 27, 11:15 am - Neighbors in Conversation with St. Jude's Metropolitan Community Church
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
'Tis the season for Bridal Showers and Weddings
Buy your gifts from our Gift Shop!
We sell menorahs, seder plates, door mezzuzot, candlesticks and Kiddush cups.

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

This Week
Week of June 6 - 13
Joyce Sassoon - June 8
Scott Johnson - June 11
Howard Stein - June 11
Yahrzeits this Week
June 4 - 10
24 - 30 Sivan
Carrie Abes Raphael
Respectfully remembered

Gussie Rogol
Grandmother of Walter Winter

Irving Bernard Margolis
Respectfully remembered

Israel Bloom
Father of Teasa Abrams

Louis Goldfarb
Respectfully remembered

Magda Shashoua
Mother of Joyce Sassoon

Milton Star
Father of Barbara Prushik

Minnie W. Levy
Mother of Jack Levy

Phyllis Bannon
Mother of Michelle Bannon

Rose Kosch Siegel
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.

Rita & Alan Katz
Capital Improvement Fund
In celebration of Steve Glaser's 80th
and Barry Weiss' 70th birthdays

Bucky Stein
General Fund
In memory of Ruth Stein

Education Fund
In support of B'nai Israel

Rabbi Chaya Bender

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