B'nai Israel Congregation
Wilmington, NC
Shabbat Shalom
Friday, May 7, 2021 ~ 25 Iyar
Shabbat Candle Lighting ~ 7:42 pm

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Friday evening, May 7, 6:00 pm
In person and on ZOOM

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Passcode: 296299

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Saturday morning, May 8, 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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Parshiot Behar & Behukotay 
Vayikra (Leviticus) - 25:39 - 26:46 (Triennial 2)
Etz Hayim pages - 744 - 753

Yirmeyahu (Jerimiah) 16:19 - 17:14
Etz Hayim pages - 762 - 765

From the President ...
Today, I’m experiencing frustration by technology. Upon attempting to start a committee meeting over Zoom, I realized my internet was down and would be for several hours. As much as online meetings and services have allowed us the convenience of attending in our jammies and keeping us safe from Covid, none of these options are perfect. Last Friday evening, we also had some temporary difficulty starting the service because of Wi-Fi instability. Aside from the potential technical problems, we are deprived of the wider human contact most of us have been missing this past year.
Luckily, as our city continues to reopen, Bnai Israel is also increasing our in-person events. Friday evening and Shabbat morning services will be in-person, but also continue on Zoom for now.
Next Thursday, May 13th, at 10:30 am, the Bnai Israel Baggers will again meet in person at the synagogue! This initial meeting will be limited to 10 people so that everyone attending will feel comfort-able. See the note from Rena Goldwasser in this newsletter for details.
Another in-person event is scheduled for Sunday, May 16th. At 10:00 am: an end-of-year celebration for our religious school! We will be outdoors, weather permitting. All of the students and teachers will join together as they wrap up another year of learning. Everyone is invited! More details will be in next week’s newsletter, but please put the date on your calendar. Later that day we will have an online wonderful pre-Shavuot day of learning. More about that next week.
But, I’ve gotten ahead of myself…
This Saturday evening, celebrate Havdalah with our Religious School students at 8:30pm on Zoom. Whether you have a child, a grandchild, or no child in the school, take a few moments to see the next generation carry forward one of the traditions many of us hold dear. 
Stay Safe and Shabbat Shalom,
This Week
Thursday, May 6
Wednesday, May 12
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Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm - A Journey through the Jewish Bible Exploring the Books of the Tanakh
We will look at the third section of the Tanakh - the Writings - and the Wisdom literature - the Books of Psalms and Proverbs.
Meeting ID: 858 8497 9408
Passcode: 873235
Dial in: 646 558 8656

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Havdalah Service
Saturday, May 8th, 8:30 pm
  • The congregation is invited by the religious school to join for a brief Havdalah service. We will gather on ZOOM at 8:30 pm and finish a little after 9:00 pm.
Meeting ID: 778 641 3847
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Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
This Week's Films

The 7th annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival runs from Saturday, May 1, to Tuesday, May 25. Each film event will run for 72 hours. and tickets will cost $10. We are also offering an All Festival Pass for $50. See our website for additional information and to watch our preview trailer.

Here We Are - Friday, May 7 | 7:00 pm
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?
Inner Flame - Friday, May 7 | 7:00 pm - Gali is a deaf dancer who dreams of a career as a fully-fledged dancer in a professional, well-known and well-regarded troupe of hearing dancers. A troupe that has never had a deaf dancer. Filled with excitement, hopes and fears, she arrives at the troupe's tryouts day, and decides to proceed without any accommodations and without barriers. She chooses to conceal her deafness from the examiners and the other dancers, and to fight for her place on an equal footing. Tickets for this short film are included with the purchase of tickets for Here We Are

Hear ye, Hear ye!  The B'nai Israel Baggers are BACK!
Join us on
Thursday, May 13, 10:30 am to Noon in the synagogue Social Hall.
We will be restarting our plastic bag mat project complete with instructions, materials and some good company. All are welcome. No experience necessary. 
The project provides mats for folks who have no permanent housing. Made from plastic grocery bags cut into strips and made into yarn (plarn), used to crochet (or knit) twin size mats. It is not necessary to know how to crochet or knit in order to help (but we will gladly teach anyone); we have an ongoing collection of bags that need to be sorted, folded, cut into strips and knotted together to make yarn. 
Hope to see you May 13 for some “kibitzing” and good company.  Sessions are limited to 10, masks will be worn. 
Please RSVP to Rena Goldwasser at simplythebest53@yahoo.com.
The Finished Product,
a labor of love.
It takes 500-700 bags to make one mat, and 30+ hours of handwork. Once you get the knack of it, you can even do this at home. Last year, we completed five mats which were given to Good Shepherd Shelter.

Thursday, May 13
Wednesday, May 19

The synagogue office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, May 17 and 18 for Shavuot.
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B'nai Israel Sisterhood Event
May 13th at 7:00 pm - Skip the nightly news, grab an early dinner,  and join our shul in a Sisterhood-sponsored, evocative discussion lead by Reverend Clifford Barnett of the Warner Temple AME Zion Church. Engage in the conversation along with members of his congregation about the relationship between the Jewish and African American communities. 
Meeting ID: 778 641 3847
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Kavanotes Shabbat - Come for the joyful noise!
May 14th, 6:00 pm
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Shavuot Festivities - Sunday morning
May 16th, 10:00 am
The entire congregation is invited to join the school for our final program of the year. We will be gathering, IN PERSON (with all proper health protocols in place), at 10 am at B'nai Israel. The morning will include learning about Shavuot (which begins that evening), some kitchen time to prepare some special treats for the holidays, and more. In order to properly prepare, and have enough supplies, please let us know if you'd like to join us (email Amy at morahamy2021@gmail.com).

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Pre-kun Leil Shavuot - Afternoon of Learning
Sunday, May 16th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm on ZOOM
Join Rabbi Kenter, Dr. Barbara Waxman, & Wilmington natives in this tradition of learning Torah for Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah. Tune in for one or all sessions for our pre-Shavuot afternoon. Bring a delicious, dairy treat (like cheesecake) with you to the computer screen!
Rabbi Barry Kenter, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - 4:00pm
Dr. Barbara Waxman - 4:45pm
Bruce Moskowitz and the Wilmington Native Panel - 5:30pm

Service at 9:30 am
Monday, May 17, Shavuot Day 1 with Yizkor

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A Journey through the Jewish Bible - Exploring the Books of the Tanakh - ​​​​​​​Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on ZOOM
May 20 -  We'll be exploring the 5 Megillot in the Book of Purim Writings. We're all familiar with Esther - the book we read on Purim. But maybe not so much with the other 4 Megillot - which are also read on holidays. And we'll take a close look at Megillat Ruth - just in time for Shavuot (which is when we traditionally read her story).
Meeting ID: 858 8497 9408
Passcode: 873235
Dial in: 646 558 8656

Save the Dates
Hadassah Chai Society & Keepers of the Gate Tea
Sunday, May 23, 4:00 pm on ZOOM
Please respond to Terry Jensen at tljensen6@yahoo.com by May 16.
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A Journey through the Jewish Bible - Exploring the Books of the Tanakh - ​​​​​​​Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on ZOOM
  • May 27 - This week we will finish our journey with a look at the final books of Writings - and review our relationship to the Tanakh and its role in our lives today.
Gift Shop News
Ready to spruce up your Shabbat table? Invited to a wedding shower? We have some beautifully embroidered Challah Covers.

Purchases can be made in person during regular business hours or online. Special orders can be placed through the Gift Shop email at Bnaiisraelgiftshoppe@gmail.com.
Every purchase you make from the Gift Shop goes to help fund B'nai 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
Jewish Pizza!
Kosher pizza can now be obtained at the Harris-Teeter in the Long leaf Mall, per a request from one of our members. The pizza is Macabee pizza and comes 4 in a box. Ask the person in the company office to go to the freezer in the rear of the store to get them. Macabee pizza is a cheese pizza and Cholov Yisroel.
Sydel Gluck
Cindy Throne
Joelle Serot
Paula Clemmons
Faye Sobol
Stephanie Bell
Heather Harris
Myra Frieder
Silvia Galeano 
Adesha Edge
Shirley Levine
Dennis Sender
Ira Nathan Sachs

May, 2021
Week of May 9-15
Sharon Mechum - May 9
Theresa Densmore - May 10
Buddy Eisenstein - May 12
Steve Mechum - May 12
Sarah Neuwirth - May 14
Yahrzeits this Week
May 7 -13
25 Iyar - 2 Sivan
Louis Zimmer
Respectfully remembered

Joseph Schwartz
Respectfully remembered

Frances Weiss
Mother of Lyne Glaser &
Barry Weiss
Herbert Moskowitz
Husband of Sandy & father of Bruce Moskowitz

Roberta Cardona
Sister of Terry Jensen

Fred Weinrich
Mother of Stanley Weinrich

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.

Terry & Sharon Dresbach
Sunshine Meals Fund
In honor of B'nai Israel Congregation for
their support and caring during my first year of mourning

Terry & Sharon Dresbach
Cemetery Fund
in Honor of Michelle, Barry, Alan, Harold and everyone
in the congregation for their hard work in keeping services and the Shul running smoothly

Barry & Pam Weiss
Cemetery Fund
in Memory of my Mom, Frances Weiss.
I think of her every day.

Jay & Beryl Jacobson
General Fund
in Honor of Andrew & Nikki Zeldin

Matthew Popkin
Education Fund
in Memory of Karen L. Popkin

Sandy Moskowitz
Capital Improvement Fund
in Memory of her husband, Herbert

Janet Vrecenak
Memorial plaque in memory of her mother
Fran Strauss.
Thank you to the B'nai Israel Congregation for
all their help and support.

Rabbi Chaya Bender

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