B'nai Israel
Wilmington, NC

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, November 20, 4 Kislev
Candle Lighting ~ 4:47 pm

Torah ~ Genesis ~ 25:19-28:9
Haftarah ~ Malachai 1:1-2:7

Shabbat Services
All in-person services at the synagogue are cancelled
until further notice.

Please join us on ZOOM
Friday Evening Service
Friday, November 20, at 6:00 pm
with Rabbi Bender

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Passcode: 296299

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

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Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 21, at 9:30 am

Meeting ID: 840 5575 1022
Passcode: 296299

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


Torah ~ Genesis 25:19-28:9
Haftarah ~ Malachai 1:1-2:7

Letter from the President ...

What a wonderful service last Friday evening! Rabbi Bender led us in a very meaningful salute to Veterans. We were blessed by the voices of Thom Clemmons, Sue Mintzes, Phyllis Rosenberg, Phil Sassoon and Rav Waxman, who also played the guitar.

I had the privilege of sharing some of my experiences in caring for active duty military and veterans. Ruth Smith spoke of being drawn to helping veterans while living in Washington DC, in particular, working with the Honor Flights program.

Since moving here, Ruth has been determined to have the program restart in Wilmington. Her persistence has resulted in Wilmington’s Honor Flights beginning again in the Spring of 2021. I encourage all of you to support this program and consider taking part in one of the flights. Doing so will be an incredible experience not only for the veterans, but also for everyone involved. Ruth’s determination is much like the veterans we honored last Friday evening. All of us should be thankful for those who step up and volunteer for the demanding and often dangerous job of defending our country.

Next week, when you sit down for your turkey dinner, remember to add these heroes to your list when you give thanks.
Stay Safe and Shabbat Shalom,

B'nai Israel Sisterhood Gift Shop

Chanukah is just 3 weeks away. Our Bnai Israel Gift Shop is stocked up and ready for you. Can’t see the grandkids? Make up a Chanukah goody bag to send to them. We have a nice selection of items. New for this year we have Chanukah masks and socks. Come in person to check out more items.

Go to our on-line catalog to see the many items we have in stock

Hebrew School for Children
Sundays in November & December on ZOOM

One Room Shul House: Hebrew School is back in full force with classes for Pre-School through High School students. We meet Sundays for an hour over zoom. It is not too late to register for the year and school this year is free. For more information, email rabbibender.bnaiisraelilm@outlook.com

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all with Rabbi Bender on ZOOM
November and December 2020

Crash Course in Hebrew/
Intro to Our Prayer Service
Every Tuesday at 1:00 pm, Nov. thru Dec.

Meeting ID: 884 9910 7344
Passcode: 296299
One tap mobile

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Introduction to Judaism
(For all seekers of Judaism or those who want a refresher)
Wednesday, 6-7:30 pm - Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 and 23

Meeting ID: 893 7544 8723
Passcode: 296299
One tap mobile

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Thursday Night Study (Mishmar*)
Thursdays, 7-8 pm - Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3, 10, 17

Meeting ID: 882 5221 9805
Passcode: 296299
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Mishmar literally means “to guard.” It is the term used in the Yeshiva world for Thursday night study as you prepare to enter Shabbat.

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Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
Sunday, November 22, 4:00 pm

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Sisterhood Book Club
Wednesday, December 2 at 1:00 pm on ZOOM

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Annual Meeting and Election of
Board of Directors
Sunday, December 6, at 4:00 pm

UJA Wilmington Presents: JDC's
Global Support Update
In partnership with The Jewish Federations of North America - Network of Independent Communities
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 – 7:30pm

What does it mean to be connected to and responsible for Jews around the world, especially during a crisis?
What is our collective Jewish responsibility to the broader world and the communities with whom we live and interact?
How has the partnership between the Aurora Jewish Welfare Fund and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee answered these questions, and how are they responding today? Learn the answers with us as we connect with the JDC!
Dr. William Recant
Assistant Executive Vice President & Global Program Specialist
Will Recant is JDC's senior professional for disaster response, international development, and non-sectarian programs. With more than three decades of experience in crisis management and service development, he has directed relief efforts and disaster assistance programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Japan, Haiti, Kosovo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cuba and countries affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Dr. Recant is one of America’s top experts in the field of international relations, disaster relief and global development. A highly sought-after source on crisis response, he has appeared in a variety of TV, print, and radio outlets discussing the rescue and relief of distressed populations, international disaster response and preparedness, and global volunteerism. He has advised and briefed U.S. Presidents, government agencies, members of Congress, local, national, and international government officials, embassy staff, as well as community leaders and academics.
For more than two decades, Will Recant has worked for JDC across several continents, harnessing his expertise in emergency response and community development. He joined JDC in 1993: based out of Washington DC, he managed the launch of JDC’s community development projects in the Cuban Jewish community. Building on this experience, Will later assumed the role of JDC's Desk Director for Latin America. In this capacity, he played a key role in the
international effort to stabilize the Argentinian Jewish community during the country's economic collapse.
During a subsequent tenure as Desk Director for Europe, Dr. Recant created community-building programs in the former Soviet bloc, including Hungary and the Baltic States. He also established twinning relationships between North American Jewish Federations and poor Jewish communities in the Baltic States, boosting funding for overseas programs.
Before coming to JDC, Will served as the Executive Director of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews, where he served as the chief advocate of the Ethiopian Jewry movement. He played a central role in the airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, one of the largest resettlement operations of the 20th century.
Dr. Recant's academic endeavors have also contributed to his global outlook: he holds a PhD and Master's degree in Political Science from George Washington University. A captivating speaker, he brings together strands of his rich experience into every story that he tells.
Christmas Eve Dinner at Good Shepherd
We have volunteered again this year to prepare dinner at Good Shepherd for Xmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th. This will be in addition to our regularly scheduled 2nd Wednesday of each month, November 11th and December 9th.  

The new procedure at Good Shepherd for dinner service is designed to maintain social distance with both those helping prepare the meal as well as those who are eating. Only residents for the night are provided with a meal which cuts the number of dinners from 80-100 down to 30-40. Dinners are prepared then boxed for distribution and placed on a table for the nightly residents.  

Of course masks, gloves hair coverings and aprons are required and frequent hand washing is encouraged for both overall sanitation as well as Covid safety. We meet at the Good Shepherd Center at 4 o'clock and dinner is served at 6 pm. There is always room for volunteers, and I encourage anyone that feels comfortable to join in this "mitzvah" of literally feeding the hungry and less fortunate. For more information or to volunteer please contact:

Alan Katz - alanritak29@gmail.com - 910-228-8999
Kate at Bnai Israel Office - kate.bnaiisraelilm@outlook.com

We offer prayers of
healing for the following
Steve Glaser
Sydel Gluck
Cindy Throne
Kenneth Densmore
Theresa Densmore
Helen Drogin

Faye Sobol
Stephanie Bell
Henry Jordan
Barbara Prushik
Heather Harris
Jerry Smith

November 2020 Birthdays

Lauren Tucker ~ 2nd
Ruth Smith ~ 3rd
Ninette Kartchner ~ 7th
Judith Malman ~ 8th
Steve Stein ~ 8th
Richard Leinwand ~ 11th
Jerry Smith ~ 18th
Mark Alper ~ 24th
Frank Block ~ 24th
Joanna Puritz ~ 26th
Leigh Winter ~ 27th
Harrison Freedland ~ 29th
Renovations as of November 20
Details are being tended to: touch-up painting, carpeting installation on Bimah steps, electronics connected and fine-tuned.

The synagogue is in need of two 4-drawer filing cabinets with locks. The dimensions needed are 22" x 15" x 60". If you have one or two of these sitting around that need a good home, please let Kate in the office know: kate.bnai israelilm@outlook.com Many thanks!!

The two top drawers are for insurance
forms, the next two are for accounts
payable, and we let a homeless man
named Lenny sleep in the
bottom drawer at night.
20-26 Cheshvan 5781
November 14-20, 2020

Alma Nathan Robinson
Respectfully remembered

Buddy Bernard Turner
Respectfully remembered

Charles Richard Reed
Father of Theresa Densmore

Ella Martha Robinson Reed
Mother of Theresa Densmore

Louise P. Densmore
Mother of Kenneth Densmore

Elizabeth Bowman
Mother of Caroline Eisenstein

Hermine Freed
Sister of Alan Gerberg

Jacob Miller
Respectfully remembered

Mildred Janz
Mother of Steve Janz

Molly Roberts
Mother of Jeffrey Roberts

Sam Markowitz
Father of Jack Markowitz

Samuel Meyerson
Father of Martin Meyerson

Sarah Miller
Respectfully remembered

Sherman Hubelbank
Brother of Miriam Bloch

Ted Merlin
Stepfather of Reba Alper

If you would like to make a donation to B'nai, please click on the link below and use the Pay Online tab on our website.

Grace Stein, Cemetery Fund
In honor of Steve Stein's birthday

Robert & Judy Hamelburg, Cemetery Fund
In memory of Matthew Hamelburg, and Ann & Milton Finkelstein

Arlene & David Burns, Sunshine Meals Fund
In honor of Michelle Bannon

Sharon & Terry Dresbach, Sunshine Meals Fund
In memory of Sharon's father, Arthur Kress

Zee Reitblatt, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In appreciation for Rabbi's Bender's ministry

Roberta & Harold Eichenholz, Sunshine Meals Fund
In appreciation

Rabbi Chaya Bender

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