B'nai Israel Congregation News 
September 13,    2019
13 elul, 5779

We are committed to serving the Jewish Communities of Wilmington 
and the surrounding areas  and providing for the study of Torah, education, 
Tikkun Olam,  and a sense of community, egalitarianism and spiritual growth 
all in accordance   with the principles, values and traditions of Conservative Judaism.


Shabbat Shalom
Friday, September 13,  2019 ~ 13 elul, 5779

Candle Lighting ~ 7:03 pm



Friday Evening, September 13
Pre-neg at 6:30 pm
Service ~ 7:00 pm

***Saturday, 14 elul, September 14, 2019***
Service ~ 9:30 am
 Kiddush to follow service

Sedrah:   Ki Teitzei

A Message from the President
Dear Members and Friends, 
     There is SOOOO much going on at Bnai Israel that I barely have time to write and tell you about it.  To begin with, of course our regular Shabbat Services will be held.  This Friday, our Pre-Neg, food and wine BEFORE services will be at 6:30 followed by Shabbat Services at 7 led by our own Alan Gerberg.  Come welcome Shabbat.  Saturday morning as usual, 9:30 followed by a wonderful light kiddish luncheon.  Pre Holiday cemetery visitation is next Sunday as is our annual Tashlich Boat trip.  
     Sunday is SHUL DAY.  Come and see what is going on at Bnai Israel.  Our volunteer leadership will be there to answer your questions on membership, High Holiday seating and meals, Tashlich Boat trip, and much more.  Additionally, representatives from Sisterhood, Men's Club, Kava Notes, UJA, Hadassah, Hospice, Sunshine Meals, and more will all be available to answer any questions or encourage your participation.  Our Gift Shop will be open, and someone will be available to explain our Website and members directory and make sure your picture is on the directory.  This will be a good time to volunteer for ushering, cooking or other opportunities to help out.
     We will have our first of many Focus groups designed to ensure that as we search for a new Rabbi, we are answering the needs of all our congregants. Representatives from our design committee will be on hand to listen to your ideas and update you on our progress.  
     Come meet Rabbi Barry Kenter who will be with us as our interim Rabbi through next year and sign up for the Lunch & Learn on Monday afternoon or the Tuesday evening class.  See more information below.  Rabbi Kenter will also meet with our ORSH (One Room Shul House) families to begin to outline our program for this coming year.
    Food, fun, calendars and more....
     You can register for all of these events coming up including High Holiday Seating and dinners by calling Kate in the office:  762-1117 OR in most cases online by following the links below in the Newsletter.

We are moving forward with enthusiasm and excitement.  Please be a part of Bnai Israel 5780.
Shabbat Shalom and definitely this week, let's see you in Shul. 

Rabbinic Search Update, September 13, 2019

Countdown to Rabbi Kenter's First Visit!
Bnai Israel's First Focus Groups!
This Sunday is Shul Day! Plan on being part of this event, which 
will take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Congregants will have their first opportunity to meet Bnai Israel's interim rabbi, Rabbi Barry Kenter, and participate in 1 of 2 Focus groups that day. You'll get to learn more about the various groups which keep our synagogue thriving and also get information about High Holiday tickets, membership and Shul Cloud. There will be food!

President Barry Weiss will give an overview of the Shul Day activities and introduce Rabbi Kenter at 11:15 and again at 12:15.

Focus groups will take place from 11:30 to 12 noon and from 1:00 to 1:30. Each focus group will consider and prioritize a number of duties and roles that they consider important - for themselves and for the congregation - in a permanent rabbi.

The Search Committee members completed the focus group activity this week and found it engaging and challenging. It gave everyone much food for thought.
Elements of the focus group feedback will help us better define the desirable qualities for our next permanent rabbi and will also be incorporated into a future congregational survey.

The Search Committee has been guided by professionals at United Synagogue (USCJ) in composing the list of duties and rabbinic roles for each group to discuss. The groups will be led by congregants from the Search Committee and the results will be shared with both the Search Committee and the Board of Directors.

You'll have many opportunities to weigh in during the Rabbinic Search. Besides the focus groups and the survey, don't forget the blue suggestion box in the foyer. Please use it to express your opinion about what you hope for in Bnai Israel's next Rabbi. We need your thoughts!

More Events
At two other events you can meet and engage with Rabbi Kenter. 

The first is on Monday, September 16th at Noon when  Lunch & Learn returns with Rabbi Kenter discussing "Are We There Yet?" Lunch will be served and there is no charge, but please, please, please make a reservation so we can prepare enough food.   

On Tuesday evening, September 17th at 7:00 pm, you won't want to miss his Adult Education talk on "Fifty Shades of Pray."  Be sure to RSVP so we can put out enough chairs.

See the complete schedule for Shul Day and Rabbi Kenter's first visit elsewhere in this newsletter!

Monday, September 16, 12:00 Noon

Are We There Yet?

** Be sure to make a reservation so
we can prepare enough lunch for all!
There is no cost for this event but PLEASE rsvp.
kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com or 910.762.1117 
Fifty Shades of Pray
Rabbi Barry Kenter
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Please RSVP so we know how many chairs to set up! Contact kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com  or call 910.762.1117

Tashlich Boat Trip
Wilmington Water Tours
212 S. Water Street

Our boat trip for Tashlich will take place on Sunday, September 22, at 3:00 pm.  Please arrive no later than 2:45 pm.  The boat will  leave promptly at 3:00 pm.  There is space on board for a MAXIMUM of 49 guests, and the  seats go FAST.  Don't be left on the dock! Call or email the Shul office to make your reservation - 910.762.1117 or kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com.  

The cost is $15 per person.
** Reservations will be closed as of Friday, September 20.
or click below to register on line

Click here

Tashlich Boat Trip

Here are your High Holiday Dates and Times 

Selichot-                       Saturday, September 21, 2019    7:00 pm
Annual Cemetery Visit  Sunday, September 22, 2019     11:00 am
Tashlich on the Boat     Sunday, September 22, 2019      3:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashana        Sunday, September 29, 2019      6:00 pm
Dinner following Services $25 per person*
Please make reservations
Rosh Hashana Day 1      Monday, September 30, 2019     9:00am
Rosh Rosh Hashana II      Tuesday, October 1, 2019         9:00 am
Erev Yom Kippur-Kol Nidre  Tuesday, October 8, 2019    6:30 pm
Yom Kippur                      Wednesday, October 9, 2019   9:00 am  Yom Kippur Concluding Service - Neilah
        Wednesday, October 9, 2019     5:30 pm
  Break the Fast will immediately follow the service. 
Reservations are needed*
Erev Sukkot                          Sunday, October 13, 2019   6:00 pm
Sukkot   First Day                Monday, October 14, 2019   9:30 am
Shabbat Sukkot                   Friday, October 18, 2019   6:00 pm
Followed by Dinner in the Sukkah*
Reservations needed
Shemini Atzeret-8th Day of Sukkot-Yizkor
                                        Monday, October 21, 2019       9:30 am
Simchat Torah                  Monday, October 22, 2019       6:00pm

The cost for our first Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner will be $25 for members, $30 for guests, and $10 for children.
Suggestion Box
(in the Chestnut Street foyer)

We encourage you to make suggestions - just be kind.
Kate would appreciate any suggestions for improving the
Weekly Newsletter.
Coming Events
Please check Rabbi's Calendar before scheduling any event involving the congregation.
We aren't able to advertise any events in the Weekly Newsletter 
or on the ShulCloud calendar unless Rabbi's Calendar has been consulted.


September 15
11:00 am until
2:00 pm
** Lunch & Learn  with
Rabbi Kenter
Are we there yet?
September  16
12:00 Noon
Please RSVP
50 Shades of
Pray with
Rabbi Kenter

Tuesday, September 17
7:00 pm
Please RSVP
** Sisterhood
Book Club
to meet

September 18
1:00-3:00 pm
see article below


September 21
7:00 pm

Visit with
Rabbi Waxman

September 22
11:00 am
at B'nai Israel


Boat Trip

May we be sealed in the book of life for a good and sweet year.

September 22
3:00 pm
$15 per 

Dr. Elliot Engel 

September 24, 
7:00 pm
followed by a dessert reception

Bag Ladies 
(and gentlemen)
to Meet

October 14
10:15 am - Noon

** Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
910.762.1117 ~ kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com

Sunday, September 15, 11:00 - 2:00 pm
Have A Nosh &  Some  Fun!

Meet Rabbi Barry Kenter
our Interim Rabbi
Focus groups for our Rabbi Search
Meet the Bnai Israel community
High Holiday Tickets
Seat assignments and holiday schedule
Learn the benefits of membership
  Get help with ShulCloud
and much more!  

Learn About Service Opportunities
Good Shepherd Ministries
Jewish Film Festival
Kava Notes
Mens' Club
United Jewish Appeal

Sisterhood Book Club To Meet

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 18th, 1-3 PM. Joelle Serot has graciously offered to host. Her address is 1024 Lindenwood Drive, Leland 28451. Her phone number is 703-909-7559.  We will organize a caravan of drivers, departing from Panera's on Oleander.  

Our book will be the provocative novel by 
Philip Roth, The Plot Against America. 

The book club is open to all B'nai Israel Sisterhood members. If you'd like to participate and to be added to our email list, please contact: barbarawaxman@gmail.com.

Book of Remembrance 2019-2020

The deadline for the 2019 Yizkor book form is
September 27, 2019.
Please click below for the sign-up form; or pick up a from at the Shul and send it with a check made out to B'nai Israel Men's Club to:

B'nai Israel Men's Club
c/o Efraim Jaronowski
1163 Forest Hills Dr
Wilmington, N.C.28403

Please print names as clearly as possible. Questions?  Contact Efraim Jaronowski at 910.343.5789.  Thank You


A big thank you to our September volunteers: Arlene Burns, Margery Jordan, Rita Katz, and  Leigh Winter. It was a little challenging getting enough participation.  Please consider helping with the next meal on November 12.  We need 2 main dishes, 2 salad/veg dishes, and 2 desserts.
Contact Laurel Westreich, laurelw5071@gmail.com; 201-317-5071.

Birthdays and Anniversaries
September 2019


Wheeler 1-Sep
Stein 2-Sep
Alper 8-Sep
Atwood 9-Sep
Retchin 9-Sep
Eichenholz 10-Sep
Cohen 12-Sep
Ratner 12-Sep
Opper 15-Sep
Mitwol 17-Sep
Bloch 18-Sep
Rosenberg 18-Sep
Popkin 21-Sep
Klein 23-Sep
Greenfield 23-Sep
Markowitz 24-Sep
Schoninger 24-Sep
Bannon 26-Sep
Weiss 28-Sep
Neuwirth 29-Sep


Melissa & Greg
Mindy &Steven
18 Sep

Birthdays and Anniversaries come from your ShulCloud Member Profile.
If your special day is NOT included here, please check your profile and add the dates.  If you are not sure how to do that, contact Kate Maclay in the office for help at kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com

5779 7 - 13  Elul
    September 7 - 13, 2019

Calvin Zedd
Grandfather of 
Alexandra Blanton
David Samuel Cohen
Brother of Victor Cohen
Dora Cohen
Respectfully remembered
Milton Goldfarb
Father of Arlene Weinrich
Peter Strauss
Son of Frances Strauss
Rae Greenberg
Mother of Esther Eisenstein
Samuel D. Zimmer
Respectfully remembered
Samuel Rabunsky
Respectfully remembered

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

Linda & Robert Leder
Discretionary Fund
In memory of
Cindy Crane
Charles & Patricia Josephson
General Fund
In honor of our interim
Rabbi Barry Kenter 
and a new beginning

Please help us to correctly direct your gift by including what fund you
would like your donation to support:  dues, event, benevolent fund, etc.  If you 
are making a donation in honor or memory of someone, please
include their name.

Circle of Honor

Beneficiary: Carol & Scott Johnston
Patron: Ronna & Herb Zimmer,  Anonymous

M ark Alper
Sharon & Terry Dresbach
Judith Malman
Joanna Puritz
Debbie & Jerry Smith
Rose & Alan Zimmer
Barbara & Stanley Prushik
Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Deb and Martin Meyerson
Dee & Murray Sherman
Leigh & Walter Winter
Dottie & Irv Freedland
Pam & Barry Weiss

For more information or to sign up for the Circle of Honor

B 'nai Israel Congregation

Website & ShulCloud Directory

Office Hours Monday thru Friday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Administrative Secretary,  Kate Maclay

shabbat shalom