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.
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $15 per person.
** Reservations will be closed as of Friday, September 20.
The cost for our first Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner will be $25 for members, $30 for guests, and $10 for children.
(in the Chestnut Street foyer)
We encourage you to make suggestions - just be kind.
Kate would appreciate any suggestions for improving the
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.
11:00 am until
**Lunch & Learn with
Are we there yet?
50 Shades of
Tuesday, September 17
see article below
at B'nai Israel
May we be sealed in the book of life for a good and sweet year.
Dr. Elliot Engel
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 pm
followed by a dessert reception
10:15 am - Noon
**Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
910.762.1117 ~ email@example.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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.