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.
**********Hurricane Dorian Update*************
At the time of this writing, we are still waiting for Hurricane Dorian to reach Wilmington.
We will make the determination on Shabbat Services tomorrow. We will send out an email announcement tomorrow afternoon after we evaluate the storms damage, and also leave it on the Shul's answering machine.
Be safe and dry.
Friday, September 6, 2019 ~ 6 elul, 5779
Candle Lighting ~ 7:19 pm
Friday Evening, September 6
Service ~ 7:00 pm
Oneg to follow
***Saturday Morning, 7 elul, September 7, 2019***
Service ~ 9:30 am
Kiddush to follow service
A Message from the President
Dear Members and Friends,
As we await the arrival of Dorian, now is a good time to check in with your neighbors and friends and make sure they are ready and prepared for the pending storm.
This week, our Executive Committee met, our Renovation Committee met, the Rabbi Search Committee met, Cemetery Committee met, Communication Committee met, and Michelle and Rena thank those who came to the "Make and Bake" last week.
Here's the most amazing statistic of the week...last Shabbat, on Saturday morning the following congregants took part in our service:
Yasher Koach to Alan Gerberg, Ira Padva and Connie for reading Torah. Rabbi Waxman and Alan Gerberg for davening, Heinreich Jaronowski for a beautiful haftorah, and Sharon Spivak for leading services Friday night. It is a wonderful thing to have so many congregants participate both on committees as well as in worship. We have very involved congregation and should be very proud.
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 15th. Our Annual Shul Day. We have lots going on. In addition to meeting and greeting each other and all our auxiliary groups, i.e. Men's Club, Sisterhood, Kava Notes, Hadassah, Good Shepherd Cooking group, UJA, and many more we will also have up to date information on our sanctuary renovation, and most important an opportunity to meet our interim Rabbi, Rabbi Barry Kenter. We will also have "focus groups" designed to get your input as we proceed to search for a new Rabbi. All this and a terrific Israeli brunch. Holiday tickets, seating and membership information as well.
Stay safe and dry as Dorian comes ashore. And...
Shabbat Shalom see you in Shul,
will be given to ANYONE who signs up to do an Oneg on a Friday night.
Please call or email Anita Liebeskind at
910.791.7890 or anitaT2Sam@aol.com
Rabbi Search Committee Update: September 4, 2019
MEET RABBI KENTER ON SHUL DAY!!
Our interim rabbi, Rabbi Barry Kenter, will visit Bnai Israel, beginning on Shul Day, Sunday, September 15. On Shul Day, set for 11 AM to 2 PM, Rabbi Kenter will be introduced to congregants and meet with One Room Shul House students and their parents, Sisterhood, Men's Club, and the KavaNotes. Rabbi Kenter will be a great resource as we move forward with our rabbinic search.
Also on Shul Day, there will be two focus groups meetings, (11:30-12:00 and 1:00-1:30), where congregants can discuss the roles a permanent rabbi should fulfill , as well as the desirable characteristics in a rabbi that would make a good fit with our congregation.
Rabbi Kenter will remain in Wilmington until September 19. During that time activities planned include: a Lunch and Learn Meeting and an evening Adult Education program; meetings with the Bnai Israel Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and the Rabbi Search Committee; and other kinds of social interactions with Rabbi Kenter. Rabbi Kenter will return September 26 for the High Holidays, remaining in town till October 10.
Other ways that congregants can stay informed and weigh in on what they see as the important duties and most desirable traits of our next full-time rabbi include:
Continued weekly updates in the newsletter.
A new drop-down box on the Bnai Israel website where members can access updates on the rabbinic search
A Suggestion Box, (in a lovely shade of blue), which now sits on the table in the lobby of the synagogue, at the Chestnut Street entrance. Cards and pens are available for you to write comments and suggestions regarding your vision of the best rabbi for Bnai Israel. These will be read by the Search committee and at the Board of Directors meetings.
Additional group meetings in the future to provide all congregants with an opportunity to take part in this very important process. We want and need your input!
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.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Deliver between 2:30-4:45 pm
11:00 am until
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
**Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
910.762.1117 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 15, 11:00 - 2:00 pm
Have A Nosh & Some Fun!
Meet Rabbi Barry Kenter
our Interim Rabbi
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
Who should people contact for info?
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 is 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: email@example.com.
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 number of seats goes 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.
Reservations will be closed as of Friday, September 20.
Book of Remembrance 2019-2020
The B'nai Israel Men's Club will once again be publishing a Book of Remembrance for use during 2019-2020 Yizkor Services starting with Yom Kippur on October 9th. This Yizkor Book will include both the Yizkor service and a section devoted to the memory of dear ones who have departed. The cost for inclusion in the Yizkor Book is a donation of $10 per individual name memorialized.
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