B'nai Israel Congregation News 
November 29, 2018

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, November 30, 22 Kislev
Candle Lighting ~ 4:44 pm

Shabbat Services
***Friday Evening, November 30, 22 Kislev***
Service at 8:00 pm
Oneg to follow sponsored by Roselle Margolis

***Saturday Morning, December 1, 23 Kislev***
Shabbat Service ~ 9:30 am
Sedrah ~ Vayeshev
Kiddish to follow 

From the President...
Dear Members and friends,
     We celebrate Hanukkah as a great miracle.  The miracle of overcoming amazing odds, the miracle of saving and defending the temple for over eight days with just a small amount of oil, and the miracle of a small band of Jews defending against a much larger conquering army.  
...not much has changed.  
We can celebrate today with many of the same miracles.  We are still a small band of Jews proudly fighting much larger conquering and hateful enemies.  Our miracles come in the form of Noble Prizes- out of 902 total awards, 203 have gone to Jews.  Our miracles come from our leadership in education, business, and medicine.  And our miracles still include defending our small nation of Israel as well as a small population in America against overwhelming anti-Semitism that continues to grow long after the original miracle of the 2nd century.  
     We celebrate with lighting our menorahs, we celebrate with parties, latkes, and song.  But mostly we need to celebrate that we in America and Israel have the right to worship our God and to gather together      
in true celebration of this freedom.  
    This is no time to forget all those that have suffered for this freedom nor is it time to think that our struggle is over.  The miracle of oil is now replaced with dollars.  We have many menorahs (non-profit agencies) that need the little bit of oil to continue to burn and insure that Jews throughout the world do not become victims and the horrors of the past stop being repeated.  I ask that you take a moment to choose from the list below and help them perform miracles.
Happy Hanukkah to all, and may the coming years find peace and freedom.
See you in Shul,
Holocaust Museum
Hillel International
World Jewish Congress
American Jewish World Service
Bnai Brith International
Birthright Israel Foundation
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Anti-Defamation League - ADL
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Jewish Federation- UJA
If I have left out your favorite Jewish charity, please let me know so I can include it on my list.  Todah Rabah and Hag Samech.

Coming Events
  Please consult Rabbi's Calendar or call the Shul office before scheduling any event involving the congregation.  We will not advertise any events in the Weekly Newsletter or on the ShulCloud calendar unless Rabbi's Calendar has been considered.

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Celebrating Hanukkah and
Israel's 70th 

Riebman Center
922 Market St.
Please see the article below.

December 4
7:00-9:00 pm

More Food
December 9
4:00 pm

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Julie

December 12
12:00 Noon
Guest Chef

Board of Directors
will create delicious
Friday, December 21
Services at 6:00pm
Dinner to follow
Rita Katz's
7_th birthday
December 22
Kiddish luncheon following Services
17 ~ kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com

Hospice News

Bnai Israel is providing a traditional Christmas meal to Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Thank you to Elaine Lathrop,Janice Kingoff, Barry and Pam Weiss, Bucky Stein, Barbara Waxman, Lyne Glaser, Sue Mintzes,  Alane Savod and Janice Hyman for making this possible.   Please deliver the food  in a disposable container and warm (if possible)   Drop off is at 1:00 pm.  

If you are able to participate but can't heat or deliver your dish, please contact me so arrangements can be made: Laurel Westreich,  201-317-5071, or  laurelw5071@gmail.com .   Thank you for your generosity.
Upcoming 2019 Hospice dates: January 9, March 13. 

Gift Shop
Selected items are on sale, including candles and wrapping paper. Check out some of the new holiday items.
Kate, in the office, can assist you during regular office hours.
Thank you for the following donations to Sisterhood:
Diane & Alan Gerberg in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Sharon Dresbach
Barbara Schwartz in memory of her mother

Coming in 2019

Membership Kickoff Get Together                      Sunday January 6
12:00 Noon - Open to all members and potential members. Potluck brunch at Debbie Smith's house.

Sisterhood Book Club                                Wednesday January 9
We will meet from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in Elaine Lathrop's home, and we will be reading The Grandees by Stephen Birmingham

Sisterhood Shabbat & Guest Chef Dinner               Friday January 18
If you wish to participate in the service by reading an English or Hebrew prayer and/or helping with the dinner preparation, contact Sharon Spivak at sharon.spivak@gmail.com.

Birthdays and Anniversaries
December 2018

Howard Retchin
Barry Laub
Amy Grant
Slade Suchecki
Morgan Mehler
David Weber
Todd Berliner
Joel Mintzes
Mark Schreiber
Sylvia Atwood
Paul Freedman
Sandy Robbins
Zita & Joseph Reitblatt
20-Dec anniversary
Rita Katz
75th B-day 22-Dec
Michelle Sherman
Buddy Eisenstein
Nancy Kraselsky
Ronald Kurtzman
Glenda & Alan Dubs
24-Dec anniversary
Ronald Hoffman
Victor Cohen
Pearl & Dan Retchin
28-Dec anniversary
Domenik Suchecki
Elaine Lathrop
Warren Rosenberg

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  16-22 Kislev   November 24-30, 2018
The Yahrzeits represent those whom we have remembered over the past week, Saturday evening through Friday Shabbat.

Ben Roberts
Father of Jeff Roberts
David Finger
Respectfully remembered
Hilda Godwin
Mother of Leslie Samet
Lillian D'Lugin
Mother of Lorraine Fleishmann
Marion Senders
Mother of Anita Liebeskind
Sidney Medress
Father of Mike Medress
Simon Lipton
Respectfully remembered
Victoria Cowan
Wife of Stephen Cowan
Wallace S. Leinwand
Father of Richard Leinwand
Walter Ortell
Respectfully remembered


Rita & Alan Katz
General Fund
In celebration of Jerry Smith's birthday
Ruth Smith
General Fund
On behalf of Jerry Smith's 29th birthday
Debbie & Jerry Smith
General Fund
In memory of Jerry's mother, Sara Lee Bostom
Rita & Alan Katz
General Fund
Mozel tov to the Moskowitzes on the birth of their grandchild, Mac
Martha & Steve Stein
General Fund
In memory of
Danny Harrelson
Arlene & David Burns
In memory of Arlene's father, Allen Jacobs
Elane & Steve Janz
General Fund
In memory of 
Abraham A. Janz
Rita & Alan Katz
Benevolent Fund
In memory of Rebecca Goldstein, Alan's mother
Temple Israel
Norfolk VA
Disaster Relief
Hurricane Florence
Brenda Leder
Cemetery Fund
Hurricane clean up at the
B'nai Israel Cemetery
Phyllis & Warren Rosenberg
Education Fund
In memory of 
Herman Wapnick
Susan & Joe Mintzes
Hanukkah Fund
In support of Steve Glaser's recovery
Jay & Beryl Jacobson
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In honor of the youngsters  (yelodim) who participated in the Nov. 17 Shabbat services.  They are the future.
Constance Heymann & John Muller
General Fund
In support of activities at B'nai Israel
Sharon & Steve Mechum
Hanukkah Fund
To help with Hanukkah festivities
Pam Weiss
In memory of her Father Edwin Packard

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