Bnai Israel Congregation News 
November 1,   2019
3 Cheshvan 5780

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, November 1,  2019 ~ 3 Cheshvan 5780
Candle L ighting  6:01  pm


***Friday Evening, November 1***
Service ~ 7:30 pm
Oneg to follow sponsored by
Sherry & Ira Padva
***Saturday Morning, November 2***
Service ~ 9:30 am
 Kiddush to follow service

Sedrah:  Noach

Rabbi Kenter's email address is
A Message from the President
Dear Members and Friends,
     Rabbi's love the month of Cheshvan.  There are NO holidays.  Shabbats are filled with wonderful stories we are all familiar with, this week we read about Noa, the ark and the flood.  A calming period after the tumult of our High Holidays, and preparation for Chanukah next month.  Plan on joining us over the next few weeks.  Services will be led by members, the " Kava Notes" (November 15th) then Rabbi Kenter returns for "New Member Shabbat" dinner and services on November 22nd.  Services begin at 7:30 followed by a traditional Oneg Shabbat, and Saturday morning at 9:30 followed by a Shabbat Kiddish.  
As it now gets dark very early, those in need of transportation please call Kate or me to arrange rides.        

Shabbat Shalom and see you in Shul,
Bagels and Bible

Diane Gerberg, Ruth Smith, Pam Sender, Erica Julien, Gayle Ginsberg Rich Weisman, Terry Jensen, Harold and Roberta Eichenholz, Jewell Johnson, Michelle Bannon, Rabbi Kenter, Steve Stein, and Jim Liberman

If you are not in this photo you missed a very special program by Rabbi Kenter.  Teaching about Bereshit, our Torah, and the birth of the world.  His next class will be on Sunday, November 24 at 10:30 am, The REAL Story of Chanukah.  
Spring forward...
Fall back

Daylight Saving Times ends this 
Sunday,  November 3.
Turn your clocks back 1 hour.
Rabbi Search Update
Putting Bnai Israel on Paper:
Applying to the USCJ Rabbinical Placement List
The Rabbinical Search Committee met on Monday, October 28th with the main goal of finalizing our application to USCJ for the Rabbinical Placement List.  We reviewed the most recent draft of the detailed application line by line, striving to characterize our synagogue and the larger community in the most positive and accurate light. Rabbi Kenter was present and helpfully guided us in the revisions, suggesting changes in language to make Bnai Israel appealing to prospective applicants, indicating what we are looking for in a new rabbi and what makes us a unique Conservative congregation in coastal North Carolina. Our application is almost complete and should be ready for submission in the next week.

We will meet again on November 4th for one final scan of the application and to discuss the questionnaire which will be sent to the congregation soon.

The Nominating Committee is Requesting Self-Nominations 
for the Bnai Israel
Board of   Directors
Would you like to serve on the board or executive board? The Bnai Israel Nominating Committee is now accepting self-nominations for those who want to be on the committee's recommended slate.  In December the congregation will vote to determine who will serve as the five Bnai Israel officers (President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer, each serving for a term of one year) and four elected board members (who serve for two years). All board members must:
1. Prepare for and attend regular Board meetings (currently the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm).
2.Serve as a committee chair and/or take on specific tasks for Bnai Israel.
3.Maintain engagement with synagogue life and the values of Conservative Judaism.
4. Demonstrate respect, collegiality, and professionalism toward congregants, the rabbi, and other board members.
Your Nominating Committee has been working to identify personnel needs and determine the qualifications for board membership. We are now identifying appropriate candidates and will be interviewing them in the beginning of November. If you would like to be considered for one of the positions, please contact Andrew at or 910-233-9538.
Thank you!

On sale in the social hall for
$25.  There are coupons for meals for groups and individuals, plus for all kinds of services around town, and they are active through December 2020.
This is a fund raiser for the Shul,
                                                so get yours now.  
Coming Events

Bake Off

November 16
Masonboro Forest Club House
**New Member
Make your reservations for  $10
RSVP to 
November 22
Dinner at 6:30 
Service at 7:30 
The REAL Story
of Chanukah
told by
Rabbi Barry Kenter

Sunday, November 24, 10:30 am
Festivals of Light:
Chanukah & Christmas
A joint program with our neighbors at Metropolitan Community Church

November 24
2:00 pm
B'nai Israel

Let your voice and vote count!
December 15

** Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
910.762.1117 ~

It's time for me to turn over the reins of Sunshine Meals to others.   My responsibilities as VP-at-Large for Bnai Israel and co-chair of the Rabbi Search committee have left me with little time for this important program.
We have a freezer full of food and all other necessary supplies, as well as detailed outline of how the program has been run. There is a list of volunteers to cook and deliver the meals and other goodies to those congregants who need a little Sunshine in their day.
Please consider helping continue this program. You will find that the rewards far outweigh the work.
Michelle Bannon

Birthdays and Anniversaries
November 2019



Ruth (Ravitz)





Richard Allen









Marilyn & Marc


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

We offer prayers of healing for the following:
Steve Glaser
Jerry Smith
Howard Neuwirth
Gail Grotsky
Gayle Ginsberg
Walter Pancoe

Ellen Emard
Marvin Neuwirth
Jackie Neuwirth
Joan Feinstein
Faye Sobol
Fran Strauss
***Each week we will show our  members and their families  who wish to be on the Misheberach list.  Names will remain on the list for 3 months unless you ask us to remove them earlier.  
Contact our office to add or remove names.

The names of those who are not members but whom you wish to 
receive prayers  will be read at Shabbat services.
27 Tishri - 3 Cheshvan
October 26 - November 1, 2019

Helen Feit
Sandra Bierman
Herman Jacobson
Lillian Rosenfeld
Mae Simon

Mathew Hamelburg

Morris Snyderman
Neville Sassoon
Ronald Mechum
Samuel Winter
Sylvia Soltan
Mother of Gayle Ginsberg
Sister of Gayle Ginsberg
Father of Jay Jacobson
Mother of Marvin Eisenstein
Aunt of Lyne Glaser and
Barry Weiss
Son of Judy & Robert Hamelburg
Respectfully remembered
Father of Phillip Sassoon
Father of Steve Mechum
Father of Walter Winter
Sister of Frances Strauss

Hadassah's KUGEL Bake Off

DATE: Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
  Masonboro Forest Club House
  5000 Stratton Village Lane
  Wilmington, NC 28412. 
Admission is $10.00 per person unless you're a Kugel Cookoff Chef, then the admission is free. We will be serving kugel, drinks, wine & water.  
RSVP to:  
   TERRY JENSEN (preferred)
   or call 910-632-4470

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.

Jan & Henry Miller
Disaster Relief fund
In loving memory of
Warren Perlman
Sharon & Jerry Spivak
General Fund
In honor of chanting the Shabbat Shuvah Haftarah and receiving an honor on
Yom Kippur
Terry L. Jensen
In memory of
Selma Black
Elaine Lathrop
Sunshine Meals
In memory of 
Warren Perlman
Sharon & Jerry Spivak
General Fund
In honor of our President and Board of Directors for the strength, wisdom, and respect shown especially over the past year.  Kol Ha Kavod.
Alan & Rita Katz
General Fund
In memory of Debbie Smith's father,
Warren Perlman
Jane Birnbach
Library & Book Fund
In memory of Debbie Smith's father,
Warren Perlman
Pam & Barry Weiss
General Fund
In memory of Ruth Ambrose,
mother of Alane Savod
Michelle Bannon & Richard
General Fund
In memory of
Ruth Ambrose
Pam & Barry Weiss
General Fund
In memory of Debbie Smith's father,
Warren Perlman
Joel & Sue Mintzes
Building Fund
In memory of
Warren Perlman`
Arlene & David Burns
Building Fund
In memory of 
Warren Perlman

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
Martha & Steve Stein
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
Let's Spread the 
Good Cheer
     of the            Winter Holidays!

B'nai Israel will prepare and serve Christmas dinner at Good Shepherd on December 25.  We will also be sharing gifts we collect for the homeless and destitute who temporarily live there.
Her e is a list of items we hope will be donated.

Decks of cards - large print and regular
Adult coloring books
Colored pencils and markers
Games - Uno, Phase 10
Puzzle Books - word searches, etc.
Jigsaw Puz zles

The gifts, generally intended for the adult shelter guests, may be wrapped or not and will be distributed  around dinner time. Please drop off your gift in the Shul office.

( The children are well provided for  by other groups and the Adopt a Family Program with coats, hats, scarves, gloves, etc.)

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