B'nai Israel 


Friday October 9th, 6:00 pm 

Saturday October 10th, 9:30am 
Shimini Atzeret with Yizkor
Outside in person (weather permitting) and Zoom

Sunday October 11th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm 
Drive-by Simchat Torah Extravaganza!

See details for all below.
Sukkot Services
All Sukkot services will also be available on ZOOM
We are pleased to announce that Sukkot Morning services will be (weather permitting) outside and in the Sukkah. In the event of rain, services will be on Zoom only to protect the Torahs from getting wet.
If you attend morning Sukkot services in person, please bring:
  • a donation for the Annual Food Drive
  • a signed waiver (if you have not already given us one)
  • a chair
  • a mask (please wear it)
  • your temperature will be taken
  • lunch for yourself
  • dessert will be provided
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Friday October 9th, 6:00 pm ZOOM Only - SUKKOT DAY 7

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Passcode: 296299
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Saturday October 10th, 9:30am ~ Shimini Atzeret with Yizkor
Outside in person (weather permitting) and Zoom

Meeting ID: 840 5575 1022
Passcode: 296299
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Sunday October 11th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 
Drive-by Simchat Torah Extravaganza!
This year for Simchat Torah to keep it light and festive, in lieu of a service, we will be having a drive-by outside Aliyah to the Torah and a blessing from Rabbi Bender. If it is raining, we will keep the Torah in the Chestnut Street entrance, so just pop inside.
Come by the synagogue any time from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. All participants will leave with a Simchat Torah Goodie Bag.
Edie Zeldin will be at the synagogue for the last Good Shephard food drive drop off day. Even if you already brought some food, bring some more!

From the President...

Sukkot is here! I was very happy to be able to attend an in-person service in the sukkah last Saturday. The crowd was small and it was a bit chilly, but it was great to worship with others. You have another chance this Saturday morning, weather permitting! Many thanks to Efraim Jaronowski, Alan Gerberg, Yves Sion, Steve Stein, Barry Weiss, Phil Sassoon, Harold Eichenholz and Harold Throne for getting the sukkah ready!
Sunday, October 11th, is Simchat Torah. Due to the pandemic, there are plans for a unique celebration at Bnai Israel. "Drive by" from 10-12 Noon  for an Aliyah and to receive a blessing from the Rabbi and a special goodie bag just for the holiday! In the case of inclement weather, come inside where we will safely celebrate!
Speaking of the pandemic, are you getting tired of these restrictions and precautions? Are you ready to get back to normal life? You are not alone. The fact is, most people around the world are experiencing the same emotions. It's been referred to as "Pandemic fatigue" or "Corona hangover." Although these feelings are valid, they can result in people letting down their guard, perhaps wearing a mask less often or spending more time out and about or in situations where social distancing is not practiced.
Of course we are all tired of this. However, putting yourself at greater risk puts your family members, your co-workers and anyone else you come into contact with at greater risk. Many of us who are part of Bnai Israel are over the age of 60. That fact alone increases our risk for complications if we become infected with Covid-19. I want all of you to stay healthy until we are able to come back together to worship, socialize and celebrate simchas together as a family. Don't allow yourself to be a victim of Pandemic fatigue. You are too important to the rest of us!
Stay safe, Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach,

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 Be sure to login to ShulCloud if you never have at
It is very important to sign on to your ShulCloud account if you've never done so before or if it's been a while. Please make that a priority this week.  If you have any difficulty signing on to ShulCloud, we want to help you before the High Holidays. Not sure how to sign on? Click here to learn how:

B'nai Israel Congregation Nomination Form for 2020
for Elections at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, December 6

Nomination deadline is November 1st. 

The following positions are up for election: 

Vice President at Large
Vice President-House
These officer positions are elected annually and are for
a one-year term.

Board of Directors
There are four open Board seats this year, and each requires
a two-year term.

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You are encouraged to apply for any of these positions by completing the form available below. A Nominating Committee member will contact you for a brief interview to make intelligent and educated selections for the upcoming slate.

Members seeking an officer position should be familiar with our Bylaws, be or plan to be active in all aspects of the congregation, including regular ritual and worship attendance, social and community involvement, and financial responsibilities. They should be prepared to attend several meetings a month, including chairing a committee which officers will be appointed to by the President.  Officers will serve on the Executive Committee and attend monthly Board meetings. It would be helpful that those seeking to serve have a background in the office they are seeking, i.e., Treasurer-financial, House-maintenance, President, VP and Secretary-administration.

Members seeking a board position should be familiar with our Bylaws, be or plan to be active in all aspects of the congregation including regular ritual and worship attendance, social and community involvement, and financial responsibilities. They should be prepared to attend several meetings a month, including at least one committee meeting they will have been appointed to by the President, and monthly Board meetings.

One Room Shul House
Coming Soon
This year the One Room Shul House 
will be free! 

The school year will start off with distance learning so for the meantime classes will be divided into developmentally appropriate smaller sizes. To help facilitate distance learning, all materials will be sent home with the student. 

In addition to the typical topics (Tikkun Olam, Holidays, Hebrew Language, Lifecycle, Prayer, History, Values, and Israel, to name a few) this year we will also be using a Covid-inspired supplemental curriculum called La'Briyut, To Our Health and Wellness, to provide Jewish context to our unusual times. The calendar will be released shortly (subject to change given the evolving nature of Covid). Please register as soon as possible and share widely!

Call or email Kate in the office to register: 

B'nai Israel Annual Food Drive

This Tikkun Olam project was founded in 2011 by Sylvia Atwood and was continued by my sister Sophie Zeldin. Sophie is out of town this year and I am studying for my bat mitzvah so I am extremely excited to step in and continue the Tikkun Olam.

So far we have collected 488.49 lbs. of food but we still 
want to collect more!

I'm determined not to let COVID-19 stop us from serving others! They need our help more than ever!

You can donate throughout the High Holidays by dropping items off at B'nai Israel. I will be on site to accept donations several times (see below), or you can bring them during normal office hours (10 am to 4 pm). If you cannot come to the synagogue, email me and we will come get the donation from you:  Edie.zeldin@gmail.com

Sunday 10/11   10-12 Noon

Items Needed
Breakfast cereal
Peanut butter
Hot sauce
Pasta sauce
Salt & pepper
(large bags or individual boxes)
Canned fruits & vegetables
Plastic flatware
Seasoning, spices 
(Adobo, Italian, etc)
Lunch box items
(snacks, chips, power bars, etc)
Walmart/Target gift cards 
(any amount)

Donations will provide much-needed support for
The Good Shepherd Center whose van will collect donations at 
B'nai Israel after the holidays,

Sisterhood Event

Sign-language Class

Sunday, October 18
1:00 pm
see details below

B'nai Israel
Sisterhood Book 

Meeting on Zoom on
October 21, 1:00 on

Hadassah Shabbat

Shabbat Service
Friday, October 30
7:00 pm 
B'nai Israel


December 6 via
Nominations due
November 1st

 Sisterhood Sign Language Class 
On ZOOM ~ October 18th, 1:00 pm 

Meeting ID: 899 9899 0663
Passcode: 886306
+1 646 558 8656 
Fall Adult Ed Coming Soon
For the fall, we will be having two weekly classes. For variety of time, the proposed class times will be Tuesday "Lunch and Learn" and Thursday night class. One of these courses will be a 101 in Hebrew reading as well as answering the age old question of "What the Heck are we saying in services anyway?!"Another course will cover a variety of topics from Tanakh, to Talmud, to Jewish Literature and more!

Please email if you have a preference in timing for this classes, with the understanding that not everyone can be accommodated. 

Also please email is you are interested in an Introduction to Judaism Class. I have been approached by a few seekers of Judaism and want to try to expand the class. This class would be for those who are not Jewish and interested in exploring Judaism more deeply. There is absolutely no requirement for conversion, only the desire to learn. Interfaith couples may join together.

Finally, if you are interested in adult bar/bat mitzvah class, please email!

Rabbi Chaya Bender
B'nai Israel Congregation
C. 910-547-7595

Renovation Photos
October 9, 2020

Getting really close to completion!

Bimah stonework


We offer prayers of healing for the following:**

Steve Glaser
Sydel Gluck 
Cindy Throne

Faye Sobol
Kenneth Densmore
Stephanie Bell

** 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.  Please contact the 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.
2020 Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays in October


Anniversaries in October

Ruth & Michael Smith         11 October

15-21 Tishri 5781   ~   October 3-9, 2020

Alan Silvers
Father of 
Eileen Leinwand &
Jackie Neuwirth
Bernice GulkinMother of 
Deanne Sherman
Emanuel GellmanFather of 
Lauren Tucker
Golda Lee Ratner FoxMother of 
Carolyn Moskowitz
Irving GinsbergHusband of
Gayle Ginsberg
Issac LeinwandRespectfully remembered
Julius G. SerotFather of 
Joelle Serot
Mary Bronstein ShainRespectfully remembered
Sidney PopkinFather of 
Jonathan Popkin
Warren PerlmanFather of 
Debbie Smith
William LauferRespectfully remembered

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

Alane Savod
Sunshine Meals Fund
In memory of
Bob Savod, Jules Valenstein and
Ruth Ambrose
Harold & Gail Grotsky
Building Fund
In memory of
Freda Grotsky
Scott & Carol Johnston
Capital Improvement Fund
Building renovations -
Ark doors
Rabbi James & Sandy Apple
General Fund
In appreciation for
B'nai Israel Congregation

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.

2020 Circle of Honor

 BenefactorCarol & Scott Johnston and
                   Ken & Theresa Densmore
               Patron:        Anonymous

Mark Alper
Judith Malman
Debbie & Jerry Smith
Barbara & Stanley Prushik
Martha & Steve Stein
Sharon & Terry Dresbach

Michelle Bannon & 
Rich Weisman
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Dee & Murray Sherman
Leigh & Walter Winter
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz
Pam & Barry Weiss

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

Wondering about voting during a pandemic?

You can register to vote through October 9th and request an absentee ballot through October 27th.

Rabbi Chaya Bender

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Administrative Secretary,  Kate Maclay

shabbat shalom