Bnai Israel Congregation News  
November 2, 2018

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, November 2, 24 Cheshvan
Candle Lighting ~ 5:59 pm
Shabbat Services
***Friday Evening, November 2, 24 Cheshvan***
Service ~ 8:00 pm
Oneg to follow sponsored by
Caroline & Buddy Eisenstein

***Saturday Morning, November 3, 25 Cheshvan***
Shabbat Service ~ 9:30 am
Sedrah ~ Chaye Sarah
Kiddish Lunch following the services
Sponsored by the Steins', Winters' and Weiss' in 
honor of 
Steve Steins 70th Birthday

A message from the President
Dear Members and Friends,
     Words cannot express the horror and sorrow we all have for the recent shooting victims of Eitz Chaim, Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh.  Anti-Semitism and hate have become a part of our culture and is rampant worldwide.  I know that all our prayers and thoughts go out to the families and the entire Jewish community.  
     We at Bnai Israel are taking a hard look at our own vulnerability and are looking very seriously at our own security.  We would be foolish to believe that "it can't happen here"! This week, your Executive Board along with Rabbi Kozlow has met with representatives from the New Hanover County Sheriff's department to begin to formulate a plan in the event of any action taken against us. We will be taking the following steps IMMEDIATELY to increase our awareness and safety.

1.  All doors will be locked at all times during the week.  Entry will be from the Chestnut Street door, and we ask that you ring the bell so that you can be identified.
2.  On Shabbat, entrance will be from the Chestnut Street door.  We are looking for volunteer ushers to greet members and guests as they arrive.
3.  For the next several weeks, we have asked the Wilmington Police department to increase their patrol presence in our area.  This means that we may see a police cruiser on our property more often.  
4.  For the next several weeks, we have scheduled "off duty" officers from the New Hanover Sheriff's department to be on our property during Shabbat services and Hebrew School.  These officers will be armed and are trained to respond.
5.  We will be asking each of you to familiarize yourselves with the floor plan of our building, and to be aware of all optional exits.  
6.  We have been instructed that in the event of any suspicious activity, that our best response is to call 911 and clearly give our address and situation to the responder.  This is the fastest and most efficient way to dispatch local law enforcement assistance.
7.  We will be meeting with the Wilmington Police department this coming week to develop further strategies as well as prepare training, so we are equipped to respond to many situations.
We ask that each of you be a part of this security and safety awareness program.  Be prepared to call 911 if you see anything suspicious.  Be familiar with the closest exit.  And most importantly be ready and prepared for the unexpected.
On our last trip to Israel, Pam and I were in a taxi going to the airport and the driver was pointing out all the new buildings and developments with enthusiastic pride.  He then stopped, and with a choke in his voice said, "imagine how magnificent and beautiful our country could be if we didn't have to spend so much time and money on security"!  We too are now faced with this, but as in Israel, our most important and cherished value is our safety.  We will do everything possible to deter and prevent and will be ready to respond.
Shabbat Shalom and see you in Shul,

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, November 11, 2018 ~ 4:30 pm

Nominations will be taken from the floor at the meeting.  If you plan to run from the floor, you may submit your own brief biography (250 words or less) to explaining your qualifications for the position.  Biographies must be in MS WORD format. You may send a jpg photo as well, and both will be printed in the newsletter to be emailed on Friday, November 8. 

Nominations Recommended by
the Nominating Committee

PRESIDENT               Barry Weiss
1st VP              Harold Eichenholz
AT LARGE VP       Michelle Bannon
SECRETARY            Joanna Puritz
TREASURER              Jerry Smith

(two-year term)

Noa Alper
Scott Johnston
Carolyn Moskowitz
Steve Stein

(one-year term to serve the remainder of Michelle Bannon's two-year term in the event she is elected to the VP Position)

Stan Prushik

Coming Events
Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night, 
November  4th.  Turn your clocks back

Premiere of this
exceptional film.
Writer, Producer and Di rector
Roberta Grossman
will be joining us.
November 4
7:00 pm
at Thalian Hall
** Sisterhood
Cameron Art Museum Tour
and Luncheon
Space limited to 20.  Contact Sharon Spivak at

November 11
11:00 am

** Lunch & Learn
with Rabbi Julie
Please make a reservation so we can have lunch for all.
November 14
12:00 Noon
Guest Chef

November 16
Services at 6:00
followed by
Shabbat Dinner

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

Director to host VIP Reception  

Tickets are on sale for Who Will Write Our History, the
groundbreaking film being presented Sunday, 7:00 pm, on November 4.  The film chronicles life in the Warsaw Ghetto in World War II. General admission tickets are $15, $10 for students with ID and active military personnel.  
Order tickets at or at the Thalian Hall Box Office, 310 Chestnut St. To avoid the online fee, call the Box Office at 910.632.2285 or visit Monday-Saturday, 2:00-6:00 pm.
Hospice News

I want to recognize the extraordinary efforts during the evacuation days of Hurricane Florence of our Sisterhood members and Kate who took up the challenge of providing a Hospice meal in September. Our date was September 12. Many of us including me decided to stay out of town rather than return to Wilmington after Rosh Hashanah. So Pam Sender bought extra food while Caroline Eisenstein, Dee Sherman and Rita Katz dropped off their food early. I think Kate missed the Mayor's plea to leave town and brought her two homemade dishes Wednesday morning. Yes...instead of backing out of our regular date, Bnai Israel actually had extra food for those who spent the hurricane with their loved ones at Hospice. I am so proud to be a part of Bnai Israel Sisterhood, and we are so fortunate to have Kate working with us.
November 14 is our next date and we have enough volunteers for that date. However, Laurel Westreich is looking for volunteers to do what we have not done previously - prepare a dinner for Christmas Day. Her email is

Cameron Art Museum Tour                              Sunday November 11
The tour begins at 11:00 AM followed by lunch at 12:30, and the 
cost is 
$15.00 (which does not include lunch).  Please RSVP to as soon as you can because we are limited to 20 participants.
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

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Lauren Tucker
Nov - 2
Michael Leinwand
Nov - 2
Ruth Ravitz Smith 
Nov - 3
Ninette Kartchner
Nov - 7
Avra Janz
Nov - 7
Judith Malman
Nov - 8
Steve Stein
Nov - 8
Kate Maclay
Nov - 10
Richard Leinwand
Nov - 11
Joel Puritz
Nov - 13
Jerry Smith
Nov - 18
Gary Sherman
Nov - 23
Charlotte Rosenberg
Nov - 24
Joanna Puritz
Nov - 26
Leigh Winter
Nov - 27
Harrison Freedland
Nov - 29

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

5779     18-24 Cheshvan     Oct. 27 - Nov. 1, 2018
The Yahrzeits represent those whom we have remembered over the past week, Saturday evening through Friday Shabbat.

Arthur Strauss Husband of Frances Strauss
Beatrice Piken Respectfully remembered
Col Morton Salk Respectfully remembered
Ella Klein Mother of Rhoda Galub
Goldie Stein Grandmother of Steve Stein
Harold Greene Respectfully remembered
Ira "Bunny" Rothstein Father of Laurie Katz
Jay Kapner Respectfully remembered
Lena Coolick Mother of Sandy Moskowitz
Liba Moskowitz Respectfully remembered
Libby Getz Respectfully remembered
Louis Heck Respectfully remembered
Max Hoffman Father of Ronald Hoffman
Minnie Stein Respectfully remembered
Perry Bloch Son of Beryl Bloch
Samuel Phillip Kay Uncle of Beryl Bloch
Sophia Lowenstein Respectfully remembered
Dennis Rosoff Husband of Peggy Rosoff

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.

Savannah Jewish Federation
Florence Disaster Relief
To assist with rebuilding/clean-up of sanctuary and cemetery
Lewis Margolis
Florence Disaster Relief
To help with hurricane recovery
Millicent Ginburg
Cemetery Fund
In memory of Leah Wolpert Simon
Sharon & Jerry Spivak
General Fund
To help repair our building
Judy & Bobby Hamelburg
Cemetery Fund
In memory of Ann Finkelstein, Mathew Hamelburg & Milton Finkelstein
Anita & Mark Hyman and
Jewish Federation of Greensboro
Florence Disaster Relief
For aid to those suffering due to Hurricane Florence

Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz
Congregation Beth El
Norfolk, VA
Florence Disaster Relief Fund
Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Florence Disaster Relief
Thanks to Rabbi Julie for a fantastic trip to Israel,
wishing Steve Glaser a speedy & complete recovery

We are blessed to get many checks; however, please help us correctly direct your gift by including a brief note regarding what the check is for:  dues, event payments, and others.  If your check is a contribution, please advise us "to whom or for what fund" you are donating.

"All Israel is responsible for one another." -The Talmud
Membership in the Circle of Honor is an annual gift. Please consider joining one of the Circle of Honor levels . You will be helping to guarantee that Bnai Israel can continue to serve all families and members , regardless of their financial status , and that we will provide the best religious, educational, and social programs possible to serve our entire Jewish community. 

Benefactors:                               Carol and Scott Johnston
                                                            Bucky Stein 
Patrons:                                          Reuben Silver - May his memory be for a blessing
                                                              Sponsors :
Mark Alper, Carol & Todd Atwood, Michelle Bannon & Richard Weisman ,Roberta & Harold Eichenholz, 
Fred and Joan Feinstein, Judith E. Malman,  Sharon & Stephen Mechum, Carolyn & Bruce Moskowitz, Beth & Walter Pancoe,   Dee & Murray Sherman ,Debbie & Jerry Smith ,Martha & Steve Stein ,Howard Stein, Pam & Barry Weiss, Leigh &Walter Winter, Rose and Alan Zimmer, Ronna & Herbert Zimmer  

Our Circle is growing. We are very grateful to those who have chosen to participate: 

For more information about the Circle of Honor CLICK HERE 

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shabbat shalom

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