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.
Friday, February 14, 2020
~ 19 Shevat 5780
Candle Lighting ~ 5:36pm
***Friday Evening, February 14***
Service at 7:30 pm
Oneg to follow
***Saturday Morning, February 15***
Service ~ 9:30 am
Kiddush to follow service
From the President ...
Wonder what goes on during the week at Bnai Israel? There's plenty of activity behind the scenes, and it runs the gamut, from committee meetings to planning sessions, mat making or food being delivered for the oneg. If you're lucky, you might get to sample whatever's cooking in the kitchen. The doorbell or the phone seems to always be ringing. It's not uncommon to run into Harold repairing something or to see Jerry in the office signing checks.
Here's a small sample of what's been going on recently:
The first training session for leading Friday services was held with Steve Stein. We reviewed the various prayers, songs and sections of the service several times, and I am happy to report that Jane Birnbach, Jon Alper and myself are now part of the roster for leading services on Friday evenings. Interested in joining this group but nervous about leading a service by yourself? We are happy to pair up with you. Just speak to me or Steve Stein.
The Ritual Committee met and mapped out the services for the next several months to include Purim, Passover, Shavuot and Tish'a B'Av. We have a full schedule planned. Thanks to Steve Stein, Alan Gerberg, Gayle Ginsberg and Rabbi Waxman for insuring we remain a full-service shul!
The Rabbi Search committee met last week for a preliminary phone call with a candidate. This was followed by a long discussion about the needs of our congregation and the type of rabbi best for our community. At this time we have not yet found a candidate we want to invite for a visit; but know that, with persistence, we will find the right candidate for us.
The Communication Committee continues its efforts to keep the website up-to-date and user friendly. It has been a steep learning curve keeping up with the many changes on Shulcloud. Kudos to Carol Atwood and her committee for sticking with this process!
WE NEED YOUR PICTURE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY! This is very important to help us maintain our strict security measures. This is for everyone's safety. Also, please send us your photos of Bnai Israel events so they can be added to our rotating photo gallery.
The Hamantashen Queen, AKA Rena Goldwasser and her court (Carolyn Moskowitz, Joelle Serot & Laurel Westreich) have come up with a brilliant project: selling hamantashen by the dozen. Now you can order all you want- for yourself or your friends & family! Yum. What a wonderful Purim gift! This is a major project and lots of other bakers are needed. No previous experience necessary. Don't miss out! Orders are due by February 21st.
And, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Bag Ladies. They meet every other Monday, working on sleeping mats for the homeless. This is a true mitzvah project!
Looking ahead to Passover, Tina Sacramone has agreed to coordinate our 1st night Seder on Wednesday, April 8th. This has been a very popular and well attended event since many of us don't have family members living nearby. We are meeting with a caterer next week and more details will be forth-coming soon. Save the Date!
Sisterhood Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, February 21,
dinner at 6:00 pm
This Kabbalah Shabbat will be lead by the women of B'nai Israel Sisterhood. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and the service will follow.
Reservations are a must and can be made by email: email@example.com.
If you would like to participate in the service (both English and Hebrew parts are available) or help with the dinner, please contact Sherry Padva at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.837.8453.
2020 Purim Bnai Israel Congregation
"Hamantashen By The Dozen" Sale
ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY 2/21/2020!
It's that time again!!! Please support our synagogue by ordering a "
Hamantashen By the Dozen" bag -- or two or three or four -- for you, a family loved one, a friend, a neighbor.....anyone that you would like included as you celebrate Purim this year.
Each order contains 12 delicious, synagogue baked
hamantashen made with love and care (and parve this year) by congregation volunteer bakers, attractively packaged, complete with special Purim greetings from
Bnai Israel. Gifting
hamantashen cookies is a traditional --and perfect-- way to celebrate Purim, a festival that recognizes the courage and unity of the Jewish people. All proceeds go to
Bnai Israel due to the generous support of our Men's Club and Sisterhood.
Just complete the order form below by printing it, or picking one up at the synagogue, and return it (by mail or in person) with your payment (check or cash) to Kate in the synagogue office during business hours. And this year, you can also get the form and place your order on Shul Cloud and pay by credit/debit card by clicking on this link.
phone/text 860-490-0916 (leave your name and number if no answer.)
Rabbi Search Update
Just today we received a résumé from a rabbi currently based in London. He has a very interesting background with many accomplishments, and the Search Committee is looking forward to speaking with him next week.
Last week we had a preliminary phone call with another rabbi who expressed interest in us. After a long discussion, the Search Committee decided not to pursue any further discussion with him.
Interview Week for graduating rabbis was held this week in New York. There are 17 students graduating, but only 12 are seeking a pulpit position. We were not selected by any students for an interview.
We have a strong application/résumé and are confident we will find the right rabbi for Bnai Israel. We believe we will have more work to do in the coming weeks!
Michelle Bannon & Steve Stein
Co-chairs, Rabbi Search Committee
Please make a reservation early so we can prepare enough food.
dinner at 6:00
Service to follow
at Good Shepherd
4:30 - Call the
office to sign up
The ENTIRE month of
Purim! Let's Party!
Monday March 9
Meals to be
between 2:30 & 4:30
Rabbi Kenter's next visit
19 to 24
***Sisterhood tour of Cameron Art Museum
**Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
We are asked to emulate acts our Tradition ascribes to God. The Torah suggests that God buried Moses. Preparing the dead for burial is a mitzvah of the highest order. Those who share in this mitzvah are part of the Sacred Society, the Chevra Kadisha. Our Chevra Kadisha is looking for a few more men to volunteer for the important mitzvah. Please contact Steve Stein at 910-619-0666 if you would like more information or to add your name to their roster.
February Food Drive
for Good Shepherd
B'nai Israel is working to support our friends at the Good Shepherd Center during February.
Please consider donating one or more of the items listed below.
(regular 15-16 oz size cans or the large # 10 cans - 103-109 oz)
(regular 15-16 oz size cans or the large # 10 can - 103 - 109 oz)
(Ranch and other "flavors")
Hot Sauce Ketchup Salt Pepper Pasta (all sorts)
Pick up an item when you are shopping, and drop it off at the synagogue in the donation box located in the minyan room. Your donations can also be dropped off at Good Shepherd Center, 811 Martin St., Wilmington, NC 28401; Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm at the back door under the awning.
Sisterhood Book Club News
The next meeting will be on April 1st (no foolin') from 1-3 PM, and Barbara Waxman will host at 2815 Cambridge Drive.
The book will be The 100 Most Jewish Foods, edited by Alana Newhouse. It's a collection of short essays on such foods as matzah balls, adafina, and some more controversial culinary entries (like Chinese food!). The essays also examine Jewish faith, identity, observance of holidays, humor, and family life. Besides some lovely food photos, there are a number of recipes.
I ordered a copy for the Bnai Israel library. It will arrive soon if it hasn't already. You may, however, want to buy your own copy (hardback about $15 and kindle about $8).
If you know any Sisterhood members who might be interested in partici-pating in the book club, please ask them to send me (barbarawaxman @gmail.com) their email addresses.
Sisterhood members will tour
Cameron Art Museum on Sunday
March 29, 2020
at 11:00 followed by lunch at the CAM Cafe. We will have a docent-led tour of the Belden Collection and Noguchi Sculptures.
Reservations are a must!! Attendance is limited. Cost $15.00 (check to B'nai Israel Sisterhood.) Lunch is self paid.
If you have and have forgotten to return them, please do so as soon as possible. We are missing quite a few and would love to get them back! In fact, we will even pick them up if you need us to. Email me at email@example.com or call Steve Stein at 910.619.0666, and we will make it happen. Or, feel free to drop them off during office hours Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Roberta & Harold
Debbie & Jerry
Barbara & David
John Klekamp & Mike
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer prayers of healing for the following:**
*Fran Strauss is in rehab at Bradley Creek and would love to have some brief visits.
**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.
13 - 19 Shevat 5780 ~ February 8 - 14, 2020
Mother of Charles Josephson
Brother of Slick Katz
Father of Steve Stein
Father of Dan Retchin
Mother of Sherry Padva
Serena Stein Hallman
Yetta Leinwand Leder
Mother of Robert Leder
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.
In memory of Abram Moskow
Howard & Gain Grotsky Building Fund
In memory of Evelyn Chotiner
J. Fred Newber, Jr. General Fund
In memory of Fred Retchin
Rena Goldwasser General Fund
In memory of Bella Kalichman Glat
Sarah & Marvin Neuwirth General Fund
In memory of Howard Neuwirth
Jeri & Lenny D'Lugin General Fund
In memory of Roland Specter
Jeri & Lenny D'Lugin
In memory of Howard Neuwirth
Jane Birnbach Cemetery Fund
In memory of Fred Retchin, a Wilmington hero!
Michelle Bannon & Richard Weisman Capital Improvement Fund
In memory of my father, Winfield Bannon
Pam & Dennis Sender Building Fund
In memory of Sam Bork, father of Pam
Pam & Dennis Sender Building Fund
Honoring Rabbi Waxman's support for our family at a very difficult time