B'nai Israel Congregation News 
July 5, 2019
2 Tammuz, 5779
Shabbat Shalom

Friday, July 5, 2 Tammuz

Candle Lighting ~ 8:09 pm

***Friday Evening, July 5***
Service ~ 6:30 pm
Preneg at 5:30 pm
Sponsored by Joanna Puritz

***Saturday Morning, 3 Tammuz, July 6***
Service ~ 9:30 am
Shabbat Kiddush to follow services
Haftorah read by:
Heinreich Jaronowski

Sedrah ~ Korach

A Message from the President
Dear Members,  
As we celebrate our independence, and pray for peace and freedom around the world I share this reprint from the Jerulsalem Post:

Though they numbered barely 2,500 souls, or less than one-tenth of one percent of the  
population of the 13 colonies, American Jews' "influence loomed far larger," in the 
words of Brandeis University's renowned historian Professor Jonathan D. Sarna, 
highlighting their prominence in fields such as trade and commerce.
After the outbreak of hostilities, a small number of Jews chose to remain loyal to 
King George III of England, but the overwhelming majority sided with the cause of 
freedom and the American patriots. As Sarna notes, "They contributed what they 
could to the national struggle, shed blood on the field of battle and, after the victory, 
joined their countrymen in jubilant celebration."

Many have heard of the exploits of men such as Haym Salomon, a Polish-born New York 
Jew who is widely considered to have been one of the leading financiers of General 
George Washington's Continental Army. A member of the New York branch of the 
Sons of Liberty, which struggled against the king's rule, Salomon was arrested twice for 
his revolutionary activity, which ranged from assisting American prisoners to escape 
British captivity to raising funds and lending large sums to help sustain the war effort.

In late summer of 1781, when Washington's forces had trapped British General 
Charles Cornwallis and his army in Yorktown, Virginia, the Continental Congress' 
coffers stood empty, imperiling the opportunity to bring the war to a close. After 
Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris told Washington that no funds were available, 
the latter issued a clear-cut instruction: "Send for Haym Salomon."

Salomon raised the requisite capital, which enabled the Americans to defeat Cornwallis at Yorktown in what would prove to be the penultimate battle of the war.

Other Jews, such as Mordechai Sheftall, who was appointed to serve as Deputy 
Commissary General for the Continental Army, or Francis Salvador, the first Jew 
elected to a state colonial assembly and the first to die on the battlefield, have also 
attained legendary status.

But there are numerous unsung Jewish heroes of the American Revolution, men and 
women who have not received the attention or accolades that they deserve.

Take, for example, 19-year old Reuben Etting of Baltimore, Maryland. After the battles 
of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775, ignited the armed conflict, 
Etting enlisted on the American side. He was captured by the British and when they discovered that he was Jewish, they gave him only pork to eat. As a Jew, Etting adamantly refused to do so, and instead subsisted on scraps of 
food given to him by other prisoners.  Weakened by abuse and maltreatment, he died
shortly after being released.

If that isn't heroism, what is? And then there is the bravery displayed by Esther Hays 
of Bedford, New York, a young Jewish mother whose husband David was away serving 
with the American forces when the British and their loyalist allies captured her town. 
Lying in bed with her newborn infant at her side, Hays was confronted by the enemy, 
who demanded that she reveal information about a group of patriots that were making 
their way to an American camp nearby. Hays resolutely refused to divulge what she 
knew, even when British loyalists set fire to her home and burned it to the ground. 
Fortunately, Esther and her child succeeded in escaping into the nearby woods with
the help of servants, and managed to survive.

Another little-known story is that of Captain Richard Lushington's unit of American 
volunteers which came to be known as the "Jew Company" because so many of its 
members were Jews who hailed from King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. 
It was, according to historian Professor Samuel Rezneck, "the only instance of a group 
mobilization of Jews in one city and into one company" during the Revolution, and 
the unit included a cantor, a rabbi's brother and a man who would later found a synagogue.

The "Jew Company" fought bravely at the Battle of Beaufort in South Carolina on 
February 3, 1779, inflicting heavy casualties on the British. At least one Jew in the 
unit was killed and another wounded during the clash.

Subsequently, in the fall of 1779, the "Jew Company" took part in the failed attempt 
led by General Benjamin Lincoln to retake Savannah, Georgia, from the British, as 
well as the unsuccessful effort to defend Charleston in early 1780.

Does all of this really matter? I believe it most certainly does.

The record shows that from the very start, Jews made lasting and important contributions 
to the birth, growth and development of the nascent republic that came to be known as 
the United States of America. And they did so in a manner far out of proportion 
to their numbers.

In 1939, my late grandmother, Dr. Miriam Freund- Rosenthal, who later served as 
national president of Hadassah, published her doctoral dissertation in the form of a book 
entitled, Jewish Merchants in Colonial America.

In the foreword, she wrote that, "the America of today rests on the solid foundations 
of the colonial period," and argued that "it is possible and important to show by actual 
research and record that the Jews have been an integral part of the United States 
since its very beginnings."

Indeed, Jews helped to make America's freedom a reality.That is something that should serve as a source of pride to us all as well as a powerful remind er, and rejoinder, to those who would dare to suggest otherwise.
Shabbat Shalom and see you in Shul,

dedicated and hardworking people have signed up to help with
the Habitat for Humanity home building project on
Sunday, August 25, in the morning.
If you would like to join the crew,
please call the synagogue office 910.762.1117
email Kate at kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com.
Our task will be to provide lunch 
for all the workers.

We hope you will join us! 

Coming Events
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We aren't able to advertise any events in the Weekly Newsletter 
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Sunday, July 31
1:00-3:00 pm
Carolina Bay
Private dining room



Meet and

August 25
3:00-5:00 pm
B'nai Israel
at Habitat 
Building Site

Sunday  morning
August 25
** History of Wilmington and Bellamy Mansion
Bellamy Mansion

August 29,
6:30 pm

** Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
910.762.1117 ~ kate.bnaiisraelilm@gmail.com

Birthdays and Anniversaries
July 2019


 Sion 2-Jul
Michelle & Richard
 Weisman 2-Jul
 Hamelburg 4-Jul
 Mizrahi 5-Jul
Judy & Owen
 Kaplan 5-Jul
 Kane 8-Jul
Erica  Julien 9-Jul
 David 12-Jul
 Freyberg 14-Jul
 Retchin 15-Jul
 Abisch 16-Jul
 Laniado 16-Jul
 Eisenstein 19-Jul
 Revell 20-Jul
 Zeldin 20-Jul
 Revell 22-Jul
 Liebeskind 23-Jul
 Jacobson 25-Jul
 Mandelstam 26-Jul
 Levy 29-Jul
 Medress 29-Jul
Adam Irving
 Leinwand 29-Jul
Marsha & Paul
 Freedman 29-Jul
 Blanton 30-Jul

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

              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
Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Dee & Murray Sherman
Lee & Walter Winter
Dottie & Irv Freedland
Pam & Barry Weiss

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

5779  19-25 Sivan    June 22-28, 2019

Annie Goldstein Abrams
Respectfully remembered
Gussie Rogol Grandmother of 
Walter Winter
Harry Jacob Plisco Respectfully remembered
Irving Bernard Margolis Respectfully remembered
Louis Goldfarb Father of Roberta Zimmer
Louise Orehek Mother of Joanna Puritz
Milton Star Father of Barbara Prushik
Minnie W. Levy Mother of Jack Levy
Phyllis Bannon Mother of Michelle Bannon
Phyllis Pancoe Burrows Mother of Peggy Rosoff
Ruth Goldman Caplan Respectfully remembered
Ruth Stein Wife of Bucky Stein
Mother of Howard Stein

The Yahrzeits represent those whom we have remembered over 
the past week, Saturday evening through Friday Shabbat.

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Elaine Lathrop
General Fund
In honor of the 
50th anniversary of
Sue & Joel Mintzes
Michelle Bannon
General Fund
In memory of my mother,
Phyllis Bannon

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shabbat shalom