It's been a week of good news for Bnai Israel. Rabbi Chaya Bender, our new spiritual leader, has officially joined us! We are so pleased to welcome her and Emily to our Bnai Israel family and to Wilmington. They are getting settled into their new home and learning their way around town, accompanied by Isaiah, their much loved (and spoiled) dog.
Rabbi Bender has already been busy, meeting with the Ritual Committee, coordinating the start of weekly Shabbat services online, as well as planning for the High Holidays. She has many ideas for online learning and programs for the children. Rabbi Bender would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for topics and your preferred times to meet. Please email her directly at email@example.com
You'll also be receiving a short survey, within the next 7-10 days, to help Rabbi plan for the High Holidays. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues and the number of cases increase across the country, it appears our High Holiday services will be held online this year and will be shorter than usual. As of today, no final decisions have been made and you will be kept informed.
The Sanctuary Renovation continues and significant progress is being made every week. It's very exciting to watch this taking place. We are hoping that soon after this project is completed we will be able to return to meeting in person.
One other piece of good news arrived this week: The Bnai Israel Sunshine Team has been awarded a $4,400.00 grant from the Carolina Foundation for Jewish Seniors. These funds will be used to help expand our Sunshine Meals program in a variety of ways as well as provide other services for our members. You will hear much more about our new and improved Sunshine Team in the coming weeks.
Yes, indeed, it's been a very good week for Bnai Israel. I hope it's been one for you as well. Please join me in welcoming Rabbi Bender tomorrow at 6:00 pm at our Friday evening service!
Stay well, Shabbat Shalom and Happy July 4th!
Three Weeks in Three Weeks,
Learning with Rabbi Bender on ZOOM
Thursdays, July 9, 16, and 23
at 6:30 pm
The Three Weeks are a period of mourning on the Jewish calendar leading up to Tisha b'Av, the day of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as many other moments of grief for the Jewish people. Come explore the history, spiritual significance, and modern relevance of this somber time period.
The Shul Office receives calls for information about meetings or events scheduled online or in the building. Please keep the office (Kate) "in the loop" as to ANY scheduled event involving a group or COMMITTEE of congregants so Kate can answer questions with the information on hand.
Your help will be so much appreciated!
Friday Evening Service with
Friday, July 3,
Three Events in Three Weeks
July 9, 16 & 23 at
6:30 pm on ZOOM
Sunday, July 12, 2020 on ZOOM
Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 pm
by Deborah Feldman
Women's League for Conservative Judaism
Sunday, July 12, 2020 on ZOOM
Great opportunities, important speakers, meaningful Social Action, terrific concert in "Zoomberg"- and all FREE. No expense for travel, lodging or registration, in the comfort of your own home,
AND no dress code.
Further information and registration on WLCJ website and Facebook.
Please join me and many friends.
Things are moving along nicely in the sanctuary. The Bimah is being framed this week. The new heating and air conditioning venting is being put in place and the electrical rough-ins have started. The walls are being prepped for insulation and the ceiling grid is going in place. Even with architectural and engineering team, we have run into a few snags along the way. The good news it that we have been quickly able to address them.
Sanctuary Renovation Project Manager
Bimah construction July 1, 2020
We offer prayers of healing for the following:**
**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.
2020 Birthdays & Anniversaries
Birthdays in July
Anniversaries in July
Michelle & Richard
Judy & Owen
Marsha & Paul
5-11 Tamuz 5780 ~ June 27-July 3, 2020
Brother of Stanley Weinrich
Meyer Aaron Miller
Husband of Susan Turner
Mother of Harold Eichenholz
Wendy Barshay Block
Wife of Franklin Block
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The Board of Directors
Extending a warm and heartfelt welcome to our new spiritual leader, Rabbi Chaya Bender
Richard Weisman & Michelle Bannon Rabbi's Discretionary Fund