Bnai Israel Congregation News 
November 29,   2019
1 Kislev 5780

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.


Shabbat Shalom
Friday, November 29,  2019 ~ 1 Kislev 5780
Candle L ighting  ~ 4 :44  pm


***Friday Evening, November 29***
Service at 7:30 pm
Services led by Alan Gerberg
Oneg to follow sponsored by
Rena Goldwasser

***Saturday Morning, November 30***
Service ~ 9:30 am
 Kiddush to follow service

Sedrah:   Toldot
Rabbi Kenter's email address is

Rabbi's Musings 
will be found if you  CLICK HERE

A message from the President ...
Dear Members and friends,
Today, as we celebrate the "second day of Thanksgiving, not celebrated in Israel"*, we are not just reminded of the wonderful retail opportunities that are available to us, but are thankful for all that we already have.  For many of us this week has been an opportunity to share our table with family, friends and lots of food.  For many it has been an opportunity to think about our loved ones that we couldn't be with or that have passed on.  I hope we can all agree that this holiday of "thanks-giving" gives us that one brief moment between the turkey and the shopping to realize how fortunate we are to have what we have, and to cherish our memories and look forward to our dreams.

As you continue to read this Newsletter, you will notice that life at Bnai Israel is very active.  Our Renovation Committee has information sessions planned for December 2nd and 11th to present their plan for our renovated sanctuary.  Our Rabbi Search Committee has posted our need for a new Rabbi and will begin to review applications and resumes shortly, Sisterhood is in full swing with book club and many other programs, and we continue to reach out and help at Good Shepherd and Hospice.  Our annual Chanukah party is on December 22nd, and our Congregational meeting is on December 15th.

As we enter the new month of Kislev may God grant us a month filled with blessings and peace,  a month of goodness and health, and a month filled with joy and gladness for all. ..
Shabbat Shalom, and see you in Shul, 


*quote from Buddy Eisenstein

Renovation Committee Announcement

The Renovation Committee has now presented its recommendations for the renovation of the synagogue.   The Committee has done a fabulous job! At last week's Board meeting, it was overwhelmingly agreed to forward the recommendations to the congregation to be voted on at the Congregation Meeting on Sunday, December 15 at 3 PM. We can then move forward with construction beginning in mid-January.

Each member unit will shortly be mailed a packet with a summary of the recommendations, a rendering, and a budget. The Renovation Committee and the Board will also be holding two informational sessions prior to the Congregation Meeting:
  • The first session will be on Monday, December 2 at 4:00 pm at the synagogue.
  • The second session will be on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm at the synagogue.
These sessions will give members a chance to look at a rendering and hear the Committee's recommendations, including the budget.   At the Congregation Meeting on Sunday, December 15 at 3 PM, the congregation will be asked to approve the Committee's recommendations.

Rabbi Search Committee Update
November 18, 2019
The Committee has completed the application seeking rabbinical candidates, and it will be submitted this week. Many thanks to Rabbi Kenter and Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak, our USCJ representative, for their helpful comments and suggestions during this process. Candidates begin their search typically in late November or early December, and we hope to begin receiving resumes shortly after.

We plan on sending out a short survey to the congregation in mid-December regarding attributes they wish to see in our new rabbi. This is to ensure that everyone has a chance to be involved in this process.

I want to thank my co-chair Steve Stein and everyone in the Committee for their dedication & hard work during this process: Barry Weiss, Ruth Smith, Jon Alper, Alan Gerberg, Jane Birnbach, Mike Medress, Barbara Waxman and Noa Alper.
Michelle Bannon

The Nominating Committee is Requesting Self-Nominations 
for the Bnai Israel
Board of  Directors
Would you like to serve on the board or executive board? The Bnai Israel Nominating Committee is now accepting self-nominations for those who want to be on the committee's recommended slate.  In December the congregation will vote to determine who will serve as the five Bnai Israel officers (President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer, each serving for a term of one year) and four elected board members (who serve for two years). All board members must:
1. Prepare for and attend regular Board meetings (currently the third Tuesday of the month  at 4:30 pm).
2.Serve as a committee chair and/or take on specific tasks for Bnai Israel.
3.Maintain engagement with synagogue life and the values of Conservative Judaism.
4. Demonstrate respect, collegiality, and professionalism toward congregants, the rabbi, and  other board members.
Your Nominating Committee has been working to identify personnel needs and determine the qualifications for board membership. We are now identifying appropriate candidates and will be interviewing them in the beginning of November. If you would like to be considered for one of the positions, please contact Andrew at or 910-233-9538.
Thank you!

Coming Events

Sisterhood presents
** Fencing, Training and Performance
with Erica Julien
Sunday, December 1, 
1:00 pm
Home of Janice Kingoff

Cooking at
Good Shepherd
call office to volunteer  910 762 1117

December 1
4:30 pm

Information sessions 

Dec. 2, 4:00pm &
Wedne sday, 
Dec. 11 
at 6:00pm
Let your VOICE
and VOTE count!

December 15

** Chanukah
Be sure to make a reservation!

Sunday, Dec. 22 
B'nai Israel
to cook
Christmas Dinner
at Good Shepherd
Please volunteer!

December 25
12:00 pm

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

Sisterhood News
Sisterhood will present a program and potluck luncheon on December 1st at 1 PM, at the home of Janice Kingoff, 1720 Hawthorne Road. The speaker will be Erica Julien, expert swordswoman.  See flyer below for more information.
The proposed slate of officers for 2020 has been sent by email to all Sisterhood members. Please respond YES or NO, by reply email. Self-nominations are also welcome.  The proposed slate is:
Co-Presidents-Diane Gerberg and Sherry Padva
Corresponding Secretary-Dee Sherman
Recording Secretary-
Treasurer-Anita Liebeskind
If interested in serving on one of our active committees, please let Diane or Barbara know of your interest. 
The Sisterhood Book Club met on November 20th. We discussed the first 8 chapters of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.  Our next meeting will be on January 29th, place to be announced. We will discuss remainder of Part 2 and all of Part 3 of this fascinating biography. To be placed on our email list, please contact Barbara Waxman,
Sisterhood has donated three new books to the Bnai Israel Library: Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, in memory of Warren Perlman, father of Debbie Smith; The Weight of Ink, in memory of Fred Feinstein, husband of Joan Feinstein; and Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, in memory of Ruth Ambrose, mother of Alane Savod.
CTCT-20181114_090001 Cooking at Good Shepherd
Sunday, December 1, 4:30 pm

Please contact Alan Katz to join the team or 910.228.8999
or you can call or write to the synagogue office
910.762.1117 -

W e also need help cooking Christmas Lunch for the children and adults and delivering gifts at Good Shepherd on  December 25.
Happenin's at the Shul

New Member Dinner Cooks

Bibles & Bagels with the Rabbi

Birthdays and Anniversaries
December 2019

Birthday Anniversary
Kane 12/5
Laub 12/6
Grant 12/8
Suchecki 12/8
Mehler 12/9
Weber 12/10
Berliner 12/11
Sandy & Seth
Robbins 12/11 Anniversary
Weil 12/11
Mintzes 12/13
Atwood 12/15
Densmore 12/16
Freedman 12/17
Padva 12/19
Sherman 12/22
Katz 12/22
Eisenstein 12/23
Kraselsky 12/23
Kurtzman 12/23
Kurtzman 12/23
Glenda & 

Alan Dubs 12/24 Anniversary
Rovner 12/24
Hoffman 12/25
Krasnipol 12/26
Cohen 12/27
Smith 12/27
Pearl & Dan
Retchin 12/28 Anniversary
Throne 12/28
Suchecki 12/30
Rosenberg 12/31
Lathrop 12/31

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

We offer prayers of healing for the following:**
Steve Glaser
Howard Neuwirth
Gail Grotsky
Gayle Ginsberg
Walter Pancoe
Lyne Glaser
Sydel Gluck *
Ellen Emard
Marvin Neuwirth
Jackie Neuwirth
Joan Feinstein
Faye Sobol
Fran Strauss
Roberta Eichenholz

*Sydel Gluck
is living in Apartment 220, Champions Assisted Living, 1007 Porters Neck Road, Wilmington, NC  28411 at Plantation Village.  She would be so pleased to receive some company or a note from you.  She cannot be reached by phone.

**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.
25 Cheshvan - 1 Kislev
November 23-29 2019

Alma Nathan Robinson Respectfully remembered
Buddy Bernard Turner Respectfully remembered
Dennis Rosoff Husband of Peggy Rosoff
Elizabeth Bowman Mother of Caroline Eisenstein
Hannah Solomon Block Mother of Franklin Block
Irene Kurtzman Mother of Ronald Kurtzman
Jacob Miller Respectfully remembered
Murray Bostom Stepfather of Jerry Smith
Rebecca Wiener Respectfully remembered
Sam Markowitz Father of Jack Markowitz
Sherman Hubelbank Brother of Miriam Bloch

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.

Fran Strauss
B'nai Israel Sisterhood
In memory of her father, Abraham Schwartz, and her sisters Sylvia Soltan and Pearl Weisner
Lori & Bruce Gorman
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In memory of
Charlotte Safirstein, Lori's mother

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.

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
Martha & Steve Stein
Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Deb and Martin Meyerson
Dee & Murray Sherman
Leigh & Walter Winter
Dottie & Irv Freedland
Pam & Barry Weiss

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Office Hours Monday thru Friday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Administrative Secretary,  Kate Maclay

shabbat shalom