Bnai Israel Congregation News 
October 4,    2019
5 Tishri, 5779

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, October 4   2019 ~ 5 Tishri, 5779
Candle L ighting  6:34  pm

***Friday Evening, October 4***
  Service ~ 7:00 pm
Oneg to follow sponsored by
Pam & Dennis Sender
***Saturday Morning, October 5***
Service ~ 9:30 am
 Kiddush to follow service
Sedrah:   Vayelech

Out Services this weekend will be led by  
Rabbi Barry Kenter  &  Rabbinic Student   Zach Golden.

A Message from Rabbi Barry Kenter
Bnai Israel Rabbinic Musings 
Erev Shabbat Shuvah 5780 Vayelekh
In this week's reading from the Torah, we are taught "That day, Moses wrote down this song and taught it to the Israelites" [Deuteronomy 31:2]. Moses has his song; Miriam had hers at the Sea of Reeds. You and I, we each have a song unique to us. And yet we sing communally as a congregation, a kehillah.

Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz said that thinking you can learn to pray by watching is as foolish as thinking you can learn to walk a tightrope by watching someone else. Kol haneshamah t'hallel Yah," Let every living soul praise God with breath." U ltimately singing (and praying) is a communal activity. So, said Rabbi Pinchas, "Alone I cannot lift up my voice in song. Then you come near and sing with me, our prayers fuse and a new voice soars. Our bond is beyond voice and voice, our bond is one of spirit and spirit."
Here are the two passages from Likutei Moharan  [Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810)]:
Know that every shepherd has a unique melody (nigun) according to the grasses and the place where he herds, for every animal has a grass unique to her that she needs to eat. Also a shepherd isn't always in one place, and according to the grasses and the place where he herds, so he has a nigun. For every grass there is a song (shirah) which it speaks, that this is the aspect of Perek Shirah, and from the song of the grasses is made the nigun of the shepherd. And this is the secret of what's written, "And Adah bore Yaval, he was father of all who sit in tents and herd, and the name of his brother [was] Yuval, he was father of all who grab the lyre and the harp." For just when there was in the world [for the first time] a shepherd of cattle, just then there were musical instruments. And so it is with David the king, who "knows music-playing" and therefore was a shepherd...And this is the aspect of "From the edge/wing/kanaf of the earth we heard songs (z'mirot)"--[it means] that songs and nigunim come out from the "wing of the earth", for by means of the grasses growing in the earth/land a nigun is made. And since the shepherd knows the nigun, by means of this he gives strength to the grasses, and so there is something for the animals to eat...and there is pasture for the animals/...And also the nigun is good for the shepherd himself, since the shepherd is always with the animals, [because] it would be possible for them to draw [down] and lower the the aspect of the spirit of animals [if not for the nigun]....And know that the king has every nigun in completeness...for the nigun is made from the growth of the land. ~LM 63
Know that when a person prays in the field, then all of the grasses/plants together come into the prayer, and they help him, and give him strength within his prayer. ~LM 11
What is your song?
Who can help you to sing it?
Shabbat Shalom &  Gmar Hatikva Tova
Rabbi Barry Kenter
A Message from the President
Dear Members and Friends,

Yasher Koach, welcome, and thanks go to Rabbi Barry Kenter, who led our Rosh Hashanah services beautifully. Weaving in midrash, Talmud, Torah, and even a little Harry Potter and Danial De Silva into our understanding of our prayers, customs and traditions. Thanks to Zack Golden for so beautifully leading our prayers with a voice that truly came from his heart. Thanks to so many for making our Rosh Hashanah services so meaningful.   Thanks to all those that helped with our first Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner. Its success will certainly lead it to becoming an annual event. Plan on it for next year.

We continue this week with Shabbat Shuvah and prepare for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur next Tuesday night and Wednesday. Yom Kippur ends in the late afternoon with the reading of the book of Jonah and of course concludes with our annual Break Fast. I encourage all to attend as we come together as one community and prepare for our spiritual journey for the next year.

The Shofar has sounded. "Give heed to the sound of the Shofar" its blast is a wakeup call to remind us of what's really important. This is our time to reset and rethink our actions and purpose.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Pam & I wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and safe New Year. May you and your families all be inscribed and sealed in that precious book of happiness.

Gmar Hatikva Tova,
Shabbat Shalom and see you in Shul.


Coming Events

Rabbi Focus Group

October 6th
Sally Gellman

Bnai Israel Cemetery
October 6th
12:00 pm

Rabbi Kenter
Lunch & Learn

October 7th
12:00 noon
for Good Shepherd

October 10,
4:30 pm
Come Build our Sukkah sukkah
October 11.
10:30 am

Bag Ladies 
(and gentlemen)
to Meet

October 14
10:15 am - Noon

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

Sisterhood Book Club News

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 20, from 1-3 PM. Barbara Waxman will host (2815 Cambridge Drive).  The book is the highly praised biography of Golda Meir, Lioness, by Francine Klagsbrun. A copy will be ordered for Bnai Israel Library. The book is divided into 4 sections. We will discuss sections 1 and 2 for November 20th.
Mark your calendars, everyone.  This promises to be a lively discussion of a Zionist heroine. And please tell other Sisterhood members that all are welcome to attend.
To get on our email list, contact

Birthdays and Anniversaries
October 2019


Nikki & Andrew

Zeldin 2-Oct
Alexa & Jeremy

Revell 2-Oct


Jacobson 1-Oct
Opper 1-Oct
Sender 2-Oct
Hilgert 3-Oct
Janz 3-Oct
Dresbach 5-Oct
Mehler 6-Oct
Popkin 6-Oct
Laniado 8-Oct
Cohen 10-Oct
Schreiber 12-Oct
Zeldin 13-Oct
Burns 15-Oct
Mizrahi 16-Oct
Kramer 17-Oct
Pancoe 18-Oct
Retchin 19-Oct
Eichenholz 20-Oct
Hilgert 20-Oct
Zeldin 22-Oct
Bowen 23-Oct
Robbins 25-Oct
Prushik 27-Oct

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
Roberta Eichenholz
Elaine Lathrop
Helen Clemmons
Carl Samet
Jerry Smith

Sharon Spivak
Dee Sherman
Murray Sherman
Marvin Neuwirth
Jackie Neuwirth
Howard Neuwirth
Gail Grotsky

***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.
5779  28 Elul - 5 Tishri
    September 28-October 4, 2019

Aaron Busch Respectfully remembered
Dorothy Bridger
Mother of Dotty Freedland
Elsie Milton Shain Respectfully remembered
Jerome Shain Respectfully remembered
Jules Valenstein Father of Alane Savod
Lena Goldstein Respectfully remembered
Molly Freedland Respectfully remembered
Theodor Sender Father of Dennis Sender
Vivian Carol Winter Sister of Walter Winter

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.

Susan & Kevin Doherty
High Holiday donation
In appreciation
Laurie & Slick Katz
Building Fund
In memory of our parents and Slick's brother, Joel Katz
Wendy & Michael Margulies
Rosh Hashanah
For the New Year
Philip Rothberg
General Fund
L'shona Tova
Judy Malman & Family
Cemetery Fund
In honor of 
Rabbi Robert Waxman & Steve Stein
Martha & Steve Stein
Cemetery Fund
In honor of 
Irv Freedland for his continued support
of our cemetery renovations 

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

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

B 'nai Israel Congregation

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

Administrative Secretary,  Kate Maclay

shabbat shalom