Another busy week at Bnai Israel! Rabbi Bender has been attending lots of meetings to help her get oriented to the nuts and bolts of keeping Bnai Israel running. The first priority was restarting weekly Friday evening and Shabbat morning services. Preparing for the High Holidays is at now at the top of the list.
The USCJ (United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism) and the RA (Rabbinical Assembly) have been invaluable resources addressing the major challenges congregations face due to Covid-19. They have provided information and assistance in implementing virtual services including how to make them meaningful as well as accessible to everyone.
We have ordered the necessary equipment to allow us to stream services and other events. Once installed, we will have the option of streaming, using Zoom, or a combination of both, so that services run smoothly and give you the next best experience to sitting in the sanctuary. It's all the more remarkable that only a few months ago most of us had never heard of Zoom, much less used it. This technology, along with the energy and ideas Rabbi Bender has brought us, insures that our High Holiday services will be outstanding.
A big "Thank You!"
Steve & Martha Stein
for their generous donation covering the purchase and installation of equipment which will enable us to stream services and other events. Your kindness is much appreciated!!
Have you completed the High Holiday survey? If yes, thank you! We have received 65 responses. If you haven't, please take a few minutes and do it now. Your feedback will help us to include those holiday traditions most meaningful to our members.
I don't need to tell you that the news these days can be quite upsetting and downright depressing. Instead of being able to resume some of our usual activities, the number of Covid cases and deaths is increasing in many states, including North Carolina. Many of us, even those who are staying busy, are feeling the effects of the limitations. When will this end? How much longer can we tolerate it? And yet, during times of adversity, sometimes innovation comes too.
Many of you know that Richard and I have participated several times in Ride for the Living, (RFTL), a 55-mile bike ride from Auschwitz to Krakow to raise money for the programs of JCC Krakow. An amazing organization! They opened the first Jewish preschool in Poland since WWII. They provide education for young Polish adults discovering their Jewish roots, have daily activities, and give ongoing support for Holocaust survivors and other seniors.
In 2019, 250 riders participated in RTFL and $250,000 was raised. The decision to cancel the 2020 Ride due to the pandemic was not easy, since it is a major fundraiser for JCC Krakow. When it became apparent that RFTL could not be held in the usual way, the organizers went to work. What happened was remarkable: RFTL became Virtual RFTL. Walking and running were added in addition to biking. Participants kept a record of their activities on the app Strava and shared the information with the RFTL Facebook page. Lectures on Jewish life in Poland were streamed, as were tours of Auschwitz and Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow. JCC Krakow's Executive Director, Jonathan Ornstein, closed out the event by riding solo on the route from Auschwitz to Krakow. Fundraising was voluntary with those contributing $180 or more receiving a 2020 RFTL shirt.
How did they do? Here are the amazing results: 1300 participants from 16 countries; five satellite rides in the US; over 147,000 miles were cycled, run or walked; over $123,000 was raised; and, there were more than 14,500 views of the online educational programming. WOW! I guess the old saying, "Necessity is the Mother of Invention," is really true. Good to remember in these extraordinary times.
Stay Safe & Shabbat Shalom,
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.
Menschlichkite (the act of being an upstanding and moral adult) is a Jewish value that we all strive for. Through the activities in this camp, we will endeavor to become "mensches" through the practice of mussar, a Jewish code of moral and ethical conduct gained through the lens of instruction, self-discipline, and practice.
Each week we will focus on one aspect of being a mensch:
1) Kindness, 2) Patience
3) Friendship 4) Forgiveness/Trust,
5) Active Listening 6) Responsibility
7) Generosity and 8) Courage.
Activities will include building one's own character as well as relationships to others, objects, animals, and the world.
RSVP to Rabbi Bender. A bag of supplies will be available for pick up from the synagogue. Delivery of supplies can also be arranged.
Yair Emanuel PolySilk Tallit Set Embroidered Tree of Life - $189.00
Polysilk Material - 16" x 70"
Personalization available for an extra charge
Shraga Landesman Aluminum Raised Red Pomegranate Honey Dish with Gold Bowl $65.00
The pomegranate shaped metal stand supports a small detachable gold dish holding your golden honey.
Yair Emanuel Painted Silk
Tower of David - $45.00
20" x 16"
Need a Prayer Book for
Please come by the Shul and borrow one.
(10 am to 4 pm Monday thru Friday)
If you can't get here, we can deliver!
Please call the Shul Office, 910-762-1117 and get on the list.
The Sisterhood Book Club will meet on
Wednesday, August 5th at 1 PM. W e will
explore a provocative memoir by Deborah Feldman,
Unorthodox. If you've viewed the Netflix series by the same name, please note that it is very different from the memoir, and is almost like a sequel to the memoir. Comparing the two will be part of our discussion.
As of right now, we will be zooming, but if the virus situation improves, Janice Kingoff has graciously offered to host. Stay tuned for more information.
Sisterhood has ordered two books for the Bnai Israel Library, in memory of
Rose Zimmer's beloved mother, Mary Kaplan Wojnowich: An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba and Lucky Broken Girl (the latter a children's book), both by Ruth Behar.
David & Barbara Laniado
on the birth of their grandson,
Chase J. Kinder
born to Chelsea and Adam Kinder
on June 26.
July 17, 6:00 pm
July 18, 9:30 am
Three Weeks in Three Weeks
July 16 & 23 at
6:30 pm on ZOOM
Tisha B'av Service
with Rabbi Bender
Wednesday, July 29
7:00 pm on Zoom
Thursday Summer Learning
July 30th through
at 7:30 pm on ZOOM
Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 pm
by Deborah Feldman
Jewish Film Festival Details coming soon
Tuesdays in August
August 11, 18, 25
Please note date change
Bimah July 16 2020
Ark and Ramp assembly -
Electrical and duct work
Sanctuary Renovation Project Manager
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. Please contact the 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
19-25 Tamuz 5780 ~ July 11-17, 2020
Benjamin David Schwartz
Father of Caroline Eisenstein
Mother of Marvin Neuwirth
Louise Berman Schwartz
Mother of Marsha Freedman
Robert Carven Bridger III
Brother of Dotty Freedland
Seymour Lewis Alper
Father of Jonathan Alper
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