B'nai Israel 

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, July 17, 2020  ~ 25 Tamuz 5780
Candle L ighting  8:05 pm

Torah ~ Numbers 30:2-36:13
Haftarah ~ Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4

Please use  only  this  email  


to contact Rabbi Bender about synagogue related issues or questions. 
Please do not use her personal email for synagogue related issues. 

All in-person services at the synagogue are cancelled 
until further notice.

However,  please join us on ZOOM 
Friday Evening Service
Friday, July 17, at 6:00 pm
with Rabbi Chaya Bender

Meeting ID: 870 4502 6973
Password: 296299

You may also listen by calling this
telephone number for either service :

Shabbat Morning Service
July 18, at 9:30 am
with  Rabbi Chaya Bender

Meeting ID: 840 5575 1022
Password: 296299

These services will include the opportunity to
say the Mourner's Kaddish and to offer names
for the Mi Sheberach.

Torah ~ Numbers 30:2-36:13
Haftarah ~ Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4

From the President...

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.
                      CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY
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; o ver 147,000 miles were cycled, run or walked; over $123,000 was raised; and, there were m ore 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.

Meeting ID: 862 8290 1039
                                            Password: 296299 

To listen, please call this number

Thursday Summer Learning 
Rabbi Bender
Starting Thursday July 30, class will be held at 7:30pm
on Zoom

Thursday July 30th 
Special Tisha b'Av Edition: Transitional Time

Thursday August 6th-September 17th
Seven Weeks in Seven Weeks

Join each class on Zoom 
After the High Holidays, Rabbi Bender will be teaching two adult education classes. Look out for more details.


Tisha b'Av Service,  Wednesday July 29th at 7pm
to Join the Service

Come for a  moving  virtual short ser vice with a full reading of the book of Eicha (Lamentations) and communal songs for the season.

To get the complete Tisha b'Av feel, if you are able, sit low to the ground, lower the lights in your room, and follow along with the book of Eicha by flashlight.
for the Book of Lamentations
One Room Shul House Presents on ZOOM
Camp Mensch

Sunday mornings from 10:00 am-11:00 am
July 19-August 30
Cost to attend: Free
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.
RSVP and ask questions at:

Meeting ID: 843 6965 2683
Password: 296299

Or listen in by calling this number:

2020 Circle of Honor
  Beneficiary Carol & Scott Johnston
Patron:      Anonymous

Mark Alper
Judith Malman
Debbie & Jerry Smith
Barbara & Stanley Prushik
Martha & Steve Stein
Sharon & Terry Dresbach

Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Dee & Murray Sherman
Leigh & Walter Winter
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz
Pam & Barry Weiss

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

Gift Shop Offerings

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 
Challah Cover
Tower of David - $45.00
Painted Silk   
20" x 16"

Need a Prayer Book for 
Shabbat Services?

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.

  T he S isterhood B ook C lub 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. 

Mazel Tov!
David & Barbara Laniado
on the birth of their grandson,
Chase J. Kinder 
born to Chelsea and Adam Kinder 
on June 26.

Shabbat Services
Rabbi Bender

Friday evening, 
July 17,  6:00 pm
Saturday morning
July 18, 9:30 am

Thursdays with 
Rabbi Bender
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
Rabbi Bender

July 30th through
September 17th
at 7:30 pm on ZOOM

Book Club

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

Renovation News 

Bimah July 16 2020
Ark and Ramp assembly -  Electrical and duct work

Pam Sender, 
Sanctuary Renovation Project Manager

We offer prayers of healing for the following:**

Steve Glaser
Sydel Gluck 
Cindy Throne
David Burns
Faye Sobol
Fran Strauss 
Henry Westreich
Elaine Lathrop

** 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

Sion 2-Jul
Hamelburg 4-Jul
Julien 9-Jul
Retchin 15-Jul
Laniado 16-Jul
Abisch 16-Jul
Eisenstein 19-Jul
Zeldin 20-Jul
Liebeskind 23-Jul
Hirschen 24-Jul
Jacobson 25-Jul
Puritz 28-Jul
Medress 29-Jul
Levy 29-Jul
Adam Irving
Leinwand 29-Jul

Anniversaries in July

Michelle & Richard

Judy & Owen
Marsha & Paul


19-25 Tamuz  5780   ~   July 11-17, 2020

Benjamin David Schwartz Respectfully remembered
Edgar Bowman Father of Caroline Eisenstein
Henrietta Neuwirth Mother of Marvin Neuwirth
Issac Shain Respectfully remembered
Louise Berman Schwartz Respectfully remembered
Margaret Schachter Mother of Marsha Freedman
Meyer Zimmer Respectfully remembered
Rachel Felds Respectfully remembered
Robert Carven Bridger III Brother of Dotty Freedland
Rosa Turem Respectfully remembered
Seymour Lewis Alper Father of Jonathan Alper

If you would like to make a donation to B'nai Israel, please click below
and use the Pay Online tab on our website.

Marvin & Sarah Neuwirth
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
In memory of
Henry Neuwirth
Stanley & Arlene Weinrich
Education Fund
In memory of Stanley's  brother,
Eugene Weinrich
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
For those in need
Irwin & Jeanne Lecker
General Fund
In memory of
William Lecker

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.

B 'nai Israel Congregation

Rabbi Chaya Bender

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

Administrative Secretary,  Kate Maclay

shabbat shalom