Bnai Israel Congregation News 
March 13, 2020
11-17 Adar 5780

Western Wall of the original Temple, Jerusalem

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, March 13, 2020  ~ 17 Adar 5780
Candle L ighting  7:00 pm



***Friday Evening, March 13***

Service at 7:30 pm
Oneg to follow sponsored by
Gayle Ginsberg
***Saturday Morning, March 14***
Service ~ 9:30 am
Kiddush to follow service   

Sedrah:   Ki Tisa
From the President ... 
Purim was a blast! The Megillah was read, the music played, songs sung, snacks, hamantaschen and beverages consumed. Jeff Roberts made us laugh with his old school jokes, and the Purple People Eater made a visit! Thanks to Rabbi Waxman, Alan Gerberg, Shai Abisch, Billy Hirschen, Rich Weisman, Barry Weiss, Rena Goldwasser, Nancy Freyberg and Harold Eichenholz for making the evening a great success!


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What we are doing and what you should do to avoid
Infection with the Corona Virus (COVID-19)
We continue to take this health crisis seriously, but there is no reason to panic. Our regular services and all events will take place as planned, unless there is a significant change in our community. For your protection, hand sanitizer is available as you enter the building and disinfectant wipes are in the social hall. Surfaces are being carefully cleaned. 

In the sanctuary, we are placing chairs farther apart to decrease your risk of being exposed to viruses & bacteria. Continue washing your hands frequently, for a full 20 seconds. Don't touch your face. Wave hello instead of hugging, shaking hands or bumping elbows. Stay home if you are sick or have under-lying health conditions. We will continue to listen to the the medical experts and follow their advice until Covid-19 is no longer a threat.
Stay well & Shabbat Shalom,

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Bible and Bagels
Sunday, March 22, 10:30 am
"Everything You've Wanted to Know About Passover But Were Afraid to Ask"
with Rabbi Kenter

then at 12:30 

Neighbors in Conversation
We will discuss
Easter & Passover
St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church
              19 N 26th Street
with Rev. John McLaughlin & Rabbi Kenter

Sell your Hametz
Please go to the link below to get the form for selling your Hametz before Passover.  The form must be given to Rabbi Kenter no later than Wednesday, April 8.


We are excited to confirm that Bnai Israel will again host the 1st  seder on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:00pm. Little Pond Caterers will be preparing the food this year, and we will be serving a traditional Passover menu: Gefilte Fish, Matzo Ball Soup, Chicken, Carrots, Potato Kugel, Salad, Fruit and dessert.  Alan Gerberg will lead the Seder using our hagadah.  The cost is $36 for members and $45 for non-members.  

Please consider performing  the mitzvah of sponsoring a meal for another person who is unable to pay. In order to keep the costs of the meals at the current level, we are also seeking sponsors for the flowers and matzah at $300 each.

or to be a sponsor. You can also call Kate at 910-762-1117 to sign up for either.

If you would like to sit with specific friends or family members, please let Kate or Tina know and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Please contact Tina at if you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with set-up or clean up.  We need everyone's help with this community effort. Thank you.

Tina Sacramone

Rabbi Search Update
At the current time, we have no active candidates referred by the Rabbinical Assembly. We are therefore preparing our "resume" to send to other rabbinical training institutions and websites specializing in Jewish professionals, including rabbis. We are confident that our persistence and your patience will be rewarded with finding the best rabbi for our congregation.

Michelle Bannon & Steve Stein
Committee Co-chairs

Coming Events


March 19
Cape Fear
Country Club
Rabbi Kenter's next visit

19 to 24

Men's Club

March 21
9:30 am
Bibles & Bagels
with Rabbi Kenter
Everything You Want to Know About Passover But Are Afraid to Ask
March 22

Neighbors in Conversation
St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church
19 N 26th Street
Easter & Passover
with Rev. John McLaughlin & Rabbi Kenter

March 22
12:30 pm
*** Sisterhood tour of Cameron Art Museum

March 29 
11:00 am

April 8th
6:00 pm

Book Club

April 22
1:00 pm 
** Please make a reservation by calling or emailing the Shul office.
910.762.1117 ~
*** Reservation a MUST.
Contact Laurel Westreich, 
or 201-317-5071

Unveiling  for  Joseph Reitblatt
Sunday, April 19, at 11:00 am
in B'nai Israel Cemetery

2020 Circle of Honor
Beneficiary: Carol & Scott Johnston
Patron: Anonymous
Mark Alper
Judith Malman
Debbie & Jerry Smith
Barbara & Stanley Prushik
Martha & Steve Stein
Michelle Bannon & Rich Weisman
Sharon & Stephen Mechum
Dee & Murray Sherman
Leigh & Walter Winter
Roberta & Harold Eichenholz

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

Check Out Our Updated Gift Shoppe!
Passover is just a few weeks away!  

Come visit our reorganized gift shop and pick up something new for you or as a gift for someone else. Don't see what you want? Let us know, we can do special orders! You can browse anytime the synagogue is open. For special orders or questions, contact
Thank you to our March Hospice (now Lower Cape Fear Life Care) volunteers for providing a wonderful meal to loved ones of hospice patients: Barry Weiss, Dee Sherman, Jackie Neuwirth, Janice Kingoff and Judy Malman.  Our next dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. Contact Sue Mintzes if you can help: .
Good Shepherd Shelter 
with Many Needs:

Hand Sanitizer  
Ear Plugs
Ladies Underwear (all sizes new)
Bottled Water
Sandwich Size Zip Lock Bags
Cough Drops
Please put your donations in the box provided in the Minyan Room

It's time to join or renew your membership 
in the Bnai Israel Men's Club.

Contact Efraim Jaronowski at 910-343-5789 or if you have  any questions or would like more information.
The Men's Club will be honoring its members at the Saturday Morning
service on Shabbat Hachodesh,  Saturday March 21st 9:30 am.   Men's Club members will be conducting the services, including the Torah  service. A deli-meat kiddish direct from Kohn's in St. Louis will follow the service.

Birthdays and Anniversaries
March 2020

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
Walter Pancoe
Sydel Gluck 
Jerry Smith
Bucky Stein
Theresa & Ken Densmore
Faye Sobol
Fran Strauss 
Roberta Eichenholz
Scott Prushik
Henry Westreich

**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.
11-17 Adar 5780  ~  March 7-13, 2020

Albert Burns Father of David Burns
Belle Hubelbank Mother of Miriam Bloch
Bette Glaser Mother of Stephen Glaser
Alter Slom Father of Reba Alper & Sam Slom
David Rogel Grandfather of Walter Winter
Elizabeth Harrelson Mother of Martha Stein
Gussie Gertrude Burns Mother of David Burns
Israel Gerberg Father of Alan Gerberg
Kathleen Wilson Mother of Kathleen Meyerson
Max Kaplan Father of Pearl Retchin
Morris Orchowsky Father of Robert Lomsky
Nathan Weinrich Father of Stanley Weinrich
Phoebe Ohayan Mother of Ninette Kartchner
Rachel Abrams Respectfully remembered
Robert Kraselsky Father of Nancy Kraselsky
Rosalind Leder Segerman Respectfully remembered
Sam Uden Brother of Shirley Levine
Seymour Josephson Father of Charles Josephson
Joel Kaufman Father of Sherry Padva

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.

Debbie Arouesty & Mike Medress
Pesach Seder
Wine for the Seder
Judith Malman
Passover Hagadahs
In memory of Naftalie Lefkowitz, Sylvia Lefkowitz Weinstein and Bernie Malman
Marsha & Paul Freedman
General Fund
In memory of Floyd Schachter
Lance Popkin
General Fund
In memory of Ivins Popkin
David & Arlene Burns
Building Fund
In memory of 
Gussie & Albert Burns

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.

Rabbi Kenter's email address is

Rabbi's Musings 
will be found if you  CLICK HERE

B 'nai Israel Congregation

Website & ShulCloud Directory

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

Administrative Secretary,  Kate Maclay

shabbat shalom