Annual Meeting

Temple Israel Annual Meeting

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM, as indicated on the notice you received in the mail.

Meet your Board members for the 2017-19 term

Congratulate those who have gone above and beyond

Share your ideas with your kehilla over dessert.


Weekly Message from Rabbi Panitz

A message from Rabbi Panitz.


May 1, 2017

Shalom, Congregants and friends:
Opening today’s e-mail, I saw the following image and message from Hillel International:

Today, friends, we remember:

Yom HaZikaron vigil, 2015, Boston University Hillel

We honor our fallen soldiers. We pray for victims of terrorism. We stand in gratitude for all those who have given their lives for our beloved homeland.
Thank you for being a part of the Hillel community on this most solemn of days.
— The team at Hillel International
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Friends: rabbis bring different, although related, skill sets to their service on behalf of the Jewish community. My own distinctive contribution is to combine my pastoral, congregational service with what I can provide on the strength of my academic training. As a professor of Jewish studies, I represent our congregation, and more broadly, our Jewish community, on the college campus.
I have pursued this particular combination of service for over three decades. Over that time, I have seen a growing remoteness from sympathy for Israel on the part of too many of our collegians.

This is not active anti-Semitism on the part of most of them. Truth to be told, most are quite removed from the news of the Middle East. But the loud, repeated, and often clever ways in which anti-Semitism is amplified in the college setting has a cumulative effect.

My response is to do what I can. My own teaching, and the personal connections I maintain with students, faculty and campus community, are all channels that I have become increasingly concerned to use in defense of Jews and Israel against bigotry.

Friends, we are an American sub-community that sends the vast majority of its young adults to college. Let us redouble our efforts to prepare those young adults to confront the assault on Israel—and, increasingly, on Jews who dare to defend Israel– that they may encounter in that space.

The good news is that every proud, Jewish student leader whom we can fortify can have a “force multiplier” effect, reaching out to his or her own network of peers.

So speak to your college-bound children and grandchildren. And, more broadly, model for them a life of involvement in Judaism and its values. Our values extend to all people and to the caring for our planet, but they ought never fail to start at home, within our own people.

On this Yom Ha-Zikaron— Israel’s Memorial Day– it is not enough to light a ner neshamah (memorial candle). We, ourselves, must be points of light, to banish the surrounding darkness.


Rabbi Michael Panitz

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Notes from the Shul

What’s happening at Temple Israel this week… and beyond.

We had a wonderful turnout for our Yom Hashoah breakfast last Sunday, April 23rd. June Prager, director/playwright, spoke to the attendees about her early childhood escaping the Holocaust with her mother, and later, becoming involved with theater. Many of the people attending were in tears by the end of her talk.

We thank June for coming and sharing her story with us. Copies of her play, Distant Survivors was on sale the day of the breakfast for a special price. If you would like a copy of her play, the publisher will honor the special price for a short time, if you tell her you are from Temple Israel. More information is available at, or 757-816-1164.
Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm
Saturday – Shabbat Services 9:30am

Going forward, there will be NO Saturday evening services. Minchah will be held immediately following kiddush lunch.

Sunday – 9:15am at Beth El and 5:45pm at Temple Israel

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Beth El
(Evening minyan is at Beth El in April. Minyan services will come back to Temple Israel on Monday, May 1st.)
If you are planning to attend minyan services to say Kaddish for a love one’s yahrtzeit, would you be willing to share some memories with us? This is a new addition to our services, which has been warmly received by everyone.

Sermon Titles for Shabbat
Friday – “The Israel That I Love”
Saturday – Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion “Tazria-Metzorah – Healing and Purifying – Inside and Out”

Service Leaders
Torah Service – Jemma Brodie
Torah Reader – Marilyn Suskind-Pearline
Ashrei – Jason Bosher
Musaf – Jeremy Frank

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services.
The month is coming to a close – PLEASE bring your donations to the synagogue next week. The Pet Pantry needs your generosity. This is a wonderful program that helps people keep their animals as a beloved member of their family, rather than having to surrender them to the shelter when they fall on hard times.
We have started something new at our kiddush luncheons on Shabbat. If you see someone with a red cup, that means they are a new member, or are visiting, so please go up to them and introduce yourself and help them feel at home.

Come celebrate the State of Israel’s 69th birthday at the annual community-wide Israel Fest on Sunday, April 30th from 11:00am – 4:00pm at the Simon Family JCC. There will be great food, fun games, dancing and shopping at the Ben Yehuda Street Marketplace.

On Erev Shavuot, our congregation will join with our partners, Kempsville Conservative Congregation and Congregation Beth El, for a traditional dairy dinner and an evening of study and worship. This program is known as “Tikkun Leil Shavuot”, the ceremony for the eve of the festival celebrating the Giving of the Ten Commandments.

We will gather together at Congregation Beth El, 422 Shirley Avenue in Ghent. The program will begin at 6:30pm with learning activities for children, led by Sharon Wasserberg, and for adults, led by the clergy of Congregation Beth El and Temple Israel.

Here is the schedule for the evening:

Part 1: For the whole family
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Learning together and crafts
*Our kids will participate in an extensive craft activity to celebrate Shavuot and focus us on the Ten Commandments

*At the same time, the grown ups will have their own learning time with our clergy, learning some of the basic ideas of how mussar can impact their everyday lives making them more meaningful and purposeful

*In the spirit of the custom of eating dairy, all participants will get ice cream treats

Intermission: The Evening Service
7:30pm – 8:00pm – Participants in “Part 1” and “Part 2” are encouraged to stay or come for services

Part 2: The Adult Mussar Tikkun
8:00pm – 11:00pm – A progressive meal and engaging learning for all
A night at the Mussar Academy. In the spirit of the custom to stay up late learning Torah on the first night of Shavuot, join Rabbi Arnowitz, Rabbi Panitz and Cantor Wendi for an evening of social, interactive and engaging learning. The topic will be “Using Mussar to Make Life More Meaningful”

*8:00pm – Appetizers

*8:15pm – Lesson part 1 – Unpacking everyday holiness with Rabbi Arnowitz

*9:15pm – Eggplant Parmesan dinner ($5.00 per person)

*9:45pm – Lesson part 2 – The great Mussar debate with Rabbi Panitz

10:45pm – Trifle dessert

RSVP to the Congregation Beth El office at 625-781 to reserve your place for dinner (adults only – all are welcome to come for the learning – the price is only if you plan to eat). Catering provided by Sue Adler. Your payment is your reservation.

We have a nice selection of children and teen books in the gift shop now. It’s never too early to start buying for Chanukah!

More L’Dor v’Dor Items!!

Please consider the following items for donation to the L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop:
Torah Pointers
Seder and Matzah Plates
Tzedakah Boxes
Shabbat Candlesticks
Kiddush Cups
Challah Plates
Graggers for Purim
Jewish-themed Children’s Books

If your item(s) has a special history or meaning attached to it, please write down the information and turn it into the office with your “treasure”. We would love to be able to share its story!
All items donated are tax deductible.

For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
IN MEMORY of a family member or friend

Make your check payable to Temple Israel with a note that it is for the JNF Tree Center and who/what it is IN HONOR of or IN MEMORY of. If you go to their website,, you can select a certificate/tree location. If you would like a specific certificate or location, let us know when you send in your check. We will send JNF everyone’s requests.

There is a new Jewish Singles group in the area for Jewish singles 45 or older. If interested, you can visit their website at

Saturday, April 29th
Shabbat Services 9:30am

Sunday, April 30th
Israel Fest at the Simon Family JCC 11:00am – 4:00pm

Monday, May 1st
Torah at the Beach at the home of Linda and Jonathan Longman 7:30pm

Tuesday, May 2nd
7:30pm in Sandler Hall
New officers and Board Members will be announced and awards will be presented.
Come and support your Temple Israel family.

Saturday, May 6th
Bat Mitzvah of Jemma Brodie, daughter of Marcia Brodie and Steve Brodie 9:30am

Saturday, May 13th

Saturday, May 20th
Disabilities Awareness Shabbat AND Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat 9:30am
Lyn Segal, Director of the Hope House, will be our speaker

Saturday, May 27th
Bar Mitzvah of Danny Rose, son of Missy and Ron Rose, brother of Julie 9:30am

Monday, May 29th
Office closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th
Erev Shavuot
Study Fest and Progressive Dinner at Congregation Beth El 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Wednesday, May 31st
Office Closed
Shavuot Services 9:30am at Temple Israel and 8:30pm at Congregation Beth El

Thursday, June 1st
Office Closed
Shavuot/Yizkor Services 9:30am at Temple Israel and 8:30pm at Congregation Beth El

Saturday, June 3rd
Bar Mitzvah of Jeremy Frank 9:30am


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Shabbos Night Fever Was Here!!

Everyone boogied till they just couldn’t boogie no more at the Shabbos Night Fever last month. HUGE yasher koach to Marilyn Suskind-Pearline and the team that decorated, organized and solicited for the Silent Auction, sold tickets, schmoozed for sponsorships, developed marketing, and more. Keep your dancing shoes clean – and keep an eye out for next year’s fun.