By

Notes from the Shul

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

On Sunday, February 25th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to Temple Israel for the Men’s Club Poker Night. There will be at least two tables – one for “Dealer’s Choice” poker games and one for a “Texas Holdem” tournament. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. Please bring cash, as this will be used as the prize pool.
This event is open to everyone!

Please RSVP to the synagogue office by Tuesday, February 20th.

Please join us this Shabbat, February 17th at 9:30am for our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat. Our speaker will be Shirley Confino-Reheder, Chair of the Norfolk Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Chair Emerita of the Hampton Roads Disabilities Services Board. She also serves on the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Advisory Countl (SAC), Prime Plus in Norfolk, and Access Virginia, bringing audio and live description to theatres for audiences who are blind/low vision, and/or deaf.

Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday – 9:30am in the sanctuary, for our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat

Sunday – Morning minyan is at Congregation Beth El at 8:00am. Sunday evening services are at Temple Israel at 5:45pm

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Congregation Beth El
(Evening minyan is at Beth El in February.)
**IMPORTANT NOTICE – Some February yahrzeit letters went out with the incorrect location for evening minyan services. In February, evening minyan services will be at CONGREGATION BETH EL, NOT Temple Israel.

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
Friday – “When Will We Start To Protect Our Children?”
Saturday – Shirley Confino-Rehder will speak, in honor of our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat

Service Leaders
Shema – Emily Panitz
Torah Service – Lori Shapiro
Open the Ark – Daniel Hecht
Haftarah – Saada Miller
Minchah – Alison Lanse

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services, in honor of our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat.
FEBRUARY 17 – 23

FEBRUARY 17
Julie Rose

FEBRUARY 18
Ruth Ann Moscovitz

FEBRUARY 19
Stephen Chapel
Jerry Friedman
Karen Goldberg
Lynn Segal

FEBRUARY 20
Kathryn Morton
Sheila Panitz

FEBRUARY 21
Hunter Bosher
Luke Bosher
Susan Sheffer
FEBRUARY 17 – 23

FEBRUARY 23
Robert and Judy Beedie

LET’S CONTINUE TO HELP PUERTO RICO

Dear Congregation,

We wanted to share this update with you regarding the continuing needs in Puerto Rico.

Your generous donations of batteries, flashlights, tarps and insect repellent helped provide light, shelter, and relief from mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus. Because of this outbreak, death came to many of our fellow Americans, especially in the rural areas in Puerto Rico, and many continue to become ill because of the lack of sanitary conditions. By helping to provide these essential items, is truly a way, I believe, to perform a Mitzvah and Tikum Olam, by giving and at the same time, helping to repair a little part of our world and the lives of those who are so devastated by the hurricane.

There is still an extreme need for many items, especially light, because electricity has not yet been restored in some of the areas. Even though the need for insect repellent continues, solar lighting is also a much needed item.

Please plan to come to our March 10th Second Saturday Shabbat and meet the ladies from the Lynnhaven Dive Center, to hear of their personal experiences and sacrifices involved in going to Puerto Rico to personally deliver all the donated items. Their stories of how they traveled to deliver these items,and where they slept in the devastated areas are compelling. You will truly feel that your heartfelt donations helped bring some comfort to those suffering.

Please, let’s go another round in aiding these ladies to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico. Let’s bring the following to the synagogue office by March 9th:

Solar lighting (outdoor path lights will charge and
can be brought inside at night to provide light)

Insect repellent – still a great need
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to sharing this inspiring March 10th Second Saturday Shabbat with you.

David and Marilyn Suskind-Pearline

If you would like to be a shomer, please give the office a call so we can add you to the list. Shomrim sit with a deceased after they have been shrouded and before the funeral so that they are never alone. If you would like more information, please give the office a call at 489-4550.

Ron Hurwitz recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was a lifelong member of Temple Israel. He was only 64 years old – a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
On April 22nd, there will be a Walk for Pancreatic Cancer and a team has been formed in memory, and in honor, of Ron. Here is the link (https://templeisraelva.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=483892614cb7718af81d3231b&id=67b2ebcf9f&e=0defe36426) – you can donate in his memory and also join the Hurwitz team.
Let’s show our support for this cause and honor Ron at the same time.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPLE ISRAEL WEBSITE –

WWW.TEMPLEISRAELVA.ORG –

HUGE THANKS TO TAMMY WHO HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GET THE WEBSITE UPDATED. IT LOOKS GREAT!

Did you know there are recordings of Rabbi Panitz doing prayers under the “Worship” tab? You can listen and learn the prayers you hear on Shabbat.

FEBRUARY MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Drop off your new or gently used coats and jackets, either at the office or the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium.
We need coats of ALL sizes.
Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity, a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon. We also now have a Wish List, so if you want to donate something to Temple Israel, you can choose from the Wish List.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won’t have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!

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.
The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

We’ve just received a new shipment of some beautiful items for the Temple Israel gift shop. Do you need a gift for someone, or maybe just a treat for yourself? Come check out what your Temple Israel gift shop has to offer.

And we still have some great items in our L’Dor v’Dor Section.

We accept donations for our L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop all year long. Please consider any of the following items:
Menorahs
Dreidels
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.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

MEET OUR BLUE YARMULKE MAN OF THE YEAR!!
JONATHAN LONGMAN
The Blue Yarmulke breakfast will be on April 15th at Temple Israel this year. Please show your support for Jonathan and attend. More information will be forthcoming to advise how you can place an ad in the book and also make your reservations.

Congratulations, Jonathan, on a well deserved honor!

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND
WITH DR. JOSH KULP
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD AND SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH
Dr. Josh Kulp
Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

All lessons will have “take aways” that you can use at your own seder.

Friday, March 23rd – Special Shabbat service and dinner at Congregation Beth El. Dr. Kulp will present “Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat: Jewish Community and the Seder” discussing how we can build community around food.

Saturday, March 24th – Shabbat morning services at Congregation Beth El. Dr. Kulp will present a lesson during the sermon time that is sure to animate your seder – “Horse Radish: The Key to Understanding All of Jewish History”

Saturday, March 24th – 8:30pm – Burgers and Brews at Temple Israel
Dr. Josh Kulp will talk about “Why Can We Make Havdalah But Not Kiddush Over Beer?”
Nathan Brauner in his “beer room”
Nathan Brauner will talk about how to get started if you want to brew at home.

There will be a dinner of burgers and people are invited to bring their favorite craft brew.

RSVPs are required for both dinners.

MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.

Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!

For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
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, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, 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.

NOTES TO NOTE

Saturday, February 17th
Disabilities Awareness Shabbat 9:30am in the sanctuary

Sunday, February 18th
No Religious School

Monday, February 19th
Office Closed for Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 20th
Class with Rabbi Panitz 8:15am in the library

Saturday, February 24th
Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am

Sunday, February 25th
Men’s Club Poker Night 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Tuesday, February 27th
Class with Rabbi Panitz 8:15am in the library

Wednesday, February 28th
Purim! Get your best costume ready! 6:30pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Men’s Club Shabbat
Rabbi Panitz will also honor his father on the occasion of his 100th birthday
The kiddush will be sponsored by the Men’s Club and the Panitz family

Tuesday, March 6th
Class with Rabbi Panitz 8:15am in the library

Board meeting 7:30pm

Saturday, March 10th

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These are the yahrzeits for the coming week. Please read through them. If you see someone you recognize, come to minyan. As a community, it is our honor to remember.

YAHRZEITS
FEBRUARY 17 – FEBRUARY 23

FEBRUARY 17
Florine Landau
Elliott Pogolowitz

FEBRUARY 18
Herbert Kramer
Vann Lefcoe
Hyman Mersel
Harry Norkin
Yetta Walman

FEBRUARY 19
Clara Feuer
Rita Kravitz
Lena Legum

FEBRUARY 20
Earl Ammerman
Sam Borman
Monica Buentipo
Bernard “Bernie” Chapel
L.M. “Max” Sandler
Gabriel Schwaid
Murray Snyder
Oscar Soroko
Roberta Steiner
Samuel White

FEBRUARY 21
Barney Brittman
Herbert Einhorn
Frieda Mednick
Isaac Mirvis
Ida Rashkind
Melvin Slusky

FEBRUARY 22
Gittel Allentuck
Mollye Ginberg
Rubell Kanner
Betty Katz
Harold Klein
Joel Salzberg

FEBRUARY 23
Sam Alperin
Gloria Bendror
Robert Diamonstein
Harry Hurwitz
Beatrice Wolff

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Rabbi’s Recommended Reading

February 12, 2018

The Abraham Lincoln We Tend to Forget: A Deeply Religious Man

We tend to fall into the natural habit of misunderstanding the past, because we automatically and mistakenly apply our present-day default assumptions to other eras.

Since the 1940’s, our understanding of the separation of Church and State has developed in the direction of getting the government out of the business of recommending public prayer. This development has, in some ways, been beneficial for American religious minorities, such as Jews. Most people who worship are conventional in their mode of expression. Christians are apt to pray in the name of Jesus, as their religion mandates. Since the majority tends to be insensitive about just how exclusive their prayer language can be, the result is a quandary for the Jew: where is the Jew to find his place as an American, if “American prayer” is offered in the name of Jesus?

But the secularization of our public square is not only a gain. The basic Jewish advice regarding prayer is, “when you stand in prayer, know before Whom you stand.” This is the motto written upon the curtain of our Holy Ark in Temple Israel, and it is repeated in almost every synagogue.

Among the ills facing America in our day is a coarseness and mean-spiritedness that threatens the basic institutions of civic discourse. I have to wonder if some of this degradation of our spirit is connected to our forgetting, on a massive scale, before Whom we must render account?

In that spirit, and in honor of the birthday of our 16^th President, Abraham Lincoln, I am offering for your recommended reading two of his presidential proclamations. In each, he asks the nation to dedicate time to repentance. Prayer and fasting are transparent to us today, but “humiliation” requires elucidation: “Humiliation” in the language of the 18^th and 19^th centuries meant that people should stop being slaves to their egos. Instead of being totally energized by winning the debate and destroying the person holding opposing views, Americans needed to “Get over themselves” and focus on becoming far better versions of the people to which they had allowed themselves to regress

On Lincoln’s birthday, perhaps we, as a nation, could take more of his message to heart—
Rabbi Michael Panitz

ABRAHAM LINCOLN
XVI President of the United States: 1861-1865

Proclamation 85—Proclaiming a Day of National Humiliation, Prayer, and Fasting
August 12, 1861

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
Whereas a joint committee of both Houses of Congress has waited on the President of the United States and requested him to “recommend a day of public humiliation, prayer, and fasting to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnities and the offering of fervent supplications to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessings on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace;” and

Whereas it is fit and becoming in all people at all times to acknowledge and revere the supreme government of God, to bow in humble submission to His chastisements, to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to pray with all fervency and contrition for the pardon of their past offenses and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action; and

Whereas when our own beloved country, once, by the blessing of God, united, prosperous, and happy, is now afflicted with faction and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals to humble ourselves before Him and to pray for His mercy–to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved; that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for the reestablishment of law, order, and peace throughout the wide extent of our country; and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in all its original excellence:

Therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do appoint the last Thursday in September next as a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation. And I do earnestly recommend to all the people, and especially to all ministers and teachers of religion of all denominations and to all heads of families, to observe and keep that day according to their several creeds and modes of worship in all humility and with all religious solemnity, to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend to the Throne of Grace and bring down plentiful blessings upon our country.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed, this 12th day of August, A.D. 1861, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-sixth.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State

President Lincoln repeated this gesture, a year and a half later:
PROCLAMATION APPOINTING A NATIONAL FAST DAY

Washington, D.C.
March 30, 1863
Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln’s son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
XVI President of the United States: 1861-1865

Proclamation 97—Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer
March 30, 1863

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
Whereas the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, has by a resolution requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation; and

Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;

And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too
proud to pray to the God that made us.

It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at
their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 30th day of March, A. D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State .

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Notes from the Shul

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

The Men’s Club has 2 opportunities in the month of February for you to come out and socialize.

On Sunday, February 11th, there will be a Men’s Club breakfast in Sandler Hall at 10:00am. You can go to minyan at Beth El and then come back to Temple Israel for a great breakfast and shmoozing!

Please RSVP to the synagogue office by February 8th.

Then, on Sunday, February 25th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to Temple Israel for the Men’s Club Poker Night. There will be at least two tables – one for “Dealer’s Choice” poker games and one for a “Texas Holdem” tournament. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. Please bring cash, as this will be used as the prize pool.

Please RSVP to the synagogue office by Tuesday, February 20th.

Our next Red Cross blood drive is February 4th at Temple Israel, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood due to the many natural disasters that have happened. If you have not made an appointment, please do so immediately! PLEASE call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: TISRAEL to schedule an appointment. There is an urgent need and the Red Cross is depending on us. See the flyer below for more information.

Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday – 9:30am in the sanctuary. Please join us for our Kahbaid Shabbat

Sunday – Morning minyan is at Congregation Beth El at 8:00am and 9:15am. The 9:15am minyan is a learning minyan. Sunday evening services are at Temple Israel at 5:45pm

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Congregation Beth El
(Evening minyan is at Beth El in February.)
**IMPORTANT NOTICE – Some February yahrzeit letters went out with the incorrect location for evening minyan services. In February, evening minyan services will be at CONGREGATION BETH EL, NOT Temple Israel.

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
Friday – “Ten Commandments Progress Report”
Saturday – Joel Rubin will deliver the sermon “Wisdom From The Ageless”

Service Leaders
Torah Reader – Carol Tickton
Haftarah – Joel Rubin

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, in honor of Kahbaid Shabbat, sponsored by Beth Sholom Village.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
FEBRUARY 1 – 9
FEBRUARY 1
Marilyn Hecktkopf
Doug Moses

FEBRUARY 2
Erica Steele
Harriet White

FEBRUARY 3
Tanya Conley
Ellen Glynn

FEBRUARY 6
Sharon Weinstein

FEBRUARY 8
Stewart Sacks
Jo Samuels
Carol Tickton

LET’S CONTINUE TO HELP PUERTO RICO

Dear Congregation,

We wanted to share this update with you regarding the continuing needs in Puerto Rico.

Your generous donations of batteries, flashlights, tarps and insect repellent helped provide light, shelter, and relief from mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus. Because of this outbreak, death came to many of our fellow Americans, especially in the rural areas in Puerto Rico, and many continue to become ill because of the lack of sanitary conditions. By helping to provide these essential items, is truly a way, I believe, to perform a Mitzvah and Tikum Olam, by giving and at the same time, helping to repair a little part of our world and the lives of those who are so devastated by the hurricane.

There is still an extreme need for many items, especially light, because electricity has not yet been restored in some of the areas. Even though the need for insect repellent continues, solar lighting is also a much needed item.

Please plan to come to our March 10th Second Saturday Shabbat and meet the ladies from the Lynnhaven Dive Center, to hear of their personal experiences and sacrifices involved in going to Puerto Rico to personally deliver all the donated items. Their stories of how they traveled to deliver these items,and where they slept in the devastated areas are compelling. You will truly feel that your heartfelt donations helped bring some comfort to those suffering.

Please, let’s go another round in aiding these ladies to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico. Let’s bring the following to the synagogue office by March 9th:

Solar lighting (outdoor path lights will charge and
can be brought inside at night to provide light)

Insect repellent – still a great need
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to sharing this inspiring March 10th Second Saturday Shabbat with you.

David and Marilyn Suskind-Pearline
If you would like to be a shomer, please give the office a call so we can add you to the list. Shomrim sit with a deceased after they have been shrouded and before the funeral so that they are never alone. If you would like more information, please give the office a call at 489-4550.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPLE ISRAEL WEBSITE –

WWW.TEMPLEISRAELVA.ORG –

HUGE THANKS TO TAMMY WHO HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GET THE WEBSITE UPDATED. IT LOOKS GREAT!

Did you know there are recordings of Rabbi Panitz doing prayers under the “Worship” tab? You can listen and learn the prayers you hear on Shabbat.

FEBRUARY MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Drop off your new or gently used coats and jackets, either at the office or the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium.
We need coats of ALL sizes.
Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity, a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won’t have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!

https://templeisraelva.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=483892614cb7718af81d3231b&id=21a4f3df55&e=0defe36426
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.

The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

We’ve just received a new shipment of some beautiful items for the Temple Israel gift shop. Do you need a gift for someone, or maybe just a treat for yourself? Come check out what your Temple Israel gift shop has to offer.

And we still have some great items in our L’Dor v’Dor Section.

We accept donations for our L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop all year long. Please consider any of the following items:
Menorahs
Dreidels
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.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
MEET OUR BLUE YARMULKE MAN OF THE YEAR!!
JONATHAN LONGMAN
The Blue Yarmulke breakfast will be on April 15th at Temple Israel this year. Please show your support for Jonathan and attend. More information will be forthcoming to advise how you can place an ad in the book and also make your reservations.

Congratulations, Jonathan, on a well deserved honor!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND
WITH DR. JOSH KULP
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD AND SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH
Dr. Josh Kulp
Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

All lessons will have “take aways” that you can use at your own seder.

Friday, March 23rd – Special Shabbat service and dinner at Congregation Beth El. Dr. Kulp will present “Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat: Jewish Community and the Seder” discussing how we can build community around food.

Saturday, March 24th – Shabbat morning services at Congregation Beth El. Dr. Kulp will present a lesson during the sermon time that is sure to animate your seder – “Horse Radish: The Key to Understanding All of Jewish History”

Saturday, March 24th – 8:30pm – Burgers and Brews at Temple Israel
Dr. Josh Kulp will talk about “Why Can We Make Havdalah But Not Kiddush Over Beer?” There will be a dinner of burgers and people are invited to bring their favorite craft brew.

RSVPs are required for both dinners.

MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
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, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, 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.

NOTES TO NOTE

Saturday, February 3rd
Beth Sholom Village’s Annual Kahbaid Weekend – Temple Israel will recognize “Wisdom of the Ageless” during the reading of the Ten Commandments at Shabbat Services 9:30am in the sanctuary. The kiddush will be sponsored by Beth Sholom Village, in honor of Kahbaid Shabbat.

Sunday, February 4th

Tuesday, February 6th
Board Meeting 7:30pm

Saturday, February 10th

Monday, February 12th
Downtown Book Club, lunch meeting
They will be discussing The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and
Gloria Vanderbilt. Contact Bernice Moses at 622-5142 for more information.

Torah at the Beach at the home of Dee Dee and Meyer Chovitz.
The topic will be “The Day Before Yesterday”. 7:30pm

Saturday, February 17th
Disabilities Awareness Shabbat 9:30am in the sanctuary

Monday, February 19th
Office Closed for Presidents Day

Saturday, February 24th
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am

Sunday, February 25th
Men’s Club Poker Night 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 28th
Purim! Get your best costume ready! 6:00pm

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YAHRZEITS
FEBRUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 9

FEBRUARY 3
Phyllis Kaplan
David Moses
Pinchas Rosen

FEBRUARY 4
Morris Furman
Abraham Knepler
Donald Nachman

FEBRUARY 5
Pat Berger
William Rebby

FEBRUARY 6
Lois DeBell
Bernard Drexler
Zeda Masarsky
David Schrager
Sue Ann Zedd

FEBRUARY 7
Rachel Greenhouse
Bryan Miles
Louis Moscovitz
Mervin Shapiro

FEBRUARY 8
Lena Berkowitz
Maxine Garnher
Jacob Greenhouse
Barbara Orgel
David Slomowitz
Herbert Zetlin

FEBRUARY 9
Mindy Futterman
David Tapper
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Recommended Reading from Rabbi Panitz

Tu B’Shevat Seder
BY RABBI ZOE KLEIN MILES | PUBLISHED JAN 24, 2018 | Jewish Journal.com

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In ancient Israel, Jews wouldn’t eat a tree’s fruit in the tree’s first three years so that the tree could grow strong. In the fourth year, they would bring its fruit to the Temple as an expression of gratitude. Only in the fifth year would they start enjoying the fruit. Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of the month of Shevat), the New Year for the Trees, began as a way to keep track of the trees’ age. In the tradition of the 16th-century mystics of Tsfat, who marked the day with a Tu B’Shevat seder, the Journal offers these meditations and activities to celebrate the trees.
The Centrality of trees
Trees are so important, the rabbis tell us, that if the messiah should arrive while you are planting one, you should finish planting before greeting the messiah. The prophet Micah’s vision of paradise is a time when “All shall sit under their grapevine or fig tree.” We call Torah a Tree of Life, but it’s an inverted tree: Torah has its roots in heaven, and its fruit is so close that its sweetness is already in our mouths.
Plant a Seed
Plant parsley seeds on Tu B’Shevat and you’ll have parsley by Passover, linking the celebration of trees to the spring festival of freedom. But we should also plant something that takes years to grow. Just as we enjoy trees that our grandparents planted for us, says our tradition, so should we plant for future generations. Place a sapling in the earth and offer a prayer that, with love, it will one day grow to nurture countless creatures, great and small.
Caring for the Earth
Even in times of war, Torah tells us, we shouldn’t cut down fruit trees. In the Garden of Eden, God told the first humans to serve and protect the land. Yet, each year humans destroy more than 5 billion trees in tropical rainforests — ecosystems essential to sustaining life on earth. Countless species are threatened with extinction. The world gives so much to us. Trees remove harmful gasses and give us pure oxygen. We have forgotten our obligation to be stewards of this precious world.
The Four R’s
We’ve all heard “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” As Jews, we add “Remember.” Consider these categories and commit particular
actions.
• Reduce: Cut back on paper by printing less or decrease waste by borrowing instead of buying.
• Reuse: Drink from a reusable water bottle instead of plastic ones, use cloth grocery bags and eliminate plastic tableware.
• Recycle: Start a compost bin and choose products made from recycled materials.
• Remember: Create art as a reminder that we are stewards of the earth, all part of the same ecosystem.
Trees in Israel
Israel is the world’s only country whose territory has more trees today than it did a century ago. Its trees are special. Almond trees are the first to bloom, with white and pink petals and sweet perfume. Ancient olive trees, thousands of years old, hold history in their twisted trunks. Swaying palms drip with date honey. Cedars hold up the sky. Pomegranate trees yield fruit as full of seeds as life is with blessings. Early pioneers planted eucalyptus trees to drain the swamps, and the Jewish National Fund planted the Mediterranean cypress.
Which Fruit are You?
In the tradition of the mystics, choose a variety of fruits: hard outsides / soft insides (banana and kiwi); soft outsides / hard insides (peaches and plums); and entirely edible (figs and starfruit). Which one are you? Do you wear a protective shell around a tender heart? Are you vulnerable, with a strong core? What do you hope to peel away this year and what weight do you want to dislodge?
Who Owns the Earth?
Rabbi Ezekiel Landau of Prague tells of two people fighting over the same piece of land. “The land belongs to me!” one shouts. “No, it belongs to me!” replies the other. They finally bring the matter to a judge. The judge listens to each person, then kneels and puts an ear to the ground, listens to the land and stands up. “The land does not belong to either of you,” says the judge. “Rather, you belong to the land.”
Listen and Share
Spend time amid the trees by taking a hike, enjoying a park or just lying in your backyard. For 10 minutes, be silent — just listen, feel, be. Listen for the rustling of breezes in the leaves. Notice how it is all in sync with your own heartbeat and your own breath. Smell the complex bouquet around you and savor your place in the river of life. Finally, share the bounty: Perhaps you, a friend or a neighbor have a fruit tree bursting with produce. Gather a group to glean ripe fruit for a local homeless shelter.

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5778 TEN COMMANDMENTS PROGRESS REPORT

DATE: 15 Shevat, 5778
FROM: Moses ben Amram, Headmaster
TO: Americans
RE: Early Warning Notice

It has come to my attention that your nation requires remedial work to improve your grades in the Ten Commandments part of the One God’s course for meaningful living. The following is a detailed explanation of where Americans are failing to master the Sinai Curriculum:

FIRST COMMANDMENT: I am the LORD.
You have become sophisticated, my students, or so you think. You believe in at most One God, and all too often, that God is a reflection of your desires, not an acknowledgement that you are the creatures, not the Creators. From this failure, all the other failures follow. If you worship yourselves, and not the Only True One to be worshiped, you will make your own lives far worse.

SECOND COMMANDMENT: Do not bow down to idols.
You have new idols, new incarnations of the familiar Baal and Asherah before whom your ancestors prostrated themselves. Your new idols are money, sex and power… come to think of it, not so new; only new names for old realities. This past year, quite a few of you have made an idol out of your nation’s flag. New idols may be fashionable, but like the old ones, they are ultimately things of naught.

THIRD COMMANDMENT: Do not take the Heavenly Father’s name in vain.
There has been a lot of pious posturing in your country this year; but very little of the invoking of Father’s Name has been motivated by any true desire to do Father’s will. Rather, it is your own greed and ambition that you seek to advance, and then you dress it up by saying that you are seeking the Good and the Transcendent. Father says: If you are going to worship only your own narrow interests, keep Me and My Name out of it.

FOURTH COMMANDMENT: Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
Your country is filled with houses of worship that you build, and then leave empty, from Sabbath to Sabbath. Why did you raise and spend that money, if your intention all along was to honor the Sabbath only sporadically, when it coincides with one of your life-cycle passages? Nor are you honoring the Sabbath in your homes. I see some of you inaugurate the Sabbath with candles, with family togetherness, with song and blessing; but for most of you, Friday night is just so much more ordinary time. If you do not make the extraordinary manifest, you will eventually cease to be able to perceive it.

FIFTH COMMANDMENT: Honor your father and your mother.
You have a mixed record here. You provide health care for the elderly, in some ways exceeding generations past. But your wisdom has not grown apace with your technological mastery. You continue to consign the elderly to neighborhoods, and then in institutions, where children and grandchildren are absent. Some of your elderly commit this foolishness themselves. In my song (Deuteronomy 32), I mandate: “ask your parents, and they will narrate God’s story for you; your grandparents, and they will inform you.” How can you accomplish that when you practice generational segregation?

This concludes the first tablet of the law. Your society needs significant improvement in this tablet. But your record with respect to the second tablet is of still greater concern:

SIXTH COMMANDMENT: Do not murder
Do not boast that with respect to this commandment, other countries are worse. It is true that your country does not equal those places where people blow up each other’s mosques or glorify murder in Father’s name; but do not rest on your laurels. You continue to allow individuals access to weapons of mass murder. The results are one horrifying massacre after another; and in the past year, even your capacity to sustain a sense of horror shows signs of waning.

SEVENTH COMMANDMENT: Do not commit adultery.
Your record here has been poor for quite some time. In the past century, the number of your elected presidents, from both of your major political parties, who have broken this commandment is higher than the number of those who have kept it. The news revelation that the current one paid hush money to a pornographic actress, on the eve of your recent election, is of course not news to us in Heaven. The fact that your country can not manage even a significant show of outrage at this revelation is evidence as to how low your standards have fallen with respect to this commandment.
But that is not even the most significant area of your neglect of the Sinai curriculum in matters of sexual ethics. This year, your long-standing record of the abuse of young and helpless men and women by the high and mighty was finally exposed, and a wave of revulsion has energized you. That is a hopeful sign. But the revulsion is far from universal within your society, and even as you stage entertainment events supposedly decrying the abuse, you commodify it. The actress hawking a fancy watch to make money out of the “Out of Time” sentiment is an indictment of your inability to keep the desire to repent pure.

EIGHTH COMMANDMENT: Do not steal.
The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof. Our gracious God has allowed you to own private property, provided that you use it responsibly and remain mindful of God’ ultimate ownership. But you treat your property as absolutely yours, not heeding the hunger of the impoverished or considering the future needs of the very children you are siring. You create societies in which the haves and the have nots are separated by ever greater legal and social barriers. You are not proving yourselves worthy of the divine gift of property ownership.

NINTH COMMANDMENT: Do not lie.
Truth is the seal of the Almighty. Your offenses against truth have been magnified this year beyond the already problematic record of previous years. You used to ignore the truth. Now you deny that it is the truth. You honor people who make a show of subordinating truth to partisan bickering. You balkanize the truth, ignoring what you find inconvenient.

TENTH COMMANDMENT: Do not covet.
Your nation is guilty of coveting the natural resources of the planet, created by our Father in Heaven as a blessing for all time. You are robbing the riches of the earth at a rate far in excess of what the earth’s natural restorative capacity can withstand. Your homes are filled with timber logged illegally from the Amazon and other protected forests, and then cynically and falsely mislabeled, so that American purchasers can pretend to be unaware of the true source of their prestige woods. Some of this wood has recently been identified in Mar-a-lago.

For this last commandment, and for all the other areas in which you are failing to master the Sinai curriculum, you need to understand that the retribution that will come upon you is not some sort of Sunday School deus ex machina intervention– those who teach my texts are often stubbornly wrongheaded in their mindless literalism. No; the retribution that will fall upon your heads is the natural consequences of your actions. Your creation of societies addicted to violence will claim ever more lives, sparing neither young nor old. Your disregard of the holiness of the individual and your corruption of the relationships among peoples will bring to pass the curses that you fancy are the wrath of the Father. Your destruction of the earth’s balance will lead to natural catastrophes of “biblical” magnitude. Already, your port cities flood for many days each year; your savannahs turn into deserts; your polar oceans thaw and threaten to disrupt the circulation
patterns that sustain the environment as you know it and enjoy it. All this you are doing to yourself. Don’t blame God for the inevitable consequences of your own sins.

My students, you must think me a scold, and you fault our Heavenly Father for being wrathful. The truth is just the opposite. This entire curriculum is in place because our Father loves you. Return, o Children.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Michael Panitz

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Weekly Message from Rabbi Panitz – Take 2

5778

TWO TIMELY MESSAGES FROM RABBI PANITZ:

Shalom, readers.
1. Tomorrow is Shabbat Shirah.In celebration of this special day, we will hold our annual celebration of Jewish song. For this year’s Shabbat Shirah song-fest, I have prepared a booklet of well loved Yiddish songs, with words (in English transliteration), translation, and music.So please join me and lift up your voices in the mamaloshen of most of our Ashkenazi ancestors! (For our Sepharadi and Edot Ha-Mizrach members: the music is wonderful, even if not familiar, and I am sure you will enjoy it!)
2. Today is the yahrzeit of my father, Rabbi David H. Panitz, who died on 10 Shevat of 5751.He was a proponent of ecumenical dialogue and action.He was a leader in the National Conference of Christians and Jews.After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my father teamed up with a leading African American Baptist pastor in his home town of Paterson, NJ, to go to the angry streets and restore peace.

So in the spirit of his kind of reading of our tradition, I will share the sermonette I gave at last night’s evening service:

Our tradition is rich in “sidebar stories”, known as midrash. These are stories that amplify the basic story of the Hebrew Bible, spinning yarns based on all sorts of incidental details of the original text.

In this week’s torah reading, we hear about the manna, the miraculous food that, in the Bible story, miraculously rained down from Heaven to feed the Israelites during their 40 years in the desert. One of the verses contains a seemingly superfluous detail:
They would gather it each morning, every man according to his
appetite; and when the sun warmed, it would melt. (Exodus 16:20)

What does it add to the story to give the detail that the manna would melt in the warming weather after dawn? One midrash gives a charming interpretation of this verse, to furnish “added value” explaining the inclusion of that detail:
The manna remaining in the field would melt and turn into streams.
Rams and deer would drink from them. The nations of the world
would hunt those animals and taste the flavor of manna in them.
They would thus know the praiseworthiness of Israel [for whose sake
the manna had come into the world.] (Midrash Mekhilta to Exodus 16:20)

My “take” on this little story is probably different from the intent of the original rabbinic author. The Rabbis of Old loved to build up the People Israel, and they loved to multiply the miraculous. This story does both. But in my reading—an orientation I learned from my father—the story makes a point about the role of the Jew in the wider world:
Blessings have come into this world because of Judaism, and because of Jews.

We are more familiar with the latter, and enumerate the inventions and discoveries by which Jewish men and women have improved our world: the polio vaccine, drip irrigation, the minimum wage and the weekend… it is an enjoyable sport to enumerate the ways in which Jewish creativity has brought good things to life.

But Judaism, too, has been the conduit through which key religious insights have become the property of much of humankind. Principally, the idea that God is One, and that the One God is ethical, is a Jewish discovery. Abraham challenging God to be truly just, true to God’s nature, and spare any innocents who might be in Sodom and Gomorrah from the impending destruction of those wicked cities—that ethical stamp on theology has been the key Jewish insight for all the millennia of our history. Other nations who believe that have inherited it from our tradition. The lesson is even today only imperfectly understood. Those who blow up the houses of worship of other faith communities have not yet learned the lesson of Abraham.

And here is the final point: the blessings that have ennobled Judaism are not fully in this world until they are shared more widely. The Jew fulfills the meaning of being a Jew when he or she engages with the world. The goal is not to subvert other religions, but to ennoble human life. People will tell whatever stories about God, and use whatever names for God, that their own cultures make special. But when their action exemplifies the love of God’s other children, then they are truly living out God’s will, as Judaism has taught. As my father’s own father, Ezekiel Panitz, wrote in his ethical will, “There are people in this world who believe in God even though they do not use God’s name.”

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Michael Panitz

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5778      NEW METHODS FOR A NEW GENERATION

From our years in Sunday School, most of us know the Bible story of the Children of Israel in the Sinai desert, getting water miraculously from the rock.

In fact, the Bible has two iterations of this story. There are some significant differences between the two. In Exodus 17—part of this week’s Torah reading– Moses is told to strike the rock so as to produce water. By contrast, in Numbers 20, God tells Moses to speak to the rock, which will trigger the miracle of making waters gush forth. Still, Moses strikes the rock. God then tells Moses that he has sinned; that he has failed to sanctify God in the eyes of the people; and that the punishment of Moses will be to die in the Wilderness.

For many generations, Jewish readers have wondered: what was the sin of Moses? While there are several answers, one widely-repeated interpretation is that in the second narrative, Moses did not follow God’s instructions. Instead of speaking to the rock, he struck the rock with his staff, when he had not been commanded to do so. Why would Moses have done that? Presumably, because he recalled the previous time, thirty nine-plus years before, when he had faced a similar situation and striking the rock had been the method then.

The lesson for us from this is that last generation’s technique may not be adequate for this generation’s problem.

Let us think about this with respect to the crisis of the synagogue today. Throughout the country, our Conservative/Masorti movement congregations are struggling with declining membership. Some congregations have closed, and others have merged. Most report either flat or shrinking membership rolls.

There are doubtless several reasons for this demographic trend. I will suggest two: Inter-faith couples contemplating marriage tend to affiliate, some for only a year but some for longer, with Reform congregations. This is one “growth stock” for the Reform movement and, conversely, an obstacle to the ability of our own movement to retain the younger generation as members. Another cause may be the pattern of institutional affiliation of the millennial generation. In a number of areas in life, they display the preference to purchase individual services rather than to pay dues to become members of institutions.

In the face of this crisis of continuity, it is time for our movement to have two conversations:
1. Should we revisit our policies regarding Conservative rabbis and intermarrying couples?
2. Should we revisit the institutional structure of our congregational life, and move away from the dues model to a fee-for-service model, or some model of more flexibly defined membership?

Our association of Conservative rabbis, the Rabbinical Assembly, is now looking closely at the first of these issues. As you may expect, there is much internal debate. I will share with you the evolving thinking of our fellow Conservative Jewish leaders as it becomes public information.

With respect to the second of these issues, we may note that some Jewish movements, such as Chabad, have done well without congregational dues. It is an open question, however, whether a non-orthodox Chabad-type institution might flourish. The chavurah movement, for example, is an alternative to traditional dues-structured synagogues. After a promising start in the 1970’s, the chavurah as an institution has more or less just held its own, still functioning in a few places, but not growing appreciably.

What is clear to me is that the time has come for us to think frankly about what new answers to perennial questions will be correct for today and tomorrow. They may not be the answers that were correct for yesterday. When we have our necessary conversations, we will need to clarify what is temporary, and what is permanent, in our Judaism.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Michael Panitz

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

There will be Junior Congregation this Shabbat, January 27th, in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library at 10:30am

Our next Red Cross blood drive is February 4th at Temple Israel, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood due to the many natural disasters that have happened. PLEASE call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: TISRAEL to schedule an appointment. There is an urgent need and the Red Cross is depending on us. See the flyer below for more information.

This movie documents the legacy of the most recorded jazz standard of all time, “Body & Soul”. From its creation by Jewish composer Johnny Green, the imprint made by Louis Armstrong’s famous performance, on through the recording of the song by the Benny Goodman trio; the film captures the “fraternity and conflict between African Americans and American Jews” that would ultimately lead to the breakdown of race barriers in popular music. Immediately following the film, the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts jazz trio will perform.

Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday – 9:30am in the sanctuary.

Sunday – Morning minyan is at Congregation Beth El at 8:00am and 9:15am. The 9:15am minyan is a learning minyan. Sunday evening services are at Temple Israel at 5:45pm

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel in January.)
**IMPORTANT NOTICE – Some February yahrzeit letters went out with the incorrect location for evening minyan services. In February, evening minyan services will be at CONGREGATION BETH EL, NOT Temple Israel.

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
Friday – “How We Started Living As Jews”
Saturday – “A Haftarah Based On The Words Of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Service Leaders
Haftarah – Wendy Einhorn Brodsky
Musaf – Miriam Blake

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, in honor of the January birthdays and anniversaries.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 7:15PM
BEACH CINEMA ALEHOUSE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 7:15PM
HARBOR CLUB IN THE NEW WATERSIDE DISTRICT

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 7:15PM
NARO EXPANDED CINEMA

FREE SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, NOON
SIMON FAMILY JCC

For ticket information, visit SimonFamilyJCC.org/FilmFestival
If you would like to be a shomer, please give the office a call so we can add you to the list. Shomrim sit with a deceased after they have been shrouded and before the funeral so that they are never alone. If you would like more information, please give the office a call at 489-4550.
CHECK OUT THE TEMPLE ISRAEL WEBSITE –

WWW.TEMPLEISRAELVA.ORG –

HUGE THANKS TO TAMMY WHO HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GET THE WEBSITE UPDATED. IT LOOKS GREAT!

Did you know there are recordings of Rabbi Panitz doing prayers under the “Worship” tab? You can listen and learn the prayers you hear on Shabbat.
JANUARY MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Drop off your new or gently used coats and jackets, either at the office or the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium.
We need coats of ALL sizes.

Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity, a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won’t have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!

https://templeisraelva.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=483892614cb7718af81d3231b&id=2a94ae1715&e=0defe36426

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.

The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

We’ve just received a new shipment of some beautiful items for the Temple Israel gift shop. Do you need a gift for someone, or maybe just a treat for yourself? Come check out what your Temple Israel gift shop has to offer.

And we still have some great items in our L’Dor v’Dor Section.

We accept donations for our L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop all year long. Please consider any of the following items:
Menorahs
Dreidels
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.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
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, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, 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.

NOTES TO NOTE
Thursday, January 25th
Sisters in the Hood Book Club – 6:15pm at the 58th Street Deli (Loehmann’s Plaza, 4000 Virginia Beach Boulevard). The book for this session is
TwoFamily House: A Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Saturday, January 27th
Shabbat Shira Services in the sanctuary 9:30am
Rabbi Panitz will chant a sermon in song,
based on the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 28th
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER * SUNDAY, JANUARY 28,
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, OHEF SHOLOM TEMPLE
Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, the son of a decorated Nazi tank commander, and author of A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible (2007) will tell the story of his struggle of being torn between faith, family and religion.

The community is invited to join Sunday learning middle school grades from Ohef Sholom Temple, Congregation Beth El and Temple Israel at Ohef Sholom Temple’s Sinai Chapel. Dr. Wollschlaeger’s message is “Don’t live in the shadow of history.”

This program is made possible by the Holocaust Commission of the Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Saturday, February 3rd
Beth Sholom Village’s Annual Kahbaid Weekend – Temple Israel will recognize “Wisdom of the Ageless” during the reading of the Ten Commandments at Shabbat Services 9:30am in the sanctuary. The kiddush will be sponsored by Beth Sholom Village, in honor of Kahbaid Shabbat.

Sunday, February 4th

Tuesday, February 6th
Board Meeting 7:30pm

Saturday, February 10th

Monday, February 12th
Downtown Book Club, lunch meeting
They will be discussing The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and
Gloria Vanderbilt. Contact Bernice Moses at 622-5142 for more information.

Torah at the Beach at the home of Dee Dee and Meyer Chovitz.
The topic will be “The Day Before Yesterday”. 7:30pm

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These are the yahrzeits for the coming week. Please read through them. If you see someone you recognize, come to minyan. As a community, it is our honor to remember.

YAHRZEITS
JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 2

JANUARY 27
Mollie Jason
Herbert Kopel
Max Lederman
Stuart Peltz
Libby Tucker

JANUARY 28
Tahor Glasser
Anne Marie Neely
Henry Zetlin

JANUARY 29
Edith Lindsey
Tova Oppenheimer

JANUARY 30
Anne Englander
Bernard Glasser
Harry Snyder

JANUARY 31
Gussie Brown
Saul Kushner

FEBRUARY 1
Samuel Adler
Leonard Barr
Jacob Finder
Samuel Jager
Ina Legum
Flora Mirvis
Sarah Silverman

FEBRUARY 2
Samuel Rosenblatt

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Notes from the Shul

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

 

OPENING NIGHT – FILM FESTIVAL(more info below)
JANUARY 20, 2018
7:15PM
CHRYSLER MUSEUM, NORFOLK

Our next Red Cross blood drive is February 4th at Temple Israel, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood due to the many natural disasters that have happened. PLEASE call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: TISRAEL to schedule an appointment. There is an urgent need and the Red Cross is depending on us. See the flyer below for more information.

Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday – 9:30am in the sanctuary. Please join us for our Sisterhood Shabbat. Services will be lead by the wonderful ladies of our Sisterhood, who do so much for our synagogue. Thank you for all you do!

Sunday – Morning minyan is at Congregation Beth El at 8:00am and 9:15am. The 9:15am minyan is a learning minyan. Sunday evening services are at Temple Israel at 5:45pm

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel in January.)
*PLEASE NOTE – Evening minyan services for Thursday, January 18th will be at BETH EL. This is ONLY for this one evening, due to the Interfaith Program at Beth El.
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
Friday – “Memo From Lady Liberty to the White House”
Saturday – Bobbie Fisher will deliver the sermon “It’s Deja Vu All Over Again”

Service Leaders
The ladies of the Sisterhood

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, sponsored by the Temple Israel Sisterhood, in honor of Sisterhood Shabbat.
Due to the snow, this program has been moved to Thursday,
January 18th at 6:00pm

OPENING NIGHT
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 7:15PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2:00PM
BETH SHOLOM VILLAGE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2:00PM
TCC ROPER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

MONDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 7:15PM
NARO EXPANDED CINEMA

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 7:15PM
SIMON FAMILY JCC

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 7:15PM
ZEIDERS AMERICAN DREAM THEATER

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 7:15PM
BEACH CINEMA ALEHOUSE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 7:15PM
HARBOR CLUB

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 7:15PM
NARO EXPANDED CINEMA

FREE SCREENING ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, NOON
SIMON FAMILY JCC

For ticket information, visit SimonFamilyJCC.org/FilmFestival
If you would like to be a shomer, please give the office a call so we can add you to the list. Shomrim sit with a deceased after they have been shrouded and before the funeral so that they are never alone. If you would like more information, please give the office a call at 489-4550.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPLE ISRAEL WEBSITE –

WWW.TEMPLEISRAELVA.ORG –

HUGE THANKS TO TAMMY WHO HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GET THE WEBSITE UPDATED. IT LOOKS GREAT!

Did you know there are recordings of Rabbi Panitz doing prayers under the “Worship” tab? You can listen and learn the prayers you hear on Shabbat.
JANUARY MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Drop off your new or gently used coats and jackets, either at the office or the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium.
We need coats of ALL sizes.

Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
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a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
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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.
The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

We’ve just received a new shipment of some beautiful items for the Temple Israel gift shop. Do you need a gift for someone, or maybe just a treat for yourself? Come check out what your Temple Israel gift shop has to offer.

And we still have some great items in our L’Dor v’Dor Section.

We accept donations for our L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop all year long. Please consider any of the following items:
Menorahs
Dreidels
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.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
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, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, 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.

NOTES TO NOTE
Thursday, January 18th
HUBB Interfaith program at Congregation Beth El 6:00pm

Saturday, January 20th
Sisterhood Shabbat 9:30am in the sanctuary

Thursday, January 25th
Sisters in the Hood Book Club – 6:15pm at the 58th Street Deli (Loehmann’s Plaza, 4000 Virginia Beach Boulevard). The book for this session is
TwoFamily House: A Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Saturday, January 27th
Shabbat Shira Services in the sanctuary 9:30am
Rabbi Panitz will chant a sermon in song,
based on the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 28th
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER * SUNDAY, JANUARY 28,
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, OHEF SHOLOM TEMPLE
Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, the son of a decorated Nazi tank commander, and author of A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible (2007) will tell the story of his struggle of being torn between faith, family and religion.

The community is invited to join Sunday learning middle school grades from Ohef Sholom Temple, Congregation Beth El and Temple Israel at Ohef Sholom Temple’s Sinai Chapel. Dr. Wollschlaeger’s message is “Don’t live in the shadow of history.”

This program is made possible by the Holocaust Commission of the Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Saturday, February 3rd
Beth Sholom Village’s Annual Kahbaid Weekend – Temple Israel will recognize “Wisdom of the Ageless” during the reading of the Ten Commandments at Shabbat Services 9:30am in the sanctuary

Sunday, February 4th

Tuesday, February 6th
Board Meeting 7:30pm

Saturday, February 10th

Monday, February 12th
The topic will be “The Day Before Yesterday”, at the home of Dee Dee and Meyer Chovitz 7:30pm

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These are the yahrzeits for the coming week. Please read through them. If you see someone you recognize, come to minyan. As a community, it is our honor to remember.
YAHRZEITS
JANUARY 20 – JANUARY 26

JANUARY 20
Norbert Green
Pearl Mizrachi
Claire Silber

JANUARY 21
Ethel Chovitz
Irving Fine

JANUARY 23
Sidney Keller
Elinor Rubinstein

JANUARY 24
Paul Balaban
Selma Baumgard
Dora Boroman
Leo Brenner
Charles Rosenbaum
Jacob Rosenwald
Arlin Ruby

JANUARY 25
Joseph Brenner
Julius Shipowitz

JANUARY 26
Connie Korman
Solomon Lederman
Rabbi David Panitz

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Weekly Message from Rabbi Panitz 

5778 Moses and Lady Liberty versus Pharaoh and Latter-Day Nativists

(Emma Lazarus, American-Jewish Poet)
We are Jews by virtue of the stories we tell and the patterns of behavior, grounded in those stories, which we perform. The most fundamental of all of our stories is the saga of the birth of our nation in the iron cauldron of Egyptian slavery, our extraordinary liberation, and our subsequent “Mt. Sinai moment”, where we reached the take off point on our journey through history as one nation, indivisible, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

No wonder that we, as Jews, feel the parallels to the story of the United States of America! Our America is a land where people oppressed in other countries can arrive, pursue their happiness, in keeping with the fundamental rights endowed on all by our Creator, and in so doing build up this country to greatness. That’s the story of your grandparents and mine. They came here as the “wretched refuse of the teeming shores” of countries where they had no citizenship, but only persisting civil disabilities. Upon arrival, they found, not streets paved with gold, but a land of opportunity. They seized those opportunities, worked hard, sacrificed present consumption for the education of their children, and made America better even as they improved their own lives.

Well…. That’s not quite the consensus story of America. Our Jewish parallel is with one particular story of the United States of America. As it turns out, our story as Jewish Americans is often challenged by other stories, also told by Americans, but with a very different moral. A story coming out of both governmental and red-neck circles, with increasing venom, is that we are not quite equal to other Americans. According to this counter-story, the America of the Founders was a Christian country, and since we are not Christians, in some sense, we are not quite first-class Americans. Others, too, suffer from that put-down: Latinos, people of color, those with gender identities other than the majority…

Our Jewish-American story is in line with the constitution of the United States, and with what Dr. King called the arc of history, slowly bending towards justice. America the real was never America the ideal, but in some ways, it has approached it with every advance of liberty, every extension of the voting franchise, every incremental egalitarian transformation of the aristocratic or plutocratic privilege brought here by Old World bigots and selfishly promoted by their American-born followers.

Our story of America is grounded in our story of the Exodus. As a Jew, I believe that our story is the correct one, because the Bible clearly shows us where the roots of the counter-story, the bigots’ story, lie. Those who think that Jews are not full-fledged Americans, even if they go to Church every Sunday, are not followers of Moses. They are followers of Pharaoh:

Pharaoh began the enslavement of the Israelites by a demagogic appeal to the nativism of Egyptians: those foreigners are growing too numerous for us! Let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they harm our country!

Pharaoh’s words were echoed by the immigration restrictionists in Congress, one hundred years ago, who succeeded in slamming the door to this country, barring most of the people arriving from “undesirable” countries (I won’t stoop to repeating the words attributed to the president about such countries). Then, as now, nativists wanted Nordic immigrants. The leading American nativist of a century ago, Madison Grant, warned that unrestricted immigration would lead to “The Passing of the American Race”, which, of course, meant the race of White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestants.

The answer to Pharaoh was given by God, through Moses: “You shall be a kingdom of priests [all of you, first-class citizens], and a holy nation”. Much later, the answer to the Madison Grants of this country was penned by the Jewish poet Emma Lazarus and inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Michael Panitz

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