Notes from the Shul
What’s happening at Temple Israel this week… and beyond.
Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB) and the
Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater along with
The Alma & Howard Laderberg* and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi 25th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film present
in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
a pre-festival event
Monday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center – 340 Granby St, Norfolk
FREE and open to the community
.RSVP required (https://templeisraelva.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=483892614cb7718af81d3231b&id=12e10461de&e=0defe36426)
Discussion to follow, moderated by WHRO’s Barbara Hamm Lee,
with Pastor David McBride, New Life Church
Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz,Congregation Beth El,
Jonathan Zur, President & CEO, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Before being appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, Thurgood Marshall, a young lawyer for the NAACP, traveled the country defending African Americans wrongly accused of crimes. Based on a true story, the film shows how Marshall enlisted the help of a Jewish attorney, Sam Friedman, in a 1940’s Connecticut trial.
The relationship between Marshall and Friedman and the racism and anti-Semitism they respectively encounter provide important subplots. The movie also provides a wide-angle look at the problems African Americans and Jews faced in America in the 1940s. The anguish and the helplessness American Jews felt over the unfolding Holocaust in Europe also hovers in the background.
While the film depicts difficult and unpleasant things about America’s racist past, it also highlights America’s capacity to change — especially when you contrast where we are today versus where we were then.
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel
Saturday – 9:30am in Brody Auditorium. This Shabbat is our Second Saturday Shabbat – this portion of our service will begin at 11:00am. Gary Osmundson, our congregant and our landscaper, will be our speaker. The topic will be the “New Year of the Trees”.
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.)
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.
Friday – “Ten Plagues for the 21st Century”
Saturday – Gary Osmundson will be our Second Saturday speaker
Haftarah – Joel Rubin
The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium, sponsored by Linda and Leigh Baltuch, in honor of the recent marriage of their daughter Rachel to Brian Dombroski. Mazel Tov!!
There will be Junior Congregation this Shabbat, January 13th, at 10:30am
in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library.
Due to the snow, this program has been moved to Thursday,
January 18th at 6:00pm
This year, Sisterhood Shabbat is January 20th. The service will be lead by the accomplished women of our congregation, as we celebrate the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism’s
100th year anniversary.
Services will begin at 9:30am in the sanctuary.
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
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 –
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!
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:
Seder and Matzah 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
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 11th
ODU basketball game with the Men’s Club
Saturday, January 13th
Junior Congregation 10:30am
Sunday, January 14th
Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School meets at Temple Israel 9:00am
Monday, January 15th
Office closed for Martin Luther King Day
Marshall, the movie, at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk
Free and open to the community. RSVP Required!
Thursday, January 18th
HUBB program at Congregation Beth El 6:00pm
Saturday, January 20th
Sisterhood Shabbat 9:30am in the sanctuary
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
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.
JANUARY 13 – JANUARY 19
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