Notes from the Shul

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

Look at this adorable family!
Please join us on July 29th for the baby naming of Ziva Liora Panitz, daughter of Morris Benjamin and Elana Panitz, granddaughter of Rabbi Michael and Sheila Panitz and Yosi and Susie Havusha, niece of Emily and Zeke Panitz and Luli Esteves and cousin of Marina and Joachim Panitz.
It’s that time of year again when we start to think about our
night out! This year, we will meet at Harbor Park on Wednesday, August 23rd. The game begins at 7:05pm, but get there early to schmooz with your Temple Israel friends.
If you have any unused tickets, please send them/leave them in the office by Monday, August 21st, so they can be exchanged for tickets for the August 23rd game. This is a free evening for you – just come out and have a great time!
See you at Harbor Park!
Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm
Saturday – 9:30am in Brody Auditorium.

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

Sunday – 8:00am at Beth El and 5:45pm at Temple Israel

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of July.)
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 – “Getting Your Life List Done”
Saturday – Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion “Matot-Maasei – Recognizing the Power of Words and Vows”

Service Leaders
Torah Service – Ilana Becker
Haftarah – Sheila Panitz
Musaf – Ilana Becker
Ein Keloheinu – Marina and Joachim Panitz

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services, in honor of our July birthdays and anniversaries.
Paperback Book Collection for Norfolk City Jail Inmates
Drop off gently used PAPERBACK books on the atrium or at the temple office this summer, and we will send the books to the Norfolk City Jail for their inmates.
Thank you to Natalie Steiner, who suggested this wonderful Mitzvah of the Month!
Please contact the temple office if you have an idea for our monthly mitzvah.
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 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!
Are you interested in converting to Judaism, or know someone who is? Rabbi Panitz is meeting with students on Fridays at 10:00am and Sundays at 10:15am. Please contact Rabbi Panitz for a specific summer schedule.
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.
(Please note the date change)

Rabbi Panitz will continue the annual tradition of preaching and teaching at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby Street, Norfolk on August 20th at 9:30am. He will be speaking on the theme of environmental stewardship.


We have a nice selection of children and teen books in the gift shop now. We also have a new selection of mezzuzahs. Come in and take a look!

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.
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,, 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.


Saturday, July 22nd
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion on the Parashah Matot-Maasei

Saturday, July 29th
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Baby naming of Ziva Liora Panitz

Monday, July 31st
Joint Tisha B’Av services with Beth El at Temple Israel
Pre-Fast dinner and discussion 6:30pm
Please consider a $10 donation to cover the cost of dinner. Thank you.
Services 7:15pm

Tuesday, August 1st
Tisha B’Av services at Beth El at 7:15am and Temple Israel at 12:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd
Laughter on the Lawn at the J!
Elon Gold, considered by many to be this generation’s “Borscht Belt King”, is coming to the Simon Family JCC. This is free and open to the entire community and will be held on the back lawn of the Simon Family JCC. Supervised kosher sushi, a spiked limonana, and drinks will be available for purchase. An RSVP is required due to limited seating. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit

Saturday, August 5th
Shabbat Services 9:30am

Tuesday, August 8th
Board Meeting 7:30pm


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.

JULY 22 – JULY 28

Max Dubinsky
Morris Goodman
Helen Shipowitz
Abe Smiley

Rose Katz
Helen Roos
Sophie Saunders
William Wade

Herbert Bunin

Elias Dollinger
Vera Feczko
Stewart Goodman
Rabbi Solomon Jacobson
Ida Rebe
Gertrude “Trudy” Rosenblatt

Ida Fox
Pearl Land
Jerome “Jeff” Lanse

Benjamin Englander
Dorothy Lefcoe

Ephraim Goldberg
Samuel Plotkin
Levi Wade

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