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Notes from the Shul

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

This Shabbat, December 23rd, is our Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat. If you have a birthday or anniversary in the month of December, come to services and receive a blessing – and CAKE!! Services begin in the sanctuary at 9:30am.

Temple Israel is going to the Ted!

We are planning an outing on Thursday, Jan. 11, to see OId Dominion’s men’s basketball team play Western Kentucky. Start time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 each. All genders, ages and levels of basketball observance are welcome.
If you’re interested, send a check made out to Temple Israel to the office and email Phil Walzer at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) to let him know you’re coming.Deadline is Jan. 2.

Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday – 9:30 am in the sanctuary as we honor our December birthdays and anniversaries

Sunday – Congregation Beth El will have two (2) morning minyan services on Sunday mornings. A traditional, non-repetitive minyan at 8:00 am and a creative minyan geared toward learning at 9:15am. Sunday evening services are at 5:45pm at Temple Israel.

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Beth El
(Evening minyan is at Beth El for the month of December)
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 – “Learning From Mistakes”
Saturday – “The Joy of Finding Your Kinfolk”

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services, in honor of our December birthdays and anniversaries.
After many years of requests, we’re going to start having a “Chai” donation card to send out. But we need your help designing the picture on the front of the card. So, use your imagination and send us your best “Chai” design by December 31st.
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.
DECEMBER MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Holidays for Heroes is a program designed to support members of the Armed Forces community by collecting items for troop support overseas. The items collected will be sent to American Red Cross offices in Iraq, Kuwait, Djibouti and Afghanistan for distribution to service members in need.

Items being collected are:
Beef jerky and Slim Jim’s
Cup of Noodles
Full size chocolate bars
Tuna packs, tuna and chicken cracker snack packs
Rice Krispies Treats
Granola Bars
Pop Tarts
Individual packs of cookies such as Oreos, Chips Ahoy, etc.
Shampoo
Deodorant
Razors
Soap
Baby Wipes
Q-tips (travel size)
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Chapstick
Lotion Sun Screen

Please drop off your items to the synagogue office by Tuesday, December 26th!

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:
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

Saturday, December 23rd
Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat 9:30am

Sunday, December 24th
No Religious School

Monday, December 25th
Office Closed

Saturday, December 30th
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am
Rebecca Danker will be sponsoring the kiddush luncheon in memory of
Cantor Danker

Sunday, December 31st
No Religious School

Monday, January 1st
Office Closed

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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
DECEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 29

DECEMBER 23
Blanche Brittman
Rita Goldberg
Karen Mei Solberg Laffoon
Helen Martin
Mollie Padersky

DECEMBER 24
Samuel Flasterstein
Rosalie Krampf
Lena Krause
Donald Laster
Cecilia Levine
Sol Novak
Ida Olivenbaum

DECEMBER 25
Harold Moss
Sadie Schwaid
Gertrude Shukow
Leah Slomowitz
Sadie Tabakin

DECEMBER 26
Morris Cohen
Jose Nessim
Lev Shvets

DECEMBER 27
Benjamin Brooke
Craig Budden
Cantor Isaac Danker
Ezra Eisenberg
Ethel Friedman
Mollie Gordon
Evelyn Spivak

DECEMBER 28
Dvoira Cantar
Ida Goldman
Frank Jacobson
Ethel Katz
Beverly Lebow
Charles Samuels
Anita Sandler

DECEMBER 29
Pearl Brenner
Louis Resnikoff
Hyman Sonkin
Herman Weinstock

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