Notes from the Shul
What’s happening at Temple Israel this week… and beyond.
Junior Congregation will meet this Shabbat, November 18th at 10:30am in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library.
Bring a friend and don’t be late!!
SUNDAY MORNING MINYAN CHANGE
This Sunday, November 19th, the religious school will be meeting at Temple Israel. Therefore, morning minyan will also be at Temple Israel and there will only be ONE minyan service that morning, at 8:00am.
Just a reminder that we will be dedicating our Pet Memorial Board this Sunday, November 19th at 11:00am, followed by our annual Blessing of the Animals. We will also be collecting new, unopened pet food for
Norfolk’s Pet Pantry.
Friday – 5:30pm at Temple Israel
Saturday – 9:30 am in the sanctuary
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.
**This Sunday, November 19th, morning minyan services will be at Temple Israel at 8:00am only.
Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of November)
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 evening – “Tears of Esau”
Saturday – “The Hebrew Roots of Thanksgiving – Revisited”
The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services, in honor of our November birthdays and anniversaries.
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.
For our November Mitzvah of the Month, we will once again be collecting NEW pajamas, sizes 5T to Adult Large for Pajama Jams. You can drop off your pajamas on the Evenly Eisenberg Atrium or in the office.
On November 19th, during our Blessing of the Animals, we will collect pet food for Norfolk’s Pet Pantry. Please bring your new bags/cans of food to the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium.
On November 19th, the Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School will meet at Temple Israel. There will be activities for the students in the morning, and then at 11:00am, there will be a dedication of the new Temple Israel Pet Memorial Board and a Blessing of the Animals. All pets are welcome – either on a leash or in a carrier of some type.
Temple Israel once again will be partnering with First Lutheran Church on Colley Avenue to help with the NEST program sheltering homeless people. We will be filling shifts and providing dinner Thursday, December 7, and early Friday, December 8. Please call the office or email Phil Walzer at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) if you’d like to volunteer for one of the following shifts. We also are looking for donations for dinner.
Dec 8: 6 pm-9 pm, 9 pm-midnight
Dec 9: midnight-3, 3 am.-6 a.m., 5 a.m.- 7 a.m.
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 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 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:
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
Saturday, November 18th
Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat 9:30am
Sunday, November 19th
Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School will be at Temple Israel 9:00am
Dedication of the Temple Israel Pet Memorial Board and
Blessing of the Animals on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium 11:00am
Wednesday, November 22nd
Office closes at noon for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th
Office closed for Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 25th
Shabbat services 9:30am
Sunday, November 26th
Rabbi Panitz will be giving a sermon at Second Presbyterian Church (7305 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk) at 11:00am on the subject of Confronting Unexpected Challenges. His sermon title is “Suddenly I’m Not Half the Man I Used To Be”. But the point of the sermon will be that Paul McCartney’s “I Believe in Yesterday” has to be balanced with Orphan Annie’s “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow”. Faith involves hope, and hope helps us restore balance.
Saturday, December 2nd
Shabbat services 9:30am
Tuesday, December 5th
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.
NOVEMBER 18 – NOVEMBER 24
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