Notes from the Shul

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

Junior Congregation is this Shabbat, December 2nd! 10:30am in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library. Bring a friend!


Dear Congregation,

Please know that the flashlights and batteries, tarps and insect repellent you donated will provide light, shelter, and protection from contracting diseases which are spreading to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico who are fighting to survive.

Upon delivering the items to the Lynnhaven Dive Center, we saw the trailers that are being filled with these life-saving supplies that will be transported to aid those in such dire need, which is beyond comprehension.

So let’s join together to continue with this easy way to perform a mitzvah by participating in the next collection of items that truly make a difference in the daily lives of those who are suffering, especially in rural areas where aid is not coming fast enough. The next collection will probably be in early December as the ladies from the Dive Center have been going there as often and as soon as they are able to make all the arrangements.

Your caring heart and generosity truly say that we as a Temple Israel family are doing our share in some small way to perform “Tikum Olam” in helping to repair a little part of our world.

Please feel free to call Marilyn at 428-2276 for additional information.

David and Marilyn Suskind-Pearline

Service Times
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.

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of November. Beginning in December, evening minyan will move back to Congregation 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 evening – “How Esau Got To Be A Bad Guy”
Saturday – “The Chanukah/Christmas Conversation With The Clueless Cashier”

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services.
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.




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.


Don’t forget to buy your candle by December 12th!


Does your middle or high school aged child need community service hours? Or maybe just a really good life lesson? Well, here’s their chance to get those community service hours and feel good about doing something for someone else.

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, including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, rolls, salad and dessert.

5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 7: meal coordinators and cooks
6-9 p.m. Dec. 7: registration
6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7: evening helpers
9:30 p.m. Dec. 7-1 a.m. Dec. 8: first overnight shift
1-5 a.m. Dec. 8: second overnight shift
5-7 a.m. Dec. 8: early morning/breakfast shift

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!

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.



Chanukah is almost here, and we’re ready for you in the gift shop! We just received a new shipment of chanukiah, dreidels, and the ever popular fidget spinners, which are also dreidels! We have Chanukah candles and new kippot for men and women. Come in and browse!

We also have Chanukah 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:
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, December 2nd
Shabbat services 9:30am
Junior Congregation 10:30am

Sunday, December 3rd

Tuesday, December 5th
Class with Rabbi Panitz – “Jewish Legal Gems” 8:15am
Board Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th
NEST at First Lutheran Church. Please contact Phil Walzer for more information and to volunteer.

Saturday, December 9th
Second Saturday services in Brody Auditorium. Traditional services will begin at 9:30am and the Second Saturday portion of our service will begin at 11:00am.

Monday, December 11th
Torah at the Beach at the home of Vivian and Burke Margulies 7:30pm

Saturday, December 16th
Shabbat Services and the auf ruf of Marlene Brodsky and Jonathan Schulman 9:30am

A Salute to the Maccabees – A Hanukkahspiel USO Camp Show 7:00pm

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

Monday, December 25th
Office Closed


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.


Nathan Chapel
Helen Epstein
Henry Friedman
Channah Leah
Mary Saunders
Alex Walzer

Joseph Fish
Alan Fleder
Goldie Ginsberg
Ada Kruger
Bernard Panitz
Milicent Pivor
Fredricka Sygal
Sadie Warshaw

Maurice Cogen
Flora Glick
Shirley Zober

Lula Brenner
Mildred Gruberger
Meyer Legum
Leon Levine
Bertha Moff

Ethel Amdursky
Bernard Goldman
Morris Korman
Lucille Livingston
Israel Rosenbaum
Shurik Yashaev

Gerri Abbey
Esther Fish
Suzanne Goldberg
Ida Goldman
Bluma Moscovitz

Herbert Eilberg
Eva Litvin
Mesoodie Thomas

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