NEW - Morning Worship Services Via Zoom
Rabbi Panitz office hours
March Mitzvah of the Month
Spring Fundraiser Information -
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Special Message From Bon Secours
Notices from Beth Sholom Village
Message From UJFT Regarding Israel Fest 2020
Message From Women's League For Conservative Judaism
Blue Yarmulke Breakfast Information
Important Information Regarding The Notes
New Wellness Program From Blueline Security
Temple Israel Scholarship Funds Available
Birthdays and Anniversaries for the week
Request for Shomrim
Wands for Wildlife information
Pet Memorial Board information
Volunteers needed for the Men's Chevra Kaddisha
Gift Shop information
JNF Tree information
Wine on the Vine
Yahrzeits for the week
As you all know, at this time, we are not having services in the building. However, each Friday at noon, there will be a video posted on YouTube from Rabbi Panitz and Cantor David Proser for that Shabbat. Simply go to YouTube and search for Temple Israel Norfolk and you will find all the videos. The sermon title for this week's sermon is "Duet For Your Soul and God".
Junior Congregation is postponed until services resume.
Beginning Sunday, March 29th, Rabbi Panitz will have a morning worship service, via Zoom, from 8:00am - 8:25am. All necessary information is listed below to allow you to join the service. Technically this is not a minyan service, because there will not be 10 people physically in any one room, but Rabbi Panitz will read the El Malei prayer at the time of the kaddish so that mourners have a moment dedicated to the memory of their loved one. As is our practice in our minyan services, if you would like to speak about your loved one during this moment, please do so!
Go to Zoom.us just before 8:00am, click "Join a Meeting" and then enter the following information:
If you would like to meet with Rabbi Panitz during this time of the coronavirus pandemic, please contact the office and we will have him contact you.
Please don't forget to complete this form and mail it in to the synagogue office with your donation. Even though our seders will be very different this year, you still need to sell your chametz by April 7th.
ITEMS FOUND IN THE SYNAGOGUE AFTER PURIM
These children's boots were left in the sanctuary at Purim. Please call the office if they belong to your child.
This sweatshirt was left in Brody Auditorium. We believe it was when the Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School was here on March 8th.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Dear Synagogue Presidents, Rabbis, and Executive Directors,
Like you, UJFT is closely monitoring the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and health of all our community members is of paramount importance, and although there are many unknowns about how long this contagion will last, and how long we will need to take steps to physically distance ourselves from one another, prudent, responsible decisions need to be made now regarding our upcoming events. With that in mind, we have decided to postpone Israel Fest, the community’s annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration.
We may not be together this year, but there is still reason to celebrate as Israel turns 72, and we are exploring creative ways to do just that from our own homes! Please share your ideas with us - and we'll compile a big list to send out to the community. The more creative the better!
As we try to find the silver lining in all of this, the upside is that we have time to plan an even BIGGER and BETTER celebration in 2021! More activities, more vendors, more food, and more fun!! We have an entire year to plan - and we plan to make it BIG! Mike Simon and David Leon, our 2020 Israel Fest Co-Chairs (and NOW 2021 Co-Chairs!) are working to form the committee now, and hope to have a virtual meeting via Zoom in the coming weeks. Please be thinking of who can represent your synagogue on the 2021 Israel Fest committee and I'll be in touch soon.
Mike, David and I look forward to working together in celebrating Israel with you in the coming weeks and throughout the year.
Wishing you good health and a quick return to our normal routines.
Arts + Ideas Manager
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
March 13, 2020
17 Adar 5780
Shalom, As it has become the new reality that people are not physically allowed to gather in large groups, and many cannot attend Services to say Kaddish. We do not want you to be feel alone, and want our sisters throughout the world to know that although we may not physically be together, we can come together virtually.
WLCJ has created an avenue for our WLCJ Sisters, to read and study a Psalm every day, and say Kaddish.
Starting on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 1 pm EDT, we will have a Zoom Meeting for us to come together, to read and study a Psalm and say Kaddish. will do this every day, but on Shabbat, and holidays. (If this need continues into Passover.)
This is a situation of Sha'at HaDichak, a pressing time, where things are different, and so as Mara D'atra of WLCJ, I am saying that since we cannot all be part of a physical minyan of ten, ten coming together via zoom will be a minyan. Since we are in different time zones, we will not have a full Service, but rather read and study a chapter from the Book of Psalms, and then say Kaddish. The chapter will be on your screen, as well as Kaddish - we just need ten together on the zoom.
The following is the call in information for each day, starting Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 pm EDT, and will continue every day, but Shabbat, and the holy days of holidays - if we need to continue through Passover.
Join Zoom Meeting
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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abkdqsxzJq
One does not have to pre-register, just call in.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Let us pray for all of us, living during this time of uncertainty. We keep in our thoughts and prayers all affected by the coronavirus outbreak, a global pandemic.
El Na Refah Na La - Please God heal us all. Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields
WLCJ Executive Director
Blue Yarmulke Person of the Year Brunch Honoring Jim Gordon
Sunday, May 17, 10 am
(Please note date change!)
Congregation Beth El
RSVP to Temple Israel (489-4550)
Cost $20 per person--send check to "TI Men's Club,"
c/o Temple Israel, 7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505
Send an online tribute message to Jim at
Jim was born in New York city. As a child he attended Congregation Habonim. Jim was active in Bronx and Manhattan Federation of Temple Youth, BAMFTY. Jim has lived on and off in the Tidewater area since 1962. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Paula. They have two sons. One living in Vienna, VA and the other in Costa Rica. They also have two grandsons in Vienna, VA. Jim retired from the United States Navy as Chief Warrant Officer Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
Since returning to the area in 1979, Jim has been involved with Temple Emanuel, where he served as president of the Men’s Club and as President of the Congregation. In 2013 Jim and Paula joined Temple Israel. It’s no secret, the rabbi, Michael Panitz, was a big drawing card. Jim and Paula are active members of Temple Israel. He currently is the President of Temple Israel’s Men’s Club. Jim serves on the Temple Israel board of directors and is a member of the Security Committee.
Jim is president of the Hampton Roads Miata Club, treasurer of the Norfolk Naval Sailing association. He enjoys traveling, sailing, golf, sports cars. He can also occasionally be found at the pistol range for some “Ballistic Therapy.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE NOTES
PLEASE note - if you forward the Notes From The Shul to someone who doesn't receive them and they hit the "Unsubscribe" button at the bottom of the email, they are unsubscribing YOU from the email list and you will no long receive The Notes. So, if there's information in The Notes you want someone to see, please let them know not to hit the "Unsubscribe" button so they don't inadvertently take you off our email list.
Blueline Security, Temple Israel's security company, has a new program they are offering to Temple Israel members for a special rate. It's called BLUELINE WELLNESS. For more information, please contact Pat at 822-0238 and mention you are a Temple Israel member. The link below will give you an idea of what is included with the program. The benefits look like they could be very helpful.
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE AT TEMPLE ISRAEL
Parents and Grandparents:
Did you know that Scholarship Funds are available at Temple Israel that can be used for Jewish Education, Jewish camps, trips to Israel and other Jewish Experiential programs? Think:
- Simon Family JCC (or any Jewish) summer camp
- BBYO and USY conventions and summer programs
- college winter and spring break trips with a Jewish focus
- even partial tuition reimbursement for a Jewish college course!
And some of the grants are now available for any age, INCLUDING adults! These funds include the Alfred and Herbert Legum Memorial Fund, the Sanford Lefcoe Scholarship Fund and the Snyder Educational Fund. Needs basis is given first priority. If interested in applying for a grant, please contact the synagogue office at 489-4550.
Our morning minyan and Friday night minyan could use your help!
A number of our regulars are unable to attend due to illness, and some mornings we are not able to make 10 people. It's particularly important on Mondays and Thursdays when we read Torah, but there are people every day who need to say kaddish. We have also had a problem for the past couple of weeks making a minyan on Friday evenings. Please look at your schedule and pick one morning a week to come to our 7:30am minyan - it's only 30 - 60 minutes and you will be doing a mitzvah by allowing people the opportunity to say kaddish for a loved one. If you can't make the morning minyan, please come on a Friday evening at 5:30.
MARCH 28 - APRIL 3
Michel & Marilyn Ashe
Marshall and Sonia Bonnie
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 call Norman Soroko at (757)641-3445.
LADIES, PLEASE DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD MASCARA - BRING IT TO OUR OFFICE SO WE CAN CLEAN THE BRUSHES AND PASS IT ALONG TO THE WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR WHO WILL USE THEM TO CLEAN THE BABY ANIMALS SHE GETS. SHE CAN ALSO USE PUPPY PIDDLE PADS AND 75 WATT INFRARED LIGHT BULBS.
WE WILL COLLECT THESE ITEMS ALL YEAR, SO PLEASE DROP THEM OFF AT THE OFFICE.
The next time you're at the synagogue, be sure to look at our Pet Memorial Board.
It's located on the stair wall as you go up to Brody Auditorium.
It's a wonderful way to remember your beloved pet.
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.
If you haven't been in our gift shop in a while, do yourself a favor and stop by. We have so many beautiful items that are just waiting for a new home. 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.
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
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.
For something completely different, you can plant a grapevine for someone, just as you would plant a tree.
Plant a vine in Israel.
Do good today!
Wine on the Vine (WOTV) is an exciting new way to:
Give to truly remarkable charities in Israel
Assist the rebirth of Israel’s ancient winemaking tradition
Organically and physically connect to the Land of Israel
Support Israel’s cultural outreach to the world
All contributions are tax-deductible for US tax-payers.
For more information, go to www.wineonthevine.org
Saturday, March 21st
Joint Sisterhood-Men's Club Shabbat 9:30am
Junior Congregation in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library 10:30am
Tuesday, March 24th
Anti-Semitism Seminar at KBH: Dinner/Pre-Program 5:30pm
You MUST RSVP for the dinner to the Temple Israel office by noon on Wednesday, March 18th
Program with guest speaker, Marnie Fienberg, will begin at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 28th
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am
Linda and Jonathan Longman will be sponsoring the kiddush in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary
Tuesday, March 31st
Rabbi's class in Sandler Hall 8:15am
Board Meeting in Sandler Hall 7:30pm (this meeting will take the place of the April board meeting)
Thursday, April 2nd
AN OPPORTUNITY TO LUNCH WITH, AND LEARN FROM, TWO FISITING ISRAELI SOLDIERS
On Thursday, April 2, Temple Israel will host two Israeli soldiers, currently serving in the Israel Defense Force. They are traveling through the USA on a mission of strengthening the connection between the two most populous centers of Jewish life in the world today -- Israel and America.
We have this opportunity to host these two soldiers thanks to the efforts of the "F.I.D.F." organization - Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
In the current public health situation, we are careful to observe practice prudent social distancing. Therefore, it is important for us to have a close count of the number of attendees, so that we can best decide on the specific venue for the luncheon.
Please let the Temple Israel office know of your intention to attend - 489-4550.
The luncheon will begin at noon.
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.
MARCH 28 - APRIL 3
Sanford "Sonny" Lefcoe
Mollie A. Zedd
E. Allan Fine
Margaret Tallant Cary
Herman "Muni" Eisenberg
Hedy L. Weigel
Rabbi Herbert Baumgard