Notes from the Shul

What's happening at Temple Israel this week... and beyond.

The Men's Club has 2 opportunities in the month of February for you to come out and socialize.

On Sunday, February 11th, there will be a Men's Club breakfast in Sandler Hall at 10:00am. You can go to minyan at Beth El and then come back to Temple Israel for a great breakfast and shmoozing!

Please RSVP to the synagogue office by February 8th.

Then, on Sunday, February 25th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, come to Temple Israel for the Men's Club Poker Night. There will be at least two tables - one for ""Dealer's Choice"" poker games and one for a ""Texas Holdem"" tournament. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. Please bring cash, as this will be used as the prize pool.

Please RSVP to the synagogue office by Tuesday, February 20th.

Our next Red Cross blood drive is February 4th at Temple Israel, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood due to the many natural disasters that have happened. If you have not made an appointment, please do so immediately! PLEASE call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: TISRAEL to schedule an appointment. There is an urgent need and the Red Cross is depending on us. See the flyer below for more information.

Service Times
Friday - 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday - 9:30am in the sanctuary. Please join us for our Kahbaid Shabbat

Sunday - Morning minyan is at Congregation Beth El at 8:00am and 9:15am. The 9:15am minyan is a learning minyan. Sunday evening services are at Temple Israel at 5:45pm

Monday - Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Congregation Beth El
(Evening minyan is at Beth El in February.)
**IMPORTANT NOTICE - Some February yahrzeit letters went out with the incorrect location for evening minyan services. In February, evening minyan services will be at CONGREGATION BETH EL, NOT Temple Israel.

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 - ""Ten Commandments Progress Report""
Saturday - Joel Rubin will deliver the sermon ""Wisdom From The Ageless""

Service Leaders
Torah Reader - Carol Tickton
Haftarah - Joel Rubin

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, in honor of Kahbaid Shabbat, sponsored by Beth Sholom Village.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
FEBRUARY 1 - 9
FEBRUARY 1
Marilyn Hecktkopf
Doug Moses

FEBRUARY 2
Erica Steele
Harriet White

FEBRUARY 3
Tanya Conley
Ellen Glynn

FEBRUARY 6
Sharon Weinstein

FEBRUARY 8
Stewart Sacks
Jo Samuels
Carol Tickton

LET'S CONTINUE TO HELP PUERTO RICO

Dear Congregation,

We wanted to share this update with you regarding the continuing needs in Puerto Rico.

Your generous donations of batteries, flashlights, tarps and insect repellent helped provide light, shelter, and relief from mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus. Because of this outbreak, death came to many of our fellow Americans, especially in the rural areas in Puerto Rico, and many continue to become ill because of the lack of sanitary conditions. By helping to provide these essential items, is truly a way, I believe, to perform a Mitzvah and Tikum Olam, by giving and at the same time, helping to repair a little part of our world and the lives of those who are so devastated by the hurricane.

There is still an extreme need for many items, especially light, because electricity has not yet been restored in some of the areas. Even though the need for insect repellent continues, solar lighting is also a much needed item.

Please plan to come to our March 10th Second Saturday Shabbat and meet the ladies from the Lynnhaven Dive Center, to hear of their personal experiences and sacrifices involved in going to Puerto Rico to personally deliver all the donated items. Their stories of how they traveled to deliver these items,and where they slept in the devastated areas are compelling. You will truly feel that your heartfelt donations helped bring some comfort to those suffering.

Please, let's go another round in aiding these ladies to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico. Let's bring the following to the synagogue office by March 9th:

Solar lighting (outdoor path lights will charge and
can be brought inside at night to provide light)

Insect repellent - still a great need
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to sharing this inspiring March 10th Second Saturday Shabbat with you.

David and Marilyn Suskind-Pearline
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.

FEBRUARY MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Drop off your new or gently used coats and jackets, either at the office or the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium.
We need coats of ALL sizes.
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!

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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
MEET OUR BLUE YARMULKE MAN OF THE YEAR!!
JONATHAN LONGMAN
The Blue Yarmulke breakfast will be on April 15th at Temple Israel this year. Please show your support for Jonathan and attend. More information will be forthcoming to advise how you can place an ad in the book and also make your reservations.

Congratulations, Jonathan, on a well deserved honor!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND
WITH DR. JOSH KULP
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD AND SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH
Dr. Josh Kulp
Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

All lessons will have ""take aways"" that you can use at your own seder.

Friday, March 23rd - Special Shabbat service and dinner at Congregation Beth El. Dr. Kulp will present ""Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat: Jewish Community and the Seder"" discussing how we can build community around food.

Saturday, March 24th - Shabbat morning services at Congregation Beth El. Dr. Kulp will present a lesson during the sermon time that is sure to animate your seder - ""Horse Radish: The Key to Understanding All of Jewish History""

Saturday, March 24th - 8:30pm - Burgers and Brews at Temple Israel
Dr. Josh Kulp will talk about ""Why Can We Make Havdalah But Not Kiddush Over Beer?"" There will be a dinner of burgers and people are invited to bring their favorite craft brew.

RSVPs are required for both dinners.

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, February 3rd
Beth Sholom Village's Annual Kahbaid Weekend - Temple Israel will recognize ""Wisdom of the Ageless"" during the reading of the Ten Commandments at Shabbat Services 9:30am in the sanctuary. The kiddush will be sponsored by Beth Sholom Village, in honor of Kahbaid Shabbat.

Sunday, February 4th

Tuesday, February 6th
Board Meeting 7:30pm

Saturday, February 10th

Monday, February 12th
Downtown Book Club, lunch meeting
They will be discussing The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and
Gloria Vanderbilt. Contact Bernice Moses at 622-5142 for more information.

Torah at the Beach at the home of Dee Dee and Meyer Chovitz.
The topic will be ""The Day Before Yesterday"". 7:30pm

Saturday, February 17th
Disabilities Awareness Shabbat 9:30am in the sanctuary

Monday, February 19th
Office Closed for Presidents Day

Saturday, February 24th
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am

Sunday, February 25th
Men's Club Poker Night 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Wednesday, February 28th
Purim! Get your best costume ready! 6:00pm

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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
FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9

FEBRUARY 3
Phyllis Kaplan
David Moses
Pinchas Rosen

FEBRUARY 4
Morris Furman
Abraham Knepler
Donald Nachman

FEBRUARY 5
Pat Berger
William Rebby

FEBRUARY 6
Lois DeBell
Bernard Drexler
Zeda Masarsky
David Schrager
Sue Ann Zedd

FEBRUARY 7
Rachel Greenhouse
Bryan Miles
Louis Moscovitz
Mervin Shapiro

FEBRUARY 8
Lena Berkowitz
Maxine Garnher
Jacob Greenhouse
Barbara Orgel
David Slomowitz
Herbert Zetlin

FEBRUARY 9
Mindy Futterman
David Tapper
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