Notes from the Shul

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

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.
This event is open to everyone!

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

Please join us this Shabbat, February 17th at 9:30am for our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat. Our speaker will be Shirley Confino-Reheder, Chair of the Norfolk Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Chair Emerita of the Hampton Roads Disabilities Services Board. She also serves on the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Advisory Countl (SAC), Prime Plus in Norfolk, and Access Virginia, bringing audio and live description to theatres for audiences who are blind/low vision, and/or deaf.

Service Times
Friday - 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday - 9:30am in the sanctuary, for our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat

Sunday - Morning minyan is at Congregation Beth El at 8:00am. 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 - ""When Will We Start To Protect Our Children?""
Saturday - Shirley Confino-Rehder will speak, in honor of our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat

Service Leaders
Shema - Emily Panitz
Torah Service - Lori Shapiro
Open the Ark - Daniel Hecht
Haftarah - Saada Miller
Minchah - Alison Lanse

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services, in honor of our Disabilities Awareness Shabbat.
FEBRUARY 17 - 23

FEBRUARY 17
Julie Rose

FEBRUARY 18
Ruth Ann Moscovitz

FEBRUARY 19
Stephen Chapel
Jerry Friedman
Karen Goldberg
Lynn Segal

FEBRUARY 20
Kathryn Morton
Sheila Panitz

FEBRUARY 21
Hunter Bosher
Luke Bosher
Susan Sheffer
FEBRUARY 17 - 23

FEBRUARY 23
Robert and Judy Beedie

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.

Ron Hurwitz recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was a lifelong member of Temple Israel. He was only 64 years old - a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
On April 22nd, there will be a Walk for Pancreatic Cancer and a team has been formed in memory, and in honor, of Ron. Here is the link (https://templeisraelva.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=483892614cb7718af81d3231b&id=67b2ebcf9f&e=0defe36426) - you can donate in his memory and also join the Hurwitz team.
Let's show our support for this cause and honor Ron at the same time.

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. We also now have a Wish List, so if you want to donate something to Temple Israel, you can choose from the Wish List.
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

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?""
Nathan Brauner in his ""beer room""
Nathan Brauner will talk about how to get started if you want to brew at home.

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

Sunday, February 18th
No Religious School

Monday, February 19th
Office Closed for Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 20th
Class with Rabbi Panitz 8:15am in the library

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

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

Tuesday, February 27th
Class with Rabbi Panitz 8:15am in the library

Wednesday, February 28th
Purim! Get your best costume ready! 6:30pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Men's Club Shabbat
Rabbi Panitz will also honor his father on the occasion of his 100th birthday
The kiddush will be sponsored by the Men's Club and the Panitz family

Tuesday, March 6th
Class with Rabbi Panitz 8:15am in the library

Board meeting 7:30pm

Saturday, March 10th

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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 17 - FEBRUARY 23

FEBRUARY 17
Florine Landau
Elliott Pogolowitz

FEBRUARY 18
Herbert Kramer
Vann Lefcoe
Hyman Mersel
Harry Norkin
Yetta Walman

FEBRUARY 19
Clara Feuer
Rita Kravitz
Lena Legum

FEBRUARY 20
Earl Ammerman
Sam Borman
Monica Buentipo
Bernard ""Bernie"" Chapel
L.M. ""Max"" Sandler
Gabriel Schwaid
Murray Snyder
Oscar Soroko
Roberta Steiner
Samuel White

FEBRUARY 21
Barney Brittman
Herbert Einhorn
Frieda Mednick
Isaac Mirvis
Ida Rashkind
Melvin Slusky

FEBRUARY 22
Gittel Allentuck
Mollye Ginberg
Rubell Kanner
Betty Katz
Harold Klein
Joel Salzberg

FEBRUARY 23
Sam Alperin
Gloria Bendror
Robert Diamonstein
Harry Hurwitz
Beatrice Wolff

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