Do you actually read The Notes?

We realize sometimes they are long and there is a lot of information in them. But that's because there's so much going on around Temple Israel, and our community. So please, READ YOUR NOTES, so you don't miss out on any of the great activities going on! And then participate!

Our morning 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. 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.

Ron Hurwitz

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 - 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.

Service Times

Friday - 5:30pm at Temple Israel

Saturday - 9:30am in the sanctuary


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 services are at Congregation Beth El for the month of April)

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 morning - "What's A Bigger Miracle Than Dividing The Sea? Two Rabbinic Answers"

Friday evening - "Modern Midrash: Hollywood Divides the Waters"

Saturday - Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of history at ODU, will deliver the sermon "Reflections on Teaching the Shoah"

Service Leaders


Haftarah - David Proser

Musaf - David Proser


Song of Songs - Beverlee Tiger

Haftarah - Sheila Panitz

Yizkor - Cantor Larry Tiger

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

PLEASE NOTE - Second Saturday services will be in the sanctuary this month due to the Blue Yarmulke breakfast in Brody Auditorium the next morning

Rabbi Panitz will have regular office hours on Tuesdays from 9:15am until noon.


It's time for our joint classes with our programming partner, KBH. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, April 10, April 17 and April 24 at KBH, 952 Indian Lakes Boulevard, Virginia Beach. The topic of the series this year is "Torah Teachings About Men and Women" at 7:30pm

April 10 - Torah Stories about Men and Women. Why does the Torah present stories about dysfunctional marriages/ What lessons about the ideal marriage are implicit in these narratives?

April 17 - Torah Laws about relations between men and women. What are the commandments regarding this chapter of human relations? Is the Ultra-Orthodox approach to modesty the teaching of Torah, or the influence of the human cultures through which that group has passed? Conversely, is the informality of current western relations a challenge to Torah observance? Is there a kosher but non-fundamentalist sexual ethic?

April 24 - Torah and Sexual Orientation. The Torah calls certain homosexual acts "an abomination" (and certain heterosexual acts as well). Does this relate to contemporary gender reality, or to the culture of homosexual rape that characterized much of the ancient world? How are we to interpret those verses today?

While spring cleaning, have you come across some Judaica items you no longer use, but are still in good condition and you don't know what to do with? Well, bring them to the Temple Israel gift shop for our L'Dor V'Dor section. We've had a tremendous response to this new addition to the gift shop and people love the items you've brought in - so much so, that we're getting very low on items in this section.

So please remember the gift shop when you're cleaning or downsizing - we would love your Judaica items! And remember, if there's a story behind your item, write it down so we can pass it along to the person who purchases your donated item.

Beit Sefer Shalom Religious school is looking for an interim part-time Education Director. If interested, please contact Barbara Rossen at 757-343-6353, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Shabbat, April 7 - Commemorating the Holocaust - The Men's Club will support our Shabbat morning services in a Sabbath dedicated to memorializing the victims of the Holocaust. We will have a guest speaker at services, Dr. Annete Finley-Croswhite, professor of history at ODU. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing us as we attempt to educate the younger generation about the Holocaust. The Men's Club will distribute special yellow memorial candles to everyone who attends services. These candles are to be lit on Wednesday night, April 11, on Yom Ha-Shoah

Sunday, May 13 - Treat a Mom on Mother's Day. Mother's Day at Cafe Stella's in Ghent. Stella's has reserved a section for Temple Israel, so bring you mom, grandmother or friend and show her how much you appreciate her. Our treat! And we can handle transportation, if needed. Contact the synagogue office.

Sunday, June 10 - A Family Outing. The Men's Club will assist the younger families of our congregation (and all those who are young at heart) by underwriting the costs associated with a bicycle tour of the Yorktown Battlefield. We plan to rent a van to transport your bicycle up to the battlefield. Our own member, Nathan Brauner, who knows that site well, will be our docent for the program. Family togetherness, healthy, fresh air fun, and a history lesson, all in one!



Michael Friedman
Joyce Salzberg
Mark Tabakin


Nancy Rosenblatt
Pamela Swartz


Robert Beedie
Joe Mersel
Olivia Sauder


Alan Salsbury


Steve Legum
Joel Weintraub


Reuven Rohn


Judy Goldman


Wednesday, April 11th
27 Nisan 5778
Congregation Beth El

Guest speaker, Dr. Mark Wygoda, a professor of Zoology and head of the department of Biology and Health Sciences at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. His father, a German-born Polish Jew, kept war journals, which Dr. Wygoda turned into the memoir, In the Shadow of the Swastika.

Then, on Thursday, April 12th, the Reading of the Names will occur from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus.

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.



Don't forget to send in your completed Floral Fund form by April 15th.  The money the Sisterhood collects for the Floral Fund pays for our beautiful flowers at the holidays.  And what a wonderful way to remember a loved one, or honor a loved one. 
The minimum donation is $18.


Plan on spending the afternoon of Sunday, April 22 (11am - 4pm) at the JCC.

-Nosh on authentic Israeli "street food" prepared by Israeli Chef Guy Beery
-Listen and dance to Israeli DJ Eyal Rob, co-founder of Israel’s first music television channel
-Scavenger Hunt through Israel for kids and teens
-Camel Rides
-Israel Sensory Tables for Toddlers
-Archeological Dig for Ancient Coins in Beer-Sheva
-Participate in community flag of Israel at 2:30pm and more!!!
We need Temple Israel people to come and help make the flag of Israel!
Be there before 2:30 so you can participate in this great event and then stay after the flag picture is taken so we can get a picture of all the Temple Israel people.

We need volunteers to help with activities throughout the day. Please sign up on the link below and help make the 70th anniversary celebration the best ever!

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.

We have a new


The Salvation Army needs the community's help for their new 'Diaper Pantry'

The Salvation Army is creating a "diaper pantry" to help families with young children. Diapers are one of the most expensive items families need to purchase, so we are helping them fill their "diaper pantry" by collecting here at Temple Israel. So, the next time you're at the store, pick up a package of diapers and drop it at the synagogue office. You will be helping struggling families who are just trying to make ends meet.

As always, thank you for your generosity and kindness.

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.

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!

Kiddush luncheons

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.


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:

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.


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.