A New Kind of Interactive Tikkun Layl Shavuot

When - Saturday night, May 19th
Where - Congregation Beth El, 422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk

Schedule of the Evening:

6:30pm - 7:15pm - Family Round 1 of Game Show

7:15pm - 8:00pm - Dairy Dinner (Seudah Shlishit) $5.00/person RSVP required

8:00pm - 8:40pm - Ma'ariv and Ten Commandment Treasure Hunt

8:40pm - 9:00pm - Havdalah and ice cream sundaes

9:00pm - 10:00pm - Adult Round 2 of Game Show

Babysitting with appropriate Shavuot games will be available.

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.

Junior Congregation

This Shabbat, May 19th, is the last Junior Congregation before summer break. Come for a special morning! We will meet in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library at 10:30am!

Service Times

Friday - 5:30pm

Saturday - 9:30am in BRODY AUDITORIUM

Sunday - Shavuot services are at 9:30am in the minyan room with kiddush luncheon in Sandler Hall, and Sunday evening services are at Temple Israel at 5:45pm.

Monday, May 21st
Shavuot/Yizkor services 9:30am in the sanctuary, with kiddush luncheon in Sandler Hall

Tuesday - Thursday
7:30am and 5:45pm at Temple Israel (Evening minyan services are at Temple Israel for the month of May.)

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 - The Bible Says "NO to Gerrymandering"

Saturday - "20 Is The New 13"

Service Leaders

Haftarah - Rabbi Panitz

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services, sponsored by Rebecca Danker, in honor of Cantor Isaac Danker's birthday.

It's that time of year - GRADUATION!!

We know you are all proud of that graduate in your family, from pre-K to college.
Send us pictures and your announcement and we'll put it in our next bulletin.
Rabbi Panitz will have regular office hours on Tuesdays from 9:15am until noon.


Sunday, June 3 - Men's Club Meeting at 58 Deli 10:00am

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!

May 19 - 25

Paula Alperin
Jeff Katz
Blair Lederman
Richard Marten

MAY 20

Joseph Cole
Paisley Dunbar
Marilynn Rebby

MAY 23

Ilene Goldman
Lori Shapiro

MAY 25

Richard Yanku

MAY 21

Burt and Lynn Segal
Stan and Carol Tickton

MAY 24

Brian and Kelly Alperin
Ron and Missy Rose

MAY 25

Robert and Abbie Korman

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.
silent auction



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.


Have you been looking for a way to boost your fitness, help strengthen your sense of community and alleviate your vitamin "N" (for nature) deficiency?

Then join us this summer! We are looking to gather at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens on a weekday morning throughout the summer for some moderate exercise and some good conversation. We will have our first outing on May 3rd.

Those of us who are members of the Botanical Gardens have the right to go as often as we wish, free of charge, and also to bring guests, so put that membership to good use and join your friends from Temple Israel for a nice walk through our beautiful gardens.

Call the synagogue office and let them know your available mornings and also if you are a member.


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.


Saturday, May 19th
Shabbat Services 9:30am in Brody Auditorium
Rebecca Danker will sponsor the kiddush luncheon in honor of Cantor Isaac Danker's birthday

Junior Congregation 10:30am

Shavuot-eve celebration of Jewish learning at Congregation Beth El at 7:00pm.

The evening will begin with the "Sabbath third meal", then we will continue with Havdalah and then the special program for the evening TELL ME TORAH I DON'T KNOW, A New Kind of Interactive Tikkun Layl Shavuot, the way to celebrate Torah and learning that guarantees we wll walk out a little smarter. This program is based on the acclaimed podcast by Stephen Dubner "Tell me something I don't know". Contestants are invited on stage to share some piece of Jewish knowledge we don't know. Our panel of Jewish educators will ask them questions and by the end we've all gotten a bit smarter. Our theme for the night is Torah (what else?). There's also a rel-time fact-checker to keep us hones and add tasty tidbits. It's like the most crackling dinner party conversation you've ever heard.

Sunday, May 20th
Shabbat Services 9:30am in the minyan room
Kiddush luncheon will be in Sandler Hall

Monday, May 21st
Office Closed
Shavuot/Yizkor Services 9:30am in the sanctuary
Kiddush luncheon will be in Sandler Hall

Saturday, May 26th
Shabbat Services 9:30am in Brody Auditorium

Monday, May 28th
Office Closed for Memorial Day

Thursday, May 31st
Sisters in the Hood Book Club at the Forbidden Palace, 3333 Virginia Beach Boulevard 6:15pm
We are reading STARTUP by Doree Shafrir

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.

MAY 19 - MAY 25

MAY 19

Samuel Alderman
E. Charles Fine

MAY 20

Gertrude Fleder
Goldie Goodman
Gertrude Schiff
Evelyn Sheffer
Annie Slavin

MAY 21

Edward Banyai
Herman Feuer

MAY 22

Herman Adler
Sybil Friedberg
Ray Kantrowitz

MAY 23

Florence Feldman Everett
Max Gelfand
Rosa Hirsch
Burgina Kass
Bernard Samuels
Frank Weinstein

MAY 24

Rochelle Amera
Stella Berz
Henry Goldberg
Sally Harris
Jason Tickton

MAY 25

Helen Bunin
Irving Chelder
Clara Hartogensis
Dora Nessim
Alex Segal