Notes from the Shul

WHAT'S IN THE NOTES THIS WEEK?
 
Daily and Shabbat Services Information

Office Closings

Service Leaders For This Week

Men's Club World Wide Wrap

January Mitzvah of the Month

30th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Shabbat Shirah 2023

Jewish Advocacy Day February 8th

Save The Date For Gil Hoffman Lecture

JELF Loans Information
 
Please Remember Our Email Address Has Changed

How To Live Stream Shabbat Services

Pictures Wanted For The New USCJ Calendar

Our Bulletin Is On The Website

Important Information Regarding The Notes

Upcoming Temple Israel Events

UJFT Upcoming Events


Birthdays and Anniversaries for the week

Wands for Wildlife information

Pet Memorial Board information

Yahrzeits for the Week
Service Times

Shabbat services are in the sanctuary and on live stream, beginning at 9:30am. Kiddush luncheon will be in Brody Auditorium.

Daily minyan will be on Zoom at the number/link below.  Services via Zoom.us will be Sunday - Friday at 8:00am and 5:30pm

DAILY SERVICES ZOOM  INFORMATION:
 
Meeting ID
674-044-866

Meeting Password
296993

Click HERE for the link

URL
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/674044866?pwd=a1JHQ1NiVk9ncHlOUU15SlFDNEhiZz09

This week's YouTube video link
01.20.23 - Ancestors, Real and Invented
 
SERVICE LEADERS FOR
SHABBAT, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023


Haftarah - Beverlee Tiger

The kiddush luncheon is sponsored by Norman Soroko, in honor of the 30th yahrzeit anniversary of his father, Hymie Soroko.

On February 12, at morning minyan we will be virtually
participating with Men’s Clubs worldwide, in the World Wide Wrap. For those of you like me who don’t daven regularly it will be an opportunity to refamiliarize yourself with the practice of laying tefillin. Please join us that Sunday morning.


Meeting ID
674-044-866
Meeting Password
296993
Click HERE for the link
JANUARY MITZVAH OF THE MONTH


If you have not heard, the Norfolk SPCA had a burst pipe over the holiday weekend that ruined their boiler (see the paragraph below from a Virginian Pilot article).  We all are too familiar with the problems from an inoperable boiler.  However at the SPCA, the ones affected were the animals, and there is nowhere to move them.  They have put out a plea for twin size blankets, towels, and monetary donations so they can get their boiler repaired quickly.  Please bring your donations to the Temple Israel office so that we can help them keep the dogs warm and get heat back in the dog kennels.  If you are unable to bring your donations to the synagogue, please give us a call and we will come pick them up. Thank you for helping this organization that does so much good in our community. (Excerpt from the Virginian Pilot, December 27, 2022) At the Norfolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a major leak above the facility’s boiler caused the shelter to lose access to water throughout the building and heat in the dog kennels, according to a Facebook post from the shelter. Significant issues when reengaging the boiler ultimately required a smoke investigation by the the Norfolk Fire and Rescue. Water has been restored to the building, and the animals are safe.
30th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

February 23 - March 1, 2023
Traditionally screened at various locations throughout Tidewater, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg, offers a range of cinema experiences, from compelling documentaries to poignant comedies that engage and spark conversations.

As one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg, educates and engages diverse Tidewater communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by presenting world-class film premieres, repertory cinema, and associated programs that are inspired by Jewish or Israeli history, heritage, and values. Our vision is to create shared experiences and connections through film and cultural programs inspired by Jewish legacy and values.

Kids Night Out Babysitting is available at the Simon Family JCC for the BIG Saturday Night Celebration of Jewish Film. Registration required in advance. Space is limited. Register at JewishVA.org/KNO-FF.

Ticketing:

  • Full Festival passes are available for $60 and include entry to all five films. Festival Passes must be purchased by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
  • The BIG Saturday Night Film & Celebration: $25
  • Individual tickets for other films: $12
PURCHASE TICKETS


Directed by Moshe Rosenthal * 2022 * Israel * Hebrew * with English subtitles * 100 minutes
Directed by Moshe Rosenthal · 2022 · Israel · Hebrew with English Subtitles · 100 Minutes
Directed by Moshe Rosenthal · 2022 · Israel · Hebrew with English Subtitles · 100 Minutes
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 • 7:30 PM

Cinema Café Kemps River
1220 Fordham Drive, Virginia Beach

KARAOKE

Preceeded by the short film WEST BANK STORY

 
Details
 
Short Film, WEST BANK STORY

 



iMORDECAI
Directed by Marvin Samel * 2022 * United States * English * 102 Minutes
 

THE BIG SATURDAY NIGHT CELEBRATION OF JEWISH FILM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 · 7:30 PM

Zeiders American Dream Theater

4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach

iMORDECAI

Includes a conversation with a star of the film, followed by a champagne and dessert reception with klezmer music by Bagels & Fraylox

 
 
Details



The Levys of Monticello
Directed by Steven Pressman * 2022 * United States * English * 100 minutes

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 · 2:30 PM

The Samuel C. Johnson Theater at Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk

THE LEVYS OF MONTICELLO
Includes a conversation with members of the film's creative team and Vice-Admiral Herman A. Shelanski, US Navy (ret.)

 
Details


Directed by Paul Mazursky * 1976 * United States * English * 111 minutes
 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 · 7:15 PM

Naro Expanded Cinema
1507 Colley Ave, Norfolk

NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE

An evening dedicated to longtime friend of the festival, Mal Vincent Introduction by Rabbi Michael Panitz

An evening dedicated to longtime friend of the festival, Mal Vincent Introduction by Rabbi Michael Panitz

 
Details

 



Di­rected by Fred Cavayé · 2022 · France, Bel­gium · French with Eng­lish Sub­ti­tles · 115 Min­utes
 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 · 7:30 PM

Beach Cinema Alehouse

941 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach

Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

Adieu, Monsieur Hafmann

Preceded by the short film COLETTE

 
Details
 
Short Film, COLETTE
 
 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR


Shabbat Shirah 2023 will be a very special Shabbat service.  Our own cantorial soloist, Jennifer Peters, will be joined by a newcomer in town, Father Noah Van Niel, the recently-installed rector of Christ and St. Luke's Church in downtown Norfolk.
Cantor Jenn and Father Noah will present a program of solo and duet sacred songs.  Father Noah will also preach the sermon that morning on the subject of "The Beauty of Holiness".
Please join us on the morning of February 4th for this very special Shabbat.

 

Make a Date with YOUR State and join leaders from across the Commonwealth for
Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day on February 8 in Richmond!

Spend a day with your fellow Jewish community members, making an impact by using your voice to educate Tidewater's Delegates and Senators, advocating on the issues of importance to the Jewish community.

Help us raise the Jewish community's voice and build relationships with our elected officials by advocating for:

  • Combatting Antisemitism and hate in all forms

  • Support Nonprofit Security Grant funding

  • Caring for Virginians: Our Health, Our Social Services, and Our Community Institutions Serving the Elderly and Impoverished

  • Continued support for the Virginia Israel Advisory Board

  • And more

The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General have all been invited to speak with the
statewide Jewish community - will you be there to hear from them?

Bus leaves from the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus promptly at 7:00 am and returns by 4:00 pm.
$36 reserves your seat on the bus (required by Feb. 1), includes a kosher lunch, and helps defray the cost of transportation.

RSVP
 

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JELF Loans $39,043 in Tidewater’s Jewish Community Financial aid applications for the 2023-24 academic year are open January 3 - April 30
 
TIDEWATER, VA – December 31, 2022 - In 2022, JELF assisted a total of 396 students with $1,931,235 in interest-free loans. Of this total, 8 Jewish students from Tidewater were provided $39,043 towards furthering their degree.
 
For the 2023-24 year, applications for JELF’s interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school, and vocational programs) are open to Jewish students beginning January 3 through April 30, 2023.
 
JELF is proud to work in partnership with Michelle Walter at the Jewish Family Service of Tidewater to help local Jewish students reach their academic goals.
 
All qualifying applicants must be: • A permanent resident of FL, GA, SC, NC, and VA (excluding metro DC) (they can, however, attend any U.S. accredited school)
• Enrolled full-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate
• In good academic standing
• A U.S. citizen, or have lawful immigration status
• Able to provide a designated co-signer
• Planning to accept federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans (2022 FAFSA application required)
 
JELF loans are intentionally designed to help cover costs associated with the educational and living expenses that other financial aid often does not cover, such as travel, rent, food, and books. JELF’s 0% interest loans help save borrowers thousands of dollars in high interest-bearing debt each year. With 45 million Americans in some form of outstanding interest-bearing student loan debt, this savings is a significant benefit to the Jewish students that JELF serves annually. The strength of the longstanding “free loan” model is based of funds lent to those in need, and then paid back to serve the next student - and so on. The organization’s built-in sustainability allows it to always help future students in need as funds are infinitely recycled. However, just as hundreds of former JELF recipients continue donating to JELF each year after completing repayment, JELF continues to rely on the help of community donors to keep up with tuition increases and inflation.
 
JELF loans are a gift from the Jewish community – which historically values higher education. While many organizations across the U.S. provide interest-free loans, JELF is distinct in that it is the only Jewish organization exclusively focused on college financial aid. “This is the only type of organization I know of that when I write a check I know exactly where it’s going, and it keeps going. My dollars never die.” says Stan Lowenstein, former Board Chair and long-time JELF volunteer.
 
ABOUT JELF (JEWISH EDUCATIONAL LOAN FUND)
JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund) provides interest-free last dollar loans for higher education to Jewish students in need, bridging the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. Since 1961, JELF has provided over $14+ million to 5,000+ students from JELF’s 5-state region of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia (excluding metro DC). JELF is proud to boast a 99% repayment rate and strongly believes that money should not stand between a student and the education that they need to excel in life. JELF’s board and professional team are actively working to support students and their families by attracting the financial resources JELF needs to meet the ever-increasing demand for loans. For more information about JELF, please visit https://jelf.org./
 
ABOUT JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF TIDEWATER
Jewish Family Services of Tidewater is a non-profit organization providing a full spectrum of social and health services to meet the needs of Hampton Roads residents. Established in 1946, JFS has had a long-standing tradition of caring and concern for the community it serves. For more information about JELF, visit jelf.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 770-396-3080.
 
Very Respectfully,
 
Janet Brown
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc.
On the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA  23462-4345
P. 757.321.2271  
email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.jfshamptonroads.org
From generation to generation, our services are deeds of loving kindness for all.

 
Please remember  - our email address has changed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Our AOL email address was hacked a couple of years ago, so we had to make the change.  The AOL email address is checked every once in a while, but not often.  So please make sure you change our email address in your contacts.
PLEASE NOTE - If you are attending in-person services, you must be vaccinated BUT WE HAVE GONE TO A "MASK OPTIONAL" POLICY

We are happy to announce that we have begun working on next year’s calendar and have chosen to once again highlight our member synagogues. 

This year our theme is Jewish themed children's art. We want to see artwork created by youth, spanning in ages from pre-school to high-school. At USCJ we care about the next generation, and how they engage with Judaism. We think showcasing their talent will bring great joy to everyone, and remind us of the importance of L'dor V'dor. Please send us your photographs that you think exemplify this theme. 

Each month of the calendar will showcase a different example of Jewish children's art. We plan to choose 16 of the most compelling photographs in our calendar. For example, a photograph of a drawing of a scene from the Torah would be great. Or a photo of a pair of painted Shabbat candle holders fits the theme.  Here are some additional examples you can use for your submissions:

  • Challah covers
  • Ceramic trivets with Jewish themes on them
  • Drawings of scenes from the Torah
  • Handmade or painted Hanukkiah
  • Artistic renderings of Jewish stars
  • Afikoman bag
  • Handmade yad
  • Torah cover
  • Painted or handmade Shabbat candles
  • Drawings with Jewish themes

Our calendars reach over 50,000 families. People really look forward to receiving calendars and often call to request extra copies. Your participation will be a mitzvah. Because the images will be reprinted in the calendar that people hang prominently in their homes, we are hoping for beautiful, inspiring photos, and they must be high resolution. 

  • Horizontal photos should be approximately 3600 pixels wide by 2700 pixels high.
  • Vertical photos should be approximately 2700 pixels wide by 3600 pixels high. 

If you have talented photography students or professional photographers within your congregation, it’s a great way to get them involved. We will of course provide photo credits for all images. We will also include the first name and age of the featured child artist. There is a photo release included with the submission form. Please obtain permission from the parents/guardians before submitting any work.

Please follow this link to submit photos to Rivka Friedlander, Calendar Editor. You may also reach Rivka directly at 646-519-9322 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When submitting, please also provide a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the photo. Submissions are due by Friday, January 27, 2023.

I wish you and your families a Happy New Year. 

L’Shalom,

           

Richard Skolnik                                           Calendar Chair                          

 

Did you know you can access our monthly bulletin on our website - templeisraelva.org?

We know the mail has not been the best lately and we've heard that some bulletins haven't made it to some members' homes.  If so, here's the link to the bulletin on our website.

https://templeisraelva.org/bulletin-of-temple-activities

Just copy and paste the above link into your browser and hit "Enter".  Or simply go to our website - templeisraelva.org - go all the way to the bottom right of the home page, and you will see "Bulletin of Temple activities".
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Rabbi Panitz's Tuesday Morning Class
"Masterpieces of Jewish Literature"
Tuesdays at 8:45am

Meeting ID - 625 144 762
Passcode - 008603
Click HERE for the link

Conversion to Judaism Class
Fridays at 4:30pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join in on the class

Meeting ID
674-044-866
Meeting Passcode
296993
Click HERE for the link


Quarantine Book Club
Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Appelfeld

January 23rd at 7:30pm on Zoom
Meeting ID - 629 490 590
Passcode - 832087

Next selections:
Friendly Fire by A.B. Yehoshua
A Horse Walks Into A Bar by David Grossman

Adult Education Series With KBH
"A LOOK AT ISRAELI ART AND CULTURE"

January 24th - "Israel's Roots and Fruits"
January 31st - "Digging For Israel's Roots"
February 21st and 28th - "Fruits Of Israel Art"
These classes will be on zoom from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. 
The zoom meeting number is 629 490 590  and the passcode is 832087.

Torah at the Beach
Israel: Beyond the Headlines
February 13th
at 7:30pm on Zoom
Meeting ID - 629 490 590
Passcode - 832087
 
UJFT UPCOMING EVENTS
 

 

✨ UJFT Mission to Israel
March 1 – 9 (including Purim in Tel Aviv!).
Think you know Israel? We’ve crafted an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime itinerary to see the sights, meet groundbreaking people, eat amazing food, and celebrate Purim this year in Israel!
Land only price of $5100. A $500 early-bird discount has been extended to December 30 (bringing trip cost to $4600). Call Amy Zelenka (757-965-6139) at the Federation for more information and visit JewishVA.org/mission for trip highlights and application forms.

✨ Jews in America, Insiders and Outsiders, 10 Week Course taught by Dr. Amy K. Milligan.

Wednesdays, 6:45-8:30 PM ONLINE.  Begins January 18

In reading and discussing of immigrants, their children, and grandchildren, students will debate the meaning of seminal developments in American life. Consider Jewish contributions to American culture, American literature, and the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of Jews straddling their status as both insiders and outsiders. For more information and to register, visit JewishVA.org/KCL or contact Sierra Lautman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-965-7107.

 

✨ Date With The State 2023

Join the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish community members from across the commonwealth for Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day at Virginia’s capitol in Richmond on February 8, 2023. Advocate on issues important to the Jewish community in meetings with members of the Virginia Legislature and hear from Virginia’s highest elected officials. $36 helps defray the cost of lunch and bus transportation to Richmond. For more information or to register (pre-registration by February 1st is required), visit JewishVA.org/DWTS23 or contact Elka Mednick, JCRC assistant director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-965-6112.


JANUARY 21 - JANUARY 27
JANUARY 21
Celeste Fine
Mark Nachman
Valerie White

JANUARY 22
Geraldine Karp

JANUARY 23
David Banyai
Susan Goldman
Paula Gordon
Honey Spivak
Susan Laub-Zatcoff

JANUARY 24
Kerry Harte

JANUARY 26
Noah Alperin
Wayne Martin

JANUARY 27
Jason Bosher
Ryan Kane

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.
Plaques are only $75 each.

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
JANUARY 21 - JANUARY 27
JANUARY 21
Sidney Semel

JANUARY 22
Sophie Blumberg
William Chovitz
Nan K. Jaffe
Stanley Shevokis
Dora Waranch

JANUARY 23
Fannie Carroll
Deborah Chapel
Rebecca Goldman
Louis Legum
Haim "Hymie" Soroko

JANUARY 24
Muriel Alderman
Robert Allentuck
Harold Amdursky
Joyce Beers
Ted Finder
Lilyan Green
Sadie Plotkin

JANUARY 25
Abraham Cohen
David Credle
David Israel Longman
Neil Morrison
Elaine Nicholas
Carl Sirota

JANUARY 26
Norbert Green
Pearl Mizrachi
Claire Silber

JANUARY 27
Ethel Chovitz
Irving Fine
Leonard "Bert" Sachs
Ilene Stein