Notes from the Shul

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

Service Leaders

Law Enforcement Appreciation Shabbat

Our Fundraiser Is Coming!

Our Mitzvah of the Month

World Wide Wrap 2024

Upcoming Temple Israel Events

Birthdays and Anniversaries for the week

Yahrzeits for the Week

Please Remember Our Email Address Has Changed

Wands for Wildlife information

Pet Memorial Board information

UJFT Upcoming Events

Chevra Cinema Upcoming Movies

Temple Emanuel Casino Night

Free Melton Classes For Students

Alzheimer Caregiver Workshops
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 -
01.02.24 - Core Identity (Part Two)
SERVICE LEADERS FOR SHABBAT
JANUARY 6, 2024

Torah Service - Lawrence Fleder, in honor of his Bar Mitzvah anniversary
Haftarah - Rabbi Michael Panitz

There will be a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Shabbat.  Mark Solberg will make a presentation to our law enforcement professionals at kiddush.
Ben McCormick is sponsoring the kiddush in honor of his birthday.  The cake in honor of our officers is sponsored by Mark Solberg.

WE STAND WITH ISRAEL

Please join us in acknowledging our Norfolk Police Department Security Detail at Law Enforcement Appreciation Shabbat on Saturday, January 6, 2024 We will be honoring our 4 Norfolk police officers who keep us safe week after week.  These four police officers have become part of the Temple Israel family - come to services and show your appreciation for them.
The information for the fundraiser is now on the website.  You can become a sponsor or purchase your tickets there.  This is going to be a very fun afternoon so reserve your spot now!

Ghent’s Winter Sheltering Project

(Please note there has been an addition to the items we are accepting.  You will see it in red towards the end of the email).

           

To our Temple Israel Family -

For our next Mitzvah of the Month, we will be participating in Ghent’s Winter Sheltering project, which will be starting in a few weeks.  This will be our mitzvah project for December - February.

Temple Israel and the Urban Renewal Center have set up an Amazon Wish List through which you may order items that will be sent directly to Temple Israel. The link is:
 
 

(When you go to checkout, you can add the Temple Israel address and have the items sent to us, or you can click on "Rachel Cropper's Gift Registry" and the items will be sent directly to the Urban Renewal Center (her address will not show up.)  If you send them directly to the Urban Renewal Center, please indicate somewhere that the items are from Temple Israel.)  

If you prefer, you may purchase items and bring them to Temple Israel, or you may mail a check to Temple Israel to provide food, clothing, hygiene products, etc. for those in need. Please make the check payable to Temple Israel with a notation that it is for the Homeless Project and mail it to Temple Israel, 7255 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA, 23505.

We are also accepting coats and sweaters!  If you have any gently used coats or sweaters (they MUST be in good condition), or you would like to purchase new coats or sweaters, we will gladly accept those - adult and child.  We will also accept other clothing items in good condition or new.
If you want to help serve dinner and/or volunteer at one of the churches that will be housing the homeless overnight from December 17 through March 3rd, contact Rachel Cropper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jenny Wernly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank you for your participation in this very important project helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
 
The Theme for
World Wide Wrap 2024 is
"Wrap for Israel"
Wrapping Tefillin
in Solidarity with Israel
February 11, 2024
WORLD WIDE WRAP
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, January 6th, 9:30am
Law Enforcement Appreciation Shabbat

Monday, January 8th
Torah on the Screen
In commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans, the discussion will be "Jew in Early America"

Rabbi Panitz's Tuesday Morning Class

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
 

JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12
JANUARY 6
Bruce Kershner

JANUARY 7
Ellen Sacks

JANUARY 9
Lawrence Fleder

JANUARY 10
Lewis Bernstein
Sybil Stolzenberg

JANUARY 11
Deborah Smith

JANUARY 12
Cheryl Sloane


JANUARY 6
Lawrence and Anne Fleder

JANUARY 11
Michael and Natalie Steiner
Matthew and Valerie White

 

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 6 - JANUARY 12
JANUARY 6
Samuel Chovitz
Gus Goldstein
Allan Goodman
Andrew Salzberg

JANUARY 7
Esther Brody
Sidney Terkeltoub

JANUARY 8
Leslie Legum
Stanley Pearline
William Rebby

JANUARY 9
Jack Engel
Sidney Semel

JANUARY 10
Sophie Blumberg
William Chovitz
Nan K. Jaffe
Stanley Shevokis
Dora Waranch

JANUARY 11
Fannie Carroll
Deborah Chapel
Rebecca Goldman
Louis Legum
Haim "Hymie" Soroko
David Yanku

JANUARY 12
Muriel Alderman
Robert Allentuck
Harold Amdursky
Lilyan Green
Sadie Plotkin
Janet Shipowitz
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.

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.

UPCOMING UJFT EVENTS

✨BeAware: Situational Awareness on Campus and Beyond

Sunday, January 7, 2:00 pm at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

SCN Regional Security Advisor, Mike Goldsmith, leads a student-specific training followed by roundtable discussions. This is the 2nd session of our 3-part series EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST HATE. Learn more and register at JewishVA.org/EmpoweringStudents

✨JCC Book Club: Jeff Schnader, The Serpent Papers
MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 1:30PM • SIMON FAMILY JCC
Join us for a discussion and in person conversation with the author. If you enjoy reading and discussing books with others, this group is for you. The discussions are lively, informative and at times, soul-searching. RSVP to Mia Klein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-452-3184.

 

✨ Beyond Borders From the Birth of Nationalism to 1967

Tuesdays at 6:45 PM • Begins January 16 • online

Taught by Dr. Amy K. Milligan

Examine maps, media documents, original speeches and the famous "Balfour Declaration" with new eyes, as we study the roots of the conflict between Jews and Arabs over the modern State of Israel. These 10 sessions encompass the return of the Jews to the land, the role of the British, the Cold War, the rise of Palestinian nationalism, the 1967 War, and the post-1967 vision for a “Greater Israel” — including the initial rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Use code JFS100 for $100 off at checkout if registering before January 6.  JewishVA.org/Melton

 

✨Israel: A Quick Historical Refresher

Wednesday, January 17, 7:30 PM • Zoom

Knowing the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the facts behind Israel’s historic commitment to peace are critical to understanding the region today. Presented by Ambassador Brad Gordon, who recently retired from AIPAC after twenty-five years as a member of its senior staff, this session will provide a fast-paced history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

FREE and open to the community. For more information and to register, visit JewishVA.org/EmpoweringStudents or contact Nofar Trem at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This event is the second in a three-part series presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Konikoff Center for Learning that aims to empower students on high school and college campuses when confronted with antisemitism and anti-Israel bias.

✨ Moon Circle Gathering

THURSDAY,JANUARY 18,  6:45 PM  •  SIMON FAMILY JCC
The popular and soul-nourishing Moon Circle Gatherings return this month — with participants focusing on Illumination. It is the Hebrew calendar month of Shevat.
Registration required, $7 donation suggested. Jewishva.org/Moon

✨Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 2024 – Date With the State

Wednesday, February 7

Join the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish community members from across the commonwealth for Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day at Virginia’s capitol.  Advocate on issues important to the Jewish community in meetings with members of the Virginia Legislature and hear from Virginia’s highest elected officials.  Fifty-four dollars helps defray the cost of lunch and transportation to Richmond. For information or to register for the day (pre-registration by January 29 is required), visit JewishVA.org/DWTS, or contact Julie Kievit, JCRC coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

✨  Israeli Dance: Good for the Spirit and Body

 Wednesdays, 5:30 PM • Simon Family JCC 

"Despite the terrible pain, shock, and outrage we are experiencing in light of the events unfolding in Israel, we must not lose hope. We stand with Israel — and for Israel,” says instructor Pati. 

"Therefore, I invite all of you to join us in dancing for Israel, honoring the lives of those who were unjustly taken from us too soon and sending good vibes and positive thoughts to all those who steadfastly continue to fight for a stronger and vibrant Israel. Am Israel Chai!"

✨NEW MELTON COURSE - Press Pause, Rest Assured
WEDNESDAYS @2PM, BEGINS OCTOBER 11 • TEMPLE EMANUEL

The Jewish approach to mindfulness and self-care traces back to the roots of creation. The concept of a week comes from the Jewish marking of six days of work and one day of rest. For six days each week, we actively interact with the world. On the seventh, we reflect on our actions. We pause, rest, reflect and reboot. In this unit, we will explore Shabbat and the role of time in Judaism. Along with other prescribed Jewish practices that ask us to pause, reflect and refrain from business as usual. Together, we will reflect on the practices that allow us to start anew, week after week, and year after year. JewishVA.org/Melton to register. Use code “60FY24” to receive $60 off.

✨Israel Connection Club

SUNDAYS & THURSDAYS • Your Home
Our shinshinim Maya and Naomi are bringing their love and knowledge of all-things-Israel directly to your home. As a host, you provide snacks, a comfortable space, and a minimum of 6 kids. Maya & Naomi will bring games, recipes, music, crafts and more! 

You choose whether you’d like to host an Israel Connection Club session at your home on a Sunday or a Thursday, and help insure 6 (or more) kids will be there. Maya and Naomi will take care of the rest! Learn more: JewishVA.org/IsraelClub

✨Yiddish Club

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 1:00 PM • Simon Family JCC
Yiddish Club is returning to the Simon Family JCC. This event promises to be a joyous occasion where attendees can reconnect with old friends and make new ones who share a love for Yiddishkeit. The Yiddish Club is a vibrant hub for preserving and promoting the Yiddish language and its rich heritage, making it an essential part of the community. This club is free and open to the community and will reoccur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays throughout the year. For more information and to RSVP, please visit
JewishVA.org/YiddishClub or contact Mia Klein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-452-3184.

✨Love, Loss, and Wisdom

Thursdays at 7:00 PM • Begins February 1 • online

Taught by Barb Gelb, in a partnership with Ohef Sholom Temple

Discover, during this six-week course, the Jewish responses and rituals that take us through mourning and arrive at a place of healing. When death inevitably enters our lives, Jewish wisdom and ritual can help us cope with heartbreak and loss, the anguish of why suffering exists. We will also seek to understand the big questions of what Judaism says about life after death and its understanding of messianic times. With a wider lens, we gain a context with which to better understand our moments of anguish as individuals and as a community.

Use code TW60 for $60 off at checkout. JewishVA.org/Melton

✨ BeAR (Be A Reader) needs volunteers for the 23/24 school year!

We would love to add you to our team of mentors!

One hour a week, one-on-one quality reading time with your BeAR student will help them foster a love for reading while building a meaningful bond.

If you are concerned about the time commitment, consider the BeAR Share volunteer option, where two volunteers share the weekly time obligation for their student.  Contact Robin Ford at 757-321-2304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

✨  The Humusiya is Tidewater’s Tastiest (and Kosher) Israeli Cuisine 

Chef Eitan Altshuler presents his best take on authentic Israeli cuisine each week in a list of tantalizing specials that can be found on The Cardo Café menu (as well as online at Humusiya.com). His famously light and delectable hummus, plus items like shawarma, Za’atar pita, and more are featured each week and available for dine in (at the JCC), ordering ahead for takeout, or DoorDash delivery. All of which can be found at the website or by clicking here.