Notes from the Shul

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

Service Leaders

Updated Mask Protocols

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

A Conversation With Author Christopher Gorham

UJFT Upcoming Events

Chevra Cinema Upcoming Movies

Temple Emanuel Casino Night
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 -
02.02.24 - Amalek, the original Antisemites
SERVICE LEADERS FOR SHABBAT
FEBRUARY 3, 2024

Torah Service - Sheila Panitz
Torah Reader and Haftarah - Carol Tickton, in honor of her 64th Bat Mitzvah anniversary
Musaf - Rita Yashaev

There will NOT be a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium for this week only.
UPDATED PROTOCOLS REGARDING MASKS

COVID-19 is still with us - there is a new variant out there that is highly contagious.  In light of this information, if you are feeling sick, STAY HOME and watch services on our live stream. We are strongly encouraging our members and guests to wear masks in the sanctuary.  If you are called to the bimah for an honor, you must wear a mask!  If you are not sitting with family members, please spread out in the sanctuary and at lunch. We greatly appreciate your support in following these updated guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

WE STAND WITH ISRAEL
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!

Please remember this mitzvah will go through February.  We have had some very cold nights so please continue to send items or money.  Thank you!

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

Monday, February 12th, 7:30pm on Zoom
Torah on the Screen
Meeting ID - 629 490 590
Meeting Passcode - 832087

Monday, March 4th, 7:30pm on Zoom
Quarantine Book Club
The book for this month is Kantika by Elizabeth Graver
Meeting ID - 629 490 590
Meeting Passcode - 832087

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
 

FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9
FEBRUARY 3
Ellen Glynn
Carol Mansh
Tanya Wisoker

FEBRUARY 6
Sharon Weinstein

FEBRUARY 8
Stewart Sacks
Carol Tickton

FEBRUARY 9
Isaac Williams

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 3 - FEBRUARY 9
FEBRUARY 3
Mindy Futterman
David Tapper

FEBRUARY 4
Laurence Green
Francis Greenberg
Alma Laderberg
Mike Stadler

FEBRUARY 5
Jack Allentuck
Leonard Huwitz
Esther H. Spivak
Mary Norkin Stern

FEBRUARY 6
Lawrence Cash
Max Gladstone
Rabbi Seymour Panitz
Sam Runge

FEBRUARY 7
Ralph Bigio
Janet Grdon
Jack Neff
Isidor Rosenberg
Frank Russinsky
FEBRUARY 8
Rachel Segal
Tirzah I. Wade

FEBRUARY 9
Jack Gelrud
Cecelia Kasov
Felicia Hal Lefcoe
Harold Rabiner
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
 

✨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..

✨Revolutionize Your Relationship with Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Saturday, February 10, 8:15 PM • Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

Make sure that your marriage doesn’t succumb to the same mistakes that Rabbi Shafier has seen so many others make. Unfold and unwind the pieces of your partnership so that you can understand your relationship from the inside out. This event includes a dessert reception and a FREE copy of The Ten Dumb Mistakes that Very Smart Couples Make. Register today at: JewishVA.org/TheShmuz

Presented as a partnership between the Ann Zukerman Memorial Scholar in Residence Program of B'nai Israel Congregation and the Konikoff Center for Learning of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

✨WORDStoACTION: Empowering Students to Address Antisemitism

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 10:00PM • Ohef Sholom Temple
The continued rise of antisemitism both in the U.S. and globally is cause for great concern. How can we prepare Jewish students to respond in the face of such hatred? This interactive education program, led by educators from the ADL, is designed to provide Jewish teens the opportunity to increase their understanding and ability to address antisemitism.  FREE and open to the community. For more information and to register, visit
JewishVA.org/WordsToAction or contact Sierra Lautman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Offered by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the ADL, in partnership with Ohef Sholom Temple, Congregation Beth El, and Temple Emanuel Virginia Beach.

✨ Moon Circle Gathering

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15,  6:45 PM  •  SIMON FAMILY JCC
The popular and soul-nourishing Moon Circle Gatherings return this month
 — with participants focusing on courage. It is the Hebrew calendar month of Adar.
Registration required, $7 donation suggested.
Jewishva.org/Moon

✨ A Celebration of Israeli Short Film
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2:30 PM • SIMON FAMILY JCC
In memory of the victims of the October 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presents
four short films: Sirens, Asa Turns 13, Dear God, and The Boy. The Boy was written and directed by filmmaker Yahav Winner, who was murdered by Hamas terrorists while helping his wife and newborn daughter escape. All of these films, born from the depths of Israeli reality, provide an unfiltered glimpse into what daily life is like in Israel. FREE and open to the community with a suggested donation to UJFT’s Israel Emergency Fund. For more information and to get tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFest

✨Virginia Festival of Jewish Film
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film returns in 2024 with a celebration of Israeli short film honoring those lost in the October 7 attacks by Hamas in Israel. Four short films, one of which was created by a filmmaker who died protecting his wife and daughter from terrorists, provide an unfiltered glimpse into what daily life is like in Israel. Additional films explore the life of actor, writer, comedian, and mensch Gene Wilder; the history behind the Catskills’ fabled Jewish resorts; Jewish life in a Yiddish-speaking Ukrainian village; and a tale of star-crossed lovers in Nazi-occupied Paris.

 

The festival truly offers something for everyone! FULL FESTIVAL PASSES are on sale for $60 through January. Get yours now at JewishVA.org/FilmFest. Contact Hunter Thomas for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757.965.6137.
 

✨JCC Book Club: Seth Stern, Speaking Yiddish to Chickens
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1:30PM • SIMON FAMILY JCC
Join us for a discussion and online 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.

✨Maccabi Games Team Virginia Beach 2024 KICK OFF Meeting
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 6PM • SIMON FAMILY JCC
Come hear about the ins and outs of the JCC Maccabi Games being held in Houston, TX, August 4-9. The JCC will send a delegation of Jewish teens to compete in sports such as soccer, swimming, flag football, plus Access Games. It’s an experience of a lifetime for Jewish teens to compete in a friendly environment, as well as meet like-minded kids from all around the country. More info at
JewishVA.org/TeamVB or contact 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.