Notes from the Shul

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

Service Leaders

JELF Loan Information

Updated Mask Protocols

Our Fundraiser Is Coming!

Our Mitzvah of the Month

Purim Celebrations

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

The Daffodil Blooming Day

Two Programs At Congregation Beth El

JMCC Lecture Series

UJFT Upcoming Events

Rising Song Workshop At Temple Beth El In Richmond
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 -

02.23.24 - Whose names do you carry on your shoulders?
https://youtu.be/LfZ3va7zK_g
SERVICE LEADERS FOR SHABBAT
FEBRUARY 24, 2024

Torah Service - Wesley Jones
Haftarah - Steven Legum

There will be a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services.

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!

We are nearing the end of this mitzvah - we have one week left.  All of the items that have been donated so far have been distributed.  If possible, please send in more items before the end of the month. 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.
 

This year for Purim, we will be joining Beth El and KBH at Beth El on the evening of Saturday, March 23rd for the reading of the Megillah.  Then we will be back at Temple Israel on Sunday, March 24th for a Purim party - A "Play it again" Sameach production.  We will be in Sandler Hall from 2:00pm - 4:00pm for brunch, hamentashen, wine tasting, and music.  If you would like to read a portion of the Megillah, please contact Rabbi Panitz right away.
Please RSVP for the Temple Israel event by Monday, March 18th.
UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, February 24th, 9:30am, in person
Shabbat services

Wednesday, February 28th, 7:30pm
Classes with KBH
Meeting ID - 625 144 762
Passcode - 008603

Thursday, February 29th, 8:00am, on Zoom
Rabbi Panitz and Richard Yanku will be reading from the USS Truman Torah from the sanctuary for the last time before the Torah goes back to the ship.

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

Thursday, March 21st, 12:30
Sisters in the Hood Book Club
at Gus and George's in Virginia Beach
The book for this month is Fool Me Once, by Harlen Coben

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 24 - MARCH 1
FEBRUARY 26
Rita Yashaev

FEBRUARY 28
Chuck Rosenblatt
Madi Rossettini

MARCH 1
Chloe Alperin
Meg Lederman
Jeff Littman

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 24 - MARCH 1
FEBRUARY 24
Frances P. Halprin
Evelyn M. Berger Weinberg

FEBRUARY 25
Annette Brenner
Arthur Burger
Kathryn Houts
Jack Lubin

FEBRUARY 26
Russell Chenoweth
Pearl Levine
Samuel Saunders

FEBRUARY 27
Harriet Orleans
Joyce Robbins

FEBRUARY 28
Mary G. Bronstein
Benjamin Mednick

FEBRUARY 29
Alvin Brooks
Gussie Weisman

MARCH 1
Jack Eisenberg
Helen Klesmer
Sallie Sorosky
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 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.

Tickets and information 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.

 

NOTE: IF ANY synagogues would like Film Festival posters printed and delivered, please let us know! We’ll make arrangements to get them to you. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

✨ The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presents: REMEMBERING GENE WILDER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 7:30 PM • VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Director Ron Frank • 92 min • United States • 2023 • English
Born Jerome Silberman to an assimilated Milwaukee Jewish family, his childhood buddies called him Jerry—but the world would come to know him as Gene Wilder. In this affectionate and touching documentary, the full measure of Wilder’s gifts is on display, not only as a comedic actor but as a writer, director, and mensch. $25. Includes a conversation with the film’s director, Ron Frank, followed by a dessert and champagne reception. Sponsored by Bank of America. For more information and to get tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFest

✨ The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presents: THE CATSKILLS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2:30 PM NORFOLK ACADEMY
Director Lex Gillespie • 86 min • United States • 2023 • English
With a trove of lost-and-found archival footage and a cast of characters endowed with the gift of gab, The Catskills journeys into the storied mountain getaway north of New York City, painting a picture of vibrant American Jewish life and culture in the 20th century. $12. For more information and to get tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFest

✨ The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presents: SHTTL
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7:15 PM NARO EXPANDED CINEMA
Director Ady Walter • 109 min • Ukraine • 2023 • Yiddish with English subtitles
Set in the twenty-four hours before the Nazi invasion of Ukraine, SHTTL tells a story about life, love, and hope set in an unnamed Yiddish Ukrainian village at the border of Poland. Amid communal tensions between tradition and modernity, two young men fight over a woman they both desire to marry. $12.  For more information and to get tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFest

✨ The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presents: THE STORY OF ANNETTE ZELMAN
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM  BEACH CINEMA ALEHOUSE
Director Philippe Le Guay • 93 min • France • 2023 • French with English subtitles
What begins as a charming wartime romance between Jean—a Catholic boy—and Annette—his Jewish artist girlfriend—turns into a gripping tale of star-crossed lovers. Set in Nazi-occupied Paris, The Story of Annette Zelman is a tale of love and resistance that plumbs the depths of human passion, prejudice, and betrayal. $12. For more information and to get tickets, visit JewishVA.org/FilmFest

✨Rabbi Sacks Z"L Tidewater Community Book Club:  Future Tense

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 at 10:00am • Congregation Beth El

This series seeks to deepen our understanding of Jewish values and unite disparate elements through the exploration of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' profound teachings. Throughout 2024, participants will read and discuss six books. The events will be hosted every two months at various synagogues across Tidewater. The first will focus on Rabbi Sacks' "Future Tense: Jews, Judaism and Israel in the 21st Century," examining the origins of antisemitism, the role of Judaism in the contemporary world, and the future of the Jewish people. Learn more and register at JewishVA.org/SacksBookClub
 

✨ Antisemitism: Then & Now, Right & Left

BEGINS MARCH 7 • THURSDAYS AT 12:00 PM • SANDLER FAMILY CAMPUS

This 6-week course taught by Rabbi Michael Panitz will comprehensively explore the historical and contemporary manifestations of prejudice against Jewish communities. We will see that antisemitism is not confined to one part of the political spectrum.  $25, scholarships available. JewishVA.org/prejudice

✨Join the Israel Trail Challenge and Help Israel!

NOW  through May 19 • JFIT at Simon Family JCC

The popular Israel Trail Challenge is back! JCC members and exercise enthusiasts sign up to hike, jog, walk, dance, row or swim as many of the 622 miles of the actual Israel Trail, without ever leaving the gym. Log your steps/miles and hit as many of the 15 milestone stops that are on the actual Israel Trail — and learn about the terrain of Israel as you go. Fun for friends, family, and anyone who wants to set some health goals in the new year. ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: You can have your friends and family sponsor your challenge, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the Tidewater Israel Emergency Fund. Register as an athlete at JewishVA.org/IsraelTrail

✨  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!"

✨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.

✨ 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.