Service times for Shabbat and during the week

Midrashah information

Junior Congregation

Rabbi Panitz office hours

Mitzvah of the Month for December and January

"Distant Survivors" Play

February Blood Drive

Temple Israel Scholarship Funds Available

New Rabbi Panitz sermon series

New Temple Israel Kids Club

Jewish Film Festival Schedule

FJMC World Wide Wrap XIX

Assistance requested from Beth El for NESTCooking for a Kiddush luncheon

Blessing of the Animals

Join our Minyan!

Room Wanted to Rent

Birthdays and Anniversaries for the week

Request for Shomrim

Wands for Wildlife information

Pet Memorial Board information

Beth Sholom Village "A Positive Approach To Care"

Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year Reservation Form

Stein Family College Scholarship

Mitzvah of the Year information

NEW Program Committee

Amazon Smile information for Temple Israel

Volunteers needed for the Men's Chevra Kaddisha

Gift Shop information

JNF Tree information

Wine on the Vine

Upcoming Events

Yahrzeits for the week

Service Times

Friday - 5:30pm

Saturday - Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am

Sunday - 8:00am and 5:45pm at Temple Israel (Sunday morning services have moved back to Temple Israel)

Monday - Thursday
7:30am and 5:45pm at Temple Israel (Evening minyan services are at Temple Israel for the month of January. We apologize for the misprint on the calendar in the January bulletin that indicates evening minyan services are at Beth El.)

If you are planning to attend minyan services to say Kaddish for a love one's yahrzeit, 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 - "Willing and Reluctant Leaders: Isaiah and Moses"

Saturday - June Prager will speak

Service Leaders

Torah Service - Natalia Chapel

Please join us for a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, following services, in honor of our January birthdays and anniversaries.

Midrashah is at Temple Israel in the month of January on the 13th, 20th and 27th, beginning at 5:15pm with dinner and ending at 7:30pm. The topics will be "Triple-decker wisdom: how to be wise, strong and rich" (Pirkei Avot) and "How would you have decided? Tough choices in Jewish history"

There will be Junior Congregation this Shabbat, January 26th.
It will begin at 10:30am in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library.
Don't be late!
Rabbi Panitz will have regular office hours on Tuesdays from 9:15am until noon.
We are happy to say we have a great group of 27 people going to see this play. All tickets will be at Will Call under Temple Israel's name.
All seats are General Admission, however they are marking off our 27 seats.
PLEASE NOTE: they cannot allow the group to be seated until everyone is there.
So, please be at the theater NO LATER THAN 7:00 so the group can be seated together.
Please call the office if you are able to volunteer for a shift for this blood drive. The shifts are 2 hours long, and begin at 9:00am, therefore there are 3 shifts. We need help with registration and handing out snacks. Thank you for your help. And don't forget to sign up to donate!


There are several endowment funds at Temple Israel that are for the benefit of Jewish Education, Jewish Camping, Israel Trips and other Jewish Experiential Programs. Some of these grants are now available for any age, including adults. These funds include the Alfred and Herbert Legum Memorial Fund, the Sanford Lefcoe Scholarship Fund and the Snyder Education Fund. Needs basis is given first priority.
If interested in applying for a grant, please contact the synagogue office.
Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, Presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi January 21-30, 2019


As one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country, the mission of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi, is to educate and engage diverse Tidewater communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by presenting world-class film premieres, repertory cinema, and associated programs that are inspired by Jewish history, heritage, and values.

Our vision is to create shared experiences and connections through film and cultural programs inspired by Jewish legacy and values.

Film Festival Ticket Pricing

Full Festival Pass, includes BIG Saturday Night Film & Celebration: Full Festival Pass $70
The BIG Saturday Night Film & Celebration: $35 | Under 21: $18
Individual Film Ticket: $10
Special group pricing available, contact Callah Terkeltaub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kids Night Out Babysitting at the Simon Family JCC available for the BIG Saturday Night Celebration of Jewish Film and champagne reception.
Registration required at the JCC Front Desk, limited availability, first come, first served.

An Act of Defiance

Not Rated

Director Jean van de Velde │ 123 min
Netherlands │ 2018
English, Afrikaans
Monday, January 21, 6:00 pm │ TCC Roper Performing Arts Center | 340 Granby Street, Norfolk
FREE and open to the community with RSVP required

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” - Nelson Mandela

Apartheid is rampant in 1963 South Africa. When ten men are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive South African government, lawyer Bram Fisher steps in as lead counsel. He soon finds that political leader Nelson Mandela is also on trial. Mandela urges his fellow defendants to plead not guilty and shine light on the systemic corruption against the African people. As the outcome of the trial looks bleak, Mandela gives his famous “I’m Prepared to Die” speech, discussing how the African National Council’s resistance is justified. But will Mandela’s impassioned speech save these men’s lives?

In partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council and Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB). Discussion to follow film.

When Heroes Fly, Episodes 1 & 2

Not Rated

Director Omri Givon │ 45 min each
Israel │ 2017
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Thursday, January 24, 7:15 pm │ Cinema Café Kemps River | 1220 Fordham Drive, Virginia Beach
Tickets: $10
Free for military with RSVP required by January 17
Limited seating available, pre-purchase strongly suggested.

Hit Israeli television series, When Heroes Fly will be available on Netflix to 130 million subscribers around the world in early 2019. It has already received global praise and awards, including recognition as best series at the CanneSeries Festival.

Inspired in part by a book of the same name by the late Amir Gutfrend, When Heroes Fly follows four friends and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans of a special commando unit who survived the Second Lebanon War with both physical and psychological scars. Eleven years later, the friends reluctantly reunite to track down Yaeli—the sister of one and the ex-girlfriend of another – who they all believed was killed in an accident in Colombia years before.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Not Rated

The BIG Saturday Night Celebration of Jewish Film and Champagne Reception

Directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger │ 91 min
USA, Israel, Japan, South Korea │ 2018
Saturday, January 26, 7:15 pm │ Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach
Tickets: $35 includes BIG Saturday Night Celebration of Jewish Film and champagne reception | Under 21: $18
With special guests Ty Kelly, Team Israel and New York Mets player and Seth Kramer, director

A new chapter in the enduring love story of Jews and baseball, Heading Home is the stirring underdog chronicle of the unexpected triumph of Israel’s national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Absolutely no one was betting on Team Israel, but that was before they beat Cuba, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands. Team Israel’s scrappy line-up included several Jewish MLB players—including former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway, former New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, and former pitcher for the Houston Astros, Josh Zeid—who found themselves exploring their Jewish identity for the first time while representing Israel on the world stage. A home run for audiences of all ages.

In partnership with BBYO & ODU Hillel

The Samuel Project


Director Marc Fusco │ 92 min
USA │ 2018
Sunday, January 27, 2:00 pm │ TCC Roper Performing Arts Center | 340 Granby Street, Norfolk | Tickets: $10
With special guests, Hal Linden and Ryan Ochoa

Experiencing Holocaust survivor stories first-hand, and raised as the son of an Italian immigrant himself, The Samuel Project director/co-writer Marc Fusco became enthralled with one curiosity: How are grandchildren and great grandchildren of those survivors affected today? What goes on in a family dynamic where such memories are avoided and not passed down or even spoken about?

A film for both parents and grandparents to share with their children, The Samuel Project stars Hal Linden of Barney Miller fame as Samuel, a grandfather reconnecting with his grandson when he is made the subject of a high school project. Eli (Ryan Ochoa, iCarly) discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany. After some hesitation, Samuel agrees to tell his story for the project—a story he hasn't told in more than 75 years.

In partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission and BBYO

Cast a Giant Shadow, Mal Vincent’s Pick


Director Melville Shavelson │ 146 min
USA │ 1966
Monday, January 28, 7:15 pm │ Naro Expanded Cinema | 1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk | Tickets: $10
Join famed film critic, Mal Vincent for his 10thannual Hollywood tell-all!

A cast led by Kirk Douglas and Angie Dickinson with cameos by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne, Cast a Giant Shadow is a Hollywood account of American army expert David ‘Mickey Stone’ Marcus’s role in helping the fledgling Israeli Defense Forces in 1948.

Douglas stars as American Army officer Mickey Marcus, who finds love, but tragically never learns Hebrew while organizing the young Israel Defense Forces into a military that can defend and supply a foothold in Jerusalem.

Budapest Noir

Not Rated

Dir. Éva Gárdos│ 95 min
Hungary │ 2017
Hungarian with English subtitles
Wednesday, January 30, 7:15 pm │ Beach Cinema Alehouse | 941 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach | Tickets: $10
Limited seating available, pre-purchase strongly suggested.

When a young Jewish woman is found beaten to death, no one is interested in solving the bizarre crime, except the cynical, but doggedly inquisitive Zsigmond Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik), who feels things are not what they seem. The murky clues eventually lead to a shadowy world of pornographers, brothels, crime syndicates, communist cells, and the highest echelons of power, just as Hungary’s fascist-leaning government prepares to align with Hitler. The more people try to scare him away; the more determined Gordon is to discover the truth.

A politically-charged tale of corruption and betrayal, this richly atmospheric murder mystery keeps rapt audiences guessing until its surprising climax.

Includes adult content


United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
5000 Corporate Woods Drive
Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



I was contacted by Alex Pomerantz of Beth El. They are hosting NEST January 23 - 30 and do not have enough volunteers for their overnight shifts. They particularly need help the nights of January 23 and January 29. Their overnight shift is 10:00pm - 5:30am, however if you can help with only a portion of the shift, that would be welcomed also. If you are able to help, please give Alex a call at 472-9054, or call Noelle in the Beth El office at 625-7821.

Just a reminder - if you would like to come in and cook something special for a Shabbat kiddush luncheon, just let the office know. We will be happy to check your food in and show you around the kitchen. Maybe you have a special dish that you would like to share with the congregation - you're more than welcome to come in and prepare it during office hours. And the congregation certainly would like to try it!


Our morning minyan and Friday night 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. We have also had a problem for the past couple of weeks making a minyan on Friday evenings. 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. If you can't make the morning minyan, please come on a Friday evening at 5:30.


We had someone contact the office looking for a room to rent. If you have a room available to rent, or know of someone who does, please contact the office and we will pass on the contact information to her. Thank you.



Noah Alperin
Wayne Martin


Jason Bosher
Paul Hechtkopf


Adam Lawrence


Ronnie Epstein
Roy Orleans


Susan Eilberg


Jorim Cole
Sharon Grossman


Marilyn Hechtkopf
Doug Moses

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.



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 know this has been in the Notes for quite a while, and you may be overlooking it now, but there is still a great need for diapers for the "Diaper Pantry". So, the next time you're at the store, please pick up a small package of diapers and drop them off on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium or at the office. Thank you so much!

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.

AmazonSmile and Temple Israel

What is AmazonSmile? - an easy way for you to support Temple Israel every time you shop, at no cost to you! When you log on to https://smile.amazon.com you will find the exact same low prices, selection, and convenience of shopping at Amazon.com - with the bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Temple Israel.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile? YES!! You use the same account. Your shopping cart, wish lists, wedding registry and other account settings will all be the same.

How do I select Temple Israel as my charity of choice on AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon remembers your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at AmazonSmile will result in a donation. If you use this link, it will take you directly to Temple Israel so you won't have to search through all the charitable organizations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate? The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping and handling, gift wrapping fees, taxes or service charges. While this may sound small, with over 300 families receiving this email, the amount could really add up!

Finally, How do I shop at AmazonSmile? Simply to go smile.amazon.com from your web browser or mobile device. It's that simple! Make sure to bookmark the link so it's even easier for you to return to the website and begin shopping.

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.


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, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, 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.

For something completely different, you can plant a grapevine for someone, just as you would plant a tree.

Plant a tree

Plant a vine in Israel.

Do good today!

Wine on the Vine (WOTV) is an exciting new way to:

Give to truly remarkable charities in Israel
Assist the rebirth of Israel’s ancient winemaking tradition
Organically and physically connect to the Land of Israel
Support Israel’s cultural outreach to the world

All contributions are tax-deductible for US tax-payers.

For more information, go to www.wineonthevine.org


Saturday, January 26th
Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat 9:30am
June Prager speaking

Sunday, January 27th
Midrashah at Temple Israel 5:15pm

Monday, January 28th
Beit Sefer Education Meeting after minyan

Saturday, February 2nd
Shabbat Services 9:30am
Rabbi Panitz will be delivering the first of a new monthly sermon series, "Hassidism and the Modern Predicament", which will focus on Temple Israel's newly acquired Camnitzer art collection donated by Patti Zetlin. Rabbi Panitz will discuss each of Camnitzer's 10 prints in his collection, Luis Camnitzer Illustrates Martin Buber (1970). The sermon on this Shabbat, February 2nd, will be discussing The Bird's Nest, the only print that is not present in the Temple Israel collection.

Sunday, February 3rd
FJMC World Wide Wrap XIX, for men and women, at Temple Israel at 8:00am minyan
This is where you can come and learn how to "lay tefilin"

Tuesday, February 5th
Board Meeting in Sandler Hall 7:30pm

Friday, February 8th
Shabbat Services and Dinner at KBH 6:30pm
$18/person - Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 5th

Saturday, February 9th
Disability Awareness Shabbat Services 9:30am
Karen Jackson from the Faith Inclusion Network will speak

Our first Kids Club event in Sandler Hall, beginning at 5:30pm with havdalah, followed by dinner and watching "An American Tail"

Monday, February 11th
Torah at the Beach at the home of Steve and Carol Mansh. "Origins" will continue as the topic of discussion.
The discussion will begin at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 16th
Bat Mitzvah of Natalia Chapel, daughter of Ian and Tasha Chapel, sister of Tori Chapel, granddaughter of Steve and Ellyn Chapel 9:30am

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.



Pat Berger


Lois DeBell
Bernard Drexler
Zeda Masarsky
David Schrager
Sue Ann Zedd


Rachel Greenhouse
Bryan Miles
Louis Moscovitz
Mervin Shapiro


Lena Berkowitz
Maxine Moses Garnher
Jacob Greenhouse
Barbara Orgel
David Slomowitz
Herbert Zetlin


Mindy Futterman
David Tapper


Laurence Green
Francis Greenberg
Alma Laderberg
Paul Lipkin
Mike Stadler


Jack Allentuck
Mayer Danker
Leonard Hurwitz
Esther Spivak
Mary Norkin Stern