NEW - Morning Worship Services Via Zoom
Rabbi Panitz office hours
March Mitzvah of the Month
Spring Fundraiser Information -
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Special Message From Bon Secours
Notices from Beth Sholom Village
Message From UJFT Regarding Israel Fest 2020
Message From Women's League For Conservative Judaism
Blue Yarmulke Breakfast Information
Important Information Regarding The Notes
New Wellness Program From Blueline Security
Temple Israel Scholarship Funds Available
Birthdays and Anniversaries for the week
Request for Shomrim
Wands for Wildlife information
Pet Memorial Board information
Volunteers needed for the Men's Chevra Kaddisha
Gift Shop information
JNF Tree information
Wine on the Vine
Yahrzeits for the week
As you all know, at this time, we are not having services in the building. However, each Friday at noon, there will be a video posted on YouTube from Rabbi Panitz and Cantor David Proser for that Shabbat. Simply go to YouTube and search for Temple Israel Norfolk and you will find all the videos. The sermon title for this week's sermon is "Duet For Your Soul and God".
Dear Synagogue Presidents, Rabbis, and Executive Directors,
Like you, UJFT is closely monitoring the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and health of all our community members is of paramount importance, and although there are many unknowns about how long this contagion will last, and how long we will need to take steps to physically distance ourselves from one another, prudent, responsible decisions need to be made now regarding our upcoming events. With that in mind, we have decided to postpone Israel Fest, the community’s annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration.
We may not be together this year, but there is still reason to celebrate as Israel turns 72, and we are exploring creative ways to do just that from our own homes! Please share your ideas with us - and we'll compile a big list to send out to the community. The more creative the better!
As we try to find the silver lining in all of this, the upside is that we have time to plan an even BIGGER and BETTER celebration in 2021! More activities, more vendors, more food, and more fun!! We have an entire year to plan - and we plan to make it BIG! Mike Simon and David Leon, our 2020 Israel Fest Co-Chairs (and NOW 2021 Co-Chairs!) are working to form the committee now, and hope to have a virtual meeting via Zoom in the coming weeks. Please be thinking of who can represent your synagogue on the 2021 Israel Fest committee and I'll be in touch soon.
Mike, David and I look forward to working together in celebrating Israel with you in the coming weeks and throughout the year.
Wishing you good health and a quick return to our normal routines.
Arts + Ideas Manager
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
March 13, 2020
17 Adar 5780
Shalom, As it has become the new reality that people are not physically allowed to gather in large groups, and many cannot attend Services to say Kaddish. We do not want you to be feel alone, and want our sisters throughout the world to know that although we may not physically be together, we can come together virtually.
WLCJ has created an avenue for our WLCJ Sisters, to read and study a Psalm every day, and say Kaddish.
Starting on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 1 pm EDT, we will have a Zoom Meeting for us to come together, to read and study a Psalm and say Kaddish. will do this every day, but on Shabbat, and holidays. (If this need continues into Passover.)
This is a situation of Sha'at HaDichak, a pressing time, where things are different, and so as Mara D'atra of WLCJ, I am saying that since we cannot all be part of a physical minyan of ten, ten coming together via zoom will be a minyan. Since we are in different time zones, we will not have a full Service, but rather read and study a chapter from the Book of Psalms, and then say Kaddish. The chapter will be on your screen, as well as Kaddish - we just need ten together on the zoom.
The following is the call in information for each day, starting Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 pm EDT, and will continue every day, but Shabbat, and the holy days of holidays - if we need to continue through Passover.
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Let us pray for all of us, living during this time of uncertainty. We keep in our thoughts and prayers all affected by the coronavirus outbreak, a global pandemic.
El Na Refah Na La - Please God heal us all. Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields
WLCJ Executive Director
RSVP to Temple Israel (489-4550)
Cost $20 per person--send check to "TI Men's Club,"
c/o Temple Israel, 7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505
Send an online tribute message to Jim at
Jim was born in New York city. As a child he attended Congregation Habonim. Jim was active in Bronx and Manhattan Federation of Temple Youth, BAMFTY. Jim has lived on and off in the Tidewater area since 1962. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Paula. They have two sons. One living in Vienna, VA and the other in Costa Rica. They also have two grandsons in Vienna, VA. Jim retired from the United States Navy as Chief Warrant Officer Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
Since returning to the area in 1979, Jim has been involved with Temple Emanuel, where he served as president of the Men’s Club and as President of the Congregation. In 2013 Jim and Paula joined Temple Israel. It’s no secret, the rabbi, Michael Panitz, was a big drawing card. Jim and Paula are active members of Temple Israel. He currently is the President of Temple Israel’s Men’s Club. Jim serves on the Temple Israel board of directors and is a member of the Security Committee.
Jim is president of the Hampton Roads Miata Club, treasurer of the Norfolk Naval Sailing association. He enjoys traveling, sailing, golf, sports cars. He can also occasionally be found at the pistol range for some “Ballistic Therapy.”
Blueline Security, Temple Israel's security company, has a new program they are offering to Temple Israel members for a special rate. It's called BLUELINE WELLNESS. For more information, please contact Pat at 822-0238 and mention you are a Temple Israel member. The link below will give you an idea of what is included with the program. The benefits look like they could be very helpful.
Parents and Grandparents:
Did you know that Scholarship Funds are available at Temple Israel that can be used for Jewish Education, Jewish camps, trips to Israel and other Jewish Experiential programs? Think:
And some of the 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 Educational Fund. Needs basis is given first priority. If interested in applying for a grant, please contact the synagogue office at 489-4550.
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.
Michel & Marilyn Ashe
Marshall and Sonia Bonnie
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 accept donations for our L'Dor v'Dor section of the gift shop all year long. Please consider any of the following items:
Seder and Matzah 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.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
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.
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, March 21st
Joint Sisterhood-Men's Club Shabbat 9:30am
Junior Congregation in the Hyman B. Swartz Memorial Library 10:30am
Tuesday, March 24th
Anti-Semitism Seminar at KBH: Dinner/Pre-Program 5:30pm
You MUST RSVP for the dinner to the Temple Israel office by noon on Wednesday, March 18th
Program with guest speaker, Marnie Fienberg, will begin at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 28th
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am
Linda and Jonathan Longman will be sponsoring the kiddush in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary
Tuesday, March 31st
Rabbi's class in Sandler Hall 8:15am
Board Meeting in Sandler Hall 7:30pm (this meeting will take the place of the April board meeting)
Thursday, April 2nd
AN OPPORTUNITY TO LUNCH WITH, AND LEARN FROM, TWO FISITING ISRAELI SOLDIERS
On Thursday, April 2, Temple Israel will host two Israeli soldiers, currently serving in the Israel Defense Force. They are traveling through the USA on a mission of strengthening the connection between the two most populous centers of Jewish life in the world today -- Israel and America.
We have this opportunity to host these two soldiers thanks to the efforts of the "F.I.D.F." organization - Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
In the current public health situation, we are careful to observe practice prudent social distancing. Therefore, it is important for us to have a close count of the number of attendees, so that we can best decide on the specific venue for the luncheon.
Please let the Temple Israel office know of your intention to attend - 489-4550.
The luncheon will begin at noon.
Sanford "Sonny" Lefcoe
Mollie A. Zedd
E. Allan Fine
Margaret Tallant Cary
Herman "Muni" Eisenberg
Hedy L. Weigel
Rabbi Herbert Baumgard