Notes from the Shul

What's happening at Temple Israel this week... and beyond.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. And remember, look around, there is always something to be thankful for.

We are still collecting items for our Jewish Family Service family. This is a tragic situation - a father with 3 small children who just lost their mother. Please drop your items off at the office by November 27th. There is a male child, age 10, a female child, age 6, and a male child, age 2. The requested items for each child are listed below. Please help make their first Chanukah without their mother a happy one. Time is short - let's not disappoint this family. See below for list of items for each child.

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.

Service Times
Friday - 5:30pm at Temple Israel
Saturday - 9:30 am in the sanctuary

Sunday - Congregation Beth El will have two (2) morning minyan services on Sunday mornings. A traditional, non-repetitive minyan at 8:00 am and a creative minyan geared toward learning at 9:15am. Sunday evening services are at 5:45pm at Temple Israel.

Monday - Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of November)
If you are planning to attend minyan services to say Kaddish for a love one's yahrtzeit, 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.

Service Leaders
Torah Service - Cantor Alisa Forman from Beth Shalom, Vero Beach, FL
Haftarah - Miriam Blake

Sermon Titles
Friday evening - ""Joseph's First Year in College""
Saturday - ""The Jewishification of Thanksgiving""

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon on the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium following services.

Clothes - Size Boy's 10
Shoes/Boots/Socks - Size Boy's 1

Gift ideas:
Splatoon - at Gamestop
Monster Hunters - at Gamestop
Marvel comic books
Walking Dead comic books - volume 2-5
Nerf and Strike Strong Arm
Nerf toys
Spaulding football
Ultimate Frisbee

Clothes - Size Girl's 5/6
Shoes/Boots - Size Girl's 10

Gift ideas:
Lol Surprise - Big Surprise (Gold)
Lol Big Sister (Teal)
Lol Little Siser (Teal)
Shopkins Sets
My Little Pony DVD
Lego DC Heros - girls sets
Arts and crafts

Clothes - Size 3/4T
Shoes/Boots - Size 8

Gift ideas:
Winter coat, scarf, hat and mittens
Playskool Starwars figures
Playskool Marvel figures
TV YooHoo and Friends stuffed animals
Team Umizoomi figures
Age appropriate books and puzzles

JFS is also accepting gift cards - A VISA gift card, or gift cards from Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, or any other place that's local. Please be sure to put the child's number on your items. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.



Did you know there are recordings of Rabbi Panitz doing prayers under the ""Worship"" tab? You can listen and learn the prayers you hear on Shabbat.
For our November Mitzvah of the Month, we will once again be collecting NEW pajamas, sizes 5T to Adult Large for Pajama Jams. You can drop off your pajamas on the Evenly Eisenberg Atrium or in the office.

Temple Israel once again will be partnering with First Lutheran Church on Colley Avenue to help with the NEST program sheltering homeless people.
We will be filling shifts and providing dinner Thursday, December 7, and early Friday, December 8. Please call the office or email Phil Walzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you'd like to volunteer for one of the following shifts.

We also are looking for donations for dinner, including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, rolls, salad and dessert.

5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 7: meal coordinators and cooks
6-9 p.m. Dec. 7: registration
6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7: evening helpers
9:30 p.m. Dec. 7-1 a.m. Dec. 8: first overnight shift
1-5 a.m. Dec. 8: second overnight shift
5-7 a.m. Dec. 8: early morning/breakfast shift

Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
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We have started something new at our kiddush luncheons on Shabbat. If you see someone with a red cup, that means they are a new member, or are visiting, so please go up to them and introduce yourself and help them feel at home.
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 have a nice selection of children and teen books in the gift shop now. We also have a new selection of mezzuzahs. Come in and take a look!

Please consider the following items for donation to the L'Dor v'Dor section of the gift shop:
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.

Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble ""move-in kits"" for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
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,, 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.

Wednesday, November 22nd
Office closes at noon for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th
Office closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 25th
Shabbat services 9:30am

Sunday, November 26th
Rabbi Panitz will be giving a sermon at Second Presbyterian Church (7305 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk) at 11:00am on the subject of Confronting Unexpected Challenges. His sermon title is ""Suddenly I'm Not Half the Man I Used To Be"". But the point of the sermon will be that Paul McCartney's ""I Believe in Yesterday"" has to be balanced with Orphan Annie's ""The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow"". Faith involves hope, and hope helps us restore balance.

Tuesday, November 28th
Class with Rabbi Panitz - ""Jewish Legal Gems"" 8:15am

Saturday, December 2nd
Shabbat services 9:30am
Junior Congregation 10:30am

Tuesday, December 5th
Class with Rabbi Panitz - ""Jewish Legal Gems"" 8:15am
Board Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th
NEST at First Lutheran Church. Please contact Phil Walzer for more information and to volunteer.

Saturday, December 9th
Second Saturday services in Brody Auditorium. Traditional services will begin at 9:30am and the Second Saturday portion of our service will begin at 11:00am.

Monday, December 11th
Torah at the Beach at the home of Vivian and Burke Margulies 7:30pm

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.

Edith Blacher
Herbert Bonnie
Bessie Legum
Rosa Legum

Faith King
Camille Klein
Sam Marcus
Sophie Salzberg

Shirley Berlin
Alan Brody
Jennie Goldstein
Robert Lefcoe
Ciara Raschdorf
David Tiger
Ruth Zedd

Sybil Eilberg
Liya Estrina
Margaret Halifi
Morris Halprin
Barry Mandell
Solomon Ponizovskiy

Ethel Block
Bluma Bromberg
Trudy Friedman

Ruth Auritt
Albert Breit
Tessie Cohen
Hilda Goodstein
Muriel Green
Marie Handen
Pepi Kahn
Leon Leder
Sylvia Pogolowitz
Harriet Salsbury
Florence Walner

Ronald Feuer
Alberta Hyman
Anita Sonkin
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