Notes from the Shul

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


SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR FANTASTIC
HANUKKAHSPIEL ON
DECEMBER 16TH AT 7:00PM
This year's show is a USO Camp Show - you won't want to miss it!
A light dinner will be served, including latkes!!
See you in Brody Auditorium
on the 16th!
THANK YOU for MAKING a DIFFERENCE

 

Dear Congregation,

Please know that the flashlights and batteries, tarps and insect repellent you donated will provide light, shelter, and protection from contracting diseases which are spreading to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico who are fighting to survive.
Upon delivering the items to the Lynnhaven Dive Center, we saw the trailers that are being filled with these life-saving supplies that will be transported to aid those in such dire need, which is beyond comprehension.
So let's join together to continue with this easy way to perform a mitzvah by participating in the next collection of items that truly make a difference in the daily lives of those who are suffering, especially in rural areas where aid is not coming fast enough. The items will need to be at Temple Israel by December 9th.
Your caring heart and generosity truly say that we as a Temple Israel family are doing our share in some small way to perform ""Tikum Olam"" in helping to repair a little part of our world.
Please feel free to call Marilyn at 428-2276 for additional information.

David and Marilyn Suskind-Pearline

Service Times
Friday - 5:30pm at Temple Israel
Saturday - 9:30 am in Brody Auditorium. The Second Saturday portion of our service will begin at 11:00am. We're calling it ""Sivivon Sov Sov Sov"" - We'll spin dreidels and talk about things that have happened to us in the past year.

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 Beth El for the month of December)
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.

Sermon Titles
Friday evening - ""Will The Real Hanukkah Please Stand Up""
Saturday - Our Second Saturday discussion

Service Leaders
Torah Reader - Marilyn Suskind-Pearline, in memory of her grandfather Benjamin Rosett, on his yahrzeit
Haftarah - Joel Rubin

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services.

Temple Israel is going to the Ted!
We are planning an outing on Thursday, Jan. 11, to see OId Dominion's men's basketball team play Western Kentucky. Start time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 each. All genders, ages and levels of basketball observance are welcome.
If you're interested, send a check made out to Temple Israel to the office and 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.) to let him know you're coming.
Deadline is Jan. 2.

After many years of requests, we're going to start having a ""Chai"" donation card to send out. But we need your help designing the picture on the front of the card. So, use your imagination and send us your best ""Chai"" design by December 31st.

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.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPLE ISRAEL WEBSITE -

WWW.TEMPLEISRAELVA.ORG -

HUGE THANKS TO TAMMY WHO HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO GET THE WEBSITE UPDATED. IT LOOKS GREAT!

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.
DECEMBER MITZVAH OF THE MONTH

Holidays for Heroes is a program designed to support members of the Armed Forces community by collecting items for troop support overseas. The items collected will be sent to American Red Cross offices in Iraq, Kuwait, Djibouti and Afghanistan for distribution to service members in need.

Items being collected are:
Beef jerky and Slim Jim's
Cup of Noodles
Full size chocolate bars
Tuna packs, tuna and chicken cracker snack packs
Rice Krispies Treats
Granola Bars
Pop Tarts
Individual packs of cookies such as Oreos, Chips Ahoy, etc.
Shampoo
Deodorant
Razors
Soap
Baby Wipes
Q-tips (travel size)
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Chapstick
Lotion Sun Screen

Please drop off your items to the synagogue office by Tuesday, December 26th!

Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity,
a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won't have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!

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.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

Chanukah is almost here, and we're ready for you in the gift shop! We just received a new shipment of chanukiah, dreidels, and the ever popular fidget spinners, which are also dreidels! We have Chanukah candles and new kippot for men and women. Come in and browse!

We also have Chanukah 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:
Menorahs
Dreidels
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.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
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
OR
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.

NOTES TO NOTE

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

Saturday, December 16th
Shabbat Services and the auf ruf of Marlene Brodsky and Jonathan Schulman 9:30am

A Salute to the Maccabees - A Hanukkahspiel USO Camp Show 7:00pm

Sunday, December 17th
KBH Chanukah party 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, December 23rd
Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat 9:30am

Monday, December 25th
Office Closed

Saturday, December 30th
Shabbat Services in the sanctuary 9:30am
Rebecca Danker will be sponsoring the kiddush luncheon in memory of Cantor Danker

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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
DECEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 15

DECEMBER 9
Ben Amdursky

DECEMBER 10
Feiga Estrin
William Glazer
Al Hermelin
Sylvia Jason
Annie Sonkin
Hyman Taylor

DECEMBER 11
Archie Harris
Rhoda Mazur
Celia Pollock

DECEMBER 12
Abe Futterman
Shirley Glazer
Bessie Krampf
Beryl Oser
Etta REsnik

DECEMBER 13
David Balk
Pauline Cohen

DECEMBER 14
Shirley Agdern
Helen Englander
Malka Riess
Benjamin Rosett
Anna Rose Sandler
Issie Steinberg

DECEMBER 15
Melissa Bernstein
Samuil Estrin
Laura Kesser
Ida Korman
Sidney Slavin
Marilyn Walters

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