Respect Mikvah privacy! Do not use Washington Park door after dark.

727 21st St., Norfolk, VA 23517
We’re past the fast.
Time for a savory meal!

Harris Teeter’s kosher section at the Colonial Ave. store is now stocked, with additional goodies to be added soon. They’ve heeded our plea. Let’s make it worth their while!
Food Policy Reminder:
Any food served or eaten
anywhere in the shul building
must be prepared in a facility that
is under the Vaad or be sealed
and bear a Vaad approved
Kosher symbol.
Homemade food is not allowed.
The only exception is in BINA
areas during school hours.

May 11

Want to learn more about our community? Click image to open printable brochure about
B’nai Israel and Jewish Norfolk.
HaModia Article
about our community
B’nai Israel
Calendar for 2019

Shalosh Seudos
Volunteers Needed

Also needed:
Babysitting Coordinator

Sisterhood Flower Fund
The Sisterhood provides fresh
flowers for the bimah for Yomim Tovim.
Mail contributions to Irene Mazel or Frances Berger

Keep the matching grant in mind as you donate to support shul maintenance and repairs!


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B”H, more simchas to share.
Support The Ann Zukerman
Shtick Gemach to make
chasunas even more fun!

Bnai Israel Walk-in Freezer Reminder
Once you’ve asked permission to store
a few items in the freezer, please be  sure your name is on your bag or box.
Items not clearly marked will be considered abandoned.
Such products will be thrown away or used by the shul at its discretion.




Seats for Yomim Noraim

With Rosh Chodesh Elul just around the corner, it’s time to let us
know where you would like to sit for Rosh Hashana and/or Yom Kippur and how many seats you will need. Please contact the office as soon as possible.
It is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Baruch Dayan haEmes

Jul. 25: Condolences to the family of Dr. Larry ls­row, son of past member Shirley lsrow.

Jul. 20: Condolences to Sam Schatz and his family on the passing of his mother, Henrietta Potts Schatz, early this morning.

Jul. 5: We extend our condolences to David & Ingrid Edery and their extended family on the passing of Ingrid’s mother, Vicki Kalfus, early this morn­ing. The funeral and shiva will take place in Florida.

Jul. 2: Our condolences to Mrs. Irene Mazel and her family on the passing of her son, Joel Mazel. Click here for obituary. Shiva Information through Thursday at Mrs. Mazel’s home:

Wednesday 9:30 AM–12 N 2:00–5:00 PM 7:00–9:00 PM
Minyan 8 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM–12 N 2:00–5:00 PM 7:00–9:00 PM
Minyan 8 PM

Our condolences to Edie & Louis Schlain on the passing of Louis’s brother, Leonard Schlain.

Jun. 5: Our condolences to Susan and Jon Becker and their entire extended family on the passing of Susan’s mother, Cis Posner.

Apr. 17: We extend our condolences to Marlene Miller, her daughter Robin Miller Bailey, and Robin’s daughters on the passing of husband, father, and grandfather Claude Miller, one of B’nai Israel Congregation’s longest-term members. Funeral services for Mr. Miller will take place tomorrow, Wed., April 18, 2:00 PM at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments on Colonial Ave. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The meal of consolation will take place at B’nai Israel Congregation, 420 Spotswood, Norfolk, VA following the burial. Click here for obituary.

Apr. 12: Our condolences to Rabbi Yosef Friedman and his entire family on the passing of his mother, Vera Friedman Revesz, today in Philadelphia. The funeral will be tomorrow at Levine Funeral Home in Feasterville-Trevose, PA. Rabbi Friedman plans to sit shiva in Philadelphia (call shul for exact address) until Monday, then return to Denver to sit Tuesday through Thursday morning.

Apr. 11: Marilyn Stein, a former resident of Larkspur in Virginia Beach, passed away after a long illness. Our condolences to her family.

Mar. 29: Our condolences to Marc Barr on the passing of his father, Jack Barr. Click here for obituary and funeral information.

Mar. 27, 2018: Our condolences to Sherman and Clara Katz on the passing of Clara’s brother, Victor Mizrachi. The funeral was in Florida. Clara will sit shiva tonight, Tue., Mar. 27, from 7–9 PM, and 10 AM–2 PM Wed., Mar. 28.

Nov. 24: Our condolences to the family of Bernard Kahn on his passing on Friday morning. Bernard was a lifetime member of B’nai Israel. The service will take place at H. D. Oliver at 11:00 on Monday. Click here for obituary.

Nov. 6: Our friend, Dr. Gary Bluemink, passed away this past Friday night. Click here for obituary.

Sep. 24: We note with sadness the passing of Dr. Harold Blumenthal, part of our B’nai Israel family for many years, and a physician who commuted long distances to administer to patients locally and on the Eastern Shore. Our condolences to sister Edie (Louis) Schlain and to the extended family. Click here for obituary.

Condolences to the family of Linda Belkov, a respected community volunteer who passed away on Fri., Sep. 22. Our deepest sympathies to Calvin, Ronnie-Jane, Stephen and their families. Click here for obituary.


ences to the family of Commander Harold (Hal) Sacks, a dedicated Tidewater Jewish community leader and professional, who passed away Sep. 8. Click here for obituary.


We would like to welcome Moshe & Shira Baila Purec to the B’nai Israel family. If they seem familiar to you, that’s because Moshe Purec is a graduate of Yeshivas Aish Kodesh and Shira Baila (Seldes) was here for a year teaching at Toras Chaim. Welcome home!!

We would like to welcome Harold & Susan Loiterman, parents of Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman, to our community. If you would like to bring a meal to the new arrivals, please go to Take A Meal or contact Elka directly,

Shalosh Seudos Volunteers Sought

We are looking for volunteers to help prepare food and set up for Shalosh Seudos. Opportunity is open to men and women and food can be prepared in shul during the week at volunteer’s convenience. Please contact Rabbi Haber or Jeff Brooke.

Summer Hospitality

As we approach the summer months, please let Mrs. Helen Griffin know if you are able to host guests for sleeping or eating. All guests placed by the hospitality committee are screened by Rabbi Haber. Please have all potential guests call Rabbi Haber’s office directly. He will put them in touch with Mrs. Griffin. If you are interested in renting out your house over a portion of the summer please let Rabbi Haber know. We receive several requests each year.

Mazel Tov!

Apr., 2018
To Rabbi Chaim and Naomi Silver on the engagement of their son Eli to Adina Hartman.

Mar., 2018

To Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber on the engagement of Rabbi Haber’s brother, Yossi to Chamie’s cousin Yael.

To Rabbi Shaul and Chayala Lefkovitz and family on Chaim Dov‘s becoming Bar Mitzvah.

To Beryl and Esther Basya Greenberg and families on their recent marriage. Esther is the daughter of Pesach and Lea Schwartz.

To Naor and Goldie Hilel and family on Osher‘s becoming Bar MItzvah.

Jan., 2018

To Esther Schwartz, Beryl Greenberg, and their respective families on the young couple’s engagement. Parents are Pesach and Leah Schwartz, formerly of Norfolk and now in Woodmere, NY, and Rachel and Sanford Greenberg of Cleveland.

Dec., 2017

To Leah Esther Mostofsky and Eli Krischer on their upcoming wedding. Mazel Tov also to the extended Mostofsky, Krischer and Blumenthal families.

To Danny Trestman on his engagement to Shalva Kakon. Mazel tov also to his parents, Gregg and Rena Trestman.

Oct., 2017

To Herb Zukerman and Bina Krieger and their families on the couple’s recent engagement.

Sep., 2017

To Chana Brooke, daughter of Jeff and Amy Brooke, and Avi Horowitz and their entire families on the couple’s engagement.

To Ro’ee and Avigail Mor and families on their recent marriage.

To Jenny (Lefcoe) and Shneur Wallach and their families on their recent marriage.

To Leah Mostofsky, daughter of Rabbi Sholom and Tehilla Mostofsky, and Eli Krischer on their engagement.

Aug., 2017

To Rabbi Mordechai and Chana Wecker on the engagement of their daughter Dina to Elad Eliyahu.