Thank You!

Jan. 4, 2018: To Gershon Aronoff for shoveling the shul‘s walks and steps this snowy morning. Minyan is a gathering that meets no matter the weather!

Nov. 17: Thanks to Lisa Kingsley for her persistence in obtaining ads and inscriptions for the soon-to-be-published B’nai Israel Calendar.

BINA High School Cookbook

The BINA seniors are putting together a cookbook as their senior fundraiser. We are hoping that our community cookbook will have a culturally diverse array of recipes.  This is why we  are reaching out to you. For us to be successful, we need your participation in giving us a favorite recipe or two.

We are very excited to take on this huge project, but know that the end result, our cookbook, will be a delicious product of all of you.  Please be as specific as you can, and include your name as you would like it printed in our cookbook.  We will try to use as many recipes as we possibly can.  Remit recipes, by December 15th, to

Thank you, in advance, for your recipes and support!  Have a great day!

Libby Frenkel and Mattie Lefcoe
BINA Seniors

The 5779 Book of Remembrance

The project is wonderful way to fulfill the obligation taken on during Yizkor, to donate tzedaka in memory of our loved ones. Whether or not you are obligated to say Yizkor, in this publication, you can remember family members and close friends who have passed away.
Click image for the letter and form for this year’s Yizkor Book
First 3 names
(Mr. and Mrs. are separate listings.)
$18 each name
Additional names $12 each name
Special dedication pages in memory of:
Past Presidents
Past Rabbis of the congregation

Dr. Harold Blumenthal
Bernard (Buddy) Kahn
Claude Miller
Henrietta Potts Schatz
Joel Mazel
$100 per family per page
Sponsorship Opportunities
  Ask Melissa Schoenfeld about these and any other questions.
Deadline for submissions: Fri., Sep. 15.

A Brief History of Our Congregation

B’nai Israel Congregation has a rich history in the city of Norfolk.  As the namesake of the oldest and largest Orthodox congregation in the Tidewater area, we have history and customs that remain from the merger of several synagogues.

The Twentieth Street Synagogue and K’hal Chasidim from downtown Norfolk united and became the United Orthodox Synagogue in 1946 when our present sanctuary was established.

In its early stages, the congregation focused on outreach to the young, American-born generation and obtained an English speaking Rabbi. Outreach has always been a trademark of B’nai Israel.  Years later, the synagogue merged with B’nai Israel Congregation of downtown Norfolk and assumed its name in the 1950s.

The present synagogue building was redesigned in 2000, merging the old county ta’am (flavor) of  the original main sanctuary with the modern-age kitchens, classrooms and Minyan Room.

The synagogue was— and is, to an extent—unique in that it opens its doors to all Jewish worshipers whether they can or cannot afford membership.

The focus of the congregation is to provide an outlet for traditional Judaism in the Tidewater area for both young and old.

B’nai Israel Calendar for 2019

Believe it or not, it’s actually time to start getting ads for the 2019 B’nai Israel calendar.  This year, the calendar will have an option to have ads in full color. If you have any companies (mechanic, electrician, plumber, painter, etc., or persons that you feel might benefit from placing an ad in the calendar, please send your list of names and addresses to the shul office and we will contact them for you.