Monthly Archives: February 2017

B’nai Tzedek: TJF for Teens

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The Tidewater Jewish Foundation is very excited to debut an exciting new program just for teens! The B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program encourages teens to become involved in tzedakah by establishing a fund for Jewish charitable giving. Opening a B’nai Tzedek fund gives your teen a chance to play a part in improving your community and the world. So how does this work?
Donate at least $250 to the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) in order to establish a fund in the name of your teen! TJF will match your gift with another $250 for a starting fund balance of $500! Your teen can learn about the needs of the Jewish community—locally, in Israel and around the world. Each year, fund holders, your teens, can grant 5% of their fund to a Jewish charity of their choice. In essence, you are empowering your kids to take ownership of their own philanthropy—a valuable lesson that we know pays off! Please contact the Tidewater Jewish Foundation for more information.

Volunteer Update from Shari Berman

Michal Stein and Shari Berman are working on the melave malka at shul this weekend.  They requested volunteers to help cook, shop, set up and clean up for the event. We have a tasty dairy (cholov Yisroel) menu planned of lasagnas, soups, quiches, salads and desserts.

Shari sent out an e-mail update today with additional details. Here’s part of it below:

Dear Friends-

Thank you to everyone who responded to my request for help with the melava malka

I will be in the dairy kitchen at shul tomorrow from 10:00-3:00.  Please let me know if you can come in to help cook.  I will be giving out the recipes—so you really just need to come in ready to cook!  I will also be in the kitchen from 10:00-1:00 on Friday as well.

Looking forward to hearing from you…

Thanks so much!


B’nai Israel Scholar-in-Residence Schedule 5777

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Don’t miss this opportunity to mark Shabbos Shira and the New Year for Trees with one of Israel’s most popular teachers.

Greet: Mincha and kabbalas Shabbos with brief words on the parsha by Rabbi Nissel.

Sing: An oneg at the Slone residence. Enjoy relaxed socializing, song, and a unique presentation on Shabbos Shira by Rabbi Nissel.

Grow: Join us for davening on Shabbos morning followed by a Tu B’shvat talk by Rabbi Nissel.

Taste: Join Rabbi Nissel and the B’nai Israel community in a special Tu B’shvat Shabbos lunch.

Category Lunch Cost
Adult (12 years old and up) $20
Children (ages 5–11) $10
Maximum Family Cost $75

Learn: Explore Jewish leadership in a class for men and women at B’nai Israel. The class will include a special presentation on Rabbi Nissel’s teacher, Rav Moshe Schapiro, zt”l.

Ask: Bring a friend to a fun melave malka with a presentation on prayer, followed by Q & A, with Rabbi Nissel.

Rabbi Menachem Nissel is a renowned speaker and author who has inspired thousands throughout the world. He is a widely published author including the highly acclaimed Rigshei Lev—Women and Tefillah: Perspectives, Laws, and Customs (Targum/Feldheim, 2001). He has the rare ability to translate lofty concepts into practical daily living, spiced with irrepressible British humor. He is a senior lecturer for Ner LeElef (World Center For Jewish Leadership Training and Community Outreach) and teaches in yeshivas and seminaries in Jerusalem. He is the Senior Educator for NCSY, the worldwide youth group of the Orthodox Union. He has an MBA from the London Business School.

JELF Loans for Education

JELFApplications for interest-free loans for post-secondary education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) will be available to Jewish students in your area for the 2016-2017 school year from JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund). The loan application will be available Mar. 1–Apr. 30, and again from Sep. 1–Sep. 30 on JELF’s website,

JELF loans are need-based and offer “last-dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited institution located in the United States, be a U.S. citizen, or have lawful immigration status in the U.S., and be able to demonstrate financial need. FAFSA required. For more information, contact or, or call 770-396-3080.