Monthly Archives: April 2017

Baruch Dayan haEmes, updated Apr. 7

Apr. 7: Condolences to Mrs. Lillian Kozak and her entire family on the passing of her son, Larry Kurzer.  The Kurzer family has been affiliated with B’nai Israel for over 60 years.  Funeral details in shul e-mail of Apr. 7.

Mar. 30: Our condolences to Cantor Jacob and Cyndi Tessler and family on the passing of Jacob’s mother, Rachel Tessler.

Mar. 20: Our condolences to Sandy Karlin on the passing of his father, Charles Karlin. Mr. Karlin was a former member of B’nai Israel.

Mar. 13: Condolences to children Joseph and Carol Miller, Daniel and Amy Miller, and Rachel Stern; siblings Michael and Mitzi Ashe, Arleen Kluger, Ernestine and Howard Adelman, and Rosalie Walner; and grandchildren Meredith Stern, Anna Stern, Dalya Miller, Hayden Miller, Max Miller, and Emmi Miller on the sudden loss of Caroline Miller, a lifelong member and also a dear friend of many here at B’nai Israel. Click here for obituary.

Jan. 26: Condolences to Mrs. Racheli Tessler on the passing of her mother.

Jan. 24: Condolences to Debbie and Ken Wilson and family on the passing of Debbie’s mother, Mrs. Marilyn Nochimson. Click link for obit in the Daily Press.

Jan. 9: Condolences to our congregation’s president, Jeffrey Brooke and his family on the passing of his uncle, Benjamin Brooke, brother of Leonard Brooke.  Mr. Ben Brooke was a long-standing member of the B’nai Israel family, all the way back to his bar mitzvah.  He will be missed. Funeral information and obit at pilotonline – Benjamin Brooke.

Jan. 4 update: Condolences to Tehilla Mostofsky and her whole family on the passing of her brother, Yoel BlumenthalNew shiva info:
ehilla Mostofsky will complete shiva at her home. Hours are as follows:
Thu., Jan. 5, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 6, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Oct. 19: Condolences to Herb Zukerman, Amy and Jeff Brooke, and their entire family on the passing of Ann Zukerman, a leader in the B’nai Israel community and larger Jewish community organizations for many years.

Oct. 10: Condolences to the Lefcoe and Ehrlich families on the loss of Bernard “Bernie” Ehrlich, father of Amy Lefcoe.

Sep. 9: Condolences to Zechariah and Miriam Kopels on the passing of Miriam’s grandmother.

Sep. 7: To the family of Mr. Leroy Samuels.

Sep. 5: Condolences to the family of Mrs. Shirley Isrow, a longtime member of B’nai Israel, a mainstay of its Sisterhood, and a past B’nai Israel Hakaras HaTov honoree.

Aug. 24: Anna Beer, mother of Esther Sarah Carroll and grandmother of Yonah Roberts, passed away in Cleveland.

Jul. 15: Condolences to Mrs. Pnina Rosenberg on the passing of her father,Tzion Keter, in Israel.  Mrs. Rosenberg is sitting Shiva in Brooklyn.

Also to the family of Stanley Berkwit on his passing.  Mr. Berkwit was a member of B’nai Israel many years ago.

Jul. 7: To Dr. Behrooz Dayanim on the passing of his sister, Dr. Farangis DayanimShiva visitors may come 4—7: PM from Sunday through Tuesday, starting tomorrow at 6 PM. If you wish to come at a different time, please call Trudy.

Apr. 21: Condolences to Joseph Drory, Nathan, and Leora Drory and their extended family on the passing of Miriam Drory.

Mar. 9: Condolences to Jason and Alison Ohana on the passing of Jason’s first cousin, Joshua Ben Chaim.

Feb. 18: Condolences to Caroline Miller, children Joey, Danny, and Rachel and the entire Miller family on the loss of Bernard MillerDonations in Bernard’s memory may be made to Jewish Family Service and Virginia Beach Rescue Squad.

Jan. 29: Condolences to Dr. Behrooz Dayanim on the passing of his sister, Behjat bas Meir Moshe, in Iran.  May he and his family have no further sorrows.

Jan. 4, 2016: Our condolences to David, Albert, and Stephen Konikoff and Sharon Berger on the passing of their mother, Hanna.  Shiva information was sent out in Monday’s e-mail.  Online condolences may be posted on H. D. Oliver’s guestbook page.

Dec. 30: Condolences to Bob and Joanne Stein on the passing of their grandson, Evan Levy, son of Andrew and Margaret (Stein) Levy.

Also to Lillian and Mark Soloweszyk on the passing of her uncle, Bruce Gross.

Dec. 25: Condolences to the Rubin family on the passing of Shira’s grandmother.

Oct. 30: To Yonatan and Sandy Preiser and family on the passing of sister-in-law Sharon Preiser.

Condolences to the entire Gordon Family on the passing of Tavia Gordon. Michele sent funeral info and the shiva address in an e-mail to congregants. The family will sit shiva Sun.—Thu. evening. Comforters are welcome after 12:00 N daily; davening at the home will be at 7:00 pm.

Oct. 26: Condolences to Nathan and Leora Drory and their family on the passing of Leora’s father, Carl Janow. Visitors for shiva are welcome at the Janow home Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30–8:15 PM, with minyan at 7:00 PM. Check your shul e-mail for further details.

Oct. 22: Our condolences to the Preiser family on the loss of Jonathan’s mother.

Jun. 5: Condolences to Rabbi and Mrs. Chamie Haber and family on the loss of Chamie’s grandmother, Mrs. Edith Orbach of Toronto, ON.

Jun. 4: Condolences to the Griffin, Longman, Reyes, and Soloweszyk families on the loss of Faye Griffin, wife of David Griffin and aunt of Lillian Soloweszyk.

Jun. 1: Condolences to Lisa Kingsley and her sisters on the loss of their mother, Gloria.

May 15: Condolences to Jason and Alison Ohana on the passing of Jason’s uncle, Chaim ben Shlomo and Iza this past week after a long illness.  The funeral took place in Florida.

Apr. 22: Condolences to the family and students of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, including our own Rabbi Sender Haber, a second cousin, once removed. Read about Rav Lichtenstein‘s life and
in leading our people.

Apr. 17: Condolences to Mrs. Irene Mazel on the passing of her brother-in-law, Dr. David Kruger, during Passover.

Also to Baruch and Avigayil (Mostofsky) Murkoff on the passing of Baruch’s father this past week.

May Hashem console the families among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Mar. 13: Condolences to the family of former Virginia Beach Mayor, Meyera Oberndorf, who passed away this morning in Charlotte, NC.  She will missed

Mar. 12: Our condolences to the family of Joseph Fleischmann. Mr. Fleischmann was a member of B’nai Israel since 1946.

Feb. 27: BDE, we’re sad to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy, famous to many of us as the Enterprise’s Mr. Spock. Whatever the halachic questions, which the Dayan HaEmes will answer for him, he turned the birkat cohanim, at which he had peeked as a child in shul with his father and zaide, into an intergalactic bracha.

Feb. 19: Condolences to the family of Jackie Muise, mother of Jacco Suissa.

Feb. 13: Condolence to Rabbi Jonathan Blum on the passing of his wife, Mechaya Ruth Read Blum, who passed away on Tu B’Sh’vat.  Rabbi Blum is organizing a siyum of Mishnayos to be completed in time for her shloshim.  To participate in this mitzvah, can sign up to learn a Mesechta of Mishnayot l’illuy nishmat Mechaya Ruth bat Avraham by clicking here.

Feb. 11: CHABAD sent notice of the passing of “… Susan Moore, Shoshana Rus Basya bas Avraham, of  blessed memory , Condolences to her family.

Feb. 9: We regret to inform you of the passing of Stanley Potts, a long-time member of B’nai Israel.  May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Jan. 19: Condolences to the family of Lena Frost on her recent passing.  Mrs. Frost was a past member of B’nai Israel and the B’nai Israel Sisterhood.

Jan. 4, 2015: Condolences to Annette Mand and family on the loss of Alan Mand.

Sep. 15: Condolences to the Schloss, Aron, and Slone families on the passing of Edie Aron Schloss.  Mrs. Schloss was the sister-in-law of Bern Schloss (married to Bern’s brother) and the sister-in-law of Natalie Aron (sister of Fred Aron A”H).

Sep. 7: Condolences to Sarah Zedd and family on the passing of Sarah’s daughter, Susie Zedd.

Aug. 21: Condolences to Bruce Berman and family on the loss of Bruce’s father, Dr. Larry Berman.

Aug. 19: Condolences to Nomi Gordon Ho on the passing of her brother, IDF Corporal David Menachem Gordon.

Aug. 16: We received word tonight of the passing of the lady known online only as “Bubbe,” of the Feed Me Bubbe series on JLTV, who demonstrated traditional kosher recipes with gentle humor and clear explanations as her loving grandson made videos of her work.

Jul. 4: Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Lida, Anna Karp‘s mother, were held graveside at Forest Lawn on Wed., Jul. 2.

Condolences as well to Annette and Alan Mand on the passing of Annette’s sister, Etta Lind; may they be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Funeral Information for Gil-Ad, Eyal, and Naftali: The funeral was streamed live online from 10:30 am EST. The families buried the three boys side by side in the Modiin Cemetery. OneFamily‘s original link was quickly overwhelmed with traffic; as were several alternate options provided later in the morning.

Blog Post from OneFamily: How do we speak with our children about the loss of our boys?

OU Response: Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb‘s webcast streamed on the evening of Jul. 1 and has been archived, available on demand.

Robin Mancoll of UJFT-CRC sent a letter with another means of sending condolences to the bereaved families: UJFT-CRC re 3 Boys

Jun. 30: Message from Rabbi Haber
I regret to share several pieces of somber news with the community.

  1. The funeral for Laurie Hill, mother of Dovid Lubkowski took place Tues., Jul. 1 at the B’nai Israel Cemetery.
    Mrs. Ruth Lida, mother of Anna Karp and a long time member of B’nai Israel, passed away at Beth Shalom on Jun. 30.
  2. In closing, we join with Jews around the world in mourning the brutal murder of our three boys Elad, Eyal and Naftali. We were united in concern for their plight and now we are mourning with the families of these special boys.

There is really nothing that can be said to comfort us at this time but I found this article meaningful. Condolences to the families can also be sent by clicking this link.May we know of no further suffering,
S Haber

Jun. 3: To Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber and family on the passing of Rabbi Haber’s grandfather, Samuel Haber.  May the family know no further sorrow.

Jun. 2: To Rabbi Yosef Lowenbraun and family on the passing of his mother, Mrs. Miriam Lowenbraun, this past weekend. May we hear of no further sorrows.

Please note that we lost some of our listings in the recent website crash. We apologize for any omissions and certainly intend no disrespect.

To Ruth and Aaron Cohen, Andy and TeeJay Anderson Cohen, and the Cohen and Anderson families on the loss of Andy and TeeJay’s son, Nicodemus.

To the Margolin and Brashevitzky families on the loss of their niece and cousin, Rashi Minkowicz.

To Meira (Joyce) Swain and Daniel, Alizah and Kenny, and David on the passing of Yaakov (Dwight) Swain, a beloved and dedicated member of our kehilla and a cabinetry master who so often directed his artistry in the service of holiness. May the family and community know of no further suffering.

To the family of Lee Lazernick.  The Lazernick family were B’nai Israel members for many years.

Shmuel and Shira Itzhak and family, on the passing of their nephew, Amit Chai Itzhak Nov. 24.

Earl and Andie Pollock and their extended family, on the passing of Earl’s uncle, Armond Caplan.

Chana Nerenberg and her family, on the loss of Chana’s father. 

The entire Golden family on the passing of Florence Golden.

Aaron & Ruth Cohen, Amy & Sid Bridge, Jeffrey & Elise Cohen, & Andy & TJ Cohen on the passing of Aaron’s brother, Paul Cohen, on Jul. 7. 

Dr. Gary Siegel, an associate member of B’nai Israel, on the passing of his wife, Robin.  May he and his family know of no further sorrows.

Rabbi Mordechai and Mrs. Chana Wecker and family, on the loss of Mrs. Wecker’s father, Mr. Seymour Bayuk, who passed away May 2.

Audrey Gutterman and her family on the loss of her brother, Arthur Lasko.  May the family know of no further sorrows.

We regret to report the passing of Rebbitzen Shaindel Bulman, wife of Rabbi Nachman Bulman (Z”TL).  They were instrumental in the Jewish Community of Newport News in the 60’s.

The Epner, Paul, Fine, and Lapping families on the loss of Helen Lapping.

The Carroll, Roberts, Beer, and Maisel families on the loss of Menachem Carroll.

The Brenner and Aronoff families, on the passing of Annette Aronoff Brenner. Mrs. Brenner was aunt to Gershon Aronoff, sister of Gershon’s father Marcus, a”h`, and a part of the B’nai Israel community during the time she lived here in Norfolk. For Virginian-Pilot obituary: Click here.

Joe Berman, on the loss of his mother, Evelyn Berman.

Rebbetzin Rychel Margolin, on the loss of her brother.

The family of Israel Salber, who passed away Tuesday, January 8.  Mr. Salber was a long-standing member of the B’nai Israel Family, even when he was no longer able to attend services.

Mike Zelikovich and family on the loss of his grandmother.

Norman Soroko, on the passing of his cousin, Dr. Harvey Glick.

Abbott and Kitty Saks, on the passing of Abbott’s brother, Harvey Saks.  May Hashem comfort them among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Roger Oberndorf, husband of former Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, has died.  Our condolences to Mrs. Oberndorf and family.

Michele received notice:  “Condolences to Lynn Harris on the passing of her father David Harris, Kolev Dovid ben Chanoch.  The funeral was graveside at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 25th, at Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance) in Clarksburg.

Our condolences to the families of Bertha Shapiro and Harry Weisberg. Both were affiliated with B’nai Israel throughout their lives.

Society of Professionals Directory

Application deadline: May 1

The Society of Professionals is creating a brand new directory that reflects the diversity, interests, and values of its membership. The directory will have a permanent online presence on the homepage of the UJFT website, as well as be available in printed hardcopies that will be distributed this summer to Jewish agencies and businesses throughout the area.
For more information or to join, click image 


Maos Chittin

As part of our preparation for Pesach, we are encouraged by Jewish law to donate funds to ensure that others have the means to prepare Pesach as well. Please contribute to our local Maos Chittin fund by making your check to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, and submitting it to Rabbi Haber or the office. Thank you to all who have contributed. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Orthodox Union in supplementing the Maos Chittin funds of our community.

OK to return your goods to your shtenders!

Tue., Apr. 4

On behalf of  the Board and myself I want to thank everyone who cooperated in the shtender clean out yesterday. We were able to do a much needed clean out of the sanctuary shtenders and we are now ready for a kosher Pesach. I invite everyone to return their personal property to the shtenders. I want to remind everyone to be careful not to bring any Chametz into the shul. Please be mindful of what your children bring in as well.

I want to remind everyone that books from our library are for everyone’s use. Please use and enjoy all those books but do not put them in your personal shtender (or take them home) without the Rabbi’s express permission. If you put it in your shtender you stop everyone else from an opportunity to enjoy it. Lets be considerate of our brethren (and sisters) and our own needs will be taken care of automatically.

Chag Kosher V’Somayach, Michael Mostofsky