Monthly Archives: July 2017

Announcements, updated Motzaei Shabbos, Jul. 22

Reiterating caution re Tzedaka Solicitors: Please ask each solicitor who comes into town to show a current letter from Rabbi Haber, who screens those who come to him and keeps a reference record.

This week’s parsha: Devarim
Candle Lighting Fri., Jul. 28: 7:00 PM

Camp Kaif coming in August
Register soon as space is limited!

Emunah for Life
Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation
The Isadore & Ruth Gibber Worldwide Tisha B’Av Event 5777
Tue., Aug. 1, 1:30 and 4:00 PM
@ B’nai Israel

Three Weeks in Ten Minutes
by Rabbi Schnall

What is the Definition
of Happiness?

Part II

Presented by
the Norfolk Kollel,
Jul. 24, 8 PM
@ Simon JCC

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To help provide meals for the Kopels,
please contact Rivki Katz.
Deepening Your Emunah class for women plans to resume Jul. 25.
Laughter on the Lawn,
Aug. 3, 6:30 PM
This is after Tisha b’Av, folks.
Enjoy the laughs!
@ Sandler Family Campus

Chai Kiddush
Shabbos, Aug. 5
immediately after services
Click image for details and to sponsor.

Mincha @ JCC, Mondays, 7:45 PM:
Please arrive early to help us
have minyan each week!

Followed by Partners in Torah,
Mon., 8 PM @ Simon JCC, Rm 238.

Partners goes on hiatus after Jul. 24.
Resumption date TBA.

Click here for other Norfolk Kollel Programs.
Visit the Kollel Audio Page
for a variety of shiurim.

General Board
and Congregational Meeting
Sun. Aug. 6, 6:30 PM

Save the Dates
Shabbos, Aug. 11–12
for Visiting Scholars
Rabbi Sholom and
Rebbetzin Judi Steinig

The Ann Zukerman Shtick Gemach
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Click on image above for details and to register.
Jul. 26, 27 @ Norfolk Academy Batten Library

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Tzofim Friendship Caravan Concert
Aug. 7, 7 PM @ Simon JCC
The Tzofim are in residence
at Simon JCC through Aug. 11.
Housing still sought for Aug.6–8

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Vintage Jewish Fashion Photos
from Beit Hatfutsot
Aug. 1-31 @ Simon JCC’s
Leon Family Art Gallery

Kashrus Alerts:

7-Select Vanilla Crème Cookies
Ciao Bella Sorbetto
Arnold bread

Kashrus Update:
Slurpee List
Read some of Rabbi Sender Haber’s Torah thoughts at his blog,
Out of the Loop, on Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s TorahLab site.

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New! Click image for details.

Ask Michele for a B’nai Israel
pushke for your home.
We Still Need You!

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Donate to the Eruv Fund!

Support ongoing
maintenance and repairs.

Keep our eruv kosher
for Shabbos comfort.

wheel-3Candy Corner @ BINA
Read these exciting articles in
The Yeshiva World News
and on the OU website
about our own
Norfolk Torah community.
Contemplating a move?
Click below for more
information about us:
New video about our community:
Click here.

To participate in this initiative, donate
to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.

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Use Referral Code Rabbi Litt
and pay deposit to reserve your spot!

Taglit-Birthright Logo

Board Statement on Vaccinations  

B’nai Israel Cemetery

Volunteer to Maintain
B’nai Israel Cemetery

B'nai Israel Brochure

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B’nai Israel Brochure, designed by Leah Mostofsky
Click here for interactive version.

Coming out this summer!
Shalosh Seudos Volunteers Sought:
Please help clean up
before leaving shul Motzaei Shabbos.
B’nai Israel Sisterhood 
Sisterhood Flower Fund:
Please contact
Irene Mazel or Ruth Sternlich. Z’manim Calendar

 Shlomo’s next order/delivery
dates TBA in August.

For future notifications, text text the word NORFOLK to 31996.

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.

Young children who come
for Shabbos afternoon learning
but do not daven mincha
must be taken home.

The shul cannot provide supervision.

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New Address: 725 W 21st St

Norfolk, Virginia
Supervised by the Vaad Hakashrus of Tidewater

Wedding E Eur. 19th cent Public Domain

(Eastern European 19th-Century Wedding.
Painting is in the public domain.)

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Because of privacy concerns raised by
some congregants, we now post
Mazal Tov listings for births
only upon direct request by family.
Ditto re bris dates and times.
Esther Sarah (Your WebMama)

Attention Kitchen

Sponsor Learning at
BINA High School

Separate Swim Hours @ JCC
Men            Women
Supermarket Support for Our Schools!

HT School Link FF 123-4

Please use only the Spotswood Ave, door of the shul after dark. Please respect Mikvah privacy.

Please do not use the Fred L. Aron Education Wing entrance during BINA’s daytime hours.

Mazal Tov, Updated Jul. 5

Mazal Tov

We now publish notices of birth only if families directly contact WebMama to request it, so as to respect privacy. She still wishes you all Mazal Tov! 🙂

Jul. 5: To our former community members, Rabbi Daniel and Dr. Shoshi Lewin and family.

Jun. 23: To Bruriah High School graduate, Malka Edery.

Jun. 21: To BINA’s 2017 graduatesShana Goldfarb, Yehudis Greenwald, Dalya Miller, Devorah Peck, and Ellya Suissa.

Jun. 19: To this year’s Yeshivas Aish Kodesh graduates: Josh Berman, Shmulie Dean, Gav Perlman, Avromi Pressman, Mahyer Reischer, Dovid Shugarman, Yosef Tzvi Weinreb, Binyamin Zerkiev.

Jun. 18: To all of this year’s Toras Chaim graduates–Eight Grade Boys: Mendel Chakoff, Aryeh Litt. Eighth Grade Girls: Mushky Brashevitzky, Minna Haber, Shifra Chana Harpaz, Shaina Lefkowitz, Pesha Shereshevsky

May 19: To this year’s college graduates Joshua Edery, University of Maryland , College Park; Merric Srour, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Ilana Peck, Stern College.

May 12: To Esty (Erica) Drory and Noach Gruen on their engagement. Also to parents Nathan and Leora Drory, Jeff and Judy Gruen, and families.

May 1: To Jenny Lefcoe and Shneur Wallach (and their families) on their engagement!

Apr. 21: To Mendy Weinreb and the Weinreb family on Mendy’s becoming Bar Mitzvah.

To Zipporah Goldberg and the Goldberg family on Zipporah’s becoming Bas Mitzvah.

Apr. 4: To Drs. Gary Siegel and Laurie Goldsticker on the engagement of their daughter Marni to Lt. Mark McClure.

Feb. 27: To Ro’ee Mor and Abigail SImon and families on the couple’s engagement.

Feb. 10: To Dovie Tessler and his parents, Rabbi Avraham and Rachel Tessler, on Dovie’s becoming Bar Mitzvah.

Jan. 26: To the Mostofsky and Mayerfeld families, and especially to Nachi and Sarah Mostofsky on their marriage last night!

Jan. 11: To Jesse Rabinowitz, Becca Tanen, and their families on their engagement.

Dec. 30: To Merric and Eliana Srour and their families, on their marriage this week. Sheva Brachos at shul, shalosh seudos, this Shabbos.

Shabbos Kallah for Adina Mostofsky 2:30 PM this Shabbos afternoon at Mostofskys.

Dec. 13: To Daniel and Alina Brodsky Vaisman, newly married, and their families.

To Sruli Twerski, YAK Graduate, and Chana Frankel, sister of BINA student Libby Frankel, on their engagement.

Nov. 20: To Aharon (Andrew) and Baila Rus (Brittney) Zharnest, on their marriage. This week’s Shalosh Seudos, Nov. 26, will be a sheva brachos for them.  To sponsor or prepare something in the shul for the event, please contact Chamie Haber ASAP.

Nov. 16: To Jesse and Bracha Slone on their recent marriage! Also to the entire Slone and Weissman families.

Nov. 12: To Aaron and Ruth Cohen and family on celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Ad meah v’esrim together!

Oct. 19: To the Mostofsky, Mayerfeld, and Nathan families, celebrating engagements, B”H, here in Norfolk: Nachie Mostofsky to Sarah Mayerfeld; also (see earlier listing) Adina Mostofsky to Yudi Nathan.

To Rabbi Aharon and Sarah Lipman and family.

Sep. 6: To Jordan and Laurie Slone and family, on the engagement of son Jesse to Bracha Weissman. Also to Rivky and Shloimy Weissman, parents of the kallah, and family, of Lawrence, New York.

Sep. 5: To Rabbi Sholom and Tehilla Mostofsky on the engagement of their daughter, Adina Malka, to Yudi Nathan of Boston.  Also to the young couple and the entire Mostofsky and Nathan families.

Sep. 4: To Noam and Shayna Itzhak and the Itzhak and Schwarzberg families on the young couple’s recent marriage.

Jul. 20: To Rabbi Velvel and Raizy Cook and family.

Jul. 1: David and Ingrid Edery and the Edery and Srour families on the engagement of daughter Eliana Edery to Merric Srour, son of Joyce and Nino Srour of Silver Spring, MD.  Josh Edery and Yosef Frankel made the shidduch!

Jun. 24: To Ely Bloch on his graduation from Maury High School.

Jun. 17: Andrew Zharnest and Bayla Rus Rosengren and families, on their recent engagement.

Jun. 8: To Rose Lefcoe who graduated from Eighth Grade at Cape Henry Collegiate. Rose plans to attend BINA High School next year.

Jun. 3: To Rabbi Chaim Harpaz, named Jewish Educator of the Year by UJFT.  We congratulate this very skilled rebbe and thank him for teaching our children.

Also, with a thank-you to our members who participated in the ATID Community Leadership development program this year. Graduation is scheduled for Jun. 7, 5:30 PM @ Simon JCC.

May 27: To our college graduates, Noam Itzhak and his kallah, Shayna Schwarzberg, who graduated from Yeshiva University/Stern College respectively, and Moshe Edery, graduate of Touro College.

To Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber and family on the birth last week of Chava Tehila.

May 20: To Dr. Sam and Danielle Leibovici for their work on the exciting new book, The Kippah, by Rabbi Moshe Becker, with forewords by Dr. Leibovici and Rabbi Sender Haber. For more information, click here.  Order once it’s available online or reserve a copy with Rabbi Haber.

May 9: To Rabbi and Sarah Lipman on moving to their new home. Elka Shereshevsky is organizing meals for them this week; please contact her to help.

May 6: To Aryeh Leib Litt on the celebration of his Bar Mitzva this Shabbos.  Also to parents Rabbi Gershon and Sara Litt, brothers, grandparents and the extended Litt, Weissman and Grinberg families.

Apr. 11: To Rabbi Yosef and Hadassa Lowenbraun on the engagement of their son Shloimy.

Apr. 8: To Noam Itzhak and Highland Park, NJ’s Shayna Schwarzberg, on their engagement.  Also to the Itzhak, Low, and Schwarzberg families.

To Shani and Yaakov Yisrael Schwartz on their wedding this past week.  Also to the entire Schwartz and Berger families, including Gedalia, Jodi, and children.

To Mendel Chakoff and the whole Chakoff family on his becoming Bar Mitzvah.

Mar. 11: To the Brinn family.

Feb. 26: To the Varsity Basketball team of Yeshivas Aish Kodesh for winning the league basketball championship for the second year in a row!

To BINA High School on receiving re-accreditation from AdvancED‘s external review team this week.   They scored above the average in all domains of the review.  Yasher Koach to BINA’s accreditation team!

Feb. 25: To the Perry family on their move to a new home.  Elka Shereshevsky is organizing meals.

To David and Hadassah Swain, Joyce, Daniel, the Hendons and extended family.

Also to Rabbi Ephraim and Chaya Etti Adler and family.

Feb, 3, 2016:To the Schwartz and Berger families on the engagement of Shani Schwartz and Yaakov Yisrael Berger. She is the daughter of Rabbi Ephraim and Aliza Schwartz. He’s son of Eliezer and Mindi Berger of Har Nof. Mazel tov, too, to Uncle Gedalia and Aunt Jodi Schwartz and family.

Dec. 25: To Dr. Behrooz and Trudy Dayanim on the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary this Shabbos.  Welcome to their family who join them for the celebration.

Dec. 3: To Pesach and Leah Schwartz on the engagement of their daughter, Yehudis to Aron Roth of New Hyde Park, NY. Also to the entire Schwartz and Roth families!

Nov. 20: To Lila Bridge on the celebration of her bas mitzvah this Shabbos.  Also to parents, Sid and Amy Bridge, her siblings, and  grandparents, Aaron and Ruth Cohen, and Esther Bridge.

Also to the Ruchelman family. They know why!

Nov. 2: To Miriam and Zecharia Kopels, on their new home.

Sep. 4: To Minna Bracha Haber, celebrating becoming Bas Mitzva this Shabbos, to Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber and their entire family, here and abroad.

To Mrs. Chana Baer on the recent wedding of her granddaughter in Israel.

Aug. 14: To Aron Slone and Devorah “Dee” Biderman on his Aufruf this Shabbos and their upcoming wedding.  Also to extended family, Aron’s parents, Jordan and Laurie Slone, brothers Jacob, Miri and children, and Jesse, and sister Anna, grandparents Norman and Dorothy Slone and Natalie Aron; to the Kallah’s parents, Shlomo and Miriam Biderman, and to everyone celebrating with them.

Aug. 8: To Benn and Jackie Richels, in honor of their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary, and to Asher and Elise Wolf, on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Jul. 17: A big Mazal Tov to all of our kehilla‘s new parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on recent births. Can’t mention names in the interests of privacy, but enjoy much nachas, all of you.

Jun. 12: To Drs. Laurie Goldsticker and Gary Siegel on their upcoming marriage this weekend.  Together, may they build a bayis ne’eman b’Yisroel (a true home in Israel).

Jun. 5: To Aron Slone on his engagement to Devorah “Dee” Biderman, daughter of Shlomie and Miriam Biderman.  Mazel tov to the extended Slone, Aron and Biderman families.

Jun. 1: To Chana Brooke, daughter of Jeff and Amy Brooke, granddaughter of Leonard and Ellie Brooke and Herb and Ann Zukerman, on her graduation from Touro College and on her engagement to Max Landesman. Max is from Miami, currently in Chicago.  (Per Michele, in keeping with family tradition, Max has a twin brother.)   Mazal tov to the Brooke, Zukerman, and Landesman families.

May 29:  To Ari Goldberg on the
celebration of his Bar Mitzvah this
Shabbos. Also to parents,
Lt. Commander Adam and Chava Goldberg, and family.

May 21: To Yeshivas Aish Kodesh, once again recommended for accreditation by AdvancED.  Our boys impressed with their good midos, commitment to learning, and active participation.  Mazal tov to the entire YAK community!

Apr. 29: To Rabbi Yosef and Dassi Lowenbraun and the entire Lowenbraun and Klein families on the engagement of Menachem Lowenbraun to Chayala Klein.

Apr. 23: To Tzvi Shevach Rubin and his entire family on the celebration of his Bar Mitzvah this Shabbos.

Apr. 2: To Drs. Laurie Goldsticker and Gary Siegel on their recent engagement.

Feb. 13:  To David and Hadassah Swain—and the entire Swain and Linzer families—on their wedding!

Jan. 21: To Barney and Bette Lou Siegel, on the birth of their second great-
Yehudis Sendler, daughter of Shimshon and Sorah Feige Sendler of University Heights, OH. (Originally submitted earlier; information updated today.)

 Jan. 14: To Rabbi Yitzchak and Shaina Ettel Menda on the birth of a daughter, Yiska.  Rabbi Menda is the head of Judaic Studies at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. Rashi Brashevitzsky is organizing meals for the Mendas.

Jan. 9: To Leonard and Diana Ruchelman on the birth of a great-grandson, born to Adina and Eliyahu Prero. Also to grandparents, Rabbi Zischa and Lauren Shaps and Rabbi Elisha and Miriam Prero.

Dec. 31: To Benn and Jackie Richels on the birth of their first great-grandchild, a girl, to Hadassah and Zachariah Blackstein, daughter of Asher and Elise Wolf.

Dec. 30: To Avigail Silver and Yosef Karash (of Monsey), who became engaged yesterday evening, to her parents, Rabbi Chaim and Nami Silver, and to the entire Silver and Karesh families. A vort is planned for Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 2–5 PM in Monsey, NY.

The vort for David Swain and Hadassah Linzer is planned for Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 2:30–4:30 PM in Baltimore, MD.

Dec. 19: To David Swain on his engagement to Hadassah Linzer this week.  Also to  Joyce Swain, Daniel Swain, and Aliza and Kenny Hendon as well as the Linzer family.

Dec. 11: To Jason and Alison Ohana on the bris of Yaakov Sholom.

Elka Shereshevsky will coordinate meals for the Steins and Ohanas.Please ocntact her ASAP if you can help.

Dec. 2: To Rabbi Yisroel and Michal Stein on the birth of a daughter, Nechama.

To Rabbi Shaul and Chayala Lefkovitz on the bris of son Yaakov Zev.

Nov. 21: To Sarah Blais on the celebration of her becoming bas mitzvah this Shabbos. Also to her parents, David and Pam Blais, sister Jillian, and extended family.

Nov. 2: To Rabbi Avram and Shira Rubin on the bris of their son, Yehoshua.

Oct. 30: To Rabbi Avram and Shira Rubin on the birth of a baby boy on Oct. 24. To help with meals, starting with this Shabbos, contact Helen Schloss-Griffin.

Oct. 21: Elka, Chaim and Pesha Shereshevsky sent a beautiful thank-you message to the shul, which Michele forwarded to the congregation in her Oct. 21 e-mail, citing the many, many members of their family and our Norfolk community for incredible contributions of expertise and heroic effort to make Chaim’s Bar Mitzvah celebration so special. Congratulations to all who made it a beautiful event, and, again, mazal tov to Chaim and family!
Oct. 8: To Chaim Shereshevsky and the entire Shereshevsky and Verschleisser families on the celebration of his becoming Bar Mitzvah on the second day of Sukkos (Friday). There will be a kiddush in his honor in the B’nai Israel Sukkah after services on Friday.

Oct. 6: To Jacob and Miri Slone on the birth of a daughter.  Also to grandparents Jordan and Laurie Slone, aunt Anna, and uncles Aron and Jesse.

To Yonah Lev Friedman and Rebecca Davidson on their engagement, and to the Friedman and Davidson families.

Sep. 30: To Zechariah and Miriam Kopels on the birth of a daughter, Lila Rose.

Sep. 16: To Mike and Naomi Zelikovich on the birth of daughter Devorah Chana. Also to grandparents Jonathan and Meryl Goldstein, Stanley and Luba Zelikovich, and big brothers Benna, Shimmy and Shua.

Sep. 5: To Seth and Melissa Schoenfeld and the Schoenfeld and Bridge families on the birth of daughter Sarah Leah on Labor Day, Sept. 1.

Aug. 29: To Pesach and Lea Schwartz and the entire Schwartz and Gross families on the celebration of Eliezer Chaim‘s becoming Bar Mitzvah.

To Toby Lederfeind, a BINA grad, and Sruli Hirsch and their relatives, including our own Rabbi and Rebbetzin Haber and family, on their engagement!

To Leonard and Diana Ruchelman for the following simchas: 1.  Yosef Shaps, grandson, received s’micha from Yeshiva of Chafetz Chaim. Parents are Rabbi Zischa and Lauren Shaps. 2.  Sarah Ruchelman and Ezra Cowan plan to marry August 21 in Baltimore. Parents are Charlie and Cindy Ruchelman.

To Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber and family on the birth of a nephew.

Aug, 8: To Rabbi Chaim and Nami Silver and family on the upcoming wedding of Yisroel Meir and Mindy Levin.

To Moshe Purec and Shira Baila Seldes (our BISLI leader), whose vort is planned for next Sunday, August 17, 2014, 2-4 PM.

Aug. 1: To Great-Grandma Irene Mazel, grandparents Rabbi Maish (Mark) and Hindy Mazel of Woodmere, NY, and Mommy and Daddy Tamar and Shimmy Ramars on the birth of triplets (one boy, two girls).

Jul. 29: To the Lowenbraun and Ingber families on the upcoming Bar Mitzvah celebration of Moishe, son of Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Lowenbraun. Details.

Jul.25: To Basi Price on being sworn in as an American citizen this past week. Sharing in celebration are husband Meir Price, grandmother Ruth Rothman, and the Price and Rothman families.

Jul. 18: To (Morah) Shira Baila Seldes and Moshe Purec on their engagement. Mr. Purec is a YAK graduate.

Jul. 6: To Rabbi Gershon and Sara Litt, on the birth of a son!

Jul. 4: To Tuvia (Brian) & Michal Lipp of Williamsburg, VA , Sheila Lipp (grandmother), and their entire families on the birth of a son last night.

Jul. 3: To the family of Pesach and Lea Schwartz and the entire Schwartz and Gross families on the birth of a daughter to Pesach and Lea. May we merit celebrating more happy occasions as a community!

Jun. 27: To Leonard and Diana Ruchelman on the engagement of their granddaughter, Sarah Ruchelman, daughter of Charlie and Cindy Ruchelman of Silver Spring, to Ezra Cowan, son of Rabbi Yermiyahu and Chaya Cowan of Jerusalem, Israel.

Jun. 23:
To Gal and Limor Nagar on the birth of a daughter this past Shabbos.

To Danny and Linda Minkow (former members) on the birth of a daughter this past Shabbos.

May 30: To Gila Chava and Shlomo Einhorn, Gila’s parents Pesach and Leah Schwartz, and everyone in both families on Gila and Shlomo’s recent marriage. The shul will make Sheva Brachos for them at Shalosh Seudos. Everyone is welcome to attend.

To Commander Neal Brinn on his assignment as Commanding Officer of the Carter Hall (USN). The Brinns will host an oneg this evening in honor of Nosson’s new command.  Please join them at their home after the Friday night meal.

To Sima Margolit Wilson and family on her becoming Bas Mitzvah this Shabbos!