Announcements, Updated Fri., Jan. 19

This week’s parshah: Bo
Candle Lighting Fri., Jan. 19: 4:59 PM

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

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This Shabbos!
Send in your reservations and sponsorships ASAP!

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Toras Chaim Raffle!

Drawing to be held Feb. 2.

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purchase tickets online.

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Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day
Tue., Jan.30, 7 AM–4 PM
S_per S_nday—We can only do it with “U”!
Operation Hamentashen runs concurrently.
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Sunday, January 28
10:00am–1:00 PM

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Partners in Torah
meets Mondays, 8 PM
@ Simon JCC

for info and to order
by 8 AM Thursdays.

Call 410-610-7888 or
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Text NORFOLK to 31996
to receive future notifications.

Order by TBA.
Delivery is expected

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Save the Dates!
Shabbos, Feb. 16-17
@ B’nai Israel


Six-Week Series offered by the Kollel @ Simon JCC
Wednesday Lunch & Learn
At the
Leon Family Gallery
@ Simon Family JCC
Israel 360
Dana Friedlander
Sisterhood Flower Fund
The Sisterhood provides fresh flowers for the bimah for Yomim Tovim.
Mail contributions to Irene Mazel or Frances Berger.

Jan. 20–28
Locations vary per film.
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Simon JCC Children’s Winter Classes
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Stein Family College Scholarship
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 Women’s Tuesday Learning meets
12 Noon @ B’nai Israel.

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Hurricane Relief:
OU helping Houston
and Puerto Rico
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B”H, more simchas to share.
Support The Ann Zukerman
Shtick Gemach to make
chasunas even more fun!

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

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

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.

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.



Mazel Tov!

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.

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.


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,

Baruch Dayan haEmes

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. The family will hold a memorial gathering at 7 PM Tues., Nov. 7 at Altmeyer Funeral Home on Greenwich Rd. in Virginia Beach. Please contact Rabbi Haber for more information. 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.

Condolences 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.

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

B’nai Israel Calendar

We’re getting ready to compile the latest edition of the B’nai Israel Calendar. This useful calendar provides a handy reference for local businesses, holiday candle lighting times, birthdays, anniversaries, and yahrzeits. The ads and inscriptions we sell and purchase help us raise funds to keep B’nai Israel Congregation active and healthy as the Orthodox Shul for all Jews in Tidewater.

Please join us in:

* Selling ads to operators of businesses you patronize and/or advertising your own enterprise.
* Buying ads with your personal messages or to honor or remember people .dear to you.
* Listing dates important to you and your family.

The forms linked below are modified for the website. You will receive these same forms in the shul e-mail on the full shul letterhead. Contact people you know who might benefit from reaching us as potential customers. Our advertising space is reasonably priced and reaches a group of very busy target consumers who appreciate the convenience of local businesses that meet our needs. Good for us and good for our advertisers!

See forms for due dates for submissions:
Cover letter for ads & inscription – 2018

Ad Blank for 2018 calendar
Form for Inscriptions

Emergency Aid to Houston’s Jewish Community

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As we live in Ghent—which tends to flood from time to time—we have but a small understanding of what is happening in Houston and its suburbs.

The following is a request from the OU:
Dear Supporter,
As you are no doubt aware, the community in Houston, Texas is in the cross-hairs of a devastating storm that has already flooded many neighborhoods and will likely cause much more damage in the next 24–48 hours.
In the words of the president of one of the shuls in Houston: “We will need major help. This is the worst flooding in Houston history! All homes are now under water! Between inches and 6′. [The] Shul has 4’–8’—can’t even get close. And there may be another 24–48 hrs of this. We will need to have serious conversations about restarting a community. I know that sounds extreme, but this is the big one!”
As a community, this is our opportunity to stand together and show our brothers and sisters in Houston that we stand with them in the spirit of Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh—that all of our people stand together as one.
Here are two ways you can help.
  1. National Chizuk U’Tefilla Campaign – As Jews, we believe in the power of Tefilla (prayer), and we must also show those who are facing devastation in Houston that they have brethren from far and wide who care about them. Please use this link to commit to recite Tehillim for the Zechut (merit) of the Houston community and you can also post messages of chizuk (support) that will be passed directly on to members of the community.
  2. Emergency Fundraising Campaign – As we work with the community to understand their specific needs, we will update our website with more information. Our full emergency fundraising campaign will launch with the next 24-48 hours. But for now—please click here to donate to the OU’s disaster relief fund in support of the Jewish community in Houston.
May the merit of K’lal Yisrael coming together to support a community in crisis  bring us all a Shana Tovah.
With Gratitude,

Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union

Rabbi Haber and Rabbi Litt, who hails from Houston, can send direct help to specific families via the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
ESC’s note: Please remember, in addition if you are able, to support general disaster relief agencies, such as the Red Cross. The whole population of the affected areas is suffering.

The 5778 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
Mrs. Ann Zukerman
Mr. Bernard Ehrlich
Mrs. Caroline Miller
$100 per family per page
Sponsorship Opportunities
  Ask Melissa Schoenfeld about these and any other questions.
Deadline for submissions: Fri., Sep. 15.