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 funeral information and obituary.
Condolences to the family of Linda Belkov, a respected community volunteer who passed away on Fri., Sep. 22. The family will attend minyan at Temple Israel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5:45 PM; comforters are welcome to visit with the family there. Our deepest sympathies to Calvin, Ronnie-Jane, Stephen and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.)
Special dedication pages in memory of: Past Presidents Past Rabbis of the congregation Mrs. Ann Zukerman Mr. Bernard Ehrlich Mrs. Caroline Miller
per family per page
Ask Melissa Schoenfeld about these and any other questions.