Announcements, Updated Mon., Sep. 25

Funeral information
for Dr. Harold Blumenthal

This week’s parshah: Yom Kippur

See Schedule for Yom Tov/Shabbos candlelighting times.

Emergency Aid:
Hurricane Harvey
The holidays are here!
Let Rabbi Schnall and Artscroll
help you review pertinent
halachos as you prepare:
Eruv Tavshilin, 5774
Eruv Tavshilin in a Nutshell
Rosh Hashana, 5777
Lulav & Esrog Orders.
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Thanks to Elka’s efforts,
you can now sign up
on the website,
Take Them A Meal

to organize meals
for the Perrys.
Please visit the page
to commit to the date
and meal you can prepare.

Please send updates
for Tehillim List
to Esther Sarah from
Tue., Sep. 18–Mon., Sep. 25
Tue., Oct. 3–Mon., Oct. 16

Ed Miller, AIPAC Deputy National Political Director
visits Sandler Campus.
Mon., Oct. 2, 7:30 PM
Leadership Reception 6:30 PM


Mon., 8 PM
@ Simon JCC

Oct. 27-28, Shabbos
Parshas Lech Lecha

Join fellow Jews world-over
keeping Shabbos together.
Invite friends!

The Great Big Challah Bake is Coming! Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7:00pm Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus Women of all ages are invited to attend Suggested Donation $5

Israel and the UN
Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Special Counsel
for International Affairs at the
American Center for Law and Justice,
Senior Lecturer at Emory Law School, and Ordained Rabbi

Tue., Oct. 17, 7:30 PM
@ Sandler Family Campus

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Special CLE class presented by Norfolk Kollel and UJFT.
Tue., Oct. 17, 12-4 PM
@ Simon Family JCC

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Women’s Tuesday Noon Shiur
starts again after Sukkos.
Note to class members:
Books are in. Ask in the office.
Sisterhood Flower Fund
The Sisterhood provides
fresh flowers for the bimah
Yomim Tovim.
Mail contributions to
Irene Mazel
Frances Berger.
At the Leon Family Gallery
@ Simon Family JCC

Yoni Alter’s

If you have a
ping-pong or pool table
to donate to YAK,
please contact
Rabbi Lefkovitz.
Call 410-610-7888 or
click image to order online.
Text NORFOLK to 31996
to receive future notifications.

Shlomo’s Kosher next plans to
to B’nai Israel Oct. 29!


The Ann Zukerman
Shtick Gemach

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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.


Baruch Dayan haEmes

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.

Mazel Tov!

Sep., 2017

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.

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.