Announcements, Updated Mon., Apr. 23

This week’s parshios: Acharei Mos-Kedoshim
Candle Lighting Fri., Apr.
27: 7:00 PM
(No later than 7:20)

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

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YAK vs. Distinguished Gentlemen
Thu., May 10, 7 PM
@ Simon Family JCC
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Shavuos Learning Program
@ B’nai Israel
Motzaei Shabbos May 19, 11:30 PM
– Sun., May 20, 5 AM
followed immediately by Shacharis.

Women’s Shabbos Class

This summer, a text-based study,

Eishes Chayil: Ancient Wisdom
for Women of Today
by Shira Hochheimer

To sign up to supply prepared meals for the Zelikoviches, click here.

Partners in Torah
Monday evenings 8 PM
@ Simon Family JCC

Sun., May 13, 6:30 PM
@ B’nai Israel
Rabbi Haber‘s
Monday Night Class
Mesillas Yesharim
Mon., 6:45 PM @ B’nai Israel

Rabbi Haber teaches
Pirkei Avos: An Historical, Philosophical, and Mystical Perspective

@ Simon JCC
Mondays, 12 Noon
through May 14

Yom Ha’Atzma’ut
Articles 5778
 HaModia Article
about our community
Important Message
from the Vaad HaKashrus
of Tidewater
Keep up the conversation
once you’ve contacted HT.
They’re interested in working with us,
want to know we mean to patronize
them if they invest in our needs.
Call 410-610-7888 or
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Text NORFOLK to 31996
to receive future notifications.

Current order is now closed
Next delivery date Sun., Apr. 29

Upcoming Graduations
YAK, Sun., Jun. 17
BINA, Mon., Jun. 18
Toras Chaim, Thu., Jun. 21

Tomer Devorah
meets 12 Noon Tuesdays
@ B’nai Israel.
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OU Advocacy’s
Leadership Mission
to Washington, DC

June 13
See Rabbi Haber to sign up.

Pirkei Avos:
Practical Lessons for Life
@ B’nai Israel on Shabbos
50 minutes before mincha

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for info and to order

by 8 AM Thursdays.
Sisterhood Flower Fund
The Sisterhood provides
fresh flowers for the bimah for Yomim Tovim. Mail contributions to Irene Mazel or Frances Berger.

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Keep the matching grant in mind as you donate to support shul maintenance and repairs! Click image for details.
BINA Carwash
Gift Cards Are Back!
At the
Leon Family Gallery
@ Simon Family JCC
Courageous Expressions
Produced by
Israeli Society for Autistic Children (the ALUT Institute)
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.



Baruch Dayan haEmes

Apr. 17: We extend our condolences to Marlene Miller, her daughter Robin Miller Bailey, and Robin’s daughters on the passing of husband, father, and grandfather Claude Miller, one of B’nai Israel Congregation’s longest-term members. Funeral services for Mr. Miller will take place tomorrow, Wed., April 18, 2:00 PM at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments on Colonial Ave. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The meal of consolation will take place at B’nai Israel Congregation, 420 Spotswood, Norfolk, VA following the burial. Click here for obituary.

Apr. 12: Our condolences to Rabbi Yosef Friedman and his entire family on the passing of his mother, Vera Friedman Revesz, today in Philadelphia. The funeral will be tomorrow at Levine Funeral Home in Feasterville-Trevose, PA. Rabbi Friedman plans to sit shiva in Philadelphia (call shul for exact address) until Monday, then return to Denver to sit Tuesday through Thursday morning.

Apr. 11: Marilyn Stein, a former resident of Larkspur in Virginia Beach, passed away after a long illness. Our condolences to her family.

Mar. 29: Our condolences to Marc Barr on the passing of his father, Jack Barr. Click here for obituary and funeral information.

Mar. 27, 2018: Our condolences to Sherman and Clara Katz on the passing of Clara’s brother, Victor Mizrachi. The funeral was in Florida. Clara will sit shiva tonight, Tue., Mar. 27, from 7–9 PM, and 10 AM–2 PM Wed., Mar. 28.

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. 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.

Mazel Tov!

Apr., 2018
To Rabbi Chaim and Naomi Silver on the engagement of their son Eli to Adina Hartman.

Mar., 2018

To Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber on the engagement of Rabbi Haber’s brother, Yossi to Chamie’s cousin Yael.

To Rabbi Shaul and Chayala Lefkovitz and family on Chaim Dov‘s becoming Bar Mitzvah.

To Beryl and Esther Basya Greenberg and families on their recent marriage. Esther is the daughter of Pesach and Lea Schwartz.

To Naor and Goldie Hilel and family on Osher‘s becoming Bar MItzvah.

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.

Important Vaad HaKashrus Message


An Important Message from
the Vaad Hakashrus of Tidewater

Rabbi Mostofsky of the Vaad HaKashrus of Tidewater has been in touch with the corporate offices of Harris Teeter. They have recently acquired Farm Fresh on W. 21st Street, which has been one of our main resources for kosher food. They were quite clear that they are most likely to respond to the needs of the Kosher consumer if they hear from us directly. As such, we ask that you take a moment to call or write to Harris Teeter emphasizing the need for a large selection of kosher food in their Ghent locations.

There are several ways to contact them: 

By Phone: 800-432-6111, Option 2
Mail: Harris Teeter Inc.
Attn: Customer Relations
PO Box 10100
Matthews, NC 28106-0100

This approach has been effective in other locations and we appreciate your help in this matter.


At shalosh seudos of Purim week, we celebrated Dr. Schwartz‘s siyum on the tractate of Rosh Hashana as part of the Daf-a-Week program. The program is now beginning the tractate of Ta’anis, which will take about seven months to complete. Any men interested in participating locally can contact Rabbi Haber or Rabbi Prager. For more information, please see

Od Yosef Chai

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One of the primary mitzvos of Purim is matanos l’evyonim, gifts to the poor. B’nai Israel Congregation has a great tradition of partnering with Od Yosef Chai to help impoverished families in Israel. Donations for Od Yosef Chai can be made before or during Purim, Thu., Mar. 1. All monies will be tallied and reported to the organization for distribution before the end of Purim. Their deadline is 5:30 PM, Thu., Mar. 1. If you wish that your funds be distributed locally, please contact Rabbi Haber. Checks for Od Yosef Chai should be made out directly to them. Checks for the local use should be made to B’nai Israel, Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.