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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
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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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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!

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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!

Thank You, Updated Jun. 23

To Rabbi Sholom Mostofsky and Moshe Rothman for their many hours of work maintaining the shul grounds.
Thank you, Dr. Dovid Lieberman for a helpful and inspiring Ann Zukerman Scholar-in-Residence Weekend. Thanks also to Herb Zukerman and family for sponsoring this beautiful tribute.
Thank you to Mrs. Bracha Goetz for speaking at our Women’s Shalosh Seudos on Shabbos, May 20.
Thank you to to Moshe Rothman for mowing the Shul’s lawn the week of May 19.
Chava Goldberg would like to offer hakaras hatov to all those who helped out or volunteered in any way to help make this year’s annual Israel Fest booth a success:

Rabbi Baruch Danziger Elisheva (Lisa) Kingsley Elka Shereshevsksy
Leah Goldberg Miriam Kopels Rochelle Smith
Zipporah Goldberg Michael Mostofsky Jordan Smith
Shanna Goldfarb Avigail Perry Elya Suissa

And we all give a special hakaras hatov and thank you to Chava Goldberg, who, once again, took on the chairmanship of this event and made it a success.

Thank you, Rabbi Menachem Nissel, for coming to teach us this weekend, and to the volunteers who made these events so enjoyable and successsful.

Thank you to Shari Berman, Jodi Schwartz, Chamie Haber, Shaina Ettel Menda, and all the other volunteers and “Table Mavens” who made The Great Big Challah Bake such a success. This list is incomplete, and will be updated when we receive a more inclusive one.

We would like to thank Rebbitzen Chamie Haber for arranging babysitting from Rosh Hashana through Shmini Atzeres. We had wonderful sitters. Please consider contributing toward the cost of their wages, especially if your children were in their care.

Rochelle Smith & Chava Goldberg would like to thank the following people for their help with the Pizza in the Hut event. Without them, this event would not have been the success that it was! Yasher Koach to:

Alexandria “A-Town” (Rochelle’s cousin who had no idea what was in store for her when she decided to roll into this town!) Nat Sims (of course)
Lisa Kingsley Brina Weissman
Un-named person who knows who he is! Rabbis Rudin, Danziger, & Bauman
Avigail, Elisheva, & Adam Perry Andrew “Aharon” Zharnest
Leah Greenwald Michelle Aronoff
Amy Bridge Leah, Zipporah, Ari, & Zev-Adi Goldberg (who had no choice)


On behalf of Rabbi Haber, we would like to thank the members of the Norfolk Kollel for stepping up in his absence.

We would like to thank the girls of the SEED Program for coming to Norfolk this summer and running Camp Ruach/SEED. The children had a wonderful time!

On behalf of Rabbi Haber, we would like thank all of those volunteers who made the program a true success: Helen Schloss-Griffin, Andie Pollock, Debbie Wilson, Chana Leah Rothman, Diana Ruchelman, Miriam Wilson, Benna Zelikovich and Brina Weissman and the Jewish Family Services of Tidewater and of course all of you who attended the events. Michele Aronoff noted that she hopes she has not omitted anyone. Dr. Pelcovitz’s books are still available for purchase at shul and are in the atrium (near the Gift Shop).

May 20: To Dr. Michael Weissman for your fine leadership of our congregation this past year.

Mar. 11: This Motzei Shabbos will be the final Parent/Child Learning for the season. Thank you to Dr. Schwartz for another successful season.

A note from Esther Bridge, Event Chair:
Thank you to these special folks who helped to make
the Annual Comedy Night a success!
Michele Aronoff Lisa Kingsley Elka Shereshevsky
Amy Bridge Joey Miller Pesha Shereshevsky
Bekka Bridge Chana Leah Rothman Chana Sims
Rena Bridge Melissa Schoenfeld Nat Sims
Leah Goldberg Gedalia Schwartz Brina Weissman
Shana Goldfarb Nechama Werther
Sid Bridge, who put this wonderful show together for us!
A big shout-out to our sponsors: The Over the Hill Gang
and Rob Kowalsky
of Good N’ Green

To the B’nai Israel Sisterhood for the new silk flower arrangement for the main sanctuary.

To Helen Schloss-Griffin for the repairs she made to one of our Torah Crowns.

Leah Mostofsky would like to thank the following people,
who have already contributed to the Norfolk Shtick Gemach:
Shulamit and Dovid Blumenthal Avigayil and Baruch Murkoff Irene Ullman
Phyllis and Shia Lome Toby Leiderfeind Debbie and Ken Wilson
We are still taking contributions for more items to be ready for our first wedding.

Leah also asks the community to please daven for Tzvia Hinda bas Chaya Gittel.
This gemach has been named in her zechus for her to have a speedy refuah shelaima.

To all who donated toward kiddushim for SukkosMichele says some new treats promise to be good!

From Leah Esther Mostofsky:  Dear members of B’nai, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those who have helped make my shtick Gemach take off. Baruch Hashem, I have gotten donations that have helped me get started. I look forward to you all seeing your donations in action at Chana’s wedding!   Thanks so much, Leah Mostofsky

To the Seed Girls (Ilana, Chumi, Rivky, Suri and Leah) for making July very meaningful and for serving as counselors for Camp Ruach 5775.

Adam Goldberg, on behalf of Toras Chaim, thanks those who worked to set up Toras Chaim‘s camera system: Rabbi Avi Rubin, Gershon Aronoff, Mendy Weinreb, Shmuel Schwartz, Aaron Loiterman, Mattisyahu Loiterman, and Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman.  Special thanks to David Edery and Yehudah Griffin for their time and expertise.

Thank you to Gershon Aronoff and Isaac Brooke for fixing the burnt out lights in the main sanctuary.

To Mrs. Helen Griffin for making the shul menorah look new!

To Rabbi Sholom Mostofsky, Gershon Aronoff, Jonathan Goldstein, and all others who assisted. for spending much of Friday, Dec. 5, repairing the Eruv..

To Rebbetzin Chamie Haber and her committee, who made our Scholar-in-Residence Weekend a rousing success:

Allison Josephs/
Jew in the City
Rabbi Sender Haber All of the sponsors who contributed funds to make this weekend possible
Michele Polevoy Aronoff Shira Itzhak
Rochelle Brinn Sara Litt The Temple/Synagogue Initiative of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
Amy Brooke Tehilla Mostofsky

To everyone who helped make the party in the shul sukkah such a success. We’ll add more names as we receive the information:

Brina Weissman,
Event Chair
Chava Goldberg,
Liaison with Hummus Express
The Rubanowitz family, who traveled here especially to reconnect with us, and especially Rabbi Rubanowitz, who spoke so movingly about what we celebrate on the holiday of Sukkos. It was a true joy to have them join us.
Doers of “Everything”:
Michele Aronoff
Gershon Aronoff
Hummus Express
Assisted by Shmuel Itzhak
Our Fine Musicians:
Sid Bridge
Joey Miller
Michael Weissman
Handling the Door:
Becky Roberts

To Rabbi Sholom Mostofsky and Shmuel Schwartz for mowing the shul‘s lawns before Sukkos.

Always, special thanks to Gershon Aronoff, for setting up the shul’s Sukkah, to Rabbi Sholom Mostofsky and his team of helpers for inspecting and repairing the eruv no matter what the weather, and to Michele Aronoff for gathering, assembling, and getting out information on which we all rely in addition to her myriad other duties at the shul.

To Nisanel and Naftali Schwartz for helping Rabbi Mostofsky with shul gardening. Also to Noam Itzhak and Rabbi Mostofsky for Eruv repairs.

To visiting SEED Girls: Chaya, Avigayil, Goldi, Toby, and Miri and our local SEED Girls: Yehudis, Rachel Sarah, and Esther, here from all over the world to work with our children at Camp Ruach and teach the women of our community these past weeks.

From Esther Sarah Carroll to all of the people who came out in oppressive heat to honor Menachem‘s memory at the unveiling and made sure we had minyan for kaddish. It meant a great deal to me.

To Gershon Aronoff for mowing the shul lawn before Shavuos.

To the volunteers who made our participation in israel fest 5774 so successful:

Michelle Aronoff Shira Itzhak Diana Ruchelman
Ruth Cohen Ayelet Itzhak Gedalia Schwartz
David Edery Lisa Kingsley Elka Shereshevsky
Malka Edery Joe Miller Chani Wecker
Adam Goldberg Michael & Marcy Mostofsky Michael Weissman
Chava Goldberg, Event Chair Dvorah Peck Brina Weissman
Chamie Haber Andie Pollock Debbie Wilson


Baruch Dayan haEmes, updated Jun. 09

Jun. 9: Condolences to Rabbi Gershon LItt and family on the passing of his cousin, Risa Litt.

Jun. 8: Our condolences to Michael and Brina Weissman and family on the passing of Brina’s mother, Terri Salt. Sara Litt is coordinating meals, starting with Shabbos through Wednesday night. Please contact Sara to participate in this mitzvah.

Condolences also to the family of Dr. Gerald Borman, a friend and benefactor to B’nai Israel. Click here for obituary.

Apr. 7: Condolences to Mrs. Lillian Kozak and her entire family on the passing of her son, Larry Kurzer.  The Kurzer family has been affiliated with B’nai Israel for over 60 years.  Funeral details in shul e-mail of Apr. 7.

Mar. 30: Our condolences to Cantor Jacob and Cyndi Tessler and family on the passing of Jacob’s mother, Rachel Tessler.

Mar. 20: Our condolences to Sandy Karlin on the passing of his father, Charles Karlin. Mr. Karlin was a former member of B’nai Israel.

Mar. 13: Condolences to children Joseph and Carol Miller, Daniel and Amy Miller, and Rachel Stern; siblings Michael and Mitzi Ashe, Arleen Kluger, Ernestine and Howard Adelman, and Rosalie Walner; and grandchildren Meredith Stern, Anna Stern, Dalya Miller, Hayden Miller, Max Miller, and Emmi Miller on the sudden loss of Caroline Miller, a lifelong member and also a dear friend of many here at B’nai Israel. Click here for obituary.

Jan. 26: Condolences to Mrs. Racheli Tessler on the passing of her mother.

Jan. 24: Condolences to Debbie and Ken Wilson and family on the passing of Debbie’s mother, Mrs. Marilyn Nochimson. Click link for obit in the Daily Press.

Jan. 9: Condolences to our congregation’s president, Jeffrey Brooke and his family on the passing of his uncle, Benjamin Brooke, brother of Leonard Brooke.  Mr. Ben Brooke was a long-standing member of the B’nai Israel family, all the way back to his bar mitzvah.  He will be missed. Funeral information and obit at pilotonline – Benjamin Brooke.

Jan. 4 update: Condolences to Tehilla Mostofsky and her whole family on the passing of her brother, Yoel BlumenthalNew shiva info:
ehilla Mostofsky will complete shiva at her home. Hours are as follows:
Thu., Jan. 5, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 6, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Oct. 19: Condolences to Herb Zukerman, Amy and Jeff Brooke, and their entire family on the passing of Ann Zukerman, a leader in the B’nai Israel community and larger Jewish community organizations for many years.

Oct. 10: Condolences to the Lefcoe and Ehrlich families on the loss of Bernard “Bernie” Ehrlich, father of Amy Lefcoe.

Sep. 9: Condolences to Zechariah and Miriam Kopels on the passing of Miriam’s grandmother.

Sep. 7: To the family of Mr. Leroy Samuels.

Sep. 5: Condolences to the family of Mrs. Shirley Isrow, a longtime member of B’nai Israel, a mainstay of its Sisterhood, and a past B’nai Israel Hakaras HaTov honoree.

Aug. 24: Anna Beer, mother of Esther Sarah Carroll and grandmother of Yonah Roberts, passed away in Cleveland.

Jul. 15: Condolences to Mrs. Pnina Rosenberg on the passing of her father,Tzion Keter, in Israel.  Mrs. Rosenberg is sitting Shiva in Brooklyn.

Also to the family of Stanley Berkwit on his passing.  Mr. Berkwit was a member of B’nai Israel many years ago.

Jul. 7: To Dr. Behrooz Dayanim on the passing of his sister, Dr. Farangis DayanimShiva visitors may come 4—7: PM from Sunday through Tuesday, starting tomorrow at 6 PM. If you wish to come at a different time, please call Trudy.

Apr. 21: Condolences to Joseph Drory, Nathan, and Leora Drory and their extended family on the passing of Miriam Drory.

Mar. 9: Condolences to Jason and Alison Ohana on the passing of Jason’s first cousin, Joshua Ben Chaim.

Feb. 18: Condolences to Caroline Miller, children Joey, Danny, and Rachel and the entire Miller family on the loss of Bernard MillerDonations in Bernard’s memory may be made to Jewish Family Service and Virginia Beach Rescue Squad.

Jan. 29: Condolences to Dr. Behrooz Dayanim on the passing of his sister, Behjat bas Meir Moshe, in Iran.  May he and his family have no further sorrows.

Jan. 4, 2016: Our condolences to David, Albert, and Stephen Konikoff and Sharon Berger on the passing of their mother, Hanna.  Shiva information was sent out in Monday’s e-mail.  Online condolences may be posted on H. D. Oliver’s guestbook page.

Dec. 30: Condolences to Bob and Joanne Stein on the passing of their grandson, Evan Levy, son of Andrew and Margaret (Stein) Levy.

Also to Lillian and Mark Soloweszyk on the passing of her uncle, Bruce Gross.

Dec. 25: Condolences to the Rubin family on the passing of Shira’s grandmother.

Oct. 30: To Yonatan and Sandy Preiser and family on the passing of sister-in-law Sharon Preiser.

Condolences to the entire Gordon Family on the passing of Tavia Gordon. Michele sent funeral info and the shiva address in an e-mail to congregants. The family will sit shiva Sun.—Thu. evening. Comforters are welcome after 12:00 N daily; davening at the home will be at 7:00 pm.

Oct. 26: Condolences to Nathan and Leora Drory and their family on the passing of Leora’s father, Carl Janow. Visitors for shiva are welcome at the Janow home Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30–8:15 PM, with minyan at 7:00 PM. Check your shul e-mail for further details.

Oct. 22: Our condolences to the Preiser family on the loss of Jonathan’s mother.

Jun. 5: Condolences to Rabbi and Mrs. Chamie Haber and family on the loss of Chamie’s grandmother, Mrs. Edith Orbach of Toronto, ON.

Jun. 4: Condolences to the Griffin, Longman, Reyes, and Soloweszyk families on the loss of Faye Griffin, wife of David Griffin and aunt of Lillian Soloweszyk.

Jun. 1: Condolences to Lisa Kingsley and her sisters on the loss of their mother, Gloria.

May 15: Condolences to Jason and Alison Ohana on the passing of Jason’s uncle, Chaim ben Shlomo and Iza this past week after a long illness.  The funeral took place in Florida.

Apr. 22: Condolences to the family and students of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, including our own Rabbi Sender Haber, a second cousin, once removed. Read about Rav Lichtenstein‘s life and
in leading our people.

Apr. 17: Condolences to Mrs. Irene Mazel on the passing of her brother-in-law, Dr. David Kruger, during Passover.

Also to Baruch and Avigayil (Mostofsky) Murkoff on the passing of Baruch’s father this past week.

May Hashem console the families among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Mar. 13: Condolences to the family of former Virginia Beach Mayor, Meyera Oberndorf, who passed away this morning in Charlotte, NC.  She will missed

Mar. 12: Our condolences to the family of Joseph Fleischmann. Mr. Fleischmann was a member of B’nai Israel since 1946.

Feb. 27: BDE, we’re sad to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy, famous to many of us as the Enterprise’s Mr. Spock. Whatever the halachic questions, which the Dayan HaEmes will answer for him, he turned the birkat cohanim, at which he had peeked as a child in shul with his father and zaide, into an intergalactic bracha.

Feb. 19: Condolences to the family of Jackie Muise, mother of Jacco Suissa.

Feb. 13: Condolence to Rabbi Jonathan Blum on the passing of his wife, Mechaya Ruth Read Blum, who passed away on Tu B’Sh’vat.  Rabbi Blum is organizing a siyum of Mishnayos to be completed in time for her shloshim.  To participate in this mitzvah, can sign up to learn a Mesechta of Mishnayot l’illuy nishmat Mechaya Ruth bat Avraham by clicking here.

Feb. 11: CHABAD sent notice of the passing of “… Susan Moore, Shoshana Rus Basya bas Avraham, of  blessed memory , Condolences to her family.

Feb. 9: We regret to inform you of the passing of Stanley Potts, a long-time member of B’nai Israel.  May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Jan. 19: Condolences to the family of Lena Frost on her recent passing.  Mrs. Frost was a past member of B’nai Israel and the B’nai Israel Sisterhood.

Jan. 4, 2015: Condolences to Annette Mand and family on the loss of Alan Mand.

Sep. 15: Condolences to the Schloss, Aron, and Slone families on the passing of Edie Aron Schloss.  Mrs. Schloss was the sister-in-law of Bern Schloss (married to Bern’s brother) and the sister-in-law of Natalie Aron (sister of Fred Aron A”H).

Sep. 7: Condolences to Sarah Zedd and family on the passing of Sarah’s daughter, Susie Zedd.

Aug. 21: Condolences to Bruce Berman and family on the loss of Bruce’s father, Dr. Larry Berman.

Aug. 19: Condolences to Nomi Gordon Ho on the passing of her brother, IDF Corporal David Menachem Gordon.

Aug. 16: We received word tonight of the passing of the lady known online only as “Bubbe,” of the Feed Me Bubbe series on JLTV, who demonstrated traditional kosher recipes with gentle humor and clear explanations as her loving grandson made videos of her work.

Jul. 4: Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Lida, Anna Karp‘s mother, were held graveside at Forest Lawn on Wed., Jul. 2.

Condolences as well to Annette and Alan Mand on the passing of Annette’s sister, Etta Lind; may they be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Funeral Information for Gil-Ad, Eyal, and Naftali: The funeral was streamed live online from 10:30 am EST. The families buried the three boys side by side in the Modiin Cemetery. OneFamily‘s original link was quickly overwhelmed with traffic; as were several alternate options provided later in the morning.

Blog Post from OneFamily: How do we speak with our children about the loss of our boys?

OU Response: Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb‘s webcast streamed on the evening of Jul. 1 and has been archived, available on demand.

Robin Mancoll of UJFT-CRC sent a letter with another means of sending condolences to the bereaved families: UJFT-CRC re 3 Boys

Jun. 30: Message from Rabbi Haber
I regret to share several pieces of somber news with the community.

  1. The funeral for Laurie Hill, mother of Dovid Lubkowski took place Tues., Jul. 1 at the B’nai Israel Cemetery.
    Mrs. Ruth Lida, mother of Anna Karp and a long time member of B’nai Israel, passed away at Beth Shalom on Jun. 30.
  2. In closing, we join with Jews around the world in mourning the brutal murder of our three boys Elad, Eyal and Naftali. We were united in concern for their plight and now we are mourning with the families of these special boys.

There is really nothing that can be said to comfort us at this time but I found this article meaningful. Condolences to the families can also be sent by clicking this link.May we know of no further suffering,
S Haber

Jun. 3: To Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber and family on the passing of Rabbi Haber’s grandfather, Samuel Haber.  May the family know no further sorrow.

Jun. 2: To Rabbi Yosef Lowenbraun and family on the passing of his mother, Mrs. Miriam Lowenbraun, this past weekend. May we hear of no further sorrows.

Please note that we lost some of our listings in the recent website crash. We apologize for any omissions and certainly intend no disrespect.

To Ruth and Aaron Cohen, Andy and TeeJay Anderson Cohen, and the Cohen and Anderson families on the loss of Andy and TeeJay’s son, Nicodemus.

To the Margolin and Brashevitzky families on the loss of their niece and cousin, Rashi Minkowicz.

To Meira (Joyce) Swain and Daniel, Alizah and Kenny, and David on the passing of Yaakov (Dwight) Swain, a beloved and dedicated member of our kehilla and a cabinetry master who so often directed his artistry in the service of holiness. May the family and community know of no further suffering.

To the family of Lee Lazernick.  The Lazernick family were B’nai Israel members for many years.

Shmuel and Shira Itzhak and family, on the passing of their nephew, Amit Chai Itzhak Nov. 24.

Earl and Andie Pollock and their extended family, on the passing of Earl’s uncle, Armond Caplan.

Chana Nerenberg and her family, on the loss of Chana’s father. 

The entire Golden family on the passing of Florence Golden.

Aaron & Ruth Cohen, Amy & Sid Bridge, Jeffrey & Elise Cohen, & Andy & TJ Cohen on the passing of Aaron’s brother, Paul Cohen, on Jul. 7. 

Dr. Gary Siegel, an associate member of B’nai Israel, on the passing of his wife, Robin.  May he and his family know of no further sorrows.

Rabbi Mordechai and Mrs. Chana Wecker and family, on the loss of Mrs. Wecker’s father, Mr. Seymour Bayuk, who passed away May 2.

Audrey Gutterman and her family on the loss of her brother, Arthur Lasko.  May the family know of no further sorrows.

We regret to report the passing of Rebbitzen Shaindel Bulman, wife of Rabbi Nachman Bulman (Z”TL).  They were instrumental in the Jewish Community of Newport News in the 60’s.

The Epner, Paul, Fine, and Lapping families on the loss of Helen Lapping.

The Carroll, Roberts, Beer, and Maisel families on the loss of Menachem Carroll.

The Brenner and Aronoff families, on the passing of Annette Aronoff Brenner. Mrs. Brenner was aunt to Gershon Aronoff, sister of Gershon’s father Marcus, a”h`, and a part of the B’nai Israel community during the time she lived here in Norfolk. For Virginian-Pilot obituary: Click here.

Joe Berman, on the loss of his mother, Evelyn Berman.

Rebbetzin Rychel Margolin, on the loss of her brother.

The family of Israel Salber, who passed away Tuesday, January 8.  Mr. Salber was a long-standing member of the B’nai Israel Family, even when he was no longer able to attend services.

Mike Zelikovich and family on the loss of his grandmother.

Norman Soroko, on the passing of his cousin, Dr. Harvey Glick.

Abbott and Kitty Saks, on the passing of Abbott’s brother, Harvey Saks.  May Hashem comfort them among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Roger Oberndorf, husband of former Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, has died.  Our condolences to Mrs. Oberndorf and family.

Michele received notice:  “Condolences to Lynn Harris on the passing of her father David Harris, Kolev Dovid ben Chanoch.  The funeral was graveside at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 25th, at Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance) in Clarksburg.

Our condolences to the families of Bertha Shapiro and Harry Weisberg. Both were affiliated with B’nai Israel throughout their lives.

The Ann Zukerman Shtick Gemach: Add to the Joy of Brides and Grooms!

Click image for full-size flyer.

From Leah Mostofsky and Chana Brooke:

To our amazing community,

We are honored to introduce the renaming of our beautiful Shtick Gemach! The Ann Zukerman Shtick Gemach. My Savta or “Savti” as I used  to call her, loved mitzvos. Simply put, she loved bringing joy to others. Despite her myriad physical challenges, she absolutely loved fulfilling the will of Hashem. Her most favorite mitzvos were those that brought smiles to others’ faces. When the idea was proposed to start a schtick gemach in Norfolk, it was my Savti who was 100% behind it. She loved the idea of starting and maintaining a gemach whose main goal was to bring simcha to brides on their special day.

I know my Savti is looking down from shamayim now and smiling down on the Norfolk community. It is through the efforts of many of you who support and preserve the gemach that we can continue to bring simcha to our community and an aliyah for the neshama of Tzvia Hinda bas Chaya Gittel.

May we continue to merit in sharing in many more simchas together in the future.

Baruch Hashem we have a busy wedding season coming up for some of our in-town girls and some of our boarders from throughout the years. We are so excited for all of these weddings and want to make sure that every kallah has anything she wants. The Gemach loves expanding and adding new and fun things to enhance each and every simcha.

Please feel free to contact Leah Mostofsky, about any donations you would like to contribute. Thank you for all your support!

B’nai Israel Calendar

The B’nai Israel Calendar had served as a community reference for over 60 years. We didn’t publish this year, and many of us missed it. So, once again, we will publish the calendar.  We are starting early this year to gather information and ads so that we all have a chance to participate.

We ask you, the members of B’nai Israel, to provide names, addresses (and e-mail addresses if you have them) for businesses you patronize regularly. Calendar Committee members will solicit the ads for you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.  If you would like to help on the project, please let Michele know.

Society of Professionals Directory

Application deadline: May 1

The Society of Professionals is creating a brand new directory that reflects the diversity, interests, and values of its membership. The directory will have a permanent online presence on the homepage of the UJFT website, as well as be available in printed hardcopies that will be distributed this summer to Jewish agencies and businesses throughout the area.
For more information or to join, click image 


Maos Chittin

As part of our preparation for Pesach, we are encouraged by Jewish law to donate funds to ensure that others have the means to prepare Pesach as well. Please contribute to our local Maos Chittin fund by making your check to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, and submitting it to Rabbi Haber or the office. Thank you to all who have contributed. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Orthodox Union in supplementing the Maos Chittin funds of our community.