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To add an event to your personal calendar, visit the event on the full calendar at https://www.bnaiisraelcong.org/calendar.

Worship Services 

We are continuing our daily minyanim and Shabbat services via Zoom and Facebook Live. Please click here for all of the service times and access information.

SHAVUOT

Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat & Festival Evening

Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat & Festival Morning

Siddur Lev Shalem Akdamut & Ruth


Shabbat Morning Sermons

Bamidbar (May 23) by Rabbi Berkowitz

Shabbat

Pride Shabbat with Joy Ladin “The Soul of the Stranger”
Friday, June 5, 6:15 PM during Shabbat services
Click here for more information.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/788352437

 
Counting the Omer

49 Days to Sinai: Making these Days Count
New this year! Register to receive a brief, daily email from B’nai Israel clergy, staff or members during the counting of the Omer! Each message will be a dose of inspiration, hope and joy to help mark this time in the Jewish calendar as we navigate this unprecedented experience together. Click here to learn more and sign up to receive (and author!) these messages.

Shavuot

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Signing Up for Torah
Thursday, May 28, 7:00 PM
Why did we, the Jewish people, “sign up” to follow the Torah? The Talmud describes the Jewish people’s initial acceptance of Torah as a tense moment which ultimately becomes one of celebration. For thousands of years we have survived thanks to our continuous engagement with Torah—sometimes fraught and sometimes joyful. Join us at 7:00 PM to learn with our clergy, who will draw upon traditional Jewish texts to explore the timeless relationship between the Jewish people and Torah. In the days before Shavuot, we will share a few pre-recorded teachings from members of our community. The Tikkun will conclude with small group discussions to reflect upon these teachings. Please click here to register for this event. The Zoom link will be sent to you in the confirmation email.

It has been the custom of our congregation to honor our 10th Grade Confirmation class on Shavuot. We will do that this year by sharing their presentations with the congregation in electronic formats. We look forward to honoring them and their commitment to continuing their Jewish education on that day.

Thursday, May 28
7:00 PM Festival Ma’ariv & Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

Friday, May 29
9:00 AM Festival Shaharit
6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 30
9:00 AM Shabbat and Festival Morning Services with Yizkor

Torah from Coast to Coast
A Tikkun Leil Shavuot from the Rabbinical Assembly

Thursday, May 28, 9:00 PM EDT – Friday, May 29, 9:00 AM
The Rabbinical Assembly is excited to announce the first ever livestreamed Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a Movement-wide event across North America, held in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards featuring keynotes, panels, discussions, and music from master teachers across the continent.
Click here for the schedule and view on YouTube at www.tinyurl.com/RATikkun

B’nai Israel Adult Education

This Week in the Torah with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz
Monday, June 1, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Somehow the Torah always manages to speak to us in the present. Its lessons are timeless, and that is what makes it a sacred, living text. Explore the weekly Torah portion through the lens of Rashi, the essential biblical commentary. No prior experience required. All texts will be provided in both English and Hebrew. Registration is required. Click here to register. 

This Week in Jewish History 
Tuesdays, June 2–23, 2:00 PM
Join our shlicha Netta Asner-Minster to hear about the top 5 events that happened in Jewish history during this week—from the bible until recently.  
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85674990239

Elijah: The Man, The Myth, The Legend with Steve Kerbel
Wednesday, June 3, 9:30 AM 
Click here to register.

The People of the Book—Celebrating Israel's Book Month
Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25, 7:30 PM
Join our shlicha , Netta Asner-Minster, for weekly discussions throughout the month of June about Israel's special book month and Israeli literature. Cosponsored by the Zalis-Blumberg Family Library.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82610962617
 
The Six Day War, 53 Years Later
Tuesday June 9, 7:30 PM
What is the lasting impact of the Six Day War for us today? Our shlicha Netta Asner-Minster will discuss the outcomes and impact of the Six Day War, and how it still influences Israel today. 
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87617067950

Blumberg-Zalis Family Library 

Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 3, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Discussion Leader:  Tema Sternberg
Larry Felder, Candidate by Bob Levy
When a successful Washington journalist Larry Felder, who’s in his 50’s seizing on the opportunity to run for Congress, abandoning his usual caution and his longtime career as a columnist.  Meanwhile, his campaign manager (a smitten young lady named Charlie) is running for something else—Felder’s heart. It doesn’t take long for sparks and complications to start flying. Larry Felder, Candidate is a close-up look at big-time newspaper and contemporary Washington-area politics and shows how difficult it can be to attain a lifelong dream—and to leave others behind.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91003477732

Monday Night at the Movies Discussion
Please watch the movie at your convenience between now and June 8th and then join us for the discussion on Monday, June 8, 7:00-8:00 PM.  The movie can be ordered from Amazon for $3.99 or free with Amazon Prime.
The Zig Zag Kid (appropriate for the whole family)
Nono wants to be like his father—the best police inspector in the world—but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself. Together with master-burglar Felix Glick—an old acquaintance of his father—he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons, and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever. 
(95 minutes; English, Dutch, & French with subtitles).  
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98128649066

B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School 

Pre-Recorded Tot Shabbat Service Morah  Arielle and Morah Juliann prepared a special Tot Shabbat service for all of our Tots friends. Enjoy and Shabbat shalom! Click here to celebrate Tot Shabbat!

Shabbat Sing-a-long with Cantor Josh, Friday mornings, 11:00 AM  This program is especially great for families with pre-school-aged children, whether or not they are enrolled in Schilit Nursery School. This program will continue every week for as long as our building is closed and be broadcast on Facebook live for all of our congregation to enjoy! Click here for access information. Click here to watch a recording of the Shabbat Sing-a-Long.

Mondays at 10:00 AM, Havdalah with Rabbi Berkowitz The Monday morning Havdalah is a regular feature of our Schilit Nursery School. We will keep this weekly program going online for as long as our building remains closed. This program will continue every week for as long as our building is closed. Please use this Zoom link to access: https://zoom.us/j/203682826 and the event will also be broadcast live in the B'nai Israel Congregation Facebook group. 

 
Talmud Torah - To access virtual Talmud Torah, click here

All Kindergarten-6th grade families should have received emails with information about distance learning for each grade. If you are not receiving emails, please let us know. Noar B'Yachad families will be receiving information soon.

Our Talmud Torah Kindergarten - 2nd Graders can join Cantor Josh, music teacher Rachel Gomberg and some special guests for Tefillah via Zoom. Click here to join in.

From Our Music teacher, Rachel Gomberg

Tefillah for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Songs found in the back of the children's Haggadah
Avadim Hayinu
Dayeinu
Go Down Moses
Lotsa Matzah (silly song for preK-1st grade)
Ten Plagues in Egypt Land
Miriam's Song (better for older kids)

Youth Programming

Shavuot Kahoot (Grades 6–8)
Wednesday, May 27, 5:45-6:30 PM 
Put your Shavuot knowledge to the test with this fun quiz! 
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88196126820
Meeting ID: 881 9612 6820

Shavuot Fun (Grades K–2)
Thursday, May 28, 2:00-3:00 PM 
Show off your coolest nature find and make paper flowers to celebrate Shavuot! 
Materials: Bring whatever you find in nature! Construction paper or printer paper, pen or pencil, scissors (ask a parent if you need help!). 
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82802110617
Meeting ID: 828 0211 0617

Morning Ivrit (Hebrew) with Netta Asner
Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 AM  
Join our shlicha for 20 minutes of Hebrew vocabulary! Designed for kids and open to adults. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/872256498

Kahoot! (Grades 3-5) 
Tuesday, June 2, 5:00-6:00 PM
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Put your knowledge to the test with this new and exciting Kahoot!
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86170466082
Meeting ID: 861 7046 6082 

Sports Kahoot! (Grades 6-8)
Wednesday, June 3, 5:45-6:30 PM
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Kick, score, and run your way to the top of the leader board with this kahoot! 
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89675423269
Meeting ID: 896 7542 3269

Science Fun: Make Your Own Lava Lamp (Grades K-2)
Thursday, June 4, 4:30-5:00 PM 
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Make a cool lava lamp and show off your expert science skills! 
Materials needed: empty water bottle, water, vegetable oil (you can use baby oil or mineral oil instead), fizzing tablet (like alka seltzer), and food coloring.
Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82736378930
Meeting ID: 827 3637 8930 

Teen Catch Up (Grades 9–12) Come chat with Sarah Jarvis! Catch up, tell jokes, and (google) hangout during this crazy time. Click here for the Calendly link to sign up. 

Youth activities & resources

BBYO on Demand

Ramah Babayit

Schlichim Activities Calendar

Young Judea

community items of interest

JTS Times of Crisis and Possbility: New Online Series 
Learn with JTS faculty and fellows in a series of weekly online sessions exploring pivotal moments in the Jewish experience. Attend one, some, or all. The list of classes is below. The Zoom link for each session will be in the confirmation email after you register.

The Immigration Crises Then and Now: What are the 21st Century Possibilities? 
Monday, June 1, 1:00–2:15 PM 
Ruth Messinger, JTS Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow, looks at our Jewish history as immigrants and considers the status and treatment of immigrants today in the U.S. and elsewhere. She'll discuss options for making change and consider what the Jewish position should be on these issues. Click here to register. 

Is There a Jewish Continuity Crisis? 
Monday, June 8, 1:00–2:15 PM 
Dr. Michal Raucher, JTS Fellow, examines the phenomenon of Jewish leaders invoking the threat of a demographic crisis to implore young Jews to procreate at higher rates. Using biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary texts, she'll consider what it would mean to think about Jewish continuity not solely in terms of creating more Jews but also cultivating and supporting the values central to our tradition. Click here to register.

Wed, May 27 2020 4 Sivan 5780