Scroll Opt-In Registration
Israel is going green!
Would you prefer to receive your Scroll
beginning in October by email or continue to receive a printed copy
in the mail?
The choice is yours!
Just let us know by Friday, September 5. As of the October 2014
issue, the B'nai Israel Scroll
will only be sent to the congregation by email. The electronic
version will have all of the same content and features as the paper
version, without the environmental and financial costs of printing
If you prefer to continue receiving your Scroll in the
mail, please click here to download the request
form must be returned to the B'nai Israel office no later than
If you do not submit the Scroll
opt-in request, you will no longer receive a paper
copy of the Scroll
What's Nu With Your Billing?
With the August billing you will find a self-addressed return
envelope for your payment with a new mailing address. Payments
will now be going directly to our bank, Eagle Bank. The reason for
this change is to ensure that your payments are processed and
credited to your account in a timelier and lower cost manner. Your
synagogue dollars will be even harder at work. This change only
affects payments made using our self-addressed return envelopes.
Other methods of
payment, including payment in person, payment by mail addressed
directly to B'nai Israel, and payment online through our website and
ChaverWeb, are still available.
We thank you for
your patience and understanding as we move further into the world of
B'nai Israel Members,
troubling times in Israel, many of us are praying for Israel's
security and looking for things we can do to make a difference.
Federation of Greater Washington has set up an Israel Emergency
Campaign. 100% of money collected in this campaign is going to
leadership of Stephanie Holtzman of the Nursery School Parent
Association and Mitchell Gross of the Israel Affairs Committee, we
are also partnering with Friends of the Israel
Defense Forces. They are delivering packages to boost morale and
let them know how much Jews throughout the world appreciate their
Snack packages -
Toiletry kits -
kits - $22
for basic hygiene (a package of 10) - $50
stands with Israel. We continue to pray for safety and security, with
the larger wish that peace may come speedily.
& SEPTEMBER Shabbat Magic
Shabbat youth programs continue this summer
a modified schedule:
Torah for Tots
For children 4 years old and
younger and their parents
Meets weekly throughout the summer.
themed-program on August 16 (Beach Shabbat). Click here for details.
(for grades K-3) and Junior Congregation (for grades 4-7) will meet on Saturday,
August 23, when we will celebrate all August birthdays.
And don't forget
to join us on Saturday, September 6th for our
Shabbat Magic Opening which will include all of our youth
services, a special "Welcome Back" for our students, September
Birthday Celebration, and our Summer Reading Book Discussion Group.
Click here for a detailed schedule.
on the Same Page: A Summer Congregational Reading Program
by Mary Glickman
Marching to Zion
is an entertaining novel about sins of the flesh and the redemptive
power of belief, a forbidden, tempestuous, and tragic love story of a
beautiful Jewish immigrant and a debonair black man in the South
during the early 20th century.
Multiple copies of the book are available in the Blumberg-Zalis
Family Library. If the library is closed, please contact Beth in Rabbi Safra's office (301-881-6550, ext. 575).
Saturday, September 6 at 12:15 p.m. following Shabbat services and
Our Summer Speaker series has been
an amazing success, with members of the congregation sharing
interesting experiences that help to strengthen their Jewish
identities. Please join us on August 16, when David Bauman will serve
as our final speaker. His topic is "Agents of
High Holy Day Babysitting and Youth
Registration form and payment are due by Friday, August
27. Space is limited!
Click here to download the
Nursery School Registration
underway for the 2014-2015 school year. Prospective families with
children ages 2-5 interested in enrollment in our half day or full
day programs including Before Care and After Care, please contact Karen Gerton, Director, Schilit Nursery School,
301-816-5578, to schedule a tour of our school.
B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School
Ages 15-24 months (with adult)
Thursdays, September 11 - December 18
This unique class introduces young children to our
nursery school environment. Through a balance of structured and
unstructured activities they learn to play cooperatively and
independently. Children explore art, story-telling, games, music,
language, movement, dramatic play, as well as Jewish holidays and
traditions. Group discussions with parents/caregivers and teacher
include topics such as separation, daily routines, eating, bedtime
and other requested aspects of child development. For
information, please contact Nursery School Director, Karen Gerton (301-816-5578).
Schilit Nursery School Sing Along
Fall Session: September-December
We invite all children ages newborn-24 months (accompanied by an
adult) to bring their singing voices and play musical instruments
with Karen Shapiro Barbash. Karen's dynamic and spontaneous music
sessions enchant both children and adults. She combines her musical
talent with creativity, humor, and love for children. It promises to
be a memorable, special time for all. For information, please
contact Nursery School Director, Karen Gerton (301-816-5578).
Israel Talmud Torah
for the 2014-15 school year is open. You may now register online. If
you have any questions, please contact Becca Ward (301-816-5576).
. . . Mark your Calendars!
Torah Opening Days
September 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Lower School Mid-Week Classes
September 9, 4:15-6:15 p.m.
September 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lower School Mid-Week Classes
Wednesday, September 10, 4:15-6:15 p.m.
News . . .
The B'nai Israel
Sisterhood will be mailing its annual dues bills in mid-August.
Recent new members of the synagogue receive a complimentary
membership and will not be included in the mailing.
Works School Supplies Drive Collecting through August 30
school supplies drive will provide new backpacks and school supplies
to more than 2,000
students who want to start the 2014-2015 school year
ready to learn. For many families in Montgomery County, the cost of
rent, food, utilities, and $50 for school supplies for each of their
children is just too much. You can help! Please contribute new school
supplies to the collection bin near the education office at B'nai
Israel. All items
should be new.
TOP FIVE NEEDED ITEMS:
of lined filler paper
notebooks, Composition books, Erasers (large/pink), Packages of big
Pens (red and
black), Scissors (blunt tip and pointed tip), Rulers, Pencil boxes,
Boxes of colored pencils
Men's Club: Afternoon
Sunday, August 31
Kids and parents are invited to watch the Frederick Keys (Baltimore
Orioles farm team) take on the Potomac Nationals in the mini-version
of the Battle of the Beltways on Sunday, August 31.
Game time is 6:00 p.m., but there is a catch on the
field at 5:00 p.m. afer which kids can run the field with the players
for the National Anthem. After the game, kids 12 and under can run
the bases and everyone can watch fireworks.
Men's Club will pay for all entry tickets; and fun zone ducats, a
souvenir baseball, cheese pizza and a drink. Adults are on their own
Please contact Jonathan
Salant for more information or to sign up. Reservations
are due by Friday, August 15.
High Holy Day Workshops
3 Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Each session stands alone.
Prepare your mind, body, and soul for the Yamim Nora'im,
the Days of Awe.
High Holy Day Survival Guide with Rabbi Michael Safra
Make the most of your time in the synagogue.
Understand the themes ... for "believers" and
Justice and Mercy: The Art of Forgiveness with Rabbi Jonathan
Strengthen relationships inside and outside of the synagogue
through the wisdom of our tradition.
The "Feeling" of Prayer with Cantor Josh Perlman
Create meaning through the music ... even if you don't
understand all the words.
Questions? Contact Beth (301-881-6550, ext.
Join B'nai Israel Sisterhood as we explore Jewish
Richmond. We will be accompanied
an experienced guide who will share his knowledge of the
sites/museums we will visit.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Leave B'nai Israel at 8:45 a.m.
Return to B'nai Israel at approximately 6:00 p.m.
$60 members, $75 nonmembers/guests/friends/family
Includes a Kosher lunch, snacks, fruit and drinks
of: Tuna Salad Sandwich, Egg Salad Sandwich or Veggie Wrap)
reservations must be made and paid no later than Wednesday, September
10. Reservations may be made by mailing a check (payable to
B'nai Israel Sisterhood) and reservation form to: Sheila Chodorov,
2921 N. Leisure World Blvd., #402, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906.
Questions? Contact Sheila (240-449-0229). Click here to
download a reservation form.
Family Shabbaton Returns this Fall!
Conference and Retreat Center
Breathe. Discover. Enjoy.
at our Family Shabbaton weekend getaway. Leave your busy routine
behind and come away with other B'nai Israel families to share the
warmth and beauty of Shabbat at the lovely Pearlstone Retreat Center
in Reisterstown, Maryland.
in the open air and take in the beauty of nature that will surround
you. Pearlstone's attractive and comfortable facilities create a
wonderful backdrop for a fabulous weekend.
how Judaism speaks to your life today in stimulating adult
discussions and book groups. The weekend will also include
traditional and family services, children's activities, adult
socials, and free time.
the excellent programming and friendships that develop from
retreating from our busy routines to spend a Shabbat with old and new
The Family Shabbaton is designed for families of all ages and stages.
We look forward to sharing a truly delightful weekend with you and to
forming new life-long relationships.
Questions? Contact Sharon Safra, Family
Education Director (240-221-2500).
Registration is preferred as soon
as possible but due no later than Tuesday, August 26.
Click here to
Enhance your own holiday table or send holiday flowers to a family
member or friend. Flowers always complement a beautifully set holiday
table. Let the B'nai Israel Sisterhood take care of the legwork so
you have less to think about during the holiday preparations.
$54 for local delivery, $59 for out-of-state delivery. All
arrangements will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Orders are due
by Thursday, September 18. Click here to
download the order form.
Questions? Contact Gail Libin (email@example.com,
From The Heart - Sisterhood Fundraiser
Each HONEY FROM THE HEART gift contains an 8 oz. jar of delicious
100% pure clover honey, certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. It is
accompanied by a personalized gift card from you, and is delivered in
time for Erev Rosh Hashanah (September 24).
Ordering honey for your family, friends and business
associates is a sweet way to welcome the new year while also
supporting worthwhile organizations.
Honey Orders are $10.00 each
Free shipping for orders placed by July 21. After July
21, shipping is $4.00.
is guaranteed by Rosh Hashanah for all domestic orders placed by
To place your order online, click here. If you
prefer not to place your order online or have questions, please
contact Linda Reisner (301-519-1776).
Selichot & L.I.F.E. Lecture
Saturday, September 20
Service and Dessert Reception
Join us for the official start of the High Holy Day season. As we
prepare to welcome the Days of Awe, we align ourselves with Jews all
over the world who will celebrate the New Year with rituals sometimes
similar, sometimes different from our own.
Lecture with Robyn Helzner
Dim Sum: Yes, There are Jews in China!
Join Robyn Helzner as she shares stories, photos, video and music to
explore the extraordinary history of the Jewish communities in
Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Kaifeng; and traces their emergence
as the fastest growing Jewish region in the world.
A stunning vocalist and vivid storyteller, Robyn Helzner served for
six years as the cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong
Kong and has worked with congregations in Shanghai and Tokyo.
Join Rabbi Schnitzer and Cantor Josh for a beautiful service that
introduces the melodies, themes, and emotions of the High Holy Day
Season. The service ends at the stroke of midnight.
Hashanah Package Delivery
Contact: Signe Wetrogan
Help us deliver
over 60 Rosh Hashanah packages to senior residents in the Rockville
and Leisure World areas. Pick up packages and names and addresses of
recipients in the B'nai Israel parking lot in the morning. We ask
that all deliveries be made before 1:00 p.m. that day. This is a
wonderful family activity.
Isn't Enough-Hebrew Reading Level 2
Instructor: Nechama Fellner
10 Sundays, September 21-December 14
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Registration: $45 members, $60 nonmembers
(includes a copy of Aleph
Isn't Enough textbook)
This class is intended for students with elementary knowledge of the
Hebrew letters and vowels-no other Hebrew skill is required.
Improve you reading speed and decoding skills, and develop a basic
vocabulary that will enable you to better understand and participate
in the rituals and rhythms of Jewish life. To register online, click here.
the JOY of SUKKOT by participating in the mitzvah of lulav and etrog
with your family!
Thanks to the resources of the Dollye and Wolford
Berman Educational Initiative Grant, B'nai Israel is
pleased to offer an incentive of lulav and etrog sets at the
discounted rate of $30 to families who are participating in this
mitzvah for the first time. All others will be asked to pay
must be received by Tuesday, September 30. Click here to
download the form.
Lulav and etrog sets may be picked up on Tuesday, October 7 from
6:30-8:30 p.m., and Wednesday, October 8, from 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Club SUKKOT Sales Program
Israel members can order a sukkah directly from www.sukkot.com and
get a 10% discount by using coupon code: BNAIISRAEL. Choose from wood
frame and tubular kits, complete with bamboo roofs in sizes from 6' x
8' to 12' x 18' to fit your home.
Men's Club can build your sukkah so you don't have to! Assembly
prices start at $54. If you need assistance with your sukkah
selection, or would like to have your sukkah built, the Men's Club
Questions? Contact Asher Gendelman
Yom Kippur Ask the Rabbis Forum
Musaf service on Yom Kippur afternoon, Rabbi Schnitzer
and Rabbi Safra look forward to resonding to your queries. Please submit your question
by email by Tuesday, September 23 to Rosanne.
L'Dor (Grandparent-Grandchild) Programming:
Decorating & Lunch
We'll start off
with a pizza lunch and then make beautiful decorations for the B'nai
Israel Fanaroff Sukkah.
$5 per adult
(covers lunch), $8 per child (covers lunch and art activities)
by Monday, September 29. Click here for a flyer or click here to register online.
Dor L'Dor events
are open to B'nai Israel-affiliated grandparents and/or grandchildren
along with their family members.
Wine, Women and What's Nu Fall
Program: "Salud to Women!"
An event for all B'nai
Israel women, sponsored by Sisterhood
We all want to
be as healthy as we can possibly be, but how do we accomplish
this? We're so fortunate to have a team of experts, women like
ourselves, ready to share their professional expertise with us on
topics ranging over effective diet and nutrition, exercise,
reproductive issues from pregnancy to menopause, and treatment of
illnesses that affect women. Come and hear Bnai's own
doctors, nurses, physical therapists, fitness coaches and
nutritionists talk about you and your health.
There is no charge for this event however your RSVP will
help us with your planning. Please RSVP to Carol Vogel (301-770-5444).
Back by Popular Demand . . . LOUNGE
Saturday, October 25
6301 returns for one night only!
B'nai Israel will once again be transformed into a lively piano
lounge!Join us for an interactive and entertaining evening with
professional dueling pianists, beverages and dessert.
$18 per person
$22 per person (October 15-24)
$25 at the door
Questions? Contact Marty (301.881.6550) Click here to
download the reservation form.
Chairs: Jennifer Schwartz, Adam Tennen, Stacy Rabkin, Wendy Stickle
Our Table to Yours, Volume II
Schilit Nursery School Cookbook
you looking for new recipes to prepare for the High Holidays? Check
out our collection of over 450 recipes including Jewish holiday
recipes, family favorites, child-friendly foods and many more
organized in a professionally designed 3-ring binder. The format
allows you to add additional recipes to the cookbook; now all of your
recipes can be in one location.
Buy a few!
From Our Table to Yours, Volume II is a great gift for
house warming, birthday, bridal shower, hostess gifts, etc.
out-Volume I sold out in record time. Available in the Nursery School
Office for only $25 per book.
Want to support
B'nai Israel with no strings attached? Go grocery shopping
frequently? Support our gift card scrip program, which benefits the
office is selling gift cards for Giant Food, Peapod, Moti's Market
(formerly, Koshermart) and Shalom's in Wheaton! You can buy them
at face value and use them just as you would cash or a credit card at
those stores. It will not affect your gas points, school bonus points,
coupons, or any other reward points.
Buy them in the
Education Office during office hours and most Talmud Torah school
hours. Or order them online and specify your pick up date by clicking here. Cash or checks only!
Questions? Contact Sharon Safra
Judaica Shop is selling the 2014 Mah Jongg Card. Extra cards were
ordered and will be available as long as they last. The Standard Card
is $8.00 and the Large Card is $9.00. If you have any questions, call
Harriet Levi (301-649-3429).
Judaica Shop - For All Your Judaica Needs!
Let the Judaica Shop help you celebrate a sweet new year! Come see
the many new items on display from the New York Gift Show.
August 24, shop hours are by appointment only. For
an appointment call Dottie (301-881-7115) or Miriam (301-649-3770).
To special order personalized kippot
for your simcha,
call Suzy (301-460-9636).
Israel Schilit Nursery School is linked with Harris Teeter!
Schilit Nursery School is linked with Harris Teeter as a registered
school for Together in Education (TIE). It is easy and linking your
VIC card to Bnai Israel Schilit Nursery School #1506 does not cost you
ANYTHING! Don't forget ALL VIC cards will need to be RE-LINKED for
the 2014-15 school year starting August 1st. After your card is
linked, simply purchase Harris Teeter brand products or fill a
prescription and if enough people shop at Harris Teeter a donation
will be made to our nursery school. We appreciate your support.
Contact the Nursery School Office (301-816-5578).
DJTorah Honor Society in Memory of Hazzan Deborah Togut
Honor Society was created to honor the memory of Hazzan Deborah Togut
by increasing the number of teenagers who participate in the ritual
life of the synagogue through Torah reading. Teenagers who read
full-length portions in the Dweck Sanctuary service will receive credit
towards the Society.
qualified readings reaches the Yad (Pointer) level and earns a gift
certificate to Amazon.com, a special kippah, and a yad.
qualified readings reaches the Keter (Crown) level and earns a place
on a plaque in the Goldberg Youth Chapel. Students at this level will
be entitled to an additional $100 for approved youth programs (i.e. a
member of the Society who would normally receive $500 for a trip to
Israel would be entitled to $600).
governing eligibility for scholarships are determined by the B'nai
Israel Scholarship Committee. For more information about our
scholarship programs, please contact Melissa Schwartz.
reading Torah and earning credits this fall. Please contact Cantor Ilana
Wolpert to schedule your first reading today!
At B'nai Israel, we are justifiably proud of sustaining daily morning
and evening minyanim.
Unfortunately, our evening minyanim sometimes lacks the required ten
adults during the winter months. We are again instituting a voluntary
sign up list to try to encourage more people to participate in our
We want to urge you to try to commit to a minyan or two over the coming
weeks, and to let us know in advance when those dates might be.
Click here to see a list of dates
and people who have agreed to support us. You will notice that there
are 4 slots for each date, as we already count on at least 6
"regulars" on any given night. The password is
"bnai" and there is no need to register with the website
unless you want email reminders.
to ensuring our daily evening minyan
helps B'nai Israel maintain the sense of community excellence for
which we are known.
forget to subscribe or renew your Washington Jewish Week
subscriptions through Sisterhood.
Make your check payable to B'nai Israel Sisterhood and
leave it in the Washington Jewish Week envelope found in the
Sisterhood mailbox in the main office. For questions, contact
Toby Loewy. The rates are as follows:
for 1 year, $99.64 for 2 years
Senior (55 and
up): $38.16 for 1 year, $72.08 for 2 years
Invitation to Join Your Congregation by Telephone When You Cannot Be
With Us at Our Services
Open your Siddur
or Humash at home or away from home and participate in our Shabbat,
Festival and High Holy Day services. Follow the reading of the Torah,
study the parasha together with the congregation, listen to the
comments of the rabbis on the many concerns of Jewish life, offer
personal prayers and sing familiar melodies along with the Hazzan and
our B'nai Israel community.
Up to 15
participants will be able to call into the B'nai Israel phone system
between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and listen to the live audio of our
service in the Dweck Sanctuary.
How to use the
the regular B'nai Israel phone number, 301-881-6550.
the automatic system answers the telephone, dial "7".
will be transferred to the live Dweck Sanctuary audio.
note: If 15 participants are already listening on the system,
you will receive a message that the system is full. Please try again
later in the morning.
Montrose Road,Rockville, MD 20852