From:                                   B'nai Israel Congregation []

Sent:                                    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:01 PM


Subject:                                August 2014 e-Midmonth







Scroll Opt-In Registration


B'nai 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 and mailing.

If you prefer to continue receiving your Scroll in the mail, please click here to download the request form. This form must be returned to the B'nai Israel office no later than Friday,

September 5. If you do not submit the Scroll opt-in request, you will no longer receive a paper

copy of the Scroll after September.


So 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 e-commerce.

- Larry Trope 


Dear B'nai Israel Members,


During these troubling times in Israel, many of us are praying for Israel's security and looking for things we can do to make a difference. 


The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has set up an Israel Emergency Campaign. 100% of money collected in this campaign is going to help Israelis. 


Under the 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 sacrifices.  


Snack packages - $18    

Toiletry kits - $36          

Undergarment kits - $22

Field towelettes for basic hygiene (a package of 10) - $50


B'nai Israel stands with Israel. We continue to pray for safety and security, with the larger wish that peace may come speedily.  



Our Shabbat youth programs continue this summer  

on a modified schedule: 


Torah for Tots

For children 4 years old and younger and their parents
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Meets weekly throughout the summer.


Special themed-program on August 16 (Beach Shabbat). Click here for details.

Mini-Minyan (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. 


All on the Same Page: A Summer Congregational Reading Program

Marching to Zion 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).

Book Discussion
Saturday, September 6 at 12:15 p.m. following Shabbat services and kiddush



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 Change".


High Holy Day Babysitting and Youth Programming
Registration form and payment are due by Friday, August 27. Space is limited!
Click here to download the registration form.


BISNS RegistrationSchilit Nursery School Registration


Registration is 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 Toddler Time

Ages 15-24 months (with adult)
Thursdays, September 11 - December 18
9:30-11:00 a.m.

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 with Karen
Friday mornings
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).


B'nai Israel Talmud Torah  


Registration 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).   


and . . . Mark your Calendars!


Talmud Torah Opening Days

Lower School Grades K-6

Sunday, September 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lower School Mid-Week Classes Grades 3-6

Tuesday, September 9, 4:15-6:15 p.m.

Upper School Grades 7-10

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Lower School Mid-Week Classes Grades 3-6

Wednesday, September 10, 4:15-6:15 p.m. 


Sisterhood 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. 


Interfaith Works School Supplies Drive Collecting through August 30

This year's 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. 


  1. Backpacks (grades K-12)
  2. Packages of lined filler paper
  3. Tab Dividers
  4. 2-pocket Folders
  5. Pencil pouches  


1-subject notebooks, Composition books, Erasers (large/pink), Packages of big markers,

Pens (red and black), Scissors (blunt tip and pointed tip), Rulers, Pencil boxes, Boxes of colored pencils


Men's Club: Afternoon with Abba

Frederick Keys Game

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.

The 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 for dinner. 

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. 

Free of Charge

Prepare your mind, body, and soul for the Yamim Nora'im, the Days of Awe.

September 2
High Holy Day Survival Guide with Rabbi Michael Safra 

Make the most of your time in the synagogue.  Understand the themes ... for "believers" and "non-believers" alike.

September 9
Justice and Mercy: The Art of Forgiveness with Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer 

Strengthen relationships inside and outside of the synagogue through the wisdom of our tradition.

September 16
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. 575). 



Join B'nai Israel Sisterhood as we explore Jewish Richmond. We will be accompanied

by 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

(Choice of: Tuna Salad Sandwich, Egg Salad Sandwich or Veggie Wrap)

All 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.


Our Family Shabbaton Returns this Fall!

Friday-Sunday, September 12-14

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center 

Reisterstown, MD


Relax. Breathe. Discover. Enjoy.

Relax 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.

Breathe 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.

Discover 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.

Enjoy the excellent programming and friendships that develop from retreating from our busy routines to spend a Shabbat with old and new friends.

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 register. 


Holiday Flowers
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 (, 301-871-3661).


Honey 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. 

Delivery is guaranteed by Rosh Hashanah for all domestic orders placed by September 5.

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

Havdalah Service and Dessert Reception
9:00 p.m.
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.  

L.I.F.E. Lecture with Robyn Helzner
9:30 p.m.
Kreplach and 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. 

Selichot Services
10:45 p.m.
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.


Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery

Sunday, September 21 

9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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. 


Aleph 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.


Know 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 $40.

Order forms 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.


Men's Club SUKKOT Sales Program

B'nai Israel members can order a sukkah directly from 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.

The 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 can help.

Questions? Contact Asher Gendelman (240-432-0020).


Yom Kippur Ask the Rabbis Forum

Saturday, October 4

3:45 p.m.

Following the 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


Dor L'Dor (Grandparent-Grandchild) Programming:  

Sukkah Decorating & Lunch

Sunday, October 5 

12:15 p.m. 


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)


Please register 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

Wednesday, October 22

7:30 p.m.

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 6301
Saturday, October 25

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Lounge 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


B'nai to Broadway


Join Sisterhood as it travels to the Big Apple on Sunday, December 14 to see A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder orOn the Town.  You choose the show you want to see.  Everyone is welcome.   


For information about pricing, contact Michelle Goldstein  (301-37-8976) or Gail Libin (301-871-3661). 


From Our Table to Yours, Volume II

B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School Cookbook


Are 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. 


Don't miss out-Volume I sold out in record time. Available in the Nursery School Office for only $25 per book.


Gift Card/Scrip Fundraiser


Want to support B'nai Israel with no strings attached? Go grocery shopping frequently? Support our gift card scrip program, which benefits the synagogue.


The Education 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 (240-221-2500).   


Mah Jongg Cards 


The Sisterhood 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). 


Sisterhood Judaica Shop - For All Your Judaica Needs! 



Grand Reopening
Sunday, August 24
9:00 a.m.

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.

Prior to 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 and benchers for your simcha, call Suzy (301-460-9636).


B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School  is linked with Harris Teeter! 

B'nai Israel 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.


Questions? Contact the Nursery School Office (301-816-5578).    


The DJTorah Honor Society in Memory of Hazzan Deborah Togut


The DJTorah 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.


Three (3) qualified readings reaches the Yad (Pointer) level and earns a gift certificate to, a special kippah, and a yad.


Seven (7) 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).


The rules governing eligibility for scholarships are determined by the B'nai Israel Scholarship Committee. For more information about our scholarship programs, please contact Melissa Schwartz.


Get started reading Torah and earning credits this fall. Please contact Cantor Ilana Wolpert to schedule your first reading today!


Daily Minyan Sign-Up

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 evening minyan. 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.


Your commitment to ensuring our daily evening minyan helps B'nai Israel maintain the sense of community excellence for which we are known.


Washington Jewish WeekDon't 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: 



Regular:  $72.08 for 1 year, $99.64 for 2 years

Senior (55 and up):  $38.16 for 1 year, $72.08 for 2 years 


An 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 system:

1.  Dial the regular B'nai Israel phone number, 301-881-6550.

2.  When the automatic system answers the telephone, dial "7".

3.  You will be transferred to the live Dweck Sanctuary audio.


Please 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. 


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