From:                                   B'nai Israel Congregation []

Sent:                                    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:51 PM


Subject:                                November 2014 e-Midmonth








Attention New Members of B'nai Israel Congregation!
During your first year of membership, Sisterhood is pleased to present a welcome gift of a one-year complimentary Sisterhood membership (expires June 2015). Please contact Sisterhood Presidents Christina Hersh or Lynn Rayman.


HAZAK: Active Seniors Presents . . .
News Media Meltdown: Discovering the Gaza War
with Eric Rozenman, Washington Director of CAMERA - Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Thursday, November 13
Bring a dairy lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Programs begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Eric Rozenman has served as Washington director of CAMERA, the 65,000 - member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, since 2002.  From 1997 to 2002 he worked as executive editor of B'nai B'rith's International Jewish Monthly, senior speechwriter and press spokesman.  For five years prior to that, Rozenman was editor of the Washington Jewish Week.  

HAZAK is our group for individuals 55 or older who want to share in interesting experiences. It's never too late to make new friends!

Questions? Contact Beth in Rabbi Safra's office.


Jews and Brews: An Informal Jewish Conversation for Men
Thursday, November 13

7:30-9:00 p.m.
Lakewood Country Club
This program is sponsored by the B'nai Israel Men's Club.

Join Rabbi Safra for drinks and schmoozing, followed by informal text study and discussion about ethical living in our modern world.


Shabbat Around B'nai

An ongoing, pay-it-forward Shabbat Dinner Program designed to expand your circle of friends within the B'nai Israel community

The first night of Shabbat Around B'nai will be Friday, November 14.  All you have to do is invite another B'nai Israel family to join you for Shabbat dinner in your home.  You will receive a nice Shabbat bag for hosting, plus of course enjoy an evening of lovely conversation.  

On December 19, the program will run again.  On that date, we hope that all the original hosts will want to host other families and more importantly, we hope all the original guests will pay forward the hospitality by inviting another family to their home.  It is, in essence, a Shabbat dinner pyramid scheme. The program will run again on February 6, March 13 and May 1.

Light the candles, recite the blessings (we'll provide them for you!)  and enjoy a wonderful evening! Register online or download a paper registration form. Questions?  Contact Jennifer Schwartz.


B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School OPEN HOUSE 2015-2016

Friday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.


Sunday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m.

If you or a friend are looking for a half day or full day nursery school please join us on Friday, November 14 or Sunday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Prospective families are invited to visit our school in anticipation of our 2015-2016 school year.  Contact Karen Gerton, Director, Schilit Nursery School, 301-816-5578, with questions.  RSVPs are appreciated but not required. If you are unable to join us, please call to schedule a tour.


Trip to the JCC Book Festival and Book Discussion 

Friday, November 14

10:30 a.m.


Please join our B'nai Israel book club as we head over to the 45th Lessans Family Book Festival at the JCC for a 9th Annual Book Club Brunch featuring Susan Jane Gillman, author of  The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (see description below). The cost of the program includes brunch and a signed copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased at; and will be available for early pickup at the JCC box office. For more information call 301-348-3805.



Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, November 19

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Blumberg Zalis Family Library  


The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a captivating story of ice cream queen Lillian Dunkle. A young Russian immigrant, Dunkle, is all at once pathetic, sarcastic, ambitious, and bold. As a poor immigrant becomes the ice cream queen, the story provides historical insights on the development and franchising of the ice cream industry. Gilman is the acclaimed author of several books and has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. Magazine.  


Shabbat Magic Highlights


Shabbat Magic (B'nai Israel's Shabbat programming) is under way with many wonderful things planned! Here are some special Shabbat programs in the upcoming weeks:


November 22- Parashat HaShavua Discussion and 2nd Grade Shabbat

December 6 - December Birthday Shabbat

December 13 - Parashat HaShavua Discussion and 4th Grade Shabbat


For a full list of our regular youth services and special events, go to our website.




Manna Food Sorting

Sunday, November 16

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for our first of the new year Manna Food Warehouse food sorting.  It's always a wonderful family activity.  The Manna Food Warehouse is located at 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD.  Contact Andrea Nadelman, with questions. 



Holiday Snowflake Gift Project

Now through December 1


This year, once again, we will be helping to make holiday wishes come true for children identified by the Linkages for Learning Coordinator at the Weller Road Elementary School. We have received a "wish list" along with relevant information (i.e., age, gender, sizes, etc.) for each child in need.


To participate in this worthy and very satisfying project, sign up to provide one (or more) of the items on a particular child's wish list. If you would like to purchase gifts for more than one child, we ask that you consider selecting siblings. Doing so helps us to ensure that the children within a particular family receive gifts of similar quantity and quality.


Click here for our Snow Flake List on SignUp Genius. And, for any questions or concerns you may have, please feel free to contact either Kristen Mirsky or Signe Wetrogan.


Thank you for your participation and support!



Shabbat: A Unique Time Zone

Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
4 Tuesdays, November 18-December 9
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Registration: $30 members, $40 nonmembers

Over the course of four  sessions, we will explore core sources relating to Shabbat in biblical and Rabbinic literature. We will also discuss how we as 21st century Jews might be able to develop our own Shabbat style and spirit.
Click here to register.


JDS Upper School Lunch with B'nai Israel Staff

Thursday, November 20

Our staff will be bringing pizza and dessert to the CESJDS Upper School for our B'nai Israel teens. We hope our B'nai Israel students will join us. If you think you/your teen will be coming, please RSVP to Sharon by Monday, November 17 so we know how much pizza to order.


SisterhoodDuesSisterhood Paid Up Membership DInner
Thursday, November 20
6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a wonderful dinner and a raffle for some great prizes! Entertainment by Steve Friedman, a Broadway educator and vocalist. RSVP by Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Questions? Contact Audrey Suskind or Susan Lazerus.


2017 B'nai Mitzvah Family Informational Meeting

Sunday, November 23

5:00-7:30 p.m.


A Light Supper will be served; siblings are welcome, but there will be no babysitting

Please RSVP to Liat  by Sunday, November 16.


Rabbi Jonathan A. SchnitzerMonthly Lunch and Learn: Torah Study
Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer
Monday, December 1 and the first Monday of each month
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Registration: Free

Join the eager group of congregants and others who assemble monthly to participate with Rabbi Schnitzer in a detailed engagement with the text of the Torah.


B'nai Israel's Book Discussion Group

Wedesday, December 3

11:00 a.m.

Discussion Leader: Ilana Wolpert


The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Set in turn-of-the-century Manhattan, this historical fantasy details the immigrant experience--the wonders and hardships of being in a new country and the discoveries, triumphs, and failures that follow--while blending elements of Jewish and Arab folklore and mythology. Wecker keeps the surprises coming in this unusual story of the intersection of two magical beings and their joint impact on their parochial immigrant communities.

Joint program with B'nai Israel Sisterhood


Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rahel Musleah
Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7

Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th century Baghdad. With song, story, and pictures, she shares her rare and intimate knowledge of this ancient community's history, customs and melodies.

Friday, December 5
6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service, with special tunes from Calcutta
7:00 p.m. Indian-themed dinner (Make a dinner reservation by Sunday, November 30.)
8:15 p.m. "Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory"
A fascinating personal story mirrors the story of Calcutta's Jews with humor, poignancy, and song.

Saturday, December 6
9:00 a.m. Shabbat services begin
9:50 a.m. Torah Service, featuring an intriguing medley of ancient texts, distinctive Shabbat rituals, customs and liturgy
11:00 a.m. Sermon: "The Power of Prayer to Create Community"
12:30 p.m. (following Kiddush) Q&A, informal discussion

Saturday Evening
"Awafi: An Intimate Evening of Music and Food"
Hosted by Vicki Berman and Yeheskel Dori
Join Rahel in learning about the cuisine and food customs of the Baghdadi-Indian Jewish community, singing its songs for motza'ei Shabbat (the end of Shabbat), and enjoying a cooking demonstration and dessert.
Advance registration is required to Beth (301-881-6550, ext. 575).

Sunday, December 7
9:00 a.m. Morning Minyan, followed by breakfast
9:45 a.m. "The Blessings of a Pomegranate"
The riveting legacy of the Jews of Iraq and an unforgettable return "home" to Calcutta.

For more details, click here.


Monday Night at the Movies

December 8
7:30 p.m.


Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (92 min. English)

Using rare newsreel footage and gripping clips form over forty films, this award winning documentary explores how Hollywood filmmakers and popular culture have portrayed the Holocaust over the past 60 years.



A Package From Home

Support Israeli Soldiers this Hanukkah!


Send an Israeli Soldier "A Package from Home." Send a check with the money you would otherwise spend on 1 night of Hanukkah gifts, and we will purchase care packages to let these heroes know you care. Include a card or letter from your family expressing appreciation for their sacrifice and wishing them a Hag Hanukkah Sameah!


Make checks payable to B'nai Israel Congregation by Monday, December 8, 2014.  To learn more, go to



Rabbi Simon's Winter Book Review

Wednesday, December 10 

10:00-11:00 a.m.


Join Rabbi Matthew Simon for his exciting book review sessions.


HAZAK: Active Seniors Presents . . .

Jewish "Family" Feud Game

with Sharon Doner-Feldman
Thursday, December 11
Bring a dairy lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Programs begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Join us for our Hanukkah program where we will play our own Jewish version of the Family Feud game! Join a team and test your knowledge of Jewish customs, history, Torah, and Israeli facts. Bring a dairy lunch and we'll supply the sufganiyot and Hanukkah cookies!

HAZAK is our group for individuals 55 or older who want to share in interesting experiences. It's never too late to make new friends!

Questions? Contact Beth in Rabbi Safra's office.


B'nai to Broadway
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Sunday, December 14

Join us as we travel to New York in style! A luxury motor coach will pick us up at B'nai Israel at 7:30 a.m.   On the way we will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.  You must bring your own coffee or tea.  
We will arrive in New York City at approximately 12:00 p.m., three hours before the 3:00 p.m. curtain. Enjoy holiday shopping and lunch at the many fabulous eateries.

After the show, the motor coach will pick us up right outside the theatre.  Dinner will be pre-ordered from Ben's Kosher Deli.  An order form/information will be sent to attendees.  Dinner will be served on the way home while enjoying a video. We plan to return to B'nai Israel around 11:00 p.m.

The fee is $262 per person and includes everything but lunch. Space is limited.  Please contact Gail Libin (301-871-3661) or Norma Krupenie (301-260-8283) if interested.


L.I.F.E. Lecture

Lights! Camera! Knadelach!: The Image of Jews in American Movies

with Stan Levin

Sunday, December 14

7:30 p.m.

The motion picture industry in America was founded primarily by Jewish salesmen who were able to tap into the American ethos and create an empire. In nearly 100 years, the movies continue to attract Jewish writers, directors, and producers who rarely put Jewish characters on screen. When they do, they are making a statement-but what kind? What do the movies say about Jewish men and women? We will explore movies from The Jazz Singer to

A Serious Man, and find out what image Hollywood conveys about us.

Click here for more information.


Latkes & Lights

Thursday, December 18

5:15 p.m. - Registration

5:30 p.m. - Entertainment

6:30 p.m. - Dinner

7:30 p.m. - Hesed Project 


Our fun and popular Hanukkah family event is back ... so save the date and join us for our family Hanukkah extravaganza! Families will enjoy Hanukkah entertainment by Eric Energy, followed by a communal hanukiyah (menorah) lighting, and a latke and chicken dinner. Before the evening ends, there will be a community service project for those that want to stay.


Dinner and Entertainment: 

$16 per adult

$10 per teen (ages 13-19)

$6 per child (ages 3-12)

No charge for children 2 and under.


Entertainment only:

$3.50 per person (ages 3+) 


Register online or email Sharon for the flyer and paper form. Early bird rates are good through Thursday, December 11. On or after December 12, the prices are all $3 more per person.


Special thanks to the B'nai Israel Sisterhood and Men's Club for helping to make this program possible. 


Adult B'nai Mitzvah
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Safra, in coordination with the B'nai Israel Clergy
Sundays, beginning January 11
9:45-11:00 a.m.
The Adult B'nai Mitzvah ceremony will take place on January 7, 2017.
Registration: $85 for the first semester (includes a copy of Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom and the JPS Tanakh).
Participants will be encouraged to purchase other books during the course of the year.

This class is ideal for people who have never had a bar or bat mitzvah, or who are looking to increase their comfort level in the synagogue. Over the course of two years, we will explore the meaning of Judaism and Jewish life. Students will be introduced to the basics of chanting Torah, Haftarah, and prayers. The curriculum includes the how and why of prayer, the meanings behind various rituals and celebrations, and a measure of Bible study. Students
will be invited to prepare in-class presentations and to participate in mitzvah projects together. Most important, students will develop bonds with each other, which are sure to last beyond the class itself.


Israel: Conversation Plus
The Melted People of the Melting Pot
Instructors: Pnina Agenyahu and Shelley Kedar
3 Wednesdays, January 14-28, 2015, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 1, 2015; 11:00 a.m.
Suggested Donation: $40-$150
(Your donations will be used to fund a project in our Partnership Region in Israel.)

Connect with Israel with the head, heart and hand. Join two fabulous teachers for an exploration of the diverse cultures that make up Israel's "melting pot". The final session will be a chat via Skype with our partners in the Bet Shemesh / Mate Yehudah region in Israel. Participants will evaluate proposals and choose a philanthropic project to make a difference in Israel. All moneys collected will be matched by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to fund the project.

Pnina Agenyahu is the community Shlicha (emissary) to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her amazing personal story is emblematic of Israel's remarkable diversity. Born in Ethiopia, Pnina traveled to Israel with her family by foot at the age of three. Prior to coming to Washington, Pnina was the director of Hillel at Tel Aviv University.

Shelley Kedar is the Director of Jewish Agency for Israel and Campus Israel Fellows at Hillel International. Prior to coming to America for her three year Shlichut, Shelley was the director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv.

Both Pnina and Shelley are remarkable teachers who combine their knowledge of the subject matter with their personal stories.

Click here to register.


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).   


From Our Table to Yours, Volume II

B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School Cookbook


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.


Sisterhood Judaica Shop - For All Your Judaica Needs! 



Hanukkah Celebration Items

Menorahs . Candles . Dreidels . Gelt . Latke Platters . Gifts for all Ages . and more!


We feature the work of Michael Aram, Gary Rosenthal, Artistique Design, Susan Fullenbaum and many others!


Shop Hours  

Sunday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  


Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  

Tuesday 4:15-6:15 p.m.


For special appointments call Dottie (301-881-7115), Ellen (301-231-9312), or Miriam (301-649-3770).


To special order personalized kippot and benchers for your simcha, call Suzy Levy


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).    


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). 


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!


Sisterhood Dues 

We extend a hearty appreciation to everyone who sent in B'nai Israel Sisterhood dues in response to our recent mailing. If you have not sent in your dues, we urge you to do it as soon as possible!  Your $36 annual dues will pay you back in so many ways.  Sisterhood's educational, cultural, and social programs benefit our synagogue, its members and the community at large.  Sisterhood offers camaraderie and community, can hone religious and leadership skills, and connect our synagogue women with others from near and far.


 A member of Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Sisterhood's goal is to support the ideals of Conservative Judaism.  Love of family, observance of mitzvot, the Jewish people, and the Land of Israel are the foundations of our programming.


Don't miss out on our engaging programs.  Submit your dues now so we will see all the women of B'nai Israel at our Paid Up Membership Dinner on Thursday, November 20.


Your membership counts!  For more information, contact the Sisterhood Membership Coordinators Juliann Goldman or Rhona Shemesh


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 


Mabel's Labels

Mabel's Labels carries awesome colorful, indestructible, easy-to-use labels. They are dishwasher, microwave, and laundry safe labels that can be attached to practically anything you don't want to lose. You can use the lablels when setting up a Kosher kitchen. To browse products and place an order we ask that you use the unique B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School link; 


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


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. 


B'nai Israel Congregation
301-881-6550 | |

6301 Montrose Road,Rockville, MD 20852




Forward this email

This email was sent to by |  

B'nai Israel Congregation
| 6301 Montrose Road | Rockville | MD | 20852