Atzeret & Simchat Torah Schedule
Festival Evening Services
Shemini Atzeret Festival Service
Simchat Torah for Tots
Simchat Torah Service and Hakafot (dancing)
8:30 p.m. Torah
Simchat Torah Service
10:00 a.m. Hakafot
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah at B'nai Israel. Click here for a
full list of service times and more information about family and
October 18 - 4th Grade
Shabbat in Junior Congregation
25- Parashat HaShavua Discussion
November 1- Tailgate Shabbat, 3's
Shabbat in Torah for Tots, 3rd Grade Shabbat in
Mini-Minyan, 5th Grade Shabbat in Junior Congregation, and
Camp Ramah Shabbat
November 8 - Parashat HaShavua
Discussion, 6th Grade Shabbat and November Birthday
For a full list of our regular youth services and special events, go
to our website.
Golem: Jewish Super Hero
Instructor: Cantor Ilana Wolpert
4 Tuesdays, October 21-November 11
$30 members, $40 nonmembers
The golem, born of our rich Jewish imaginative
tradition, was a being created from mud or clay by masters who knew a
special magical incantation powerful enough to bring about a life,
albeit a life minus its own soul or conscience. This creature,
resembling a human being, would then serve its master in whatever
purposes that master had in mind. Cantor Wolpert explores some
literary works that feature the golem, from children's fairy tales to
the current hit The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.
Click here to
How We See the Other: Non-Jewish
Views of Jews and Jewish Views of Non-Jews, A Historical Survey
Instructor: Dr. George Berlin
8 Wednesdays, October 22-December 17
$215 (made payable to Jewish Texts Study, c/o Rabbi Jacob Halpern,
11724 StoningtonPlace, Silver Spring, MD 20902)
This course is offered at B'nai Israel by Jewish Texts
Study. For registration information, please contact Rabbi Jacob
Simon's Fall Book Review
in the Blumberg-Zalis Family Library
Wine, Women and What's Nu Fall
Program: "Salud to Women!"
An event for all B'nai
Israel women, sponsored by Sisterhood
Explore women's health with B'nai Israel's:
(Dr. Amy Byer), Ob/Gyn - Human Papilloma Virus
MD, Ob/Gyn, Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Updates in Prenatal and Genetic
Surgical Oncologist/Breast Surgeon and Director, Acquilino Cancer
Center Breast Program at Shady Grove Medical Center - Updates in
Genetic Breast Cancer
CRNP, NCMP, a nurse practitioner in the Women's Health Clinic at
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - The Transition to
Menopause and Beyond
MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian specializing in heart-healthy
nutrition, weight management, and maternal nutrition - Popular Diets:
Winners and Losers
A Q & A session will take place after the
presentations, as well as refreshments and, of course, wine. Please
RSVP to Carol Vogel (301-770-5444).
I: From Slavery to Sinai
Instructors: Rabbi Adam Raskin and Rabbi Michael Safra
Thursdays, October 23, 2014-January 22, 2015
(No class November 27, December 4, December 25, 2014 or January 1,
B'nai Israel Congregation
$140 (includes a $150 subsidy made possible by the Dollye and I.
Wolford Berman Educational Initiative Grant)
Leadership, bravery, faith and doubt define the critical
moments of this dramatic story of our rescue from Egypt and survival
in the wilderness.
Join eager adults for a journey of deep examination of Jewish texts,
brought to us by the Florence Melton School
of Adult Jewish Learning. Click here to
learn more and to register.
Club Sports Night
Thursday, October 23
Join us for our annual Sports Night featuring Andy
Pollin of ESPN 980.Hear an inside take on the ever-changing Washington
sports scene and ask Andy all your sports questions. We will also
have a trivia contest with prizes. The evening starts with a free and
delicious buffet dinner. Please RSVP by October 16 to Joel Goldberg.
Service and Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner
6:00 p.m. -
6:45 p.m. -
Bring in Shabbat
together with your friends at B'nai Israel at our winter dairy
potluck Shabbat dinner. Each attending family is asked to bring one
dairy or parve item to feed approximately 15 people. The atmosphere
for the evening is informal with opportunities to meet other B'nai
members and enjoy relaxed time with your synagogue community.
Registration is taking place online through Sign Up Genius - go to
our website for details. Or contact Sharon with
by Popular Demand!
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.
$22 per person (through October 24)
$25 at the door
Questions? Contact Marty (301.881.6550) Click here to
Chairs: Jennifer Schwartz, Adam Tennen, Stacy Rabkin and Wendy
for Life Expo
Sunday, October 26
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chairs: Wayne Berman, Bram Hass and
Flu Shots ~ Vision & Hearing Screenings ~ Carotid Artery
Grip Strength and Skin Screening ~ Nutrition Advice ~ Health &
Fitness Advisors ~ Finger Prints ~ Interesting Vendors ~ And
Body Mass Index ~ Blood Pressure ~ Grip Strength ~ Brake Reaction
Time ~ Bone Density
Height, Weight, Girth
For the 9th year,
this event is brought to B'nai by the Men's Club
Nursery School BOOK FAIR
It's not too early to think about shopping for Hanukkah
at the BISNS Book Fair from Sunday, October 26-Thursday, October 30
in the Goldberg Youth Chapel. There are wonderful books, software,
puzzles, videos, etc that will be on display and available for
purchase. There will be many Judaic selections as well. Books make
great gifts for birthdays, Hanukkah and all occasions. Call the
school office for hours or to schedule an appointment to shop
Night at the Movies
GateKeepers (2012) - 95 min (Hebrew with English Subtitles)
look into the Israeli internal
security service, Shin Bet, from
the perspective of six of its former heads and the role that the
group played in Israel's security from the Six-Day
War to the present.
Schilit Nursery School Sing Along
with Karen Toddler Music
Friday mornings, October 31, 2014 - January 30, 2015
Early Bird Registration thru October 15: $200
Registration after October 15: $225
Karen Shapiro Barbash's dynamic and spontaneous music sessions
delight and enchant both children and adults. A professional
guitar player and singer, Karen combines her musical talent with
creativity, humor, and love for children. Her goal for each class is
to create a memorable, special time for all. For information,
please contact Nursery School Director, Karen Gerton (301-816-5578). Click here
to download the registration form.
ongoing, pay-it-forward Shabbat Dinner Program designed to expand
your circle of friends within the B'nai Israel community
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
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.
do not need to know how to cook to host! You can bring in a
prepared meal, or even pizza. A kosher home is not
required. Just disclose to your potential guests whether your
home is kosher or not, and if it is not, please serve a dairy or
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.
in Celebration of Jewish Book Month
Matthew Simon's Jewish Book Month Review
10:00 - 11:30
Matthew Simon for his exciting annual book review session.
Presentation by Allan Goodman, Author of Father, Son, Stone
11:00 a.m. -
Son, Stone blends history and mystery to reveal the secret of the
most controversial religious site in Jerusalem - known to Jews as the
Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Books can be
ordered through our Sisterhood Judaica Shop.
Lunch and Learn: Torah Study
Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer
Monday, November 3 and and the first Monday of each month
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.
Bereavement Support Group
Led by Natalie Merkur Rose
4 Wednesdays, November 5-December 3
No session on November 26.
Our Jewish traditions and rituals are important and comforting
components of dealing with loss, but they might need to be
supplemented with opportunities for more consistent and frequent
companionship. Join others from the B'nai Israel community who
have experienced loss for moderated discussion about the healing
process, sharing, and mutual support.
the Date - 6th Grade Family Mini-Shabbaton!
November 7 - Saturday afternoon, November 8
As the Bar and Bat Mitzvah dates creep closer, we are
all looking for ways to enhance the experience and to bring the
celebration into the larger context of synagogue and communal life.
This annual event for 6th grade families will present an opportunity
to spend Shabbat together, form closer relationships, and strengthen
the connection to B'nai Israel and each other. Save the Date
and look for further information in the mail and on email! Contact Sharon
Sunday, November 9
9:00 a.m. Morning Minyan
9:35 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Mitzvah Day projects begin
Peace Players International Basketball Tournament
Friendly Tennis Game to Benefit Israel Tennis Centers
Be Brave and Shave to Benefit Children's National
Montgomery County Humane Society
Cookies for U.S. Soldiers
Thoughtful Treasures Project
Clothing Drive for Interfaith Works of Montgomery County
Habitat for Humanity
Click here for more information and to
register for Mitzvah Day. Click here to
register for the Blood Drive. Click on the links above for special
registration for the basketball tournament and shave events.
L.I.F.E. Lecture: World Religions:
Spotlight on Judaism
with Susannah Heschel and Jack Miles
Sunday, November 9
This lecture is presented live via satellite from New York.
Participants will have the ability to submit questions via email in
real time. Free of charge and open to the public.
Explore Judaism in the context of the world's other great religions.
What unique ideas has Judaism contributed to the world? How has
Judaism been influenced by the traditions and beliefs of others?
Click here for more information.
Night at the Movies
7:30 in the
Goldberg Youth Chapel
Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma
(2014) - 56 min. English
London, California vigilantes, McCarthyism, the Cold War and agribusiness
all come to life in this quintessentially American story of how a
group of immigrants, Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of
Eastern Europe and traveled to California, and found their new home
"on the range" where they became chicken ranchers.
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
Lakewood Country Club
This program is
sponsored by the B'nai Israel Men's Club.
Join our rabbis and educators for drinks and schmoozing, followed by
informal text study and discussion about ethical living in our modern
to the JCC Book Festival and Book Discussion
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 www.jccgw.org; and will be available
for early pickup at the JCC box office. For more information call
11:00 - 12:00 in
the Blumberg Zalis Family Library
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.
Israel Schilit Nursery School OPEN HOUSE 2015-2016
Friday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Learn more about our half- and full-day programs and tour our
school. Meet B'nai Israel's staff and clergy. RSVPs are appreciated
but not required to Karen
Gerton (301-816-5578). Individual tours are also available
throughout the year.
10:00 a.m. -
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
you to our Rosh Hashanah Baskets Deliverers!
Many thanks to the following who made the holidays
brighter for elderly Jewish residents in the Rockville area by
helping deliver over 50 Rosh Hashanah Baskets. A big Toda Raba to:
Christina Hersh; Signe and Leon Wetrogan; Rachel, Dylan and Ari
Platt; Jennifer Russel and Joel Michaels; Kristen Mirsky; Juliann
Goldman; Steven, Hollee, Micah, and Lillie Gritz; Ellen and Maya
Gutridge; Phyllis Lieberman; Art Fuchs; Shelley and Danny Rothenberg;
Barbara Roberts; Sarit, Shoshana and Ethan Scott; Wendi and Danny
Abramowitz; Amanda, Mark, Lily, and Grady Goldstein; Jodi
Shabbat: A Unique Time Zone
Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
4 Tuesdays, November 18-December 9
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.
Paid-Up Membership Dinner
Thursday, November 20
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
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with
Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7
Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh gen eration 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
6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service, with special tunes from Calcutta
7:00 p.m. Indian-themed dinner (Click here to make a dinner
8:15 p.m. "Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory"
personal story mirrors the story of Calcutta's Jews with humor,
poignancy, and song.
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
12:30 p.m. (following Kiddush) Q&A, informal discussion
"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
Advance registration is required to Beth (301-881-6550,
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.
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. Payment is due by October 20
and is nonrefundable. Deduct $125 if you have
already sent in a deposit. In the memo area, list the number of
people in your party. Checks should be made payable and mailed to:
B'nai Israel Sisterhood, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
20852. Questions? Contact Gail Libin (301-871-3661) or Norma Krupenie
People of the Melting Pot
Instructora: 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.
Want to support
B'nai Israel with no strings attached? Go grocery shopping frequently?
Support our gift card scrip program, which benefits the synagogue.
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
Our Table to Yours, Volume II
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
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.
Judaica Shop - For All Your Judaica Needs!
For Your Sukkot Enjoyment
Lanterns ~ Fruit ~ Wall Posters ~ Etrog Boxes ~
Children's Books & Toys
Entertaining & Gift Giving
Come see our new Judaica, Hostess Gifts, Serving Pieces, Platters,
Frames and so much more!
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
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).
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).
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!
Are you cleaning
up your basement or closets? Do you have half-finished
knitting or sewing projects lying around? Donate your
washable yarn and quilting-friendly fabrics to support Project Linus,
a Sisterhood Social Action project. The yarn and fabric
are delivered to a Montgomery County group whose
"blanketeers" create blankets and afghans to provide love,
security, warmth and comfort to ill or traumatized children.
You can donate yarn/fabric, knitted or crocheted squares (which are
assembled into blankets), and new homemade washable blankets, too.
Project Linus has distributed nationally more than 3 million blankets
more information or to arrange for collection, contact Juliann Goldman.
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.
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
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.
counts! For more information, contact the Sisterhood Membership
Goldman or Rhona
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:
$72.08 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