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  1. Rosh Chodesh—Women’s Group with Rabbi Suri Krieger Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., and December 18
    The waxing and waning of lunar cycles has been a guiding force for women throughout the ages, both literally and spiritually. Since the Jewish feminist movement reclaimed Rosh Chodesh in the 1970s, women have been gathering on a monthly basis to acknowledge and celebrate in myriad ways.
  2. The Jews in the Time of Jesus Monday Midrasha – Mondays at 7:00 p.m., December 1, 8, 15, 22
    As we head into the season so important to our Christian neighbors we wonder about the Jewish life of Jesus. Who were the Jewish people in the first century? What did they believe? Do some of the recent best-sellers that have tried to uncover some “truths” about the historical Jesus teach us about the Jewish experience in the 1st Century? Rabbi James Prosnit leads the conversation.
  3. The Sweet Singer of Israel: Al Jolson
    Shabbat Dinner Series
    Friday Evening, December 12 
    At 8:15 following services and dinner
    He was America's first super-star and the highest paid performer in the first third of the 20th Century.  And yet almost everything we think we know about Al Jolson is either incorrect, or so badly taken out of context that it might as well be.  In a one hour program, we will explore Jolson the man and the legend, as we watch and listen and rediscover the American Jew who in life was billed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” but in death as “The Sweet Singer of Israel”. Our congregant, Jon Sonneborn, is one of the leading authorities on Al Jolson. Join us for a memorable presentation!
    (reservations needed for dinner –
  4. Come to the Shabbat Chanukah Dinner and Service on Friday, December 19! Details are here
  5. Latkes & LeeVees Saturday, December 20, 5:30 p.m.
    What better way to celebrate Chanukah than with music and good food? The Latkes and LeeVees Concert will take place December 20 at Congregation B’nai Israel. The festivities begin
    at 5:30 p.m. with a special intimate performance by the Macaroons for preschool-age children. Feel free to bring your homemade latkes to be judged by a panel of celebrity judges at
    6:00 p.m. after Havdalah. The LeeVees then take the stage at 6:30 p.m. The LeeVees, featuring Adam Gardner of GUSTER and Dave Schneider of The Zambonis, (and our former religious school music teacher, Shawn Fogel) have released the critically
    acclaimed record “Hanukah Rocks” (Warner Brothers/Reprise Records). The Macaroons are that rare kids band that kids and parents both love. They are also the only band in the world with a bagel mascot named Billy. Click here.
  6. Make your voice heard in the Land of Israel! Pledge to vote in the World Zionist Congress elections! Read more...
  7. High Holy Day Sermons are online!
  8. Keep your college students connected to B'nai Israel by sending us their here!
  9. What Happened To Happenings?
    The Temple bulletin comes once a month, but how do you stay on top of everything that happens at B’nai Israel in between? Subscribe to our weekly email, now renamed Hashavua. Contact Lynn at to sign up.
  10. Food for the Soul Before each Shabbat service, the temple
    provides a small Oneg in the lobby. These small (nut-free) snacks and drinks are a great ice-breaker, a perfect quick bite, and a helpful distraction for toddlers and younger children. If you are interested in volunteering to bring in Shabbat treats, please contact Naomi Schaffer at
  11. The Young Families Havurah at B’nai Israel is a group of young families who celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays together.  We meet every Saturday morning for bagels, family-friendly services, songs, crafts, stories and playground time.  We have exciting events coming soon for Purim and Passover.  Do you know of young families who would like to be part of our fun and relaxed Jewish community?  Our programming is geared for children ages seven and younger.  Everyone is welcome at the Young Families Havurah – families do not need to be members of Congregation B’nai Israel to participate.  Please contact Evan Schultz to join our mailing list and to learn about upcoming events with the Young Families Havurah.
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  12. Is There Ever a Good Time?
    It never seems to be the right time to discuss or purchase cemetery plots. But purchasing a plot for ourselves or a loved one is something many of us will have to deal with. About a year ago, we determined that we could develop additional plots in the new section in the Kings Highway cemetery. Although many of these have been sold, there are still some Kings Highway plots available. If you are interested in learning more, please call the temple office or contact Mark Shangold at or Bernie Jacobs at bjdjacobs@ We can also help you choose plots in our
    cemetery in Monroe.
  13. Hospital Information It has come to our attention that we are not getting accurate information from local hospitals when our congregants or family members are admitted to their facility.  We are particularly concerned when we are asked why our clergy has not made a visit to a particular hospital. Our inquiries always show that the person’s name has been listed under another synagogue and that is the reason we are not made aware of the hospitalization. We are, once again, asking for your help.  If you, a family member, neighbor or friend who belongs to B’nai Israel is admitted to any hospital, please take a minute and call the Temple office with that information.  We would rather have a dozen calls than to not be aware of someone’s hospitalization.
  14. Radio “Outreach” On Friday Nights Do you miss attending Shabbat services because you are homebound?  If so, you can now listen to our Friday night services on special radio receivers which are available to you on loan from the Temple. Contact Cantor Blum.
  15. College is expensive. B'nai Israel can help! Click here to learn more about the Fields/Nussenfeld Scholarship Fund.
  16. Are you moving out of town? Let us help you connect with a synagogue in your new community. Click here.



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