Sign In Forgot Password



November 2023 News

United Wilmington Response to Antisemitism

This week we mark the 30 day anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust. We recognize this period of Shloshim- the thirty days after the death of a loved one, as a time of both immense sadness and reflection. We are reflecting back on our communal tragedy while also recognizing that we have a long way to go before we can simply just grieve and not also be in fear. Our wounds will someday become scars that will be a permanent part of us forever. WE ARE IN MOURNING

We are aware of some troubling antisemitic incidents that have occurred here in Wilmington, across North Carolina, and throughout the United States. The horrific murders and kidnapping of our Israeli brothers and sisters on October 7th is sadly being twisted and misused to promulgate antisemitism. Please know that we are on alert and have received support from our local law enforcement agencies.

Throughout the last four weeks, many people have reached out to us collectively and individually to express sympathy and show solidarity. We are humbled by this show of compassion to the friends in the Wilmington Area, including Houses of Worship, that have shown us unwavering support. Your support has shown us just how integral the Jewish community is to the greater Wilmington community. We are also grateful for the steadfast support of Israel by North Carolina’s Congressional delegation as well as Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina House and Senate.

We welcome conversations with those in our community who want to work for peace and seek better understanding of how we can all get there. Together we want to continue to build communities of understanding and stronger relationship here in North Carolina.

We are organizing a local Wilmington Delegation to Washington, DC for the March for Israel . Please let us know by Thursday at 5pm if you are interested in joining Jews and allies from around the country marching together to show support of Israel, freeing the hostages, and combating antisemitism. Click here to express your interest or to learn more about donating to help others attend.
Our commitment to peace and compassion for all innocent Israelis and Palestinians causes us to confront a painful reality: Israel must fight until Hamas is defeated and the hostages and soldiers are returned home to their loved ones safely. 

Signed in Unity,
Rabbi Chaya Bender, Bnai Israel
Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, Temple of Israel
Amy DeLoach, President, Bnai Israel Congregation
Joshua Heinberg, President, Temple of Israel
Alan Gerberg, President, UJA of Wilmington
Debbie Smith, President, Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

September 2023 News

St. Judes MCC Shower & Breakfast ProgramDonations Needed

St. Judes Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is a participant in our Neighbors In Conversation series.  St. Judes MCC is just down the street from the synagogue. St. Judes has started a new program to support the homeless and is sponsoring hot showers (in a portable trailer at the Church) and a hot breakfast every Friday.   They have asked for our help in collecting personal care items and clothing essentials to be distributed on shower day. There will be a collection box in the synagogue starting during the High Holidays and continued as an ongoing project.  The trailer shower programs helps about 50 people each week with a chance to rest, take a shower, have a hot breakfast and access to necessities they otherwise would go without. If you would like to volunteer in other ways, please contact Rena Goldwasser ( for further information

Items that are needed include:

  • Shaving Cream, Razors (men & women)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash
  • Women's Hygiene products
  • T-shirts (size Large and above)
  • Underwear (men & women, size Large and above)
  • Crew Socks
Tue, May 21 2024 13 Iyyar 5784