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From the President: May 2024

04/24/2024 05:40:34 AM


The past five months, since October 7, have been challenging for Jews around the world. Although our politics may be different, we all want to see a resolution to the war between Israel and Hamas. We are seeing a rise in antisemitism locally,...Read more...

From the President: March 1, 2024

02/29/2024 12:44:31 PM


Bnai Israel is Thriving

We are blessed to have such an active and thriving community at Bnai Israel. We started February with Rabbi Waxman and the KavaNotes who brought us Shabbat from Liverpool. The service, as well as the attendance were both...Read more...

From the President: February 1, 2024

02/01/2024 12:16:19 AM


We have so much to be grateful for at Bnai Israel. Our new board was installed at a beautiful service with The KavaNotes. They are hard at work, as is our new administrator, Linda Hanna. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Linda yet, I hope you...Read more...

From the President - December 29, 2023

12/21/2023 09:59:27 AM


I would like to begin by thanking you for the confidence you showed by electing me the new president of Bnai Israel.  I understand that the 125-year history of this congregation now...Read more...

From the President: November 9, 2023

11/08/2023 07:22:02 PM


From the BIC 125th Anniversary Celebration...

Good Evening, my name is Amy DeLoach and I am the President of Bnai Israel Synagogue, I want to welcome you all here this evening, especially the descendants of our...Read more...

From Our President: September 29, 2023

09/27/2023 11:55:20 AM


Shana Tova and welcome to Bnai Israel Synagogue.  My name is Amy DeLoach and I am the President of the Congregation. Today, as I stand before you, I am filled with pride and gratitude. Our journey as a community, from Eastern Europe in 1898 to the...Read more...

From our President: April 27, 2023

04/27/2023 12:18:50 PM


From the Greater Wilmington Jewish Community Yom Ha'atzmaut Festival (April 23, 2023)

Shalom and welcome to everyone who has joined us today for this special occasion. I am Amy Block DeLoach, the president of Bnai Israel Congregation, and I am...Read more...

From our President: March 29, 2023

03/28/2023 02:08:41 PM


We have a lot to be grateful for. We’ve been extremely busy at the synagogue since our last Newsletter with many major and successful events. 

The Board wants to thank Sisterhood, Alane Savod, and her team of numerous...Read more...

From Our President: December 29, 2022

12/29/2022 02:58:29 PM


Happy New Year! 

This last month has been incredibly busy with many different Hanukkah events.  Thank you Rabbi Bender, Susan, Felice, Lauren and Pam, for an incredible event at Compass Pointe, where over 100 people gathered to celebrate...Read more...

From Our President: December 9, 2022

12/08/2022 11:45:13 AM


It’s hard to believe that it is December already, what a year it has been.  If you were able to make the Annual Meeting you heard all that we have done throughout the year and know how busy we have been.  We also laid out our goals...Read more...

High Holiday Appeal 2022/5783

10/13/2022 12:42:25 PM


Amy DeLoach

To my fellow congregants: For generations, giving tzedakah, or charity, has been a way to mark...Read more...

From our President: September 25, 2022

09/27/2022 10:02:45 PM


From Erev Rosh Hashana)

Welcome everyone to Erev Rosh Hashana 2022, I am excited to be here tonight to start the High Holidays in what seems the first normal season in quite awhile.  The good news is that we made it, we...Read more...

From Our President: July 28, 2022

07/27/2022 02:19:37 PM


Amy DeLoach

Semi Annual Congregational Meeting Update

Thank you to everyone who joined our Semi Annual Congregational meeting on Sunday, July 24th.  We had over 40 participants join the Zoom.  We highlighted our extensive programming over the past year,...Read more...

From Our President: June 30, 2022

06/28/2022 09:38:46 PM


Now that the Celebration! Installation! Dedication weekend is over, I want to thank the committee for all of their work in making the weekend such a success.  Each event was joyous in its own right but together created a memorable...Read more...

From Our President: May 26, 2022

05/25/2022 09:23:27 AM


Amy DeLoach

We celebrated Purim, Passover and the spring holidays and now summer is coming…  As we move into the summer months, activities around the synagogue slow down just a little before we gear up for High Holidays.  It’s our own annual cycle...Read more...

From Our President: April 29, 2022

04/27/2022 10:43:13 AM


Amy DeLoach

The invitations are in the mail!

In just six weeks the Celebration! Installation! Dedication! weekend will begin.

Thursday evening, June 9th is our kickoff with a delicious dinner at Cape Fear Country Club accompanied by musical entertainment from the...Read more...

From Our President: January 21, 2022

01/20/2022 10:43:45 AM


Amy DeLoach

Last Saturday, when we heard the news of the hostage situation in Texas, our hearts dropped, and we were overcome with sadness. Thank God it ended well, but once again, we are reminded of the needs of the synagogue to protect the...Read more...

From Our President: January 14, 2022

01/12/2022 11:15:36 AM


Amy DeLoach

L'dor v'dor.

These words guide my love for and commitment to B'nai Israel Congregation.  My children were bat and bar mitzvahed at B'nai Israel, the fifth generation of my family to be members. My family's participation started 100 years ago with my great grandparents,...Read more...

From Our President, December 24, 2021

12/22/2021 10:24:53 AM


Michelle Bannon

This week, my final 2021 Board meeting as President took place. The incoming Board Members were welcomed in anticipation of assuming their new roles on January 1st. Amy DeLoach will serve as President, Nancy Kraselsky as Secretary, and Billy Hirschen as a member of the...Read more...

From Our President, December 3, 2021

12/01/2021 12:38:03 PM


Michelle Bannon

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Blessings

After finishing that 2nd piece of pie at Thanksgiving, I panicked with the realization that Hanukkah was beginning in just 3 days!  How am I going to prepare!?

But honestly, how much preparation is...

From Our President, November 19, 2021

11/21/2021 01:05:58 PM


Michelle Bannon

It’s that time of year! I’m referring to our Annual Congregational Meeting, which will be held this coming Sunday, November 21, at 4 pm on Zoom.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to hear the latest about the many activities at Bnai Israel. You’ll hear...Read more...

From Our President, November 12, 2021

11/10/2021 10:44:33 AM


Michelle Bannon

Richard and I just returned from a wonderful biking trip in Arizona. It was so refreshing to get away after not traveling for the last two years. Our hotel resort focused on wellness, offering a variety of classes such as yoga, meditation, relaxation, and healthy,...Read more...

From Our President, October 22, 2021

10/25/2021 01:33:47 PM


Michelle Bannon

The High Holidays are over, the weather is a little cooler, and things are momentarily slowing down at Bnai Israel. Rabbi Bender is on a well-deserved vacation in the North Carolina mountains this week and I finally have a few minutes to relax and think ahead.

Not everyone is...

From Our President, October 15, 2021

10/15/2021 11:05:21 AM


Michelle Bannon

Now that the flurry of activity surrounding the High Holidays has subsided, I looked at the calendar and realized that Thanksgiving is only 6 weeks away! This holiday, more than most, is traditionally a time when families gather and celebrate...Read more...

From Our President, September 3, 2021

09/04/2021 11:55:07 AM


Michelle Bannon

Next Monday evening we will gather together on Erev Rosh Hashanah to begin observing the holiest days of the Jewish year.

Gathering together in this time of Covid has a different meaning. Last year, Covid vaccines weren’t available, and the end of the...Read more...

From Our President, August 20, 2021

08/23/2021 03:38:49 PM


Michelle Bannon

     It’s hard to believe that Rosh Hashanah will be here in a little over two weeks! As you might imagine, we are very busy getting things ready to celebrate the new year and our most sacred days. Surveys are being taken and seats are...Read more...

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