Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter



April 2, 2021
20 Nisan 5781



A MESSAGE FROM
THE RABBI
It is 50 days from the beginning of Passover until Shavuot. The first holiday marks our redemption for slavery and the second holiday marks our receipt of the gift of Torah at Mount Sinai. Starting on the Second night of Passover (near the end of the Seder), and for a total of 49 days, each evening, we Count the Omer, until we reach Shavuot. (An Omer is a measure of grain, in this case barley. The Torah actually required that an Omer of barley be brought to the Temple on the second day of Passover).

The question is posed as to why we did not receive the Torah as soon as we left Egypt. One answer is that our ancestors simply were not ready to receive it at that moment; they were, for all intents and purposes, still slaves, with slave mentalities. It was better to allow some separation from Egypt before bestowing a gift of such importance. 

Waiting to put some time and distance between slavery and the receipt of Torah is a nice thought, but why count the Omer each day? Answering this question is a bit more challenging. One answer is that it forces us to check in with ourselves every day for at leas the few minutes it takes us to say: “Today is the XX day in the counting of the Omer.” Thus, by force of the ritual, we can consider what kind of day it was and, perhaps, think about our hopes for the next day. 

Another reason may be that to receive the whole Torah in one day would be too much stimulation.  By counting for 49 days, we receive a little piece of the Torah each day that we count.

Whatever the reasons may be for counting, it provides us with a good time to reflect a bit on our JCC community. Throughout the pandemic we have been, and will continue to be, busy. You will be hard pressed to find a congregation of our size doing as much as we are doing. From classes to programs to services we have been active. 

For this we owe many thanks to the JCC Board, and its many committees. Each person involved has wanted to make sure that we are here for the community in multiple ways. Read the Shabbat Reminder to keep up with what we are doing. Go to the Website and browse it. Finally, and this is important, reach out to me or to any board member with thoughts and ideas.

DO NOT FORGET: Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of Passover. On Sunday we will be having our Yizkor service. (Services begin at 10:00 and Yizkor should be around 11:15). Yizkor provides us with an opportunity to remember loved ones whom we have lost. Remember to light the Yahrtzeit Candle just before holiday candles are lit on Saturday evening, April 3rd.

Shabbat Shalom and Moadim L’Simcha – Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 We hope you are having a wonderful Passover and that your Seders were special. Thank you to Rabbi Jay for conducting a fun and uplifting Community Seder on Sunday night.
SHABBAT SHALOM
&
HAPPY PASSOVER
Candle Lighting Time
Friday evening,
April 2, 2021
7:04: PM

Saturday evening
April 3, 2021
8:35 PM

JOIN US FOR SERVICES
Friday evening
April 2, 2021
6:00 PM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services

Saturday morning
April 3, 2021
NO Torah Study
Services
10:00 AM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services

A Lombardi will be reading Torah.

Torah Reading
Exodus 13:17-15:26; Numbers 28:19-28:25
Here is the Reading
Haftorah
 II Samuel 22:1-51
Here is the Haftorah
Saturday evening
8:00 PM
Havdallah
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services


Sunday morning
Last Day of Passover
April 4, 2021
10:00 AM
Services
(Yizkor at 11:15 AM)
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:

Torah Reading
Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17; Numbers 28:19-28:25
Here is the Reading
Haftorah
Isaiah 10:32 - 12:6
Here is the Haftorah

Sunday - Thursday
Ma'ariv Service
6:30 PM
NEW TIME FOR
THIS WEEK
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:

Sunday - Friday
Shacharit Service
8:15 AM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:
NO SERVICE SUNDAY MORNING 4/4


.THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE


MONDAY 4/5 @ 10:00 AM
Chumash Class

WEDNESDAY 4/7
Rabbi's University Class
NO CLASS THIS WEEK

THURSDAY 4/8

11:00 AM Torah Study with the Rabbi

2:00 PM Beginning Hebrew with Ira

HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR THE ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
This week (4/5 - 4/9) the JNF bus is leaving for our Virtual Tour of Israel. The bus is full and those who signed up are busy packing for the trip. Our guide Mordecai has a lot of exciting things to show us and we will keep you informed about our adventure.

CLICK ON OTHER
WAX UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE BUTTON BELOW

APRIL
4/5 - 4/9
Member Israel Virtual Tour
(fully booked)


4/9
Kabbalat Shabbat with
Hazzan Sara Geller
at 6:00 PM
4/16 at 6:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner

4/22
12:00 Noon
WAX Earth Day Picnic
at the 68th Street Pavillion
.7:45 PM
Movie Nite

4/25 @ 11:00 AM
Blessing of the Animals

4/28 at 4:00 PM
WAX Book Discussion at
THIS WEEK'S YAHRZEITS

The following names will be read at Friday night services.''

Jacob Britz*
Kathryn Hadley*
David Rosenbloom
Arnold King Brenman, MD.
Regina Brenman
Fanny Dickman
Joseph Horowitz
Samuel Troum*
Joseph Callet*
Sylvia Evans
Deborah Gottlieb
Richard Saivetz*
Geraldine Isanuk
Barbara Sher*
Marian Selsky*
Ben Weisberger
Barbara Greenberg
Raleigh Liebenberg
Bill Sisenwine
Kurt Albu
Dora Haber
Raphael Haber
Anna Schwartz
David Weinstein 
In this Zoom era, we have been able to have a daily minyan at 8:15 AM and at 7:30 PM and on Shabbat. We encourage you to join us on the day of your loved one’s yahrzeit. In the morning, the service is about ½ hour beginning at 8:15 and in the evening at 7:30 until about 7:45. Rabbi will be glad to say the traditional El Malei Rachamim prayer for you, which is recited during the funeral, going up to the grave of the departed, Yizkor remembrance day and other occasions on which the memory of the dead is recalled. You are also welcome to share with the minyan some special memories of your loved one. 
Steven Goldsmith
April 3
Hugh Chairnoff
April 4
Maxine Paris
April 4
Clifford Denker
April 6
Carl Tepper
April 6
Robert Farin
April 7
  
HARRIS WEISEL
on the
60th anniversary of his bar mitzvah
on Shabbat Hagadol

SHARE YOUR NEWS
AND PICTURES
CONTACT: rvalen1963@aol.com

CARING COMMITTEE
  This committee acts as a support system for congregation members facing illness and other personal situations that need to be addressed.
Please contact Chairperson,
Debby Schweighardt
if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member
that needs our help.
973-634-5349 
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

PAVERS
Inscribe a paver at the front entrance to the building
8" X 4", 8" X 8" and 12" X 12"

SEE UPDATED ORDER FORM:
Become a permanent part of the JCC landscape.
Purchase a personalized paving stone
in honor of your family or in memory of a loved one.

Please contact Diane Hoffman
with your order or with any questions:


PRAYER BOOKS
There are still High Holiday Prayer Books and Chumashim available to be purchased in memory or honor of someone or something. The cost of a Prayer Book is $72 each and $120 for an Eitz Hayim Chumash. The donation includes an affirmation sticker in the book and an acknowledgement letter or letters.
See Order form here: Prayer Book


TRIBUTES
SEND ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
See order form here: TRIBUTES


TREE OF LIFE
Add a leaf (leaves) to our beautiful Tree of Life located in the Social Hall. See the order form here: TREE OF LIFE
Bronze Leaf $90
Silver Leaf $126
Gold :Leaf $180


ENDOWMENT FUND
Join Herb and Selma Shapiro z"l to help assure the continuity of our JCC, and our ability to continue providing a full- congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area. Judith z"l & Donald Pripstein have joined the Shapiros with a $50,000 donation and have established The Pripstein Family Endowment Fund.

A donation of at least $50,000 to the endowment fund will allow the donor to name one of the funds as the donor wishes. All such name funds will be joined together to be part of the endowment fund portfolio.

All members are encouraged to help this important effort by contributing to this fund whether as a specific named fund, or as a general donation. Your gift to the fund can be sent to the JCC Office. Please mark your check accordingly.


YAHRZEIT PLAQUES
Space is available for memorial plaques on the yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary. 
Here is the order form: 


KOL HAKAVOD

Please consider being a part of this campaign to supplement the clergy needs of our congregation. This is a separate, voluntary commitment and is additional to our low annual dues obligation. HERE IS THE LINK TO BRING UP THE DONATION FORM KOL HAKAVOD

JCC FUNDS

Your gift to the JCC support our Clergy, our Congregation and the Community.

ENDOWMENT FUND
This fund was established to assure the continuity of our JCC, and our ability to continue providing a full-service congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area. While a donation of any amount is encouraged, a donation of at least $50,000 allows the donor to name a special or specific Endowment Fund in memory or honor of a specific person event, or family.

GENERAL FUND
Donations to this fund are not earmarked but placed in the general administrative account. Donations to this fund can be in honor or memory of a person, event, or family.

KOL HAKAVOD FUND
Donations to this campaign supplement the clergy needs of our congregation.

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND
This fund, managed by the rabbi, allows donors to enable the rabbi to do the work of tzedakah in response to the needs of individuals, organizations and the community.

ZENA & JERRY JAY KIDDISH FUND
The Zena and Jerry Jay Kiddush Fund was established in memory of Rabbi Jay's parents to help provide funds for our Saturday morning kiddushes.
The Pergula on the JCC property is for sale. $600.00. Contact Sherry for further information
fsherryf@yahoo.com
JCC INFORMATION
THE JCC OF LBI IS LOCATED AT
2411 Long Beach Boulevard (24th Street)
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
Telephone: 609-492-4090 FAX: 609-492-7550
web site: www.jccoflbi.org  
  
THE OFFICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
PLEASE USE THE PHONE OR EMAIL WITH REQUESTS.
OUR OFFICE STAFF WILL BE CHECKING IN REGULARLY.
  Staff:
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
  Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff
Kitchen Manager: Susan Berube

USEFUL LINKS
LATEST
BULLETIN:

PRAYER BOOK:
 
WEB SITE:

PAVERS:

TREE OF LIFE
  
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM
KOL HAKAVOD

TRIBUTES:


CONTACT INFORMATION:
  Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President

 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen1963@aol.com