Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter



March 12, 2021
28 Adar 5781



LEGACY PROJECT - SEASON I EPISODE V

For our next interview, you will hear from Michael Babst, JCC President. Michael has led our congregation during these difficult pandemic times and looks forward to when we will be together again at the JCC.

Thanks to Diane Buskirk for suggesting the project and to her daughter, Dr. Allison Buskirk Cohen, for being such an able interviewer.
If you missed the first four videos in our Legacy Series, they can be found on the JCC web site:

A MESSAGE FROM
THE RABBI
Choice Matzah

With Rosh Chodesh Nissan coming up on Sunday, Passover is creeping closer and closer. It is, therefore, time to begin giving Passover messages!

The Seder is full of meaningful words, songs, and choreography. Very early in the ritual, we lift up the plate of Matzah and say:

“Ha Lachma Anya….”:

“Behold the bread of Affliction that our ancestors ate while in Egypt. Let anyone who is hungry come and eat. Let anyone who wishes to observe the paschal ritual come and participate, Today we are here; next year in the land of Israel. Today we are slaves; next year we shall be free.”

It clearly says that Matzah is the Bread of Affliction that our ancestors ate in Egypt.. It is therefore the bread of our slavery and suffering. 

However, later in the Haggadah, just before the meal, Rabban Gamliel poses the following question: “This Matzah that we eat, what is the reason for it”? As part of his explanation, he cites Exodus 12:29-40 which tells us that AFTER the Israelites left Egypt, they ate Matzah because they left in such a hurry that they did not have the time to wait for the dough to rise.

Therefore, Matzah is the bread of freedom. It is the bread that a free people ate.

At this point, we need to ask a question: “Is Matzah the Bread of Affliction, the bread of slaves, or is it the Bread of Redemption, the bread of free people?”

The answer, it would seem, is that it is both, or either. 

If we look to the staging of the two previously mentioned sections of the Haggadah, we will see that it is customary raise the Matzah each time. 
Matzah
We lift the Matzah for everyone to see and to take notice. We raise it also, to bring it closer to God. This acknowledges that the Seder is a time when we attempt to connect with the Holy One. 

But, I think, we also raise it both times as if to say: “We have a choice, we can be slaves, or we can be free”. We can remain connected to the negative, or we can unbind ourselves and seek the limitless possibilities presented by the untethered life.

Perhaps, the important thing is that it is up to each of us to decide how we will view matzah.

While the Seder is about our time in, and our departure from, Egypt, the Slavery/Freedom dichotomy has wonderful symbolic meaning for us today.
Will we allow ourselves to be slaves to negative habits; will we allow ourselves to do things that are harmful to us or to others? Will we be the Matzah of bitter herbs that crumbles and makes a mess of things?

Or, will we free ourselves from negativity; will we take affirmative steps to improve our lives and the lives of others? Will we be the Matzah of the sweetness, of Charoset, the Matzah that softens and becomes a luscious Matzah Brei?

Will be handcuffed to the Mitzrayim created by the Pandemic, or will we, with hope, look forward to the future when we will finally be freed from the restrictions it has heaved upon us.

The symbolism is powerful. When we eat that first piece of Matzah this year, we have a choice to taste slavery or freedom. While there are unfortunately things that are out of our control, our tradition asks us to take note of the simple choices that are presented to us every day. We can choose to be positive or negative, we can choose to smile or frown, we can choose to strive to change things for the better, or to let them remain as they are. We can blame and remain enslaved, or we can lead ourselves, and others to freedom.

As we prepare for Passover this year, may we find redemption and may we be freed from hate, unhappiness, and disease. And we sit down to our Seders, may the matzah we raise up be the matzah of never-ending possibilities.

If you have questions about Passover preparation or your Seder, please reach out to me.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Candle Lighting Time
Friday evening,
March 12, 2021
5:42 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)


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SHABBAT HAKODESH
("Sabbath [of the] month" precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Passover is celebrated. On the first day of Nisan, G-d presented the first commandment of how to "sanctify the new moon" (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nisan becomes the first month of the Jewish year.

Friday evening
March 12, 2021
6:00 PM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services


Saturday morning
March 13, 2021
Torah Study
9:00 AM
Services
10:00 AM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services

Torah Portion
Vayakhel-Pekudei
 Exodus 35:1-40:38
Here is the Parshah

A Lombardi will be chanting Torah

Haftorah
Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18
Here is the Haftorah

Havdallah
Saturday
March 13, 2021
7:00 PM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:

Sunday - Thursday
Ma'ariv Service
7:30 PM
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:
GETTING READY FOR PASSOVER

Time to stop buying Hametz, plan your Seder, do your
Passover shopping and get your home ready for Pesach

HERE ARE THE JCC OF LBI PLANS FOR PASSOVER

Rabbi's Saturday Torah Study March 13,20,27 at 9:00 AM
Discussion of various aspects of Passover

Rabbi's Thursday morning Torah Study March 18 and 25 at 11:00 AM
Discussion of various aspects of Passover

Tuesday, March 16 following Minyan at 7:45 PM
Stu Lehrer will give a class on the Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing)

Sunday, March 21 at 11:00 AM
Women's Seder

Thursday, March March 25
9:00 AM following morning minyan
Study a piece of Talmud and have a symbolic meal so that the first born children will not have to fast.
11:00 AM Passover Study

7:45 PM after minyan Searching for Hametz

Friday, March 26 at 10:30 AM
Burning of Hametz (together on Zoom)

March 28 at 6:00 PM
Community Seder on Zoom
Here is the form for the Sale of Hametz.

Please fill this out and send or email to Rabbi Jay by Thursday, March 25 at 4PM.
It is traditional to make a donation at this time. You an make your donation directly on line with this link: DONATION
THE JCC OF LBI
WOMEN'S AUXILIARY (WAX)
Invites You To A
WOMEN'S SEDER
Sunday morning, March 21 at 11:00 AM

We will be celebrating the role of women in the story of Passover. Our Seder will differ from our family Seder because we will be reading the Four Questions, Dayeinu, The Four "Daughters" and other traditional parts of the Haggadah from the female point of view.
We would like to have a Passover Recipe Exchange this year, so please send your favorite recipe in the reply to this email. They will be shared with everyone. Look for a video on the 21st demonstrating some recipes.

Click on the button below to respond if you are attending, would like to do a reading or have a recipe to share


.THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE


MONDAY 3/15 @ 10:00 AM
Chumash Class (Peoplehood) with Rabbi Jay

WEDNESDAY 3/17
8:00 PM Rabbi's University Class

THURSDAY 3/18
11:00 AM Torah Study with the Rabbi
2:00 PM Beginning Hebrew with Ira
7:45 PM Movie Nite Discussion of Yentl


HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR THE ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK








CLICK ON OTHER
WAX UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE BUTTON BELOW

WAX NEWS

A $1000.00 donation was made to Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean to assist in feeding the hungry in our community. This foundation funds 7 Ocean County Food banks. The remaining COVID fund $454 previously collected was included in this donation (since most of the food crisis is due to the effects of the COVID pandemic and the effect on employment/ families). 
Movie Nite
"Yentl"
Thursday, 3/18 7:45
See trailer below

Women's Seder
Sunday, 3/21
11:00 AM

WAX Book Club
Wednesday, 3/24
4:00 PM
"The Guest Book"
by Sarah Blake

Community Seder
Sunday, 3/28
6:00 PM
LOOKING FORWARD TO APRIL

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

4/9
Kabbalat Shabbat with
Hazzan Sara Geller

4/16
Shabbat Dinner

4/18
Making Kamish Bread with
Joanne Babbitt

4/22
Movie Nite

4/25
Blessing of the Animals

4/28
WAX Book Discussion
THIS WEEK'S YAHRZEITS

The following names will be read at Friday night services.

Morris Herman
Felix Horowitz
Robert Muscente
David Polinsky
Anita L. Ross
William Berger*
Hannah S. Cohen
Bernice Franks
T. Daniel Lang*
Jacob Liebenberg
Isidore Opatosky
Joseph Schlanger*
Marvin Henry Weinberger*
Ethel Zwillman
Ann Celnik
Chaya Cohen
Samuel Kreiger
Sam Singer
Michael Beck*
Louis Cohen
Irving List*
Lillian Barham
Charles Miller
Fannie Shapiro
Ruth Weisberger
Lawrence Alpert*
Charlotte Chazin*
Minnie Einhorn*
Martin Hartman
Fred Pollack
Jeanette Rosen
Dora Weinstein
Mary Halpern
Herbert Iris
Irving Maginsky
Leon Shechtman
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. 
Ellie Einhorn
March 13
Bernard Hershenberg
March 13
Vera Hershenberg
March 13
Linda Marr
March 13
Howard Miller
March 13
Bernard Rosenberg
March 13
Aaron Shapiro
March 13
Karen Buchalter
March 14
Arlene Frumkin
March 14
Louis Beckerman
March 15
Renie Carniol
March 15
Lexa Merson-Koel
March 15
Hana Cofsky
March 16
Joanne Glass
March 16
Ted Einhorn
March 17
Janet Greene
March 17
Eric L. Jay
March 17
Ronnie Konner
March 17
Steven Silverman
March 17
Jonathan Drill
March 18
 
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CONTACT: rvalen1963@aol.com

PHYLLIS & TED COHEN
on the bar mitzvah of their grandson
Noah Berman
son of Jessica & Brad Berman

MARY & JAKE PLEETER
on the engagement of their daughter
Abigail Sara to
Scott Kaplan
Rabbi & Sheri re-enacted their 35th Anniversary of their engagement on March 9 at the Pearl Street Pavilion..
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 

AN INTERESTING ZOOM TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

To register click on this Link: PARIS


Thank you to Deb Schweighardt for the information.
Members and Guests can now pay on line. This is in addition to those who have signed up on Rakefet.

You can go directly to the site by clicking here: PAYMENT.
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