Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter



May 28, 2021
17 Sivan 5781



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MEMORIAL DAY

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN AND THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED.


A MESSAGE FROM
THE RABBI
At the end of the Parashat Beha’alotecha, we learn a lesson that should ring true for each of us. Miriam and Aaron speak with disdain about Moses. God becomes so infuriated that he strikes Miriam with Leprosy. Moses, seeing his sister sick, in pain, and headed for death, becomes so horrified by the harshness of God’s punishment that he takes a drastic step. He yells out a short prayer to God that is so “to-the-point” and so terse, that it is more of a command than a petition. “Please God, Heal her!” is all Moses says. God hears it loud and clear. In fact God hears it so clearly that the Deity agrees to restore Miriam to health.
This episode forces one to ask many questions. Why did God change the punishment? Did God hear the need for compassion that was in Moses’ voice? Did, perhaps, Moses’ words force God to look at Miriam’s service to God and the Israelite nation and make Him recognize that her transgression was nothing compared to the positive things she did?
These are good questions indeed. However, there is another avenue that must be explored. What does one do when confronted by injustice? This episode makes it apparent that one cannot sit idly by (even when the injustice is perpetrated by God). There is ample additional support for this notion in the Torah and our Tradition.
The Torah frequently admonishes: "And you shall eradicate the evil from your midst" (Deuteronomy 13:6, 17:7, 21:21, 24:7).
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, believed that apathy toward injustice results in greater wickedness. He wrote that "indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself " and that silent acquiescence leads to evil being accepted and becoming the rule. The Insecurity of Freedom , New York, 1967, 92.
Jews are required to protest against injustice and to try to agitate for change even when successful implementation appears very difficult. The Talmudic sage Rabbi Zera states, "Even though people will not accept it, you should rebuke them." Shabbat 55a.
We can never be sure that our words and actions will be ineffective. Thus the only responsible approach is to try our best. Rabbi Tarfon famously noted in the Mishna that: “It is not your obligation to complete the task. But neither are you free to desist from it”. Pirkei Avot 2:21.
Lest we conclude that the requirement to speak out only applies to helping others, the Torah provides proof that we should help ourselves as well.
At the beginning of the book of Exodus, three incidents in Moses’ life, before God chose him to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, are presented. These occurrences, which are probably familiar to most of us, teach that Jews must be involved in helping resolve disputes, whether they are between a Jew and a non-Jew, two Jews, or two non-Jews. 1) On the first day that Moses goes out to his people, he rushes to defend a Hebrew against an Egyptian aggressor (Exodus 2: 11, 12); 2) Moses, next, intervenes in a dispute between two Hebrews (Exodus 2:13); and, finally, 3) after being forced to flee from Egypt and arriving at a well in Midian, Moses comes to the aid of Jethro’s Midianite daughters who were being harassed by other Midianites. (Exodus 2: 15 –17).
Indeed, none other than the great sage Hillel provides additional guidance on this issue when he stated in the Mishna: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when? Pirkei Avot 1:14.
We live in perilous times. What started with Israel is being physically and verbally assaulted has now shifted into Jews all over the world being subjected to the very real possibility of being physically and verbally assaulted.
With an apparent majority of the world against Israel and the Jewish people, and with so much vitriolic rhetoric, one might feel that speaking out would be an exercise in futility. However, We cannot allow ourselves to succumb to this feeling of helplessness. If Moses could call out to God and tell the Creator that what God was doing was wrong, we need to have the strength to speak out against the wrongdoings of people who seek to do us harm. Even if there are more of them, and even if the task seems undoable.
Further, just as Moses did not hesitate for a moment in making his plea to God, we cannot afford to wait to take action.
As I am writing this I am watching a zoom rally organized by several Jewish organizations with an ecumenical group of faith and political leaders. It provides comfort and strength to see that we are not alone.
There are a few things that you can do now to combat the antisemitism that we are facing today:
  1. I suggest going to https://www.actagainstantisemitism.org to see what you can do to help to battle antisemitism. Your voice matters.
  2. Continue to “do” Jewish. Come to services on zoom now and, soon, in-person as we begin returning to our beautiful JCC building. On Shabbat: Light candles, say Kiddush over wine, and say the blessing over Challah. Read Jewish books. Watch Jewish shows. Cook (and eat!) Jewish foods. Do all of this proudly.
  3.  Reach out to those you know who are not Jewish. Only through getting to know the “other” will they, or we, get to look at each other as equals.
  4. There has been a willingness, among some, to blame Israel for the current spate of hatred against Jews here. Please do not fall into this trap. While Israel, like the United States, is not perfect, hatred against Jews is the oldest form of hatred. The recent attackers may blame Israeli actions for their attacks on Jews here, but, if it weren’t Israel, history has taught us that the haters would find some other reason to attack the Jewish people.  Tom combat this, I suggest that we should not solely rely on the main media outlets for our information about Israel and the middle east. Too often, their reporting is weighted against Israel. As I have suggested before, add The Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post to your daily reading lists. I am also still highly recommending that you read Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth, by Noa Tishby.
  5. Finally, I have received several concerned emails from congregants. I try to respond quickly thoughtfully to each one. Reach out to me with questions.
Even with the current turmoil, there has never been a better time to proudly stand up and embrace our Jewish identity. In fact, we should all feel blessed that we are Jews living in this age.
We, as Jews, are often the first to fight against the unfair treatment of others. We have been very good at helping others. Let’s make sure to use these very same tools to help ourselves.
I end by saying, again: There has never been a better time or place to live as a Jew than as the present and in the United States. Together we will address this current crisis and come out of it stronger.
Shabbat Shalom and have safe and healthy Memorial Day – Rabbi Michael S. Jay
SHABBAT SHALOM

Candle Lighting Time
Friday evening,
May 28, 2021
7:57 PM
So. Ocean County

JOIN US FOR SERVICES
May 28, 2021
6:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services/Dinner

Saturday morning
May 29, 2021

IRA MORGENTHAL will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvahversary this Shabbat. He will be chanting the Haftorah and giving a D'var Torah.

Torah Study
9:00 AM
Services
10:00 AM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Torah Study/Services

Aaron Lombardi will be reading Torah.

Torah Reading
Parashat Beha'alotcha
Numbers 8:1 -12:16

Haftorah
 Zechariah 2:24 - 4:7
Saturday evening
9:00 PM
Havdallah

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:

WE ARE REOPENING THE SYNAGOGUE & GROUNDS
IN JUNE FOR IN-PERSON SHABBAT SERVICES


Here is the in-person schedule.
Please note Zoom services will continue as well.

Friday, June 4
Parking lot service at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Friday, June 11
Zoom only at 6:00 PM with Hazzan Geller

Friday, June 18
Parking lot service at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Friday, June 25
SHABBAT ON THE BEACH 24th Street Beach at 6:00 PM

Saturday, June
5, 12, 19, 26
Services in the Sanctuary 
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL SERVICES.

A SPECIAL EMAIL WITH ALL THE DETAILS WILL BE GOING OUT NEXT WEEK
THE WEEK THAT WAS....

A group of JCC members walked the Manahawkin Bridge on a beautiful Sunday morning. What a fabulous view from there. Brunch under the tent at the Old Causway Inn completed a morning of exercise and friendship.
.THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

MONDAY 5/31
Chumash Class Cancelled

WEDNESDAY 6/2
5:00 PM WAX Book Review Continues

THURSDAY 6/3
11:00 AM Torah Study with the Rabbi
2:00 PM Beginning Hebrew with Ira
7:45 PM A Bisel Shtisel


HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR THE ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
JUNE ACTIVITIES
MOVIE NITE
Thursday, June 3
7:45 PM
SHTISEL CONTINUES.....
The Abba and his Brother: Shulem and Nukhem


WAX BOOK REVIEW
Wednesday, June 2
5:00 PM
Due to lack of time, we will be continuing
the book discussion began last week.
LOOKING FORWARD TO JUNE

Thursday, June 17 at 7:45 PM

SUSAN & FRIENDS 2021
THE MEN SPEAK OUT"

EDMUND A. HAJIM
author, financier and philanthropist will discuss his book
"On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom "


UTHE WOMEN'S AUXILIARY
OF THE
JCC OF LBI
Community Shabbat Dinner
Friday, June 11, 2021
We will start our evening with the blessings and services and to make this evening even more special, Cantor Geller will be joining us. Please join us as Cantor Geller will teach us special Shabbat z’merot (songs). Following our services, there is a period of sharing your Shabbat dinner with family and friends in a breakout room. If you have no specific request and are open to making new friends, please respond to this email and we will arrange for you to be seated with a fabulous group of people. 
 
Please click on this link and fill in the form by Friday, June 11 at 3:00 PM. List your name(s), (couple(s) or single(s), and include the names of friends and family to be included in your private breakout room or send an email to: JCCOFLBIShabbatDinner
 
Or join at the last minute, all are welcome!
 
This is our ninth celebration of this type of event, hoping to see you then!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rabbi Jay (973) 865-9534 or Irene B. at (856) 904-5145 for dining arrangements.
 
Click this link to join our Friday night Shabbat Service/Dinner.
 
Rabbi Jay and Sheri
Michael and Irene B.
THIS WEEK'S YAHRZEITS

The following names will be read at Friday night services.
Hilda Baron
Gertrude Polinsky
Mitchell Konner
Joan Podos
Sidney Tannenbaum
Bernard Gross
Michael Salonsky
Freda Schlanger*
Norton Geier
Sophie Hellman
Fay Neustadt*
William Schlanger*
Sallie Wichman
Gail Wolfe
Dr. Geraldine Prose Young
Benjamin August
Sherwood Babst
Edith Katz
Arthur Landau
Martin Berger*
Lucille Fisher
Minnie Lisagor*
Sigmund Moskowitz*
Eugene Steinberg*
Cake
Sylvain Nakkab
May 30
Arleen Moffitt
May 31
Bernard Rothman
May 31
Lawrence Lerner
June 2
Louis Celebre
June 4
Michael Nissenblatt
June 4 
SHARE YOUR NEWS
AND PICTURES
CONTACT: 
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 - NEW INFORMATION !!!!!!!

Herb and Selma z”l Shapiro established the first individual Endowment Fund in memory of his father, as part of the JCC’s Endowment Fund portfolio. Judith z”l & Donald Pripstein joined the Shapiros and established The Pripstein Family Endowment Fund. 

As recently reported, Don Pripstein pledged another $50,000 to establish The Judith & Donald Pripstein Endowment Fund.

As a result of Don’s letter, another member has stepped forward to establish an individual Fund. He pledged $50,000 and made a substantial first payment. The announcement of this will take place as soon as all the naming particulars are decided.

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 named funds will be joined together to be part of the Endowment Fund portfolio.
 
Endowment funds are necessary to ensure the continuation and well being of our congregation. All members are encouraged to help this important effort by contributing to this portfolio, whether as a specific named individual fund, or as a general donation. The donation can be spread over one, two, or three years, and can be paid via check, donation of appreciated stock, wills, or from the RMD of your IRA or 401K account. 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