JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

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December 2, 2016
2 Kislev 5777
Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Fires in Israel
Help Needed
Chanukah Sale
Upcoming Activities
Israel Trip
Name Badges
Bulletin Ads
Text Blast Sign Up
TD Affinity Program
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Mi Shaberach List
Congregation News
Onegs & Kiddishes
Men's Club Bowling Event
Sisterhood Stuff
Acme Stamps
Giving Opportunities
Documents & Links
A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 
 
In this week's Torah portion, Toldot, we are told that Rebecca is unable to conceive a child. The Torah points out that Isaac "entreated" God to help.  It strikes me as odd that only Isaac would do this.  Clearly Rebecca would have been asking for God's help as well.  So why does the Torah only mention Isaac's plea?
 
There are many possible answers to this query.  The first answer that occurs to me is that Rebecca's petition is a given.  Generally, the Torah uses words sparingly, so why waste ink telling us that Rebecca cried to God for a child when we "know" that, as a young wife wishing to be a mother, she must have done so?  The second answer might be that, God would only accept the prayers of a man.  We know this is not true because we have already read that God and Sarah had conversations. We also know from the Rosh Hashanah Haftarah we read every year, that God answered Hannah's prayer for a child.
 
So why does the Torah present Isaac as the pleader?  I think there are a few important lessons to be learned here.  First, we should pray for others, especially our loved ones.  Isaac could have taken the position that the problem was solely Rebecca's to bear.  Instead, he actively addresses the issue.  The act of confronting God on behalf of his wife is powerful and shows a deeply loving relationship.
 
But I think there is another lesson here.  Isaac is hurting. He, too, wants a child.  Rebecca's barrenness is Isaac's as well.  Each time she does not conceive, is a loss to him.  The Torah is telling us to take note of this.
 
I think that it goes just a bit further.  Isaac is, indeed, hurting on a very personal level, but he is hurting for his beloved as well.  In our lives we unfortunately know of several folks who have been diagnosed with various illnesses or have suffered physical or emotional setbacks.  Our natural tendency is to reach out to the person with the illness; we seek to shelter the injured party; our energies go toward helping that person.  But the problem does not reside only with the poor soul who has received a bad diagnosis.  A spouse, child, and a parent, are each impacted by the shattering of a life.
 
God receives Isaac's prayer because the Holy One knows that, like Rebecca, Isaac needs God's presence.   We are each created in God's image. As we travel through our days it is important to reach out to those around us who are suffering from illness.   At the same time we need to be aware that the loved ones of that person need our physical, spiritual, and emotional help as well. 
 
Do God's work. Share your strength.  Repair the world one person at a time.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 
 
KOL HAKAVOD CAMPAIGN

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

 

FIRES RAGING IN ISRAEL


 
Jewish Federations are collecting funds to help address the impact of an unprecedented 480 fires that raged across Israel, displacing nearly 100,000 people and ravaging thousands of acres of land. 

The impact of the devastation on Israelis will be long-lasting. People must now return to their damaged homes, schools and neighborhoods. Thousands have no homes to return to at all. Many community institutions that provide vital programs and services-including those of our partners-have been hit hard. They will be struggling to rebuild just when they are needed most. 

And in towns and cities across the country, people will need to join together and help one another overcome the traumatic impact of these unsettling times.

The Government of Israel is supporting those impacted by the fires primarily through local municipalities. Jewish Federations are working with our local partners and the National Emergency Authority to assess urgent and emerging needs.

One hundred percent of your donation will go to the Israel Fire Emergency Fund.
 
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO MAKE YOUR DONATION THROUGH THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OCEAN COUNTY : ISRAEL FIRE FUND Make sure to use the pull down tab to specify your gift is for the Fire Fund. 
Rabbi Jay has made our first donation through the JCC Rabbi's Discretionary Fund.  Please follow his lead with your gift to help our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. 

WE CAN USE YOUR HELP

We can use a group of folks to help us with upcoming mailings:


  • Wednesday, December 21st at 10:30 AM 
Call the office if you can help 609-492-4090 

 

THANK YOU TO ARLENE SCHRAGGER FOR HELPING WITH THE HIGH HOLIDAY APPEAL FOLLOW UP MAILING.
    




Each year, the JCC visits patients at SOMC on Christmas Day to being cheer and poinsettias to the patients.  We will 
meet in the lobby of SOMC at 10:00 AM. Call the Office at 609-492-4090 for an hour of doing mitzvot.

CHANUKAH COUNTDOWN

SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP CHANUKAH SALE
20% OFF SHOWCASE ITEMS
Visit the JCC Gift Shop during office hours to purchase your special Chanukah gifts
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Mah jongg Marianne's next 
MAH JONGG LUNCHEON

Monday, December 12 at 11:30 at Brazzi's on Route 72.  
 
We will order off the menu and get separate checks. Marianne  will collect an extra $1.00 from each of you as an extra tip for the waitresses.  Also note that the way Brazzi's is set up, tables of 4 will be reserved for play, and then everyone will sit together to have lunch about an hour into the play.  It's really very pleasant and they are very accommodating. 

Please RSVP your attendance to Marianne for a headcount. email: marianneclemente@yahoo.com 
or phone:  212-249-6292 



SOCH Menorah
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 
AT SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY
MEDICAL CENTER

Thursday, December 8th
5:30 PM








 

MEN'S CLUB BOWLING

December 18
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thunderbird Lanes
640 E. Bay Ave.
Manahawkin, NJ  08050   
ALL ARE WELCOME
Cost per person $15.00 (which includes 2 games, bowling shoes, latkes and snacks)
 

CHANUKAH SHABBAT DINNER

Latkes Friday night 
December 23rd at 6:30 PM


$25 for adults
$15 for children under 18
Contact the JCC Office if you are going to join us.
Services to follow.







MOVIE SCHEDULE FOR THE WINTER

Saturday Nites 7:00 PM
Havdallah 6:45 PM

January 7 "Fiddler on the Roof"
January 21 "Schindler's List"
February 4 "Blazing Saddles"
February 18 "Yentl"
March 4 "Crossing Delancey Street"
March 18 "West Side Story"
April 1 "The Producers"
April 15 "Sound of Music"
April 29 "Young Frankenstein"


ISRAEL TRIP POSTPONED


Due to the short notice to potential tour participants, our trip to Israel is being postponed.  We will let you know the new details way in advance.  


NAME BADGES

If you did not order a name tag, we will be putting in another order.  Here is the link for the form to order your name tag:  BADGES

ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
 
TEXT BLAST SIGN UP

If you would like to receive JCC of LBI reminders and alerts via text message on your cell phone, please contact the office by email (jccoflbi@gmail.com) or phone (609-492-4090) We would be alerting you for example that "Services are cancelled" or "Last opportunity to sign up for Community Seder".

 This information will not be shared and will only be used for JCC purposes. 

TD AFFINITY PROGRAM

Easy money! 

Do you have an account with TD Bank? 

You can contribute to the JCC without it costing you a cent. TD Bank will pay us on the number of accounts in our TD Affinity Club. There is no minimum number of members. We automatically receive $10 for every checking account and .01% of the balance on Savings Accounts. In addition we receive $50 for any new accounts.  This is strictly confidential and the JCC does not know the amount in any of the accounts. 

We just received a check for $456.00 from TD Bank. So think about joining this program and helping the JCC to reap the benefits.
 
JCC INFORMATION
 
 
 
THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT
2411 Long Beach Boulevard (24th Street)
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
ENTER THE BUILDING DURING OFFICE HOURS
THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR.
PRESS THE ENTRY BUTTON ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ENTRANCE FOR ADMITTANCE.

Mailing Address:
2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008

Telephone: 609-492-4090
FAX: 609-492-7550

web site: www.jccoflbi.org  
  
OFFICE HOURS:     
 
MONDAY 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
TUESDAY 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
FRIDAY - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Office Staff:
Jeri Riffle, Executive Director
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
 Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.

Leslie, Marcie and Jeri

 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Rose Valentine, JCC President
rvalen1963@aol.com




  VIEW THE DECEMBER/JANUARY/FEBRUARY BULLETIN
with this link

 

E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine rvalen
1963@aol.com



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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
12/2 - 12/9

Thursday
Lights of Life: Community Tree & Menorah Lighting
5:30 PM at 
Southern Ocean Medical Center


SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
December 2, 2016
4:14 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)


JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday, December 2, 2016
8:00 PM

Anniversary & Birthday Recognition

Rabbi's Sermon:
"The Esau of Inclusion"

Saturday, December 3, 2016
 
Torah Study
9:00 AM 
Services
10:00 AM

Torah Reading
  
Toldot
(Genesis 25:19 - 28:9) 
Here is the portion:

Haftorah 
Malachi 1:1 - 2:7
Here is the
Torah Readers:
Aaron Lombardi, Zach Lombardi, 
Rabbi Jay

Haftorah Chanter:
Aaron Lombardi

Special Treat
Sloppy Joes - No. Jersey Style
KIDDISH SPONSORED BY
Harris & Sheila Weisel
in honor of their
50th Wedding Anniversary




UPCOMING SPECIAL SHABBAT
December 23
Chanukah Dinner and Service

Please help us create a special atmosphere by not using electronic devices (phones, cameras, games etc) in or around the synagogue on Shabbat    and Holidays. No food or drink is permitted in the sanctuary.

YAHRZEITS
FOR NEXT WEEK

These names will be read at services on December 2, 2016

Ben Berkowitz
Joseph Kaplan
Ira Lee Herman*
Frank Mirrer*
Henry Avondoglio*
Rebecca Cohen
Dr. Milton Lowenthal
Sophie Brasch*
Lydia Davis
Dr. Seymour Cohen
Dorothy Labran
Ida Liebowitz
Milton Batoff
Vera Beebe
Harry Entin
Max Silver*
Harry Berkowitz*
Helen Berman
Leon B. Entin
Stuart Gussin
Stanley S. Levy
Abram Piwosky
Lilyan Strassman*


* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
MI SHABERACH LIST

 
The Mi Shaberach (prayer for the sick) list of names will be purged on Dec 31 and names for new list should be called or sent to Office.

CONGREGATION
NEWS

Mazel Tov
MARK & CAROL COHEN
on the birth of their 
grandson to daughter Beth Ann

Baby Blocks

SHARE YOUR NEWS
 
     
  
Caring 
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, Joy Kern, if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member that needs our help. 
609- 978-3669 
 
   
KIDDISHES 

on Saturday morning

Contact Lynn Berkowitz 
or Rose Valentine
for information about 
sponsoring a Kiddish
609-709-3160
973-632-0913

SEE NEW DONATION & MENU

Sponsorship includes:

*Printed acknowledgement on the food table, in
the Shabbat Reminder email and in the Shabbat program
*Verbal, public acknowledgement from the bimah during services.
 

MEN'S CLUB OPENING ACTIVITY
Bowling
Men's Club Bowling Event
December 18, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Thunderbird Lanes
640 E. Bay Ave.
Manahawkin, NJ  08050   

Cost per person $15.00   (which includes 2 games, bowling shoes, latkes and snacks)
 
Bring your wife, children and grandchildren to our kickoff event. Please RSVP to the JCC Office (609-492-4090) as soon as possible but no later than December 12th. Limited alleys are available.

The Men's Club is looking to borrow a microwave that day to heat the latkes. Call
Ira Morganthal if you can help. 908 705 2576
 
LET'S ALL GET BEHIND OUR NEW MEN'S CLUB TO MAKE THEIR FIRST EVENT A SUCCESS!
SISTERHOOD STUFF

ONEG SHABBATS

Sisterhood is responsible for the Oneg Shabbats each Friday night.  We could use your help in organizing each week.  This is a special call to those who are in the area off season. Pick a week that you can help and let Jody Brusilow (jrb53056@icloud.com) know so you can be placed on the schedule.  

SHOE BOX RECYCLING

TWO BOXES SENT OUT THIS WEEK! 

We are collecting gently worn, paired men's, women's and kids shoes that are still reusable and re-wearable (no ski boots, ice skates, roller blades, flip flops, crocs or bedroom slippers). Please bring them to the JCC during office hours.

"Let's clean up our closets and the environment by recycling our shoes."


ACME STAMPS

If you are on the Island and shop at Acme, but are not collecting the Farberware Saver Stamps, please collect them for the Mah-jongg Tournament. Drop them off at the JCC office and put in Karen Schwing's mailbox. We will use them to buy pots and pans for the gift table at the Mah-Jongg Tournament. Thanks for your help!

Karen Schwing and Stacey Vreeland, Mah-Jongg Tournament Co-Chairs

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

STOCK DONATIONS
T here is still time to make a Stock Donation to the JCC of LBI in 2016. Two ways to save on your taxes- If you donate a stock that has appreciated, you don't pay a capital gains tax on the increase in value, and of course you claim the donation as a charitable contribution. In this manner you help the JCC with your stock donation, and help yourself.

Your stock broker knows how to do this and the JCC can be of assistance. It's easy, and a good way to help the JCC stay healthy f inancially.

HIGH HOLIDAY APPEAL
Your gift to the 5777 High Holiday Appeal is vital to the operation of the JCC of LBI.  We depend on your generous support. 

You should have received an Appeal letter a few weeks ago. Please take a few minutes to reflect on how your contribution can make a difference and return your card and appeal donation in the envelope provided.  If you can't find the card, that's okay - you can send your appeal contribution to the office (2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach, NJ 08008) noting that it is for the High Holiday Appeal Campaign.


MORRIS L. SHAPIRO ENDOWMENT FUND
All organizations should have a substantial endowment fund to ensure its continuation. Except for dire emergencies, the principal amounts in the fund cannot be used to run the organization. Interest earned from the account may be used.  As previously announced, Herb and Selma Shapiro have created a JCC  Endowment Fund to honor Herb's father. It will be known as  "The Morris L. Shapiro Endowment Fund at the JCC of LBI " The Shapiros have generously pledged a total of $50,000 to fund this. While initially established by the Shapiros, anyone may contribute to this important fund. 

Join Herb and Selma in helping assure the continuity of our JCC, and our ability to continue providing a full-service congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area. All members are encouraged to help this important effort by contributing to this Fund. 

Your gift to the fund can be sent to the JCC Office. Please mark your check accordingly.

AUDIO/VISUAL PROJECT
  We are very excited about the decision of the Board of Directors to pursue the enhancement of the audio system for the JCC of LBI as well as the purchase of a projection system.  This multi-phased project will allow us to become a venue for expanded programming and opens us up to many wonderful opportunities for future planning.  Your gift large or small is much appreciated. Please send your contribution to the JCC office: 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach, NJ 08008 and note on the memo line A/V Project. 

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

TREE OF LIFE (located in the Social Hall)
You can purchase a leaf in honor of an occasion or in memory of a loved one. 
Here is the Tree of Life Form:  TREE

PAVERS (in front of the Front Entrance) 
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available 
Here is the Paver Form: 

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

 

JUST CLICK AND YOU'RE THERE!!!

 

LATEST BULLETIN:

BULLETIN

WEB SITE:

JCC WEB SITE

 

MEMBERSHIP FORMS

MEMBERSHIP 

 

PAVERS:

PAVERS 

 

TREE OF LIFE

TREE 

 

SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP CATALOG

 GIFT

 

JEWISH JOURNAL: 

JOURNAL

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD