| The Jewish Community Center of LBI
September 16, 2016
13 Elul 5776
\WELCOME to our friends from Orangetown Jewish Center
who are holding a Shabbaton this weekend at the JCC of LBI.
We look forward to sharing Shabbat with them and
Rabbi Paula Mack Drill this weekend.
Congregation members are welcome to join our visitors. Here is their schedule: SHABBATON SCHEDULE
What a perfect place to spend the High Holidays -here on Long Beach Island and in our beautiful house of worship. Sanctuary & Social Hall seats are still available.
Send in your High Holiday ticket requests and names for the Book of Remembrance to Carole Nunberg, King Grant, 2 Golf Club Way, Marlton, NJ 08053
Rosh Hashannah - Monday, October 3 & Tuesday, October 4
Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 12
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
The Importance of Insignificance
Near the beginning of Parashat Ki Tetze, we come across a seemingly simple piece of Text that gives instruction on what appears to be basic ethical behavior. It reads as follows:
If a bird's nest happens to be before you on the road...and the mother is roosting on the young birds or on the eggs.... You shall surely send away the mother and take the young for yourself, so that it will be good for you and you will prolong your days. Deuteronomy 22:6-7.
It seems straightforward enough. One must protect the mother bird from being a horrified witness to the kidnapping of her own children; we must shield her from pain. Through it we learn that ethical behavior extends to all of our actions. Even to those actions which seem insignificant in our human-centered world.
But, I believe there is a deeper meaning. Upon closer examination it would appear that the insertion of this Torah law here, when it will be read during the month of Elul, is not by chance. Indeed, the Text expresses the essence of our task in the month of Elul. These 29 days represent a time during which we reflect on the past year. Our tradition beseeches us to review our actions, to examine our relationships, and to fully assess ourselves. We do this in order to try to improve ourselves, but also so that God will look upon us favorably at the time of judging us during the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe (The High Holy Days).
In a wonderfully subtle way the two verses cited above provide us with a basic starting point from which we can springboard to accomplish our self-assessment. We are being taught that we need to recognize that every action we take, no matter how seemingly trivial, has an impact on others around us. We might be inclined to see the act of taking an egg from a nest as merely an attempt to feed ourselves. We are hungry. We see an egg. We take it. It is simple. However, this piece of Torah is reminding us that nothing is simple. If we take that egg, we may well ultimately satisfy our hunger, but we are also taking something hugely precious to the mother bird.
We are being taught that it would be improper to think or say, "It's only a bird." Instead we must question how our actions will affect those around us, even a bird. If we must worry about the impact of our actions upon a bird, how much more so must we worry about the effect of our actions upon the people around us?
The lesson to be learned is that any action we take, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may seem, has far reaching, and often unconsidered, consequences. The Torah is imploring us to recognize that before we do something, we should consider not only the initial impact of that action, but the secondary and tertiary effects as well. We are required to take note of the bigger picture. The mother bird is not just a bird. Rather, she also represents all of humanity and the world in which we live.
As if to highlight the connection between Parashat Ki Tetze and Elul, verse 7 ends by telling us that if we act as described, we will "prolong" our days. This hints at our ultimate goal during the Yamim Noraim. Our introspective reflection during Elul is intended to prepare us for God's ultimate review of us during the High Holy Days. The message in the Text is that if we are mindful of our actions and how they impact those around us (all of those around us), we stand a better chance of being in God's good graces and therefore have a greater possibility of finding ourselves with a positive judgment and looking forward to a happy and healthy New Year.
The mother bird, or the chick, or the egg, or the nest, may seem insignificant, but how we treat them is most definitely not. Acting with kindness and justice toward others, improves our lives and provides a model for how to make the world a better place.
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
THE WEEK THAT WAS...
Sunday morning we gathered at the Children's Rabbis Garden, tucked away in the northeast corner of the JCC property, for a formal dedication. The garden was the idea of a Confirmation Class of 2015. Thanks to the families of our past and present Religious School and the family of Dr. Mortimer Nelson for donating the funds and to Maxine Paris for providing the pots and flowers.
As our School Director Mrs. B said:
"DREAMS DO COME TRUE"
|Rabbi Jay & Confirmation Class Representative Jenna Powitz
Religious School Director Lynn "Mrs. B" Berkowitz
The Taste of Israel Dinner last Sunday evening was a unique experience for our community and joining with the Ocean County Federation was a first which we hope to continue in some form or another in the future.
Arlene & Fred Schragger did a fabulous job in organizing this event which gathered 40 guests to the home of Janet & Howard Cohen, our fantastic hosts. Our chefs from Puzzle Israel treated us to a marvelous and unique Israeli dinner, Howard & Sherry provided beautifully arranged flowers and Judy & Bob Cook were our wine sponsors for the evening. The evening was topped off with a gorgeous LBI Sunset
The funds raised will to bring a counseling professional to LBI in the coming year from the Jewish Family and Children's Services.
|Puzzle Israel Chefs Guy & Nir
||Chef's helpers Bonnie Shragger & Diane Hoffman
|Federation President Ellyn Lyons & JCC President Rose Valentine
Our Chef, Nir,
shared with us his background and what he and Guy are doing to promote Israel throughout the world. See the Puzzle Israel web site: PUZZLE We have in the office a few copies of their cookbook, for sale for $20.00. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Lone Soldier Center (LONE SOLDIER) whose mission is to assist lone soldiers before, during and after their army service. They provide them with food, laundry, basic necessities, equipment, advice, seminars, social events, monthly Shabbat meals and more.
A "lone soldier" is an IDF soldier with no family in Israel to support him or her. A lone soldier may be a new immigrant, a volunteer from abroad, an orphan or an individual from a broken home.
Monday night's documentary "Beneath the Helmet' was well received by our audience of almost 40 people. In addition, David Shatz, JCC member shared his experiences in the IDF. Thank you to Barry Goldman & Arnie Galer for organizing the evening, Lynn Berkowitz for getting the equipment set up and Diane Hoffman for bringing in the refreshments.
This year's final Sisterhood Book Club discussion took place on Tuesday. It was a very successful program thanks to Helyn Benjamin and the ladies who lead the discussions.
MEN'S CLUB - IN FORMATION
Men's Club Organizational Meeting at the JCC on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9:00 am. Topics will include selecting an executive board, activities/events and dates for the year. Please RSVP to the office by Thursday, September 15th or contact Mark Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A TASTE OF MELTON "We Are What We Remember"
A 4-Part Class with Rabbi Jay
Sundays September 18, 25 and October 9.
10 - 12 Noon
This week we will be learning about the impact of the
Spanish Expulsion of the Middle ages on the Jews of the time and later generations. How is the cause (and affect) of this tragic event remembered and how do we process it in later generations.
We will do this by reading selections written around the time of the expulsion and by reading the thoughts and ideas of later Rabbis and scholars.
Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:00 PM
FROM MARIANNE CLEMENTE:
Mah Jongg Luncheon for this coming Monday, August 15 at 11:30 at Brazzi's on Route 72.
DATE: Monday, September 19
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Brazzi Wood Fired Trattoria
601 Route 72
DETAILS: We will order off the menu and get separate checks.
As usual, I will collect an extra $1.00 from each of you as an extra tip for the waitresses. Also note that the way Brazzi's set up for us is that they'll reserve the tables of four for us to play, and then we'll all sit together to have lunch about an hour in to our playing. It's really very pleasant and they are very accommodating.
Please RSVP your attendance to me....it's important that you get back to me so I can give them a headcount. As always, I can be reached by a reply to this email email@example.com or my phone number is 212-249-6292.
The Jewish Cultural Group at Mirage Presents...
WE WRITE THE SONGS...A Tribute to the Legendary Composers and Songwriters of the 20th Century
Thursday, September 22nd
Deli Dinner and Desserts BYOB
$32.00 per person
Contact Helen Gross for ticket information
SEE THIS FLYER FOR DETAILS: SONGS
Interfaith Health and Support Services
September 23 between 10 am and 3 pm
St. Mary of the Pines on McKinley Avenue in Manahawkin
Lincoln Motor Car Company is providing an opportunity to test drive a Lincoln automobile. Money raised will go to the Interfaith services.
What is Interfaith? It is a coalition of different faiths and service agencies. In response to the needs of our community, Interfaith provides volunteer services of Parish Nurses and Caregivers to the frail elderly and respite care for Alzheimer's disease. The JCC of LBI is a participating congregation.
Sunday, October 30 - Sunday, November 20
Click on this site for a sneak preview of the films and show dates and times: FESTIVAL
All films will be screened at the
Marquee Cinemas - Orchard 10
1311 Route 37 West
Toms River, New Jersey 08755
(Adjacent to Ruby Tuesday)
General Admission is $10.00 per ticket.
Tickets purchased at the door are $12.00 per ticket and based on availability. Series packages are also available.
For additional information or directions -
ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN
Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
TD AFFINITY PROGRAM
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.
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
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.
2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
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
Jeri Riffle, Executive Director
Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Rose Valentine, JCC President
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
9/16 - 9/23
Men's Club Organization Meeting
Taste of Melton Class
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Candle Lighting Time
September 16, 2016
(So. Ocean County NJ)
Friday, September 16, 2016
Rabbi Paula Mack Drill
Spiritual Leader of
will talk about
"Knowing Myself; Knowing You"
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
Isaiah 54:1 -54:10
Here is the Haftorah
Kiddish lunch following services.
Rabbi Drill will be teaching about "Learning about Teshuva
S'mores & More
Beach @ 24th St
DON & JUDITH PRIPSTEIN
Changing of the
Mantles & Wimples
Showing of film
"Crimes & Misdemeanors"
followed by a discussion
led by Rabbi Jay
OTHER SPECIAL SHABBATS
prior to Shabbat Service
Birthday and Anniversary
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.
FOR NEXT WEEK
These names will be read at services on September 16, 2016
Regina Kalmuk Millstein*
Lizette Harnick Miller
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
Sisterhood Break-The-Fast 5776
At the JCC of LBI following Mincha & N'eilah
On Yom Kippur, Wednesday evening,October 12, 2016
$20.00 per person
Please send checks payable to Sisterhood to:
Lori Sherry - 167 Seneca Boulevard - Barnegat, NJ 08005
SEE THE BREAK-THE-FAST FORM: BREAK-THE-FAST
Contact Lynn Berkowitz
or Rose Valentine
for information about
sponsoring a Kiddish
SEE NEW DONATION & MENU
*Printed acknowledgement on the food table, in
the Shabbat Reminder email and in the Shabbat program
*Verbal, public acknowledgement from the bimah during services.
One of the nicest experiences during the holidays is to have lunch in the Succah after Succoth Services.
Thank you to RONA STEIN and LEXA MERSON for sponsoring our Succoth Luncheons this year.
Sponsorship is also available for Shemini Azeret 10/24
& Simchat Torah 10/25.
ARLENE & FRED SCHRAGGER
on the bat mitzvah of
BARBARA & IRV HURWITZ
on the bar mitzvah of
ELYSE & STUART PEPOSE
on the birth of their
SHARE YOUR NEWS
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.
SHOE BOX RECYCLING
We are again 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."
Our annual tickets have been sent out to our members. Please participate in this fund raiser. The drawing is at the end of Yom Kippur, October 12. Additional tickets can be requested from the JCC office.
MORRIS L. SHAPIRO ENDOWMENT FUND
All organizations should have a substantial endowment fund to insure 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.
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.
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:
PAVERS (in front of the Front Entrance)
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available
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This information will not be shared and will only be used for JCC purposes.
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER BULLETIN: BULLETIN
JCC WEB SITE
TREE OF LIFE
SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP CATALOG
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:
KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM
2016 SUMMER CALENDAR