| The Jewish Community Center of LBI
September 23, 2016
20 Elul 5776
Saturday evening, September 24
HONORING DON & JUDITH PRIPSTEIN
Havdallah & Changing of the M
antles & Wimples
Showing of the film "Crimes and Misdemeanors" followed by discussion
Join us for some or all of the Selichot program.
We are participating in the Jewish Federation of Ocean County's Super Mitzvah Week.
Bring clothing, clean and folded, in plastic bags to the JCC. Clothing will be donated to Grandmother's Cupboard in Toms River.
Thank you to Alisa Molbert & Jody Brusilow for polishing the silver breast plates, crowns and yads in preparation for the High Holidays.
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 TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
A message from 4 years ago:
I usually write a new message each week. In doing so, I often look over old messages to make sure that I am not repeating myself. The message below was originally published in 2012, before the board officially hired me to be the JCC's Rabbi. While the point I am making in it is important, I like this message because, in part, it freezes a moment in the life of my family. I hope you will enjoy reading it again.
Though I have been studying Torah for many years, each time I read a particular portion I often see something I had not noticed before. When I look at a piece of Torah today I often will not walk away from it with the same thought I had last year, nor will this year's insight be the same as next year's. The fact that this happens helps to highlight Torah's unique ability to speak in many ways to those who are reading it. Each time we open a Chumash, or unroll a scroll, we are invited into the Text as the person we are at that moment and at that point in time; it is as if the words are literally capable of morphing in meaning. This enables us to merge our continuing experiences into the way that we encounter the Torah. What a gift it is that our central Text, while having been reduced to writing thousands of years ago, is not static. Instead it continues to unfold before us like a never-ending tapestry.
What I saw in Parashat Ki Tavo when I read it this year was a conversation embedded within the Torah; I perceived a message being delivered from one section of the Torah to another. Our Parasha begins by advising that when we enter the Promised Land we are to bring our first fruits to the Kohen(as a tithe) in the place that God chooses (Jerusalem), and make a proclamation acknowledging that God has kept His promise by taking us out of Egypt and bringing us into the land of milk and honey. In and of itself this ceremony is beautiful because in its simplicity it forces us to acknowledge that the things we have, from the land we live on to the food that grows on it, is all tied to God.
But there is a pretty intense and layered message we get if we connect this tithing ceremony to the second Paragraph of the Shema, which we read a few weeks ago in Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 11: 13-21). Therein we are told that, if we keep the Commandments, God will provide rain for our crops and ensure that they will grow. But we are also told that if we fail to keep the Commandments there will be no rain and, consequently, no crops.
If we combine these two pieces of Text it becomes clear that the tithing ceremony is not just acknowledging the role God has played in our lives by bringing us out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Rather, as we bring those first fruits we are also telling God that we have followed the Commandments because the crops have grown and they would not have grown if we had not acted appropriately. Thus the First Fruits become a focal point of the fact that both God and the Israelites have kept promises. There is beauty and meaning in what the Torah is telling us to do, but it is also showing what an incredible partnership we have. It is a partnership full of mutuality and respect.
I am not certain what it is in my life that enabled me to see this connection this year as I read Parashat Ki Tavo. Perhaps it is a growing sense that it is impossible to do things alone; recognition that the things that I do, that any of us do, require us to partner with others. Perhaps it is the fact that our daughter went off to college this year. Her successful entry into the school of her choice, while surely her own doing, was accomplished as we sat on the sidelines lovingly coaxing and coaching her. Whatever caused me to see this message this year, the fact remains that the Torah is not read within a vacuum, nor does any section within it stand-alone. It is, and we all are, part of the same intricately woven fabric; Divine art.
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...
Members of the Orangetown Jewish Center enjoyed a fabulous
Shabbaton last weekend.
It began with a Shabbos dinner and services led by Rabbis Jay & Drill.
A continental breakfast and torah study followed by services and lunch & learn made for a very busy Shabbat morning. Late afternoon, they returned to the JCC for a Seudah Shelishit, the third meal, and Havdallah. Sunday breakfast,davening on the beach and Rabbi Jay's Melton class completed their visit to LBI.
Many thanks to Lynn Berkowitz who took care of all the meal planning.
Rabbi Jay blows the Shofar at davening
on the beach Sunday morning.
See the video above.
We blow the shofar (almost) every day of the month of Elul.
The soul-stirring shofar blasts inspire us to
closer to G-d
as we prepare for
Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
The 9/18/16 organizational meeting was successful. A total of 14 JCC of LBI men attended the organizational meeting which included a short presentation by Bart Bookman, member of the Orangetown Jewish Center, who provided information on revitalizing a men's club. Volunteers will help with "manning" the water station for the October 9th run and assist in setting up the Sukkoth.
Next men's club meeting will be held at JCC of LBI on Sunday, October 9th at 9:00 am. If you are interested in being part of this new group, please attend the upcoming meeting. C
ontact Mark Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The office ha a few copies of Puzzle Israel cookbook, "Yalla, Let's Cook" for sale for $20.00. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Lone Soldier Center, 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.
And don't forget our Sisterhood Cookbook.
Great recipes from our best JCC cooks. Perfect for ideas for your holiday meals. Call the office. $10.00.
A TASTE OF MELTON
"We Are What We Remember"
A 4-Part Class with Rabbi Jay
Sundays September 25 and October 9.
10 - 12 Noon
MEN'S CLUB MEETING
Sunday October 9
Sunday, October 9
Race Starts At 10:30 AM in Holgate
The race is dedicated to the 11 Israeli athletes slain by terrorists at the 1972 Munich
Olympics and the thousands who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
The JCC has a water station in front of our building. If you want to help cheer on the runners and hand out water, please contact Mark Cohen, Men's Club coordinator:
If you want to participate in the run, here is the registration form:
Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:00 PM
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 -
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
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
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 (email@example.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.
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
VIEW THE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER BULLETIN
with this link
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
9/23 - 9/30
Taste of Melton Class
"Poland: What to Remember, What to Forget"
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Candle Lighting Time
September 23, 2016
(So. Ocean County NJ)
Friday, September 23, 2016
for his "Chai"
Sho-far Sho-good: An Introductory Lesson
About the Shofar
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22
Here is the Haftorah
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 23, 2016
Pauline Ellis Cramer
John E. Frankfurt*
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
Sisterhood Break-The-Fast 5777
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
on the loss of her father
"May God remember forever our dear ones who have gone to their eternal rest. May they be at one with the One who is life eternal. May the beauty of their lives shine for evermore, and may our lives always bring honor to their memory."
on the bar mitzvah of this
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.
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.
ROSH HASHANAH CHALLAH BREAD PUDDING
INGREDIENTS (serves 6)
2 cups milk (non-dairy creamer, Almond Milk can also be used)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. butter
2 granny smith apples, or other tart apple variety, cored and chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, plus a little extra for garnishing
1. Heat oven to 350°F/175°C. Cut challah into cubes.
2. In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla. Whisk well. Add bread and soak for 30 minutes. This 30 minute soak gives the bread pudding a custard-like texture.
3. In a pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat. Add the apples and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes until the apples start to caramelize, but there is still liquid at the bottom of the pan. Add the pomegranate seeds, stir until evenly mixed and remove from heat. We don't want to cook the pomegranate, we just want to mix it into the caramel apple sauce.
4. Add the challah to an 8 x 8 inch baking dish and spread evenly. Add the apple mixture and spread.
5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until browned on top. The center of the bread pudding should still have a little jiggle when shaken. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.
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."
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
JUST CLICK AND YOU'RE THERE!!!
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER BULLETIN: BULLETIN
JCC WEB SITE
TREE OF LIFE
SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP CATALOG
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:
KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM