JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter


September 30, 2016
27 Elul 5776

NEW YEAR'S GREETING FROM THE JCC OF LBI

 


 
ROSH HASHANAH SERVICE SCHEDULE

Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Cantor Avi Green


             

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
First Day Rosh Hashanah - Monday, October 3 at 9:00 am
Children's Program - October 3 at 11:00 am
Family Service - October 3 at 4:00 pm

Erev Second Day Rosh Hashanah - Monday, October 3 at 7:30 pm
Second Day Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00 am
Children's Program - October 4 at 11:00 am
Tashlich at Spray Beach Yacht Club immediately following service



Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was....
Upcoming August Activities
Ongoing JCC Activities
Giving Opportunities
Community Activities
Name Badges
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Shimon Peres
Break-the-Fast
Congregation News
Onegs & Kiddishes
Cook Books
Sisterhood Stuff
TD Affinity Program
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
Documents & Links
A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
    
In Parashat Nitzavim, the Torah tells of a time of covenantal renewal; it is a time of choice. In describing the future of the Israelite nation the Moses offers the following: "See! Today I have set before you [a free choice] between life and good [on the one side], and death and evil [on the other]." We are given free will. Good and evil exist in the world and it is up to the individual to engage in one or the other. If enough individuals choose "good" then the world, as a whole, will be a better place.
 
This week I had the privilege of presiding over the conversion of two delicious children.  The older sibling was 8 and her younger brother was 4.  Their father was Jewish, but their mom was not. Though the mother was not converting, the parents made a decision to raise their children as Jews.  No doubt this choice was not made easily.  While I do not know whether there was angst or fear or resolute determination, I do know that the moment of the choice itself was holy.  Perhaps it was even more holy than the moment of the actual conversions.
 
Maybe the most beautiful part of the event is that, even as the mom was nervously smiling and the dad was literally shaking, at the awesomeness of the moment, the little girl was most excited that she dunked all by herself and her brother was very intent on tattling on the father for dripping water all over the floor.  Somehow the normalcy with which the children treated the ceremony, made the moment that much more holy.
 
Not all of our choices are between good and evil.  Sometimes a choice is simply between two things of equal ethical measure.  A lack of polarity does not make the decision any less important.  The parents' decision led to two new Jewish souls being present in the world.  There are now two new beautiful children who can learn Torah, who can celebrate Jewish holidays, and who can work to repair the world in which we live. The world became holier by two.
 
This coming Sunday night we will commence celebrating Rosh Hashanah.  It is a time of introspection and review.  It is a time of doing Teshuvah.  It is a time of making choices.  According to our tradition, God will review how we each comported ourselves over the course of 5776, and will then decide whether or not to enter us into the Book of Life for 5777.
 
Join me in hoping and praying that the collective decisions of our community in the year to come will be holy and that each of us has a year to come that is filled with health, peace, joy, and fulfillment.
 
Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah U'metuka (A Good and Sweet New Year) - 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...

What a wonderful Selichot night we had last Saturday. Beginning with dessert and Havdallah in the Social Hall, we moved to the sanctuary to change the torah mantles and wimples and to honor Don & Judith Pripstein.

The social hall then became our movie theatre featuring the Woody Allen film "Crimes and Disdemeanors". It was followed by a lively discussion lead by the Rabbi and Selichot services. 

We didn't make midnight but came pretty close.


Ina Galer is ready to put the new cover on the torah held by husband Arnie

Harris & Sheila Weisel


Kem & Rochelle Spencer.


Lynn Berkowitz & Rose Valentine place the crowns on the torah held by Cliff Farin

 
We are proud to honor Judith & Don Pripstein for their devotion to the JCC of LBI and for their commitment to the entire Jewish community.

Here is the beautiful work created by Judith Pripstein. It will always be a part of the JCC of LBI. 

Yasher Koach, Kol Hakavod, Mazel Tov,Toda Rabbah, Thank you.

 







UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 
A TASTE OF MELTON "We Are What We Remember"
A 4-Part Class with Rabbi Jay
Sunday, October 9.
10 - 12 Noon

MEN'S CLUB MEETING
Sunday October 9
9:00 AM

18-MILE RUN
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: 
lasv_us@yahoo.com

If you want to participate in the run, here is the registration form:  RUN FORM
ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Mah jongg
MAH JONGG  
Wednesdays 12:30 - 4:00 PM 

NO MAH JONGG 10/5 AND 10/12


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

50/50 RAFFLE
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.

 
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: 


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES


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 -
Phone: 732-363-0530
Email: filmfest@ocjf.org

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

 
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




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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
9/30 - 10/7

NO MAH JONGG THIS WEEK

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
September 30, 2016 
 6:21 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday, September 30, 2016
8:00 PM

Healing Service
7:15 PM
prior to Shabbat Service
and
October  
Birthday and Anniversary
Recognition


Rabbi's Sermon:
"What is the Book of Life"


Board Representative:
Rose Valentine




Oneg Shabbat
sponsored by
Rochelle Spencer
  In memory of
  Katie Shrensel
   Mother and Grandmother
   Of The Spencer Family


Saturday, October 1, 2016
Torah Study
9:00 AM
Services
10:00 AM

Torah Portion
Nitzavim
Deuteronomy 
Here is the Parshah
PARSHAH

Haftorah
Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9 
Here is the Haftorah
HAFTORAH

Torah Reader:
Aaron Lombardi




ROSH HASHANAH CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
(So. Ocean County)

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday 10/2
6:18 PM
Second Night of Roch Hashanah
Monday 10/3
7:26 PM

Last week was the final week for Drop-In Havdallah
 Davening on the Beach.
So many of you have participated in these services.  We hope it added peace & spirituality 
 to your week.


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 September 30, 2016

Lucille Jerome
Esther Martin*
Yetta Zimmer
Gussie Ungar
Barbara Goldstein
Abram Plon
Frieda Baker
Howard Brody
Katie Shrensel*
Muriel Nelson Stein
Ann Taub
Herbert Klosk
Martin Reiff*
Morris Trieber*
Irma Golden*
Henry Levitt
Muriel Powitz*


* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
SIMON PERES


We mourn the passing of Shimon Peres, z"l, the last of Israel's founding generation, whose lifelong commitment to Jewish peoplehood, soaring vision of a new Middle East, and relentless belief in the capacity of peace to transform his country and the region it lives in made him one of the greatest leaders of the 21st century. 

BREAK-THE-FAST



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

CONGREGATION
NEWS


 
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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.
 


HOLIDAY KIDDISHES
 
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.

COOK BOOKS

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.

SISTERHOOD STUFF

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."


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.
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. 

ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

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

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

 

JUST CLICK AND YOU'RE THERE!!!

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 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