January Shabbat Dinner
Friday, January 10 @ 6:30 PM
$20 per person
$40 per family
Make your reservation with this link:
Bowtie Pasta & Asparagus
Roasted Red Peppers
|A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
In this week's Torah portion, Vayechi, just before his death, Jacob gathers his sons in order to tell them about their collective futures.
Some of his pronouncements are good and some are bad. At first blush, one might have wanted all of the comments and predictions to be positive. We humans tend to like upbeat stories that end happily.
But this is not the Torah's way. The Torah narrative unfolds honestly, with positive and negative revelations. We see the good side of our biblical heroes and we see the bad. Good things happen, bad things happen. So why should Jacob's prophesy be any different?
Indeed, the future of Jacobs's children will have its good moments and its bad moments. The futures of the Israelites, the Land of Israel, and the Jewish people, too, will have high points and low points.
With very rare exception, no story, no person, no place, no situation, and no life is "all good" or "all bad". This is a constant in the universe that God created. The sooner we recognize that the sun does not shine every day, the sooner we can navigate our lives with realistic expectations and, hopefully, be happier.
On Kol Nidre I discussed the Talmudic phrase:
"Gahm Zeh Ya'avor", ("This Too Shall Pass"). It is a piece of wisdom that explains that no matter what is happening, whether it is good, bad, or neutral, it will pass. It is a reminder that the world around us, our emotions, and our lives, are all fluid and subject to change.
Jacob's deathbed honesty to his sons, and to the reader, is an important reminder that we should continually assess our own lives with an understanding that there will always be peaks and valleys. When at the top we need to have the humility of knowing that a valley may await us. When in the nadir of our life we can look up and know that there will be a pinnacle in our future.
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...
The first session of the Rabbi's study on Anti-Semitism was given to a full house (24) at the home of Rudy and Rose Valentine. The presentation included a list of things we can do to fight Anti-Semitism (see the list here: LIST ).
The next session will Sunday, February 9 at 10:00 AM at the home of Irene & Michael Babst in Barnegat. We must have your reservation since they live in a gated community. Please respond to this link if you are attending: RESERVATION
Last session: Tuesday, March 24 7:00 PM at the home of Diane & Ron Buskirk
MAH JONGG & CANASTA
Mah jongg & Canasta
12:30 to 4:00 PM
FLORIDA ANNUAL REUNION
2020 Florida Ladies Reunion Luncheon
to honor the life of Judy Abend
Tuesday, February 11
14917 Lyons Road. Delray Beach.
We will order from menu but have a private room. Please call Helyn Benjamin (561 740 7499)
or Eileen Buznitsky (561 362 3880).
Everyone is welcome.
Please call by 2/4
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
You can now make your donation, orders and pay for events with your credit card.
Please print this application and fill in your credit card information: CREDIT CARD
Send it along with the appropriate forms, which are listed on the home page (scroll down) of our web site:
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.
SEND ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
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.
TREE OF LIFE
Add a leaf (leaves) to our beautiful Tree of Life located in the Social Hall. See the order form here:
Bronze Leaf $90
Silver Leaf $126
Gold :Leaf $180
Join Herb and Selma Shapiro z'l to help assure the continuity of our JCC, and our ability to continue providing a full-service congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area.
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 name funds will be joined together to be part of the endowment fund portfolio.
Judith z"l & Donald Pripstein have joined the Shapiros with a $50,000 donation and have established The Pripstein Family Endowment Fund.
All members are encouraged to help this important effort by contributing to this fund whether as a specific named fund, or as a general donation.
Your gift to the fund can be sent to the JCC Office. Please mark your check accordingly.
Space is available for memorial plaques on the yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary. Here is the order form: PLAQUES
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
Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
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.
FOR HANDICAPPED ENTRANCE
PRESS THE ENTRY BUTTON ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ENTRANCE FOR ADMITTANCE.
2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie
Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Michael Babst, President
VIEW THE NOV/DEC/JAN BULLETIN
with this link
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine
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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
1/10/20 - 1/17/20
Trip to Philadelphia to see RGB Exhibit
12:30 - 4:00 PM
January 10, 2020
January 10, 2020
Services following Dinner
(around 7:30 PM)
Transition from Genesis to Exodus
January 11, 2020
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
January 10, 2020
Bonnie Joy Farin*
Florence Cohen Galer
Evelyn Davis Kolsby*
PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED A MINYAN TO SAY KADDISH.
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue
Steven R. Sher
H. Morton Scott
If you have not given the office your birthday information and would like to receive birthday wishes, please notify the office of your date of birth.
And if you would like to have the Rabbi give you or a family member a special blessing on the Shabbat of your/their birthday, please let him know: RABBI
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,
if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member
that needs our help.
Join us for our two scheduled "Cholentfest" dates, January 25th and February 22nd. Both days are Saturdays. We will have Torah study and/or services and then have cholent for lunch.
CELEBRATE A MILESTONE AT THE JCC
The JCC is a beautiful place to celebrate a milestone: wedding, anniversary, baby naming, birthday.
Contact the office for further information. 609-492-4090
Looking for a house gift for Thanksgiving, a Chanukah present or just enjoy trying new recipes? The JCC cookbook is available for $10 per book.
SPONSOR AN ONEG SHABBAT
an Oneg Shabbat
on Friday night
with a $36.00
See this form for details
Call the JCC Office to reserve a date.
SPONSOR A KIDDUSH
We are proud to announce the establishment of the
Zena Jay Kiddush Fund
in memory of Rabbi Jay's mother
Those who want to sponsor a kiddish or would like to donate to the fund, can contact the office at 609-492-4090
For information about
sponsoring a Kiddush
SEE DONATION & MENU:
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.
Think about joining this program and helping the JCC to reap the benefits.
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
JUST CLICK AND YOU'RE THERE!!!
JCC WEB SITE
TREE OF LIFE
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:
KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM
ONEG SHABBAT SPONSOR: