Jewish Community Center of    JCC the Place to Be
 Long Beach Island  E-Letter

 January  10, 2020
 13 Tevet  5780




 
The Levines at the March on Sunday





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for publication next week




January Shabbat Dinner
Friday, January 10 @ 6:30 PM
$20 per person
$40 per family
Make your reservation with this link:

Menu
Tortellini Soup
Vegetable Lasagna
Bowtie Pasta & Asparagus
Roasted Red Peppers
Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread
Dessert/Fruit

                   
Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was....
Mah jongg
Florida Annual Reunion
Giving Opportunities - New Credit Card Information
Name Badges
Bulletin Ads
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Happy Birthday
Congregation News
Cholent Shabbats
Celebrate a Milestone
JCC Cook Books
Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat
Sponsor a Kiddish
TD Affinity Program
Documents & Links
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 Mah jongg
Wednesdays from 
12:30 to 4:00 PM


FLORIDA ANNUAL REUNION


2020 Florida Ladies Reunion Luncheon
to honor the life of Judy Abend
Tuesday, February 11  @ noon 
at Apeiro 
Delray Marketplace
 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

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
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:   WEB SITE

PRAYER BOOKS
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
See order form here: TRIBUTE


PAVERS
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.

Please contact
Diane Hoffman 
with your order 
or with any questions: 
dihoff1@aol.com


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

ENDOWMENT FUND
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.


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

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

BULLETIN ADS

Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
 
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.
FOR HANDICAPPED ENTRANCE
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, Wednesday and Friday 9 AM to 1:30 PM 

  
 

 
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie

Office Staff:
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
 
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff



Kitchen Manager
Susan Berube


CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President
mjbofjcclbi@gmail.com

  VIEW THE NOV/DEC/JAN BULLETIN
with this link



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

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
1/10/20 - 1/17/20

Friday
Trip to Philadelphia to see RGB Exhibit

Wednesday
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Mah jongg/Canasta



SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat 
Candle Lighting Time
Friday 
January 10, 2020
4:33 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)


Friday evening
January 10, 2020

Services following Dinner
(around 7:30 PM)

Rabbi's Talk:
Transition from Genesis to Exodus

Saturday
  January 11, 2020
9:00 AM 
Torah Study
10:00 AM 
Services



Torah Readers:
Aaron Lombardi
Zack Lombardi


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

Morrie Baker
Bonnie Joy Farin*
Sidney Gottlieb
Martin Kader
Solomon Rosenstein
Jacob Weill*
Frances Berson
Lise Polishook
Ethel Rosenberg
Sam Rosenberg
Florence Cohen Galer
Herb Morton
Phyllis Tanenbaum
Murray Weiner
Dora Chazin*
Samuel Cweibel
Mildred Epstein
Sydney Racusin
Paul Sidel
Ruth Albu
Sidney Bitton
Ruth Grossman
Julius Rapaport*
Janet Runko
Sophie Silver*
Walter Blumberg
Rose Gerstenblatt
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 
memorial boards.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cake

This Week's
Birthdays:

Joan Ely
January 11
Barbara Hirsh
January 11
Kenneth Abend
January 14
Steven R. Sher
January 14
Ken Foreman
January 15
Howard Kaplan
January 15
Jean Spitzer
January 15
Don Abramson
January 16
Justin Brasch
January 16
Marjorie Fagan
January 16
Lori Israelite
January 16
Debra Gittleman
January 17
H. Morton Scott
January 17
Elyse Tepper
January 17
 
 
   

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

CONGREGATION
NEWS

 
SHARE YOUR NEWS
AND PICTURES



 
 
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,
Debby Schweighardt
if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member
that needs our help.
973-634-5349 
     
CHOLENT SHABBATS

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
 
JCC COOKBOOKS

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


SPONSOR
an Oneg Shabbat 
on Friday night

with a $36.00 
minimum contribution

See this form for details
ONEG

Call the JCC Office to reserve a date.
609-492-4090
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

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. 

Think about joining this program and helping the JCC to reap the benefits.


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 

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD

 

ONEG SHABBAT SPONSOR:

ONEG 

 

KIDDISH SPONSOR:

KIDDISH