JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter




January 13, 2017
15 Tevet 5777
 
Many of you are aware that over the past week, there were several bomb threats received by JCCs in the US as well as Great Britain.    

I want to assure you that the JCC of LBI has a well-thought out security system with cameras placed strategically on our property. Many thanks to our Sisterhood for providing the funds for this equipment.  We are considering additional cameras and other security procedures to protect our congregants and our building.  In addition, our strong relationship with the LBTPD reassures us of their cooperation.  The department has access to our cameras. They are notified when, like last week, there were reports of threats to the Jewish community.  They also provide us with police presence when we have a function and on the High Holidays.  

In a conference call this morning with the Ocean County Jewish Federation, we heard from Joshua Cohen, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.  In his experience and that of our Safety & Security Chairman Lt. Jon Lombardi, most of these calls are scare tactics used to disrupt and panic.  Nevertheless, they are to be taken seriously.  

It is a fine line we walk to safeguard our congregants and at the same time provide a welcoming atmosphere at the JCC.  We live in difficult times - nothing new!


Rose Valentine, President



SHABBAT FAMILY FUN NIGHT & DINNER 
Friday evening, January 20, 2017

6:30 PM
  • Sloppy Joes North Jersey Style
  • A game of "Jewpardy"
followed by Services
$15 per person 

Call the JCC Office to make your reservation 609-492-4090

Sample: A Yiddish complainer
Answer:  What is a kvetch?
Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Upcoming Activities
TD Affinity Program
Name Badges
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
Documents & Links
This Week's Events
Martin Luther King
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Gabbai Class NEW
Congregation News
Onegs & Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
Giving Opportunities
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
   
We have the honor of finishing the Book of Genesis this week.  As the story unfolds, our patriarch, Jacob, dies at the age of 127.  It is a sad moment in Jewish history and, yet, the death is not presented as tragic.  Jacob is surrounded by all of his sons (why Dina is not present might be a good topic for another day), and his has time to say an appropriate farewell.
 
It is fitting that we read this Parasha this week at the same time that the JCC has lost one its matriarchs, Rosie Starr.  Rosie will be missed for her strength, good nature, wit, and her ability to get things done. Under her direction, the JCC's sisterhood operated flawlessly, annually running events, programs, and providing food that helped to put the JCC on the map of LBI.  What a blessing she has always been.
 
In the brief time that I knew Rosie, I learned several important lessons from her. First, she always recalled her past with fondness.  Often when folks reflect on their lives, they do so with some bitterness.  Rosie never did this. A visit with Rosie always included her happily reminiscing about her childhood, her family, or the JCC.  Secondly, she clearly always felt that it was necessary to help others but, at the same time, she always reminded me, or other visitors, to "take care of yourself also".  The third thing she taught me was the importance of being a part of a community and keeping it strong. 
 
Each of these lessons, if followed, will have a positive impact on my life.  I would love folks to reach out to me and share something that Rosie taught you.
 
I would like to note a little piece from the book of proverbs (20:27) that I think applies to Rosie, her life, and her legacy.  Therein it says: "The human spirit is the light of God".  I have learned that within each of us, God implants a divine spark.  Each of us has the obligation to tend this spark and fan it into a flame that will light up one's own life and the lives of others.  A lit candle can be snuffed out, or it can burn out, or it can kindle other candles. When the flame is passed on to others, the flame will continue to burn long after the original candle has been extinguished.
 
Rosie lit many candles. Whether it is through her family, her friends, or her JCC community, her flame will continue to burn.  She will be missed, but her memory will always be for a blessing.
 
May all who loved her in life be consoled by the Holy One Who brings consolation to all of the mourners of Israel. Amen.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay


ROAMING RABBI THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 17TH
3:30 - 4:30 PM


I will be at Acme on the Island to greet and chat with folks. Please stop in to say hi.


Rabbi Jay will be at the JCC on Tuesdays and will have office hours from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Drop in to chat (call the office to make sure he is in and not out on an emergency 609-492-4090) or make an appointment with him (973-865-9534).

This is also a good time to telephone the rabbi.
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

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES


MOVIE SCHEDULE FOR THE WINTER
Saturday Nites
 
Movie 7:00 PM
Havdallah 6:45 PM
January 21 "Schindler's List"
February 4 "Blazing Saddles"
February 18 "Yentl"
March 4 "Crossing Delancey Street"

Movie 8:15 PM
Havdallah 8:00 PM
March 18 "West Side Story"
 
Movie 8:30 PM
Havdallah 8:15 PM
April 1 "The Producers"
 
Movie 8:45 PM
Havdallah 8:30 PM
April 15 "Sound of Music"
 
Movie 9:00 PM
Havdallah 8:45 PM
April 29 "Young Frankenstein"

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.
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

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
 
 
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
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
1/13 - 1/20

Sunday
Men's Club Meeting
9:30 - 11:00 AM

Tuesday
Rabbi's office hours
1:00- 3:00 PM
Roaming Rabbi @ Acme
3:30 - 4:30 PM 



Friday 1/20
Family Fun Night & Dinner
6:30 PM



MARTIN LUTHER KING REMEMBERED


Martin Luther King
1929 - 1968

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 16, 2017
Make it a day of service, of bringing light to those around us.


SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
January 13, 2017
 4:37 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00 PM
Rabbi's Sermon:
"Hertzl & King:
If you will it, it is not a dream" 

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Torah Study
9:00 AM 
Services
10:00 AM

Torah Reading
 
Vayechi
 (Genesis 47:28 - 50:26) 
Here is the portion:
PARSHAH
   
Haftora
h
1Kings 2:1 - 2:12
Here is the Haftorah
HAFTORAH

Torah Readers:
Rabbi Jay
Aaron Lombardi

Snow
WEATHER ALERT
In case of inclement weather and Shabbat Services need to be cancelled, here is the procedure:
  • A message will be put on the JCC answering machine 
  • If we have your telephone provider (AT&T, Verizon for example) you will receive a text message.  If you have not given us that information, please send your cell number and provider to: marciejccoflbi@gmail.com
SPECIAL SHABBATOTS
January 20
Family Fun Night
Sloppy Joe Dinner/Jewpardy

February 3
55 and over Community Shabbat


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 13, 2017

Florence Cohen Galer
Herb Morton
Phyllis Tanenbaum
Murray Weiner
David Weinzimmer
Mildred Epstein
Sydney Racusin
Evelyn Diamond
Paul Sidel
Ruth Albu
Sidney Bitton
Ruth Grossman
Julius Rapaport*
Sophie Silver*
Walter Blumberg
Rose Gerstenblatt
Evelyn David Kolsby*
Arnold Brasch
Rose Dondershine
Margie Miller
Katy Poster*
Abner Silver*
Dora Chazin*


 
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
GABBAI CLASS

Rabbi Jay will be holding a Gabbai Class for those who participate in the Torah Service and for those who want to learn about the gabbai duties.   A gabbai assists in the smooth flow of the Torah service, helps people get close to the Torah, provides support for nervous readers, and often one of the first to wish someone "Yasher ko'ach!" 

Sunday, February 12 at 10:00 AM

All members are welcome to join this session.
CONGREGATION
NEWS

   
SHARE YOUR NEWS
 
     
  
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.
 

SISTERHOOD STUFF

2017 DUES
Your $36 Sisterhood Membership Dues  
are now due. All checks should be sent to
Carole Nunberg
Kings Grant
2 Golf Club Way
Marlton, NJ 08053

We appreciate your support.

ONEG SHABBATS

Sisterhood is responsible for the Oneg Shabbats each Friday night.  We could use your help in organizing each week.  This is a special call to those who are in the area off season. Pick a week that you can help and let Jody Brusilow ( jrb53056@icloud.com) know so you can be placed on the schedule.  

SHOE BOX RECYCLING
We are 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."


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
MORRIS L. SHAPIRO ENDOWMENT FUND
All organizations should have a substantial endowment fund to ensure 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: