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

 January 25, 2019
 19 Shevat 5779








Movie Night
Sunday, January 27
2:00 PM
Showing "Schindler's List"

2019 is the 25th Anniversary
of the release of this film.

Followed by a discussion of
"Who Saved Who?"


Contents
Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Upcoming Activities
Giving Opportunities
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Congregation News
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Celebrate a Milestone
Sponsor a Kiddish
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
TD Affinity Program
Text Blast Sign Up
Documents & Links
A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

This week in the Torah we read about the receipt of the Torah from God at Mount Sinai. The Torah was God's gift to us and to the world, but it also placed a burden upon us to work to make the world a better place. Each year as we read the narrative of the awesome event at Sinai, and as we learn of the mountain shaking, and the fire, and the smoke, and the blaring shofars, and the 10 Commandments, we are reminded of the import of the receipt of God's law. The physical spectacle was emblematic of the impact the Torah would have on the world.
 
Through it, God connects to us, we connect to the Deity, and, through us, Justice and Righteousness are brought to the world.
 
As a rule, I like my Shabbat Messages to teach a small lesson while remaining a bit on the light side. This week I am changing things up just a bit.
 
Recently some of the language I have heard politicians use relative to Israel and the Jewish people has been disconcerting and frightening. The Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic words that emanated from some of the organizers of the Women's March should give us pause to consider the state of Jewish affairs in our country. As a people who care deeply about others, and about our country in general, and who want and need to be involved in Tikkun Olam, we need to figure out how to navigate this new normal.
 
Below is an article by my mentor, colleague, teacher, and friend, Rabbi Craig Scheff which addresses these and other issues. Please read it and let me know what you think.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 
 
MARCHING TOGETHER, ALONE
By: Rabbi Craig Scheff
 
I've seen a couple movies recently that have moved me profoundly, so much so that they were sitting on my heart and in my head yesterday afternoon as I sat in the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Nyack, celebrating the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both films address the history of race relations, questions of identity, challenges to morality, and the ways in which American politics and society reflect these ongoing struggles.
 
Green Book and BlacKkKlansman tell the stories of two African Americans who confront racism, and who wrestle with the degree to which they will draw their own lines in the sand in pursuit of attaining their own personal goals. But in each story there is a white protagonist (one Italian, the other Jewish) who serves as a complementary role, but who undergoes an identity crisis and transformation of his own.
 
Most importantly, the fight against hatred, ignorance, oppression and marginalization has the potential to bring out the best in good people who share certain values. It is those shared values that enable them to overcome their other natural and nurtured differences, to march side by side, to learn from one another, to sympathize and empathize, to conquer biases and assumptions, to pursue shared goals despite approaching from different angles.
 
In advance of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, organizer Vanessa Wruble, a Jewish journalist, invited Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez (two activist women of color, for gun control and criminal justice reform, respectively) to be part of the leadership team that would organize the march. That first march, which was fueled by the response to the Election Day results, was a symbol of unity among women of all colors, the LGBTQ community, advocates of other social justice causes, and voices of progressive values in general.
 
In the wake of that first event, however, a rift developed within the leadership team. Mallory and Perez, along with Linda Sarsour (former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York), felt that Wruble could not be an effective leader of the march going forward given her status of white privilege and power, and that women of color would create a stronger coalition of voices from marginalized communities. At the same time, Wruble felt that she was a victim of anti-Semitism, being pushed out of the leadership because she was Jewish, and that the ties that Mallory, Perez and Sarsour had with pro-Palestinian causes, along with their connections to Louis Farrakhan, were strongly influencing the character of the coalitions they were seeking to establish.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. seized upon the story of the Israelite journey from slavery to the Promised Land, which we read this weekend in synagogue, as a shared narrative between the Jewish and African American communities. He was vociferous in his support and admiration for the State of Israel. He did not marginalize the Jewish experience as one of privilege or power. "When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism," he said, recognizing the tendency to label Israel advocates as oppressors. He saw the struggle for social and racial justice as a goal he shared with the Jewish leaders who marched at his side.
The rift within the Women's March movement is, unfortunately, emblematic of the deteriorating state of relations between the Jewish non-Orthodox community and the larger progressive community.
 
As a rabbi and community leader, I have advocated for certain causes side by side and shoulder to shoulder with communal leaders who have shared my passion for those particular causes, though we may have stood opposite one another over other issues. I could overlook our differences, sometimes as admittedly with great difficulty and discomfort, for the sake of our shared goals and alliance in faith. I felt that sense of common purpose yesterday, sitting in a Nyack church, listening as pastors recited words of Torah.
 
There comes a point, however, where I cannot ally with those who subscribe to the opinions of haters. Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and other dehumanizing anti-Semites, and those who offer a platform for their views, are beyond partnership. Marching side by side with disseminators of hate would be a denial of my identity, and an insult to those I consider my constituents and to the legacy of Dr. King, no matter the cause.
 
I will continue to work for change from within, to influence opinions from a place of engagement. But when social justice leaders and organizers succumb to ignorance and hate, forgetting the human dignity inherent in each of us beyond the narrow labels that may be assigned to us, I will choose to march separate and apart. And, if necessary, alone.
 

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

  

SHABBAT DINNER 
Friday,  February 1st
6:00 PM
$15 per person, children under 13 free of charge
Traditional Shabbat Dinner
Click here to make your Reservation


FLORIDA REUNION
DETAILS BELOW
Tuesday, February 26 at Noon
at 
DUFFY'S
Linton and Federal, Delray Beach
Call Helyn Benjamin @ 561-740-7499
or
Eileen Buzinsky @561-362-3880 
to let them know you will attending
or
for additional information




GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

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
See form for your order: 
PAVER   We will be taking orders for pavers to be put in this Spring.  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: TREE OF LIFE

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 & 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

 
JCC INFORMATION
 
 
 
THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT
2411 Long Beach Boulevard (24th Street)
Spray Beach, NJ 08008

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THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR.
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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 
from 9:00 - 1:30
  
 

 
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie


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



CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President
mjbofjcclbi@gmail.com


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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
1/25/19 - 2/1/19

Saturday
Cholent Shabbat Lunch & Game Afternoon

Sunday
Movie Afternoon at the JCC
2:00 PM 
showing "Schindlers List"


SHABBAT SHALOM


Shabbat 

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
January 25, 2019
 4: 50 PM
(So. Ocean  County NJ)

   JOIN US FOR SERVICES

FRIDAY
January 25, 2019
Services
7:00 PM

RABBI'S TALK:
"Should I be for You, Or Should I be For Me"

SATURDAY 
January 26, 2019


Torah Reading
Yitro
(Exodus 18:1 - 20:23) 
Here is the Parshah


Haftorah
Isaiah 6:1 - 7-6; 9:5 - 9:6
Here is the Haftorah

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.
 
 

CONGREGATION
NEWS

CONDOLENCES TO



Diane Buskirk
on the loss of her
father
Edwin Greenfield

 
"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." 



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

These names will be read at services on January 25, 2019

Anna Herman
Gene Klein
Selma Shapiro
William Silver
Shaindel Hupert
Nettie Rosenthal
Ethel Sharken
Anna Weill*
Rose Diane Segal
Sidney Berkowitz
Robyn Lynn Caspento
Nette Ehrlich
Daniel Glassman*
Bella Karp
Leonard Schey
Jerry Weisberg*
Estelle Gottesman
Tee Gottlieb*
Harold Koyner*
Morris Miller*
Etta McEwan
Ruth Schwartz



   
  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.


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
 
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:

BULLETIN ADS

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

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.
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. 

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

 

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LATEST BULLETIN:

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WEB SITE:

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MEMBERSHIP FORMS

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PAVERS:

PAVERS 

 

TREE OF LIFE

TREE 

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD