|A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
There is no denying it; there is a growing problem with anti-Semitism in this country and, more specifically, in New York and New Jersey. The Jewish community is attempting to figure out what to do about it, how to combat it, and where to start.
While most have acknowledged the issue, I have found it disconcerting that there are actually people who are denying it. There is no doubt that it is a problem and that it is coming from both the right and the left. I am beginning a three part class on anti-Semitism this coming Sunday, with the follow-up classes to occur in February and March. I will be covering 1) the roots of anti-Semitism (They go back farther than you might think), 2) Historic anti-Semitism, and 3) modern anti-Semitism.
I have been reading several books and articles on the topic and will provide a reading list to the congregation. In the interim please take a look at the following:
#1 - Sunday, January 5
MONSEY. BROOKLYN. JERSEY CITY
When anti-Semitism strikes our community, we stand up and stand together.
This Sunday, we will march through the streets - proud, united, and strong.
The 1.5 million Jews of our great city and region will not stand down. We will not be intimidated. We invite New Yorkers of every background to stand with us and say "no" to hate and fear.
Meet at Foley Square on Sunday, January 5 at 11 am. We will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Columbus Park (near Cadman Plaza).
Please spread the word by forwarding this message to your friends, family and others. We call on people of all backgrounds to join us. And we very much hope that you will participate and, if appropriate, to march with you as a delegation.
For more information see: SOLIDARY WALK
Please forward this email or share the Facebook event with anyone who might be interested in attending. All are welcome.
#2 - Monday, January 6
It's a sad reality that the most identifiably-Jewish Jews have become prime targets for antisemites. A Jew who doesn't wear a kippah is safer than those of us who do. Jews in kippot and street clothes are safer than a woman in a sheitel or a yeshiva student wearing a large velvet kippah. And they are all safer than the Haredi Jew in a big black hat.
At this moment, it's important for each Jew to remember that - no matter our background, our practices, or our garb - we are all connected. We must live out that famous Talmudic creed 'Kol Yisrael areivim zeh bazeh,' 'All of Israel is responsible for one another.'
That's why AJC has created the #JewishandProud initiative.
Regardless of what we usually wear, we're putting on a kippah, or a magen david necklace, or a t-shirt with Hebrew writing on it, or whatever we want to wear to show the world that we are Jews, that we stand together, and that we are not going to cower in fear.
Please take a moment to head to this link JEWISH AND PROUD to sign up to participate and find ways to share the initiative on social media. And please help us spread the word about #JewishandProud this Shabbat from your bimah.
May this first Shabbat of 2020 bring us all shalom and shleimut as we seek a safer and more secure world for all."
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
KOL HAKAVOD CAMPAIGN
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"The History of Anti-Semitism from Torah to Today": A three-session study with Rabbi Jay.
Sunday, January 5 at 10:00 AM at the home of Rose & Rudy Valentine
Please respond to this link if you are attending
Sunday, February 9 at 10:00 AM at the home of Irene & Michael Babst
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
Tuesday, February 11
Details to be announced
YEAR END CONTRIBUTION
Members and friends of the JCC who have an IRA and are 70 1/2 years of age or older
can direct some or all of their required minimum distribution (up to $100,000) to the JCC of LBI and avoid paying taxes on the amount contributed. Charitable contributions can only be made from IRAs not 401 (K)s or similar types of retirement accounts. You do not need to itemize your taxes in order to make an IRA charitable contribution as long as the contribution is sent from the IRA directly to the charity, A direct contribution will reduce the taxable portion of the IRA. However, as you are not being taxed on the amount you cannot claim it as a tax deduction as well. Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income.
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.
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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
Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
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
THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT
2411 Long Beach Boulevard (24th Street)
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
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2411 Long Beach Blvd.
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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
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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
1/3/20 - 1/10/20
with Rabbi Jay
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Trip to Philadelphia to see RGB Exhibit
January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020
Joseph and the history of deceit
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 3, 2019
Esther Ruta Mirrer*
Robert Ian Stevens
John M. Furman
PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED A MINYAN TO SAY KADDISH.
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue
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
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JCC Friends ringing in the new year at Tuckers
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.
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