JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter





January 6, 2017
8 Tevet 5777
Dear Members & Friends,

When I was cleaning up my desk, I found a "Reflection" from Rabbi Jack Z'L. I'm not going to tell you when it was dated since you will figure I haven't tidied up in quite a while.

He wrote about services during the winter months, when the JCC was short of a minyan and could not conduct services that included saying kaddish.  He shared that there is a strange tradition when counting people for a minyan.  We don't count one, two, three.  Instead we recite a verse from Tanach which contains 10 words, "counting" one word per person, either Psalms 28:9 or Psalms 5:8.  This tradition goes back to when Moses took a census of the Israelites and was told not to count heads, but have each person contribute a half shekel.

Commentators believe that the Torah was teaching us not to treat people as numbers.  When we do that we tend to overlook the fact that each person is unique and important. 
The purpose of a synagogue is to provide a place where people can come and pray.  Rabbi Jack continued: "I urge you to consider yourself so important and so unique that, because of you, this Jewish community can come together to pray and to celebrate."  

During the winter months, we often struggle to have a minyan on Friday night.  Over the last month or so, folks have come to say Kaddish and were not able to.  So like Rabbi Jack I urge you, if you are a winter resident or come down regularly on the weekend, to set aside at least one Friday evening a month to join us for services.

Shabbat Shalom
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


Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Thanks
Acme Stamps - LAST CALL
Men's Club News
Upcoming Activities
TD Affinity Program
Name Badges
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Gabbai Class NEW
Congregation News
Onegs & Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
Giving Opportunities
Documents & Links
A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
   
In this week's Torah portion, Va-Yiggash, Joseph, who had been playing coy with his brothers, finally decides to reveal his identity.  His Revelation has almost as much impact on his brothers as God's revelation at Sinai will have on the Israelites after they left Egypt.  At this point, Joseph tells his brothers that they must all come to Egypt to live, safe from the famine that had been gripping the world.
 
But what was it that convinced Joseph to come clean to his brothers and to reward them? Throughout much of the story of Jacob and his children, there is much dysfunction.  The brothers do not seam to be a unit. Even when they decide to get rid of Joseph, there is not 100% agreement on what should be done.  In short, they are not a team.
 
Last week we saw that the brothers all tore their clothes and threw themselves prostrate on the ground when Joseph accuses Benjamin of stealing the goblet that Joseph had planted in Benjamin's bag.  Indeed, Judah comes to argue vociferously on Benjamin's behalf and to protect Jacob their father.
 
With Judah's selfless request to be held prisoner in Benjamin's stead, it seems that the brothers had finally learned how to be a team. Instead of arguing amongst themselves they determined what needed to be done for the good of the whole extended family.  Community took precedence over the self-interest of each individual brother.
 
It is a good message.  Rather than focusing on what needs to be done to make each of us happy, rather than be self-indulgent or seeking gain or praise for ourselves, we should be concerned with the larger community of which we are a part.
 
With god's help, our JCC is a vibrant and growing.  As it continues to develop, each one of us, from the Rabbi, to each Board member, to each Congregant, should see himself or herself as a part of a team.  We each need to consider how to continue to nurture and to sustain what we have helped to create. The Joseph story moves in a very positive direction once each brother sees himself as an integral part of a team. Similarly, the JCC's amazing trajectory will be maintained as long as we each see ourselves as part of a larger community. 
 
The JCC is here for each of us and, on some level, each of us, according to our own ability, is here for the JCC.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay


Rabbi Jay will be here on Tuesdays beginning next week (1/3/17) 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

 

THANKS


This week, those who attended last summer's Women's Rosh Chodesh received the letters they wrote.  Thanks to Sheri Jay for bringing this special program to us.  We look forward to next summer's gatherings.


 
ACME SUPERSAVER STAMPS
LAST CALL FOR ACME STAMPS

If you were collecting Acme stamps to redeem them for pots and pants for the gift table at the Mah Jonng Tournament, please drop them off at the JCC office and put in Karen Schwing's mailbox. We will be redeeming them in the beginning of next week.

  Thanks for your help!
 
MEN'S CLUB

Next Men's Club Meeting
Sunday, J anuary 15, 2016
9:30 - 11:00 AM
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES


MOVIE SCHEDULE FOR THE WINTER
Saturday Nites
 
Movie 7:00 PM
Havdallah 6:45 PM
January 7 "Fiddler on the Roof"
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
rvalen1963@aol.com




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with this link

 

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1963@aol.com



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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
1/7 - 1/14

Saturday 
Havdallah 6:45 PM
"Fiddler on the Roof" showing @7:00 PM on our new big screen

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
January 6, 2017
4:26 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday, January 6, 2017
8:00 PM

Rabbi's Sermon:
A prayer For our Country: A history of an interesting tradition

Presenting of 
"B lue Book"
to 
Jenna Marcy
daughter of Erika & Kevin Marcy
in preparation for her
bat mitzvah

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Torah Study
9:00 AM 
Services
10:00 AM

Torah Reading
 
 Vayigash
 (Genesis 44:18-47:27)
Here is the portion:
   
Haftora
h
Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28
Here is the Haftorah

Torah Readers:
Rabbi Jay
Aaron Lombardi

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 6, 2017

Rose Kleinfeld
Sarah Mizrahi
Robert Ian Stevens*
Jay Unger
Susan Blumenfield*
Anne Galer
William Gordon
Samuel Horowitz*
Ann Kamler
Helene Lowenthal
Herman Marcus
Becky Reiff*
Alex Birnbaum*
John M Furman
Eva Kaplan
Gertrude Rifkin
Larry Zwillman
Benjamin Goodman*
Joseph Martin*
Howard Paitchel
Bernice Shechtman
Bertha Goldstein
Richard Kirsh
Hillary Levine
Mildred Tittelbaum
Morrie Baker
Sidney Gottlieb
Martin Kader
Jacob Weill*
Lise Polishook
Ethel Rosenberg
Sam Rosenberg


 
* 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 PM

All members are welcome to join this session.
CONGREGATION
NEWS

  Mazel Tov  
MARK & CAROL COHEN
on the Pidyon Haben
of their grandson
Harry Lawrence Cohen

Pictured are new mom Beth Ann Cohen, grandma Carol Cohen holding Harry Lawrence, grandpa Mark Cohen, bat Cohen Rose Valentine (holding the coins) and proud dad Giovanni Flores

WHAT IS A PIDYON HABEN?
Pidyon haben (which means "redemption of the first-born son") refers to a traditional Jewish ritual that originated in ancient times. 
The ceremony derives from a series of biblical passages that portray God as laying claim to the first-born of both animals and human beings. Exodus 22:28-29 sets forth the command clearly: "You shall give Me the male first-born among your children. You shall do the same with your cattle and your flocks." The practical interpretation of this commandment led to the practice of dedicating all first-born things to God by bringing them to the Kohanim, the priests. First-born animals were offered as special sacrifices, while first-born sons entered the priesthood or priestly service. The original ceremony of pidyon haben took place one month after birth. First-born male children who were not children of Kohanim or Levites were symbolically released from priestly service through payment of five shekels of silver to one of the priests. The money was used to sustain the Temple, and parents returned to their homes with their offspring.



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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, 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
Look in the mail for your notice to pay your 2017 dues.   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: 

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 

 

JEWISH JOURNAL: 

JOURNAL

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD