JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter                        
October 20, 2017
30 Tishri 5778




Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was...
Ongoing Activities
Giving Opportunities
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Congregation News
Celebrate a Milestone
Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
TD Affinity Program
Text Blast Sign Up
Documents & Links
A SHABBAT MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

This week's Torah portion contains the familiar story of the Tower of Babel. Here it  is in brief form: 
 
Everyone on earth had the same language and they learned to make bricks for building.  After discovering this new technology, the people wanted to make a name for themselves because they feared being scattered all over the world. To avoid this fate, they chose to build a city and a tower with its top reaching to heaven.
 
The Torah then tells us that God journeyed down from heaven to see what humanity was doing.  Upon seeing the tower, God (perhaps confronting His own fear) is concerned that if, with one language, humanity was capable of building such a tower, then nothing would ultimately be beyond humanity's reach.  God's answer to this "problem"?  God gave each person (or groups of people) different languages, so that they could not understand each other.  God then scattered the people over the face of the whole earth.  The tower ceased to be built.
 
In essence, the tower that was built to create a name and prevent people from being dispersed, actually caused humanity to lose its name to be scattered.  One must love Torah as irony.
 
But what is the deal with the name, and the language, and being scattered?
 
First, God is pretty sensitive about the word "name". One of our tradition's 100+ names for God is HaShem, which literally means "The Name".  Perhaps when the people of Babel want to make a "name" for themselves, they are trying to become gods, or like God.  To God that would not be a good thing.  In keeping the people from making a "name" for themselves, God is ensuring God's control and God's unity.
 
Perhaps the issue of "one language" is more about being of one "mind", rather than of one actual language.  In this theory, God's plan would be to make sure that people have different ideas.  Different ideas and different theories, and the conversation about them, lead to growth. When people are forced to think only one way, the result is often dangerous.  Think of Nazi Germany or Communist Russia.
 
The world functions in a more healthy way when there is a multiplicity of thoughts coming from various sources.  A free flow of ideas helps to foster growth.
 
The "being scattered" piece, fits together with the different languages and ideas.  Growth in the world, and healthy functioning, occurs when people are working in different places and performing different tasks.  The world needs city dwellers and farmers and fishermen and people in the valleys and people on the mountains.  The world needs doctors and mechanics; the world needs teachers and engineers.  This differentiation is part of what makes the world work and what makes it beautiful.
 
At its literary best, building the tower and God's destruction of it, is a metaphor for God's dislike for the creation of a monolith of any sort.  Our tradition shies away from singular controlling structures.  This is why our Torah learning model calls for discussion rather than frontal teaching.  This is why we are, mostly, accepting of different points of view within, and outside, our tradition.  Torah is not lived in one way. Lives are not lived in one way. Some like Picasso, some like Renoir. Some like The Beatles, some Like Mozart.  A variety of languages sets the pallet for the gorgeous painting we call our world. 
 
While differentiation and being scattered may have seemed to be a punishment for humanity's desire to be like God, in reality, it is a gift.  A gift worthy of a big bow; a big, colorful rainbow.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 
 



RABBI'S HOURS
Rabbi Jay will now be at his office at the JCC on TUESDAYS and will have office hours from 10:00 AM - Noon.  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).
Rabbi Jay can always be reached on his cell phone ((973-865-9534) or at his email address (mjayrab@gmail.com).  
He is also available by appointment.

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....

We had a lovely Simchat Torah dinner and meaningful Shemini Atzeret and joyous Simchat Torah service.  Here is the recipe for the Tortellini Soup served at the dinner.

Rachel Ray 5 Ingredient Meal: Tortellini Soup  

Ingredients
  • 1 quart chicken stock SUBSTITUTE vegetable stock
  • 1 bag tortellini (16 ounces), dried or fresh, regular or whole grain
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Preparation
Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and bring the stock to a boil. Drop the tortellini into the pot and cook, according to the package directions. In the last 30 seconds of cooking, add the spinach and lemon zest into the pot. Season with salt and pepper and garnish each serving with some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.



Richard Morgan and Don Pripstein for changing our Torah Mantles, Wimples, and Lectern Covers from our High Holiday ones to our everyday ones.

Cliff Farin, Harold Farin & Rudy Valentine for taking down our Sukkah.


ONGOING ACTIVITIES 
Mah jongg

MAH JONGG - 
EVERY
WEDNESDAY FROM 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

LAST DAY OF MAH JONGG OCTOBER 25.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

LED OUTSIDE SIGN FUND - NEW!

Possible Rendition of the 
New Sign

The Board has agreed to begin a campaign to replace the outside sign to a LED sign which can be changed from the office computer and would have room for more information to share with the folks driving by our building.  Thank you to Jackie & Paul Avondoglio for make the initial commitment to the Sign Fund. 

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.

  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: 

ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

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:  TAGS

 
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
10/20 - 10/27

Wednesday
Mah jongg
12:30 - 4:00 PM
LAST WEEK

See JCC Calendar: 

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
October 20, 2017
 5:51 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

HERE IS A CALENDAR OF ALL CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
ON LBI FOR 5778

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

ROSH CHODESH CHESHVAN

Friday,
 October 20, 2017
8:00 PM

Rabbi's talk:
Rainbows and Symbolism 
in theTorah

Saturday
 October 21, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 9:00 AM
Torah Study
10:00 AM
Services

Torah Portion
Noah
Genesis 6:9 - 11:32
Here is the reading:

Torah readers:
Rabbi Jay
Aaron Lombardi




Here is the Haftorah
Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

Kayla & Zach Lombardi will be chanting their b'not mitzvah Haftorah
 
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 October 20, 2017

Ronald Dalin
Ellen Rosen Fields
Ralph Konwiser
Joseph Rosenthal
Eric M. Kahn
Fanny Margent
Lorraine Baratt
Francis August
Herbert Davis
Jane Hochberger
Ruth Maginsky
Max Weinstein
Rabbi Samuel Nunberg*
Shirley Rogers
Rose Rosenbaum
Paul Tanenbaum
Morris Balbresky
Abraham Heller
Denise Moss*
Samuel Chairnoff
Stephen Harvey Greenberg
Rose Kotler
Eva Miller


* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
CONGREGATION
NEWS

Mazel Tov
ELYSE & STUART PEPOSE
on the 
baby  naming of their new granddaughter 
Averie Lenorah Pepose
daughter of Erica & David Pepose



HELYN & MEL BENJAMIN
 on the upcoming marriage of their granddaughter Julia Benjamin
to 
 Michael McClean



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CONTACT: 

 

CARING COMMITTEE
   
Caring
This committee acts as a support system for congregation members facing illness and other personal situations that need to be addressed.  
Please contact Chairperson, Kem Spencer if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member that needs our help.     201-819-3210

CELEBRATE A MILESTONE AT THE 
JCC OF LBI

The JCC is a beautiful place to celebrate a milestone: wedding, anniversary, baby naming, birthday.

Last month the Hershenberg family held a baby naming on a Sunday morning in the JCC sanctuary.  Here is baby Dafna and her parents Rachel Hershenberg & Ben Brewer.


Contact Jeri at the office for further information. 609-492-4090

KIDDUSHES 
on Saturday morning

Contact Lynn Berkowitz 
through the office 609-492-4090
for information about 
sponsoring a Kiddush

SEE NEW DONATION & MENU:

SISTERHOOD STUFF

SHOEBOX RECYCLING
PROGRAM
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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.
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

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

 

 

  

KIDDUSH SPONSOR

KIDDUSH