Jewish Community Center o f   
Long Beach Island

E-Letter

 

November 16, 2018  

8 Kislev 5778

 



 

JCC the Place to Be
WOMEN'S STUDY GROUP

WOMEN'S STUDY GROUP
led by Rose Valentine & Debbie Schweighardt
Sunday, November 18
10:30 -12:00 Noon
Light breakfast
Subject: 
What was Sarah doing while Abraham was binding Isaac?
Contents
Women's Study Group
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was...
Hanukkah Dinner NEW
Giving Opportunities
Acme & Shoprite Scrip
TD Affinity Program
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Congregation News
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Sponsor a Kiddish
Celebrate a Milestone
Sisterhood Stuff
Name Badges
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

The story of Jacob and Rachel should have been one of love at first sight with a lifetime of bliss together. And yet, the Torah does not permit us the joy of watching the desired tale unfold. Instead, Jacob falls in love with Rachel and is tricked into marrying her older sister Leah who, while seemingly nice, is not the love of his life.   Rachel becomes the second wife. Then, as if to pour salt in the matrimonial wound, the Torah further tortures Rachel by making her incapable of bearing children.
 
Indeed, Rachel is forced to suffer as Leah, and the handmaids, Zilpah, and Bilchah, have a total of 12 children while Rachel is reduced to being the perennial Aunt. The Torah does not provide us with a precise timeline; however, the birth of 11 children probably correlates to nearly 11 years. It is a long time to wait.
 
Having, together with Sheri, experienced infertility, I have some understanding of the, likely, great range of Rachel's emotions. Her existence was full of sadness, anger, feeling useless, feeling incomplete, feeling cheated. To end the darkness, she pleaded with Jacob, bargained with Leah, and loaned her handmaid.
 
Ultimately, after an interminably long time, Rachel was blessed with Joseph. Joseph would not be her gift alone. He would be the gift to his entire family and, in saving Egypt from famine, he would ultimately be a gift to the rest of the world.
 
I think that it is very easy to overlook and an important message in this story. Rachel's life was incomplete, damaged, and uncertain. Despite all of this, she kept moving forward; she kept sight of the day when the world would be better; when she would be a mother. It would be the day her world was repaired. She could have thrown her hands up and given up or she could have curled up into the fetal position and disappeared. But she didn't.
 
We live in a world of uncertainty. It is a world or raging fires, and horrible shootings, and persistent rocket attacks. There is anti-Semitism and racism.   It is a world where a disagreement becomes a reason to hate someone and where an election literally divides families.
 
It is exhausting and it would be so easy to give up.
 
Please don't. Be Rachel.
 
Just as Rachel never gave up on here dream of having a child, of making her world better, don't give up on the hope of making this world a better place.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 

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...

Kol Hakavod to all those who created a beautiful Shabbat in the Rabbi's absence:  Cliff Farin our Friday night "rabbi", Debbie Schweighardt who lead Torah Study, Ira Morgenthal & Ted Leventhal who led services on Saturday morning, Harris Weisel, our gabbai, Aaron Lombardi who read Torah and the ladies who took care of the kiddush.
HANUKKAH DINNER

 
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

SEND ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF

See order form here: TRIBUTE

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
ACME & SHOPRITE SCRIP



Scrip is available from Acme as well as ShopRite.   You can help the JCC of LBI earn free money by using these $25 gift cards when you shop at these stores.

Contact the office at 609-492-4090
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.
 
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.
FOR HANDICAPPED ENTRANCE
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, Wednesday, and Friday 
from 9:00 - 1:30
  
 

 
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie


Office Staff:
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
 Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.
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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with this link
 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen 1963@aol.com
 

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS


Sunday
10:30 AM - Noon
Women's Study Group


S HABBAT SHALOM


Shabbat 


Candle Lighting Time
Friday
November 16, 2018
 4:22 PM
(So. Ocean  County NJ)

   JOIN US FOR SERVICES

FRIDAY 
November 16, 2018
Services
7:00 PM

Rabbi's Talk:
Psalm Enchanted Evening


SATURDAY 
November 17, 2018
9:00 AM
Torah Study
10:00 AM
Services

Torah Reading
Vayetzei
(Genesis 28:10 - 32:3)
Here is the Torah Reading:

Haftorah
Hosea 12:13 - 14:10
Here is the Haftorah:
HAFTORAH


Torah Readers:
Aaron Lombardi
Rabbi Jay


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


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,
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 November 16, 2018

Harry Berkowitz*
Helen Berman
Leon B. Entin
Stuart Gussin
Stanley S. Levy
Abram Piwosky
Lilyan Strassman*
Milton A. Levine
Louis Young*
Donald Cohen
Joseph Evans
Rae Friedenberg
Rochelle Naftoly
Mortimer Nelson*
Cheryl Newman
Miriam Rebo
Irving Kanis
Chris Makos
Mildred Mashberg
Bertha Rothstein
Jeffrey Rudnick*
Murray J. Sklar
Henry Berman
Sylvia Gussin
Rae Konner
Neal Chilton
Jack Friedman*
Maxwell Kahn
Herman Pokras
Miriam Levine
Milton Luxemburg
Mindy Iris Morgenthal*
Anna Mott
Frieda Ross




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.


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:

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
 
SISTERHOOD STUFF


SISTERHOOD
 GIFT SHOP

Come visit the JCC Sisterhood Gift Shop 
in the lobby
to purchase your judaica needs or for a special gift


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. 

BULLETIN ADS

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

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 

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD