JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter                        
November 24, 2017
6 Kislev 5778



 

Contents
A Thanksgiving Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week that Was...
Sisterhood Stuff
Religious School
Upcoming Holiday Activities
TD Affinity Program
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Upcoming Shabbat Activities
Congregation News
Celebrate a Milestone
Kiddishes
Giving Opportunities
You Can Help
Things You Should Know
Bulletin Ads
Text Blast Sign Up
Name Badges
Documents & Links
A THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

In our American tradition, Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude.  This is a wonderful custom and worth exploring and doing.  Acknowledging our blessings, and expressing gratitude for them, provides us with an opportunity to reflect and share.  When we give thanks as a group, the impact of the thankfulness becomes amplified.
Our Jewish tradition, too, provides opportunities for giving thanks. On many holidays, we have a special prayer service, called Hallel, the sole purpose of which is to give thanks to God.  At special celebrations we say the Shehechyanu blessing, which thanks God for bringing us to a happy moment.  But did you know that we are actually required to say One Hundred blessings a day.  This consistent expression of gratitude enables us to be present to the good things we experience in real time.
In order to make Thanksgiving as meaningful as possible, I would suggest preparing questions that guests can ask each other either before, or during your Thanksgiving dinner.  Place your questions on index cards and hand them out as guests arise. Use my suggestions below, or create your own.



1) What was your best day? Your worst?
2) What book has most influenced you through the years? What movie?
3) What are you most proud of in your life?
4) Can you name one goal that you have for the next few years? Do you have any plans to work towards it? Why or why not?
5) What was the best piece of advice you ever received, and why?
6) What was your scariest moment? Do you wish you'd handled it differently?
7) What skill did you learn that's been most useful?
8) What are you most grateful for? Do you express that gratitude, and how?
9) What would be your perfect day? Have you ever had a day like this?
10) What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
11) Where did you buy this turkey?

Before you begin eating your meal, say a prayer.   Below is one suggested prayer, but you should feel free to create your own.

Thanksgiving Prayer
by Rabbi Maralee Gordon
In this moment, mindful of our many blessings,
may we form an intent to carry gratitude with us continually.
May we leave fear and jealousy by the wayside,
making room in our hearts for contentment, satisfaction and compassion.
May we start each day counting our blessings:
the blessing of being alive,
the many miracles of the living world we are one with,
the ability we possess to love and to be loved,
the many gifts and talents we have been graced with,
the support we receive and the support we are able to extend.
May our gratitude lead to action.
May we express our gratitude.
May we smile when we encounter each other on the path,
may we seek opportunities to share our talents with others,
may we express our love to one another,
may we give with no expectation of receiving.
May we seek to repair what is broken.
May we end each day counting the day's blessings,
those we have received and those we have bestowed.
May we be a blessing.
 
From our Thanksgiving table to yours: Thanksgiving
 
May we all continue to go M'Chayil L'Chayil, from strength to strength.
Hodu L'Adonai Ki Tov, Ki L'olam khasdo - Give thanks to God, for God is Good, God's love endures for ever.
 
Happy Thanksgiving and Shabbat Shalom - Sheri Horowitz-Jay and Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 
 


TRAVEL TO ISRAEL WITH THE JCC OF LBI

The JCC trip to Israel will take place October 7-18, 2018. The itinerary will take us from Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights, to a winery, to the Kineret, to a Kibbutz, to Sefad, to Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea, to Massada, to many museums, and more. At Massada we will be sharing in a bar mitzvah of one of our fellow travelers. What joy!


From the Rabbi -

Folks:
I am attaching a revised itinerary.  You will note that on free evenings we will be provided with information on concerts or cultural events in the places where we will be.  It is too early now to know what will be happening, but the tour company (ITC) will provide information once it is known.

The hotel difference of 300 dollars per person may or may not be significant to you.  Check the websites of the hotels for an idea of the differences.  The tour company tells us that the hotels are all very nice. Rooms may be smaller and there may be less amenities.  Breakfast is provided at each hotel, but may be more elaborate at the higher priced hotels.

The tour is officially flying El Al; however, if you want to fly United, I believe that ITC can make arrangements.

The trip will be meaningful and fun!

L'Shalom - Rabbi

CLICK TO SEE THE ITINERARY: ISRAEL TRIP

Contact Rabbi Jay with any questions: 973 865 9534



RABBI'S HOURS
Rabbi Jay will now be at his office at the JCC on TUESDAYS and will have office hours from Noon - 2:00.  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....

Our first Shabbat and all the REST last Shabbat was a success with a wonderful cholent lunch made by Rabbi Jay. We look forward to our next Shabbat and all the Rest on December 16.
 
SISTERHOOD STUFF


SISTERHOOD SHABBAT CHANUKAH DINNER & SERVICES
Friday, December 15
6:00 PM
ALL ARE INVITED
No charge BUT PLEASE LET THE OFFICE 
KNOW YOU WILL BE COMING



SHOEBOX RECYCLING
PROGRAM
FOR DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK:

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 

Religious School Calendar


DECEMBER
            
Sunday, December 10 - 10:00 AM - 12 Noon
 
Friday, December 15  @ 6:00 PM 
Shabbat Chanukah Dinner and Services  

UPCOMING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Lights of Life

Community Tree & Menorah Lighting at SOCMC 
Thursday, December 7
5:30 PM





Chanukah Visit to SOCMC 
Tuesday, December 12 3:30 PM
 



Bringing Holiday Cheer to SOCMC   
Christmas Day 10:00 AM
10:00 AM
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.
 
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


  VIEW THE SEPT/OCT BULLETIN
with this link

 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine rvalen
1963@aol.com



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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
11/21 - 12/1


See JCC Calendar: 

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
November 24, 2017
4:13 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

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

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday,
November 24, 2017

Service led by Cliff Farin

Saturday
 November 25, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 9:00 AM
Torah Study
Led by Richard Morgan

10:00 AM
Services
Led by our lay leaders

Torah Portion
Vayetzei
Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
Here is the reading:

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

Thank you to Debbie Schweigardt for providing the kiddush

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 December 1, 2017

Dr. Seymour Cohen
Dorothy Labran
Ida Liebowitz
Milton Batoff
Vera Beebe
Harry Entin
Max Silver*
Harry Berkowitz*
Helen Berman
Leon B. Entin
Stuart Gussin
Stanley S. Levy
Abram Piwosky
Lilyan Strassman*
Milton A. Levine
Louis Young*
Donald Cohen
Dr. 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




* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
UPCOMING SHABBAT ACTIVITIES




We are planning special Shabbats in the months to come.


Friday, December 15: 
Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner

Friday, January 5 @6:00 PM

Friday, February 2 @6:00 PM

Friday, March 9 @ 6:00 PM


 
Shabbat and all the REST

One Shabbat a month, you can spend Saturday at the synagogue. There will be Torah Study @ 9
 Services @10
Lunch @12
Game Afternoon @ 1-3
Mah jongg lessons will be given.
No betting or money 
will be exchanged. 
You can participate in any 
or all of these activities.

December 16
January 20


CONGREGATION
NEWS

 
SHARE YOUR NEWS

CONTACT: 

 
Get Well

  JERRY JAY
(Rabbi Jay's Father)

BOB BLOCK
(recovering from emergency surgery)

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.

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

KIDDUSHES 
on Saturday morning

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

SEE DONATION & MENU:
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

ENDOWMENT FUND
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.  Join Herb and Selma Shapiro 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. 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: 

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: 

YOU CAN HELP

 
VOLUNTEER at 
Interfaith Health & Support Services of Southern Ocean County, Inc. in Manahawkin. 
  • a coalition of different faith communities, social service, and health care organizations
  • that provides volunteer physical, emotional and spiritual support to those living at home who are vulnerable because of age or disability.
Here is a list of various volunteer opportunities at Interfaith: INTERFAITH


Interfaith is collecting old cell phones, glasses, hearing aids and used stamps on envelopes.  We will have a box at the JCC for any donations.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW....

Checkmark   5 WAYS SOCIAL SECURITY PROTECTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.  CLICK HERE: INFORMATION

Thanks to Debbe Schweigardt for sending us this information for the weekly email.
ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

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

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

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