JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter                        
December 22, 2017
4 Tevet 5778



Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was....
Winter Office Hours
Upcoming Holiday Activities
Saturday Nite at the Movies
You Can Help
Name Badges
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Mishaberach List
Yahrzeits
Upcoming Shabbat Activities
Congregation News
Celebrate a Milestone
Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
Giving Opportunities
TD Affinity Program
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM RABBI JAY

During my mom's Shiva I gave a few D'var Torahs on issues that occurred to me as we sat Shiva and observed the festival of Hanukkah.
 
The first had to do with the fact that in many stories of the Torah we find heroes with some extraordinary power. Jacob wrestles an angel to a draw, Joseph can interpret dreams, Solomon is brilliant, Samson has superhuman strength.  Compare these biblical characters to the Maccabees.  We are not told of any unique qualities that the Maccabees had. In fact, they are ordinary people who have decided to battle the Greek army.  Despite the lack of super strength or super-intellect, the Maccabees were victorious.  The message is that sometimes people achieve incredible accomplishments without the benefit astonishing powers.  Ordinary folks are capable of extraordinary feats.
 
The second was inspired after I gazed at the Menorah on the third night of Hanukkah.  The candles were all lit and we, the mourners and some guests, had just sung Maoz Tzur. I found my self gazing at the candles and recognizing a beautiful symbolism.  Each candle is placed in the Menorah. The Menorah is firmly set on the ground.  Though the candles are firmly connected to the ground, the flame is always reaching toward heaven. The message is that we should always be reaching for the higher part of ourselves, but at the same time we need keep ourselves connected to the ground which holds us and keeps us steady.
 
The third had to do with the idea of light itself.  Hanukkah is the festival of Lights.  Indeed, light is so important to our tradition.  Light is the first thing God creates.  We are a light unto the nations. Each time we light the menorah it represents an opportunity to recreate the world around us.  Each candle represents a new ability to make the world a better place.
 
The last talk I gave had to do with Hanukkah itself.  The word "Hanukkah" means dedication.  The reference is to the rededication of the Temple which had been desecrated by the Greeks.   We light candles on 8 successive nights, so each night in effect becomes a rededication.  Today we are not just recalling the rededication of the Temple, but also making a promise to rededicate ourselves to something. As an example, perhaps you have started something and not completed it; you would then dedicate yourself to completing it.   Perhaps you are not quite the person you hoped that you would turn out to be.  Then you would rededicate yourself to implement positive change.
 
Shiva certainly provided an opportunity to think and talk about my mom.  But it also gave me time to think about myself, and my family and the world around me.  As I proceed through my mourning period, I am hopeful to share some of my thoughts and insights with you.  As always, your questions and comments are welcomed.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay

MINYAN SCHEDULE FOR RABBI JAY

To Rabbi Jay we say: "Ha-Makom yenahem etkhem be-tokh avelei Ziyyon vi-Yrushalayim".  "May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

Rabbi is in sheloshim (30-day period after burial).  Let us as a congregation do all we can to provide a minyan for our Rabbi. 

Schedule for this weekend:

12/22  Friday Shabbat evening service
12/23  Saturday Shabbat morning service
12/23  Saturday evening 5:00 PM
12/24  Sunday morning 9:00 AM
12/24  Sunday evening 5:00 PM
All the above at the JCC

12/25  Monday morning 9:00 AM at the chapel at SOMC prior to giving out poinsettias to patients. 

Please respond to this link to let us know when you can be of help  MINYAN


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!


We have 17 people who have shown interest in the trip.   Many of them have told me that you have friends or family who also want to go.   
We are going to have an awesome time. 
Shortly, our tour company (ITC) will be providing applications to be filled out with additional information.

Attached is 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 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.

L'Shalom - Rabbi

CLICK TO SEE THE ITINERARY: ISRAEL TRIP

Contact Rabbi Jay with any questions: 973 865 9534

RABBI'S OFFICE 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....



In spite of the bad weather, there was a nice crowd for the Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner.  Thank you to Jody Brusilow and Carole Nunberg for preparing the dinner and other activities and to the Sisterhood for sponsoring this event. 

WINTER OFFICE HOURS

Beginning January 3, the JCC Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 - 1:30.
COMING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Bringing Holiday Cheer to SOMC 
as we deliver poinsettias to the patients.   
Christmas Day 10:00 AM
Meet at the hospital lobby

SATURDAY NITE AT THE MOVIES
Movie Night
SATURDAY EVENING
JANUARY 20
CHANGE OF DATE
6:30 PM

A Price Above Rubies"
Starring Renee Zelwegger and directed by Boaz Zakin

Sonia (RenĂ©e Zellweger) is a married Hasidic woman in Brooklyn,  N.Y., whose husband, Mendel (Glenn Fitzgerald), is inattentive. She begins having an affair with Mendel's brother, Sender (Christopher Eccleston), who allows her to work in his jewelry business. There, she meets a Puerto Rican artist and designer named Ramon (Allen Payne), with whom she finds a strong connection. When Sender learns of her affection for Ramon, he sets out to ostracize her from her husband and family.

Popcorn & Soda will be available
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.

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

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

SEE NOV/DEC/JAN BULLETIN
with this link
 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine rvalen
1963@aol.com



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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
12/22 - 12/29

Monday
Christmas visit to SOMC
10:00 AM Hospital Lobby

OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY

See JCC Calendar: 

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
December 22, 2017
4:18 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

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

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday,
December 22, 2017
8:00 PM

 
Saturday
 December 23, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 9:00 AM
Rabbi's Torah Study

10:00 AM
Services

BABY NAMING
of
Arielle Shira
daughter of 
Rebecca & Daniel Almog
and 
granddaughter 
of 
Carolyn & Warren Racusin



Kiddush sponsored by Carolyn & Warren Racusin in honor of the baby naming of their new granddaughter


Torah Portion
Vayigash
Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 
Here is the reading:

Haftorah
Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28
Here is the Haftorah:

Torah Readers:
Rabbi Jay
Aaron Lombardi







 
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.


MISHABERACH LIST


We will be removing all names from the Mishaberach list at the end of December and beginning a new list for January.  Please notify the office of anyone you want to wish a  Refuah Shlema.

YAHRZEITS
FOR NEXT WEEK

These names will be read at services on December 22, 2017

Leo Steinberg
Naomi Antonoff
Jerry Green*
Samuel Lisagor*
Mary Berkowitz
Marilyn Morgenthal*
Samuel Rosenberg
Lena Scheer
Esther Ruta Mirrer*
Vernon Rosenberg*
Rosie Starr
Rose Kleinfeld
Sarah Mizrahi
Robert Ian Stevens*
Jay Unger
Susan Blumenfield*
Ann Galer
William Gordon
Samuel Horowitz*
Ann Kamler
Helene Lowenthal
Herman Marcus
Becky Reiff*
Alex Birnbaum*
John M. Furman
Eva Kaplan
Gertrude Rifkin
Larry Zwillman



* 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, 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.


January 20


CONGREGATION
NEWS

Get Well
 
VIRGINIA JOSEPHSON




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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.

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:
SISTERHOOD STUFF



 
SHOEBOX RECYCLING
PROGRAM
FOR DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

S END ONE OF OUR NEW TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
See order form here: 

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: 

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.

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