Jewish Community Center of    JCC the Place to Be
 Long Beach Island  E-Letter

 December 27, 2019
29 Kislev  5780




HANUKKAH LIGHTS HERE AND AWAY
Seeing the lights remind us all of the 
miracle of Hanukkah
 
The Hochmans, Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Menorah made of pipe fittings at Palmer Station, Antarctica from Karen & David Shatz


JCC of LBI Windows













                   
Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was...
Studying Anti-Semitism
Mah jongg
Chaverah Group
TD Affinity Program
Giving Opportunities
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Happy Birthday
Congregation News
Cholent Shuabbats
Celebrate a Milestone
JCC Cook Books
Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat
Sponsor a Kiddish
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

Rabbi Jay is off this week, but he wanted to share this short message about the holiday of Hanukkah with you. It comes from the book "God Was Not In The Fire" by Daniel Gordis,  the former dean of the Ziegler Rabbinical School in Los Angeles:

"Hanukkah is about more than the military victory and the miracle of the oil... [Or else] Why being with one [candle] and increase to eight? What is the significance of the second blessing... `Who performed miracles for our ancestors in days of old and in our age as well'... Hanukkah is about miracles that are still ongoing, symbolized by a growing, not a diminishing number of candles. Hanukkah is not only about the victory of the Jews in their battle against the Greeks, Hanukkah is about the victory of the Jewish people in their battle to survive... Hanukkah is not a Jewish Christmas. Hanukkah is about the wonder and awe of Jewish survival. It prompts us to ask ourselves....Does Jewish existence matter? Why? What do we stand for? Would the world be missing anything if we were gone? (115-6)" 
As we continue through the secular New Year (May it be filled with health, joys and fulfillment), I would like to engage with the congregation in the last few questions that Rabbi Gordis posed.  

Share with me your responses to his questions and let me know if you wish them to remain private or if I can share them at some point in the future.  Use this link for your responses: RABBI
 
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Hanukkah Sameach 

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...

Gathering to bring Christmas cheer to the patients in the SOMC Morris Shapiro Lobby

Deb Schweighardt, Ira Morganthal, Ina Morganthal, Irene Babst, Cliff Farin, Linda Marr, Ron Marr, Norma Hochman, Arlene Schragger, Martin Hochman

STUDYING ANTI-SEMITISM

"The History of Anti-Semitism from Torah to Today": A three-session study with Rabbi Jay. 

Sunday, January 5 at 10:00 AM at the home of Rose & Rudy Valentine

Please respond to this link if you are attending
ANTI-SEMITISM     PS Brunch included.


Sunday, February 9 at 10:00 AM at the home of Irene & Michael Babst

Tuesday, March 24 7:00 PM at the home of Diane & Ron Buskirk 

MAH JONGG & CANASTA


Mah jongg & Canasta Mah jongg
Wednesdays from 
12:30 to 4:00 PM

NO CANASTA/MAH JONGG 
THIS WEEK
CHAVERAH GROUP

Fourteen Tickets to the Notorious RBG Exhibit on January 10th at 12:00. at the National Museum of American Jewish History have been purchased for those who responded.  Thank you to Suzie Geier for making the arrangements.  Details to follow for travel arrangements.
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.


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

YEAR END CONTRIBUTION
Members and friends of the JCC who have an IRA and are 70 1/2 years of age or older  can direct some or all of their required minimum distribution (up to $100,000) to the JCC of LBI and avoid paying taxes on the amount contributed.  Charitable contributions can only be made from IRAs not 401 (K)s or similar types of retirement accounts.  You do not need to itemize your taxes in order to make an IRA charitable contribution as long as the contribution is sent from the IRA directly to the charity,  A direct contribution will reduce the taxable portion of the IRA.  However, as you are not being taxed on the amount you cannot claim it as a tax deduction as well.  Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income.

PRAYER BOOKS
There are still High Holiday Prayer Books and Chumashim available to be purchased in memory or honor of someone or something. 
The cost of a Prayer Book is $72 each and $120 for an Eitz Hayim Chumash. 
The donation includes an affirmation sticker in the book and an acknowledgement letter or letters.


SEND ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
See order form here: TRIBUTE


PAVERS
Inscribe a paver at the front entrance to the building
8" X 4", 8" X 8" and 12" X 12"
SEE UPDATED ORDER FORM:


Become a permanent part of the JCC landscape.
Purchase a personalized paving stone 
in honor of your family or in memory of a loved one.

Please contact
Diane Hoffman 
with your order 
or with any questions: 
dihoff1@aol.com

TREE OF LIFE
Add a leaf (leaves) to our beautiful Tree of Life located in the Social Hall.  See the order form here: 

Bronze Leaf $90 
Silver Leaf $126 
Gold :Leaf $180

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 z"l & 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

BULLETIN ADS

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:  BADGES

 
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 9 AM to 1:30 PM 

  
 

 
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie

Office Staff:
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
 
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff



Kitchen Manager
Susan Berube


CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President
mjbofjcclbi@gmail.com

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with this link



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rvalen 1963@aol.com
 

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
12/27 - 1/3/20

No mah jongg this week.

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat 
Candle Lighting Time
Friday 
December 27, 2019
4:21 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)


Friday evening
December 27, 2019

Services led by Cliff Farin

Saturday
  December 28, 2019 
9:00 AM 
Torah Study
10:00 AM 
Services

Services led by Ritual Committee

ROSH CHODESH CHANUKAH

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 27, 2019

Seymour Abend
Carl M. Cole
Michael Kaplan
Jacqueline Mogil
Lorraine Liebowitz
Joseph Nakkab
Reba Papier
Sidney Fisch
Mark Goldman
Irving Butler
Mendel Fischer
Henry Gondelman
Ruth Moss
Don Renzin
Ethel Snyder*
Louis Bass*
Leo Steinberg
Naomi Antonoff
Jerry Green*
Henry Herzig
Samuel Lisagor*


 
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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cake

This Week's
Birthdays:

Joyce Levine
December 28
Carolyn Racusin
December 28
Barry Sherman
December 28
Natty Lapidus
December 29
Samuel Sisenwine
December 30
Joan Blattner
December 31
David Hamburger
January 1
Stephen Lishnoff
January 1
Josepha Bzezensky
January 3
Jeanne Goldberg
January 3
Gary Morgenstern
January 3
Eileen Powitz
January 3
Max Scheer
January 3
 
   

If you have not given the office your birthday information and would like to receive birthday wishes, please notify the office of your date of birth.

And if you would like to have the Rabbi give you or a family member a special blessing on the Shabbat of your/their birthday, please let him know: RABBI

CONGREGATION
NEWS
 
SHARE YOUR NEWS
AND PICTURES


 
 
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 
     
CHOLENT SHABBATS

Join us for our two scheduled "Cholentfest" dates, January 25th and February 22nd. Both days are Saturdays. We will have Torah study and/or services and then have cholent for lunch. 
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
 
JCC COOKBOOKS

Looking for a house gift for Thanksgiving, a Chanukah present or just enjoy trying new recipes? The JCC cookbook is available for $10 per book.

Latkes   

CHANUKAH LATKES (Potato Pancakes)
5 large potatoes, peeled
1 large onion
3 eggs
½ c. flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¾ cup oil for frying
 
Grate potatoes and onion on the fine side of a grater or in a food processor, or put in a blender in a little water. Strain potatoes and onion through a colander, pressing out the excess water. Add eggs, flour, and seasonings. Mix well. Heat ½ cup of oil in skillet. Lower flame and place 1 large tablespoon batter at a time into sizzling oil and fry on one side for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn over and fry on other side 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain off excess oil. Continue until all batter is used, adding more oil if needed. Serves with applesauce. Serves 4 -6.
 
From "Best Kitchens of LBI" published and available at the JCC of LBI

SPONSOR AN ONEG SHABBAT


SPONSOR
an Oneg Shabbat 
on Friday night

with a $36.00 
minimum contribution

See this form for details
ONEG

Call the JCC Office to reserve a date.
609-492-4090
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:

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

 

ONEG SHABBAT SPONSOR:

ONEG 

 

KIDDISH SPONSOR:

KIDDISH