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

 December 6, 2019
 8 Kislev  5780


Editor's Note:  Early edition of Shabbat Reminder.  Having foot surgery on Wednesday.  RV
 
THE 26TH ANNUAL LIGHTS OF LIFE
A community celebration of Lights of Life
the holiday season
at the
Southern Ocean Medical Center
Reynolds Arboretum
Thursday, December 5th @ 5:30 PM

Our menorah (donated in memory of Harry Berkowitz) will be lit along with trees sponsored by several local organizations.  Holiday treats, including latkes will be served following the 
lighting. All are welcome!!!
Latkes


CHAVERAH ROAD TRIP

LAST CALL!!!!

We have had a strong response to the JCC of LBI Chaverah Group trip on Friday, January 10, 2020 to view the "The Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" Exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Tickets are $9 per person. We will be carpooling so we need some volunteer drivers.

Tickets are at a premium so contact Suzie Geier at 703-629-8654 by Wednesday evening 12/4 if you plan to join us.


Contents
Chaverah Road Trip
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Mah jongg
Holiday Stuff
Giving Opportunities
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Happy Birthday
Congregation News
Cholent Shuabbats
JCC Cook Books
Celebrate a Milestone
Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat
Sponsor a Kiddish
TD Affinity Program
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
This week's Torah portion, Vayeitzei, contains one of the most interesting stories of the Torah. Jacob is forced to run away from home after he steals his father's blessing that should have gone to Esau, his older, and hairier, brother. Esau, understandably upset, threatens to kill Jacob so their parents, Isaac and Rebecca, decide to send Jacob to his mother's birthplace for safe shelter.
 
Jacob goes to the home of his mother's brother, Laban. There, Jacob falls in love with Laban's younger daughter, Rachel, and agrees to work for 7 years in order to be able to marry her. On the day of the wedding, Laban tricks Jacob. Concealed behind the wedding veil is Leah, Rachel's older sister. Learning of the wrongful nuptials the following morning, Jacob confronts his Uncle. With the marriage having already been consummated, Jacob has no alternative but to remain married to Leah. Laban permits him to marry Rachel, but Jacob is forced to work for Laban for another 7 years.  
 
Some see Laban's chicanery as payback to Jacob for having deceived his father in order to receive the blessing intended for Esau. But can the karmic notion of "what goes around comes around" really be the only message that the Torah seeks to give?
 
I actually think there is a broader lesson to be learned from the story. The Torah is highlighting a simple fact of life to us: Things are not always what they seem to be. Understandings are not always the same. As a result, we each need to be careful as we navigate this journey we call life. We all need to lift the, sometimes, thin veil that separates fact from fiction.
 
Jacob thought he was marrying Rachel but, instead, ended up with Leah. Should he have checked first before walking down the aisle? Would anyone ever think that the correct bride would not be under the chuppah?
 
In life we must always do our due diligence. Simply because an employer makes a promise does not mean she will keep that promise. Simply because a politician says he will do something, does not mean he will do it.   Simply because two people agree to do something, does not mean they will each keep the promise. Simply because we read something in the newspaper, or see it on the news channel, it does not mean that it is correct.
 
We have a responsibility to our selves, to our families, and to our communities, to fully investigate the important information that we receive and important decisions we make in our lives.
 
The Torah uses an unexpected marriage to remind us that, whatever our goal is, whatever we are seeking, whatever we see or hear, we should always be certain that we have correctly ascertained all of the facts before moving forward.
 
We need to open our eyes, lift the veil, understand the reality, and move toward our goals.
 
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

 

MAH JONGG & CANASTA


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

HOLIDAY STUFF
Shabbat Chanukah Dinner
 Friday, December 20th
6:00 PM
$20 per person/$40 per family
Call the office to make your reservation
609-492-4090


Tuesday, December 17  
Visit to SOMC patients to tell the Chanukah Story

Wednesday, December 25 
Annual visit to SOMC patients with 
poinsettias  and holiday greetings

Call the office is you can help on December 17 and 25.
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

  VIEW THE NOV/DEC/JAN BULLETIN
with this link



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

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
12/6 - 12/13

Wednesday
12:30 - 4:00
Canasta/Mah jongg


SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat 
Candle Lighting Time
Friday 
December 6, 2019
4:10 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

   JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday evening
December 6, 2019
8:00 PM
Rabbi's Talk:
"Lessons in Thankfulness"


Saturday
  December 7, 2019 
9:00 AM 
Torah Study
10:00 AM 
Services

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 6, 2019

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
Neal Chilton
Rabbi Jacob 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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cake

This Week's
Birthdays:

Deanna Feinberg
December 7
Sanford Oxfeld
December 8
Ronald Buskirk
December 10
Wallace Dairman
December 10
Barnett Hoffman
December 10
Lisa Schlossman
December 11
Arthur Davis
December 13
 
 

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. 
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.  
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
 
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:

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.


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