CHAVERAH ROAD TRIP
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.
|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
12:30 to 4:00 PM
Shabbat Chanukah Dinner
Friday, December 20th
$20 per person/$40 per family
Call the office to make your reservation
Tuesday, December 17
Visit to SOMC patients to tell the Chanukah Story
Wednesday, December 25
Annual visit to SOMC patients with
and holiday greetings
Call the office is you can help on December 17 and 25.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Space is available for memorial plaques on the yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary. Here is the order form: PLAQUES
Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
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
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.
2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie
Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Michael Babst, President
VIEW THE NOV/DEC/JAN BULLETIN
with this link
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine
"Like" Us on Facebook: Search for Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island and make sure the JCC of LBI: The Place to Be icon shown above shows up
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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
12/6 - 12/13
12:30 - 4:00
December 6, 2019
December 6, 2019
"Lessons in Thankfulness"
December 7, 2019
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
Leon B. Entin
Stanley S. Levy
Milton A. Levine
Dr. Joseph Evans
Murray J. Sklar
Rabbi Jacob Friedman*
Mindy Iris Morgenthal*
PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED A MINYAN TO SAY KADDISH.
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue
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
SHARE YOUR NEWS
This committee acts as a support system for congregation members facing illness and other personal situations that need to be addressed.
Please contact Chairperson,
if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member
that needs our help.
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.
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
an Oneg Shabbat
on Friday night
with a $36.00
See this form for details
Call the JCC Office to reserve a date.
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
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!!!
JCC WEB SITE
TREE OF LIFE
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:
KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM
ONEG SHABBAT SPONSOR: