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

 February 15, 2019
 10 Adar 1 5779



Contents
Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was...
Upcoming Activities
Giving Opportunities
TD Affinity Program
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Purim
Congregation News
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Sponsor a Kiddish
Celebrate a Milestone
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
Text Blast Sign Up
Documents & Links
A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

This week's Torah portion provides the instruction to have a continuously burning oil lamp in the portable Tabernacle. From the Jewish Virtual Library we learn that An Eternal Light (Ner Tamid) hangs above the ark in every synagogue. It is often associated with the menorah the seven-branched lamp stand which stood in front of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is also associated with the continuously-burning incense altar which stood in front of the Ark (see First Kings Chapter 6).  
Where once the Ner Tamid was an oil lamp, as was the menorah which stood outside the Temple, today most are fueled by either gas or electric light bulbs. The Eternal Lights are never extinguished or turned off.
 
O ur sages interpreted the Ner Tamid as a symbol of God's eternal and imminent Presence in our communities and in our lives. I would posit another message. Perhaps it should be considered the light of eternal vigilance.

I know from various emails and conversations over this past week that many of us are extremely disturbed by the anti-Semitic behavior we have seen from elected officials and their supporters over the last few weeks. We should be concerned and we should not remain silent. The attempts by some to minimize, downplay, or "explain away" the anti-Jewish words of others cannot be accepted.

The eternal light reminds us to see what is going on in the world around us and to take steps to fight those who seek to do us harm. What steps can we take? How can we protect our future and ourselves? First, sign up online to be informed. Some organizations that regularly provide information are: HonestReporting.com, CAMERA.org, standwithus.com, and Timesofisrael.com. The best way to confront irrational hate and prejudice is be fully informed. I am always available to discuss issues as they arise.

As I have said in the past, I am highly recommending that you join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. This year it is from March 24th - 26th. If you have not registered, and are a first-timer, I might be able to get you a discount.

Come to the JCC, at your convenience, to see our beautiful eternal light. It has blue glass around it that gives the appearance of being both flames and waves. To strengthen our Jewish community and culture, I highly recommend "doing" Jewish. Come to services. Come study Torah. Come to our monthly Shabbat dinners and our Saturday luncheons. Come to our programs and films. You don't have to commit to do everything, but we hope that you will see something that interests you. As always, if you would like us to do something that you are not seeing, please reach out to me, to the office, or to any board member.

There are eternal problems confronting an eternal people, guided by an eternal light prescribed by an eternal God. Let the light lead us to those seeking to do us harm and may we be united in our effort to dim their nefarious plans.

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

 

THE WEEK THAT WAS...

Movie Night

Thank you to Mike & Irene Babst and Cliff Farin for running the movie last Sunday.  Everyone really enjoyed "The Frisco Kid"
 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

WOMEN'S STUDY GROUP
Women's Study
Sunday February 24
10:30 AM
Lite Breakfast

"Rebecca: How She Shaped the Future of our People"
Continuing our study of the Matriarchs which began with our discussion of Sarah and where she was when Abraham was binding Isaac, we will be learning about Rebecca, the love story between her and Isaac and her relationship with Jacob and how it affected history.

Contact Debby Schweighart at  dschweig19@gmail.com if you are planning to join us.


FLORIDA REUNION
Tuesday, February 26 at Noon
at 
DUFFY'S
Linton and Federal, Delray Beach
Call Helyn Benjamin @ 561-740-7499
or
Eileen Buzinsky @561-362-3880 
to let them know you will attending
or
for additional information



SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA

On Friday night, March 1, 2019, hundreds of synagogues across North America will take part in a a celebration of the thing that unifies all Jews: Shabbat, according to an announcement by National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP), the organizers of Shabbat Across America & Canada. It's the 23rd annual  Shabbat Across America 

Here at the JCC, we are planning a Shabbat Dinner at 6:00 pm with services to follow at 7:00. 
We will eat, sing, learn and have fun!!!!!


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

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
See form for your order:  PAVERS
  We will be taking orders for pavers to be put in this Spring.  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: TREE OF LIFE

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 & 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

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.
 
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 
from 9:00 - 1:30
  
 

 
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie


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



CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President
mjbofjcclbi@gmail.com


  VIEW THE FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL BULLETIN
with this link
 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen 1963@aol.com
 

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS

2/15/19 - 2/22/19



SHABBAT SHALOM


Shabbat 

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
February 22, 2019
 5:15 PM
(So. Ocean  County NJ)

   JOIN US FOR SERVICES

FRIDAY
February 22, 2019
Services
7:00 PM
Service led by
Cliff Farin

SATURDAY 
February 23, 2019

Torah Study
Led by
Iran Morgenthal
9:00 AM
Services
10:00 AM
Led by
Iran Morgenthal
and the
Religious Committee

Torah Reading
Tetzaveh
(Exodus 27:20 - 30:10)
Here is the Parshah
PARSHAH

Haftorah
Ezekiel 43:10 - 43:27
Here is the Haftorah

Torah Reader:
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.
 
 

PURIM



Wednesday,
March 20th 
Pizza, Pasta, and Purim.
6:00 pm
Dinner with an 
inventive reading
of the Megillah to follow.
Dinner will be: $10.00 per person, $20.00 per family
Come in a costume and get a prize!!!
It is a fun Mitzvah 
to hear the Megillah!
Contact the office 
to make a reservation 
609-492-4090

Hamentashen Baking:
Sunday
 March 17, 10 am

Hamentashen

CONGREGATION
NEWS


NORALYN & DAVID
CARROLL
on the engagement
of their daughter 
Jillian Leah Carroll
to
Aristoteli Dorizas



WELCOME
Mica Geoffrey Tepper


Baby Blocks

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 
 
   
YAHRZEITS FOR NEXT WEEK

These names will be read at services on February 15, 2019

Edythe Stern
Robert Jonas
Henrietta Nagel
Morris Weiner
Gerald Golden

   
  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.


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:

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
 
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

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. 

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