JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter




February 24, 2017
28 Shevat 5777
SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA & CANADA
March 3, 2017

On Friday night, March 3, 2017, hundreds of synagogues across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews - Shabbat! By participating in this continent wide event, you will not only have the opportunity to experience Shabbat, but you will be sharing your experience with tens of thousands of Jews.

The JCC of LBI will be hosting a Shabbat Dinner that evening - but maybe not the usual menu.  We will be serving a Chinese menu, one of the favorite foods of the Jewish people, kosher of course, followed by services led by Rabbi Jay.  

Dinner is at 6:30 PM.  $25 per person. Children $10.  Contact the JCC office 609-492-4090 to make your reservation.  Please let us know if you will be joining us by next Tuesday Feb 28th.

Sorry for the last minute notice.

REACHING OUT TO HELP A LOCAL ATHLETE

 
Former Brick Township standout Jake Lakatos, had been appointed to Team USA's Mens Junior Ice Hockey Team, and will be representing his country at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in July.  Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,250 athletes to the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer, joining the 8,750 other athletes from 80 different countries, participating in 43 different sports, making it the third-largest international sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the Pan American Games.

Jake's mother, Francine, is reaching out to the Jewish community for help in raising the $8,000 needed for her son to participate.   There is a March 1 deadline for a deposit of $4,000 and April 1 deadline for an additional $4,000.  Jake was only notified of his appointment last week due to a roster change. 

If you would like to help please open this link for donation options: JAKE FUND


Contents
Help a Local Athlete
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Men's Club News
Upcoming JCC Activities
Federation Activities
Community Activities
Giving Opportunities
TD Affinity Program
This Week's Events
SYNAGOGUE ACCESS
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Tefillin Club
Congregation News
Onegs & Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
Name Badges
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

It is the end of February and do you know what that means?  It's time to start thinking about Passover.  Yes, you read correctly, "Passover".  This is Shabbat Shekalim which is the first in a series of four special Shabbatot from now until Passover.  There are two-such special Shabbatot before Purim and two before Passover. Aside from the special meaning of each special Shabbat, they collectively serve to remind us that our tradition does not want us to simply mark the date of our holidays on our calendars.  Rather, we are provided with continuous early reminders of what is coming.  An effective celebration of each holiday becomes exponentially more possible if we prepare in advance.
 
So, what is special about this Shabbat?  It is called Shabbat Shekalim.  It is observed on the Shabbat immediately before the beginning of the Month of Adar. Two Torahs will be taken out. From the first Torah scroll will be read the weekly Torah portion, Mishpatim. From the second Torah will be read a portion from the Book of Exodus that requires each male over 20 years of age to donate a half shekel to the Temple in Jerusalem before the month of Nisan.  This donated sum was to be used to pay for sacrifices that were made on behalf of the community.
 
After the Temple was destroyed, it became customary to donate money on Purim. For this reason, many congregations have a tradition of passing around a basket for donations on Purim.
 
It is time to start thinking about our upcoming holidays.  Purim begins on the evening of Saturday, March 11, 2017.  On that evening we will have a special celebration with costumes, food, and special Megillah reading.   Several people are chanting the Megillah. If you want to chant as well, it is not too late. Simply reach out to me and let me know of your interest.
 
Passover begins with the first Seder on Monday evening, April 10, 2017.  Our wonderful community Seder will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. 
 
This year we are having a great program on Sunday April 2, 2017.  Dr. Murray Spiegel will be joining us at 9:30 AM with a  fascinating, humorous and educational multimedia presentation that covers a wide variety of topics: the history of the Seder, origins of its customs, creative and educational ways to use the Four Questions, novel approaches and different themes for your Seder. This program will help you to make an unforgettable Seder.  Having learned from Dr. Spiegel before, I can assure you that this will be a program that you will not want to miss.
 
Join us for Shabbat Shekalim. Mark your calendar for Purim. Participate in our pre-Passover program.  And join us for the community Seder and Passover services.  One way to create lasting family and community memories is to plan for them in advance.
 
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay



Rabbi Jay will be attending the Rabbinical Assembly Convention in Baltimore from Sunday - Wednesday this week and will not be available for Tuesday office hours.  

The convention gives Rabbis an opportunity to learn and spend quality time with their colleagues. 



Rabbi Jay will be at the JCC on Tuesdays and will have office hours from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  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).

This is also a good time to telephone the rabbi.
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 Ladies Annual Florida Reunion 



Thanks to Jackie Avondoglio for organizing the 
annual Florida Reunion.

NEWS FROM THE REUNION
When the gals got to the restaurant, the manager was anxiously waiting for them outside the door.  It seems that that there was a gas main problem and no way to cook anything in the kitchen. However, the restaurant has a brick pizza oven.  So he suggested personal pizzas for everyone, salad and gelato.  Everyone was happy with the new menu and enjoyed a wonderful lunch with their special JCC friends.

MEN'S CLUB NEWS


Men's Club Program
                                                                                            
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM 

 This is an invitation to j oin the JCC Men's Club at a Sunday service, 
breakfast and talk by Rabbi Jay on living wills and Jewish death. 
Cost for breakfast is five dollars per person.
Please RSVP by calling the office at 609-492-4090 no later than Thursday, March 2nd.


UPCOMING ACTIVITIES


MOVIE SCHEDULE FOR THE WINTER
Saturday Nites
 
Movie 7:00 PM
Havdallah 6:45 PM
March 4 "Crossing Delancey Street"

Movie 8:15 PM
Havdallah 8:00 PM
March 18 "West Side Story"
 
Movie 8:30 PM
Havdallah 8:15 PM
April 1 "The Producers"
 
Movie 8:45 PM
Havdallah 8:30 PM
April 15 "Sound of Music"
 
Movie 9:00 PM
Havdallah 8:45 PM
April 29 "Young Frankenstein"

OCEAN COUNTY JEWISH FEDERATION EVENTS 

COMMUNITY PURIM CARNVAL




Sunday March 12 
12:30 - 3:30 PM
Congregation Ahavat Olam
Howell, NJ

see attached flyer for details

There are exciting games and activities for all ages 
(wine tasting for the adults). 
All of this is free of charge.  
We are a part of Ocean County Jewish Federation, the coordinating organization. 
Events like this need our full support and participation. 


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES


Mah jongg  MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg Luncheon for Monday, February 27 at 11:30 at Brazzi's on Route 72.  Here's the details:
 
DATE:        Monday, February 27, 2017
TIME:        11:30 a.m.
PLACE:       Brazzi Wood Fired Trattoria
               601 Route 72  
DETAILS:    We will order off the menu and get separate checks.  

As usual, I will collect an extra $1.00 from each of you as an extra tip for the waitresses.  Also note that the way Brazzi's set up for us is that they'll reserve the tables of four for us to play, and then we'll all sit together to have lunch about an hour in to our playing.  It's really very pleasant and they are very accommodating.
 
Please RSVP only if you are attending.  It is, however, important that you let me know you are attending so I can give Brazzi's a headcount.  As always, I can be reached by a reply to this email or my phone number is 212-249-6292.
 
Marianne Clemente

See this  link for details of activities in 2017 including March 18 showing of "Spaghetti Man" and April 22 showing of "Ocean Frontiers III":  LIGHTHOUSE


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
MORRIS L. SHAPIRO ENDOWMENT FUND
All organizations should have a substantial endowment fund to ensure its continuation. Except for dire emergencies, the principal amounts in the fund cannot be used to run the organization. Interest earned from the account may be used.  As previously announced, Herb and Selma Shapiro have created a JCC  Endowment Fund to honor Herb's father. It will be known as  "The Morris L. Shapiro Endowment Fund at the JCC of LBI " The Shapiros have generously pledged a total of $50,000 to fund this. While initially established by the Shapiros, anyone may contribute to this important fund. 

Join Herb and Selma in helping 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. 

Your gift to the fund can be sent to the JCC Office. Please mark your check accordingly.

AUDIO/VISUAL PROJECT
  We are very excited about the decision of the Board of Directors to pursue the enhancement of the audio system for the JCC of LBI as well as the purchase of a projection system.  This multi-phased project will allow us to become a venue for expanded programming and opens us up to many wonderful opportunities for future planning.  Your gift large or small is much appreciated. Please send your contribution to the JCC office: 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach, NJ 08008 and note on the memo line A/V Project. 

  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.
 
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


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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
2/24 - 3/3

Friday  3/3
6:30 PM
Shabbat Across American Dinner 

SYNAGOGUE ACCESS 

Access to the synagogue during office hours can be had by pressing the buzzer at the front door or handicapped door.

For services, the synagogue doors will be locked after 8:00 PM on Friday night.  Latecomers can be gain access by using the buzzer at the front entrance and handicapped entrance. On Saturday morning, the door will be locked at 9:00 AM for Torah Study with access by buzzer also from the front door or handicapped door.  Please use buzzer at the handicapped entrance after 10:00 AM for Shabbat morning services. Access to the building on Sunday morning for Religious School is through the front door.

 
SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
February 24, 2017
5:26 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)


JOIN US FOR SERVICES

SHABBAT SHEKALIM
On this Shabbat (Sabbath of shekels) a special Torah portion is read in preparation for Purim, requesting each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep  of the Tent of Meeting.


Friday, February 24
, 2017
8:00 PM

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES WILL BE LED BY CLIFF FARIN

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Torah Study
9:00 AM 
lead by Mark Cohen
Services
10:00 AM

TORAH STUDY AND SERVICES WILL BE LED BY MEMBERS OF OUR RITUAL COMMITTEE

Torah Reading
  
Mishpatim
(Exodus 21:1 - 24:18; Exodus 30:11 - 16) 
Here is the portion:
SPECIAL MAFTIR


Haftorah
Kings 12:1 - 12:17
Here is the Haftorah
HAFTORAH

Torah Reader -
Aaron Lombardi


PURIM SCHEDULE


Purim2 
Saturday evening
March 11th
7:00 PM
Havdallah
Refreshments
Megillah Reading



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 February 24, 2017

I
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND SERVICES ON FRIDAY NIGHT TO SAY KADDISH, PLEASE NOTIFY THE 
OFFICE BY THE 
WEDNESDAY
PRIOR 
 
Florence Morris Piscetelli
Shirley Racusin
Sam Fine
Harvey Leon Fruchtman*
Norman Gerber*
Joseph Lenkowsky
Esther Litvin
Louise Paul
Louis Rose
Rose Rosenweig
Madeline Goldberg
Gussie Herman*
Belle Saferstein
Arlene Babst
Rachel Bendavid
Adam Heller
Esther Hirsch
Fay Schragger
Esther Tannenbaum
Jeffrey Weiner
Max Gottlieb*
Hilda Rosenberg
Theodore Brod
Harry Dudkin
Lisa Ellen Kaufman*
Israel Koller
Aaron Lox
Frank John Lamagna
Eric Moss
Moshe Neustadt*
Robin Lynn Caspento


Our apologies.  The names listed for yahrzeits last week (3/17) should have been:

Rose Diane Segal
Sidney Berkowitz
Robyn Lynn Caspento
Daniel Glassman*
Bella Karp
Jerry Weisberg*
Estelle Gottesman
Tee Gottlieb*
Harold Koyner*
Morris Miller*
Ruth Schwartz
Marlene Harelick
Bette Kender*
Louise Newman
Saul Block
Sigmund Donin

 
   
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
TEFILLIN CLUB


 
Join Rabbi Jay Sunday, March 5th
at 9:30 AM to lay tefillin and daven the morning service. Those who do not know how to lay tefillin or who need a reminder class are welcome.


CONGREGATION
NEWS

  Get Well

WILLIAM MCLEAN SR.

EVELYN STERN


CONDOLENCES TO

PHYLLIS GREEN
on the passing of her mother
Ruth Waldman

"May God remember forever our dear ones who have gone to their eternal rest. May they be at one with the One who is life eternal.  May the beauty of their lives shine for evermore, and may our lives always bring honor to their memory."  



   
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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, Joy Kern, if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member that needs our help. 
609- 978-3669 
 
   
KIDDISHES 

on Saturday morning

Contact Lynn Berkowitz 
or Rose Valentine
for information about 
sponsoring a Kiddish
609-709-3160
973-632-0913

SEE NEW DONATION & MENU

Sponsorship includes:

*Printed acknowledgement on the food table, in
the Shabbat Reminder email and in the Shabbat program
*Verbal, public acknowledgement from the bimah during services.
 

SISTERHOOD STUFF

2017 DUES
Your $36 Sisterhood Membership Dues  
are now due. All checks should be sent to
Carole Nunberg
Kings Grant
2 Golf Club Way
Marlton, NJ 08053

We appreciate your support.

PASSOVER COMMUNITY SEDER
Checkmark Mark you calendar for
Tuesday April 11
for the
Sisterhood Community Seder

RESERVATION FORMS AND DETAILS ARE HERE:  SEDER


ONEG SHABBATS

Sisterhood is responsible for the Oneg Shabbats each Friday night.  We could use your help in organizing each week.  This is a special call to those who are in the area off season. Pick a week that you can help and let Jody Brusilow ( jrb53056@icloud.com) know so you can be placed on the schedule.  

SHOE BOX RECYCLING
We are collecting gently worn, paired men's, women's and kids shoes that are still reusable and re-wearable (no ski boots, ice skates, roller blades, flip flops, crocs or bedroom slippers). Please bring them to the JCC during office hours.

"Let's clean up our closets and the environment by recycling our shoes."


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. 

ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
 

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MEMBERSHIP FORMS

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PAVERS:

PAVERS 

 

TREE OF LIFE

TREE 

 

JEWISH JOURNAL: 

JOURNAL

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD