A MESSAGE FROM RABBI JAY
I have written, and spoken often about the fact that much of our liturgy, and the focus of our days, is designed to make us present to the world around us. We bless things that we eat, or see, or come in contact with, in order to enable us to experience them on a higher level.
But some of our liturgy is also designed to have us look inward and at ourselves. For instance, every morning as part of the preliminary prayers we say two very specific prayers. In the first we thank God for the gift of our body; in the second we thank God for the gift of our soul.
In the first blessing, known as "Asher Yatzar"(fashioning the human body) we acknowledge God's design of the wonders of our body. We thank God for creating openings and closings, marvelous in structure and intricate in design. We further acknowledge that should any one of them fail to function, it would be impossible to survive. We are thanking God for our actual physical existence.
In the second blessing, known as "Elohai Neshamah", (The soul that You God gave me), we acknowledge God's gift of the soul. We thank God for forming the soul and breathing it into each of us. We further acknowledge that a body without a soul would be lifeless.
Our tradition tells us that we are created body and soul. The body is our physical self; the soul is that piece of God that resides within each of us. The two need each other and one cannot survive without the other.
The Rabbis in the Talmud said the following of the relationship between the body and the soul:
Just as the Holy One fills the world, so the soul fills the body.
Just as the Holy One sees but is not seen, so the soul is seen but is not seen.
Just as the Holy One sustains the whole world, so the soul sustains the body.
Just as the Holy One is pure, so the soul is pure.
Just as the Holy One dwells in the innermost places, so the soul dwells in the innermost places.
Why does the liturgy place these two prayers next to each other? Perhaps it is to highlight the interdependence of one on the other. Perhaps it is to let us know that we should be taking care of both our bodies and our souls. We care for our bodies by eating correctly, by exercising, and by getting rest. For many of us this makes sense.
But how do we take care of our souls? By praying? By studying Torah? Hmmmm. Maybe we should have an exercise class that combines a workout for our bodies and for our souls. Cycling and Shokeling? Diving and Davening? Spinning and the Shema? I'm always looking for suggestions.
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
RAVEL TO ISRAEL WITH THE JCC OF LBI
The JCC trip to Israel will take place October 7-18, 2018. The itinerary will take us from Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights, to a winery, to the Kineret, to a Kibbutz, to Sefad, to Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea, to Massada, to many museums, and more. At Massada we will be sharing in a bar mitzvah of one of our fellow travelers. What joy!
The JCC's first trip to Israel will take place October 7-18, 2018. The itinerary will take us from Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights, to a winery, to the Kineret, to a Kibbutz, to Sefad, to Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea, to Masada, to many museums, and more. At Masada we will be sharing in a bat mitzvah of one of our fellow travelers.
We will be immersed in Israeli history and culture and, at the same time, we will get to better know our selves, and each other.
So far an extraordinarily nice group of people have chosen to travel with us.
This trip that has been designed both for the person who has never been to Israel, and for the person who has visited frequently. Come be a part of what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.
In addition to a set itinerary, we will have some evenings where we will be free to explore on our own. We will be provided with information on concerts or cultural events in the places where we will be.
The tour is officially flying El Al; however, if you want to fly United, ITC can help you to make arrangements.
For additional information, call Rabbi Jay at 973-865-9534 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
RABBI'S OFFICE HOURS
Rabbi Jay will now be at his office at the JCC on TUESDAYS and will have office hours from Noon - 2:00. 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).
Rabbi Jay can always be reached on his cell phone ((973-865-9534) or at his email address (email@example.com).
He is also available by appointment.
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
|WINTER OFFICE HOURS
The JCC Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 - 1:30.
Join us for the Annual Women's Florida Luncheon
Monday, February 12th
At Ocean One Bar and Grill
777 E Atlantic Ave
(Downtown Delray in Chico's shopping plaza)
Please bring cash!! Will not do separate checks for large parties.
RSVP by Feb 9th
Jackie Avondoglio 561-865-5888
Or Helyn Benjamin 561-740-7499
|MARCH MOVIE NITE
Saturday evening, March 18th at 6:30 PM showing "A Stranger Among Us" starring Melanie Griffith and directed by Sidney Lumet.
When a brutal murderoccurs among the Hasidic Jewish community and looks like an inside job, tough New York cop, Emily Edith (Melanie Griffith), goes undercover as a Hasid to find the culprit.
CONGREGATION SHA'AREY HA-YAM
BETH AM SHALOM
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018
BETH AM SHALOM
LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701
CANTOR ARLYLNE UNGER WILL CONDUCT THE SEDER
Members and Extended Family
(Age 13 and above): $25.00 each
(Age 13 and above): $30.00 each
Children Age 10-12: $15.00 each
Children under 10: Free
Deadline for reservations is March 7, 2018
Glatt Kosher Chinese Buffet
Wine, Soda, Coffee or Tea
See attached for Reserations:
|BE A VOLUNTEER
Interfaith Health & Support Services of Southern Ocean County, Inc. in Manahawkin.
- a coalition of different faith communities, social service, and health care organizations
- that provides volunteer physical, emotional and spiritual support to those living at home who are vulnerable because of age or disability.
Here is a list of various volunteer opportunities at Interfaith: INTERFAITH
Interfaith is collecting old cell phones, glasses, hearing aids and used stamps on envelopes.
We will have a box at the JCC for any donations.
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.
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.
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.
2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
WINTER OFFICE HOURS:
MONDAY 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
FRIDAY - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie
Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DrGregorio, Custodial Staff
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Rose Valentine, JCC President
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2/9/18 - 2/16/18
Florida Reunion Luncheon
(So. Ocean County NJ)
HERE IS A CALENDAR OF ALL CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
ON LBI FOR 5778
Shabbat Shekalim in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tent of Meeting.
Friday, February 9, 2018
How much would the
Mishkan (Tabernacle) cost today?
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Here is the Haftorah:
Pizza & Purim
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.
FOR NEXT WEEK
These names will be read at services on February 9, 2018
Florence Morris Piscetelli
Harvey Leon Fruchtman*
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
|UPCOMING SHABBAT ACTIVITIES
We are planning special Shabbats in the months to come.
Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner
Friday, March 9 @ 6:00 PM
the office 609-492-4090
for information about
sponsoring a Kiddush
SEE DONATION & MENU:
on the passing of
one of our synagogue's founders.
She has left a legacy for so many families - a place where generations have celebrated simchas and sadness, a place for future generations to come to worship and learn.
For that we will forever be grat
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, Kem Spencer if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member that needs our help.
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CELEBRATE A MILESTONE AT THE
JCC OF LBI
The JCC is a beautiful place to celebrate a milestone: wedding, anniversary, baby naming, birthday.
Contact the office for further information. 609-492-4090
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END ONE OF OUR NEW TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
Join Herb and Selma Shapiro 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.
We are proud to announce that 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.
A Endowment Fund Committee has been established headed by Arnie Galer.
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:
in front of the Front Entrance)
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available
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: TAGS
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
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