JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

E-Letter




March 3, 2017
5 Adar 5777
 NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING
March 3 - 4
Sundown to Sundown

Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our phones, chronicling our every move through social media and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of "silence" that our earphones create.                                                      

If you recognize that in yourself - or your friends, families or colleagues-  join us for the National Day  of Unplugging and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.

The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period - running from sundown to sundown - and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors' ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.

This is a project of Reboot.  The message above and invitation to be a part of this project is taken from their website.  For more information including downloading this poster to insert your picture or one of your family, see this web site: UNPLUG


TODAY'S "STAND UP AGAINST HATE" RALLY IN PHILADELPHIA

Checkmark If you went to the rally, we would appreciate any pictures or comments on the event to share with the congregation in next week's Shabbat Reminder - with your permission of course.

Please send to rvalen1963@aol.com  THANK YOU 


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

In Parashat Terumah God tells Moses that each person should bring gifts for the construction of the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle intended to be a home for God as the Israelites wandered in the Desert.  God instructed that each person must give "as his heart so moves him".  No specific amount is given.  Rather, the instruction is "give as you wish". The implication is that each person was asked to give however much, or little, he could, but to give nonetheless. 
 
Importantly, the fact that each person did give, meant that no matter how much a person gave, each person had an intimate connection to the outcome. Each person could say correctly, "God is with us because 'I' did something to bring God here."
 
If God is there and speaking to Moses from within the Mishkan that was built with contributions from everyone, then God is speaking for, from, and to everyone. This is perhaps one  of the most powerful messages of the Torah. 
 
The Meta-message is that each of us has the ability to give a gift from the heart and that gift is a representation of God in God's most loving form.
 
Over this last week there has been a continuation of anti-Semitic activities in our country and in our area.  Jewish Community Centers have received bomb threats, forcing evacuations.  Jewish Gravestones have been knocked down as nearby as Philadelphia.  Anti-Semitic graffiti was painted on a pedestrian bridge in South Orange Reservation in New Jersey.
 
All of this is cause for concern and we need to remain vigilant in our attempts to stop this activity and to bring the criminals to justice.
 
And just as I was reviewing the news on Tuesday morning and feeling helpless, I received the following text from my dear friend, Reverend Bill McGowan from the Zion Lutheran Church in Barnegat Light:
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your people. I offer you Psalm 46. "God is an ever present help in our time of trouble". Shalom.
 
In a time of need, Reverend Bill delivered a gift from his heart.  His gift was no less important than those given toward the construction of the Mishkan.  Just as God dwelled in the Tabernacle, God dwells in gifts of compassion, God dwells in gifts of humanity, God dwells in gifts of concern, and God dwells in gifts of community. 
 
This Shabbat, please take a moment to say a prayer seeking an end to hatred and bigotry.  At the same time, add a blessing for all those who take a stand against the abhorrent behavior of others.  Finally, give from your heart.
 
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 
 




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

 

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

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: 

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. 

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

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.
ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

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


 
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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with this link

 

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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
3/3 - 3/10

Friday night 3/3
6:30 PM
Shabbat Across America 
Dinner - Reservations Required

Saturday night:
6:45 PM - Havdallah
8:00 PM -  Movie: "Crossing Delancey Street"

Sunday morning
9:30 AM
Tefillin Club

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Making Hamantashen with the Religious School

Get out your aprons and be ready to bake Hamantashen this Sunday! Everyone is invited to join us.

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
March 3, 2017
 5:33 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)


JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday, March 3
, 2017
8:00 PM

Rabbi's Sermon:

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Torah Study
9:00 AM 
Services
10:00 AM

Torah Reading:
"Can We Revive God?" 

Torah Portion 
Terumah
(Exodus 25:1 - 27:19) 
Here is the portion:
PARSHAH

Haftorah
I Kings 5:26 - 6:13
Here is the Haftorah



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 March 3, 2017

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND SERVICES ON FRIDAY NIGHT TO SAY KADDISH, PLEASE NOTIFY THE 
OFFICE BY THE 
WEDNESDAY
PRIOR 
 

Steven Fisch
Gussie Gross
Irvin Babitt
Ethel Dalinsky
Bernard Herman*
Irving Newman
Gloria Cohen
Amanda Kanowitz*
Nellie Lehman
Isador London
Solomon Schall
Gerson Brasch*
Florence Marmon
Morris Uniglicht
Sheldon Kanis
Sylvia Kaplan
Barney Linderman
Dave Oxfeld
James Ruland Sr.
Samuel Weinberg
Bertha Bitton
Gertrude Fitts
Mae Lazar
Hannah Dudkin
Phyllis Fisch
Harry Kolsby*
Ida Plotkin
Herman Reif
 
Stella Reif
Anna Robin*
Bessie Swaff*
Ernest H. Morgenstern*
Vivian Fitts*

* 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

  
   
SHARE YOUR NEWS
 
     
 

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.
 

PURIM RECIPE
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE STUFFED 
CHOCOLATE
HAMANTASCHEN 
(yield: 30-60 hamantaschen, depending on size)

Chewy chocolate chip cookies inside chocolate sugar cookies: a fun twist on a Purim classic!  From web site 


Ingredients

for the chocolate hamantaschen dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
for the chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup earth balance (or butter), at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions:
first, make the chocolate hamantaschen dough
  1. in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg, egg white, and sugar on medium speed until combined. add the oil and almond milk and beat until smooth.
  2. in a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. with the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until everything is just combined.
  3. form the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
meanwhile, make the chocolate chip cookie dough
  1. in a small bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.
  2. again in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the earth balance and both sugars on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. add the salt, vanilla, and egg, and beat until combined. with the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined. stir in the chocolate chips.
then, assemble the hamantaschen
  1. preheat the oven to 350ºf and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. take about a quarter of the hamantaschen dough and roll it out between two pieces of wax paper to about ¼-inch thickness. use some sort of circular item (a biscuit cutter, a round cookie cutter, a glass) to cut circles out of the dough. top each circle with about a teaspoon of chocolate chip cookie dough.
  3. for each circle, fold up the sides into a triangular shape, and pinch the corners together tightly.
  4. repeat this with the rest of the two doughs, re-rolling the scraps of hamantaschen dough as needed.
  5. bake the hamantaschen on the prepared baking sheet for about 10 minutes, until they are just starting to darken at the corners. the chocolate chip cookie dough should still be a bit soft. let the hamantaschen cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
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."


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 

 

JEWISH JOURNAL: 

JOURNAL

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD