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

 March 8, 2019
 1 Adar II 5779



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

Parashat Pekudei is the last portion in the Book of Exodus. The book begins with an accounting of the 70 souls that entered Egypt before slavery, segues into the beginning of Israelite slavery, introduces us to Moses, switches to God redeeming the Israelites from slavery, highlights God's revelation at Mount Sinai, and concludes with the building of the Mishkan, God's portable home for the 40 years that the Children of Israel wandered in the desert.
 
The Torah tells us that when God's cloud raised up from the Mishkan, the Israelites would journey. When it rested on the Mishkan they would settle. Apart from being a beacon of sorts, the Mishkan is an important symbol for the Israelites. It told them that God could be present wherever the Israelites physically were.
 
I think that more importantly, the Mishkan helped the Israelites to realize that God was not just present physically, but that the Deity could be wherever the Israelites were mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A mobile God is a God that can be met wherever you happen to be.
 
As Abraham Joshua Heschel explained, humanity searches for God at the same time as God searches for humanity. Both lonely, both in need of companionship, both in need of answers, and both with a story to complete.
 
At the end of each book of the Torah we chant Chazak, Chazak, V'nischazeik - Be Strong! Be Strong! And May We Be Strengthened. As we end the Book of Exodus, with the Israelites and God wandering together, it could be read as follows: "Be strong Israel! Be Strong God! And may we (Israel and God) be strengthened together".
 
As Governor Brendan Byrne might have said: "Israel and God, Perfect together!"
 
A FEW PROGRAMMING NOTES:
 
Last week our community was strengthened as 30 of us gathered for a Shabbat Dinner, joining thousands of Jews across North America for "Shabbat Across America". We sang, ate, prayed, learned, and schmoozed. What a wonderful way to spend a Friday night.
 
Join the JCC on Wednesday, March 20th, at 6:00 pm, as we have Pizza, Pasta, and Purim. We will read the Megillah, make noise, and learn about the other Mitzvoth of Purim. We give Gift baskets of Food to our friends and charity to those in need. And of course, the most important mitzvah of Purim is to be happy!
 
Finally don't forget to join us for Shabbat dinner at 6:00 pm, on Friday April 5th!
 
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...


Shabbat Dinner last Friday evening was again a big hit with 25 people at the JCC for dinner and/or services.  This has been a wonderful way to greet Shabbos this winter.  Thanks to Rabbi Jay and all those who have helped.

Next dinner April 5.  Watch for details.
IT'S TIME TO BAKE HAMENTASHEN
Where Do Hamantaschen Come From?

There is a German dessert called mohntaschen, which translates to "poppy pockets." Hamantaschen is a portmanteau of "Haman," the name of the villain of the Book of Esther, nd mohntaschen. This is also why poppyseed is the classic filling of hamantaschen.  The iconic three-cornered shape of the cookie is said to represent Haman's ears. The Hebrew for hamantaschen is oznei Haman, which means "Haman's ears." Hamantaschen can be savory or sweet, filled with just about anything.


HAMENTASHEN DOUGH (PAREVE)
Makes 3 to 4 Dozen Hamantaschen

Ingredients: 
2 sticks unsalted pareve margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of 1/4 of a large orange
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
Filling of your choice, canned or homemade 
1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water for glaze

Directions: 
  1. Cream the margarine and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest, and mix until light and fluffy. 
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a 1-quart bowl. Add half the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and stir until almost incorporated. Add half the orange juice and combine. 
  3. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and the remaining orange juice until a soft, smooth dough is formed. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes or longer before rolling out.
  4. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured board, and cut into 2 1/2-inch circles. 
  5. Place 1 scant teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Shape into triangles by using your thumbs to push up from the bottom of the circle and your forefingers to pull down from the top sides. Pinch the top seams of the dough well to securely enclose almost all of the filling. A little should peek through the top of the opening.
  6. Combine the remaining egg with the 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the egg wash on the tops of the hamantaschen. 
  7. Bake at 350°F on parchment-lined cookie sheets for 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
POP[Y SEED (MOHN) FILLING

Makes 2 Cups
Ingredients: 
1 cup ground poppy seeds (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
Directions: 
  1. Place the poppy seeds in a 1-quart bowl, and pour boiling water over to 1 inch above the seeds. Set aside for 15 minutes and drain thoroughly.
  2. Place the poppy seeds, sugar, honey, lemon zest, raisins, and vanilla in a processor work bowl. Process until well ground.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the finely chopped walnuts. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
You can also fill with various jellies or jams.

OR EVEN BETTER YET
 COME AND BAKE HAMENTASHEN WITH THE RABBI ON SUNDAY, MARCH 17 AT 10 AM 
AT THE JCC KITCHEN.


MIRIAM'S SEDER 
 
The women of BethAm Shalom and Congregation Sha'arey Ha-Yam cordially invite the ladies of the JCC of LBI to join them for the third annual Miriam's Seder on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 PM at BETH AM SHALOM, 1235 NJ-70, LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701.

For further information feel free to reach out to Fran Gimpel at 732-657-7120.

See the attached flyer for details: MIRIAM'S SEDER
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.
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

BULLETIN ADS

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


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with this link
 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen 1963@aol.com
 

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
3/8/19 - 3/15/19

Click here for JCC Calendar:

SHABBAT SHALOM


Shabbat 

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
March 8, 2019
 5:38 PM
(So. Ocean  County NJ)

   JOIN US FOR SERVICES

FRIDAY
March 8, 2019
Services
7:00 PM

Rabbi's Talk:
Gender Fluidity in our Tradition

SATURDAY 
March 9, 2019

Torah Study
9:00 AM
Services
10:00 AM


Torah Reading
Pedukei
(Exodus 38:21 - 40:38)
Here is the Parshah

Haftorah
I Kings 7L51 - 8:21
Here is the Haftorah

Torah Readers:
Aaron Lombardi
Rabbi Jay


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 8, 2019

Arlene Babst
Rachel Bendavid
Adam Heller
Esther Hirsch
Jeffrey Weiner
Eleanor Marcus
Hilda Rosenberg
Harry Dudkin
Israel Koller
Aaron Lox
Frank John Lamagna
Gloria Cohen
Amanda Kanowitz*
Nellie Lehman
Isador London


   
  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.


PURIM



Hamentashen Baking:
Sunday
  March 17, 10 am


Hamentashen



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
or click on this link
JCC

COMMUNITY SEDER

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019
6:00 PM

Interactive Seder led by Rabbi Michael Jay

Adults
$40
Children 13 - 18 
$25
Children under 13
 free of charge

Contact the JCC Office to make your reservation
609-492-4090
or click on this link
JCC OFFICE

If you can help with the set up. contact Irene Babst, Seder Coordinator
856-904-5145
or click on this link
CONGREGATION
NEWS


SHEILA & HARRIS WEISEL
on the bat mitzvah 
of their granddaughter
Samantha Weisel
March 30, 2019



CONDOLENCES
TO
SUZY GEIER
on the passing of her brother Robert G. Muscente




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 
 
   
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS 

Cake
Through a program with our email provider, Constant Contact, we are able to send birthday greetings to our members.  If you are a member and we do not have your birthday and want to receive an email greeting, please contact the office: 609-492-4090

SISTERHOOD STUFF



TO SPONSOR AN ONEG SHABBAT ON ANY FRIDAY EVENING, PLEASE CONTACT 
JODY BRUSILOW 
AT 610-745-4006.

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
 
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

 

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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