A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
As I have been pointing out at Friday night services, at this time of year, we count the Omer every evening. Indeed, we count each night from the Second day of Passover until the beginning of Shavuot. In the days of the Temple, our ancestors were required to bring an Omer's measure of Barley as an offering to the Temple each day. Since the destruction of the Temple, we literally "count" the Omer each day. Thus on the first day we recite a blessing and then say, "This is the first day of the counting of the Omer". On the second day we recite a blessing and say, "This is the second day of the counting of the Omer." And so on. And so on. We count until the 49th day and then on the 50th day is the holiday of Shavuot.
While the reason for this counting ritual has been subject to conjecture, the Rabbis determined that its purpose, in part, was to count the days until receipt of the Torah.
One little fact that might go unnoticed is that we are not counting "down"; rather we are counting "up". This is probably not an accident. There is a meaningful symbolism inherent in this process. At the time of the Exodus, our ancestors were slaves who were slowly elevating themselves higher and higher until they were ready to receive God's gift, the Torah.
Frankly, one might think that the idea of counting every day is a bit ridiculous. What purpose could it possibly serve? One answer is that, by counting, we are creating intention and anticipation.
The message this week is that in our lives we should always be looking to count up; we should be trying to elevate ourselves. If a slave population can become a nation of priests, then each of us has the ability to count up and improve ourselves. The improvement might be intellectual, spiritual, or emotional; it might be personal or communal.
By counting, we account for ourselves. For who we are and whom we wish be. The mountain we climb today to receive the Torah is the mountain of elevated thoughts and elevated actions. When we strive to raise our selves, we elevate the world around us.
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
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Join us for our first Mitzvah Day
Sunday morning, May 21 10:00 AM - Noon
We will be preparing the building for the season, doing some planting of flowers, touch-ups here and there and getting the Center & Rabbi's house all spruced up.
We will also be baking goodies that morning for the Gala. Please join us in the kitchen.
JUNE ACTIVITIES AT THE JCC
Friday, June 2
Shabbat on the Beach
Sunday, June 4
WELCOME BACK BRUNCH
provided by the Sisterhood
CALL THE JCC OFFICE TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
FIRST OF THE 5 SUMMER DOCUMENTARY FILMS
Sunday, June 11th
"Body and Soul: An American Bridge"
The story of one of the
most popular songs in the
jazz repertoire, BODY
AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN
the complex musical
interplay between Jewish
and African-American cultures
Sunday, July 9th at 7:00 - Broadway Musicals, a Jewish Legacy
Sunday, August 20th at 7:00 - There are Jews Here"
Sunday, September 10th at 7:00 - Jerry Lewis: The Man behind the Clown
Sunday, October 1st at 7:00 - Monsieur Mayonnaise
Monday, June 19
Book: Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.
Future Dates (Mondays)
ZUMBA BEGINS JUNE 22
"Five 'N Thrivin" Gala Event
in the JCC Social Hall
Edd Dreyfus, Sherry Fruchterman & Jeffrey Shapiro
Please join us for a wonderful evening of celebration. Reservations are due on June 4.
Please Join Jewish Federation of Ocean County for Father's and Jewish Heritage Day - Sunday, June 18, 2017, 1:05 pm at the Blue Claws Game.
Special discounted price of $10 for tickets.
Let's make this a VERY SPECIAL Father's
and Jewish Heritage Day!!!
Kosher food will be available, as well as games
and special treats.
DETAILS, CLICK ON THIS:
EVENTS OF INTEREST
Sunday, June 4
Congregation B'nai Israel,
171 Ridge Road,
Guest Speaker: Aaron Lansky
"Saving a Culture Through Books"
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.
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.
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:
PAVERS (in front of the Front Entrance)
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available
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.
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2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
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
Jeri Riffle, Executive Director
Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Rose Valentine, JCC President
VIEW THE MAY/JUNE BULLETIN
with this link
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
5/19 - 5/26
10 - 12 Noon
Deadline for ads in the Program Ad Journal
12:30 - 4:00 PM
See JCC Calendar:
(So. Ocean County NJ)
JOIN US FOR SERVICES
Walking with G-d
Meghan Rebecca Doctor
Manchester Middle School
in Whiting. She participates
in All Star Competition
Cheerleading with the
Central New Jersey All
Stars. Meghan is also a
member of Girl scout Troop
74 in Whiting, and she loves
to run and bike ride. For her
Mitzvah project, Meghan
has been collecting supplies
for the Popcorn Park Zoo.
Meghan is the daughter of
Dana and Stuart Doctor.
Mazel tov to the entire
(Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34)
Here is the Parshah
Here is the Haftorah:
In celebration of Shavuot,
services will be held on
Wednesday and Thursday mornings,
May 31st and June 1st at 9:30am.
Yizkor will be recited
on Thursday, June 1st.
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 May 20, 2017
Dr. Harry Herman*
Abraham Joseph Kates*
Jerome Stanley Katz*
Richard Gardner MD.
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
Dr. Ben Kahn
to the family of
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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.
Contact Lynn Berkowitz
or Rose Valentine
for information about
sponsoring a Kiddish
SEE NEW DONATION & MENU
*Printed acknowledgement on the food table, in
the Shabbat Reminder email and in the Shabbat program
*Verbal, public acknowledgement from the bimah during services.
Wednesday, June 14th
Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat and Share the Joy of Shabbat!
May 26, 2017
June 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
July 7, 21, 28, 2017
August 4, 25, 2017
September 1, 2017
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ACME & SHOPRITE SCRIP
We have scrip available from ACME as well as ShopRite. You can help the JCC of LBI earn free money by using these $25 gift
cards when you shop at these stores. Scrip is now available at the JCC office and in Barnegat with Jeri Riffle (609-290-9135).
ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN
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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
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