MEET OUR KITCHEN MANAGER
We are delighted to welcome to the JCC family, Sue Berube, who has accepted the new position of Kitchen Manager. She will be preparing and serving our Onegs, Kiddishes as well as other kitchen activities. Sue is a long time resident of Beach Haven and she and her husband Vern were owners of The Dunes Market here on the Island.
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
As I am writing this it is Thursday, May 23rd, which is the 18th day of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar. It is also the 33rd day of counting the Omer, which is known as Lag B'Omer. Here are 7 interesting facts about this holiday:
1. It's the 33rd day of the Omer count
2. It's the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, writer of the Zohar and teacher of Kabablah
3. It's also the day that commands us to love and respect each other.
4. It's traditional to light bonfires on Lag B'Omer eve.
5. It's customary to eat carobs on Lag B'Omer
6. It's the one day during the Omer (the counting between Passover and Shavuot) when you can suspend the mourning practices and do such things as have a celebration, listen to music or cut your hair.
7. There are seven facts here because seven represents the number of perfection. Seven's a pretty popular number in Judaism. Look at some of the 7's in our tradition:
7 weeks of the Omer
7 emotions, one for each week of the Omer( love, fear, compassion, ambition, humility, bonding and receptiveness)
7 candles in the Menorah
7 days of the week
7 colors in the rainbow- the sign of G-d's covenant
According to an article on My Jewish Learning, by: Francine Klagsbrun:
The Omer is a time of semi-mourning, when weddings and other celebrations are forbidden, and as a sign of grief, observant Jews do not cut their hair. Anthropologists say that many peoples have similar periods of restraint in the early spring to symbolize their concerns about the growth of their crops. But the most often cited explanation for the Jewish practice comes from the Talmud, which tells us that during this season a plague killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva's students because they did not treat one another respectfully. The mourning behavior is presumably in memory of those students and their severe punishment.
According to a medieval tradition, the plague ceased on Lag B'omer, the 33rd day of the Omer. (The Hebrew letters lamed and gimel which make up the acronym "Lag" have the combined numerical value of 33.) As a result, Lag B'omer became a happy day, interrupting the sadness of the Omer period for 24 hours. (It is thus customary to have weddings on Lag B'Omer).
In Israel it is customary to have picnics and light bonfires on Lag B'Omer. Yesterday I had a phone conference with our Israeli tour guide, David Eisenstadt (in preparation for the JCC's June 2020 trip to Israel) and he told me that due to the a severe drought in the country, the Chief Sephardic and Ashkenazi Rabbis joined forces with secular fire officials to caution people against lighting large bonfires this year. Only in Israel would it be possible for the head Rabbis and the fire marshal to make a joint statement!
This coming Monday, May 27, 2019, is Memorial Day.
It is observed on the last Monday of May, and honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While it has been a tradition to observe this Day with picnics and family gatherings, please be sure to set aside some time to consider the heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect all that we hold dear. If you know a family who has lost someone while serving our country, please reach out to them and thank them. If you do not know anyone personally, spend a moment in reflection for all who have lost their lives so that we might live ours in the best way possible.
On Memorial Day I will be giving the closing Benediction at Four Seasons Harbor Bay in Little Egg Harbor.
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
Friday, June 7th
Farewell Luncheon for
Wednesday, June 19
Shabbat on the Beach in Loveladies
Friday, June 21
Bus Trip to the Jewish Museum in Philly
Sunday, June 23
Welcome Back Brunch
Sunday, June 30
THE WEEK THAT WAS.....
Thanks goes to Debbi Schweighardt for preparing a most interesting discussion program about Leah & Rachel for our Women's Study Group.
The JCC of LBI is forming a Chaverah.
The initial meeting will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Please join us.
Mah jongg begins on Wednesday, May 29th
from 12:30 to 4:00 PM
|WE NEED YOUR HELP
We are very excited to have Rabbi Linda Motzkin, soferet, parchment maker, and scribal artist, and Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein, bread maker and baking teacher as our Scholars Near the Beach this summer. They are the co-rabbis of
, New York.
We are reaching out to the congregation to help with this very special program by hosting our Scholars during their stay at the Jersey Shore from July 11 - July 14. Please call Rabbi Jay if you can be of assistance. 973-865-9534
Purchase Shoprite Scrip while still available in the JCC Office.
SEND ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
Inscribe a paver at the front entrance to the building
See form for your order:
Become a permanent part of the JCC landscape.
Purchase a personalized paving stone
in honorof your family or in memory of a loved one.
It will be
WRITTEN IN STONE
Deadline for Spring Installation April 30th.
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
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.
Space is available for memorial plaques on the yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary. Here is the order form: PLAQUES
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.
Think about joining this program and helping the JCC to reap the benefits.
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Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Michael Babst, President
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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
5/24/19 - 5/31/19
12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
See JCC of LBI Calendar:
May 24, 2019
JOIN US FOR SERVICES
May 24, 2019
The famous symbolism of
10 in our tradition
May 25, 2019
9:00 AM Torah Study
10:00 AM Services
Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2
Here is the Parshah:
Jeremiah 32:6 - 32:27
Here is the Haftorah:
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.
Havdallah at 8 PM
Tikun L'el Shavuot
A Night of Study
Services at 9:30 am
Blessing of the Children 10:00 am
Traditional Dairy Kiddish
at 9:30 am
Yizkor will be recited
Traditional Dairy Kiddish
YAHRZEITS FOR NEXT WEEK
These names will be
read at services on
May 24, 2019
Scott L. Paley
Dr. Harry Herman*
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.
Zee Jay Greenspan
Jody Rifkin Brusilow
If you have not given the office your birthday information and would like to receive birthday wishes, please notify the office of your date of birth.
And if you would like to have the Rabbi give you or a family member a special blessing on the Shabbat of your/their birthday, please let him know: RABBI
Stephen & Phyllis Lishnoff
on the passing of their
Bryant P. Lehr
husband of Ellen
(nee Lishnoff), father of Andrew and Alice
"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."
SHARE YOUR NEWS
Farewell Florida Luncheon
This committee acts as a support system for congregation members facing illness and other personal situations that need to be addressed.
Please contact Chairperson,
if you are in need of assistance or if you know of a JCC member
that needs our help.
SPONSOR AN ONEG SHABBAT
an Oneg Shabbat
on Friday night
with a $36.00
See this form for details
Call the JCC Office to reserve a date.
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
Please contact the JCC Office (609-492-4090) if you would like to place an ad in the Bulletin
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
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
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TREE OF LIFE
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:
KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM