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

 May 3, 2019
28 Nisan 5779


Contents
Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Chaverah forming
Thank you
Women's Study Group
Federation Happenings
Giving Opportunities
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
Next Week's Events
Service Schedule
Yahrzeits for Next Week
Happy Birthday
Congregation News
Sponsor a Kiddish
TD Affinity Program
Celebrate a Milestone
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 
Sadly, the words that begin this week's Parasha, Achrei Mot, "After the Death", is all too fitting for this week's message.
 
As we went into the Yizkor prayer last Saturday, the last day of Passover, I expressed the fact that we needed to pay attention to violent attacks upon people who were peacefully praying. I referenced the Tree of Life Synagogue (it was the 6 month anniversary of that evil event). I also mentioned the attack on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter, and the attack on mosques   in Christchurch, and in other churches in the our country. 
 
I told the congregation that we can no longer remain silent and must, as Jewish people are want to do, take action. I said that we needed to include all who were killed while praying, regardless of their religion. It was a meaningful, and necessary, Yizkor.
 
It was later that day that we learned that there was, yet, another shooting in a synagogue. This Time in Poway, California. One person, Lori Gilbert Kaye (May her memory be for a blessing and may her family be comforted) was murdered while protecting the Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein who was injured together with others.
 
So what happened to me "Achrei Mot", "after the death"? I sadly admit that my initial reaction was not shock and horror. Instead, I breathed a heavy sigh of resignation. I was angry and saddened but, in truth, I also felt an unnerving sense of being numbed to the fact that these murderous events have become a part of our lives.
  
In front of our very eyes, this world, which we are charged with overseeing, has become home to increasingly frequent attacks on houses of worship and schools. The very places where we are supposed to feel safest have become the easy receptors of the evil people seek to do. And, yes, I believe that we have become complacent.
 
It is no accident that incidents of anti-Semitism are proliferating. The New York Times' failure to recognize the blatant anti-Semitism of a "cartoon" depicting a blind Yarmulke-wearing President Trump being led by a Netanyahu Dog with a Jewish Star collar, is a symptom of the disease infecting our world.
 
In an environment of toxic public discourse, the dehumanizing of the "other" again and again will always translate into bloodshed. This is the history of the Jewish people. (For a 6 minute look at this history, watch Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' whiteboard video   here   .)
 
Today's anti-Semitism is as likely to come from the right as it is from the left. Why is this so problematic? If you take a look at pre-holocaust Europe, you will find that there was virulent anti-Semitism in both, fascist, Nazi Germany and in communist Russia (and the rest of the world as well). The right and the left back then could agree on nothing except for the fact that they both hated the Jews.
 
It seems that today the same dynamic exists. There are those on the left who refuse to recognize anti-Semitism when it emerges from progressive circles. And there are those on the right who turn the other cheek when those on the far right strike anti-Semitic chords. Far too many of us have chosen to stand pat despite the clear evidence that we are surrounded by trouble.
 
Silence in the face of today's facts will put us in continued peril.
 
Achrei Mot, after the deaths this is what we must do:
 
The silence must end. Anti-Semitism, from the right, left, or from anyplace, is evil and a threat to our people's well being. But it goes beyond the Jewish people. If history has taught us anything, it is that this hatred may start with us, but it will not end with us.
 
Our politics should not guide our reaction to the oldest hatred in the world. Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, we must demand that our elected officials respond forcefully against bigotry and we must support law enforcement officials in their response to hate crimes and their efforts to prevent them.
 
Most of all, and I do not say this lightly, it is time to be hyper-vigilant about anti-Semitism in our media, in our workplaces, and in our private lives.
 
Now is not the time to be silent.
 
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

 

CHAVERAH

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.
 
THANK YOU

Howard Fruchterman for planting flowers in our planters in front of the synagogue.
WOMEN'S STUDY GROUP

Sisterhood is Complicated: 
The Story of Leah & Rachel

The next in this series of women's study programs is planned for Sunday, May 19th when we will look at the Leah/Rachel story.  We  suggest that you read - or reread - "The Red Tent" in preparation for the group's May get-together

A lite breakfast will be served.
OCEAN COUNTY FEDERATION HAPPENINGS

 
Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 PM
At the Ramada Inn in Toms River
Dinner Couvert $60.00
Entertainment  by
William Michals 
Broadway actor and singer

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
 

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.

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

BULLETIN ADS

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

 
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


  VIEW THE FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL BULLETIN
with this link
 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen 1963@aol.com
 

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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
5/3/19 - 5/10/19

Friday -5/3
6:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner

Wednesday
Yom Hazikaron
Israeli Memorial Day

Thursday
Yom Ha'Atzma'ut
Israeli Independence Day


Click here for JCC Calendar:


SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat 

Candle Lighting Time

Friday 
May 3, 2019
7:34 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

   JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday evening
May 3, 2019
7:00 PM

Rabbi's Talk:
The wisdom to be gleaned from Pirkei Avot,
The Wisdom of our Fathers.
 

Saturday morning
May 4, 2019
9:00 AM Torah Study
10:00 AM Services

Torah Reading
Achrei Mot
Leviticus 16:1 - 18:30
Here is the Parshah:

Since Rosh Chodesh Iyar 
occurs this Sunday, May 5,
this Shabbat is 
Machar Chodesh
  (tomorrow is the new month)
  There is a special Haftarah: 
I Samuel 20:18-42, that relates an episode with David and Jonathan involving the new moon.
The story is one of loyalty and devotion. David and Jonathan are dear friends. Jonathan's father, King Saul, despises David, fearing that he will depose him from the throne. Sensing danger, Jonathan told David to hide in the field rather than attend Saul's Rosh Chodesh feast.

Haftorah
I Samuel 20:18 - 20:42
Here is the Haftorah:


Torah Reader:
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  May 3, 2019

George Foosaner
Ruth Goldman*
Matilda Tubis
Izzy Ungar
Marvin Einhorn
Larry Holt
Audrey Konwiser
Evelyn Miller*
Jennie Shapiro
Nathan Blumberg
William Frank
Ann Hirsh Mednikoff
Anna Blumenthal*
Aaron Powitz
Fred Gottesman
Ada Heller
Fanny Kelsen
Lazar Lebovitz
George Rosner
Pearl Elefant
Jack Halpern
Phil Pepperman
Batia Shatz
Tessie Weisel
Ann Bernstein
Libby Flumenbaum
Burton Greenblatt
Harold Kugel
Leon Schachter

 

  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.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cake

This Week's
Birthdays:

 
Ken Fuirst
May 5
Beth Zemble-Rosenzweig
May 5
Joel Werbel
May 5
Linda Peroff
May 7
Jeffrey Bernstein
May 8
Judy Smith
May 9
Maxine Butler
May 10
Ted Cohen
May 10
Ira Fox
May 10
Lisa Horowitz
May 10
 



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

CONGREGATION
NEWS



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 
 
   
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:

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.


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
 

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