A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
Performing Mitzvoth and connecting with other faith communities should be a part of what any Jewish community does. Over these last few weeks, our commitment to our interfaith connection has been highlighted.
Last week I participated in an interfaith panel discussion at St. Marry's Parish Center in Manahawkin. The program was entitled "Many Voices-One Message: Public Dialogue on Cultural Diversity & Respect" and it featured 10 clergy, from across the faith spectrum, discussing what our faith traditions have to say about the proliferation of vitriolic dialogue in today's world.
The program was attended by over 200 people and was a special evening. Look for a Blog post from me on "Brachas From the Beach" that will highlight several of the lessons I learned from the clergy in attendance.
On Tuesday evening Rona Stein and I attended the
Health & Support Services volunteer recognition dinner. Interfaith's is
a coalition of different faith communities, social service, and health care organizations that provides volunteer physical, emotional and spiritual support to those living at home who are vulnerable because of age or disability. Much of what Interfaith does, through its volunteers, is, among other things, to drive people to doctor appointments or to the supermarket.
Below is the Prayer that Rona Stein read at the dinner. I think you will find it to be quite moving and appropriate.
NO RELIGION IS AN ISLAND
(Adapted By Rabbi Michael S. Jay and Rona Stein from a prayer by Abraham Joshua Heschel,
Siddur Sim Shalom, p. 359)
No religion is an island;
There is no monopoly on holiness.
We are companions of all who revere God.
We rejoice when the Divine Name is praised.
No religion is an island;
We share the kinship of humanity,
the capacity for compassion.
God's spirit rests upon all faiths,
Man or woman, in consonance with their deeds.
There is no monopoly on holiness;
There is no truth without humility.
We are diverse in our devotion and commitment.
With the common goal of bringing dignity, hope, and strength
to those individuals in need.
Let us pray for each other's welfare.
Remembering that the hand of God is extended to all who seek Him.
If anyone has an interest volunteering for this organization they should feel free to reach out to me or Rona Stein.
Finally, this Shabbat, Friday, May 5th, the JCC will be having its annual Interfaith Service. In addition to inviting folks from our surrounding faith communities, and hearing choral numbers from the Island Singers, we will have the privilege of hearing Pastor Roy Minnix deliver a short sermon. Pastor Minnix is a regular at our Saturday morning torah study class and consistently provides wise and endearing insight. He is
a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary and has served in the ministry for 44 years at 4 different parishes in South Dakota, New York, Maryland and most recently in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey.
He has been involved in a ministry to the American Indians, community organizing, with a focus on community policing, and has served as the Director of a Christmas In April program, serving families in need In Ocean County.
Roy and Anita, his wife of 47 years have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren.
They have also provided foster care to 23 children and sponsored 4 refugee families.
Now retired, Pastor Minnix is busy as a vacancy pastor and an addiction and mental health counselor, as well as a Student of the Torah.
We are always and active and busy congregation and community and joining with the faith communities around us helps us to fulfill the words of the first verse of Psalm 133:
"How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity"
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
Sisterhood members Joanne Babbitt, Rochelle Spencer and Jody Brusilow for baking for the Interfaith Oneg Shabbat
Barbara Marcus, Arlene Schragger and Fred Schragger for stuffing and mailing the Gala invitations.
FIVE 'N THRIVIN"
On Sunday evening, June 25 we are holding our
"Five 'N Thrivin" Gala Event
in the JCC Social Hall.
Selma & Herb Shapiro
Edd Dreyfus, Sherry Fruchterman & Jeffrey Shapiro
It will be a wonderful evening, enhanced by an ad journal to be distributed that evening and at the two other events planned for the summer season.*
Here is your opportunity to send special greetings to the honorees as well as help the JCC continue their vision of providing a place for the community to pray, learn and enjoy social events together.
Attached is the ad journal form: AD JOURNAL Please fill it out and along with your check, mail it to the JCC of LBI, 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach, NJ 08008. We would also appreciate your reaching out to merchants who you frequent to ask them to be part of our Ad Journal campaign.
You should have received your Gala invitation. Please join us for a wonderful evening of celebration.
*July 20th "A Trio of Women Cantors: Contemporary, Liturgical & Show Music"
*August 26th and 27th "Back to Broadway: Heroes, Villains and Dreamers", starring Bart Shatto
Join us for our first Mitzvah Day
Sunday morning, May 21
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.
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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
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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
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
5/5 - 5/12
Community Interfaith Shabbat
12:30 - 4:00 PM
See JCC Calendar:
(So. Ocean County NJ)
JOIN US FOR SERVICES
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 5, 2017
Taube Marian Blumberg
Dr. Harold Feldman
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
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all recovering from surgery
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.
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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
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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