JCC the Place to Be The Jewish Community Center of LBI 

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July 28, 2017
5 Av 5777
DON'T MISS THE FABULOUS CONCERT 
THIS SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE JCC
@ 7:00 PM



THREE SOPRANOS
singing 
Broadway, Rock, Pop, Jazz & Traditional Musical Styles

Tickets available at the office until Friday afternoon and at the door.
$45 General Seating; Reserved Seats $60.



Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
The Week That Was...
Ongoing Activities
July Events
Thank you....
TD Affinity Program
Bulletin Ads
Text Blast Sign Up
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Congregation News
Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
Giving Opportunities
Name Badges
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

The evening of July 31st begins Tisha B'Av.  It is a sad holiday commemorating the destruction of both Temples as well several other horrific events in the history of our people.  The Rabbis determined that the Temple was destroyed and we were exiled from the Promised Land, in part, due to the "Baseless hatred" that our ancestors expressed toward one another.  The Torah attempts to teach us how to avert our, all too often, natural human predilection toward harming each other.  One way we combat this is to do Gemilut Chasidim (Deeds of Loving Kindness). Indeed, God expresses His goal for the Jewish people at Leviticus 19 wherein God advises Moses to tell the Israelites that "You will be Holy for I, your God, am Holy".  "Holiness" takes many forms, but the Torah proceeds to give us examples of how each of us can be holy.
 
Among other things, the Israelites are told to leave gleanings of the harvest, and fallen fruit, in the vineyard and orchard, for the poor. They are told to be righteous; they are admonished not to stand aside while a neighbor's blood is shed; they are told to "love your neighbor as yourself".  In short, the Israelites are told to be active participants in the art of Tzedakah; the art of being just and compassionate. The Torah also tells us why we need to do these things.  At Deuteronomy 15:11 we are told that despite our best efforts, "there will never cease to be needy people in your land, which is why [God commands] you to open your hands to the poor and needy".
 
According to Anita Diamant, in her book Living a Jewish Life , today Gemilut Chasadim takes many forms.  These include: feeding the hungry, helping people find jobs, visiting the elderly, teaching people to read, providing shelter for the homeless, saving animals from suffering, planting trees, lifting the spirits of the depressed, caring for orphans, and perpetuating the memory of someone who has died (Page 75).   Dr. Ron Wolfson refers to this list, and tasks similar to it, as "God's To-Do List" in his book of the same title. 
 
In his book, Dr. Wolfson reminds us that "God made human beings in the image of God, male and female, God created them"(Genesis 1:27).  He further poses that God did this so that we could partner with God.  And what is the main purpose of this holy partnership? To repair the world and to make it a better place.  The Rabbis called this "Tikkun Olam". 
 
But, how do we make the world a better place? It seems such a huge task.  The answer to this question is that we repair the world "one Mitzvah at a time".   By performing Mitzvot, we are doing "Kiddush HaShem", "Sanctifying God's name".  Since we are created in God's image, each time we sanctify God's name, we sanctify our selves, our families, our communities, and our tradition.
 
The Rabbis gave us one additional good piece of advice on the issue of performing Mitzvot.  At Pirkei Avot 2:15-16 we are told that, "It is not up to you to finish the work, yet you are not free to avoid it".  These are powerful words indeed; for even though they place an obligation upon each of us to partner with God in the work of Tikkun Olam, the task is housed within in a manageable model.  
 
Our Tisha B'Av service will begin at 8:00 pm on Monday evening, July 31st.  We will light individual candles and chant the Book of Lamentations, in a combination of Hebrew and English,  while sitting in a subdued fashion.  This service is charged with meaning and emotion.  If you have not joined us before, please do so this year.  May our Shabbat be full of peace, and may our Tisha B'Av observance hasten the coming of a time of harmony and peace in our world.
 
Shabbat Shalom- Rabbi Michael S. Jay




SUMMER HOURS

Rabbi Jay will be at his office at the JCC on Mondays and will have office hours from 10:00 AM - Noon.  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

 

THE WEEK THAT WAS...



Susan Werk admires the head covering made by Ina Morgenthal.

Sheri Horowitz Jay led the WOMEN'S ROSH CHODESH last Sunday morning with the usual women's candle ceremony which brought our maternal and grandmother ancestors into the room. Debbie Rabner taught us how to make jeweled wire head coverings and we had a lesson in reasons for covering our heads with Susan Werk. We closed with a circle and songs for peace. Wonderful bonding time for sisters at the JCC of LBI.



Sisterhood Co-President Jody Brusilow and Jay Friedland welcomed everyone to the Sisterhood Hoedown
Thursday evening.  Everyone had fun square dancing.  The social hall was decorated like a barn and the grub was served on pie plates.  Do-si-do.  Thank you to Jody for making all the arrangements.





Our Favorite Cowboy & Cowgirl.
Guess Who?


ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES 

Mah jongg
MAH JONGG E
VERY WEDNESDAY FROM 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM




RABBI'S CLASS 

Fridays from 10:00 - 11:15 PM 
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice This course will focus on the general Ethics of our tradition and how that tradition can be applied to issues that have risen historically and today. This class runs for ten weeks. Each class is stand alone, so there is no need to come to all of them. There will be a suggested donation of $5 per class or $40 if you plan on attending all ten classes.


LUNCH & LEARN 
with Rabbi Jay
Mondays 12:00 - 1:30 PM

An extended book club using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's book,
Jewish Wisdom: Ethical Spiritual, And Historical
Lessons From the Great Works and Thinkers. Each
class will be stand-alone, so, if you cannot make it to
all of them, you should still come! 

Lunch will provided with a suggested donation of $5. 
(Used books will be available for purchase for around $10
each)



ZUMBA 
Monday/Thursday/Friday
9:00 PM

AUGUST EVENTS

AUGUST IS HERE!

Sunday, August 6 - 
11:00 AM 
POETRY READING WITH RICHARD MORGAN
"Hebrew Lessons-Poems from My Jewish Heart"

THE PRINCE AND THE POET

He wants to:
Cure cancer,
Land on Mars,
Create world peace,
Have a wife and mistress,
Live brilliantly big. 

I want to:
Cure my back ache,
Land on my feet,
Write a good poem,
Have a wife who's my friend,
Live quietly by the sea.

He's a prince
In his mind. 

I'm a poet
In mine.





Wednesday, August 9 
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
AUGUST BAZAAR

BROWSE, BUY, BRING A FRIEND!





Friday, August 11 - 
6:00 PM/8:00 PM 
Shabbat Dinner
SISTERHOOD DINNER/SERVICE 

Dinner $25 per person
Send your reservation and check to:
Carole Nunberg
2 Golf Club Way
Marlton, NJ 08053

Service created by Bonnie Farin.  Please call Bonnie if you would like to participate:  908 768 1827


Sunday, August 13 - 
10:00 AM 
ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING

Monday, August 14 -
10:30 AM 
BOOK DISCUSSION: "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure

Synopsis:
Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces-behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe-detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.



Friday, August 18 6:00 PM  
SHABBAT ON THE BEACH in Loveladies


Sunday, August 20 @ 7:00 PM Documentary "THERE ARE JEWS HERE"

Latrobe Torahs are brought to the JCC of LBI
"In a touching scene, congregants from Beth Israel Congregation marching under a chuppah escorted the Torah to its new home, where they were told by Rabbi Michael Jay that "your congregation will be connected with our congregation forever."


Thursday, August 24 - 
7:00 PM
WOMEN'S ROSH CHODESH 


Saturday, August 26 @ 8:45 PM Sunday, August 27 @
 4:00 PM

BART SHATTO CONCERT 

From the stages of Broadway, where he played the pivotal role of Jean 
Valjean in Les Miserables, to packed arenas on tour with the Gold/Platinum 
selling rock-symphonic band, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bart Shatto has 
delighted audiences with his magnificent talents. Shatto's name may be 
familiar to LBI regulars as he has also performed multiple memorable times at 
the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven in Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde. 
He has also had the privilege of performing at such distinguished venues as 
Carnegie Hall and at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. for President
George Bush.

General Admission $45; Reserved seating $70

THANK YOUS


ANNUAL MEETING & 50/50 MAILING
Helyn and Mel Benjamin, Mimi Bloom, Richard Morgan, Sue Rubinfeld and Don Pripstein, With extra thanks to Helyn and Mel for folding the letters at home.

All members should have received their raffle tickets.  Please help to make this project a success by purchasing tickets.  Additional tickets are also available in the office.


ROSH CHODESH CELEBRATION HOSTESSES
Helyn Benjamin, her daughter Sheryl Benjamin and Ina Galer

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. 

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.
ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

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

 
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.
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 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

Office Staff:
Jeri Riffle, Executive Director
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
 Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.

Leslie, Marcie and Jeri

 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Rose Valentine, JCC President
rvalen1963@aol.com


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with this link

 

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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
7/28 - 8/4
 
Friday
Zumba
9:00 AM
Rabbi's Class
10:00 - 11:15 AM

Saturday
Drop-In Havdallah
9:00 PM

Sunday
Daven on the Beach @24th Street
9:00 AM 
Three Cantors Concert
7:00 PM

Monday
Zumba
9:00 AM
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Jay
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Wednesday
Mah jongg
12:30 PM

Thursday
Zumba
9:00 AM

Friday 
Zumba
9:00 AM
Rabbi's Class
10:00 - 11:15 AM 


See JCC Calendar:  CALENDAR

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time
Friday
July 28, 2017
 7:55 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

SHABBAT CHAZON
   Shabbat Chazon takes its name from the Haftarah that is read on the Shabbat immediately prior to the mournful fast of Tisha B'Av, from the words of rebuke and doom coming from Isaiah.


Friday,
July 28, 2017
8:00 PM

A Presentation by the
Israel Institute of Technology 

The story behind the selection of the Technion and Cornell University by
the Bloomberg administration to create a new applied science graduate
school in NYC



OUR SPONSORS

Arleen Moffitt
In memory of Dr. Harry J. Moffitt

Natty and Bob Lapidus 
In Honor of Bob's special birthday

Elaine Frand
In memory of Sy Frand

Judy and Ken Abend
In honor of our children and grandchildren

Helyn Benjamin 
In honor of birthday of Mel Benjamin

Phyllis and Ted Cohen
In honor of the engagement of our granddaughter Hanna Laskow 
to Evan Carter

Karen and David Shatz
In honor of our children and grandchildren
 
Andi and Ron Bartholomeo 
In honor of our children and grandchildren

 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

VISITING STUDENT RABBI

Ben Goldberg is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he is also earning an MA in Midrash, and will be ordained in 2018.  Raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Ben graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in History and Jewish Studies.

Ben will be leading Shacharit in addition to his Lunch and Learn.
The Topic of Ben's teaching will be How does God handle: 1) the banishment of the Israelites; and 2) The Destruction of Jerusalem

Torah Study
9:00 AM
Services
10:00 AM

Torah Portion
Devarim
Here is the Parshah
PARSHAH

Haftorah
Isaiah 1:1 - 27
Here is the Haftorah:
HAFTORAH

Torah Leiners:
Rabbi Jay
Aaron Lombardi

Haftorah
Aaron will be chanting the Haftarah, using the traditional Eicha (Lamentations) Trop


Drop-in-Havdallah
9:00 PM

Sunday
Daven on the Beach at 24th Street
9:00 AM



Monday Evening, July 31st
SERVICES AT 8:00 PM


Tisha B'Av (the Ninth of Av) is an annual fast day named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. 


SPECIAL SHABBAT SERVICES


SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
August 11, 2017
Dinner 6:00 PM
$25 PER PERSON
Service 8:00 PM
"It Couldn't Be JOY
 Without a Little Oy"


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 July 28, 2017

Nathan Stone
Sy Frand
Shirley Rose
John Dzuna
Rudi Cohen
Irwin Moses*
Joseph Schiller
Leslie Barrish
Jennie Oxfeld
Jeannette Shapiro
Sam Glasser
Arthur Goldman
Benjamin Price
Rebecca Rosner
Nathan Stone*
Howard Tittlebaum
Evelyn Bookman*
Max Dreyfus*
Shirley Fischer
Sol Daniel Gussin
Doris Morton
Clara Waxman*
Herb Josephson*
Emil Mendlow
Esther Saden
Carl Sher*
Samara Coffman Nation


   
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
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CARING COMMITTEE
   
Caring
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. 
609- 978-3669 
 
   
KIDDISHES 
on Saturday morning

Contact Lynn Berkowitz 
or Rose Valentine
for information about 
sponsoring a Kiddish
609-709-3160
973-632-0913

SEE NEW DONATION & MENU

Sponsorship includes:
*Printed acknowledgement on the food table, in
the Shabbat Reminder email and in the Shabbat program
*Verbal, public acknowledgement from the bimah during services.  

SISTERHOOD STUFF


SISTERHOOD 
SHABBAT & DINNER

Friday, August 11th
Dinner 
6:00 PM
$25.00 person
Make your reservation 
and send your check to:
Carole Nunberg
2 Golf Club Way
Marlton, NJ 08053


Special Sisterhood Service
8:00 PM
"It Couldn't Be JOY
 Without a Little OY"

Please call Bonnie Farin if you would like to participate:  
908 768 1827

SISTERHOOD WRAP UP MEETING

Tuesday, August 22
10:00 AM


Sponsor an 
Oneg Shabbat 
and Share the Joy of Shabbat!

SEE THIS FORM TO RESERVE A DATE:





SHOEBOX RECYCLING
PROGRAM
FOR DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK:


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
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.

AUDIO/VISUAL PROJECT - GREAT NEWS!
We are very excited that we will be beginning the installation of our new sound system just in time for our concerts and the High Holiday service. Thank you everyone who contributed to this fund.  We are still looking for donations for the visual equipment for this project.   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. 

  YAHRZEIT PLAQUES
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:  TREE

PAVERS ( in front of the Front Entrance) 
If you want to have a paver(s) installed by the High Holidays, your order must be in by August 1.  The next time pavers will be installed is the Spring of 2018.
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available 
Here is the Paver Form: 

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

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

JUST CLICK AND YOU'RE THERE!!!

  

LATEST BULLETIN:

BULLETIN

 

WEB SITE:

JCC WEB SITE

 

 

MEMBERSHIP FORMS

MEMBERSHIP 

 

  

PAVERS:

PAVERS 

 

 

TREE OF LIFE

TREE 

 

 

JEWISH JOURNAL: 

JOURNAL

 

 

YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

PLAQUE 

 

  

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

KOL HAKAVOD

 

 

KIDDISH SPONSOR

KIDDISH FORM 

 

 

ONEG SPONSOR

ONEG 

 

 

SUMMER CALENDAR

CALENDAR