JCC the Place to Be The Jewish   CommunityCenter of LBI 

 E-Letter                        
 August 10, 2018
 29 Av 5778
 

Contents
A Message from the Rabbi
Kol Hakavod
Cabaret Nite
Upcoming Events
Dining to Donate
Giving Opportunities
TD Affinity Program
Volunteer
Text Blast Sign Up
Bulletin Ads
Name Badges
Celebrate a Milestone
This Week's Events
Shabbat Information
Yahrzeits
Congregation News
Kiddishes
Sisterhood Stuff
Documents & Links
A MESSAGE FROM RABBI JAY
 
During last week's Torah study, the question was posed, as it often is, "If God is good, compassionate, and just, then why do bad things happen to good people?" I answered that we can never know the answer to that question; we simply cannot with any certainty say "why" something has happened to someone. Because of this, I have learned to try to redirect the query in a slightly different direction. I suggest that we should not ask "Why", but that we should redirect the question and ask "What" do I do now?"
 
I believe that this week's Torah portion, "Re'eh", provides a place to start in explaining the transition from "why" to "what". In the very beginning of the Parasha, Moshe says:
 
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; and the curse, if you do not heed the commandments of the Lord your God, but stray from the way I am commanding you today... (Deut. 11:26 - 28).
 
The Rabbis acknowledged from this, that God gave humanity free will. It is our choice to determine whether to heed the commandments and be blessed, or to ignore them and be cursed.
 
This Free will gives us the ability to decide how to process the things that happen in our lives. Asking "Why did this happen?" requires us to look backward for a cause. This forces us to dwell on the past.   Shifting the question to "What should I do now?" permits us to look to the future. With "Why", the problem becomes an end point.   If we ask, "What do I do now?" the problem becomes the starting point and you can work toward a solution.
 
The past cannot be changed, but we can change the future. If we look back we find ourselves impacted by events out of our control. If we look forward, we then can begin to take control of our destiny. Looking back can leave us empty and bitter. Looking ahead can provide a challenge, courage and self-control.
 
Free will permits us to decide how to live our lives and how to confront the issues thrust upon us. What we choose to do matters. We should make choices that will permit us to chart our own paths.
 
We should always be cognizant of the unchangeable past, but recognize that the future is our path to chart.

Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
 
 
   
 
T RAVEL TO ISRAEL WITH THE JCC

The JCC trip to Israel will take place October 7-18, 2018. The itinerary will take us from Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights, to a winery, to the Kineret, to a Kibbutz, to Sefad, to Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea, to Massada, to many museums, and more. At Massada we will be sharing in a bar mitzvah of one of our fellow travelers. What joy!
The JCC's first trip to Israel will take place October 7-18, 2018. The itinerary will take us from Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights, to a winery, to the Kineret, to a Kibbutz, to Sefad, to Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea, to Masada, to many museums, and more. At Masada we will be sharing in a bat mitzvah of one of our fellow travelers.
 
We will be immersed in Israeli history and culture and, at the same time, we will get to better know our selves, and each other.
 
So far an extraordinarily nice group of people have chosen to travel with us.
 
This trip that has been designed both for the person who has never been to Israel, and for the person who has visited frequently.  Come be a part of what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.
 
In addition to a set itinerary, we will have some evenings where we will be free to explore on our own.  We will be provided with information on concerts or cultural events in the places where we 
will be. 
 
The tour is officially flying El Al; however, if you want to fly United, ITC can help you to make arrangements.
 
To view a full itinerary and to download an on-line application, go to  ISRAEL TOUR.
 
For additional information, call Rabbi Jay at 973-865-9534 or email him at  mjayrab@gmail.com



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

 

CABARET NITE

AT THE JCC

An Evening of 50'S, 60'S AND 70'S music
with
Acclaimed Singer and Songwriter
Michael D'Amore
  
Sunday Evening, August 12th at 7pm
$35 per person

Including
Wine and Soft Drinks, Snacks and Dessert 
Make your reservations here: 
JCC
 
ONGOING ACTIVITIES

ZUMBA
Monday and Thursday @ 9:00 AM until August 23


MAH JONGG & CANASTA

Mah jongg Wednesdays 12:30 - 4







RABBI JAY'S FRIDAY MORNING CLASS


10:00 AM
"Israel's Milestones & Their Meanings"
June 29 - August 24







DINING TO DONATE
We have secured three restaurants who will be participating in this program

Classic Restaurant (across from Brazzi's) 
Kostas Greek Restaurant, Tuckerton 
Manero's, Manahawkin 

These establishment will give the JCC a percentage of the bill when members eat at their restaurant on designated dates.
Diners will take a coupon with them to be signed by the restaurant and sent to the office so we can keep a tally.

INFORMATION ON THE DATES TO FOLLOW

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

S END ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
See order form here: 

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. 

We are proud to announce that 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: 

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) 
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available 
Here is the Paver Form: 

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.
VOLUNTEER




VOLUNTEER 
at 
Interfaith Health & Support Services of Southern Ocean County, Inc. in Manahawkin. 
  • 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.
Here is a list of various volunteer opportunities at Interfaith: INTERFAITH



Interfaith is collecting old cell phones, glasses, hearing aids and used stamps on envelopes.  

We will have a box at the JCC for any donations.

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. 

ADS FOR JCC BULLETIN

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:  TAGS

CELEBRATE A MILESTONE AT THE 
JCC OF LBI

The JCC is a beautiful place to celebrate a milestone: wedding, anniversary, baby naming, birthday.

Contact the office for further information. 609-492-4090

 
JCC OF LBI INFORMATION


The JCC is located at
2411 Long Beach Boulevard
Spray Beach, NJ

ENTER THE BUILDING DURING OFFICE HOURS
THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR.
FOR HANDICAPPED ENTRANCE
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Mailing Address:
2411 Long Beach Blvd.
Spray Beach, NJ 08008

Telephone: 609-492-4090
FAX: 609-492-7550

web site: www.jccoflbi.org
   
  
    SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:    
  
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 
from 9:00 - 1:30
 
 
 
Mary Beth, Tony and Leslie


Office Staff:
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
 Marcie Deutsch, Computer Admin.
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DrGregorio, Custodial Staff


 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
  
Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Rose Valentine, JCC President
rvalen1963@aol.com

SEE JULY/AUGUST BULLETIN
with this link


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1963@aol.com



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 THIS WEEK AT THE JCC
8/10/18 - 8/17/18

Friday
Shabbat Dinner
6:00 PM

Sunday
Annual Meeting
10:00 AM
Cabaret Nite
7:00 PM

Monday
Zumba
9:00 AM
Book Review
10:30 AM in the Library

Wednesday
Mah jongg/Canasta
12:30 - 4:00 PM

Thursday
Zumba 
9:00 AM
Painting with a Passion
6 - 9 PM


See JCC Calendar: 

SHABBAT SHALOM

Shabbat

Candle Lighting Time

Friday
August 10, 2018
7:42 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

HERE IS A CALENDAR OF ALL CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
ON LBI FOR 5778

SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
DINNER 6:00 PM
Reservations necessary

Join us for Services

Rosh Chodesh Elul
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
SERVICE

Friday, August 10, 2018
8:00 PM



Saturday, August 11, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9:00 AM Torah Study
10:00 AM Service

Torah Reading
Re'eh
(Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17) 
Here is the Parshah




 
Haftorah
Isaiah 66:1 - 66:24
Here is the Haftorah


Torah Readers
Aaron Lombardi
Sam Kohn

 
LUNCH & LEARN
August 11

Join us for a Lunch and Learn guided by Alan D. Jay the Executive Director of the Northern New Jersey office of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).   The topic discussed will be "Confronting BDS from College to Congress".  The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), is constantly applying pressure on municipalities and college campuses to boycott and harm Israel.   Mr. Jay's discussion will focus on what we can do to help our selves, our children, and our politicians to battle against this harmful movement.




DROP IN HAVDALLAH
& S'MORES
9:00 pm

 
       
 
On Saturday evening, August 18th, the JCC will have its annual Coffee House featuring the music of Dr. Carl Steinberg.   Come to hear Carl sing songs by the Beatles, Don Mclean, the Beach Boys, the Animals, Credence Clearwater Revival, some original songs, and more.  Havdallah is at 8:45 followed at 9:00 by the Coffee House.
 


Shabbat on the Beach
in Loveladies
August 17
 
  
Summer Daily Services:
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
M - F 9:00 AM