Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter
July 3, 2020
11 Tammuz 5780
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE JCC OF LBI REFER TO OUR WEB SITE LINK HERE:
The summer months are a busy time for raising funds for the JCC of LBI. This year our most profitable events have had to be cancelled - our July and August bazaars and concerts, for example. We have, however, planned some fun Zoom fund raisers and we hope you will support our efforts.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Sunday, July 19 @7 PM
Dim the lights, pour the wine and put on your dancing shoes.
Our favorite song stylist,
will be returning to the JCC via Zoom.
Consider inviting some friends to your back yard and enjoy the music together - social distancing of course and wearing your favorite masks. $18 per computer/electronic devise.
Sunday, August 16th @ 6:00 PM
will be bringing his Virtual interactive Magic Show to the JCC. Jay recently appeared on America's Got Talent. Fun for the whole family! $18 per computer/electronic devise.
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
The second half of this week’s Torah portion, Balak, contains the beautifully descriptive poetic verse “Mah Tovu Ohalekha Yaacov, Mishkenotekha Yisrael”. You might recognize this as the prayer that we say as we enter the synagogue every morning, or that is customarily recited at the start of the Friday evening service. It translates as: “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings (sanctuaries) O Israel”.
The set-up for this piece of Text is some explosive Torah. The (non-Jewish) prophet, Balaam is hired by King Balak to curse the Israelites. God is unhappy with this plan and literally places words of praise in the prophet’s mouth. (Earlier in the Text God places words in the mouth of a donkey in a biblical precursor to Mr. Ed.).
The narrative is compelling, but I’d like to take a brief look at the six words that are prominently featured in our liturgy. (As I write this I am recalling that the Shema, too, is comprised of 6 words).
The prophet is looking over the entire Israelite encampment as he utters his words. He could be referring to separate structures when he refers to ohalekha (tents) and the mishkenotekha (dwellings/sanctuaries), but I think that he is seeing these two attributes in each home he sees.
An Ohel is a tent. A mishkan is a tabernacle; it is a place for the divine presence. What the prophet saw in his vision was that each tent was not just a home for eating, sleeping, and privacy. Each home was additionally a sanctuary and holy. Each residence, even though it was temporary and was erected as a place to fulfill human needs, served the dual purpose of bringing God and holiness into the living space.
A home and a sanctuary. This is the message to us. A home is not just living space. It is not just a physical structure with a collection of furniture and the things we acquire. A home is also a sanctuary in every meaning of that term. Torah wants our homes to be holy.
In this time of Covid, as our services have been on electronic devises, via Zoom link, our homes have, even more so, become both a home and a sanctuary. When you sign in, you are literally bringing your home to the community and the community is bringing its collective homes to you. It is our faces and our eyes that make up the sanctuary. There is wholeness and holiness in our collective “Zoom tents”.
We might have been alone in the covid wilderness. Instead we have taken our homes and built sanctuaries where they had not existed before. How goodly indeed.
Shabbat Shalom – Rabbi Michael S. Jay
FRIDAY KABBALAT SERVICE
Torah portion features a talking donkey, please feel free to bring your own pet, talking or otherwise. We will introduce our pets and give them a brief blessing. We will also schedule a virtual blessing of our pets at a later date."
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
We are beginning our Rosh Hashanah fundraiser. Start the New Year with some delicious honey. Buy some for yourself and give them as gifts to family and friends. Click
for the full-size flyer.
Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, we will ship an 8 oz jar of Kosher clover honey with a personalized card reading: “Shana Tova – Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.” – signed with your name.
Cost is $12.50 per jar. Order by July 22nd for free shipping within the U.S. Additional fees apply for international orders. Ordering is quick and easy! Go to this link to:
Mystic Meat and Seafood in Ship Bottom will give the Women's Auxiliary at 5% donation on any individual orders. Orders can be placed with Renee and Phil. Let them know this order is to be recorded in the donation book for the JCC of LBI. Orders are curbside pick up only. Make your request over the phone with a credit card: 609-324-1194. For more information, visit their web site:
HERE IS THE WAX'S FIRST NEWSLETTER
Thursday, July 9
Rabbi Jay will leading a discussion of the series
"A Plot Against America"
Six Episodes on HBO
A limited series based on the acclaimed Philip Roth novel of the same name, imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism.
SHABBAT DINNER -
You are invited to attend our second Zoom Shabbat dinner on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Please plan on joining us for a Shabbat filled with friendship and community.
We will start our evening with the blessings and prayers, followed by a period of sharing your Shabbat dinner with family and friends in a breakout room. If you have no specific request and are open to making new friends, fill out the form and we will arrange for you to be seated with a fabulous group of people.
For the form and information about a special Shabbat gift, click on this link:
HAVDALLAH WITH SUE HOROWITZ
Join us for Havdallah, Saturday evening, July 25th, as
singer-songwriter from the rocky coast of Maine, joins Rabbi Jay for a special musical service. Sue has traveled all over North America to share her music and teach at congregations, homes, concert venues and conferences. We look forward to her adding to our Havdallah program.
The Chaverah group is inviting everyone to a night of
Trivia - Zoom Style.
Hosted by the professional “Text Breakers”, we will start our night of challenge on July 30 at 8:00 PM. Cost is $15.00. Call the office to purchase tickets to this event. Zoom log-in sent prior to event.
ZOOM CLASSES NEXT THIS WEEK
Family Dynamics in Chumash Class (The Joseph Story)
Monday, 7/6 @ 10:00 AM Click on
"Psalm Day - Psalm Where - Some How"
Tuesday, 7/7 @ 1:00 PM Click
Ask the Rabbi
Wednesday, 7/8 @ 3:00 PM
Have a cup of tea or a cocktail with the Rabbi Wed. afternoon. Click
ASK THE RABBI
Weekly Torah Study - Pirkei Avot
Inscribe a paver at the front entrance to the building
8" X 4", 8" X 8" and 12" X 12"
SEE UPDATED ORDER FORM:
Become a permanent part of the JCC landscape.
Purchase a personalized paving stone
in honor of your family or in memory of a loved one.
Please contact Diane Hoffman
with your order or with any questions:
There are still High Holiday Prayer Books and Chumashim available to be purchased in memory or honor of someone or something. The cost of a Prayer Book is $72 each and $120 for an Eitz Hayim Chumash. The donation includes an affirmation sticker in the book and an acknowledgement letter or letters.
SEND ONE OF OUR TRIBUTES IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF
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- congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area. Judith z"l & Donald Pripstein have joined the Shapiros with a $50,000 donation and have established The Pripstein Family Endowment Fund.
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.
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:
THE JCC OF LBI IS LOCATED AT
2411 Long Beach Boulevard (24th Street)
Spray Beach, NJ 08008
Telephone: 609-492-4090 FAX: 609-492-7550
THE OFFICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
PLEASE USE THE PHONE OR EMAIL WITH REQUESTS.
OUR OFFICE STAFF WILL BE CHECKING IN REGULARLY.
Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff
Kitchen Manager: Susan Berube
Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Michael Babst, President
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E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine
NEXT WEEK'S SPECIAL
Thursday 7:30 PM 7/9
Discussion of the HBO Series
"The Plot Against America
Friday 6:00 PM 7/10
Kabbalat Service and Virtual Friday Night Dinner
Candle Lighting Time
July 3, 2020
(So. Ocean County NJ)
JOIN US FOR INTERNET
July 3, 2020
your invitation from
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services
July 4, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Welcome Back to the JCC of LBI
even if it is virtually.
Rabbi Jay will be conducting services from the sanctuary
this Saturday morning.
This the "premiere"
of our streaming services.
To view the service go to the JCC website:
1. Go to website
2. Go across top to Religious Community
3. Go to Live Streaming in the pull down menu
4. Hit the play arrow on the screen to get into the live streaming for Shabbat Services starting at 10:00 am
THE WEEK THAT WAS...
This week we had two wonderful Zoom programs: A thought-provoking talk from Dr. Eric Mandel about US/Israel Relations in the COVID Era and a very special program about Women and their Secrets by the always fabulous Susan Shapiro Barash. Lots of folks who had not yet joined us on Zoom, took the leap. More exciting programs are planned for the future.
Mark Richard Becker
Jon Elayne Churgin
Frances Ganek Gendel
PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED A MINYAN TO SAY KADDISH.
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovely enshrined on our synagogue
on the passing of her mother Geraldine Young
"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."
READ ABOUT THE LIFE OF GERALDINE YOUNG:
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.
Your gift to the JCC support our Clergy, our Congregation and the Community.
This fund was established to assure the continuity of our JCC, and our ability to continue providing a full-service congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area. While a donation of any amount is encouraged, a donation of at least $50,000 allows the donor to name a special or specific Endowment Fund in memory or honor of a specific person event, or fami
Donations to this fund are not earmarked but placed in the general administrative account. Donations to this fund can be in honor or memory of a person, event, or family.
KOL HAKAVOD FUND
Donations to this campaign supplement the clergy needs of our congregation.
RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND – This fund, managed by the rabbi, allows donors to enable the rabbi to do the work of tzedakah in response to the needs of individuals, organizations and the community.
ZENA & JERRY JAY KIDDISH FUND - The Zena and Jerry Jay Kiddush Fund was established in memory of Rabbi Jay's parents to help provide funds for our Saturday morning kiddushes.