Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter

September 4, 2020
15 Elul 5780


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HIGH HOLIDAYS
ROSH HASHANAH
IS JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TO JOIN
US FOR THE HOLY DAY SERVICES
TODAY!!!
JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK TO
DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM:

Deadline for Holiday Greetings and Book of Remembrance Listings is this Friday September 4th.

Deadline for High Holiday Greeting Video
EXTENDED TO this Friday September 4th
Send to RABBI JAY

WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO????
SUSAN & FRIENDS
HERB SHAPIRO
MAGIC SHOW
ROSH CHODESH
CHAIR YOGA
GAME NIGHT
MICHAEL D'AMORE
THE ARAVA
SUSAN HOROWITZ
SHABBAT DINNNER
SAM BRAUN'S BAR MITZVAH
TYLER BRAE'S BAR MITZVAH
We are very excited to have our High Holiday Hazzan Sarah Geller lead us in Musaf services this Shabbat. Join us this Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, contains a list of the blessings that will be Israel’s if the people obey God’s laws, and a list of punishments that will await Israel if the people do not obey God’s laws. Moses’ underlying message is that, where Torah is concerned, we are in control of whether we receive blessings or punishments. It is our choice to follow the law and it is our choice not to follow the law.  In many respects, therefore, we control our own destinies.

This is the time of year that our tradition requires us to do a personal accounting in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (In Hebrew this is called Heshbon Hanefesh, literally an “accounting of the soul”) It is also our choice whether or not to take this personal review seriously. One of the reasons we listen to the shofar every morning in the month of Elul is that it reminds us to perform this exercise. 

The following prayer is contained in Mahzor, Lev Shalem (The prayer book we are using this year for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)):

May the Cry of the shofar shatter our complacency.
May the cry of the shofar penetrate our souls.
May the cry of the shofar break the bonds of all that enslaves us.
May the cry of the shofar destroy the idols we have placed at the forefront of our lives.
May the cry of the shofar awaken us to the things we have done wrong.
May the cry of the shofar summon us to a life of responsibility.
May the cry of the shofar elicit the response, “Here I am.”
May the cry of the shofar remind us that we can change.
May the cry of the shofar penetrate our hearts.
May the cry of the shofar bring blessing to us, the people who hear its call.

Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket we have the shofar. (There is a children’s book in there somewhere.)

The shofar reminds us every morning to do a thorough review. Whether it is the shrill physical sound, or the memories it evokes, the shofar simply cannot be ignored.

You can participate in this daily ritual. To hear the shofar, join me any morning Sunday thru Thursday. The morning service starts at 8:15. The shofar will be blown right around 8:45. (It is perfectly okay if you only have time to hear the shofar!)

When we hear the shofar the goal is to make sure that we look at ourselves and make efforts to change that which can be changed. The process should end up with us speaking kindly or acting kindly. In God’s plan, ultimately, it is our choice to look at who we are and our choice to be kind or unkind. Let the shofar prompt us to do the work that we need to do. And may we hear the shofar, look at ourselves, and be kind.

Tekia Gedolah!
Shabbat Shalom – Rabbi Michael S. Jay


ZOOM CLASSES NEXT THIS WEEK



NEW MONDAY, 9/6 @ 10:00 AM
A LOOK THROUGH THE ROSH HASHANAH LITURGY Here is the link: LITURGY

Weekly Torah Study - Pirkei Avot
Thursday, 9/10 @ 11:00 AM Click TORAH STUDY

Shabbat Dinner
September 30th

Dear Congregants:
 
You are invited to attend our Zoom Shabbat dinner on Friday, September 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. 
 
Please list your name(s), (couple(s) or single(s), and include the names of friends and family to be included in your private breakout room. Fill in the form below and cut and paste the information into the email, or just type the information into an email by Thursday, September 10 and send to: JCC of LBI Shabbat Dinners

Or join at the last minute, all are welcome!
 
This is our third celebration of this type of event, hoping to see you then!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rabbi Jay (973) 865-9534 or Irene B. at (856) 904-5145 for dining arrangements.

Name(s) Phone Number No.
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Rosh Hashanah begins next week so we thought that it would be a good idea to take our ice-breaker questions from our Tiyul Through Elul calendar. (For the complete calendar, look on the JCC website).
Answer one or more of the following:

1.    Name a place that amazed you.
2.    Create a prayer by finishing the following phrases:
I am in awe of.....
I hope for......
I am Thankful for........
3.    What has given you joy over these last six months....
4.    Name a song that inspires you......

Click this link to join our Friday night Shabbat Service/Dinner.
 
Rabbi Jay and Sheri
Michael and Irene B.
SHABBAT SHALOM

Candle Lighting Time
Friday evening,
September 4, 2020
7:04 PM
(So. Ocean County NJ)

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SERVICES


Friday evening,
September 4, 2020
 6:00 PM
FRIDAY NITE

SERVICES WILL BE
HELD AT 6:00 PM

Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services

Saturday Morning
Service
Saturday, 
September 5, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Rabbi Jay will be conducting services from the sanctuary
this Saturday morning.
We hope to be both live streaming along with Zoom

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

ZOOM LINK:

Aaron Lombardi will be reading Torah

Torah Portion
Parashat Ki Tavo.
Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
 Here is the portion: 

Haftorah
 Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22
Here is the Haftorah:

Saturday,
September 5, 2020
8:30 PM
HAVDALLAH
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:

Sunday - Thursday
Ma'ariv Service
7:30 PM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:

Sunday - Friday
Shacharit & Shofar Service
8:15 AM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:
Membership
All paid members are going to be receiving an invitation to a Zoom Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th at 12:00 PM. Prepare a salad, sandwich or maybe just a cocktail lol (it is past 5:00 PM somewhere), greet, meet and lets gab while we enjoy an hour of friendship and camaraderie and hopefully make plans for our future activities. 
Please join now! Membership Form

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: MYSTIC

HERE IS THE WAX'S FIRST NEWSLETTER: NEWSLETTER
WAX PRESENTS
THE SUSAN (SHAPIRO) & FRIENDS
SUMMER SERIES
"THE SUSAN" OF SUSAN AND FRIENDS
Thursday, October 1 @ 7:45 PM
Susan will be interviewed by Sondra Helene (author of the novel "Appearances")
about her Susan's new publication "A Palm Beach Scandal."

JCC WOMENS AUXILIARY: 
BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
AT 4:00 PM
LED BY: Luci Lewisohn

The High Holidays are coming! Our JCC is busy planning a very full calendar of classes during the month of Elul and a very meaningful high holiday zoom experience for all of us. The change of day and time for our book group is for September only. Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy Jewish New Year. May we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

The #1 International Best Seller, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold, and the ties that bind four generations of women.
Gabriela's mother Luna is the most beautiful woman in all of Jerusalem, though her famed beauty and charm seem to be reserved for everyone but her daughter. Ever since Gabriela can remember, she and Luna have struggled to connect. But when tragedy strikes, Gabriela senses there's more to her mother than painted nails and lips.

ORDER YOUR BOOK NOW AND START READING TODAY!
Click here to purchase the book on Amazon. (Kindle version: $7.99 and Hard Cover: $11.98.)
Click here to go to the Ocean County Library.
A zoom link will be sent shortly before the event.

RSVP to Debby Schweighardt, Book Group Coordinator at: dschweig19@gmail.com

YAHRZEITS FOR NEXT WEEK

Doris Block
David Gaulton
Klara Newman*
Mary Pokras
Harriett Kravetz
Lizette Harnick Miller
Raymond Berman
Naomi Chilton
Stephen Gubar*
Richard Kaplan
Michael Kolb
Clara Robinson
Israel Segal
Gertrude Lebovitz
Solomon Opatosky
Henry Pacharz*
Dora Price
Morris Shapiro
Lillian Cofsky
Willy Hupert
Harrie Kronenberg
Hannah Lowe
William Seidler
Jerome Shapiro
David Corson
Pauline Ellis Cramer
Beatrice Ferber*
Eli Golden*
Paula Polishook
Betty Pomerantz


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.
CONGREGATION NEWS
CONDOLENCES
TO

RITA PEPPERMAN
on the loss of her
husband Lew

"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."

HERE IS THE OBITUARY:


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CONTACT: 


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 
   
Fund Raising
ANNUAL 50/50 RAFFLE
As is our custom, the 50/50 raffle drawing will be drawn after Yom Kippur on Monday, September 28th. Tickets remain at $10.00 each or $100 for a book of 11. Please support the JCC by purchasing one or many, and don’t forget to sell some to others! Winners need not be present.  
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

PAVERS
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:


PRAYER BOOKS
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.
See Order form here: Prayer Book


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


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- 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.

YAHRZEIT PLAQUES
Space is available for memorial plaques on the yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary. 
Here is the order form: 

KOL HAKAVOD

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

ON LINE ACCOUNT
Members should have received an email from Rakefet (the data base we use for our records) this week inviting you to set up an account with the JCC so you can pay for activities and items on line as well ask keep track of your contributions.
Please contact Mary Beth in the office with any questions. Here is her email: MARYBETH
JCC INFORMATION
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
web site: www.jccoflbi.org  
  
THE OFFICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
PLEASE USE THE PHONE OR EMAIL WITH REQUESTS.
OUR OFFICE STAFF WILL BE CHECKING IN REGULARLY.
  Staff:
 Leslie Dinkfelt, Office Manager
  Mary Beth Krieger, Staff Member
Tony DeGregorio, Custodial Staff
Kitchen Manager: Susan Berube

CONTACT INFORMATION:
  Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President

 VIEW THE JULY/AUGUST
with this link

E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen1963@aol.com 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Lenore Forsted
September 5
Roy Konwiser
September 6
Debbie Gilman
September 8
Robert Levitt
September 8
Howard Rothenberg
September 8
Theresa Robinovitz
September 9
Alisa Molbert Freidberg
September 10
Elaine Sussman
September 10
George Karp
September 11
Julie Lippmann
September 11







LATEST
BULLETIN:

PRAYER BOOK:
 
WEB SITE:

PAVERS:

TREE OF LIFE
  
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

TRIBUTES:
JCC FUNDS

Your gift to the JCC support our Clergy, our Congregation and the Community.

ENDOWMENT FUND
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 family.

GENERAL FUND
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.