Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter



October 8, 2021
2 Cheshvan 5782



A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
God tells Noah to go into the ark “for you alone have I found righteous before me in this generation”. Throughout the story, God talks to Noah and to no one else. I find myself considering the following question: “Is it really possible that Noah was the only righteous person in the world in his generation?”  My answer is “no”. There must have been other righteous people, or at least “potentially” righteous people.

Indeed, the Torah does not provide us with one example of Noah’s righteousness. Would it be too much to ask the Torah to provide some proof?

So why does the story center on one, singular righteous individual? And why is there no real evidence of his righteousness? I think the answer is simple. The Torah is trying to tell us two things. 

First, it only takes one righteous person to change the world. It Only takes one righteous person to recognize the problem. It only takes that one righteous person to try to envision the solution. In the end, that one righteous person might bring his family or friends into the “changing-the-world” business. But it starts with that one righteous person.

Secondly, that one righteous person does not have to have outward signs of greatness. That person does not have to have shown great strength, or courage, or brilliance. In other words, that one righteous might be anyone.  It might be me. It might be you, dear reader.

One may be the loneliest number, but it also represents the beginning of something. The story of Noah reminds us that, indeed, one person can make all of the difference in, and for, the world.

Recognize the problem, Envision the Solution, Be righteous, Be a Noah.

Shabbat Shalom – Rabbi Michael S. Jay
THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES


TUESDAY 10/13
Open Mah jongg/Canasta
12:30 - 4 PM

WEDNESDAY 10/14
following Ma'ariv
7:45 PM
Studying the weekly portions
with Rabbi Jay based on the book
"Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas"
by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

THURSDAY 10/15
11:00 AM Torah Study with the Rabbi
2:00 PM Beginning Hebrew with Ira

MONDAY 10/19
NEW STARTING DATE
10:00 AM
Hartman Institute Seminar
"Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism'
with Rabbi Jay

SHABBAT SHALOM

Candle lighting Time
Friday evening,
October 8, 2021
6:09 PM
So. Ocean County

JOIN US FOR SERVICES

Friday evening
October 8, 2021
6:00 PM
ZOOM ONLY

Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to Join
Zoom Services

Saturday morning
October 9, 2021
Services
9:00 AM
IN PERSON AND ON ZOOM

Here is
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to Join
Zoom Services

 Torah Reading:
Here is the Reading
Parashat Noach
Genesis 6:9-11:32 
Here is the Parshah

Haftorah
Here is the Haftorah
Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

Saturday evening
7:30 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 Service
8:15 AM
Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
Join Zoom Services:
18 Mile Run
49th Annual Long Beach Island Commemorative 18 Mile Run
Sunday, October 10, 2021
The event is sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, Brant Beach, NJ, in cooperation with the LBI Jewish Community Center.

Since 1973, the 18-Mile Run has been contested in memory of the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes and coaches murdered during the Munich Games of 1972 and, in recent years, of those lost on 9/11.

Remembering:

Moshe Weinberg, wrestling coach
Yossef Romano, weightlifter
Ze'ev Friedman, weightlifter
David Berger, weightlifter
Yakov Springer, weightlifting judge
Eliezer Halfin, wrestler
Yossef Gutfreund, wrestling referee
Kehat Shorr, shooting coach
Mark Slavin, wrestler
Andre Spitzer, fencing coach
Amitzur Shapira, track coach


WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE WATER STATION IN FRONT OF THE JCC.

VOLUNTEERS SHOULD GATHER AT THE SYNAGOGUE AT 10:45 AM.
Dear Congregants:
 
You are invited to attend our eleventh Shabbat dinner on Friday, October 15, 2021 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 services, 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, please respond to this email and we will arrange for you to be seated with a fabulous group of people. 
 
Please click on this link and fill in the form by Friday, October 15 at 3:00 PM. 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 or send an email to: JCCOFLBIShabbatDinner
 
Or join at the last minute, all are welcome!
 
This is our first celebration of this type of event this year, 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.
 
Click this link to join our Friday night Shabbat Service/Dinner.
 
 
Rabbi Jay and Sheri
Michael and Irene B.
WAX BOOK CLUB

Wednesday, October 27th at 4:00 PM
Discussion Leader: Jill Ratner
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome…in the creeping shadow of fascism. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war– all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.

RSVP to Debby Schweighardt, Book Group Coordinator at: dschweig19@gmail.com
A Zoom link will be sent shortly before the event.

See JCC web site for list of books for November and December.
THIS WEEK'S YAHRZEITS

The following names will be read at Friday night services.

Lorraine Baratt
Molly Fingerman
Francis August
Herbert Davis
Jane Hochberger
Ruth Maginsky
Will Roth
Albert Stuhl
Max Weinstein
Sylvia Greene
Rabbi Samuel Nunberg*
Shirley Rogers
Rose Rosenbaum
Paul Tanenbaum
Morris Balbresky
Abraham Heller
Denise Moss*
Doris Pashman
Samuel Chairnoff
Stephen Harvey Greenberg
Rose Kotler
Eva Miller
Beatrice Brody
Philip Petter
Marvin Schub
Mary Sisenwine
Anna Stuhl
Francis Wallach
Arthur Wichman
 

In this Zoom era, we have been able to have a daily minyan at 8:15 AM and at 7:30 PM and on Shabbat. We encourage you to join us on the day of your loved one’s yahrzeit. In the morning, the service is about ½ hour beginning at 8:15 and in the evening at 7:30 until about 7:45. Rabbi will be glad to say the traditional El Malei Rachamim prayer for you, which is recited during the funeral, going up to the grave of the departed, Yizkor remembrance day and other occasions on which the memory of the dead is recalled. You are also welcome to share with the minyan some special memories of your loved one.
ALVIN KONNER
MALENIE PISCETELLI


SHARE YOUR NEWS
AND PICTURES
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 
Cake
Mark Rosen
October 9
Jeffrey Carson
October 11
Lori Steigerwald
October 12
Joe Fleischer
October 13
Carl Greenberg
October 13
Jacqueline Printz
October 13
Ronda D. Gilbert
October 15
Fred Rothman
October 15
 
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 - NEW INFORMATION !!!!!!!

Herb and Selma z”l Shapiro established the first individual Endowment Fund in memory of his father, as part of the JCC’s Endowment Fund portfolio. Judith z”l & Donald Pripstein joined the Shapiros and established The Pripstein Family Endowment Fund. 

As recently reported, Don Pripstein pledged another $50,000 to establish The Judith & Donald Pripstein Endowment Fund.

As a result of Don’s letter, Harold Farin has stepped forward and has established “The Farin Family Endowment Fund”. This Fund will join with the three others as part of the JCC Endowment Fund portfolio. Other members are encouraged to also provide for the future of our JCC by establishing similar funds.

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 named funds will be joined together to be part of the Endowment Fund portfolio.
 
Endowment funds are necessary to ensure the continuation and well being of our congregation. All members are encouraged to help this important effort by contributing to this portfolio, whether as a specific named individual fund, or as a general donation. The donation can be spread over one, two, or three years, and can be paid via check, donation of appreciated stock, wills, or from the RMD of your IRA or 401K account. 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

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.
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 OPEN TUESDAY AD THURSDAYS
FROM 10 - 2
CONTINUE TO 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
Kitchen Manager: Susan Berube


LATEST
BULLETIN:

PRAYER BOOK:
 
WEB SITE:

PAVERS:

TREE OF LIFE
  
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM
KOL HAKAVOD

TRIBUTES:


CONTACT INFORMATION:
  Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President

 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
rvalen1963@aol.com 
Graphics by
Irene Babst