Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island E-Letter


May 13, 2022
12 Iyar 5782


A MESSAGE FROM THE
RABBI

Parashat Emor contains a calendar of sacred times; the Torah calls them “Mo-Ahday Adonai” (Fixed times of the Lord). First, the Israelites are told that they may work for six days, but that the seventh day must be a Sabbath of complete rest. It then provides the dates and requirements for the annual Festivals and holidays from Passover, to Shavuot, to Rosh Hashanah, to Yom Kippur, and finally to Sukkot. 

The Text provides the dates and requirements for each holiday. Specifically the people are told what to sacrifice and when. At various times they are told what they can eat, or when they can eat.  The types of animals and grain to be sacrificed are pronounced and the sacrifices themselves are somewhat choreographed.

However, in the middle of the instructions there is a seemingly odd insertion. Therein it says:

And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God.

Why would this be included at this point in the Text? One answer might be that the Festivals are set up around the harvest cycle. As such, they will be times that it will be natural to be thankful and to bring offerings to God. This is good for the farmers, or the folks with the resources to purchase animals or grain to sacrifice. But what about those people who are too poor to bring an offering? Or too poor to even eat?

If the Festival times are about a successful harvest, having an abundance, and being thankful, then by legislating that pieces of the field and crop must be left for the poor and the stranger, the Torah ensures that everyone has something.  It ensures that the less fortunate will have food to eat, perhaps be thankful, and maybe even have enough to bring an offering to God.

A holy society not only helps those in need without fanfare and without demeaning them, but it also gives them the ability to praise God for the little they do have. In this way, everyone has the opportunity to feel connected to the Holy One.  It then becomes a harvest of fruits, vegetables, grains, and souls.
 
Shabbat Shalom – Michael S. Jay
LAG BA'OMER - MAY 19

.Lag BaOmer—this year, Thursday, May 19, 2022—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. It also commemorates another event. In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased.

Since this is the day of joy of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, there are major festivities in Meron, the mountain village in northern Israel where he is buried, with tens of thousands of pilgrims pouring in from all corners of the world to rejoice together in unity.
All over the world, it is customary to spend the day outside, enjoying the natural beauty of G‑d’s world. During these outings, it is customary to play with bows and arrows.
The mourning practices of the Omer period are lifted for this day. As a result:

  • Music is playing and people are singing and dancing with abandon.
  • Little boys who turned three during the Omer period but did not have their first haircut have them.
  • Weddings are held.
  • Recognizing the fiery spirit of the mystical teachings that are celebrated , bonfires are kindled. Get some friends (and a guitar) together, and it becomes a wonderful opportunity for singing, sharing and enjoying each other’s camaraderie.

CHABAD.ORG

AND RABBI JAY WILL BE SHAVING OFF
HIS BEARD!!!!!


SHABBAT
SHALOM
Candle Lighting time
Friday evening
May 13, 2022
7:44 PM
(So. Ocean County)

JOIN US FOR
SERVICES

Friday Evening
May 13, 2022
6:00 PM
ZOOM ONLY

Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to join
Zoom services
KABBALAT SHABBAT


Saturday Morning
May 14, 2022
Shabbat
Service
9:00 AM
IN PERSON
AND
ON ZOOM

Here is
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to join
Zoom services
SHABBAT

Torah Reading:
Parashat Emor
Leviticus 21:1-24:23 
 Here is the Reading

Emor (“Say”) opens with laws regulating priestly behavior, working in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and consuming sacrifices and priestly food. It describes the biblical holidays of Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, and ends with a story about a blasphemer and his punishment. 

Haftorah
Ezekiel 44:15-31
Here is the Haftorah

Saturday - weather permitting - folks can bring their grab and go into our JCC tent and enjoy lunch together


Torah Study
8:00 PM
Havdallah
9:00 PM

Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
join Zoom services
TORAH STUDY/HAVDALLAH

Sunday - Thursday
Ma'ariv Service
7:30 PM

Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
join Zoom services:

Monday- Friday
Shacharit Service
8:15 AM
Sunday at 9:00 AM

Here is 
your invitation from 
Rabbi Jay to
join Zoom services:
FROM THE PRESIDENT

I hope your received the recent email regarding the Opening of the JCC this Spring. We look forward to being together at our beautiful synagogue for services, special occasions, concerts and of course our 10th Anniversary Gala in July. Please see the details on the button below.

The JCC Office will be open Tuesday - Friday after Memorial Day. New to our staff is Debbie Schweighardt who will be sitting at Mary Beth Krieger's desk and taking over her responsiblities. Mary Beth has been a valued empoyee for almost 5 years, keeping our office running during the Pandemic. Her work with the Bazzar and the vendors has helped to make this event such a success. We wish her well. We are planning a luncheon in her honor after Memorial Day. Look for details soon.

Debbie is no stranger to the JCC, having served on the Board as Secretary for two terms. Her extensive experience working in Temple offices will be invaluable to the JCC. We look forward to Deb being part of our JCC Staff along with our new staff member Diane Parzych. Leslie Dinkfelt, our JCC Office Manager, continues to diligently oversee the Office from home as she has throughut the Pandemic.

Office hours beginning in June will be Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 1:30. Stop in to say hi.

Mike Babst.
THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES


MONDAY, 5/16
10:00 AM
Hartman Institute Seminar"
with Rabbi Jay

WEDNESDAY 5/18
Mah jongg/Canasta
12:30 PM

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
an Sacs
THURSDAY 5/19
11:00 AM Torah Study with the Rabbi
2:00 PM Beginning Hebrew with Ira

HERE ARE THE LINKS :
Mah jongg
MAH JONGG AND CANASTA IS BACK
AT THE JCC OF LBI
Beginning Wednesday May 18th
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Weather permitting, the tent will be available for playing outside.
THANK YOU TO DANA NEWBORN FOR CONDUCTING A STIMULATING TORAH STUDY LESSON ON THURSDAY.

LOOK FOR DANA TO RETURN TO OUR
ZOOM CLASSROOM
ON TUESDAY, MAY 31 AT 10:00 AM
AS WE STUDY
THE BOOK OF RUTH
IN PREPARATION FOR SHAVUOT
May 31 WAX Kol Nashim with Dana Newborn
JUNE 10 - Shabbat Dinner

JUNE 15 - WAX Book Club

JUNE 17 - WAX Craft Project

JUNE 17 - Shabbat on the Beach (Spray Beach)

JUNE 24 - Shabbat on the Beach (Loveladies)

JUNE 26 - Membership Brunch
JCC WOMENS AUXILIARY: BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION
 WEDNESDAYS AT 4:00 PM

Thanks to Nora Hochman for leading a great book review of Hotel Moscow by Talia Carner last Wednesday.
JUNE BOOK
Wednesday, June 15 at 4:00 PM
Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
Discussion Leader: Sondi Pripstein

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.
When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child?
In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.
From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit―and the will we have to survive.
ORDER YOUR BOOK NOW AND START READING TODAY: Click here to order Cilka’s Journey from Amazon.
Click here to borrow the book from the Ocean County Library. 
RSVP to Debby Schweighardt, Book Group Coordinator at: [email protected]

A Zoom link will be sent shortly before the event.

FUTURE BOOKS:
July 13 - Concealed by By Esther Amini
by Maggie Anton
September 14 - Rav Hisda’s Daughter Book II Enchantress: By Maggie Anton

UPCOMING ZOOM PROGRAMS
with PARTNERS IN JEWISH PROGRAMMING
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CLICK ON EACH EVENT FOR
DETAILED FLYER



Links will be sent out prior to each program
and are free to members of the JCC of LBI
Non-members $18.00

If you missed previous videos
here are the links to see them:

Access Passcode: zT+dm2!*

Go to 33.12 on video for the beginning of the tour

A VIRTUAL YOUR OF JEWISH PRAGUE
Access Passcode: q.bswXW6

Cancelled - May 15, 2022

CHAVURAH VISIT TO THE GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE
HAMILTON, NJ
The following names will be read by the Rabbi on Friday evening

Taube Marian Blumberg
Pearl Buchalter
Dr. Harold Feldman
Gerson Adell
Edna Axilbund
Jeanette Barrish
David Epstein
Philip Petchenik
David Stern
Elly Albu
Hyman Danon
Anne Eiser
Rebecca Gerber*
Sophie Strote
Louis Cohen
Eric Katz*
Lillian Medvin
Rose Buznitsky
Irene Ginsburg
Leo Krampf
Ernest Lippmann
Evelyn Lizzack
Ray Lehrer
Kathleen Rifkin


*Memorial plaque will be lit this week.

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 COalso welcome to share with the minyan some special memories of your loved one.

Get Well
PHIL ROSENZWEIG
recovering from surgery

Cake
Irene Babst
May 14
Samuel Braun
May 14
Jeff Sussman
May 14
Cheryl Celebre
May 15
Susan Karp
May 15
Jeri Riffle
May 15
Lisa Abramson
May 16
Mark Schlossman
May 16
Barbara Sesso
May 16
Jeanne Brenman
May 17
Francine Braun
May 18
Susan Carson
May 18
Ina Telles
May 18
Benjamin Marguiles
May 20

Stuart & Lori Steigerwald
May 18th
42nd Anniversary
Rabbi Paula & Jonathan Drill
May 19th
37th Anniversary
MAZEL TOV TO DIANE & RON BUSKIRK
on the bat mitzvah of their grandaughter
Sierra Elise Cohen
daughter of Allison Buskirk Cohen and Flint Cohen
At Shir Ami in Newtown Pa this Shabbat
OLIVIA TRUDY VALENTINE
Liverpool High School NY
granddaughter of
Rose & Rudy Valentine
Graduation
SEND US YOUR GRADUATES' PICTURES AND INFORMATION
TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SHABBAT REMINDER
TIM WEISEL
SUNY Binghampton
grandson of
Sheila & Harris Weisel
SHARE YOUR NEWS
AND PICTURES
CONTACT: 

Joanne & Howard Babbitt & Family at the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson Luke Jaclin
Caring
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 


LOOKS WHO’S GRADUATING
 FROM RYDELL HIGH 

The Class of ‘59 will be Rydell High’s coolest class ever!
Here are the four fantastic triple-threats stars for the cast of 
GREASE
 ISAAC SILVER as Danny Zuko, RILEY MARTIN as Sandy Dumbrowski, GARRETT  FORRESTAL as Kenickie and SHARAE MOULTRIE as Rizzo.

AXELROD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
100 Grant Ave., Deal Park, NJ 07723
June 3 - 19
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

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.

Since then, three additional individual Endowment Funds have been established. Other members are encouraged to also provide for the future of our JCC by establishing similar funds. Please consider adding to this number.

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

2022 MEMBERSHIP FORMS

Your support is so important to the continued success of the JCC.
Here is form for renewal:

And if you have been reading our Shabbat Reminder and other communications and have not yet joined our congregation, here is the new member form:

To pay on line
Click on PAY ON LINE
Fill in your information and then
go to Donation Details - then
Other and type in 2022 Membership

JCC FUNDS

Your gift to the JCC supports 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 AND THURSDAY
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
Diane
Kitchen Manager: Susan Berube


LATEST
BULLETIN:

PRAYER BOOK:
 
WEB SITE:

PAVERS:

TREE OF LIFE
  
YAHRZEIT PLAQUE FORM:

KOL HAKAVOD DONATION FORM

TRIBUTES:


CONTACT INFORMATION:
  Rabbi Michael S. Jay

Michael Babst, President

 
E-mail Editor: Rose Valentine 
Graphics by
Irene Babst