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Trip to Israel

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!
We have 17 people who have shown interest in the trip.   Many of them have told me that you have friends or family who also want to go.  

We are going to have an awesome time.



Attached is a revised itinerary.  You will note that on free evenings we will be provided with information on concerts or cultural events in the places where we will be.  It is too early now to know what will be happening, but ITC will provide information once it is known.


The hotel difference of 300 dollars per person may or may not be significant to you.  Check the websites of the hotels for an idea of the differences.  The tour company tells us that the hotels are all very nice. Rooms may be smaller and there may be less amenities.  Breakfast is provided at each hotel, but may be more elaborate at the higher priced hotels.


The tour is officially flying El Al; however, if you want to fly United, I believe that ITC can make arrangements.


L’Shalom – Rabbi
Contact Rabbi Jay with any questions: 973 865 9534


Fires Raging in Israel

Jewish Federations are collecting funds to help address the impact of an unprecedented 480 fires that raged across Israel, displacing nearly 100,000 people and ravaging thousands of acres of land. 
The impact of the devastation on Israelis will be long-lasting. People must now return to their damaged homes, schools and neighborhoods. Thousands have no homes to return to at all. Many community institutions that provide vital programs and services-including those of our partners-have been hit hard. They will be struggling to rebuild just when they are needed most. 
And in towns and cities across the country, people will need to join together and help one another overcome the traumatic impact of these unsettling times.
The Government of Israel is supporting those impacted by the fires primarily through local municipalities. Jewish Federations are working with our local partners and the National Emergency Authority to assess urgent and emerging needs.
One hundred percent of your donation will go to the Israel Fire Emergency Fund.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO MAKE YOUR DONATION THROUGH THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OCEAN COUNTY : OCJF Fires in Israel Donation Make sure to use the pull down tab to specify your gift is for the Fire Fund. 
Rabbi Jay has made our first donation through the JCC Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.  Please follow his lead with your gift to help our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

Torah Project

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It was decided to undertake two major projects with regard to the JCC Torahs in 2014 and 2015. The first was to clean and repair the three existing Torahs. With the financial support of the Shapiro and Levine Families, Scribe Neil Yerman was engaged for this work. At the completion of this process each Torah now had a new identification ring atop the Torah, one each in memory of Jennie and Morris Shapiro and one for the Levine family. The Mantels for these Torahs had been previously dedicated to the memory of Rabbi Jack Friedman (Z”L).

Subsequently, we learned that a synagogue in Latrobe, Pa. would be closing it’s doors soon. The president of that schul, Mickey Radman, is a good friend of JCC President Don Pripstein. A delegation consisting of Don, Torah reader Howard Hait and Harold Farin (chair) visited Latrobe and selected two of their Torahs to be “rescued” by the JCC, along with their silver adornments. In the Summer, Mickey delivered the Torahs to the JCC and a grand celebration ensued.

After the joy of bringing the Latrobe Torahs to the JCC they were put to good use during the High Holidays. The smaller Torah (named for sponsors- Hait) was carried by several women in the course of the holidays, a new “Mitzvah” for some who would have had difficulty with a heavier Torah.

New Mantels have been ordered for these Torahs. A design depicting Jerusalem has been selected, with a “gold” color scheme for the Hait Torah, and “silver” colors for the Herman Torah (named for the sponsors-the Herman family), both on blue background to match the Torahs in the Holy Ark. Since these particular Mantels are made in Israel, it will take a while for them to be delivered. The embroidery on the Mantels was chosen to honor the donors, the Herman family and the Haits.

High Holiday Mantels will also be ordered for the new Torahs. They will be designed to match the current High Holiday Torah Mantels which were made by Judith Pripstein. We are fortunate that Judith has volunteered to decorate the new Mantels as well.

Scribe Neil Yerman examined the Latrobe Torahs after the High Holidays as we had planned. The Hait Torah has been turned over to him for minor repair and cleaning. The Herman Torah, owing to its age and delicate condition, will be used as is without subjecting it to that process.

We expect to hold a dedication ceremony when the Scribe has completed his work and when the new Mantels are available.