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Week of April 11, 2021

04/10/2021 01:11:05 PM


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Upcoming Services, Events, Programs, and Classes at the JCV

The JCV is committed to bringing people together; while our building remains closed, we are here to keep you informed and connected during this time through a wide variety of programs. Browse our website calendar and virtual or socially distanced events listed below to stay up to date on upcoming programs and services.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of event data contained in this issue; however, all events are subject to change. All times shown are in the Eastern Time Zone. To see last week, (April 4), click HERE.

JCV News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes

   Outdoor T'ai Chi at the JCV: Monday and Thursday - recurring classes, 10:30am
   Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha: Tuesday (every two weeks) - recurring Zoom discussion, 11:30am
   Shabbat 101 Course - Improve your Shul Skills: Thursday - recurring Zoom course, 10:00am
   Torah Study with Rabbi Shull: Thursday - recurring Zoom course,  2:00pm
   Sisterhood Book Club: Monthly, 10:00am
   Compassion & Choices Zoom Presentation at The Meadows: Wednesday, April 14
   NEW - Israel Independence Day with some Torah study: Thursday, April 15, 2:00pm
   NEW - Adult Education: Wednesday, April 21, 11:30am
   2021 Lag B’Omer Celebration: Friday, April 30, 10:00am
NEW - The Ritual Committee Has a Need for Your Microsoft PowerPoint Skills
JCV Website Tips
Rabbi's Day Off and Office Hours
Submitting Articles to JCV News and Deadlines

JCV Posters
JCV News Sponsors


Shabbat Worship

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JCV Shabbat Services Schedule
Outdoor Services begin at 5:00pm
Zoom Services begin at 7:30pm

1st Friday
5:00pm: Outdoors at the JCV*

2nd Friday
7:30pm: Zoom session
Zoom (874 8399 8500, Passcode: shabbat)

Recurring Shabbat Zoom Services on Fridays, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10. Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
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3rd Friday
5:00pm: Outdoors at the JCV*

4th Friday
7:30pm: Zoom session
Zoom (889 3697 6762, Passcode: shabbat)

Recurring Shabbat Zoom Services on Fridays, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 26, December 24. Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
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5th Friday
5:00pm: Outdoors at the JCV*
* Rain cancellation will be announced by email by 3:00pm and the service will change to a Zoom format.

Events, Programs, and Classes

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Monday and Thursday - recurring classes
10:30am: Outdoor T'ai Chi at the JCV
Duration: 1 hour.  Recurring classes on Mondays and Thursdays. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barry Bye by email at

Tuesday (every two weeks) - recurring Zoom discussion
11:30am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha
Zoom (858 5277 3780)

Recurring Zoom discussion - every 2 weeks on Tuesdays, until December 21, 2021. April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 21. Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. 
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Thursday - recurring Zoom course
10:00am: Shabbat 101 Course - Improve your Shul Skills
Duration: 1 hour.  Recurring course on six Thursdays (beginning March 18) through April 29th. Limited to JCV members only, pre-registration required. Questions contact Exploring the elements of Shabbat Services. Three group leaders, Liz Gellis, Arlene Stolnitz, and Dee Andrews.

Thursday - recurring Zoom course
2:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Shull
Zoom (815 8750 3042, Passcode: jcv)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
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Effective May 13th, the links change
Zoom (882 7487 7658, Passcode: jcv)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
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10:00am: Sisterhood Book Club
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Through the perseverance of the Sisterhood President and Judy H.,  Sisterhood now has their own Zoom link for future Book Club sessions. Please download and import the above iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Monthly: May 3, 2021, Jun 7, 2021, Jul 5, 2021, Aug 2, 2021, Sep 6, 2021, Oct 4, 2021, Nov 1, 2021, Dec 6, 2021, Jan 3, 2022, Feb 7, 2022, Mar 7, 2022, Apr 4, 2022, May 2, 2022, Jun 6, 2022, Jul 4, 2022, Aug 1, 2022, Sep 5, 2022, Oct 3, 2022, Nov 7, 2022, Dec 5, 2022

Wednesday, April 14
Compassion & Choices Zoom Presentation at The Meadows
Did you miss the presentation about end-of-life planning? Cantor Marci will be leading another discussion for The Meadows. If you are interested in hearing it live, email her at  Want to see what Compassion & Choices is all about? Go to their website,

Thursday, April 15
2:00pm: Israel Independence Day with some Torah study
JCV members join Rabbi Benjamin Shull in celebrating. This will be part of the JCV weekly Torah study Zoom, including a discussion about this special story described below from the podcast, Israel Story. It's a haunting tale of an exodus from Egypt and a quest for a place to call home. The main figure is a remarkable Sudanese girl, a refugee, who finds her way to Israel...and from Israel and back. It's a story that touches the Jewish heart and challenges the Jewish soul.
Everyone is welcome!
This is the podcast link: The podcast will be listened to together but it is recommended to  listen to it on your own in advance.
This is the link to the zoom session:

Wednesday, April 21
11:30am: JCV Adult Education - Arthur Sheridan Liberating Dachau
Zoom (822 6452 1910, Passcode: 309309)
JCV Congregant Arthur Sheridan will share his story about serving in the US Army during WWII and his role in liberating the Dachau concentration camp.

Friday, April 30
10:00am: 2021 Lag B’Omer Celebration
Duration: 3 hours, see poster below.
Shamrock Park and Nature Center, 3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice, Fl 34293
Please RSVP by April 23 to We will follow all current CDC COVID-19 protocols.

10:00am to 11:15am: JCV Member Bike Ride
JCV members who like to ride, meet at Shamrock Nature Center parking lot with your bikes and helmets* for a leisurely ride in Shamrock Park and on the Venetian Waterway Trail. Great place to see Florida wildlife!Meet back at the Nature Center for the program and picnic! *Helmets are mandatory.

11:30am to 1:00pm: Lag B’Omer Program and Picnic
Meet at the large Shamrock Park Recreation Pavilion next to the playground. Learn about the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer and its traditions from Rabbi Ben Shull and Cantor Marci Vitkus.
Bring your own picnic lunch, which can be enjoyed at one of the six socially distanced picnic tables in the pavilion, or bring your own portable chair. Following the picnic lunch, there will be activities, songs, and games led by JCV volunteers.


The Ritual Committee Has a Need for Your Microsoft PowerPoint Skills

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Assist the Ritual Committee in editing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations for Shabbat Services. PowerPoint slideshow may need to be updated occasionally. Project should not take more than one hour on an as needed basis. Contact Cantor Marci at for more details.

JCV Website Tips

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Over the past year, the JCV website has been redesigned to be a more comprehensive communication tool for the JCV congregants and the public who wish to learn more about the JCV. Please visit us often at Over the next several weeks you will find an article in JCV News that provides helpful tips about the website.

We’re back again with more JCV Website Tips. This week is about the Calendar, which shows English and Hebrew dates.

●    You can reach the calendar from the navigation bar by clicking on the title, “CALENDAR.”
●    The first thing you should do is decide what you want to see in your calendar by using the drop down box in “Calendars to Show.”
●    There is a box that asks about the date you want to see. If there is a specific day, use the drop down box to select it. If you wish to see all days, leave the word “none” in the box.
●    Then click “Update View.”
●    Keep watching this calendar for zoom links and event registration.


Rabbi's Day Off and Office Hours

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Rabbi Shull’s day off will be Sundays until such time as the synagogue building will be open for regular programming. Anyone interested in meeting Rabbi Shull in his office at the JCV, precluding any emergencies, on Tuesday, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 9:30am to 11:00am, is encouraged to give him a call and make an appointment during his regular office hours.

If you would like to meet him in person at the JCV any other time Monday through Friday, that can also be arranged by calling to make an appointment. Rabbi Shull can be reached at 941-441-5713.  Anyone entering the JCV building is required to wear a face mask.

Submitting Articles to JCV News and Deadlines

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Criteria for publication: JCV News welcomes JCV and member-related news for publication. Only articles or Zoom meeting information will be considered for publication. Articles that will not be considered: commercial or solely promotional in nature; submitted to, accepted by, or published by another medium, printed or online; copyrighted materials without permission.
Submitting articles to Material submitted for publication should be presented as articles or Zoom meeting information in the text of the main body of your email. Pictures must be a separate .png file attachment. Please avoid including attachments unless essential. Do not submit an event or article if it has not been confirmed by all parties involved.
Deadline for submissions: 5:00pm on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday of publication. All requests for publication should be sent to This email address is to be used for submission of articles for consideration of publication only. Final versions of submissions are the only emails that will be accepted.

JCV Posters

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Thank You to our Sponsors!

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