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Week of October 17, 2021

10/16/2021 07:46:24 AM


Chai Lights - at the JCV

The JCV is committed to bringing people together; we are here to keep you informed and connected through a wide variety of programs. Browse our website and virtual or socially distanced events listed below to stay up to date on upcoming programs and services. Our top priority is the health and well-being of the JCV community. New policies are now in effect for the use of the JCV building. Starting October 22, in-person services will be held in the JCV. Watch for updates as guidelines are subject to modifications.

Members who have provided proof of vaccination will be able to attend services, meetings, and events within the building.
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, (October 10), click HERE.


News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
NEW Community Announcements

Send Proof of Vaccination
Rabbi's Day Off and Office Hours
Submitting Articles to JCV News and Deadlines
JCV News Posters
JCV News Sponsors


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

Shabbat Worship

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JCV Shabbat Services Schedule 
Until further notice all Shabbat Services will be held in-person and on Zoom, 7:30pm on Fridays
Friday, October 22
Zoom (847 0492 6325, Passcode: jcv)
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly:


Events, Programs, and Classes

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Monday and Thursday - recurring classes 
10:30am: Indoor T'ai Chi at the JCV - SUSPENDED - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Barry Bye at

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

Recurring Zoom discussion - every 2 weeks on Tuesdays, until December 21, 2021. October 26, November 9 & 23, December 7 & 21. Save event to your calendar system:
All women members of the JCV are welcome.

10:00am: Sisterhood Book Club
Zoom (840 3065 9064, Passcode: bookclub)

Recurring Zoom discussion - Monthly: November 1; December 6, 2021; January 3, 2022; February 7; March 7; April 4; May 2; June 6; July 4; August 1; September 5; October 3; November 7; December 5.
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Tuesday, October 19 - NEW
3:00pm: Crafty Mavens
(719 4256 5618, Passcode: crafty) Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, October 20 - NEW
4:30pm: It’s a Mitzvah with Rabbi Shull on Zoom
Zoom (Passcode 139503)

A weekly class (a continuation of Rabbi Shull’s Basic Judaism class for conversion students) will now be open to the entire congregation.  The book It's a Mitzvah by Rabbi Bradley Artson, which offers a step by step guide to Jewish living, will be used and can be purchased on Amazon. Jewish practices such as Shabbat, visiting the sick, hospitality, caring for the earth, guarding your tongue, etc., will be explored.  

RSVP to Rabbi Shull ( by Monday, October 18. See poster below.

Sunday, October 24
11:00am: Adult Education - Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives and Why It is Important Today.
(816 4580 9900, Passcode: 851940)

Adult Education - Lifelong Learning at the Jewish Congregation of Venice hosts a discussion and documentary directed and produced by Carole Basri (American filmmaker, lawyer of Iraqi Jewish descent, and author), along with Adriana Davis (filmmaker, producer, writer, editor, voice actor, and coach): Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives: A Journey of Identity.

Co-Directors Carole Basri and Adriana Davis will join us for a conversation on this feature length documentary tracing the discovery, restoration, and fate of over 20,000 artifacts. The Iraqi Jewish community has existed for 2,700 years and at its height numbered 160,000. Today, with less than five Jews remaining in Iraq, the Iraqi Jewish Archives may be the last, best hope to corroborate the community’s existence and vibrancy. See poster below.

Sunday, November 14 - NEW
10:00am: Men’s Club Kickoff Meeting
New members always welcome. If you are curious, contact Steve Weiss at Please join the JCV Men’s Club! See poster below.

Wednesday, November 17 - NEW
12:30pm: Israel on the Map - RESCHEDULED
Zoom (Passcode 007794)

Duration 90 minutes. Lifelong Learning at the JCV. Hosted and presented by Rabbi Ben Shull.  The history of Israel's relations with her Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians, is long and complex. In order to clarify and summarize this important story, we will use a set of maps to explain the past, describe the present, and anticipate the future. This session will provide a basic introduction to a topic that concerns us all. RSVP to by Monday, November 15. See poster below.


Community Announcements

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The JCV is Reopening - NEW
At the October 12th Board of Directors’ meeting, the following criteria was approved for reopening the JCV. 

  • All Friday evening worship services will resume in person in the sanctuary and via Zoom, effective October 22nd.
  • Guests will be allowed to attend in-person.
  • Congregants and guests must present their official vaccination document prior to entering the JCV building. If you have already provided your proof of vaccination, you do not need to do it again.
  • Everyone attending functions inside the JCV must appropriately wear effective masks which can be found on various websites.
  • Seating at all functions will be socially distanced.
  • During the Oneg, prepackaged food will be available at socially distanced tables in the social hall.
  • Other programs and events may be permitted inside the JCV with the permission from the JCV President or his designee. The above guideline must be followed for all events.
  • In all instances when there is a function at the JCV, a record of attendees will be kept.
  • The JCV Reopening Committee meets regularly and these guidelines are subject to modifications.
  • Congregants and guests planning to attend any JCV function should always evaluate their own health status and make their own determination about the appropriateness of their participation.

We are excited about the reopening of the JCV and look forward to seeing everyone.
See poster below.

Nominating Committee Announced - NEW
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Nominating Committee: Nessa Kleinglass (Chair), Joan Attenberg, Cynthia Greene, Barbara Katzenstein, Dave Metzger, Aaron Rosen, and Len Weiner.

This well-rounded team with two board members, two past board members, a new member, a seasonal member, and three past nominating committee members, will bring forth a slate for the President, Second Vice-president, Treasurer, Member-at-large, and Adult-Education Chair.

We need your help; the nominating committee meetings are starting so contact us, soon. You can recommend yourself or another congregant for a board position by sending an email to or call Nessa (941-451-4021), if you wish to chat, share information about your recommendation(s), or ask questions about what a position entails.

Cantor Marci Celebrates 20 Years at the JCV - NEW
Cantor Marci Vitkus celebrates her platinum anniversary with the JCV. We, at the JCV are so fortunate to have had Cantor Marci lead us in song and prayer for 20 years. Pay tribute to Marci by sending her a special message at

The Venice Gondolier newspaper highlighted her career at the JCV in an article on Saturday, October 9; see this link to read it:


Don’t Forget to Send in Your Proof of Vaccination Information 

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The Board of Directors is taking precautions to protect our members as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. While there is no perfect solution to COVID-19 challenges, the Board has focused on what they believe will be the most effective way to protect congregants. The JCV cannot ensure an absolute and secure situation during these uncertain and challenging times.

The JCV Board voted to have all congregants show proof of vaccination for future admittance to the building. We will enter this information into our database so you will only have to show it one time. The board thanks you for your cooperation in this new procedure. If you have questions, feel free to contact any JCV Board member.

We will continue documenting proof of vaccination information so that when we reopen, we have current info.

Two simple ways for congregants to send in proof of vaccination:

  • Send a photocopy or scanned copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card to the following email:
  • You can also make a copy and send it via the US Post Office to the JCV (600 N. Auburn Rd., Venice, FL 34292).

All copies will be shredded once registered in our database.


Rabbi's Day Off and Office Hours

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Rabbi Shull’s day off will be Tuesdays 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, is encouraged to give him a call and make an appointment during his regular office hours.

Sunday: The rabbi will be available to congregants.
Monday: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday: Available by phone (941-441-5713)
Saturday: Shabbat, the rabbi will be available in an emergency.

If you would like to meet him in person at the JCV any other time Sunday 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 and be fully vaccinated.

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, political, 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. 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 News Posters

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JCV News Sponsors

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