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Week of November 14, 2021

11/13/2021 07:54:36 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. 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, (November 7), click HERE.


News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
Beyond the JCV
JCV Community Announcements
Make The JCV A Stronger Place - NEW
In Case You Missed It
JCV News Posters
JCV News Sponsors


Shabbat Worship

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Friday 7:30pm: Shabbat Services
In-person and on Zoom (867 1741 0874, Passcode: jcv).

Weekly: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4,11. Please download and import the following to your calendar system.

Friday, December 3 - NEW
5:00pm: Shabbat Services/Sixth night of Chanukah/Cantor Marci’s 20th Anniversary
Bring your Chanukah menorah to the JCV and we will light our candles for the sixth night of Chanukah followed by a Shabbat/Chanukah service celebrating Cantor Marci Vitkus' 20th anniversary of her tenure at the JCV. See poster below.


Events, Programs, and Classes

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Monday and Thursday - recurring classes
10:30am: Indoor T'ai Chi at the JCV, MASKS ON
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 - women’s discussion group
Same time, new place - Kol Isha will meet in person at the JCV on Tuesday, November 23, at 11:30am.  Feel free to bring your lunch!  Zoom will still be available!
Zoom (858 5277 3780)

Recurring Zoom discussion - every 2 weeks on Tuesdays, until December 21, 2021. November 23, December 7, December 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: 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, 2022.
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Sunday, November 14 
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 
12:30pm: Israel on the Map 
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.


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Tuesday, November 30 - NEW
6:45pm: Third night of Chanukah
Lighting of the outdoor Chanukah menorah at the JCV along with Chanukah treats and Chanukah songs. A short and sweet get-together. See poster below.

Sunday, December 5 - NEW
Noon: Welcome back to the JCV BBQ and Chanukah Trivia Mixer.
More information to follow. See poster below.


Beyond the JCV

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
7:00 pm:  17th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sponsored by Venice Interfaith Community Association. A virtual evening of prayer, song, reflection online. You may view the service by going to the Venice Interfaith website, Facebook, or YouTube. See poster below.


JCV Community Announcements

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Make The JCV A Stronger Place - NEW
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This week the nominating committee is focusing on three open JCV positions. We invite those who have the following skills to volunteer to be a part of the JCV Board of Directors. 
Second Vice President

  • Collaborator willing to work with others in all aspects of the JCV.
  • Person who can make judgments based upon what is best for the congregation.
  • Independent thinker.


  • Knowledge of general accounting.
  • Ability to advise the Board on financial operations related to the JCV.
  • Understanding of setting long-term financial goals.

Adult Education

  • Enthusiasm for all forms of life-long learning.
  • Ability to coordinate events.
  • Strength in finding various types of educational opportunities.

Contact or Nessa at 941-451-4021. See poster below.

A Real Mitzvah! - NEW
There are seven households at the JCV without computer and internet access. We are looking for folks willing to touch base by phone each week to share the happenings for the week and to call when a special blast is sent.

If you are interested, please contact Nessa 941-451-4021 or

Kristallnacht Presentation Aired November 7- NEW
On November 9,1938, the Nazis unleashed pogroms against Germany’s Jewish community, known today as Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. On November 7, 2021, in a presentation by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee commemorating the Night of Broken Glass, the JCV’s Cantor Marci Vitkus sang with the children’s choir,  members Liz Gellis spoke about her family and other survivors, and Ronnie Riceberg was Master of Ceremonies.

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In Case You Missed It

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Fine Art at the JCV
The JCV has fine art throughout the building but even more behind the scenes. We need a volunteer to take responsibility to catalogue new art that comes in and oversee what we already have.

If interested in volunteering for the Fine Arts Curator position, contact Nessa Kleinglass at or Harvey Cohen at

Annual Holiday Book and Toy Drive 
The JCV Sisterhood is once again collecting books and toys for needy children. These will go to a local charity to be distributed. We are asking that you drop off an UNWRAPPED book or toy to the JCV lobby. This is something that we have done for many years and especially at this time, it is more crucial than ever.

This will continue throughout the month of November. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. This is truly a mitzvah!

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

Sunshine Fund 
For only $5.00, support the JCV and save yourself a trip to the card shop! We have get well, condolence, simchas, and congratulation cards. Call Vicki Solomon at 941-492-5043 or email her at

Then all you have to do is send a check to the JCV or pay on ShulCloud on the Donate page; check Donations>Sunshine in the “Type” drop down box.

Mah Jongg Cards 
2022 mah jongg cards are available to order. The price is $9.00 for a small card and $10.00 for a large card. Payment can be sent to, or dropped off at, the JCV. Orders will be taken until December 31, 2021.

Rabbi's Day Off and Office Hours
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
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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