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Week of November 21, 2021

11/20/2021 07:36:32 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 are now being held in the JCV. Watch for updates as guidelines are subject to modifications.

Members who have provided proof of vaccination are 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 14), click HERE.


JCV News Menu

Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
Beyond the JCV
JCV Community Announcements
Make The JCV A Stronger Place 
In Case You Missed It
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: Nov 26; Dec 3* , 10, 17, 24, 31*; Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar 4,11. Save event to your calendar system via this link.

*Friday, December 3 
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. 


*Friday, December 31
5:00pm: Shabbat Services

Clergy Corner
Thanksgiving 2021 Greetings from Rabbi Shull to the JCV - NEW
Video link:


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. Nov 23, Dec 7 & 21.
Save event to your calendar system via this link. All women members of the JCV are welcome.

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

Recurring Zoom discussion - Monthly: Dec 6, 2021; Jan 3, 2022; Feb 7; Mar 7; Apr 4; May 2; Jun 6; Jul 4; Aug 1; Sep 5; Oct 3; Nov 7; Dec 5, 2022. Save event to your calendar system via this link.


Looking Ahead

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Tuesday, November 30 
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. 

Sunday, January 9 - NEW
12:30pm: Welcome Back to the JCV BBQ and Happy New Year Get-Together
Immediately following the congregational meeting.  More information to follow. See poster above.


Sunday, February 13 - NEW
TBA: Jewish Food Festival


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.


JCV Community Announcements

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JCV Policy Update Effective November 11, 2021- NEW
Hello Fellow Congregants and others receiving this message,
I hope this message finds you doing well and enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

The Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on November 10th and the following recommendations were approved with regard to the reopening of the JCV, moving closer to its normal pre-Covid operational status.

These new guidelines are effective immediately and will remain until any further warranted updates.

  • All worship services and other functions at the JCV will be available for any participant who has demonstrated proof of vaccination. In advance, the prayer books will be placed on seats. The books are to be left on the seat at the conclusion of the service.
  • Wearing of face masks is optional at all events within the JCV building and on the grounds. Individuals who prefer to wear a mask, should wear it properly.
  • All events where participants are to be seated will have both socially distanced seating and non-socially distanced seating available.
  • Food will be permitted, including food that is not prepackaged or individually wrapped; extra caution and best practices should be used for food handling. Those preparing and handling food should practice good hand hygiene, and wear gloves, hair nets, and masks. When food is available, it should be served by a limited number of individuals who use utensils to serve it and individually give it to those partaking. There SHOULD NOT be anyone serving themselves or touching any food items other than that which is handed to them by a server. There should also be some food available that is prepackaged for individuals who prefer this at any food function.
  • Those having Torah honors will be permitted to stand next to the Torah. They should bring their own tallit. At this time, there will be no procession with the Torah.
  • While events are permitted in person at the JCV, consideration should be given to include Zooming the event when warranted.
  • Individuals attending events at JCV must be checked in to the building in order to ensure their vaccination status. A record of all attendees should be kept.
  • While the overall COVID status in our local area is moving in a more positive direction, the Reopening Committee and Board will remain vigilant and react to recommendations that may warrant other changes.
  • Attendees at any function should always evaluate their own health status and make their own determination about their willingness to participate in any JCV event.

On behalf of the Board, let me thank everyone for their attention to these details. We all have worked diligently to have a safe and healthy congregation and we want to continue in the same fashion. On behalf of all of us, we wish you a joyous Thanksgiving holiday and we look forward to Chanukah.

Harvey Cohen, President
Board of Directors
Jewish Congregation of Venice


Irv Lyon Celebrates His 101st Birthday - NEW
The JCV community joined together at Shabbat services on Friday, November 12, to honor Irv Lyon on his 101st birthday.

Photographs courtesy of Judy Haran:


Welcome Back to "Almost Normal" at the Jewish Congregation of Venice - NEW
In order to help us all connect, or re-connect with each other, the Membership Committee would like to call your attention to an opportunity to join a Chavurah. We have several Chavurot that are flourishing, but invite you to let us know if you would like to form a new group.

Each group can make the decision on how, where, and when to meet; which means anywhere from private homes to outside venues; or a combination. You decide how often you'll meet, although most groups meet once a month. They also have a combination of singles and couples. The one issue we find that helps keep a group on track is the selection of a chair whose main role is that of an organizer.

If interested, or if you have questions, email Maxine Arkin at

Food Festival Facets - NEW
The JCV Jewish Food Festival is returning in 2022 with Jewish food, culture, and fun. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Updated information to follow shortly.  Many volunteer opportunities are currently available; see cooking schedule below for a start. Email Judy Rapaport at with a list of the days and tasks where you want to volunteer.


Make The JCV A Stronger Place 

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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.


A Real Mitzvah! 
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 at 941-451-4021 or


In Case You Missed It

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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. 

Format for submitting articles: 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 Sponsors

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