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Week of December 12, 2021

12/11/2021 08:44:25 AM

Dec11

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, MASKS REQUIRED.

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, (December 5), click HERE.

 

News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
JCV Community Announcements
Food Festival Facets
In Case You Missed It
JCV News Sponsors


Shabbat Worship

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Good Scents - Please be considerate of others who may be allergic and refrain from using scented products when coming to services.

Friday
7:30pm: Shabbat Services
In person and on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86717410874 (867 1741 0874, Passcode: jcv).
Weekly: December 17, 24, 31*; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4,11.

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

 

Events, Programs, and Classes

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

Tuesday (every two weeks) - recurring Zoom discussion 
11:30am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha - women’s discussion group
Kol Isha will meet in person at the JCV. Feel free to bring your lunch!  Zoom will still be available!
December 21. Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85852773780 (858 5277 3780)
NEW TIME January: in person11:00am on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
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All women members of the JCV are welcome.

Monthly
10:00am: Sisterhood Book Club
Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84030659064 (840 3065 9064, Passcode: bookclub)
Recurring Zoom discussion - Monthly: January 3, 2022
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Monthly on the First Monday of the Month  - Beginning February 7 until December 5, 2022
10:30am: Sisterhood Book Club
In person at the JCV or on Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89048668131 (890 4866 8131, Passcode: bookclub)
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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Sunday, December 12 
10:00am: Men’s Club
The Men’s Club is proud to announce their first card game event. It will be held in the JCV social hall. For questions, contact Stephen Weiss at shaimer1234@yahoo.com. There will be snacks and prizes. Bring your best poker faces and $10.00 for the game. Before the game kick-off, there will be a short meeting.

Tuesday, December 14 
3:00pm: Crafty Mavens 
Zoom https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72987359299?pwd=SUJYTGtTNDRoLy9JZC9KUklCNHB6QT09 
(729 8735 9299, Passcode: crafty). Everyone is welcome!

 

Looking Ahead

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Sunday, December 19 
10:00am: Men’s Club
The Men’s club will be powerwashing the grave markers in the Memorial Park. This is our first assignment in assisting with synagogue chores. We will meet in front of the JCV.
 

Sunday, January 9 
10:00am: Congregational Meeting
In person at the JCV or on Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89158973102  (891 5897 3102, Passcode: jcv). See poster below.
Please Plan to Attend This Meeting.

Agenda
Call To Order - President, Harvey Cohen
Roll Call - President
Rabbi Update - Rabbi Shull
Cantor Update - Cantor Marci
President Report - Harvey Cohen
Treasurer Report - Sam Gurian
Nominating Committee Report - Nessa Kleinglass
Membership - Nessa Kleinglass
Website - Nessa Kleinglass
Ritual - Susan Litwer
Sisterhood - Debbie Jefko
Security - Eli Rapaport
Building And Grounds - Jeff Weisenberg
Old Business                                           
COVID-19 Update - Steve Kleinglass
New Business
Questions - Harvey
Adjourn

 

Sunday, January 9 
12:30pm: Welcome Back to the JCV BBQ and Happy New Year Get-Together

Immediately following the Congregational Meeting. Cost $10.00 per person. Menu: Hot Dogs - Quarter-pound Hebrew National; 1/2 Pickle -  Half Sour on each plate; 1 Chips - Individual bag; Condiments - (Relish, Mustard, etc.) - separate packages; Cookies for dessert; Soda - assorted; Water - bottled. Reserve Early! Registration Deadline: January 3, 2022. No changes can be made after the deadline. 


 

Sunday, February 13 
10:00am: Jewish Food Festival 
The Jewish Food Festival returns in 2022 for our 27th year celebrating Jewish Culture and Food in our NEW OUTDOOR VENUE. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. 
 

Sunday, January 16 - RESCHEDULED 
10:00am: Men’s Club
Card game, a great way to start the New Year. Rescheduled from January 9th.  

 

JCV Community Announcements

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JCV Urgent Message from Harvey Cohen, JCV President - NEW
December 8, 2021

Dear Fellow Congregants:
On behalf of the JCV Board of Directors, I am hopeful that the Thanksgiving and Chanukah Holiday Season was joyous for you and your loved ones. The winter season is certainly upon us with cooler temperatures and new issues to confront.
  
The recent changes with the COVID-19 pandemic related to the continued unsettling news about the variants has resulted in some changes that were discussed at our monthly Board Meeting. In particular, we are reinstating the face masking protocol that we relaxed recently. Now, everyone attending any event inside of the JCV will be required to properly wear a face mask at all times. All other aspects of our COVID protocol remain the same. That includes members and guests who are fully vaccinated and have presented verification are welcome within the building. The sanctuary will have both regular seating arrangements as well as socially distanced seating. There will continue to be an Oneg after services and while enjoying the food you will be permitted to remove your mask; however ,once you finish you are asked to re-mask.

We continually monitor the health related issue of COVID and attempt to react accordingly without acting out of fear or disregard of the best available science. We know that the changes can be upsetting and even confusing; however, our intent is to provide for the best environment for our congregants and guests. As usual, congregants and guests should evaluate their own personal situation and make decisions that are comfortable for themselves.

All the very best to each of you.
Harvey Cohen, President
JCV Board of Directors
 

Changes to Kol Isha in 2022 - NEW
Kol Isha has one final Zoom meeting on December 21.
In January we will commence meeting in person at 11:00am on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
All women welcome!
Our first meeting will be to discuss topics of interest so please send ideas to Cantor Marci so she can present all the options.


Menorah Lighting at the JCV on the Sixth Night of Chanukah - NEW

Members of the congregation celebrated the sixth night of Chanukah by bringing their menorahs to Shabbat Services on Friday, December 3. Photos by Bobbie Cohen Nolan and Judy Haran.


Cantor Marci Celebrated 20 Years at the JCV - NEW



Cantor Marci Vitkus was honored for her 20 years of service to the JCV on Friday, December 3, 2021. Photos Judy Haran.

Highlights of the evening may be seen here:
Video recap of Canor Marci’s 20 years at the JCV: https://vimeo.com/653094235    
Greetings from congregant JADA aka Hannah Wasserman click here

If you haven’t already done so, write a note or card conveying your best wishes to Cantor Marci and drop it off at the JCV. If you would like to honor Cantor Marci with a donation, please contribute to the JCV:  Donate here.


Buckets of Gratitude - NEW
What a beautiful blanket of love I received, both figuratively and literally!

Thank you all who came out to celebrate my 20 years at the JCV. I had so much fun singing with Jodi, listening to the tributes and songs, and watching the video montage! I hope everyone who came to services will continue to come. It felt great to have you all there. Reading through all the cards was an absolute highlight for me!

-Marci

 

Food Festival Facets 

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Space Still Available in the Food Festival Ad Book - NEW
Support the 27th Annual Jewish Food Festival with an ad in the 27th edition of the Food Festival Recipes and Resources Ad Book. Space is still available on the Grandparents’ page, Pets’ page, and Personal ad page.  If all members buy an ad to acknowledge a grandchild, pet, someone special, or special milestone, this will greatly help our congregation.

Flea Market News 
The 2022 Jewish Food Festival and Flea Market on February 13 will be a smaller outdoor event, in an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. The Flea Market will be featuring Judaica EXCLUSIVELY. Due to available storage space at the JCV, we are requesting donations for the February Flea Market be limited to Judaica items only. We hope to bring back the full Flea Market in December 2022 and look forward to accepting Flea Market donations after this year’s Jewish Food Festival is over. We need your help to make the 2022 Judaica sale the best ever.

Please donate the following:
Judaica Jewelry
Jewish Themed Tablecloths
Jewish Holiday Items
Cloth or Paper Napkin Products
Jewish Themed Art
Israeli Products
Jewish Religious Objects: Candlesticks, Menorahs, Mezuzahs, Tallit and bags, etc
Books cannot be accepted at this time 

Any questions on what is needed, call Bruce or Diane Minsley 941-681-2488.
Thank you so much for your help. 

Volunteer Opportunities 
Without volunteers, the Jewish Food Festival is impossible to hold. We are hoping you contribute to the 2022 Festival in one of two ways, with your time or a monetary contribution – or both!

Fill out and return the Sign Me Up form (see poster below), by November 29, 2021, to the JCV Office or electronically send to Mardi Skoegard, Volunteer Captain, at mardiskoegard@comcast.net. For more information, call Mardi at 941-882-2875.

Many volunteer opportunities are currently available prior to the Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, February 13, 2022; see cooking schedule poster below. Email Judy Rapaport at rapaport.judy@gmail.com with a list of the days and tasks where you want to volunteer. Just come and you will be given something to do. All kitchen jobs require a hat and apron and COVID-19 VACCINATION. Feel free to bring your own kitchen tools. Start time is 9:30am. - Schedules subject to change. Come when you can and stay as long as you can. Someone will be available to teach you. Baked goods are being accepted now to be placed in the freezer. 

 

In Case You Missed It

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Effective Immediately
Now that the JCV has reopened, many of you can start having meetings in the building. We continue to have the requirement for all attendees to show proof of vaccination, and have added back in the requirement for masking inside the building. Only vaccinated individuals with masks will be admitted into the building. As committee chairs or meeting leaders, it is your responsibility to make sure the procedures below are followed:

  • Check the JCV official calendar on the website to confirm your proposed meeting is not in conflict with other scheduled meetings
  • Reserve the room for your meeting. Send a note to president@thejcv.org and provide the following information: Date, time, and duration of the meeting; Resources needed; location in the JCV where you plan to meet; Do you require Zoom? 
  • Confirm that all attendees have had vaccinations
  • Maintain a log of who attended. This will be used to notify attendees in the unfortunate event of someone who attended the meeting coming down with COVID-19. 
  • This policy pertains to all meetings in the JCV building. Here are some examples: Membership showing potential congregants the building; Meeting with an outside vendor; Rabbi or Cantor meeting with congregant or guests

We ask that you follow this policy to make every effort to ensure a safe, COVID-19 free JCV.
Thank you,

Harvey Cohen, President
 

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 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: vaxthejcv@gmail.com.
  • 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 sailingvicki@gmail.com. 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 must be fully vaccinated.

 

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 membership@thejcv.org.

 

Welcome Back to "Almost Normal" at the Jewish Congregation of Venice 
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 jarkin999@yahoo.com.

 

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: 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 JCVNews@thejcv.org. 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.

 

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