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Week of December 26, 2021

12/25/2021 08:03:46 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, 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 19), click HERE.


News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
JCV Community Announcements
Clubs and Committees
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.

7:30pm: Shabbat Services
In person and on Zoom (867 1741 0874, Passcode: jcv).
Weekly: December 31*; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4,11. Save this event to your calendar system.

*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

Tuesday (fourth Tuesday of the month) - Begins in January
11:00am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha - women’s discussion group
Kol Isha will meet in person at the JCV. Feel free to bring your lunch! 
All women members of the JCV are welcome.

10:00am: Sisterhood Book Club
Zoom (840 3065 9064, Passcode: bookclub)
Recurring Zoom discussion - Monthly: January 3, 2022. Save this event to your calendar system.

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 (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. Save this event to your calendar system.


Looking Ahead

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Thursday, January 6 - NEW
10:30am: Sisterhood January Meeting and Pizza Lunch
Join your friends from the JCV Sisterhood (*in person at the JCV or on Zoom) for a special speaker, Deputy Sheriff Karen Hicks, and pizza lunch.

Deputy Hicks will speak about safety and security, particularly for women. She has 34 years of experience in various roles with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and is a certified aerobics/kickboxing instructor and second-degree black belt in the martial arts. RSVP no later than January 3, by signing up HERE.

Zoom (885 6791 9481, Passcode: sisterhood) 
(Unfortunately, we have not figured out how to share pizza on Zoom!) 
* To attend any event indoors at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 must be provided and a mask must be worn appropriately at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.

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

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

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. 

Thursday, January 13 - NEW
Noon: Sisterhood Lunch Bunch and Game Day
Back Again by Popular Demand!
Venetian River Club, 502 Veneto Blvd., North Venice, covered outdoor seating, credit cards only (no cash accepted). Mah Jongg, Cards, Board Games (bring your own). Hosted by Mardi Skoegard, Immediate Past-President of Sisterhood.

RSVP by January 9, by signing up HERE. Sign up for lunch from noon-1:30pm or Game Day from 1:30-4:00pm or BOTH!
For questions, contact Mardi Skoegard at or 941-445-5407.

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

Sunday, February 13 
10:00am: Jewish Food Festival
The JCV Jewish Food Festival returns in 2022. Advance Food Orders Available - for order form, visit the JCV website: Check back for the latest information. 


JCV Community Announcements

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Website Updates
The JCV Website now includes new member profiles (posted from time to time) and monthly birthdays and anniversaries under the heading “Simchas.” The new features can be found on the JCV News page, Scroll to the appropriate section.


Clubs and Committees

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JCV Men’s Club News - NEW
Our first Men’s Club meeting and card game on December 12 was attended by 7 members and was a great success. Rich Rinko was our big winner; all had a great time and are looking forward to our next meeting and card game on January 16 at 10:00am.

On Sunday, December 19, the Men’s Club cleaned the path leading to the JCV Memorial Park. Our usual  members were there along with a few new members. We are all looking forward to our next planned event.

Thank you for participating in your Men’s Club!
Steve Weiss, Men’s Club President


Food Festival Facets 

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Jewish Food Festival Forms Now Available Online - NEW
The JCV website has a special page dedicated to all things Food Festival

On this webpage you will find links to the Volunteer Form, Ad Book Advertising Form (grandparents, pets, and personal), and Food Order Form for advance orders. Scroll below the Food Festival poster and there will be a section with links to all the available forms. 

Beat the Crowds - NEW
27th Annual Jewish Food Festival Advance Food Ordering is available to reserve now and pick up on Saturday, February 12, 2022, between noon and 3:00pm.  A great food option idea for your “Big Game” party. See order form below or online.

Volunteer Bakers are Needed to Fill the Freezer at the JCV Prior to the Food Festival 
Bake in the comfort of your own home. We need volunteers to bake.

  • Suggested Items: breads, brownies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and whatever else you can think of for the bakery section of the Food Festival. Gluten Free and Nut Free items welcome.
  • Packaging: All items should be pre-portioned and wrapped using resealable zipper storage bags for contact-free packaging.
  • Labeling: Item Name. Note all allergens (eggs, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat).
  • Delivery: Deliver them to the JCV freezer as soon and as often as you wish. You can drop off your baked goods during office hours (9:00am to 12:30pm) or Friday nights.

The bakery is an amazing fundraiser since it is all donated, aside from what is being made at the JCV. Let’s get started baking early and FILL THAT FREEZER to capacity!!!

Space Still Available in the Food Festival Ad Book 
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. 

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) ASAP to the JCV Office or electronically send to Mardi Skoegard, Volunteer Captain, at 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 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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JCV Urgent Message sent on December 8, 2021, from Harvey Cohen, JCV President 
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


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 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:
  • 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 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

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

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 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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