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Week of February 6, 2022

02/05/2022 07:12:42 PM


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. Zoom and in-person Shabbat services are now being held at 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 (January 30), click HERE.

News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
JCV Community Announcements
Food Festival Facets
Beyond the JCV
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.

If any changes to our regularly scheduled services are warranted, we will let you know as soon as possible. We look forward to spending Shabbat together virtually and/or in person.

7:30pm: Shabbat Services
In person and on Zoom (867 1741 0874, Passcode: jcv).
Weekly: February 11, 18, 25; March 4,11.

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Events, Programs, and Classes 

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

Tuesday (last Tuesday of the month) 
11:00am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha - women’s discussion group
In person at the JCV or on Zoom. (816 9151 8705, Passcode: KOL)
Feb 22; Mar 29; Apr 26; May 31; Jun 28; Jul 26; Aug 30; Sep 27; Oct 25; Nov 29; Dec 27; Jan 31.

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Kol Isha, which means the woman’s voice, is our monthly discussion group. We began four years ago after a JCV Women’s Retreat to discuss issues that affect us as Jewish women. Our topics have ranged from Spirituality to preparing for the death of a spouse, to learning about women of the bible, and so many things in between.

We would like to open our arms to include a larger group of women from the JCV. Please join us on the last Tuesday of the month at 11:00am. We will meet in person at the JCV as well as on Zoom. While we know Zoom has its challenges, we want to include everyone. We alternately hope to be fully in person. But at this time realize that is not possible for everybody.
Our topic for February 22 is Recurring Dreams/Nightmares. Who knows where this discussion will take us, but we would like you there!
-Marci Vitkus

Monthly on the First Monday of the Month  
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.

Tuesday, February 8 - NEW
3:00pm: Crafty Mavens
(764 3036 3741, Passcode: crafty). Everyone welcome!


Looking Ahead

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Saturday, February 12 
Noon: Jewish Food Festival pickup 
Duration: 3 hours.
The 2022 JCV Jewish Food Festival will offer pickup orders only-must have been pre-ordered by January 31. 

Sunday, February 13 
10:00am: Jewish Food Festival pickup
Duration: 3 hours.
The 2022 JCV Jewish Food Festival will offer pickup orders only-must have been pre-ordered by January 31. 

Wednesday, February 23
7:00pm: Men’s Club - Card game at the JCV

Sunday, March 6 
2:00pm: Men’s Club - LeBarge Sightseeing and Nature Cruise
Open to the congregation. Reserve by February 20, $32.00 per person.  Contact Stephen Weiss.


JCV Community Announcements

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February Simchas - NEW
February anniversaries and birthdays can be found at  
The list is found on the JCV News links between the 1/30 and 2/4 JCV News.  Scroll to find it!

Men’s Club Fishing Trip Date Correction - NEW
Our deep sea fishing trip will be on February 27 on the charter boat Maimee, weather permitting. The boat leaves at 7:00am. Please be in Englewood by 6:30am. The cost is $180 per person, all inclusive (bait, tackle, water, soda, and tip). The only thing to bring is food. For more information or to sign up, contact Steve Weiss.


Food Festival Facets 

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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 Saturday, February 12, and Sunday, February 13, 2022; see cooking schedule posters below. Email Mardi Skoegard 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. 

Beyond the JCV

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A Message from Rabbi Shull - NEW
In the wake of a series of attacks against synagogues and other Jewish institutions and individuals, we are certainly feeling unnerved and uneasy about Jewish safety and security in America. I would, in fact, argue that this rise in antisemitism has been traumatizing for many Jews. One way of dealing with this crisis is to ramp up physical security for the Jewish community.  Our congregation and our local Sarasota Jewish community, in cooperation with governmental authorities, have been working on this important shoring up of security measures.  Still there is another type of security that must also be addressed.  Our emotional and spiritual selves are in need of shoring up as well.
In light of this need, the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association along with with the Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast is offering a virtual community town hall (Makom Refuah/Makom Tikvah - A Place of Healing, A Place of Hope), February 7 at 7:00pm, to address the psychological and spiritual dimensions of the crisis we are facing.  Two mental health professionals and two area rabbis (myself and Rabbi Samantha Kahn of Temple Sinai in Sarasota) will offer their thoughts on finding hope and healing in these difficult times.  The details of the program are found in the listing below.
I encourage you to participate in this program.  In addition to comments by the panelists, we will allow significant time for questions and concerns from the audience in attendance.  As it says in our siddur, Mishkan Tefilah (p.157), "...wherever we go, it is eternally Egypt, that there is a better place, a promised land; that the winding way to that promise passes through the wilderness.  That there is no way to get from here to there except by joining hands, marching together."
Ben Shull
Makom Refuah, Makom Tikvah 
Finding a Place of Hope and Healing in the Wake of  Attacks Against the Jewish People 

A Virtual Community Town Hall 
Jointly Sponsored by the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of the  Suncoast and the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association 

Monday, February 7, at 7:00pm 
Mental health professionals and local rabbis will discuss the psychological and spiritual impact of individual and collective trauma on us and our children and offer strategies of coping with Jewish insecurity in the shadow of resurgent antisemitism. An open discussion will follow. 

Jeanette Altman, MSW – Program Coordinator, Camp Mariposa 
Cheryl Hamlin, LCSW – Director of Aging Services 
Stacy Lang, PhD, LCSW, ACSW – Chief of Behavioral Health Services 
Rabbi Samantha Kahn - Temple Sinai  
Rabbi Ben Shull - The Jewish Congregation of Venice 

To Register – email 
Upon Registration, Zoom link will be sent

In Case You Missed It

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JCV Policy Update as of January 12, 2022 
The JCV is now open for activities and services under the following guidelines:

  • Anyone who enters the JCV is required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. This includes congregants, guests, employees, visitors, vendors, and others.
  • While inside the JCV, everyone is required to properly wear a face mask at all times. All Friday evening services are to be both in person and via zoom.
  • The sanctuary will be set up for both regular seating and socially distanced seating for those who prefer that seating arrangement.
  • For now, there will not be any oneg shabbat offered after a service.
  • The JCV President has the authority to make specific decisions about the status of what may take place at the JCV, given the fluctuation of the COVID-19 environment and the needs of individualized issues at the JCV.
  • Committee meetings, education sessions, and other events are permitted, given the above guidelines.
  • As always, individuals should assume their own comfort level in participating at events at the JCV.
  • Congregants are asked to comply with the latest CDC guidelines should they be positive for COVID-19 and any variants prior to returning to any function at the JCV.
  • When there is an event at the JCV, the committee in charge will record who attended the event.



JCV Slate for Open Positions 
At the recent Congregational Meeting the following slate was established: 
President - Eli Rapaport
Second Vice President - Mardi Skoegard
Treasurer - Meg Antine
Member-at-large - Deborah Rosen
Adult Education - open

This slate will be voted on in March during the Annual Congregational Meeting, March 13, at 10:00am. Only nominations for Adult Education will be accepted at the annual meeting. 
A special thank you to the Nominating Committee: Joan Attenberg, Cynthia Greene, Barbara Katzenstein, Dave Metzger, Aaron Rosen, and Len Weiner. If you have further questions, contact Nessa Kleinglass.

JCV Attendance Guidelines for Committee Chairs/Meeting Leaders
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. 

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.

Security Update 
In light of the recent event at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, we are planning a training at the JCV. The training will be conducted in coordination with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and will cover situational awareness of possible threats as well as how to react to an emergency. Rather than hold it as a Zoom, we intend to hold it when most congregants feel comfortable assembling back at the JCV. We will make Zoom available for those who cannot get to the JCV.

Until then, please be aware that we have armed guards contracted through the Venice Police Department at each Shabbat service as well as at special events. If you have any comments concerning our security, please contact Eli at 315-591-2139 or by email at
Eli Rapaport
JCV Security Chair

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.

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.

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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