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Week of March 13, 2022

03/12/2022 10:16:04 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 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 continue to be held at the JCV. 

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 (March 6), click HERE.

News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
JCV Community Announcements
Support the Jewish Congregation of Venice
JCV News Sponsors

Shabbat Worship

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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.

“Good Scents” - 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. 

The rabbi, cantor, and ritual committee wish to make you aware of the monthly schedule for Friday Shabbat Services.
We are creating this Shabbat Schedule in order to give our service more “ruach” and to encourage greater participation, given the challenges we have faced over the past two years.
1st Friday:
Choir and musical accompanist.
2nd Friday:
*Birthdays will be celebrated.
3rd Friday:
 *Anniversaries will be celebrated. Musical accompanist.
4th Friday:
Haftorah and Torah reading.
*Update your member profile (birthday and/or anniversary) in ShulCloud, since this is where we get our information.


Friday, March 18 
7:30pm: Shabbat Services - Purim featuring A Shamrock Shpiel - The Megillah of Esther in Limerick.
"Faith and Begorrah...A Big Kinehora!" Join us (as part of Shabbat Services) featuring: A Shamrock Shpiel - The Megillah of Esther in Limerick. We invite you to wear something Green!

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, contact Barry Bye by email at

Tuesday (last Tuesday of the month) - NEW
10:00am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha - women’s discussion group
To all the WOMEN OF THE JCV-  Kol Isha, which means the woman’s voice, is our monthly discussion group. We would like to open our arms to include a larger group of women from the JCV. Join us on the last Tuesday of the month at 10:00am.

We will meet in person at the JCV.  Our topic for March 29 is Passover recipes. Bring a copy of your favorite recipe and a story to go along with it. 
-Cantor Marci Vitkus

4:30pm: Basic Judaism with Rabbi Shull
Weekly. Contact Rabbi Shull for details.

2:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Shull
Weekly. Contact Rabbi Shull for details.

Monthly on the First Monday of the Month  
10:30am: Sisterhood Book Club
In person at the JCV. Email Judy Haran, for more information.
April 4; May 2; June 6; July 4; August 1; September 5; October 3; November 7; December 5.

Sunday, March 13 
10:00am: Annual Congregational Meeting
In Person and Zoom  (816 0313 0738, Passcode: jcv)

JCV Slate for Open Positions - at the January 2022 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 during the Annual Congregational Meeting.  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.

Sunday, March 13 
12:30pm: BBQ Party to Celebrate the Board Service of Harvey Cohen, Maxine Arkin, and Sam Gurian
Luncheon begins immediately after the Congregational Meeting.

Looking Ahead

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Wednesday, March 23 - NEW
7:00pm: Men’s Club
Card Game - Poker.  JCV social hall.

JCV Community Announcements

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Updated JCV Policy - NEW
March 9, 2022
Dear Congregants,
For many months, the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic have been on all of our minds. We have not been able to do many of the things that were always available to us in the past and came to us as second nature. For some, we have missed out on many lifecycle events, while for others we have been socially distant from friends and activities.

Today, we are celebrating with the following announcement. At the March 9, 2022, JCV Board meeting, the Board voted to rescind all of the former protocols/precautionary measures related to COVID-19 that were in place at the JCV. Effective immediately, that means the following:

  • For those who are comfortable, masking will now be optional.
  • We will resume our tradition of having an Oneg Shabbat after Friday evening services, of course following appropriate hygiene related to food handling.
  • Under the guidance of our Religious Committee, our former customary Torah Service will resume with a Torah procession. Honors will resume in a traditional fashion with accommodations for those wishing an honor but not yet comfortable doing so at the bimah. All Shabbat Services will still be offered via Zoom.
  • We will no longer have a check-in station outside the JCV for those coming to worship, although as a congregation we highly recommend being fully vaccinated.
  • The sanctuary will be reconfigured to our former congregational seating, while still allowing for some socially distanced seating.
  • We will continue to have hand hygiene stations around the sanctuary and encourage the use of them as good hygiene practice.
  • While these actions seem appropriate today given the Center for Disease Control's recent recommendations for our geographic area, they may be subject to change, and as a congregation we will react accordingly. Moving forward, each of us should evaluate our own health status and make an individual determination about comfort levels with regard to our actions.

We are optimistic about the future and look forward to seeing all of our congregants at upcoming events at the Jewish Congregation of Venice. Let me also offer our sincere thanks for being patient, understanding the COVID-19 protocols, and for your membership.

Harvey Cohen, President, JCV
Steve Kleinglass, Re-Opening Committee Chair 


JCV Men’s Club - NEW
On Sunday, March 6 the Men’s Club took a sightseeing and nature cruise around Sarasota Bay aboard "LeBarge;" the weather and company were all outstanding. Everyone had a good time on the boat with four palm trees growing from the top deck.

Future Schedule for card games in the JCV social hall:
March 23 at 7:00pm - Poker
April 20 - Everyone is welcome to attend the April game.


Support the Jewish Congregation of Venice

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Your Support is Relied on
Join us in making the JCV thrive, and know that we are grateful for all donations. You may use our online donation form or call our office at 941-484-2022 and we will be happy to assist you. We appreciate gifts and donations to support our congregation's mission!

Support the JCV When You Shop on Amazon!
For every purchase made through our Amazon Smile link, Amazon will donate to the Jewish Congregation of Venice. This is at no additional charge to you. Remember, always start at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the JCV.

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.

Chumash Bookplates
Our new ETZ HAYIM Torah and Commentary chumash creates a lasting way to honor a loved one or commemorate a special event. Opportunities are available to dedicate one or more chumashim with a personalized dedication bookplate affixed.   

You can make a meaningful gift to the JCV.  When you dedicate a chumash, we will apply a bookplate with your preferred dedication. The cost to dedicate a chumash is $18.00.

Never Forget the Difference You’ve Made
Harvey Cohen, you made a difference with your many years of service to the JCV. It is with our greatest appreciation that we thank you for believing in our mission, offering invaluable leadership, unwavering support, and unrelenting guidance.

Today you are being honored with appreciation and gratitude as Past President of the JCV. The community looks forward to your warmth, compassion, laughter, and business acumen as you move on to other roles at the JCV.

If you would like to make a general donation in Harvey’s name, click here or go to  All donations will support the JCV’s general budget, which funds all our programs and activities. Thank you for your generosity!



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Rabbi's Day Off and Office Hours
Rabbi Shull’s day off will be Tuesdays. 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. We continue to recommend that anyone entering the JCV building 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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