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Week of March 20, 2022

03/19/2022 05:49:09 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 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 13), click HERE.

News at a Glance

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Shabbat Worship
Events, Programs, and Classes
Looking Ahead
JCV Community Announcements
In Case You Missed It
Support the Jewish Congregation of Venice
Beyond the JCV
JCV News Sponsors

Upcoming Services, Events, Programs, and Classes at the JCV

(Masks optional)

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.


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) 
10:00am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha - women’s discussion group

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 - Monday - NEW
10:30am: Sisterhood Book Club
In person at the JCV.

The JCV Sisterhood Book Club meets once a month on Monday. 10:30am to noon. When the weather is nice, we meet outdoors. Often, we go out for lunch afterwards, or bring a picnic lunch. All women are welcome to attend, including friends or guests. If you have any questions email Judy Haran or Vicki Kaufman .
Here is the book schedule for most of the year: 
April 4 -  Ten Green Bottles by Vivian Jeanette Kaplan    
May 2 - Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson     
June 6 - Moonglow by Michael Chabon     
July 4 or 11 - No meeting (open for discussion)              
August 8  - No meeting (open for discussion)
September 5 or 12 - The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
October 3 - The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson   
November 7 - The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman 
December 5 -  Book to be announced

Tuesday, March 22  - NEW
3:00pm: Crafty Mavens
Zoom: >  CLICK HERE  < (791 0509 3822, Passcode: crafty). Everyone Welcome!

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


Looking Ahead

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Thursday, April 7 - NEW
10:30am: Sisterhood Meeting
April Meeting and Pizza Lunch - Join your friends from the JCV Sisterhood at the JCV (Indoors, masks optional) Myrna Goldbaum and Vicki Kaufman, Co-Chairs for Programs.

Guest speaker: Rick Belisle, Director of Training and Education, and Mentoring Program Coordinator Venice Area Orchid Society, presents - Everything You Wanted to Know About Orchids. RSVP by April 4 to Myrna Goldbaum

Sunday, April 10 - NEW
2:00pm: Afternoon at the Movies
$10.00 per member; $12.00 per nonmember. Includes: movie, popcorn, soda or water. RSVP prior to April 6.

Movie Night

Friday, April 13 - NEW
5:45pm: Passover Seder at Plantation Golf and Country Club
Reservation is confirmed only with payment. Payment must be received no later than April 1 (no exceptions). Members: $58.00 per person; Nonmembers: $68.00 per person.

Passover Seder

JCV Community Announcements

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Past President Harvey Cohen Honored for His Many Years of Service to the JCV - NEW
On Sunday, March 13, a framed dedication poster with all donor names was presented to Harvey as a way to say thank you and show appreciation as he retires.

The community looks forward to Harvey’s warmth, compassion, laughter, and business acumen as he moves on to other roles at the JCV. If you would like to make a general donation in Harvey’s name > CLICK HERE<. All donations will support the JCV’s general budget, which funds all our programs and activities. Thank you for your generosity! 

Annual Congregational Meeting was Held March 13 - NEW

Harvey Cohen, JCV Outgoing President (pictured right) and Eli Rapaport, newly elected President. - Photo: Judy Haran

Current President, Eli Rapaport; Second Vice President, Mardi Skoegard; and Vice President, Steve Kleinglass. - Photo: Judy Haran


BBQ Party on March 13 Celebrated the Board Service of Outgoing Members - NEW

Outgoing JCV Board Members: Maxine Arkin, Past President; Harvey Cohen, President;  Sam Gurian, Treasurer. - Photo: Judy Haran

Judy Rapaport, Ways and Means Chair presents Harvey Cohen, Past President with a framed dedication poster for his many years of service to the JCV. - Photo: Judy Haran


JCV 2022 Jewish Food Festival Thank You - NEW
The JCV appreciates everyone who helped and supported making the 2022 Jewish Food Festival a great success. 

In Case You Missed It

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JCV Policy as of March 9, 2022
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.


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. 

Beyond the JCV

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Confronting Antisemitism Together! - NEW
Please join me and the Community Relations Committee of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee as we lead the session described below along with the Venice Interfaith Community Association. We really could use your presence.
Rabbi Ben Shull 

What exactly is antisemitism? Why is hatred of the Jews called the world's longest hatred? Why are we witnessing a dangerous upsurge in antisemitism today and what can we do about it? These and other questions will be addressed during "Confronting Antisemitism Together", a program sponsored by the Venice Interfaith Community Association (VICA) on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 400 Field Ave. E., Venice, FL.

Presented by the Community Relations Committee of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, "Confronting Antisemitism Together" is an effort to educate the larger community about the dangers to all when hatred is left unchecked and when antisemitism, in particular, is allowed to fester and undermine the foundations of decent and just societies.
The ninety minute program begins by focusing on the story of the Jewish people and their historic yearning for freedom and justice as told during the Passover meal (seder). The program then traces the roots of antisemitism from ancient to modern times and explains how hatred of the Jewish people manifests itself in religious, racial, economic, and cultural forms. The last third of the program is devoted to an overview of the recent upsurge of antisemitism in the United States, in general, and in our region, in particular, and why it poses a danger to not only the Jewish community but to very fabric of American society. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the nature of this problem and what they can do to confront it.
Over the past year, synagogues in Sarasota and Jewish institutions, like the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, have been defaced with antisemitic slogans and symbols. Neighborhoods in our county have been littered with antisemitic flyers in recent weeks. Thankfully, concerned citizens have rallied against such hateful attacks; VICA believes that along with protest should come education. VICA  welcomes all who are interested to join together for this important opportunity to learn and to act.
For more information on this and other programs of the Venice Interfaith Community Association, please go to the organization's website,



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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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