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Week of April 24, 2022

04/23/2022 06:39:15 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 (April 17), click HERE.


News at a Glance

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


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

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of event data contained in this issue, however all events are subject to change. Confirm event details prior to attendance.

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* 
*Beginning May 13: Shabbat Services will start at 5:30pm on the second Friday of each month.
In person and on Zoom. Weekly: April 29; May 6, 13*, 20, 27; June 3, 10*, 17, 24; July 1, 8*, 15, 22, 29
Zoom:, (867 1741 0874, Passcode: jcv).

The rabbi, cantor, and ritual committee wish to make you aware of the monthly schedule for Friday Shabbat Services.
1st Friday:
Choir and musical accompanist.
2nd Friday:
*Birthdays will be celebrated. Beginning May 13: Shabbat Services will start at 5:30pm on the second Friday of each month.
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.

New Method of Allocating Aliyot - Beginning April 22
On a trial basis, the Ritual Committee has adopted a new method of assigning honors for Shabbat Services.
Rather than a Ritual Committee member calling or emailing congregants and perhaps disrupting you, we will leave it up to JCV members to step forward to request an honor. Currently, the honors will consist of candle lighting and three Torah Aliyots. If this system works well, we can expand honors to include other English prayers and readings.

So, if you are celebrating an event or have a yahrzeit and want an honor, this is the procedure:
Contact Susan Litwer, 914-670-5746 or, and the appropriate arrangements will be made.
Any honor or reading that has not been subscribed to will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the Shabbat Service. A Ritual Committee member will be present at the Membership table to hand out honors or readings and keep the appropriate records. You will be given a card that night providing any details.

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
Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 26, at 10:00am.
We will discuss these questions:
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received?
Did it change anything in your life?
What is something you wish you could say to people but can’t?
 -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 
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 at or Vicki Kaufman at
Here is the book schedule for most of the year: 
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

Wednesday, April 27 
11:30am: Men’s Club Snook Haven River Tour: Boat Ride and Music 
Information and directions:

Thursday, April 28
12:30pm: Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance 5782
"Cherishing Our Holocaust Torah" with Lois Roman of the Memorial Scrolls Trust. Join us on zoom as well: (850 7802 8859, Passcode: 219980).

Looking Ahead

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Monday, May 9 - NEW
10:00am: Learn to Make Strudel
JCV Kitchen

Friday, May 13 - NEW
5:30pm Shabbat Dinner
JCV Social Hall. RSVP by May 9.

Wednesday, May 18
7:00pm: Men’s Club Card Game, JCV Social Hall

Thursday, May 19 - NEW
11:30am: Sisterhood Luncheon, Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club

Saturday, June 18 
7:00pm: Men’s Club Card Game, JCV Social Hall
Sunday, June 26 
1:40pm: Men’s Club Rays Baseball Game at Tropicana Field. Payment due by June 15.

Beyond the JCV

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The JCV Supports Our Interfaith Community
The JCV is proudly supporting the Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center of Venice in their time of need. In July 2021, their center sustained significant hurricane damage and is still under repair. We will be sharing our facility with them so that they may have their fundraiser “3rd Annual Taste of Sri Lanka” on May 1 at 4:00pm. Call 941-323-8033 for information. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut
Join us as we celebrate Israel's 74th birthday along with the rest of the Sarasota/Manatee Jewish community (see poster below). As we get ready for our own congregational trip to Israel, November 7 through 18, 2022, this year's Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration is especially meaningful. Let's all proudly display our Blue and White and give thanks for the State of Israel.
Rabbi Ben Shull

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.

More New Books in the JCV Library
The books listed below have been recently purchased for the JCV Library. They are displayed on the blue rolling cart in the left front corner of the room, as you enter the library. If you wish to borrow a book, sign it out in the notebook on the desk. There are no due dates, but we ask you to return the book when you have finished so that others can enjoy it. All books in the library are either by a Jewish author or about a Jewish subject. If you have a suggestion for a book that would be appropriate for the JCV Library, contact Sheila Rosen or Edythe Wolf.  

The Cellist by Daniel Silva. 
Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin.    

The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson.  
A compelling, easily readable account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. 

Last The Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman.  
A multigenerational saga of two significant Jewish families who built wildly prosperous financial empires in Shanghai and Hong Kong that lasted for nearly two centuries.  

The Order by Daniel Silva. 
As the cardinals gather in Rome for the start of the conclave, Gabriel sets out on a desperate search for proof of the Order's conspiracy, and for a long-lost gospel with the power to put an end to two thousand years of murderous hatred.

People Love Dead Jews: Reports From a Haunted Present by Dara Horn. 
Reflecting on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the blockbuster traveling exhibition called ​“Auschwitz,” the Jewish history of the Chinese city of Harbin, and the little known ​“righteous Gentile” Varian Fry, Dara Horn challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst of evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives, as they continue to unfold in the present.

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner. 
This is a compelling, nuanced novel about the long, terrible aftermath of sexual assault and the things that can be stolen from women that can never be fully restored. But, because it’s a Jennifer Weiner novel, it’s no polemic. It’s empowering in its own way. Weiner seems to steadfastly believe in the saving grace of humor, the ability of time to open up possibilities, and the strength of female friendship. 

Three Sisters by Heather Morris. 
Based on a true story by the author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Three Sisters is a tale that will break your heart, but leave you amazed and uplifted by the courage and fierce love of sisters whose promise to each other kept them alive in a place without hope.

X-Troop by Leah Garrett. 
The X Troop was a secret Jewish commando unit that fought for the British against the Nazis on the front lines of all the major battles of World War II. The commandos were Holocaust survivors from Austria and Germany who came to the UK on Kindertransport.

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 at 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.


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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.

Board of Directors                                       
President: Eli Rapaport -
1st Vice President: Steven Kleinglass    
2nd Vice President: Mardi Skoegard    
Secretary: Judy Haran         
Treasurer: Meg Antine -
Immediate Past President: Harvey Cohen    
Parliamentarian: Annette Blum  
Member at Large: Deborah Rosen      
Member at Large: Barabra Katzenstein        
Adult Learning: open           
House and Grounds: Jeff Weisenberg           
Membership: Nessa Kleinglass -
Ritual: Susan Litwer      
Ways and Means: Judy Rapaport        
Sisterhood: Debbie Jefko    

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.

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