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Week of June 12, 2022

06/12/2022 06:59:56 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.

MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORY INSIDE THE JCV; see more information under JCV Community Announcements. 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 (June 5), click HERE.


News at a Glance

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


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

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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.  References and links to third party sites are for informational purposes only and do not constitute endorsement of them by JCV News.


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* 
*Shabbat Services will start at 5:30pm on the second Friday of each month.
In person and on Zoom. 
Weekly: June 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. 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.

Allocating Aliyot 
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, 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.

Join Us At The Membership Table
Each Friday night, two folks are at the Membership Table to welcome new guests.  We invite you, as a JCV Member, to pick a Friday evening in July or August.  We will show you the easy process!  This is a wonderful way to meet others and an easy way to volunteer.  The JCV needs you!!
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Events, Programs, and Classes

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In preparation of JCV News; reasonable effort has been taken to ensure that current, correct, and clearly expressed information is presented each week. Data and information included in JCV News is compiled from a variety of sources, and is subject to change without notice to the reader, at which time inadvertent errors (accuracy, informational, and typographical) may occur. JCV News provides information “as is” and suggests the user confirm event details prior to attendance. 

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.

Tuesday (last Tuesday of the month) 
10:00am: Cantor Marci’s Kol Isha - women’s discussion group
For more information or questions, contact Marci Vitkus at
Questions we will discuss on June 28th:
What do you think happens after death?
What are your top 5 rules for life?
-Marci Vitkus

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

2:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Shull
Weekly. Contact Rabbi Shull at 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 or Vicki Kaufman.
Here is the book schedule for most of the year: 
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, June 14
10:00am: Crafty Mavens
In person at the JCV. Anyone interested in knitting, quilting or other crafts is invited to attend. Please bring ideas for projects that can be sold at the JCV Flea Market in December as well as your "Show and Tells.”

Wednesday, June 15 
1:00pm: Men’s Club Meeting
JCV Social Hall. For more information or questions, contact Steve Weiss.


Looking Ahead

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Sunday, June 26 
1:40pm: Men’s Club Rays Baseball Game at Tropicana Field. 
Payment due by June 15. See poster. For more information or questions, contact Steve Weiss. 

Monday, June 27
10:00am: Learn to Make Rugelach
JCV Kitchen. For more information or questions, contact Judy Rapaport at  

Wednesday, June 29
10:00am: Security Training 
In person at the JCV or on Zoom:  (821 2591 6827, Passcode: jcv). JCV Members are encouraged to attend. 

Monday, July 4
Noon: Fourth of July BBQ
RSVP by June 27, 2022.  For more information or questions, contact Judy Rapaport. 


Beyond the JCV

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JCV Community Announcements

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JCV Policy as of June 8, 2022
During our most recent Board Of Directors meeting, there was a discussion about COVID-19 and its variants’ positivity rate. The Board follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, which endorse the use of masks in indoor settings when the positivity rates are high. Therefore, due to the high positivity rate in Sarasota County, effective immediately, everyone attending a function indoors at the JCV is expected to properly wear a mask, covering one’s nose and mouth. When actively eating or drinking, such as during an Oneg or other special event, you may remove your mask. However, it is expected when you finish, you will once again put on your mask.

While we realize that masking and other protective measures are cumbersome, we feel this is in the best interest for the health and well-being of those attending functions within the JCV. As a Board, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and act accordingly.

You may wish to visit the CDC website at for further information and guidelines associated with COVID-19.

June 17 Oneg Pays Tribute to Anne Frank

-Photo courtesy of Susan Kohnstam

Pieter and Susan Kohnstam will be sponsoring the June 17 Oneg in honor of Anne Frank's 93rd birthday. Susan designed and created this quilt acknowledging Anne Frank.


Tip of the Week: Using the JCV website
You are now able to register and pay for events through the JCV calendar. If you see an event (such as the Shabbat dinner) on JCV News:

Go to the calendar. Find the date of the event. Click on the event and a poster will pop up. Now, you have 2 options:

To pay and register online:
Scroll down to “Register” - Complete the number of members or nonmembers attending. Then click on “Continue.” Complete your payment information.
To pay by cash or check:
Print the poster, registration form, and send in a check or drop it off with your
completed registration form to the JCV. Be sure your information will be received no later than the last day to register.

You will begin to see more and more events that use the registration option. Keep in mind, you cannot click on the poster in JCV News to register. The link does not work from JCV News;  you must go to the calendar.


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.  For more information or questions, contact Vicki Solomon. Then all you have to do is send a check to the JCV or pay on ShulCloud on our online donation form; check Donations>Sunshine in the “Type” drop down box.



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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.

JCV Office Hours:
May 30 to June 27   
Monday through Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm

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Adult Learning: open           
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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. Graphics, posters, or 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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