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Updates from Steve Zeidwerg, Co-President

 

 

May 4, 2020  6:30pm

I am proud to announce that on May 1, 2020, Rabbi Pivo and EBJC signed off on his new contract for an additional four years.

 

 

 

April 28, 2020  3:00pm

I would like to address a valid concern that has been expressed to me by some of our members. I want all our members, especially those who are older and those vulnerable with pre-existing medical conditions, to know that the present lay leadership and clergy will always take everyone into consideration when making decisions about coming back together. These will include decisions about continued live-streaming of meetings, services, High Holidays, classes, and other events. Our members’ health and safety are of prime concern to us, and I do not want anyone to think or have to worry that we would make major decisions without considering the health and safety impact to everyone. We will always try to be inclusive to those who cannot physically attend the happenings at EBJC, and while we do not know when we will actually physically return to the Shul, we are starting to develop the logistics and strategies for the different scenarios that might play out. As always, this administration and the Shul will have your back!

 

 

April 18, 2020  10:00pm

On April 17 at approximately 4:10pm, the house next to the Pivo's caught fire and was severely damaged.  Everyone got out safely and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.  The East Brunswick  Independent Fire Company, with the backing of the other East Brunswick Fire Companies, fought the fire and our thanks go out to them.  Their response and the way they attacked the fire saved the Rabbi's house from being engulfed as the wind direction and flames were moving in that direction.  The Rabbi's house has vinyl siding damage from the intense heat with no smoke or fire damage.

   

  

 

  Rabbi's House Damage

 

 

March 30, 2020  10:00am

FRAUD ALERT

More than ever before, be aware that there will be scammers calling you and sending email and regular mail, about the Coronavirus and how you can donate to those on the front lines, receive your government check sooner, how you can defer payment and receive forgiveness on your credit card bills, and even how you can receive government assistance on your utility bills, etc.  The scams are endless and bad people are thinking these up as I am writing this.

DO NOT FALL FOR IT!  HANG UP THE PHONE! DON'T OPEN THE EMAILS! RESEARCH THE REGULAR MAIL REQUESTS! DON'T OPEN YOUR FRONT DOOR TO ANYONE AS NOBODY SHOULD BE COMING TO YOUR RESIDENCE!

With our current world events, we have those that will try to scam and take advantage of good and vulnerable people.  During these times, when good people want to donate to a cause, there will be those who will take your money or personal information illegitimately.

If you want to donate to the front lines or anywhere else, do your research.  Make sure you are going to their official websites for their information. Don't count on an email, regular mail, or phone call that you receive, no matter how good it looks or sounds, as being legitimate.

Websites, emails and regular mail are being made to look and seem legitimate, but they include fake addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of the organization, with the hopes that you will send your personal information or donation by gift card or by some other non-trackable and non-cancellable transaction.   Phone calls are made that are ever so convincing, and believe me, these people know how to convince you to give your personal information or donation when they are not really the actual organization that they claim to be.

As time goes on, there will be more scamming stories and more ingenious ways to scam you.  Follow the simple rules above that are in big letters. Don't give anyone the opportunity to scam you.  Cut it off quickly, and do not feel obligated to listen to or read their gimmick. The longer you are on the phone with them the more you will give them an opportunity to convince you of their nonsense.  Be safe not only for your physical well-being; but be safe and smart with how and to whom you communicate.

 

March 29, 2020  8:00pm

It has been pounded into us - stay home, maintain social distancing at least six feet apart if we go out. We get it and we are doing it.  Now everyone needs to be aware of their mental health and well-being.  Make yourself busy.  Don't watch the news all day.  Stay in touch with us and attend our live stream programming.  Keep your sense of humor.

Whether you are young, middle-aged, or older, what we are experiencing today is a major hurdle in our lives that we will get over just like any other problem that we faced in our lifetime.  We will all gain a new perspective on how many of our past problems weren't really so major.

We have to come to the realization, and really know and believe that both individually, as well as the EBJC family; that we will overcome this pandemic and we will be stronger, smarter, more empathetic, and more resilient than ever before.

All of our EBJC congregants are extended family to us and we have to remain close.  And, as we get through this together, we will get closer yet.  When we physically get back together, we should and we will appreciate each other more than ever.

Currently, I am working on this website to make it less disjointed and to keep it current.  There is a great amount of information on here and I want it to be the main conduit to disseminate information and programming to all of our congregants.  All of our programming and live stream events will be listed on the events/live events tab and will have a link to attend.   If you have any suggestions, please email me at steve7763@aol.com. 

Tue, August 11 2020 21 Av 5780