Interfaith Service at JCC Welcomes All

May 03, 2017
Courtesy of: Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island

All are welcome to the annual Interfaith Service of the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island on Friday evening, May 5 during which this year’s guest speaker will be Pastor Roy W. Minnix Jr.

The center describes itself as “a warm, welcoming synagogue that “provides not only a place to worship, but a place where people of all ages and religious backgrounds can be part of a very special and exciting place.”

That is apparent to those who visit for the first time at such occasions as the Interfaith Service. In the past five years, visitors have also been able to experience the inspiring new building at 2411 Long Beach Blvd. in Spray Beach.

The May 5 Interfaith liturgy service begins at 8 p.m. and is led by Rabbi Michael Jay with the help of all clergy attending. Minnix will present the sermon.

Minnix is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary who has served in the ministry for 44 years at four different parishes in South Dakota, New York, Maryland, and most recently in Lanoka Harbor.

Now retired, Minnix is busy as a vacancy pastor and an addiction and mental health counselor, as well as a student of the Torah.

He has been involved in a ministry to American Indians, community organizing with a focus on community policing, and has served as the director of a Christmas In April program, serving families in need in Ocean County.

He and his wife of 47 years, Anita, have three adult children and seven grandchildren. They have also provided foster care to 23 children and sponsored four refugee families.

He is a regular at the JCC’s Torah Study Class every Saturday morning.

The Island Singers will perform at the service, and there will be an Oneg prepared by the Sisterhood of the JCC of LBI.

For more information, see the website at or call 609-492-4090.  —M.S.



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