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922016-04-28 19:24normkatz75.57.0.224Torch Award 2013 ApplicationI have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTifereth Israel Synagogue Men's Club - San Diego, CA (1053)Steak in the SukkahNormKatznormkatz1@gmail.comBillSperlingbillsperl@aol.comBillSperlingbillsperl@aol.comFJMC - otherSteak in the Sukkah is an Annual Fundraiser and Dinner for our club. In our fifth year, we started with scotch tasting but have also had tasting sessions for tequila, gin, liqueurs, and vodka. This year we're having wine tasting. We present our annual "Man of the Year" award at this function to the most loyal and deserving volunteer for our activities and his contributions to the synagogue and community.This program makes sense with at least 40 participants. We stick to a simple menu to keep it consistent. We buy kosher Rib Eye steaks and offer a fish and vegetarian option. Some attendees will not drink any alcohol or even participate in the tasting so your leadership needs to be especially sensitive not to make them feel pressured or alienated in any way. We have a 45 minute cocktail hour with appetizers and usually some wine and micro-brew beer growlers, at the end of which we have a brief D'var Torah usually presented by our Rabbi and then we present our man of the year. We then proceed into the sukkah for a tasting session led by a qualified expert on whatever spirits we're having. After the tasting, we have a buffet dinner with steaks, potatoes, and grilled veggies. For dessert we have fresh baked pareve chocolate chip cookies and fruit salad. We have a drawing for one bottle of alcohol from the tasting choices. The men usually hang around for an hour after dinner to tell jokes and shoot the breeze and that camaraderie is usually the best and most memorable part of the event that keeps the guys coming back each year.Camaraderie creates lasting friendship that spans generations.Club fundraiser helps raise money for regional and FJMC programs and convention scholarships.An adaptation or enhancement of a previous Torch Award entry TAxx-xxxx|Learned about this at a Western Regional Training SessionYes
91 (draft)2014-01-09 22:30hbr17146.115.75.100I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Emunah Brotherhood - Lexington, MA (714)Men's DayEd Willinssaleshunter@rcn.comHowardReubensteinhbr@alum.mit.eduHowardReubensteinhbr@alum.mit.eduFJMC - other
902013-05-14 09:20Donxx108.213.50.202I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsEmanuel Synagogue Brotherhood - West Hartford, CT (230)World Wide Wrap 13BobTellarRTellar@aol.comBob TellarRTellar@aol.comBobTellarRTellar@aol.comWorld Wide WrapEmanuel Synagogue Brotherhood has expanded participation for World Wide Wrap by making it an Emanuel Synagogue community experience. Our Brotherhood coordinates this activity with our Sisterhood, Minyonaires, Religious School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club to make the World Wide Wrap a generational and synagogue wide program. Participants ranged in age from 10 to in their 80’s.We confirm the WWW date from the FJMC calendar and then alert all of Emanuel Synagogue participant groups and professional staff. The date is also noted on the Emanuel Synagogue calendar. The schedule for the day is developed. The WWW schedule for the day begins with wrap instruction, then a participatory shaharit service, then a hot breakfast. Students from the various religious school grades lead portions of the service. The hot breakfast is prepared by members of the Emanuel Brotherhood, Emanuel Sisterhood and Emanuel Minyonaires. Our Rabbi, Cantor, Ritual Director, Student Rabbi, Brotherhood and Minyonaires help teach individuals how to put on tefillin. The planning process begins in September 2012 to ensure that all arms are on board for this event.www13_0.doc (87 KB)The WWW provides an opportunity for our entire Emanuel community to experience the mitzvah of putting on tefillin. It engages our synagogue members of all ages and provides our youth with a mitzvah experience outside of the classroom.Expanding the WWW experience beyond our Brotherhood provides an opportunity for our men to share a mitzvah experience with their children and the entire Emanuel community. This gives our members leadership opportunities. Original ProgramYes
892013-05-13 22:56Donxx108.213.50.202I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsEmanuel Synagogue Brotherhood - West Hartford, CT (230)Brotherhood CateringSaulShemkovitzsshemkov@gmail.comBobTellarRTellar@aol.comBobTellarRTellar@aol.comClub AdministrationBrotherhood Catering provides an opportunity for our guys to get together to form friendships, build camaraderie, do a mitzvah, raise money for our synagogue and other worthy charities, help our synagogue families provide a wonderful kiddush for their simcha while saving some money, and have fun. Families having a simcha are contacted and given a menu of options. Once Brotherhood Catering is selected to prepare the food for their simcha and a date is set we use e-mail to contact our members to show up for the cooking date and time, help put the food out on the day of the simcha, and help with clean up after the event. As incentives, members who help a set number of times earn an Emanuel Brotherhood Apron with their name on it. We also hold a free dinner for all volunteers and their spouses at the end of the year to thank all who have helped during the year.brotherhood_catering_menu_0.doc (28 KB)The process: All families having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah during the coming year are contacted and sent a Brotherhood Catering menu. If they select Brotherhood to cater their simcha, the date is marked on our calendar and e-mails are sent to the members to sign up for the cooking session. Before the cooking session the food is obtained either through local wholesale food companies or various supermarkets or discount stores. All shoppers are well versed in looking for kosher certification for all food that is purchased. At the cooking session, some guys are assigned fruit and vegetable washing and cutting. Some are assigned to making salads – tuna, egg, and/or vegetable. Some put the food in bowls or on platters. Some bake cookies and plate them. Others make kugel or vegetable lasagna or sesame noodles. Some of the guys are assigned to setting up tables with plates and utensils. On the day of the event some guys help bring the food out while others will help with clean up. Overall, our catering coordinator has each task outlined as well as room set-up diagrams. sample_e-mail_asking_for_help_0.doc (24 KB)esb_catering_photo_0.doc (230 KB)Brotherhood Catering has had a significant impact on our club and synagogue. This activity has brought our members together on numerous occasions to work on the food preparation. Our catering reputation has increased the number of simcha's that we have catered. This has increased the funds we have raised for our synagogue, programs in Israel and programs in our community. We have been able to make sizable donations to our synagogue, Kosher Food Pantry, Food Share, JNF, and other charities for the past 2 years. Our rabbi has commented that this program is the essence of synagogue community.Brotherhood Catering has helped us build a strong club membership and participation. The men who volunteer their time to help with Brotherhood Catering have also become more involved in synagogue life and can be found helping out on other synagogue projects. This program involves men in Jewish life through building leadership and community.Original ProgramYes
882013-05-07 22:07Hberkowitz96.246.16.73I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsForest Hills Jewish Center Men's Club - Forest Hills, NY (822)Coffee HouseHalBerkowitzredzonehal@aol.comScottSharinnsschar@collectthedebt.comScottSharinnsshar@collectthedebt.comNon-FJMC ProgramThe FHJC Coffee House is an annual event sponsored by Men’s Club in conjunction with FHJC Membership. It offers every segment of the FHJC community a showcase for their performance skills. This almost-open-mic night for all ages attracts an audience of about 200 people.fhjc_ta_advanceplanningsheet.xls (10 KB)The program goals are to provide a showcase for performance talent within FHJC and to bring together all generations and constituencies within FHJC. Pricing for the event is kept as low as possible, and children under 12 years of age are admitted free. Cofee, tea, flavored syrups, whipped cream, and soft drinks are included, as are a variety of snacks. Adults may bring their own alcoholic beverages. Registration for performers takes place 4 months prior to the event, and performers are in contact with the production team throughout the period leading up to performance. Runthrough is 1 to 2 weeks prior to the event. Publicity consists of advertising flyers, blurbs in the weekly FHJC Shabbat Shalom, and notices in the bimonthly Message, as well as notices on the FHJC listserv and bimah announcements and in the free local newspapers.cfehse_signup_2013.doc (56 KB)cfehse_signup_2013.pdf (149 KB)cfehse_list_with_notes_sample.doc (41 KB)cfehseflyer2013.docx (144 KB)cfehseflyer2013.pdf (85 KB)cfehsecoupon.pdf (60 KB)Coffee House is the event that has the most Club members participating, in planning, support and performance roles. Because it is not a fundraiser, it enhances the Club’s standing as an organization that contributes goodwill as well as funds to the synagogue. Our members make up a great percentage of the actual performers. The attached video shows Men’s Club members performing the closing number of the evening, an annual tradition.Coffee House is an event in which Men’s Club plays a major role, both as organizing body and as performers. In additina to Men’s Club members, the event draws men -- and women -- from the entire FHJC community. It demonstrates the benefits of becoming involved in Jewish life through Men’s Club and, by extension, through FJMC and supports the elements of Leadership and Community. The planning and marketing information for Coffee House were shared with Temple Israel Center of White Plains, NY (Hudson Valley Region) at the Northeast Summer Retreat 2012. They presented their first talent show this year, an Innovation. The idea stemmed from two original, full-fledged scripted theatrical events staged by FHJC (Farblundgett Broadway and Farblundgett Follies). Requests were made by members who represented other musical genres for a performance opportunity. As discussion progressed, an open-mic format was chosen, with the understanding that performers’ selections would be pre-approved for synagogue appropriateness. Each Coffee House performer is allotted 5 minutes to sing, dance, play an instrument, read poetry, etc. All ages are welcome;Original ProgramYes
872013-05-07 21:21DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)Brunch & Political Forum with CT Candidates for U.S. SenateDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comNon-FJMC ProgramThe race in CT between the two primary candidates for U.S. Senate was a very high profile competition. Beth El Men's Club, in collaboration with other arms of the temple as well as outside organizations in the community arranged for both candidates to participate in a forum less than 10 days before the election. The forum, which included a full buffet brunch, was the only campaign event that the candidates participated in together at any Jewish organization. The FJMC clubs in Southern Ct and the large Reform Synagogue in West Hartford all tried to do this program and it was a feather in our hat that we contacted both parties early and go commitments and we became the only Jewish organization to book the candidates for this high profile debate. The State of Ct political broadcasting station sent a crew to televise our event State Wide. Great publicity for Beth El Temple.ta_programadvancedplanning_political_forum.xlsx (14 KB)In the prior two election years (2008 and 2010), the Men's Club has collaborated with Sisterhood and Chai Society (for 55+ members) on a political forum brunch. Each had combinations of candidates and representatives from the major political parties. Both were highly successful and we agreed to have another political forum in 2012. The program date was lined up well in advance. A very high-profile and bitter race between the two CT candidates for US Senate, Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy, was taking place. Our stretch goal was to secure these candidates for the political forum brunch we were planning. Men's Club member and former President Bob Gruskay had lined up all the panelists and moderators for the previous political forums. He came through again this time and succeeded in getting both Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy to participate in the forum. He also arranged for the moderator, Jeff Saperstone - Political Reporter, WVIT-TV. We found out that we were the only Jewish organization in CT to secure both the candidates. When the plans for the political forum to be held at our temple became known, others wanted to join us in co-sponsoring the event. In an effort to strengthen relationships between the temple and the groups, we agreed to collaborate with the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (JFGH). Later, the CT Jewish Ledger also became a co-sponsor and provided significant publicity for the event. In the month prior to the program, there was much communication between many individuals involved in the planning. A lot of it involved coordinating all the media planning to attend. There was one formal face-to-face meeting about 2 weeks prior to the program to discuss all the details. As we got closer to the program date, we realized this could be our largest attended event we've ever had. There was significant interest both within our temple and in the community. The two candidates had been very different in the approaches to their campaigns. The political forum was no exception. While Linda McMahon chose to follow a carefully scripted presentation, with Q+A afterwards, Chris Murphy took a more relaxed approach and welcomed the interaction with everyone in the Q+A period following his remarks. Although there was a large crowd, it was not as much as we expected due to the forecast of a potentially significant hurricane striking CT the next day. This forecast also cut down the number of media attendees present as they were out covering the storm. Getting the two high-profile candidates to speak was a real coup for our synagogue, and we put all efforts possible to make this event a success. Link to article in local newspaper several days prior to the program http://westhartford.patch.com/groups/events/p/ev--meet-connecticuts-candidates-senatorial-politicalf38db84765 Link to candidate Linda McMahon's tweet on the morning of the event. Includes pictures. https://twitter.com/Linda_McMahon/status/262572903168626688 Link to post-event coverage in the CT Jewish Ledger, including pictures http://www.jewishledger.com/2012/10/talking-politics-in-west-hartford/ Link to the professional recording of the Political Forum which was shown on Public Access TV several days later: http://www.whctv.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3680:beth-el-temple-political-forum-november-2012&catid=231:beth-el-temple&Itemid=11 political_forum_0.doc (29 KB)forum_poster_0.pdf (205 KB)newzip.zip (450 KB)forum4.jpg (705 KB)forum6.jpg (912 KB)Of all the programs the Men's Club has been involved in, this one had one of the biggest overall impacts. The candidate race in CT for US Senate was getting tremendous media coverage. For our temple to run a program like this, thanks primarily to the Men's Club, is a real coup. There were attendees not just from the immediate community, but throughout CT. The temple's relationships with Jewish community was strengthened by our agreeing to work with representatives from other organizations and have their names on the event publicity as co-sponsors. We were happy to have them share in our success.Planning this program involved many from our Men's Club as well as Jewish men outside. The program of this magnitude certainly required the innovation and leadership of those involved. And it clearly was a community event, both in the involvement from those in the community as well as the diverse attendance at the program. Members from FJMC clubs in southern CT and NON FJMC synagogues attended this event.Video sent to Torch ChairOriginal ProgramYes
862013-05-07 11:03Aaron Daniels174.116.179.76I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth David B'nai Israel Beth Am Brotherhood - Toronto, ON (403)Jewish Mens Voices - Health & Wellness and BeyondAaron Danielsaaron2daniels.comRichardWronzbergwronzberg@bell.netRichardWronzbergwronzberg@bell.netHearing Mens VoicesA.J Jacobs tried to live his life according to biblical teaching for a year. He called it "The Year of Living Biblically". He followed it with Drop dead healthy: The quest for Bodily Perfection" documenting his pursuit of health. We at Beth David are creating a 4 year Program invllving personal change and healthy living. We call it "The Year of Living healthfully. Physical Health: all important medical concerns; maintaining vitamin pill regimen, walking two or threee times a week, weight loss, having regular medical visits; take up dance lessons participate in stretching excercises. Mental Health: take up meditation or yoga, adopt strategies to reduce anxiety, join a discussion group or book club, take up a volunteer activity; learn a new skill; give up a bad habit. Stress Reduction: Cultivate mindfullness in gradual steps; learn to think constructively; and learn to take full control of the demands of modern living and society's current norms.Over the past two years (including current) our planning has taken a great deal of time and effort. Sometimes it has left us with limited time to market the various programs. The Programming is well received and is growing in increasing numbers of members coming in. Still not as we would expect.Two-fold 1. Part of "Hearing Jewish Men's Voices". We are very much aware of this 2. To inculcate healthy living in Jewish men's daily living from physical, mental and other associated perspectives.Original ProgramYes
852013-05-06 07:43bmwimaging108.32.29.56I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)Tefillin Educating StudentsDavid Diamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comWorld Wide WrapWWW was promoted to our congregation and our 6th and 7th grade classes. The FJMC Tefillin Video The Ties that Bind was shown to the students the previous week. After Minyan all were invited to breakfast sponsored by Men's Club and Chai Society (our over 55 group) and a Tefillin presentation by Rabbi Druin of Sofer -on- Site. ta_programadvancedplanning_130210.xls (21 KB)Our students arrived 20 minutes before minyan and two rabbi's gave instruction in groups on how to lay tefillin. Groups included students and adults. Men's Club purchased three new sets of Tefillin from FJMC and donated them to the synagogue to use for this program. 6th and 7th grade classes attended minyan along with our adults. The minyan was lead by our senior Rabbi Rosen and it was a learners minyan so explanations of the service followed to keep everyone comfortable with why we were doing what we were doing. At the Shama details were given on how and when to hold and kiss your Tefillin. After service the Children groups for a photo opportunity After minyan everyone was invited to breakfast and presentation by Rabbi Druin of Sofer-on-Site. Rabbi Druin is a master scribe and is writing a new Torah for our congregation. Rabbi Druin went into detail from history to customs about Tefillin. We all learned insight to the tradition that most of us never knew. The highlight was showing in detail and hands on how tefillin was made, constructed, and written. He brought a mini set of tefillin that was used during our history when Jew were being persecuted and could not carry regular size tefillin. What was amazing is that the script that was in the tefillin was so tiny but perfectly kosher. Rabbi Druin who is a master scribe confessed that with all of his skills he could not write a script as small as what our ancestors were able to accomplish. The students and adults were fully engaged in the program. This was the best WWW program we have ever done with all of the elements that were included. I have attached photos of the construction of tefillin that I hope other synagogue's will be able to use to help teach their students. tefillin_donation.doc (222 KB)un_holocaustday2013.pdf (52 KB)2013_world_wide_wrap_flyer_students.doc (46 KB)beth_el_ct_world_wide_wrap_flyer_rev_01.pdf (609 KB)tefilin_www_2013.zip (483 KB)The program brought together many parts of the synagogue including the religious school, our Rabbi's, Men's club and Chai Society as well as our congregants and the committee promoting our new Torah and Sofer-on-site. The hands on learning of Tefillin construction and history had a significant impact on everyone in attendance.Participating in a FJMC World Wide program and purchased three sets of Tefillin from FJMC Contributed to promoting, community, leadership and innovationSofer-on-site is an organization out of Miami, FLOriginal ProgramYes
842013-05-05 23:41rczik24.91.7.155I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Israel Brotherhood - Sharon, MA (738)DefianceRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comHebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyPresentation and 6 part discussion of the film Defiance.The Brotherhood of Temple Israel of Sharon held a screening of the film "Defiance" starring Daniel Craig. The film is the story of the Bielsky Brothers who actively resisted the nazis and saved the lives of more than 1,200 Jews during the Shoah. The program was led by Rabbi Yitzi Weiner of the Sharon Kollel. The program consisted of a screening of the film followed by the 6 separate discussions on themes of halacha and morality raised by the film. The final discussion included the one of the actual members, by telephone, of the of the Bielsky group. Her granddaughter was present at the discussion. The schedule was: Sunday, 4/1,2012 - Screening of Defiance Tuesday 4/17/2012 - Discussion: Taking revenge against Nazis and other Jewish Enemies Tuesday 4/27/2012 - Discussion: Is it ever okay to steal from poor people to save lives? Thursday 5/3/2012 - Discussion: How does one kill the Germans without become like the Germans? Thursday 5/17/2013 - Discussion: Is it preferable to save as many people as possible while putting more at risk, or to save fewer people but keep them safer? Thursday 5/31/2012 - Discussion: When is it okay to use lethal force to maintain camp discipline? Thursday 6/14/2012 - Discussion: Are there priorities in save lives? Who does one save first? The last session was attended by the grandchild of one of the members of the group and an actual member attended by phone.defiance.jpg (397 KB)We were able to reach many non-Brotherhood and even non-Temple members to this program. It was very powerful with a focus on learning the Jewish perspective on morality that was raised by the film.We think this would make a wonderful program other clubs can replicate.Original ProgramYes
832013-05-05 23:13DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)A Tu B’Shevat Weekend: Jews Working the LandDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comShomrei Ha’aretzThe Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Adamah (Hebrew for “earth”), located at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., is the largest educational Jewish farm in the U.S. and is affiliated with Hazon, Hebrew for “vision,” the largest Jewish environmental group in the country. He spoke what makes a farm “Jewish”, how does the farm operate on a day -to-day basis and what types of programs it offers.ta_programadvancedplanning_jews_working_the_land.xlsx (13 KB)T'Green Olam, Beth El’s Environment & Energy Committee, arranged for the 2nd "Annual" Tu B'Shevat Weekend to be the week-end of 1/28 - 1/29/12, just in advance of the holiday. This would involve programs on both Shabbat and on Sunday. As we had done in the prior year, the Men's Club agreed to collaborate with the committee in co-sponsoring a Sunday breakfast program with a speaker. The committee arranged for the speaker who was the director of a Jewish farm just an hour away from our shul. After our breakfast buffet, some religious school classes joined us to learn about the farm. The speaker, Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh, is Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Adamah (Hebrew for “earth”), located at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., and is the largest educational Jewish farm in the U.S. and is affiliated with Hazon, Hebrew for “vision,” the largest Jewish environmental group in thecountry. We heard what makes a farm “Jewish”,how does the farm operate on a day-to-day basis and what types of programs it offers. Attendees got to sample the farm’s kraut and kimchi.flyer_2012.pdf (73 KB)With the increased emphasis on the environment, this was an important activity for the Men's Club to be part of. Based on the interest and questions from our 6 & 7Th grade students the program made an impact on our youth.Having a "green" Jewish farm is clearly innovative and community-minded.Video sent to Torch ChairmanOriginal ProgramYes
822013-05-05 22:57DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)"A December to Remember" - Chinese Food and Movies on 12/25DavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comNon-FJMC ProgramAuthentic Chinese Food and Movies on December 25 at our temple. In 2011, it coincided with the 6th night of Chanukah, so we also lit candles, and added latkes to the menu.ta_programadvancedplanning_december_to_remember.xlsx (13 KB)In 2011, Men's Club decided to collaborate with Sisterhood and Chai Society and provide a program that had not been done before. With the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food and going to the movies on 12/25, we figured we'd bring this concept to our temple. We identified an authentic Chinese restaurant in New Rochelle, NY (over 100 miles away) willing deliver. This was Eden Wok: http://www.edenwok.com/. Since 12/25 was also the 6th night of Chanukah, we started the program around 5:30 with candles and Chanukah prayers. The Chinese food had already been delivered a few hours earlier, and it was heated and all ready. Over 100 attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet of Chinese food, and of course latkes for Chanukah. Afterwards, there was a choice of two movies: Kid’s movie "Ratatouille" and Adult's movie, Woody Allen's "Zelig". The program went over very well, and we decided to make this an annual event. In 2012, Chanukah was earlier in the month, so there were no candles or latkes. Again, we had authentic Chinese food ordered from Eden Wok. We did something else different: we showed 2 matinees mid-afternoon, followed by dinner, and then offered a "late show" with 2 additional movies. The matinees: “School Ties” (for adults) and “Brave” (for kids). The evening movies were “Defiance” (for adults) and “How to Train Your Dragon” (for kids). Close to 100 attendees this time. 12.25.12_december_to_remember_ii.pdf (327 KB)enlarged_yellow_flyer_for_dec_25.doc (8 KB)Our 12/25 programs brought the synagogue together on a day that there is typically nothing going on. It was great to partake in this Jewish tradition with friends from shul.Clearly an innovative concept that brought the Beth El community together.Original ProgramYes
812013-05-05 22:48rczik24.91.7.155I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Israel Brotherhood - Sharon, MA (738)Auction KickoffRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comClub AdministrationEvery year, our Brotherhood has an online auction to raise funds to support our programs. We traditionally kick-off the online auction with a themed live event. In 2012 the theme was a review of Steven Spielberg and his movies. This becomes the theme for the online auction and creates buzz. It's also a fun night out for the entire Temple membership.- 4 months we assign the following tasks - Solicitation Chair - Marketing Chair - Kick-off Auction Chair - Online software manager - 3-4 months prior to the auction we begin solicitation for items for the auction - 2 months prior to the auction we begin marketing the auction and the kick-off - 1 month prior posters go up - Kick-off night - auction begins - 3 weeks of on-line auction Documents on the program can be found at the following links: Auction Post: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12423102/Spielberg/AuctionPoster_1_Small.jpg Kick-off Presentation (75MB file): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12423102/Spielberg/Steven%20Spielberg.pptx The combined kick-off and online auction brought in about $14,000.We believe kick-off auction combined with online auctions can create a good fundraising program for other clubs.Please refer to the following links: Poster: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12423102/Spielberg/AuctionPoster_1_Small.jpg PowerPoint Presentation (75 MB): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12423102/Spielberg/Steven%20Spielberg.pptx Presentation Notes: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12423102/Spielberg/Steve%20Spielberg%20Notes.docxOriginal ProgramYes
802013-05-05 22:41rczik24.91.7.155I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Israel Brotherhood - Sharon, MA (738)Budapest, Hungary and Temple Israel (Sharon, Mass) Brotherhood CollaborationRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comRonaldCzikron.czik@gmail.comHebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyFor the past year the Brotherhood of Temple Israel (TI)of Sharon, Massachusetts and Dor Hadash of Budapest have been collaborating on a project to help both communities learn, grow and enrich one another. fjmc_and_dor_hadash_2013_convention_0.docx (392 KB)- Fall 2012 - began monthly Skype calls with Dor Hadash to begin learning about each other - Spring 2013 - invited 2 members of Dor Hadash to visit US, as guests of the Temple Israel Brotherhood, and attend the 2013 FJMC International Convention in Danvers, Massachusetts - Summer 2013 - begin formal davening and Torah laining Skype lessons with Dor Hadash - Future - ?The potential impact is truly huge. It may very well help re-establish and grow Conservative Judaism in Europe. Additionally, the Jewish community there is under stress from state sponsored anti-semitism. The impact on our Brotherhood, our Temple and our community is engagement on a level we've never seen. It is bringing men of all ages into club activities involved. We are hoping this becomes the template for other clubs to partner with other Masorti communities. Original ProgramYes
792013-05-05 21:58DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big DifferenceDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comIsrael / MasortiBreakfast program co-sponsored with the Israel Engagement Committee featured Three strong connections to Israel. The movie: Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Program began with presentation from AIPAC on Their activities. Movie was followed by a discussion with Amit Gavish, a Jerusalem native and General Manager of Briefcam, an Israeli technology company with US Headquarters in Connecticut.ta_programadvancedplanning_israel_inside.xlsx (13 KB)The Men's Club collaborated with the Israel Engagement Committee from our synagogue in planning this program. A full breakfast buffet was followed by an introduction of AIPAC by local chairman and temple member Don Gershman followed by remarks by AIPAC Boston Regional coordinator. The objective was to inform attendees on what AIPAC is all about. An exceptional documentary film “Israel Inside" was purchased and licenced: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” was then shown. Unlike other documentaries on Israel that focus on political issues, this movie focused on the various things that people have been able to accomplish. An additional collaborative effort was in partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford who sponsored the funding of this movie. The program concluded with a discussion with Amit Gavish, a Jerusalem native and General Manager of Briefcam, an Israeli technology company based in Connecticut. Amit prepared and shared new insite into Isreals creative enterprenial sprit. Amit shared some insite into Isreals secret service and some missions he ran while in the IDF. Attendees were blown away by the content, impact and new insite recieved at one program. Many atendees came up to us afterward sharing that this was the best program that they had ever attended. Questions and answers lasted 40 minutes with our quests speakers.11.18.12_breakfast_program.pdf (356 KB)2012-11-18_10.13.08.jpg (37 KB)2012-11-18_11.29.27.jpg (35 KB)2012-11-18_11.30.59.jpg (44 KB)The Men's Club has a long history of collaborating with the other programming arms of our temple. This was our first opportunity to collaborate with the recently established Israel Engagement Committee. This progam deepened the understanding and appreciation of Israel for those who attended.With such a positive movie about Israel, this type of program does a great job in strengthening people's connection to the Jewish community. Working in partnership with the Israel Engagement Commitee as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford further connects the Jewish Men involved in this program with the community. We had attendees from two other Men's Clubs in CTWell attended from the community, other men's Club and many congregrants that do not attend our traditional programming. Video sent to Torch ChairmanOriginal ProgramYes
782013-05-05 21:46DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)Sukkahfest in the SukkahDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comHebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyFor two years in a row, the Men's Club has sponsored a "Sukkahfest in the Sukkah". An opportunity to eat, drink and be merry, and sample beers, variety of kosher knockwurst, popcorn, pretzels and more. Each time there has been a Jewish trivia contest with prizes - bottles of kosher wine for the winners.ta_programadvancedplanning_succahfest.xlsx (13 KB)The Men's Club has sponsored "Sukkahfest in the Sukkah" for the past 2 years (previously known as "Oktoberfest in the Sukkah"). This popular well attended holiday program often attracts people who do not typically attend Men's Club events. In 2011, the weather was perfect and we were able to eat and socialize outside in the Sukkah. In 2012, due to inclement weather, it was held inside in a room that led to the Sukkah. The fun food (selection of kosher knockwurst, popcorn, pretzels) and variety of German beer offered was enjoyed by all. The second part of the program after dinner was The "Name that Jew" trivia contest, which was somewhat different each year, but fun and challenging, was enjoyed by all. Each year we create a page of famous Jewish faces that contestants need to properly identify. Not so easy for most contestants. It fun and laughter listening to other teams having trouble identifying a face that your team believes it has right. Each time, people would work in groups, with the winning team getting a bottle of wine. This year a surprise twist, a christian student at University of Hartford heard of the program and had a religious studies requirement to learn about other customs. He contributed actively to the program and unbelievable won the Jewish Trivia contest.name_that_jew_2011.xlsx (94 KB)name_that_jew_2012_-_i_of_ii.xlsx (1088 KB)name_that_jew_2012_-_ii_of_ii.xlsx (1694 KB)10.4.12_sukkahfest_flyer.pdf (80 KB)oktoberfest_flyer.doc (251 KB)We have had about 25 - 30 attendees which is a lot considering all the holiday activities during the first month of the Jewish New Year. Given some of the new people who have attended, this has given the Men's Club great exposure that we don't always get. This will be an annual program that give our members to do the mitzvah of eating in a Sukkah and doing the ritual of prayer for the Etrog and Lulav. This newly established program clearly brings Jewish men together to observe a holiday in a different way that is very social and fun. This has been one of our more innovative initiatives. Video sent to Torch ChairOriginal ProgramYes
772013-05-05 16:34danm2z108.18.229.204I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth Emeth Men&#039;s Club - Herndon, VA (1144)Minyan & MunchDanMoldoverdanm@moldover.netMarcFriedmanMarc Friedman <mfriedman.cbe@gmail.com>MarcFriedmanMarc Friedman <mfriedman.cbe@gmail.com>Hebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyThis program provides a social opportunity mixed with religious programming. The goal was to provide a place and an opportunity for "minyanaires" to schmooze and get to know one another on Sunday mornings.“If you haven’t yet been to a Men’s Club Minyan & Munch, then you haven’t experienced one of the most popular free events at CBE. November’s breakfast will feature fresh brewed prayer, piping hot conversation, and delicious k’velling between old friends and new. Drop by at 8:30am on November 13th and reserve your seat!” The above is from the November 2012 Beth Emeth newsletter (The Shofar), and it truly illustrates what this program is all about. It was started in 2010 when one of our members commented that he wanted to do something a little different from a “traditional” Sunday brunch meeting. He’s an amateur gourmet chef and felt that a little extra effort in the kitchen would go a long way towards bringing people in. He was also concerned that while we are a synagogue, men’s club has historically not done much with the religion side of house. I've created a video for you to experience the program as we do. Please enjoy: http://pictures.moldover.net/Hidden/BY-Video/26664730_RfNmjP#!i=2494783595&k=xnpGT8D 2013_torch_mm_submission.docx (12 KB)minyan_and_munch_jan_2013_frittatas.pptx (374 KB)minyan_and_munch_oct2011.pdf (158 KB)minyan_and_munch_jan_2013_frittatas-speaker_1.75.pdf (266 KB)2013_cbe_mm_torch-1_0.jpg (244 KB)2013_cbe_mm_torch-3_1.jpg (191 KB)2013_cbe_mm_torch-2_0.jpg (209 KB)2013_cbe_mm_torch_-_very_small.mov (6364 KB)On an individual level, this program has helped to develop a number of member's culinary skills. It's also made the Sunday morning minyan a much more visible part of our programming year. Finally, it serves as another entry point for potential volunteers, beyond our regular board meetings. At various times, we've had about 15 different guys helping in the kitchen out of a 40 member club. Our synagogue has reaped a significant benefit as well. This program has provided a launching point for other auxiliary groups. Both are adult education committee will close our by search committee have made use of the minyan and munch program to help serve their own needs. The men's club has helped out as needed to ensure these other events run smoothly.FJMC's worldwide wrap program started the discussion our ritual committee surrounding the Sunday morning minyan. This program helps to expand on the World Wide Wrap to further draw in the community and highlight for our members what a small group of dedicated men can do.Now that the marketing has been set and a regular schedule has been established, this has become a relatively easy program to pull off month after month. Original ProgramYes
762013-05-05 16:06codewizard4296.247.31.131I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsJewish Men&#039;s Club of The Valleys - Murrieta , CA (1066)Helping Scouts earn their Religious AwardsStuartMullerstumuller123@aol.comJulesLevirif7642@yahoo.comJulesLevirif7642@yahoo.comYouth ProgrammingThe overall goal of this program is to give the opportunity for Cub and Boy Scouts to earn their Religious Award. By working on these awards they will have a better understanding of the history and customs of their religion. Boy Scout Commissioner Stu Muller determined that there hasn't been a Jewish Religious Award given out in our local council in over five years. He could not determine if a Scout Shabbat was ever held in this Council. 1. We appointed a member to Chair the program. 2. We budgeted funds to fund the program. $7 a boy 3.The Chairman found members willing to instruct the class. 4. the committee downloaded the Maccabee Application and Workbook from http://jewishscouting.org 5. Boy Scout Commissioner Stu Muller send out a letter from the local to all Jewish Temples in the council to seek out scout and help the obtain their Religious Award 6. We set a date for the Class and Scout Shabbat 7. We sent out a News Release Papers and council 8. We held the class 9. We held a Scout Shabbat at a Friday Night Service 10. Publicize Shabbat 11. review the project and do it againthe_maccabee_emblem_work_book.doc (187 KB)4_11_maccabee_app.doc (36 KB)letterheadforelectronicuse-2010_shul_letter_pdf.pdf (117 KB)news_release_shabbat_service.doc (70 KB)We are a small Senior Club who is associated with a senior Shul. We know that youth are the future of our religion. A lot the Jews in this area are married to non jews. but are raising their kids to be Jews without a Shul our club and Shul welcome these families. Some of the boys and lots of the girls belong to Scouts. We hope are effort will make these parents take advantage of our classes and learn about their religion. So far the parents got more out of the classes than the kids. So far we have given out 7 Maccabee , 1 Aleph and 1 Adult Shofar award. We have held two Scout Shabbats with great attendance from Cub and Girl Scouts. We are encouraging young parents to involve themselves and their kids in Jewish life. In mostly a non-jew community with a lot of partly Jewish homes. The parents even the non-jew get involved in the award processIt's important that Jewish Scouts learn about their religion even if they don't go to religious school. They will ever take G-d out of Scouting they will always have a Duty to God. Other SourceMaccabee Application and Workbook from http://jewishscouting.orgYes
752013-05-05 15:42olshanr99.42.207.56I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsKol Rinah Men&#039;s Club - St. Louis, MO (633)Steak N Scotch and a taste of Talmud in the Sukkah BobOlshanolshanr@aol.comBobOlshanolshanr@aol.comBobOlshanolshanr@aol.comHebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyWe modified Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah to be Steak and Scotch Tasting with a taste of Talmud. We started the program with Havdallah in the Sukkah. We then had a short Talmud session related to Sukkot. We then had a Steak Dinner and followed that with a Scotch Tasting which included a history of Scotch, and then we sampled about 10 different Scotch's, learned about the difference, saw where they were made on a map, and learned about what makes different liquors kosher or not.steak_scotch_and_talmud_tasting_in_the_sukkah_adv_planning.xlsx (14 KB)We began the evening with a Havdallah service led by Rabbi Dr. (RavDoc) Ryan Dulkin with his guitar (Hazzan Dulkin was not feeling well). RavDoc Dulkin then led an interesting Talmud discussion. For those who are interested in some deeper understanding about drinking in the Sukkah: the gemara (Sukkah 28b), as well as some Rishonim (Rashi 20b, s.v. lo; Rambam, Hilkhot Sukkah 6:5) and the Shulchan Arukh (639:1), implies that drinking in the sukkah constitutes a fulfi llment of the mitzvah of dwelling in the sukkah. Interestingly, some Acharonim note that casual eating and drinking during the meal must be done in the sukkah (see Sha’ar Ha-Tzyun 29, who suggests that even water drunken as part of a meal must be had in the sukkah, regarding which he concludes, “ve-tzarikh iyun.”). We then had a delicious Kosher Steak Dinner, best bargain in town ($18 for the steak dinner with one Scotch sampling - or $5 for the full tasting). We then had Michael Waxenberg and Michael Shanas lead us in an witty and interesting talk on the history of Scotch, what makes liquors Kosher or not, and then we proceeded to have a full Scotch tasting, where we all rated the different Scotches and learned what makes them different. It was a new program for Shaare Zedek, very well attended and one of our first joint men's club event with BSKI (with who we are in the process of merging). steak_scotch_flier.pdf (339 KB)ss_in_s_3.jpg (176 KB)ssins_2.jpg (98 KB)ssins1.jpg (133 KB)This was a tremendously successful program achieving a number of our Men's Club goals: 1) Bringing younger men into programs 2) Increasing participation in Men's Club programs 3) Adding spirituality (Havdallah and Talmud in the Sukkah) to our Men's Club programs and 4) Having a joint program with BSKI Men's Club who we are in the process of merging with (becoming Kol Rinah) this year. Everyone loved the program and it is going to be a new tradition for us. Everyone identified this program as a classic FJMC innovative new program. This program fits right in with the goals and mission of FJMC - Leadership: we had 3 men participate and help lead this program that hadn't been participating before. Innovation - developing programming that better connects people of all ages to the Jewish community: We attracted young couples and older couples and many singles to the event. This is certainly based on Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah programs, but adding the Taste of Talmud with Scotch history and tasting makes this an original program, but it is an adaptation of other Steak and Scotch programs (not sure of the numbers).Original ProgramYes
742013-05-05 14:38elisson198.92.84.211I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsEtz Chaim Men&#039;s Club - Marietta, GA (1711)Walking G-d's Paths - An Interfaith Dialogue between Catholics and JewsStevenKrodmanelisson1@aol.comJeffFrankeljeff.frankel@live.comJeffFrankeljeff.frankel@live.comFJMC - other"Walking G-d's Paths - An Interfaith Dialogue between Catholics and Jews" is a pilot program that was jointly run by Etz Chaim Men's Club and representatives of the Catholic Church of St. Ann, part of an ongoing process of engagement and dialogue between the two communities that grew out of ECMC's Torch Award-winning program "The Unity of Community." Using a series of six 15-minute videos created by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, groups from Etz Chaim and St. Ann explored several facets of the (often problematic) historical relationship between the two faith communities. The dialogue helped both groups to learn about one another and dispel stereotypes, strengthening the growing friendship between the two.etz_chaim_1711_walking_g-ds_paths_-_advanced_planning.xlsx (13 KB)Our program - "Walking G-d's Paths - An Interfaith Dialogue between Catholics and Jews" - had its roots in Etz Chaim Men's Club's "The Unity of Community" program of 2010, which involved members of the local Catholic church in our observation of Yom ha-Shoah. The program was originally suggested by Fr. Ray Cadran as an opportunity for our two faith communities to learn more about one another; the materials, created by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College on behalf and with the oversight of the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered a nuanced and balanced springboard for group discussions. A small committee from Etz Chaim Men's Club reviewed the materials and agreed that the program should be pursued. The Committee met with representatives of the Catholic Church of St. Ann and agreed that we would first conduct the program on a pilot basis with 6-10 participants from each community: If we mutually agreed that the program was successful, then the pilot program participants would act as facilitators for future programs, allowing us to offer it to a larger audience. The program consisted of six sessions, each beginning with the viewing of a 15-minute video followed by an hour or more of discussion, either on questions raised by that session's video or on other topics. The location of sessions typically alternated between the two congregations; at the end of each session, the time and place for the next session was decided upon. Group members were encouraged to be candid and forthright and to feel free to ask questions. We discovered, as the sessions progressed, that the Catholic contingent was extremely curious about many of the details of Jewish observance - some were quite surprised to discover the degree to which aspects of their services and liturgical calendar originated in Judaism. Conversely, the Jewish contingent learned how much of pre-Diaspora Jewish practice was subsumed and adapted by the Church. Each group consisted of a cross-section of its community. The Catholic group included two priests (one of whom was relocated to Chicago during the course of the program) and several Church lay leaders of both sexes. The Jewish group included a rabbi, along with several of the congregation's active laypersons. The six 15-minute videos are titled as follows: 1. A New Future: Building Shalom between Catholics and Jews An overview of the past, present, and future of Christian-Jewish relations and a look at the different perspectives Christians and Jews bring to the conversation. 2. Shared Origins, Diverse Roads The late Second Temple period gave birth to Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. The video discusses the central nature of the Torah for Jews and of Jesus Christ for Christians and how both relationships were affected by the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. 3. Common Texts, Different Scriptures Although Christianity and Judaism share many of the same scriptures, they are arranged differently and read through different traditions of interpretation. 4. Season of Freedom, Season of Rebirth Shows how the related feasts of Passover and Easter ritually re-enact defining foundational events for both religious traditions. 5. Metaphors for a Unique Relationship Shows alternative ways of visualizing the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Participants will compare various images and depictions and examine how they could shape the way Christians and Jews educate about each other. 6. Mending Relationships, Mending the World While engaged in dialogue to overcome the old stereotypes and misconceptions that have in the past hampered the ability of Christians and Jews reconcile with one another, members of both faith traditions are increasingly aware that both understand themselves to have been given a mission to the world. We explore Jewish and Christian reconciliation and its significance for the rest of humanity. Following the conclusion of the "formal" program, participants engaged in an interfaith dinner in mid-December... another opportunity to learn about each others' traditions in view of the seasonal holidays. (How many dinners have you attended in which a Catholic baked the challah and a Jew made the Christmas pudding?) In addition, members of each group attended services at the others' house of worship: the Catholics attended Etz Chaim's Men's Club Shabbat on chol ha-moed Pesach 2012, and the Jews attended Fr. Ray's farewell Mass prior to his relocation to Chicago. More about the "Walking G-d's Paths" program can be found here: http://www.ccjr.us/dialogika-resources/educational-and-liturgical-materials/curricula/958-wgp etz_chaim_1711_walking_g-ds_paths_-_fr_john_gabriel_and_fr_ray_cadran.jpg (616 KB)The "Walking G-d's Paths" program has had a minimal impact at the Club level, but has generated great interest at the synagogue and community levels - a model for interfaith dialogue and understanding and an excellent opportunity to dispel stereotypes and learn about each others' faith traditions. We expect that at least 10% of the synagogue's membership will eventually participate in this program as we roll it out to a broader audience.One of the best ways to become involved in your own faith community is to put yourself in the position of having to explain it to others! This program certainly relates to FJMC's "Community" tagline, since it intrinsically involves reaching out from the Jewish world to touch other faith communities.Photo: Fr. John Gabriel looks on as Fr. Ray Cadran explains the significance of the Advent candle. This followed a detailed explanation by Etz Chaim MC members of Chanukah traditions and practices, including a "demonstration" candle-lighting (since the holiday had already ended.)Other SourceThis is an original program that relies on source materials developed and provided by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.Yes
732013-05-05 14:19letraca68.199.21.28I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsHighland Park Conservative Temple Men&#039;s Club - Highland Park, NJ (910)Calendar of Activities for 2012-2013CraigArtelcraig.artel@yahoo.comCraigArtelcraig.artel@yahoo.comCraigArtelcraig.artel@yahoo.comBest Overall ProgrammingThe Men’s Club of the Highland Park Conservative Temple- Congregation Anshe Emeth of Highland Park, NJ sought to provide broad comprehensive programming over the past year. We focused on bringing back a number of successful programs from the past, adding educational and spiritual variations to our events, designed for vibrancy and diversity, and held a number of events partnering with USY and the education arm of the temple to attract families and young men and women. The result was a packed calendar with an organized theme and a variety of activities to satisfy the interests of a diverse group of people in our congregation and the community at large.ta_programadvancedplanning_calendar.xlsx (8 KB)The Men’s Club of the HPCT-CAE is a club of 70-80 members, with a core group of about 10 executive members engaged in the majority of the planning, programming, conducting of meetings, and overall work. With a congregation of varied demographics and spiritual preferences, our goals have been to maintain a broad range of club activities and events - educational, spiritual and fun - to engage as much of the congregation as possible in synagogue life, outside of shabbat and holidays, and to attract more men to join our programming and fundraising committees. Social events: In recent years, our club has found its niche in holding social events as fundraising opportunities, revitalizing our congregation with events that appeal to all demographics - both young and old, within our community and in the greater metropolitan area. In 2012, our inaugural event was the “Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah” Dinner, which was held for the second year in a row. This year, the dinner coincided with our rabbi’s completion of Tractate Berachot, so we incorporated a siyyum to add a spiritual layer to the already fun-filled evening. The cornerstone of our social activities was our annual December 24th “Evening of Comedy, Music and Dancing”, which has been held since the early 2000s. This year, we invited Keith Barany, a well-known comedian; the Avi Maza Orchestra, a local band; a buffet dinner catered by a local Chinese restaurant; and a 50-50 raffle. The event brought in nearly 200 people, and made for a fun evening and a profitable fundraiser for the temple. In January, our annual Chili Cookoff, which has been held since 2009, brought out eight teams of chefs who engaged in a friendly competition with their own chili recipes, including two vegetarian chilis. All cooking was done on premises in the temple kitchen throughout the day of the competition. All who attended the dinner got a chance to vote for their favorite chilis, and award certificates were printed in hand calligraphy for all teams. Finally, to close out the year, we are holding a "Pre-Shavuot" wine-and-cheesecake tasting - a variation on our popular wine-and-cheese tastings which are traditionally held in advance of Passover. Speaker program: We partnered with our temple’s Education Committee to invite Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of 2001's “Jew vs. Jew” (and a native of our town); and we partnered with Israel Bonds to invite Art Shamsky from the 1969 New York Mets for a breakfast program. Athletic events: Our club continues to hold a variety of athletic events each year, in furtherance of the "shomrei haguf" initiative for the health and wellness of our members. This year our temple sponsored a members-only softball team comprised of 16 players who participated in the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County Softball League. Also included on our calendar was a laser tag tournament (Men’s Club vs. USY), an annual golf outing, and Men's Club members who participated in the annual Rutgers Hillel 5K race. Synagogue Service: The club continues to maintain a tradition of service to our temple and community. Although kosher cakes, challahs, wine and kosher-for-Passover products are now more readily available at local shops and supermarkets, our club continues to sponsor cake and wine sales for the High Holidays and Passover, primarily for the elderly members of our congregation who have difficulty obtaining these items on their own. In partnering with local liquor stores and kosher bakeries, we obtain items at reduced cost and mark up our offerings as a fundraiser for the Temple. This year we saw record number of orders placed and income generated. We also held our twice-annual on-site blood drive and bone marrow testing in support of a local resident who is seeking a stem cell match. Also, for the first time this year, we partnered with our temple’s Youth Committee to undertake the responsibility for safety on Shabbat mornings: As children and teens have a tendency to run through the halls of our shul and congregate noisily in the lobby near the sanctuary during services, Men’s Club members volunteered regularly to monitor and police the premises. Financially, we made an annual donation to the temple’s operating account; helped to fund the purchase of a new commercial freezer; and contributed proceeds from the Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle program to the temple fund for USY scholarships. FJMC programs: Not only did we once again participate in the "World Wide Wrap" and the Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle Program, but this year we debuted new FJMC programs on our calendar. We held our First Annual Men’s Club Shabbat on Parsha Vayikra; and our first “Hearing Men’s Voices” breakfast on the topic of “What’s Your [Jewish] Story?” We also once again participated in the regional “Man of the Year” program: in addition to having 40 members of our temple community in attendance to honor our Man and Youth of the Year, our temple’s own rabbi, Eliot Malomet, was invited by the Northern New Jersey Region to deliver the evening’s sermon. This combination of FJMC events made for a more fulfilling, meaningful calendar of events.hpctcae_mens_club_calendar_brochure.pdf (533 KB)hpct-cae_mens_club_event_flyers_1.pdf (1893 KB)hpct-cae_mens_club_event_flyers_2.pdf (2007 KB)mc_member_letter_jpg_0.jpg (743 KB)mentschen_org_2013_01_29_447_malomet_dvar.pdf (237 KB)vayikra_dvar.docx (7 KB)moty-hpctcae-2012.jpg (100 KB)hpct-cae_softball.jpg (77 KB)yomhashoah-yellowcandle-bagging.jpg (109 KB)The impact of our programming and marketing materials on our club and synagogue has been tremendous. This year we printed and mailed out new marketing materials that were more streamlined and professional, including a tri-fold membership brochure that incorporated a calendar of events with specific dates. The diversity of our calendar’s events and programs has brought out more participants this year than ever before - not only Men’s Club members, but their families, and youth participants in the community. Our club is no longer seen as made up of older members, or catering to only a certain generation or demographic. This year has seen increased involvement and participation from younger generations of our synagogue, especially with the entertainment portion of our December show, the Chili Cookoff and the Shabbat morning safety volunteers. And perhaps most notably, our first Men's Club Shabbat generated positive reviews from our congregation, in part because of the participation of new members in the service (a personal milestone - one of the co-presidents of the club seized the opportunity to read Torah for the first time since his bar mitzvah), and vibrant, entertaining divrei Torah and "State of the Club" speeches that made the passion, professionalism and contribution of our Men's Club all the more apparent.The combination of programs we selected for this year fosters the FJMC element of “community”, especially the programs listed above that contribute specifically to youth initiatives (“Man and Youth of the Year” Dinner; donations to USY and Kadima Scholarships; USY sports competitions; Hillel team races; Chili Cookoff with family teams). Our club has made a more conscious effort in recognizing the youth leadership of our congregation, especially in collaborating with our temple's Youth Committee in selecting the "Youth of the Year", and including younger men on our executive board and programming committee.Original ProgramYes
722013-05-05 14:11Anonymous206.217.219.12I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsOlam Tikvah Men&#039;s Club - Fairfax, VA (1147)Invasion of the Singing TerpsRobertWattsbob@wattses.orgEricRothbergericandrachel@verizon.netEricRothbergericandrachel@verizon.netClub AdministrationInvasion of the Singing Terps was an evening of Jewish a cappella on November 19, 2011 featuring two well-known student groups from the University of Maryland, the highly acclaimed all women group Mezumenet and the award winning Kol Sasson. As the most elaborate production by the Men’s Club at the synagogue to date, the highly lauded event was a new challenge for club administration and attracted younger members who have since taken on club leadership roles.2013_olam_tikvah_ta_programadvancedplanning_concert.xlsx (11 KB)The then Immediate past President Bruce Gordon had produced two musical talent shows that attracted 300 hundred patrons each and raised $12,000. The year after his tenure, he produced an evening karaoke and entertainment event that netted $2000. To provide a showcase event for the 2011-2012 program year, he identified a program that would not require labor intensive writing, recruiting talent, rehearsal,etc. and had the inspiration of getting two great singing groups to perform that would enable the club to focus on logistics, ticket sales, and related fundraising (silent auction, raffle sales, journal). Bruce heard these groups at nearby Adas Israel’s collegiate Jewish a cappella singing competition. Kol Sasson of the U. of Maryland placed second in the competition featuring groups from the East Coast and Midwest. Bruce hit on the idea of getting Kol Sasson and another quality women’s a cappella group from the U. of Maryland, Mezumenet, to provide a full evening event that could attract hundreds and take advantage of Olam Tikvah’s new social hall. The concert would raise the stature of the club, and provide a fresh new program featuring and aimed at younger Jewish people. The congregation’s senior rabbi kvelled and was a huge proponent of the show. The Men’s Club worked hard on publicity, distributing flyers to area organizations, putting up posters, and creating a page on the synagogue website to distribute in e-mails. The club also secured a centerpiece “Worth the Schlep” feature in the Washington Jewish Week. Boy Scout Troop 1818, chartered by the OT Men’s Club, assisted with ushering and coat check. The show riffed on the fact that while in the same metro area, people from Maryland and Virginia (separated by the Potomac) see each other as living in different worlds. The event opened with the club president doing shtick with the MC. Sirens sounded. What could that be? Why it’s an invasion. What kind of invasion? Terps. Singing Terps from the University of Maryland. They are here to entertain us. Mezumenet regaled the audience with a mixture of Hebrew and American songs. Songs such as “The Rabbi’s Son” and “One Fine Day” amused and entertained. The club served soft drinks, beer and wine, and snacks at intermission. Kol Sasson, which performed at the White House for Presidents Bush and Obama, wowed the crowd with a focus on Hebrew melodies, and lively choreography. It was an elevating and entertaining evening, and patrons greatly enjoyed the show. “Seeing young Jewish people like this will help my son see that it can be cool to be Jewish. This will help encourage him to find a Jewish girl,” two parents exclaimed. Invasion of the Singing Terps attracted 193 people. Due to other synagogue fund raising priorities and the logistical work required to put on the concert, the club was unable to conduct a silent auction or raffle, or obtain sponsors, and therefore the concert netted only a few hundred dollars. Nevertheless, the club put on a professional show, reaped many benefits for the future, and learned how to conducting a major event. The club saved a couple of thousand dollars by using the talents of its members for organization, hospitality, communications and technology, and future concerts will be much easier to manage. The club VP in charge of Communications put together flyers and posters, and rigged a top quality sound system with equipment borrowed from various members and his own supplies. In order to attract younger people he created an on-line payment system (with PayPal), the first time ticket sales for any synagogue event were available through the web. (A side effect of this was that the synagogue administration was inspired to begin using PayPal much more for events and fundraising). 2013_olam_tikvah_ta_admin_concert_script.doc (32 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_admin_concert_flyer.pdf (443 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_admin_concert_publicity.doc (407 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_concert_pic.jpg (1795 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_admin_present.mpg (9324 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_admin_singing.mpg (8912 KB)The event was a major success in building the club’s image, providing a night of ruach, and attracting younger men. The co-producer, a former collegiate Jewish a cappella performer himself in his mid-30’s, joined the club in order to participate. He is now club 2nd VP in charge of membership. The shift in focus also helped attract the current club President (in his mid-40’s) to take the job, and helped the club recruit its 40-year-old, highly skilled Secretary to the board. Men’s Club was no longer a bunch of old men eating lox and bagels at a brunch. It had become a venue for innovation, and a place for generations of men and their families to interact, become friends and to learn from each other. To be sure, it enriched our community in many ways and brought many people together. Invasion of the Singing Terps helped focus the club on being more cohesive to realize its goals. As a result of the modest financial results, club board members are more open to accepting the leadership of others within the club and from the larger FJMC. Fundraising in the following year has improved dramatically. Impact on the Club:The show led to the increase in younger club members. It increase the club’s stature within the community. Effects on the FJMC and Leadership, Innovation and Community: By bringing younger men into the club, they are now exposed to other elements of the region and the FJMC. Younger men are attending our Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year events, regional retreat, and convention. This event can be considered the pivotal point when the club became more attractive to more younger men. Since then, the leadership of younger men has changed the tone of programming to make the club more relevant. Over time, we will see these younger men succeed current leaders in the FJMC. Original ProgramYes
712013-05-05 14:08Anonymous206.217.219.12I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsOlam Tikvah Men&#039;s Club - Fairfax, VA (1147)Being a Jewish Role ModelRobertWattsbob@wattses.orgEricRothbergericandrachel@verizon.netEricRothbergericandrachel@verizon.netHearing Mens VoicesDuring 2012-2013 the Olam Tikvah Men’s Club launched an active, innovative HMV Program in two successful series - on men’s Jewish Journeys, and Being a Jewish Role Model - progressively deepening the engagement of members and delving into new, thought-provoking topics. Both series were led by club Co-President Eric Rothberg, with the centerpiece being the Ethical Speech session. Eric brought his experience in teaching on the subject in many forums to an in-depth discussion of the subject among club members of all ages, and laid the groundwork for a substantial HMV program. 2013_olam_tikvah_hmv_ta_programadvancedplanning.xls (28 KB)As an Olam Tikvah Men’s Club Board Member and Social Action Chair, Eric Rothberg drew on his skills as a professional training facilitator to launch the Hearing Men’s Voices program at Olam Tikvah in early 2012. He continued his efforts after becoming Club Co-President in June 2012. Former Club President (and regional Mentschen leader) Bruce Gordon also helped Eric get started with the program and actively participated in the sessions. The two series of discussions included the following topics: I. HMV Program for February-March 2012: Our Jewish Journeys and Our Families A. Session One: Our Jewish Journeys (Facilitator Guide and Participant Handout) B. Session Two: Our Fathers Ourselves and Our Families’ Spiritual Journeys II. HMV Program for December 2012-May 2013: Being a Jewish Male Role Model Series A. Session One: Ethical Speech (Participant Handout; Speech guidance separate attachment) B. Session Two: Juggling Family, Work, and Communal Responsibilities C. Session Three: Ethics in the Workplace These sessions were conducted in a traditional HMV format, either in meeting rooms or lounges at the synagogue, or in Eric’s home. Attendance ranged from 6 – 15 per session, with total participation of about 20 men, most of whom had not participated in HMV programs before. The most significant of these sessions from the reaction of participants was the session on Ethical Speech, which focused on experiences dealing with gossip and negative speech, lessons learned from these experiences, and practical daily guidance that Judaism offers on how to use speech for constructive purposes. Publicity materials, as well as handout for this and all the other sessions, as well as facilitator materials are attached to this award submission. Simply put, this program can be replicated by any club following the basic rules of HMV sessions and using these materials either directly, or adapted to specific club circumstances or interests. 2013_olam_tikvah_hmv_handouts.docx.doc (53 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_hmv_ta_ethical_speech_handout.doc (33 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_hmv_ta_program_publicity.docx (12 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_hmv_ta_video.mpg (9320 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_clip_1.mpg (6160 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_clip_2.mpg (8984 KB)The implementation of the HMV program by the Olam Tikvah Men’s Club brought a new depth to club activity and “involving Jewish men in Jewish life,” well beyond barbecues and soccer games. About 20% of members participated in at least one of the sessions. Participation was strong among the club board as well as other members, helping bonding, and the program brought in new members, younger men, and men who had not been involved in club activities in the past. It was a huge success in giving younger guys something they could relate to as single men or as fathers. The rabbis loved it, thought it was innovative. Participants appreciated that the program shows how Judaism can have an impact on guys, and provides practical guidance from Judaism, getting principles on the table. The groundwork laid for the future by establishing an HMV program raised the quality of the club’s work in general, and in specific in deepening the reflection of members and other participants on the role of the Jewish man. Given its success, we hope this is a program we can take national. This program meets several of the criteria of excellence for HMV cited in the Torch Award documents. In terms of innovation, the topics of the second series, on Being a Jewish Role Model, were developed primarily at the club level by the club Co-President, based on his prior experience with the topic. As noted, the session engaged new members AND new leaders – at least two of the younger men involved in the February-March 2012 series went on that following June to take on club board and executive positions for the first time. As is apparent in the topics and handouts, the leader put great effort into building a substantial and thoughtful curriculum to deepen men’s discussion of the topics, especially with respect to Ethical Speech. Original ProgramYes
702013-05-05 13:12dbhill496.255.70.198I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth Emeth Men&#039;s Club - Herndon, VA (1144)World Wide WrapDavidHillelsohndhillelsohn@gmail.comMarcFriedmanmfriedman.cbe@gmail.comMarcFriedmanmfriedman.cbe@gmail.comWorld Wide WrapWe engaged a local educator trained in the work of a Sofer to develop an interactive program where the Religious School students wrapped and wore T'fillin for services and then learned how they were made. ta_programadvancedplanning_cbe_www.xlsx (10 KB)Program Schedule: 9:00-9:15 Am Kids arrive in class 9:15 Am Teachers bring kids to Sanctuary-Mina’s Opening remarks 9:20 Am-9:30 Am Teachers, Men’s Club Dads & Congregants helping Students put on T’fillin correctly 9:30-10:15 Am Shacharit led by students & USYers 10:15 Am Introduce Rabbi F. 10:20 Am-10:50 Am Rabbi F. presentation on T’fillin, Mezuzah & Torah scrolls 10:50 Am- 11:15 Am Nash + each table works on a WWW-Wrap RAP, based on a Jewish theme or what they’ve learned; Teacher/MC Members shares interesting T’fillin story with the kids at their table 11:15 Am-11:45 Am Part 2 of Rabbi F.’s program: a hands-on calligraphy project of writing student’s Hebrew names on a Claf 11:45 Am-11:55 Am Kids present their RAPs and/or chit-chat with friends at table 11:55 Am-12:00 Pm Rabbi Steve-closing remarks 12:00 Pm End of program-everyone goes home www_torch_award.docx (18 KB)www_floor_plan.pptx (50 KB)www_2012_flyer_020512.docx (23 KB)www_kids_are_work_65.jpg (1217 KB)www_sofer_study.jpg (889 KB)www_wrapping.jpg (1935 KB)It was a dynamic event which showed the practical side of a ritual. In follow-up, the religious school Principal reached out to Men's club to help organize a similiar event for another neighboring shul.We continue to promote the FJMC core programming, and the tie in the wrapping all over the world.Continued innovation is what keeps people excited and interested. We may have won an award for a WWW program, but it was a completely different program from this one.Original ProgramYes
692013-05-05 11:55DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men&#039;s Club - West Hartford (217)Documentary Film on Anti-Semistism "The Bystanders" - with Adam DimanshteynDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comNon-FJMC ProgramAs a result of hearing the stories of anti-Semitism that his parents experienced first-hand growing up in the former Soviet Union, as well as the his own experience with the ignorance and indifference displayed at his high school towards Jewish students, Beth El Temple member Adam Dimanshteyn embarked on a personal project of producing a documentary on anti-Semitism. The documentary was shown at a breakfast program with Adam there to share his story and field Q + A.ta_programadvancedplanning_the_bystanders.xlsx (13 KB)Adam Dimanshteyn, a local high school student, and his family are members of our temple. The following article had appeared in the CT Jewish Ledger which inspired the Men's Club to seek Adam as a speaker to share his documentary and story: http://www.jewishledger.com/2012/06/spotlight-farmington-teen-defends-his-heritageon-video/ Marty Melnick, Men's Club board member and VP-Membership had met Adam's family as they had recently joined our temple. He reached out to them and Adam agreed to present his story. Driven by the lack of awareness Adam saw demonstrated by his fellow classmates, he decided to take a stand and educate his friends through his video that he produced himself. A link to the complete video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIX9j-yy5_A The Men's Club provided a full breakfast buffet to the attendees. The 7th grade religious school class joined for the program portion which started with Adam introducing himself, and sharing his family history and what inspired him to produce the video. After the documentary was shown, Adam spoke some more and fielded Q+A. His mother was in attendance and she also provided some input on what she had experienced first-hand growing up in the former Soviet Union. The video did a great job connecting the past with the present. It included clips from the Holocaust as well as the former Soviet Union. It featured interviews with people including his mother and a very moving interview with a local 90-year old gentleman who was a holocaust survivor. Adam was in the video and shared personal stories on the anti-Semitism he encountered. 1.27.13_adam_dimanshteyn_breakfast_v2.pdf (327 KB)adam_d_antisemitism.doc (1683 KB)adam_dimanshteyn.doc (57 KB)The reality of anti-Semitism, both historically and presently, cannot be ignored. This program brought a real-life current example of this reality through Adam's documentary video and presentation. This program brought a variety of people together, both from the temple and the community. For example, one of Adam's current high school teachers attended the program. The 7th grade class was incredibly engaged throughout the program as they were able to relate closely to a teen-ager not that much older than themselves.Jewish men were involved in the planning of this program as well as in attendance at the program. It was innovative and very informative, and brought together many people from the community.Adam expressed his willingness to share his story with other groups.Original ProgramYes
682013-05-05 11:27DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men&#039;s Club - West Hartford (217)Best Overall ProgrammingDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comBest Overall ProgrammingIn the past 2 years, our Men's Club offered a huge array of programming activities covering a wide range of topics such as: - Awards and recognition - Human interest - Israeli Affairs - Jewish Holidays - Judaism and spirituality - Medical and Health Issues - Mitzvah and Tikkun Olam - Politics and Government - Social - Sports and Entertainmentta_programadvancedplanning_best_overall_activities.xlsx (13 KB)1. April 3, 2011 – Men’s Club co-sponsored with Sisterhood, Chai Society, and the Religious School, a breakfast program with temple member Irene Levin Berman, author of “We Are Going to Pick Potatoes”. In 1942, four-year-old Irene Levin was one of 1200 Norwegian Jews who escaped to Sweden to avoid deportation to a Nazi death camp. Her family was among the 2000 Jews who were living in Norway during the German invasion on April 9, 1940. Some 771 Norwegian Jews were sent to Auschwitz. Only 28 men survived. More than 60 years later, Irene Levin Berman decided to share her story to help answer the many questions she has received from her American contemporaries and to bear witness to a largely untold and nearly forgotten chapter in the tragic history of the Holocaust. Following the program, Yellow Candles were boxed for Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day. 2. April 10, 2011 - The Men’s Club prepared and served a pre - concert dinner for those attending the Cantor’s concert at the temple. 3. April 13, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 4. April 21, 2011 - Men’s Club Movie Night: “The Prince of Egypt.” Refreshments provided to attendees. 5. May 1, 2011 – Men’s Club Breakfast with Peter Eisner, past editor for the Washington Post, who wrote a book entitled “The Freedom Line” about the brave men and women who risked their lives and rescued Allied airmen from the Nazis during WW II. 6. May 1, 2011 – Men’s Club co-sponsored with the T’Green Olam Committee: Electronics Recycling Day 7. May 13, 2011 – Men’s Club and Sisterhood Shabbat Service and Installation of Officers. Men’ Club and Sisterhood members participated in the service. Board members of both organizations installed. The clubs co-sponsored Oneg Shabbat afterward. 8. May 15, 2011 - Men’s Club Movie Night – “Cast a Giant Shadow.” Refreshments provided to attendees. 9. May 17, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 10. May 21, 2011 – Joint Brunch program with Chai Society “Finding Atlantis and Tarshish:The Rest of the Story” with the temple’s “Indiana Jones” Dr. Richard A. Freund, Professor and Director, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford. Could the fabled lost city of Atlantis have been located? Using satellite photography, ground-penetrating radar and underwater technology, experts are now surveying marshlands in Spain to look for proof of the ancient city. If the team can match geological formations to Plato's descriptions and date artifacts back to the time of Atlantis, we may be closer to solving one of the world's greatest mysteries. Is there a connection to the Jewish People? 11. June 5, 2011 - The Men’s Club prepared and served a pre - concert dinner for those attending the Cantor’s concert at the temple. 12. June 12, 2011 – Annual Congregational Meeting with Men’s Club providing breakfast 13. June 16 – 19, 2011 – New England Region of the FJMC “Layman’s Institute at Camp Ramah.” Representatives from the Men’s Club attended. 14. June 19, 2011 – The Men’s Club was a sponsor of the 2nd annual Tour de Shuls CT bicycling event to benefit Camp Ramah’s Tikvah Program for special needs campers. Event was hosted by Beth El Temple. Several Men’s Club members (including the event co-chair) participated on the planning committee for the event. 15. June 22, 2011 - Annual Men’s Club Board Meeting and Dinner. The Men’s Club’s board reviewed programs held during the prior programming year and brain-stormed plans for upcoming programming year. 16. July 19, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 17. August 16, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 18. September 18, 2011 - Men’s Club and Sisterhood hold a Tailgate Party Breakfast for Religious School parents in an effort to attract younger members for both organizations. 19. September 20, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 20. September 25, 2011 –Breakfast Program with journalist, author and playwright Joel Samberg - “Comedy, Melodrama, Farce & Horror: The Life of an Often-Jewish Writer. Local resident Joel Samberg, a journalist, author and playwright who has written on many Jewish topics, shared some of the intriguing and illuminating stories of what his professional (and personal) life has been like as a writer. His nonfiction books include “Reel Jewish: A Century of Jewish Movies” and “Grandpa Had a Long One: Personal Notes on the Life, Career & Legacy of Benny Bell.” Samberg’s grandfather, the entertainer Benny Bell, wrote and recorded the novelty song “Shaving Cream” which was a hit in both the 1940s and 1970s. 21. September 25, 2011 - Sponsored a Father and Child Lunch and Miniature Golf Outing which took place after religious school on Sunday afternoon in an effort to attract younger members to participate in Men’s Club activities. 22. September 29, 2011 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Men’s Club sponsored apples and honey. 23. October 16, 2011 –Breakfast Program with author Jason Alster – “A Hebrew American’s Sojourn in the Land of Israel.” "Leaving Home, Going Home, Returning Home” is an intelligent study of Israeli life, identity, roots and culture from a Hebrew American’s experience and offers a unique perspective on what is quirky, endearing, baffling, and infuriating about Israeli culture. A seasoned world traveler, Jason shared his adventures of moving half way around the world to Israel. Moving to a new place, or even moving back home, is not about courage or determination, it is about anticipation and the joy of discovery, new places, new friends, and new dreams. It's a true adventure of seeking roots and following your dreams. 24. October 18, 2011 – Octoberfest in the Sukkah, with beer, dinner and trivia contest. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 25. November 20, 2011 – Participated in the CT Valley Region of the FJMC “Keeper of the Flame” Awards. Men’s Club past president Dave Diamond was our honoree. 26. November 22, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 27. December 4, 2011 – Men’s Club prepared and served a pre-concert dinner for those attending the Cantor’s concert at the temple. 28. December 18, 2011 - Men’s Club and Sisterhood Joint Breakfast Program with Nancy Nahmias, “The Forgotten Jews – The Jews of Cuba.” Many Jews escaped to Cuba during the 20th Century to avoid persecution in Europe. What happened to those Jews? What is life like today for the Jews that are still living there? Temple member Nancy Nahmias traveled to Cuba earlier in the year on a mission to learn about the Jews of Cuba and what we can do to help them. Attendees were asked to consider bringing an over the counter medicine to donate to the synagogues in Cuba. 29. December 22, 2011 - Men's Club Board Meeting 30. December 25, 2011 - Men’s Club, Sisterhood, and Chai Society “A December to Remember”: Chanukah, Chinese Food, and Movies - “Zelig” and “Ratatouille.” {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 31. January 17, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 32. January 22, 2012 - The Men’s Club sponsored FJMC’s Build - A - Pair Tefillin Program for the 6th grade classes in the Temple’s Religious School. A video on the mitzvah of tefillin was shown to the students. 33. January 29, 2012 – As part of a Tu B’Shevat Weekend, breakfast program on “Jews Working the Land”, with Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh, Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. Adamah (Hebrew for “earth”), is the largest educational Jewish farm in the U.S. and is affiliated with Hazon, Hebrew for “vision,” the largest Jewish environmental group in the country. We heard what makes a farm “Jewish”, how does the farm operate on a day-to-day basis and what types of programs it offers. We sampled the farm’s kraut and kimchi. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 34. February 5, 2012 - Participated in FJMC’s World Wide Wrap Tefillin Program. For the 2nd consecutive year, the 6th and 7th grade classes of the Religious School joined the adult minyan. Breakfast Program with Rabbi Ilana Garber and Rabbi Steven Chatinover “Tradition, tradition, and Tefillin.” {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 35. February 21, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 36. March 7, 2012 – Men’s Club members prepared food for the Religious School’s Purim Carnival. 37. March 18, 2012 – Men’s Club, Sisterhood, and Chai Society Joint Breakfast Program “One Book” with Rabbi Philip Lazowski who discussed his latest book “FAITH and DESTINY” which is the miraculous true story of two children whose religious beliefs and sheer will to survive carried them through four years of fear and tragedy in Nazi-occupied Poland. Program included a brief documentary based on the book. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 38. March 20, 2012 – Dinner and box yellow candles for Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day, followed by Men's Club Board Meeting. {Yellow Candle portion Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 39. March 25, 2012 – Several attended the New England Region FJMC Satellite Training: “Taking Your Club from Good to Great!” in Worcester, MA. 40. April 17-20, 2012 – Men’s Club board members personally delivered yellow candles to all religious school families, those who made donations to the program in recent years, and to those who requested it. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 41. April 19, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 42. April 24, 2012 – Breakfast Program with psychologist, reality TV star, and author Dr. David Tolin - “Face Your Fears.” Dr. Tolin, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at Hartford Hospital, was the host of the VH-1 series “The OCD Project,” as well as a featured expert on the A&E series “Hoarders.” The speaker discussed his work, his TV shows, and his latest book which touches on issues affecting over 50 million Americans. 43. May 6, 2012 – Breakfast Program featuring award winning documentary film “UNMASKED: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization”, followed by commentary and discussion with Gary Jones, Director of the CT Region of the ADL. The film examines the history of Anti-Semitism and what lies beneath the growing campaign to isolate and delegitimize the State of Israel. UNMASKED Judeophobia examines the political assault against the Jewish people and their right to self-determination. 44. May 15, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 45. May 20, 2012 - Prepared and served a pre-concert dinner for those attending the Cantor’s concert at the temple. 46. June 7-10, 2012 – New England Region of the FJMC Retreat at Camp Ramah. Representatives from the Men’s Club attended. 47. June 10, 2012 - Annual Congregational Meeting with Men’s Club providing breakfast. 48. June 14, 2012 - Sponsor of major temple fundraiser honoring our cantor. Men’s Club helped provide ushers for event. 50. June 24, 2012 - 3rd Annual CT “Tour de Shuls” to raise money for special needs campers. Men’s Club was a sponsor, and provided active participation on the planning committee. 51. June 26, 2012 - Annual Men’s Club Board Meeting and Dinner. The Men’s Club’s board reviewed programs held during the prior programming year and brain-stormed plans for upcoming programming year. 52. July 3, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 53. August 21, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 54. September 17, 2012 and Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Day 2 - Men’s Club sponsored apples and honey. 55. September 19, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 56. September 23, 2012 – Men’s Club and Sisterhood hold a Tailgate Party Breakfast for Religious School parents in an effort to attract younger members for both organizations. 57. September 23, 2012 - Men’s Club kick-off breakfast program with ESPN host Howie Schwab. Attendees were given the opportunity to play “Stump the Schwab” for prizes. 58. October 4, 2012 - Sukkahfest in the Sukkah with beer, dinner and trivia contest. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 59. October 8, 2012 – Simchat Torah LIVE! Sponsor of sundaes and beverages. 60. October 9, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 61. October 18, 2012 – The Men’s Club held its annual Distinguished Service Award Banquet honoring temple members Linda and Bruce Stanger. As in prior years, the dinner was a multi-course kosher catered affair held at the temple with a master of ceremonies, a keynote speaker, numerous testimonials, presentation of plaques and remarks by the honorees. There were well over 100 attendees. This banquet has become a “signature event” at Beth El Temple. 62. October 28, 2012 – The Men’s Club co-sponsors an Elegant Sunday Brunch and Political Forum with the Sisterhood and Chai Society in advance of the November elections. The moderator was Jeff Saperstone, Political Reporter, WVIT-TV. The panelists were US Senator candidates Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R). Men’s Club members prepared the breakfast and a Men’s Club member lined up the participants for the debate portion of the program. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 63. November 6, 2012 – Dinner + Hearing Men’s Voices: “On Being a Father” - the joys, the setbacks, the challenges and the rewards 64. November 18,012 - Men’s Club co-sponsors a breakfast program with the Israel Engagement Committee. Brief introduction by AIPAC speaker Don Gershman. The movie “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” was shown. This documentary explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. This insightful and uplifting documentary sidesteps the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence, and tells the story of the Israeli people – whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress. Movie was followed by a discussion with Amit Gavish, a Jerusalem native and General Manager of Briefcam, an Israeli technology company. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 65. November 20, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 66. December 9, 2012 – Sponsor Chanukah Party with Religious School. The students enjoyed a sing-along with "Nappy's (shadowbox) Puppets" and Chanukah refreshments. 67. December 9, 2012 - prepare and serve a pre-concert dinner for those attending the Cantor’s concert at the temple. 68. December 16, 2012 – Breakfast program with Dr. Bruce Kaplan about the Cyber-Knife Radiation treatments for various cancers. Dr. Kaplan discussed the Cyber-Knife, a non-invasive alternative to surgery using a frameless robotic radiosurgery system for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors including the prostate, lung, and other parts of the body. 69. December 20, 2012 - Men's Club Board Meeting 70. December 25, 2012 - Men’s Club, Sisterhood, and Chai Society “A December to Remember II”: Chinese Food and Movies. Two double-features: Adult movies "School Ties" and “Defiance”. Kid's movies "Brave" and “How to Train your Dragon”. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 71. January 15, 2013 – Dinner + Hearing Men’s Voices: “Work and Worth - How to Balance Work and Family Life” 72. January 27, 2013 – Breakfast program with Documentary Film on Anti-Semitism “The Bystanders”, and discussion with Adam Dimanshteyn. Beth El member Adam Dimanshteyn produced this professional documentary as a personal project after hearing stories of the anti-Semitism his parents experienced first-hand growing up in the former Soviet Union as well as the ignorance and indifference demonstrated at his high school towards Jewish students. Driven by the lack of awareness by his fellow classmates, he decided to take a stand and educate his friends. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 73. January 22, 2013 - Men's Club Board Meeting 74. January 27, 2013 – Program with Rabbi Rosen on Tefillin, in advance of the World Wide Wrap. 75. February 3, 2013 - participate in FJMC’s World Wide Wrap Tefillin Program, followed by breakfast with representatives from "Torah on Site" to do a program on Torah and Tefillin. 76. February 19, 2013 – Dinner + Hearing Men’s Voices: “Moses and Career Change – Midlife Changes” To explore how midlife job loss and other mid-career changes affect our lives. 77. February 24, 2013 - Prepare food for the Religious School’s Purim Carnival. 78. February 27, 2013 - Men's Club Board Meeting 79. March 10, 2013 – Breakfast program with Keruv theme - Educating Our Children: Embracing Judaism and Celebrating Diversity. Ed Case, Executive Director of interfaithfamily.com, Rabbi Rosen and Laura Kinyon continued our conversation about interfaith issues. Books from Interfaith Family and The Jewish Outreach Institute was available for purchase. {Submitted for 2013 Torch Award} 80. March 14, 2013 – Dinner and Package Yellow Candles 81. March 21, 2013 – Dinner + Hearing Men’s Voices: “Retirement” - To explore how retirement affects our lives. Topics included: finances, volunteering, housing choices, losing friends, bucket list, hopes & dreams. 82. March 28, 2013 - Men's Club Board Meeting various_marketing_flyers_1.zip (1957 KB)various_marketing_flyers_2.zip (1945 KB)various_marketing_flyers_3_0.zip (1892 KB)tefilin_www_2013_0.zip (483 KB)newzip_0.zip (450 KB)interfaithfamily_0.zip (0 KB)Our Men's Club is very highly regarded for all we have offered our synagogue in programming activities. We have collaborated with various temple arms such as Sisterhood, Chai Society, Religious School, and committees such as Shomeri Ha'aretz, Israel Engagement, as well as collaborated with others in the Jewish Community such as the Jewish Federation, AIPAC,JRC. There are about 10 -12 board members who have accomplished nearly all of the programming activities, all of whom have other significant commitments.Our activities consistently support the FJMC mission of Leadership, Innovation, and communityThe Beth El Men's Club submitted 11 unique programs for 2013 Torch Awards.Original ProgramYes
672013-05-05 07:20DavidDiamondMC24.60.231.39I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men&#039;s Club - West Hartford (217)Faith and Destiny with Rabbi Philip LazowskiDavidDiamonddaviddiamond2@comcast.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comYom HaShoah / Yellow CandleRabbi Philip Lazowski, a holocaust survivor and well-known rabbi in the Greater Hartford, CT area for over 50 years, discussed his latest book “FAITH and DESTINY” which is the miraculous true story of two children whose religious beliefs and sheer will to survive carried them through four years of fear and tragedy in Nazi-occupied Poland. Program included a movie documentary based on the book, a personal recap by the Rabbi, as well as a book-signing by Rabbi Lazowski.ta_programadvancedplanning_faith_and_destiny.xlsx (13 KB)In August 2011, Beth El Temple member Annette Gavins decided that she wanted to bring the "One Book" concept to the temple, culminating with a program which includes a book discussion with the author. She reached out to the Men's Club who decided that a breakfast program would work best and that a collaboration with Sisterhood and Chai Society (for age 55+ members) would provide maximum exposure. The book "Faith and Destiny" with local Rabbi Philip Lazowski was chosen. We agreed on a program date which worked for Rabbi Lazowski. A documentary based on the book would be shown as part of the program. About a year earlier this documentary premiered locally as described in this article: http://www.jewishledger.com/2010/09/faith-and-destiny-premieres-statewide-tribute-to-area-rabbi-and-his-wife/ Given Rabbi Lazowski's prominence in the Jewish Community in the Greater Hartford, CT area, we knew this program would attract interest beyond our own shul. Rabbi Lazowksi's experience is an amazing and inspiring story. Through sheer determination as well as luck along the way, he survived harrowing experiences during the holocaust, eventually making his way to freedom in New York. An example of his luck was when a woman pretended that he was her son in order for him to survive with her family rather than be alone and executed. In New York, he was able to complete his education and ultimately studied to become a rabbi. By chance, he met someone who knew the woman that saved Rabbi Lazowski's life. He met this woman, who now lived in Hartford, and eventually married her daughter. Annette took the lead in promoting the book and breakfast program with monthly articles in our temple's newsletter. As we got closer to the program date, representatives from each of the 3 sponsoring temple arms discussed logistics and roles and responsibilities. External publicity included announcements in the event calendars of local papers, just as the CT Jewish Ledger. Internal publicity included posting the publicity flyer around the shul, temple-wide e-blasts, and inclusion in weekly event announcements and weekly Shabbat bulletins. In addition, the Chai Society sent a temple-wide mailing card about the program. The program was attended by our 7th grade students and many attendees from other local synagogues. On the program date, a full breakfast buffet was served. Several items were donated for door prizes to help raise money from tickets purchased by attendees. After Rabbi Lazowski was introduced and spoke about his experience, the documentary based on his book was shown. It included incredible footage from the holocaust. There was a book-signing which included not only "Faith and Destiny", but two other books that Rabbi Lazowski had written. The nearly 100 attendees left in awe and very inspired by this program.3_18_12_one_book_rabbi_lazowski_breakfast.pdf (206 KB)faith_and_destiny_with_rabbi_lazowski_-_temple_newsletters.docx (347 KB)The program succeeded in providing a forum for bringing temple members together, not just on the program date, but in the months preceding with the experience of reading the same book. Rabbi Lazowski is still very active in the Jewish Community, and this program further helped to connect the entire community. This program also did a great job in connecting the past with the present, with Rabbi Lazowski providing first-hand accounts of what he experienced more than 70 years earlier. By collaborating with the other temple arms, this program provided Men's Club with yet another opportunity to strengthen our relationships with others. A successful program such as this enhances the image of the Men's Club within our temple, religious school and communityThe program brought Jewish men together - both those actively involved in planning the program as well as those who read the book and/or attended the program. The program provided an opportunity for all 3 elements to be demonstrated: (1) Leadership in initiating a program of such great interest and people actively working together to make it success, (2) Innovation in developing a program to bring a well-known Rabbi to our temple to share his incredible story and connect the past with the present, and (3) Community in providing something of interest to not just our temple members, students but others as well.Video DVD sent to Torch ChairOriginal ProgramYes
662013-05-04 17:38Philip M. Schulz99.98.128.185I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Temple Men&#039;s Club - West Hartford (217)Educating Our Children: Embracing Judaism & Celebrating DiversityPhilipSchulzPhilschulz@sbcglobal.netJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comJacobKoveleaglewars@aol.comKeruvThe purpose of this Men's Club breakfast program was two-fold: First, to foster constructive dialogue with Temple members about the realities of intermarriage in Jewish families by emphasizing the benefits that can be realized from embracing increasingly diverse family units; and Second, to enhance the efforts of the Temple's clergy and lay leadership in reaching out to interfaith families who are affiliated with the Temple (as well as potential new members) in the hope of making them feel that they are a welcome and a valued part of the Beth El Temple community. torch_award_2013_advance_planning_schedule.doc (26 KB)This Sunday morning breakfast program was co-sponsored by the Men's Club and the Temple in an collaborative effort to energize the Temple's Keruv initiative. The program began with the Men's Club's traditional bagel and lox breakfast buffet. Following breakfast, Rabbi James Rosen introduced Laura Kinyon, a licensed clinical social worker and board member of The Jewish Outreach Institute. Ms. Kinyon spoke briefly about her work with interfaith families and then introduced Ed Case, the founder and CEO of InterfaithFamily.com who spoke about his personal experience with interfaith marriage and the challenges and successes of raising Jewish children with a partner of another faith. The issues Mr. Case touched upon included: a) how much religion to share with children and at what age; b) how to educate children about religion in a dual faith family; c) negotiating holidays; d) b'nai mitzvot; e) speaking with teenagers about dating, in-marriage and intermarriage; and f) grandparents and grandparenting issues. After concluding his remarks, Mr. Case and Ms. Kinyon answered questions posed by Rabbi Rosen and those who attended the program. At the conclusion of the formal program, books from InterfaithFamily.com and The Jewish Outreach Institute were awarded as door prizes and were also available for purchase. 3_10_13_4ed_case_breakfast.pdf (140 KB)ed_case_ledger_article.doc (139 KB)interfaithfamily.zip (264 KB)This program was our first Men's Club's event devoted entirely to Keruv programming. It made an important contribution to the Temple's ongoing efforts to reach out to interfaith families (i.e. families already affiliated with the Temple as well as families in greater Hartford who may be considering Temple membership). The topic was relevant to every constituency associated with the Temple because most Jewish families have been impacted by intermarriage either directly or indirectly. The more than 50 people who attended the program included a number of Temple men (and women) who we had not seen at prior Men's Club functions. By sponsoring an interfaith family program, the Men's Club was reaching out to potential new members of the club including some who may have assumed that we would not welcome their participation in our activities due to their intermarried status. The trustees and clergy of Beth El Temple are well aware that FJMC has taken the lead in the conservative Masorti movement in developing programs to attract and welcome interfaith couples and their families. It is for this reason that Beth El's clergy approached our Men's Club's board about putting together this Keruv program. Our Men's Club's leaders jumped at the opportunity to organize and execute this program because a) we recognized that the program was entirely consistent with FJMC's efforts in the area of Keruv programming; b) we understood that the program had the potential to increase the involvement of more Jewish men (i.e. those with interfaith families) in Jewish life in general and in our club's activities in particular; and c) we believed that, as a consequence of running this Keruv program, our club would be taking on a leadership role in the Temple, in the CT Valley Region of FJMC and, most importantly, in the greater Hartford Jewish community. Video sent to Torch ChairOriginal ProgramYes
652013-05-03 22:11hosprx5099.180.36.194I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Torat Emet Men&#039;s Club - West Boynton Beach, FL (1344)Liquor Tasting Classes GaryDalinhosprx50@aol.comCharlesDeutchcharlesd@cheneybrothers.comCharlesDeutchcharlesd@cheneybrothers.comProgramming for Young MenIn an effort to to have younger men attend some of the functions that our Men's Club puts on, our Club decided to have liquor tasting classes that would be taught be our Cantor, who prior to attending cantoral school, used to be a bar tender. These classes were held once/month during the weekday so as not to interfere with family functions on the weekends ( plus who would want to do liquor tasting early on Sunday morning after dropping off your child in hebrew school ). Since our Cantor is young, we felt that he would attract the younger members of the Temple who would be Men's Club members but rarely attended our Sunday morning breakfasts and other functions. There was a powerpoint presentation by the Cantor about the processes of making of the various liquors that would be tasted each week ( whisky, scotch, tequila, rum and beer ) and then of course , the tasting of various brands of each liquor.Our Temple had begun the transformation from being a "senior" congregation to being multigenerational. However, the Men's Club has been slow in making the change and attracted and programed to the majority of members - seniors. In an effort to program to our younger Men in our Temple who had started to join the Men's Club because of the incoming president was younger ( less than 50 years of age ), the president of the Men's Club convinced our Cantor to teach classes about the differences of various types of liquors by having a liquor tasting classes. These classes would be held once/week for 4 weeks and would be held during the weeknight so as not to conflict with family functions on the weekend. It was also decided to price the classes where it would be cheaper to attend all 5 of the classes than if you paid for each class. The liquor tasting was held in the religious school classrooms and was taught classroom style - with a powerpoint presentation first explaining the various processes of how the liquor was made. Then atleast 5 different liquor's in that category were tasted that spanned the spectrum of inexpensive to expensive brands. We had a core of 16 Men that paid for the series. We then had an additional 8 - 12 other Men that came during various evenings as they wanted to learn and taste the liquor of the evening.liquor_tasting_descrption.pdf (489 KB)liquor_tasting_info.pdf (381 KB)liquor_tasting_flyer.pdf (854 KB)liquor_tasting_info_0.pdf (381 KB)Out of the 16 series participants, over 50 % were under the age of 40 which showed that if you program for a younger generation, they will come. For the Men that came for specific tasting, once again over 50 % of those 8 - 12 Men were under the age of 40. Thus the program was very successfull since it did bring to the table younger men. Now the trick is to keep them involved !!Without the next generation, FJMC will not survive. Thus we need to begin to go from generation to generation and involve younger men in our Men's Club.Original ProgramYes
642013-05-03 20:51hosprx5099.180.36.194I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Torat Emet Men&#039;s Club - West Boynton Beach, FL (1344)Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Jewish Heritage DayGaryDalinhosprx50@aol.comCharles Deutchcharlesd@cheneybrothers.comCharles Deutchcharlesd@cheneybrothers.comFJMC - otherEach year the Miami Marlins ( formerly the Florida Marlins ) would hold a Jewish Heritage Day baseball game that they promote to the various Jewish organizations in South Florida. This year the Marlins moved into a brand new enclosed stadium and we felt this would be a great bus trip down to Miami to see the game. Since we did not know what type of attendance we were going to get, the chairperson decided to advertise the game as a South Florida SubRegion FJMC event in order to have our region be able to get together and do something as mutliple clubs in the South Florida area.Our Men's Club had not attempted to attend a professional sporting event in the past because of the issue of selling enough tickets to have a bus take the group to the sporting event since our Men's Club has a majority of senior's who do not drive far distances ( ie, 50 miles to the stadium ). In previous years, I had tried to have the religious school sell tickets to the Jewish Heritage Baseball Game that had been publized by a Jewish radio show host to help fundraise for Jewish day schools but it never really got off the ground. 2012 had the Florida Marlins moving into a new indoor enclosed air conditioned stadium in Miami thus making the outing alittle bit more feasible in August ( ever try sitting outside in South Florida in August on a Sunday 1 pm afternoon to watch a baseball game - good luck roasting ). Recently my Men's Club was barking alittle about what national does for our club as well as what the Florida Region does. Thus I had mentioned to our Club that we wanted to sponsor having our Men's Club attend the Jewish Heritage Day Baseball Game this year and invite the South Florida subregion of the FJMC to attend with us. Everyone agreed this would be a great function to have. I asked the sub regional vice president in our area if this was OK and he stated it would be a great regional function to do since our Men's Club Regional retreat had to be cancelled last year and the region had not been functioning that well. Publicity was sent out to the affiliated FJMC clubs in the South Florida subregion and the various presidents were contacted personally by myself. We ended up having 7 different FJMC clubs in the area participate. We ended up selling 250 tickets and had 3 buses start in Palm Beach Garderns and pick up clubs in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton. Clubs in Broward and Dade County ended up driving themselves to the game. It was a fantastic Regional event and everyone had fun. The Marlins Ballpark has a concession stand called " Kosher Corner" that was situated close to the seats so as kosher food would be available at the game as well. jewish_heritage_day_flyer_fjmc.pdf (541 KB)jewish_heritage_pix_2012.jpg (123 KB)jewish_heritage_day_2012_flag_5821.jpg (180 KB)As a club, our Temple Men;s Club sold over 80 tickets and filled up 2 buses - something that nobody ever though we would get that type of turnout. We also created a sense of a South Florida SubRegion to the Florida Region of FJMC - something that has been lacking for years. Everyone, both seniors and families, enjoyed themselves and we all sat in airconditioned comfort in a enclosed stadium instead of sitting in sweltering heat and humidty. We are going to be doing this on a annual basis and have already starting to send out publicity for Jewish Heritage Day 2013 in our SubRegion since this year the game is in early June.The Florida region has had limited success in programming outside of the Man of the Year Dinner that is held in the various subregions of the State. This type of program sharing and inviting other clubs in the region will help to sell what the FJMC regions can do for the various clubs who may not have enough attendance to attend a baseball game with transporation.Other SourceJewish Heritage Games in other citiesYes
632013-05-03 19:30hosprx5099.180.36.194I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Torat Emet Men&#039;s Club - West Boynton Beach, FL (1344)Non Caregiver Dementia Support GroupGaryDalinhosprx50@aol.comCharles Deutchcharlesd@cheneybrothers.comCharlesDeutchcharlesd@cheneybrothers.comMens Health ProgramsThere are many support groups for caregivers of family members who have dementia or Alzheimer Disease. However, there is little support for the rest of the family and friends of those parents who have dementia or alzheimer disease. Our Men's Club has started a support group for Men's Club members that is led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a member of the Temple and the wife of a Men's Club Board Member. The names of those attending is kept confidential.Recently one of our board members expressed concern that he did not know where to turn to when one of his parents had been diagnosed with dementia and at times did not know who he was when he went to visit his parents. His other parent, who was the caregiver, had gone to support groups at the local hospital but as a child or even grandhild, it has been very hard to accept this diease of a love one and learn how to react or cope with the issues that surrond the declining health of a parent. One of our board members was discussing this issue with his wife, who is a licensed clinical social worker, and she agreed to call this member up to discuss how he could cope with his parents with this disease. After talking with her, this member felt that other men or women may have the same issue and they are not conforting the issues head on. The member brought this issue up to our President of our Men's Club to see if we would entertain having a support group for NON caregivers that could be facilitated by this licensed clinical social worker. Since dementia and Alzheimer's parents are becoming more and more commen, it was decided to place something in the presidents message from Men's Club and to have our club support a Support Group by hosting an open forum once/month. Men's Club would sponsor the coffee and reserve the room at the Temple for this support group to meet. It was felt to meet on a weeknight so as not to interfere with family commitments on the weekends. We started out with 3 -4 people who met with the licensed clinical social worker. The Rabbi mentioned this support group from the Bima during announcement and more people have begun to show up. On some nights, there are 8 members that show up for support but the "core" is normally 5 - 6 members who need help in adapting and coping with this serious disease.info.pdf (495 KB)support_group.pdf (377 KB)support_group_border_0.pdf (369 KB)We have allowed men ( and women ) who needed a support group to talk out and discuss issues that they were having with one or both of their parents who are suffering with dementia or Alzheimer disease. This group was facilitated by a professional clinical social worker who works with caregivers of patients who suffer from dementia and alzheimer disease. Participants have left the support group understanding more fully how to personally deal with parents that have these diseases along with how to cope with themselves in understanding the process of the disease and not get so frustrated.One of FJMC goals is to promote wellness / Men's Health Programs that include physical and mental health. By having a support group for NON caregivers of patients who have dementia and Alzheimer dieases, we are helping the mental health of these children or grandchildren cope with understanding the deteriorating health of their parents or grandparents. Original ProgramYes
622013-05-03 17:26rmfreiberg96.232.123.95I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Israel Center Men&#039;s Club - White Plains, NY (1810)Interregional Club CollaborationRobert LeBoyerrml5000@yahoo.comRichardFreibergfreibergrm@verizon.netRichardFreibergfreibergrm@verizon.netFJMC - otherWe wanted to attract members to the synagogue for an evening of fun and community building. Our first annual talent show featured musicians, singers, dancers, and comedians from ages 5 to 93. Over 60 members attended and we had a fun-filled evening. At the Quad Regional Retreat in June 2012 one of our members spoke about two of our programs one of which we had done and one of which we were planning. Forest Hills Jewish Center in the NY Metro Region, a club in a different region told us that they had run a Talent Show for many years, offering help in planning and running the show. We met several times during the winter, which resulted in two successful programs – a dinner/presentation at their club and a successful show at ours. From what I believe this may be the first time that 2 regions jointly collaborated on a series of programs. torch_planning_talent_show.xlsx (11 KB)We implemented many of the ideas shared with us by FHJC as we had no experience with running a talent show. Those included event logistics (lighting and sound) which a few committee members had knowledge in, establishing auditions and rehearsals (final run through), and establishing time limits on acts. We held open auditions 2 months prior to the event which was heavily promoted within the Synagogue via blast emails, Shabbat announcements (both written and from the bimah), and bi monthly Brotherhood emails. We had several acts not attending open auditions which we included after auditioning them at a later date. The show itself featured a wide variety of acts and ages as outlined above and ran for over 2 hours (it was after the clock change so we had to start at 8:30 PM). Our friends from FHJC joined us as we did their show and performed before the cheering audience. talent_show_2013.pdf (329 KB)The Talent Show was widely talked throughout the synagogue. Congregants talked about the performances and talents nobody knew the members had. Musicians loved the opportunity to perform onstage, and we heard many tell us that they wanted to perform in next year’s show. We will also be using it as an opportunity to bring the teenagers who do not continue with Jewish studies after B’nai Mitzvah back to the synagogue for a fun evening and a first step toward more involvement. This was an original program to attract people to the synagogue for a social event rather than a religious or educational one. Nothing like it had ever been done in our congregation. Our goal was to increase participation and allow congregants to socialize in a fun, constructive way. This allows the Men’s Club to be a forum for people to get to know their neighbors a little more, and to build the community. Get to know other clubs in your region (at regional events and meetings) and clubs outside your region (at convention and retreats). Collaboration will not only help you in getting a Quality Club Award but can bring new ideas, thought leadership and membership to your club. Original ProgramYes
612013-05-03 15:10har@ssgltd.com209.252.136.34I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsCongregation Beth Shalom Men&#039;s Club - Northbrook, IL (643)ISRAEL/MASORTI OLAMI PROGRAMHARVEYREDFERNhar@ssgltd.comLarry GrossmanLarryg@mediaencounters.comHarvey Redfernhar@ssgltd.comIsrael / MasortiWhile Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook has long tradition of supporting Israel, and for the two year period July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013 we made a concerted effort to increase our activities and support of Israel and are very proud of the results. Our goals included: • Increase programming around Israel and Israeli awareness; • Raising money in support of Israel and Israeli organizations; • Increase attendance at programming; and • Continue to support our Congregation through co-sponsoring of Israel initiatives. Over the 2 year period we sponsored more than 10 programs and activities specifically around Israel. We raised awareness and significant funds through several new programs and initiatives to meet the needs of our community. Through modifications to some of our standard initiatives, we increased money and awareness raised about the State of Israel. veterans_israel_bruch.doc (364 KB)Part IV - Entry Documentation Our Club has a history of offering excellent programs around Israel and has been recognized by FJMC in the past for our Israel 101 and 201 programming. For the 2 year period July 1, 2011 – 2013 Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club exceeded our very ambitious goals. Below is a brief summary of the initiatives and programs completed during the period July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013. For purposes of this application we have divided our programs and activities into the following categories: • Men’s Club specific Israel programming • Co-sponsorship of synagogue Israel programming • Support of greater Chicago Israel programming • Fundraising and donating money in support of Israel While many of the programs could fit into several categories, to avoid duplication, we included each program under only one category. Men’s Club specific Israel programming FIDF Breakfast Speaker (January 29, 2013) – To educate our members, Manuel Gliksberg, a member of the Board of Directors of FIDF and a former Lone Soldier, a Sergeant serving in the IDF, spoke about the organization and ways to support the soldiers. Israeli Army Veterans Dinner (June 23, 2013) - In conjunction with American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation, we are hosting a brunch honoring disabled Israel War Veterans. Co-sponsorship of synagogue Israel programming Israel Solidarity Breakfast (December 16, 2012) – Over 100 people attended a breakfast with Roey Gilad, the Counsel General for Israel to the Midwest. Ethiopian Exodus to Israel Breakfast (March 10, 2013) – Men’s Club co-sponsored and provided breakfast to over 100 people attending a discussion on a recent mission to Ethiopia and Israel where members of our Congregation went to help Ethiopian Jews make Aliyah. Support of greater Chicago Israel programming Hadassah Breakfast with Speaker (October 28, 2012) – Fundraising and donating money in support of Israel Israel Bonds (2012-2013) – It seems like such a simple thing to do, but many Men’s Clubs and synagogues don’t do it. With our reserve funds that were sitting in a local bank account, we took a portion of our reserves and purchased a 3-year Israel Bond as demonstration of our support of Israel. We plan on doing this annually so that we continue to invest in the State of Israel as well as take a leadership role in our Congregation’s investment in Israel Bonds. Israeli Troops – Tzanhanim Palchod 890 (2012-2013) – Our congregation adopted this Israel Defense Force “First Strike” Paratrooper Company. Through different programming, including our Israel Solidarity Breakfast above, we donated backpacks and gave cards through the school (see photo later in the submission). A video of the IDF soldiers thanking our congregation can be found here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKf7wRKWqpE&feature=youtu.be Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament (January 29, 2012 and January 27, 2013) – Our Annual poker tournament had more than 50 participants, raising over $3,000 for FIDF (see below). FIDF (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) – Through Israel Bonds and our annual poker tournament, we have raised over $3,000 for FIDF. Israel Bonds has a double mitzvah program where you can buy and Israel Bond (thereby investing in the State of Israel) and upon maturity the money goes to another worthwhile organization – in our case we have donated the money to FIDF to support the Israel Soldiers. fidf_breakfast_flyer.doc (212 KB)2012_poker_flyer-1.doc (52 KB)israel_speaker.jpg (292 KB)addis_ababa.jpg (294 KB)ethiopia_trip.jpg (153 KB)ethiopia_trip_2.jpg (136 KB)israel_soldiers.jpg (172 KB)texas_holdem.jpg (423 KB)israel_speaker_council_general.jpg (280 KB)While Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook has long tradition of supporting Israel, Men's Club involvement with the synagogue's Israeli committee has expanded the programing for the benefit all synagogue members as well as Men's Club members. These truly informative programs have increased everyone knowledge of Israel issues during a time where Israel's neighbors are in a state of turmoil.These a Men's Club support of our community. Our Israel programs follow the FJMC mission to inform and include the synagogue community and the community at large in informative and innovative programing about Israel Over 100 people have attended each of our program. Men's Club has integrated our breakfast program with our Israel program to make these programs very enjoyable and educating.Original ProgramYes
602013-05-03 15:04namkoob42108.6.22.119I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsOrangetown Jewish Center Men&#039;s Club - Orangeburg, NY (1886)Original Comedy ShowBarton Bookmannamkoob42@gmail.comBartonBookmannamkoob42@gmail.comBarton Bookmannamkoob42@gmail.comClub AdministrationWe use an original comedy show of song parodies and skits to poke fun at ourselves at our synagogue. We involve the Rabbis, their spouses, the Board President, other board members, Men's Club members and some spouses. The parodies and skits are written by a Men's Club member. comedy_show_advance_planning.docx (61 KB)Comedy Show Details Most comedy shows feature professional comedians. The cost detracts from the bottom line of the fundraiser and generally does not have a comedian who is well known. As our own local shown became better known in the synagogue, more congregants stepped up to help make it a reality. Our first show had a cast of 11. The last one had almost 30. The first show raised about $1200, the last one, over $6000 in one night. A few Caveats: 1. This is not a professional show but is rather a funny look at ourselves. Some of the humor may come from inside jokes known to synagogue members. 2. Select who you are raising money for in advance. Get their support and use it in the publicity. For example, we raised over $6000 for the Religious Schools and Scholarship Fund. The comedy writer or writers need to focus on synagogue life and some of our foibles as Jews. Some topics from past shows included the ones listed below and more. • Songs in Jewish History – Rock and Roll originated with Jews of ancient times. Tunes such as “Come on Down to My Boat Baby” became “Come on Down to My Ark Baby” about Noah. “Mr. Sandman” was used to explain Moses’ nickname after 40 years in the desert. • Holidays – Hooray for Hol-Hamoyed (“Hooray for Hollywood”), Hannukia (“Mamma Mia”), Find the Afikomen (Locomotion), Do the Egalitarian (“Locomotion”). • Spoofs – Superheroes (Rebbitzman), Geico Commercials, PSL’s – Personal Seat Licenses, Dancing with the Star, Sponsors for Jewish prayers and Unknown Jewish Heroes (“Bitter Herb”). • Synagogue Life – Summer Kiddush (“Summer Lovin’ “), the Cantor (“Cheers”), the Board president (“that’s Amore”), the Junior Rabbi (a woman – “Look at Me, I’m Sandra D”), our synagogue being egalitarian - Do the Egalitarian (“Locomotion”). Ideas and scripts for comedy need to be collected over a set period of time with scripts written and edited at least 4 months before the actual show. Every aspect of our lives as synagogue members and Jews may be included as long as it is not mean spirited. The topics may include (but are not limited to): synagogue events, holidays, a Jewish view of American history or culture, commercials, television shows, etc. There may be one talented writer or several writers but the scripts all have to be reviewed. All of the scripts will need to be run past the rabbi(s). Recruiting the performers is a separate task. Writing parts for the rabbi and cantor can be tricky – you need to-get them on board beforehand. The congregants really enjoy seeing them step out of their regular role. Many rabbis are real “hams.” Getting their involvement is a critical part of getting support for the show. In some cases, the clergy may not choose to perform, so congregants will need to fill the parts. The lay leadership of the synagogue is also important for many of the same reasons as the clergy. Recruiting other performers from Men’s Club and the rest of the synagogue is actually easier once they know the clergy and other leaders are involved. Many step forward. The writers will often wants to perform some of what they have written. The show needs a director, preferably with some experience (however minor), a producer and other jobs such as props, music, sound, staging, etc. Nothing fancy, but it gets more people to step up and be involved. Also, there should be a committee to handle the refreshments (coffee, and cake) after the show. The show usually need at least 8 weeks of rehearsal. We have found that by placing the same people in several different skits, we can bring them in as a separate group. This is more time efficient and respectful of people’s time. The last few rehearsals can be full ones. channukia.pdf (1177 KB)rabbi_d_1.pdf (847 KB)do_the_egalitarian.docx (88 KB)marketing_the_comedy_show.docx (63 KB)comedy_2011_ad.pdf (973 KB)img_0252_1.jpg (1340 KB)img_0254.jpg (1432 KB)img_0296_0.jpg (1481 KB)The home grown flavor of the comedy show engages many leaders and congregants. People step out of their usual roles. A few cast members have taken more active roles in Men's Club. Others have come to more synagogue events. It creates a "buzz" in the synagogue for months, both before and after the show. It brings in many of the members who do not attend regularly and has raised thousands of dollars. Humor brings people together as a community - when over 200 people attend an event, the community is engaged. Doing the show has given some men the incentive to become more active in the Men's Club (and the synagogue) through taking on new roles and being with people (such as the clergy) in different settings. One is now running for a position as a trustee, while another has taken charge of one of our committees. The innovation part is easy to explain - we created this ourselves and it reflects us as a community.Other synagogues have seem the DVD and are asking us to create a revue from the shows that is generic (not specifically Orangetown Jewish Center) so we can do it as a fund raiser at the Jewish Community Center.Original ProgramYes
592013-05-02 21:29adamdshandler68.36.3.14I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsAgudath Israel Men&#039;s Club - Caldwell, NJ (963)Scott Kopen Family Fitness NightAdam Shandleradshandler@gmail.comMartySchenkermarty-boy@comcast.netSteveJacobssteve@jacobshome.orgMens Health ProgramsIn February of 2011, Scott Kopen, a loyal member and a former president of the Agudath Israel Men's Club, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Six months later, he was gone. To honor his memory, the CAI Men's Club developed a program that featured one of Scott's favorite activities and got the community moving. Literally. Scott Kopen Family Fitness night was born. On Saturday night, March 24, 2012, we gathered at Tiger Tennis and Fitness (Scott's gym) to exercise, play tennis, and raise money for pancreatic cancer research.ta_programadvancedplanninng_caldwell_familyfitnessnight_03242012.xlsx (13 KB)The Family Fitness Night program on March 24, 2012 was held at Tiger Tennis and Fitness in West Caldwell. The facility was kind enough to donate the space - free of charge - to the Men's Club for this event. The club also received donations to raffle off and "tricky tray" from the NHL, the NJ Nets, and local businesses such as jewelry, catering, family photography, and spas. We also received personal donations like Yankee tickets and museum memberships from many CAI members. For $20 a person, $30 a couple and $40 a family, participants, including children, had access to the whole gym. Many played tennis or received tennis lessons from on-site pros. Others worked out in the cardio/weight room. Every dollar raised was donated to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Approximately $2000 was raised at this event. scottkopenfamilyfitnessnight.pdf (406 KB)kopen_event_01.docx (83 KB)caimensclubblog_scottkopenfamilyfitnessnight.docx (257 KB)caldwell_patch_scottkopenfamilyfitness.docx (470 KB)scottkopenfamilyfitnessnight01.doc (55 KB)kidstennispro.jpg (29 KB)kopenfamilyfitness.jpg (29 KB)While the Scott Kopen Family Fitness Night was a tremendous PR event for our Club, the greater impact was on raising awareness for pancreatic cancer research and overall men's health issues. It was an honor for the CAI Men's Club to be the vehicle to carry that message. The event did draw several prospective members to the location. At least 10 of these members have returned for subsequent events. We are still in the process of cultivating these prospective members for leadership roles in our Club.There is no greater mitzvah than sustaining the memory of a departed Men's Club brother. To do it not just with a fun event, but an event that makes people aware of a horrible disease gives it extra relevance. Now every time a CAI member hears about pancreatic cancer, they will think of Scott and his great contributions to our community. Leadership: Marty Schenker's passion in making this program a success should be commended. This passion was contagious, and we all felt a heavy responsibility to make this event a winner - for the Club, for Scott's family, for Scott's memory. Innovation: This was a new program for us and one of our more labor-intensive endeavors. We intially proposed a lecture on pancreatic cancer research, but thought an event where participants could enjoy what Scott enjoyed while getting themselves fit -- all while raising awarness for Pancreatic Cancer Research -- would be more impactful. Community: The program brought out core and prospective members of our Men's Club, as well as members of the CAI community at large. We also received a great turnout from the non-Jewish community who knew Scott or were passionate about this cause.We will continue to serve Scott's memory with a Men's Health series that will consist of lectures from health care professionals and physical activity. Upon hearing about the low percentage of Americans who get screened for melanoma (24%), our club will be hosting Dr. Deborah Rabner on June 13. She is a board certified dermatologist and member of our shul who will discuss prevention and screening. Original ProgramYes
582013-05-02 18:10cohncj75.92.242.191I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsB&#039;nai Amoona Men&#039;s Club - St. Louis, MO (631)Tefillin Cheat SheetCreightonCohncohncj@yahoo.comEdHerzogempzoggy@gmail.comEdHerzogempzoggy@gmail.comWorld Wide WrapWe prepared a "Cheat Sheet" detailing exactly how to lay tefillin for our World Wide Wrap as well as for use during the rest of the year. Out goal was to make laying tefillin accessible to everyone. The sheet included illustrations, mechanical instructions on what to do, and all prayers in Hebrew, English and transliterated and was sized to fit in most tefillin bags.Since many of our congregants do not lay tefillin every day, they often struggle with remembering how to do it properly when they do lay tefillin. This is perhaps most obvious at the World Wide Wrap when many of us help to teach/remind others how to do so. The problem is, when we are at a minyan at others times of the year when all of the helpers aren't present, perhaps for a yahrzeit, we may not remember the proper way to lay tefillin and/or might be too embarrassed to ask for help. Therefore, several years ago, I looked everywhere for a small primer on laying tefillin that contained simple, yet detailed, instructions on how to do so that I could keep in my tefillin bag. The FJMC's booklet, "First Thoughts: A Tefillin Spiritual Primer" helped, but lacked step by step instructions. Therefore, together with one of my other club officers, we made our own small card with step-by-step instructions on how to lay tefillin, including all of the prayers in English, Hebrew, and transliterations as well as illustrations. We also made it small enough to fit in a typical tefillin bag though big enough to read it easily, and included a place for name, email, and phone number in case the bag got lost or misplaced. We had it printed on heavy card stock and it is easily laminated. Of course, we also had our Rabbi look it over to make sure it was correct in all aspects. We used these for our World Wide Wrap where they were a big hit and it is great to see people in daily minyan using them as well. When someone seems to be struggling with tefilin, these are readily available in our chapel and many have been given out through the year. We have had to do additional printings and the Sunday School also requested them so they could be given to the B'nai Mitavah kids as part of their education on tefillin. As a result of the World Wide Wrap and these cards, the Men's Club has become something of the go-to group on tefillin within the synagogue. Several of the Club officers were asked to work with the B'nai Mitzvah families and show them how to lay tefillin and we provided the cards to the parents as well at that time. This has led to more people attending our World Wide Wrap and more people getting interested and joining our Men's Club. I brought these to LDI this past January and they were very well received and got dubbed the "St. Louis Cards." Since then, I have freely shared these with other clubs, providing a digital version into which the clubs or regions logo can be inserted. They can be printed on card stock easily by most printers such as Kinko's/Fed Ex Office and are not expensive to print. Rabbi Simon requested that we supply these for all 2013 convention attendees which I plan to do. These cards provide an excellent tool for Clubs and/or Regions as they establish a connection between laying tefillin and the FJMC, bringing the Men's Club to mind every time the card is used. Additionally, they provide those laying tefillin with instructions and make it much easier and less embarrassing for those that don't lay tefillin often to be able to do so on their own. The card is a great tool for the World Wide Wrap and is great to provide to all attendees then, as well as throughout the year at daily minyan.tefillin_video_2.wmv (10150 KB)This sheet, together with our popular World Wide Wrap has made our Club the go-to guys when it comes to tefillin use in our synagogue. It has provided additional prestige to our club and provided us with an opportunity to work with the B'nai Mitzvah and Sunday School families which have led to increased membership and more participation in events, such as the World Wide Wrap. The "St. Louis Cards" directly support the World Wide Wrap and the use of Tefillin. It is easily adaptable to any synagogue and we have freely shared it with any club that wants it. It was certainly innovative in that it was not previously available. It demonstrated our club's leadership within our community, including increased religious observance. It will directly help Jewish men become more involved in Jewish life, particularly with the mitzvah of laying tefillin.Original ProgramYes
572013-05-02 16:26rleboyer108.6.31.198I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Israel Center Men&#039;s Club - White Plains, NY (1810)Jewish History - Twelve Ounces At A TimeRobertLeBoyerrml5000@yahoo.comRichardFreibergfreibergrm@verizon.netRichardFreibergfreibergrm@verizon.netProgramming for Young MenI have been hombrewing ales and serving them at our Men's Club dinners for about two years. I make many varieties of beer, giving them names that reflect Jewish holidays or themes. This has added a social aspect and put a little "cocktail hour" into the programs. This has made the club more fun and increased participation. At the Convention in June 2012, a club in a synagogue in a different region heard me speak about the program and asked me to host a beer tasting dinner at his synagogue. About 28 people attended the dinner, “Jewish Heritage - Twelve Ounces At A Time”, in which I described various styles of ales and lagers and tied them to European Jewish History. copy_of_torch_fhjc_beer_dinner.xlsx (10 KB)At the Convention in June 2012, each club discussed programs we were planning. A club in a different region offered help with one of ours and asked our help in bringing another to their synagogue. We met several times during the winter, which resulted in two successful programs – a successful show at ours and a beer tasting dinner at theirs. At the dinner, we sampled different varieties of ales and lagers. Learning about different regions and their brewing techniques reminded me of the Jewish history that I had studied in Hebrew School many years before. In discussing the differences and the development of styles in different regions, I discussed the ingredients then told about the history of the Jewish people in those regions. One example is Octoberfest, the best known beer drinkjng holiday. What is Octoberfest and should Jews celebrate it? Was this a Christian holiday or anti-Semetic festival? The answer is that Octoberfest celebrated the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810. How did Ludwig treat the Jews in Bavaria? As King, Ludwig granted rights and freedoms to Jews, so we can feel good celebrating his marriage.slide1.jpg (63 KB)slide1_1.jpg (73 KB)slide1_2.jpg (49 KB)This was an original program to attract people to the synagogue for a social event rather than a religious or educational one. Craft beer and homebrewing are growing rapidly, so a beer tasting dinner was a timely event. This appealed to many congregants that don't normally come to the ususal events. This allows the Men’s Club to be a forum for people to get to know their neighbors and to build the community. Importantly, this is being used as a first step toward greater involvement. Another goal was to teach about the Jewish contributions to brewing and European history. Distributing the TIC Men's Club homebrews also turns beer (a secular, non-Jewish beverage) into a celebration of Jewish holidays and heritage. This was an original program to attract people to the synagogue for an original event that is out of the ordinary for a synagogue. A member who picks up a bottle of homebrewed beer with a label like “Sandy Kofax Ale” or “Judah Macabbe Chocolate Stout” tends to read the entire label. We put an illustration on the front, then use the space on the back to deliver an educational message about the holiday or Jewish theme. The program is also a good fundraiser, since the cost of homebrewed beer and craft beer is quite low compared with what one would pay in a supermarket or bar for these beers. The participants loved the opportunity to sample different styles of beer and learn about what makes them different. This also presented an opportunity to discuss Jewish history in the 1806-1914 period (Napoleonic conquest to WWI). We are planning a second beer tasting program this fall at Forest Hills JC, one at Temple Israel, and possible one for the Hudson Valley Region.Original ProgramYes
562013-05-02 14:05sgreenspan173.206.223.95I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth Emeth-Bais Yehuda Men&#039;s Club - Downsview, ON (404)Sunnybrook Hospital Shabbat ServicesStanGreenspanstangreenspan@fjmc.orgBruceMartinbruce@attitudecommunications.comBruceMartinbruce@attitudecommunications.comFJMC - otherToronto Brotherhood's providing shabbat services to Jewish veterans and patients at the largest hospital in the country.In 1988, the Brotherhood of Beth Emeth began to provide Jewish programming at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. The hospital is the largest in Canada with and has been the countries largest veteran's hospital since WW2. Canada's Jewish population enrolled in the armed forces en mass, with over 10% of all men joining the Army, Navy or Airforce. After the end of the war, Sunnybrook was the location of all disabled Jewish veterans from the country. In the 1990's the Beth Emeth men's club became heavily involved in the chaplaincy at the hospital, eventually leading to the fundraising and the building of a synagogue on the hospital grounds. Once the chapel was completed, all of the FJMC clubs in Toronto began participating in providing monthly shabbat services for those who through happenstance found themselves in the hospital. The service includes bringing mobile patients from their rooms and an abridged torah reading. A small non-alcoholic kiddish is served after the service and all of the patients are returned to their rooms.sunnybrook_shabbat_bh.pdf (106 KB)This is not a new programme, it is celebrating it's 25th year of men's club involvement.This event has brought the clubs of the city of Toronto to an important chesed event each month.Original ProgramYes
552013-05-02 13:40sgreenspan173.206.223.95Torch Award 2013 ApplicationI have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth Emeth-Bais Yehuda Men&#039;s Club - Downsview, ON (404)2013 Jews in BaseballStanGreenspanstangreenspan@fjmc.orgBruceMartinbruce@attitudecommunications.comBruceMartinbruce@attitudecommunications.comProgramming for Young MenJews in Baseball? Yes! some of the greatest players ever were Jewish.We arranged with the producer of the documentary film "Jews in Baseball" to host a showing of the film and served a "stadium dinner" of hot dogs, chicken fingers, french fries and condiments along with beer and soft drinks. Had a popcorn stand set up during the film. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. Despite the hostility and stereotyping they faced, there have been standout Jewish players in every decade from the 1860’s to the present. This is the first major documentary to tell their stories. Dustin Hoffman narrates this engaging story of great drama, unforgettable games, and the broad sweep of American history. Over 60 people came out for the evening.jews_and_baseball-2013.pdf (841 KB)Another high quality men's club event.This programme was one of a number of events helping to rebuild a moribund men's club that was once one of the leading clubs in the FJMC.Original ProgramYes
542013-05-02 12:00bshaps00167.91.166.170I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsCongregation Beth Shalom Men&#039;s Club - Northbrook, IL (643)Succession PlanningBradleyShapsbrad.shaps@gmail.comLarryGrossmanlarrydgrossman@gmail.comHarvey Redfernhar@ssgltd.comClub AdministrationCongregation Beth Shalom Men's Club undertook a succession planning initiative to identify the future leaders of the club and potential future Board members. At the request of President Harvey Redfern a committee of 3 past presidents was formed to establish a long range succession plan that identified individuals who are potential Executive Board members for the next 6-10 years as well as new members for the Board of Directors. The committe interviewed the entire Executive Board, many members of the Board of Directors and a number of former Board members to 1. determine each individuals interest in future leadership positions and the timeframe they have in mind for serving in various positions, 2. obtain feedback on fellow Board members and who is viewed as future leaders, and 3 identify potential future Board of Director candidates. A report summarizing the findings was presented to the President and the nominating committee.In 2012 our current Executive Vice President, Alan Medansky passed away leaving a gap in leadership. At the request of President Harvey Redfern a committee of 3 past presidents was formed to establish a long range succession plan that identified individuals who are potential Executive Board members for the next 6-8 years as well as new members for the Board of Directors. Brad Shaps, Glen Roter and Kevin Braude developed a list of interview questions and met with most of the members of the current Men’s Club Executive Board and several additional Members of the Board. The purpose of the meetings were to identify future leaders of the club, identify positions current Executive Board members might be interested in, obtain feedback and assessments from current Board members about the performance of current Executive Board members and develop a list of names of potential future nominees for the Board. After conducting the interviews, the committee prepared a detailed report summarizing the findings which identified individuals for various executive board positions and a list of potential future board members. The project was very successful and accomplished the following: established a succession plan identifying the next 3 or 4 presidents and identifying potential executive board and board members. This gives the Club a roadmap of future leaders so that proper training and development can occur to ensure the ongoing success of the club. A copy of the report is attached below succession_planning_without_full_names.docx (18 KB)This project was extremely successful. Due to the death of our Executive Vice President who was in line to become our next president there was a gap with no current Executive Board member willing to serve as the next president. Through the succesion planning process we were able to identify 2 individuals who were willing to fill the gap and serve as joint presidents. We also were able to identify and establish a succession plan for the next 2 or 3 presidents after that. Based on that a plan can be established to provide those individuals the experience necessary, by serving in various vice president positions, to succeed as President. The project also identified that there is a limited number of current Board members who are currently willing to serve on Executive Board in the future. Based on that knowledge it became clear that the club needs to identify and bring on new board members and develop them for future leadership. As part of the project we identified 25 individuals as future candidates for the Board of Directors. The recent nominating committee used the succession plan as a road map during its slating process and brought on a number of new individuals onto the Board. The succession plan serves as a starting point in future leadership development and will become a living document that will allow the club to continue plan for the future success of the club.This project is instrumental in supporting FJMC's mission of involving Jewish Men in Jewish Life and supports the Leadership element of the tagline. This project was essential to the continuity of our club and the identification and development of the future leaders of the club. Through this project we now have the leadership in place to continue to thrive as one of the top Men's club nationally. The model we used can easily be utilized by other clubs to help them plans for the future of their club.Original ProgramYes
532013-05-02 10:54sgreenspan173.206.223.95I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth Emeth-Bais Yehuda Men&#039;s Club - Downsview, ON (404)Beer and Food PairingStanGreenspanstangreenspan@fjmc.orgBruceMartinbruce@attitudecommunications.comBruceMartinbruce@attitudecommunications.comProgramming for Young MenThe Brotherhood at the Beth Emeth has been moribund for several years and a group of men decided to reboot it. Our intention was to involve younger men, and as part of the strategy, topics of interest to younger men in particular were chosen. This programme involved an expert craft brewer who selected a number of small production but readily available beers and specifically paired them with food items. The beer and the foods were consumed in a specific order, while the qualities of the particular beer were extolled.Six craft beers were tasted along with specific menu items. One beer was chosen because it matched with "greasy" food and was paired with latkes toped by lux. Another was chosen due to it's ability to work with hot and spicy wings. Beers were also paired with corned beef, cole slaw and desert. Only a small amount of beer was consumed at each pairing; the club made sure that nobody in attendance would be impaired for driving. The beer expert was a younger member who had a tremendous knowledge of brewing and foods, and had worked in the high end restaurant business. Special emphasis was made to attract younger members, and over 40% of the attendees were under 40 years of age. Invitations to other clubs in the city were made and representation from at least 3 other clubs attended. The cost was $20 per person and 75 people (men and women) were in attendance.p1020519.jpg (1405 KB)p1020515.jpg (1245 KB)p1020519_0.jpg (1405 KB)Great event to help build a club. Involved Jewish men (and women) in Jewish life through kosher food and drink.Worked to bring younger men to our club(s) in the Lake Ontario Region.Original ProgramYes
522013-05-02 10:36sgreenspan173.206.223.95I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth David B&#039;nai Israel Beth Am Brotherhood - Toronto, ON (403)Scotch and Steak in the SukkahStanGreenspanstangreenspan@fjmc.orgRickWronzbergwronzberg@bell.netRickWronzbergwronzberg@bell.netHebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyThe Brotherhood at the Beth David's executive realized the value in past Torch Awards and decided to use the template of a Sukkah party to begin the new programming year.steak_dinner.xls (23 KB)Careful planning included costing of the dinner down to the cost of propane. Online registration on synagogue website was used, with over 130 people from 3 different clubs. Actually a joint programme with Beth Emeth, which is less than 3 miles away. We purchased a new bar-b-que which was raffled off for more than the purchase price - the winner then gifted the bar-b-que to the men's club. Steaks were purchased from a kosher meat wholesaler and prepared by a chef we hired. We also purchased metal cutlery which was tovelled prior to the event and will be used for future events. One of our club's members is a scotch expert and he was authorized to purchase the scotch. Dinner began in the sukkah with mincha. The sukkah was too small to hold the 130 people, so we made the motzi in the sukkah and moved inside to the main hall for dinner. Men's club members and spouses had arranged for the table settings and decoration, hors d'ouvers and a cash bar for beer purchases. Men's club members took orders for steaks and made sure that the proper steak was served to each attendee. We also served grilled vegetables that we made on the bar-b-que. Excellent programme, which made a great start to the brotherhood's year.agenda_for_scotch_night.pdf (29 KB)bdbiba_-_mens_club_-_scotch_steak_in_the_sukkah_october_4th_2012.pdf (141 KB)bdbiba_-_mens_club_-_scotch_steak_in_the_sukkah_october_4th_2012_0.pdf (141 KB)scotch_and_steak_dinner_020.jpg (82 KB)scotch_and_steak_dinner_053.jpg (46 KB)scotch_and_steak_dinner_056.jpg (62 KB)Great way to start the year, everyone had to work as a team to make the programme work. They did and it was a success!Brought 130 people to a brotherhood programme, well over twice the record for attendance in the past.An adaptation or enhancement of a previous Torch Award entry TAxx-xxxx|Yes
512013-05-02 03:40ismsolutions24.24.149.122I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsTemple Ramat Zion Men&#039;s Club - Northridge, CA (1020)Yom Hashoah Yellow Candle Program - Holocaust Remembrance Day RickMarkrick@ismcentral.comJosephMosspostmanjm@yahoo.comRickMarkrick@ismcentral.comYom HaShoah / Yellow CandleTemple Ramat Zion's Yom Hashoah program this year set a new standard in our community. We put together an interfaith program, recognizing those that were killed in the Shoah that were not Jewish as well. We had our local Minister and Priest at the program, who gave insight as to the effect the Shoah had on them as well. The theme of our program was "Remembering the Past, Securing the Future". The event attendance was more than 400 people.trz_mens_club_yom_hashoah_planning_items_and_info.docx (112 KB)The program consisted of our 40 member choir, a Reverand Steven Petty, a Father David Loftus, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Dana Erlich, Israeli consul for culture, media and public diplomacy in Los Angeles, TRZ's own Rabbi Sela and Cantor Friedman, our Congressman Brad Sherman, Councilmember Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Dennis Zine, and our Program Chairperson Jack Kosoy and Men's Club President Rick Mark. An 18 person procession consisted of the above dignitaries and community members and clergy, as well as 2 Holocaust Survivors, the Executive Board of our USY Chapter, and the TRZ Mens' Club Executive Board and program committee. The USY'ers carried large signs showing well known pictures and names of concentration camps and the quantity of people killed at them. In between the signs, others carried large 3" wide and 12" tall Yellow Candles, all while the choir and a violinist performed Ani Ma'amin. We have a large Holocaust Memorial in our Sanctuary on a large wall. We had a special shelf installed and the first 7 candles through the procession were put on the shelf next to the memorial. The signs were stood up on tables with the remainder of the candle lighting them up for all to see throughout the program. The balance of the program consisted of alternating inspirational readings, choir performances, and our guest speakers comments, including our keynote by Rabbi Abraham Cooper. Closing comments by our Men's Club President included information about the candles for all attendees. We provided 2 candles - 1 Yellow and 1 White. The Yellow for the Jews who who were killed and the White for the non-Jews who were killed; further enforcing the remembrance of all who died. After the final Choir song, the guests simply emptied from the Sanctuary and were able to take both a White and Yellow candle on their way to their cars as they left. A letter and donation form was included with the candles. We had a $10,000 budget for the program, including advertising, programs, signs, custom made candles in the color of yellow we wanted, custom glass holders for the procession and display, the shelf, refreshments and audio system upgrades to ensure that the quality of the audio for the program was the best it could possibly be for all who attended. We came in under budget at just below $9,000. We funded the program with donations from several committee members who were committed in their support from the first day of discussion. They have chosen to financially support the program indefinitely. Future programs are estimated to cost approximately $3,000 or less, as the audio system improvements will not be needed going forward. We advertised within our Temple, the two Churches, and a city wide media release.yom_hashoahscript_autosaved.doc (44 KB)interfaith_leaders_commemorate_yom_hashoah_los_angeles_jewish_journal.pdf (551 KB)trz_yom_hashoah_pic2.jpg (142 KB)trz_yom_hashoa_pic3.jpg (125 KB)yom_hashoa_trz_choir.jpg (154 KB)The impact of this year's program was phenomenal. The community leaders asked to be invited again next year as it was so very uplifting and something they had never experienced before. The community has never had such an event take place. We received 5X the typical candle donations from attendees than we have in the history of the program at TRZ. We had the Executive Board of our TRZ Men's Club participate as well as the rest of our club members, and have since expanded our club membership by more than 10 additional members from our congregation. We have 340 family unit members and before the event about 30 Men's Club members.Our program this year activated new members to our Men's Club. Many that were not very active at all suddenly became very activated and took on tasks of great responsibility for this event. We have also converted many of these newcomers to join our Men's Club Board of Trustees, and several new V.P. Positions. New blood has definitely proven that we are expanding our Men's Jewish experience for our men with this level of programming. Leadership: Our club now has new board members and younger membership beginning to get involved, helping to ensure our future legacy. It showed these members that you can become part of something great, and that there was a lot of support for the efforts, not to mention a great sense of brotherhood with fellow Jewish men. Innovation: By getting custom made candles and holders, inviting 'outsiders' into our program, we have helped to preserve the memory and pass it on so it will never be forgotten. Expanding this program to our non-Jewish brothers was huge, and never done before. The Brotherhood at one of the Churches wants to get to know us better so that we can continue to educate and expand our community awareness and togetherness. This is truly innovative as we are now getring more of our Jewish men involved because they are more intrigued and interested in expanding with us. Community: Involving our interfaith leaders and their congregations, our local government officials, and the community at large, we have spread the level of awareness and understanding by seeding the next generation with memories that will be shared. Our local government leaders have also graced our Club with proclamations and future suport for this this program, which has never been done unsolicited. We were covered by several local news agencies, the Jewish Journal included article, made a big impact. Friends from many Temples that I have seen since have let us know that they heard of our program and may want to get involved next year, so we are reaching beyond our own local community with our programming.This program is still being talked about, we are still receiving checks for candles that were taken at the event. We gave out more than 450 candles that day, the largest distribution ever, and we have received many single donations at varying amounts to honor the program and its committee alone. We are already planning for next year! Original ProgramYes
502013-05-01 22:14namkoob42108.6.22.119I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsOrangetown Jewish Center Men&#039;s Club - Orangeburg, NY (1886)Turning Shabbat Conversations into Hearing Men's VoicesBarton Bookmannamkoob42@gmail.comBartonBookmannamkoob42@gmail.comBarton Bookmannamkoob42@gmail.comHearing Mens VoicesThe Hearing Men's Voices committee wants to extend the ideas from the HMV books to current topics that men ((and women) are talking about . They center on problems with parenting, changing friendships, balancing Jewish values with other commitments as well as the man's role in the modern marriage.program_advance_planning_for_hearing_mens_voices_at_the_orangetown_jewish_center_0.docx (55 KB)Orangetown Jewish Center Program details Orangetown Jewish Center Program details After 3 years and about 15 sessions of Hearing Men’s Voices, we needed to branch out and address the needs of our men in a more “home-grown” manner. We decided to look for other topics that men were speaking about. We began listening to others in social gatherings at a kiddush on Shabbat, and virtually anywhere people got together. We noted that there is a great deal of sharing that goes on when people sit down to break bread after a Shabbat service. Our Saturday morning services are typically 150-180 people without a simcha, so there is a lot of socializing going on. In addition, there are a number of concerns shared by men and women. When our committee meets, we discuss some of the concerns and ideas we have heard. We discuss them and decide if any are worth turning into a new HMV session. Once a topic is decided on, we toss around possible titles and focus questions. The questions may shift order several times until we determine the discussion starter question. Another issue we decided to address was getting more support for the program by engaging the wives. After some discussions with our Rabbis, we realized that we could accomplish this and fill a need for programming on Yom Kippur between Musaf and MIncha. We opened the program to men and women, calling it, “Hearing Our Voices.” Some of the new topics have included: • What does it mean to be a parent and grandparent in the 21st century? • How have my friendships changed from childhood to now? • What is the man’s role in bringing spirituality to the marriage? • How do I keep my Jewish values while juggling my commitments? • What is my Jewish identity and how to I pass it to my children and grandchildren? This was part of a Yom Kippur program for men and women after Musaf. Finally we decide on a facilitator and co-facilitator and a date at least one month in advance. A flyer is made up and is sent out via Constant Contact, e-blasts, mailings and the synagogue newsletter. In addition, the synagogue president or one of the Rabbis will announce it from the Bimah on Friday night and Saturday for several weeks before the event. marketing_hmv.docx (52 KB)dont_know_what_to_do_after_musaf_on_yom_kippur.docx (87 KB)hmv_11-25-12_0.docx (96 KB)The program has engaged men who do not usually get involved in synagogue activities. A few have become more involved in synagogue life while others are now having a more active role in the Men’s Club. A few weeks after we run a session, men who missed it ask when the next session is. Regulars always ask when the next session is coming. The group runs from 8 to as high as 20 members. Most sessions have about 14 attendees. The co-ed session on Yom Kippur ( which had about 30 attendees) generated a lot of questions and interest from the wives. Almost all of them wanted the program to continue next year, while some asked for a women’s only session or regular co-ed sessions. This program supports all three elements of the tagline. There is leadership in creating new discussion topics based on needs. We have moved the program into new areas such as Yom Kippur and a limited co-ed session. Community is involved: the Rabbis, the women and ritual with our Yom Kippur initiative.Original ProgramYes
492013-05-01 18:38Anonymous173.192.238.77I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsOlam Tikvah Men&#039;s Club - Fairfax, VA (1147)Annual Gleaning for the PoorRobertWattsbob@wattses.orgEricRothbergericandrachel@verizon.netEricRothbergericandrachel@verizon.netShomrei Ha’aretzThe Olam Tikvah Men’s Club conducts an annual gleaning for the poor at a synagogue member couple’s farm, engaging members and families of all ages in collecting vegetable for a local food bank. The goal of the program is to engage the community in performing and learning about the mitzvah of gleaning and performing tzedakah for the poor. 2013_olam_tikvah_shomrei_ta_programadvancedplanning.xls (29 KB)The Olam Tikvah Men’s Club has sponsored two annual gleanings of vegetables at the Gainesville, VA “Stoney Lonesome Farm” of OT members Esther and Pablo Elliott (just outside the DC metro area), in memory of their son Hirsch who was stillborn in July 2009. OT Asst. Rabbi Ita Paskind participate in the gleaning, and at the first on September 25, 2011, she discussed the the mitzvah’s connection to Sukkot and the Jewish values of protecting the environment. The second gleaning took place at the Elliott’s farm on October 21, 2012, and at this events there was a short introduction about the farm, the mitzvah of gleaning, and gleaning's connection to helping those in need and protecting the environment. Both events were huge success both in terms of participation and the results. Over 50 volunteers—including families from the Men’s Club, the Olam Tikvah religious school and preschool, Cub Scouts from OT’s Pack 1818, and GMU Hillel members participated in each of the gleaning. Given the limitation on the numbers that could participate, given the size of the farm and the task, both gleanings were oversubscribed and people RSVP’ing at the last minute had to be turned away. With respect to the results, at the first gleaning we collected almost 200 pounds of green beans and tomatoes that were donated to the Capital Area Food Bank, and at the second gleaning the community picked a large quantity of lettuce and carrots to donate to the food bank. The program was organized by current Club Co-President Eric Rothberg (who was Social Action Chair at the time of the first gleaning) and did not require a large amount of organization and publicity. A few notices in the synagogue Shabbat Bulletin and the monthly newsletter, a couple of notice in the monthly Men’s Club e-mail to membership, and some publicity through religious school and Cub Scout channels were sufficient to produce an overflow turnout. Of course, it is difficult to reproduce in a heavily populated area where a club is unlikely to have farmers as members, but if a farm is available this is a very positive, easy to organize and productive activity. 2013_olam_tikvah_shomrei_haaretz_ta_wjw_article.doc (147 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_gleaning_1.jpg (1188 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_gleaning_2.jpg (1547 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_ta_gleaning_3.jpg (1263 KB)2013_olam_tikvah_shomrei_ta_vid.mpg (9608 KB)This program performed a mitzvah set forth in the Torah: “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger; I the Lord am your G-d.” (Vayikrah/Leviticus 23:22) The events were extremely popular with members of the synagogue community of all sizes, and involved the club in a very positive activity related to two important mitzvot. While simple, it was an innovation for the synagogue for members to perform such a “hands on” activity, and about 25% of the members of the club participated. In addition to the Shomrei Ha'aretz purpose, the event attracted many younger families and younger men, consist with the FJMC hador haba initiative. Thus it met the tagline elements of both Innovation and Community, and as it was organized by the Men’s Club for the entire community, Leadership as well. Original ProgramYes
482013-05-01 11:52hondoman18192.193.171.149I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Men&#039;s Club - Norfolk, VA (1120)Ganizah: Ceremony for Burial of Prayer Books and Other Jewish ArtifactsNorman Sorokonsoroko@cox.netNormanSorokonsoroko@cox.netNorman Sorokonsoroko@cox.netHebrew Literacy / Ritual LiteracyGenizah ceremony which takes place at a Jewish cemetery when a community or congregation (or even a family) has accumulated a “critical mass” of holy texts and particular ritual objects that can no longer be used. In this particular case, a critical mass is a quantity sufficient to fill a standard burial plot. While there is no casket per se, books and other materials that are to be buried are packed into cardboard boxes or clean pillowcases or even into a shroud before being put into the grave. [Strictly speaking, “genizah” refers to a place set aside in a synagogue to collect holy texts and objects which have become ‘pasul’ or unfit for use. Siddurim, Tanakhim, copies of the Mishnah or Talmud, or a Tikkun qualify for this kind of special treatment. Obvious inclusion goes to a sefer Torah, a Megillah, a mezuzah parchment, and tefillin. Kippot or yarmulkes are definitely not considered holy objects even if yours is very special to you. A genizah ceremony takes place only when needed and at a Jewish cemetery. A grave (or more) is opened and the objects needing burial are carefully placed inside. Once full, the grave is covered just as it would be if a person had just been buried. There are no clearly defined elements or prayers required; those performing the burial create their own ceremony. Following the burial, one would wash one’s hands as usual for having been in a cemetery. A simple marker is placed at the grave though without the unveiling ceremony that is customarily performed for a person.geniza_number_1.doc (24 KB)This program took six months to plan. We gathered up all old prayer books, Old and worn Tallits and Tefillin. I had to search for two graves at a local cemetery and a funeral home to assist with the burial of the items. This had to be coordinated with the superintendent of the Cemeteries to get a permit to have this done. A family donated the graves and a local funeral home donated all of their services. This was in our monthly bulletin as well as our men's club weekly emails. Members of the Sunday School and their families participated and we had newspaper coverage as well as TV coverage. Some of our men climbed down the ladder into the two graves and stacked the boxes of prayer books in rows so we could get all of the boxes in the grave before the tractors dropped the tons of dirt in the grave. The ceremony took about one hour and then we stood by and watched as the tractors filled the graves with dirt and smoothed the dirt over. Then we all left knowing, we had completed a beautiful mitzvah, from beginning to end.jewish_congregation_buries_worn.doc (55 KB)geniza_number_2.doc (229 KB)genizah_number_3.doc (44 KB)geniza_number_1_0.doc (24 KB)p4210408.jpg (797 KB)p4210354.jpg (684 KB)p4210397.jpg (698 KB)p4210393.jpg (782 KB)p4210398.jpg (733 KB)p4210387.jpg (739 KB)This was a most moving experience for all who attended especially our Sunday School Students who some had never been to a burial. Our Rabbi explained the difference between this burial of books vs the burial of a loved one. We did Kaddish Rabbahnan but no mourners kaddish and instead of shoveling dirt, the tractors covered the two graves. It was a warm feeling and brought you closer to Hashem. This was the first time a Synagogue has ever done anything like this publicly in 23 years. I feel the parents as well as the children took a way a much closer to feeling to the important objects we use in our every day Jewish life.This program that we did was based on Hebrew and Ritual Literacy. The burial of sacred books and objects as compared to the burial of a loved one. Most rituals were followed. The differences were in the closing of the grave. Since this was not a person, we allowed the tractors to drop the dirt into the grave; the washing of hands did take place, since we were at cemetery, no meal of consolation and no Mourners Kaddish. We did recite the Kaddish Rabbahnan since our Rabbi spent thirty minutes doing an educational program at the grave for the Sunday School Students. This was mandatory for them to be there since classes were cancelled for this purpose. This event definitely supported community involvement. This included the members of the men's club, Sunday school staff and parents and kids, clergy, newspaper, city officials, funeral home, cemetery superintendent. The community has a much better feel as to the importance of our prayer books, Tallecim, Teffilins and other important Jewish objects and what they mean to us. I will be forwarding a CD to the Torch Award Chairman via US MAIL. He has been advised. Never won a Gold Award. Original ProgramYes
472013-05-01 05:19davidj92069.248.83.215I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsEast Brunswick Jewish Center Men&#039;s Club - E. Brunswick, NJ (953)Triple Header BreakfastDavid Julisdavidj920@comcast.netMarkFoladaremarkfoladare@yahoo.comDavidJulisdavidj920@comcast.netFJMC - otherThis is a combined program which recognizes heroes within in our community. We first award unsung heroes who have dedicated themselves to the betterment of our Men's Club and/or synagogue. This is then coupled with a blood drive, as those who donate blood are also heroes.Triple Header Breakfast The East Brunswick Jewish Center Men's Club has had several traditions for the past several years. This year we combined them, and added a third, for a Triple Header event. We don't charge for our breakfasts to encourage the widest possible participation. Of course, more important than the breakfast itself was what we did at the breakfast. For our third year, we've sponsored an annual breakfast to recognize the Unsung Heroes of our temple. These are not only members of the Men's Club, but others who have contributed of their time and energies to make EBJC function. We specifically engage all the arms of our synagogue. For example, our first two recipients are active members or our Sisterhood who run the EBJC Gift Shop, and work behind the scenes doing work like preparing the kiddushes for Shabbat services, cleaning our Torahs' silver pieces, etc. Another honoree, was a Men's Club member who makes many things happen in our temple, and who visits sick members of our congregation at a local hospital. Second, Men's Club co-sponsors with the Social Action Committee our temple's annual blood drive. We plan these two events together, using the traffic generated by Unsung Heroes to ask people to become heroes themselves and donate blood. . Finally, this event was held on the day after Tu B'Shvat. In order to mark the New Year of Trees, we had a guest speaker at our breakfast from the Jewish National Fund. Our chapter made a contribution to JNF to support their work, and, perhaps more importantly, many of those who attended took home JNF tzedakah boxes to gather additional funds in their own homes. As a result of the hard work of this team, we collected over 60 units of blood, which was a 15% increase from last year's collection. As part of this effort, we reached out to the Young Israel and Reform congregations in our town, and asked them to publicize and co-sponsor the blood drive, which they did. We use such events to generate a spirit of unity between the various Jewish groups in East Brunswick. This event drew about 50 people to our breakfast, did an important mitzvah in collecting much needed blood, gave thanks to people who make our congregation function, cemented relationships between Men's Club and Sisterhood, helped publicize our good works around our town, and promoted the cause of ecology in Israel. EBJC Men's Club has always prided itself in helping our synagogue community, our combined Jewish community,our East Brunswick community, and our overall community. We do this through programs like this, which brings together people from all backgrounds and walks of life. And as an added benefit, it helps people from all backgrounds. A true act of tzedakah. As I always say, "Do the Right Thing."Original ProgramYes
462013-04-30 23:11maxbrown9868.188.82.242I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsB&#039;nai Amoona Men&#039;s Club - St. Louis, MO (631)Hearing Men's Voices: Removing the Stigma – Mental Health IssuesMaxBrownmax-brown@sbcglobal.netEdwardHerzogempzoggy@gmail.comEdwardHerzogempzoggy@gmail.comHearing Mens VoicesMental health issues are stigmatized and swept under the rug. Our successful Hearing Men's Voices program hit this topic head-on. One of our members, who has a family member with a history of mental health problems, volunteered to lead a Hearing Men's Voices discussion and prepared talking points and questions to pose to the HMV group. The goal of the presentation was to provide an opportunity to remove or lessen the stigma of mental health issues and to help congregants to be more open and inclusive of those with mental health issues. removing_stigma_timeline.doc (24 KB)B'nai Amoona Men's Club Hearing Men’s Voices, Removing the Stigma – Mental Health Issues We have successfully used the FJMC Hearing Men's Voices model for two years. That model is that of a small group of men from the congregation in an informal non-threatening setting discussing serious topics in complete confidence. We presented this issue in two sessions. Congregation B'nai Amoona is strongly committed to inclusion. For example, two years ago, an ad hoc committee quickly raised more than $50,000 to construct an accessible "lower" bimah at the foot of the sanctuary's "upper" bimah. This lower bimah wasn't built "just in case" someone with a disability would visit the shul, or that some time in the future a congregant is disabled. The lower bimah was built because we have members with disabilities and the congregation felt a strong need to insure that the Torah was accessible to all of our members. Likewise, B'nai Amoona's Men's Club has a reputation for addressing tough issues. Because mental health issues are stigmatized, this two-part HMV presentation was, perhaps, the toughest topic we had ever presented. However, it was the best attended, and the discussion was the most impassioned and open discussion to-date. Further, each member at the session had a story to tell of their personal experiences either with family members or about themselves regarding mental health issues. In the next section, I will upload the talking points and questions for the sessions. removing_the_stigma_-_talking_points_about_mental_health.doc (28 KB)hmv_flyer_landscape_mental_health.doc (632 KB)This program had a meaningful impact not only on the Hearing Men’s Voices “regulars,” but also on our club in general, and on our entire synagogue. Those that attended the multi-session discussion learned and shared a lot of personal stories about how mental health issues have impacted them directly and indirectly. It created an awareness of the struggles many people have with not only their own mental health, but also that of people close to them. It also gave a perspective to those that do not deal with such issues on an everyday basis to realize how many people are impacted by them and helped to create a new awareness which was shared with people that did not attend the sessions. The objective was to remove some of the stigmas associated with mental health issues in the community, and we felt that while there is still much work to be done, this helped us down that path. We realized that mental health issues were “taboo” in our community and we felt they should not be. We also thought the Hearing Men’s Voices framework (which already very much involves Jewish Men in Jewish Life) would be perfect to address the issue. Therefore, we created a new topic for discussion, not only involving Jewish Men in Jewish Life (which HMV already does), but with an eye towards removing the negative connotations of mental health problems. This program demonstrated our club’s leadership in taking such a subject and bringing it to the forefront for discussion over multiple sessions. We believe that this approach to this topic was innovative and more importantly, was a successful step towards our goal of removing the stigma associated with mental health issues in the community.Original ProgramYes
452013-04-30 22:43cohncj68.188.82.242I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsB&#039;nai Amoona Men&#039;s Club - St. Louis, MO (631)Plumbing and Waste Management for MenCreightonCohncohncj@yahoo.comEdHerzogempzoggy@gmail.comEdHerzogempzoggy@gmail.comMens Health ProgramsWe realized that many men didn't know what they should about the plumbing and waste management systems in their bodies and homes. Therefore, we brought in a colorectal surgeon, urologist, and a plumber to provide much-needed information on how these things worked. We had a fun and educational morning with a light breakfast and excellent information presented to our members and guests, who all had a great time.program_advance_planning_for_plumbing_and_waste_management_for_men.docx (13 KB)Not all men have the knowledge needed to take care of the plumbing and waste management systems in our bodies and homes. Therefore, we wanted to give men important information in a fun and relaxed yet informative way. We also wanted to demonstrate our club's commitment to health and well-being and make the program relevant to men of all ages, as we strive for our club to be. The idea behind the program was born when I was at LDI - Hador Habah and we did a mitzvah project where many of the attendees indicated they had had never used a power tool. This led to the realization that many Jewish men did not know simple mechanical things, such as how a toilet worked, and how to fix them. In one of our club's HMV sessions we talked about men's health issues and it became clear that many of us did not know what we should about our bodies, including those parts that are uniquely male. Finally, a congregant who was a colorectal surgeon mentioned that colorectal cancer awareness month was approaching. Therefore, Plumbing and Waste Management for Men was created to address all of those needs. We recruited 2 doctors from our synagogue and found a plumber that advertised in the local Jewish newspaper (he calls himself the mensch with the wrench) who each willingly agreed to do a 20 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer forum. Marketing was a lot of fun as there are a lot of great quips and innuendos to be had and most were even appropriate coming from the Bimah. As a result, this received a lot of attention throughout the synagogue and was well-attended. We began with a light breakfast of bagels and coffee so the attendees could relax and schmooze. I did a brief introduction about why the program was created and then each of our experts did a presentation. Each also stuck around after the formal presentations for men with individual questions to be handled privately. It lasted about 2 hours in total on a Sunday morning while the kids were at Sunday School. This program benefited our club in several different ways. It showed that we could provide serious and important information in a fun way. It got wives to encourage their husbands to attend a Men's club program. And when the men came, they had a great time and learned something important. The Klei Kodesh had fun speaking about it and every Shabbat where it was mentioned there was always a laugh to be had, providing valuable, yet free, marketing (it helped to have an amusing title). It also got men more interested in our club as they realized it was a place for men of all ages to learn and have fun with other Jewish men.plumbing_and_waste_management_flyer_landscape.pdf (728 KB)david_shuval_plumbing_for_men.jpg (86 KB)plumbing_and_waste_management.jpg (66 KB)plumbing_and_waste_management_video.wmv (9885 KB)This program benefited our club in several different ways. It showed that we could provide serious and important information that men needed, but in a fun way. It got wives to encourage their husbands to attend a Men's club program. And when the men came, they had a great time and also learned something important. The announcements from the Bimah were always amusing and well received and got people talking about the program. It also got men more interested in our club as they realized it was a place for men of all ages to learn and have fun with other Jewish men.While this program would be equally important to all men, since many Jewish men do comport with the stereotype of not being handy, it helped to provide tools not only for fixing things, but, also provided general health information that many men did not have. We were able to take what could have been a boring topic and make it enjoyable and educational. Therefore, it filled a need for the community and demonstrated not only our club's leadership within the shul, but also that we could put together an innovative program that was both informative and fun.This would be easily adaptable to any club, but I would certainly encourage anyone doing it to come up with a catchy title and keep it light and fun, even with such a serious topic. It helped to have outstanding presenters, which we had.Original ProgramYes
442013-04-30 22:31ralevine24.44.234.241I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsBeth El Synagogue Center Men&#039;s Club - New Rochelle, NY (1807)Family Campout / CampinRobertLevinegobrother@ralasolutions.comRobertLevinegobrother@ralasolutions.comRobertLevinegobrother@ralasolutions.comProgramming for Young MenBeth El Men's Club partnered with the Families Initiative Committee to develop an overnight, on campus, camping program to reach out to younger men via creating a fun activity involving their families. As younger men tend to have family commitments that keep them from other Men's Club activities, we saw this as an opportunity to get them acquainted with our club and the young fun guys who are in it. We planned and executed a family campout on the synagogue grounds with a campfire, family activities, and an overnight sleepover in tents which became a "campin" due to the weather.ta_programadvancedplanning_1807_beth_el_-_family_campout_campin.xls (39 KB)The family campout was originally run by the Men's Club and Families Initiative committee at Beth El in 2010 as an opportunity to build community and attract younger members to the Men's Club. Based on the initial response, the core team of the President of the Men's Club, head of the Families Initiative (also a Men's Club member) and a member of both organizations decided to rerun and expand the program in the summer of 2011. Our original intent was to establish a "campground" in the playground area behind our shul. Ultimately, inclement weather forced us to move the program indoors. The event has since been known as the “Campin.” Initial Planning The core team began discussions about holding the event in the beginning of June seeking a date in the late summer. We targeted a date after our summer day camp had completed so as not to have space conflicts on Friday afternoons. We worked with our executive Director to identify August 6-7 with a campsite setup on Friday August 5. Event Planning Planning was done through e-mail and telephone communications in and among the team and followed roughly the order documented in the Advanced Planning document; dates, when noted, are actual based on e-mail evidence. As the synagogue had just hired a new Youth Director, we brought her into the planning after her start date with the role of developing some programming for the kids for Sunday morning. We took into consideration our neighbors on the property, three homes on one side and a small convent on the other, and developed a schedule that would allow us to be quiet when they would most want us to. Detailed areas of planning are described below. Other synagogue coordination issues included identifying where we would be allowed to place the fire pit for the campfire and insurance considerations. Marketing In order to market the event, we took a multi-tiered approach. We developed a flyer that was posted on the bulletin board, left in our notice stands so they could be taken away, distributed via day camp children, and sent to the congregation via e-mail. We also put a notice in the synagogue’s monthly printed bulletin, and posted notices in the weekly e-mail bulletin for the each of the three weeks prior to the event. We also talked up the event to our friends and other interested parties. Registration Families registered for the event through the synagogue’s web site and were billed through the synagogue’s billing system. The core team had access to the registration list, including e-mails and phone numbers, and tracked participation so that we ensure we purchased enough supplies. The contact information proved critical when we realized that weather would not be in our favor. Camping Gear We expected that there would be families who did not have tents or other camping gear of their own. One item we specifically tracked was whether a family had a tent of their own. Some of our members had extra tents and we matched families needing a tent with those extra tents. We also provided advice on an ad hoc basis on some basic gear to bring, sleeping bags or blankets, flashlights, evening clothes, etc. to make their evening more enjoyable. Budgeting We did not create a formal budget for the event. As part of the planning, we did a quick calculation based on the materials that we needed and decided to charge $18 per family. Expenses included Havdallah candles, food, and other incidental expenses were picked up by the Men’s Club, Families Initiative, or personally. Our biggest single expense was a portable fire pit that cost about $36 and was paid by a member. Health & Safety The campout is an outdoor event and was intended to be held in the playgrounds used by the day camp and nursery schools. There is also a small pool fenced off in the space, as well as parking lots on either side of the play area. With adults and children running around, we needed to establish some rules and take actions to ensure the safety of the group. The pool remained locked to our use, the parking lot was to be blocked off to traffic after the cars arrived and parked, and parking lot lights were to be left on at night. We established a “campmaster” role who was responsible for maintaining the first aid kid, getting people in and out of the building (which was to be locked) to use the restrooms, etc. overnight. As we were having food, we also needed to make sure there were garbage cans available. And develop fire safety protocols with the intended campire. Religious Observance One of the challenges in holding an overnight campout is the observance of Shabbat which prohibits our putting up our tents on the Holy Day. We discussed with our Rabbi how we could set up camp and agreed that we would arrive before sunset to set up our tents. As the area would not be guarded, we would not leave any gear and would bring it with us on Saturday when we arrived back at the camp. This year had the additional complication of being 9 days prior to Tisha B’av, resulting in some dietary restrictions. Again, we consulted with the Rabbi to determine what we could and could not serve during the program. The program was scheduled to begin after sundown with a Havdallah service “under the stars.” We purchased enough Havdallah candles so each family would have one and arranged for wine (grape juice) for the ceremony. Food We planned for three sets of “meals” to be provided. First, snack food to be available when people arrived late on Saturday afternoon to finish setting up camp. Second was campfire food including marshmallows (sticks as well), graham crackers, chocolate, and other snacks. Last was breakfast in the morning including bagels, cereal, milk, granola bars, etc. Program Activities Program activities were designed to be both formal and informal. As families settled in on Saturday, we planned to have a ping pong table and some balls available for the kids and expected that they would also use the playground. We would set out snacks (chips, dip, pretzels, etc.) for people to nosh on as dusk approached. After sunset, we would hold our Havdallah service. Each family would receive a Havdallah candle with an aluminum foil holder to catch drips. We would pour the wine, pass the spice box, and share in the ceremony. After Havdallah we would light the campfire, sing songs and tell stories until bedtime, around 8:30pm. We recruited our new Hazzan, who only moved to the area the week before to attend with his children and read stories at the campfire. The children would change into their pjs and we would march them into the building to brush their teeth and prepare for bed. The children would be put to bed and the adults would stay up around the campfire for a while longer and then join their children in the tents. Through our planning discussions, we recognized that some children and adults get up very early, and others do not. We made sure there were some activities available for the early risers and gave some on the team the responsibility to organize breakfast. Sunday morning was to begin with breakfast. Youth activities were planned to keep the children occupied so that the adults could take down the campsite. When all was done around 10:00am, people would say goodbye. Watching the Weather As the day approached, the team watched the weather very carefully. There were early projections for rain so we began planning for moving the event indoors. We identified the space that we could use, spaces we should not allow people into, and lined up the maintenance staff to set up the indoor space, if necessary. Our synagogue has a large covered space under a terrace which we identified as a safe place to have the campfire. Friday Afternoon Although Friday was a clear day, we realized that the likelihood of rain on Saturday was high and made the decision to shift the event indoors. We notified the executive director so that all synagogue actions (setting up tables, plates, cups, napkins, games, etc.) could be started and sent an e-mail notification to all the participants that we would be setting up in an assigned room. Around 4:00pm the first participants began to arrive and were directed to the right place. Those who knew how to set up their tents did so and we helped those who did not know how. One challenge was that the wives came over to set up the tents with their children as their husbands were still at work. All tents were set up before sundown, and families were home in time for Shabbat. Saturday Afternoon Late Saturday afternoon, families began arriving with their gear and brought it to their tents. Group supplies were also brought in and snacks were set up for people to eat. Evening Activities After sunset, we all went out under the overhang and had our Havdallah ceremony outdoors as planned. Some parent started setting up the food table while the fireplace, which had been set up earlier, was lit. Marshmallow sticks were passed out to the children. With and without their parents assistance, marshmallows were toasted, and matched with graham crackers and chocolate for smores. Other desert items and beverages were also available. After everyone was full, we sat the children down around the campfire and had our new Hazzan read stories. Then we went inside to get the children ready for bed. They changed into their pjs, brushed their teeth, and were tucked in. At this point, many of the mothers chose to go home, seeking the comfort of their warm beds over the cold hard floor. This allowed the men to have time to themselves. With one or two parents staying with the children, the men went off to another part of the synagogue, chatted, and enjoyed each others company as well as the leftovers from the evening. This turned out to be a great bonding opportunity and some new relationships developed. Early Risers Some children were up as early as 5:30am and so were we all. Some of us tried to roll back over, with little success. We sent some men to start preparing breakfast (as well as to buy bagels and coffee!), while the rest stayed in the campsite and started getting ready for the day. Fathers (and a few mothers) and their kids started organizing their gear. Breakfast When breakfast was ready, we all went to eat. Breakfast included: bagels and cream cheese, muffins, fruit, orange juice, and coffee. When we were finished we had a short service for the children and those who wished to pray. This was the beginning of a series of activities designed by the Youth Director to keep the children occupied. Taking down the Tents We needed to keep the children occupied so the adults could take down the tents and clear the “campsite.” This was both a logistical and safety decision (imagine taking down 15-20 tents with 30 children running around, over, under, and through them!). Again, we helped each other disassemble our tents and put them away, as well as bring our gear to our cars while the children were kept busy. Closing down After all gear was removed, we did a final inspection of the campsite, the kitchen, and outdoor area to verify that we did not leave anything behind and that everything was cleaned and in good physical condition. All the families went home, perhaps a bit tired, but happy. Final Thoughts Despite the fact that many families travel at that time of year, we attracted 15 families and over 60 people to the event. It succeeded in bringing out men who would not normally attend a Men’s Club event, some of whom are now active in the club. And just as importantly it was a great PR opportunity having such a unique, visible, and successful event that helped some of the synagogues new professionals have their first interactions with the congregation. However, the greatest achievement of the program is that we created a demand to do it again, having another Campin the following winter. Scheduling conflicts prevented running the event the following summer, and illness prevented the event from developing this past winter, but we hope that this will be an ongoing program to connect young men and their families to the Men’s Club.ta_application_-_1807_beth_el_-_marketing_flyer.pdf (437 KB)ta_application_-_1807_beth_el_-_marketing_synagogue_bulletins.doc (245 KB)ta_application_-_1807_beth_el_-_photographs_1.zip (1232 KB)ta_application_-_1807_beth_el_-_photographs_2.zip (1641 KB)ta_application_-_1807_beth_el_-_photographs_3.zip (1755 KB)This event was considered extremely successful by the Men's Club, Families Initiative, and the synagogue as a whole. Positive impacts for the Men's Club included: 1) Increased visibility and association with a successful program 2) Improved relationships with the existing professional staff 3) Great initial interaction with new Hazzan/Program Director and new Youth Director which have positively impacted our ability to work with them since then 4) Building relationships with and between younger men leading to... 5) Greater participation from younger men in future programs. For the synagogue, it was a great introduction to new clergy who had only moved in the week before, and a new Youth Director who had started about 6 weeks earlier. It also established a core group that eventually brought a Jewish Cub Scout Den to the Synagogue. For all, it set an example of different constituencies working together, something that has accelerated since the event (with due credit to the Executive Director, Hazzan/Program Director, Youth Director, etc.) and was somewhat lacking in years prior.This event exemplifies that "Jewish Life" is term that is independent of what we do. By taking and activity that we can share with our families, we brought younger men together without making them sacrifice time away from their loved ones. By following Jewish law and setting up our tents prior to Shabbat, having a havdallah service, and a morning service, we set an example for our children that Jewish living and fun go hand in hand. This program relates to each of the three pillars of leadership, innovation and community. By leading a new initiative and bringing multiple groups and new professionsals together we show leadership. Having a campout on synagogue property, inside or out, with tents visible to all who attend on Shabbat is innovative; it is unexpected and generates (positive) conversation about the Men's Club for the weeks to come. But most of all, it builds community; it brings individuals and families together for a unique shared experience that they remember and continue to talk about today. The (indoor) event has been rerun over the winter with great success, bringing new people out and allowing new relationships to form and hopefully to grow.Original ProgramThis program was originally developed and first run in 2010 by the same core team and not submitted for an award. After consultation with Martin Melnick, it was determined that this program would be eligible due to it's having been run during the award period.Yes
432013-04-30 11:42elisson198.92.84.211I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) DocumentsEtz Chaim Men&#039;s Club - Marietta, GA (1711)Holocaust Memorial Garden Renewal Project StevenKrodmanelisson1@aol.comJeffFrankeljeff.frankel@live.comJeffFrankeljeff.frankel@live.comYom HaShoah / Yellow CandleEtz Chaim Men's Club developed a project for the renovation and redesign of the synagogue's Holocaust Memorial Garden, enabling it to better serve as the focus of future Shoah-related commemoration activities and educational projects. After creating a design and securing approval of the synagogue board, the Club funded the renovation construction with proceeds from its monthly breakfasts as well as by selling commemorative bricks and benches that formed a part of the Garden's new design. The new Garden was dedicated at a special program held on the 74th anniversary of Krystallnacht, and the first batch of commemorative bricks was unveiled at this year's Yom ha-Shoah remembrance program. etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_-_advanced_planning.xlsx (10 KB)A Holocaust Memorial Garden incorporating artifacts from Treblinka and the Warsaw Ghetto had been built at Congregation Etz Chaim in the 1990’s but had since fallen into disrepair. Etz Chaim Men’s Club, believing that the Garden was a valuable educational resource as well as an ideal location for future Shoah-related programming, decided to “adopt” and renovate it. But first the Club would need to convince the congregation’s Board of Directors to retain it - it had been scheduled for removal as part of a larger synagogue redesign/renovation. Over the ensuing months, Club members were solicited for ideas and input, and one of the members stepped forward with a complete design and landscaping plan. To fund the Holocaust Garden Renewal Project, the Club solicited individual contributions at Men’s Club “Best Breakfast in Town” programs; revenues from the annual Men’s Club / Sisterhood Golf and Tennis Tournament were earmarked for the project as well. In January 2012, the Men’s Club presented its proposal to the congregation’s Board of Directors; the project was approved. Ground was officially broken on Yom ha-Shoah in 2012, with much of the major construction in mid-August. Exterior work was completed by mid-September 2012 in time for the High Holidays. The renewed Garden was the focus of a Re-Dedication Ceremony held on November 11, 2012 – one day after the seventy-fourth anniversary of Krystallnacht – attended by members of Congregation Etz Chaim and its Men’s Club, and the Catholic Church of St. Ann, with whom our congregation has forged a growing relationship as a result of our “Unity of Community” programs in 2010 and 2011. The cost of the project (as of May 1, 2013) was $7,009, consisting of $5,636 for garden renovations and landscaping, $951 for bricks and engraving, and $422 for brochures and publicity. As of May 1, 2013, total revenues were $9,376, consisting of general donations ($1,406), brick purchases ($3,890), certificate purchases ($80), and bench purchases ($4,000). This yielded a surplus of $2,367, which amount (and additional net income going forward) will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the renewed Garden. etz_chaim_1711_-_holocaust_garden_renewal_-_overview_and_summary.pdf (1654 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_002_-_artist_rendering_overhead.jpg (150 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_-_bricks_order_form.pdf (225 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_-_sample_certificate.png (1956 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_-_fundraising_thermometer.pdf (239 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_009_-_renewed_garden.jpg (1242 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_008_-_bricks.jpg (702 KB)etz_chaim_1711_holocaust_garden_renewal_007_-_ner_tamid.jpg (1605 KB)The renewal of the Etz Chaim Holocaust Garden - and, in particular, the Club’s efforts to market commemorative bricks and benches - has made both the Garden and the Club more visible to both the area’s Jewish community and to the community at large, thanks in particular to the engagement of our Men’s Club with the local Catholic church - an outgrowth of Yellow Candle-based programming that began three years ago. Thus far, about 4% of the Congregation’s families have invested $100 or more in Garden-related funding (mostly through brick purchases), with many more indicating an interest in doing so. More important, the renewed Garden provides an excellent venue for future Shoah-related programming and community events. This project has supported the FJMC mission of Involving Jewish Men in Jewish Life by getting several formerly marginal / inactive members of the Club to take active roles in making the project a success; raising the profile and further enhancing the image of the Club both within the Etz Chaim community and in the community at large; and providing opportunities to educate non-Jewish members of our local community about the Holocaust. The Leadership necessary to make the project happen, the Innovation required to make the project attractive to the congregation’s Board of Trustees, and the enhanced ties to our Community were all critical elements of the Holocaust Garden Renewal Project.At Etz Chaim, this project was conceived as a renovation of an existing facility that had fallen into disrepair. Other congregations or Men’s Clubs may wish to consider this type of program as a stand-alone construction. We will be happy to furnish more detailed plans to any interested clubs. Original ProgramYes

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