2007 Daddies and Darlings

Since 2005 the Adas Israel Men’s Club has held an annual “Daddies and Darlings” program for fathers and their pre-school aged children. It is the only activity of its kind in the congregation. The program itself involves an entertainer to play games and sing songs with the children, but it is the way in which younger men are being involved in Men’s Club activities that deserves the most recognition.

2007 Jack Lippe Memorial Scholarship

The Jack Lippe Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Jack Lippe, former president of the Agudath Israel Men’s Club and an active participant in youth programs as well as participating in synagogue activities and programs. The late Jack Lippe was a respected member of this congregation and a devoted Men’s Club member and president. He performed invaluable service with the youth of our community. To honor his memory and give assistance and recognition to deserving students, the Men’s Club Jack Lippe Memorial Scholarship Fund was established.

2007 Keeper of the Flame

Temple Israel of Sharon’s Brotherhood hosted the 2006 Keeper of the Flame (KOF) Awards Dinner for the New England Region of Jewish Men’s Clubs. Regional representatives and members of Temple Israel Brotherhood worked together to plan and run the event. The New England Region oversaw the effort to have local clubs choose their own honorees. Temple Israel Brotherhood was responsible for planning and running the event. Significant effort was put into developing a detailed implementation plan.

2007 Sefer Haftarot Scroll Shabbat Torah Service

  • The Northwest Suburban Jewish Congregation Safer Haftarot Scroll/ Shabbat Torah Service was developed based upon the first visit of the Safer Haftarot Scroll to our synagogue in May, 2004. Our Men’s Club took this opportunity to invite all current Men’s Club members to a Men’s Club sponsored Shabbat service at which the Safer Haftarot Scroll would be at our synagogue and the torah service would be performed by Men’s Club members.

2007 Yom HaShoah Candles: From [impersonal] Mailing, To [rewarding] Hand Delivery

The Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle Program (YCP) had always been a one-man operation: the FJMC mailed the candles to synagogue members, and the club broke even from donations. The decision to HAND DELIVER the candles introduced a fair amount of WORK and RISK, but it PAID OFF handsomely in a number of ways:

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2009 Remembering the Kindertransport

In recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the Kindertransport (to move Jewish children from of Nazi Germany to England), the Brotherhood – in conjunction with the Beth Israel Sisterhood – sponsored this event. John Obermeyer, a child rescued by the Kindertransport (and now living in MD) was invited to speak. A representative from the British Embassy in Washington was also invited. After a sumptuous breakfast was served by the Brotherhood to the 230 attendees, a short ceremony was held where Mr.

2011 Yom HaShoah – The Unity of Community

On April 10, 2010 the Men’s Club of Congregation Etz Chaim held a candlelight vigil in observance of Yom HaShoah. 365 Yellow Candles were lit in the shul’s Holocaust Memorial Garden by nearly 150 attendees, and members of the Men’s Club remained throughout the night to guard the burning candles and remember the eleven million dead. But this night was only the culmination of a several week long project of rejuvenation of the Holocaust Memorial Garden, youth awareness, and community outreach to encourage remembrance of the Holocaust by all faiths.