2011

2011 Young Men's Initiative

Our Men's Club began an initiative in 2010 to attract a new core of young men to our Club.  We have been relying largely on the same group of men who have been leading our club for many years.  We felt it was necessary to begin a dedicated program designed to attract and engage a new core of young men to the Club

2011 An Evening with Yotam Zach, Metrowest Youth Shaliach

Twenty-one-year old Yotam Zach, the 2009-2010 Metrowest (NJ) Youth Shaliach, presented to our club on September 15, 2009. Yotam spoke of his experiences growing up in Israel as the son of the mayor of the town of Azur, and leading an infantry unit that had to remove Jews from Gaza during disengagement and battle hostile forces in Gaza as shoulder-fired missles landed in Israeli border towns. Partnering with the CAI’s Israel Committee, the program’s purpose was to raise awareness of the realities of what it means to “grow up Israeli”.

2011 Chanukah Candle Distribution / NACOEJ Limudiah

A fundraiser was developed centering on the distribution of Chanukah Candles to our Congregation. We coupled this with the identification of the Limudiah program of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) as an organization near and dear to our Rabbi and Men’s Progress Club board members, to direct a portion of our proceeds from this program.

The objective of this Men's Club program was to:

2011 Men’s Club Scholar in Residence – A Collaborative Event

Over the past ten years, Temple Etz Chaim’s Men’s Club has sponsored a Scholar in Residence Weekend once yearly whereby we bring an eminent scholar or speaker to our community for a weekend of learning. As the expectations of our temple members have increased with the caliber of speakers we have been brought to campus, we have found it difficult to financially afford upper-echelon speakers. This Torch Award documents creative ways we have collaborated to bring such eminent scholars as Rabbi Bradley Artson to our synagogue.

2011 A Solar Powered Ner Tamid

Temple Etz Chaim was selected as a pilot temple for a Solar Ner Tamid in 2008. Since that time, many other synagogues have followed this part of the Shomrei Ha’Aretz program. With the addition of a special Torch Award for synagogues considering installing or having installed a Solar Ner Tamid this year, we are applying for this award in 2011.

2011 Green Committee

Encouraged by the FJMC’s Shomrei Ha’aretz program, The Men’s Club of Tifereth Israel first asked our member, David Roseman, to perform an audit of our synagogue’s use of technology to reduce its ecological footprint. We used that audit to help our synagogue director to target ways to incorporate such activities in his daily administration of the shul. In the past six months, we’ve set up the Green Committee, with David at its head, as a stand-alone group working with the director.

2011 Basketball with the Boys

WE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF AN EVENT THAT WAS COMING TO TOWN. THE EXHIBITION GAME BETWEEN MACCABI TEL AVIV AND THE LA CLIPPERS WAS ANNOUNCED. WE ENCOURAGED FATHERS AND SONS (OR DAUGHTERS OR GRANDCHILD) TO ATTEND. WE BOUGHT 50 TICKETS, SUBSIDIZED THEM TO MAKE THEM MORE AFFORDABLE $75 FOR A $100 TICKET), ADVERTISED THE EVENT, AND ARRANGED CARPOOLS.

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