Virtual Initiatives

The FJMC Announces New Initiatives

There is Something for Everyone

Over the past four months, the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) has responded to the needs of our members, Men’s Club, and the broader Jewish Community by developing or expanding four initiatives.  Mike Mills, a Past International President has led this effort which has included a number of FJMC leaders.  There is truly something for everyone and the FJMC looks forward to expanding these programs moving forward as a better way to serve you, our members.  More details will follow in future FJMC publications, but you can join one of these initiatives today!!!

Webinars – This program began in mid-March and has conducted approximately 50 webinars, averaging about 5 a week.   Topics are varied and address issues facing the community to leadership development to cooking to sports…. Something for everyone.   Some of the webinars use the Hearing Men’s Voices format, while others are lectures or just a general discussion.

The purpose of this program is to provide members and others value through meaningful and pertinent subject matter.

Here’s a link to the webinar schedule

Affinity Groups/Networks or Shared Interest/Meet-up groups – The purpose is to connect Jewish Men (and women) with other Jewish Men (and women) in areas of common interest.  FJMC is the sponsor and will utilize its resources and communication vehicles to seek and publicize areas of common interest; and will match people to interests.  Groups are self-sustaining and size varies to achieve this.  Groups are local, regional or international, depending on the interest.  The groups are meeting online.

We have identified nearly one-hundred potential networks.  We have picked a number of starters, but others are/may also form based on interest.  The five that are starting are: Baseball, Jewish Genealogy, Cooking, “Yiddish Alive” and Football.   If you are interested in learning more, contact Elliot Feldman at feldydad@verizon.net

Study Groups – The purpose is to connect Jewish Men and Women with other Jewish Men and Women in learning, Jewish study or experiences that have Jewish content.  As with other initiatives, the FJMC will sponsor these and utilize resources and communication vehicles to seek/publicize areas of common interest and then do the matching.  The format is online study circles that come together on a regular basis to learn and study Jewish Topics such as: Talmud or the Ethics of the Fathers.  The Talmud group, led by Stan Greenspan, has been meeting regularly for several years on Thursday night and is always welcoming new members (no prior experience in Talmud study required).  Additional groups are forming.  Contact Benny Sommerfeld at bsommerfeld@fjmc.org if you are interested in one of these groups or if you are interested in starting a new study group.

Virtual Shabbat and Yom Tov – The FJMC has had great success in doing online training to run a virtual Seder around Passover.  Over 500 people participated in various programs to learn techniques in running a Seder or a Seder online.  We are now expanding this to develop programs and guides for holding family/group Virtual Shabbat and Yom Tovim celebrations.  Topics will include best practices for: Erev Shabbat, Purim, Tu B’shvat, Chanukah, Preparing for Pesach, Havdalah, Sukkoth and many more.  Even when the world returns to a more normal life, the FJMC will hold programs to teach how to do (or improve doing) family celebrations.   This will include: defining appropriate supplies, a time table to prepare, guides/best practices on use of technology, links to existing written material, both in English and Hebrew, links to existing YouTube videos, creating templates and more.  To become involved or to learn more, contact Allan Kahan at allankahanfjmc@gmail.com

Stay tuned for more information about the Imagine Life Program – a Mental Wellness Initiative and how we are reaching out to clubs.

As mentioned above, much more will be shared in future issues, focusing on the progress of one or more of the above initiatives.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Sudow at tsudow@fjmc.org