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The Men’s Club is a regular and vibrant contributor to the Beth El community offering activities and support for all congregants. We offer a variety of programs covering spiritual, intellectual, athletic, social, and social action topics.
Join us for an hour on a Sunday morning for the Breakfast Speaker Series with timely and interesting topics. The first Thursday evening each month is the Hearing Men’s Voices discussion group organized by Jon Shields. Join us and Rabbi Harris for the frequent “Jews and Brews” events. We sponsor book clubs, Chesapeake Bay fishing excursions, Mitzvah Day events, Sukkot and other holiday programming, and host Beth El’s annual Purim Carnival. Even in the time of COVID, we are keeping a full roster of activities of different types.
Please consider volunteering, speaking at an event, or suggesting new programs. With few exceptions, our programs are open to men, women, and children – the entire congregational membership, as well as the general public.
Financial support of Men’s Club events, through your contribution of annual dues ($36), sponsorships in honor/memory of a loved one, and voluntary donations, make our programming possible.
Contact Josh Rosenstein (Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff Spector (email@example.com) to learn more about the Men’s Club. We welcome your input and participation.
Josh Rosenstein, Men’s Club President
The Men’s Club very much enjoys engaging in learning. Whether it is listening to a speaker or challenging other groups in mental scrimmage, these activities engage us and enable us to grow together. Some of our intellectual activities include: Hearing Men’s Voices, Political Forums (especially in major election years), Sunday Breakfast & Speaker programs, It’s Academic, and our affiliation with the Beth El Library.
A community is created by the simple act of knowing one another. Knowing one another changes the way we make decisions since these decisions now impact a community we know in a more intimate manner.
Some of our social events include:
Keeping fit rounds out the activities of the Men’s Club through physical activity. These programs focus on inter synagogue leagues that compete at a local level.
One of the most important responsibilities of being part of a community is helping members of the community that need us most. Not only does the Men’s Club contribute to this effort, we recognize our members that emulate the standard of which we should strive to achieve.
Some of our social action activities and projects include:
The Kavod Awards – presented almost annually since 1972 – are given for service above and beyond the call of duty to Beth El, the Jewish community, the community at large, or the Beth El Men’s Club.
Honorees are selected by the Men’s Club selection committee and do not need to be members of Beth El or the Men’s Club. Awardees must be present at the Kavod breakfast to receive their award.
The Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year Award program of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, Seaboard Region, was created for the “unsung hero of the Men’s Club. The member who is always there, contributes willingly and doesn’t get recognized.” The awardee is a hard-working contributor who might help in a daily minyan, create a successful program for our club, or work in the kitchen.
26th Annual Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year Awards
Rabbi Rudolph will be honored at the Seaboard Region FJMC’s 26th Annual Blue Yarmulke Award Dinner on April 17, at 5:00 pm. The event will take place at Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD. Paid reservations are required. Click here to register online.
The Yellow Candle™ was conceived in 1981 by members of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs at Beth Tzedec in Toronto to help keep alive the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It is modeled after the traditional Jewish memorial candle that burns for 24 hours during periods of mourning and on the anniversary of the death of a family member.
The candle’s yellow wax and symbol depicting a Jewish star and strand of barbed wire serve to remind us of the yellow arm band which Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi regime. The photo on the candle showing youngsters departing a concentration camp emphasizes the importance of teaching our youth the lessons of the Holocaust and of remembering the six Million.
Interest in the Holocaust is at an all-time high. In an age of terrorism, violence, and 9/11, more and more people are sensitive to the fact that genocide is not a private matter limited to the Jewish community.
For Jews especially, world events (including never-ending occurrences of anti-Semitism) make memorializing the Holocaust more important than ever. We encourage everyone to take a fresh look at the candle program this year. The timing couldn’t be better. It is today’s news.
In today’s terror-filled world, the lessons of the Holocaust are as timely and relevant as they were half a century ago—and it is critical that these lessons be learned by the next generation.