Men’s Club

Kavod AwardsThe 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, supporting Israel 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. Cary Feldman leads our fishing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay just to list a few of our recurring activities. We welcome and encourage your participation.

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.

Contact Jon Epstein to learn more about the Men’s Club.

Financial support of Men’s Club events through your contribution of annual dues ($36) as well as through sponsorships in honor/memory of a loved one make the programs possible.

Jonathan Epstein, Men’s Club President

Upcoming Men’s Club Events

Date/Time Event
February 22, 2019
6:30 pm
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
March 03, 2019
9:45 am
46th Annual Kavod Awards
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
March 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Men's Club Food Sorting at Manna Food Center
Manna Food Center, Gaithersburg MD
April 14, 2019
8:45 am
World Wide Wrap 2019
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD


Men’s Club Sunday Morning Speakers:

February 10, 2019:   As a part of the Bruchim Habaim education effort during Disabilities and Inclusion Month, Carly Ruderman, will discuss her experience participating in and serving on, the Executive Board of Friendship Circle, a Jewish organization that provides programming for individuals with disabilities and their families. Carly attends Ivymount School where she is pursuing her high school diploma and plans to attend college when she graduates. Her family belongs to Beth El, where she attended religious school and was confirmed in. During the school year, she participates in competitive cheerleading, performance dance, an acting troupe, and Girl Scouts to name a few. As a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Maryland, Carly represents the organization and speaks to different audiences about her experiences and their programs. Recently, Carly spoke to third and fifth graders at three elementary schools for Disability Awareness Week.

February 17, 2019: Our speaker is Aaron Levy-Forsythe, who grew up at Beth El, and is the External Affairs Manager at AJEEC-NISPED, a Beer Sheva based non-profit. He will discuss the work and mission of the organization, which is dedicated to promoting partnership and cooperation between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel and socioeconomic development around the country, particularly in the Bedouin community of the Negev. AJEEC-NISPED’s programs engage areas including health, employment, education, youth volunteerism, and early childhood development.

February 24, 2019: This morning we are joined by congregant, Andrea Golden leading a JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month) Presentation.

March 3, 2019: Tal Greenberg, Beth El’s Shaliach, joins us this morning to discuss her impressions of life as a a Shaliach.

March 24, 2019:  Rabbi David Abramson joins us  to discuss: What Do We Owe to the Elderly?—Jewish Values through the Lens of Pastoral Care.

March 31, 2019:  Howard Feibus, a Beth El member who has worked in the field of environmental emission controls, will discuss the scientific basis for grave concerns about global climate change, discussed at the recent Katowicz IPCC Conference, which described a passage into a new phase of climate change; insufficient control to meet the critical goal of limiting global temperature to a rise of 20C. And, Howard will briefly describe an alternative way to limit global temperature increase temporarily, which may enable humanity through the coming deluge.

April 14, 2019: World Wide Wrap with guest speaker, David Margolis speaking on Tefillin – Why, What, When and How?

April 28, 2019:  Samira Anderson discusses the need for developing effective, evidence-based solutions to overcoming communication barriers imposed by hearing.  Ms. Anderson is associate professor of hearing and speech sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Men’s Club Executive Committee for July 2017 – June 2018

  • President – Jonathan Epstein
  • Vice President – Dan Bender
  • Treasurer – Jeff Grill
  • Secretary – Vincent BenAvram

Committee Chairs:

  • Speaker Series – Howard Feibus
  • Membership – Jeff Spector
  • E-Newsletter – Marvin Yudkovitz and David Schultz
  • Awards and Nominations (Kavod, BYMOY, all nominations) – Cary Feldman, Jordan Rosner, Larry Sidman, David Sanders, Howie Stein, and  Howard Lesser
  • Purim Carnival – Volunteer Needed
  • HMV – Jon Shields
  • Ritual – Howard Lesser
  • Publicity – Volunteer Needed
  • Special Activities (Fishing Trip, Yellow Candles, others) – Cary Feldman and Howie Stein