Men's Club

 

Men's Club Steak and Scotch Dinner in the Sukkah

The Men's Club provides a social outlet for the men of the congregation while raising money for Jewish causes and youth activities. The Men's Club is responsible for providing ushers at all religious services; constructing the Synagogue's Sukkah; building a sukkah for your home; packing and distributing Yom Hashoah candles to every member of the Congregation, including college students; and provide lay-leaders for the evening minyan. In addition, the Men's Club sponsors educational brunches throughout the year. The Men's Club fields two Synagogue softball teams.

The Beth Sholom Men's Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs whose objectives are to train and develop leaders to build and strengthen Men's Clubs; to create and implement programs to involve men in Jewish life; and to be an active and influential participant in the Conservative/Masorti Movement.


Leadership

President --
Elliot Miller   (e-mail)

VP Ways and Means -- David Sternberg (e-mail)

VP Programming -- Don Sable  (e-mail)

VP Membership --  Joel Zighelboim  (e-mail)

VP Steward -- Gary Goldberg  (e-mail)

VP Communications -- David Cohen (e-mail)

VP Religious --  Aaron Mansheim (e-mail)  

Treasurer -- Craig Sobel  (e-mail)  

Secretary -- Richard Heller   (e-mail)

Honorary President  -- Jonathan Tabas  (e-mail) 


Men's Club - Membership

We welcome you to join and be as active or as non-active as you desire. For some of you it may mean just supporting our initiatives financially by sending in your dues. For others it may mean joining and getting involved by attending meetings, making new connections and helping to make our events successful. And yet for others it may also mean looking forward to a leadership position by becoming a future board member or an officer of our club. Your membership and participation play an important part in our goal to continue our efforts to support Beth Sholom in whatever way is needed. Please consider joining our successful organization by paying your nominal Men’s Club dues. Join now! Annual membership is only $50.00. Please contact our Membership Vice-President, Joel Zighelboim  (e-mail), if you would like to be a member of our club or simply become more involved with our club.



Men's Club - Social and Athletics


Game Night -- The Men's Club sponsors three or four Game Nights each year. At each Game Night we provide snacks and adult beverages, present a current sporting event and provide games to play to create a relaxing and social evening for adults in, and outside of, our Beth Sholom Community. There is no charge for admission.

Softball-- Our two Men’s Club sponsored softball teams are a group of veterans that strive for success every year. Our teams have blazed a trail of glory leading the league in questionable athletic prowess, pulled muscles, and chutzpah. There are twenty teams in the Delaware Valley Synagogue League, representing synagogues and Jewish organizations located mostly in Eastern Montgomery County, Lower Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia. The league plays modified slow pitch softball. Games are scheduled locally on weeknights (Monday through Thursday) from Passover to the end of July. Games start at 6 PM and usually last two hours. Though games can be highly competitive, rules are modified to meet safety requirements-no sliding into home plate for example. A single elimination tournament caps the season at the beginning of August. A fun time is our best reward. Players have a competitive but enjoyable experience, and judging from the "talent" on both Beth Sholom Men’s Club teams, one does not have to be a superstar. It’s not too early to make arrangements to participate in this healthy activity. Rookie players are always welcome. Anyone interested can contact Jon Tabas at cyclerjon@hotmail.com or Steve Pilchik at shpilchik61@gmail.com

To download the 2012 summer softball schedule, click here.

 White softball team          Blue softball team

 

Sukkah Building Project

Want your own sukkah for Sukkot? The Men's Club will put one up for you.  Are you handy and want plans?  Want to help build sukkot for your neighbors or fellow congregants?

Purchase a sukkah for your home, volunteer to build sukkot for families in the community or obtain plans to build your own sukkah! Contact Jonathan Tabas  215-752-2000.

          

Check the Congregation Calendar for Synagogue Sukkah building and decorating dates. 

Please call the Congregation office to volunteer for these fun and meaningful activities.


STEAK & SCOTCH IN THE SUKKAH
Our newest tradition, STEAK & SCOTCH IN THE SUKKAH, was a great success. The first annual event had a big turnout and all who attended sampled different types of scotches and enjoyed a steak dinner grilled on our new Beth Sholom mega gas grill, very generously donated by Jerry and Anna Green. Join your Beth Sholom buddies and friends next year for a similar event.


Men's Club - Religious and Educational

Men’s Club Sponsored Evening Adult Education with Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin and Rabbi Andrew Merow.

Judaism transcends the boundaries of time and place through continuous adult learning. Men's Club extends an invitation to the Beth Sholom community to explore our religion, culture and heritage. We will meet to explore ancient texts and modern themes through interactive and stimulating discussions. Courses will focus on text study and an exploration of the self, the family, the community and the larger world around us. Join the fun at this highly anticipated and always enjoyable get-together, expertly brought to you by Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin and Rabbi Merow. All are welcome.

 

Mitzvot

GRATERFORD PRISON VISITS
For approximately twenty years, Beth Sholom volunteers, led by the Men's Club, have been visiting the Jewish prisoners and conducting services at Graterford Prison, a maximum security penal institution. We conduct services in the Jewish chapel, address religious and spiritual needs, teach some Torah and discuss current events.

Though rarely thought about by the uninitiated, those who've been in captivity for many years forget what it's like to do simple things like opening or closing a door; incarcerated Jews aren't allowed to make these decisions on their own. In many sections of the prison compound, opening or closing a door is a matter for staff members to decide and even then, the door is locked or unlocked electronically. Even after all these years, Men's Club volunteers still have not become accustomed to having to stand in front of a door and wait to be let in and out of the building. The sound of heavy steel doors clanging shut, and the seeming finality of this experience linger with us long after the visit is over.

For many Jewish inmates, especially those inmates who have lost contact with their immediate family, the Beth Sholom volunteers function as surrogate family as well as a conduit to mainstream society. Regardless of the reason for their imprisonment, severing family ties only compounds the ill effects of total isolation from the real world. Visiting a prison certainly isn't glamorous but our experience with the Jewish inmates of Graterford Prison has been extremely rewarding. Everyone is grateful for our few minutes together, and it's amazing to see what kind of emotion it brings out of a person. If you are interesting in participating in this special program, please contact Bob Lankin (215) 576-0666 or bob.lankin@raymondjames.com

YOM HASHOAH CANDLE PACKING
Men’s Club takes on the important task of packing and distributing Yom HaShoah candles to all of our congregants and college students. It only takes an hour of your time to perform a great Mitzvah. For further information contact Saul Langsam, lawmaster9@aol.com or 215-635-4901.

THE HERB SOBEL MEMORIAL PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE
There are many Jewish families in our area who are unable to provide Passover food to their families. Please help the Men’s Club help them by returning our request letter, along with a donation. For more details, please contact Michael Sobel at sobelize@temple.edu or 215-459-5109 after 3:30 PM.

MOTHER’S DAY —RACE FOR THE CURE

Men’s Club helps the fight against breast cancer and take us steps closer to a world without this dreaded disease by supporting the Komen Race for the Cure. This is a unique opportunity to show our support for the participants—both survivors and supporters. Not only will Men’s Club members take part in the Komen Race for the Cure but our club will again sponsor any adult female member of Beth Sholom who participates in the Race. Funds raised will support research, education, screening and treatments programs in our community. Last year over 120 Beth Sholom members participated in this event. New and returning volunteers are encouraged to get involved. By joining this worthy cause you can make a difference and help Komen save lives. For more information, please contact Jonathan Tabas at cyclerjon@hotmail.com


Men's Club - Regional/National Events

The Federations of Jewish Men’s Clubs Middle-Atlantic Region Man of the Year Dinner will be held at Temple Sinai on Sunday evening, December 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM  honoringIrwin Sklar.   Location: Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA. Cost is $58 per person; $110 per couple. Attire is black tie optional. RSVP to  mensclub@bethsholomcongregation.org.

 

Upcoming Men's Club Events

 

Comedy and Joy Mini Film Festival July 17, 2014 - "Parental Guidance".

 

Parental Guidance Movie

 

 Comedy and Joy Mini Film Festival August 7, 2014 - "Hava Nagila (The Movie)".

 

Men's Club Opening Dinner Welcoming Hazzan Jeffrey Weber, September 9, 2014.

welcome cantor Men's club dinner flyer

 

Third annual Tour de Shuls bike ride on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

The Middle Atlantic Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs is busy planning the third annual Tour de Shuls bike ride on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Last year over $35,000 was raised for Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Every dollar raised from riders’ fees, contributions and sponsorships is donated to Ramah Day Camp and Camp
Ramah in the Poconos. Visit the website https://www.tourdeshulspanj.org to view pictures of last year’s ride and to enroll, sponsor or contribute to this year’s ride.

 

Men's Club Trip to "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and becoming American" at the National Museum of American Jewish History September 28th at 1:30 pm

Beth Sholom Men's Club has arranged for a special guided tour by the curator of the exhibit "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and becoming American" at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Cost is $10 per person.
Free for school age children.

RSVP to the Men's Club at mensclub@bethsholomcongregation.org or send your check to the Men's Club at 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. Contact Elliot Miller @ 215-605-1661 or the office for more information                     

 

Men's Club Builds the Sukkah Sunday September 21st and October 5th at 9:00 am

It is a Men's Club tradition to construct the Beth Sholom sukkah. All are welcome to help. Bring a ladder and power screw driver if you have them.

 

Men's Club in Sukkah Monday October 13 at 6:00 pm

Details TBA

 

Men's Club Board Meetings

                
Thursday, September 18, 2014                   
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Thusday, November 20, 2014                      
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Fun-Raisers

The Beth Sholom Men’s Club will be offering two fun-filled fund-raisers designed for both novice and veteran NFL enthusiasts. This year we are seeking new players and bigger prizes, so please share this with your friends and help the Men’s’ Club raise money while enjoying the NFL season. 

Click below in the attachment box to download the descriptions and forms (Pool letter and Pool form).

Hazzan Roast DVD

On June12th, 2011 the Men's Club gave Hazzan Tilman a send-off roast.  A DVD of the roast is available on DVD which you can order as a keepsake.  Click on DVD attachment below.


 

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DVD Letter & Order Form31.86 KB
Pools Letter.pdf93.54 KB
Pools Order Form.pdf85.56 KB