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Men's Club

Please note that the Men's Club board meets monthly.  Dates and times can be found on the EBJC Calendar . Meetings are open to the general community.

Quality Club Award

Our club belongs to an international association of Men's Clubs - Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, or FJMC. Each year FJMC recognizes to those clubs that meet a long list of criteria with the Quality Club Award.  Our Men's Club has won this award each year since it was established in 2006!  So we must be doing something right! 

Upcoming Events

  • Our NNJR region is hosting GoKart racing in Edison on May 23 at 7 pm. For more information, and to register, CLICK HERE.
  • Mayor Brad Cohen joins EBJC for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner on Friday, May 31 at 6 pm. Mayor Cohen will be giving us what’s new in and coming in East Brunswick and will have plenty of time for questions. Please see THIS PAGE for details and to sign up.
  • Men’s Club Shabbat is Shabbat, June 1. Please check HERE for information and how to help sponsor the Kiddush. In addition to our standard activity, we're plan on making it more engaging for children and grandchildren.  Please stay tuned for more information. Please contact Ken Gerson (kgerson7@gmail.com) to participate.
  • Our NNJR region will be participating in a multi-region FJMC retreat on June 7 to 9 at Camp Zeke in Lakewood, PA. More than 100 Men’s Club members from our area will attend, have a great time and learn from our peers. More information and signup instructions are available HERE.
  • Men's Club and Sisterhood will be co-sponsoring a breakfast about the experience of Jackie Okun, who grew up as a Jew in Egypt in the 1950s.  Because of political instability and anti-semitism, her family left Egypt for France, and ultimately landed in the US.  It should be a fascinating talk!  For more information, CLICK HERE.
  • The NNJR President’s Dinner is June 19 at B’nai Shalom in West Orange. David Julis is the current NNJR President, so we encourage all interested to attend the dinner. More information will be forthcoming soon.

Ongoing:

  • Basketball (contact Lloyd Shepetin at leshepetin@aol.com )
  • Pickleball (contact Joel Greengarten at jgg998@comcast.net )

Recent Events:

  • Men's Club recently distributed Yellow Candles to commemorate the Shoah, as well as an electric candle to commemorate those lost in Israel since October 7.  For more information on this, as well as way to donate in memory of these events, please CLICK HERE.
  • Men's Club hike, open to all. This has consistently been a popular and well attended event.  We did 2 such hikes in the last year.   We will probably do this again in the fall of 2024.
  • Pickleball Tournaments.  We have run 2 such tournaments, in conjunction with EBJC, in the last year, which were lots of fun!  We will probably do this again in December of 2024.
  • Murder Mystery Night!  Someone in our congregation has been murdered,! 94 people came out to enjoy the evening and some even solved the crime!.
  • World Wide Wrap - to promote the mitzvah of putting on Tephillin
  • Torah on Tap.  Along with Rabbi Larry, a bunch of us (men AND women) visited a local craft brewery.  We sampled their wares and had a good time chatting in an informal setting.
  • Our annual Man of the Year / Youth of the Year event this year was held on January 7, 2024 at B'Nai Tikvah in North Brunswick.  Congratulations to our honorees, Joe Goldman and Maya Baskind!
  • Our annual blood drive saves lives!  This year it was be held on 1/14/2024.  It was again very successful, exceeding the goals of the NJ Blood Services!
  • Men's Club, in partnership with EBJC, sponsored a very successful pickleball tournament on 12/24. 
  • For more information please click HERE.Discussion of the book Shards of War, written by Michael Kesler, led by his wife Barbara Reed, and her daughter Rabbi Esther Reed.
  • Hanukah Night with the NJ Devils.  This was fun and included a concert by the Maccabeats, even though the Devils lost!
  • Sukkah Hop.  This was a fun, kids-focused event that visits several sukkot in the EBJC neighborhood.
  • Burgers and Brews in the Booth, a dinner in the sukkah.

Who We Are:

The EBJC's Men's Club is affiliated with the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, whose mission is to involve men in Jewish life.

We sponsor numerous events throughout the year which enrich the EBJC family, including:

  • participation in basketball and pickleball leagues that promote the physical health of our members,
  • religious programs like the Federation’s World Wide Wrap as well as other annual events like the Men’s Club Shabbat/Scholar-in-Residence Program, our Father/Child Shabbat, and our Yom Hashoah Candle Program where we distribute yellow candles to memorialize the שֹׁואָה,
  • programs of interest to the EBJC community, and our L'Shana Tova greetings program before Rosh Hashana, to promote the relationships between men in our congregation, and between members of the congregation in general,
  • fund raisers to help support EBJC, both in specific projects like chairs and flat panel displays, as well as in the annual budget; we also make contributions to feed the hungry and support survivors of the Shoah,
  • and programs to support the larger community, such as blood drives and forums for political discussions.

The Men's Club is open to all male members of the EBJC community aged 18 and over.  For more information about the Men's Club, click HERE.  Men's Club membership is $36 per year ($25 for seniors).  To ask questions and/or to express your interest, please contact one of the co-presidents (see below for contact information) or email mensclub@ebjc.org

Co-Presidents:

Howard Jacobs - 732-402-2273

Marty Hoffman - 908-380-5448

Arthur Fliegelman - 732-257-0730

Neil Kosher - 732-651-6345

 

 

Tue, May 21 2024 13 Iyyar 5784