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Serving Conservative/Masorti Jewish congregations, the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs is the international umbrella organization representing some 270 men’s auxiliaries with more than 25,000 members in 16 regions in the U.S. and Canada. Discover the latest developments impacting the FJMC Midwest Region.

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MLB Time – Brewers/Cubs 2015 Event is on Aug 2

Posted on June 5, 2015. Category: Latest News



Cubs/Brewers at Milwaukee’s Miller Field. Kosher tailgate at 11:30 and game at 1:10. Save the date and reserve your seats now before limited tickets are gone. Bring the family.
This MW Regional event is hosted by our Milwaukee brothers at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid.

Click on picture to enlarge flyer for details and reservation. This is also posted in the EVENTS tab.

New Board Installation for 2015-17

Posted on May 20, 2015. Category: Latest News

The Midwest Region Officer Installation took place on May 17th. The event was graciously hosted by the BHCBE Men’s Club. 12 clubs throughout the 6-state region were represented in attendance. Group pictures of outgoing and incoming officers follow along with photos of the benching being lead by Captain Ruach.  The 2015-17 officers are listed below along with our new President, Norwin Merens..
Links to a 29 picture photo gallery posted on Flickr.


2015-17 FJMC Midwest Region Officers
Norwin Merens, President
Mark Givarz, Executive Vice President
Creighton Cohn, Vice President
Howard Minkoff, Vice President
Jonathan Norton, Vice President
Perry Pitzele, Vice President
Harvey Redfern, Treasurer
Ed Sachs, Recording Secretary
Max Brown, Corresponding Secretary
Mike Spanjar, Financial Secretary


Posted on May 5, 2015. Category: Latest News

Dear Midwest Region Brothers,

As my term as Midwest Region FJMC President comes to a close, I would like to congratulate  our Board of Directors on the phenomenal achievements we made over the last two years.  The entrepreneurial spirit displayed paved the way for change resulting in numerous positive outcomes for the community. In addition, I would like to thank each of you for the hard work and time spent on these endeavors.

You can read all about our achievements and some areas to be addressed by clicking the link below:

Final MG State of The Region

Love you all,

Michael Greenberg


2014 Retreat Attendees




Moo & Brew – May 31 at CBJ

Posted on April 24, 2015. Category: Latest News

Beth Judea Men’s Club invites all Men’s Club region members & adult (21 & over) family to something new. You have all heard if Steak & Scotch. Moo & Brew is a new tasting experience.
Pairings of craft brews and gourmet burgers led by a certified cicerone (beer tasting & food pairing professional). Includes craft brews, choice of beef, lamb or turkey burgers and dessert.
RSVP before May 20
See flyer for reservation form and details. Moo and Brew 2015 – FINAL

Event: Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 5:00pm
At: Cong. Beth Judea, Long Grove, IL
Cost: $25/pp – paid to Beth Judea Men’s Club

MW Region Installation – Sunday, May 17th

Posted on April 21, 2015. Category: Latest News

SAVE the date: Sunday, May 17 and plan to attend next month’s FJMC Midwest Region Installation of Officers, 2015-17 at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette, IL. Breakfast, Music Program & Installation.
RSVP’s are needed by Wednesday, May 6 for final program planning/logistics …

FJMC Midwest Region Officer Installation with a Special Musical Performance by Cantor Pavel Roytman


8:50 AM     Wrapping Tefillin

9:00 AM     Shacharit – Lifshitz Chapel @ BHCBE

9:30 AM     Breakfast hosted by BHCBE Men’s Club – (Anthems by Cantor Roytman)

10: 05 AM Brief Business Meeting

  • Call to Order & Rabbi Annie Tucker Introduction  (Michael Greenberg)
  • 2013-2015  Board De-Installation (Rabbi Annie Tucker)
  • 2013-2015  President De-Installation (Rabbi Tucker) followed by five min. presentation (Michael Greenberg)
  • 2015-2017  Board Installation (Rabbi Annie Tucker)
  • 2015-2017  President Installed (Rabbi Annie Tucker) followed by five min. presentation (Norwin Merens)

10:30 AM   Cantor Pavel Roytman Intro (Norwin Merens) & Performance

10:55 AM   Board Photograph & Adjournment

Reservation Form: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name___________________________________________________________ # Attending __________________
Men’s Club___________________

Spouses are welcome to attend.
Return form to Norwin Merens at nmerens@nmmarketingbiz.com
by Wednesday, May 6, 2015 _____________________________________________

Cantor Pavel Roytman    

Cantor Pavel Roytman — who has served as BHCBE’s cantor since 2010 — is a native of Nikolaev, Ukraine. At the age of seven, he was accepted as a piano student to a specialized music school for gifted children. He continued his studies in piano and conducting at the Kaliningrad Music College (Russia) and later at Petrozavodsk State Conservatory.

While in Petrozavodsk, Pavel joined the Klezmer Shpil Orchestra as a soloist. Between 1991 and 1994, Pavel and the Klezmer Orchestra performed extensively throughout Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In 1993, the orchestra made its first recording–“Yiddish Songs” by Klezmer Shpil.

In 1994, Cantor Roytman immigrated to the United States where he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from DePaul University and Master of Music in Musicology from Northwestern University. Throughout this time he also studied chazzanut with such well-known masters of cantorial art as Hazzan Shlomo Shuster, Hazzan Henry Rosenblum, Hazzan Cory Winter, and Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi. In 2006 Cantor Roytman was certified as a cantor through Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.

In Chicago, Cantor Roytman has performed as a conductor and a soloist with Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers and Queen of All Saints Basilica Choir. He has served as a conductor for Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale and as an executive director and conductor for Zemer Am, the Chicago’s Annual Festival of Jewish Choral Music. In 2004, Cantor Roytman received a 1st prize in the category of Voice/Cantorial Singing in the 2nd Annual Golden Hanukkiah Competition of Jewry Arts, sponsored by the World Congress of Russian Jewry held in Berlin.

3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois 60091       847.256.1213

2015 Online Ad Book

Posted on February 25, 2015. Category: Latest News

The Midwest Region thanks all of our supporters for your attendance and contributions in honor of this year’s Men & Youth of the Year. The 2015 Ad Book is here for your continued viewing pleasure and recognition of all honorees.
We look forward to the St. Louis area dinner on March 15th. Their honorees and program are also highlighted in this combined Ad Book.
FJMC-AdBook-wNavigationLinks    (118 pages – 5.8MB)

Last Call – Dinner Reservations – Ads for Electronic Book

Posted on February 5, 2015. Category: Latest News

Make Dinner Reservations – Order online before Feb 2 for discount (just $36). Price increased to $45 on Feb 3, until Feb 15 when online reservation closes. Plan to attend the Chicago/Milwaukee area Dinner on Feb 22. You may pay with credit card or PayPal online or optionally send in a check. We are almost at room capacity so do not delay.

Order an AD – Sorry if you missed the printed tribute book deadline. Late art work and ad payment after Feb 2nd 3rd & 4th deadlines will only appear in an electronic web version, posted on our web site just after the event. If you wish to place a new electronic edition ad, e-mail Bill Branda  MOYYOY2015@gmail.com  for instructions and payment (checks only) until Feb 20th. This AD link is still live for information, but placement of ads through it is no longer functional. Thanks to everyone for your 2015 Ad support.


Feb 2nd DEADLINE – Ad Orders End & Discounted Reservations

Posted on January 18, 2015. Category: Latest News

LastChanceLast chance for ordering your ad to honor your Man or Youth of the Year. Deadline to submit your ad is Feb. 2 for both the Chicago and St. Louis events.
You can do it today if you hurry — everything including payment is online

Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or Check all work and templates are available too.  Creative must be in via email. Be sure to let your honorees know how much they are appreciated.

Make your dinner reservations now for less, just $36. Price increases to $45 on Feb 3rd.

Regional Meeting at CBINT – Jan 18

Posted on December 14, 2014. Category: Latest News, Regional Meetings

All region clubs are invited to attend our Winter meeting in Milwaukee. Be sure to RSVP and reserve the date for our exciting featured speaker.






Click link to open or print complete flyer

Davening at 9:00 am, Breakfast prepared by CBINT Men’s Club 9:30, Region Meeting updates 10:00 and Mitch Nelles’ featured presentation 10:15.

RSVP so we can plan food:
Email:    Rodney Ugent at       RDDUgent@aol.com
by Wed. Jan 7, 2015

At Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid
6880 N. Greenbay Ave., Glendale, WI  414.352.7310

Registration is LIVE for 2015 Man/Youth of the Year Dinner

Posted on December 10, 2014. Category: Archives, Discussion Board, Latest News

Join us for the 2015 Man and Youth of the Year Dinner

  • Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
  • 5:00 p.m. (starting with silent auction)
  • Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah
    3220 Big Tree Lane Avenue
    Wilmette, Ill.
    Phone: 847.256.1213

Cost to attend is $36  for all (the same cost as in 2010!!!). 

Our registration web site is open for business. You can now place your dinner reservations, pay online (or by check) and even place ads with convenient templates provided.

This year’s program will be a late Sunday afternoon/early evening dinner.  This allows Region clubs from Chicago’s western suburbs and the greater Milwaukee area to travel to north suburban Wilmette without the hassle of long commutes during the work week evening rush hour.

2014 Man and Youth of the Year Honorees

Place your discounted dinner reservations and payment here: Reservation

Reserve early, before Feb. 2nd for discounted price of just $36.


Late registrations increase to $45 Feb. 3rd -15th. Last day for online is the 15th with very limited walk-ins (cash/check) payments accepted at the door. We will do our best, but without advance reservation you may need to wait after table seating, no shows, catering and room limit is evaluated.

Let your Club’s Honorees know how much you appreciate them with a display ad here: Place an Ad    Deadline for Ad Book is February 2nd.


“We’re extremely grateful to our host  committee from Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah  for all its fine assistance. A special thanks to Event Chair Harold Primack and his dedicated committee

Auction/Raffle Fundraiser

In 2011, the Region launched a silent auction/raffle fundraiser at its Man of the Year events in metro Chicago and St. Louis. Funds are used to help men defray the cost of attending the International FJMC Convention. Neal Blustein  is handling this year’s Region fundraiser. Those interested in contributing such auction items as restaurant gift cards, hotel and travel incentive packages, artwork, spectator sports tickets, jewelry, health club passes and other goods/services with perceived value are encouraged to email Neal at: Darcychad@aol.com.

50% of ad revenue from each Youth Group will be sent that group’s synagogue Youth Department.   Other funds raised from Man / Youth of the Year events help underwrite the cost of Region retreats and FJMC’s biennial convention (as scholarships) for first-time attendees and others seeking financial assistance to participate at these important programs.





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