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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
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
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.
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
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.
Please join us Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 when FJMC’s Rabbi Charles Simon makes a visit to Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah and its Men’s Club. The BHCBE Men’s Club is preparing a home style brisket dinner with all the trimmings. Cost to attend is just $20/person and $30/couple. RESERVE NOW – before Dec 2 deadline.
Click image to open & print one page announcement flyer with reservation form.
Contact is Norwin Merens or the BHCBE synagogue office at 847-256-1213
The Fall issue of the Communicator Newsletter is now available. Read about many new programs and enjoy the pictures of many very exciting Spring and Summer activities.
Click to download and view: 2014 Fall Communicator final
Breakfast, Guest Speaker and Club Quality Awards – Please RSVP
Click this link for the flyer: Kofkin
Every Chicago/Milwaukee area club should have at least one representative at this meeting. A great opportunity to meet new friends and share ideas with other Men’s Club brothers throughout the region.
- Starting with Shacharit
- Breakfast – Sponsored by Cong. Kneseth Israel Men’s Club
- Quality Club Awards
- Guest Speaker Program – Featuring Leonard R. Kofkin
A separate Quality Club award presentation will be held in St. Louis in November.
Please RSVP to help plan Food #’s
Email Perry Pitzele at: PesachP@sbcglobal.net by Wed. Oct. 22
Congregation Kneseth Israel is at
330 Division St., Elgin, IL
Attendance is FREE with all donation proceeds going to JUF Israel Emergency Campaign to support Israel. A simple RSVP call to BHCBE at 847-256-1213, is all you need to do for attendance. Advance registration is required for security and in order to plan for enough seating at BHCBE. We encourage all FJMC club members and families to attend.
Questions about the Israel Emergency Fund and additional donations can be directed to JUF by calling 312-444-2834.
Complete flyer with program is attached via this link… http://www.midwestregionfjmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IEC+BHCBE+Cantor+Concert+Flyer.pdf
Just a reminder to mark your personal calendars for the year ahead. The following information is also updated and available under the EVENTS tab above, as you scroll down to Midwest Region Meetings.
2014-15 REGION Meeting Schedule
Fall Region Meeting at CKI Oct. 26, 2014 Sunday
Winter Region Meeting at Beth Israel Ner Tamid Jan. 18, 2015 Sunday
2014-15 REGION Executive Board Meetings
Sep. 16, 2014 Tu
Oct. 22, 2014 Wed
Nov. 20, 2014 Thu
Dec. 9, 2014 Tu
Jan. 15, 2015 Thu
Feb. 17, 2015 Tu
Mar. 25, 2015 Wed
Apr. 21, 2015 Tu
May 20, 2015 Wed
Jun 16, 2015 Tu
Key Event Dates
FJMC – LDI, Pearlstone Center, Baltimore, MD Jan. 23-25, 2015
World Wide Wrap Feb. 1, 2015 Sun.
Man & Youth of the Year NORTH Feb. 22, 2015 Sun.
Man & Youth of the Year SOUTH Mar. 13-16, 2015
FJMC Men’s Club Shabbat Mar. 21, 2015 Sat.
Region Installation May 17, 2015
International FJMC Convention July 8-12, 2015
Men’s Club Post Season Single Elimination Tournament on August 3 2014
Action a plenty!!!
Season Highlights- Best Action Shots, Grunts at Bat and Pitcher Delivery:
Game 1 of Post Season Single Elimination Tournament on August 3 2014- Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club vs. Temple Chai Men’s Club:
Game 2-Temple Beth El Men’s Club vs. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club White Team:
Game 3 Semi Finals Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club vs. Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club:
Photographer coaching 3B for CBS. See 50 photos of CBS team in action at:
Game 4 Semi Finals -Temple Beth El Men’s Club vs. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club Blue Team.
Game 5-Championship Game featured Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club vs. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club
Come out to cheer on your favorite teams this Sunday (Aug 3), as the 2014 season builds to its final single game elimination tournament. Who will be crowned* in our first Championship of the Chicago Jewish Men’s Club Softball league?
2014 Playoff Brackets and Times
In case of rain, games rescheduled to Aug 10.
All games played at Sunset Woods Park
1801 Sunset Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035**
You can watch the games and cheer on our over 80 players. If not in the league yet, talk it over with your clubs about joining next year. It is a great way of getting younger men engaged. Next season we hope to expand with additional Men’s Clubs from synagogues (as you can see, there are already two Reform Clubs- Temple Chai and Northbrook Temple Beth El).
For many softball action photos of both Chicago & St. Louis area teams, click on the latest Communicator 2014 Summer edition and see pages 6-8. See our earlier posts and click on links to the Flickr page for additional pictures. Thanks to our President, Michael Greenberg for proposing, and accomplishing all this in just 2 years. Michael said,
“when I started my Presidency at Region, one of the major objectives was to fill voids in the community that exist for Jewish Men. One was a Jewish Men’s Softball league. We started with a Chicago Tournament last August sponsored by Region. It was a success and clubs wanted a league. The Clubs met, a league commissioner stepped up to the plate (Michael Salberg of NSS Beth El), captains created rosters, fields and umpire secured, and the rest is history.”
So come on out and watch some action. Get involved. It’s a lot of fun.