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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. Scroll down for

Latest News and Announcements

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.





BHCBE Dinner Presentation – Features Rabbi Charles Simon

Posted on November 12, 2014. Category: Latest News

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.
Rabbi Simon Dinner Flyer and Reservation Form
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

2014 Fall – Communicator Newsletter

Posted on November 6, 2014. Category: Latest News

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

Fall Regional Meeting at CKI – Oct. 26

Posted on October 15, 2014. Category: Latest News, Regional Meetings
Breakfast, Guest Speaker and Club Quality Awards – Please RSVP
Click this  link for the flyer:  Kofkin

Click to view or print flyer



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   

Phone: 847-741-5656

Cantorial Concert – Fundraiser for Israel – RSVP Now

Posted on September 2, 2014. Category: Latest News

Please plan to attend on Sept. 7, 4:00-5:00 pm and support Israel.




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

Meetings & Key Event Dates for 2014-15

Posted on August 29, 2014. Category: Latest News, Regional Meetings

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


Posted on August 4, 2014. Category: Archives, Discussion Board, Latest News

Men’s Club Post Season Single Elimination Tournament on August 3 2014

Action a plenty!!!

Men's Club Post Season Softball Tournament


Season Highlights- Best Action Shots, Grunts at Bat and Pitcher Delivery:



Team Pictures:



Congregation Beth Judea Men's Club Wins 3 Playoff games and takes the first League Championship

Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club Wins 3 Playoff games and takes the first League Championship







Congregation Beth Shalom Men's Club-Best Record and First Place in Regular League Play

Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club-Best Record and First Place in Regular League Play









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




Tournament Playoffs – Brackets & More

Posted on July 29, 2014. Category: Latest News

2014 Tournament

2014 Tournament

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.

   *Trophies to be funded by Midwest Region FJMC and awarded at future club board meetings.

  **Direction to Sunset Woods Park – Deerfield Rd east of 41 becomes Central.  Going East on Central, at the intersection of Central and Sunset, make a left and proceed for about 1-2 blocks. Park with diamond, parking lots are on right (East) side of Sunset Rd.

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