Congratulations; your Men’s Club or Brotherhood has made made it to this day. Chanukah is around the corner and 2023 is a few weeks away. It’s wintertime in Florida; the days are sunny and dry and the Palm Trees gently sway in the breeze. As we come to the realization that we are blessed to live in the Sunshine State, this is also a strategic time for your Florida Region Men’s Club or Brotherhood to focus on the next next six months as you look ahead.
Take a look at your upcoming Men’s Club or Brotherhood scheduled programs and events over the next six months and consider adding the following high profile FJMC programs to your club Calendar:
All Florida Region Men’s Club and Brotherhood members and guests are invited to take part in two exciting sporting events. Join us on Sunday December 11 for a night of Basketball, Brotherhood and Chanukah Hoops with the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando as they take on the Toronto Raptors for an evening of non-stop Basketball excitement. For more information visit: https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/11/bring-your-brotherhood-to-chanukah-hoops-with-the-orlando-magic/.
All Florida Region Men’s Club and Brotherhood members and guests are invited to Chanukah Hockey Night Out on Wednesday December 21 when the Florida Panthers take on the NJ Devils at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, just west of Ft. Lauderdale. For more information visit: https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/11/bring-your-brotherhood-to-chanukah-hockey-night-out-with-the-florida-panthers/.
SuperBowl Sunday morning, February 12, 2023 is the for Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods take part in the World Wide Wrap, an educational initiative begun by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) to encourage everyone – men, women and youth – to learn about, experience and promote the mitzvah of wrapping tefillin. SuperBowl game time is also a great time for your Men’s Club or Brotherhood to enjoy the game together. For more information visit: https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/10/save-the-date-for-world-wide-wrap-2023/.
Save the date – Sunday March 12, 2023 – when “loanDepot Park“, home of The Miami Marlins, will host the 2023 World Baseball Classic. All Florida Region Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods are invited to cheer on Team Israel. For more information and to secure tickets for your Men’s Club or Brotherhood visit: https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/10/save-the-date-sunday-3-12-23-for-team-israel-and-the-world-baseball-classic/.
Plan a special springtime Men’s Club Shabbat or Brotherhood Shabbat weekend. This is an effective way to raise visibility of your Men’s Club / Brotherhood and highlight its participation in the religious and social fabric of your synagogue. It is also a golden opportunity for your club to connect, mobilize and re-energize its active membership base, as well as to engage inactive members who do not frequently participate by giving them an honor and/or a role in planning your event. For more information how you can host a Men’s Club or Brotherhood Shabbat program visit: https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/02/what-is-mens-club-shabbat/.
Participation in the FJMC Shoah Yellow Candle program is another essential link in the chain of your programming cycle. Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods around the world distribute Shoah Yellow Candles to their members, congregants and greater Jewish community so that at sundown of Yom HaShoah (April 17, 2023), candles are lit in homes across the globe to shine a light of memory, a light of education, and a light that we will never forget. Just as we light a Yahrzeit Candle to burn for 24 hours to remember a dear one who is no longer with us on the anniversary of their death, so too, once a year, we light a Yellow Yom HaShoah candle to burn 24 hours to remember our 6,000,000 brothers and sisters who died for no other reason, but they were Jewish. For more information about how your Men’s Club or Brotherhood can take part in the Shoah Yellow Candle Holocaust Remembrance Program visit https://www.fjmc.org/content/yellow-candles-home.
One of the most important links in your annual program cycle is to save a date to celebrate and say THANK YOU to your Men’s Club or Brotherhood Man (and Youth) of the Year, “The Keepers of the Flame”. Recognition and reward are keys to making a volunteer organization work. For more information about how you can organize a Man of the Year / Youth of the Year celebration to recognize and reward the key volunteers in YOUR Men’s Club, Brotherhood and/or synagogue whose efforts have contributed to building your Jewish community and to serve as an beacon to involve Jewish Men in Jewish Life, visit https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/07/who-will-be-your-man-of-the-year/.
Mark your calendar – June 29 to July 2, 2023 and make a plan to be in Philadelphia for the FJMC Biennial Convention. FJMC Convention 2023 will be an epic transformative experience, the intersection of Spiritual and Social, Libations and Learning, a time to reunite with old friends and make new ones. It will be packed with camaraderie and brotherhood, exciting activities, amazing speakers, educational sessions, scotch tasting, Torch Awards, Ma’Asim Tovim Awards, Quality Club Awards, our world famous Cantor’s Concert and so much more. FJMC Convention 2023 is the best of what Men’s Club and Brotherhood has to offer. I guarantee you will come away with dozens of new ideas ideas to improve your club, your synagogue, and yourself. Learn more at: https://floridaregionfjmc.org/2022/09/make-plans-for-fjmc-convention-2023-in-philadelphia/.
Efficient planning is the essential element of every successful organization. The Florida Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs serve the needs of Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods throughout the Sunshine State. We can help your Men’s Club or Brotherhood develop a dynamic, well thought out annual programming calendar to help you to keep your members focused, engaged and prepared for the year ahead, and beyond.
If you are not yet affiliated with the Federation, then today is the day to join us. Get to know more about the Florida Region of FJMC and our growing statewide network of dynamic Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods at www.floridaregionfjmc.org and please visit and LIKE our Florida Region FJMC Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/FloridaRegionFJMC.