Spotlight On: FJMC Club and Leadership Training
Two of the most tangible benefits of affiliation with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) are direct access to a nationwide network of Regional Consultants as well as a robust portfolio of original FJMC Club Member and Leadership training resources.
During the past six months, the FJMC and its Regional affiliates facilitated multiple training opportunities throughout the United States and Canada at both the Club and Regional level, as well as through a series of Men’s Club and Brotherhood weekend retreats or Shabbaton across North America. The next few paragraphs are a sample of FJMC training and development opportunities available to affiliated Jewish Men’s Club and Brotherhood during the first half of 2023.
Leaders of five different Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods from across the State of Florida were recently invited to participate in the “FJMC Foundation for Jewish Life Rabbi Joel S. Geffen Leadership Development Institute“ (LDI), held February 3 to 5 at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD. The event was a weekend of fun, educational and leadership development sessions to strengthen the skills of the participants, share great ideas and to build friendships. Attendance at LDI is limited and by invitation from each FJMC Regional President.
The Anshei Darom Region of FJMC will host a Men’s Club and Brotherhood Retreat the weekend of March 17-19, 2023 at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia. The theme for the 2023 Anshei Darom Retreat will be “Plugging Back In: Seeking Judaism with 2020+ Vision“. The Anshe Darom Retreat will be a weekend of Ruach and brotherhood, camaraderie and cultural Judaism, great discussions and delicious food, poker and potent potables, hiking and tennis, basketball and a bonfire. The program will include leadership training, participatory Shabbat and Mincha/Maariv services, Havdalah under the stars and an unforgettable Saturday night experience in the world famous “Anshei Darom Sweat Hut”.
Anshei Darom Retreat Chair Mark Isbitts invites you to Muster your Men’s Club and Bring your Brotherhood to the 2023 Anshei Darom Retreat – March 17 to 19, 2023. Register today at https://ansheidaromfjmc.org/region-retreat-2023/. For more information please email Retreat Chair Mark Isbitts at email@example.com.
Florida Region FJMC will host a Spring 2023 Regional LDI and Club Training on Sunday April 30, 2023, 10am to 2pm, at Congregation B’nai Torah, located at 6261 SW 18th Street in Boca Raton, Florida; ALL Florida Region Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods are encouraged to participate in this important training opportunity. The is no cost to participate and a Bagel and Lox Breakfast will be served to those attending in-person. For more information and to RSVP, please contact B’nai Torah Men’s Club President Elliot Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking ahead to June of 2023, the Federation will bring Ruach to the Berkshires for the 76th annual FJMC New England Region (NER) Men’s Club and Brotherhood Retreat, featuring Scholar-in-Residence retired US Navy senior officer / Rabbi Geoffrey Haber to speak on the topic Jews in the Military and the Ethics of War. The FJMC NER Retreat will take place the weekend of Thursday June 8 through Sunday June 11 at Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts.
The New England Region NER Retreat is known as the first and oldest weekend retreat for Jewish men. “TheRetreat2023“ Scholar-in-Residence will be retired US Navy senior officer / Rabbi Geoffrey Haber to speak on Jews in the Military and the ethics of war. Special guest speaker will be Major League Baseball team owner Dr. Charles Steinberg to discuss his experience as a Jewish sports executive. In addition, musician, director and teacher Bill Magaliff will join us at “TheRetreat2023“, singing both Hebrew and tunes from the American Song Book.
The New England Region NER Retreat – “TheRetreat2023” – is open to all Jewish Men, regardless of your affiliation or State of residence. For more information about and Register for “TheRetreat2023” visit https://www.nerfjmc.org/region-programs/theretreat2023 or email Retreat Chair Martin Paley at email@example.com.
The FJMC Biennial Convention 2023 will be held live and in person, June 29 to July 2 in Philadelphia, PA. 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 more. FJMC Convention 2023 is the best of what Men’s Club and Brotherhood has to offer. Register for FJMC Convention today at https://www.fjmc.org/register-2023.
Florida Region FJMC encourages every affiliated Men’s Club and Brotherhood in the State of Florida to send at least two delegates to FJMC Convention 2023, especially your current and incoming President and Executive Vice President (EVP). Florida Region FJMC is offering subsidies of up to $500 per person for first time attendees and $300 per person for repeat attendees, to help to cover the bulk of the cost of sending YOUR affiliated Florida Men’s Club and Brotherhood members to FJMC Convention. Additional funding may be available through your Rabbi’s discretionary fund. Cost should not be an impediment to attending.
The above is a brief summary of some of the extensive training and development resources available to Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods from the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC); one of the many benefits of affiliation with our international network of over 200 Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods representing over 20,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and beyond. Learn more about how your Jewish Men’s Club or Brotherhood can affiliate with the FJMC at https://www.fjmc.org/content/affiliating-fjmc.
The Florida Region of FJMC serves the needs of affiliated Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods throughout the State of Florida. 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 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.