On Sunday morning February 12, 2023, Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods around the world participated in the 2023 FJMC World Wide Wrap to learn about the wonder and joy of Tefillin. The World Wide Wrap is an international, coordinated minyan encouraging Jewish men, women and youth to learn about and participate in one of the basic commandments in the Torah; the wrapping of tefillin. Here in Florida, the ruach was strong as Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods across the Sunshine State simultaneously hosted a diverse array of World Wide Wrap programs.
In Boynton Beach, Florida Region FJMC Spiritual and Rabbinic Advisor Rabbi Michael Klein conducted an inspiring, multigenerational learning Minyan at Temple Torat Emet’s Wrap, including performance of a Wrap song from the Hebrew School youth and a delicious lunch of Wraps.
In Margate, Northwest Broward County, Rabbi Michelle L. Goldsmith and Men’s Club President Larry Schwartz reintroduced the World Wide Wrap to Temple Beth Am. “We united our elderly and teenagers in the centuries-old mitzvah of wearing tefillin“, said Men’s Club President Larry Schwartz. “It was uplifting to see young people show the elderly how to wear them.“
The Kol Ami Brotherhood hosted a well attended Worldwide Wrap Day in Tampa, Florida. “Many thanks to event chair Dr. Craig Kalter for facilitating a morning of learning about the history and varying styles and traditions of the mitzvot of putting on tefillin“, said Brotherhood President Jon Zimmer.
Temple Israel Men’s Club hosted a well attended World Wide Wrap in Winter Springs, Florida. Men’s Club President Natan Brener reports, “Rabbi Joshua Neely led the service; men, women and students from our Hebrew school participated. It was nice to see men teaching kids by example how to use tefillin, going with them step by step.”
Brotherhood Co-Presidents Frank Rubin and Jeff Brown report that Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS) Brotherhood of Clearwater, Florida had a successful World Wide Wrap program with a surprise visit by incoming FJMC Treasurer, Gregg Pollock (KIO Region) who led the Tefillin training with the J-Learning students at nearby Temple B’nai Israel.
Congregation Ohev Shalom (COS) Men’s Club brought the FJMC World Wide Wrap to Maitland, Florida.
Men’s Club President Elliott Davis reports, “The COS Men’s Club hosted a World Wide Wrap breakfast on Sunday, February 12th. Rabbi Spector and Cantor Weber led services and talked about the history of wrapping tefillin; 32 men and women attended the service. There were a few that had never put on tefillin; our Men’s Club members showed them how. Over 40 people attended the breakfast after services.”
Looking ahead to next year, please save the date on your Men’s Club and Brotherhood programming calendar “World Wide Wrap 2024” on Superbowl Sunday morning, February 11, 2024.
The World Wide Wrap is one of the many award winning programs brought to you by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC), an international confederation of over 200 affiliated Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods representing over 20,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and beyond. Learn more about how your Men’s Club or Brotherhood can affiliate with the FJMC at: https://www.fjmc.org/content/affiliating-fjmc.
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