February 27, 2024
The primary goal of the COS Men’s Club is to support our synagogue and its membership through fundraising for our youth, synagogue service projects and various social functions

Congregation Ohev Shalom (COS) is a fully egalitarian, vibrant Conservative congregation offering inspirational worship and innovative programs that connect us to the beauty and power of the Jewish experience, enabling our members to cultivate a relationship to Judaism that is meaningful and relevant to their lives. COS has a diverse and active membership, enabling them to build a strong community that is welcoming, inclusive, and participatory. At over 100 years old, they are proud to be the greater Orlando area’s oldest synagogue. Ohev Shalom warmly welcomes the membership and participation of interfaith couples and families, as well as people of every ability, background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.

The primary goal of the COS Men’s Club is to support our synagogue and its membership through fundraising for our youth, synagogue service projects and various social functions. Some recent programs and activities include monthly bike rides, our annual Super Bowl Raffle and other social activities for our members, funding transportation costs for USY and Kadima programs and conventions, hosting Sunday morning breakfast and speaker events, organizing the annual World Wide Wrap and Men’s Club Shabbat, distributing Yom Hashoah candles to synagogue members, ushering for High Holiday and weekly Shabbat services, cooking and serving food for the synagogue’s Chanukah Party and Purim Carnival, providing gifts to our B’nai Mitzvot celebrants that foster their continued involvement , actively participating in Ma’asim Tovim (our synagogue’s social action organization for feeding the homeless) and sponsoring, planning and presenting “Men’s Night Out”— an annual community event bringing together affiliated and unaffiliated Jewish men to network, forge new friendships, and celebrate our common bond, all while benefiting local Jewish education.

Over the past year, the COS Men’s Club facilitated frequent opportunities for fun, frivolity and fellowship, including a family friendly Hockey event to see the Orlando Solar Bears take on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a “Grill and Chill Night Out” and an innovative and original “Men’s Club Collectible Program”, introducing the world of collecting to kids and adults alike.

Looking ahead to 2024, Men’s Club President Neal Blaher invites you to “join us at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Sunday morning February 11, 2024 when the Men’s Club will be participating in the FJMC World Wide Wrap — a global event bringing men together to wrap tefillin in solidarity with Israel. Please join us as we renew our understanding and learn about the mitzvah of wrapping Tefillin, followed by a hearty SuperBowl brunch”.

Ohev Shalom Men’s Club President Neal Blaher is looking for a few good men to join our COS Men’s Club board as we plan for the future. The next Board Meeting will take place on Sunday morning February 25, 2024 at 10 am, immediately following the synagogue’s Sunday morning minyan services. Please RSVP to NJBlaher@yahoo.com or andy@pineloch.com for more info. Looking ahead, on Saturday March 16 we will be hosting “Men’s Club Shabbat 5784”, where we will be showcasing our members leading all parts of the Shabbat morning service. This is an event you will not want to miss.

Congregation Ohev Shalom Men’s Club invites you to learn more about the Club on their website at www.ohevshalom.org/organizations/mens-club/, or on their Facebook Group www.facebook.com/COSMensClub/. For more information about the Ohev Shalom Men’s Club, please email current Club President Neal Blaher at NJBlaher@yahoo.com, or Immediate Past President Elliott Davis at elliottdavis613@gmail.com, or membership coordinator Andy Rosen at andy@pineloch.com.

The Congregation Ohev Shalom Men’s Club of Maitland, Florida is a proud member of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC), a global confederation of over 200 affiliated Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods representing over 20,000 members across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Mumbai India and beyond. The FJMC’s mission is to involve Jewish men in Jewish life. Learn more about how your Men’s Club or Brotherhood can affiliate at https://fjmc.org/for-clubs/affiliating-with-the-fjmc/.

The Florida Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs serves the needs of affiliated Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods throughout the state of Florida. How can we help you? Get to know more about the FJMC Florida Region and our growing network of affiliated Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods at www.FloridaRegionFJMC.org and please visit and LIKE our Florida Region FJMC Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/FloridaRegionFJMC.

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