July 23, 2024
FJMC Sefer Haftarah is a way for your congregation and each person who chants a haftarah to find a greater connection to the text they are chanting by reading it from a handwritten parchment scroll, just as the Torah and all holy books were written in ancient times.

The FJMC Sefer Haftarah World Tour is coming soon to a Men’s Club or Brotherhood near you.

The Sefer Haftarah scroll was created in Israel and contains all Haftorot, including vowels and trope.

The FJMC Sefer Haftarah 2024 / 2025 World Tour began in the Midwest Region of FJMC (serving Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin), where the scroll was front and center at the 2024 FJMC Shabbaton in Chicago. From there, the FJMC Sefer Haftarah scroll traveled to the FJMC New England Region “The Retreat” in Palmer, Massachusetts, an annual gathering of Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The Sefer Haftarah World Tour will continue throughout summer 2024, making stops at Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods across New England, including (June 13) Temple Israel in Sharon, MA, (June 22) B’nai Tikvah in Canton, MA, (June 29) Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA, (July 13) Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA, (July 27) Temple Israel of Natick in (where else) Natick, MA, (August 10) Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, MA, (August 17) Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham, MA, and (August 24) Minyan Darchei Shalom in Newton, MA.

FJMC New England Region Sefer Haftarah chair Ken Turkewitz is excited to bring the Sefer Haftarah to the Bay State; “There are still several available dates unscheduled and available, including the weeks that include Shabbat June 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 31. If you’re interested in having the scroll read from at your FJMC New England Region synagogue on any of those available dates, please have your club president or rabbi or representative contact Ken Turkewitz at Turkewitz@Alum.MIT.edu.”

During September and October 2024, the Sefer Haftarah scroll is scheduled to visit the FJMC Connecticut Valley Region. During November and December 2024, the Sefer Haftarah scroll will be in the FJMC New York Metro Region, visiting clubs in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn & Long Island. Be on the lookout for the Sefer Haftarah scroll at the next meeting of the FJMC Foundation for Jewish Life Rabbi Joel S. Geffen 5785 Leadership Development Institute (LDI), to be held at the Pearlstone Center in Reistertown, MD from Thursday January 30, 2025 to Sunday February 2, 2025.

Looking ahead, the FJMC Sefer Haftarah will tentatively be available to Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods in the FJMC Florida Region (January through March 2025) and at the FJMC Anshei Darom Region 2025 Retreat, an annual gathering of club leaders from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. From there, the Sefer Haftarah scroll will travel to clubs in the FJMC KIO Region (serving Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan) in advance of the 2025 FJMC International Convention in Chicago.

For more information about the FJMC Sefer Haftarah, please visit https://fjmc.org/for-clubs/sefer-haftarah/ or email FJMC International Sefer Haftarah Program Chair Lawrence Nathanson at Lawrence.Nathanson@Yahoo.com.

FJMC Florida

Reserve your spot on the Florida segment of the Sefer Haftarah World Tour. FJMC Florida Region wants to offer every affiliated Men’s Club and Brotherhood an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Sefer Haftarah as it makes it way through the Sunshine State during the first quarter of 2025. Contact FJMC Florida Region Sefer Haftarah Chair Rich Nebb at RichNebb@Gmail.com to find out how your Florida Region FJMC Men’s Club or Brotherhood can secure a spot on the Sefer Haftarah World Tour.

This message is brought to you by the Florida Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC). We are part of a confederation of over 200 Jewish Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods representing over 20,000 members across 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://fjmc.org/for-clubs/affiliating-with-the-fjmc/.

The Florida Region of FJMC serves the needs of affiliated Men’s Clubs and Brotherhoods throughout the State of Florida. Get to know more about the FJMC Florida Region and our growing network of Jewish 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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