Brandeis Men’s Club
It all began with us! Brandeis Men’s Club takes pride in its status as the original address for Jewish life in Ridgewood. It was the spirit and determination of a group of Jewish business owners in the village that was responsible for the creation of the Men’s Club in 1940-41. Another dozen years would go by before the Jewish Community Center of Ridgewood was established in the congregation’s first home on Oak Street and another decade until the temple moved to its current Grove Street location.
Nonetheless, although Brandeis Men’s Club pre-dates Temple Israel itself, we always strive to remain relevant to Jewish men. With our crowded calendar of events and programs throughout the year, we engage BMC members spiritually, socially and culturally in our synagogue community. A number of BMC activities are organized in collaboration with other committees and groups within the congregation, such as Sisterhood or Tikkun Olam, while others are designed as “men’s exclusives” to help men carve out time in their busy lives for meaning and male camaraderie.
Moreover, as one of 260 Men’s Clubs operating under the umbrella of the Conservative movement’s Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, BMC connects its members to the broader Jewish world.
Among the highlights of our annual programs are:
- Fall Welcome/Tailgate Party
- “Hearing Men’s Voices,” discussion group, facilitated by Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs
- Annual World Wide Wrap, FJMC national program in t’fillah education
- Men’s Club Shabbat and Man-of-the-Year Breakfast
- Men’s Softball Team—participates in Ridgewood’s Church League
- Winter Ski Outing
- Spring Golf Outing
In addition, BMC sponsors many programs at Temple Israel to enhance our holiday and festival observances and to create greater ruach, spirit, in our congregation, for example: High Holy Days ushering; dreydl-spinning contest at our children’s Hanukkah party and Sukkah-raising. And we’re always open to new ideas. Please join us at our coming events…you will be glad you did!
First-year BMC membership for new members of Temple Israel is free. Annual dues thereafter are a bargain at $36.