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:
|Sun, Oct 3||10:30 am||BMC Sukkah take-down|
|Sun, Nov 7
MOY YOY poster
|Sun, Nov 21||11 pm||Ramapo Reservation Hike|
|Sun, Dec 5||10:00 am||Latkes & Hot Dogs @
|Sun, Dec 19||4 pm||NNJR Man/Youth of the Year Celebration|
Please join the Brandeis Men’s Club today!
BMC Calendar of Events: 2022
Beginning with the BMC FUNDRAISER on Sat, Jan 29 7 pm.
|Sun, Feb 13||9:30 am||FJMC World Wide Wrap|
|Sun, Feb 27||10:30 am||Yellow Candle Prep|
|Sun, Mar 13||10:30am||Supervise “Build-a-Grogger” @ Purim Carnival|
|Sun, Mar 13||10:30 pm||Hamantaschen & Hot Dogs @ Purim Carnival|
|Sun, Mar 13||12 noon||Deliver Mishloach Manot|
|Sat, Apr 2||9:00 am||Men’s Club SHABBAT|
|Sun, Apr 3||10:30 am||MOY Breakfast / Roast /
Harry Grant Award
|Wed, Apr 27||11:00 am||Interfaith Holocaust Service|
|Wed, May 4||5:30 pm||Yom HaAtzma’ut BBQ|
|Fri, May 27||6 pm||Camp Shabbat|
|June 10-12||NNJR Multi-Region Retreat|
|Tue, Jun 21||1 pm||BMC Golf Outing|
Dues remain at a reasonable $36.00 for the year. Come to our meetings, participate in our events.
BMC Man of the Year
It is with great pleasure that we announce Scott Baslaw as our Brandeis Men’s Club Man of the Year (MOY). Please support Scott at the NNJR Celebration honoring him and the other NNJR MOY on Sunday, Dec 19 @ 4pm, and at the MOY Breakfast / Roast / Award ceremony on Sunday, Apr 3.
- Fall Welcome/Tailgate Party
- Hiking Events
- “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; dreidel-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!