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Serving Conservative/Masorti Jewish congregations, the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs is the international umbrella organization representing some 270 men’s auxiliaries with more than 25,000 members in 16 regions in the U.S. and Canada. Discover the latest developments impacting the FJMC Midwest Region.

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Posted on December 30, 2015. Category: Discussion Board, Latest News


Registration is LIVE for 2016 Man/Youth of the Year Dinner

Posted on December 9, 2015. Category: Discussion Board, Latest News

Join us for the 2016 Man and Youth of the Year Dinner

  • Sunday, March 6,  2016
  • 4:30 p.m. (starting with silent auction)
  • Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah
    3220 Big Tree Lane Avenue
    Wilmette, Ill.
    Phone: 847.256.1213

Cost to attend is $36  for all (the same cost as in 2010!!!). 

Our registration web site is open for business. You can now place your dinner reservations, pay online (or by check) and even place ads with convenient templates provided.

This year’s program will be a late Sunday afternoon/early evening dinner.  This allows Region clubs from Chicago’s western suburbs and the greater Milwaukee area to travel to north suburban Wilmette without the hassle of long commutes during the work week evening rush hour.

2015 Man and Youth of the Year Honorees

2015 Man and Youth of the Year Honorees


Place your discounted dinner reservations and payment here: Reservation

Reserve early, before Feb. 15th  for discounted price of just $36.

Late registrations increase to $45 Feb. 16th -26th. Last day for online registration is February 26, 2016 with very limited walk-ins (cash/check) payments accepted at the door. We will do our best, but without advance reservation you may need to wait after table seating, no shows, catering and room limit is evaluated.

Let your Club’s Honorees know how much you appreciate them with a display ad here: Place an Ad    Deadline for Ad Book is February 15, 2016.

NEW FOR 2016:

We now offer three premium ad spaces on either Inside Covers or the  Outside Back Cover. Cost is $225 for this full page and is on a first come first served basis.

“We’re extremely grateful to our host  committee from Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah  for all its fine assistance. A special thanks to Event Chair Ron Friedman  and his dedicated committee

Auction/Raffle Fundraiser

In 2011, the Region launched a silent auction/raffle fundraiser at its Man of the Year events in metro Chicago and St. Louis. Funds are used to help men defray the cost of attending the International FJMC Convention.  XYX is handling this year’s Region fundraiser. Those interested in contributing such auction items as restaurant gift cards, hotel and travel incentive packages, artwork, spectator sports tickets, jewelry, health club passes and other goods/services with perceived value are encouraged to email XYX at: ______.com.

50% of ad revenue from each Youth Group will be sent that group’s synagogue Youth Department.   Other funds raised from Man / Youth of the Year events help underwrite the cost of Region retreats and FJMC’s biennial convention (as scholarships) for first-time attendees and others seeking financial assistance to participate at these important programs.


Posted on November 18, 2015. Category: Latest News, Retreats

We are returning to Starved Rock State Park on Friday, May 13, 2016 for the Midwest Region Retreat. Announce this at your club meetings and save the date for this really fun event.

You can see how much fun the 2014 Retreat was by going to our Flickr page. Just click on Flickr under the RECOMMENDED SITES SECTION to the right of the page.

A flyer is attached.  Reservation details will follow later.

Starved Rock Retreat 2016_7x10Ad_Web

New Board Installation for 2015-17

Posted on May 20, 2015. Category: Latest News

The Midwest Region Officer Installation took place on May 17th. The event was graciously hosted by the BHCBE Men’s Club. 12 clubs throughout the 6-state region were represented in attendance. Group pictures of outgoing and incoming officers follow along with photos of the benching being lead by Captain Ruach.  The 2015-17 officers are listed below along with our new President, Norwin Merens..
Links to a 29 picture photo gallery posted on Flickr.


2015-17 FJMC Midwest Region Officers
Norwin Merens, President
Mark Givarz, Executive Vice President
Creighton Cohn, Vice President
Howard Minkoff, Vice President
Jonathan Norton, Vice President
Perry Pitzele, Vice President
Harvey Redfern, Treasurer
Ed Sachs, Recording Secretary
Max Brown, Corresponding Secretary
Mike Spanjar, Financial Secretary


Posted on May 5, 2015. Category: Latest News

Dear Midwest Region Brothers,

As my term as Midwest Region FJMC President comes to a close, I would like to congratulate  our Board of Directors on the phenomenal achievements we made over the last two years.  The entrepreneurial spirit displayed paved the way for change resulting in numerous positive outcomes for the community. In addition, I would like to thank each of you for the hard work and time spent on these endeavors.

You can read all about our achievements and some areas to be addressed by clicking the link below:

Final MG State of The Region

Love you all,

Michael Greenberg


2014 Retreat Attendees




2015 Online Ad Book

Posted on February 25, 2015. Category: Latest News

The Midwest Region thanks all of our supporters for your attendance and contributions in honor of this year’s Men & Youth of the Year. The 2015 Ad Book is here for your continued viewing pleasure and recognition of all honorees.
We look forward to the St. Louis area dinner on March 15th. Their honorees and program are also highlighted in this combined Ad Book.
FJMC-AdBook-wNavigationLinks    (118 pages – 5.8MB)

Speaker Directory

Posted on August 9, 2012. Category: Discussion Board, Latest News

Searching for a speaker to fill a program need? 

Check out the Speaker Directory we started in the Club Resource section.  We just started building this directory and will be updated frequently. So, please check back.

If you have speakers to add, just add them in this post and we will take it from there.

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