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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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CONGRATULATIONS MIDWEST REGION FOR WINNING GOLD REGION PARTICIPATION TORCH AWARD

Posted on June 15, 2021. Category: Discussion Board, Latest News, Regional Meetings

Midwest Region received this award due to the hard efforts of its member clubs!!!

Mazel Tov to Midwest Region and the Region clubs that submitted Torch Awards for the 2021 FJMC Convention.

Mazel Tov to Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club for winning the first ever overall programming Gold Torch Award- for receiving 4 Gold Torch Awards!!

Mazel Tov to Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club and Anshe Emet Men’s Club  for each receiving a Gold Torch Award.!

Mazel Tov to Kol Rinah Men’s Club for winning a Bronze Torch Award!!

Midwest Region First Ever Gold Torch Award Recipient

 

Register for the 2021 Virtual International FJMC Convention

Posted on April 22, 2021. Category: Archives, Discussion Board, Latest News, Regional Meetings

 2021 Virtual International FJMC Convention

Sunday, June 6th through Sunday, June 13th ,2021

Ruach and Great Programming !

    

MIDWEST REGION FJMC IS HONORING TWO OF OUR LEADERS AT THE  INTERNATIONAL FJMC CONVENTION.

HONORING Norwin A. Merens 

THE 2021 FJMC MIDWEST REGION MA’ASIM TOVIM AWARD RECIPIENT

 HONORING Norm Kurtz

THE 2021 FJMC PRESIDENT’S AWARD RECIPIENT

 See next posts to place ads for each of these great men.

To register and see the full agenda- click the link below. Don’t forget to use the discount code of Midwest$18 to register for only $18.00.

Convention Registration Link

HONORING TWO REGION LEADERS AT THE 2021 FJMC CONVENTION- NORM KURTZ

Posted on April 22, 2021. Category: Archives, Discussion Board, Latest News, Regional Meetings

MIDWEST REGION FJMC IS HONORING TWO OF OUR LEADERS AT THE JUNE 6-13, 2021 INTERNATIONAL FJMC CONVENTION

HONOR Norm Kurtz

 THE 2021 FJMC PRESIDENT’S AWARD RECIPIENT 

PLACE AN AD IN THE INTERNATIONAL FJMC CONVENTION VIRTUAL JOURNAL!

 

Norm Kurtz, 2021 FJMC President’s Award Recipient

The FJMC President’s Award was created in 1965 and has been awarded only eight (8) times. The award provides special recognition to men for having incredible and long lasting contributions to FJMC, which may include a particular special program for FJMC.

Norm Kurtz was selected for this award because of his long standing service to FJMC.  Norm was the FJMC international president from 2007-2009.  Norm remains an active member of both the board of directors and the executive committee of FJMC.  Among his many accomplishments, Norm is the co-founder of the Rabbi Joel S. Geffen Foundation for Jewish Life Leadership Development Institute that trains current and future leaders of the FJMC.

Prior to a leadership role with International FJMC, Norm was president of the Beth Judea Men’s Club and  president of the Midwest Region of the FJMC.    He has served and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Congregation Beth Judea.  He  continues to be active on the Interfaith Council of Mount Prospect, IL, and has been instrumental in fostering multi-faith dialogue in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Among other accomplishments, he spearheaded the effort that made a connection between the Turkish Muslim Niagara Foundation in Mount Prospect and Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove.

Norm is a stellar leader of FJMC and the Midwest Region FJMC and his local community. You can now place an ad to honor Norm. Just click the link for ad pricing and placement:

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HONORING TWO REGION LEADERS AT THE 2021 FJMC CONVENTION- NORWIN MERENS

Posted on April 14, 2021. Category: Archives, Discussion Board, Latest News, Regional Meetings

MIDWEST REGION FJMC IS HONORING TWO OF OUR LEADERS AT THE JUNE 6-13, 2021 INTERNATIONAL FJMC CONVENTION

HONOR Norwin A. Merens

  FJMC MIDWEST REGION  MA’ASIM TOVIM RECIPIENT

 PLACE AN AD IN THE INTERNATIONAL FJMC CONVENTION VIRTUAL JOURNAL!

Norwin A. Merens
FJMC MIDWEST REGION MA’ASIM TOVIM AWARD RECIPIENT

Norwin began his FJMC journey when he joined the Beth Hillel Men’s Club, Wilmette, IL in 1993 and began slicing bagels. He went on to hold several club positions, including recording secretary, membership vice president, executive vice president and as president from 2005-08. Norwin also served on the synagogue’s board of directors first as adult education chair and later as membership vice president, 2015-18.In 2019, Norwin served as Brotherhood co president and Temple trustee at Temple Beth Israel (TBI), Skokie, IL,

Norwin served as vice president FJMC Midwest Region from 2008-2013 and Region president from 2015-17.  During his term as Region president, Norwin personally visited all but one club within the six-state region. He worked with fellow board members to enhance the scope of annual Man & Youth of the Year events and was credited with expanding the editorial scope and content of the Tribute Book published each year to recognize the achievements of honorees in both categories. His volunteer commitment to this regional event has been a constant for more than 15 years. His latest contribution was developing a new webinar series featuring a range of authors on unique topics.

During his term on the Midwest Region FJMC executive board, he provided important graphic design support service to FJMC international  resulting in the  redevelopment of the annual Yellow Candle marketing materials for online and print use in 2017, and convention logo identities for the FJMC New England and South Florida biennial events in 2013 and 2015.

Norwin is truly an unsung hero active in community, synagogue and FJMC.  You can now place an ad to honor Norwin in the Convention Virtual Journal.   The Convention will occur on June 6-13, 2021.

Just click the ad link for  pricing and placement:

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Join Us for Cybersecurity 101, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7 pm to 8 pm

Posted on August 6, 2020. Category: Discussion Board, Latest News

Cybersecurity 101 Webinar — Please Register Below!

 SPONSORED BY MIDWEST REGION FJMC!

Protecting Your Financial & Personal Information

Join us for an interactive presentation and timely discussion about the ramifications of digital security. There is no cost to attend this session — Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend online on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 pm.

 

Karen L. Asbra, CFP®, Senior VP & Operations Director, Rappaport Reiches Capital Management, Skokie, IL will share best practices for safeguarding personal information from internet hackers and answer your questions.

Topics covered will include:

  • COVID-19 scams
  • Transmission of confidential data
  • Electronic money transfers
  • E-mail phishing
  • Password best practices

REGISTER AT:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BgzC-kWXTTSPWAewnLzp6g

 

FJMC TRI-REGION VIRTUAL RETREAT- AUGUST 1-2, 2020

Posted on July 19, 2020. Category: Discussion Board, Latest News, Regional Meetings, Retreats

HOSTED BY FJMC MIDWEST, KIO AND TRISTATE REGIONS!

HOW TO REGISTER:

Click the link:    https://midwestregionfjmc.myshopify.com/products/fjmc-tri-region-2020-virtual-retreat

 

PROGRAM:

ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Optional Shabbat Program Saturday, August 1, 2020

4 p.m. Torah Discussion lead by Dale Levy (KIO)
Saturday, August 1, 2020

7:30 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

7:45 to 8 p.m. D’var Torah Rabbi M. Zimbalist Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove, IL

8 to 8:30 p.m. Ice Breaker

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. HMV presentation (Responding to George Floyd) introduction by Creighton Cohn and Mark Givarz. Breakout sessions lead by various club members.

9:30 to 10 p.m. Ma’ariv/Havdalah and L’chaim! Rabbi Alex Braver Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus, OH

 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

9 a.m. Welcome

9:10 to 10 a.m. Shachrit Service with Mindful Meditation lead by David Singer (FJMC)

10 to 10:30 a.m. Mike Berman NBC-TV Chicago Sports- A World Without Sports??

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wine on The Vine presented by Alex Pomerantz (FJMC)

10:45 to 11 a.m. Break

Hazzan Steven Stoehr

11 to 11:30 a.m. Learning: So, What happens after we die? Chevra Kadisha taught by Hazzan Steve Stoehr, Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook, IL

11:30 to 11:45 a.m. FJMC Convention Chicago 2021 Preview

11:45 a.m. to Noon Break

Noon to 12:45 pm Home Brewing Beer Presentation by Jimmy Tran

12:45 to 1 p.m. Conclusion/Hinei Ma’tov

MIDWEST REGION FJMC RETREAT ON MAY 1-3,2020 – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19!!

Posted on February 13, 2020. Category: Archives, Latest News, Retreats

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19!!

MIDWEST REGION FJMC RETREAT

Sign up now for a weekend of Ruach, Fun, Learning and Camaraderie!

 

  • Exercise: Hike on the trails! See waterfalls! Go for a swim in the indoor pool!
  • Meet new friends!  Learn about new programs to take to your clubs!  Inspiring Services!
  • Great food!  A wonderful venue.

Where:    Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Oglesby, Illinois

When:      Friday, May 1- Sunday, May 3, 2020

Cost:          $325 for a double room.  $425 for single room.  Same cost as 2018!!

How to Register:  

Just click on the link and go to the tab in the second row labelled Midwest Region Retreat.

https://midwestregionfjmc.myshopify.com/

 

 

2020 MAN AND YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD DINNER FOR CHICAGO/MILWAUKEE- CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Posted on November 18, 2019. Category: Latest News

CONTACT YOUR CLUB PRESIDENT FOR AN AD BOOK AND DETAILS CONCERNING DINNER REFUNDS

MAN AND YOUTH OF THE YEAR-WHEN & WHERE

Chicago:

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah , 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091


Silent Auction and Appetizers: 4:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Awards Program: Immediately following dinner

Awards ready for distribution

REGISTRATION COST

CHICAGO: $36 – all attendees, if registered by Wednesday, March 4, 2020. $45 – all attendees, if registered after the above deadline. On line registration closes  March 11 at Noon, CST.  Limited registration onsite. 

Cancellations and substitutions accepted through Wednesday, March 11, 2019

Register online for all sites AND to place an ad in our Tribute Book:

Just click on the link-

https://midwestregionfjmc.myshopify.com/

2019 MAN AND YOUTH OF THE YEAR REGISTRATION FOR CHICAGO/MILWAUKEE- NOW OPEN!!

Posted on January 10, 2019. Category: Archives, Latest News

2019-MAN AND YOUTH OF THE YEAR-WHEN & WHERE

Chicago:

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway,  Chicago, IL 60613

Silent Auction and Appetizers: 4:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Awards Program: Immediately following dinner

St. Louis:

Awards ready for distribution

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141

Lunch: 1:30 p.m. Awards Program: Immediately following lunch

 

REGISTRATION COST

CHICAGO: $36 – all attendees, if registered by Wednesday, February 20, 2019. $45 – all attendees, if registered after the above deadline. On line registration closes  February 27 at Noon, CST.  Limited registration onsite. 

Cancellations and substitutions accepted through Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Register online for all sites AND to place an ad in our Tribute Book:

Just click on the link-

https://midwestregionfjmc.myshopify.com/

 

MIDWEST REGION FJMC MAN AND YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARD LUNCHEON PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE

Posted on March 27, 2017. Category: Latest News

CHICAGO LUNCHEON PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE

Want to see your honoree’s photos? Just scroll over the right column to the header “RECOMMENDED SITES”  where you see the link to the Midwest Region Photo Gallery on Flickr.

Row 1 L to R: Jay Miller, Cong Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Cy Jablo, Ezra Habonim, Niles Township Jewish Cong. , Row2: Dan Sher, Cong. Beth Shalom, Gregg Pollack, Ashe Emet Synagogue, Tom Ungar, Beth Hillel Cong. Bnai Emunah, Louis Rabin, Cong. Beth Judea, Steve Coven, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Max Wengroff, Beth Hillel Cong. Bnai Emunah, Kneeling: Avi Limer, Cong Beth Judea, Rebecca Greenstein, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Bari Sigal, Cong. Beth Shalom, Jessica Perl, Cong. Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Melinda Natalie Burgin, Cong. Rodfei Zedek, Charlie Sinder, Anshe Emet Synagogue.

 

Once on Flickr, you can click on “Albums” located on the line with Camera Roll, Photo Stream etc.

Each Synagogue has their own album with photos of their honorees.  There is an album that has group shots. There is also an album that has photographs of the Emcees, clergy doing blessings, entertainment, etc etc.

 To download photographs:

 Under the photograph at the lower right hand corner, you will see a down arrow. Click on this and you can download the photograph free of charge. If you use the photograph in an announcement such as a synagogue bulletin, or send to a neighborhood paper, you need to comply with US Federal copy right laws by  indicating that the photograph was taken by Michael Greenberg with the date 2017 (this is not just a courtesy, but a legal requirement). We did not lockout your ability to download photographs for personal use- courtesy of the photographer. 

Please do not attempt to edit photos or titles, or albums or collections or delete them.  Our hit man pictured below will pay a visit to anyone who messes with our images!! Enjoy the pics.

FJMC Photo Enforcer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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