2012 Retreat: Featured Speaker and Pre-Reading Materials

Dr. Sarah Imhoff , Researcher on Judaism and Gender is the 2012 Retreat Featured Speaker

Sarah Imhoff is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Borns Jewish Studies Program and Religious Studies Department at Indiana University. Her research explores Jewish identity in the American past and present with particular attention to masculinity and femininity. 

Dr. Imhoff to become a full time Assistant Professor, at Indiana University in Fall, 2012.

 

Dr. Imhoff will make several presentations and lead discussions on how we can engage Jewish Men to become active in Men’s Clubs.

 

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Reading material on engaging Jewish Men- problems and candidate solutions?

 

 Retreat Pre-Reading Materials:  

Market Research:  Men Stretched Financially- Facts And Action Ideas

Market Research:  Men’s Work Life, Free Time Activities- Changing Needs

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MIDWEST REGION BASEBALL AND BBQ IN MILWAUKEE- BREWERS VS CUBS AUG. 28, 2022

The Midwest Region FJMC is hosting its annual classic BBQ and Baseball game in Milwaukee on August 28, 2022. BBQ starts promptly at 11:30 am. Baseball game starts at 1:10 pm.

BBQ and Game is at American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI

Cost is $49 @ for BBQ and game. Parking cost is separate at the field lots

Contact Rodney Ugent at RDDUgent@aol.com

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Make a Tribute to Honor the FJMC Midwest Region 2022 Men and Youths of the Year

We hope that you will join us in honoring our 2022 Men and Youths of the Year by placing a Tribute Ad in our Adbook. All proceeds are used to further our mission of involving Jewish Men in Jewish Life. A portion of all ads placed for our Youths of the Year will be donated to each youth’s synagogue.

All you need to do is click here to purchase an Ad and then click here to send the content of your ad to our adbook coordinator.

Questions: Just click here to send us a message.

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The Midwest Region is Proud to Announce our 2022 Man and Youth of the Year Honorees

Anshe Emet Synagogue – Chicago, Illinois:
Man of the Year: Neil Schwartz
Youth of the Year: Elizabeth Norton

Congregation Beth Shalom – Northbrook, Illinois:
Man of the Year: Richard Kurnick z”l
Youth of the Year: Ashley Gitles


Congregation Beth Judea – Long Grove, Illinois:
Man of the Year: Alan Marcus
Youth of the Year: Brooke Robbins

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah – Skokie, Illinois:
Man of the Year: Gabe Jacobson
Youths of the Year: Adina Thompson and Sophia Kurzman

Congregation B’nai Amoona – Creve Coeur, Missouri:
Man of the Year: Fred Blumenthal
Youth of the Year: Ellior Rose

Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid – Glendale, Wisconsin:
Man of the Year: Richard Strait
Youth of the Year: Shoshana Winkelman


Kol Rinah – Clayton, Missouri
Man of the Year: Max Brown

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2022 MIDWEST REGION RETREAT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Join us as we get close to Normal (Illinois) for the 2022 Midwest Region Retreat in Beautiful Bloomington Illinois.

To register, just click here.

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CONGRATULATIONS MIDWEST REGION FOR WINNING GOLD REGION PARTICIPATION TORCH AWARD

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

 

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Register for the 2021 Virtual International FJMC Convention

 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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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