Brotherhood

Whether you like to read, schmooze, play on a sports team (or watch the professionals), volunteer your time setting up our sukkah, or flipping kosher hot dogs at our annual school picnic – BETC’s Brotherhood wants you!  Through our Brotherhood programs, men of all ages who are members of our congregation contribute to the community, both within and outside of the Temple, organize some of our most popular events, and make lasting friendships.

brotherhood-2011-7-31Along with our regular meetings/gatherings on the second Tuesday night of each month, events are scheduled throughout the year.  Some annual highlights include a Friday night Brotherhood Shabbat Service, the Hanukkah Latke party and contest, and the end-of-the-year picnic for our teachers, students, and families.

Last December, Beth El Temple Center once again sent Hanukkah packages (including menorahs, candles, music, gelt, and personalized cards decorated by our Sunday school students) to Jewish members of the armed forces in Europe, Asia, Iraq and Afghanistan.  You can read the article about this wonderful mitzvah in the Belmont Patch.

 

Additionally, as in past years, we:

  • Build two Sukkot for our BETC Sukkot services and our “Pizza in the Hut” celebration
  • Meet at local restaurants or at the shul, with no agenda except to connect with one another
  • Attend sporting events with our families – in past years we’ve cheered on the Celtics, Lowell Spinners and the PawSox.
  • Distribute Holocaust memorial candles and raise money for charitable organizations in conjunction with our annual Yom Hashoah service.  Past beneficiaries include the producers of the Holocaust film "Rene and I," the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, and Boston3G, a Boston based group for the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors
  • Assemble the 6-foot high menorahs at the front of our temple to celebrate Hanukkah
  • Send Hanukkah celebration packages to Jewish soldiers overseas
  • Host the Winter Bowling party for the kids (and their parents) at Lanes & Games on Superbowl Sunday afternoon
  • Watch Jewish-themed movies, such as “From Philly to the Front,” an award winning documentary about Jewish war veterans, “Ushpizim,” an Israeli movie, and most recently, “Enemy at the Gates,” to coincide with the Book Club selection of “Life and Fate.”
  • Assemble another championship caliber (semifinalists in the Kiddush Cup playoffs in 2011) softball team.
  • Plan poker nights so that we will have an opportunity to shmooze and enjoy some Brotherhood “fellowship”

This year, we also plan to:

  • With the BETC Sisterhood, jointly sponsor a breakfast talk with a speaker from the New England Israeli Consulate, to discuss Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and Conflict
  • Bike from Belmont into Boston to tour the Beacon Hill Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture
  • Launch the Annual Sukkah Raffle, where the winner will receive a backyard sukkah kit that includes assembly by the Brotherhood

The Brotherhood also has a very active Men's Book Club that reads and discusses books with Jewish themes or about Jewish history.  In the past, we have had guest speakers, including Murray Greenberg, author of “Passing Game: Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football.” Recent choices include “To the End of the Land,” “The Finkler Question,” and “Life and Fate.”  Most recently, we read “The Medallion,” a novel written by Len Abram, one of our very own Brotherhood members.

No matter what your background or tradition, we encourage you to join us in the Temple Brotherhood for some or all of these activities.  It is a great way to connect with the welcoming Beth El Temple Center community.  If you might be interested or just want more information, feel free to send an e-mail or call.  We would be delighted to talk with you about joining us.

 

Sincerely,

BETC Brotherhood Co-Chairs,

Todd Shuster
617 489-4985
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David Brams
617 489-6663
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