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.
Along 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:
This year, we also plan to:
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.
BETC Brotherhood Co-Chairs,