President’s Corner

Check in here to get the latest word on our major accomplishments, upcoming events, and your opportunities to participate and contribute from our Men’s Club President Bob Goldwin.

On to Q2 Following An Amazing Q1!

As I write this article, I can’t help but think of Rabbi Carl Wolkin (of blessed memory). Rabbi Wolkin was the dedicated and caring Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom for 35 years, followed by being our Rabbi Emeritus since 2015. Rabbi Wolkin was a strong supporter of the Men’s Club. This included encouraging the Men’s Club to join the FJMC, one of the best decisions for our club. Rabbi Wolkin was also instrumental in working with Men’s Club members to introduce the FJMC Keruv Initiative CBS. This led to CBS becoming known as one of the most welcoming communities in the Chicago Conservative Movement. The Wolkin fund was also a key donor to our Men’s Club trip to Israel. Our Men’s Club and our synagogue community is stronger because of Rabbi Carl Wolkin, and we wish to send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all of the Congregation Beth Shalom Community.

Wow, what a month it has been. Men’s Club had a busy but fruitful March. We completed our highly successful and fun Lox Box fundraiser! We sold over 1500 Lox Boxes which included donations to The Ark and CJE. A couple weeks later we celebrated Men’s Club Shabbat. During our Men’s Club Shabbat, we honored our 2024 Kavod honoree Randall Samborn. We followed the service with an extremely tasty beef Kiddush. Thank you to our participants, the talented Men’s Club Choir, and the clergy for assisting us in creating a wonderful and meaningful Shabbat celebration. After this amazing month of March, we have a rather tame April ahead. Our next big event isn’t until June 20, and it is our always exciting 2024 Golf Outing.

After a brief hiatus, it is back to our past president introductions. This month, I am going to introduce Bob Marder. Bob, a practicing attorney, joined CBS and the Men’s Club in 1980. During Bob’s extremely active time in the men’s club, he has held multiple positions, including Ways and Means VP, the co-chairman of the Treasure Hunt and he is the current chairman of the always exciting Men’s Club Golf Outing ( once again to be held 6/20/2024). Bob graciously and honorably served the Men’s Club as President from 1991-1993. When Bob is not at CBS he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, golfing, music, and collecting Lionel Trains. Bob is very proud of his family, which includes his wife Cindy and his two sons Eric and Matthew who were both Bar Mtizvah’d right here at CBS. Bob also loves when he can see and spend time with his 4 grandchildren Dylan, Ryan, Mason, and Jadyn. We want to thank Bob for his never-ending service to both Beth Shalom and the Beth Shalom Men’s Club.


Bob Goldwin