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 Steven Elisco.

Off to the Races!

February is a transitional month for the Men’s Club, which begins with two very important programs from our Special Program and Israel in Depth Breakfast Series:

Sunday, February 2, 2020 – World Wide Wrap

Join your Men’s Club and congregations around the world as we teach the mitzvah of wrapping tefillin. The World Wide Wrap unites men, women, and children in prayer.  This year we shall experience “Davening in the Dark”, a heightened sensory approach to the morning service. The program will begin at 8:30 AM, with Breakfast provided by the Men’s Club to follow the Service.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 – Israel in Depth:  Israel Across the Generational Divide

Join us for the sixth and final session in this year’s Israel in Depth series.  Polls show that support for Israel remains strong among Americans in general and American Jews specifically, but there’s no denying that millennials view the Jewish state through very different lenses than their elders.  The program begins at 10:00 AM after breakfast provided by the Men’s Club.

Major Events for March

While it is a slow programming month for the Men’s Club, February conceals all the work that is going on behind the scene, planning for a very busy Spring.

We begin March with Lox Box, the largest program we undertake each year that provides a wonderful meal for the purchasers or gift recipients, raises funds for the Men’s Club, and most importantly, provides food for both the CJE and the Ark.  The delivery/pick-up date is Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Click here to see all of the various Lox Box options and ordering instructions, or order online at

Men’s Club Announces our Man and Youth of the Year Honorees

As a Men’s Club, we have been fortunate over the years to have men who join Congregation Beth Shalom and not only immediately join the Men’s Club, but also seek out leadership positions. Such is the case with this year’s honoree. I am pleased to announce that the Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club Man of the Year is Donald Pike. Please click here to learn more about the significant contributions to Men’s Club for which he is being honored.

In coordination with our USY Youth Group, we also honor two outstanding young members of our congregation with the Youth of the Year Award. This year the Men’s Club is honoring both Becky Jacobson and Anat Pissetzky.

The FJMC Midwest Region event where these honorees will be recognized will be held on Sunday, March 15th at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. The event begins at 4:30 PM with dinner at 5:30 PM. The event costs $36 per person until March 4th, at which time it will go up to $45 per person. Reserve your place today by registering at the FJMC website.

Please consider participating in these spiritual, educational and socially significant programs.

L ‘Shalom