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A Very Busy Month, With Wonderful Highlights!
Men’s Club continues to have a busy schedule in March starting with Lox Box. Thank you to everyone who has supported our largest fundraiser of the year by either purchasing a lox box for yourself, someone else, or donating lox boxes to The ARK and CJE SeniorLife. Over half of the lox boxes purchased each year go to these charities and feel over 3,500 people in need. When we are finished feeding everyone the morning of March 3rd, that evening we will be honoring our Man of the Year Howard Jacob and our Youth of the Year David Zelkowitz at Anshe Emet.
The following weekend, March 9, is our Men’s Club Shabbat. At this special Shabbat, members of our Men’s Club lead the entire Shabbat service. In addition, we honor our Kavod Award recipient. Candidates for this award must perform at high levels of activity in the congregation as well as the community. They should be involved in the synagogue and the Men’s Club and support the synagogue and Men’s Club functions and have community involvement. This year, our Kavod committee has chosen to recognize a long time member of Congregation Beth Shalom and Men’s Club who continues to be involved in all levels across the synagogue. We are pleased to award the 2019 Men’s Club Kavod Award to Arnie Hoffman. Arnie Hoffman can still be seen on Sundays in the kitchen helping our Men’s Club to prepare breakfast. In addition, for over the past 20 years he has helped organize and put on the Helene Hoffman Memorial Concert, which has donated over $100,000 to many worthwhile organizations across the city, the country, and the world. Again, please come on Saturday, March 9th to help us honor Arnie.
The following week we have a new Men’s Club program we are trying called “Scotch Madness” where we will be watching Conference Tournament Basketball and enjoying great food while sampling and voting on your favorite Scotch, using brackets of course – it is March after all! You can find out more about the event in this newsletter and register online at MyCBS. That weekend, Men’s Club will be at the Purim Carnival making sure everyone is well fed – it Is always a good time!
The last thing I want to remind everyone of is to be on the lookout at the end of this month for your yellow candle. As a service to the synagogue, we send yellow memorial candles to every member to light on Yom HaShoah. Any donations sent to Men’s Club for the yellow candles goes into our Holocaust Memorial Fund and profits of that fund benefit the Opportunities Scholarship Program at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. This fund is used to support field trip expenses for qualified schools to offer subsidies for admission and/or transportation to the Museum for students and chaperones. Our Men’s Club has donated over $12,000 into this fund.
I hope to see you at many of our upcoming events!