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    Everyone is encouraged to attend our Men's Club dinner on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 pm. Our special guest speaker will be David Bayer, a Holocaust survivor who works with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. David has lived an amazing life and should be a fascinating speaker. Please RSVP to by Monday, April 21 if you can attend. We also need a driver to provide transportation for Mr. Bayer to and from the dinner. He lives in the White Oak area of Silver Spring. Please RSVP to that same e-mail if you can provide transportation either way. Thank you.

     Here's some news from Har Shalom - The Men's Club's "Adult Kids" group is sponsoring a golf event on Friday, April 25 at a local Montgomery County public golf course.  We accept all skill levels as the purpose is to have a great time. Cost is about $30 plus cart fee, except for seniors. For more information, contact Ken Shere or email

    A Memo from our President

    Dear Seaboard Region Club Presidents and officers,

    As we approach the Passover holiday, I want to bring your attention to some important upcoming events and activities.

    Registration is well underway for our Biennial Retreat on July 11-13 at Pearlstone Conference Center.    Our theme this year is “Building your Jewish Legacy, Building Your Jewish Life”. A wonderful program is being planned by Education Vice President Jeff Fredman and his committee. We will be joined by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz of Beth El Congregation in Norfolk, our Scholar in Residence and Paul Davidson, the brains behind Hearing Men’s Voices, from Temple Israel in Sharon Massachusetts.    You can register at our Seaboard website, 

    On Sunday, May 4 we will be having our annual Board of Directors meeting from 10 AM to 1 PM at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, Virginia.   As a Club President, you are a member of the Board of Directors. We will review this year’s progress. We’ll present changes to our By-Laws for your approval. And, we will talk about our plans for the coming year. Please plan to come and, most importantly, bring members of your leadership team with you.

    On Sunday, May 18 at 10 AM, we will hold the 2014-2015 It’s Academic Finals at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland.    The four preliminaries were great fun as we mixed it up with seventeen clubs. Please plan on attending as we’ll have a great time, schmoozing and guessing at the questions handled by three of our four finalist clubs, Agudas Achim, Har Shalom, & Beth Israel. Unfortunately, Temple Israel Men’s Club, Norfolk, will not be able to join us.

    We hope you are well along in your Yellow Candle Program for the 2014 year.    I received a candle from my club over the weekend and will shortly make a donation. Eighteen clubs and brotherhoods have obtained a record 146 cases, or 7008 candles through FJMC for their communities this year, making a huge difference in creating more awareness and observance in Yom Hashoah. The Seaboard Region will participate in Yom Hashoah Memorial Services on Sunday, April 27 at the NVJCC in Fairfax Virginia and at B’nai Israel in Rockville, Maryland. Please join us as we give FJMC Shoah Yellow candles to the community at these important memorial events.

    I know you are aware of the FJMC Quality Club Award.    Nine of our Clubs and Brotherhoods received the award last year. What an honor!  The receipt of this award can only enhance your image in the synagogue community. The awards are given to clubs that meet the criteria attached hereto. Many clubs meet the criteria, but fail to apply. Please review it and see if you club or brotherhood complies. The Award covers the period June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 and must be applied for by June 10.

    Let me end by wishing you and your family and the families of all of your members, a Chag Sameach. Happy Pesach!  



    Hal Freed

    President, Seaboard Region

    Seaboard Received Many Torch and Quality Club Awards,
    which Will be Listed Here Soon

    The Olam Tikvah Men’s Club is delivering Shoah Yellow Candles to the congregation.  It has been a great experience for us. 


    Bruce Gordon

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