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End of the Year Report
What an amazing year we had this year for Men’s Club. I put together some milestones that I wanted to share to help demonstrate everything that Men’s Club did this year, as well as help you see everything that Men’s Club does for Congregation Beth Shalom and our greater community. This year, we ended with over 450 total membership and those members donated over 750 hours of service to Men’s Club and Congregation Beth Shalom. How? I’m glad you asked!
Men’s Club had twenty-two Sunday breakfasts this year including our Scholar-in-Residence, JUF Brunch, and our Israel-in-Depth series with the Israel Committee and Adult Education. As part of our breakfasts, we fed over 1,000 people.
One of our major fundraisers for the year, as well as one of our largest Tikkun Olam projects, is our annual Lox Box program. This year, we sold over 1,250 lox boxes which includes almost 650 donations to The ARK and CJE Seniorlife, which can feed almost 4,000 people. In continuing our support for CJE Seniorlife in conjunction with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club (FJMC) Midwest Region, we have volunteered ten times at Lieberman Center for Shabbat Services. In addition, also through FJMC, we distributed over 1,100 yellow candles as part of our Yom Hashoah remembrance.
Finally, with all of the work and all of the fundraising that Men’s Club has done this year and every year, we have been very fortunate to be able to donate $30,000 to various causes this year. Along with other donations to Congregation Beth Shalom, this year Men’s Club has donated the cameras and equipment necessary to stream our services online. We have also donated to several Israel Organizations, JUF, The ARK, CJE Seniorlife, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
I am proud of the work that our Men’s Club has done this year and look forward to our 2018-2019 year when we will be taking our first Men’s Club trip to Israel – it isn’t too late to come with us!