Welcome to a New Men's Club Year!
A new bulletin with so many different faces. I am excited to be your new Men’s Club President for this year. Over the past several years, Men’s Club has evolved and changed many of our programs to try and include as many people as possible. We have co-sponsored events with Sisterhood, Adult Education, Social Action, the Youth Department, and Young Family Programming to try and bring our community together as one. This is something that I would like to continue to do in the coming year. As you look at our programming calendar for this year, please find one or two events that are new to you and decide to come to them – and bring a friend. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events in the coming year.
In addition, something that I announced at our culminating dinner this year that I am extremely excited about is a Men’s Club trip to Israel. Rabbi Melman will be leading our first ever Men’s Club trip to Israel set for November 2018. I am excited about the opportunity to help bring men to experience Eretz Yisrael and be able to get to know members of the Congregation Beth Shalom family in a new way. I’m sure you will hear me talk a lot more about this over the course of the year. We will be having an informational session on it this fall, but if you have any questions about it please feel free to reach out to me and I can give you additional information.
Finally, in keeping with the theme of Israel, I am thrilled to be able to announce our speaker for the Men’s Club Opening Dinner. We are delighted to welcome the president of the Israel Baseball Association Peter Kurz. Prior to the start of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, ESPN considered Team Israel, ranked 41st in the world, to be the biggest underdog in the tournament, referring to it as the "Jamaican bobsled team of the WBC". Israel's odds to win the WBC were 200-1 before the tournament began. Everyone watched with pride as Team Israel beat all three opposing teams in the first round to finish atop the pool, defeating South Korea (ranked # 3 in the world), Chinese Taipei (ranked # 4 in the world), and the Netherlands (ranked # 9 in the world). Israel became the first baseball team to go undefeated in the first round of the WBC’s main draw after entering the main draw by winning in a qualifying round proving once again the odds that Israel can overcome. Please join us on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. when Peter will share stories of the WBC and how baseball has grown in Israel, its future, and how with the help of JNF they are now building dedicated baseball fields in Israel.
I know this was a lot of stuff to cover in my first article, but I’m excited to be sharing these new programs with you and hope that you will join us throughout the year at these and many other new programs.