President's Corner

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Men's Club Announces Our Award Winners!

It is awards season everywhere and here at Congregation Beth Shalom is no exception.  Each year, the Men’s Club honors three individuals that make our congregation, community, and world a better place.

Man of the Year Award:

With this award, we honor a member of our Club who goes above and beyond in helping make our Men’s Club one of the finest in the country.  This year we are thrilled to be honoring Harvey Redfern as Congregation Beth Shalom Men’s Club Man of the Year.  Harvey has served our Men’s Club as a past president and is currently the Midwest Region’s Executive Vice President and is actually the chairperson of the Man of the Year dinner this year.

Youth of the Year Award:

In coordination with our USY youth group, we also honor an outstanding young member of our congregation with the Youth of the Year Award.  This year our Men’s Club is honoring Brandon Gitles as our Youth of the Year.  Brandon is a senior at Glenbrook North and is past president of USY and continues to be an active member of our award-winning youth group.

Please help us honor both our Man of the Year, Harvey Redfern, and our Youth of the Year Brandon Gitles on Sunday, March 11th at the Midwest Federation’s Man of the Year Dinner at Congregation Beth Shalom.  You can also help us honor them with your presence at the event by placing an ad in the ad book.

Kavod Award:

Our Man of the Year award is for someone that has given something extra to our club, but the Kavod Award is given to someone that performs at high levels of activity in the congregation as well as the community.  Activity in other groups of committees within the congregation, supports synagogue functions, has leadership in Men’s Club and the Synagogue, attends religious services and has strong community involvement are all criteria that we use for this award.  This year we have selected Dr. Lee Shulman as our Kavod Award recipient.  Lee has been a strong supporter of our Men’s Club and attends our Steaks in the Sukkah, Bears Bash, and joint programming with Sisterhood – he has even been known to deal blackjack at our casino night.  Lee is on the Board of Trustees and Ritual Committee and is an active member of Israel Bonds and the Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics.  We will be honoring Lee at our Men’s Club Shabbat on February 24th.

Please also note that on February 4th we have our World Wide Wrap.  Spiritually enlighten your Super Bowl Sunday as we share the experience of the mitzvah of laying tefillin with your fellow congregants along with tens of thousands of people around the world on this special communal event.  We follow this up with our fabulous Men's Club breakfast.

Finally, it's LOX BOX TIMEMarch 11th is the date. Orders are due by March 1st!  Order early and order often.  Order for a friend, order for a family member, contribute boxes to the Ark and CJE and order for yourself. Please see the order form in this Bulletin and online through our website

I hope to see all of you at our upcoming events as we honor our award winners.



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Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30am
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