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Temple Israel & JCC

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Brandeis Men’s Club

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It all began with us! Brandeis Men’s Club takes pride in its status as the original address for Jewish life in Ridgewood. It was the spirit and determination of a group of Jewish business owners in the village that was responsible for the creation of the Men’s Club in 1940-41. Another dozen years would go by before the Jewish Community Center of Ridgewood was established in the congregation’s first home on Oak Street and another decade until the temple moved to its current Grove Street location.

Brandeis Men’s Club Membership Form

Nonetheless, although Brandeis Men’s Club pre-dates Temple Israel itself, we always strive to remain relevant to Jewish men. With our crowded calendar of events and programs throughout the year, we engage BMC members spiritually, socially and culturally in our synagogue community. A number of BMC activities are organized in collaboration with other committees and groups within the congregation, such as Sisterhood or Tikkun Olam, while others are designed as “men’s exclusives” to help men carve out time in their busy lives for meaning and male camaraderie.

Moreover, as one of 260 Men’s Clubs operating under the umbrella of the Conservative movement’s Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, BMC connects its members to the broader Jewish world.

Among the highlights of our annual programs are:

Sun, Oct 3  10:30 am  BMC Sukkah take-down
Sun, Nov 7
MOY YOY poster
10:30 am 

Open Sesame

Sun, Nov 21  11 pm  Ramapo Reservation Hike
Sun, Dec 5  10:00 am  Latkes & Hot Dogs @ 

Hanukkah Celebration

Sun, Dec 19  4 pm NNJR Man/Youth of the Year  Celebration

Please join the Brandeis Men’s Club today!                               


BMC Calendar of Events: 2022 

Beginning with the BMC FUNDRAISER on Sat, Jan 29 7 pm.  

Sun, Feb 13  9:30 am  FJMC World Wide Wrap
Sun, Feb 27  10:30 am  Yellow Candle Prep
Sun, Mar 13  10:30am  Supervise “Build-a-Grogger”  @ Purim Carnival
Sun, Mar 13  10:30 pm  Hamantaschen & Hot Dogs Purim Carnival
Sun, Mar 13  12 noon  Deliver Mishloach Manot
Sat, Apr 2  9:00 am  Men’s Club SHABBAT
Sun, Apr 3  10:30 am  MOY Breakfast / Roast /  

Harry Grant Award

Wed, Apr 27  11:00 am  Interfaith Holocaust Service
Wed, May 4  5:30 pm  Yom HaAtzma’ut BBQ
Fri, May 27  6 pm  Camp Shabbat
June 10-12  NNJR Multi-Region Retreat
Tue, Jun 21  1 pm  BMC Golf Outing

Dues remain at a reasonable $36.00 for the year.                                  Come to our meetings, participate in our events.


BMC Man of the Year 

It is with great pleasure that we announce Scott Baslaw as  our Brandeis Men’s Club Man of the Year (MOY). Please  support Scott at the NNJR Celebration honoring him and  the other NNJR MOY on Sunday, Dec 19 @ 4pm, and at the  MOY Breakfast / Roast / Award ceremony on Sunday, Apr 3.

  • Fall Welcome/Tailgate Party
  • Hiking Events
  • “Hearing Men’s Voices,” discussion group, facilitated by Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs
  • Annual World Wide Wrap, FJMC national program in t’fillah education
  • Men’s Club Shabbat and Man-of-the-Year Breakfast
  • Men’s Softball Team—participates in Ridgewood’s Church League
  • Winter Ski Outing
  • Spring Golf Outing                   

In addition, BMC sponsors many programs at Temple Israel to enhance our holiday and festival observances and to create greater ruach, spirit, in our congregation, for example: High Holy Days ushering; dreidel-spinning contest at our children’s Hanukkah party and Sukkah-raising.  And we’re always open to new ideas. Please join us at our coming events…you will be glad you did!

First-year BMC membership for new members of Temple Israel is free. Annual dues thereafter are a bargain at $36.

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