FL Men’s Club Ruach Retreat May 13-15

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We had a successful Retreat. Twenty five men from twelve clubs; including three father and son teams. It is in today’s world where many clubs and synagogues are faltering, the FJMC Florida Region facilitates proactive avenues for men’s clubs to network, share and learn from each other. When men’s club leaders and their members interact with leaders from other club, then the clubs and all Judaism benefits. We plan retreat tracks for both Club Leaders and Men’s Health. There is “ruach” with everyone, with emphasis on empty nesters and young fathers and sons (16+).  We’ll see you there!

*First Timers: $200

*Repeat Attendees: $230

* $40 down payment available to reserve your spot. 

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Deadline is Wednesday, 5/11 at midnight.

Camp Shalom Trail, Hawthorne, FL 32640

See beautiful Camp Shalom from a satellite.  Map and directions to Camp Shalom- Click here.  

See  the retreat schedule and information on this site’s left side menu.  If returning to pay with a credit card click here.

… you may download this flyer as a pdf, click here!




Regional Calendar

Men’s Clubs more likely to thrive when their club leaders interact on all or many levels with leaders from other clubs. As the FJMC Florida Region we are hands on and help facilitate these interactions. And FJMC offers innovative programming. We have an integrated approach which impacts all our communities. In the Florida Region, we feature three annual regional initiatives in each sub-region of the state. 

A.      Sub-Regional Leadership training meeting.  We interact, share, network and steal ideas from each other.  Clubs should be aware of the valuable Quality Club Awards and the Torch Awards.

B.      Sub Regional interactive fundraiser; ie MOY-YOY, Golf Tourney or other.   These events show us on our best behavior. We showcase interactive committees and planning. 

C.      Alternating years, the Florida Regional Retreat (2016) or the FJMC International Convention (2017).

What are we missing?  See additional regional, international and club events on the interactive calendar located on the right side of this page. If your club wants to be part of the calendar, please email information to [email protected].

Tentative Regional Calendar
5/13-15, 2016 Florida Men’s Club Ruach Retreat at Camp Shalom, Ocala FL
11/13/2016 Man and Youth of the Year, Central Florida
11/20/2016 Man and Youth of the Year at Beth Torah, North Miami Beach, FL, South Florida
Jan-Feb/2017 Second Leadership Training Meetings in the Central, Southeast and West FL
7/19-23, 2017 International Convention, Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Crystal City, VA.

tba Executive Committee meeting dates and locations

Please ask your Club Leaders and Up and Comers to send your club program calendar to [email protected] Share, teach and “steal ideas” for your club.

We involve Jewish Men in Jewish Life.

Yellow Candles – Top 10 Reasons To Participate

Contact Art Stark, Florida Region’s Yellow Candle Chair  at:  [email protected]

  1. Show leadership for your club and shul to your community –Participation means by supporting and acknowledging the Shoah and what was lost.
  2. An Opportunity for Your Club to Work with Other Groups – Share you Jewish Values with other organizations – e.g. Sisterhood, USY, Reform congregations, churches, schools, Hillels, & others.
  3. Great way to get Your Congregation’s Rabbi More Involved. Your Rabbi can become a real partner with your Club. Work with your Rabbi to play a key role in promoting and implementing your Yom ha-Shoah program.
  4. Wonderful way to get More Men and Children Involved – Have them pack and deliver candles. Many clubs organize a Candle Packing Night during which they order in pizza – another excuse (or opportunity) to…
  5. It’s Fun to get Together With Friends (New and Current) – Meet to plan and implement Yom HaShoah programming. Great deal of satisfaction!
  6. Boost the Prestige of Your Men’s Club in the congregation – Demonstrate your Club’s ability to organize and run an important program on a topic that should be of concern and interest to everyone Jewish.  Go to the FJMC website to
  7. It can be a Fund Raiser – Many clubs raise money by sending out candles along with a solicitation letter; others simply charge for candles outright. If you’re stumped for fund raising ideas, your friendly FJMC consultants can help!
  8. Need to Educate Future Generations. The Yellow Candle Program offers all kinds of opportunities for your Men’s Club and your synagogue to carry on the important mission of teaching people the lessons of the Shoah.
  9. Leave a Legacy – For yourself and your club. Pass along this tradition that can instill the passion and responsibility into others to pay if forward.
  10. Remember the Victims of the Shoah.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana


To Order Your Candles:

Visit the website at: www.yellowcandles.org

E-mail FJMC at: [email protected]

Call FJMC toll free at: 1-800-391-7293

FJMC Mentoring Guide for Club Presidents and Leadership

January was National Mentoring Month, and while there was a focus on the Strategic Plans, one of the effective ways in making our clubs and region better, to help it reach its potential, is to mentor club leaders so that they can reach their potential.

The Mentoring Guide asks your regional leadership, which agrees to be involved in mentoring club leadership, to make multiple phone calls to the club leaders to which they are assigned, and provides specific guidance on what they might discuss in each of those calls, first, to get to know the club president/leader as a person, and then to ‘gently’ introduce the FJMC and its programs and what the FJMC and the Region can offer to the club president and the club members. It assumes that the club may not be a convenient drive away, although I have no objection to – and would strongly encourage – a personal visit if that is possible. Mentoring works best when the mentee knows well and trusts the mentor, and that takes more than a phone call or two.

How important is mentoring for personal and professional development? Most major corporations and spends millions of dollars for this process because it makes their people better. And the leadership of the FJMC, your Executive Committee leadership, has been discussing such mentoring for all the members.

If you have any questions, I stand ready to respond, either by email or phone ([email protected] – 305-785-6632).

Thanking you in advance for your leadership efforts on behalf of your Florida Region, helping our clubs and the FJMC.

Edward Margolis, FJMC Florida Region President 2015-2017
Allan R. Kahan, International Vice President, Region & Club Services, FJMC, 2015-2017