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Please Join us at the JW Marriott New Orleans June 24-26, 2016

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Should I attend?  What is in it for me?  What can I bring home to my Brotherhood to improve what we have?  Our meeting is packed with insightful and useful information to take home.

Friday afternoon President Wiener will be hosting a forum entitled “What do you want/need from MRJ?”  We need and want to know.  It is your chance to ask, to complain, to praise, to … whatever, but the way we grow is together.

Rabbi Charles Simon, the Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) will speak.  FJMC has some 250 affiliated clubs and 20,000 members worldwide.  Maybe you, I, we can learn something?  Something to take back to your club?  Rabbi Simon has written many articles and books, maybe you will find something to bring home from his book Building a Successful Volunteer Culture.”  Saturday afternoon Rabbi Simon will host a discussion on collaboration between FJMC and MRJ.  The topic of FJMC’s most successful programs might come up.  Perhaps there is one, or more, that your brotherhood might find will work for you. 

On Saturday, we will also have a panel featuring Dr. Cory Sparks, and Roselle Ungar. Dr. Cory Sparks directs LANO's Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (est. 2013), a statewide resource for improving the practice and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.

Roselle Ungar - is a New Orleans area based nonprofit consultant specializing in fund development planning, implementation and training.   Who amongst couldn’t use a little help with those issues?  She is also the current President of the New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and the Executive Director of JFS in New Orleans.


FOR JUST $56.00!

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Friday, June 24th

2-4 - EC meeting

4-5 – “MRJ Leadership and you:  An open forum
What do you want/need from us?”
President Thomas Wiener and First VP Steven Portnoy

5-6 L’Chaim Hour

6:30--Scotch and Shabbat services and dinner in Hotel

Featured Guest speaker--Rabbi Charles Simon, Exec Dir. FJMC

After Dinner back to bar or outside for cigars, etc.

Saturday, June 25th

Breakfast buffet 7:30 – 8:30

9:00-10:00--Torah Study
Rabbi Robert Loewy

10:15-12:00--Tefillah Rabbi Robert Loewy
Congregation Gates of Prayer
Metairie, LA

12:30-1:30--Lunch in Hotel

1:30 - 3:00 A Panel presentation
Cory SparksDirector
Louisiana Ass'n of Nonprofit Organizations
Roselle Ungar, CFRE
Moderator John Shalett


3:15-4:30 Where might we be going with this?
Collaboration between MRJ &FJMC
Rabbi Chuck Simon, FJMC Exec. Dir.
FJMC President Allan Gottesman
Tom Wiener & Steven Portnoy

4-6:30--Free time in N.O.

7:00 - Havdallah in Hotel

7:30--Dinner on your own – enjoy New Orleans

Sunday, June 26th
8:30-9:15--Breakfast in Hotel
9:30-10:00--Business meeting and G&W


All meals except Saturday Evening are included
with your registration

Please see our resorces page for a
tribute to Stuart Aaronson
from the Temple Beth-El Shofar


Documents for Convention

The proposed MRJ budget for 2016 and the Constitution of the Men of Reform Judaism (without JCS) are now available in preparation for the upcoming MRJ convention.


The Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) and The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, Inc. (FJMC) in the spirit of Klal Yisrael have entered into a partnership, which will be piloted in two designated geographical areas. The project is designed to raise the level of engagement of Jewish men.

The FJMC Western Region and Middle Atlantic Region Boards have reached out to MRJ local leaders inviting them to attend training events, Board meetings and Retreats. MRJ leaders will reach out to FJMC leaders.

FJMC consultants will also make themselves available to assist MRJ programmatically, and vice versa. This project has been created in order to enrich the cultures of both organizations and to strengthen their respective Movements.

FJMC West and MRJ West have been cross inviting to events such as MRJ’s Man of the Year, and FJMC has invited MRJ leaders to leadership development initiatives.

In the East, MRJ President Tom Wiener, 1st Vice-President Steven Portnoy and Executive Council member Gary Brock recently attended a three-day leadership development weekend with close to 90 FJMC leaders as well as “future leaders” spent intensive days studying together, and yes, prayer.  Steven Portnoy, MRJ 1st Vice-President will attend FJMC’s New York-Metro Region Man of the Year awards banquet.

MRJ President Tom Wiener (Eastern region) has met with numerous affiliated and non-affiliated Reform  Jewish Men’s clubs and the leadership of FJMC club leaders in his home to explore further areas of cooperation.  All present were extremely positive of this development.

PLEASE SHARE:  We invite all interested men, Men’s Clubs, and Brotherhood’s to join us for our convention in New Orleans June 24-26, 2016.  Prior affiliation with MRJ is not required.  Information, hotel reservation link and registration ARE available at www.menrj.orgPlease note MRJ has eliminated mandatory dues and no financial commitment is needed. (registration and hotel fees require payment)

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