For Our Sake, As Men...MRJ Sponsors the BenAbbaZeyde Project
MRJ’s innovative BenAbbaZeyde programs speak to our members as fathers, sons, spouses, friends, and especially, as brothers. Our goal is to increase our ranks with men infused with a new sense of fellowship, a stronger confidence as Reform Jews, and a renewed commitment to perform mitzvot for their temple and their community. Current BenAbbaZeyde programs include:
- MRJ’s Men and Shabbat module, which details men's roles in this weekly celebration. Rabbi Victor Appel, author of this module, stresses the importance of men's role in the Shabbat experience;
- MRJ Men and Observance Series, a collection of innovative, adult education modules designed specifically for men to increase their familiarity with Shabbat, the High Holidays, and Passover;
- MRJ Men and Passover - Analyzes the rituals and observance of the Passover Seder, the abstention from bread products, and the ethical issues concerning slavery and freedom;
The MRJ Men’s Seder™, a project of the Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) that uses the traditional structure of the Passover Seder to give men of all ages an opportunity to come together to explore and celebrate what it means to be a contemporary Jewish man.
Comments posted regarding MRJ Men’s Seder™
"The Men's Seder has really turned into a very engaging, meaningful and participatory event that we now look forward to each year."
"It gives us all the opportunity to see each other in a different light. We can say things and be ourselves without the women in the room."
"We've had nothing but positive feedback on the Men's Seder program."