A Letter from the President
To the Congregation Neveh Shalom Community of Members, including men, their better halves, their children, and anyone else who wants to have fun, do good things for other people, make the world a better place, and, in the process, make some new friends, solidify old friendships, and strengthen your real life in person social network.
Have we got a year planned for you! As I’ve said in the past and I’ll keep saying, this is not your father’s, uncle’s, zaydie’s, or the old version of Men’s club. We’re taking it on the road. We’re planning events outside of Neveh Shalom on a regular basis. We’re building Sukkah’s, houses with Bilal Mosque friends with Habitat for Humanity, serving holiday dinner to homeless individuals, building the world’s largest toilet paper menorah, celebrating and helping Veteran’s, teaching the younger generation how to wrap tefilin while they teach us how to rap music, do a cross country skype Yom Hashoah event with a synagogue in Tampa Florida, listen to John Strong tell us about broadcasting Soccer for MLS and FIFA, listen to other speakers TBD (Jeff Mapes, Adam Klugman, maybe?). Go on a bike ride, monthly dinner outings, a weekend camping at Schechter or maybe somewhere else like Silver Falls, a hike, Top Golf, softball, etc…..
Anyway, life is a journey and I’m excited to take you all there! Our theme this year is let’s get to know each other. We have close to 80 members, and every Sunday morning meeting brings the same 20 people, so I want to get to know the other 60 members. If you have a unique idea for a program, or know a speaker, or want to help us with our already scheduled events, please let me know! Oh, let me know what I can do to help get you more involved, or support you in planning or running an activity! Other ideas have included:
One other passion and gift of mine that I would love to give to you all is Hearing Men’s Voices or HMV, or less formally, or something I would like to call “Men of any age can talk and listen to each other non-judgmentally and need to talk about the stuff that bugs them…” OR,
“Hey Guys, Let’s Talk!!!
Poker, Ping Pong, Pool, Blazer Game, the ideas keep on coming…Let me know what you think and what’s missing!
Take care and let’s text/email/talk soon!
With all sorts of Brotherly Love,
Mitch Elovitz, LPC
Annual membership dues are $36 to cover the cost of monthly programs and brunch, as well as Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs national dues.
Send your check made out to Neveh Shalom Men’s Club along with your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number.
Neveh Shalom Men’s Club
2900 SW Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR 97239
Men’s Club Officers
President: Mitch Elovitz
VP – Membership: Bruce Stern and Ron Morris
Secretary: Barry Rosenfield
Treasurer: Richard Cohon
Sukkah Committee Chair: Gary Laroff
Immediate Past President: Steve Sirkin
Our Year of Events
Sunday, September 17, 9:00am
We will welcome the Aliyah Program families and have a hopeful recruiting opportunity! Bring your smiling outgoing face!
Sunday, September 24, 9:00am
Our first Habitat Build with Bilal Mosque! Please join us and get your teens and older kiddos to join us!
Sunday, October 1, 8:00am
Sukkah build get together with football going on and food. Party Atmosphere!
Saturday, October 7, 7:00pm
Sukkah party gathering at Mitch’s house “Steaks and Scotch and Hey Guys, let’s talk!” In Mitch’s Sukkah!
Sunday, October 15, 8:00am
Sukkah take down
Thursday, October 26, 7:00pm
Highland Stillhouse Oregon City This place is a bit of a Shlep, but it’s the bomb! The largest selection world wide of whiskey! And they have traditional Scottish food! www.highlandstillhouse.com
Sunday, November 12, 9:30am
Veterans Day with a brief talk and service project of sending stuff to troops, visiting vet center.
Thursday, November 30, 7:00pm
Our monthly get together, this time let’s be Dude’s at the Big Legrowski. www.biglegrowlski.com
Thursday, December 14
Synagogue Chanukah Party! Let’s set a record with the WORLD’S LARGEST TOILET PAPER MENORAH!!!
Tuesday, December 26, 5:00pm
Let’s get together and serve at a homeless shelter! Then out for dinner
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2:00-5:00pm
Distillery tour and Boke Bowl, Two of the coolest places to go on a rainy yucky Sunday! Passport is $30 and gets you tastings in 7 or more distillery’s and it’s good for a year! www.distilleryrowpdx.com/distillery-row-tours-packages/ — bokebowl.com
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Worldwide Wrap 9AM and Super Bowl Party Mitch’s House 3PM. Let’s teach the kids of Sunday School or Aliyah how to Wrap Tefilin while they teach us how to Rap Music! Then that afternoon, come on over to my house for Super Bowl 50 something!
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Winter Hawks Game!
Saturday, March 13, 2018
Men’s Club and Women’s League combined Shabbat!
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Get together at the Westgate Taproom and Bourbon Bar in Beaverton!
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Men’s Seder Mitch’s house
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Roadtrip to Mariners game
TBA speakers and other events!