SNHJMC

Since 1982 the Southern New Hampshire Jewish Men’s Club has been a social organization for men in the southern New Hampshire Jewish community. The SNHJMC was formed for the purpose of providing a vehicle for members to socialize and have fun!

We have positive relationships with Synagogues in the Southern New Hampshire area. Many of our members belong to Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, Congregation Betenu in Amherst, and Etz Hayim Synagogue in Derry.  We do not require our members to have joined any Synagogue in the area as a condition of being a member of the SNHJMC.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Situation and SNHJMC Events – UPDATED 3/25/2022

With COVID-19 cases declining, Temple Beth Abraham is beginning to re-open to members and the community. While a lot of programs are still available virtually, some programs will be available in person.

For the foreseeable future, the Men’s Club will continue to do our programming virtually. Should there be any changes in regards to a future program, please look for an email from us and/or consult our website.

For more information on TBA’s response to this situation, please check out the TBA Web site at https://www.tbanashua.org/

The Men’s Club would ask that you please take all precautions necessary to keep you and your family safe.

SNHJMC Zoom Breakfast – Sunday, May 15 @ 9:30 AM on Zoom – History and the Kuznetskys, The Life and Times of a German Jewish Family during World War II

Ron Bruckman

SNHJMC Board Member Ron Bruckman will discuss the story of a middle-class Jewish family from Berlin, their upheavals, and the decisions they made that literally kept them one step ahead of those that would destroy them.  Utilizing both family and official correspondence, oral family recollections and historical research Ron will take us from living in wartime Europe to Milan, Italy and Shanghai, China, and finally to New York. 

Every Holocaust story affords us the opportunity to remember and learn a lot.  Each family’s story is different, yet overlap, since they are all affected by the events surrounding them as well as their age, location, and many additional factors.

To understand and appreciate Ron’s mother’s family experiences within its’ historical context more fully, and to get a good general background, the following readings are suggested:

The Italian Executioners:  The Genocide of the Jews of Italy,” Simon Levis Sullam, translated by Oona Smyth and Claudia Patane.  Specifically, Chapter 7, pages 101 – 108.  Hard and e-copies are available at The Nashua Public Library.

“The Last Kings of Shanghai:  The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China,” Jonathan Kaufman.  Specifically, Chapters 6 and 7, pages 145 – 198.  This is a broader study of the western experience in China over a century.  Ron’s talk will mainly focus on European refugees during the wartime era.  This book is available from amazon.com in Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover formats.

You will leave snhjmc.org when you click on either of the following suggested public resource links. The links will open in a new tab in your browser: 

https://www.museumoftolerance.com/education/archives-and-reference-library/online-resources/simon-wiesenthal-center-annual-volume-4/annual-4-chapter-1.html

https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/stab-in-the-back_myth

Ron Bruckman grew up in Rockland County, NY and Hartford, CT. the son of two German Jewish Holocaust Survivors.  Following graduation from The University of Connecticut with a BSE in Computer Science, Ron worked as an engineer for close to 40 years.  Moving to the Nashua area 35 years ago, Ron has been a SNHJMC member for many years.  Ron’s keen interest in history, especially when it relates to his family’s experiences dates to 2017 when he learned that a pendent belonging to one of his relatives was found by archaeologists working at the site of the Sobibór Extermination Camp in Eastern Poland.  Ron shared that story of his father’s side of the family with us at our meeting in April 2018.

Please join us as Ron now shares the story of his mother’s side of his family during World War II, including how both of his family’s stories overlapped, in person, on the voyage to the United States.  Ron’s presentation will be followed by an open question and answer session.

The Southern New Hampshire Jewish Men’s Club is proud to sponsor Ron’s presentation which will start off with “Schmooze Time” from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM.  This special presentation is open to the public but advance registration is required.  Please register in advance by emailing breakfastrsvp@snhjmc.org to confirm your registration.

SNHJMC’s Bruce Retchen/Neil Goren Fund

Do you have children or grandchildren who will be traveling to Israel as part of a semester abroad or a summer experience?  How about local Jewish summer camps?

The philanthropic arm of the Southern NH Jewish Men’s Club, the Bruce Retchin/Neil Goren fund, was instituted to provide financial stipends for our community’s youth planning such ventures. All that is required is a letter from your student or camper outlining their plans and the educational benefit of the program or camp they are attending.

Please send your request to the SNHJMC, c/o Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond Street, Nashua NH 03064.  We ask that we receive your request by April 15th each year for consideration.

Looking for a few good men… more than ever! 

We are really short of members on the BoD.  We need 6 on the board and at this time, we only have 3.  We don’t ask for a lot of time, a mostly monthly board meeting usually a week before each event, and would hope you could share your creativity and wisdom in helping us craft the programming this year.  We want to provide programming for what YOU and your fellow members would like to see.  Help us make that vision a reality.

Our Kitchen Krew will be looking for help once we are able to have events at the Temple again.  If you can spare some time before breakfast to help cook or setup, we could use your help.  Please consider joining us!

For more information, please contact Paul Moverman at president@snhjmc.org.  Thank you!