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.
Our Next SNHJMC Breakfast- Sunday January 14th- 930am
The SNHJMC is proud to announce that our speaker for our January Breakfast is Bill Leblanc, Region Coordinator for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Guiding Eyes for the Blind has provided assistance for blind and visually impaired people with trained Guide Dogs, at no-cost to the blind and visually impaired, since its inception in 1954. Bill is going to speak to us about Guiding Eyes, how their program works as well as the currently hot topic of service animals in our area. He has been with Guiding Eyes for the Blind for over 20 years and is excited to speak with the SNHJMC on Sunday January 14th.
The breakfast will start at 930am and be at Temple Beth Abraham. Our famous Bagels, lox, whitefish, veggies, eggs, potatoes and more breakfast will be served! Cost is $8 for members and $12 for non-members and membership can be paid at the door. You can’t get a top quality breakfast for this price anywhere in town! Please let us know if you can make it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT?!? MEN AT THE MIKVEH? – January 21, 2018 Road Trip!
Many of us grew up attending afternoon/weekend Hebrew Schools with classes sandwiched into the corners of our busy childhood and teenage schedules. Our synagogues and teachers did their best to give us a Jewish education in the limited time available, but most of us learned nothing about mikveh. We sort of knew that mikvaot existed but thought of them as dingy relics, and the females among us hoped that their grandmothers wouldn’t force their parents to send them to one for a prenuptial visit.
It’s not necessarily like that anymore. We in the Greater Boston area have access to Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh, located in Newton. Founded in 2004, it has been at the vanguard of a movement to reinvent mikvaot as meaningful contemporary institutions, and has been recognized internationally as a model for how this can be done. Their website’s home page quotes Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook: “The old becomes new, and the new becomes holy.”
There are about 1500 immersions per year at Mayyim Hayyim—around 75% of them by women, which means (duh) that about a quarter of them involve men. People immerse for many reasons. The most common (but by no means the only) one for men is that it is halachically required for conversion. And in contemporary American Jewish life, with over 60% of ourselves, and a larger percentage of our children and grandchildren involved in non-Jewish relationships, it’s worth learning about how this works. Mayyim Hayyim provides numerous educational programs throughout the week. Almost every Sunday, synagogue and religious school groups visit to learn about mikveh. Temple Beth Abraham is a Mayyim Hayyim member, and as such, we have scheduled an informational trip, just for Sisterhood and Men’s Club members and friends, to take place on Sunday morning, January 21, 2018 from 10-11:30 AM. If you’d like a forshpeis, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shA70i74Yvo
I began training as a volunteer Mayyim Hayyim mikveh guide in 2011, shortly before I retired, and guiding has become a significant part of my post-retirement community activities. Please consider joining the group on January 21—you’ll find it interesting and informative. And, like most Jewish events, it will be followed by eating (lunch at one of the fine Newton-area dining establishments).
Sunday Feb 11th– SNHJMC Breakfast featuring Erik Lesniak- Fisher Cats and minor league baseball themed discussion
Sunday March 4th– SNHJMC CHILDREN’S BREAKFAST- with the Ocean Lady (wildly popular “Explore the Ocean World” presentation & breakfast… FREE breakfast for all kids!)
Sunday March 18th – Breakfast with a speaker TBD
Breakfast Event Schedule for 2017 – 2018
The SNHJMC is currently planning the event schedule for this year. You can see the dates that we have on the calendar to the right side of this page. If you have any suggestions or would like to get involved, PLEASE let us know! You can email the President at email@example.com.
Please stay tuned on our website, www.SNHJMC.org for additional information as it becomes available!
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 it to SNHJMC, 4 Raymond Street, Nashua NH 03064.
Recap – Annual Meeting – April 2nd, 2017
The Southern NH Jewish Men’s Club has a lot of exciting things going on recently, including the past breakfast where the club had a recap of all of the breakfasts/events this past year, a treasurers report and our annual elections. To stay up to date on all of the great things the SNHJMC is doing, please check out our website at www.snhjmc.org .
The SNHJMC is proud to present the recently elected Board for the 2017-2018 year:
President – David Fox
Vice-President – Adam Wolff
Treasurer – Sam Fain
Secretary – Don Gorelick
Immediate Past President – Mark Dickens
Affiliation with TBA:
After a lively and sometimes heated discussion Affiliation with Temple Beth Abraham was approved. A formal letter requesting affiliation has been sent to Mike Harris, TBA President. In addition to Immediate Past President, Mark Dickens will serve as the SNHJMC Representative on the TBA Board. The affiliation request is expected to be acted upon at the TBA Annual Meeting in June.
The new officers and board became effective on July 1, 2017.