Men's Club

Men’s Club, composed of the men at Temple Judea, extends a warm welcome to all of the community. Its members, being leaders in the Jewish community, value the meaning of “brotherhood,” accepting an obligation to serve the congregation as well as the community.

Men’s Club activities combine exciting sports events and casino visits with fundraising.

Its members assist the Sisterhood with any needs and together they provide the environment for the melding of men and women members into one Jewish family.

Events & Activities


Judea Breakfast Club

Post-coronavirus, Breakfast Club will resume on the first Wednesday of each month. 10 AM – Bendat Social Hall. Ladies & Guests always welcome! Breakfast donation: $5.00



Rabbi Dennis was privileged to study with Rabbi Tamar Elad- Appelbaum at Schechter in Jerusalem. Tamar’s rabbinic voice is inspirational and her love of the state of Israel is palpable. Born in Israel, Tamar founded Tzion: An Israeli Community in 2013. The congregation brings together Jews from all backgrounds and affiliations to pray, study and repair the world together. Tzion meets in the Jerusalem neighborhood known as Baka. But the congregation also does programs at the Old Train Station on Bethlehem Road in Jerusalem. The Tachanah has become a cultural gathering place as well as a food and shopping destination. The motto of the congregation is very similar to ours. Come As You Are.

Tamar is committed to welcoming people from all avenues of life and enabling them to participate in Jewish life. Tamar recognizes that there are so many different ways to live Jewishly. She encourages her community to Come As You Are. The Tzion community is a community of Israeli Jews of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs and practices, gathering together to re-dream Jerusalem as a meeting point for all. Tzion provides the opportunity for many to pray and celebrate Judaism in a way that feels authentic and relevant to them, oftentimes for the first time in their lives, within a community deeply rooted in tradition and Jewish heritage. Men and women, Orthodox and secular, Reform and Conservative, Sephardi and Ashkenazi are all welcome to participate and lead in an egalitarian Eretz-Yisraeli community. Several years ago, Tamar led Jerusalem’s first interfaith menorah lighting at the train station, where she says hundreds of people had the opportunity to see “what Jerusalem could and should be.” Within a few years Tzion became a unique inspirational community for Jews and non-Jews in Israel and around the world, paving the way through prayer, social justice, and study to a Jerusalem of shared faith and hope.

Come As You Are invites growth in the realm of prayer, study, and social justice while being surrounded by others who are doing the same. Their tikun olam projects focus on lending support to the vulnerable in Israeli society. For example, Tzion supports the Lone Soldiers and African Asylum Seekers. When times are difficult, Tzion supports families who have members in the military reserves. All of these values are learned and developed in Tzion’s comprehensive community education program rooted in their core values of building a pluralistic Jerusalem based on mutual respect.

Tzion is advancing the roles of women and girls in the public sphere of their community. Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum is remarkably inspiring. She is eloquent, poised, well-read and inspiring. When Tamar teaches Torah, she draws on many different sources, ancient and modern to explain how Jewish texts can be relevant and meaningful. She sees the good in Israeli society and inspires those around here to make Israel a homeland we can all be proud of.

Tzion meets people of all faiths through tikkun olam, prayer, and study. Their programming is supported through strategic partnerships with local communities in Jerusalem. Children and parents learn Arabic through song and they hold a monthly study session with the Catholic community in the Old City. The congregations strives to foster strong relationships through study and volunteer programs. In addition, Tzion organizes a series of pluralistic multi-faith worship services in the public sphere of Jerusalem. These events have attracted thousands of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Jerusalemites spanning generational and religious spectrums.


Great Jewish Quotes

“You marry your homework.” – Adrienne Gold

I love this line and quote it often. It reframes the challenges of marriage as God’s opportunities for you to grow. It means that this person was sent to you from Heaven to help you realize your potential. I follow up and say, “You thought you were a good person before you got married. Then you got married & your spouse told you, ‘You could be better.’ ” – Lori Palatnik

“There are two ways to live. You can live as if nothing is a miracle. You can live as if everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

All of life is a miracle – and we are not truly alive unless we grasp the miracle of our being. Three times a day Jews give thanks in our prayers for “Your miracles which are with us every day.” Recognizing God’s involvement in every aspect of our lives and acknowledging His benevolence in His blessings to us adds enormous meaning to life. It took me a long time to grasp that the word miracle does not simply refer to the splitting of the sea or the sun standing still; it has far greater meaning as the measuring tool of our lives and the awesomeness of every part of our existence which we far too much take for granted. That’s why I don’t merely believe in miracles – I live them every moment of my life.
– Rabbi Benjamin Blech

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl

In every situation in life, we can choose how to respond to our circumstances and through that choice, moment by moment, we grow and transform ourselves. – Sara Debbie Gutfreund

“It is not incumbent on you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it.” – Ethics of the Sages

God doesn’t ask us to make things happen; He only expects us to put in our maximum effort and try our best, then He promises to take us the rest of the way. – Danielle Haas

“Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Even if one doesn’t see success, don’t be disheartened and stop moving forward. Keeping peddling and you will get there. – David Rabinowitz

“Pain is a reality, suffering is a choice.” – Rabbi Asher Resnick

Pain, whether it’s physical or emotional, hurts but it is our choices that shape how it will affect our lives. – Tuvia Levin

“Who is the wise person? The one who foresees the consequences.” – Talmud, Tamid, 32a

So many of the actions we or our leaders take seem good in the moment but have many unforeseen and disastrous long-term or unintended consequences. Leadership demands that we try to examine the future consequences of the behaviors we prescribe before taking action. – Emuna Braverman

“It’s not how much or how little you have that makes you great or small, but how much or how little you accomplish with what you have.” – Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

We’re all given different sets of life circumstances and one basic choice: Will we take those circumstances and build with them or not? Some people have tremendous wealth yet don’t seem fulfilled. And we’ve met people who don’t have much yet feel they are achieving their dreams. It is not how much or how little we have, but how we utilize our resources that determines our life experiences. – Rabbi Yaakov Cohen



Men’s Club Humor

As St Patrick’s Day approaches, I would like to share a personal experience about drinking and driving. As you know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time, often on the way home after a “social session” with family or friends. Well, two days ago, this happened to me.

I was out for an evening with friends and had more than several beers followed by a couple of bottles of rather nice red wine and a few vodka shots. Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to know I was slightly over the alcohol limit.

That’s when I did something I’ve never done before… I took a taxi home.

Sure enough, on the way home there was a police DUI checkpoint, but since it was a taxi they waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident.

This was a real surprise to me, because I had never driven a taxi before. I don’t know where I got it, and now that it’s in my garage I don’t know what to do with it.

So, anyway, if you want to borrow a taxi, give me a call.


1. My mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was on jury duty. They sent her home. She insisted SHE was guilty.

2. Any time a person goes into a delicatessen and orders pastrami on white bread, somewhere a Jew dies.

3. It was mealtime during a flight on El Al. Would you like dinner?” the flight attendant asked Moshe, seated in front. “What are my choices?” Moshe asked. “Yes or no,” she replied.

4. An elderly Jewish man is knocked down by a car and is brought to the local hospital. A pretty nurse tucks him into bed and says, “Mr. Gevarter, are you comfortable?” Gevarter replies, “I make a living….”

5. A Rabbi was opening his mail one morning. Taking a single sheet of paper from an envelope he found written on it only one word: “shmuck.” At the next Friday night service, the Rabbi announced, “I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their names, but this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name…and forgot to write a letter.”

6. Three Jewish women get together for lunch. As they are being seated in the restaurant, one takes a deep breath and gives a long, slow “oy.” The second takes a deep breath as well and lets out a long, slow “oy.” The third takes a deep breath and says impatiently, “Girls, I thought we agreed that we weren’t going to talk about our children.”

7. And one final favorite: A waiter comes over to a table full of Jewish women and asks, “Is anything alright?


Signs Seen on Synagogue Bulletin Boards:

Under the same management for over 5,784 years.

Don’t give up. Moses was once a basket case.

What part of “Thou shalt not” don’t you understand?

Shul committees should be made up of three members, two of whom should be absent at every meeting.

Sign over the urinal in a bathroom at Hebrew University in Jerusalem: “The future of the Jewish people is in your hands.”



CLIFFHANGER – sent in by Maggie Blackwell

A climber fell off a cliff, and as he tumbled down, he caught hold of a small branch.


A majestic voice boomed thru the gorge: “I will help you,
but first you must have faith in me.”

“Yes, yes, I trust you!” cried the man.

“Let go of the branch,” boomed the voice.

There was a long pause, and the man shouted again,



Our Daily Minyan

Perhaps the one activity at Temple Judea that never takes a vacation is the Minyan. Twice a week, the faithful gather in Smotrich Chapel to maintain the century-old tradition of public worship. More often than not, the core group is joined by those who, in grief, come to praise the Almighty by means of the Mourners Kaddish. Please consider joining us for morning services. Monday and Thursday at 8:30am. 

Donate Your Old Car

As most of you know, the sale of cars donated to Temple Judea has been the source of much needed income to our Temple. I put out a request for help in this project and lo an behold, a member of our Men’s Club, Norman Kingston has volunteered to aid me in this endeavor. Thank you Norman! Norman can be reached either through the Temple office or at his home number 679-2216. 

Gold for Temple Judea

Men’s Club will cash in your gold for the Temple and we’ll save you the effort to do so. Call Jack Berger 949.829.8270 to arrange it. A little or a lot – broken or not, it sure will help. Please look around in drawers or closets and cash it in for Temple Judea.

President's Message

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