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                       Best Social Action Program
CATEGORY: Best Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 1991
MEN’S CLUB: Adas Israel, Washington, DC
CLUB #: 1102
PROGRAM: Mitzvah Corps (series of programs)
CONTACT: Steve Tursky, (703) 503-8558, stursky@mgfairfax.rr.com

The Adas Israel Men’s Club demonstrated outstanding service to the community through its
Mitzvah Corps, which volunteered for a Meals-on-Wheels program for seniors, collected clothing
and household articles for the homeless, and initiated an extensive program of serving Jewish
residents of a nursing home through monthly Shabbat services and holiday observances. The
goodwill that the Mitzvah Corps has earned has been a positive reflection on the Men’s Club,
the congregation, and the Jewish community.           The entry was well documented with
photographs, publicity, and related correspondence.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1991
MEN’S CLUB: Plainview Jewish Center, Plainview, NY
CLUB #: 854
PROGRAM: Programs for Jewish elderly and the poor
CONTACT: Joel Fass, (516) 938-7351

The Men’s club at the Plainview Jewish Center performed several worthwhile programs, most of
which were for the benefit of the Jewish elderly and the poor. Among the activities were meals
and a day in the country, a very successful blood bank, and a mourners’ program, in which the
Men’s Club presented the book “Bond for Life” to bereaved congregants.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1991
MEN’S CLUB: Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA
CLUB #: 551
PROGRAM: Services at Nursing Home
CONTACT: Ray Kail, (215) 657-1044

The Temple Sinai Men’s Club paid monthly visits to a local nursing home, where it conducted an
abbreviated Shabbat service, sang Jewish songs, and rekindled the spirit of Judaism in the
elderly. Of particular note was a videotape showing how Men’s Club members became involved
with the residents.

CATEGORY: For Special Consideration
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 1991
MEN’S CLUB: Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA
CLUB #: 551
PROGRAM: Jewish Learning Center at a Prison
CONTACT: Larry Maltin, (215) 542-8371

The Temple Sinai Men’s Club established a Learning Center at Graterford Prison that would
allow Jewish prisoners to study Torah and the Hebrew language with the help of a computer.
The Men’s Club is to be commended for its efforts in bringing adult Jewish education to
prisoners in such a creative way.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action/Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1993
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda, North York, ONT
CLUB #: 404
PROGRAM: Visits to Jewish prisoners
CONTACT: Harold Bricks, (416) 221-8521

The Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Brotherhood has instituted a service program to bring some
Jewishness back into the lives of Jewish inmates at a federal penitentiary. Their rabbi is the
prison chaplain. Brotherhood members make bi-monthly visits to provide a minyan and join in
the deluxe kosher Kiddush. Holidays are also celebrated with the inmates. This renewal of faith
has led to the rehabilitation of some of the prisoners.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action/Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1993
MEN’S CLUB: Adath Israel, Cincinnati, OH
CLUB #: 301
PROGRAM: Running a soup kitchen
CONTACT: Mike Mills, (513) 563-9970, mills.ms.1@pg.com

Adath Israel’s Men’s Club, working together with Bar Mitzvah-age youth, has maintained a soup
kitchen in a slum area of Cincinnati. This has served to build a bridge between Jews and
minorities in the Cincinnati area. The project is completely financed and administered by the
Men’s Club.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action/Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Bronze
YEAR OF AWARD: 1993
MEN’S CLUB: Beth O’r, Clark, NJ
CLUB #: 930
PROGRAM: Forum on Kashrut
CONTACT: Morris Roth, (908) 388-1879

In an effort to help congregants and local Jewry understand a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling
on Kashrut, Temple Beth O’r Men’s Club sponsored a public forum whose speakers were
familiar with or participated in the case. The program was very well received.        The entry
contains documentation of the publicity, participants, and nature of the program.

CATEGORY: For Special Consideration
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1995
MEN’S CLUB: Beth David, Saratoga, CA
CLUB #: 1072
PROGRAM: Mitzvah Day
CONTACT: Brett Borah, (408) 252-2672

The Beth David Men’s Club participates in the congregation’s Mitzvah Day but takes one project
and runs it the rest of the year. They also sponsor a spaghetti dinner for all of the Mitzvah Day
participants and also sponsor a silent auction. The money raised is used for congregational
youth.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action/Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1995
MEN’S CLUB: Beth O’r, Clark, NJ
CLUB #: 930
PROGRAM: Program about Hate Groups
CONTACT: Michael Goldstein, (908) 241-0509

The Men’s Club brought three nationally publicized residents of Billings, MT, who rallied their
community against Neo-Nazi skinheads. The program drew nearly 500 people.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action/Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Bronze
YEAR OF AWARD: 1995
MEN’S CLUB: Shaarey Zedek, Southfield, MI
CLUB #: 412
PROGRAM: Distributed Food on Christmas
CONTACT: Jeffrey Komrower, (810) 682-8287

On Christmas Day Men’s Club members and their families distributed more than 3,500 meals to
needy people in the area through the auspices of the Salvation Army. The effort included fund
raising, lining up the volunteers, and publicity.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: South Jersey Men’s Club, Cherry Hill, NJ
CLUB #: 503
PROGRAM: Distributing Passover Food to the Needy
CONTACT: Nelson Mellitz, (609) 667-5791, mellitzn@doleta.gov
The South Jersey Men’s Club effectively and efficiently acquired and distributed Passover food
to 1,000 needy families. The 17-man committee broke into several groups to solicit food
donations enough to fill two five-ton trucks, to establish two distribution centers, and to facilitate
the pick-up and delivery of food to needy Jewish families on the Sunday before Passover.
Coordinating the distribution involved five Jewish assistance organizations.

CATEGORY: Best Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Judea, Long Grove, IL
CLUB #: 642
PROGRAM: Mitzvah Day
CONTACT: Evan Rumack, (847) 253-4130, evanr@megsinet.net

The Beth Judea Men’s Club designed and funded a program that involved the entire synagogue
community in a program of social action and mitzvoth. This event took place on a single day
and involved every branch of the synagogue organization in a concerted effort. Twenty-two
individual activities sponsored by 13 committees were offered to the more than 250 people in
attendance.

CATEGORY: Best Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: South Jersey Men’s Club, Cherry Hill, NJ
CLUB #: 503
PROGRAM: Breakfast Honoring Law Enforcement Agencies
CONTACT: Nelson Mellitz, (609) 667-5791, mellitzn@doleta.gov

 The South Jersey Men’s Club has held two annual breakfasts to recognize various individuals
in area law enforcement agencies who did the most to fight crimes of hate and affliction during
the previous year in the southern New Jersey-Philadelphia area. Besides being an outstanding
way of bringing the community together, this program served to emphasize the community’s
strong stand against hate crimes. The entry was well documented with publicity and a detailed
description of how the programs were implemented.

CATEGORY: Best Community Service Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Emunah, Brockton, MA
CLUB #: 705
PROGRAM: Martin Luther King Lunch
CONTACT: Alan Castaline, (508) 587-4506, cast@ix.netcom.com

The Temple Emunah Brotherhood held a community luncheon in honor of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. The luncheon, which was held free of charge, attracted 375 people. Local stations
and newspapers covered the event, and the Brotherhood received numerous accolades for its
outreach to the community.
CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah Project
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: Beth El Ner Tamid, Mequon, WI
CLUB #: 623
PROGRAM: Shalach Manot gift boxes for synagogue shut-ins
CONTACT: Rodney Ugent, (414) 351-4714, rddugent@aol.com

Remembering our forgotten members at Purim was the theme of this award winner. After
identifying 96 elderly and forgotten synagogue members who were homebound or in elder care
facilities, Shalach Manot gift boxes were prepared at a cost of $2.50 apiece and hand-delivered
to them. The entry has extensive back-up data and describes gift materials, prices, and
procedures.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah Project
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: South Jersey Men’s Club, Cherry Hill, NJ
CLUB #: 503
PROGRAM: Build Playground at JCC
CONTACT: David Wynne, (856) 428-3369, wynne24@juno.com

The South Jersey Men’s Club assisted the Southern New Jersey Jewish Community Center by
helping to build a playground at its campsite. More than 20 people and 50 work days were
required to assemble the playground equipment, saving the JCC an estimated $5,000 in labor
costs.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah Project
PLACEMENT: Bronze
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR
CLUB #: 1097
PROGRAM: Bone Marrow Project
CONTACT: Dr. Bruce Stern, (503) 725-3702, bruces@sba.pdx.edu

To support a congregant needing a bone marrow transplant, the Neveh Shalom Men’s Club co-
sponsored a project to recruit and test bone marrow transplant candidates. Extensive public
relations efforts raised $2,300 in donations, which was matched by a U.S. Navy grant. This
money was used to pay the costs ($45 per person) for the Red Cross to process the blood
samples for our 103 volunteer donors.

CATEGORY: For Special Consideration
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1997
MEN’S CLUB: Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, MA
CLUB #: 708
PROGRAM: Organized Building of Handicapped Access to Synagogue
CONTACT: Richard Gray, (617) 533-2663, rgray@world.std.com
The Temple Emeth Brotherhood raised funds to provide handicapped access to the synagogue
after no other entity in the synagogue stepped forward to do so. The Brotherhood planned and
supervised the implementation of the $500,000 project.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 1999
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Shalom, Pittsburgh, PA
CLUB #: 1208
PROGRAM: Sports lunch for handicapped children
CONTACT: Steve Neustein, (412) 422-2782, sanlaw@juno.com

The Beth Shalom Men’s Club developed a special parent-child sports lunch program and invited
handicapped children of various religions as guests. USY members assisted at the lunch as
approximately 220 handicapped guests and staff plus more than 125 synagogue youths and
parents attended. The Men’s Club received great publicity and community recognition for its
efforts. A group of “angels” was solicited to sponsor tables of handicapped guests.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1999
MEN’S CLUB: South Jersey Men’s Club, Cherry Hill, NJ
CLUB #: 503
PROGRAM: Series of programs for the local geriatric home
CONTACT: Mike Perloff, (856) 428-0101, mikep2@home.com

The South Jersey Men’s Club linked several of its problems to the South Jersey Jewish
Geriatric Home: quarterly Men’s Club meetings; Club members provided car/van pool
transportation to community events; Shabbat services at the Home; Club members are matched
with Home residents to interact individually.

CATEGORY: Best Outreach/Multiple Club Activity
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 1999
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda
CLUB #: 404
PROGRAM: Monthly service for Jewish War Veterans
CONTACT: Sheldon Serota, (905) 731-1602, sheldon@serota.com

The Toronto Brotherhoods banded together to provide a Shabbat service once a month for
Jewish war veterans who are residents in the newly constructed Jewish chapel of the
Sunnybrook Medical Sciences Center. The various Brotherhoods took turns running the
Shabbat service and providing a Kiddush.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 2001
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Emunah, Brockton, MA
CLUB #: 705
PROGRAM: Veterans Plaque Restoration
CONTACT: Steven Weiner, (508) 588-8085, wein560@mediaone.net

A Bronze Veteran’s Plaque was unearthed at a local landfill in early 2000. One of the town
engineers, a Board member of the Beth Emeth Brotherhood, brought its discovery to the
attention of the Board of Directors. The plaque was stolen from the burial plot of WWI Jewish
Veteran, Bernard Porter. An action plan was immediately devised and a committee was
assigned to find out where it had come from, arrange for its return, and to locate surviving family
to let them know what had happen. The year culminated in a rededication ceremony for a new
granite plaque, attended by members of cooperating organizations, our members and family of
Bernard Porter.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 2001
MEN’S CLUB: Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA
CLUB #: 551
PROGRAM: Inter-Faith Pre-Thanksgiving Day Program
CONTACT: Kenneth Zeitzer, (215) 646-8684

The Temple Sinai Men’s Club organized and ran an Inter-faith pre-Thanksgiving Day Program
for their synagogue and local Christian congregations.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Bronze
YEAR OF AWARD: 2001
MEN’S CLUB: Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
CLUB #: 1005
PROGRAM: Mobile Mitzvah Program
CONTACT: Murray Geller, (818) 887-5336, motkeg@aol.com

The Valley Beth Shalom Men’s Club runs Shabbat and holiday services through its “Mobile
Mitzvah” program at rehab and retirement centers that have no rabbi.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Gold
YEAR OF AWARD: 2003
MEN’S CLUB: Adas Israel, Washington, DC
CLUB #: 1102
PROGRAM: Services at Assisted Living Homes & CPR Course
CONTACT: Mark Berlin, (301) 294-9018, mark.berlin@fcc.gov

This program involved the Men’s Club conducting monthly Shabbat and holiday observances at
two assisted living homes. It also includes CPR training for High Holiday ushers and
congregational members as well as distributing food to the needy.
CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Silver
YEAR OF AWARD: 2003
MEN’S CLUB: Beth Shalom, Livingston, NJ
CLUB #: 941
PROGRAM: Health Forum
CONTACT: Howard Reba, (973) 533-7133, hreba@comcast.net

This annual program, the Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum, is dedicated to promoting
health awareness in the community. It involved an interactive program that includes
presentations by a panel of expert speakers and a question and answer session.

CATEGORY: Best Mitzvah/Social Action Program
PLACEMENT: Bronze
YEAR OF AWARD: 2003
MEN’S CLUB: Temple Israel, Sharon, MA
CLUB #: 738
PROGRAM: Job Assistance
CONTACT: Alan Lury, (781) 784-0373, alury@yahoo.com

This program’s purpose is to build a business community for southeastern Massachusetts
professionals, to assist them in finding jobs, identifying consulting work, finding and matching
employees and employers, providing funding, venture capital, and identifying partners.

				
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