Keeping Up with the Brotherhood

“Join a temple and your kids will be Jewish… participate and your grandkids will be Jewish.”

The Temple Beth El Brotherhood are the guys who help around TBE: the guys who listen to your stories and complaints and are genuinely interested.  Come to a meeting and save the cost of a therapist!

Brotherhood’s monthly ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) met on Monday, May 20th at noon until about 1:30 p.m. for a good time. Future dates and times to be announced. Bring your lunch and your stories, and we will provide the coffee.

Our monthly Sunday Brotherhood Luncheon meeting over bagels and lox with the fixings continued and met on May 5th with another presentation focusing on health with speaker Rob Seiler, Ph.D., who presented on mental health and how to deal with stress. Everyone left feeling much more relaxed, ready and able to deal with life’s stresses.

Upcoming events include a dinner get together at Finnegan’s, a spring whisky tasting, the summer outdoor cocktail party, pastrami tastings, attending a Yankees farm team game and a Long Island Ducks game. If you have a plan or an idea for an event, Brotherhood would like to hear it.

Our Beautification Committee President Barry Schwalb did some repairs on the sanctuary doors and Committee VP Ian Weitz finished installing the flooring in the library. And the cooking committee – Harley Kudler, Arthur Mont and Ian Weitz – cooked up 150 pancakes for the Religious School Family and Teachers Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 12th.

The Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) met on May 15th at Temple B’nei Torah in Wantagh. Representing TBE were Ian Weitz, Barry Schwalb and Joe Perlman. Nolan Altman’s presentation on Jewish Genealogy was informative and also busted a couple of myths.

On June 9th at 7:00 p.m., please try to attend the Concert Against Hate at Temple Or Elohim, located at 18 Tobie Lane in Jericho. Tickets are just $15.00 per person.

To have your name added to the Brotherhood email list, please email Mike Widawsky at