The Buzz

Keeping Up with the Brotherhood

by Ian Weitz, Brotherhood President

We extend our condolences and deepest heart felt sympathies to all who have suffered and have suffered a loss during these trying times. If our Brotherhood can be of assistance let us know.

The Brotherhood had its regular Sunday meeting in January and in February before things got crazy. Business was discussed over bagels, lox and the fixings and topped off with munchkins, fellowship and humor.  Meetings start around 9:15 a.m.

Wives, once social distancing is over, if you want a free Sunday morning and had enough of his company already, so send your hubby out for breakfast with the guys. We still enjoy the company.

The Brotherhood Super Bowl Sunday Extravaganza on February 2nd was the perfect mix of football, mah jongg and fun. The television (almost a movie screen), food, company, and the ambience of the event were NOT to be missed. A good time was had by all. Thanks to Steve and Florence Roffman for hosting and to our cooks and organizers: Mitch Kittenplan, Mark Goldman, Mike Widawksy, Howard Schneider and Dave Mullen.

The Brotherhood has been meeting via Zoom every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. to enjoy the company of one another sharing jokes, humorous stories and funny video clips over lunch.  All, including the ladies, are welcome to join and the contact is below. It is ROMEO over the internet, so rather than “Retired Old Men Eating Out” we are for the time being “Retired Old Men Entertaining On-Line”.

The Charlie Meyer Award Recipient has been selected: Andrea Levenbaum. We will be planning a wine and cheese reception as soon as it is possible.

Brotherhood Members continue to step up: congratulations to Mitch Kittenplan and Dave Mullen, who were newly elected to the Temple Board of Trustees.

So, come hang with the Brotherhood of Temple Beth El. Be part of something good and help out around the temple. Or help by becoming a dues paying member. Subscribe to the Brotherhood email list.  Contact our corresponding secretary, Mike Widawsky, at 

Hope to see you guys.  Come with a suggestion. We’ll try to make it happen.  The Brotherhood: a group of guys who listen to your stories and complaints and are interested.

Chai There!

by Debi Fallenberg, Chai Club President

Maybe this summer doesn’t seem like it will be a ‘traditional’ one for many of us but it can still hold endless potential.  At least the beaches and the parks are still available to us – even if we have to distance ourselves or walk and smell the flowers instead of listening to music.  Here’s a quote I came across recently: “Lack of direction, not lack of time is the problem.  We all have twenty-four-hour days”.  Sometimes it helps to make a plan, a list, a schedule – whatever you want to term it – to give some structure to these days…and there are so many ways to occupy ourselves!  Even though we’ve driven around our neighborhoods, getting out for a stroll and viewing local homes and gardens from the ground is refreshing.  Book clubs abound (especially here at Temple Beth El).  Local libraries are a great remote resource for audiobooks, movies, music or e-learning.  Maybe now is the time to learn a new language (Hebrew?) using online tools like Babbel.  The Suffolk Y JCC, among other facilities, is offering free exercise classes, from chair yoga to cardio dance.

Many of our Chai Clubbers have also been joining the variety of Zoom sessions offered by Rabbi and Cantor, enjoying chat sessions, meditation, singalongs, bible study and more.  Trivia night was great fun! 

Chai Club is doing its best to keep in touch with outreach phone calls and Zoom Board meetings.  I hope we all enjoy this summer even in a non-traditional way – and maybe gather virtually for our pool party!