Men of Reform Judaism

Hinei Matov… ‘How good it is’… when brothers come together and celebrate! It was in this spirit that on January 23, 1923, sixty five Reform Jewish brotherhoods and men’s clubs came together at the Hotel Astor in New York City to form The North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods (NFTB). The stated mission of NFTB was to encourage local brotherhoods to engage in projects and activities that would provide meaningful services to their congregation; to sponsor and promote vitally important nationwide community-building projects; and to give local brotherhood members the opportunity to explore and celebrate fellowship. in 2007, the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods (NFTB) officially changed its name to Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) andadopted the current mission statement: “To serve Jewish men, Reform Judaism, and its local congregations.”  

Reform on Campus

Continuing in the spirit of education, MRJ has been the forerunner to Jewish education on the college level. NFTB Sambatyon (College Youth Program), initiated in the 1960’s, became the predecessor to the UAHC Youth Commission and provided Reform Jewish college students the opportunity to remain Jews while away at school. This program, which offered funding for lecturers, programs, retreats, and spiritual concerns became a major force in keeping Judaism part of college life. Reinventing itself in the 1990’s as the Reform On Campus (ROC) program, ROC continues to provide opportunities for valuable Reform Jewish experiences on college campuses across North America.

February is National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month

 A suggestion for a heart friendly program

 Set up a heart disease information workshop for your congregation.  Below is a suggested letter to the congregation.  Check out our Tikkun page for more information.

Dear Congregant: 

 As one of the leading killers in the United States, heart disease affects all of us.  Too often the symptoms of heart disease are ignored, until they result in heart attack or stroke. Learning to manage heart disease can minimize and perhaps even eliminate its impact  The Men of Reform Judaism has a program, Men’s Health Initiatives, to educate men about the health risks they face, and how to take care of their health.  Temple--------- Brotherhood/Men’s Club, an MRJ affiliate has joined with MRJ in its commitment to providing this valuable service to our members.  On Wednesday evening, (date) at 8:00 PM, --------Brotherhood/Men’s Club will present a Heart Disease Workshop.  ------------, a cardiologist will be the guest speaker.  He will talk about identifying heart disease in our lives, and learning how to manage it.  In addition, he will offer some helpful hints on reducing your risk for heart disease.  Participants will receive MRJ’s Heart Disease Information Kit, which includes a list of early warning signs, techniques on reducing your risk for heart disease, information pamphlets and resources.  We hope you will make every effort to attend this important program.  Make sure you attend this important workshop!