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Constitution and By Laws

Nominations to the
MRJ Executive Council

Article IX Sec.6(C)

At least 60 days before the first session of each convention each affiliate shall have the right to recommend in writing or electronically, to the Nominating Committee, candidates for nomination as elected members of the EC and officers.  as provided in Article IX Section 6C.  

Recommendations for nomination to the MRJ Executive Council may be submitted to Include the persons contact information and a short bio supporting their nomination.

MRJ Nominating Committee:

  • Ira Warshawsky – Chair
  • Buzz Deitchman
  • Rob Himmelstein
  • Jeff Levine
  • Jeff Light
  • Charlie Niederman
  • Dave Oney
  • Larry Pepper
  • Tom Weiner



Name Position
Steven Portnoy President
Rob Himmelstein 1st Vice President
Paul Cohen Vice President/Treasurer
Larry Pepper Vice President/Secretary 
Buzz Deitchman Vice President
Stephen Sherman Vice President
Dan Checkman Assistant Treasurer
Charlie Niederman Assistant Secretary
Ken Moshkowitz Assistant Treasurer
Tom Weiner

Honorary President



Tony Perry Stuart Leviton
Aaron Bloom Brian Serle
Michael Fein Alan Moskoff
Andy Chait Ken Moskowitz
Dan Checkman Charlie Niederman
Paul Cohen Larry Pepper
Buzz Deitchman Steven Portnoy
  Rich Fishkin
Howard Bellet David Schuster
Harvey Harris John Shalett
Brian Hatkoff Stephen Sherman
Rob Himmelstein Irving Shnaider
Robert Ingrum Ira Warshawsky
Michael Kaplan Tom Wiener
Gary Brock


A Tribute To Stu Aaronson
Temple Beth-El
Providence, Rhode Island

After a long battle struggling with health, we recently had to say goodbye to our dear brother Stuart Aaronson. Many of you who read this article knew Stuart, as a member of Brotherhood, or as a member of the Temple Beth-El Board of Directors, or possibly you saw him at the back of the sanctuary playing around with the sound system. Stuart Aaronson was a multi-faceted person, with a deep conviction to Judaism. Stuart served as the President of Temple Beth-El’s Brotherhood for many years. He took the job very seriously, and then began to represent the Temple on the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods. He represented us well, and rapidly rose through the ranks of the organization until he ultimately became its‘ President. Stuart believed and supported nearly everything that N.F.T.B. did, including the Jewish Chautauqua Society, and the Reform on Campus program. He was proud that his daughter Rachel attended Jewish Summer Camps. Stuart did so much more than preach the principles of N.F.T.B., he lived them. As much as Stuart did for the National Brotherhood, his true love was Beth-El, and our Brotherhood. He was very proud to host the Lindenbaum event every year, and to be a part of the committee that determined the awarding of the Brotherhood’s Scholarships for graduating seniors. The work and dedication that Stuart exhibited will never be forgotten. After a vote at the most recent Board meeting of the Brotherhood, we voted that our first Brotherhood Breakfast of each year, will be known as the Stuart Aaronson Memorial Breakfast.



Man of the Year West

On March 5th, MRJ-West recognized brothers from 14 congregations as Men of the Year at the 18th Man of the Year Awards Banquet held at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California.  Over 225 people attended the banquet, some traveling from over a hundred miles away.   Since its inception, the Man of the Year recognition has honored over two hundred men from California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.  The picture above includes the honorees and the board of MRJ-West

MRJ On The URJ Tent

URJ’s Tent is a collection of web-based tools to provide communication, collaboration and resources to either an open or restricted audience. As we try to engage and connect all the men of Reform Judaism our participation in the Tent will be to be open to all, not just men affiliated in whatever way to MRJ.The Tent also has capability to share resources. 

The Tent utilizes Yammer, a modern, perhaps more technically acceptable solution to the old list serve concept. With a concept similar to LinkedIn, Yammer is social software used for private communication within organizations. Access to a Yammer network is determined by a user's internet domain so that only individuals with appropriate email addresses may join their respective networks. Much like Shamash people are required to sign up for access to Yammer, but only once.