The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
I'm certain that you have heard the writing of letters is a lost art. That is precisely why I am writing you a letter: to revive the custom for the purpose of reaching you on a personal level. By now you have heard from a friend or acquaintance that the Men of Reform Judaism are holding their biennial Convention in Crystal City in the Washington, DC area in July, 2017. You also know that our Convention is being held in tandem with our collaborative partner, the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC). The Convention information is readily available at our website, as well as on the FJMC site and I direct you to those sites. You should be prepared to be inspired by what is being offered to you and your significant other. Why, you ask, should I consider attending a Men of Reform Judaism convention in July? King Lear, on being hectored by his daughters, declares “Ask not the reason why.” I will say to you that the reasons for attending are too numerous to count, but I will give you some. Conventions are meant for ingathering men (and women); they provide the opportunity for us to learn, to inspire us, to propel us to carry back to our Brotherhoods innovative topics and ideas. In July we all will have the good fortune to be with old friends and make new ones. MRJ will be holding its own convention programs, its own Shabbat service, its own special ruach and camaraderie; but it will also share with our Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs all of its convention offerings. In short, our MRJ Brothers will partake of tandem days dedicated to strengthening the way in which we live Jewishly. But, you say it is an expensive proposition. Grant it. Yet, can’t you see yourself going to your Brotherhood board, your Rabbi, and asking that they assist you in at least partially defraying the cost of attending? Why would you be denied the opportunity to grow personally and thereby enrich your Brotherhood and your greater Temple community? You, your Brotherhood, and your Temple actually deserve the opportunity to attend the Convention. I hope to see you there! Shabbat Shalom. In Brotherhood, Gary Brock Member of our MRJ Executive Committee