Executive Committee Agenda, September 8, 2016

1.  Call to Order  — President Bill Sperling will call us to order at 7 p.m. in the board room of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.  Wear your red shirts if you have one.

2.  Word of Torah –Religious Action Chair Norm Katz will share with us a word of Torah.

3.  Minutes of Preceding Meeting – There was no meeting in August.  Minutes of July are on the Ruach site.  Don Harrison will bring a paper copy to this meeting.

4.  President’s Report – Bill Sperling plans to cover the following topics:
a.  High Holy Day ushering – 12 have signed up to date and will be in the drawing.  We are looking for two couples to be greeters and to check licenses.
b.  Red shirts –Have you got yours yet?  More are available.
c.  Brick by brick program –number sold to date.  Certificates.
d.  Steak in the Sukkah –A discussion of this important Oct. 16 event
e.  Other upcoming events
1) Executive Committee retreat and beach barbecue in San Elijo – Sept 25
2)  Federation Men’s Club event, we have full table – Sept 29.
3)  Executive Committee meeting note date change – October 5
4)  Ask the Rabbi program to be held 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Sundays Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 12
5) Executive Committee meetings – Nov. 17, Dec. 8

  1. Reports from officers and board chairs
    a)  Vice President Bob Holloway
    b) Secretary Don Harrison
    a)  Elections need to be scheduled
    b)  Sisterhood invite
    c)  Treasurer Bill Friedel
    d) Immediate Past President Phil Snyder
    e)  Communications Chair Ed Cherlin
    f)  Program Chair Alan Goldenberg
    g)  Religious Action Chair Norm Katz
    h) Membership Chair Joel Kriger
    6.  Old Business, if any

    7.   New Business, if Any

    8.   Adjournment by 9 p.m.

Keeping track of upcoming Sisterhood events

Annual Paid Up Membership Dinner

Thursday, September 22, 5:30 p.m.


Under the Sukkah
Dairy Dinner & Rabbi Rosenthal’s Special Book Selection
Thursday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.

Fashion resale, jewelry & craft show
Tifereth Israel Cohen Social Hall
Thursday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Luncheon
Beauty Makeover & Make-Up Tips Demo
Courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics & Nordstrom
Tuesday, December 20, 11:30 a.m.


Sisterhood Shabbat Service & Dinner
“Food for Thought”
Dinner catered by our own Kiddush Katerers!
Friday,  January 13

Sisterhood Lunch Outing & Movie Matinee
2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Date & time to be announced
Film festival runs February 9-19

Dessert & Evening Presentation
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Speaker to be announced
TIS Social Hall
Thursday, March 16 , 7 p.m.

Jewish Genetics & Genealogy
Presenter to be announced
Luncheon & Lecture
TIS Cohen Social Hall
Thursday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.


2nd annual Israel Independence Day BBQ Celebration
Presented by TIS Men’s Club & Sisterhood
A Family Event!
Thursday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.


Sisterhood Installation Luncheon
Honoring 2016-2017 officers & welcoming new leadership
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Mesa
Sunday, June 25, 11:30 a.m






Looking ahead to Fall

Summer’s over, so it’s time to look ahead to our Men’s Club activities in the Fall

Executive Committee Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. – We’ll  meet in the Synagogue Board Room.  Some items to consider are arrangements for the Meal in the Sukkah in October, and preparation for a general meeting and elections later this year.

High Holy Day ushering, Erev Rosh Hashanah Oct. 2; Rosh Hashanah Oct 3; 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Oct. 4; Kol Nidre Night Oct. 11; Yom Kippur Oct 12.  Please take a shift or two.  Call Kandice in the office at (619) 697-6001 to schedule a shift or two, or sign up directly via this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FpHLjxnD3SAZNf93VScm-rgPaDUWqJ_eTp52yukUnJA/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0 

Executive Committee Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. – Because TICO will be rehearsing in the Social Hall, we’ll meet in the Braun Library.

Meal in the Sukkah, Sunday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.  We’ll be honoring our Men of the Year, past presidents Norm Katz and Phil Snyder, as we enjoy a meal and beer tasting in the Sukkah.  Tickets: $45 member, $50 nonmember.

Executive Committee Meeting, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.  Once again we’ll be meeting at 7 p.m. in the Braun Library.

Brick Program – Our ongoing fundraising program—the sale of engraved bricks on which you may honor or memorialize people who are special to you – is making good progress.  If you want a brick for your family member or friend, it costs $180 (ten times chai) and entitles you to three lines of 20 characters each (including spaces). The bricks will be laid in a circular pattern around our large coral tree.

Red Shirts – In college football, a red shirt is one whose eligibility is delayed to permit playing in a later season.  At TISMC, a red shirt signifies an active member who proudly wears his (or her) identifying clothing.  The shirt cost $25 for regular sizes, and $27 for extra large and extra-extra large.

Hope everyone had a great summer!



Men’s Club at the Padres

Wearing their official new  TIS Men's Club shirts, our guys and the Padre mascot pose at the Jewish community salute to the Padres held Aug. 21.  From left, TISMCers are
Wearing their official new TIS Men’s Club shirts, our guys and the Padre mascot pose at the Jewish community salute to the Padres held Aug. 21. From left, TISMCers are Bill Friedel, Bob Holloway, Norm Katz, Bill Sperling, Alan Goldenberg, and Brandon Goldenberg.


Pepe Kahn, in white, is a  full-fledged member of the Men's Club as any other woman can also be.  Here she is surrounded by, from left,
Pepe Kahn, in white, is a full-fledged member of the Men’s Club as any other woman can also be. Here she is surrounded by, from left, Norm Katz, Larry Goldenberg, Bill Sperling, Bill Friedel and Bob Holloway.

Bill Friedel to captain TISMC table at Federation Men’s Event Sept. 29

Bill Friedel has signed up to be the table captain for the Tifereth Israel Synagogue Men’s Club.  He’s hoping for a great club turnout.
If you would like to go and sit with the TISMC contingent, please contact him at bill.friedel@tismensclub.us.

Register Today For The Men’s Event

Registration for
The Men’s Event 2016
is Now Open!

September 29, 2016
San Diego Jewish Academy
6:00PM – 9:00PM

The Men’s Event is the largest annual gathering of Jewish men in San Diego. Each year brings a new dynamic and exciting speaker for a wonderful evening of great food, global change, and powerful company. The Men’s Event is generously underwritten by The Mizel Family Foundation.

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Aug 11 Exec Committee meeting cancelled


With summer in full swing, and some  members on vacation, it has been decided to cancel the August 11 meeting of the executive committee.

President Bill Sperling announced that any pending club business will be handled either by email or will be docketed for the regular Sept. 8 executive committee meeting.

In the meantime, he said he is looking forward to seeing members at the Jewish community salute to the San Diego  Padres at the ballgame beginning at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, August 21.



Bowling night over, we head next for a Padres game

Men's Club night at  Parkway Plaza
Men’s Club night at Parkway Plaza

EL CAJON – Modeling their spiffy new red shirts with blue and white TISMC logos, Men’s Club members were taught a lesson in bowling by Perry Arenson and his son Michael on Sunday, July 31, at the Parkway Bowl here.

Perry won the high scorer trophy for adults, and Michael easily snagged a similar trophy for youth as other Men’s Club members looked on in awe. Commented TISMC President Bill Sperling: “They must have come here for a week to practice!”

Impressed, the Men’s Club members extended hearty mazel tovs to the father-son Arenson duo, while vowing that next year they’d all be better prepared to give them stiffer competition.

“In the final analysis,” said Sperling, “a good time was had by all – and camaraderie is what the evening was all about!”

The evening had been arranged by TISMC Program Chair Alan Goldenberg. In addition to bowling time and shoe rental, the evening , costing bowlers $25 per person, included pizza and salad.

The special Men’s Club shirts, incidentally, sell for $25 in the small through large categories, and $27 for extra large and extra, extra large. Orders and payments may be placed through the synagogue office, with checks made out to Tifereth Israel Synagogue Men’s Club.  On the memo line, please indicate the size shirt you want.

Our next event will be the Sunday, August 21, Jewish community afternoon (starting at 1:40 p.m.) with the Padres.  President Bill says  “We purchased a block of tickets for Aug 21 at $25 each which includes entrance , kosher hot dog, drink and a Padres hat.

“The hat is white with a blue bill and on the side “Padres” is written in Hebrew letters. The hat complements our new shirts. If you are joining us at the game the tickets can be purchased from Bill Friedel . We have a few tickets left and if interested please make check to TIS Men’s Club and on memo line write ‘Men’s Club day at Petco Park.’


Executive Committee Minutes, July 14, 2016


 July 14, 2016  Executive Committee Minutes

I.  Call to Order and Attendance – Our meeting was called to order by President Bill Sperling.  Members who attended in addition to Sperling were Phil Snyder, Bob Holloway, Bill Friedel, Don Harrison, Alan Goldenberg, and Norman Katz.  Absent members were Ed Cherlin, Joel Kriger and Howard Kaplan

2.  Actions Taken
A.  MOMENT OF SILENCE – At the suggestion of Bill Friedel, we observed a moment of silence in memory of the 84 men, women and children run down by a terrorist in a truck during a Bastille Day celebration.

B.  HONORARY MEMBERSHIP – A unanimous vote extended to Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal honorary membership in the Men’s Club.

C.  PRO-RATED DUES – By unanimous vote, anyone who joins the Men’s Club for the balance of 2016 may pay dues of $12 for that year.  In January 2017, full year’s dues will be $36.

D.  STEAK IN SUKKAH PRICING –By unanimous vote it was decided that Steak in the Sukkah (accompanied by beer tasting which Norma Katz will arrange) will cost $45 per person for members, and $50 for non-members.  The names of people who sign up to usher for the High Holy Days will be drawn to award one half-price coupon for Steak in the Sukkah.

E.  ADVERTISING IN FJMC PUBLICATION – By unanimous vote, the Men’s Club voted to spend $54 on an ad in an upcoming publication of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club to congratulate Phil Snyder and Norm Katz as TIS Men’s Club Men of the Year.

F.  BRICK FUND PURCHASE- By unanimous vote, the Men’s Club decided to purchase an engraved brick to help start its brick program.  Cost of brick is $180, with proceeds to be divided between the synagogue and the Men’s Club. Deducting the share that would come back to the Men’s Club, it was decided to put $105 into the brick fund.

G.  MEN’S CLUB SHIRTS – By unanimous vote, the Men’s Club decided to order 20 shirts at $25 per shirt (except for XL and XXL which are slightly more).  The shirts will be red background, with the Men’s Club logo (see above) in blue and white.  This gives us the Israeli flag colors in the handshake and, an American red, white and blue color scheme overall.

3.    Treasurer’s Report – Bill Friedel said as of June 30, our general fund had a balance of $3,551.32, and that there was another $509 in the special scholarship fund.

4.  Discussion Items
A.  Word of Torah—Norm Katz reflected on the upcoming parsha, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), saying the Edomite King was asked to let Moses and the 600,000 people accompanying him travel through their land. Though Moses said the group would travel straight through, turning neither right nor left, and paying for any water consumed, the Edomite king refused, and required Moses and company to take an other route.  Norm suggested this has happened in modern times, when Hungary, which is a gateway to the European community, declined to permit refugees from Syria to pass through.

B.  Synagogue’s New Members Night – Bill Sperling noted that on August 28, Tifereth Israel Synagogue will welcome new members.  Old members also may attend, but RSVP by Aug. 19th  He asked that a pamphlet explaining the mission, activities, and spirit of the Men’s Club be prepared prior to the Aug. 28th date.

C.  FJMC DUES — Bill S reminded us that we will be paying dues to the national FJMC as well as the regional FJMC based on the number of members we are able to attract.  Currently we have approximately 40 members.

D.  Conservative/ Reform collaboration – Bill S and Norm Katz noted that in the wake of the collapse of the Reform movement’s Brotherhood sector, Conservative clubs should reach out to Reform congregations to possibly arrange joint activities.  Bill said his overtures to Temple Emanu-El bore no fruit, but he has a meeting with Fred Valfer, incoming president of Congregation Beth Israel’s Men’s Club.

E.   Bowling Night, July 31 – Bill S.  and Alan Goldenberg said they will be pleased if 24 people sign up for Bowling Night, which would fully engage four lanes with six people each.  Trophies will be awarded to the best adult bowler and best youth bowler.  If people only want to bowl, and do not want to eat the pizza, etc., they can be charged $12 instead of $25.  Bill asked everyone to call their friends and ask them to join our cadre.

F. Baseball Night, Aug. 21 – Bill S. had hoped that another Jewish organization had purchased a bloc of tickets for the Jewish community salute to the Padres, but inquiries to Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Beth Israel indicated they had not purchased a bloc.  Bill planned to call  Beth Jacob Congregation about whether it has a bloc, the idea being that our members could buy into their blocs rather than committing to a bloc of our own.  Tickets include not only the ball game, but also a Padre hat (Hebrew lettering), a kosher hot dog, and a soda.

  1. High Holy Day ushering—Bill S. and Norman K. urged a block captain be appointed for each service during the three High Holy Days. Norm said he would draft a letter promoting the ushering.H.  Steak in the Sukkah – The committee discussed various personnel options for cooking the steaks, laying out other food, and clean up.  No decision taken.  Those not interested in drinking alcohol at the event should contact Bill S. if other arrangements are required.I.  Ask the Rabbi – It was noted that after the holidays, when he has time to breathe again, Rabbi Rosenthal will participate one Sunday morning a month in a free-wheeling Ask the Rabbi session. The Men’s Club will serve the bagels.J.  Men’s Club Pamphlet – Don Harrison asked the members what they would like to see in the pamphlet.  Bill Sperling would like it to emphasize the camaraderie as exemplified by hospital visits and participating in shiva minyans…. Bill Friedel said it should stress that everyone is eligible to join…  Bill Sperling added it should communicate that we have a team approach, and that we work in combination with Sisterhood and Reform congregations; Don said it should include upcoming events, perhaps a summary of other events, and Bob Holloway said it should utilize many photos.  It will be a single sheet of paper, three folded, so there will be six leaves.

    K.  Brick Fund – Bill S. said he would like to see first group of bricks put in place by mid October

    L – Shirt sizes and orders:  Mediums, Norm Katz, Bob Holloway; large – Bill Friedel, Alan Goldenberg (who might decide on XL);  XXL – Don (on assumption it will shrink down to an XL).  In additions to ones our members buy, it was suggested that a stock of 3 medium, 3 large, and 3 extra large be purchased and held for other members who may want them

    M.  Communication – Bill S says we need better coordination between the club and the synagogue office viz a viz the shofar, email blasts, etcetera.

    N.  Membership – Bill S. complimented Joel Kriger for a letter he sent out to some new synagogue members welcoming them to the shul, and recommending Men’s Club as an activity.

    O.  Keruv – Phil Snyder said a top expert from the Conservative movement on synagogue outreach to non-Jewish spouses (the keruv program) will be visiting San Diego shortly, and that Rabbi Simon who heads FJMC will be here early next year.

    The meeting, which began at 7 p.m., adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Donald H. Harrison

Men’s Club seeks High Holy Day ushers

Fellow Mentches,

For the upcoming High Holy Day season, we are attempting to set a Men’s Club record for participation in the ushering corps. Please help us make a strong showing by signing up for an ushering slot when you receive your High Holy Day packet from the synagogue. You can also let us know by emailing mensclub@tiferethisrael.com with the subject “usher me in”.

By participating in ushering corps, you are performing a mitzvah by helping check members’ tickets at the entrance, helping elderly members approach the bimah, and maintaining decorum at the doors and curtains of the sanctuary so that all attendees will enjoy a meaningful service.

As an added incentive, all paid up men’s club members who participate in ushering will be entered into a drawing for a 50% discount off our annual Steak in the Sukkah dinner which takes place on Sunday October 16th. Please save the date!

Yasher Koach!

Norm Katz
TIS Mens Club Ritual Chair

Bowling, Padres baseball on tap for families

Attention young Tifereth Israel Synagogue families: The Men’s Club of Tifereth Israel Snagogue is sponsoring a family bowling night from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, July 31, in a private section of Parkway Bowl, 1280 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92020. The cost is $25 for adults (13 and over), and $15 for children.

A ticket entitles you to two hours of bowling, shoes, as well as pizza, salad, garlic bread, and soft drinks.

The best adult bowler and the best youth bowler will receive awards.

To make your reservations for TISMC Bowling Night, please follow this link: http://www.tiferethisrael.com/mensclub-this-month/

Another opportunity for a family outing comes on August 21 when the Men’s Club will join the rest of the organized Jewish community in attending a San Diego Padres game at 1:40 p.m. against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tifereth Israel Synagogue Men’s Club members will park their cars at Qualcomm Stadium, then proceed by trolley to Petco Stadium.

Once at the stadium, we will join Jewish community members from throughout San Diego County in a special seating section where we will share our love of baseball, the American past time, and perhaps engage in another favorite past-time, kibbitzing.

Individual tickets range from $25 to $48 depending on whether you choose to sit in the lower reserved section of right field, the field pavilion, Toyota Terrace infield, or the field infield. If you want to buy a ticket on your own you can do so online via www.padres.com/jewish, and entering the code JCD16.

Men’s Club President Bill Sperling is investigating purchasing group space, possibly in concert with Temple Emanu-El.  Watch this website for developments.

Admisison entitles us not only to the seats, but also to a Community Day Padres cap, and a pre-game kosher hot dog and a soda catered by The Place. There also will be activities for the children including Pregame photo day, Kids run the bases, and Kidsfest in the Park.

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