January 2019 MESSAGE FROM MEN’S CLUB PRESIDENT

Happy Secular New Year!

2018 is now a thing of the past, but the aftermath of 2018’s weather disasters and fires in California remain to remind us of nature’s fury and human suffering. We may not be able to overcome the fury, but we can assuage the human suffering through volunteerism and tzedakah. Let us start 2019 with a vision of what we can do to help make things better.

For example, the American Red Cross through its Disaster Cycle Services program provides training and opportunities for volunteers to respond to disasters. Doctors Without Borders is a not for profit group that provides, “Medical aid where it’s needed most — independent, neutral, impartial.” NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster, is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization providing clean-up and recovery assistance to homes and businesses affected by natural disaster. Jewish World Service provides immediate humanitarian aid after a disaster. Through the magic of Google, you can find many opportunities to volunteer or to offer tzedakah for disaster relief.

SPORTS DINNER 2018

Our SPORTS DINNER was a hit. We were fortunate to have as our guest speaker St. Louis native and Post-Dispatch sports writer, Benjamin Hochman. Hochman spoke about his experiences with the Cardinals and his new book “ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, THE BIG 50,” meaning the all-time top 50 players in Cardinals history. The 70-plus attendees enjoyed a scrumptious spaghetti dinner with all the traditional trappings, followed by drawings for great Cardinals and other baseball memorabilia prizes.

Our experience with 2018’s Sports Dinner has guided the Men’s Club to include in the future babysitting and entertainment for the younger set while parents and older kids can enjoy the dinner and presentation.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 3, 2019 – World Wide (Tefillin) Wrap

February 23, 2019 – Men’s Club Shabbat

March 10, 2019 – Man and Youth of the Year Luncheon

May 3, 2019 – Shabbat in Mexico, Kabbalat Shabbat and Mazon HaOlam dinner

More information on each event as the date approaches.

B’Shalom,

Max