Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Retreat -O-Gram #2

OK, yes - it's another one of those witty and humorous e-mails from the Retreat Committee, presented for your enjoyment here as a blogpost.

Registration Fees

Let's get this one out of the way first. If you've already sent in your check, just read on for sheer enjoyment.

Please send in your payment for the retreat now. Not "tomorrow," not "whenever," but now. My wife doesn't like me when I am anxious, and I am approaching critical mass at the moment. So, to make her happy (and me less anxious) , please send your payment to:

Hank Needle
3784 Brown Owl Ct
Marietta, GA 30062

Your check for $180 should be made payable to FJMC - Southeast Region.

This is a group request...for now. The next one will be individualized. Please don't make me call in my secret weapon, Larry Travis (ex Miami cop and bill collector extraordinaire). Larry is a great guy with a really gravelly-sounding sweet voice that will really motivate you to make that payment.


Keep checking this blog for more information on the Retreat. We'll be posting all kinds of good information on what to bring, etc., etc.

Story Time

Be prepared with a Defining Moment story for the campfire and be ready for an all-around good time!


We are contacting the Weather Channel and asking for a long range forecast, but let me assure you, there will be weather. Lots of weather. Make no bones about it, it will be there when you get there, and we will deal with it: whether it's good weather or bad weather we will weather the weather...whether or not. Whatever.

Please hope for beautiful weather and come prepared for a great time no matter what the weather is...

Staff Addition

We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Louis Zivic of Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville, TN will be joining us as one of our scholars-in-residence and will be participating in our program during the weekend. He will be adding to our knowledge and will be helping to make this one of the best retreats ever. Rabbi Zivic will be joining our other presenters: Rabbi Chuck Simon; Cantor Joel Fox; Norm Hamburger, our Men's Health Issues session leader; Gene Sacks, our Keruv Program session leader; and Stan Schnitzer, our FJMC session leader.


So far, the weekend looks like this from a state perspective:

1 from New York
1 from Florida

45 from North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia

We may even take our Northern brethren snipe huntin'.

As you can see, y'all are in for one heck of a weekend.

Looks like we got them Yanks outnumbered. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Norm and Hank


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