Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Anshei Darom Regional Events

Ever wonder what's going on at other Men's Clubs in the region?

Wonder no more! All you have to do is visit the Anshei Darom Regional Events Calendar, where you can see what the other clubs are up to. You can also enter information about your club's events so everyone else knows what's going on in your corner of the world.

Simply click the link on the sidebar - or right here!


Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Pics from the 2007 Retreat

We had a record crowd of over seventy attendees at the Eighth Annual Anshei Darom Retreat. Here are a few pictures...

If you want to download printable versions of these photos, click here. Just click on any of the thumbnails to get a larger the "View Album as Slideshow" button on the left to see a larger-format slideshow...or you can order hard-copy prints.


Saturday, February 10, 2007


Liveblogging from the Anshei Darom Retreat

I’m in the library at Camp Ramah Darom in the north Georgia mountains, sneaking in a quick post.

The bonfire is roaring, heating the rocks that will power the Famous Sweat Hut. There are about a dozen guys in the Beit Knesset playing poker; the rest are out by the lake, standing around the bonfire and doing their level best to empty every bottle of single malt Scotch, reposado tequila, and all other High-End Spirits on hand. Bobby Slayton’s comic stylings are playing over the loudspeaker, adding to the general atmosphere of Boyish Merriment. And the crisp mountain air is perfumed with the aroma of cigar smoke.

Yes, it’s Saturday Night at Camp Ramah.

We’ve had a weekend filled with spirituality, excellent presentations by our guest speakers, and good food. Last night, we spent several hours demolishing several bottles of Scotland’s finest while socializing in the bunkhouse.

After Havdalah this evening, we started the lakeside bonfire with a display of fireworks orchestrated by the Next Generation of Anshei Daromers: the Needle boys (Mark, Ben and Josh), Ari Weitz, and Mark Sussman.

With a crowd of about 70 guys - including a raft of Newbies - it’s been an exceptionally fine weekend so far.

In a few minutes, I’ll head back out to the lake and watch as the First-Timers experience the Famous Sweat Hut. While they schvitz, I’ll challenge my liver with a few more “wee drams.” It’ll help keep me warm. For up here in the mountains, the air is nice and cold, and there is a clear sky in which every star in the firmament is visible. Glorious.

Photographs will follow...but this will give you a taste.


Tuesday, February 06, 2007


World Wide Wrap 2007

On Sunday, February 4, 2007, Men's Clubs throughout the world celebrated the Mitzvah of Tefillin with their congregations.

At Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, Georgia, over 85 congregants, including our sixth-grade Hebrew School students and their parents, helped make this the biggest World Wide Wrap ever.

Etz Chaim Celebrates the World Wide Wrap

Rabbi Paul Kerbel led morning Minyan, explaining the various parts of the Shacharit service to the assembly.

Rabbi Kerbel leads Minyan

After "wrapping up" Shacharit, members of the Etz Chaim Men's Club, along with other congregational leaders, instructed the students - and their parents - on the procedure of donning tefillin.

Wrapping things up
Wrapping things up nicely.

Great-Grandfather's Tefillin
Wearing Great-Grandfather's tefillin.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a Bagel and Lox Breakfast courtesy of the Men's Club...complete with "Wrap Music" for entertainment!

Wrap Music
Enjoying a little "Wrap Music" with breakfast.

Tell us about how your Men's Club and congregation celebrated the World Wide Wrap! Send an e-mail with all the details to Steve Krodman at elisson1 [at] aol [dot] com - don't forget to include some pictures - and we'll post 'em right here.


Saturday, February 03, 2007


Register Now for the 2007 FJMC Convention!

The biennial Convention of the International Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs will be held July 11-15, 2007 at the Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Click here for more information and for a link to the Convention registration page. (There's also a link on the sidebar to the left.)

At the Convention, you can:There's plenty more, but rather than puff up this blogpost with a lot of verbiage, I'll just encourage you to click on the link and see what it's all about.

Register before February 15 to get the early Bird Registration $100!


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