Men’s Club

The Men’s Club of Beth Israel

The Men’s Club is an arm of Beth Israel. The purpose of this organization is to strengthen Jewish consciousness by cultivating social interaction, encouraging social services, offering religious education, supporting activities that benefit the Congregation and promoting closer fellowship among its members. We welcome Jewish men in the congregation and community at large.

Men’s Club men support the Beth Israel congregation and each other with a variety of spiritual, educational, and social activities:

     * Scheduled monthly meetings and events (Click here for Calendar)

     * Sponsorship of an annual Men’s Club Shabbat service

     * Contributions to Beth Israel operational expenses

     * Hands-on help and funds to augment special temple projects


Annual dues are $18 (Chai).




Jeff Beller, President

Gil Daniels, Executive VP

Ralph Shaw, VP Membership

Steve Blesofsky, VP Programming

Marty Beverly, VP At-Large

Paul Grossman, Secretary

Rich Hoffing, Treasurer



December 2019

On November 17th we welcomed 25 men and women who joined together for a tour of The International Independent Showmen’s Museum in Riverview. Docent for that day was David (Doc) Rivera and he regaled us with many stories of his “carnie” days while escorting us around the museum. It was a great experience for us all!

Our Membership Meeting on November 20th was free for all paid-up members’ with Thanksgiving-style food catered by Betty Schare. We opened with the election of officers and welcomed to the Board our newest member, Jerry Schare. Speaker for the day was Mr. Dennis Joyce, Assistant Metro Editor for the Tampa Bay Times. One of Mr. Joyce’s most important roles as editor of TBT’s public safety reporters was directing coverage of the trial of Michael Drejka!

Flyers have been sent out for our December 11th Membership Meeting at which the speaker will be our own Art Chausmer, a former docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center at Dulles Airport. His subject? “A Brief History of Aviation in the US” from the Civil War to the present. This meeting will also be free to paid-up Men’s Club members. Pizza & Caesar Salad will be on the menu.

On December 22nd we’ll welcome back Dr. Steven Derfler who’s topic will be “The Jews of Persia/ Iran.” As always, we expect him to fill the Social Hall to capacity so there’s a need to get your reservations in early. Flyers will go out shortly.

There will be a Membership Meeting on January 22nd with a “surprise” guest on a subject which should please all of our sports fans. We can’t wait to tell you about it!

In the meantime,



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