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Agudas Achim Men's Club

Come discover the pleasures of rewarding relationships with your fellow congregants and closer ties to Agudas Achim through Men’s Club membership. Have fun and serve the community. We would greatly appreciate your support for Men’s Club this year by sending in your membership dues for 2022-2023 (5783).  Our nominal dues for the year are $36, but please consider donating a Chai’er amount such as $54, $72, $90, or $108.  If you have any suggestions for events or would like to help with any of our activities, please contact Elliot Parkin. We are an affiliate of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) and are proud that members have served as Seaboard Region officers.

Men's Club Officers

  • President: Harold Salters
  • Immediate Past President: Elliot Parkin
  • Treasurer: Steve Kahn 
  • Social Activities Vice President: Louis Marcus
  • Programming Vice President: Andrew Cohen
  • Ritual Vice President: Tobias Dienstfrey
  • Scholarship Vice President: currently vacant
  • Historian: currently vacant
  • At Large Board Members: Jim Alper, Don Melman, Mark O'Brien, Pete Seigman, Harvey Stoler, Pablo Zylberglait

Current & Upcoming Events

Men's Club Board Meeting

Second Sunday of Each Month | 10 a.m. 

All are welcome to join the members the members of the Men's Club for their monthly board meeting on Zoom. Please contact Men's Club President Harold Salters for the Zoom details.

Men's Club Brunch & Board Meeting

Sunday, June 11 | 10 a.m.
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All are welcome to join the Men's Club for tasty food and conversations at Copperwood Tavern in Shirlington right after Sunday minyan. The Men's Club Board Meeting will take place during brunch.
Please RSVP using the link above so that Men's Club knows how many people to expect.
Questions? Contact Andrew Cohen.

Men's Club & Sisterhood Take Me Out to the Nats Game!

Sunday, July 23 | 1:35 p.m.
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AAC's Men's Club and Sisterhood are coming together to cheer on the Nats this July! Grab your friends, your lucky hat (or jersey), and join the Men's Club and Sisterhood at Nats Park to watch the Washington Nationals take on the San Francisco Giants. Whether you plan to cheer for the Nats or the Giants, all are welcome to attend.
Tickets will be $20 each.
For more information, please contact Tobias Dienstfrey.

Men's Club Activities

Men's Club has a myriad of ways to get involved and be engaged. Whether its helping teens experience Israel, listening to guest speakers while enjoying brunch, putting up the sukkah, or commemorating those lost in the Holocaust, the Men's Club has something for everyone. Below are just some of the activites sponsored by the Men's Club.

Scholarships for Teen Experiences in Israel 

Israel Pilgrimage Scholarship Fact Sheet 2023

Men’s Club is devoted to educating our youth about Israel. The Men’s Club Israel Pilgrimage Scholarship Program provides scholarships for Israel experiences for our teens. Emphasis is on trips sponsored by the Conservative Movement and Jewish day schools.  Over 100 of our teens have been scholarship recipients in the past 30 years. Herb Quint z"l provided the idea for the program, and a bequest from Robert Lainof z"l enabled the program to become self-sustaining over time. Teens or their parents should contact Mike Scheinberg or Elliot Parkin for more information.

Social and Recreational Events

Find Men's Club Events on the AAC Calendar

Sunday morning brunch meetings feature guest speakers on a wide variety of subjects to feed the mind and a breakfast buffet to feed the body. Men’s Club sponsors dinners, pub socials, sports events, historical tours, and hikes. Men’s Club provides grill masters for congregation barbecues and caters other family events. We’ve danced, bowled, eaten pizza, brewed beer, watched movies, fished, and had a great time just being with synagogue friends.

Ritual Activities 

The Men’s Club provides ushers for High Holiday services and erects the sukkah. We also honor all B’nai Mitzvah with the special gift of an Etz Hayim Humash. Our annual Men’s Club Shabbat weekend features a blend of religious and special events at the synagogue. We devote one of our Sunday brunches to Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs’ (FJMC) Worldwide Wrap, a program that encourages participation in the mitzvah of Tefillin.

Yellow Candle Program

Men’s Club participates in the FJMC Yellow Candle program that remembers the Holocaust through the distribution of Yahrzeit candles prior to Yom HaShoah. The program has supported donations to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Ed and Charlene Schiff Holocaust Educational Fund, and the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care.

Past Program Highlights

Judio En Español Brunch (November 2022)

Missed the brunch? Wanted to take notes but were too enthralled by our speakers to lift a pen? Fret not! Click on any of the links below to catch the best bits of Men's Club's Judio En Español brunch speakers.

Men's Club Photo Gallery

Below are photos from past Men's Club events. Photos were provided by Men's Club members.

2023 AAC's Blue Yarmulke Person was Andrew Cohen (second from right with the yellow tie). The award ceremony took place on April 23 at B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, MD.
From left to right: Men's Club President Harold Salters, Sandy Cohen, Andrew Cohen, and Lynne Rosenblum.

Men's Club Ritual VP Tobias Dienstfrey (foreground on the left, red hoodie, blue jeans) poses with son Lev Dienstfrey (left, red shirt) and other Men's Club members, David Pritzker and Andrew Cohen during the annual Men's Club Superbowl Party. Also present are Mina Jo Linver (back left), Sandy Cohen (center back), and Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey (front right, red vest).

Men's Club Ritual VP Tobias Dienstfrey (far left, red hoodie) poses with wife Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey (center left, dark green shirt), along with Mina Jo (center right, Michigan sweatshirt) and Michael Linver (far right, Michigan sweatshirt) during a half-time break.

Men's Club member Pablo Zylberglat (left, orange vest) poses for a photo with daughter Sara (center, grey shirt), and hostess Mina Jo Linver (right, Michigan sweatshirt)

Support the Abayudaya Community

The Ugandan Abayudaya (Luganda for "People of Judah") community face food, education, and healthcare deficits that put them in peril. The global pandemic exacerbated these deficits. Thankfully, the generosity of the Men's Clubs of the Seaboard Region - including Agudas Achim's Men's Club - has allowed the Abayudaya community to weather the worst of it. Now, as they re-emerge from the pandemic and severe flooding that struck in 2022, the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs is partnering with Abayudaya Men's Club to support the Hadassah Primary School
Click here to support the Abayudaya Community.
To learn more about the Abayudaya community, click here.
Sat, June 3 2023 14 Sivan 5783