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Brotherhood Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I be a member of Brotherhood? Because you’ve got the testosterone, and you’ve got what it takes to ”Be a Mensch!” Besides getting great “bang for the buck”, you’ll benefit from the great feeling of belonging to a group of men who make a difference. Don’t have much time? No worries … as a member of Brotherhood, you support our worthwhile efforts … something you can be proud of. We encourage you to “step up to the plate” as a MALE role model to our youth, and to BHC. Networking and camaraderie are the “main features” at our events, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Who can be a member of Brotherhood? Brotherhood is open to any man of the Jewish faith or sympathetic to that faith that expresses a willingness to subscribe to the aims and purposes of the BHC Brotherhood. Membership at BHC is not required. Brotherhood’s goal is to reach 500 members.
How much is dues, and what do I get for it? Dues is $45 per year, and is billed through the BHC office. Dues includes two dinners, 5 breakfasts, and free admission or member discounts to other fantastic Brotherhood events ($100 value). $15 of your dues goes to the national Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) to support programs like the Jewish Chautauqua Society Interfaith Lectures at area colleges. If you are not a member, and wish to join … call the BHC office at 410-764-1587 or contact us through our website.
What is a Mensch, and why is it in the Brotherhood logo? A Mensch is a Yiddish word describing a man who everyone aspires to be. Kind, considerate, compassionate, giving, friendly … a genuine role model and good citizen. Brotherhood activities encourage men to serve BHC and the community. Attendance at our programs makes us better fathers, husbands, grandfathers, uncles and individuals. Back to top.
What services does Brotherhood provide to BHC? Brotherhood has over 70 active male volunteers on a regular basis: Traffic Squad … traffic control to keep our kids safe on Sunday mornings, Chicken Flickers … affordable and delicious meals for our congregation’s programs, and Usher Corps … providing assistance to congregants and guests of BHC. When called upon to help in other areas, the men of the Brotherhood are willing and ready to serve. Back to top.
Does Brotherhood give financial support to BHC? Absolutely! Take a look around BHC. Naming just a few, Brotherhood fundraisers helped to sponsor the automatic opening doors at the Chapel entrance, financed Direct TV Satellite for the Youth Lounge and Day School, and paid for much of the BHC kitchen, including a new freezer. Back to top.
What is Brotherhood doing for our Youth? We provide needed funds to the BHC Youth Programs upon request from Youth Director. This past year, the Brotherhood gave significant financial support to the Confirmation Class (10th Grade) to go on a five-day relief mission to New Orleans where they worked for Common Ground and Habitat for Humanity. The Brotherhood invites the Youth Group and Religious School to selected Brotherhood Breakfasts. Back to top.
What community social action work is available for me to volunteer for? Besides volunteering for Usher Corps, Traffic Squad or Chicken Flickers, the Brotherhood serves meals at Manna House, Inc. on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Brotherhood members also participate in the Baltimore Interfaith Build for Habitat For Humanity, and during our Turkey Bowl (flag football on Thanksgiving Day), we collect money for the Boys/Girls Club of Central MD, and food for downtown soup kitchens. Back to top.
How can I volunteer or find out more about Brotherhood? Our website, www.bhcbrotherhood.org is a great resource, and we welcome phone calls to the BHC office, or you can email us at Mensch@bhcbrotherhood.org … you will get a response within 24 hours. Back to top.