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                                   12/12/2021                                  &

Sam Berkman, J Street National Director

 of Communal Leadership

A Perspective on Israel and the Two-State Solution

According to their website, J Street organizes pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans to promote US policies that embody deeply held Jewish and democratic values and that help secure the State of Israel as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people. J Street believes that only a negotiated resolution agreed to by Israelis and Palestinians can meet the legitimate needs and national aspirations of both peoples.

Working in the American political system, in the Jewish community and with others with whom they share core values, J Street advocates for diplomacy-first American leadership and policies that advance justice, equality, peace, and democracy in Israel, in the wider region and in the United States as well.

Sam Berkman, National Director of Communal Leadership joined J Street in 2011, serving most recently as Midwest Regional Director and previously as Assistant Director of Government Affairs. Prior to J Street, Sam gained experience with both the Assistant Majority Leader of the Senate and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. He also served as a Team Leader in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in 2010. Sam holds a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in writing and sociology from Northland College. Sam currently resides in the Chicago area.

Upcoming Events


Men's Club Shabbat Zoom

Friday, October 29, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Join the Men's Club for a Zoom online Shabbat service featuring members of the Men's Club leading the service and reading from Torah.

For more information, contact Steve Reitman by email at   


Previous Events



Men's Club Man of the Year 2019-2020

Brett Litoff


The Temple Adat Shalom Men's Club is very proud to announce that Brett Litoff has been voted 2019-2020 Man of the Year by its leadership. Brett Litoff is most deserving of the honor, and follows in footsteps of many movers and shakers before him. 

Brett  serves on both the Temple and Men's Club Boards.  Currently, he serves as the Membership Chair of the Men's Club where he is responsible for engaging men in the important work we do on behalf of the Temple and community. He volunteers to help with our famous Men's Club brunches and is instrumental with the success of our Purim Carnival.  As our Youth liaison, he identifies opportunities to help our schools.  For the Temple, he serves as a Vice President, Special Projects  and sits on the President's Council to help future visioning.  He is a dedicated Blue Crew team member helping keep Temple Members safe. He is a veteran Temple Purim Shpiel actor, Food Festival volunteer, and you name it...Brett is there to serve and be helpful.

In asking Brett about why he is involved in Men's Club, he responded:

Men's Club is important to me because I value supporting Judaism locally and in a way that immediately impacts my family. I love how we all come from different places professionally, politically, philosophically and religiously to support the common goal of supporting the temple.


The members of our Men's Club don't just get together to socialize and have fun--we are deeply connected to our broader temple community as well as our local and global communities. In addition to raising funds that enable our teens to participate in Jewish Heritage Trips with Rabbi David, it is Men's Club volunteers who plan and put on our congregation's annual Purim Carnival, that brings the joy of Purim to children of all ages.

Men's club members serve latkes to Mosad Shalom students to celebrate Chanukah

Our Men's Club volunteers are latke makers extraordinaire for the religious school's Chanukah celebrations. The special connection between the Men's Club and our religious school students is evidenced by the traditional gift of the Torah book made by the Men's Club to every b'nei mitzvah student. It is a Men's Club representative who introduces each b'nei mitzvah student to the congregation at Erev Shabbat services on the eve of each b'nei mitzvah.

Our annual Men's Club Shabbat not only enables many of our members to help lead the congregation in worship, but also includes the highlight of over a dozen men reading Torah during the service.

Our TAS Men's Club is known throughout the Reform Movement as one of the most active and engaged Men's Clubs in the country. Come to a monthly brunch and enjoy great food, an engaging and provocative speaker, and the lively company of 80-100 Jewish men.

Our annual Family Camping Trip is a Temple Adat Shalom favorite, drawing experienced and novice campers alike to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors along with delicious meals and fun activities, all provided by the Men's Club.

You won't want to miss our annual Men's Club Pizza Night. It was previously called a Seder (but not a Passover seder) so we changed the name to avoid any confusion. This is where we get a chance to discuss the modern plagues we face as men, in a supportive and friendly environment.


Men's Club members play an instrumental role in our congregation's social action initiatives, participating in blood drives, volunteering to help feed the homeless at Christmas time, and more. 

Additional programs sponsored by the Men's Club throughout the year may include White Water Rafting, Comedy Night, a Family Hoe Down, and more.

Membership is open to all male congregants of Temple Adat Shalom or any other Jewish congregation. Your membership dues get you free admission to our monthly brunches, though membership is not required to attend the brunches or any other Men's Club program. Members receive discounts on most of the Men's Club events.

Here is an brief overview given on 6/28/2020 by the Men's Club Immediate Past President, Mark Molbegott for the TAS Annual Congregational Meeting describing the Men's Club events for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

Click here to see the video presentation


For more information, please contact: Men's Club Membership. To download the Membership Application, click here and please follow the instructions at the bottom. The 'Submit Form' button is currently disabled.



Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782