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Brotherhood Chili Cook-off 2016

What could be better on a winter day? Why, what else, good home cookin’ comfort food – chili! That’s what many guests enjoyed on Sunday, March 6th at the Brotherhood’s Second Annual Chili Cook-off Competition. Master Chefs came from far and wide to show off their secret recipes. Well, maybe they weren’t Master Chefs, and maybe they didn’t come from long distances, but nevertheless, man was their chili’s good!

Our seven competitors this year were all men of the Temple Chayai Shalom Brotherhood. They were: Andy Faber, Andy Sternburg, Adam Kempner, Adam Garber, Mike Berkowitz, Rob Newton and Lew Levine.

When the dust settled, one competitor’s chili stood above the rest, and that was...drum roll please…Andy Faber! Congratulations to Andy who won the coveted Blue Ribbon, a chili pot trophy and a $25 gift certificate to Tasty Ray’s of Mansfield. Mike Berkowitz (served by Jacob Weintraub) placed second and Rob Newton, last year’s champion, rounded out the top finishers with a third place showing.

The Brotherhood would like to thank Rob Newton for arranging the venue and Mark Flicop for procuring all the accoutrements and working the door. Most importantly, we extend a huge thank you to this year’s chefs and our guests who came to eat some great chili and support the Brotherhood’s fundraising efforts.

If you missed it this year, the Brotherhood is considering making this a regular annual event, so we’ll see ya’ next year!


Scotch Whiskey Tasting Program

On Sunday, November 29th, the Brotherhood sponsored a Scotch Whiskey tasting program at Wines & More, located at Mansfield Crossing shopping center. Sixteen men participated, some from the Brotherhood as well as friends of members.

Everyone had a great time, enjoying the different single malt spirits and learning about the distilling and aging processes that contribute to each individual brands’ unique taste profile. Look out later this year for an upcoming Beer tasting program.

The Brotherhood extends a Todah Rabah to Gary Keimach, senior vice president of Martignetti Liquor Distributors, who facilitated and led the program and to Wines & More for hosting it.

Brotherhood, a Retrospective and Prospective
2015 was a terrific year for Temple Chayai Shalom’s men’s auxiliary organization, the Brotherhood. At present, we have 50 members.

As we concluded the 2014/15 campaign, the Brotherhood Board of Directors was very pleased to have voted to award Rachel Scarpino the Sol Krumins Scholarship. The Brotherhood awards a $500 cash prize to a graduating senior, who is an active and contributing member of our congregation.

In addition to our own $500 college scholarship award, the Brotherhood made a $500 contribution to the Temple’s Rabbi Search Committee to help offset expenses incurred in the search for our incoming spiritual leader of the congregation.  

This year’s Paid-up Event was held at Westgate Lanes in Brockton. More than 15 men bowled strikes and spares (and the occasional gutter-ball) and shot pool. The men enjoyed pub-style pizza 'reminiscent of with some of the pizzas previously tested at the Brotherhood’s past Pizza Tasting events.

2015 saw the creation of a new food-related event – the Chili Cook-Off. Seven Brotherhood Master Chefs served up their own chili creations for the congregation. New Brotherhood Board Member Rob Newton took home the coveted Blue Ribbon award for cooking up the chili voted as #1 by the guests attending.

In December, the Brotherhood men got together at Jake and Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill to watch a Patriot’s game and enjoyed multiple towers of chicken wings. The event was well-attended and plans are to make this an annual event.

In January 2016, the Brotherhood, for the eighth year in a row, hosted the always-sold-out Trivia Night competition. Participants first enjoy a delicious Italian meal and then get down to the nitty-gritty competition, where they test their knowledge of sports, history, geography, arts/entertainment and pop culture. Everyone always enjoys this evening of spirited friendly competition, which is usually our largest fundraiser of the year. The Trivia Night Champions were Lew and Caren Levine and Marty and Kathy Weiner.

On an ongoing basis, we started up a monthly poker card game that rotates to various members’ houses each month. This has been a popular addition to our social activities.

The Brotherhood, as always, has run the congregation’s annual Purim Carnival. The kids of the congregation really enjoy this, especially dressing up as their best Queen Esther, Mordecai, King Ahashuerus or Hamen to try to win the Best Costume prize!

The Brotherhood has also given back to the Temple Community. We offered a complete auto wash and wax to two winning bidders at the recent TCS Gala. We’ll have hoses and sponges in hand as we honor our commitment to these generous donors. In addition, members of the Brotherhood enjoy getting together, and getting our hands dirty tackling landscaping projects to help continually beautify the temple.

The Brotherhood sponsors a viewing of a Holocaust film each year to commemorate Yom HaShoah. Past films have been well-attended and positively received by members of the congregation and the secular community. This coming May 1st, we plan to show another Holocaust related film, "The Pianist." 

If you’re an adult male member of Temple Chayai Shalom, and you’re not yet a member of the Brotherhood, we hope you’ll consider joining us for these and other great events and programs in the future!


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Mission Statement

The Brotherhood of Temple Chayai Shalom is dedicated to pursuing social activities, fundraising opportunities and social action within our community which serve to improve our relationship with each other while we support the growth and sustenance of our congregation.
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Brotherhood Officers 
Co-presidents: Mark Flicop & Rob Newton
Immediate Past President: Brian Schwartz
Vice President: Mike Cohen
reasurer: Scott Weber
Secretary: Josh Parker
Advisory Board: Paul Kaufman, Steve Dancey & Lew Levine
Honoray Member/Immediate Past President: Brian Schwartz & Scott Zenack