The Brotherhood of Temple Beth El, established in 1919, was one of the first brotherhoods in the country. In 1923 we helped found the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods.

The founders of Temple Beth El Men’s Club sought a way for men to become more active in congregational life, while enhancing camaraderie and enriching the social and cultural life of members. The concept was an immediate success from the very first project held in December 1919.

The Men’s Club rapidly grew to over 800 members. Its members over the years offered support to existing Temple programs, routinely created new programs where there was a need, built fraternal bonds, and provided a pool of volunteers for the congregation ranging from ushers to those visiting the homes of the bereaved. This vibrant and dynamic group existed for the next 60 years until the social forces of the late 20th century began to take their toll. Traditional male roles changed both within and without the congregation. Many no longer perceived the pivotal position played by Brotherhood and saw Brotherhood membership as a less valued asset in their lives. Temple members often found ways outside the congregation to express their interests and concerns.

The Temple Beth El Brotherhood of the 21st century has treated these challenges as obstacles to overcome. We have expanded membership to the entire community. Our programs are open to all – not just Brotherhood members. Brotherhood has formed linkages to other synagogues and faith communities for purposes of joint action to address social ills. We have attempted to convert Brotherhood to an organization of action and one of leadership, while being cognizant of our 94-year commitment to Temple Beth El, the Reform Movement, and Detroit’s Jewish community. Brotherhood no longer tries to fit members into “little boxes,” but seeks to have each member express the person’s interests and meet the person’s concerns. Our goal is to make Brotherhood a value added component in the lives of each of its members. 

Brotherhood Speaker Series
at 9:40 am following TBE Sunday Morning Breakfast by Brotherhood


“The History of TBE Brotherhood” with 
Larry Imerman

To commemorate Temple Beth El Brotherhood’s 100th year, past president Larry Imerman will kick off the Centennial celebration by presenting Brotherhood’s storied history from its founding in December 1919 until today. 


“Detroit: The 1967 Riot and Other Important Events” with Berl Falbaum

Berl Falbaum, who has experienced the ups and downs of Detroit firsthand as a reporter, politician, PR firm owner, professor and writer, will share his unique perspective on some tumultuous events that have impacted Detroit over the years including the 1967 Riot.


“Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” 
with Craig Matichuk

Craig Matichuk, Principal Solutions Architect with Alexa Auto at Amazon and a Brotherhood Board member, will present a discussion of Artificial Intelligence with an emphasis on applications to the self-driving 
and conventional automobile industry.  

Proposed Brotherhood Slate 2019-2020

President: Mark Schonberger
Vice President: Lenny Beigler

Recording Secretary: Martin Schock
Corresponding Secretary: Julian Prince
Treasurer: Bruce Jacob
Immediate Past President: Bruce Plisner


Directors: Robert Beckett, Jerry Beigler, Josh Cohen, Brian Gurwin, Steven Kaplan, Frank Mabry, Craig Matichuk, Larry Warren, Marc Zupmore


Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301