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. 

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.

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




Brotherhood Offers TBE Members Discounted Tickets for Two DSO Concerts and a JET Theatre Comedy. For several years, Brotherhood has been arranging discounted tickets to Detroit Symphony Orchestra Neighborhood Concerts and Jewish Ensemble Theatre plays.  This year, we will be offering tickets to two DSO concerts and one JET play.  These tickets are available for all congregants with an additional price reduction for Brotherhood members.


TBE at the DSO

Brotherhood will be offering unreserved discounted tickets to two Detroit Symphony Orchestra Neighborhood Concerts this year.  Both concerts will take place at Congregation Shaarey Zedek on Thursday nights at 7:30.  Normally $25 per ticket, the group price is $10 each for a Brotherhood member plus one guest and $20 for other Temple members. 

Brahms’ 2nd Symphony - Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 pm

In addition to the Brahms’ Symphony, the concert includes Schubert’s Overture to “The Magic Harp” and Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto featuring pianist Eric Lu. 

Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony - Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 pm

Besides Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, the other pieces are Kodály’s Dances of Galanta and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with cellist Pablo Ferrandez as the soloist. 


TBE at the JET

Our TBE group will be going on the first Saturday of the JET play run at 5:00 pm. The price is $32 for our group discounted tickets instead of the $42 subscription price and the $47 individual ticket price.  Brotherhood members will receive an additional $7 price reduction for up to two tickets.

Born Yesterday (comedy) – Saturday, June 6 at 5 pm

Garson Kanin’s hilarious 1946 play was made into a 1950 movie.  Accompanied by his showgirl lady friend, a shady scrap metal king aims to take Washington DC by storm right after World War 2.  When he hires an idealistic newspaper man to educate the showgirl enough to prevent her embarrassing remarks, he is in for a big surprise.


To get more information or to reserve your tickets for either DSO Neighborhood Concert or for “Born Yesterday” at the JET, email Julian Prince at or phone 248-626-6641.

Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301