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Lodge Bezalel News

Welcome Bro Phil,
Welcome Bro Jason




Lodge Bezalel is happy to welcome Phil Rosner (second from left) and Jason Goldman (second from right) as new brethren of the Hebrew Order of David. Flanked by Worthy Brother President Gary Fish and Brother Vice President Ryan Simmons, they were initiated before the lodge’s Nov. 16 OLM.



Lodge Bezalel's Pirates of the Cow-Rib-Bean
Takes 3rd in Chicken at AKBF Competition

A drumstick saved the Pirates of the Cow-Rib-Bean from walking the plank at the 2021 Atlanta Kosher Barbecue Festival.

The team, which features brothers from Lodge Bezalel and members of the Congregation Or Hadash Men's Club took third place in the chicken competition. Lodge Bezalel Pirates included Wor Bro Gary Fish, newly initiated Bro Marc Gault and prospective member Jason Goldman. Aaron Diamant represented the COH Men's Club, and Bro Paul Flexner and Wor Bro Stan Schnitzer represented both organizations.

Team members met on Thursday night before the competition to prep their award-winning chicken as well as their brisket and ribs. They reconvened after Shabbat to spend the night tending to their grills and preparing their chili for the fourth category in the competition. Bros Ron Scheinzeit and Wayne Joss pitched in during the festival to help prepare tastings for the estimated 5,000 attendees.

Before the festival's opening, some 150 children and adults took part in the first HOD/Maccabi Fun Run, a joint international effort of the Hebrew Order of David and Maccabi International. Among the runners were Rabbi Lauren Henderson of Congregation Or Hadash, which provides meeting space for Lodge Bezalel, and members of both COH and Lodge Bezalel and their families.

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Lodge Bezalel Calendar
Nov. 17, 2021 

Date

Event

Location

Time and Details

Sun. Nov. 28

Hanukkah

 

First Candle is lit at sundown

 

Mon. Dec. 7

Monthly Planning Meeting

Zoom

7:30 p.m.

 

Sun. Dec. 12

Football Watch Party

Suburban Tap

1318 Johnson Ferry Road

Marietta, GA 30068

Arrive at 12:30 p.m. to claim or establish a large table to watch the Falcons take on the Carolina Panthers for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

 

Mon. Jan 3, 2022

Monthly Planning Meeting

Zoom

7:30 p.m.

 

Tue. Jan. 18

Open Lodge Meeting

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

 

7 p.m. for Snacks and Schmooze

7:30 p.m. Open Lodge Meeting

8:30 p.m. Table Lodge – Bro Evan Busman on Advocating Your Own Healthcare

 

Mon. Feb. 7

Monthly Planning Meeting

Zoom

7:30 p.m.

 

Tue. Feb. 15

Open Lodge Meeting

Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Trowbridge Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

 

7 p.m. for Snacks and Schmooze

7:30 p.m. Open Lodge Meeting

8:30 p.m. Table Lodge – TBA

 

 

Lodge Bezalel Welcomes 11 New Brethren

Before a Multi-Lodge gathering of more than 80 brethren at Congregation Or Hadash, Lodge Bezalel brought 11 new members at the first initiation ceremony in Atlanta since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic 17 months ago. Lodge Magen David initiated six new brethren, and Lodge Sjhimshon initiated five.

Also attending were members of Grand Lodge, Governing Lodge and Lodge Carmel.

Lodge Bezalel's new brethren are:
Burton Brody
Michael Epstein
Ezra Flom
Marc Gault
Mark Gaynor
Bob Gordon
Matt Green
Gary Lotner
Arnold Meyer
Bruce Rosenblum




The Cat Association: Saving Lives in Israel and Around the World Lodge Bezalel was honored recently to present Jason Blankfield – live from Israel on Zoom – to talk about how special forces, such as his Unit 669, the elite Airborne Search & Rescue Unit of the IDF, are saving lives when Israel comes under attack. He invited our Lodge Bezalel brethren and brethren in lodges throughout the world of HOD to support the extra efforts his fellow members of the Cat Association are taking to help Israeli citizens and former active members of his unit. Learn more about Unit 669 and how you can help. Click here.

Read Our Meeting Minutes

Click to read the minutes from our last OLM and mintues from all 2021, 2020 and 2019 OLMs.

We're Back !!!

We had our first OLM in 14 months on May 20. What more is there to say?



New Lodge Bezalel Officers Installed

Worthy Brother Gary Fish and Brother Ryan Simmons were installed as President and Vice President, respectively, along with a new officer team during a special Zoom ceremony  March 21.

Our new Lodge Bezalel Officers are:

  • President - Worthy Brother Gary Fish
  • Vice President - Brother Ryan Simmons 
  • Treasurer - Brother Steve Tabb
  • Secretary - Worthy Brother Craig Varon
  • Master of Ceremonies - Brother Wayne Greenberg
  • Scribe and IPP - Worthy Brother Stan Schnitzer
  • Registrar - Brother Harry Korchia
  • Preceptor - Brother Bruce Mellman
  • Chaplain - Brother Harvey Brightman
  • Inner Guardian - Brother Evan Busman
  • Marshals - Brothers Yuval Mano, Wayne Joss, Mike Kedme, David Weingast, Ron Scheinzeit
  • Trustees - Worthy Brothers Stan Sonnabend, Iosi Schwartz
Brother Steve Tabb is also designated as Associate VP, and Brother Wayne Greenberg is also designated as Associate Secretary. Lodge Bezalel instituted an “Associate” program to foster smoother transitions through continuity for key positions.

Committees

  • New Member - Brothers David Weingast and Doug Friedman
  • Fund Raising - Worthy Brother Henry Levine and Brother Doug Friedman
  • Under 50 Committee - Brothers Yuval Mano, Wayne Joss, Mike Kedme
  • Cooking Committee – Worthy Brother Iosi Schwartz and Brother Mitch Frank
Immediate Past President and Scribe Stan Schnitzer was raised to Third Degree (Worthy Brother).

Pat Yourselves on the Back

Lodge Bezalel was awarded for the Highest Percentage of Growth for 2018-2020 Grand Lodge term. The award was given during the Biennial Grand Lodge Conference in Johannesburg, March 6-8. The award is the harvest of the seeds we planted and cultivated over the past 18 months, led by our Membership Chairs, Bros Steve Tabb and David Weingast, who provided the direction and organization. Read More

Get Involved with Lodge Bezalel

Join one of our committees and make your mark on Lodge Bezalel. Our committees and chair contacts:

Social: David Weinberger and Paul Flexner
Community Service: Alan Wind
Membership: David Weingast
Table Lodge: Wayne Joss

Atlanta’s ‘Super Mario Brothers’ at Zichron Menachem

Worthy Brother Mario Oves, President of HOD’s North America Governing Lodge, and newly-initiated Brother Mario Karpuj, Lodge Bezalel, were in Jerusalem to present a check for $22,000 at the Zichron Menachem campus in Jerusalem.

The money will fund the construction of a hair salon dedicated to helping children with cancer. The salon will provide custom made wigs, along with payot for the religious boys. In the last year alone, they created over 500 custom-made wigs for children and young adults. They style and color the wigs, to create a look as close as possible to their existing hair style. [Read More]

Lodge Bezalel and HOD in the community

Lodge Bezalel of The Hebrew Order of David International (HOD), a Jewish fraternal organization, recently presented a check to support the K-9 Unit of the Cobb County Police Department. The money was raised through Lodge Bezalel’s participation in the annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival, held in the fall at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody. [Read More]

We need your help

Click here to donate to HOD Lodge Bezalel to support our efforts in the Jewish community. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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Zichron Menachem Project

Hebrew Order of David is partnering with Zichron Menachem to fund the construction of a Hair Salon at the Zichron Menachem campus in Jerusalem.

HOD Lodges from around the world are supporting this needed and valuable project.

Your donation is strongly encouraged.  An anonymous donor will match 100% of your donation, so please give all you can. [Read More] about this wonderful project.

Upcoming events

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New Brethren

Lodge Bezalel Welcomes the Following New Brethren to HOD

Burton Brody
Michael Epstein
Ezra Flom
Marc Gault
Mark Gaynor
Bob Gordon
Matt Green
Gary Lotner
Arnold Meyer
Bruce Rosenblum

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