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Meet the Temple Beth Shalom Brotherhood

See our 2022-2023 Report

We are a group of guys from our congregationyour friends and peerswho get together to build personal, professional, and spiritual relationships with each other and the temple.

We talk about issues important to men: being married, being single, children, health, finance, cooking, cars, sports, and generally provide a place for venting, inquiry, seriousness, and silliness. Brotherhood is self-powered, not financed by the temple, and is a unique group of friends. See below for a glimpse at “What We Do.”

Ask us to add you to the email list to get notices about our events.

Join Brotherhood Now
Brotherhood membership donations are welcome ($36 suggested), but you’re part of the group either way!

By PayPal (No need to complete a form!):
1. Log in to PayPal (sign up if you don’t have an account) and select “Send.”
2. Enter as recipient and click “Next.”
3. Enter $36.00; change “Paying for an item or service” to “Sending to a friend.
4. Enter your name and “Brotherhood dues” in Note field, then click “Continue.”
5. Select payment method (bank, PayPal balance, or credit card), then click “Next.”
6. Select “Send payment now” to complete your transaction.

By check:
Download/print/complete the Membership Form, and mail it with a $36 check payable to “Brotherhood of Temple Beth Shalom” to Temple Beth Shalom, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin, TX 78731.

•    Connect with new and familiar colleagues, friends, and the temple community.
•    Strengthen and serve our congregation to promote the growth of Reform Judaism.
•    Serve Jewish and humanitarian causes in the local Austin community and at higher levels.
•    Enhance learning and leadership skills—yours and others.

Contact us for questions or to join.

Mark Mellon-Werch (President)
Andrew Johnson (Vice President)
Mark Fern (Vice President)
Kevin Richie (Treasurer)
Bruce Corman (Secretary)    

Mike Fedrid, Steve Feibus, Dan Greenfield, Paul Greening, Keith Gurian, Lance Kutnick, Simon Wellner, Steve Winograd, YOU!

Many active members participate in our projects and events. Brotherhood membership donations are welcome ($36 suggested), but you’re part of the group either way!
What We Do! 

Our 2022-2023 Report
We serve the temple and the greater community. We gather to eat, drink, and be merry. We build friendships and support each other. We grow beyond events into greater engagement with fellow members. Peek at the sampling of what we did over the past year:


  • Meet second Thursdays of the month at the temple. See email for room and instructions. This gathering is casual, purposeful, and open to all Temple members. Ample snacks and beverages!
  • Build the temple sukkah and host gatherings like Sangria in the Sukkah with Sisterhood.
  • Help with the High Holy Day services and other temple events.
  • Gather for somewhat monthly breakfasts/lunches—recently at Another Broken Egg and outside at Foodhead.
  • Project the Super Bowl onto the Social Hall wall with a potluck feast.
  • Enter our Jew-wrench Racing team into the Reuben Kogut Memorial Kosher Chili Cook-off.
  • Break out the Brotherhood bar, Haman’s Watering Hole, to serve wine, beer and cocktails (Whiskey Shamash!) for Chanukah and Purim.
  • Fire up the grill for the annual End-of-School-Year Picnic for 300 people.

Irregular gatherings:

  • Organize social outings and community mitzvah projects.
  • Partner with Sisterhood to organize joint events.
  • Attended a UT women's basketball game.
  • Organized a community Introduction to Krav Maga.
  • Met downtown for Fareground dinner and Chosen Comedy show.

Thank you to all who made Brotherhood a joy this year!

Tue, May 21 2024 13 Iyar 5784