Embracing Brotherhood: The Urgency and Benefits of Men’s Groups in the Jewish Community


Embracing Brotherhood: The Urgency and Benefits of Men’s Groups in the Jewish Community

Rabbi Noam Raucher, MA.Ed 

Executive Director – Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs

In the bustling tapestry of the Jewish community, there’s an increasingly recognized need for spaces tailored specifically for men—places where camaraderie thrives, vulnerability is welcomed, and growth is nurtured. While women’s groups have long been integral to our community, it’s time to shine a spotlight on the necessity and urgency of men’s groups. Let’s delve into why these groups are crucial, how they benefit men individually and our community as a whole, and why their establishment should be a top priority.

Before delving into the specifics of this proposal, I want to address a concern that may arise: the potential resemblance to the outdated concept of an “old boys club.” I share your commitment to fostering inclusivity, diversity, and mutual respect within our community, and I want to assure you that the men’s group we envision is fundamentally different from the exclusive and often exclusionary nature of old boys clubs.

The Call for Brotherhood:

Across the globe, men face a myriad of challenges—from societal expectations of stoicism to the pressures of career success and family responsibilities. Yet, these burdens are often borne silently, behind closed doors, as men grapple with the stigma surrounding vulnerability. The result? Isolation, mental health struggles, and fractured relationships. The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) believes that men’s groups serve as a beacon of hope, offering a safe harbor where men can shed their armor and connect authentically with others who understand their journey.

Bolstering Men, Enriching Community:

Emotional Well-being: Research underscores the critical importance of social support for men’s mental health. By providing a space for open dialogue and shared experiences, men’s groups offer a lifeline to those navigating life’s highs and lows. A recent study published in Psychology of Men & Masculinity found that men who participate in support groups report lower levels of depression and anxiety, highlighting the profound impact of camaraderie on emotional well-being.

Personal Growth: Within the confines of men’s groups, members embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Through reflective discussions, workshops, and mentorship opportunities, men cultivate self-awareness, resilience, and a deeper understanding of themselves. This journey of personal growth not only benefits individual members but also enriches the fabric of our community with men who are empowered to lead with integrity and compassion.

Community Cohesion: The ripple effects of men’s groups extend far beyond their immediate members, fostering a culture of solidarity and support within the broader community. As men develop stronger emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, they become positive role models for younger generations and catalysts for cultural change. Stronger, more cohesive communities emerge when men are empowered to show up authentically, forge meaningful connections, and contribute their unique talents and perspectives.

The statistics speak volumes—men are disproportionately affected by issues such as substance abuse, suicide, and social isolation. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, men account for approximately 75% of suicides in the United States. These sobering realities underscore the urgency of establishing men’s groups as a proactive intervention to address men’s mental health and well-being. The FJMC is committed to creating sacred spaces where men can be challenged and encouraged to grow with healthy spiritual practices that bring meaning to their lives and relationships. 

Reach out to FJMC and let us come together as a global community to co-create intentional spaces for men’s growth. Whether through men’s retreats, study groups, or support networks, let us prioritize the well-being and growth of our male members. Together, we can build a stronger, more vibrant community—one where every member is empowered to thrive.

As members of the Jewish community, we have a collective responsibility to ensure the health and vitality of all our members—men included. By championing the establishment of men’s groups, we not only provide vital support to men in need but also strengthen the bonds that unite us as a community. Let’s embrace brotherhood, cultivate connection, and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future—for all. In doing so, we will we may very well see the words of psalm 133 come to fruition in our lives: How good and how pleasant it is that brothers dwell together.


  1. Vogel, D. L., et al. (2011). Help seeking and men: Examining the role of masculinity, depression, and distress. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 12(1), 1-16. 
  2. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (2021). Suicide Statistics.

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