Written by Stu Kushner

B’nai Israel Congregation’s Mitzvah day

Dear Amity Club President Wollins,

Steve, I have been meaning to write and thank you again for all the wonderful help (and donations) the Amity Club of Washington provided to B’nai Israel Congregation’s Mitzvah day!  There are countless places where your members could donate your time so we especially appreciate that you picked B’nai.

We were able to include a prominent mention of your group in our post-event write up and appreciated that you sent us a write up.  A pdf copy of the article is attached.

In addition we’ve attached some pictures taken of the group, which you are welcome to use.  Hopefully you will consider participating in B’nai Israel’s Mitzvah Day next time.

Thanks again and Shalom,

Elizabeth H. Bono
Program Associate to Rabbi Michael Safra
B’nai Israel Congregation


Written by Stu Kushner

Giving Back

Amity members feel a strong pride in using their collective muscle in contributing to community needs. From building sukkot to repairing homes and making sandwiches, Amity members are there to help. In addition, a portion of annual dues goes to charitable contributions. Here is a partial list of organizations benefiting from Amity generosity:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv University
  • American ORT Federation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Children’s Inn at NIH
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Friends of Allison Atlas
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Council for Aging
  • Jewish Social Services
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Montgomery County Stroke Association, Inc.
  • National Holocaust Museum
Written by Stu Kushner

85 Years and Going Strong

STAR 150x150Washington, DC — The Amity Club of Washington, a philanthropic and social club for active and retired businessmen serving the Washington DC area, celebrated its 85th birthday this year. The group started in 1924 as a small, card playing club and has evolved into one of the premier men’s clubs in the Washington DC area.

For its members, golf outings or dinner/speaker events are held monthly. This year’s golf tournaments included Hunter’s Oak Country Club, Montgomery Country Club, Chartwell Country Club, Hunt Valley Golf Club and Lake Presidential Golf Club. At these events, members enjoy new and unfamiliar premier golf courses, camaraderie, and the opportunity to support worthwhile charities. Dinner events often feature prominent guest speakers from politics, media and sports. This year’s slate of speakers includes Washington Post Sports columnist Tom Boswell, Yaron Sfadyah from the Israeli Embassy, and ESPN baseball analyst Tim Krirkjian.

Amity also supports numerous organizations through its charitable foundation. For 2009 and in recent years, the Amity Club of Washington was proud to have made donations to numerous charities, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • American Friends of Magen David Adon
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ
  • American ORT Federation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Children’s Inn at NIH
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Friends of Allison Atlas
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Council for Aging
  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Jewish Social Services
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Montgomery Child Care
  • Montgomery County Stroke Association, Inc.
  • National Holocaust Museum
  • Volunteer Braille
  • Whitman Walker AIDS Clinic

Members are kept up to date on all club activities through our monthly newsletter, which also makes mention of member birthdays and wedding anniversaries as well as any “good and welfare” news. Our website also features a business directory of member services and “in memoriam” tribute pages to members that have passed away.

Past President Ralph Rothstein, who was born the same year that the Amity Club was founded, fondly recalls, “My Dad was one of the Founding Fathers of Amity in 1924. His enthusiasm for the Club rubbed off on my brother and me – we both joined Amity in 1946 and have been active members ever since. My two sons have been members for over twenty years. We have all made life long friendships.”

Added current President Adam Warshavsky, “Amity’s roots run deep in the Washington DC region. The club’s rich traditions of fellowship, camaraderie and charity are alive and well in all of its members”.