MoTAS Weekly 05/05/2021: May 16 Meeting – Debby Weissman & Joel Lowell

In This Issue:

  1. MAY 16 MEMBERSHIP MEETING – DEBBY WEISSMAN AND JOEL LOWELL
  2. NOMINATED OFFICERS FOR 2021-2022
  3. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL
  4. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR JUNE
  5. MRJ PROGRAM: 10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S – MAY 19
  6. IN CLOSING

1. MAY 16 MEMBERSHIP MEETING – DEBBY WEISSMAN AND JOEL LOWELL

Join MoTAS on Sunday, May 16 for our MoTAS Monthly Meeting. We’ve shifted the meeting a week later due to Mother’s Day. At the meeting, our program will spotlight two of TAS’ own special people who are giving back to their community. 

Debby Weissman, long time TAS member and member of the 2020-21 TAS Board of Trustees, will speak on her interesting post-retirement work-life helping our local community in areas with unique challenges.  Debby is a Los Angeles County COVID-19 Outbreak Investigator working with PEH, aka People Experiencing Homelessness.  If that is not enough, Debby also provides vaccines at the COVID facility at CSUN and assesses people for adverse reactions.  She will talk about the unique challenges and observations she has experienced at both positions. 

Joel Lowell, also a member of TAS and a past president of MoTAS, will talk about his experience on the Northridge West Neighborhood Council.  He will cover the purpose of the council, some its current challenges, and what he would like to see the Council involved in in the future.

Additionally, at our meeting, we’ll be voting on our slate of officers for the 2021-2022 programming year.

Here’s the link to the meeting:

Join our MoTAS May 16 monthly  Zoom meeting.  Our program will start at about 9:45.

2. NOMINATED OFFICERS FOR 2021-2022

The MoTAS Nominating Committee presented the following slate of potential officers at the April meeting:

  • President: Larry Pfefer
  • Vice Presidents: Scott Gore, Ed Lapporte
  • Secretary: Hal Bass
  • Treasurer: Roger Lowe

We will be voting on this slate at the May meeting. Please attend and show your support for these fine men as they move MoTAS forward.

3. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL

By now, you have received your MoTAS Appeal Letter. You’ve read about all MoTAS has done to support TAS over the past year, and how the COVID environment has limited our fund raising options. You know that our appeal is even more important this year for us to do what we do. Luckily, it is easy to support MoTAS. Just visit our support webpage: http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. There you can read the appeal letter, make your donation online, or download a form to mail with your check to Roger. Without all of our usual activities, MoTAS needs your support even more to be able to support the temple and its needs during these extraordinary times. MoTAS does not charge dues to its members; we depend on your donations to be able to do what we do.

Just visit http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ to donate.

4.  SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR JUNE

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking May submissions to be listed in June 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

5.  MRJ PROGRAM: 10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S – MAY 19

Alzheimer's Program ImageJoin Temple Beth El of Hollywood Brotherhood for a virtual program on the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

The program will be held Wednesday May 19 at 3:00 PM Pacific (6:00 PM Eastern). Click here to register.

Hosted by Temple Beth El Brotherhood, Hollywood FL.

IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

MoTAS Weekly 04/21/2021: 2021-22 Nominees

In This Issue:

  1. HOLD THE DATE – MAY 16 MEMBERSHIP MEETING
  2. NOMINATED OFFICERS FOR 2021-2022
  3. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL
  4. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR MAY
  5. APRIL MEETING MINUTES
  6. IN CLOSING

1. HOLD THE DATE – MAY 16 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Join MoTAS on Sunday, May 16 for our MoTAS Monthly Meeting. We’ve shifted the meeting a week later due to Mother’s Day. The topic is still to be announced.

Additionally, at our meeting, we’ll be voting on our slate of officers for the 2021-2022 programming year.

2. NOMINATED OFFICERS FOR 2021-2022

The MoTAS Nominating Committee presented the following slate of potential officers at the April meeting:

  • President: Larry Pfefer
  • Vice Presidents: Scott Gore, Ed Lapporte
  • Secretary: Hal Bass
  • Treasurer: Roger Lowe

We will be voting on this slate at the May meeting. Please attend and show your support for these fine men as they move MoTAS forward.

3. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL

By now, you have received your MoTAS Appeal Letter. You’ve read about all MoTAS has done to support TAS over the past year, and how the COVID environment has limited our fund raising options. You know that our appeal is even more important this year for us to do what we do. Luckily, it is easy to support MoTAS. Just visit our support webpage: http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. There you can read the appeal letter, make your donation online, or download a form to mail with your check to Roger. Without all of our usual activities, MoTAS needs your support even more to be able to support the temple and its needs during these extraordinary times. MoTAS does not charge dues to its members; we depend on your donations to be able to do what we do.

Just visit http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ to donate.

4.  SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR MAY

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking April submissions to be listed in May 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

5. APRIL MEETING MINUTES

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021 via Zoom due to the pandemic

Presiding: President Howard Miller

Members Present: Howard Miller (President), Hal Bass (Secretary), Les Birken, Yale Doberne, Daniel Faigin (Past President), Ken Feldman, Scott Gore, Brian Hatkoff, Larry Hoffman, Al Lapides, Ed Lapporte, Bob Levine, Roger Lowe (Treasurer), Joel Lowell, Fabian Malinovitz, Barry Mann, Chuck Mondrus, Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Neiman, Larry Pfefer (VP), Russ Rapoport (VP), Bill Shapiro, Bernie Singer, Sandy Stern, Mike Thornhill, Ken Wolf, Scott Yollis

Guests: Ellen Lowe, Elaine Pfefferman, Kathy Pullman, Judy Stehr

President’s Report:

Howard began the meeting by asking members what family or temple event was most impactful over the years.

2020-21 Sports Squares supported the temple’s WiFi upgrade ($5,000) and William Rosen’s Eagle Scout project in which he planted decorative tree boxes near the parking lot ($350).

The Annual Appeal is ahead of its fundraising goal ($6,740 vs. $3,600 projected). It is hoped that 100% of active MoTAS members will participate.

TAS Campus Pride has raised $931 vs. $600 projected. David Silverman and the Beautification Committee are looking into using the funds to spruce up and improve the area in front of the office windows and planter area outside the main doors.

Howard announced that Joel Lowell is a candidate for the Northridge West Neighborhood Council, and asked Joel to describe the council’s responsibilities and goals.

Bob Levine publishes simchas in the temple’s Wednesday and Friday eblasts. Email your simchas to Bob at tasboblevine@gmail.com. April 30 is this month’s deadline for publication on May 5.

The playground on the temple grounds can be reserved for one family at a time.

The Board of Trustees has adopted dietary rules for temple members and caterers, which include avoidance of pork products and shellfish and require separate dishes for meat and dairy products at temple functions. However, individuals can still make their own cheeseburgers, for example, and add butter or sour cream to bread or potatoes when meat is served. Our kitchen is not kosher, and groups meeting outside the temple (e.g., havurot) are not required to apply these rules.

An online poker tournament may take place in June, with a minimum top prize of $500. Anticipated income would be $3,600 as compared to $5,000 with a live tournament.

The Annual Gala will be held Saturday, May 15. Our 2021 honorees are members of the Caring Community. Arlene Stone chairs the planning committee, and Mark Gottesman is arranging the entertainment. MoTAS has contributed $1,000 toward advertising and $250 for special activities in conjunction with the Gala.

High Holy Day plans currently anticipate virtual services. If we were to hold live services in the future, Larry Pfefer said they could also be broadcast using strategically placed cameras.

Nominating Committee Report: Bob Levine and Mike Thornhill introduced the slate of officers for 2021-22. Nominees are Larry Pfefer, president; Scott Gore and Ed Lapporte, vice presidents; Roger Lowe, treasurer; Hal Bass, secretary. Voting will take place at the May 16 general meeting. Anyone else interested in running should contact Bob or Mike.

Treasurer’s Report, as of 04/08/21:

Income:

  • Annual Appeal $6,740; TAS Campus Pride $931; Fees <$112>; Two miscellaneous donations $54; Net $7,613
  • Yom HaShoah candles (including 2 payments from 2020) $1,393; Expenses (postage, supplies, credit card fees) <$956>; Net $437

Expenses: $0

Sports Squares:

  • Prior Years Sports Squares Balance: $5,145
  • 2020-21 Football Squares:
    • Income $4,828; Winners <$1,925>; Donated winnings $125; Net $3,028
  • 2021 Super Bowl
    • Income $2,275; Winners <$1,150>; Donated winnings $100; Net $1,225
  • 2021 March Madness:
    • Income $3,276; Winners <$1,632>; Net $1,644
  • Total Sports Squares Funds Available for Distribution: $11,042 ($5,145+$3,028+$1,225+$1,644)

New Business:

Motion to Contribute $1,500 from Sports Squares to Sisterhood for Kitchen and Closet Repainting and Floor Repair: Howard introduced the motion and Chuck Mondrus seconded. In the discussion, Howard explained that the Sisterhood has budgeted $4,500 and the vendor will charge $5,380 for painting, while floor repair will be extra. The motion carried.

Educational Presentation by Laraine Miller: Time Travel – Been There, Undone That; Looking Ahead, Selfish Motives?

Laraine’s talk stimulated a lively discussion about the time-space continuum and time travel. She began her presentation by showing a YouTube video about the possibility of building a time machine. The video was made by an emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the University of Connecticut, Ron Mallett.

Laraine then reviewed concepts advanced by different religious traditions, with particular emphasis on what the Talmud, rabbis and various Jewish sages have had to say.

Many of those in attendance shared their own views about reliving the past or gazing into the future. Laraine’s presentation was greatly appreciated for the time, effort and thought she put into it.

Adjournment and Next MoTAS Meeting: The next meeting will be held by Zoom, Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 9:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Hal Bass/Secretary

IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

MoTAS Weekly 03/10/2021: Mar 14 Monthly Meeting / Mar 11 Ben Tenn Talk / Mar 23 MRJ on Charlottesville

In This Issue:

  1. SU MAR 14 MONTHLY MEETING: MY LIFE IN DOD DESIGN
  2. NCAA SQUARES: REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 30
  3. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL
  4. THU, MAR 11: BEN TENN: ZOOM TO COMMUNE: WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? WHO DO THEY THINK WE ARE?
  5. TUE, MAR 23: MRJ – FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE TO CAPITOL HILL
  6. SUN, MAR 28: TBH BROTHERHOOD SEDER
  7. THU, APR 8: YOM HASHOAH (YELLOW CANDLES)
  8. SUN, APR 11: MOTAS MONTHLY MEETING
  9. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR APRIL
  10. IN CLOSING

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MoTAS Weekly 02/24/2021: NCAA Squares / Seder Survey / Yellow Candles

In This Issue:

  1. NCAA SQUARES TIME
  2. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL
  3. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR MARCH
  4. YELLOW CANDLES – HELP NEEDED
  5. MOTAS SEDER SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
  6. IN CLOSING

1. NCAA SQUARES TIME

Now that football season is officially over, it’s time for basketball and the craziness known as the Final Four, in early April. Once again, MoTAS is happy to offer you the opportunity to help raise some needed funds for special TAS projects, and maybe you’ll earn some $$ along the way. You are receiving this email because you so generously supported our Sports Squares program sometime in the last year, and we want you to have first opportunity to play now. To get all the information (and in some cases, more than you could ever want), go to http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ where you’ll find the instructions, a sign-up form you can print, and a link if you wish to order your spaces online.

To summarize: each name on the board can have up to 3 spaces. The squares are priced at $36 each. The game is for both the men’s and women’s tournament (semifinal two games each, and final games), so there are 12 opportunities to be a winner, since there is a winner at the half and final score. If the board is fully subscribed at all 100 spaces, the payout is $150 per win. Once again, we’ll use our “tie-breaker” method to determine a winner if a winning square is unsold (If there are unsold squares, the payouts will be adjusted.) The tie-breaker is your prediction of the total number of points both teams will score in any game, for example, if you think the final score will be 82-61, your number = 143. Here’s a hint for those who are unfamiliar (or don’t really care….): the average score for the men’s tournament for the last two years was 147, and the average score for the women’s tournament was 134. You get only one tie-breaker per person, so choose wisely.

2.  HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL

By now, you have received your MoTAS Appeal Letter. You’ve read about all MoTAS has done to support TAS over the past year, and how the COVID environment has limited our fund raising options. You know that our appeal is even more important this year for us to do what we do. Luckily, it is easy to support MoTAS. Just visit our support webpage: http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. There you can read the appeal letter, make your donation online, or download a form to mail with your check to Roger. Without all of our usual activities, MoTAS needs your support even more to be able to support the temple and its needs during these extraordinary times. MoTAS does not charge dues to its members; we depend on your donations to be able to do what we do.

Just visit http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ to donate.

3. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR MARCH

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking February submissions to be listed on in March 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

4. YELLOW CANDLES – HELP NEEDED

Traditionally, our March meeting is where we assemble the Yellow Candle boxes for mailing, in lieu of a speaker. But this year our March meeting is virtual, and Zoom is not conducive to assembling candles. So March will be a normal virtual speakers meeting—but we still need to assemble candles.

The approach we will take is to have each volunteer assemble a small number of candles, and return the assembled and labeled boxes to Howard. If you would be willing to help assemble candles, please let Howard know at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org.

5. MOTAS SEDER SURVEY: WE NEED YOUR INPUT

In the mailing for the Annual Appeal, Howard included a tenative date for the MoTAS Seder. If we are actually doing the event, and how it might look, and who we might do it with, is up in the air. Your humble Newletter editor is the coordinator for the event, and I’ve prepared a short SurveyMonkey survey to see what people want. After a week or two (or I get 10 responses), and if there is a desire to actually do something, I’ll drop a note to Mark Singer and see if he wants to pass it to his membership and we can continue the coordination. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5CXJ28W .

For reference: You can find the updated draft version of the MoTAS/TBHLA Haggadah (cut down from the first trial year) at https://app.box.com/s/gbh0aydqshh4omtb3ac8gf4pta3iy1vk . Note that we would not do everything in the service, especially if we do a discussion-only (no meal) event.  You can find the 2007 version of the MRJ Haggadah at http://www.menrj.org/sites/default/files/articles/files/MRJ%20The%20Mens%20Seder%20highres.pdf .

IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

MoTAS Weekly 02/10/2021: Al Lapides at MoTAS Meeting on 2/21 | Support the MoTAS Appeal

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. SU FEB 21: MOTAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING – AL LAPIDES on ADVERTISING
  2. HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL
  3. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR MARCH
  4. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MAN OF THE YEAR – HAL BASS
  5. IN CLOSING

1. SU FEB 21: MOTAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING – AL LAPIDES on ADVERTISING

Our February 21 MoTAS Meeting will feature our own Al Lapides speaking on The History of Advertising and its Effect on Society.  The presentation will cover the early roots and history of advertising to the 21st century.   Much of advertising can be applied to discussions on the ideas and ideals we believe in.  The key is to identify your target, and engage and motivate the people or groups you desire to help your cause or buy your product.  The debate includes whether advertising should entertain and/or irritate (yes that too) your audience, as well as inform them.  Al will also cover the 5 different types of advertising:

  1. Product or service direct to consumer
  2. Institutional / corporate
  3. Targeted business or trade advertising
  4. Political advertising
  5. Lobbying advertising focused on or to consumers

Zoom details will be in next week’s Weekly.

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2.  HELP US DO WHAT WE DO: SUPPORT THE MOTAS APPEAL

By now, you have received your MoTAS Appeal Letter. You’ve read about all MoTAS has done to support TAS over the past year, and how the COVID environment has limited our fund raising options. You know that our appeal is even more important this year for us to do what we do. Luckily, it is easy to support MoTAS. Just visit our support webpage: http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. There you can read the appeal letter, make your donation online, or download a form to mail with your check to Roger. Without all of our usual activities, MoTAS needs your support even more to be able to support the temple and its needs during these extraordinary times. MoTAS does not charge dues to its members; we depend on your donations to be able to do what we do.

Just visit http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ to donate.

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3. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR MARCH

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking February submissions to be listed on in March 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

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4. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MAN OF THE YEAR – HAL BASS

At the January MoTAS Shabbat, our Man of the Year for 2021 was announced: Hal Bass. For those who don’t know Hal, or who missed the Shabbat, here is the introduction to the announcement from our 2020 Man of the Year, Les Birken:

Anyone who meets our honoree soon learns of his deep convictions and passionate observations of the world’s current and past events.  He likes to read and share his ideas not only with family and friends but also readers of the Los Angeles and New York Times where he has had more than 200 letters published.  I know he is an avid reader of the L.A. Times because he acknowledged me when I had a letter published.  He keeps current in his field even after retiring and I have no doubt he could step in today without missing a beat and run circles around colleagues half his age.

Our honoree was born and brought up in a well-known Midwestern city where he learned a strong work ethic from his parents, who owned a “mom and pop” store.  He joined his brother in working in the store on weekends and peak seasons and absorbed his parents’ political and ethical standards that guide him to this day.  His first vote was for JFK in 1960 and has not missed an election since.

He met his bride at a young adult mixer in Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel in August, 1960.  Within three weeks they were engaged and married ten months later.  She worked as a high school French and English teacher while he completed medical school and residency.  He graduated from The University of Chicago with his MD degree and a Masters in pharmacology.  He found time to study genetics and used that skill as a clinical professor at UCLA and later at a well-known HMO where he was a pediatrician.

Thanks to the U.S. Air Force, the couple found themselves at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, CA.  The base needed his medical specialty so desperately that he missed out on basic training.  He never learned to shoot or properly salute but he took his military duty seriously and you can often see him proudly wearing his Air Force Veteran’s baseball cap.  That is, when we were seeing anybody!

Our honoree and his wife have enjoyed travelling throughout the U.S. and abroad. He had a burning desire to visit all 50 states.  He often took a Greyhound Bus to and from national genetics meetings. Between these and other trips he and his wife took, by the late 1990’s he was missing only one state.  His wife booked a cruise to Alaska to help him complete his dream to visit all 50 states.  I am impressed!

Our honoree and his wife have been members of TAS since 1974. Both have served the Temple in various capacities including serving on the Temple Board, working to build our sanctuary-social hall building, and other committees.  In addition, both our honoree and his wife have taken leadership positions within MoTAS and Sisterhood and fervently believe that the synagogue is the foundation for Jewish survival.  They have passed this belief to their two daughters and four grandchildren.

Since retiring, our honoree has devoted even more time to MoTAS.  He is currently serving his fifth term as secretary, providing us with highly detailed and accurate records of our meetings. As part of our monthly meeting programs, we have learned from him through presentations on a variety of subjects including genetic birth conditions, the 1956 Sinai War between Israel and Egypt, and the Armenian Genocide and its connection to the Holocaust. He also developed and helped organize our November Veterans Day salute where we identified and honored all of our TAS veterans.  If all of this were not enough, we can always count on him to help both in front and behind the scenes for many other events such as our Shabbabaque, mailers, poker tournament and wherever else he sees a need. 

I am not sure how effective I have been in trying to hide his identity but nonetheless, it is my honor and privilege to present you with The Men of TAS 2021 Man of the Year: Dr. Hal Bass.

Congratulations, Hal.

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IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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MoTAS Weekly 01/20/2021: MoTAS Shabbat THIS FRI / Tu B’Shevat / Superbowl Squares on Sale

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. FR JAN 22: 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE
  2. WE JAN 27:TU B’SHEVAT TIME
  3. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR FEBRUARY
  4. TU FEB 02: SUPER BOWL SQUARES NOW AVAILABLE
  5. SU FEB 21: MOTAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING – AL LAPIDES on ADVERTISING
  6. JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
  7. IN CLOSING

1. FR JAN 22: 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE

As you are aware, every year MoTAS has an opportunity to lead the congregation in prayer.  We also give the temple our unofficial “State of MoTAS” address, and announce our Man of the Year.  This year, our service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021, 6:30 PM, via Zoom. If you are participating in the service, you should have already received an email from Bob Levine. Those participating should log into the zoom meeting by 6:15 so we can do a sound check, practice unmuting/muting, and have general announcements related to the service itself.  The service will begin at approximately 6:30.  Open the Service and scroll down to find your name on the slides, which indicates how you will participate. 

We know we’re going to have a great, meaningful service, as MoTAS shares with the community inspiration and news of our continued work for the temple.  And, by the way, Howard will announce our newest Man of the Year.  He will not be accepting contributions to MoTAS for you to get advance information.  

Here’s the information on the Zoom service:

  • Click to join: Contact the Temple for Zoom Information

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2. WE JAN 27:TU B’SHEVAT TIME

Tu B’Shevat, which celebrates the birthday of the trees, starts on the evening of Wednesday, January 27. This year, we’re not hosting the MoTAS Tu B’Shevat service for the congregation or the school due to COVID, but that doesn’t mean the holiday isn’t here. If you would like to celebrate Tu B’Shevat with our service and your family, visit our Tu B’Shevat Seder page. Ignore the date and the flyer, and scroll to the bottom. There you will find a link to our Tu B’Shevat Seder. You can also go directly to https://app.box.com/s/8m3gd5mro3z91k53o53j1a4v8hx6p9pb and download a copy for yourself.

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3. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR FEBRUARY

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking January submissions to be listed on February 10, 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

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4. TU FEB 02: SUPER BOWL SQUARES NOW AVAILABLE

The Monday Night Football season is over, and now is the time to buy a Superbowl Square. The cost is only $25 per square, and you can help Temple Ahavat Shalom while potentially rewarding yourself. The price is the same as last year, although on-line registrations now have a small handling fee from TicketLeap that we used to absorb — this allows reduces the cost to MoTAS and allows us to do more for TAS. Payouts are the same: $230 for each quarter, and $460 for the final score. A full board of 91 squares pays out $1150 to players, and $1125 to MoTAS. You can find the rules of the game, register and pay online, or find a form that you can print and mail in, at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. Squares must be purchased by the Tuesday before the Super Bowl.

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5. SU FEB 21: MOTAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING – AL LAPIDES on ADVERTISING

Our February 21 MoTAS Meeting will feature our own Al Lapides speaking on The History of Advertising and its Effect on Society.  The presentation will cover the early roots and history of advertising to the 21st century.   Much of advertising can be applied to discussions on the ideas and ideals we believe in.  The key is to identify your target, and engage and motivate the people or groups you desire to help your cause or buy your product.  The debate includes whether advertising should entertain and/or irritate (yes that too) your audience, as well as inform them.  Al will also cover the 5 different types of advertising:

  1. Product or service direct to consumer
  2. Institutional / corporate
  3. Targeted business or trade advertising
  4. Political advertising
  5. Lobbying advertising focused on or to consumers

Zoom details will be in a future weekly.

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6. JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 via Zoom due to social isolation related to the pandemic

Presiding: President Howard Miller

Members Present: Howard Miller (President), Hal Bass (Secretary), Les Birken, Daniel Faigin (Past President), Ken Feldman, Scott Gore, Brian Hatkoff, Fred Kimmel, Al Lapides, Ed Lapporte, Bob Levine, Roger Lowe (Treasurer), Joel Lowell, Chuck Mondrus, Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Neiman, Russ Rapoport (VP), Bill Shapiro, Bernie Singer, Alan Stepakoff, Sandy Stern, Ben Tenn, Mike Thornhill, Ken Wolf, Scott Yollis

Guests: Rabbi Becky Hoffman, Mel Birken, Karen Davis, Cheryl Hatkoff, Gloria Katcher, Fran Lapides, Laurie Mondrus, Kathy Pullman, Sheila Reback, Debbie Schwartz, Tammy Singer, Cindy Tenn, Tyree Wieder, Sandy Zonnis

President’s Report:

Howard began the meeting by asking members what they wish to happen to them and their families in 2021.

Howard thanked Hal Bass for last month’s presentation on the Armenian Genocide.

MoTAS provided $500 in support for two families in serious financial straits. Howard informed the group that as a result of hearing this, two other individuals have donated to TAS to help such families.

Howard encouraged members to purchase Super Bowl Squares, explaining that income from Sports Squares helps finance special projects and other activities not funded by the temple. Prior examples include an emergency water heater replacement, synthetic turf for the ECEC playground, foyer restroom upgrades, and WiFi enhancements.

Bob Levine announced that 29 Super Bowl squares are still open. Squares are available for $25 each–up to two squares per person or four squares when a spouse or partner is included.

The annual MoTAS Men’s Shabbat is in the planning stage. It will take place on January 22. Members were asked to notify Bob Levine by email at tasboblevine@gmail.com if they wish to participate in the service. It is at the Men’s Shabbat that our MoTAS Man of the Year is announced.

Our 2020 Man of the Year, Les Birken, was presented with a plaque by Howard in a ceremony recorded on video at the Birkens’ home, since the annual regional awards dinner could not be held last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Bob Levine will publish simchas in the temple’s Wednesday and Friday eblasts. Email your simchas to Bob at tasboblevine@gmail.com. January 31 is this month’s deadline for publication on February 9.

The 2021 MoTAS Annual Appeal will be announced shortly. This activity provides funds for Avodah, camperships, b’nai mitzvah and confirmation gifts, and our annual commitment to TAS.

Howard’s mid-year MoTAS budget review anticipated total income of $8,800 and expenses of $9,392. Hopefully, the Annual Appeal will erase the $592 shortfall.

Treasurer’s Report, as of 01/06/21:

Income: $0

Expenses: 

Sports Squares Distributions:

  • Exit sign lighting upgrades not covered by DWP: $1,500 (funds not yet allocated)
  • Support for two TAS member families: $500

Sports Squares:
Prior Years Sports Squares Balance: $5,145
2020-21 Football Squares:

Income $4,828; Winners paid out <$1,925>; Winnings donated back $125; Net $3,028

2021 Super Bowl

Income $425; Winners paid out $0; Net $425

Total Sports Squares Funds Available for Distribution: $8,598 ($5,145+$3,028+425)

Rabbi Becky’s Presentation:

Rabbi Becky began by asking the men and women present to list what they considered to be the temple’s greatest strength. Many of the responses touched upon camaraderie, innovative programming and rabbinic leadership. She said TAS is poised to be the most vibrant Jewish force in the North Valley and directed people to the Mission Statement on the TAS website’s home page.

Rabbi Becky enumerated the temple’s myriad strengths: MoTAS, Sisterhood, small groups, havurot, Caring Community, Melton program participation, online Shabbat services via Zoom and on Facebook, Meditation & Music, Religious School, weekly Torah study, Zoom to Commune, Social Action Committee, High Holy Days food collection, and voter information.

Our challenges provide multiple opportunities. Many young families with children in school or even younger are struggling, and the temple leadership is working to form small groups of these young families based on the ages of their children or their grades in school. We strive to provide dynamic services, obtain outside speakers, engage in social justice, and develop a new paradigm for services and other activities once the pandemic has been brought under control.

Rabbi Becky’s presentation was very well attended and greatly appreciated by all who listened to her and asked follow-up questions.

Adjournment and Next MoTAS Meeting: The next meeting will be held by Zoom, Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 9:00 am. Al Lapides will do an educational presentation entitled, “History of Advertising and Its Effect on Society.” 

Respectfully submitted,
Hal Bass/Secretary

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IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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MoTAS Weekly 01/06/2021: Rabbi Becky Speaking Sunday / Superbowl Squares on Sale

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. SU JAN 10: MOTAS JANUARY MEETING – RABBI BECKY
  2. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR FEBRUARY
  3. FR JAN 22: 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE
  4. TU FEB 02: SUPER BOWL SQUARES NOW AVAILABLE
  5. IN CLOSING

1. SU JAN 10: MOTAS JANUARY MEETING – RABBI BECKY

We have finalized planss with Rabbi Becky to speak at our January 10th meeting.  Rabbi Becky will be giving us a half year update.  She will talk about her experience in getting to know the temple and its members, what she has learned and where she would like to see for TAS in the future. As always, the business meeting will start at 9am with Virtual Lox and Bagels (meaning we’ll show you pictures of them), and our speaker will start between 945am and 10am.

Here is the Zoom information for our Jan 10 monthly meeting. MoTAS members should join at 9am; guests are invited to join at 9:45.

Join Zoom Meeting: Contact Howard Miller at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org for meeting information.

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2. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR FEBRUARY

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking January submissions to be listed on February 10, 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

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3. FR JAN 22: 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE

As you are aware, every year MoTAS has an opportunity to lead the congregation in prayer.  We also give the temple our unofficial “State of MoTAS” address, and announce our Man of the Year.  In past years, interested men were able to participate in the service, by reading sections in English, prayers in Hebrew, singing in our “choir,” or making brief reflections on their experiences with MoTAS.This year we’ll be virtual so the structure is still being worked out, but we hope to have something similar.

This year, our service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021, 6:30 PM, via Zoom

Please contact Bob Levine, at tasboblevine@gmail.com if you are able to join in, and what you would like to do.  If you are unable/unwilling/not available, please let Bob know as well.

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4. TU FEB 02: SUPER BOWL SQUARES NOW AVAILABLE

The Monday Night Football season is over, and now is the time to buy a Superbowl Square. The cost is only $25 per square, and you can help Temple Ahavat Shalom while potentially rewarding yourself. The price is the same as last year, although on-line registrations now have a small handling fee from TicketLeap that we used to absorb — this allows reduces the cost to MoTAS and allows us to do more for TAS. Payouts are the same: $230 for each quarter, and $460 for the final score. A full board of 91 squares pays out $1150 to players, and $1125 to MoTAS. You can find the rules of the game, register and pay online, or find a form that you can print and mail in, at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. Squares must be purchased by the Tuesday before the Super Bowl.

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IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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MoTAS Weekly 12/23/2020: Christmakkah Update / MoTAS Shabbat / Rabbi Becky Speaking / and much more

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. SU JAN 10: MOTAS JANUARY MEETING – RABBI BECKY
  2. TH DEC 31: SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR JANUARY
  3. FR DEC 25: CHRISTMAKKAH MOTAS UPDATE
  4. FR JAN 22: 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE
  5. TU FEB 02: SUPER BOWL SQUARES NOW AVAILABLE
  6. DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
  7. IN CLOSING

1. SU JAN 10: MOTAS JANUARY MEETING – RABBI BECKY

We have finalized planss with Rabbi Becky to speak at our January 10th meeting.  Rabbi Becky will be giving us a half year update.  She will talk about her experience in getting to know the temple and its members, what she has learned and where she would like to see for TAS in the future. As always, the business meeting will start at 9am with Virtual Lox and Bagels (meaning we’ll show you pictures of them), and our speaker will start between 945am and 10am. Zoom information will be published next week.

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2. TH DEC 31: SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS FOR JANUARY

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking December submissions to be listed on January 13, 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

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3. FR DEC 25: CHRISTMAKKAH MOTAS UPDATE

The Christmakkah event started many years ago when Christmas was on a Friday night. We wanted to coordinate going out for Chinese food after the service, and wanted to avoid the long lines at the Chinese restaurant. So we devised a plan where we would make reservations and order ahead with a fixed menu. Easier for us, as we have a reservation. Easier for the restaurant, as they don’t have to take orders or deal with multiple checks and credit cards. The dinner continued for many years, with MoTAS attempting to coordinate an afternoon movie so we could accidentally “meet” at the theatre.

This year, that hasn’t worked out. We’re attending services virtually. We’re watching our movie virtually. And if we get Chinese food, it will be takeout (and the restaurants will still likely be slammed). Attempting to coordinate anything wouldn’t work, because of all the different deliveries.

So, instead, we offer a little advice:

  1. Order ahead. Chinese leftovers are as good as “day of”, and you avoid the crush. Order tonight (Wed 12/23) or tomorrow night (Thu 12/24). Reheat on Christmas. Enjoy. But support your local restaurants — they really need the business these days. Here are some links for locations MoTAS has used in the past: (a) Mandarin King (Devonshire/Balboa); (b) Golden Hunan (Reseda/Devonshire); (c) Chis Chinese (Reseda/Devonshire, closed Christmas Day); (d) Hot Wok (Reseda/Nordhoff); (e) A&W Seafood (Reseda/Chase)
  2. Do something different. MoTAS received a call from Cafe Graikos in Porter Ranch that they would be open on Christmas Day after 4pm. So if Greek Food is your Christmas tradition, they are a possibility. We’ll be doing a dining out with them in the future.

For those that are interested, we can Zoom for a Social Schmooze after services and or during your dinner (~7:30pm). If you are interested, please email Howard at hmiller12@socal.rr.com and Larry at lpfefer@tasnorthridge.org

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4. FR JAN 22: 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE

As you are aware, every year MoTAS has an opportunity to lead the congregation in prayer.  We also give the temple our unofficial “State of MoTAS” address, and announce our Man of the Year.  In past years, interested men were able to participate in the service, by reading sections in English, prayers in Hebrew, singing in our “choir,” or making brief reflections on their experiences with MoTAS.This year we’ll be virtual so the structure is still being worked out, but we hope to have something similar.

This year, our service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021, 6:30 PM, via Zoom

Please contact Bob Levine, at tasboblevine@gmail.com if you are able to join in, and what you would like to do.  If you are unable/unwilling/not available, please let Bob know as well.

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5. TU FEB 02: SUPER BOWL SQUARES NOW AVAILABLE

The Monday Night Football season is nearly, and now is the time to buy a Superbowl Square. The cost is only $25 per square, and you can help Temple Ahavat Shalom while potentially rewarding yourself. The price is the same as last year, although on-line registrations now have a small handling fee from TicketLeap that we used to absorb — this allows reduces the cost to MoTAS and allows us to do more for TAS. Payouts are the same: $230 for each quarter, and $460 for the final score. A full board of 91 squares pays out $1150 to players, and $1125 to MoTAS. You can find the rules of the game, register and pay online, or find a form that you can print and mail in, at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. Squares must be purchased by the Tuesday before the Super Bowl.

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6. DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 via Zoom due to social isolation related to the pandemic

Presiding: President Howard Miller

Members Present: Howard Miller (President), Hal Bass (Secretary), Les Birken, Yale Doberne, Daniel Faigin (Past President), Ken Feldman, Brian Hatkoff, Larry Hoffman, Al Lapides, Bob Levine, Roger Lowe (Treasurer), Joel Lowell, Barry Mann, Chuck Mondrus, Larry Pfefer (VP), Russ Rapoport (VP), Bernie Singer, Alan Stepakoff, Sandy Stern, Mike Thornhill, Ken Wolf, Scott Yollis
Guests: Walt Agajanian, Phyllis Bass, Cheryl Hatkoff, Gloria Katcher, Laurie Mondrus, Sheila Reback

President’s Report:

Howard began the meeting by asking members about their favorite Hanukkah gift.

Howard read a note from Rabbi Becky thanking MoTAS for our gift to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund in honor of her participation at the November 13 Veterans’ Shabbat. Rabbi Becky added that she looked forward to partnering with MoTAS on other occasions, as well.

Howard thanked Janet Rice for last month’s presentation on plans to address veterans’ homelessness

The Sisterhood Hanukkah Boutique this year is a virtual event thru December 31.

MoTAS had planned to sponsor a station at the Hanukkah drive-by on Friday, December 11. The drive-by had to be canceled due to pandemic restrictions.

Howard requested that members contact him with ideas for MoTAS projects or educational presentations.

Howard invited MoTAS members and their families to attend the 5 pm Shabbat service on December 25, and said that he and Larry Pfefer are looking into holding a “Christmakkah” Zoom movie night. Anyone interested in participating should call one of them.

There was a short discussion about coordinating meals with a single Chinese restaurant, but it became clear that everyone had their own favorite Chinese restaurant.

Bob Levine will publish simchas in the temple’s Wednesday and Friday eblasts. Email your simchas to Bob at tasboblevine@gmail.com. December 31 is this month’s deadline for publication on January 9.

Brian Hatkoff reminded members that Men of Reform Judaism is presenting a webinar on December 21 featuring Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.

Bob Levine said that Super Bowl Sunday Sports Squares will shortly be available at $25 per entry.

The MoTAS Annual Appeal begins January 1.

The annual MoTAS Shabbat will take place January 22. Those who wish to participate in the service should contact Bob Levine at tasboblevine@gmail.com.

There will be no Tu B’Shevat Seder in 2021.

Howard is making plans for a video presentation to honor Les Birken, MoTAS Man of the Year.

Treasurer’s Report, as of 12/09/20:

Income: $50 (early donation to 2021 MoTAS Annual Appeal)

Expenses:

  • $500 to MRJ (MoTAS annual commitment)
  • $180 to Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund in recognition of Rabbi Becky’s support of the November 13 Veterans’ Shabbat (donation was approved by a vote of MoTAS members at the November 15 general meeting)

Sports Squares Distributions:

  • Exit sign lighting upgrades not covered by DWP: $1,500 (funds not yet allocated)

Sports Squares:

Prior Years Sports Squares Balance: $5,645

2020-21 Football Squares:

  • Income $4,828; Winners paid out <$1,550>; Winnings donated back to temple $50; Net $3,328

Total Sports Squares Funds Available for Distribution: $8,973 ($5,645+$3,328)

Educational Presentation: Dr. Hal Bass presented a PowerPoint entitled, “The Armenian Genocide: Prelude to The Holocaust.” He discussed the long history of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian Genocide that began on April 24, 1915 and lasted until 1923. During this period, the Ottoman Empire had been defeated in WW1 and replaced by a republic under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Up to 1.5 million Armenians perished, along with an estimated 1 million Greeks and Assyrians. Thousands of others were forced to flee to other countries, including the U.S. and Canada. To this day, Turkey refuses to acknowledge its responsibility for the Armenian Genocide. 

The first Armenian Republic in northeast Turkey and the Russian Caucasus survived only two years (1918-20). A smaller, second republic was established in Soviet Armenia in 1920 and lasted until collapse of the USSR in 1991. The third Armenian republic, within the same borders, gained its independence in 1991.

Adolf Hitler’s “final solution” was modeled, in part, on the Armenian Genocide. Shortly before the onset of WW2 in September 1939, Hitler asked, “Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?”
The final segment of the presentation dealt with the recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, whose population is predominantly Christian Armenian but which lies within Muslim Azerbaijan. The Armenians had hoped to wrest N-K–which Armenia refers to as Artsakh–from Azerbaijan and fold it into Armenia. However, Armenia, in early November, was forced to call for a ceasefire following unsustainable losses to the superior Azeri forces, whose arsenal included Israeli and Turkish drones. (Israel and Azerbaijan have close trade and diplomatic ties.) Armed Russian peacekeepers are now maintaining the ceasefire.

Howard commented that the presentation was very interesting and well appreciated by the group.

Adjournment and Next MoTAS Meeting: The next meeting will be held by Zoom, Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 9:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Hal Bass/Secretary

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IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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MoTAS Weekly 12/09/2020: MoTAS Meeting THIS SUNDAY

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. DECEMBER 13 MOTAS MEETING: The Armenian Genocide: Prelude to The Holocaust
  2. MRJ SEMINAR: THE ELECTION: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE — DEC 21
  3. Gifts from the Heart
  4. CHRISTMAKKAH MOTAS EVENT:  Friday December 25
  5. 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE: FRIDAY JANUARY 22
  6. IN CLOSING

1. DECEMBER 13 MOTAS MEETING: The Armenian Genocide: Prelude to The Holocaust.

At our December meeting program, Dr. Hal Bass will present a review of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23 and Hitler’s comment on the eve of World War II, “Who speaks today of the extermination of the Armenians?”  Hal will also take note of the recent Armenian-Azeri war over Nagorno-Karabakh, in which Israeli-made drones sold to its ally Azerbaijan played a major role in Armenia’s defeat. Our meeting begins at 9am via the Zoom instructions below and those interested in attending the meeting program can join on the same Zoom call at 9:45am (promptly).

Join Zoom Meeting:
Contact Howard at hmiller12@socal.rr.com for Meeting Information

Meeting ID: xxx xxxx xxxx
Passcode: ******

Dial by your location if connecting via cell phone:
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose and Los Angeles)

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2. MRJ SEMINAR: THE ELECTION: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE — DEC 21

You are invited to join the Men of Reform Judaism on December 21, 2020 at 5pm Pacific for a very unique and insightful examination of the election results: “The Election: A Jewish Perspective“. Our speaker will be Rabbi David Saperstein, and he will be talking about the effects of our relationship with Israel, and our relationship with other denominations.

For 40 years, Rabbi Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to the U.S. Congress and Administration and currently serves as its Director Emeritus. Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” for over two years (2015-2017), Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Also, an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and on Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2019-2020, Rabbi Saperstein served as the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the international arm of the Reform Jewish Movement.

The meeting will be held over Zoom, and you MUST register in advance. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Yoj4_U5oRta8glIPeVjkPQ .

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3. Gifts from the Heart

The Gifts from the Heart donation drive is now in progress until Thursday December 10th. Please buy or donate new unwrapped gifts for infants thru teen. Please see the flyer in the Temple eBlast or contact Sarah Londer at: Sarublon@aol.com.

For Amazon Gifts from a wishlist, delivered directly to Barry and Sarah Barry Londer, visit https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2C6B09G36QZL5?ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_an_nBDiMmn9lwr8I

We are accepting calendars and Christmas cards, but no wrapping paper. Contact Sarah to arrange delivery items other than those purchased through Amazon.

Thank you for caring and for your generosity,

Sarah Londer,
TAS Social Action

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4. CHRISTMAKKAH MOTAS EVENT:  Friday December 25

Our MoTAS Christmas Night tradition has been to meet for Chinese after going to a movie.  Well, neither of those are going to happen this year.  However, we can still get together for something different via Zoom.  Shabbat services for that Friday will be held at 5pm.  For those that are interested, we can Zoom a special movie at 7:30 and discuss it or just pass stories after the movie.  If you are interested, please email Howard at hmiller12@socal.rr.com and Larry at lpfefer@tasnorthridge.org.  Let us know if you would like to view a comedy, action, or drama, or recommend a specific movie for that night (as long as it exists in the Pfefer archives).

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5. 2021 MOTAS SHABBAT SERVICE: FRIDAY JANUARY 22

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IN CLOSING

As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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