MoTAS Weekly for 9/24/14: L’Shanah Tovah to all the Men of TAS

 

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. L’SHANAH TOVAH! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  2. WELCOME AND BEING WELCOME
  3. IT’S NEARLY TIME TO BUILD A BOOTH
  4. A MONTH TO THE GOLF TOURNAMENT
  5. WE HAVE A WINNER – FOOTBALL SQUARES
  6. OTHER OCTOBER EVENTS
  7. DRAFT MOTAS BUDGET AVAILABLE FORREVIEW
  8. IN CLOSING


1. L’SHANAH TOVAH! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The leadership of the Men of Ahavat Shalom extend our wishes for the happiest and healthiest of new years to all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom. May you have a year filled with health, meaningful relationships, and deepening friendships. May you be written and inscribed in the Book of Life.

On behalf of the leadership of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom, if we have done anything that has offended you in the past year, we sincerely apologize; as for anything you might have done, it’s forgotten. We start the new year fresh, in the spirit of friendship, fellowship, and yes, brotherhood.

L’Shanah Tovah!

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2. WELCOME AND BEING WELCOME

namebadgeOne of our goals as MoTAS is to be a model welcoming community. To that end, I encourage all the Men of TAS to wear your name badges during High Holy Day services. You’ll find our Name Badge box in the main Temple office before services. Just remember to return your name badge to the box at the end of services. If you don’t have a name badge and would like one, just leave a note in the last compartment or drop me an email at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org (and if that mailto: link doesn’t work because you use Gmail or Yahoo, try reading this article).

But wearing a name badge isn’t enough. Start the new year right by being welcoming. Find a man you don’t know (hint: they are probably not wearing a MoTAS name badge) and introduce yourself. Not only will you be demonstrating how MoTAS is friendly, you’ll be demonstrating that Temple Ahavat Shalom is a friendly place to be. This is the time of year where we can reach many men who aren’t normally on campus. Let’s give them a reason to come back and be more involved. You don’t even need to promote MoTAS. Learn about them, and share something about yourself. Build the relationship, and you may make a new friend. Isn’t that a great way to start the year?

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3. IT’S NEARLY TIME TO BUILD A BOOTH

Sukkah BuildingRosh Hashanah starts Wednesday night; Yom Kippur 10 days afterwards. The day after Yom Kippur? That’s when we build the Temple Ahavat Shalom sukkah. The Men of TAS are readying their gloves, Allen wrenches, wire cutters, and other accoutrements of construction. Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in October, October 5th, at 8:45 AM. That morning, we’ll gather together under the watchful eye (and voice) of our Sukkah Foreman, Robert Levin, to build our Sukkah. I find this one of the most fun activities of the MoTAS year—men working together to build something. Come join us for the fun. RSVP at http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=103328412. You’ll get a “ticket” confirming your RSVP, but no ticket is required to participate.

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4. A MONTH TO THE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Players on the CourseThe Annual MoTAS Golf Tournament is almost 30 days away: Monday, October 27, 2014. If you have been waiting to support the Golf Tournament, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SO!. What do we need? Its simple:

  • We need golfers to play. You can’t have a tournament
    without players. We need you to come and play on the course; we need you to
    bring your friends and business associates.
  • We need sponsors and advertisers. Advertising — both at
    the tournament and in the ad book — is key to the financial success of the
    tournament. The more successful the tournament; the more MoTAS can help TAS and
    its partner charities.
  • We need donations. These are used on the silent auction
    table and for special prizes. We already have lots of exciting donations; you can find a full list, regularly updated, on the Golf Tournament Page -> Silent Auction.

Playing in the Golf Tournament is more than just writing a check for your entry fee. It is a full day of fun. You’ll have a full day at Calabasas Country Club, with use of all member facilities. You’ll be able to participate in a large number of contests that include prizes for Longest Ball, Closest to the Pin, and Holes-in-One, including a special Hole-In-One prize of a new Mustang Convertable donated by Galpin Ford. Other hole-in-one prizes include a golf weekend at Morongo including 2 rounds of golf, 4 Rolex watches (one for each team member), a special money hole where a $1,000 cash prize is split. Each player will also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Ford Mustang for a weekend. Additionally, magician Danny Magic,a member in good standing of the world famous Magic Castle and the recipient of the 2012 and 2014 Strolling Magician of the Year award, will be joining us, and will be entertaining golfers during the Registration period while they are in line, on the driving range and on the putting green. There will be a barbeque lunch, a dinner, and a golf goodie bag.

As for advertising at the tournament: Being a golf sponsor not only ensures your visibility on the course, but gets you an ad in our TAS Calendar and Ad Book, and (depending on advertising level) a link on our website. Advertising is affordable, especially for the ad book alone: $36 for a business card ad, up to $250 for a full page ad.

Detailed information on the Golf Tournament and all the ways you can participate may be found at http://golf2014.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. The form for participation may be found at https://tasmotas.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/2014golfentry-form.pdf. You can also register and purchase ads online.

P.S.: Sisterhood will also be running Mah Jongg for those interested during the Golf Tournament. For more information, contact Anita Hoch, the Sisterhood Mah Jongg chair, at 818-360-0160 or email anitapearl47@gmail.com. It is a great alternative if you don’t want to be on the course. Dinner tickets will be available for purchase.

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5. WE HAVE A WINNER – FOOTBALL SQUARES

Sample Sports Squares GridI’m pleased to announce the results of the second and third weeks of the Fall 2014 MoTAS Football Squares. As always, results are also posted at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/:

  • Week Two: Q1: Bob Brostoff; Q2: Anastasia Burman; Q3: Aaron Solomon; Final score: Barry Mann
  • Week Three: Q1: Fran Krimston; Q2: David Kleinbrodt; Q3: Jackie Zev; Final score: Carol Stern

Remember that checks are usually issued later in the week and are issued by Chase, so please do not discard the envelopes as junk mail.

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6. OTHER OCTOBER EVENTS

There are two more events on the horizon for October:

Open MicrophoneSpeakers Meeting, Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 8:45 AM. Come and learn how the temple operates from our own Executive Director, Aaron Solomon. In this presentation, Aaron will describe the business organization of TAS. He will cover each department including lay leadership and auxiliaries. He will provide a summary of the staff within each department including their titles and primary roles and responsibilities. He will also talk about how funds received are handled and the processes to ensure funds are correctly allocated to operational budget lines or restricted funds. Lastly, Aaron will discuss how each department works together to serve the larger Temple Mission: to provide a caring and joyful community, with diverse opportunities to discover personal meaning through enriching and sanctifying our relationships (k’hillah kedosha), exploring our connections with the Divine (brit), celebrating Jewish Life and Torah (talmud Torah), and being a force for healing and justice in our world (tikkun olam). Aaron will leave time at the end for your questions on Temple operations.

Mens Only Discussion GroupMen-Only Men’s Hang Out/Discussion Group, Sunday October 17, 2014 October 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM. On Sunday, October 17th 19th at 7:00 PM, the bi-monthly Men-Only Men’s Hang-Out and Discussion Groups resume. These meetings provide an opportunity for the Men of TAS to socialize, eat good food and discuss topics openly and confidentially from a men’s perspective. They provide a time for us to get to know each other more in depth and enjoy a few laughs. They take place at a host member’s home where we enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere. We hang out for the first hour swapping life’s stories while enjoying a meal or dessert together. Some men have a lot to say and others just enjoy listening to the banter back and forth. During the second half of the evening we bring up an interesting question about how we think or feel about certain aspects of life from a Jewish perspective. Other evenings the members bring up a controversial subject to hear multiple perspectives. Our group has dynamic opinions, which make for lively conversation. At the end of the evening we all respect each other’s right to an opinion and have a deeper appreciation for where our values came from. For the 2014-2015 programming year Men’s Hang-Out/Discussion Groups have been scheduled for even months: Sunday, October 17 19, 2014, 7PM; Sunday, December 21, 2014, 6PM (Chanukah Food Extravaganza); Sunday, February 22, 2015, 6PM (Hang Out With The Rabbi); Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7PM, and Sunday, June 14, 2015, 7PM. To sign up for the October 17th 19th hang-out, visit http://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=153626165,call Dave Friedman, 818-360-2323, or email vp2@tasnorthridge-motas.org.

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7. DRAFT MOTAS BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

motas-logo-200The minutes from the most recent Executive Board meeting, together with the draft MoTAS budget, have been posted for review at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/resources/motas-administration/. Just scroll down to the “Financial” heading. Comments on the draft budget may be mailed to president@tasnorthridge-motas.org, submitted via the comment form on the website, or you may express your comments during the October board meeting teleconference on Monday, October 6 at 8:00 PM.

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8. 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. 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 new website. Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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