MoTAS Weekly for 10/1/14: Sukkot Is Coming

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. IT’S TIME TO BUILD A BOOTH – SUN
    10/5
  2. GOLF TOURNAMENT IS ALMOST HERE – MON
    10/27
  3. OCTOBER SPEAKERS MEETING – AARON SOLOMON – SUN 10/12
  4. DRAFT MOTAS BUDGET AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
  5. OCTOBER MENS-ONLY HANGOUT/DISCUSSION – SUN 10/19
  6. WE HAVE A WINNER – FOOTBALL SQUARES
  7. MITZVAH DAY IS COMING – SUN 11/2
  8. IN CLOSING


1. IT’S TIME TO BUILD A BOOTH – SUN 10/5

Sukkah BuildingWith the setting of the sun on Friday, it is time for Kol Nidre and the Day of Atonement. The leadership of MoTAS wishes the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom a Happy New Year, and hope that you have an easy fast. G’mar Chatimah Tovah — May you be written in the Book of Life for Good.

Hopefully, you’ll recover quickly from your fast, because you’ll need your energy the following morning — for that’s when we’re building the Temple Ahavat Shalom sukkah. Ready you 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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2. GOLF TOURNAMENT IS ALMOST HERE – MON 10/27

Players on the CourseThe Annual MoTAS Golf Tournament is less than 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.

Last week, I tried to entice you to the tournament for what was on the course. Today, it’s what’s on the table. The silent auction is looking to be spectacular, and as of right now, the only way to bid is to be at the tournament. Here’s a list of the prizes donated to date: gift certificates from Roger’s Rib Shack (2 x $25), Weilers Deli ($25), Brents Deli ($50), Stonefire Grill ($25), Two Guys from Italy ($25), Sagebrush Cantina ($50), Emles Restaurant ($25), California Pizza Kitchen (4 x $10, 2 x Entree/Drink), Chi’s Chinese Restaurant (3 x $25), Marmalade Cafe ($50), Lazy Dog (4 x $10), Maggiano’s Restaurant (2 x $25), PF Changs (2 x $25), Kings Fish House ($50), a special Chef’s Dinner for four, 3-4 courses, at Chablis Restaurant in Tarzana, Laemmle Theatres (6 passes), Musashi Restaurant (4 x $40), and Dream Dinners ($18); certificates for 2 hours of free bowling (including shoes and a pitcher of soda) at Matador Bowl; a Badminton / volleyball set; a Men’s high quality wristwatch; a USA swim team framed cap signed by members of the team; a USA swim team pennant signed by members of the team; a CBS-logo jacket; a CBS-logo baseball cap; a round of golf for 3 at Bel Air Country Club, a round of golf for 4 at Hillcrest Country Club, a round of golf for 4 at El Caballero Country Club, 4 tickets to an LA Dodgers game in the 2015 season (4 sets), a DANNY MAGIC PACKAGE that consists of a pass for 8 to the Magic Castle where magician Danny Magic will meet the party and show them around; lunch for two with Rabbi Lutz at Brents; Tickets for 4 to “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club” at Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall paired with a $25 gift certificate to Newhall Refinery, Tickets for 2 to any performance at the Colony Theatre in Burbank (this may be paired with the PF Chang certificates to create a dinner and theatre package) and a divot tool with MoTAS logo.

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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3. OCTOBER SPEAKERS MEETING – AARON SOLOMON – SUN 10/12

aaronOn the first Sunday of September, we saw how the Rabbi runs. On the second Sunday of October, October 12, 2014, at 8:45 AM, we’ll be learning how our Temple runs. Mark your calendar for our monthly speaker meeting where Aaron Solomon, our executive director will discuss how Temple Ahavat Shalom operates as a day-to-day business entity. 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.

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4. 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. The dial-in information is posted on the MoTAS Administration page above; if for some reason you get a busy signal, keep trying. If you are planning on dialing into the meeting, please drop me a note at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org so that I can send you any background material.

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5. OCTOBER MENS-ONLY HANGOUT/DISCUSSION – SUN 10/19

Mens Only Discussion GroupOn Sunday, October 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 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 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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6. WE HAVE A WINNER – FOOTBALL SQUARES

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

  • Week Four (New England / Kansas City): Q1: NE 0, KC 7. winner: Debbi Levine; Q2: NE 0, KC 7. winner: Debbi Levine; Q3: NE 7, KC 7. winner: Debby Lieber; Final Score: NE 4, KC 1. winner: Jerry Hilecher

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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7. MITZVAH DAY IS COMING – SUN 11/2

Mitzvah Day 2014Set aside Sunday, November 2nd for the Temple Ahavat Shalom Mitzvah Day. As part of Temple Ahavat Shalom’s participation in the community-wide Mitzvah Day, MoTAS will be “Jews with Tools for the Schools.” The plan is for members of MoTAS to help do whatever repairs we can do around the TAS School Facilities, which are used by both the religious school and the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). Please join us at the Temple at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning, November 2nd to be part of the celebration.

In addition to the MoTAS activity, there will be a number of hands-on activities to assist many of our community partners. This year, we are also offering several engaging speakers and discussions of current issues, here in Los Angeles and around the globe. Sisterhood, and the Adult Choir are also taking on special activities for Mitzvah Day. There will also be opportunities to participate in activities at other sites in the community, including the CROP Hunger Walk, a 5K walk starting at Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd., beginning at 1:30 PM.

To sign up for “Jews with Tools for the Schools”, visit http://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=114725723

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8. IN CLOSING

namebadgeAs 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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