MoTAS Weekly for 10/8/14: October is a Busy Month

In This Issue:

  1. GOLF TOURNAMENT IS ALMOST HERE – MON 10/27
  2. OCTOBER SPEAKERS MEETING – AARON SOLOMON – SUN 10/12
  3. OCTOBER MENS-ONLY HANGOUT/DISCUSSION – SUN 10/19
  4. SHOW YOUR MOTAS PRIDE — WEAR MOTAS LOGOWEAR
  5. WE BUILT A SUKKAH — THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED
  6. WE HAVE A WINNER – FOOTBALL SQUARES
  7. MITZVAH DAY IS COMING – SUN 11/2
  8. IN CLOSING


1. 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: Golfers. 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.

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 and raffle is looking to be spectacular, and as of right now, the only way to bid is to be at the tournament. Here’s a partial 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. The Mulligan Package will be available for $50, and extra dinner tickets are available for $36.

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.

P.P.S.: We’re also going to need volunteers to help pack the goodie bags on Sunday, October 26. If you will be available, please contract Barry Mann at 818/231-2456 or email golf@tasnorthridge-motas.org.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. SHOW YOUR MOTAS PRIDE — WEAR MOTAS LOGOWEAR

MoTAS Logo T-ShirtMoTAS Logowear is available for purchase in our online MoTAS store. Just visit www.tasnorthridge-motas.org and click on “MoTAS Store” in the right-side column. The store has a wide variety of shirts and other clothing, as well as beverage containers, aprons, mugs, and other items.

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5. WE BUILT A SUKKAH — THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED

Sukkah Building Team 2014On Sunday, 10/5, the Men of TAS had a wonderful time assembling the Sukkah for the congregation. Photos will be up on the TAS Website shortly, and we’ll be picking the best of the photos for the Menorah. Thank you to all the participants who helped build the Sukkah: Scott Yollis, Mike Thornhill, Daniel Faigin, Steven Zonis, Larry Hoffman, Roger Lowe, Mike Rayfield, Steven Rosen, David Kramer, Brian Hatkoff, Ben Tenn, Bob Levine, Eric Lowe, Ali Lowe, Kathy Pullman, Steve Zidell, Dave Friedman, Steve Berlin, Joe Blachman, Barry Mann, Howard Miller, and Rabbi Lutz and Zoey. Thanks also to Robert Levin, who was with us in spirit (having come home from vacation with the flu), and who picked up all the requisite supplies and arranged for the foliage.

P.S.: One of the volunteers left a knock-off Leatherman tool, and another may have left a red-handled wire cutters (I came home with more than I brought). I’ll bring them to the Sunday meeting, so be there to claim it.

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 Five (Seattle vs Washington): Q1 : Sea 7, Wash 0: winner: Debbie Lutz; Q2: Sea 7, Wash 7: winner: Adam Eisenberg;
    Q3: Sea 7, Wash 0: winner: Debbie Lutz; Final score: Sea 7, Wash 7: winner: Adam Eisenberg.

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

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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