MoTAS Weekly for 10/29/14: Get Your Calendars at Mitzvah Day

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. TEMPLE CALENDARS AVAILABLE
  2. JEWS WITH TOOLS FOR THE SCHOOLS ON MITZVAH DAY – SUN 11/2
  3. SPEAKERS MEETING — LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR STRENGTHS IN NOVEMBER
  4. CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE IS COMING
  5. LOOKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER
  6. SPORTS SQUARES UPDATE
  7. IN CLOSING


1. TEMPLE CALENDARS AVAILABLE

2014 Ad Book CoverThe Annual MoTAS Golf Tournament was Monday. Thank you to all the volunteers and players for making this a successful and fun event. As part of this event, MoTAS has produced a Temple Calendar (which also served as the tournament program). This calendar provides — in one convenient place — information on the Temple officers, calendars and information about Synaplex, Life Long Learning, ECEC, the Temple Youth Groups, Sisterhood, Social Action, as well as lots of information about MoTAS. This calendar will be available in the Temple foyer starting at Mitzvah Day for any congregant. Take it. Use it for your reference. Use it to show people what Temple Ahavat Shalom is about and all the ways to get involved.

This calendar/ad book was developed as a way to give visibility to those individual, companies, and organization that have supported MoTAS, and by extension, Temple Ahavat Shalom. Patronize them and let them know you saw their support in the MoTAS Calendar/Ad Book. Encourage them to continue to support the congregation at the Gala in the Spring, and in the next MoTAS Calendar/Ad Book in the Fall. When you see the announcements for people to sell ads in the Gala Program or next years MoTAS Calendar/Ad Book/Tournament Program, we encourage you to solicit those community businesses you frequent. Use the MoTAS Calendar as a model of how their message will reach our congregation, and demonstrate that supporting Temple Ahavat Shalom — through MoTAS, the Gala Committee, Sisterhood, or other auxiliaries — is the best way to build long-lasting relationships with congregants.

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2. JEWS WITH TOOLS FOR THE SCHOOLS ON MITZVAH DAY – 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. We’re going to be sanding and painting doors and gates, and replacing light bulbs around the campus.

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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3. SPEAKERS MEETING — LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR STRENGTHS IN NOVEMBER

Dr. Allan KatcherOur next speaker’s meeting is Sunday, November 9th at 8:45 AM. Join us for a wonderful breakfast of bagels, lox, eggs, and sweets. After our business meeting where we review upcoming activities, we’ll be hearing Dr. Allan Katcher talk on “Managing Your Strength“. Allan describes his talk as follows:

Have you ever wondered why you’re successful in some situations
and not in others? In this presentation you will learn how to confirm and capitalize on your own personal strengths. Using The Life Orientation Method you will identify which of the four major life orientations characterizes your way of coping with ordinary and stressful conditions. You will also learn about the strength-weakness paradox which demonstrates the interrelationship between strengths and weaknesses. The presentation will also provide six basic strategies for making you more effective in dealing with people and helping them to deal effectively with you, You will also receive a complimentary copy of a book to further enrich your understanding.

In addition to being a temple member, Dr. Katcher has been a consultant for many of the Fortune 500 companies including: Citibank, General Foods, Household International, National Westminster Bank, Seagram’s and The Xerox Corporation. He has lectured and conducted seminars in more than 26 countries. His doctorate in psychology was earned at The University of California (Berkeley) and he has taught there, at Brooklyn College, Cal Tech, UCLA and the University of Washington. The former president of BCON International, Inc., he is the author of books both in English and Portuguese and written many articles on The LIFO Method (which he co-developed) and a variety of business applications. LIFO seminars have been given to more than 10,000,000 people around the world, His major interests are in coaching,
managing change, self-concepts and team-building. He is also an ardent photographer. Prior to work on The lIFO Method, he was manager of executive development for Douglas Aircraft Companu, head of management development for System Development Corporation and a human factors scientist at The RAND Corporation.

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4. CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE IS COMING

Chanukah Boutique 2014The Sisterhood Chanukah Boutique is scheduled for Sunday, November 23, 2015. The Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom have traditionally provided food service for the event. If you are able to volunteer at the event, please contact Joel Lowell or RSVP at http://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=124624375.

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5. LOOKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER

Looking AheadStart marking your calendar for these MoTAS activities in December:

  • Sunday, December 14 at 8:45 AM. Our December Speakers Meeting will feature a Judaica show and tell. Every temple member I visit has a lovely Judaica collection. This is your opportunity to tell the story behind one or two pieces: where did you get it, and why is it meaningful to you. Let’s share our stories.
  • Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 PM. Our December Mens-Only Hangout will have a Chanukah theme, as we get together to cook our favorite greasy Chanukah food, while we discuss our monthly topic (or not).
  • Thursday, December 25, Time TBD. What do Jews do on Christmas? For many, the tradition is to go out to a movie and have Chinese food. Why not do this with your MoTAS friends and families? We’ll pick a couple of movies and coordinate getting together to see them, and then go to a local Chinese restaurant for dinner.

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6. SPORTS SQUARES UPDATE

Sample Sports Squares GridThe following are tentative results for Week 7 of the Fall 2014 MoTAS Football Squares — do not consider them final until the GridMaster returns from his trip and confirms them. As always, results are also posted at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/:

  • Week Seven(Houston at Pittsburgh): Q1 (Houston 7, Pittsburgh 0): Joe Abrams; Q2 (Houston 13, Pittsburgh 24): Fran Krimston; Q3 (Houston 13, Pittsburgh 24): Fran Krimston; Final (Houston 23, Pittsburgh 30): Shelly Spector.

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.

Note that our gridmasters will be out of town, and unable to transmit winner’s announcements for the next 3 games. The grids will be sent out, and I’ll attempt to post provisional results in the MoTAS Weekly. The gridmasters will confirm the results for weeks 7, 8, and 9 after week 9’s game.

Additionally, entry forms (paper and online) for the Superbowl Squares will be available starting at the Golf Tournament.

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7. IN CLOSING

motas-logo-200The Executive Board of the Men of TAS meets monthly by telephone the Monday before the regular monthly speaker’s meeting. The next meeting is Monday, November 3 at 8:00 PM. Dial-in information on the telecon, as well as the draft agenda, past minutes, and any background material, may be found at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/resources/motas-administration/ by the Friday before the telecon.

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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