- SUNDAY SPEAKER MEETING: MANAGING YOUR STRENGTHS
- CHANUKAH BOUTIQUE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- MITZVAH DAY REPORT
- PLAN NOW FOR OUR DECEMBER EVENTS
- SPORTS SQUARES UPDATES
- TAS ACTIVITY CALENDARS AVAILABLE
- IN CLOSING
This coming Sunday, November 9th, at 8:45 AM is our monthly speaker meeting. 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.
The Sisterhood Chanukah Boutique is scheduled for Sunday, November 23, 2014. 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 Frank Soronow or RSVP at http://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=124624375.
TAS Mitzvah Day was last Sunday, and MoTAS was out in full force — with power tools, sand paper, paint brushes, spray paint, and other implements of construction. During the day, MoTAS members and some friends from A E Pi at CSUN completed the following tasks: (1) We washed all the lenses on the downlights in the main school building; (2) We sanded and painted the gate near the restroom; (3) We sanded and painted Tessa’s exterior door red; (4) We constructed step stools for the restooms; and (5) We investigated why the corner lights were not working; it turns out they were replaced by the emergency lights on the circuit. Thank you to all our volunteers: Dave Friedman, Larry Hoffman, Scott Yollis, Bob Brostoff, Joel Lowell, Robert Spier, Rick Mervis, Steve Rosen, Bill Shapiro, Mike Rayfield, Mike Thornhill, Brian Hatkoff, Daniel Faigin, and from A E Pi, Mat Covelli, Avi Cohen, Tyler Wainfeld, and Alex Howard.
Start marking your calendar for these MoTAS activities in December:
- SPEAKERS MEETING: 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.
- MENS-ONLY HANGOUT/CHANUKAH PARYT: Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 PM. Our December Mens-Only Hangout will have a Chanukah theme, as we get together to cook and eat our favorite greasy Chanukah foods, while we discuss our monthly topic (or not).
- TRADITIONAL JEWISH CHRISTMAS: Thursday, December 25. Every Christmas, I go out to a movie and have Chinese food. The last few years, I’ve done it with some MoTAS friends. So why not enlarge the circle? If this is your tradition, set aside Christmas afternoon for a movie and Chinese food. We’ll pick a couple of movies and coordinate getting together to see them, and then go to a local Chinese restaurant for dinner. Online signups will be available in mid-November.
The gridmasters have returned from vacation, and confirmed the results for Weeks 7 and 9. The following are results for Week 9 of the Fall 2014 MoTAS Football Squares. As always, results are also posted at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/:
- Week Nine (Indianapolis at NY (Giants)): Q1: Ben Kleinbrodt; Q2: Danielle Wank; Q3: Mike Thornhill; Final: Debbie Thornhill.
Our treasurer will be issuing checks for all three weeks on Thursday. If you wish to donate your winnings back to MoTAS, please contact Roger at email@example.com before then. Once issued, the checks are printed and mailed by Chase, so please do not discard the envelopes as junk mail.
Superbowl Squares Registration is now open! You can register and pay online at http://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=194021395, or find the paper registration form, together with the official rules, at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/.
As part of the Golf Tournament, MoTAS 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 is available in the Temple foyer 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.
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!