MoTAS Weekly for 3/4/15: Simcha Shabbat / Purim Carnival / Basketball Squares

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. MARCH SIMCHA SHABBAT ON MARCH 6 SPONSORED BY MOTAS
  2. PURIM CARNIVAL (MARCH 8) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED / BOARDGAMING
  3. MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL REMINDERS/THANK YOU
  4. BASKETBALL SQUARE SEASON / SUPERBOWL SQUARES GRANTS
  5. MENS SEDER – MARCH 29
  6. APRIL SUNDAY OF SERVICE
  7. HOLD THE DATES – JETHAWKS BASEBALL / GOLF TOURNAMENT
  8. IN CLOSING


1. MARCH SIMCHA SHABBAT ON MARCH 6 SPONSORED BY MOTAS

Once a month, TAS has a special Shabbat where we celebrate the special moments in the lives of our congregants, and feature music from a professional musical combo. This month, the Simcha Shabbat is on March 6 at 7:30 PM — and the professional musical combo is sponsored by the Men of TAS. This is an example of your Sports Squares contributions at work — by sponsoring one month, we free up funding for the Cantor to use in other musical programs in the congregation. I encourage you to come to this service and celebrate Shabbat through singing, music, and simchas!

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2. PURIM CARNIVAL (MARCH 8) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED / BOARDGAMING

Purim Carnival Volunteers Needed. The TAS Purim Carnival is Sunday, March 8. MoTAS is looking for volunteers to help the day of the Purim Carnival. We need volunteers in the following areas:

  • Helping to assemble and serve falafel sandwiches, as well as serving other donated food items including pizza, salad, hamentashen, snacks, soft drinks.
  • Helping set up prior to the carnival, including prep of the food serving station.

If you would be interested in volunteering, please contact Bob Levin at robertwlevin11@gmail.com.

Boardgaming at the Purim Carnival. The theme of this year’s Purim Carnival is Fun and Games. The Purim Carnival committee is bringing the carnival games, and Sisterhood is bringing Mah-Jongg. MoTAS is bringing a large collection of Boardgames. Before you go “oh, right, Monopoly and Scrabble”, you should know that modern boardgames — which some call Tabletop Gaming — have gone far beyond the dice-rolling and wordgames of your youth. Modern gaming includes new classics like Ticket to Ride — an easy to learn route building game, simple games like 10 Days in Africa or Carcassone, and modern card games like Munchkin or Fluxx (and if someone brings Apples to Apples, we can even play that as well). These are games for adults as well as kids. We’ll even have Monopoly, Scrabble, and Risk. So come to the Purim carnival — we’ll provide the games, and can guarantee the fun!

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3. MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL REMINDERS/THANK YOU

For those of you unaware, MoTAS no longer has dues. Every man at TAS is a member of MoTAS. Once a year, we send out a letter requesting the men of TAS to financially support the Men of TAS with a donation they feel is appropriate. It is less than a month since our appeal letters have gone out, and the donations are starting to come in. However, as of last Sunday’s membership meeting, under 50 members had sent in contributions … and we sent out over 350 letters. We would like to know that we truly represent the men of TAS, and the way we know that is through your support. If you haven’t contributed yet, it is easy. The support page at our website, http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/, provides a downloadable form you can complete, print, and mail with your check; alternatively, you can follow the link on the site and contribute online. We would welcome your financial vote of confidence — be it little or large. Help prove that our experiment in inclusivity can work. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far; those who have contributed over $100 will appear on our Wall of Honor at http://wallofhonor.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ (which is updated regularly).

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4. BASKETBALL SQUARE SEASON / SUPERBOWL SQUARES GRANTS

NCAA/Basketball Squares are on Sale! The NCAA championships are rapidly approaching, and that means it is time for Basketball Squares. The procedure is very similar to the Superbowl Squares. Basketball Squares cover the last four games in the NCAA championship: the semifinal and final games on April 4-6, 2015. Squares are $18, and adults may purchase up to 3 squares for themselves, and 3 squares for their partner. Payouts are $150 for both the halftime and final scores of each game. You can win once or twice in a game. If the board is not fully subscribed, the payout is proportional based on the number of subscribed squares. To address the possibility that all 100 squares might not be subscribed, the following is the procedure for empty squares that win: each player will make a guess as to what the total number of points will be (i.e., you add the final scores of both teams). This number will be used to settle all cases, for all games. If you purchase more than one square your “number” will apply for all your squares. Closest to actual score wins (payouts divided with ties). If there is no halftime winner, the final score prediction will still be used.

Squares must be purchased by March 25, 2015. Forms should be available in the Temple Foyer. You can also print the registration form — or register online — at the usual online home of the Squares program: http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. Remember that the real winner is Temple Ahavat Shalom. With a fully subscribed board, $900 will be available to support specific temple activities, organizations, and projects.

Superbowl Squares Grants. The Grants committee has been discussing Superbowl Squares grants, and has setting of funding the following three activities that are unlikely to be funded otherwise: (1) a contribution to support alumni outreach from TAS to the children of TAS members attending college; (2) a gift for the students graduating from the TAS High program to encourage them to practice Judaism as they move into the real world; and (3) a contribution to purchase some “Shabbat Only” versions (which are half the weight) and large-print versions of the prayerbooks we use on Friday night — these would be made available upon request and make worship easier for those dealing with arthritis or vision problems.

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5. MENS SEDER – MARCH 29

On Sunday, March 29, you are invited to join the Men of TAS at our annual Mens Seder. This special service and dinner, modeled after the traditional Passover Seder, provides a comfortable and ‘safe’ space for the men of TAS to explore and celebrate what it means to be a contemporary Jewish man. The text of our special haggadah, developed by MRJ and available at http://www.menrj.org/mrj-mens-seder, explores issues that pertain specifically to men; the service and dinner provides a place to take those issues, share them, discuss them, and wrestle with them.

Our Mens Passover Dinner will consists of traditional Passover foods — water, wine, homemade charoset, and more (maybe even gefilte fish) — as well as barbeque chicken and tri-tip from Outdoor Grill in Northridge (for what man doesn’t love barbeque).

The cost for the meal and the service is $20. The schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30pm: Sign in and snacks
  • 6:00pm: Service and dinner

Visit http://seder.tasnorthridge-motas.org to reserve in advance and pay by check or at the door, or to pay online. Reservations are necessary and are due by noon on Monday, March 23. Please invite your brothers, fathers, uncles and friends to join you. TAS affiliation is NOT required for this event.

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6. APRIL SUNDAY OF SERVICE

On Sunday, April 12, MoTAS is joining with the Social Action Committee in their regular Sunday of Service. We start at the MoTAS Meeting, where our speaker will be from Food Foward (http://foodforward.org/). Since forming in 2009, Food Forward has harvested almost 1.3 million pounds of fruit from its Backyard Harvest Program, all of which has fed the hungry. That impressive quantity has increased nearly six-fold – to over 7.4 million pounds of food recovered, altogether – through the successful launch of its Wholesale Market Recovery Program last year. As usual, we start with breakfast at 8:45 AM, followed by our activity review at 9:00 AM and our speaker at 10:00 PM. At this meeting, we’ll be announcing the results of the nominating committee. If you are interested in running for MoTAS office, please contact Bob Levine at pastpresident@tasnorthridge-motas.org

After a lunch break, we’ll be rejoining the Social Action crew to pick fruit from a designated household in Northridge. The picking will start at 1:00 PM and go until 3:00 PM. To RSVP, contact TAS SOS Coordinator, Shellie Turer at (818) 993-2255, or via e-mail at: PetsRPeopleToo@att.net. Space is limited to 15-20 volunteers, so sign up now!!

But wait, there’s more. That evening will be our bi-monthly Mens Only Hangout, starting at 7:00 PM for dessert and wine. This is coordinated by Dave Friedman, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Dave. Space is limited.

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7. HOLD THE DATES – JETHAWKS BASEBALL / GOLF TOURNAMENT

Start marking your calendar now for two additional significant upcoming dates:

  • Jethawks Baseball – Sunday, June 7 @ ~12 PM. I’ve had a number of requests for a MoTAS outing for a baseball game. LA Dodger games are (a) expensive, (b) crowded, and (c) often boring. Minor league games, on the other hand, are a blast — inexpensive, great seats, and loads and loads of fun. We’re in the planning stage for an outing to see the Lancaster Jethawks for a Sunday afternoon game. This will be after religious school is over, and it will be a family event. Let Daniel know at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org if you would be interested in attending or helping to organize/drive.
  • 2015 Golf Tournament – Monday, October 19. MoTAS is pleased to announce the date for the 2015 Charity Golf Tournament: Monday, October 19, 2015 at Calabasas Country Club. Please mark the date on your calendars now, and place to attend. Organizing meetings for the 2015 tournament will be starting soon; if you would like to be part of the organizing committee, please contact Barry Mann at andybarry80@yahoo.com.

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

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