MoTAS Weekly for 4/29/15: Speaker Meeting / Elections / Sisterhood Shabbat Help Needed

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. MAY SPEAKER – RENEWAL OF JUDAISM IN POLAND
  2. MOTAS ELECTIONS – MAY 3
  3. SISTERHOOD SHABBAT – MAY 8
  4. JETHAWKS BASEBALL – FAMILY EVENT – SUNDAY JUNE 7
  5. LET MOM SLEEP IN FOR MOTHERS DAY, AND DO A MITZVAH
  6. IN CLOSING


1. MAY SPEAKER – RENEWAL OF JUDAISM IN POLAND

Mark your calendar now for Sunday May 3. On the special date (the meeting was moved up one week due to Mothers Day), our speakers will be Jerry Fanning and Marilyn Lubarsky on The Renewal of Judaism in Poland. This talk will present the work being done to foster a vibrant renewal of Judaism in Poland. Working together, the Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland along with the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the European Union for Progressive Judaism are opening the doors of Judaism to many of Poland’s estimated 200,000 potential Jews and building the framework for renewed religious life. Our outreach programs focus on educating individuals and helping them build Progressive religious communities, or havurot, which are incipient congregations. So far we have established havurot in numerous Polish cities. Some are on their way to becoming congregations. Jewish Renewal in Poland embraces continuity with the Jewish past in Poland, but it is not a memorial project.

Our speaker, Jerry Fanning, has been involved in assisting with the restoration of Jewish life in Poland during the past several years. His activities have ranged from sending Jewish-themed books to Polish universities and synagogues to organizing the first ongoing Twinning Declaration between two Progressive Jewish congregations in Poland and America. He serves as a board member of Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland as well as a board member of Temple Beth Israel in Pomona. Co-presenting with Jerry will be Marilyn Lubarsky, a graduate of Scripps College, The University of Santa Clara, and Cal Poly, Pomona. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 1991 in India and in 2009 in Poland, a Fellow of the National Endowment of the Humanities and of the California History-Social Science Project. Marilyn has spent many years studying about the Holocaust and teaching other teachers about how to approach this difficult material. She is a Mandel Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has completed the Teacher Seminar at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. Marilyn teaches Social Studies at Upland High School and taught in the Teacher Preparation Program at Cal Poly, Pomona. Marilyn became a Regional Museum Educator and a member of the Regional Education Corps of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007. She studied the Holocaust in Poland during 2008 on a seminar conducted by the Jewish Labor Committee & in 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar. She spent July of 2011, studying in Germany, in a seminar conducted by the Check Point Charley Foundation, focusing upon the Holocaust in Berlin. She is active in Jewish Renewal in Poland, as a member of the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel of Pomona.

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 AM.

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2. MOTAS ELECTIONS – MAY 3

At the April MoTAS meeting, Bob Levine, Chair of the Nominating Committee, announced the proposed slate of officers for the 2015-2016 year:

  • President: Daniel Faigin
  • Vice Presidents: Dave Friedman and Frank Soronow
  • Treasurer: Roger Lowe
  • Secretary: Bill Shapiro

The election will take place during the May meeting. If you would like to run for MoTAS office, we welcome a contested election. Please contact Bob Levine at pastpresident@tasnorthridge-motas.org for more information.

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3. SISTERHOOD SHABBAT – MAY 8

The Men of TAS and the TAS Sisterhood are a team, working together for Temple Ahavat Shalom. Let’s show our support for the hard working ladies of Sisterhood by attending the Sisterhood Dinner and Shabbat on Friday, May 8. Register for the dinner by visiting http://tinyurl.com/qd6mq89.

MoTAS traditionally sets up the Oneg for Sisterhood that evening. If you will be able to help with the Oneg, please let me know at faigin@cahighways.org or signup at the May meeting.

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4. JETHAWKS BASEBALL – FAMILY EVENT – SUNDAY JUNE 7

Registration is now open for our Jethawks Baseball Family Event on Sunday, June 7 — visit http://jethawks.tasnorthridge-motas.org to register. This will be an outing to “The Hanger” in Lancaster (about a hour drive from TAS) on a Sunday afternoon to see the Jethawks play. The cost will be $9 per person (with a slight convenience charge for online credit-card registrations). If you haven’t been to a minor-league baseball game, they are an order of magnitude more fun than an outing to the Dodgers. The stadium is small, the food is inexpensive, and the goal is just to have a great time. The Jethawks (http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t491) are the minor-league team for the Houston Astros. The game is an afternoon game, allowing us to arrive at the stadium, gather together for lunch, and not be out until the wee hours of the morning. It is also after religious school is over for the year, so we encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids. The more the merrier.

Registration information may be found at jethawks.tasnorthridge-motas.org.

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5. LET MOM SLEEP IN FOR MOTHERS DAY, AND DO A MITZVAH

As part of Social Action, Sisterhood of TAS is recruiting volunteers (in particular, members of the Men of TAS) for our 2nd annual participation in the Jewish Home ‘s Biggest Mother’s Day Celebration in the World. The activity is the morning of Mother’s Day, May 10th from 9:30 to 1:00 PM. The participant can choose either Eisenberg or Grancell Village Campus, across the street from one another (this is where Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Solomon Kleinman lives) The activity for the seniors is gayity music, ice cream, lunch and schmoozing. Some have family, some don’t. Participants assist, listen and even help the seniors toast bagels. It’s like a county fair at their pace.

They need over 60 volunteers, and have many volunteers, but it never seem like enough. Sisterhood suggests that the Men of TAS let their wives sleep in, and come alone or with the kids to do a mitzvah. Afterwards, take mom to lunch or brunch in the early afternoon.

If someone is interested, please contact Judy Stehr at: Jesterjudy@gmail.com 818-744-6227. Children age 10 can come, up to 70+ . There are jobs for all abilities.

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6. 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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