MoTAS Weekly for 7/29/15: August Calls For Participation

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SHABBAT IN THE PARK – AUGUST 14 / ECEC CLEANUP – AUGUST 16, 2015
  2. RSVP NOW: AUGUST CONCERT IN THE PARK – SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 2015
  3. SPEAKER SUGGESTIONS NEEDED
  4. SIGNUP NOW: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHABBABAQUE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015
  5. VOLUNTEER CALL: PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2015
  6. SUPPORT MOTAS & SUPPORT TAS: FOOTBALL SQUARES
  7. SUPPORT MOTAS & SUPPORT TAS: GOLF TOURNAMENT / TAS CALENDAR
  8. IN CLOSING

1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SHABBAT IN THE PARK – AUGUST 14 / ECEC CLEANUP – AUGUST 16, 2015

The weekend of Friday August 14 through Sunday August 16 provides two great opportunities to volunteer on behalf of Temple Ahavat Shalom:

Friday, August 14 – Shabbat In The Park

TAS is participating in the Valley-wide Shabbat in the Park on Friday, August 14, and as part of our participation TAS needs to send 2 or 3 volunteers to help with set up, activities, parking assistance, greeters, and clean up. Would any of the Men of TAS be available to volunteer? If so, please drop a note or contact Rabbi Shawna — she needs the names as soon as possible because we must turn in the names by August 1. Rabbi Shawna turned to MoTAS first because she knows that the men who participate are also most likely to step up and volunteer in the community and are great representatives of TAS.

If you are not familiar with Shabbat in the Park, more information may be found at http://patch.com/california/woodlandhills/shabbat-park.

Sunday, August 15 – ECEC Cleanup Day

“Jews with Tools” may sound incongruous, but it is vital to Temple Ahavat Shalom. Please join MoTAS on Sunday, August 16th at 9:00 AM for the ECEC Clean Up Day. MoTAS will be on hand to provide small repairs and other touch-ups, so please bring basic tools and repair supplies, and be ready to help the ECEC. Last year, we helped clean and repair bookshelves, ensured all electrical outlets had covers, appropriately secured electrical cords, and provided other safety repairs. In addition to these small repairs, we will be obtaining a list from the ECEC of specific needs and communicating it before the event in the MoTAS Weekly.

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2. RSVP NOW: AUGUST CONCERT IN THE PARK – SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 2015

In August, we’re continuing a new tradition with our August Concert in the Park. This is a family event. We invite you to bring your family and join MoTAS for a picnic and concert in the park on Sunday, August 9. We’ll be meeting at Warner Park for the Concerts in the Park series; the artist that night will be Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band.

This is another informal event. You’ll bring your blankets and food. We’ll attempt to coordinate a meeting space and bring the MoTAS banner. We’ll join together under the summer sun in what passes for fresh air in Woodland Hills to listen to wonderful music that all ages can enjoy. We hope you’ll join us. You can RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/2015-motas-concert. There is no charge, other than what VCC charges for parking.

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3. SPEAKER SUGGESTIONS NEEDED

During the month of August, the MoTAS Leadership will be putting in place the speakers program for 2015-2016. If you are not familiar with our speakers program, this is what is otherwise known as the “MoTAS Monthly Meeting.” In addition to our wonderful breakfast prepared and procured by Steve Zonis, Scott Yollis, Mike Thornhill, and Bob Levine, we usually have a speaker of broad interest. Topics have ranged from temple operations to composting, from the Jewish history of Los Angeles to the probation system. If you haven’t attended our meeting to hear a speaker, you should give it a try. Anyone who is a member of MoTAS (and that means every man in the congregation) is welcome to attend; we often have non-members join us for the speaker as well. Our speaker meetings are typically the second Sunday of the month (unless shifted due to a conflict – thus our first meeting is Sunday September 20 due to Rosh Hashanah). Breakfast is at 8:45am followed by a review of upcoming activities; our speaker starts between 9:45am and 10:00am.

Now that you know what the speakers program is, you can help us plan it. If you have any suggestions for topics you would like to have discussed, or have specific speakers you think we should approach, please let us know. Drop a note to president@tasnorthridge-motas.org, or comment on our blog post at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/2015/07/19/speaking-out/. In order for the program to be interesting to all the men of TAS, we really need to know what interests all the men (and not just the leadership).

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4. SIGNUP NOW: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHABBABAQUE – FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015

Our second Shabbabaque of the summer will be extra special, as we’ll be kicking off the 50th anniversary celebration of the merger of North Valley Reform and Temple Beth Torah of San Fernando Valley to create Temple Ahavat Shalom in 1965. In commemoration, the August Shabbabaque will be celebrating all things sixties. So come out in your best sixties duds with your best sixties moves to celebrate one of the best things that happened in the sixties. This special Shabbabaque will feature a celebratory summer TAS Shabbat service with a barbeque dinner cooked by the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom.

Shabbabaque starts with an outdoor service in the TAS amphitheatre at 6:15pm, featuring music from the TAS House Band. This is followed at 7:15pm by a delicious barbeque dinner. The menu typically includes chicken, burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, along with Caesar salad (no chicken in the salad), plus all the sides. Afterwards, there will be sixties dancing, games from the sixties, and a wonderful Sisterhood oneg (they may even have brownies). There will also be a costume contest.

Registration is now open at http://shab-bbq.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. For this special Shabbabaque, the cost is $8 for children 11 and under, and $12 for adults. The price goes up $5 at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, so get your reservations in early.

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5. VOLUNTEER CALL: PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2015

On Sunday, August 30th, join the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom starting at 8:45 AM in the Social Hall as we host our traditional Pancake Breakfast for the first day of religious school. The cost is low — $5 for pancakes, $1 for juice/coffee only, and free for teachers and new school families enrolling their first child in the school. The morning provides you the opportunity to learn about the different ways to get involved with TAS and strengthen that relationship. As parents, we are the role models for our children. If we get involved with the synagogue, we’re demonstrating to our children the value of involvement. Please note the special date: The Pancake Breakfast is early due to the High Holy Days. The first day of instruction for the Religious School is Sunday, September 20th – and we look forward to seeing you at our first speakers meeting on that day.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the Pancake Breakfast, please contact Joel Lowell at 818/832-1525 or email joel.lowell@gmail.com. You can also RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/motas-pancake-2015 .

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6. SUPPORT MOTAS & SUPPORT TAS: FOOTBALL SQUARES

Summer is Football Squares season! It’s an easy way to support TAS and possibly win a little back. $50 gets you a random square on the board, where randomized rows and columns have the digits 0 through 9. During Monday Night Football season, match the last digit of the home and away team scores in a quarter and win! More information, complete rules, online signup, and signup forms are available at http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org, or contact Bob Levine (818-271-1282, tasboblevine@gmail.com) or Kathy Pullman (gridmaven@tasnorthridge-motas.org). Forms are also available in the Temple Foyer. Funds raised by the Sports Squares programs are used to fund specific needs that are often unfunded, and expenditures are distinct from MoTAS’ general fund contributions. Registration closes at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 11.

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7. SUPPORT MOTAS & SUPPORT TAS: GOLF TOURNAMENT / TAS CALENDAR

The main fundraiser for MoTAS is the Annual MoTAS Charity Golf Tournament. This tournament provides the funds that MoTAS uses to support TAS and TAS Social Action Partners. The 2015 Annual MoTAS Charity Golf Tournament will be Monday, October 19, 2015 at Calabasas Country Club. There are many ways for you to participate and support MoTAS at all financial levels – you do not need to attend the tournament to support the tournament:

» Support the TAS Calendar/Golf Tournament Program.

You may have seen last year’s calendar in the Temple Foyer. This is a large handout that contains programmatic calendars from Temple committees and organizations for the entire programming year. It is a reference that can be used to promote the congregation as a single handout to show to new members. In the center is the program from the Golf Tournament itself. The calendar/program provides space for advertising and messages; MoTAS has specifically priced this space to allow anyone to participate.

$18 – Three Line Messages. At the personal level, you can purchase a three line message — whatever you want to say — for $18. Show your support for MoTAS. Show your support for TAS. Shout out to your friends and family — it’s up to you. Each message helps to support MoTAS.

$36 – Business Card Ads. You can also place business-size “In Memorium” messages to remember your loved ones, and for the same price you can submit business cards (personal or business) for publication in the book.

One goal MoTAS has it so draw in the community, and larger ads — from quarter page to full page — are a great way to do that. Get businesses you support to place ads to promote their business to the Temple. This costs you nothing, and helps MoTAS immensely. It also helps us build our relationship to the commumity. For a special flyer targeted to advertisers, including the signup form, visit https://copy.com/OUEIr73lVsjf1dbW/2015-advertiser-golf-flyer-2page.pdf

» Get Golf Tournament Sponsors

Moving up the price scale, there are a large number of sponsorship opportunies. Companies and individuals can sponsor the tournament, starting at $180 for a Tee sign and going up. This is a great way for a corporation or local business to show their support. Sponsorships at the Corporate level and above include player spots, and all include advertising in the TAS Calendar/Tournament Program. Information on the wide variety of sponsorships is available at http://golf.tasnorthridge-motas.org. For a special flyer targeted to Golf Tournament sponsors, visit https://copy.com/MdFJkOn9QCnBjLR9/2015-sponsor-golf-flyer-2page.pdf

» Donate to the Raffle/Silent Auction

A key element of the Golf Tournament is our raffle and auction, and you can help by getting local businesses that you frequent to donate certificates and items for our auction table. This can be a major source of revenue for the tournament. All donors will be listed on the Golf Tournament page for the year, and in the Golf Tournament program. Visit https://copy.com/8RxhIE69b6HTuFzx/golf2015.donation-form.pdf for a printable donation form.

» Come Out and Play

Then again, you may actually play golf — or have friends or business associates who play golf. We encourage you to come out an play at the tournament onf Monday, October 19, 2015 at Calabasas Country Club. The entry fee is $215 per player, and that includes a full day on the course as well as a continental breakfast, full lunch, and full dinner buffet, together with after dinner entertainment. Compared to similar events, this is such a bargain! For a special flyer targeted to players, visit https://copy.com/TXTHkph2W6J9bE3y/2015-golfer-golf-flyer-2page.pdf

For More Information

More information, including online and printable signup forms and donation forms, is available at http://golf.tasnorthridge-motas.org or call Barry Mann at 818-360-8881 . Here are some more useful links:

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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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