MoTAS Weekly for 8/26/15: Overwhelmed by Shabbabaque / Pancake Breakfast

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:



Wow! What a Shabbabaque! Attendance was amazing – with an extremely large number of last minute walk-ups at the door. We did our best to accommodate everyone, but some food items unfortunately ran out early early (we based our purchases on the RSVPs by the Wednesday deadline plus volunteers and an allowance for typical late registrations and walkups). In our long string of successful Shabbabaques, this has very rarely happened. MoTAS wants participants in its events to walk away with a good feeling – if you left dissatisfied, please let us know and we will do what we can to make things right (including a refund or applying the ticket price to a football square). To do so, contact the MoTAS President, Daniel Faigin, at or the Treasurer, Roger Lowe, at or 818-576-8980.

Our goal is to constantly improve our Shabbabaques — we can always make them better. To that end, we would love your comments on what worked well about the Shabbabaque (pluses), and where we can improve (deltas). We already know to order more food 🙂 . You can leave a comment on the event page at, or send an email with your pluses/deltas to

Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event possible: Lee Baum, Bob Brostoff, Nate Brickman, Mahdel Estrada, Jade Evans, Daniel Faigin, Mel Janis, Bob Levine, Roger Lowe, Joel Lowell, Fabian Malinovitz, Barry Mann, Rick Mervis, Howard Miller, Kathy Pullman, Bill Shapiro, Bernie Singer, Alec Soronow, Sydney Soronow, Rebecca Soronow, Frank Soronow, Ben Tenn, Alia Yollis, Scott Yollis, Steven Zidell, Jacob Zonis, Steven Zonis. In particular, we would like to highlight Frank Soronow’s hard work for coordinating this event and Scott Yollis and Steve Zonis for all their cooking.

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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. MoTAS has decided to make this event free for all — teachers, students, parents. 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 You can also RSVP online at .

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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, or contact Bob Levine (818-271-1282, or Kathy Pullman ( 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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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

» 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 For a special flyer targeted to Golf Tournament sponsors, visit

» 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 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

For More Information

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

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As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at 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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