MoTAS Weekly for 3/30/16: Closet Move 4/3 | Candle Packing 4/10 | MoTAS Seder 4/17 | & more

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. MOTAS CLOSET MOVE – SUNDAY APRIL 3
  2. YOM-HASHOAH CANDLE PACKING – SUNDAY APRIL 10
  3. MOTAS SEDER – SUNDAY APRIL 17
  4. CALL TO ACTION: THE KITCHEN CHALLENGE IS NOT OVER YET
  5. CALL TO ACTION: HELP MOTAS DO ALL WE DO — MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL
  6. UPCOMING EVENTS: 2016 GOLF TOURNAMENT PLANNING BEGINS…
  7. UPCOMING EVENTS: JETHAWKS BASEBALL – FAMILY EVENT – SATURDAY MAY 28
  8. IN CLOSING

1. MOTAS CLOSET MOVE – SUNDAY APRIL 3

On Sunday, April 3 (the morning after the Elaine Boosler concert — you are going, aren’t you?), MoTAS will be moving from the current small closet we have in the kitchen to the larger former Caterer’s Closet next to it. This move will involve constructing shelving, emptying both closets, and swapping the contents and the keys. We’ll be starting around 9am, and will meet in the kitchen area. If you will be available to help us move, please drop a note to Daniel at faigin@cahighways.org.

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2. YOM-HASHOAH CANDLE PACKING – SUNDAY APRIL 10

Join us at our April Membership meeting on Sunday, April 10, where we will assemble the Yom HaShoah candle packages. The Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle program was started by the Federation of Jewish Mens Club (FJMC) in remembrance of Yom HaShoah. We provide candles to the congregation to encourage congregants to remember the Shoah and visibly demonstrate that we will never forget what unbridled antisemitism can bring. This is especially important now, as we are seeing an increasing in antisemetic violence both in Europe and in the US (witness the recent incidents up at UC Davis and in Copenhagen), and as we are losing the generation of Holocaust survivors. As always, we’ll start with our MoTAS breakfast at 8:45 AM, followed by an activity review at 9:00 AM and candle assembly around 9:30 AM. For more information on the program, visit https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/activities/yom-hashoah-candles/. When you receive your Yellow Candle, we encourage you to contribute to MoTAS to support this program, and to light your candle on Yom HaShoah, which starts the evening of Wednesday, May 4th.

Please note: We will not be mailing the Yellow Candles this year. Instead, candles will be delivered through the religious school, permitting them to incorporate the remembrance into the education program. Candles will also be available at all Temple events after April 10, as well as available at the TAS Front Office. If you are unable to get to TAS and you desire a candle, simply email president@tasnorthridge-motas.org or contact Daniel at (818) 438-5781, and we will arrange to get a candle delivered to you.

Looking ahead, our May meeting on May 1st will feature Dave Friedman talking about his recent visit to Panama. The topic will be how individuals and the US can make a big difference.

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3. MOTAS SEDER – SUNDAY APRIL 17

On Sunday, April 17, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, WE NEED YOUR RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. To RSVP (and pay in advance), visit http://seder.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. RSVPs are due by noon, April 11.

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 (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

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4. CALL TO ACTION: THE KITCHEN CHALLENGE IS NOT OVER YET

For the two months, you’ve been hearing about the MoTAS Kitchen Challenge — MoTAS’ effort to raise fund to repair and improve the Social Hall Kitchen. There was a lot of work to be done: replacing refrigerators, improving the make up air, addressing fire suppression and safety, repairing ovens and freezers, and much more. We’ve made significant progress: MoTAS has funded a new refrigerator, and we’re still awaiting bids on the make-up air, cleaning the oven vent hood, and getting better fire suppression. We want to do so much more. The campaign does not end until the end of April. So, please, if you can, contribute to the MoTAS Kitchen Appeal. Anything you donate will help us help TAS improve the kitchen. As with the Annual Appeal, online and printable donation forms are at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/about/support-motas/2016-kitchen-challenge/ (or just go to http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and click on the Kitchen Challenge), and donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged on our Wall of Honor. We thank you in advance for your support.

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5. CALL TO ACTION: HELP MOTAS DO ALL WE DO — MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL

For the last month and a half, you’ve been hearing about the MoTAS Kitchen Challenge — MoTAS’ effort to raise fund to repair and improve the Social Hall Kitchen. There was a lot of work to be done: replacing refrigerators, improving the make up air, addressing fire suppression and safety, repairing ovens and freezers, and much more. We’ve made significant progress: MoTAS has funded a new refrigerator, and we’re still awaiting bids on the make-up air, cleaning the oven vent hood, and getting better fire suppression. We want to do so much more. The campaign does not end until the end of April. So, please, if you can, contribute to the MoTAS Kitchen Appeal. Anything you donate will help us help TAS improve the kitchen. As with the Annual Appeal, online and printable donation forms are at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/about/support-motas/2016-kitchen-challenge/ (or just go to http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ and click on the Kitchen Challenge), and donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged on our Wall of Honor. We thank you in advance for your support.

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6. UPCOMING EVENTS: 2016 GOLF TOURNAMENT PLANNING BEGINS…

Plans are firming out for the 2016 MoTAS Golf Tournament, which will be held Monday, September 19 at the beautiful Calabasas Country Club. MoTAS is looking for members to join our Golf Tournament committee. This is the group that plans the tournament, and helps bring in sponsors and advertising. If you would be interested, contact Barry Mann at andybarry80@yahoo.com.

Note: If you are interested in registering for the tournament, being a sponsor, advertising in the program, or making a donation to our auction, please see our Golf Tournament page — newly updated for 2016 — at http://golf.tasnorthridge-motas.org/

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7. UPCOMING EVENTS: JETHAWKS BASEBALL – FAMILY EVENT – SATURDAY MAY 28

Registration is now open for our Jethawks Baseball Family Event on Saturday, May 28th — 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 Saturday evening 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 evening game (so we’re not sitting in the hot Lancaster sun), allowing us to arrive at the stadium around 530pm, watch the game, and be home between 10-11 (the game should end around 9pm). 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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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. Sign up for our action alert list at http://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert. 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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