MoTAS Weekly for 2/1/17: Announcing our Man of the Year / February Meeting Details

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. PRESENTING OUR 2017 MAN OF THE YEAR
  2. MRJ MAN OF THE YEAR DINNER AT TAS – SAT MAR 4
  3. CANTORS CONCERT (SAT FEB 4) – LETS GET A TABLE
  4. FEBRUARY MOTAS MEETING – SUN FEB 12
  5. MOTAS 2017 ANNUAL APPEAL
  6. FEBRUARY DINING OUT – SUPPORTING SISTERHOOD
  7. UPCOMING MENS HANGOUT: WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE?
  8. IN CLOSING


1. PRESENTING OUR 2017 MAN OF THE YEAR

Well, this is awkward. After all, I’m not one to toot my own horn.

At the 2017 MoTAS Shabbat on Friday, January 27, 2017, the MoTAS Man of the Year for 2017 was announced. It was none other than your humble MoTAS Weekly editor and cybermaven (and also your immediate past president), Daniel Faigin. I’ll be honored, together with all the other Men of the Year from the other MRJ congregations in the region, at the MRJ Regional Man of the Year dinner on March 4th at TAS. More information is in the next item.

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2. MRJ MAN OF THE YEAR DINNER AT TAS – SAT MAR 4

MRJ Man of the Year Dinner – Saturday Evening, March 4, 2017. At the MoTAS Shabbat, our honoree for the MoTAS Man of the Year was announced. This honoree will be feted, together with the honorees from other MRJ congregations from the MRJ Pacific Southwest region, at the MRJ Man of the Year Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017. This year, the dinner will be held at Temple Ahavat Shalom, allowing us to show off our beautiful remodeled social hall. The cost of the dinner is $36, and you can RSVP now by clicking here. We will also need volunteers to help check in people and help with the event; if you are able to volunteer, click here.

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3. CANTORS CONCERT (SAT FEB 4) – LETS GET A TABLE

Music From The Heart, our Cantors Concert featuring Cantor Ken Cohen, Cantor Daniel Friedman, Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot, Cantoral Intern Lisa Peicott, and Broadway vocalists Jennifer Bennett, and Jacob Zelonky, will be Saturday February 4th at 7:30 PM. Information and ticket prices are available at http://www.tasnorthridge.org/concert/. MoTAS will be purchasing at table at the concert, and we would like you to join us. We have six seats available at our table at $30 a seat, on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to Frank at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org.

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4. FEBRUARY MOTAS MEETING – SUN FEB 12

The next monthly membership meeting of MoTAS will be on Sunday, February 12. The meeting will include great friends, Kelzmer music, a three star buffet, and big ideas. The meeting will begin with breakfast at 8:45 am, with the meeting proper starting at 9:00 am.

The Parashat for the meeting is Beshallach: The Israelites cross the Red Sea and celebrate with song and dance. They are sent on their journey and given manna for sustenance which appears daily. If one takes more than he can consume that day, it rots and turns wormy. The Israelites receive Shabbat. They start complaining. We will have a modern, positive and inspiring commentary.

Our opening music for the meeting is Halleluyah by Rick Recht. Listen for free at http://www.rickrecht.com/album/halleluyah/.

During the meeting, we’ll be discussing the upcoming Purim Carnival and our partnering with Temple Ramat Zion. The tentative date for the carnival is Sunday March 12. The carnival will be held at Ramat Zion. White Oak Ave. will be closed in in front of Ramat Zion for it. There will be Kosher food trucks. Ramat Zion will also provide Kosher Pizzas. We were asked to serve food and provide general assistance. What are your ideas for a game booth? Something Golf themed? Emoji Putting Green maybe?

You are encouraged to browse the PragerU courses from prageru.com. What topic would you like to learn about or discuss?

Our closing music is: The Hope (Studio Version) by Rick Recht. Listen for free at http://www.rickrecht.com/album/the-hope/. Email Frank for lyric sheets that match The Hope (Studio Version).

We end, as always, with closing comments, good and welfare.

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5. MOTAS 2017 ANNUAL APPEAL

It is the time of year when MoTAS does its Annual Appeal. We don’t have dues, and depend upon your generosity to keep going. We’ll be sending out a specific email and a letter shortly, but if you want to get a jump on the rush, you can visit our support page at http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/.

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6. FEBRUARY DINING OUT – SUPPORTING SISTERHOOD

Our February Dining Does Good” will be February 20 (Presidents Day) at Marie Callender’s in Northridge in support of MoTAS and Sisterhood. You can find a flyer for the event at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/activities/dining/.

Mark your calendar for our March Dining Does Good, which will be at Souplantation on Monday, March 20. The flyer will be available shortly.

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7. UPCOMING MENS HANGOUT: WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE?

At our last MoTAS meeting, we had an energetic discussion about the meaning of the term “Social Justice”, and how different groups view the term very differently. Should “Social Justice” be redistribution by the government to those it deems to be in need, or should it be people helping people that they feel are in need — in other words, what is the role of government, and what is the role of community? Independent of what the government does, what is an individual’s responsibility to others? What does our tradition teach about the different views of social justice from a Jewish perspective. The discussion got so lively that we have decided to devote an upcoming Mens Hangout to the subject. We’re looking for a Sunday evening in late February, so watch your MoTAS Weekly for the announcement.

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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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