MoTAS Weekly for 4/19/17: Yom HaShoah / Free MRJ Leadership Training

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. YOM HASHOAH REMEMBRANCE – SUN APR 23
  2. MRJ LEADERSHIP TRAINING – SUNDAY APRIL 30
  3. MAY MOTAS MEETING / ELECTION – SUN MAY 7
  4. MOTAS 2017 ANNUAL APPEAL – RESPOND TODAY
  5. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: PAINTING TEMPLE GATES
  6. HELPING YOUNGER JEWISH MEN AND WOMEN FIND JOBS
  7. MAY DINING DOES GOOD – LAS HADAS ON MAY 22
  8. IN CLOSING


1. YOM HASHOAH REMEMBRANCE – SUN APR 23

MoTAS invites you to join the TAS community as we observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with a special program and service led by our TAS Dalet students in the Sanctuary. Sunday, April 23, 2017 11:00 AM. We also invite you to continue the observance by lighting the Yellow Candle you recently received in the mail from MoTAS that evening. Blessings and prayers were included in the mailing.

For those that are able, we hope you will remember to donate to MoTAS to cover our cost of mailing these to the entire congregation. For those that use paypal, you can send your payment to onlinesales@tasnorthridge-motas.org .

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2. MRJ LEADERSHIP TRAINING – SUNDAY APRIL 30

The leadership of both the Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) and MoTAS encourages leaders and anyone interested in leadership to attend a special Leadership Development Day on Sunday, April 30 from 9 AM to about 3 PM. It includes a continental breakfast and lunch and maybe even some schnapps. The cost is FREE. The information provided is invaluable.

We need RSVP’s to Brian Hatkoff, bhatkoff@aol.com, ASAP as we need to make sure we have enough food and materials for those attending. We encourage those in leadership — or those interested in leadership — to attend. No limitation. This event is open to both MRJ affiliates and non-MRJ affiliates.

We have joined forces with the FJMC for this special event that will provide invaluable information for your men to take your group to the next level. It is being hosted by the Men of TAS, at Temple Ahavat Shalom, in Northridge at 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge California.

Feel free to contact Brian Hatkoff at bhatkoff@aol.com with any questions or comments.

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3. MAY MOTAS MEETING / ELECTION – SUN MAY 7

Our May MoTAS Meeting will be Sunday, May 7, 2017 — this is a week early due to Mother’s Day on the 2nd Sunday, and the Congregational Meeting on the 3rd Sunday. You can expect our usual wonderful MoTAS Breakfast at 8:45, followed by updates on our activities, and something special from Frank. Additionally, in accordance with the MoTAS bylaws, we will be conducting our MoTAS elections for 2017-2018. The MoTAS Nominating Committee has filled the slate for 2017-2018, and announces the following nominations:

  • President: Frank Soronow
  • VP: Bill Shapiro
  • VP: Howard Miller
  • Secretary: Hal Bass
  • Treasurer: Roger Lowe

If you would be interested in running against one of these fine individuals, please drop a note to faigin@cahighways.org.

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4. MOTAS 2017 ANNUAL APPEAL – RESPOND TODAY

In 2012, ignoring the objections of our accountant, the Men of TAS eliminated the dues requirement for membership. We moved to an inclusive model where every man in TAS is part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom. Since we don’t have dues, we don’t have steady revenue. So, every year Men of TAS asks you to support our work financially. It is through your annual contribution that we are able to make our annual contribution to the Temple’s general fund, to support our breakfasts, and to fund our various activities.

By now, you should have received your appeal reminder in the mail. We urge you to respond and help our great organization continue to support TAS and the member of MoTAS. You can also find the message on our support page at http://support.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. On that page, you can find a printable donation form that you can mail in, as well as a link to contribute online.

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See your friends and fellow congregants that have really stepped up to support us on our website’s Wall of Honor at http://wallofhonor.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. Join the Wall of Honor yourself by donating 100 or more shekels (dollars). Your generous gift will provide fun events for all Temple members, kids to adults, teachers and staff. Continue to repair and improve our facilities. Most importantly, it will help us continue teaching and living the Jewish values that guide and enrich all our lives.

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5. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: PAINTING TEMPLE GATES

Volunteers are need to paint the metal gates located at TAS Northridge. They are currently painted all back. We need to touch up some rusted spots. Additionally we will be painting the Hebrew letter on the gates gold. These were the gates that were formerly mounted on the wall at the entrance. All material costs will be covered by Men of TAS. If you are available to help, please contact Frank at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org.

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6. HELPING YOUNGER JEWISH MEN AND WOMEN FIND JOBS

Frank Soronow had a meeting with David Katz, Executive Director, Hillel 818. Hillel 818 serves the campuses at California State University, Northridge, Pierce College & Los Angeles Valley College. The number one need of his students is getting a job. MoTAS and TAS Northridge can provide significant value by helping our next generation prepare resumes, practice interviewing, find opportunities, and close the deal.

Imagine the positive feeling we could create. We would be to meet candidates at Shabbat services. Together we sing, pray and get our candidate on the road to employment.

Talk with the students and parents you know. Let them know we are looking for candidates to help. Have the students email Frank at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org to set up a phone call and time to meet.

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7. MAY DINING DOES GOOD – LAS HADAS ON MAY 22

Our May “Dining Does Good” will be Monday, May 22 at Las Hadas in Northridge in support of MoTAS and the Confirmation Class/L’Taken. You can find a flyer for the event at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/activities/dining/. We really encourage you to come and support these events: we raise a little extra funds for various groups, but more importantly, we come together and break bread as a Temple family on a regular basis. It is a real joy to walk into a neighborhood restaurant and see your Temple friends, to sit down and share a table and talk. This is the heart and goal of MoTAS: Building Relationships.

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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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