MoTAS Weekly for 4/26/17: Free MRJ Leadership Training / May Membership Meeting

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. MRJ LEADERSHIP TRAINING – SUNDAY APRIL 30
  2. MAY MOTAS MEETING / ELECTION – SUN MAY 7
  3. SISTERHOOD SHABBAT VOLUNTEERS – FRI MAY 12
  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. MRJ LEADERSHIP TRAINING – SUNDAY APRIL30

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

We need RSVP’s to Brian Hatkoff, bhatkoff@aol.com, ASAP as we need to makesure we have enough food and materials for those attending. We encourage thosein 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 willprovide invaluable information for your men to take your group to the nextlevel. It is being hosted by the Men of TAS, at Temple Ahavat Shalom, inNorthridge at 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge California.

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

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2. MAY MOTAS MEETING / ELECTION – SUN MAY7

Our May MoTAS Meeting will be Sunday, May 7, 2017 — this is a weekearly due to Mother’s Day on the 2nd Sunday, and the Congregational Meeting onthe 3rd Sunday. Let’s talk about happiness. What works day to day? Whatworks long-term? What can we learn from our experience to teach others aboutbeing happy? You can expect our usual wonderful MoTAS Breakfast at 8:45,followed by updates on our activities. Following this will be our MoTASelections for 2017-2018. The MoTAS Nominating Committee has filled the slatefor 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 fineindividuals, please drop a note to faigin@cahighways.org.

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3. SISTERHOOD SHABBAT VOLUNTEERS – FRI MAY12

The Sisterhood Shabbat is on Friday, May 12. Just as Sisterhood helpedus out with our Shabbat, we help them with theres. Sisterhood has requestedMoTAS to help with setup and cleanup for that evening’s Oneg. If you will beable to help, please contact Roger atroger_j_lowe@sbcglobal.net.Note that there is also a community shabbat dinner that night — you can buy adinner or bring your own.Click here for more information.

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4. MOTAS 2017 ANNUAL APPEAL – RESPONDTODAY

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

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

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

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5. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: PAINTING TEMPLEGATES

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. Thesewere the gates that were formerly mounted on the wall at the entrance. Allmaterial 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 FINDJOBS

Frank Soronow had a meeting with David Katz, Executive Director, Hillel818. Hillel 818 serves the campuses at California State University, Northridge,Pierce College & Los Angeles Valley College. The number one need of hisstudents is getting a job. MoTAS and TAS Northridge can provide significantvalue 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 meetcandidates at Shabbat services. Together we sing, pray and get our candidate onthe road to employment.

Talk with the students and parents you know. Let them know we arelooking for candidates to help. Have the students email Frank atpresident@tasnorthridge-motas.orgto set up a phone call and time to meet.

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7. MAY DINING DOES GOOD – LAS HADAS ON MAY22

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

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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 athttp://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org/and participate. Sign up for our action alert list athttp://tinyurl.com/motas-action-alert.We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome newparticipants from the TAS membership. Joinour Facebook group and”follow“our website. Come be part ofthe Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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