MoTAS Weekly for 10/11/17: Long Term Care Planning Speaker SUNDAY / Camp Newman Report

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:



At our September meeting, we heard Stephen Rischall, a financial planner, talk about what we must do to plan for the education of our children and grandchildren. Now our attention turns to the other end of the spectrum: planning for the care of our parents, and quite possibly, ourselves. The need for long term care may happen to anyone…at any time. By planning now, you can help reduce the emotional and financial impact of long term care on you and your loved ones. Join us for an informative educational seminar. You’ll learn more about long term care, how much it may cost, if your other insurance will cover it, and what you can do to prepare for a long term care need.

Additionally, Congregational President Jerry Hilecher will also join us to answer your questions about the congregation and our current situation.

As always, please join us at 8:45 AM for breakfast, followed by a short recap of upcoming activities. The speaker will start at 9:30 AM. Please let anyone you know who might be growing older or who might have parents know about this talk.

Our speaker, Robert M. Smith, CLU, ChFC, CLTC, RICP, has been helping people protect their families and businesses since 1988. A graduate of Stanford University with Honors, Robert received his MA from the University of California, Berkeley, in History. An active member of the local community, Robert is married to Susan and has four children.

Looking ahead to November, Howard Miller will be presenting an analysis of the Temple’s demographics.

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Monday night, there was terrible news out of Santa Rosa for anyone that loves Jewish summer camps: “As many of you may have heard, since 10pm last night, forest fires have been burning in Sonoma and Napa counties. It is with tremendous shock and sadness that we share that the majority of the buildings at our beloved Camp Newman home have been destroyed.”

MoTAS has long been a supporter of Jewish summer camping. Whether URJ Camp Newman, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps, Camp Alonim, or others — we have been there because we know the value Jewish summer camps bring to the youth of Temple Ahavat Shalom. Many of us are — in fact — alumni of Jewish summer camping. Your humble Weekly editor is one such alumni (Hess Kramer and Hilltop), and I know the hours I’ve spent worrying anytime there is a fire near Malibu. I remember helping at camp after a fire, and I remember how close fire has come to destroying buildings at camp. I can only imagine the spiritual pain that Saratoga / Swig / Newman campers, staff, and alumni are feeling.

Buildings will be rebuilt. The ground will be scoured for artifacts and art that survived (ceramics and concrete are wonderful that way). There will be a re-sanctification and new energy, and the spirit will return. This summer will see the camp return to pioneer roots for sure, with temporary rougher facilities and a spirit of re-creation for the future generations. Art will show a rebirth through fire, just as the literal fires of the Holocaust were followed by a rebirth of Jewish spirit.

All of us have been touched by the destruction at Camp Newman. The larger Jewish Camp family is truly a family: whether CHK or GHC, Ramah, Kutz or Newman, or Alonim, or any of the myriad of camp options, we are all in pain when “camp” is hurt.

MoTAS wishes the URJ Camp Newman community a refluah shleimah — a speedy recovery. Those financially able to help could visit the camp’s donation page at #NewmanStrong

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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. Sign up for our action alert list at 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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