In This Issue:
- PURIM CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – SUN MAR 4
- MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL STARTS
- MEMBERSHIP MEETING – YELLOW CANDLE PACKING – SUN MAR 11
- MOTAS/TBH BROTHERHOOD SEDER – SUN MAR 18
- NCAA BASKETBALL SQUARES ON SALE
- BREAKFAST CREW VOLUNTEER CALL
- IN CLOSING
1. PURIM CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – SUN MAR 4
This year’s Purim Carnival is being held at TAS in combination with Temple Ramat Zion THIS SUNDAY. MoTAS has been a strong supporter of the Purim Carnival for more than 30 years, preparing and serving food to carnival attendees. This year we will be sharing that effort with the Men’s Club of TRZ. The good news is that it looks like we have enough guys to help with the food effort. But….
In addition to serving the food, help is also needed manning booths at the temple Purim Carnival for various games and other activities. If you can provide an hour or more to ensure fun for the kids and the success of the event, please sign up at http://signup.com/go/oUdGaWA or contact Andrea Luboff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
If you have any questions on the MoTAS involvement in the Purim Carnival, please call Howard Miller (818) 993-0796. Let’s make this a solid effort from MoTAS.
2. MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL STARTS
In 2012, 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.
This week (better late than never), our Annual Appeal hits the post office. 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. It is through your contributions that MoTAS is able to do that work that we do for the congregation. Please think about how much MoTAS means to the congregation, and how much the relationships you have with MoTAS mean to you. Then add 20%, and make a donation :-). Seriously, the MoTAS leadership works hard to make MoTAS valuable to you and the congregation. This is your chance to let us know what we mean to you.
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. 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.
3. MEMBERSHIP MEETING – YELLOW CANDLE PACKING – SUN MAR 11
Our regular monthly meeting on Sunday, March 11 will be our Annual Yellow Candle Packing meeting. Join MoTAS at 8:45 AM for our usual meeting breakfast with eggs, bagels, lox, cream cheese, and other goodies. After some brief announcements, we’ll be packing the boxes for our Yom Hashoah Yellow Candle activity. This is always a fun meeting where we get a chance to just socialize while doing good.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have children looking to earn campership volunteer hour credit, this is likely their last chance before the deadline.
4. MOTAS/TBH BROTHERHOOD SEDER – SUN MAR 18
What happens when the leadership of the Brotherhoods of two San Fernando Valley congregations meet at the Theatre? We discuss how to work together. This just happened when Past President’s Bob Levine and Daniel Faigin ran into Mark Singer, Co-President of the Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood recently. We got to talking, and Mark invited us to join them for their Brotherhood Seder on March 18. So we’re changing our date to match theirs, and we’re going to come together in Brotherhood for their seder, which will be on March 18 at 5pm Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village (with a dinner catered by TBH Brotherhood member Scott Tessler of Silver Spoons).
The cost of the dinner is $25, and there will be carpooling from TAS. Full information — including the menu — is at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/activities/mens-seder/. You can RSVP for the dinner and pay at the door, or you can pay online. Temple Beth Hillel is handling dinner reservations — you can find their page on their bethillel.info website. Sign up for the carpool list by clicking here.
Let’s make this a real successful event with a great turnout from our TAS Men, and perhaps find more ways to work together on events to strengthen our brotherhoods of Jewish men in the San Fernando Valley, for the betterment of all our congregations.
5. NCAA BASKETBALL SQUARES ON SALE
NCAA/Basketball Squares are on Sale! The NCAA finals are rapidly approaching — have you created your brackets. Within MoTAS, the NCAA Basketball championships mean it is time for Basketball Squares. This year, we’ve added something new: We’re “Squaring” both the Men’s and the Women’s Semi-Final and Final Games. You’ll have six games, meaning 12 opportunities to win, for only $36 a square! The procedure is very similar to the Superbowl Squares. Basketball Squares cover the last three games in each of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA championships: the Women’s semifinal and final games on March 31 and April 2, and the Men’s semifinal and final games on April 1 and April 3, 2017. Squares are $36, and adults may purchase up to 3 squares for themselves, and 3 squares for their partner. Payouts are $150 for both the halftime and final scores of each game. You can win once or twice in a game. If the board is not fully subscribed, the payout is proportional based on the number of subscribed squares. To address the possibility that all 100 squares might not be subscribed, the following is the procedure for empty squares that win: each player will make a guess as to what the total number of points will be (i.e., you add the final scores of both teams). This number will be used to settle all cases, for all games. If you purchase more than one square your “number” will apply for all your squares. Closest to actual score wins (payouts divided with ties). If there is no halftime winner, the final score prediction will still be used.
Note: Eventbee fees have gone up for tickets that ask additional questions, so we’ve opted to start adding that nominal amount for squares purchased online. But fear not: you can avoid the fee by printing out the form and paying by check, coordinating payment via Zelle or Venmo (or contact us for Paypal), or even paying offline via Credit Card. You can get a copy of the form off the Squares website.
Squares must be purchased by March 28, 2018. Forms will soon be available in the Temple Foyer. You can also print the registration form — or register online — at the usual online home of the Squares program: http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/. Remember that the real winner is Temple Ahavat Shalom. With a fully subscribed board, $1800 will be available to support specific temple activities, organizations, and projects.
6. BREAKFAST CREW VOLUNTEER CALL
Do you enjoy the breakfast at our monthly meetings? We all do, but sometimes due our busy schedules, someone from the preparation crew cannot be there. Don’t you want to help and part of our substitutes list?
The tasks that four people currently perform include.
- Shopping for the food and preparing some of it.
- Purchases and picks up the bagels from Western Bagel.
- Cook the eggs.
- Making the coffee
The group works at setting up the food service and afterwards the cleanup. We are looking for some good men who can step in when one of the regular crew cannot make it.
For more information contact Roger Lowe at Roger_J_Lowe@sbcglobal.net or RSVP at https://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=193169613. Come and support our continued breakfast tradition.
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!