MoTAS Weekly for 05/09/18: Sisterhood Shabbat / May Dining Out at Los Toros

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. FRI MAY 11 – SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
  2. MON MAY 21 – DINING OUT
  3. THU MAY 31 – DONATE BEFORE THE MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL ENDS
  4. FRI JUN 15 – SHABBABAQUE REGISTRATION OPEN / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  5. SUN MAY 6 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
  6. IN CLOSING


1. FRI MAY 11 – SISTERHOOD SHABBAT

This Friday at 7:30 PM is the annual Sisterhood Shabbat. Just as Sisterhood supports the MoTAS Shabbat, MoTAS supports the Sisterhood Shabbat. We encourage you to attend; if you can arrive early to help set up the oneg, or stay afterwards to help clean up after the oneg, it will be appreciated.

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2. MON MAY 21 – DINING OUT

The MoTAS “Dining Does Good” have returned, and this year they support MoTAS 100%! Our May “Dining Does Good” will be Monday, May 21, at Los Toros in Chatsworth. 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 our work, 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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3. THU MAY 31 – DONATE BEFORE THE MOTAS ANNUAL APPEAL ENDS

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. We need every man in the congregation who supports the work we do to contribution and show your support. Whether is it $18, $180, or $1800 — whatever the amount — your participation is a vote for MoTAS.

We mailed out our appeal mailing in early February. Hopefully you have received your envelope. 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.

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4. FRI JUN 15 – SHABBABAQUE REGISTRATION OPEN / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Signups are now open for first Shabbabeque of the summer on Friday, June 16th. Shabbabaque starts with an outdoor service in the TAS amphitheatre at 6:15pm, featuring music from our rockin’ TAS House Band. This is followed at 7:15pm by a delicious barbeque dinner. Meat items will include turkey burgers, sirloin burgers, and Hebrew National hot dogs. Vegetarian items will include veggie patties, green and yellow squash roasted with garlic, and baked potatoes. Afterwards, there will be a wonderful Sisterhood oneg. The full menu is on the Shabbabaque event page. Our goal is for everyone to be happy. If you have special dietary needs, please contact us at the email address below.

There is also a special registration program for ECEC and ITC families: Pay for one adult, and the family comes free.

The next Shabbabeque is:

  • Date: Friday, June 15, 2018
    • 6:15 PM Service
    • 7:15 PM Shabbabeque Dinner
  • Cost: $11 Adults / $7 Children (+$5 for registrations after Weds., 6/13 at noon). There is a small additional fee for online payments.
  • How to Register:
    • Online Registrations and Payments: Visit http://shab-bbq.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ to register. You may pay by credit card, or mail your check in advance or bring it to the event. You may also pay by credit card at the event.
    • Telephone Registrations. You may register by calling the Temple Office at (818) 360-2258, or emailing shab-bbq@tasnorthridge-motas.org. Note that registrations received after Weds 6/13 at 6PM are an additional $5.
  • Questions? Contact shab-bbq@tasnorthridge-motas.org

Reservation for this event by June 13th is strongly encouraged; an extremely-limited number of late-registration tickets are available at the door.

To volunteer to help at the event, visit https://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=137363703.

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5. SUN MAY 6 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018

Present: Frank Soronow (President), Hal Bass (Secretary), Bob Brostoff, Yale Doberne, Daniel Faigin (Past President), Bob Levine, Roger Lowe (Treasurer), Barry Mann, Howard Miller, Kathy Pullman, Mike Rayfield, Russ Rapoport, Howard Schnee, Bill Shapiro (VP), Wil Simpson, Bernie Singer, Shelly Spector, Robert Spier, Alan Stepakoff, Sandy Stern, Mike Thornhill, Scott Yollis.

D’var Torah: Frank directed his remarks to the significance of the sabbatical year, sabbatical cycles and the Jubilee Year.

Treasurer’s Report: Cash balance includes $6,193 for grants from 2016-17 sports square sales of $257.25, $3,000 from the 2017 sale of football squares, $1,170 from 2018 Super Bowl squares, $1,365.75 from 2018 basketball squares, and $400 donated directly for sports squares grant money.

  • Receipts: 2018 fundraising appeal thus far has netted $3,292.15, and the Pride Campaign for temple beautification brought in $443. Net proceeds from the sale of Yom HaShoah candles were $350.01.
  • Expenses: $365 donated for the April 13 Shabbat Alive dinner and to honor Aaron Solomon. $1,250 for 6 camperships. $900 for TAS Gala ad. $200 deposit for MoTAS Poker Tournament on October 21.

Sisterhood Shabbat: The Sisterhood Shabbat will be held on Friday, May 11. A signup sheet was circulated for MoTAS volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up for the Oneg Shabbat

Dining Does Good: Los Toros Mexican Restaurant will share with MoTAS part of the proceeds from meals served at its Chatsworth location on Monday, May 21. Diners will need to bring in a flyer available on the MoTAS website.

Shabbabaque Friday, June 15: A signup sheet for volunteers to assist with food preparation and serving was provided.

TAS Gala Saturday, June 9: MoTAS members are encouraged to attend this year’s Gala & Casino Night, which will be held at the temple. Tyree & Les Wieder and Cantor Ken Cohen are the honorees. MoTAS has purchased a full-page ad.

Poker Tournament: The MoTAS Poker Tournament will take place on Sunday, October 21. Even for members who don’t play poker, volunteers will be needed for food service and clean-up.

MoTAS Website: Howard Miller inquired about the MoTAS website. Daniel Faigin explained that there is one website; it is hosted at WordPress.com and is really tasmotas.wordpress.com. http://www.tasnorthridge-motas.org redirects there, and it actually shows up as wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org through the definition of the domain name at WordPress, but it is all really just one site.

2018-19 Elections: Daniel Faigin presented the slate of officers beginning July 1, 2018. They are: Howard Miller, president; Larry Pfeffer and Russ Rapoport, vice presidents; Roger Lowe, treasurer; and Hal Bass, secretary. The slate of officers was approved unanimously .

TAS Demographics: Howard Miller prepared a detailed presentation about TAS membership demographics. There currently are 325 dues-paying member units, including 35% with dues adjustment. Mean age is 61, with an age range of 29-92. Our members live in 47 ZIP Codes, only 6 of which hold more than 10 member units: 91311, 91324, 91325, 91326, 91343 and 91344. 8% of members reside elsewhere in the West Valley or South Valley, 3% in Santa Clarita, and 7% east of the 405 Freeway or outside the San Fernando Valley. 39% have been with TAS for from 1-9 years. In recent years, there has been a drop-off of 50% of “new” members (in the temple for <2 years), the majority of whom do not have school-age children. On the other hand, over 50% of congregants continue their membership well past the time their children have entered adulthood. Howard closed by saying that the Board of Trustees was currently considering changes to the temple’s dues structure.

Congregational Meeting: Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 10, at 10 am.

Next MoTAS Meeting: Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 8:45 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Hal Bass, Secretary

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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