Men of TAS (MoTAS) Weekly for 08/01/18: Shabbabaque Volunteers/Attendees Needed | Sports Squares Selling Out Fast

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:


Note: Over the summer, the MoTAS Weekly may occasionally skip a week if there is no new news or immediately upcoming events.


Hello Men of TAS,

It is my pleasure to serve MoTAS and the congregation as president of our fine service group. We have many many men who stand up to help our Temple and look forward to each other’s company while doing that. I’d like to thank Frank Soronow for two years of great leadership. His enthusiasm for the group and the temple is well appreciated. I hope to hear from you about the kinds of things you’d like to do in the next two years. We are looking for fresh ideas and activities that are meaningful to you. Please feel free to email me at or call me at 818-993-0796 if there’s anything you’d like to discuss that pertains to the Men of TAS. I look forward to seeing you in the future and hearing your ideas.

Take care and have a very happy New Year in September.

Howard Miller

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Our second Shabbat Bar-B-Que (Shabbabaque) of the summer is rapidly approach — it is on Friday, August 17th. Signups are now open!

We also need volunteers as some of our regulars will be unavilable! Please make plans to help MoTAS make this event successful by planning on helping us prepare food (around 3pm), set up (around 6pm), serving (about 7:30) and/or clean-up (we need a couple more guys than last time please, we will be out around 9). Please let us know specifically if you can help prepare food as we need at least six guys or whether you will be there to help set up and clean-up. Please reply to both Larry Pfefer and myself ( and, or sign up at the RSVP below) so we can plan. Also, we need a couple of guys to help purchase food and other items at Costco and Smart and Final on Wednesday of that week. Use of a van or truck for that purpose would also be helpful. Again, please let Larry and me know of your availability. Anyone doing this must be able to pick up cases of water/soda. Thanks in advance for your help. Your fellow congregants appreciate it also. To volunteer to help at the event, visit

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, beef burgers, and hot dogs. Vegetarian items will include vegetarian patties, broccoli 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.

Here are the details

  • Date: Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 6:15 PM Service
    • 7:15 PM Shabbabeque Dinner
  • Cost: $11 Adults / $7 Children (+$5 for registrations after Weds., 8/15 at 6PM). For religious school, ECEC, and ITC families, the family comes free with one adult registration.
  • How to Register:
    • Online Reservations, Registrations and Payments: Visit 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 Note that registrations received after Weds 8/15 at 6PM are an additional $5.
  • Questions? Contact

Reservation for this event by August 15th is strongly encouraged; an extremely-limited number of late-registration tickets are available at the door.

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Update from the Grid Masters on 8/31/2018: The players are now in training camps, so the opening game is not far away. There are only a few places left on our 2018 Sports Squares board, so this is a reminder to reserve your spot before they’re all gone. Your participation in the past has always been so appreciated, and MoTAS hopes you will continue your generosity. You can order online at or send in your check ($50 per square) payable to MoTAS. Mark the envelope “MoTAS football squares” so it’s routed to us directly.

Summer is Football Squares season! It’s an easy way to support TAS and possibly win a little back. $50 gets you a random square on the board, where randomized rows and columns have the digits 0 through 9. During Monday Night Football season, match the last digit of the home and away team scores in a quarter and win! More information, complete rules, online signup, and signup forms are available at, or contact Bob Levine (818-271-1282, or Kathy Pullman ( Forms will soon be available in the Temple Foyer. Funds raised by the Sports Squares programs are used to fund specific needs that are often unfunded, and expenditures are distinct from MoTAS’ general fund contributions. Registration closes at 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 8.

As you recall, the net proceeds for the Football Squares goes to support TAS projects that cannot be funded, either adequately, or at all, by current temple budgeting. It is your support that makes these things happen. As a result of your participation and support, the temple has had a major overhaul to the kitchen, and we have been able to offer more campership funds to allow our youth to go to Jewish camp in the summer.

Please support us this year, as you have in the past. All the information about the game, as well as sign-up instructions, are available at our website:

We hope you can see your way to be part of our team this season. You might win some money, but the temple is the big winner. A warm thank-you from the Men of TAS.

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You are invited to participate in the 2018 Men of TAS (Temple Ahavat Shalom) and Men of Temple Ramat Zion Texas Hold-em Charity Poker Tournament to be held on Sunday October 21 at Temple Ahavat Shalom. This year’s winner will earn $1,000 and there will be cash prizes for everyone making the final table. Other opportunities to win big include our famous 50/50 cash drawing (final selection can win $1,000), a raffle and a silent auction.

Your $80 entry fee entitles you to a players seat, a lite dinner, a drink and five raffle tickets. Feel free to print and fill out the registration form and mail your check payable to Men of TAS (or your credit card information) to Howard Miller at 9656 Geyser Ave, Northridge CA 91324. You can also visit and register and pay online (or click here to go directly to the Eventbee).

This year we are holding our tournament along with the Men of Temple Ramat Zion. Also, a portion of the Men of TAS proceeds will benefit the TAS Early Childhood Education Center. Various sponsorship opportunities are available on the registration form for those who want to help the Men of TAS and the Men of Temple Ramat Zion fund important activities in support of their temple and local community. Other contributions may include future local sports tickets (Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Rams, Chargers, Galaxy, LAFC, UCLA, USC, etc.) and upcoming entertainment (tickets to local concerts or plays) that can be used for auction items or raffle prizes.

Please forward our invitation to all your poker playing friends so that we can make this event a rousing success. You can download a copy of the flyer here. We have always had a fun tournament and this year’s will be no exception. No player needs to be expert to have a great time! Please register now to ensure your space as our seating is limited to the first 120 people. Please call Howard Miller at (818) 993-0796 if you have any questions.

We’re also exploring a parallel boardgaming event (if there is sufficient interest) for those under 18, or those that don’t play poker. To RSVP for that, click here.

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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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