Men of TAS (MoTAS) Weekly for 12/19/18: Signup By Friday for Chinese Food on Tue 12/25

MoTAS Weekly NewsletterIn This Issue:

  1. SIGNUPS CLOSE FRIDAY – CHINESE DINNER – TUE DEC 25
  2. MOTAS SHABBAT – FRI JAN 11
  3. TU B’SHEVAT COMMUNITY SEDER (MOTAS HOSTED) – SUN JAN 13
  4. TAS SOFTBALL TEAM NEEDS PLAYERS
  5. JANUARY DINING OUT AT WEILERS – TUE JAN 15
  6. THANK YOUS RECEIVED FOR MOTAS DONATIONS
  7. IN CLOSING


1. SIGNUPS CLOSE FRIDAY – CHINESE DINNER – TUE DEC 25

For many Jews, if you ask what they are doing on Christmas day, the answer is the same: They will be seeing a movie, and having Chinese food. Who knows where this tradition got started? Perhaps it is in the Talmud. But who is MoTAS to argue with tradition?

MoTAS is facilitating a TAS Jewish Christmas. MoTAS will be providing a list of recommended afternoon movie showtimes for members to pick their favorite movies and meet other TAS folk (see “Movie Coordination” on the event page on our website). You’ll buy your own tickets and pick the movie, and hopefully meet TAS friends. We will reconvene at Golden Hunan restaurant (10334 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91326 — on Devonshire at Reseda) at 5:30pm for a fixed menu dinner. This event is open to the entire TAS community.

The cost for the dinner is $24 per person (adult or child); soft drinks are extra. Reservations must be made by Friday, December 21; there are no exceptions and no walk-ups. December 25 is an extremely busy night at the restaurant, and we must pre-reserve our space to avoid the wait. The price is based on the Golden Hunan charge plus tax, gratuity, and online processing fees; this is not a fund-raising event.

To register for event, click here or visit our event page, or send email to faigin@cahighways.org. Please provide the names of the movies of interest. If you are not paying on-line, your check must be received by the day of event; we will also be able to take “day-of” payments by credit card. All payments must be received by the time we sit down to dinner on Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

Note: If you only want to participate in the movie coordination, email your desired movies to faigin@cahighways.org. Click here for a flyer on the event.

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2. MOTAS SHABBAT – FRI JAN 11

MoTAS Shabbat – Friday, January 11, 2019. Once a year TAS celebrates the contributions of MoTAS at the MoTAS Shabbat. This is a special Shabbat service that is primarily led by the members of MoTAS and open to the entire congregation. If you are a male member of TAS and would like to participate in the service, please contact Bob Levine, at tasboblevine@gmail.com. Please let him know if you want to read Hebrew. You can also RSVP online at https://motascybermaven.eventbee.com/event?eid=103379965; use a middle initial of “H” if you want to read Hebrew. You can also call Daniel at (818) 438-5781 and the message will get to Bob. Participants meet early at 6:45 PM; the service starts at 7:30 PM.

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3. TU B’SHEVAT COMMUNITY SEDER (MOTAS HOSTED) – SUN JAN 13

Tu B’Shevat Seder – Sunday, January 13, 2019. For the 2nd year, MoTAS will be facilitating a Tu B’Shevat Seder for the congregation. This time, we’re doing it in conjunction with the religious school for the older kids. This is a great way for the Men of TAS to interact with the families of the religious school (we’ll be doing a little something for the parents after the service before they get back together with their kids). We’ll need folks to help setup as well as participate in the event.

The current plan is to have a **short** business meeting, followed by setting up for the seder. The date is the 2nd Sunday of the month, so this event will replace our normal Sunday morning meeting for the month. The overall time will be our usual meeting time: 845am (possibly a little earlier) until the end of religious school.

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4. TAS SOFTBALL TEAM NEEDS PLAYERS

With 2019 approaching quickly, MoTAS is trying to grow the TAS presence in the Synagogue Softball league. The teams that include TAS representation could use a few more players to stabilize the teams. TAS is represented on two teams in the league. The league plays “modified fast pitch” softball on Sundays from late January into June. Game times are 8:30am, 10:30am, and 12:30pm. Please contact Joe Blachman at tas2softball@gmail.com for more information about the teams and the league.

Our teams are open to ALL member families, as well as ALL genders. Must be over 18 years old to participate.

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5. JANUARY DINING OUT AT WEILERS – TUE JAN 15

Would you like an easy way to help MoTAS financially? How about taking your family to dinner. The MoTAS “Dining Does Good” allows you to go out to dinner, and have the restaurant donate a portion of your check support the Men of TAS. Our November Dining Does Good” will be Tuesday, January 15, at Weiler’s Deli in Northridge. 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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6. THANK YOUS RECEIVED FOR MOTAS DONATIONS

In the minutes from the December meeting (in last week’s Weekly) was the following item:

Barry Mann moved, and Bill Bigelson seconded, that MoTAS donate 50% (up to a maximum of $3,000) from savings for replacement of the kitchen water heater. The motion carried unanimously.

In response to the donation, MoTAS has received the following:

Wow that is very generous Howard and a great assistance to help us with this problem.

You guys are great.

Jerry Hilecher, President

Wow! That is so beautiful. What a huge help. I just learned about the water heater and was very concerned about where we would find the money. Such a lovely gift from MoTAS. Please let your members know how much we appreciate it. Thanks for the good news- it sure is nice to get.

Debby Leiber, Executive VP

Fantastic!!!!

Mike Doner, Treasurer

Many thanks to MoTAS. Can’t have much of a kitchen without hot water.

Dave Breuer (VP)

Howard, Please let the Men of TAS know how much this generous gift is appreciated! So nice to see everyone working together for a common goal. Thanks,

Andrea Luboff (Temple Budget and Finance)

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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 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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