MoTAS Weekly 05/01/19: Learn About Hillel 818 Sunday | Shabbabaque Is Coming

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON HILLEL818 – SUN MAY 5
  2. SHABBABAQUE IS COMING – JUNE 28
  3. HELP SUPPORT MOTAS: ANNUAL APPEAL TIME
  4. HOLD THE DATE: OCTOBER POKER TOURNAMENT
  5. IN CLOSING


1. MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON HILLEL818 – SUN MAY 5

Gary Cohn - May 2019 SpeakerOur May meeting will be a speaker meeting. The topic is Working with Hillel 818. As our speaker wrote, “Today, while many of our students live at home, they are still searching for meaningful communities and they are eager to find their place on campus. At Hillel 818, we are creating a not-so-far-“home away from home” for students on all three of our valley campuses! From Pierce in Woodland Hills, to CSUN in Northridge, and finally, to Valley College in North Hollywood, we are finding meaningful ways to create communities and strengthen our students connections to their Jewish identities.” Our speaker is Gary Cohn, Senior Vice President, Israel and Global Philanthropy, for The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Gary began a fifteen year career in banking in 1977 and worked in several banks including Manufacturers Bank, Los Angeles, Bank Leumi, Union Bank and served on the Northern California Advisory board for City National Bank. From 1991 until 2007, Gary was the Executive Director of Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, a 2,500 member congregation. In 2008 he joined American Technion leading the Pacific Northwest Region for Technion University in Haifa. He joined the Jewish Agency in 2018 where he heads major gift development primarily in California. Gary serves on board of Hillel 818 and previously on the boards of the Union for Reform Judaism, Wilshire Blvd. Temple Camps, The San Francisco Food Bank, Bentley School, and the National Association for Temple Administration. Gary graduated from Cal State University at Long Beach in Business and was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Alumni in the College of Business.

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2. SHABBABAQUE IS COMING – JUNE 28

Signups are now open for first Shabbat Bar-B-Que — what we call Shabbabeque — of the summer on Friday, June 28th. 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 7:45pm 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.

The next Shabbabeque is:

  • Date: Friday, June 28, 2019
    • 6:15 PM Service
    • 7:45 PM Shabbabeque Dinner
  • Cost: $11 Adults / $7 Children (+$5 for registrations after Weds., 6/26 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 6/26 at 6PM are an additional $5.
  • Questions? Contact shab-bbq@tasnorthridge-motas.org

Reservation for this event by June 26th 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=129473583.

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3. HELP SUPPORT MOTAS: ANNUAL APPEAL TIME

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 do an annual appeal that starts around the time of the MoTAS Shabbat, and continues until the end of May. We depend upon you, our members, to keep this group going. We may disagree at times, but we look past those disagreements in the spirit of friendship and brotherhood, and working together to further the congregation.

By now, you should have received our Annual Appeal letter. 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. HOLD THE DATE: OCTOBER POKER TOURNAMENT

The 2019 poker tournament is planned for Sunday, October 27.  Mark your calendar now for the date, and start thinking about who you’re going to bring to play at your table — and get them to mark the date as well. This is our big fundraiser for the year.

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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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