MoTAS Weekly 07/10/19: Jewish Downtown LA Tour THIS SUNDAY 7/14 | Football Squares | Pancake Bkfst Vols. Needed

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. JULY GROUP ACTIVITY: TOUR OF JEWISH DOWNTOWN LA – SUN JUL 14
  2. BUY YOUR FOOTBALL SQUARES NOW
  3. PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUN AUG 18 ** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  4. SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE REMINDER: UPCOMING ELECTION
  5. HOLD THE DATE: OCTOBER POKER TOURNAMENT
  6. IN CLOSING


1. JULY GROUP ACTIVITY: TOUR OF JEWISH DOWNTOWN LA – SUN JUL 14

On Sunday July 14 at 10am, the “Barrio Boychik”, Shmuel Gonzalez, will be conducting a walking tour of Jewish Downtown Los Angeles. As this is our normal meeting “slot” of the 2nd Sunday of the month, we would like to encourage MoTAS members to sign up for the tour and we’ll all meet downtown. Getting the the tour is easy, and you don’t even have to hassle downtown parking: Just drive to the Metro Red Line station in North Hollywood and take Metro to Civic Center/Grand Park, and walk to the Starbucks.

Bottom Line Up Front:

The tour meets at Grand Park, in front of the Starbuck’s near the big fountain, at 9:45am in order to start our walk promptly at 10am. This is an all walking tour, will be walking about 1.5 miles in total going at a steady pace; as we will not encounter seats at most locations, so people will be required stand most of this tour. This tour is not wheelchair accessible, as we have unavoidable steps and will be going on classic attractions are not built to accommodate large mobility devices. This is a rain-or shine event; do bring an umbrella to avoid extreme sun.

This tour will celebrate the cultural and civic contributions of Jewish people in the historic core of Los Angeles, while also taking a vivid look at the ever changing face of a modern downtown Los Angeles. This is a Los Angeles historic-core tour with a “kosher-style” twist! The Jewish community in the city of angels goes all the way back to the 1840s, stretching back to the late-Mexican and early-American eras. Jewish people have made many cultural and civic contributions to the city since the days of the old pueblo of Los Angeles. They came as tailors, merchants and grocers; though some of them quickly became major business men, bankers and even philanthropists who helped build up the modern city that we know today.

For more details on the tour, visit the Barrio Boychik’s tour page at https://www.bhhistorytours.com/downtown-los-angeles-jewish-history.

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2. BUY YOUR FOOTBALL SQUARES NOW

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 http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org, or contact Bob Levine (818-271-1282, tasboblevine@gmail.com) or Kathy Pullman (gridmaven@tasnorthridge-motas.org). 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 Friday, September 6.

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:

http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org

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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3. PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUN AUG 18 ** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED **

On Sunday August 18, MoTAS will be hosting our free Pancake Breakfast for the first day of religious school. Our Master Flipper (Scott) and Master Mixer (Bill) are looking for about eight other guys to help set up our serving tables, prepare food, serve and clean-up. We start setting up around 7:00 and are finished by 10:30. Please let Howard know by email to president@tasnorthridge-motas.org or signup at https://volunteersignup.org/QPTQP if you can help. We also need a couple of guys to make an easy shopping run to Costco a few days beforehand for batter, water, syrup, juices and a small number of other items. Let’s get the kids off to a good start this year. Please let us know if you can be there to help out!

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4. SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE REMINDER: UPCOMING ELECTION

The Social Action committee has asked MoTAS to pass on the following reminder: The City of LA has 15 council districts, with CD 12 covering the area from Granada Hills through Northridge and Porter Ranch down through Chatsworth and North Hills.  This is where the vast majority of TAS members live.  There will be a final runoff between the two leading candidates from the initial election back in early June.  They are Dr. Loraine Lundquist and John Lee.  The election will be on August 13, with vote by mail ballots arriving as early as July 13.  The last day to register to vote is July 29.

Connected to this, TAS will be hosting a candidates forum on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM. If you live in Council District 12, MoTAS encourages you to attend this forum, to make sure you are registered to vote, and to vote for the candidate of your choice.

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5. 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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