MoTAS Weekly 02/19/20: MoTAS Has a Lot Going On These Days – Be There with Us at Some or Many

MoTAS Weekly Newsletter In This Issue:

  1. TUESDAY, FEB 25: DINING DOES GOOD AT CHI CHI’S PIZZA: STARTING AT 11AM
  2. SUNDAY, MAR 1: MOTAS TAS PRIDE PROJECT: REPAINTING THE PARKING LOT GATES
  3. SUNDAY, MAR 8: MOTAS SERVES LUNCH AT THE TAS PURIM CELEBRATION
  4. SATURDAY, MARCH 14: MRJ MAN OF THE YEAR DINNER HONORING LES BIRKEN
  5. SUNDAY, MAR 29: MOTAS GROUP SEDER 5PM
  6. MARCH MADNESS NCAA SQUARES CONTEST
  7. THURSDAY, APRIL 2: MOTAS HELPS THE SISTERHOOD SEDER
  8. SUNDAY APRIL 19: MEN’S ONLY DISCUSSION GROUP
  9. ONGOING: OUR ANNUAL APPEAL FOR MOTAS AND TAS PRIDE
  10. IN CLOSING

Note: Howard did such a good job in his smaller email that I’m pretty much just reformatting it and passing it along. As Howard wrote: Check out this list and plan on what you want to attend. If an RSVP is needed, please email reply directly to [Howard at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org] and type YES under the event where [he asks] “Will you be there with us?“. You should also be able to reply to this email. Alternatively, call [Howard] at (818) 993-0796 if you have questions. That will enable us to plan accordingly to make each event as successful as possible.


1. TUESDAY, FEB 25: DINING DOES GOOD AT CHI CHI’S PIZZA: STARTING AT 11AM

Feb 25th is National Jews Eat Pizza, Pasta and Salads Day, so if you are going to eat lunch or dinner or even both that day, meet us at the Chi Chi’s Pizza at 9080 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324, (818) 993-9911 for great food. You can even just take out, but be sure to look inside to say hello to your friends. Chi Chi’s will be donating 15% of your check back to MoTAS. Get your flyer for the event at https://wp.tasnorthridge-motas.org/activities/dining/.

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2. SUNDAY, MAR 1: MOTAS TAS PRIDE PROJECT: REPAINTING THE PARKING LOT GATES

If the weather is not raining, hailing or sleeting, we will be delivering the male(s) and repainting the parking lot gates and surrounding fencing. Show up at 1pm with clothing you are not afraid will become black. Bring gloves or you will have some explaining to do for a couple of weeks. Hopefully, you will get more paint on the fence than your clothes. Let us know also if you can help prepare the fence for painting a few days before.

Please let us know if:

  1. You will be there with us?
  2. You have weekday time to help prepare?

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3. SUNDAY, MAR 8: MOTAS SERVES LUNCH AT THE TAS PURIM CELEBRATION

Join us for our monthly meeting in the social hall at 8:45 am. We will serve a light snack and have a short agenda. Then we will prepare the historic Purim meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza, just as described in the Megillah. Esther of course went for the Veggie Burger. We need at least 12 guys to cook for and serve our religious school kids, their parents and the rest of the temple party-goers. MoTAS has agreed to donate the food to help the temple. We will also need a couple of guys to help with the shopping a few days before. We will send you home before 2.

Please let us know if:

  1. You will be there with us?
  2. You have time to help shop for the food on a weekday

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4. SATURDAY, MARCH 14: MRJ MAN OF THE YEAR DINNER HONORING LES BIRKEN

Once a year MoTAS attends the Men of Reform Judaism Man of the Year dinner. This year our honoree is Les Birken. He may be quiet but everyone knows and respects Les for all he does for MoTAS and TAS. We usually fill 2-3 tables and you and whomever you want to bring with you are invited to attend this special dinner and award presentation. You will even get to hear Les give his first formal speech since his wedding vows, all two minutes of it. RSVP and join the convoy of well-wishers to Santa Ana. RSVP online and mail or somehow get to Roger a check for $40, or pay online ($42 per person) at https://tasmotas.ticketleap.com/20-03-moy-dinner/ by Friday Feb 28.

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5. SUNDAY, MAR 29: MOTAS GROUP SEDER 5PM

The Men of TAS will enjoy our Men’s Seder at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village along with their Men’s Club and the Men’s Club from Temple Judea. The short service will be led by the TBH Cantor and their Men’s Club president. Come enjoy good food and great company. The cost will be $25 per person, and we’ll be getting a RSVP/pay online page up as soon as we finish coordinating the details with Beth Hillel.

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6. MARCH MADNESS NCAA SQUARES CONTEST

Whether or not you are a college basketball fan for the NCAA Men’s or Women’s contests, MoTAS provides a means for you to make big money and help MoTAS help the Temple. Your $36 donation will give you 12 chances to win, up to $150 for each half of the Men’s and Women’s semifinal and final games. Each person can buy up to three spaces. To get all the information, go to http://squares.tasnorthridge-motas.org/ where you’ll find the instructions, a sign-up form you can print, and a link if you wish to order your spaces online. Contact Bob Levine at tasboblevine@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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7. THURSDAY, APRIL 2: MOTAS HELPS THE SISTERHOOD SEDER

MoTAS has offered to help Sisterhood defray the costs of their annual seder by helping serve the meal. Their seder is extremely popular. Many of your wives will be there so you have nowhere else you need to be and you don’t want to get into trouble when she sees everyone else’s husband there. We need eight guys to help serve the buffet main entrees, pour and serve the matzah ball soup to the tables, and put out the desert. No cleaning up! We’ll start at 6:30 and be out by 9. We will even be sharing the delicious meal for free. Please contact Howard at president@tasnorthridge-motas.org if you will be able to help.

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8. SUNDAY APRIL 19: MEN’S ONLY DISCUSSION GROUP

Our Men’s Only Discussion groups provide a forum for discussing men’s issues in an environment where what is said in the room, stays in the room. It is your opportunity to discuss important topics with your peers. Dinner will be served at a cost of $12. RSVP to Bob Levine at tasboblevine@gmail.com. He will also be glad to answer any question you might have regarding the event.

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9. ONGOING: OUR ANNUAL APPEAL FOR MOTAS AND TAS PRIDE

Our annual operating budget depends on the generous contributions of our temple members. We use the funds to run our organization, support the ECEC and Religious School, and the Temple. In combination with our other fundraising activities, we support the costs of Camperships, the Avodah Program, the free pancake breakfast, Confirmation L’Taken, and many more activities and benefits that are not part of the Temple budget. If you would like to help us, visit support.tasnorthridge-motas.org. Let’s show that 100% of our active members participate, even if it is just for $18.

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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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