MoTAS Weekly 06/09/2021: Membership Meeting on Jewish Baseball, Sun 6/13

In This Issue:

  1. MOTAS MONTHLY MEETING – SUN JUN 13: HOWARD’S LAST MEETING & JEWISH BASEBALL
  2. SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS
  3. MRJ PROGRAM: THE FIRST 100 DAYS THROUGH A JEWISH LENS – JUN 21
  4. MAN OF THE YEAR PRESENTATION FOR HAL BASS
  5. IN CLOSING

1. MOTAS MONTHLY MEETING – SUN JUN 13: HOWARD’S LAST MEETING & JEWISH BASEBALL

Join us for the last meeting of the 2020-21 year this Sunday, June 13. The business portion of the meeting starts at 9:00am. Anyone who would like to join for just the program should get on our Zoom call by 9:45.

The topic for the meeting program will be “Jewish Players in Major League Baseball”.  If you thought Sandy Koufax was the only professional Jewish baseball player you will be very surprised.  Our Presenter will be Rabbi Rebeccah Yussman, daughter of renown L.A. Dodger fans Les and Mel Birken. 

Meeting details:

  • Link: Contact Howard for Meeting Details

We are all hoping that this will be our last required Zoom meeting.  Next Fall in Jerusalem, or at least the TAS Activity Center.  Once again, congratulations to our new officers who will be leading our fine group starting in July:

  •  President: Larry Pfefer
  • Vice President: Scott Gore
  • Vice President: Ed Lapporte
  • Treasurer:  Roger Lowe
  • Secretary: Hal Bass

2.  SHARE YOUR SIMCHAS

If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking June submissions to be listed in July 2021. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.

3.  MRJ PROGRAM: THE FIRST 100 DAYS THROUGH A JEWISH LENS – JUN 21

The first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration is now history. In the United States, no one talked that much about the importance of a president’s first 100 days—until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933. He took swift action to calm the nation’s crippling financial panic (cue the Emergency Banking Act and the “fireside chats” that became Roosevelt’s signature) and began rolling out the programs that made up his New Deal, including 15 major pieces of legislation in the first 100 days. John F. Kennedy ordered the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion 87 days into his presidency. At a time when the U.S. and USSR were locked in the Cold War, JFK’s first 100 days also saw the Soviets launch the first human into space. On Day 1, Ronald Reagan started off with a bang, announcing the release of U.S. diplomats being held hostage in Iran. Sixty-nine days into his administration, he survived an assassination attempt. Barack Obama — who like FDR took office during a severe financial crisis—was able to get Congress to sign a $787 million stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, on his 29th day in office.

This virtual talk will explore the First 100 Days (Give Or Take) of the Biden – Harris Administration as seen through a Jewish lens. The speaker, Rabbi David Saperstein, is the Director Emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to the U.S. Congress and Administration. Between 2015 and 2017, Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Center for Jewish Civilization and as a Distinguished Fellow at the PM Glynn Center at the Australian Catholic University.

The talk will be Monday, June 21, 2021 at 5pm Pacific. To register, click here.

4. MAN OF THE YEAR PRESENTATION FOR HAL BASS

MoTAS held its first get-together in 15 months on Sunday June 6 in order to honor Dr. Hal Bass as our 2021 Man of the Year.  Howard Miller presented Hal a plaque from the Western Region Men of Reform Judaism.  Hal was recognized for his years of service as Secretary to MoTAS, for the many interesting presentations he has made for our monthly programs, for organizing the memorable Veterans Shabbat Service last November, and for continually being among the first to offer help in organizing and executing many of our activities.  A note from last year’s MOY awardee, Les Birken, was read by Larry Pfefer.  Brian Hatkoff, current President of the MRJ Western Region, and incoming Vice President of the national board of MRJ, also provided congratulations from the umbrella organization.  Congratulations once again to Hal!

Howard Miller Presenting Hal Bass his Man of the Year Plaque

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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