Monday, December 25, 2006

The January Bulletin’s Brotherhood Column

December was a very exciting month, with our Temple ablaze with dozens of Chanukiyot being lit in the sanctuary as we all celebrated the first night of Chanukah.

Great family fun was enjoyed at the Oneg, which featured our annual Brotherhood Latke Fry and Sholom Women’s Dreidel Spin, root beer floats and other goodies.

Early in December we delivered a truck load -- actually, an SUV load -- of new toys to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Peninsula. We made many children happy and “thank you” to the families whose generosity made this act of kindness such a great success.

Already, it’s January and we are planning our Purim Carnival for March 4. Plan to attend a great day of games, prizes, food and fun for all the children. It’s a great time to share with your children and, as usual, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Carnival. To help out, please get in touch with Scott Urman; his address is Scott.Urman {at} [Substitute the @ symbol for the {at}.]

Brotherhood would also like to extend an invitation to our February 8th “Men’s Night.” We have a speaker from the Israeli Defense Forces coming to give us an informative and exclusive insiders’ look as to what it is to be a member of one of the most advanced, elite fighting forces in the world. We will also hear about the changing face of “war” in Israel.

In closing, I wish to extend a heartfelt welcome to the many men and their families who have recently joined our PTS family. I look forward to meeting all of you and welcoming you personally to our Brotherhood events.

In Brotherhood

Fred Sturm
Brotherhood President

(PS: You can see a version with pictures in the January Bulletin, page 15)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Happy Chanukah!

Chag sameach and happy Chanukah!

If you missed last Friday night’s service and festivities at PTS, you missed a wonderful experience.

The service was a delight, with Rabbi Feder leading the children in lighting their own chanukkiyot; the dozens of flickering candles made the evening a blessing. (The hilarious play depicting Judah Maccabee, the cleansing of the Temple and the miraculous finding of the last jar of anointed olive oil, added tremendously to the mirth and merriment.)

Following the service was the Latke Fry and Dreydel Spin, sponsored by the PTS Brotherhood and Sholom Women. Members of Brotherhood showed up at the Temple kitchen at 4:00 pm to begin the frying. Alas, 36 boxes of potato pancake mix weren’t enough, once the children and congregation discovered how delicious the latkes were. (Come to think of it, even 360 boxes might not have been enough. The latkes were good.)

Our thanks to the Brotherhood members who participated in the latke frying, serving and clean-up – you helped make Chanukah truly memorable for our congregation and the community. A special thanks to Fred Sturm, Brotherhood president, for coordinating and orchestrating the annual latke fry.

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Calling All Spuds!

Shalom, Brotherhood chaverim!

Please join us this Friday, December 15, at PTS for the annual Chanukah Latke Fry & Dreidel Spin!

We will begin frying the latkes around 4:00 pm. If you'd like to participate, that’s the best time to show up, but even if you’re a bit later than that, no problem. If you can bring an electric frying pan, that's great — the more, the merrier.

Friday night services begin at 7:00 pm, and you and your family can bring your own Menorah and candles, to take part in a group lighting in the sanctuary.

The latkes will be served after services as part of the festive Oneg. Sholom Women are pouring root beer floats and providing dreidels for all.

No RSVP is required, just show up and join the fun!

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board

Monday, December 04, 2006

Board meeting moved to Dec. 11

Join the PTS Brotherhood Board at the Gau Poang restaurant on Monday, Dec. 11 th, 6:30 pm. We'll have a full agenda -- including talking about exciting upcoming events for the first half of 2007! (This meeting was moved back one week, due to schedule conflicts.)

The Gao Poang Chinese Restaurant is at a new location: 1208 South El Camino Real, San Mateo (cross streets: 12th/Hobart).

If you're a Brotherhood member, or are a Temple member thinking about becoming involved with PTS Brotherhood, we'd love to see you there. No RSVP required.

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board