Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Join us for pool on Monday night!

The next Brotherhood Board meeting will be followed by a Billiards Social Mixer. All Brotherhood members are invited to join us for either or both!

The board meeting, which is where we plan upcoming activities, is on Monday, March 5, 6:30 pm, at Amici's East Coast Pizzaria 69 Third Avenue (between El Camino Real and San Mateo Drive) in San Mateo.

The Billiards Social Mixer will be right nearby, at B Street Billiards, 164 South B Street. It starts at 7:30 pm.

Please join us!

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board

>> Note: Entry updated to reflect a changed start time; the board meeting at Amici's now begins at 6:30 pm.

See the Warriors: Jewish Heritage Night

The Golden State Warriors is having its second annual Jewish Heritage Night on Monday, March 12. The team will be playing the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The game starts at 7:30 pm, but there's a pre-game tailgate party (starting at 5:30 pm) featuring Rabbi Ferris and the Ferris Wheels!

The event also features raffle prizes and more; the first 500 people to purchase tickets will receive a special Warriors Jewish Heritage Night t-shirt. Also, if you purchase tickets early, you could be eligible to sit courtside during the pre-game warmups.

Tickets usually cost $35, but you can get them for $25 through March 7. For more information, contact Chris Murphy at the Warriors office at or at (510) 986-2214. You can also download the flier to learn more. Go Warriors!

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Please join us for the 2007 Purim Carnival!

The 2007 Purim Carnival is sponsored by PTS Brotherhood, and will be held Sunday, March 4, from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. The location: The Lillian Byer Social Hall at PTS.

We'll have carnival midways games and prizes, outdoor activities, and a special appearance by the Meshugga Beach Party!

There's also a fabulous BBQ lunch, starting at 11:30 am.

Ticket prices are $5 for six tickets, or $25 for 30 tickets. If you order by March 1, you can get 30 tickets for $20. Lunch costs six tickets or $5; the games and rides cost between one and three tickets.

There are also sponsorship opportunities for the booths!

For more information about the Purim Carnival, including ticket orders and booth sponsorship, contact Scott Urman, scott {dot} urman {at} comcast {dot} net.

We also need adult and teen volunteers to help with the games, rides, lunch and other logistics at the Purim Carnival! To sign up, please contact Alan Zeichick, alan {at} zeichick {dot} org.

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board

Friends of the IDF

Last week, on February 8, the Brotherhood enjoyed an excellent and moving presentation by Richard Mahan, associate director of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Western Region.

The Israeli Defense Forces protect Israel. Richard explained how FIDF takes care of the soldiers. The range of programs and services that FIDF offers is impressive, doing everything from refurbishing barracks and setting up mobile synagogues and recreation centers, to visit injured soldiers in hospital, giving vacations to combat veterans, and providing homes for soldiers who themselves are orphaned, without a home to call their own.

Indeed, the group’s mission statement is

The FIDF initiates and helps support social, educational, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. The FIDF also provides support for widows and orphans of fallen soldiers.

You can learn more about FIDF’s activities at, and about the fundraising and other activities in the Western Region here.

We’d like to thank Richard for coming up from Los Angeles for our presentation, and also PTS’ Marc Belsky for organizing this wonderful evening.

Upcoming events:

Sunday, March 4: The Purim Carnival at PTS. This is one of Brotherhood’s biggest events of the year, and we’d love for you to help out. Please contact alan {at} zeichick {dot} org to sign up.

Sunday, March 18: March Madness Social Event. Watch for a separate post about that.

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

More about adult study sessions

Last Sunday's Pirke Avot study session with Rabbi Feder was fascinating, engaging -- and if you missed it, don't dispair! We have five more sessions scheduled with Rabbi Feder and Rabbi Etlinger, on February 11 and 25, and March 11, 18 and 28. These Sunday sessions begin at 9:30 am in Rabbi Feder's study.

The text for this study session is Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary, by Olitsky and Kravitz. Brotherhood has ordered some copies, but you can also buy one yourself from Amazon or another bookstore.

Please note that although the Pirke Avot sessions are sponsored by Brotherhood, they're open to any PTS member, male or female. The more, the merrier, as we study Torah together in friendship.

Also note that there are some other adult study classes going on:

There's a course for PTS Preschool Parents, "The Family Narrative of Genesis," Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome. Contact Cindy Common at the preschool for more details.

And Sholom Women are sponsoring "Women in the Bible," Thursdays at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome to this class too. Contact Shari Carruthers for more details.

Alan Zeichick
Brotherhood Board