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Men's Club Bagel Brunch


Join the Men's Club each month for brunch, a little schmooze and a speaker. You don't have to be a member of the Men's Club to participate.

Everyone is welcome to come and hear the speaker at no charge. There is also no charge for the brunch if you are a Men's Club member (new TAS males are automatically Men's Club members for the first year), you become a Men's Club member, or you are considering  becoming a Men's Club member, and will be our guest for this one meeting. Otherwise there will be a $9 charge for the brunch.

During the COVID-19 restrictions, the brunches/speakers will be virtual. All TAS members are invited to attend the speaker's presentation. There may be a maximum limit of the number of attendees, so be sure to sign in prior to the start of the presentation.

2020-2021 Virtual Brunch Schedule (10:30 a.m.)


 Kelsey Greenberg Young

Education Director, Anti Defamation League

Discusses bias and oppression




Peter Kurz

General Manager, Israel Olympic Team

Peter discusses how the Israeli baseball athletes qualified for the Olympic Games and shares some of their adventures as Jewish athletes




Dana Hoover, Sgt., San Diego Police Dept

Preventing Financial Crimes

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For 15 years Sergeant Dana Hoover has served as Detective with the San Diego Police Department; the last 6 years with the Financial Crimes Unit.  The San Diego PD’s Financial Crimes Unit is responsible for the investigation of criminal offenses involving theft by fraud (scams), forgeries, check cases, credit card offenses, fraudulent credit applications, embezzlements, computer crimes, bigamy cases and elder fiduciary abuse cases.  Sergeant Hoover will discuss her experiences and share some interesting case histories with us.  She will also discuss crimes prevalent today and how we, as citizens or business owners, can partner with the SDPD and share tips on how the public can avoid being victimized."

Meeting ID: 955 4359 6077

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Towards a New American Covenant: America post-2020

Dr. Carl Luna, Professor of Political Science--San Diego Mesa College

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The 2020 Election has been one of the most divisive – and consequential – in our nation’s history.  Driving this division has been a fundamental sense that our American Covenant – that we are one indivisible nation unified in pursuit of the common good – has been failing to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for all Americans.  Can America reforge our national Covenant post Election 2020? What might a New American Covenant look like. Political science professor and non-partisan analyst Carl Luna will discuss the political and historical implications of the November election looking forward to 2021 and beyond.

Carl Luna is  a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College and  a visiting professor at his alma mater, the University of San Diego. In 1999-2000 he served as  a senior Fulbright Scholar lecturing on international relations and politics at Nizhny Novgorod State University in the Russian Federation.  In 2014 the Association of Community College Trustees recognized him as one of the top five community college professors in the country.  

Dr. Luna is also a frequent commentator on politics, giving almost two thousand interviews to local, national and international media including public radio and TV, CBS, NBC, the Associated Press and the BBC.  He is San Diego Fox5’s resident political analyst and a frequent commentator on KPBS.   He has written and blogged extensively for the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego City Beat Magazine and is a contributing author to the anthology of presidential biographies, Public Pillars, Private Lives and a revised volume on the presidency:  Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama.

Dr. Luna is co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego dialogue supported by a consortium of academic institutions and community groups.  In 2014 he became the founding director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, formed between the University of San Diego and San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges.




Josh Lamon's Journey from TAS to Broadway

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Josh Lamon comes from modest roots as a member of our TAS family as a young protege of our own Cantor Lori Frank. His parents are still active members of Temple Adat Shalom.

Josh has since gained notable success on Broadway; most recently in the role of “Barry”, in the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical The Prom. Other recent roles on Broadway include the Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day, where he originated the role of ‘Buster’, the town mayor and keeper of the Groundhog, Phil.

He is also known for his other scene stealing work on and off Broadway in such hits as Finding Neverland (original cast), Hair (both the original revival cast and the 2011 Summer Of Love company), Into the Woods (Opposite Amy Adams, Donna Murphy and Denis O’Hare), Little Miss Sunshine and his acclaimed performance of “Richard” in City Center’s revival of A New Brain starring opposite Jonathan Groff and Ana Gastayer. He has also appeared on TV on shows such as 30 Rock and Inside Amy Schumer among many others.

Josh will discuss his personal journey from his formidable days to his success on stage and screen and what new projects he has in the works.





Sunday Sports Talk featuring Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton





Talking Climate Change with Andrew Gunther, Ph.D

Dr. Andrew Gunther will share the basic physical principles and observations that have led every scientific academy in the world to conclude that human emissions of greenhouse gasses are altering the climate. He will discuss the significant climatic changes that are occurring, what we can expect in the future, and the steps we must take to solve this crisis.

Andrew Gunther applied to be a NASA astronaut fresh out of Amherst College. The rejection letter that arrived turned out to be a solid shove in the right direction. He went back to school to earn a Ph.D. in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley. This led to an array of jobs from testing the impact of DDT on fish to restoring Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. After all he witnessed, he felt an irresistible pull to restore and protect the natural environment, especially close to home in the Bay Area. Dr. Gunther founded the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration in 2000, which became a regional leader in bringing salmon and steelhead back to California’s waterways. Soon after, he started creating the first State of the Bay Report, an instrument still used today to help assess the health of the bay.

As a natural collaborator, Dr. Gunther has been asked to assemble expert teams, facilitate projects and assist government agencies, NGOs and private corporations like Google. He says he is at his best when he can help even the most polarized groups find fact-based solutions in sync with the natural world.

Recently appointed by Governor Newsom to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, Dr. Gunther will be applying clean water laws to enhance the Bay Area’s environment while also building resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.




Your Portfolio in the Time of COVID

Doug Stone, MBA  CEO--GLP Risk Management

Doug Stone has worked in the investment management business for 30 years as a consultant, portfolio manager, and risk manager. He is CEO and Principal Consultant of Groupe la Pierre (GLP) Risk Management. GLP provides consulting services to pension funds and asset managers.

The scope of GLP’s consulting services covers risk management, asset allocation, and business advice.  Prior to the creation of GLP, Doug worked at Allianz Global Investors, formerly Nicholas Applegate, for 20 years in several roles from portfolio manager to director of research and risk management for North America.

At Allianz, Doug developed an automated risk management system which produced 2000 charts, tables, and graphs daily on equity funds, fixed income funds, and hedge funds.  He developed an expert system to alert the CEO and CIO of potential issues with portfolios.

Doug was a vice president and senior research analyst in the research group at the Frank Russell Company in Tacoma, Washington from 1984 to 1994.  He managed a global fixed income project for a Japanese client that resulted in several million dollars of new revenue.  With Salomon Brothers, Doug helped develop the Salomon – Russell Global Indices (now the S&P global indices).  He co-developed client strategies prompting investment of several hundred million dollars in currency hedging and in emerging markets.  He was the editor of the Russell Commentaries, white papers that were sent to all clients on a wide range of investment topics.  He designed a rebalancing system for one of the largest US pension funds based on the use of genetic algorithms.  This resulted in the client saving tens of millions of dollars.

Prior to his experience at Russell, Doug was an economist for various levels of government.  He worked on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Interior for Planning, Policy, and Budgeting.  He worked on a national security project relating to energy. He co-authored a report to Congress from the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture on the financial viability of Western ranchers.

Doug has authored and co-authored articles in the Journal of Financial Econometrics, the Financial Analyst’s Journal, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Journal of Investing, the Journal of Quantitative Finance, and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  He was also the founding co-editor of the Emerging Markets Quarterly.

Doug earned a B.A. in political science from Northeastern University and a M.B.A. in international finance from the University of Washington.




Worlds Above: Searching for Life and Earth-Like Planets

Dr. Bonnie Buratti, Planetary Scientist

The search for life outside our own planet is one of the greatest quests of our time. NASA is going full-bore on this search, looking for evidence of past or present life on Mars, in the deep oceans of the moons of the outer Solar System, and on planets circling other stars.  Today’s talk is an overview of the history of the search, why it is important, and what we have found so far.

Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti is a Principal Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who has held leadership roles on many of NASA’s missions and advisory committees. She currently manages the Planetary Sciences Section at JPL. A native of Pennsylvania, she graduated MIT and received her doctorate in Astronomy at Cornell.  She has authored over 200 scientific papers. Dr. Buratti was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Achievement and Exceptional Public Service Medals, and the JPL People Leadership Award. She is a Carl Sagan Medalist, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Buratti  is the author of the popular book World’s Fantastic, Worlds Familiar: a guided tour of the Solar System (Cambridge). Asteroid 90502 Buratti is named after her.

Dr. Buratti has been a member of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center for over 30 years and is learning daf yomi (a page of Talmud a Day) for the first time this cycle.


5/2/21--Annual Meeting/Mother's Day Brunch

Free Bagel brunch for Paid-up Members*

Celebrating Jewish Mothers with

Dr. Richard Lederer

American linguist and author

In 1908, Mother's Day started in the United States. More than a century later, on May 2, the San Diego Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer, will pay a reverential and humorous tribute to Jewish mothers.

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 50 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current titles: A Treasure of Halloween Humor and A Treasury of Christmas Humor. He is a founding co-host of "A Way With Words", broadcast on KPBS.

Dr. Lederer's syndicated column, "Lederer on Language", appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner.

For those interested in obtaining any of Dr. Lederer's books,  click here for popular titles and ordering information.

We invite the entire community to participate with Temple Adat Shalom Men's Club for a light-hearted, humorous and celebratory zoom event, including a warm tribute to our most ardent supporters: our wives and mothers.


*All paid-up Men's Club members who register for the event will receive home-delivered bagel breakfasts for 2. New members are welcome at a special offer of $18, which will entitle you to Men's Club membership through June 30, 2021, and to receive the bagel breakfast delivery.

Contact Doug Doucette to pay this special rate for this year's membership through June 2021.



Town Hall Meeting with

Scott Peters, U.S. Congressman

Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, Scott commits to working with anyone in good faith to fix a broken Congress. Scott Peters currently serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the Joint Economic Committee.

Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. After a 15-year career as an environmental lawyer, Scott was elected to the San Diego City Council, where he later became the City’s first City Council President. On the Council, Scott helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects. He also pursued greater accountability and efficiency through the creation of a new Council/Mayor form of local government with an independent budget review function. 

In 2001, the governor appointed Scott to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy, and in 2002, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed Scott to the California Coastal Commission.

Scott later served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that supports over 40,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans, with $3.3 billion in direct regional economic impact.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and worked as an economist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency before attending New York University School of Law. He and his wife of 33 years reside in La Jolla, where they raised their son and daughter.

During his time in Congress, Scott has passed legislation to give the military the advanced technology it needs to fight terrorism, to level the playing field for small businesses competing for government contracts, has succeeded in getting the federal government to make changes to the homelessness funding formula that disadvantages San Diego, and has spearheaded some of the greatest climate legislation passed in American history.

Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott understands that business problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to build consensus and get things done.





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