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Credit Cards / TransferWise
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:26:02 PM »
Has anyone used this app-based money transfer service? Seems that it allows international transfers, much cheaper than wire transfer?  Any personal experience to share before I do so for my daughter's rent in Israel (until she can get her own Israeli account)?

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Seems that JetBlue is pilot marketing Pennies for Points.  If I understand correctly, you can opt in to allow each purchase to be rounded up to the nearest dollar.  Essentially, round up and JetBlue keeps the rounded amount, and you are buying a few measly points.  Here are the T and C and FAQ.


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Pennies for Points™ Summary
Amount for your current billing cycle
$0.00
0TrueBlue® points

Year to date amount
$0.00
0TrueBlue® points

Your threshold is currently set at:
$0

Use your JetBlue Plus Card
Every 2 cents you round up earns 1 TrueBlue point
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Pennies for Points™ History

Date   Purchases   Purchase amount   Round Up Amount
Your threshold is set to $0. If you would like to participate , click on the 'Adjust your threshold' button above.
Regardless of the occurrence of fraud, returns or the resolution of disputed purchases we will calculate the Pennies for Points™ Amount based on all purchases that posted to your Account. If at the time of calculating the Pennies for Points™ Amount, there is inadequate credit line to include the full Pennies for Points™ Amount, we will include the amount available up to your credit line. In the event there is no credit line available, we will not include any Pennies for Points™ Amount for that billing cycle. In either case, the Pennies for Points™ Amount for that billing cycle will be forfeited. Please note, even though any Pennies for Points™ Amount that is posted to your Account will not cause you to go over your credit line, any interest and fees that bill to your Account after the close of your billing cycle could cause your total balance to exceed your credit line.

Pennies for Points™ FAQs
What is Pennies for Points™?
Pennies for Points™ is a benefit we are testing on select JetBlue credit card accounts. If you choose to participate, Pennies for Points™ allows you to round up purchases to the nearest dollar to get additional TrueBlue® points. Participation in Pennies for Points™ is optional. You can choose the maximum amount you want to round up (Threshold) per statement period anywhere from $1 to $500 to participate. At the end of each statement period, all rounded up amounts will be totaled and appear as a Pennies for Points™ purchase on your statement, included in your Statement Balance and reflected in your Points Summary
How does Pennies for Points™ work?
In order to participate in Pennies for Points™, you must log in to your account at jetbluemastercard.com/Roundup and set your Threshold to the maximum dollar amount you'd like to round up each statement period. You can set your Threshold to any dollar amount from $1 to $500. At the end of each statement period, all rounded up amounts will be totaled and appear as a Pennies for Points™ purchase transaction on your statement, included in your Statement Balance and reflected in your Points Summary. The points you acquire through Pennies for Points™ each statement period will then be transferred, along with the other TrueBlue® points that you earned, to your TrueBlue® account.
What happens if my total points acquired through Pennies for Points™ at the end of the statement period is not a whole number? Will the total be rounded up?
How do I participate in Pennies for Points™?
To participate in Pennies for Points™, you’ll need to set the Threshold to any dollar amount from $1 to $500 at jetbluemastercard.com/Roundup. If you do not wish to participate in Pennies for Points™, do nothing. The Threshold that appears on your account at the end of each billing cycle will be used as the Threshold for your next billing cycle.
Will I be charged interest on the Pennies for Points™ round up amount?
Are the points I get from Pennies for Points™ different from the other points that I earn with my JetBlue Mastercard®?
No, they are the same. The points you get from Pennies for Points™ are TrueBlue® points, just like the points you earn through your purchases. Pennies for Points™ simply gives you the opportunity to acquire additional TrueBlue® points.
Can I adjust the amount rounded up each statement period?
How can I adjust the maximum amount rounded up each statement period?
What happens if there is a fraudulent, returned or disputed purchase on my account?
What happens if I am approaching, or have exceeded my credit line during a statement period?
How can I track my Pennies for Points™ purchases?
Do purchases made by authorized users count towards Pennies for Points™?
What happens if I don’t meet my maximum amount each statement period? Will I still get TrueBlue® points through Pennies for Points™?
What is the last day purchases will qualify for Pennies for Points™?
Terms and Conditions
Offer is valid for select cardmembers and is not transferable. If your account is closed or you switch to another product during the promotional period, you may no longer be eligible for this promotion. Eligible cardmembers who register for Pennies for Points™ will have each purchase rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the rounded up charge will be used to acquire TrueBlue® points. The rounded up charge will be based on the purchase amount on the posting date. This offer is valid for purchases that post to your account from July 31, 2020 through October 31, 2020. To be eligible for this promotion the cardmember’s account must be open, active and in good standing throughout the entire promotional period. Purchases made during periods when the account is delinquent, or the account is otherwise not in Good Standing do not qualify for this offer. Regardless of the occurrence of fraud, returns or the resolution of disputed purchases we will calculate the Pennies for Points™ Amount based on all purchases that posted to your Account. If your credit line is inadequate to include the full Pennies for Points™ round-up amount for a statement period, you may not be able to participate in the Pennies for Points™ promotion. We will include the round-up amount available up to your credit line. In the event there is no credit line available, we will not include any Pennies for Points™ Amount for that billing cycle or subsequent cycles during the promotional period. In either case, the Pennies for Points™ Amount for that billing cycle will be forfeited. Please note, even though any Pennies for Points™ Amount that is posted to your Account will not cause you to go over your credit line, any interest and fees that bill to your Account after the close of your billing cycle could cause your total balance to exceed your credit line. Please see the FAQs at jetbluemastercard.com/Rewardscenter for complete Pennies for Points™ details
Please see the Reward Rules at jetbluemastercard.com/Rewardscenter for complete reward details.
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Trip Reports / Point Mugu State Park and Tierra Sur (Los Angeles)
« on: July 19, 2020, 05:41:36 PM »
We rented a Honda Odyssey vía ZipCar, $100 for 24 hours. Picked it up from a lot at UCLA.  We drove from Brentwood to Point Mugu SP this morning.  Drive up PCH was about an hour at 8:30am.

Did a 5.5-mile hike — weather was perfect, views of the Pacific and the Santa Monica range glorious.   About 2 hours. Porta potties at the parking lot.  $10 parking all day. Lot half full.  Trail not too crowded.   About 1/3 people wearing masks.

Drive to Tierra Sur about 20 minutes.   Driving up, the place does not impress — like in the middle of an industrial park.  But once inside, it’s beautiful. Sat outdoors — fully covered and enclosed but great ventilation.  Lots of attention to COVID prevention. Lunch/bar menu.

Food did not disappoint.   
Sourdough Bread and garlic olive oil.
Casa salad 8.5/10
Pickled veggies 8/10
Sweet potatoes fries 9/10
Fries 9/10
Fish tacos 9/10
Pizza with veal sausage 10/10
Fried chicken sandwich 8/10
Pastrami burger 10/10. Huge piece of pastrami.

Regular burger with lamb bacon  8/10
Churros 9/10. Served with chocolate sauce that had a nice liquor flavor, berry sauce, and rice pudding sauce.
Lemon-peach tart 10/10. Perfect blend of sweet and tart.
Flourless chocolate cake with PB ice cream. 9/10. Cake is more like chocolate fudge.  The ice cream was 10/10.
Glass of Momentus Lineage sparkling white $14, 8.5/10
Glass of Lineage Choreograph, 9.5/10

Total bill (20% tip included)= $259.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Starbucks BOGO 7/9/20 (after fast)
« on: July 08, 2020, 06:15:35 PM »
Tomorrow, in honor of 17 Tammuz:
BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

The return of Happy Hour is sure to make your
summer a little sunnier. Handcrafted beverages,
grande or larger, are buy one, get one free from 2–7
p.m. tomorrow at participating stores. Try a S’mores
Frappuccino Blended Beverage, Iced Golden Ginger
Drink or the favorite you’ve been missing. Store hours
vary. Check the app or Starbucks.com for your
store’s hours of operation.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Free Coffee at Panera through 6 SEPT
« on: June 29, 2020, 12:01:40 PM »
Be sure to cancel before 9/6/2020.

*New Subscribers: No purchase required. For new subscribers who sign up for a MyPanera+ Coffee Subscription from 6/22 through 7/4/2020 (“Subscription Sign Up Period”), you will receive a free coffee subscription from the date you sign up during the Subscription Sign Up Period through 9/7/2020 (“New Free Subscription Period”). Must be 18 years or older and be a MyPanera member to subscribe to the MyPanera Coffee+ coffee program (“Program”). Visit http:/www.panerabread.com/MyPaneraCoffee during the Subscription Sign Up Period and complete all required information on the subscription page. You must enter a valid major credit card and accept the Program Terms and Conditions. If you do not cancel before your next renewal date after 9/7/2020, you will be charged $8.99 plus tax on your next renewal date (based on the date you signed up during the Subscription Sign Up Period). If you cancel, your free subscription will end 30 days after your renewal date. Current Subscribers: Your coffee subscription will be free from 6/22–9/7/2020 or your current renewal date thereafter (“Current Free Subscription Period”). You will not be charged your regular monthly renewal fees during the Current Free Subscription Period. If you do not cancel before your next renewal date after 9/7/2020, you will be charged $8.99 plus tax on your next renewal date (based on your current renewal date). All Subscribers: Registration available online only except for Kiosk. You may cancel at any time. If you do not cancel, your credit card will automatically be charged $8.99 plus tax for the monthly subscription and will be charged on a recurring monthly basis every thirty (30) days thereafter until you cancel your subscription. To cancel your subscription online, visit the Subscription section at http:/www.panerabread.com/MyPaneraCoffee or on the Panera Bread app. You can also call Panera Customer Service at 1-855-372-6372 to cancel your subscription. Offer limited to hot coffee, hot tea and iced coffee plus unlimited refills. Excludes cold brew iced coffee and espresso and cappuccino beverages. Subscription program registration and redemption available at participating U.S. bakery-cafes only. Excludes third party delivery and catering orders. One subscription per person. Visit here for complete Terms and Conditions. No cash back unless required by law. Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Offer may expire without notice due to error, fraud or other unforeseen circumstances. © 2020 Panera Bread. All Rights Reserved

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Deals/Deal Requests / Starbucks BOGO 6/18/20
« on: June 18, 2020, 10:35:47 AM »
BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE

The return of Happy Hour is sure to make your
summer a little sunnier. Handcrafted beverages,
grande or larger, are buy one, get one free from 2–7
p.m. tomorrow at participating stores. Try a S’mores
Frappuccino Blended Beverage, Iced Golden Ginger
Drink or the favorite you’ve been missing. Store hours
vary. Check the app or Starbucks.com for your
store’s hours of operation.

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Trip Reports / COVID-19 Travel between Boston and Los Angeles
« on: June 01, 2020, 12:37:53 AM »
With thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way, notably @yehoshua and @yehudaa, and @dan, of course. 
 
I started a new job in Los Angeles in mid-February.   Our family plan was/is for DW to stay with DD in Boston through June 2021, to allow the latter to finish high school.  We figured that I would fly back to our Boston home for Shabbat about twice a month, and DW would visit me maybe once a month.  As you have probably surmised, COVID-19 has thrown a big wrench into those plans.   As I fly back from Boston to LA this afternoon, I thought I would share some of my travel experiences over the past few months. 

March 2020
I flew three times in March.  Each time was weird and surreal.  The airports were virtually empty.  The freeways were empty.  Congestion in the roadways of LAX? Nada.  Lines at TSA screening? Walk right up to the desk—no waiting whatsoever.    I flew exclusively JetBlue in March, and almost every flight was virtually empty.   As I recall, when I flew B6 BOS-BUR on March 1, the flight was actually full —not even an empty middle seat.  But after that, the flights were gloriously empty.  When I flew Eastbound, I enjoyed “ghetto lie flat” each time.    Sadly, drinks and snack service went away very quickly, but since I was focused on sleeping (at least Eastbound), I didn’t care.   Toward the end of March, flight cancellations began to occur, and I found myself scrambling to fly in the time slot that I wanted.  I ended up flying through LAX, LGB, and BUR, depending on the flight schedule.   

April 2020.
The main reason why I flew three times in March was that our observations projected that the pandemic in Los Angeles would peak in early April, and I anticipated that my work (health care) might require me to stay put.  As I returned to LA on March 29, I remained hopeful that perhaps the crisis would abate and I would be able to get home for either the front end or the back end of Pesach.   Alas, work remained intense, so I didn’t get a chance to fly back to Boston until April 23. The flight and airport experience was similar to my March travel....Although I was worried about getting infected, the risk actually felt pretty low, as I was able to stay very physically distant from others.  Plus, I was wiping everything with Clorox wipes and using Purell liberally, though I wasn’t yet wearing a mask. 

May 2020
By mid-late April, airlines had started to cancel their flights.  The changes hit me pretty hard, as AA, UA, and B6 all dropped their Eastbound red-eye flights.  B6 used to fly red eye to BOS from both LAX and LGB, and initially they consolidated to one flight, but by early May, even that was gone.   Back in January, when I took the new job in LA, the plan was that I would fly Thursday night back to Boston and work from home on Fridays. That plan worked out well in the beginning, but with the abolition of the nonstop red eye, I had to resort to improvised schedules.    AA offers a midnight flight to PHL (and one to CLT), but the connecting flight doesn’t get into BOS until late morning.    I’m pretty sure B6 previously did offer a late night flight LAX-JFK with a connection to BOS, but AFAIK, that’s gone for now.   When I flew in early May, I put together my own red-eye itinerary: LAX-PHX on AA, with a 2-hour layover in PHX, then PHX-BOS on B6.   It was a pretty good flight and got into BOS around 7am.  As far as I can tell, it’s currently the only way to fly Eastbound red eye and get to Boston before 0800.   If someone else can figure out another option, please do share!  This week, before Shavuot, I did the AA LAX-PHL-BOS flight, which got into BOS around 10am.  It wasn’t terrible, timing wise, but sadly the flight was pretty full.  I suppose I should be grateful that I had a  window seat and that there was an open  middle seat next to me, but sleeping upright is very, very tough for me, even medicated.    The glory days of ghetto lie flat seem to be over, at least for now.

The return flights from BOS to LA have been similarly decimated.  When I first started this commute, B6 offered both the late evening flight (leave BOS after 9pm, get into LA after 1pm) and the afternoon flight (5pm-9pm).  I quickly realized the latter better suited my sleep and work patterns and still allowed me to have most of the Sunday with family in Boston.   But the point really was moot, because there is now only one daily nonstop flight BOS-LAX, and that flight departs at 0800.  That’s  just not a good fit for me — I need at least half the day to enjoy in Boston.  So, I have resorted to connecting flights departing mid-late afternoon.  I’ve flown United through Chicago to LA, but I think that option is gone.  I flew AA through Chicago (I think).  And the last two trips, I’ve flown WN via DEN.   

When I flew DEN-LAX the first week of May, the boarding process was a hot mess.   WN has modified their “proprietary” ABC system to board now roughly 10 pax at a time, still following the ABC priorities.  For some reason unbeknownst to me, WN had two flights departing almost at the same time from my gate (C49) and the adjacent gate.  Both of these gates seemed to be in a far corner of the terminal and felt smaller and more closed-in than almost any other gate in that terminal.  Compounding the problem, gate agents for both flights did a suboptimal job of getting people to stand back away from the gate (probably because they still had the “line up posts” and people were trying to find their place in the order.   My flight was about 2/3 full (I did have a middle seat open next to me), but the crowding that took place in the boarding area — 15+ minutes of many people bunched up against each other, most not wearing masks — was the most uncomfortable I have felt since the start of the pandemic.    Fortunately, I tested negative for COVID-19 5 days later.

Today’s flights BOS-DEN and DEN-LAX were much better.    Only about 50% full on the first leg and maybe 2/3 full DEN to LAX.  But the boarding process was great The gate agent in DEN did a superb job of clearly articulating how it would all go down, and remained calm and orderly.  People had plenty of room to remain seated until their “decade” was called.   Onboard, I actually have the whole row 27ABC to myself.    They are serving a can of water and a bag of pretzel salty snacks (StarK dairy).

June 2020?
DW has been reluctant to fly out to see me. There are lots of reasons, but one of them is definitely her skittishness about flying and the risk she perceived of contracting coronavirus.   I think her reluctance may be waning, and as B6 begins to add back nonstop flights between BOS and LAX, I think she will give it a try.   I’m scheduled to fly again in a few weeks.   Curently I’m booked on the B6 Thursday night red-eye and then the B6 Sunday afternoon return to LA.   Here’s hoping B6 doesn’t decide to cancel those flights....


Hope this is helpful to someone.

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looking for the reference right now, but got from reliable source

ETA: Times of Israel

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Deals/Deal Requests / Starbucks BOGO Happy Hour (again)
« on: February 12, 2020, 09:03:26 PM »
Thursday 2/13, 2-7pm.

Buy one, get one free   

   Follow your feelings to buy one, get one free
handcrafted drinks, grande or larger, at participating
stores. Just stop by from 2-7 p.m.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Starbucks Happy Hour tomorrow 2/6/20
« on: February 05, 2020, 04:52:55 PM »
BOGO espresso drinks 2-7pm.

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From my LOR, with his and our shul’s identifying information redacted.   What a chillul haShem.


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Rabbi _____


Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 7:52 AM
Subject: [kahal] Alert: A scammer is impersonating me (LOR) using a fake gmail to scam people out of money
To: Synagogue-News Yahoo Group (External) <synagogue-news@yahoogroups.com>, Synagogue-Kahal Yahoo Group (External) <synagogue-kahal@yahoogroups.com>


Chevre,

 

I have received numerous emails from congregants and friends this morning alerting me to the fact that someone is impersonating me to scam others out of money. They have created a phoney email address (my LOR’s Gmail, with one i changed to an l).

 

Please do not respond. Delete and ignore!

 

I will never ask you to purchase gift cards or for a donation that does not go through the shul accounting office.

 

I have reported this to the FBI internet crime division.

Alas, Google says: “Unfortunately, Gmail is unable to participate in mediations involving third parties regarding impersonation. Learn more about Gmail Terms of Use.” See “If you believe that someone is impersonating you, using a Gmail address, read https://support.google.com/mail/answer/190735?hl=en

Thanks, LOR

 

>>

Glad to hear from you,

I am in a meeting when I sent the email and that's why i'm contacting you through here..I should have called instead of mailing you back but phones are not allowed to be used during meeting,..and I still can't answer calls now..

 

I just need to get eBay gift card for some women going through cancer at the hospital but i haven’t been able to do that because of my busy schedule.

 

Can you get it from any store around you possibly now? and I will pay you back later in cash or check. Let me know if you can get the cards for these patients.




 Shalom

 

Hi How are you Doing
 
I Need An Assistance From You
 
Email Me As Soon You Get this massage
 
Shalom Aleichem

Rabbi (LOR)
 

 

 

“Teach me the whole of Torah while standing on one foot.” (TB Shabbat 31a)

 

A student of Aggadah came before the Holy One who said to him: “My child, why haven’t you learned Talmud? For, ‘All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full’ (Kohelet 1:7) – this refers to [the sea of] the Talmud in which can be found many wisdoms. (Midrash Mishlei 10)

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We bought the wrong cards and I'm happy to give them away if you can use them.
They are for 24-hour passes for  "2 Zone: Mi3 - Mi4". As far as I can tell, they are useful for going to the suburbs, not in the city itself.
Cost was 5.60EURO each. I don't know if they expire -- we bought them on/around 1/1/20.
If you can use them, I'll mail them to you. PM me.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Starbucks BOGO Happy Hour 21NOV2019 2-7PM
« on: November 20, 2019, 07:41:10 PM »
And the award for the most hat tips “earned” from Starbucks Happy Hours goes to....

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