Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 29, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 29, 2023 


On Monday, May 15, 
the Jewish Federation of 
the Greater San Gabriel 
and Pomona Valleys will 
host a special Town Hall 
Meeting with the Consul 
General of Israel, Dr. Hillel Newman. Jewish Federation's Executive Director Jason 
Moss will moderate the evening program.

It will cover topics ranging from the current controversy regarding Judicial reforms 
and the situation on the Temple Mount to Iran, how Israeli innovations are impacting 
everyday life and addressing worldwide issues, and much more. In addition, 
attendees will be able to have their questions answered. The event is open to the 
public, but for security reasons, people must pre-register by Monday, May 8, by going 

Dr. Hillel Newman became Consul General of Israel in July 2019, serving as the 
senior representative of the State of Israel to the Pacific Southwest. Before his post, 
Newman spent over twenty years in diplomatic service. He served in several influential 
and critical positions, including Policy Advisor to three Foreign Ministers of 
Israel and Ambassador of Israel to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most recently, Consul 
General Newman served as Special Policy Advisor to the Director General and 
Director of the World Jewish Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
As a result, he has been intimately involved in the Jewish community's most 
pressing global issues.

"The opportunity to bring the highest-ranking Israeli official in Southern California, 
to our community is a wonderful, especially with what is currently happening 
in Israel today." explains Jason Moss, Jewish Federation's Executive Director. "It is 
my hope that this

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event will open the eyes of many in our community as they hear what is going on in 
Israel and the amazing impact Israel has on the entire world."

The event will be held at Temple Beth David (9677 E. Longden Avenue, Temple City) 
at 7:30 PM.

To learn more about this event or the Jewish Federation's programs and services, 
please contact the Jewish Federation's Executive Director, Jason Moss, by calling

626.445.0810 or emailing

The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys’ mission is to 
build community by strengthening and enhancing Jewish life. The Jewish Federation 
does this by providing programs and services that support the needs of the Jewish 
community in our region, and acts as the Jewish voice on issues that affect the greater 
Jewish community.

Peter Dills Knows 


My dearly departed pappy Elmer Dills would tell me, don‘t argue 
sex, politics and or religion, I must add tipping to the list. I have 
used this topic many times on my radio show, Dining with Dills 
on Radio to get the phones buzzing. Last week a caller asked about 
tipping at Jersey Mikes.

There is a law on the books, actually an old law that is now being 
enforced. The IRS classifies automatic gratuities as service charges 
that are taxable as regular wages and subject to payroll tax withholding. 
That might sound like a bunch of tax law mumbo jumbo, 
but what it means is that restaurants have to treat those tips like 
regular wages.

Typically, the IRS left it up to the waiter or tipped employees to declare 
that money. But with this change the waiter won't see those 
"tips" until payday—instead of the end of the shift. And restaurants 
will have to withhold federal income, Social Security and Medicare 
taxes on that money, too.

What it means for the diner is that those automatic 18% gratuity charges on tables of 6 or more may 
well be a thing of the past. The addition has been added onto large parties to ensure that servers are 
paid for catering to a large group.

That doesn't mean you should use this an excuse to start stiffing people. Remember, the minimum 
wage laws here in the States for tipped workers is still at a shocking $7.25 an hour. (California 
thankfully pays all of it's workers, tipped or untapped, a minimum of $15/hour.) 

The new rule actually went into effect in 2012, however the IRS postponed enforcement until later 
to give restaurateurs enough time to adjust and properly comply.

While it might seem great to have some freedom as a customer, the service industry isn't so excited 
about the idea.

Tips… To insure proper service. Here is my rundown and no it hasn’t changed in twenty years of 
reviewing restaurants.

Anyone in any country that provides a service should be rewarded.

10% buffet plus $2 directly to busboy that brought you water and had to clean up after the kids 
through Jell-O on the ground.

$1 for each drink at the bar

$2 for a to go order, as long as they got it right

12% fair service, means they brought you the food and came back with your check

15% Good service brought you your food and drinks and refilled drinks and asked how was it

18% Very Good service all of the above plus asked you if your meal was prepared to your liking 

20-25% All of the above, brought items in proper order, waited for you to ask for check, asked if 
there is a validation needed and please ask for me next time.

One more note… I subtract 5% when the server blames the kitchen for a mistake, got it !!

This a fun conversation please follow me on Facebook !!

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