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Hats off to the class of 2008!

Hats off to the class of 2008!

Posted on 19 June 2008 by admin

Three day schools and three Jewish high schools held their graduations recently in Dallas.

Akiba Academy

On June 1, Akiba Academy graduated its largest class ever, 25 students. Making up the graduating class were: Dalit Agronin, Justine Adrienne Berman, Bryan Benaim, Evelyn Joy Denemark, Chaya Mushka Dubrawsky, Jori Brianna Epstein, Jacob Meir Greif, Josh Hoppenstein, Alex G. Kaufman, Sheera Eliza Krengel, Benjamin Liener, Adina Devora Mandelcorn, Joshua Daniel Mirsky, Moselle Dominique Paz, Jordan Benjamin Prescott, Mina Rachel Pulitzer, Emily Rohan, Ben Romaner, Naomi Elise Rosenberg, Hannah Schepps, Gabby Steinbrecher, Yaakov Simha Tzuriel Meir Stolovitsky, Kevin Anthony Sulski, Cara Meira Tolmas and Ilana Emily Wernick.

Levine Academy

Just days after returning from their long-awaited eighth-grade trip to Israel, Levine held its commencement ceremony on June 5. Congratulations to the students in the Levine Academy class of 2008 who will now continue their education at the following schools: Connor Adell: Episcopal School of Dallas. Reagan Alhadef: Greenhill School. Elijah Benzvi: Frisco Centennial High School. Carly Bierman: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Teal Cooper: Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. Samantha Danilewitz: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. David Dunsky: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Ali Feinstein: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Coreen Golan: J.J. Pearce High School. Melanie Goodman. Shepton High School, Elianah Gorin: Parish Episcopal School of Dallas. Riley Harmon: Shepton High School. Jillian Herstein: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Tova Kline: Richardson High School. Andrew Leffler: Episcopal School of Dallas. Zach Prengler: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Harris Rabinowitz: Shepton High School. Emily Rosenfeld: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Matthew Rosenstein: Richardson High School Arts, Science, and Law Magnet. Jordan Rudner: Greenhill School. Jasmine Sidisin: Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Jessica Solls: Greenhill School. Nina Stern: Episcopal School of Dallas. Alex Weinstein: Episcopal School of Dallas. Tori Weinstein: Shepton High School.

Mesorah High School

Mesorah graduation ’08 saw three capable young ladies — Johanna Corcos, Yael Glazer and Hila Hoffman — reach this important milestone. All three graduates will attend seminaries in Israel next year to solidify the foundations laid at Mesorah. They will participate in intensive Judaic studies, after which they each plan to return to pursue college educations.

Texas Torah Institute

Sunday, June 1 marked the third commencement ceremonies for Texas Torah Institute (TTI). The class of 2008 consisted of three seniors: Elozar Liff from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nechemia Kushner and Elimelech Sterns, both from Cleveland, Ohio. For the coming school year, two of the graduates will be coming back to TTI to study full-time in the yeshiva’s post-high-school rabbinical training program. The other one will be attending a yeshiva in Israel.

Torah Day School of Dallas

Torah Day School recently held its fifth graduation ceremony for the school, which has grown from 165 students in 2003 to almost 300 today. Graduates were: (boys’ division) Binyamin Epstein, Alex Goldschmiedt, Ari Margolies, Aaron Oppenheim, Eden Rubinstein, Jacob Winston; (girls’ division) Sarah Abrams, Mimi Edery, Chaya Leah Kosowsky, Liat Rafaelov, Sivan Naor, Chava Miriam Rich, Devorah Rosenberg, Tamar Rosenberg, Laetitia Sebbag, Ela Wilson.

Valedictorian of the boys’ class was Jacob Winston; co-valedictorians of the girls’ class were Sarah Abrams and Chava Miriam Rich.

Yavneh Academy

Yavneh Academy of Dallas celebrated its 13th annual commencement on May 25. The graduates included: Emily Ackerman, Bradley Alhadef, Samuel Ames, Emily Brill, Daniel Bonner, Sarah Epstein, David Fine, Alexander Hirschberg, Louis Huberman, Allie Kessler, Erez Krengel, Sara Levi, Gabriella Lewin, Aviva Linksman, Melissa Michelson, Zachary Moskowitz, David Naxon, Nava Newman, Robert Radoff, Grace Rosenthal, Michael San Soucie, Natalie Schachar, Hannah Schachter, Yardana Schick, Baruch Shawel, Ari Steinbaum, Tova Stolovitsky, Arye Zucker and Rachel Zbolon. Yavneh’s class of 2008 was accepted to 57 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Canada and Israel; they received over $931,000 in scholarship money and served over 11,000 hours of community service.

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Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

Posted on 12 June 2008 by admin

By Deb Silverthorn

From the Galveston coast to Dallas, by way of New York, Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt is living the tenet of l’dor v’dor, generation to generation. Continuing in the footsteps, or meat cleavers, of his great-grandfather Rabbi Abraham David Rosenblatt and his grandfather Max, the Dallas-based rabbi has taken the family business, A.D. Rosenblatt Meats, a kosher meat supplier to a whole new level.<br />

More than 750 pounds of glatt kosher meat was delivered last week to the Preston/Forest Tom Thumb store with orders for the Coit/Campbell store in negotiations. In Houston, the meat is available at Randalls.

The 400 undocumented workers arrested at the Agriprocessors plant in the May 12 raid and their families are living in limbo, out of work and facing deportation. But now the fallout is beginning to extend beyond those most directly impacted.

The production slowdown at the Postville plant has finally hit the nation’s kosher markets and, by extension, kosher consumers. Retailers from coast to coast are reporting trouble having their orders filled. Many are hiking prices, although they are generally vague about whether the increases are coming from Agriprocessors or competing suppliers.

Bottom line is, there is less kosher meat, and it’s costing more.

Some retailers aren’t even bothering to order from Agriprocessors, which has scrambled in recent weeks to bolster its depleted work force.

For A.D. Rosenblatt, the delay and availability of meats from Agriprocessors has opened a door at area markets. While Tom Thumb says the store is waiting on poultry deliveries, they have not been affected in beef receipts per the recent raid, yet the store is happy to be working with an additional distributor. ”People are happy and they are buying it with no complaints,” said Andy Flores, Meat Market manager at the Preston/Forest store. ”In this case, no news from the customer is good news.”

Not to leave the tradition of teaching led by his father Zev behind, Rabbi Rosenblatt and his wife Suri first came to Dallas in 2000 to learn and to teach with the Dallas Area Torah Association. The couple started DATA’s Plano branch.

In 2004 Rabbi Rosenblatt left DATA, interested in starting a business. ”This was my family’s business; Rosenblatts had been koshering and selling meat since the 1870s. My grandfather was a shochet and ritual director in Galveston early in the last century and it was my turn.” One of 11 children, Rabbi Rosenblatt is joined in business by his brother, Abraham David, who represents the company in sales.

Rabbi Rosenblatt started small; at a plant in Coke, Texas. There, they slaughtered four cattle – all unkosher. His second attempt also failed to provide any kosher meat. ”I knew that only about 30 to 35 percent of all meat is kosher but it was still pretty discouraging,” he said. ”I then first moved to a plant near Hillsborough, and then to Omaha, Neb. where we were able to net 30 kosher animals every other week.”
In March of this year, A.D. Rosenblatt started basing the majority of its business, about 200 cattle a week, from a plant in Harper, Kan. Available cuts include boneless chuck, chuck tender, chuck flanken, minute roast, whole, export and bone-in navel ribs, marrow and neck bones, skirt steaks and tongue.

Glatt, which literally means smooth, means the animal’s lungs contain no questionable adhesions. The term is commonly used to describe a higher level of Kosher supervision. “There is a strong demand for this level of kashrut and we’re proud of what we are able to provide,” said Rabbi Rosenblatt. The company also produces Beit Yosef meat, “absolutely pristine,” said Rabbi Rosenblatt.

The company is supervised by the OU, Orthodox Union, CRC, the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and Star K. In addition to the A.D. Rosenblatt label, the meat is sold under the Abeless & Heymann and California Delight labels.
At the Harper plant, A.D. Rosenblatt installed a new slaughter pen, designed by Dr. Temple Grandin, of the University of Colorado. “Dr. Grandin is a brilliant woman, an expert on humane treatment of animals,” said Rabbi Rosenblatt. ”The expense of kosher meat comes from the production line; the manpower, the inspections, the many steps in the process.”

In addition to the cattle, the company is also distributing lamb, about 300 a week, from a plant in Iowa. ”The success rate for a kosher lamb is greater than that of the cattle because their lungs are generally healthier,” Rabbi Rosenblatt said. ”We have rack of lamb, chuck, breast and the shank cuts being shipped,” ”We’ve gone from 15 animals a week to between 200 and 300 a week.”
“The meat is so fresh and you can tell that it’s just days from processing to our table,” said frequent, and now loyal customer, Travis Katz who most enjoys slicing down the minute roast for fajitas with his wife Ceci and their family. ”They are very tender and lean cuts, absolutely delicious, and I’m telling you, the quality is wonderful.”

Rabbi Rosenblatt, A.D. Rosenblatt’s COO, is joined in business by his partner of three years, Bob Feinberg, CFO, with whom he speaks by telephone, “maybe 15 times a day. We’re a great team.” “I had a fire in me to continue as an entrepreneur and Rabbi Rosenblatt and I connected at the right time,” said Feinberg who had previously sold his 20-year-old vending machine company. ”My wife took on the directorship of the Levine Academy preschool and one of us retired wasn’t a good thing. Rabbi asked for help and, while it was an uphill battle, and we have a long way to go, we are now seeing the fruits of our labor, we’re known, and we’re respected.”

“I feel very connected to this business and hope my ancestors would be proud,” said Rabbi Rosenblatt, setting an example for the next generation; Yehuda, Batya, Rivka, and Yisroel Yitzchak. ”I didn’t know my great-grandfather, but I definitely feel his inspiration.”

“We’ve exceeded our wildest dreams and we’re now in a great situation,” Feinberg said. ”But we’re here to stay.”

JTA’s Sue Fishkoff contributed to this report.

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Around the Town — June 2008

Posted on 09 June 2008 by admin

Federation holds 72nd annual meeting

At the June 5 annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, featured speakers were Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker (Congregation Beth Israel), David Saul (Congregation Ahavath Sholom), Danielle Snailer and Stephanie Posner (Congregation Beth Shalom), and Michele Nations (Beth-El Congregation). They spoke about how local Jewish education programs funded by the Federation have affected each of their respective congregations. It was wonderful to see how many people of all ages have been touched by this funding.

Outgoing President Arnie Gachman gave a State of the Federation speech imploring everyone to continue the good work that the Federation has accomplished over the last few years. Alan Luskey was given the Wolens Award; all of the volunteers who led the programs committees were recognized; and special staff awards went to Karen Anisman, Patty Garsek, Len Schweitzer, Gene Posnock and Linda Hoffman. Elections were held for the Jewish Family Services Committee, and the following were elected for two-year terms: Cynthia Gilbert, Marcia Kurtz, Susan Luskey, Alex Nason, Beverly Ross (chair) and Phil Sawyer. Elections were held for the board of directors for the Federation, and elected for three-year terms were Karen Anisman, Marilyn Englander, Patty Garsek, Rick Klotz, Roz Micklin, Shayne Moses and Barry Schneider. Elected to one-year terms were Eddie Feld, president; Barry Schneider, vice president campaign/allocations; Patty Garsek, vice president administration; Len Schweitzer, vice president community relations/secretary; and Larry Brunell, treasurer. The following outgoing board members were thanked: Arnie Gachman, Larry Coben, Terri Kravetz, Shirley Morris, Cindy Simon and Bruce Weiner. The meeting concluded with a rousing speech by new President Eddie Feld.

The Federation Annual Campaign is winding down and if you have not made a pledge yet, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892. Pledges for 2008 do not need to be received in full until Dec. 31, 2008.

DOE and Israel agree to increase cooperation

DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander (Andy) Karsner and Director General of Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure Yehezkel (Hezi) Kugler, on May 21, signed an agreement to further U.S. and Israel cooperation on advanced renewable energy and efficiency technologies. The Implementation Agreement establishes a framework for future cooperation. Activities include but are not limited to collaborative research and development of new and improved sources of high-temperature thermal energy storage; electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery technologies and utilization approaches; biofuel production and use, including enzyme catalysts for conversion of biomass to biofuel, using microalgae to produce biofuels, and boosting production by taking advantage of power plant CO2 emissions to accelerate algae growth; and advanced technologies for efficient water desalinization techniques, such as photovoltaic-powered reverse osmosis. Activities under this Implementation Agreement could include information exchanges, seminars, programs for research visits, exchange of personnel between research establishments, joint research and development projects, and collaboration between leading research and development centers in the United States and Israel. Under the agreement, both parties will designate members of a Bilateral Working Group to promote and manage cooperative activities. Andy, the son of Blanche and Dave Karsner of Fort Worth, resides in the Washington area with his wife, Maria, and daughters.

Added congratulations to grads we missed

Caleb Myers, son of Bill Myers and Juanita Myers, received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Arizona. He is the grandson of Adeline Myers and the late Nat Myers.

Laura Finucane, daughter of Tim and Michelle Finucane, graduated from North Crowley High School and will attend the University of Oklahoma.

Rachel Romano, daughter of Randee Kaitcer, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude. She will attend Baylor Law School.

Allison Siegel, daughter of Nancy and Adam Siegel, graduated from the University of Colorado. She’s the granddaughter of Evelyn and Martin Siegel.

El Holley, son of Monica Braverman, graduated from Arlington Heights High School. He will attend the Dance Department Master Teacher program at Oklahoma City University.

Melissa Beldon, daughter of Lori and Robert Beldon, graduated from Fossil Ridge High School and will attend Texas State University.

Shana Berenzweig graduated from New York University’s Wagner School with a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management. The daughter of Harold and Ellen Berenzweig, she plans to move to Austin.

David Lee Williams, son of Laura Williams, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and will attend Rutgers University.

Lisa Bond, daughter of Steve and Cindy Bond of Atlanta, graduated from Georgia Highland College with a degree in nursing. The granddaughter of Corrine Jacobson, she was in the National Honor Society.

Marissa Berenson, daughter of Bill and Mara Berenson, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and will attend SMU.

Amanda Hollander, daughter of Ira and Sandy Hollander, graduated from law school at Georgetown.

Alyson Moses graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is the daughter of Buddy and Rochelle Moses, granddaughter of RD and Beverley Moses of Fort Worth. Alyson will practice law with the firm of Moses, Palmer and Howell of Fort Worth.

Let us hear from you if you know of more grads. It’s a joy for the TJP to publish these special achievements.

Around the Town with Rene
Baylor All Saints to Open Joan Katz Breast Center

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth has announced plans to unveil a comprehensive breast center in the Tarrant County community. The Joan Katz Breast Center will serve the community and surrounding areas by providing men and women, diagnosed with breast cancer, services for every aspect of treatment from screenings to patient and family support groups.

“We look forward to working closely with local physicians, breast cancer survivors, our patients and members of our community to provide hope and quality treatment for the many women afflicted with breast cancer,” said Steve Newton, president of Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.

Named on behalf of breast cancer survivor, Joan Katz, the Center will serve patients and their families by developing interaction between multiple specialists and services in one centralized location. Patients of the Center will be given a nurse navigator who will assist them in coordinating services from initial diagnosis through final treatment and follow-ups.

“The Center will be a vehicle that can facilitate the comprehensive care and treatment for the breast cancer patients in the community,” said Anita Chow, M.D., an oncology surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints. “As a physician who treats patients with breast cancer, it is an honor and an exciting opportunity to be involved in The Joan Katz Breast Center project.”

The All Saints Health Foundation intends to conduct a $2.4 million campaign for the construction and operational expenses, along with an $11 million endowment campaign. The Foundation plans to invest the endowment funds into the on-going operational and program needs of the Center.

The facility, to be located on the first floor of the medical office building, will offer comprehensive breast services by permitting the patient to utilize the multiple facilities at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.

“With the opening of the Andrews Women’s Hospital, Baylor All Saints has made an enormous commitment to this community on behalf of women. This commitment continues with the Joan Katz Breast Center – a unique facility to Fort Worth,” said All Saints Health Foundation President Freddy Jones. “We are very grateful to Joan Katz, who is more than just an advocate and believer – she is a survivor who has taken on the mission of sowing hope to all those diagnosed with breast cancer.”

The Center plans to begin serving the community in late 2009. The Breast Center will offer diagnostics and care under unified leadership, the latest advanced mammography equipment, dedicated breast radiologists, nurse navigator and social work services for efficiently guiding men and women through individualized breast care.

Sherree Bennett, the nurse navigator for The Joan Katz Breast Center, said, “I am blessed to work with such a tremendous team of professionals as we navigate women through the troubled waters of breast cancer. As both a registered nurse and a survivor, I am able to offer empathy, education and support for the journey. The Joan Katz Breast Center will be a wonderful refuge for men and women facing breast cancer, their loved ones and our community.”

Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship awarded to Phoebe San Antonio

Mazel tov to Phoebe San Antonio, daughter of Randy and Patricia San Antonio who is this year’s recipient of Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship. Dedicated in loving memory to Beth DuPertuis who lost her life in a tragic accident in November 2000, the scholarship was established in 2001 by the Grapevine High School Fabulous Fillies Dance Team in honor of Beth’s service to numerous GHS campus organizations. Beth was a team assistant to the GHS Fillies and a member of the GHS Yearbook Staff. She was a service-oriented young lady who gladly gave of herself to benefit others. Candidates for this scholarship are nominated by GHS staff members in recognition of outstanding service to one or more campus organizations. Tax deductible donations for this scholarship are accepted on a year round basis at Wells Fargo Bank, Grapevine. Donations may be made directly to the Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Funding for this scholarship is based solely upon donations to this fund.

A member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, Phoebe has been a volunteer counselor at Camp Impact which provides five days of summer camp to many homeless and/or battered children from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This year, Phoebe also volunteered on numerous projects that included Colleyville clean up, Southlake’s Art in the Square, teen court, modeling for a pre-prom event, and more. She will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall.

Sultanov and Hummel to perform for Daytimers

Next event for the Daytimers will be a musical program presented by Dacy Sultanov, cellist, accompanied by Aileen Hummel on the piano, Wednesday, June 18, at noon at Beth-El Congregation. Their program entitled Paganini and Pop includes a variety of music-from Classical, to the Oldies (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc), to Broadway, Musicals, popular Tunes and more.

The program will include Paganini’s “Variation on A string,” “Brahms Hungarian Dance,” as well as “Somewhere My Love,” “Fascination,” “Sentimental Journey,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Mona Lisa,” Scot Joplin’s “Entertainer” and “Ragtime Dance” and several others.

Lunch is catered by Boopa’s Bagel Deli and guests have a choice of turkey and hummus on a sesame bagel, chicken salad on a honey wheat bagel, or cream cheese and lox on pumpernickel bagel plus chips, cookie, coffee or tea. Cost is $8 per person, or guests may attend for the program only for $3. Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 16.

Dacy Sultanov was introduced to the cello by her mother when she was seven. She spent more than a decade at the Central music schools in Riga, Moscow, and later at the Moscow Conservatory. She is the widow of Alexei Sultanov, who won the Van Cliburn Piano competition in 1989, and they subsequently moved to Fort Worth. After his death in 2005, she began to perform again.

Aileen Hummel, the pianist, who is also a flutist, is passionate about her music, family, and travel. She currently works at several senior centers.

For reservations for Daytimers events, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Jewish Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Diana Coben Einstein named associate program director at Dallas’ Temple Emanu-El

Marcy and Larry Coben are ecstatic. They will soon be traversing the freeways frequently between Fort Worth and Big D since their daughter, Diana Coben Einstein, will join the staff of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas in July as associate program director. Diana grew up in Fort Worth and will be moving to Dallas this summer with her husband, Heath, and their daughter, Levyn.

According to Temple Emanu-El’s bulletin The Window, “Diana’s responsibilities will be Temple’s holiday programming, family Shabbat programs, outreach programming and special events throughout Temple. She looks forward to working with Temple members in a variety of ways, helping members make strong connections to their Jewish identity and Temple community, through a variety of exciting programs and opportunities.

“The former assistant director of special events at the New York University Medical Center Development Office and assistant director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, Diana will bring outstanding program experience to Emanu-El. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and her master’s in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from George Washington University.”

A hearty welcome to the Metroplex to the Einstein family.

News and notes

Mimi and Hal Klotz were wonderful hosts to their children on a recent cruise to Alaska. Their entourage included their daughter and son-in-law, Marcy and Greg Phillips, and their daughters, Lauren and Natalie, and sons, Rick, Steve and Alan and his very special friend, Gretchen.

Speedy recovery wishes to Bob Stien, recuperating from recent surgery.

Welcome guests in our town earlier this week included former residents Lori Railenau and three of her youngsters, Phoebe, Atara and Maccabee of St. Louis. The Railenaus were houseguests of longtime friends, Kim and Abe Factor and sons.

Happy first anniversary greetings to Ari and Ellen Bond, who celebrated by touring Paris, London and Brussels.

Rosalie Schwartz is just back from a two-week trip to Atlanta, where she loved visiting with her sister Marilyn Myers and her family.

Add to our recent listing of college grads: Elizabeth Blum from New York University. She’s the daughter of Marvin and Laurie Blum, and granddaughter of Elsie Blum.

Ladies have a night out

Marti Herman and Tricia Haber, along with Yvonne Harrison, hosted a Ladies’ Night Out on Friday, May 30. The hostesses organized a VIP party for 50 women for the opening night of “Sex and the City” at the Hulen Movie Tavern.

Guests were told to put on their most fabulous shoes, and prizes were awarded for footwear, dresses and correct answers to trivia questions. Many of the ladies are members of Beth-El, Ahavath Sholom or Beth Shalom, and they might have been the only group in the audience who knew what the lead character, Carrie Bradshaw, meant when she said “mazel tov.”

An ‘American Girl’ shopping trip with Shea

It was a few Sundays back but one that will live in my memory eternally. It was my great-granddaughter Shea Doty’s seventh birthday and I had promised her a birthday shopping trip to the American Girl Shop in the Dallas Galleria. Fortunately, Shea already had her American Girl doll, Julie, a gift from her paternal great-grandmother, Mary “Omi” Davidsohn of Houston. Julie has long blond straight hair and brown eyes, just like Shea.

My gift was to be matching outfits for Shea and her American Girl doll, Julie, which she adores. Of course, Shea found just what she wanted — a skirt, blouse and jean jacket for each of them — which added up to a healthy tune, but worth every penny when I saw the joy in Shea’s eyes. The two-story building housing the American Girl collections was jammed to the rafters with eager bright-eyed youngsters accompanied by their moms, dads, siblings, aunts, and friends.

We enjoyed sharing a brief encounter with Debbie (Mrs. David) Bodzy and her precious 7-year-old, Jackie, who clutched her American Girl doll to her bosom — a gift, she told me, from her Bubbe Bessie Bodzy.

If any of my readers have young daughters, granddaughters or nieces in their midst, give them a special treat at the American Girl shop at the Dallas Galleria.

The memory is oh so sweet!

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Dallas Doings — June 2008

Posted on 09 June 2008 by admin

DATA of Plano to dedicate its first sefer Torah this Sunday

We welcome hearing from Laurel Ornish, who tells the TJP: “The Plano branch of DATA, the Dallas Area Torah Association, will hold a ceremony on Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at the DATA of Plano Center to dedicate its first-ever sefer Torah. The entire community is invited to attend.

“The center is located at 3198 W. Parker Road, Suite 3124, Plano, between Half-Price Books and Firestone Tire.

“The event will feature inspiring talks, dancing with the Torah and refreshments.

“The Torah scroll, to be named the ‘Verschleisser Family Torah,’ is a gift from Moshe and Annette Nudell of Baltimore, Md., in honor of Mrs. Nudell’s parents, Shmuel and Sarah Verschleisser, and in memory of her brother, Moishe Verschleisser. The Nudells are the parents of Mrs. Shifra Robkin, wife of DATA of Plano Co-director Rabbi Yogi Robkin.

“The ceremony will signal the beginning of a new era at DATA of Plano, which has experienced tremendous growth since it was founded five years ago by Rabbi Shimshon and Sara Silkin and, most recently, Rabbi Chanoch and Sarah Oppenheim.

“‘The Oppenheims took a core group and developed it into a community,’ says Rabbi Nesanya Zakon, co-director with Rabbi Yogi Robkin of DATA of Plano. ‘Getting a Torah means that we can hold regular, weekly Shabbos services. Young families are moving into the neighborhood to be part of DATA, and we hope it will become another successful, full-blown Jewish community like the ones south of LBJ and in Far North Dallas.

“‘We’re committed,’ he adds, ‘to stemming the tide of the spiritual holocaust that has occurred in the U.S. by creating a new generation of connected Jews.’

“Along with Shabbatons every three weeks, DATA of Plano currently offers several ongoing classes, including three classes for men: a Sunday-morning Tefillin Club, a Monday-night Talmud class and a Wednesday lunchtime class on personal development. A four-week series for men and women on Tuesday evenings, ‘Secrets to a Stress-Free Life,’ began June 3. Additional programs for the whole family will be added in late summer.

“For more information, call Rabbi Zakon at 214-987-3282, ext. 102.

“DATA of Plano is a branch of the Dallas Area Torah Association. Since its founding in 1992, DATA has become the premier Jewish learning institution in North Texas, providing classes, special events, ongoing programs, personal guidance to individuals and couples and other means to impart Torah wisdom to Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance and of all ages.

“Eight rabbinical couples make up the DATA faculty service to over 600 Jews a week. Classes are offered at three DATA locations – 5840 Forest Lane in North Dallas, 3198 W. Parker Road in Plano and 16818 Thomas Chapel Road in Far North Dallas – as well as at area businesses and synagogues.”

Jewish Family Service installs new board officers and members

On May 27, Jewish Family Service hosted its annual meeting at Congregation Tiferet Israel with about 200 in attendance. The meeting included the installation of incoming officers: President Robin Sachs; President-elect Todd Chanon; Vice Presidents Steve Fisch, Cheryl Halpern and Ed Jerome; Treasurer Randy Colen; and Secretary Barbara Friedlander, and the installation of new board members: Richard Bernstein; Jonnice Berns; John Thomas Carlo, M.D., MSE; Sheri Goldberg; Ann Irvine; Michael MacAdams; Rabbi Debra Robbins; and Kathryn Tobolowsky. The evening also included a tribute to outgoing President William N. Roth, a special thank-you to Muriel and Ralph Pinkus for their generous and significant donation of land made to Jewish Family Service’s endowment, and a keynote presentation by Ambassador Enriqué Hubbard Urrea, consul general of Mexico.

“It has been a privilege to work with Bill Roth these past two years,” said Executive Director Michael Fleisher. “Bill is a person who makes and nurtures connections. It’s no surprise that during his tenure, we expanded our services, increased budgeted dollars for quality improvement and launched our Ambassadors Program – a program of outreach and education.”

Incoming President Robin Sachs has been involved with Jewish Family Service for more than 30 years. “As a second-generation Dallasite, I have a deep connection to this place and to this community. It matters deeply that my hometown is a place where we take care of each other, and it’s important to me that Jewish Family Service is consistently here for people in need. I want to do my part to help ensure that this will happen,” she says. “I very much look forward to working with Michael Fleisher, the staff, and board to make this happen.”

Jewish Family Service provides mental-health and social services to children, teens, adults and families without regard to religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. For more information, please call 972-437-9950 or visit www.jfsdallas.org.

Shearith preschoolers graduate

On May 30, Shearith Israel Preschool celebrated its second graduation class. Three out of the four graduates have been at the school since they were babies and toddlers. The program began with the students giving money to charity and lighting the candles to symbolically welcome the Sabbath. The children of the pre-K class were joined by their younger schoolmates to present a medley of Sabbath prayers and graduation songs to the families and guests. Rabbi David Glickman, congregational rabbi, spoke to the graduates about the value of getting a good preschool education. He compared their schooling to setting roots in the ground like a tree. This was very significant since the graduates’ families donated a Texas Redbud tree in honor of the preschool staff.

A special presentation was then made to Mrs. Sheri Rosen for her work as preschool education committee chairperson. In addition Elizabeth and Michael Brothman were recognized for their innovative idea – the Truck Time fundraiser. Elizabeth and Michael spent hours working on this project for the last four years. They were presented with an engraved Miriam’s Cup water glass.

The program concluded with the awarding of diplomas to Trever Brothman, Meira Sullum, Alex Sheena and Ava Wolfe. The graduates were accepted to kindergarten at Greenhill, Hockaday, Haggar Elementary and Akiba Academy.

Mazel tov to the graduates and their families.

Golf tournament raises over $50,000

Over 200 golfers, both children and parents, gathered at Top Golf in Dallas May 18 to participate in the first annual Equity Bank End of Schoolyear Bash! miniature golf tournament. The event raised over $50,000 and all proceeds went to the Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund.

The Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund was created by Louis and Robin Zweig when they were faced with the challenge that their son David, who has Asperger’s syndrome, might not be able to celebrate his bar mitzvah. The Zweigs discovered that there was a glaring need in Dallas to train and educate the city’s religious-school teachers to enable children with learning differences to be successful in their classrooms.

The fund finances educational seminars and training days, and focuses on helping teachers and religious-school leaders develop classroom strategies for learning differences such as autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological disorders.

Mazel tov, mazel tov

Congratulations to Susan and Allen Luterman on the birth of their third grandchild and first boy. Harrison Samuel Luterman was born on April 30, 2008 in New York City to Nikki and Stephen Luterman, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. He joins his sister, Chloe Olivia, 3 years old.

Added congratulations to Susan Candy Luterman on being elected vice-president of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans. Susan was the first woman president of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan, 2001-2002, and her husband, Allen, was international president, 2001-2002.

Chuck Smith Re-elected Beth Torah president

Chuck Smith was re-elected for a second year as president of Congregation Beth Torah at the synagogue’s annual meeting in May.

The vote by acclimation also installed the synagogue’s leadership for the coming year. They include vice-presidents: Liz Cox, executive; Vikki Silvis, financial; Lyn Jacobs, education; Neil Burnstein, ritual; Mark Kreditor, development; Bennett Robinson, membership and Tony Tello, secretary; and Mark Machbitz, treasurer.

The new at-large board members are Eileen Kessner, Elizabeth Stein, Gilda Daniel, Andy Shane and Scott Bennett. The entire board will be installed in a special ceremony during High Holiday services.

The synagogue also honored its outstanding volunteers of the past year: Gilda Daniel, Tony Tello, Arny Felner, Larry Guzick, Marilyn Guzick, Barbara Rosen, Rusty Dworkin, Michael Precker and
Marty Barenblat.

Anshai Torah’s 2008-2009 Executive Board

Congregation Anshai Torah has installed Debbie S. Katz as president for 2008-09. Also serving in the coming term are Neil D. Rubinstein, immediate past president; vice-presidents Stuart Rosenfield, executive and Kathryn S. Kaplan. Others are Nancy Rabhan, Michael Roy, treasurer; Harvey Wine, financial secretary; Suzy Harmon, recording secretary and Michelle Meiches, corresponding secretary.

Liener Temerlin denotes business history to SMU

Advertising legend and humanitarian Liener Temerlin, a member of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame, has donated to the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University his collection of business papers chronicling most of his 56 years in the communications business as well as his remarkable philanthropic history.

Temerlin’s donation joins other significant collections of business papers at DeGolyer from such notable sources as Stanley Marcus, JCPenney, Roger Horchow, Ebby Halliday, and Texas Instruments. The donation was presented at an evening reception on, May 14 in the DeGolyer Library attended by Dallas business and philanthropic leaders.

“We are simply delighted to add Mr. Temerlin’s collection to the growing business history archives at DeGolyer Library,” said Russell Martin, the director. “His collection is virtually a walk through the Fortune 500, from American Airlines to Zale Corporation, account by account. The Temerlin papers will be useful for both teaching and research, for students of advertising and for historians of American culture as well. In addition, the voluminous files of correspondence help to delineate the character of Mr. Temerlin. His gift for friendship and his creative genius emerge in the papers.”

“We are excited to receive this collection of business records,” said Dr. Patricia Alvey, Distinguished Chair and Director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. “Liener’s reputation in winning and keeping clients is remarkable. For our faculty and students to have access to a 50-year record of that success is remarkable. The original pitch wherein he won the American Airlines account is legendary. And the resulting 30-year history of building that business and many others will make great research fodder for both practitioners and scholars. According to the appraisers of business archives of this nature, ‘No others are of the completeness of the Temerlin Archives. Also, it will be no surprise to you none are so well organized.’ This collection came to SMU perfectly ready for immediate use.”

Temerlin began his career in advertising in 1953 as a copywriter for Glenn Advertising, a small agency in Dallas. For the next several decades, he guided the company as it grew and, with acquisitions and mergers, changed names many times, evolving from Glenn, Bozell & Jacobs to Temerlin McClain. He is widely credited with helping to bring, for the first time, major national and international advertising accounts to Texas and the Southwest, including American Airlines, Armour, Bank of America, Bell Helicopter Textron, Bennigan’s, Centex, Cessna, Chili’s, Continental Bus Lines, Dial Corporation, Entrust, ExxonMobil Corporation, Greyhound Corporation, GTE (Verizon), Halliburton, Hyatt Hotels, Long John Silver’s, Max Factor, Nationwide Insurance, Nortel Networks, Overhead Door Corporation, Pace Picante Sauce, JCPenney Corporation, Philippine Airlines, Pfizer, Quaker Oats, Sara Lee Apparel, 7-Eleven, Steak and Ale, Subaru of America, Terminex, Tone Soap, Texas Instruments, Trailways Bus Company, Warner Lambert and Zale Corporation.

Papers relating to many of these accounts are included in the archival gift. Researchers should be able to use parts of the collection by the fall semester of 2008.

The collection incorporates material from the 1953 through 2000, including Temerlin’s daily correspondence files over a period of two decades. Also included are numerous TV commercials, layouts for ads that were both accepted and rejected, and new business presentations, both the successful and the fruitless.

To meet the needs of expanding retail clients like Hyatt and Philippine Airlines, Temerlin opened offices around the world, in Europe, Asia and North and South America. This national attention began to help other agencies procure talent and corporate clients from outside Texas and the Southwest, which, in turn, helped Dallas become one of the premier agency centers in the country. Under Temerlin’s leadership the agency became not only the largest agency in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but in the Southwest.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Temerlin also has a long-standing reputation for his civic and community involvement. He has received numerous awards and special recognition for his contributions to advertising, the arts, and philanthropic programs, including the Linz Award and the Silver Cup Award. He served as president and chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association and chaired the opening fortnight of the new I.M. Pei-designed Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. He also serves as chairman, festival director and founder of the annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival.

Included in the collection are papers and marketing plans on a number of his pro bono activities, an example of which is the American Film Institute. The papers reflect not only his leadership role with AFI DALLAS during the past two years but also with the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1989-2002, the Executive Committee from 1989-99 and the Board of Directors from 1989-2000. In 1989 he developed the “100 Years, 100 Movies” concept of AFI celebrating the centennial of the motion picture. His idea and marketing plan set the stage for AFI’s enhanced national profile, and brought distinction and major financial gains to the organization, totaling more than $15 million to date. It was Temerlin who developed the “100 Best” concept celebrating the 100th anniversary of American film: The 100 Best Movies, The 100 Best Stars, The 100 Best Laughs, The 100 Best Thrills, etc. When he retired from the Board of Directors in November 2000, the AFI Board made him an Honorary Trustee of the American Film Institute, a first in the AFI Board’s history.

Liener Temerlin’s relationship with SMU dates back more than 20 years. He has served as a member of SMU’s Board of Trustees, the Committee on University Development, and the Executive Board of the Meadows School of the Arts. When Temerlin was on the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, he was instrumental in bringing the Judaica Collection to the Meadows Museum, which was the most successful exhibit at the museum up to that time. In 2001, his friends and associates joined with SMU to honor him by endowing SMU’s Advertising program, which was renamed the Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI). It has since become a nationally recognized program for advertising education.

Andy Cohen honored with Etz Chaim Award

On Wednesday, May 14, Ann and Nate Levine Academy honored past board president and alumni parent, Andy Cohen, with the Esmé and Errol Jacobson Etz Chaim Award. The award, instituted in 2005, was established to recognize Esmé and Errol Jacobson, who embody the highest degree of generosity, kindness, compassion and commitment to our community. All recipients of the award must possess those same qualities.

This year’s honoree, Andy Cohen, personifies the ultimate Etz Chaim Award recipient. As Rabbi Stefan Weinberg of Congregation Anshai Torah stated in his remarks that Wednesday night, “Andy … has taught us to live by [the] principle, you are what you do and not what you say. You earn your place in this world by the actions that characterize your daily activities. You demonstrate leadership by accepting challenges and acknowledging that every one of us is human and (we are) imperfect reflections of God.”

Andy’s commitment to action is evident in the numerous leadership positions he has taken locally and nationally. His involvement at Levine Academy includes serving as president of the school board and vice president of education, and serving as a member of the executive committee, board, liaison committee and fundraising committee. In addition, Andy served as a vice president and board member of Congregation Anshai Torah. He is currently serving his second and final term as president of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association.

While never seeking recognition for his work, Andy was honored and humbled by this award. “I remember when this award was created. The Jacobson family has been a part of our school since its very beginning,” Andy stated. “Errol and Esmé have distinguished themselves as true leaders and custodians of our school. As I have mentioned to some of our friends over the past few weeks, any time my name is used in the same sentence as (those of) Esmé and Errol, I am clearly better for it.”

According to Andy, when one accepts a leadership role, one must accept the significant responsibility that comes along with that role. Leaders serve as role models to our children and to our community. “Everyone who accepts a leadership position – whether it be as officer, board member or president – must work diligently for the success of the entire organization,” Cohen stated. “It is the example we set, it is the path we’ve chosen to walk in order to make this community a better place for ourselves, our families and our future generations.”

Andy and his wife Karen have three children – David, Emily, and Jessie – all graduates of Levine Academy.

Rabbi Schlesinger on science and religion

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, head of the Dallas Community Kollel, was the final speaker in a recent three-part series presented by Metroplex Breakfast Dialogues, of which the overall title was “Science and Religion: Enemies? Friends? Partners?” Rabbi Schlesinger concluded the series with “Evolution and Public Policy.” Earlier speakers were Dr. Arnold Paddock, science professor at Richland College, on “Perspectives for Relating Science and Religion,” and Dr. Dan Foster, internal medicine professor at UT-Southwestern Medical School, on “Issues in Medicine, Faith and Public Policy.”

Bernie Mayoff, who regularly attends the Dialogues programs, reported, “All three speakers essentially said that science deals with ‘how’ the world and people come to exist, while religion deals with the ‘why’; because of these different realms and different questions, there is no conflict.”

Mayoff continued, “It was particularly interesting to hear Rabbi Schlesinger the month after Dr. Foster, a Presbyterian and member of the National Academy of Sciences. They had not heard each other speak before, but they said almost the same thing, in almost the same words!”

The rosh kollel based his talk on a letter written in 1905 by Abraham Isaac Kook, who was the first Chief Rabbi of modern Israel – even before the state was officially declared. The letter was Rabbi Kook’s response to a correspondent who questioned whether Judaism accepted evolution or took a literal view of the stories in Genesis. After considering the question from several angles, the rabbi answered that Judaism accepts scientific findings while generally viewing the biblical tales as parables.

Metroplex Breakfast Dialogues began in 2002 as a place for addressing local and global issues, including peace and justice, in a congenial atmosphere. Open to all, the group meets monthly for a buffet breakfast, speaker presentation and discussion at Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson. For more information, e-mail metrodialogues@yahoo.com or call the group’s founder, Jerry Middents, at 214-369-1981.

Prof. Simon Sargon honored with teaching award

Folks everywhere remember Simon Sargon’s long successful association with Temple Emanu-El’s music department. Recently, Sargon, professor of music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, was named the 2008-09 Meadows Foundation Teaching Professor. The award is presented annually to a tenured Meadows faculty member for a “sustained commitment and dedication to teaching at the highest level,” and is one of the most important awards bestowed by the Meadows School. The award carries an honorarium of $5,000 for the faculty member and another $5,000 that may be used for professional needs, support for creative work, research or teaching.

Sargon, who has taught at SMU since 1983, is a highly acclaimed composer, conductor, coach, pianist, lecturer and devoted teacher. In presenting the award, Meadows Associate Dean Greg Warden said, “Semester after semester, students speak to his effectiveness as a teacher, his talent for mentoring and his impact on their career choices. Professor Sargon’s composition students describe him as an inspiring, scholarly and caring teacher, and he is also known for his teaching outside the classroom and for his impact on the greater community through such activities as his pre-concert lectures for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a decade of operalogues for the Dallas Opera, the Godbey Lecture Series and SMU’s informal course for adults. His high visibility in the community as an educator speaks to his commitment to teaching.”

Warden added, “Sargon’s faculty colleagues cite his knowledge of languages, poetry, music theory and music history, his organizational skills and his effectiveness as a caring and giving teacher.” Former students who have benefited from his extensive knowledge of opera and art song are working at or have performed at the Chicago Lyric Opera; the New York City Opera; the operas of Cleveland, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Houston, Paris and La Scala; the Metropolitan Opera; and even on Broadway.

“Sargon’s teaching is intimately connected to his excellence as an artist,” Warden said. “His work as a composer is respected by musicians, performers and academicians. His compositions for horn, flute, clarinet and his first symphony have been the subjects of four doctoral dissertations at different universities. In the summer of 2008, he will be honored with a concert of his works at the national convention of the American Conference of Cantors to be held in San Francisco.

“Simon Sargon is the model of the artist/teacher. The university and the Division of Music are fortunate to have him on our faculty.”

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Over 300 participate in 22nd annual Bagel Run

Over 300 participate in 22nd annual Bagel Run

Posted on 05 June 2008 by admin

By Jon Mize

Over 300 walkers and runners participated in the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center’s 22nd Annual Bagel Run, Sunday, May 18. Forty-plus children ran the Kid’s K, and over 300 adults participated in the 5K and 10K.

All of the kids who ran the Kid’s K received winged foot medals, and the top three finishers, male and female, in each age group of the 5K and 10K earned awards for their great efforts. Kiplimo Chemirmir was the overall winner of the 10K with a time of 33:59 while Jennifer Ozuna took home the top prize for the females in the 10K with a time of 50:49. In the 5K, Joseph McKenna took home top honors with a time of 17:10 and Cherilyn Hefter topped the female field with a time of 21:45. Unique to the race was the category of fastest rabbi, which went to Rabbi Joe Menashe, who completed the 10K in 53:08 — and he did it while pushing a stroller.

Bagel Man ordered up some beautiful weather, then made sure everyone got to enjoy plenty of great bagels from Tom Thumb. A special thank-you went out to Jeff Whitman and Key-Whitman Eye Center, who co-sponsored the race with the J this year.

Bagel Run Chair Mark Kreditor, the sponsors, the wonderful volunteers and the JCC staff all worked to make this year’s run the most successful Bagel Run ever!

Jon Mize is director of sports and fitness at the Aaron Family JCC.

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