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Emergency Volunteers Project trains Texas firefighters to deploy to Israel during wartime

Emergency Volunteers Project trains Texas firefighters to deploy to Israel during wartime

Posted on 16 December 2010 by admin

By Rachel Gross Weinstein

The job of a firefighter is much more than saving a burning building — it’s about saving lives. Sixty-five Texas firefighters were recently trained by their Israeli counterparts so they are prepared to deploy to Israel when disaster strikes. Little did they know may have been needed sooner than later.

(l-r) Duncanville firefighter Paul Travis and Dallas firefighter Miguel Garcia put out a simulated car fire as they train in Iseaeli firefighting techniques at the Garland Fire Training Facility. Photographed Friday November 19, 2010 ( Richard W. Rodriguez)

Fires broke out in Northern Israel’s Carmel Mountains two weeks ago. All 65 firefighters agreed to go and $50,000 was raised to send them, but they were not needed, as Israeli efforts to douse the fires were successful.

The weeklong training, hosted by the Emergency Volunteers Project (EVP), began Nov. 14 and took place at the Garland Fire Academy. EVP is an organization that recruits and trains groups of first responders who have volunteered to go to Israel in times of war.

Firefighters from fire departments across the Metroplex, including Dallas, Plano, Mesquite and Garland, attended the training. They learned how to extinguish car bombs, work together in small teams and get firsthand experience on the life of Israeli firefighters.

Christy Shannon, EVP Texas training coordinator, said the goal of the project is to enlist American firefighters that are willing to assist in Israel and show Israeli firefighters that they are not alone.

Captain Kyle Morris hugs Israeli firefighter Asaf Abras at a short graduation ceremony for firefighters that trained in Iseaeli firefighting techniques at the Garland Fire Training Facility. Photographed Friday November 19, 2010 ( Richard W. Rodriguez)

“We train them to work in wartime or crisis situations and teach them how to work with Israeli firefighter teams,” she said. “We want them to know that there are people here willing to help. There is not enough help for Israeli firefighters. Our motto is ‘Help is on the way now.’”

EVP was founded last year by Wade Decker, a Christian Zionist who is the EVP Texas chapter president, and Jewish Dallas businessman Bob Epstein. The original goal was to send 20 Texan Christian volunteers, but hundreds have signed up since its inception.

They recruit for every conceivable need, from firefighters, to paramedics and nurses, to plumbers, electricians and building inspectors. EVP is a nonprofit organization that is supported by the Israeli government, but is funded by Christian Zionist groups and individuals.

Epstein said he saw a need for this program after being on the front lines of the Lebanon war in 2006. EVP volunteers work with Israeli emergency teams in the field and he hopes more firefighters continue to be a part of it.

“I saw what the destruction was like when I was there and realized there was a need for this,” he said. “Our American firefighters are volunteering to go to Israel. They look to Israel as an ally of the United States. In order to help, we need 1,200 more volunteers so we can save 10,000 lives.”

Israeli firefighter Asaf Abras (left) and ALbert Monis (right) lift up Dallas firefighter Miguel Garcia as they joke around at a short graduation ceremony for firefighters that trained in Iseaeli firefighting techniques at the Garland Fire Training Facility. Photographed Friday November 19, 2010 ( Richard W. Rodriguez)

Epstein added that he hopes to recruit 1,000 more firefighters in the next nine months; another training is set for early 2011 in Garland. There are 1,200 firefighters in all of Israel and 1,800 in Dallas alone.
Israeli firefighter Chen Kleiman, one of the instructors during the training, said it is important to properly train American firefighters so they can be prepared for the next war.

In Israel, there are generally two to four firemen sent out for a fire, while in the United States, there are about 12 to 15. With the lack of help in Israel, he said, it’s wonderful for Americans to volunteer their time.

“We don’t have enough manpower for everything we need to do,” he said. “Firefighters all over the world are brothers and it’s great that Americans have accepted our wishes to ask for help. For them to say yes is wonderful.”

Albert Monis, a firefighter in Ramat Gan, just outside of Tel Aviv, said he learned about what it’s like to be a firefighter in the United States and bonded with all the other American firefighters.

Monis works in a city of 200,000 people, and his crew consists of seven people. He believes that having American firefighters in Israel will be incredibly valuable.

“I learned that we have some best friends in Texas who understand our situation and are willing to help,” he said. “It was a great experience for everyone. They are professional and we are happy that they have offered to help.”

Mesquite firefighter Isaac Daughtee hold up his new shirt that reads “Fire and Rescue.” Daughtee trained with Israeli firefighters at the Garland Fire Training Facility. Photographed Friday November 19, 2010 ( Richard W. Rodriguez)

Asah Abras is a firefighter in Jerusalem, the capital city of 800,000 people, and only 110 firefighters serve the region. He said it has been beneficial for the Americans to learn what it’s like to work with a small team during a disaster.
“We all learned so much,” he said. “We explained to them that sometimes, there is a car bomb and house fire at the same time, and they need to prioritize the calls. They learned about our system, which is about using 100 percent of our resources and thinking differently.”
Jeff Miller of the Mesquite Fire Department, said being at the training opened his eyes to what life is like for firefighters in Israel and he is ready to go when he is needed.

“They need help and we are brothers,” he said. “They need us. Here, we have car and house fires, but in Israel, there are rockets falling. I am glad to help any way possible.”

For more information and to donate funds, visit, or call Adi Zahavi at 781-467-8775.

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Local firefighter and observant Jew, David Waks, has a passion to help others and save lives

Local firefighter and observant Jew, David Waks, has a passion to help others and save lives

Posted on 16 December 2010 by admin

By Rachel Gross Weinstein

Dallas Firefighter David Waks at Station No.22 on Coit Road in North Dallas

David Waks has dreamt of being a firefighter since he was a child. Today, he has fulfilled that dream, and is now part of the Dallas Fire Department, working hard every day to help people and save lives.

Waks works at Station No. 22, located on Coit Road in North Dallas. Before his stint there, he worked at the chief’s office, at the fire academy and in the field. He also went to paramedic school and recently completed the EVP fire training program that took place in Garland last month.

A Dallas native, Waks attended the University of Maryland and moved to New York after graduating in 2006. It was then that he decided to apply to be a firefighter. He took all the tests and officially became a firefighter in 2007.

Waks said being a firefighter and Judaism go hand in hand, as the main focus of his job is to help others.

“I wanted to play an extensive role in the community and being a firefighter allows me to do that,” the 25-year-old said. “I also consider it a very Jewish job that involves everything from putting out fires, to helping people on the side of the road, or giving kids a tour of the firehouse. No matter what, I take my job seriously and it’s rewarding.”

Station 22 has the third busiest call volume in Dallas County. The current district surrounding Station 22 contains all types of occupancies, ranging from small frame houses to large residential, million-dollar properties. Also included are high-rise buildings, small businesses and one of the largest industrial complexes in the city, Texas Instruments. It is also in a densely populated Jewish area, located across the street from Akiba and Yavneh Academies.

Although the hours can be grueling, Waks said he enjoys the lifestyle that being a firefighter affords. He works a 24-hour shift beginning at 7 a.m. every three days, which is equivalent to about eight to 10 days a month. The rest of the time, he takes on other business ventures and travels.

A typical shift begins with Waks getting to the station at around 6 a.m. His duties include getting into uniform, checking out the equipment and making sure the fire truck and ambulance are properly stocked.

As an observant Jew, Waks finds a way to balance his job and his religion. Although he said that can sometimes be challenging, he makes it work.

“I limit what I do around the station when I’m there on Shabbat, and the other guys understand that and support me,” he said. “I don’t do as many chores, but will always go out on a call because that’s my first priority. I always arrange my days off around the Jewish holidays. I’ve never had an issue with it. I’ve realized that I cannot have every Shabbat off, but I can still have an observant lifestyle and be a firefighter.”

Waks added that keeping kosher at the station is easy too, as he generally brings meals with him, or his co-workers prepare food they know he can eat. As the only Jewish person at his station, he said having support from the other guys, who are constantly learning about Judaism, is wonderful.

So, what advice does Waks have for kids who dream of being a firefighter?

“It’s important to get a degree, stay out of trouble, stay in shape, get good grades,” he said. “I want to emphasize that being a firefighter is a good, flexible lifestyle. I really enjoy this job and take a lot of pride in what I do.”

Above all, Waks said what he loves most about his job is the bond he has formed with the other firefighters and the daily interactions he has with strangers he meets. He said at the end of the day, helping people makes everything worth it.

“I love the camaraderie among everyone at the house,” he said. “We are all brothers and they are my best friends. I see them for 24 hours, every third day. My intention is to keep doing this along with my outside ventures. Being a firefighter is a great career for me. It gives me a sense of purpose and makes me appreciate life.”

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Dallas Doings

Posted on 16 December 2010 by admin

JFGD holds centennial celebration Patrons Party

The legendary Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown Dallas was the setting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Nov. 17 Patrons Party, an exclusive event for the major corporate and family sponsors of the Federation’s upcoming centennial fundraising gala, “Imagine.” In addition to Neiman Marcus, other corporate sponsors at $15,000 to $100,000 levels included Commercial Metals Company, Alon USA, American Airlines, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, the Dallas Morning News, Glazer Family of Glazer Distributors, Crow Holdings, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas and Plano, the Texas Jewish Post, Waldman Bros., Kahn Mechanical, Prescott Pailet Benefits Charitable Fund, Park Place Dealerships and William Noble Rare Jewels. Family sponsors at $15,000 to $25,000 levels included Carol and Steve Aaron, Janet and Jeff Beck, Robert L. and Cynthia Feldman Philanthropic Fund, Elaine and Trevor Pearlman, Barbara and Stan Rabin, Karen and David Weinreb, Byrna and Joe Funk, Stacey and Don Kivowitz and Cathy and Craig Glick, and Amy and Harlan Korenvaes. Centennial sponsorship dollars, which have already exceeded the original goal of $1 million, are devoted to a yearlong series of programs and events beginning with the Imagine centennial celebration gala on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Carol Aaron, chair of the centennial celebration, highlighted the far-reaching contributions of one of Dallas’ first major Jewish philanthropists, the late Jacob Feldman, whose son was present. Feldman, for whom the Jewish Federation’s office building is named, was the co-founder of Commercial Metals Company, the centennial celebration’s title sponsor. The Patrons event also featured a private showing of Yvel Precious Jewels by Israeli jewelry designer Isaac Levy, and a gourmet preview of Kosher Catering at the Zodiac Restaurant, a new service Neiman Marcus will launch in early January.

Info on the JFS Gerald J. Klein Internship Program

The Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Summer Internship Program was initiated in 2009 by the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation as a lasting tribute to Rabbi Klein, whose commitment to issues of social justice reflected that of the Foundation. Rabbi Klein served at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas for more than 50 years before his death in 2007.

Each summer, the Klein Internship Program affords approximately a dozen Dallas high-school students the opportunity to intern at one of the area’s many nonprofit organizations. While some of the Klein internships are paid and others are not, all internships allow the students to participate in the nonprofit sector, making very real contributions to their respective organizations. For summer 2011, student interns will work at American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Bea’s Kids, CHAI Inc, CONTACT, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Equest, Family Gateway, Frisco Family Center, Legacy at Preston Hollow, Legacy at Willow Bend, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Museum of Nature and Science, and River Legacy Living Science Center.

Anyone interested in applying for an internship can come to an information session on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road (one block east of the Dallas North Tollway), for the opportunity to learn more about the program as well as meet several former interns.

The selection process: Interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and in-person interview. Students from all Metroplex high schools are invited to apply. Students are selected based on merit, without regard to religion, race or ethnicity.

General requirements: Only students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year at a local high school and who will be 16 years old by Sept. 1, 2011 may apply for the internship. Students must be available for an in-person interview to be held Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.; or Wednesday, Feb. 16, 5 to 8 p.m. Students will be notified of their interview time during the week of Jan. 25. Interns will be required to work at least six of the following seven weeks: June 13 through July 29, 2011. Students who cannot commit to those dates (for any reason other than illness) will not be granted an internship.

The application: The Klein Summer Internship application may be submitted in one of two ways: (1) Students may download the application ( as an MS Word document and return the application as an e-mail attachment to Janine Pulman, Jewish Family Service director of volunteers, at Hard copies of the application sent by “snail mail” will NOT be accepted. (2) Students may complete the application online. If you choose to do so, please note: Once you begin your application, you will NOT be able to save your work and come back to it later. If you leave the Web site before submitting your completed application, your work will be lost. Consequently, JFS encourages you to download the MS Word application and use it as a draft worksheet before submitting your final answers through the online process. All applications (whether submitted online or by e-mail) must be received at Jewish Family Service by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the Klein Summer Internship, please contact Janine Pulman, Jewish Family Service director of volunteers, at 972-437-9950 or

J Winter Break Camp is coming up!

When school’s out, winter camp is in at the J. Join the J’s Winter Break Camp Dec. 20–31. Don’t be bored at home when so much fun is planned. It’s going to be 10 jam-packed fun-filled days of sports, arts and crafts, cooking and swimming for kids, kindergarten through sixth grade. Each week exciting activities are planned including trips to Pump it Up, Main Event, The Dallas Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. The first week’s theme will be tikkun olam, repairing the world, and the second week the campers will “travel around the world.”

Don’t miss the fun! Register early as the program will fill quickly. Cost is $50 for J members and $65 for non-members. After Tuesday, Dec. 14, there will be an additional late fee of $10.For more information, contact Abbii Cook, the J’s youth director, at or 214-239-7189.

Nishmat Am to host casino night and toy drive

Congregation Nishmat Am will hold its fifth annual Casino Night and second annual Tracy’s Toys toy drive on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. It will be an exciting evening of kibitzing and gambling as well as helping those less fortunate provide toys for their children. The synagogue is located at 2113 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. For more information, please e-mail Brian Fisher at

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Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Bradley Laye joins JFGD

Bradley Laye, CFP has joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas as Chief Operations Officer and Planning & Allocations Director.

“We are excited to have someone as energetic and forward-thinking as Bradley Laye in this position,” remarked Gary Weinstein, Jewish Federation President and CEO. “He was recruited not only for his remarkable breadth of knowledge in the financial realm, but for a well demonstrated ability to engage supporters from every charitable giving level and every age group. He has both the creativity to develop young leadership in the Dallas Jewish community and the maturity to address the concerns of our more established philanthropists as new charitable giving methods evolve. That will be a most valuable asset to the Federation as we enter our next century.”

A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Laye also attended a post-graduate program at The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and earned his certification as a financial planner at Emory University. He comes to Dallas from Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, where he served as Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Brad Sham to lead auction at Legacy fundraiser

The Legacy Senior Communities’ first annual fundraising event “Victory Night at the Stadium” — set for Dec. 11 at Cowboys Stadium — is right around the corner! The much-anticipated event will include a DJ, cocktails, fun, food, tours and a live auction led by legendary American sportscaster, Brad Sham.

As a highlight of the auction, attendees will have a chance to win the Super Bowl XLV Hospitality Ticket Package. The package includes highly-coveted perks such as two corner seats in the 100 and 200 levels; in-stadium hospitality VIP access with a full premium menu and top-shelf open bar; NFL player appearances; $100 in-stadium Super Bowl XLV merchandise coupon; access to the NFL’s Pro Football Theme Park, express security entrances and preferred parking; and much more.

Ynette Hogue, event co-chair, said ticket sales have been strong. “We have the perfect venue for our first annual event,” Hogue said. “With the approach of Super Bowl XLV, everyone is interested in getting a private look at Cowboys Stadium. And we expect bidding on the Hospitality Ticket Package to be very lively!”

“‘Victory Night at the Stadium’ will benefit The Legacy at Preston Hollow–Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged,” said Susan Levy, event co-chair. “Proceeds will give The Legacy Senior Communities the ability to meet and improve the medical, spiritual, physical, cultural and educational needs of our residents at their Legacy at Preston Hollow community.”

Sponsorship levels range from the “Cheerleader” package at $1,000 to the “Hall of Fame” package at $25,000. All sponsorship levels include a pre-party cocktail reception, valet parking, VIP tour and various perks and privileges depending on the sponsorship level. Individual tickets to the event are $175 each and include a tour of the new stadium. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Andrea Statman at 972-468-6161.

Dr. Bobby Brown to celebrate with Temple Shalom Brotherhood

Temple Shalom Brotherhood Softball is having its 36th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Dec. 19, 8:45–11:15 a.m., in the temple’s social hall. By popular demand, the program will feature a return visit by Dr. Bobby Brown, former New York Yankees star third baseman who played on four Yankees World Championship teams by age 26, and later was president of the American League for 10 years. Softball Commissioner Paul Rakofsky will present the spring and fall seasons’ softball awards, including division winners, division MVPs, Rookies of the Year, Mr. Shalom Brotherhood, Fan of the Year, a possible Hall of Fame inductee and more. A delicious free breakfast will be provided for all attending, including women and children. Donations will be accepted and there will be several door prizes. A blood drive will also be held that morning.

For more information, call Bob Weinfeld at 972-814-6214 or 214-440-2542, or visit the softball Web site at Temple Shalom is located at 6930 Alpha Road in Dallas.

Herzl Hadassah: news and shoes

“How Bloomberg Gets the News” will be revealed by Hadassah Herzl’s speaker, Edward Dufner, at their next meeting on Monday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Senior Assembly Room of the Aaron Family JCC.

This year, Hadassah asks everyone to bring donations for shoes which will be purchased for the children at the Vogel Alcove. Also, please bring canned goods for the Jewish Family Service Food Bank.

Members and guests are all invited. Coffee and dessert will be served.

The J makes a miracle

Chanukah celebrates the miracle of a little oil lasting for eight days. At the J, the “Make a Miracle” gift project to go to the Vogel Alcove and Medical City Children’s Hospital grew from one little toy to many bags of toys and clothes. Preschoolers brought in gifts, senior adults brought in clothes, and people who came to work out filled box after box with toys galore. Each year is a reminder of the miracle and joy of giving to others. “We are thrilled with this year’s Collection Project!” exclaimed Laura Seymour, director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Aaron Family JCC. “We collected more gifts than ever before.” The J thanks its members for helping make a difference in the community.

The J Early Childhood Center: As soon as you visit, you just know

Find out why the J Early Childhood Center is the very best beginning for your toddler. Please join them for an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the J Early Childhood Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, or call for a personal tour. Meet and greet parents and teachers and take a tour of the J’s incredible early childhood program. Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 school year. For more information, call Tara Ohayon at 214-239-7157 or e-mail

Zumbathon to take place Dec. 19 at the Aaron Family JCC

Get a jump start on your 2011 fitness regimen. Join the J for its first annual Zumbathon, led by one of Miami’s primo instructors, Martin Del Villar.

Zumbathon is an exciting two hour event, which includes Zumba dancing and exercise. Zumba is a fitness program that fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves.

The class will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 19 in the Zale Auditorium of the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. The cost is $15 for J members, $25 for non-members. The professional group exercise rate is $20.

“This is going to be one amazing fitness workout,” said Terri Arends, the J group fitness director. “If you’ve never attended a Zumbathon before, now’s the time. It’s a great way to have a blast and burn calories. Let the fitness party begin.”

For more information and to sign up, contact Arends at 214-239-7137 or

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Around the Town

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Lots of Chanukah happenings in Tarrant County

Tarrant County celebrated the fourth night of Chanukah at Beth-El Congregation with a menorah lighting, latke dinner and concert featuring Rabbi Neal Katz. All four area congregations — Beth Israel in Colleyville, Beth Shalom in Arlington, and Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth — along with the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County supported the event, which started with lighting the outdoor at Ahavath Sholom. Dinner was prepared by Beth-El’s Men of Reform Judaism. Beth-El’s children’s choir SHIR Energy, under the direction of Monica Braverman and Angie Kitzman, joined Rabbi Katz on the pulpir. Katz is a renowned Jewish musician and songwriter, in addition to being Rabbi at Tyler’s Congregation Beth-El. The night finished with sufganyot.

Musical program for ‘Daytimers,’ Dec. 15

Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a musical film, “Dudu Fisher in Concert from Israel,” Wednesday, Dec. 15, at noon, at Beth-El Synagogue. This concert, live from Jerusalem, presents a full hour of 20 such favorites as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Jerusalem of Gold,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Halleluyah” and “Exodus.” In addition to Hebrew and English, Fisher does two songs in Ladino and in Yiddish, plus several from “Les Miz.” He played the role of Jean Valjean in Israel, in London and on Broadway.

Lunch is catered by Boopa’s Bagel Deli, and guests have a choice of turkey and hummus on a honey wheat bagel, tuna salad on a sesame bagel, or cream cheese and lox on a pumpernickel bagel. Cost is $9 per person, or guests may attend for the program only for $4 per person. In addition, in honor of Chanukah, donut bites will be served.

After three years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, Fisher studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and also privately with some of the great cantors of the previous generation. He was only 22 when he was invited to become the cantor of the Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv. Along with his synagogue duties, Fisher also traveled throughout the world, bringing traditional Chassidic, Yiddish and cantorial music to new audiences. During a trip to London in 1986, he happened to see a performance of the musical “Les Miserables.” It was an event that changed his life. When word was released of the show’s forthcoming production in Hebrew, Fisher knew that he had to audition for it. The fact that he had absolutely no experience working in the theater did not deter him for a moment. In true Broadway musical fashion, the British director of the Israeli version, Stephen Pimlot, chose the inexperienced Fisher for the lead role of Jean Valjean. The rest is history. “Les Miz” became the longest-running show in Israel, and Fisher became a superstar. His stardom is not limited to Israel. In 1988 he was invited to London to take part in a royal command performance hosted by the queen of England. The performance was a special version 0f “Les Miz,” featuring artists from the many “Les Miz” productions playing around the world. From there, the play’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, invited Fisher to play the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway and in London’s West End.

For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Irv Robinson, 817-731-7447, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

News and notes: In step with the Appels

It was a busy fall for Ellen and Bernie Appel. In October, they traveled for a two-week stay to China, where they cruised on the Yangtze River past the Three Gorges, then visited Xian to see the Terra Cottas, and Beijing to walk on the Great Wall. Then they went to New Rochelle along with Sheril and Jerry Appel and their children, Max and Sophie, for their grandson Joshua Max Kleinberg’s bar mitzvah. Joshua is the son of Arlene and Michael Kleinberg. His twin sister, Arielle Faye, celebrated her bat mitzvah a year ago. Both are students at Westchester Day School in New York and will be attending Hebrew High School next year. A highlight of Joshua’s bar mitzvah preparations was traveling to Israel with his dad to purchase his tallit and tefillin. Also celebrating was the Kleinbergs’ oldest daughter, Alyssa Hedy, who graduated from Ramaz High School in Manhattan and spent a year abroad in Israel. Alyssa is now in her second year at Boston University. The whole Kleinberg family are avid sports fans, rooting for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and the Dallas Cowboys.

New book from Dr. Julian Haber

Our good friend and Martin Hochster Post JWV Post Commander Dr. Julian Haber recently sent us a copy of his most recent book, “They were Soldiers in Peace and War, Volume II.” Haber interviewed North Texas veterans, both men and women, from World War II through Iraq. Among the 50-plus veterans interviewed for the book were Hal Radetsky, Monte Shaw, Leslie Kaitcer, David Eisenman, David Luskey, Stanley Kurtz, Earl Givant, Joseph Coggan, Rabbi Sidney Zimelman, Rabbi Murray Berger, Mary Soltz, Beverly Ross, Susan Margolis, Michael Ross, Scott Baum, Peter Levy and Jon Haber. Stay tuned for a full review of “They Were Soldiers” in a future issue of the TJP. The book is given free of charge to bar and bat mitzvah kids from several local congregations. It is partially funded from a grant provided by the Tarrant County Jewish Federation.

For further information, contact Julian Haber, commander, JWV 755,, 7001 Candlestick Court, Fort Worth, TX 76133, phone 817-346-1902.

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Ask the Rabbi

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

Dear Rabbi Fried,

I read with interest your recent “Ask the Rabbi” column [Nov. 25] responding to a questioner who referenced Rabbi Adam Raskin’s letter commenting on the subject of artificial insemination, which expressed a viewpoint different than that of yours. Dallas is fortunate to have many capable rabbis who can provide a variety of Jewish viewpoints on difficult issues with thoughtfulness, cogency and erudition.

I am writing to take issue with some language in your letter that I personally believe is loaded in a way designed to lend a degree of certitude to one viewpoint (in this case, the viewpoint described as Orthodox) that I don’t believe history or logic supports. At the end of his letter, you purport to convey the “timeless, unchanging and profound instructions” given by the Torah. Throughout my own personal journey to understand differing views within Judaism, I often heard the Orthodox viewpoint attempt to support its positions by invoking the notions of timelessness and constancy (“unchanging-ness”). Yet at the same time, I encountered many instances of just such changes within Orthodox thought, typically to accommodate exigencies of the times. Some of the more notable examples are the creation of the “hetter iska,” providing a work-around to the very clear prohibitions against lending money to fellow Jews while charging interest, and “hetter mechira,” the sale of Israeli farmland to a non-Jew in order to avoid the prohibition of working the land in Israel during the Shmittah year. In both cases, the practical problems facing Jews constrained to observe these prohibitions (against lending — and hence borrowing — with interest, or farming for an entire year) led to rabbinic loopholes to get around the problems. If these are not changes from prior law, and not only not timeless, but in fact brought about by the times themselves, I don’t know what is.

My issue is not with these particular laws and their revisions, but with the dubiousness of the claim by any stream of Judaism that their view is “timeless,” “unchanging,” “the same as it ever was” or any other such incantation that suggests that one viewpoint —Orthodoxy — is immune to the forces of change. In fact, I believe that change affects all religions, including Orthodox Judaism (I recently saw that the pope may be modifying the traditional Catholic view on condom use to avoid the spread of HIV, so it appears the phenomenon might be a universal one). My first-year contracts professor in law school referred to the Supreme Court’s invocation of stare decisis (the legal principle that later courts are beholden to prior decisions simply because they are indeed prior) as a form of mystification whereby courts could entrench society in the status quo by invoking the mantra that this is how it has always been done/decided. He pointed out how courts conveniently ignored stare decisis when they wanted the law to change, but invoked it when they did not.

There may be (and usually are) many reasons why invoking prior practice and decision is the proper, sensible and indeed the best resolution of even new, hard questions that arise. I am not advocating that change or turning traditional decisions upside-down is a good thing in all cases (or perhaps ever, though I doubt the latter). My issue is with the claim — which I simply believe cannot be substantiated, and frankly ought not to even be made in good faith by intellectually honest advocates — that a particular stream of Judaism’s laws and practices never changes, and that this resistance to change makes that viewpoint the “right” (or authentic) one.

I think it is essential that people who genuinely want to understand Jewish thought, law and history, examine critically any claim that one point of view is authoritative because it never changes and is the same today as it has been since Sinai. Once one gets past that (invalid) claim, I think the debate, whatever the subject, can then be examined on its merits. I also happen to believe that our religion will be stronger as a result, though I fully appreciate that many would argue exactly the contrary (i.e., once the religion admits change is possible, there may be no end to such change, with the religion becoming unrecognizable). The problem with the latter argument, however, it seems to me, is that the religion does change, and has changed. So, if the price of retaining tradition is to claim falsely that it is unchanging, I’d rather take my chances with a more forthright presentation of the process of halachah, tradition and change. I don’t believe that mystification, as my professor called it, is the right way to maintain those traditional practices.

Richard R.

Dear Richard,

Wow! That’s some question!

This is not, however, a new question, and has been raised by many for decades concerning myriad “changes” found in Jewish law which have been instituted in Talmudic times and after. You might rephrase the question this way: Maimonides, the classic Jewish scholar and philosopher, codified the 13 principles of core Jewish belief. One of those 13 is that the Torah is timeless and unchanging. Yet the same Maimonides, in his Code of Jewish Law (Sefer HaYad), codifies many of the type of “changes” you are referring to. Either he was not being intellectually honest, as you hint in your question, or we need to take a better look both at those changes and the meaning of Maimonides’ principle of a non-changing Torah.

Firstly, we need to distinguish between the actual concepts of the Torah (usually given in the form of a mitzvah), and the practical fulfillment of those concepts. Maimonides never claimed, and would never claim, that the practical fulfillment of the Torah is unchanging. Nothing would be further from the truth. The Talmud is filled with rabbinical enactments; some are stringencies and others are leniencies, in the way a particular mitzvah is observed. In that way the Torah is a living, breathing document.

What Maimonides’ precept means is that no mitzvah will ever change at its core. No situation or new moral standard will arise where we will say that the times dictate that, empirically, a mitzvah is no longer applicable. (This is unless, for technical reasons, it is impossible to fulfill a particular mitzvah: For example, the numerous laws of animal offerings cannot be fulfilled without the Temple in Jerusalem, which we simply don’t have. Laws that depend upon the land of Israel do not apply outside of Israel. For this reason, only 270 out of the 613 mitzvot actually apply to us in the Diaspora, lacking the technical ability to fulfill those other mitzvot. We await the time that we will, again, return to their fulfillment.)

As you pointed out, generational issues will engage the rabbis in the practical fulfillment of mitzvot. Take, for example, the famous ban of Rabbenu Gershom (10th century) forbidding men to marry more than one wife, despite the Torah’s allowance to marry many wives. Rabbenu Gershom never claimed to be “changing” the Torah’s allowance (in fact, he only issued his ban for 1,000 years; later authorities have upheld it). He, rather, established that the Jewish people are no longer on a level that marriage could succeed with multiple wives, and issued a rabbinic decree. The core concept has not changed and never will; the allowance will return if and when, such as in messianic times, they return to a higher level.

This applies to the hetter iska allowance of lending with usury by exercising an internal principle in the Torah where two investors can share in the profit of the investment. Again, the core prohibition of lending money with interest has not changed and is still fully on the books, unless this allowance is properly utilized. A dearth of sorely needed lending led the rabbis to rely upon this internal Torah concept of investment, affecting the application of the mitzvah, not its essence. The very sale itself shows a cognizance of the applicability of the mitzvah and its need to be reckoned with.

You will find this true with every example you may find in rabbinic literature. It applies to the sale of land in Israel as well, according to those authorities who accept that sale. They do not discount the Sabbatical year, only an application of it exercising an internal Torah principle that land owned by non-Jews is not affected by Shmittah.

This is in stark contrast to the application of the “change principle” used by Reform and, at times, Conservative Judaism. In those streams you will find a departure from what we have described. For example, the new norms of society could lead some strains to completely uproot or redefine a mitzvah to make it jive with those new morals. This is not a question of application, but of the core principle being compromised due to external principles.

Consequently, only in traditional or Orthodox Judaism can one discuss the “timeless nature of the Torah.” I see nothing “mystifying” about this: The very essence of Torah, which is, in a sense, “G-d’s Mind,” is as timeless as the G-d who revealed it. This is the meaning of Maimonides’ precept, in which he states clearly that this is an axiom of Judaism.

Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried, noted scholar and author of numerous works on Jewish law, philosophy and Talmud, is founder and dean of DATA, the Dallas Kollel. Questions can be sent to him at

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Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin

By Laura Seymour

Dear Families,

I’ll admit to not being much of a sports fan, although I do watch the Cowboys (after years of being in Dallas). I just couldn’t get into baseball until World Series fever hit Dallas. So, when the American Jewish Historical Society offered a great deck of collector cards, I couldn’t resist and it was a great Chanukah present. I now know who is Jewish in baseball today — not just Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg.

You can’t always tell who is Jewish by last names although it is a good starting point. Here are a few Jewish players with Jewish names to look for (some have gone up and down from the majors to minors as is not uncommon in baseball — look up their history): Adam Greenberg (Cubs); Jason Hirsh (Yankees); Brian Horwitz (Giants); Al Levine (Giants); Keith Glauber (Reds). There are more, of course, and here are a few interesting facts: At the beginning of the ninth inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 8, 2005, Gabe Kapler, Adam Stern and Kevin Youkilis celebrated the occasion of three Jews on the field at the same time. The record of four Jews on the field was set by the Giants on Sept. 21, 1941 (the day before Rosh Hashanah): Harry Feldman, Harry Danning, Sid Gordon and Morrie Arnovich. And, I must mention our two Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler and Scott Feldman.

All of this is interesting and fun — but what is our fascination with finding Jewish sports figures and Jewish celebrities and Jewish politicians? Does it allow us to dream that we can be anything? An important question for “famous” people, and for all of us, is really about how we live our lives in our jobs and how we live as Jews. Is it the same? Is being Jewish part of everything we do, or do we just take it out on Shabbat and holidays? What does that mean? We must answer these questions for ourselves. Parents, start the discussion now with your kids!

Laura Seymour is director of camping services and Jewish life and learning at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

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4th annual menorah lighting in the West Village

4th annual menorah lighting in the West Village

Posted on 08 December 2010 by admin

By Rachel Gross Weinstein

The flames from the menorah in the West Village illuminated Uptown on the second night of Chanukah last week. Hundreds of people, from children to senior citizens, ate latkes, sang songs and danced the night away.

Goga performs at the Uptown Menorah Lighting in the West Village in Dallas Thursday December 2, 2010. (Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)

The Intown Chabad hosted the menorah lighting last Thursday, Dec. 2. More than 350 people attended the gathering, which was sponsored by Action Metals, the West Village and Starbucks.

The celebration featured live music by Goga, free drinks from Starbucks and an after-party at the Chabad House. Rabbi Zvi Drizin spoke about the meaning of Chanukah and led everyone in the prayers, and event co-chair, Boris Grinstein, lit the menorah.

“I love the feeling of people of all levels of observance uniting to light the menorah in public,” Drizin said. “It’s powerful and shows that we are proud of who we are. This is a beautiful time of year and to have a big menorah in a public place is amazing.

Rabbi Zvi Drizin of the Intown Chabad speaks before the menorah is lit at the Uptown Menorah Lighting in the West Village in Dallas Thursday December 2, 2010. (Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)

During the holidays, we are generally surrounded by Christmas, so it’s nice to have this…. Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, represents for Jews a time of warmth, joy, strength and inspiration.”

This is the fourth year Chabad has hosted the menorah lighting in an effort to continue outreach in Uptown. Having the menorah placed in the West Village, a public area that attracts thousands of people, Drizin said, brings more awareness to Chanukah; it is located between Mi Cocina and the Magnolia Theater.

Rachel Edenson Pinn and her husband, Greg, have been co-chairing the event since its inception. She said it’s gratifying to know that more people continue to come each year and enjoy celebrating Chanukah.

Boris Grinstein lights the menorah at the Uptown Menorah Lighting in the West Village in Dallas Thursday December 2, 2010. (Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)

“This brings everyone together and lets people who are not Jewish know what Chanukah is,” she said. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. Each year, the event gets bigger and having it in a public place is great for that. It’s wonderful.”

Boris Grinstein has been involved with this event since the beginning as well, and his father Johnny’s company, Action Metals, is always a co-sponsor of it. Grinstein said the menorah lighting ceremony, and its presence in Uptown, makes an impact on the community.

“Other religions have public events like this and it’s important to have something like this for us once a year that unites people,” he said. “It is slowly becoming a tradition in Uptown and it’s awesome that we do this.”

Melodie Balarsky, who attends every year, added that Chanukah is a joyous holiday and being able to have a place to light the menorah, sing and dance is fantastic.

“It’s great to celebrate Chanukah as one big group,” she said. “People often associate Chanukah with being happy. It’s significant for people to celebrate their faith and experience all of the wonderful Jewish holidays.”

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Chabad lighting

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Dallas Doings

Posted on 02 December 2010 by admin

Brenda Brand to receive Shalom Award from Temple Shalom Brotherhood

On the sixth night of Chanukah, the lights will be bright as Temple Shalom’s Brotherhood will “Toast and Roast” its first female Shalom Award recipient, Brenda Brand, this Sunday at the Dallas Marriott Quorum, beginning at 6 p.m. Brand, who with her husband Stuart was a charter member of the congregation, has spent much of her life volunteering throughout Dallas’ general and Jewish communities.

“When I moved to Dallas I didn’t know many people and by becoming involved in Temple and the National Council of Jewish Women, through whom I’ve learned much, I found my new local family,” said Brand, a Houston native. “Through the years, we’ve grown up together.”

“As founding members of Temple Shalom, the commitment and dedication to Temple Shalom that Brenda and Stuart have shared has been incredible and inspiring,” said Temple Shalom’s Rabbi Andrew Paley. “Brenda’s efforts on our behalf have always been with a smile on her face, cheerful supportive words on her lips and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done. She is smart and insightful and somehow always able to bring out the best in everyone.

“Those of us, myself especially, who have had the blessing of coming within the embrace of her heart, are indeed fortunate and we at Temple Shalom could not be more grateful to her and her wonderful family,” Rabbi Paley said. “To honor her in this way is but a small token of our love and esteem.”

“Brenda has done so much for our congregation and for the philanthropic endeavors of our community-at-large,” said Mark Fishkind, co-chair of the event with Dennis Eichelbaum and Kenneth Glaser. “There aren’t enough ‘thank-yous’ to be said. She has passed on that devotion to her children and we will all long benefit from all of their efforts.”

Brand is the mother of Jeff and Sheila Brand, Kevin and Tracy Brand, and Beth and Mark Stromberg, and the grandmother of Kirby, Ariella, Shelby, Benjamin, Bailey, Abby and Tate. The example she has set for her family in her seamless resume of caring includes her efforts serving on the search committees for Rabbi Ken Roseman and Cantor Don A. Croll and on the temple’s board of directors and Executive Committee, as well as her commitment to the congregation’s Project Atideinu to support the expansion and endowment of Temple Shalom.

Brand has been president of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, National Council of Jewish Women and The Senior Source-Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas. She has served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association CASA, Chai (Community Home for Adults, Inc.), Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, Dallas Summit, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the National Board of NCJW, North Texas Public Broadcasting/KERA, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, SMU Campus Jewish Network, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Women’s Council of Dallas County. She has also been a member of the Dallas County HIV/AIDS Planning Commission and the City of Dallas Commission on the Homeless.

“Women, children and families are my passion and only now are women realizing they too can be philanthropists,” Brand said. “As women earn and inherit their own wealth, we are seeing more dollars donated to these causes but they have always been where my heart, and my time, is. My role as a professional volunteer and fundraising consultant has led to some incredible people and experiences, and I love all that I do.”

For information on the Toast and Roast event, contact Mike Fishkind at 949-678-5329 or Kenneth Glaser at 214-999-4352.

Texas Friends of RMC to honor David Wiessman, founder of Alon USA

The Texas Friends of Rabin Medical Center (RMC) will host a tribute event honoring David Wiessman on Dec. 15 at the Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Mr. Wiessman is founder and executive chairman of Dallas-based Alon USA, and president and CEO of Alon Israel, the largest trade and services company in Israel, comprising a nationwide network of gasoline service stations combined with commercial centers. Also, the company has a majority ownership in Blue Square, a leading Israeli supermarket chain, in addition to ownership in Israel’s first toll road operation; has holdings of rights in natural gas off the coast; and is a leading franchisee in Israel of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut. Alon USA Energy, Inc., was formed in 2000 and has acquired several refineries. It is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States.

The honor for Wiessman, RMC’s Israeli ambassador to Dallas, will highlight an evening commemorating a partnership between RMC and several of Texas’ leading cardiac specialists. The theme of the celebration is “Hand in Hand and Heart to Heart.”

Following a 6:30 p.m. reception, guests will be treated at 7:30 to a two-act play titled “Hard Love,” which examines the religious-secular divide in Israel society and the compromises experienced in marriage.

Proceeds will be used to acquire a much-needed echo cardio machine for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit at RMC and for research and further collaboration among Texas and Israeli medical specialists. There will be no further fundraising at the event.

Wiessman helped establish the Texas Friends of Rabin Medical Center in the belief that North Texas and RMC could benefit from sharing resources and advancements that lead to an innovative health care collaboration. Together, the Texas and Israeli medical communities intend to advance medical practices through conferences, exchanges and programs with area medical institutions and leading cardiologists.

Honorary chairs for the tribute event are Jackie and Steve Waldman, CPCU. Steve is partner, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Waldman Bros. insurance and financial services, past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and chairman of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Professionally, Mr. Waldman served on the board at Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, plus numerous regional and national insurance carrier/agency executive councils.

Jackie Waldman, co-founder of Dallas’ Random Acts of Kindness™ Week, is the celebrated author of five books, the mother of three healthy children and a grandmother. She inspires others to give through volunteering. In 1991, Mrs. Waldman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and since that time has been devoted to sharing her message about the power of giving. “True survival,” she emphasizes, “is how we treat each other.”

Rabin Medical Center, founded in 1996 in memory of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was formed by merging two existing hospitals: Beilinson (1936) and HaSharon (1942). RMC is at the forefront of Israel’s health care system, and is a major tertiary referral center for patients from all over Israel and beyond. Affiliated with the Tel Aviv University–Sackler Faculty of Medicine, RMC is a prestigious teaching hospital ranking among the top choices of Israeli medical school graduates for internship, residency and fellowship placements. A center of excellence in medical sub-specialties, RMC has Israel’s only dedicated transplant facilities capable of performing kidney, lung, heart and liver transplantations, and boasts an active multiple organ and living-related donor program. Its Cardiothoracic Surgery Department and its Oncology Institute are the largest in the country, and its heliport and Emergency Level 1 Trauma Center stand ready to assist with critical services in times of war and peace.

With over 1 million patient visits, 35,000 surgical procedures and 8,500 births every year, RMC’s outstanding staff, numbering 4,500, strives to offer state-of-the-art medicine, combining the use of advanced equipment and technologies with humane and compassionate care.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please call Ayala Oster, 469-951-9532, or e-mail

Emanu-El Couples Club party Dec. 12

Temple Emanu-El Couples Club will have its annual holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 12. Wine social will be at 6 p.m., followed by Italian dinner at 6:45 and showtime at 8. Entertainment will be an outstanding variety show performed by “Jorge and Jewel,” a talented husband-and-wife team who have performed all over the country. Jorge is an operatic tenor singer, and Jewel, an accomplished piano accompanist. Music will be opera, Broadway, old standards and international favorites.

Theme of the party is “Giving,” and a portion of the admission will be donated to needy families selected by the temple.

Cost is $15 per person for members. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sandra or Dan Gorman, 972-549-2500, or Club Presidents Joan and Malcolm Shwarts, 972-239-6677. The Club is open to couples age 55+.

Storyteller Eric Kimmel coming to Dallas

Eric Kimmel is coming to the Story Book House on Dec. 4 as part of the Arlington Speaker Series. Kimmel, born in 1946, is an American Jewish author of more than 50 children’s books. His works include Caldecott Honor Book and Newbury Honor Book, “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman), and Sydney Taylor Book Award winners “The Chanukah Guest” and “Gershon’s Monster.”

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Arlington Public Library. The Story Book House is located at 2925 Fairmount St. in Dallas. For more information, please call Matthew Abramowitz, owner of the Story Book House at 214-740-9400 or e-mail

J Youtheatre to present Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’

The J Youtheatre is delighted to present Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, at 7:30 and again on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5, at 2. Both performances will take place in the Zale Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas.

Disney’s resourceful young hero and wise-cracking genie come to life in this special Broadway Junior adaptation of one of the most popular animated movies of all time. With songs such as “A Whole New World,” “One Jump Ahead” and “Friend Like Me” it’s great entertainment for the whole family.

Included in the cast are Erin Beuerlein, Shayna Daniel, Hannah Fritts, Megan Genecov, Samantha Harberg, Sam Horowitz, Sydney Horowitz, Claudia Hurst, Will Naxon, Kyle Prengler, Nessa Raskin, Diane Scheinberg, Lily Shane, Lauren Sinz, Jared Steinhart, Jetlyn Toledo, Normandy Toledo, Raleigh Toledo, Samantha Ungerman and Avery Yoss.

The production is directed by Linda Leonard with music direction by Larry Miller.

Tickets are $10 in advance / $14 at the door for students; $12 in advance / $16 at the door for adults. Purchase them online at or by calling 214-739-2737.

For additional information, contact Judy Cohn at 214-239-7115.

Bringing Baby Home™ workshop offered at the J

Parenting, although hugely rewarding, can often be a source of stress on a relationship. Couples generally receive little preparation for the challenges of maintaining a healthy marriage and find themselves struggling to preserve intimacy as they transition from a couple to a family. The Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is the program that prepares couples for this transition and provides them with the tools to help strengthen their marriage, create a loving co-parenting relationship and provide an atmosphere that nurtures healthy infant and child development.

The Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is being led by Certified Educator and Relationship and Parenting Coach Elizabeth Aloni of EJoy Coaching. Elizabeth has been coaching individuals and couples for over 10 years on how to create and maintain loving and fulfilling relationships. Elizabeth has authored “The Mating Manual” and has been seen on NBC’s “Average Joe” as the relationship coach.

he Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is now being offered locally at the Aaron Family JCC. “We are thrilled to offer this program with Elizabeth. Offering the tools to new and expectant parents to foster loving families is so important and a critical part of fostering healthy child development,” says Tara Sutker Ohayon, director of the J Early Childhood Center.

The Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is offered as a five-week series where couples participate with one another in exercises, hear valuable information, receive tools to take home and watch videos that demonstrate the power of these skills on their infant. Registration is now being accepted at for winter and spring sessions. “The greatest gift a couple can give their baby is a loving relationship,” Dr. John Gottman said.

“Expectant and new parents find a wealth of information on birthing baby, feeding baby, clothing baby and on all the baby accessories but now there is the information that will ensure that this powerful transition to parenthood happens with love, understanding and communication which will serve the family deeply for years to come,” Aloni said. For more information, please reach out to Elizabeth at or at

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