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Around the Town

Around the Town

Posted on 24 July 2014 by admin

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Larry Steckler tells me that the Daytimers visit to BRIT in August has been canceled due to concerns about the heat. Instead Jane Pawgan will present “The Life and Loves of Elizabeth Taylor,” at the Daytimers monthly program, noon, Wednesday Aug. 13 at Beth-El Congregation.

Pawgan’s inside look at this famous, exciting, notorious woman who starred in numerous motion pictures and in the lives of her eight husbands is sure to add some heat to what already is likely to be a scorching day. Can you name Liz’s husbands?

The program will start with lunch at noon. Sprouts will be supplying the sandwiches. And of course, there will be chips, cookies, hot coffee and iced tea.

You will want to be there to hear and see the dramatic story of Liz Taylor’s life. Discover the films she starred in, the men she married, and whatever secrets Jan Pawgan has to share.

Do not wait until the last minute. Make your reservations today. Bring a friend or a table full of friends. You’ll be glad you did, and they will thank you for asking them. The program with lunch is $9 and $5 for the program only. Make your reservations by contacting Hugh Lamensdorf, 817-738-1428.

Application process open for Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith Lodge # 269 annual scholarship awards

The Isadore Garsek B’nai B’rith lodge is now accepting applications for its two annual scholarships of $1,000 each.

Here are the details: Applicants must be high school seniors. Parents or guardians must be members of the Isadore Garsek Lodge and/or of an established Jewish congregation in Tarrant County. The parent or guardian must be a member in good standing for a period 12 months prior to submission of the application. Children of deceased parents are also eligible if the parent died while a member for at least 12 consecutive months.

The Academic Scholarship is competitive and will be awarded based on academic achievement. However, accomplishments, demonstrated interests and participation in both school-oriented and outside activities are also important considerations.

The BBYO Participation Scholarship is based on a comprehensive point system that rewards participation in BBYO. The applicant with the most points ultimately wins the scholarship.

All application requests must be made by Aug. 11, 2014 and completed applications postmarked by Aug. 31, 2014. Winners will be announced at the annual Jewish Person of the Year banquet Sept. 14 at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S.Hulen St.

For more information, contact Dr. Barry Schneider at dr_ barrys@ yahoo.com, your youth advisor, education director or rabbi.

The Texas Gypsies will perform at the B’nai B’rith Person of the Year dinner Sept. 14 at Ahavath Sholom. | Photo: Jason Williams - John Heiman - David Goodwin

The Texas Gypsies will perform at the B’nai B’rith Person of the Year dinner Sept. 14 at Ahavath Sholom. | Photo: Jason Williams – John Heiman – David Goodwin

Speaking of the Jewish Person of the Year dinner …

The scholarship announcements are just one portion of the Jewish Person of the Year evening, and as I’m sure you know, not the heavily guarded secret.

Last year’s recipient Dr. Carol Rogers will bestow the recognition on this year’s person of the year? Who will it be? To find out, you’ll have to attend the Sunday, Sept. 14 event.

This year’s dinner will be held at and catered by the shul. Music will be provided by the Texas Gypsies. Cost is $25 per person. Beer and wine will be available through additional ticket purchases.

For tickets or more information, contact Harry Kahn, 817-926-6566 or hskkdsk@charter.net; Alex Nason, alexnason@charter.net; or Marvin Beleck, marvinbeleck@aol.com. Submit nominations for “Person of the Year” to Isadore Garsek Lodge, 4420 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Texas Jewish Arts Showcase

There is still time to check out the work of local Jewish artists at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. The Texas Jewish Arts Association Member Showcase is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Satruday and runs through July 30.

The Texas Jewish Arts Association is a community of Jewish artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts.

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Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings

Posted on 24 July 2014 by admin

By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

In last week’s column, I wrote about the book review “Defending Jacob,” which was penned by author William Landay. As previously mentioned in the column, and a review of the book was held at the Legacy Willow Bend July 21.

I made several attempts to reach the reviewer, Leon Levin, who did a superb job, with the synopsis that appeared in my column. It is my understanding (throughout the many calls that I made) that Leon and his wife, Marilyn, are longtime Dallasites. Leon is a former President of the Temple Shalom Brotherhood and served in World War II.

For those of you who have not yet read the book, I can highly recommend it. Once you begin reading, it is difficult to put the novel down — and it definitely provides depth, well-defined characters, a great plot and will stay with you for “the long haul.”

From left, former Scoutmaster Ted Blum, Chartered Organization Representative of BSA Troop 729 Buddy Gilbert, Jewish Committee on Scouting member Charles Marcus, Jewish Committee on Scouting member David Abrams and Israel Scout Eldad Giladi. | Photo: Courtesy of Buddy Gilbert

From left, former Scoutmaster Ted Blum, Chartered Organization Representative of BSA Troop 729 Buddy Gilbert, Jewish Committee on Scouting member Charles Marcus, Jewish Committee on Scouting member David Abrams and Israel Scout Eldad Giladi. | Photo: Courtesy of Buddy Gilbert

Israeli Tzofim Friendship Caravan herald first performance in ‘Big D’

The Israeli Scouts presented this year’s first program July 13 at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, in addition to numerous other programs that were seen in the Dallas area.

This caravan, one of four that intersect North America, is comprised of five males and five female Israel Scouts. The talented 17-year-olds serve as emissaries, sharing their lives in Israel through song, dance and story. They are true representatives of Israeli culture and spirit.

Huge numbers of Jewish youth apply to this particular program, but only a small group is chosen to represent Israel on this good will mission. Many have not been to our country before.

A staff member of The Legacy Willow Bend mentioned that this was the first time she had heard the caravan, and that the performance was enjoyed by Legacy residents.

The Ike and Fanny Soblosky Foundation and the Dallas Jewish Committee on Scouting sponsored their trip here. Multiple businesses, organizations, and synagogues supported the caravan. Dallas Jewish residents provided home hospitality for the group of teens.

The kosher food department at Tom Thumb Preston/Forest has been remodeled and expanded. | Photo: Dallas Kosher

The kosher food department at Tom Thumb Preston/Forest has been remodeled and expanded. | Photo: Dallas Kosher

Food for thought — grand reopening of Tom Thumb Preston Forest

Many people are thinking more closely about what they eat. For tens of thousands of Dallas area residents, food choices come with a set of guidelines thousands of years old.

Jews who observe kosher food laws have a set of very specific rules to follow, both about what to eat and what can and cannot be eaten together. Other consumers feel that kosher certified food is another seal of approval.

Many food producers have caught on to this market and have made sure to have their products certified kosher. In North Dallas, specifically, the kosher consumer has a strong partner in Tom Thumb Preston/Forest and its Manager Greg Becker.

Greg has observed the growing kosher community during his time at the Preston/Forest store and has partnered with Dallas Kosher, the nonprofit organization that advocates for kosher consumers and certifies kosher food production.

Sunday, July 13 marked the grand reopening of the Preston/Forest Tom Thumb store, revealing a remodel, including the expansion of the kosher food section. The store added nearly 100 items to its already impressive kosher food offerings.

Tom Thumb stores usually have their grand opening sales Saturday, but Greg knew his clientele would not be able to participate Saturday because of Shabbat. He convinced corporate management to move the grand reopening to Sunday.

In recognition of his partnership with the Jewish community, The Dallas Kosher board of directors recently awarded Greg Becker with its Community Service Award. Dallas Kosher states that it is proud to have a dedicated partner in promoting and serving the kosher public.

Maura Schreier-Fleming to write sales blog for Allbusiness.com

Maura Schreier-Fleming, founder of BestatSelling.com and a local sales consultant, was recently selected as a sales expert to write a blog on sales for Allbusiness.com. Her work was recently featured on Fox Business.

AllBusiness.com is one of the world’s largest online resources for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow and manage a business. AllBusiness.com brings real-world expertise and practical advice from some of the best minds in small business. AllBusiness.com’s business value has received recognition in coverage by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, and many other publications.

Her blog focuses on selling skills and strategies to increase sales and profits.

Temple Emanu-El Couples Club to present ‘Spotlight On Broadway’

The Temple Emanu-El Couples Club will feature Jaquelyn Lengfelder presenting a special musical program “Spotlight On Broadway,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 at Blue Mesa Grill in Addison.

Lengfelder, who possesses a “soaring soprano voice” and “delivers the vocal goods,” has appeared in companies including The Fort Worth Opera, The Living Opera, Casa Mañana, Lyric Stage, Stage West and Garland Summer Musicals. Her leading operetta roles with the Ohio Light Opera can be heard on CDs produced by Albany Records.

In addition, she sings in the Temple Emanu-El Choir.

Jacquelyn’s accompanist, David Haskins, is not only a pianist and accompanist, but also a singer and teacher of voice. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music from UNT, and studied with Virginia Botkin who formerly sang at Temple Emanuel. After completing his studies at UNT, David studied accompanying for two years at the University of Illinois with the great John Wustman.

Since the early 1980s, David has maintained a private voice studio in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At present, two of his students are performing leading roles on Broadway.

Additionally, David is an entertainment pianist, and considers himself very fortunate to have both known and entertained in Van Cliburn’s home, as well as those of many other wonderful residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Haskins states that he considers himself very fortunate to have the great and talented Jackie Lengfelder as a friend and colleague.

The event is open to the community; however, seating is limited. For additional information or questions about the evening, please contact either Annette Morganstern at 214-457-4444 or Sarah Yarrin at 214-924-1487.

This event is expected to sell-out. Please send your checks made out to TECC to Sandy Gorman, 1393 Sagebrook Drive, Fairview, TX 75069, as soon as possible. Cost for the event is $20 per person, which includes a grand buffet dinner.

Lunch and Learn at The Legacy Willow Bend

Perhaps many readers have wondered what life is like at The Legacy Willow Bend? A special opportunity presents itself at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 29. Residents will share their experiences and elaborate on why The Legacy, as well as Life Care, was their choice.

Demand for the event is high and reservations are required. Please call 972-468-6208 to RSVP.

The Legacy Willow Bend is a Life Care community which offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing. It is located at 6101 Ohio Drive, Bldg. A, in Plano. The website is www.thelegacywb.org.

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Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings

Posted on 17 July 2014 by admin

By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

Beth Torah’s Men’s Club awarded Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs’ national Quality Chapter designation

Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club has been awarded the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs’ national Quality Chapter Award for the sixth year. This honor cites the group’s excellence in programming, membership and contributions to synagogue life.

Beth Torah is one of about 60 Conservative synagogues throughout the country to receive the honor for the 2013-2014 year and notably the only one in Texas and the Federation’s four-state Southwest Region.

“We’re thrilled to get this honor, but it’s not what we’re about,” said David Mandell, who was recently re-elected to his second one-year term as president. “Helping each other and doing good works for the synagogue and the community are what really matter.”

The CBT Men’s Club’s busy calendar includes monthly lox-and-bagel breakfasts, High Holiday ushering and building the synagogue sukkah, cultural and sports programs, the annual “Remember the Names Holocaust Commemoration,” community service projects at Thanksgiving and Christmas, an annual Scotch-and-cigars night and periodic “Guys Nights Out” for pizza and beer.

“We’ve found that our club is a great way to build bonds among our members and help people feel welcome in the synagogue,” Mandell said. “That’s more important than a plaque on the wall.”

However, he added, “We fully intend to keep winning the award.”

BlueWave Express Car Wash partners with Vogel Alcove for week of giving

It’s time to treat your car to a good car wash and do a mitzvah at the same time. Most of us know of the good works that the Vogel Alcove provides.

BlueWave Express Car Wash is partnering with Vogel Alcove for a weeklong fundraising opportunity. Ten percent of all sales from each of the four Metroplex locations (Allen, Addison, Irving and Roanoke) will be donated directly back to Vogel Alcove’s Childcare Center.

Patrons of BlueWave Express will have the opportunity to give back to Vogel Alcove by simply purchasing a car wash during the weeklong promotion, no coupons needed. Visit http://www.vogelalcove.org/carwash to learn more.

The initiative will culminate with Vogel Alcove staff, volunteers, interns and Flight (Young Professionals Group) on-site at the Addison and Allen locations from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 19. Patrons will have the opportunity to win free car washes and a chance at a six months pass while on location. The organization’s Facebook page will also run a contest giving free car washes to people who answer trivia questions posted on the page.

This event is one of several new initiatives by the organization to increase revenue needed to fund the new childcare center. Recently entering into a partnership with Dallas ISD, Vogel Alcove remodeled former City Park Elementary, a vacated 55,000 square feet school and moved its childcare center and administration offices under one roof. This move allows for increased enrollment and specialized programs throughout the year. With the addition of more space and staff, the need for more funding will allow the organization to increase enrollment and services to more than the current amount of 115 homeless children each day.

Temple Shalom welcomes Melissa Beldon as new youth advisor

Good wishes to Melissa Beldon, who is the new Temple Shalom youth advisor.

Melissa grew up in Tampa, Fla., and moved to Fort Worth the summer before she became a high school junior.

Active in her National Federation of Temple Youth Texas Oklahoma Region (NFTY-TOR)  Fort Worth chapter (FWFTY), Melissa served as its social action vice president.

Melissa graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor focus in family and child development and was an active member of Hillel.

She grew up as a dancer, and her current hobbies include arts and crafts and baking, both of which she will put to good use as Temple Shalom’s youth advisor.

Laurel Ornish performs with Dallas’ Orchestra of New Spain

Laurel Ornish is an aficionada of Spanish music, dance and culture.

Laurel Ornish recently performed with Dallas’ Orchestra of New Spain. | Photo: Courtesy of Laurel Ornish

Laurel Ornish recently performed with Dallas’ Orchestra of New Spain. | Photo: Courtesy of Laurel Ornish

Not only is she a flamenco dancer, she also plays castañuelas (castanets), the Spanish percussion instruments, professionally.

Laurel recently performed as a musician with Dallas’ Orchestra of New Spain, led by Grover Wilkins, III, which plays music of the Spanish Baroque era.

In conjunction with SMU’s Meadows Museum’s current exhibition, “The Spanish Gesture: Drawings from Murillo to Goya,” which runs through Aug. 31, the orchestra recently held a concert in the main gallery of the museum, among the Spanish art masterpieces, and attracted a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200.

Laurel participated in the orchestra’s performance of three tonadillas, operetta-like pieces sung by two sopranos and a tenor.

“For me,” she says, “making music is a way to connect to Hashem. To be playing beautiful Spanish music with an orchestra among the Spanish art in that museum was an incredible high.”

Legacy Book Club to present review of ‘Defending Jacob’ at 3:30 p.m., Monday, July 21

When I received the item below, I was particularly enthused as I’ve just completed reading “Defending Jacob.” The book, which is now out in paperback and available on e-readers and audiobook, is a definite must-read for those who enjoy a complex, meaty novel with multiple twists and turns. It has been ranked on The New York Times best-seller list for more than two years.

The novel was highly recommended to me by my daughter-in-law, Suzy Davidsohn and a close friend, Dr. Rochelle Middleman, more than two years ago. I decided to save the book for a special occasion — and what better occasion than mono? I enjoyed the book so much that I bought it for my best friend.

Here is a summary: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts County for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom and happy at home with his wife, Laurie and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis — a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father.

But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

This is as much a nuanced family drama, love story, and social inquisition as it is a murder/courtroom/legal thriller. If you can engage with the narrator, whose reliability or unreliability is a puzzle to piece together, you will be satisfied with this warm yet dark story of a community and family unhinged by a violent crime.

The author is a former DA who is skilled at informing the reader about the law and procedure without telegraphing it. The narrative is even, polished, and intelligently observant of a community in shock, a family shattered

Jacob is accused of murdering his classmate, Ben Rifkin. In Massachusetts, 14-year-olds charged with first-degree murder are tried as adults.

Barber narrates the story with depth and dread, exposing some family secrets along the way, which could impact the case, and creates increasing internal trauma for his wife, Laurie. Their marriage has always been an ongoing love story; they met as freshmen in college and have loved each other unfailingly through the years. This event mires them in vulnerability and heavy exposure to the media placing them under a public microscope.

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Hilary Koprowski: polio’s forgotten doctor

Hilary Koprowski: polio’s forgotten doctor

Posted on 17 July 2014 by admin

By Harriet P. Gross

grossforwebIn the American mid-century, the summertime was the dreaded season of polio. We Jews are rightfully proud that two doctors of our own, Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, made that crippling disease virtually obsolete. No more iron lungs, leg braces, swimming pool closures, parents frantic with worry even when they kept their children at home, away from anyone and everyone else. Safety was nowhere.

But there was another doctor, also Jewish, whose work preceded those famous others. Hilary Koprowski was the man who first proved that an oral vaccine was possible.

Dr. Koprowski, born in 1906, fled Poland when the Nazis came and wound up in Philadelphia. A man of many talents, he had earned two prestigious college degrees, simultaneously, graduating from both Warsaw University as a doctor and from Warsaw Conservatory as a concert pianist. His biographer, Roger Vaughan noted that he was also fluent in seven languages.

But Dr. Koprowski’s most remarkable achievement came in 1948, when he took live polio virus, spun it with rat brain in an ordinary blender — and drank this “cocktail” himself!

In his book “Polio: An American Story,” David Oshinsky writes that “Koprowski’s was the first serious scientific attempt at a live-virus polio vaccine. Jonas Salk is a god in America. Albert Sabin’s got a ton of publicity. And Hilary Koprowski, who really should be part of that trinity, is the forgotten man.”

The Salk vaccine, given by injection, was made from killed polio virus. The Sabin vaccine, the more effective oral one given today, is made from live virus, which Koprowski was the first to prove a possibility. His vaccine succeded overseas but was never approved for United States use, which is why his name has remained virtually unknown here, according to Margalit Fox of The New York Times, who wrote Dr. Koprowski’s obituary. Of the three polio “greats,” the man with the least fame lived the longest: Sabin passed away in 1993 and Salk in 1995, but the true inventor of the vaccine that has prevented so much suffering and saved so many lives was with us until last year. Koprowski was 96 when he died April 11, 2013.

When I was a youngster, the boy next door had polio. He was one of the “lucky” ones who recovered with virtually no residual signs of the illness. Not then, at least. Always remembering our neighbor, my father, who was a physician, took the first Salk vaccine he was able to get and set up a little stand on the sidewalk outside his office, buttonholing parents passing by with their children and persuading them to let him give those kids the brand-new polio shots at no charge.

Someone my age, someone who lived through those polio seasons himself, has written an incredible novel based on ordinary, middle-class Jews in Newark, New Jersey, during the disastrous summer of 1944. You may not like his “Portnoy’s Complaint,” but Philip Roth’s “Nemesis” should be required reading for everyone interested in this history. It was a time of war, a time without air conditioning, a time of fear and of sorrow, and Roth captures it all. His story’s “hero” is Bucky Cantor, whose poor eyesight kept him from going off to fight the Germans. The lesson learned: “How powerless each of us is, up against the force of circumstance.” And the question: “Where does God figure in this?”

Hilary Koprowski’s work was recognized by France with its coveted Legion of Honor. Bucky Cantor became Philip Roth’s prime victim of that polio summer. And when I last was back visiting my childhood home, I saw my former next-door neighbor, the boy who had been one of the “lucky ones” way back when. He is now an old man with a pronounced, distinctive limp, the post-polio syndrome that is a badge of honor for those who survived that terrible disease during those terrible mid-century summers.

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Around the Town

Around the Town

Posted on 17 July 2014 by admin

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Ann Bogart’s influence on the Miss Texas Pageant was legendary and July 2, the Miss Texas Pageant paid tribute to that impact by dedicating its preliminary at the Eisenmann Center in Richardson to Ann’s memory. Marvin Blum made the following remarks prior to welcoming Ann’s surviving children, Ruthie Currie and Herb Bogart to the stage.

“I am Marvin Blum, a member of the board of directors of the Miss America Organization, and I am here tonight to present a memorial tribute for a dear friend that we lost during the last year.

“One would not think that a woman born in Poland and a Stalinist Labor Camp Holocaust survivor would be the typical Miss Texas Organization volunteer. Well, Ann Bogart, was not your typical volunteer.

“Ann was born in 1920, 94 years ago, and met her husband Louis, also a Holocaust survivor, in Uzbekistan and they married in 1945. Soon after, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Ann was a fashion designer and both of them started Bogart Industries, a fashion apparel business.

“Ann and Louis became involved in the Miss Texas Organization in the 1960s. They both were long time members of the Miss Texas board of directors, Hall of Honor members, and avid supporters of the Miss Texas contestants.

“But certainly what Ann will be remembered for most are her beautiful evening gowns and famous swimsuits. Hundreds of contestants from Texas and around the country had the honor of wearing one of ‘Miss Ann’s’ beautiful creations. Whether it was for competition or for the pageant production, she tirelessly gave of her time and talent to help the young women of this organization fulfill their dreams.

“Perhaps what amazes me most about Ann Bogart is how vibrant and active she was, even in her 90s, until just a few weeks before her passing. Right until the very end, she continued to design, create, and sew, with the energy and spirit of someone decades younger. Ann Bogart was a true miracle.

“So, a typical volunteer, no she was not. But for almost 50 years, Ann Bogart stitched her way into our hearts and our memories forever.

“Please join me in welcoming Ann’s daughter Ruthie, and Ann’s son and longtime Miss Texas pageant volunteer, Herb Bogart.”

Miss Texas 2013 presented Ruthie with a beautiful bouquet of roses and a photo montage of Ann and Louis’ contributions to the pageant over the years followed.

Miss Texas 2013 Ivana Hall welcomed Ruthie Currie and Herb Bogart to the Eisenmann stage as Marvin Blum looks on. The preliminary show of the Miss Texas Pageant July 2 was dedicated to the memory of Ann Bogart.

Miss Texas 2013 Ivana Hall welcomed Ruthie Currie and Herb Bogart to the Eisenmann stage as Marvin Blum looks on. The preliminary show of the Miss Texas Pageant July 2 was dedicated to the memory of Ann Bogart.

Chevra Kadisha Society seeks members

Debby Rice shared the following with the TJP, beautifully written by Louise Vermillion.

“My mother moved to Fort Worth from Florida when she was 90-years-old. She had osteoporosis and walked with a cane, but there was nothing else wrong with her physically, and mentally she was sharp as a tack. She moved into a lovely apartment in Franklin Park (now the Vantage) and was very happy to be so near me, her only child. That was all she was happy about.

“My mother didn’t like anything about Texas. She thought the food was unhealthy, she had a hard time understanding the Southern accents and she didn’t realize that Jewish life in Fort Worth revolved around the synagogue. My mother wanted a Jewish community; she just didn’t want it to involve religion. She joined the Shul because I belonged there, and because I told her she’d get a cheaper burial plot.

“When my mother died at age 94, she really didn’t have any close Jewish friends here in Fort Worth. The Chevra Kadisha Society didn’t care that they didn’t know her. They treated her with love and respect. I know this because that’s how they treat everyone. After my mother died, I felt that I wanted to give back to the wonderful community that had been so good to her. I called Debby Rice and asked if I could become part of the Chevra Kadisha. She enthusiastically said ‘Yes, of course!’

“I admit I was scared. I had never been so close to a person who was no longer alive. What would it be like? Would I be grossed out? Would I be embarrassed? My fears were soon put to rest. The ladies of the Chevra Kadisha Society treat everyone as an honored, loved, and respected relative. Modesty and respect are shown in every aspect of the tahara ritual. Sometimes, it can be too much for someone. If that happens, the person just steps out of the room. There’s no judgment, no ill-feeling, no argument. It doesn’t mean you won’t be asked back. We all know that not everyone can do everything.

“I am so glad to be part of this community. When I die, I’m grateful that the Chevra Kadisha Society will treat me as part of their family. Please consider joining us. You don’t need any special skills and you don’t have to know how to do anything in advance. We provide on-the-job training. Call Debby Rice at 817-706-5158 and tell her you’d like to try — no commitment! Be a part of something Jews have done for each other for thousands of years. We welcome you, and thank you in advance.”

Musing about the great game

I’m certain I was not the only ourtowner at the Rangers versus Angels game Saturday night.

Eric Nadel was honored by the club and fans with a bobblehead and a special tribute in honor being this year’s Ford C. Frick Award winner presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball.

Nadel will be inducted into the broadcaster hall of fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in a couple of weeks.

Legions of broadcasters sent their well-wishes to Nadel shown on the jumbotron at Globe Life Park. Present were Brad Sham of the Cowboys, Chuck Cooperstein of the Mavericks and Ralph Strangis of the Stars.

It was a great tribute, and I was struck by the fact that three out of four of the voices of our professional sports teams are Jewish.

Clarification:

Apologies to all. In our piece about the senior programs, we neglected to say that none of those programs would be possible without the amazing generosity of the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation. The foundation’s support provides the JFS Senior Program with its basic needs and special social opportunities, such as museum trips, zoo trips and Jewish community events.

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Courage in action: stand with Israel

Courage in action: stand with Israel

Posted on 17 July 2014 by admin

By Laura Seymour

Dear Families,

seymourforweb2Camp is in full swing at the J and throughout the U.S. One of our most important values at camp is courage — ometz lev.

The most interesting thing about the Hebrew word is that it translates as “strength of heart.” It is not just about being strong in a physical way, but doing the right thing when it is hard. More than that, it is also about doing something new and different.

Here are a few sections from an article titled “Giving Ourselves Permission to Take Risks: by Elizabeth Jones. The article was written primarily for early childhood but it is really a message for all of us.

“Courage, as we’ve learned from the Cowardly Lion, is a virtue that is hard to sustain. New experiences are often scary; we don’t know what will happen next or what we should do. Yet all new learning involves risk. We learn by doing — and by thinking about the past and the future.

“Risk is inevitable; it’s a requirement for survival. The challenge is to name it, practice it, enjoy the rush of mastery, and bear the pain when pain is the outcome.

“A child who climbs may fall. But a child who never climbs is at much greater risk. Fall surfaces under climbers aren’t there to prevent falls, only to make them less hard. And hugging doesn’t make the pain go away, but it does make it more bearable.”

Today we stand with Israel. There is a special kind of courage that is needed now and there are many risks. Those in Israel will display one form of courage and we in the U.S. another, but display our courage by standing up for Israel!

Shalom … from the Shabbat Lady.

Laura Seymour, Director is director of Camping Services at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

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Iron Dome defends Israel against rocket barrage as Operation Protective Edge presses on

Iron Dome defends Israel against rocket barrage as Operation Protective Edge presses on

Posted on 17 July 2014 by admin

How is this Gaza conflict different from other Gaza conflicts?

By Ben Sales

SDEROT, Israel (JTA) — In a little more than a week, Israel has endured more than a thousand rockets.

Yet the only Israeli death so far from Hamas’ attacks was a civilian killed Tuesday by mortar fire while visiting soldiers near the Erez border crossing into Gaza.

In many ways, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge — its third Gaza operation in six years — is much like previous Israeli campaigns in the territory. Israel has used airstrikes to exact a toll on Hamas and has massed troops on the Gaza border, threatening a ground invasion.

So far, Israel has conducted nearly 1,500 airstrikes over Gaza, with more than 190 Gazans having died as of Tuesday.

With only a single Israeli fatality so far, this conflict has been like no other in the country’s history. Despite Hamas rockets that travel farther than ever, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted 90 percent of the rockets heading toward population centers, and early-warning sirens and shelters have protected residents.

On July 11, the fourth day of Operation Protective Edge, Israelis in the southern town of Nitzan sit and pray together inside a street-level bomb shelter in anticipation of a code red siren for incoming rockets. | Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

On July 11, the fourth day of Operation Protective Edge, Israelis in the southern town of Nitzan sit and pray together inside a street-level bomb shelter in anticipation of a code red siren for incoming rockets. | Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

Iron Dome was first used during Israel’s 2012 conflict with Hamas, though the system has added batteries and been more fully developed since. In that conflict, six Israelis were killed, five of them from rocket fire.

The protective shield provided by Iron Dome has allowed most Israelis to continue their daily lives. And even amid discussion of a cease-fire, it has given the army breathing room to continue its mission.

“We are striking Hamas with increasing strength,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Cabinet meeting July 13, addressing Israeli citizens. “Regarding civil defense, one needs not only an Iron Dome but iron discipline as well. You have shown this up until now. This could yet take a long time, and we need both your support and your discipline.”

Israel’s goal in this conflict is to destroy Hamas’ rocket stocks and launchers while reasserting the Israel Defense Forces’ military deterrence. Meanwhile, the Israeli home front has been guarded by Iron Dome. Within seconds of when a rocket is launched, Iron Dome identifies the type of missile fired, maps where it came from and where it will land, and — if necessary — fires a missile to knock it out of the sky.

The missile defense system has managed to intercept about 90 percent of its targets.

“If anyone hit 9 of 10 in the majors, he would be cast in gold and sent to Cooperstown,” Eran Lerman, deputy chief of Israel’s National Security Council, told a Jewish Federations of North America delegation Monday, referring to America’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

Lerman hailed Israel’s “remarkable ability to defend ourselves technologically.”

Experiencing loss of life from war has been central to the Israeli experience. Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day, is a solemn occasion for the country. Civilian and military deaths have been a key part of the calculus of when to begin and end military campaigns.

With Protective Edge, Israel has so far experienced a new kind of conflict.

But Amichai Cohen, a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, wrote that Iron Dome could lead to more blame being assigned to Israel because its civilians are less exposed to harm than is Gaza’s population.

“Given the real, yet much smaller threat that rockets pose to Israeli civilian lives after the invention of Iron Dome, there is a real question of whether the IDF’s freedom of action has been curtailed,” Cohen wrote in an email sent out Monday by his institute. “Is the IDF, in effect, penalized for this life-saving technology?”

One place that doesn’t benefit from Iron Dome is Sderot, a city in the western Negev that has been absorbing Qassam rockets from Gaza since 2000. Because Sderot is only about a half-mile from the Gaza border, Iron Dome doesn’t have time to intercept the rockets. Residents have 15 seconds from the time of a warning siren to run for shelter.

Speaking to leaders of North American Jewish community federations who came to show solidarity with the city, Sderot’s mayor, Alon Davidi, encouraged the Israeli army to fight until it eliminates Hamas’ offensive capabilities. He said that the long-range rockets now being fired into the rest of the country have made millions of Israelis understand what Sderot has had to endure.

“All of the country feels what it means to want to save your life,” Davidi said. “In Tel Aviv they have two minutes. We have 15 seconds. We have a joke: If we lived in Tel Aviv we could take a shower and make coffee” before seeking shelter.

“We pray the army can do the job and succeed with the operation,” he added.

Many Israelis would likely welcome the respite from running to bomb shelters that a cease-fire would provide. But Talia Levanon, head of the Israel Trauma Coalition, said that if this operation ends like Israel’s last in 2012, there will hardly be a break in the conflict for Sderot.

“Whether it’s called an operation or it’s called a war, we need to seek shelter with my children and grandchildren,” Levanon said. “Right now we speak of a cease-fire. We’ll wait a year or two years for it to happen again. We’re always licking the wounds of the previous operation and preparing for next time.”

 

Let Israel do its job

By Gil Elan

As of this writing, Tuesday morning July 15, 2014, it is clear that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have rejected the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire that was to begin at 9 a.m. Israel time. Israel accepted the proposal, and refrained from attacking targets in Gaza for more than eight hours. In that time more than 50 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel. At that point Israel, now having full international legitimacy to stop the attacks on its citizens, renewed the precision airstrikes and is preparing for a ground assault.

The anti-missile system Iron Dome is doing an outstanding job of intercepting more than 90 percent of the rockets headed for populated areas. As of this afternoon the IDF has increased the intensity and quality of strikes against terrorist targets in Gaza, while making every effort to prevent civilian casualties. How did it start? What was Hamas thinking when it decided to rain rockets on Israel? That Israel’s reaction would be any less fierce than in the two previous Gaza wars? Knowing exactly what Israel does when even one rocket or mortar shell is fired, why would they launch hundreds, bringing on themselves so much pain and destruction?

To answer these questions we have to go back to June 12, when the three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank.

Within 24 hours the Israelis knew, from the forensic evidence in the “burnt car” that they had been shot and were probably dead. They also knew the names of the two Hamas terrorists who did it. And yet for the next three weeks, thousands of soldiers and Shin Bet agents searched almost every hill, house, well, cave and valley — especially in and around the city of Hebron where the car had been found.

So while it’s true that some of them were looking for the teens, either to rescue or retrieve, the IDF’s main mission was to utilize a unique opportunity to dismantle the political and terrorist infrastructure that Hamas had carefully and quietly built in the West Bank. It included political offices, terrorist recruitment and training bases, command and control centers, weapon and ammunition factories and stockpiles, and an elaborate network of underground spaces and tunnels under the city of Hebron.

During the operation more than 600 active members of Hamas were arrested, including 50 that had been released in the Gilad Shalit deal. Dozens of computers and hundreds of files were seized, together with substantial quantities of weapons. Some of the most significant seizures were very large sums of money that were deposited in local Arab banks, as part of an elaborate and illegal worldwide Hamas funding scheme.

The leadership of Hamas in Gaza and Qatar panicked. Realizing that they were losing their entire infrastructure and assets in the West Bank, and that Israel, even after the teens were found slain, was intensifying the operation against them, they decided to start what they thought would be a small tit-for-tat “skirmish,” in the South to force Israel to ease up in the West Bank.

Hamas fired two small rockets and one mortar shell into Israel. In the immediate response, the IDF killed the terrorists and their commander. Hamas responded with a barrage of rockets, triggering operation “Protective Edge.”

The objective of Operation Protective Edge, as defined by Prime Minister Netanyahu, is to restore long term quiet and security to Israeli civilians by seriously degrading Hamas and other terrorist groups’ capabilities in Gaza, while inflicting a significant blow to Hamas and the other organizations.

Lebanon: The three rockets fired last Friday from Lebanon into Northern Israel were answered immediately with pinpoint artillery fire that destroyed the launchers. Hezbollah was not involved. Shiite Hezbollah has no intention of opening another front in the North. Neither will Iran allow it to put the more than 40,000 rockets and missiles it has in Lebanon at risk — certainly not to help Sunni Hamas. Also — because Iran is convinced that with the expected failure of the P5+1 nuclear deal this week, Israel may now launch a military strike. With the extensive damage to Hamas in Gaza, those rockets in Lebanon are the only force projector Iran has left to either deter Israel, or be used in punishing retaliation.

The Israelis and their allies in the region (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc.) know that the rockets and missiles in Lebanon must be neutralized before any strike on Iran is possible. There is nothing the Israelis would like more than to be given the justification to go into Lebanon with double the fire-power being used in Gaza today to eliminate that threat.

In the new Middle East, with ISIS gaining strength and support daily, with Hezbollah taking over Lebanon and Iran racing to have nuclear weapons, showing weakness is not a luxury Israel can afford. With the failed cease-fire attempt, and Hamas still holding a stockpile of more than 6,000 rockets, Israel has a job to do. It will not be short. There will be casualties and pain. But the alternative is much worse. Imagine ISIS taking over Gaza with all the rockets, mortars and terrorist tunnels still intact.

Let Israel do its job.

Agree or disagree, that’s my opinion.

Lieutenant Colonel (IDF res) Gil Elan is President and CEO of the Southwest Jewish Congress, and a Middle East Analyst. Email: gil@swjc.org. Upcoming briefings and SWJC events are listed at: www.swjc.org. DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed above the writer’s, and do not represent SWJC directors, officers or members.

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Iron Dome … ‘Heavenly Dome’

Iron Dome … ‘Heavenly Dome’

Posted on 17 July 2014 by admin

By Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried

Dear Rabbi Fried,

My husband and I have had trouble sleeping out of worry and concern for the danger every city in Israel finds itself.

Besides the obvious that we need to pray, is there anything you can offer to give some perspective on what’s happening over there?

— Marsha K.

Dear Marsha,

friedforweb2Perhaps we could all schedule a 3 a.m. meeting this week; I’ve been awake too, so we might as well be up together! It also doesn’t help to hear that my children and grandchildren are back and forth between their homes and their bomb shelters.

By the time this column gets printed it is possible this ordeal will have, hopefully, ended. It also may have escalated and still be progressing, in which case I hope and pray it will progress the way we need it to for our future safety.

In any event, I will share what is on my mind at this time and hope it will provide you with some food for thought and a frame of reference from whence to think.

One thought I have had in mind in recent days is the incredible open miracle of hundreds of deadly missiles literally raining down upon a tiny country the size of Israel, without a single casualty. I cannot prophesize how this will continue, but in any event what has already transpired is a miracle of mega-proportions and is something we need to stand back and take notice!

Despite all the tremendous success of the Iron Dome defense system, any person with his or her eyes open will see that we obviously have a “Heavenly Dome” defense system in place. Even homes directly hit and destroyed saw no casualties.

A kindergarten in the south had a missile land in its courtyard…with the children due to arrive a few minutes later.

A bedroom of a home with a nursery school inside was hit directly, destroying only the bedroom but not detonating; securing the children in the other room’s safety.

A gas station in central Ashdod had a line full of cars and a parking lot with a tanker holding 35,000 liters of gas ready to refill the station; when it was hit, the tanker did not ignite and all the drivers got out with no serious injuries besides property damage. All the station workers and firefighters proclaimed this as an unprecedented miracle. And the list goes on…

I can’t help but think of what I wrote in last week’s column concerning the seemingly futile prayers uttered for weeks to rescue three boys who were already murdered: “…no prayer is ever for naught. Jewish tradition teaches us that every prayer makes a mark in heaven. When one cries to our Heavenly Father or prays for deliverance from a sickness, danger or otherwise and the answer is ‘no’; that prayer, or that tear, is deposited in a “Heavenly bank,” awaiting withdrawal when the proper time comes that it is needed for the answer to be ‘yes.’”

It’s obvious to me and many others that those tearful, sincere prayers uttered from the depths of the hearts of the Jewish people for the three young martyrs and deposited in the “Heavenly prayer bank” are now being withdrawn to be used as ammunition for the “Heavenly Dome” defense system.

That defense system is being charged and run by the amazing togetherness, the “ahavas Yisrael” exhibited just a couple short weeks ago by the joining hands of Jews of every stripe and color, all sides of the isle, religious and secular, into one beating heart of prayer and love. The Al-mighty took notice and is giving us a loving nod of approval and a hug, which would be a real shame if we didn’t take notice.

If we would only continue to express our unity and love for each other and continue to look Heavenward for our protection, God’s loving hug will remain with us and protect us from our worst enemies.

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 yfried@sbcglobal.net.

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Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings

Posted on 10 July 2014 by admin

By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

Israeli Friendship Scout Caravan to perform Sunday, July 13 at JCC

Once again, the Tzofim — the Israeli Friendship Scout Caravan, will treat Dallas residents to a phenomenal performance. For 2014, this group is dubbed Assif. The talented youngsters are canvassing the United States sharing their song and dance routines and spreading good will.

For almost 20 years, I hosted at least one of the scouts in my home. The first year, my oldest daughter, Amy, was 5 years old and captivated by the music and the joy that the group brought to Dallas. As each of my four children got older, they could not wait to be the same age as these talented kids. One of them, (anonymity required) had dreams of going to Israel to open a falafel kiosk with one of the young female scouts.

We created many rich memories of each of the years spent with the Tzofim, and welcomed them into our home.

This year’s performance will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. You do not need to have tickets to attend the performance; however, a picture ID is required to attend the show, which is certain to delight community members of all ages. The melodies will remain with you for years to come. Donations to the event are welcome, but not necessary. For additional information, contact David Abrams at 214-669-3033 or at davidabrams18@gmail.com.

This is an awesome way to bring a taste of Israel to the heart of Dallas and to show our support of these young Israeli teens.

Plano firm receives woman-owned business certification

Hot Flash Communications, LLC, a Plano-based writing company, has been certified as a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA). Certification allows Hot Flash Communications to submit proposals to NCTRCA member entities such as Baylor Healthcare Systems, the City of Dallas, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and the City of Fort Worth.

“We’re looking forward to exploring the new opportunities certification offers us as a woman-owned business,” said partner Amy Hite. “We’re hopeful that we will benefit from the programs offered by NCTRCA members.”

Amy Hite and Meredith Marmurek are the brains behind Hot Flash Communications, a company specializing in all aspects of writing.

What exactly does that mean?

They have mastered the power of persuasion and the art of getting results. They can write words that mean something to you, and more importantly, speak to your prospective as well as existing customers. They’ll put words in your mouth… and onto your website, brochure, print ad, script, newsletter or whatever media needs copy.

The following is information from the women’s biographies:

“In 1971, 5 year old Amy Susman wrote a short story about a worm who lived in an apple. It wasn’t the greatest story ever written, it wasn’t the most creative story, it wasn’t even the most accurately spelled, but it did have one special characteristic. It inspired her to one day become the world’s greatest writer. Today, after years of blood, sweat, tears and a few gray hairs, Amy Hite enjoys a full-time career as a freelance writer (although some will dispute that self-proclaimed “world’s greatest” title).

“In the fall of 1997, after 3½ years at MBRK followed by another 3½ years at DDB Needham, Amy ventured out on her own to pursue a freelance career. Since then, she has written ads, videos, radio spots, direct mail, brochures and newsletters for American Airlines, American Golf Corporation, Blockbuster, Corner Bakery, Cozymel’s, FedEx, Frito-Lay, I2, Insignia, Nickelodeon, Nokia, Pepsi and Tivoli, just to name a few. Amy now focuses her creative energy on her own company, Hot Flash Communications, LLC, a marketing company that specializes in all aspects of writing.

“Amy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Texas and has won numerous awards including a Bronze Addy Award from the Dallas Advertising League in 2010, seven East Texas Addy’s, including Best in Print in 2002, and was a Finalist for a 1995 Telly Award. She’s come a long way since that little “apple” story, but she has never forgotten her roots… so to speak.

“Meredith is a big fan of the written word, despite possibly being known more for her mastery of verbal communication. Meredith is a partner at Hot Flash Communications, LLC, a marketing company that specializes in all aspects of writing. Before becoming a business owner, she spent more than 20 years in marketing, public relations and training development with companies including Mary Kay Inc., Robertson Schwartz Agency and BeautiControl.

“Meredith is a founding member and past president of the board of directors of National Charity League, Inc. — Preston Bluebonnet Chapter.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.”

Both Amy and Meredith are members of Temple Shalom. Amy, a member since childhood, has served on the board and is a dedicated member of Sisterhood and volunteers in many areas. Meredith has been a Temple Shalom member for more than 10 years, and has served on both the board and executive committee. She is a former membership committee chair, and also volunteers in many capacities.

For additional information about these ladies, visit www.hotflashcommunications.com.

Enjoyng the Temple Shalom Mommy & Me kick-off event are from left, Allison and Xander Pharis; Mommy & Me coordinator Melinda Hepworth and daughter Caroline; and Rabbi Ariel Boxman. | Photo: Lisa Rothberg

Enjoyng the Temple Shalom Mommy & Me kick-off event are from left, Allison and Xander Pharis; Mommy & Me coordinator Melinda Hepworth and daughter Caroline; and Rabbi Ariel Boxman. | Photo: Lisa Rothberg

Temple Shalom kicks of Mommy & Me program

According to our sources at Temple Shalom, the July 7 Mommy & Me kick-off event at Temple Shalom was a huge success. Moms and babies enjoyed a nice shaded area on the Temple Shalom lawn. While some babies slept and others enjoyed watermelon, moms made new friends, caught up with old friends and shared their new baby stories.

“Mommy & Me is the perfect way to bond with your baby while meeting other moms and allowing the babies to socialize,” explained Melinda Hepworth, Mommy & Me coordinator. “We’re all going through this incredible stage of life together and having friends who you can share these experiences with means everything.”

While the first event was just for moms and babies, the program is open to dads, nannies or grandparents in the community with babies ages 0-3. For more information, contact Hepworth at mommyandme@templeshalomdallas.org or 214-632-2386.

JCC takes ‘downward facing dog’ literally with canine yoga class

The J will go to the dogs with the introduction of a dog yoga class from 2-3:15 p.m., Sunday, July 13 at the J campus, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. The class is free, however, reservations are required by calling 214-239-7137or e-mailing tarends@jccdallas.org.

Inspired by the book “Doga: Yoga for Dogs” and led by two professional yoga instructors, Dog Yoga is an opportunity for humans to interact with their furry friends while tapping into the animal’s natural yoga tendencies including the ability to “be in the moment” and, of course, inherent flexibility.

A dog behaviorist will also be in attendance to assist attendees in connecting with their pet via mind, body and spirit.

“The idea of Dog Yoga isn’t just a class full of people and pets in the same poses at the same time,” says Terri Arends The J’s Group Fitness director. “It’s more about teaching people how to connect with their dog and to further strengthen the bond and inner peace pet owners share with their four legged friends.”

Yoga mats and towels will be provided. All dogs must be brought to the class on a leash. Dog Yoga is open to all breeds; however, all attending dogs must be non-aggressive and well socialized. In order to ensure maximum connection between human and pet, attendees may only bring one dog each to the class.

Learn more about Dog Yoga by contacting Arends at the email address listed above.

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Around the Town

Around the Town

Posted on 10 July 2014 by admin

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

It was an exciting weekend June 26-27 when Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS) in Arlington, dedicated its new sanctuary. I’m told by Ben Weiger, the event was a huge success!

Barry Goldfarb led the congregation for services Friday evening and delivered a special reading that inspired all that attended. Janet Aaronson and Ruth Friedman baked delicious desserts for the Oneg. Debra Kaplan’s play was a great hit with an encore performance on Saturday night. Cantor Sheri Allen led the congregation in prayer for Saturday morning services and delivered an inspiring dedication D’var Torah. The Kiddush luncheon was catered by contributions from members of the congregation, and there was plenty of food for all.

After a restful afternoon, 70 people returned to CBS for the Saturday evening festivities. Kaplan’s play got more laughs and applause. Judi Lecoq sang a beautiful song after congregants begged her to sing for them during intermission.

The hit of the night was the CBS rendition of the “Not So Newlywed Game.” Debra and Henry Kaplan took home the grand prize! Kudos to Brian and Klila Caplan, Judi and Philippe Lecoq, and Ben and Fran Weiger, for being such great contestants. But, really a special prize (or Emmy) was needed for Randy San Antonio for being the cutest, funniest, and best host of the evening. Last but not least, Chanel and Davina Sassoon deserve special recognition for being the greatest Game Show hostess’ ever!

Thanks to everyone who attended the weekend events and supported Congregation Beth Shalom!

Randy San Antonio and Davina Sassoon pose the questions to “Not So Newlywed Game” contestants at the Congregation Beth Shalom sanctuary dedication June 27. From left, Brian and Klila Caplan; Phillippe and Judy Lecoq; Henry and Debra Kaplan; and Ben and Fran Weiger. | Photo: Courtesy Ben Weiger

Randy San Antonio and Davina Sassoon pose the questions to “Not So Newlywed Game” contestants at the Congregation Beth Shalom sanctuary dedication June 27. From left, Brian and Klila Caplan; Phillippe and Judy Lecoq; Henry and Debra Kaplan; and Ben and Fran Weiger. | Photo: Courtesy Ben Weiger

Moses, Palmer and Howell, L.L.P receives accolades

Congratulations to the Fort Worth law firm of Moses, Palmer & Howell, L.L.P, which was recently awarded the 2013 Texas Excellence Award for Excellence in Law by the U. Trade and Commerce Institute (USTCI).

Moses, Palmer & Howell was selected to receive this prestigious award based upon business surveys and industry research conducted by USTCI to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category.

USTCI recognizes Moses, Palmer & Howell as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through its service to its clients and community. According to USTCI, Moses, Palmer & Howell has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values, is an emerging leader within the field of law and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

The firm also has been named “Oil & Gas Law Specialists of the Year – USA” by Acquisition International magazine through its 2014 M&A Awards. “It is an honor for our firm to be recognized for our specialized work in the field of oil and gas law as well as our commitment to our clients and business ethics,” said Shayne Moses, who together with David Palmer and Tim Howell founded the firm in 2006.

Moses, Palmer & Howell offices in the Oil and Gas Building at 309 West 7th Street in downtown Fort Worth. In addition to the named partners, the firm has three other attorneys, Whitney Cardwell, Alyson Halpern and Tawanna Cesare. The firm’s practice is focused on oil and gas, business and commercial litigation, banking matters, real estate, commercial lending and family law.

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