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Dallas Doings

Posted on 28 August 2014 by admin

By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

I have often wondered from week to week what I will write about in the next column. Most of the times, I am really lucky — I have a good Editor and Publisher that feeds my writing soul. I have been looking forward to writing this week’s column for more than a week, and I hope that you enjoy it.

Many of you know that I moved to Dallas in 1971, and through a wonderful organization called ORT, formed some lasting friendships.

One of the first couples I met were Minna and Mitch Goldminz who also moved here that same year. If you are a good math student, you can figure out how long ago that was.

We lived on Meadow Road, east of Central and the Goldminzes lived on Meadow and Stone Canyon Roads. Minna and I visited almost daily.

She was a very glamorous New Yorker, and a gingy (a red head with freckles — as I was) who persistently came over to apply false eyelashes to my innocent eyes.

Unfortunately, I was a very poor student when it came to applying eyelashes — but I can assure you that the coffee was good, be it at my apartment or hers. Years later, the movie “Grease” was released, and I was certain that the song “Beauty School Dropout” was written just for me.

We’ve stayed in touch throughout the years, and I often think of her spectacular mother, Deenah Diamond z’ll,” a true Sabra who moved to New York prior to Minna’s birth.

When Deenah came to visit Minna and Mitch from her home in New York, she brought suitcases laden with kosher meat — and brought chesed as well as her beautiful smile and huge heart.

With that background in mind, here is the current update on the Goldminz Family in 2014.

Minna and Mitch Goldminz were thrilled to welcome their grandchildren for a joint birthday party.

Minna and Mitch Goldminz were thrilled to welcome their grandchildren for a joint birthday party.

8 Goldminz cousins celebrate joint birthdays with family

Several weeks ago, the Bonaventure was rocking and rolling as eight, enthusiastic cousins enjoyed a magical birthday celebration at the home of their “Nannie” Minna and “Pops” Mitch Goldminz.

The eight cousins are close — ranging in age from 3-year-old twins, Emma and Ashley Birnbaum, their brothers, 5-year-old Jeremy Birenbaum and 7 ¾-year-old Joshua Birenbaum, who are the children of Lisa and Todd Birenbaum of Plano.

Minna and Mitch’s son, Jonathan, and his wife, Pam moved to Dallas last summer, with their son, Zachary, 7, and their daughter, Hailey, 4.

Minna and Mitch’s oldest daughter, Judith and Steve Friedland and their two sons, Alex, 7, and Noah, 5, of Allendale, New Jersey joined the celebration of cousins.

Happy Birthday wishes to all the Goldminz cousins — from what I have heard they really know how to party.

Minna and Mitch are busy and involved parents and grandparents. Mitch is a published author and artist, whose paintings hang in all Café Brazil DFW locations. Mitch’s paintings also hang throughout Crest Cadillac.

Twenty-five percent of the sale of any painting hanging at Crest Cadillac is donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Lindsay Kaplan scores at figure skating championship in Massachusetts

Earlier this month, Lindsay Kaplan competed at the ISI World Recreational Team Championships for figure skating in Massachusetts. She competed in five events and took first place in her solo spotlight and her ensemble. For her solo Lindsay skated to the theme from “Up.”

Lindsay Kaplan skates at the ISI World Recreational Team Championships in Massachusetts.

Lindsay Kaplan skates at the ISI World Recreational Team Championships in Massachusetts.

Lindsay has been skating since she was 4. Her solo coach is Aerin Williams who also coaches her team along with Patty Toth. She skates for Galleria Ice Skating Center. Lindsay practices from three to 15 hours per week, depending on her schedule. In addition, she enjoys playing tennis.

Lindsay is the daughter of Lisa Newman and Jeffrey Kaplan and the granddaughter of Drs. Gordon and Lynda Newman of Dallas and Max and Isobel Kaplan of Toronto, and the caretaker of Bandit.

Lindsay is a seventh-grader at the Shelton School.

Congratulations, Lindsay on your wonderful achievements.

Catching up with Emily Claire

Since returning to my post at The TJP, I’ve been curious about what Emily Claire Shlesinger, talented songwriter/composer and, performer has been doing lately.

I touched base with her mom, Barbara, who brought me up to date on the latest accomplishments and venues of this extraordinary 17- year-old.

She was invited to perform this past spring at SXSW week at two venues: Burnsides Tavern and The Littlest Bar in Texas.

The Littlest Bar selected Emily to perform as a finalist in a charity kickoff that week to support the new Cancer Foundation in Austin affiliated with Gilda’s House. They asked youth around the country to write songs based on stories written by child cancer survivors. Emily’s song, called “Paradise,” was the winning entry/performance.

Other key performances this past spring were The Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas, Earth Day Festival and I-30 Music Festival along with her regular appearances at Shady’s, Ascension Coffee House, The Kitchen Cafe and Lekka Patio Café on Preston Road.

Emily is gearing up for her senior year at Winfree Academy. She transferred last year due to her music and travel commitments. This allows her to complete her work in a more flexible way. Her plan is to graduate early.

She previously attended Brentfield, Parkhill and J.J. Pearce High School.

She has received critical acclaim for her new music, which is said to be even better lyrically and musically. Emily started her own personal charity called “Music Heals” and performed for Ryan Seacrest’s closed circuit TV station at Children’s Hospital and at Scottish Rite serenading the kids and their families.

She spent the summer recording new material she’s written for her upcoming EP — working with producers in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas and making regular appearances at local venues.

Throughout the month of September, Emily will be performing vocals on guitar and piano at The NYLO Hotel in Las Colinas every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the restaurant/Bar and poolside. It is open to the public.

On Oct. 7, she is scheduled to open for the touring band, “Surviving Allison” at J & J’s Pizza Bandstage in Denton.

Emily is also in the process of scheduling a school appearance tour in the greater Dallas area. No dates have been formalized as of presstime.

She currently has four songs on iTunes.

To follow Emily Claire or sign up for her email fan list go to; Facebook: EmilyClaireMusic;

Twitter: EmClaireMusic; and Instagram: EmilyClaireMusic.


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Dallas Doings

Posted on 06 March 2014 by admin

By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

It is always a pleasure to correspond with our readers. Months ago I wrote about a talented 16-year-old, Emily Shlesinger.

I received a recent update on the events that Dallasite Emily Claire Shlesinger has on her agenda.

Emily has been invited to perform at two showcases during South by Southwest in Austin March 15.

One of the two is a very special cause. A representative of Gilda’s house, an organization founded to help people afflicted with cancer, contacted Emily and asked her to write a song based on a terminally ill child’s story. You can find that song “Blue Sea and Paradise” at and then click on “Listen to songs.”

By listening to the song and/or donating to their cause, readers help them raise funds and awareness for this very worthy cause. One hundred percent of the funds raised go to the charity.

As a result of this, Emily was invited to perform “Blue Sea and Paradise” along with a 40 minute set of her original songs at a South by Southwest showcase “The Tiniest Rockstars in Texas” which will be spearheading the grand opening of a new cancer treatment center in Austin.

For those of you who have children in Austin at UT or may be visiting, it will take place around noon March 15 outside The Tiniest Bar in Texas.

In addition, Emily was also invited to perform that same day at 3 p.m. at the Music Gorilla SXSW Showcase at Burnside’s Tavern.

She is also scheduled to perform at the I-30 Music Festival at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, Deep Ellum Arts Festival Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m., and The Earth Day Festival in Sherman Saturday, April 26.

Reverbnation, a marketing platform for musicians, also selected Emily to be the Artist of the Month on their website in October 2013 for her original song “Me and You” and in February 2014 for her original song “Drowning in your Love” (both can be found on iTunes). She has also received radio play on CBS Radio in St. Louis, Women of Substance Radio, Female Flow, Radio Airplay and Spotify, among others.

In “her spare time,” she will be continuing her high school education and making appearances at local venues such as Lekka on Preston Road, Shady’s Grill in Richardson, Ascension Coffeehouse and Bar in the Design Arts District. In addition, she has performed the national anthem at various venues in the area.

For private bookings contact: Barbara Shipper Shlesinger at 972-841-2121 or

To follow Emily, or become a fan, go to: Twitter: @emshles, Instagram: @emilyshlesinger, YouTube: EmilyClaireMusic,

Alexis Ferguson named DJHS archivist

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS), an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the Dallas Jewish community, has named Alexis J. Ferguson as its new archivist.

In her role, Ferguson will organize, catalog and display the extensive array of Dallas Jewish archives dating back to the earliest days of the Jewish community. These paper, artifact, and, in the last several decades, multimedia archives, were donated by families, synagogues/temples and Jewish-based organizations to the DJHS for posterity and education.

“It’s truly an honor having Alexis join the DJHS,” said board president Jim Schwartz. “So far, she has done an excellent job of going against the grain and making her mark in organizing and cataloging our materials, and has worked in assembling our volunteers to assist. As we progress into making our archives more digital and accessible to the public, we embrace her knowledge and passion.”

Alexis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from TCU and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Her experience includes the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance and the Texas Fashion Collection. She has also worked in the private sector as the corporate digital librarian for Financial Network. Ferguson’s skills include administration, archival arrangement, cataloging and digitization.

LuAnn Bergman Installed as President of JWVA#256

2014 began with great excitement as The Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary #256 had the pleasure of installing their new President LuAnn Bergman, at their annual Installation of Officers banquet. The installation was held at the Wyndham Hotel Jan. 26, 2014. Bergman served two terms in the past and was asked to resume the role of president again this year. Past President Shirley Crane did the honors of installing new officers at this year’s ceremony. Members and guests enjoyed the dinner and following the installation, were entertained by Doc Gibbs.

In assuming her new role as president, Bergman will continue to support and expand all the great service projects performed by the organization. The group will work collaboratively for initiating new ideas for ways to further help veterans and the community in the future.

JWVA#256 is a credit to our community. Their organization provides a plethora of acts of kindness and good deeds. Word has it that they have fun doing it! If you would like to join in the fun of helping the veterans, their families and the community we would love to have you as a member. Please contact Membership Vice President Lynn Teitlebaum at 972-233-8937.

It is a personal pleasure to me to write about the JWVA#256. I always look forward to seeing what the ladies are doing. Congratulations to LuAnn and the other officers of their board in their new roles in JWVA#256.

March 28-29, Shaare Tefilla will host singles Shabbaton

What a nice ending to the month of March for singles wanting to meet others at Shaare Tefilla’s regional singles Shabbaton (ages 40-65) while spending a weekend of lively davening, the promise of meeting new friends, and greeting old friends in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Attendees are expected from Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, elsewhere in Texas and nearby states. The fee for the weekend is $175, and the venue looks like fun. Shaare Tefilla is located at 6131 Churchill Way in Dallas.

Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 28 at the synagogue with a meet and greet, followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Dinner, an “ice breaker” and program will conclude the evening. On Saturday, Shabbat services will begin at 9 a.m. through noon. A Kiddush shared with the congregation will be held and lunch at a congregant’s home. Attendees are free until 5 p.m. At 5:30, there will be a program with refreshments at a congregant’s home. Mincha, Seudat Shlishit, Maariv and Havdallah will take place at Shaare Tefilla, followed by a wine tasting. There will be an informal brunch at the congregant’s home Sunday morning, March 30.

All meals from Friday night dinner through Sunday brunch are included and will be kosher.

There are several options for housing. Sleeping accommodations can be arranged with a Shaare Tefilla member within walking distance of the synagogue. Additional options include The Guest House at the Cooper Aerobics Center, The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dallas (Galleria Area), is located 1 mile from Shaare Tefilla at Preston and LBJ Freeway. (this hotel is not in the eruv).

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Paul Chafetz at Registration and payment must be received by. Chafetz by March 14. Chafetz states that in order to achieve a good gender and age balance among participants, it is not guaranteed that all participants will be accepted. Registrants will be notified of acceptance of decision by Wednesday, March 19. In the event of non-acceptance a full refund will be made.


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Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings

Posted on 15 August 2013 by admin

By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

Dallas Has Talent

Good wishes to Emily Shlesinger, daughter of Barbara and Fred Shlesinger, who performed the national anthem at the Frisco Roughriders game on Aug. 2. The young artist’s first single, “Goodbyes,” was officially released on iTunes June 22, 2012.

The cover art for Emily Shlesinger’s newest single on iTunes, “Drowning in Your Love.”

The cover art for Emily Shlesinger’s newest single on iTunes, “Drowning in Your Love.”

A local 16-year-old, singer, songwriter, Shlesinger has a fan base that is quietly and steadily multiplying. Emily has been a featured performer in Dallas and surrounding areas, Houston and Austin at venues such as The Hard Rock Café, The House of Blues, Palladium, House of Dereon (Houston), The Frisco Freedom Fest, South by Southwest, a plethora of local restaurants, coffee houses and country clubs. She is available as an entertainer for private parties and sings and accompanies herself on both guitar and piano — depending on the venue’s request.

At the present time, she has four original songs listed on iTunes and streaming on various other media such as Spotify Radio, and continues to write and perform whenever given the opportunity.

Emily’s additional Dallas engagements this month include 7:30-9:30 p.m, Saturday, Aug. 17 at The Kitchen Cafe after Dark; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Canyon Creek Country Club; and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Sea Breeze Restaurant in Plano.

Emily said, “My songwriting madness began about two years ago and […] it has become an addiction. I have been performing my music since I was around 9. I have always known [that] this is what I want to grow old doing. My dreams are slowly turning into reality. It is the struggles in life that are thrown at me and pushes me to grow even further as an artist. I will never stop — no matter how far I am pushed. I have so many inspirations in music; it is hard to pick just one. To name a few, I love Kimbra, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and Marina and the Diamonds. If you are fans of these wonderfully magical artists, please keep checking in for music from me. You can purchase my singles ‘Me and You,’ ‘Goodbyes,’ ‘Parallel Clouds’ and ‘Drowning in Your Love’ on iTunes. If you join my mailing list for updates, current gigs and promotions, you will receive a free download of my cover of Jessie J’s ‘Who You Are.’ Thank you guys for all of your support.”

Keep your eyes open for this up and comer. If you want to follow and know where she is next appearing, you can visit and sign up for her fan list to get a free download of one of her songs. There, you will find links to her YouTube page in addition to Facebook and Twitter.

For booking information, please contact or Barbara at 972-841-2121.

Emily is also a commercial talent at The Clutts Agency and most recently shot a national commercial for Hasbro’s The New Monopoly Empire which will air in October. Additionally, she was selected as one of the semi-finalists for the Independent Music Awards International for her original song, “Me and You” which can be found on iTunes.

Mitch G’s art on display

Talented artist Mitch G, former New Yorker and Dallas resident for 42 years, will display his unusual art creations, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Crest Cadillac, 2701 N. Central Expy., in Plano.

He paints in a variety of mediums. Many of his works hang in restaurants, salons and private clubs throughout the country.

Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Hello Israel presented in various schools in area

“Hello Israel” is a national volunteer program that has been introducing sixth graders to the country of Israel for over 25 years. This social studies lesson presents facts about Israel in an entertaining and interactive manner, supplementing the curriculum on the Middle East.

Working in pairs, the volunteer presenters teach the students about the history, geography, culture, language, politics and economy of Israel. History comes alive as they encourage students to participate by directing questions, demonstrations and through role-play.

A few days before the scheduled program, teachers are sent a 20-minute video called “The Wonders of Israel” to show to their students. The video, which follows the script, strengthens the students’ perceptions of Israel and the Middle East and gives visual enhancement to the presentation.

Also of great interest are the authentic items brought in from Israel and on display for all to see and examine. On exhibit are books, menus, coins, Dead Sea salts and everyday items such as soda cans and wrapped gum. These products all bear familiar brand names spelled out in Hebrew.

Students become participants in a mock archaeological dig, turning up “sand” (oatmeal) while searching for artifacts buried beneath. Refreshments are served, consisting of orange juice and Pita bread, foods typically served in Israel and other parts of the Middle East. The program concludes with the students learning and practicing the hora, a traditional Israeli dance, accompanied by music.

“Hello Israel” has been presented at numerous schools in the Dallas, Richardson and Garland Independent School Districts. For information about this program, please contact either, Denise Bookatz at 972-931-4848 or or Jo Reingold, 972-479-9856, or

Play mahj at the J next week

The Aaron Family JCC will host its third annual Mah Jongg Tournament from 1-6 p.m. on Aug. 25. Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, this is an opportunity to have fun and compete for cash prizes.

Space is limited and tickets must be purchased by Aug. 20. Cost is $36 and includes a box lunch. For additional information, contact Heather Cordova or 214-239-7149.

Chocolate Hebrew puts a new twist on learning

Oy! What an experience — a totally different Hebrew reading crash course will be offered at The Aaron Family JCC beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26. In 13 hours, over a five day period, this multi-sensory, non-threatening and intensive class takes the mystery out of the Hebrew alphabet and prepares you to learn both Modern Hebrew and Prayer Book Hebrew. The cost of the program is $185. For more information, please contact, or 214-239-7128. You too, can become a maven or a beginning maven.

JWVA Auxiliary # 256 helps TRAC program in Dallas

We love LuAnn Bergman, publicist of The Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary # 256, who is wonderful about keeping us informed about the Auxiliary’s activities. The JWVA Auxilary is always busy looking into places where their help in the community is needed most. This year, they selected The Transition Resource Action Center in Dallas as one of their Child Welfare projects.

For those who are not familiar with TRAC, they provide a “one stop” assessment/intake and referral facility for transitional living services for youth exiting foster and juvenile care in North Texas. TRAC is the regional safety net for former foster youth once they are on their own. Annually, they help over 800 of the most challenged at-risk teens make a life plan and acquire the skills they need to survive on their own after they turn 18.

The Child Welfare Committee Chair Jeanie Tolmas  inquired about the needs of these young adults. Jeanie found that laundry supplies were much needed. Jeanie, along with her committee, collected over $200 worth of laundry supplies to be given to those in need.

On July 25, JWVA members, Jody Karin, Sandra Cantor, Jeanie Tolmas and its president, Jo Reingold, took a tour of the facilities and delivered the supplies.

This is a program that JWVA will continue to support and try to fill more of the needs on their wish list.

JWVA is definitely a performer of mitzvot. Stay tuned for their next project.

Just a few more thoughts …

The awe-inspiring High Holy Days are soon approaching. Many of us will spend the days immersed in prayer and looking inward to take an inventory and ask for Hashem’s guidance to search our souls and look forward to reaching out to attain a higher level of spirituality. My late parents were wonderful examples of reaching out to strangers — and not so strange strangers — to inquire about how their day was going, and to wish them a good day.

Take a minute to find out what is going on with those who have touched your lives. Many of us have relatives or friends who may be struggling with a dilemma — perhaps illness, chronic pain, challenges with their young children, difficulties or loss of any kind. Let’s try to put these people in our prayers together — that their discomforts may be eased and that their pain and struggles may be lessened.

And, as Rene said, don’t forget to say “thank you” or “have a nice day” to people around you. We can always make a difference, and a few kind words have the power to change one’s day.


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