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Dallas Doings: Noah’s Ark, Bookfest, more

Dallas Doings: Noah’s Ark, Bookfest, more

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Noah’s Ark Day at Temple Shalom

Noah’s Ark Day is one of the long awaited Sunday Fun Days at Temple Shalom. Students of all ages enjoyed dressing up like their favorite animals. While the youngest students made a life-size ark to play in and created adorable arks filled with animal crackers, older students enjoyed coming to school in their animal footie pajamas. Temple Shalom fifth-graders got to spend the afternoon decorating their new gaga pit with hand prints. They were initiated into the Tel Aviv Tribe and given their brand-new Tribe T-shirts as well.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg

Bookfest continues

The Oct. 30 Tycher Community Read, under the umbrella of the Aaron Family JCC’s Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Dallas Jewish BookFest at the Aaron Family JCC, was a resounding success with a record 325-plus in attendance to hear Beneath A Scarlet Sky author Mark Sullivan share the history and backstories of how the book came to be.  “My ‘final’ version was 820 pages and my editor said, ‘you can’t tell it all,’” said Sullivan, the final product, published in May of this year which will be made into a feature film, is 513 pages.  BookFest continued this Monday, Nov. 13, with Dallas’ own Rusty Cooper and Bruce Katz emceeing  a musical evening I Wrote That One Too  author Steve Dorff. On Dec. 4 Lilac Girls’ author, Martha Hall Kelly will be in town.  The full schedule, with programs through April 12 can be found at jccdallas.org/main/bookfest.

Photo: Lisa Rothberg Temple Shalom fifth-graders decorate their new gaga pit.

Photo: Lisa Rothberg
Temple Shalom fifth-graders decorate their new gaga pit.

— Submitted by Deb Silverthorn

Breslov comes to Texas

Rabbi Chaim Kramer, founder and director of the Breslov Research Institute (BRI), visited Dallas from Nov. 10-12, to spread the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

 Beneath A Scarlet Sky author Mark Sullivan autographed a personal message for Tycher Community Read guest Hanna Lambert, with JCC Director of Israel Engagement and Jewish Living Rachelle Weiss Crane, still smiling about last week’s record-breaking BookFest crowd of more than 325.

Beneath A Scarlet Sky author Mark Sullivan autographed a personal message for Tycher Community Read guest Hanna Lambert, with JCC Director of Israel Engagement and Jewish Living Rachelle Weiss Crane, still smiling about last week’s record-breaking BookFest crowd of more than 325.

While the legendary Chassidic master passed away in 1810, Rebbe Nachman’s timeless teachings remain as relevant today as they did over two centuries ago. Tens of thousands of Jews from every corner of the world annually flock to his graveside in Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh HaShannah.
Founded in 1979, with the objective of making Rebbe Nachman‘s lessons accessible to all, BRI has published over 100 titles on a wide array of subjects related to Kabbalah and Chassidut. These works have been translated into Hebrew, Spanish, French and Russian.
While in Dallas Rabbi Kramer lectured at Congregations Shaare Tefilla, Ohr HaTorah and at Y

oung Israel of Dallas and addressed the high school students of Yavneh Academy, where he was received enthusiastically.
Additional information on the Breslov Research Institute is available online at Breslov.org.

(From left) Leib Malina, Eli Burstein, Rabbi Yoni Sonenblick, Simcha Malina, Ari Berke, Yosef Weiss, Jonah Eber and Daniel Garren enjoy a moment with Rabbi Chaim Kramer (seated) at Yavneh.

(From left) Leib Malina, Eli Burstein, Rabbi Yoni Sonenblick, Simcha Malina, Ari Berke, Yosef Weiss, Jonah Eber and Daniel Garren enjoy a moment with Rabbi Chaim Kramer (seated) at Yavneh.

— Submitted by Noam Aranov

Save the Date:

  • On Dec. 9, the Jewish Community Relations council will hold a Community Teen Havdalah. Following Havdallah, led by musical duo “Eric and Happie” there will be an Israel education and advocacy training program to prepare teens for college, “Israel on Campus: A Reality Check.” This will be an interactive program of discussion and dialogue led by young adults (25 years old). The program will end with a Closing Circle and songs led by Eric and Happie. Partners for the evening at press time are Adat Chaverim, Beth El – Fort Worth/Camp Impact, Anshai Torah, Congregation Beth Torah, Shaare Tefila, Temple Shalom, Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, BBYO, Congregation Shearith Israel, Shir Tikvah Frisco, Tiferet Israel and the JCRC.
  • On Jan. 28, Howie Mandel will be the featured performer for One Night, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ biggest fundraising event of the year. Co-chairs for the evening are Angela Horowitz and Doug French, Jolie and Michael Newman and Natalie and Michael Waldman. More information can be found at www.jewishdallas.org.
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Dallas Doings: JCRC, lecture, scholarship

Dallas Doings: JCRC, lecture, scholarship

Posted on 09 November 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Dallas JCRC hosts prominent Israeli-Arab leader

On Oct. 26, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas hosted one of Israel’s leading Arab citizen change-makers to meet with JCRC and Federation leadership, community members and students. This was a rare opportunity to hear about realities, complexities, challenges and developments in Jewish-Arab relations within Israel from an insider’s perspective. Ms. Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, founder of INJAZ Center for Professionalization of Arab Local Governance, has become a key figure in the efforts to build stronger and more productive cooperation between Israel’s Arab towns and cities and the central government.

Zoabi

Zoabi

In 2011, she was named one of Israel’s 100 most influential people by The Marker magazine and in 2015, became the first Arab woman to be awarded Israel’s Good Governance Prize. Ms. Zoabi comes from a rich background of work in education, organizational development and community activism, with special attention to women’s rights. Ms. Zoabi is also one of the first Arab fellows — and the first Arab woman fellow — at the Shalom Hartman institute in Jerusalem.
Zoabi was accompanied by Ms. Liron Shoham, associate director of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues. The Inter-Agency Task Force is a coalition of mainstream North American Jewish organizations committed to learning and raising awareness about Israel’s Arab citizens. Shoham provided background and a short overview about Arab citizens and Jewish-Arab relations within Israel to set the stage for Ms. Zoabi’s talk, noting that Israeli-Arabs make up over 20 percent of Israel’s population, and government efforts to close the large economic gaps between Arabs and Jews for the purpose of stronger economic growth overall, also create opportunities to change Jewish-Arab relations for the better.
Zoabi, who comes from Nazareth, shared a bit about her own personal history as an Arab citizen of Israel, and what made her dedicate her career to developing accountable municipal leadership in the Arab community as the key to improving the status of Arab citizens of Israel. Working with 66 out of 80 Arab mayors in Israel, INJAZ guides Arab municipal leadership towards greater accountability, transparency and effectiveness at implementing development plans and cooperating with the central government. Now the second largest Israeli-Arab nonprofit organization in Israel, INJAZ also works to prepare and train rising young leaders, especially women, aspiring to elected office and municipal positions in Arab towns and villages.
“This was an excellent opportunity to hear from one of Israel’s leaders in the Israeli-Arab community,” said Cindy Moskowitz, former JCRC Executive Committee member and Jewish Federation board chair. “I’m so glad I was able to attend,” she added.
— Submitted by Jamie Moore

Rabbi Ken Roseman to kick off Dallas Jewish Historical Society Lecture Series

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS) will host Rabbi Ken Roseman on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas, at the kickoff event of the DJHS Annual Lecture Series. The event is free to members of DJHS, $10 for non-members. Reservations are requested at 214-239-7120 or at the DJHS website: bit.ly/MakingHistoricalChoices.
Roseman is a graduate of Oberlin College and was ordained as a rabbi in 1966 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in American-Jewish history and has taught at HUC, SMU and Texas A & M University–Corpus Christi. Roseman served as a congregational rabbi in Madison, Wisconsin, at Temple Shalom in Dallas and led Congregation Beth Israel in Corpus Christi until 2014. In Corpus, he also serves as a major community leader, is sought after as a public speaker and continues to teach history.
A prolific author and educator, Rabbi Roseman has just uploaded a series of lectures titled The History of the Jews in America. The video lectures begin with the settlement of Jews in Spain during Roman times, discuss settlement of Jews in South and North America, and continue through the 19th century and up to the present day. The series can be accessed through YouTube. Roseman’s lecture for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society will focus on the topic: “Making Historical Choices.”
— Submitted by Deborah Polsky

New scholarship announced

The DJCF recently announced that a $5,000 scholarship award is now available for one Jewish Dallas-area high school junior or senior to participate in a one-in-a-lifetime European-Israel educational experience (i.e. March of the Living, Heritage Quest, or other approved programs). The Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation was created by Edwin R. Daniels, z”l, with the hope of engaging “under-affiliated” Jewish teens.
Now in its third award cycle, the DJCF is specifically seeking a student with strong leadership skills and diversified extracurricular activities. Some involvement in Jewish activities will not disqualify any applicant; however, applicants may not be current or past Jewish day school students or have attended any Jewish overnight camps. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants will submit a completed application, parent/guardian essay, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or coach. To learn more about this opportunity, visit www.djcf.org.
— Submitted by Mona Allen

Save the Date: JFS Woman to Woman, April 25

Jewish Family Service announced this week that Dr. Jill Biden will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Woman to Woman event Wednesday, April 25. The luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Honorary chairs are Paddy Epstein, Ann Kahn, Lisa Kleinman, Ann Rosenberg and JFS staff. Co-chairs are Susan Frapart, Linda Garner, Sherry Goldberg, Julie Liberman, Beverly Rossel, Monica Susman, Laura Weinstein and Ethel Zale.

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Dallas Doings: JCRC, AJC host Israeli Consul General Katz

Dallas Doings: JCRC, AJC host Israeli Consul General Katz

Posted on 02 November 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

On Oct. 24, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and AJC Dallas co-hosted a Community Town Hall program to welcome the new Israeli consul general to the Southwest, Gilad Katz. Consul General Katz was appointed as Head of Post in August 2017 to lead the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States, which is responsible for the six-state region of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Submitted photo (From left) Reverend Dr. Janet DeVries, Rabbi Seymour Rossel, Bishop Erik Gronberg, Israeli Consul General Gilad Katz, Bishop Edward Burns, and Jewish Federation CEO Bradley Laye

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(From left) Reverend Dr. Janet DeVries, Rabbi Seymour Rossel, Bishop Erik Gronberg, Israeli Consul General Gilad Katz, Bishop Edward Burns, and Jewish Federation CEO Bradley Laye

JCRC Chair Melanie Rubin welcomed guests and AJC-Dallas President-elect Adam Lampert acknowledged the dignitaries in the room. Among them were Consul General of Mexico Francisco de la Torre; Honorary Consul (ret.) of Sweden Garry Johnson; Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic Martin Valko; and Acting Consul General of Canada Vasken Khabayan.
JFGD Board Chair Mark Kreditor introduced Katz. Before assuming the post of consul general to the Southwest United States, he held the title of advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kreditor also noted that “The consul general has been said to love coming to Dallas. He has already been here a few times since the recent start of his position, and we are glad to have him here again.”
Katz spoke to community members about current trends and the importance of relations between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry. He then answered questions from the audience.
Later that morning the JCRC organized a meeting between Katz and the Rabbinical Association of Greater Dallas (RAGD) for a dialogue and discussion on issues important to the RAGD.
Following this meeting, the Jewish Community Relations Council, whose organizational priorities include interfaith relationship-building, hosted an interfaith lunch between the consul general, rabbis, non-Jewish clergy, and Jewish and non-Jewish leaders. Katz led an open and informal conversation about the desire to better understand faith-based relationships between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, as well as non-Jewish communities’ relationships with the State of Israel. Along with many local rabbis, the interfaith lunch was attended by Bishop Edward Burns of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas; Bishop Erik Gronberg of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELVA), Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area; Reverend Dr. Janet DeVries, General Presbyter; and Lynn Rossol, the Bishop’s Delegate for Legislative Advocacy and Ecumenism.
— Submitted by Jamie Moore

Annual Senior Expo is Tuesday, Nov. 7

The J’s annual Senior Expo returns from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. Presented by Golden Outlook, the Senior Expo is a free resource fair for seniors and those with senior family members. This year’s theme is “Super Self.” Attendees can explore a wide range of local services available to older individuals or stop by a “Hospitality Suite” including the Popcorn Snack Suite presented by Bath Expo & Window Expo, Lemonade Stand presented by USMD Health System, and the Picture This Green Screen Photo Booth hosted by Harbor Chase Assisted Living Center. Free bag lunches will be provided to the first 100 attendees courtesy of Oasis Senior Advisors. Entertainment will be provided by Marty Ruiz. Senior Expo attendees will also be treated to nutrition education, health screenings, flu and pneumonia vaccines, insurance assistance, brain exercises to boost memory, giveaways and more. New this year, guests can try free fitness classes including tai chi, chair Pilates, N.I.A. (Neuromuscular Integrative Action), Silver Sneakers BOOM or line dancing.
This is the perfect opportunity to see firsthand all the services available in North Texas for active seniors. All Expo attendees will also receive a free seven-day pass to try out The J.
— Submitted by Jef Tingley
Two more installments of Weinfeld’s JFK series
Ever-creative Bob Weinfeld has put together three powerful JFK programs at The Legacy Willow Bend. The first installment was held earlier this week.
At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, Weinfeld will interview Michael Granberry, feature writer for the Dallas Morning News.
Granberry has penned many articles on JFK and is considered an expert on the Kennedy assassination.
At 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Weinfeld will interview Abraham Zapruder’s daughter Myrna Ries. With his 8mm camera in hand, Zapruder set out to capture JFK’s historic motorcade through downtown Dallas. He filmed the entire 26 seconds of the assassination. Ries will answer questions about her father, where she was on that day, how her father’s film has affected her family and many other questions.
Both programs are free and open to the community.

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Texas tennis team claims national championship

Texas tennis team claims national championship

Posted on 26 October 2017 by admin

By Sean Shapiro
Special to the TJP

Members of the Texas Team had a confident feeling heading into the Ladies 40 & Over 40 Nationals this past weekend in Orlando.
“I thought our team was gonna win it; we had really good players heading into that, some of the best,” Wendy Holiner said. “Really exciting and a little nervous, but we were ready.”
And they were right.
On Sunday, Texas defeated New England in the finals, completing a successful season as national champions.

Submitted photo Texas defeated New England to win the national championship.

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Texas defeated New England to win the national championship.

“It was so exciting, and we worked very hard for the win,” Linda Leftin said. “Being able to celebrate and win a national championship, it was incredible.”
The team is based out of Oak Creek Tennis Center in Carrollton, and passed each test throughout a difficult, but winning, regular season. The team finished second in their pool with an 8-2 record, and qualified for sectionals.
“The Dallas area has so many good teams, so you had to be your best every week,” Leftin said. “But doing well against those teams, you knew that you could do well against anyone. So we had a good feeling about bigger tournaments after we went through the league here.”
From sectionals the team advanced to state competition and represented the entire Dallas area. At the state championships the team went a perfect 2-0 in flight play, then defeated Fort Worth 5-0 in the semifinals.
“Representing all of Dallas was very big,” Leftin said. “We know how many good teams there are, and that gives you some confidence and pressure at the state level.”
The state championship against Austin was a close 3-2 victory, and one of the best matches of the season.
“That came down to a tiebreak and it was so close,” Holiner said. “Austin always has one of the best teams, so it really wasn’t a surprise that it was close. In the end our team did a great job and just qualifying for nationals was exciting.”
That set the stage for a confident group to finish their march to a national championship in Orlando.
“It was such a great setting,” Leftin said. “The facilities were wonderful, and as a team we knew what we needed to do and played well. Winning (Sunday) was a wonderful feeling, but the whole weekend was great.”
Texas went undefeated in pool play and then battled the Midwest team in the semifinals before beating New England in the championship match.
Nycole Vu captained the team, and the roster also included Danna Bond, Cheri Prichard, Michelle Fitch, Roz Erlewein, Bea Demel, Laura Pyle, Leftin, Stefani McQueary, Holiner, Maureen McCaffrey, Elizabeth Shaw and Rebecca Bridges.
“We enjoyed the entire weekend, we all ate together as a team and a lot of us stayed at the same hotel,” Holiner said. “We have a lot of camaraderie as a team, and I think that really showed. We wouldn’t have won a national title without that type of team atmosphere.”

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Dallas Doings: Parenting, Consul General, new director

Dallas Doings: Parenting, Consul General, new director

Posted on 19 October 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Courses offered to teach how to embrace, improve distinctive parenting styles

Being a parent can be overwhelming, especially in today’s modern world with so many places providing “expert advice” at every turn. But becoming a parent isn’t about perfection; it’s about experiencing the  longest relationship of discovery in anyone’s life and one of the most demanding roles (with a HUGE learning curve). With this in mind, The J is excited to partner with renowned Jewish education organization Ayeka to offer a sampling of its “Becoming a Soulful Parent” workshops to the North Texas community. These unique, hands-on seminars led by education experts are helping change the conversation about parenting using the principles of Jewish wisdom to explore and discuss topics such as becoming a soulful and more self-confident parent and becoming a more appreciative partner.
“Our enterprising society, keenly aware of our parenting anxiety, floods us with books, articles and courses that claim to help us feel ‘in control’ over what is usually most decidedly out of control — raising kids,” says course creator Dasee Berkowitz. “‘Becoming a Soulful Parent’ is a program that is changing the conversation about parenting. There are no ‘quick fixes’ that will get childrearing ‘right.’ Being a parent to your child (or children) is not about solving problems. (At Ayeka, we believe) that our children are not projects to manage. Each one has a soul and a unique role to play in the world. And so do parents. It’s the parents’ job to nourish their children’s souls and in the process to grow their own soul, too.”
“Becoming a Soulful Parent” shifts the focus from a “success/ accomplishment/ achieving” mentality to an evolving parenting style filled with examples from external experts mixed with the experience of listening to one’s own intuitive wisdom. Every parent struggles. The challenge is to see one’s children, and by extension other people, as “souls” — not as personalities to like or dislike, egos to tread on or discipline; but as spirits that are unique, precious, and created with genuine divine light. When parents can slow down, accept the present, and honor their children and themselves by listening, every interaction can become an opportunity for growth, learning and creativity for the whole family.
During the “Becoming a Soulful Parent” workshops, attendees will have a chance to take a break from external pressures, including work, to surround themselves with like-minded people interested in coming together to discuss the essence of raising children with the infusion of wisdom from Jewish texts. The workshop will also teach attendees how to embrace their different parenting styles (including those of their partner or spouse) and to appreciate, with gratitude, the contributions their styles make to their child or children’s life.
The workshops samplers will be led by Dasee Berkowitz, The J’s early childhood expert, Tara Ohayon and Ayeka educator Chani Rodin, who have applied many of these principles to their own lives and families. The courses are offered free of charge during three, convenient one-hour times at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. or 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at  the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. The workshops are open to parents of children of any age (with or without their parenting partner). However, RSVP via the online form is required for each class to ensure adequate space. For more information, visit http://www.jccdallas.org/earlychildhoodcenter/becoming-a-soulful-parent-sampler/.
— Submitted by Jef Tingley

Consul General Gilad Katz at JCRC Town Hall

The Jewish Community Relations Council and AJC will welcome new Consul General of Israel Gilad Katz to the Southwest at a Town hall breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Aaron Family JCC. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Consul Katz will share his first impression of Texas and give an update on the Houston Jewish community following Hurricane Harvey. The event is complimentary to attend, but registration is required at jcrcdallas@jewishdallas.org. A light kosher breakfast will be served.

Daron Babcock to speak about urban farms at Beth Torah

Daron Babcock, executive director of Bonton Farms, will be the guest speaker at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club monthly lox-and-bagel breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Babcock heads one of the nation’s largest urban farms that turned a vacant lot in South Dallas into a project that grows food, provides jobs and restores hope in a disadvantaged part of the city. He will discuss how the farms are transforming a “food desert” into a source of healthy produce — and pride — for the community.

Submitted photo Daron Babcock (center) will speak at Beth Torah’s Men’s Club breakfast Sunday, Oct. 22.

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Daron Babcock (center) will speak at Beth Torah’s Men’s Club breakfast Sunday, Oct. 22.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. at the synagogue, located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson, near the crossroads of Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway. The cost is $10 — $5 for students — and the public is welcome. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.
— Submitted by Michael Precker

Levine Academy names new ECC director

Stacey Behrendt has been named the new Levine Academy Weinreb ECC director. She will begin Nov. 13.

Stacey Behrendt

Stacey Behrendt

Behrendt has extensive early childhood leadership experience in Dallas and Boston. Stacey served as director of the Primrose Schools in Dallas and Frisco for the last five years. For five years prior to moving to Dallas, she was director of the Mosaic School in Boston.

Get Back to shul at Shearith Israel’s Beatles Shabbat

Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker and the Shearith Israel choirs will lead a Beatles-themed Kabbalat service at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Beck Family Sanctuary at Shearith, 9401 Douglas Ave.
There is nothing like davening to Cantor Zhrebker’s clever scoring of the prayers to Beatles songs. After services there will be a Shabbat dinner for the entire family. Laura Miller will share speak on the topic “What I have Learned Battling Breast Cancer Twice.”
Reservations are required for dinner and cost is $13 for adults, $8 child and $40 maximum per family.

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Posted on 12 October 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship returns Oct. 29

The National Cuisine of Texas meets the Dietary Laws of the Bible in the Third Annual Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship, a daylong festival for the entire community, Sunday, Oct. 29.
Popular KLUV radio host and Texas Radio Hall of Famer Jody Dean returns to host the competition, which is sanctioned by the world-renowned Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS). Dallas Kosher, the organization certifying that local food and facilities adhere to Jewish dietary law, will supervise every aspect of the event.
The Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson is organizing the championship benefiting the synagogue and Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI), which provides group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Submitted photo WingSpan Theatre’s production of The Occupant will run through Oct. 21.

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WingSpan Theatre’s production of The Occupant will run through Oct. 21.

Four of Dallas’ leading culinary personalities – John Tesar, Tim Byres, Kent Rathbun and Jill Grobowsky Bergus – will be celebrity judges for the competition. Rathbun will lead a cooking demonstration as well, while Byres and Tesar will sign their latest books.
Last year’s championship drew more than 1,600 barbecue lovers for a day of smoking, grilling and family fun. Brian Rubenstein, co-chair of the championship, says he expects a bigger crowd and teams from across the country to show off their barbecue skills as the event continues to grow.
“We’ve put Dallas on the kosher barbecue map, and we’re drawing interest from all over,” he said. “And we’re proud to bring the joy of kosher barbecue to the community as a whole.”
The competition will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Sunnyland Patio Furniture, at the corner of Spring Valley and Coit roads in Dallas. The festivities will include music, silent auctions, a kids play area, hot dog and pickle eating contests – and, of course, barbecue. Admission is free, with plenty of free parking on-site.
The Beth Torah organizers recently won a national Gold Torch Award for community outreach from the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs for staging the championship and encouraging other clubs around the country to do the same.
Kosher barbecue competitions have one obvious difference — no pork — but there are other distinctions. To ensure adherence to dietary laws, the Men’s Club provides all grills, smokers, utensils, condiments and spices – as well as the four meats in competition: chicken, turkey, beef brisket and beef ribs.
Because no work can be done or fires lit on the Jewish Sabbath, teams prepare the meats Thursday night, then start cooking after sundown Saturday.
As in all KCBS competitions, the society’s judges will award official trophies for all four meats, as well as crown the grand champion and reserve grand champion, who will share $500 in cash. But on the main stage, the celebrity judge panel will award its own set of prizes.
“We’re really honored to have these great chefs joining us,” Rubenstein said. “We all have a passion for great barbecue, and this will be a day to share that passion with the whole community.”
— Submitted by Michael Precker

Still time to catch The Occupant

For anyone interested in theater, Occupant is a must-see – a seldom-performed play by America’s prolific, much-honored Edward Albee. For Jews, there’s an additional incentive: this is the playwright’s onstage biography of America’s famed Jewish sculptor, Louise Nevelson.
Its static setting is the afterlife. There are only two characters: Nevelson herself – able to reflect on all her earthly years. since the “action” takes place 20 years after her death — and The Man, an unnamed interviewer making notes on her self-told biography, a likely stand-in for Albee himself. Here is one artist learning about the life of another.
Nevelson was born Leah Berliawsky in 1899 near Kiev, Russia. When the family immigrated, Maine became home, and Leah became Louise. Always a self-directed “free spirit,” she nonetheless bowed to woman’s usual roles of her time, marrying young and (not what she ever wanted) becoming a mother. Neither husband nor son held the center of her life; its sole core was art.
In a way her history parallels Albee’s, which may be why he wrote “Occupant.” Both had many false starts, failures before successes, and long troubled, nonproductive years (he: alcoholism; she: depression). But both eventually emerged as recognized artistic icons. In this play, as we learn Nevelson’s life, we are party to much of Albee’s as well.
Everyone knows Albee, but few know this play. Here’s a chance to see it as part of WingSpan Theatre’s current season, which salutes him. Occupant will be onstage at Dallas’ bathhouse Cultural Center through Oct. 21, with tickets no more than $20; tonight is “pay what you can.” For further information and to make reservations, call 214-675-6573, or go to www.wingspantheatre.com.
— Harriet Gross

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Dallas Doings: DATA anniversary, Chocolate Hebrew, Sukkot

Dallas Doings: DATA anniversary, Chocolate Hebrew, Sukkot

Posted on 05 October 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

DATA’S silver anniversary: 25 years of heart and soul

The Dallas Area Torah Association’s 25th Anniversary Dinner is a time to reflect and celebrate the impact, the accomplishments within the Dallas community and greater Metroplex, as well as the effects the organization has had on people nationwide.
This year’s momentous milestone event will be held Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at The Plano Event Center. The entire DATA network and their families are gearing up for the anniversary with great pride. To mark the occasion, 25 couples who have played an important role in the development of DATA and its branches have been chosen to be a part of the DATA 25 for 25th Ambassadors. These individuals and families are a composite representation of the greater DATA family that spans 25 years and multiple branches and divisions.
Oscar and Aviva Rosenberg, the event’s honorary dinner chairs, share what has been most meaningful to themselves and their family about having DATA in their community.
“Twenty-five years ago, four young rabbis came here, and they, along with their wives poured their neshamos, their souls, into further developing the Jewish community and Torah infrastructure that has blossomed throughout the Metroplex,” Mr. Rosenberg said. “They came with a passion to enhance the Jewish community, and they succeeded because of their sincere concern and love for the Jewish people.”
More personally though, he added, “DATA has made us proud Jews. They have enabled us to hold our heads up high, taking pride in our long standing heritage and being part of the chain of continuity.”
Oscar and Aviva accepted the position of honorary dinner chairs as a show of gratitude to the organization that impacted their lives and the broader Jewish community.
A panel of national honorary chairs, spanning the entire country, recognizes the accomplishments of DATA and its network of branches, and have added their support and respect for the occasion, as well.
To share your support for DATA’s quarter-century milestone, please look for more information later this month or visit www.dallastorah.org.
— Submitted by Rabbi Yehudah Abrams

Beth Torah to offer Chocolate Hebrew course

Chocolate Hebrew, the innovative 13-hour crash course in reading Hebrew, will be offered at Congregation Beth Torah over a three-week period beginning Oct. 14.
The course is part of an expanded adult education program at the Richardson synagogue, and is open to all.
Chocolate Hebrew — named to give a sense of fun, innovation and appeal of a unique, multisensory, intensive class — was developed by a Hebrew teacher and a linguistic expert in Washington, D.C., and introduced to Texas by Ruth Precker, who will teach the course at Beth Torah.
“We’re thrilled to add this to our curriculum,” said Beri Schwitzer, director of congregational learning. “Chocolate Hebrew has proven to be a great introduction to the alef-bet and a gateway to studying Modern and Biblical Hebrew, or just feeling more comfortable at services.”
The cost of the course is $100, including materials. There will be a free introductory class Sunday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Beth Torah Sukkah.
Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson, near the crossroads of Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.
— Submitted by Michael Precker

Josh Goldberg at Temple Emanu-El Sukkot Bash

Temple Emanu-El will welcome its own Josh Goldberg as the featured performer for its Booths and Bowls Sukkot Bash, Friday, Oct. 6. Goldberg attended Levine Academy and graduated from Booker T. Washington School for Performing and Visual Arts. In 2010, he moved to California to attend University of Southern California’s renowned Popular Music Performance program.

Submitted photo Josh Goldberg will perform at the Booths and Bowls Sukkot Bash on Oct. 6.

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Josh Goldberg will perform at the Booths and Bowls Sukkot Bash on Oct. 6.

Last fall, he released his first full-length contemporary Jewish album, One, to critical acclaim. Josh began cantorial school at the Academy for Jewish Religion in California. When not in school or serving as cantorial soloist at Temple Beth Hillel, Josh produces records at Kosher Style Records. He is the son of Dallasites Cyndi Heller and Dr. Marshal Goldberg and recently became engaged to Annie Stern. The concert is free, but registration (https://participate.tedallas.org/sukkotbash) is required for the concert.

Chabad of Plano Family Sukkot Celebration

Chabad of Plano will hold its annual Family Sukkot Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Lang Chabad Center, 3904 West Park Blvd. The afternoon will feature tons of fun including, inflatables, a zipline, wipeout, obstacle course, petting zoo and rock climbing.
There will be popcorn and cotton candy along with a hot dog dinner in the sukkah. Everyone will get a chance to shake the lulav and etrog. Cost for the event is $5 per person; children 3 and under are free.
The afternoon is sponsored by Staci and Dr. Paul Rubin of Frisco Kids Dentistry.

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Dallas Doings: National convention, new youth adviser, Yom Kippur, more

Dallas Doings: National convention, new youth adviser, Yom Kippur, more

Posted on 28 September 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Cantors shine at JWV&LA national convention

Double Congratulations to Sandra and Allan Cantor. Allan was appointed National Officer of the Day at the Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in San Antonio (Aug. 27-31). Meanwhile, Sandra Cantor was elected junior vice president of the Auxiliary.
The Department of TALO (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma) hosted the national convention and showed their Southern hospitality to the largest group of delegates in a very long time. It was not sure the event would even occur due to the forecast of “Harvey”; however, the convention went on and there was one couple from Houston in attendance, National Officers pledged to help JWV members affected by the floods. Next year’s convention will be held in Tampa, Florida.

Temple Shalom welcomes new youth adviser

Hallie Weiner has joined Temple Shalom as youth adviser. She loves working with kids and has been teaching for all of her adult life. Originally from Los Angeles and the daughter of a cantor, Hallie grew up steeped in Judaism feeling that the synagogue was her second home. That is the feeling she hopes to transmit to the Temple Shalom youth. In addition to youth director at Temple Shalom, Hallie is a preschool teacher and cantorial student.

Shalowitz will daven Yom Kippur services

Tiferet Israel welcomes back Cantor Howard Shalowitz to sing and daven at their High Holy Day services. Cantor Shalowitz first led services at Tiferet in 2016. The congregation found that his music enhanced the service and invited him back for a second year.
Cantor Shalowitz has led services and lectured on Jewish music throughout the United States, and served as High Holy Day chazzan at synagogues in New York City, in Florida and on kosher cruises. He serves on the Cantors Assembly’s (CA) Executive Council and as the chairman of the CA’s Ambassador Program Committee. He is the past president of the St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music and is a frequent guest lecturer on Jewish music. He has written, narrated, and produced television programs for the Jewish holidays. He won a national Telly Award as co-host of the weekly television show See/Hear.

Cantor Howard Shalowitz (left) and Rabbi Shawn Zell

Cantor Howard Shalowitz (left) and Rabbi Shawn Zell

Chazzan Shalowitz began singing at the age of 10 as a boy soloist in various High Holy Day choirs in Chicago. He also made recordings on radio and television. He attended Tulane University, where he sang lead roles in operettas and sang with the New Orleans Symphony. He also served as chazzan at Tikvat Shalom Congregation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree plus his Master of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America Cantorial School.
In addition to his accomplishments in music, he is well-known in the St. Louis area as a successful attorney. He has served as president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis Bar Foundation and has served on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar. He has hosted the weekly television show, Legally Speaking in St. Louis. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
If you would like to attend services at Tiferet Israel for Kol Nidre (Friday evening, Sept. 29) and Yom Kippur (Saturday, Sept. 30) please call 214-691-3611 or email Jennifer@TiferetIsrael.org.
For more information, contact Ed Jerome at 214-696-1111.

JFS kicks off annual diaper drive

National Diaper Awareness Week is Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Throughout October, JFS will hold its annual Diaper Shower.
Stock the JFS Food Pantry with infant to adult diapers, pull-ups and wipes for community families in need and help reach the goal of 100,000 diapers again! Drop-off is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the JFS Food Pantry, 5402 Arapaho Road, Dallas. You can also drop items off at the following locations throughout the month:

  • Akiba Academy of Dallas Early Childhood School, 12324 Merit Drive, Dallas
  • Congregation Anshai Torah, 5501 W. Parker Road, Plano
  • Ann & Nate Levine Academy Early Childhood Center, 18011 Hillcrest Road, Dallas
  • The Goldberg Family Early Childhood Center at the J, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas
  • and Speech TX; for details call 214-336-9342. Donations can also be made using Amazon Smile and selecting JFS Diaper Shower as the beneficiary.

The 2017 Diaper Show co-chairs are Cathy Glick, Julie Liberman and Beverly Rossel.
— Submitted by Jamie Denison

Farm-to-City Sukkot Celebration

The Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) will host a Farm-to-City Autumn Sukkot Celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 on its campus at 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. This communitywide celebration will include an interfaith twist recognizing autumn’s transition from summer to winter. It is part of The J’s “Let’s Get Social” initiative, which brings together the community in a variety of new and different ways to help people connect and interact beyond social media.
Farm-to-City Autumn Sukkot Celebration activities will include Goat Yoga led by Woni from 5 to 6 p.m. ($10 members/$15 non-members and online registration is required) and FREE Hayrides from 5 to 7 p.m. Other no-cost activities include arts and crafts in the J On Wheels trailer, miniature candy sukkah building, a live DJ and country line dancing, and displays by local vendors. Seasonal foods will be available for purchase and attendees will enjoy refreshments such as wine and seasonal treats.
More information is available at jccdallas.org or by contacting Terri Arends at tarends@jccdallas.org.

Temple Shalom religious students head back to school

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On Sunday, Sept. 10, the halls of Temple Shalom were filled with learning and laughter.
Children in kindergarten through seventh grade joined together for the first day of religious school.
“Temple Shalom Religious School is off to a great start! We have added several exciting new programs for students and families, a brand-new Judaica curriculum and, perhaps most exciting for our students, a Gaga Pit,” said Director of Lifelong Learning Rabbi Ariel Boxman.
Some new programs include: a monthly playgroup for moms and babies (ages 0-2) called Temple Shalom Mamas, a Junior Youth Group, a Tribe Program to promote bonding among students in school and a Temple Shalom BBYO Chapter for eighth- to 12th-grade students.
New programs are mixed in with old favorites: monthly spirit days, blessing of the pets, munchkins minyan and of course fun-filled Jewish holiday celebrations.
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Dallas Doings: Farm-to-city at JCC

Dallas Doings: Farm-to-city at JCC

Posted on 20 September 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Farm-to-City series at the J

City living can be downright stressful, so the Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J) is bringing the tranquility of farm life to the bustling North Texas metropolis with a Farm-to-City series including Goat Yoga, Pedals & Puppies (canine friendly spin class), Puppy Yoga, hayrides and an Autumn Sukkot Celebration. The series is part of The J’s “Let’s Get Social” initiative, which brings together the community in a variety of new and different ways to help people connect and interact beyond social media.
The Farm-to-City series begins from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, with Goat Yoga Harmony led by Woni on The J’s campus in the relaxing, shaded woods. Participants will enjoy an exhilarating yoga class interacting with baby Pygmy goats eager to join in the poses (the goats only weigh between 10 and 12 pounds, making them the perfect weight for providing a mini-massage). Cost is $15 non-members/$10 members and space is limited.

Photo: JCC Goat Yoga will be back at the JCC on Sept. 24

Photo: JCC
Goat Yoga will be back at the JCC on Sept. 24

On Thursday, Sept. 28 its Pedals & Puppies spin class from 5 to 5:55 p.m. and Puppy Yoga from 6 to 7 p.m. A complimentary “Let’s Get Social” Happy Hour will also be held from 5 to 7 p.m. During Pedals & Puppies, participants are invited to get their blood flowing on a Spinner Chrono Power cycling bike. Adoptable puppies provided by the SPCA will ride along in a few bike baskets ready to give puppy kisses of encouragement to riders in need. Puppy Yoga will take place outside after the ride with another batch of adoptable SPCA cuties ready to practice downward dog along with participants. Both classes are free to attend, but RSVP is required due to space limitations.
Goat Yoga Harmony led by Woni returns from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 1. Cost is $15 non-members/$10 members and space is limited. Reservations can be made at http://bit.ly/2uEh8nn. The Farm-to-City series concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 10 with an Autumn Sukkot Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Among the evening’s activities will be Sukkot Goat Yoga led by Woni from 5 to 6 p.m. ($15 non-members/$10 members) meditation in the sukkah, a temporary hut used for Sukkot, from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. (no cost); as well as complimentary “get away” hay rides from 6 to 7 p.m. and a post-class wine and cheese happy hour until 7 p.m.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique series of opportunities for the community to reset fall spirits and embrace their inner harmony,” said Terri Arends, The J’s group fitness director. “It’s been proven that animals deliver positive wellness, and we hope attendees can breathe in the charm of farm life and find bliss in every breath while connecting with others in the spirit of Sukkot.”
All Farm-to-City series events will be held on The J’s campus at 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. Space is limited for each class. Reservations are mandatory and can be made at http://bit.ly/2uEh8nn. More information is available http://www.jccdallas.org/main/let-s-get-social/ or by contacting Terri Arends at tarends@jccdallas.org.

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Dallas Doings: Selichot, new Legacy leader, pinball

Dallas Doings: Selichot, new Legacy leader, pinball

Posted on 14 September 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Selichot services at Beth Torah

As has been the custom for many years, the Dallas-area’s three Conservative synagogues — Plano Congregation Anshai Torah, Richardson Congregation Beth Torah and Dallas Congregation Shearith Israel — will observe Selichot services together at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Congregation Beth Torah, 720 Lookout Drive, will host this year’s program, which features Rabbi Bradley “Brad” Shavit Artson.
Rabbi Artson has been a scholar-in-residence many times throughout the North Texas community and each time his messages are meaningful and inspiring. His topic for Selichot services, which are free and open to the community, is “Teshuvah.” Havdallah will start the evening, followed by the program, Selichot services and dessert.
Rabbi Artson is the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California, where he is vice-president. He supervises the Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and provides educational and religious oversight for Camp Ramah of California. He is dean of the Zecharias Frankel College at the University of Potsdam in Germany, ordaining Conservative/Masorti rabbis for the European Union.
Rabbi Artson will speak at Beth Torah four additional tines throughout the weekend and all programming is open to the community. However, there are fees associated with some programming. To register and for pricing, visit https://congregationbethtorah.org/selichot-weekend/.

Meet new head of The Legacy Senior Communities

When Bob Weinfeld convenes the latest installment of his “Get to Know Your…” series at the Legacy at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, Melissa Orth will be the guest. Orth is the new president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. Before joining the Legacy Aug. 21, Orth has served as the chief operating officer/chief financial officer of Greenhill School for the past 17 years. Weinfeld is thrilled to have Orth join him in the Legacy’s sanctuary for the Q&A style presentation.

Melissa Orth

Melissa Orth

“She is spectacular and it’s going to be a great afternoon,” he told the TJP.

Sabo joins Tiferet Israel as director of Family Programs

Rabbi Meir Sabo, well-known and beloved Akiba Academy teacher, was recently named director of Tiferet Israel’s Young Family Programs to develop and lead services and events for families with children. For Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (Sept. 21) and Day 2 (Sept. 22), Rabbi Sabo will lead a young family service starting at 11 a.m. The service is designed for families who want to daven together with their children and will be similar to Rabbi Sabo’s popular high-energy monthly Shabbat Kulanu service at Tiferet.

Rabbi Meir Sabo (left) and Rabbi Shawn Zell

Rabbi Meir Sabo (left) and Rabbi Shawn Zell

Each service will last about 90 minutes. Younger children who might find that too long who would qualify for this special offer are encouraged to attend with their families for the first 30 minutes, when Rabbi Sabo will focus on child-friendly themes. Then, children are welcome to join Tiferet’s High Holy Day Children’s Program for snacks and crafts. This is a special opportunity for young children to learn and make new friends.
Tiferet Israel is located at 10909 Hillcrest Road, just north of Royal Lane.
For more information about the Family Rosh Hashanah service or the monthly Kulanu service, please call Jennifer at 214-691-3611 or email jennifer@tiferetisrael.org.

Calling all pinball wizards

Louis Marx and his family will host the 5th Annual Alan Marx Memorial IFPA Pinball Fundraiser beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Marx home, 5229 Alec Drive, Garland. Proceeds from the event will benefit Bnai Zion Foundation and Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association.
The highlight of the event will be two IFPA-sanctioned pinball tournaments. The buy-in for the tournament is $30 and a $300 cash prize is guaranteed to the winner. All skill levels are welcome. There is also a casual pinball league event open to everyone at no charge.
At the end of the event a Harlem Globetrotters pinball machine valued at $1500 will be raffled. Raffle tickets are $25 each or $60 for three tickets. You must be present at the time of the raffle to win the machine. The Marx family has an extensive collection of pinball machines at their home. More than 25 pinball and arcade machines will be onsite and set for free play for those who want to just play pinball and not compete. Marx tells the TJP that 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will go to Bnai Zion and DHFLA. Last year $3,900 was raised.

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