Jews around the Dallas area celebrated Purim earlier this month. Here is a sampling of celebration from area congregations that submitted photos.
Posted on 23 March 2017 by admin
Jews around the Dallas area celebrated Purim earlier this month. Here is a sampling of celebration from area congregations that submitted photos.
Posted on 16 March 2017 by admin
The fairy tale misfit adventure, Shrek The Musical Jr., comes to life on the Dallas stage with The J’s Performing Arts Space (JPAS) productions of the of the adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.
Shrek The Musical Jr. is comprised of two casts with actors ages 6-18. The Green Cast performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The Blue Cast performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2. All performances will take place in The J’s Zale Auditorium at 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. Attendees are encouraged to get involved in the show by dressing as their favorite fairytale character and purchasing a prop bag for audience interaction. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children and seniors in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/2nk8y8U.
“Shrek The Musical Jr. is a fantastic show because it gives all the actors a chance to let their imaginations run wild about some of their favorite storybook characters,” said Alise Robinson, manager of JPAS. “We wanted to create a fun show that engages the audience and the actors while creating something that adults and children can enjoy together.”
JPAS is unique in that it focuses on education, performing and learning 21st-century life skills. It’s not just about the performance. The actors don’t just run through lines, learn their marks and follow the director’s lead. JPAS actors learn about intentions, how to be part of an ensemble, collaboration, movement techniques and coordination, listening and social skills, and the power of their voices. Additionally, JPAS hires the best directors, musical directors and choreographers in North Texas who have a background in making young actors more well-rounded and confident in themselves, and who will increase their talents to new heights. When JPAS actors finish the production, the goal is for them to have a new-found set of skills that they can use not only on the stage but in life.
Additionally, as part of its mission to expose children to more live theater, The J has donated 100 tickets (50 per cast) to North Texas nonprofit organizations to distribute to families they serve.
Blue Cast: The senior cast is comprised of 36 actors including: Claire Allen, Claire Blacker, Sophie Brock, Brody Bundis, Sopia Chavez, Haley Coleman, Ella DeWitt, Ella Edmundson, Lindsey Fetter, Aubrey Fomin, Nadia Fox, John Foster Glover, Izzie Haymann, Maggie Hurley, Marlee Ingram, Carli Jones, Bradley Jones, Jacob Kaplan, Megan Lederman, Adam Leybovich-Glikin, Michelle Leybovich-Glikin, Lyla Lively, Sadie Manaster, Amelia McAnear, Elliot McEachern, Sarah McIntosh, Sarah Moskowitz, Avery Murphy, Alexandra Rosenblatt, Max Rudelman, Mara Sandberg, Sarah Schussler, Sailor Schwaber, Montana Wulff, Dakota Wulff and Rachel Yahalom.
Green Cast: The Green Cast is comprised of 35 actors including: Parker Adams, Jada Anderson, Ryland Bundis, Mercer Bundis, Nola Carroll, Kevin Carter, Thandi Chisango, Jordan Clark, Kenzie Clark, Natalie Connelly, Ivy Daniel, Alyssa Dolman, Erin Edwards, Noah Fledman, Cooper Frank, Piper Glowacki, Paige Glowacki, Olivia Goin, Tatiana Gonzalez, Macy Gutow, Lainey Gutow, Maddie Isaac, Audrey Lewis, Sara Lipszyc, Gigi Melucci, Alexis Muturi, Amanda Park, Charlotte Rosuck, Sam Rubin, Jacob Sanders, Audrey Schedler, Jordan Velevis, Sydney Walters, Hayden Watros and Juliet Zucker.
— Submitted by Jef Tingley
Brian Cuban, lawyer, TV host and author of Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder, will be the guest speaker at Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club lox-and-bagel breakfast on Sunday, March 19.
Cuban, whose brother is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, will speak about his recovery from depression, addiction and a distorted sense of self-image. The public is invited.
Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth To
rah, 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson. The cost is $10, $5 for students. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.
Dr. John Macready, noted scholar and expert on radical right-wing extremism, will discuss anti-Semitism, hate crimes and racism at the JWV Harvey Bloom Post 256 monthly lox-and-bagel breakfast. The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26 at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas, and is open to all interested parties. A nominal $5 per person charge covers the cost of bagels, lox and fixings.
“The recent spate of bomb threats against Jewish community centers, schools and organizations around the country, as well as in our own back yard, is a matter of great concern,” stated Andrew Lavigne. “It is vitally important that we understand what motivates these acts of terrorism and how best to deal with them.”
Dr. John Douglas Macready is an adjunct assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas and El Centro College. His work focuses on critical issues in social and political philosophy with specific attention paid to human dignity as it relates to larger human rights issues such as statelessness, racism, genocide, and mass incarceration.
He is currently involved in an interdisciplinary study of the process of deradicalization in former far-right extremists as it pertains to anti-Semitism and other antisocial beliefs and behaviors. Dr. Macready’s work has appeared in the Journal of Social Philosophy and he is the author of a forthcoming book titled Hannah Arendt and the Fragility of Human Dignity (Lexington Books, 2017).
— Submitted by Andrew Lavigne
Posted on 09 March 2017 by admin
A very proud Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas now has a Shalom Award among the many honors and recognitions he has received.
Rev. Cazares-Thomas, senior pastor of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, received the honor from Temple Shalom Brotherhood at a presentation held Sunday, Feb. 26, at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel.
“It was a truly wonderful, humbling and, in many ways, overwhelming experience,” said Rev. Cazares-Thomas, “that I will treasure for a long time to come.”
More than 300 guests filled the Malachite Showroom at the InterContinental to pay tribute to Rev. Cazares-Thomas, well-known for his activism throughout the Metroplex, and spiritual leader to the world’s largest ministry with a primarily LGBT congregation.
It was the first time the Shalom Award was presented to someone outside the Jewish community. Reverend Cazares-Thomas’ passion and service strongly aligns with that of Temple Shalom’s mission, which is to inspire an enduring relationship with God, Torah, Israel and the Jewish people through worship, study, gathering and community service. Temple Shalom’s Senior Rabbi Andrew M. Paley is a member of Faith Forward Dallas: Faith Leaders United for Peace and Justice. He and the Temple Shalom congregation have vowed to be inclusive and welcoming to the entire Dallas community.
“Honoring Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas with the Temple Shalom Brotherhood’s Shalom Award allowed us to not only present our gratitude and esteem to a most appropriate and deserving community servant, but also to declare that in spite of the divisions and indifference we may encounter in our own city and around the country, we will not be discouraged in our attempts to bring a little bit of Shalom to this world. We have not put down the fires of hatred and hostility — yet — but we will continue to try. Temple Shalom and Temple Shalom Brotherhood are incredibly powerful forces in that effort and I am grateful to them and to our collaboration and friendship with the Cathedral of Hope, their leadership, their congregants and especially Rev. Cazares-Thomas,” explained Rabbi Andrew Paley.
Voices of Hope, a cross section of Cathedral of Hope choir singers, inspired the crowd with a musical performance. Temple Shalom Past President (Congregation and Brotherhood) Dennis Eichelbaum, the evening’s master of ceremonies, channeled the late Johnny Carson in performing a “Carnac the Magnificent” routine that cleansed the humor palate after a delicious dinner.
Guest presenters included Bradley Laye, president and CEO of the Greater Dallas Jewish Federation, and Cece Cox, president and CEO of the Resource Center of Dallas. Proceeds from the event benefit Temple Shalom Brotherhood, the Cathedral of Hope, and Dallas Hope Charities.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg
The UTD Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and the Center for Jewish Education will co-host a free community program featuring Elizabeth Rynecki, author of Chasing Portraits, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.
Fans of The Woman in Gold will appreciate Chasing Portraits, a history of the art of Moshe Rynecki, Elizabeth Rynecki’s great-grandfather, and her search for his lost and missing paintings. Moshe, a Warsaw-based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community in the interwar period, perished in the Holocaust. The book raises questions about the provenance of stolen art, recovery, and forgiveness. A book signing and interactive Q&A session for the audience will follow the lecture.
This program serves as an opportunity to initiate and promote awareness in the Dallas community of what happened when the Third Reich shattered the world of Europe and created shock waves that still exert an impact on contemporary consciousness.
Elizabeth Rynecki is also the producer of a film documentary about her search, which will also be previewed at the lecture.
Dr. Nils Roemer, director of the UTD Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, said, “We are thrilled to have Elizabeth come speak about her personal experiences in the search for her great-grandfather’s lost art. She offers a unique perspective to the ongoing discussion about reclaiming lost and stolen property that was taken from Jews during the Holocaust.”
RSVPs are necessary due to limited seating and security. Please contact Karen Schlosberg, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-239-7131.
Food + Fit = Fun (FFF) is a bilingual, hands-on nutrition and wellness program created by the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section. FFF has already been integrated into the existing curriculum of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) programs in the Dallas, Irving, and Richardson Independent School Districts.
On Feb. 3, FFF began in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas at VMLC (Vickery Meadow Learning Center).
The customizable program is designed as a fun, family-centered experience to help combat obesity and food scarcity by promoting healthy eating with limited food dollars and encouraging physical activity. The program includes:
“When I learned that this is the first generation of children who are likely to live shorter lives than their parents and that one in every four children in North Texas is food insecure, I was shocked,” said Suzi Greenman, executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section. “Obesity is a particularly urgent issue in our local community, as Dallas consistently ranks among the most overweight and hungriest cities in America. FFF’s proactive approach is to combat obesity before it begins by connecting with young children and their families to address many of the root causes. The program gives participants the tools to lead healthier lives through better nutrition and increased physical activity.”
“One of the biggest advantages of FFF is that it is customizable. The curriculum can be adapted to any age or training facility,” said Sharan Goldstein, one of the founders of FFF. “What sets the Vickery Meadow program apart from others we are currently doing is that we are teaching the class. Typically, members of FFF train representatives of the organization we’ve partnered with, and they, in turn, teach the class. At Vickery Meadow, we get to teach firsthand, which is more effective and gratifying for our volunteers.”
FFF is also expanding “Eating Well is a SNAP,” a new program designed for seniors. A training session for new volunteers will be held in March.
For further updates and more information on Food + Fit = Fun or Eating Well is a SNAP, visit www.facebook.com/food.fit.fun or www.NCJWDallas.org.
Posted on 23 February 2017 by admin
Last week, the Akiba Academy seventh/eighth grade girls’ basketball team clinched the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) 3-3A district championship.
The fifth/sixth grade girls’ and boys’ teams headed into second-round playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 21. Winners will head to the championships.
— Submitted by Sara Mancuso
The 2017 Arnie Sweet Scholar-in-Residence session with Dr. Deborah Lipstadt is in the books.
Congregation Anshai Torah’s 2017 Arnie Sweet Scholar-in-Residence weekend welcomed hundreds from throughout the community to Plano for a weekend with Dr. Deborah Lipstadt.
“Dr. Lipstadt brought personal insight to the story of her trial and the making of the film Denial, also giving a brilliant review of the roots of anti-Semitism, and its expression in the modern world,” said SIR Event Chair Warren Harmel. Vice-Chair Barrett Stern, Jacob Ratner, and SIR committee members Faina Aronowitz, Beth Berk, Stuart Blaugrund, Andy and Ferne Farkas, Athene Harmel, Alisa Makler, Mitch Moskowitz, Manuel Rajunov, Karen Reid and Janice Weinberg, together with the Anshai Torah staff, joined Harmel in coordinating a magnificent set of events.
Dr. Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, which was brought to the big screen in the 2016 feature film Denial, tells the story of the 1996 suit brought by David Irving against Lipstadt, and her publisher Penguin Books, who he charged libeled him in her 1993 book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.
The SIR included record numbers attending a Friday Lunch and Learn at which Dr. Lipstadt discussed Contemporary Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger, more than 350 attending the Friday night services, dinner and keynote address regarding Dr. Lipstadt’s trial; and at least 220 at Saturday morning services and Kiddush which featured her addressing the subject of Jewish Life on College Campuses and the subject of BDS and anti-Israel attitudes and a question and answer session. At Saturday night’s sponsor dessert reception, 65 guests gathered at the home of Alisa and Jason Makler. The Scholar-in-Residence weekend, presented by Janice and Art Weinberg, Cindy and Mitch Moskowitz, Cathy and Joel Brook, Debbie and Manuel Rajunov as Etz Hayim sponsors, and other supporters, is an annual tribute to the late Arnie Sweet.
—Submitted by Deb Silverthorn
Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego, residential realtors who teamed up 10 years ago to create Your “KEY” Team, received top honors at Virginia Cook Realtors, placing them amongst the top producers for 2016.
This is just one example of some of the incredible accomplishments they have received over the course of their careers in real estate including top producers in 2014 as well.
What makes Your “KEY” Team so unique and successful?
“Well, for starters, right from the start, you get two agents for the price of one. No matter how much business is going on, there is always someone available to provide timely responses. Our system makes it effortless for our clients to get what they need, and in today’s fast-paced market, clients want answers quickly and we make sure that happens,” said Haymann.
Julie and Lauren go the extra mile for their clients and use a very hands-on approach to getting their listings market ready.
“We’ll do just about anything to help our sellers. You often find us packing boxes, organizing closets and cleaning the house to make it just right before a listing goes on the market,” said Savariego. “We’re not afraid of rolling up our sleeves and assisting our clients to make sure the job is done just right!”
Julie and Lauren feel very blessed to work together.
“We started off as acquaintances, grew into partners and now we are a family,” said Haymann.
— Submitted by Julie Haymann
AJC has three exciting programs slated for the next couple of weeks.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, AJC will present Michael Singh, who will speak on, Has the Two-State Solution Escaped our Grasp?
Singh was senior director of Middle East affairs under George W. Bush and served as Middle East adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. He currently serves as managing director and Lane-Swig Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute. He has addressed the AJC Dallas board on numerous occasions and is a perennial favorite at the AJC Global Forum and Southwest Diplomatic Marathon.
This free program will take place in Tobian Auditorium at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road. It will begin at 7:15 p.m., with a pre-reception for AJC Marshall Society members (donors of $1,250 or more) beginning at 6:30. RSVP to www.ajcdallas.org/michaelsingh or to email@example.com.
On Friday, March 3, AJC and the World Affairs Council will present the second installment in the 2017 International Perspectives Series. Stephen Biddle will address US Military Sales: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?
This annual tradition brings some of the great minds of our country to Dallas to discuss important issues in foreign affairs.
Biddle is adjunct senior fellow on defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.
Tickets ($45 for AJC and WAC members, $60 for nonmembers) can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2lJ8Ox9. These programs usually sell out, so don’t delay! This is a noon lunch program at the Crescent Hotel.
On Thursday, March 9, there will be a panel discussion featuring Rabbi David Stern and Rabbi Elana Zelony, moderated by Dr. Shira Lander, Why Americans Should Care About Religious Pluralism in Israel.
A look inside why religious pluralism in Israel is important not just to Israelis; not just to Jews; but to all Americans. This event is sponsored by AJC Dallas, SMU Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition (JREC).
JREC is a broad-based initiative advocating for religious freedom and equality in Israel, notably with respect to issues of personal status, as a means of strengthening Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state that assures its ties with global Jewry.
This free program will be held at SMU, in McCord Auditorium on the third floor of Dallas Hall.
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On Jan. 22, the Harvey J. Bloom Post No. 256 and Auxiliary held their 2017 Installation of Officers at the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson.
The event included a brunch graciously sponsored by Michael Collins of Charles Schwab Investments. Congratulations go out to Andy Lavigne, the new Post commander, and Sandra Cantor, president of the Auxiliary, serving her second term. Art Kaplan, TALO commander, and Marcy Kahn, past Auxiliary president, presided over the installations.
The highlight of the day was the presentation of the Roland Greenwald Award, the highest honor given on the local level of The Jewish War Veterans of America. This year’s recipient is Jerry Benjamin, who exemplifies the commitment and devotion to the organization that Mr. Greenwald did.
The award came as a total surprise to Jerry as explained in his acceptance speech: “I was the head of the committee and I know who was nominated and it was not me!”
If you are interested in finding out more, check JWV out on Facebook: jewishwarveteranspost256@jwv256dallas.
— Submitted by Sandra Cantor
Dallas’ two leading film critics, Stephen Becker of KERA and Chris Vognar of The Dallas Morning News, will be the guest speakers at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club/Sisterhood breakfast Sunday, Feb. 19.
Becker and Vognar will discuss movies, the upcoming Oscars and all things cinematic. But instead of popcorn, the menu will feature Men’s Club’s lox and bagels and Sisterhood’s fabulous desserts.
The public is invited to the breakfast, which begins at 9:30. Admission is $10, $5 for students.
Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive, near the crossroads of Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway.
For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.
— Submitted by Michael Precker
Charles Silver and his wife welcomed guests to their home Sunday, Feb. 12, for their annual Tu B’Shevat seder.
“Nearly all of us have a Passover seder, but very few of us have Tu B’Shevat seders,” Charles wrote to the TJP.
He and his wife, Kathi, have been hosting the event nearly every year for 18 years.
Silver explained that the origin of their celebration dates back to 1993, when his wife visited their daughter in Israel. She was on the yearlong NATIV program. While traveling through the northern city of Tzfat, they participated in a Kabbalah-inspired seder where many Orthodox Jews were sitting around a table, eating fruit, drinking wine of different dilutions, and singing hymns and prayers celebrating nature, trees and the environment, and their spiritual relationship to God.
“This inspired us so much that we began doing our own Tu B’Shevat Seder in 1996 and have done so continuously since with a few brief pauses,” Silver said.
He explained, “The Tu B’Shevat seder originated with the Kabbalists in the 16th century in Tzfat. They understood God as a Tree of Life, whose roots were in the heavens and whose branches extended toward earth bringing all of us life and blessing.”
The Silvers have had as little as six and as many as 31 participants.
“Many of our participants come back again and again. What is constant is that we drink four cups of wine with blessings celebrating the four seasons, starting with white wine depicting winter and then adding various amounts of red wine winding into the robust themes of summer and autumn. We also make blessings and eat three types of fruits which represent the worlds of the mystics: beriah or soft wholly edible fruits like figs; yetzirah or fruits with an inner pit such as olives; asiyah or fruits with a hard outer shell such as almonds or pomegranates.”
During the seder, guests munch while reading excerpts from the Torah, Tanach, and various Jewish writings relative to trees, plants and the environment. Then, they have a main meal.
— Submitted by Charles Silver
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Stacey Todd Clark has been chosen by the Congregation Beth Torah Sisterhood to receive its 2017 Torah Fund Award. She will be honored at this year’s annual brunch, to be held Sunday, Feb. 26, at Addison Crowne Plaza Hotel.
It’s an understatement to say that Stacey’s childhood in any way resembled a more usual Jewish upbringing. She was born in Brooklyn, her two siblings were much older, and her mother passed away when she was very young. Then, after a two-year period during which her father also lost both his parents, he remarried and moved the family to Puerto Rico for business reasons.
“This is what defined who I am,” Stacey says today. She had just finished first grade at the time of their arrival, and the local Jewish school had a two-year waiting list, “…so I was enrolled in a Spanish-speaking-only Catholic school,” she says. “I had 90 days to learn Spanish or I couldn’t go to school. Confusion and guilt shaped me…”
After her fourth-grade year, the family moved again, this time to Cartagena, Colombia.
Then Stacey was first sent stateside to live with relatives in New York, but soon she was back in a Spanish-speaking school in Cartagena. But later, there was relocation to North Miami Beach, where she went to junior high school — and had her first Jewish boyfriend! In early life she’d gone to synagogue, and had been cooking (kosher!) since age 10; but “In Miami, everything is Jewish!” she recalls. So Judaism fully triumphed, and when she came to Beth Torah, Stacey was — at long last — totally “home.”
“My favorite thing here is Shabbat,” she said, “the Kiddush, and fellowshipping with the many active members, sharing our love of Judaism.”
But her Jewish love has no denominational boundaries; she is involved with Ohr HaTorah and DATA as well.
Stacey’s work in direct sales, centered in areas of health and nutrition, brought her into first contact with Henry Clark, originally from Richardson. Since 2010, the two have lived very close to Beth Torah; they offer their house, with its kosher kitchen, as a central “home-away-from-home” for members of United Synagogue Youth — “and,” Stacey adds, “anyone needing a kosher, walking-distance place to stay!”
Not surprisingly, food has become Stacey’s major Beth Torah activity. “Give me a reason to cook…” she starts to say, then breaks off: “I don’t need a reason!” For the synagogue, she plans menus, shops for and supervises preparation of many Shabbat dinners and Kiddushes, plus the annual Second Seder and her major breakfast/lunch event for the yearly Karen Leynor Mitzvah Day — most of these occasions involving 150 to 200 hearty eaters.
“One of the things I was most attracted to here,” she says about coming to Richardson and finding Beth Torah, “was the opportunity for this kind of volunteer involvement.”
Stacey clearly recalls being taken away from Judaism and living many confused years, but she’s returned with a vengeance! At Beth Torah, she’s also in charge of Sisterhood’s annual Mishloach Manot effort, saying “I take reinventing Purim baskets every year very seriously!” In the local Jewish and secular communities, she has served on the board, and most recently as president, of Hillel of North Texas; works with the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; and directs efforts toward helping Torah Day School and Jewish Family Service’s Cancer Support Group. (And Henry adds that she is also an “avid” blood donor!)
After having lived in many places, Stacey now says “I have an amazingly rich Jewish life here.
“I never thought the Dallas area would be where I would find and celebrate my Judaism!”
This will be Beth Torah’s 24th Torah Fund event. Esther Cohen, the first honoree, in 1994, continues to serve Sisterhood, now as co-president with her daughter, Robyn Rose. By tradition, all past honorees make up the Brunch Committee, with those honored chairing the following year’s event. This year’s chairs are Evelyn and Paul Utay, joint honorees in 2016.
This event is open to all, and should have special appeal for those who know Stacey Clark and/or want to support the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Cost of the dairy brunch is $40, with a separate, minimum contribution of $18 to the League’s Torah Fund required; this money enables ongoing projects that enhance the training of future Conservative rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators.
For further information and to make reservations, contact Elaine Scharf, 972-307-3521, firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Submitted by Harriet Gross
Shearith Israel’s Torah Fund honorees for 2017 are the shul’s longest-tenured gabbayim: Cary Rudberg, Dr. Marvin Noble, Dr. Jay Lifshen, Alan Sandgarten and Leonard Epstein.
This group of dedicated and under-the-radar volunteers give their time week in and week out so that religious services run smoothly and seamlessly at the shul. They coordinate aliyot and other honors, call people to the Torah, and generally attend to the details of the services so that the klay kodesh can deliver the best possible worship experience for our members.
The Champagne luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Cost of the luncheon is $36 per person and tickets can be ordered by visiting http://bit.ly/2kE5UXq.
A separate, minimum contribution of $18 to the Women’s League of Conservative Judaism Torah Fund is required; this money enables ongoing projects that enhance the training of future Conservative rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators. To make your Torah Fund contribution, visit http://bit.ly/2kPadBq.
— Submitted by Mireille Allen
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum will share wisdom about “Conscious Eating as a Mitzvah the Torah Way” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the home of Michelle Kravitz, 6247 Lafayette Way, Dallas. Siegelbaum is an author and EmunaHealer as well as founder and director of Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin.
Most people are not aware that serving God through eating is not an optional mitzvah, but rather its importance is on a par with learning Torah and praying. Actually, the ability to keep Torah and mitzvot is dependent on the holiness of our eating. Lustful eating is the root of all evil, which caused the first downfall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. Through the mitzvah of eating in holiness, we can rectify eating from the Tree of Knowledge and bring geulah (redemption). In addition to textual learning and discussion of Torah sources, commentaries, Midrash, Zohar and various Chassidic commentaries, this shiur includes an eating meditation and offers practical tools of how to work on eating in holiness.
Rebbetzin Siegelbaum practices EmunaHealing as a gifted spiritual healer through Emunah, tefillah and energy work. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Bible and Jewish Philosophy from Michlala Jerusalem College for Women, and a Master of Art in Jewish History from Touro College. Rebbetzin Siegelbaum began her practice of spiritual healing in the spring of 2010, after having studied and apprenticed with Chana Luke for almost 10 years.
For more than three decades, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha has practiced spiritual counseling to women of all ages in Israel and the United States. She creates curricula emphasizing women’s spiritual empowerment through traditional Torah values. In 2010 she published her first book, Women at the Crossroads: A Woman’s Perspective on the Weekly Torah Portion. Her second book, Ruth: Gleaning the Fallen Sparks, was published in 2012, and her third book, The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel with their Mystical & Medicinal Properties, was published by Menorah Books in 2014. Beyond being a Torah scholar, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha is a strong female role model for many women.
Light refreshments will be served. Suggested minimum donation is $18 and up. RSVP to Carole Wolanow, 214-244-5397, email@example.com.
— Submitted by Carole Wolanow
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Temple Shalom Sisterhood’s Meet the Press Event, held Jan. 17, brought together Dallas’ finest news and sports personalities, past and present. Guests were able to meet and schmooze with lifelong sportscaster Gina Miller, CBS investigative reporter Jack Fink and former CBS award-winning journalist Jay Gormley. Their firsthand heartwarming stories about politics, sports and the reality of life as a newscaster entertained and enlightened the audience of Sisterhood and Brotherhood members. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Temple Shalom’s Sisterhood’s 2017 Woman of Valor. That honor was awarded to Keo Strull, Sisterhood’s past-president and an active volunteer who works tirelessly for Temple Shalom and the community. Keo has taken on every volunteer role imaginable. From sponsor and volunteer for Southwest Jewish Congress, Temple Shalom Golf Tournament to the JCC Maccabi Games to designing chopped liver into themed shapes for various Oneg Shabbats, Keo does it all! There will be a celebration in Keo’s honor Saturday, April 29.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg
Bnai Zion will welcome Bryan Mark Rigg, author of The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Aaron Family JCC Senior Assembly Room.
When Hitler invaded Warsaw in the fall of 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped in the besieged city. The Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. When word of his plight went out, a group of American Jews initiated what would ultimately become one of the strangest — and most miraculous — rescues of World War II. And this is the incredible but true story that Bryan Mark Rigg tells in The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers.
Amid the chaos and hell of the emerging Holocaust, a small group of German soldiers shepherded Rebbe Schneersohn and his Hasidic followers out of Poland. In the course of the daring escape — traveling by train to Berlin, rerouted to Latvia and Sweden, and carried by ship through U-boat-infested waters to America — the Rebbe would learn a shocking truth. The leader of the rescue operation, the decorated Wehrmacht soldier Ernst Bloch, was himself half-Jewish, and a victim of the rising tide of German anti-Semitism. Perhaps even more remarkable were the central roles of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Nazi military intelligence service, and of Helmuth Wohlthat, chief administrator of Göring’s Four Year Plan. Pursuing every lead, amassing critical evidence, pulling together all the pieces of what could well be a political thriller, Rigg reconstructs the Rebbe’s improbable escape, and tells a harrowing story about identity and moral responsibility. His book is the definitive account of an extraordinary episode in the history of World War II.
To RSVP, contact Avrille or Kim at 972-918-9200 or Texasregion@bnaizion.org.
— Submitted by
Avrille Harris Cohen
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On Jan. 8, Pat Silverman Rosson and the 2017 board of directors of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah were installed in an inspiring ceremony created and officiated by Past President June Penkar.
It was held at the home of Reesa and Dr. David Feinstein, who each come from Hadassah families. Naomi Levinson, Greta Herskowitz, Janet Coppinger and Steven Rosson were event sponsors.
June connected each position to a city in Israel and its attributes, providing a picture of each location. It was a meaningful approach for this women’s Zionist organization whose primary focus is strong support of Israel, along with groundbreaking medical research and technology at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.
The slate of officers installed were: president: Pat Silverman Rosson; organization vice president: Jo Reingold; recording secretary: Susan Kravit; corresponding secretary: Lisa Bronchetti; treasurer: Marjorie Rosenberg; assistant treasurers: Ety Friedman and Katie Szende; communications vice presidents: Janet Coppinger and Shirley Frankl; fundraising vice presidents: Ester Solomon and Susan Turner; health and Education vice presidents: Raye Koch and Francine Daner; membership vice presidents: Susie Avnery and Vered Golan; program vice presidents: Suellen Rothschild and Risa Weinberger; associate chairs: Barbara Moses; and immediate past president: Susan Blum Barnett. Leadership of chartered groups installed were: Herzl presidents: Jo Zeffren and Shirley Frankl; Lillian Wald Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council: Dorothy Zarbo and Sue Wertheim; professional networking president/assistant president: Elise Power and Susan Blum Barnett.
The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Sarah Mendel Susman Award to the 2016 recipient, Shirley Frankl. Barbara Moses, the 2015 recipient, presented the award, which is given to someone who epitomizes the volunteer spirit of devotion and tirelessness in support of Hadassah’s ideals.
Shirley, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, came to Dallas in 1978 with her husband, Karl, and their three children. Born to parents who had to leave their home to escape Nazi Germany, she and her husband also left their home when it appeared apartheid would not end peacefully.
After a year straightening out a visa mix-up, they were able to settle in Dallas and become cherished members of our community. Shirley was an impeccable Hadassah employee and then became a loved and honored volunteer.
— Submitted by Pat Rosson
“What effect will the administration of then President-elect Trump have on the U.S. Jewish community, the Israeli community and U.S/Israel relations in general?” These questions and more were directed to Leora Goldblatt, AIPAC area director for the North Texas and Oklahoma regions, and Kevin Pailet, AIPAC national board member, Tuesday evening, Dec. 13, at Temple Shalom in Dallas.
Sixty to 70 attendees listened intently as another one of the many events of Temple Shalom’s Israel Connection Committee sought to educate and increase awareness of Israel and the issues it is facing.
As AIPAC does not rate or endorse any elected officials or candidates for office, the discussion focused on what to expect during a time of transition and reset in the U.S.-Israel relationship. The attendees were assured that Congress is more committed than ever in its continuing support of a strong U.S./Israel relationship. Goldblatt and Pailet both reaffirmed that AIPAC’s mission is still committed to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of both the United States and Israel. Both emphasized that given the increasingly shifting demographics in the United States, it remains critical to AIPAC’s mission that extensive outreach be directed to the Hispanic and African-American communities, as well as to the younger generations of Jewish and non-Jewish voters, as this is from where the future Congressional leadership of the United States will come.
A vigorous Q&A session followed the prepared remarks of these AIPAC leaders, all questions answered. The general consensus of attendees, as they exited the Temple Shalom venue, was that this was a very educational and worthwhile session. Before the evening ended, the duo encouraged the attendees to attend the 2017 Policy Conference, March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. This encouragement apparently was responded to, as Temple Shalom has now registered a record number of congregants attending this upcoming Policy Conference.
— Submitted by Anita Warner
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Charles Pulman, who recently led a visit to Israel of Texas legislators, will be Congregation Nishmat Am’s scholar-in-residence Friday night, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21. Following a 6:30 p.m. Friday night Freylach (musical service) and an Oneg Shabbat, Mr. Pulman will discuss Texas’ anti-BDS legislation. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Kiddush luncheon. Mr. Pulman’s topic Saturday will be: “We Are Israel — A Time For Pride And Resolve.” The public is invited to attend both of these events. Congregation Nishmat Am is located at 2113 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. For more information, please call Nishmat Am at 972-618-2200.
— Submitted by Stan Friedman
A week after the 2017 presidential inauguration, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, the Shearith Israel Music Committee’s Small-Waldman-Cohen Signature Series will present a concert honoring veterans, performed by the Vocal Majority, a Dallas-based men’s chorus of 80-plus volunteer musicians who have performed throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK.
The father-and-son team of Vocal Majority Executive Music Director Jim Clancy and Music Director Greg Clancy will direct this program.
Jim Clancy says, “The Vocal Majority is a nonprofit Barbershop Harmony Society chapter and 12-time gold medal winners in BHS chorus competitions. We really love touring the country and performing for audiences like the one we are eager to meet at Shearith Israel. We have a stirring program planned for Jan. 29 with many songs we know the audience will enjoy.”
Shearith Israel’s classically trained cantor, Hazzan Itzhak Zhrebker, will join the chorus in performing a few selections.
“No country has welcomed Jews more warmly than the USA,” says Hazzan Zhrebker. “In no country have Jewish artists, performers and especially songwriters been more effusive in their gratitude and loyalty to their country. This program will present some of the best patriotic songs from the pens of Jewish composers and lyricists.”
The evening, with a focus on Jewish composers, will include a variety of popular and inspirational songs, patriotic songs, and a few special selections such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which Vocal Majority will perform, with Cantor Zhrebker, to honor the Jewish composer-poet-singer-songwriter, who died recently.
The evening will begin with a flag ceremony by local veterans, which has been organized in cooperation with the Dallas Jewish War Veterans No. 256.
General admission tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Students and seniors can purchase tickets for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Veterans and active military personnel will receive complimentary admission to the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.shearith.org or call 214-361-6606.
— Submitted by Judy Tashbook Safern
“All We Need is Love: A Musical Journey of the Heart Cantors & Friends Concert” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the Stern Chapel. Temple Emanu-El Cantors Vicky Glikin and Leslie Niren will be joined by four of their talented colleagues in this spirited concert, along with Rabbi David Stern as narrator. The theme: love in its many dimensions.
The packed program includes songs from classic American musicals, and Yiddish and Jewish melodies. It explores love of self, love of others and love of community. The performance is made possible by Pollman Performing Arts Programs, and is the fourth event in the 2016-2017 series by Music Around Emanu-El. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $36 for preferred admission and $100 for benefactors. Students are $10. Buy tickets online at participate.tedallas.org/cantorsandfriends.
Cantors Gliken and Niren will be joined by Cantor Jonathan Comisar of New York; Cantor David Perper of Mahwah, New Jersey; Cantor Susan Friedman of Evanston, Illinois; and Cantor Neil Michaels of West Bloomfield, Michigan.
On Jan. 26-28, Temple Emanu-El will host Dr. David Blumenthal, a renowned theologian and expert on the Jewish-themed works of artist Salvador Dalí, for three days of learning and prayer. He is professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University and the author of 11 books on theology, including Keeping God at the Center.
On Jan. 26, he will deliver the Rabbi Levi A. Olan Lecture, titled “Dalí’s ‘Aliyah’ Suite: Perspectives of a Spanish Artist on the Jewish State.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Olan Sanctuary at Temple, 8500 Hillcrest. The lecture will be followed by the opening of an exhibit of the “Aliyah” suite, which will be on loan from Legacy at Willow Bend from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.
On Jan. 27 and 28, he will offer teachings at Shabbat evening and morning services. He will also lead Torah study at 9 a.m.
The events are free but registration is requested: participate.tedallas.org/olanlecture.
— Submitted by Connie Dufner
On Sunday, Jan. 8, more than 180 people gathered in Davidson Hall on the University of Texas at Dallas campus to hear a discussion on the Crypto-Jewish experience. This program originated through Southwest Jewish Congress (SWJC) at the suggestion of Board Member Laura Ermini. The event was co-sponsored by SWJC, the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, and the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations.
Three distinguished speakers shared their areas of expertise (Jewish history, genetics and genealogy and the Latino/Jewish connection) via their unique perspectives (an Ashkenazic rabbi, a Sephardic researcher who just returned to the faith and a Catholic leader, respectively). The crowd was entertained by Rabbi Peter Tarlow’s accessible and understandable explanation of the Sephardim in Spain through the centuries, culminating in their expulsion in 1492. Next, Dr. X.R. Garcia dove deeper into the Sephardic diaspora as he told his personal story through the assimilation of the Crypto-Jews in the New World. The third installment of the lecture was led by Jacob Monty, the co-director of the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations, who is a member of the Catholic faith and the grandson of a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe.
Mr. Monty explained common threads between Latino and Jewish cultures, and seeks to foster understanding between the two cultures by taking groups of Latino leaders on educational trips to Israel.
Dr. Nils Roemer, professor and director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, artfully wrapped up the afternoon by highlighting that identity is highly personal, and as we had witnessed all afternoon, the Jewish experience (hidden or otherwise) cannot be contained by geography, genetics or local law.
Afterward, the Ackerman Center hosted a reception for the speakers, attendees and UTD post-graduates to interact. A student attendee contacted the organizers afterward and commented, “I just wanted to tell you how much we all enjoyed today’s lecture. We all learned so many new things from the great speakers. What a wonderful experience for all of us.”
— Submitted by Susan Myers
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Samantha Horwitz, a former Secret Service agent who survived the World Trade Center attacks, overcame post-traumatic stress and founded a company to help others, will be the guest speaker at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club monthly breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Horwitz, who lives in Rockwall, is the author of The Silent Fall, her inspiring story of recovery and how her experience inspired her to become a “courage consultant.” She’ll discuss her journey at the lox-and-bagel breakfast, which begins at 9 a.m.
The breakfast costs $10, $5 for students, and the public is welcome. 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
Jewish Business Alliance, a business networking organization, held its annual holiday luncheon Dec. 8 at the Legacy Willow Bend. Each year JBA contributes to local Jewish-based organizations from funds that the group has raised over the course of the year.
This year, checks were presented to Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association, Iris Sheppard accepting; Jewish Family Service, Jamie Dennison accepting; and Greene Family Camp, Carol Margolis accepting.
Now in its sixth year, JBA was founded by Mark Lowey, owner of Stonebridge Insurance Group; Jay Levine, owner of Energy Brokers of America; and Robert Fischer, owner of Custom Integrated Systems.
JBA meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Coffee House Cafe in North Dallas. For more information on the group, please contact Mark at 214-558-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum will have a number of interesting programs coming up.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, the Museum will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Marking the liberation of Auschwitz, International Holocaust Remembrance Day allows one to reflect upon the profound tragedy of the Holocaust. Participants come together to share a moment of peace and hope for the future. Come with friends and family to experience this intimate gathering of hope and remembrance.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance’s commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day will include remarks and light refreshments. Cost of the event is free and no RSVP is required.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum is located at 211 N. Record St. No. 100, Dallas.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, the Museum and SMU Embrey Human Rights Program will present Upstander Speaker George Takei at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas.
Born in Los Angeles to Japanese-American parents, Takei speaks openly about his childhood experiences during World War II when he and his family were forced to relocate to internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. Breaking through racial barriers, Takei later found success as an actor and reached peak science-fiction fandom for his iconic role as Lieutenant Sulu in the Star Trek television series and movies. He continues to act onstage and screen and advocates for LGBTQ rights. Cost for the event is $25. Registration can be completed at http://bit.ly/2hvzD2w.
Beginning Feb. 16 and running through Aug. 3, the Museum will present a special exhibit: Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg. The Nuremberg Trials in 1945 used an unprecedented form of evidence — film of the war and the liberation of concentration camps.
The raw footage compiled into a documentary titled Nazi Concentration Camps became crucial evidence, presenting the crimes the Nazis committed in an unflinching and authentic format to the court. The exhibit, opening Feb. 16, features the work of three filmmakers: John Ford, Samuel Fuller and George Stevens. It explores the filmmakers’ experiences during and after World War II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities, and the impact the war had on their careers. The exhibition contains film and photographs of World War II as well as clips from the filmmakers’ prewar careers.
The exhibition, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of SNCF (French National Railways). This presentation was made possible through the support of the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF. This presentation is sponsored by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF and is on view at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St. No. 100, Dallas.
— Submitted by Annie Black
Family and friends gathered to celebrate Marvin J. Migdol’s 80th birthday, Jan. 7. Marv has been a Dallas-area resident since 1968 and is the father of six children.
He owned Snelling personnel agencies, served as marketing manager of a Frisco health care firm and was a management consultant specializing in franchising until his retirement.
Marv was also an adjunct professor, author of five books and a prolific writer, including for the TJP.
He joined Temple Shalom in 1968 and has served as a leader in many Jewish and civic organizations.Tweet