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Dallas Doings: Scouts, Conversation Project, Wiesenthal

Posted on 20 April 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
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Attention: Scouts Religious Emblems Workshop

The Dallas Jewish Committee on Scouting will conduct a Religious Emblems Workshop from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road.
The following awards will be worked on at the event: Maccabee for Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts, Aleph for Cub Scouts, Ner Tamid for Scouts and Venturers and Etz Chaim for older Scouts and Venturers.
Cubs should be able to complete the Aleph or Maccabee at the workshop. Because of service attendance requirements, Boy Scouts working on the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim will not be able to complete them at this session but should only need to complete the attendance requirements after taking this workshop. Workbooks and application forms will be provided to all attendees. Cost is $5 per Scout attending.
The emblem itself, the certificate of achievement, and processing for them is $21, payable at the workshop to P.R.A.Y. for the Maccabee emblem. Applications for Aleph will be given to the parents to be sent in when requirements are completed. In order to register, please provide your or your Scout’s name, rank, unit number, and the emblem on which you will be working by filling out the form on the registration page at http://bit.ly/2o2ijbX.
Scouts should wear their full field uniform (Class A) and bring a pen or pencil and a spiral notebook. For more information, visit dallasjscouts.org.
The Dallas Jewish Committee on Scouting is also in search of host families for this year’s Tzofim Friendship Caravan. The annual Israeli scout delegation will be in the Dallas area from July 3-11. For more details contact Mark Zable at 469-774-0110 or caravan@DallasJScouts.org.

Harriet Warshaw, executive director of The Conversation Project, coming to Dallas

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care.
Its mission is to help people have this conversation and make sure their loved ones know and respect their desires. Talking about end-of-life wishes won’t make a death any less sad, but it will alleviate the stress and potential guilt of the decision making process.
As a parent, having this conversation is a gift to children and as an adult child, it may calm parents’ fears and anxiety about end of life. There is a need to help clients express their wishes.

DAGS partnering with Conversation Project

The Dallas Area Gerontological Society (DAGS) is partnering with The Conversation Project for two free events.
The workshop at The Senior Source on Thursday April 27 from 10 a.m.-noon will focus on professionals who work with boomers and seniors. The workshop will discuss having this conversation from a values perspective, the importance of financial safety and security and how you can enhance your client experience by being the go-to person for an older adult.
This seminar is perfect for financial planners, real estate and insurance agents, health care workers, social workers, etc.
Details and registration are available at http://conta.cc/2oSMr9V.

Train the Trainer

The “Train the Trainer” seminar at Belmont Village is from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, April 28 and is geared toward volunteers who work with seniors. This seminar is perfect for Hospice, faith based or community volunteers. The seminar will discuss tips and learn about free tools, such as the starter kit and “How to Choose a Health Care Proxy” kit, and learn how to effectively help others begin to have the conversation.
Call Belmont Village to reserve your seat. 214-559-5402.
Seating is limited for all events.
— Laurie Miller

DHM/CET’s Wiesenthal performance enjoyed by many

 

Award-winning stage actor Tom Dugan performed his critically acclaimed one-man play, Wiesenthal which opened for one night only at the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Theater at Hockaday School. The event opened there due to a flooding issue at the Wyly Theatre on  April 5.
The performance was sponsored by the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance and was staged by ATTPAC. Wiesenthal was part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Off Broadway On Flora Series.
Wiesenthal depicts the final case of Simon Wiesenthal, nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Dugan won the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of a 94-year-old Wiesenthal still actively searching for the highest-ranking living Nazi while giving a lecture to students.
Proceeds from opening night of this one-man play about Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal will support the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.
Co-chairs for the April 5 benefit performance are Jen Goldstein, Jolene Risch and Yana Mintskovsky. Committee members are Jarrod Beck, Dana Carroll, Megan Hyman, Melanie H. Kuhr, Aviva Linksman, Mahra Pailet, Melanie Rasansky, Alice Skinner, Carrie Sternberg and Blair Wittneben.

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Dallas Doings: Vigil, new film, play

Dallas Doings: Vigil, new film, play

Posted on 06 April 2017 by admin

Submitted report

Congregation Beth Torah’s annual 24-hour Holocaust vigil begins Saturday night, April 22, as people from many faiths in North Texas gather to read the names of thousands of people murdered in the Holocaust.
The Men’s Club at Congregation Beth Torah, a Conservative synagogue in Richardson, has organized the “Reading of the Names” event every year since 2002 to preserve the memories of the Nazis’ 11 million victims, 6 million of them Jews.

Photo: David Duchin/dspnphotos.com Participants read names at Congregation Beth Torah’s annual 24-hour Holocaust vigil service in 2016.

Photo: David Duchin/dspnphotos.com
Participants read names at Congregation Beth Torah’s annual 24-hour Holocaust vigil service in 2016.

“Most of the victims were only known by a number and were never given a proper

memorial,” said Ed Matisoff, co-chair of the project. “The Dallas community has the opportunity to keep their memories alive by reading and listening to the names. It’s both an obligation and an honor for us to do this.”
The event begins at 9 p.m. April 22 with a moving candlelighting ceremony in the synagogue sanctuary. The theme is “Unto Every Person There Is A Name,” the title of a classic Israeli poem about the Holocaust.
Then, in 15-minute shifts, volunteers of all ages and faiths read the names, ages, and hometowns of individual victims, as well as the dates of their deaths. The details are supplied by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, museum and research institute in Jerusalem, as well as the United States Holocaust Museum. The readings pause periodically for the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the departed.
“The entire community is invited, and we’re very gratified that more people join us every year, both as readers and to listen to the names,” said Jeff Markowitz, co-chair of the project. “It’s hard to put into words just what an emotional, meaningful experience this is for everyone involved.”
Some of the spiritual leaders taking part this year include Rabbi Elana Zelony of Beth Torah; Shakeel Muhammad of the Islamic Association of Collin County; Dr. Robert Chishold, Jr. of the Dallas Theological Seminary; and Dr. Michael Perry of King’s Right Hand Ministries. Representatives of many houses of worship, schools, and organizations will participate, and some readers will take part from around the world through Skype.
The Reading of the Names continues through the night, and then will pause at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for a breakfast program featuring Cheryl Drazin, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s North Texas/Oklahoma regional office. She will discuss the organization’s battle against bigotry, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in the current political environment.
The readings will then resume, culminating in a closing ceremony that ends at 9 p.m.
The Reading of the Names program is unique in North Texas, and Beth Torah Men’s Club has been honored by the national Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs for organizing it year after year.
“Reading of the Names is sacred at Beth Torah because it helps us grasp the enormity of the loss during the Holocaust as well as gives us a feeling of solidarity with one another and determination to make the world a better place,” stated Rabbi Elana Zelony, Beth Torah’s spiritual leader.
Congregation Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson, near the crossroads of Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway. For more information, or to request the opportunity to participate in the program, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542, ext. 227.
— Submitted by Laura Matisoff

Mondell’s new short

Veteran filmmaker Cynthia Salzman Mondell’s newest short will screen this week at the Texas Women’s Caucus for Arts’ Vignette during Dallas Arts Week through April 9, at the former Women’s Museum Building in Fair Park.
Mondel explained what inspired the project.IMG_9263 copy
“After the Democratic Convention, I was elated with the possibility of witnessing the election of the first woman president. I thought about my grandmother, who could not vote until 1920; about my mother, who taught me to vote; and about my legacy, my daughter, Fonya.
“I bought my tickets to be at Hillary Clinton’s inauguration. I was devastated when she lost. When I heard about the Women’s March, I knew I was going. After all, I already had my plane tickets and a place to stay. And I needed to get back on my feet and keep fighting for women’s rights.
“In my six-minute video, I hoped to capture the excitement, the camaraderie and diversity of the March. Signs, music and dress were artistic and political expressions of both women and men. And I collected some great shoe stories for my Sole Sisters film.”
The Women’s March opened Wednesday, April 5.
On Thursday, April 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Cynthia will join other female industry leaders for a panel discussion. The film screens daily. For more information visit https://texaswca.org.

Cedar Hill produces play about the Holocaust, garners awards

On March 29, The Cedar Hill ISD Theatre Arts Department presented Sending Down the Sparrows, a play which calls attention to the systematic persecution and extermination of the handicapped by Nazi Germany through the character of Viktor, a young man who is a reluctant member of the Hitler Youth.
Viktor has a mentally handicapped sister who is the ward of a state institution. The theatre arts and CHISD communications departments hosted the performance for community groups uniquely connected to the subject of this play. Among those in attendance were a group of Holocaust survivors. Last month, six schools competed in the UIL district-level theatre competition, and CISD was one of three that will move forward to the bi-district round.

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Dallas Doings: New rabbi, Beth Torah men’s club, teen singers, award

Dallas Doings: New rabbi, Beth Torah men’s club, teen singers, award

Posted on 30 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Congregation Shearith Israel appoints Rabbi Ari Sunshine as next senior rabbi

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Ari Sunshine, who will serve as Congregation Shearith Israel’s next senior rabbi.
“It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce Rabbi Ari Sunshine has been elected to serve as the next senior rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel,” Congregation President Gail Mizrahi wrote in a letter to the Shearith community Thursday evening, March 23.
After graduation from college, Rabbi Sunshine served three years at Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts as youth director and senior USY adviser. In 1997, he decided to attend the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. While attending JTS, he also served as a rabbinic intern for Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, and for The American University in Washington, D.C.
Rabbi Sunshine has extensive experience working at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. He staffed United Synagogue Youth on Wheels during the summer of 1995 and was a group leader for United Synagogue Youth Pilgrimage to Israel and Eastern Europe.

Submitted photo Rabbi Ari Sunshine will assume the Shearith Israel pulpit in July.

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Rabbi Ari Sunshine will assume the Shearith Israel pulpit in July.

He received his M.A. and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in spring 2002. From July 2002 until November 2006, he served as the associate rabbi of Temple Israel in Charlotte, North Carolina. In November 2006 Rabbi Sunshine became the rabbi of B’nai Shalom of Olney, Maryland. Rabbi Sunshine currently serves as the president of the Greater Olney Interfaith Ministerium and as the president of the Washington-Baltimore Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.
“We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Sunshine, his wife, Jennifer and their children, Jonah and Elana to our community this July,” said Mizrahi.

Beth Torah Men’s Club honors Dave Gerstein

The Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club honored longtime member Dave Gerstein with its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at services Saturday, March 25.
Gerstein is a former club president with decades of leadership roles on the regional and national levels of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, the umbrella organization for Men’s Clubs at Conservative synagogues throughout the United States and Canada.

Gerstein

Gerstein

“In addition to all that, Dave has catered practically every event we’ve ever held,” said current Men’s Club President Brian Rubinstein. “He’s a treasure, and this honor is long overdue.”
Rubinstein said the new Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded periodically, and will be named for Gerstein.

Local teens sing at the Met

The Dallas Chapter of HaZamir performed last week in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House with HaZamir choirs from around the country. Members of the local chapter are Emily Rosuck, Samantha Harberg, Jeffery Harberg and Hannah Fritts. They are conducted by Charles Owens.
HaZamir is a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation, the only international organization dedicated to using Jewish choral music to foster Jewish identity across generational, denominational and political lines. Now, in their 24th year, the foundation’s achievements are remarkable in both music and Jewish education. HaZamir is a network of choral chapters for high-school-age singers. The choir is growing in name and popularity and has doubled in size in the past six years, with 29 chapters now in the U.S. and six chapters in Israel.
HaZamir is not just a choir. It is also a dynamic and charismatic youth movement, offering participants a pluralistic environment in which to interact with other teens from all streams of Judaism. HaZamir singers learn Jewish choral repertoire as they build community, develop leadership skills, connect to Jewish culture, and receive a Jewish education.

Submitted photo Members of the Dallas Chapter of HaZamir (from left) Emily Rosuck, Samantha Harberg, Jeffery Harberg, Hannah Fritts and Conductor Charles Owens

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Members of the Dallas Chapter of HaZamir (from left) Emily Rosuck, Samantha Harberg, Jeffery Harberg, Hannah Fritts and Conductor Charles Owens

The concert featured the world premiere of FanFare for Jerusalem by award-winning New York pianist and composer, Randy Klein (http://www.randyklein.com/). Klein’s composition is based on excerpts from the Psalms of David. Klein, a self-professed secular Jew, says that the experience has been deeply meaningful. “It brought back the memory of the joy of being raised in a home that observed Jewish traditions. These memories had lain dormant for decades and now I was given the chance to feel them again as a mature adult.” You could interview Maestro Matthew Lazar and Randy Klein about their close collaboration on this piece. Klein, who does not speak or read Hebrew, based his composition on the Hebrew texts.

Keo Strull to receive Shalom’s Woman of Valor Award

On Saturday, April 29, Temple Shalom Sisterhood will present the 2017 Woman of Valor Award to Keo Strull. The award is presented annually to a Sisterhood member who has demonstrated the highest standard of community service, leadership and character.

Submitted photo (From left) Lisa Rothberg, Temple Shalom Sisterhood Women of Valor Event Chair Robyn Klein, 2017 WOV Honoree Keo Strull, Sisterhood Co-President Ali Rhodes; (front row) ATF Participant Brian Aft

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(From left) Lisa Rothberg, Temple Shalom Sisterhood Women of Valor Event Chair Robyn Klein, 2017 WOV Honoree Keo Strull, Sisterhood Co-President Ali Rhodes; (front row) ATF Participant Brian Aft

For 30 years, Temple Shalom Sisterhood has recognized an extraordinary group of women. Keo Strull embodies what it means to be a woman who uses her strength and power to improve the world. As an active volunteer for Temple Shalom and the community, she has worked tirelessly in numerous volunteer roles. In addition to Temple Shalom, Keo has served Southwest Jewish Congress, the JCC Maccabi Games and AJC. Keo never says “No!” She now serves as co-chair of Temple Shalom’s Connection Council, where she is responsible for all the committees that ensure prospective members and congregants are welcomed and integrated into Temple life. Keo’s generous spirit, enthusiasm and love for all things Jewish make her a standout honoree! Sisterhood is proud to sponsor a celebration in her honor.
The Temple Shalom Sisterhood Spring Event, “Music Under the Moonlight” will begin at 6 p.m. at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas. The evening includes dinner, music featuring The Merseymen, a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets cost $75. Proceeds from the event will benefit Temple Shalom Sisterhood and Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF). ATF was founded by David Vobora, a 5-year veteran of the NFL, who was forced to leave his football career due to a devastating shoulder injury. Now owner of a Dallas-based gym, David helps wounded veterans and individuals with life-altering physical challenges to find confidence, mobility and hope. ATF offers a nine-week intensive training program customized for each participant’s specific disabilities. Please help us support ATF, and their goal to empower individuals with disabilities.
For sponsorship availability or more information, contact Event Chair Robyn Klein at whatsup290@yahoo.com or go to www.templeshalomdallas.org to buy tickets.

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Purim Punims

Posted on 23 March 2017 by admin

Purim Punims
Jews around the Dallas area celebrated Purim earlier this month. Here is a sampling of celebration from area congregations that submitted photos.

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Dallas Doings: Shrek, breakfast lecture and JWV lecture

Dallas Doings: Shrek, breakfast lecture and JWV lecture

Posted on 16 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Shrek the Musical Jr. will run at the J from March 23 to April 2

Photo: Ashley Bundis Shrek The Musical Jr. will be performed at the Dallas Jewish Community Center March 23 through April 2.

Photo: Ashley Bundis
Shrek The Musical Jr. will be performed at the Dallas Jewish Community Center March 23 through April 2.

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 to speak at Beth Torah Men’s Club Breakfast

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.

Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban

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.

Noted expert on far-right extremism to address JWV

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.

Macready

Macready

“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

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Dallas Doings: Shalom Awards, lecture

Posted on 09 March 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
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Shalom Award

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

 

 

 

 

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UTD, JFGD present author’s story of Nazi-looted Jewish art

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, kschlosberg@jfgd.org or 214-239-7131.

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section, expands healthy living program ‘Food + Fit = Fun’ to Vickery Meadow

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:

  • Reproducible manuals, facilitator guides, and lesson plans
  • Instructional videos
  • Facilitator workshops
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Online resources and updates

“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.

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Dallas Doings: Akiba victories, SIR, top producers and AJC programs

Dallas Doings: Akiba victories, SIR, top producers and AJC programs

Posted on 23 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Akiba hoopsters taking playoffs by storm

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 photo Congregation Anshai Torah’s 2017 Arnie Sweet Scholar-in-Residence organizers, title sponsors and CAT board president welcomed Dr. Deborah Lipstadt. (Left to right) Barrett Stern, Cindy Moskowitz, Jacob Ratner, Marcy Kahn, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Rabbi Michael Kushnick, Janice Sweet Weinberg, Rabbi Stefan Weinberg, Cathy Brook and Warren Harmel

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Congregation Anshai Torah’s 2017 Arnie Sweet Scholar-in-Residence organizers, title sponsors and CAT board president welcomed Dr. Deborah Lipstadt. (Left to right) Barrett Stern, Cindy Moskowitz, Jacob Ratner, Marcy Kahn, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Rabbi Michael Kushnick, Janice Sweet Weinberg, Rabbi Stefan Weinberg, Cathy Brook and Warren Harmel

The seventh/eighth grade girls’ basketball team: (back) Liel Guttman, Jessie Doty, Madison Winton, Ilana Hirsch, Ayala Terenyo, Kerry Lax, Noa Terenyo, Michal Reva, Avigayil Tannenbaum and (front) Coach Dewanda Hurd

The seventh/eighth grade girls’ basketball team: (back) Liel Guttman, Jessie Doty, Madison Winton, Ilana Hirsch, Ayala Terenyo, Kerry Lax, Noa Terenyo, Michal Reva, Avigayil Tannenbaum and (front) Coach Dewanda Hurd

The fifth/sixth grade girls’ basketball team: (back) Coach Lisa McCain (second row) Ella Fartook, Ruby Goldstein, Lilly Yalovsky, Dalia Lampert, Joey Davidsohn, Ilanit Reva; (front) Lily Feinstein, Ally Oster, Gabby Ido, Micah Sacher

The fifth/sixth grade girls’ basketball team: (back) Coach Lisa McCain (second row) Ella Fartook, Ruby Goldstein, Lilly Yalovsky, Dalia Lampert, Joey Davidsohn, Ilanit Reva; (front) Lily Feinstein, Ally Oster, Gabby Ido, Micah Sacher

— Submitted by Sara Mancuso

No denying record-breaking SIR

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

Haymann and Savariego: Virgina Cook top producers

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

Upcoming AJC programs

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 dallas@ajc.org.
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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Dallas Doings: installations, Oscar previews, Tu B’Shevat

Dallas Doings: installations, Oscar previews, Tu B’Shevat

Posted on 16 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

JWV Harvey Bloom Post, Auxiliary hold installations

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.

Commander Andy Lavigne presents the Roland Greenwald Award to Jerry Benjamin.

Commander Andy Lavigne presents the Roland Greenwald Award to Jerry Benjamin.

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.

(From left) JWV Ladies Auxiliary officers, Sharon Weinberg, Sabra Klein, Roz Polakoff, Carol Winston, Muriel Romick, Shirley Crane, Alexandra Fincher, Andrea Solka and Sandra Cantor

(From left) JWV Ladies Auxiliary officers, Sharon Weinberg, Sabra Klein, Roz Polakoff, Carol Winston, Muriel Romick, Shirley Crane, Alexandra Fincher, Andrea Solka and Sandra Cantor

— Submitted by Sandra Cantor

Oscar preview at Beth Torah

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

Tu B’Shevat at the Silvers’ house

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.

Photo: Gail Mitchell Charles and Kathi Silver held a Tu B’Shevat seder at their home. Seated (from left) are Charles Silver, Marla Hohner and Mike Hohner; standing (from left), Jerry Benjamin, Dorothy Garsson, Diane Benjamin, Kathi Silver, Rosie Bloom and Don Mitchell. Gail Mitchell took the photo.

Photo: Gail Mitchell
Charles and Kathi Silver held a Tu B’Shevat seder at their home. Seated (from left) are Charles Silver, Marla Hohner and Mike Hohner; standing (from left), Jerry Benjamin, Dorothy Garsson, Diane Benjamin, Kathi Silver, Rosie Bloom and Don Mitchell. Gail Mitchell took the photo.

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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Dallas Doings: Torah Fund awards, conscious eating

Dallas Doings: Torah Fund awards, conscious eating

Posted on 09 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

2017 Torah Fund Award

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.

Beth Torah Sisterhood has chosen Stacey Todd Clark to receive the 2017 Torah Fund Award.

Beth Torah Sisterhood has chosen Stacey Todd Clark to receive the 2017 Torah Fund Award.

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, ebscharf@verizon.net.
— Submitted by Harriet Gross

Shearith Israel to honor 5 at Torah Fund celebration

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.

 (From left) Cary Rudberg, Dr. Marvin Noble, Dr. Jay Lifshen,Alan Sandgarten, and Leonard Epstein are the 2017 Torah Fund Award recipients. They will be honored Sunday, Feb. 26, by Shearith Israel Sisterhood at the annual Torah Fund luncheon.

(From left) Cary Rudberg, Dr. Marvin Noble, Dr. Jay Lifshen,Alan Sandgarten, and Leonard Epstein are the 2017 Torah Fund Award recipients. They will be honored Sunday, Feb. 26, by Shearith Israel Sisterhood at the annual Torah Fund luncheon.

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

An interesting program on conscious eating

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.Siegelbaum
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, carole.wolanow@sbcglobal.net.
— Submitted by Carole Wolanow

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Dallas Doings: Meet the press, Holocaust historian

Dallas Doings: Meet the press, Holocaust historian

Posted on 02 February 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Meet the Press

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.

Meet the Press panelists (from left) Jay Gormley, Jack Fink and Gina Miller

Meet the Press panelists (from left) Jay Gormley, Jack Fink and Gina Miller

Sisterhood Woman of Valor honoree Keo Strull is surrounded by her sons and husband (from left) Sean, Brandon and Brian. Not pictured is son Cody, a student at UT Austin.

Sisterhood Woman of Valor honoree Keo Strull is surrounded by her sons and husband (from left) Sean, Brandon and Brian. Not pictured is son Cody, a student at UT Austin.

— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg

Bnai Zion to welcome Holocaust historian

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.

Mark Rigg

Mark Rigg

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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