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Dallas Doings: Scholars, awards, lecture

Dallas Doings: Scholars, awards, lecture

Posted on 18 May 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Yavneh’s Schultz Scholars

On May 16, Yavneh Academy announced that six students have been named Schultz Scholars for the 2016-17 Academic Year. The Yavneh students include three graduating seniors and three juniors whose academic achievement and co-curricular leadership exemplify the best of Yavneh Academy.
They are:

Rosie Bernstein ‘17 (Stern College/Yeshiva University)

Rosie has served as co-editor-in-chief of the school’s award-winning student newspaper, The Bulldog Print; as co-chair of the Yavneh Spirit Committee; and as a leader in Points for Peace/Students Against Terrorism. A youth leader at Congregation Shaare Tefilla, Rosie has been active in Bnei Akiva and on the JFS Teen Editorial board. Following a gap year at Migdal Oz Seminary in Israel, Rosie will attend the honors program at Yeshiva University/Stern College.

Ariella Cohen ’17 (Barnard College/Columbia University)

Ariella, co-valedictorian of the class of 2017, has distinguished herself academically and co-curricularly during her four years at Yavneh. A leader in journalism, mathematics and community service/tikkun olam at Yavneh, Ariella represented Yavneh at last summer’s International Girls’ Math Competition — Ulpaniada 5776 — in Jerusalem, Israel.
She is active in Bnei Akiva and Junior World Affairs Council, she founded Every Smile Counts, and she completed a mechanical engineering internship at SMU. Ariella will attend Barnard College of Columbia University next year.

Megan Lacritz ’17 (Stern College/Yeshiva University)

Megan has excelled academically and has been a leader across the board at Yavneh and beyond. As co-chair of the Yavneh Spirit Committee, outstanding volunteer at CHAI, and Yachad Youth Leader, she has contributed grandly to school and community. As layout editor for the award-winning student newspaper, The Bulldog Print, Megan received top statewide awards for her graphic design. Following a Gap Year at Shaalvim for Women in Israel, Megan will attend Stern College of Yeshiva University.

Eliana Abraham ’18 (Grade 11)

A newcomer to Yavneh this year, Eliana has excelled in every area of school life and in the community. From volunteering with Bnei Akiva, to her involvement with NCSY, to her participation in the AIPAC High School Summit, Eliana has been a leader and organizer every step of the way. This coming year, she will serve as president of Dallas Yachad and as editor-in-chief of The Bulldog Print, Yavneh’s award-winning student newspaper.

Seth Gerstenfeld ’18 (Grade 11)

Seth is an all-around outstanding student at Yavneh and a patriotic U.S. citizen. From his participation in Yavneh cross-country and basketball, to his involvement with the Plano Rugby Club, Seth is a loyal and active student-athlete, photographer and athletic manager. He is also involved with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (Sea Cadets) and plans to pursue ROTC during college and serve in the U.S. military.

Rachel Sasson ’18 (Grade 11)

Another Yavneh newcomer, Rachel excels academically and across a range of co-curricular activities. An active leader in cross-country, basketball and soccer, Rachel also serves as vice president of Yavneh’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Beyond school, she is involved with Girl Scouts, Friendship Circle of Dallas, and BBYO, where she serves as regional vice president of communications for the North Texas Oklahoma (NTO) region.

Beth Torah receives grant for welcoming interfaith families on website; more awards available

Congregation Beth Torah recently received a grant from The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs Keruv/Understanding Intermarriage for openly advertising that they are welcoming to interfaith families. Liz Cox accepted the award March 16 on behalf of the synagogue.
Beth Torah was one of 23 congregations meeting the criteria by specifically welcoming interfaith families on the front page of their website and also creating a dedicated Interfaith Families page with specific programs and statements to encourage their participation in synagogue life. Additionally, the FJMC offered assistance in helping these synagogues. The responses to this Website Challenge are still being received after the original closing date.
Encouraged by the many synagogues who have been motivated by this grant opportunity to revisit who they are and who they want to be, the National Center to Encourage Judaism has extended additional funding to allow other synagogues to participate in this welcoming opportunity. For further information, contact keruv@fjmc.org.

Temple Shalom holds annual meeting, wraps religious school

May is always a busy month filled with celebrations at Temple Shalom. On Friday, May 5, Temple members gathered together for the Confirmation of the class of 5777. Then, on Sunday, May 7, congregants enjoyed Temple Shalom’s 51st Annual Meeting followed by a fantastic slide show, 7th grade graduation, Next Dor Graduation and awards.
Congratulations to the new Temple Shalom officers, new graduates and award winners: Mark Fishkind, Volunteer of the Year; and Nina Minney, chair of the Shomrei Adamah – “Guardians of the Earth” Committee was awarded the Social Action Initiative Award. Brotherhood President Bill Hoffpauer awarded Lauren Stock the Tracy Fisher Memorial Next Dor Valedictorian Scholarship. Named for Tracy Fisher, the daughter of Temple Shalom members Laurel and Mark Fisher, who died in 2009, this award honors her memory and her love of Judaism and all things NFTY. “We are so very proud of Lauren for receiving this award. She is an amazing role model and certainly embodies the passion and spirit that Tracy had,” exclaimed Tracy’s mom, Laurel Fisher.
Thank you to all the staff, teachers, volunteers, parents and students who made 2016-2017 so amazing! “It was another great end to a great year at Temple Shalom,”said Rabbi Ariel Boxman.

Mahra Fox Pailet joins JWRP national board

Mahra Fox Pailet recently was appointed to the national board of directors of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. JWRP also named Betty Grinstein of New York and Helen Zalik of Atlanta to its board. The three will help guide JWRP to inspire a new generation of Jewish women leaders.
Fox Pailet has extensive experience working in the Jewish community, at the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and volunteering for Israel Bonds, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Congregation Shearith Israel of Dallas, the JCC of Dallas, the Ann and Nate Levine Academy of Dallas, and at AIPAC. In addition to her new role on the JWRP board, she will co-chair the JWRP’s development committee with JWRP’s vice president and co-founder, Michelle Leader.
She has an extensive professional background in marketing, communications, event planning, and product management. Fox Pailet lives in Dallas with her husband Kevin and three children.
“These incredible women personify our philosophy to a T. I am so honored to welcome them as board members and I am looking forward to the great work we will accomplish together,” said JWRP’s founding director, Lori Palatnik.

Ozsváth to discuss book at Sunday lecture

Professor Zsuzsanna Ozsváth with the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas will present a private lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21 in the Ackerman Center. Dr. Ozsváth will discuss her memoir, When the Danube Ran Red, about her time as a little girl in Budapest, Hungary in 1944. The lecture will be followed by a reception. Ozsváth is the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies and director of the Holocaust Studies Program. Please RSVP to Bobbie Crowley at bcrowley@snabbo.com.

 

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Tikkun Olam in Action

Dr. Jonathan Nathan, son of Karen and Bassim Nathan, is a plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive plastic surgery. Finishing his last year of fellowship at Loyola Hospital in Chicago, he recently joined a cadre of doctors sponsored by the Peruvian Surgical Society. The team went to Peru to perform surgeries to needy people in remote areas, particularly burn victims and children with cleft palates.

Dr. Jonathan Nathan

Dr. Jonathan Nathan

About 14 surgeons from across the United States flew to Arequipa on March 17 and returned March 28. They performed surgeries on numerous patients, young and old. At the end of the trip, Jonathan and his colleagues had time to visit the architectural beauty of the city of Cuzco.

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Dallas Doings: Cantor concert, new book, retailers of year

Dallas Doings: Cantor concert, new book, retailers of year

Posted on 11 May 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Cantors’ voices sure to be sweet treat

Temple Emanuel will host this year’s Community Cantor Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Tobian Auditorium.
Featured will be Cantors Vicky Glikin and Leslie Niren from Temple Emanu-El; Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker from Shearith Israel; Cantor Sheri Allen from Congregation Beth Shalom; and Cantor Devorah Avery and Emeritus Cantor Don Croll from Temple Shalom. This year’s theme is “Sweet as Honey.” Joining the cantors will be the Temple Emanu-El and Temple Shalom choirs as well as musicians from Shearith Israel.

Croll

Croll

Cost of the concert is $10 general admission or $36 for reserved seats. Tickets can be purchased online at https://participate.tedallas.org/communityconcert or at the door.

Allen

Allen

Elizabeth Silver in town with second book

Elizabeth L. Silver, confirmed in 1997 at Congregation Shearith Israel and graduated from Highland Park High School, will discuss her latest book, The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Wild Detectives Bookstore, 314 Eighth St., Dallas.
Set against the unexplained stroke of the author’s newborn daughter at six weeks, this stunning, unflinchingly honest memoir is a thought-provoking reflection on uncertainty in medicine and in life. Oprah Magazine described the book as “a delicate weave of cultural analysis, personal history, and religious teachings in a meditation on the limits of science and the boundless capacity of the human heart.” TINCTURE cover (1)
Her debut novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, received national acclaim and was published in seven languages and option for film.
Elizabeth’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, The Millions and The Dallas Morning News, among other publications, and she has been a writer-in-residence at several artist colonies in the United States, France and Spain. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Elizabeth has taught English as a Second Language in Costa Rica, writing and literature at Drexel University and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and worked as an attorney in California and Texas, where she was a judicial clerk for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Elizabeth is currently working on a new novel, and several film and TV projects. Born and raised in New Orleans and Dallas. Elizabeth is the daughter of Kathi and Charles Silver of Dallas; she lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Schweigs named HFA Retailers of Year

Father-and-son duo, David and Brad Schweig, of Sunnyland Outdoor Furniture in Dallas were recently named Home Furnishings Association Retailers of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume under $10 million.
Sunnyland is the first casual furniture retailer to win HFA’s Retailer of the Year award. This 47-year-old company is the largest outdoor and patio casual furniture store in Texas with a 37,000-square-foot showroom, clearance center and on-site distribution center. David prides himself on working in an industry “whose primary purpose is to improve the quality of life of customers by providing them with comfort and relaxation.”
David and Brad Schweig will receive their awards and be celebrated at the 2017 Home Furnishings Association’s Retailer of the Year awards event, June 5 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in San Antonio.

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Dallas Doings: Bagel Run, Spring Fair, promotion, new employee

Dallas Doings: Bagel Run, Spring Fair, promotion, new employee

Posted on 04 May 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

The J to host 31st annual Bagel Run Sunday, May 14

Before brunch,
lace up your sneakers
on Mother’s Day

It’s time to celebrate mom while getting the whole family moving. The 31st annual Bagel Run, hosted on Mother’s Day 2017, promises to be a must-attend event for the entire family. The race has three options — Kids K, 5K and 10K — and runners of all levels and ages are encouraged to participate. The race concludes with a host of activities including a bounce house, DJ, and stretching and yoga demonstrations led by fitness experts. All runners will also get to enjoy a delicious bagel buffet, and there will be fresh flowers for all the moms in attendance.

Bagel Run

Bagel Run

 
The Bagel Run will be held on Sunday, May 14, at The J, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Advance registration is $25 for individuals and $55 for families. Day-of registration is $30 for individuals and $65 for families. New this year is Team Racing; families, co-workers, and friends can all run under the same team for only $180 for 10 or fewer runners. Kids ages 4 through 13 are just $8 for any race. Registration is available online and packet pickup is available on Thursday, May 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The J, as well as race day at the event. Awards will be presented in several different age categories. All children participating in the Kids K will also receive a medal.
“The Bagel Run has been a Mother’s Day tradition here in North Texas for 31 years,” said Artie Allen, The J’s CEO. “We’re proud that families can do something healthy and active together while also celebrating mom.”
This year, The J is partnering with Genesis Women’s Shelter of Dallas and donating items in support of their meaningful cause. The Summer Camp Supply Drive will assist kids at the shelter. Attendees are asked to bring items including sunscreen, chapstick with sunscreen, boys’/girls’ sunglasses, flip-flops (adult and child sizes), arm floaties, kid-friendly healthy snacks and drinks, summer toys/activities or arts and crafts supplies.
Runners and walkers should be adequately prepared for participation in the Bagel Run. Appropriate training and medical review should be completed before participating. Several training guides are available and provide recommendations for training.
Sponsors for the 2017 Bagel Run include: Platinum — Cindi’s Restaurant Corporation and Reliable Plant Maintenance, Inc. (RPM); Gold — The Julie and Mike Weinberg Family, Mark and Carol Kreditor, Virginia Cook Realtors, Kahn Mechanical, Key-Whitman Eye Center, Zev Shulkin, PSW, Whole Foods, The Leftin Girls Foundation, and Genecov Orthodontics; Silver — Sue Pryor and Peyton Blackwell, Carol and Steve Aaron, Bobby Gibbs, First Citizen Bank, The Family of Lisa and David Genecov, The Legacy Senior Communities, Cathy and Joel Brook/Dallas Podiatry Works, Hodges Capital, The Ochstein Family, Wickman Agency of Allstate, Ellen, Josh, Sloan and Samantha Ungerman, The Baum Family Loves to Run, and Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC; and Bronze — Marilyn and Donald H. Schaffer, Reagan ChiroSport Center, Robert and Liz Liener, Laurie and David Judson, Barbi, Scott, Kacey, Ella and Olivia Cohen, Neil Beckerman, Gary Bradshaw, The Gents Place, Debra Goldstein Phares Family, Monte and Bonnie Hurst Family, Celia and Larry Schoenbrun, Ashton Podiatry and Melissa Rubenstein, MD. Special recognition sponsors include: Baylor, Scott & White Health, Texas Jewish Post and The Lieberman Family Wellness Center.
— Submitted by Jef Tingley

Spring Fair a success

Congregation Anshai Torah says Kol Hakavod and many thanks to Heather Vanocour and her amazing team including Ilene Baumel, Jason Cathcart, Andy Cohen, Bethany Last, Marcy Kahn, Ben and Lisa Kenter, Stephanie Kufert, Denise Levine, Rachel Nicholas, Nicole Post, Barrett Stern, and Harvey Swento along with more than 100 volunteers — and sponsors — all of whom made the 2017 Spring Fair of West Plano presented by Parkhaven Dental Care a huge success! SPRING FAIR leadership
“We are thrilled to once again open our backyard and to see the generations of families having such a great time, while supporting the students of our congregation,” said Congregation Anshai Torah’s Rabbi Stefan Weinberg. “The smiles on everyone’s faces brings us to why we are here and that is to share our community, and what a wonderful community it is.”
Proceeds from the April 23 event — sponsored by Presenting Sponsor Dr. Michael Pincus & Parkhaven Dental Care; Lead Sponsors Kahn Mechanical Contractors, Ruibal’s Plants of Texas, the Texas Jewish Post, Valliance Bank, Associate Sponsor Kessler Collins Attorneys at Law; Business Sponsors Advance Heart Care, Children’s Health, Game Pad MVPs, Gardere, IMA Waldman, Marsh & McLennan Agency; and Activity Sponsors Amusement Management International, Camp Young Judaea, DJS Etc, Frisco Kid’s Dentistry, Dr. Greg Greenberg and Rx Smile, Proforma, and The Legacy Willow Bend — directly support Congregation Anshai Torah’s special programming as well as the Religious School and Preschool programs.
“I love this kind of day where we get to sell our things to people in the community and where everyone is really having a lot of fun and supporting our Jewish education,” said Josh Schnitzer, 9, who, with his sister Allie, 11, both Anshai Torah Religious School students, helps his mother Stacey Kaplan of Geodes by Stacey, a vendor at the Fair, in the design, production, and selling of the gift line.
For Stephanie Kufert, who coordinated the more than 100 volunteers, it was also a great day. “We’ve had high schoolers and grandparents helping out and everyone has been happy to give their time,” she said. “Everywhere you look someone is helping out, the booths were full, people enjoyed themselves, and it was all a good day.”
From a fully scheduled Carter BloodCare bus allowing many lives to be saved, to the yummies and fun, beautiful art and other vendor-ware, to the biggest smiles on even the littlest kiddoes, what a beautiful day to support the education programs at Congregation Anshai Torah, Plano — with a future for the children that begins with such sunny support.

CD Wealth Management promotes Friedman

Ilona Friedman was recently promoted to principal at CD Wealth Management. Friedman specializes in comprehensive financial planning and wealth management with a focus on working with women and individuals in transition.
“Ilona’s expertise, commitment, and innovation have a major impact on the firm and our clients,” said Scott Cohen, founder and principal.

Ilona Friedman

Ilona Friedman

“We are honored to welcome Ilona as a partner, and we look forward to her leadership in the firm,” added Andy Dropkin, principal.
Bill Gershon joins Rosenthal Energy Advisors as executive vice president
Bill Gershon has joined Rosenthal Energy Advisors in the capacity of executive vice president, business development. Bill served as senior rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas for 18 years. He is the immediate past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, one of the world’s largest international rabbinic associations. Bill achieved significant success in leading major fundraising campaigns raising millions of dollars in the nonprofit sector and brings a plethora of expertise in strategic planning, marketing and public relations. His extraordinary communication skills, coupled with his inexhaustible drive for excellence, are a welcomed addition to REA.

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Dallas Doings: Holocaust survivor tells story at Temple Shalom, Ben & Jerry’s, Mankoff

Dallas Doings: Holocaust survivor tells story at Temple Shalom, Ben & Jerry’s, Mankoff

Posted on 27 April 2017 by admin

By Steve Weintraub
Special to the TJP

Local Holocaust survivor, Sara Rigler, was the featured guest and speaker at the Temple Shalom Brotherhood’s Yom HaShoah commemorative event Saturday  evening, April 22, in the synagogue’s Epstein Chapel. A reception took place before the event.Yom Hashoah 1
Her harrowing and miraculous story of survival, which is detailed in her book, 10 British Prisoners of War Saved My Life, was recounted for the crowd who listened intently to her story being told as she was interviewed by former Temple Shalom Brotherhood President and Hall of Famer Bob Weinfeld.

Sara Rigler and Bob Weinfeld

Sara Rigler and Bob Weinfeld

 
Mrs. Rigler, up until her early teens, along with her family, had lived a life of privilege, which was suddenly ended when the Russians and later the Germans had invaded her hometown of Shavli, Lithuania.
Her father was imprisoned by the Russians and later killed by the Germans along with all the men in Shavli. Her mother and sister were forced into a horrible and crowded existence in the Shavli Jewish ghetto and later the Stutthoff concentration camp.
As the Allied troops were advancing in the latter stages of World War II upon the concentration camp, her sister and mother were led on a forced death march deep into Nazi Germany, where she was implored by her mother and sister to try to escape as they were near death from the starvation and unhealthful conditions. She was the healthiest and they wanted her to survive.
She somehow managed to slip away from the marching line and escaped to a farmhouse where she was later found by Willie Fisher, a British POW from the Battle of Dunkirk. He and nine other British POWs nursed and fed her back to reasonable health and wanted to care for her further, as they too were being marched deeper into Germany three weeks later away from the advancing Allied troops.Yom Hashoah 7
Sara did not want to endanger her new friends’ lives. She decided to stay behind and managed to find work with a local German family till the Soviet army liberated the area.
From there she moved on from job to job and had other harrowing experiences until 1947, whereupon she was offered a marriage of convenience to a rabbinic student, transportation to America and a divorce once she arrived.
It was important to Sara to resume her education as she settled in Brooklyn, New York, lived with a war widow, and had a job caring for her son. She then finished high school and graduated from Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in 1949 as a registered nurse.
She married her husband, Bill Rigler, a struggling attorney at that time who was “as poor as a church mouse,” she joked, following her graduation. He went on to become a New York Supreme Court judge.
Her family, who were in attendance last Saturday, grew to include two children and grandchildren.
Sara also became very active in politics as a state committeewoman in New York and enjoyed knowing political people of influence who could make things better for others, she explained.
Throughout her adult life in America, she began a search to find her 10 British POW rescuers which took 20 years. In 1972, they were all finally reunited. Her book details a diary and letters from two of the gentlemen.Yom Hashoah 5
Her POW friends are now all deceased. Yet Sara has survived and thrived in her life, a wonderful irony and testimony to her plight and to others who’ve pushed past and built new lives and legacies from a horrific time in their pasts.
This year’s Temple Shalom Brotherhood  Yom HaShoah event was chaired and directed by Sander Gothard.

Ben & Jerry’s partners with Susan G. Komen North Texas

On Free Cone Day (April 4), Robyn and Hunter Rose scooped 16,107 free ice cream scoops to honor customers and raise awareness for breast cancer at their Ben & Jerry’s locations in Highland Village and Plano. More than 1 million scoops of ice cream were dipped worldwide.

Submitted photo Hunter Rose (left) and Chuck Cooperstein on Free Cone Day

Submitted photo
Hunter Rose (left) and Chuck Cooperstein on Free Cone Day

“We love getting involved with and giving back to our communities. It’s amazing what we can do together over shared values and several scoops of ice cream,” said Hunter Rose, ice cream czar at Ben & Jerry’s of Plano and Highland Village. Ben & Jerry’s has been a longtime advocate of social causes like marriage equality, environmental sustainability and ensuring that their ice cream is made in the best way possible, which includes sourcing fair-trade and non-GMO ingredients.
Ben & Jerry’s of Plano and Highland Village partnered with the Susan G. Komen North Texas foundation to spread the word about dealing with breast cancer within the community. Rose explained that “the money raised by this group stays in our community to educate and battle against breast cancer in our North Texas community. They are a wonderful group filled with concerned individuals, survivors and family members of survivors. There is no pressure to donate, but since you aren’t paying for your ice cream on this day, if you can find it in your heart and pocketbook to drop a dollar or two in their buckets… it will be put to good use.” The Susan G. Komen North Texas foundation helped Ben & Jerry’s scoop and keep things clean and organized. Among those in the Jewish community who participated in the event were Chuck Cooperstein, the voice of the Dallas Mavericks, and Barry Horn, sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

Mankoff joins ZBT Foundation board

The Zeta Beta Tau Foundation welcomed Jeffrey (Jeff) W. Mankoff, Sigma (Tulane University) ’84, as one of its the three newest members of the board of directors. “It is an honor to be selected to serve on the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation board of directors. For me, ZBT Sigma Chapter (Tulane University) is where I forged lasting and treasured friendships. And through ZBT, new friendships and connections are being formed as well. I am looking forward to working with the many talented brothers on the Foundation Board. What a great experience it was attending and participating in the International Convention, and meeting the many young college brothers eager to learn, connect and forge new friendships. ZBT is making a difference.”

Mankoff

Mankoff

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Dallas Doings: Scouts, Conversation Project, Wiesenthal

Posted on 20 April 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

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

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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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