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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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Dallas Doings: Hadassah board, AIPAC talks election

Dallas Doings: Hadassah board, AIPAC talks election

Posted on 26 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Hadassah installs 2017 Board, presents Sarah Mendel Susman Award

On Jan. 8, Pat Silverman Rosson and the 2017 board of directors of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah were installed in an inspiring ceremony created and officiated by Past President June Penkar.
It was held at the home of Reesa and Dr. David Feinstein, who each come from Hadassah families. Naomi Levinson, Greta Herskowitz, Janet Coppinger and Steven Rosson were event sponsors.
June connected each position to a city in Israel and its attributes, providing a picture of each location. It was a meaningful approach for this women’s Zionist organization whose primary focus is strong support of Israel, along with groundbreaking medical research and technology at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.
The slate of officers installed were: president: Pat Silverman Rosson; organization vice president: Jo Reingold; recording secretary: Susan Kravit; corresponding secretary: Lisa Bronchetti; treasurer: Marjorie Rosenberg; assistant treasurers: Ety Friedman and Katie Szende; communications vice presidents: Janet Coppinger and Shirley Frankl; fundraising vice presidents: Ester Solomon and Susan Turner; health and Education vice presidents: Raye Koch and Francine Daner; membership vice presidents: Susie Avnery and Vered Golan; program vice presidents: Suellen Rothschild and Risa Weinberger; associate chairs: Barbara Moses; and immediate past president: Susan Blum Barnett. Leadership of chartered groups installed were: Herzl presidents: Jo Zeffren and Shirley Frankl; Lillian Wald Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council: Dorothy Zarbo and Sue Wertheim; professional networking president/assistant president: Elise Power and Susan Blum Barnett.

Submitted photo (From left) Barbara Moses and Shirley Frankl, the 2015 and 2016 Sarah Mendel Susman Award recipients

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(From left) Barbara Moses and Shirley Frankl, the 2015 and 2016 Sarah Mendel Susman Award recipients

The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Sarah Mendel Susman Award to the 2016 recipient, Shirley Frankl. Barbara Moses, the 2015 recipient, presented the award, which is given to someone who epitomizes the volunteer spirit of devotion and tirelessness in support of Hadassah’s ideals.
Shirley, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, came to Dallas in 1978 with her husband, Karl, and their three children. Born to parents who had to leave their home to escape Nazi Germany, she and her husband also left their home when it appeared apartheid would not end peacefully.
After a year straightening out a visa mix-up, they were able to settle in Dallas and become cherished members of our community. Shirley was an impeccable Hadassah employee and then became a loved and honored volunteer.
— Submitted by Pat Rosson

Temple Shalom hosts a discussion with AIPAC on the results of the U.S. election

“What effect will the administration of then President-elect Trump have on the U.S. Jewish community, the Israeli community and U.S/Israel relations in general?” These questions and more were directed to Leora Goldblatt, AIPAC area director for the North Texas and Oklahoma regions, and Kevin Pailet, AIPAC national board member, Tuesday evening, Dec. 13, at Temple Shalom in Dallas.
Sixty to 70 attendees listened intently as another one of the many events of Temple Shalom’s Israel Connection Committee sought to educate and increase awareness of Israel and the issues it is facing.
As AIPAC does not rate or endorse any elected officials or candidates for office, the discussion focused on what to expect during a time of transition and reset in the U.S.-Israel relationship. The attendees were assured that Congress is more committed than ever in its continuing support of a strong U.S./Israel relationship. Goldblatt and Pailet both reaffirmed that AIPAC’s mission is still committed to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of both the United States and Israel. Both emphasized that given the increasingly shifting demographics in the United States, it remains critical to AIPAC’s mission that extensive outreach be directed to the Hispanic and African-American communities, as well as to the younger generations of Jewish and non-Jewish voters, as this is from where the future Congressional leadership of the United States will come.
A vigorous Q&A session followed the prepared remarks of these AIPAC leaders, all questions answered. The general consensus of attendees, as they exited the Temple Shalom venue, was that this was a very educational and worthwhile session. Before the evening ended, the duo encouraged the attendees to attend the 2017 Policy Conference, March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. This encouragement apparently was responded to, as Temple Shalom has now registered a record number of congregants attending this upcoming Policy Conference.
— Submitted by Anita Warner

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Dallas Doings: Scholar-in-residence, Vocal Majority, art lecture

Dallas Doings: Scholar-in-residence, Vocal Majority, art lecture

Posted on 19 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Scholar-in-residence

Charles Pulman, who recently led a visit to Israel of Texas legislators, will be Congregation Nishmat Am’s scholar-in-residence Friday night, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21. Following a 6:30 p.m. Friday night Freylach (musical service) and an Oneg Shabbat, Mr. Pulman will discuss Texas’ anti-BDS legislation. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Kiddush luncheon. Mr. Pulman’s topic Saturday will be: “We Are Israel — A Time For Pride And Resolve.” The public is invited to attend both of these events. Congregation Nishmat Am is located at 2113 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. For more information, please call Nishmat Am at 972-618-2200.
— Submitted by Stan Friedman

Shearith Israel presents Vocal Majority in Concert on Jan. 29

Submitted photo The Vocal Majority will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Shearith Israel.

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The Vocal Majority will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Shearith Israel.

A week after the 2017 presidential inauguration, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, the Shearith Israel Music Committee’s Small-Waldman-Cohen Signature Series will present a concert honoring veterans, performed by the Vocal Majority, a Dallas-based men’s chorus of 80-plus volunteer musicians who have performed throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK.
The father-and-son team of Vocal Majority Executive Music Director Jim Clancy and Music Director Greg Clancy will direct this program.
Jim Clancy says, “The Vocal Majority is a nonprofit Barbershop Harmony Society chapter and 12-time gold medal winners in BHS chorus competitions. We really love touring the country and performing for audiences like the one we are eager to meet at Shearith Israel. We have a stirring program planned for Jan. 29 with many songs we know the audience will enjoy.”
Shearith Israel’s classically trained cantor, Hazzan Itzhak Zhrebker, will join the chorus in performing a few selections.
“No country has welcomed Jews more warmly than the USA,” says Hazzan Zhrebker. “In no country have Jewish artists, performers and especially songwriters been more effusive in their gratitude and loyalty to their country. This program will present some of the best patriotic songs from the pens of Jewish composers and lyricists.”
The evening, with a focus on Jewish composers, will include a variety of popular and inspirational songs, patriotic songs, and a few special selections such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which Vocal Majority will perform, with Cantor Zhrebker, to honor the Jewish composer-poet-singer-songwriter, who died recently.
The evening will begin with a flag ceremony by local veterans, which has been organized in cooperation with the Dallas Jewish War Veterans No. 256.
General admission tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Students and seniors can purchase tickets for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Veterans and active military personnel will receive complimentary admission to the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.shearith.org or call 214-361-6606.
— Submitted by Judy Tashbook Safern

Temple Emanu-El has full calendar for next 2 weeks

Niren

Niren

“All We Need is Love: A Musical Journey of the Heart Cantors & Friends Concert” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the Stern Chapel. Temple Emanu-El Cantors Vicky Glikin and Leslie Niren will be joined by four of their talented colleagues in this spirited concert, along with Rabbi David Stern as narrator. The theme: love in its many dimensions.

Gliken

Gliken

The packed program includes songs from classic American musicals, and Yiddish and Jewish melodies. It explores love of self, love of others and love of community. The performance is made possible by Pollman Performing Arts Programs, and is the fourth event in the 2016-2017 series by Music Around Emanu-El. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $36 for preferred admission and $100 for benefactors. Students are $10. Buy tickets online at participate.tedallas.org/cantorsandfriends.
Cantors Gliken and Niren will be joined by Cantor Jonathan Comisar of New York; Cantor David Perper of Mahwah, New Jersey; Cantor Susan Friedman of Evanston, Illinois; and Cantor Neil Michaels of West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Expert speaks on Dalí art work

On Jan. 26-28, Temple Emanu-El will host Dr. David Blumenthal, a renowned theologian and expert on the Jewish-themed works of artist Salvador Dalí, for three days of learning and prayer. He is professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University and the author of 11 books on theology, including Keeping God at the Center.

David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies, Emory University

David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies, Emory University

On Jan. 26, he will deliver the Rabbi Levi A. Olan Lecture, titled “Dalí’s ‘Aliyah’ Suite: Perspectives of a Spanish Artist on the Jewish State.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Olan Sanctuary at Temple, 8500 Hillcrest. The lecture will be followed by the opening of an exhibit of the “Aliyah” suite, which will be on loan from Legacy at Willow Bend from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.
On Jan. 27 and 28, he will offer teachings at Shabbat evening and morning services. He will also lead Torah study at 9 a.m.
The events are free but registration is requested: participate.tedallas.org/olanlecture.
— Submitted by Connie Dufner

Informative lecture on the Crypto-Jewish experience

On Sunday, Jan. 8, more than 180 people gathered in Davidson Hall on the University of Texas at Dallas campus to hear a discussion on the Crypto-Jewish experience. This program originated through Southwest Jewish Congress (SWJC) at the suggestion of Board Member Laura Ermini. The event was co-sponsored by SWJC, the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, and the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations.
Three distinguished speakers shared their areas of expertise (Jewish history, genetics and genealogy and the Latino/Jewish connection) via their unique perspectives (an Ashkenazic rabbi, a Sephardic researcher who just returned to the faith and a Catholic leader, respectively). The crowd was entertained by Rabbi Peter Tarlow’s accessible and understandable explanation of the Sephardim in Spain through the centuries, culminating in their expulsion in 1492. Next, Dr. X.R. Garcia dove deeper into the Sephardic diaspora as he told his personal story through the assimilation of the Crypto-Jews in the New World. The third installment of the lecture was led by Jacob Monty, the co-director of the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations, who is a member of the Catholic faith and the grandson of a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe.
Mr. Monty explained common threads between Latino and Jewish cultures, and seeks to foster understanding between the two cultures by taking groups of Latino leaders on educational trips to Israel.
Dr. Nils Roemer, professor and director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, artfully wrapped up the afternoon by highlighting that identity is highly personal, and as we had witnessed all afternoon, the Jewish experience (hidden or otherwise) cannot be contained by geography, genetics or local law.
Afterward, the Ackerman Center hosted a reception for the speakers, attendees and UTD post-graduates to interact. A student attendee contacted the organizers afterward and commented, “I just wanted to tell you how much we all enjoyed today’s lecture. We all learned so many new things from the great speakers. What a wonderful experience for all of us.”
— Submitted by Susan Myers

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Dallas Doings: Beth Torah Men’s Club, Dallas Holocaust Museum, happy birthday

Dallas Doings: Beth Torah Men’s Club, Dallas Holocaust Museum, happy birthday

Posted on 12 January 2017 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Beth Torah Men’s Club breakfast to feature Horwitz

Samantha Horwitz, a former Secret Service agent who survived the World Trade Center attacks, overcame post-traumatic stress and founded a company to help others, will be the guest speaker at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club monthly breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Horwitz

Horwitz

Horwitz, who lives in Rockwall, is the author of The Silent Fall, her inspiring story of recovery and how her experience inspired her to become a “courage consultant.” She’ll discuss her journey at the lox-and-bagel breakfast, which begins at 9 a.m.
The breakfast costs $10, $5 for students, and the public is welcome. Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson, near the crossroads of Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.
— Submitted by Michael Precker

JBA presents funds to charities

Jewish Business Alliance, a business networking organization, held its annual holiday luncheon Dec. 8 at the Legacy Willow Bend. Each year JBA contributes to local Jewish-based organizations from funds that the group has raised over the course of the year.

Submitted photo At the JBA holiday lunch are (from left) Jay Levine, Carol Margolis, Mark Lowey and Robert Fischer.

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At the JBA holiday lunch are (from left) Jay Levine, Carol Margolis, Mark Lowey and Robert Fischer.

This year, checks were presented to Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association, Iris Sheppard accepting; Jewish Family Service, Jamie Dennison accepting; and Greene Family Camp, Carol Margolis accepting.
Now in its sixth year, JBA was founded by Mark Lowey, owner of Stonebridge Insurance Group; Jay Levine, owner of Energy Brokers of America; and Robert Fischer, owner of Custom Integrated Systems.
JBA meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Coffee House Cafe in North Dallas. For more information on the group, please contact Mark at 214-558-2727 or mark@stonebridgeinsurancegroup.com.

On tap at the Dallas Holocaust Museum

The Dallas Holocaust Museum will have a number of interesting programs coming up.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, the Museum will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Marking the liberation of Auschwitz, International Holocaust Remembrance Day allows one to reflect upon the profound tragedy of the Holocaust. Participants come together to share a moment of peace and hope for the future. Come with friends and family to experience this intimate gathering of hope and remembrance.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance’s commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day will include remarks and light refreshments. Cost of the event is free and no RSVP is required.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum is located at 211 N. Record St. No. 100, Dallas.

Upstander series

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, the Museum and SMU Embrey Human Rights Program will present Upstander Speaker George Takei at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas.
Born in Los Angeles to Japanese-American parents, Takei speaks openly about his childhood experiences during World War II when he and his family were forced to relocate to internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. Breaking through racial barriers, Takei later found success as an actor and reached peak science-fiction fandom for his iconic role as Lieutenant Sulu in the Star Trek television series and movies. He continues to act onstage and screen and advocates for LGBTQ rights. Cost for the event is $25. Registration can be completed at http://bit.ly/2hvzD2w.
RSVP needed.

Takei

Takei

Film on Nuremberg trials

Beginning Feb. 16 and running through Aug. 3, the Museum will present a special exhibit: Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg. The Nuremberg Trials in 1945 used an unprecedented form of evidence — film of the war and the liberation of concentration camps.
The raw footage compiled into a documentary titled Nazi Concentration Camps became crucial evidence, presenting the crimes the Nazis committed in an unflinching and authentic format to the court. The exhibit, opening Feb. 16, features the work of three filmmakers: John Ford, Samuel Fuller and George Stevens. It explores the filmmakers’ experiences during and after World War II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities, and the impact the war had on their careers. The exhibition contains film and photographs of World War II as well as clips from the filmmakers’ prewar careers.
The exhibition, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of SNCF (French National Railways). This presentation was made possible through the support of the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF. This presentation is sponsored by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF and is on view at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St. No. 100, Dallas.
— Submitted by Annie Black

Happy 80th Marvin Migdol

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Marvin J. Migdol’s 80th birthday, Jan. 7. Marv has been a Dallas-area resident since 1968 and is the father of six children.
He owned Snelling personnel agencies, served as marketing manager of a Frisco health care firm and was a management consultant specializing in franchising until his retirement.
Marv was also an adjunct professor, author of five books and a prolific writer, including for the TJP.

Submitted photo Marvin Migdol recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He has owned several businesses and has been a TJP writer.

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Marvin Migdol recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He has owned several businesses and has been a TJP writer.

He joined Temple Shalom in 1968 and has served as a leader in many Jewish and civic organizations.

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Dallas Doings: VITAS, Hanukkah service, Akiba students get coding

Dallas Doings: VITAS, Hanukkah service, Akiba students get coding

Posted on 05 January 2017 by admin

Photo: Lisa Rothberg Ray Farris and Rabbi Ariel Boxman lead Temple Shalom’s first Young Family Hanukkah Service.

Photo: Lisa Rothberg
Ray Farris and Rabbi Ariel Boxman lead Temple Shalom’s first Young Family Hanukkah Service.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

VITAS welcomes Rabbi Peretz Shapiro as chaplain

Rabbi Peretz Shapiro is VITAS Hospice’s newest Jewish chaplain.
Working with seniors and watching his own parents deal with terminal disease in hospice was one of the reasons why Peretz Shapiro decided to change careers from lawyer to rabbi. As a VITAS chaplain serving patients in the VITAS inpatient hospice unit at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Carrollton, Rabbi Shapiro offers spiritual support to patients, family members and caregivers of all faiths. Born and raised in London, England, Rabbi Shapiro received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham University.

Shapiro

Shapiro

He attended BPP Law School in London and then joined the Carter-Ruck Law Firm, where he qualified as a Solicitor.
But his calling, he discovered, was elsewhere. Inspired by the ideals of interfaith pastoral work, Rabbi Shapiro “gave up practicing law to make a real difference in people’s lives and make a mark on their spirits.”
After moving to Morristown, New Jersey, he attended the Rabbinical College of America, where he received his smicha. He completed a unit of clinical pastoral education at the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network at Texas Health Resources Hospital in Plano. Rabbi Shapiro worked as the director of adult education at Chabad of Dallas and founded the Jewish Life Network with his wife, Michal, to meet the spiritual needs of Jewish seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“It was through my extensive work with seniors that I saw the tremendous impact pastoral work can have on patients and families dealing with end-of-life issues,” he explains. Rabbi Shapiro joined VITAS in 2016. “I see my mission as providing spiritual and pastoral care to all of our patients and their families at this extremely critical time in their lives, regardless of their level of observance and background.”
He and Michal have five children — four girls and a boy. He is a self-proclaimed news junkie and sports lover.
— Submitted by Elise Power

Young Family Hanukkah Service at Temple Shalom

On the first night of Hanukkah, Temple Shalom members celebrated the first Young Family Hanukkah Service in the Epstein Chapel. Rabbi Ariel Boxman and Ray Farris led the Shabbat service. Before the service began, Rabbi Boxman explained, “This is your space; please know that all voices are joyous and should be celebrated. Don’t think you have to shush the little ones.”
Boxman pointed out that there’s a mat in the back of the chapel for babies to crawl on and a small table for kids to color on.
“This service is for children of all ages. This is your home!”
The service included something for all ages. Traditional prayers were sung, a piece of Talmud was taught and all the kids’ favorite Hanukkah songs were also included.
“We had to include the kids’ favorites like There’s A Dinosaur Knocking on My Door; Dreidel, Dreidel; and Oh Hanukkah,” explained Ray Farris. With guitar in hand, he led the congregation in song. They danced through the aisles and  twirled like dreidels while shaking musical eggs and tambourines.
The service concluded with homemade challah and grape juice, and then members enjoyed a delicious Kiddush reception complete with breakfast pizza, cupcakes, fruit and, of course, jelly doughnuts and latkes.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg

Akiba students get coding

Akiba Academy Educational Technologist Mrs. Aimee Wortendyke led Akiba students in the global initiative of “Hour of Code” for students in grades K-6. This exciting 21st-century program of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and logical thinking is held annually during computer science education week. According to its website, “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code,’ to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.”

Third-graders Brendy Eber and Jonah Hochschuler

Third-graders Brendy Eber and Jonah Hochschuler

All Akiba students were presented with certificates acknowledging their completion of the global initiative Hour of Code.
— Submitted by Leslie K. Morgan

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Dallas Doings: Crypto-Jewish experience, new class, menorah lighting

Dallas Doings: Crypto-Jewish experience, new class, menorah lighting

Posted on 28 December 2016 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

‘The Crypto-Jewish Experience: Where It Began, Where It Is Now’

Steve and Marianne Noskin light the Hanukkah menorah in Frisco at the Chabad of Frisco community menorah lighting.

Steve and Marianne Noskin light the Hanukkah menorah in Frisco at the Chabad of Frisco community menorah lighting.

Southwest Jewish Congress invites the community to a riveting three-part lecture featuring distinguished speakers on the topic of the Sephardic Expulsion from Spain in 1492, the subsequent underground practices of these Crypto-Jews and how we see effects of this event in our world (including Texas) today.
“The Crypto-Jewish Experience: Where It Began, Where It Is Now” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, in Davidson Hall Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. Free parking will be available in Lot M.

Garcia

Garcia

Laura Ermini, SWJC board member and event chair, said, “As a student of history (with a degree in Spanish literature and linguistics), I attended this lecture earlier in the year. I was astounded to learn of several vital pieces of information which were disturbingly missing from my education. I believe the material shared at this lecture will have a profound effect on the attendees, and may even inspire them to do research on their own.”

Monty

Monty

The speakers include Dr. Peter Tarlow, Ph.D., former campus rabbi at Texas A&M University, currently Governor Abbott’s appointed chairman of The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission; Dr. Xico R. Garcia, a physician in Dallas and a descendant of the Spanish Conquistadors and Crypto-Jews who settled Jewish communities in Northern Mexico and South Texas; and Jacob Monty, a well-known Texas attorney and president of the Center for Latino-Jewish Relations.

Tarlow

Tarlow

SWJC wishes to thank The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas for sponsoring and hosting this event and The Center for Latino-Jewish Relations for their support.
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations requested; call 214-361-0018 or email Susan Myers at susan@swjc.org.

Kreditor’s Melton class to start Jan. 5

Mark Kreditor is well-known to the Jewish community on many levels. He is the chair-elect of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, served as the Federation’s campaign chair, chaired the JCC’s Bagel Run, and most recently chaired the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s Hope for Humanity Dinner in October. The list truly is endless. One of the things that gives Mark the most pleasure has been his role as teacher in the JCC’s Melton program. “For the past 15-plus years a special group of students at the JCC have come to my classes that always center on the connection of Jewish artists in the 20th century. We have taught 10-week classes ranging from ‘Sinatra and the Jews’ to ‘The Jews of Hollywood’ to ‘Jews of Tin Pan Alley Parts 1,2,3.’ This past year we have expanded to include other types of artistic expression through the lens of great 20th-century Jewish artists. From Arthur Murray (Moses Teichman) to Ann Landers (Esther Lederer), our fun-filled class explores, often with song and dance, the creative spirit grown from these Jewish individuals and the contributions they have left in this world,” Kreditor explained to the TJP.

Kreditor

Kreditor

On Jan. 5, Kreditor’s newest class — “Jewish Artists the Changed the World” — will start at the JCC. While the class is filling, there is still room to sign up. It will run for 10 Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“My students are like family and I learn as much from them as they do from the class materials,” said Kreditor. With ages spanning to the 90s there are firsthand stories about many of the memories still vibrant in our community about the featured artists. Students can register by calling Rachelle Weiss Crane, director of Jewish education, at the JCC at 214-239-7127.
“It’s an hour each week to travel back in time and experience firsthand what the world was like when these great Jewish artists were leaving their lasting memory on this world,” Kreditor added.

Chabad of Frisco’s Community Menorah Lighting

Chabad of Frisco hosted the third annual Community Menorah Lighting in front of the Frisco City Hall on the third night of Hanukkah, Dec. 26. Over 400 people from Frisco and surrounding areas gathered to celebrate Hanukkah — enjoying hot latkes, great music, menorah crafts, face painting, balloon creations and a grand menorah lighting.

Rabbi Mendy and Mushkie Kesselman of Chabad of Frisco with Frisco Chief of Police John Bruce.

Rabbi Mendy and Mushkie Kesselman of Chabad of Frisco with Frisco Chief of Police John Bruce.

Rabbi Mendy Kesselman welcomed the crowd and shared a Hanukkah message. Chabad of Frisco honored Frisco’s Chief of Police Mr. John Bruce with the lighting of the shamash. Mr. Tim Nelson, a member of the City Council, gave remarks on behalf of the Frisco City Council and Mayor’s Office. Mr. Steve Noskin, a member of the Frisco ISD School Board, and his wife Marianne were honored with the lighting of the menorah.
Many thanks to the Noskin Family and A Frisco Hebrew School Family for sponsoring the event.
A big thank-you to all the volunteers from the community who helped make it all happen.
— Submitted by Mushkie Kesselman

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Dallas Doings: USY, Yavneh accolades, new graduate

Dallas Doings: USY, Yavneh accolades, new graduate

Posted on 22 December 2016 by admin

Submitted photo The Yavneh cross-country relay team (from left) — Griffin Levine, class of 2018; Rachel Sasson ’18; Reece Parker ’20; and Ezra Ruderman ’19 — placed 22nd in their division in the Dallas Marathon on Dec. 13.

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The Yavneh cross-country relay team (from left) — Griffin Levine, class of 2018; Rachel Sasson ’18; Reece Parker ’20; and Ezra Ruderman ’19 — placed 22nd in their division in the Dallas Marathon on Dec. 13.

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Dallas to USY’s 66th Annual International Convention

From Dec. 25 to 29, nearly 1,000 Jewish teenagers, educators, professionals, and alumni from United Synagogue Youth (USY) will gather in Dallas for five days of Hanukkah celebrations, interactive learning and hands-on social action at USY’s 66th International Convention.
A program of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), USY is America’s largest Conservative Jewish youth group.
This convention marks several firsts for the organization, from its inaugural Texas location to a new milestone in USY’s partnership with NOAM, its sister youth movement that reaches Masorti teens globally. USY will host young adults from 10 countries including Israel, Argentina, Ukraine, Uganda, and beyond at the convention and kick off a yearlong pairing of NOAM’s global chapters with USY regions. This new program will help foster lasting relationships between Jewish teens from diverse backgrounds, as well as global learning initiatives and social action projects.
“We are excited to bring together our teens to create global connections and discuss their shared future as leaders of Masorti/Conservative Judaism,” said Rabbi David Levy, USCJ’s senior director, Teen Learning.
The convention will focus on the theme Chazak, Chazak, v’Nitchazek, which translates to Be Strong, Be Strong, May We Be Strengthened. Through interactive educational programming, community service, and talks from peers and leading professionals, the convention will build teens’ capacity as Jewish leaders, individuals and advocates.
“USYers will leave feeling empowered to create positive change…and build a stronger future for themselves (and) their communities,” said Teen Co-chairs Noa Rose and Harrison Steier. “We will grow together and learn to overcome modern challenges in a Jewish context.”
Convention guests include keynote speaker, CEO and President of Hillel Eric Fingerhut, a USY alumnus and past Central Region USY (CRUSY) president, and former star wrestler/professional motivational speaker Rohan Murphy. Educational partners include Hillel, KESHET, and Stand With Us with study sessions focusing on topics such as the Holocaust, modern day Judaism in America, Israeli history, politics and culture, Judaism on the college campus, inclusion and the media.
Among the breakout session speakers are Dallasite and Holocaust survivor Jack Repp, who will speak at a 9 a.m. breakout session Dec. 26 to members of the New England Region delegation and others. Other local educators and leaders participating include Aaron Jacobs (former USY international president from Dallas) and Jason Cathcart (education director at Congregation Anshai Torah in Plano). Rabbi Neal Katz will speak to the teens about growing up a Jewish minority in a small town. He is from Tyler.

Jack Repp

Jack Repp

Local USYers participating at presstime are Lily Shane, Jason Bard, Lilah Harris, Sydney Wigder, Hannah Zhrebker (all of Dallas); Shayna Kisin (Fort Worth); Rebecca Goldstein (Frisco); Allison Eisenberg, Inbal Michaeli and Emma Berlin (all of Plano); and Hadar Bernstein and Jacquie Mitzner, SWUSY president (both of Allen).
These teens are part of the Southwest USY region (SWUSY), which includes Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. They are part of a 46-person delegation representing their home region at the convention.
In conjunction with local agencies, the entire convention body will participate in several hands-on social action projects with partners including Goodwill of Dallas, Hope Farm, ACH Child and Family Services, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Christian Center of Fort Worth, North Texas Food Bank, Catholic Charities of Ft. Worth, Christian Community Action, Mission Arlington and Mission Metroplex. The teens will also take part in ongoing charitable activities over the course of the convention, collecting donations for local Dallas agencies.
The convention will also expose teens to local Texas culture including visits to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a large-scale kosher barbecue at “the World’s Largest Honkey Tonk,” Billy Bob’s Texas, and a private evening at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
This year’s convention is sponsored by Uber, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and the Schultz Family, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Congregation Beth Torah, Congregation B’nai Amoona, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Congregation Shearith Israel, Congregation Anshai Torah, Congregation Agudas Achim, Butler Motor Transit, Josh Mohrer, Dianne and Martin Newman, and Donna and Herb Weitzman.

Yavneh caps fall semester with lots of good news

As the fall semester came to a close there was plenty of good news heading Yavneh’s way. You probably caught the cover of the TJP a couple of weeks ago, depicting the Yavneh boys’ basketball team capturing first place by going undefeated at the National Weiner Tournament and Shabbaton in Maryland.
Another Yavneh team, the cross-country relay team, had reason to celebrate. The quartet placed 32 out of 115 teams in their division, competing in the Dallas Marathon on Dec. 13. Cross-country relay team. They finished the Dallas Marathon in 3:48:11.
On the academic front, Yavneh was named the eighth best private school to attend in Dallas Fort Worth by Niche.com, a website that helps folks discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for them.
According to its website, Niche rigorously analyzes “dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards and profiles for every K-12 school, college and neighborhood in the U.S.” Last year Yavneh was ranked ninth.
In the first year of Jewish high school rankings across the country, Niche.com ranked Yavneh eighth among 63 schools across the country.
Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings and other factors.
As the last week of the semester wound down, Yavneh seniors began to receive acceptance letters to college. Among the top tier universities and programs eager to welcome Bulldogs to campus are Brandeis University, New York University, Stanford University, Stern College, Honors/Yeshiva University, Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Plan II and Yale University.

New graduate

Mazal tov to Elie Allen, who recently graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alabama. In the fall Elie plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work. Elie is the son of Mona and Artie Allen of Dallas.

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Dallas Doings: Mavericks, ADL honors, awards and Munchkins Minyan

Dallas Doings: Mavericks, ADL honors, awards and Munchkins Minyan

Posted on 15 December 2016 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
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Fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night with Mavericks

Dallas Jewish basketball fans have the opportunity to both celebrate Hanukkah and cheer on the Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews as they take on the Houston Rockets with James Harden during the fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night on Dec. 27.
The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, is coordinated by Chabad of Dallas with participation from the Dallas Mavericks organization.
Rabbi Levi Dubrawsky, a co-organizer for the event, noted that Jewish Heritage Night has grown over the years as more people attend every year.
“It’s more exciting than previous years and it’s truly become the Hanukkah event that everybody wants to attend.”
A pregame performance will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a grand menorah lighting at 7:10, all taking place in the AT&T Plaza. Following the game, there will be a free throw shot and Hanukkah party on the court. Kosher food will be available for purchase and Jewish T-shirts and souvenirs will also be available.
Visit DFWChanukah.com, call 972-897-8801 or email Admin@ChabadofDallas.com for more information or to purchase tickets. The TJP is a proud sponsor of Jewish Heritage Night.
— Submitted by Levi Dubrawsky

ADL honors Carol Glendenning partner, Strasburger & Price LLP

Past honorees Gil Friedlander, Rick Lacher, Rob Walters, Brian Lidji, Larry Schoenbrun, Sid Stahl, Don Glendenning, Jack Balagia, Richard Massman

Past honorees Gil Friedlander, Rick Lacher, Rob Walters, Brian Lidji, Larry Schoenbrun, Sid Stahl, Don Glendenning, Jack Balagia, Richard Massman

(From left) ADL Regional Board Chair Marcy Helfand, Carol Glendenning, ADL Regional Director Cheryl Drazin

(From left) ADL Regional Board Chair Marcy Helfand, Carol Glendenning, ADL Regional Director Cheryl Drazin

The Anti-Defamation League, North Texas/Oklahoma Region honored Carol Glendenning, partner, Strasburger & Price, at its annual Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel on Nov. 28. Friends, family and colleagues filled the room to pay tribute to Carol for her longstanding pursuit of justice and fair treatment for all. The luncheon was chaired by Jennifer and Peter Altabef, and Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson. The program included Cameo Speakers Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of United Way Metropolitan Dallas, and Chad Houser, executive director and chef at Café Momentum.
ADL North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Director Cheryl R. Drazin delivered the keynote address.
The Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award is presented annually to a member of the legal community for outstanding leadership, exemplary contributions to the community, and a commitment to the ideals of the Anti-Defamation League.
— Submitted by Kerri Aikin

Temple Shalom Munchkins Minyan

On Friday, Nov. 18, Temple Shalom young families gathered together to celebrate Shabbat. Once a month, Temple Shalom offers this very special service called Munchkins Minyan. Led by Rabbi Ariel Boxman and guitarist Ray Farris, young children and their families sing, dance and even say prayers over grape juice and challah. “Their favorite song is definitely the dinosaur song,” said Farris. “It’s wonderful to see the kids sing and dance and their faces light up when we say the blessings.”
According to Rabbi Boxman, Munchkins Minyan is the highlight of her month.
“Getting to share Shabbat with our youngest members, and see their joy and love of the music and prayers, is enough to make me smile for weeks.”
“This service has become so popular and has attracted all types of families that we have had to add activities for older siblings during the toddler-friendly service,” explained Young Family Coordinator Jen Arndt. “In fact, Munchkins Minyan has become such a hit that we have added a young family Hanukkah service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, in the Epstein Chapel. It will be a morning of Hanukkah songs, stories, dancing and Torah fun!”
For more information about the Dec. 16 service, contact Rabbi Boxman, lifelong learning director, at aboxman@templeshalomdallas.org.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg

Greenberg’s honey bars are No.1

Her longtime WRJ friend was so excited when Jo-Sandra Greenberg won the Dallas Morning News (easy) cookie contest last week, she kvelled to the TJP. Jo-Sandra’s honey bars are well-known to the Temple Emanu-El community. “We actually sold out of her amazing bars at the WRJ Bake Sale. Trust me, they are fabulous,” enthused Celia Saunders. Jo-Sandra is in Temple Emanu-El’s WRJ chapter. She is the first to volunteer to organize and volunteer her services for programs, events, and to anyone in need.

 Jo-Sandra Greenberg displays her winning recipe… and smile.

Jo-Sandra Greenberg displays her winning recipe… and smile.

“When I spoke with Jo-Sandra this morning, she was elated,” said Saunders. “Here’s a quote from our conversation: ‘After many happy years of marriage, two wonderful grown sons, a rewarding 40-year teaching career. … I have just had a great life so far. Winning this cookie contest is like the ‘icing on the cake,’” reported Celia.

Israel Bonds to honor Jeffrey Beck and Jarrod Beck at International event

Jeffrey Beck and Jarrod Beck will be presented with the Israel69 Award at the 2017 Israel Bonds International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner in Miami Beach, Florida. The gala event will take place at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel Sunday evening, Feb. 12, and will feature master of ceremonies Jason Alexander. Weekend guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events and activities, rounding out what will be a wonderful and momentous celebration.
Israel Bonds is proud to highlight the accomplishments of this dynamic father-son duo for their strong commitment to the Dallas community and continuity of the Jewish people.
Jarrod is chief executive officer and sits on the board of directors for United Texas Bank — a boutique commercial bank chartered over 30 years ago that is committed to its customers. United Texas Bank has financed over $1 billion in transactions in the past five years. His involvement and contributions have been critical in completing some of the most high-profile deals in the history of the bank and Jarrod has been instrumental in tripling the size of the bank over the past six years.

Father and son Jeffrey and Jarrod Beck will be honored by Israel Bonds in Miami Beach on Feb. 12.

Father and son Jeffrey and Jarrod Beck will be honored by Israel Bonds in Miami Beach on Feb. 12.

Jarrod is managing partner of the family-owned development of Dallas Midtown — a $4 billion mixed-use development within the heart of the population of North Dallas. He sits on the board of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance and is a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of Jewish Federation and the executive committee of the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council.
Jarrod holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a B.A. in Finance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jarrod and his wife Shiva have one son, Joshua.
Jeffrey founded United Texas Bank in 1985, where he currently serves as chairman of the board. He is also president and CEO of Quantum Holdings, a diversified venture company investing in real estate, technology and other assets. Jeffrey is founder of Capital Senior Living Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, where he served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Capital Senior Living owns, develops and operates independent and assisted living communities throughout the United States.
He is also advisor emeritus to Beck Ventures, a company now recognized as one of the largest master planning developers in the country — including Dallas Midtown and the Town of Trophy Club. Jeffrey and his wife Janet are active at their congregation, Shearith Israel in Dallas. Jeffrey sits on the boards of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance, Dallas Jewish Federation and its national SCN Board, and National Council of AIPAC. Jeffrey and Janet have three married children and six grandchildren.
Israel Bonds plans to have a large Texas contingent in Florida to celebrate with the Becks. For hotel block information or questions, please email karen.garfield@israelbonds.com or call 972-338-2641.

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Dallas Doings: Book tour, Maccabi athletes

Dallas Doings: Book tour, Maccabi athletes

Posted on 08 December 2016 by admin

Submitted photo Sarah Weisberg (left) and Kaya Haymann (right) will compete for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games in 2017.

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Sarah Weisberg (left) and Kaya Haymann (right) will compete for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games in 2017.

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Retired Dallas judge returns on book tour

Retired Dallas County District Judge, Bob Moss, returns to Dallas Sunday, Dec. 11 as part of the launch tour for his new release Vibes From The Screen: Getting Greater Enjoyment from Films. Moss will participate in a meet-the-author book signing at the Half Price Books flagship store, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Following his retirement from the bench in 2003, Moss began offering Continuing Legal Education programs at the Chicago Bar Association. After several years, Bob decided to follow his longtime passion — films. He returned to his alma mater, Northwestern University, for additional film studies and in 2011 began leading film study groups for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern. Vibes From The Screen: Getting Greater Enjoyment from Films comes from the proven methods used by those groups to analyze and appreciate the films they watched, adhering to the notion that “to understand what a film is trying to say is to know how it is saying it.”

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Moss

Vibes From the Screen is a basic guide for those movie watchers hoping to get something more than entertainment out of a film. Readers learn how to recognize and understand the many techniques used by filmmakers to convey both story and meaning in a way that affects the viewer physically, mentally and emotionally. Bob Moss builds his book around the words of the great filmmakers including Hitchcock, Sayles, Storaro, Caine and Streep. Through them, he introduces readers to the elements of film and also provides an understanding of how various people involved in making a film think about their craft. From these glimpses, the viewer gains better insight into recognizing the themes communicated through the images and sounds of a film. The proven result is greater film enjoyment and an appreciation of the art itself.
— Submitted by Bob Moss

Dallas gymnasts secure spot on USA Maccabi Gymnastics team

Last weekend In Norman, Oklahoma, Kaya Haymann, 12, and Sarah Weisberg, 16, competed in the trials for the USA Maccabiah Gymnastics Team. The 20th World Maccabiah Games will be held in Israel in the summer of 2017.
Both girls were successful in securing a spot on the team. Kaya and Sarah train under Cecile and Laurent Landi, who also trained Olympic champion Madison Kocian at WOGA Gymnastics in Plano. Kaya is the daughter of Julie and Gary Haymann, and Sarah is the daughter of Jonathan and Grace Weisberg.
Additionally, Griffin Levine, who plays basketball for Yavneh Academy, will represent the U.S. as well on the boys’ basketball team.

News and notes

  • On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Jewish rap star Kosha Dillz will describe his recovery from addiction and returning to his faith. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El’s Linz Hall. RSVP online at participate.tedallas.org/koshadillz.
  • Dallas Jewish Historical Society will hold a photo and document scanning day from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road. Scan and preserve your photographs, family documents and other important items of your family history. Scans take up less space and are easily shared. The scanning is free, though a donation is suggested. For more information, contact archivist@djhs.org or 214-239-7120.
  • On Dec. 1, the Dallas Peace and Justice Center honored Linda Evanson Abrams with its 2016 Peace Legacy-Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Dallas Doings: Warren Buffett, Awards for Legacy at Home

Dallas Doings: Warren Buffett, Awards for Legacy at Home

Posted on 01 December 2016 by admin

Photo: Stacie Kinney David Litman (left) and daughter Anna Litman with Warren Buffett

Photo: Stacie Kinney
David Litman (left) and daughter Anna Litman with Warren Buffett

Submitted photo The Legacy at Home team

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The Legacy at Home team

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Area man meets Warren Buffett

David Litman and his daughter Anna recently met Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett when he welcomed 43 U.S. Israel bond investors to Omaha on Sunday, each of whom made a minimum $1 million new investment, to participate in an exclusive evening with the famed “oracle of Omaha.”
The evening opened with a tribute video from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said, “Warren is one of the most brilliant and successful investors of our time. He knows a good investment when he sees it. That’s why he invests in Israel.”
Buffett, who made Israeli company Iscar his first overseas acquisition, spoke warmly of the Jewish state, calling it “a remarkable country.” He stressed that “the United States and Israel have a common destiny,” saying, “If you are looking for brains, energy and dynamism in the Middle East, Israel is the only place you need to go.”
Buffett also spoke positively of investing in Israel bonds, calling the investments “a terrific tribute to the country.” He said he would invest $5 million in Israel bonds in his personal portfolio if participants at the event matched his investment. In doing so, Buffett stated, “I wanted — through the last-minute challenge — to set the bar even higher for future events.”
He added, “You can tell prospective investors that I would have taken a perpetual bond if you had offered one. I believe Israel is going to be around forever.”
As a result, Israel bond sales directly attributable to the event totaled $60 million. In addition to Buffett’s $5 million investment, Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio has included Israel bonds since its acquisition of Guard Insurance in 2012, now known as Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance Companies.
The evening was the result of an April meeting held in Omaha between Buffett and then-Bonds President and CEO Izzy Tapoohi, Vice President for Sales Stuart Garawitz and Pennsylvania Region Executive Director Harold Marcus.
In commenting on the meeting, Buffett said, “I learned quite a bit more about the Bonds program and said I’d love to do (the event).”
In expressing appreciation to Buffett, new Israel Bonds President and CEO Israel Maimon said, “This event tells me that Warren Buffett, famed for his investment expertise, continues to view Israel as a sure bet.”
The evening was hosted by Henry Davis, president & CEO of Greater Omaha Packing.
— Submitted by Karen Garfield

The Legacy at Home named as a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite

The Legacy at Home has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Founded in 2011, The Legacy at Home is the largest not-for-profit home health provider in Greater Dallas. The agency also provides comprehensive Medicare-certified in-home health care, nursing and personal assistance with the activities of daily living to seniors with the same level of distinction and professionalism that has defined The Legacy Senior Communities since 1953.
Seniors can receive high-quality care when returning home from a hospital stay or while rehabilitating from an illness or injury at home, in addition to assistance with daily living. For more than 10 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies. The ranking is developed by ABILITY Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of health care, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.
“We’re honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Charlene Bishop, administrator of The Legacy at Home. “Our efforts throughout the past year have focused on the importance of coming together as a team to build upon the quality of care we provide our clients and enhance their overall experience.
“As a team, we looked at all of the small enhancements we could make to our service that would have the biggest impact. It’s been amazing to see how we continue to benefit not only our clients, but our team members as well. Our team has pushed themselves and given everything they can to provide the best service we possibly can. It’s an incredible feeling to receive this recognition as a reminder of what we achieved throughout the year.”
Bishop credits enhancing quality care, lowering re-hospitalization rates and enriching the overall patient experience as the reasons the agency achieved this recognition.
“We were absolutely thrilled to hear about this honor,” said David Eisenberg, chair of the board of directors of The Legacy at Home. “Our team is committed to providing high-quality care to our clients across the Greater Dallas area, and I want to applaud the staff for a job well done.”
“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving health care environment,” said Christine Lang, senior director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate The Legacy at Home on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”
Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.
“We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager, DecisionHealth.
“We are extremely proud of Charlene and the entire The Legacy at Home team for the superior care they provide to seniors throughout Greater Dallas,” said Brian Barnes, CFO/COO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “The Legacy at Home was created with the intention of reaching those we normally could not because they lived outside of our senior living communities. It is gratifying to see our team members receive recognition and praise for their hard work and dedication.”
The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the Ability Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.
— Submitted by Amy Jones

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