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Dallas Doings: Shultz Scholars, Akiba Color War, Temple Shalom

Dallas Doings: Shultz Scholars, Akiba Color War, Temple Shalom

Posted on 31 May 2018 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray


Photo: Aaron Sasson
Members of the 2018 Yavneh graduating class who were named Schultz Scholars in 2017 or 2018 are pictured with Yavneh Head of School David Portnoy and Andy
Schultz. From left, Portnoy, Hannah Zhrebker (2018 recipient), Seth Gerstenfeld (2017), Schultz, Zachary Denn (2018), Rachel Sasson (2017) and Eliana Abraham (2017)

Yavneh names Schultz Scholars

Yavneh Academy of Dallas named five students — two graduating seniors and three juniors — Schultz Scholars for the 2017-18 Academic Year. The students were chosen because their academic achievement and co-curricular leadership exemplify the best of Yavneh Academy.
This year’s Schultz Scholars are:
• Junior Maayan Abouzaglo, daughter of Gianina and Shimon Abouzaglo.
• Senior Zachary Denn, son of Dena and Steve Denn.
• Junior Shea Doty, daughter of Amy Doty and Tim Doty.
• Junior Leib Malina, son of Inna and Eugene Malina.
• Senior Hannah Zhrebker, daughter of Leah and Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker.


Photo: Sarah Mancuso
From left, Ari Blumberg, Noah Ohayon, Yosef Drizin and Ezra Berke were part of the eighth-grade team that led Akiba Academy’s Color War.

Green Team reigns at Akiba Color War

Akiba Academy’s annual Color War is more than a two-day battle for bragging rights. It’s an opportunity for eighth-graders to organize and lead all students from the lower and middle schools and a chance for students to use their Hebrew, Judaic knowledge and analytical skills on the battlefield.
And it’s most definitely a time to build new friendships and come together.
The Green Team snagged the win this year. Faculty member Miriam Tannenbaum facilitates Color War year after year.


Photo: Lisa Rothberg
Temple Shalom President Rodney Schlosser; Dallas Morning News CEO Jim Moroney; Rabbi Andrew Paley

Busy May at Temple Shalom

May was a busy month filled with celebrations at Temple Shalom. Temple members gathered for the confirmation of the Class of 5778 on May 4. Two days later, congregants attended Temple Shalom’s 52nd annual meeting.
The President’s Award is presented each year to a Temple Shalom member who has made a difference at Temple Shalom and in the community. This year’s President’s Award was presented to Ken Glaser.
Also, Elizabeth Dworkin received the Tracy Fisher Award. Named for the daughter of Temple Shalom members Laurel and Mark Fisher who died in 2009, this award honors Tracy’s memory and her love of Judaism and all things NFTY.
Temple Shalom installed its new board members on May 11. Speaker Jim Moroney, CEO of The Dallas Morning News, spoke about the importance of coming together as a community and having strong leadership to guide them on their mission. He complimented longtime friend, Temple Shalom President Rodney Schlosser, on his leadership skills.
“Our officers and board members are very excited about the upcoming programming year. I invite all our members and prospective members to participate in the rich offering of programs we have planned. Join us, join our community, and you’ll be glad you did,” Schlosser said.


Dallas Doings: Brent Weinberg, Lizzy Greif, Cohns, Pearce Banquet

Posted on 24 May 2018 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Dallas’s Brent Weinberg
among Yeshiva valedictorians

Brent Weinberg, son of Sharon and Howard Weinberg of Frisco, was named the valedictorian for Yeshiva University’s Isaac Breuer College. Brent was one of nine students named valedictorian for their outstanding academic achievement. Commencement took place May 16.
“I had a love of Judaism coming from my high school, and I really could not imagine going to college without continuing my Jewish learning,” said Weinberg, who cites his morning shiur with Rabbi Reuven Fink as his favorite class during his time at YU.
“I gained a deeper connection to my heritage as well as the skills to be able to learn in-depth Jewish subjects. Ultimately YU helped me develop a deeper connection to the Ribono Shel Olam,” Weinberg said. “The opportunity to befriend so many Jews from all over the world who share in the same values as you do is a gift that no other university can offer.”
Weinberg, an accounting and management major, will continue his YU education by attending the Master’s Program in Taxation at the Sy Syms School of Business in the fall. Brent is a graduate of Levine Academy and The American Hebrew Academy. He and his family are members of Congregation Anshai Torah.

Lizzy Greif joins
Sharsheret board

Lizzy Greif has been named to the national board of Sharsheret, the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish women and families, of all backgrounds, facing breast and ovarian cancer.
Born and raised in Dallas, Greif attended Bank Street College of Education and received a Master of Science in education with a specialty in infant and parent development. Family and education have always been priorities in her life. She lost two sisters, Margot Pulitzer and Sheri Rosenberg, to breast cancer and is committed to supporting and educating everyone about breast cancer, however she can.
Toward that end, Sharsheret has been a resource for her, and she has been a longtime volunteer for the organization. Greif has been on various national and local Dallas-based boards.

Anshai Torah Fund
honors Debbie, Dan Cohn

Debbie and Dan Cohn, staples of Congregation Anshai Torah for 20 years, were honored at the synagogue’s 2018 Torah Fund/Sisterhood Shabbat May 19. The Cohns have tirelessly devoted countless hours to projects, committees and boards at the synagogue.
The Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, started in 1942, provides scholarships to student rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators, as well as enhances student life with projects such as residence halls and the libraries at the five Conservative/Masorti Judaism seminaries across North America.
The Cohns said they only had to look at their childhoods and their parents, who always demonstrated the importance of volunteering and giving back.
Debbie’s mother, Irene, served on committees for Hadassah and other organizations in their hometown of Morristown, New Jersey, and her father, Mark, never said “no” when asked for help.
Dan’s father, John, was the president of their synagogue in Rockaway, New Jersey; his mother, Jeany, was a “hands-on” director of the local library.
The couple met during orientation at Carnegie Mellon in 1990; Debbie was the head counselor and Dan a freshman. Their friendship blossomed when Debbie was later asked to conduct an outreach workshop for the Hillel board on which Dan sat. The two became engaged the night of Dan’s AEPi formal. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science, while Debbie obtained a B.S. in industrial management, then her Master of Arts in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Debbie and Dan have lived in the Dallas/Plano area since January 1994. In looking for a Conservative synagogue, they found Anshai Torah with many young couples who were starting families. They’ve been members since just after their son Ari was born. Debbie says they “loved being surrounded by like-minded people” and that they felt a warmth and feeling of belonging right away.
The Cohns are interwoven into the rich history of Anshai Torah; Etan was in the first Anshai preschool class. Debbie and Dan read from the Torah (something they both learned to do as members of Anshai). Both of their boys had their bar mitzvahs at the shul. Debbie’s parents are also members at Anshai.
Debbie has served on the Sisterhood board in various positions as well as the chairperson for Sisterhood Shabbat; Dan has served on the Men’s Club board in all positions including Men’s Club board president. They both served as Membership Committee co-chairs. One of the most important volunteer activities Debbie and Dan have done for many years is the Shalach Manot project.
Debbie and Dan have two sons: Ari, a freshman at Carnegie Mellon studying computer science; and Etan, a junior at The Shelton School. Dan is active and enjoys biking, running, hiking, skiing and windsurfing. Debbie likes walking and remains busy with her stationery business, Letter Art.
Ferne Farkas and Esther Nathan co-chaired the day, aptly themed mah tovu (how good), which included a Kiddush luncheon.
— Submitted by Cynthia Brooks-Delgado

Mazal, Mazal

Congratulations to four members of the J.J. Pearce varsity baseball team who were honored at the Pearce baseball banquet Monday. Named Academic All-District (a 90 average or above all year) were senior Isaac Ableman, son of Sue and Mike Ableman, and juniors Nick Burlbaw, son of Hillary and Carl Burlbaw; Gavin Gold, son of Susie Gold and Grant Gold; and Sam Ray, son of Sharon and Alex Ray.
Ableman, who is headed to Ohio University next year, was named Most Improved Player and was lauded for maintaining a 90-or-above average throughout his four-years of high school; Gold was named to the 9-6A All-District First Team, Second Base for his play on the field; and Ray was awarded the “Fighting Mustang Award,” as voted by his fellow teammates and coaches.
Junior Jordan Rozenblum, son of Deanna and Kenny Rozenblum, also is a member of the varsity squad; and freshman Brett Rifkin, son of Jill and Ed Rifkin, is a junior varsity player. Rifkin was also recognized away from the ceremony for his academic achievements.
This year Pearce’s varsity advanced to the playoffs and defeated Garland Lakeview Centennial in the bi-district. The Mustangs lost to The Woodlands College Park in the area round. Trent Starnes is the Pearce head coach. He is assisted by Brock Rumfield on varsity and Justin Roland and Justin Whiteside on JV.


Principles of Engineering a win for TTI students

Principles of Engineering a win for TTI students

Posted on 16 May 2018 by admin

Photo: Courtesy Howard Denemark From left, the three representatives from each of TTI’s projects — Elad Levy, Yoseph Styller, Yaakov Berman — and science teacher Howard Denemark stand in front of “Save the Baby,” the grand-prize winner of 2018 CIJE West Region Young Engineers Conference in Santa Monica.

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Students from Texas Torah Institute’s Principles of Engineering class won the grand prize at the 2018 CIJE West Region Young Engineers Conference in Santa Monica earlier this month. Members of the winning team are sophomore Noah Kimmel, sophomore Yoseph Styller and senior Meir Simcha Stolov. Their project “Save the Baby” impressed judges with its innovative approach to protecting infants and children from hot-car death. More than 800 children have died in hot cars over the last 10 years. The trio designed a car seat that not only has sensors that detect car temperature and the presence of a child in the car seat, but also sounds an alarm and rolls down the car window, when the temperature in the car exceeds a predetermined threshold.
Most devices in the past have centered around phone apps and warning sirens, explained TTI science teacher Howard Denemark. This device provides immediate relief and ventilation by rolling down a window in addition to warnings. As grand-prize winners, Kimmel, Styller and Stolov will travel with Denemark to Israel next spring. They will spend a week at the Weizmann Institute of Science and participate in its safe-cracking conference.
TTI sent two other projects to the competition. “Hot and Muggy,” designed by junior Yaakov Berman and sophomores Yossi Lestz and Ephraim Glazer, aims to protect children from being burned by hot liquids. The hot beverage cup measures the temperature of the liquid inside and locks the lid so a young child can’t burn themselves with a hot liquid. The lid cannot be removed until the temperature goes down.
The “Spider Bot,” designed by junior Daniel Goldfeder, sophomore Elad Levy and junior Daveed Tucker, is designed to carry just about any type of sensor — humidity, temperature, a camera — up a vertical surface. It gets to places where drones and other devices can’t. The project scored second in a subcategory called engineering and accomplishment.
Denemark, who accompanied one member of each team to Santa Monica, said the TTI students distinguished themselves from their competitors. Berman shone in his presentation of “Hot and Muggy” while Styller was spot on in his presentation of “Save the Baby.” Following the competition, Denemark took the students to the California Science Center, where they saw the space shuttle, as well as on a walk on Hollywood Boulevard.
Styller said he was excited to go to California and compete against other Jewish schools from Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles, among others. “This was a project I was really excited about. I went for the experience to see what it’s like to be around so many big engineers and see what it’s like,” Styller said.
Denemark has witnessed a remarkable transformation in this first installment of the Principles of Engineering elective. “This class is dedicated to the idea that in just two semesters, you can teach students the basics of computer programming, the physics of electric circuits, three-dimensional design and project management.” Ultimately, they must make a working prototype.
Denemark, who teaches all the sciences at TTI, is proud of his nine engineering students.
“I push them fairly hard and they rise to the challenge,” he said.
The Principles of Engineering class draws its curriculum from the Center for Initiative in Jewish Education (CIJE). The program is made possible through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. In addition to TTI, Ann and Nate Levine Academy, Mesorah High School for Girls, Torah Day School and Yavneh Academy are participating in CIJE’s STEM programming.


Dallas Doings: Shimon Peres, Herzl Hadassah, Robbins

Dallas Doings: Shimon Peres, Herzl Hadassah, Robbins

Posted on 10 May 2018 by admin

Photo: Stan Schnitzer
Jeff Romick, president of HOD Lodge Shimon Peres, and Ivan Kahn, vice president of HOD Lodge Shimon Peres, accept the Premier Lodge award from Michael Margolis, the immediate past president of HOD International, March 18 in Atlanta.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Hebrew Order of David’s
Dallas Lodge Shimon Peres takes top honors

Lodge Shimon Peres was honored as the world’s “Premier Lodge” at the HOD International Biennial Conference in Atlanta March 18.
Congratulations to all the members, families, management team and presidents past and present on the stunning achievement as the most outstanding HOD Lodge in the world! This is the most prestigious award given to a Lodge by HOD International. In addition to winning “Premier Lodge,” the weekly chapter newsletter Every Thursday was the runner-up for Best Newsletter. “Our Lodge was recognized for practicing the precepts of HOD: enjoying ourselves while doing great things for the community,” stated Jeff Romick, Dallas Lodge president. “We continue to raise money to help feed, house and clothe those facing hard times in Dallas and around the world. We have numerous projects that allow our members and their families to get involved in fun events and community service. This award goes to the entire Brotherhood for their dedication, support, energy and participation that makes HOD a vibrant and meaningful organization.”
HOD is growing rapidly in the United States, with strong Lodges in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and many other cities. HOD took root in North America with Atlanta as its continental base in 1999. The camaraderie, diversified programming and opportunities to do good for the community within a Jewish context motivate the members. HOD opened Lodges in Texas starting with Dallas in 2014 and Houston in 2015. When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston in September 2017, the Houston Lodge members, like most of the Jewish community there, were hit hard. The members of the Dallas Lodge, named for Shimon Peres, provided rapid support and led HOD International fundraising efforts for their brethren. It is a perfect example of how HOD can have a positive effect for those in need.
Hebrew Order of David, HOD, is an international Jewish men’s fraternity that enjoys raising funds for worthy charities, community service, supporting brethren during difficult times, all within the precepts and traditions of Judaism.

Last meeting before summer break for Herzl Hadassah

The Herzl Group of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah is having its last meeting before summer break at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 14, at the JCC. Mimi Guten and Lori Cohen will play and sing some of their favorite songs. Join folks for kosher lunch afterward at the JCC for a $3.50 suggested donation. Call Anna 214-239-7119 or Kay 214-239-7149 to make your reservation for lunch. Please contact Shirley Frankl at 214-363-5175 or or Jo Zeffren, 972-239-7643, if you have any questions.
Starting June 1, new role for Christie Morris at Shelton
Mazal tov to Christie Morris, who has been named assistant head of Early Childhood–5th Grade at Shelton School. Christie, currently a teacher in the lower school, holds a Bachelor of Science from University of North Texas. She has 22 years’ experience teaching special education in public and private schools. A former special education campus administrator for Plano ISD, Schimelpfenig Middle School and Meadows Elementary, she is Special Education Certified in the state of Texas for PreK–12th grade. Before joining Shelton in 2015, Christie taught at Akiba Academy for nine years, where her children are alumni.
On May 18, Christie will earn a Master’s with Honors in Education with a Specialization in Special Education from SMU. In June she will sit for the Alliance exam for CALP certification and will complete Montessori certification. Upon passing the CALP exam, Christie will be a Certified Academic Language Therapist Practitioner.
Christie and her husband Kyle are the parents of Hudson, 17, a rising Shelton senior, and Molly, 15, a rising Shelton sophomore.

Robbins named golf professional of the year

Northern Texas PGA pros recently recognized Scott Robbins, a Quarter Century member of the PGA of America, as the Metro Chapter Golf Professional of the Year. This adds to his previous Metro Chapter Teacher of the Year, Growth of the Game and Youth Player Development Professional awards. In addition, Robbins has been previously named Northern Texas PGA Section Teacher of the Year, Player Development and Youth Player Development Award winner. Metrics and goals highlight Scott’s junior program for beginners up to collegiate-ready players.
Professional of the Year is the highest individual honor that can be achieved by a PGA club professional. It is based on overall performance, level of service, leadership, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf.


Dallas Doings: Churnin, Science Fair

Dallas Doings: Churnin, Science Fair

Posted on 03 May 2018 by admin

Churnin’s book launch will benefit PJ Library

Nancy Churnin will discuss new book, Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing (Creston Books), at a launch party, 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Park (across the street from NorthPark Center). To celebrate the book’s launch, a percentage of all sales of Irving Berlin will benefit the PJ Library Dallas, which distributes free books to Jewish children in North Texas. Mark Kreditor, chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, helped Churnin with the research, particularly on how Berlin was influenced by the music he learned from his father, who had been a cantor in Russia. Kreditor helped arrange the benefit, and he will play piano and talk about Berlin’s music at the launch party. Not only will sales of any books, in addition to Irving Berlin, benefit the PJ Library Dallas with mention of the benefit at checkout, but online sales of any books at will benefit PJ Library Dallas May 6-11 if you use Bookfair # 12360806. Churnin, the theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, is the author of six picture book biographies. Her first book, The William Hoy Story, is on several state reading lists, including the Texas 2X2, and her second book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain, is a finalist for the national Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.
Early reviews for Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, have been wonderful. The Jewish Book Council reported, “This richly-colored picture biography details Irving Berlin’s younger years as he struggled to develop his musical talent. The illustrations make evocative use of shadow and light, creating a sense of movement across the pages. The reader is drawn into Berlin’s world of New York streets and music-filled rooms. The text is dense enough to be informative, yet spare enough to keep the attention of young readers. This lovely book is highly recommended for ages 7 to 12.” Philip Furia, author of Irving Berlin: A Life in Song, adds, “Nancy Churnin does a remarkable job of condensing Irving Berlin’s long and productive life into a narrative that will appeal to children and introduce them to one of America’s greatest songwriters.”

Smart science cookies: Danielle Furman and Sophie Krajmalnik

Danielle Furman and Sophie Krajmalnik, eighth-grade students at Frankford Middle School, were recently recognized for their science fair projects on a statewide level. In Plano ISD, all honors science students are required to do a science fair project.
Danielle created a prototype that helps people with numerous medical conditions stand from a sitting position. It works by using pulleys to create a mechanical advantage, which allows less force to be used to lift the person. This device can be utilized at home or in a hospital.
Danielle’s project won first place in her category, Engineering Mechanics, at Frankford. This allowed her to compete at the District and Regional Science Fair competitions.
Danielle’s second place achievement at Regionals qualified her to compete in the Texas State Science and Engineering Competition in San Antonio, where she won second place in the Engineering Mechanics category and was nominated to compete in the prestigious Broadcom Masters competition. Danielle is the daughter of Barbi and Allan Furman of Dallas.
For Sophie Krajmalnik, this was the first fair in which she has ever competed.
Sophie’s project is called SANDRA (Serve and Data Results Analysis) Athletic Tech Glove. She created a glove that collects telemetry during and at the point of impact of a volleyball serve to determine its success and pinpoint areas of error, allowing a player to see in which areas (angles on X,Y,Z axes, acceleration) she can improve the success rate of valid serves.
Sophie’s project won first place in her category, Embedded Systems, at Frankford as well, and the school’s grand prize. She then went on to win first place in her category at the PISD Science Fair.
The next competition was the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, in which she won first place in her category and three special awards (Best Computer or Engineering Project from Texas Instruments, First Place from The Cooper Health Institute, and an award from the Office of Naval Research). Also, she won the first-place grand prize in the Junior Division Physical Sciences. She then went to the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio; won first place in her category, Embedded Systems; and was nominated to compete in the prestigious Broadcom Masters Competition.
Sophie is the daughter of Leslie and Enrique Krajmalnik of Dallas.


Dallas Doings: Beth Torah, Shearith Israel, SWJC, Jill Biden

Posted on 12 April 2018 by admin

This weekend is Beth Torah’s ‘Reading of the Names’

Congregation Beth Torah’s annual 24-hour Holocaust vigil begins at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the synagogue, 720 Lookout Drive in Richardson. People from many faiths in North Texas will read the names of thousands of people murdered in the Holocaust.
Beth Torah’s Men’s Club 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.
“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 with a candlelighting ceremony in the synagogue sanctuary. The theme is “Unto Every Person There Is A Name,” the title of an Israeli poem about the Holocaust.
Then, in 15-minute shifts, volunteers of all ages and faiths will 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 will pause periodically for the “Mourner’s Kaddish.”
“The entire community is invited, and we’re very grateful 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 and Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni of the Islamic Association of Collin County, Dr. Robert Hunt of Global Theological Education and The Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at SMU, Dr. Michael Perry of King’s Right Hand Ministries, and Niransan Hanu Manna of Sai Baba Center of Dallas. 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” will continues through the night, and then will pause at 9:45 a.m. Sunday for a breakfast program featuring Dan Spigel, film director of House of the Generals. The program will consist of the screening of the film followed by a Q & A with Spigel.
The readings will then resume at 11 a.m., culminating in a closing ceremony from 8:30-9 p.m.

—Submitted by
Laura Matisoff

Marsha Lev: Shearith Israel’s Torah Fund honoree

Shearith Israel SISterhood will recognize Marsha Lev as this year’s Torah Fund honoree at a brunch to take place at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 29, at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Ave. in Dallas.
Marsha was born in Waco and is a graduate of the University of Texas, where she received a B.S. in special education. Upon graduation, she moved to Dallas and taught in the Dallas ISD for eight years, then began a new career in retail.
She and her husband, Mike, (z”l) were married in June 1979 and joined Shearith Israel two years later. After the birth of her first child, Eric, in 1981, Marsha joined SISterhood and took on various positions, including Oneg Shabbat catering chair and later College Connection chair. Over the years, she held several vice presidencies and became SISterhood president in 1995. The Shearith Israel SISterhood Camp Ramah Endowment Fund was established during her tenure. It was during those years in SISterhood that she formed many long-lasting friendships and gained myriad leadership skills.
Marsha sat on Shearith Israel’s board of directors until May 2017, a span of over 20 years, and chaired various committees. She was the Sandwich Drive chair for many years, and from 2015-2017, served as house committee chair. Marsha was instrumental in SISterhood’s purchase of new chairs for the congregation.
In the community, Marsha is involved with Women’s Philanthropy of Federation and has been a co-chair for several Dallas Federation divisions over the years. She is a life member of Hadassah. Marsha has two sons, Eric and Jordan.
Cost of the brunch per individual is $36, plus a minimum donation of $18 to the Torah Fund. Donors who give $180 or more will receive a Torah Fund pin, with this year’s design featuring the number 100 in raised letters and encased in a silver frame along with the Hebrew words “Mah Tovu” (how good) from the prayer uttered upon entering the synagogue each morning.
Please use the online payment option accessible at to pay. Payment due date is Tuesday, April 17.
For further information, contact Sisterhood Torah Fund Vice President Janet Jerrow, or Meryl Nason,

—Submitted by
Janet Jerrow

Lynn will keynote SWJC annual meeting

SWJC will hold its annual meeting, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 16, at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Road. Dinner will precede the program at 6:30 p.m. Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge for the Northern District of Texas will speak on “The Federal Bench: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and How Will It Be in the Future.”
Lynn began her judgeship on Feb. 14, 2000 and became the first female chief judge May 1, 2016. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Virginia, Lynn graduated first in her class at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1976. Upon her graduation from law school, she joined the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, and remained there until she took the bench.
The program is free and open to the public; however, dinner is available for purchase at $15 per person. A vegetable plate is available upon request. Food is provided by Catering by Larry. Dinner reservations are required and meeting reservations are requested. Kindly pre-pay dinner reservations via cash, check or credit card by contacting Susan Myers at 214-361-0018 or email
Event chairs are Andrew Farkas and Jonathan Spigel.
SWJC Officers are President Susie Salfield Avnery, Founding Chair Harry Ploss, Immediate Past Chair Jonathan M. Spigel, Vice President Programming Nelda Golden, Vice Presidents Fundraising Cindy Ray and Keo Strull, Vice President Community Relations Rose Marie Stromberg, Secretary Marla Greenberg Janco, and Treasurer Alan L. Tolmas. Board of directors are Hilary Blake, Richard Barrett-Cuetara, Gordon Cizon, Michael B. Cohen, Andy Farkas, Ardo Fuentes, Catalina E. Garcia, Kenneth R. Glaser, Michael B. Glazer, Robert Alan Goldberg, Janet S. Goldsmith, Brenda Jackson, Mark E. Jacobs, Mel Meyers, Michelle E. Shriro, and Dr. Marion Sobol-Helgason. Incoming Board members are Kevin Bolton, Lynn Towery and Anita Weinstein.
FDR and the Jews: apathy or adulation?
In honor of Yom HaShoah, Ted Rubin will present a program on President Franklin D. Roosevelt at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Tiferet Israel, 10909 Hillcrest Road in Dallas.
Many have accused FDR as being apathetic during his presidency from 1933-1945. Could he have done more?
Why then, during his four presidential victories, specifically 1940 and 1944, did over 90 percent of the Jewish electorate vote for FDR?
Decades after his death, and with full knowledge of Nazi atrocities, his picture adorned the walls of many Jewish businesses, Today, for many Jewish Americans, his leadership is remembered with reverence.
Rubin’s presentation will focus on the times which may have shaped Roosevelt’s actions in the rescue of European Jews, including The Attitudes of the Nation, the quota system, efforts of resettlement, the obstruction of the State Department, Jewish intransigence and the War Refugee Board.
There is no charge for the event and light snacks will be served. For more information and to make reservations, please email: or call 214-691-3611.

—Submitted by
Jennifer Williams

Still time to get tickets to hear Jill Biden at JFS fundraiser, April 25

Jewish Family Service has released individual tickets for its Woman to Woman 2018 Luncheon with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, as the keynote speaker. This year’s luncheon will take place at noon, Wednesday, April 25, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Registration begins at
10 a.m.
Retired WFAA news anchor, Gloria Campos, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
Biden, lifelong educator and military mom, will focus on her notable personal accomplishments, which include advocating for issues that impact JFS clients — breast cancer through the Biden Breast Health Initiative, family violence through the Biden Foundation, and serving as a voice for children through her position as board chair of the international nonprofit, Save the Children.
“We look forward to hearing from Dr. Biden as a leader and positive influence on so many causes shaping our community for the better,” said JFS CEO, Steve Banta.
The Woman to Woman event provides critical funding to support JFS’ nationally accredited mental health and social services available to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. Last year, JFS provided mental health and social services to more than 13,000 individuals and families throughout the greater Dallas area.
Individual tickets are now on sale for $250 each. A limited number of Young Adult Tickets are available for those under 35 for just $100. Sponsorships for the luncheon are also available starting at $1,000 and include numerous benefits including an exclusive sponsor prize drawing, valet parking passes, and the opportunity to attend a VIP reception with Biden. As always, men are welcome to attend.
Event Co-Chairs are Susan Frapart, Linda Garner, Sherry Goldberg, Julie Liberman, Beverly Rossel, Monica Susman, Laura Weinstein and founding chair Ethel Zale.
For individual tickets, please visit For sponsorship or underwriting, please contact Keo Strull, donor and event specialist at For marketing or media, please contact Leah Guskin, Director of Marketing & Communication at
For more information about the Woman to Woman 2018 Luncheon, please visit

—Submitted by
Leah Guskin


Anshai’s Project 613 honoring Wende Weinberg set for Sunday, April 15

Anshai’s Project 613 honoring Wende Weinberg set for Sunday, April 15

Posted on 05 April 2018 by admin

Photo: Deb Silverthorn
Rabbi Zerach Greenfield became the agent of the families of Rabbi Stefan Weinberg, Rabbi Michael Kushnick and Gabbai Farzin Bakhshian on Sept. 10, when he was blessed to fulfill the mitzvah of writing Congregation Anshai Torah’s first Project 613 congregational Torah. The community is invited to celebrate the Torah’s completion and dedication from 4-6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, at Congregation Anshai Torah, 5501 Parker Road in Plano.

There will be dancing in the streets and spirit in the air from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, when Congregation Anshai Torah welcomes home its first congregational Torah, Project 613, a gift written by the community, to honor Wende Weinberg, of blessed memory.
A procession with the Torah, to its home in the sanctuary’s ark, will be followed by the dedication and refreshments.
Since last fall, members of the congregation and the greater Jewish community have participated by donating words, verses, chapters and books of the Torah in the name of Wende, who served as rebbetzin since Anshai Torah’s inception. She was a religious school teacher and principal, and for 32 years a teacher of Judaic studies and program coordinator at the Ann and Nate Levine Academy.
“Moments like this continue to distinguish us as a congregation, growing from strength to strength, and incorporating each and every member of our wonderful family into the tapestry that defines Anshai Torah,” Anshai Torah Rabbi Stefan Weinberg said. “I look forward to sharing this extraordinary moment as we dedicate our new Sefer Torah- I know Wende’s presence will continue to be felt in our congregation through this amazing gesture.”

—Submitted by
Deb Silverthorn


3-on-3 teams ready to hit court for Points for Peace

3-on-3 teams ready to hit court for Points for Peace

Posted on 22 March 2018 by admin

Photo: SAT
SAT Co-Presidents Griffin Levine and Micah Romaner (seated) work on plans for the Points for Peace tournament, which will take place March 25 at the JCC.

Staff Report

Yavneh Academy’s Students Against Terrorism will host its 16th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Points for Peace, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Aaron Family JCC. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, March 22, before midnight. Participants range from first-graders to adults. The winners of each division receive prizes ranging from tickets to sporting events, gift cards, autographed basketballs and much more!
Teams are made up of a maximum of four players. Cost is $33 per team and a $3.89 Eventbrite fee. Register before the tournament at Only one “ticket” is necessary per team. Cost for the 3-point shooting contest is $10 and can be paid and registered for at the door.
Each four-person team is responsible for raising $200 in charitable donations that must be brought on tournament day. Also, contributions for the silent auction are welcomed.
“Being on the Yavneh basketball team, knowing that a lot of the younger kids look up to you, makes it a really special feeling to get to organize a tournament for them,” said Micah Romaner, SAT co-president. “Just like they love to watch us play, watching them play is just as fun.”
In 15 short years SAT has raised about $587,000 for victims of terror in Israel. This year’s beneficiary agency is The Israeli Trauma Coalition ( Founded in 2002, ITC offers “a holistic, collaborative approach to building a continuum of care for individuals and communities affected by trauma,” according to the organization’s website.
Also, it provides “direct trauma care and counseling, deliver(s) professional caregiver training, established and manage(s) the Gaza envelope Resilience Centers, deploy(s) regional emergency preparedness programs and respond(s) to crises worldwide by offering emergency services, rehabilitation and training.”
The committee has set a goal of raising $50,000 for ITC. The main source of donations stems from the Points for Peace tournament.
Serving on the Students Against Terrorism committee this year and coordinating the tournament are: Micah Romaner and Griffin Levine, co-presidents; Alisa Rubinstein, vice president; Vanessa Tanur, logistics coordinator; Zach Bernstein, treasurer; Jonah Eber, logistics chair; Anna Wernick, fundraising coordinator; Tyler Winton, fundraising chair; and Jessica Lampert and Tami Govrin, co-secretaries.
SAT is a student-run organization; its goal: to demonstrate solidarity with Israel and provide support for victims of terror in Israel. The organization is committed to raising awareness in Dallas about the devastating effects of terrorism on Israeli citizens. SAT began in March 2002, when six Yavneh Academy of Dallas high school students attended a Yeshiva University-sponsored leadership conference in Connecticut. It focused on active leadership and various ways to help combat terror in Israel. After the insightful and motivational conference, the students returned to Dallas to share their thoughts with other students. The result was the formation of Students Against Terrorism.
“Points for Peace is an incredible way to end our high school careers, a true culmination of using our Jewish values to better the world, while strengthening our community and getting kids involved from a young age,” said Romaner, who, along with Levine, is a senior.
To sign up or donate, please visit, email or call Micah Romaner at 972-413-0217.


Dallas Doings: Jesse Stock, Aidan Jacoby, Hurst, Bliss

Posted on 15 March 2018 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Jesse Stock to speak about Israel advocacy at Beth Torah

Jesse Stock, associate director of the Texas office of Stand With Us, will be the guest speaker at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club monthly lox-and-bagel breakfast on Sunday, March 18.
Stand With Us educates about and advocates for Israel, sponsoring events, rallies, speakers and various campaigns to promote Israel and combat anti-Semitism in high schools, college campuses and the broader community. He will speak about “Crossing the Line: Anti-Semitism vs. Legitimate Criticism of Israel.”
The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. at the synagogue, located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson, near the crossroads of Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway. The cost is $10 ($5 for students) and the public is welcome. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.

Aidan Jacoby named to BBYO International board

Aidan Jacoby, son of Karla and Dr. Eric Jacoby of Plano, was elected Grand Aleph S’gan, or international vice president of programming, for Aleph Zadik Aleph(AZA). Aidan is a graduate of Levine Academy and is a junior at Parish Episcopal School. He is a member of Rubin Kaplan AZA, where he has served in several executive board positions including chapter president. Aidan is currently serving on the board of the North Texas Oklahoma Region of BBYO.
“BBYO has given me a platform to share my voice with the world at large,” said Aidan. “In my newly elected position, I am beyond excited to capitalize on the power of our movement to stand up for what I believe in and create a lasting impact in the Jewish world through programming!”

Hurst named DBA president

Michael K. Hurst, top litigation attorney and named partner at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, was inaugurated as president of the Dallas Bar Association Jan. 20.
Hurst was elected chair of the board of directors in 2014. He has served as chair of numerous DBA Committees and Sections, including the Bylaws, Judicial Investiture, and Peer Assistance Committees and the Trial Skills Section. In addition, he was co-chair of the 2013-2014 Equal Access to Justice Campaign, for which he raised a record amount of money for low-income families and individuals. The Campaign funds the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program to provide free legal assistance to over 4,000 low-income families with civil legal needs each year.
He is a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Founding Life Fellow of the DAYL Foundation.
Hurst received his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law in 1990. In addition to his bar service, Mr. Hurst has served on the board of directors for the Houston College of Law, is a Master in the William ‘Mac’ Taylor Inn of Court, is a member of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, and in the Business Tort Section of the American Bar Association. He was the first male recipient of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association’s Louise B. Raggio Award in 2015, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Dallas, and Texas Super Lawyer for many years. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Mentor Award from both the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Other officers serving on the board are as follows: president-elect, Laura Benitez Geisler, of the Geisler Law Firm; first vice president, Robert Tobey, of Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.; second vice president, Aaron Tobin, of Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton PLLC; secretary/treasurer, Vicki Blanton, of AT&T; and immediate past president, Rob Crain, of Crain Lewis Brogdon.

Bliss speaks at SXSW

Brennen Bliss was a featured speaker at the LaunchX Clubs Austin Demo Day on Saturday, March 10, during the South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin. Brennen was selected to speak to other teen entrepreneurs involved in the LaunchX Clubs Southern Regional Demo Day, after growing his marketing agency into a multimillion-dollar company by the age of 18. PixelCutLabs is also recognized by UpCity as one of the top 10 marketing agencies in the United States.
“Having started as a teen entrepreneur, I know how challenging, and exciting, the road ahead is for other teen entrepreneurs. I’m honored to be involved with an organization like LaunchX that prepares high school entrepreneurs to achieve their goals,” Bliss said. “And to kick off the event in Austin, during SXSW, spurs an energy of innovation and entrepreneurial ingenuity that can be a powerful motivator for all students, especially teen entrepreneurs!”
The dedicated, inspirational teen overcame obstacles related to ADHD, dyslexia and bullying to achieve his dream. His journey began when he was 13, making websites for family and friends in his bedroom. At the age of 15, Bliss launched PixelCutLabs and has worked with such brands as Vault Aviation Private Jets, Good Life Family Magazine, and the College Football Playoffs. Bliss has been accepted to the University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business, where he will begin his college journey in the fall of 2018.
While still running his company, Brennen consults with organizations across the country, helping them build marketing campaigns to reach young audiences thanks to his unique position as a member of Gen Z. Additionally, he dedicates his time and energy to promoting young entrepreneurship by coaching and supporting young entrepreneurs and sharing his story through various WordCamp events, as well as the Diamond Challenge, which provides students from around the world with the opportunity to pursue their passions through entrepreneurship.

— Submitted by
Shenikwa Carr


Dallas Doings: Farm Fitness, Herzl’s Luncheon

Posted on 08 March 2018 by admin

Compiled by: Sharon Wisch-Ray
from submitted reports

E-I-E-I-Instagram: Farm-inspired fitness classes at the J

Escape the stress of city life and squeeze in a great workout with the return of the Farm-to-City Series at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas (The J). After a successful fall series incorporating the tranquility of farm life with the workouts of city dwellers, The J is once again bringing back this unique fitness fusion. Free and low-cost courses including Bunny Yoga, Adopt Me–Dog Yoga and Goat Yoga Spring Harmony will take place on Sundays throughout March and April. Other Farm-to-City Series events include a special Earth Day Yoga class and a mid-section workout taught by “Ab Guru” Dashaun Johnson. It’s all part of The J’s “Let’s Get Social” initiative, which brings together the community in a variety of new and different ways to help people connect and interact beyond social media.
The Farm-to-City Series began with Bunny Yoga last week. From 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, it’s Adopt Me–Dog Yoga with dogs from Take Me Home Pet Rescue. Attendees can practice their downward-facing dog while surrounded by a host of four-legged friends looking for forever homes. The class is followed by a Let’s Get Social hour from 2 to 3 p.m. with complimentary snacks and apple cider. Adopt Me–Dog Yoga is free to attend, but RSVP is required due to space limitations. Reservations can be made at The J will also be collecting donation items for Take Me Home Pet Rescue on-site. Suggested items include canned puppy food, dry cat food and disinfecting wipes. A full list is posted on
Goat Yoga Spring Harmony will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, and Sunday, April 29. Back by popular demand, this hands-on/hooves-on outdoor class allows participants to enjoy an exhilarating yoga class interacting with baby pygmy goats eager to join in the poses (the goats weigh only 10-12 pounds, making them the perfect weight for providing a mini-massage). Cost is $15 non-members/$10 members and space is limited. Reservations can be made at In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors.
To help chase away the gloom of winter, a Pamper You–Improve Your Mood Yoga will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. A follow-up to courses taught in December and January, this special yoga class includes sensory experiences such as sunlight therapy vitamin D treatment, a self-guided foot massage and a group, gentle-flow yoga to help boost anyone’s mood and return harmony to their life. Cost is $25 non-members/ $20 members and space is limited. Reservations can be made at
From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, it’s The Ab Guru with The J’s boxing expert Tristan Ellison joined by Nike Pro Dashaun Johnson, aka “Ab Guru,” leading an action-packed, 90-minute workout geared specifically to sculpting the belly and midsection. Cost is $25 non-members/$20 members and space is limited. Reservations can be made at
The J will celebrate the planet with a special Earth Day Yoga class on Sunday, April 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants will enjoy the powerful beat of conga drums and the relaxing beauty of the outdoors. The event is free, but RSVP to ensure space is required at Before the Earth Day Yoga class begins, the community is invited to a complimentary Let’s Get Social hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Healthy snacks and apple cider will be provided.
“After the success of the Farm-to-City Series in the fall, we knew we had to bring it back but bigger, better and with bunnies,” said Terri Arends, The J’s group director. “Animals deliver positive wellness, and we hope attendees can take a moment to enjoy the charm of farm life while finding bliss in every breath.”
All Farm-to-City Series events will be held on The J’s campus at 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. More information is available online or by contacting Terri Arends at

Herzl’s Lifesaver Luncheon

The Herzl Group of The Dallas Chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual Lifesaver Luncheon at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018, at The Legacy at Willow Bend, 6101 Ohio Drive in Plano. The cost to attend is $25, and checks should be made out to Hadassah, and mailed to Marjorie Rosenberg, 6800 Del Norte Lane, Apt. 241, Dallas, TX 75225. Your check is your reservation. Please RSVP by Monday, March 12.
This year Herzl Group is not only celebrating its annual event but also the 100th year of Hadassah in Israel. Hadassah started taking care of the people in Israel that many years ago by sending nurses to help with unhealthy conditions and Hadassah has not stopped its quest for giving all races, religions and nationalities hope and good health.
This popular annual event is always very well-attended. There will be entertainment, door and raffle prizes, excellent food and warm companionship. You don’t have to be a member of Hadassah to attend; guests and men are welcome. There will be a bus from the JCC; to reserve a place on the bus, write “BUS” on your check. The bus will depart from the JCC at 10:15 a.m. and return to the JCC after the luncheon.
Whether you are a member or not, Herzl Group welcomes you to join them for a lovely afternoon and celebration.


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