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Holly Clegg raises awareness of gastric cancers

Holly Clegg raises awareness of gastric cancers

Posted on 11 July 2019 by admin

Photo: Courtesy of Holly Clegg
Mike and Holly Clegg with two of their grandsons, Clegg and Kase Goldberg; Holly’s mother Ruth Berkowitz; and her brother Michael and his wife Jane Berkowitz

By Sharon Wisch-Ray
For years, I have been an avid follower of Holly Berkowitz Clegg. I remember receiving my first in her amazing “Trim and Terrific” cookbook series about 28 years ago and was inspired by her healthy recipes and shortcuts for busy moms. Over the years we have featured Holly’s recipes in the TJP as one of her many cookbooks (at least 14; some are out of print) was released. I am proud to say I own them all and my family has been the beneficiaries of her enthusiasm and creativity.
Shortly before July 4, I reached out to Holly, to see if she had anything new cooking and wanted to share some July 4 recipes with our TJP readers.
I knew that she had been diagnosed with gastric cancer last August, but also I knew she was still working as I was still receiving recipes via email.
I assumed that in typical, Holly, energizer-bunny fashion, she was “beating the hell out of cancer.”
While she was continuing to work, Holly had been undergoing rigorous treatments, eight rounds of chemo at MD Anderson in Houston as well as two HIPEC procedures.
She has chronicled this journey in detail in her blog
Holly emailed me on July 3 to share that she had returned to Dallas on hospice. She and her family have started a fight gastric cancer fund. As of July 4, in just 10 short days, the fund had already raised over $75,000.
Holly writes, “I am not sure if you have heard but I have gone into hospice; I am home and surrounded by my family. However, I am still working and spreading my passion for healthy cooking with my recipes!
“I have taken to heart the words Rabbi Andrew Bloom of Ft. Worth, ‘This is the time to keep on living and not start dying.’
“There is one thing very dear to my heart that you can do for me. Our family has created Holly Clegg’s Gastric Cancer Research Fund at MD Anderson in hopes that many others will continue to benefit from the great care I have received and treatment options yet to be discovered.
“When I was first diagnosed, I sat in my doctor’s office and said ‘I can do this. I have a platform where I can raise awareness and hopefully help save lives.’
“I need YOU #TeamHolly to join in the fight against gastric cancer and SUPPORT the Holly Clegg Gastric Cancer Research Fund at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Any amount helps! 100% of all the proceeds will go towards gastric cancer research at MD Anderson to help find a cure one day! Every little bit helps — whether it’s what you would spend on a quick lunch or the most gourmet of dinners, please consider donating! And spread the word as I want this to be a grass roots campaign.
“My mission is to create awareness so please consider posting this graphic on your website and feel free to share on social media outlets.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support in joining me in my fight! I am eternally grateful and keep cooking Trim and Terrific!”
On her blog, Holly shares a number of statistics on gastric cancer.
“According to the American Cancer Society, in the United States, about 27,000 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed in 2019. This is compared to more than 268,000 breast cancer cases and over 11,000 will die from this disease. Globally stomach cancer is a much bigger problem with nearly one million cases diagnosed every year. Stomach cancer remains the second cause of death (738,000 deaths annually) of all malignancies worldwide. Stomach cancer mostly affects people over the age of 65, and there is a higher risk for men compared to women. Risk factors can include diet, inherited conditions, infection with Helicobacter pylori (a type of bacteria) and unknown environmental causes.”
To donate to the Holly Clegg Gastric Research Fund, write a check payable to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and reference Holly Clegg Gastric Cancer Research Fund. Mail it to MD Anderson, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. To donate online, visit; complete all fields; click: “I’d like to choose where my donation will go”; using drop- down menu, select “Other”; type in: Holly Clegg Gastric Research Fund and enter in credit or debit card info.
I understand from both Holly and her family that she is in good spirits and very committed to spreading the word about gastric cancer in the hope there will be more research and treatment options available. To read more about Holly’s inspirational journey, as well as her tips for cancer patients, visit her blog at

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Dallas Doings: Kehillat Chaverim, JWV

Dallas Doings: Kehillat Chaverim, JWV

Posted on 03 July 2019 by admin

Kehillat Chaverim members pitch in to feed hungry children in El Salvador

Twenty-one members of Kehillat Chaverim volunteered their time June 20 to pack meals at Feed My Starving Children. The group gathered at the organization’s Richardson location and, after a brief orientation and set of instructions, set off to don hairnets, wash hands and start packing meals for El Salvador.
Some people scooped components of the MannaPack meals, while others made certain the bags met the weight range before being sealed and packed into boxes. Each time the Kehillat Chaverim volunteers finished filling a box of meals, its team cheered loudly. Several other groups were donating their time that night as well. Everyone had fun packing while listening to music and also competing with other tables. At the end of the evening, all participants had completed packing 88 boxes, which equates to 19,008 meals. This will feed 52 children for a year.
Kehillat Chaverim, for the past six years, has been an independent egalitarian “Living Room” Shabbat morning minyan in the North Eruv. For information about the Kehillah, please visit
—Submitted by
Melissa Steiner

JWV Harvey Bloom Post retires flags on Flag Day

Members of Jewish War Veterans Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary, led by Korean War veteran Dick Lethe, “retired” several hundred worn, torn and otherwise unfit-to-display American flags in accordance with U.S. Flag Code protocols. The controlled burning, preceded by a brief ceremonial reading and the playing of “Taps,” was held on the grounds of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center under the watchful eye of a Dallas Fire Department representative. The Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post 256 has offered this annual Flag Day service to the Dallas community for several years.Members of Jewish War Veterans Post 256 and Ladies Auxiliary, led by Korean War veteran Dick Lethe, “retired” several hundred worn, torn and otherwise unfit-to-display American flags in accordance with U.S. Flag Code protocols. The controlled burning, preceded by a brief ceremonial reading and the playing of “Taps,” was held on the grounds of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center under the watchful eye of a Dallas Fire Department representative. The Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post 256 has offered this annual Flag Day service to the Dallas community for several years.

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Tiferet Israel hosts summer music program

Tiferet Israel hosts summer music program

Posted on 27 June 2019 by admin

Side Gig will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Tiferet Israel. From left are band members Rusty Cooper, Joel Futterman, Ron Nevelow, Bruce Katz, Ron Friedman and Rob Shrell.

Tiferet Israel held the first installment of its summer music series (singing along and dancing included at no extra charge) with the Kent Ellingson Group, Sunday, June 23. The program will continue at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with Side, and at 7 p.m. Aug. 25, with Windy City.
Put on your dancing shoes and join the gang at Tiferet.
The Side Gig Band plays a broad spectrum of pop and rock from the 1970s to now — from Clapton, Green Day, Queen and The Doobie Brothers to Jon Mayer and Ed Sheeran. The musicians of Side Gig belong to Anshai Torah men’s a cappella group, Kol Rina. Kol Rina performs traditional Jewish songs and melodies. They have been working on taking these Jewish songs to the next level by infusing them with rock rhythms and musical instruments. This concert will be the first time Side Gig will publicly perform this music, and Tiferet Israel is honored to be their host. You may have heard Side Gig (Ron Nevelow, Bruce Katz, Ron Friedman, Rob Shrell, Rusty Cooper and Joel Futterman) at the 26th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off.
Windy City is a tribute band, playing the music of Chicago, with a concentration on the first two albums. David Judson (guitar), Jim Rosenthal (drums) and Bob Rosen (bass) founded the nine-piece band, adding keyboards, trombone, sax, trumpet and two vocalists. Windy City also played at the 26th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off and was fantastic.
All installments of the music series will be held at Tiferet Israel, 10909 Hillcrest Road in Dallas. Cost is $20 per person and childcare is available. Beer, wine and soda are available for purchase. Light snacks will be served. Please RSVP by July 11 for Side Gig on July 14 and by Aug. 22 for Windy City on Aug. 25.
For more information, including sponsorships, visit To RSVP, contact Jennifer Williams at 214-691-3611 or by email at

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Dallas Doings: Graduates

Posted on 20 June 2019 by admin

Compiled By Sharon Wisch-Ray
It has been all graduation all the time, since Yavneh held its commencement ceremony May 16 and graduated 21 students. Dallas-area Jewish schools capped the monthlong ceremonies Sunday, when Mesorah and Torah Day School held their commencement ceremonies.
In between, area public high schools and private schools held graduation as well and several Jewish grads garnered their share of accolades.
Here’s a rundown of what we know at the TJP as of press time, Tuesday. If you know of more students, we’d love to include them in a future issue.

The Greenhill School Ross Rubin-Helen Fulton Award

Ross, son of Melanie and Dr. Howard Rubin, was one of six seniors recognized with the Helen Fulton Award, which is named in honor of a founding Greenhill faculty member. Helen Fulton was a lifelong learner, an exemplary citizen and a well-rounded, balanced individual. Seniors nominate their peers who they believe embody these characteristics and then the finalists are chosen by a faculty vote.
This year, Ross was student body vice president and a member of the TeenAge Communication Theater troupe and the GH Improv troupe. He served on the national board of Children’s International Summer Village, wrote for and was the Introduction to Journalism coordinator for the school newspaper, played varsity volleyball and served as co-president of the Jewish Studies club and founding member of the Hornet Mental Health Committee.
He will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall.

J.J. Pearce High School Jackie Bodzy-Top 10 Graduate

Jackie Bodzy, daughter of Debbie and David Bodzy, graduated No. 7 in the senior class at J.J. Pearce. She will attend the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas this fall. Jackie has been very involved in student government for the past few years. Other activities include: Pearce’s peer mentorship program; National Honor Society, President; Math Club, Physics Club and a member of Language Other Than English Honor Society. Jackie is excited to spend this summer as a returning counselor at Camp Sabra.
Lakehill Preparatory School Benjamin Gillman-Salutatorian
Ben, son of Paula and Robert Gillman, will study political science and international affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

St. Mark’s School of Texas Seth
Weprin-Headmaster’s Cup

The St. Mark’s Headmaster’s Cup is awarded by the headmaster to the senior who best exemplifies the qualities a St. Mark’s student: the quest for excellence, intellectual curiosity and commitment, service to the school and community, and concern for others.
At St. Mark’s on May 24 the school’s Eugene McDermott Headmaster David W. Dini presented the award to Seth, son of Drs. Rebecca and Brad Weprin and a St. Mark’s student for 12 years. He said Seth is “a gifted scholar and athlete whose contributions and accomplishments will go down in the record books. Determined and focused, humble and soft-spoken, this young man has taken St. Mark’s by storm. Harvard Book Award, Ralph B. Rogers Book Award, three-sport athlete and civic-minded volunteer, he has certainly lived up to the values and ideals we hold dear. His performance across the board has been stellar — in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the arts. A young man of genuine faith and conviction, he cares deeply about family and strives to make a positive difference both on and off campus. He earned all SPC honors, was named team captain and MVP in three different sports, and graduates near the top of his class. I’ll never forget watching this young man step out of his shoes halfway through the SPC cross-country Championship race freshman year, and still just barely misses All-SPC honors. This young man is tenacious, and he’s all heart.”
A week earlier, at the St. Mark’s athletic banquet, Seth was awarded the Thomas S. Adams Athletic Plaque, for consistently fine contributions to the attitudes, the performance standards and the sportsman-like conduct of the St. Mark’s Varsity Athletics.
Seth is the first recipient of both awards. In addition to his stellar academics, Seth was active in Morton Lewis AZA and was the beau of Sally Blum BBG for the past year.
He will attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

The Shelton School Etan Cohn-Salutatorian

Etan Cohn, son of Debbie and Dan Cohn of Plano, has attended Shelton since kindergarten. During that time, he has been involved in band, drumline, orchestra for the high school musicals, jazz and honor band, middle school and varsity soccer, National Honor Society, and track, among other activities.
Etan received the “Outstanding Senior” award for the 2018-2019 school year. He is an Award of Excellence Hall of Fame member, has been selected to attend the annual Ethics Symposiums, and was a part of the Freshman Mentor program. Etan ranked third place overall in Mathematics in the State UIL 3A Division 12th-grade mathematics competition. He was also a member of the Division II State Champ Quiz Bowl team which competed in the 2019 Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago. He was selected for All-District soccer honors and the Academic All-State award for soccer. Outside of school, Etan pursues his love of soccer by writing published articles for an online FC Dallas blog, Big D Soccer, working as a referee, and playing on a select team. Etan is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Etan will attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will major in statistics.
We would love to hear from our readers. It’s not too late to kvell about your graduate to

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DALLAS DOINGS: Temple Shalom, Hadassah, Old Jews

DALLAS DOINGS: Temple Shalom, Hadassah, Old Jews

Posted on 14 June 2019 by admin

Photo: Lisa Rothberg
Temple Shalom Ozrim: Aiden Sices, Haden Cavalli, Sydney Kort, Nicole Schiff and Ashley Spiegel with Rabbi Ariel Boxman

Temple Shalom celebrates May milestones

As always, May was a busy month filled with celebrations at Temple Shalom. On Friday, May 3, Temple members gathered together for the Confirmation of the class of 5779. Then, on Sunday, May 5, congregants enjoyed Temple Shalom’s 53rd Annual Meeting.
After the approval of the minutes and swearing-in of new officers, board members shared exciting plans for kitchen renovations and other upcoming maintenance projects. This year’s meeting was short and sweet.
Members moved into the Radnitz Social Hall, where they were quickly greeted by religious-school children who were ready to celebrate their last day of school. It was time for the seventh-grade class to walk across the stage for their graduation ceremony. Certificates in hand, they could now throw their graduation caps in the air.
Next, it was time for Brotherhood President Steve Weintraub to present the Tracy Fisher Award to Sydney Kort. Named for Tracy Fisher, the daughter of Temple Shalom members Laurel and Mark Fisher, who died in 2009, this award honors her memory and her love of Judaism and all things NFTY.
Finally, it was time for the end-of-year slideshow, which showcased a fantastic year of events, holidays and celebrations.

Save the Date: Oct. 13

The Dallas Chapter of Hadassah is busy planning for its Think Pink event at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, on the Schultz Rosenberg Campus. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the program will feature cancer survivor and former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller; Marie Sena, medical illustrator and tattoo artist; as well as Judith Macon, RN, MA, manager of cancer outreach at Suburban Hospital Cancer Program in Bethesda, Maryland. Cost to attend the event is $100 per person. For more information, please call the Hadassah office at 214-691-1948 or email

‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’ opens July 11 at Eisemann Center

Tickets are on sale for “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” a 90-minute, no-intermission comedy show which will premiere at the Charles Eisemann Center for Performing Arts July 11 and run through July 28. The five-person cast will entertain with an outrageous evening of one-liners, double-entendres, songs, skits, and hysterical routines. The humor can be a bit bawdy, so it’s not recommended for children under 17. Tickets are available at

Press notes:

• Cara Mendelsohn was officially sworn in Monday to her seat on the Dallas City Council. Cara tells the TJP that the inauguration will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, at the Winspear Opera House and all are invited.
• The Texas Jewish Arts Association is looking for members and associates to help plan, design, and build a TJAA Artistic Sukkah, to be installed at the Museum of Biblical Art for this year’s Sukkah Exhibition during the months of September and October.
Meetings have not yet been scheduled, but will begin in July.
If you’re interested in participating, email TJAA president Nan Phillips at

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Shuls host Women’s League of Conservative Judaism conference

Shuls host Women’s League of Conservative Judaism conference

Posted on 23 May 2019 by admin

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Committee members who planned the recent IntraContinental Region, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism conference included: back row, from left, Sherry Lynn Rubin and Shawn Frank, Anshai Torah; Lara Werwa, Women’s League representative; Meryl Nason, Shearith Israel; front row, Harriet Gross, Beth Torah; Nancy Roffman, Shearith Israel; Cindy Ginsburg and Judy Jacklin, IntraContinental Region representatives; Conference Committee Chair Paige Rothstein, Anshai Torah; and Lisa Gersteinfeld, Anshai Torah.


Fifty-six women traveled south from Winnipeg, north from Houston, and from many points in between to attend the recent regional conference of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, headquartered in the Doubletree Hotel, Farmers Branch.

Members of the Sisterhoods of Anshai Torah, Beth Torah and Shearith Israel worked together for months to set the agenda for “Seize the Moment,” theme of the three-day event for Sisterhood members in the Women’s League’s IntraContinental Region. Attendees were leaders in their home communities who work to support and propel the success of the Conservative Movement, as well as representatives of Women’s League headquarters.

Local area initiatives and accomplishments highlighted the programming. “Goal of the conference was to present opportunities for our guests to learn from our successes, and take tangible elements home to their Sisterhoods and congregations,” said Paige Rothstein, local chair. “They heard from speakers highlighting Dallas’ forward thinking in such areas as the Community Security Initiative, the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and Hillel of North Texas.” The women also had opportunities to visit each of the three sponsoring local congregations for dinner and a special program; at Beth Torah, they were present for Havdalah and the start of its annual Holocaust Memorial “Reading of the Names.”

Women’s League convenes annual regional conferences to give Sisterhood members the opportunity to learn, socialize and daven together. “Our theme resonated for three days,” Paige Rothstein said afterward. “I feel we ‘Seized the Moment’ and accomplished our goal.”

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Dallas Doings: Levine, JNF, AJC

Posted on 20 May 2019 by admin

Levine plans Weinreb ECC classroom renovations

Levine Academy will hold a 24-hour campaign from noon May 23 to noon May 24 to raise money to renovate classrooms for toddlers through prekindergarten. Levine Academy parents Julie and Michael Zimmerman have agreed to match Levine’s donation goal of $65,000. The renovation of each classroom costs between $10,000 and $15,000 each. The full renovation is expected to be completed by the end of this summer, so every Weinreb Early Childhood student will return next August to learn and grow in an innovative learning environment creating a sensory, tactile and safe space for every learner to thrive.
From visual to hands-on learners, NorvaNivel USA and Levine Academy are creating a contemporary, student-centered learning environment to give every student the opportunity for success in school and, ultimately, life.
Pledges can be made ahead of time and will be posted during the 24-hour campaign. For more information, please contact Yael Twito, director of development, at or 972-248-3032, ext. 114.

JNF opens new Dallas office, City of Dallas declares May 8 Jewish National Fund Day

In celebration of the opening of its new office last week, The City of Dallas recognized May 8 as Jewish National Fund Day. The office will be staffed fulltime by Ellie Adelman, director of Dallas, and Dr. Galit Birk, Israel Programs admission director for Texas.
Ellie Solimani Adelman grew up in Dallas and blazed an adventurous global path before returning home to her Texas roots. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin she emigrated to Israel and joined the Israel Defense Forces, where she served in a female combat unit (Caracal) on the Egyptian and Jordanian borders. Upon completion of her army service Ellie joined Nefesh B’Nefesh, building their lone soldier program to help those like herself serving in the army without family in Israel. After seven years in Israel, work took her to Cape Town, Bangkok and San Francisco. Adelman is happy to be back in Dallas, where she worked previously for three years as the Young Adult campaign manager at the Jewish Federation.
A key part of JNF-USA’s Education Team, Dr. Galit Birk, a native of Israel, holds a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in human resources, and is responsible for Israel advocacy and education for schools and synagogues, recruiting students for JNF-USA’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) as well as partnering with Texas universities in both Israel programming and recruiting for student programs to Israel. She is a former parent coach in private practice serving families in the Dallas area and then as pastoral care director at Temple Emanu-El Dallas.

—Submitted by
Adam Brill

AJC Dallas to host iftar dinner

AJC Dallas’ DFW Muslim Jewish Advisory Council will host its second annual iftar dinner at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson. An iftar is the meal with which Muslims break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The evening will begin with brief remarks by Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Costanzi and leaders from the Muslim and Jewish communities. After the brief program, there will be a call to prayer. Following the evening prayers, the meal will be served. There is no charge for dinner, but an RSVP is required before Monday, May 27.

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‘One Day’ exhibit celebrates ‘final’ anniversary

‘One Day’ exhibit celebrates ‘final’ anniversary

Posted on 25 April 2019 by admin

Photo: DHM/CET
Holocaust survivor Max Glauben shared his testimony with Dallas Holocaust Museum visitors April 19, the 76th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The museum’s permanent exhibit, “One Day in the Holocaust: April 19, 1943,” will be retired July 31 in advance of the opening of the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Sept. 18.

By Frank Risch

Friday, April 19, was a bittersweet day for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. We celebrated this “final” anniversary of the museum’s permanent exhibition “One Day in the Holocaust: April 19, 1943” by providing free admission to all visitors. Visitors also had the opportunity to hear testimony from Max Glauben, a local Holocaust survivor.
The Museum will close permanently on July 31. In its place, the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will open to the public on Sept. 18.
Since this small, yet powerful, exhibition opened in the West End 15 years ago, it has been viewed by more than 1 million visitors, and has changed the lives of tens of thousands of Texas students, by showing them the difference between Upstander and bystander behavior.
The exhibit provides a unique view of the Holocaust by focusing on three pivotal events that took place on one day April 19, 1943.
The 20th Deportation Train from Belgium, carrying some 1,630 Jews to a concentration camp, was stopped by three young men. Two hundred thirty-three Jews managed to escape.
Residents of the Warsaw Ghetto began an uprising that held off the Nazis for almost 30 days.
The Bermuda Conference met with diplomats tasked to resolve the situation involving Jewish refugees desperate to escape Nazi occupied Europe. Nothing was done to raise quotas for Jews in the United States, nor was the British prohibition on Jews seeking refuge in the British Mandate of Palestine lifted.
The first two events illustrate upstander behavior — wartime resistance and heroism against all odds. The final event exhibits bystander behavior — a government and diplomatic unwillingness to take the strong steps necessary to find ways to move Jewish people to safe places outside Europe.
The exhibition shows that the decision to stand up against the forces of brutality, hatred and evil can be made under the worst conditions. It also demonstrates that the decision to stand by and do nothing can perpetuate human suffering and cost lives.
We need only consider the headlines from today’s news to recognize the enduring legacy of April 19, 1943, and more importantly, the consequences of bystander behavior.
Anti-Semitism is on a sharp rise at home and abroad. Anti-Semitic rhetoric has reared its ugly head in public discourse. The Anti-Defamation League 2017 annual report documented a 60 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, which it called “the largest single-year increase on record, and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking incident data in the 1970s.”
Hate crimes and hate speech are damaging and dividing our communities.
The mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum has never been more critical, nor more relevant. And this, along with our goal of creating a city of Upstanders, is why we will be opening the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum on Sept. 18 in the West End.
Until then, be sure to visit the current Museum before it retires its permanent exhibition, “One Day in the Holocaust: April 19, 1943” and its Anne Frank special exhibition on July 31.
Frank Risch is chair of the board of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Email

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Partnership2Gether links Dallas, W. Galilee tastes

Partnership2Gether links Dallas, W. Galilee tastes

Posted on 18 April 2019 by admin

Through GalilEat, Paul Nirens conducts cooking workshops that connect the various cultures of the Western Galilee.
Photo: Partnership2Gether


Beginning May 8, the North Texas Jewish community will begin the celebration of “Israel Week.” As part of the celebration, the Jewish Agency’s through Partnership2Gether will send a delegation of chefs from Western Galilee to North Texas, where Israel will be delivered to the plate of the local residents. Partnership2Gether links global Jewish communities directly with communities in Israel; for Dallas, that area is the Western Galilee.
Among the three-person chef delegation will be Paul Nirens, founder of GalilEat, a company that provides culinary tours and cooking workshops in the homes of Western Galilee residents from different cultures. The Western Galilee consists of different populations — Christian Arabs, Muslim Arabs, Druze, Bahai and Jews — all of whom have their own cultural richness, and all of whom live within harmony with one another.
Born and raised in Australia, Nirens made aliyah to Israel at the age of 25, and spent years doing what he did best: cooking. He spent years managing kitchens in restaurants and major hotels in the north part of the country. Then, during one Passover Seder, something occurred to him: “I was running a hotel kitchen and, during the service, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Here I was, in the middle of the traditional Passover Seder, and I wasn’t sitting at a table with my own family.”
Nirens, in pondering the population of Western Galilee, and incorporating his love of the land, created GalilEat. Groups involved with the organization take part in cooking workshops, and learn about the unique culinary culture of the family host. But GalilEat is more than eating great, and different types, of food. The goal is to generate connections between people of different communities, and to ultimately strengthen the relationships between those communities. According to Nirens, the most important stage of the workshops involves the first 20 minutes, which are devoted to getting acquainted with the family and its story. The purpose, Nirens indicated, is to strengthen connections through food.
This is the focus of the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether’s delegation in early May. Nirens, especially, wants to bring the culture and cuisine of Western Galilee to residents of the Dallas community. “I hope that this mission won’t be a one-time initiative,” he said. “I look forward to a similar mission arriving to visit us in Western Galilee, so that we can enjoy the fruits of this special connection between Dallas and Western Galilee.”

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Dallas Doings: Federation, JCC, Food Truck Palooza

Posted on 04 April 2019 by admin

Federation names new director of security

Two years ago, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, along with community partners, launched a community-wide security initiative. Since its inception, community security has been a focus and priority of the Jewish Federation, which has been elevated due to the overall increase in anti-Semitic attacks and threats across the country.
The Community Security Initiative recently appointed William “Bill” Humphrey as the new director of community security. He will lead the initiative by preparing, equipping and educating local Jewish nonprofits on best practices for community security. “The security of our Dallas Jewish community is a top priority for our Jewish Federation. Since launching our Community Security Initiative, we have made our community markedly safer, and I can think of no one better to ensure our safety long into the future than the former Deputy Chief of Police, Bill Humphrey,” said Bradley Laye, Federation president & CEO.
Humphrey brings more than 30 years of strategic, operational and analytical safety and security knowledge from his time in the Dallas Police Department (DPD). He spent more than three decades at DPD, and has served and commanded multiple areas of DPD including intelligence, SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Personnel, Police Academy and many others.
“Our Federation carries out our mission to strengthen the Jewish community in many ways. By providing the front line of expertise and bringing in an expert in the area of community security awareness and education, such as Bill, we perhaps deliver the single most important investment our community can make through the support of our Federation,” said Mark Kreditor, Federation board chair.
To learn more about the initiative, email Gary Wolff at, or call 214-615-5223.
—Submitted by
Hillary Burlbaw

New JCC fund established to connect generations

As the son of Holocaust survivors, Lev Kertsburg knew what it meant to sacrifice in order to protect one’s family. Living in the Soviet Union, Lev, his wife Irene and 4-year-old son Alexis enjoyed a nice lifestyle but lacked the freedom to practice Judaism. They were not able to attend synagogue or carry on Jewish traditions. Thus, in 1979 they left behind their comforts and departed the Soviet Union in search of a better life, with only $90 in their pockets. After various jobs and several moves, Lev and Irene built a wonderful life in the United States. They eventually ended up in Dallas to be close with Alexis, who was now grown with a family of his own.
Lev was comforted to know that his grandsons were practicing Judaism and attending a Jewish school — this was why he had risked everything by leaving the Soviet Union all those years ago. In Dallas, Lev became actively involved in the daily lives of his grandsons. He brought Gabriel to the JCC’s Goldberg Family Early Childhood Center (GECC) daily and often attended Shabbat with him. Lev always had a smile on his face when he walked through the doors and the pride that he had for his grandsons was palpable. Lev was a quiet man who always looked out for the best opportunities for his family.
The name Lev means heart in Hebrew and lion-hearted in Russian. Hearing the story of Lev Kertsburg, this comes as no surprise as he was a man who lived each day with bravery, love and determination.
In honor of all grandparents and the special relationships that they have with their grandchildren, the Intergenerational Program Fund is being established in loving memory of Lev Kertsburg. The program is designed to connect children with elders in their community, learning from each other and building relationships that enhance everyone’s lives in a deep and meaningful way.
“Lev was a family man, devoted husband, excellent father and exceptional grandfather and this is what made him a great,” Lev’s wife Irene Kertsburg said.

Save the date: April 28 7th Annual Food Truck Palooza

Temple Shalom is putting the finishing touches on the 7th Annual Food Truck Palooza & Music Festival. This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Temple Shalom (corner of Hillcrest and Alpha roads).
Bands include The High Tones, The Merseymen, Bad Monkey, Griffin Tucker and the Real Rock Revolution.
At presstime, 14 food trucks had been confirmed. They are:
• Easy Sliders
• Ruthie’s Rolling Café
• Butcher’s Son
• Tutta Pizza
• Bombay
• Islanders Food Truck
• Mix Cravings
• Egg Stand
• Prime from Scratch
• MMMtastethat
• What’s da Scoop
• Flaming Rill BBQ
• Dapper Doughnuts
• Chicago Taste
Co-chairs are excited about the brand-new events added this year and look forward to the community’s continual support.
The $6 admission (children 3 and under are free) allows participants to enjoy live music entertainment, fabulous food, and a family zone with face painting, inflatables, adult games, special events and more.

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