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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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sharon@tjpnews.com

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
sharon@tjpnews.com

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.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

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

Submitted photo
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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Dallas Doings: Honors, awards, thanks giving

Dallas Doings: Honors, awards, thanks giving

Posted on 24 November 2016 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

SWJC honors 12

This year, Southwest Jewish Congress (SWJC) added a new dimension to the annual recognition of men and women and young achievers at its Texas Sized Event at Eddie Deen’s Ranch.
The Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women, the Stan Golden Men of Action and the Future young versions of the recipients earned a major surprise when it was announced that each of the organizations they volunteer and assist to help others was going to receive a 50/50 extra gift from the over 400 in attendance.
Each table was outfitted with a special envelope that listed the charitable groups with which the honorees worked. Those attending the dinner were asked to find the person they wanted to show appreciation and to donate to that group in honor of their volunteer.

(From left) Ann Kahn, Ariana Luterman, Noely Rangel, Barbara Friedman, Tammy Nguyen Lee, Vanita Halliburton, Judy Rorrie

(From left) Ann Kahn, Ariana Luterman, Noely Rangel, Barbara Friedman, Tammy Nguyen Lee, Vanita Halliburton, Judy Rorrie

(From left) Biko McMillan, Dr. Terry Flowers, Larry Goldstein, H. Ron White, Madan Goyal

(From left) Biko McMillan, Dr. Terry Flowers, Larry Goldstein, H. Ron White, Madan Goyal

The honorees and the charities they represented were:

Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women

  • Barbara Friedman: DreamDog Foundation
  • Vanita Halliburton: Grant Halliburton Foundation
  • Ann Kahn: Jewish Family Service
  • Tammy Nguyen Lee: Against The Grain Productions, Inc.
  • Judy Rorrie: North Dallas Shared Ministries

Stan Golden Men of Action

  • Dr. Terry J. Flowers: St. Philips School & Community Center
  • Larry Goldstein: Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
  • Madan Goyal: ACLU Texas Foundation
  • Dr. Rodney T. Stapp: Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas
  • H. Ron White: J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation

Future Inspiring Women

  • Ariana Luterman: Vogel Alcove, Team Ariana
  • Noely Rangel: League of United Latin American Citizens

Future Men of Action

  • Biko McMillan: SMU Community Engagement & Leadership Center
  • S. Graham Rosen: Boy Scouts of America

SWJC was able to send donations of various sizes ranging from $75 to $950 per gift — all meant by SWJC to add an another layer of thanks for the good work being done selflessly in many areas, given by distinguished people of many backgrounds and disciplines. This gesture is a part of SWJC’s mission to build bridges in the community and educate about issues that affect the whole society.
— Submitted by Susan Myers

A moment of thanks giving

We were touched when Annette Silver sent us a note that her granddaughter wrote about her most important teacher in honor of World Teachers’ Day last month. Tara wrote, “I have been in six schools, have had way too many teachers to count, and have learned something great from each one of them. There is however, one teacher taught me fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades, but she also taught me how to tie my shoes, how to use the toilet, how to get dressed, how to travel like a pro, how to have fun everyday, and many other life skills that I still use today.”
Of course, Tara was writing about her mom, Denise Schnitzer. She continues,
“Thank you, Mommy, for teaching me all I know and for always being there for me no matter what. You are the best teacher I’ve ever had and I love you so much.”

Mazal, Mazal

  • On Oct. 15, Blake Silverthorn received a 2016 Lone Star Emmy Award for his role as associate producer of the Dallas Cowboys’ Spanish-language sports program series, Somos Cowboys (We Are Cowboys). Lone Star Emmy Awards are given to the most experienced and talented television professionals from Texas’ 19 television markets. The son of Deb and Eric Silverthorn and brother of Emilie and Jonah, Blake is a 2015 graduate of Texas Tech University.  He is a producer, EVS-operator, camera operator, editor and audio technician for the Dallas Cowboys with projects including the Cover 4, Deep Blue documentaries, the Dallas Cowboys Legends Show and Cowboys Press Conference Replay programs.

    Blake Silverthorn holds his 2016 Lone Star Emmy he won as part of the Dallas Cowboys’ Spanish program series Somos Cowboys (We Are Cowboys.)

    Blake Silverthorn holds his 2016 Lone Star Emmy he won as part of the Dallas Cowboys’ Spanish program series Somos Cowboys (We Are Cowboys.)

  • On Sept. 14, Noam Yosef Lewis was presented his scarf and pin at a Boy Scout Court of Honor as he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Noam coordinated and executed landscaping for a special needs school, St. Elizabeth School, in Baltimore.
    Noam is the son of Marla (Goldstein) and Charles Lewis and brother of Aitan Yakir and Sarit Yael all of Baltimore, Maryland. He is the grandson of Barbara (Josephson) Goldstein and the late Martin “Doc” Goldstein of Dallas.
    Barbara, along with aunt and uncle, Mona Goldstein and David Goldstein, were present at the touching ceremony. Additionally, Noam will be honored with a reception at the National Scout Museum later this year.
    Sharon Blumberg’s Chooze, a fashion brand that encourages individuality and uniqueness, has opened a pop-up shop at Preston Royal Village East. It showcases new fall/winter styles, in addition to providing locals with an intimate introduction into the line specializing in female fashion. Chooze offers purposefully mismatched clothes, shoes and accessories, instilling in women that imperfection is beautiful. The shop will be open throughout the holidays.

    Noam Yosef earned his scarf and pin from the Boys Scouts. He coordinated landscaping for a special needs school in Baltimore.

    Noam Yosef earned his scarf and pin from the Boys Scouts. He coordinated landscaping for a special needs school in Baltimore.

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Dallas Doings: SNP Honors, Anshai donation, volunteer of year

Dallas Doings: SNP Honors, Anshai donation, volunteer of year

Posted on 17 November 2016 by admin

Submitted photo Dallas Fire-Rescue’s Brad London (left) accepts a donation from Congregation Anshai Torah Rabbi Stefan Weinberg on behalf of the fallen officers from this summer’s shooting of police officers.

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Dallas Fire-Rescue’s Brad London (left) accepts a donation from Congregation Anshai Torah Rabbi Stefan Weinberg on behalf of the fallen officers from this summer’s shooting of police officers.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Spring debut of ‘SNP Honors ‘Celebration

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Reappointed Chairman of the Special Needs Partnership (SNP) at Jewish Family Service, Louis Zweig, announced the upcoming, spring debut of the “SNP Honors” Celebration. This exciting event will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017 in the Beck Sanctuary at Shearith Israel.
The inaugural program will pay tribute to two outstanding role models and contributors who have advanced the special needs movement throughout the Dallas Jewish community.
To be honored are Laura Seymour, longtime Director of Camp and Youth Services at the Aaron Family JCC, and Eileen Kreisler, creator of the Lomdim program at Temple Emanu-El and driver of numerous special needs programs in area preschools, day schools and religious schools. “Both are highly deserving of our gratitude for making Dallas a more inclusive city and for all of their efforts that have positively impacted so many deserving individuals and families,” emphasized Zweig.

Eileen Kreisler

Eileen Kreisler

Helping to launch this highly anticipated special needs fundraiser, featuring luscious desserts, flavorful noshes, Israeli wine and tasty whiskey, are Co-Chairs Barbi Cohen and Amy Harberg. Serving as honorary co-chairs are Susan and Martin Golman and Barbara and Stan Levenson.
In addition to the sale of admission tickets, valued sponsorships and generous contributions to the SNP, the Zweig Family and the Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Special Needs Fund are combining interests to advance the first $10,000 toward an achievable goal of raising $150,000. Their gift follows nearly a decade of annual contributions, most recently generated from the Fund’s annual bowling tournament that concluded earlier this year.
Among the various programs and services benefiting from the “SNP Honors” celebration, the following are to be funded:

A full-time JFS Community Organizer

 

Special needs resources to work in day schools, preschools and religious schools in collaboration with JFS
Monthly Inclusion Experiences and PERK programs designed to educate students, teachers, parents and community leaders.
Louis underscored that “the support and participation of our entire community will be highly valued and genuinely appreciated.”
For more information about SNP Honors, please visit www.JFSSNPHonors.org.
— Submitted by Leah Guskin

Anshai presents donation to families of lost officers

Dallas’ Fire-Rescue Department Station 27’s Brad London, a driver/engineer and paramedic, represented the men and women in blue in symbolically receiving a donation from Congregation Anshai Torah’s Rabbi Stefan Weinberg just before Kabbalat Shabbat services Oct. 27. A fundraising appeal was made  to the congregation before Kol Nidre, to support the families of Dallas’ five slain officers: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa. The mitzvah is an extension of Anshai Torah’s participation in the Conservative movement’s support of Project Isaiah through which donations are made to a local food bank — a reminder of the obligation to care for those who need our help throughout the community.
“The gravity of Yom Kippur reminds us that while our attention is focused on our own personal transgressions we are inextricably bound to the welfare of our greater community.  The pain experienced by the families of the five slain officers will remain in our thoughts and prayers,” said Rabbi Weinberg.
“This past Kol Nidre we encouraged everyone to actively support the grieving families as they struggle to find a way to move forward.  A few piggy banks were emptied and the breadth of support demonstrated by the congregation reminded everyone of our civic responsibilities and the tremendous gratitude we owe our policemen and firefighters who protect us on a daily basis.”
London, the son of Cheryl, of blessed memory and Murray London, the husband of Audra, father of Vivian and Zachary, and brother of Marc, became a bar mitzvah under Rabbi Weinberg’s charge a few years ago.
The reunion sweet as a number of family members belong to Congregation Anshai Torah, the congregants in attendance proud of their hometown hero.
“This is a career that each of us as firefighters, paramedics and police officers, and others we work with have chosen to serve our community that we love. I was taught at a very young age by some of the great rabbis in our community about living a life of giving tzedakah, of giving back, whether it be through monetary donations or through service,” said London, a member of the Dallas Fire Department for close to 16 years, nodding in Rabbi Weinberg’s direction.
“I chose service and I get to do that every day and I get to see a lot of great things and a lot of things no one should see on a daily basis.  This contribution will go a long way to support the families of the police officers who risked their lives.  That’s what we do — it’s what we do every day.”
— Submitted by Deb Silverthorn

Rubenstein Named 2016 Volunteers in Plano Supervisor of the Year

Becky Rubenstein has been named the 2016 Volunteers In Plano Supervisor of the Year. For more than 12 years, it has been all teens all the time for Teen Court Supervisor Becky Rubenstein. As juvenile court manager, she has worked with hundreds of teen volunteers — coordinating, training, and mentoring them as jurors and attorneys in the Municipal Court’s Teen Court program. The program allows juvenile Class C misdemeanor offenders to pay for their citation by completing community service hours. Defendants’ cases are presented to a jury of their peers and volunteer teen attorneys represent defendants and teen jurors assign community service hours.

Submitted photo Becky Rubenstein has worked for more than 12 years as teen court supervisor. Chief Administrative Judge Don Stevenson attributed much of the growth of that program to Rubenstein.

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Becky Rubenstein has worked for more than 12 years as teen court supervisor. Chief Administrative Judge Don Stevenson attributed much of the growth of that program to Rubenstein.

Rubenstein, a Fort Worth native, is married to Jason and is the mother of Brayden. She is the daughter of Barbara and Jeffrey Gilbert and a graduate of Southwest High School and Southwest Texas State University (now just Texas State). She grew up at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, a member of BBYO’s Alton Silver and Beth El Congregation Fort Worth’s TOFTY chapters, at Greene Family Camp, and as a participant on URJ Garin Greene in Israel ’94. A former volunteer herself in the Fort Worth Teen Court, she previously served as Teen Court Coordinator for the City of Arlington.
Chief Administrative Judge Don Stevenson attributes the growth of the teen court program to her continuous efforts.
“Through the dozen years that I have worked with Becky, I have seen her demonstrate an amazing rapport with teenagers of all backgrounds,” he said. “She communicates with each young man or woman as an individual and senses whether cajoling, additional instruction, praise, or critique will motivate them to do their best in the courtroom.”
Through Rubenstein’s leadership, the Plano Teen Court has assembled moot court teams and participated in North Texas Regional Moot Court competitions sponsored by the Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth. With her encouragement and support, the Plano team consistently progressed and won the overall competition two years ago.
“My favorite experience is to see the students who volunteer develop and grow. Over the years I have seen some young students who come to teen court afraid to speak up, barely giving any eye contact, and trying to sink into their chairs and appear invisible. With some training, constructive criticism, and someone to believe in them, I have watched them grow and transform into amazing critical thinkers, debaters and court advocates,” said Rubenstein.  “It is then when they discover their voice and confidence that they grow into true leaders in the courtroom, and that is when I am most proud to have helped them on the journey.”
— Submitted by Deb Silverthorn

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Dallas Doings: Philanthropy, Pursuit of Harmony

Dallas Doings: Philanthropy, Pursuit of Harmony

Posted on 10 November 2016 by admin

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Dallas teen follows in footsteps of philanthropic family

For the second time, Sam Horowitz has curated, styled and produced a hugely successful style show. The first show benefited the Youth Scholarship Fund at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

Submitted photo (From left) Sam Horowitz — with his grandmother, Carol Aaron, Marc Stanley and Michael Ellentuck — presented a $25,000 check to The Legacy Midtown Park Resident Financial Assistance Fund on Nov. 2. Sam raised the funds through a fashion show he produced, styled and curated at Stanley Korshak. Aaron is the immediate past chair of The Legacy Senior Communities, Stanley is The Legacy Senior Communities chair and Ellentuck is The Legacy Senior Communities president and CEO.

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(From left) Sam Horowitz — with his grandmother, Carol Aaron, Marc Stanley and Michael Ellentuck — presented a $25,000 check to The Legacy Midtown Park Resident Financial Assistance Fund on Nov. 2. Sam raised the funds through a fashion show he produced, styled and curated at Stanley Korshak. Aaron is the immediate past chair of The Legacy Senior Communities, Stanley is The Legacy Senior Communities chair and Ellentuck is The Legacy Senior Communities president and CEO.

The most recent show, on Sept. 25, was in partnership with and was exclusively curated at Stanley Korshak by Sam. At the helm and with the help of his mother, Angela Horowitz, and grandparents, Carol and Steve Aaron, Sam successfully executed a truly unique show, exhibiting this season’s most fashionable and coveted looks. Sam enlisted the help and expertise of Jeffrey Kollinger with Spice of Life; Todd Fiscus Events, Mervyn Sacher with Neuhaus; The Campbell Agency; Caryn Fonberg with The Write Invite; Crawford Brock, the owner of Stanley Korshak; and Bret McKinney, fashion coordinator at Stanley Korshak. The team helped to make the magic happen.
Sam’s Fall Preview benefited The Legacy Midtown Park Resident Financial Assistance Fund, raising $25,000. The Legacy Midtown Park (coming in 2019) is a not-for-profit rental community offering a full continuum of care with independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation in an urban environment in Dallas. The Resident Financial Assistance Fund will allow people who do not have the resources to pay for the care that they need. This assistance will be provided across the campus at all levels of care to enrich residents’ daily life and improve their overall well-being. Individuals will be referred into this program from various sources including hospitals, clergy and other nonprofit organizations. The Resident Financial Assistance Program’s goal is to be the safety net for seniors and their families in the Dallas Jewish community.
Sam plans to continue to pair his passion for fashion with his love of giving back, and his family is so proud! Stay tuned for much more from Sam! At only 16 years old he has already begun to make such an important imprint in our community.
— Submitted by Lauren Korenvaes

Pursuit of Harmony musical appearance at Temple Emanu-El and SMU, Nov. 11-14

Jewish composer Michael Hunter Ochs and Palestinian songwriter Alaa Alshaham are two artists with one dream — to find hope and connection through music. They will visit Temple Emanu-El Nov. 11-14 and will sing at Shabbat worship, as well as conduct a concert at SMU in conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program.
The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Nov. 11, 6:15 p.m., Shabbat Evening Service at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road

    Submitted photo Pursuit of Harmony duo Alaa Alshaham (left) and Michael Hunter Ochs will perform at Temple Emanu-El and SMU Nov. 11-14.

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    Pursuit of Harmony duo Alaa Alshaham (left) and Michael Hunter Ochs will perform at Temple Emanu-El and SMU Nov. 11-14.

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m., Shabbat Morning Service at Temple Emanu-El, followed by a Lunch and Learn: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Peace.” Hear from Alaa Alshaham on his insights on the Middle East conflict in a session moderated by his friend Michael Hunter Ochs.
    RSVP at: participate.tedallas.org/pohlunchandlearn
  • Monday, Nov. 14. 7:30 p.m., Concert and Conversation in the Perkins Chapel at SMU, 6001 Bishop Blvd. Experience Michael and Alaa’s music, personal stories from their travels in the Middle East and the inspiration behind their exciting sound. Presented by Temple and the Jewish Studies Program at SMU. Tickets (general admission,$15; senior, $10; students, free) can be purchased at: pursuitofharmony.bpt.me/

— Submitted by Connie Dufner

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Dallas Doings: Honors, scholar, art

Dallas Doings: Honors, scholar, art

Posted on 03 November 2016 by admin

Submitted photo Sandblast Volleyball Tournament The IMA Foundation presented $15,000 to Junior Achievement Dallas at IMA’s “Sandblast Volleyball Tournament” at Sandbar Cantina & Grill in Dallas on Sept. 29. The event — with more than 28 corporate teams participating — raised more than $42,000 to support JA Dallas and raise funds for the IMA Foundation. All funds raised for the IMA Foundation will be granted in the DFW community. (From left) Ruth Rohs, executive director, IMA Foundation; Jan Murfield, president, Junior Achievement Dallas; Rob Broz, president of Dallas-Fort Worth, IMA | Waldman; and Steve Waldman, president of Texas, IMA | Waldman.

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Sandblast Volleyball Tournament
The IMA Foundation presented $15,000 to Junior Achievement Dallas at IMA’s “Sandblast Volleyball Tournament” at Sandbar Cantina & Grill in Dallas on Sept. 29. The event — with more than 28 corporate teams participating — raised more than $42,000 to support JA Dallas and raise funds for the IMA Foundation. All funds raised for the IMA Foundation will be granted in the DFW community.
(From left) Ruth Rohs, executive director, IMA Foundation; Jan Murfield, president, Junior Achievement Dallas; Rob Broz, president of Dallas-Fort Worth, IMA | Waldman; and Steve Waldman, president of Texas, IMA | Waldman.

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
sharon@tjpnews.com

Friedman, Schweig come in for Hillel honors

Hillels of North Texas, which includes the campuses of the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas, Collin College and the Texas Women’s College, will honor Mike Friedman and Brad Schweig at its upcoming Desserts and Bellinis Reception. The reception will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Temple Emanu-El.

Mike Friedman

Mike Friedman

Brad Schweig

Brad Schweig

Both honorees are longtime Dallas residents and graduates of the University of North Texas. Mike Friedman has served on numerous boards in both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities including serving on the Plano school board. Brad Schweig served as the first co-president of UNT Hillel in 2000 and has been a member and past president of Hillel Advisory Board for the past 13 years. Proceeds from the reception support the continuous activities of Hillels of North Texas, serving nearly 1,000 Jewish students locally and welcoming students of all backgrounds to engage Jewishly on and off campus.
Hillels of North Texas are part of Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, devoted to creating vibrant Jewish life on campus no matter the size of the Jewish population.
The cost of the event is $50 per person and reservations and other donations including ads in the tribute book can be made by contacting Melissa Duchin, executive director of Hillels of North Texas, 682-334-4689 or hillelntx.org/desserts2016.
— Submitted by Larry Strauss

Gifted storyteller, scholar at Shearith this weekend

“Some scholars in residence go way over people’s heads,” says Rabbi Adam Roffman of Congregation Shearith Israel. “We have a storyteller-in-residence on Nov. 4-5 who goes straight for the heart. Rabbi Paul Schneider was the headmaster of my day school growing up. He inspired many, many Jews to fall in love with Jewish learning and I am one of them. I owe a great deal to Rabbi Schneider. It was with our Religious School community in mind that I invited Rabbi Schneider to spend Shabbat with us. He is an inspiring presence, a master storyteller and, like a great Pixar movie, manages to speak directly to the hearts of both parents and children of all ages at the same time.”
Shearith Israel has Shabbat services, dinner and learning with Rabbi Schneider on Friday evening, Nov. 4. Dinner is $13 per adult, $9 per child, with a $36 family maximum. RSVPs are required for dinner. Please call 214-361-6606.
Rabbi Schneider will speak again during morning services Shabbat, Nov. 5 and again, after lunch, at 1 p.m. in the Fonberg Chapel. Kiddush luncheon is generously sponsored by the Shearith Israel SISterhood.
— Submitted by Judy Tashbook Safern

Texas Jewish Arts Association Juried Exhibition at the J

The TJAA, a community of Jewish artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts, opened its 2016 juried exhibition Oct. 27 at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.
Artwork was submitted without names and selected by a three-judge panel (Gail Sachson, Diana Pollock and Nancy Cohen Israel) from numerous submissions. They will be on display until Friday, Nov. 11.
The jurors chose the artwork to be included in this show based on the quality of the work and whether the artwork answered the theme of the show: Yitzhak (Isaac) They also chose the first-, second- and third-place winners, who each received prize money with their award.
Winners of the exhibition are: first place, You Shall Send the Mother Bird Away (monoprint) by Jan Ayers Friedman; second place, Nan Phillips (fused glass); third place, Rose Marie Mercado (painting).
In addition to the winners, the works of the following artists are also on display: Linda Chidsey, Della Isaacson, Veronique Jonas, Debbie Landa, Eli Lorenz, Charley Peacock, Stephen Potter, Esther Ritz, Jack Schecter, Lori Robertson-Snyder and Carole Wolanow.
During the reception, violinist Sarah Price performed beautiful Jewish music. Rabbi Shira Wallach gave a fascinating talk about the biblical and very human character of Isaac.
TJAA was created in 2013 with a group of five founding members, who, while displaying artwork at the JCC during a Jewish Historical Society program, realized that while they had known each other for years through other arts organizations, most of them did not realize that others in the group were Jewish. The group identified an obvious need for a Jewish arts organization.
Thirty-three members joined at the first meeting in 2014, and in 2016 membership exceeds 90 artists, predominantly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but also scattered around the state. TJAA is expanding to include the performing arts, and hopes to include the written art forms in the future. Membership is open to all types of artists, persons in art-related fields and all art-lovers of any kind.
TJAA received its nonprofit status in 2015 followed by a $2,000 grant from the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; in 2016, TJAA received a $6,000 grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.
Veronique Jonas is president of the TJAA. To join or for more information, contact her at veronique@Ketubah-Art.com or Treasurer/Membership Chair Nan Phillips at nan@nan-art.com.

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