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Posted on 17 September 2009 by admin

Col. John Antal to be September JWV speaker
Colonel John Antal, a West Point graduate who trained with the Israel Defense Forces, will speak to members of the Harvey Bloom Jewish War Veterans and its Ladies Auxiliary on Sunday, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. Col. Antal worked with Israeli soldiers to make a film in 2008. He has commanded tank and combined combat units at the platoon, company and regimental levels. He also has served as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

In the event that business will take him out of the country in September, Dr. Jerrold Grodin will be re-invited to speak.

Col. Antal was recommended by Dick Lethe.

The usual $4 lox and bagel brunch will be served. The public is invited.

Sponsors of the screenings are Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, 3 Stars Cinema, Studio Movie Grill and Prescott Pailet Benefits LP.

Russell Hoppenstein raises over $9,000 for diabetes cure

Akiba alumnus Russell Hoppenstein ‘84 recently participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Bike Ride in Killington, Vt.

Russell and Stacey’s son Lance, a preschooler at Akiba, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which made this cause near and dear to his parents’ hearts. At age 3, Lance must endure three insulin shots, countless finger pricks and special carbohydrate-counted meals daily.

Alongside over 350 riders from across the country, Russell not only completed the 100-mile course but, most importantly, raised over $9,000 to help find a cure for diabetes. If you would like to be part of Team Lance-a-lot and donate to the quest for a cure, please visit http://ride.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=rideCentral.personalpage&riderID=9027.

Windsor senior spelling bee announces prize winners
Windsor Senior Living was buzzing with excitement on Aug. 20 when 14 motivated seniors participated in Windsor’s first annual spelling bee, in conjunction with the Dallas Area Agency on Aging. Residents of the newly opened independent (soon to add assisted) living home and area seniors ­competed for great prizes, which included a big-screen TV for the first-prize winner, and for the honor of representing Windsor in the area competition. Residents, friends and relatives cheered on the spellers as they spelled such words as “caudal,” “vertiginous” and “endotracheal.” After a spirited competition, the winning spellers were the TJP’s own Phyllis LaVietes in first place, Shelly Hodak in second and George Smith in third. After the bee, there were great refreshments and a musical revue. Phyllis is scheduled to represent Windsor at the regional competition on Sept. 17.

Adat Chaverim Sisterhood aids Genesis Women’s Shelter
Members of Adat Chaverim’s Sisterhood presented the Genesis Women’s Shelter on Sept. 2 with a fashionable fall clothing ensemble including jacket, blouse, slacks and matching jewelry. The clothing was purchased during their “Girl Friends Shopping Party” at Christopher & Banks in Collin Creek Mall this summer. The donation represents the Sisterhood’s focus on community action and tzedakah within the Metroplex. The Genesis Women’s Shelter is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Their counselors see an average of 1,000 women and children each year, and the shelter houses 650 women and children annually.

‘The Third Jihad’: two screenings
Studio Movie Grill will have two screenings of “The Third Jihad” on Sept. 22, at 6:30 and 9:40 p.m. The theater is located at 11170 N. Central Expwy.

The movie, narrated by devout Muslim American Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, opens with the following statement: “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical. This film is about them.” In 72 minutes, the documentary reveals that radical Islamists, driven by a religiously motivated rejection of Western values, cultures and religion, are engaging in a multifaceted strategy to overcome the Western world. In contrast to the use of “violent jihad” and terror to instill fear in “nonbelievers,” “The Third Jihad” introduces the concept of “cultural jihad” as a means to infiltrate and undermine our society from within. There will be no solicitation at this event. Supna Zaidi will speak. For more information, contact Kathi Wenrich at 214-615-5225 or kwenrich@jfgd.org.

Admittance fee is $10 ($5 for students).

Spend Yom Kippur with The Intown Chabad
The Intown Chabad, located in the heart of the trendy Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, is known to the young Jewish crowd of Dallas as a place of warmth, welcome and fun. Through many successful community outreach projects, The Intown Chabad has become known for its Tuesday night get-togethers, fun mitzvah projects, relaxing Shabbats and — this year for the first time ever — Yom Kippur services and breaking of the fast.

Due to high demand and an overwhelming amount of RSVPs, Zvi Drizin, resident rabbi and social powerhouse of The Intown Chabad, began looking for a large enough space to hold Yom Kippur services. He had to look no further than the stunning Mansion at Turtle Creek, one of Dallas’ oldest and most beautiful hotels. Not only will services be held in a striking room overlooking the picturesque Turtle Creek, but due to the generosity of those at the Mansion donating the facility, there will not be a charge to anyone wishing to attend Yom Kippur services and/or to break the fast — something relatively unheard of today. Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov of Children of Chernobyl will be joining in the holiday observance and is sure to inspire through his renowned energy and song.

Traditionally, The Intown Chabad is frequented by young people in their 20s. but Drizin and regulars alike extend a warm invitation to the entire Jewish population. Whether officially non-affiliated or simply tired of the “jumbo-tron” style High Holy Days so frequently seen today, any and all are invited to join The Intown Chabad this Yom Kippur for a spiritual, relaxing and meaningful experience.

For more information, details on times and dates or to contact Rabbi Zvi Drizin, please visit www.theintownchabad.com or call 214-810-6770.

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