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Posted on 24 December 2009 by admin

College scholarships available through DJCF

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation scholarship program is now accepting applications from high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students. The 30 scholarships, which range from $300 to $5,000, are available to Jewish and non-Jewish students for a wide range of schools and majors. An online application is available at www.djcf.org.

“Last year, we distributed more than $78,000 in scholarship funds to 39 individuals,” said Marna Edenson, senior development officer of the Foundation. “Since 1991, more than $1 million in scholarships has been awarded to help students prepare for their futures. We offer many general studies scholarships as well as scholarships specifically for careers in medicine, fashion and retailing and law.”

The DJCF program is the largest Jewish scholarship provider in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Students are chosen based on financial need, academic merit, community service involvement and other factors.

“Each year we get hundreds of applicants, and the committee has the difficult task of choosing those who are the best fit for each scholarship,” Marna said. “We are happy that the diversity of our available scholarships means that a wide range of students, all who have unique strengths and passions, are given the opportunity to further their education.”

Establishing a scholarship fund is just one of the many ways that DJCF donors can create a lasting legacy in our community. For more information on the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, visit www.djcf.org. To speak with a Planned Giving professional, call 214-615-9351 or e-mail info@djcf.org.

News ‘n’ notes

Elizabeth Kaner, 14, daughter of Marni and Joey Kaner, shared her 90-plus dreidel collection with visitors to the Renner-Frankford branch of the Dallas Public Library during Chanukah.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother, Janet Kaner, started the collection for her on her second Chanukah. Her family gives them to her as gifts each year for Chanukah. Her mom, Marni, still has a bag of them that her late mother, Faye Berkowitz, collected, and Elizabeth gets one from Bubbe every year!

Renner-Frankford Library moved their display case to the lobby and put a sign on it requesting donations, so Elizabeth and her mom signed up for the December slot. Elizabeth is also the granddaughter of Gary Kaner of Dallas, and the late Herby Berkowitz of Fort Worth.

New JWV officers to be elected

Post 256 of the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Jewish War Veterans and their Ladies Auxiliary will elect new officers at their 9:30 a.m. breakfast meeting this Sunday at the JCC.

Dick Lethe will describe his experiences with Type 2 Diabetes.

JWV nominees include Dick Lethe, Commander; Andy ­Lavigne, Senior Vice Commander; Leon Levin and Jeremy Prince, Junior Commanders; Larry Goldman, Adjutant; Harry Kabler, Judge Advocate; and Rabbi Murray Berger, Chaplain.

Anyone wanting to be placed on the ballot should contact Stanley Shulkin, 972-233-8896.

Nominees for the Ladies Auxiliary are: president, Dottie Garment; vice-presidents: Ethel Holiner, executive; Phyllis Rifkin, fundraising; and Rosalie Cohen, membership. Also, Flora Robin, treasurer; Lu Ann Bergman, recording secretary; Edith Epstein, corresponding secretary; Sandy Meinstein, chaplain; Lynn Teitelbaum, conductress; Fran Bergman, historian; and Ellen Feibel, Sunshine.

The usual lox and bagel brunch will be served at a modest cost.

Medicare D questions? Ask Jewish Famiy Service

Do you have questions about Medicare D? Do you need help evaluating your current policy or selecting a new one? Or, do you know someone who does?

Open enrollment for Medicare D ends Thursday, Dec. 31. The gerontology staff at Jewish Family Service can help you evaluate your options at no charge.

Call 972-437-9950 for an appointment. Jewish Family Service is located at 5402 Arapaho Road, Dallas.

New book club is a literary journey through Judaism
Modern Books, Jewish Themes, a unique new book club, will offer exciting readings on traditional Jewish themes — all in a modern format. The initial book club kickoff event will be held at 2926 La Vista Lane, Frisco, on Jan. 6.

Modern Books, Jewish Themes promises to be thought-provoking and inspirational while increasing Jewish knowledge in an enjoyable, social way.

Following each book, the group will meet for a stimulating and meaningful discussion on a Monday, 7:30 p.m., at the DATA Center of Plano, 3198 West Parker Road. At times, there may be a guest facilitator to help answer any questions.

The book club is open to everyone in the Jewish community, both men and women. For questions and location details for the kickoff event, please call or e-mail Staci Kimmel, 972-985-1520 or stacikimmel@hotmail.com.

Bus tour is tops

Among the stops for the Topsy Turvy Bus earlier this month was the Aaron Family JCC. The bus tour is part of the Jewish Climate Change Campaign (www.jewishclimatechange.org) – a national effort that was created by Hazon (www.hazon.org) with contributions from dozens of Jewish institutions.  The bus is equipped with vermicompost (worm), solar panels, human powered bicycle generator, solar ovens and a system to convert used vegetable oil to fuel for the bus.  The bus also made stops at Akiba Academy, Congregation Shearith Israel and Shaare Tefilla.

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