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Jori Epstein: scoring in print and online

Jori Epstein: scoring in print and online

Posted on 11 July 2019 by admin

The young, local journalist finds her niche in sports
Photo: Barry Epstein
Interviewing the home team, here with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, or a rival opponent, Jori Epstein scores the best interviews for USA Today Sports.

By Deb Silverthorn
If ever one were to score a touchdown, a slam dunk, a goal and a home run, it would be Dallas’ own Jori Epstein. Since October 2018, the 24-year-old reporter for USA Today Sports, who covers the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League, has created material for the paper’s print, web, video and social media platforms.
Whether interviewing a home team favorite or a rival opponent, Epstein has become as comfortable in the locker room as she is analyzing on-field elements and the business side of the game.
With a significant resume and enough bylines to fill a scoreboard, just three years after graduating from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors and Journalism, Epstein has produced stories for The Dallas Morning News and DMN/SportsDayDFW.com.
While still a Longhorn, she was a campus correspondent and reporter for Sports Illustrated, a sports editing intern at the Philadelphia Daily News, and football columnist, senior sports writer and sports editor at UT’s The Daily Texan, and contributing writer, copy editor at the Texas Jewish Post and Tower Tomorrow Fellow for The Israel Project.
During school, the budding journalist knew the career path she was interested in, but it came with some decisions. As a news reporter, she’d have to leave class on a moment’s notice; the top student couldn’t meet that. Turning to sports, a more scheduled subject, she realized that, in order to keep Shabbat as observantly as she did, she could not cover live football games. Able to make that work, this now football-writing wizard covered just one UT football game live during college — a Monday night postseason bowl game.
“Cross-country, soccer, basketball and softball — I covered almost every other sport and somehow I still got here,” Epstein said. “Pro football doesn’t happen on Shabbat and I’m able to make it work and I love it. I have so many stories to tell and they come from on and off the field, from the business office to back in the locker rooms.
“There are 53 players on the team with a united goal. My job is to find their stories that won’t be showing up on 30 other sites,” she said, her voice also heard on Twitter, Instagram and other social media circles.
Epstein enjoys being in Dallas, but reaches out to find that piece. On a story about Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott, she went to his hometown of Haughton, Louisiana, to talk to his high school friends. A story with Randy Gregory, defensive end for the Cowboys, had him talking about mental health challenges as he returned from a yearlong suspension. “How I get the story is sometimes as important as the story itself,” Epstein said.
Chasing the players, making the calls, it sometimes takes 10 attempts to get one return. “I’ve learned to view rejection differently,” said Epstein, one of about five women, among more than 40 men, covering the Dallas Cowboys. “I have a long list of pieces I plan to work on, and I’m always wondering where I can take my readers, what can I teach, what can I give them.”
A graduate of Akiba and Yavneh academies, and former member of the Judy Kravitz chapter of BBYO, Epstein is the daughter of Barry and Dia and sister of Daley, Jason and Zach. Together, the family has long supported the Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service, Epstein and her siblings taking turns chairing annual food drives at school.
Previously a lifeguard and camper at Camp Young Judaea, Epstein also spent teen summers as a counselor at Akiba’s Camp Mazal and the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center’s pre-camp and participating in BBYO’s Camp Impact programs in Boston and Washington D.C.
Having grown up at congregations Beth Torah, Shaare Tefilla and Shearith Israel, and now involved at The Intown Chabad, Epstein appreciates aspects of each of her communities.
While she is passionate about reading Torah in some congregations, she regularly shares a weekly d’var Torah on Shabbat at The Intown Chabad.
“My Jewish life has always meant a lot to me. It’s important for people in my generation to learn, grow and share,” Epstein said. “It’s important to me to see people in my peer group passionate about Jewish learning and participating in the many facets of our community.”
Reaching out to her community, Epstein is working on her first book, the memoir of local Holocaust survivor Max Glauben. More than three years in the making, of style and form different from any of her work to date, it is a “coming soon” project worth waiting for.
In the audience at a recent Legacy of Willow Bend semimonthly “Getting to Know Your Neighbors and Your Staff and your Relatives of Residents” series at The Legacy at Willow Bend, Sylvia Epstein was proud of every answer her granddaughter gave interviewer Bob Weinfeld. She also gave the real scoop. “Jori’s always been an energizer bunny. She’s always fun and always a pleasure.”
Throughout Weinfeld’s interview, Epstein was never stumped, but no answer came quicker than to his “Tell me about your siblings.” Her response: “We’re a team.” Score for the Epsteins, a score that can’t be beat.
“Jori was terrific, she’s really an incredible young lady with quite a spirit and a lot of talent,” Weinfeld said. “Someday I might even let her on the field of the Temple Shalom Softball League.”
An offer Epstein couldn’t let pass, and if a woman is going to swing a bat on the sacred fields, it just might be her.
Follow @JoriEpstein on social media and read her articles in the print and online editions of USA Today.

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JFS extends its umbrella over Priya Fund

JFS extends its umbrella over Priya Fund

Posted on 11 July 2019 by admin

Photo: Julia Shapiro Photography + Art
“We wanted to help people financially, even with a modest amount, and also raise awareness about the issues of infertility, to clear the stigma that often comes with it,” said Annie Glickman, who with her husband Rabbi David Glickman established Dallas’ Priya Fund, now also in Kansas City, Kansas. “I’m confident that the right pieces are coming together with the Fund moving to JFS where it will be nurtured from every angle.” (Left to right) Gavi, Rabbi David, Annie, Ellie and Daniela Glickman
Priya provides funding and focus for infertility issues

By Deb Silverthorn
Priya, be fruitful and multiply, is one of the first commandments in the Torah. The Priya Fund, established in Dallas in 2009, is a most significant way the Dallas Jewish community creates awareness of infertility issues, and supports costs for adoption, medical treatment, or surrogacy.
Now under the ever-widening umbrella of Jewish Family Service of Dallas, the Priya Fund will continue helping Jewish families.
“Over the years, JFS has brought expertise and services specific to the needs of the Jewish community that have both a deep impact in the lives of individuals and families, and those in line with our founding Jewish values as an organization,” said Cathy Barker, JFS CEO. “The Priya Fund, absolutely, is one of those services.”
Established as a fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, the Priya Fund has made 21 grants with close to $80,000 dispensed for at least 13 babies, including two sets of twins, allowing families to kvell.
The Priya Fund was established by Annie and Rabbi David Glickman (formerly of Dallas’ Congregation Shearith Israel) after their own struggle with secondary infertility. While their son Gavi, now 18 and a rising senior, was a toddler, the Glickmans hoped to expand their family. In the limelight of community, it was difficult managing the personal issue, while embracing their very extended “family.”
“We wanted to help people financially, even with a modest amount, and also raise awareness about the issues of infertility, to clear the stigma that often comes with it,” Annie Glickman said. “The silent suffering is so hard. I’m confident that the right pieces are coming together, with the fund moving to JFS, where it will be nurtured from every angle.”
Sari and Rabbi Adam Raskin (formerly of Congregation Shearith Israel and Beth Torah) offered a gift to the Glickmans to help in what they knew was an expensive prospect. After Ellie, now 13, and Daniela, now 10, were born, the Glickmans established the Dallas Priya Fund, grateful for the growth of their family.
“When Daniela was born, we requested that instead of gifts people share to the Priya Fund,” Annie Glickman said. “Since then, people have given in the spirit of weddings or anniversaries, of birthdays and births. The goal was to support all who need it in some way.”
In 2012, the Glickmans moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where David Glickman is the senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom. Annie Glickman is director of school services for The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and of Priya: Growing Jewish Families in Kansas City. Priya, established there four years ago with more than $100,000 raised, has supported nearly two dozen families with 11 babies born.
Here, the Priya Fund’s transition from the DJCF to JFS will allow the organization’s complete menu of mental health and social services to support parents in their effort to grow Jewish families. In addition, JFS will be able to raise money for Priya, increasing the amount available to couples.
“Dallas Jewish Community Foundation manages funds, hundreds of them, but we don’t raise the dollars,” said DJCF’s Director of Philanthropic Advancement Mona Allen. “From start to finish, JFS will best serve couples through the processes and, while it will be a void to us, we’re always here for guidance.”
The Priya Fund is coordinated by Caryn Peiser, the mother of Elisheva and Rachel. Peiser’s spirit and soul roars with passion to help others create and build their own families.
“At JFS, everyone from the professional leadership to the part-time volunteers is part of a team, and working together on Priya is going to be an incredible effort,” Peiser said. “The mix of marketing and business development, combined with a need for care and delicate support, is the perfect place for me and I’m very excited.”
The wife of Gary and daughter of Estrella and Ruben Bengio, Peiser attended Akiba and Yavneh academies. The Dallas Jewish community is part of her backbone. She studied at Sharfman’s Seminary Bnot Torah in Israel and earned her bachelor’s degree in child learning and development, with a minor in business administration, from University of Texas-Dallas, just days before the birth of her second daughter.
“As a parent herself and by growing up and being an active member of the Dallas Jewish community, Caryn is a great advocate for the need for this funding by others,” Barker said. “She personally understands the desire to have a child and raise them in the Jewish faith.”
Jewish couples looking for support should contact Peiser to determine eligibility and complete an application. An advisory committee, of medical and Jewish community lay leaders, meets to review each application — the couples remain anonymous — then designates allocation of any funds.
Couples are required to provide a copy of a future invoice (e.g., in vitro, surrogacy, adoption) within 180 days to receive the funds. Funds will ultimately be distributed from the rabbi’s discretionary fund with whom the couple shares a relationship.
“We are eternally grateful for Priya’s support as we faced fertility challenges,” said Monique Roy Chuney, referred to the Priya Fund by a family friend. Chuney and her husband Ken, members of Congregation Anshai Torah, welcomed baby Max on May 24, 2018. “We are blessed with a special and amazing gift. Priya is a wonderful organization, and we are truly thankful.”
The amount that Priya Fund can grant has decreased over the years as the number of requests received increase. Grants are only for future treatments and, while funds are not provided to meet increasing needs per application review cycle, couples are eligible to re-apply and receive additional assistance.
“Beyond the financial burden, which is great for anyone, I will direct prospective families to emotional, spiritual and psychological support and other help. JFS’ clinicians really do reach every level of almost every need,” Peiser said. “That I have this very special role to provide outreach and find applicants, and donors, and to walk them through the process is something I’m very grateful for.”
Gifts that help others create families, truly are of the gifts of life.
For more information or to begin the application process, email cpeiser@jfsdallas.org or visit JFSDallas.org/priya. To make a donation to the Priya Fund, visit tinyurl.com/JFS-PRIYA-donation with notation in the “additional comments” that the gift be directed to Priya.

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Home study of Psalms leads into Shabbat

Home study of Psalms leads into Shabbat

Posted on 27 June 2019 by admin

Pre-Shabbat Tehillim education

By Deb Silverthorn
Erev Shabbat gets a kick-start at 7:45 a.m. each Friday morning, at the home of Carole and Joram Wolanow. At that location, Tehillim — the Book of Psalms — is taught and defined by Rabbi Yaakov Tannenbaum of Shaare Tefilla. The class is open to all, and there is no charge.
The class began as an opportunity for parents, involved with carpooling to the Schultz Rosenberg Campus, to learn and grow for themselves. Years in, with an invitation from the Wolanows, the sessions moved to their home near the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, and there they remain. Good coffee, muffins and more combine with the study of the 150 poems in the Book of Psalms, which provide a range of expression of appreciation and thankfulness to God, of praise to the Almighty and of prayers in need.
“We read the Hebrew and we read the English and we take our time. I assure you there’s no rush and we make sure it is well understood, not just the translation, but the meaning and the depth,” Tannenbaum said. “We are sensitive to the text and to the reading, but my focus is on having us all truly feel what we are studying, that everyone feel the participation.”
There is no order to the readings. While some chapters required less than a week for all to feel complete, others have taken much longer. An hour in the morning, after school drop-offs and before most need to be accounted for, is precious and holy time.
“Rabbi brings to the table lessons of more than Torah, more than religion, and more than our history — he shares it all and can bring values of all three in the study of one psalm,” said Joram Wolanow, who with wife Carole over the years has become more interested in the details of the Torah, of Mishnah (oral law), of Gemara (commentary) and more. “I want to learn more of the history and relevance, and Rabbi Tannenbaum is dedicated to bringing it to life.”
Studying through a number of rabbis and various organizations, the Wolanows have opened their door, put on the coffee and served up a nosh alongside the learning for the last seven years.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Tannenbaum and Rachel, his wife of 46 years, moved to Dallas 11 years ago. His grandfather was a practicing rabbi, while his father, who was also ordained, worked as a diamond cutter. Once ordained, Tannenbaum became the director of technology services for a publishing company.
When his job was outsourced, the couple were encouraged to make the Lone Star State their home by their son Rabbi Meir Tannenbaum and his family. Rabbi Tannenbaum “junior,” as he is lovingly referred to by his students, and his wife Miriam, taught at Akiba, Yavneh and others since 2003. In 2018, they made aliyah to Israel, where Rabbi Meir Tannenbaum serves as a director of Jewish enrichment for BBYO.
“We all come to the class with our own level of understanding, and it is widely varied, but together we share a critical in-depth review. Pasuk by pasuk, verse by verse, through a unique and very analytical approach,” said David Weiss, who has been a part of this group since January, and has studied with with Tannenbaum senior for close to eight years. “I formed an instant bond with Rabbi when we first met and whatever he’s teaching, I’ll gravitate to it. This is a beautiful way to end the week, to prepare to start Shabbat.”
Members of the group, now studying amid the 11 chapters of Tehillim attributed to Moses, belong to synagogues around the community and are of varying degrees of observance. There is no education level required to participate, no need for anything but a desire to learn and to share.
“This class is often the anchor of my week and a very important piece of my life,” said class member Yaffa Podbilewicz-Schuller. “Rabbi Tannenbaum is extraordinary: wise, kind, humble and a very sensitive and gentle soul.”
Podbilewicz-Schuller echoes the sentiments of others in the class, noting that Tannenbaum brings to each week a relevance to their lives in whatever they are studying. The depth and meaning of Judaism are illuminated in the study of text, and in the process, the lives of those that engage in this study are transformed.
“I’ve been reading Tehillim for many years, often with the intention of prayer for healing for a friend or family member. Other times I connect to the meaning hidden in the words, seeking a spiritual connection to express gratitude to God or to connect with something deeply human,” said Podbilewicz-Schuller, who treasures two pocket-sized Tehillim books, both with Hebrew, one translated into English and the other to her native Spanish. “With Rabbi Tannenbaum, it’s as if he puts into words what is already deeply within us. Experiences come full circle as my heart and mind are awakened with understanding.”
For Tannenbaum, it is what a Jew feels about life and the meaning of life and how we deal with life’s challenges and the experience and seriousness of God’s presence and the purpose each of us serves.
“This class and the Tehillim are about realizing and reflecting where we all are in our lives and how we can relate to our Master,” said Tannenbaum, the father of four and grandfather of 14. “Not to be overcome by the crisis and trials of life, but to be able to live through those toughest times, to have the capacity to be full.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve studied for a day or if you are incredibly learned,” he continued, noting that while he is the teacher, he too learns much from every session. “The only ‘must’ is to bring yourself and a willingness to hear the perspectives of those at the table.”
For more details, email jytannenbaum@gmail.com and, for location information, contact joramw@sbcglobal.net.

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Young Jewish adults to gather in Austin for L’Chaim

Young Jewish adults to gather in Austin for L’Chaim

Posted on 27 June 2019 by Sharon Wisch-Ray

L’Chaim City Limits will attract folks from all walks of Jewish life
Photo: Michelle Bach
From left, Adam Edelson, Hayley Glauben, Adam Sandgarten, Mitchell Robbins and Philip Ben Shabat were among those gathered in Dallas earlier this month for a happy hour co-sponsored by L’Chaim City Limits and Moishe House.

L’Chaim — community life for NextGen Jews is alive
By Deb Silverthorn
Many l’chaim toasts will be raised, to the lives of Jewish young adults gathering from around the United States and the world, for a weekend of fun and networking at the first “L’Chaim City Limits (LCL)” in Austin.
During the weekend of July 19-21, young adults ages 21 to 40, representing all branches of Judaism and levels of observance, and those unaffiliated, are invited to share in programming created by Judaism United.
“We are bringing in the spirit of Shabbat through a weekend filled with Judaic and social aspects, with people from at least seven cities, in three states, across five venues in Austin,” said Scott Eiseman, a Judaism United founder and chair of L’Chaim City Limits.
Judaism United’s mission is to unite those of Jewish background through events, social networking and leadership conferences. The group has ambassadors in a number of cities. In Dallas, it is Michelle Bach connecting the dots and directing her community to the organization.
“L’Chaim City Limits is a great weekend to make friends, create relationships and to even network professionally, all while exploring the awesome city of Austin,” said Bach, a graduate of Levine and Yavneh academies. She mixes her Jewish life both socially and professionally, as a resident at the Dallas Moishe House, by attending events at many of the young Jewish professional organizations and as a development associate at CHAI, Community Homes for Adults, Inc.
“Early in our careers, with most of us not yet married or with families of our own, many of my generation aren’t yet affiliated with a congregation,” Bach said. “Judaism United is one more way that we can build our own community and this weekend it will be built of young Jews from around the country.”
Bach helped host an LCL Happy Hour, that had many in the crowd making rooming and travel plans for the upcoming event. “People seem very excited and I think we’re going to have a good group from here,” Bach said.
The event will begin Friday with a Kabbalat Shabbat minyan led by Rabbi Mendy Levertov, followed by a meet and greet.
“I’m very proud of Judaism United and its cause, and I’m looking forward to bringing in Shabbat for this first big event,” said Levertov, who, with wife Mussy, leads Chabad of Austin’s Young Jewish Professionals. “Shabbat services will be high-energy with zmiros (song) and dance, and, I assure you, with lots of meaningful fun.
“We need more nuance-layered events, with learning and connecting, with spirituality and casual fun and this weekend is just what that is,” he added.
The evening’s Shabbat dinner at Stubbs Bar-B-Que will begin with a candle-lighting and kiddush led by Rabbi Daniel Septimus, a former University of Texas Hillel director.
“Austin is energizing, and with the growing population our Jewish community, is growing. It’s a cool, unique, even ‘weird’ — and that’s a compliment — place with incredible appeal,” said Septimus, CEO of Shalom Austin, the city’s Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Foundation. “The goal to bring together the next generation of Jews through a weekend of networking in the heart of Austin, with the heart of Shabbat. It’s something I’m excited to be a part of.”
An after-party at Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street will follow dinner. All meals throughout the weekend will have certified kosher options available.
Shabbat morning service options and a Judaically themed yoga session taught by Isaac Stock will be offered on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, a BYOB pool party will take place at the Connection Apartments on Oltorf Street. Saturday night, a spirited Havdalah service will be led by LCL committee members at the Native Hostel, Bar & Café on 4th Street, followed by dancing and complimentary drinks.
On Sunday, there will be a farewell brunch and representatives from Chabad, Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation and Moishe House will provide information on their organizations.
“There’s really going to be something — many parts of the weekend — for everyone,” said Mikey Korn, an Austin Moishe House resident who, with Bach, Eiseman, Alan Yancelson and the participating rabbis, has planned a weekend to remember. “Building community is part of my Jewish journey and it’s what has brought us together.”
The weekend is partially sponsored by a grant from Reality, a Schusterman initiative which, in part, invests in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.
“Bringing young Jews together has for a number of years been a goal and I’m committed to Judaism United, to LCL and I hope many other opportunities in the future,” Eiseman said. “We are a strong generation, a strong Jewish generation, and I want to bring as many of us together as we can.”
Weekend passes and tickets for individual events are available. A block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N. Interstate 35, is being held until three days before the event. Request Judaism United rate for the discount. To register, or for lodging and other information, visit lchaimcitylimits.com.

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Josh Goldberg soaring in the Jewish music world

Josh Goldberg soaring in the Jewish music world

Posted on 20 June 2019 by admin

Everyone can help with Dallas native’s 3rd album
Photo: Courtesy Josh Goldberg
Josh Goldberg hopes his hometown community will participate in a campaign allowing him to produce his third album, “Anchors and Balloons.”

By Deb Silverthorn
“It’s anchors or balloons, you keep building me up then shooting me down,” sings Dallas native Josh Goldberg. The title track lyrics of “Anchors and Balloons” reflect those closest to Goldberg; his friends, family, fans and his community, which began here in Dallas and now extends across the country as his beautiful and meaningful voice, the spirit in his step and song reach far and wide.
The musician, who turns 28 June 25, is hoping many of his followers will participate in an Indiegogo campaign, open until Monday, July 8. Goldberg will produce this, his third album, under his own label, Kosher Style Records, which has already produced 12 other contemporary Jewish music artists.
“Anchors and Balloons” is a mix of Hebrew and English, of liturgical and original heartbeats including “Adonai S’fatai,” “Found You,” “Hinei Mah Tov,” “Modeh Ani,” “Modim Anachnu Lach,” “Shalom Rav,” “Shema Koleinu,” “Shiru Ladonai” and “V’shamru.”
“Almost everything in life is either an anchor or a balloon. Anchors can keep you grounded, humble, calm and safe. But when they become too heavy, they can be burdensome, weigh you down, and make you feel stuck and unable to continue your journey,” said Goldberg, crediting friend Max Jared for the album’s metaphorical inspiration.
“Balloons, though, lift your spirits, bring self-worth and make you feel joy but, when too full of air, can give hubris and bloat your ego until you soar into the sun and burn like Icarus,” Goldberg added.
The one holding Goldberg’s chain and string is Andrea, his wife of 11 months. The two met in a choir. The upcoming album will feature “As Long As You’re By My Side,” their vows sung to each other under the chuppah.
Goldberg’s first taste of performance came through the Aaron Family JCC’s musical theater productions. The Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts graduate studied piano at the age of six, and began guitar in middle school. After graduating from high school, Goldberg ended up at the University of Southern California, where he majored in contemporary music.
Much of Goldberg’s music comes from intimate moments and people in his life. On his album “One,” there is “Love, Love, Love,” which he wrote the night his grandmother passed away. “Anchors and Balloons” will offer “Jenna’s Song,” written and first performed for his sister on the occasion of her bat mitzvah nearly a decade ago.
In “The Day that Turned my World Around,” Goldberg’s broken soul is expressed about the loss of the late Tracy Fisher, who passed away at the start of their freshman year in college. A precious friendship formed for the two as young children on the stage at the JCC.
“This new album reflects Josh’s continuing journey in song and prayer. He continues to evolve as a Jewish artist,” said Josh’s father, Marshal Goldberg. “I never cease to be amazed by Josh’s talents as a singer and songwriter and the depth of his Jewish soul.”
A cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, Goldberg performs around the country, is the musical director at The Open Temple in Venice, California and is a cantorial intern at Temple Akiba in Los Angeles.
It is the clergy of Goldberg’s home synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, and its former cantor, Richard Cohn, Goldberg said, that have lifted him since his childhood.
“Watching Josh blossom and grow as a spiritual leader has been one of the joys of my rabbinate. In song he’s found his own language for the Jewish commitment that has always been part of his and his family’s path,” said David Stern, senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El. “His music is a window into his soul, providing an opening invitation to ours. What a blessing to the Jewish community that his vision and gifts continue to gain even greater reach, finding ever-greater depth.”
In addition to recording and performing, Goldberg was producer of the “Jewish Star” album. Among the three finalists of Jewish Rock Radio’s Jewish Star Competition chosen to record was McKinney resident and Adat Chaverim member Andrew Goldstein.
Houston native Joe Buchanan is one of the many Jewish music professionals with whom Goldberg has performed; Buchanan said being Goldberg’s friend and fellow musician is an honor.
“Josh has done so much to foster Jewish music,” said Buchanan, who will bring his own brand of Americana country about Jewish life to a concert in Dallas next year.
“Participating in this campaign, and helping this album come forth, is about joining the community around Josh, about supporting the music, the artist, this really fine young man. It’s about saying I support your vision and I’m on your team.”
Goldberg’s lifelong team cheerleader is his mom, Cyndi Goldberg, who looks to her son’s vocation as the definition of the man himself.
As a third-grader learning about the commandments, Goldberg took literally the concept of fulfilling all 613. The rabbi told him to do the best he could to care about people and the world. In that, he would be fulfilling what is asked.
“Between a song for his sister, for his grandmother — his Bubbe, for Tracy and together now with and for Andrea — those and so many others that define Josh, there’s never been anyone so full of love,” Cyndi Goldberg said. “He’s always had an old soul and a heart of gold and I’m so proud of him for reaching a place where he can give all of that to the world.”
To participate in the Indiegogo campaign, visit indiegogo.com/projects/anchors-and-balloons. For more information about Josh Goldberg, visit joshgoldbergmusic.com.

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Shapiro brings her legacy to The Legacy June 19

Shapiro brings her legacy to The Legacy June 19

Posted on 14 June 2019 by admin

Photo: Submitted by Florence Shapiro
Florence Shapiro will speak at at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at The Legacy. Here she’s pictured with the family she and husband Howard have built: front row, from left, Zachary Shapiro, Natalie Rubin, Eli Rubin, Ari Strauss, Olivia Shapiro, Sophie Rubin, Sam Rubin, Harper Shapiro, Ella Shapiro and Brody Rubin; back row, Todd and Jori Shapiro, Paul and Staci Rubin, Howard and Florence Shapiro and Lisa, Noa and Rabbi Brian Strauss (not pictured: Joshua Strauss).

By Deb Silverthorn
Florence Shapiro has been an advocate and educator, the mayor of Plano, a Texas state senator, and a leader of many organizations in the DFW area. Acclaimed for much, yet it’s as the daughter of Ann Donald, a resident at The Legacy Willow Bend since its opening, that she will sit as guest interviewee at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the Chapel at The Legacy.
“Many residents watched Florence grow up. While we’re proud and appreciative of her success, she’s Ann’s daughter and that’s a blessing right there,” said Bob Weinfeld, who has hosted more than 100 “Getting to Know Your Neighbors and Your Staff and Your Relatives of Residents” interviews.
The hourlong program, open to the community, has introduced residents, staffers and community members to business leaders, museum curators, chefs, journalists, sports executives, clergy and more.
“I look forward to the interview, and the buzz is building,” said Weinfeld, The Legacy’s own “mayor,” on interviewing Plano’s former mayor and the question-and-answer period to follow.
Interviewed on topics local and global, for the former Zesmer BBG member and Hillcrest High School and University of Texas graduate, sitting on Weinfeld’s dais — no doubt with her mother watching from the front row — is exciting.
“My community devotion comes from Mother, the ultimate volunteer, and my business sense from my father,” said Shapiro. Her mother is a former president of the Friends of Golden Acres Dallas Home for Jewish Aged, and resident at The Legacy since its 2008 opening.
“The Legacy is filled with people I’ve known my whole life, and it’s an honor to be interviewed by Bob,” said Shapiro. “He is the ‘connector,’ and I’m always engaged by whatever he does. Bob is a very special part of this wonderful community within our community, and to know him is to love him. Besides, who could ever tell Bob ‘no’?”
Shapiro was born shortly after her parents, Martin of blessed memory and Ann, arrived in the U.S. Her mother was pregnant with her while aboard the ship that brought them from England. The two survivors of the Holocaust immigrated first to New York, then to Dallas when Shapiro was 10.
A lifetime later, Shapiro is immediate past chair of the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance, gratified and excited for the September opening of the new home of the museum her father helped found.
“The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will be a showplace that no one could have dreamed of,” she said. “Started in the basement of the JCC, now the world sees us, learns from us and is affected by us. I’m sure my father and all who started it are very proud.”
Shapiro and her husband Howard, whom she met at UT and married 50 years ago, are the parents of Staci (Dr. Paul) Rubin, Todd (Jori) Shapiro and Lisa (Rabbi Brian) Strauss. They are grandparents of 12: Brody, Eli, Natalie, Sam and Sophie Rubin, Ella, Harper, Olivia and Zach Shapiro, and Ari, Joshua and Noa Strauss.
Serving on the Plano City Council, then as the city’s mayor, Shapiro was president of the Texas Municipal League before her 19-year career as Texas State Senator — first elected against a 13-year incumbent.
“When running for office you think you know it all. Then you go to Austin, the session begins, and it’s like trying to take a sip of water out of a fire hydrant. I was constantly learning, but it was the most amazing process,” said Shapiro. “The value, then and now, of the enormity of my responsibilities, lay on my shoulders, so I’ve always done my homework and really and truly enjoyed it.”
Among the results of her service Shapiro feels most proud of are the series of bills known as Ashley’s Laws, which protect against, adjudicate, and punish sex offenders whose victims are children. “Out of a tragic and terribly sad event came the absolute saving of many lives,” she said.
Shapiro started out as a high school teacher at Richardson High School, and education has never left her heart. As a member of the Advisory Council on Education Reform Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, and partner and public policy consultant with Shapiro Linn Strategic Consulting, children’s futures remains her priority.
“Texas is a great state and it needs a great education system,” she said this winter, working in Austin with the “best legislature in 25 years” to bring billions of dollars to public education, and she’s positive about the future. “We’ll always need new and innovative ways to teach. It must be a value and be valued.”
Shapiro is former president and founder of the Collin County Junior League and the Collin County Information & Referral Center, and has served on many boards including: AT&T Performing Arts Center, Collin County Business Alliance, COMMIT! Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Educate Texas, Southwestern Medical Foundation, TexProtects: The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, Texans for Education Reform and the University of Texas at Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.
Raised at Congregation Shearith Israel, Shapiro and her family are founding supporters of Chabad of Plano/Collin County, now also longtime members of Congregation Anshai Torah. Last year, the Shapiros, who have both traveled on Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas missions to Israel, were invited to the dedication of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.
“There’s so much we know, and so much to learn about Florence, and we’re honored for her visit,” said Weinfeld, who is soon to turn 93, and will interview Frisco RoughRiders President and General Manager Andy Milovich (June 26), Dallas Morning News journalist Michael Granberry (July 3), journalist and author Nancy Churnin (July 10) and Bruce Eisen, whose career experience includes CPA, Collin College professor and Jewish community professional (July 17).
“Florence is a great daughter, mother, grandmother, wife. She’s a great everything and a wonderful person,” said her proud mother Ann. “She’s everything a person could want.”
Expect a kvell factor of 110 percent to fill The Legacy, a parent/teacher conference like no other.

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Kohn, Clark fine-tune kosher comfort food

Kohn, Clark fine-tune kosher comfort food

Posted on 23 May 2019 by admin

The Market, at 13534 Preston Road in North Dallas, is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 4 p.m. on Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

 

 

By Deb Silverthorn

Two parts heart and soul, and grand dollops of culinary expertise by Jordona Kohn and Stacey Clark, are the ingredients to Dallas’ newest kosher eatery, The Market, in North Dallas.

“At The Market we’re providing delicious food in a comfortable and family casual location. We couldn’t be more excited to share with our community,” Kohn said. She was grateful for the full house on the restaurant’s opening day — Mother’s Day — and all tables turning in the restaurant’s first week.

“Everything is good, and good for you, but we’re not afraid of butter,” Kohn added. Clark, meanwhile, calls the menu healthful, not health food, with dishes served as they were designed to be eaten.

The duo look forward to pop-up menus and hosting family and study groups, simchas and other social gatherings. The offerings are kosher, but both women note that, while they create and serve kosher food, what they have isn’t your typical kosher restaurant.

“There are wonderful kosher restaurants in the area,” Kohn said. “We’re happy to join the lineup with our own unique flavors and flair.”

The partners were introduced by Sharon Michaels, who knew both, and figured the team would be a sure thing.

“These two are great and we’re blessed to have them,” Michaels said. “It’s not just good kosher food, it’s great food. They have amazing skills and talent and couldn’t be kinder. I can’t wait for them to succeed, and they will!”

“I love feeding people in times of joy, the holidays and even in sadness. A good meal always comforts, and food heals (almost) anything,” Clark said. “Jordona and I are opposites in many ways but it’s why we’re a perfect match.”

Kohn, a Hollywood, Florida native raised in New York, is the daughter of a restaurateur, granddaughter of a kosher butcher, and great-granddaughter of a chicken farmer. “While most kids were outside, I was with Bubba Faye making soups and rugelach,” she said. She is married to Justin, and the couple are parents to Arianna Faye, Ezra and Gaby.

With a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, when the couple moved to Dallas, Kohn enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts. Despite not being able to taste the many nonkosher offerings, she graduated as class valedictorian.

Kohn worked at Baylor Hospital, climbing the ladder, but her kashrut devotion meant she couldn’t taste what she prepared. She then worked with the Dallas Kosher-supervised Simcha Kosher Catering’s food truck, as well as being executive chef with A Taste of the World. She also hosts kosher cooking demonstrations at Whole Foods Market.

Clark, born in New York and raised around the world, comes to the business with an accounting background, and always turned to the kitchen for respite. She is married to Henry; their family is complete with son Kevin and his wife Taylor and Clark’s two nieces, Eleah and Anna, raised as her own daughters.

Breakfast at The Market, served alongside fruit or hash browns, includes a pesto omelet, Morty’s Scramble — a nod to Clark’s father (lox, eggs and onions), a DIY omelet bar and a variety of home-boiled and baked bagels and other bread choices with a schmear. Already favorites are the avocado toast served with two eggs and a lime crème, the Market Gravlax Plate with in-house cured salmon and buttermilk pancakes with berry compote.

Alan Press, who ordered a DIY omelet with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, peppers and mushrooms and then an avocado toast to go, said the presentation was incredible and everything was cooked “just beautifully.”

Breakfast is served all day and the lunch menu, debuting soon, will include soups, paninis and toasted sandwiches with mixed greens or house-fried chips and a variety of salads with homemade dressings.

“Lunch was amazing and the latte is delicious,” said Heather Behr, having lunch with friend Marni Rael, the two women swooning over an avocado toast and pesto omelet, finishing the meal with a shared chocolate bobka. “Literally every bite is excellent.”

For Rebecca Sklaver, lunching with Rivka and Stera Goldschmidt, it was baked salmon and Greek salad — to the other women’s tuna salad and gravlax plate — to which she gave praise. “The salmon is out of this world, really just baked to perfection.”

House-baked specialties include banana bread, challah (water and egg), pastries, brown-butter chocolate chip and other cookies, cakes, bobka and Bubba’s Rugelach from Kohn’s family recipe. The Challah Challah Club allows customers to register for challahs that will be ready for pickup at requested times each Friday. The challahs will be prepped and prepaid, allowing guests to make a quick stop for pickup. Bobkas and other items will also be available for pre-order.

Delectables for little ones are available, and allergy and special requests including gluten-free, egg-white and Cholov Yisroel options are available. The Market serves many locally-sourced and organic ingredients.

Drinks include Fort Worth-based 5AM DRIPs, lavender vanilla and goldenmilk (with turmeric) lattes, espressos, affogatos and staple favorites. Juices, milk, Stacey’s Iced Tea, housemade lemonade and sodas are available too.

“We met at the Dallas Farmer’s Market and we’re now pretty much family,” said Ashley Davis, co-owner of 5AM DRIP. “Jordona and Stacey follow our business ideas and our dream, and the look and feel of The Market is something we’re thrilled to be a part of.”

The owners credit designer Ariella Mizell Bush and J.M. Construction for the restaurant’s unique décor. Bush transformed the space, a former jewelry store, into their eatery vision with a community table at its center, bar stools and tables for two and more.

The partners are proud.

“We’re in the right place,” Kohn said, “and this is the right time.”

The Market is at 13534 Preston Road in North Dallas. For more information, visit themarkettx.com, call 469-677-5424 or follow on Facebook and Instagram @themarkettx.

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CHAI commemorates 36 years of service

CHAI commemorates 36 years of service

Posted on 17 May 2019 by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Community connections are a huge part of CHAI’s success. As part of his Bar Mitzvah project, Daniel Weinstein (lighting candles) and his mother Krista (in black) prepared a festive Shabbat dinner for CHAI residents of the Levy House residents.

By Deb Silverthorn

The good works of Community Homes for Adults, Inc. (CHAI), will revolve through Dallas’ skyline at Reunion Tower, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. The community is invited to celebrate “Living the CHAILIFE,” commemorating the organization’s double chai year 36 years of providing programs and services that enable adults with intellectual disabilities to live as independently as possible.

“I couldn’t be more excited for our guests to enjoy, to have fun, and for our supporters, staff and CHAI clients and residents to come together,” said David Romick, president of CHAI’s board of directors.

The event, which will take place on the Geo-Deck and Cloud Nine of Reunion Tower, will have roving entertainers, an interactive experience, and a menu created by Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty restaurant. Beverly Rossel and Ricki Shapiro are the event’s co-chairs, working with Development Chair Beverly Goldman, Romick, CHAI CEO Lisa Brodsky and CHAI Development Staffers Michelle Bach and Patsy Goodman.

“We are taking our celebration to the top. Reunion Tower is a very special place and we have so many wonderful surprises and plans for the evening,” Goodman said, noting that raising money and exposure for CHAI are what allow the services to continue. “There will be treats from the time guests enter the elevator (bring your smartphones) and they will continue as we take over the of the Tower.”

Established in 1983, CHAI is a nonsectarian, nonprofit corporation under Jewish auspices that provides programs and services to enable adults with intellectual disabilities to live full, rich lives in a safe environment and to participate meaningfully in the community.

“My hope is for CHAI to grow and to serve more,” said Romick, whose son Barry is a CHAI resident. “Our community has too many waiting for services — and, with the support of our community, CHAI will be able to provide high-quality care for more people like my son.”

He said that CHAI has provided various services for Barry and family since he was 15 years old. “For the last eight years he has been a resident and the quality and care he is provided can’t be compared,” Romick said. “I got involved and I love what I see, I love the community involvement, and my service for CHAI is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The CHAI management team is always open to recommendations and wanting only to make the organization better.”

CHAI services include room and board for 29 residents at its Bauer House, Levy House I and II, Miller House I and II, Todd House, Toub House and Yale House. Also available are health care and specialized therapy assistance, financial counseling and training, transportation, medical and therapy appointments and medication supervision, synagogue participation, volunteer opportunities, social activities, entitlement (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security) shopping and bill pay assistance, resident documentation and family communication and support.

The organization’s programming includes the Wolens Program Services, which provides support services to CHAI residents, as well as to individuals living independently in the community or with loved ones. Life Skills trainers assist with activities of daily living such as social skills, budgeting, shopping, health and wellness and more. Supported Employment provides clients assistance with job search, resume building and on-the-job coaching. Club CHAI has regular social outings, while CHAI Connects offers support, education and mentorship to family members of CHAI residents and clients, or potential residents and clients.

CHAILIFE Co-chair Ricki Shapiro’s son Joel is a CHAI client who can live independently because of the support of many of CHAI’s programs. To Joel and the Shapiro family, CHAI means everything.

“The beauty of CHAI is the wide spectrum of services it provides and the people it has offering them,” she said. “For almost every family the greatest concern is what will happen to our family member when we are not here. CHAI answers that question with safety and security and a sense of family for every client and resident.”

To RSVP for the event, visit chaidallas.org/special-event or text CHAItix to 51555. For more information about Community Homes for Adults, Inc., call 214-373-8600.

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DJCF to hold scholarship reception May 22

DJCF to hold scholarship reception May 22

Posted on 16 May 2019 by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Photo: Courtesy Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Benjamin Galichia (left), recipient of the Gerardo and Helga Weinstein scholarship of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, and scholarship donor Helga Weinstein meet one another at the 2018 Dallas Jewish Community Foundation scholarship reception. Guest Margarita Solis, center, looks on.

Recipients, donors
make meaningful
connections

By Deb Silverthorn

Some students will get an early start to their 2019-2020 school year, beginning Wednesday, May 22. On that day, more than $130,000 of higher-education scholarships will be awarded to eligible students in Collin, Dallas and Denton counties by the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. The awards will be announced, for the first time, at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

“We take great pride in the administration of this unique program and its anonymous applications that ensure fair evaluation,” said DJCF Director of Philanthropic Advancement Mona Allen. “The scholarships were created by fundholders who care deeply about education, and we take seriously our charge to find the best candidates — those who will someday shape our community.”

The DJCF program, along with the Southwest Community Foundation, has grown to more than 37 funds. To determine their eligibility, students file a general application, which is then put into a pool for whichever scholarship(s) they are eligible to receive. In addition to general need, there are special scholarships available to students studying in Israel, at Southern Methodist University, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and for those from Texas towns with two or fewer congregations.

“The reception is a wonderful coming together to share the importance of higher education,” Allen said. “After navigating the selection process over the past months, the wait is finally over.”

The impact of the scholarships on recipients goes far beyond the provision of tuition and supplies. It has, in many ways, returned several recipients as supporters.

“I feel fortunate to have been on both sides of the process,” said Seth Kaufman, a Richardson High School alumnus and former DJCF scholar. Kaufman earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Texas, then a law degree from SMU.

“I had the honor to meet and grow to respect my benefactor Martin Samuelsohn,” said Kaufman, who is assistant vice president, senior legal counsel and the lead attorney for corporate social responsibility at AT&T, as well as a DJCF committee member for 10 years. “Serving on the committee, and reviewing the amazing students now coming through, I’m grateful to return and give back to the program with my time.”

Being nice to everyone because you never know whom you’ll sit next to at some time and place in the future is a sound practice. Lauren Leahy, for one, made a good impression in 2002, as a recipient of a $20,000 Toyota Community Scholars award, bestowed by Karen Polan, who, at the time oversaw Toyota’s scholarship program.

Leahy received one of the 100 scholarships out of 10,000 applicants, and attended SMU, going on to receive her Harvard Law School degree. She’s now the chief legal officer and general manager of Express Business, at Pizza Hut, LLC.

Polan, who last year retired from Toyota after 25 years, and who was one of the company’s early Plano pioneers when it moved to North Texas, worked in human resources and staff development, customer and community relations and strategic planning.

“Good ‘carma’ delivers good karma, we said, and part of my job was to deliver that karma in the form of scholarships,” Polan said. “We delivered needed resources, knowledge and funds in the form of scholarships, but rarely heard the rest of the story, how students progressed.”

Flash forward almost 20 years, and Polan and Leahy, strangers at a committee meeting of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance, on whose board they both sit, exchanged pleasantries. Polan mentioned her history with Toyota, and Leahy was amazed.

“Through the years I’ve shared my story with individuals I’ve met from Toyota and here was someone who really touched my future,” said Leahy, who, long connected to human rights support, finds the Museum’s work touching her core. “I’m now proud to be on the corporate side of giving. Pizza Hut hosts a number of its own scholarship and educational opportunities.”

“We could only hope the grants were well spent and that awardees found a future and success,” Polan added. “It took nearly two decades for me to have something come full circle but it has, and what a special relationship it has become.”

Polan, a North Texas transplant of just nearly four years, is in awe of the overall generosity of Dallas’ Jewish community and the general community. As a member of the DJCF Scholarship Committee, she read and scored more than 100 applications.

“You never know how far your gift will go or how full your heart can be of joy. The generosity and the collaboration between corporations and individual donors here makes me very proud to call this home,” she said. “My passion has always been about education, and after some connections, I was invited to serve at the Museum. It’s my goal to help expand its mission to advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference.

“How incredible — through this service — to reconnect with Lauren, someone so appreciative and who made the most of the scholarship,” she continued. “Now, not only an incredible professional, but one who has chosen to give back, and that’s what it’s all about.”

The 2019-2020 College Scholarship Reception will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. The event is free but an RSVP is requested by visiting djcf.org or by calling 214-615-9351. For additional information, visit djcf.org.

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Walk4Friendship will celebrate buddies

Walk4Friendship will celebrate buddies

Posted on 01 May 2019 by admin

Danielle Fuhrman and Anna Brindley share one of many afternoons together. The two friends will participate in the upcoming Walk4Friendship.
Photo: Courtesy Friendship Circle of Dallas

 

 

By Deb Silverthorn

The Friendship Circle of Dallas invites the community to walk the walk, of the talk they talk, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19. The event, the first Walk4Friendship, is a two-kilometer walk launching at Flagpole Hill, 8100 Doran Circle, near White Rock Lake.

After the walk will be a carnival that is open to the public, at no charge. Included will be bounce houses, crafts, a bubble truck, a petting zoo, a magician, a face-painting artist, a photo booth and more. Kosher food and drinks will be available for sale.

“This is about creating friendship and support, not at all about a physical race,” said Leah Dubrawsky, director of the Dallas Friendship Circle, an organization that pairs individuals with those who have special needs. “Everyone around us is a friend, and we’re honored to be able to provide events and programming to help build relationships, share creativity and kindness, and bring people together to share in wonderful experiences.”

Friendship Circle, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1994 and is run by the Chabad movement. The organization encompasses more than 80 groups in 60 cities around the world, allowing children and young adults with special needs to enjoy the company of teenage and young adult volunteers in a full range of social activities. Friendship Circle enriches the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships, strengthening both the Jewish and greater communities.

The Dallas chapter welcomes participants ages 5-18 and buddy volunteers from eighth grade through high school. The group hosts a winter camp, sports, science and Torah-related crafts fun, Shabbat and holiday-related programming, yoga, drum circles and field trips to locations throughout the community. A Sunday Circle group meets twice monthly, and some participants buddy up and visit more regularly.

“When I first met with Leah I was moved by her passion and dedication to expanding the Friendship Circle. The concept of my son connecting typical teens with special needs kids on a regular basis, really resonated with me,” said Cynthia Christnagel, the mother of 12-year-old Miles, who has cerebral palsy. “Our son is wheelchair-bound and non-verbal, and because of his disabilities, he doesn’t have many opportunities to build relationships with his typical peers. Friendship Circle offers Miles a warm and wonderful group of friends with diverse abilities.”

Attending Friendship Circle events for a little over a year, Miles seldom misses a Sunday Circle and he also attended winter camp. He has formed special friendships with typical teens, who engage him and take the time to connect with him.

“Friendship Circle’s impact on the community cannot be underestimated and seeing the bonds between kids with special needs and those without, is truly heartwarming,” Christnagel said. “It gives me faith in future generations, and the power of inclusion.”

Friendship Circle’s “I-Volunteer” program partners with Intown Chabad in Dallas’ Uptown area to create volunteer and social occasions for those of all abilities. The group made shaloch manot for Holocaust survivors, had a paint night, and hosted an evening of pizza and karaoke.

Additionally, the group hosts mom’s night out events, along with Teens on the Town, offering age-appropriate events.

“Friendship Circle allows me the opportunity to help amazing Jewish kids in our community and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Tom Oster. As of press time, Oster was the walk-a-thon’s leading fundraiser, having raised $2,022.

A 15-year-old sophomore at Yavneh Academy of Dallas, Oster first registered to volunteer with Friendship Circle Dallas after his bar mitzvah. Every Sunday, with classmate and volunteer Elisha Klein, Oster visits his buddy. Sometimes they share time at home, other times they’ll go out.

“I’m excited for the walk because it is a way for me to get my family and friends involved in helping the community,” Oster said. “With relatively little effort, everyone can make a change in people’s life. It becomes part of each of us and we can actually enjoy the time, and make an impact, all at once.”

To date, $25,646 has been pledged to Walk4Friendship participants. The funds support community members with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other emotional, physical and cognitive challenges. Donations from the event, as well as sponsors such as CD Wealth Management, Diamonds Direct and the Texas Jewish Post, allow Friendship Circle programs to be offered free or at a limited cost.

“In these times, in all times, it’s important that our community be friendlier and welcoming and open-hearted to all of our members. We’ve seen both volunteers and our friends come out of their shell, communicating and participating in ways they haven’t before,” Dubrawsky said. “Friendship Circle allows anyone who wishes to get involved in a warm, caring program.”

To register or to make a donation, visit walk4friendshipdallas.rallybound.org. For general Friendship Circle Dallas information, go to friendshipdallas.org.

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