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Posted on 07 January 2011 by admin

Shalom Bayit presents three events with Lisa Twerski, LCSW

The Shalom Bayit Committee of Jewish Family Service will present three events next week with Lisa Twerski, LCSW, to promote healthy relationships in a healthy community. Twerski is a licensed clinical social worker with advanced certification in premarital counseling and education. In addition to her private practice in New York, she is the director of training and special projects for Shalom Task Force. The Task Force helps women and families struggling with troubled relationships at home, works to sensitize communities to the issues of family abuse and offers professional guidance to rabbis who may be approached for advice by someone in a potentially dangerous situation. Based in New York City, Shalom Task Force works with women and families throughout the United States and around the world.

On Sunday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., an event for mothers and/or daughters will be held in a private home. The topic will be “How Do We Build Safe Relationships? How Do We Recognize Abuse?” Cost is $18 per family at the door.

For all community leadership and those becoming leaders, Twerski will speak on “Family Abuse within Our Jewish Community: Leadership’s Responsibility. What Can I Do?” There is no charge for this lecture, which will take place Monday, Jan. 10, 8–9:30 a.m., at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road, Dallas.

Also on Monday, Jan. 10, a working lunch with Lisa Twerski will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Ave., Dallas. Cost is $40 per person; topic will be “Family Abuse: Where Do We Go from Here as a Community?”

Dietary laws will be observed at each event. To RSVP for any event, or for more information (including location of the mother/daughter evening), please e-mail twerski@jfsdallas.org.

What is a Partnershuk?

Find out for yourself this Sunday at the Aaron Family JCC, when members of the Partnership with Israel will be in town from 14 other U.S. cities and the Western Galilee to explain the various programs the Partnership has to offer. Shop the many program options, and be entered to win many prizes including a free trip to Israel. Every 15 minutes new prizes will be given, and the free trip to Israel winner will be announced at noon. Partnership with Israel is a program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America, promoting people-to-people relationships between Dallas, Fort Worth and 13 other Jewish communities and Israel’s Western Galilee through cultural social, medical, educational and economic programs. For more about Partnership with Israel, visit www.westerngalilee.org.il.

Uniting Students will hold Jan. 10 dinner to support Texas Access to Justice

On Monday, Jan. 10, Yavneh Academy’s Uniting Students of Dallas will host its 2011 dinner to benefit the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, featuring keynote speaker, the Honorable Robert Jordan, former United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Presentations will also be made by James C. Ho, Texas solicitor general; Jennifer Morris, president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association; and Terry Tottenham, president of the State Bar of Texas.

“Yavneh’s Uniting Students of Dallas sponsors this event each year to support the Texas Access to Justice Foundation which provides services to tens of thousands of Texans, who desperately require legal services but who are too poor to pay for them,” said USD sponsor, Chad Baruch. “Ambassador Jordan will share his thoughts about evolving U.S. policy in the Middle East, and his experiences as ambassador in the wake of 9-11, when President Bush entrusted him to help steer American policy through one of the most difficult times in our history.”

The event, to be held in Pollman Hall at Yavneh Academy (12324 Merit Drive, Dallas), will start with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner. Cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $100 per person or $1,500 per table. Sponsorships are available. For reservation information, e-mail info@yavnehdallas.org or call 214-295-3500.

Kiddie Krafts campers give back

Kiddie Krafts camp, run by Julie Blasnik encouraged the campers to give back this winter. They made cards for the troops, made cards for children in the hospital, had a book drive and raised $160 for Lemons to Aid by selling cookies (that they made!) and lemonade to friends and family. The camp is run during the summer, winter and spring break at Tiferet Israel, located at Hillcrest and Royal Lane.

Herzl Hadassah starts the year with song

Herzl Hadassah will start the year 2011 with song as the JCC Choir will perform at their next meeting, Monday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Senior Assembly Room of the Aaron Family JCC. Hear the latest news about Hadassah and Israel. Members and guests are all invited. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Seniors: Learn how to avoid ID theft

Seniors are favorite targets of scam and con-artists alike. But a little bit of knowledge can go a long way toward enhancing your security. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Town Village North Dallas will hold a special presentation with valuable information regarding identity theft. Learn how to avoid identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen. Speakers include Postal Inspector Amanda McMurrey and Mary Tucker of Pre-Paid Legal. Complimentary admission, desserts and refreshments.

RSVP to Tracey at 972-866-7575. Town Village North is located at 2271 Coit Road, Dallas.

Get ready for the 2011 Dallas Jewish LearningFest

From Jan. 23 to 30, Dallas Jews will be running as fast as they can to attend over 50 courses led by local rabbis, teachers and community leaders dedicated to refreshing Jewish learning and providing inspiration for Jewish life and continued education into the next century.

Attend unlimited sessions. There is a $25 per person fee through Jan. 17 ($36 per person thereafter). Registration fee covers as many sessions as you want to attend, but classes fill quickly, so register early!

Download the brochure by visiting http://jewishdallas.org/page.aspx?id=232986 and clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Aaron Family JCC, former Super Welterweight Boxing Champion Yuri Foreman will speak. Foreman is pursuing ordination to become a rabbi, and will discuss the challenges and triumphs of embracing observance and achieving one’s dreams.

Keynote event of the LearningFest will be Open “Mike” Night with two formidable “Mikes” on the mic: Rabbi Michael Lerner and Michael Medved. There will be a moderated panel discussion featuring Rabbi Michael Lerner, noted political activist, author and editor of Tikkun magazine, and Michael Medved, a famed radio show host, political commentator and author. These men hold opposing political, social and religious views of the Jewish world. This event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hill Performance Hall at the Eisemann Center. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information on the LearningFest, please contact Coordinator Melissa Bernstein at 214-239-7134 or mbernstein@jfgd.org.

The program is presented by the Center for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas in cooperation with the Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

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Posted on 30 December 2010 by admin

The 18th annual Tiferet Israel Kosher Chili Cookoff is getting hotter

Delighted is the word for the team of volunteer chairpeople who have begun the mammoth preparation for the much-anticipated, traditional community event, the 18th annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff, at the historic synagogue which has celebrated its 120th year deep in the heart of Texas.

The Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff is scheduled for April 3, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tiferet Israel synagogue, located at 10909 Hillcrest (at Royal).

The projected 4,000-plus annual visitors will not only savor this festive event, but share in helping to secure meaningful funds as well. From its inception, the Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff is unique inasmuch as it is all-inclusive to the entire Jewish community regardless of religious affiliation. Its appeal extends to the non-Jewish community as well, as all can share in the spirit of giving back through the mutually beneficial grants that are awarded and the collection of foods for the JFS Food Pantry.

Tiferet Israel is proud of the fact that each year, a portion of the profits is granted to various charities. Grantees for 2011 will be: Jewish Children’s Regional Services, the Visiting Nurses Association Meals-on-Wheels, and the SoupMobile which serves meals to the homeless throughout our city. Jewish Family Service will also be the recipient of on-site collection of food and items for the Food Pantry.

The entire Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff is under the supervision of Dallas Kosher (Vaad Hakashrus). The event is a significant experience of partnership and camaraderie, and “the spirit of giving back to the community makes the event a more lofty challenge,” said Esther Hazan-Cohen, a valuable volunteer who has chaired the more than 200 other volunteers who eagerly assist, year after year.

Scott Janco, Steering Committee chair, said: “Although several cities, including Houston, are now hosting their own chili cookoffs, fashioned after ours, there is no question that the Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff at Tiferet Israel remains the prototype and the best, unsurpassed kosher cookoff.”

For more information, please visit Tiferet Israel’s Web site at www.tiferetdallas.org or call the shul at 214-691-3611.

Brick by brick, Yavneh’s Students4Students are building afar

It may not be recommended to judge a book by its cover but it’s certainly easy to judge students Dalit Agronin ‘12, Jori Epstein ‘12 and Rachel Siegel ‘13, co-presidents of Yavneh’s Students4Students, who co-chaired, with the JCC, the Nov. 22 Jewish Community Center Book Fair event. More than $10,000 was raised during the evening, which featured Marilyn Berger, author of “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.” That money, together with the proceeds of last year’s S4S film night, which showed an HBO documentary and a second short film, both based on Dr. Hodes’ meaningful and life-changing efforts, will soon be sent to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which will coordinate the building of a school in Gondar, Ethiopia.

“After hearing Dr. Hodes speak last year of the overwhelming number of Ethiopian children, 80 percent, that will never receive an education, I could not help but feel this huge obligation to somehow lessen that percentage,” Siegel said. “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes” tells the remarkable story of Yavneh Dad Rick Hodes’ journey from suburban America to Mother Teresa’s clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Hodes arrived in Africa more than two decades ago to help the victims of a famine, but he never expected to call this extremely poor continent his home. “Our education at Yavneh has left an indelible imprint on our lives and our possibilities for the future,” Siegel said. “I cannot imagine a greater gift than to have a nurturing school to be able to attend each day, and I know that the education I am receiving now is a stepping stone for whatever lies ahead. It is because of this gift that I feel an obligation to try to allow other children to benefit from an education.”

“Although it is difficult to change the literacy rate and educational opportunities for the entire country, we hope that through funding this school, even a small number of children will now receive access to an education,” Epstein said. “It is truly an amazing feeling to know we will hopefully be able to provide an education to someone who may not have had one without us.”

“Students4Students is important to me because I have always felt the desire to give back to the less fortunate,” Agronin said. “Yavneh has given me such a great education and I feel like everyone, no matter where you come from, should be able to receive an education.”

For more information, or to make a donation to Students4Students, please e-mail info@yavnehdallas.org.

‘Wild Bill’ will shoot it up in Dallas, Jan. 2

The Texas Shomrim Society, a Jewish law enforcement organization, will present “Wild Bill,” a Western movie starring Jeff Bridges, on Sunday, Jan. 2. The movie is sponsored by the Texas Shomrim Society in support of the Dallas Sheriff’s Department.

Showtime is at 2 p.m. at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson in Oak Cliff. For details, please contact Robert Epstein, vice president of the Texas Shomrim Society, at 214-789-4408 or macabee1948@aol.com.

Unemployed or under-employed? Find out how to change that!

Jump-start your job search and start 2011 off right. Jeff Morris, the founder of CareerDFW, will be at Shearith Israel on Monday, Jan. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to show you what CareerDFW is and share some of his top career tips. Come network with others and get your job search in high gear for the new year. This program is open to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed.

Reservations are requested since space is limited. RSVP to receptionist@shearith.org or 214-361-6606.

Congregation Shearith Israel is located at 9401 Douglas Ave. in Dallas.

Melton courses to be offered in January

From January to March, several courses will be offered as part of the Melton Scholars Curriculum.

“The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs” will be taught by Janet Baum on Wednesdays from Jan. 5 through March 9, 9–10:30 a.m. “Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity” will be held Sundays, Jan. 9 through March 13, 10–11:30 a.m., and “Judaism 101: A Beginner’s Guide” on Mondays, Jan. 10 through March 14, 7–9 p.m.; instructor for both those courses is Laura Seymour.

All classes will take place at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. For more information and fee schedules, or to sign up, please contact Rachelle Weiss Crane at 214-239-7128 or rweisscrane@jccdallas.org.

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JFGD holds centennial celebration Patrons Party

The legendary Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown Dallas was the setting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Nov. 17 Patrons Party, an exclusive event for the major corporate and family sponsors of the Federation’s upcoming centennial fundraising gala, “Imagine.” In addition to Neiman Marcus, other corporate sponsors at $15,000 to $100,000 levels included Commercial Metals Company, Alon USA, American Airlines, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, the Dallas Morning News, Glazer Family of Glazer Distributors, Crow Holdings, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas and Plano, the Texas Jewish Post, Waldman Bros., Kahn Mechanical, Prescott Pailet Benefits Charitable Fund, Park Place Dealerships and William Noble Rare Jewels. Family sponsors at $15,000 to $25,000 levels included Carol and Steve Aaron, Janet and Jeff Beck, Robert L. and Cynthia Feldman Philanthropic Fund, Elaine and Trevor Pearlman, Barbara and Stan Rabin, Karen and David Weinreb, Byrna and Joe Funk, Stacey and Don Kivowitz and Cathy and Craig Glick, and Amy and Harlan Korenvaes. Centennial sponsorship dollars, which have already exceeded the original goal of $1 million, are devoted to a yearlong series of programs and events beginning with the Imagine centennial celebration gala on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Carol Aaron, chair of the centennial celebration, highlighted the far-reaching contributions of one of Dallas’ first major Jewish philanthropists, the late Jacob Feldman, whose son was present. Feldman, for whom the Jewish Federation’s office building is named, was the co-founder of Commercial Metals Company, the centennial celebration’s title sponsor. The Patrons event also featured a private showing of Yvel Precious Jewels by Israeli jewelry designer Isaac Levy, and a gourmet preview of Kosher Catering at the Zodiac Restaurant, a new service Neiman Marcus will launch in early January.

Info on the JFS Gerald J. Klein Internship Program

The Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Summer Internship Program was initiated in 2009 by the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation as a lasting tribute to Rabbi Klein, whose commitment to issues of social justice reflected that of the Foundation. Rabbi Klein served at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas for more than 50 years before his death in 2007.

Each summer, the Klein Internship Program affords approximately a dozen Dallas high-school students the opportunity to intern at one of the area’s many nonprofit organizations. While some of the Klein internships are paid and others are not, all internships allow the students to participate in the nonprofit sector, making very real contributions to their respective organizations. For summer 2011, student interns will work at American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Bea’s Kids, CHAI Inc, CONTACT, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Equest, Family Gateway, Frisco Family Center, Legacy at Preston Hollow, Legacy at Willow Bend, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Museum of Nature and Science, and River Legacy Living Science Center.

Anyone interested in applying for an internship can come to an information session on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road (one block east of the Dallas North Tollway), for the opportunity to learn more about the program as well as meet several former interns.

The selection process: Interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and in-person interview. Students from all Metroplex high schools are invited to apply. Students are selected based on merit, without regard to religion, race or ethnicity.

General requirements: Only students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year at a local high school and who will be 16 years old by Sept. 1, 2011 may apply for the internship. Students must be available for an in-person interview to be held Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.; or Wednesday, Feb. 16, 5 to 8 p.m. Students will be notified of their interview time during the week of Jan. 25. Interns will be required to work at least six of the following seven weeks: June 13 through July 29, 2011. Students who cannot commit to those dates (for any reason other than illness) will not be granted an internship.

The application: The Klein Summer Internship application may be submitted in one of two ways: (1) Students may download the application (www.jfsdallas.org/documents/Klein-summer-internship-student-application.doc) as an MS Word document and return the application as an e-mail attachment to Janine Pulman, Jewish Family Service director of volunteers, at jpulman@jfsdallas.org. Hard copies of the application sent by “snail mail” will NOT be accepted. (2) Students may complete the application online. If you choose to do so, please note: Once you begin your application, you will NOT be able to save your work and come back to it later. If you leave the Web site before submitting your completed application, your work will be lost. Consequently, JFS encourages you to download the MS Word application and use it as a draft worksheet before submitting your final answers through the online process. All applications (whether submitted online or by e-mail) must be received at Jewish Family Service by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the Klein Summer Internship, please contact Janine Pulman, Jewish Family Service director of volunteers, at 972-437-9950 or jpulman@jfsdallas.org.

J Winter Break Camp is coming up!

When school’s out, winter camp is in at the J. Join the J’s Winter Break Camp Dec. 20–31. Don’t be bored at home when so much fun is planned. It’s going to be 10 jam-packed fun-filled days of sports, arts and crafts, cooking and swimming for kids, kindergarten through sixth grade. Each week exciting activities are planned including trips to Pump it Up, Main Event, The Dallas Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. The first week’s theme will be tikkun olam, repairing the world, and the second week the campers will “travel around the world.”

Don’t miss the fun! Register early as the program will fill quickly. Cost is $50 for J members and $65 for non-members. After Tuesday, Dec. 14, there will be an additional late fee of $10.For more information, contact Abbii Cook, the J’s youth director, at acook@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7189.

Nishmat Am to host casino night and toy drive

Congregation Nishmat Am will hold its fifth annual Casino Night and second annual Tracy’s Toys toy drive on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. It will be an exciting evening of kibitzing and gambling as well as helping those less fortunate provide toys for their children. The synagogue is located at 2113 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. For more information, please e-mail Brian Fisher at fisher.assoc@gmail.com.

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Bradley Laye joins JFGD

Bradley Laye, CFP has joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas as Chief Operations Officer and Planning & Allocations Director.

“We are excited to have someone as energetic and forward-thinking as Bradley Laye in this position,” remarked Gary Weinstein, Jewish Federation President and CEO. “He was recruited not only for his remarkable breadth of knowledge in the financial realm, but for a well demonstrated ability to engage supporters from every charitable giving level and every age group. He has both the creativity to develop young leadership in the Dallas Jewish community and the maturity to address the concerns of our more established philanthropists as new charitable giving methods evolve. That will be a most valuable asset to the Federation as we enter our next century.”

A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Laye also attended a post-graduate program at The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and earned his certification as a financial planner at Emory University. He comes to Dallas from Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, where he served as Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Brad Sham to lead auction at Legacy fundraiser

The Legacy Senior Communities’ first annual fundraising event “Victory Night at the Stadium” — set for Dec. 11 at Cowboys Stadium — is right around the corner! The much-anticipated event will include a DJ, cocktails, fun, food, tours and a live auction led by legendary American sportscaster, Brad Sham.

As a highlight of the auction, attendees will have a chance to win the Super Bowl XLV Hospitality Ticket Package. The package includes highly-coveted perks such as two corner seats in the 100 and 200 levels; in-stadium hospitality VIP access with a full premium menu and top-shelf open bar; NFL player appearances; $100 in-stadium Super Bowl XLV merchandise coupon; access to the NFL’s Pro Football Theme Park, express security entrances and preferred parking; and much more.

Ynette Hogue, event co-chair, said ticket sales have been strong. “We have the perfect venue for our first annual event,” Hogue said. “With the approach of Super Bowl XLV, everyone is interested in getting a private look at Cowboys Stadium. And we expect bidding on the Hospitality Ticket Package to be very lively!”

“‘Victory Night at the Stadium’ will benefit The Legacy at Preston Hollow–Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged,” said Susan Levy, event co-chair. “Proceeds will give The Legacy Senior Communities the ability to meet and improve the medical, spiritual, physical, cultural and educational needs of our residents at their Legacy at Preston Hollow community.”

Sponsorship levels range from the “Cheerleader” package at $1,000 to the “Hall of Fame” package at $25,000. All sponsorship levels include a pre-party cocktail reception, valet parking, VIP tour and various perks and privileges depending on the sponsorship level. Individual tickets to the event are $175 each and include a tour of the new stadium. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Andrea Statman at 972-468-6161.

Dr. Bobby Brown to celebrate with Temple Shalom Brotherhood

Temple Shalom Brotherhood Softball is having its 36th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Dec. 19, 8:45–11:15 a.m., in the temple’s social hall. By popular demand, the program will feature a return visit by Dr. Bobby Brown, former New York Yankees star third baseman who played on four Yankees World Championship teams by age 26, and later was president of the American League for 10 years. Softball Commissioner Paul Rakofsky will present the spring and fall seasons’ softball awards, including division winners, division MVPs, Rookies of the Year, Mr. Shalom Brotherhood, Fan of the Year, a possible Hall of Fame inductee and more. A delicious free breakfast will be provided for all attending, including women and children. Donations will be accepted and there will be several door prizes. A blood drive will also be held that morning.

For more information, call Bob Weinfeld at 972-814-6214 or 214-440-2542, or visit the softball Web site at www.shalomleague.com. Temple Shalom is located at 6930 Alpha Road in Dallas.

Herzl Hadassah: news and shoes

“How Bloomberg Gets the News” will be revealed by Hadassah Herzl’s speaker, Edward Dufner, at their next meeting on Monday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Senior Assembly Room of the Aaron Family JCC.

This year, Hadassah asks everyone to bring donations for shoes which will be purchased for the children at the Vogel Alcove. Also, please bring canned goods for the Jewish Family Service Food Bank.

Members and guests are all invited. Coffee and dessert will be served.

The J makes a miracle

Chanukah celebrates the miracle of a little oil lasting for eight days. At the J, the “Make a Miracle” gift project to go to the Vogel Alcove and Medical City Children’s Hospital grew from one little toy to many bags of toys and clothes. Preschoolers brought in gifts, senior adults brought in clothes, and people who came to work out filled box after box with toys galore. Each year is a reminder of the miracle and joy of giving to others. “We are thrilled with this year’s Collection Project!” exclaimed Laura Seymour, director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Aaron Family JCC. “We collected more gifts than ever before.” The J thanks its members for helping make a difference in the community.

The J Early Childhood Center: As soon as you visit, you just know

Find out why the J Early Childhood Center is the very best beginning for your toddler. Please join them for an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the J Early Childhood Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, or call for a personal tour. Meet and greet parents and teachers and take a tour of the J’s incredible early childhood program. Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 school year. For more information, call Tara Ohayon at 214-239-7157 or e-mail tohayon@jccdallas.org.

Zumbathon to take place Dec. 19 at the Aaron Family JCC

Get a jump start on your 2011 fitness regimen. Join the J for its first annual Zumbathon, led by one of Miami’s primo instructors, Martin Del Villar.

Zumbathon is an exciting two hour event, which includes Zumba dancing and exercise. Zumba is a fitness program that fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves.

The class will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 19 in the Zale Auditorium of the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road in Dallas. The cost is $15 for J members, $25 for non-members. The professional group exercise rate is $20.

“This is going to be one amazing fitness workout,” said Terri Arends, the J group fitness director. “If you’ve never attended a Zumbathon before, now’s the time. It’s a great way to have a blast and burn calories. Let the fitness party begin.”

For more information and to sign up, contact Arends at 214-239-7137 or tarends@jccdallas.org.

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Brenda Brand to receive Shalom Award from Temple Shalom Brotherhood

On the sixth night of Chanukah, the lights will be bright as Temple Shalom’s Brotherhood will “Toast and Roast” its first female Shalom Award recipient, Brenda Brand, this Sunday at the Dallas Marriott Quorum, beginning at 6 p.m. Brand, who with her husband Stuart was a charter member of the congregation, has spent much of her life volunteering throughout Dallas’ general and Jewish communities.

“When I moved to Dallas I didn’t know many people and by becoming involved in Temple and the National Council of Jewish Women, through whom I’ve learned much, I found my new local family,” said Brand, a Houston native. “Through the years, we’ve grown up together.”

“As founding members of Temple Shalom, the commitment and dedication to Temple Shalom that Brenda and Stuart have shared has been incredible and inspiring,” said Temple Shalom’s Rabbi Andrew Paley. “Brenda’s efforts on our behalf have always been with a smile on her face, cheerful supportive words on her lips and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done. She is smart and insightful and somehow always able to bring out the best in everyone.

“Those of us, myself especially, who have had the blessing of coming within the embrace of her heart, are indeed fortunate and we at Temple Shalom could not be more grateful to her and her wonderful family,” Rabbi Paley said. “To honor her in this way is but a small token of our love and esteem.”

“Brenda has done so much for our congregation and for the philanthropic endeavors of our community-at-large,” said Mark Fishkind, co-chair of the event with Dennis Eichelbaum and Kenneth Glaser. “There aren’t enough ‘thank-yous’ to be said. She has passed on that devotion to her children and we will all long benefit from all of their efforts.”

Brand is the mother of Jeff and Sheila Brand, Kevin and Tracy Brand, and Beth and Mark Stromberg, and the grandmother of Kirby, Ariella, Shelby, Benjamin, Bailey, Abby and Tate. The example she has set for her family in her seamless resume of caring includes her efforts serving on the search committees for Rabbi Ken Roseman and Cantor Don A. Croll and on the temple’s board of directors and Executive Committee, as well as her commitment to the congregation’s Project Atideinu to support the expansion and endowment of Temple Shalom.

Brand has been president of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, National Council of Jewish Women and The Senior Source-Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas. She has served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association CASA, Chai (Community Home for Adults, Inc.), Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, Dallas Summit, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the National Board of NCJW, North Texas Public Broadcasting/KERA, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, SMU Campus Jewish Network, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Women’s Council of Dallas County. She has also been a member of the Dallas County HIV/AIDS Planning Commission and the City of Dallas Commission on the Homeless.

“Women, children and families are my passion and only now are women realizing they too can be philanthropists,” Brand said. “As women earn and inherit their own wealth, we are seeing more dollars donated to these causes but they have always been where my heart, and my time, is. My role as a professional volunteer and fundraising consultant has led to some incredible people and experiences, and I love all that I do.”

For information on the Toast and Roast event, contact Mike Fishkind at 949-678-5329 or Kenneth Glaser at 214-999-4352.

Texas Friends of RMC to honor David Wiessman, founder of Alon USA

The Texas Friends of Rabin Medical Center (RMC) will host a tribute event honoring David Wiessman on Dec. 15 at the Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Mr. Wiessman is founder and executive chairman of Dallas-based Alon USA, and president and CEO of Alon Israel, the largest trade and services company in Israel, comprising a nationwide network of gasoline service stations combined with commercial centers. Also, the company has a majority ownership in Blue Square, a leading Israeli supermarket chain, in addition to ownership in Israel’s first toll road operation; has holdings of rights in natural gas off the coast; and is a leading franchisee in Israel of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut. Alon USA Energy, Inc., was formed in 2000 and has acquired several refineries. It is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States.

The honor for Wiessman, RMC’s Israeli ambassador to Dallas, will highlight an evening commemorating a partnership between RMC and several of Texas’ leading cardiac specialists. The theme of the celebration is “Hand in Hand and Heart to Heart.”

Following a 6:30 p.m. reception, guests will be treated at 7:30 to a two-act play titled “Hard Love,” which examines the religious-secular divide in Israel society and the compromises experienced in marriage.

Proceeds will be used to acquire a much-needed echo cardio machine for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit at RMC and for research and further collaboration among Texas and Israeli medical specialists. There will be no further fundraising at the event.

Wiessman helped establish the Texas Friends of Rabin Medical Center in the belief that North Texas and RMC could benefit from sharing resources and advancements that lead to an innovative health care collaboration. Together, the Texas and Israeli medical communities intend to advance medical practices through conferences, exchanges and programs with area medical institutions and leading cardiologists.

Honorary chairs for the tribute event are Jackie and Steve Waldman, CPCU. Steve is partner, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Waldman Bros. insurance and financial services, past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and chairman of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Professionally, Mr. Waldman served on the board at Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, plus numerous regional and national insurance carrier/agency executive councils.

Jackie Waldman, co-founder of Dallas’ Random Acts of Kindness™ Week, is the celebrated author of five books, the mother of three healthy children and a grandmother. She inspires others to give through volunteering. In 1991, Mrs. Waldman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and since that time has been devoted to sharing her message about the power of giving. “True survival,” she emphasizes, “is how we treat each other.”

Rabin Medical Center, founded in 1996 in memory of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was formed by merging two existing hospitals: Beilinson (1936) and HaSharon (1942). RMC is at the forefront of Israel’s health care system, and is a major tertiary referral center for patients from all over Israel and beyond. Affiliated with the Tel Aviv University–Sackler Faculty of Medicine, RMC is a prestigious teaching hospital ranking among the top choices of Israeli medical school graduates for internship, residency and fellowship placements. A center of excellence in medical sub-specialties, RMC has Israel’s only dedicated transplant facilities capable of performing kidney, lung, heart and liver transplantations, and boasts an active multiple organ and living-related donor program. Its Cardiothoracic Surgery Department and its Oncology Institute are the largest in the country, and its heliport and Emergency Level 1 Trauma Center stand ready to assist with critical services in times of war and peace.

With over 1 million patient visits, 35,000 surgical procedures and 8,500 births every year, RMC’s outstanding staff, numbering 4,500, strives to offer state-of-the-art medicine, combining the use of advanced equipment and technologies with humane and compassionate care.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please call Ayala Oster, 469-951-9532, or e-mail ysolel@clalit.org.il.

Emanu-El Couples Club party Dec. 12

Temple Emanu-El Couples Club will have its annual holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 12. Wine social will be at 6 p.m., followed by Italian dinner at 6:45 and showtime at 8. Entertainment will be an outstanding variety show performed by “Jorge and Jewel,” a talented husband-and-wife team who have performed all over the country. Jorge is an operatic tenor singer, and Jewel, an accomplished piano accompanist. Music will be opera, Broadway, old standards and international favorites.

Theme of the party is “Giving,” and a portion of the admission will be donated to needy families selected by the temple.

Cost is $15 per person for members. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sandra or Dan Gorman, 972-549-2500, or Club Presidents Joan and Malcolm Shwarts, 972-239-6677. The Club is open to couples age 55+.

Storyteller Eric Kimmel coming to Dallas

Eric Kimmel is coming to the Story Book House on Dec. 4 as part of the Arlington Speaker Series. Kimmel, born in 1946, is an American Jewish author of more than 50 children’s books. His works include Caldecott Honor Book and Newbury Honor Book, “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman), and Sydney Taylor Book Award winners “The Chanukah Guest” and “Gershon’s Monster.”

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Arlington Public Library. The Story Book House is located at 2925 Fairmount St. in Dallas. For more information, please call Matthew Abramowitz, owner of the Story Book House at 214-740-9400 or e-mail mabook1@msn.com.

J Youtheatre to present Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’

The J Youtheatre is delighted to present Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, at 7:30 and again on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5, at 2. Both performances will take place in the Zale Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas.

Disney’s resourceful young hero and wise-cracking genie come to life in this special Broadway Junior adaptation of one of the most popular animated movies of all time. With songs such as “A Whole New World,” “One Jump Ahead” and “Friend Like Me” it’s great entertainment for the whole family.

Included in the cast are Erin Beuerlein, Shayna Daniel, Hannah Fritts, Megan Genecov, Samantha Harberg, Sam Horowitz, Sydney Horowitz, Claudia Hurst, Will Naxon, Kyle Prengler, Nessa Raskin, Diane Scheinberg, Lily Shane, Lauren Sinz, Jared Steinhart, Jetlyn Toledo, Normandy Toledo, Raleigh Toledo, Samantha Ungerman and Avery Yoss.

The production is directed by Linda Leonard with music direction by Larry Miller.

Tickets are $10 in advance / $14 at the door for students; $12 in advance / $16 at the door for adults. Purchase them online at www.jccdallas.org or by calling 214-739-2737.

For additional information, contact Judy Cohn at 214-239-7115.

Bringing Baby Home™ workshop offered at the J

Parenting, although hugely rewarding, can often be a source of stress on a relationship. Couples generally receive little preparation for the challenges of maintaining a healthy marriage and find themselves struggling to preserve intimacy as they transition from a couple to a family. The Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is the program that prepares couples for this transition and provides them with the tools to help strengthen their marriage, create a loving co-parenting relationship and provide an atmosphere that nurtures healthy infant and child development.

The Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is being led by Certified Educator and Relationship and Parenting Coach Elizabeth Aloni of EJoy Coaching. Elizabeth has been coaching individuals and couples for over 10 years on how to create and maintain loving and fulfilling relationships. Elizabeth has authored “The Mating Manual” and has been seen on NBC’s “Average Joe” as the relationship coach.

he Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is now being offered locally at the Aaron Family JCC. “We are thrilled to offer this program with Elizabeth. Offering the tools to new and expectant parents to foster loving families is so important and a critical part of fostering healthy child development,” says Tara Sutker Ohayon, director of the J Early Childhood Center.

The Bringing Baby Home™ workshop is offered as a five-week series where couples participate with one another in exercises, hear valuable information, receive tools to take home and watch videos that demonstrate the power of these skills on their infant. Registration is now being accepted at www.jccdallas.org for winter and spring sessions. “The greatest gift a couple can give their baby is a loving relationship,” Dr. John Gottman said.

“Expectant and new parents find a wealth of information on birthing baby, feeding baby, clothing baby and on all the baby accessories but now there is the information that will ensure that this powerful transition to parenthood happens with love, understanding and communication which will serve the family deeply for years to come,” Aloni said. For more information, please reach out to Elizabeth at elizabeth@ejoycoaching.com or at www.ejoycoaching.com.

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Make an IMPACT this Chanukah

When you think of Chanukah, what comes to mind? Candles, presents, latkes, dreidels, celebrating with family and friends? The IMPACT Poverty and Hunger committee at Congregation Shearith Israel would like you to also think about those in our community who are in need. You can find our “Chanukah in the Home” information highlighting eight projects you can do to help others at www.shearith.org. Let’s shine the light of Chanukah into our community.

Temple Shalom to hold Consecration Class service, Dec. 3

Temple Shalom invites the community to join them for erev Shabbat services, including a Chanukah celebration and consecration, on Friday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The names of the children in the 2010–11 Consecration Class are: Brooklynn Bier, Tristan Block, Kaplan Brady, Madeline Browne, Timothy Brownlee, Alexis Cano, Seth Cano, Noah Coggan, Benjamin Cooper, Abigail Elliott, Bennett Feigenbaum, Jordan Feigenbaum, Tova Fink, Dawson Gilreath, Lindsay Gothard, Miles Grossman, Gillian Hill, Jade Hiller, Sydney Kahn, Benjamin Kaplan, Kayla Kaye, Haley Kirschner, Juliet Klatsky, Samuel Mandell, Steven Mendelsohn, Molly Mittman, Abbie Mount, Andrew Nagel, Sara Nagel, Jacob Parker, Robert Plotkin, Katie Morgan Ross, Abigail Roth, Jacob Sanders, Tova Sibaja, Alexandra Starr, Samantha Toppel, Jesse Vanston, Megan Wartell, Avery Wren and Lacey Yoss. Teachers are Shelley Byers and Thelma Victor; Ozrim (helpers) are Stefanie Butnick, Ari Disraeli, Lydia Gerard and Jackie Guida. Everyone is also invited to Molly Paley’s bat mitzvah service at Temple Shalom the following morning, Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10:30 a.m.

Back by popular demand: ‘The Yankels’

Charlie is a washed-up ex-major league baseball player sentenced to mandatory community service for a drunk driving conviction. An upstart team of yeshiva students have the chutzpah to join the Collegiate Baseball League and are desperately in need of a coach (is this a match made in heaven?). As these unlikely partners join together in their crazily ambitious quest to win the championship, the lines between teacher and pupils become blurred. Charlie learns what it takes to be a mensch and in the process finds redemption. On Saturday evening, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road, Chabad Heritage Club and the Aaron Family JCC are bringing back, by popular demand, the movie “The Yankels,” a Jewish smorgasbord with something (including a wonderful soundtrack) for the entire family to enjoy. The film co-stars Don Most of “Happy Days” and was named Best Comedy at the 2010 Hollywood International Family Film Festival. It was shown in Dallas earlier this fall at the 14th annual Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Michal Shapiro, michalshapiro@sbcglobal.net or 972-248-4332.

Rosie Siegel celebrates 10th birthday by collecting donations for JFS Food Pantry

When Rosie Siegel, daughter of Lisa and Charles, began thinking about her 10th birthday and how she wanted it celebrated, she decided that two things were important to her: swimming with her friends and helping those less fortunate. Voilà and happy birthday! Rosie celebrated with friends and family at a JCC swim party to which she asked her pals to bring food items for donation to the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry. Starting her eleventh year off right, Rosie helped deliver the items to JFS, helping to stock the pantry herself.

“I felt so good after dropping off the food at the pantry,” said Rosie, a fourth-grade student at Akiba Academy. “I got a firsthand look at the how a simple gesture of kindness can help those who aren’t as lucky as I am.”

Chabad of Dallas hosts ‘farbrengen’ for Kislev 19

Chabad of Dallas invites the community to join them for a farbrengen, an evening of inspiration and learning, on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m., to celebrate the birth and development of Chassidism. Hear from rabbis as they discuss, analyze and give over the history behind the Chassidic movement and what makes it special.

The 19th day of Kislev is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Dovber, the Maggid of Mezritch, in 1772, and the anniversary of the release from capital sentence and imprisonment of his disciple, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, in 1798. It is celebrated as a holiday amongst Chabad Chassidim.

The gathering will take place at Chabad of Dallas, 6710 Levelland Road in Far North Dallas.

CJE welcomes teachers from Akko, Israel to Dallas, Dec. 3–7

Israel @ the Center, a new initiative of the Center for Jewish Education (CJE) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas that focuses on Israel engagement, will host a delegation of two dozen Israel teachers from Akko Dec. 3–7. They will participate in several days of programming involving many synagogues and schools.

Highlights include a community event directed toward grantees and families of the One Happy Camper program. This will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Congregation Anshai Torah in Plano. On Monday, Dec. 6, there will be a community Chanukah party at Congregation Beth Torah in Richardson from 6 to 8 p.m. The teachers will prepare a program and a light dinner of latkes and sufganiot.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, the educators will be in residence at the religious schools of Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Kol Ami, Beth Torah, Nishmat Am, Adat Chaverim, Anshai Torah and Shearith Israel.

For more information, contact Miranda Winer at 214-239-7168 or mwiner@jfgd.org.

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Abbii Cook is named new youth director at J

Abbii Cook has been named the new youth director at the JCC. Cook grew up in Kansas City, but has lived in eight states in her life. Most recently, Abbii lived in New York, where she worked at Hillel–The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at Hofstra University. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in Judaic studies and communication, she spent a year working at the American Hebrew Academy, the only pluralistic Jewish boarding school in North America, located in Greensboro, N.C. At a very young age she discovered her love of tikkun olam (community service) and that passion has only grown over the years. She has been fortunate to travel with students to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, as well as to Israel and to Nicaragua to help build a school. Abbii is very excited to be a part of the JCC team and to have the opportunity to combine her passion for working with Jewish youth and community service, and she looks forward to meeting everyone!

One of Cook’s first orders of business will be “Totally Cool J Game Day” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Kids in grades K–6 can enjoy flag football, crafts, swimming and more. Cost is $40 for J members and $50 for non-members. Extended care is available. Kids should bring a kosher sack lunch, tennis shoes, swimsuit and towel.

She is also in charge of winter break camp with fun activities, games and trips. Camp runs from December 20-31. Cost is $50 per day for J members and $65 a day for non-members.

For more information and to register, contact Abbii at 214-239-7189 or acook@jccdallas.org.

Beth Torah auction is this Saturday night

Congregation Beth Torah is hosting an auction of art, Judaica, and sports and music memorabilia on Saturday night, Nov. 20. All proceeds are going to help pay off the synagogue’s mortgage.

Several hundred pieces of art are being supplied and auctioned by State of the Art, a New York–based company that stages art-sale fundraisers around the country.

“We’ve had very successful auctions at Beth Torah before, and several factors made us think it’s time to do it again,” said Mike Precker, president of the Beth Torah Men’s Club, which is organizing and underwriting the event.

“The company recently added sports and music memorabilia, which really broadens the appeal, and we’ll have a great selection in every price range. Plus, the timing is perfect for Chanukah, and paying down our mortgage is a cause near and dear to our hearts.”

There’s no admission charge for the auction, and the Men’s Club is providing refreshments. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Torah, 720 W. Lookout Drive, Richardson. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.

Legacy at Willow Bend staff member wins award at Alzheimer’s conference

Monica Waweru, certified nurse aid at The Legacy at Willow Bend, recently won the Mary and Neil Anderson and Mildred Oppenheimer Caregiver Award at the Alzheimer’s Association R.J. Price Caregiver Conference awards ceremony.

Unknown to Waweru, staff members at The Legacy at Willow Bend nominated her for her amazing and dedicated work with the residents in memory care at The Legacy. Waweru was surprised as she walked up to the stage to accept her commemorative plaque.

“It was touching to see Monica’s reaction as she received the caregiver award,” said Sheila Campos, director of assisted living of The Legacy at Willow Bend. “She has an uncanny ability to win the trust and cooperation of our Alzheimer residents. She treats them as if they were her own mother or father, which makes her an amazing nurse aid and a valuable team member.”

“It is people like Monica who make The Legacy at Willow Bend such an outstanding facility for people like my brother Jack,” said Eleanor Sprowl, sister and guardian to an Alzheimer resident at The Legacy. “I am thrilled to hear of her award as she is certainly deserving of it.”

The Legacy at Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, is situated on a 28-acre site at Spring Creek Parkway between Preston Road and Ohio Drive. It offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site. The community features 103 independent living apartment homes, 12 custom independent living villas, 40 assisted living apartment homes, 18 memory support suites, and 60 private skilled health care suites. The Legacy at Willow Bend is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit retirement community owned by parent company, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. The only Jewish-sponsored life care retirement community in Texas, it is open to people of all faiths. For information, call 972-468-6208 or visit www.thelegacywb.org.

DATA of Plano Sisterhood invites ladies to its first event of the year, a kitchen shower

Mazel tov to DATA of Plano! They are now in their new building for services, and the DATA of Plano Sisterhood is taking this opportunity to have its first event of the year: a kitchen shower on Saturday night, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. Join in and help make the new shul kitchen a happy place. (Ladies only, please.)

There will be a beautiful and unique Fondant cake decorating demo by Tatiana during the event (check out cakesbytatiana.blogspot.com for a preview). DATA of Plano is registered at Walmart, and anyone who brings a kitchen gift will be eligible to win a free Fondant cake by Tatiana, to be redeemed some time after the event.

See the new shul, shmooze with old and new friends and maybe you will win the Fondant cake prize.

For more information, please call 214-929-7884. DATA of Plano’s new facility is located at 3251 Independence Pkwy. (southwest corner Parker and Independence) in Plano.

Learn how to bake challah!

Ladies, come to DATA of Plano on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and learn how to bake challah with Devorah Zakon. Come one, come all — bring a friend or two. This hands-on, fun and free event is open to all women in the community. Please bring one or two new, inexpensive cooking utensils or bakeware that can be donated to Chai House.

DATA of Plano is located at 3251 Independence Pkwy., at the southwest corner of Parker and Independence.

The event is presented by Younger Set, a campaign division of young married women ages 42 and under within the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. By joining the Council of Younger Set, you can attend events that fit your lifestyle and schedule, help others, meet new friends and feel good about getting involved in your Jewish community.

For more information about this event or Younger Set in general, please contact Robin Stone, robinfstone@hotmail.com.

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Dallas youth philanthropist Leah Prager to be honored

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, with presenting partner Communities Foundation of Texas, proud partners in philanthropy, will honor Leah Prager as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, at the 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon, Friday, Nov, 12, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Landmark Ballroom. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to honoring six recipients, the luncheon event, emceed by long-time supporter Scott Murray, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).For the past six years, 12-year-old Leah Prager, a student at Frankford Middle School, has organized backyard carnivals to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and raised more than $85,000. The money helps pay for summer camps for kids with neuromuscular diseases as well as clinic services, research, orthopedic equipment and support groups.  This year, proceeds will also benefit Jewish Family Services Dallas Food Pantry, an affiliate of the North Texas Food Bank.  Approximately 350 people attend the carnival which includes games, food, entertainment and a silent auction.

Organizing carnivals for MDA is a family tradition.  Leah’s mother staged a carnival when she was 7 in her hometown of Longview.  The carnival became a signature event for MDA in the 1960s and ‘70s.  Inspired by her philanthropic parents, Erica and Bill, who are longtime MDA volunteers and active in other local fundraising efforts, Leah began to develop a servant’s heart as a preschooler and conducted a canned food drive at her school.   Over the years, her parents introduced her to families and children who were battling MDA, and one day she told her mother she wanted to do something to help a friend and others with the disease.  After learning about her mother’s work in conducting carnivals as child, Leah set out to do the same and has taken it to the next level beyond the guidelines and suggestions provided by MDA.  In addition to clowns, a fire truck from Dallas Fire-Rescue, game booths and food, Leah holds a silent auction featuring restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia, children’s activities, as well as jewelry and other items.

In the process of putting on carnivals over the years, Leah has inspired many friends to embrace the concept of giving to others. One friend from school organizes an arts and crafts party in the summer and charges a fee to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.  Another friend who coordinates a golf tournament has received event planning tips from Leah.

Her younger brother Jason is expected to carry on the tradition one day along with the help of friends who provide assistance on all aspects of the event.

Leah has been a guest at the National Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon in Las Vegas, appeared on local television and has been written about in numerous Metroplex newspapers.  Over the years, she has also participated in a variety of projects with Jewish Family Services including delivering holiday packages and collecting books.

“In addition to helping people, working on the carnival has also helped me to develop some important life skills,” added Leah.  “I’ve learned how to approach business people for donations and sponsorships; conduct meetings; motivate others to help, and follow up on details; always keeping supporters updated, and telling them how their donations are being put to work.  It’s been such a rewarding and life changing experience and I am grateful to my parents, friends, and community members and businesses that have made it such a success.”

The National Philanthropy Day Luncheon VIP Reception is sponsored by Parkland Foundation and The Mike and Mary Terry Family.  Luncheon tickets are $75 each, $750 for a table of 10, or $1,000 for a premium table of 10.  The luncheon media sponsor is KERA.  For further information on tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

Cong. Nishmat Am to send 25-person mission to Israel

On Nov. 7, a group of 25 people will depart Dallas for a unique and special 10-day mission to Israel, under the auspices of Congregation Nishmat Am of Plano. As part of its celebration of its 5th anniversary, Nishmat Am is sponsoring this mission, aptly called “To Israel with Pride and Joy.”   Participants are guaranteed to see and experience Israel in a unique way that goes beyond the usual.

The key to the special nature of this mission is Congregation Nishmat Am’s spiritual, leader, Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen, who conceived the trip and will be personally leading it. Cohen was raised in Jerusalem in the shadow of some of its most treasured sites and under the tutelage and inspiration of some of its most learned and dynamic leaders. In addition to the guidance of a professional tour guide, Nishmat Am’s mission will benefit from Rabbi Cohen’s personal and inside look at Israel through his personal relationship with many of the country’s political and religious leaders.

Specially arranged for the group will be a reception at the Knesset with political leaders and a reception with officials of Yad Vashem.  The group will also have the privilege of a private meeting with the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yonah Metzger.

The tour will have a unique educational dimension that will include Rabbi Cohen’s leading the study of ancient or historical texts connected with the site visits.

The group will enjoy the comfort and convenience of five star accommodations and professional tour services provided by Shami Waldman and the “It’s Time To Travel” tour agency.

The group returns on November 17 and only a few days later – on November 21 – Nishmat Am will formally mark its fifth anniversary with a Gala Dinner and Auction at the NTX Automotive Museum in Dallas. The program will honor Mr. Maurice Glazer for his devotion and dedication to the synagogue as one of its founding members and consistent supporters.

For more information about Nishmat Am’s Mission to Israel and its 5th Anniversary celebration, please contact the synagogue at 972-618-2200 or info@nishmatam.org

Maccabi info night rescheduled for next week

Due to the Rangers hard work and good fortune of making it to the World Series, the JCC has rescheduled its Maccabi Parent/Athlete Informational meeting to Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in Zale Auditorium at the JCC. Next summer’s games will be held in Israel July 24-Aug.5; in Philadelphia, Aug. 14-19; and in Springfield, Mass. Aug.14-19. For more information about Israel contact Kerri Aikin at kaikin@jccdallas.org. For more information about Philadelphia and Springfield, contact Jon Mize at jmize@jccdallas.org

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From generation to generation in Israel

JoAnn Rosenberg tells the TJP,

“I made a wonderful trip to Israel this summer to visit my granddaughter, Jennifer Brill, who is studying for her master’s at Ben-Gurion University. There were so many ecstatic moments for me on this visit. The first day I arrived, Jennifer met me at the airport. En route from Tel Aviv, the new highway was breathtaking. I was admiring all the trees off the highway as far as I could see. I told Jennifer how I planted so many of them, all my life in Dallas.

“We went to the Jerusalem Wall at the end of the Sabbath. That was, as always, very emotional, yet inspiring. My granddaughter encouraged me to navigate my way through the crowd so I could touch the Wall. We spent one day at the Diaspora, but I wish we could have spent more time there. There is so much Jewish history there. the most sensational and moving day in Israel for us was when we went to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I knew that my father, Sidney J. Rubenstein of Dallas, was a founder in 1965. As many times as we have been to Israel, had family go to school there, live there, and even one nephew spending two years in the Israel Defense Forces, no one went to look for the founders’ plaques. First, we went to the Mount Scopus campus and met some very kind ladies who directed us to the campus at the Safrat Ram, the Edmon J. Safra Campus. When we arrived at that campus, the first building had a wall of plaques on the outer side. Above them read, ‘The Society of the Founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.’ I was so excited to see that! Jennifer said, ‘Mimi, you will never find it.’ Luckily it was in alphabetical order; I walked up to the R’s, and it immediately jumped out at me! What a terrific day that was to have generations side by side, my father’s blessed memory, my granddaughter and myself to witness the history of our family together.”

Levine Academy students rank among nation’s best and brightest

Year in and year out, Ann and Nate Levine Academy students achieve recognition as some of the brightest in the nation. Levine students have achieved top placement in national mathematics competitions, literary competitions, Judaic/Hebrew competitions, NewBowl and a myriad of other prestigious academic events. This year, Levine Academy is pleased to announce that 18 of its fifth- and seventh-grade students qualified for the 2010 Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). To qualify, fifth- and seventh-grade students must have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on the verbal or math sections on the standardized achievement test taken last year.

Duke TIP, the largest program of its kind in the nation, identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters. Qualifying fifth-grade students may participate in Duke TIP’s Talent Search program and are given the opportunity to take the EXPLORE test which was developed by ACT for eighth-graders to evaluate their academic development. In addition, the fifth-grade students receive a variety of academic resource materials, academic courses they can do at home and the opportunity to participate in the Talent Search Writing Contest.

Qualifying seventh-grade students may participate in the Seventh Grade Talent Search program and are invited to take the college entrance exam, ACT or SAT, with high school juniors and seniors. Over the years, Levine Academy students have been among the top performers in the nation and have received national recognition and invitations to participate in a variety of summer academic college-based programs throughout their high school years. Each summer Levine students can be found on the campus of Duke University, taking advantage of the wonderful academic programs Duke TIP has to offer.

“We are so proud that we consistently have a strong percentage of our fifth- and seventh-grade students qualify for TIP,” said K-8 Principal Dr. Susie Wolbe. “We attribute this not only to their natural abilities, but also to the strong curricular base the school provides. We never teach to the test. We simply stress the skills required for a student to be successful. This is why our students excel again and again.”

To learn more about Levine Academy students’ other state and national achievements, contact Dr. Wolbe at 972-248-3032 or swolbe@levineacademy.org.

Congratulations to the following students qualifying for the seventh-grade TIP: Elise Eisenberg, Jonas Frenkel, Jordan Gernsbacher, Shira Hovav, Elena Okowita and Molly Paley.

Congratulations to the following students qualifying for the fifth-grade TIP: Isaac Ableman, Emma Ableman, Cameron Eisenberg, Sophia Fineberg, Carly Hacker, Kayley Horowitz, Josh Kane, Heather Kurtzman, Courtney Rawitscher, Sam Stafford, Seth Sugerman and Sam Weinstein.

‘Wall of Heroes’ project under way by JWV at the Dallas J

Post Historian Jerry Kasten, of the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Dallas Post 256 of the Jewish War Veterans of America (JWV), informs TJP readers that a visual photo exhibit of veteran members, both current and deceased, is being prepared to go on permanent display at the J at 7900 Northaven Road.

The display, titled the “Wall of Heroes,” will feature photos taken of members in their service uniforms, serving our country in peace and in war. It will identify each member, providing name, arm of service, rate or rank, service years, location and job assignment, and will include members who have served from World War II up to the present.

The JWV, the oldest existing veterans’ organization, was established in 1896. Originally formed by Civil War Jewish veterans to counter anti-Semitic charges that “Jews don’t serve,” it continues its pride of country; in fact, Jews have served in each and every war since the American Revolution.

Current JWV members who have not already done so are requested to submit their service photo (from 2-1/4 by 3-1/4 inches, up to 5 by 7 inches) for this project in an envelope, with the appropriate information, to the JWV mailbox at the Dallas JCC as soon as possible. Families of deceased members are also invited to participate in this worthwhile project. Kasten suggests that larger-sized photos can be minimized to the requested dimensions at a conveniently located Walgreens or CVS store, and then submitted. Since the photos will not be returned, it is advisable also that copies be made at these stores.

In other JWV news, Post Commander Dick Lethe dropped by the TJP office and shared some exciting news about the Post. In August, the Post received the highest awards in community services and monthly newspaper at the national convention, held in Savannah, Ga.

Lethe encourages anyone who has srved honorably in the military to join the veterans of the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Dallas Post 256. For more information, write the Post 255 in care of the JCC, 7900, Northaven Rd., Dallas, TX 75230.

‘Kosher Chic’ arrives at Shearith

Congregation Shearith Israel Sisterhood will celebrate the arrival of its new cookbook, “Kosher Chic,” on Sunday morning, Oct. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Ornish Garden.

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Posted on 14 October 2010 by admin

Stan and Barbara Levenson receive a hearty honor

Stan and Barbara Levenson, civic leaders and strategic communications professionals in the Greater Dallas community, received the Heart of a Champion Award for their fervent support of and ongoing contributions to Heart House Dallas, a free after-school educational program that provides a safe haven and academic support for at-risk children while encouraging them to become good citizens. The special award was presented to the Levensons during the Heart of a Champion Luncheon held recently to celebrate Heart House Dallas’ 10-year anniversary.

Participating to honor the Levensons at the luncheon were Bill Lively, president and CEO, North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, the keynote luncheon speaker; Everson Walls, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, honorary chairman; Scott Murray, local personality and master of ceremonies; and former Dallas police chief, David Kunkle and his wife, Sarah Todd. In addition to these strong supporters of Heart House Dallas, Suzanne Kiefer, founder of the organization; numerous corporate sponsors; advocates; Heart House Dallas board members and staff were also on hand to recognize the couple.

The Levensons, who have been family and business partners for 48 years, have actively contributed their time and resources in helping the Dallas community grow and prosper. Along with their business, The Levenson Group, which provides integrated advertising, public relations, promotional, digital and multi-cultural services, Stan and Barbara have served on boards of leading university, civic and not-for-profit organizations. For Heart House Dallas, the Levensons believe and wholeheartedly support the organization’s mantra, helping children to change their lives, those of their families and the Dallas community, one child at a time.

“Stan and Barbara have been gracious and tireless supporters of Heart House Dallas throughout the years,” said Jeff Hamilton, chairman, Heart House Dallas board of directors. “We are proud to present them with our Heart of a Champion Award to recognize their efforts both with public relations and advertising guidance and activities as well as being generous and consistent donors through funds and in-kind donations of printing and advertising.

“Heart House Dallas helps children who need it the most at a time in their lives where the help can make the most difference and the Levensons play an integral part in helping to make that difference,” Hamilton added.

Heart House Dallas provides a safe, nurturing environment for children to develop in addition to academic support, helping them through each success to build their self-confidence significantly both at school and in life, with the opportunity to become the best they can be as individuals.

“Words can not express how humbled and appreciative Barbara and I are in receiving the Heart of a Champion Award,” Stan Levenson said. “We are passionate about Heart House Dallas and its focus on helping children and their families who might otherwise not have opportunities to grow and be nurtured.

“If we can help even one child to become successful in life as a person and an active participant in the community, Barbara and I feel truly gratified,” Levenson continued.

Nearly 136,000 children in Dallas County need quality after-school care. At Heart House Dallas, children have access to caring adult role models, homework assistance, art enrichment, computer learning, health and safety topics and literacy programs.

Heart House has touched the lives of hundreds of children since September 2000. By giving these children a safe environment, the program protects them from the idleness and negative elements they may encounter when they step off the school bus and while walking to their homes. For more information, see www.hearthousedallas.org.

CSI hosts Rabbi Bernard Eisenman

Congregation Shearith Israel will host Rabbi Bernard Eisenman as the rabbi-in-residence for the next five weeks. Rabbi Eisenman will be assisted by the rabbis and staff of Shearith in teaching many of the weekly adult education classes and offering interactive text study on Shabbat mornings.

The community is invited to a free Sunday morning class that will include deluxe breakfast and Starbucks coffee, titled “The Wisdom of Wisdom: How to Create an Ethical Dimension to Your Life.” This class will begin on Sunday, Oct. 17 and continue through Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:30–10:30 a.m. at Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Ave.

Rabbi Eisenman’s rabbinic career actually began in Texas at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and Congregation B’nai Israel in Corpus Christi. For over 40 years he served the American rabbinate in Denver, Colo., at Congregation Rodef Shalom and at Temple Emunah, Lexington, Mass., where he is rabbi emeritus after almost 20 years as the rabbinic leader. In 2005, Rabbi Eisenman taught several courses at the former Dallas Beyt Midrash in Biblical psychology and modern Jewish philosophy. Currently he is adjunct instructor of Judaic studies at Florida Atlantic University Life Long Learning Center.

Many congregants at Shearith were members of his previous congregations and are eager for his extended stay. Extremely excited about the visit of Rabbi Eisenman and his wife Billie are CSI congregants Shira and Matt Goldberg, their daughter and son-in-law!

The power of ethical teaching will be explored in the “Wisdom of Wisdom” course. By studying one of the most fascinating books of the Bible, the Book of Proverbs, one can start to answer life’s enduring questions. What is the reward of virtue? What is the best way to raise a child? Can we ever attain an ideal life? What is good and evil? How do we make the right choice? There is no cost for the classes, which are open to the community, but please remember to register in advance by contacting Joyce Wakefield at jwakefield@shearith.org or 214-361-6606.

Please visit www.shearith.org for a complete listing of all the sessions Rabbi Eisenman will be teaching for the next five weeks.

‘Crossing the Line’ examines anti-Semitism on campus

“When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews. You are talking about anti-Semitism.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Harvard, 1968

The Southwest Jewish Congress, along with the ADL, AIPAC and Hillel, will present a special film screening and panel discussion of “Crossing the Line” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Plano Studio Movie Grill, 4721 W. Park Blvd., Plano.

“Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus” explores the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on many North American college campuses, and demonstrates the blurring of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic lines amongst some college students and professors. The film shows the financial ties between Middle Eastern Studies departments and Arab states and the often biased and pro-Palestinian education received by students in college classes, together with accounts from Jewish students and campus professionals who are actively involved in the daily struggle of supporting the state of Israel and fighting against biased misinformation both in and out of the classroom.

The panel — Roberta Clark, ADL; Rabbi Heidi Coretz, Hillel of Dallas; Chaplain Stephen Rankin, SMU; Danielle Rugoff, AIPAC; and Jonathan Spigel, SWJC, moderator — will review the alarming ramifications of the film and discuss practical ways to help Jewish and pro-Israel students deal with this growing phenomenon on campus.

This event is free and open to the public (food and beverages are available for purchase from Studio Movie Grill.) The program is intended for high school and college students, parents and interested community members.

Space is limited, and reservations are encouraged. For more information or to RSVP, please call the SWJC office, 214-361-0018.

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