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Dallas Doings — June 2008

Posted on 09 June 2008 by admin

DATA of Plano to dedicate its first sefer Torah this Sunday

We welcome hearing from Laurel Ornish, who tells the TJP: “The Plano branch of DATA, the Dallas Area Torah Association, will hold a ceremony on Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at the DATA of Plano Center to dedicate its first-ever sefer Torah. The entire community is invited to attend.

“The center is located at 3198 W. Parker Road, Suite 3124, Plano, between Half-Price Books and Firestone Tire.

“The event will feature inspiring talks, dancing with the Torah and refreshments.

“The Torah scroll, to be named the ‘Verschleisser Family Torah,’ is a gift from Moshe and Annette Nudell of Baltimore, Md., in honor of Mrs. Nudell’s parents, Shmuel and Sarah Verschleisser, and in memory of her brother, Moishe Verschleisser. The Nudells are the parents of Mrs. Shifra Robkin, wife of DATA of Plano Co-director Rabbi Yogi Robkin.

“The ceremony will signal the beginning of a new era at DATA of Plano, which has experienced tremendous growth since it was founded five years ago by Rabbi Shimshon and Sara Silkin and, most recently, Rabbi Chanoch and Sarah Oppenheim.

“‘The Oppenheims took a core group and developed it into a community,’ says Rabbi Nesanya Zakon, co-director with Rabbi Yogi Robkin of DATA of Plano. ‘Getting a Torah means that we can hold regular, weekly Shabbos services. Young families are moving into the neighborhood to be part of DATA, and we hope it will become another successful, full-blown Jewish community like the ones south of LBJ and in Far North Dallas.

“‘We’re committed,’ he adds, ‘to stemming the tide of the spiritual holocaust that has occurred in the U.S. by creating a new generation of connected Jews.’

“Along with Shabbatons every three weeks, DATA of Plano currently offers several ongoing classes, including three classes for men: a Sunday-morning Tefillin Club, a Monday-night Talmud class and a Wednesday lunchtime class on personal development. A four-week series for men and women on Tuesday evenings, ‘Secrets to a Stress-Free Life,’ began June 3. Additional programs for the whole family will be added in late summer.

“For more information, call Rabbi Zakon at 214-987-3282, ext. 102.

“DATA of Plano is a branch of the Dallas Area Torah Association. Since its founding in 1992, DATA has become the premier Jewish learning institution in North Texas, providing classes, special events, ongoing programs, personal guidance to individuals and couples and other means to impart Torah wisdom to Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance and of all ages.

“Eight rabbinical couples make up the DATA faculty service to over 600 Jews a week. Classes are offered at three DATA locations – 5840 Forest Lane in North Dallas, 3198 W. Parker Road in Plano and 16818 Thomas Chapel Road in Far North Dallas – as well as at area businesses and synagogues.”

Jewish Family Service installs new board officers and members

On May 27, Jewish Family Service hosted its annual meeting at Congregation Tiferet Israel with about 200 in attendance. The meeting included the installation of incoming officers: President Robin Sachs; President-elect Todd Chanon; Vice Presidents Steve Fisch, Cheryl Halpern and Ed Jerome; Treasurer Randy Colen; and Secretary Barbara Friedlander, and the installation of new board members: Richard Bernstein; Jonnice Berns; John Thomas Carlo, M.D., MSE; Sheri Goldberg; Ann Irvine; Michael MacAdams; Rabbi Debra Robbins; and Kathryn Tobolowsky. The evening also included a tribute to outgoing President William N. Roth, a special thank-you to Muriel and Ralph Pinkus for their generous and significant donation of land made to Jewish Family Service’s endowment, and a keynote presentation by Ambassador Enriqué Hubbard Urrea, consul general of Mexico.

“It has been a privilege to work with Bill Roth these past two years,” said Executive Director Michael Fleisher. “Bill is a person who makes and nurtures connections. It’s no surprise that during his tenure, we expanded our services, increased budgeted dollars for quality improvement and launched our Ambassadors Program – a program of outreach and education.”

Incoming President Robin Sachs has been involved with Jewish Family Service for more than 30 years. “As a second-generation Dallasite, I have a deep connection to this place and to this community. It matters deeply that my hometown is a place where we take care of each other, and it’s important to me that Jewish Family Service is consistently here for people in need. I want to do my part to help ensure that this will happen,” she says. “I very much look forward to working with Michael Fleisher, the staff, and board to make this happen.”

Jewish Family Service provides mental-health and social services to children, teens, adults and families without regard to religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. For more information, please call 972-437-9950 or visit www.jfsdallas.org.

Shearith preschoolers graduate

On May 30, Shearith Israel Preschool celebrated its second graduation class. Three out of the four graduates have been at the school since they were babies and toddlers. The program began with the students giving money to charity and lighting the candles to symbolically welcome the Sabbath. The children of the pre-K class were joined by their younger schoolmates to present a medley of Sabbath prayers and graduation songs to the families and guests. Rabbi David Glickman, congregational rabbi, spoke to the graduates about the value of getting a good preschool education. He compared their schooling to setting roots in the ground like a tree. This was very significant since the graduates’ families donated a Texas Redbud tree in honor of the preschool staff.

A special presentation was then made to Mrs. Sheri Rosen for her work as preschool education committee chairperson. In addition Elizabeth and Michael Brothman were recognized for their innovative idea – the Truck Time fundraiser. Elizabeth and Michael spent hours working on this project for the last four years. They were presented with an engraved Miriam’s Cup water glass.

The program concluded with the awarding of diplomas to Trever Brothman, Meira Sullum, Alex Sheena and Ava Wolfe. The graduates were accepted to kindergarten at Greenhill, Hockaday, Haggar Elementary and Akiba Academy.

Mazel tov to the graduates and their families.

Golf tournament raises over $50,000

Over 200 golfers, both children and parents, gathered at Top Golf in Dallas May 18 to participate in the first annual Equity Bank End of Schoolyear Bash! miniature golf tournament. The event raised over $50,000 and all proceeds went to the Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund.

The Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund was created by Louis and Robin Zweig when they were faced with the challenge that their son David, who has Asperger’s syndrome, might not be able to celebrate his bar mitzvah. The Zweigs discovered that there was a glaring need in Dallas to train and educate the city’s religious-school teachers to enable children with learning differences to be successful in their classrooms.

The fund finances educational seminars and training days, and focuses on helping teachers and religious-school leaders develop classroom strategies for learning differences such as autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological disorders.

Mazel tov, mazel tov

Congratulations to Susan and Allen Luterman on the birth of their third grandchild and first boy. Harrison Samuel Luterman was born on April 30, 2008 in New York City to Nikki and Stephen Luterman, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. He joins his sister, Chloe Olivia, 3 years old.

Added congratulations to Susan Candy Luterman on being elected vice-president of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans. Susan was the first woman president of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan, 2001-2002, and her husband, Allen, was international president, 2001-2002.

Chuck Smith Re-elected Beth Torah president

Chuck Smith was re-elected for a second year as president of Congregation Beth Torah at the synagogue’s annual meeting in May.

The vote by acclimation also installed the synagogue’s leadership for the coming year. They include vice-presidents: Liz Cox, executive; Vikki Silvis, financial; Lyn Jacobs, education; Neil Burnstein, ritual; Mark Kreditor, development; Bennett Robinson, membership and Tony Tello, secretary; and Mark Machbitz, treasurer.

The new at-large board members are Eileen Kessner, Elizabeth Stein, Gilda Daniel, Andy Shane and Scott Bennett. The entire board will be installed in a special ceremony during High Holiday services.

The synagogue also honored its outstanding volunteers of the past year: Gilda Daniel, Tony Tello, Arny Felner, Larry Guzick, Marilyn Guzick, Barbara Rosen, Rusty Dworkin, Michael Precker and
Marty Barenblat.

Anshai Torah’s 2008-2009 Executive Board

Congregation Anshai Torah has installed Debbie S. Katz as president for 2008-09. Also serving in the coming term are Neil D. Rubinstein, immediate past president; vice-presidents Stuart Rosenfield, executive and Kathryn S. Kaplan. Others are Nancy Rabhan, Michael Roy, treasurer; Harvey Wine, financial secretary; Suzy Harmon, recording secretary and Michelle Meiches, corresponding secretary.

Liener Temerlin denotes business history to SMU

Advertising legend and humanitarian Liener Temerlin, a member of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame, has donated to the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University his collection of business papers chronicling most of his 56 years in the communications business as well as his remarkable philanthropic history.

Temerlin’s donation joins other significant collections of business papers at DeGolyer from such notable sources as Stanley Marcus, JCPenney, Roger Horchow, Ebby Halliday, and Texas Instruments. The donation was presented at an evening reception on, May 14 in the DeGolyer Library attended by Dallas business and philanthropic leaders.

“We are simply delighted to add Mr. Temerlin’s collection to the growing business history archives at DeGolyer Library,” said Russell Martin, the director. “His collection is virtually a walk through the Fortune 500, from American Airlines to Zale Corporation, account by account. The Temerlin papers will be useful for both teaching and research, for students of advertising and for historians of American culture as well. In addition, the voluminous files of correspondence help to delineate the character of Mr. Temerlin. His gift for friendship and his creative genius emerge in the papers.”

“We are excited to receive this collection of business records,” said Dr. Patricia Alvey, Distinguished Chair and Director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU. “Liener’s reputation in winning and keeping clients is remarkable. For our faculty and students to have access to a 50-year record of that success is remarkable. The original pitch wherein he won the American Airlines account is legendary. And the resulting 30-year history of building that business and many others will make great research fodder for both practitioners and scholars. According to the appraisers of business archives of this nature, ‘No others are of the completeness of the Temerlin Archives. Also, it will be no surprise to you none are so well organized.’ This collection came to SMU perfectly ready for immediate use.”

Temerlin began his career in advertising in 1953 as a copywriter for Glenn Advertising, a small agency in Dallas. For the next several decades, he guided the company as it grew and, with acquisitions and mergers, changed names many times, evolving from Glenn, Bozell & Jacobs to Temerlin McClain. He is widely credited with helping to bring, for the first time, major national and international advertising accounts to Texas and the Southwest, including American Airlines, Armour, Bank of America, Bell Helicopter Textron, Bennigan’s, Centex, Cessna, Chili’s, Continental Bus Lines, Dial Corporation, Entrust, ExxonMobil Corporation, Greyhound Corporation, GTE (Verizon), Halliburton, Hyatt Hotels, Long John Silver’s, Max Factor, Nationwide Insurance, Nortel Networks, Overhead Door Corporation, Pace Picante Sauce, JCPenney Corporation, Philippine Airlines, Pfizer, Quaker Oats, Sara Lee Apparel, 7-Eleven, Steak and Ale, Subaru of America, Terminex, Tone Soap, Texas Instruments, Trailways Bus Company, Warner Lambert and Zale Corporation.

Papers relating to many of these accounts are included in the archival gift. Researchers should be able to use parts of the collection by the fall semester of 2008.

The collection incorporates material from the 1953 through 2000, including Temerlin’s daily correspondence files over a period of two decades. Also included are numerous TV commercials, layouts for ads that were both accepted and rejected, and new business presentations, both the successful and the fruitless.

To meet the needs of expanding retail clients like Hyatt and Philippine Airlines, Temerlin opened offices around the world, in Europe, Asia and North and South America. This national attention began to help other agencies procure talent and corporate clients from outside Texas and the Southwest, which, in turn, helped Dallas become one of the premier agency centers in the country. Under Temerlin’s leadership the agency became not only the largest agency in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but in the Southwest.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Temerlin also has a long-standing reputation for his civic and community involvement. He has received numerous awards and special recognition for his contributions to advertising, the arts, and philanthropic programs, including the Linz Award and the Silver Cup Award. He served as president and chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association and chaired the opening fortnight of the new I.M. Pei-designed Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. He also serves as chairman, festival director and founder of the annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival.

Included in the collection are papers and marketing plans on a number of his pro bono activities, an example of which is the American Film Institute. The papers reflect not only his leadership role with AFI DALLAS during the past two years but also with the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1989-2002, the Executive Committee from 1989-99 and the Board of Directors from 1989-2000. In 1989 he developed the “100 Years, 100 Movies” concept of AFI celebrating the centennial of the motion picture. His idea and marketing plan set the stage for AFI’s enhanced national profile, and brought distinction and major financial gains to the organization, totaling more than $15 million to date. It was Temerlin who developed the “100 Best” concept celebrating the 100th anniversary of American film: The 100 Best Movies, The 100 Best Stars, The 100 Best Laughs, The 100 Best Thrills, etc. When he retired from the Board of Directors in November 2000, the AFI Board made him an Honorary Trustee of the American Film Institute, a first in the AFI Board’s history.

Liener Temerlin’s relationship with SMU dates back more than 20 years. He has served as a member of SMU’s Board of Trustees, the Committee on University Development, and the Executive Board of the Meadows School of the Arts. When Temerlin was on the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, he was instrumental in bringing the Judaica Collection to the Meadows Museum, which was the most successful exhibit at the museum up to that time. In 2001, his friends and associates joined with SMU to honor him by endowing SMU’s Advertising program, which was renamed the Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI). It has since become a nationally recognized program for advertising education.

Andy Cohen honored with Etz Chaim Award

On Wednesday, May 14, Ann and Nate Levine Academy honored past board president and alumni parent, Andy Cohen, with the Esmé and Errol Jacobson Etz Chaim Award. The award, instituted in 2005, was established to recognize Esmé and Errol Jacobson, who embody the highest degree of generosity, kindness, compassion and commitment to our community. All recipients of the award must possess those same qualities.

This year’s honoree, Andy Cohen, personifies the ultimate Etz Chaim Award recipient. As Rabbi Stefan Weinberg of Congregation Anshai Torah stated in his remarks that Wednesday night, “Andy … has taught us to live by [the] principle, you are what you do and not what you say. You earn your place in this world by the actions that characterize your daily activities. You demonstrate leadership by accepting challenges and acknowledging that every one of us is human and (we are) imperfect reflections of God.”

Andy’s commitment to action is evident in the numerous leadership positions he has taken locally and nationally. His involvement at Levine Academy includes serving as president of the school board and vice president of education, and serving as a member of the executive committee, board, liaison committee and fundraising committee. In addition, Andy served as a vice president and board member of Congregation Anshai Torah. He is currently serving his second and final term as president of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association.

While never seeking recognition for his work, Andy was honored and humbled by this award. “I remember when this award was created. The Jacobson family has been a part of our school since its very beginning,” Andy stated. “Errol and Esmé have distinguished themselves as true leaders and custodians of our school. As I have mentioned to some of our friends over the past few weeks, any time my name is used in the same sentence as (those of) Esmé and Errol, I am clearly better for it.”

According to Andy, when one accepts a leadership role, one must accept the significant responsibility that comes along with that role. Leaders serve as role models to our children and to our community. “Everyone who accepts a leadership position – whether it be as officer, board member or president – must work diligently for the success of the entire organization,” Cohen stated. “It is the example we set, it is the path we’ve chosen to walk in order to make this community a better place for ourselves, our families and our future generations.”

Andy and his wife Karen have three children – David, Emily, and Jessie – all graduates of Levine Academy.

Rabbi Schlesinger on science and religion

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, head of the Dallas Community Kollel, was the final speaker in a recent three-part series presented by Metroplex Breakfast Dialogues, of which the overall title was “Science and Religion: Enemies? Friends? Partners?” Rabbi Schlesinger concluded the series with “Evolution and Public Policy.” Earlier speakers were Dr. Arnold Paddock, science professor at Richland College, on “Perspectives for Relating Science and Religion,” and Dr. Dan Foster, internal medicine professor at UT-Southwestern Medical School, on “Issues in Medicine, Faith and Public Policy.”

Bernie Mayoff, who regularly attends the Dialogues programs, reported, “All three speakers essentially said that science deals with ‘how’ the world and people come to exist, while religion deals with the ‘why’; because of these different realms and different questions, there is no conflict.”

Mayoff continued, “It was particularly interesting to hear Rabbi Schlesinger the month after Dr. Foster, a Presbyterian and member of the National Academy of Sciences. They had not heard each other speak before, but they said almost the same thing, in almost the same words!”

The rosh kollel based his talk on a letter written in 1905 by Abraham Isaac Kook, who was the first Chief Rabbi of modern Israel – even before the state was officially declared. The letter was Rabbi Kook’s response to a correspondent who questioned whether Judaism accepted evolution or took a literal view of the stories in Genesis. After considering the question from several angles, the rabbi answered that Judaism accepts scientific findings while generally viewing the biblical tales as parables.

Metroplex Breakfast Dialogues began in 2002 as a place for addressing local and global issues, including peace and justice, in a congenial atmosphere. Open to all, the group meets monthly for a buffet breakfast, speaker presentation and discussion at Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson. For more information, e-mail metrodialogues@yahoo.com or call the group’s founder, Jerry Middents, at 214-369-1981.

Prof. Simon Sargon honored with teaching award

Folks everywhere remember Simon Sargon’s long successful association with Temple Emanu-El’s music department. Recently, Sargon, professor of music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, was named the 2008-09 Meadows Foundation Teaching Professor. The award is presented annually to a tenured Meadows faculty member for a “sustained commitment and dedication to teaching at the highest level,” and is one of the most important awards bestowed by the Meadows School. The award carries an honorarium of $5,000 for the faculty member and another $5,000 that may be used for professional needs, support for creative work, research or teaching.

Sargon, who has taught at SMU since 1983, is a highly acclaimed composer, conductor, coach, pianist, lecturer and devoted teacher. In presenting the award, Meadows Associate Dean Greg Warden said, “Semester after semester, students speak to his effectiveness as a teacher, his talent for mentoring and his impact on their career choices. Professor Sargon’s composition students describe him as an inspiring, scholarly and caring teacher, and he is also known for his teaching outside the classroom and for his impact on the greater community through such activities as his pre-concert lectures for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a decade of operalogues for the Dallas Opera, the Godbey Lecture Series and SMU’s informal course for adults. His high visibility in the community as an educator speaks to his commitment to teaching.”

Warden added, “Sargon’s faculty colleagues cite his knowledge of languages, poetry, music theory and music history, his organizational skills and his effectiveness as a caring and giving teacher.” Former students who have benefited from his extensive knowledge of opera and art song are working at or have performed at the Chicago Lyric Opera; the New York City Opera; the operas of Cleveland, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Houston, Paris and La Scala; the Metropolitan Opera; and even on Broadway.

“Sargon’s teaching is intimately connected to his excellence as an artist,” Warden said. “His work as a composer is respected by musicians, performers and academicians. His compositions for horn, flute, clarinet and his first symphony have been the subjects of four doctoral dissertations at different universities. In the summer of 2008, he will be honored with a concert of his works at the national convention of the American Conference of Cantors to be held in San Francisco.

“Simon Sargon is the model of the artist/teacher. The university and the Division of Music are fortunate to have him on our faculty.”

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Dallas Doings — May 2008

Posted on 09 May 2008 by admin

Interfaith forum tonight

Dallas Area Interfaith and its Collin County Cluster will host an Integration Forum this evening (Thursday, May 29), beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2700 West Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Martin Luther King visiting professor at MIT, will be the keynoter.

This event is sponsored “by clergy and congregations in Plano calling for civil discussion in support of a comprehensive approach to immigration reform,” according to DAI. Local religious leaders will participate. To be addressed are the historical benefits of, and challenges to, immigration in the United States.

Dallas Area Interfaith presents community conversations for “sharing social, ethical and scriptural teachings from our various faith traditions.” This evening’s forum is open to all.

Rabbi Raskin to speak at Hadassah installation luncheon

The Dallas Chapter of Hadassah will hold its installation luncheon Sunday, June 1, at 11:30 a.m. Rabbi Adam Raskin will be guest speaker on a timely topic concerning recent events at Plano, Dallas and Richardson district schools.

Location is May Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 4848 Beltline Road. Luncheon charge is $25 for adults, $20 for teens. A vegetarian meal will be served family style. (To reserve a kosher meal upon prior request, call the Hadassah office, 214-691-1948.) Because of limited seating, reservations are mandatory.

You can also reserve by e-mail: chapter.dallas@hadassah.org.

Five cantors to be featured in gala Jewish music celebration

Five cantors and three synagogue choirs and youth choirs will perform a spectacular Jewish music concert Sunday, June 1, 7 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road in Dallas. This concert will mark the conclusion of the 2008 Showcase Series, sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Music Committee.

The audience will experience the artistry of Cantors Richard Cohn of Temple Emanu-El, Don Alan Croll of Temple Shalom and Itzhak Zhrebker of Congregation Shearith Israel, joined by their adult and youth choirs, along with Cantor Jacob Cohen of Congregation Nishmat Am and Student Cantor David Frommer of Adat Chaverim. Temple Emanu-El is privileged to welcome colleagues from around our community as guest soloists with its own Cantor Cohn on this occasion.

Cantor Cohn has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine and Sir Georg Solti. He has often interpreted the cantor’s part in Ernest Bloch’s “Avodath Hakodesh” (Sacred Service), including performances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Cantor Croll has performed in Israel and appeared as guest soloist with Kol Echad, the premier Jewish chorale in Los Angeles. He has also performed with the Albuquerque Symphony, as well as in the Kennedy Center’s Fourth of July celebration, “Let Freedom Sing.”

Cantor Zhrebker has served as guest cantor for various synagogues around the world. He has performed with the New Israeli Opera, Walden Piano Quartet, Russian Ensemble Kalinka, String Trio Les Amis, Marvin Hamlisch, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His latest success was with the Dallas Opera and the cast of “Tales of Hoffmann.”

Cantor Cohen, born and raised in Dallas, is a highly experienced concert artist. He began singing and studying piano at the age of 4 and studied the art of cantorial chanting with his father, Cantor (Rabbi) Yitzchak Cohen. He was privileged to study with Cantor Asher Hainovitz, cantor of the Yeshurun Central Synagogue of Jerusalem, as well as with Aryeh Goldberg, cantor of the Great Synagogue.

David Frommer is a cantorial student at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, in his home town of New York City. He received an honors degree in history from Yale University in May 2004, where he was a member, and later the musical director, of Magevet, the Yale University Jewish a cappella chorus. During his time at Yale, David toured extensively with Magevet throughout the United States and Europe and recorded several CDs with the group.

The five cantors and assembled choirs will sing repertoire emphasizing themes of the festival season, along with a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the modern state of Israel. With an outstanding array of talent on the program, this will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

The Showcase Series is produced by the Temple Emanu-El Music Committee, chaired by Sarah Yarrin and advised by Cantor Richard Cohn. The series is celebrating its 18th year as a premier event at Temple Emanu-El.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior/student, $7 for youth 13 and under. Order online at www.tedallas.org or call Temple Emanu-El, 214-706-0000; Sarah Yarrin, 214-924-1487; or Rosalee Cohen, 972-233-2001.

Nine-year-old donates profits to MDHA

On May 12, 9-year-old Jacob Wisch came to the offices of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (accompanied by his mother, Judy Wisch) to contribute the profits from his neighborhood “Salad Stand.” Jacob and his 9-year-old cousin, Rosie Bernstein, daughter of Jordana and Josh Bernstein, donated $13.50 to benefit the homeless and expressed interest in volunteering to help the homeless at The Bridge either with direct service to clients or by raising awareness and money. What a wonderful thing to have happened at MDHA.

Press notes

Congratulations to Dr. Lionel and Gloria Reiman on the recent graduation of their daughter, Alyssa “Lyssy,” from Washington University in St. Louis. The Reimans are excited that their son, Dr. Steven Reiman, and his bride will soon become Dallas-area residents, which allows all four of the Reiman offspring to be close to their heart and home.

Mitch Goldminz, wiseguy cop

Growing up and thriving in a tough New York environment, Mitch Goldminz moved to Dallas in 1971 and became a cop here. As one of the few Jewish Dallas police officers and as a former New Yorker, he faced many challenges different than those in New York.

When temples or synagogues were desecrated, Mitch was there with other officers bringing sensitivity to the department in the times before laws and hate crime bills were ever dreamt of. Working with the mall task force for over three years, he made holiday shoppers safer in parking lots and stores in Dallas. His idea of setting up a parking lot and home driveway task force took 29 car thieves off the streets, reduced car theft by 26 percent and made our citizens safer.

Mitch has been decorated 26 times with ribbons and medals. Working the police funerals as usher coordinator was his own creation when he saw the need to organize the saddest days on the force. One of his proudest awards was from Explorer Post 68 where Latino, Vietnamese and Cambodian kids honored him for his work with them in safety and giving programs over the years.

With a strong New York accent, Mitch was a natural for undercover work in Dallas. That’s the subject of his novel, “Vice, Wiseguy Cop.”

Seriously injured on the job in October 2000, Mitch and his local Jewish co-author Bennett Litwin put to paper some funny, crazy and dangerous tales in the form of a novel to change the names and give enough poetic license for it to be fiction.

In the book, “Vice, Wiseguy Cop,” protagonist Mike Goldberg served the Dallas community as a highly decorated police officer for 33 years both on patrol and, more adventurously, as an undercover vice officer. Utilizing his rough Brooklyn beginnings, Mike moved to Dallas and, knowing how the bad guys think, he was a natural at stopping criminals in unconventional ways.

As a way to support the troops, several local businessmen have purchased books as a thank-you to the troops and a thank-you to Mitch for his service. These gifts for our rough-and-ready soldiers, who protect us at home and abroad, give them a way to stay in touch with America by enjoying a mostly true and often comedic approach to law enforcement and tax-deductibles (check with your accountant). Carl Sewall, by the way, of Sewall Village Cadillac bought a case of books for the troops.

If you wish to purchase books for yourself, for our troops or Father’s Day or birthdays, you can contact Mitch Goldminz or his co-author Bennett Litwin at sales@vicewc.com or by mail at Vice, WC, P.O. Box 863833, Plano, TX 75086-3833.

Dallas Chapter of Hadassah approves new board officers

New officers of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah board approved at the May 4 meeting include: president, Susie Avnery; organization vice president, Barbara Moses; treasurer, Jo Zeffren; assistant treasurers, Lisa Bronchetti and Harriet Hollander; and secretary, Sunny Shor.

Other vice presidents include: fund development, Susan Blum Barnett; membership, Suellen Rothschild; co-programming, Susan Stein and Miriam Waltzer; co-education, Leanne Hall and Kathleen Glosser; communications, Linda Steinberg; and directory, Marsha Bakera.

UNT gives Outstanding Service Award to president of North Texas Exes

Congratulations to Phillip Glauben of Dallas, who has received the Outstanding Service Award from the University of North Texas.

The award was presented to Glauben during UNT’s annual Alumni Awards banquet, held April 18. It is presented to individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT.

A salesman for Komar Alliance in Dallas, Glauben received his bachelor’s degree in personnel and industrial relations from UNT in 1976 and a Master of Education degree in 1978. He has been on the board of directors for the North Texas Exes alumni association since 2000, and currently serves as its president. He is also on the board of directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Glauben formerly served on the board of directors for the Dallas chapter of B’nai B’rith and was the international president of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He is a member of Congregation Shearith Israel.

Levine Academy students take first place in Metroplex Stock Market competition

Forget investing with high-priced Wall Street firms and leave your online trading Web sites behind. To make money, all you have to do is follow the lead of the four Levine Academy seventh-grade students who “invested” $100,000, turned it into $135,000 and, as a result, took first place in the Metroplex Stock Market Game, beating out 334 teams in the Dallas area.

Levine Academy uses the Stock Market Game to help students learn important academic and life skills in a fun and innovative way. Working in teams, they begin with a virtual cash account of $100,000 and strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live, Internet-based trading simulation. As they compete, they utilize their leadership skills, organizational skills and negotiation skills, as well as learn the importance of cooperation and compromise. In addition, they gain knowledge of investing and financial principles, like saving, in the context of the real-world economy, while sharpening critical thinking skills and improving their knowledge in math, language arts and social studies.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ makes Yavneh a wonder land

Yavneh Academy’s theater department recently presented “Alice in Wonderland,” directed by Jamey Jamison.

The stellar cast included Ilan Attar (Knave of Hearts), Brittany Barnett (Ensemble), Michael Bierman (Ensemble), Leigh Bonner (Duchess of Spades), Pemme Emily Brill (Red Queen), Arielle Time Burstein (Mad Hatter/Playbill Design), Sahar David (Caterpillar), Abbie Denemark (Turtle), Melissa Diamond (White Rabbit), Sara Greenberg (Gryphon), Shelbi Karlebach (Duck), Paige Koeppel (Tweedle-Dum), Eve Moel (Cheshire Cat), Daniel Moskowitz (Dormouse), David Naxon (Cook), Libby Panipinto (Margret), Bess Reisberg (Tweedle-Dee), Grace Rosenthal (Duchess of Diamonds), Baruch Shawel (Red King), Tova Stolovitsky (White Queen), Michelle Tanur (Duchess of Hearts), Saralinda Taurog (Dodo), Rachel Zbolon (Alice) and Arye Zucker (March Hare).

Yavneh art teacher Marsha Evans designed and directed the set, and students Daniel Boker, Elizabeth Chatham, Mark Cheirif, Alexander Hirschberg, Matthew Kirby, Sara Levi, Ethan Prescott and Adam Sallmander served as technical crew.

DJCF awards Risch scholarships to four Jewish preschools

Four grants, based on financial need, have been awarded to local Jewish preschools by the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation (DJCF), through the Helen E. Risch Scholarship Fund, in order to increase enrollment for the upcoming 2008–2009 school year. Recipients include the Aaron Family JCC Taglit Preschool, Ann and Nate Levine Academy Preschool, Congregation Anshai Torah Preschool and Temple Shalom Preschool.

“Our foundation is honored to be able to play a small supporting role in helping fulfill Helen and Frank Risch’s wonderful vision of supporting Jewish early childhood education as expressed through the Helen E. Risch Scholarship Fund. We commend all of the local Jewish early childhood education programs for the important work that they do,” said David Agronin, chief executive officer of the foundation.

Temple Shalom Director of Early Childhood Education Bonnie Rubenstein noted: “It feels so wonderful to know that the importance of early childhood education in a Jewish preschool is now being realized. I hope it is just the beginning and that in the future more children will be able to begin their Jewish education in their early childhood years.”

Helen Risch’s passion for early Jewish childhood education is inspiring. A former teacher herself, she says, “We need to be aware that we have to educate our children and their parents to maintain the continuity of Judaism. When parents get together to see what their children are learning, they, too, continue the process of education. We have to go back to the very first school experience, and become committed to teaching preschool-aged children about values and our Jewish traditions.” She is candid about one aspect of the Helen E. Risch Preschool Scholarship Endowment fund: “This is just a start. It can’t be just Frank and Helen, but everyone who needs to be involved in the education of young children. Our hope is that people will start new funds or add to this or other preschool scholarship funds at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.”

Increasing Jewish preschool enrollment continues to be the paramount objective of the Helen E. Risch Scholarship Endowment Fund. For more information, contact Deborah Hersh at 214-615-5260 or e-mail Deborah at dhersh@djcf.org.

DJCF was originally established in 1973 as the trust and endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and the organized Jewish community. Now, more than three decades later, the foundation manages more than $150 million in assets. In addition, the number of indivual funds and supporting foundations has grown to approximately 800, and these numbers are growing. DJCF is an independently incorporated, publicly supported charity.

Eli Evans, poet laureate of the South, to be Pollman lecturer at Emanu-El

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society will present its fourth offering of the Harold A. Pollman Lecture Series, now offered four times a year, with acclaimed author and philanthropist, Eli N. Evans. The Evans program is a joint collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah and the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. This program will accompany the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s annual meeting and board installation on Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center’s Zale Auditorium.

Eli Evans, born and raised in Durham, N.C., has a distinguished career in the government, education and philanthropic sectors. Most recently, he served as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, a $180 million foundation in New York, which makes grants for programs that deal with urban affairs, education, biomedical research and Jewish philanthropy. He served in this capacity from 1977 to 2003. Evans’ remarkable career includes working as a speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid-1960s, a stint at Duke University and 10 years with the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

He is the author of three books: “The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South”; his biography of Judah P. Benjamin, titled “Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate,” described as a “brilliant … study … and superb biography”; and his most recent work, “The Lonely Days Were Sundays: Reflections of a Jewish Southerner,” which resulted in Abba Eban declaring, “The Jews of the South have found their poet laureate.”

Evans was born into a prominent Southern Jewish family with role models serving both the local community and Jewish community as well as involvement in the national scene. His father, E.J. “Mutt” Evans, served as mayor of Durham for five terms. His mother, Sara Evans, was a national vice president of Hadassah, and his maternal grandmother was the first president of Hadassah in North Carolina. His brother, Bob Evans, served as a news correspondent for CBS in Moscow in the early 1960s and covered the civil rights movement in the South during the turbulent ‘60s and ‘70s. His uncle and aunt, well-known Dallas residents, Bill and Elya Naxon, have continued their strong Zionist support.

This program is part of a continuing series graciously sponsored by Harold Pollman for the purpose of bringing to Dallas national experts on topics of interest to the Dallas Jewish community. Admission is free and the program is open to the public. For more information, call 214-239-7120 or e-mail the Society at dtobias@djhs.com.

Akiba Academy will honor faculty at special scholarship event on May 15

Akiba Academy is poised to “Celebrate its Educational Future,” the theme of this year’s scholarship dinner and raffle, on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

An Israeli-themed dinner will set the mood and will be the backdrop to a special art auction featuring the works of Akiba students. Akiba will honor current faculty and staff members who exemplify best practices by delivering excellence in Judaic and general studies education every day. A special memento will be awarded to Akiba employees who have contributed to Akiba’s success over the last five years and longer.

Raffle Co-chairs Ellen Avraham and Hilary Bernhardt and Board Chairperson Helene Schussler look forward to welcoming Akiba parents and all distinguished guests to this special event organized by director Marilyn Rutner and the entire development department at Akiba.

JCC junior tennis players strike again

The spring USA team tennis season started in January. Some days were cold, some days were sunny and many days were WET. The weather conditions didn’t stop the dedication and determination of our players. On April 27, both of the JCC junior tennis teams, the Shooters and the Bangers, found themselves in the Dallas city championships.

The “JCC Shooters,” the JCC’s 14-and-under intermediate team, beat the Lakes Academy in a close semifinal match. In the finals, the JCC Shooters continued their winning streak by defeating the North West Smashers with a score of 5-3 and won the city championship!

The “JCC Bangers,” the JCC’s 14-and-under beginning team, defeated another Lakes Academy team with a score of 6-2. Unfortunately, the JCC Bangers fell short to the Whatevers of Dallas. The match was very close, with six of eight sets decided by one game. Another interesting fact that made this match notable was that all the JCC players are 11 and 12 years old, and the winning team consisted of players who were all 14 years old. Great tennis was played by all. Coach John Singer said he and the staff are very proud of their players who practice four days a week for 1-1/2 hours each day. They put in the time and their hard work paid off. The championship trophy is on display in the tennis office. Please come by to see it.

Rabbi Andrew M. Paley selected for STAR’s unique leadership program

Beginning this June, Rabbi Andrew M. Paley, senior rabbi at Temple Shalom, will embark on a “journey toward greatness” as one of only 18 rabbis throughout the country participating in the third year of a new program, “STAR Rabbis: From Good To Great.” The program is the first initiative to explore excellence in leadership with rabbis who have at least 10 years’ experience.

Experienced rabbis have many opportunities to attend conferences and meet with colleagues. But, “From Good to Great” provides them with a very different experience. The program offers rabbis at mid-career a unique way to re-energize their dreams and lead their communities with greater impact, along with a select group of colleagues from across the denominational spectrum.

“Rabbis need ways to reconnect with the ideals that called them into the congregation and develop new strategies for bringing those ideals to life,” said Rabbi Hayim Herring, STAR’s executive director. Inspired by the bestselling book, “Good to Great,” by business consultant Jim Collins, the program uses trusted principles of leadership to energize, inspire and support rabbis who compare their current achievements to their future aspirations.

Through participation in two leadership retreats, several “webinars” (learning sessions over the Internet) and mentored project work, rabbis practice the art of leadership and change management within their congregation. The program places special emphasis on building a more vibrant congregation through partnership with lay leadership.

Faculty and guest teachers for “From Good to Great” include some of the leading rabbis and experts from the Jewish world and corporate leaders who also understand synagogues and the Jewish community.

“It is an honor to be a part of such an esteemed group of colleagues brought together by such a wonderful foundation. I am eager to learn and to grow and to bring an even greater passion and vision to my rabbinate, to my congregation and to the Jewish people,” Rabbi Paley said.

Levine Academy students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

On Monday, April 28, Levine Academy inducted 10 new members into the National Junior Honor Society, established over 75 years ago. Levine Academy chartered its first chapter in 2005 with the goal of providing an avenue to further student leadership and commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the world. “We have great expectations of our Honor Society students,” said Wende Weinberg, NJHS advisor. “Those students are expected to take a leadership role in the school community and the greater Dallas community, and take on the obligation of ‘repairing the world.’” The NJHS members organize the Levine Academy Annual Chesed Day and Mitzvah Madness Day, which are both devoted to helping those less fortunate in Dallas, and serve as academic tutors and teacher aids within the academy. “As a result of programs such as Mitzvah Madness Day,” added K–8 Principal Dr. Susie Wolbe, “all of our students see the world beyond their own needs and discover the rewards of helping others in the greater Dallas area.” In the past, the students have organized the entire student body to prepare Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and work at such agencies as the North Texas Food Bank, Vogel Alcove, Family Gateway, Community Partners of Dallas–Rainbow Room, Geniza Burial at Congregation Shearith Israel Cemetery, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students may be considered for membership in the NJHS only if they have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 85 or higher. Once that criterion is met, a faculty council evaluates each student based upon the following criteria: service, leadership, character and citizenship. The students selected for membership meet on a regular basis to plan and execute one or more school service projects, in addition to continuing their own social service endeavors.

Congratulations to the following Levine Academy students who were inducted into the NJHS: class of ‘08: Elianah Gorin; class of ‘09: Jeffrey Diamond, Shelby Gadol, Rachel Goodman, Grace Horn, Justin Katz, Liz Livingston, Yosef Presburger, Kayley Romick and Dillon Shipper. They join current members from the class of 2008: Ali Feinstein, Jillian Herstein, Andrew Leffler, Jordan Rudner, Jessica Solls, Alex Weinstein and Tori Weinstein.

The NJHS, with more than 5,000 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories and Canada, has become a prestigious organization, ranking high among administrators, faculty members, students, parents and residents of the school community.

‘Religion in Public Schools: New Laws … New Dilemmas’

The American Jewish Congress and Congregation Tiferet Israel will host a panel discussion on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Tiferet Israel, 10909 Hillcrest Road.

Have Texas legislators crossed the constitutional line on separation of religion and state? Many believe that recently passed laws regarding teaching of the Bible and freedom of expression in Texas public schools go against the “establishment clause” in the U.S. Constitution. Do they, or is the problem in the implementation? Listen to an expert panel debate on this subject with Professor Lackland Bloom, constitutional law professor at the SMU Dedman School of Law; Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network; Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Free Market Foundation; and Dr. Jim Wussow, Plano ISD executive director for secondary academic services.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Susan Myers at AJCongress, 214-368-2731, or Gary Kahalnik at Tiferet Israel, 214-691-3611, ext. 2.

Installation at closing meeting

Herzl Hadassah will hold its installation of officers for the coming year at its closing meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. in the Senior Assembly Room at the Aaron Family JCC.

June Penkar, immediate past president of the Dallas Chapter, will conduct the installation. Mimi Guten, popular and inimitable musician, will present a musical program.

Members and guests are all invited. Please remember to bring a dairy lunch; coffee and desert will be served by Herzl. Remember also to bring your Blue Boxes!

Well-deserved honoree

Congratulations to Ann Margolin, who received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Women’s Council of Dallas County. This award honors a woman who has had “outstanding accomplishments in public service that have demonstrated leadership and effective advocacy resulting in change.” Ann, who was honored for her years of work with Parkland Hospital, was the first woman to chair the board of Parkland and served on that board for six years. More recently, she has served on the Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners to recommend the scope, logistics and financing of a new hospital. Ann, who currently serves on the Dallas Park and Recreation board, is a member of Temple Emanu-El and has served on the boards of ADL and the JCRC. She is currently on the board of the American Jewish Committee.

NCJW Dallas Section closing luncheon

For long years the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section, has been in the communal and civic forefronts, immersed in a myriad of community activities benefiting youngsters, oldsters and those in-between. As a prospective new resident of the Dallas community with my forthcoming move to The Legacy, one of my first tasks will be to reinstate my membership in the NCJW. I was a longtime member for many years in Fort Worth, until the chapter, successful though it was, disbanded because of the lack of young leadership, the bane of many worthy organizations on both the local and national scene. Thankfully, the Greater Dallas Section is in good hands with a large corps of fabulous dedicated volunteers.

Accepting the mantle of the presidency at the 96th Annual Installation Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, 11:15 a.m. will be the very capable Cheryl Pollman, who comes to the post with years of dedication and service to the high principles of NCJW. After her retirement from her law practice, Cheryl dedicated her energy and talents to furthering the mission and goals of the Dallas Section. Her love of advocacy, education and community service is a perfect fit for NCJW.

Also to be installed are vice presidents: Debbie Greene, administration; Nancy Fellman, community service; Stacy Barnett, Robin Zweig, financial development; Cathy Golden, Terry Greenberg, public affairs; Michelle Bassichis, public relations; and Lauren Busch, Amy Hollander, membership. Also, Kristyle Solomon, secretary; Sheryl Bogen, associate secretary; Kay Schachter, treasurer; and Laura Diamond, associate treasurer.

Directors at large for 2008–2009 include Marla Bane, Barbara Berger, Saralynn Busch, Sandy Donsky, Sharan Goldstein, Linnie Katz, Staci Mankoff and Bette Morchower; for 2008-2010, Elizabeth Greif, Nancy Kasten, Katherine Krause, Felise Leidner, Peggy Millheiser, Ellen Silverman, Rhona Streit and Beth Stromberg.

Serving on the Nominating Committee were Sue Tilis, Eileen Kreisler, Jaynie Schultz and Maddy Unterberg.

Keynote speaker will be Becky Sykes, executive director of the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

Luncheon chairs were Barbara Einsohn and Sharan Goldstein. Retiring president of the Section is Sue Tilis, who in her closing statement said: “Our membership numbers continue to climb as do the financial resources available for funding community services educational and advocacy. Under the leadership of Cheryl Pollman, the Section is destined to achieve. The generosity of so any members who have given their time, energy, wisdom and financial resources has enabled us to be so accomplished. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.”

Expressions 2008 is a smash hit!

For one whole week in April, the Dallas Jewish community was exposed to incredible artwork by more than 100 prominent Israeli artists through Expressions 2008. The exhibition, brought to the U.S. by sculptor Itzhak Assour, was held at Congregation Shearith Israel. It was sponsored by Shearith Israel, the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, the Texas Jewish Post and the state of Israel in celebration of Israel’s 60th!

Expressions was a huge success thanks to Committee Chairs Avra and Andrew Carr and their dedicated committee comprising Stacy Barnett, Sheli Barnett, Lynne Baron, Deidra Cizon, Gordon Cizon, Doron Ilai, Tarron Ilai, Susan Schackman and Jamie Weisbrod. A great big thank-you to them and all of the volunteers who helped at the exhibition and at the various events that took place throughout the week.

Additionally, thanks to all of the people who attended the exhibition, especially those who made purchases. Funds from the sale of the art benefited Israeli artists, Congregation Shearith Israel and the JCC.

Last but not least, kudos to Jamie Weisbrod for making the colorful floor mats directing people into the exhibition. They were fun, cheerful, and indestructible. If anyone is interested in purchasing one, please contact Jamie Weisbrod at jmifredell@swbell.net.

Richard Heinsius will be JWV May speaker

The Jewish War Vets’ Paul H. Lewis tells the TJP that Richard Heinsius will speak to JWV on Sunday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the JCC. His subject hits very close to home. Joel Sheskin, Rhoda’s husband, succumbed to Alzheimer’s. His care during those trying days will be described by our speaker. We hope that none of you will succumb to Alzheimer’s. Rhoda suggested Richard as a speaker so that you may learn some useful tips if you or your loved ones do so.

Richard is VistaCare’s director of business development for Dallas and Collin counties. He has more than 20 years’ experience in health care; has worked in home health and hospice care with the Visiting Nurse Association; was director of business development and a member of the corporate reengineering team with Charter Medical Corp.; worked as a director on a joint venture project with Baylor, Harris Methodist and Presbyterian Healthcare organizations; and directed the corporate employee assistance network for Xerox.

As usual a lox and bagel brunch will be served.

Attention college students

Looking for a great way to spend your summer, fall, spring and holiday breaks? Join the JCC before June 1 and pay only $150 for 12 full months of fitness, fun, classes and more. Simply bring your school ID and get started today. Students must attend a school at least 50 miles away from the J. Fee must be paid in full.

Tuesdays@Central

The Dallas Public Library is pleased to welcome you to Tuesdays@Central, an exciting, new weekly series of free, eclectic and engaging programs providing stimulating, entertaining and educational opportunities for the community. Held on the first floor of the Central Library, the series targets the growing population of people living downtown as well as the surrounding areas.

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day and the end of World War II in Europe, the Dallas Public Library invites you to the May 6 Tuesdays@Central program from 7 to 8 p.m., with Elliott Dlin, noted speaker and executive director of the Dallas Holocaust Museum / Center for Education and Tolerance. He will discuss “The Holocaust: Lessons Learned and Lessons Still to Learn.”

We hope you will be able to attend this important event.

‘Diva’ Hadassah program well attended

About 50 Dallas Hadassah members couldn’t resist the siren call of “Sacred Diva,” a special evening program on Tuesday, April 22, in Fruhman Hall of the Aaron Family JCC.

A Passover dessert reception preceded the presentation by Jennifer Brown, Ph.D., who spoke to the women about “Our Bodies, Our Spirits: Rituals of Beauty and Lifecycle Milestones.” Her doctorate is in transpersonal psychology, but she accompanied and enhanced her program with photo slides of ancient goddesses, giving it the aura of an archaeological expedition.

Women’s lives have always fallen into three distinct segments, she explained. The Maiden is the young girl just growing toward womanhood; the Mother is so named because she is in her childbearing years, whether or not she actually has children; the post-menopausal Crone is to be honored and respected for her accumulated wisdom. “Crone” did not come into our language as a disparaging term, according to Brown; it is not the equivalent of the word “witch.” Rather, it is the female form of “crony,” a term often referring to friendships among elderly men.

In life as in the monthly cycle of her body, a woman parallels the phases of the moon, first waxing toward bright fullness, then waning to almost total darkness. After explaining this, Brown added that the woman’s cycle is also like that of the year and its seasons: Spring is the Maiden, coming into first bloom; the Mother is summer, filled with healthy productivity; the Crone is fall, banking her fires as she moves toward the inevitable death that is winter.

Brown, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz., is an educator who often speaks on women’s empowerment and has her own counseling practice, teaching women to recognize and utilize their feminine instincts for the betterment of their lives and those of the people around them. She is a life member of Hadassah, and was presented here by local members of two special Hadassah groups, Chain Society and Builders of the Future. They include Harriet Hollander and Suellen Rothschild, chairs of the event, and Marsha Baker, Janet Coppinger, Miriam Creemer, Maxine Dashefsky, Vered Golan, Leanne Hall, Marcy Helfand, Amy Hollander, Evelyn Margolis, Jo Reingold, Marjorie Shor, Sonia Shor, Lauri Wiss and Jo Zeffren. All have donated at least $360 per year to a variety of Hadassah projects.

More information about Dallas Hadassah and its programming is available by calling the local office, 214-691-1948.

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‘Dance the Night Away’ to feature Doc Gibbs

Doc Gibbs and his band will headline the “Dance the Night Away” event, Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road. This cabaret-style evening, part of the Showcase Series, will include table seating and refreshments.

Doc Gibbs is a multitalented entertainer: singer, comedian, impressionist, songwriter and pianist. He’s a one-man show, but he will appear with his five-piece band for this fun-filled evening of music and dancing. Doc and his band play a variety of musical styles: popular, country, rhythm and blues, jazz and timeless standards. He will also take requests and perform some of his sidesplitting singing impressions of other famous entertainers such as Elvis, Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong and Willie Nelson.

Doc has been honing his skills as an entertainer since he began self-teaching piano at 8 years old. He continued with formal training through high school and graduated from Brandeis University in 1972. Throughout those years, he served as a church musician in accompanist, singer and director roles. He is a featured artist with Nana Puddin’ and Young Audiences (Big Thought) of Texas, providing inspirational, entertaining and educational shows for youth. He has provided show music for Percy Sledge, Joan Rivers and the Drifters, and has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally including China, Russia, Nigeria, the Caribbean and England. Doc also works as a speaker providing motivational and musical presentations that entertain and inspire.

He says he is blessed to be doing what he enjoys: performing, entertaining and speaking. His goal is to inspire, encourage, and make people laugh, fully living out his motto: “Doc makes you feel good!”

The Showcase Series is produced by the Temple Emanu-El Music Committee, chaired by Sarah Yarrin and advised by Cantor Richard Cohn. The series is celebrating its 18th year as a premier event at Temple Emanu-El.

Tickets are $15/adult; $12/senior/student; $7/youth 13 and under. Order online at www.tedallas.org or call Temple Emanu-El, 214-706-0000; Sarah Yarrin, 214-924-1487; or Rosalee Cohen, 972-233-2001.

‘Silenced Voices’ concert May 1

On Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., at the UTD Conference Center, 800 W. Campbell Road, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra will feature a concert called “Silenced Voices: A Concert of Remembrance” highlighting musical works by composers murdered in the Holocaust. The event is presented by the University of Texas–Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies in cooperation with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Dallas.

Admission is free but reservations are required: 972-883-2100. Take note that the president and chairman of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra is Laura Rosenthal, a member of Chabad of Dallas; and two of its board members are Carol Tobias and Alice Rosen, members of Temple Emanu-El.

Bnai Zion celebrates 100th anniversary

Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Bnai Zion will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a brunch honoring Patti and Howard Fields and Eli Davidsohn and recognizing Judah Epstein. Special guest speaker will be Alon Carmel, founder and former CEO of JDate. All proceeds from the brunch will be donated to AHAVA, a residential center for children ages 6 to 18 who come from high-risk home situations, where Alon spent a period of his childhood.

Cost of brunch: $50 per person and $40 for persons under 30 years of age.

Space is limited. Please call Avrille at 972-918-9200 or e-mail her at avrille.harris-cohen@bnaizion.org to make reservations.

Holocaust art exhibition at museum

During the month of May, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will present “The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust.” The exhibition consists of the work of two artists, Julie Meetal and Veronique Jonas, whose paintings and sculptures embody the searing effect of the Holocaust on their families and on the Jews of Europe during World War II.

Julie Meetal’s exhibition, “Out of Ashes,” is a series with 11 paintings, one large sculpture and three smaller pieces. The work directly reflects the Holocaust stories of her Hungarian parents and the larger fate of European Jews.

Veronique Jonas’ series of 12 paintings, entitled “The Color of Memory,” poetically envisions the experience of her family and the Jewish community on the Greek island of Rhodes.

The artists employ differing styles to achieve their aims. Meetal paints imaginatively, creating a dreamlike nexus of figures, symbols, and saturated color, while Jonas paints with a heightened realism to depict the buildings of the Jewish quarter of Rhodes.

For Meetal and Jonas, their art expresses the personal and emotional repercussions of the Holocaust for their parents and for themselves. Through their eyes, the viewer is able to understand the Holocaust not just as history, but as the story of real families and specific individuals. These artists give us both the facts of memory and its ineffable color of loss and remembrance. Meetal and Jonas want the testimony of their art to refute those who try to deny the Holocaust, and to awaken all of us to the threat of genocide around the world today.

Both artists live in the Dallas area and created the work in this exhibition independently. In 2005, when they were both participating in an exhibition in Israel, they found each other engaged in the same mission, and joined together to create the exhibition, “The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust.”

Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students under 18, seniors, active military and groups of 15 or more. Prices include the Holocaust Museum exhibit, audio guide and “Color of Memory” art show. For more information, please contact the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance at 214-741-7500 or go to www.colorofmemory.com.

Melton alumni to graduate, celebrate

At graduation on June 3, the Honu Frankel chapter of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Alumni Association of Dallas will be launched. The celebration will allow family members and graduates to come together to celebrate Honu’s life and commitment to high-quality adult Jewish education. Honoring Honu’s memory and love of learning, her family worked closely with Rachelle Weiss-Crane and Annie Glickman to create this lasting tribute. The funds contributed will provide for tuition assistance, faculty development, guest speakers and other important initiatives in Dallas which will sustain the Mini School for years to come.

For more information, contact Annie Glickman at 214-239-7140 or aglickman@jccdallas.org.

Akiba Academy celebrates its educational future: Mark Stolovitsky signs long-term contract as head of school

Three-and-a-half years ago, Akiba Academy was facing many challenges — moving onto to a new campus and transitioning to a new set of administrators and a newly-hired head of school. While remaining true to its core Modern Orthodox values and mission, Akiba Academy is stronger and more confident than ever before. ”We have seen our academic program, as well as the quality of administrative and teaching staff, rise to levels of excellence unprecedented in our school’s history,” said Elizabeth Liener, president of the board of trustees. “The culture at Akiba is positive, open and constructive. As a result, students and families genuinely enjoy being at our school and understand the value and beauty of the education we are providing. The numbers tell the story — during these past few years, we have grown nearly 30 percent in enrollment, while retention levels are at an all-time high. A recent third-party school assessment affirms the vibrancy and strength of our educational culture.”

The Board of Trustees of Akiba has announced that Mark Stolovitsky signed a long-term contract, remaining at the helm of Akiba Academy for at least another four years.

A law graduate of McGill University in Montreal, “Mar S.”, as he is known to his students, was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1981. Following graduate studies in history of Jewish interpretation at McGill, he obtained a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Calgary.

His solid background in administration, financial management, marketing and institutional advancement provide the strength required to build cohesive team unity and integrity. His teaching skills give him the insightful ability to present Judaism meaningfully to students.

Under his direction, Akiba has also recently extended long-term agreements with the following key personnel: business manager Nancy Skinner, a 15-year veteran at Akiba; Dr. Beverly Millican, director of general studies, who came on board at the same time as Mark Stolovitsky; Rabbi Zev Silver, who leads the Judaic studies faculty; and Jordana Bernstein, director of early childhood education.

“The dynamic spirit of Mr. Stolovitsky has moved Akiba from a point of uncertainty and challenge to a position of strength and unlimited possibilities. His comprehensive experience and talents as an educator and a leader serve him well as he continues to effectively grow our school within the framework of our values and our mission. We are incredibly fortunate to have a head of school with his level of commitment, energy and vision,” Mrs. Liener added.

In May, as part of the Scholarship Raffle and Dinner event, Akiba will “Celebrate its Educational Future” with a special tribute to faculty and staff. For more information about Akiba, or to arrange for a tour, please contact Mireille Brisebois-Allen at 214-295-3400, mallen@akibaacademy.org.

Swing into summer with Equity Bank’s End of Schoolyear Bash!

Come show off your putting skills at the first annual Equity Bank End of Schoolyear Bash! Enter in the miniature golf tournament or help sponsor a child player. All proceeds from the tournament and event will go to the Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund (GGFDEF), a charitable foundation that provides training for preschool, day-school and religious-school teachers on the educational challenges of teaching children with learning differences. A buffet including kosher offerings will also be featured along with a driving range and batting cages.

The tournament will be held at Top Golf in Dallas, at the northwest corner of Park Lane and Abrams, on Saturday, May 18, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sponsors include Equity Bank, Waldman Bros., Glazer’s Distributors, Current Energy, the Zweig Family, the Sol Levine Family, Rich Hippie, Ed and Jill Sedacca, Sheila and Jeff Chapman, Bonnie and Jeff Whitman, Michael and Jane Hurst, Kahn Mechanical, Carol and Steve Aaron, Martin and Susan Golman, Stan and Barbara Levenson, Harold and Ida Ann Zweig, David and Lauren Zweig, Bennett and Marion Glazer, Insurance Partners Southwest, Trevor and Elaine Pearlman, Levy and Sons Plumbing, Baxter Brinkmann and Lisa Stout, and Brown McCarroll.

The Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund (GGFDEF) was created by Louis and Robin Zweig in honor of their son David, who has Asperger’s syndrome. The GGFDEF was started in September 2007 with the vision to provide educational resources for Dallas-area preschool, day-school, and religious-school teachers so that they, and their students with learning differences, could fulfill their educational responsibilities and needs. The fund finances educational seminars and training days, and focuses on helping teachers and religious-school leaders develop classroom strategies for learning differences such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological disorders.

To date, the fund has sponsored and facilitated five training sessions in which 100 area teachers have gone through two-hour training sessions that introduce and explain the neurological disorders which affect our children today.

The fund is establishing a resource center in the Tycher Library at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, where parents, students, and teachers can access the latest information about neurological disorders, learn best practices and develop strategies to foster success.

Federation’s Jewish Education Department presents scholar Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

The Dallas Jewish community is delighted to welcome scholar Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, an internationally renowned expert on the Jewish experience in the Far East, to our city from May 2 to May 11.

Rabbi Tokayer will speak and teach across a wide swath of Jewish Dallas. Congregational visits include Shaare Tefilla, Temple Emanu-El and Anshai Torah. He will also visit with school-age children as well as adult learners at the Melton Mini School. In the community-at-large, he is scheduled to teach a seminar for teachers at the Holocaust Museum; visit SMU’s Bridwell Library, repository of a 12th-century Torah written by Chinese Jews; and lead a Talmud class, focusing on Asian study of the Talmud.

The author of 33 books in Japanese and a guide for tours of Jewish life in the Far East, Rabbi Tokayer served as rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan from 1968 to 1981, where he also served as vice president of the Jewish communities of East Asia and the Pacific. He is co-author of “The Fugu Plan,” the heroic story of the European Jews who found haven in Japan and China during the Holocaust. He recently retired as rabbi of Cherry Lane Minyan in Great Neck, N.Y.

While in Dallas, Rabbi Tokayer will participate in a diverse array of activities, including Sabbath afternoon study at Shaare Tefilla, an Orthodox synagogue; a Rosh Chodesh observance for women to commemorate the beginning of the month at Anshai Torah, a Conservative synagogue, and giving the Neustadt Lecture at Temple Emanu-El, a Reform temple.

Rabbi Tokayer’s visit is presented by the Jewish Education Department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and is sponsored by Frank and Helen Risch.

Those interested in attending one of Rabbi Tokayer’s lectures are asked to contact Melissa Bernstein at 214-239-7134 or mbernstein@jfgd.org.

Akiba Academy honored for noteworthy practices at Conference for Excellence in Jewish Education

A group of Akiba Academy of Dallas’ professional and lay leaders traveled to Boston last week to attend the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Assembly for Jewish Day Schools. Over 1300 representatives from 265 schools were “Linked for Learning, Positioned for Growth” over the span of two days of content-rich seminars, enhanced through the use of innovative meeting practices such as World Café Conversations.

Keynote addresses from Pat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools, and Israeli statesman Natan Sharansky were the highlights of evening programming. Sharansky delivered a passionate message about the importance of one’s identity and the role played by Jewish day schools in this affirmation. Through moving anecdotes culled from pivotal, life-altering events, Sharansky passionately inspired this important gathering of Jewish educators and innovators.

This biennial conference also marked the debut of PEJE’s Marketing Awards initiative, designed to recognize Jewish day schools which have demonstrated exemplary practices in the area of marketing. Over 200 entries were considered and Akiba Academy was recognized for Excellence in Data Collection and Analysis, Responsiveness to Parents’ Needs with its Electronic Newsletter, and materials developed for Fundraising, Annual Campaigns. All winning entries are now part of PEJE’s community of marketing practices, and shared electronically with Jewish day schools across the U.S., Canada and other participating countries.

Revitalized from this infusion of knowledge, expertise and innovative practices in all areas responsible for Jewish day school growth and success, Akiba Academy is now, more than ever, poised to “Celebrate its Educational Future,” the theme of this year’s Scholarship Event and Faculty Tribute on May 15. That evening, Akiba will honor current faculty and staff members who exemplify best practices by delivering excellence in Judaic and general studies education every day. A special memento will be awarded to Akiba employees who have contributed to Akiba’s success for the last five years and longer.
Second Annual Passover Restaurant at the J

The “J” will be the scene of its Second Annual Passover Restaurant on Thursday, April 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Zale Auditorium, 7900 Northaven Road. The evening will include a delicious meal, great activities and fun for all the children.

Best of all, there’s no fuss, no muss and no cleaning! Fees for the evening and program are: adults, $15; children (2–12 years old), $10. Reservations and payment must be received by Tuesday, April 22. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 214-739-2737.≠

Daniel Bonner among 250 high school seniors that make a difference
Daniel Bonner, an outstanding senior from Yavneh Academy of Dallas, has demonstrated the academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement to earn a finalist spot in the 20th class of the Coca-Cola Scholars program. Bonner was selected as a finalist from a field of approximately 2,000 semifinalists by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and will start college next fall with the help of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas and the Coca-Cola Company. Including the 20th class of scholars designated in 2008, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 4,000 young scholars nationwide with more than $35 million since the Foundation’s inception.

Bonner is one of 250 high school seniors selected nationwide to compete for a cash scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. On April 24, he will join other finalists as they travel to Atlanta, the headquarters of the Coca-Cola Company, for the Scholars Weekend to compete for 50 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $10,000. Over the four-day weekend, the finalists will interview with a National Selection Committee, tour the city, meet with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a range of activities including a community service project. Additionally, the 2008 class of Coca-Cola Scholars will be recognized at a banquet hosted by the Coca-Cola System, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is one of the most-recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in America. The foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. The program is open to all high school seniors in the United States from 26,000 high schools. Coca-Cola Scholars come from all 50 states and more than one-third are minorities.

SMU tribute to Simon Sargon
The Meadows Wind Ensemble will present a 70th birthday tribute to Simon Sargon, renowned contemporary composer, pianist and professor at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, with guest performers including the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera baritone John Sauvey. The concert will feature six of Sargon’s original compositions, including the world premiere of a piece written for the occasion. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students, SMU faculty and staff. Free parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the garage under the Meadows Museum. To purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787.

The program will showcase the composer’s musical diversity, from classical to jazz, from comic to serious, based on themes ranging from war memories to nature to fairy tales. The concert opens with the world premiere of “Lift Off,” which was specially commissioned for the Meadows Wind Ensemble by its conductor, Jack Delaney. Inspired by the crashing of waves against a cliff along the Pacific shore, the piece suggests a soaring flight into gravity-less space. The work is followed by “After the Vietnam War,” a cycle of seven songs for baritone and orchestra written in 1984. The text consists of poems written by Vietnam veterans about their experiences. It will be performed by members of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra with John Sauvey.

The pace changes with the next work, “Dusting Around with Scott’s Rag” (1993), a jazzy, humorous variation on Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.” It will be performed by the Meadows Wind Ensemble and flute soloist Kathryn Martin.

Following a brief intermission, the Wind Ensemble returns for “Rap Sessions,” a showcase for solo trumpet and solo trombone that it commissioned in 2003. Trumpeter Durango Ruiz and trombonist James Layfield will be featured.
This piece is followed by “The World of Anatevka,” based on authentic folk melodies of Jewish villages of Eastern Europe and Russia which were wiped out in the Holocaust. Sargon said, “These melodies express the deep emotions, the profound love of life and the basic universal concerns of the vibrant people who once lived in these communities and are now no more.”

The concert concludes with “The Town Musicians of Bremen,” a breezy and lighthearted work based on the Grimm fairy tale. Sargon composed the piece in 2002 to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild, Juliana. Michael Blayney (Juliana’s father) will serve as narrator, and choreography by SMU dance students will be featured.

Synaplex Shabbat
at Temple Shalom
The community is cordially invited to celebrate Shabbat at Temple Shalom’s Synaplex Shabbat, Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m., and to share in an array of choices including services, classes and activities for every age and every member of the family. The event — free, open to the community, no reservations necessary — will be ushered in with a Synaplex Jewbilee, a coming together of rhythm and song before everyone participates in a myriad of classes and interests.

Beginning at 10, the series of programs includes:
Rabbi Brian Zimmerman will present “Pump Up The Seder: How to Lead a Great Seder with Kids from K-12.”
Dennis Eichelbaum, attorney at law, will discuss: “Parents’ and Students’ Rights in Public Schools.”
“Unlocking the Secrets of our New Prayer Book: Mishkan T’fillah” will be facilitated by Rabbi Jeremy Schneider.
“Baking for Passover” will be demonstrated by Ed Brandt of Ed’s Deli.

Attorney Rich Reister will discuss “Estate Planning: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.”

Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor will present “Separating Belief and Fact.” (How do we reconcile tradition and science?)
“A Taste of Rosh Chodesh” will be offered by Rivka Arad, Allison Harding and Jill Weinberg.

“Scrabble” will be available all morning for all ages, supervised by Sandy Poulin.

“Mah Jongg,” teaching and practice, will take place all morning with Pat Jortner.

“Texas Hold’em” will be facilitated by Amir Arad and Aric Stock from 10 to noon.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Rabbi Brian Zimmerman will present “Don’t Just Skip to the End and Eat: Dynamic Discussions for a Great Seder.”

During the same time frame: Dr. Pam Garcy, author, will discuss her newest book, “The Power of Inner Guidance: Seven Steps to Tune In and Turn On.”

Stephanie Comfort will escort participants on “A Journey to the Exotic Land of North Africa.” Your senses will come alive with the taste, aroma, music and art of Morocco.

Azhar Azeez and Rabbi Jeremy Schneider will present “Children of Abraham: Jews and Muslims in Conversation.”
Gil Elan will facilitate “Israel Update,” late-breaking news of Israel.

“Feeding the Jewish 101” is a stand-up comic offering by Ed Brandt.

“Whom Does God Choose and Why?” is the profound question to be posed by Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor.

A festive lunch will be served at noon, followed by additional entertainment:

From 1 to 2 p.m., Rabbi Andrew Paley will review the book, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.”

Cantor Don Croll and Eli Davidsohn will perform a program of Chassidic music.

The activity menu for students includes “Jerusalem Jewelry Making,” “Create Your Own Matzah Cover,” “Build a City in Israel with Legos,” “Jewish Guitar Hero,” “Football and Basketball,” “Who Wants To Be A Jewish Millionaire” and “Games, Games, Games.”

For more information on Synaplex Shabbat at Shalom, please contact Rivka Arad, director of Life Long Learning, at rarad@templeshalomdallas.org.

AJCommittee welcomes
Ellen Avraham
Welcome to American Jewish Committee’s newest staff member, Ellen Avraham! Ellen, who recently joined the Dallas chapter, brings with her a wealth of experience. She has served as the deputy director of public relations and later as the regional coordinator with the Join Distribution Committee in Israel, as well as occupied the role of public information officer for the Consulate General of Israel in Boston, Mass. Ellen is in the U.S. with her two children and husband, Eli Avraham, who is the Schusteman visiting professor at the University of North Texas.

Akiba celebrates its
educational future
Three and a half years ago, Akiba Academy was facing many challenges — moving onto to a new campus and transitioning to a new set of administrators and a newly-hired head of school, just to name a few.

“We have seen our academic program, as well as the quality of administrative and teaching staff, rise to levels of excellence unprecedented in our school’s history,” said Elizabeth Liener, president of the board of trustees. “The culture at Akiba is positive, open and constructive. As a result, students and families enjoy being at our school and understand the value and beauty of the education we are providing. The numbers tell the story. During these past few years, we have grown nearly 30 percent in enrollment, while retention levels are at an all-time high. A recent third-party school assessment affirms the vibrancy and strength of our educational culture.”

The board of trustees of Akiba Academy recently announced that Mark Stolovitsky signed a long-term contract, remaining at the helm of Akiba Academy for at least another four years.

A law graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Mark S., as he is known to his students, was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1981. Following graduate studies in history of Jewish interpretation at McGill, he obtained a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Calgary.

His solid background in administration, financial management, marketing and institutional advancement provide the strength required to build cohesive team unity and integrity. His teaching skills give him the insightful ability to present Judaism meaningfully to students.

Under his direction, Akiba has also recently extended long-term agreements with the following key personnel: business manager Nancy Skinner, a 15-year veteran at Akiba; Dr. Beverly Millican, director of general studies, who came on board at the same time as Stolovitsky; Rabbi Zev Silver, who leads the Judaic studies faculty; and Jordana Bernstein, director of early childhood education.

“The dynamic spirit of Mr. Stolovitsky has moved Akiba from uncertainty and challenge to strength and unlimited possibilities. His comprehensive experience and talents as an educator and a leader serve him well as he continues to grow our school within the framework of our values and our mission. We are incredibly fortunate to have a head of school with his level of commitment, energy and vision,” Mrs. Liener added.

In May, as part of the Scholarship Raffle and Dinner event, Akiba will celebrate its educational future with a special tribute to faculty and staff. For more information about Akiba, or to arrange for a tour, please contact Mireille Brisebois-Allen at 214-295-3400, mallen@akibaacademy.org.

Hatikva 6 performs at Beth Torah
Congregation Beth Torah was transformed into a Tel Aviv nightclub on Sunday, March 23, as the Israeli rock-reggae band Hatikva 6 performed before an enthusiastic crowd of 250. The popular quartet, whose song “If I Meet God” has been nominated for Song of the Year in Israel, stopped in Richardson as part of a six-week U.S. tour sponsored by Israel at Heart. During their stay in Dallas, band members also toured local attractions, spoke to students at Levine Academy and were guests at a reception sponsored by SMU Hillel. Pictured l-r: Shelly Glikman, Ron Linial, Omri Glikman, Ido Lederman.

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Dallas Doings — March 2008

Posted on 01 March 2008 by admin

Lili Feingold presentation set for March 16

Paul H. Lewis tells the TJP that Lili Feingold, who was unable to keep her December commitment, because of an electronics failure, to speak to JWV has been booked for a return engagement on Sunday, March 16 at the JCC at 9:30 a.m. She talked to JWV members and their Ladies’ Auxiliary on June 27, 2004 when she showed ink and watercolor drawings done by her father, à la Bill Mauldin in style.

Lili will show a recording of the historic flight over Auschwitz by the Israeli Air Force in 2004. Among those attending the ceremony on the ground were Al Weber, who bombed one of the Auschwitz buildings in 1944, and Yitzhak Cohen, who was in Auschwitz at the time of the bombing. Cohen is a Holocaust survivor who lives in Israel.

Bernie Dworkin and Sig Liberman recommended Lili.

As usual, a lox and bagel breakfast will be served.

Lifesaver luncheon open to all

Herzl Hadassah will hold its annual Lifesaver Luncheon on Wednesday, March 12 at10 a.m. in the Senior Assembly Room at the Aaron Family JCC.

A delicious baked salmon/noodle kugel Lunch with salad, vegetable and dessert, all for $15, will be served. In addition to lunch, included in the cost is a donation to Hadassah Medical Center and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets for great prizes are priced at six for $5.

Reservations must be made by March 7. Please call Mary Ruback, 972-239-1586

BBYO dedicates Phase 1 of its ‘Bricks for BBYO’ program

The Dallas-area B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) will culminate Phase 1 of its “Bricks for BBYO” program on Sunday, March 9, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, located at 7900 Northaven Road.

The program will help support Dallas-area BBYO’s annual budget and help continue to provide the quality programming and leadership development that has been a tradition for many years.

“Bricks for BBYO” is an opportunity for parents, alumni, advisors, current members and corporate sponsors to purchase a personally engraved brick that will be mounted on the walls outside the BBYO office area. Sherrie Stalarow, BBYO senior executive regional director, said that “these bricks will serve as a permanent testament to what BBYO has meant to the generations of teens who were and are members of BBYO in addition to the organization’s impact on the entire Dallas area Jewish community.”

Phase 1 raised over $10,000. Alissa Goodman, Dallas area BBYO adult board chair, said that “support for the program has been amazing” and that “Phase 2 is expected to exceed Phase 1’s results in a relatively short amount of time.”

The event will also include recognition of staff member Sharon Baron, who is retiring after 29 years of service. Stalarow added that “Sharon, who was the rock of the organization here in Dallas, will be greatly missed by both the professional staff and the kids.”

Stalarow asks that friends of BBYO who would like to contribute to Phase 2 call the BBYO office at 214-363-4654. The office will e-mail the order form to compose a personalized message. RSVPs for the dedication can be made through Alex Aronoff, Dallas director, at aaronoff@bbyo.org.

BBYO is known as the largest and most effective provider of identity-building and leadership development programs for Jewish teens. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., BBYO encompasses over 40 regions across North America, as well as Central and South America, Europe, Israel, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It includes more than 130 employees and over 800 volunteer advisors. BBYO has helped thousands of Dallas-area Jewish teens for over 50 years.

Protect yourself against identity theft

Bnai Zion and Congregation Tiferet Israel will be co-hosts when the United States Secret Service (a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) presents “How to Avoid Identity Theft in Your Business and Personal Life.” The program will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m., at Tiferet Israel, 10909 Hillcrest Road.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. Those attending will receive a 46-page reference book that includes vital information prepared by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. A $10 donation is requested. To register, call Avrille Harris Cohen, 972-918-9200.

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Dallas Doings — February 2008

Posted on 09 February 2008 by admin

Shalom Sisterhood to honor Laurel Fisher
Temple Shalom Sisterhood will honor their 2008 Woman of Valor Laurel Fisher and present “In Her Shoes: An Evening with Jennifer Weiner” on Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. A dessert reception will follow the event. Temple Shalom is located at 6930 Alpha Road.

Be a part of the love/hate affairs of Sisterhood, cleverly told by well-renowned author Jennifer Weiner. Audiences around the world saw “In Her Shoes” come to life on the big screen and now you have the chance to be part of it too, only at Temple Shalom.

You can buy your tickets now! There are three exciting levels:

•$54: Admission to “In Her Shoes” and to the dessert reception

•$118: Join Jennifer Weiner for an exclusive pre-event party starting at 6:30 p.m.; admission to “In Her Shoes” and the dessert reception

•$180: Parking and priority seating in addition to admission to the exclusive pre-event party starting at 6:30 p.m., to “In Her Shoes” and to the dessert reception which follows

Breakfast with Jennifer: Only 100 tickets at $50 each will be sold for the breakfast treat. Ten lucky winners will meet with Jennifer for conversation on Thursday, March 27. The drawing will take place on the evening of the event.

Tickets are now available online. Go to www.templeshalomdallas.org and click on the event link to purchase tickets. If you prefer to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Julie Bradley at 214-417-3367.

For more information on this program, contact Event Co-Chairs Debbie Niederman, debbieniederman@aol.com, or Terri Parker, terrileeparker@sbcglobal.net.

Summer Camp at Akiba: Fun for the Jewish Soul introduces Camp Directors Annette Wolk, Dorit Schonbrunn
Akiba Academy is excited that its third annual Summer Camp: Fun for the Jewish Soul program will run from June 16 to Aug. 1 on its Schultz Rosenberg Campus at 12324 Merit Drive. Both Camp Mazal, for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade (with a half-day sports camp offered for ninth-graders) and Camp Kulanu, for preschoolers, offer quality programming led by professional staff in a warm Jewish environment.

Camp Mazal Director Annette Wolk has been successfully involved in Jewish camps — day and sleep-away — for over 25 years. In 2006, Annette received the Most Creative Teacher Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Conn. She currently teaches fifth grade at Levine Academy, Ivrit at Yavneh and religious school at Congregation Beth Torah. Her talents and creativity in dance, drama, music and Jewish education will enrich the fun-filled days at Camp Mazal.

Camp Kulanu Director Dorit Schonbrunn has been teaching young children for over 16 years. Currently an early childhood educator at Akiba, Dorit has led toddler and preschool youth programs in synagogues and worked and run day camps. She brings experience, a strong Judaic background and a love of children to Akiba’s summer camp program.

Interested parents are invited to meet Annette Wolk and Dorit Schonbrunn on Sunday, March 9 at the annual Summer Camp Open House, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. for Kulanu campers, and from 4:15 to 5 p.m. for students interested in Camp Mazal. Early bird specials will be offered!

For more information about Summer Camp at Akiba, please contact 214-295-3400 or info@akibaacademy.org.

Tycher Library calls for Israeli artifacts
To mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, the Tycher Library, located on the second floor of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, in cooperation with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, plans to mount an exhibit of Israeli artifacts and memorabilia. They are asking to borrow personal items which have a special connection to Israel, especially from its early years. They are looking for letters, photos, posters, military paraphernalia and particularly items which have a Dallas-Israel connection. They plan to show the items in the display cases in the west wing corridor of the JCC in May.

Please contact Library Director Joan Gremont at 214-239-7132 if you have items to loan.

Students remember murdered children of Holocaust
State Senator Florence Shapiro addressed the students and teachers from Memorial Preparatory School of Garland on Feb. 4 to praise them for their project “Every Child Had a Name.” Jim Hogue, museum president, and Senator Shapiro thanked the students and teachers for their tireless efforts and support of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. The students also recognized Wachovia Bank and Regional President Julia Wellborn, for her support of the project.

Inspired by the movie “Paperclips” and a class field trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, teachers Mary Theobald and Katie Venable and their eighth-grade students decided to collect 1.5 million pennies, one for each child murdered during the Holocaust.

“The students wanted a meaningful project that would benefit the museum as well as a positive learning experience. When they are finished they will donate $15,000 to help build a new museum,” Venable said.

“We had a facility that was storing the pennies but when the task became too daunting, Wachovia Bank stepped in and agreed to help by storing our pennies. The students urgently need assistance now to reach their goal; they are halfway there, with 750,000 pennies collected so far,” Theobald said.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has plans to build a 35,000-square-foot museum next door to the Sixth Floor Museum. The museum is currently in a temporary space on Record Street in the West End.

Jars to help collect pennies can be placed in businesses, and direct donations can be made to this cause by contacting Katie Venable or Mary Theobald at 972-926-2650 or mstheoba@garlandisd.net.

Individuals interested in supporting the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance should contact Stephanie Bohan Gandy, 214-741-7500, ext. 103.

Dr. Allan Shulkin appointed to Texas Medical Board
Congratulations to Dr. Allan Shulkin, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Medical Board for a term that will end on April 13, 2009. Dr. Shulkin has been a physician in private practice at Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Dallas for more than 25 years and currently serves as a member of the board of managers for the Dallas County Hospital District and Parkland Memorial Hospital. The board’s purpose is to protect and enhance public health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards that will be used to regulate the practice of medicine in Texas.
Syl Benenson, right, at a recent HIPPY presentation in Irving JWV to be serenaded with song
Paul H. Lewis tells the TJP that Diane Benjamin suggested an outstanding program for JWV’s Sunday, Feb. 24 meeting, 9:30 a.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. In a departure, instead of a speaker, the JWV and their ladies will hear the very talented Norma Vallis sing for them. Norma, a protégé of Dave Alpert, has made a number of public appearances.

As usual a lox and bagel brunch will be served.

TTI scholarship dinner and auction March 2
Texas Torah Institute will have its fifth annual scholarship dinner and auction on Sunday evening, March 2, at the Brookhaven Country Club.

TTI, founded in 2003 by Rabbis Shlomo Pacht and Eliyahu Kaufman, is a traditional boys’ yeshiva serving Texas and the entire Southwest. The school aims to provide a classic yeshiva education, including Talmudic textual analysis, alongside a competitive college preparatory program. Heavy emphasis is placed on ethics and character development.

The yeshiva, which opened with the two founding rabbis and a pioneer group of eight students, is now in its fifth year with 40 students from 12 cities. Additionally, the staff has grown to six rabbis, an academic dean and six certified general-studies teachers. The yeshiva recently moved into a new educational facility, and plans are under way for the construction of a new dormitory building in the spring.

The scholarship dinner is the yeshiva’s primary fundraiser for the year, raising much-needed scholarship funds for families who cannot afford the full tuition but still want their children to have a traditional Jewish education.

This year’s guests of honor, Mike and Sandy Nathan, are active and committed members of our Jewish community. The Nathans truly value the yeshiva’s efforts in Jewish education and have involved themselves in its continued growth. Mike is one of the yeshiva’s founding board members and continues to help lead the school with his vision, expertise and fantastic commitment to Torah education. They are truly deserving of this honor.

Irvin and Linda Rabinowitz of Atlanta, Ga. will be recognized as Parents of the Year. The Rabinowitzes are pillars of the Atlanta Jewish community, where he is the president of Torah Day School of Atlanta, and both he and Linda are heavily committed to the continued growth of their community. Their sons, Ari and Yaakov, are students at the yeshiva, and Irv and Linda are pleased with their growth and success. TTI is proud to honor the Rabinowitzes as Parents of the Year.

Last year’s dinner was a phenomenal success, bringing together people from across the spectrum of the Dallas Jewish community for an evening of inspiration and enjoyment. This year’s event promises to be the same. For more information, or to make reservations, you can call the main office, 972-250-4888.

NCJW Dallas member Syl Benenson to receive Enduring Pioneer Award
Members of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section (NCJW) are thrilled that past president and longtime volunteer Syl Benenson has been chosen by NCJW, Inc. as the recipient of the Enduring Pioneer Award, to be presented at the National Convention in Chicago in March. This award honors an individual NCJW member who has been instrumental, in two or more identifiable ways, in moving her section toward accomplishing NCJW’s mission in a pioneering way, over a period of 10 or more years.

This is the highest award given to an individual member by National, bestowed on only one recipient nationwide each year. No one from Dallas has ever received this esteemed recognition, and Syl is certainly deserving of the honor. She has been a member of the Dallas Section for over 40 years, but her contributions to NCJW and the Dallas community reflect a commitment far in excess of that. She serves as a role model to their members and an example of what volunteerism and advocacy should be.

On behalf of the Greater Dallas Section of NCJW, Syl approached the Dallas Independent School District in 1979 about the possibility of initiating the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program in the district. HIPPY is a parent-involvement, school-readiness program that helps parents prepare their 3-, 4-, and 5-year old children for success in school and beyond, and empower themselves as their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills, and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was developed by NCJW at their research institute in Israel in 1969. After nine years of courting DISD, Syl was successful in launching the program in 1988. She has continued to work tirelessly for the past 20 years, expanding the program to the Grand Prairie, Irving, and Richardson school districts, providing service to more than 1600 families annually.

Among Syl’s many achievements:

• Served as part of the group who lobbied for and got an additional $700 million in federal matching aid for Medicaid in Texas

• Driving force behind their HIPPY program, and succeeded in getting the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service to help fund four sites for six years in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, providing a program serving 3-year-olds.

• Been active in the reproductive rights battle in Dallas and throughout the state for many years

• One of the original members of the Women’s Issues Network, advocating for issues affecting women

• Served as president of OWL, the Older Women’s League, advocating for older women’s issues

• Helped start the first neighborhood clinic for indigent health care

• Helped found Foster Child Advocate Services (now Dallas CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates) — one of only three site recipients of this program from National

• Was a moving force behind the creation of the Family Outreach program that strengthens families by empowering families to break the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and neglect

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of HIPPY in Texas, Syl will be recognized by the Texas Parent Child Initiative at a reception on February 21, 6:30–8 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center.

She will also be recognized at the Dallas YWCA’s 100 Women/100 Years Centennial Awards gala on May 3. This award is given to women who have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to Dallas in the last 100 years.

NCJW members marvel at Syl and wonder where she conjures up the extra hours and days to do all she does — and how she finds time to identify and draw new young members into her programs — serving as mentor, coach, and friend to all. Syl has announced that as a final act of “giving” she has willed her body to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. We are sure they will find a large and very special heart.

National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that, for over a century, has been at the forefront of social change — championing the needs of women, children, and families. NCJW has over 3000 members across Texas, including 1200-plus members in the Greater Dallas area, and approximately 100,000 members and supporters nationwide.

Save the date
Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood will celebrate their “Love of Sisterhood” Donor Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at Temple Emanu-El. The first annual Rabbi Gerald J. Klein “Love of Sisterhood” award will be presented to Barbara Zale. Master of ceremonies will be David Schechter, senior reporter at WFAA -TV. Guest speaker will be the nationally-known humorist Janet Sue Rush. For information please contact Susan Chazanow, 972-931-6088.

Jordana Cohen named to honor roll
Jordana Cohen, sister of Trevor Cohen, granddaughter of Lily Harris of South Africa and daughter of Avrille Harris-Cohen, director, Texas Region Bnai Zion, once again has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll of Scholars at the University of North Texas. Only students who have earned a 3.5 or higher grade-point average on a course load of 12 or more hours during the semester earn the distinction of the Dean’s Honor Roll. Jordi has consistently achieved this academic honor in her studies of forensic psychology. She is currently applying to be the research assistant to the professor of forensic psychology.

The entire faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences who congratulated Jordi on her achievements said: “We are proud of your accomplishments, applaud your academic achievements and encourage you to continue the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of your undergraduate education.”

Jordi graduated from Plano East Senior High in 2005 the same time as her brother, Trevor, graduated from SMU Cox School of Business with a 4.0 GPA. Trevor was recruited four months before graduation to work for Bear Stearns, where he is achieving much success within investment banking. After his marriage to Addison Reed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the young couple will live in Dallas. Addison is the daughter of Dan and Martha Reed and sister of Gabe.

Important date change for Camp Gan Israel open house
In the recent TJP camp section, Chabad of Plano’s Camp Gan Israel open house was announced for Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The date has been changed. The open house will now be on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. It will take place at the Lang Chabad Center, 3904 West Park Blvd. just east of Coit in Plano. There is no RSVP necessary; child care will be available. For more information, call 972-596-8270 or visit www.chabadplano.org.

Jewish War Veterans form Boy Scout Troop 2256

The Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post 256 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States has chartered a new Boy Scout troop. Troop 2256 will have an Open House on Sunday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at Cong. Beth Torah, 720 Lookout Drive in Richardson. All interested adults and youth are invited. For additional information, please contact troop2256@peoplepc.com.

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States (JWV), established in 1896, is one of the oldest veterans’ organizations in our country. It aims to encourage liberty and justice, to foster love of country and to promote sound minds and bodies. JWV has a long history of cooperating with and supporting existing educational institutions and establishing new ones.

Boy Scouts of America is one of the foremost providers of youth educational programs. For almost a century, it has instilled in youth the values and knowledge they need to become leaders in their communities and country. Scouting helps youth develop self-reliance, strong character, respect for others, good citizenship skills and physical and mental fitness.

The compatibility of these two organizations is clear. JWV sums it up: “We recognize the need to train our youth to be good citizens, and that scouting programs are excellent tools to accomplish this.” Scouting, in turn, has benefited greatly from this association, and the National Jewish Committee on Scouting presented the JWV with the Mortimer I. Schiff Award in recognition of its decades of support and cooperation.

Troop 2256 was organized not only to accomplish all these aims, but to bring fun, adventure and new skills to youth in the Greater Dallas Jewish community.

The Open House will include an introduction to Troop 2256, some “scout skills” instruction, refreshments and door prizes.

‘Guys and Dolls’ at the J

Four performances are scheduled at “the J” for this week’s presentation of “Guys and Dolls.” The stellar cast looks forward to the opening on Thursday night, Feb. 14, at 7:30, another performance Saturday evening at 8 and two on Sunday, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Set in the ‘50s, this romantic musical comedy soars with the spirit of Broadway as a cast of vivid characters takes you from the heart of Times Square, to the cafés of Havana, to the sewers of New York City. This hilarious show is ideal for audiences of all ages. Hear such classics as “Luck Be a Lady Tonight,” “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Take Back Your Mink.”

Cast in the role of Sarah Brown is the immensely talented Olivia Kuper Harris, a junior at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Playing opposite her, in the role of Sky Masterson, is Brian Daniels. With a degree in music from Butler University, Brian has performed many roles including Nanki-Poo in “The Mikado,” Aeneas in “Dido and Aeneas” and Ham and Shem in “The Ark.” He will sing with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus in their upcoming season.

Sherry Etzel makes her debut with the J Players as Adelaide. Sherry has performed with many theater companies throughout the DFW area and is a member of the comedy/improv troupe 4 Out of Doctors. She won a 2006 Column Award for her portrayal of Sister Robert Anne in ICT’s production of “Nunsense.” Michael Vouras returns to the J in the role of Nathan Detroit, Adelaide’s fiancé, after portraying Lt. Cable in “South Pacific” in 2007.

Cast members from the Jewish community include Herb Bennett (Big Julie), Lesley Chudnow (Mission Doll, Dancer), Lori Cohen (General Cartwright, Dancer), Matt Kurtzman (Crapshooter, MC), Melissa Kurtzman (Mission Doll, Dancer), Brian Landa (Rusty Charlie), Casey Cohn Mack (Mission Doll, Dancer), Zelda Mash (Mission Doll, Waitress), Rob Shrell (Harry the Horse), Jerome Stein (Nicely Nicely Johnson) and Jourdan Stein (Mission Doll, Dancer).

Cast members from Dallas’ theater community include Ellen Bond (Hot Box Girl), Amanda Durbin (Dance Captain, Asst. Choreographer), Tracy Nachelle David (Mission Doll), Evan Gabel (Lt. Brannigan, Crapshooter), Howard Hand (Arvide Abernathy), Hal Heath (Scranton Slim, Pickpocket), Elise Libbers (Dancer), Becca Mazzia (Dancer), Phillip Ocampo (Benny Southstreet), Julio Olquin (Liverlips Louis, Joey Biltmore), Katrene Jonas-O’Toole (Mission Doll, Waitress), Bethy Thomas (Dancer) and Shay Thompson (Dancer).

Bring the whole family! You won’t be sorry! It’ll be a BLAST!

Tickets are: adults, $15 in advance/$20 at the door; students and senior adults, $12 in advance/$15 at the door. To order, call 214-739-2737 or purchase online at www.jccdallas.org.

DMN’s Tod Robberson at Beth Torah

Tod Robberson, veteran foreign correspondent and currently an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News, will be the guest speaker at Beth Torah Men’s Club monthly breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Robberson served more than two decades as a foreign correspondent for Reuters news agency, the Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News. At various times he was based in Lebanon, Colombia, Panama, England and Washington, D.C.

As part of his coverage of the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, he has focused in recent years on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tod currently is a member of the DMN editorial board, helping formulate the newspaper’s positions and writing editorials and columns on international issues.

The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. at Beth Torah, 720 West Lookout Drive in Richardson. It is open to the public and costs $7 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.

JCC to hold sneak preview of ‘Bonneville’
A special sneak preview of “Bonneville,” a story about three friends who “come of age” for a second time on a trip across the great American West, will be screened in the Zale Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The free screening is open to the community. Christine Baranski will be on hand to conduct a Q & A following the screening. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Bonneville opens in theatres on Feb. 29.

Faced with the decision of a lifetime, Arvilla Holden, played by Jessica Lange, loads up her 1966 Bonneville convertible and, with her two friends, sets out from Pocatello, Idaho en route to Santa Barbara. As they detour to spots like Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas, the women realize that Arvilla has something unexpected in store. What they don’t realize is that what began as a simple trip will end up becoming a chance to rediscover themselves, their friendship, the importance of promises — and of letting go. Also starring Tom Skerritt and Christine Baranski, “Bonneville” unites three of the most acclaimed actresses of our time in a story that celebrates fun, adventure and living life to the fullest.

CJW conference on immigrants
On Thursday, Feb. 21, the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section will convene an important community conference: “Nation of Immigrants: 21st Century Challenges.” The conference will explore the complex issues surrounding immigration, highlight the needs of immigrants and promote communication and coordination among area groups that serve immigrants.

Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and currently senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, will be the keynote speaker. Also on the agenda is a morning plenary panel discussion on local perspectives followed by two sessions of eight concurrent workshops.

Registration is $40 per person, or $30 per person for three or more from the same organization. After Feb. 11, registration is $50 per registrant.

For more information and to view the conference invitation, please go to www.ncjwdallas.org.

Tycher Library calls for Israeli artifacts
To mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, the Tycher Library, located on the second floor of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, in cooperation with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, plans to mount an exhibit of Israeli artifacts and memorabilia. They seek to borrow personal items which have a special connection to Israel, especially from its early years. They are looking for letters, photos, posters, military paraphernalia and particularly items which have a Dallas-Israel connection. The items will be shown in the display cases in the west wing corridor of the JCC during the month of May.

Please contact Library Director Joan Gremont at 214-239-7132 if you have items to loan.

Fifth-grader Benjamin Allen wins Akiba Spelling Bee competition
Every year, in an effort to help its students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies and develop correct English usage, Akiba Academy enthusiastically participates in the Dallas County Schools Spelling Bee contest.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, middle-school teachers Susan Jacobs and Lili Feingold greeted the students chosen to represent grades five through eight at Akiba’s Spelling Bee event. The winner of this competition is subsequently invited to compete against all the other private schools’ winners from Dallas County.

One by one, students attempted, and in some cases failed, to spell their assigned word. Unfortunately, quite a few stumbled over “sombrero” and “chimichanga” but in the end, fifth-grade student Benjamin Allen, son of Mireille and Ira Allen, was the last one standing, thanks to his ability to spell the word “incognito.” “When I heard what my word was, I smiled because I knew immediately how to spell it. I just had to concentrate and not make a mistake,” Benjamin exclaimed shortly after winning the competition. Sixth-grade student and runner-up Shane Appell, son of Mindy and Martin Appell, proved to be a fierce competitor as the final exchange between the two students lasted for what felt like, for audience members, many nail-biting minutes.

Dallas County is the only county in the region permitted to send two representatives to the Regional Bee: one for public schools and another for private schools. The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee is sent to the Scripps Howard National Bee Championship in Washington, D.C.

Benjamin and Shane’s classmates were very proud of their friends’ accomplishments: Congratulatory comments were heard throughout Akiba all week long. Thank you to Ms. Jacobs for “BEEing” Akiba’s Spelling Bee coordinator!

Insurance veteran Tom Callanan promoted to president; Linda Trejo becomes senior vice president
Waldman Bros. LLP, a leading independent insurance and financial services firm, has announced the promotion of Tom Callanan to president of the commercial insurance division and Linda Trejo to senior vice president of the commercial insurance division.

Callanan brings more than 20 years’ insurance experience to his new role as president, expanding upon his current role of managing the commercial insurance operations. He joined Waldman Bros. LLP in 1998 as marketing manager and eventually became senior vice president of the commercial insurance division. Prior to Waldman Bros., he held commercial underwriter positions with Safeco, CNA, Utica and Kemper insurance companies specializing in coverages for all types of businesses. Callanan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation and the Associate in Underwriting designation from the Insurance Institute of America. He is also a member of both the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas and Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.

“Tom brings a great deal of expertise to his new role with Waldman Bros. LLP,” said Stephen Waldman, managing partner. “His deep knowledge and extensive experience in commercial insurance gives him a solid understanding of our business and our customers. We are excited for Tom’s new position and leadership.”

In Trejo’s new position as senior vice president, she will expand upon her current role as supervisor of the commercial insurance division. She brings more than 30 years of insurance expertise to her new role. Trejo began her insurance career in 1974, providing support as a personal lines/commercial lines account manager and all aspects of insurance accounting. She joined Waldman Bros. LLP in 2000, as a commercial insurance account manager. Trejo is a designated Accredited Customer Service Representative and is a member of both the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas and Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.

“Linda has extensive knowledge and experience in this industry,” Waldman said. “Her dedication to insurance as well as our clients made her a prime candidate for her new position.”

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Dallas Doings — January 2008

Posted on 09 January 2008 by admin

Some 200 people attended a breakfast Monday, Jan. 21, the holiday honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Senior Rabbi Wiliam Gershon of Shearith Israel and the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson, senior pastor of Highland Hills, were the morning’s speakers. Among other religious dignitaries present were the Rev. Charles Grahmann, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, and Muslim Imam Muhammad Shakoor.

Past JCRC Chair Andrea Weinstein welcomed the crowd, then called for a “Pledge of Nonviolence” as the breakfast ended. During the program, Temple Shalom’s Cantor Don Alan Croll led the singing of “God Bless America” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Dr. Patterson’s son Christian, who attends Greenhill School, read a selection from Dr. King’s writings during the event. Levine Academy students Ali Feinstein and Tori Weinstein, daughter of Jewish Federation CEO/Executive Director Gary Weinstein, offered some words from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

To highlight awareness of the current crisis in Darfur, -Daniel Bonner, a student at Yavneh Academy, read “Rivers Are Full,” a poem written by one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

38 Emerson Fellows to advocate for Israel on 38 campuses

University of North Texas sophomore Adam Rosenfield, son of Sturt and Andi Rosenfield, has been designated an Emerson Fellow, a new initiative from Stand With Us, the nonprofit, international Israel education organization.

The annual fellowship, funded by philanthropists Rita and Steve Emerson, selects and trains students from campuses across the U.S. and Canada to run events that teach about Israel. Thirty-eight student leaders from campuses throughout the United States and Canada have been selected for the 2007–2008 school year.

Dallas resident Rosenfield is majoring in international studies, with Arabic and Jewish studies minors. He is president of the new organization Mean Green Mensches for Israel, sergeant at arms for the Student Government Association and an avid fan of Mean Green Sports. His goal is to “present Israel programs at UNT. The North Texas community needs to know of the Jewish and pro-Israel presence here. Also, putting on these programs will hopefully lead to the campus as a whole becoming more politically active.”

The Fellows began by participating in SWU’s annual student conference, “Israel in Focus.” They heard from experts who focused on skills and facts to help clarify Israel’s image on campus, combat anti-Israel propaganda, build coalitions and deal with media. During the year, the Fellows will build relationships with campus groups to ensure a steady flow of clear information and activity. They will report back to SWU campus coordinators to evaluate program effectiveness and network among themselves to ensure quality of program and dynamic vision.

Ron Kutas, SWU Emerson Fellowship director, remarked, “The fellowship is unique. It targets committed student leaders with established track records. They have access to SWU’s resources and a network of students from around the world to communicate and collaborate with. The fellowship will prepare many for jobs in Israel activism.”

Stand With Us hosts speakers and conferences, offers Web site resources and creates brochures and materials widely distributed in universities, libraries, high schools, churches and communities that teach about Israel. Based in Los Angeles, the organization has offices in New York, Buffalo, Michigan, Seattle, Chicago, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Orange County (Calif.), Davis, Israel and the U.K. SWU was founded in 2001 in response to the second intifada and the misunderstandings about the challenges that Israel faces. Stand With Us Campus (www.standwithuscampus.com) helps college students fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias on campuses.

Memorial for Ari Weiss: Ohel Ari

We share this note from former Metroplex rabbinic leader, Rabbi Stewart Weiss, and his wife, Susie.

“Dear Friends:

“It is now 5-1/2 years since our precious eldest son Ari z”l was killed in battle, while fighting against Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. A member of the IDF’s elite Palchan unit in the Nachal brigade, Ari died fighting for what he so deeply believed in — the security of Israel and the safety of the Jewish people.

“Since his death al Kiddush HaShem, many amazing tributes have been paid to Ari. These include two Torahs written in his memory, a Ra’anana city park (‘Gan Ari’) named for him, and seven baby boys that now bear his name.

“But the central project that our family has chosen to honor the spirit and strength of Ari and the soldiers of Israel is Ohel Ari, a community learning center and bet knesset [synagogue]. It will be a spiritual home for thousands of Jews of all ages and backgrounds who wish to study and come closer to G-d. Ohel Ari will not only be the largest congregation in Ra’anana (among the 68 shuls in the city!), but also a warm and welcoming place where classes and cultural events will be offered seven days a week to the entire city.

“Thank G-d, Ohel Ari is now 80 percent complete. I am appealing to you to help us reach the 100 percent mark and realize our dream.

“I know that so many of you have already contributed to this effort, and we thank you with all our heart — we could not have gotten this far without you. Now, we are appealing to you to join with us as partners in the final stage of Ohel Ari. If you have already given, please consider giving once again. If you have not yet contributed, please try to do so now. I know that, in Heaven, Ari will bless this project and all its supporters with success.

“Contributions are tax-deductible in the USA and Israel. They may be sent to Ohel Ari, POB 211, Ra’anana or POB 1044, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

“Susie and our entire family join me in thanking you for your generosity, friendship and love.

“Please see the picture below for a glimpse of Ohel Ari in construction at the corner of Ravutsky and Zifman streets.

“May Hashem bless you with life and health,

“Rabbi Stewart and Susie Weiss and family

“P.S. Susie and I will be in New York Feb. 4–8 if you wish to meet personally with us.”

Denton gymnast shines at Pan-Am Maccabi Games

Denton Gymnastics Academy is proud to announce the results of the recent competition at the 2007 Pan-Am Maccabi Games, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Dec. 26, 2007 through Jan. 2, 2008. Sarah Vizel, a Denton Gymnastics Academy team member, brought home three bronze medals — in vaults, beams, and floor competitions.

Yavneh students named with high honors

Yavneh Academy seniors Daniel Bonner and Michael San Soucie each scored in the top 5 percent nationally on the 2006 PSAT and have received the honor of “Commended Student” by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Yavneh’s 2007 graduates Vitali Azouz and Rebecca Peiser each received the AP Scholar Award, in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams, by the College Board AP. Azouz, who scored a three on the English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, and United States History exams, is a freshman at UT-Austin. Peiser, who earned a score of four on the English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, and United States History exams, is a freshman at the University of Maryland.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Congregation Tiferet Israel will host their annual Sisterhood community brunch. This year the theme is �Going Green� and all women from Jewish temples and synagogues are invited to attend. Councilwoman Linda Koop, the environmental chair of the city, will educate the guests about what the city of Dallas is doing in order to help the environment. The guests will also hear Carissa Cox from the MESA Group and the educational representative from Current Energy, which provides energy-efficient solutions that are environmentally friendly.

Besides a good kosher brunch and interesting information about what we can do to help the cause, there will be an opportunity to shred all the unnecessary papers lying around the house. From 10 to 11 that morning, the company Cut 2 Shreds will provide this service free of charge.

State Sen. Florence Shapiro to speak at Hadassah event

Dallas Hadassah will start their year off with a very special guest, State Sen. Florence Shapiro, who will speak to members and guests on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Bucca di Beppo. Sen. Shapiro, a lifetime member of Hadassah, will speak about her professional experiences and obstacles she has encountered in her career.

Feel free to bring a friend to this luncheon.

Reservations are required to attend, and can be paid for online at www.dallas.hadassah.org. You can also RSVP by calling the office at 214-691-1948 or e-mail chapter.dallas@hadassah.org.

Beyt Midrash of North Texas offers spring courses

The spring 2008 semester of courses offered by Beyt Midrash of North Texas is already under way.

Billed as �the community�s independent, interdenominational, egalitarian Jewish study center,� Beyt Midrash provides a selection of in-depth learning experiences for adults. All classes meet at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center and are taught by ordained clergy and Ph.D.-level professors and scholars.

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger,�rosh kollel�of the Community Kollel of Dallas, has already begun a continuation of his popular �Introduction to Jewish Thought� series. This course will run through early June; its topics are �Zionist Philosophy from the Talmud to Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook� and �Judaism�s Relation to Other Religions, Converts and Conversion.� It meets on Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30, through June 5.

Beginning Feb. 4 for 10 Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m., �The Making of a King: The Biblical Narrative of David�s Rise� will be taught by Professor Serge Frolov, who holds the Ann and Nate Levine Chair of Jewish Studies at Southern Methodist University. This will be a reading/discussion circle based on the Hebrew Bible�s First Book of Samuel.

Also beginning on Feb. 4 will be �Jewish Culture in Motion Pictures,� taught by Nils Roemer, assistant professor of Jewish studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. This six-week watch-and-discuss series will meet on Monday evenings from 7 to 9.

Rabbi Howard Wolk, Jewish Family Service�s community rabbi, will present �Women in the Bible and Talmud� on four Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., beginning Feb. 6. And on four Wednesday evenings in March, from 7 to 8:30, he will offer a course on �Modern Problems and Ethical Issues,� covering a range of topics running the gamut from stem-cell research and evolution to gambling. Rabbi Wolk�s classes emphasize question-and-answer discussions.

Fees for Beyt Midrash courses run from $48 to $228 depending on the number of class weeks, with significant discounts offered to students and seniors. Interested individuals are invited to sample courses by attending a first session of any class at no charge; those who wish to continue may make registration payment at the next scheduled class time.

Beyt Midrash of North Texas is �the next step in Jewish learning� for students of all races, colors, religions and national and ethnic origins. Eileen Rosenblum, Ph.D., is its board president.

For further information, visit www.beytmidrash.org or e-mail info@beytmidrash.org.

Blood drive Feb. 18 for�Bill Burns� granddaughter

Yavneh Academy of Dallas will host a blood drive, through Carter BloodCare, at the Schultz Rosenberg Campus (12324 Merit Drive) Monday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This blood drive is open to the community.

While the service will help many, this is in the name of Madalyn White, the granddaughter of Bill Burns, who does printing for many organizations in Dallas� Jewish and wider community. Mr. Burns has been a great friend through the years, and his 8-year-old �princess� granddaughter is a patient at Children�s Hospital who has been diagnosed with a combination of two blood disorders; hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

In addition to many pints of whole blood, Madalyn has already used more than 81 pints of plasma, receiving transfusions of between six and eight pints each day, and will likely need well over 500 during her treatment. Blood products (including whole blood, plasma and platelets) donated in her name will be credited to her �account,� helping the family significantly in many ways.

To make a definitive, scheduled timed appointment to donate at the blood drive, to receive a �planned designation form� to use if making a donation at another time/location or for any questions, call Deb Silverthorn at 972-839-6916 or e-mail mamatex@aol.com.

New JLI course:��Beyond Belief�

Questions such as �How does G-d communicate with us?� � �How can we know what G-d wants?� � �Does G-d rule the world?� � �What do you believe?� are among the topics to be discussed at the Lang Chabad Center, 3904 West Park, Plano.

�Beyond Belief: Reflections on Jewish Faith, Reason and Experience� will be held on six Tuesdays, Feb. 5�Mar. 11, 7:30�9 p.m. A repeat of the program will be held on six Sundays, Feb. 10�Mar. 16, 9:30�11 a.m.

The class will also be held on six Wednesdays, Feb. 6�Mar. 12, 7:30�9 p.m., at Collin County Community College, Frisco campus.

Fee for the entire six-session course is $100.

For more information, visit www.myjli.com or call the Chabad office, 972-596-9270.

Important changes to Super Sunday
Due to the Cowboys Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 13, Super Sunday has been postponed until March 23. The important community-wide event will be held at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. Volunteers are needed for all three shifts: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1:30 to 5 p.m. and 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Our community needs your help to raise funds for vital services and life enhancement programs and to ensure the strength and continuity of our people.

It’s a win-win opportunity. Join in and enjoy fabulous food, great prizes and free T-shirts while performing an important mitzvah.

To help reduce costs and maximize results, bring your cell phones. You will be entered into a special prize drawing.
For more information or to volunteer, contact CathyWeinblatt, 214-615-5227 or cweinblatt@jfgd.org.

Beth Torah Men’s Club and Sisterhood welcomes Larry North
Larry North, Dallas’ nationally renowned fitness guru, will be the guest of Congregation Beth Torah’s Men’s Club and Sisterhood at their annual joint breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 13.
North won�t be talking about exercise and nutrition. He is well known as an author, radio host, motivator and owner of state-of-the-art fitness centers bearing his name. But many people aren’t aware of his remarkable rise to success that began in Richardson, where he and his family overcame setbacks and tragedy with incredible perseverance, dedication and forgiveness.

He’ll tell his amazing story in an unforgettable multimedia presentation that has inspired audiences of all ages around the country. The public is welcome at the lox-and-bagel-and-dessert breakfast, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $7 for Men�s Club and Sisterhood members, $10 for non-members.
Beth Torah is located at 720 West Lookout Drive in Richardson. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.

Dallas leaders roll up their sleeves as Yeshiva University adds executive approach to rabbinic training
Business and the rabbinate may seem to be disparate areas of study, but as Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) is demonstrating, a rabbi has much in common with a business executive.
At two three-day long seminars held Nov. 16-18 and Dec. 16-19, CJF teamed up with YU�s own Sy Syms School of Business (SSSB) to focus on the rabbi�s role as an executive of his synagogue and his partnership with its lay leaders. The objective of this program is to tackle the traditional challenges of the Modern Orthodox rabbinate by applying contemporary business management skills where appropriate.

Rabbi Ari Perl, David Radunsky and Robert Liener of Congregation Shaare Tefilla joined more than two dozen other rabbis from across the United States and Canada and key officers from their respective synagogues� lay leadership at the workshops at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center in Weston, Fla. The participants learned management techniques that will help them enhance their leadership skills, increase avenues of communication and improve the governance of their congregations.

The seminars are part of CJF’s Legacy Heritage Fund Rabbinic Enrichment Initiative (LHREI), which is supported by the Legacy Heritage Fund Limited in New York City.

The program’s facilitators included Steven Nissenfeld, Ph.D., and Brian Maruffi, Ph.D., both clinical professors of management at SSSB, and Robert Leventhal, a senior consultant at the Alban Institute, which helps religious congregations address their needs in a changing world.

“The concept is outstanding – a real breakthrough. It creates a model of the rabbi-lay leader team which, from a management and organization perspective, can be used to build a truly successful, high-performing synagogue,” said Dr. Nissenfeld. “The support and collaboration of CJF and SSSB has proven to be exceptional.”
Dr. Maruffi pointed out that ‘rabbis are in a difficult position because they are at the same time both leaders and employees. The benefits that a program such as LHREI gives to individual rabbis should be admired and replicated.’

J Players present ‘Guys and Dolls’
The well-known and popular J Players will present four performances of the Broadway smash hit ‘Guys and Dolls’ on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Zale Auditorium at the Aaron Family JCC.

Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon and set in the 1950s, ‘Guys and Dolls’ is a romantic comedy that soars with the spirit of Broadway as a cast of vivid characters takes you from the heart of Times Square to the caf�s of Havana and even into the sewers of New York City. The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser and the book, by Joe Swerlin and Abe Burrows. Hailed by many as the perfect musical comedy, this hilarious show is ideal for audiences of all ages. The Frank Loesser score features classics such as �Luck Be a Lady,� �A Bushel and a Peck� and �Sit Down, You�re Rocking the Boat.�

Tickets are: adults, $15 in advance/$20 at the door; students and seniors, $12 in advance/$15 at the door. To order, call 214-739-2737 or purchase online at www.jccdallas.org.

Emanu-El’s Showcase Series announces program
The popular Showcase Concert Series, sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Music Committee, will begin its 18th season on Feb. 24. Each year the series offers four concerts bringing the finest in Jewish, classical, jazz and pop music by outstanding musicians to the community at large.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m.: Amid the festive spirit of the ever popular Champagne Pops, Dallas� own Denise Lee headlines the opening of this year�s Showcase Series mixing R&B with classic popular tunes and jazz.
Sunday, March 16, 3 p.m.: The Power of Music features The Vocal Majority, who have enthralled and inspired audiences for more than three decades. They will offer an evening of their signature blend of Broadway, American standards and more. Eleven-year-old piano prodigy Evan Ritter, who has performed at the 2006 Basically�

Beethoven Festival and with the Plano Symphony, opens the program.
Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m.: A gala Jewish music celebration, an afternoon of Jewish music will be presented by Cantors Richard Cohn of Temple Emanu-El, Don Croll of Temple Shalom and Itzhak Zhrebker of Shearith Israel along with their choirs, and joined by Cantor Jacob Cohen of Congregation Nishmat Am. This will be a not-to-be missed, �super-sized� afternoon of inspired music-making.

Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.: At the closing concert one of Dallas� leading entertainers, Doc Gibbs, and his band will bring you a �feel-good� evening of your all-time favorites by way of dancing, song requests, comedy and singing impressions.

All concerts will be in Tobian Auditorium at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road.

For season or single tickets, call Yvonne at Temple Emanu-El, 214-706-0000 ext. 120; Sarah Yarrin, 214-361-0486; or Rosalee Cohen, 972-233-2001.

Dallas filmmakers speak about new project

Filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell
Filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell

Allen and Cynthia Mondell, award-winning Dallas filmmakers, spoke to a full room at Congregation Beth Torah on Dec. 16. The Mondells have written, produced and directed several dozen documentaries and educational films ranging from Jewish immigration, medical and mental health issues to the State Fair of Texas. They are most proud of their films making a positive difference in people�s lives, thus their slogan, �Changing lives with film since 1978.� Currently they are working on �The Monster Among Us,� which examines the alarming increase in anti-Semitism in today�s Europe. They showed a 20-minute excerpt from their work, followed by questions and answers.

Allen Mondell noted, �This is not simply Europe�s problem or the problem of the Jewish communities �there�; this is our problem. Every North American, Jew or non-Jew, every person or foundation, committed to the freedom and tolerance that stand as the fundamental foundation of a democratic, civil society needs to be not only alarmed but also mobilized to do something about it.�

Here is an opportunity for those of us in Dallas to �do something about it.� The Mondells started Media Projects, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, in 1978. Its work is financed by contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals. The Mondells are now trying to raise the final $100,000 to complete the production budget. All funders for �The Monster Among Us� will be included in the credits of the film and in the Discussion Guide that will accompany the film in distribution.

Remember the phrase, �Never Again!� This is one way for those of us in Dallas to try to help ensure nothing like the Holocaust ever occurs again.

You can contact the Mondells at Media Projects, Inc., 214-826-3863 or www.mediaprojects.org.

Greater Dallas Section of NCJW to celebrate at birthday lunch

The Greater Dallas Section of NCJW is proud to celebrate 95 years of service and advocacy to the Dallas community. In commemoration of their success, they will honor four people for their outstanding commitment to NCJW and the community at their Birthday/Awards luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The award recipients are: Sharan and Lynn Goldstein, the Hannah G. Solomon Award; Rhona Streit, the Janis Levine Music Make-A-Difference Award; and Marla Bane, the Emerging Leader Award.

Friends and members are invited to join in honoring these deserving awardees at the Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Lane on the 17th floor. Registration will begin at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon will begin promptly at 11:45. The cost is $54 per person with patron categories available at $100 and $200 per person.

There are several ways to make a reservation by Jan. 8: online at www.ncjwdallas.org/calendar.html; e-mail at info@ncjwdallas.org; or phone at 214-368-4405.

NCJW ‘Tortilla Curtain’study group
Also on NCJW�s calendar, plan to join them for their upcoming study group Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast.

D.J. Kasanoff, professor of English at SMU and a member of NCJW, will lead a discussion of T.C. Boyle�s novel, �The Tortilla Curtain.� It is the story of two Los Angeles couples whose paths cross on a collision course. One couple, who are liberals, live in a newly gated hilltop community; he is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive real estate agent. The other couple, who are Mexican illegals, cling to their vision of the American dream as they live in a makeshift camp deep in a ravine.

NCJW has long been involved with the area of immigration, and current advocacy for humane immigration reform ties in perfectly with discussion of this timely work.

Copies of the book, available though the office for $14, are also available at Borders Books.

The study group will be held at 6515 Meadow Road, Dallas.

To RSVP, e-mail info@ncjwdallas.org or call 214-368-4405.

‘Lifting the Veil of Sleep’
NCJW and Hadassah invite you to attend �Lifting the Veil of Sleep� (a program for both men and women) on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. at Tiferet Israel, 10909 Hillcrest Road in Dallas.

Topics will include snoring, sleepwalking, sleep apnea, trouble sleeping, sleeping during the day and restless leg syndrome. The speaker is Dr. Philip Becker, president and founding partner of Sleep Medicine Associates and medical director for the Sleep Medicine Institute at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The $5 admission fee includes light refreshments.

Your payment is your reservation. Checks should be mailed to Hadassah, 10830 Central Expwy., Suite 265, Dallas, TX 75231. You can also e-mail chapter.dallas@hadassah.org or call 214-691-1948.

Texas Hold’em tournament on Jan. 12
Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood will sponsor their first Texas Hold�em tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12. For those who enjoy a game of cards or those who would like to learn how to play Texas Hold�em with some great prizes as enticements, this will be the opportunity.

More detailed information about the tournament will be forthcoming.

Documentary honors WWII vets from Metroplex
Jewish War Veterans will view a documentary which honors World War II Veterans from Dallas JWV Post 256 and Fort Worth JWV Post 755 on Jan. 12 at the Dallas Children�s Theatre, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman Road, Dallas.

The documentary is based upon personal interviews and experiences of these men from our �Greatest Generation� who now live in our community. This is a tribute to all of our veterans who served our wonderful country.

The documentary, the culmination of a bar mitzvah project by Daniel Hersh and Ryan Kline, honors the sacrifices of our veterans and recognizes them in our community. The results are outstanding.

The video presentation will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion by the veterans. Questions will be entertained.

Everyone is invited to attend. There will be no charge for admission. Please bring your family and friends

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