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Posted on 28 October 2010 by admin

Events/Simchas Catering

Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes catering provides entrée-size salads, freshly made soups, baked potatoes, hot pasta dishes, and hand-crafted muffins and focaccia bread, along with cookies and brownies.  Perfect for functions of all kinds and gatherings of every size! Available at all Dallas-area locations: 15225 Montfort Drive, (972) 385-7160; 4001 Matlock Road, (817) 557-1809; and 1820 Market Place Blvd., (972) 830-9200.  Call a restaurant today, or order online at www.sweettomatoes.com.

The Spice of Life Catering

Jeffrey Kollinger
Phone: (972) 417-1755
Fax: (972) 417-1733
Spice of Life has been in business 25 years and caters to many corporations. We are on the preferred catering list at venues like Dallas Arboretum, Trammel Crow Asian Art, Discovery Gardens, Congregation Shearith Israel, etc. We cater all types of functions from 10-person events to 20,000-person events.


Mikey B’s – Wow VIP Events

Phone: (972) 300-4100
A party just isn’t a party until the right entertainment is thrown into the mix. Whether it is a wedding reception, cocktail party, Bar/Bat MItzvah, festival or corporate function, WOW VIP Events will book quality Dallas/Fort Worth area vendors for your next event. We provide photographers, videographers, DJs, a/v rental, costumed characters, models, event coordinators, decor, carnival games, temporary tattoos, photo buttons, inflatable games and more ALL IN-HOUSE!!! We are the one-stop shop for your next event. For a detailed list of our services, check out our website!

Event Planners

Haute Happenings

Dana Eisenberg
Phone: (214) 683-1413
Fax: (972) 931-6174
When you book your bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, corporate event or milestone occasion through Haute Happenings you can expect nothing short of meticulous attention to every detail. We will create a one-of-a-kind event just for you; a memory to last a lifetime.

Weddings and Events by Ruth

Ruth Spirer
Phone: (972) 386-4519
Fax : (972) 386-4619
Your wedding is the most important day of your life and Ruth Spirer will make your wedding an occasion you and your family will always remember with a smile. Ruth offers high quality, professional and very personal service, bringing 15 years of event planning experience. Ruth Specializes in Jewish and Multi-Cultural weddings and creates unique events.


Maggiano’s Little Italy

Tasha Mullen
Phone: (972) 781-0716
Fax: (972) 781-0837
Your event demands the right ingredients: the right environment, a touch of something special and, of course, spectacular food. At Maggiano’s Little Italy, that’s always understood. And whether it occurs once a month, once a year or once in a lifetime, Maggiano’s is the perfect place to host an event – no matter the size or occasion.

Senior Resources


Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cemetery

Frank W. Seddio, Sr.
Phone: (214) 363-5401
Fax: (214) 363-9007
For over 100 years we have served the Jewish Community in the Dallas area with care and compassion, and we will continue offering our unsurpassed service and dedication. Please contact Frank W. Seddio, Sr., Chief Executive Officer for Sparkman Hillcrest, where he will personally see to it that you are taken care of. We are your friends and neighbors and we will always be here for you.

Funeral Homes

Dallas Jewish Funerals

Jill Bednar, Managing Funeral Director
Stan Friedman, Operations Manager
Phone: (972) 424-1141
Fax: (972) 424-1148
Dallas Jewish Funerals is the only independent, Jewish owned funeral business in the Dallas area. Our philosophy is to treat your family as our own. Dallas Jewish Funerals was established to provide the Jewish community an alternative to the growing number of funeral homes operated by corporate giants.

Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Directors

E. C. “Trey” Harper III
Phone: (817) 924-4233
Fax: (817) 924-4230
Robertson Mueller Harper has been serving the Jewish community of Fort Worth and North Texas for three generations. Caring, understanding and compassion are the basis of the trust we have gained through the personal and professional relationships we have developed with the families we serve.

Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cemetery

Frank W. Seddio, Sr.
Phone: (214) 363-5401
Fax: (214) 363-9007
For over 100 years we have served the Jewish Community in the Dallas area with care and compassion, and we will continue offering our unsurpassed service and dedication. Please contact
Frank W. Seddio, Sr., Chief Executive Officer for Sparkman Hillcrest, where he will personally see to it that you are taken care of. We are your friends and neighbors and we will always be here for you.

Home Health

Apple Care and Companion

Laurie Miller
Phone: (469) 619-5474
Are you the caregiver for an elderly loved one, and feel you need a break? Apple Care & Companion is your solution.  Our experienced caregivers provide meal prep, light housekeeping, companionship, personal care, transportation and more. We work hourly, live in, short term or long term. We will work in a residence, assisted living and skilled facilities, and even hospitals. Please call for more information!

Hospice Services

VistaCare Hospice

Elise Power
Phone: (214) 231-3914
Fax: (214) 630-4032
VistaCare Hospice provides quality end of life care that focuses on spiritual, physical and emotional needs of each patient and family. VistaCare Hospice is a preferred hospice provider to the Jewish community and has an agreement with JFS of Dallas, Inc. In addition, VistaCare Hospice received its Accreditation from The National Institute for Jewish Hospice. www.nijh.org.


Spradling Monument Service, Inc.

Don Spradling
Phone: (214) 398-4459
Spradling Monument Service, Inc., a family owned and operated business, has been serving the North Texas Jewish community since 1957.

Senior Living

The Legacy at Preston Hollow

Lucy Brown
The Legacy at Preston Hollow is a premier senior residence for those who want to remain close to friends, family and the city’s vibrant culture. The Legacy maintains a strong tradition of serving the Jewish community, with the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged recently relocating to the modern and elegant surroundings of the Legacy.



Akiba Academy of Dallas

Karen Hazan-Cohen, Director of Admissions
Phone: (214) 295-3419
Akiba Academy provides a superior general and Judaic education to children in preschool through 8th grade. We invite you to visit classrooms (low student-teacher ratio), meet our outstanding faculty (caring and experienced), and visit our modern, inspirational campus (nurturing environment). We offer Discovery, a comprehensive after-school program: experience the adventure!

Ann and Nate Levine Academy, A Solomon Schechter School

Mireille Allen, Director of Admission
Phone: (972) 248-3032
Ann and Nate Levine Academy, serving students from early childhood through 8th grade, is an inclusive Conservative Jewish day school which inspires a passion for learning and graduates confident, ethical, Jewish citizens and leaders.  It tailors its teaching to each child’s need and strength, and not to class average.

Congregation Beth Torah Preschool & Kindergarten

Esther Cohen
Phone: (972) 234-1542, ext. 222
Fax: (972) 680-9047
Beth Torah Preschool & Kindergarten and Camp Chaverim provide year-round programs in a nurturing Jewish environment. We offer a full-day option for school. Camp offers a seven-week experience. Both programs offer physical activities: Mr. Donovan, My Gym & Stretch-n-Grow. Flexible schedules available. Call for an appointment or stop by.

Yavneh Academy of Dallas

Donald R. O’Quinn
Phone: (214) 295-3500
Fax: (214) 295-3505
Yavneh Academy is Dallas’ only co-ed Jewish college preparatory high school. The school hosts small classes that guarantee individualized attention and teachers that are nationally recognized for their excellence and expertise. Students participate in championship sports teams, mock trial, debate, theatre, music and other extracurricular activities.

Educational Consultant

Cohen’s College Connection

Carol Gene Cohen
Phone: (972) 381-9990
Fax: (972) 381-9997
Cohen’s College Connection is THE college advantage!  Your students deserve the most accurate information and premier expertise. We provide essay coaching, application assistance, and college and career planning.  CCC is associated with the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the Higher Educational Consultants Association and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

College and Career Kon-ver-SAY-shuns

Barbara Benjamin- Trevino
Phone: (817) 946-6162
College and Career Kon-ver-SAY-shuns offers individualized consulting and mentoring services to help you create an action plan for the future – a plan that is compatible with your interests and best meets your needs.  College services are available for perspective students and families. Career services are available for career seekers at all levels.


Forest Lane Pediatrics

Dr. Ron Blair, Dr. Chris Straughn, Dr. Chris McGonnell, Dr. Ann Liu,  Dr. Michelle Kravitz, & Dr. Damien Mitchell
Phone: Dallas: (972) 284-7770
Plano: (972) 526-0700
Fax: (972) 284-7780
We are here to care for your children from birth until college. We are a team of board certified pediatricians whose aim is your child’s good health and your satisfaction. Please call us for a prenatal visit or parent consult.

Healthy Texan Pediatrics & Family Medicine

Shelley Weiss, MD & Simma Weiss, MD
Phone: (972) 566-4286
Fax: (972) 566-8634
Conveniently located at Medical City Hospital, Shelley Weiss, MD board certified pediatrician, and Simma Weiss, MD board certified family physician proudly provide health care to the families of our Jewish Community. We care for patients of all ages and all stages.

Summer Program

URJ Greene Family Camp

Loui Dobin, Director
Stefani Rozen, Rabbi Ana Bonnheim, Scott Braswell, Asst Directors
Phone: (254) 859-5411
Fax: (254) 859-5225
The URJ Greene Family Camp has been offering wonderful facilities and fantastic programs to the Jewish youth and families of the Southwest since 1976. The summer program is geared toward campers entering grades 2-10. Check out our new facilities and download an application on the website. Contact GFC for more information.

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Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

Posted on 04 March 2010 by admin

Dear Families,

Everyone who knows me has heard me say, “Camp is the most important experience in a child’s life!” There are so many reasons why I feel this way — camp gives so much to children, and the lessons learned (and experienced) last a lifetime. This goes double (or maybe even triple or more) for the Jewish camp experience. I write this column having just returned from my yearly “pilgrimage” to the American Camp Association Conference and as I prepare for the opening of registration for the J Summer Camps 2010. Let me share the messages from a wonderful book: “How Goodly Are Thy Tents: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences” by Amy L. Sales and Leonard Saxe. You decide for yourself how important a summer at camp is for your children and remember how important it was for you! (For a wonderful thought-provoker, go to YouTube, “Because of Camp.”)

  • “Jewish socialization involves acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable one to be an active member of the Jewish community.”
  • “A community’s unity, strength, and continuation depend on its capacity to socialize new members — to build commitment to the group and to transmit its knowledge and values to each succeeding generation. Socialization is thus critical to the Jewish enterprise, which is based in community.”
  • “…at camp, Judaism was ‘in the air’ — in everyday ritual practices, in Shabbat, and in the symbolism that defines the physical environment of the camp as Jewish space. When Judaism is in the air, as it is at camp, children take it in as effortlessly as breathing.”
  • “Camp is a mass of contradictions, a simple enterprise that does extraordinarily complex work. Camps are rooted in tradition but also excel at creativity and experimentation. Camp is a quintessentially American invention that produces some of the most powerful Jewish experiences in a child’s life. An institution dedicated to fun, it is responsible for the most serious work of the community: building commitment to the Jewish people and transmitting Jewish knowledge and values to the young generation. These contradictions define camp’s potential as a socializing agent as well as its challenges for the future.”
  • “Jewish tradition says that the study of Torah is equal to all of the other mitzvot because it leads to them all. So, too, is fun equal to all of the other purposes of camp because it leads to them all.”

At the J we are saying it loud and clear: I AM READY. We hope you are ready for a summer of life-changing experiences. You are never too old for camp. Join the spirit by coming by the J during camp — the energy is contagious!

Laura Seymour is director of camping services and Jewish life and learning at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

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Saying Goodbye to 5769


Saying Goodbye to 5769

Posted on 10 September 2009 by admin

By JTA Staff

NEW YORK (JTA) — With Rosh Hashanah approaching, JTA has compiled a list of the biggest stories of the past Hebrew calendar year:


An acid and feces attack at the Budapest Jewish Theater just before Rosh Hashanah revives concerns about increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary.

Tzipi Livni, who won Kadima Party elections in September following Ehud Olmert’s resignation, fails to assemble a coalition government and become prime minister. President Shimon Peres announces that Israel will hold new general elections.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is named the new executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, becoming the first female rabbi to serve in the chief executive position of an American rabbinical association.


Barack Obama is elected the first black president of the United States with 78 percent of the Jewish vote, in line with previous Democratic nominees.

Months after being the target of the largest immigration raid in American history, the embattled kosher meat producer Agriprocessors files for bankruptcy, leaving kosher consumers in the lurch and ushering in uncertain times for the Jewish community of Postville, Iowa. Subsequently the company is sold to a Canadian firm.

Three new Jewish members are elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Democratic tide is not strong enough to send Congress its first rabbi, Jewish Latina or Chinese Jew.

Rahm Emanuel is tapped to become White House chief of staff and will emerge as a key point person in the administration’s outreach to the Jewish community regarding Israel-related issues.
Secular businessman Nir Barkat is elected mayor of Jerusalem.

Terrorists target the Chabad house in Mumbai, India, killing its directors, Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, and four others.


Israeli security forces forcibly evict Jewish settlers from a disputed house in Hebron, setting off a rampage of violence by some Jewish extremists against Palestinians in the West Bank.

The collapse of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme leads to the immediate collapse of two Jewish organizations and sends shock waves through the Jewish philanthropic world.

The Bush administration makes a last-gasp push for Palestinian statehood — or the nearest it can get to it — with the apparent quiet encouragement of President-elect Obama.

The deadliest road accident in Israeli history kills 24 Russian tour agents and casts a dark shadow over efforts to promote tourism to the southern Israeli city of Eilat.

Israel launches Operation Cast Lead to curtail Hamas rocket fire from the Gaza Strip onto southern Israel.


Ari Folman’s animated Lebanon War film “Waltz with Bashir” wins the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film, but later fails to become the first Israeli movie to take home an Oscar.

Enduring an onslaught of massive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel demonstrations in Europe, Jewish communities throughout the continent hold counter-rallies to support Israel as it wages war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Operation Cast Lead ends after about 3-1/2 weeks and leaves some 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. Hamas rockets during the war reach as far as the Israeli cities of Yavneh, Beersheva and Kiryat Gat.

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to revoke an excommunication order for a Holocaust-denying bishop sparks an uproar and prompts another round of anguish over the state of Catholic-Jewish relations.


The vandalism of a synagogue in Caracas, Venezuela, further unsettles the Jewish community, already on edge over the harsh anti-Israel rhetoric of President Hugo Chavez.

Wading into what has emerged as a major partisan fight, Jewish organizations in Washington line up with Democrats in offering strong support for the $819 billion economic stimulus bill.

In the Israeli elections, Tzipi Livni’s Kadima emerges as the largest single party, but the right-wing parliamentary bloc, led by Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu, captures the majority of the Knesset seats.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu vaults over Labor to become Israel’s third-largest political party, with 15 seats in the Knesset. A month later, Yisrael Beiteinu becomes Likud’s first coalition partner, and the controversial Lieberman — who during the election campaign proposed mandating loyalty oaths to the Jewish state in a bid to curb Israeli Arab political power — is named foreign minister.


Eleventh-hour negotiations to free Gilad Shalit collapse.

Three of the largest Jewish federations in the country — New York, Atlanta and Cleveland — announce substantial cutbacks in staff, adding to concerns about the health of the primary American Jewish charitable network.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s careful articulations in his inaugural address leave uncertain where he stands on the most contentious issue in Israel, and between Israel and governments overseas.

The United States decides to seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the group and prompting concern among some Jewish organizations.


Tel Aviv kicks off its centennial celebrations.

Jews across the denominational spectrum in Israel and the United States organize to say the Birkat HaChamah, a blessing over the sun that is recited every 28 years when, the Talmud says, the sun reaches the same spot in the firmament as when it was created.

The Obama administration organizes the first-ever seder at the White House.

The discovery of a Hezbollah terrorist network in Egypt highlights the divide between the pro-Western moderates in the Middle East and the Iranian-led radicals, as well as the regional interests Egypt and Israel share.

U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), a Jewish lawmaker in a fight for her political life following allegations that she agreed to intervene on behalf of two former AIPAC staffers charged with relaying classified leaks, sends a letter to the U.S. attorney general asking for the release of any tapes of classified conversations.

Jewish and Israeli activists descend en masse on the “Durban II” U.N. racism conference in Geneva. European delegates walk out of the main hall to protest an inflammatory anti-Israel speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Arlen Specter switches to the Democratic Party, leaving the Senate without a Jewish Republican for the first time in decades.


The government moves to drop charges against two former AIPAC staffers charged with passing classified information to Israel.

During speeches at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John Kerry pledge to confront Iran and protect Israel, but call on the Jewish state to freeze settlements. In the ensuing weeks, U.S.-Israel tensions mount as President Obama and other administration officials also press for a settlement freeze.

Pope Benedict XVI visits Israel and the West Bank. In Bethlehem he calls for a Palestinian homeland, leaves an interfaith conference in Jerusalem early after a Palestinian cleric accuses Israel of killing women and children, and destroying mosques, and prompts disappointment among some Israelis for remarks on the Holocaust seen as insufficient.

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold their first meeting at the White House.

Obama talks of putting a timetable on U.S. diplomatic outreach to Iran over nuclear weapons, while also emphasizing that Israel needs to take “difficult steps” such as freezing settlements. Netanyahu stresses his interest in achieving peace, but stops short of endorsing a two-state solution.

Jacob Zuma of the African National Congress is elected South Africa’s new president, though 80 percent of Jews vote for the opposition party.

The first Jewish historical doll in the American Girl series — a 9-year-old girl named Rebecca Rubin living on the Lower East Side in 1914 — goes on sale.


In a speech in Cairo billed as an address to Muslims worldwide, President Obama describes Israel and the United States as sharing an unbreakable bond, then criticizes Holocaust denial in the Arab world and the use of the Palestinian issue to distract Arab populations from other problems. Obama draws criticism from some corners of the Jewish community for reiterating his call for a settlement freeze and failing to talk tough on Iran. Some critics claim that the president appears to embrace the Palestinian understanding of the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Alysa Stanton becomes the first African-American female rabbi after being ordained by the Reform movement’s

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Far-right parties in Europe score significant gains in continent-wide elections for European Parliament.

A security guard is killed when a gunman known for his anti-Semitic beliefs opens fire at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

In a speech at Bar-Ilan University, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses conditional support for the eventual creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state. The Obama administration hails the speech as “positive movement,” while the Palestinian Authority condemns it.

With unrest mounting in Iran over official claims of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election, U.S. Jewish organizational leaders call for more American support for the protesters and more international action to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Camps across the country report outbreaks of the swine flu virus, forcing some to postpone their openings and others to implement sweeping measures to screen new arrivals for signs of the illness.

Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident and Prisoner of Zion, is formally elected chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Haredi, or fervently Orthodox, demonstrators in Jerusalem turn violent protesting the opening of a parking lot on Shabbat and the arrest of a haredi woman on charges of child neglect.

As the health care reform debate heats up, Jewish organizations back the Obama administration on several key points, including the creation of a government-run public insurance option and pushing for measures that would help the rapidly aging Jewish community.

At the close of a Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague, 46 countries sign the Terezin Declaration, a nonbinding set of guiding principles aimed at faster, more open and transparent restitution of art and private and communal property taken by force or under duress during the Holocaust.

With its decision in favor of comedian Al Franken, the Minnesota Supreme Court gives the U.S. Senate a 13th Jewish member.


The United Jewish Communities decides to change its name to the Jewish Federations of North America and hires Jerry Silverman, a key player in raising tens of millions of dollars for Jewish summer camps and a former business executive who helped popularize the Dockers brand, as its next president and CEO.
Some 8,000 athletes from around the world participate in the 18th Maccabiah Games, including U.S. Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, who chooses the so-called Jewish Olympics in Israel over the World Championships. Lezak wins four gold medals, but Israel easily wins the medals competition.

Nearly 40 Jewish and evangelical Christian leaders meet in Washington for a groundbreaking dialogue session.
The leader of the gang responsible for kidnapping, torturing and murdering French Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006 is sentenced to life in prison. Many French Jews are upset that the trial is held behind closed doors, as the crime’s anti-Semitic nature was in dispute.

President Obama has his first White House meeting with Jewish leaders, sitting down with representatives of 14 organizations. Jewish leaders offer no direct criticism of his calls for a settlement freeze, but say he appears to be putting more pressure on Israel than on the Palestinians and Arab states. The president says he will work to change that perception.

Five rabbis are among 44 people arrested as part of a public corruption and international money-laundering investigation in New Jersey that uses a prominent rabbi’s son as an informant. Also charged are the mayors of several New Jersey cities and other state politicians, as well as a Brooklyn man who is accused of acquiring and trading kidneys for transplants.


A masked gunman attacks a gay community center in Tel Aviv, killing two people and injuring a dozen. The tragedy sparks demonstrations throughout Israel in solidarity with the victims and the gay community.

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Dallas Doings

Posted on 16 July 2009 by admin

Akiba Academy to honor Dr. Rick Hodes at INSPIRE gala
Akiba Academy will honor Dr. Rick Hodes for his humanitarian actions, which have touched countless lives, at the INSPIRE gala on Sunday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. at the Westin Park Central, according to Marilyn Rutner, Akiba’s director of development.

Dr. Hodes, past Akiba parent, serves as director of medical programs in Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). In addition to managing medical clinics that provide treatment, immunization, nutritional support, family planning and community health for tens of thousands of immigrants, he has directed the medical care for Ethiopian Jews making aliyah to Israel since 1990. His humanitarian accomplishments include Operation Solomon in May 1991, which airlifted over 14,000 Ethiopians to Israel in 48 hours. He has been in charge of the health of about 1 percent of the population of Israel before they became Israeli.

Dr. Hodes cared for the health of 50,000 refugees from Rwanda who had fled to Zaire in 1994 and 1995. He spent Yom Kippur 1994 working in Kibumba Refugee Camp. He has also worked with Kosovo refugees in Albania and Zairean refugees in Tanzania, all on behalf of JDC, and lent his medical expertise to the Swedish Red Cross in Eritrea and the U.S. Peace Corps in Ethiopia.

In a non-sectarian JDC program, Dr. Hodes is an attending physician at the Mother Teresa’s Mission, working with the sick and destitute with heart disease, spine disease and cancer. He directs a program which sends Ethiopians to India for heart surgery and Ghana for spine surgery.

Dr. Hodes lectures extensively around the world and has published many articles. In 2007, CNN selected him as one of its “CNN Heroes” in the “Championing Children” category.

After graduating from the University of Rochester Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hodes was a Fulbright Lecturer in Medicine at the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He holds an academic appointment at University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. The American College of Physicians has awarded him the rare title of “Mastership,” in recognition of “exceedingly stellar career accomplishments.” He received an honorary Doctorate in Science (D.Sc.) from Middlebury College.

Dr. Hodes lives with his family in Addis Ababa.

Proceeds from this prestigious event will benefit scholarships, educational programming and professional development at Akiba, the first Jewish day school in Dallas, founded in 1962. Event Co-chairs Sharon Blumberg and Dana Feinstein invite Akiba friends and family to be a part of the celebration and to consider sponsorship and advertisement in the commemorative tribute journal that will be presented to Dr. Hodes, dinner attendees and supporters of the school.

“We are so excited to be a part of an event that will celebrate a true hero. Dr. Hodes is making the world a better place and inspiring our children to have a positive impact on others. We hope that everyone in the community will join us in honoring him. ‘INSPIRE’ is sure to inspire!” Blumberg and Feinstein said.
For more information about this event and its sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marilyn Rutner at 214-295-3400, mrutner@akibaacademy.org.

Dr. Jerrold Grodin to be July 26 JWV speaker
Members and guests at the Sunday, July 26 meeting of the Jewish War Veterans and Auxiliary look forward to the return visit of acclaimed cardiologist Dr. Jerrold Grodin. He will talk about his second trip to Iraq, where he tended to the medical needs of our troops.

The usual lox and bagel breakfast will be served, for which there will be a charge of $4 per person. Members of the community are welcome. Dr. Grodin was highly recommended as a speaker by Jerry Benjamin.
JFS Employment Networking Group session on employment outlook in Richardson
John Jacobs, senior vice president of economic development for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, will speak about the employment outlook, today and in the future, in the city of Richardson, on Wednesday, July 22, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mr. Jacobs directs the day-to-day activities of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership, a joint Chamber and City effort involved in business recruitment, retention and start-ups. He is the immediate past chairman of the DFW Marketing Team, a consortium of more than 40 DFW cities that markets the Metroplex nationwide for the purpose of economic development. For more information, contact Allison Harding at aharding@jfsdallas.org or 972-437-9950.

JFS offers networking group especially for new grads

If you’re a recent college grad looking for employment, Jewish Family Service is starting a new Job-Search networking group just for you.

You’ll learn:

• How to build a resume with only a sparse job history

• The best way to answer tough interview questions

• How to write an effective cover letter

• What employers are really looking for in today’s difficult market

• The “dos” and “don’ts” of Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn

• All about local networking opportunities

Allison Harding, a Jewish Family Service Employment Specialist who has 15 years’ experience as a human-resources recruiter, will facilitate the group.

The Grads Networking Group held their first meeting on July 14. Future meetings will be held every Tuesday, 1:30 to 3 p.m., at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road. There are no fees, nor is it necessary to RSVP.
Please bring a copy of your resume if you have one. Friends are welcome. For added information, contact Allison Harding at 972-437-9950 or aharding@jfsdallas.org.

An evening with actor George Takei, July 19
The Crow Collection will present “An Evening with George Takei” on Sunday, July 19. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art with a reception to follow at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Long before he traveled the universe as Lt. Sulu on board the USS Enterprise, as a child George Takei was trapped behind the barbed wire fences that surrounded the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. He and his family were among the 120,000 U.S. residents of Japanese descent who were interned during the war.

Mr. Takei, who was born in Los Angeles, spent most of his childhood at Camp Rower in the swamps of Arkansas and at the windswept Camp Tule Lake in northern California. He will speak about his childhood experiences as well as his life as a Japanese American in the United States.
The lecture is being presented in conjunction with a special exhibition, “The Return of the Yellow Peril: A Survey of the Works by Roger Shimomura,” which can be seen at the Crow Collection through Aug. 9.
The event is sponsored by the Crow Collection, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and American Airlines. Tickets are $15 for Friends of the Crow Collection, Japan-America Society of DFW members and students with valid ID; $30 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 214-979-6438 or visit www.crowcollection.org to register.

You can call 214-979-6430 for more information. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora St. in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Dallas Museum of Art is at 1717 Harwood, across the street from the Crow Collection.

The Crow Collection, dedicated to the arts and cultures of Asia, was founded in 1998 by Trammell and Margaret Crow in an effort to share their love of Asian art with the people of North Texas. It was also their hope that this museum will help bridge the gap between East and West.

On the business scene
Salli Goldstein has renewed her membership in the Association of Bridal Consultants. A full-service wedding planner, she operates Salli G, serving brides in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding towns.
As an Association member, Goldstein works to improve her professionalism and that of others in the wedding business. She has been a member since March 1990. At Salli G they do a spectacular job with day-of-wedding coordinating!

The Association of Bridal Consultants is located in New Milford, Conn., and is the only organization specifically designed to serve wedding professionals worldwide with over 4,500 members in 30 countries.

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Going for the gold


Going for the gold

Posted on 07 August 2008 by admin

Swimmers lead U.S. contingent of Jewish athletes in Beijing

By Marc Brodsky
NEW YORK (JTA) — For Jason Lezak, Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Garrett Weber-Gale, the marketing possibilities are endless — perhaps “The Three Chaverim” or “Jews in the Pool.”

All three Jewish sprinters are hoping to make a splash as part of the U.S. men’s swimming team heading to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Not only will they be competing as individuals, but they are expected to make up three-fourths of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team.

“We joke about going to the Maccabiah Games and setting a world record,” Lezak tells JTA, referring to what is known as “the Jewish Olympics.”

Toss in 41-year-old Dara Torres, another Jewish swimmer and sprinter who will be competing in her fifth Games, and the possibilities rise even higher.

The swimmers are among the seven athletes believed to comprise the American Jewish contingent headed to China. They are a mix of veterans and newcomers, all with a realistic chance of acquiring medals at the Games, which begin with the opening ceremony Aug. 8.

Wildman-Tobriner and Weber-Gale already have their nickname: the “hyphenated Jew crew.” That makes for some good-natured fun around the pool, Wildman-Tobriner says, adding that he is proud to represent his heritage — along with the United States — in China.

Another Jewish athlete eyeing water-related success for the Americans is kayaker Rami Zur, who is making his debut as a member of the U.S. squad. He represented Israel in the 2000 and 2004 Games.
Some Jewish landlubbers also will wear the red, white and blue in Beijing: fencer Sara Jacobson and marathoner Deena Kastor. Both won bronze medals in ‘04 in Athens.

Lezak is competing in his third Olympics and has garnered four medals on relay teams, including a gold in the 4×100 medley in ‘04. At 32, he is the oldest male to qualify for an Olympic swim team.

“That’s an accomplishment in itself,” says Lezak, of Irvine, Calif.

At the recent U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder broke the American record in the 100-meter freestyle with a semifinal time of 47.58, setting himself up as the probable anchor on that relay team.

“Winning medals in the relays is such an amazing feeling, being a part of a team,” Lezak says, speaking to JTA by telephone.

In part, it was his disappointment as an individual competitor in Athens that spurred Lezak to keep his Olympic dreams. He failed to qualify for the finals in the 100-meter freestyle, though Lezak says he had a “great opportunity” to win an individual medal.

“I took the preliminaries too lightly,” he admits. “I was thinking about how many races I had to swim and I saved too much energy.

“I learned a horrible lesson, but it kind of got me going another four years. I kind of felt like I had unfinished business.”

Now Lezak, who will be competing in relays and in the 100-meter race, wants to mount the podium by himself.

“I’m a team-type player,” he says, “but to do something on your own feels pretty good. I have a lot to prove to myself. I know I’m capable, I just haven’t done it yet.”

He’ll have plenty of competition from Weber-Gale, of Milwaukee, and Wildman-Tobriner, a fellow Californian. Weber-Gale, 22, edged Lezak in the 100-meter finals in the trials.
Weber-Gale, who won the World Championships in 2005 and 2007, will be making his Olympics debut after narrowly missing a spot four years ago. He expects to compete in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and on the 4×100 freestyle and medley teams.

The University of Texas All-American predicts an outstanding Olympics for the U.S. squad.
“I think this is the best Olympic swim team ever assembled,” Weber-Gale told the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. “There are several events where we could get multiple medals, and we could win all three relays.”
Wildman-Tobriner, 23, also is making his Olympic debut. The Stanford University All-American will compete in the 50-meter freestyle and the relay.

“To finally be able to participate is going to be really exciting,” he told the j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. “It still hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

Lezak, who has been coaching himself the last two years, says he met his younger Jewish colleagues at the ‘05 World Championships.

“They were in a different stage of their lives,” he says. “They were in college, and the international scene was more important to me.”

Lezak says they mostly talk to each other about their common Jewish identity.
“You don’t see that too often,” he says of three Jewish Olympians in the same events. “They’re both nice guys and we all get along.”

The younger duo hasn’t yet picked the brain of their more seasoned colleague, Lezak says.
“Once you start getting to the Games, to the Olympic village, people are more curious of the type of things to expect, more questions come up,” he says.

They can all learn from Torres, a member of the Jewish International Sports Hall of Fame.
Despite having a 2-year-old daughter, the Los Angeles native who now works out in southern Florida qualified in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, though she will compete in only the former in Beijing.
Torres, who graces the cover of Time magazine’s Olympics preview, which touts “Dana Torres & 99 More Athletes to Watch,” is a nine-time Olympic medalist, including four golds. She established an American record at the trials finals in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.25; Torres broke her own mark set in the semis.

“That she’s doing her best times is phenomenal,” Lezak says. “She’s pretty inspiring to all the athletes out there.”

Her success at an advanced age for athletes has brought suspicions of doping, but Torres has passed every drug test.

“I’ve gone beyond the call of duty to prove I’m clean, but you are guilty until proven innocent in this day and age, so what else can I do?” she told Time. “It’s a real bummer.”
Zur, the kayaker, is seeking his first medal in his third Olympics. While on the Israeli team, he failed to reach the finals as an individual in the 500-meter event or in the two-man 500- and 1,000-meter events.

In his U.S. inaugural, he is considered a contender as he vies solo in the 500, despite a severe spinal injury that jeopardized his career.

“I want to go there and come back with some hardware,” Zur, 31, told the j.
Zur, a 5-foot-9, 160-pounder, trains in the United States and says he feels a part of U.S. culture and society. He says the Israelis have been understanding of his choice to wear U.S. colors this time around.
Zur was born in Berkeley, Calif., but was adopted by a kibbutz couple near the Sea of Galilee. His proximity to the sea helped develop his love of water sports.

“Kayaking was the first sport where I could go wherever I wanted to,” he says.

The Israeli Olympic Committee cut back on funding for his training following the Sydney Games and he left the Jewish state for the Olympic Training Center in northern California, where he lived for free.

Kastor, 35, is another Jewish Californian bound for Beijing. A two-time Olympian, she holds the American records in the marathon and half-marathon. In April, Kastor won the U.S. Olympic trials in Boston with a time of 2:29:35.

Her bronze in Athens was the first medal for an American marathoner in two decades.
Jacobson, 25, of Dunwoody, Ga., brings a No. 1 world ranking in sabre to China. Her sister Emily was on the ‘04 Olympics fencing team; her father, David, was a member of the ‘74 national squad.
Jacobson, who attends Yale University, is a two-time winner of the U.S. women’s sabre championship.

Munich survivor Dan Alon carries scars of ‘72 Olympics

By Chanan Tigay

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — The Munich Olympics were meant to be a defining moment in Dan Alon’s life — but not the way they turned out.

Alon was one of five Israeli athletes who escaped the 1972 massacre of Israel’s Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists.

Thirty-six years later, he still can’t shake what happened.

In Berlin last year to deliver a lecture, Alon noticed several Arabs on the staff of his hotel. He changed hotels immediately.

“I don’t feel secure,” says Alon, 63, a former Israeli fencing champion. “I have a paranoia that they are looking for me.”

In the first years after the attack, Alon says he was perpetually nervous, afraid to be left alone in a room. When he traveled abroad, he always went with someone.

For more than three decades, he barely mentioned Munich.

“I really didn’t talk about it, not even to my family or my friends,” says Alon, who recently retired as director general of an Israeli plastics company. “I tried to stay busy with my business, with my family.”

That changed two years ago with the release of Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” an epic film about the attack and Israel’s subsequent effort to hunt down those responsible.

“People started to call me and ask me questions,” says Alon, who lives in Tel Aviv.

Since then he has started writing a book about his experiences, and now he lectures at universities and in Jewish communities around the world.

On Sept. 5, 1972, at 4:30 a.m., Alon and his roommate, fellow fencer Yehudah Weinstein, were awakened by gunfire and frantic shouting. Several bullets blew through the wall over Alon’s bed. They were the shots, he says, that killed weightlifter Yossi Romano, who had been staying in the adjoining room.

Alon hurried to his window below, where he spotted a man in a white hat toting a machine gun. Several feet away, wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg lay dying on the ground.

Alon and four teammates — Weinstein, along with two marksmen and a speed walker — huddled in his room. The marksmen suggested shooting the gunman with their pellet guns.

“We decided not to do it,” Alon says. “We didn’t know how many terrorists there were, what kinds of weapons they had, what hostages they had.”

Eventually they agreed to sneak downstairs and outside as quietly as possible. One by one, treading lightly on a creaky, wooden staircase, the athletes descended the single flight of stairs, slipped through a glass door, and went over a first-floor balcony and through the garden to freedom. It took about 15 minutes.
One of the terrorists spotted them as they ran, Alon says, but he did not shoot.
Several hours later the Israelis’ teammates were dead.

“I blame the Palestinians, and I blame the Germans for the failure to [achieve the] release of the athletes,” Alon says. “But I don’t blame myself. I was only surprised that I survived.”

Four years before the attack, Alon took part in the Six-Day War as a technician securing bombs to fighter jets. Just a year after Munich, he did the same in the Yom Kippur War.

Since then he married — his wife, Adelle, is a nurse — and had three children: Meir, 30; Pazit, 23; and Arik, 28, who has become a champion fencer.

Arik quit to attend college, Alon says, “so I quit, too. I play golf now all the time.”
After the killings in 1972, the Munich Olympics paused for a day, then resumed. Alon says it was the proper move. Not only would it have been unwise to “surrender to terror” and unfair to deny athletes the chance to compete, he says, but the world would have blamed Israel had the Games been canceled.
“For me, the Olympics are a sacred space for sportsmen,” he says. “I believe still that the Olympics are very, very good at trying to unite people around the world. Maybe we need more than one [Summer] Olympics every four years.”

Jews in the Olympics
By JTA Staff
NEW YORK (JTA) — The following is a list of Jewish athletes competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing:

United States
Fencing, Women
Sara Jacobson, sabre

Rami Zur, 500-meter individual

Swimming, Men
Jason Lezak, 100-meter freestyle, relays
Garrett Weber-Gale, 100 freestyle, relays
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, 50 freestyle, relays

Swimming, Women
Dara Torres, 50-meter freestyle, relays

Track and Field, Women
Deena Kastor, marathon

Artistic Gymnastics, Men
Alex Shatilov, all-around

Canoeing, Men
Michael Koganov, K-1 500 and 1000 meters

Fencing, Men
Tomer Or, foil

Fencing, Women
Dalilah Hatuel, foil
Noam Mills, epee

Judo, Men
Ariel Ze’evi, 100 kg
Gal Yekutiel, 60 kg

Judo, Women
Alice Schlezinger, 63 kg

Rhythmic Gymnastics, Individual
Ira Risenzon
Neta Rivkin

Rhythmic Gymnastics, Team
Kayta Pizatzki
Racheli Vidgorcheck
Maria Savnakov
Alona Dvorinchenko
Veronica Witberg

Sailing, Men
Gidi Klinger and Udi Gal, 470
Shahar Tzuberi, windsurfing

Sailing, Women
Vered Buskila and Nika Kornitzky, 470
Nufar Eledman, laser radial
Ma’ayan Davidovich, windsurfing

Doron Egozi, 50-meter rifle 3, 10-meter air rifle
Gil Simkovich, 50-meter rifle 3, 50-meter rifle prone
Guy Starik, 50-meter rifle prone

Swimming, Men
Itay Chama, 200-meter breaststroke
Gal Nevo, 200 and 400 individual medley
Guy Barnea, 100 breaststroke
Tom Be’eri, 100 and 200 breaststroke
Allon Mandel, 100 and 200 butterfly
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, 200 freestyle

Swimming, Women
Anya Gostamelsky, 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly

Synchronized Swimming
Anastasia Gloushkov and Ina Yoffe, duet

Bat-El Getterer, 57 kg

Tennis, Men
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, doubles

Tennis, Women
Shahar Peer, singles
Tzipora Obziler, doubles with Peer

Track and Field, Men
Alex Averbukh, pole vault
Niki Palli, long jump
Haile Satayin, marathon
Itai Magidi, 3000-meter steeplechase
Hockey, Women
Gisele Kanevsky

Judo, Women
Daniela Krakower

Swimming, Men
Damian Blaum
Table Tennis
Pablo Tabachnik

Weightlifting, Women
Nora Koppel

Table Tennis
David Zalcberg

Soccer, Women
Tal Karp

Adam Stern

David Zilberman, 96 kg
Ari Taub, 120 kg plus

Tennis, Men
Nicolas Massu

Great Britain
Josh West

How to do Jewish in Beijing
By Alison Klayman
BEIJING (JTA) — Below are some tips on how to do Beijing “Jewish style” during the 2008 Olympic Games:
Three davening and dining options on Friday night:
Chabad (Lubavitch)
Chabad Beijing has two venues (www.chabadbeijing.com), both near many hotels
Main location: King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiao Yun Rd Villa No. F1
During the Olympics, this location will have daily services three times a day. After Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services, the community walks 10 minutes to the kosher restaurant for meals.
Contact: info@chabadbeijing.cn

Additional location: Jian Guo Men Diplomatic Building, Building 3, 2F, Room 23
This is a sub-branch that serves the Russian community and others staying in the Central Business District.
Contact: Rabbi Mendy Raskin: e-mail, rabbaimendy08@gmail.com; phone, 86-13366701744

Kehillat Beijing (Egalitarian, lay-led, Reconstructionist)
Location: Third floor, Capital Club Athletic Center in the Capital Mansion
Go to the Web site (www.sinogogue.org) for a thorough explanation of the location and a pronunciation guide for getting your taxi there. This building is well known by most cabbies and hotels, and is centrally located.

Note: On Saturday morning, Chabad is your only choice. Also, Kehillat will not have services on Friday night, Aug. 8, the night of the opening ceremony of the Games.

Dini’s Kosher Restaurant is a glatt kosher, non-dairy restaurant serving Chinese, Israeli and Jewish foods. (www.kosherbeijing.com has the menu). Dini’s will be open 24 hours a day during the Games and can deliver to hotels across the city. It can also vacuum-pack your food to bring to other cities on a China tour.
Several completely vegetarian restaurants in Beijing are Buddhist or Buddhist-themed with serene decor. The Pure Lotus chain has lavish interiors, food served in conch shells or platters brimming with dry ice, and oversized glossy menus that dedicate half the pages to poetry and photos of blades of grass as opposed to food.

A favorite is Baihe-Lily, a simple courtyard restaurant down a poorly marked alley. Baihe-Lily also has a location near the tourist site the Summer Palace.

To find vegetarian restaurants and shops in Beijing, go to www.happycow.net/asia/china/beijing. The site provides a quick table of vegetarian traveler phrases.

Many supermarkets sell imported food that includes kosher-labeled items. Look for the chains April Gourmet, Jenny Lou’s and Lo Hao Organic, which are almost entirely stocked with imported foods.

Dates in Chinese Jewish history
By Alison Klayman
BEIJING (JTA) — The following are key dates in Chinese Jewish history:
1920: Ohel Rachel Synagogue is established in Shanghai (still standing).
1928–49: The first Lubavitch rabbi in China, Meir Ashkenazi, leads Shanghai’s Congregation Ohel Moshe. Built in 1927, Ohel Moshe is now the site of the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum.
1938–45: 20,000 Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria escape to Shanghai.
1939–40: Approximately 1,000 Polish Jews escape to Shanghai, including about 400 teachers and students of the Mir Yeshiva.
1941–45: Japanese occupying powers intern recent Jewish immigrants from Allied countries in Hongkou ghetto for “stateless refugees.”
1949: Communists win civil war; by now most of 24,000 Shanghai Jews and other Jewish populations across the country leave China.
1978: Deng Xiaoping announces China’s “open door policy” with the West.
1980: First community seder in Beijing is led by founders of the liberal Kehillat Beijing minyan.
1992: Israel and China establish diplomatic relations.
1995: Kehillat Beijing begins regular Friday night services in permanent home, Beijing’s Capital Club.
Oct. 25, 1996: The first community bar mitzvah is held in Beijing for Ari Lee, the son of community founders Elyse Silverberg and Michael Lee.
1998: The “Jewish Shanghai” guided tour begins; it is currently being run by Israeli journalist Dvir Bar-Gal (www.shanghai-jews.com).
September 1999 In Shanghai, a Jewish New Year service is held at the Ohel Rachel Synagogue for the first time since 1952, when the synagogue was closed.
2001: Chabad opens its first center in Beijing.
2006: Beijing mikvah Mei Tovah opens.
2007: Beijing opens its first kosher restaurant, Dini’s (www.kosherbeijing.com).
May 2008: Israel donates 90 tons of medical supplies, more than $1 million, for Sichuan earthquake relief.

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Ford Foundation still funding anti-Israel organizations


Ford Foundation still funding anti-Israel organizations

Posted on 31 July 2008 by admin

By Michael J. Jordan
NEW YORK (JTA) — In August 2001, Israel became a punching bag for several thousand human rights activists from throughout the world who were gathered for a U.N. anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa.
But while the Jewish state may have been the target, the Ford Foundation also ultimately suffered a serious black eye after it emerged that many of the anti-Israel activists in Durban were egged on by Ford-backed, pro-Palestinian groups.
Hoping to head off a similar debacle, Ford says it will not pay for any organization to participate in the first follow-up conference to Durban, slated for April in Geneva.
This announcement comes nearly five years after Ford, America’s second-largest philanthropic institution, adopted what experts describe as the most stringent guidelines on grantees.
Yet despite such steps and the foundation’s public criticisms of what transpired seven years ago, Ford today is funding several organizations that engage in the “Durban strategy” — a two-pronged tactic launched at the ‘01 conference to paint Israel as a “racist, apartheid” state and isolate the Jewish nation through boycotts, divestment and sanctions.
The Ford slice of funds to anti-Israel nongovernmental organizations may pale compared to that provided by Europe and its myriad governmental agencies. But the Ford funding enables the groups to wage low-key, diplomatic and economic warfare against Israel, dragging the Palestinian conflict from the battlefield into international forums, media, the Internet and college campuses.
These revelations are the result of a months-long JTA investigation into Ford funding after the highly influential foundation revised its guidelines under pressure from the U.S. Congress.
The pressure followed an October 2003 JTA expose, “Funding Hate,” which found that Ford funneled millions of dollars to pro-Palestinian NGOs (non-governmental agencies), enabling them to promote their vitriolic agenda against Israel in Durban. The NGO Forum, which accompanied the official gathering of countries, issued a lengthy document, including passages containing some of the most provocative attacks on Israel ever produced under the umbrella of the United Nations.
Despite its revised guidelines, Ford appears unable — or unwilling — to prevent some of its grantees from lending support to the movement that was launched in Durban.
The new JTA investigation, which examined a large cross-section of Ford grantees that speak out on the Middle East conflict, finds that several signed a major 2005 boycott and divestment petition (www.bds-palestine.net) against “Apartheid Israel.”
As Ford was announcing its decision not to support the 2009 anti-racism forum, its Web site touted a 2008–09 grant for $305,000 to the Arab NGO Network for Development, which features a map on its Web site that fails to note the existence of Israel. One of the two Palestinian members on its coordination committee is the pro-boycott Palestinian NGO Network, or PNGO (www.pngo.net/english/default.asp), a key organizer at Durban.
Although PNGO is no longer receiving grants from Ford, the network works closely with at least three Ford grantee organizations.
Ford, which has assets above $13 billion and gives away more than $500 million annually, was endowed with funds donated by Henry and Edsel Ford but no longer maintains any ties to the Ford Motor Co.
The foundation does not support groups that solely advocate boycotts, but signing onto a boycott or divestment effort is not itself a deal breaker for funding, according to Ford’s vice president of communications, Marta Tellado.
Tellado said there are no concrete red lines.
“We don’t have a glossary of terms that are not allowed,” she said. “It’s not about the specific use of a word, but we look at the totality of that organization, if their activities as a whole still reflect our values and mission.”
Tellado said the foundation never supported the anti-apartheid movement against South Africa, but it recognizes that “historically, boycott is seen as a legitimate, nonviolent means of expression.”
“We don’t think the idea of a boycott can be generalized to mean it’s aimed at the destruction of a country,” Tellado said. “But we understand that it’s a flashpoint” in the conflict today.
With preparations under way for the follow-up U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva, there are strong indications that Israel again will be singled out for opprobrium.

Tellado said the Ford Foundation
wants no part of it.
“Experience totally informs our
decision,” she said. “This refl ects
our concern for the meeting’s ability
to be constructive.”
This and other steps — like severing
relations with several zealous
NGOs — garner Ford praise from
even its toughest critics.
After JTA revealed the Ford-
Durban link in 2003, Ford issued
its new guidelines for grantees.
Experts say the revisions were
the most extensive seen in philanthropic
circles. They elicited
howls of free-speech infringement
from the American Civil Liberties
Union and a slew of top U.S. universities.
Under the guidelines, Ford
grantees must agree not to “carry
on propaganda” or “promote or
engage in violence, terrorism,
bigotry or the destruction of any
State, nor will it make subgrants
to any entity that engages in these
Although no Ford grantee was
linked to terrorism per se, some
appeared to condone violence
and terror. Ford has since stopped
funding those groups.
Yet JTA has uncovered several
grantees that engage in the twin
“Israel is apartheid” and “boycott
and divest” campaigns.
“That is the essence of the Durban
strategy: demonize and delegitimize
Israel to the degree that
it gains no external support and
eventually is unable to function,”
said Gerald Steinberg, the executive
director of the Jerusalembased
NGO Monitor.
“I wouldn’t say this is a strong,
consistent pattern, but it’s more
than minor leakage. Ford should
take a more proactive approach so
its monies are not abused.”
Benefi ciaries of Ford funds include:
• Al-Mezan Center for Human
Rights (www.mezan.org/site_en/
php); Muwatin: Palestinian
Institute for the Study of
Democracy (www.muwatin.org/);
The Palestinian Center for Human
Rights (www.pchrgaza.org/
facts/fact3.htm); and Miftah: The
Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion
of Global Dialogue and
Democracy (www.miftah.org). All
these groups signed onto boycott
and divestment petitions against
“Apartheid Israel.”
• Al Haq: Law in the Service
of Man. The West Bank affi liate
of the International Commission
of Jurists in Geneva in the “Goals
and Objectives” section of its Web
page (www.alhaq.org/etemplate.
php?id=51) cites “participation in
civil society discourse and activities
regarding divestment, boycott,
and sanctions.” Last July it urged
the U.N. General Assembly to recall
the “political, economic, military
and cultural isolation of South
Africa” as “such measures must be
considered in relation to Israel.”
• The Arab NGO Network for
Development. Its Web site (www.
annd.org) prominently features
a section called “Eye on Gaza”
with links to 10 related documents.
Among them are an article
titled “The Israeli Recipe for 2008:
Genocide in Gaza” and a March
news release of the Euro-Mediterranean
NGO Platform — another
Ford grantee — accusing Israel
of “massacres,” “war crimes” and
Observers say that the activities
of some Ford grantees point to the
challenge that any huge, decentralized
organization faces in monitoring
its partners. Ford boasts 4,000
grantees around the world.
The issue may boil down to
Ford’s interpretation of what terms
such as “promote” or “bigotry” or
“propaganda” mean, as stated in
their guidelines.
“We’re not in the business of
censorship because that fl ies in the
face of our values,” Tellado said.
“Having said that, you really do
need to monitor because words do
matter. We realize there is a lot of
hyperbole bandied about and not
backed up by fact.”
For their part, the Ford-funded
NGOs say branding Israel “apartheid”
is one way to “raise awareness”
The Palestinian Center for Human
Rights received a two-year,
$370,000 Ford grant for 2005–07
“for a program of legal advocacy
and defense of human rights and
the rule of law and promotion of
democratic processes in Gaza.”
Even Steinberg of NGO Monitor
praises the rights group for being
one of the rare Palestinian organizations
to condemn various abuses
committed by the Palestinian authorities
and police.
But in November 2006, the center
also issued an “action alert”
in which it joined with the Grassroots
Palestinian Anti-Apartheid
Wall Campaign — a network devoted
to the boycott movement
— in calling on the world to hold
“Apartheid Israel” accountable for
its “war crimes.”
Jaber Wishah, the Palestinian
Center’s deputy director, told
JTA that by employing the term
“apartheid,” “we are trying to raise
awareness of the illegal and brutal
behavior of the Israeli occupying
force and the very discriminatory
policies that the Israeli judicial
system provides cover for.”
“The strategy of boycotts and
divestment should be adopted to
put an end to the Israeli policy of
discrimination,” he said in a phone
interview from Gaza City.
Joharah Baker, an editorial
writer for Miftah, another Ford
grantee, concedes that equating Israel
with South Africa is not quite
accurate, as “no two situations are
exactly the same.” But many comparisons
can be drawn, she said
— the separation between the two
peoples, and also separating Palestinians
from Palestinians.
The Ford-Durban link
The Ford Foundation, with
its mission to “strengthen democratic
values, reduce poverty and
injustice, promote international
cooperation, and advance human
achievement,” has provided
through its Cairo offi ce more than
$200 million over the past halfcentury
to some 350 NGOs in the
Middle East.
So perhaps it was natural that
Ford would support many groups
attending the landmark Durban
Most of the media attention
went to the accompanying NGO
Forum in Durban, which attracted
thousands of activists from around
the world, aimed the harshest rhetoric
at Israel and inspired several
incidents of anti-Jewish epithets
and the distribution of anti-Semitic
The extremism sparked a walkout
by the American and Israeli
But the real story, in retrospect,
was the launch of the current “Israel
is apartheid” movement.
In that Durban NGO document
— mostly rejected by U.N. member-
states during their offi cial conference
that followed — plotters
unveiled a game plan: “Complete
and total isolation of Israel as an
apartheid state, as was done in the
case of South Africa — sanctions,
embargoes, the full cessation of all
links (diplomatic, economic, social,
and military cooperation and
training) between all states and Israel,”
coupled with “condemnation
of those states supporting, aiding,
and abetting the Israeli apartheid
state, and its perpetration of racist
crimes against humanity, including
ethnic cleansing and acts of
Ford’s vital funding of the Durban
ringleaders helped re-inject
terms like “apartheid,” “boycott”
and “divestment” into mainstream
discourse about Israel.
The foundation’s then-president,
Susan Berresford, apologized
for its role in Durban in a Nov.
17, 2003 letter to U.S. Rep. Jerrold
Nadler (D-N.Y.) on the heels
of the four-part JTA investigation
“Funding Hate.”
“We now recognize that we did
not have a clear picture of the activities,
organizations and people
involved,” Berresford wrote. “We
deeply regret that Foundation
grantees may have taken part in
unacceptable behavior in Durban.”
In 2003, Ford initially denied
to JTA that any anti-Israel agitation
or anti-Semitic activities
took place in Durban. But as Nadler
and 20 other U.S. lawmakers
pressed for an investigation, and
groups including the American
Jewish Congress threatened a lawsuit,
Ford reversed itself.
Berresford’s letter to Nadler said
that Ford offi cials were “disgusted
by the vicious anti-Semitic activity
seen at Durban” and vowed, “If
the Foundation fi nds allegations of
bigotry and incitement of hatred
by particular grantees to be true
— we will cease funding.”
Ford’s revised guidelines, produced
in November 2003 with input
from Nadler’s offi ce and Jewish
groups, altered a longstanding
hands-off policy for its grantees
and annual allocations worldwide.
Nadler said Ford’s revised policy
has become a “benchmark”
for the philanthropic and human
rights world.
“In the face of that substantial
pressure, Ford had stood strong,
re-articulated their values and
forcefully asserted their rights to
deny funding to those organizations
that violate their essential
principles,” Nadler told JTA. “They
should be lauded for that.”
After Ford’s role in the Durban
conference was highlighted and
the foundation tightened its grantee
guidelines, it also doled out millions to assorted Jewish organizations.
(See sidebar p 11.)
Ford also earned kudos for its
decision in February 2006 to withdraw
support for an American Association
of University Professors
conference in Italy after The New
York Sun revealed that some onethird
of expected participants had
publicly supported boycotts of Israeli
Now comes the move to distance
the foundation from the follow-
up to Durban, which will be
held in Geneva on U.N. grounds,
where security and protocol can be
more effectively controlled.
Yet a re-examination of that
initial Berresford letter along with
recent interviews with current
Ford offi cials suggest that Ford’s
rejection of groups that incite terror
and anti-Semitism does not
extend to the boycott and divestment
The Palestinian NGO Network
was one of the more notorious
Durban ringleaders and continues
to circle within the Ford orbit.
PNGO, according to JTA’s 2003
series, had received $1.4 million
from Ford over the years. Though
it no longer receives Ford funding,
its relations with several current
Ford grantees raises questions
about whether some funds Ford
gives to groups associated with the
network might end up supporting
PNGO in some way.
PNGO is heavily involved with
two of the prime campaigns associated
with the boycott, divestment
and sanctions movements, known
as BDS: the Palestinian Campaign
for the Academic and Cultural
Boycott of Israel and the Grassroots
Palestinian Anti-Apartheid
Wall Campaign. The latter recently
won U.N. accreditation to attend
the 2009 anti-racism forum.
These two groups, along with
PNGO, headlined a Nov. 22 conference
on boycott and divestment
strategy held in Ramallah.
PNGO’s advice to participants
at the conference on how to publicly
describe their objectives is
on its Web site (www.pngo.net/
It reads: “Emphasize that the
BDS campaign does not only
target Israel’s economy, but challenges
Israel’s legitimacy, being a
colonial and apartheid state, as
part of the international community.
Therefore, efforts are needed
not only to promote wide consumer
boycotts, but also boycotts
in the fi elds of academia, culture
and sports.”
PNGO is also linked to three
current Ford grantees. It is a coordinating
committee member
of the Arab NGO Network for
Development; an executive board
member of the Euro-Mediterranean
NGO Platform (the Arab
NGO Network is also a member);
and is associated with Muwatin,
which it thanked online for lending
a hand with the November
strategy conference in Ramallah.
Even if money is not given
specifi cally to bash Israel, NGO
workers often speak of “fungibility”
— money that is given from
one donor, for one specifi c purpose,
frees up money for NGOs to
use for another purpose.
Alfred Ironside, a Ford spokesman,
told JTA during a recent interview
at the foundation’s Manhattan
offi ces that the lines were
“Ford grants are made for specifi
c purposes, and we require a
strict accounting of how funds are
applied to grant-specifi c work,”
he said.
Monitoring grantees
To monitor its grantees, Ford
says it conducts random Web site
checks and responds to specifi c
complaints from peers in the fi eld,
lawmakers and other respected
fi gures.
If Ford deems it necessary, Tellado
said, the foundation will sever,
freeze or even recover funding.
But Ford offi cials declined to
name grantees they have punished
this way, nor will the foundation
say how many NGOs the foundation
has cut loose since revising
its guidelines.
Ford moved quickly in late
2003 to jettison a major Durban
instigator — the Palestinian Committee
for the Protection of Human
Rights and the Environment,
also known as LAW. But that public
announcement was made easier
when the group’s serious fi nancial
improprieties also came to light.
With Berresford’s retirement
last year, some on the left expressed
hope that Ford’s incoming
president, Luis Ubinas, would reverse
the guidelines policy.
The new president, however,
says there’s no chance.
“Susan put a lot of thought
into creating this policy,” Ubinas
recently told JTA, “and I have no
intention of changing it.”

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Posted on 17 July 2008 by admin

College Ties plans next get-together for July 24 Enjoying the June College Ties get-together are (from left) Jordan Rosenthal, Matthew BenShabat and Taylor Quint.

College Ties had a get-together on June 12 at Starbucks, Preston and Frankford. College Ties is a grassroots effort to bring Jewish college students together during summer and winter breaks. The students sign in according to the region of the country where they attend college. There is no set agenda; they just mingle and shmooze. It’s a great way to catch up on all the latest about college life from the people who’ve just been there. The next summer event is set for Thursday, July 24, 9–11 p.m. at Starbucks, Preston and Frankford.

For more info or to be put on an e-mail list of students (or e-mail list of parents of college students), contact Susie Avnery, 469-233-0222, susiedaltx@sbcglobal.net.

Rhea Wolfram, 87, receives IECA award

Eileen Hutchinson tells the TJP that well-deserving of honors Rhea Wolfram, 87, the former director of college counseling at the Greenhill School and now an independent consultant, was awarded the 2008 Irwin J. Katz Award by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in recognition of her outstanding community service.Rhea Wolfram

Mrs. Wolfram was one of three educational consultants to receive the award during the IECA’s spring conference, which took place May 14–17 in Minneapolis, Minn. Rhea Wolfram served as the head of college guidance at the Greenhill School for 15 years and has since worked as an independent consultant for 15 years. Additionally, she is currently a consultant to the Episcopal School of Dallas and the Winston School.

The IECA is composed of member consultants who have met the organization’s strict requirements, including a master’s degree and at least three years of admissions counseling experience, and who pledge to adhere to the IECA’s ethical guidelines on personal and professional conduct. In 1996, the IECA Foundation was established as a vehicle to connect educational consultants with students and families who would not otherwise have access to educational planning services.

Mrs. Wolfram’s long career dedicated to working with children has been a reflection of this goal. She has provided pro bono counseling to scores of students and has been delighted and amazed by the tremendous successes of these former advisees.

Along with the other recipients of the Irwin J. Katz Award, Mrs. Wolfram received $1,000 to direct to a charity of her choosing whose goals were synonymous with those of the IECA Foundation. She chose to direct her grant to the Educational Opportunity Center, an outgrowth of the West Dallas Community Centers.

Hadassah annual region conferenceAmong those attending Hadassah’s recent Region Convention held in McAllen, from left, Amy Applebaum, Maxine Pomerantz, June Penkar, Harriet Hollander, Susie Avnery, Francine Daner, Bea Weisbrod, Barbara Moses, Amy Seidner, Lorri Dickstein, Susan Blum Barnett and Robin Teig.

The Greater Southwest Region of Hadassah recently held its annual region conference in McAllen, Texas. Over 100 women enjoyed an educational and fun filled weekend.

Highlights of the conference included presentations by Katie Edelstein, national conference advisor and member of the national board of Hadassah serving in the capacity of National Hadassah membership coordinator. Katie updated delegates on the latest news in Hadassah and presented a session on communication.

The delegates also heard from Marla Gilson, national director of Hadassah’s Washington Action Office and registered lobbyist who advocates on health policy and domestic legislation as well as helping promote U.S.-Israel relations, and Judy Shereck, National Hadassah’s chair of Israel, Zionist and International Affairs.

Melissa Mendelson, associate in the Hadassah Women’s Health and Advocacy Department, updated the audience on Hadassah’s important women’s health program and also gave a detailed presentation about HPV and cervical cancer, one of Hadassah’s newest women’s health programs. Elise Passy, executive director for the Houston Chapter, presented the “GoGirlGo/GoMomGo” program to the delegates.

New officers for the coming year were installed, including incoming President Barbara Shurberg of Houston. The region bid farewell to outgoing President Laurie Werner of Fort Worth and presented her with a beautiful gift and presidential citation.

For more information about Hadassah in Dallas, call 214-691-1948 or log on to www.dallas.hadassah.org.

Bingo birthday bash held for Aarona Berger, 103Aarona Berger

A bingo birthday bash on June 17 was enjoyed both by the residents of Golden Acres and many family members from Dallas along with those from Fort Worth, El Paso, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Colorado Springs, Colo. in honor of Aarona Berger’s birthday. Aarona was born in Cleburne, Texas on June 17, 1905 and, YES, that makes Aarona 103 years old — but if you visit her you’ll find that she is really 103 years YOUNG! Everyone enjoyed the festivities, which were highlighted by bingo games expertly called out by Sam Mandelbaum and a superb musical program conducted by Eli Davidsohn, who sang and played Yiddish tunes in a truly joyous manner. Rabbi Aryeh Rodin of Congregation Ohev Shalom spoke beautifully, and the surprise of the day was a performance by the Ohev Shalom children’s choir, who sang “Happy Birthday” in English, Yiddish and Hebrew. Aarona has an incredible spirit that translates into an unshakeable optimism about life. The secret to her long life: dark chocolate, exercise and knowing that God is in control of everything so not to worry! She is an amazing woman loved by all who know her.

Cub Scout Pack 613 hosts two other packs

Playing dreidel in June? On Sunday, June 22, the Cub Scouts of Pack 613 did! They hosted scouts and their leaders from Packs 727 and 898 at Tiferet Israel. Cubmaster Rick Vanglish led the tour of the synagogue and prompted the Pack 613 Cub Scouts to explain some fundamentals of Judaism to their peers from the other packs. Pack 613 scouts were able to show off their knowledge of important items in the synagogue. When they explained that the ark is like the one that Indiana Jones found, the guest Cubs immediately understood. The guests were also quick to catch onto playing a rousing dreidel with pennies. For a special treat each Cub Scout received a bag of chocolate Chanukah gelt, while all of the guest pack leaders discussed their questions about Judaism with Pack 613’s adult hosts. From Tiferet Israel the scouts traveled to the JCC to watch the Tzofim Friendship Caravan show together.

The newest boys to join Pack 613, now “Tiger Cubs,” are: Brooks Butler, Michael Cohen, Paul Schussler, Zachary Schwartz, Michael Uzick, Yosef Weiss and Meyer Zinn. Most of them recently attended Twilight Camp with over 400 other Cub Scouts. Pack 613 is looking forward to a picnic at Fort Farrington in July. It is not too late to join in the fun with Pack 613; see www.ourpack613.org or contact Mr. Vanglish at rickv@peoplepc.com.

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Posted on 10 July 2008 by admin

UNT Jewish Studies Program reaches new heights

With the great help of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the Jewish Studies Program (JSP) at the University of North Texas (UNT) is proud to report that it had outstanding growth this past year. The Federation allocated $7,500 to the JSP in 2007.

In 2006–07, the JSP had 18 faculty members teaching 33 courses (six on Israel) in seven departments in two colleges. In 2007–08, JSP has 22 faculty members teaching 41 courses in nine departments in four colleges. Enrollment in JSP classes increased to 600. The program has nine different courses on the modern state of Israel. (According to a 2006 survey by the Israel on Campus Coalition, only seven of the 386 leading universities in the United States had seven or more courses on modern Israel.) JSP received a two-year grant from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise to host an Israeli scholar (Eli Avraham of the University of Haifa) as the visiting Schusterman professor of Israel studies. UNT is one of fifteen universities in the U.S. to have received such a grant for one year, and is one of a lesser number to have received the grant for two years.

In addition, the JSP moved into the new Bernard and Audre Rapoport Jewish Studies Program suite of offices in August 2007.

Two new Jewish organizations formed on campus this past year, the Mean Green Mensches for Israel and AEPi fraternity. The new UNT student body president and vice president are both Jewish.

The Jewish Studies Program at UNT is the only Jewish studies program at a public university in the DFW area. At UNT, the largest university in the North Texas region, with more than 34,000 students and more Jewish students (approximately 800) than all other DFW universities combined, the JSP responds to the needs of students and the region. Through its mission, the JSP broadens the understanding of Judaism and Israel among all UNT students regardless of religion and impacts positively the North Texas Jewish community by improving the Jewish experience both within and outside the university setting, by fostering ties between UNT and Jewish institutions in the North Texas area, the United States and Israel. The JSP works closely with Hillel and, unofficially, monitors activity at UNT that might affect Jewish students and the atmosphere for Jews and Judaism.

Currently in the works at the Jewish Studies Program at UNT is the start of a Jewish Studies Library. The Texas Jewish Post is proud to be among the first donors to the project, gifting to them more than 500 books of Jewish content from its personal library. Individuals or families who would like to donate their books or collections on different phases of Judaism, history, ethics, fiction, biographies, etc. are invited to call Dr. Golden, 940-369-8933. He will be delighted to hear from you.

The JSP invites members of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County to a talk this fall by Meir Shalev, Israel’s most celebrated novelist, on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Shalev is a bestselling author in Israel, the Netherlands and Germany, and has been translated into over 20 languages. His books include “Fontanelle,” “Alone in the Desert,” “But a Few Days” and “Esau.”

Former ourtowners have fond memories of their visitThe Factors and Railenau’s enjoyed a get together when the Railenau’s were visiting last month.

Former residents Lori Railenau and three of her kids, Phoebe, Atara and Maccabee, still reflect on their great visit here with good friends and hosts, Kim and Abe Factor and sons, earlier this summer. Unable to accompany the family and remaining in St. Louis because of other commitments were dad, Michael Railenau, and oldest daughter, Gabriella. Lori said, “There were still people I wanted to seek out, but we ran out of time. Hopefully on the next visit!”

The legacy of an icon: The Lubavitcher Rebbe

Rabbi Dov Mandel, Chabad of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, writes:

“This past Fourth of July weekend took on a new meaning for many this year. Sunday, July 6, the third of Tammuz, was the 14th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, of Blessed Memory. Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life waited in a line stretching more than a quarter of a mile to pay their respects at his resting place in the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, N.Y. Photo: Tina Fineberg/Chabad.org

“I personally had the tremendous pleasure of spending the Shabbat before the yahrzeit at the Chabad Center adjacent to the cemetery which serves the hundreds of thousands who stream through the Ohel, as the resting place of the Rebbe is known, seeking inspiration and hope. Along with 2,500 fellow Jews crammed into the massive tent hosting all services and meals, the energy generated by the Rebbe over his 40 years of leadership was keenly felt and shared among all present. The voice of prayer, Torah study and words of love and inspiration were constant, preparing us for the day upon which, our tradition tells us, the power of the soul of the departed reaches a higher level. I couldn’t have possibly tuned in to the energy of this day without this powerful Shabbat experience.

“The Zohar, the primary work of the Kabbalah, teaches us that the soul of a righteous person is found in thisPhoto: Tina Fineberg/Chabad.org world even more than during his lifetime. A physical body is limited in its reach, but a soul is spiritual, and has no physical limitations. It is in the work of the Rebbe, who personally earned the admiration of millions of Jews and Gentiles alike, that the fulfillment of this statement is found. The outreach efforts of the Rebbe, which many feared would fizzle out after his passing, have expanded to over ten times their size during these past 14 years. His message — that every single Jew regardless of his or her level of observance is equally important and special — has touched and inspired millions to add more spirituality to their lives, to do one more mitzvah.

“I am fiercely proud to represent the mission of the Rebbe in Tarrant County, and I pledge my continued efforts to inspire every Jew to understand how special it is to be a Jew, and what his or her spiritual potential is.

“Although one might think that this would be a day of mourning, the Rebbe never afforded us such a luxury. As the former chief rabbi of Great Britain, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, is quoted: ‘The Rebbe didn’t leave a legacy; he left standing orders.’ I salute you, my dear Rebbe, on this very special day, and may we all merit the fulfillment of your dream, to see the final redemption of the Jewish people with the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.”

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Posted on 10 July 2008 by admin

A ‘Good’ story of radio, music, Disney and Dallas

BB Good of North Dallas had been the national midday host on Radio Disney for 10 years, but if you have a “tween” or “pre-tween” you already know that! Good was born and raised in Quincy, Mass. and grew up listening to Top 40 radio. She says she knew at a very early age that a job as a DJ would suit her. With the maiden name of Goodman, a nickname or stage name of BB Good seemed very appropriate. Good says, “My grandma’s name was Beatrice and everybody called her Bea. I liked that name and wanted to honor her memory, so I made up the name BB Good when I was starting out at the college radio station and it stuck!” Photo: Courtesy of BB Good

Good graduated from Syracuse University’s prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communication in 1993 and has been doing radio since 1990. When the opportunity to work at Radio Disney happened in March 1998 she jumped at the chance to be a part of this exciting new medium. She moved from the Northeast here to Dallas and was subsequently moved again in 1999 to her own studio in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Five years in the vacation capital of the world flew by in a minute. “At WDW I was so lucky to be the ambassador to kids and their families from all over the U.S. and really the entire world.” Good interviewed celebrities for her daily midday show all the time — Julie Andrews, ’NSYNC, Gary Sinese, The Wiggles, and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, to name a few. “Some of the most memorable moments happened outside my studio every afternoon with the families that would take time to visit; I would have the pleasure to get to meet our Radio Disney listeners face to face, and I am sure I am in lots of vacation scrapbooks.” After five years broadcasting in Walt Disney World, the Radio Disney studio was closed. The Disney Company invited

Good and her growing family back to Dallas to the ABC Radio Networks offices/studios. Good says she never thought she would be back in Dallas after the first go-round. “I just thought at the time that Dallas was a quick stop for me. Lucky for us that was not the case!”

Now this busy mother of four is looking forward to a real summer break with her family! “I have felt like a juggler for the past few years trying to balance the needs of our family, running our home, the work schedule, our community and life. I am so grateful for this little break to really figure out my/our next steps.” Good is involved with Make-A-Wish and continues to maintain relationships with some of the kids who have visited her over the years. “I was so lucky to know the staff and volunteers of Give Kids The World in Orlando (a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donates attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 85,000 families from all 50 states and over 60 countries). I plan to bring my own children back there for a visit when we are in Orlando this summer.”

So what’s next? For now BB is enjoying her family! This weekend, Good is joining Music Together of Dallas to host the Summer Dance Party, happening on Sunday, July 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the JCC, 7900 Northaven Road. This event promises to be the don’t-miss party of summer 2008. “I wanted to help out with this event for so many reasons … my kids, my husband and I all love music and of course having FUN together; we look for opportunities to make happy memories for our kids and this is a great way to get the whole family moving!” Local celebrities will help the festivities by sharing their favorite dance moves, and trained instructors will share their tips to beat the heat and keep our kids moving. “Just wait until you see my 3-year-old dance. He is so funny. He thinks he is one of the Doodlebops or maybe a Wiggle!”

BB Good lives in the North Dallas community with her wonderful husband Charles and their four sweet kids who LOVE to dance and have FUN!

JWV Bloom Post wants you!

Jerry Benjamin, a past Post Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of America, Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post #256, is seeking members for this outstanding post that has received national recognition for the fine work that they perform at the VA Hospital. This post accepts Jewish men and women who have served in the U.S. armed services or the armed services of our allies (including Israeli IDF and others!). They also have a Patron membership for those who did not serve, but would nonetheless want to support the agenda of the JWV. Some of the deeds of lovingkindness that Post #256 has contributed to at the VA hospital in Dallas include: a new waiting room for the diabetes patients’ families, a new mini-golf course for the veterans, two covered bus stop stations at the hospital, serving dinners (to allow non-Jews time to be with their families during their holidays) and a presence at the DFW airport on a regular basis to meet and greet returning soldiers from Iraq (they actually will be doing that again this Sunday morning and welcome more volunteers!). Some rabbis may forget to mention, at the time of grief to families who have had a loss, the fact that in addition to the customary traditional Jewish funeral service, any deceased member of the JWV is entitled to a proper military funeral, performed in addition to the Jewish funeral (it takes about five minutes and three members of the post are in attendance, with a bugle, to play “Taps”). The JWVs pride themselves in displaying all the proper protocol befitting the honor and respect due our patriots who have served in the armed forces. Please mention this to your congregation as well. For further information, please contact PCC Jerry Benjamin, 214-368-5225.

Mazel tov to the Hersteins

Mazel tov to Jillian Herstein and Jacob Herstein for their recent achievements at the Levine Academy Middle School Awards assembly.Jillian Herstein and Jacob Herstein

Jillian, who recently graduated from the Levine Academy, was the recipient of the Student of the Year Award for 2008. This award is given to the student who demonstrates exemplary leadership, outstanding scholarship and strong Jewish values. Jillian will attend high school at Yavneh Academy.

Jacob received the Mensch Award for the fifth grade. This honor is presented to a student for showing kindness and consideration to others throughout the year.

Jillian and Jacob previously attended the Fort Worth Hebrew Day School, where they received an early foundation for their secular and religious education. They’re the children of proud parents Bertta and Scott Herstein.

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Posted on 09 June 2008 by admin

Federation holds 72nd annual meeting

At the June 5 annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, featured speakers were Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker (Congregation Beth Israel), David Saul (Congregation Ahavath Sholom), Danielle Snailer and Stephanie Posner (Congregation Beth Shalom), and Michele Nations (Beth-El Congregation). They spoke about how local Jewish education programs funded by the Federation have affected each of their respective congregations. It was wonderful to see how many people of all ages have been touched by this funding.

Outgoing President Arnie Gachman gave a State of the Federation speech imploring everyone to continue the good work that the Federation has accomplished over the last few years. Alan Luskey was given the Wolens Award; all of the volunteers who led the programs committees were recognized; and special staff awards went to Karen Anisman, Patty Garsek, Len Schweitzer, Gene Posnock and Linda Hoffman. Elections were held for the Jewish Family Services Committee, and the following were elected for two-year terms: Cynthia Gilbert, Marcia Kurtz, Susan Luskey, Alex Nason, Beverly Ross (chair) and Phil Sawyer. Elections were held for the board of directors for the Federation, and elected for three-year terms were Karen Anisman, Marilyn Englander, Patty Garsek, Rick Klotz, Roz Micklin, Shayne Moses and Barry Schneider. Elected to one-year terms were Eddie Feld, president; Barry Schneider, vice president campaign/allocations; Patty Garsek, vice president administration; Len Schweitzer, vice president community relations/secretary; and Larry Brunell, treasurer. The following outgoing board members were thanked: Arnie Gachman, Larry Coben, Terri Kravetz, Shirley Morris, Cindy Simon and Bruce Weiner. The meeting concluded with a rousing speech by new President Eddie Feld.

The Federation Annual Campaign is winding down and if you have not made a pledge yet, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892. Pledges for 2008 do not need to be received in full until Dec. 31, 2008.

DOE and Israel agree to increase cooperation

DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander (Andy) Karsner and Director General of Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure Yehezkel (Hezi) Kugler, on May 21, signed an agreement to further U.S. and Israel cooperation on advanced renewable energy and efficiency technologies. The Implementation Agreement establishes a framework for future cooperation. Activities include but are not limited to collaborative research and development of new and improved sources of high-temperature thermal energy storage; electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery technologies and utilization approaches; biofuel production and use, including enzyme catalysts for conversion of biomass to biofuel, using microalgae to produce biofuels, and boosting production by taking advantage of power plant CO2 emissions to accelerate algae growth; and advanced technologies for efficient water desalinization techniques, such as photovoltaic-powered reverse osmosis. Activities under this Implementation Agreement could include information exchanges, seminars, programs for research visits, exchange of personnel between research establishments, joint research and development projects, and collaboration between leading research and development centers in the United States and Israel. Under the agreement, both parties will designate members of a Bilateral Working Group to promote and manage cooperative activities. Andy, the son of Blanche and Dave Karsner of Fort Worth, resides in the Washington area with his wife, Maria, and daughters.

Added congratulations to grads we missed

Caleb Myers, son of Bill Myers and Juanita Myers, received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Arizona. He is the grandson of Adeline Myers and the late Nat Myers.

Laura Finucane, daughter of Tim and Michelle Finucane, graduated from North Crowley High School and will attend the University of Oklahoma.

Rachel Romano, daughter of Randee Kaitcer, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude. She will attend Baylor Law School.

Allison Siegel, daughter of Nancy and Adam Siegel, graduated from the University of Colorado. She’s the granddaughter of Evelyn and Martin Siegel.

El Holley, son of Monica Braverman, graduated from Arlington Heights High School. He will attend the Dance Department Master Teacher program at Oklahoma City University.

Melissa Beldon, daughter of Lori and Robert Beldon, graduated from Fossil Ridge High School and will attend Texas State University.

Shana Berenzweig graduated from New York University’s Wagner School with a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management. The daughter of Harold and Ellen Berenzweig, she plans to move to Austin.

David Lee Williams, son of Laura Williams, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and will attend Rutgers University.

Lisa Bond, daughter of Steve and Cindy Bond of Atlanta, graduated from Georgia Highland College with a degree in nursing. The granddaughter of Corrine Jacobson, she was in the National Honor Society.

Marissa Berenson, daughter of Bill and Mara Berenson, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day and will attend SMU.

Amanda Hollander, daughter of Ira and Sandy Hollander, graduated from law school at Georgetown.

Alyson Moses graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is the daughter of Buddy and Rochelle Moses, granddaughter of RD and Beverley Moses of Fort Worth. Alyson will practice law with the firm of Moses, Palmer and Howell of Fort Worth.

Let us hear from you if you know of more grads. It’s a joy for the TJP to publish these special achievements.

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Baylor All Saints to Open Joan Katz Breast Center

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth has announced plans to unveil a comprehensive breast center in the Tarrant County community. The Joan Katz Breast Center will serve the community and surrounding areas by providing men and women, diagnosed with breast cancer, services for every aspect of treatment from screenings to patient and family support groups.

“We look forward to working closely with local physicians, breast cancer survivors, our patients and members of our community to provide hope and quality treatment for the many women afflicted with breast cancer,” said Steve Newton, president of Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.

Named on behalf of breast cancer survivor, Joan Katz, the Center will serve patients and their families by developing interaction between multiple specialists and services in one centralized location. Patients of the Center will be given a nurse navigator who will assist them in coordinating services from initial diagnosis through final treatment and follow-ups.

“The Center will be a vehicle that can facilitate the comprehensive care and treatment for the breast cancer patients in the community,” said Anita Chow, M.D., an oncology surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints. “As a physician who treats patients with breast cancer, it is an honor and an exciting opportunity to be involved in The Joan Katz Breast Center project.”

The All Saints Health Foundation intends to conduct a $2.4 million campaign for the construction and operational expenses, along with an $11 million endowment campaign. The Foundation plans to invest the endowment funds into the on-going operational and program needs of the Center.

The facility, to be located on the first floor of the medical office building, will offer comprehensive breast services by permitting the patient to utilize the multiple facilities at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.

“With the opening of the Andrews Women’s Hospital, Baylor All Saints has made an enormous commitment to this community on behalf of women. This commitment continues with the Joan Katz Breast Center – a unique facility to Fort Worth,” said All Saints Health Foundation President Freddy Jones. “We are very grateful to Joan Katz, who is more than just an advocate and believer – she is a survivor who has taken on the mission of sowing hope to all those diagnosed with breast cancer.”

The Center plans to begin serving the community in late 2009. The Breast Center will offer diagnostics and care under unified leadership, the latest advanced mammography equipment, dedicated breast radiologists, nurse navigator and social work services for efficiently guiding men and women through individualized breast care.

Sherree Bennett, the nurse navigator for The Joan Katz Breast Center, said, “I am blessed to work with such a tremendous team of professionals as we navigate women through the troubled waters of breast cancer. As both a registered nurse and a survivor, I am able to offer empathy, education and support for the journey. The Joan Katz Breast Center will be a wonderful refuge for men and women facing breast cancer, their loved ones and our community.”

Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship awarded to Phoebe San Antonio

Mazel tov to Phoebe San Antonio, daughter of Randy and Patricia San Antonio who is this year’s recipient of Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship. Dedicated in loving memory to Beth DuPertuis who lost her life in a tragic accident in November 2000, the scholarship was established in 2001 by the Grapevine High School Fabulous Fillies Dance Team in honor of Beth’s service to numerous GHS campus organizations. Beth was a team assistant to the GHS Fillies and a member of the GHS Yearbook Staff. She was a service-oriented young lady who gladly gave of herself to benefit others. Candidates for this scholarship are nominated by GHS staff members in recognition of outstanding service to one or more campus organizations. Tax deductible donations for this scholarship are accepted on a year round basis at Wells Fargo Bank, Grapevine. Donations may be made directly to the Beth Alden DuPertuis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Funding for this scholarship is based solely upon donations to this fund.

A member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, Phoebe has been a volunteer counselor at Camp Impact which provides five days of summer camp to many homeless and/or battered children from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This year, Phoebe also volunteered on numerous projects that included Colleyville clean up, Southlake’s Art in the Square, teen court, modeling for a pre-prom event, and more. She will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall.

Sultanov and Hummel to perform for Daytimers

Next event for the Daytimers will be a musical program presented by Dacy Sultanov, cellist, accompanied by Aileen Hummel on the piano, Wednesday, June 18, at noon at Beth-El Congregation. Their program entitled Paganini and Pop includes a variety of music-from Classical, to the Oldies (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc), to Broadway, Musicals, popular Tunes and more.

The program will include Paganini’s “Variation on A string,” “Brahms Hungarian Dance,” as well as “Somewhere My Love,” “Fascination,” “Sentimental Journey,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Mona Lisa,” Scot Joplin’s “Entertainer” and “Ragtime Dance” and several others.

Lunch is catered by Boopa’s Bagel Deli and guests have a choice of turkey and hummus on a sesame bagel, chicken salad on a honey wheat bagel, or cream cheese and lox on pumpernickel bagel plus chips, cookie, coffee or tea. Cost is $8 per person, or guests may attend for the program only for $3. Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 16.

Dacy Sultanov was introduced to the cello by her mother when she was seven. She spent more than a decade at the Central music schools in Riga, Moscow, and later at the Moscow Conservatory. She is the widow of Alexei Sultanov, who won the Van Cliburn Piano competition in 1989, and they subsequently moved to Fort Worth. After his death in 2005, she began to perform again.

Aileen Hummel, the pianist, who is also a flutist, is passionate about her music, family, and travel. She currently works at several senior centers.

For reservations for Daytimers events, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Jewish Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. The Sylvia Wolens Daytimers is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Diana Coben Einstein named associate program director at Dallas’ Temple Emanu-El

Marcy and Larry Coben are ecstatic. They will soon be traversing the freeways frequently between Fort Worth and Big D since their daughter, Diana Coben Einstein, will join the staff of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas in July as associate program director. Diana grew up in Fort Worth and will be moving to Dallas this summer with her husband, Heath, and their daughter, Levyn.

According to Temple Emanu-El’s bulletin The Window, “Diana’s responsibilities will be Temple’s holiday programming, family Shabbat programs, outreach programming and special events throughout Temple. She looks forward to working with Temple members in a variety of ways, helping members make strong connections to their Jewish identity and Temple community, through a variety of exciting programs and opportunities.

“The former assistant director of special events at the New York University Medical Center Development Office and assistant director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, Diana will bring outstanding program experience to Emanu-El. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and her master’s in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from George Washington University.”

A hearty welcome to the Metroplex to the Einstein family.

News and notes

Mimi and Hal Klotz were wonderful hosts to their children on a recent cruise to Alaska. Their entourage included their daughter and son-in-law, Marcy and Greg Phillips, and their daughters, Lauren and Natalie, and sons, Rick, Steve and Alan and his very special friend, Gretchen.

Speedy recovery wishes to Bob Stien, recuperating from recent surgery.

Welcome guests in our town earlier this week included former residents Lori Railenau and three of her youngsters, Phoebe, Atara and Maccabee of St. Louis. The Railenaus were houseguests of longtime friends, Kim and Abe Factor and sons.

Happy first anniversary greetings to Ari and Ellen Bond, who celebrated by touring Paris, London and Brussels.

Rosalie Schwartz is just back from a two-week trip to Atlanta, where she loved visiting with her sister Marilyn Myers and her family.

Add to our recent listing of college grads: Elizabeth Blum from New York University. She’s the daughter of Marvin and Laurie Blum, and granddaughter of Elsie Blum.

Ladies have a night out

Marti Herman and Tricia Haber, along with Yvonne Harrison, hosted a Ladies’ Night Out on Friday, May 30. The hostesses organized a VIP party for 50 women for the opening night of “Sex and the City” at the Hulen Movie Tavern.

Guests were told to put on their most fabulous shoes, and prizes were awarded for footwear, dresses and correct answers to trivia questions. Many of the ladies are members of Beth-El, Ahavath Sholom or Beth Shalom, and they might have been the only group in the audience who knew what the lead character, Carrie Bradshaw, meant when she said “mazel tov.”

An ‘American Girl’ shopping trip with Shea

It was a few Sundays back but one that will live in my memory eternally. It was my great-granddaughter Shea Doty’s seventh birthday and I had promised her a birthday shopping trip to the American Girl Shop in the Dallas Galleria. Fortunately, Shea already had her American Girl doll, Julie, a gift from her paternal great-grandmother, Mary “Omi” Davidsohn of Houston. Julie has long blond straight hair and brown eyes, just like Shea.

My gift was to be matching outfits for Shea and her American Girl doll, Julie, which she adores. Of course, Shea found just what she wanted — a skirt, blouse and jean jacket for each of them — which added up to a healthy tune, but worth every penny when I saw the joy in Shea’s eyes. The two-story building housing the American Girl collections was jammed to the rafters with eager bright-eyed youngsters accompanied by their moms, dads, siblings, aunts, and friends.

We enjoyed sharing a brief encounter with Debbie (Mrs. David) Bodzy and her precious 7-year-old, Jackie, who clutched her American Girl doll to her bosom — a gift, she told me, from her Bubbe Bessie Bodzy.

If any of my readers have young daughters, granddaughters or nieces in their midst, give them a special treat at the American Girl shop at the Dallas Galleria.

The memory is oh so sweet!

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