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Around the Town — January 2008

Posted on 09 January 2008 by admin

Around the Town with Rene

Polly Boardman
A garden in memory of

Polly Boardman

Polly Boardman was a young girl who was born and raised here in Fort Worth. She was the daughter of Ceil Boardman Canter and Dr. Bill Boardman. She attended Paschal High School and Temple Beth-El Religious School, studied dance with TCU Ballet and was an active member of Alton Silver BBG.

On July 4, 1975 at the age of 16, Polly’s life was tragically cut short after being struck and killed by lightning but her smile lived on.

At the time of her death, her friends, the Jewish youth of Fort Worth, planted a tree and dedicated a plaque in her memory at the Dan Danciger Jewish Community Center, located off Old Granbury Road. Since the closing of the JCC, the plaque has been cared for by Dr. Al Faigin until a new home could be found.

That home has now been found.

At this time, Polly’s family is creating the Polly Boardman Memorial Garden at the Sonnenschein Chabad Jewish Center of Fort Worth. The garden, being designed by Mrs. Etta Korenman, will be located in the backyard playground area of the center where today’s Jewish youth will have a place to play and learn.

At this time, the family asks you to help make this tribute to Polly a reality. If you would consider a $100 donation, they would be that much closer to their goal.

Please make your tax-deductible check out to Chabad of Fort Worth, and make a note that it is for Polly’s garden. You can mail it to: The Sonnenschein Chabad Jewish Center, 5659 Woodway Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76133.

All donations will be greatly appreciated.

An official dedication of the garden will take place on its completion.

Any questions can be directed to Polly’s brother, Aaron Boardman, at 817-292-5018.

‘Daytimers’ enjoy Nasher trip

Fifteen intrepid “Daytimers” braved the cold winds to visit the outstanding exhibit at Dallas’ Sculpture Center, “Woman: The Art of Gaston Lachaise.” This was the first major museum retrospective of the artist’s work to be shown in Texas.

Led by an outstanding docent, Gerry Balsley, a volunteer at the Nasher Center, the group heard about Lachaise’s inspiration, his muse, his lover, his wife, Isabel Dutaud Nagle. Even though Isabel was small and slim, his passion for her inspired some of the most beautiful sculptures of voluptuous women that have ever been created; more than 40 of them are on view at the Nasher.

Those attending included Mike Blanc, Michael Cohen, Roberta Corder, newcomer Martin Isadore, Adelene Myers, Roz Rosenthal, Barbara Rubin, Rosalie Schwartz, Len Schweitzer, Sonya Stenzler, Barbara Weinberg, Sylvia and Al Wexler, Richard Yentis and Bernard Zilberg.

Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a performance by pianist Tamás Ungár, executive director of Piano Texas Festival and member of the TCU piano faculty. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20, noon, at Beth-El Congregation. Lunch at $8/person will be catered by Potbelly Sandwich Works.

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.

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Tzedakah Sunday is Feb. 3 — please answer the call

Once again, Tzedakah Sunday volunteers will be calling you asking for your gift to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign.

By now you know that programs at Lil Goldman Early Learning Center, Jewish Family Services, Tarrant County synagogues, UNT Jewish Studies Program, Melton Adult Mini School, BBYO, Jewish War Veterans and other local programs are funded by the Annual Campaign.

In fact, 50 percent of the allocable dollars raised in Tarrant County stays in Tarrant County.

The other 50 percent is used to fund regional and national agencies including university programs (Hillel), birthright israel, Jewish Children’s Regional Service, Jewish Council for Public Affairs — to name just a few. The largest portion ($312,000) of allocable funds from Campaign was sent overseas to fund programs of the Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, aiding needy Jews in Israel and around the world.

So now that you know where the money goes (47 different places) and the thousands of lives the Annual Campaign contribution affects everyday, PLEASE ANSWER THE CALL. It’s for you; it’s for all of us. Better yet, why not join the Mitzvah Corps at Beth-El, Sunday, Feb. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.? Volunteers are needed to help make phone calls, do administrative tasks or assist with refreshments. Shifts are three hours in length. Call the Federation at 817-569-0892 to learn how you can help our community.

Live generously. It does a world of good.

Marcy Paul hired as YMCA racial equality director

Congratulations to Marcy Paul, who was recently hired to be the director of the Department for Racial Equality at the YMCA in Fort Worth/Tarrant County. It’s a really interesting position and a pretty big deal.

The department focuses on education, advocacy and public policy in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. “Dialogue on Race” is the foundation of the education program. It is a four-week workshop which encourages people to learn from one another about how racism diminishes us all. The hope is that by participating in the program, people can change, grow, celebrate and participate in their communities in ways that create positive changes.

Marcy said, “This position/job was a 50th birthday gift to me. As I look at who I am — my values, beliefs, politics and ideological perspectives — it all comes down to my upbringing in Evanston, Ill., which borders Chicago, and my Reform Jewish education with its foundation in social justice and human rights. I gave a sermon at my synagogue in high school, in the early 1970s, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” My dream was that one day we would all be able to sit in a sanctuary and pray together — black, white, heterosexual, gay and lesbian. While I didn’t realize the impact of what I was saying then, I certainly understand this now at 50.”

Michael Railenau wins award

Former Fort Worth Hebrew Day School top brass, Michael Railenau, Solomon Schechter Day School adult educator in St. Louis, came in for a special award when JProStl named him among the recipients of the 2007 Peer Excellence Awards. The six honorees will be acknowledged at a Recognition Luncheon at the Jewish Federation Building in St. Louis on Jan. 29.

Federation major givers gather

Despite the championship football game being played, Jeanie and Henry Luskey’s beautiful home was packed on Sunday, Jan. 20 with some of the Jewish community’s most generous folks. They were treated to four wonderful speakers who emphasized the good works that are being funded by the Jewish Federation. Cheryl Kimberling began the evening by speaking about the Multicultural Alliance, of which she is president. Following Cheryl, Al Fratina described the amazing tikkun olam (repairing the world) that the youth group at Beth Shalom performs every year with Camp Impact. Brandon Chicotsky gave an impassioned speech about Hillel and how it transformed his life. Lastly, Len Cole, liaison to birthright israel from UJC, painted an exciting picture of ever-increasing numbers of young adults going to Israel and standing by on waiting lists to go. He suggested that getting the parents and grandparents of birthright alumni involved in discussion groups might be an advantage for both birthright israel and the Federation.

The speakers were well received, and everyone enjoyed the delicious food catered by Bistro Louise. It could have been the frigid weather or most probably, the delightful company that kept people shmoozing well into dessert. As in the past, a good time was had by all as the Annual Campaign of 2008 began. Please follow the example of these generous donors as you make your 2008 pledge.

‘Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?’ Jewish Style

Back in ourtown, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is sponsoring a game of “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?” Jewish style during “JCC Without Walls” Week 2008. It will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. The religious schools of Tarrant County are supplying the fifth-grade participants, but at least four adult contestants are needed. Send nominations for those four spots by e-mail to Mona Karten at m.karten@
tarrantfederation.org. The chosen four will be announced via e-mail. Make sure to come and cheer the four fifth-graders (one from each synagogue) and the four adults.

Lunch will be on sale for $5 at Ahavath Sholom between noon and 1 p.m.

Symphony League note cards

In 1969, the Symphony League started a very successful fundraiser that lasted over 30 years — Oktoberfest. For many years it was the major fall festival in Fort Worth. The Oktoberfest logo was created to honor Tarrant County Medical Examiner Dr. Feliks Gwozdz. Feliks and his family performed at Oktoberfest for many years. Later their mascot was named Feliks.

With the discontinuation of Oktoberfest in 2000, Feliks was given a new haircut, mustache trim, a tuxedo instead of lederhosen — and Feliks became Manny the Maestro. Manny is a tribute to symphony supporter and longtime Symphony League member, the late Manny Rosenthal. His wife Roz contributed a tux of Manny’s for the Maestro’s wardrobe. You will see Manny the Maestro at Bass Hall helping to sell Children’s Concerts raffle tickets.

The Symphony League had local artist Mary Apple design note cards as a fundraiser many years ago. Mary sketched FWSO musicians and used four designs for the cards. These are for sale at various league functions during the year.

‘JCC Without Walls’ Week 2008

Sun., Feb. 3

Yom Limud –
Religious-school teachers in Dallas;
no religious school

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Tzedakah Sunday
(at Beth-El)

10 a.m.: Adult Education
(at Beth Israel)

Mon., Feb. 4

Noon: Downtown Torah Study – Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger
(at Haltom’s)

7:30 p.m.: “The Split Between Early Christianity and Judaism” – David Saul
(at Beth-El)

Tues., Feb. 5

7:15 p.m.: Jewish Learning Institute – Rabbi Dov Mandel
(at Chabad House)

7:30 p.m.: “Hereditary Cancer
in the Jewish Population:
What You Need to Know”
– Sara Pirzadeh
(at Ahavath Sholom)

Wed., Feb. 6

7 p.m.: “Proving The Bible Through Archeology or The Development of the Alef Bet” – Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker (at Beth Israel)

7:30 p.m.: “Tips for the Sandwich Generation” – Dr. Carole Rogers and Lynell Bond (at Beth-El)

Thurs., Feb. 7

10 a.m.: Melton class
(at Ahavath Sholom)

7 p.m.: Beth Shalom Sisterhood
Card-Making Class (at Beth Shalom)

7 p.m.: “Judaism and Psychology,
Part II” – Rabbi Baruch Zeilicovich
(at Ahavath Sholom)

8 p.m.: “A Page of Talmud: Unraveling Its Mysteries”
– Rabbi Sidney Zimelman
(at Ahavath Sholom)

Fri., Feb. 8

8 p.m.: “Synaplex” Service
(at Beth-El)

8 p.m.: Scout Shabbat Service (at Ahavath Sholom)

Sat., Feb. 9

10 a.m.: Tot Shabbat
(at Beth-El)

9:30 a.m.: Torah Troop and
FWUSY Produce to Reduce Service
(at Ahavath Sholom)

10:30 a.m.: Davening and Donuts (at Ahavath Sholom)

6:45 p.m.: “Great Chefs of Tarrant County” demonstrations, tastings, discussion
(at Beth-El; reservations required by Feb. 6)

Sun., Feb. 10

9:30 a.m.: WRJ Hamantaschen Bake-In (at Beth-El)

Noon: Informal lunch
(at Ahavath Sholom)

1 p.m.: “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Jewish style”
(at Ahavath Sholom)

1 p.m.: Ahavath Sholom Men’s Club Film
(at Ahavath Sholom)


‘JCC Without Walls’ Week is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. All events are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP for the “Great Chefs” event, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892.

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Edythe Cohen
Reception Jan. 11 to honor Edythe Cohen for turning 80, but not elderly

To celebrate Edythe’s 80th birthday Jan. 11, her friends are planning a Kabalat Shabbat reception from 5 to 6 pm at Beth-El Congregation preceding Friday evening services. Edythe’s many friends – accumulated during decades in the business world, in the Jewish community and on the tennis court – are invited to celebrate her fourscore years of success. Co-chairing the birthday reception are Jacquelyn Loeb and Joan Brotman, who plan to serve light hors d’oeuvres. Rabbi Mecklenburger and Edythe will lead participants in the Sabbath blessings over the candles, wine, and challah.

For those not acquainted with Edythe, she earned her spurs as a western wear executive, operating the Rodeo Shop, at one time the nation’s largest wholesale chaps company. She simultaneously volunteered backstage as president of the Stage West Support Group. Her success extends to the tennis court, where her forehand still guides many doubles teams to victory. At Beth-El, Edythe has chaired the Adult Education Committee, served on the board, and worked as the Temple’s first paid program director. As manager of the Judaica Shop since 2003, she has moved the gift shop to greater profitability.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Edythe Kunen Cohen and her husband Noel moved their chaps manufacturing business to Fort Worth in 1964 to be closer to their customer base, which included country-western celebrities, rodeo riders, ranchers, and motorcyclists. Noel passed away in 1981, leaving Edythe to operate the business, located on Camp Bowie Blvd. West.

Within five years, Edythe was president of the Western and English Manufacturer’s Association, quite a notch in her belt. “As owner of a relatively small company in the industry,” she recalled, “that position enabled me to learn a lot from the major corporations, such as Justin and Panhandle Slim.” Also, as a newly single adult, Edythe became president of Jewish Women on Their Own, a B’nai B’rith interest group geared to widowed, divorced, and unmarried women. Later, she served as president of Fort Worth’s Jewish Women International, formerly called B’nai B’rith Women.

On the regional level, Edythe has taken leadership and study workshops offered by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations-first in New Orleans and later in Princeton. She has served on the local boards of such diverse groups as the Daytimers and the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant and is a volunteer usher at the Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition. In her younger days, she was a volunteer teacher at the National Council of Jewish Women’s Americanization School, teaching English and civics to immigrants. Travel, both overseas and across the U.S., has always been part of her active schedule, including visits to see her sons – Jim, who lives in Estes Park, Colo., and Bill, who lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife, Michelle, and their 3 children.

What is next for Edythe Cohen? “My current goal,” she says, “is to get older, but not to be elderly.”

‘Shabbat Lady’ to speak on provocative topic at WRJ brunch

Laura Seymour is known throughout the Metroplex as “The Shabbat Lady” – which, coincidentally, is the title of her column in this newspaper, the Texas Jewish Post. Beth-El Congregation’s Women of Reform Judaism featured Seymour in 2004 as part of their annual meeting. She addressed the issue of “Keeping Your Children and Grandchildren Jewish,” to wide acclaim from congregants of all ages.

Beth-El’s WRJ is proud to bring back Laura Seymour as the keynote speaker for the 2008 Donor Brunch and Silent Auction. However, her topic this time is a little juicier, according to Roberta Gerrick, WRJ’s program chair.

“We heard Laura speak at the WRJ biennial convention in Dallas,” Gerrick said. “Her topic was ‘Women in the Torah: Sex and Power,’ and she had the room full of women rolling with laughter.”

Seymour’s vast knowledge of Judaism and love of study combine to enhance this particular topic. She presents ideas that allow women (and men) to change their perspective on biblical events. As an example, Seymour challenges the audience to review their thoughts on Adam and Eve. If Eve wasn’t present at the beginning of creation when God gave the directions about what fruit not to eat, whose job was it to tell Eve?

“Laura’s take on the story of Esther was hysterical, but might be a little too risqué to be repeated here,” Gerrick said.

In addition to hearing Seymour’s dynamic presentation, attendees have the opportunity to bid on a host of fabulous items during the silent auction. Previous auction items have included memorabilia from the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars, concert and symphony tickets and more.

The annual Donor Brunch benefits the Beth-El Religious School and other WRJ causes. Tickets for non-members are $25, and there will be no on-site registration. Checks payable to WRJ can be mailed to Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Please include the name, address and phone information for each attendee. All reservations must be in by Jan. 22.

Daughters of Abraham to meet Jan. 15

The regular meeting of Daughters of Abraham will be held Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Muslim Mosque on Diaz St. Please contact Corrine Jacobson at 817-294-7844 if you need further information on to arrange for a ride. Pilgrimage will be discussed with one of the Muslim women just returned from Mecca. Jews and Christians will discuss trips to Israel and what it has meant to them and their religious beliefs.

‘Daytimers’ programs

The “Daytimers” group will travel to the Nasher Sculpture Center to see the outstanding exhibit, “Woman: The Art of Gaston Lachaise.” The group plans to meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Intermodal Transportation Center at Ninth and Jones at 11:45 a.m. Box lunches from Jason’s Deli will be delivered to the train station, and participants will have lunch on the train. From there, the group will take DART to the Nasher Sculpture Center, where a docent-guided tour of this show’s sculptures of beautiful, full -bodied women will begin at 1:45 p.m. In addition to this exhibit, there are nine new sculptures in the garden that have never been publicly viewed before.

Lunch choices are turkey breast on white, chicken salad on whole wheat, and tuna salad on rye. The cost for the lunch, bottled water, train and DART fare and the guided tour of the exhibit is $15 per person.

Barbara Rubin tells the TJP they hope to limit the group to about 20, so please get your reservations in early. 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.

Bingo fun!

There will be a bingo night for Jewish singles and the rest of the Jewish community on Sunday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom on Hulen Street in Fort Worth. Carol Schwartz is the contact for this event.

Admission is only $5 and includes a T-shirt, your first game (1 board) and a dauber. Additional games are $3 each. The jumbo kosher hot dog dinner is only $5. Great prizes will be awarded during the program.

The community is urged to come join the fun and excitement!

CJS will have reserved seating. Call Carol, 817-731-3186, and tell her to save you a seat.

Rabbi Sharon Brous to visit Beth-El as scholar-in-residence Jan. 24

Noted rabbinical leader and guest lecturer Rabbi Sharon Brous will be the Larry Kornbleet Memorial Scholar-in-Residence, Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Beth-El Congregation.

Rabbi Brous, founder and rabbi of IKAR, a vibrant new Jewish spiritual community in Los Angeles, will speak on “When the World is on Fire: Jewish Responses to Catastrophe.”

She was included in the Forward’s annual list of the 50 most influential members of the American Jewish community in 2004, 2005, and 2006. It described her as “one of the most dynamic religious leaders to be ordained in recent years.” She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio, and speaks and writes frequently about emerging spiritual communities, human rights and conflict resolution. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, she received a master’s degree in human rights from Columbia University.

The program, free to all, presented by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, will be followed by a dessert reception. No reservations are necessary.

Save the date: ‘JCC Without Walls’ week coming

Starting Sunday, Feb. 3, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is sponsoring a week of informal Jewish education and culture for all ages to be held at the four congregations of Tarrant County. Watch for the schedule in a flyer in January as well as your synagogue bulletins in February. All events are free. For more information, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892.

‘Daytimers’ Nasher trip scheduled

An aerial view of the Nasher Sculpture Center
Photo: Tim Hursley, 2003
“Woman: The Art of Gaston Lachaise” was selected by the Star-Telegram as one of the top five exhibits to visit the Metroplex this year, and the “Daytimers” are going there. This is the first major museum retrospective of the artist’s work to be shown in Texas.

The group will meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Intermodal Transportation Center at Ninth and Jones at 11:45 a.m. Box lunches from Jason’s Deli will be delivered to the train station, and participants will have lunch on the train. From there, the group will take DART to the Nasher Sculpture Center, where a docent-guided tour of this show’s sculptures of beautiful, full-bodied women will begin at 1:45 p.m.

The singular woman in the title of the exhibit is in reference to Lachaise’s inspiration, his muse, his lover, his wife, Isabel Dutaud Nagle. His passion for her inspired some of the most beautiful sculptures of women that have ever been made, and more than 40 of them are on view at the Nasher. In addition to this exhibit, there are nine new sculptures in the garden that have never been publicly viewed before.

Lunch choices are turkey breast on white, chicken salad on whole wheat, and tuna salad on rye. The cost for the lunch, bottled water, train and DART fare, and the guided tour of the exhibit is $15 per person.

The group will be limited to about 20, so please get your reservations in early. 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.

Hanukkah Heroes a success
Shoshana Thoma-Isgur tells the TJP that this past month the JEA (Jewish Education Agency) successfully completed its first Hanukkah Heroes fundraising campaign, which raised $4000 for the JEA kids!

By sending Hanukkah Heroes cards to loved ones, donors honored and remembered the heroes in their lives while becoming Hanukkah Heroes to the kids of the JEA. For each $25 donation, the JEA sent out a custom-designed holiday card with a personalized greeting to the donor’s chosen recipient. Many generous folks took advantage of this opportunity to give a profoundly meaningful gift to family and friends while supporting the JEA’s programs, including the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center and Camp Shalom. When you go by the LGELC, you will also see a special art piece crafted by the Pre-School kids in honor of the Hanukkah Heroes, with some very creative assistance from Miss Diana (Krompass). Everyone’s participation in the Hanukkah Heroes campaign is appreciated, and according to future plans this will be an annual event to support JEA programs.

The Hanukkah Heroes campaign would not have been possible without the hard work of the Hanukkah Heroes Committee: Lisa Clark, Jen Ratner, Naomi Rosenfield, Shoshana Thoma-Isgur and Monika Worsley, as well as Director Paddy White. They especially want to acknowledge the work of Lisa Clark, who designed the beautiful Hanukkah Heroes card with handprints from LGELC students. A heartfelt “thank you” to the Hanukkah Heroes Committee and dedicated JEA staff who supported the committee’s efforts.JEA’s first Honorary Bubbie and Zaydie:
Rose and Al Sankary
On Dec. 7, the JEA held its first Honorary Bubbie and Zaydie event, a Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner, to thank Rose and Al Sankary for their years-long generous support of the JEA. The children performed Chanukah songs and skits for Rose and Al, their guests, and parents and supporters of the JEA. The JEA also presented the Sankarys with a special gift, a beautiful glass chanukiah. Rose and Al led everyone in saying the Chanukah blessings, and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Al in both English and Hebrew. After the program, guests enjoyed a special Chanukah dinner, including potato latkes and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts!). Rose and Al also brought a delicious birthday cake for everyone to share.

The JEA thanks all the folks who helped make the Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat so special, including Morah Rachel (Yaacobi) and Shoshana Howard, by working with the children to put the program together. The JEA thanks its board members who volunteered, including Suzie Herman, Marcia Kurtz, Hal Ratner and Yossi Yaacobi. They also thank Cindy Simon and Ann and Scott Cobert for their invaluable help.

Although the Sankarys have never had children at the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center or Camp Shalom, they have helped make the JEA what it is today. Al said he and Rose donated because they believe in excellent Jewish and secular education for children. At the Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat event, Al and Rose demonstrated their support is stronger than ever, by making another $10,000 donation to the JEA. What a wonderful Chanukah gift to the JEA kids! Accolades to Rose and Al Sankary, the JEA’s Honorary Bubbie and Zaydie.

Robert Simon and the JEA board extend a hearty mazel tov to Shoshana Thoma-Isgur, fundraising chair of the JEA, for all of her hard work and leadership.

Yasher koach to Shoshana.

News and notes
Hadassah prez, Mona Karten, is on the job! It’s that time again for mah jongg cards. If you would like to buy one, please send your check for $6.50 (regular) or $7.00 (large print) to Barbara Weinberg, 4600 Westlake, Fort Worth 76132. Please make check payable to Barbara.

Hadassah has changed the date for the Girls’ Night Out to Jan. 17 at Mi Cocina. Look for the invitation in the next few weeks.

Speedy recovery wishes to Cynthia Labovitz.

Karen and Kal Silverberg and their kids, Stephen and Sarah, are ecstatic. They’ve finally convinced his folks, Elaine and Herb Silverberg, to become our-towners, after long years in Corsicana and Waco. The senior Silverbergs are comfortably residing at Broadway Plaza. The TJP adds our “welcome” greetings.

Michael Mooney, who has been stationed aboard a submarine carrier, spent the weekend here with his folks, Ruthie Bogart and Larry Currie, grandmother Ann Bogart, and members of their family. Michael is enroute back to his new station in New Hampshire, accompanied by his mom, who is sharing the driving for the long trip.

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Dallas Doings — January 2008

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Dallas Doings — January 2008

Posted on 09 January 2008 by admin

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

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

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

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

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

38 Emerson Fellows to advocate for Israel on 38 campuses

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial for Ari Weiss: Ohel Ari

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

“Dear Friends:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“May Hashem bless you with life and health,

“Rabbi Stewart and Susie Weiss and family

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

Denton gymnast shines at Pan-Am Maccabi Games

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

Yavneh students named with high honors

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

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

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

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

State Sen. Florence Shapiro to speak at Hadassah event

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

Feel free to bring a friend to this luncheon.

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

Beyt Midrash of North Texas offers spring courses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blood drive Feb. 18 for�Bill Burns� granddaughter

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

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

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

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

New JLI course:��Beyond Belief�

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas filmmakers speak about new project

Filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell
Filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell

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

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

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

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

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

Greater Dallas Section of NCJW to celebrate at birthday lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $5 admission fee includes light refreshments.

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

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

More detailed information about the tournament will be forthcoming.

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

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

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

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

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

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