Dallas Doings: Noah's Ark, Bookfest, more

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Noah’s Ark Day at Temple Shalom

Noah’s Ark Day is one of the long awaited Sunday Fun Days at Temple Shalom. Students of all ages enjoyed dressing up like their favorite animals. While the youngest students made a life-size ark to play in and created adorable arks filled with animal crackers, older students enjoyed coming to school in their animal footie pajamas. Temple Shalom fifth-graders got to spend the afternoon decorating their new gaga pit with hand prints. They were initiated into the Tel Aviv Tribe and given their brand-new Tribe T-shirts as well.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg

Bookfest continues

The Oct. 30 Tycher Community Read, under the umbrella of the Aaron Family JCC’s Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Dallas Jewish BookFest at the Aaron Family JCC, was a resounding success with a record 325-plus in attendance to hear Beneath A Scarlet Sky author Mark Sullivan share the history and backstories of how the book came to be.  “My ‘final’ version was 820 pages and my editor said, ‘you can’t tell it all,’” said Sullivan, the final product, published in May of this year which will be made into a feature film, is 513 pages.  BookFest continued this Monday, Nov. 13, with Dallas’ own Rusty Cooper and Bruce Katz emceeing  a musical evening I Wrote That One Too  author Steve Dorff. On Dec. 4 Lilac Girls’ author, Martha Hall Kelly will be in town.  The full schedule, with programs through April 12 can be found at jccdallas.org/main/bookfest.

Photo: Lisa Rothberg Temple Shalom fifth-graders decorate their new gaga pit.
Photo: Lisa Rothberg
Temple Shalom fifth-graders decorate their new gaga pit.

— Submitted by Deb Silverthorn

Breslov comes to Texas

Rabbi Chaim Kramer, founder and director of the Breslov Research Institute (BRI), visited Dallas from Nov. 10-12, to spread the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Beneath A Scarlet Sky author Mark Sullivan autographed a personal message for Tycher Community Read guest Hanna Lambert, with JCC Director of Israel Engagement and Jewish Living Rachelle Weiss Crane, still smiling about last week’s record-breaking BookFest crowd of more than 325.

While the legendary Chassidic master passed away in 1810, Rebbe Nachman’s timeless teachings remain as relevant today as they did over two centuries ago. Tens of thousands of Jews from every corner of the world annually flock to his graveside in Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh HaShannah.
Founded in 1979, with the objective of making Rebbe Nachman‘s lessons accessible to all, BRI has published over 100 titles on a wide array of subjects related to Kabbalah and Chassidut. These works have been translated into Hebrew, Spanish, French and Russian.
While in Dallas Rabbi Kramer lectured at Congregations Shaare Tefilla, Ohr HaTorah and at Y
oung Israel of Dallas and addressed the high school students of Yavneh Academy, where he was received enthusiastically.
Additional information on the Breslov Research Institute is available online at Breslov.org.
(From left) Leib Malina, Eli Burstein, Rabbi Yoni Sonenblick, Simcha Malina, Ari Berke, Yosef Weiss, Jonah Eber and Daniel Garren enjoy a moment with Rabbi Chaim Kramer (seated) at Yavneh.

— Submitted by Noam Aranov

Save the Date:

  • On Dec. 9, the Jewish Community Relations council will hold a Community Teen Havdalah. Following Havdallah, led by musical duo “Eric and Happie” there will be an Israel education and advocacy training program to prepare teens for college, “Israel on Campus: A Reality Check.” This will be an interactive program of discussion and dialogue led by young adults (25 years old). The program will end with a Closing Circle and songs led by Eric and Happie. Partners for the evening at press time are Adat Chaverim, Beth El – Fort Worth/Camp Impact, Anshai Torah, Congregation Beth Torah, Shaare Tefila, Temple Shalom, Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, BBYO, Congregation Shearith Israel, Shir Tikvah Frisco, Tiferet Israel and the JCRC.
  • On Jan. 28, Howie Mandel will be the featured performer for One Night, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ biggest fundraising event of the year. Co-chairs for the evening are Angela Horowitz and Doug French, Jolie and Michael Newman and Natalie and Michael Waldman. More information can be found at www.jewishdallas.org.

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