Dallas Doings

Scott McCartney to speak at Beth Torah breakfast, Dec. 14
Scott McCartney, travel editor of the Wall Street Journal, will be the guest speaker at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club lox-and-bagel breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 14.
McCartney, who also writes the popular “Middle Seat” column in the Journal, combines dogged reporting about the airline and travel industries with insightful opinions and invaluable advice for Americans making their way in the world.
A graduate of Duke University, McCartney is a former reporter for the Associated Press and the author of three books. His many journalism honors include the prestigious George Polk Award for coverage of the transportation industry.
The public is welcome at the monthly breakfast, which begins at 9:30. The cost is $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.
Yavneh raises funds to support
March of the Living for 2009
Yavneh Academy’s March of the Living Tour participation fundraising is under way! If you have a loved one whose life you wish to remember, Yavneh will be honored to light a candle in his/her memory at the appropriate place on their trip or recite a blessing at the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Chanukah shopping? Gifts for babies, birthdays, or anniversaries? Visit marchoftheliving
dallas.org to help support Yavneh students participating in the 2009 March of the Living tour of Poland and Israel. Through the link, you can make donations, or shop on Amazon with the students earning a percentage toward their goal.
Shoppers found treasures at the March of the Living garage sale last weekend. For more information, e-mail mkravitzmd@gmail.com.
BBYO Teen Connection provides fun experience
On Sunday, Nov. 23, 50 Dallas-area Jewish seventh- and eighth-graders converged at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center for a “Tie Dye and Pie” event as part of BBYO’s Teen Connection program for pre-high school students. BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) is a pluralistic youth-led organization open to all Jewish high school teens, providing opportunities for socializing, leadership development, Jewish learning, social action and community service.
For the Nov. 23 program, each participant brought a T-shirt to tie-dye, found fun “treasures” while making pies and played other games in the JCC Block Gym. Cameron Smith, a seventh-grader at Frankford Middle School, said he came to “Tie Dye and Pie” “to have fun and be with [his] friends.” Teen Connection events are held several times during the year. For more information on Teen Connection and to get on the mailing list, please contact Tracy Davis at tdavis@bbyo.org or at the Dallas BBYO office, 214-363-4654.
More than 1,000 coats and blankets collected for charity
Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood, in cooperation with Marilyn Guzick and Congregation Beth Torah, collected over 1,000 coats and blankets at the East Dallas Police Store Front on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Helping with the drive was Boy Scout Troop #729 from Temple Emanu-El as well as the first grade at Preston Hollow Presbyterian School. Sue Walker headed their drive. The Boy Scouts North District ran their own drive and contributed the coats to the Brotherhood effort. The coats were cleaned by the very generous owners of Lone Star Cleaners, Manny and Mindy Herskowitz. All of the items donated are being given away by the Dallas Police Department’s East Dallas Store Front.
Adult b’nai mitzvah at CSI
Family and friends are invited to share in the simcha when Guy Bradley, Amy Cohn, Lisa Fleisher, William Katz, Gail Mizrahi, Marilyn Pailet, Donna Sher and Soonja Park Weinstein are called to read from the Torah for their adult b’nai mitzvah this Saturday, Dec, 13, 9 a.m. in the Beck Family Sanctuary at Congregation Shearith Israel. Their Torah portion is Vayishlach.
Tiferet Israel to honor Rabbi and Mrs. Ytzhak Malka
On Saturday, Dec. 13, Congregation Tiferet Israel will have a special Kiddush luncheon after Shabbat services in honor of Rabbi Ytzhak and Miriam Malka returning from eretz Yisrael.
Rabbi Malka served as the ritual director at Tiferet for many years prior to moving to Israel in 2006. Tiferet is now blessed to have the Malkas on staff once again and extends an invitation for you to join in welcoming them back.
Shabbat services will begin at 9 a.m. and the luncheon will begin at approximately noon. Congregation Tiferet Israel is located at 10909 Hillcrest Road just north of Royal Lane in Dallas.
Dallas Area Agency on Aging
appoints Walter J. Levy
to Advisory Council
Longtime Dallas social worker Walter J. Levy has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging. Announcement of Levy’s appointment was made by Linda Wassenich, chair of the Advisory Council, and Monita McGhee, director of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging.
Now retired from active social work engagement, Levy is a former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. For more than 20 years he was in private practice in gerontological social work. In 2001 the National Association of Social Workers recognized Levy as a Social Work Pioneer for his professional services in the field of aging.
The Advisory Council is mandated in the Older Americans Act, the federal legislation that created and funds a number of critical services to older persons, such as information and referral, case management, in-home services, ombudsman, health screening, congregate meals and home-delivered meals. Area Agencies on Aging participate in planning for and delivering services to meet the needs of the elderly.
The Dallas Area Agency on Aging is a project of the Community Council of Greater Dallas and is funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
The Legacy at Willow Bend names Suzanne Pockrus
senior living counselor
Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, The Legacy at Willow Bend, has named Suzanne Pockrus senior living counselor, according to Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.
Pockrus joined The Legacy at Willow Bend in 2006, and has been instrumental in achieving the critical marketing covenants of the community. Prior to joining The Legacy at Willow Bend, she served as part of the management team at Weichert Realty in Frisco. Previously, she founded Retirement Lifestyles, Inc., where she pioneered the concept of helping seniors find retirement communities in the Dallas Metroplex.
Pockrus received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She received her real estate salesperson license in 1986 and Texas broker’s license in 1997. Pockrus is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Sales and Training Leadership Course.

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