Dallas Doings

Rabbi Stephen Fisch joins Shir Tikvah as spiritual leader

Rabbi Stephen “Steve” Fisch has joined Shir Tikvah, Frisco’s reform congregation, as the spiritual leader. A native of Tyler Texas, Rabbi Fisch received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, and attended Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where he was ordained as a rabbi. Rabbi Fisch has served congregations in New Orleans, Corpus Christi and was chairman of the school board of Solomon Schechter (now Levine) Academy. He also served on the board of Congregation Shearith Israel and as vice president of Jewish Family Service in Dallas.
Rabbi Fisch is excited about becoming a part of the Shir Tikvah community and is eager to let everyone in the Frisco area know about the unique aspects of the congregation.
Shir Tikvah proudly brings a “Song of Hope” to the families and community of Collin County. The congregation inspires a love for lifelong learning, the celebration of living a Jewish life and a commitment to honoring the beautiful traditions of the Jewish heritage. Shir Tikvah embraces and celebrates all families and provides a loving and compassionate family for all who come to be inspired.
Shir Tikvah’s next Shabbat service is Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the C3 complex located at 7700 Main Street in Frisco.
To learn more about Shir Tikvah, visit www.shirtikvahfrisco.org.

JWV Auxiliary presents grants to military veterans

Pictured at the Fisher House: (left to right) Jo Reingold, LuAnn Bergman, Lonna Rae Silverman, Jean Garmon, Fran Bergman, Ruth Swaab, Ellen Feibel, Diane Benjamin and Marcy Kramer-Kahn (pictured, but hidden).

Diane Benjamin was kind enough add to her report on the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary, published last week. Diane and husband Jerry will be traveling to Jacksonville, Fla. this month for the national convention of the JWV and the JWV Auxiliary. Jerry is the Department Commander for four states. Diane said, “The Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary Post #256 volunteers recently visited the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas and the Fisher House to present the ‘Grant A Wish’ gifts to deserving U.S. military veterans. Our JWV Auxiliary is as good as its volunteers. The JWV Post #256 and its auxiliary are ever vigilant to make certain that military soldiers receive the best medical care, and the best volunteers to show our gratitude to those who helped to preserve our freedoms, and our American way of life.” The JWV Post #256 and its auxiliary are actively seeking new members. For membership information to the JWVA, contact LuAnn Bergman at 214-320-3712.

Market Street joins a ‘Berry’ good cause

As we were going to press Tuesday, we received an urgent call from Lauren Davidoff about a late-breaking fundraiser for Peter, Aaron and Willa Berry, the survivors of the horrific car accident last month that claimed the lives of their parents, and left Peter and Aaron wheel-chair bound. Lauren told us, “Come cool off and shop August 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Market Street grocery store 1929 Preston Road in Plano and help the Berry children. The store will host a lemonade stand and balloon sale benefitting the Berry kids. Blue ‘Berry’ balloons will be on sale for $1.”
If you can’t make it out, you can still donate at www.showyourhearts.org and www.theberrychildren.org.

Cohen’s College Connection welcomes Lindsey Singleton

Lindsey Singleton has joined Cohen’s College as an educational consultant. A Dallas native and Richardson High School graduate, Singleton, has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Houston Baptist University. A former middle and high school mathematics teacher and computer science training consultant, Singleton brings many skills to the clients at Cohen’s College Connection.
“I realize the benefits we can provide to our students, and how that support can help them achieve their dreams,” said Singleton. “Hindsight is 20/20 and, after my own college experiences, and working in the community, I now know what the priorities in the process should be. I’m excited about working with students, helping them avoid making the same mistakes.”
“Lindsey is a natural,” said Carol Gene Cohen, president of Cohen’s College Connection. “She has a great sense of humor and the relationship she creates with our students is great. Applying to schools is stressful and Lindsey is able to keep the calm, extending a relaxed focus.”
“Carol Gene, who has visited more than 200 schools, is a wealth of knowledge and an incredible mentor,” said Singleton, speaking of Carol Gene Cohen, who leads a group including Application Specialist Joan Ungerman; Essay Specialist, Sheila Runnels; Career Planner Alyssa Fiedelman; and Office Manager Kitty Keefer. Cohen’s College Connection has assisted students in gaining acceptance to colleges and universities for the last 25 years, and also supports students in applying to private programs in preschool through high school, college and post-graduate studies. It is located at 4950 Keller Springs Road, Suite 160, in Addison. For more information, call 972-381-9990, visit cohenscollegeconnection.com, or email carolgene@cohenscc.com.

Blake Eltis forms real estate group

Blake Eltis is on the move! He has branched out and started his own real estate team, the Carroll/Eltis Real Estate Group at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The lifelong Dallas native has been selling residential real estate in Dallas since 2002. In 2009, Blake moved over to Allie Beth Allman. With the formation of his team with business partner, Aaron Carroll, two agents have already joined the team. He plans to recruit several more agents. The team plans to focus their business in the North Dallas area from Frisco to Downtown and in East Dallas.
As a member of the Jewish community, Blake has served on the Jewish Federation of Dallas’ board of directors two times, chaired the Jewish Federation of Dallas’ Young Adult Division, The Network, sat on Congregation Shearith Israel’s board of directors and many other leadership roles with various organizations.
In his free time, he likes to waterski, travel and spend time with family and friends. He can be reached at 972-207-6060 or blake@blakeeltis.com.

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