Dallas Doings

Josh Goldberg wraps up tour with Rick Recht

Josh Goldberg recently was on tour with Rick Recht, performing at Jewish camps along the East coast.

Josh Goldberg, son of Cyndi Heller and Dr. Marshall Goldberg, recently concluded a tour with singer Rick Recht. They performed at Jewish camps on the East coast. “Josh totally rocks,” posted Recht on his website. Incidentally, Recht was a headliner at the Jewish Arts Fest held at the Meyerson last weekend. Stay tuned for some photos of that great event in an upcoming TJP.

Exciting Klezmer Shabbat planned at CSI Sept. 2

Shearith Israel welcomes back Jose Bowen and his band on Friday, Sept. 2, for a second Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6 p.m. in the Beck Family Sanctuary. Bowen and his band will be performing with Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker, Kol Rina and talented CSI musicians. The service is open to the entire community.

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt to discuss Eichmann trial

On Sept.8, The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will host a special lecture and presentation by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas.
In her presentation on the Eichmann trial, Dr. Lipstadt will provide an overview of the trial and analyze the dramatic effect that Holocaust survivors’ courtroom testimony — which itself was not without controversy — had on a world that had until then regularly commemorated the Holocaust but never fully understood what the millions who died, and the hundreds of thousands who managed to survive, had actually experienced.
Also, for the first time in many years, the original courtroom drawings of Eichmann by Edward Eichel — on long-term loan to the Dallas Holocaust Museum —will be on display. Eichel, who lives in New York, will be in attendance at the event, for which the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas is a community sponsor.
Lipstadt is author of several internationally acclaimed books related to the Holocaust, perhaps, most notably, “Denying the Holocaust: the Growing Assault on Truth and Memory” (Free Press/Macmillan, 1993). You may recall that she was sued for libel in London by David Irving after Dr. Lipstadt called him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. She and Penguin, her publisher, won the case, documented in the book called, “History On Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier” (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005).

Learn more about Hitler’s Jewish soldiers at Rigg talk

Tiferet Israel Congregation and Bnai Zion will present Bryan Mark Rigg on Sept. 12. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at Tiferet Israel, 1909 Hillcrest Road. A noted historian, Rigg received his bachelor’s degree with honors in history from Yale University in 1996. For his graduate studies at Cambridge University, where he received his master’s in 1997 and Ph.D. in 2002, Yale awarded him the Henry Fellowship. He was a professor of history at the American Military University and Southern Methodist University from 2000 to 2006. He has served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His research for his first book “Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers,” has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the London Daily Telegraph. “Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers” also won the prestigious William E. Colby Award for the best military history book of 2002. Films about his work have been made in Israel and Germany, and NBC Dateline did an hour-long program on his study called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” He is also the author of “Rescued from the Reich” and “Lives of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers.” A $5 minimum donation is suggested for the evening. For more information or to RSVP, contact Avrille Harris-Cohen at 972-918-9200 or avrille.harris-cohen@bnaizion.org.

A new approach to adult Jewish learning

Enrollment is now open for fabulous courses offered by The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and the Gesher Graduate Program. Classes begin the week of Sept. 11 and are offered on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Monday and Tuesday evenings at several locations. Check the J website, www.jccdallas.org or contact Rachelle Weiss Crane at rweisscrane@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7128 for enrollment information.

Returning the awe to the Days of Awe

The JCC will hold a three-part series exploring fresh insight into the High Holy Day season on Wednesdays Sept. 14, 21, and Oct. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Aaron Family JCC. Rabbi Joel Zeff will lead an intellectual and spiritual exploration of the fundamental themes of the upcoming holiday season of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Particular attention is given to Chassidic literature and the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook. Among the themes to be discussed are, “The joy of teshuvah,” “Is God our Father, or our King?” and “Sukkot as the glorification of the simple-minded.” Rabbi Zeff holds a bachelor of arts in Hebrew Language from UCLA, and a master’s in Jewish History from Yeshiva University. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He recently joined the faculty of the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas. Rabbi Zeff is well known as a particularly exciting and edifying teacher and speaker. This course is sponsored by The Gesher Graduate Program at the JCC of Dallas and the Jewish Studies Initiative of North Texas. It is offered free of charge due to a grant from a family foundation. Space is limited.  Please contact Rachelle Weiss Crane at rweisscrane@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7128 to register.

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