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JWV banquet and installation, Jan. 17 at Crowne Plaza
An important reminder: The Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post 256 of the Jewish War Veterans and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold its 2009 annual gala banquet and installation of officers at the Crowne Plaza Park Central Hotel, 7800 Alpha Road, on Saturday, Jan. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. Members and guests who have not yet purchased their tickets should contact Jerry Benjamin at 214-368-5225.
Herzl Hadassah welcomes speaker, JFS’ Michael Fleisher
Herzl Hadassah is pleased to announce that Michael Fleisher, executive director of Jewish Family Service, will be their guest speaker at their Wed., Jan. 14 meeting. Come at 10:15 a.m. to the Senior Assembly Room at the Aaron Family JCC to learn about all the services offered to senior citizens as well as families. Workshops, individual and family counseling, including support groups for women, are but a few of the many services available.
Coffee and desert will be provided by Herzl. Bring your own sandwich, visit with friends and hear about Herzl’s plans for the coming months.
New Torah scroll at Beth Torah
Congregation Beth Torah welcomed a new Torah scroll on New Year’s night in a moving, joyous celebration at D/FW Airport.
More than 50 congregants were on hand as the Torah completed its journey from Jerusalem, arriving at Terminal E on a Continental flight from Newark.
“It was a moment none of us will soon forget,” Rabbi Adam Raskin said. “With singing and dancing and l’chaims as well, we welcomed this new sefer Torah into our community.”
The Torah is a combination of two scrolls that were created in Belorussia more than a century ago and survived the Holocaust. It was purchased by Beth Torah members Jeffrey and Alisone Kopita and donated to the synagogue in honor of their children, Lilly and Phillip.
Eli Davidsohn, Beth Torah’s resident accordionist, provided the music as members celebrated in the baggage claim area.
“There was a palpable sense of Jewish pride in the airport as people of all ages danced, clapped and sang in concentric circles around the Torah,” Rabbi Raskin said. “The policemen were clapping, American soldiers passing by watched in amazement and everyone sensed the excitement.”
The Torah is smaller than most and will be used by Beth Torah’s youth. The synagogue plans a formal ceremony completing and dedicating the Torah after the High Holy Days this year.
“The more we study this Torah, learn to chant it on Shabbat and weekdays, dance with it on Simchat Torah and, most of all, make its mitzvot the center of our lives, the more we will honor it and its forebears,” Rabbi Raskin said.
Synaplex Shabbat to take place Jan. 10 at CSI Douglas
You will be welcome at Shearith Israel’s Synaplex Shabbat this Saturday morning, the 10th, at CSI Douglas. Join them for this special occasion, where you can choose how to celebrate your Shabbat experience. Attend services, or choose from various offerings for young families. The complete list of activities, including yoga and a running session, can be found at www.shearith.org. It is also Shabbat school for the religious-school families, so there is truly something for everyone.
All are welcome so tell your friends to come and enjoy a baked potato bar Kiddush at noon!
The schedule includes:
10–11 a.m.
“Immunizing Our Children, How Far Do We Go?” — Noted pediatrician and author Dr. Gary Morchower will review the immunizations that children receive and the controversy surrounding them.
“Sign to Speak” — Learn signs for communication and prayer in this fun class for parents, toddlers and preschoolers facilitated by Michelle Beck and Diane Lifshen.
11 a.m.–noon
Garineem — A Shabbat service and story time for families with young children.
Congregational Kiddush features a baked potato bar.
Come see how much fun Shabbat at Shearith can be!
‘Job Interviewing 101’ at JFS
The Employment Resource Group will present a session on “Job Interviewing 101: A Career Coach’s Guide to Practical and Winning Interviewing Techniques.” Valerie Pelan will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road (one block east of Dallas North Tollway).
In her presentation, “Job Interviewing 101: A Career Coach’s Guide to Practical and Winning Interviewing Techniques,” Valerie Pelan will teach participants to prepare effectively for job interviews, develop better strategies by understanding the three things to do in an employment interview, anticipate and handle the three questions interviewers ask to screen candidates out of their candidate pool, discover three types of skills that interviewers evaluate during interviews and better understand the purpose of behavioral interviews to prepare for them more effectively.
Valerie Pelan is president and founder of Integrated Focus, and is an executive and leadership coach. She has a passion for supporting executives, managers, professionals and individuals to improve their execution, situational effectiveness and political savvy and to overcome limited thinking.
Valerie has, for over 20 years, held a variety of leadership roles in product management, strategic marketing, global sales, performance coaching, global team development and organizational change management. Her experience gives her a unique perspective on the challenges facing leaders and their teams to achieve results in today’s impersonal, highly competitive, global and fast-moving business environment.
For further information, call 972-437-9950. The program is free. No advance registration is necessary.

Emilie (left), Blake (center) and Jonah Silverthorn (children of Eric and Deb Silverthorn) participated in the building of the 120th Tournament of Roses Parade “Stars of Life” float, honoring organ donors, recipients and medical professionals involved in transplantation. The Silverthorns’ maternal grandmother, Barbara Lippel Schulman, was the only woman, and nurse, of 14 medical professionals honored for their exceptional contributions to organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. In her 50th year of nursing, Barbara and her husband J. Brin live in Los Angeles, Calif. | Photo: Deb Silverthorn

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