Dallas Doings

Over 90 attend Dec. 7 Chabad Chanukah ‘Fun-Shop’ in Frisco
Chabad of Plano/Collin County hosted a Chanukah “Fun-Shop” in Frisco on Sunday, Dec. 7, to prepare for Chanukah. Rabbi Yehuda and Esther Horowitz guided the 50 children who attended in making their very own Chanukah menorahs. The children also participated in the process of pressing olive oil, beginning with pitting the fresh olives. The program, attended by a total of 90 participants, concluded with dinner.
Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce dinner, Feb. 5
The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend their Gala Dinner at the Westin Park Central Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 5.
A private VIP reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by registration and bar at 6:30.
The 7 p.m. program will feature David Wiessman, executive chairman of Alon USA. You will hear the inspiring story of Mr. Wiessman, whose business provides over 4,000 jobs in America and supports numerous organizations — from his humble beginnings working in his father and uncle’s gas station to running a $6+ billion group of companies.
Wiessman’s company was formed in August 2000 after Alon Israel Oil Co., Ltd. purchased the downstream assets of Atofina Petrochemicals, Inc.
David Wiessman has over 25 years of oil industry and marketing experience. In 1976, after serving in the Israeli Air Force, he became CEO and majority shareholder in Bielsol Group, a privately owned company that owns and operates gasoline stations and real estate in Israel.
In 1993, he acquired Alon Israel. The next year he became CEO and president of Alon Israel Group, moving it from a zero percent market share to more than a 20 percent market share today, making it one of Israel’s leading enterprises. Alon Israel has pioneered retail outlets in Israel’s gas stations, opening up commercial centers, supermarkets and roadside restaurants. Alon Israel’s “Super Alonit” convenience stores were the first stores to be operated in Israel, while the company also operates fast-food outlets and Segafredo cafés.
Alon Israel holds the Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in Israel.
Bring your Jewish treasures to the Intrafaith Luncheon!
The Annual Sisterhood Community Intrafaith Luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 25, will feature a unique program that will interest all Sisterhood members and their guests. Patterned after the popular TV show “Antique Roadshow,” those attending are invited to bring their Jewish treasures to the luncheon for an expert’s insight into its monetary worth and its artistic history.
Dr. Arthur Feldman, executive director, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Arts in Tulsa, Okla., will speak on “The Treasures in Our Attics: Antique Judaica.” Anshai Torah Sisterhood will be hosts for this year’s event, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Congregation Anshai Torah is located at 5501 West Parker Road in Plano.
Advance reservations, postmarked on or before Jan. 15, are $18, or $20 afterward.
Learn about BBYO Israel travel for teens
The community is invited to attend an Israel Travel presentation on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the ­Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program will be conducted by Lane Schlessel, international director of travel programs for B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), Inc., and representing Passport 2 the World agency.
BBYO offers something unique for Jewish teens: travel programs on all five continents. It offers the most affordable Israel programs of any Jewish youth movement. All of BBYO’s three-week, four-week and five-week Israel-based trips are nearly $1,000 less than a trip of comparable length sponsored by other youth groups and trip programs. BBYO trips are open to all teens; nearly half the teens participating are not BBYO members. BBYO’s flexible schedules offer departure dates throughout the summer, with varying program lengths ranging from two weeks to six weeks.
BBYO programs cover worldwide destinations — Israel, South Africa, Costa Rica, England, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Western U.S.A., Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Hungary and Croatia. Camp P2I is BBYO’s three-week kibbutz-based experience focusing on Hebrew language, service and ties with Israeli youth.
BBYO’s Ambassador to Bulgaria program is scheduled for June 28 through July 5, a week of exploration, education and service. Teens can become a part of a close-knit group of North American and Bulgarian teens committed to instilling hope within a Jewish community with a remarkable past; spend days cheering up orphans, making lasting friendships with local Jewish teens and touring a country that once gave so much to the Jewish people. The Bulgaria Ambassador experience can also be connected to a number of other Passport trips in Europe and Israel.
Other trips include:
ILSI (three weeks) — BBYO’s members-only leadership program that mixes enrichment and experiential touring
Israel Journey (three weeks) — the most popular touring-based Israel experience that covers everything from the Golan to the Red Sea
Trek Israel (three weeks) — experience Israel through the beauty of the land on this outdoors-based trip
Euro-Israel Journey: Spain (four weeks) — spend a week touring southern Spain and Gibraltar, and then on to
Israel for the Israel Journey experience
Euro-Israel Journey: Central (four weeks) — spend a week in Budapest, Prague and Vienna, and then on to
Israel for the Israel Journey experience
Bulgaria Extension (one additional week) — spend a week in Bulgaria doing service and touring with local
Jewish teens before arriving in Israel
Israel Extension (one additional week) — spend an extra week in Israel living on a kibbutz and doing a community service project
Passport Program brochures are available in the BBYO office by calling 214-363-4654. If you have any questions about summer 2009 trips with BBYO’s Passport, please contact info@passport2theworld.org or 1-800-698-1002.

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