Dallas Doings

Next Temple Emanu-El Couples Club event, Jan. 25
It was a fun evening on Dec. 7 when the Temple Emanu-El Couples Club celebrated an early Chanukah in the Tobian Auditorium. Highlighting the event was a mystery gift exchange among members, along with a delicious dinner and latkes. Music was provided by Eli Davidsohn, who led a sing-along of Chanukah songs.
The next Temple Emanu-El Couples Club evening at the temple on Jan. 25 will feature a variety of table games and a pot luck dinner of appetizers, salads, desserts plus a main entree provided by the Club.
Guests are invited to attend. If interested, please call Carole and Barry Cohen at 972-867-0079.
Anyone interested in joining the Club (for ages 50+) is invited to call Elaine and Bernie Weil, 972-377-6557, or Renee and Buddy Gilbert, 972-239-0022.

‘Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides’ at Dallas Holocaust Museum this Sunday
The Foundation for Pluralism, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, the Memnosyne Foundation, the Dallas Peace Center and the World Muslim Congress are collaborating on an event to commemorate the Holocaust and genocide on Sunday, Jan. 25, 5 until 7:15 p.m. at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St.

The event will include speakers; prayers; a partial viewing of a documentary; keynote speech by Bryan Mark Rigg, Ph.D., historian and author; and a display of images of the horrors humans have inflicted upon other humans throughout history. The goal of the event is to create awareness of the inhumanity in all of us, and discover and create solutions for peaceful co-existence. “STATIONS TWO: An Interactive Public Artwork” will be introduced and guests are welcome to participate in this first-time display in Dallas. This important piece follows the blessing and signature of Rev. Desmond Tutu on “STATIONS ONE.” The 4-foot wooden version of the 6-foot cube features inscriptions and actual voice recordings of forgiveness. This box will be sent to Rwanda in mid-February and played for the people to hear voices of reconciliation on an international platform.

Imam Zia Shaikh, an Islamic scholar, will be the emcee for the evening. His presence is significant as he will be the first imam to participate in a Holocaust Museum event, according to sources. Given the current situation in Israel and Gaza, the creators of this event wish to embark on a goodwill-nurturing mission. Mike Ghouse is chairperson of the event.

The mission of the Foundation for Pluralism is to encourage individuals to accept the otherness of, and develop an open mind and an open heart toward, their fellow beings. “If we can learn to accept and respect the God-given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge,” Ghouse adds.

“This event has a potential to turn a local community gathering into a symbol that can help heal others past our own borders. With this choice comes the opportunity to give an image not just to the people of Dallas, but to others in our great nation, and inspire others toward tolerance.” Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, a Dallas leader and co-founder of Memnosyne Foundation, aAdmission is free and open to the public; seating is limited. Guests may RSVP to confirmattendance@gmail.com. The event is being underwritten by The Memnosyne Foundation and supported by the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, World Muslim Congress, Dallas Peace Center, the Foundation for Pluralism, Today Marks the Beginning and the Universal Peace Federation.

Further information may be obtained by calling Mike Ghouse at 214-325-1916, or visiting www.foundationforpluralism.com or www.holocaustandgenocides.org.

Tycher Library to hold used book sale, Jan. 25–Feb. 1
Tycher Library will hold their first used book sale in the Mankoff Center for Jewish Learning, Jan. 25 through Feb. 1. (This is the same week as the Dallas Jewish LearningFest, which will be held at the JCC.)
Books on all subjects, some new and many in “almost new” condition, will be available.
Joan Gremont said, “If you have used books, in good condition, Judaic or non-Judaic (NO prayerbooks), we would love to include them in our sale. Please drop them off at the library, and if you need help, call us and we will help you bring them up.”

Donations can also be dropped off downstairs at the JCC. For more information, contact Joan Gremont, 214-239-7132 or jgremont@jfgd.org.

Chabad chalks up another successful celebration
It was an exciting time for Chabad of Plano/Collin County when they hosted their fifth Community Menorah Lighting Celebration in The Shops at Willow Bend on Dec. 22.

An 8-foot-tall menorah, constructed of close to 6,000 pieces of Duplo Legos, built by the boys and girls of the Chabad Hebrew School, was lit during the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Cirque entertained the crowd with a high-energy juggling show leading up to the menorah lighting ceremony. Following the show the Giant Lego Menorah was lit, accompanied by traditional blessing and songs. Music by Eli Davidsohn and Mikey B. of Dallas Party added to the festive spirit of the evening.

Special guests addressing the crowd were Dr. Cary A. Israel, president of Collin County Community College, and Octavio Ortiz, general manager of The Shops at Willow Bend.

“The large turnout at the menorah lightings shows that people want to get together to celebrate Chanukah as a community,” said Rabbi Menachem Block, executive director of Chabad of Plano. “Lighting the menorah in the heart of Plano allows us to share Chanukah’s universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and the light of goodness and kindness over darkness. It is for this reason that Chabad of Plano joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the menorah.”

Several mah jongg tournaments around Dallas; CSI’s is Feb. 22
While I’m not a real “mah jongg maven” (expert), I do enjoy the game and play strictly for fun and companionship. In the last month, I’ve played in two tournaments, the first at Levine Academy and the second, last Sunday, hosted by Temple Shalom Sisterhood. Both were staffed with gracious moms and members. For me, it was an entertaining Sunday afternoon well spent with proceeds benefiting both a fine school and a dedicated Sisterhood. I’ve already marked my calendar for Shearith Israel Sisterhood’s Mah Jongg Tournament on Feb. 22.

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