Dallas Doings
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

I always feel proud when former Dallasites make a difference in their new hometowns. You may remember that last month, Valerie Strull Newberg, daughter of Adrienne and Phil Strull, was honored by the Austin Federation with their Woman of Valor Award. On Sunday May 6th the Chabad Center at Texas A&M University will honor Naomi Heller, a recent Animal Science graduate of Texas A&M University. Naomi is the daughter of Karen and Reid Heller. She is a Yavneh graduate and was the President of the Chabad Jewish Student Group for two years. Chabad will also honor Dr. Keith Paull, who has been instrumental in the Aggie Chabad’s continued success.

Congregation Shearith Israel 2012 Golf Tournament

It’s time to dust off those clubs and hit the driving range because the annual Shearith Israel Golf Tournament is coming up on May 9. It’s all about a friendly competition on a beautiful course, all benefitting family education and family programming at Shearith.
It all happens at the Tribute Golf Club in the Colony. Single player entries are $150, foursomes are $500. Sponsorships are available and range from $300 to $3,000. Fore more information, contact Avi Edwards at 763-442-2120 or aviedwards@hotmail.com; Robert Epstein at 214-789-4408 or Macabee1948@aol.com; or Daniel Hersch at 402-416-4381 or hersch.daniel@gmail.com.

SWJC will honor six inspiring women of the Southwest

May promises to be a busy month, and there are numerous celebrations on the agenda. One of the first up, is Southwest Jewish Congress’ Inspiring Women of the Southwest program, which will be held on Thursday, May 3. Six outstanding women will be honored. They are: Carla Bean, Eva Sandoval Bonilla, Vernie Crabtree, Carol Crabtree Donovan, Wei Wei Jeang and Janet Kafka. Event chairs are Roberta Berger and Keo Strull. The event is being underwritten by Harry Ploss in memory of Stella Ploss and will be held at the NTX Event Center and Auto Museum in Richardson (677 W Campbell Road). Tickets are $50 per person. A light buffet and museum tour will begin at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30. For more information, contact Susan Myers at 214-361-0018 or susan@swjc.org.

Youth Tzedakah Foundation Grants Ceremony

The community is invited to attend The Jewish Youth Tzedakah Foundation Grants Ceremony on Thursday, May 10 at 7:15 p.m. in the Mankoff Center for Jewish Learning (2nd floor Aaron Family JCC).
The philanthropic accomplishments of the Tzedakah Foundation members will be recognized. The Jewish Youth Tzedakah Foundation is comprised of a selected group of teens who donate their time to learn about Jewish concepts of giving. The members of the Foundation are committed to supporting ways to improve their community and the world through their donations and hard work. A dessert reception will follow the program. RSVP by May 7 to Gail Herson at gherson@jfgd.org or 972-740-6751.

The J Youtheatre will present Willy Wonka Jr.

The J Youtheatre will present three performances of Willy Wonka Jr. — Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Zale Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Tickets are $12 in advance / $14 at the door for students and seniors; $14 in advance / $16 at the door for adults. Purchase them online at www.jccdallas.org or call 214-739-2737. Tickets are also available at the J front desk.

Saul Zimmerman (left) and Sam Horowitz will perform two key roles in Willy Wonka Jr., which begins Thursday May 3 at the J. | Photo: Lisa Rothberg

Roald Dahl’s timeless story about a world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” You will leave the theatre singing many memorable tunes including “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” “Oompa Loompa” and “I Want it Now.” Also, be ready for some fun surprises.
The large cast includes the following actors in the 6-9 year old age group: Jessica Aftergut, Jason Bodzy, Ella Forson, Lainey Gutow, Alexis Hamburger, Kyle Hamburger, Kate Henderson, Sydney Horowitz, Claudia Hurst, Ryder Kassanoff, Taylor Levy, Saskia Lewis, Lily McArdle, Hayden McClard, Abbey Platt, Mara Sandberg, Cambell Scheer, Lily Shane, Aiden Singh, Hallie Sternblitz, Alison Thieberg, Lilly Thieberg, Raleigh Toledo, Mollie Zimmerman, Allie Zlotky, Megan Zlotky and Katelyn Zweig.
Among the 10-17 year olds are Daniela Appel, Erin Beuerlein, Keyara Clay, Kyre M. Clay, Caitlin Fleisher, Megan Genecov, Jordan Gernsbacher, Jennifer Greenspan, Lilah Harris, Sam Horowitz, Emma Jacobsen, Ileana Kesselman, Sophie Kettles, Jordan Levy, Haley Lieberman, Kyle Prengler, Soleil Singh, Jared Steinhart, Jetlyn Toledo, Normandy Toledo, Samamtha Ungerman, Anna Wernick, Leah Witheiler and Saul Zimmerman.
Oompah Oompah Doopity Doo this performance sounds like a winner for you.

Bagel Run hopes to draw dozens

The 26th annual Bagel Run will start the JCC’s day off on May 6 with the race beginning at 8 a.m. rain or shine. (Registration is an hour earlier at 7 a.m.). Awards will be presented at 9 a.m.
After the race, there will be bagels, all the fixin’s and bounce houses for the kids while the top runners collect their awards. Cost is $20 if received before race day; $25 on race day; the Kid’s K is $8.

On the Business Scene: Michael Bernstein

In recognition of his work with area health care executives and physicians, Michael Bernstein of Independent Insurance Group has been named an MD Preferred Affiliated Insurance Professional.
Each year, US Medical Specialties, Inc., a national medical consulting firm, recognizes excellence in service to the medical community in a number of professional disciplines including real estate, insurance, accounting, banking, financial and legal services. The goals of the MD Preferred Program include identifying, acknowledging and promoting agents who provide service excellence to the medical community.
Michael Bernstein grew up in a family of physicians in Texas and understands the Texas physician marketplace. As a professional he is dedicated to finding best in class insurance solutions for residents and practicing physicians. Michael is one of the few agents in Texas affiliated with the TMLT and the TMA giving him a huge advantage on his competitors in the medical malpractice marketplace. Through his work with the Independent Insurance Group Michael is also able to provide benefits, life, disability and various other physician relevant insurance programs. He can be reached at 972-388-7086 or Michaelb@indinsgrp.com.

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