By Sharon Wisch-Ray
Growing up, it seemed to me that three things resonated with ardent support of Israel: Israel Bonds, the JNF pushke and Hadassah. It is amazing and wonderful that Hadassah is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Recently, the Dallas chapter of Hadassah, which continues to thrive, held its board installation at Congregation Ohr HaTorah.
The installation was conducted by Debbie Levine, who has served in many positions on the Houston chapter board including chapter president.
Levine is the immediate past president of the Houston chapter, serves as its adviser and is currently on the region executive board serving as area vice president for Dallas and McAllen. Debbie was appointed by national President Marcie Natan to serve on the national board as the Society of Major Donor and Guardian chair.
Installed at the meeting were Terri Schepps, president; Jo Zeffren, vice president of organization; Shirley Frankl, communications vice president; Marjorie Rosenberg and Sunny Shor, membership co-vice presidents; Marcy Helfand, program vice president; Susie Salfield Avnery and Robyn Rovinsky Mirsky, fundraising co-vice presidents; and Margie Shor, health and education vice president.
Rounding out the board are Amy Applebaum, treasurer; Maureen Brenner and Ety Friedman, assistant treasurers; and Sheila Cooper, secretary.
The incoming group presidents are: Professional Women’s Group, Valerie Retan and Linda Steinberg; Herzl Group, Jean Sturman; Lillian Wald Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, Dorothy Zarbo and Debbie Ginchansky.
Board members will hold their positions until December 2013. For information about Hadassah, visit www.hadassah.org/dallas.
DATA program teaches data security
DATA of Plano will present a program on Internet safety at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at DATA of Plano, 3251 Independence Parkway (the southwest corner of Independence and Parker). Trevor Blumenau will lead “The Nuts and Bolts of Internet Safety and Proper Filtering.”
The need for filtering to ensure safe and appropriate Internet use for families is paramount, according to the organizers.
Blumenau will explain how to set up filtering that is truly safe. He will also share the Internet dangers after filters are in place, as well as concerns about Facebook and other social media
Suggested donation is $5 per person. To RSVP (required), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dallas’ Naomi Heller honored by Aggie Chabad
Texas A&M Chabad honored alumna Naomi Heller of Dallas during its fifth anniversary celebration. Heller, the daughter of Reid and Karen Heller and a graduate of Yavneh Academy, graduated from A&M in 2011 with a degree in animal science. She served as Chabad Student Board president for two years and represented the Chabad at the Chabad on Campus International leadership conference. She was honored for her friendship and dedication to the Chabad.
Heller works as a full-time instructor at Equest, a therapeutic riding facility.
The gala marked the changing atmosphere at Texas A&M University, Chabad officials said. It was the first kosher banquet prepared and served on campus by Texas A&M’s dining services. The kitchen at the George Bush Presidential Library was koshered, and new dishes and serving ware were used. The gala was also one of the first events at the new ballroom at the Memorial Student Center.
From what started out as services and dinners hosted in their own home, Rabbi Yossi and Manya Lazaroff have created a home away from home for Jewish students at the Rohr Chabad Center. Yasher Koach to Chabad at Texas A&M for an amazing five years in College Station. May you continue to serve as a center for Jewish life in the Brazos and grow from strength to strength.
For more information about Jewish life at a Texas A&M contact the Lazaroffs at the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 979-220-5020 or visit them on the web at www.JewishAggies.com.
News and Notes
• Mazel tov to four Levine Academy students Sam Eisenberg (son of Dennis Eisenberg and Dana Eisenberg), Aidan Jacoby (son of Eric and Karla Jacoby), Inbar Kidron (daughter of Michal Kidron and Irad Kidron) and Alexander Murphy (son of Melanie Kuhr Murphy and Eric Murphy) for being selected to participate in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer in Washington D.C.
The Levine students will join 250 others from across the nation for the six-day program. The conference aims to teach about the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while the students develop their own leadership skills.
• Art historian John Max Rosenfield, a Dallas native, was recently honored with the 2012 Charles Lang Freer Medal by the Freer/Sackler: The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art in recognition of his contribution to the field of Asian art history.
Rosenfield, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of East Asian Art, emeritus, at Harvard University, became the 13th recipient of the award at a ceremony on April 12. Many of you may remember or heard of Rosenfield’s colorful father, John Rosenfield, who was the longtime theatre critic for The Dallas Morning News when Dallas’ arts culture was in its formative years.
Rosenfield studied at UT before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After World War II, continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley; Southern Methodist University; and the University of Iowa, earning Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He earned his doctorate in art history from Harvard in 1959 and joined the faculty there in 1966.