Dallas Doings
By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

I am always glad to hear from TJP readers. I recently received the following from Dr. Craig and Julie Paul:
“Our daughter, Jennifer Paul, is an actor in the New York Theater. Recently she was in a musical entitled “Holy Cow” at the New York Theater Festival this summer. “Holy Cow” ran for three weeks. The New York Theater Festival is held every summer and usually runs 40 shows. Jennifer was nominated for best supporting actress in a musical and won! Jennifer graduated from J.J. Pearce High School, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts with a degree in theater arts. She has been a working actor and resident of New York City for six years. Jenny is proud of her Texas heritage. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long walks down the Roosevelt Island Boardwalk, playing volleyball, keeping up with friends and fans on Facebook as well as experimenting with different types of cooking.” We hope to see more of Jenny soon on both TV and in film.

Jane Slater to appear at Congregation Beth Torah’s Men’s Club on Sunday, Sept. 8

Celebrity sportscaster Jane Slater, co-host of the Elf and Slater Show on 105.3, The Fan, will be the guest at the Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club monthly lox and bagel breakfast meeting on Sunday, Sept. 8. Slater talks sports daily on the Cowboys flagship radio station and will bring an insider’s view of training camp as well as her perspective on the team’s 2013 season, which kicks off that night with a game against the New York Giants. The public is welcome at the breakfast, which begins at 9 a.m. Cost for the breakfast is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson. For additional information, contact the synagogue at 972-234-1542.

Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Special Needs Fund awards $70,000 in grants to agencies

The Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Special Needs Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation has announced $70,000 in grants awarded to nine institutions in the Dallas area.
This year’s grant recipients include Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, Congregation Shearith Israel, Congregation Kol Ami, Ann and Nate Levine Academy, Torah Day School, Congregation Beth Torah Religious School and Preschool, Anshai Torah Preschool and Akiba Academy.
The 2013 gifts will help advance teaching capabilities, promote inclusion in the schools, provide educational seminars and training days and purchase enabling technology to further contribute to classroom success for young students with learning differences. These include autism/Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other learning challenges and neurological disorders.
“2013 has been our best fundraising year to date,” said Golman-Dallen co-founder Louis Zweig. “In addition, we have also had a record number of grant submissions, which is indicative of the growing awareness and need among our institutions for help in the special needs area. We are most appreciative of all the support received, enabling us to foster new programs in so many institutions this year.”

Makom celebrates first birthday this month

On Aug. 16, 2012, 65 curious individuals came together to re-imagine what Jewish life could look like in the 21st century, to begin building an untraditional take on traditional Judaism for young Jews in Dallas. The goal is to take the synagogue out of the synagogue, build a peer-led community of Jews in Dallas that weren’t afraid to think big and bold.
A little over one year later, Makom is thriving.
“We gather monthly for First Fridays, our unique take on Shabbat, where 150 Jews come together for davening that moves the soul and dinner that delights the palette. We get together on the third Thursday of every month for Jewish learning that is timely and timeless, pushing us to mine the tradition for meaning and purpose,” said Makom founder Rabbi David Singer. “We take over event spaces, art galleries and bars for unrivaled holiday celebrations that combine holy excitement with a dash of irreverence. We engage in the passionate pursuit of justice and making this world a better place through actions and activities big and small.”
Makom is a Hebrew noun meaning a place, space, area or spot. Singer noted that Makom will host a celebration of the New Year — “Night of the New Moon” — will take place at 7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 29 at the 6th Street Bar, 3005 Routh St. For additional information on Makom, contact Rabbi Singer at 972-939-7341.

Irv Munn recognized as Five Star Wealth Manager

Good wishes to Irving “Irv” Munn, a Certified Financial Planner™, who has been named as a recipient of the 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager award. Five Star Professional partnered with Texas Monthly Magazine to find wealth managers who satisfy 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Fewer than four percent of the wealth managers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area were selected. Evaluation criteria included client retention rates, assets managed, households served and education and professional designations.
Irv is the president of Munn & Morris Financial Advisors. The firm comprises a team of private wealth managers that help high net worth individuals manage and coordinate their financial affairs. Irv said, “The key to long-term growth is to avoid large losses. Our proprietary investment process incorporates an exit strategy to make the portfolio conservative when there is a strong indication of a significant market downturn. We will also deploy tactical modifications designed to improve performance by emphasizing asset classes that are currently outperforming.”
Irv received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Master’s degree from the University of Texas. He is also a CPA, but recently sold his accounting firm to devote more time to financial planning. He has been a registered representative with Raymond James Financial Services for 15 years.
Munn & Morris Financial Advisors is independent of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. It is located at 14180 Dallas Parkway, Suite 530, Dallas. For further information, contact Munn at 972-692-0909 or imunn@munnmorris.com.
Irv and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of two children. They have been long-time members of Temple Shalom. Irv actively serves on the board of directors of many charitable organizations throughout the city. He is an avid athlete, participating in softball and golf in addition to other sports-related activities. Mazel Tov, Irv!
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