Aaron Noble and Garrett
Cohen win scouting awards
Congratulations to Aaron Noble, son of Aida and Sam Noble, and Garrett Cohen, son of Rhonda and Todd Cohen, who were the co-recipients of the Larry Landa Memorial Award. They were honored at the annual Scout Shabbat held at Congregation Tiferet Israel on Feb. 13. Aaron is an eighth-grade student at Franklin Middle School; Garrett is a tenth-grader at Richardson High School. The Larry Landa Memorial Award is presented each year to a Boy Scout from Troop 729. This scout is selected by his fellow scouts as the one who best exemplifies the ideals that were cherished by Larry Landa, who unselfishly gave his time and energy, over and over again, to help his fellow scouts. Troop 729 has been giving this award to worthy scouts since 1958. Additionally, the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood has sponsored the troop since 1919. It is a privilege that there were two worthy scouts for the award this year. Visit www.troop729.org for more information and upcoming activities.
Sharon Shalet chosen as
community outreach director at Windsor Senior Living
Windsor Senior Living has named Sharon Oran Shalet a member of their marketing team as community outreach director. Sharon was the former director of sales and marketing for The Legacy at Willow Bend. She joins Van Ly, director of sales and marketing, formerly of Sunrise of Hillcrest. Windsor Senior Living, located on LBJ Freeway between Hillcrest and Coit Road, will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 972-354-4444 or just drop in.
Rachel Andres helps African women with solar cookers
Rachel Andres and the humanitarian project she founded were featured in the Sunday, March 1 issue of the national Parade magazine.
“The Simple Tool That Saves Women’s Lives,” by Dr. Ranit Mishori, told how a sun-powered stove, made of foil and cardboard, is benefiting thousands of African women by allowing Darfur’s genocide refugees to stay within the Chad camps where they now live, protected from outside dangers.
These women have traditionally cooked for their families over open fires, and “are particularly vulnerable to attack and rape when they are out getting wood,” according to Rachel, who directs Jewish World Watch’s Solar Cooker Project. And safety is not the project’s only benefit. Sun cooking is cleaner and faster; it helps the environment while giving women more time for their families and for other activities, such as learning to read. Some even earn money by making cookers and teaching others how to use them.
The cookers cost only $15 each, and Jewish World Watch has already donated more than 40,000 to Chad. According to the article, some 300 other humanitarian and religious organizations have joined the effort, raising over $1.6 million to spread solar cookers throughout other parts of Africa and into Asia and India as well.
Rachel Andres and her world-changing work have been honored with a major grant from the Bronfman Foundation. Learn more, including how to participate, at solarcookerproject.org.
Talk show host Dennis Prager comes to Plano March 25
Often called “America’s Moral Compass,” Dennis Prager’s honest, thoughtful approach towards politics, society, religion and life in America today have earned him accolades from listeners and media professionals alike. His nationally syndicated show airs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. daily on News Talk 660 KSKY.
Through his books, “Happiness is a Serious Problem” and “Think a Second Time,” and his weekly “Happiness Hour,” Dennis has touched thousands of people with his common-sense approach to finding happiness in life. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, Dennis has appeared on “Larry King Live,” “Hardball,” “Hannity & Colmes,” “CBS Evening News,” “The Today Show” and others.
On Wednesday, March 25, DFW-area listeners and fans will have the opportunity to hear Dennis Prager speak in person on “Happiness: Its Pivotal Role in the World and in Our Lives.”
Prager is one of the world’s experts on happiness and is coming to Plano to address three aspects of this elusive but vital subject: how happiness shapes world events — more than even economics; how happiness shapes our lives; and how we can stay upbeat in the midst of the current economic crisis and the specter of international terror.
“An Evening with Dennis Prager” will benefit Chabad of Plano/Collin County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and social programs for families and children across Collin County. Guests of honor are James and Kim Erickson, and proceeds will go toward the Elan Aaron Children’s Scholarship Fund.
The talk will take place at the Collin College Spring Creek Conference Center, Spring Creek Campus, 2800 East Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are: general admission: $26 in advance, $32 at the door, or $55 for admission and post-lecture dessert reception with Dennis Prager (advance sales only). Tickets can be purchased through www.myeasytix.com, or by calling their toll-free number at 866-726-3581.
The program is sponsored by Chabad of Plano/Collin County and News Talk 660 KSKY.
JFS connects with Sharsheret on breast cancer support
Dallas’ Jewish Family Service is the first agency in the country to take advantage of a new program offered by Sharsheret, the nationwide support system for young Jewish women with breast cancer. It provides on-site consulting on how to establish culturally sensitive support groups, and trains group facilitators for them.
Sharsheret Supports, a fledgling initiative of the organization’s already extensive education and outreach program, sent Shera Dubitsky, the organization’s clinical supervisor, to Dallas to work with social worker Beth Broodo, JFS support group leader. Ms. Dubitsky presented a seminar to the JFS board and staff on the unique needs of Jewish women and their families affected by breast cancer, then conducted a clinical training session especially for staff. She and Mrs. Broodo also co-facilitated a breast cancer survivors group with 22 participants, and a JFS support group.
Broodo expressed appreciation to Sharsheret’s headquarters in Teaneck, N.J.: “Thank you so much for sending Shera to Dallas. She touched a lot of hearts and made a huge difference. She made us laugh and cry, and we love her and love Sharsheret.”
Sharsheret, meaning “Links,” was founded seven years ago to address the unique concerns of young Jewish women with breast cancer, and links individuals in an extensive system of personal support. More information is available at www.sharsheret.org.
Aaron Noble and Garrett