Dallas Doings
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

It’s that time of year … when parents begin making decisions about where their kids are going to attend school the following year, if it’s time to make a change.
We are fortunate in the Dallas-area to have three stellar Jewish day schools (Akiba Academy, Ann and Nate Levine Academy and Torah Day School) and three Jewish high schools (Mesorah High School, Texas Torah Institute and Yavneh Academy) from which to choose.
Not to mention the many good quality Jewish preschools: Anshai Torah, Beth Torah, Chabad, JCC and Temple Emanu-El in addition to the day schools above, which have early childhood programs as well.
So what’s a parent to do? Take a visit. …
Akiba and Levine academies recently shared their open house/preview schedules with us.
Akiba will hold an open house for kindergartners from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Lower School atrium. To RSVP, contact Andi Bonner at abonner@akibaacademy.org or 214-295-3410.
Levine will hold three previews for the Beck Lower School and Middle School (K-8th grade) at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Open houses for Levine’s Weinreb Family Early Education Center (3 mos-Pre-K) will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31. To RSVP or to arrange for a private tour, please contact Michelle Feinberg, admissions manager at mfeinberg@levineacademy.org or 972-248-3032, ext. 151.

Yavneh’s Varsity Basketball team is in Memphis this week to play in the Cooper Invitational. You can follow the games live at www.cooperinvitational.com. | Photo: Deb Silverthorn
Yavneh’s Varsity Basketball team is in Memphis this week to play in the Cooper Invitational. You can follow the games live at www.cooperinvitational.com. | Photo: Deb Silverthorn

Bulldog basketball hits the road for tournament

Tune in this week to cheer on the Yavneh Varsity Bulldog basketball team as they participate in the 2013 Cooper Yeshiva High School National Invitational Tournament in Memphis, Tenn. The games will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.cooperinvitational.com.
The Bulldogs began their travels Wednesday, Oct. 30, and will continue through Sunday, Nov. 3, to play 16 teams from nine states. Athletic Director and Head Coach David Zimmerman and Assistant Coaches Zack Pollack and Dr. Max Ribald will accompany the Bulldogs.
Comprising the team this year are Jason Epstein ’14, Lee Gelsky ’15, Itai Guttman ’14, Ori Guttman, Adam Karnett ’14, Sam Kleinman ’14, Steve Levine ’16, Jonathan Ochstein ’16, Grant Prengler ’15, David Rudomin ’14, Adam Schor ’14, Zak Schultz ’15, Adam Steinbrecher ’14, David Steinbrecher ’16 and Noah Weiss ’15.
The Bulldogs and the JV Bulldogs will open their home season, on Nov. 7 on Yavneh’s Schultz Rosenberg Campus, with the varsity squad also supported by managers Ethan Fisher ’16 and Jonathan Kravitz ’15 as well as Assistant Coach Bryant Nash.
Yavneh’s Lady Bulldogs will play their first game at home, on Nov. 14. Visit yavnehdallas.org/athletics for schedules and information.

10th annual Truck Time not to be missed this weekend

Ride, honk, play and slide at the 10th annual Truck Time. Children of all ages can have the opportunity to touch and explore trucks, vintage cars and motorcycles.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Congregation Shearith Israel 9401 Douglas Ave, Dallas. Other activities include bounce houses, musical instruments and entertainment provided my Rabbi Shira Wallach and Rabbi Adam Roffman.
Shearith partnered with Medical City for this year’s event as well and will hand out stuffed lions to the first 100 children who attend. Cost is $5 per person and children 2 and under are free. Kosher food is available for purchase too and all proceeds earned benefit the Shearith Israel Family Center.
Co-chairs are Gretchen and Avi Edwards, Stephanie and Barry Grosssman, Ellen and Mark Grishman and Jorge Goldsmit and Sharon Kowalsky.
For more information, contact Katie Copeland at 214-361-6606, or kcopeland@shearith.org.

Spend a day of learning at Temple Shalom’s Synaplex

Synaplex is a day of cultural, educational, spiritual and social events focused on a particular subject. Temple Shalom’s fourth annual Synaplex on Saturday, Nov. 9 will highlight “Why Israel Matters.”
The day of learning will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a Shabbat service, teen games, Torah study, crafts and discussions about film and culture, Birthright and the Christian/Israel relationship.
Those in attendance can also meet Jeff Kuhnreich, deputy director of AIPAC, who will talk about the relationship between Israel and the United States. Gil Elan of the Southwest Jewish Congress will be on-hand to share the latest news about Israeli security.
The event is free and open to the entire community. Lunch is provided for the first 200 people who register.
For more information, to see a detailed schedule of events and to register, visit www.http://templeshalomdallas.org/learning/lifelong-learning-overview/synaplex.

Art exhibition based on the life of Ruth

A new art exhibition of photography by Kenneth Berg is now open at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. Berg has produced Biblically-based television programs and movies over the past 30 years. Each of the photographs in the exhibition were taken on location in Israel. The story of this heroine from the Bible comes alive through a pictorial journey.
The photographs have been the centerpiece to the book by the same title as the exhibition written by Berg and Brenda Duff, published this year by New Leaf Press. Museum Curator Scott Peck said: “Ken Berg has an incredible eye as a photographer. The viewer feels like an eyewitness to the events in the life of Ruth, as recorded in the Bible. You will feel as if you were there in the Holy Land, 3,000 years ago.”
“I Am Ruth” is a timeless story of loss, love and redemption. The photographs tell the tale of one of the greatest love stories ever written taken from the Bible, recounting the lives of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz.

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