Dallas Doings
By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

New Officers installed for the Temple Emanu-El Couples Club

Good wishes to the new officers of the Temple Emanu-El Couples Club who were recently installed at Prestonwood Country Club by founding member Nelda Golden.
The new officers for 2014-2015 are: Co-Presidents Edie and Paul Singer; Co-Vice Presidents-elect Betty and Marvin Hyman; Co-Vice Presidents (Social) Marsha and Stan Friedman and Toni and Frank Aaron; Co-Vice Presidents (Membership) Rozann and Harry Hermann; Secretaries Lois and Alan Kohn; Treasurers Sandra and Dan Gorman; and Parliamentarians, Carole and Barry Cohen.
Newly appointed committee chairs are Joyce and Jerry Zellman (Sunshine); Renee and Buddy Gilbert, (Publicity); Susan and Morris Hasson, (Historians); Elaine and Bernie Weil( Communications); and Annette and Art Morganstern (Special Events Chairmen).
The Temple Emanu-El Couples Club, founded 24 years ago, is a social club open to all members of the temple. One of the couple must be 55 years of age or older. Prospective new members from the Jewish community are also invited to join. If interested, call Rozann and Harry Hermann 214-341-1000.

Photo: Buddy Gilbert | New Temple Emanu-El Couples Club officers are from left, Co-Presidents Paul and Co-Vice Presidents-Elect Edie Singer and Betty and Marvin Hyman.
New Temple Emanu-El Couples Club officers are from left, Co-Presidents Paul and Co-Vice Presidents-Elect Edie Singer and Betty and Marvin Hyman. | Photo: Buddy Gilbert

Emily Clifton earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Mazel Tov to Emily Clifton, daughter of Sherry and John Clifton of Allen, and granddaughter of Ethel and Harlan Holiner of Dallas, who recently earned The Girl Scout Gold Award. This award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Emily’s project entailed making 100 dresses out of pillowcases for little girls in Africa. She organized friends to join her “sewing parties” as they ironed, cut and sewed the dresses. Emily is a junior in high school and a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity bowling team for Allen High School.

Elixir Entertainment celebrates 10 years

Added good wishes go to Jason Traub, who followed in the footsteps of his party-planning mom, Patty Traub, when he started Elixir Entertainment. Jason will celebrate his first decade in business with a party April 10, at British Beverage Company, 2800 Routh Street in Dallas. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue through 8:30 p.m. Free valet parking will be available. The event will feature an open bar, great appetizers and Elixir highlight videos. As an added perk, gift certificates and Elixir t-shirts will be awarded to many of those attending the event. Please RSVP if you think you are able to attend by accessing the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/555240417917000/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Jason states that “I began this company back in the spring of 2004, and I’m so proud to announce we’re now entering our 11th year of business! Elixir continues to grow and it’s so exciting to see what projects we get involved in and where our work takes us. Just this past year, we shot video in California, NYC, Chicago, Omaha, Louisiana and other cities outside of Dallas. Some of our clients include The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Junior League of Dallas, The Retail Connection, Waldman Bros, many prestigious schools and just an enormous number of great families who we absolutely love to work with over the years! There’s so much to say about the first decade of Elixir, but the most important thing is simply “Thank You.” Without you all, none of this would be possible.”

Brentfield students help fight hunger as part of DI project

As part of the Destination Imagination program, the Brentfield Elementary fourth graders pictured above, chose a challenge, called “Pitch and Play,” which required them to identify a community need, then match the need with a local agency and find a way to serve them. The children, who call themselves the Swimming Mustaches, created an elevator pitch and went from door to door collecting canned goods, toiletries and cash to support the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry. As part of this project, the children toured JFS, met with agency leadership, delivered and stocked their donated items, and in the process learned much about the services this incredible agency offers. The team far surpassed their goal. They collected enough food and money to feed more than 20 families for one week. Their service project earned them second place at the regional tournament.

‘The Brentfield Swimming Mustaches placed second in the Pitch and Play category at the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament earlier this month. They are from left, first row, Grant Katz and Stella Wimberly; middle row, Harrison Murphy, Lily Garfield, Emily Okamura and Jenna Flournoy; and top row, Steven Mendelsohn. | Photo: Karen Garfield

IU students win D.C. a capella competition

Congratulations to Dallasite Marissa Shrell and the entire company of Hooshir, the Jewish A Capella group from Indiana University Hillel, who won the Kol HaOlam Jewish A Capella competition in Washington, D.C. March 1, 2014. This is the second year in a row that the incredibly talented group of IU students competed and won the competition. Marissa is the daughter of Julie and Rob Shrell and is a junior at IU. To get a glimpse of their award winning performance, follow this YouTube link https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=-25hVTzD2WQ. The video of their performance will be shown at a get together for IU alumni, parents and grandparents at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at the home of IU parents Liz and Rusty Cooper. Hillel’s Rabbi Sue and Phillip Silberberg will be on hand to share the wonderful networking and programming at IU Hillel. Please email Liz Cooper at shelizard5@aol.com to RSVP.

News and notes:

  • Marlene Gorin was recently elected for a two-year term to the Jewish Community of Public Affairs board of directors. Marlene was JCRC director in Dallas for 18 years and also served a two-year term as president of the JCRC directors from around the country (the JCRCs are the grassroots organizations that work with JCPA)
  • The members of Alpha Epsilon Pi meet every other month for lunch to relax and have fun with brothers from all over the country. If you are a former or current member of AEPi, please email Arthur to be added to the notification list contact arthur@dallas.net or 214-789-9274.
  • Good wishes to A.J. Rosmarin who has been named to the board of trustees of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas as of Jan. 1 for a three-year term.

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