Dallas Doings
By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

Special Birthday Greetings to Dallasite Ruth Swaab

Good wishes to Ruth Swaab, who celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend with family and friends. Ruth, a native of Toledo, Ohio, has been a Dallas resident for 50 years — and a faithful TJP reader and subscriber.
I spoke with Ruth last Friday to get the details on her birthday festivities, out of town guests — and her secret for staying involved and active. I want to preface the following with a note that during our conversation, Ruth mentioned that she’d had no air conditioning for almost two days, but thankfully, the new AC unit was being installed as we spoke. She also mentioned that she is considered the matriarch of the family.
Festivities began with a Saturday evening dinner hosted for Ruth, her family and out of town guests by good friends Carole and Barry Cohen at their home. The celebration continued with a luncheon in Ruth’s honor for 83 guests at Glen Eagles Country Club in Plano. Ruth and her son, David, entertained family and out-of-towners with dinner at Ruth’s home Sunday evening.
Joining the festivities were Ruth’s niece, Barbara Goldberg, of Naples, Florida; nephew, Jed Pauker, of Los Angeles; niece and nephew, Molly Pauker and husband, Willie Schatz of Washington, D.C.; niece, Marsha Wiener Simon and great-niece, Emily Simon, both of Toledo, Ohio; and Ruth’s close friend, Elaine Orman of Tucson, Arizona.
While speaking to Ruth, I asked her what kept her so young? Ruth replied that as a new nonagenarian, she is a very busy lady.
She is a member of two book clubs — the Prestonwood Newcomer’s book club, and Hadassah’s book club. She is currently reading “Ten Green Bottles: The True story of One Family’s Journey from War-Torn Austria to The Ghettos of Shanghai,” by Vivian Jeanette Kaplan for her Hadassah book club.
She uses her “Silver Sneakers” membership to exercise three times weekly at the Aaron Family JCC. Additionally, she stated that she “knits like crazy,” and knitted the dress that she wore for her luncheon.
Ruth mentioned that she exercises her mind by playing mind-stretching games that keep her sharp mentally. She also told me that she really knows her way around a computer.
Congratulations to this remarkable and wonderful lady. She was a delight to talk to.

Ezra Nishli, 2½ months old, charms his great grandparents, Selwyn and Dorothy Heller. Ezra is being held by his mother, Ilana (Heller) Nishli. | Photos: Karen Heller
Ezra Nishli, 2½ months old, charms his great grandparents, Selwyn and Dorothy Heller. Ezra is being held by his mother, Ilana (Heller) Nishli. | Photos: Karen Heller

Ezra Asher Nishli visits Dallas family over Labor Day weekend

Ezra Asher Nishli, 2½ months old, flew from Los Angeles to visit his four great grandparents in Dallas over the Labor Day weekend.

Ezra Nishli getting ready to swim with his great grandfather, Dr Joe Blumenau, as his great grandmother, Helene Blumenau looks on.
Ezra Nishli getting ready to swim with his great grandfather, Dr Joe Blumenau, as his great grandmother, Helene Blumenau looks on.

He brought enormous joy to Selwyn and Dorothy Heller and Dr. Joe and Helene Blumenau.
Ezra is the son of Ariel and Ilana (Heller) Nishli, and the grandson of Reid and Karen Heller of Dallas and Yehuda and Yaffa Nishli of New York.

NCJW announces Opening Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Scottish Rite Hospital

The National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas Section’s opening meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Scottish Rite Hospital. The topic for the event is “Lurking in the Shadows: Bringing Human Trafficking to Light.”
Stacy Blank, NCJW vice president and co-chair of the event said “our goal is to alert our members and others to the serious issue — and widespread nature — of human trafficking in North Texas. Few people realize that thousands of people — women, men and children — are trafficked every year in DFW. These are people whose lives are controlled by others, who are working under duress in a wide variety of occupations: prostitution, agriculture, domestic service and many others.”
Alisa Jordheim, executive director of the Justice Society and author of “Made in the USA: The Sex Trafficking of America’s Children,” will read from her book. Bill Bernstein, co-chair of The Freedom Network USA and deputy director of Mosaic Family Services in Dallas, will speak, along with representative of law enforcement. The Diamond Doctor will underwrite the event.
Tickets are $18, and available online at www.ncjwdallas.org and through the NCJW Greater Dallas office at info@ncjwdallas.org.
Now in its second century of service to the Greater Dallas community, NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of live for women, children, and families by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For additional information, go to www.ncjwdallas.org.

A blast from the past: Reba Wadel BBG reunion

In September 2001, Reba Wadel BBG held “a wonderful reunion party” for chapter members during the 1970s at the home of Jo Reingold. We’ve been told that the attendance was great — 65 members, beaus, noms and chapter advisors attended.
Wadel BBG is having another reunion, however this time, the group is inviting anyone who was involved with Wadel from 1965-1985, a 20-year span! The gathering will be open to members, former members, beaus, etc.
The drop-in house party that promises food and fun will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 at 637 Downing Drive in Richardson, (south of Beltline, off Floyd Road). Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
To RSVP, please contact hostesses Jo Pakowsky Reingold at 972-479-9856, Susan (Dorum) Shniderman at 214-729-1726, or Susie Salfield Avnery at 469-233-0222.
Wadel is asking their guests to bring a food item for the North Texas Food Bank and a $2 donation to offset the expenses of the reunion.
Don’t forget that if you have any photos or scrapbooks that you’d like to share, bring them for everyone to enjoy! Parking will be available at a parking lot on Floyd, just south of Belt Line, on the West side that can be used (RISD Administration Building).

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  1. ian garner

    would it be possible to pass on a message to Ruth Swaab
    my name is Ian and i met Ruth over 45 years ago
    i would love to know how she is and if she still remembers the little boy she used to send stamps to in England.
    send my apologies i lost touch but never forgot her kindness
    Kind regards Ian

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