Dallas Doings

Sderot Strategies program
at Levine on Monday, Nov. 3
The Ann and Nate Levine Academy and Congregations Anshai Torah, Beth Torah, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Shalom, Shearith Israel, ATID, and Yavneh Academy are proud to present Sderot Strategies. This event will take place at the Levine Academy, 18011 Hillcrest Road, on Monday, Nov. 3 from 7:30to 9 p.m. This interactive discussion program will be led by Jeremy Maissel, a Sderot area resident who is a member of Kibbutz Alumim, a community in the Western Negev on the Gaza border, an internationally renowned speaker and senior educator. The program will also include multimedia presentations, exploration of the dilemmas of everyday life in the shadow of Kassam missiles and discussion of Israeli military strategies. There will time to for participants to answer questions and express opinions. For more information and to RSVP, contact Wende Weinberg, wweinberg@levineacademy.org.
Andy Schultz presents four
scholarships to Yavneh Academy
The TJP joins Yavneh Academy in proudly announcing the recipients of the Andy Schultz Scholarship awards, the first merit-based student awards in the school’s 15-year history. Recipients are Leigh Bonner ‘11 ($2,500), Zoe Klein ‘09 ($5,000), Josh Karnett ‘10 ($5,000) and Micah Steinbrecher ‘10 ($2,500).
“I’ve learned many lessons in life from my parents, Leslie and Howard Schultz, and with their support this program was established,” said Yavneh benefactor, Andy Schultz. “I’m so proud this has become a reality. I look forward to watching it grow and I hope it might inspire others to start their own scholarship opportunities for Yavneh students.”
“The Schultz family has long been a supporter of this campus and this school, and we are honored that Andy has created this scholarship,” said Head of School Donald O’Quinn. “To give the opportunity of an education to a child is the greatest gift of all and the students who will benefit will long make us all proud.”
Each of the 17 students who submitted an application did so with three letters of recommendation and an essay regarding “What role do you believe your Jewish education will play in your life?”
“We increased the number of scholarships because of the outstanding submissions,” Schultz said. “The students made it difficult to determine the winners. So many applicants were strong in academics, athletics and community service and, when you combine those, you get magic and that’s called leadership.
“This had been incredibly rewarding to me as I get to know the students of Yavneh,” Schultz said. “I have a nephew here and I’ve known most of the freshman class for most of their lives. I certainly hope our own four children will someday walk these halls.
“As adults, we have to teach our children how to give and in creating this opportunity, I want to reinforce that. Yavneh is an amazing school and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Yavneh Academy is Dallas’ only co-ed Jewish college preparatory high school. The school is home to teachers that are nationally recognized for their excellence and expertise, championship winning sports teams, mock trial, debate, Students Against Terrorism and other extracurricular activities as well as small class sizes that guarantee individualized attention.
Yavneh will host a Prospective Parents Open House for the families of prospective sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The school is located on the Schultz Rosenberg Campus, at 12324 Merit Drive in North Dallas.
You can visit the Yavneh Web site at yavnehdallas.org or, for details regarding the 2009–2010 Andy Schultz Scholarship, contact Sandy Freling at 214-295-3502.
Three-part series on mourning
to be given at Temple Shalom
Paul K. Chafetz, Ph.D., will present three sessions on “Is There a Right Way to Mourn? Healthy and Harmful Patterns of Grieving” on Tuesdays, Nov. 4 and 11 at 7:45 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Road.
Since 1982, Dr. Chafetz has maintained a private practice of clinical gero-psychology in Dallas. He serves adult clients through his office practice, in hospitals and in senior living settings. He is the founding director of the Dallas Gero-Psychology Symposium and has twice been president of the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Chafetz is a consultant in the care of persons with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, at facilities across the country and has served as gero-psychology faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for 20 years.
Women’s Only Swim at the J
The J is opening its indoor pool at the Aaron Family JCC for a Women’s Only Swim on Saturday, Nov. 8, 8–9:30 p.m. Fee is $5 in advance or $10 at the door for individuals; $20 in advance or $40 at the door per household. Deadline is Nov. 5. The program, for all women 10 years old and up, is open to non-members at the member price for a limited time only.
Interested women or girls should come to the J Sports and Fitness Entrance. Check in at the desk and go through the locker room directly to the indoor pool.
Please bring your membership card or another form of identification in order to check out a locker.
Auditions being held for ‘Oliver’
The J Players announce auditions for “Oliver,” Charles Dickens’ touching tale of an orphan boy who runs away from the orphanage and tries to pick a pocket or two for Fagin, but gets caught. As Fagin tries to save him, all Oliver wants to do is go to his uncle and live a good life.
Musical numbers include: “Food, Glorious Food,” “Oliver,” “Where Is Love?” “It’s a Fine Life,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Oom-Pah-Pah,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and many more.
Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 17 and 18, 8 and 10 p.m. Callbacks are set for Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 and 10 p.m.
All auditions and callbacks will be held in the Zale Auditorium, Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Call for appointment: 214-239-7115 or 7112.
Rehearsals will begin Jan. 11, 2009 with production dates set for Feb. 19, 21 and 22.
Composer, lyricist and librettist is Lionel Bart; director/choreographer, Linda Leonard; and musical direction is by Kevin Gunter.
Roles available include Oliver Twist, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes, Mr. and Mrs. Bumble, Widow Corney, the Sowerberrys, Noah Claypole, Bet, Mr. Brownlow, Mrs. Bedwin, Dr. Grimwig, Old Sally, Annie, Orphans, Watchman, Rose Seller, Tavern Maid, Barmaid, Milkmaid, Fagin’s gang, Caitlin the Orphan.
Requirements for the audition: Prepare 16 bars of an upbeat number from traditional musical theater (accompanist provided). Cold readings from the script. Bring current photo/resume. Dress to move.
‘Super Nanny’ to speak, Nov. 11
The Dallas Chapter of Hadassah and the Ann and Nate Levine Academy will present Dallas’ “Super Nanny” Tiffany Collins, LPC, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., at Levine Academy. Collins, a popular professional counselor and experienced nanny, will discuss such important childhood problems as bribing children, sibling rivalry, sleep issues, tantrums and meltdowns, food and nutrition, potty training and more.
Questions and RSVPs should be sent to amy.seidner@hadassah.org. Be sure that your questions are addressed properly.
For those needing childcare, bring your youngsters for a fun pajama party. Fee is $5 per youngsters; RSVPs are mandatory.

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