Dallas Doings
By Linda Wisch-Davidsohn

Herzl Group of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah’s Lifesaver Luncheon

The Herzl Group of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual Lifesaver Luncheon at 11 a.m., Monday, March 16, at The Legacy at Willow Bend, 6101 Ohio Drive, Plano, TX 75024. The cost for attendance is $25, and checks should be mailed to Mrs. Sunny Shor, 7806 Royal Lane #120, Dallas, TX 75230. The annual event is well attended. One can count on entertainment, door and raffle prizes, excellent food and warm companionship. Membership in Hadassah is not required — both female and male guests are welcome.
A bus will depart from the JCC at 10:30 a.m. and return to the J following the luncheon. To utilize bus accommodations, pleas write “BUS” on your check.
So, do you think you know Hadassah? Did you know that in 2014 Hadassah received an outstanding rating from Charity Navigator, which helps inform intelligent giving decisions through objective ratings and in-depth analysis of U.S. charities? Charity Navigator bases their top 10 list on criteria which include exceptional financial management, operational complexity and global reach. The 10 top charities on the list were selected from more than 7,000 evaluated by Charity Navigator in 2014. In Charity Navigator’s category entitled “Charities Everyone Has Heard Of,” Hadassah received a score of 98.75 and ranked No. 3, behind Direct Relief and the United Nations Foundation. Hadassah may be over 100 years old; however, it has a strong present-day relevance. Hadassah’s motto is “Hadassah — The Power of Women Who Do,” which speaks to the value and strength of their volunteer organization whose goal is to provide healing, care and medical miracles every day — to repair the world.
Hadassah’s Mission Statement is: “Hadassah is a volunteer organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. In Israel we initiate and support pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, as well as land development to meet the country’s changing needs. In the United States Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.”
Please support Herzl Hadassah as they celebrate their annual Lifesaver Luncheon Monday, March 16.

News from Michigan State University College of Law

Good wishes to Aaron Chapman and his partner, Katie Oberer, who recently won the regional Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition held in Detroit Feb. 6-8. The pair will advance to the National Competition (TYLA) Texas Young Lawyers Association competition, which will take place this week in Houston. This is quite a feat!! Aaron grew up in Richardson and has attended Congregation Beth Torah his whole life. He is also the president emeritus of the Jewish Law Society at Michigan State University as well as an alumni member of Sigma Alpha Mu. His presence and participation with the fraternity at Michigan State has allowed the fraternity to have an active charter on campus. Dallas is proud of Aaron’s accomplishments. We wish Aaron and Katie best of luck as they compete this week in Houston against 28 teams from across the country.

Rachel Drazner named National Merit Finalist

Added good wishes to Lakehill Preparatory School senior Rachel Drazner, daughter of Laurie and Mark Drazner, who has been named a National Merit Finalist, an honor reserved for the nation’s most academically talented students.
Rachel was initially named as a semi-finalist in January from a highly competitive pool of students in Texas who were selected to apply to the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Competition. In the fall, Rachel advanced to Finalist standing by meeting high academic standards and fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of high academic performance. Finalists are now eligible for National Merit Scholarships, which will be awarded in March. We look forward to hearing more great news from Rachel.

JFS Klein Internship application deadline approaching

The Jewish Family Service Klein Internship program is open to all sophomore and junior students in the Greater Dallas area. The applicant must be at least 16 years old by Sept. 1, 2015. The interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and personal interview. Students are selected based on merit without regard to religion, race or ethnicity.
All applications are due by March 20, 2015. For additional information, contact Jewish Family Service at 972-437-9950 or contact bschwitzer@jfsdallas.org or visit http://www.jfsdallas.org/getinvolved/kleininternship.

Temple Shalom welcomes Coooperstein and Roseman Feb. 22; wraps leadership class

From left, Rabbi Emeritus Ken Roseman and Temple Shalom President Dennis Eichelbaum at Roseman’s Feb. 22 presentation | Photo: Lisa Rothberg
From left, Rabbi Emeritus Ken Roseman and Temple Shalom President Dennis Eichelbaum at Roseman’s Feb. 22 presentation | Photo: Lisa Rothberg

Sunday, Feb. 22 was a very busy and exciting day at Temple Shalom. Chuck Cooperstein, radio play-by-play voice of the Mavericks on ESPN 103.3 FM, spoke to over 70 people at the Brotherhood Breakfast. Then, Rabbi Emeritus Ken Roseman spoke about his new book, “Trials and Tribulations.” It was a fascinating topic and Temple members enjoyed catching up with Rabbi Roseman. Finally, the Temple Shalom Leadership class held its final session. The group of members have met monthly since September to learn about volunteer opportunities at Temple Shalom and how to successfully lead in a congregational environment. Members of the leadership class, which has been facilitated by Julie Eichelbaum and Josh Goldman, are Julie Gothard, are David Arndt, Robin Ashman-Terrell, Brenda Butnick, Hollye Ferreira, Roy Flegenheimer, Abby Freeman, Jason Gadsby, Mandy Gold, Stephen Gold, Richard Kahn, Diana Krevo, Gregory Krevo, Mark Lerner, Ellen Liston, James Liston, Leanne Mallini, Amy Milton, Barry Pierce, Alicyn Rhodes, Janna Smith, Lisa Speckman, Moy Speckman, Anita Warner, James Warner and Robyn Young.

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