Dallas Doings

JFGD seeks volunteer solicitors
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (JFGD) is looking for dedicated individuals to serve as volunteer solicitors in the 2010 Annual Campaign. Sunday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m. will be the first opportunity for volunteers to participate in this noble endeavor. Community leaders Robert (Bob) and Robbe Epstein will host a kosher breakfast at their home, 6805 Bert Lane, including a presentation from United States Attorney Jim Jacks.
Jacks was the prosecutor for the Holy Land Foundation trial, which concluded in May of this year, with each of the five defendants receiving guilty verdicts for their roles in funneling money to overseas terrorists. Volunteers attending the breakfast will have the opportunity to learn more about the Holy Land Foundation trial, as well as Jim Jacks’ perception of the benefits of community service.
The Aug. 30 event will be one of a series of breakfasts to recruit volunteer solicitors for the 2010 Annual Campaign. Gary Weinstein, JFGD president and CEO, who is expecting a large turnout at the first breakfast, said, “Being Jewish comes with that inner spirit of caring, giving and sharing. Even in the midst of economic turmoil, we have a caring local Jewish community that understands the importance of community service.”
The Epsteins encourage everyone in the community to come out and support the effort to raise money for the agencies and organizations that are beneficiaries of the Federation. Bob says, “This breakfast series is a great opportunity to come together and strengthen our community. Robbe and I want to encourage everyone to volunteer and make a difference this year.”
RSVPs should be made with Sam Keneally, 214-615-5239 or skeneally@jfgd.org .For more information, or if you are unable to attend but would like to volunteer, please contact Kathi Wenrich (men’s philanthropy director) at 214-615-5225 or via e-mail at kwenrich@jfgd.org.
AJCommittee welcomes David Harris to Dallas
On Monday, Aug. 31, the American Jewish Committee of Dallas welcomes their National Executive Director, David Harris, to Dallas. He will address “Global Challenges for Jewish Diplomacy.”
AJCommittee’s mission is to safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world; strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; and enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews.
For more information about this program please contact the AJCommittee office, 972-387-2943, or e-mail dallas@ajc.org.
Director of Richland senior program to speak at JWV meeting
Mitzi Werther Cohen will be the featured speaker at the Aug. 30 meeting of the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post 256 of the Jewish War Veterans and Auxiliary. Mitzi, the director of the Emeritus Program at Richland College, will talk about the many varied opportunities for continuing education that Richland offers to seniors.
The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas. A lox-and-bagels brunch will be served, for a nominal charge. All are welcome.

UNT Hillel offers 2010 Entertainment Books for sale
UNT Hillel, the Jewish student organization, will take over a longstanding tradition started by Pearl Klausner and her JWI chapter. As treasurer of the Big D chapter of JWI (formerly BBW), she was one of the first to sell the original Passbook; she sold hundreds of books each year through the store she ran out of her garage and later at Sunnyland Furniture. When UNT Hillel was established back in 2000, Pearl was instrumental in providing start-up money for Hillel by making generous donations to the UNT chapter from her Passbook proceeds. The Pearl Klausner Fund at UNT Hillel was established in her memory last winter. UNT Hillel is now selling the 2010 Entertainment Book for $20 at Sunnyland Furniture, just as Pearl did for JWI for nearly three decades, with all of the proceeds going to the Pearl Klausner Fund. Sunnyland is located at the northwest corner of Spring Valley and Coit. For questions, please call Brad at 972-239-3716 or e-mail brad@sunnylandfurniture.com.
Temple Shalom Brotherhood prepares for fall softball
Temple Shalom Brotherhood is getting its Softball Fall League ready! The season begins Sept. 13 and ends Oct. 25. There will be 10 games plus single elimination playoffs. Cost to join the league is $55. For an application, go to www.shalomleague.org and click on “Downloads & Information” at the left of the screen, then click on “2009 Player Application.” Complete and mail your form today! Application deadline is Aug. 31.

Allen M. Liebnick obtains CFF credentials
Overpaid Payables Recovery, Inc. has announced that Allen M. Liebnick has received his Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) accreditation. His certification said: “The AICPA is pleased to inform you that your CFF Credential application has now been approved and you may use the designation in your professional materials. This credential indicates to the public that through your experience and knowledge in the forensic accounting discipline, you are a premier forensic accountant.” The CFF Credential is for CPAs who provide forensic accounting services. They are considered premier forensic accounting services providers and competent, trustworthy financial forensic experts, who promote a greater level of confidence for clients and employers and demonstrate commitment to continuously improving forensic accounting skills and expertise, resulting in increased professional competency.
Levenson & Brinker Public Relations selected by Texas Ballet Theatre
Levenson & Brinker Public Relations (L&BPR) has been selected as the public relations agency of record for the Texas Ballet Theater. L&BPR will promote and publicize the group as the premier professional ballet company in North Texas. Texas Ballet Theater has been the resident company at the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth for 49 years, and the 2009–2010 season will be the first year for them as resident company at the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
“Texas Ballet Theater is already recognized for the graceful talent of its dancers and the energized expression of its Artistic Director Ben Stevenson,” said L&BPR CEO Stan Levenson. “We will focus on the company’s many cultural contributions and accomplishments within the dance industry as it continues to be recognized as one of the top ballets in the nation.”
Texas Ballet Theater, founded in 1961, features 38 professional dancers and operates two ballet schools servicing 400 students in both cities. The 2009–2010 ballet season will feature the Russian masters: “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Sleeping Beauty.”
“We look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the Texas Ballet Theater as it celebrates its 49th season of bringing exquisite classical ballet to the North Texas area,” Levenson said. “Dallas has gained a treasure in the Winspear Opera House and the Texas Ballet Theater is a perfect cultural enrichment to enhance its greatness.”
Levenson & Brinker Public Relations is committed to providing its clients with experienced insight, sound public relations counsel and superior execution based on more than four decades of service and success. The firm’s vision to deliver added value is unmatched.

Photography exhibition at the Hamon
Noted photographer Loli Kantor’s exhibition, “There Was a Forest,” can be seen through Nov. 15 at the Mildred Hawn gallery at the Hamon Arts Library, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, 6100 Hillcrest.
The works, created mostly in Ukraine, 2005–2008, and in Poland, 2004, show a tangible reality of Jewish life in vivid, highly saturated color pigment prints and a more personal biographical sensibility with 21 small works in palladium.
Kantor will give a lecture presentation on Friday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m., at the O’Donnell Auditorium, followed by an opening reception at 7 p.m. at the gallery.
Special tour in the sukkah
A special tour of contemporary art glass, landscape paintings and lunch in the sukkah will highlight a happy Yom Tov.
The J invites you for a special viewing of more than 300 pieces of magnificent contemporary art glass by international master artists including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Lino Tagliapietra and many more that comprise the extraordinary collection of Barbara and Dennis DuBois. Savor the beautiful and mysterious landscape paintings of Veronique Jonas and enjoy a catered kosher lunch in the sukkah on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The schedule includes a morning glass tour, 9:45–11:15 a.m.; paintings and lunch in the sukkah, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.; and an afternoon glass tour, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Space is limited to 20 people for each glass tour. The cost for J members is $40; for the public, $45.
For more information and to make your reservation, please check out the J Web site, www.jccdallas.org, or call Bev Broman at 214-239-7112 or Judy Cohn at 214-239-7115.

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