Dallas Doings

Coats for Kids kicks off ninth anniversary drive

The Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood will begin collecting coats and other winter clothing for the needy on Sunday morning, Oct. 18, with a drop-off point in the temple parking lot on Hillcrest Road just north of Northwest Highway in Dallas. “Many children in Dallas would be colder this winter if it weren’t for the generous support of Dallas residents who want to make a difference by contributing their winter clothing to Coats for Kids,” said Stephen Shore, Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood president. Each year, Coats for Kids collects coats, scarves, mittens, gloves and boots. All kid and adult sizes are welcome. Clothing will be distributed to deserving individuals via the East Dallas Police Store Front on Bryan. Shore added: “As in past years, our effort includes the Preston Hollow Presbyterian School and Congregation Beth Torah. Boy Scout Troop 729 will be manning the collection point. And this year we’re asking the Temple’s Religious School students to go through their closets and participate by donating their clothing. Those missing the scheduled collection may drop their donations off at the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood office anytime during October or November.

Murray Stein, the Jewish sculptor of North Texas

On Sept. 10, Murray Stein of Allen installed his latest sculpture, “Schubert’s Trout Quintet,” in the Strathmore Music Center of North Bethesda, Md. The Strathmore, which seats almost 2,000, is the second largest concert hall in Maryland, and hosts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 30 concerts per year.
For those not familiar with the “Trout Quintet,” it was written by Schubert to honor a poem about a fish. The sculpture displays a violin, viola, cello and double bass full-size in skeletal form, made of an industrial laminate composed (pun) of tulip poplar. The overlap between the violin and viola forms the outline of a fish, i.e., the trout — a rainbow trout at that, because it is highlighted with dichroic glass.
The keyboard was turned on a lathe as a bottomless cylindrical maple bowl, then cut into fourths and reassembled as a wavy entity, which weaves under and over some of the skeletal elements. Don’t for one minute believe that the wood really comes from a rubber tree. The flats and sharps are real ebony.
One of Stein’s other works is “Lest We Forget,” a sculpture for the Dallas Holocaust Museum, which won first place in the Texas Sculpture Association’s 25th anniversary show last year. His “Suspended Chord,” designed for the upcoming Collin County Music Hall, is presently housed in the Offices of the Plano Symphony Orchestra.

Competition, seniors, prizes

For over fifteen years, the Dallas Area Agency on Aging has held county-wide spelling competitions in both English and Spanish, offering the opportunity for seniors from across Dallas County to compete for cash prizes and the honor of being named the top spellers in the region. This year’s events at the Bachman Recreation Center did not disappoint. Seventeen seniors entered the English competition, held on Oct. 17. After many rounds of heated competition, first-place honors went to Phyllis LaVietes, who represented Windsor of Dallas Senior Living. LaVietes is assistant editor of the Texas Jewish Post. Ten contestants entered the Spanish competition, held on Oct. 10, and spelled their hearts out round after round. In the end, first place went to Maria Isuara Galicia, representing La Voz del Anciano.

Travis Upham honored by JWV

Dallas Jewish War Veterans, Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post #256, ­nominated Travis Upham, the young man who was chosen winner of National JWV’s Olympiad Award for 2009.
The honor, which carries an award of $1,000, was formally presented to Travis during a recent breakfast meeting of the post and its auxiliary at the Jewish Community Center.
Created in memory of Israel’s 11 Olympic athletes who were brutally murdered by PLO terrorists at the Munich games in September 1972, the annual award honors a high school student based 60 percent on athletic accomplishment, 40 percent on scholarship and community service.
The honoree does not have to be Jewish. Travis, a Catholic, graduated in the spring from Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, where he was a baseball star and an All-State soccer player. He has just begun his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, planning to major in business.
First named by the local post to compete for the Olympiad Award, Travis was then chosen as the candidate to represent the JWV region encompassing Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas as well as Texas, and was then declared a national winner by JWV’s Washington headquarters.
Travis and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Upham, attended the Sept. 27 meeting where the $1,000 check was presented on behalf of National JWV by Commander Jerry Benjamin, Post #256.

More JWV news: Michael Fleisher to speak

The Jewish War Veterans Post #256 and Auxiliary will hold its regular monthly meeting on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road. Michael Fleisher, executive director of Jewish Family Service of Dallas for the past 16 years, will discuss “The Changing Jewish Family.”
Under Fleisher’s leadership, Jewish Family Service has expanded its services, including support groups, employment assistance, case management and independent living services for the elderly. JFS has developed new services such as the family violence intervention program, school mental health program, breast cancer support services, psychological testing and speech and language services for special-needs children and adults, and the Rabbi Gerald Klein high school summer internship. Fleisher’s commitment to providing the highest quality services has merited national recognition for Dallas JFS.
The public is cordially invited to attend. A lox and bagels breakfast will be served for a nominal fee.

Dance the night away on Oct. 21

Dancers of all ages are invited to the Wednesday Dance Night on Oct. 21 in the Zale Auditorium of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. Live music will be presented by the Chuck Arlington Band from 7 to 9 p.m.
With the paid admission of $5, free ballroom dance lessons will be given from 6 to 7 p.m.
Dance hosts for unescorted ladies will be on hand. Light refreshments will be served. The program is presented by the JCC and Temple Emanu-El Couples Club.

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