Dallas Doings

Dr. Jerry Grodin to speak at Beth Torah Men’s Club breakfast

Congregation Beth Torah Men’s Club members are in for a treat when Dr. Jerry Grodin, noted Dallas cardiologist, speaks at their monthly lox-and-bagel breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 15. Dr. Grodin put his career on hold after the Sept. 11 attacks and enlisted in the United States Army.
Dr. Grodin served in military hospitals in Iraq and Germany and will soon complete eight years of service as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has the significant honor of being invited to serve as Grand Marshal at the Veterans’ Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown Dallas.
On the weekend following Veterans Day, he will speak about faith, patriotism and battlefield medicine. The public is invited for breakfast and to hear Dr. Grodin’s fascinating and inspiring story.
The cost is $10. Beth Torah is located at 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson. For more information, call the synagogue at 972-234-1542.

Dallas BBYO teens chosen for international service

Several Dallas BBYO teens have been chosen to serve on the international teen level of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization.
The BBYO International Chair Network was created to give more teens across the country an active voice in International BBYO and capitalize upon the strengths and talents of the collective membership to answer needs across the organization. Inspired by a growing membership constituency and significantly greater interest in contributing at the international level, the AZA/BBG International Chair Network will continue to embrace teens who want to make a broader impact beyond their home communities.
Teens chosen include: Merrit Corrigan, Jennie Zesmer BBG, Program Excellence; Jill Frey, Jennie Zesmer BBG, Pitching BBYO, and Taylor Ellis, Morton Lewis AZA, BBYO Terminology Guide. Erica Arbetter, Fannie Sablosky BBG, was also chosen to serve on BBYO’s International PR Team, an initiative through the Marketing and Communications Department to give real-world marketing, journalism, communications, advertising and public relations experience to teens while they market BBYO in local communities.
Zach Goodman of Rubin Kaplan AZA was chosen Chapter Leadership Training Conference Leader and Alec Reifer of Eamonn Lacey AZA was chosen to serve as Chapter Leadership Training Conference Coordinator.
For further information about BBYO, please call the regional office at 214-363-4654.

Yavneh Academy names Youth Ambassador Team

Yavneh Academy has announced its 2009–2010 Youth Ambassador Team. Included are Dalit Agronin ‘12, Carly Bierman ‘12, Millie Blumka ‘12, Leigh Bonner ‘11, Elizabeth Chatham ‘10, Reid Cohen ‘12, Nicole Danilewitz ‘10, Samantha Danilewitz ‘12, Abbie Denemark ‘11, Daley Epstein ‘10, Jori Epstein ‘12, Jake Greif ‘12, Elan Kogutt ‘11, Joseph Lerer ‘10, Benji Liener ‘12, Ethan Prescott ‘10, Jordan Prescott ‘12, Mina Pulitzer ‘12, Hannah Schepps ‘12, Gabby Steinbrecher ‘12, Kevin Sulski ‘12 and Shimi Wolk ‘11. This year’s program is directed by Yavneh parents, Dia Epstein and Jackie Danilewitz.
“Yavneh’s Ambassadors tour prospective students and their families around campus, answer questions and share the history of our program and provide a students’-eye view of what a day in the life of a Yavneh student might be,” said Don O’Quinn, head of school. “We’re very proud of the students chosen this year to represent our Yavneh community. The feedback is strong and positive and, as many of our students, these are the leaders of our future.”

NCJW fall study sessions continue into December

Rabbi Ana Bonnheim and Rabbi Nancy Kasten will continue NCJW’s examination of the profound impact on women’s identity and experience of being citizens of the Jewish homeland. Please join them for a light lunch and compelling study. The remaining lunch-and-learns are on Thursday, Nov. 19 focusing on “Arab/Jewish Relations” and on Thursday, Dec. 3 on “Religious Identity and Personal Status.”
Registration begins 11:45 a.m. for each session; study commences at noon. Cost is $15 per session. The course is held in the Senior Assembly Room of the JCC, 7900 Northaven Road.
Please RSVP online at www.ncjwdallas.org or by phone at 214-368-4405.

Gil Elan to address Herzl Hadassah meeting

Gil Elan, executive director of the Southwest Jewish Congress, will address “Update Israel” for Herzl Hadassah members and guests on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., in the Senior Assembly Room at the Aaron Family JCC.
Bring a sack lunch, hear Hadassah news, visit with friends and learn of the present Israel situation. Coffee and desert will be served. All are welcome.

Flower Mound Coffee House

Congregation Kol Ami will hold their popular Flower Mound Coffee House: Mugs and Music gatherings on Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue center, 1887 Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound.
Performers Lynne Adler and Lindy Hearne, singers and songwriters extraordinaire, will present a spirited blend of original folk and jazz blues.
Guitar virtuoso Rhett Butler’s playing style has captured local and national attention. He puts heart and soul into his art.
Gourmet coffee, tea and homemade desserts will be available. The Coffee House is wheelchair accessible. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Congregation Kol Ami from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday–Friday, 972-539-1938 or e-mail office@kolami-tx.org.
Flower Mound Coffee House: Mugs and Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a community service of Congregation Kol Ami. Proceeds are donated to local charities including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lewisville.

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