Dallas Doings

Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood will continue their annual mitzvah of collecting coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves and blankets on Sunday, Oct. 19, on the west parking lot at Temple Emanu-El from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This effort is their 8th annual Coats for Kids Campaign. The coats and jackets can be for all sizes from infants through adult.
Last year, Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood collected over 900 items and the East Dallas Police Store Front distributed them to needy families in East Dallas. This year the Brotherhood will be working with the Boy Scouts, Marilyn Guzick of Cong. Beth Torah and Sue Walker, a first grade teacher at Preston Hollow Presbyterian School and plan to collect 1,000 coats. Boy Scouts and Brotherhood members will be on the parking lot on Oct. 19 to receive your donations.
For more information including additional drop-off or pick up locations please contact Steve Levine, Brotherhood vice president, 214-376-8201.
Cong. Beth Torah to honor Zeffrens
Congregation Beth Torah is honoring the Jo and Jerry Zeffren, long time members, as this years “Chatan Torah” and “Kallat Bereishit” at Simchat Torah morning services. It is a tradition to honor people who are involved in the ritual life of the congregation with these last and first aliyot (respectively) of the Torah reading cycle. Jerry is a past-president of Beth Torah and is renown for his beautiful voice and impeccable Torah reading. Jo coordinates the weekday minyan and maintains the beauty and upkeep of the sanctuary. They are both widely involved in the Dallas Jewish community, and very beloved by their friends and fellow congregants at Beth Torah. Simchat Torah morning services are Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome!
Samantha Rosenthal and Audrey Brown go to Washington
Samantha Rosenthal was one of two Wallace Elementary sixth-graders, chosen to represent their school in Washington, D.C. They were nominated to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, Oct. 11–16, along with students from all over the nation.
The Congressional Youth Leadership Council will host the conference “to honor and inspire the most exceptional sixth-graders in the nation, distinguished by their academic excellence, leadership potential and maturity, and to reinforce the virtues of leadership, citizenship and democracy using Washington, D.C. as their classroom.”
Samantha will receive a VIP view of the capital city. During the six-day program, she will take part in educational activities and presentations, as well as meeting elected officials and key congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. She will visit many historic monuments and memorials.
Samantha looks forward to her bat mitzvah at Congregation Nishmat Am in the spring of 2009. She is the daughter of Shelly and Gabe Rosenthal, the granddaughter of Linda Daniel, Al Plaskoff and Richard and Donna Hoffman and the great-niece of Carol and Steve Aaron and Michele and Randy Levy. She loves all sports including basketball, baseball, gymnastics and hip-hop. She attended the Aaron Family JCC for preschool and for her many years of summer camp.
Heartiest congratulations Dr. Brian M. Cohen.
Dr. Brian Cohen has been chosen as Honorary Chairman for the 37th Global Congress of the AAGL. Previous honorary chairman have included Drs. Raoul Palmer of Paris, Hans Frangenheim of Germany, Patrick Steptoe, Melvin Cohen, Alan DeCherney and Raymond Kaufman. This prestigious recognition award will take place at the Honorary Luncheon of the AAGL in Las Vegas on Oct. 30. Traditionally the honorary chairman invitation is based on a lifetime of committed clinical care, research and teaching aimed at improving women’s health.
On the Business Scene:
The International Casual Furniture Association recently awarded Sunnyland Furniture a first place Apollo Award. Regarded as the highest honor among casual furniture retailers, the Apollo Awards celebrate the influential contributions made by industry icons. Winners are selected from hundreds of retailers throughout the country.
Selection for the Apollo Awards begins with members of the International Casual Furniture Association offering three nominations in each category. The winners from each category are then chosen by ballot by members of the ICFA.
In step with the JWV
There’s still time to participate: There’s no fuss, no muss, no calories when the JWV’s counterpart The Dallas Ladies Auxiliary #256 holds their No Bake Sale. All proceeds go to their “Aid to Israel” project, the Chaim Sheba Hospital and Nursing Scholarship.
Just mail your donation to JWVA c/o Flora Robin, 5740 Forest Lane, Dallas 75230. Sparking the project is Phyllis Rifkin.
In the meantime, the Jewish War Vets’ calendar is full, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m., the official opening ceremony for the Day Room at the Veteran’s Hospital will be held.
The Oct. 26 Lox and Bagel Breakfast, 9:30 a.m., at the JCC will feature Carolyn Cooper who will speak on The Veranda, the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged’s new senior living facility. The Veranda, has short and long term Assisted Living and Rehab as well as residential opportunities. Carolyn is the daughter of long-time dedicated JWV members, Ellen and Harry Feibel.
And in case, it’s slipped your memory, the Ladies Auxiliary is planning another fun-filled trip to the Choctaw Casino on Wed. Nov. 5. The bus will leave from the “J” parking lot at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Fee is $10 (non refundable) 6014 Canyon Springs Rd, Dallas which includes a $10 Match Play for Blackjack and $10 slot voucher and a $5 food voucher. RSVPs must be made in advance with Phyllis Rifkin, 6014 Canyon Springs R., Dallas 75248 or E-mail: paulrifkin@aol.com. Space is limited, we’re told.
‘The Monster Among Us,’ important film by Mondells, at the “J” Oct. 30
“This is a film that we should not have had to make,” filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell claim. However, given what is currently happening in much of Western Europe, they felt compelled to show how anti-Semitism has surfaced on university campuses, in the media, on the streets, at political demonstrations, on the Internet and in seemingly innocent social situations. This important film will be screened in the Zale Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door, and can be purchased by calling 214-739-2737.
Sixty years after the Holocaust, a new brand of anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head again throughout Europe. It has the same purpose, but a different face. It is directly connected to radical Muslim beliefs and actions that have spread from the Middle East to Europe. Jews from all walks of life in six different European countries tell of being attacked in their neighborhoods, of cemeteries desecrated, of synagogues burned, of being ostracized at work. Young and old describe their fears and their plans for the future. Many wonder if they should uproot their families, leave their homes and businesses to seek safer havens in either Israel or the United States.
For more information, contact Judy Cohn at jcohn@jccdallas.org.

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