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Remembering the Holtzbergs

Our friends at Chabad remind us that Wednesday, Nov. 18 marks the first yahrzeit of Rivkah and Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, of blessed memory — Chabad emissaries to Mumbai, India who were murdered, along with four others, by terrorists in their Chabad House.
Chabad Centers of the Metroplex will host “Loaves of Love” events in memory of these incredible people, where women of the community are invited to come and learn how to make challah in a variety of shapes and braids. Every woman will make two challot, one to keep and one to give to another person. The purpose of the evening is to inspire and to act on the message of giving and reaching out to others, as so lovingly demonstrated by the Holtzbergs.
The Jewish world was riveted, and then mourned, as the horrific story unfolded. As the anniversary of this tragedy approaches, we must not forget these selfless individuals whose devotion to their fellow Jews was legendary and who sacrificed their very lives for this noble cause.
Events will be held at Chabad of Dallas, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. (for info or to RSVP, please contact bailav@aol.com); Chabad of Fort Worth/Arlington, Nov. 22, 6 p.m. (info@arlingtonchabad.org); and Chabad of Plano, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.(rblock@chabadplano.org).

Jewish Family Service adds breast cancer support program

Jewish Family Service has added another important program to its list of services for women in our community. On the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m., a breast cancer support group will meet at the JFS building, 5402 Arapaho Road. Kosher pizza from Café Fino will be served. This month’s topic is, “Breaking Through Your Life’s Challenges to the Other Side.” At the last meeting, Shera Dubitsky from Sharsheret spoke on “Illness/Healing and Humor.”

Toy, food drive to benefit JFS

The Schweig family at Sunnyland Patio Furniture in North Dallas is organizing a toy and food drive for the holiday season benefiting Jewish Family Services, among other agencies. Starting now, drop off a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy at their store at Spring Valley and Coit, and receive coupons for Sunnyland, the String Bean Restaurant, Cici’s Pizza and the Planned Living Assistance Network resale shop. All food donations will be split with Jewish Family Services and one other outreach agency. For questions, please e-mail Brad Schweig at brad@sunnylandfurniture.com or call 972-239-3716.

SH*OP for a mitzvah

Mindee Zack is the store owner of SH*OP (Shopping Off Price), located in The Shops at Willow Bend, on the upper level between Saks and Dillards. SH*OP, a friendly retail store whose motto is “protect your wallet and strengthen the community,” offers a great selection of designer clothing up to 75 percent off retail prices. One of Mindee’s passions is the mitzvah of giving back to the community. “One mitzvah leads to another” is true, if one is willing to lend a hand. Life has been a challenge for many people due to unpredictable economic times. Everyone needs to believe in something to keep us going and to give us hope for a promising future.
As we are approaching the holiday season, there are many families who are in need of help and hope in so many ways. Now is the time to step up and give! As a way of giving back to the community, SH*OP is joining hands with the very worthwhile nonprofit organization Heroes for Children, which offers emotional and financial support to families with children who are battling cancer. One way to keep hope alive will occur on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. SH*OP is hosting a special in-store evening of entertainment, food and a friendly atmosphere, to help support Heroes for Children. All are welcome to join in this mitzvah. Each guest is asked to graciously donate $5 in honor of Heroes for Children’s five-year anniversary. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

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