Dallas Doings

Neshama Carlebach to perform at Congregation Shearith Israel

The evening will be singable, danceable and unforgettable when the famed Neshama Carlebach is presented in concert by the Shearith Israel Music Committee. The popular and much-looked forward-to event is part of the Small/Waldman/Cohn Signature Series, a spectacular series of musical performances.
The performance to be held this Sunday night, Jan. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., will also feature ­Carlebach’s special guests, the Rev. Roger Hambrick and members of the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. Carlebach and Hambrick collaborated on her seventh CD together.
Neshama Carlebach, one of the leading superstars in Jewish entertainment, continues the legacy established by her late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. His deep spirituality and his love of all humanity filled every song he wrote and touched every person he encountered as he changed the face of music. Like her father, Neshama’s talent and charisma captivate and endear her to all people of all ages and backgrounds as she performs in cities all over the world. Together with producer/pianist David Morgan and her incredible band, she continues to both deeply move and entertain as she sings her father’s incomparable melodies and inspiring original compositions. This event with Neshama will uplift you and bring you the gift of memorable songs.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults; seniors and students, $10. At the door, adult tickets are $15 and seniors and students, $12.
For more information, contact Shearith Israel, 214-361-6606.

Echo Hill Ranch to hold reunion

Echo Hill Ranch will hold its annual Dallas area reunion this Sunday at the home of Sharon and Alex Ray, 7319 Elmridge Drive, Dallas, from 2 to 4 p.m. Alumni and prospective campers are encouraged to come and meet with Steve Samet, associate director, who many may remember from their summers at the ranch. Steve and Head Wrangler Chuck Hart will provide all the details you need to know about a super fun summer at Echo Hill. The camp, heading into its 58th summer, was founded by Dr. Tom and Min Friedman and is still family-owned by the Friedmans’ children, Politico Kinky Friedman, Dr. Roger Friedman and their sister, Marcie. Roger Friedman, Ph.D., and his wife, Roz Beroza, MSW, have served as the camp’s directors since 2002. Both mental health professionals, Roger and Roz have continued the mission of Tom and Min, making the camp child-centered and emphasizing teamwork within the framework of Jewish values and ideals. Among the highlights of Echo Hill is a special one-week session for first-time campers ages 6–9. For more information about the reunion, call Sharon Wisch-Ray, 214-507-2662.
All interested parents and their youngsters are invited to attend. Films of the camp will be shown and refreshments will be served.

An impromptu mitzvah in action

This week Levine Academy third-graders Sam Eisenberg (son of Dana and Dr. Dennis Eisenberg) and Shahar Sandhaus (son of Haggit and Eran Sandhaus) had a playdate together at Shahar’s house. What transpired at the playdate should make all parents of Jewish day school kids proud. Mom Dana Eisenberg explained, “When I arrived to pick Sam up, my eyes widened and the biggest smile came over my face. For there were two of the sweetest kids operating a ‘lemonade’ stand (without lemonade). They had a little table and two small chairs and they were selling a variety of treats. The beautiful thing of all is that all of the dollars raised, they informed me, will go to the people of Haiti.”
Yasher koach, Sam and Shahar, on a mitzvah well done.

ArtCentre Theatre offers classes on Jewish principles

The ArtCentre Theatre will offer classes that cater to the Jewish family and its beliefs. “Hershell and Gershon’s Monster Jar of Foolish Goblins” is just one of many in the coming months that are aimed toward attracting families whose roots are planted in the Jewish faith. The classes focus on a series of books written by Eric Kimmel, a prolific children’s author. The children will take one of his stories each week, learn it and act it out under the direction of the theater’s staff. Once they have acted out all five of the target stories, they will work together to combine them into one cohesive original script and present it as a production for their peers, friends and parents. Among the books the classes will spotlight are “Gershon’s Monster,” “Hershell and the Hanukkah Goblins,” “The Jar of Fools” and “Why The Snake Crawls on Its Belly.”
“We, at the ArtCentre Theatre, have seen a gap in the North Texas theater community that does not address the various religious perspectives that exist here for this age group [4–12],” said Jamey Jamison, president of Teatro Delle Muse / ArtCentre Theatre. Jamison added, “There are all sorts of dramatic opportunities for children who are of the Christian faith, but how often do you hear of a widely publicized play about Chanukah or even Purim? In the coming year we will be doing similar classes for persons of other faiths as well. We want the ArtCentre Theatre to be seen as a mecca for all people to come and be a part of a larger community picture.”
Classes will begin on Feb. 1. For more information, contact Jamison at 214-505-9378.

North Dallas Women in Business Networking Group

Robyn Carafiol of Virginia Cook Realtors is starting the new North Dallas Women in Business Networking Group. The group will meet the fourth Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The location will vary from month to month. This month, the group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Forum at Park Lane, 7831 Park Lane in Dallas.
“I’m so excited to offer this opportunity to the businesswomen of the North Dallas area. Networking is a great way to get more prospects, make more contacts and build relationships,” Carafiol said.
There is no cost to attend these events, and no membership is required. Please RSVP to Carafiol at robyn@robynhomes.com or 214-908-5958, or contact her if you have questions. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards to the event.

Levine Academy Family Fun Day on Jan. 31

Levine Academy invites the community to a Family Fun Day at the Academy, 18011 Hillcrest Road, on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An entrance fee of $15 per person includes one bingo card, one 18-hole round of golf, carnival admission and a hot dog or hamburger meal. Additional rounds of golf can be purchased for $3 each; additional bingo cards are $3 each. Snacks or additional food items are available for sale.
All proceeds will benefit the seventh-grade trips to New York and Washington, D.C. and the eighth-grade trip to Israel. The students look forward to these trips each year.
For reservations or more information, contact wweinberg@levineacademy.org.
It’s time to start thinking Maccabi
The JCC will hold a Maccabi kickoff meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. This year Team Dallas will travel to Omaha, Neb. Tryouts will run through the month of February. For more information, contact Jon Mize at 214-239-7147 or jmize@jccdallas.org.

JCC Early Childhood Center to host open house

Find out why the J Early Childhood Center is one of the best beginnings possible for your child. The JCC will host an open house on Jan. 27 at the J Early Childhood Center. Drop in between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or call for a personal tour. Meet and greet parents and teachers, enjoy coffee and cookies and take a tour of the J’s incredible early childhood program. Registration for the 2010–2011 school year is underway. Call Tara ­Ohayon today at 214-239-7157 or e-mail her at tohayon@jccdallas.org.

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