Dallas Doings

Herzl Hadassah installation

The closing meeting of the year for Herzl Hadassah will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12 in the Senior Assembly Room at the Aaron Family JCC. Past Chapter President Susie Avnery will install the new officers, followed by a musical program — “Irving Berlin Melodies” presented by talented pianist Mimi Guten.
The new 2010–2011 officers are: Barbara Moses, president; Terri Schepps, organization vice president; Amy Applebaum, treasurer; Ety Friedman and Maureen Brenner, assistant treasurers; Marcy Helfand and Francine Daner, education vice presidents; Lauri Waisman and Candy Weinberg, programming vice presidents; Nancy Goldman and Linda Steinberg, fund development vice presidents; Jo Reingold and Suellen Rothschild, membership vice presidents; Anna Segal, secretary; Miriam Waltzer, directory vice president; Sara Steinman and Linda Marcus, communications vice presidents; Mimi Hamel and Maggie Furst, Herzl Group co-presidents; Jan Gartenberg and Anita Friedman, Lillian Wald Group co-presidents; Susan Barnett, Professional Women’s Group president; and Meryl Evans, webmaster.
Members and guests are all invited, so come enjoy the program and end the year with music. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Our hero, Mike Jacobs

Dallas Holocaust survivor Mike Jacobs will have several “Hometown Hero” moments this-coming week. Clarice Tinsley of Fox News has tapped him for the honor. He was filmed yesterday afternoon at Frisco’s Staley Middle School, giving one of his many presentations to students; the segment on him will air at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 12, on Channel 4, and again at noon on Thursday, May 13.
Mike, a native of Poland, has been telling his story of survival since 1956, touching thousands; he especially likes speaking to middle-schoolers, he says, because they ask good questions. He’s 85 now and has no intention of stopping. Read more about Mike Jacobs in Harriet Gross’ “In My Mind’s I” column on page 26.

Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff announces aid to charities

The Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff at Tiferet Israel is a Dallas tradition to the over 4,000 annual celebrants who come from far and wide to partake in the festivities.
The annual event — this year’s was the 17th — also gives to this loving congregation, currently celebrating its 120th anniversary, the added opportunity to show its generosity to the community that comes out to support the Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff. Congregation Tiferet Israel, deep in the heart of Texas, has a big-as-Texas heart! Each year, a percentage of the profits is given to select charities.
The 2010 recipients of the Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff’s awards are the Jewish Family Service Special Needs Initiative, The Dallas Furniture Bank and the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post #256 of the Jewish War Veterans of America.
At the recent April monthly meeting of the JWV Post, favored speaker, Rabbi Shawn Zell, delivered an informative talk, on Jewish military history in the United States and prominent Jewish military heroes, to a rapt audience. It was most fitting that the presentation of the DKCC gift, in the amount of $1,500, was made at this time by Co-Chairs Jay Abrams, Janet Bubis and Diane Benjamin.
The JWV has been a strong entry in the DKCC not only as one of the 40 team participants, but as strong volunteers as well. Past Post Commander Harry Kabler has been a valuable volunteer as the chairman of the judges for DKCC. Other members, such as Past Post Commander Jerry Benjamin, also a board member of Tiferet Israel, help to secure the JWV Honor Guard to participate in the patriotic display of the Presentation of the Colors, the official opening of this event. Next year’s Cookoff has already been scheduled for April 3, 2011, and we can’t wait as the chili gets hotter and better each year!

Mesorah 10th anniversary reception, May 16

Mesorah High School for Girls will celebrate its 10th anniversary at a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 at the Congregation Ohr HaTorah Simcha Hall, 6324 Churchill Way.
Honorees include Shelly and Rachel Leah Rosenberg, who will receive the Founders Award; Suri Rosenblatt, the Teacher Recognition Award; and Joseph and Tsiporah Benami, Young Leadership Award.
Among the committee members are: Miriam Banare, Dafna England, Syma Guttman, Staci Kimmel, Candace Leshin, Dara Nathan, Lauren Nise, Susan Press, Roni Rothstein, Carole Schwartz, Elaine Soven and Liz Wahrsager.
Rabbi Aryeh Feigenbaum is spiritual leader of the congregation. For reservations call 972-404-8980.
‘Hidden Heritage: Rediscovering Crypto-Jews’ on Shavuot night at Beth Torah
Congregation Beth Torah will welcome Professor Stanley M. Hordes as its guest speaker for the Shavuot observance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 at they synagogue, 720 West Lookout Drive, Richardson. “Shavuot is typically a time of study and rededication to Torah and this is exactly what is planned for our congregation and community,” said synagogue Ritual Vice President Neil Burnstein.
Dr. Hordes, a recognized authority regarding the lives and religious customs of Conversos or hidden Jews, is affiliated with the University of New Mexico. A past New Mexico state historian, he is one of the co-founders of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (www.cryptojews.com) offering links to additional informational resources regarding hidden Jews. An award-winning author and expert on crypto-Jews, Dr. Hordes is known for his ability to take Jewish history and make it come alive.
He deals with the fascinating chapter in American-Jewish history regarding Catholic and Protestant Hispanic New Mexicans whose families, forced by the Inquisition to convert to Catholicism, observed customs suggestive of a Jewish background. His interviews with these families revealed that while many engaged in Jewish religious practices, many were unable to explain why. Others expressed an awareness of their Jewish heritage and regarded themselves as secret Jews.
Jeff Levine and Gary Booth, adult education co-chairmen, said, “We have planned a very informative and comfortable evening that will enlighten participants about an interesting and often unknown aspect of Jewish history. To think that in modern times we still have hidden Jews is intriguing.”
The program is open to the community. Refreshments will be served. Call Cathey Treider at 972-234-1542, ext. 227, for more information about the evening.

Michael Medved to moderate interactive panel discussion at JCC on May 16

A special interactive panel discussion on “President Obama’s Approach to the Middle East” will be held at the JCC on Sunday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Popular radio talk show personality Michael Medved will moderate the panel, which consists of John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary and former presidential speechwriter; Daniel Pipes, founder and director of The Middle East Forum; and David Frum, noted pundit and author, and speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
The panel will deal with questions such as:

  • Can the United States prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
  • What is behind the current rift between Washington and Jerusalem?
  • What are the Obama administration’s priorities in the region?

Panelists will also take questions from the audience.
The event is free to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. RSVP by calling 877-213-3460 or via e-mail at info@jewishpolicycenter.org. Please include first and last name, e-mail and phone number for each guest. The JCC is located at 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. More information can be found at www.jewishpolicycenter.org.

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