Dallas Doings

JFGD holds centennial celebration Patrons Party

The legendary Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown Dallas was the setting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’ Nov. 17 Patrons Party, an exclusive event for the major corporate and family sponsors of the Federation’s upcoming centennial fundraising gala, “Imagine.” In addition to Neiman Marcus, other corporate sponsors at $15,000 to $100,000 levels included Commercial Metals Company, Alon USA, American Airlines, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, the Dallas Morning News, Glazer Family of Glazer Distributors, Crow Holdings, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas and Plano, the Texas Jewish Post, Waldman Bros., Kahn Mechanical, Prescott Pailet Benefits Charitable Fund, Park Place Dealerships and William Noble Rare Jewels. Family sponsors at $15,000 to $25,000 levels included Carol and Steve Aaron, Janet and Jeff Beck, Robert L. and Cynthia Feldman Philanthropic Fund, Elaine and Trevor Pearlman, Barbara and Stan Rabin, Karen and David Weinreb, Byrna and Joe Funk, Stacey and Don Kivowitz and Cathy and Craig Glick, and Amy and Harlan Korenvaes. Centennial sponsorship dollars, which have already exceeded the original goal of $1 million, are devoted to a yearlong series of programs and events beginning with the Imagine centennial celebration gala on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Carol Aaron, chair of the centennial celebration, highlighted the far-reaching contributions of one of Dallas’ first major Jewish philanthropists, the late Jacob Feldman, whose son was present. Feldman, for whom the Jewish Federation’s office building is named, was the co-founder of Commercial Metals Company, the centennial celebration’s title sponsor. The Patrons event also featured a private showing of Yvel Precious Jewels by Israeli jewelry designer Isaac Levy, and a gourmet preview of Kosher Catering at the Zodiac Restaurant, a new service Neiman Marcus will launch in early January.

Info on the JFS Gerald J. Klein Internship Program

The Rabbi Gerald J. Klein Summer Internship Program was initiated in 2009 by the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation as a lasting tribute to Rabbi Klein, whose commitment to issues of social justice reflected that of the Foundation. Rabbi Klein served at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas for more than 50 years before his death in 2007.
Each summer, the Klein Internship Program affords approximately a dozen Dallas high-school students the opportunity to intern at one of the area’s many nonprofit organizations. While some of the Klein internships are paid and others are not, all internships allow the students to participate in the nonprofit sector, making very real contributions to their respective organizations. For summer 2011, student interns will work at American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Bea’s Kids, CHAI Inc, CONTACT, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Equest, Family Gateway, Frisco Family Center, Legacy at Preston Hollow, Legacy at Willow Bend, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Museum of Nature and Science, and River Legacy Living Science Center.
Anyone interested in applying for an internship can come to an information session on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road (one block east of the Dallas North Tollway), for the opportunity to learn more about the program as well as meet several former interns.
The selection process: Interns are chosen through a competitive process involving a written application and in-person interview. Students from all Metroplex high schools are invited to apply. Students are selected based on merit, without regard to religion, race or ethnicity.
General requirements: Only students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year at a local high school and who will be 16 years old by Sept. 1, 2011 may apply for the internship. Students must be available for an in-person interview to be held Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.; or Wednesday, Feb. 16, 5 to 8 p.m. Students will be notified of their interview time during the week of Jan. 25. Interns will be required to work at least six of the following seven weeks: June 13 through July 29, 2011. Students who cannot commit to those dates (for any reason other than illness) will not be granted an internship.
The application: The Klein Summer Internship application may be submitted in one of two ways: (1) Students may download the application (www.jfsdallas.org/documents/Klein-summer-internship-student-application.doc) as an MS Word document and return the application as an e-mail attachment to Janine Pulman, Jewish Family Service director of volunteers, at jpulman@jfsdallas.org. Hard copies of the application sent by “snail mail” will NOT be accepted. (2) Students may complete the application online. If you choose to do so, please note: Once you begin your application, you will NOT be able to save your work and come back to it later. If you leave the Web site before submitting your completed application, your work will be lost. Consequently, JFS encourages you to download the MS Word application and use it as a draft worksheet before submitting your final answers through the online process. All applications (whether submitted online or by e-mail) must be received at Jewish Family Service by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. Late applications will not be accepted.
If you have any questions about the Klein Summer Internship, please contact Janine Pulman, Jewish Family Service director of volunteers, at 972-437-9950 or jpulman@jfsdallas.org.

J Winter Break Camp is coming up!

When school’s out, winter camp is in at the J. Join the J’s Winter Break Camp Dec. 20–31. Don’t be bored at home when so much fun is planned. It’s going to be 10 jam-packed fun-filled days of sports, arts and crafts, cooking and swimming for kids, kindergarten through sixth grade. Each week exciting activities are planned including trips to Pump it Up, Main Event, The Dallas Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. The first week’s theme will be tikkun olam, repairing the world, and the second week the campers will “travel around the world.”
Don’t miss the fun! Register early as the program will fill quickly. Cost is $50 for J members and $65 for non-members. After Tuesday, Dec. 14, there will be an additional late fee of $10.For more information, contact Abbii Cook, the J’s youth director, at acook@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7189.

Nishmat Am to host casino night and toy drive

Congregation Nishmat Am will hold its fifth annual Casino Night and second annual Tracy’s Toys toy drive on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. It will be an exciting evening of kibitzing and gambling as well as helping those less fortunate provide toys for their children. The synagogue is located at 2113 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. For more information, please e-mail Brian Fisher at fisher.assoc@gmail.com.

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