Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
Temple Shalom Sisterhood reaches half-century mark
Temple Shalom Sisterhood celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 6 with a daylong celebration of prayer and song.
The day began with a Shabbat service led by Cantor Devorah Avery and contemporary singer-songwriter Julie Silver. Sisterhood’s founding members were honored during the service, as well as past-presidents and past women of valor. At the luncheon, Co-Presidents Ali Rhodes and Lonna Rae Silverman welcomed their guests by reading a personal tribute from Sisterhood’s first president Pat Weiss, and then awarded five lucky Sisterhood members door prizes for fine dining and overnight hotel stays.
The celebration concluded with a Havdallah service and free community concert. Julie serenaded the crowd, accompanied by Scott Lavender on piano, with a medley of traditional liturgies and original songs.
“Julie touched our hearts with her warmth and words,” exclaimed Ali Rhodes. “We will carry her spirit with us as we look forward to the next 50 years!”
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg
Share a lox and bagel with JWV
The article about the German World War I photo in last week’s Around the Town column brings to mind The National Museum of American Jewish Military History.
Located in Washington D.C., the exhibits depict Jewish participation in all wars America has fought. The building also houses the headquarters of the Jewish War Veterans of America. To learn more about the museum, join the Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Dallas Post 256 of the Jewish War Veterans of America at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas. The best lox and bagels breakfast in town for only $5 will also feature guest speaker Chuck Cooperstein, the renowned play-by-play radio announcer of the Dallas Mavericks. Everyone is invited, veterans and non-veterans, young and old.
— Submitted by Andy Lavigne, Sr. Vice Commander, Harvey J. Bloom Post No. 256 Dallas, Jewish War Veterans of America
Marx Memorial Pinball Fundraiser
The Marx family will host their fourth annual Alan Marx Memorial Pinball Fundraiser at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at their Garland home, 5229 Alec Drive. There will be more than 25 arcade and pinball machines available to play, a silent auction, a pinball tournament, random gift card drawings, a cash bar, free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, and more. The Marx family is underwriting the entire event and all proceeds will go to two local Jewish organizations, Bnai Zion and Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association.
Alan Marx passed away in 2008. After retiring, he volunteered for eight Dallas-area Jewish organizations. While all of those organizations were important to him, two carried special meaning for him: Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association and the Bnai Zion Foundation.
Why a pinball tournament? According to Louis Marx, Alan’s youngest child, “Dad didn’t think I knew how to have fun so, when he passed, one of his wishes was that I spend half of anything I get from him on something fun. While I’ve collected since 2000, I only had a few machines prior to that time. Dad’s gift paved the way for the game room you see today.” Indeed, Louis has amassed a collection of machines which currently includes 19 pinball machines and nine arcade games. Louis notes, “It’s funny because no one really knows me. Dad’s been gone eight years but anywhere I go in the community, people still tell me that they knew my father. They introduce me as Alan’s son and enjoy reminiscing about him. He still casts a big shadow.”
Louis Marx is a past president at the Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association and he and his wife Kimberly also serve on the Bnai Zion Texas Region board of directors. According to Avrille Harris, executive director for the Texas Region of the Bnai Zion foundation, “This evening is a tremendous amount of fun and, on a more serious note, the proceeds come to Bnai Zion to help keep our ongoing projects in Israel.” Iris Sheppard, Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association president, added, “The Marx Family’s generosity helps DHFLA offer a hand-up to members of the Greater Dallas Jewish Community through interest-free loans.”
The event page for this event is a publicly searchable Facebook page, found at https://www.facebook.com/events/980191658763247/. Any questions can be directed to Louis Marx at email@example.com.
— Submitted by the Marx family