Dallas Doings: Mavericks, ADL honors, awards and Munchkins Minyan

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

Fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night with Mavericks

Dallas Jewish basketball fans have the opportunity to both celebrate Hanukkah and cheer on the Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews as they take on the Houston Rockets with James Harden during the fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night on Dec. 27.
The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, is coordinated by Chabad of Dallas with participation from the Dallas Mavericks organization.
Rabbi Levi Dubrawsky, a co-organizer for the event, noted that Jewish Heritage Night has grown over the years as more people attend every year.
“It’s more exciting than previous years and it’s truly become the Hanukkah event that everybody wants to attend.”
A pregame performance will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a grand menorah lighting at 7:10, all taking place in the AT&T Plaza. Following the game, there will be a free throw shot and Hanukkah party on the court. Kosher food will be available for purchase and Jewish T-shirts and souvenirs will also be available.
Visit DFWChanukah.com, call 972-897-8801 or email Admin@ChabadofDallas.com for more information or to purchase tickets. The TJP is a proud sponsor of Jewish Heritage Night.
— Submitted by Levi Dubrawsky

ADL honors Carol Glendenning partner, Strasburger & Price LLP

Past honorees Gil Friedlander, Rick Lacher, Rob Walters, Brian Lidji, Larry Schoenbrun, Sid Stahl, Don Glendenning, Jack Balagia, Richard Massman
Past honorees Gil Friedlander, Rick Lacher, Rob Walters, Brian Lidji, Larry Schoenbrun, Sid Stahl, Don Glendenning, Jack Balagia, Richard Massman

(From left) ADL Regional Board Chair Marcy Helfand, Carol Glendenning, ADL Regional Director Cheryl Drazin
(From left) ADL Regional Board Chair Marcy Helfand, Carol Glendenning, ADL Regional Director Cheryl Drazin

The Anti-Defamation League, North Texas/Oklahoma Region honored Carol Glendenning, partner, Strasburger & Price, at its annual Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel on Nov. 28. Friends, family and colleagues filled the room to pay tribute to Carol for her longstanding pursuit of justice and fair treatment for all. The luncheon was chaired by Jennifer and Peter Altabef, and Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson. The program included Cameo Speakers Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of United Way Metropolitan Dallas, and Chad Houser, executive director and chef at Café Momentum.
ADL North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Director Cheryl R. Drazin delivered the keynote address.
The Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award is presented annually to a member of the legal community for outstanding leadership, exemplary contributions to the community, and a commitment to the ideals of the Anti-Defamation League.
— Submitted by Kerri Aikin

Temple Shalom Munchkins Minyan

On Friday, Nov. 18, Temple Shalom young families gathered together to celebrate Shabbat. Once a month, Temple Shalom offers this very special service called Munchkins Minyan. Led by Rabbi Ariel Boxman and guitarist Ray Farris, young children and their families sing, dance and even say prayers over grape juice and challah. “Their favorite song is definitely the dinosaur song,” said Farris. “It’s wonderful to see the kids sing and dance and their faces light up when we say the blessings.”
According to Rabbi Boxman, Munchkins Minyan is the highlight of her month.
“Getting to share Shabbat with our youngest members, and see their joy and love of the music and prayers, is enough to make me smile for weeks.”
“This service has become so popular and has attracted all types of families that we have had to add activities for older siblings during the toddler-friendly service,” explained Young Family Coordinator Jen Arndt. “In fact, Munchkins Minyan has become such a hit that we have added a young family Hanukkah service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, in the Epstein Chapel. It will be a morning of Hanukkah songs, stories, dancing and Torah fun!”
For more information about the Dec. 16 service, contact Rabbi Boxman, lifelong learning director, at aboxman@templeshalomdallas.org.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg

Greenberg’s honey bars are No.1

Her longtime WRJ friend was so excited when Jo-Sandra Greenberg won the Dallas Morning News (easy) cookie contest last week, she kvelled to the TJP. Jo-Sandra’s honey bars are well-known to the Temple Emanu-El community. “We actually sold out of her amazing bars at the WRJ Bake Sale. Trust me, they are fabulous,” enthused Celia Saunders. Jo-Sandra is in Temple Emanu-El’s WRJ chapter. She is the first to volunteer to organize and volunteer her services for programs, events, and to anyone in need.

 Jo-Sandra Greenberg displays her winning recipe… and smile.
Jo-Sandra Greenberg displays her winning recipe… and smile.

“When I spoke with Jo-Sandra this morning, she was elated,” said Saunders. “Here’s a quote from our conversation: ‘After many happy years of marriage, two wonderful grown sons, a rewarding 40-year teaching career. … I have just had a great life so far. Winning this cookie contest is like the ‘icing on the cake,’” reported Celia.

Israel Bonds to honor Jeffrey Beck and Jarrod Beck at International event

Jeffrey Beck and Jarrod Beck will be presented with the Israel69 Award at the 2017 Israel Bonds International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner in Miami Beach, Florida. The gala event will take place at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel Sunday evening, Feb. 12, and will feature master of ceremonies Jason Alexander. Weekend guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events and activities, rounding out what will be a wonderful and momentous celebration.
Israel Bonds is proud to highlight the accomplishments of this dynamic father-son duo for their strong commitment to the Dallas community and continuity of the Jewish people.
Jarrod is chief executive officer and sits on the board of directors for United Texas Bank — a boutique commercial bank chartered over 30 years ago that is committed to its customers. United Texas Bank has financed over $1 billion in transactions in the past five years. His involvement and contributions have been critical in completing some of the most high-profile deals in the history of the bank and Jarrod has been instrumental in tripling the size of the bank over the past six years.

Father and son Jeffrey and Jarrod Beck will be honored by Israel Bonds in Miami Beach on Feb. 12.
Father and son Jeffrey and Jarrod Beck will be honored by Israel Bonds in Miami Beach on Feb. 12.

Jarrod is managing partner of the family-owned development of Dallas Midtown — a $4 billion mixed-use development within the heart of the population of North Dallas. He sits on the board of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance and is a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of Jewish Federation and the executive committee of the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council.
Jarrod holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a B.A. in Finance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jarrod and his wife Shiva have one son, Joshua.
Jeffrey founded United Texas Bank in 1985, where he currently serves as chairman of the board. He is also president and CEO of Quantum Holdings, a diversified venture company investing in real estate, technology and other assets. Jeffrey is founder of Capital Senior Living Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, where he served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Capital Senior Living owns, develops and operates independent and assisted living communities throughout the United States.
He is also advisor emeritus to Beck Ventures, a company now recognized as one of the largest master planning developers in the country — including Dallas Midtown and the Town of Trophy Club. Jeffrey and his wife Janet are active at their congregation, Shearith Israel in Dallas. Jeffrey sits on the boards of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance, Dallas Jewish Federation and its national SCN Board, and National Council of AIPAC. Jeffrey and Janet have three married children and six grandchildren.
Israel Bonds plans to have a large Texas contingent in Florida to celebrate with the Becks. For hotel block information or questions, please email karen.garfield@israelbonds.com or call 972-338-2641.

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