Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
Meet the Press
Temple Shalom Sisterhood’s Meet the Press Event, held Jan. 17, brought together Dallas’ finest news and sports personalities, past and present. Guests were able to meet and schmooze with lifelong sportscaster Gina Miller, CBS investigative reporter Jack Fink and former CBS award-winning journalist Jay Gormley. Their firsthand heartwarming stories about politics, sports and the reality of life as a newscaster entertained and enlightened the audience of Sisterhood and Brotherhood members. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Temple Shalom’s Sisterhood’s 2017 Woman of Valor. That honor was awarded to Keo Strull, Sisterhood’s past-president and an active volunteer who works tirelessly for Temple Shalom and the community. Keo has taken on every volunteer role imaginable. From sponsor and volunteer for Southwest Jewish Congress, Temple Shalom Golf Tournament to the JCC Maccabi Games to designing chopped liver into themed shapes for various Oneg Shabbats, Keo does it all! There will be a celebration in Keo’s honor Saturday, April 29.
— Submitted by Lisa Rothberg
Bnai Zion to welcome Holocaust historian
Bnai Zion will welcome Bryan Mark Rigg, author of The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Aaron Family JCC Senior Assembly Room.
When Hitler invaded Warsaw in the fall of 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped in the besieged city. The Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. When word of his plight went out, a group of American Jews initiated what would ultimately become one of the strangest — and most miraculous — rescues of World War II. And this is the incredible but true story that Bryan Mark Rigg tells in The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers.
Amid the chaos and hell of the emerging Holocaust, a small group of German soldiers shepherded Rebbe Schneersohn and his Hasidic followers out of Poland. In the course of the daring escape — traveling by train to Berlin, rerouted to Latvia and Sweden, and carried by ship through U-boat-infested waters to America — the Rebbe would learn a shocking truth. The leader of the rescue operation, the decorated Wehrmacht soldier Ernst Bloch, was himself half-Jewish, and a victim of the rising tide of German anti-Semitism. Perhaps even more remarkable were the central roles of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Nazi military intelligence service, and of Helmuth Wohlthat, chief administrator of Göring’s Four Year Plan. Pursuing every lead, amassing critical evidence, pulling together all the pieces of what could well be a political thriller, Rigg reconstructs the Rebbe’s improbable escape, and tells a harrowing story about identity and moral responsibility. His book is the definitive account of an extraordinary episode in the history of World War II.
To RSVP, contact Avrille or Kim at 972-918-9200 or Texasregion@bnaizion.org.
— Submitted by
Avrille Harris Cohen