Dallas Doings: Wow Factor, DATA of Plano, Beth Torah

Webb Youth Lounge dedication Beth Torah Rabbi Elana Zelony speaks at the dedication of the Marcia Fisher Webb Youth Lounge at Congregation Beth Torah. Behind her are Marcia’s husband, James Webb, and their two sons. More than 150 people celebrated the dedication of the Marcia Fisher Webb Youth Lounge at Congregation Beth Torah Sunday. The family of Marcia Webb, a beloved congregant who died several years ago, funded the renovation of a large second-floor space at the synagogue into a place for young people to meet, play and hang out. Rabbi Elana Zelony affixed the mezuzah, while James Webb spoke of the legacy of his late wife.


Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray

March 26 promises a WOW Factor!

One of the largest collaborations among the Dallas area’s Jewish youth groups is set to happen Saturday, March 26 as BBYO, USY, NCSY, NFTY, JSU, Greene Family Camp and more are set to come together for one night only at the Dallas JCC.
From 8:30 to 11 p.m., teens will be treated to a night with Eric Dittelman, a comedic mind reader, seen on The Ellen Show, America’s Got Talent and more! You don’t want to miss this chance to see your friends who might not be in the same youth group as you or to meet new friends. Seeing Eric Dittelman firsthand will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
“A few teens from each of the youth groups have been working hard to produce this event, and they all came into it not knowing each other, but now they all know and love working with each other,” said Sam Shane (sophomore).
“Working on the WOW Factor event has been an amazing experience because I got to be a part of everything behind the scenes,” one of the night’s co-chairs, Vanessa Tanur (sophomore), said. “I had so much fun working with teens from other youth groups and collaborating to plan such a cool event!”
Registration is open, so get your ticket at bit.ly/wowfactordallas. The cost for the evening is $18. Questions? Contact Alex Null at alnull@urj.org.
This event is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and BBYO.

— Submitted by Tracey Davis Levi

Why the Jews?

DATA of Plano will present “Why The Jews?” at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 31 at DATA, 3251 Independence Pkwy. in Plano.
Anti-Semitism is a hatred that defies time and logic. Just as we thought that this terrible concept would fade away, it has come roaring back. Anti-Semitism today has a different flavor to it that in the past but it is just as real and equally dangerous. This presentation will explain the roots and reasons for this ongoing danger.
The presentation will be given by Rabbi Ken Spiro. Ken Spiro’s quick-paced, humorous style catches and keeps an audience’s interest; his ability to explain deep concepts clearly makes an impact that lasts long after the presentation.
Rabbi Spiro is a senior lecturer and researcher for Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminars and the JerusalemU. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as BBC Radio and TV, The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, Channel 4 England and Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio.
He is the author of WorldPerfect — The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books and Crash Course in Jewish History.
Born and raised in the U.S., Rabbi Spiro has lived in Israel since 1982. In addition to being a rabbi he also served in a combat infantry unit in the IDF.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To register or sponsor the event, email nzakon@dataofplano.org. Sponsors are invited to join for a private dinner with Ken before the event.

— Submitted by Rabbi Nathaniel Zakon

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