Temple Shalom Weekly Reminders, December 11, 2017

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We Are Once Again Collecting CLEAN, NEW AND GENTLY USED BLANKETS & OUTERWEAR for The Stewpot, serving the homeless of Dallas.

Collection boxes are located in the Front and Lifelong Learning Entrances.

Blankets - Coats - Gloves - Hats - Scarves - Sweaters

Tikkun Olam Council Presents:

Exploring Timely Issues Through

Different Perspectives:

A Social Justice Book Study Series

Immigration Issues:

Wednesday, December 13th

6:30pm    Boardroom

Tell Me How It Ends: an Essay in Forty Questions

by Valeria Luiselli

Guest Agency: Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

Bill Holston, Executive Director

During Book Study, our Next Dor Religious School students will host a

Shalom - Paix - Salaam - Pace - Paz - Peace - - Mir - Peace Supper

6:30pm - 7:45pm as part of their class project on social justice.

Please bring a dish to share, and join us in welcoming Refugee Services of Texas and the Human Rights Center as we discuss our book and the complex topic of immigration.

Questions? Contact tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org

Hanukkah Service with Composer-in-Residence Dina Pruzhansky

followed by our Congregational Hanukkah Dinner

(dinner reservation is closed)

Friday, December 15

Don't miss out on this very special Shabbat. We will start with our traditional Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:00pm. Services are 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Our Adult and Youth Choirs will be performing Ms Pruzhansky's work Tov L'hodot.

Click here for the flyer on our Composer-in-Residence weekend.

In addition to Friday evening, Ms Pruzhansky will be leading our Saturday Torah Study Class at 9:00am. You also don't want to miss the Concert on Saturday at 5:00pm.

Young Families Hanukkah Party

Saturday, December 16

10:30am Epstein Chapel

We will start off with a family-friendly service. There will be a play area set up for kids in the Epstein Chapel as well as an art project at the entrance for little ones who need to take a break during services. After services, there will be delicious latkes and jelly donuts, crafts and games for all to enjoy!

Please RSVP by December 13 to youngfamilies@templeshalomdallas.org or call 401-484-3456.

CHAI Hanukkah Celebration

Monday, December 18

7:00pm (set up at 6:30pm)

Todd House (near Hillcrest/Arapaho)

Rabbi Boxman will lead the program.

Please let Ilene Zidow know if you would like to volunteer to help.

(sponsored by Tikkun Olam Council)

This Week

Monday, December 11

7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting, Boardroom

7:00pm Brotherhood 50th Anniversary Planning Meeting, Learning Center

Tuesday, December 12 First Night of Hanukkah

4:30pm Plano Midweek Hebrew, St. Andrew

7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Wednesday, December 13

12:00pm Lunch and Learn, Learning Center

4:30pm Midweek Hebrew, Temple

6:30pm Next Dor, Temple

6:30pm Tikkun Olam Social Justice Book Study, Boardroom (see above)

Thursday, December 14

10:30am Caregivers' Day Out, Learning Center

6:45pm Brotherhood Guys Night Out, Irishman Pub (see below)

Friday, December 15

6:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception, Congregational Gathering Space

6:30pm Hanukkah Shabbat Service with Composer in Residence, Sanctuary (see above)

8:00pm Hanukkah Congregational Dinner (reservations closed)

Saturday, December 16

9:00am Torah Study with Composer in Residence Dina Pruzhansky, Radnitz Social Hall (see above)

9:00am Judaism 101, Boardroom

9:00am Judaica Studies, Room 200

10:30am Morning Worship & Young Families Hanukkah Party, Epstein Chapel (see above)

5:00pm Composer in Residence Concert, Sanctuary (see above)

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 18

7:00pm Temple Executive Committee Meeting, Boardroom

7:00pm CHAI Hanukkah Celebration, offsite

7:15pm Brotherhood Board Meeting, Learning Center

Tuesday, December 19 Eighth Night of Hanukkah

7:00pm Israel Connections Council Meeting, Boardroom

Wednesday, December 20

12:00pm Lunch and Learn, Learning Center

Friday, December 22

6:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception, Congregational Gathering Space

6:30pm Shabbat Service, Epstein Chapel

Saturday, December 23

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

10:30am Morning Worship, Epstein Chapel

Lifelong Learning Council

Contact Lifelong Learning Chair Howard Gottlieb at lifelonglearning@templeshalomdallas.org

Temple Shalom Mamas

for Moms and Babies ages 0-2yrs

Sunday, January 21st

10:00am-11:30am Rabiner Children's Library

Check out our new monthly play group.

Click here for the flyer with all the dates & information.

Munchkins Minyan (Young Families Hanukkah Party - SEE ABOVE)

Saturday, December 16th

10:30am Boardroom

Families with children ages 6 and under, please join us as we come together in prayer.

Saturday services include Torah, prayers and songs followed by a delicious Kiddush.

For more information, contact the Young Families Committee at youngfamilies@templeshalomdallas.org.

Adult Education

We want your ideas about the programs you would like to have at Temple Shalom, as well as the best day and time for those programs to be planned so you can attend.

Email Adult Education Chair Jim Waldorf at adulted@templeshalomdallas.org.

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Paley

Wednesdays (no class December 27th)

Noon to 1:00pm -- Learning Center

Our weekly Lunch and Learn program is an exciting opportunity to engage in conversation with other learners and with Jewish texts concerning important and timely issues.

Invite your friends, bring your lunch and enjoy a lively discussion.

Torah Study

Saturdays, 8:45am-10:15am

Learning Center 

Start your Shabbat morning with lively learning led by our clergy as we explore the weekly Torah portion. Bagels and coffee provided by class members.

Judaica Studies

Every other Saturday  (December 16, 30)


Room 200

Books significant to an understanding of Judaism are selected and studied by class members who lead discussions of the bi-weekly assigned readings.


Contact Temple Shalom Youth Advisor Hallie Weiner with any questions.

Click here for information on Youth Group Events.


Traditions phone number: (972) 661-1850

Come in and see what unique and exciting Hanukkah merchandise our new buyer has stocked. We have plush dreidels that play music, wooden emoji dreidels, Hanukkah bears, baby bibs and socks, candles, a large selection of electric and wax candle menorahs, glass serving sets and drip trays, coloring books and more.

Make an appointment with one of our Invitation Mavens,

Harriet Mador (972.898.2277) or Clare Fishman (469.438.9956).

December Shop Hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm - 5pm

 (Tues 12/26: 1pm - 4pm)

Fridays 12pm - 3pm and 5:30pm - 6:25pm

Sundays CLOSED 12/17, 12/24, 12/31

Contact Co-Managers Arlene Gulton at (972) 800-9997 or Judy Utay at (972) 231-3781 or visit us on the Temple Shalom website or on Facebook at facebook.com/traditions.dallas 


Guys Night Out 

Thursday, December 14


The Irishman Pub, 18101 Preston Rd. Suite 102, Dallas

RSVP to Ray Farris raymond.farris100@gmail.com

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Save the Date

Temple Shalom Brotherhood Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

with a Gala and Art Auction

Saturday, February 17th

6:00pm at Temple Shalom

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Would you like to greet your fellow congregants, wish them "Shabbat Shalom" and hand them a prayer book? You can as a Friday Night Service Usher. As a Brotherhood member, it is very easy to schedule. Just click on the signup genius link below and you can be part of this mitzvah-dispersing elite group!



Temple Shalom Sponsored TEALPINK Shabbat

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wine and Cheese Reception 6:00pm

Service 6:30pm

Please join us for our TEALPINK Shabbat as we raise awareness about breast, ovarian and other types of cancer and their prevalence within the Jewish Community.

We are proud to announce that nationally known lecturer and author Wendy Harpham M.D. will be the guest speaker for the evening. Dr. Harpham is a 27 year cancer survivor and a doctor of internal medicine. She resides in Dallas with her family and is a member of Temple Shalom.

For information regarding our event contact Wendy Narzem at wendynarzem@gmail.com

Connections Council

Contact Connection Council Chair Kimberly Kort at connections@templeshalomdallas.org

College Connections

Is your child headed off or going back to college this fall? Give us your child's mailing address to receive care packages and stay connected to our congregation while away from home.

The form is on the Temple website.

Questions? Contact College Connections Chair Karen Stock at collegeconnections@templeshalomdallas.org.

LGBTQ Pride Committee

Temple Shalom LGBTQ Pride is a group that provides social and educational opportunities and is open to all members and non-members who are interested in being a part of our community.

Chair Kimberly Kantor: lgbtqpride@templeshalomdallas.org

Movie and a Chinese Nosh

Monday, December 25th

Time TBD

Everyone is invited to join LGBTQ as we enjoy May Dragon traditional Chinese food for our Nosh and a movie (title and time to be selected closer to the date).

Please RSVP and/or questions, email Deborah Bloom or call/text 703-785-6166.

Young Adult Connection

For young adults, single or married, 22-39. Contact YAC Chair Janel Cassorla with ideas for fun at youngadults@templeshalomdallas.org.

Shabbat ShaHOME Shabbat Dinners

8:00pm - 11:00pm at Rabbi Boxman and Asher Saida's Home

RSVP to aboxman@templeshalomdallas.org

Mark your calendar with these Friday dates:

Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2

Shalom Silver

For the 55+ crowd.

Questions or activity ideas: Contact Chair Judy Utay at shalomsilver@templeshalomdallas.org.


If you would like more information on how to become part of a Havurah, please see the Havurah page on the Temple website or email havurah@templeshalomdallas.org or call Havurah Chair Kathryn Frish at (972) 503-7977.  

Davening & Dining

Each week, this group enjoys camaraderie, conversation and cuisine at a local restaurant. Dinner times vary depending on the times of Shabbat or holiday services. This group is open to everyone! To receive the weekly email with dining details and RSVP information, please email Toba Reifer, the group's organizer, at daveninganddining@templeshalomdallas.org.

Young Families Group

For families with children 10 and Younger. Contact Co-Chairs Jen Arndt & Michelle Falk at youngfamilies@templeshalomdallas.org. For event information, see our Facebook page. 

Tikkun Olam Council

Click here for volunteer opportunities, info on healthcare reform and more information on our programs!

Contact Chairs Debra Levy-Fritts or Jody Pearson at tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org.


Natural disasters continue to harm and devastate. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who suffer and continue to suffer from the aftermath of these terrible disasters. Attached is information to help with relief from recent fires, hurricanes and earthquakes in the United States and Mexico. Click here.

Other immediate, and more long-term relief and recovery assistance resources are located on our Temple Shalom website.


We are a group of women from the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths who meet quarterly to learn and understand each others' traditions and make new friends. New members are always welcome. Interested? Contact Jane Lachman at (972) 735-0133 or embrace@templeshalomdallas.org.   

Shomrei Adamah - "Guardians of the Earth"

Are you interested in learning more about or getting involved with sustainability at Temple Shalom? Please visit the Tikkun Olam page on Temple Shalom's website, or contact Chair Nina Minney at earth@templeshalomdallas.org

Caring Congregation

Privacy laws prevent hospitals from giving us personal information -- we can only get this information from you. Please contact Elise Donosky in the office at edonosky@templeshalomdallas.org or 972-661-1810 ext. 201 with information about illness, hospitalization, death, birth, etc. 

If you are in need of assistance or would like to volunteer for the Caring Congregation committee, please contact Co-Chairs Lonna Rae Silverman and Jacque Comroe at caring@templeshalomdallas.org

Jo-Ann's Quote of the Week:

"Don't sidestep suffering. You have to go through it to get where you're going." Katherine Anne Porter

LIFT: Literacy Instruction for Texas

This year, we are developing strategies to reach additional students, and assist LIFT with a public awareness campaign focused on adult literacy. Your involvement impacts lives - please consider volunteering with us as a teacher, or an assistant. Help for registration is needed, too. There are many ways to help! Contact lift@templeshalomdallas.org to become involved.

Become a Reading Partner - spots available at Preston Hollow Elementary, other DISD Schools

For more information or to sign-up, please visit www.readingpartners.org

Serve Lunch at The Bridge

First Tuesday of the Month All Year

January 2nd

Noon - 1:00pm 

Temple Shalom serves lunch at The Bridge in downtown Dallas. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Arlene Kreitman at (972) 233-3754.

Cooking for The Stewpot 

We are always in need of volunteers to help us cook a meal for The Stewpot. We cook 9:30-11:00am one Sunday per month in the Temple kitchen during the academic year, preparing beef stew, biscuits, muffins & fruit salad. You do not have to RSVP, but if you would like to be on our reminder list, email stewpot@templeshalomdallas.org

Our next date is January 7th.


Caregivers' Day Out

10:30am - 2:30pm

2nd and 4th Thursdays

Caregivers may bring their loved ones to Temple Shalom where they will be met by a "special friend" volunteer. For more information and an application form, please contact Barbara Glazer at 

(972) 931-9077 or caregiversdayout@templeshalomdallas.org.

Donate to The Bridge

Toiletries are always needed -- bring your vacation goodies to the Administrative Office. 

No used or expired items, please! Eyeglasses collected, too!

First Richardson Helpers

Senior volunteers helping seniors residing in RISD zip codes with minor home repairs, installation of safety items such as tub/shower grab bars, outdoor handrails, and evaluation for wheelchair ramps. If possible, clients pay for materials and may make a donation to the organization. Donations are used to provide materials for clients who cannot afford them. Please call our 24 hour hot line 972.996.0160 for services, or complete a Request for Services on our website at www.firstrichardsonhelpers.org. If you would like to join us, please contact Temple members Jerry Gray, Arvin Kreitman or Alan Witheiler. Not handy? No problem. Our clients love company and we can use schmoozers while the handymen do their work. You will be doing a true mitzvah.

Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI)

DAI is a way for Temple Shalom members to connect with others in our congregation and in Dallas and Collin Counties on Social Justice issues, and take action together on issues that affect us and those in our community. Contact DAI Chair Barry Lachman at 214-808-0042 blachman@sbcglobal.net or Tikkun Olam Chairs Debra Levy-Fritts or Jody Pearson tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org.

Worship Council

Please contact our Worship Committee Chair Mark Fisher at worship@templeshalomdallas.org to provide input about ritual, observance and worship at Temple Shalom.


Tour our Temple – Learn and Share our History

On Sunday, January 21st, from 1:00-2:00pm, Past Presidents Paddy and Barry Epstein will host a tour of our Sanctuary and Epstein Chapel. During this interesting and informative hour, we will learn about the rich tradition and meaning of the construction, artwork, symbols and history of our Temple and, specifically, its worship areas. Impress your friends and fellow congregants with your insights and knowledge of our beautiful space. Treats will be served at the end of the tour and, for those who are interested, we are also recruiting new docents for our Temple to host visitors and explain our traditions. This tour will prepare you well for the opportunity to share with our guests. This elite tour is appropriate for and available to all members of all ages (though, likely more appropriate for those over 10 years old).

For more information, and/or to RSVP, please contact Docent Chair

Jeff Kort jkort@munnmorris.com 972-333-0809.

Community Events

Join Rabbi Paley on the Chai Community Mission to Israel

February 12-20, 2018

click on this link for reservation info: www.jewishdallas.org/missions

Click here for info to share.

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There are nearly 50 scholarships based on academics, financial need and community service for students from Dallas, Denton & Collin Counties.

Scholarships are for study in Israel, yeshiva or college/university.

Scholarships range from $500.00 to $7,500.00. Apply at www.DJCF.org

Trip to Europe and Israel

The Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the DJCF will generously fund the majority of the cost for a local Jewish high school junior or senior with secular leadership experience to participate in a fantastic international education trip to Europe and Israel (i.e. March of the Living, Advantage Quest or other approved experiences).

Scholarship award amount: $5,000.    Apply at: www.DJCF.org

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It’s Back…ONE Night. ONE Event. ONE Community

Be sure to register to ONE Night starring comedian Howie Mandel as we come together as a community to connect, celebrate and laugh. The event, in its third year and generously presented by BB&T, is chaired by Angela Horowitz & Doug French, Jolie & Michael Newman and Natalie & Michael Waldman, will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at McFarlin Auditorium on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus. Doors open at 6:30 and the program starts at 7:30 pm. ONE Night is the Federation’s largest, annual fundraising and outreach event of the year supporting the Jewish community in Dallas, Israel and in more than 70 countries around the world. Last year’s ONE Night with Jim Gaffigan was a huge success with more than 1,200 in attendance raising more than $1 million dollars. There is no charge to attend the event but a suggested minimum gift to the Federation’s Annual Campaign is required. More information about donating can be found at jewishdallas.org/onenight.

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The Jewish Community Relations Council's Education Initiative seeks to educate about poverty in Dallas.

Click here to register for upcoming community service opportunities.

Click here for info to share.

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The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has ongoing events. Check out their website: www.DallasHolocaustMuseum.org

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45th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade


Monday, January 22 @ 6 PM

First Unitarian Church of Dallas

Normandy @ Preston Rd

*Free Parking in YMCA garage*

Meet Dr. Willie Parker, OB-GYN, author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Dr. Parker feels called to provide abortions and considers clergy essential to rescuing Roe v. Wade

Honor surviving area members of Clergy Consultation Service (CCS), the brave clergy volunteers who helped thousands of women obtain safe, illegal abortions before Roe v Wade became law.

Worship Services Online

Regular Friday evening Shabbat services can be viewed on the internet for your convenience, when you cannot attend in person. Bar/Bat Mitzvah services and weddings can also be scheduled for webcasting for a fee. All live webcasts are also recorded and can be viewed "on-demand" at other times.

To view a Shabbat service live or on-demand, go to the Temple Shalom website and point to Worship or

Multi-media. Click on 'Services online' and follow the directions.

B'nei Mitzvah and Weddings are password protected. To view one of these events live, viewers must obtain a password from the sponsoring family. The sponsoring family will also have a link for viewing the archive of a special event.

Temple Shalom Facebook Page

Join Temple Shalom's Facebook page! Get save the date reminders, see photos and stories about fantastic temple events, be a part of the fun! Click here to go to our facebook page! 

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