Click here for the full calendar.

Many of you have noticed that the two elm trees outside the religious school entrance are looking bad. Unfortunately they are near the end of their lifespan and they are unhealthy. We have had three professional arborists assess them and they all suggest removal of the trees. Their unanimous conclusion is that they have significant dead wood, and that they present a danger to both people and property from falling branches if they remain. Therefore, we will take steps to remove them in the very near future, and the Buildings and Grounds Committee will consider replacing them in the context of a larger assessment of all the trees on our campus.

Weekly Reminders, December 17, 2018
See below for a summary of programs in the coming days and weeks, and for an overview of the entire months, click here to see the current December/January newsletter.
North Texas Food Bank Distribution Center Opportunity 

December 21, 2018

1:00pm – 3:30pm The Temple Shalom Shift

Help the Hungry Over Winter Break 


Please join the Mitzvah Afternoons team and Tikkun Olam Council as we work together at the North Texas Food bank. Millions of meals are distributed through NTFB’s Partner Agencies and feeding programs thanks to distribution center volunteers.

We will sort and pack food at NTFB’s new facility located at 3677 Mapleshade Lane in Plano.


Temple Shalom volunteers will need to register to reserve a slot, as follows:

1.   Click on this link:


2.   Follow the steps at the top of the page to get details.

Note that children over 10+ are welcome, accompanied by a parent.


More details will follow as we get closer to the day of our shift. Thank you for registering to help serve the hungry in North Texas.

This is a rewarding project and we look forward to seeing you there. Space is limited, so register soon. Questions? Contact



Shabbat Services – Friday, January 4th

6:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception

6:30pm Services in the Epstein Chapel


Our Guest Speaker will be this year’s

Shalom Award Honoree

Justice Douglas Lang


His Topic will be: Legal Ethics and Its Roots in Judaism; Peer Mentoring and Mental Health Awareness



To make your reservation to attend the Shalom Award Event on Sunday, January 13th, see the registration information below.



We are once again collecting CLEAN, NEW AND GENTLY USED BLANKETS & OUTERWEAR for The Stewpot, serving the homeless of Dallas.

Collections Boxes will be located in the Front and Lifelong Learning Entrances thru



Requested items for Adults and Children:










The Caring Congregation would like to begin a support group for grieving widows and widowers, but we need to know if the interest is there! This group would begin in January, led by a professional counselor.

Please email us at if you are interested or know of someone who would be.




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Adult Education

Early Childhood Education

Lifelong Learning

Religious School


Young Families

Young Adult Connection

Super Seniors


Traditions Gift Shop


This Week


Monday, December 17

5:30pm Group Meditation with Cantor Avery, Sanctuary

7:00pm Temple Executive Committee Meeting, Learning Center

7:15pm Brotherhood Board Meeting, Boardroom


Tuesday, December 18

4:30pm Plano Midweek Hebrew

6:45pm Food Truck Palooza Meeting, Boardroom

7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary


Wednesday, December 19

12:00pm Lunch and Learn, Learning Center

4:30pm Midweek Hebrew, Temple

6:30pm Next Dor, Temple


Friday, December 21

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

6:30pm Shabbat Service, Epstein Chapel


Saturday, December 22

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

10:30am Melanie Jacobs Bat Mitzvah Service, Sanctuary

10:30am Morning Minyan, Epstein Chapel


Sunday, December 23

No Classes


Upcoming Events


Monday, December 24

Temple Closes at 1:00pm


Tuesday, December 25

Temple Closed


Wednesday, December 26

No Classes


Thursday, December 27

10:30am Caregivers’ Day Out, Learning Center


Friday, December 28

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

6:30pm Shabbat Service, Epstein Chapel


Saturday, December 29

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

9:00am Judaica Studies, Room 200

10:30am Morning Minyan, Epstein Chapel


Sunday, December 30

No Classes


Monday, December 31

Temple Closes at 1:00pm


Tuesday, January 1

Temple Closed




(972) 661-1850

Shop Hours

Sundays 9:30am – 1:30pm

(closed Dec. 23 & 30)

Tuesdays 12:00pm – 5:00pm

(closed Dec. 25)

Wednesdays 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Fridays 12:00pm – 6:25pm


Traditions Presents Gifts and Invitations for All Occasions

Featured Israeli and local artists, custom-designed Judaica, non-Judaica, large selection of tallitot and much more! Perfect gifts for your party host, house warming, birthdays, weddings, sweet sixteen and Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our gift shop is run by Our Rockin’ Sisterhood and all profits go to support Temple Shalom.


Purchase your invitations for the simchas in your life, invitations always 10-25% off. Make an appointment with one of our Invitation Mavens, Harriet Mador (972.898.2277) or Clare Fishman (469.438.9956).


Contact Traditions Director Marsha Lefkof at (214) 354-3548 or visit us on the Temple Shalom website or on Facebook at





Join Sisterhood. Together, we can move mountains.

Click here for the Sisterhood membership application.

Questions? Contact Sisterhood Membership Vice President Ilene Zidow.

We would love to hear from YOU.




Click here for RSVP form.



Fill your Shabbat with Shalom and a Special Oneg

Please note that this offer does not apply to Bar and Bat Mitzvah sponsorships since these Onegs are designed to serve larger numbers of guests and provide specialty food items.

Extended until the end of May 2019, Sisterhood is offering Celebration Oneg Sponsorships for $36!!! 

Maybe it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a great report card, a friend visiting from out of town, a job promotion…or no reason at all. We promise it will be special, and your sponsorship will be acknowledged with our table signage.

We look forward to hosting your Oneg. Please contact Chris Harris at or call 972.742.5506 for more information.





Join The League of Extraordinary Mensches!

Click here for the Brotherhood online membership application.



Thursday, January 10


Manny’s Uptown Tex Mex

Campbell & Coit

Questions or to RSVP, contact Jim Warner.





Click here for full flyer with Reservation Link.



Lifelong Learning/Worship Council

Contact Lifelong Learning Chair Moy Speckman at


Torah Study

Saturdays, 8:45am in the 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 29)

9:00am 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.


Talmud with Training Wheels – taught by Rabbi Paley

Sundays when we have religious school

10:30am Boardroom

Have you ever wondered, “What is that Talmud thing? What is Mishna? Where do we get the details about Jewish law? Who are ‘The Rabbis’?” Come check out Talmud with Training Wheels as we answer these many questions and explore the rich history of rabbinic commentary and wisdom about Jewish life, Jewish law and Jewish thinking. No prior experience with Talmud necessary! We’ll bring the materials, you bring the questions!


Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Paley

Wednesdays (no class Dec. 26)

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.


Connections Council

Contact Connection Council Chair Kimberly Kort at

Young Adult Connection

For young adults, single or married, 22-39.

Contact Janel Cassorla, YAC Chair with ideas for fun at


Super Seniors

For the 65+ crowd.

Questions or activity ideas: Contact Lory Kohleriter at


Young Families Group

For families with children 10 and Younger. Contact

For event information, see our Facebook page.


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:


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




Tikkun Olam Council

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

Contact Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at



Find ideas here:


Please contact if you are interested in getting involved in the Shomrei Adamah (Guardians of the Earth) Committee.


Serve Lunch at The Bridge

First Tuesday of the Month All Year

January 8

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 

Sunday, January 13

9:30am Temple Kitchen

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



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


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


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 If you would like to join us, please contact Temple members 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 or Tikkun Olam Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at


Shomrei Adamah – “Guardians of the Earth”

Are you interested in learning more about or getting involved with sustainability at Temple Shalom? Please visit the the Shomrei Adamah page on Temple Shalom’s website, or contact Chair Nina Minney at


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 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


Jo-Ann’s Quote of the Week:

“The 5 strengths most closely related to life satisfaction are:

Gratitude, Optimism, Zest or Vitality, Curiosity and Love (relationships).”

Maurine Patten


Become a Reading Partner

For more information or to sign-up, please visit




Worship Council

Please contact our Worship Committee Chair, Mark Stromberg, at provide input about ritual, observance and worship at Temple Shalom.


Community Events



Wizard of Oz at the JCC

Young Performers Edition

Ages 7 – 18

Sign-up today

Learn acting, singing, dancing and starpower!!

Work with DFW pros. This program will build your child’s confidence while enhancing their theatrical skills.

There’s truly no place like home in the greatest family musical of all time! Travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this majestic production featuring breathtaking, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A celebration of the iconic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys.

If you need additional information, please contact Director of J Performing Arts Space, Alise Robinson, at In the meantime, please be sure to check out our master workshops.



Temple Shalom is a proud community sponsor of Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank


Click here for more information on the Anne Frank Exhibit and to reserve a tour spot.


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


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

Click here to register for upcoming community service opportunities.


Worship Services Online


Regular Friday evening Shabbat services can be viewed on the internet for your convenience, when you cannot attend in person. B’nei 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 navigate to Worship or Multi-media. Click on ‘Services online’ and follow the directions. We also stream services on our Facebook page.


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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