There is so much going on at Temple Shalom! Click here to browse the full calendar or just review the current weekly reminders below. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Weekly Reminders, August 13, 2018




Please RSVP to Jim Warner 972-741-0119 or



Tikkun Olam Council Mitzvah Project

Area students and schools need help with school supplies.

Our drive will run from August 1-14!

A basket for the supplies is in the front foyer. 

Below, please find the RISD school supply list. Equal Heart will distribute the school supplies to its client families. This is one of the ways we can help neighborhood students get off to a great year with the tools they need to be successful. Will you pick up some additional supplies? Folders, paints, glue sticks and binders would be great, but anything from the list below will be a big help! Thank you!



Munchkin Minyan

Shabbat Service

Saturday, August 18

10:00am – North Satellite

Includes Torah, prayers and songs followed

by a delicious oneg.

Open to the Community!

Designed for children 5 years & younger – bring grandparents, aunts and uncles, too.

5301 Democracy Drive, Plano

(1 block south of Tennyson Parkway and 3 blocks east of Dallas North Tollway in the Lone Star Language Academy building)






If you are a new member to Temple Shalom,

thinking of joining or

know someone interested in joining —

we would love to meet you and welcome you!

Please email Membership Chair Lauren Green

at to RSVP.



Rosh Hashanah Seder

Monday, August 27

6:30pm North Satellite

Join us at our North Satellite for a Rosh Hashanah Seder. In adopting this Sephardic custom, we will taste and bless a variety of foods that symbolize our wishes for the new year ahead! Join us for an evening of fun, laughter and some delicious foods!

RSVP to Rabbi Boxman at




Is your child headed off or going back to college this fall?

Print out the attached form, and return it either by mail or email with their contact information, so that your child can receive care packages and stay connected to our congregation while away from home.


Questions? Contact College Connections Chair Nancy Devine at



Help a Foster Child in Dallas


In the fall, our religious school 7th grade students will be learning about foster care and doing a service project for an organization called Circles of Care. We will be delivering decorated duffel bags to each child filled with essential items. With tax free weekend approaching, we wanted to invite you to purchase donations of underwear, socks and school supplies for us to stuff the duffel bags with.

Children are between the ages of 0-10. Anything will be helpful! 

Please drop off your donations to Karen in the Lifelong Learning Office in time for our first day of Religious School. Thanks in advance!



Quick Links


CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE! Comments? Questions? Email Heidi.


Temple Calendar

North Satellite

Israel Symposium

Tees & Tiles Tournaments



Tikkun Olam/Social Action

Adult Education

Early Childhood Education

Lifelong Learning

Religious School


Young Families

Young Adult Connection

Shalom Silver



Traditions Gift Shop


This Week


Monday, August 13

7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting, Boardroom


Tuesday, August 14

2:00pm Traditions Steering Committee, Boardroom

6:45pm Brotherhood Margaritas & Mishnah, Coffee House Cafe (see above)

7:00pm Adult Choir High Holy Days Rehearsal, Sanctuary


Wednesday, August 15

12:30pm Lay Led Learners, Learning Center


Friday, August 17

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

6:30pm Shabbat Service, Epstein Chapel


Saturday, August 18

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

10:00am Munchkin Minyan, North Satellite (see above)

10:30am Morning Minyan, Epstein Chapel



Upcoming Events


Monday, August 20

7:15pm Brotherhood Board Meeting, Boardroom


Tuesday, August 21

6:00pm Tees & Tiles Committee Meeting, Boardroom

7:00pm Adult Choir High Holy Days Rehearsal, Sanctuary


Wednesday, August 22

12:30pm Lay Led Learners, Learning Center


Friday, August 24

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

6:30pm Shabbat Service & Blessing of the Backpacks, Epstein Chapel

Following Service: Young Families Ice Cream Social, Courtyard (see above)


Saturday, August 25

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

9:00am Judaica Studies, Room 200

10:30am Morning Minyan, Epstein Chapel

5:00pm Open House and Havdalah (see above)

6:30pm S’hood & B’hood Jewish Family Feud, offsite (see below)


Sunday, August 26

9:30am Shomrei Adamah Meeting, Blumin Ceremonial Room

10:30am Brotherhood Fantasy Football, offsite

12:00pm B’nei Mitzvah Tutor Workshop, Boardroom





Traditions phone number: (972) 661-1850


Summer Hours

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12:00pm-3:00pm

Fridays 12:00pm-3:00pm & 5:30pm-6:25pm


Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner!

Stop by Traditions to get your hostess gifts, something lovely for your home, fun items for the special children in your life. We have honey servers, platters, challah cutting boards, candle sticks, candles, books, games and much more.




Last year, Temple Shalom began using the new Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. If you are interested in purchasing your own copy for the Days of Awe, a limited number of these prayer books will be available for sale at Traditions Gift Shop. However, if you want to ensure you will be able to have a personal copy, you may place a pre-purchase order until August 15th. The cost for the two-book set is $43.00 and pre-orders must be paid in advance. Order forms are available at Traditions or by clicking here.

For more information, contact Laney Arndt 469.964.5319 or

A personalized bookplate will be included with the first 10 orders.


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.



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.



Sisterhood/Brotherhood Jewish Family Feud

Saturday, August 25

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Keo Strull’s home

6925 Spanky Branch Drive, Dallas


Potluck Barbecue Dinner Bring a dish to share. BYOB

Suggested food by last name:

A-L: Appetizer, salad or dessert

M-Z: Main Course or side dish


RSVP to Ilene Zidow by August 18 or call 972-523-6231 SPACE IS LIMITED.




Sisterhood Social Action Committee and

Temple Shalom Tikkun Olam Council present

An Advocacy “How-to” Workshop

Tuesday, September 4th

6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Radnitz Social Hall

Our speaker: Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort, Director for Alliance for Justice/Alliance for Justice Action Campaign

Natalie Ossenfort serves as the Director of AFJ’s Texas office. Prior to her work with the organization, she helped to create and run the Innocence Project of Texas, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing those wrongfully convicted of crimes in the state.

Come learn about how to be an effective advocate, the modes and methods advocates use, and what is permissible when undertaking legislative advocacy on an issue.

Potluck Dinner: Bring a dish to share. Suggested food categories by last name:

A-L: Main Course or side dish

M-Z: Appetizer, salad or dessert


RSVP by August 29th to Staci Mendelssohn at or 214-529-7780.





Join The League of Extraordinary Mensches!

Click here for the Brotherhood membership application.



Sisterhood/Brotherhood Coffee Break Book Club

Saturday, September 22 1:45pm-3:00pm

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

The author is planning to Skype with us! Please plan to come with questions.

Staci Mendelsohn will lead the discussion and also be our host. Staci lives near Coit and Park in Plano.

Temple Shalom members only. Limited Space Available.

RSVP by September 16 to Ilene Zidow at


High Holy Days Ushers

One of our Brotherhood traditions is to provide the ushers for the Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 9 & 10) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 18 &19) Services.

Join us for this worthwhile way to start the new year.

Please contact co-chairs:

Mark Fisher or

Bobby Schiff



Lifelong Learning Council

Contact Lifelong Learning Chair Howard Gottlieb at


Lay Led Learners

“If it’s Wednesday, it must be Lay Led Learning.”

12:30pm Learning Center

August 15th Dallas Jewish History (a 17-minute video that makes for a good introduction)

August 22nd Jewish Book of Why – Ted Gold (Grand Finale)

Any questions, contact Ken Parker.


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 (August 25)

9:00am in 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.


Connections Council

Contact Connection Council Chair Kimberly Kort at

Shalom Silver

For the 65+ crowd.

Questions or activity ideas: Contact Kim Kort 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:

Pride Day Festivities

Saturday, September 15

11:00am – 7:00pm Reverchon Park in Dallas

Temple LGBTQ Pride group will be co-hosting a tent at the Pride Day festivities. There will be wonderful music, entertainment and a welcoming atmosphere. We would love to have a delegation join us to welcome attendees and spread the word of Temple’s fabulous inclusive activities.

Volunteer for a two hour shift, and stay throughout the day for the festivities as well.

Contact chair Kimberly Kantor or 469-231-7007.


Young Adult Connection

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

Contact YAC with ideas for fun at



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 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




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

Contact Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at


Serve Lunch at The Bridge

First Tuesday of the Month All Year

September 4

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.




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

Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 30

10:30am – 1:00pm

Hosted by the women of the Northwood Church at a residence in North Richland Hills

We will carpool, so please RSVP to Jane.



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.


Help Rebuild Areas Impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

Nechama – a Jewish Response to Disaster

An informative guide to their work can be found here.

“You may contact Nechama directly at, but let us know about your experience:!”

You can follow them on:

Facebook: NECHAMAjdisasterrelief

Instagram: nechamadisasterrelief

Twitter: NECHAMA


Hurricane, Fire, Earthquake and Gun Victim Relief Efforts

Natural disasters continue to harm and devastate. Click here.

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


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 Chairs Debra Levy-Fritts or Jody Pearson



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


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:

“If David Letterman had a Top 10 list of cliche’s about grief, these would be on it:

“G-d never gives us more than we can handle.”

“She/he is in a better place.”

“G-d took your loved one to be a flower in his bouquet.”

“It’s not for us to ask why?”

“It’s for the best.”

“Time heals the hurt.”

What the ancient griever, Job, observed 3,000 years ago sums it up in one word: worthless. After the death of his 10 children and barraged with ‘comfort’ from three insensitive friends, he observed, ‘Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?’ “ (Job 12:11)

Grievers Ask by Harold Ivan Smith



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. There are many ways to help and support LIFT at Shalom! Contact to become involved.

Someone in your life, that you see everyday may need our ESL class at Temple Shalom, or an Adult Basic Literacy or High School Equivalency class at LIFT. Can’t volunteer for our classes? There are other ways to become involved.


Become a Reading Partner

For more information or to sign-up, please visit


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

We will begin again in the Fall. Save the Date: October 14th.



Worship Council

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


Community Events


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

Click here to register for upcoming community service opportunities.


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



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.


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

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