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Weekly Reminders – December 2, 2019


See below for a summary of programs in the coming days and weeks, and for an overview of the entire month, click here to see the current newsletter.



Torah Study Every Saturday

Join Us For Our New, Exciting Study

8:45am – 10:15am

Learning Center

Start your Shabbat morning with lively learning led by Rabbi Paley as we explore the Torah and its influence on many important topics affecting us today. We will study the Torah’s impact on Art, Education, Science and Medicine, Acts of Mercy and Kindness to name just a few, using the Global Impact Bible as a resource.

Bagels and coffee provided by class members.

All are welcome so come join us in this dynamic study session every Shabbat morning.



GFC Scholarship Information for 2020


Dear Temple Shalom Families,

It’s camp scholarship and Israel scholarship application time! You can access the information at

If you are planning to or are considering sending your child to Greene Family Camp this summer and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. There are limited funds available from Temple Shalom, as well as matching funds from GFC. The website also offers links to other scholarship opportunities.

Applications for both GFC and Israel trips for 2020 must be submitted no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019.  Recipients will be notified by email by the end of February.





Temple Shalom Munchkin Minyan

at North Satellite

Saturday, December 7

10:00am – 11:30am

Residence Inn, 5001 Whitestone Lane, Plano

Families with children ages 7 and under please join Rabbi Andrew Paley, Cantor Devorah Avery and Ray Farris as we celebrate Shabbat together. This relaxed service includes singing, dancing, story time and, of course challah.

For further information, contact or


RSVP (4 days before event required) – continental breakfast included.



The beautiful new kitchen is up and running and has been in regular use since September. Cooking classes, Stewpot cooking, catered dinners for Sukkot, Sisterhood Paid Up dinner, and more have already taken advantage of the new space. Starting in early December the kitchen will be locked at all times except when in use by an approved individual or group. The key will be available from the Temple office upon approval of that activity.

New rules for the health, safety, and upkeep of the kitchen have been created. A Kitchen Users Manuel has been created with detailed information regarding these new rules and kitchen maintenance.


All organizations using the kitchen now need to have a certified Food Handler or Food Manager oversee their kitchen use. 


    If you would like to get certified to be a food handler, please follow this link:

Learn2Serve Texas Food Handler Training Course:



We hope everyone enjoys the new space and we look forward to many years of delicious events at Temple Shalom!


For more information, please contact our Kitchen Oversight Committee Co-Chairs:

Chris Harris at or Scott Butnick at




We are collecting clean, new and gently used coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets for The Bridge, serving the homeless of Dallas. Collection boxes are located in the Front and Lifelong Learning entrances.




Quick Links




Temple Calendar

North Satellite



Tikkun Olam/Social Action

Adult Education

Early Childhood Education

Lifelong Learning

Religious School


Young Families

Young Adult Connection

Super Seniors


Traditions Gift Shop



This Week


Monday, December 2

7:00pm Temple Board of Trustees Meeting, Boardroom


Tuesday, December 3

12:00pm Volunteers Serve Lunch at The Bridge – Downtown Dallas (see below)

4:30pm Plano Midweek Hebrew, St. Andrew

7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary


Wednesday, December 4

11:30am Caring Conversations, Blumin Ceremonial Room (see below)

12:00pm Lunch and Learn – The Tribes of Israel, Learning Center

4:30pm Midweek Hebrew, Temple

6:30pm Next Dor, Temple


Friday, December 6

6:00pm Wine & Cheese Reception

6:30pm Shabbat Service, Epstein Chapel


Saturday, December 7

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

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

10:30am Morning Minyan, Epstein Chapel

1:45pm S’hood/B’hood Coffee Break Book Club, Offsite (see below)


Sunday, December 8

Traditions No Tax Day and Hanukkah Bazaar 9:30am – 2:15pm

9:30am Religious School, Temple

9:30am Kindergarten & First Grade Family Education, Radnitz Social Hall (see below)

9:30am Cooking for The Stewpot, Downtown Dallas (see below)

9:30am Stay & Schmooze, Congregational Gathering Space

10:00am Fake News – That’s Not in the Bible!, Boardroom

12:00pm Youth & Teen Choirs Rehearsal, Sanctuary

12:00pm Sisterhood Parent/Child Hip Hop Party & Lunch, Radnitz Social Hall (see below)

1:00pm Yiddish Reading Class, Boardroom



Upcoming Events


Monday, December 9

7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting, Boardroom


Tuesday, December 10

1:00pm Traditions Steering Committee Meeting, Boardroom

4:30pm Plano Midweek Hebrew, St. Andrew

7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary


Wednesday, December 11

12:00pm Lunch and Learn – The Tribes of Israel, Learning Center

4:30pm Midweek Hebrew, Temple

6:30pm Next Dor, Temple


Thursday, December 12

10:30am Caregivers’ Day Out, Learning Center

6:30pm Sisterhood Bunco & Potluck, offsite (see below)

6:45pm Brotherhood Guys Night Out, Rodeo Goat in Plano (see below)


Friday, December 13

6:00pm Wine & Cheese Reception

6:30pm Shabbat Service, Epstein Chapel


Saturday, December 14

8:45am Torah Study, Learning Center

10:30am Bar Mitzvah Service, Epstein Chapel

10:30am Morning Minyan, Sanctuary


Sunday, December 15

8:30am Brotherhood Breakfast & Softball Awards, Radnitz Social Hall (see below)

9:00am Shomrei Adamah meeting, Blumin Ceremonial Room

9:30am Religious School, Temple

9:30am Tots Academy, Room 113

9:30am Parent Education, Youth Lounge (see below)

9:30am Stay & Schmooze, Congregational Gathering Space

12:00pm Youth & Teen Choirs Rehearsal, Sanctuary

1:00pm Yiddish Reading Class, Boardroom

3:00pm Youth & Teen Choirs Perform Hanukkah Concert at Northpark Mall






(972) 661-1850


Shop Hours

Sundays: 9:30am – 2:15pm (Dec. 8)

9:30am – 1:30pm (Dec. 15)

10:30am – 12:30pm (Dec. 1, 22 & 29)

Mondays: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Dec. 9 & 16)

Tuesdays: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (closed Dec. 24&31)

Wednesdays: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (closed Dec. 25)

Fridays: 12:00pm – 6:25pm


Beat the crowds-Shop now, Hanukkah Merchandise is already in the shop and…..

Mark Your Calendar! 

Traditions NO TAX DAY & Hanukkah Bazaar! 

Sunday, December 8th, 9:30am – 2:15pm

The shop has everything you need for Hanukkah! Hanukkah décor, laser dreidels, candles, games, books, cards, menorahs and much more.



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 to download the 2019-2020 Membership Letter

·     Click here to download the 2019-2020 Membership Form




Sisterhood & Brotherhood Coffee Break Book Club

Saturday, December 7

1:45pm – 3:00pm

Lenora & Jerry Levin’s home (near Preston/Campbell)

Book review led by: Laney Arndt

My Mother’s Son – A Novel by David Hirshberg

This fascinating novel is a coming-of-age story that takes place in post-World War II Boston. The story plays out against the backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen. Come join us for a great conversation about this novel. Please RSVP to Ilene at




Fun Family Event!  Hip Hop Party and Lunch

Sunday, December 8

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Radnitz Social Hall 

Learn Hip Hop with your children! Class will be taught by Lexi Cavalli, a Jr. Teacher at Temple Shalom’s religious school.

All are welcome & the event is FREE

RSVP to Ann Weintraub at or 214-802-4726




Hanukkah Bunco and Potluck Dinner

Thursday, December 12

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Home of Chris Harris

Bring a $10 wrapped gift. Cost $5 at the door.

Suggested food categories by last name: (No pork or shellfish, please.)

A-H:  Side dish, Dessert or Fruit

I-Q:  Potato Latkes or Kugel

R-Z: Main Dish

Temple members only/limited space.

RSVP to Anita Corenblith, or Jan Stevenson, at




Fill your Shabbat with Shalom & a Celebration Oneg*

Sisterhood is offering Celebration Oneg Sponsorships for $36!!! 

Maybe it’s a birth, an anniversary, a birthday, 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.

Please send your check to Temple Shalom c/o Sisterhood and note on your check “Celebration 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.





Join The League of Extraordinary Mensches!

Click here for the online membership form.



Thursday, December 12


Rodeo Goat

641 Powell Lane, Plano





Lifelong Learning/Worship Council




Sunday, December 8 — Kindergarten & First Grade Family Education 

9:30-11:30am Radnitz Social Hall

Families with children in Kindergarten and 1st grade are invited to a morning of fun and learning.


Sunday, December 15 — Parent Education Program with Rabbi Paley 

9:30-11:30am Youth Lounge

All religious school parents are encouraged and invited to attend.



Adult Education Committee


Fake News – That’s Not in the Bible!

Sundays when there is Religious School (No Class December 15)



Did you ever wonder where that Bible story came from? Or where that strange tradition came from? More than not, it didn’t come from the Bible! Come learn and share the good news about what’s really in the Bible and what’s not! Class taught by Rabbi Paley.



Lunch and Learn: The Tribes of Israel

with Rabbi Paley

Wednesdays (No Class December 25)

12:00pm 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.

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



Yiddish Reading Class Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee

Sundays when there is Religious School



Learn to read Yiddish with the Hebrew alphabet at an easy and relaxed pace. Students will read and enjoy stories and songs – all from the original Yiddish. Along the way, students will also learn basic Yiddish conversation and even learn to tell a Yiddish joke or two. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required – so students of all levels and ages are welcome to come! A class set of textbooks is provided.

If interested in the class, please contact David Katz at



Connections Council

Contact Connections Council Chair Kimberly Kort at

Super Seniors

For the 65+ crowd.

Questions or activity ideas: Contact Lory Kohleriter at



Thursday, December 19

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Learning Center

Guys and Gals, are you ready to join the fun?




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



Young Adult Connection

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

Contact YAC with ideas for fun 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:



Tikkun Olam Council

Click here for volunteer opportunities, and more!

Contact Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at



Help the Following Organizations Help Others

by Donating to Their Wish Lists

Equal Heart, The Migrant Respite Center, Refugee Services of Texas and Jewish Family Service.


We are a group of women from the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths who meet monthly to learn and understand each others’ traditions and make new friends.

We welcome new members at all our events. Please contact Chairperson Jane Lachman at 972-735-0133 or if you would like to join our group. We usually carpool to the events and rotate our meetings between the Islamic Center in Irving, the Northwood Church in Keller and Temple Shalom.


Serve Lunch at The Bridge

First Tuesday of the Month All Year

Tuesday, December 3

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, December 8

9:30am Temple Kitchen

We cook for 1 1/2 hours one Sunday each month during religious school, preparing beef stew, biscuits, muffins and fruit salad. Be a part of a great group of enthusiastic helpers – you don’t even need to know how to cook! Volunteers must be 14+ years old. To be on the reminder list, email us at



Caring Conversations

The First & Third Wednesdays (December 4 & 18)


Blumin Ceremonial Room

The period of time following the loss of a beloved spouse or partner is often overwhelmingly lonely and confusing. Caring Conversations is an opportunity to gather and share experiences and comfort.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining with us, please contact us for more information and to let us know you are coming. Open to non-Temple Shalom members.

Maureene Timken: or

Lory Kohleriter:



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:

“Lord, I don’t want to go spend an evening around happy, happy people. I don’t want to sit here around me, either. Give me the courage to say, ‘I’ll pass, but thank you for inviting me.’”



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” Meeting

Sunday, December 15


Blumin Ceremonial Room

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




for evening classes

Tuesday / Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm


Location: 5750 Pineland, Dallas

Northwest Community Center,

in partnership with Refugee Services of Texas

To volunteer or for questions, email:



Become a Reading Partner

For more information or to sign-up, please visit



Caregivers’ Day Out

10:30am – 2:30pm

2nd and 4th Thursdays (Only November 14 due to Thanksgiving)

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.



Community Events


Here is the link to the website where you are able to learn more about the details and can register your child.





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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