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July 26, 2021


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In-person Friday services at 6:30pm in the Temple Shalom Sanctuary with reservation.

Services will continue to be accessible on Facebook Group.


To make a reservation for that week’s Temple Sanctuary Shabbat service, you will need to complete a reservation form at There is a Shabbat Registration button on the website home page at that you can press which will take you to the registration page as well. One form must be completed for each family attending each time they attend. Space is limited to 100 people per service. Forms must be submitted by Thursday at 5:00pm before the Shabbat service. After the form is submitted, a confirmation will be sent by email that you should have available when you and your family come to services. We are asking that everyone arrive by 6:10pm on Friday evening so that we have time to check in everyone before our 6:30pm service. Our covenant, or brit, for participation can also be found on the registration page and confirmation email.

For those without access to a computer, please call Clergy Assistant Halley Gottlieb at (972) 661-1810 ext. 201 to make a reservation.



Safety Protocols will be followed which call for masking and distancing, and no sharing of food or beverage.

For Torah Study, each individual may bring their own if they like.


In Person Torah Study numbers will be limited and need an RSVP to clergy assistant Halley Gottlieb at

We will continue to have Torah Study on-line also for those who wish to participate that way.



Our 2021-2022 Religious School/Next Dor Registration is underway.

Please click here to complete the forms necessary to register your child/children.



Hey 8th-10th graders!

Are you looking for something to do this summer? Do you need Community Service hours? Are you available on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday?


The Religious School could use your help to put together the bulletin boards and more for the new year of learning. Not creative? Not a problem!! We will work together!

We’ll even provide lunch.


Interested? Contact Debbie Niederman at







Find a COVID-19 vaccine:

Search, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.



Find Your Place at the Table:

Temple Shalom is a great place to volunteer, learn a new skill, and serve your community while making friendships. Meetings will be held via Zoom, or safely, per Covid-19 protocols this year.

Click here to express an area of interest:


or contact Debra Levy-Fritts at



WAIT…there’s more you can do to help, share your thoughts:


Share your thoughts on this moment with your congregation here.

See what others are thinking. Scroll to the bottom and fill in the comment area to post.




Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’

Emergency Surfside Disaster Fund

We are all saddened by the loss of life and injuries resulting from the collapse of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida. As other communities have been there for us in times of need, the JFGD is here to assist those in the Miami Jewish community. They are sending $10,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Miami to assist our brothers and sisters during their time of need. We invite you to join by donating to their Emergency Surfside Disaster Fund.


Click Here to Donate




Our Infrastructure Task Force has been hard at work on important refurbishments to our building. Our hands -AND YOUR HANDS- can save Temple Shalom thousands of dollars.

We will be working outside every Sunday thru August starting at 9:00am. Painting (easy with a roller) is our immediate focus. Come join us.

If you don’t feel handy but want to donate water and snacks, that would be appreciated, too.


Please RSVP to Bob or Steve so we know how many helpers to expect.

Questions? Call or Text

Bob Landers (972 672-6311)

Steve Weintraub (214 912-7594) or

Barry Epstein (972 672-1888)


We’ll have tools and supplies waiting for you. 



This Week


Monday, July 26

2:30pm Knitting Hour (see below)

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 879 5722 6380

Passcode: knitwits


7:30pm Adult Education Yiddish Writing Class (see below)



Tuesday, July 27

7:00pm Temple Shalom Executive Committee Meeting



Wednesday, July 28

12:00pm Lay Led Learners – Learning Center (see below)


7:00pm Sisterhood/ Brotherhood Coffee Break Book Club via Zoom (see below)



Friday, July 30

6:00pm Share Shabbat greetings with your Temple Shalom family on our Facebook page as we countdown to Shabbat Service


6:30pm Blue Jean Shabbat Service

in the Temple Sanctuary with reservation (see above)

and can be viewed in Facebook group


S’mores in the courtyard following Service


8:15pm COVIDeo Chat

Our virtual after service social gathering

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 829 8424 8029

Passcode: SHABBAT

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,82984248029#,,,,*7623124#

Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799


For security purposes, please RSVP by 7:45pm Friday to Gary Schwartz at You can also email him with any questions.



Saturday, July 31

9:00am Torah Study in the Learning Center with RSVP (see above)

AND via Zoom (see below)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 847 4289 3902

Passcode: 664930

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,631385245#

Dial in information: +1-346-248-7799



Sunday, August 1

9:00am Infrastructure Work Party, Temple Grounds (see above)


2:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal, Congregational Gathering



Upcoming Events


Monday, August 2

2:30pm Knitting Hour (see below)



Tuesday, August 3

7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal, Congregational Gathering Space



Wednesday, August 4

10:00am Sisterhood Social Justice Meeting via Zoom (see below)


12:00pm Lay Led Learners – Learning Center (see below)



Friday, August 6

6:00pm Share Shabbat greetings with your Temple Shalom family on our Facebook page as we countdown to Shabbat Service


6:30pm Shabbat Service

in the Temple Sanctuary with reservation (see above)

and can be viewed in Facebook group


8:15pm COVIDeo Chat

Our virtual after service social gathering

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 829 8424 8029

Passcode: SHABBAT

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,82984248029#,,,,*7623124#

Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799


For security purposes, please RSVP by 7:45pm Friday to Gary Schwartz at You can also email him with any questions.



Saturday, August 7

9:00am Torah Study in the Learning Center with RSVP (see above)

AND via Zoom (see below)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 847 4289 3902

Passcode: 664930

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,631385245#

Dial in information: +1-346-248-7799


4:30pm New and Prospective Member Event & Havdalah, Radnitz Social Hall (see above)



Sunday, August 8

9:00am Infrastructure Work Party, Temple Grounds (see above)


11:45am Sisterhood Dress Your Mannequin Challenge, offsite (see below)


7:00pm Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh via Zoom (see below)





To limit the spread of the virus and keep our congregants

as safe as possible, only select in-building events are

currently scheduled.

Please go to our website to check for updates.



Please consider, if you are able, making an extra donation toward membership support.

Any personally meaningful amount will help support our membership belonging during this unprecedented and uncertain time. Support our members belonging initiative by going to and choose “Congregant Assistance” for the fund from the drop down menus. Thank you for your continued support of the Temple Shalom family.


Debra Levy-Fritts, President

Rabbi Andrew Paley, Senior Rabbi

Steve Lewis, Executive Director




Knitting Hour

Mondays at 2:30pm

led by guest hosts

Bring any creative projects you are working on, needle point, crocheting, knitting, coloring, beading, etc… We will schmooze, create, and connect. For more information, check Temple’s website.


July 26 with Ellen Schwartz 

Boardroom AND via Zoom

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 879 5722 6380

Passcode: knitwits




Lifelong Learning/Worship Council



Adult Education Committee

Contact Co-Chairs Harriet Bell and Kathryn Frish at



Learn to ReadAlef-Beys (the Yiddish Alphabet)

Learn to read Alef-Beys (the Yiddish alphabet) at an easy and relaxed pace. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required – so students of all levels and ages are welcome to join the class!

Dates for Summer and Fall 2021 Yiddish Reading Class:

Sundays – July 25; Aug 29; Sept 26; Oct 3, 17, 24; Nov 7, 14; Dec 5, 12

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: This class is taught via Zoom.

To get the Zoom link along with a copy of the Yiddish text, and to be added to our Yiddish class email list, please contact teacher David Katz at


Yiddish Handwriting Class: Write by Hand with Alef-Beys

(the Yiddish Alphabet) 

Learn to write by hand with Alef-Beys (the Yiddish Alphabet). The class assumes no prior ability to read Hebrew or Yiddish.

Dates for Summer and Fall: 

Mondays – July 26; Aug 30; Sept 27; Oct 4, 18, 25; Nov 8, 15; and Dec 6, 13

Time: 7:30-8:30 pm

Location: Class is taught via Zoom until October. 

Text: Free download of Mayn Alef-Beys by Kaminski from Yiddish Book Center; Click here to download pdf of text.

To get the Zoom link and to be added to our Yiddish Handwriting class email list, please contact teacher David Katz at



Lay Led Learners

Wednesdays – thru August 18

12:00pm – 1:15pm 

Learning Center

Join us for our Summer Lunch & Learn replacement class. We will have guest speakers covering diverse topics.


July 28: Rise of Reform Judaism in the US in the 1800’s (Ken Portnoy)

Aug. 4: The Jewish Revolt-The History by Josephus (Barry Bell)

Aug. 11: TBD

Aug 18: The 1936 Berlin Olympics (Ellen Leinoff Ennis)


Safety Protocols will be followed which calls for masking and distancing, and no sharing of food or beverage. Each individual may bring their own if they like.


Please RSVP to Ken Parker at if you are interested in attending.



Torah Study

Every Saturday – Join Us For This Exciting Study


In-Person with Reservation (numbers will be limited)

To RSVP for in-person Torah Study please contact the clergy office at 972-661-1810 x201 or email

Safety Protocols will be followed which calls for masking and distancing, and no sharing of food or beverage. Each individual may bring their own if they like.


Torah Study will continue to be accessed via Zoom.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 847 4289 3902

Passcode: 664930

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,631385245#

Dial in information: +1-346-248-7799


Torah study at Temple Shalom is an interactive, lively and engaging exploration of Torah, Hebrew Bible and related information. Each week, Rabbi Paley leads an exploration into the meaning and influences of biblical texts (in English) and the impact it has on our lives, our communities and our world.

All are welcome to join us at 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning in the Learning Center and online as we examine the Book of the Prophets. Bring a friend, your own Bible or use one from Temple Shalom and your willingness to learn!

See you this Shabbat!



Adult Education has a webpage of resources for Learning@Home.

The address is

During the COVID-19 social distancing while we Stay At Home, organizations and institutions across the country and around the world are offering a wide range of online classes, lectures and enrichment sessions that you can join from your home. We invite you to broaden your knowledge and enjoy learning. Most of the resources are free at this time.






Traditions has acquired new Rosenthal gifts!! Rosenthal has retired, so his pieces will be even more in demand! Purchase his beautiful Judaica while you can!!!



For in-store Appointments and Questions:

Contact Ellen at or Marsha at


You can always shop on-line at our Traditions to Go retail store found at


Our on-line store now accepts PayPal.



Join or Renew your Sisterhood Membership Today!

We are the Sisters of Shalom. Working together for Sisterhood, Spirituality, and Social Good.

Won’t you join us?


Go to to either register and pay online or to download a membership form to put in the mail.



Freedom to Vote Lobby Meeting with Senator Cornyn

Wednesday, August 4

10:00am via Zoom

   Join our Social Justice committee and Reform Jews across Texas to meet with Jack Youngblood of Sen. Cornyn’s Office in support of Freedom to Vote. During the meeting we will be advocating in support of the For the People Act (H.R.1 / S.1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4), both of which are essential to protecting the right to vote.  Let Senator Cornyn know that we support these bills and are willing to participate in the process to ensure their passage and continue our fight for the freedom to vote.

Local leaders are working to set the agenda and slate of speakers.

Click here to register.



Dress the Mannequin Challenge

with Jewish Family Service

August 8

11:45am – Lunch at La Madeleine (Coit and Campbell)

1:30pm – JFS Resale Shop (Belt Line and Jupiter) 


Come to lunch and then join the fun as we compete in teams to shop in the store to put together the best outfit and dress your team’s mannequin. Prizes will be given in different categories.

Please feel free to bring donations with you to the Resale Shop. It will be a fun afternoon for all!

RSVP to Barbara Guskin at so they will know how many seats to reserve at La Madeleine.



Rosh Chodesh Elul: The Power of “Womanity”

Sunday, August 8  

7:00pm  via Zoom

Join your WRJ Southwest Sisters and guest Rivka Arad for a very special Rosh Chodesh Celebration focusing on tuning into your uniquely female inner voice. This evening will include an explanation of the ancient holiday of Rosh Chodesh, as well as introduce rituals for spiritual cleansing in preparation for the New Year. It will provide an opportunity for us to count our blessings, pray for strength and will open the door to all the goodness that is about to enter our lives. Let’s strengthen the power of our own “Womanity” and prepare to welcome the new Jewish year.

Meeting ID: 868 5281 4765



Join or Renew your Brotherhood Membership Today!

Click here to download the application which also includes the online link and QR code.

Click here for online registration.


You don’t want to miss out on all the fun!



Brotherhood /Sisterhood Coffee Break Book Club

Wednesday, July 28

7:00pm via Zoom

Note Our New Day and Time. We hope you will join us.

Our book will be Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.

Staci Mendelsohn will be our facilitator.

Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

RSVP to Staci Mendelsohn at for the Zoom link.




Connections Council


Super Seniors

For the 65+ crowd.

Questions or activity ideas:

Contact Lonna Rae Silverman at

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



Sunday, August 22

Presenter: Nathan Axelrod

Topic: My Love Affair with The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

4:00pm via Zoom

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 837 0946 2057

Passcode: 528553

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,83709462057#,,,,,,0#,,528553#

Dial by your location: +1 346 248 7799


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.


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 Theresa Myers at


The Tikkun Olam Council’s ESL team received online training in a new curriculum recently (Burlington ESL), in fulfillment of the grant received from the URJ’s Kraus Initiative, and is set to launch classes! Ten students from around the world will be served by our group of teachers in our new pilot, in partnership with the Refugee Services of Texas.

If you are interested in this effort please email



Caring Congregation

Privacy laws prevent hospitals from giving us personal information — we can only get this information from you. Please contact Halley Gottlieb in the clergy office at or 972-661-1810 ext. 201 with information about illness, hospitalization, death, birth, etc.

Please notify us if you or someone you know needs help during this time. We are continuing to send out condolence cards, get well cards, and Mazel Tov cards for births. Contact Co-Chairs Lonna Rae Silverman and Jacque Comroe at


Tutors Needed for ESL Online

Refugees served by the Refugee Services of Texas have been taking classes over Zoom with ESL tutors. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Temple Shalom will be fulfilling our technology and tutoring grant from the Kraus Initiative and we would love for you to join us in teaching and learning with newcomers to the United States, and Texas!



Shomrei Adamah – “Guardians of the Earth”

For more information on the Shomrei Adamah committee, email


Click here for our Sustainability in the Covid Era information.



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 Theresa Myers at



Temple Shalom’s Interfaith Women’s Group

Embrace has been getting together for ten years with the women from the Islamic Center in Irving and the Northwood Church in Keller, an Evangelical Church.

We welcome new members so if you would like to join us please contact Chairperson Jane Lachman at 972-735-0133 or email



Help the Following Organizations Help Others

by Donating to Their Wish Lists


Equal Heart and Refugee Services of Texas


For Updates on Jewish Family Service, click on the links below.




Food Pantry:


Emergency Housing


Restaurant workers/SHEF Emergency assistance fund:


Community Events


Special Exhibition

The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, & the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis

“Would you risk your life to save a book?” That is the underlying question of The Book Smugglers, on view through January 2, 2022.

   The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable true story of ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts by hiding them on their persons, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling them across borders. Set in Vilna, Lithuania, known as the “Jerusalem of Lithuania” for its Jewish culture rich with art, music, literature, poetry, theater, and opera, a small group of partisans and poets risked everything to save Jewish cultural treasures.


 JWV: A Jewish voice for Veterans; a Veteran’s voice for Jews since 1896

We always welcome new members to our Post.

Dr. Harvey J. Bloom Post 256, Dallas

Check-out Our Facebook Page: JWV256Dallas


Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, celebrating its 125 year anniversary, will continue fighting anti-Semitism while proving that Jews are a component in the U.S. defense and the maintenance of American security, and that they have made contributions and differences in our country’s growth.


As our veterans return from America’s current conflicts, JWV stands ready as it has since 1896, to ensure that those who have fought our nation’s battles receive the treatment and the respect that they deserve from a grateful nation.


For more information about the Jewish War Veterans and their 125 history of service to Veterans you can view this video. 



Prior to COVID, Network was serving over 150 families per week in the Food Pantry. That number has grown to 700 per week. Without the help of volunteers we are not able to continue to maintain this service level.


Whether you are working from home, are retired or have a student who needs volunteer hours, we need you! Students 16 and up can sign up to volunteer in our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet.


Safety protocols are in place with temperature checks and mask and glove requirements. We are also putting limits on the number of volunteers that can be working at once to better manage our work areas.


Please consider signing up for a shift today at

Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday from 7:30am to 4pm, Friday 10am to Noon and Saturday from 8:30am to 2pm.




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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.



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