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May 10, 2021




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Texas launches COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduler

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Sign up here to get the vaccine:


Click Here for Collin County Vaccine Registration Information.



Updates and Community Resources on Covid-19

Please check our website regularly for updates.

Staff and Clergy will be working mostly offsite and responding to emails and phone calls as they are able. We appreciate your patience during this time.




Our Covid-19 Task Force would like to connect members to a vaccine appointment if help is needed. Please fill out the following quick poll to let us know if you’ve had your turn or any need help!

This will take around two minutes and will help your community!


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


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.


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


To sign up for a vaccine:




Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 886 2263 3266

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,88622633266#

Dial by your location: +1 346 248 7799








This Week


Monday, May 10

2:30pm Knitting Hour with Cantor Avery

Meeting ID: 898 3822 2319

Zoom Link:

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,89838222319# US


7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting via Zoom



Tuesday, May 11

7:00pm Temple Shalom Gathers with Rabbi Paley & Cantor Avery

Meeting ID: 842 1526 7465

Zoom Link:

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,84215267465#

Listen by telephone: +1 346 248 7799



Wednesday, May 12

12:00pm Lunch and Learn

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 882 1980 5264

Passcode: 831365


7:00pm Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh (see below)



Thursday, May 13

6:45pm Brotherhood Guys Night Out via Zoom (see below)


7:30pm Adult Education – Why We Hate via Zoom



Friday, May 14

5:30pm going live for gathering and schmoozing

6:00pm Shabbat Service

We are broadcasting both through Facebook Group


8:00pm COVIDeo Chat

Our virtual after service social gathering

Zoom Meeting Zz09

Meeting ID: 828 2086 7321

Passcode: SHABBAT

One tap mobile +13462487799,,82820867321#,,,,,,0#,,3341545#

Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799


For security purposes, please RSVP by Noon Friday to Toba Reifer at You can also email her with any questions.



Saturday, May 15

9:00am Torah Study via Zoom


10:30am Steinberg Bar Mitzvah Service


6:30pm Havdallah Concert with Nefesh Mountain (see above)

via Zoom and Facebook group



Sunday, May 16

10:30am Munchkin Minyan Blessing of the Babies at Temple (see above)


12:00pm Infrastructure Task Force Volunteers, Temple (see below)


SHAVUOT (see above)

5:30pm Through the Wilderness to Sinai on Temple Grounds

6:00pm Family Picnic in Picnic Area

7:00pm Shavuot Study on Temple Grounds


Upcoming Events


Monday, May 17

Shavuot – Temple Closed

10:30am Shavuot Yizkor Service via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 838 2978 4558

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,83829784558#

Listen by telephone: +1 346 248 7799



Tuesday, May 18

7:00pm Temple Shalom Gathers with Rabbi Paley & Cantor Avery

Meeting ID: 842 1526 7465

Zoom Link:

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,84215267465#

Listen by telephone: +1 346 248 7799



Wednesday, May 19

7:00pm Sisterhood Game Night (see below)



Thursday, May 20

6:00pm Sisterhood Board Installation offsite


7:30pm Adult Education – Why We Hate via Zoom



Friday, May 21

5:30pm going live for gathering and schmoozing

6:00pm Shabbat Service

We are broadcasting both through Facebook Group


8:00pm COVIDeo Chat

Our virtual after service social gathering

Zoom Meeting Zz09

Meeting ID: 828 2086 7321

Passcode: SHABBAT

One tap mobile +13462487799,,82820867321#,,,,,,0#,,3341545#

Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799


For security purposes, please RSVP by Noon Friday to Toba Reifer at You can also email her with any questions.



Saturday, May 22

9:00am Torah Study via Zoom


6:30pm Havdallah Service

via Zoom and Facebook group



Sunday, May 23

10:00am Infrastructure Task Force Volunteers, Temple (see below)


1:00pm Sisterhood Sole Sisters Walking Group (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.






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 and help us avoid a major fund raiser.


We will start at Noon on May 16th.

We will be working outside every Sunday starting at 10:00am. Stucco repair and painting (easy with a roller) is our immediate focus. Come join us.

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.



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 with Cantor Avery

Mondays at 2:30pm (No Class on May 17)

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.

Meeting ID: 898 3822 2319

Zoom Link:

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,89838222319# US



Temple Shalom Gathers –

Turn out, tune in and drop by!

Tuesdays at 7:00pm

Come join Rabbi Paley and Cantor Avery along with your Temple Shalom family each week as we check in, say hello and catch up. Invite a friend, grab your family and take a little time out of your day for some learning, laughing and connecting. See you soon!

Meeting ID: 842 1526 7465

Zoom Link:

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,84215267465#

Listen by telephone: +1 346 248 7799




Lifelong Learning/Worship Council



Adult Education Committee

Contact Co-Chairs Harriet Bell and Nathan Axelrod at




Special Series Offered by Hebrew Union College


Wissenschaft – the Enlightenment’s scientific approach to understanding our history and our world – is the foundation of HUC’s mission and approach to Jewish learning. Please join us for stimulating lectures with our renowned faculty and guest experts whose scientific rigor, academic scholarship, and Jewish lens offer insight and inspiration on Judaism and women’s studies and culture. Click HERE for more information.


Judaism & Culture: Presented by Klau Library

Description: Experience the impact of Jewish material culture through the creativity of artists, composers, poets, architects, and writers who illuminate Jewish heritage and shape our identity today.

Tuesday, May 20 at 12:00pm – Yoram Bitton, Director of Libraries, HUC-JIR Libraries

“Every Book Has A Story: The Story Of Alpha Betah Of Ben Sira”  REGISTER



Judaism & History

Description: Travel across time and space – from medieval times through the present day – and discover how Jewish sites, history, and memory inform our heritage and identity.

Thursday, May 27 at 5:00pm

– Joshua Holo, Ph.D.

“Pilgrims and Prisoners: Jews On The High Seas”  REGISTER



Judaism & Civic Society

Description: Probe the pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues in Judaism & Civil Society.

Tuesday, May 11 at 5:00pm – IN MEMORY OF RABBI AARON D. PANKEN – Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Bruce Phillips, Ph.D., Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.

“Jews of Color” REGISTER


Thursday, May 13 at 2:00pm – Dr. Mijal Bitton, Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D, Moderator

“Intersectional Jewish Identities”  REGISTER





Learning the Yiddish Alphabet or Alef-Beys is easy!

The class assumes no prior ability to read Hebrew or Yiddish.


7:30-8:30pm via Zoom

Email David Katz at for the link and future dates.



Lunch and Learn

Wednesdays (No Class on May 19)


“Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood” 

This class will examine the forces dividing the Jewish people today, including nationalism, antisemitism, dual-loyalty, and identity politics; and it imagines new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow the story of our people.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 882 1980 5264

Passcode: 831365



Torah Study

Every Saturday – Join Us For This Exciting Study


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 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.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 847 4289 3902

Passcode: 664930

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,631385245#

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



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.






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


Our on-line store now accepts PayPal.


For Appointments and Questions:

Contact Ellen at or Marsha at







Rosh Chodesh SIVAN

Wednesday, May 12

7:00pm via Zoom

Inspiring Upstanders

Join your Sisters of Shalom at our Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Our topic will be “inspiring Upstanders,” presented by Temple members and Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum docents Brenda Nilbert, Ali Rhodes, Ellen Leinoff Ennis, and Perry Zidow.


RSVP to Lonna Rae Silverman, to receive the Zoom link.



Sisterhood Game Night

Wednesday, May 19


via Zoom

Staci Mendelsohn will host another fabulous game night featuring Scattergories.


RSVP to Staci at for the Zoom link and more information.



Sole Sisters Continue Walking

Sunday, May 23

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Meet at Windhaven Meadows Park Pavilion

5400 Windhaven Parkway, Plano 75093


In case of Rainy Weather: Meet at Willow Bend Mall in front of Dillard’s on the 1st Floor.

RSVP to: Toba at

Please wear a mask.



Join Brotherhood today.

Go to


Thursday, May 13


via Zoom

Join us to commiserate with fellow brotherhood members and take a break from a busy week.

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 813 7136 2536

Passcode: 695711

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,81371362536#,,,,*695711#



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:



Connections Council

Contact Connections Council at


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, May 30


Joe Milkes will discuss: Anti-Semitism – Believe It or Not

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:



Community Events


Monday, May 10 at 7:00pm

Movie Monday Film Discussion: Anthropoid

Join us for a discussion on Holocaust and human rights films moderated by Museum historians, film professionals, and other experts. Participants are encouraged to watch the film on their own before engaging in the discussion. This month’s discussion on Anthropoid will be moderated by Dr. Charlotte Decoster, Director of Education, and Spencer Cronin, Program Coordinator.


About Anthropoid

Anthropoid is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Head of the Reich Security Main Office, Heydrich was the main architect of the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. His reign of terror prompted self-exiled Czech and Slovak soldiers to hatch a top-secret mission that would change the face of Europe forever.

Click Here to sign up. Please register for one ticket per device used.




Thursday, May 20 at 7:00pm

Racism in America: Voices of Asian Americans

In response to the recent rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum presents a discussion highlighting personal testimony. Centering and honoring AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) voices, we will hear about the individual impact of racism, shared experiences, and the work that needs to be done.

Click Here to sign up. Please register for one ticket per device used.




Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00pm

History Highlights – Beyond Anne Frank: Hidden Children in the Netherlands

This program is recommended for high school students and adults.

Anne Frank is the most well-known hidden child during the Holocaust, representing the many children hidden throughout Europe, including hundreds in the Netherlands. But her story is very different from the others. Join Dr. Charlotte Decoster, Director of Education, to learn more about the hiding experience of Jewish children in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.

Click Here to sign up. Please register for one ticket per device used.


 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


American Jews have served in the military with honor and distinction since colonial days. On March 15, 1896 – 125 years ago a group of 63 motivated Jewish Veterans formed the Hebrew Union Veterans Association (HUVA) in New York City. Eventually joining forces with their Southern counterparts, along with Veterans of the Spanish-American War, they became what is now known as the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. JWV is now the nation’s oldest continuously operating Veterans service organization with the motto: “A Jewish voice for Veterans; a Veteran’s voice for Jews.”


JWV Posts in North Texas and throughout the country promote Americanism, fight against anti-Semitism, and strive to help veterans by volunteering their time and resources. Poppy Drives and similar activities help raise money for donations of non-medical “quality of life” furnishings and supplies to local VA facilities. JWV continues to add new programs to reach the needs all veterans regardless of their background.


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. 




Fulfilling David Ben-Gurion’s vision by raising awareness and support for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the people of the region.


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 7:30 am to 4 pm, Friday 10 am to Noon and Saturday from 8:30 am to 2 pm.





Summer 2021 Registration Update

Summer registration is in full swing! Check out summer enrollment HERE to see which students from your congregation are already enrolled for the summer.


If you have any corrections to your congregation’s list, please be in contact with McKenzie at


Campership Application is NOW OPEN

GFC is pleased to offer partial, need-based financial support or “camperships” to help families send their children to summer camp. The Campership application can be accessed here. Remember, all applicants must register for camp before they apply for a campership. Click here to download the 2021 Campership Checklist!


Chalutzim 2021

Camp magic continues to grow in new and innovative ways for Summer 2021. We are excited to share that GFC will offer a brand-new, on-camp program for 10th graders this summer! Chalutzim (Pioneers) will incorporate elements of leadership development, social justice, service to campbuilding community with peers from both sessions, and so much more.

The dates for Chaultzim are July 11-August 3, 2021.  





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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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