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Beri Schwitzer

Volunteering Creates Bonds

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said that “What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read; the text they will never forget.” This quote reminds me so much of the warmth and kindness that radiates through our hallways during Learning […]

Cyd Friedman

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year!! It’s hard to believe 2017 is behind us! It was a wonderful year, and we look forward to continuing to spend meaningful team together, starting as early as next week! But first, a quick thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who made the Mitzvah Menorah project work so well, and the special party […]

Cyd Friedman

Shabbat, Purim, Passover, Oh My!

I am so excited to announce that we have signed a new contract with Rabbi Zelony for 5 years! Rabbi Zelony has brought renewed energy toward spirituality, education for adults and children, music and community. We are thrilled that she, Adiv and the kids are as happy here as we are to have them here. […]

Alan Hoffman

Springtime and Opportunity

As I write this article, we are preparing for another great month at Congregation Beth Torah. It’s springtime in Dallas, which can mean beautiful weather and storms (all in the same day!). It’s a time where we look to clean out our old “stuff” and look forward to even greater opportunity. We are seeing some […]

Revolving Door Participation

I am told that volunteers sustain active participation for perhaps seven years and then phase out their involvement in an organization.  I don’t know who did the research on this statistic allowing them to feel comfortable making such a statement but maybe it is true.  My own history with Congregation Beth Torah spans almost 35 years […]

Alan Hoffman

Welcoming Congregation

Welcome to another monthly edition of “What’s up” from your humble president. This month I want to focus on two key areas: Security and Inclusion. I’ll close by introducing a new volunteer development program. By the time I’m done, I hope you will see the connection as I do. Welcoming Congregation to All Comers Congregation […]

Beri Schwitzer

Mitzvah Corps: 2016 hours in 2016

Calling all youth and families! We have a job for you…well, several jobs. Is your teen or student looking for community service hours? Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community or are you passionate about social action? Mitzvah Corps is here for you! Congregation Beth Torah has several ongoing […]

Alan Hoffman

Growth and Cohesiveness

As we move into February, the cold weather is still out there. At the same time, you can also feel that spring is in the air. The vibrancy of our Congregation continues to impress me. We have so many programs led by an “army” of volunteers. It would be difficult to not find something of […]

Cyd Friedman

Successful Winter Events

I am honored to have been asked to add an article to the Family Record while Alan is enjoying vacation with his family. We had a lot of bonding and fun experiences during the month of December. These included our congregation–wide Hanukkah party, which was a fun event for all ages. Thank you to Carlie […]