It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the DJCF/SWCF Annual Meeting on Monday, October 29th at 7 p.m. The entire community is invited to enjoy this free event that promises to be an inspirational program full of lavish desserts and amazing announcements that will enrich our community. Join us to bid farewell to our current DJCF Board Leadership and pass the reins to the future Board Leadership. We are immensely grateful for our Board Members and Officers and all that they do for our community.
A highlight of the night is the presentation of Sylvan T. Baer Foundation's 2018 Grant Recipients! On this night Bank of America, Trustee of this Foundation, will reveal which agencies were selected and what grant amounts will be given! It is truly inspiring to see the Sylvan T. Baer Foundation generously infuse nearly $175,000 into our local Jewish community. The DJCF is honored to serve as expert consult for this process.
Lastly, many people do not know that almost half of the assets managed by the DJCF/SWCF are funds owned by nonprofit agencies. The DJCF/SWCF is proud to manage the assets of a variety of nonprofits, so they can focus on their important missions. The DJCF/SWCF recognizes that nonprofit agencies cannot survive without financial resources. It is also clear that agencies cannot survive without the lifeblood & dedication from staff, especially the ones behind the scenes that don't get the spotlight. The DJCF/SWCF has created an opportunity to recognize those vital employees called "Unsung Heroes". This voluntary opportunity was created for DJCF/SWCF agencies to recommend a staff person that is not generally seen, but is a driving force in their organization. We know our Annual Meeting has become a source of inspiration in the community and will be the perfect venue to spotlight what amazing nonprofit employees we have helping to shape and nurture the wonderful community in which we live.
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Meet the 2018 Unsung Heroes
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas
There is no one who has helped give more babies the best start in their life than Merle Gallant. For over 40 years, Merle has worked tirelessly to make sure that babies have an outstanding experience at the J. For many, Merle was the first person that parents trusted to take care of their child and all of these children became as she would say, "my babies". Now Merle's babies are having their own babies! Merle's commitment to the J and the children is like no other and is evident when you watch the little ones run from their parents into Merle's open arms.
Sherrie Stalarow has been the public face of BBYO in Dallas for over 20 years. Her work in developing young Jewish teen leaders is carried forward in the hundreds and thousands of teens and families she's impacted across our city, country, in Israel and beyond. A special focus of her leadership has been to teach the history of the Holocaust, where she led countless March of the Living trips and amplified Holocaust Survivors' stories to teen participants.
Be The Difference Foundation
Jon has been a hero to Be The Difference Foundation (BTDF) from the very beginning. As director of Wheel to Survive, BTDF's signature fundraiser, Jon ensures that the rides are successful from initial planning through the final pedal stroke. With his passion and dedication, BTDF has raised over $2M to help women battling ovarian cancer today and toward research for a cure. He has helped expand Wheel to Survive to Houston, Austin, South Florida, Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area. Jon is not only an unsung hero, he is being the difference in the fight against ovarian cancer!
Community Homes for Adults
Tina Bright has been a direct care professional at CHAI for 14 years. The consistent presence of her compassion for the residents is the most outstanding attribute that Tina has. This allows for trust to build between her and each resident. Residents seldom have any behavioral issues during Tina's shift. Each day she has breakfast with the residents and this allows her to interact with them and helps start their day out in an upbeat manner. This also helps other staff members to have a positive day because the residents are happy and feel supported. Tina has a kind and gentle soul and has a way about her and a smile that makes the residents feel safe and secure. We think Tina is our Unsung Hero!
Congregation Beth Torah
Tom has worked at Congregation Beth Torah for 37 years, as the person in charge of everything to do with our facilities maintenance. Beyond making sure everything is working properly, set up as needed and kept clean and orderly, he goes above and beyond, working any day or time he is needed. Most importantly, Tom is part of our community. He donates to the congregation and gives gifts to members for special occasions, and treats Beth Torah as part of his extended family. To everyone at Beth Torah, he is our family and we greatly appreciate not only his work, but especially his kindness and commitment to our community.
Congregation Shearith Israel
Nathan Trout, Congregation Shearith Israel's Facilities Manager, is truly an Unsung Hero among our staff. Nathan works tirelessly behind the scenes making sure our building is maintained beautifully and set ups for services, programs, and other events are perfect. He successfully coordinates multiple projects each day with only a small staff and he does it all with a positive attitude and the ability to be flexible with changes that come his way on a regular basis. Nathan is a valued member of the Shearith team and we are very grateful and lucky to have him with us.
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Museum recognizes the work of a beloved Unsung Hero, Hedy Meltzer. Hedy served as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Mary Pat Higgins, from November 2014 until she retired in July 2018. She tirelessly supported the mission of the Museum by managing board and staff meetings, retreats, office administration, and the calendar of a busy CEO. Through her dedicated work behind the scenes, Hedy helped the Museum reach its goal of opening the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in September 2019. We are deeply grateful for her work as a great team member and Upstander.
Dallas Jewish Historical Society
Jenny Claeys has become an integral part of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society in three short years. Not only has Jenny brought a new level of professionalism to the position of Administrative Assistant, she has taken on willingly responsibilities beyond her job description, always thinking of new ideas to promote and enhance the DJHS. Perhaps Jenny's most important contribution has been in the area of promotion and publicity. She has brought a new level of excellence to our public face, with an enhanced website, key promotional materials and new ideas for both internal and public facing materials. Jenny does a myriad of tasks that have improved our outreach and does her job with both creativity and dedication.
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas
Molly Jester has served Jewish Family Service as the CFO for three years now. In that time, she has served integral roles and leadership in daily facets of the agency, but more importantly, in our agency's strategic growth. A few examples are the merger with Planned Living Assistance Network or PLAN, expanding our services to those with severe, persistent mental illness, successful financial reporting for our thrift store which was key in the decision to open a second location in Garland, fiscal management of the growing JFS Foundation, and most importantly, the detailed accounting and budgeting for our 19 very complicated core service areas for funders, financial reporting, auditors and to the community. Molly really became an Unsung Hero in 2018.
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section
As our Office Administrator, Nicole is the face of NCJW Dallas to the broader Dallas community, the 'go-to' person for our Officers and Board of Directors, and counselor, advisor and aide to our 1,000 + members. She is patient, supportive and genuinely interested in each and every person. We are proud to nominate Nicole as our Unsung Hero!
Celebrate Slava Kutman, dedicated and dearly beloved member of Temple Shalom's facilities team (and an accomplished conductor and pianist). Since emigrating from Mogileb, Belarus in 1993, Slava has been an integral part of our staff. She is responsible for making Temple Shalom safe and clean, as well as beautiful and warm. Her infectious smile, deep caring for everyone she meets and amazing humility are her hallmarks. When asked her favorite part of being at Temple, she said: "I love to work among our good people. I love the kids. When I come to Temple I feel like I am home."
Torah Day School of Dallas
Mrs. Zlati Krycer is the unsung hero of TDSD. She sees her responsibility to the school as paramount. If something is needed, that becomes her entire focus. Zlati makes herself a vehicle to the school's success and to helping everyone accomplish their goals. She attended Rutgers University earning a Masters of Library Science. She worked in the Brooklyn Public Library for about 4 years. She uses her background in Library Science to help with record keeping, filing, and system management in the school. Her cheerful, creative demeanor and depth of character add a warm, inviting environment to our school community. She is the proud mother of Gadalya, Devorah, Chaya Nessa, and Yaakov Zevy.
Yavneh Academy of Dallas
Yavneh Academy of Dallas is well known for our exceptional college admissions. From Harvard to U.T., Yale to Stanford, Yavneh graduates are famous for their academic and extra-curricular accomplishments. Behind these efforts is our long-serving college counselor, Mrs. Allyn Schmucker, whose personal attention and tireless advocacy ensures that every Yavneh graduate finds the right college fit!