An Evening About Community, For the Community - WE ARE AT CAPACITY but come back next week to see the recap! This year’s Annual Meeting, “In the Air Tonight” promises to be extraordinary as we showcase not only the great work the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation and the Southwest Community Foundation have accomplished, but the impressive work completed behind the scenes by staff and volunteers from many different nonprofits, and more! Annual meetings are often predictable and far from exciting, but not this one. While there will be a formal 'meeting' to honor leaders joining or leaving the board, there will be plenty of heartfelt moments. In the coming days you will see videos and photos from the event that promises to be amazing!
We are grateful to our fundholders, be it families, individuals, or nonprofit agencies who partner with us as well as our new and returning sponsors, who will make the evening extra special. It is wildly known that nonprofits cannot survive without donations, but they would not survive without the dedication of staff and volunteers either. These partner agencies do such meaningful work and the Foundation honor the individuals making their programs so impactful.
We’ll celebrate the installation of our new Board of Trustees. The 2022 Unsung Heroes will also be recognized and celebrated, nominated by our Dallas area organizations, as well as The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation award recipients, chosen from among many deserving organizations in our community.
It is the Foundation's goal to grow philanthropy through supporting nonprofits and individuals, so as one of the oldest Jewish agencies in the community, the Foundation deliberately does not fundraise or receive funding from other local agencies. We are fortunate in Dallas for the amazing Generosity in our community and the big reveal will be the following agencies receiving $155,000 in grants from the Sylvan T. Baer Foundation: Greene Family Camp, Israel Scouts/Kochav Chapter, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Maayan Chai Foundation, Mikvah Israel Dallas, Temple Shalom, The Legacy Senior Communities, and Torah Day School of Dallas.
Annual Meeting Sponsors are:
A Taste of the World, Marion & Bennett Glazer, Sandy Kaufman, Beverly & Cary Rossel, Royal Wine Corp / Israeli Wine Producers Association, Marilyn & Donald H. Schaffer, Celia & Larry Schoenbrun, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Peggy Tobolowsky and Robin & Louis Zweig.
Annual Meeting recap
See highlights and videos remembering Meyer L. Bodoff and our Unsung Heroes below:
Unseen. Unknown. Unsung. Heroes Behind The Scenes.
Nearly half the funds under management by DJCF/SWCF are custodially held for other nonprofits. Oftentimes, it’s the people behind the scenes of these organizations making their work so impactful. They are the heroes making the difference and who we bring to the forefront to recognize and celebrate. Whether volunteers or employees, they are the 2022 Unsung Heroes.
Congratulations to this year’s Unsung Heroes
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center
Anna Angorina is truly a community hero. She is a natural leader, conscientious, caring, and dedicated to her team. Anna came to Dallas in 1993 from Kiev, where she was an honored teacher. Anna originally served as the J’s New American Acculturation Associate, helping immigrants prepare for citizenship acclimation to this country. She became the head of the senior adult department, followed by her current position managing our Kosher food program. Anna is an exemplary professional and mentor, promoting positivity with her boundless enthusiasm for our organization. We are fortunate to have Anna in our JCC family.
Akiba Yavneh Academy
Andi Bonner embodies the neshama of AYA, dedicated to nurturing young minds through academic excellence, values-based dual-curriculum education, love of Torah and the State of Israel. She is AYA Director of Admissions, ECP-8th grade, and ensures each student/family who step on the Schultz Rosenberg campus receives the time and attention needed to learn about and acclimate to the AYA family.
Outside school, Andi enjoys time with her family and friends, studying Hebrew, and learning with Judaic scholars. Andi and husband Gary are proud parents to AYA graduates, Daniel ‘08 and Leigh’11. Thankyou Andi, for your tremendous commitment to AYA..
Ann & Nate Levine Academy
Maintaining a 105,000 square foot school is a daunting task. While maintenance workers are mostly unseen and unheralded, Alex Reyes deserves top recognition. He starts his day two hours before the students arrive, and he hits the ground running. Every day Alex gets pulled in a million directions...assembling furniture, troubleshooting air conditioning, mopping up spills, repairing broken toys...Alex does it all. And he does it all with a smile—never complaining and never saying “no”. His work ethic is second to none. Everyone at Levine just loves Alex--our school wouldn’t run the same without him.
BBYO North Texas Oklahoma
Erica is vital helping hand to NTO. She is a dedicated chapter advisor who is always there to help her chapter succeed. She doesn't only help the chapter - she helps the region. Erica is always first to help us out with events or around the office. We couldn't do some of the heaving lifting without her. We are so grateful to have Erica on our team.
Lisa & Jeff Seutter
Be The Difference Foundation
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Be The Difference Foundation and no volunteers have meant more to us than Lisa & Jeff Seutter. After Lisa lost her sister to ovarian cancer, she and Jeff wanted to ensure that no family would experience facing ovarian cancer alone. The tireless support, company involvement, and volunteer recruitment they have provided for these past 5 years has been crucial to the success of our events and every day operation. Be The Difference Foundation is honored to present Lisa & Jeff Seutter as our Unsung Heroes.
Congregation Anshai Torah
Elaine is the chair of our Hesed committee. She has served as chair for a number of years and has coordinated hundreds of meals for our members who are ill or in need of support. Elaine takes the time to find out the exact needs of each household, recruiting volunteers to cook and deliver supplies and or food that each household has requested.
What's incredible about Elaine is she makes connections with so many families in our community and people feel close to her right away due to her compassion and caring nature. She takes the time to listen and stays in touch with families throughout their time of need and beyond.
Congregation Shearith Israel
Mary Anderson recently celebrated her 18th year as part of the accounting staff at Congregation Shearith Israel. As Senior Accountant, Mary has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and she has played a pivotal role in helping the synagogue continue to maintain financial stability and success. Her dedication and commitment through these many years, along with her willingness to go the extra mile whenever needed, is so greatly appreciated and valued by her colleagues and the leadership. We are so fortunate to have Mary as part of our Shearith team, and we are proud to honor her as our Unsung Hero!
Dallas Friendship Circle
For her commitment to inclusion through her volunteering and befriended of adults with disabilities.
Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association
When Joel isn’t biking or volunteering at the Holocaust Museum, he is likely conducting a loan interview for DHFLA. He is always the first board member to volunteer to interview loan applicants and he does so with compassion and respect for the confidential nature of this work, while also making upholding his fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Joel fully embraces DHFLA’s mission and he and his wife Nancy were early supporters of our Angel Initiative, which allows DHFLA to make loans to qualified applicants with one guarantor. Thank you, Joel, for ensuring that so many get the hand-up they need.
Dallas Jewish Burial Fund
Charles brings passion and expertise to the Dallas Jewish Burial Fund. Being the men’s coordinator of the Dallas Chevra Kadisha, he is not only a natural fit for this organization, but he catapults it to a level that would have taken years to achieve without him. Charles has been performing taharas, a mitzvah of the highest level, for many years. His knowledge of Jewish law and customs regarding spiritual tasks from purification to burial is unsurpassed. People from all over seek his opinions and recommendations. We truly have a superstar in our midst and are thankful for his service.
Dallas Jewish Historical Society
Jo’s infectious smile and high energy are a perfect match for her lifelong dedication to volunteerism. She is active in several non-profit organizations, and her passion for preserving Jewish history is what led her to be a board member of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society over 8 years ago. One year later, Jo became the Secretary on the Executive Board and has held that position ever since. In addition to her Executive Board position, Jo has been an integral part of the Society’s Oral History project where she has interviewed countless of Dallas Jews who tell their stories of life in Dallas that are preserved for future generations. Preserving Dallas Jewish history is one of Jo’s favorite passions; she has made numerous presentations to organizations and schools about the history of Jewish Dallas. In addition to her Executive Board duties, Jo has served as Programming Chair, volunteers during the week at the Society’s Historical Archive at the JCC, and has volunteered at almost all of the Society’s events. Whether leading or just helping out, Jo is truly an unsung hero.
Dr. Sarah Lorenz
Dor L'Dor - DATA of Richardson
Sarah is always the first to volunteer to take care of all of our community needs. She does it with a big smile and such dignity. She goes above and beyond for everyone in Richardson.
Jewish Family Service
Lyz Latson is always on the move. Whether she’s in the food pantry serving clients or helping volunteers pack Kosher Home Delivered Meals, she does so with a smile on her face. Lyz goes out of her way to make everyone feel
welcome: staff, volunteers, clients, and visitors. Her interest in others and their lives is palpable and puts people immediately at ease. Her warmth and energy are contagious, and she provides consistent, quality customer service and has done so ever since she started at JFS.
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Debbie Garza is a true champion of the Jewish Federation, and a backbone of our team. Her humble demeaner, unwavering integrity, and thoughtful contributions make it easy to value her as a professional and a friend. During our recent migration to a PEO, she went above and beyond to ensure that our team would be cared for. She is a true JFGD Unsung Hero.
Jewish National Fund
Jon has never shied away from helping others. Whether it be his Jewish community here in Dallas or Atlanta, our brothers and sisters in Israel, or our neighbors in South Dallas. He will always find the time despite his countless commitments to work and family. During the height the pandemic he personally delivered groceries to those who lost their jobs. This is one of his many acts of kindness and a testament of his integrity. Jon is our unsung hero. We are fortunate to have him a part of our Dallas community.
Legacy Senior Communities
Juan has been Lead Maintenance Technician since we opened The Legacy Midtown Park in 2020. His title does not sum up the impact Juan has had on getting and keeping our campus up and running. Juan is essentially on call seven days a week. Since Juan joined The Legacy, he has put our residents' needs first and done whatever it takes to keep them happy. We could not imagine opening and running a community without Juan. Maintenance is a challenging role and a thankless job, so we are grateful to be able to recognize Juan as The Legacy’s Unsung Hero.
Shelley Lurie is the Mikvah Israel Unsung Hero. As the Mikvah Israel treasurer, Shelley has handled all the financial transactions and records. Shelley has quietly served in this position for years. Her attention to detail and steadfastness has greatly benefited Mikvah Israel.
We appreciate all of Shelley's time, effort, and dedication.
Mommies In Need
Yaneth Bright is a perfect example of what it looks like to live the values of Mommies In Need. More than 4 years ago, she started with us as an in-home nanny caring for the kids of parents going through a health crisis and has had many roles at the company and now serves as the Director of Annie's Place, our childcare center for Parkland Hospital patients. She is not only extremely smart and hard-working, but she also shows exemplary compassion for the families we serve and collaboration with her teammates.
NCJW Greater Dallas
Carol Tobias is indefatigable. As the co-chair of NCJW Dallas'
HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youth) programs, Carol marshals NCJW volunteers, school district leaders, and educators from Dallas’ cultural institutions to provide parents and their children with museum experiences that demonstrate how these institutions can help build early literacy, math and social skills. Dedicated and creative, even during Covid shut-downs Carol kept these programs going, pivoting to create virtual fieldtrips families could engage from their homes. She will sing the praises of the HIPPY instructors, parents and children without provocation. For her unwavering commitment to HIPPY and the families whose lives it has changed, Carol deserves to be proclaimed a hero.
1982 was a very good year. That was the year that Joy first came to work at Temple Shalom. During her tenure she has served as clergy assistant, membership secretary, and administration office manager among other things. Her commitment to serving our members, friends and staff, her attention to detail and her always helpful attitude have been a blessing to Temple Shalom. We are proud and thankful that she is part of our team, and we are a better place because of her. She is literally our unsung heroine. Thank you Joy!!!
Helaine Golman Wolf
Texas Hillel Foundation
As Texas Hillel's family relationship manager, Helaine's role is to be a source of comfort and information for parents of Longhorn Jewish students coming to UT Austin. Helaine always goes above and beyond, answering texts, emails, and calls at all hours of the day and night from parents asking about Hillel, worried about their child who may be sick, or needs something while in Israel during a birthright trip. Helaine personally makes sure that every sick student has the option to have warm matzot ball soup delivered to their door and can always be found in the Hillel building with challah or brownies for staff and students. Helaine is our unsung hero!
Texas Jewish Arts Association
Nan Phillips is a full-time glass artist with over 20 years'
experience in art glass and figurative sculpture. Her Judaic artwork is an extension and expression of the beauty of deep-seated heritage.
Her dedication to Texas Jewish Arts Association is unparalleled. In 2014 Nan helped to create and became a founding Board Member and Treasurer of Texas Jewish Arts Association, founding a Jewish arts community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She became President of the TJAA in 2017-2022, and TJAA webmaster in 2019. She fearlessly held and committed her life to that position until 2022 when she had to leave Dallas to move to Denver for family health issues which she had been juggling all the while during Covid and still managing to make TJAA flourish.
As a long-standing member of Texas Sculpture Association, she served as President in 2008 and 2009, and continue to produce the organization’s weekly newsletter; She had been involved with the Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) as an Advisory Board member since 2008, working toward creating a combined facility for the visual and performing arts in Richardson; Additionally, she served on the Program Advisory Committee for the Richland College School of Business Administration, Management and International Business & Trade; and Since her departure from the DFW area, Nan remains a valued member to the executive Board of TJAA. She is instrumental in decision making and guidance for all our members. She deserves the highest applause and recognition for her service and heroism in the face of personal and international adversity.
The Intown Chabad
Evan has been a super mensch always willing to help out and volunteer his time and effort in helping us put on our events and making sure we are good to go. Always with a smile and good attitude.
Torah Day School
Tova Ruderman joined the TDSD staff six years ago as a permanent substitute teacher. As her organizational, technical, and creative skills became apparent, she moved into administrative roles, including overhauling and overseeing the school's admissions process in the past two years. Tova is proof of the adage to ask a busy person to get something done. She's best known for completing any task, from a report to a spreadsheet to a TDSD Times, in almost no time. In the evenings, Tova is now pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling from SMU, and she has used this background for occasional classes with middle school girls. Thank you Tova for everything that you do to keep TDSD running smoothly!
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