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Temple Shalom Dallas has been a busy place this month, with events for our youngest learners and members at Munchkin Minyan gatherings, to those honoring our long-time supporters and daily movers and shakers like Sisterhood's Woman of Valor award- presented to Keo Strull who works tirelessly for the good of Sisterhood, the Temple, and the community. 

Up next, the Brotherhood of Temple Shalom Dallas joins forces with the Cathedral of Hope to honor a very special member of the community in their Shalom Award Ceremony.  This year's notable honoree's biography and life's work reads like a page out of social justice and equality rights for all- and he works tirelessly for the greater Dallas community.

Reverend Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas is Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, one of the largest congregations of the United Church of Christ and the largest church in the world with a primary ministry to the LGBTQ community.

Well known for his activism, Reverend Cazares-Thomas has been instrumental in establishing numerous services including homeless shelters, safer sex initiatives, a drop-in center offering counseling and support to the LGBTQ community, drug and alcohol rehabilitation houses, and a women’s refuge. He has also served as president of California Faith for Equality and the Los Angeles LGBTQI Interfaith Clergy Council.

His work has earned him many honors including the Harvey Milk Award, the Ecumenical Award, and an invitation from HM Queen Elizabeth II to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Reverend Dr. Cazares-Thomas is a contributing author of Daring to Speak Love’s Name, From Queer to Eternity, and The Queer Bible Commentary. He is also featured in a number of journals focusing on the LGBTQ community. 

Since his arrival in Dallas in June, 2015, he has been equally active in his congregaion and the Greater Dallas Community.  He is married to Isai Thomas-Cazares and they have a daughter, Sofia Thomas-Cazares

The Temple Shalom Brotherhood cordially invites you to honor Reverend Dr. Cazares-Thomas as the recipient of the Shaom Award on Sunday, February 26th at the Inter Continental Hotel Dallas // The Malachite Room // 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas 

This event will begin at 5:30 and include cocktail hour, a silent auction, dinner, and tributes from friends and family for the guest of honor.  Come see what Temple Shalom Brotherhood and the Cathedral of Hope are all about. Bring an empty stomach and a full heart. 


Further info: Tickets cost $125 per person, or $1,000 for a table of 10. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cathedral of Hope, Dallas Hope Charities and Temple Shalom Brotherhood youth programming. Contact Scott Butnick at 214-923-6501 or sbutnick@swbell.net for more information or go to www.templeshalomdallas.org to buy tickets.



The festival of lights arrives this month, and Temple Shalom is ready with our best and brightest gifts for the holidays.

This month Traditions, our premier Judaica shop is having TWO special events this Sunday, December 11th:

Traditions Dallas Presents: 2016 Winter Trunk Show

Join us on Sunday, December 11, 9:30 am-12:30pm

in front of Traditions

This is the perfect opportunity to shop for all your holiday gifts:

Hello & Good Buys, women’s clothing and accessories,

Nancy Friedman, and Yaniv Nir-Israeli Jewelry.

We also have a store overflowing with unique Menorahs, candles, and Hanukkah gifts.

For more information call 972-661-1850 or traditionsgiftsinfo@yahoo.com

December Hours
Sunday December 4th 9:30am-1:30pm

Sunday December 11th 9:30am-3:30pm NO-TAX-DAY!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm-5pm

Fridays 12pm-3pm and 5:30pm-6:25pm

Traditions Dallas
6930 Alpha Road Dallas, Texas 75240

Traditions Gift Shop

Temple Shalom

6930 Alpha Rd

Dallas TX 75240

 Additionally, if you come for the Trunk Show on Sunday, stay for the TAX FREE shopping!

Traditions NO TAX DAY

Sunday, December 11

9:30am - 3:30pm

Stretch your dollar. Shop all day and pay 

NO SALES TAX on anything.
We have sports mezuzahs and Chanukiah, children's Judaica books and toys, jewelry, hostess and Mah Jongg gifts. 

Fabulous Trunk Show from 9:30am-12:30pm.


If you can't make it on Sunday, be sure to check out our store at other opening hours:


December Hours
Sunday December 4th 9:30am-1:30pm

Sunday December 11th 9:30am-3:30pm NO-TAX-DAY!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm-5pm

Fridays 12pm-3pm and 5:30pm-6:25pm


Traditions has also joined our social media campaign #heartoftheholidays #happyhanukkah and is GIVING AWAY one lovely Hanukkah gift to a winning contestant!  It's easy to win- and all online!

#heartoftheholidays TRADITIONS Givaway 2016! 

Temple Shalom’s premiere Judaica Gift Shop is GIVING AWAY one beautiful Hanukkah gift and it could be yours!  



Find TEMPLE SHALOM DALLAS group on FACEBOOK. “JOIN” us, AND Leave a comment with your full name, and how you celebrate a #happyhanukkah https://www.facebook.com/groups/TempleShalomDallas/


Find @templeshalomTX on TWITTER. “FOLLOW” us, AND Leave a tweet with your full name, and how you celebrate a #happyhanukkah                        https://twitter.com/TempleShalomTX


Find @templeshalomdallas on INSTAGRAM. “FOLLOW” us, AND Leave a comment with your full name, and a pic or message with how you celebrate #happyhanukkah                                                                                               https://www.instagram.com/templeshalomdallas/


RULES: Each comment/follow/like guarantees your name will go in the drawing — total of three entries allowed per person.

The winner will be selected and announced on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

on Tuesday December 20th and gift will be available for pickup from TRADITIONS before Hanukkah!


**Winners must “Like/Follow” Temple Shalom on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram at the time of the drawing — Temple Shalom social media posts about upcoming events open to the public including a family Hanukkah service and Munchkins Minyan evenings!** 


"We at Temple Shalom, as a faith community dedicated to the pursuit of Tikkun Olam - repairing those elements of our community and country that have become broken through acts of hatred, ignorance, violence, injustice or indifference - have long been involved in helping those in need. While our efforts have sometimes helped, often in quiet, steady ways, we want our voices to be heard loudly and clearly that Temple Shalom is a place in our great city where you all are welcomed, valued and cared about. To our Muslim, Latino, LGBTQ, African-American brothers and sisters, as well as all those of all political ideologies and those in our community who feel left out, scared or worried about being different, we want you to know we care and you have a friend and partner in Temple Shalom as we work together to create the world of safety, justice and peace for ourselves, our families and our communities. We will not stand idly by while our neighbors bleed. Not now. Not ever."

In Friendship and Peace,

Rabbi Andrew M. Paley

It's November in Texas (although you'd never really guess it from the sunny skies and 76 degrees outside) - and that can mean only one thing- MOvember and focusing on Temple Shalom's Brotherhood and all they bring to the table both at Temple Shalom and within the greater community of Dallas/Fort Worth!

1. What is the purpose of Brotherhood at Temple Shalom Dallas?

The mission of the Temple Shalom Brotherhood is to support our Temple youth.  We fund multiple youth scholarships, the Bob Weinfeld; the Mel Sacks and the Phyllis Unell Scholarships are an example.  


2. What kinds of events does Brotherhood offer? 

We hold a monthly "Guys Night Out", the second Thursday of each month at a different location.  We hold an annual tribute dinner and bestow upon the honoree "The Shalom Award" for their good works in the community.  Currently, this November the BH will host a Movember dinner and dance to raise awareness of prostate cancer.  The band playing that night is "A Hard Nights Day", a Beatles tribute band. 


3. How can *I* get involved in Brotherhood at Temple Shalom Dallas? 

All anyone has to do is sign up; on the web or in the Temple.  Let us know what you are interest in and we will contact you.  Come to a Temple Breakfast on Sunday, donate blood, attend a Guys Night Out or come to a BH meeting the third Monday of each month.


4. What ages and life stages are the Brotherhood members of Temple Shalom Dallas? 

All ages and all stages.  Currently, we range from 28 to 80+.  We have singles, young families, established families, empty nesters, you name it, we have it.  It works because we all want to be engaged in making new friends and doing good work for the Temple.


5. What kind of impact does Brotherhood's leadership and membership have on the Dallas community and Jewish community at large?  

Through the work of the BH we support CHAI House, raise money for prostate research, hold blood drives four time a year; are committed to our Temple youth and their educational growth; recognize greatness through our Annual Shalom Award dinner; hold a 2nd Night Seder for families that may have not been able to attend a seder otherwise; build the Temple Sukkah; support the Dallas Holocaust Museum; provide all temple members with Yom HaShoah candles and run a Yom HaShoah program annually so that we never forget the atrocities of WWII, and many other projects throughout the year.  THe BH has taken a leadership role in making our Dallas and Jewish communities a better place for all to live.


6. What do you love most about being a member of Brotherhood at Temple Shalom Dallas?  

I am a past president, so I see things a bit differently.  The one thing that never changes is the quality of the men that get involved.  The BH has great guys that want to make our world and Temple better.  The friendships, of all ages and all life styles, are a bonus.  We also have the oldest independent softball league in the city and playing and making new friends there is an added gift.  It is a pleasure knowing that through the vitality of our BH, we make the Temple better and safer for all.


If you'd like more information on the MOvember event "Hard Night's Day" sponsored by Temple Shalom Brotherhood- check out:



Looking forward to seeing you there!

And as always, to get in touch with Brotherhood at Temple Shalom, please follow this link:



This week we welcome comments from three of the leaders of the Temple Shalom Sisterhood committee - to let all women interested in becoming members of Temple Shalom Dallas that there is a place for EVERYONE with the Sisterhood!


1. What is the purpose of Sisterhood at Temple Shalom Dallas?


We are sisters helping sisters, bold and adventuresome, coming together to socialize and worship, while deepening our connections to each another and to Judaism.  When women come together to share a common goal, we are a strong voice …impacting our Temple Shalom community.


2. What kinds of events does Sisterhood have?


There is a place for you in our Sisterhood. Maybe it’s social. Maybe it’s spiritual. Maybe it’s educational.  Maybe it’s tikkun olam, but there is a place for you and we welcome you to join us. Sisterhood has events ranging from hosting special Shabbat Services, Women’s Night Out, Speakers, Little Sister events and Luncheons just to name a few. There’s truly something for everyone.

Need a night out with the girls?  Then, join us on Thursday, November 17th for our Progressive/Regressive dinner party at the Shops of Legacy.  Join Sisterhood, we have something for everyone. Tikkun Olam events, Lunches, Dinners, Bunco, Bingo with the ladies at the Legacy, Pink & Teal Shabbat, Book club, events with Brotherhood, you can work in our gift shop (Traditions), fundraisers and more. Also your daughters, nieces, granddaughter's and so forth can join as Little Sisters. We have special events for them during the year. On our membership form we have listed areas of interest that you can check off when you join. A VP of sisterhood will contact you regarding your interest and how you may get involved. Sisterhood is one of the best ways I know of to make good friends and to do something for your Temple and your community. 


3. How can *I* get involved in Sisterhood at Temple Shalom Dallas?


Do you like good food and conversation? Our Sisterhood has so many fun events to choose from.  We invite you to come try us out, but the best way to get involved is to volunteer to help with a committee.  There is a space on our membership form which asks if you want someone to call you.  Answer yes, and doors will open to get you involved. There are plenty of entry level opportunities available, and it’s a wonderful way to make new friends.  Involvement is easy, just show up at any event that interests you. We’d love for you to be a member and get involved. 


4. What ages and life stages are the Sisterhood members of Temple Shalom Dallas?


Our Sisterhood is a vibrant group of diverse ages (20’s – 80’s), backgrounds, and interests, eager to engage in new adventures.  We have bunco potluck dinners, gourmet lunches, salsa dancing with our Brotherhood, fascinating guest speakers, an engaging book club, and inspiring Rosh Chodesh events. And, each spring, we honor our Woman of Valor, a volunteer who works tirelessly for the good of Sisterhood, Temple and the community. Our programming includes mother/daughter and son activities with a special spa day and our children’s’ favorite …. a Chocolate Seder. Women working, retired women, stay at home moms. It is a wonderful and varied group of women of all ages and experiences who bring so much to our organization. Sisterhood is one of the best ways I know of to make good friends and to do something for your Temple and your community.


5. What kind of impact does Sisterhood's leadership and membership have on the Dallas community and Jewish community at large?


Our Sisterhood is very active in the community, helping support the Jewish Resale Shop and working with the Food Truck Palooza Committee to raise funds for Guns and Hoses (our community’s first responders) and LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas).  This summer, we sponsored an international refugee family of five by helping furnish an apartment with household items and toys. Last spring, our Casino Night fundraiser benefitted the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).   Our Sisterhood is also an active member of Women of Reform Judaism, and was recently acknowledged for our fundraising efforts to support the WRJ YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects). I believe our support of the Temple and it's outreach to the community supports our commitment as Jews to help heal the world and to keep our youth involved in Judaism for their whole lives and set an example for them as well.


6. What do you love most about being a member of Sisterhood at Temple Shalom Dallas?


Our Sisterhood is a warm, wonderful, vibrant organization which just celebrated its 50th anniversary.  The archives tell us that in the last 50 years, some things just haven’t changed. We continue to be a family of sisters who are there for each other, sharing in life cycle events and forming life-long friendships.  Whatever project you volunteer for, you are never alone.  Whatever crisis you have in your life, you always have a shoulder to lean on. Whatever joy comes your way, you always have someone to share it with. 


Our Sisterhood is proud to be an affiliate of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Southwest District. The WRJ celebrated its CENTENNIAL year in 2013!The WRJ provides fantastic resources for programming, membership, budgets, a women's Torah commentary, support for Youth, Education, and Special Projects and much, much, more. From its beginning, the WRJ has been vocal and successful in fighting for women's right to vote, building a dormitory for rabinnical students at the original HUC Cincinnati campus, AND...the creation of NFTY!


For more information on Temple Shalom Dallas and Sisterhood please visit   http://www.templeshalomdallas.org/groups/sisterhood