Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 2010 Page: 10 of 28
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10 I February 25,2010
TEXAS JEWISH POST & SINCE 1947
'100 Jewish Women/ '100 Jewish Men' at CSI
By Deb Silverthorn
Enhancing community and cre-
ating conversation is the spirit of
Congregation Shearith Israel's "100
Jewish Women" and "100 Jewish
Men" programs, each a four-part
series that began in January. The
women's series, which opened with
Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer speak-
ing on "Texting, Technology, and
Torah: A Spiritual Discussion of
the Digital Age," continues with
speakers on March 3 and May 12.
The men's series, which has already
featured Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
and the congregation's scholar-in-
residence, Noam Zion, continues
on March 24. On April 21, the
groups will come together.
On March 3, Lee Hendler will
speak at CSI about the topic title
of her book, "The Year Mom Got
Religion: One Woman's Journey
into Judaism That Began at Midlife
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tional speaker on family philan-
thropy and adult Jewish learning,
co-chair of the board of the Insti-
tute for Christian Jewish Studies,
president of the Harvey and Lyn
P. Meyerhoff Fund and a trustee
of Johns Hopkins University. She
is also a program consultant to the
Children's Museum of Manhattan
on a new civics initiative called
"Raising Citizens" and principal
writer of "Freedom's Feast: Online
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"In my early 40s I discovered
I didn't know as much about my
Jewish inheritance as I thought,"
Hendler said. "I attended a class
that sent me on a journey of study,
... realized that belonging to a
Jewish community meant being
there [and that I] had a lot to learn.
I married my new passion for Jew-
ish community with my exten-
sive fundraising background and
found that Judaism is an excep-
tional resource that teaches us how
to be and how to see the world. It's
a wonderful thing we can pass on
to our children, to claim the 'wow'
and to be part of our 5,000-year-
old tradition. I'm now a proud
stakeholder in this tradition."
"We have brought together
speakers, writers, rabbis and
teachers to teach us to have sacred
conversations about relationships,
adversity and Jewish interaction
in these technological times," said
CSI's Rabbi Joseph Menashe.
On March 24, Dr. Joel Roffman,
Shearith Israel congregant, cardi-
ologist and co-author (with Rabbi
Gordon Fuller) of "Coping with
Adversity: Judaism's Response to
Illness and Other Life Struggles,"
will address the men's group. He
combines his vast medical expe-
rience with the wisdom found in
Judaic ancient texts, creating a
journey that is informative, enjoy-
able and inspiring. Dr. Roffman is
a past president of the Southwest
Region of American Jewish Con-
gress, and he is now president-elect
of the Dallas Jewish Historical So-
ciety and a member of the board of
directors of Bnai Zion.
"Dr. Roffman is a treasure in
our own community," Rabbi Me-
nashe said. "He has melded his
professional life with his personal
life tragedy and created a frame-
work for dealing with adversity no
matter where it comes from."
On April 21, Rabbi Bradley Art-
son will address the combined au-
dience to share "What's Love Got
to Do With It? Creating Enduring
see PROGRAMS, p. 17
Photos: Submitted by Congregation Shearith Israel
Congregation Shearith Israel's "100
Jewish Women" and "100 Jewish Men"
programs welcome Lee Hendler (March
3), Dr. Joel Roffman (March 24), Rabbi
Bradley Artson (April 21) and Sharon
Duke Estroff (May 12).
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