Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 22, 2010 Page: 11 of 24
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TEXAS JEWISH POST #SINCE 1947
holds two screenings
tonight at Angelika
Photo: Submitted byJDC
Yavneh Academy's Students4Students (S4S) organization hosts screenings of
"Bewoket: By the Will of God" and "Making the Crooked Straight" at the Ange-
lika Film Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. S4S hopes to raise
$10,000 to begin building a school in Ethiopia, inspired by the subject of the
films. Dr. Rick Hodes.
By Deb Silverthorn
Yavneh Academy's Stu-
dents4Students organization is
moving brick by brick, in an effort
to build a school for the children of
Addis Ababa, spirited by the efforts
of Dr. Rick Hodes, an American
doctor who has devoted his life to
helping the most desperate of Ethi-
opians in need of medical treat-
ment. Students for Students will
host their first fundraiser at the
Angelika Film Center (at Mock-
ingbird) tonight, Thursday, April
22, with screenings of "Bewoket:
By the Will of God" and "Making
the Crooked Straight," beginning
"I'm thrilled that Dallasites will
learn more about my work and my
life," said Dr. Hodes, medical di-
rector, American Jewish Joint Dis-
tribution Committee in Ethiopia.
"I think it's fantastic that they will
see how kids on the other side of
the world have a far smaller num-
ber of choices in their lives, and
"I think it's fantastic
that they will see how
kids on the other side
of the world have a
far smaller number of
choices in their lives...."
Dr. Rick Hodes,
JDC medical director in Ethiopia
maybe no choices at all. Many are
simply trying to survive."
"Students4Students was started
after Dr. Hodes came to speak at
Yavneh in September," said Rachel
Siegel, a freshman at Yavneh Acad -
emy and co-founder of the organi-
zation. "He spoke about how many
individuals in Ethiopia go without
adequate medical care and how
the numbers of children without
any form of education are incred-
Donations for Students4Stu-
dents can be sent to Yavneh Acad-
emy of Dallas (S4S) at 12324 Merit
Drive, Dallas, TX 75251.
continued from p. 10
communities and to learn about this
country. We met the students for din-
ner one night at one of the four Hil-
lel centers in Buenos Aires and at the
Baby Help facility.
I am quite confident this trip will
be a life-changing event for these
students who gave of themselves to
help other Jews. Not surprisingly,
this program is also supported by the
We met many other people, and
visited and learned of other Jewish-
related programs. However, there is
one story in particular that I would
like to share.
One day our mission split into
two groups to visit the homes of Jew-
ish single mothers who were being
helped by one of the JDC-sponsored
My group visited the "home" of
a young Jewish single mom (whom
I will refer to as "M"), who lived in a
tiny one-room apartment with her
3-year-old daughter and her own
M could not hold a job because she
could not make enou gh to provide day
care for her daughter or earn enough
to survive alone. Her mother worked,
but at very low wages. JDC-sponsored
programs provided aid, but even this
was not enough.
So, M decided to seek a new begin-
ning and future and make aliyah with
her daughter; a process that would
take at least two more months.
We visited with M and her daugh-
ter for a while; at the end of our visit
we wished her well and gave her some
money for her daughter. I handed her
my business card and asked her to e-
mail me when she reached Israel.
The next day the mission was
concluding and the participants gath-
ered around a table to discuss their
thoughts and impressions (a required
event at all Jewish-sponsored mis-
Just as the discussion was to be-
gin, I got an e-mail on my BlackBerry
from M (no, she had not reached Is-
rael), which I read to the group.
M thanked us for coming to visit
her. She said that after we left, her
daughter said she wanted to be a fire-
woman or "like those persons who
help Baby Help to feed the kids."
M added that she became very
emotional during our visit because
"one not only needs to have the mon-
ey to help, but also the generosity to
Her final statement in the e-mail
was: "Thanks for the opportunity to
April 22,2010 I 11
help us to have a better life. [JDC] is
like a hand which helps us to go along
the road of life."
In this e-mail, she captured for me
the essence of who we are, why we do
what we do, the difference that one
can make and the meaning of tikkun
olam globally. I will never forget M,
and pray she and her daughter make it
to Israel and that her dreams are real-
This mission gave me a deep ap-
preciation for the work of JDC and
the meaning of "rescue, relief and re-
newal." I am comforted knowing JDC
is there and there are Jews among us
who not only have the resources but
also the generosity to give.
Am Yisrael chai\
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE
like an Israeli Amores Perros crossed with City of God.
Looks at the Middle East powder keg from both sides.
GRADE A - Owen Gleiborman. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"****! RIPPING DRAMA
- Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK
A contemporary crime drama edged with
Greek tragedy...teems with life..."
- Ella Taylor, THE VILLAGE VOICE
A FILM BY SCANDAR C0PTI andYARON SHANI
ANGELIKA DALLAS - Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206
For showtimes call: (214)841-4713 • www.angelikafilmcenter.com
Mazal Tov to Yavneh Academy's Joseph Lerer '10
on your acceptances to
Harvard University and Stanford University
Yavneh Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Mock Trial, Students Against Terrorism,
Varsity Bulldog Basketball, Uniting Students of Dallas, Junior Class President
DAFTY (Dallas Area Federation Temple Youth) - Communications Chair
BBYO (Bnai Brith Youth Organization) - Kaplan Chapter
"Yavneh students are eclectic. Kids from all different Judaic backgrounds who start our with disparate
interests and experiences, and who, by the end of four years, become a family. Although all thirty-seven of
the seniors will be scattered around the country next year, I know that our friendships exceed distance, and
that we will remain tightly bonded.
The faculty at Yavneh enlightens everybody's day as they are always there to put a smile on your face or
challenge your core ethics in a healthy manner. I learned to ask the right questions and struggle with moral
XI and ethical dilemmas through Talmud and Chumash. A better word for teachers at Yavneh would
Id be friends. Every teacher I have had over the past four years has been exceptional, and the
Yavneh administration is unmatched." —Joseph Lerer
YA V N E H YAVNEH ACADEMY • A PLACE OF LEARNING
academy 214.295.3500 • yavnehdallas.org • 12324 Merit Drive • Dallas, TX 75251
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