Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 22, 2010 Page: 13 of 24
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"The social scene changes after col-
lege," Kira said. "If you wait around for
two events during the year, you aren't
going to meet many people. The three
of us are hands-on visionaries. People
are looking for friendships and that's
what we can provide."
The men recently returned from a
Moishe House national retreat in Wirn-
berly, Texas. The next Shabbat dinner
will take place on April 23, followed by
an '80s themed party on April 24 and a
movie night next week.
They said having these positions is
cultivating them as future Jewish lead-
ers. The best part of their jobs is the so-
cial aspect — meeting new people and
bringing the young Dallas Jewish com-
"In 10 years, we'll all be 35 and will
know how to be community leaders,"
Sallmander said. "We all grew up in
different parts of the Jewish communi-
ty and came together to create this. It's
something fun for us to do together."
"People are looking for an excuse to
get out," Mathias added. "Having the
Moishe House helps. It gives people
a way to get together and know each
For more information, visit www.
ella Denn (left) and Orly Sulami attended the Moishe House
ime brunch last month.
April 22,2010 I 13
JConnect Dallas: New networking group
for 40-plus launches in the Metroplex
By Rachel Gross
Friendship, networking, making connec-
tions and having fun — those are the goals of
JConnect Dallas, a new group for the 40-and-
over Jewish crowd.
JConnect, a nonprofit social networking
group, recently established by local Jewish
community members who felt there was a
need to reach out to this age set. Their plan is
to create a variety of opportunities for people
to meet and share interesting experiences.
The inaugural event, which drew 120 at-
tendees, took place April 8 at the Aaron Fam-
ily JCC. Relationship Coach Deanna Frazier
spoke about her book "Dating 101: The Sec-
ond, Third or Fourth Time Around" and
provided insight into the dating world.
Committee member Rob Weiss got the
idea for JConnect two and a half years ago
when he moved back to Dallas. Newly di-
vorced, he attended support groups, did on-
line dating and went to synagogue events, but
never found anything he related to.
"We want to build the Jewish commu-
nity and hope people who are in similar life
situations can bond," he said. "The idea of
including people over 40, regardless of their
relationship status, is appealing. I have always
felt that a good social network of friends is
a much more comfortable atmosphere for
meeting new people, without the pressure of
a date. We want this group to be about indi-
viduals and their choices. We are committed
to making 40-plus lite in the Dallas Jewish
community more exciting."
He added that he hopes JConnect be-
comes an avenue to share thoughts and make
The committee includes Laura Brown,
Isaac Gian, Gail Herson, Jan Kessler, Robin
Littrell, Barry Mellman, Marsha Ring, Patty
Traub, Nelson Weil and Rob Weiss. They
contacted various Jewish organizations and
synagogues to get the word out. There is no
cost to be part of the group.
Although the next event is still in the plan-
ning stages, attendees at the kickoffwere asked
what future activities
they would be inter-
ested in. There was
response for sporting
events, speakers and
believes this is a way
to bring together
those from differ-
ent parts of the Jew-
ish community who
may not have other
ways to meet.
"I hope people
develop friends and
their social network.
I feel we can be the
next generation for
our children to show
them that we can
Photo: Marc Friedland Photography
Community members mix and mingle at the first JConnect event on April 8.
have fun," he said. "We want people to make
friends and go to dinner or a movie together.
It's important that people realize that every-
one can be their friend."
Susan Rosenbloom learned about JCon-
nect through her synagogue's singles group
and thought attending would be a great way
to meet like-minded individuals.
"I believe it's time that Dallas does some-
thing for people who are not under 30," she
said. "There is a whole population that misses
out. I met people I didn't knowbefore and I'm
looking forward to attending other events."
Bill Hoffpauer added that he enjoyed the
first event, and feels the enthusiasm of the
committee will make JConnect successful.
"We need this. The older we get, the harder
it is to meet people, especially in a large Jewish
community like Dallas," he said. "Sometimes
it's just about making Jewish friends to con-
For more information, e-mail info@
Photo: Marc Friedland Photography
Rob Weiss introduces speaker and relation-
ship coach. Dee Frazier.
Photo: Rachel Gross
At JConnect's kickoff event (l-r): Marsha Deitchman; Patty Traub, committee member; Dee Frazier, speaker; Barry Mell-
man, Rob Weiss, Nelson Weil and Laura Brown, committee members
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