Jewish Herald-Voice (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 54, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 2014 Page: 1 of 24
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The Texas Gulf Coast’s Jewish Newspaper Since 1908
February 27, 2014 - 27 Adar 5774_#_Volume CVI - Number 54_#_Houston, Texas_#_jhvonline.com_#_$2 Per Copy
Temple Sinai to host
pioneering women rabbis
Meeting together for the first time in Texas, the first
women in America ordained as rabbis in, respectively, the
Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Open Orthodox
denominations, will appear at Temple Sinai on Tuesday,
March 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Rabbis Sally Priesand (Reform, 1972), Sandy Eisenberg
Sasso (Reconstructionist, 1974), Amy Eilberg (Conservative,
1985), and Rabba Sara Hurwitz (Orthodox, 2009) will speak
about their experiences in becoming ordained, the challenges
faced and opportunities which remain today Temple Sinai’s
See Rabbis on Page 3
GEORGE BILYK, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
Rabbis Sally J. Priesand, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Amy Eilberg
and Rabba Sara Hurwitz will be speaking in Houston.
Gilad Shalit to be
guest at FIDF gala
By MICHAEL C. DUKE
Israel’s former top diplomat at the
United Nations, Amb. Dan Gillerman,
is coming to Houston to help raise
support for the young men and women
who protect the Jewish homeland and
the Jewish people.
The second annual Gala Dinner
of the Friends of the Israeli Defense
See FIDF on Page 5
By VICKI SAMUELS LEVY
Leading the Friendship Walk was a wagon-load of colorful participants and balloons. Immediately behind are Shoshana
Traxler and Stanford and Joan Alexander. INSET PHOTO JHV: Vicki Samuels Levy: Dora Ann Cisneros appreciates the
support the Friendship Circle gives to her sister, Becky Cisneros.
A record number of caring, supportive
members of the Jewish community turned out
on a sunny Sunday, Feb. 23, for the Friendship
Circle’s annual Friendship Walk. This year’s
walk - to raise money for the yearlong Judaism-
inspired friends-for-friends with different
abilities programming - began at Jewish Family
Service and ended at Beth Yeshurun synagogue,
with food and festivities.
Zoe Katzenellenbogen was given the honor
of delivering remarks and cutting the ribbon
along with her Friendship Circle friend, Gabby
Howard. Not only is Katzenellenbogen, an Emery
High School student, a long-time FC volunteer,
but she is sister to Zak, a FC participant.
And, Howard is one of the artists who creates
beautiful cards and other projects through
Jewish Family Service’s Celebration Company
“As a kid,” Katzenellenbogen said, “I was
always so happy when another person came
over to visit my brother. He had a friend, he
was happy, and that’s all that I really wanted
See Smiles on Page 2
CLOUDS PART FOR RAYS OF SMILES
Community comes together
for Friendship Circle Walk
Beren basketball advances to regional round
JHV: MATT SAMUELS
Beren guard Anabella Berti dribbles past a
Christian Academy defender Feb. 22.
By MATT SAMUELS
There was a late-night co-ed celebration Saturday, Feb. 22,
in the Robert M. Beren Academy gym.
The Beren girls and boys basketball teams won back-to-
back playoff games to bring themselves within one win of going
to Fort Worth for the TAPPS State Basketball Final Four.
The girls beat Christian Academy of San Antonio 38-32,
while the boys followed with a 43-36 win over Faith Academy
of Victoria. Both teams were scheduled to play after JHV press
time Tuesday in the regional round at Schulenburg High School.
The boys were set to face Boerne Geneva, who the Stars lost
to in quadruple overtime last year in the state semifinals last
year. The girls were set to meet New Braunfels Christian.
On Saturday, however, it was all smiles in the Beren gym.
See Beren on Page 24
JHV: MATT SAMUELS
Beren guard Hersh Bootin sets up a play against Faith
Academy of Victoria on Feb. 22.
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