Jewish Herald Voice
Send event listings to email@example.com, including contact person's name, phone number and email address. THURSDAY, JULY 13
Texas Jewish Bar Assocation is presenting "Bagels With Judges," at South Texas College of Law Houston, 1303 San Jacinto St., 7:30-9 a.m. Register at cwerenlaw.com or tjba.org. For more information call 713-622-2111.SUNDAY, JULY 16
Congregation Beth Yeshurun will host Sunday Funday, 4-6 p.m., in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month. There will be door prizes, games, mah-jongg and more. Bring your own games. Light snacks will be served. Must be 21 or older. There is a charge to attend; register in advance at bethyeshurun.org or at the door. Contact Mindi Stern with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org, 713-666-1881).
Grandparent/Grandchild Breakfast & Bingo, 9 a.m., at the JCC. Enjoy pancakes, bingo and fun with grandchildren. Learn more at erjcchouston.org or call 713-729-3200.
Daniel Silva, New York Times bestselling author, coming to the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, 5 p.m. Program and book signing for Silva's new novel, "House of Spies." Learn more at erjcchouston.org or call 713-729-3200.MONDAY, JULY 17
Community Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Performance, 6:30 p.m., at the JCC. Authentic Israeli high energy concert for ages 5 and up. Learn more at erjcchouston.org or call 713-729-3200.MONDAY-THURSDAY, JULY 17-20 Project Talmud daily Torah classes at Chabad Outreach, 11000 Fondren Rd. "Read it in Hebrew" or "Prayers-Siddur," 6-7 p.m.; "Talmud Tractate Midos" or "Chasidus-Tanya," 7-8 p.m.; "Why How? What? – Likutei Sichos," 8-9 p.m. More at ProjectTalmud.com or 713-774-0300. TUESDAY, JULY 18
Project Talmud multimedia presentation, "Jerusalem Uncovered: The Battle over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount," 7:30-9 p.m., at Chabad Outreach, 11000 Fondren Rd., ProjectTalmud.com or 713-774-0300.FRIDAY, JULY 21
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., will host a community Shabbat dinner, to take place following 6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services. For cost and additional information, contact Jason Plotkin, 713-535-6414, or email@example.comSATURDAY, JULY 22
Holocaust Museum Houston will hold free family-friendly "Celebration of Hope," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, survivor stories, more. Visit hmh.org or call 713-942-8000.THROUGH SATURDAY, JULY 22 On view in Holocaust Museum Houston's Mincberg Gallery, "Vedem: the Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto" deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in any Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings, paintings, and the prose and poetry of adolescent prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit explores 83 weekly issues of the Vedem magazine. Produced from 1942-1944, the original "zine" (hand-made magazine), is re-created through panels dedicated to various subject matter. SUNDAY, JULY 23
Ma-Arav Hadassah will host its 16th Annual Mah jongg Tournament at Temple Sinai, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; door prizes and dairy lunch provided. For information. contact Elissa Berry, 713-829-2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holocaust Museum Houston will have free admission, before it relocates during extensive expansion. More at hmh.org or call 713-942-8000.THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 24
Beth Yeshurun Brotherhood's Rosh Hashanah jar of honey (with prayers) ordering deadline is July 24. Email Paul Katz, email@example.com, for shipping information.SUNDAY, JULY 25
This year's Congregation Shaar Hashalom fundraiser is a Casino Royale-style event, featuring a night of casino games, magic shows, food, door prizes and fun. "Bets on the Bay" will be held at the Johnny Adolfo Civic Center Balloom, 400 W. Walker, League City, starting at 7 p.m. For information, contact the synagogue office, 281-488-5861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section Back to School Store, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Congregation Emanu El. To volunteer or inquire about sponsorship and recognition benefits, contact Kristina Boshernitzan at email@example.com.
HAZAK presents guest speaker Barbara Homann, who will discuss Buddhism, at 2 p.m., at Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire. Reserve now at 713-726-8745.WEDNESDAY, AUG 2 Congregation Emanu El hosts its third-annual Night at the Ballpark, as the Sugar Land Skeeters face the Somerset Patriots at 7:05 p.m., at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land. Tickets are subsidized by the Brotherhood and Emanu El and can be purchased at emanuelhouston.org or by contacting the synagogue at 713-529-5771. Tickets include an all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring ballpark fare. For information, contact Jason Plotkin, Emanu El's program director, 713-535-6414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregation Shaar Hashalom's Rabbi Stuart Federow hosts free, open to the public, discussions about Judaism or religion in general, on the second Thursday of each month, Victor's 1425 NASA Pkwy., Houston 77058 (next to the "space" McDonald's), at 7 p.m.
Line By Line With the Prophets sessions, guided by Rabbi Federow, are conducted on Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Congregation Shaar Hashalom, 16020 El Camino Real, Houston.
Israeli folk dances are held at Congregation Shaar Hashalom on Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sessions will take place on March 7, 14, 21 and 28.
For information about sessions, contact the synagogue office, 281-488-5861, or at email@example.com.
TOPSoccer, a community-based soccer skills training and team program for special needs youngsters, takes place every Sunday, 5-5:45 p.m., at the ERJCC, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., inside the indoor gym. Volunteers are needed. For information, contact Mark K., parent volunteer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Tent Judaism announces that local Jewish institutions will host public-space programs to help those interested in starting the New Year with a fresh start. Contact Elise Passy at 832-779-1564 or EPassy@JOL.org.
Senior ladies' poker, daytime, twice weekly, Monday and Thursday, at homes in the southwest and Stella Link areas. More players are sought. email Markvang73@hotmail.com, or call 713-560-9494.
Bellaire Jewish Center Tuesday Lunch n Learn, noon. Contact bjchouston.org. Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin, 832-971-3781.
Holocaust Museum Houston's exhibition, "Life: Survivor Portraits," began during HMH's 18th anniversary. The series by local artist Kelly Lee Webeck includes 18 portraits by local survivors of the Holocaust. For information, go to hmh.org, email email@example.com or call 713-527-1640. "Life: Survivor Portraits" will remain on view through Oct. 12.
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Lisa Gross hopes the League of Kitchens can challenge people's perceptions of immigrants.Gross, who founded the business in 2014, said providing ways for people to interact with immigrants has taken on an added significance following the election of Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico and restrict Muslims from traveling to the U.S. "An interesting side effect of the election has been a growth of interest in our business. I think people feel like not only is this a cool and fun experience, but it's taken on political significance of supporting a company that is very much about recognizing and celebrating immigrants," Gross said. Workshops are taught by instructors from countries including Nepal, Mexico and Afghanistan, cost between $110 and $175 per person and run between two and a half to five and a half hours. Instructors receive 40-50 hours of paid training prior to teaching, are paid $25 per hour for the workshops, including preparation and clean up, and are compensated for ingredients. "I could really see and understand the immigrant experience in very personal way," said Gross, 35, a former food writer who founded the urban agriculture project Boston Tree Party. "It's so clear to me how much our country is built by immigrants, and the immigrants who come here bring so much expertise, energy and passion, and they contribute so much to our culture and society and to our food culture - American food is immigrant food." During her childhood in Washington, D.C., Gross felt like "both insider and outsider in two cultures." "There was a little bit of a feeling of 'I don't really fit totally in either one,'" she said. "Obviously within a typical Ashkenazi American Jewish community, I look a little Asian - that's become more and more common, especially for younger kids, but for my generation [it wasn't]. I definitely didn't fit into the Korean/Korean American community, which in a lot of ways is very homogeneous and also they're Christian." Still, that didn't stop Gross from being involved in the Jewish community. At the urging of her mother, who converted to Judaism prior to marrying her father, Gross attended a Jewish day school through the age of 13. And the family would go to her fathers' parents to celebrate the holidays and eat traditional Jewish food. Gross hopes her workshops can provide a way to reverse preconceived notions both about immigrants and chefs. "[T]he immigrant, instead of being the displaced person in the inferior position, in this situation the immigrant is the teacher, the expert, the host, and they are people with incredible knowledge and expertise, and the students are really excited to learn from them and to hear their stories," Gross said. And though it wasn't intentional, all League of Kitchens instructors are women. "In our contemporary food media landscape, so often it's the white male celebrity chef who is recognized and celebrated, when most cooking around the world is done by women. And here are women who are immigrant women, who people might pass them and not think twice, but they have something really special to share. Creating a way for them to share that is really exciting," she said. Chawki, who has worked for League of Kitchens since its launch, said she has had people visiting from around the United States and the world - including England, Canada, Switzerland - to attend her workshops. "People are coming from different countries, faraway, just to eat my food, to have class with me. This really mean[s something] to me," Chawki said.