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(Standing L-R) Ken Glaser, Monty Moncibais, Ashlee Kleinert, Jay and Fonda Arbetter, Kim Cummings, Spencer Burke, Harbans Lal, Richard Miles, Stephen Mendelsohn
(Seated L-R) Nelly Cuenca and son, Bean, Nelda Golden, Rebecca McGarry

By Susan Myers, SWJC Executive Director | Contributor

Featured Speaker Chef Stephan Pyles

On September 22, 2022, the Southwest Jewish Congress (SWJC) celebrated its 13-year anniversary by recognizing exceptional women, men and young adults at its Texas Sized Event.  

The evening began with featured speaker Chef Stephan Pyles followed by a buffet dinner and awards program. Co-emcees for the evening were Sylvia Komatsu, KERA/KXT and Chris Lawrence, WFAA-TV.

This year’s honorees included: 

In addition, the SWJC Building Bridges Grant Initiative awarded ten $2,500 Grants to the following non-profits:

Attitudes and AttireBridging the Gap FoundationDallas Hearing FoundationFamilies to FreedomFriendship Circle of Dallas
Jewish Family Service Mosaic Family ServicesPediPlaceRestored Hope Ministries Ronald McDonald House
Award Recipients Ashlee Kleinert and Richard Miles

In 2016, SWJC introduced the 50/50 Donation Program to help build bridges throughout the community. Honorees are asked to designate a local charity of their choice to receive donations raised on the night of the event. Since the start of this program, over $15,000 has been shared with numerous local non-profits. 

For more information call Susan Myers at 214-361-0018 or email susan@swjc.org or visit the website at https://www.swjc.org/

Back Row L-R: Susan Myers, SWJC Executive Director; Leah Guskin, Jewish Family Service; Tori Hobbs, Mosaic Family Services; Shari Markey, Pedi Place; Jill Cumnock, Ronald McDonald House; Michelle Shriro, SWJC Board JMember and Grant Committee Chair
Front Row L-R: Corena Mitchell, Attitudes and Attire; Patrick LeBlanc, Bridging The Gap Foundation; Jennifer Clark, Dallas Hearing Foundation; Sarah Nejdl, Families to Freedom; Leah Dubrawsky, Friendship Circle of Dallas; Susie Salfield Avnery, SWJC President

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