From Home to Homeland

An Evening with Noa Tishby

A Note from Our Leadership

On Sunday, February 4, 2024, we hosted one of our largest events since our founding in 1911. "From Home to Homeland: An Evening with Noa Tishby" invited people from all corners of our metroplex to mourn October 7, reflect on our Jewish identities, and rejoice in the spirit of our local community.

More than 1,200 attendees gathered at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas for the program (View the photos here). As we reflect on the success of the evening, this number - 1,200 - should not be lost on us. Every chair in the crowded theater represents an Israeli killed on October 7, 2023. The impact of such a loss would be catastrophic and wide-reaching in our community, and it is not difficult to imagine the ferocity with which we would fight to find justice.

Our featured guest, bestselling author and former Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism Noa Tishby, discussed October 7 and the resulting wave of antisemitism that followed. The needs of our Jewish community, both locally and overseas, surfaced throughout the discussion, but a consistent and hopeful message continued to appear: where Jewish people are in need, Jewish Federations will be there to help. From implementing new security measures at local Jewish agencies to leading the response in times of crisis to supporting the programs that connect and improve our community, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas is there.

We are here, now, and we will continue to gather our community, fight for justice, secure Jewish spaces, and respond to crises thanks to your generous support. JFGD aims to represent all our diverse voices and advocate for safe and meaningful Jewish life, and we cannot achieve this goal without your participation. Thank you for helping us ensure a stronger and more vibrant Jewish community in Dallas, Israel, and throughout the world.

Shalom and am Yisrael Chai,

Dot Haymann
Board Chair
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Igor Alterman
President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Meet Our Featured Guest

Noa Tishby

Bestselling author and former Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism and Delegitimization

A Tel Aviv native, Tishby served in the Israeli army before landing a starring role on the nation’s highest-rated prime time drama, Ramat Aviv Gimmel. After becoming a household name in Israel and appearing in numerous TV shows, films, theater productions and fashion campaigns, Tishby moved to Los Angeles, where she sold the Israeli TV show In Treatment to HBO, which made history as the first Israeli TV show to become an American series. “In Treatment” was nominated for fourteen Emmy and Golden Globes and won a Peabody Award.

Tishby has been a leader in pro-Israel activism in the US for over a decade, founding and initiating several organizations and projects, including Act for Israel, Reality Israel and Eighteen, an institute to combat antisemitism and inspire Jewish pride. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth, and is among the best known pro-Israel figures on social media, her content reaching millions of people daily across all platforms.

Tishby resides in Los Angeles, and she is the proud Jewish mother to her son Ari.

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Thank You to Our Event Row Captains

Cindy and Alan Golman
Alison and Michael Weinstein
Arlene Jacobs and Allen Feltman
Amanda and Aaron Brown
Andrea and Mateen Aini
Andrea and Jeff Berkowitz
Andrea and Brett Steiger
Ann and Michael Ochstein
Dana and Ari Feinstein
Mor and Barak Volner
Barbara and Sheldon Stein
Barbi and Scott Cohen
Laura and Ben Weinstein
Bobbi and Richard Massman
Bobby Gibbs
Candy and Ike Brown
Alex and Chad Teiber
Cheryl and Paul Gardner
Sharon and Chuck Levin
Lindsay and Corey Freedman
Elizabeth and Daniel Bracken
Bronwyn and Daniel Levitan
Danielle Rugoff and Rabbi David Singer
Julie Judson and David Galstyan
Dawn Strauss
Devon and Richard Goldberg
Dot and Basil Haymann
Angela Horowitz French and Doug French
Einat and Gil Sadka
Ellen and Josh Ungerman
Emily and Ido Doron
Emily and Stephen Feldman
Esther and Michael Meyers
Karen and Glenn Garfield
Karlyn and Grant Herlitz
Hilary and Josh Stern
Lauri and Irv Prengler
Donna and Itamar David
Jackie and Steve Waldman
Kari and Jay Ceitlin
Lauren and Jeff Zlotky
Bonnie and Jeffrey Whitman
Jenny and Jon Birnbrey
Jen and Jerald Goldstein
Whitney and Jon Fleschler
Josh Beliak
Karen and Andy Cohen
Karen and Ken Saland
Kathryn and Robert Frish
Kim and Robert Velevis
Teresa and Lance Rosenfield
Beth and Larry Konig
Donna and Larry Olschwanger
Karla and Larry Steinberg
Lea and Fry Wernick
Jenalee and Lee Raphael
Leora and Larry Short
Lindsay and Zach Steinberg
Lori and Michael Cohen
Lori and Brett Gerard
Debbie and Manuel Rajunov
Diane and Mark Fleschler
Suzanne and Martin Hotchkiss
Jessica and Matt Emanuel
Havy and Max Friedman
Melissa and Dani Golan
Michael Hurst
Michelle Caplan
Micole and Andrew Cobert
Perry Kaufman
Rachel and David Alexander
Rachel and Andrew Kaufman
Roxy and Brett Diamond
Natalie and Scott Mellman
Tracey and Shane Stein
Sherri and Bill Becker
Sissy and David Zoller
Staci and Paul Rubin
Susan and Len Cedars
Susan and Steven Wilkofsky
Tammy and Adam Diamond
Veronique and Hylton Jonas
Yana and Yury Mintskovsky