Hudy Abrams is a mom of six, including two sets of twins. She is the Co-Director of The Jewish Learning Center of Dallas and the cofounder of The JLC Hebrew School and The Jewish Women’s Connection. She is an adult educator and has led over 200 women on life transforming trips with The JWRP. She loves a good workout, spending quality time with her kids, connecting with Jewish women and baking challah. Hudy is passionate about empowering Jewish women to uncover their unique gifts and to step into their greatest selves. She can be reached at


Dr. Dennis H. Birenbaum is the founder of Texas Hematology Oncology Centers, which have served the community since 1997. A Dallas native, he trained and taught at UT’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, and started his private practice in the metroplex in 1979. Dr. Birenbaum has opened cancer care centers in Arlington, Carrollton and McKinney. You can reach Dr. Birenbaum at



Brett Diamond is First Vice President, Financial Advisor at The Park Cities Group, where he focuses on advising high net-worth individuals, often linking clients with philanthropic opportunities. His counsel is sought by those who value Brett’s specialty in “advising to make a difference.” Brett is married to Roxy and they have two children, Ava and David.



Chef Jordona Kohn contributed delicious recipes and insights to our Thanksgiving-Chanukah issue and she is back this month with delicious soup suppers and stunning garnishes.




Debbi Kay Levy, E-RYT, took her first Yoga class on September 5, 2010, and tried to make it her last. Upon being convinced by her teacher to try it just a couple more times, the joy that a Yoga practice brings took hold. One year following that first practice, Debbi was in California working toward her teacher training and she now has a Crystal Alchemy certification and a Usui Reiki Tradition of Natural Healing certification. You can find Debbi practicing and teaching at the J and at her Dallas studio Transformation Yoga. When you can’t get to a studio, you can follow Debbi for Yoga inspiration on Facebook TransformationYogaTexas, Instagram @Debbiklevy, and on her website

Since making aliyah in 2006, Dallas-born and bred Benji Lovitt has performed stand-up comedy for groups including Hillels, Masa Israel Journey, Birthright Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, and more. His perspectives on aliyah and life in Israel have been featured on both Israeli and American television, radio, and in print media. Benji will be Dallas Jewish Monthly’s full-time correspondent from Israel. For a comedy show or educational workshop about Israeli society, contact him at


Mahra Pailet is engaged in a year-long project of volunteering or donating every day and chronicles the “good life” in an inspiring blog called Good Gets Around. Her husband, Kevin, and their children are Mahra’s companions every step of the way. Mahra blogs at



Dru Richman contributed this month’s opinion piece. Dru is the Chief Technology Officer for Mac Help Desk, lead keyboardist for LoveSong Band, and an accomplished writer whose upcoming book, Tall Tales and Short Stories, will be available in early 2018. He lives in Richardson, Texas with his freshly-minted wife, Ava.






Simon Yisrael Feuerman, a psychotherapist in New Jersey, is director of The New Center for Advanced Psychotherapy Studies. He is also author of the Yiddish novel Yankel and Leah, which can be read online. Simon’s literary nonfiction has appeared in Salon, Tablet, The Forward, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Simon is a regular contributor to Dallas Jewish Monthly.