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Temple Shalom Brotherhood Honors Reverend Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas with Shalom Award

On Sunday, February 26, 2017 Temple Shalom Brotherhood will present the 2017 Shalom Award to Reverend Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas. This award is presented annually to a member of the community who demonstrates the highest standard of community service, leadership, and character. For the past 10 years, Temple Shalom Brotherhood has recognized individuals who work or volunteer in the Jewish Community. Past winners include Rabbi Robert Haas, Mel Sacks (z”l), Cantor Don Alan Croll, Jim Hogue, Brenda Brand, Rabbi Kenneth Roseman, Rabbi Andrew Paley and Debbie Niederman, Ken Glaser, Mary Pat Higgins, and 2016 winner Myron Schwitzer.

This will be the first year that the Shalom Award is presented to someone outside of the Jewish Community. Reverend Cazares-Thomas is Senior Pastor of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, one of the largest congregations of the United Church of Christ and the largest church in the world with a primary ministry to the LGBTQ community. He is being recognized for his dedication to the Dallas community. Reverend Cazares-Thomas not only inspires and is a courageous voice for the LGBTQ Community, but is well known for his activism throughout the Metroplex. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in establishing numerous services, including homeless shelters, safe sex initiatives, drug and alcohol rehabilitation houses and women’s refuge. 

Reverend Cazares-Thomas’ passion and service strongly aligns with that of Temple Shalom’s mission which is to inspire an enduring relationship with God, Torah, Israel and the Jewish people through worship, study, gathering and community service. Temple Shalom’s Senior Rabbi, Andrew M. Paley, is a member of Faith Forward Dallas: Faith Leaders United for Peace and Justice and, as part of this task force, he and the Temple Shalom congregation have vowed to be inclusive and welcoming to the entire Dallas community.  

"We at Temple Shalom, as a faith community dedicated to the pursuit of Tikkun Olam - repairing those elements of our community and country that have become broken through acts of hatred, ignorance, violence, injustice or indifference - have long been involved in helping those in need. While our efforts have sometimes helped, often in quiet, steady ways, we want our voices to be heard loudly and clearly that Temple Shalom is a place in our great city where you all are welcomed, valued and cared about. To our Muslim, Latino, LGBTQ, African-American brothers and sisters, as well as all those of all political ideologies and those in our community who feel left out, scared or worried about being different, we want you to know we care and you have a friend and partner in Temple Shalom as we work together to create the world of safety, justice and peace for ourselves, our families and our communities,” stated Senior Rabbi Andrew M. Paley.  

The 2017 Shalom Award is being presented to an outstanding recipient who works tirelessly throughout the community and upholds the inclusive and caring beliefs of the Temple Shalom Brotherhood.  Join us on Sunday, February 26 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the Dallas InterContinental Hotel, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX  75001. The event will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and program honoring Reverend Cazares-Thomas.  Tickets cost $125 per person, or $1,000 for a table of 10.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cathedral of Hope, Dallas Hope Charities and Temple Shalom Brotherhood youth programming.  Contact Scott Butnick at 214-923-6501 or for more information or go to to buy tickets.



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