Drug Take Back Program Joins Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off

The Drug Take Back program is again participating in the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off (DKCC). DKCC is including the program in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Recovery Resource Council and the Dallas Police. The program provides attendees and any passers-by the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted, unused and outdated drugs. The drugs can be prescription and non-prescription for human and animals.

The DEA operates its National Drug Take Back Day on Saturdays in April and October. When asked if they would accommodate persons who observe the Sabbath on Saturday and participate in our March event, they were excited to work with us and readily agreed. We are pleased to continue this partnership.

Prompt and proper disposal of unused and expired medication is important to keeping our community safe. Over two-thirds of youth who abuse prescription drugs attain them from family and friends. Community members are encouraged to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication—free and with no questions asked—at the collection sites.¹

A kiosk for dropping off drugs will be located near the south entrance of the 27th Annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off. An information table will be available inside one of the vendor tents.

The Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off will be held March 15, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Tiferet Israel, 10909 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas 75230.

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Texas Jewish Arts Association Joins 27th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off

Texas Jewish Arts Association (TJAA) is joining the 27th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off with an art show and sale.

Texas Jewish Arts is a community of Jewish artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts who support, promote and enhance the Jewish arts in Texas. Membership is open to Jewish artists, patrons and those who work in the art world currently living in Texas.

The exhibition will include paintings, mosaics, sculptures, and glass creations and will be open to chili cook-off participants from 11am until 4pm.

For more information about how to participate in the art exhibition at the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off, please visit the TJAA web page about the art show or send email to info@texasjewisharts.org.

Celebrating Jim Schwartz

Less than two months after playing music for thousands of people at the 25th Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff, Jim Schwartz of the Mazik Brother passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Jim founded the Mazik Brothers with Rusty Cooper in 2003 after he convinced Rusty to give it a try. Jim was a financial planner and Rusty worked for Morgan Stanley. Both loved music. The band became popular and played at weddings, bar mitzvahs, philanthropic events and coffee shops.

The Mazik Brothers began playing at the Cookoff in 2004. They covered popular songs from 60s, 70s and 80s, playing with very few breaks from the opening to just before the awards. People would pull up chairs to listen, make requests and sing along. Some would dance in front of the stage.

Jim loved people and music. He listened to what others had to say and was kind.

At the 26th cookoff, Rusty plans to continue providing music, playing with the Mazik Experience and Side Gig. “We will be missing our leader Jim Schwartz most terribly,” he wrote on the Mazik Brothers Facebook page, “but it’s time to celebrate life as Jim wanted us to do. Come one, come all! We would love to see you.”