Around the Town — May 2008

Posted on 09 May 2008 by admin

Child prodigies from Israel to perform in Fort Worth June 1

An unprecedented and memorable opportunity will present itself to the Metroplex when eight children from Israel who are prodigies in piano and violin perform in Fort Worth this Sunday, June 1, at 6:15 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen. This is their only public concert, other than Las Vegas, in the United States. They are visiting the U.S. as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel.

The extremely talented youngsters, ages 11–14, are known as the Kiryat Bialik Youth Violin Ensemble. The ensemble is part of the Kiryat Bialik Conservatory in Israel, which was founded in 1970 and has been led since 1994 by Mrs. Anna Asaf. Its mission is to provide a high level of musical education to the youth of Israel.

One of the students who will be performing is piano prodigy Alon Petrilin, the winner of the Golden Chanukah Lamp competition in Berlin. The remaining students are seven of the top violinists from this youth program.

Celebrating the founding of Israel as a modern nation 60 years ago is very important to the Jewish community in Tarrant County. This event, which follows a community event on May 11, continues the theme of “Israel Today and Beyond.”

In addition to their stop in Fort Worth, the Kiryat Bialik Youth Violin Ensemble will also perform in Las Vegas as well as Mexico City later in the month.

This concert is open to the public. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door for adults, and $5 in advance and $10 at the door for students.

For information, call 817-731-4721.

Hadassah presents women’s program on cervical cancer

The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah is excited to invite all women and their teenage daughters from the Fort Worth and Tarrant County area to a “Lunch and Learn” on the important issue of preventing cervical cancer. Beginning at 12:30 this Sunday, June 1, at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth, Hadassah will present a program dedicated to safeguarding the health of women everywhere through preventive health practices and treatment.

Hadassah urges women and teenage girls to attend this vital, informative program that will empower women of all ages to make informed choices for the improvement of their own, their daughters’, their aunts’ and their families’ personal health and well-being.

Unlike most cancers, cervical cancer can be prevented. Recent research has shown that HPV is the cause in almost all cases of cervical cancer. The two age groups of women most susceptible to HPV and cervical cancer are between the ages of 15–27 and 55–75. Come to this luncheon and take control of your cervical cancer risk!

Three experts who will be present and are well qualified to answer all of your questions include Valerie Lowenstein, Nancy Jo Reedy and Sue Story.

Valerie is Hadassah’s national chair of Women’s Health and HPV and Cervical Cancer and immediate past president of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah.

Nancy Jo Reedy, RN, CNM and MPH, is the recipient of the 2007 Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, the most prestigious award of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Her many accomplishments include founding the midwifery practice at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, which is the largest midwifery service in the United States. She is currently the director of THC Nurse Midwives in Fort Worth and has a longstanding commitment to underserved women and to the nurse-midwifery profession caring for women, babies and nurse-midwives.

Sue Story, a board certified nurse-midwife, is a specialist in HPV and cervical cancer. The mother of two grown children, she is warm, open and approachable, perfect for addressing the concerns of both teenagers and their mothers.

Hadassah has a dedicated working luncheon committee of Laurie Blum, Rhoda Bernstein, Jill Imber, Karen Telschow Johnson, Randee Kaitcer, Lihi Zabari Kamen, Karen Kaplan, Mona Karten, Elyse Kitterman, Orit Paytan, Zoë Stein Pierce, Debby Rice, Naomi Rosenfield, Cindy Simon and Laurie Werner.

For more information, you can contact Jill Imber at 817-926-7968, Debby Rice at 817-332-0022 or Lihi Kamen at 817-764-3452. See you there!

As an added note: congratulations to Hadassah stalwarts, Mona Karten and Debby Rice, who will serve the chapter in the top leadership position of co-presidents in the coming years.

Sankarys raise $19,000 for neuroblastoma treatment

On Wednesday, May 21, Alexa Sankary’s mom took her and her fellow members of Trinity Valley School’s Girl Scout Troop 2440 to Cook Children’s Medical Center. It was a very special trip for Alexa and her friends. At Cook, they delivered a check for $19,000 for neuroblastoma treatment and research to the hematology/oncology unit. Dr. Megan Granger accepted the check on behalf of the center, and said the money would be used for neuroblastoma research, family and parent education and support.

The Sankarys raised the money through the first annual Walk for Neuroblastoma last month. The walk was in memory of Michael Mancuso, Alexa’s friend who died of the childhood cancer last year. The walk also honored 2-year-old Kyla Moore, who is in treatment for neuroblastoma.

Adam Korenman graduates, is commissioned

The weekend of May 16–18 was of major importance to Dr. Michael and Etta Korenman. Their son Adam graduated from Boston University and received his commissioning from his ROTC unit. Adam received his first salute as a lieutenant in a very moving ceremony at historic Faneuil Hall. He will be part of the Charles River battalion, National Guard reserve unit. In the meantime, he is looking to pursue writing for television, film and books. Dallas folks will see him soon when he comes in to perform with The Rif (www.therifband.com), an amazing band.

The Korenmans celebrated that evening with big brother Joey, sister Sarah, Joey’s fiancé Amy Myers, and former ourtowners, Drs. David and Rachel Wexler and sons, Ariel and Yoel. Yoel is a freshman at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Mazel tov to grads

Congratulations to our college grads: Michael Cobert, son of Ann and Scott Cobert, has earned his master’s degree in biomedical engineering and has been accepted to the doctorate program at Southwest Medical School.

Ken Cooper graduated from Cal State at Long Beach with a bachelor’s in film and television production. He is the son of Debbie Cooper and Mark and Semé Cooper. Ken is also the grandson of Shirley and Larry Goodwin and Jean and Arvie Cooper. Samantha Cooper graduated from R.L. Paschal Senior High School. She is the daughter of Sheila and Scott Cooper, and granddaughter of Jean and Arvie Cooper. Samantha is also the granddaughter of the late Charlotte and Max Fleischmann.

Shani Kaesler, daughter of Stephanie and Todd Webster, graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is also the granddaughter of Harry Kahn and of the late Doris Kahn. Shani plans to practice law in California.

Matt Owen graduated with a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is the son of Marla and Foster Owen and the grandson of Colleen and Charlie Owen and the late Charlotte and Max Fleischmann. Matt will remain in New York to work full time for Dress Code NY, a graphic design company where he has been interning this last year.

Mallory Paul received her degree from the University of Texas. She is the daughter of Carol Paul and Tommy and Karen Paul and the granddaughter of Sylvia and Al Wexler.

Haim Vasquez Echeverri graduated from UNT with degrees in psychology and international studies. He and wife, Sarah, will be on the move to New Orleans, where he has been accepted to Loyola Law School.

Daniel José Zeilicovich graduated from the American Hebrew Academy. He is the son of Graciela and Rabbi Alberto Zeilicovich and the grandson of Carlota and Isaac Vainstein and Clara Zeilicovich and the late Moshe Zeilicovich. Attending the graduation with the Zeilicovich family were good friends, Rose and Al Sankary, who also had special nachas when they attended their grandson Matt Bodzy’s graduation from Arizona State in Tempe. Matt is also the grandson of Bessie Bodzy and the late Irv Bodzy.

We would still like to hear about your grads. Please send the details to Rene at news@texasjewishpost.com.

Hadassah: all in the family

Where does the time go! The older I get, it seems the faster it goes. I’m not complaining Every day is a bonus and a blessing!

It hardly seems possible that Laurie Barnett Werner, a third-generation Hadassah leader, has completed her three-year term of office as president of the Greater Southwest Region of Hadassah. Laurie and her sister, Rhoda Bernstein, who also serves on the national board of Hadassah, follow proudly in the footsteps of their mother, Madlyn Barnett, and late grandmother, Ella Brachman, both outstanding Hadassah leaders and devotees. Their Hadassah family also includes Debby Brachman Rice, who was recently elected a regional vice-president and has edited the Regional News bulletin/magazine for long years, and Karen Kaplan, who has served in many Hadassah executive positions. Their family contribution of service to Hadassah also included their aunt, the late Dora Brachman Ginsburg, and her daughter, the late Rowena Kimmell. Accolades are due Laurie Werner, who brought the Southwest Region to new heights of success and leaves it in good shape to her successor, Barbara Shurberg.

New homes for former ourtowners

Reports of former Fort Worthians tell me that Shirley Cohen. Natalie Cohn, Hanna Hochster and Nancy Rakoover are enjoying their new home at the plush Legacy in Plano. In the meantime, I chatted with former ourtowner, Cecily Renov, who is happy as a lark in her new home in an elegant hotel in Hollywood, Calif., near both her son and family, Michael and Kathy Renov and daughters, and daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Marc.

JFS seniors celebrate Mother’s Day

The JFS seniors had a wonderful celebration for Mother’s Day. They partied on Friday, May 9 with roses, a special breakfast and small gifts. The talented Cherkosovs played sentimental “Mom” music on the piano and violin for them and it was delightful!

It was also an important holiday for the Russian seniors. May 9 is Russian Independence Day. It is the day Russia celebrates its victory over the Nazis in World War II. Aron Goldenberg, who served bravely at the Russian front during this time, was honored with pleasure by the JFS seniors for his service. Mr. Goldenberg is 95 years old and still participates in the JFS senior program.

Congrats to grads

Congratulations to Mallory Paul, daughter of Carol Paul and Tommy Paul and granddaughter of Al and Sylvia Wexler, and Taylor Luskey, daughter of Susan and Allan Luskey, who both graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. And, too, Matthew Bodzy, son of Becca and Allen Bodzy and grandson of Rose and Al Sankary and Bessie Bodzy and the late Irv Bodzy, who graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe. Added congratulations to Rabbi Baruch and Graciela Zeilicovich on the graduation of their son, Danny, from the American Hebrew Institute in North Carolina.

Camp Shalom seeks counselors

Patty White, director of the Lil Goldman Preschool and Camp Shalom, tells the TJP she is looking for Jewish teens and young adults (age 17 and older) to serve as counselors at Camp Shalom this summer. Camp Shalom is the only Jewish summer camp in Tarrant County. For more information, please call Patty at 817-737-9898.

Ahavath Sholom honors confirmands

The 2008 confirmation class of Congregation Ahavath Sholom will be honored at a family Shabbat dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30. The Kiryat Bialik Youth Ensemble from Israel will be attending also. Cost is $15/adults, $8/children 5–12 and free for children under 5. Shabbat services and confirmation exercises will be at 8 p.m.

The class includes Savannah Berman, daughter of Karen and Danny Berman; Marc Bumpus, son of Elaine and Rodney Bumpus; David Goldstein, son of Suzanne Goldstein and Red and Julie Goldstein; Erie Kuptsin, son of Polina and Michael Kuptsin; Sheryl Lysyansky, daughter of Faina and Emil Lysyansky and Melanie Smith, daughter of Annette and Mitchell Smith.

On Saturday morning, Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Rabbi of Hakrayot Masorti Congregation in Kiryat Bialik, Israel, will be the special guest speaker at Shabbat services, at 9:30 a.m. Children of Torah Troop will lead the services.

Adult education class on sacrifice

A three-week adult education class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom on “Blood, Gore and Connecting with G-d: Struggling with Sacrifice in Judaism” will be led by David Saul. The classes will be held on May 28, June 4 and June 11 starting at 7 p.m. All interested persons are welcome to attend. Information is available by calling Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 817-731-4721.

Saul said, “Although sacrifices seem alien to us, they make sense within the ancient Israelite worldview. What can we learn from the range of positions on sacrifices we see in our texts and tradition?”

Fanny Brooks is 90

Three rabbis from two different Beth-El congregations joined to celebrate the simcha of Fanny Brooks’ 90th birthday at Fort Worth’s Beth-El Congregation on May 9.

Fanny is an active part of Beth-El and Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger acknowledged her as one of his “regulars.” Prior to coming to Fort Worth, she was a member of Beth-El in San Antonio. Rabbi Sam Stahl and his successor, Rabbi Barry Block, made the trip north to share their recollections of Fanny and join in the tribute.

A musical service, June 6

Come to Beth-El Shabbat services and so much more on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.! During the service, there will be an exceptional performance featuring violinist Curt Thompson, TCU professor and director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, and José Feghali, also a TCU music professor and a Van Cliburn International Competition gold medalist. They will play selections from the upcoming Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the premier festival in the South Central United States dedicated exclusively to the study and performance of chamber music.

Curt Thompson, the founder and director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, serves as associate professor of violin at TCU. He has given recitals throughout Europe and Latin America, and has been a featured artist in festivals in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Thompson holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University in Houston.

Gold Medalist and winner of the Chamber Music prize at the 7th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, José Feghali has been artist-in-residence at TCU’s School of Music since 1990, and is associate director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. His concert appearances include such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, and the Shanghai and Beijing symphony orchestras. He has performed in all the major cities in North America.

Hollace Weiner honored by B’nai B’rith; past award winners recalled

There were many touching moments at B’nai B’rith’s Jewish Person of the Year Dinner held at Mira Vista Country Club on May 4, especially when Hollace Weiner, who has led a myriad of worthy projects for both our community and Beth-El Congregation, received this year’s award. Also paid tribute to were previous winners including Leon Brachman, (named twice), Jerry Wolens, Lou Barnett, Leon Gachman, Madlyn Barnett, Sandra Freed, Sherwin Rubin, Bernie Appel, Leroy Solomon. Buddy Freed, Karen Brachman, Hortense Deifik, Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, Beverly Moses, Dr. Ron Stocker, Stuart and Rebecca Isgur, Miriam Labovitz, Harry Kahn, the father-and-son team of Leslie and Jeff Kaitcer, Dr. Michel Ross, Dr. Al Faigin, Marcia Kornbleet Kurtz (who was honored twice), Al Wexler, Lon Werner, Earl Givant, Al Sankary and David Beckerman. Also recognized were late community leaders who had received the Isadore Garsek Lodge’s high honor during some point in their lifetime. Among them were David Greines, the first honoree in 1951. Additionally, I.E. Horwitz (named twice), Sol Brachman, Ella Brachman, Maurice Rabinowitz, Sophia Miller, Rabbi Isadore Garsek, Dr. Frank Cohen, Rabbi Robert J. Schur, Dr. Abe Greines, Dr. Harold Freed, Mickey Goldman, Sid Raimey, Ben Coplin, Sheldon Labovitz, Charlie Levinson, Burnis Cohen, Larry Kornbleet, Ruby Kantor, Rowena Kimmell, Wally Nass, Herby Berkowitz, Manny Rosenthal, Sam Weisblatt, Cecile and David Echt, Faye Berkowitz and Seymour Kanoff.

We will all think of each one of these rare community servants and the many good tasks they performed for the betterment of our community and city.

The Jewish Person of the Year Committee included Marvin Beleck, Robert Chicotsky, Gerald Hecht, Rich Hollander, Harry Kahn, Jeff Kaitcer, Mike Luskey and Alex Nason.

New officers of the Lodge include Foster Owen, president; Dan Sturman, Scott Cobert, Ebi Lavi, vice presidents; Jeff Kaitcer, secretary; David Hecht, treasurer; Leslie Kaitcer, warden; Charlie Freid, chaplain; and Earl Givant, Gerald Hecht and Harry Kahn, officers at large. Named to the board of directors were Marvin Beleck, Robert Chicotsky, Alvin Daiches, Rich Hollander, Joe Klein, Michael Kuptsin, Dr. Bruce Miller, Dr. Irv Robinson, Dr. Barry Schneider, Leroy Solomon, Dr. Gene Vertkin and Rabbi Alberto Zeilicovich.

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Two Beth-El members honored

Beth-El Congregation is celebrating honors accorded to two of their outstanding members. First and foremost, spiritual leader Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger, who was recently designated as one of the outstanding brilliant personalities by Fort Worth magazine, will be honored again this evening (Thursday) by State of Israel Bonds at their 60th Anniversary Awards Reception hosted by Laurie and Len Roberts at their home. A distinguished theologian, Rabbi Mecklenburger was the 1986 recipient of the Federation’s Leon and Fay Brachman Young Leadership Award. He was also named one of the community’s “Movers and Shakers” by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 1988 and in 1992, B’nai B’rith named him “Jewish Man of the Year.”

Co-chairs for the evening are Maddy Lesnick and Roz Rosenthal. Serving on their Tribute Committee are Louise and Gordon Appleman, Sandra and Sol Brody, Sara Betty Gilbert, Sherri and Joseph Gorsd, Judie B. and Bob Greenman, Terri and David Halpern, Eileen and Mort House, Laurie and Howard Kelfer, Diane and Sam Kleinman, Marjorie and Alan Kottler, Louise and Hugh Lamensdorf and Phyllis and Sheldon Levy. Also, Carol and Richard Minker, Shirley and Herman Morris, Joan and Sam Rosen, Beverly and Michael Ross, Kristin and Michael Sankary, Paul Schwartz, Rose-Marie and Len Schweitzer, Cindy and Robert Simon, Natalie Simon, Roger Simon, Jude and Marc Sloter and Dorothy and Harold Winston.

Guest speaker is Ambassador Yoram Ettinger, a veteran Israeli diploma and specialist on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Added pride for Beth-El: Their president, Marc Sloter, is one of the “Forty Under Forty” to be honored by the Fort Worth Business Press on Wednesday, May 28 at the Fort Worth Club.

B’nai B’rith recognizes Person of the Year and scholarship winners

Last Sunday evening at Mira Vista Country Club, in a total surprise announcement made by last year’s Man of the Year honoree, David Beckerman, he named local author Hollace Weiner as B’nai B’rith’s Person of the Year. An outstanding leader and historian at Beth-El Congregation, Hollace has brought various aspects of Texas Jewry to the forefront with noteworthy success and interest in her well-accepted historic books.

Isadore Garsek Lodge BB leader Charlie Freid, who has done a super job as scholarship chairman for long years, announced that this year’s winners were high school seniors, Ace Factor, son of Kim and Abe Factor and Steven Gershengoren, son of Alex and Oyueor Gershengoren. A National Merit Scholar, Steven expressed his thanks to B’nai B’rith, adding that he was the first member of his family to have the opportunity to go to college and that some day he hoped he would be able to repay this mitzvah. Steven was educated at the Hebrew Day School and Fort Worth public schools. He is the grandson of Ilya and Udel Elgert, members of the JFS Seniors group who were unable to attend the dinner, and the brother of Lena, who was excited to see her younger brother so honored.

Brandon Chicotsky, son of Donna and Robert Chicotsky, spoke about “Hillel on the College Campus.” Foster Owen is president of the Isadore Garsek Lodge. Alex Nason is the retiring president.

‘Daytimers’ to tour Japanese Garden

Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a tour of the 7.5-acre Japanese Garden in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Wednesday, May 21. The group will meet at Beth-El at noon for lunch, and then carpool to the garden.

The garden was built in 1970 and many of the plants and construction materials were donated by Fort Worth’s sister city, Nagaoka, Japan. Attractions at the garden include a meditation garden, a moon viewing deck, a pagoda and fish food dispensers to feed the hundreds of koi in the garden’s ponds.

At the heart of the landscape is a system of ponds, surrounded by hills and enclosed by a network of interconnected paths, pavilions, bridges and decks. Built in the tradition of Edo-period (1600–1868) stroll gardens, the Fort Worth Japanese Garden integrates several styles of garden design into a single landscape. Examples of the “Hill-and-Pond,” “Dry Landscape,” “Tea Garden” and “Enclosed-Garden” types are all expressed here. The garden features architectural elements derived from venues historically associated with Japanese gardening. Included are Buddhist temples, Imperial villas, the estates of Samurai lords and the townhouse gardens of wealthy merchants.

Lunch will be catered by Jason’s Deli, and guests have a choice of turkey breast, chicken salad or tuna salad. The $10 charge includes lunch and the garden tour. For persons who wish to attend the tour only, cost is $4. Mike Blanc is arranging car pools for the trip from Beth-El to the garden.

For reservations for “Daytimers” events, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Jewish Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Fort Worth Hadassah ‘Lunch and Learn’ at Beth-El, June 1

The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah is excited to invite all women and their teenage daughters from the Fort Worth and Tarrant County area to a “Lunch and Learn” on the important issue of preventing cervical cancer. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at Beth-El Congregation, Hadassah will present a program dedicated to safeguarding the health of women everywhere through preventive health practices and treatment.

This informative program will empower women of all ages to make informed choices for the improvement of their own, their daughters’, their aunts’ and their families’ personal health and well-being.

Unlike most cancers, cervical cancer can be prevented. However, most women don’t know that the Pap test may not find abnormal cells in the cervix until cancer has already developed. There is now a new test that can be given along with the Pap smear to detect the virus that causes the abnormal cells. It’s called the human papillomavirus test (HPV test). Recent research has shown that HPV is the cause in almost all cases of cervical cancer. The two age groups of women most susceptible to HPV and cervical cancer are between the ages of 15-27 and 55-75. Experts who are qualified to answer all of your questions include:

• Valerie Lowenstein, Hadassah national chair of women’s health and HPV and cervical cancer. Valerie is the immediate past president of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah.

• Nancy Jo Reedy, R.N., CNM, MPH. Recipient of the 2007 Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, the most prestigious award of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Nancy Jo’s many accomplishments include founding the midwifery practice at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, which is the largest midwifery service in the United States. She is currently the director of THC Nurse Midwives in Fort Worth and has a long-standing commitment to underserved women and to the nurse-midwifery profession, caring for women and babies.

• Sue Storry, R.N., CNM, M.S. Sue is a board certified nurse-midwife and is a specialist in HPV and cervical cancer. The mother of two grown children, she is warm, open and approachable, perfect for addressing the concerns of both teenagers and their mothers!

Hadassah has a working luncheon committee of Rhoda Bernstein, Alicia Buescher, Jill Imber, Karen Telschow Johnson, Randee Kaitcer, Lihi Zabari Kamen, Karen Kaplan, Mona Karten, Elyse Kitterman, Posy McMillen, Orit Paytan, Zoë Stein Pierce, Debby Rice, Naomi Rosenfield, Cindy Simon, and Laurie Werner. Mark your calendar now to be at Beth-El Congregation on Sunday, June 1, at 12:30.

For more information, you can contact Debby Rice at 817-332-0022, Lihi Kamen at 817-764-3452 or Jill Imber at 817-926-7968.

Community gala to celebrate Israel at 60

Join in the party on Mother’s Day as we honor Israel at 60! A community birthday gala celebrating 60 years of independence will be held Sunday, May 11, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven.

Step through the doors and find your senses assaulted by the tastes, aromas and sounds of Israel. Listen and dance to modern Israeli, Classic, Yemenite and Chassidic melodies sung by sabra Yoel Sharabi, who will captivate you with his wide repertoire and dynamic style. Be inspired by a short ballet piece performed by Liliya Aronov and Assaf Benchetrit, both Israelis who are now with the Texas Metropolitan Classic Ballet.

Cocktails will be served at 6:30, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Dietary laws will be observed. Cocktail attire is requested.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased with cash at the Federation office; by checks sent to 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109; or by credit card by calling 817-569-0892.

Babysitting is available by reservation only.

All reservations must be made by May 5.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Foundation of the Jewish Federation, Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation, the Molly Roth Fund, the Israeli Community of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Yad B’Yad/HaShomer, and Ruthy and Eldad Erez; and endorsed by Beth-El Congregation, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Shalom, the WRJ groups of Beth-El and Beth Shalom, Hadassah, the Jewish Education Agency, Brite Divinity School and TCU Jewish Studies, and UNT Jewish Studies.

‘Daytimers’ enjoy Broadway show tunes

“Always,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and a special version of “My Favorite Things” were only a sample of the greatest show tunes ever written for Broadway. These, and the entire program, were written by Jewish composers, and Genie Long and Brad Volk entertained the “Daytimers” with a wonderful afternoon of their music.

Genie told the group that it was hard to find a hit tune that was not written by a Jewish composer or lyricist. The large crowd responded enthusiastically, and occasionally sang along with a program of old favorites. And Genie was presented with a spray of flowers by Corrine Jacobson.

Next event for the “Daytimers” will be a tour of the Fort Worth Japanese Garden, a 7.5-acre Japanese Garden in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Wednesday, May 21. The group will meet at Beth-El at noon for lunch, and then carpool to the garden.

The garden was built in 1970 and many of the plants and construction materials were donated by Fort Worth‘s sister city, Nagaoka, Japan. Attractions at the garden include a meditation garden, a moon viewing deck, a pagoda and fish food dispensers to feed the hundreds of koi in the garden’s ponds.

For reservations for “Daytimers” events, call Barbara Rubin, 817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, 817-294-1129; or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Jewish Federation, 4049 Kingsridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109. The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Congregation Beth-El with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Community Yom HaZikaron service at Ahavath Sholom, Tuesday, May 6

A community Yom HaZikaron service will be held at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m. This service, commemorating Israel’s fallen soldiers, is a time for all Jews to come together to remember the Israeli soldiers who have continued to give their lives defending our homeland. We remember all of the soldiers, those who died in the years preceding the creation of the state of Israel and those who have died since then to ensure its continued existence. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with financial support from the Dan Danciger/Fort Worth Hebrew Day School Supporting Foundation. For more information, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892.

Israeli ensemble, child prodigy Alon Petrilin to give concert, June 1

We have all heard of “once in a lifetime” opportunities. Congregation Ahavath Sholom will present one such activity — a concert by the Kiryat Bialik Youth Violin Ensemble, featuring child prodigy pianist, Alon Petrilin, to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel.

The concert will take place Sunday, June 1, 6:15 p.m., at Ahavath Sholom, 4050 S. Hulen. The entire community is invited. A reception with the musicians will follow.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Beth-El seniors celebrate seder

The Senior “Mini” Seder had a record crowd of 150 people to celebrate Passover on Tuesday, April 15. Thanks to the generosity and, of course, the culinary expertise of B’nai B’rith International under the cooking skills of Harry Kahn and his “minyan” of minions, everyone was treated to a wonderful meal. Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger and Rabbi Baruch Zeilicovich shared in the honor of leading the seder. Prior to the start of the seder, seniors Arianna and Armenek Cherkosov treated the attendees with Jewish music on the violin and piano. A big thank-you to the members of Hadassah and the Sisterhood of the Temple in Colleyville for their generosity. All participating JFS seniors and some community families in need were able to have Pesach “fixin’s” to help them observe the holiday. The senior program is going strong but always has room for new members. It meets every day at Temple Beth-El from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call Hedy Collins, senior program director, at 817-569-0898 if more information is needed.

Diana Krompass receives awards

On April 17, Diana Krompass received two awards at Tarrant County College’s 2008 Student Salon. The salon is a show of all the artwork for students at TCC.

She received first place in Water Media for her painting of flamingos and another award for her mixed media painting entitled “From Generation to Generation.” The latter was a painting using various mediums in pastel colors which had a menorah and the words l’dor v’dor in Hebrew on it.

Diana has been in our community for 20-plus years and has been a teacher at Lil Goldman preschool for over 10 years. She is married to Mathew Krompass and is the proud mother of Liel, Mayan and Amit. Liel graduated from Duke University and is currently attending Harvard Law School. Mayan attends the University of Texas and is currently in Israel for a year. Amit is currently attending Paschal High School.

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