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Around the Town

Posted on 21 March 2013 by admin

By Amy Wolff Sorter

We’re fast approaching the days of celebration and spring, of noshing and matzah, of remembering the miraculous events preceding the nation of Israel’s escape from enslavement in Egypt. I’d mentioned it before — there are plenty of seders available for attendance throughout Tarrant County if you aren’t hosting your own.

There is another seder of note, however. That’s the Community Women’s Seder, which takes place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 31. This will be an “at-home” seder (with “home” being the one belonging to Kim Factor). Join many of the area’s women for some female camaraderie — with the price of admission being the story of a woman who has been an inspiration.

Also, an RSVP is required by Friday, March 22. To let them know you’re coming (or if you have any other questions), contact Angie Kitzman at the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County at 817-569-0892 or a.kitzman@tarrantfederation.org.

In the meantime, chag sameach to everyone out there — have a wonderful Passover celebration.

… and speaking of the federation …

Last Sunday was “Tzedakah Sunday” for the federation, the time of year during which the organization makes its annual calls to members of the Tarrant County Jewish community to raise funds for local programming and overseas assistance.

Cindy Simon, with the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, discusses pledge cards and processes with  Mitzvah Corps volunteer Stuart Isgur during the federation’s fundraising event, Tzedakah Sunday, on March 17. | Photo: Amy Wolff Sorter

Cindy Simon, with the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, discusses pledge cards and processes with Mitzvah Corps volunteer Stuart Isgur during the federation’s fundraising event, Tzedakah Sunday, on March 17. | Photo: Amy Wolff Sorter

I dropped by Beth-El Congregation to see the Mitzvah Corps — the dedicated volunteers who made calls and collected pledges — in action. It was heartening to see the dedication of the corps (Jeff Rothschild, one of the many Mitzvah Corps volunteers, was so intent on making his calls, he didn’t see the intrepid reporter sitting nearby, snapping pictures).

A couple of the organizers told me that volunteer turnout was good — so here’s hoping that the positive volunteer turnout will lead to more pledges.

News from Hadassah

For those with questions or concerns about breast cancer, help is just around the corner. The Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah will present its “Check it Out II, What Everyone Needs to know NOW” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven in Fort Worth.

The highlight of the event will be a moderated panel discussion about newest developments in this field. Joan Katz, a three-time breast cancer survivor, will moderate the discussion. Panelists are Sherree Bennett (director/nurse navigator with the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center); David Johnston (radiologist/tomosynthesis specialist at Solis Women’s Health); Arielle Yorczyk (genetics counselor, Moncreif Cancer Institute and UT-Southwestern) and Jane Oderberg (program director/social worker, Cancer Care Services of Fort Worth). The program is free.

If you have questions, call Karen Kaplan at 817-922-8600.

Happy birthday, Lil Goldman Early Learning Center

This is a “save the date” notification to let you know that the organization is celebrating 60 years and will observe that anniversary Oct. 18-20 with some noteworthy events.

Activities are still being discussed, but a picnic, teacher Shabbat and wine and dessert event are on the drawing board. The first planning and brainstorming session recently took place; no doubt there will be more as time goes on.

In the meantime, the hunt is on for those who attended the school in the past and who have children or grandchildren currently enrolled in the program. Karen Telschow Johnson and Marvin Beleck are co-chairing planning for the October event.

The Daytimers virtual art tour of DFW Airport …

… was an interesting program. On March 13, the organization welcomed Guy Bruggeman, art program communication specialist at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, who offered a virtual tour of the amazing artwork at the terminal.

Mary Frances Antweil and Roz Rosenthal share a brief word at the recent Daytimers event March 13. | Photos: Courtesy of Barbara Rubin

Mary Frances Antweil and Roz Rosenthal share a brief word at the recent Daytimers event March 13. | Photo: Courtesy of Barbara Rubin

Each guest went home with an illustrated color catalog of the works, postcards of many of the art pieces and a refrigerator magnet of one of the round floor medallions from Terminal D (which are pretty cool).

Edythe Cohen and Rosanne Margolis greeted the guests at the door; Bill Margolis and Louis Schultz presided at the food table. Emcee for the day was Mary Frances Antweil, and Bruggeman was introduced by Kenneth Baum.

The next Daytimers event will be “Why Like Opera?” presented by Martin Tobey, at noon Wednesday, April 10. Guests from the Fort Worth Opera Festival also will attend.

And the last word

How did you spend your spring break? Is family coming into town for Passover? Have you received an honor of some kind? Did your kid? Share it with the Jewish community, via this column. For information, you can find me at awsorter@yahoo.com.

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